Pardon me, if I could just remind you that there is only one week left to be in on the secret that everyone except Jess Loolu may know about? The secret would benefit from more participants, and there is no reason the participants must personally know Jess in order to participate, so don't be shy! It's the FREE kind of secret---no one's going to be asking you to chip in for a time-share or anything. Unless you're Jess Loolu, click here to read more, or just email me (swistle at gmail dot com) to find out more. I can hardly believe it, but NONE of my family or real-life peeps have emailed. Not one! Not that I'm noticing who emails or not, or giving out secret mental points or anything.
I haven't been around as much lately, and I'm embarrassed to even tell you why. It's a bunch of little hobbies, all of which I seem to have made into minor (let's just say minor) obsessions.
1) Postcrossing, which I already mentioned and am still panting for. You can only have five postcards traveling at a time, and so every day I'm checking email every 5 minutes to see if any of my postcards have arrived yet so I can send another one.
2) This one is the most embarrassing, so I'm going to get it out of the way fast rather than leaving it for last. I've been, um. Fluffracing. On Facebook. I have the Fluff Friends application, and you can, um, race them against each other. And I've been doing that. A lot. So that the application informs me that my Fluff Friend is tired and needs to rest before he can race again. It's a FLUFFGAMBLING problem!
3) The secret mentioned in the first paragraph, which has been really fun to work on and continues to be fun to work on.
4) Etsy, which has been blowing my mind recently. I found it overwhelming for awhile, and I still do (I don't like that if I type in "lunch box" I get a bunch of hits that have nothing to do with lunch boxes or lunches or boxes), but it works so much better when I'm looking for something for a post and can get caught up in all the great stuff. I keep adding stuff to my cart---there are like 50 items in there right now.
5) Twitter, which is more fun than I'd expected. If you're like, "But I don't GET it. What's it FOR?"---trust me, you are not alone. The good news is that "lack of understanding" is a treatable problem: the treatment is to sign up and see if it makes sense. Or at least, that's what I finally did: I figured that if I didn't like it, there was no reason I couldn't UNsign up.
6) Making fudge. I can't understand it, but batch after batch is coming out screwy. I even threw out my candy thermometer and got a brand new one, and still the fudge is coming out wrong. Well, maybe "wrong" is the wrong word. I like fudge to have a grain to it, a melty dissolvey grain. I don't like fudge to be smooth and creamy. But it keeps coming out smooth and creamy, no matter what I do. The only thing I can think of is that I've been using a new bottle of corn syrup, but that's only 1 teaspoon per batch, and also, what could be wrong with corn syrup? Anyway, I'm getting a little compulsive about this, making batch! after! batch! because it HAS to come out right, what is WRONG with it???
Astarte is showing the giftie she got and starting a new contest (it involves cheezy early-'90s music, although how anyone can deny that Mmmm-Bop is anything less than MUSICAL GENIUS is beyond my ken).
Living in Maryland is showing the giftie she got and starting a new contest.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...