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Beyond the Jumpgate: My new home at AstronomyJewelry.com

This <*> site has been out of commission for several months because I have been preparing something new.  Since there are so few <*> Pins left, I have decided to focus primarily upon a new idea that I have been nurturing: to be able to create full-color space jewelry featuring ANY high-rez image.

To say […]

What’s beyond the jumpgate?

A few months ago, I received a bunch of Jr Pins from Portland. I had told my friend (the one who is storing my stuff in his basement back there) to root through my stuff and just not mention anything that happens to be strange or too personal. So we now have Jr Pins that […]

I’m still alive… sorry I’ve not been posting much lately.

A few quick updates:

I am still living in the same house that was threatened with foreclosure. My landlady has been fighting the bank with what seems to be a pretty good lawyer. I’m surprised I’m still here, but it’s better than having to move.

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I am definitely not a blogger by nature… I […]

The end of the <*> Pins era is coming

I recently took inventory of the remaining Pins here in Nevada… wow… there are not many left.

If you want to get a Jumpgate Pin, now is the time to do so. Please spread the word. There’s got to be someone out there who wants a Pin – that will help me cover some really […]

How to gamble in Vegas – the Elana way

When I first moved to Vegas, I expected some culture shock, since it is so different from Oregon. That’s exactly what I got on many different levels.

The first shock was seeing a slot machine section in the local grocery stores. EVERY freakin’ grocery store here has a slot machine section!

During my first […]

Visiting the new bridge near Hoover Dam

Earlier today (Saturday Oct 16) I stood on a new bridge.

For the last several years, the powers that be have been planning and building a new bridge in front of Hoover Dam. I’ve been watching it’s progress on the Discovery Channel and in reports in the local newspaper.

A few months ago, they announced […]

Closing in on the end of “Pinventory”

I closed the website a month ago to take care of personal stuff.  Now I am starting to get ready again to offer more Pins.  But first, some medical updates.

My last visit with the oncologist dealt with the nasty fatigue and sleepiness I have been dealing with.   I have been on a “light chemo” […]

The new “2010 STARRY” :)

I’ve been talking to some new friends here in Vegas who are in the business of special finishes for model trains, airplanes and the like. I am deeply grateful to them.

It turns out that if you want excellent advice on smart, professional ways to beautifully finish some small item, there’s no one better than […]

Latest news – various random news

I have been distracted by a LOT of stuff lately… hard to concentrate on stuff like blogging. So here’s some news:

The FDA has postponed it’s decision to ban the drug to keep me alive until December 17. That means I get to have a whole three months on Avastin. That stuff WORKS… I don’t […]

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 […]

Dealing with the Vegas simmer, I mean summer

I had a laugh about two weeks ago, while enduring the usual Nevada “living in an oven” summer weather.

Here in Vegas, the local paper is the Las Vegas Review Journal. We call it “the RJ”.

The RJ had published a picture in their paper depicting people running happily through the Salmon Street Springs […]

Fatigue, Chemo & Determination

It’s mid-summer here in Vegas and the peak temperatures are reaching 113°. That kind of heat is pretty bad for anyone, but for a cancer patient, it’s REALLY tough.

Cancer treatment – especially for triple-negative metastatic stage 4 breast cancer like mine – causes severe, unpredictable fatigue. From January to around March, I was suffering […]

The Video Dude

Here’s another little tidbit story for ya:

About 8 weeks ago, I was arriving at the county admin services building to buy a bus pass for paratransit. As I arrived, I noticed a guy holding a pro-level video camera walking towards the

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How not to be Hip in Vegas

For a Portland techy geek like me, the “hip” thing has always been rather questionable. The concepts of “hip” and “techy geek” simply don’t go together.

Back when I was living in Portland, too many years in the rain had affected my brain. I had a real need to just get the heck out and […]

Missing <*> Pin Inventory FOUND!

Well folks, a bunch of Pins I thought were sold out turned up in a box which I had in storage.  Now I know better to not mark any Pin as “sold out” but instead to have folks get on a mailing list for Pins they want instead.  Here’s the details:

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