Friday, November 29, 2013

Premade Blog Template: Lauren

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I added a new template to the shop today! I wanted to make a fun, summery design (even though it's almost winter).

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

L.A. Sightings: Coyotes and Bunny Rabbits


You know that scene in the movie Collateral, with Tom Cruise, where he's in L.A. in the middle of the night and a coyote walks across the road in front of him? Yeah, that really happens here.

The Mexicans around here have a legend that the coyote hypnotizes you if you look them in the eyes. I don't know if that's true necessarily, but they sure are mesmerizing to look at. They are about half as big as a female deer (hey, I'm from Oregon; I know deer... we have almost as many deer as trees in Oregon!), but they tend to walk around more purposefully than a deer, less scared. Whereas deer will stop in front of your car and look freaked out, a coyote will just glance at you as he's marching across the road, almost as if saying, "Oh it's you again. Don't bother me, I'm hunting rabbits."


Yes, rabbits. No, this isn't just a plot from a Looney Tunes cartoon. I've been helping my dad run a paper route in the nights and we see dozens of rabbits bounding across every lawn like it's their personal playground. You can see their little white tails as they bounce around in the grass like little kittens playing with each other. It's the cutest thing you've ever seen!

I can only assume that since we also see the coyotes at night, the poor little bunny rabbits are a midnight snack for Mr. Coyote. So far I haven't seen that, thankfully, but I'm sure it happens. Run, little bunny rabbit, run!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Premade Blog Template: Kate

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Here's a fun new template for Blogger. I designed it with Irish alter-ego in mind (I actually really am part Irish, but when I'm playing Sims, sometimes Kate is my more-Irish, alter-ego name). ;)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Knit Boot Cuffs

The people have spoken! Can you believe I've had two separate requests for knit boot cuffs in the past week? So... I have delivered!

Five colors are available immediately in my knitting shop and I will be adding more soon. Most are made with wool or a wool blend, but I'll also be making some with acrylic yarn, simply because I like the colors better! All are soft and stretchy and designed to fit small- to medium-sized women's calves.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Still 80 degrees... in November

I'm not sure I'll ever get used to the weather here. I know what you're thinking... but 80 degrees in November is awesome!

I guess... if you like summer... which I don't particularly. I'm not saying it's horrendous torture to still be 80 degrees in November, just that it's weird. Summer is fine, in moderation, when it's part of the yearlong cycle of seasons, but November should not be part of summer. Summer should be over by now.

November is supposed to be sweaters and pumpkin lattes and curling up by the fireplace with a good book. I'm literally still in shorts and t-shirts, whipping out my sunglasses everytime I go outside. It's very odd.


I was reading an article from a local magazine the other day... talking about how it was flannel sheets weather. Um, really? Really?? Flannel sheets!?? I'm still throwing off blankets in the middle of the night because I'm so warm. It definitely is NOT flannel sheet weather.

Flannel sheet weather is when it's frosty outside. Like, literal frost on the ground. Sub 32 degrees, people. I think it's maybe gotten to 46 degrees overnight here so far. Which... I suppose if you were outside then, would be kind of cold. Perhaps if you were camping in a tent in your backyard in this weather, you'd want flannel sheets. But... indoors? Seriously, no.

Indoors it is definitely not cold, even at night. At least in my apartment, it's still low 70's, high 60's overnight, with the room instantly heating up back to 80+ degrees the second the sun comes up. That's like... maybe spring weather... at most.

And yet... the other day I went to an evening Bible study, and I had grabbed a cardigan to wear, because... well, because it's November and that seemed like the right thing to do. I kid you not, the second I walked into their house I was boiling. It felt like 90 degrees in there. They had the fireplace going; everyone was in sweaters and drinking coffee. Meanwhile I was quickly removing my cardigan and locating the cold water to drink. Lol.

I have a feeling that 1) people here either don't actually know what cold weather feels like, so they instantly assume "not hot" means freezing, or 2) people's blood is thinner here so they really do feel colder a lot quicker than I do. My skin seems to soaks up the sun from the day and hold onto it all night, though, so I never quite feel cold here like I used to in Oregon. And generally speaking, I like the cold! I miss it! I like that it gives you a reason to cuddle into snuggly clothes and pull on a warm hat. I guess I'm glad to experience this way of living, because it's definitely interesting, but not really something I see myself wanting long-term. I miss my seasons!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall 2013 TV Pilots Review


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland


I really wanted to like this show, but so far it's pretty boring (granted I've only made it through one episode, so it may get better). I love Once Upon a Time and it's spin on all the fairy tales, but Once Upon a Time in Wonderland doesn't have that same charm for some reason. It's largely centered around Alice and Aladdin's genie (who are in love), as they try to escape from Jafar and the Queen of Hearts. Bizarre? Yes, definitely. Bizarre in a good way? I'm not so sure.

Update --> 1 THUMB DOWN

I suffered through another couple episodes but couldn't take it anymore. This isn't a horrible show; it just doesn't have any intrigue to it.  The thing I love about Once Upon a Time is the million intertwining fairytales; it's a unique take on the classic tales that we know and love. Wonderland, on the other hand, has basically only two fairytales intertwining (Aladdin and Alice) and that's just not interesting enough for me to want to keep watching. The latest episode I watched did start to tie in Robin Hood as well, but it's too little too late (plus I keep hearing rumors of cancellations).



