Articles by " Athena Flint"
20 Sep
2016

Happy Tolkien Week!

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Happy Tolkien Week, everyone! Over here at KU we are celebrating Tolkien week by listening to some Audiobooks in the store. And also the music of Lord of the Rings! So stop in the store to listen to beautiful sounds! In case you didn't know, we are huge LOTR fans here. We have like 3 different versions of the books for sale forever and always, so if you find yourself in need of a new set of Tolkien books, you can probably just stop by and we'll help you out.

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18 Sep
2016

It’s Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day!

In our opinion, good greeting card writers are basically celebrities. They deserve all the hugs and chocolates and flowers because they are the bread to our butter!

While we could spout endlessly about so many of the best card lines, we are super fortunate to have a greeting card celebrity as part of our very own staff!! I mean, all of our staff are encouraged to give writing a good card a crack, but there is a star amount us, and in honor of Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day, I want to take a moment to send a big old shout out to our very own, super awesome Jessi Sedon!! 

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Jessi has designed some amazing cards for us. Yeah.! Did you know that? Did you realize that some of the cards we sell here are our very own lines? Well, NOW YOU KNOW! Or you probably knew that because we're really proud of them so we talk about them a lot. >.>

ANYWHO! Jessi has designed some WHAM-BAM cards recently. She's like an artistic genius and we could not be more thankful to have her in our family of crazy-cool weirdos.

Next time you stop in the store, say hi to (yeah, i'm just going to say it) Pittsburgh's GREATEST Greeting Card Writer! She gets to refuse hugs if she wants to (HER BODY HER CHOICE), but I bet you she won't refuse a giant smile and maybe some chocolates! Or, just spend some time checking out all of her beautiful artwork.

Thanks for everything Jessi! We Love You! 

29 Aug
2016

September Events and Holidays

September 2016

Oh my goodness, can you feel the air starting to crisp up and crackle with leaves? SEPTEMBER WE'VE MISSED YOU!

We have so many lovely things happening this month! For instance, September is Bourbon Heritage Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month! Holidays this month also include Be Late For Something Day (Sep 5), Roald Dahl Day (Sep 13),  Tolkien Week (Sep 19 - 25) and Banned Books Week (Sep 25 - Oct 1)!! Birthdays this month include Agatha Christie (Sep 15), Hermione Granger (Sep 19), and Scott Pilgrim (Sep 27). But seriously, that's just the tippity top of the ice cream cone. Keep reading for EVEN MORE!

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This month is apparently the month to celebrate a LOT of things. It is: Bourbon Heritage MonthChildren's Good Manners MonthLibrary Card Sign-up MonthNational Honey MonthShameless Promotion Month and Pleasure Your Mate Month. Sooooooo you've got your work cut out for you in September! Gotta celebrate them all!

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OH MY GOODNESS WE ARE SOOooO EXCITED to tell you that THIS WEEK IS International Enthusiasm Week (Sep 1-7)!!!!! WE LOVE THIS WEEK.

I mean, honestly,  WE ARE actually really excited AND enthusiastic, but it's mostly about the Scottish Highland Gathering and Games! Once a year you can drive like an hour or so outside of Pittsburgh and pretend that you're actually in Scotland. The whole of Idlewild park becomes bursts at the seams with a huge variety of scottish puppies, men in kilts, belting bagpipes and big burly people throwing giant logs. There is NOTHING BETTER to do with your weekend this weekend. Seriously. Go be Scottish for a day. You will have no regrets.

Oh. Also, September 3rd is Skyscraper Day.

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Start your week off right by being a total slacker and feeling good about it! It's Be Late For Something Day (Sept 5). Personally, I think maybe I should be on time for something to celebrate being late for something literally every day of the year.

Next up is Salami Day (Sep 7)! And on the 8th, everyone should celebrate the 1966 premiere of STAR TREK!! What a day! What a thing! Modern society thanks you Star Trek, for fighting the moral fight. (Except for new Start Trek Movies. They don't get any thanks for that. )

On the 10th is the all important Swap Ideas Day! Seriously, without swapping ideas, we would have gone nowhere as a society or something.

