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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Giftapalooza 2009

I am so proud of myself!  I got my hair cut and came right home and started taking pictures!  I am such the procrastinator that I didn't really expect to get it done, even though I said I would.

Well...I know what you are here for so...


This was in my stocking.  Some pattern tamers, some gold, my beloved Chibi, a Fossil case, some Sharpie Pens.  So lovely.



Every year I get a different purse, usually a novelty purse and this year's was from Henrietta's Handbag and is called Profile.  I have been using it since I opened it!  I love it.  It is much bigger than I thought it would be.



For the last few years my darling nephews have been making or getting me charms for a charm bracelet they got me.  These are this years.  The heart says "love" and the other is a buddha.  I love them so much!



My sister absolutely spoils me!  Not only did she make tons of bags for wrapping that double as project bags for knitting!, but she also makes and gets me the best stuff.  Here I got the wonderful Itty Bitty Toys Book, a Monkey Project bag, a Monkey calculator and some wonderful monkey brown cotton yarn.



Then she got me loads of cool stocking stuffers.  A Good Luck bracelet, a small sock monkey, a cool pen, a little dragon journal (I was born in the year of the dragon), a freaking cool as pencil case made out of recycled potato/snack chip bags loaded with some fab clips, and of course a penguin ornament!



Then she completely outdid herself and made me a beautiful Box Leaf wrap (chunky sized for my chunk) and an Ishbel beret!  OMG I cannot tell you how beautiful this is.  She got the most gorgeous yarn and oh, I could gush for days.  It means so much that she was willing to give up so much time to make something so beatiful.  She is my hero.  She is crafty beyond words.  She really needs to start a blog because she has so much to share (hint hint sister dear).  Oh and the shawl pin is gorgeous too.  Such a great gift!






You might have noticed Myrna modeling the wrap and hat.  I have wanted one of these for years and this year, my wonderful mother got me this.  She was named Molly, but I wasn't fond of that.  I thought she needed a classy, hollywood glamour "old" name and I thought of a little theater in Helena, the Myrna Loy and thus she was named.



I got me some jewels!  I got a key necklace, after wanting one for such a long time, but never finding the "right one".  Well my mom found the right one and she also found the little penguin necklace I have been wanting.  Such a great gift!



And then I got this set of three bracelets.  Nothing says LdyPngn like these bracelets.  I love them.  You can wear them single or as a trio (my preferred wearing).  They are from NHL.com if anyone is interested in supporting the Penguins!...oh all right there are other teams too.  But really, the Pittsburgh ones are the best!



And then I got this fab box of Knit Picks!  I got the Options interchangeables SQUEE.  I got two needle tip stands (for my Zephyrs and Options) and then I got the Holiday Ornaments kit and the Carmen Banana kit. 

I got some other stuff too here and there from other people.  I just am running out of room for al the pictures.  Actually, those are the ones I took.  I have gifts here and there and these were all rather close by.  I am truly spoiled and I have no problem with that.  In fact, I rather enjoy it.  I am not ashamed at all.

Well I hope that every one had a wonderful holiday and the new year is approaching.  Time to spend it with family and friends.  I will be rining in the new year with the East Coast (I am in the Mountain Time Zone) and with these two...


Happy New Year and check back in early 2010 for some links to a few things I am working on!

I know I said

I know that I said I would be back today with photos of my Christmas receiving...I might have lied.  I haven't even taken photos of any of it, so actually taking them and posting them today is going to be kind of pushing it, unless I want to stay up until one o'clock a.m.  I assure you, I don't.  So, if everything goes according to plan, I will take photos when I get home (just a touch late) and then upload them to the computer and then I can ready them for posting here.  And by ready, I mean transfer them to a USB so that they are portable.

I just didn't want everyone (all one of you readers) sitting around hitting refresh all day when I am not going to put any photos up today.

In other news:  I am going to go get my hair cut today.  Nothing drastic, because, well I already cut it all off, so really a trim because I can't do ANYTHING with my hair!  Seriously it is so thick that when you try grow it out you can't do anything with it.  It does the opposite of what you want it to do and when you think you have it and you leave the bathroom feeling great, it all falls or goes limp or just plays dead!  So, a trim and a thin and I will feel much better.  Just another reason I need that damn wig!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Glamberace!

It’s funny how fast plans can change. I am a huge list maker. I make lists for everything. A few weeks ago, as I was finishing up my Christmas knitting, I started to think of what I was going to do after. So, I open an Excel workbook and start plotting my 2010 knitting. I put it away for a while and finished up Christmas. In the meantime, I have set up a three ring notebook and started collecting patterns to work on for the New Year. Today I found the original Excel workbook and well only one thing (1) matches between the two “lists”! I blame it all on my brain. When I have time to relax and let my brain wander, it comes up with all these ideas of things I want to get done.


The last few days have been off days for me. I haven’t done any knitting since Christmas Day! I was going to spend a good chunk of Sunday knitting, but I had some errands to run and then I didn’t feel I had enough time before going to the ice show with my Aunt and young cousin. So, I didn’t do any. Then last night, I really wanted to get some things done around the house (putting gifts away, gathering patterns, sleeping), that I didn’t even pull out any needles. I wanted to get the cowl done before the clock strikes midnight January 1, but…unless I take a day off of work, I don’t see my energy levels being high enough to complete that. But then, technically it would be my first project of 2010. The silver lining.

I feel that Christmas gifting was a success this year. I worried because just a few days prior to Christmas, a link appeared in an email to an article about the “worst holiday gifts” and sitting right there in the top fifteen (15) was Handmade Gifts! OMG-The-HORROR! I worried for days about how my hand knitted gifts would be received. I had already mailed off my sister’s gifts and I had made two things for her. I had made a headband/ear warmer for my dear mother. I had made cowls for friends, a pillow for my aunt, dishcloths for my other aunt, a dear friend, and my masseuse. I had made a hat for Bob and was just finishing up my Frito Bandito scarf for my mother. What was I going to do? I was stumped for gifts I could go purchase, not just for thought, but for funding as well. Then, one by one recipients began opening their gifts and seemed to love the items, or they were good actors. I rest assured that I had done okay by my friends and family and decided that this woman writer either, had never received something beautiful and thoughtful, or was a stuck up snobby bitch who expected nothing but robin egg blue boxes and espresso machines under her tree. Her loss I say!

