Archive for November, 2008

Storage, baby!

So, let us fiddle while Rome burns, not necessarily because it is the right thing to do, but rather because it is a better choice than just watching the city disintegrate, yes? Yes!

I got my webhosting bill in my email today. I’m always reminded of how much I enjoy the extra bandwidth and storage I have with them when it comes. See, I use Dreamhost, and while they are not the cheapest hosting solution out there, I find that they are the best for my purposes: multiple blogs, pictures, the blogs of my family members, more pictures, lots of blog posts and yet more pictures. I’ve uploaded probably thousands of shots over my blogging career, and I’m still not near my capacity. And they add more storage every month!

But you know, space may not be your biggest concern in a host. Maybe you need 99.99 percent up time, or you need blazing fast loads. Umm, that does sound nice, doesn’t it? *snap fingers in front of dazed face* Where was I? Oh yes, weighing up time and speed against huge amounts of storage. What if you don’t want to decide? What if you I want it all? Or what if you want one domain, you know you only ever want one domain, but you want that domain free forever. Do you really have the time and inclination to go to each of the hosts out there and investigate their pricing and service? No way! You will do what I did: ask for recommendations and pick from the ones your friends use. But if you are smart, you will also read the reviews at WebHostingGeeks, because they have done your homework for you.

Except maybe, they might not have guessed exactly how much photo space a knitter really needs. Especially a knitter with a bunch of really cute kids.

A little hiatus

Ok, folks. I am apparently going to be going offline starting tomorrow for an indeterminate period of time. I do have an entry for tomorrow that I will set to auto-publish, but after that ….. you’ll know I’m back when I start posting again. Darn Time Warner and their rabid insistence on actually being paid, they are really cramping my blogging style!

I. am. not. 12.

So, I had mentioned that I needed a new saddle for my guitar, but I didn’t tell you about what happened when I went to get it, did I?

People, it was not a good experience! There were two teen aged boys helping customers an either they both thought I was a crazy old lady who was incapable of sliding a new saddle into the groove of the bridge, or they thought I was 12 and not worthy of their effort. The upshot was that after they told me they didn’t have what I needed—even thought I had the old part with me and showed it to them– and would have to bring my incredibly old and cheap guitar in for a $20 repair, I walked by a display and found exactly what I needed. For $3. And do you know, they didn’t even apologize?

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Let me explain. I may be broke today, but you don’t know when I will have money. And the best way to make sure I don’t drop a load of it in your store when I have it is to treat me poorly when I am watching pennies. Unless of course, they really don’t know the difference between a guitar saddle and an english saddles. Which I find hard to believe since 1) they work in a store surrounded by guitars, and 2) I was led right past the correct saddles to a wall that contained carvable saddle blanks of the wrong size and shape.

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Hocks to the Rescue! and an official breakup

What do you do when no project in your basket is suitable for this moment? What’s your back-up project?

I happen to be at this point just now, with the wallaby needing the sleeves begun and the socks needing the second one cast on. This morning, I needed to listen to some narrations/ check outs with the children. This does require a certain amount of attention, and casting on is pretty attention sucking, isn’t it, what with all the counting and such? I’ve been trying to keep my hands full when I do check outs with the kids, because otherwise, I get distracted and find my hand reaching for the mouse (we do the checkouts right here at my desk, see), or else I’m propping my face in my hand, which is sure to cause a rash of zits. As an aside, do we ever outgrow that? I’m 41 and still have to remind myself “hands off your face” when I am reading or whatever. Knitting has certainly been good for me in that regard–an unorthodox acne cure, if you will.

Anyway, I picked up Hocks. It had been out since the craft fair, when I was far to sleepy to knit for more than 10 minutes. It hasn’t hanged a whole lot since you last saw it. In October. Of 2007. *cough* When I called it the never ending project. Ahem. It occurs to me now that if I knit on it while I was doing checkouts, which I do almost four days per week, that I might actually end up, you know, umm, finishing it. Crazy, I know.

And what if I knit on it while I watched tv? Or, movies, since I don’t care much for tv? I bet I would get more movies watched, LOL. Speaking of which, I think I just figured out why I don’t like tv: I don’t have TIVO, so I have to watch tv on it’s terms and times, instead of my own schedule. Haha! I have an answer for that, too!

Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul)
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Dear Television,

Over the past several years, I have noticed myself withdrawing from you. You rigid adherence to a time schedule that does not suit my life with many kids, and your insipid commercials and your gratuitous sex and violence (remember those kids?) has just become more than I can deal with. However, I have missed the ability to interact with my friends when they discuss friendly mass murderers such as Dexter, and wild and crazy spankings such as seen on Weeds. And then there is my slight fixation with the young Adrian Paul, Scott Bakula and Jerry O’Connell, which you have tried to do away with in your search for the ever bigger lipped and skinnier hipped sub-stars of today.

Well, no more am I held captive by your despotic timetable. Today, I am free to watch what I want to watch, when I want to watch it, and you can’t stop me. I am so over you. Between Blockbuster Online and, I don’t care if I never see you again. And your little commercials, too!


