Gift-giving makes me incredibly anxious. I'm not certain where it comes from, but it is pervasive at this time of year, especially when I don't have my very best shopping pal at my side to talk me out of talking myself out of choices. I do like giving people things, but I'm always convinced I've... Continue Reading →

Each year my mom sends a thoughtful and creative advent calendar around a theme of her own devising. This year it is a picnic basket with assorted picnic-themed goodies, one to unwrap each day! When FunkyPlaid comes home (and the weather clears up) we will be all set to explore Oregon, one picnic at a... Continue Reading →

One of the best presents in the world is an autographed copy of a book. I was reminded of this just last week. My friend V and I Skype regularly and the last time I was telling her that I'm not in the best mental health lately. No stranger to dips in mental health, I... Continue Reading →

If one of your new year's resolutions is to write more letters, why not send a friend one of these adorable squid greeting cards by makoshark? The Squid of Reassurance is my favourite. There are many designs, with and without squid, as well as different products like t-shirts, iPhone cases, stickers, and kids' clothing. Check... Continue Reading →

2010 gift guide.

As mentioned on my last post about nifty gifts, here is my 2010 gift guide. I am posting this later than I had hoped to, sidetracked by illness again. If I were feeling better, I would write a little something about each person and why I like them, but in the interest of time, I... Continue Reading →

Gift niftiness.

I love giving gifts, but my budget this year is very small. Good thing the web is filled with nifty ideas! Smitten mitten for hand-holders. [Etsy] Owl tea mugs and tea set. [VivaTerra] Fern frond necklace. [Fernworks] Now Panic and Freak Out t-shirt. [Threadless] Redwood wreath. [Erica Rose Design] Pelikan highlighter fountain pen. [Levenger] Loads... Continue Reading →

puppy love

The puppy was named Kenya. She was a service animal -- not a guide dog, so it was okay that I interacted with her -- and she was three months old. I met her in line at Starbucks. She licked my hand as I petted her and I tried not to cry, but there were... Continue Reading →

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