Friday, June 7, 2013

Sophistiqué Noir Theme Post: Red & Black Week

The insomniac  is very excited to participate in the final day of Sophistiqué Noir's Red & Black Week.

As most of her really nice clothes have been sold off in preparation for her new life in the country, it was necessary to order two brand new t-shirts so she'd have something to participate with. Although these ones are new, it's not the first time the exact same shirts have lived in the insomniac's  closet. But the old ones were so worn out, it seemed an excellent excuse to order a replacement set; this time in a men's extra-large as, towards the end, the previous set were rather snug. Probably due to overwashing and shrinkage.



In keeping with the Red & Black Week theme, the designs are of a somewhat dark nature, and are the insomniac's  three most favourite things in the whole world: Ravens, Skeletons and Coffee. Not necessarily in that order.

The Last Legal High

Served in BedRaises the Dead

And because the colours fit the theme - even though the design isn't particularly dark - an old sweater from twenty years ago that was discovered at the bottom of the closet just recently while packing, which will be styled with the t-shirts, a pair of jeans and black boots. Perfect for country life. And proof that it pays to never throw anything away. Ever.

Reindeers and Ravens

Lastly, to help keep her occupied during those long days in the trailer when she is without power, running water or the internet, a new coffee mug and book. With all this free time on her hands, it's the perfect opportunity to fulfill her childhood fantasy of having a pet raven. So she needs to do a little research. Aside from Google. 

Haven't quite figured out the details of how to make coffee
without running water or power yet ...

Congratulations and a big thank-you to Ms. Kitty for hosting this, her third annual Red & Black Week! The diverse entries from all the participants have kept the insomniac  in front of her computer far too much this week. Now it's time to get on with the packing; as soon as she finishes just one last cup of coffee ...

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams.  Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


PostScript: Even though it seems incredibly rude to include this at the bottom of Ms. Kitty's theme post, the insomniac  would like to remind everyone they have until 6:00 p.m. MDT Saturday, June 8th to enter the Giveaway  - see previous post for details. Ms. Kitty, you should enter too - there are many Red and Black things in the Attic to choose from, should you win ...

28 comments:

  1. I tagged you in the blog challenge, but you don't have to actually do it, I just love your blog!

    Is Raven's Brew a real coffee?

    I have been boiling water in a saucepan on the stove for tea since the kettle broke and I keep forgetting to get a new one until I am actually at home and need tea. The only thing is water boiled in a saucepan smells kind of unpleasant, burny, but the smell of coffee should kill that. I assume even if you have no electricity you will have to have some kind of stove.

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    1. The insomniac  will definitely check out the challenge, Laura - as for whether she participates or not - well, that depends on how difficult it is! But thank you so much for tagging her, and it's sweet of you to say you love the blog! Yours is also awesome - you're always posting such lovely outfits and all those exciting events you get to attend! :D

      Raven's Brew IS a real coffee, and one is ashamed to admit she's never actually tasted it! So far, only the t-shirts have been ordered (twice) and the coffee cup. Her coffee of choice is called Kick-Ass. Because that's definitely what she needs in the morning to wake up!

      Boiling water in a saucepan sounds like the way to go - and yes, we have got a little propane stove to use until the power gets run into the property. Hopefully sooner rather than later! :D

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  2. As a coffee drinker, I can really relate to the first two T-shirts.

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  3. One answer to your coffee conundrum: A Moka-pot and a fire :)
    But living entirely without electricity and running water - are you sure that's a good idea..?

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    1. Whatever will the insomniac  to do without Google to look these things up, Ms. Misantropia? But having Googled Moka-pot and watching the YouTube video, that looks like an excellent purchase to solve the issue of how to get her daily quota of caffeine, other than drinking Coke. And we will have a little propane stove to use for cooking. Because the trailer is old and dubious, and we're a little nervous about using the stove inside. And the furnace. :P

      Hopefully, we'll only be without electricity for a short time, although nobody seems able to give us definite dates as to when we might expect to get the important things like electricity and internet! We're also hoping that some sort of hand pump can be rigged up from the well, so we can at least pump some water instead of having to go into town to get it.

      Wow, it's going to be like a long-running episode of Little House on the Prairie. Ugh. No, it doesn't seem like a very good idea at the moment, does it? ;o)

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  4. Making coffee without running water or electricity.

    1. Build a fire.
    2. Fill a kettle with water from your emergency stash.
    3. Bring to boil over fire
    4. Remove the kettle from fire, and add a spoonful of hard ground coffee.
    5. Allow to settle for five minutes. During this time, the coffee crumbs will settle to the bottom of your kettle.
    6. Pour carefully into your new mug, and enjoy.

