Archive for December, 2011


Last Saturday as we were waiting for GhostSister and her brood to arrive, I walked into the living room and saw an odd sight.

It's a shame GhostDad hates cats.


I Resolve To …


It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? The time when people make promises to themselves that they will [do something] in the coming year.

I’ve never seen the point of having resolutions – I’m either going to actually [do something] or I’m not. If I made a resolution to [do something] and then didn’t, I would feel bad because I had said I would [do something] but didn’t.

 But then I started thinking (always a dangerous sign) that maybe all those people who make New Year’s resolutions are on to something – maybe it really does help you get off your ass and [do something] during the year.

So this year I will break my decades-long streak and actually make a resolution.

I’m going to [do something] this year.

I’m just not sure what yet. I’ll have to get back to you on that.


I saw a commercial for something that looks just … weird.

Meet Squishy Baff.

AKA Gelli Baff

For the “low” price of thirty bucks, you can have four packets that will each make forty liters of what looks like Day-Glo applesauce.

I won’t lie – that does look like awesome fun. Expensive, but fun.

The website has a Pool Calculator – that means enough people have asked how to figure out much of this stuff they need to buy to turn an entire pool into goo that they have actually designed a calculator for it.

The same parent company sells an adult version (not that sort of “adult” – get you mind out of the gutter!) called G-Spa. The only difference is that it is scented differently and tinted a more subdued color.

The popcorn-scented one looks interesting, though.

They also have cola and bubble gum scented.

The Luddites Might Be Right

Since I had yesterday off and had done a bit too much goofing off on Monday, I decided to tackle something I have been putting off for almost a year – reinstalling the OS on my desktop.

In my overly-procrastinating manner, I have been dreading this because I have some of my father’s distrust of computers and don’t really understand what I’m doing.

I managed to get the OS reinstalled and the computer didn’t blow up, but it wiped out the driver for my wireless card so I had to get the make and model number, download the driver on a flash drive, and install it in the desktop.Then came the joy of reinstalling mt security software and assorted other bits, all of which required the computer be restarted.

I’m at the point that I never want to see a computer again.


And tomorrow I’m going to work where I’ll spend almost nine hours on a computer. Yay.

My Day Off

So what is Ghostie doing on her exciting and fun-filled day off?

Nothing much, working on stuff mostly and goofing off.

I was sitting on the couch and taping together my laundry baskets again when Looney Tunes came on.

I am very attached to these baskets. Plus I hate shopping for new things when the old ones are still mostly usable.

Cartoon Network actually has a brand-new iteration of the Looney Tunes that’s different from the old shorts I remember, more like an ongoing storyline that random isolated events. I’m not sure I like it as I’ve only seen a couple of episodes, but there are Coyote and Roadrunner shorts (in CGI) that are just as good as the originals, if slightly less screwball.

I also made some new toys for the cats, I crocheted a few balls for them and put catnip inside. You can see two of them in the photo. Their favorite is not shown, it got chased down the hall into the living room by Big Fluff.

I wrestled it away from Fearless for a minute. She growled at me.

It’s made of jute packing twine, which is very durable (a plus for cat toys) but hell on the hands when you’re working with it because it’s very stiff and rough. I stuffed a small vending machine capsule with a couple of beans inside of it into that ball so that it rattles. I think I’ll have to do that in the future with the other balls I make.


GhostSister and her brood came over on Saturday for dinner, lasagna, and the annual exchange of gifts. Since the Things aren’t big fans of lasagna, we made them individual baked spaghetti portions – in little gingerbread men dishes.

This is the closest I've ever come to anything vaguely Martha Stewart-ish.

This led to my favoritest quote of all time from Thing 1 –

"I ate his heart, Aunt Ghostie!"

And then came everyone’s favorite part – presents!

Before ... (Fearless wanted to eat the pretty boxes so badly.)

And after.

Among their various treasures were a couple of Ring Pops that were tied to the outside of a package – the Things were very interested in these and were asking about them before dinner, during dinner, and right up until the point they passed out presents.

Want to guess which one got the blue Ring Pop?

Happy Holiday!


May you all be touched by His Noodley Appendage.

Christmas Hijackers

Since it’s a holiday weekend, I thought I would share a little holiday art that I found over on deviantArt.

Ho, Ho, Holy crap!

christmas questions

I was over at swap-bot again and found another list of questions! These are Christmas questions so I thought they would make a good holiday post, rather than procrastinating and not posting them until June like I probably would have done.

The original list was really, really long and many of the questions were just repeated with slight variations of the wording, so I cut quite a few out.


