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the basics

Oct. 16th, 2020 | 08:46 pm

All about me, neatly contained in one post.

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Hmmm... what else? I dunno. Ask me a question if you like and I'll do my best to answer it if I can! Otherwise, I'll come back and update this as I think of things to add.

LJ friending policy: anybody's welcome to friend me and read and comment at any time. A large portion of my posts are public anyway. I don't automatically follow everybody back, sorry. I've got more than 200 folks I read, plus 60+ communities/feeds/etc. LJ is enough of a timesink that I should probably cut back more in favor of other stuff like writing articles. Or stories. Or napping. And I won't be insulted if you unfriend me at any given time. Every day is Friend/Unfriend Amnesty Day around here!

Added pics of me and the dogs. (12/2008)
Added links to other social stuffies. (5/2009)
Added friend policy. (7/2009)
Updated job and other random stuffs. (12/2011)

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Sep. 12th, 2013 | 10:36 am

Lingering sinus ick. Bleh. Want to sleeeeeeeep all day but I kinda have that thing this weekend to prep for.

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craft fair action Sept 14 and 15 at OMSI!

Sep. 5th, 2013 | 08:54 pm

Been really looking forward to my next craft outing:

PDX Mini Maker Faire at OMSI
Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15

I'll be teaching/demoing rug making using old tee shirts, plastic grocery bags, and (of course) my favorite fuzzy scraps from Pendleton Woolen Mills.

104 Makers -- inventors, crafters, mad scientists, and more!
11 food carts -- YUM.

I've got a code for $2 off advance ticket purchase online: Maker13 (and you can tell them RugEmpire sent ya).

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double the incontinence, double the fun

Aug. 24th, 2013 | 06:16 pm

I've posted about Moose's recent butt-to-brain signal problem before (which is the reason, I think, behind his recent rash of indoor pooping... or as we like to call it, "Shatner-ing").

Well last night Lally decided to get in on the fun.

Around 3:30 I wake up to a tan dog jumping over my head... and put said head back down onto a wet pillow. Hmm, that's weird. She's not much of a drooler, generally. But my pillow sure is wet. And hey, my head is wet. And hey, the other pillow is wet. And hey, I better sit up and put my glasses back on and hit the lights because it appears she has indeed wet the bed and peed on my head.

Let's not make this one a nightly ritual, mmmkay?

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maybe it's this hammer

Aug. 13th, 2013 | 11:53 pm
mood: amusedamused

Back in Ye Olde College Days, I went on a little road trip with some friends.

Before the trip, the dad of Friend K spent a little time making sure the car was safe and sound and happy. Thanks, dad!

But as we were roaring down the Sure-Kill Expressway (aka the Schuyllkill Expressway) we started to hear a horrible noise. It was a high-pitched squeal, like metal on metal. We pulled over to see if there was something stuck to the car, or some hubcap issue, or something else -- we were sure with the noise it was making, it had to be something glaringly obvious that was wrong.

We checked around and under the car, but everything seemed normal and carlike.

Optimistically, we opened the hood to take a look. Four of us, peering into the murky depths, cars screaming by on the highway next to us.

With the best comic timing ever, Friend B reaches down into the engine and says, "I don't know a lot about cars, but maybe it's this hammer?"

And indeed, she lifted out a hammer. A hammer with a huge notch cut into it, blazing hot to the touch from friction and stinking of ... well, burned hammer. Turns out that Daddy K had left one of his tools behind. It smelled so awful, we rode the rest of the way into Philly with the window open, holding the stinky hammer outside so we wouldn't have to smell it. (Holding the hammer was my job. By the time we got to town, it was cool enough that we felt okay setting it down without it setting the car on fire or something. Abandoning it never crossed our minds. That hammer deserved to make it back home.)


Almost every time I peer into the murky depths of my car engine, I think of this story and it makes me smile. Tonight as I was gazing into the mechanical abyss, hoping that I could find the miraculous hammer that would make my car run again...

Well, I did find a "hammer" of sorts. That cap on the engine, where you add motor oil? I just noticed that it's missing. Now I'm not as religious about checking my oil as I should be, but I'm pretty sure that cap was there the last time I took it in for service. Was it still there when I got the car back? That I'm not as sure about. I've emailed the mechanic to see if they found a stray oil cap thingy.

It'll be interesting to see if that's the hammer that fixes the Wonder Wagon. Seriously, that car is on it's 9th life.

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Recycled Rugs - I need your votes!

Aug. 7th, 2013 | 10:04 pm

Your votes can send me to NYC for the World Maker Faire in September!

I want to take the rugs on the road to World Maker Faire -- it's a good excuse to visit the east coast, right? An all-expenses paid trip to NYC BAYBEE! Plus, what's left over of the $2500 in prize money can be used to help grow my business... get me into some bigger shows, maybe a little advertising, and purchase LOTS of rugmaking supplies!

So if you feel so inclined, click on over and vote... help me spread the word... THANK YOU! <3

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Aug. 6th, 2013 | 06:53 pm

Looks like I'll be teaching folks to make rugs at the PDX Mini Maker Faire at OMSI in September!

