Friday, December 12, 2014


My new notebooks came in and I've been carrying them around until I can find a spare moment to write in them!

They're from May Design. The top one is my new address book. My current one is oh, six years old? And so out of date. Even my address is wrong in that one. The unicorn one is my new scribble book. There are no lines in this one. And the plaid one is my 2015 agenda.

I really like that you can customize the covers and the interior pages. But more importantly (at least to me) the pages feel nice. Ink pens don't bleed through easily and they look like they'll hold up after being tossed in my bag pretty well. Follow them on the bookFace for occasional random coupon codes to get some good deals.

By the way, did you know Google can help you collect up to date addresses for your holiday cards? Like most people, my collection of addresses live partially in emails, ancient spreadsheets and on my phone. You can create a survey in Google docs where you can customize your questions and tell the fill boxes what to expect. There's also the option of making certain responses "required" with that all important red * to let them know you mean business. Google will then take the responses and populate a spreadsheet for you! Neat huh? You can also customize the response received message. Mine said to allow 6-8 weeks for processing. It confused some people. I was trying to be funny. Choose your messages wisely.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last Butterfly!

We had a freeze a couple of weeks ago and rushed to put our outdoor faucets covers on. When we took them off, we found a butterfly cocoon had been trapped inside! The last cocoons we saw were back in late September. Luckily the little guy was still wiggling  - although very slowly. Well, sometime between Monday and today, the little guy crawled out and flew away. We're so glad to know it made it!

It was one of these guys: the Gulf Fritillary.
Gulf Fritillary

We cut down the butterfly garden, so now it's just a few tiny shrubs that (I hope) will be hibernating (as soon as we get some colder weather). 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Dicken's weekend also means the end of Faire season. This year was the Texas Renaissance Festival's 40th anniversary. Thanks to an awesome deal last year, we were able to grab four weekend tickets. No matter how often we go, (and we go almost every year) we always find/learn something new. It's also a great excuse to dress up and an even better excuse to rack up steps on the Fitbit!

So, we like to dress up:

Nicholas learned about vanquishing enemies and woo-ing ladies from Sholo the Nubian:
Nicholas & Sholo the Nubian

We saw awesome homemade costumes such as this Rainbow Dash:
Rainbow Dash!

and these Beer Knights:
Shiner Knight, Lone Star Knight, My Knight

Nicholas also got to make a commemorative 40th anniversary coin!
The 2014 TRF coin punch

We got a lesson in the different techniques of weaving and got to watch this monstrosity of a machine make this lace pattern:
Lace Pattern

and got a rare chance to hear this carillion:
Cast in Bronze

We're looking forward to going again next year! The photos from this years trips are on Flickr.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Although we've been Houston area residents for over 8 years - and Nicholas grew up here - this was our *first* year to visit Dicken's on the Strand! The weather was perfect for the many layers of clothing involved with Victorian-inspired outfits. It was the perfect opportunity to wear this tiny hat I picked up at a comic convention earlier this year.

Nicholas and Me

There were so many things to see with all the vendors and shops. Our favorites were the other costumed visitors,
Yellow team & Blue Team

and this alpaca! He was with a shop that sold alpaca knit items. Nicholas picked up an incredibly soft scarf. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Old Faves

Spending the new year nursing aching joints and a runny nose isn't ideal, but it gets the sickies out if the way! Hopfully, I will remain ick free for 2014!!

Given my condition, we just spent the day hanging and framing new posters. This one from Mondo is from one of my most favorite movies ever: Clash of the Titans in all of its stop animation glory! It's difficult to see, but the frame is a metallic burned orange, just like Medusa's lair ;)

{Clash of the Titans 1981 & Mondo Poster}