kadenza: (test pattern)
So my resolution to post more on LJ is... not going well. If I only have like one thing to say I usually just post to Twitter (Credenza). Anyway, I have no excuse not to post this morning as Nat has just started two weeks of something called Dance Camp at a local dance studio, 9-12 every morning. At the end of each week they will supposedly do a little show for the parents, so that should be kind of hilarious.

I used this icon because I'm currently working on a test pattern pillow. Normally I don't do much crafting in the summer because I'd rather not spend the nice weather in the basement, and also because it's kind of icky down there. But last week we invested in a humidifier and it's suddenly much less musty and gross down there.

On Canada Day we decided to hit Black Creek Pioneer Village on the spur of the moment. I hadn't been since a class trip in grade 7, so... 27 years (sob... I'm old). Anyway it was really quite fun. And they had a weaving lady as well who gave me some tips on rug weaving. I have recently ordered some rug warp and a rag shuttle.

Final random item... the mail strike has been over for a week now and we still haven't received any significant quantity of mail. In fact for the first three days, we got a single letter each day, and 2/3 of them were not even for us. Something called the Canadian Friends of Cuban Jewry has decided that a guy called Moishe lives here, and it seems no amount of "return to sender"-ing will dissuade them of this notion. Anyway, I have two eBay purchases and a yarn shipment from Webs that are somewhere out there and I'm getting impatient.

Updateish

Dec. 14th, 2009 11:00 am
kadenza: (horrible)
Not a heck of a lot going on but I wanted to post a bit.

We got our tree on Saturday. I have to say, it is a pretty kickass tree. Almost 9' tall. We don't have anything to adorn it with, really, but we tried. Two strings of lights and two packages of ornaments (several of which were broken during the decoration process). Oh, and my no doubt toxic vintage eBay icicles. Marshall is pretty new to all this and was doing everything wrong, but it's understandable. For example, he tried to bring the tree in the front door pointy end first. No, no, no. The branches get all stuck in the door frame. Then he was complaining about my "crappy" tree stand. He doesn't know from crappy. The thing we used when I was a kid resembled an ashtray with three legs and was practically useless. With this, the tree is actually completely free-standing and doesn't have to be tied to the wall. He has no idea of the suffering my people have been through.

Yesterday was the second annual knitting group potluck lunch. It was well-attended and a good time was had by all. I made a mushroom, spinach and jarlsberg quiche that was fairly successful, though when I poured the egg mixture in, a lot of it leaked out of my apparently faulty shortcrust, through the springform pan and onto the cookie sheet, resulting in a quiche that didn't nearly fill its pie shell. Turned out flat, but pretty tasty anyway.
kadenza: (baleeted)
My PayPal dispute will end in 30 minutes if all goes well. The seller had 10 days to respond to the claim, and has so far not done so. If he doesn't, I get a full refund. Loser. I'll be so relieved when this is over (and my $70 is safely back in my account).

KILL

Feb. 5th, 2008 04:15 pm
kadenza: (heinous)
I just returned home from lunch with my parents to find my latest eBay purchase in the mailbox (Mac OSX tiger). I opened it to find it is a pirated copy, and the ink came off on my hand. I am LIVID. I have been buying stuff off off eBay since 1999 and have never been ripped off before. I want to KILL somebody.

The specific somebody I want to kill is apparently no longer an eBay member, and I imagine it's because his account was suspended or because he is a total scam artist (or both). I'm trying to figure out if I can get my money back, but so far it doesn't look good.
kadenza: (generosity)
My auction ended half an hour ago.

Buying price: $10 CDN
Selling price: $52 US

If only I could find an unlimited supply of underpriced DS game cards.

More eBay

Dec. 6th, 2007 09:38 am
kadenza: (?)
The game I bought from a dude last Thursdsay for $10 is now up to $36 $41! Who knew? It's a good thing I didn't mention how sucky it is in the listing. The auction ends this Sunday and I expect the bidding action will quiet down until then.

eBay watch

Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:18 pm
kadenza: (?)
My auction is less than 24 hours old and has 4 5 bids, 8 12 watchers, and has doubled the price I paid for it already. It's up to $20.50 $26.00. I'm really puzzled because it was a pretty terrible game. I tried Boggle and it sucked, Marshall tried Monopoly and it sucked, and we didn't bother with the other two. My low shipping may be a factor-- I took it to the post office for an estimate and it fit through their acrylic mail-slot template which means it can be sent via regular letter post for the low low price of $1.86.

Kindly forgive my enthusiasm; this is only the second thing I have ever sold on eBay, the first one being my Barenaked Ladies xmas tape six years ago. I think I got about $200 for it, which was insane.
kadenza: (Default)
First, I'll get this memething out of the way. The 5th sentence of my 23rd journal entry is:

That's over $100 canadian... cha ching!

I was talking about my first-ever ebay auction as a seller, and my item was a Barenaked Ladies fanclub-issue Christmas tape circa 1991, which contained exactly two songs. It eventually sold for $170, which exceeded my wildest dreams. Oh, how I long for the days when I had valuable crap just lying around. It was a tape! A lousy tape!

Made some salsa on Sunday for a gathering, and somehow managed to get jalapeno juice into my nose. I washed my hands several times after chopping them, but evidently the stuff is quite resistant to soap and water. The more I rubbed at it, the worse it got. My nose was burning, my eyes were watering and my entire face was sweating. I eventually resorted to dunking my face into a bowl of milk, which actually worked. But anyway, the salsa turned out quite well. Later discovered that [livejournal.com profile] clawfoot and I make a kickass Cranium team.

This week: I've got Bodyworlds on Friday, which I'm very much looking forward to. I've already had several dreams about it. Marshie's taking the afternoon off work so we can have fun at the Science Centre too. Then Saturday we're going to Niagara on the Lake for a winery tour and ghostwalk, and staying at a B&B. So yeah, that about covers it. The rest of the week will easily be taken up with a bunch of new stuff I'm designing for Uncle Harry's tea shop.

Oh, oh! And for the Serenity fans among you, I present Serenity in 2000 words or less. Quite amusing. I should probably mention that spoilers abound, but I'm pretty sure everyone's seen it by now.
kadenza: (Default)
Interesting article floating around re: misspellings in eBay listings. People spell things wrong in the item descriptions and wonder why they get no bids. The flipside of this is, of course, people getting great bargains by intentionally searching on commonly misspelled words (and I'm sure this article royally pissed them off by publicizing their technique). Then again, bad spellers who buy from other bad spellers would be completely oblivious to what's happened.

Here are some of my finds, whether or not they might actually yield great bargains is up for debate. They may have few bids, but the reserve prices can still be quite high:

dimond
jewlry/jewellry
earings/errings (one pair of "errings" is purported to have "all stones in tack!")
atomatic - yielded several watches
bracelett
emrald
topas
turqoise/turqois/turquois/etc.
Cheverolet
Porche
porcelin/porcelan/porceline
candelstick/candelholder (and there are a couple of sterling "candalabras" with no bids)

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