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good times

Jul. 30th, 2013 | 12:10 am

And then there was that time that this meatball

took a dump in the hallway on/against my purse and favorite sneakers, laid in it, and got a midnight bath.

Then I got a midnight post-Moose-bath bath.

Now I am eating ice cream.

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offer ends at midnight tonight!

Jul. 22nd, 2013 | 09:00 am
mood: gratefulgrateful

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Today's the last day for my RugEmpire fundraiser! Donations close at midnight tonight (PST).

Thanks to everyone who has shared, donated, or cheerleaded (cheer-led?) the growth of my small business. Although we didn't hit my goal (which would have covered 50% of the entry fees for all my shows for the next two years), the funds raised will help me attend some really important shows.

Tomorrow, I'll be announcing the special bonus stuff for ALL donors.

And there are still lots of ways you can help me grow RugEmpire in the years to come:

--Spread the word about my Etsy shop, Facebook page, or upcoming appearances.
--Donate materials like old tee shirts and pajama pants, plastic grocery bags, or worn out sheets.
--Donate display items like TV trays, folding tables, and folding chairs.
--Host a craft night at your place, I like a change of scenery when I work sometimes.

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the afternoon in rugs (and cats)

Jul. 6th, 2013 | 09:09 pm

I had this plan, you see, of working on a rug and taking a picture every 30 minutes or so to show off how it progressed.

40in black and red materials

Pre-rug. A sample of some of the materials I'd be using.

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new fundraiser perks

Jul. 4th, 2013 | 01:10 pm

I'm trying not to be too obnoxious about the current fundraiser... but I did add some $4 contributor perks in honor of the 4th of July: $4 gets you a choice of dog toys or cat toys.

Check it out... spread the word... your support is much appreciated. <3

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for Laura and anybody else rug curious :)

Jun. 22nd, 2013 | 09:44 pm


Both rugs together. Neither one is quite 40" yet (I misremembered!) -- the purpley one is 37" and the blue/white/green one is smaller.


Close up of the blue/white/green one. To me, it looks like a planet with lots of clouds. It's a little bit thicker than the purpley one.


Close up of the purpley one. It's two different materials -- smooth for the center and fuzzy for the border. They're scraps from the same blanket, just different parts of the blanket making process. The fuzzy ones are from the weaving, the smooth ones are from the finishing.

I do have a few even bigger rugs made up -- a black/grey one that's about 5 ft long and 4 ft wide and a brown one that's about 5 ft around.

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rug fundraiser

Jun. 17th, 2013 | 07:07 pm

america rug w lally

To make a long story short: there are some very big (aka good exposure, lots of attendees, wholesale opportunities) crafty shows I'd like to do over the next two years. However, entry fees are expensive. I've set up a fundraiser to cover about half the costs for a bunch of these shows. I'll cover the other half myself.

To read the long story:

Spread the word, donate if you feel so inclined... I think the perks are good ones. But then, I'm biased. ;)

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celebrate me day!

Mar. 21st, 2013 | 09:16 am
mood: bouncybouncy

I've already gotten:

  • Lots of cake!!

  • Glittery nail polish w/ extra glitter and some glitter on the side

  • A Phineas & Ferb lunch bag and a homemade pocket sized Perry the Platypus

  • A new purse

  • Two dresses (one is pink, one is green)

  • Two pairs of shoes (one pair is pink, one pair is silver)

  • Wreck-It Ralph -- which I am going to watch with Boyfriendguy as soon as I'm done typing this!

  • Lots of birthday greetings from my friends & family which make me so happy and warm n fuzzy

  • Old Navy gift cards

  • Did I mention the glitter?

  • And the cake????

  • A pink ribbon-on-leather cuff bracelet

I freaking love my birthday. And I love all of you! <3

Looking at my list of gifts so far... I am forced to conclude that I am mentally 12 years old forever.

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new year's resolution on feb. 9th

Feb. 9th, 2013 | 12:00 pm
mood: determineddetermined

I mostly don't talk about my resolutions. Mostly because if I fail, I don't have to let anybody know I failed.

One of this year's resolutions was to start LJing more often. Maybe set a day of the week that is my weekly update day or something. I'd like to post at least once a week. I'd like to catch up with everybody, and get back that sense of community I used to feel before I hermited it all away.

So... okay. I just got the notice to renew my account and if I'm going to be paying cash monies for this thing I'd damn well better use it.

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life in the pillow fort

Mar. 5th, 2012 | 07:56 pm
mood: amusedamused

Hey guys, where's Moose?

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this is my new favorite picture of Moose

Dec. 17th, 2011 | 01:07 am
mood: amusedamused

He's a derpy hipster, or DERPSTER.
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dogs vs. sombrero

Mar. 23rd, 2010 | 08:05 am
mood: amusedamused

As I often do when presented with a strange and wonderful new thing/article of clothing/piece of fruit, I put it on my dogs.

wackiness ensues...Collapse )

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