Friday, October 12, 2012

Your Turn

It has been awhile, so I wanted to let everyone post what they wanted today. Have something to plug? A favorite website or product? A garage sale? Band? Project? Recipe? Have at it.

136 comments:

*karen* said...

Any Redskins fan? I sometimes blog for fun: redskinletters.blogspot.com

mannyv said...

The most amusing product you'll see today:

http://www.transnaturalusa.com

Seachica said...

I posted this last weekend, but I'm still riding a high over getting engaged to my sweetheart. The story of our engagement: valerieanddan.tumblr.com

rejectedcarebear said...

I want to plug a musical artist today. Her name is Ani Difranco and she is an amazing singer, songwriter and guitarist. She owns her own record label (Righteous Babe) and its based in Buffalo NY. I saw her live and she blew me away. Her live albums are way better than studio but check her out! She is wonderful and quirky. "Gravel" is a top notch song!

Also follow me on twitter @kurrypurr !

Have a great weekend everyone!!

IDoTheRobot said...

We are making gourmet caramel apples for our baby gender reveal party and just wanted to share the recipe with everyone. They are delicious! Have a great weekend, all!

http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/10/gourmet-style-dipped-apples-with-homemade-caramel/

katsm0711 said...

I've been obsessed with "mike Rowe qvc" clips on YouTube ever since that lovely CDan reader mentioned it in the woman fainting post. Or did Enty have a clip? Anyway, check out him and the doll and the "unhealthy caller"

Ms. Good Intentions said...

If you live in California please vote YES on Prop 37. It is an initiative to require food manufacturers to list GMO ingredients on labels.

If you want to know more about why this important, this is quick but informative read...

http://www.naturalnews.com/037247_Proposition_37_California_label_GMOs.html

THANK YOU!!!!

IDoTheRobot said...

Carebear, Ani is one of my favs! :)

*karen* said...

Twitter is @effthisnoise

dia papaya said...
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Em Cue Em said...

My favorite singers right now are these beautiful Swedish sisters, who make up the duo known as First Aid Kit. I've been listening to them since their early days, when they were just uploading gorgeous, amazing ditties to youtube, and now they've become full-blown indie darlings. Check out their website here: http://thisisfirstaidkit.com/ And for all of my fellow stay-at-home moms, check out their song, "You're not coming home tonight" - you'll get chills, I promise. You can listen to it/see them in their amazing glory here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-JWshmx_OA

Single Man in Love with Love said...

Hi everyone. I my partner and I just had twin girls (Marley & Ryan) so if you can keep me in your prayers I'd really appreciate it. Double the fun double the work!

And yes my name really is Michael Jackson

follow me on twitter @mjuicy

IDoTheRobot said...

Oh, and if you're a makeup junkie like myself, Urban Decay is having a huge sale on their website today only. Their Friends and Family discount is FFHOLIDAY12.

Groovy said...

Jill Stein 2012!
Oh yeah and WA legalize it and CA say no to GMOS!

Amber said...

@Seachica - congratulations!!!! I shall follow you on tumblr.

@rejectedcarebear - I lovelovelove Ani! "School Night" may be my fav song. Still have not gotten to see her live, though I know she's incredible. I shall follow you on twitter!

@IDotheRobot - that's super cute :)

A couple months ago I posted on one of these about my friend who was hit by a car and the driver fled, and we had a benefit for him. The driver was finally caught a couple days ago. I'm so happy for him!

Em Cue Em said...

Oh, and @Carebear, Ani was one of the best live shows I've ever seen. I wasn't too keen on her openers, Bitch and Animal, but she was magnificent.

dia papaya said...

ACUPUNCTURE WORKS!

Don't be afraid to get poked! It is cheaper and more effective than any drug on the market for a whole list of conditions:

- pain (chronic and acute)
- sinus congestion, allergies, asthma
- lady issues (painful periods, no periods, infertility)
- GI stuff (IBS and the lot)
- diabetic neuropathy
- nausea from chemotherapy
- surgery recovery
- and many more

Try it! You won't be sorry :D

October 24, 2012 is National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day

Amber said...

