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Happy Tuesday! My favorite water bottle is a Camelbak!

A couple months ago, I noticed a super cute water bottle on Ravelry. It had knit, crochet, and sheep on it. You can’t really beat that! It was Ravelry’s Sheep Camelbak water bottle! It was just too adorable not to order. I’d never used this type of bottle before, and I have to say that I love it. I found the bite valve easy to use, and like that the straw goes all of the way to the bottom of the bottle.  It also doesn’t leak.  At all.  I can throw it in my purse, leave it on the bed, etc, and not have any issues with it at all.

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All in all, it’s horribly adorable, and I only need to drink 3 of these babies to get all of the water that I’m supposed to drink in a day!  I think I’m going to have to order another one soon, as a back up, because if this Camelbak ever dies, I’m going to be very sad.

Happy Tuesday! Frixion pens are full of win and good!

I was recently turned onto Pilot’s Frixion pens, and pretty much fell in love with them right away.  A gel pen.  And erasable?!  you can’t really beat that!  They erase pretty good for pens, not 100%, which is to be expected with a pen.  They also come in a variety of fun colors!  Right now I have pink, purple, and a tealish blue color.

Those of you who are pen and paper junkies, like I am, definitely wont be disappointed with them!  They write like butter, the colors are nice and vivid, they don’t bleed, and all around they’re just a lot of fun to play with!

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All views expressed here are solely my own opinion.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, and have not received any benefit from writing this review.

Happy Tuesday! Lovin’ Media Center Master!

Disclaimer: This is a product that benefits me directly, as this is something my husband has created and sells. All opinions, however, are my own.

Media Center Master is digital media management software for those with home theaters, HTPCs, or those who watch their shows and movies through their XBOX, Roku, or other devices that allow streaming from a file server of some type or a hard drive.

What Media Center Master does is help your organize all of those digital files.  It’ll rename things pretty, including season information (Example: s02e10 for season 2, episode 10 of something), and also include available metadata for the file, so your media player (We use Kodi, formally XBMC) can pull the information from the file, such as the name of the show, episode title, tags, summary, etc.  The program will also find images to use within your media player software, such as actor photos, or covers of movies.

For those of you who like to keep backups of your DVD collection on your computer, you can tell Media Center Master to go search through usenet or torrents for those movies or episodes and it will download them for you!  It will not only even find current episodes of shows, but back episodes as well.

I have to say, it is absolutely lovely being able to watch TV with no commercials, and not having to get up to put in a new DVD.  I can just select a new show or movie within Kodi and hit play, knowing that Media Center Master has already found all of my media for me!

For more information about Media Center Master, you can check out the website by following this link.

Writing more….

I completely have the intention to start blogging more. I was browsing other blogs today for ideas, seeing what other people tend to write about. What I found was almost disturbing.

Many people simply reblog stuff from other places (which were probably reblogged from somewhere in the first place….), or reviews of products and websites that they don’t really use or care about. Finally, the last type I came across… The saying a lot of stuff but not really saying anything at all.

I know I tend to ramble probably more than the average person, but sheesh. Long tangents about nothing.

I think one of my goals when I start blogging on the regular will be to do none of these things. Reviews will be of products and sites that I actually use and have experience with. Reblogging will be kept to a minimum – those recipes will only be shared if I’ve made and enjoyed them myself! And most of all… No posts just to post something!

Wish me luck!

Fiber Train Festival 2014

For the past 3 years I have gone to our little local fiber festival — Fiber Train.  Apparently, it has only been going on for that long, which I had no idea about.  I thought it started the year before I went!  Anywho, I digress.

Fiber Train, every year I have gone, has been on the small side.  The first year I went, I didn’t spin, and only walked away with stitch markers.  The second year, I walked away with a fleece… which I still haven’t done anything with (oops?).  This year, however, I spent around $200, and could have easily spent more!

The festival still wasn’t very big, but it was bigger than last year.  I am hopeful as the years go on, it will continue to grow, and that we will draw more vendors.  Though, I spent the bulk of my money at Greenwood Fiberworks.  Carolyn is just a treat to talk to, she is very sweet, and a very happy person.  I wish I would have been able to sit with her longer!  You can see her in the photo below spinning on her Hansen miniSpinner!  Love her two-tone!

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I purchased a total of four braids from her.  I got two Peacock, one in the camel silk (I can’t wait to spin this!) and one in 100% silk.  I’ve never spun silk before, so it should be interesting!  I also purchased two Sherwood Forest in the 50/50 merino/silk base.

That camel/silk, let me tell you… I want to make a bed of it, it is so soft and luxurious!  It’s like a cloud!  If I wasn’t trying to not spend all of the money in the world, I’d of bought many more braids of it.  It is just divine.  Let’s hope it spins up easily for me!

Also, from Carolyn’s booth, I purchased the cutest little drop spindle.  It’s by Greensleeves, and it’s called a teacup!  It’s spotted tamarind and walnut, and spins a treat.  I think this is my favorite spindle now.  I also grabbed a couple of pigtails (half-ounceish sample braids) to play around with.

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I also purchased an adorable little alpaca at the festival, that’s made from real alpaca.  It’s super soft, and good for petting on.  And cute!

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I attended the festival on Sunday morning, so not everything was quite going yet.  Peter the rainbow sheep was not present, even though I was told he would be there starting when the festival opened.  I was a big disappointed about that.  The blacksmith that always attends wasn’t quite going yet, but it was still interesting to watch him set up!  And one of the booths hadn’t been set up at all by the time I left (about 11:30), so I’m not sure what the deal was there.

All-in-all, it’s a pretty good little fest.  Especially considering that you have to drive like 6+ hours to get to any of the others in the area.  It was lovely just to loiter and talk to some of the vendors, and other folks.  Fiber people are always so nice, sweet, and helpful!

Buzzfeed used my map!

So this is pretty cool. Buzzfeed did an article on unusual pets, and used my Legal/Illegal States map for sugar gliders!  You can see the article here.  It’s unfortunate, though, that the picture they’re using of a sugar glider isn’t actually a sugar glider.  Pretty sure it’s a squirrel glider, due to the size. 😉

 

It would of been nice if Buzzfeed had gone in more depth about these animals, and noted that they aren’t for everybody, or at least made it a point to say that people should RESEARCH these animals before they decide to go out and buy them.  Impulse buys are bad juju when it comes to animals, especially exotics.