Monday, November 12, 2012

My Baboon Turned One and I Forgot His Birthday


While a new camera is not in the budget right now, I'm hoping to work something out so that I can post again soon. I do have some stories all mapped out in my head, with exciting titles like "Why I Was a Sucky Healthy Living Blogger", "Baboon urine to bring back period and Other Phenomenal Search Terms" and "I Think I Have E Coli". I mean...what I do is important. I make litte things. Out of clay. I take that responsibility very seriously, and I will not be silenced, fine readers.

SO! - if I still have any readers out there - I offer you this! A recycled photo of me with a Movember mustache*!


* scroll to the bottom of this post if you need to hear my favourite mustache song right away.

So it appears that I have missed my blog's anniversary. Clay Baboons turned one year old on November 10th.


I have officially been blogging at Clay Baboons for one year and two days!

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of my readers, especially those of you come back to check on me during long stints of radio silence. The interaction with you is what makes blogging so much fun. I'm humbled that you take the time to read my silly stories when I post them.

Anyway, I'm going to do something a bit cheap and - since I can't offer you anything new right now - link back to my some of my old favourites. The bulk of my readers showed up last Spring, so you might have missed some of my earlier genius*.

In this context, please take "genius" to read "self-indulgence".

OK, so here are some of my all-time favourite posts:

November 10th 2011: Can I Offer You a Sandwich?

A family trip to the zoo takes an exciting turn when an unexpected guest shows up for lunch. This is the post that started it all and gave this blog its name. (I needed a name. And this one time, I made a baboon. Out of clay. My creativity knows no bounds.)

November 2011: What Not to Say to Someone With an Uncooperative Uterus

Making a baby is not as easy as we thought it would be. This post was a public service announcement about dumb things that people say.

December 2011: Sometimes It Takes Me Three Weeks to Fold the Laundry

I get a bit distracted sometimes.

December 2011:Zombies Gave Me Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

I hate first-person shooter games. But I love zombies. Note to self: first-person shooter games with zombies in them are still first-person shooter games.

January 2012: Here There Be Monsters

Spoiler alert: there's a violent scene at the end where a giant ant attacks and rips the arm off of my father.

January 2012: For Self-Loathing, Press Three

Some things are very difficult for me to do: fold the laundry, return my library books on time, make phone calls. Especially phone calls.

February 2012: Stand Up and Be Counted

You know when you wake up in the middle of the night and tell yourself "don't think, don't think, don't think", but then it's too late because you're already thinking? Well, I don't recommend counting sheep.

February 2012: A Cart Full of Smug

When I buy healthy food at the grocery store, I want people to notice.

Thank you for being awesome and for reading my nonsense! You can't spell Clay Baboons without a double-O, which sounds almost like you!

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As promised earlier in the post, here's my favourite mustache song, Mustaches by That 1 Guy. It was pretty hard to narrow it down.



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Also, I'm doing NaNoWriMo right now! If you don't know what that is, it's a challenge to write a 50000 word novel in 30 days. And if you do know what it is, and you want us to be nano-buddies, here's my profile: StephanieElizabeth.

66 comments:

  1. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite bloggers, ever. (I'm one of those that stalks you relentlessly. Yep, that's me.)

    Here's hoping the next year are filled with even more clay awesomeness. XO

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    1. Are? WTH? Is my grammar broken? I think it is.

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    2. Awwww, I think you're atrocious grammar is absolutely adorable.

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  2. I MISSSSSS YOUUUUUU. Every time I pass by the Crayola artsy section in the grocery store, I see the clay and think of you.

    I think you should just get the camera. You don't need food or rent or gas. It isn't NEARLY as important as Clay Baboons. :)

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    1. I do plan on getting it fixed and/or replaced. I miss posting too. Although...I have to admit...out of sight, out of mind. It's hard to get back on the wagon when you've jumped off. BUT I want to start paying attention to my poor neglected blog again soon!

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  3. That's why we haven't seen you?! I will send you a camera for goodness sakes, nothing fancy but enough to get you back to us! The topics sound fabulous!

    I am jumpingin on nano...I am also pretty far behind!