Congrats on the bebes, Michael Jackson! Please just don't nickname one of them Blanket :)

Ms. Good Intentions said...

Congrats MJ!!! Best of luck to your whole family! What an amazing blessing for you all! I will definitely through some prayers your way.

IDoTheRobot said...
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IDoTheRobot said...

Happy Birthday to CDaN friend Cornbread! :)

And congrats to MJ! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

goheels83 said...

Seachica - CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ms. Good Intentions said...

Or *throw* some your way. ;-)

*karen* said...

@seachica, awesome story!!!

rejectedcarebear said...

I think we just became best friends. You love Ani and Urban Decay? I'm an UD freak!

Pogue Mahone said...

Best product I ever invested in: the Vitamix blender!

Kerrimoo said...

Renovating a tumbledown house in a blue collar area in Johannesburg. Start on Day 1 .... it's been a process, but fun reading (I think): http://malvernrenovation.wordpress.com/

keeshlo said...

OOAK((One Of A Kind) Emporium in Riverside California. We have just started this business. Come by and check us out if anyone is in the area! Funky fresh cool vintage retro items. My bro jeff runs the place come by and say hi! Long time lurker...love the comments...I feel like I know all the regulars!

IDoTheRobot said...

Hell yes @Carebear! :) They have lipstick for $3 and eye shadow for $6 online right now. I was freaking out! Hubs bought me the vice pallet for Christmas too. I'm stoked!

@Seachica, congrats!

smashbash said...

Happy early birthday amber!

Next time I come to Portland dia!

Congrats for the babies MJ!

Congrats on the engagement seachica!

Check out my etsy
Etsy.com/shop/antiquesash

Or follow me on twitter @antiquesashley

Lucas said...

OMG! Ani is mah favorite! I met my ex wife on an Ani discussion board (on AOL even) way back when meeting people on the interwebs was crazy talk. Ended up moving halfway across the country to be with her which led to a lot of good years and the best kid ever before it ended. My favorite Ani lyric:

They can call me crazy if I fail
All the chance that I need
Is one-in-a-million and they can call me brilliant
If I succeed
Gravity is nothing to me, moving at the speed of sound
I'm just gonna get my feet wet
Until I drown

SusanB said...

Ok, I've got a request - I'm looking for a fajita marinade recipe that works for either chicken or beef. I've tried a few recipes I've found but nothing seems quite right. Anyone have a good recipe? Thanks in advance!

Lucas said...

Yay Ani fans!

Amber said...

Thanks smasssshhhh! :) My BF is baking champagne cupcakes for me as I type! :D

FSP said...

Happy Birthday, Amber!

Amber said...

And happy birthday to all of the other Libras and my bday buddyyyy!

Michel said...

My son is autistic. Next time you see a mother struggling with a child having a tantrum in a store or parking lot, don't just shake you head, look disapproving and walk by. You don't know what that mother might be dealing with.

I love Ani DiFranco.

dia papaya said...

So much happiness today! I love it!!!

Congrats to Seachica!

Congrats to MJ babies and Robot's soon to be baby!

Happy Birthday to the Libras and almost Scorpios!

dia papaya said...

Smash - it's a future date!

Amber said...

Thanks, FSP!

I suppose if you guys feel like following me on twitter, I'm @berstreet. I have a tumblr: dysfunctionarian.tumblr.com, but neither that or my twitter are that great. They're both randomness.

IDoTheRobot said...

Thanks dia and Happy Birthday Amber! :)

rejectedcarebear said...

My stone cold heart is so warmed by all the Ani love!! She writes the most amazing music that I feel like she wrote just for me (manhole!) I'm so glad she has enriched your lives as well as my own!

Congrats on all the babes and Happy Birthday to everyone to which it applies.

I'll follow everyone on twitter once I'm done with work!

Lucas said...

I love all the Ani fans on here. I knew I liked you guys for a reason! I have been lucky enough to see her live about a half dozen times since 1997 and each show has been different and amazing which is quite an accomplishment for an artist.

I would like to plug my friend Liz Rognes. She is a singer/songwriter here in Spokane (though she is from the Minneapolis area originally and still performs there often). You should check her out at www.lizrognes.com

Also I would like to encourage all the Washingtonians reading this to support Referendum 74 and bring marriage equality to our happy little state.

