Lap of Luxury

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, then you likely know that in addition to my bento collection, I collect various luxury items. I love beautiful things. I can’t always afford them, though, so when I do make a purchase it’s well thought out and something I save up for, sometimes for months. I’ve got beautiful glass and wrought iron Chinese candle lanterns, zen gardens and fountains, bonsai-style ornamental sakura from Japan, beautiful hand-painted tea sets from all over Asia and Hawaii, antique books, etc., but you could hardly say that I live a luxurious or upscale life – I’m just not afraid to do without some things in order to make my dream purchases later on.

I really don’t have the space for anything big, though, but when I saw the beautiful Koi zen garden wood sculptures over at the Upside Living website, I just fell in love! They’re absolutely beautiful, and well worth the money for the quality of the pieces they sell. I’d add a photo but the images on their website are copywritten and can’t be downloaded or used on other websites, so you’re just going to have to go check it out on the website – as if you weren’t going to already! :)

Johnny Blu Interview

Ahhh, giddified! Natalie’s gotten us an interview and possibly some donated merch from Johnny Blu, as seen on Princess Diaries 2, for our Anne Hathaway fansite! I don’t know how she managed it, but whatever she did it was worth it because how many other sites can claim interviews like that?

We’re working on trying to get it made into Anne’s official fansite or official website, I suppose is the title, and we’ve been building it for almost two years. We’ve worked our butt off on it, and hopefully this is a sign that we’re closer to official status. :D

So Damn Tired

You know, some people just hate change. And honestly, I’m tired of it because those people bitch 24/7 about things not changing instead of just sucking it up and doing something about it, but then when change comes along they freak out and want everything to stay the same. I realize I’m making no sense, but MEH.

I’m so tired of talking to people who want to be extraordinary so long as they don’t have to stop being mediocre to do it. I’m so tired of dealing with people who go along to get along and yet want special treatment, as if they’re a star or something. And more than that, I’m tired of typing this because my arthritis is killing me!

Sugar from Brazil

I’ve been lurking around on big coffee and tea vendor sites like bocajava and yogitea, and I’ve been thinking about weird random things like trying to make green tea candles and looking into kinds of sugar, and I’ve been to this site highseassugar.com that had some interesting things to say.

I didn’t realize, for instance, that 20% of the world’s sugar crop comes from Brazil, or that they even grew suger cane. I think it’s just because sugar’s something I take for granted, like most people, so I don’t really think about where it comes from or how much it costs, and honestly I really should be thinking about it – we all should. Because ethanol can be made from sugar ( didn’t know that, either! ), and with the world’s fuel crisis we’re going to need a fix, and we’re going to need it soon.

Actually, if Brazil is such a major player in the sugar world ( so much so that it basically controls world sugar prices ), then here soon it’s going to control fuel, too, because once you get into the sway Brazilian sugar priceshave over the sugar market you can start to see what kind of sway they’ll have over the fuel market, too.

Jay and Silent Bob

You know what I miss? The 90s. It annoys me that the 90s is over, and that kids today are disrespectful, and they drive too fast, and their music is just noise, and things cost more than they used to, and Hawaii was better before. So, yeah, basically I’m really old, lol.

I’m watching Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which is technically a 2001 production but it has so many earmarks of the 1990s that it’s nostalgic for me, and I’m sure that Kevin Smith intended such an emotional tug for a film starring two loveable stoners that we all grew up with. I’m actually sad that there will be no more Jay and Silent Bob films, because of all of the things from my youth, The Fat Man and The Little Kid will be one of the things I miss the most – along with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 3rd Eye Blind, velour shirts and gemtones.

Don’t mind me, I’m just crying a tear into my beer, lol.

Lifelock and You

I’ve posted before about my adoration of the concept of lifelock, and what it can do for you to help you on your way to securing your identity, and I’ve been poking around on their site and messing with the press releases and I found something interesting.

Lifelock is apparently the recipient of the Best Service spot in the 12th annual Webby Awards, which is cool since, from what I’ve heard they totally deserve that award. It would rule to be able to work there, actually, I’m pretty sure right now Lifelock is hiring for those who may be interested. I’d apply but the only thing I can do is design websites, I wouldn’t be much good to them! Lol.

Grr, Arghhhh!

So, I’m sleepy and yet here I am, plugging away at this BS so that I can finally get the first batch of fanlisting templates up and zipped, and uploaded and blah blah blah, lol. I’ve only got three of the ten templates I want to have finished actually finished and almost ready to upload, but smarty-pants that I am I had decided to get ten of them up before I upload them and now I wish I hadn’t.

Yes, I’m super duper lazy and I want to get it done already and just put up what I have so far, lol. I think it’s because I’ve been so busy, I haven’t even had time to finish any of my new brush sets, which is annoying since that also means I barely have time to eat or sleep – which explains my fabulous mood, lol.

eBay Frightens Me

I’ve heard about a *lot* of things sold on eBay, weird things – illegal and scary things. I’ve heard of someone trying to sell human kidneys ( or was it a liver? ) and how it got bid up into the thousands of dollars. I’d heard about a guy selling his virginity, also getting quite a bit of money for it. Someone sold a piece of toast with the Virgin Mary burnt into it, yet another person sold a book with a fly in it that was squished in the 1800s and even weirder was the selling of ad space on the back of someone’s head via perminant ink tattoo. Yeah, eBay can be a scary and interesting place, lol.

I’ve never sold something weird, really. I’ve sold clothes, CDs, DVDs and even digital products like website templates. In fact, the one item I’ve ever gotten a decent price for on eBay was a web template made in table-less CSS with multiple columns and rows – I thought it turned out very nicely, and for something that took me 15 minutes to build ( with the help of 1 free stock photo, thanks to Raymond ), it sold on eBay for over $30 in an auction that started at $0.99 – neat!

One of the nice things about digital downloads is that you don’t have to store or ship them like you do with physical goods, and because I don’t live near an iSold It store ( because my town’s about the size of an ant’s buttcrack ), I don’t really have the time or space to store and package these goods. I’d rather just drop them off at iSold It and have them sell it for me, but I don’t have that luxury – yet!

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Living in the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room

I’m a big-time, and long-time animal lover and share my home with my sister and our adorable Shortcake, a spoiled Tonkonese with a bad temper and a taste for kipper. Because of Shortcake and her love of biting things, we can’t have birds here, and we wouldn’t want to if we could.

I know that sounds weird coming out of an animal lover like myself, but I have a good reason for this – I don’t really have to buy birds to enjoy having them around. We’ve got lovely bluejays, robins, barn swallows, sparrows and owls outside (owls who hoot all DAY, as a matter of fact ) – there are so many kinds of birds within 15 feet of our front door that in the morning it sounds like the Enchanted Tiki Room in our living room!

However, if you have an adorable, mouthy bird in our house you may want to check out the stylish cages over at YCA Cages. They’ve got a lot of styles for everything from breeding to playing, and they’re all beautiful ( especially the Victorians! ). I’d definately check it out if you’re in the market for a new cage. :)

Fanlisting Templates

Whoo, lots of stuff going on here. I’m sort of forcing myself to work, even though I honestly really don’t have time to do anything, you know? Well, I don’t have time to do what I’m doing I should say, which makes even less sense if you don’t know that I’m talking about making resources for this friggin’ website, lol.

I’m working on fanlisting templates – they’re for people who use Enthusiast to manage their fanlistings, and they’re all pre-made with the script files included ( you must already have Enthusiast installed on your server, the fanlisting added to the database and the fanlisting number in config set correctly for them to work ), all you’d have to do is change a few details and customize the graphics. Easy peasy!