Too Many Irons in the Fire

Tales of a crafty, working mom of four.

In case you missed it this week 02/07/2009

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Here are some things to check out from the Internet this week…

There you have it.

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Frugal Friday – Books for a few bucks! 02/06/2009

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I am a book junkie and it is an expensive habit so I tend to chose wisely and pick only books that will be the most beneficial for the household as a permanent addition to our library. A few times a year tho I splurge on a whole box of books but the reason I can do this with a clear conscious is that I manage to get them for the cost of only one or two books at a large retail bookseller.

BookCloseouts.com has overstock, scratch and dent, and publisher returns for pennies on the dollar of retail book stores. I have never gotten a book in bad condition from them (I have been buying books from them for years) and am more than happy with their prices. This is also a great way to grab books for your homeschooling library.

For the next few days they are having a 50% all crafts and hobbies titles. I picked up 13 books for under $40 to add to my crafting library. You can save even more with coupon codes! I found that both of these worked:

Save $10 off any order of $65 or more:
Code: DealGuild-10
Password: bookcloseouts.com

Save $5 off any order of $35 or more:
Code: magic
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If you use the following link to head over to BookCloseouts.com I would appreciate it. It is my affiliate link and I earn 20% in store credit from all purchases people make from this referrer.

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Check out what others are doing for Frugal Friday at Biblical Womanhood.

 

25 Things 02/04/2009

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I got tagged on Facebook but thought I would share this on the blog as well.

  1. I fell in love with San Francisco in just one visit and would love to live there…
  2. …but if I could live anywhere I wanted it would be on a farm.
  3. I am insanely frugal except when it comes to cell phones. There are so many things I won’t buy because I can’t spend money on something I know I can make or build myself.
  4. I recently figured out how to knit with needles after 3 years of struggling.
  5. I have a love hate relationship with gReader.
  6. I have no tolerance for stupid.
  7. People leave toy and candy eyeballs in my cube so I will stab those instead of maiming any humans (see number six).
  8. I am content to get paid less and love my job than earn a big salary and be miserable.
  9. I would rather be at home taking care of my family than going to work everyday.
  10. I am a newbie Doctor Who fan.
  11. I like watching movies at home rather than on the big screen.
  12. I enjoy vegetable gardening but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  13. I have seven pets including one hamster, 2 cats, three guinea pigs, and one house rabbit.
  14. I have moved on to only reading books under creative commons licensing on the Internet because I can’t afford my habit of reading 4-5 books a week and the library stinks.
  15. I love dark roast coffee and espresso.
  16. I would like to learn how to spin fiber.
  17. I have 4 kids but I wanted 6.
  18. I can only make bread in a bread machine. It comes out hard as a rock if I make it in the oven.
  19. I love thrift stores and garage sales – it feeds my need for unique decor and furniture that I can refinish myself.
  20. My goal this year is to be less dependent on stuff and start replacing useless with functional or just getting rid of it.
  21. I adore linux.
  22. I rarely buy new hardware, I prefer to hack together old stuff.
  23. I would prefer to never work for a for-profit company again.
  24. I prefer SMS over voice calls.
  25. Even though there are things I would rather be doing, if I have to work, I am glad I am employed where I am because my job is pretty great.
 

Wordless Wednesday – A Creative Moment

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Time to Paint

Just taking a moment to breathe in the creativity.

See other mom’s Wordless Wednesday posts at 5 Minutes for Mom

 

Tackle It Tuesday – Twitter Purge 02/03/2009

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Tackle It Tuesday Meme This week I started my Twitter purge. I have pretty much just stopped using Twitter because the noise levels were so high that it was no longer useful. When I ran the podcast at Alternageek.com I followed anyone who seemed to be a fan or had anything even remotely interesting to say back. It wasn’t long before I was following over a thousand people and many of those I really didn’t have anything in common with. Some of the new media people I would still like to stay networked with however, I don’t think Twitter is the place to do it. With all of these social network sites you tend to add all of the same people, but I don’t think that is the most efficient way to handle them.