Have a great weekend, peeps!

mikey said...

@Seachica - your story is so beautiful! I got a little choked up.

Happy Birthday, Amber. Champagne cupcakes sound interesting.

NapAssasin said...

Celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary next Friday. We've been together since 1995. Damn that's a long time. Maybe for my anniversary gift I'll jump into the baby pool again.

smashbash said...

SusanB- try a green salsa like tomatillo to marinate your sliced meat. Cook for 10 minutes medium high. Add think sliced onion and peppers. :)

smashbash said...

Amber-
Champagne cupcakes!!! And I though my homemade pumpkin pie spiced latte was fancy this morning. What a great man!!!

smashbash said...

Napsassin- congrats on 10 years!! That is a milestone!

Lola Siren said...

Hey guys, long time reader, infrequent poster! I just started a record label, would love if you guys checked out our first video :)

http://youtu.be/Fw1kV73uUo0

The D said...
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NapAssasin said...

Thank you!

discoflux said...

The 3D studio we started is going pretty well so far! Lots of new clients and we just got a web server so our page will be up soon!!

Until then check out Dead Panic Studios on fb or follow us on twitter! @deadpanic3d

Congratulations, seachica!! I loved the story and even got a little misty eyed.

And congratulations on your bundles of love, MJ!!

Happy birthday, Amber!! You'll end up absolutely loving your thirties. I'll be halfway through them in December and they've been great!

The D said...

www.vintageclothesretro.com
1920s-1990s vintage clothing

Coriander Shea said...

I'd like to plug IndiExhibit, a non profit org that does celebrity gifting and works with "indie" artists and artisans, giving them opportunities they would never be able to afford on their own. They have helped me so much and the ladies that run things work so hard!

IE has a spread in Hollywood Weekly this month, which ironically comes out today! I'm in the spread too with my huge goblin plushie, lol. There are also so many many talented members having their products featured as well. :)

Http://www.theindiexhibit.org

I'm not very good at spinning a grand web about myself so I'll just say I'm multi-talented artistically, lol.

Http://www.coriander-shea.com
@coriander_shea

auntliddy said...

Amen! Thats why i never judge, u hv no idea whats going on. Also, if i cant help- by holding something, or opening the door- i move on! Dont stare!

Kilt Mann said...

I will shamelessly plug my new blog

http://painterlythoughts.blogspot.com

A new weekly post Saturday late morning / early afternoon. Check it out after you savor the reveal(s) of the day here~!

Emma Barron said...

I'm a CDANer (posting under a different name) and I recently had my first book published. It's a spicy (and I do mean spicy) romance novella called Spun, and it's available in ebook format from amazon.com or BN.com. You can check out my website for details. www.emmabarronbooks.com

NapAssasin said...

I'm Corrupt, right? Good song! Great video. Are you in it?

Emma Barron said...

Here are links to buy it:

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Spun-ebook/dp/B008JFM4KM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350065219&sr=8-1&keywords=emma+barron+spun

B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spun-emma-barron/1112125746?ean=9781595789655

Lola said...

A great way to help soldiers and animals (two of my favorite groups of people) at the same time:

sacfund.org
nowzad.org

The first organization reunites soldiers with the dogs and cats that the soldiers adopted when they were at war and were forced to leave behind when they head home. For many of these soldiers, these animals literally kept them sane and they are bereft when forced to abandon them to a perilous fate.

The second organization coordinates with the first. With "feet on the ground" and the only shelter in Afganistan, they are able to get the soldiers' companions to safety while funding is found to return the animals to their soldiers.

Lola said...

Congrats!

Ingrid Superstar said...

I'd like to plug my religion, it's called Children Of God. The Phoenix family and Rose McGowan are successful alums!

NapAssasin said...

Good luck, I'm totally jealous. I have half a dozen kids books started but can't seem to get a publisher to even talk to. Congrats to you!

bobbi_1025 said...

Don't have anything to plug.

But, I am finally watching Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and if you haven't watched any of the episodes they are awesome. I haven't done any housework today I'm glued to Netflix.

