My Mom dug these pictures out and posted them on facebook. Proof that I am an old school nerd!!!!


When I was a kid the Dr. Who props came to Indiana, and Mom took us! My brother and I loved Dr. Who, even if we didn't understand any of it. We just liked the scarf and the robot dog!



You could go inside the Tardis!




And sit in the car!





I am such a dork for getting this big a kick out of this!

My friend Farrah is amazing! Check out this super geeky cross stitch she did for Strange Brew!



If you want to check out her etsy shop it's HERE.

She is just awesome.

If you don't get the Torchwood reference, get your booty in gear, and watch seasons 1&2 of Dr. Who. Then Season 1 of Torchwood. Then Season 3 of Dr. Who. (Oh. Such a good freaking season!) Then Season 2 of Torchwood. Season 4 of Dr. Who. Then Season 3 of Torchwood.
Then you'll laugh. It's worth the joke. I promise.

I started knitting the Corona Sweater off an on a few weeks back. I still need to do the hood and graft the sleeves, but it's coming along nicely.
However, this sweater should not be called Corona. It should be called Boobs. Or, if you feel cleaver, Bewbs.
Because seriously.



Right, off to brew some more coffee, get the sweater done... and apparently clean my bathroom mirror!





I've noticed a trend on the "What Sassy Ate Today" posts. The cuter the picture of Sassy, the more grievous the offense. See that above picture? That picture means that this dog got herself into some deep, deep trouble over the weekend.

We were getting ready for Gen Con on Saturday. I decided to transfer my crap to a messenger bag, as opposed to my slightly bulky purse. So necessities come out of purse, and go into messenger bag. Step outside, come back inside, and... holy crap. Stuff from my purse is scattered all over the living room and..what? What is that black stuff all over the cream colored foot stool and the cream colored carpet? What the heck could that possibly be? And why is that same black stuff on Sassy's face? And why is there an, OMG... TUBE OF LIQUID EYELINER HANGING OUT OF HER MOUTH??????
In the span of 10 minutes, Sassy tore open the tube of liquid eyeliner, ate a chapstick and half a checkbook, attempted to chew on a metal cable needle, and ate a stitch marker.
I glared at her, she thumped her tail with the eyeliner still half hanging from her mouth.
I glared harder.
She started backing away, putting little black paw prints onto the carpet. I wiped her off, while Dill started putting the steam cleaner together. Then I glared even harder. She started shaking, and hid behind Ernie, who promptly got up, and sat by my feet as if to say, "Aw hell no you're not dragging me into this shit"!
Luckily, all the eyeliner came up, and Sassy realized the error of her ways, for all of 10 seconds. Then she tried to eat the Bissel Steam Cleaner.
No. Really.
I wonder if the vet would do a voluntary tooth extraction on her?



Well, not quite. But I did have a very busy weekend. It's in fact, been a very stressful and busy month! My dog is sick, and we're hemorrhaging money we don't have, trying to figure out what the heck is wrong. It could be cancer, it could have spread to his liver, lots of maybe's, and possibilities from the vet, all at $150-$300 a pop, and all leading to the inevitable fact that I own a 15-16 year old dog and have always just assumed that he would defy all odds and live forever.
Besides all of that, we not only had the Robot Chicken madness, but 2 of our good friends are currently being followed around by cameras for the ABC show Wife Swap. Since they hang out at our shop all the time, they're filming them here as well. Saturday they filmed our friends before the swap. We came in and hung out with everyone, while our employees were hard at work...

It was really odd to watch them filming. They were supposed to bring in the new wife yesterday, but apparently there was drama, so they're coming today instead. We have no idea what she's like or what is going on, and we won't know until we talk to our friend Dave. Hopefully Holly is doing okay wherever the heck she is!
That same Saturday, we had a skating event with the guys from Robot Chicken!
It was a lot of fun. We got to meet the creators, skate around with the guys from Gym Class Heros, hang out with fans, it was a pretty cool event.
Some pics:


With the 501st.


With Seth and Matt!



Dill and Darth Vader

So yea. I'm hoping after this weekend, everything calms down around here. We've been getting home every night after 10pm, and up again at 3am or 4am. I'm ready for some dang sleep already!

Also those that voted for Smackie... thank you! She came in first!

PLEASE vote for my friend Smackie! She's talented, gorgeous, an awesome ref and retired derby girl!

