Kickstarter Fulfillment Joy — Iconic Disc


Look at the pretties I got in the mail today! Last year I supported the Kickstarter project for Iconic Disc, a rockin’ decorative image holder that takes advantage of the lighted Apple icon on my MacBook Air. You see the rainbow lights decal in the  Kickstarter Green holder. Just below is a black holder with a palm trees scene and to the right a spaces cape in a silver holder. I also got three cute pouches to carry my treasures in. The black are the insert and the box all of this came in, very clean, Apple-like design.

No profound message today. Just my delight in getting what I paid for plus the “priceless” benefit of backing a successful  fledgling product.



My First Project!

Subject: Help me build a better classroom

Hi Friends,

I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at

Make Stuff and Share — Digitally with Chromebooks

Give to my classroom by September 3, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).

If you chip in to help my students, you’ll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.

Thanks so much,

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!

SDCC Treasures

Pictured is my final SDCC 2011 swag collection, including my treasured purchases in the front: (1) Fort Freak, accompanied by a postcard autographed by the entire panel of Wild Cards authors including George R.R. Martin; (2) The Kite Runner graphic novel autographed by Khaled Hosseini (I got a photo with him, too!); (3) DVD of Browncoats Redemption, Firefly fanfilm, autographed by the writer and one female actress. The LOTR golf hat was from The Hobbit panel by I also got a free DVD of the Fellowship of the Ring movie soundtrack that I’ve already misplaced. All the posters will go to my superhero-fanatic nephew, except for the aphorisms, which will go in my classroom.

This concludes my SDCC coverage (except for a forthcoming link to my Flickr group, once it’s organized). Now back to your regularly-schedule blog programming.

Knitting content: met with the Sunday afternoon knit group today and almost finished my Gryffindor POA scarf! Oh, and bought a pair of shoes on the last day of the Nordstrom sale.

Hermione’s Bag is Bigger on the Inside


Today was a bad day (the word “mice” was involved) except for the shining moment when this Hermione’s Beaded Bag arrived from the Noble Collection. Having a bag that “is bigger on the inside” allows my geek worlds to collide in a satisfying manner. Non-geeks, please google TARDIS.

Knitting at ComicCon

This first picture is the most original knitted headwear I captured. It’s Aang of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The knitter created her own flesh-colored skullcap, stitched on a blue arrow that she’d knitted separately. Brilliant!

Below are pictured some of my favorite Jayne hats from Firefly. The couple with service dog were at the Castle panel; the next was a lovely woman who asked the question after mine at the Dragon Age: Redemption panel; the guy was a Browncoat who’d purchased his from their booth. Evidently people make and donate them to sell as a fundraiser. I might do the same instead of infant hats for the hospital. Several booths sold knit hats for all kinds of characters, but none as charming as these handknits.



SD ComicCon Sunday

Such a full day! This post will just list the highlights and I’ll go into more leisurely detail in the future. Pictured with me is Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner,” who’d just autographed my copy of the graphic novel version.

* Got a choice pre-paid parking spot at the Horton Plaza. No wonder – it was 7:30 a.m., yet I wasn’t the first! Then I got a take-out breakfast sandwich from The Cheese Shop deli, which impressed me so much I stopped there for a late lunch on my way out, too. The SDCC discount helped.

* Got in line about 1-1/2 hours early for Ballroom 6 for two panels. Met some great geeks (mostly girls!) and knitters, and congratulated myself for missing the crowd craziness of the GLEE and Doctor Who panels in Hall H.

* Was introduced to a wonderful new fantasy world of Wild Cards books, edited by George R.R. Martin since 1968. Later downstairs I bought the newest one and received a card autographed by everyone on the panel. Karma!

* Fell in love all over again with Nathan Fillion on the “Castle” panel. Now I totally get why being there live is such a kick. If I had a Timeturner, I would have endured the wait for Hall H after all.

* Wandered the aisles of the Exhibit Hall and scored lots of freebies, mostly bags plus comics and books to share with my classes. Bought “Browncoats: Redemption,” a Firefly fanfilm that was autographed by the writer and one of the actors. Also got some autographed posters to give to my nephew who loves his superheroes. I finally left when I realized I was hauling around at least 15 pounds of stuff. Oh, yes — below is a picture of me on the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 😉

* Drove home in hideous Sunday afternoon traffic, put my feet up on our front porch sofa, and snoozed alongside Dusty until sunset. Happy times.