I know I said I was leaving, but oh my GOD, ohmygod, I just had to mention...
Oh my GOD, this free pet ad from Craigs List, but reprinted at the inimitable Gawker, since it will be gone before long at CL anyway -- oh, I'm rambling because I'm excited, it is so good I can't help it! Four free dogs, one free monkey! Two of the dogs are described as somewhat bowling ball-esque "only not round like that" and the end? Where he says, "I would rather that they don't go to the Bronx or Staten Island. Nothing personal"? That is sublime. That's what I would say about my own child, if I had one!
OK, I go now. I have to get the house ready for monkey-adoption!
Fab. U. Lous. Salon's opening a DC bureau and the rest of this week promises to be full of rad investigative reporting full of questioning authority and whatnot. I am sure I will link as they occur, but yay!
Dan and I are both super-sad and feeling substantially stupider than before thanks to our mutual dismal failure to qualify on the Super Millionaire hotline. Not that we are particularly fans of the show, but you know, you feel like you are smart, well-educated and whatever, certainly smarter than those bozos you see on the teevee quiz shows! Well, ok, apparently not, in our case. Boo. And we really needed the cash so we could go on this completely rad Salon cruise! I just know that Ann Richards and I would bond over vodka tonics.
Aww, my college classmate, known to me only as a social pariah and dormitory pornographer to be looked at condescendingly on my way to a really good party, Jennifer Ringley, has decided to close down her JenniCam website [uhm, potentially unsafe for work, but probably just incredibly mundane]. I am both amused and relieved that I won't have to ever think about her again, feeling sort of humiliated that we are paying off college loans to the same institution. Can I get a whoop-whoop, classmates?
Last minute shopping ahoy! (Is it okay to call it "last minute" already? I don't want to give you a false sense of urgency.) I am all about web-shopping this year, thanks to my more disorganized-than-usual life. Click, click and it shows up, yay.
For the knitter...
1) In the January Lucky, they have a 25% off code for Suss Design's website. Honestly, their yarn selection is a bit eeh, but hey, 25% off! I like the way that sounds!
2) A set or two of Skacel Addi Turbo needles are totally what I am hoping Santa sticks in my stocking. I love, love, love them, I think they have spoiled me for all other needles. Who knew that I could translate my general brand-whore snobbery to knitting needles! But what do you know, I can!
3) If your knitting friend doesn't already have it, the single-most rockingest knitting gift you can get him or her is the Debbie Stoller Stitch 'n Bitch book. Knit a bikini! God, yes.
For the dry...
1) Being a sort of compulsive hand washer, I can vouch for the Burt's Bees Milk & Honey lotion. While the texture feels a bit watery at first, it really absorbs well and the smell is delish. And I have found that not only do people stop me to ask me about the scent on the street, but also, the notoriously fussy Dan-o will use it too to combat his dry hands. So he deems it "not too girly," a ringing endorsement.
2) Kiehl's, Kiehl's, Kiehl's. Every single thing from Kiehl's is a good bet. I especially like the gift-giving potential of the Sodium PCA Oil-Free Moisturizer (for the face) or the classic Creme de Corps (as the name suggests, for the body). And I think pretty much anyone can benefit from using some Silk Groom, so it is another fool-proof gift. And tuck a tube of Lip Balm #1 into your special friend's stocking, it is delightful.
For the couple-friends...
1) When you don't know what else to get your co-habitating friends, how about a posh holiday wreath? I like this one because, ooh, gardenias!
2) Everyone gets vases for housewarming gifts, but this one is quite unusual and pretty, and would be a welcome addition to the cohabitating hipster home.
3) I am rather in love with this seaglass dinnerware. They probably don't have anything like it, so it's likely a safe choice, and it would make for a nice casual special occasion table.
4) This brown and tan throw seems an elegant choice for a couple who sort of sits on the fence between decorating styles. It seems like the kind of thing I would buy for friends whose taste I don't much like, but want to get them something I can stand that they'll actually use.
For the single galpal...
1) A horoscope necklace? Jaunty yet minimalist! And reasonably priced here, which I also enjoy.
2) This collection of asian lantern candles are gorgeous and can illuminate an apartment elegantly, and can be made to blend in or stand out in almost any decor.
3) I think any woman can appreciate the plethora of funky wigs and man-ass-kickings delivered in virtually every episode of "Alias" -- and now you can get the first or second season on dvd now, so your ladyfriend can freezeframe on sexxxy Mister Vaughn whenever she pleases. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.
More to follow, including: for the boy in your life and for moms & dads!
Sorry I have been a bit quiet but I have a good excuse. Work is nuts! Well, that and also I am spending a lot of time trying to churn out holiday knitting and obsessing over Craftster projects. (Oooh, that recovered 1950's-looking chair is calling my name!)
But, until I get some time later today, might I direct you to the smashing recap of "The O.C." Thanksgiving spectacular? If for no other reason than to contemplate this:
And Adam Brody, Ben McKenzie, and Peter Gallagher, by the way, would constitute a paralyzing game of "Marry, Screw, or Kill."
God, truer words were never spoken. I cannot even begin to tackle that one, seriously!