Archive for October, 2009

A little more help for Cluny

Monday, October 26th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who threw in some votes for Cluny to win a scholarship in the Class Act Canada contest. He’s made it to the final round!

Ten of the 20 remaining contestants will win an all-expenses-paid education in British Columbia, Canada. A couple more clicks from all of you can help Cluny reach that goal.

Go here to vote. Once again, you can add up to 10 votes per day per IP address. Voting runs through Nov. 6. After that, it’s in the judges’ hands.

Thanks for your help.

Burn, baby, burn!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 3 Comments

These make me wish so hard that I had a fireplace in my new home. Don’t know which I like more, though I’m leaning more toward London. If you get the Rome one, you probably also need to get a fiddler.

(via NOTCOT)

Slowly digging out

Friday, October 9th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

I finally got around to posting my pix from my Toronto trip back in July. You can find them here.

Could have sworn I had a lot more of them. Well, ok, there were a lot more, but let’s just say that after viewing many of them, I question my photography skills. It’s best I stick to these.

Buddy, can you spare some clicks?

Monday, October 5th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

A friend of a friend is currently entered to try to win one of 10 all-expenses-paid scholarships through the Class Act Canada contest. The man wants to be a nurse specializing in geriatrics, and you can help him out.*

You can vote here up to 10 times per day per IP address. You can vote through October 16. On October 23, the top 20 will move on to the next round. Between then and November 6 is the final round of voting to determine the 10 winners.

I have no stake in this, I just think it’s an easy way to try to do something nice for someone, and the world needs more nice these days.

*If you don’t want to help him out, it’s going to look like you don’t like old people. Like your grandmother. Do you really want me to tell your grandma that you don’t like old people? Don’t make Grandma cry. Vote for Cluny.

Off to mete out justice

Monday, October 5th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Typical: All the times I’ve checked the reserve juror check-in message during the last two weeks, it’s said “thanks, but we won’t need you.” Now that it’s my day to be a reserve juror, it says “come on in!”


Jury duty for me generally consists of sitting in the pool room, bored out of my mind for a day and a half, only to be called up then quickly dismissed. (If you’re going to dismiss me, call me up on day one, please.) The difference this time was that I got to spend Friday afternoon attempting to plan a schedule around not knowing whether or not I’d be at work on Monday or Tuesday, then spend Monday morning trying to plan a schedule around whether or not I’d be in during the afternoon or not. (Who knew jury duty could be made into more of a hassle? Kudos to those who figured out how to do it.)

So I’m off to the courthouse to determine someone’s fate. Or, more likely, I’m off to the courthouse to sit around and read more of my book. At least they’ve got wi-fi now. (Oh, hell. Forgot my headphones. There goes any hope of watching Dr. Horrible.) I wish they could use the same exciting technology as restaurants and give me a little buzzer to let me know if I was called or not. Then I could spend my day digging through files in the Records Office. Ah, well.

Update, Monday night: Guess who’s on a jury. Will end up being more than two days of service, but at least it’s not just sitting around in the jury pool room.

Because some crafts truly are awful

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

And for this reason, there is Regretsy.

I love handcrafted items as much as the next person, but this is so called for sometimes. There are an awful lot of “WTF?” moments out there in the world of handmade crafts. This site nicely compiles them. No links to the actual items — and that’s probably a good idea. This site could be incredibly dangerous when one is a bit tipsy and feeling like a little mischief is called for. (White elephant gifts, anyone?)

I have to admit, though, I’m more than a smidge amused by the meerkat manger scene. But then I used to find it highly amusing when Dad would put little plastic football helmets on everyone in the Nativity scene each year. (The baby Jesus got the ball, of course.)