got the cats an early christmas present.  three cats, one toy, $5, that's my pet budget.  they cats, they don't know it's christmas.  i'm going to build them a perch in the new year with pieces of tree i salvaged from the curb, but for now they get a green pig.  it vibrates when you pull it's tail.  ponyo's claimed it as hers, but she kind of deserves it, she's a giving cat, she's willing to clean pepito's crusty old tail.  merry christmas ponyo, glad your cat-mom abandoned you under our porch.  


i like to wander around malls around the holidays and it's not even to buy anything.  this time i went to a mall i've never been to before.  place versailles.  they had deer!  it's not very nice to keep deer in a mall, but they had a nice little hut where they could hide out, and it wasn't crazy busy & loud.  remember back in the day when you could get a hand full of animal feed for 25 cents?  well it's not a quarter anymore, it's a dollar.  but the best dollar i've ever spent.  it's not everyday you get a bunch of deer licking food out of your hand.  my hand was pretty sticky afterwards and i had to rinse it off in the mall fountain, and then took my d.i.y. cold fx, ginseng & echinacea.  

the sleepy ferrets were in a pet store.  i didn't think ferrets could be so cute.  i try not to support pet shops that carry live animals especially ones that sell cats & dogs, so i just went in for a quick tour & then bought my cat food across the street at the GIANT loblaws.   


made sushi for the first time today... some of the worked out, and some were a bit of a disaster. combinations of smoked mackerel, avocado, cucumber, carrot & pickled radish...  oh crap, that reminds me, i forgot to eat the ginger i bought earlier today.  crap.  the cats are circling like sharks.  i fed ponyo the mackerel skin. 


hello? cats.

trying to balance a bubble mailer on pepito's head & i think poof is trying to levitate.  

woke up to this.

today's customer service level?  apologetic & courteous even though deep down (ok, not so deep) i want to stab you.  first of all 80% of the time i ship anything to australia, it's a problem.   shipping time to australia (by air) has been averaging about one month.  does the package have a layover?  go on vacation?  how about the time one of my packages was quarantined for 6 weeks in australia?  australia, why are you so far away?  

i have no issue w/my australian customers, they're nice reasonable people.  (ok, maybe not this one) its just that stuff doesn't get there in anywhere near a reasonable amount of time, and i have to field an insane amount of "where's my stuff?" emails.  and to ship something relatively small to australia via canada post at a reasonable cost ($9), you get insurance for up to $100, but you don't get a tracking number.  if you want a tracking number for let's say a small envelope with some earrings, its $64.  $64!!!  more than the earrings themselves.  ugh.  efff christmas.  ok bye. 




i'll be at souk@sat all weekend!  come for a visit, i'll have a lot of new jewelry with me!  i got a sneak peek while i was setting up this morning and there's a ton of amazing stuff.  perfect presents for the holidays.  speaking of presents, i scored two super pairs of shoes, i walked by the aldo outlet on the way home, they were having a good sale.  $40 & $50 & sensible & all leather. if you've seen me recently, you know my current shoe situation is kind of sad, my biker boots are disgusting and full of holes & my rubber boots squeak.  so i needed some somewhat non cruddy shoes.  right?  right?  see you at the souk!