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Shipping news and personal energy

I am glad I gave myself all the way to September 10 to re-open the website to more sales. As usual, I keep forgetting that sometimes I end up needing to rest for up to two or three days at a time. This past week was no exception.

I am writing this on Friday night. […]

Pinsite activities suspended until September 10 – this is GOOD news. :)

Here’s a quick alert which is going out NOW – outside of the usual Sunday/Wednesday blog posting schedule:

I have suspended website activites until September 10, 2010. Despite the majority of orders which asked for many more Starries than I had left, the remaining orders were definitely enough to fulfill my immediate needs.

To […]

Apple pies and astronomy

I was watching this video some weeks ago and remembered how much I loved Carl Sagan ever since I was a kid. |-)

His famous quote: “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

That’s been running in my head a lot lately. So I relegated […]

“Starry? STARRY! Got a Starry? WANNA STARRY!”

GOOD NEWS: I had a few pretty decent orders from this past week. Talk about ’em later…

BAD NEWS: Seems like half the inquires were about the last very few STARRY Pins I had. Lots of hope and enthusiasm in my emailbox.

All I could do after the last few were gone was to put […]

HOLY Straczynski!

Yesterday, my exhausted, overwhelmed brain could NOT handle the tasks needed to plan a whole new “Hey everyone, check out my new blog and stuff!” net-campaign.

In a fit of “aw the hell with it” despair, I instead posted a public plea for help both on this blog and Facebook regarding that task.

I tossed […]

Tired, exhausted, need help from someone with more energy

Tired and sad. :-/

My bedframe is BROKEN (it hurts to sleep), I have scary medical bills that insurance does not cover… and I am too damn fatigued and exhausted to do all I need to do. :-(

I really need to write a nice, concise public announcement happily announcing my Pins again to the […]

The day I met some Billy Mays wannabe…

Some weeks ago, I woke up and realized I had won the “personal energy lottery” (i.e. I actually had a little energy for a change) for that day. So I decided to get an errand or two completed before the energy vanished again.

I did something I normally don’t do… ended up in a shopping […]

Hopes, dreams and dry rot

Back when I was younger I used to dream of living in a motorhome and driving all around the country, looking for beautiful places, fun discoveries and wonderful roadside eateries located in obscure small towns.

As I grew up, I completely gave up that dream. I gave it up so much, I managed to go […]

“So Why Did You Leave Oregon to Live in Nevada?”

“So why did you leave a beautiful place like Oregon to come here?”

I get that question once in awhile when talking to other folks in Vegas.  They mean well, but the question drives me nuts.

The REAL answer is very personal and would take about 30 minutes to answer honestly.  It touches on some […]

Cancer update: good news, bad news

Fast update:

Good news: Cancer still there, but cut to the roots (there’s still roots) at this point. My oncologist has a nice, tough pair of “pruning shears.” :)

Details: Cancer is still detected very much in the breast, liver not as much as before. A strange new anomaly in the right tonsil. Since […]

Wishes and thanks and that kinda stuff ;)

I have a neat little tradition when I am feeling extremely grateful to a person because they did something extraordinary. Saying just “thank you” in person is not quite enough in that kind of case.

My absolute favorite way to thank someone like that in person is to say this:

“So many humans on […]

Need good thoughts for August 10 – Cancer test results will be known then

Hello everyone.

A few days ago, I got scanned to find out what my Stage 4 tumors are up to. I had a PET scan, a CAT scan and a bone scan.

On August 10, I will see my oncologist to find out what the results are.

I am pretty nervous… my kind of cancer […]

Positive Life Lessons that Cancer Helped me to Learn

On some social-networking site I hang out at, someone asked: “Has ANYONE managed to overcome the overwhelming tendency to do nothing instead of anything?”

I decided to take what I’ve learned from my stage 4 cancer experience, and I replied with these comments. It got a little bit popular, which is nice. I added some […]

A Bit Of a Dental Emergency… (updated)

FAST UPDATE from August 9:

I’m home, happy and totally grateful for FANTASTIC service from the University of Nevada’s graduate dental school program.

Tooth fixed! :)

Me exhausted. :(

Me sleep now, will blog about it all later.

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Yesterday (wednesday) I made myself a nice tortilla […]

Subscribing to this blog – something new to learn

Learning about the ins and outs of the “subscribe to get email alerts whenever Elana writes something on the blog” feature. […]

“One of a kind” special order Pins

I have been thinking of adding a feature for my customers – for maybe 100 bucks, I can take one of the existing Pins and turn it into a Pin which has colors that do not match any other Pin on Earth.  :)

Since there are so many colors floating around already, I would have […]