wintergift starts early for a cat

disclaimer:  mercedes, my cat, won a gift from sphero. uber, and cheezburger.  all opinions are our own, but we were basically given free product and have to make sure you know that.

a few weeks ago (sorry for the late write up!), i entered my cat into a contest.  i don’t even rightly remember what happened, except that it involved showing why your cat could use a new toy.

i sent out this tweet:   + + totally needs a new toy 🙂


well, i don’t know what exactly the criteria were, or who the judges might have been, but mercedes ended up being one of the several runners up chosen!  she is mentioned, along with many other awesome catties, right here.

so what’d she get, you ask?  i will tell you.  she got the ball of all balls, the sphero 2.0.  it is a very cool, very colourful little robotic ball that runs from an app that you can get for your mobile device (in my case, and android phone).

here’s some really badly lit photos:

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DSC_0107 DSC_0104DSC_0106 it’s super cute 🙂

now, unfortunately, wordpress isn’t allowing me to upload the videos.  this is actually kind of okay, because they’re terribly dark and it’s hard to tell what is going on.  but, when i get some better lit footage, i’ll find a way to get it to you.

so far, we love the ball.  okay, maybe i have more fun with it than the cat does…but!  she did whine for it a couple days ago, when it was in its charger hanging out.  so, i think she actually does like it better than her felt potato 🙂


my big holiday project, part 1

i’m friends with a number of starbucks enthusiasts.  i also realize, not everyone out there loves starbucks, but hopefully this project still makes people smile as they read about it.

for holiday 2014, starbucks has released 99 new gift card designs (and at least 100 mugs designs, but i am focusing on cards for this particular project).

a family member of mine is a card collector, as am i.  i want to get her some of these very interesting designs.  so, i’ve started a campaign, on g+ and facebook, to sort of crowdsource as many of the cards as i can.

the reasoning?  well, starbucks policy is to pre-load the cards with at least $5, and i can’t very easily afford $500 for one gift.  so, i have asked those i know if they can get a card, enjoy a coffee, and then mail the cards to me.

through speaking to my local cafe, this morning, i managed to acquire the following 6 cards, to start off the project:

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the cafe was generous enough to give them to me without the required pre-load, which is awesome.  but, they’re a small cafe, and 6 was all they had on hand…if they’d had all 99, they would have likely completed my project then and there!

so, dear readers, i plan to update this project when i get new cards in.  if you’d like to help out, please let me know!