Saturday, August 02, 2008


Hey. If you ever get the overwhelming urge to cross stitch an alphabet sampler with perl cotton and burlap early on a beautiful Saturday morning, here is a great website of much resource: /xscharts/aphabets. I stole the idea from a Leisure Arts book I was flipping through (called I Can't Believe I'm Cross-Stitching! Neither can I, to be honest!) when I was supposed to be working. If you don't get that type of notion, well, clearly you and I are two different people. And I hope you are having a good weekend so far. Over here, I need coffee, STAT.

(image from used without permission, to illuminate my own eccentricity. Who wakes up on a Saturday and says YAY A DAY OFF! I THINK I WILL CROSS-STITCH!? What have I become? Don't answer that.)

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Dear Bill Shatner circe 1968,

You are such teh hottness. If it were 40 years ago, you'd have to get a restraining order against me.

Love, erin.

Saturday, June 21, 2008



(at eQuilter, Park Slope from Free Spirit. I must be the trendiest. Park Slope. Come on now. This shows growth, doesn't it? It's not Alexander Henry!)

Friday, June 13, 2008


Dude, I had an idea.

Crop-circle quilt. Don't they look like patchwork as it is? Crop-circle quilt. It would be awesome. Google crop circles, they're heady.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


What's up, blog?

1. Thank you so extremely very much for the kind comments and e-mails about Norton. He is, I am very happy to report, doing awesome. It was quite scary for a while, and Nort absolutely HATES taking pills, but we've rounded a corner and he's doing fabulous. He still has to wear the dumb collar for a bit longer but he'll manage. Thank you so much for the love : ) It makes a difference.

2. The other day I was going through my vintage sewing pattern stash to sort out the wearable and the unwearable, and I found this dress pattern, with a pocket and a facing cut out and stuffed in the envelope. Vintage fabric bits when you're not expecting them are a wonderful surprise. Copyright 1966. A nice little surprise that made me feel exponentially better about life on this planet.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


X your fingers for Nortie.
Originally uploaded by Erin Or Die.

This is Norton. You've seen him before. He is my most bestest cat friend. On Wednesday when I came home from work, he was acting very strangely. I knew something was wrong when he didn't come running at the sound of the cat food hitting his bowl. He was hiding under furniture and making those awful, heart-breaking cat yowlie sounds. We rushed him to the animal hospital that evening. They told us his urethra was blocked so the poor thing couldn't pee, which can be deadly if not treated quickly. They put him on a catheter and on Friday he had surgery to widen his urethra. This is probably too graphic and I'm sorry but oh well this is what is going on. He's been at the emergency animal clinic since Friday night and we're trying to stay hopeful, but he won't eat, and he's having trouble emptying his bladder without the catheter. We went to visit him yesterday and it was so sad. He has a big cone around his neck so he can't get at his sutures or the catheter, and he's all shaved and dirty and his eyes are all wild and red. He kept hiding in the corner and he wouldn't even eat with us there to feed him. He kept stumbling into shit with that big dumb cone around him. It is the most saddest thing ever to watch normally happy-go-lucky, super-friendly Nort-Nort in so much obvious discomfort. We feel very helpless and awful and all I want is him to get better and come home safe. Please keep Noodle in your thoughts or something, and wish him a speedy recovery. It doesn't feel right without him here.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


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