Is it weird that I want to purchase a wig? I mean a full on head of hair wig. Ken Paves is shelling hair on QVC and I am quite interested in purchasing a dark/ashy/golden/blonde wig to wear. In public. I think it is weird, but then I think it is edgy and quirky. And I want to be edgy and quirky, but it is hard because I am boring and fat. It is nearly a $100 investment. What if I look like a tool? I am out about twenty bucks between the shipping costs to and then returning the item. Would I receive the old nodding of the head non committal, “if you like it” approval from my mother? Would my sister think that I have clearly lost my mind and what would my coworkers think about me suddenly having longer and much lighter hair? Would they talk about me up and down the hallways? What kind of questions would I get from my aunt? Would Homeland Security be at my house wondering why I am changing my look and then rummage through my browsing history to see if I have been looking up how to make a bomb? Which, by the way, I have not. Would it itch something fierce? Would it cause my real hair to fall out? Would my boys recognize me? Would they try to pull it off my head and hide their bones in it? Do I really want to spend $100 on fake hair just because I spent $100 cutting it all off and am regretful? Will it look fake? Will it blow off when I roll down my window or open the sun roof? Do I really want Jessica Simpson hair? AGH! I need answers and about $100 to try it out!

I had to go to the dentist after work today. Nothing like finishing up a boring day with a shot of Novocain and the drilling of a tooth. I am sitting here, some two hours later and am just regaining some feeling in the left side of my face. I am quite sure that by tomorrow I will feel the effects of biting my tongue and cheek. It was funny, the dentist is giving me the “shot” and asks me if it hurts because I didn’t flinch. I assured him that it hurt very much, but what was I going to do? I mean the man has a huge gun full of numbing agent…it’s not like I could just jump up and take him down. He apparently didn’t look at my feet that had curled into a little ball or my white knuckles as I clamped down as hard as I could on my keys. I figure in an hour I should be able to eat more than soup…I hope. I am hungry!

I am in love with Adam Lambert’s album! I had totally written him off as a wackadoo that sounded like Freddy Mercury. Dude, I was so wrong! His album is amazing! I also took a listen to the new Lady Gaga (a friend let me borrow hers) and it is okay. I really like Bad Romance. I will have to listen to it a bit more. But seriously I give a total two thumbs up to Glamberace!

I didn’t even touch on all the loot I took in this Christmas. But, fear not, I will be back tomorrow to update. Oh and I think I figured out what readers want…PICTURES. So, tomorrow I will be here with photos of my loot!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Frito Bandito, Traditions and Warm Wishes

It finally snowed last night, but I fear that today will be sunny and warm and that what little snow there is will melt away and I will be left with a dry, dead Christmas. You can totally tell that I don’t commute to work anymore. It just doesn’t seem like winter, let alone Christmas without snow on the ground. 




I am done with Christmas wrapping and shopping! I finished last night when I wrapped the last gift for Mom. I was trying to finish something up and after 4 ½ hours of binding off, I finished it and couldn’t wrap it up fast enough! I made a Bandito Scarf simply because I had a shawl pin that I really wanted to give her and I couldn’t just say, here’s a shawl pin, good luck with it. So, I had to make something and I saw the Bandito Scarf on Ravelry and jumped right in. I started working it in Caron Paints, but didn’t think the drape was right and so I put that on a fancy stitch holder (re: bright blue yarn) and set it aside. I went to the stash bins and pulled out some deep purple Simply Soft and knew that the drape would be perfect for this. The pattern was easy to remember and then when I was getting close to the end, I thought about the bind off. I didn’t want to do the regular bind off and didn’t think that a purl bind off would be what I was looking for either. Then I remembered the Owlings and the sewn bind off. That will be perfect! And it is…but it is also the slowest bind off in the history of knitting. It took me over 4 ½ hours! I am not exaggerating. I started on Monday night at exactly 8:00 p.m. I watched General Hospital and then Castle. Then I watched QVC for an hour and then at 11:00 I moved into my bedroom where I continued to bind off for about fifteen minutes until my hand hurt so bad that I wanted to cry (I honestly think I have Carpal Tunnel, but I digress), so I went to bed. Then last night as soon as I got home I turned on Grey’s Anatomy and bound off through an episode and a half. I don’t recommend it. I mean I do for the look, but when you are trying to finish a last minute gift, you really don’t want to spend two days binding it off! It looks great with the copper shawl pin though. I will have to get photos after Christmas because I just wanted to get that in the box before I started second guessing my choices.



Due to my aforementioned injury (lower thumb/wrist/arm pain), I am taking a few days off of knitting and just trying to not go insane. I tried to read last night, but from the combination of sheer exhaustion, pain and pain killers (very mild generic ibuprofen), I could not really concentrate enough to make a real dent. My arm is feeling fine today, sort of and I would love to cast on the Linoleum dishcloth tonight. I guess it will be a “game time” decision.



I use knitting for two things, one is a hobby. I have always wanted a hobby and after trying my hand at a few different things, this one I have actually stuck to pretty sincerely. Next it is a diet mechanism. I find that when I knit at night, I don’t snack. And by not snacking and making some lasting changes, I have managed to lose 20 pounds. I am a large girl and so it may not look like it on the outside that much, but on the inside it is like losing 50 pounds. Even with the holidays and not sticking so closely to my plan, I have maintained my loss and not gained any back. In the coming weeks, I am going to be starting up my weight loss blog again and will link to it when I go “live”.



I always think about holiday traditions this time of year. The things that you see in the movies that people do, the caroling by fire, the stringing of popcorn and cranberries, the big family gatherings. Yeah, we don’t do any of that. Our traditions of late have been to do the WWW Christmas Eve with my sister and her family on the web cam, Christmas breakfast with my aunt and Bob and then Christmas dinner at home with my two aunts and Bob. I am pretty okay with our traditions. Sure it would be great to be with my sister for Christmas. To sit on Christmas day and feel luscious yarn and knit fabulousness. It would be great to go outside and build snowmen (provided it ever snowed!...still waiting Mother Nature!) with the nephews. But it is hard when you live far apart and everyone has that little thing called work to deal with. Eh…it is what it is.



Speaking of work, it continues to go well. I have Christmas Eve and of course Christmas Day off this year. I am looking forward to just doing the last minute running around on CE. See the craziness that commercialism has made the holidays. I don’t complain though…I love it. It is like crack for me. I just can’t get enough. Well, yes I can. Too much stimulation makes me a little crazed, much like a young child, I just want to cry and be alone.



I wish all my readers, I know there is one, a very Merry Christmas and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoy the days and are happy and healthy. And just in case I don’t make it back, wishing everyone a safe and healthy New Year. Please don’t drink and drive. Too often we lose precious people to accidents and nobody wants to remember 2009/2010 as the year someone died. So happy holidays to you and yours.



~Ldy Pngn

~~Heather

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Oy!

Oy….it’s been a while again. No excuses. Just straight into the post.


