What I’ve Been Doing in D.C. and Baltimore

It’s been a pretty fantastic trip, and it’s not over yet. There’s still several days left in it, and I have so much to tell you all! But I’m also in the middle of the trip and doing laundry and generally having crazy times, so for now, let’s let the photos tell the stories.

I saw Spinosaurous! A fantastically interesting story of an enormous, predatory dino!

I went to a birthday party. I took my shoes off as I entered. The next morning, I located them again. Covered in blue icing. Fun, clearly, was had.

I found two new teashops near our usual hotel; this one had tea for drinking inside. A very mild, delightful Dragon Well green tea.

I tried my first green smoothie, and it didn’t suck.

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Dog Booties.

I’d planned to write a post on Monday, to go up Tuesday. I have a few things in the pipeline. Some pumpkin beer bread. Some chili. Some thoughts on “teaffee”.

This drink mix… I have thoughts. Namely, “Why DID we buy it, again?”

Instead, I spent Monday flipped out, frantic, desperately hoping my dogs wouldn’t be the center of a urine and fecal explosion roughly the size of my bedroom. It was a no good, horrible, terrible, very bad day.

They didn’t, thankfully, leave a trail of waste hither and fro. And then I, the next day, contemplated writing a post about that, but by then I had to work and then had to run around taking care of things like getting my hairs dyed for this wedding we had to attend (it’s in under 3 h)…

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Happy Birthday to Me! Merry Christmas to You! Happy New Year to Us All!

It’s my birthday! It’s Christmastime! The New Year is just around the corner!

I’ll be taking a blogging break until 6 January 2015. Well, a posting break. I’m doing this, in part, so I can get some posts in the queue. Also to spend some of this time with Bill, who has off five days (starting today), and the puppies. Because they are awesome.

I love you all. Thanks again. I’ll be back with some new posts and likely some comments on my birthday gifts. And if you want to see the entirety of my birthday “loot”, look below.

Gifts! Plus fancy coffee that was an early Christmas gift from me to Bill, because he was gonna run out. Thanks, everyone.

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On Amazon and Advertising

I promised a follow-up to my last post on money, advertising, and Amazon, explaining a bit about the links here, so let me get into it a little bit.

Technically, being an Amazon affiliate (“associate” is actually the term they use now) is advertising. They call it advertising and suggest things I could suggest/link to. I am told what types of things are “best selling products,” for example. I rarely look at these things, though. Maybe I should. But as I don’t think I’d likely be linking to them, it feels a bit pointless. Anyway, possibly because I never link to things I don’t genuinely recommend and because I’d been linking to Amazon even when I was not making any money off of it, these links don’t feel like “advertising.”

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Money

In part due to attending Beer Bloggers’ Conference (BBC) earlier this year, I’m thinking a lot about money these days. The ticket is inexpensive. (Only $95, but attendees must write two posts about the conference to attend at that rate. I hosted a giveaway and I posted about folks’ thoughts on the con.) But, of course, even if it were a more expensive ticket, that’s not the most expensive part of the conference, for most folks. Plane/train tickets or gas, figuring out a place to stay, time off…

At least couple of people who attended made waves this year by crowd-funding to cover their costs. That’s a big part of what’s had money on my mind since then.

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