Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread


Edit Your Comment

  1. Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

    I love persian cats, but you need so many of them just to make a rug.

  2. CrankyOwl says:

    I feel as though I’m not worthy of even looking at that cat :P

  3. dragonfire81 says:

    Anyone else enjoy doing personalized, creative Christmas gifts? I don’t have a ton of money for Christmas shopping this year so I’ve had to get creative to get everyone taken care off. I’ve been working away on a book of poems for my grandmother and for my mother, a project that basically amounts to one big long “I love you” note crafted as a series of fictional letters I’ve written to her from infancy all the way up to present day. I think she’ll be thrilled with this. Both of these gifts are costing me less than $20 total and I know they’ll mean a lot to the people who are receiving them.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Awww, that sounds really sweet. I’m sure they will love it.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      That’s a terrific idea. I’ve done mix CDs before; I did some for my dad and he really liked them. He didn’t care if they were homemade.

      I guess I’ll do something for people this year, except my nieces, who will get some fun inexpensive accessories since they’re getting into hair and clothes and that sort of thing.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      As long as people really like them.
      I’ve made handmade gifts for people- and some LOVE them, and others just meh-them and set them aside.
      I’m going to make fleece hats and scarves for my three nieces, each in their favorite colors- Pink, Purple and Blue. I don’t know how much they’ll dig them, but I think they’ll at least be functional enough for their parents to make them wear them for a short time.

    • Bativac says:

      My wife and I are doing food for everyone. Baked goods, or baking mixes, or prepackaged imported foods or candies. We’re designing our own packaging. Christmas is just getting too expensive and the gifts becoming too impersonal.

      (Plus I just spent seventy bucks on a Ghostbusters toy. Priorities.)

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Every year, I have been giving out holiday wine with one of my cards attached. I always pick red wine because you can always cook with it, even if you don’t drink it.

      Last year, I bought some lower priced wine than usual, so to make up the difference, I bought a bunch of really inexpensive gifts and made a sack for them: and put stickers on the backs of the cards attached to the wine. This made the experience a little more enjoyable than the traditional handing wine out, and cost me less than it did in previous years, even with the Sack Gifts.

    • DoubleBaconVeggieBurger says:

      My husband is into woodworking, so he’s making some gifts this year. He made my nephew a xylophone, from a kit. It turned out really nice, and it was not incredibly inexpensive, but he’ll be able to keep it for years. I made my brother- and sister-in-law etched drinking glasses. Just bought some inexpensive drinking glasses from Target, made stencils of their initial, and used etching compound. They turned out nice!

    • vioviovioletta says:

      I make brownie in a jar recipes for everyone, and usually some choclate covered pretzels, chocolate dipped spoons, hot chocolate & put it all in a reusable basket. I like to change it up some every year, but people always love this and ask for the brownie (cookie, cake, what-have-you) after the fact. Good luck with your crafy Christmas!

  4. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    This has been the worst Friday, ever. I’ve been on the phone with the insurance company all day about some form I have to send in, and they’re not being helpful. Sigh.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Blah. That sucks. I hope it gets better for you soon, it’s lunch time soon right? I hope you get to have a nice lunch.

  5. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    Today is very slow at work today.. it’s… very different, especially for this time of year. I’m working a lot of extra hours this month because my boss will be on vacation. I could use the extra money, so it’s nice.

    I’m also very excited to be getting my hair cut tomorrow. WOOHOO. I’ve waited way. too. long.

    Mr. Aroo and I got a new video camera on black Friday (well, I ordered it on Amazon, because they had the best deal on that paticular model than ANYONE). Now I need to learn how to use it. I tried taking cat videos in my apartment, but the low light made it look kinda lousy. I might need to fiddle with the settings or something to make it look better. They could be youtube stars soon! Well.. if I could manage to catch them doing something interesting, that is.

    I need to find a good present to give my dad. He likes the surprise of a gift most of all since he can pretty much afford to buy whatever he wants, so it can’t be something obvious or boring. Hmmm. Think think think.

    • halcyon22 says:

      If your dad is or was into Star Trek, here is what I think will be a fun present that I bought for my dad: the starship Enterprise (from the original series) pizza cutter from Think Geek. I got the package this week and it looks great and is very well made, so I think it will be a hit.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Oh, if my dad were nerdy it would be so much easier. He’s not though.. he’s more.. um… cowboyish? He likes hunting and gun collecting. But he already has all of that stuff. Last year I got him a tshirt with Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and he loved it.

