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Signs of Fall

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And the Game of Thrones costumes!Pop-up, light-up werewolf at the Spirit of Halloween. (I bought a bunch of theme socks). Bonus grasshopper; those, crickets and spiders are everywhere this time of year. We had an owl hooting all night outside our window, too.

Purse

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The Im_ala

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We were out driving this evening, and as we went down 63rd avenue in Downers Grove, I saw this car. And I asked J to go back after we did some shopping to look at it again. It's a Chevrolet Impala, black, a two-door rather than the 4 door featured in Supernatural ("Baby").This is Baby: I think the local Imala is a '67, though it might be a year earlier or later. (This one is an Im-ala because the P has fallen off:) I very much suspect it "needs work". J, ever accomodating to my weirder enthusiasms, was willing to consider it as a lawn ornament, much like the life-sized X wing that I tried to win in a lottery in the 1990's (we decided the X wing would have to live on the roof of the house if we won)It does have live plates, so it's possibly road-worthy: And yes, I got the last photo by having J park the car at a CVS and walking back to get a less-blurry photo. Practical me is not really willing to drive something that doubtless needs a pile of work,…

Soom's New Body Event

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Soom promises a new body event announcement next week, so check the site then; they only do this once a year at most.Dear SoOm fans, Hello~ :3 We will launch a new Body Sale event on next week. More details will be announced at that moment. Thank you for your attention~ SoOm team <3The illo is a painting I love by Zoe Mozert, who should be much more famous than she is.

Anatomy of Films

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Lawrence's Hat... and Boots (free with fullset purchase)

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Yes, he has an accurate scale rapier, 75.00 as an unpainted solo item. I had to tell myself that I do not need an 800+ doll to get a rapier--I can go buy one from Dollmore in metal and cry a little instead. Or just continue to make things out of rake tines and cardboard, which is probably more fun anyway. But here is another Lawrence shot: And here is the promo boot offer (useful for those huge EID feets) Offering the extras through DollChoice is interesting--I have no idea if you have to order a matching doll for the stuff, that is, an EID guy; or if you can order a Ebony Aaliyah along with the uniform, spyglass, matchlock and rapier. In my case it's all moot, anyway--I still need tree work and flooring.

A Guide to Farmer's Markets

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The source for this chart is Tony Williams, who does a fitness blog and also lives in Chicago (the guide is somewhat Chicago-centric--witness that we are coming up on the "last week for cherries" soon. :)) I'm pretty sure that Mr. Williams didn't intend to inspire me to make cherry pie, but now I want some.

Herrick Lake and Baby Catfish

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Herrick Lake at dusk; the weather was perfect. There were some interesting wildflowers, and J caught several little bass: And it's the Million Minnow March (really baby catfish with teeny whiskers) and a lovely sunset, too!

Derpycats

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Should you feel like your life doesn't have enough silly cat photos, check out derpycats.com . It's like a derp a day. This is the source for this guy here.

Rockabilly Batman

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So I was doing a search of "1950's Mens Fashions" for a procrastination project, and I found some awesome re-imagining of various comic and movie characters at Denis Medri's Blogspot pages. It's in Italian, so if you just want to coast images you can go to his Deviant Art pages I especially like the re-designed Nightwing, who has recovered some dignity, and the whole gritty, realistic feel of the characters. Also, he redid Wonder Woman: as a Western Justice League alternate Universe, and I love it. And finally poor Aquaman finally got to be heroic instead of campy:

The New Fridge

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And there it is! It is quiet, and everything is cold. It's amazing. The only thing was that the delivery guys had to take the back door off to get the fridge in. The back door has one of the mirrors on it, of heavy, heavy bevelled glass. That door and the fridge weigh about the same; in fact it was so heavy that it was all we could do to haul it back to the shop, and there I decided that it wasn't salvageable anyway, the mirror has been broken around the knob since we moved in, and some fiend glued the mirror directly to the door instead of screwing it in with a frame strip. So this was our door yesterday afternoon: So we went and bought a new door from Home Depot and it wasnt..quite..the right size, just about 1/4 inch too big all around, and the hole wasn't square. We couldn't get a prehung door because we couldn't put in the frame because of the mirrors still on the walls, so the current new door will be shaved down to fit. But that took most of today for J, …

Proof that Iplehouse Likes What I Do

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Iplehouse, don't you know I just bought a fridge? And I bet he's going to have the right sword to go with that pretty costume. :P One more photo is here on Iplehouse's flickr. And look, even the cuff tabs are accurate (!)

Stuff for Buff

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Bees and Butterflies

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Backyard denizens on Tuesday. Right now it's raining hard enough to make Noah check his building schedule; which makes a fridge delivery a bit problematical, but we will see. The new pipe weld in the basement is leaking, but I have learned that if you drape a rag over it, a pinhole squirty leak can be channeled to run down into a bucket instead of spraying the room. J knows a lot of stuff.

The Fridge is Conquered, with some Collateral Damage

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So here is the Sub-Zero, which needed to be gone from that spot by Thursday, when the new, more reasonable fridge would be delivered. So I called up 1-800-GOT-JUNK. They were happy to take it away, until they heard it was a Sub Zero. "Well," they said, "We'll send out a couple of guys and they will look at it and see if they can get it on the truck and they will give you an estimate." OK, so my plan was that when they showed up to see if they could move it, the fridge would be out of it's hole, unplugged and with the water supply cut; the shelves out, everything cleaned, and the doors removed. The first thing I had to do was turn it off, which turned out to be not easy. There are two sets of controls, one for the freezer, which I had already shut down, and one for the refrigerator, which was frozen in place at "3". Some hot water later I was able to turn the control with a wrench to OFF, but the fridge continued to run. OK, I figured the control …