Archive for July, 2007

I swear I’m not intentionally ignoring you

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

To catch you up on what your Czeltistani government has been up to in the past few weeks:

- There’s been work, most of it involving reading small type extolling the specific virtues of bicycles.

- There have also been meetings, mostly involving people of Irish descent. Rumor has it there is some sort of Irish-related festival coming up in the near future. (Far too near, considering how many volunteer issues I still need to deal with.)

- Unfortunately, there has been a fair amount of time spent at the neighboring hospital. My grandmother has pneumonia and is not reacting well to her treatment and may possibly have other medical issues that haven’t yet been discovered. We spent 6 hours or so with her in the ER on Sunday and she was admitted later that night. Tuesday she was moved to the ICU, which is just never a good thing. So now we let the medical staff do their thing while we wait and hope and keep our fingers crossed.

- And, since I haven’t had any free time to spare, the Czeltmobile decided it needed not only new brakes, but also new rotors. Hooray. So I took the day off work to take the car in for some automotive love. Then I took myself to the Oriental for a little movie love (because, clearly, I hadn’t spent enough money today). Go see Sunshine. It’s lovely. (Well, except for the irritating spaceship noises. Space is a vacuum, folks. Ships don’t rumble out there.)

- There was a Mighty Deerlick show. I spent most of the evening yawning and trying to stay awake long enough to see all three bands. I think I’m going to have to turn in my Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle card now that I’m old. *sigh*

- There’s also been a bit of bill paying, laundry, grocery shopping and such, but you needn’t concern yourself with these things.

So that’s that. We should return to our regular broadcast schedule shortly. Meantime, I leave you with one link. Shirt.woot! is live now. Works the same as Woot! — one item a day, dirt cheap, for sale until it’s sold out. Shirts so far have been great. (If you go to the blog at the site, you can see thumbnail images of past shirts.) Enjoy.

I have another theory

Thursday, July 26th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 11 Comments

Maybe Oscar the cat doesn’t predict death. Maybe he’s a serial killer. A tiny, furry serial killer. They should check the people who died, see if any of them have refused to open cat food cans for him recently.

Update: Yes! Someone made an Oscar lolcat!

Wait — this is going to lead to a dangerous trend in lolnews, isn’t it?

One more day. One more day. One more day.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Catalogs release tomorrow.

Oh, internets, I miss you so.

Happy birthday to me…

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 14 Comments

I’ll let you run through the rest of the song in your head.

Taking my sunburned self off to the stadium to see if Barry Bonds can do his thing today. (If he’s even playing.) There’s part of me that wants him to ‘coz it’d be cool to say “I was there when…”, but there’s another part of me that says “You’re in Milwaukee. You leave Hank Aaron’s records alone.”

Also: Big thanks to Mother Nature for the fine birthday weekend weather. Any year it’s not 90 and humid is okey doke by me. This again next year, too, please.

Calling local geeks

Thursday, July 19th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 4 Comments

Know any interactive web developers in the Milwaukee area who are looking for a job? If so, send ‘em my way. We’re looking for someone at work.

They’re still not getting a car

Saturday, July 14th, 2007 | Kitty! | 10 Comments

The Girls

The girls turned 17 this week.

In true 17-year-old cat form, they slept through most of it.

Nice touque, eh

Friday, July 13th, 2007 | Toast! | 1 Comment

A toast hat. How wonderful.


Friday, July 13th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

I’m having one of those weeks. (And now it’s Friday the 13th. What could possibly go wrong?)

Just somehow deleted not only the entry I was in the middle of writing, but also the last one I posted. I blame frantic clicking on my part. That’s what I get for trying to sneak in a blog entry when I’m this busy, I guess.

So to recap the one I accidentally nuked: Bar trivia at Paddy’s. I got a $20 bar tab out of it. Yay, me. (And Glenn, I think it was one of those “trivia guy showed up, trivia and karaoke ensued” things. I don’t know that there was much planning for this, but check with Patty to see what’s up for future nights.)

And to recap the one I was writing: Trek, Trek, Trek, Trek, Trek. All three catalogs due in less than 2 weeks. Production, photography, retouching, acct mgmt and digital asset mgmt personnel will be sleeping at their desks until then. The designers have a little head start on us, so they might actually see their houses occasionally before the release. Lucky bastards. (I kid. They’ve already been cranking on this for a few weeks.)

So, um, yeah. Not much in the way of web surfing time, which means little blogging time and few, if any, entertaining goodies delivered to you from deep in the heart of Czeltistan. I’ll post when I can, but I apologize in advance for the dead air.


Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Many congrats to friend and coworker Jillian and her man, Matt. They got engaged while on a trip at the Apostle Islands. (Scenery? Check. Ring? Check.)

So when’s the date? (Kidding! I’ll be nice and give you a week or so to discuss those sorts of details before I start asking.) ;)


Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

My condolences go out to my godmother, Pat, and her husband, Ivan, on the passing of Pat’s mother this week. I never got the chance to meet her (or met her when I was far too young to remember it), but I’ve heard a lot about her from both my mother and Pat. She sounds like she was a lovely person. I’m sure she will be greatly missed.

I don’t know if this is as interesting to people outside the design world…

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, Design-y Bits | No Comments

… but here goes.

Terrorist Organization logo designs

I read the headlines, I win prizes

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Yay, me. I won the first-ever The Morning News headlines quiz. Be gettin’ me a nice, new TMN t-shirt in the deal.

I could get used to this whole ‘get rewarded for something you already do’ way of life. (Ok, so the quiz part is new, but the reading their headlines twice a day isn’t, as you can probably tell by the fact I swipe so many of my postings from them.) Now if I can just find some way to get good swag from other sites I spend too much time on…

Is this thing on?

Friday, July 6th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

*tap, tap* Oh, hi, everyone. Sorry it’s been a little slow around here this week. Holiday, busy at work, etc.

Found a fun new blog to read, though. Brendan, you’ll love this one. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette

Have yourselves a lovely weekend. I’ll be spending mine swearing at the heat & humidity and being all happy with myself for putting the a/c unit in the window last night. I’ll also be going to Summerfest on Saturday night to catch Old 97’s and Son Volt. (Summerfest when it’s 90 and humid. Yeah. That’ll be a good time.) If I haven’t melted, I’ll catch you all on Monday.