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I've needed a swift forever! For the non-knitters that read my blog, this is a swift.
I use it for measuring out skeins to dye, and turning hanks of yarn into knitable little yarn balls! Not having one, literally can add HOURS of work, especially if I get interrupted while winding a hank and end up with knots and tangles. They're a bit pricey though, so I've been waiting for a deal.
Last week, I got a 50% off online coupon for joann.com. THEN, a customer had gotten a $50 gift card for joann, and gave me the "leftover", which was about $23! So I hopped on line, and with those two things combined, found out I could get the swift for around $19, including shipping. Sounded great to me! The online checkout wasn't working, so I called customer service to place my order. There I met the lovely Francis. Francis went through the order with me, step by step, and when we were almost to the end, something on her end "messed up" and did not process my order. So, Francis, apologizing, explained that we would have to go through it all again! Okay, no problem. I am getting a great deal on this swift, I'm exciting... lets do this thing. We get to the gift card part of the checkout and... $0! Wait. What?
"Oh"! says Francis. "When we did this last time it zeroed out your balance".
Silence.
"Okay..." says I "So... what"?
"Well, there's no money left on that card, we zeroed it out when we tried to check you out a few minutes ago".
"Um. But there was $23 on there"!
"Yes, well, it zeroed out in the checkout, so now the system says there is no money on it. So we can't apply that $23. You're new total is..."
"Wait Francis. Just. Wait. Is there a manager I can talk to"?
"Well... no... not at the moment. If you want I can get one over here and call you back. Would you like that sweetie"?
"Yes Francis, I would really, really like that".
I hung up the phone, and waited.
For almost an hour.
Wondering, is there any way I'm in the wrong here? Would a normal person just let $23 vanish like that? Am I going insane?
The sounds of She Wants Revenge singing "I wanna fucking tear you apart" played on my cell, letting me know that Joann was calling me back. Okay, deep breath. Surely the manager will see the idiocy of the computer eating my $23 right? Of course, you must be thinking to yourself, "Would she really be blogging this if that were the case"?
"Hi Mrs. Carr. I have my manager here, and unfortunately, the balance on your gift card went to $0, and we aren't really sure how to fix that" *sounds of manager mumbling in background, "However, your 50% off coupon is STILL valid"!
Hmmm... I wonder. If I had the ability to climb through the phone and smash up this call center, what soundtrack would I want playing on my ipod? Would I go all Dawn of the Dead, and have a lounge version of a heavy metal song? Or would I want something dark and heavy, ala, NIN's Deep, for when I stood up and surveyed the shattered remains of the office I had just devastated?
"Mrs. Carr? Mrs. Carr?"
"Huh? Oh. Um. Sorry. Look... I don't mean to be a pain, but I would really like to buy this swift, and I would really like that $23 I had on the gift card, that was eaten by your computer system, taken off the final price of the swift. Please." I forced my voice to stay calm, but really, I was digging my nails into my desk, and I wanted to smash my phone into the wall.
"Well... *manager mumbling* I don't really know what we can do about this. *mumble, mumble* My manager says that maybe we could issue you a new gift card for that amount, then use that? Would that work for you"?
"Yes. Yes that would work. Thank you".
So again, we go through the entire order then Francis hits me with... "The system isn't taking your card".
Now. Okay. I'm paying with my home debit card. So I log onto my bank account to check and... plenty of money. At this point I'm sick of Francis, sick of Joann.com's mysterious, "system" that seems to hate me. Again with the manager, again with Francis not knowing what the hell to do. Apparently it's not that there isn't enough money in the account it's that the "system" says my billing address and the address associated with the card don't match.
I call bullshit on Joann, and their system.
So I try my amex.
Same thing.
Business debit.
Same thing.
"Okay, Francis. I'm having a hard time believing that this problem is on my end. Do you have tech support that could maybe let you know if your system is having some sort of outage, or if there is something wrong on your end"?
"No. We don't have tech support here.. let me try that first card one more time". I'm starting to hear a frustrated crack in that grandmotherly sweet voice, and wonder if very many people actually call in their orders anymore. Because seriously, Francis sounds like she has no idea what the hell she is doing. I have to repeat card numbers over, and over again until my voice is raspy. I hear lots and lots of typing, even when I'm saying nothing. At this point, we're pushing the two hour mark for me trying to order my swift. Perhaps Joann is irritated I'm getting one this cheap, and feel they have to make me pay... somehow.
"Okay, that went through! Wow. I don't know what happened the first few times. The system just didn't want to process that card"!
"Right. Thanks Francis. Can I have a confirmation number please"? Because honestly? Part of me is wondering if Francis isn't just wanting to get me the hell off her phone at this point. I take down every single bit of info I can, lay my head on my desk, and sigh. Hopefully, in a handful of days, I will have a swift.
The end of this post? I DID in fact receive my swift in the mail two days ago. And the correct amount of money came out of my bank account. I don't understand why the fact I wasn't willing to let some mysterious system eat $23 was so baffling to Joann Fabrics, I really don't. I don't know why the hell I had to spend two hours of my life purchasing some pieces of wood that spin in a circle. But I did. I finally have it, and I'm happy.
Now to buy some yarn to wind!!!

Guess what I'm doing this Saturday? Skating with the guys from Robot Chicken! They're currently doing a skate party tour, and Naptown is lucky enough to be one of their stops! The band Gym Class Heros is going to play, there will be a giant chicken on skates, storm troopers.... it's a geeky roller girls dream come true!
More info is HERE

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