Birthdays this week include:
Jack Daniels and Werner Herzog (both Sep 5) and Leo Tolstoy (Sep 9).

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This week, be sure to set aside some time to read your favorite Roald Dahl book!  Roald Dahl Day is September 13. This weekend, head over to Drink A Beerfest on Sep 16-17!! And then, on the 18th, it's Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day. We know some of those!

Birthdays this week include:
Bella Swan (Sep 13), Sophie Dahl, Montgomery Burns, and Agatha Christie (all Sep 15), and H.A. Rey (Sep 16).

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This week is the celebration of two of our favorite things! It's Tolkien Week and National Dog Week (Sep 19-25)! Stop in the store with your puppy to listen to the wonderful sound of  Lord of the Rings like things waft from our speakers.

Yo ho, my hearties, the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! And the Autumn Equinox is on the 22nd. That's the also the first day of Fall, for you landlubbers out there.

Make sure that you stop by the store to check out our shiny journal sections! Why? Well, it's Dear Diary Day (Sep 22). It's also Hobbit Day (also Sep 22) and we all know that the best hobbits kept journals.

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Next up is Celebrate Bisexuality Day (Sep 23).

Celebrate Punctuation Day (Sep 24) with one of this awesome video! And here's one for National One Hit Wonder Day (Sep 25).

Birthdays this week include:
William GoldingHermione Granger and Arthur Rackham (all Sep 19), George R.R. Martin and Malcolm Reynolds (Sep 20), Bill MurrayStephen King and H.G. Wells (all Sep 21), Frodo Baggins and Bilbo Baggins (both Sep 22), Arthur Guinness,  Jim Henson and F. Scott Fitzgerald (all Sep 24), and Mark Hamill and Shel Silverstein (both Sep 25).

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This week is Banned Books Week!!! Did you know that some of the silliest books have been banned? Like for instance, Where's Waldo. That's a banned book. Yes. People are crazy. We love banned book week here at Kards Unlimited. Come talk to us about your favorite banned book, and we can commiserate together on why people are so silly.

Also this week is Love Note Day (Sep 26), Ask A Stupid Question Day (Sep 28), National Coffee Day (Sep 29) and Blasphemy Day (Sep 30).

Have you guys read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?? It's a pretty darn good book, and the movie comes out on the 30th!

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Birthdays this week include:
Johnny Appleseed (Sep 26), T.S. Eliot and Scott Pilgrim (both Sep 27), and Truman Capote (Sep 30).

1 Aug
2016

August 2016 Events and Holidays

August 2016The heat of summer has ARRIVED! We are all about our air conditioning, so feel free to stop by for some cool air and a few laughs. August is Admit You're Happy Month and National Eye Exam Month! Also up this month is Spider-Man Day (Aug 1), Rootbeer Float Day (Aug 6), International Beer Day (Aug 7), Bad Poetry Day (Aug 18) and National Waffle Day (Aug 24)! Birthdays this month include Andy Warhol (Aug 6), Lois Lane (Aug 17), Mr. Snuffleupagus (Aug 19) and Pee Wee Herman (Aug 27)! Book Club will be meeting on August 28th at 6 PM to talk about Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide the the Galaxy! For EVEN MORE holidays and birthdays, keep reading!

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This month is Admit You're Happy Month! Stop making yourself all grumpy and stuff about life, and JUST LIVE IT! I hear that a great way to remember how happy you are is to go to your local card shop and spend an hour laughing your butt off at all the super inappropriate cards! (Srsly tho, we love the sounds of laughter here at KU) It's also National Eye Exam Month so make sure you get your eyes all checked out.

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No one likes squinting. It gives you lines. On your face.

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This week is International Clown Week (Aug 1-7)! Get out your red noses and faceprint and STRIKE TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF ALL.