Things have been kind of crazy lately. I spend 98% of my non working time knitting. I am almost finished with my Christmas knitting and it feels great! I feel so wonderful about it that I have started to make my 2010 knitting list. How crazy is that?!?! I hope to make a lot of things in 2010. It is two fold really. I am starting on my weight loss journey. Or rather, getting back on the road. The holidays have provided quite the detour into food city. Today was a huge food fest at work. Our inaugural Festivus. We did it without the airing of grievances and naked wrestling though. We also didn’t have the traditional Festivus pole, but we were assured of one for next year. Really the day was all about getting the women of the office to cook food and bring it in for the men. They won’t admit that, of course, but that was the impetus behind it. It was fun all the same and we will be eating for the rest of the week! That being said, I need to get back on track so that I can lose 20 pounds by Valentines Day. I want to be thinner for next year’s Festivus. Well that and I want to buy a costume for next year’s Halloween event. Something that is not the Fat Lady Singing! So, how does knitting fit into all this? Well, when I knit I don’t snack and snacking is packing…on the pounds. So, more knitting and less eating is my 2010 mantra.

Yes, you read right I am so close to being done with my Christmas knitting! Which means I am that much closer to being done with my Christmas buying and knitting! I made a good portion of my gifts this year and I am happy about that. I still did do the store bought items though too. I think the only people who are not getting something knit by me are my nephews (I can’t knit Legos) and my brother-in-law. Everyone else gets something made by Heather. I am proud of each and every project too, which is a bonus.

I did my first lace project that was completely error free. You know how it is when you are working on a lace project and you forget a yarn over, or you forget to knit two together. Yeah, I did each and every row 100% correct! I can’t tell you how happy I was. I am usually always knitting two together on the in-between stabilizing rows, you know the knit all stitches/purl all stitches row. It was on the Noble Cowl I did. It is beautiful and so incredibly soft and delicate. I want to make another one and bump it up a needle size just to make it more roomy. I have a double chin and thicker neck than most designers, so a bump in needle size and the same number of stitches will be perfect I think. I hope to start on it soon.

I have being knitting dishcloths galore. I am standing at ten of eleven right now. I might throw in a twelfth if the bug bites. I did a set of four blue cloths for my aunt. I did a set of four green cloths for a dear friend. I also have almost a set of three pink cloths for a “just to have” gift. I may pick up a candle to go with the pink cloths.

I knit my first gloves! Fingerless, but still my very first pair of gloves! I love them. I have to make many more. Now that I am no longer a glove virgin, I can bust open my glove book and make elegant gloves…just as soon as I bust my stash and buy more yarn for them.

Stash busting! That is another part of my 2010 goal. 2010? Doesn’t that sound so Space Odyssey? Hmm…no flying cars, but computers do control lives. Any ways, I have a large stash of cotton! OMG Cotton! I also have some acrylics and some fingering weights to get busting. I have donated some of my old acrylics, some ugly wools, and some god awful Homespun. I am donating it to a local offender treatment program. I work for the parent corporation and used to work at the facility. These men are so crafty, it will be interesting to see what they make out of the yarn.

I have so many to do lists that it is insane. I have not set up our Christmas tree yet. I was going to do it this past Sunday, but the day just slipped away from me. I hope to go out to the garage tonight and pull it in and let it warm up. It has been below zero all week! We haven’t broken -3 at all this week. My boys have been cooped up in the house and the effects are starting to show.

The boys. Oh, my dear Cooper is having a sharing problem. He just does not want Elliott to have anything. Every time Elliott gets a toy, Cooper goes over and takes it away. He even has issues with Elliott eating. Eating! Just does not want him to have anything. I feel so bad for Elliott sometimes. He just lets Cooper take the stuff and goes and lays down or goes to his little house. I know they need to be outside in the fresh air, but this fresh air will kill them. I could not believe this morning when I went out to go to work, their was a dog running down the alley. Who is leaving their animals out in this? It is one thing for me to just wear a sweater as a jacket, but I am a 33 year old larger woman, not a scrawny dog without opposable thumbs.

Sickness. I have been ill free! I got both of my flu shots, seasonal and H1N1. I got them for free too. I tell you my job has so many perks it is almost obscene. That coupled with my routine bi-weekly massages keep me healthy…or as close to it as I can be.

Well I have gone on long enough about a lot of nothing so I think it is time to wrap it up. I hope to take photos this weekend and then I will post all my fluff for you to see. Perhaps if I get that tree up, I will take some photos of my favorite ornaments for you.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Change is coming...

I could have sworn I had posted since July.  I think some sort of blog monster stole my posts.  I have been busy busy busy knitting.  I have completed a few things and am working on lots more. 

I changed up the look a little bit.  It is temporary.  I am planning on really changing things and making it really fresh heading into the new year.  I plan on spending more time here.  I will definitely be here more in November.  Novemer is NoJoMo over at Open Diary and I am extending it here.  NoJoMo is National Journal Month (don't ask where the get No from...I think it is just an off shoot of NaNoWriMo and flowed with Jo so No it is).  I tried for two years to do NaNo and I just could never get past around 1500 words and then realized that it was not going to ever be my thing.  This will be my fourth year of NoJoMo.  It gets a little hard to come up with new and interesting things to talk about every day, but I am up for the challenge.  December is DePhoMo (one picture every day).  I did DePhoMo last year for the first time and for the most part I followed the prompts.  I would love to do it again, but it is just another big commitment.  Trying to get a picture and getting it uploaded by the end of the day.  I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but I am the world's largest procrastinator, so...  I am still undecided, but promise to make the decision by Thanksgiving.

Emmaline has updated, so you may want to check that out.  She has another update coming soon.  Just have to find the time to get her on the computer.

I figure since I have been gone for so long, I should share some photos...here is what I have been working on.


Edge of Lace Cuffs



Edge of Lace Hat



Turn a Square Hat



Green Cloth Set



Green Cloth Gift Basket



Calming Shawl (yes I know there is a huge mistake...it is part of its charm)



Montego Bay Scarf



Arwen Cloche (test knit)

I have some real plans for this blog I hope that you will enjoy.  I am frantically reading (well not too frantically) two blogging books that piqued my interest.  So, as soon as I am able to sit down and put those ideas into action.  Most of my time right now is spent knitting.  But I am expecting that my Christmas queue will be shrinking throughout November and I will be able to put some plans into action.

Stay tuned...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

She lives

I have no excuse for not posting for over two months. None at all. I could say that I have been busy, but I haven’t. I could say that I burned my fingers in an attempt to rid them of prints so I could go on a crime spree, but I didn’t. I could say that aliens came and took me to their space ships to service their needs and I was more than willing because they all looked like Clive Owen and had his sexy eyes and voice, but alas that is not true. I could say that I have not turned on computer in two months, but come on we all know that is not true. I think the most honest thing to say is that I am lazy and lame. I have not had a ton of stuff to write about, but I have found some new inspirations and hope to write at least weekly, if not more.

That being said, I must get the most pressing bit of business out. I am the proud mother of monkey Emmaline Grace. She has her own blog http://emmalineadventures.blogspot.com/ check it out for all of her adventures and thoughts and ideas. She is a ton of fun and super beautiful. She already has three posts. Clearly much more loyal to her readers than her Momma is to hers.

