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Happy Halloween!

My office is boring, but no more so than expected. I’m the only Halloween-inspired person in the building, with my Mistress of Skulls shirt and string of bone skull beads.

Skull beads

I have a pumpkin on my desk, and Carrothulu is supervising.


This weekend the pumpkin will become food, so no carving.

In other random news, I have a heat press as of Wednesday night. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but will be doing stuff this weekend.

heat press

It’s a MightyPress Lite, and looked like a good compromise between quality and price for light duty/small business use. I got it from Specialty Graphics, who after an initial miscommunication were very good, and fast. I wasn’t sure I’d have the press by the weekend, and it showed up Wednesday.

Random bits: The nice man at the school crossing stopped traffic for me earlier this week. I grew up in a rural area with school buses, so this was a novel experience.

During a class on remote sensing data, the teaching assistant asked if I was doing this kind of work for my PhD project. She seemed a bit surprised when I told her no, but I was looking for a post-doc to hire to do that.

I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year, so blogging may be put aside in favor of fiction. Instead of writing 50,000 words of new fiction, though, I’m going to tackle an unfinished novel that needs about that much to finish it. I’m great at starting stuff, but could use a push finishing.

2 Comments on “Happy Halloween!”

  1. #1 Laura
    on Oct 31st, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Yay for NaNoWriMo and skull beads! My office is not boring–some people have dressed up. Maybe next year I’ll have the energy…

    I eagerly await the results of experimentation with the heat press. I’ve seen them used to make bookcloth–quicker than ironing! Bookcloth = fabric of choice + lightweight iron-on interfacing + heat, in case you haven’t tried it.

  2. #2 Phiala
    on Oct 31st, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Oh, I can so do that! This thing is an 11×15 iron with a thermostat calibrated in degrees. I can do LOTS of things with it. I hope.

    (Working on the GIS tech computer, and too lazy to actually sign in…)