Also this week is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Aug 2), the day that Dom Perignon invented champagne (Aug 4), and National Mustard Day (Aug 5).

Who's hitting the theaters to see Suicide Squad on opening night?? It's in theaters on the 5th!

The weekend holds all kinds of greatness: Root Beer Float Day (Aug 6), and International Beer Day (Aug 7)! Also this weekend is the Horror Fan Craft Fair & Flea (Aug 6), and that is really the ONLY way to spend your weekend. High five to the people who are running that thing, because WHAT A GOOD IDEA.

Birthdays this week include:
The JokerHerman Melville and Kevin Smith (all Aug 1), Neil Armstrong (Aug 5), Andy Warhol and Piers Anthony (Aug 6), and Sidney Crosby (Aug 7).

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This week is National Farmer's Market Week (Aug 7-13), so make sure you hit up all your fave markets!! There's one in Shadyside now! Did you know?? NOW YOU KNOW!

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We have a card for that. This is the card for that.

Next up is my personal favorite, Sneak Some Zucchini onto your neighbor's porch Night (Aug 8)!!!! I wish you all the best sneaking! Then there's Book Lover's Day (Aug 9), National Duran Duran Appreciation Day  and S'Mores Day (both Aug 10), and Vinyl Record Day (Aug 12).

Also on the 12th, Sausage Party hits theaters.  If you haven't seen the trailer for Sausage Party yet, do it now. Don't be deceived though. This is NOT a kids movie. It's from the makers of Superbad. So. You know. Not for kids.

If you're not into movies, it's okay! You can always hit up the Bluegrass Festival on August 13th!

Birthdays this week include:
Ginny Weasley (Aug 11), William Goldman (Aug 12), Alfred Hitchcock (Aug 13) and Steve Martin (Aug 14).

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It's Weird Contest Week (Aug 13-17)!!! We're working on concocting some epic contest here at KU, so make sure you check back to see how you can win some silly prizes!

Relaxation Day  is on the 15th, so stop by to get some soothing shower bursts or something. TREAT YO' SELF.

dogNext up is Bad Poetry Day (Aug 18), Little Italy Days in Bloomfield (Aug 18-21) and the start of BikeFest (Aug 19-28)

Birthdays this week include:
Lois Lane (Aug 17), Gene Roddenberry, Ogden Nash and Mr. Snuffleupagus (All Aug 19), H.P. Lovecraft (Aug 20) and Christopher Robin Milne (Aug 21)

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Okay, so this week starts a little rough: Pluto Demoted Day and Vesuvius Day share the 24th. But it is all okay because that same day is also National Waffle Day. So you can totally drown your sorrows in syrup. That's a legit thing to do.
The week ends with FREEDOM! It's Go Topless Day (Aug 28)! #FreeTheNipple

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Birthdays this week include: 
Ray Bradbury and Dorothy Parker (both Aug 22), Gene Kelly (Aug 23), Tim Burton and Sean Connery (both Aug 25), and Pee Wee Herman and Ira Levin (both Aug 27)

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There's a couple more days left, so don't give up yet! You can have two more parties at LEAST! Celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day (Aug 29) with some killer herbaceous recipes and follow it up with some S'MORES for Toasted Marshmallow Day (Aug 30)

That's it! That's all we've got! We sure hope this August is your BEST AUGUST YET!

28 Jul
2016

Top Ten Gifts for people who can’t get enough Harry Potter

20 Jul
2016

Book Club Wrap-Up: The Secret History

Thank you to everyone who came out to talk about The Secret History on Sunday! General consensus was that this book was SO worth the read. We had a lively discussion about human nature, for sure.

Next up, we'll be reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!!! Start reading now and join us on Aug 28th at 6pm to discuss this seriously one of a kind book. <3

Don't forget to log your books for #KUBookBingo!! Remember, the more you read this summer, the more likely it is that you'll be our BIG WINNER!!!

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