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Friday, September 19, 2014

Hot damn. September is the second best month of the year, because it leads up to October, the best month of the  year. Why? Halloween, of course. I am finding some super awesome Halloween-inspired things everywhere I go. My poor, poor wallet.

I already have a skull thing going on in my bathroom. This would be great for putting in necklaces or earrings or other small things that cats tend to knock off of surfaces.

This would make a great Halloween card!

Also this is exactly how I feel about this time of year and life in general in September and October.

This is another piece I'd love to have in my bathroom.

I think my only fear is that this looks pretty small, so I'm not sure what would really work inside. That would be a Charlie decision. He's a great interior decorater.

By the time this post actually goes up on my site, I will have probably already ordered this.

I've been trying to find red hand soap to use with my clear hand soap pump (is that creepy? don't care…) but a black skull would be even better.

I am 100% onboard to replant my succulents in these skull planters.

I have a blank spot on my wall that is pretty much perfect for this skull print.

It would be great for a Halloween mood table. Or a skull/anatomy-themed bathroom if you're a weirdo like me.

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Knit Love :: Frankenstein's Monster

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I just stumbled upon this great knitting project on Ravelry. Since my celebration of Halloween starts in early September and lasts through the Day of the Dead, now would be the perfect time to cast on for a cute project like this. Frankenstein's Monster:

Admittedly, the pictures from the original pattern page don't make the project look super duper appealing, but you can see how sometimes the end product of a knitting project can sometimes be even better than the original version.

I am particularly a fan of Ravelry user kittyvonditty's pink Frankenstein's Monster:

So cute! Especially with the little heart button.

You can head over to Ravelry to queue up this great pattern.

Making a Mac "Screen Lock" Shortcut

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One of the biggest hurdles my users have is a way to quickly lock their Mac screen when they step away from their desk. We have to maintain PCI compliance, so locking our screen to keep data secure is an absolute must. Windows users have the handy Windows+L shortcut to lock their screen, but Macs don't. Hot corners are handy, but when you have multiple external displays, sometimes the corner is really far off to the side and not always easy to hit.

A solution I've come up with (and other folks probably have as well) is to use Automator to create an Action, save the Action to Services, then assign it a shortcut in System Preferences. Here's how that works.

1. Open up Automator on your Mac. In the Library, find the Action called "Start Screensaver." Drag it over to the right-hand side of the app into the workflow area.

Music Monday :: Nada Surf, Treading Water

Monday, September 15, 2014

The first day of autumn isn't technically until September 23rd this year, but as soon as school starts up and the calendar switches over to September, I'm ready to get into fall. I've already posted about Halloween, and it won't stop there. The true sign of fall for me is when I get in the mood for fall albums; Nada Surf's Let Go, Fiona Apple's Tidal, any Casket Lottery…

I've had "Treading Water" on the mind quite a bit recently, which is why it's this week's Music Monday selection. Check it out with the Spotify player below and get into fall, even if it's a bit too early.

Thoughts on a Rainy Saturday

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This may be the only day in the next few weeks where it's cool enough out for a cowl, but that won't stop me from relishing it as long as possible!

I can't wait until I can break out my cowls every day again!

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