    Old Finnish trick ;)

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    1. And do the coffee grounds really settle so you don't end up with a mouthful of them, Heather? Because that sounds like just the trick if they do! The Finnish are obviously a very clever people. :o)

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    2. They do. You'll have to be careful with the last sip, though, 'cause there might be some stray crumbs there :P

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    3. LOL - good to know! We'll just toss that last little mouthful into the bush then, Heather. ;o)

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  5. ... spoonful of coffee per cup, naturally. Oh how I wish blogger came with an edit-option for those who think faster than they can type...

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    1. Oh, if the insomniac  could count the number of times she wished there was a retract button on comments ... :P

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  6. Awesome t-shirts! I love the style of the illustrations, and of course the dark theme. :) I hope you'll get the pet raven - that would be an adventure and the perfect subject for some great blog posts!

    I'm very glad you were able to participate today! I know your life is in a crazy state of limbo right now. And of course it's not rude to remind us of your contest - I'm glad you did because I've been so swamped with Red & Black Week I forgot to enter (hmm, reading and commenting thoughtfully on 200 posts is time-consuming, but I love it!!).

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Kitty! The artist's name is Ray Troll - isn't that funny? And yes, a pet raven would be an adventure! The insomniac  would have to improve her video skills though, so she could share them with everyone!

      Wow, did you get 200 posts, Ms. Kitty? That's amazing! Time consuming doesn't even begin to cover it. Congratulations for organizing a Theme Week everybody loves! :o)

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  7. I love the designs on those t-shirts, particularly the second one with the skellie/raven combo! Hmm... "Served in Bed, Raises the Dead"... that's quite the promise! ;)

    I can't wait to see you realize your dream of your beautiful cottage in the dark woods, and I particularly hope you tame a raven, but I don't envy the no "power, running water or the internet" part. I don't seem to have even the tiniest drop of pioneering spirit in me at all. Haha.

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    1. They really are great t-shirts aren't they, Little Gothic Horrors? Actually, all the t-shirts from Raven's Brew are awesome. Fortunately, these are the only two available in black, otherwise a certain someone would likely have one of each!

      And thank you - the dream hardly seems real at the moment, but once we move into the old and rickety trailer, it's bound to seem a lot more real! And believe the insomniac  when she says if they had the money to rent an apartment AND pay storage for all the belongings, moving into a trailer without power, running water or the internet wouldn't even be on the radar! Because as much as the spouse loves that sort of thing, the insomniac  - not so much ... ;o)

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  8. Wow, the painted eggs ! You got those from Romania, didn't you? I also believe the silver Virgin Mary icon might have come from my country as well.

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    1. You have a very good eye, Poisoned Purple! The beaded eggs and one done with wax in a technique never seen before, from an artisan who is quite famous in your country, one believes. All that PLUS the Virgin Mary and Jesus icon, a carved wooden spoon, many little woven crosses purchased from each monastery visited and which are hanging from the rear-view mirror in one's car, a t-shirt with Vlad with Impaler (well, that goes without saying, right?) plus a number of Harley Davidson t-shirts for the spouse.

      It was a good shopping trip, indeed! :D

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    2. Didn't get any specific Romanian food?

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    3. **cough** May have come home with a small sampling of palincă, yes ... ;o)

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  9. Love all the raven stuff! Also thanks for giving me an excuse to not throw things away. (Somehow I feel like my boyfriend will be less appreciative.)

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    1. Thanks, Caitlin! And you're probably right - men just don't get it. ;o)

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  10. I may not be a coffee drinker, but I can sure appreciate good branding when I see it!
    I'm very envious of those shirts!

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    1. You know it's good branding when you haven't even tried the coffee, but yet you buy all the accoutrements, Madame MM! :o)

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  11. Oh how I love that skeleton reaching for a cup of coffee. I feel that way every morning. Coffee rules!

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    1. That one does hold special meaning for those of us who NEED our coffee in the mornings, doesn't it, Gracie! LOL

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  12. Mind of the raven seems like a very interesting read :3

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    1. About half-way through the book Bazinga, and so far really enjoying it. Although, after reading how much and what a baby raven eats (LOTS and LOTS of road kill, mice and other disgusting things), added to the fact a person would have to climb up a very tall tree to get at a nest, the insomniac  has pretty much given up on her fantasy of raising a baby raven as a pet.

      Still, she highly recommends the book if you're as fascinated by the bird as she is. :o)

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