Maja. With a J. said...

I've probably posted this on here before, but if you are female, and you love to sing, please check out Sweet Adelines International to find an a cappella show chorus in your area!

You can find my blog if you click on my face --->
I don't update it very often, though...*L*

SusanB said...

@NapAssasin - have you checked out Amazon? They help authors with self-publishing - I've gotten quite a few books that were self-published that way and really enjoyed some of them (truthfully, some of them are absolute crap). Go to Kindle Support - scroll down to Make Money with Amazon and there's something about Independently Publishing with Us. After that, I have no idea but I think it's free or minimal cost. I've seen some kid's books on the free lists that have lots of pictures that people buy for their Kindle Fire. (I don't usually buy children's books. I either read non-fiction, murder mysteries or apocalyptic stuff).

@Emma Baron - best wishes with your book!

And to all authors - get a proofreader - so many self published books are poorly edited (if edited at all) and it's always brought up in the reviews. People really hold that against an author.

Lola said...

Susan, I don't have an exact recipe but I'll try to gestimate...

For about 1lb of meat

Lightly pound the meat with a tenderizing mallet (don't slice)

Slice one large yellow or white onion

In a ziploc (the following measurements are approximate, you may need to adjust slightly)

1/3 cup olive oil (veg oil is fine)
1 1/2 tablespoons worchestershire
1/2-1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin powder
Dash of soy sauce
2 tablespoons wine, beer, sake, brandy...whatever you have on hand
Salt to taste

Seal bag and shake to mix well.
Add meat and onions and let marinate at least an hour, preferably overnight. (I don't like bell peppers, but if you do, increase the marinade a bit and add them with the meat and onions)

Here, cooking can take several forms. I usually either grill outside or broil directly under the coils at 500* (if you do this, leave the onions in round slices so they are easier to turn). You could also sauté the meat with the onions. All of these meathod are to your preferred doneness.

After cooking, let the meat rest for 5 minutes and then slice into strips.

I serve it with cilantro, pico de gallo and cheese.

Hope you like it.

Sunny said...

Super cool discounted shopping site for home goods, art and fashion. Also features my friend Kelly Fitzgerald's gorgeous photography!

http://www.luxeyard.com/

Jamie 2 said...

@NapAssasin: You don't need a publisher. Just self-publish on Kindle and Nook.

Here's some inspiration:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jan/12/amanda-hocking-self-publishing

and:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204770404577082303350815824.html

But first, you need to finish the books!

Best of luck.

urban chaos said...

I know we have a few Canadians in the house- please check out Restaurant Takeover tonight on Food Network @ 7pm. It's my husband's TV debut. =)

Lucas said...

Ha!

Jamie 2 said...

@SusanB: Beat me to it as usual with the advice on self-publishing. I second your advice to NapAssasin on getting a copy editor to proof the book.

I always download the free sample first, and if I come across a single typo or grammatical error, that's it. I don't care if the book is 99 cents, I know it will give me a headache.

MISCH said...

Please make sure you're registered to vote...a lot is riding on this election.

SusanB said...

@smashbash & Lola - thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try them early next week.

@Jamie 2. Have you tried

http://www.ereaderiq.com/free/ ? It lists every day's free books and discounted books. I've found some great authors there - Often if it's a series of books, they'll make the 1st one free so you'll buy the rest - that's trapped me a few times into spending more than I wanted!

The spelling/grammar errors drive me insane. One I can forgive, but multiple ones just show a lack of care from the author, leading me to assume they're equally careless with the plot.

I've reviewed a few books on Amazon and even gotten a little thank you response from a few authors. A few other authors I've friended on Facebook which is kind of neat.

Emma Barron said...

I think my last comment got eaten. Hope this doesn't appear twice.

Thanks for the congrats on my book. I'm busily working on the next one.

I agree that self-publishing (with a good proofreader) can be a great road to publication. My book is NOT self-published (it's released through a publishing house and went through a lengthy copy- and line-editing process) but ebook outlets like Amazon and BN make it very easy to do yourself.

Finish your books and publish them, NapAssassin, you'll never regret doing it.

Kewi said...

