I'm scrambling today. Pretend there is a photo here.
But I have to pop in and mention a few things, especially regarding the mystery of the tape-covered Coke can! Sorry to leave you hanging! I left a comment but it was way back there:
This is recommended by our dog trainer, Steve. It works, at least for her. She is not keen to do things that don't please us, but we got a bit lazy on the barking thing and needed the refresher. This dog has the absolute loudest bark I have ever heard, and bionic ears. She can hear something "interesting" a block away and send out a bark so loud you'll fall right off the couch before you even know what's going on. And then she'll do this for about a minute afterward:
"Woof . . . . . . . . . . woof . . . . . . . . . . woof . . . . . . . . . . woof . . . . . . . . . . woof . . . . . . . . . . woof . . . . . . . . . . woof."
Those are spaced about eight seconds apart. So, we have about four shaker cans strategically placed around the house. Better than yelling. Though I have certainly been known to yell, "STOP THAT!!!!!!!!!!" if no can is at hand. They say you're not supposed to do that, but man, it's like Chinese water-torture but with "woofs" instead of drops to the forehead. It's woofs to the forehead.
Secondly, I wanted to thank you for all the recommendations on the green curry, which I will be looking through and taking to heart as soon -- might try it with chicken (cheaper). I'm going to start with using coconut cream, as many people suggested, and with salting and roasting the eggplant first. Great ideas there, so thank you so much.
Thirdly, what was my thirdly. Oh yeah — I forgot to say last week how much I loved everyone's comments about the things they like about fall! I have been wanting to put those all together in a post so that I could read them and look at a pretty fall picture and feel better about it. So I will do that soon, I hope. Before it's winter.
Fourthly, I promise I will get those summer-reading books off my sidebar soon! I actually am reading other books. I just don't want to mix up the fall list with the summer list before I have a chance to tell you what I loved about the summer list, and I loved a lot about it. It takes me forever to figure out how to say what I want to say about books so I am behind on . . . the books.
Fifthly, we are snowed in under ornament kits and now that the kits themselves are almost together, I can see that we scored major overruns from the printer — on an initial print run of 500, they gave us 220 overruns! Wow. So there are kits and kits and kits, if necessary, and I would love to truly use these up by making more kits. I will do wholesale on these kits, too, since we have so many. Just email me at aliciaATaliciapaulsonDOTcom for wholesale information on these. For those of you who have already placed orders, they are starting to go out this week! If you didn't get a chance to order a kit yet, they are available here. The PDF of just the pattern will be available in the next couple of weeks as soon as we get on top of getting most of the kits out.
Lastly, please allow me to direct you to an interview about blogging that I did recently with Stephanie Levy for her series Artists Who Blog. Thank you so much for interviewing me, Stephanie, and especially for patiently waiting for me to send my answers back!!! Hopefully I sound more competent in my interview than I do here lately.
Double lastly, I have many emails to answer and I'm pretty sure that will happen. Pretty sure. If I run out of time before I go on vacation next week, I'll have my administrative assistant do it while I'm gone. Her vocabulary is limited to one word (see above), but you'll get the jist.