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Squeeeeeeeee! Knitting meet-up!

so, yeah, we did. Tripletmom and I met at the local library! We yapped for a couple of hours, and then we pulled out projects and actually talked about knitting for a while. It was glorious fun, right up until the moment the young guy working the check out said “CLOSING”. Oops. We packed and fled.

We decided we’ll be meeting each Saturday morning, unless life or the local Knitting Guild meeting happens. After a quick schedule run-down, we found out the next time we are both available is December 6th, so before I left, I tacked a business card up with the date and time of our next meeting. They won’t let us actually reserve space, but the library was not very busy, and I think it will be fine. If you can join us, just throw a couple of bar stools in the trunk, in case all the chairs are taken. There’s a table, and good lighting there where we sat, and really the only thing lacking was coffee. IMO, being surrounded by books kinda makes up for that. Almost 😉

One thing I had intended to do, but didn’t get to before closing, was paying the fines on one of our cards. That’s too bad, since we can’t check out any books until I do that.

Online Craft Club #49

Look, I meant to get over here early this morning and post this, because it is kind of breaking news, and it is time sensitive. Barack Obama and John McCain have joined together to create oh wait, that’s next week. Sorry. Back to this week.

If you know where I live (Linda, I’m thinking about you) and it’s within driving distance (Babs, I know that’s YOU), we are having a wee little fiber craft meet-up tomorrow at the public library at 10am. I sure hope you’ll join us!

I’ve spent a bit of time knitting this week, and I am nearly done with the body of Stuntman’s Wallaby. I find my mind drifting when I am working on it, though, to thoughts of lace and myself and socks and me and shawls and I. Does that ever happen to you? Do you know why it happens to me? Maybe because I am the only person I knit for that takes care of her handknits? Yeah, I totally found Drama’s Wallaby in the yard, soaking wet from the rain earlier this week. At least it wasn’t wool, so she doesn’t need to shop for travel insurance to escape my blistering ire. A little wash, a little dry, she’s good to go, and so os the sweater. Still, she’ll be practically grown before I knit her another sweater. And not just because I am upset about finding this one in the yard. After all, she has to wait her turn, ykwim? And since my mind is full of ideas for me, well, I may just be next, next, next and next.

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Stuntman’s Wallaby

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!

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Cass in the Kitchen: The Final Edition

:kitchen: The time has come, the time is now.
I’m still in the kitchen, but honey, wow
It looks so good, it smells so fine
I wanna talk cooking all. the. time.

Ok, bad poetry aside, here’s the deal. When I launched the Cass in the Kitchen segment, I did it as a prelude to starting a cooking blog. I’ve had Cass Cooks, Too! up and running for several months now, and I think it’s ready to stand on it’s own two feet. Now, I’ll still be doing cook book reviews here. After all, a gal has to do reviews where the reviews are sent: dish detergent, cook books, Callaway irons, whatever. But recipes and cooking tips and all that kind of stuff– it’s gonna be over there. You really oughta check it out. My good pal Retta made the theme for me!

One more item of cook-y business. Last week, I asked for recipes for weiner schnitzel. Allena ponied up to the plate (haha, very punny) and I riffed off that today, and folks, I made weiner schitzel. It was da bomb. I toyed with talking about it here, and then I decided that I should make you salivate and then direct you over to Cass Cooks, Too! I’ll have that recipe up sometime before midnight.

Wednesday Beading Report 11/5/2008

Image by cassdarrow via Flickr

I suppose that this week’s report will be about the craft show, huh? I’ve mentioned that it did not go well, and that is an understatement. I sold two pieces, and Mama sold one. It was very disappointing, especially considering the fact that I stayed up after a lock-in to do the show. In fact, I fell asleep around 2, I was just so tired. I woke up when I heard Mama say “she was at a lock-in last night”. Hmm, come to think of it, maybe people didn’t buy from us because I looked drunk. Don’t believe me?

Now, I had intended to use the show for some branding, as I believe I had shared with you. But it was too cold to wear my logo t-shirt, at least until we began to be boiled alive, and I was not mentally spry enough to engage people and give them business cards. Which, by the way, is odd for me, because typically I am very gregarious in social situations. I use that to hide my basic insecurities, HA! The point is, I wanted people to have an outgoing, laughing, chatty person in their minds when they looked at my card, and instead, they have a memory of a sleepy zombie and no business card at all. That would be a branding fail. The good news is that if they ever see me again, they probably won’t realize it’s me, LOL!

Back to the show: We were not the only booth that suffered, most people had really slow days. The lady next to us was very encouraging, and gave us a lot of tips. She also assured us that this show was very light and not to take it as a potent of things to come. We did make enough to cover the booth rental, and the materials costs of what we sold, but if the next show isn’t any better, I am thinking etsy/flickr/sidebar/something.

Of course, I have been so busy since the show, what with trying to catch up on my sleep, that I haven’t had a chance to get Mama’s opinions at all.

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