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Monday, July 02, 2007

Incoming: Big Scary Post

Ok, perhaps it's not scary per se, but it is a big one. Hold onto your hats. And anything else you might need to grab. I'm not gonna peek. But you can flash me. :)

The Contest:
Tomorrow (7/3/07) is the last day to enter the contest! Get your entries in by midnight EST on July 3rd! I'll draw two names on the morning of the 4th, and I'll email the winners and post them here! Hurry!!

The Weekend:
I know ya'll are dying to know about the weekend with the ex-stepmonster. It went surprisingly well (sorry to disappoint). She behaved herself, even under the influence of alcohol (made by yours truly, and no I didn't spit in it), and we all had a great time. The will discussion ran for about 3 hours and I think dad was a little shocked. He expected us to come with a list of what we wanted and instead we came with advice for handling his assets, retirement, and insurance policies. He says he's worth WAY more than I would have thought, yet he has no savings, no retirement, minimal life insurance, and no disability or long term care policies. Instead he has a stable of vintage cars and three brand new ones. He seriously goes through money like water. And if something were to happen to him, he'd be screwed and the girl would take whatever she can grab and run. Hopefully he'll take some of our advice on increasing his life insurance, contributing to a retirement plan, and getting long and short term disability and long term care programs in place. If he does all that, maybe there will be something left over for his kids to 'inherit'. Maybe.

The Yarn:
I'm updating the Etsy shop this week. I chose not to add new items last week since I knew I was going out of town and I didn't want to leave anyone waiting for their order. I'm also going to be dyeing up some samples for a yarn store in Atlanta, and I'm sooooo excited about the possibility of being able to dye for their shop. They pretty much rock, and I think my yarn could do well there. I'm also working on some fun things for a few folks who are helping me promote my yarn. I'm not so good at the self promotion thing and it really just terrifies me. I've no idea why! And I may have a little yarny type surprise coming up, so stay tuned!

The Knitting:
I worked a bit on the Invisibility Shawl over the weekend, and maybe eeked out a row or two of Rusted Root, but mostly I started a sock. The Charade Sock to be exact. In my Ruby Soho colorway, which is almost impossible to capture on film. Not that it's shy or elusive, just hard to photograph. Man, red is so touchy about having its picture taken.

See? But I'm almost to the toe!

Also difficult to photograph is this little cutie, my niece Adreana, who is doing her dead level best to avoid the crazy woman with the camera. She is extremely shy, and looks a lot like me when I was that age except for the lighter hair. I used to suck my thumb too. Hehe.

The Meme:
Cami tagged me for a fun little Wiki birthday meme. You're supposed to wiki your birthday and post 3 events, 2 birthdays and one holiday listed in the entry. I know I'm supposed to tag 5 folks, but I don't want to discriminate or leave anyone out, so consider yourself tagged!

My birthday is October 1:

3 Events:
(there were lots...I think it helps to be born on the starting day of a new quarter)
1949 - People's Republic of China is declared by Mao Zedong.
1971 - Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, FL.
1992 - Cartoon Network debuts.

2 Birthdays:
Jimmy Carter
Julie Andrews
and to keep it interesting:
Dora Venter (a little known Hungarian porn actress, born on the exact same day as made me giggle)

1 Holiday:
World Vegetarian Day (woot!)

Ok, I think that about covers it, and bless you if you've made it all the way to the end.

Go forth and have a great week! See you on Wednesday with prizes! Whee!