Shearing the llama

Ever wondered what it sounds like when you shave a llama??? I know you have!


Like a freaky dinosaur right???

We’re both happier though. I’m gonna have yarn and Flippy is gonna be cooler!

Ernie got a haircut!

Ernie the Super Puppy gets HOT in the summer. So we took him to Greg The Groomer, who works next door to the coffee shop.

This is Ernie before his haircut.

This is Ernie after

Isn’t he the cutest thing ever??? But more important, he’s no longer acting like a hot, grouchy, 17 year old dog! He’s acting like a puppy again! Sleeping through the night, no more panting, and running and playing with Sassy Burrito!

Next up for a haircut? Flippy the llama!!!

But I love you BOTH!

Saturday I went to see my friend Sockems Razor, who is yet another girl friend that I have dragged into roller derby. It seemed like a perfect fit. She’s you know, a GIRL, and there’s you know.. DERBY. So Roller Derby Girl!
Actually she loves it. So she tells me. She’s just started playing for the Bleeding Heartland Code Blue Assassins.
She had a great game, and she’s got great potential as a roller girl. Which makes me happy. It would have sucked to talk my friend into doing this sport and have it not work right? Luckily, she’s good.
The team she was playing was Demolition City from Evansville Indiana. I love Demo City. They are sweet freaking girls, and they have a few really talented girls on their team. Also they have Shelby N. Pain. In hot pants. I know what you’re thinking. It’s roller derby! There are lots of girls in hot pants! But you’re only saying that if you’ve never seen Shelby N. Pain in hot pants. It’s a beautiful sight.
But I digress.
It’s very hard to watch a team you love, bout against another team you love. Friends on both teams. Respect for both teams. Who the heck do you cheer for?
I had to settle for just rooting on whichever team was doing something good in each jam. Unless my friend was in that jam, then I was rooting 100% for her.
Demolition City ended up loosing both bouts. The B team was a really big point spread loss, the A game was much closer.
I ended up cornering some of the Demo City girls in the bathroom and giving them some pointers for their next game. Because the mistakes I saw them make could be SO EASILY fixed, and they wouldn’t have lost. But then of course, my friends team would have.
It’s a hard thing to do. I’ve almost always had a very clear idea of who I was rooting for in a derby bout. This was my first experience being kind of lost as to who I was cheering for.

Regardless, both teams did a great job. If you get a chance to see Bloomington, do it. They’ve come a really, really long way this year. Some of their jammers are just an absolute joy to watch. They are leaping through the air more than they actually have their skates on the ground!
Demo City just needs to deepen their jammer bench, and work on their pack communication. I see a good rematch in the future! And of course, I will still have no freaking idea who to root for. I may just settle for watching Shelby N. Pain in her hot pants.

The joy of RiffTrax!

Our friend Paul is a pretty awesome nerd. He’s always discovering something nerdy (cool) for us. He used to work at the gaming store where they sell cards and board games and miniatures.
We learned to trust his suggestions for fun things to do when he brought over a game called The Settlers of Catan that we really, really didn’t want to play because “omg it looks so LAME” which quickly turned into “omg, best game EVER”.
So when Paul asked if we wanted to watch Twilight during our normal Thursday night hangout we were a little surprised, but open to hearing his plan. He then he pointed us to RiffTrax. Watching Twilight with RiffTrax was the FUNNIEST thing ever! It’s basically the guys from MST3K doing what they do, making fun of movies.
It was hilarious! I highly recommend getting Twilight (Single-Disc Edition) and the Riff Track and check them out! We totally enjoyed it. (Of course, I was very drunk on flat beer… so take that for what it’s worth)!

Because I promised

Took this picture of Starkey the other day. Thanks to my employee Carly, I can not look at this picture without getting that damn “Whip My Hair” song stuck in my head!

Is it okay for me to be very, very jealous of his hair?


So everyone knows I like books by Melissa Marr. Previously, she’s only released YA books, and Graveminder is her first adult fiction. And let me sidetrack with a little rant here. I read YA fiction. Not all the time, but just because a book is labeled YA does not mean it isn’t GOOD for adults as well! Her novel, Wicked Lovely was an awesome book! I adored it! Sucked me right in, and she managed to continue the story in future books while still branching out to other characters.
So I was very excited to get her new book, Graveminder, when it came out. I downloaded it onto my Kindle (as previously discussed in other blog posts, I read on my kindle so I can knit and read at the same time. If the book is really good, I still end up buying a hard copy for the bookshelf)
For me, this book took a little longer to get sucked into than Wicked Lovely. It kind started with a bang, then slowed down, then REALLY picked back up again. I imagine it’s going to be called a zombie book, but it’s not really. Her “hungry dead” are a lot more than zombies. They think, albeit not always with clarity. Lots of the strange, supernatural meets world we live in stuff.
Anyway, totally recommend it. It probably goes without saying that I’m going to buy a hard copy for the bookshelf! Also I am very aware that I promised a horse hair post. But I got distracted by finishing this book last night. So I promise, next post, all mini horse hair, all the time!

Birthday post!