I originally signed up at Facebook (when it was still closed to the public) because higher ed used it and I work full time in higher education. I have branched out my Facebook relationships, but I won’t add just anyone who adds me. I like to keep Last.fm to those I know or are interested in similar music. I use Ravelry to connect with knitters and crocheters. Now I do have overlap on some of these networks and that is pretty awesome but normally I don’t want to talk web 2.0 in a yarn forum. Specialized networks should be used for the specific types of relationships they foster to get the most benefit from them.

Back to Twitter static; I had to clean it up. I was missing messages from people who I really enjoyed reading updates from. One of the best tools to start my purge was Twitter Karma. Twitter Karma pulled in all my followers and friends and sorted them. First I could see who I follow but that doesn’t follow me. If you aren’t famous or a service, I would appreciate the follow-back. If you don’t follow me back, maybe you aren’t interested so I re-evaluate if I am really interested in your updates. Non-followbacks cut dozens of my follows out.

Twitter Karma shows how long ago user updated.

Twitter Karma shows how long ago user updated.

Next was the mutual relationships. I sorted these by Last Updated and cut everyone who hadn’t updated in at least the last 90 days then reviewed everyone who hadn’t updated in 30-60 to see if that was just their way of doing things before purging them.

I have cut hundreds of people and it’s sad I even let my account get to the point where I have to do that. The last phase of my Twitter purge is to watch my timeline and if I don’t recognize a friend or they tend to tweet things I am not interested in, I am manually removing them. It’s nothing personal, I am just not interested. There might be a few that get caught in the cuts that I want back, and I am sure I will find them again.

The moral of the purge is that it is easy to go to excess with social networks. If the network you are using isn’t teaching you something, connecting you with others, or benefiting you then either cut the site or figure out how to fix where it went wrong. I miss Twitter, hopefully this will get me back in gear again.

 

I’ve been sick & that stinks 02/02/2009

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Achoo

Achoo

Sorry for almost a week of silence. I have been sick and feeling quite miserable and sorry for myself. The kids bounced through this little bout of flu quickly but their old mom didn’t fare as well.

I have posts queued up so I will be getting back on the ball this week.

 

Tackle It Tuesday – The Linen Closet 01/27/2009

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Tackle It Tuesday MemeI love a simple project – so why in the world did I put off the linen closet for so long?! It had come to the point that I loathed getting into it because I couldn’t find anything and everything was just jumbled all around. This project took less than an hour and I feel like I really accomplished something.

  • I refolded all the linens because they were so jumbled and messy that they had lost their folds.
  • I sorted sheet sets by size so I can easily find what I am looking for. It is easy to get the sets separated in a house with children. Kids wake up in the middle of the night ill or with an accident and if you are like me at 3am all you are thinking about is getting back to sleep. You pull the things out of the closet that you need to swap on their bed and in a day or so when you have laundered and reassembled their bed you have miss matched pieces to put away. I had just been shoving them into the closet just any old where and that is what led to my downfall.
  • I put all orphaned pillowcases that no longer have sheets in a pile by themselves. I really don’t think I need 14 backup pillowcases for emergencies so I might use some of these for more Charlie bags. It would be fun to have Harry Potter and Monsters Inc. shopping bags!
  • Although my youngest is now four years old, I am still not ready to part with the crib sized blankets because she still uses them to cuddle up with on the couch or to have a carpet picnic. I did purge all the crib sheets.
  • The Boppy nursing pillow is never going away, I still use it when I have a neckache and the kids use it to prop up on to watch TV.
  • At the bottom of the closet are pillow shams, curtains, and a few odds and ends that aren’t in use in the bedrooms but match the sets in them.

It feels great to get this closet straightened up, I feel kind of sheepish and silly that it took me so long to do it. Since I cleaned up everything in the closet I had room to move all the blankets I had in a giant storage tub in the hallway back into the closet. With no more unsightly storage tub in the hallway it gives me one less place to toss junk on top of.