Whats Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

Kung Fu Panda

Whats Your Favorite Christmas Color?

Orange and Purple striped.

Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?

The fact that I remember to wear clothes at all should be enough.

If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?

I only have to buy one present this year? Why didn’t anyone tell me this sooner?!?

Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?

I carefully unwrap each present several weeks before and then re-wrap them and act surprised on Christmas morning.

Have You Ever Built a Ginger Bread House?

No, but I built a Crescent Roll House once – the flaky deliciousness wasn’t up to code so I was never able to get my certificate of occupancy.

What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?

Depends on what I break – if it’s a leg then square-dancing is out.

Any Christmas Wishes?

I’d like an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-range-shot model air rifle … oh, and world peace.

Favorite Christmas Smell?

I’ve got this new lemon verbena soap that’s just yummy.

Favorite Christmas Meal Or Treat?


Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?

Why, what have you heard? I swear that dwarf is a big fat liar.

(I have a question for you, mysterious list maker – why have you suddenly stopped capitalizing every single word?)

Do you have a embarrassing Christmas Card photo?

:flicks blowtorch off: Not anymore.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

Basically like any other day – sitting on the couch, surrounded by sleeping cats.

Have you ever had a White Christmas?

No, but I had a maroon one once. They mean it when they tell you to stay away from the brown acid.

Does it snow where you live?

Sometimes when the icemaker acts up.

Favorite Christmas Song?

“Making Christmas” from the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

I call the little one Stumpy.

What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?

The traditional Airing of Grievances.

Do you have any Holiday Traditions?

Isn’t that something you should have asked me before asking what my favorite tradition was?

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Both – it’s fake, but it’s made out of paper so it used to be a real tree.

Be Honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Both are fun in their own way; I like the anticipation that comes before you give someone a gift when you’re wondering if they will like it and then seeing the joy in their eyes, but on the other hand – free stuff.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I’ve always wanted to visit the Moon.

Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?

Yes, it’s called “Stay out of Mother Dearest’s way!”

Do you make Holiday Cookies if so what kind?

Whichever tube of dough is the cheapest.

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

I played semi-pro for a few seasons, but then came the Disaster of ’03 that left two people in the hospital. I don’t like to speak of it, but even the sight of brightly colored paper makes me go twitchy.

Most memorable Holiday moment?

That year Santa tried to come down the chimney while we had a fire going – we never could get rid of the smell of smoldering fur.

What made you realize the truth about Santa?

That he’s a Time Lord? I’ve know that forever.

Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I always make a resolution to never make a resolution. So far I’ve succeeded at failing.

What makes the Holidays special for you?

Sleeping in on a weekday.

Do you like snow?

If it’s in a cone and drenched in flavored syrup.

Do you go Caroling?

Who’s Carol? And more importantly, will she buy me dinner first?

Do you make Snowman or have you ever made a snowman?

I have made many men in my life time, some of them have been made of snow, some of ice cream, and at least one out of frozen pudding.

Do you Drive around and look at lights?

I drive quite a bit and if it’s dark there are usually lights on, so …

Do your Stockings Match each other?

:pulls up pants’ cuffs: Son of a bitch …

Do you fill up the Stockings?

My feet are in them so they are pretty full.

Do you like handmade stuff or store stuff?

I am a fan of stuff in general. Also things.

Would you like to get handmade stuff over store stuff?

Over, under, wrapped around – it’s all good.

Do you use Mistletoe?

No, I’m on the Mistletoe Patch now. Only three more steps and I’ll have this licked!

Favorite random thing?


What is the most exciting thing you’re giving this Christmas?

A small thermonuclear device that I’m sending to some friends overseas.

Do you still leave out cookies and milk?

I am a grown woman – I just leave Santa a couple of bucks so he can buy his own damned snacks.

whats your fav christmas nail polish?

I like all the polish, especially the sparkly ones.

Whats your favorite Christmas clothing piece?

I’ve got these panties that light up, they are quite festive.

Do you care if you get socks for Christmas?

I love socks!

How many covers do you have on your bed when its cold?

I don’t need more than one layer – I have a thick down duvet and several large cats that sleep with me. I’m always too hot.

Do you get school\work off for Christmas?

Yep – two days!

Are you good at shopping for men?

I suck at it – so, so much.

Are men good at shopping for you?

I’ll let you know when one actually does it.

It’s Beesmas Time!

My super-secret crafting project has finally been received by it’s recipient so I can finally post about it. Yay!

