As you might have noticed, I haven’t posted a lot in the last couple of weeks. I’m not losing interest in reviewing – far from it. I’ve just had a whole lot going on. Last week, I took a trip to Amsterdam to interview with a brand new startup. And I got the job! I’ll be revealing more soon, once I have or can create some guidelines to keep each space secure. Long story short, it looks like I’m going to have the opportunity to help shape my favorite industry.
Additionally, I have a handful of toy reviews in progress, but I’m not quite happy with any of them yet. From the Bbold by Bswish (thank you, DiddleWorks!) to a little treasure box sent by SheVibe containing the brand new Iroha Mini and some other goodies, I have a lot on my plate.
Since this post is a little low on content, here are some links of interest!
From my archive:
Sales, deals, and promos:
From around the web:
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Well, it’s not Sunday, but another one doesn’t roll around for a while, and you all deserve some lovely links.
& Did you know that there is literally no regulation within the sex toy industry? Like, none at all? If you’ve ever seen me mention flame testing materials, I do it because you simply cannot trust that every package that says “100% silicone” really does contain 100% pure silicone. Fucked up, right? Thankfully, the brilliant minds of Dangerous Lilly and The Pinkness bring you… Dildology.org!
& Epiphora and SheVibe have teamed up to give away a FunFactory Stronic Eins pulsator! What is it, you ask? Why don’t you read her review!
& I’m really late to this party, but Jes of the Militant Baker is AWESOME. I feel like at some point, I found her blog, forgot to Bloglovin’ it, and sadly it slipped through my sieve of a brain. NO MORE! I’m linking her amazing Body Image(s) project here so you can all check out the glory of her blog!
& Sarah of SillyGrrl is launching her Nerd School ebook on May 21st, and you should probably register to get an email notification. Why? Because she knows her shit, and unless you’re already a professional web designer, your blog will thank you. (I’m on the list, ’cause this girlfriend needs help.)
& The Onion is sometimes spot on, and sometimes… Plainly, they really fucked up with this one, and Britni brilliantly called them out. (Trigger warning: Abuse, assault, Christ Brown’s asshattery.)
& Kristen is participating in a Blog Every Day in May challenge, and today, she answered the questions “What do you do?” and “What are you most afraid of?” How would you answer those questions?
& In case you missed it, I now work at my local Lush shop, so you know I’m basically spending every waking hour smothering my body with vegetarian goodness. Let me tell you though, if you were to walk into Lush and purchase just one product, I would suggest you pick up a Buffy. My backside has never been smoother, and my arms have never been so soft.
See you soon!
My week off actually turned into a full work week, since one of my coworkers came down with mono. I had grand plans of doing a lot of writing this week, but that fell by the wayside with the introduction of extra shifts and then having to take the dog to the vet. Long story short, I’ve worked a lot and my dog doesn’t have diabetes (but I am $250 poorer, thankyouverymuch).
It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a link roundup post…
& Kaelah is giving away a Nikon D3100, and since selling my camera body in December, I’m positively drooling at the possibility of winning! You should go enter, too, even though I passed statistics with flying colors so I know that decreases my odds.
& I’m about 99% sure I’ve linked to Marissa A. Ross’s Tangent & The Times web series before, but THERE’S A NEW EPISODE AND MY LOVE IS REIGNITED. Spoiler: She talks hilariously about disappointing oral sex, so obviously I ate this shit up with a spoon.
& As someone who spends a truly disconcerting number of her waking hours telling people what they can and cannot put in their butts, I really appreciate this guide to beginners bum toys from Sexational.
& Epiphora has long been known for her April Fools pranks, but this year Lorax got in on the action and it was superb.
It’s nice to be zombiefied for a little while in the middle of finals! I’m taking the day off, because otherwise I would lose my mind. This is my last finals week ever, which is surreal. Are any of my readers also going through finals hell?
I stole this post format idea from Danielle Hampton, because it works so perfectly for all-around updates like the one I’m about to throw at yinz (Pittsburghese).
