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I Can Has Cheezburger?
Sep 5th, 2011 by Jessica

icanhascheezburger.com

icanhascheezburger.com

One of my favorite websites is icanhascheezburger.com.  The LOLCATS are absolutely hilarious.  This photo and caption is one of my favorites in recent memory.  If you haven’t seen the site, I recommend heading over there to see what you are missing.  Some of them are true classics!

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Just for Fun: Virtual Snow
Aug 26th, 2011 by Jessica

I dug these out of the photo archives from 2009.  For some reason, the kitties just love batting at virtual snow in Animal Crossing.  They don’t care about anything else on television, so to watch them go crazy over the snow was quite hysterical.  I’m surprised I was even able to capture these pictures because I kept laughing so hard.  Silly kitties!  This is just one more reason why I love Animal Crossing.

Tumbles and Olly bat at the snow

Tumbles and Olly bat at the snow

Olly watches the snow on screen

Olly watches the snow on screen

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Random Picture: Jessica at Castaway Cay
Jul 22nd, 2011 by Jessica

I dug out this old picture of me on the back of the Disney Wonder cruise ship at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.  This was taken on March 15, 2008.  Just look at that smile!  Notice the neck full of Disney trading pins and the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean in the background.  I loved our first Disney cruise!  I hope we can go on another one someday.

Jessica at Castaway Cay

Jessica at Castaway Cay

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2009 George Michael Concerts
May 6th, 2011 by Jessica

I pulled these out of a pile of cell phone pictures from 2009.  It’s one of those “Now what should I do with these?” moments.  The pictures aren’t very good, but they are tied to a fun memory that I want to preserve.

We drove up to Las Vegas so I could see George Michael in concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  I enjoyed the show SO much that I bought tickets for the Phoenix show, drove back the next morning and saw him again the next night!  I felt like a roadie, and that’s probably as close to a roadie as I’ll ever become.  It was neat seeing the same concert in two different cities, one day apart.  I gained a bit more respect for traveling entertainers because George did not fail to entertain in either city.

George Michael Tour, 2009

George Michael Tour, 2009

George Michael Tour, 2009

George Michael Tour, 2009

George Michael Tour, 2009

George Michael Tour, 2009

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Help Wanted (in the Future)
Apr 2nd, 2011 by Jessica

The Far Side - Hopeful Parents

The Far Side - Hopeful Parents

While cleaning out the closets this weekend, I found this Far Side comic taped to the top of my original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) from 1987.  I think this very closely sums up my hopes for the distant “future” back when I was ten years old.

I think it’s very ironic that the “future” was nearly six years ago.

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My Motorola Xoom Experience
Feb 24th, 2011 by Jessica

For those of you who are thinking of buying the Motorola Xoom tablet this week, let me share with you my experience thus far.

Pre-Ordering

The moment the pre-orders became available at Best Buy on Sunday, February 20 I was at the Mobile desk to sign up.  Best Buy forced me to purchase a $50 gift card to complete the pre-order.  They had the wrong SKU in the system, so my pre-order was technically for some random phone model I’ve never heard of.  Since Best Buy was the only place allowing pre-orders for the Xoom, that’s where I went.

Pricing Leaks

The price leaked early for the Xoom and was rumored to be a 3G Model with $800 price tag.  Later, a leak came forward stating Verizon would require a $20/mo activation for 1GB service in order to use the Wi-Fi mode on the tablet. The day before launch, Verizon announced it would sell their Xoom models at $599 with a 2-year activation required at a minimum of $20/month for 1GB service.  Best Buy Mobile employees swore to me the day before launch that they would be honoring the $599 price tag with 2-year activation.

Buying the Xoom

I arrived at Best Buy the morning of launch right when the store opened at 10AM.  I gave my name for the pre-order and the associate couldn’t find it.  Once I explained that it was pre-ordered under the wrong SKU, he found mine under the counter with a random post-it note on it.  He asked me if I wanted to activate it and I said yes, with 2-year agreement at the $599 price.  He said sorry, the night before launch they were informed by Best Buy headquarters that they were unable to honor that price. I said thank you, goodbye.

Note: Best Buy apparently only purchased enough Xoom units to cover what was pre-ordered.  I spoke to two other individuals who had come from Best Buy where they were both rejected when trying to buy a Xoom this morning.

I drove across the street to the Verizon store, and asked if they had any Xooms available.  The associate said yes, and took my name.  I hung out for about half an hour, watching guys show up now and then doing the very same thing I just did (go to Best Buy, tell them where to stick it then come over to Verizon).  They only had one demo model available to play with, as opposed to the four iPad demo units at the kiosk next to the Droids.

The information placard on the Xoom specifically stated, “$599 with 2-year activation. Minimum $50/mo agreement required. Also offered are plans as low as $20/mo.”  There was some general discussion amongst us geeks trying to be the first to buy one.  Did Verizon lie to us too?

My name was finally called.  I was the first one to buy a Xoom in this Verizon store, so my transaction was very guinea-piggish.  First, the sales rep told me I had to buy a $50/mo 5GB data plan to get the $599 price.  Then after some digging around in her computer system, she discovered that the display advertisement was incorrect: Verizon indeed sold me a $20/mo 1GB data plan with 2-year agreement, and the Xoom model cost $599.