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    1. No, no, don't be silly! No need to send me a camera! If I'm completely honest with you (and i'm ALWAYS completely honest with you), it's not the ONLY reason. It's just the reason that I haven't posted in the past two weeks. The reason I haven't posted in the past 2 MONTHS is that I've been working full-time. And also part-time. And also writing. And also I'm kind of lazy. But I decided two weeks ago that I was going to post, and BAM! Broken camera. I'll get it fixed and/or replaced soon!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! And now I know that there are mustache songs. It's always good to stop by, so I can learn something new!

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    1. See? Messages like this remind me of why blogging is so important. It's about EDUCATION. It's about CHANGING LIVES.

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  5. Happy blogiversary! Hope you get a new camera soon!

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    1. That's the plan! (Well, not "plan" exactly. I haven't planned it out in detail or anything. But it's something that I will do soonish!)

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  6. Happy anniversary! I have to agree, some of those posts are my favorites too. Now go kick butt with the NaNoWriMo and publish the novel and then become super rich so you can buy a new camera!

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    1. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT MY SECRET PLAN?!?! Seriously, I thought I was keeping my cards really close to my chest...

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  7. Happy Birthday to your wonderful blog! <3

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  8. Ahh, good times! It was fun looking back on zombies and phone phobias!
    Check out this link and you will find 2 of my favorite songs about mustaches - The Stache
    and zombies Re: Your Brains
    You will LOVE it!

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    1. I was secretly hoping that someone would link to a few mustache songs. I've never heard of Jonathan Coulton, so thanks for linking to him...I like his stuff! And ZOMG!!!!!!!! A song about zombies written in business-ese?!? It's awesome. Awesome.

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  9. Welcome back and Happy Anniversary or is it Birthday. .. . . . . . Work life and the world do have a habit of getting in the way of a good blog, but myself and many others are happy to hang in there until you have more time.

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  10. Rats! Here's the link:
    http://www.jonathancoulton.com/store/downloads/

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  11. Many, many contrats, Stephanie! My little baboony is 1 year old~ that is exciting. I do miss your posts, but kick but at NaNoWriMo. I punked out this year for various reasons. Actually glad I did for several other reasons. I miss you. Take care~!

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    1. I was wondering why I never saw your word count bar move on the nano site! I figured that something had come up. There's always another year!

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  12. Happy belated Blogiversary! If it makes you feel any better I forgot mine too... It was in September. Yea....

    NaNoWriMo... good luck lady!!!

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    1. Thanks! So far so good...only a few thousand words behind where I should be! Hope to even that out by tonight...

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  13. Yay, you're back! I just added you as a buddy, but almost didn't because you're way ahead of me. I'll try to get over my jealousy and be a good buddy. (What do NaNo buddies do, anyway?)
    Happy Blogiversary!

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    1. I think the point of nanobuddies is to either feel smug or bitter, depending on whether you have more or fewer words.

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  14. Miss you, Stephanie! Happy blogiversary! And good luck with NaNoWriMo. I'll be editing and revising this month, so that's my excuse for not signing up. ; )

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    1. I think your plan is sound...I already despair at the editing and revision that I'll have to do with the verbal vomit that I'm spewing forth onto my page!

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  15. Happy Anniversary! "oo" (you) are one of my favorite blogs and I happily added you as a NaNo buddy.
    Happy writing!

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  16. Jazz hands are so lovely with a mustache... *tears of bliss* Happy Anniversary - and here's to a new camera! :) Happy writing...

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  17. Yay you're back! (Okay, so the camera is broken but that's not the end of the world! Just about to scroll up and take a look at the moustache song! :D
    I can't believe you're doing NaNoWriMo!! I've just started it! (5 days late...) I'll add you :D My name on it is exodus238 so don't be alarmed at the random stranger adding you lol! x

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  18. Happy birthday and glad you are back. You see you have lots of loyal readers even after your absence. I looked every day for you in my reader but no monkey-butt to be found!

    I am going to go through your listed posts one at a time...love the 'stache BTW.

    Good luck on you NaNo!

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    1. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to see so many familiar names in my comments. :)

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  19. Ooh congrats! And, I'm so excited to see your favorite posts all in one spot - since I didn't "discover" you until later, now I can read the best ones. SQUEEEE!

    Can't wait for the heathy living blogger post!

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  20. STEPHANIEEEEEEEEEE!!

    I've missed you so.

    And will have something to send to you soon for your anniversary.

    You probably know what it is.

    But play surprised, won't you?

    xoxo Walshie

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    1. Oh, let me buy it!!! Let me be your first buyer, then I can be all "Oh, I bought that before it was popular"!