I have been knitting away…sort of. As I may have mentioned before I am clearly the world’s slowest knitter. When my sister visited in June I remember her telling a woman that it took her a couple of nights to knit Turbo, her sock monkey. It definitely takes me a lot longer. I started one on Sunday, and as of last night I have the body and legs done. I get an extremity done per night. So tonight and tomorrow are arms, then Saturday is a tail and finally on Sunday, I am going to try to get the muzzle and ears done. I am so slow. But you know what? That is okay. I don’t have to be super fast, although I wish I were. I had some problems on Sunday and Monday. Namely a hole in my finger. OMG it hurt. My callus (from poking the tip of the needle down) gave way and split leaving me with a gaping hole. Ugh. It hurt so much and then I couldn’t use a bandage because the yarn sticks on it. So frustrating. But, after some intense Neosporin/Bandage overnight treatments, things are looking better. I did learn how to knit continental. I am not fast doing it, but I can do it. I can’t wait to get a flat piece to practice on. I am thinking that it will go better if I get something that is flat knitting. So far with the circular knitting I am getting some hand cramping.

Work has been going well. Our fiscal year ended June 30th and so it was a busy time getting stuff done and stuff corrected. Now we just have to wait for the audit to start and by October I should be able to file again. That will be fun. An entire Friday packing up boxes and then another entire Friday filing all of this year’s stuff. Can’t wait.

I guess I should get to the big news. I purchased a new vehicle. A 2009 Ford Escape to be exact. I love it. I have already taken a roady in it. It was great. What made me remember is that I am listening to my free preview of Sirius online and I have Sirius in the car, but I don’t have to pay for it for a few more months yet. I am trying to decide if I want to pay for it or just get a car adapter for my Ipod. I have one of those now too. An Ipod touch. It is so sweet. I haven’t used it for a lot of music…mostly apps. I love the apps.

So I have been watching So You Think You Can Dance. I have mixed feelings this year. There isn’t that one person who I am pulling for. There are several that I don’t like and don’t want to win, but nobody who stands out. Last year I was on Team Twitch all the way, but I was okay with Joshua winning. As long as it wasn’t Katee. This year there is nobody that I just love and cheer for. I liked Janette a lot and was sad to see her leave. I want Kayla gone like a bad infection. I don’t much care for Melissa either and Evan has annoyed me from day one. I guess I am rooting for Janeen. I like Brandon. I just don’t know. Last night was very disappointing. I thought the disco was all about lifts and that their movements…well Kayla’s movements did not flow and then Nigel does is spaz out and people are left to think it was good. Can we please stop doing so many lifts in the disco routines!?! Also, can we please stop with the Broadway? Ick! Make it more current and popular, but please stop with all the jazz happy hands and face pulling. It is vomit inducing. Could we also invest in a bark collar for Mary. Her voice is irritating. The screeching, the fakeouts, the whole botox package can go now. We could use more Adam Shankman. Ugh, Tyce Dioro was on a few weeks ago and did nothing but stroke the choreographers. Perhaps he is not getting enough stroking. Oh and another bitch about last night…that girl’s routine was shitty. It made no sense and they looked ridiculous. The best thing was when Janeen punched Kayla in the face. That was sweet and they showed it in slo-mo. Perfect.

The family is all good. The boys have not gotten in a lot of trouble. Cooper continues to be very vocal. He also has a habit of pulling out all his toys and strategically placing them around the kitchen. I got them a gorilla not long ago and he often stands sentry at the entrance to the kitchen. He also got one a my larger stuffed penguins and just loves it. Elliott is only mildly interested in toys. He is more about food and treats. That is his motivation…eating. He just likes yummy things in his tummy. He is so sweet. He always comes up and gives me kisses. His eye allergies are in effect again. I have been sporadic in medicating him. I am just about out of medication and so I try to keep the area clean. He doesn’t like it, but he is usually tolerant, especially if he gets a prize or treat after. I keep after Cooper’s eyes too. He loves to have whatever Elliott gets so I oblige most of the time.

I have so many projects planned and I honestly don’t know where I think I am going to get the time to do them all. I would need to take weeks off and do nothing but knit. I would have to knit in the bathroom. I would have to wear one of those beer helmets while sitting on the throne. I would need to run 24 on an endless loop. Crazy.

I am just jumping all around in this post. I just wanted to say that I am enjoying the new show Dark Blue. I like Dylan McDermott, he is pretty to look at and the guy who plays Dean is a looker too…a little thin, but a looker. I am sure if I was a lot thinner I could appreciate his body a bit more.

Speaking of. I am reading You On A Diet. It is interesting for the most part. I am learning all about my digestive system…a bit more than needed since I do not plan to study medicine at any point in my life…but it’s good information to have. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be developing a new lifestyle plan and start on that. I would love to have the surgery. I would. I said I wouldn’t do it, but I lied. I would totally do lap band. I wouldn’t do the bypass, but I would do the banding. I just need something to kick me in the ass and do something. I did so well for three or four weeks last year. I was determined and I was strict and it was good for me. Now, I just keep eating crap and not doing any exercising. This weekend, you know when I have all that extra time, you know the extra 20 hours you get on your weekend in addition to the 48…yeah then I am going to clean up my living room and move the Wii and get to exercising. Sure I am. I will let you know how that goes. Hahaha…

Well I should get going. I have a lot to do today…okay that is not quite true…but this just went onto page three and I fear I may have lost readers around paragraph two.

So I will leave you with a picture of my sweet new ride.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

15 Minutes

Maggie Jackson must be stopped. This woman is overtaking the New Patterns section of Ravelry. It would be one thing if people were going to make this stuff, but seriously, who is going to knit this?


Can I just say that legislation needs to be passed for mandatory three day weekends. This past weekend was honestly the best weekend ever. It was so relaxing and yet full of so much. I had a blast. I won some money and spent a good portion of it. I moved my yarn stash, I installed an air conditioner, okay, so I put it in the window and stuffed some weather stripping underneath it, but I still got it done. I finished a square. It only took me three days to finish the damned thing. At the rate I am going, I will have a completed blanket in the year 2072, four years before I turn 100! I should have the crochet thing down by then. I am the slowest crocheter in the world. This is what I ended up…
I also got a swap package last week. Yay! Here is the picture.



I took some pictures of me wearing the lei headband, but quickly deleted them out of sheer and total disgust. I looked like a party girl, a fat party girl, either half dead, or dead drunk. Sad this is, the hardest thing I was hitting was Diet Dr. Pepper. Nonetheless, I spared you that sight.

I got a new fan for the bedroom. My old fan died a horrible death. I don’t know if it was the shock of being cleaned or if he just died from exhaustion. Either way, he is now resting in the Alley Rally dumpster. He served faithfully for years. The newbie is quite quiet. I do not have a picture of him.

