I Think Not

I love this, despite the fact that it is completely impractical.  And the yarn they want me to use for is sure comes in some fabulous colors.  Nonetheless, I am not going to buy five skeins of it, at $28 per skein.  If I decide I have to have the impractical thing, I can find a substitute yarn.


All I want out of life right now is a hot water bottle.


I have managed to win the office holiday party karaoke contest, despite the “help” of the woman who didn’t take the hint when she suggested Rudolph and I said I’d rather do “O Holy Night”.  I’m unclear where she got the idea I wanted to sing with anyone in the first place, but hey…

I’ll grant that competition was sparse; the Rudolph group and the 12 Days group especially had, at best, a loose sense of what keys they were supposed to be in (much less tempo or, you know, following the on-screen lyrics).  The guy who did “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was at least consistent, though not in the same key as the music; “Winter Wonderland” was shaky at first but steadied down quickly.

It’s been a long time since I’ve sung in front of people.

Digging Things Up

I am desperately in love with archaeology.  Most of my playing time since Cataclysm hit has been spent flying places and digging things up.  I haven’t gotten anything “useful” yet–no mounts, weapons, or pets–but I’m having a whole lot of fun with it.

To heck with Loremaster.  I can work on quests once my skill is maxed out.


The reason I was in Macy’s yesterday to notice the Calvin Klein dress was because they sell Lush products; Lush makes a brand of henna that I’ve been wanting to try. 

This is not your typical henna.  For one thing it comes in a block, not powdered, and it’s not just henna.  There are other ingredients.¹ Before you can do the add-hot-water step, first you have to reduce the stuff to powder.  The guy at the store suggested a cheese grater, but that would have taken about a hundred years; I ended up cutting it into gravel with a knife, which worked just fine.

Now, there were all sorts of reasons to like Lush henna.  The color is great, and the henna itself was very fine and washed out easily.  I’m not thrilled with the smell, but since my other option is eau de haystack I guess it comes out even.

But there was one thing I hated.  After I washed out the henna itself, my hair felt like it had been coated in wax.  Apparently, what holds the block together is cocoa butter, and it was intensely icky.  I had to get the shampoo out and lather three times before my head felt clean².  The conditioning effect of the henna seems to have kept my hair feeling all right now that it’s dry, but I question the wisdom of adding that much grease to the product in the first place.

Still, good results, and given that I’m having trouble finding my regular brand I think there will be more Lush in my future–aside from the two remaining applications in the block I bought yesterday.

1: The most obvious ones are lemon juice and rosemary, because you can smell them; my head smells like I should be marinating chicken in it.

2: Normally, I put shampoo in my hair about once a week. Slightly more in the summer, of course, because one sweats in the summer, but it’s amazing what having long hair and brushing it can do for distributing the oils evenly.

What I Learned Today

Two things: that a Calvin Klein dress in size 10P fits me, and that I shouldn’t try on $90 dresses…because they might fit.

I didn’t buy it, but I was sadly tempted.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow…Ah, Heck With It

I know it’s not official for another few weeks, but it sure looks like winter out there to me.  There’s actually snow on the ground in a few places, and it’s been sincerely cold the last couple days–not “exposed skin freezes immediately” cold, but cold enough to require hats and gloves.

Sadly, I am not feeling the winter love this year, for no readily apparent reason.  Maybe I’ll perk up when more people get their holiday lights out.