Had my birthday on Sunday! It was a great weekend for it!
Saturday was derby prom (no pics yet, but I had on blue glitter shoes, and we stole the keg during a lightening storm)
Sunday we took the day off of work. I told Dill I wanted him to make German Chocolate Cupcakes for my birthday. He bought me a German chocolate cake. Close enough I say.

Lounged and hung out all day then it was time for STEVE POLTZ! One of my favorite musicians, and I found out he was playing that Sunday night at Local’s Only! Great birthday present right? So I went, and it was the best show ever. Drank a few too many gin and tonics though. But I did knit a hat during the show! Productive AND a lush!

Me and Steve Poltz! My face goes all squinty when I’m drunk.

That’s Neil. He used to play drums in my band. Hadn’t seen him in years so it was great to get to do a shot with him!

Lorraine wasn’t at my birthday, which was sad. She did however, send me messages saying “GET OFF TWITTER NOW”! because she knows me, and knows when I should.

My next blog post will be all about my horse Starkey and his hair. Kid you not.

Dill Hero’s first customer complaint!

There are things we know at our coffee shop. I belong behind the bar, making the drinks. Dill belongs up front, dealing with people. His BS tolerance is much, much better than mine in stressful situations. I can make amazing drinks very quickly when the pressure is on, Dill can handle the line in a super chipper manner. See in business, you have to know your weakness and your strength. Still, despite his near saint-like ability to handle the crazy that can come, Mr. Dill Her0 got his FIRST OFFICIAL COMPLAINT!!!!

It’s the end of an era. He is no longer the nice one! Actually, he still is. Right now he’s up front hanging out with our customers, talking computer games, despite a phone call saying how gruff he was with someone.

Here’s what happened.
Saturday morning we were EXTREMELY busy. A huge drink order came in. People with children. Children are a known element in this business. We know they are going to act up. The unknown element is the parents. How will they handle their children? 90% of the time, parents are quick to handle their kids, and keep them in line. The other 10% of the time WE have to watch the kids, and make sure they aren’t wreaking havoc in the shop. (I once was scolded and called “mean” for telling a child to stop dancing on top of the table. Seriously)
In this case, a dad set his child on the counter. (and by sitting on the counter, her feet, dirty shoes and all, are also on the counter) He was then looking for the menu, which was under the child’s butt. Dill said, “The menu is under your kid, and actually, it’s not a good idea to have her sitting on the counter, board of health and safety issues you know”. So the kid is removed from the counter, order is being taken. Out of the corner of his eye, Dill sees kid jumping up and grabbing yarn out of the top of the yarn display. Say’s quickly to the child (while yarn is now on the floor) “You can’t play with the yarn, please don’t touch that”. Then goes back to taking the order.

Finally, order is taken, out the door they go, crazy rush continues for several more hours.

Today, I get a phone call saying that Dill behaved as if children weren’t welcomed in the shop. According to this customer, the kid had been on the counter for less than 2 seconds before the Dad was rudely asked to get the kid down, (according to the security video, it was actually close to 4 minutes) and child had barely touched the yarn before being snapped at not to touch it.

Luckily, we have security video, so I was able to watch the tape and see what really happened, but it’s funny how offended people get when you question their child’s behavior. I was informed by this person,(who wasn’t actually here when all this happened) that Dill should have said, calmly and quietly, “Look, it’s a silly board of health thing, but we can’t have the kid on the counter. I’m so sorry about that.” And while I most definitely take her suggestion into consideration, how about the SAFETY of perching a kid on a high counter? Or the fact, that watching the video, the kid was punching the cookies, flipping cards around, etc.

We expect a little bit of chaos from children. They’re CHILDREN. They’re going to be a little bit nutty, especially when there are two 300 gallon fish tanks, and cookies baking, and people everywhere, and music… we expect a little bit of madness. But it’s also not fair to us, or our other customers, to have kids standing on the couches, destroying product, or being in unsafe situations with no help from the parents in controlling them!

Look, I love kids. We love the kids that come in here too! (Dill even trades vending machine toys with one of our customers kids, Mary, who is one of the best behaved kids I’ve ever seen)
I’m not a parent, but I would have a couple dozen of the little monsters if I could. So I don’t know exactly how it is to take your kids in public. I do know that my niece and nephews are the smartest, best kids in the entire world. Seriously. my niece let go of her pacifier like a champ. NASA is standing by waiting to hire her as soon as she learns her long division. They are amazing munchkins. They’re also not perfect little saints when they go out in public. (Ironically enough, this is usually Dill’s fault, as he has been known to start impromptu wrestling sessions with my nephews). So don’t be embarrassed if your kid acts up in public. Handle it, and if an owner, manager, or worker has to tell your kid not to do something harmful to product (do you really want to pay for a $20 skein of hand spun yarn that your child destroys?) don’t get mad at them, they’re trying to protect their workplace and your child, all at the same time!

So Dill Her0, after reviewing the video, I’m not gonna write you up THIS time! But due to this complaint, you aren’t getting a raise this year.

Proof that Dill is the instigator in all of my nephews public misdeeds:

PS- let me also add I’m not mad at this person for complaining. As stated, they weren’t actually here to see what was really going on, and they heard it second hand from the person who was here. Things get kind of exaggerated sometimes, and they really were trying to alert us to what they felt might be a problem in our customer service. Just because I disagree, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate what they were trying to do.