Awesome and way easy comfort food, this recipe is one of our favorites....

http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2010/05/chicken-broccoli-and-rice-casserole.html?m=1

Kewi said...

Awesome and way easy comfort food, this recipe is one of our favorites....

http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2010/05/chicken-broccoli-and-rice-casserole.html?m=1

redronnie said...

This is what is happening in Canada, a number of news outlets have been picking up this story - if you have children or grandchildren, hug them a little longer today. It will break your heart.


http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/11/amanda-todd-teen-bullying-suicide-youtube_n_1959668.html

igethives said...

Dia - have you ever heard of acu working on FOOD allergies? Not sniffle allergies..
Thanks.

T. E. Cuz said...

@michael i work with an autistic kid. i have so much respect for the friends and family, this is very hard, but rewarding!

hugs to everyone on this beautiful friday!

i'd like to plug myself: www.modelmayhem.com/451154

Anna said...

To the Ani fans: she is a really kind person, very open. We met at a Greg Dulli show in New Orleans.

Does anyone have any leads for telecommuting or writing jobs? I have a portfolio I can pass along.

kissmeimcooking.tumblr.com

goes in circles said...

If you live in Minnesota please vote NO to the amendment against same sex marriage!

And PLEASE register to VOTE and get out and DO IT!

:)

Cryscee said...

Instead of getting married in March like we originally planned, me and the mister are getting married in 4 freaking weeks!! So excited. Doing a small intimate wedding. Can't wait!!!

Caitlin Costanzo said...

I know this is Extrmely simple but on week nights when I don't feel like cooking a dinner that will take hours I get whatever meat I have and cook it with some Italian dressing.
If you have chicken cut it into pieces, put a little non stick spray on a pan, put the chicken in the pan, and pour some Italian dressing on it.
If you have beef you can do the same as the chicken OR if it is a roast like bottom round or London broil just put the roast in a pan, cover it with Italian dressing on both sides, add extra is you want more gravy, and cook for 45 on 350.
I swear, it's so simple and people love it! From
My niece and nephews to my grandmother, it's a quick easy, yummy, secrect!

Caitlin Costanzo said...

Happy birthday =]

Caitlin Costanzo said...

Oh my gosh wow! Congrats to all of you!!!
The new babies, birthday, anniversary, book, music video, anniversary.. CONGRATS!!!!!

Sorry I didn't post everyone's name, I'm on my phone.

Since othe people posted theirs, I guess I'll post mine.. Follow me @CaitlinCosz =]

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Sunny said...

@RedHeadMed
I just voted for Richard - it was easy!

Happy birthday Amber!!

Yes - please vote!! I'm sure every state is different, but I now vote by absentee ballot because it's hard to make it to the polls with a 2 and 3 year old. Look into it if your job or kids or a disability make it more difficult to do it in person :)

Susan said...

Please check out my cooking blog:

http://jerseygirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the plug op. Always love this blog, even with the constant bitching about ads. LOL.

Henry Spencer said...

Here is a link to the movie blog that I run. We are currently doing a different horror movie each day until the end of October.

http://www.reelindication.com/

Lola said...

@Caitlin...I have a friend who does that. I do something that is very similar, pour olive oil over meat and then a packet of hidden valley ranch dressing mix kcombine well) . Simple and yummy. (or dip in olive oil and dredge in h.v. ranch dressing mix combined with parmesian cheese and bread crumbs.)

Lola said...

Happy birthday, Amber!

(I'm in a week and a half...Scorpio, not Libra; which probably explains a lot)

Lola said...

@Cryscee...congrats!

Amy said...

Still curing MS in Moscow, Russia.
http://amygoesninja.wordpress.com

RedHeadMed said...

Awesome!! Thanks!!!

Coriander Shea said...

@Susan & @NapAssasin

Amazon's self-publishing service is Createspace. They help authors, musicians & filmmakers. https://www.createspace.com/

There is also Lulu- http://www.lulu.com/
And Blurb- http://www.blurb.com/

I've heard the best things about Createspace, though. :)

lostathome said...

We do acupuncture to our horses at work and it really does wonders for them. I've been wanting to do it myself but am petrified of anything like a needle.