      • outshined says:

        Must have NOW. That is awesome, thank you.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Hmm, I don’t know your dad, but maybe he would like something like a ticket to an exhibit or a lecture he is interested in. There might be something local that isn’t too expensive. That’s my best suggestion–cold medicine is making me foggy!

      Since I can’t buy gifts this year but I’m going to family’s anyway, I guess I better get cracking on making stuff. I have a sewing machine; SURELY I can think of something!

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Police line doormat?

  6. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    very excited, the latest film i did work on is currently scheduled to be complete by the end of january at the latest. the production company’s previous film just won a film festival award. i am really looking forward to seeing the finished film since i only did behind the scenes stuff. here’s which one i worked on.

  7. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Aww, Miss Kitty Princess with her pretty golden ruff.

    Oh man, I wish I could go home. Cold is making my sinuses hurt, and empty stomach is making my ulcer hurt. Plus I coughed all night and didn’t sleep. :P

    I finally got around to playing Myst IV: Revelation. Stuck on a puzzle, but I think I found a hint online that will help me. My mistake because I messed up and got tangled in it. Once I finish this game, there’s only one more Myst game to play and then no more. Waah!

    Next I’ll tackle the Deadliest Catch game I bought but never opened. And some more PS2 games, since the system is new to me. :)

    • ArcanaJ says:

      Can’t you go home early? Or is your boss one of those that insists you be bleeding out of your eyes before grudgingly admitting that you *might* be sick?

      You’re a gamer! I love that! We must converse beyond this board sometime, you know. :)

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        No, the old nasty bosses left. Ha! But I have shipments to make. Felt better after lunch so I’ll make it until five. :P

        LOL not much of one, just mostly PC stuff so far, and little of that because I can’t afford it. The bf gave me his old PS2 in preparation for getting his PS3 (awesome!), so now I have all these new things to do. So far I’ve only got up to Level 5 in Katamari Damacy. I love rolling that little ball around.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        And yes, we must. :)

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Oh no, I hope you feel better soon. Dylsum is great for coughing, and it lasts 12 hours so you can sleep. After I discovered it and how well it works, I don’t take anything else. I used to swear by Nyquil, but a combo of Dylsum and Sudafed 12hour (the behind the counter kind) is what I take now and it’s so much easier. I’m a regular victim of sinus infections, so I have treating them down. lol.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I think I tried Dylsum one time. It worked pretty well. I only had Nyquil though, so was stuck with that. I got on a coughing jag last night and NOTHING worked.

  8. JulesNoctambule says:

    I’m just going to show off my best Black Friday weekend purchase again, aka Fiona the cat:

    Last night she cuddled down on the bed with us and two of the other cats, and none of them hissed or growled at all! Lows in the 20s make them friendlier for the body heat, it seems. ;)

  9. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    buffalo bugles

  10. theblackdog says:

    I can’t wait until Sunday night, Ravens vs Steelers. A battle royale between two division rivals for who stays on top of the AFC north and will win the division, and who is going to have to fight for an AFC wild card.

  11. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and leftover enjoyment week!

    OK, three questions today.

    #1: I’m making this years Christmas/New Years/etc… card and I need help coming up with a theme. Here are some of my past ones: Any ideas?

    #2: While I was feeling under the weather this week, I was craving something sweet, so I softened some cream cheese, beat in some sugar and Kahlua, let rest, then ate liberally with a spatula. I realize this would be a great “dip” for a cookie of some kind, but don’t know what cookie would compliment this. I could also see using other liquors, so does anyone have some suggestions as to good cookie/liquor pairings?

    And finally #3: I found some ~1/4″ steel wire I’d like to turn into a clothesline that could support at least two wet horse blankets. I have a tree for one end, so the issue now becomes what to use for support on the other end. I don’t want to use my house, to avoid having to deal with cutting/drilling into the side of my house. I have some 1.5×3″ box steel, but only in 8′ lengths, and from my back porch, 7.5′ is the height I’d like the top to be. I want to sink it at least 3′ down in concrete, to make it as solid as possible, but don’t know how to accomplish that with the 6″ of material I’d have left over. I don’t trust my welding skills enough to put all that pressure/load on a weld if I attach two pieces of the box steel together. Anyone have any suggestions on how I could attach something to the existing piece of steel to allow it to reliably carry a load?

    Thanks in advance!

  12. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Another Friday, and still employed, but still not knowing for how long. Sale finally went through on our company, and the new owners are coming within the next few days to switch us over to their computer system. Everyone is so happy and excited…but I can’t help but think that we could all be unemployed sooner than later.

    Trying to keep a positive attitude, but it’s just getting harder to do!