Thursday, January 28, 2010


Who thought this was a good idea? I'll bet someone at the ad agency is howling right now. I know that when J. and I simultaneously spotted it the other day on the freeway, we burst out laughing so hard I almost drove off the road. The ad in itself is creepy, anyhow--the guy has been using this cartoony version of himself since the early 80's, and is still running the same live ad of himself from the same era, with just bad, fresh overdubbing. It's very Dorian Gray.

Oh, I think you WILL be beat, if southern Californians get even the slightest chance. Slowly and with great enthusiasm and vigor.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Help, My Resolve Is Crumbling!

Salmon Favorelles. Giant Cochins. Belgian d'Uccles. Silkies. Light Brahmas. All fertile hatching eggs, all for sale on ebay.

These ebayers must be stopped. Sadly, I'm not going to be the one to stop them, it seems.


So Chickam may be starting early this year, around the third week of February if all goes well. Science. Science? Science! That's it, SCIENCE! I'm hatching chicken eggs for SCIENCE!

Yeah, my brain will buy that. It's easily distracted by shiny objects and baby chickens...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

After 15+ Years It's Time...

...to retire my old set of dishes. They were made by Mikasa Studio One, which was the 'casual dining' part of Mikasa. Which translates to 'stoneware', and damned good stuff.

I have the 'Village Trail' pattern, which is a faintly speckled glaze with a rim design of grape leaves and berries, very attractive and old Tuscany-looking.

But after all these years a lot of the pieces have broken or become chipped, and they are ALL noticeably harder to clean these days as the glaze wears thin. It's been a great set, and I remember going to the Mikasa outlet store in Fullerton to pick it out. Sad to say, Mikasa stores do not exist anymore. So I went looking online at Mikasa, confident that I'd find something I like as a replacement.

The short answer? No.

And I'm not especially super picky about dishes, either! Noritake has this set, that is microwave safe:

This one from Phaltzgraff is nice, too:

This is made by Sango, Avanti--nice deep colors:

This tortoiseshell set is lovely, too:

Here's one called Galaxy Jade:


And Pearl Shimmer:

No doubt that finally deciding on a set will be far simpler than carting ourselves all over town to actually see them in person.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Karate Night!

And the kid advances to Purple Belt, 3rd Degree.

Her gi has quite the collection of stars on it (one per belt color achieved), it looks very intimidating.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Leaving In Style

Houdini, our little unknown breed hen who we got from a feed store in August of 2002 as an adult, just left us. We knew she was old, and that tonight was going to be the night.

In typical Houdini style, she left us peacefully in her sleep on the stroke of midnight, surrounded by everyone celebrating and lots of noise and fireworks.

The old lady knew how to make an exit.