FSP said...
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mistang said...

I just want to say that I just started reading this blog not too long ago and I read the comments as well. You guys are such a nice group in a world of internet trolls and bitchiness. I feel like I know you guys a little just from your comments. Plus, y'all are hilarious! :)
I would like to say I don't ever plug things, but I would like to ask for support in Breast Cancer research. My cousin was recently diagnosed and it came on very fast. She has a 44% chance of survival and I worry. I will admit that I was never one to support very many causes, but like many others it definitely takes an interest when it hits close to home. A little selfish maybe, but it's true. Thank you for listening.

Mango said...

This video is over a year old but it still tugs at my heartstrings. Two Canadian high school students singing a hauntingly lovely cover of "Star Witness" by Neko Case in a school stairwell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vindfGQuC-4

I like it better than the original.


Also, if you don't read PostSecret you should. Secrets are updated every Sunday:

http://www.postsecret.com/

I went to a PostSecret showing at a museum in Florida a few years ago (just the cards on display in the museum, not the live event) and it was wonderful. I ended up going back with a different set of friends to view it again.

@ SusanB - there's a recipe for "Super Fajita Marinade" on allreciples.com that got 4.5 stars. I haven't tried it. I like to read all the comments before attempting the recipe.

Lola said...

Mistang, I am so sorry for your sister. I hope that she comes through this whole and healthy and wish both of you the best.

Lola said...

@Susan

I forgot 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 tablespoon minced, fresh)

And squeeze lime juice on before serving.

:)

Christine! said...

www.StandingSunWines.com

We sell Rhone varietals- chocolates- brittle and soon we will have vinegars and oils, which I am currently taking a break from bottling!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

redronnie said...

@Mistang best wishes to you and your cousin.

@Amber Happy, happy Birthday to you..

@Seachica congratulations!!

Thank you everyone for the reading, viewing ideas

I hope everyone has a safe and fabulous weekend!!

Dija Star said...

Hey guys, looks like I'm a little late on this thread lol. I am an independent singer and just released a new single. here is the link on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zISjfCk51NE

Would love any type of feedback :-) Oh and congratulations to all of you who are making things happen! You guys make this website (I mostly come here to see what all of you have to say ;-p)

Anna B said...

An awesome, inspiring doc called BROOKLYN CASTLE which comes out in theatres next week!

http://www.vulture.com/2012/09/watch-the-exclusive-trailer-for-brooklyn-castle.html

Hey, Jon Hamm is a fan!
http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/hamm_in_check_PbKZ9VJgnf2pCPvAuZzXIL

Melpomene25 said...

Hey Guys! Just want to say that I've been lurking since 2004 and I really enjoy everyone here! I've only posted one other time, but I hope to come out of my shell a little more and join in on all the fun!!

Anyways, http://sunnydaypuppies.com is a website that sells hypoallergenic puppies. A dear friend runs it and I just wanted to plug it for her. It's a fun little site and you can see that she truly enjoys what she does and loves caring for and providing homes for the puppies! I know rescue dogs are the way to go, but for those that are looking in this direction, take a look!!!

Jo Young said...

I like your site and have been following it for some time, but lately it's taken forever to download the pages because of all the ads. I realize you make money off of advertising on the website, but it's beginning to take a lot of time and patience to read it. I have friends who no longer even try to view it because of the wait times. Don't know if there's anything you can do about it, but really hope so.

Jo

Oceansandsun said...

Here are a few that I love:

Www.itsyummytomytummy.blogspot.com

Www.thesandisniceandtoasty.blogspot.com

discoflux said...

@Mango - I *love* postsecret! Everyone should definitely check it out. On that note - check out FOUND Magazine! They're great. People send in letter, postcards, pictures, shopping lists, etc. and they compile the best of them. They're on tour right now and you should check and see if they're doing a talk near you!

foundmagazine.com

And if you like some good folk music check out The Poem Adept. - poemadept.com

It's my darling friend Peter Rothbart and he has sucha lovely voice and he is just a beautiful person.

Jamie 2 said...

@SusanB: Thanks for the link. I just downloaded a free book with 220 4-star (average) reviews. Just what I wanted for tonight.

