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A Timmy for Thinkgeek

Recently, Thinkgeek put forth a call for Timmy costumes. We were selected to create Buster from Mythbusters. Our submission:

Bonus picture:

Did you know…


That we live next door to a mountain?

We went to the state park for the first time in 4 years of living here, and it is really awesome. I hope to go back and get some photos of the flowers down here — totally different from the stuff I’m used to from up north.

This was cool though:


If you’re not big into trees, the one in the middle is actually a larger tree that has encompassed a smaller tree of a different kind (smooth bark vs rough bark). That’s a new one to me!

The Tale of the Frog(s)

At the beginning of December, pogle informs me that a green tree frog is loose in his office. Apparently, it hitched a ride in on a Poinsetta, and no one there knew what to do for it. So, naturally, he brought it home.

He was named Dratsab Elttil (which is an entirely different story):

Dratsab Elttil, a green tree frog.

We didn’t want to set him free because the temperatures were below zero and he’d die, so I set him up a temporary home and we arranged with family to get an aquarium for him. Sadly, he died after only 3 days (and after I’d spent a bunch of money on him), so pogle decided we’d go ahead and get another frog. And then he came home with two of them. Isn’t that how it usually goes when it comes to pets?

Meet Houdini and Hwinn:

Houdini & Hwinn: two green tree frogs

Houdini is sleeping up top, while I just missed a photo of Hwinn being a ninja while walking across the corner.

They don’t do much, to be honest, although it was cool to accidentally see Hwinn catch a cricket. They’ll probably be more trouble than they’re worth (crickets are a pain in the butt), but it’s absurdly fun to try and find them in the terrarium.

That’s pretty much the tale of how we ended up with two green tree frogs living in our office. Not that exciting, eh?


2010: A Retrospective

Michele’s Favorites of 2010


Video Game



  • The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger
  • Jane Jameson Series by Molly Harper


  • Feed by Mira Grant
  • World War Z by Max Brooks

Steampunk (or Magic/Supernatural & Technology)

  • Burton & Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
  • Leviathan & Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
  • Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero by Dan Abnett
  • The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger


  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde
  • Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy

Graphic Novels

  • Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson Horror
  • Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales Noir
  • Tribes: The Dog Years by Michael Geszel & Inaki Miranda Post-Apocalyptic
  • Castle Waiting (Collection #1) by Linda Medley Humor
  • Gunnerkrigg Court (Volume 1) by Tom Siddell (available online @ http://gunnerkrigg.com) Steampunk
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Series by Hiromu Arakawa Steampunk

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Too tired

Ferrets will continue…soon. Summer reading started this week and I’m too exhausted to deal with uploading photos just yet. I promise the cute (and the vaguely evil) will return in a couple of days.