Archive for January 11th, 2007

Stray Threads

Just some miscellaneous things that I have been thinking about:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels:  I was at the grocery store yesterday, and bought some Pop-Tarts.  We usually get the 12 pack (and I don’t really know why they call it that:  yes, there are 12 individual pastries, but they are packed in twos, so to me it is a 6-pack), but I was excited to see that they are know selling a new Family Pack — 16 pastries in a box.  I stood for a minute trying to calculate how much of a savings it was.  I was convinced it was at least a small deal — after all, isn’t the point of buying in larger quantities the notion that you can get a smaller per-item cost???  When Mark got home I told him about it.  He thought for a minute and said, wait, didn’t you just spend more for the privilege of a larger quantity?  I ran to the computer to use the calculator).  Darn it.  I fell for it!!!  I paid 20 cents per individual Pop-Tart for the 16 pack.  The 12 pack is only 18 cents per Pop-Tart.  I know, not a huge difference, but it makes me mad that I fell for that particular marketing ploy.

Moral of the story:  take a calculator and do the math.  Make sure the really good deal, really is a good deal.

Quilts that talk to me:
  Do your quilts talk to you?  Are they bossy?  Mine are.  My January 12x12x12 piece has decided that it wants me to add a bunch of beads to it.  I’m just glad that because of the quantity of participants, the powers that be have asked us to spread our reveals out — mine is isn’t until the 16th (instead of tomorrow, like it was originally going to be!)

Collaborative Journaling: While at the bookstore yesterday, I got the book Alphabetica by Lynne Perella.  I have looked at before, but finally decided to get it.    She and 14 other artists worked on collaborative journals — they each started one and then basically did a round robin — each artist worked on each journal in turn.  And their theme was letters and numbers (ha!  right up my alley!).  I have to admit that there are a lot of things in the book that don’t
appeal to me.  But, on the whole, I love looking at all of the artwork.  I’m really fascinated by the concept of a collaborative journal — whether it be with one person or with a whole group.  I know I don’t really need another new project, but if this is something that might be interested to someone else reading my blog, will you send me an e-mail???

Selective Senses: My husband has been the main launderer around here lately.  I’m trying to surprise him today by doing 2 loads of laundry.  And by "doing,"  I mean actually doing them from start to finish, and not forgetting about the wet clothes in the washer…I’m not sure why it’s such a hard concept for me.  My office is also my laundry room, so the washer and dryer are less than 4 feet away from me.  I accuse my boys of having selective hearing, but apparently I have selective eyesight or something.

I’m pretty sure there were some other stray threads floating around that I wanted to blog about, but I can’t remember what they were….


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