I have been meaning to take a picture of Yarn Pig for a few weeks now to post. I finally got around to it. He is just known as Yarn Pig. He doesn’t have a great name. He is still trying to discover his function in life and his goals. He is about half full and just got a little bit of Noro, so he is filling quite princely and proud. I don’t know why. I mean the Noro is beautiful and spendy (IMHO), but not all that great feeling. He is also filling up on some Cotton Ease and other cotton scraps. He has a boat load of Stone Cotton Ease in him. It feels so warm. I know he is looking for more color and not the muted tones. I think that is part of the reason he is feeling so peppy, the Noro is bright, while the Cotton Ease is muted. I don’t know. Maybe he can write an entry in the next few days describing himself and what is thoughts are. He is a faithful friend, that’s for sure.


Well there is finally a game on tonight. My god is has seemed like forever. I am super duper pissed off at the ass munches over as ESPNegatory. If they had their way, at the beginning of the year, Detroit would just be handed the Stanley Cup and it would be all good. They have basically said, that Detroit wins. I don’t fucking like them. And for Lindros’ sake, could someone please help Barry Melrose get dressed. The man keeps wearing these god awful striped suits. He looks like the bastard love child of some rejected 1960’s doo wop singer and Tony Soprano. The one the other night was blindingly awful, some sand and black stripe and his super greasy brillut. Is it any wonder why the man was fired in Tampa? Oren Koules must have been high when he hired him. So, anyways, tonight, Pittsburgh can wrap this puppy up and get ready to beat the knickers off of the aging Red Wings. And I don’t want to get all into a debate on the subject, but that Havlat hit? Yeah, maybe Mike Babcock should look at the tapes again, he left his feet and knocked him the eff out! Needless to say, I am still pulling for Chicago.

So all my shows are over and while I was happy to see season finales, I don’t feel like waiting until September. Could we just please make these people earn their exhorbanant salaries and get this shit back on? I mean I know I have SYTYCD and The Closer, but I could use something more meaty to get me through those bright sun shining, hot as a bug on a ticks butt on Venus days. Oh, and to the idiots over at Fox. What the hell was the point of airing one episode of Glee and then telling me a few days ago that it would be coming on in the fall? I can’t deal with that. I set up a series recording because I thought it was a summer replacement show. I need more Glee! Also, while I am happy that there is going to be more SYTYCD, I don’t much appreciate you filling up my Tuesday nights and making me choose what to record. It is bullshit. Either change the schedule or buy me a better dvr that records more than two things at a time. I can’t be forced to choose between stuff.

Also, just to state it here. I found nothing wrong with what Nigel said about the same sex samba couple. That was difficult to watch. It was quite painful really. I am not some homophobe, I just don’t see how one can watch two dudes sexing it up in a samba routine. But that’s just me apparently. One thing, is this shit is going to get them a lot of attention. They will get their fifteen minutes.

Speaking of 15 minutes. Can we please please please stop the clock on the following people:
1. Jon & Kate – she is like a super mega mega bitch and he is just some whipped pussy who takes her shit. I say kick her ass to the curb and trade that Dodge Sprinter in for a pimped out Partridge Family bus and head on down the road.
2. Cari Prejeen – I don’t care if she showed her boobies to the world and I don’t care what she thinks about marriage. Why don’t we ask her what she thinks about Her Highness, Perez Hilton, the douche.
3. Spenser and Heidi – If I am forced to see much more of them I am going to require a barf bucket. She now wants to be known as just Heidi and as a recording artist she wants to be known as H. I don’t think I can write much more without this turning into a bad Tourette’s Syndrome post.

Well I am off to do some work. I get paid to do that. Actually, I get paid this Friday! Yay, now I can pay bills again!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

PSAs, Recaps, Opinions - It's All Here

Hey there faithful followers…I was over updating Ravelry and thought I would stop in and tell you what’s been happening. Of course if I just did that, the entry would be quite small because as you are well aware, I don’t really have much of a life. But I have some things to say.

Well I was going to say, “where to begin” but I know where to begin. I will begin with a little PSA, if you will, Barry Melrose is an idiot. Keith Jones, an idiot and Versus, well they just might be idiots too. I will start with my good pal Barry. Barry and I have a long history of communication issues. I tell him something and he doesn’t listen. I tell him he is an idiot and he just keeps on talking. This year, he chose Philadelphia in Round 1 of the Playoffs. For those of you who are sheltered, The Flyers were playing my beloved Pittsburgh Penguins. He chose Philly in 7. It took Pittsburgh 6 games to knock Philadelphia out. OUT Barry! Round 2 rolls around and Barry chooses Washington Capitals in 6 or 7. He was conflicted. It took Pittsburgh 7 games to knock Washington out. Again, Barry, OUT! He finally listened and realizes that Pittsburgh can easily handle Carolina and make a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, where I pray they will meet Chicago. Chicago is playing Detroit. I make no apologies when I tell you I mfing hate Detroit. I don’t like there coach and dislike the majority of their aging players. Like most of the rest of the hockey loving world, the so called experts have picked Detroit to manhandle Chicago. I hold out hope though. Let’s move on to Keith Jones. One thing to know about Keith, he wasn’t a very good defenseman and his nose is the proof of that. He was also a Flyer. He, before the game last night, chose Carolina. Update Keith, Pittsburgh got the W! Now let’s go on to the powers that be (TPTB) over at Versus and NBC, because we should not leave their parent company out of it. Uh, these man on the bench interviews must stop and they must get rid of the stupid women who question the players. Last week or so ago, the stupid blonde bitch asked a Detroit player (Detroit was losing and had not scored) what there priority for the third period would be. Seriously, she asked the man this. Uh, chuckles, everyone knows the answer, it is scoring. I think he may have said, getting pucks in the net. Same damn thing. Asking players and/or coaches questions in the middle of a period is the worst possible time to talk to them. I so wish they would have done this to John Tortorella (whom I adore by the way) and he would have gone apeshit on them. Eh…what you really need to know is Pittsburgh = Stanley Cup Champions.

So, yes I have been watching a lot of hockey. It is great to knit to. Or crochet. Because now I am starting to do that too. I am not good at it though, but practice makes better or at least tells you that that is not your cup of lemon water.

I have been spending money too. I depleted some of my savings funds with all the May stuff. That is okay though. I will just submit some flex and build it back up. Of course, I always plan on transferring some money from checking over and then I find something I need or want (mostly yarn online) and place an order long before I transfer the money. I wish they sold cotton ease in my town, but nobody carries it. I have trouble finding any good cotton here. Seriously, you cannot buy brown cotton here. No Lily, no PnC brown cotton anywhere. For the love of god, I live in the ghetto of yarndom. Our so called LYS is a total shit festival. The old lady buys up all the shit that didn’t sell in the stores and jacks up the $$$ on it. She buys this crap for a buck a ball at various dollar stores and then slaps a $3.50 price tag on it. She has nothing but discontinued ickyness. She did have a couple hanks of happy feet. I bought those fairly reasonably. I went to look for cotton a few weeks ago, Lion Cotton to be specific. She had the green and white stripes that nobody buy and loads of it. It made me sad. I have to order or go out of town for brown cotton. That is insane in the membrane right there my little friends.