The project was for a Beesmas swap held for the Friends of YSaC group on Facebook, where all the commenters and lurkers from YSaC hang out around the virtual water-cooler. The only requirement was that the gift had to relate in some way to one of YSaC’s memes. For my gift, I picked one of the oldest site memes, the Not. A. Lion., as illustrated by one of the regulars.

The inspiration, by YSaCer Silva Noir. I've also got this T-shirt.

I had the perfect pattern for the body from Nuno Doll – you can find it here as well as directions for the doll. It was pretty easy to make, I decided to sew it by hand rather than on my machine because I have learned from past experience that sewing small curvy items on the machine is a bitch-and-a-half.

The original pattern calls for terry cloth, I used a regular cotton fabric printed in a tiger stripe for the body and head, with a piece of white flannel for the tummy. I had to make a few modifications to the pattern to make it work for me – the original tail was unstuffed and kind of limp, not really suited for what I needed it to do. Since I wanted to put a tail sleeve on the lion coat, I took the tail off, stuffed it, and sewed the butt back together.

The head gave me some trouble as well, the pattern calls for you to turn it right-side-out, sew shut the neck openings on the body and the head, and then sew the two halves together. Mother Dearest assures me that this is how it’s normally done, but I didn’t like how it looked so I took them apart, unstuffed both halves, flipped them inside out, and sewed them together at the neck all the way around. I pulled some stitches out along the belly, flipped it right-side out, and discovered I had put the head on backwards. Many curse-words later, I had the head on the right way around, re-stuffed the whole thing, and sewed it shut.

Once the tiger body was done, I had to do the tricky part – the lion coat. I say “tricky” because there was no existing pattern for it and I had only a vague idea of what I wanted it to look like. The entire time I was working on the tiger I kept putting off thinking about the coat until – oh, crap – I was finished with the body.

I used polar fleece, because the edges could be left raw and it would have some stretch that would help it fit better over the tiger body. Originally I had hoped to make a full body suit, like the one in the portrait, but I couldn’t figure out how to get it off and on without it being in sections. Mother Dearest suggested making little pockets that would slip over each foot and I tried several versions of that before giving up on the idea. I finally settled on what I think of as a “dog coat” style – it fastens at the chest with a snap and there is a band across the belly, also with snaps. The tail sleeve is a bit of a snug fit, but the rest fits quite nicely. I crocheted the mane and tail out of plain cotton yarn, the mane is a chain of single crochet with four rows of ten-stitch loops along the length. I thought about using fun fur since it would make it look more like a real mane, but I wanted the stiffness of the cotton to help stabilize the shape of the hood. I added a tuft to the tail and the Not. A. Lion. was complete!

With the coat off...

...And with the coat on.

Once it was finished the Not. A. Lion. looked sort of lonely by itself, so I pummeled my brain trying to think of something else I could send.

Ninjas? I’ve got ninjas, I’ll send those! (And a penguin-ninja.)

It says so right on the package.

That still seemed kind of light, so I thought some more and remembered something I had purchased at a yard sale not long ago – a Xyron 500 Create-A-Sticker machine. I had been looking for an excuse to use this baby and it came with a cartridge to make magnets so I decided to make a magnetic Catulator (it’s sort of like magnetic poetry.)

I printed out a list of random words, most having something to do with YSaC, and ran them through my Xylon before cutting them apart. I made a label and a little envelope out of an old dictionary page and slipped the packet of words into the card I enclosed with the Not. A. Lion.

Nerky Beesmas, EB!

I received my own Beesmas gift from my partner ( Thank you, Moira!) on Monday – she sent me some yummy soap, two bottles of green tea & hibiscus mead, and a beautiful Nerky Beesmas cross stitched bookmark.

This soap is so delicious-smelling I just want to eat it.

I would like to thank Mother Dearest for her suggestions for my Not. A. Lion. and the donation of snaps when I couldn’t find mine. Our conversations where I was trying to explain to her what I was doing sounding something like an Abbott & Costello routine.

MD – “What are you making?”

Ghostie – “It’s a Not. A. Lion.”

MD – :blank look of incomprehension:

Ghostie – “See, people post ads on CraigsList for things with tigers on them but they call them lions, so we started referring to tigers as Not. A. Lions.”

MD – :more incomprehension: “What is this for, exactly?”

Ghostie – “It’s for my Beesmas swap!”

MD – “Okay …”

Ghostie – “It’s a holiday we made up to celebrate a truck covered in bees.”

MD – “…”

Ghostie – “That sounded less crazy in my head.”