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salsa, salsa!

Thanks to everyone for the ideas, the salsa ended up a great success (as was the luau). I tried to write down what I was putting into it, but I won't know if I really succeeded until I try and repeat it. If I can repeat it (I hate when I can't!) I will post it here eventually.

That light at the end of the tunnel really is getting closer. I may be caught up enough in another day to finally get to some desperately needed housework.

Here is a local story that totally cracked me up: Raccoon comes to bed. I think I'd definitely freak out if this happened to me too, but afterwards I would think it was kind of cute.

Here is the new Hello Kitty cooking line, yes, real pots and pans and everything. I don't need them, and they wouldn't even go with my kitchen…but still, it's all so cute!

And finally, on a more serious note, I found this article on the new "wireless society" in Japan incredibly interesting (and not dry and academic at all). Obviously things are different there, not only do the Japanese have a more polite culture, but their wireless phone service totally kicks what we can get. But even so, I've seen some of this very same behavior emerging among my own friends and family over the past few years. Lots of interesting links as well.

Oh well, back to work for me!


Dear Sarah;
My Long Lost Love Of My Younger Years was a terribly sharp, terribly brittle young women named Jewel. She was my sophomore-junior sweetheart in undergrad, and she had an abiding hatred of All Things Sanrio. She LOATHED Hello Kitty. She would mock all who liked it. The only thing she hated more than a big, mouthless cat was Reagan, and this is back when Ketchup Was A Vegetable. We parted by our Senior year.
So your link to Hello Kitty's "Cake" page made me cogitate---what if I sent her a couple of Hello Kitty fry-pans, a nice array of Hello Kitty handtowels, and maybe a Chocolate Hello Kitty necklace?
Maybe she'd
a) have a great laugh, or
b) have a heart attack,or
c) have a heart attack.
Just dreaming,
Shadenfraude Brad

Esh. We had a big raccoon problem when I lived in the North End. It had been a mild winter so the raccoon population had boosted; in the spring gangs of gangly adolescent raccoons were seen everywhere, scaring people at night, ranging around in the garbage. They started boosting cars. Not a success for them, they'd take them down to the river

and roll them in, thinking to wash them, but .. Hey, I wasn't even going to post this, but I hit the wrong button, so I might as well see it through.

A while ago you posted a link for BookCrossing.com. I've been a member since then. At the last meeting we had in Seattle, someone mentioned that a BC book had closed the Sea-Tac airport for about an hour. Here's the link to the story: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=webpackage04&date=20030304&query=airport

You know, personally, I think raccoons are cute. Except when they dig up all my bulbs and eat them.

Yikes on the book crossing thing! I didn't think of that happening...although I would never leave anything in an airport. But probably subways and places like that might be bad too...