I slapped onto the tab the only case available plus the docking station, and walked out the door with a Motorola Xoom with 2 years of a 1GB data plan for $734.37 (after my employer’s 25% discount on accessories).

I hope this helps someone looking for a Xoom this morning to know what questions to ask, and help you determine what to expect.

Updates

Tip – Don’t pull off the protective film on the back of the unit, even if it’s peeling off.  The serial number and important information sticker is stuck to the OUTSIDE of the film.

The EMAIL application does not appear to function.  I can’t get it configured although I’m using the same settings as my Motorola Droid phone.

Every time to try to add the Facebook application widget to the home screen, Facebook crashes.

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Beading Away
Feb 21st, 2011 by Jessica

My friend Suzy came over yesterday for a fun-filled day of beading.  She has always amazed me with the way she works a needle and thread.  Her bracelets are incredible – so bright, colorful, fun and very well constructed.  She’s not afraid to jump in and try a pattern even if the instructions make no sense to a normal human being.

Crown Jewels Fringe Bracelet

Crown Jewels Fringe Bracelet

During this weekend’s session, Suzy helped me sew my very first bracelet.  In fact, it’s the first thing I’ve successfully sewn in my entire life.  (Andrew repairs the clothes in the house, and sews on new buttons.  I’m pathetic with those tasks.)  The bracelet is from a book called Crystal Brilliance by Anna Elizabeth Draeger.  Suzy and I met her this year at the Tucson Bead Show at the Swarovski event.

This basic fringe design is called Crown Jewels and is featured on page 14.  It’s the easiest of all easy sewn bead patterns and packs a big punch depending on the colors you use.  I chose clear crystal and light sapphire blue Swarovski bicones with clear seed beads, while Suzy opted for some pretty pinks and light green beads for hers.

I really enjoy beading but I enjoy it more with Suzy.  Great conversation is always on the menu, followed by a teach-n-learn from one of us to the other.  As you can see, yesterday was very lucrative for my jewelry rack.  I made five rings, four pair of earrings and a sewn bracelet.  You can see more pictures in my Flickr pool.

This Weekend's Completed Projects

This Weekend's Completed Projects

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Ty Beanie Baby Collection
Feb 18th, 2011 by Jessica

Ty Bonnet the Bear, my favorite newest addition

Ty Bonnet the Bear, my favorite newest addition

My Ty Beanie Baby collection is still growing.  You can find images of all 461 unique Ty Beanies in my Flickr pool.

More than 95% of my collection consists solely of “New Face” teddy bears.  There are still over 170 bears on my wish list that might be attainable.  My wish list does not include the impossibly expensive ones that I will likely never get, like the autographed Billionaire bears.

Of course, if Beanies aren’t really your thing, you can always browse Andrew’s collection of Transformers images on his Flickr pool.

Use caution however; his robots are sometimes in disguise.  Don’t let them fool you!  They take up at least five times more space in the attic than my Beanie collection does.

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10 Year Flashback: Piles of Puffkins
Jan 27th, 2011 by Jessica

In a Pile of Puffkins - January 27, 2001

In a Pile of Puffkins - January 27, 2001

Exactly ten years ago today, I had a massive collection of Puffkins.  They were kind of like Ty Beanie wannabes, and I loved them.  These little stuffed animals were small and round and filled me full of joy!  It all started when I found a display at a local Hallmark store of little bears in every color of the rainbow.  I picked one up, and Andrew thought it would be funny to start handing me one of every color.  I loved how bright and cute they were, so I ended up buying all of them.  It just blew up from there into a massive collection of more than 100 Puffkins.  Eventually I sold them on eBay when I no longer had room to keep them all in the house.

My favorite Puffkin was called Mystic the Wizard.  He was very rare and hard to find, and sported a “2000″ wizard’s hat in blue and yellow to celebrate the new millennium.  If you look closely in the picture you can see four of them near the lower right corner.

The Puffkin line was retired in 2002.  I still have some of them which are Holiday related with the decoration bins, and they come out and join us for Halloween and Christmas.

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I like Temporary Tattoos
Jan 15th, 2011 by Jessica

When I was 16, I tried talking my best friend Jennie’s stepfather into giving me a tattoo.  Not surprisingly, I wanted a black rose in quite an unmentionable place for a 16-year old.  He wouldn’t do it because I wasn’t 18 years old and I didn’t have my father’s permission.

Lucky for me, he played by the rules at that time.  I would have regretted getting a tattoo now that I’m older.  However, that hasn’t stopped me from indulging in lots of temporary tattoos over the years.  Airbrush, Henna or water-based – I love ‘em all!

Airbrush Tattoo, Santa's Theme Park, November 2006

Airbrush Tattoo, Santa's Theme Park, November 2006

Henna Tattoo, March 2002

Henna Tattoo, March 2002

Airbrush Tattoo, Las Vegas, September 2001

Airbrush Tattoo, Las Vegas, September 2001

Henna Tattoo, AZ Ren Fest, March 2010

Henna Tattoo, AZ Ren Fest, March 2010

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