The End of the World as We Know It

I went to an End of the World party yesterday and we listened to Smashing Pumpkins and made tin foil hats.


And drank some wine… a little bit. Fine, a lot. But it was the end of the world. What do you expect?

Anyway, it kind of is the end of the blogging world as I know it because I implemented a whole bunch of new stuff here and on this week that I just sort of wanted to run through in case you’re curious.

  • There’s a new Suggest a Test link on Pintester, so it’s easier now for you guys to tell me what pin I should test next.
  • I changed the comments system on Pintester to Disqus (which is what I’ve always used on this blog), and I think it’s working out well. You can check it out.
  • Annnnd, (here’s the biggie) I implemented a new newsletter email system both here and on Pintester. So over at Pintester, you can sign up for weekly newsletters, and here on my blog, you have a choice of getting my weekly-ish updates as they happen, or a monthly newsletter. I deeply apologize to those of you who were already on these lists and got a confirmation email this week to sign you up again. My new email service provider required a confirmation even though you already opted in, and there was nothing I could do about it! Anyway, if you’re not sure if you’re signed up, go ahead and do it again. As long as it’s the same email address, you won’t get the newsletters twice! Thanks for bearing with my growing pains!

Now, here’s what else I’ve been up to this week…

What I Wrote

I made a book Christmas tree… a squatty one out of Harry Potter and romance novels, but still.

I baked some reindeer cookies that did not turn out, at all. And then I brought the rest of the undecorated ones to a Harry Potter themed party and they were a hit.

I made a snowman out of socks. This has nothing to do with Harry Potter, though. Sorry.

I asked you all what changes you’d like to see on Pintester in 2013, and I got some really good suggestions… and some silly ones, too, but mostly good ones.

Snowflakes are each unique. And “unique” is about the nicest thing you can say about this one.

End of the world peppermint snow pie, anyone?

On Teh Internets

I made some veggie laksa and posted the results over on CraftFail.

Pintester was featured on Are We Full Yet?, which was fun.

We also got “greened” on Fark, and then learned lots of cool new acronyms and that boys don’t like Pinterest. (Farkers are weird.)

I’m an Alto 1 in the sort of trainwreck version of Winter Wonderland. It was a fun project, and the end result is pretty funny…

What I Watched

Silver Linings Playbook – You guys, I went to the movies by myself and saw this just because I wanted to. I have never, ever been to the movies by myself and it was kinda cool. Anyway, the movie was really cute and funny, and I liked it a lot. It’s not as dark as the trailers and synopses would have you believe, I think, except for the liberal use of the f-word (but you know I’m ok with that). All in all, it was just a nice experience.

Magic Mike – What the hell. I had high hopes because, you know, there was hype. But this was a crap movie. I mean, really just crap. The mostly naked men couldn’t save it. Matthew McConaughey couldn’t save it (despite his literal song and dance). If you haven’t seen it (and I might be the only one who hadn’t yet), don’t even bother.

MIB3 – Will Smith is Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones is Tommy Lee Jones, so that’s always a good thing. The surprise was that Josh Brolin made a really awesome Tommy Lee Jones, too. And, actually, I liked the story, so points for everyone. Good job, Men In Black people.

Other Crap

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Merry Christmas to all! (Unless you don’t celebrate Christmas, in which case, happy holidays, etc.) I’ll check in with you again next week!