I finished up a few things. A Jelly Bums Lion, A Jelly Bums Monkey (btw I am addicted to Jelly Bums), a Lizard Ridge cloth, and a Granny Square for the Journal Blanket. I did that all since May 6th. Now, I don’t want you all to think I am on the short bus of yarn work. I am a thrower, which makes me a slower knitter. I also knit those Jelly Bums on two circulars, which slows you down even more. But I knit on two circs because I do ride the short bus of mattress seaming. I am so retarded that I just can’t get it right. Also, I don’t usually like the way my bind off looks.

I have a plan now. A crafting plan or project plan if you will. I actually have an entire system set up. This entry is on the system. I have a plan of what I am making some people for Christmas, others like my sister, I have no clue what to do for her. Speaking, I made her the cutest owl bag and did not take a picture! WTF is wrong with me? It is like the chunk is eating my brain. So, yes I have this plan and it is all gadgety in Excel and pimped way the eff out. I am such a rockstar dork….a fat rockstar dork, but still a rockstar dork.

Oh my god spring finally showed up. I don’t know that is spring so much as Mother Nature just teasing us. We have had a couple of warm days (the fans are officially in the house). While the chick over on OD was bitching about Alaska weather, she had days where the sun was shining and the temps were 60+ degrees, we had freaking snow. I shit you not, last week there was snow and blizzardy like conditions. We don’t really have a spring season here in Montana. The chance of snow extends well into June and occasionally can happen on the nation’s birthday. It is a recorded fact.

So have you all been watching the television? Last week was a week full of finales. Grey’s was probably the most interesting with Bones coming in second, and I guess CSI NY third. I so knew who was going to die on NY long before it aired. I recorded my prediction for prosperity too. Last night’s 24 was less than stellar. I thought Jack was lucky to be in that coma at the end. The last 40 minutes was mind numbing. So glad President Dipshit turned Fugly daughter into the popo. She did bad things and she was difficult to look at. I don’t expect Henry to be living in the WH much longer. I think that he will be getting a cot down at the local YMCA. That man had a shitty day that’s for sure. I mean think about it, he was convinced Roger his son was murdered so he started off the day setting out to find out information. He gets lured by his own SS guy to Rog’s gf’s place and is pretty much injected with a paralytic. Then he watches the gf die, then he fights with his SS dude and flings himself over a railing to crash onto a table. Then he is kidnapped and in Jack’s effort to save his sorry ass, the man is shot. Then he finds out that some big African dude held his wife and fugly daughter hostage. Then he gets moved to the WH and finds out that his daughter ordered a hit on the man who was responsible for his son’s death. Yeah, I would totally be calling in sick the next day. He is no Martha Logan. Just saying.

Tonight is the big NCIS finale. They always leave you hanging. Like out on the ledge holding onto some root that is breaking free from the ground. For the love of god I just looked at the clock and there is still an hour left in the work day. Must go work.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Cheesits! It's Been How Long?

Oh my god where have I been?!? Seriously, I have been at home watching lots of hockey and knitting lots of little things.

Since my last post, I…

  • Went on vacation and had an awesome time.
  • Read a book – 2nd Chance. I am reading 3rd Degree right now
  • Joined the Columbia House TV on DVD club
  • Got totally into Sexy Larry on 24 and now he’s dead
  • Have finished quite a few little projects
  • Moved my living room around
  • Gotten my driver’s license renewed
  • Completed a couple of swaps
  • Turned another year older
  • Watched the Sex and the City movie about a dozen times
  • Watched Tropic Thunder
  • Spent lots of money
  • Gotten more books than one person really needs
  • Have been to the new Starbucks more than a few times
  • Thought I discovered a gray hair, so pulled out about 20. Turns out it was just a shadowy effect. Thank god!
  • Colored my hair (just to make sure)

A few things I am working on

  • Project for Mom – most likely a Christmas present
  • Cleaning my bedroom and rearranging for summer
  • Cleaning my closet
  • Organizing my life
  • Trying to work or Wiiork out more

So that is what is going on in a nutter. I will hopefully be writing more. I am developing a new schedule to get done the things I want to get done. With the onset of May, comes season finales and so I will have less shows to watch and more time to write!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

WTFF

It comes to my attention on a rather daily basis that people do not think before they speak. For example, I was just standing in the kitchen at work and two coworkers were talking, I am assuming about someone having a heart attack. One of them said, “It used to be that people died from having heart attacks. Today it is no big deal.” It took just about everything I had to refrain from totally bitch slapping her. Seriously WTF? My dad died from a heart attack six years ago. Having a heart attack is a HUGE deal. I can’t believe someone would say that so nonchalantly. Stupid bitch.

I am critical of other people’s fashion choices. I am critical of my own at times. I present you with my new feature, the WTF Fashions.

Picture it, a floral dress circa 1987, dark blue/black with large blue, purple and white flowers, short sleeved. Now picture it with a white crocheted sweater circa 1985. Got that picture, now put a lady in it with a frizzy perm. Then, put some white tights on her and black shoes. Now, picture that walking out of a mental health facility and realize that she is a worker not a client and that it is February 2009. The only people who should be wearing white tights are young female children. Never should a grown woman put on white tights with black shoes unless she is dressing up for Halloween. Fashions older than 1998 should be burned with acid. Certainly nobody should be wearing a 1987 flower dress with white tights!

Now, I myself, on a weekly basis put on some WTFF (WTF Fashion), but I keep it in the privacy of my own home, sometimes my car if I am going through drive thru. Sometimes, I make the mistake and get out of the car. Sometimes I put something on and think it looks fine and then see my reflection in a store window and realize it most certainly does not look right. I learn from that.

So I did get some cleaning done last night, and some more knitting. I need to make some arms and legs for my elephant. I might be able to knock that out tonight. I sat down last night and watched the end of the Pens/Islanders game. Happy to report it turned out perfectly. Then I switched over and watched Life and CSI New York. Is it just me or are the CSI’s getting a little boring? I think that whole Ella/Mac thing was ill placed last night. The case was kind of boring and you know who did it as soon as they introduced him. There were some head scratching moments, but none as glaring as the one on Life. Crews arrives at the baddie’s house and his temporary partner is “down” so he opens his phone and dials and says “Officer down, need assistance” or something like that. The problem? He didn’t tell them where he was! Was that dispatcher supposed to guess or call the psychic network?