Watching: Steve and I have been going hard on RuPaul’s Drag Race. I keep trying to convince him that I would make an awesome drag queen, but he insists that you have to have male genitalia. (Psh.) I’ve been watchingThe Big Bang Theory alone a lot, because Dr. Sheldon Cooper is my raison d’etre. I wish I could say that I’ve seen something erotic lately, but that’s not the case. Maybe I’ll try to find some of Tristan Taormino’s stuff later…
Listening to: Pittsburgh’s best radio station, when you catch it at a good time slot, is definitely WYEP (public radio). They played “Where Soul Meets Body” on my way home the other day and I couldn’t believe that it had been almost two years since I heard Death Cab perform that live. I don’t know that I’ll ever find albums that mean as much to me as Death Cab’s Plans or Tegan & Sara’s So Jealous, though their album The Con is a close third. It seems I’m caught in a musical state of arrested development.
Planning: Christmas! I just bought Steve’s gifts this afternoon, and I’m almost caught up with everyone on my list. I have 2 secret santa gifts to grab and that should be it. Besides gifts for a certain little someone. Steve and I are planning on driving to St. Louis with his sister and her fiancee on the day after Christmas, and staying there until just after New Years. This will be my first time meeting his parents, so I’m a little nervous!
Thinking about: All of the reviews I want to complete for Marvelous Darling! I just received a new product to review today (thanks Lovehoney!) and while Steve is apprehensive, I can’t wait. And guys, I found dildo love with the Tantus Splish. Finally, I’d also like to review my Lelo Luna Mini kegel balls. So many sex products, so little time, and only one vagina.
Looking forward to: CatalystCon! CatalystCon is a convention for sex educators, bloggers, and aspiring sex-related professionals. Their speaker list for the March 2013 conference in Washington, DC is amazing and I cannot wait to get my butt there! I’m volunteering, which is going to be awesome, and I’m honored to be working with SheVibe (thanks, Sandra! You rock!) as my corporate sponsor! I even get to attend the unparalleled Tristan Taormino’s pre-con talk about becoming a sex ed professional! Are you sick of my exclamation points yet!? TOO BAD!
Reading: …lots of things about prisons, the Soviet Gulag system, and on a happier note, other lovely blogs. I have papers due very soon, so I’m trying to read, absorb, synthesize, and properly regurgitate and analyze. That sounds disgusting.
Making me happy:
This thing. (Well, the other thing in the photo too. And the N64.) The above wuppy is known as Daphne, and is a 8-10 year old bichon/maltese/Ewok mix. I adopted her from a local no-kill shelter during their holiday rehoming special. Steve had already agreed to be “puppy daddy,” and it’s pretty nice to have shared responsibility of a creature who is really pretty easy to live with. She’s housebroken and we’re working rather successfully on crate training. She sleeps all night at the foot of our bed; sometimes, she snores. She’s met my parents’ dog, Dmitri, and they’re already best friends.
What have you been up to lately?
Anybody live in an area that doesn’t observe Daylight Savings time? Who hates it? Who loves it? Who forgot until I brought it up?
I love it. My birthday always falls right around the switch. Last year, we turned our clocks back the day of my 21st birthday. Of course, I went out that night at midnight, so I really needed that extra hour. Daylight Savings just reminds me of anticipating Christmas as a kid. I love when it gets dark early, and you can light candles or fires. (For those times when it’s just not appropriate to light a butt plug on fire.)
I’m going to try to give the links shorter descriptions from now on to make the list a little less daunting and hopefully a little longer. Yay or nay?
& Carmen has some excellent November goals.
& White Liner: The Ultimate Primer – another reason The Beauty Department deserves an award.
& Bobbi visited Paris but it’s not like I’m jealous or anything.
& Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom? Lexi made a great Etsy treasury based on Camp Ivanhoe.
& Ali’s 3 New Things for November.
& Sarah’s November Network of Nice Hookups. (Free help of all kinds!)
Twitter of the Week: Kelly Shibari.
I hope Twitter of the Week is a self-explanatory new feature. Tell me how you feel about fall.