So far so good. This spin-off of Pretty Little Liars has a much more supernatural vibe to it, which is intersesting, although odd considering the show it spun off from isn't supernatural in the least. As it stands on it's own though, it's pretty mysterious and intriguing, which suits me just fine. It follows five teenagers that are stuck in a 'Final Destination'-like situation in a town that doesn't seem to have aged since 1960. I've seen the first two episodes and will definitely keep tuning in to see what happens next!

Update --> 1 1/2 THUMBS UP

Yeah I'm definitely loving this one.  The mystery of it all is intriguing enough to keep me watching and they're keeping me guessing enough to not be boring. Great job, ABC Family!

Lucky 7


This show was pretty awesome... too bad it got canceled after only two episodes. It was one of those "a bunch of people win the lottery by pooling their money together" type of shows that come around every few years and get cancelled right away (remember the show Windfall?). I absolutely love this story premise, but unfortunately have never actually been able to watch a show about it because they keep getting cancelled! Come on, people! Wish fulfillment is awesome!

The Tomorrow People


I've seen the first couple episodes of this and I think I remember it being intriguing, although obviously not quite enough to make me want to watch the next episode yet. I may get around to it, but we'll see. It reminds me a bit of the movie Jumper, mixed with the X-Men. If I remember right, the storyline was kind of all over the place, which generally means it's not going to hold my attention very long.

Update --> 1 THUMB DOWN

Alright I've seen 4-5 episodes now, and while I really want to like this show, it's got far too much "monster-of-the-week" style writing and far too little actual character & plot development for my taste. Add the random gratuitous violence that continually sneaks in for no apparent reason and it really makes me completely over this show. While Tomorrow People has an interesting premise, the writers can't seem to do anything with it.

The Originals


I love The Vampire Diaries, but so far this spin-off is very dull and boring. It doesn't help that it's staring my least favorite characters from TVD (moody Klaus, and even more moody Marcellus), as well as a some new, even more annoying, characters (I'm looking at you, Hayley!). The storyline is somewhat interesting, so I'm trying to push through and keep watching, but I have a feeling that unless something super interesting happens, this one won't last long on my to-watch list.

Unfortunately The Originals has none of the wit, charm, or Ian-Somerholder-ness that TVD has going for it, and so far the most interesting character is a not-seen-very-often barmaid, Camille (and only because she's played by Leah Pipes, who was in another couple shows that I loved but were cancelled prematurely (Life is Wild, and The Deep End)). I don't hold out much hope for this show.

Witches of East End


So far so good. This show can be a little cheesy, but the storyline is pretty good. It's about two sisters who not only discover that they're witches, but also that they're doomed to die and be re-born as babies w/in the year. Their mom and aunt are trying to figure out how to break the curse so that the girls can live this time around. Meanwhile, there's an evil dopelganger of the mother roaming around town killing people. (Don't worry, it's on Lifetime, so is generally a very violence-free show, despite what it sounds like). Though not the best show in the world, I'd say it's got potential.

Update --> 1 THUMB DOWN

This show is quickly getting both painfully creepy and painfully boring. While I can tolerate creepy if the storyline is fantastic (think... X-Files or Walking Dead), creepy with boring just isn't a good combination. I've got through about 4 episodes and they're still on the same basic storylines without much development into the plot. We've got the shifter-killer stalking the mother, one of the girls with a slightly creepy fiance and very hot fiance's brother, and the other girl who's just a librarian (nothing much interesting going on with her). I would have hoped by this many episodes in that we'd know more of their backstory, met more supernatural bad guys, had some sort of love-triangle with the fiance's brother, etc. Nope, nothing except the occasionally creepy scene whenever the mom does magic (in between very monotonous scenes where she's telling her daughters never to use magic). Seriously that's about all the show is so far - they definitely need some new writers.



Totally awesome show. I definitely recommend this one! It's loosely based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, when she moves to France at age 16 to marry Prince Francis (actually I believe in real life, she married him around age 12 or 13). Besides having a super intriguing, semi-supernatural mystery storyline going on, Anne of Green Gables is in it! Megan Follows plays the evil queen, out to get Mary, which is pretty entertaining, I must say, since I really have only ever seen her playing Anne Shirley. I definitely hope this show sticks around at least a few more seasons because it's a great show with good acting, cinematography, and storylines.

Update --> 3 THUMBS UP

This show keeps getting better. So far every main character is being developed pretty deeply, which is refreshing. No one-dimensional characters here! Mary is a strong, female character in an extremely patriarchal society, which is fascinating to watch. Plus all the dresses are pretty! ;)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What I've Watched #7

Moonrise Kingdom

Kind of an odd movie, but kind of cute too. It's basically about two twelve-year-olds who run away because they're in love, as well as all the hi-jinks the local town gets into trying to find them.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Continuum: Season 2

Love this show! Season 2 is now on Netflix, if you've got that. This Candian sci-fi series follows an accidental time-traveler, Kiera Cameron, as she tries to solve the mysteries of the past (our present) to save her present (our future). There are no Terminators or Cylons, but this sci-fi is still super interesting and hard to stop watching!

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Premade Blog Templates: the Jennifer & the Sarah

I've added a few premade blog templates to my shop this week! I decided that even though I love doing custom work, it just hasn't been steady enough income to rely on that yet, so I figured it'd be smart to make some premade templates up too! That way it's a cheaper option for people, plus it gives me more ongoing practice with designing blogs.

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