chasing shadows again











{July 29, 2008}   ~random goofy things~

Things I will Put in the Theoretical Ranch

Who Doesnt Need This?

Who Doesn't Need This?

The Ex Voodoo Knife Set – I should maybe put this in “Things That Would be Fun For Parties’ because I know the result is drunken stabbing of the knife holder!!!  On second thought, maybe we should hide this one for parties.  Still-I think every kitchen needs one.

What Goes Better With Coffee Than Pirates?

What Goes Better With Coffee Than Pirates?

Pirate Toast Stamp – Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!  Um…I really don’t think I have to say anything else here.  [Except, perhaps, that it also comes in “I Love You.”  Oh!!!  And Tic-Tack-Toe!!!  Ummm…also in Holy Toast (devotional madonna kinda thing).]

It Will Hum For You A Song!!!

It Will Hum For You A Song!!!

In keeping with the love of pirates – Pirate Bobble-Head Kitchen Timer!

Tasty-Cute Plants!!!

Tasty-Cute Plants!!!

Taterpots – you choose-mint, oregano, or basil!!!  Transplant after 4-6 weeks OR trim to use for garnishing and cooking!!!  [For more tasty plants-Eggling (Thyme)]

Try This Drink - FOR SCIENCE!!!

Try This Drink - FOR SCIENCE!!!

Cocktail Chemistry Set – For your very-favorite mad scientist….

Things That Would be Fun For Parties

Fortune chopsticks – you can write your own fortunes, PLUS they come in neon!!!  Downside = plastic.  However they appear to be made of ZOMG-fun!!!  I predict these are excellent for Chinese take out and Scooby Doo.  You can make special Scooby Doo fortunes-Your future appears to be mysterious and spooky.  Beware the yeti.

Hot!!!  Or...no...wait....

Hot!!! Or...no...wait....

Bone Chillers – Pirate Ice Cubes!!!

Glow-In-The-Dark Shotglasses!!!  Yes.  Really.

Things That Just Make me Giggle

Some things involving bacon – bacon wallet & bacon and egg Band-Aids!!!

kay...bout your Virtuous Vanilla...guess whats an aphrodesiac....

'kay...'bout your "Virtuous Vanilla"...guess what's an aphrodesiac....

Lookin’ Good For Jesus Lip Balm – sacrilicious!!!

Annnnnnnnnnnnd…Guide to Choosing A Religion.  Yeah.  I would set that out on the coffee table.  No.  I would not feel bad at all.

Yes, But Does It Come Blessed???  (Or do I have to steal the holy water AGAIN?)

Yes, But Does It Come Blessed??? (Or do I have to steal the holy water AGAIN?)

Holy Water Bottle –  Perhaps useful in event of zombie invasion.  Zombie-Vampire invasion?  Hrmmmmmm….

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{July 29, 2008}   Lucien!!!

Remember this monster before he was a monster?

Lucien!!!

Lucien!!!

And…close up of a tiny sprouting branch!!!

Baby Branches!!!

Baby Branches!!!

Molli – your plant!!!  He becomes HUGE!!!



{July 28, 2008}   ~prowling the internets~

Has been mostly my day.  I am lazy.  And wistful.

Poking at ranches in Colorado is an enjoyable pastime.  Largely because the listings often include pictures of views off of porches, streams, lakes, snow (I miss snow!), and unusual rock formations.  It is unlikely I will ever live on a ranch in Colorado, but saying I’ll be buying a ranch there if I ever win the lotter has gone from joke to actual priority.  I’m not sure I’ve seen much for places more beautiful.

This little house would normally not catch much attention from me at all.  It certainly isn’t grand, fantastic, or horribly given to my taste.  But…I want to walk through the ground in those pictures.  I grew up with a creek in my back yard.  I can hear it when I look at that picture.  Taste it.

And this house with a wall of windows!  I cant even imagine.  Can’t.  Even.  Imagine.

Now I am prowling for lingerie.

I found a shop on Etsy of made-to-measurement lingerie.

It bears paisley!  But she has many, many things which are the cute.  And I must know where to find the cute.  Once I live in another house, a house that is more mine, I will undoubtedly be up to my old tricks of answering the door in lingerie (okay, admittedly, I thought the delivery guy was my friend, because he was early and said friend was late – but I will state for the record that disappointment was NOT evident on the stunned expression when I flung the door open).  In any event – if one attends parties in lingerie and wears it about one’s house, one’s lingerie must be up to snuff!  Having not bought much lingerie in the last (*wince*) two years, that will require some shopping.



