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Love is in the Air: Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the annual celebration of love, and one of the busiest times of the year for flower and chocolate shops. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, this year the average consumer will spend $126.03 to buy chocolates, champagne, jewelry and other gifts for family, friends, significant others and pets. If you’re still finalizing your plans and gifts, consider giving something that will express your feelings without hurting your wallet. Here are a few budget friendly ideas.

Stay in: There is a widespread belief that Valentine’s Day should be celebrated by going out to dinner. But don’t underestimate the romance of a dinner at home. You can have the food you want, relax and just enjoy each other’s company, rather than sharing your night with a room full of strangers.

Think simple: Sometimes the simplest gifts carry the most meaning. Maybe there’s a household chore that your loved one hates doing that you can take care of for them. Or think back to a memorable date, like your first, and recreate it; dates at the beginning of relationships are frequently much less expensive, but carry fond memories.

Be creative: A gift with thought is worth more than a gift with a large price tag. Think about your loved ones favorite things, or some of your favorite memories and expand on it. Maybe there’s an odd candy they love that you can buy in bulk. Or maybe there was a time the car broke down and you were stuck for hours—take this memory and set up a romantic dinner in the car saying how you wouldn’t want to break down with anyone else.

Remember, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your relationships with those you love, and should not be the cause of added stress, financial or otherwise. Take a breath, relax and remember that relationships are not determined by the amount of money spent, but by the happiness that is created.


Sounds of the Season: A Realistic Christmas Album

With such Holiday favorites as:

1. “Forced Compliments and Feigned Interest Towards People You Don’t Know”

2. “The Click of a Porch Light Preventing Strangers from Singing on Your Property”

3. “Dad Yelling at the GPS on the Way to Grandma’s”

4. “Your Newly Vegan Cousin Scoffing at the Appetizers”

5. “Muffled Crying in the Bathroom During the Party Because You Remembered how Lonely You are Now that You’re Single”

6. “Grandma’s Eggnog Farts”

7. “The Slurred Racist Remarks of a Drunken Uncle Unwrapping a George Foreman Grill”

8. “Pretending to Appreciate a Handmade Sweater that is Already Too Small”

9. “The Vocal Wailings of Your Divorced Aunt (She Tried So Hard on the Sweater)”

10. “Grandparents Explaining Why the Job Market Isn’t Turning Around Anytime Soon, Especially for Self-Absorbed Kids Like You”

11. “YOU RUINED CHRISTMAS” (featuring your parents)

12. “Silent Drive Home”

Available in stores soon.

It Sucks To Be A Turkey

Lady Gamers Are Taking Over


Happy 11:11 11/11/11

Make a wish!

And you had better make it a good one.  I mean, its probably not going to come true anyway (cynical much?), but if you’re going to do it, do it right.

Clear and specific, that way the gods of irony have to think of a clever outcome…or they just give up trying.

“I wish for the rest of my life to be awesome!”

Five minutes later….

*BAM*  dead.


I know it has been a bit…

And it was partly because I had surgery….then Halloween….then I’m not going to lie, I just got lazy.

So here is a post.  There are many wonderful, interesting, and inspirational posts online. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.

This is a link.

A link to a game.

A game that is fun.


Organ Trail

I promise there will be a post-halloween….post.  Once I get around sorting photos of some awesome costumes.

Oh, and don’t forget, tomorrow is 11/11/11.  Make a wish at 11:11, but you had better make it a good and specific wish. We don’t want any shenanigans like in Bedazzled.

The Reason I <3 Street Fairs….

#1. You get to mingle with an interesting crowd.

#2. You get to hear some great local music.

#3. You get to browse the work of local artists and see all the interesting little shops & venders!

Case in point:

Skeletal Dropkick

This is a lovely little shop that specializes in hand-made ceramics. Not only are they useful, but they are SUPER CUTE!

The Walken Dead


Youtuber Brian Rimmer put together this fancy video showing us all of the Doctor’s regenerations from 1963 to 2010, starting with William Hartnell and ending with Matt Smith.

1. William Hartnell – Patrick Troughton: The Tenth Planet, Part 4 (1966)
* The First Doctor dies of old age / exhaustion due to the energy drain on the planet Mondas.

2. Patrick Troughton – Jon Pertwee: The War Games, Part 10 (1969)
* The Second Doctor is exiled to Earth by the Time Lords and is forced to regenerate.

3. Jon Pertwee – Tom Baker: Planet Of The Spiders, Part 6 (1974)
* The Third Doctor dies of radiation poisoning from the crystals of Metabelis Three.

4. Tom Baker – Peter Davison: Logopolis, Part 4 (1981)
* The Fourth Doctor falls from the Pharos Project radio telescope and merges with the Watcher.

5. Peter Davison – Colin Baker: The Caves Of Androzani, Part 4 (1984)
* The Fifth Doctor dies of spectrox toxaemia exposure on Androzani Minor.

6. Colin Baker – Sylvester McCoy: Time And The Rani, Part 1 (1987)
* The Sixth Doctor regenerates when the Rani shoots down the TARDIS.

7. Sylvester McCoy – Paul McGann: Doctor Who: The Movie (1996)
* The Seventh Doctor is shot by a gang member, then dies while being operated on in hospital.

8. Paul McGann – Christopher Eccleston: No official regeneration exists. (This video features a fanmade regeneration created by Mulett.)
* The Eighth Doctor’s reason for regenerating is unknown.

9. Christopher Eccleston – David Tennant: The Parting Of The Ways (2005)
* The Ninth Doctor dies of cellular degeneration caused by absorbing the energies of the Time Vortex.

10. David Tennant – Matt Smith: The End Of Time, Part 2 (2010)
* The Tenth Doctor dies of radiation poisoning caused by the faulting power supply of the Immortality Gate.