There was an article recently about a guy who made a good living hiring $10/hr college grads to write reviews on Amazon. Most of them hadn't even read the book. They got talking points and submitted a positive short review. He got paid by the authors.

Amazon eventually cottoned on and banned him and he claims he is out of the business.

Incredible but true. I take all Amazon ratings with several grains of salt right now.

Sadie said...

As always I'm late to the party but I want to plug an awesome candle company. Don't be put off when you visit the website - its old and dated but rest assured the owner, Victoria, is one of the sweetest kindest woman you'll ever meet and her candles are gods gifts to candles. I know for a fact once you try one of her candles or scent shots(SS for melters) you'll be hooked like the rest of us addicts. http://candlesbyvictoria.com/

KarlsJ26 said...

If you need a laugh, go to

http://www.27bslash6.com

astrogirl said...

Please go to your nearest shelter and bring home a new friend.

Do yourself a favour, there is no friendship like that of a companion animal.

Popnursing said...

Loved this post. What a wonderful thing to promote!

Popnursing said...

Custom holsters & sheaths. They make a pink one!
http://www.tcbfirearms.com/

JustBee said...

First time poster, but I have been reading this site for about two years. I just wanted to post a link to a great website for cat lovers - www.cathouseonthekings.com . This is a no-kill, cat and kitten sanctuary located in California. I'm going to go check it out on my next trip back there, and bring home a new family member !

Della said...

I have worked at the same job for 19 years until today. My boss was doing something illegal and the doors have been closed. I didn't know about anything illegal the whole time I worked there. I always looked up to my boss as a mentor. My mind is blown. I worked for him for over 1/2 of my life. II tried everyday to do the best job I could possibly do. :(

Coriander Shea said...

@Della *hug* I think tonight should be a pizza and ice cream night for you. :)

dia papaya said...

OMG Della. At least you didn't go down too.

Big hug to you! You will get through this I promise. Once the shock wears off you can reinvent yourself! What industry was it (if you don't mind sharing)?

Alita said...

Hi Dia, not a question you can usually ask acupuncturists, but .. Does it help / deal with addiction issues? I mean the physical elements, not emotional ones, of opiate addiction? Do you have any knowledge of this? Family member :(

Alita said...

With you Michel - my son isn't autistic - other problems he's growing out of, but as a littlie he presented as autistic. Went through all the tests and it wasn't, but he behaved that way. The number of people that disparaged visually or verbally "you're unfit to parent" - "err, thanks random stranger, that's helpful, cheers." This one rough but absolutely standard day, a guy watched me wrestle my son into his car seat, and I thought the put-down would come, but instead he smiled over and gave me a thumbs up. Silly little thing, but damn it made me feel better. But yeah, Mr A. and I were often on the receiving end of random crap from strangers - you know what? You deplore me tackling him so he doesn't run on the road and get killed, why not give me a freaking hand!!

Kerrimoo said...

@Michel and @Alita - my son is "high functioning autistic". He's 21 now, and he's a great kid, but when he was little he had major behavioural problems, and his teens were even worse. People don't understand because most autistic kids look "normal". All I can say is that it eventually gets better and better as the kids learn to cope with social situations even if they don't totally understand them. My son is organising a small metal music event in Johannesburg next month, all by himself. Who would've thought? So proud of him! http://www.facebook.com/events/263005607136087/?ref=ts&fref=ts

E Gee Be said...

Make up, art, music, love, birthdays, babies, newbies and recipes...no wonder we all love it here. Thanks for all the great shares, you guys are the best. Good luck Della, and hang in there.
SusanB, in a large ziploc, combine chili powder, chili flakes, garlic salt, cumin, paprika and (secret ingredient) Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning with Bitter Orange. If your area has a Mexican grocery store you will find it there, otherwise order online. Squeeze in the juice of two oranges and two limes, include the peels and add skirt steak. Leave it in for about an hour, or refrig overnight. Grill med rare then slice into strips. I use the same flavor combo on yellow, orange and red peppers and yellow onion, cut up, sauté with olive oil on the stove. No brag, but my fajitas are heavily requested by all of my 21 year old sons friends for their birthday meals. Hella good.
Since we are all gonna be twitter friends, @bossladyerin. I like to live tweet awards shows, housewives, old 90210 eps, you know, very cerebral stuff!

