A full post tomorrow, but I’m *crosses fingers* starting to feel a bit better. I stopped in at my favourite specialty stationery boutique/letterpress shop after a doctor’s appointment and was super excited to see they have Traveler’s notebooks!! I picked up a passport size perf-ed one and two other goodies. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow (sometime soon!)! 😀

pencil sharpener, electric

Here are a few pics of my electric (3-prong US outlet) electric pencil sharpener. It has a metal case so it’s a prime spot for random magnets. I got this from my father. He came home one day when I was a young teen with it and an equally heavy duty metal-housed wall-plugged electric eraser (yes, awesome, to be featured at another time). A friend tweeted about her father bringing one home that ate pencils and so coloured her view of them since. It probably had no “auto-stop” as this one claims to have. It doesn’t exactly “stop” it just makes a different whirring noise and no longer “eats” the pencil.

I have no idea how old this is (at least 20 years, quite a few more judging from the seventies faux bois case) or if it’s still being made. All I know is it’s brilliant, and the only thing that won’t murder Prismacolor pencils. I should probably look up more info on it. I’ll add more when I find it. (I’m finally on to the sleep-all-the-hours point in my case of mono. I just happened to be awake and the tweet inspired me and my new twitter client wouldn’t post the pics to a service, so I figured I’d just put them here.)





update and a neat product

Dang. I just lost my first draft of this.

I’m too tired to rehash it word for word, but what I had been experiencing as bronchitis and strep throat actually are most likely mono (mononucleosis ). I’ll know for sure on Tuesday when I get my labs back.

I had a lucky (ish) very bad allergic reaction to the new antibiotics they gave me for strep otherwise I wouldn’t have gone in and that’s how they figured it out. I had it once before in 8th grade, but I was a kid and sick a lot (though never before this sick) so I don’t really remember how long the sore throat lasted. Once I’m past that and just in the sleep-all-day bit, I’ll be back to the blog!

I have been getting pictures of things and I have a few I’m working on colour correcting and tweaking a bit, and I’m trying to get more done when I’m having a few good minutes. I’ve also got the actual site design sketched out and will be finalising it in the computer once I can sit at it for awhile. These are definitely things I’ll be doing as soon as this throat settles down.

In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me through this health roller coaster ride and I can’t wait to start promoting once I get things finally designed. (What are your thoughts on Inky, the geek squid up top? She was supposed to have cat-eye glasses but I’m having difficulty with getting the *right* shape for her. 🙂 Squid don’t have noses!)

Now here’s something to help hold you over until I am feeling a bit better. These are pics I took of the incredibly awesome Noodler’s Blue Ghost in action last year after I got my ink drop with it (August 2011, Flashlight Tag) from Goulet Pens.

Before, an ivory-papered sketchbook paper

After: with the lights out and the UV led shining on the exact same page!! How stinking awesome is that?! SO cool!

Sketchbook: red hardcover cloth bound square hand•book, purchased at Artist & Craftsman Supply in Berkeley with my own money.
Pen: Preppy Platinum (pink) highlighter marker / chisel fibre-nib already converted by the lovely folks at Goulet Pens to an eye dropper fill (pen, necessary supplies and instructions to convert your own can be found on their website). Pen and mini UV LED were part of a purchased ink delivery subscription (Ink Drop) from aforementioned Goulet Pens. I paid for the subscription myself.
Images just filtered through instagram for fun. Colour is representative.