If not – please do not stop, do not pass go, and do not expect I will provide my number on the inside of a matchbook.

I will probably not blow up your car.

I will probably still not be safe for you to love.



{July 24, 2008}   ~hello to the cosmos~

The internets amuse me today.

It is difficult to be lonely today – I have notes from Molli and Ashish, I have e-mails from a gollum today, I have chatters with many peoples.

It has been requested that we have a saltwater fish tank behind the bar instead of a mirror – which meets my approval.  The plans for a restaurant are in discussion – themed menus are the good!  Especially with themes like mango, chocolate, and coffee.

The internet is full of things to share!

One thing comes from the extra-adorable bunnyZombieWalk!!!

Also, Peace Day (September 21) approaches!!!  Visit the site for Peace One Day to make a commitment that is tiny-sized to galaxy-sized and get banners, e-mail signatures, and things!!!  I think I may make a pair of jeans with glued on accents in fabric (like the koi pants) for Peace Day.  The peace signs will have to be fuzzy.  Fuzzy peace sign pants!!!  Okay…moving on…..

And the internet is also still full of chocolate!

A recipe for chocolate zombie fingers (decorated chocolate-covered pretzels) from Extreme Chocolate (yes, extreme chocolate!).

Also this site mentions the existance of chocolate beer! There is a link to recipies, but nowhere to order chocolate beers!  Sooooooo…I have found some places where one can find the chocolate beers!  Shenandoah Brewing Company does chocolate donut beers (Alexandria, VA) and you can brew your own beer, which sounds pretty cool.  Mountain Sun does chocolate beer (Boulder, CO – which is closer to someone’s tall, tall city than VA, though I’m still looking for chocolate beer in Denver – will has updates) and has a beer listing that makes me wish that I was a) in Colorado and b) liked beer at all.  I want to like raspberry beer dammit!  [Totally a tangent: BEER RECIPIES – note to self, make chili with beer!]  And…Desert Edge Brewery (Salt Lake City, UT) has chocolate beers.  If I missed anyone for chocolate beers, let me know, and I will try to find the chocolate beers just for you.

EDIT: Order Young’s Double Chocolate online – Australia only!

EDIT II: Young’s Double Chocolate online

EDIT III: Arcadia “Coco Loco” Triple Chocolate online

Read about places for chocolate tastings near where I will one day return from exile.

More things will come!  For now I posts this!



WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??? – – – Seriously, I don’t have an attention span.  Or a terribly interesting life right now.  I’m going to try to work on that.  And posting.  I know I suck at the posting lately.  (I’m still working on a meme-tag from Ashish!  But I am very glad to be tagged!  Even if I am slow!)

Anyway…I will now ramble through internet hookah shoppings with you.  When I am having no life and am bored I tend to do internet shoppings, often planning trips to Thailand that I’ll never be able to afford or searching for interesting wines and liquors that I can’t have in this house with recovering alcoholics.

Hookah shoppings are a little different.  I can have a hookah (perhaps not RIGHT NOW, but soon).  And they remind me of being home.  Not because I first smoked from one on the East Coast, but because it’s always seemed intimate (though not quite when-a-girl-kisses-you-to-breathe-the-smoke-into-your-lungs intimate).  It’s been with friends and with lovers.  It is FLAVORED!  And it is just…somehow about connection.  I love being part of it, and I miss it even more here in exile in the Land of Loud Birds.

If I do get a hookah out here (unless I find myself with a sudden tribe of hookah loving peoples), it may well be this one.  It is cute, it has pretty frosty purple on it, and it is small enough to carry about. I am enchanted with the lines and the swirls.  I know, I know…I never have been able to resist anything with nice curves….

This is the runner up for a here choice.  Also small, this one doesn’t have the same curves and swirls but it is playful and fun.  Also it has a hard case, making getting it back to the East Coast or down to the beach much more doable – plus makes it an excellent party hookah.

And then there is the FLAVOR shopping.  Romman makes cappuchino, chocolate, rose, vanilla, Turkish coffee, and raspberry that all sound worth trying.  Al Amir makes mocha latte and pomegranate (also guava, pineapple, pina colada, and mango if I ever want a tropical themed smoke night).

Fox!!!  You are just posting links so you won’t forget them and will remember where to get things!!! – – – Ummmmm…yes?  And also so all of my peoples know to poke me once I have these things so they can has smokes with me!!!  Do give pokes!!!  Most of you are airline flights away, which is hard, but…um…I will figure this out!!!  Poke me for visits and with flavors you want to try and with recommendations and with everything.

Tell me everything.  I am very far from home.  And I miss you.



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