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November 5th, 2003

I was in Fred Meyer because my stick blender died. (This is a stick blender.) Soapmakers use stick blenders to stir/blend the soap; they are indispensible, like electric saws are to woodworkers. You can use a handsaw to build furniture, but you probably won’t be happy about it. Likewise, you can use a spoon to make soap, but it stinks to do so. By the way, I would KILL to have that Braun stick blender/food processor/whisk in that link… I can only afford to buy a cheapo no-brand one.

So anyway, I was in the store to buy a new stick blender, and I realized that all the Christmas stuff was out. Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy? It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, so quit it already with the Christmas stuff. Next thing, they’ll be piping in the carols in September, or something.

On the other hand, I’m broke, so feel free to start ordering those Soap Dreams gift baskets…(yeah, I’m not above crassly using my weblog for shameless self-promotion.)

In the meantime, I’ve had two very good days in terms of not feeling like jumping off a bridge. I wish I could figure out why some days I’m great and some days I’m in a black hole–brain chemistry is so messed up that way. But, no matter what, tomorrow I’ll go to the nice people at Outside In and see if I can get medication, so that I start having more great days and fewer bad ones. That will be nice.

Oh yeah, and Starbucks brought back the Gingerbread Latte for the winter season. I am SO happy now…

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November 3rd, 2003
Borrowing from another

I wanted to borrow from another blog today: Ampersand’s posts on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban from Alas, A Blog. I have been really bothered by the “partial-birth” abortion ban that Congress passed, and which the pResident will soon sign, presumably with much fanfare from the right. Then it will be challenged, yadda yadda yadda, wasting more taxpayer money to wend it through the courts. And maybe if they get lucky, it’ll hit the Supreme Court in time for the Shrub to have nominated an extreme justice and Roe vs. Wade will be history.

Or not. We hope for a different outcome for Election 2004.

But anyway, I haven’t been able to compile some useful stuff on the ban, despite having a lot to say, so I’m going to send you to Alas, A Blog instead. It’s good reading, and I’m in agreement with Amp.

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November 2nd, 2003
Whatcha think?

So, I might have mentioned that Soap Dreams is going to be changing its name, due to a very real trademark problem with another business. We are renaming the business, and crafting a new “look” for the products and packaging (well, sort of…much of it will stay the same). We are thinking of calling ourselves “The Handmade Goat.” It’s sort of an inside joke, but we also wanted a name that was playful and whimsical.


This is the logo. My cousin drew most of the body of the goat, and I added wings, colored it in, and changed the nose to be more correct for the breed of goat it is (it’s a Nubian, in case you care).

So, what do you think? We’re pretty stuck on the name, so I don’t think we’re going to change it (and no, Flying Goat Soap isn’t an option, flyinggoat.com is taken). But do you like the logo? Does the whole thing say “It’s cute, playful, whimsical, this soap would be FUN to use!” Marketing is 3/4 psychology, it seems…

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We decided not to go to the market today. The forecast called for rain mixed with snow, which we figured would be enough to keep all the customers at home.

Instead, we’re cooking good things (beans, coffee, pumpkin pies), and playing Freeciv.

We found a clinic that helps people with no insurance, Outside In, so we’ll get our flu shots for cheap on Monday (which is good, getting sick between now and Christmas would be disastrous for soapmaking efforts). Also, they will be able to write me a prescription for anti-depressants. This is a good thing; I’ve been trying to be okay, but I’m not. Did I mention how much I hate not having proper insurance? It’s ridiculous that WORKING people can’t afford to see regular doctors because of how high-priced they are. It shouldn’t cost $100+ to see a doctor, if you pay out of pocket. I never have that kind of money lying around.

My business desperately needs money. I got one, count’em ONE mail order for the whole month of October, ending a 9 week string of one per week. I’m praying the holiday shopping will begin soon. I might have the opportunity to rent some studio space with another crafter (a really nice lady) but I’d have to come up with about $100 per month, minimum. Anyone have $1200 they want to lend me, at say, 5% interest?

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