I get a massage after work today. It couldn’t come at a better time. I feel so achy. This will really help. I just have to make it through the next seven hours. Oh, my good friend The Christmas Jew was just in, questioning the system yet again. (Please note the sarcasm when I say good friend).

Yes, that massage will greatly help my neck pain. I had the worst shooting pain in my ear on the drive to work today. I don’t know how long it lasted because when I got to work, I well sat down to do some work. Okay, I sat down to check the blogs and TMZ.

We usually talk to my sister every weekend. Well we didn’t talk to her last weekend and that started to concern me. I sent her a message through Ravelry on Sunday night and happily got a reply on Monday morning. I worry when we don’t hear from her being that she lives far away. I am a worrier. I feel better though because we talked for a long time on Monday. It was great.

I guess I should do some work. I figure an hour before heading to do the bank run and errands. I can knock something off my list in that amount of time.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I waste money

But I just cleaned on Saturday! My living room is a disaster and I just cleaned it on Saturday! The problem? I have no storage for desk items/filing. I pile stuff on the floor because I have no where to put it and then when I need the floor space, I pile it on the daybed. I can’t win! So when I am done with this, I am going to watch TMZ and clean. Then I am going to take a hot shower and then I am going to settle in and watch Life and CSI New York and finish the head of my elephant.

Okay, I couldn’t take it, I had to clean before I could finish. I went out and got the hutch for the desk. That gives me some storage and gets my printer off the work area. I also gained some display space. Which I need right now because little Cooper knocked my buddha teapot off the television stand and I need to see about having the rubber cement queen fix it. I cut my foot on a large piece that was on the floor last night. Man alive that smarted.

I Y TMZ. I must say that watching that show makes checking the site hourly so much more fun. I like dlisted.com too. That is more raunchy, but funny.

So about a week or so ago, I ordered some bras from onehanesplace.com and they came in the mail today. I also got a comfy outfit to wear around the house and am actually wearing it right now. But, the bras. O-M-G they lift and separate my sadly sagging boobs. I am so excited to get dressed for work tomorrow. I mean, it makes them look as huge as they are, but it makes me look like I have boobs and not two small Volkswagen Bugs parked under my chin. Two are front close and one is back. They are basic Playtex 18 hour, nothing fancy, but no need for fancy when nobody is looking. I am also so into granny pants right now. They stay up, they stay out of my crack…yeah it is good. It’s not fancy, but its effective.

This has been one of those weeks at work. Those in between weeks where you are left wondering what to do. I have a very mundane to do list, that takes at most two hours to really complete each day. Such a stark contrast to what next week will be like. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I get my massage tomorrow after work! I am excited for that. And then Fridays are always fun days at work. I have a bit more to work on on Friday. I could have done it earlier this week, but I would still have to update on Friday, so it is just easier to do it all on Friday in preparation for Monday.

Every morning when I get to work, I immediately pull up the Kidd Kraddick show. So funny. And then when the show goes off, they play great music the rest of the day. They are playing Britney’s new song If U Seek Amy. Yeah, when you sing it, it totally sounds like F-U-C-K Me. I call it a work about and really like the beat of the song. That is what the majority of people listen to when they listen to music, the beat, not the lyrics. When I was younger, well even now, I love to listen to the Grease soundtrack. Greased Lightning is a dirty song kids. But you know what? My momma let me listen to it until my ears bled, or until it drove her and the rest of the family crazy. I didn’t turn into some slutty porn perv either.

So, for reasons unknown to me, mom has gotten a bug up her butt about doing the whole lent thing. We had fish and chips for dinner. Yeah, it was okay, but not great. I totally don’t expect myself to eat a lot of fast food fish. Gross. Take me out for salmon or a ceasar salad, but no fishwiches. Uck! It’s weird, we are not going to church, at least I’m not planning on it. I think I am over religion for a while. I don’t really miss it and can’t say that I got a whole lot out of it. Of course, I wouldn’t want her to have to go to church by herself. I just don’t know. I guess time will tell. What I do know is that mofo fish was expensive as all get out.

Let me leave all you knitters out there a little tid bit. Do not waste your money on something called the End Weaver. It is a total waste of cash. I bought one. I do that though, I waste money on stupid shit. Believe me when I tell you it is easier to thread a nice gold chibi darning needle and weave your ends than use that piece-o-crap. Lesson learned.

Well I am going to go and get started on the rest of my evening. Some light reading during my refining mask, followed by a hot shower and leg shave. I feel guilty about not shaving my legs before a massage. I am sure it is not pleasing to feel as though you are massaging a gorilla’s leg.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I don’t wear either

I am so frustrated right now. I have been working on a sock, one sock, since Wednesday, and I just frogged the entire thing! I don’t think I am a sock knitter, which means I have to find a new use for sock yarn. It could be that I just really don’t understand it. I have made two pairs of socks. I don’t wear either. Ugh!

The weekend has gone by fast. Yesterday was errand day and today I went and got my hair colored and trimmed up a bit. I came so close to just saying, “Give me your cut” to the hair stylist. She had a really cute cut, but she also had a lot less hair than I do. My hair is so thick! Even though it is short, it is super thick. That is one thing the hair stylists always say, “I didn’t expect you to have this much hair. It is so thick!”. It is a curse I think. Because I think my hair grows, but it grows in thickness more than length. I was thinking about that today as I was sitting there. B’s hair grows in length by leaps and bounds and my hair just gets heavier and blah looking. I got the back trimmed up a bit, it needed it, the sides evened out a little, a few more layers and the bangs cut. I think I like my hair better with bangs than the way I have been wearing it lately.

Ugh! I feel like I have so much to do this week. Not workwise either! I need to get bills paid, a package mailed, exercise EVERY day, get back on track reading wise, clean the bathroom, put some clothes away. I would love to clean out the armoire and dresser drawers. I also need to find time in the next two weeks to get my driver’s license renewed. That is a big must do. I would love to take another day off work, I just don’t know what day because it is the end/beginning of the month. I will look at the calendar tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

Well I am going to grab a quick shower and find a new project to work on…something that is not a sock!

Monday, February 16, 2009

$400 For Fug?

I had to purchase new cell phones. Well I didn’t have to, but I did. We have a phone that will not hold a charge and so it was time to replace it. Because I didn’t want to be left out, I replaced mine too. We just got LG somethings. I don’t know what they are, they are basic camera phones, mine has an mp3 player. No big full keyboard, no other special bells and whistles. I got a new plan too. It has been probably a good four years since we have upgraded the plan. We were sharing 500 minutes, which worked, but I thought it was time to change it and resign, so now we share 700 non network minutes and free nights and weekends. After all was said and done, it cost me $130 to walk out of the store with two new phones, but I will get two $50 money cards back in the mail soon…after I send in the paperwork. It was a necessary evil.