E Gee Be said...

Kerrimoo, your son sounds rad!

Gtzisshe said...

Alita- I swear my son is the same. He's going to be three in November. He goes from calm and patient, to screaming tyrant in 1 second. People think I can't handle being a parent, or i'm doing something wrong. Its really tough when you don't have an understanding support system.
I feel a sadness too. For him.
@Michel-thanks for putting that out there.
Don't judge.

Alita said...

I feel for you Gtzisshe, it's tough. Only advice - get him tested asap. We went years trying to get one after it was clear there was a 'problem' - had started as delayed speech, increasing food pickiness, then behavioural issues. When D was your boy's age it was so tough. About half a year later his Dad quit working because we couldn't have D in care - he got 'asked to leave.' It was so bad. Family 'dos were a disaster - and we copped so much judgement everywhere. It took a long time, but we finally got a diagnosis and for us, that was a relief and a starting point - now we knew what we were tackling. Long road, lots of decisions, tough on all of us. But .. D's 10 now, back in mainstream school and - bless his latest report card - scraping into 'average.' Back when he was 5, we were told he was and would always be 'special needs.' He's still difficult as hell, some days truly suck, and we do a lot to keep him on a good path. But sometimes - just sometimes - life throws you a winning ball.

Thoughts and prayers are with you - and Michel. Thank you, Michel, for raising this. And sorry for the long post :)

Alita said...

Look at all the brilliant people that take their time-out to CDaN!

NapAssassin - best for your 10th .. and go for it with the books!

Amy curing MS in Moscow - wow, making a difference like a ninja!

Michel, you're a wonder - you go. And Gtzisshe - well, stay tough my friend, and if you unwind from the hard bits by reading gossip - you're not alone.

Cryscee - squee! Good for you, and blessings!

Champagne cupcakes, by from the Mister no less - happy birthday Amber!

Mistang - sometimes it takes big things to make a positive change in your life. Thoughts are with you for a positive outcome for your cousin.

Seachica - best congrats :))

Della - poor thing, I really feel for you, but you've done your best and you're going to keep doing it! Onwards and upwards!

Kerimoo - look at you! You've done the tough times and not given up, and now you have a 21yr old ready to face, interact, and win in the real world. That's all any parent really wants - you got dealt a tough hand, and you've succeeded! Okay he's a metal fan, but still ;o) you, my dear lady, rock. Hat's off to you.

Puppies, kitties, music, jewellery, cakes, and comfort food. Good people doing good in their homes and the world around them. I'm feeling all positive today about the nice people on CDaN. So, spending this Saturday night in, I read about you nice people and pay tribute ;o)

SusanB said...

It's Saturday morning - just checking - thanks C Gee Be (hope I got that right)

@Della - sent a prayer for you - with all your experience,hopefully something will come along soon. And (referring to the old boss) if they give you any trouble, don't hesitate to get a lawyer to protect you!

Della said...

Thanks you guys. My boss was selling insurance to people when he didn't have policies. He sent all of the $ overseas. Now hundreds of people who were hurt in on the job accidents will be responsible for the medical bills.
So, Mr. king who was hurt on the job and is in a wheel chair with no legs will not be getting his long term disability check next month. It's heartbreaking.

tamarind said...

have to 2nd the prop 37 .....wish i was in cali to get my vote in,If you live in California please vote YES on Prop 37. It is an initiative to require food manufacturers to list GMO ingredients on label!!!!
we have no idea long term effects, make your vote count.
thank you.

Della said...

What is gmo?

tamarind said...

(Genetic modified organism) involves the insertion or deletion of genes, a process known to be in corn, canola soy and other crops. cross pollination, as well as health risks are associated. it is fairly new and we are just guinea pigs to see how it affects the body (long and short term). seems to have devastating effects on children much more so, as their bodies are still developing....the products are not marked, and big business does not want it to pass, although if it does, it may single handedly drive gmos from the supermarkets-due to popular opinion.

Wee S said...

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