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  21. Happy Blogiversary! I have to say, there is no one else out there like you! (that i've seen, anyway). I'll keep taking the little doses you give us when you have time :) cheers!

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  22. Happy belated birthday, blog! Can't wait to read your favorites!

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  23. Yay! Happy blogiversary! It’s damn difficult to keep up with a blog, much an illustrated blog of any sort. Believe me, I know. :-o Real life has a way of sneaking in and taking over and, before we know it, our blogs have gone neglected for weeks.

    So what did I do to remedy this? Nothing. In fact, I just reopened my author blog. Why? ‘Cause that’s what crazy people do when they’re already so busy they can’t see straight. LOL

    I always enjoy seeing your posts, Stephanie, no matter how infrequent. Just keep on doing what you do because it’s fabulous--and so are you! (Ooh...I made a rhyme!) :)

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    1. Oh hey, this is a really inspirational comment! You give me hope that I, too, can do nothing to remedy my problem! Ha!

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  24. Happy birthday! I love your blog and I hope you get your hands on another non-broken camera soon! And....awesome video! :)

    Just in case you're curious, I found your blog when searching for infertility blogs several months ago. I stumbled upon your "What not to say....uncooperative uterus" post and have been hooked ever since :).

    Thanks for the laughs!

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    1. Glad you found your way over here! Here's hoping both of our uteruses (uteri?) gain some social skills and learn to be more cooperative.

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  25. Happy Anniversary! I think my favorite blog was the blog where your dog caught a rock in his mouth thinking it was a ball and the aftermath. Keep up your unique creativity :)

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    1. Poor Chase. He's all healed up now. He just looks a bit goofier than he used to. Ha!

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  26. Happy blogger birthday I use your tick post as my favorite LOl I changed my blog so please come follow me..Janice...now over here lovingtheday22.blogspot.com new name same Janice
    I love your post Stephanie ;]

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    1. "ticks" and "favourite" should never be so close to one another in a sentence.

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  27. Happy Blogoversary! I still go back and read your uterus and sheep posts all the time. The little things are important ;)

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  28. happy anniversary, stephanie!! you have brought me a lot of smiles with your clay figures stories and "action sequences!" thank you!
    all the best with nanowrimo - i have been wondering how it's going!

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  29. I keep meaning to do NaNoWriMo but I always forget until someone posts something about it mid-November. Arg! Fame and fortune are delayed another year!

    Happy Blogiversay! I wish you many more years of happiness! And by that I mean you make people happy. :) And you're awesome. And I've missed your clay creations. But I'm happy you're life is keeping you busy in the real world!

    Do you think 'Blogiversary' should have two g's? Bloggiversary?

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    1. Two Gs. Definitely. All made-up words should have double consonants.

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  30. and you said people had forgotten all about you

    let me be the first to say " I TOLD YOU SO "

    looking forward to more posts!

    really looking forward to seeing you this Christmas!

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    1. Me too! Me too! JP bought me a camera, so look for a post in the next little while. See you soon!

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  32. Happy belated birthday, little baboon! Well, that's a sentence I never thought I'd type. I'm glad to see that you got a new camera. Mine is not long for this world and I'm doing the electronic wiggle (turn it on/ off/ on- change the battery- blow on the connections, etc) and hoping that it lasts just a bit more!

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  33. Happy Birthday! I just figured out that I started my blog last October, but I don't know if it really counts as a year of blogging since I was absent for a couple months. We will just act like it does.

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  34. Congrats on the blogoversary! I love your posts.

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  35. Thanks for sharing links to your archives for people like me who just happened to stumble upon this kick ass blog! I read a few posts and now I have a new favorite blog!

    As mentioned in one of my comments, I've tried to do clay/playdough posts. You have inspired me to find the right kind of clay I need to do a claymation!

    Happy birthday to your blog!

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  37. I just checked in during radio silence. Happy Year + 3 Week Anniversary.

    Or something like that.

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  38. Happy belated birthday, Baboon!

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  39. Happy Belated birthday! :D

    -Barb

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  40. Hello Miss Stephanie just thought I would pass by and say Happy Christmas. . . . . . OK a bit early but thought to myself what we need in the world of blogs is a plasticine Santa.

    Hope all is OK.

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  41. Funny you should say that...because I've been working on a clay santa for a blog post!

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