While I was in the store (I was there for a long time), a man came in and said to the girl “I bought this phone that wasn’t supposed to break and it did, so I need to replace it. It should be covered under warranty.” The girl gave him a number to call and he left. Later, while I was still there, he came back and said he needed to buy a new phone, that it wasn’t covered. Another worker came in and asked him what he needed and he said he needed a new phone because his wasn’t supposed to break but it did and the girl told him, well nothing is unbreakable. It is just military grade and capable of withstanding more. Well, apparently not chickadee. To hear him spin the tale, it fell from his truck. Military grade my ass. Mine fell out of my pocket onto the asphalt before I went in the store and it was fine. But anywho, the phone he had was this big orange monstrosity. He said the new version was more hideous than his “old” version. That phone was the definition of fugly. Then the girl told him the price he would be paying for the fug….$400! I nearly pissed myself right there. $400 for fug? Are you kidding me? Well $489.99 after he bought the protection plan, that I declined. OMFG that is a lot of money for a phone!

So I turned on the Pittsburgh Penguin game today to find out that they fired their coach yesterday. Not that it really matters to me, but damn I didn’t think they would do that. Let’s just hope they don’t get a bug up their butt and hire Barry Melrose. If they do, I would never hear the end of it, but I would also instantly have another die-hard Pens fan in the house. By the way, at the moment they are losing. Boo.

I am working on a new slouch hat. I had the worst time figuring out a project to make, but then I saw this hat and fell in love with it. So I am working on that today. I am only on the brim, but that is because I spent half the morning in the cell shop. I am going to find a jar and cut up strips of paper with projects on them and put them in the jar, so when I am blocked, I can pull one out and not get stuck like I was yesterday/last night.

Well I am going to go back and knit now and turn down the television so that the neighbors can’t hear it!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

On Being Blocked

I feel blocked. I was so busy knitting baby stuff and then knitting Valentino, that now I don't know what to start! I am about one step away from crying. I was going to start a hat with this great skein of Traditions I have, but every pattern I find requires more yardage than I have. I have a full skein, it is just not quite enough to do a slouchy hat, which is what I really want to knit. Then I was going to do a small bag, but just can't find that one pattern that is going to be useful enough.

I would start socks, but I just don't think I am ready for that right now. I just want something to kick start me again. I don't know what that is. I want to find it tonight so that I can start knitting it tomorrow. Maybe just taking this break is what I need and then back to looking.

I spent the entire day in my pajamas. It was wonderful! I did knit Valentino's legs this morning, but that was all. I took a 2½-hour nap. I just was not feeling well. I had a headache and so I took some medicine and lay down. I think it is what I needed.

I think I will make socks. I have some pink yarn that I got in a swap and a pattern that I have really wanted to try, so I will just try to wind my skein into a ball and try these socks again. I don’t know. UGH!

I bought a little notions keeper thing from JoAnn’s yesterday and put all my stuff into it and then today when I was getting into it, I noticed that it is torn in two places, so I am going to take it back tomorrow. I am hoping that the cell phone store is open too. I need new phones. One phone is barely holding a charge, you cannot finish a lengthy call without low battery warnings. So, definitely in need of new phones. It has been two years. My phone is still okay, but who wouldn’t want something different? I think I am over the red too. It will all depend on what phones they have at the store I go to. If the one in the mall doesn’t have anything good (I am betting they don’t), I will go across the street and see what they are offering. We are getting good phones this time. I don’t want to pay for a Blackberry, but something decent. I would prefer to get something around $20 - $30 each with a two-year contract. I would love free, it will just depend on what is offered.

I was very disappointed to find that when I frogged my blanket that was on the needles, I had cut the pink yarn when I attached the brown. I thought I left it on and was going to cut it later. ‘Twas not the case and now I have a little ball of pink. Eff!

This has been a great weekend. I have really had fun, even after dropping $360 on my car. All is good, and that is what matters.

Well I am off to find a project to knit tomorrow. Maybe another Jelly Bum, maybe a slouch hat in another yarn.




I now present Valentino

















And by-the-way - I have decided to do a Meret hat using Vanna. I heart Vanna yarn!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Highly Unlikely

A few weeks ago, on some blog, I declared that I loved making baby items. I would like to retract that statement. I don't think I love it as much as I thought I did. I love the finished product, but I am finding it a trial right now to be excited to knit them. I am nearly finished with a pair of pants, hopefully I can finish up the knitting part tomorrow and then save the seaming for maybe Friday. I don't want to seam when I am at the, "oh let's just get it over with already" stage. So, I am thinking finish up the monotonous knitting and then save the seaming for Friday when things are calmer. I also have to make a left bootie. It appears that when I was seaming up the first bootie, the "left" bootie, I made it a righty and then made the right bootie and made it a righty too. After several discussions today, I found out that it is highly unlikely for a baby to be born with two right feet, thus the need for a left bootie.

I just spent the evening watching Fashion Police. Well not the whole evening. I watched 1/2 an hour of the TV Guide channels fashion wrap up with Lisa "FishLips" Rinna. Yeah that was a half an hour well spent. Then I watched The Closer. Followed by E!'s Fashion Police. I am left with the question, "why do men feel the need to wear sunglasses at night and indoors?" Whenever I see a man wearing sunglasses at night, it instantly invokes a round of Corey Hart's I Wear My Sunglasses At Night. So I can, so I can... Needless to say, it bothers me. They don't care, but it does and I wish they would stop doing it.

I found out this morning that the Grammy's were pretty much overshadowed by Chris Brown's alleged attack on Rhianna. Quite the scandal. I have been watching tmz.com pretty closely to get the 411.

Another thing I realized tonight was why I stopped watching CSI Miami. We first need to establish my reasons for watching said shit show in the past. First, I like to be sarcastic and make fun of television shows (my soul purpose behind watching Days of Our Lives was for pure entertainment during the writer's strike). Second, I am totally hot for David Caruso. Well in the feverish, he makes me vomit sort of way. The reasons I quit watching the show are #1 - Ryan Wolfe. Am I the only person who wants to kick this man in the testicles? Provided he has them still? Okay, so maybe I am. Seriously that is probably the most hated character of mine on television and there are a lot. Reason #2 - Eva LaRue. She couldn't act on All My Children and she still can't act. Well she can, she just doesn't do it well.

Something else I realized while I was watching CSI Miami the first five minutes tonight was that I am totally turned off by anything that slithers and is wormy. I mean I had a problem with that CSI episode where the college student falls face first into a pile of maggots, but it goes beyond that. I would like to thank the people over on Fox's Fringe for totally effing me up. See I started to watch the episode where giant spikey worm like slugs (I am talking small pug dog sized creatures) slithered out of people's mouths. Yeah, I no longer watch Fringe. I mean I really only started to watch it for two reasons. First my favorite flavor of the month was guest starring on an episode and so I thought I would watch from the beginning to see what the hell it was all about. Second, Joshua Jackson. Now, I didn't watch Dawson's Creek. But I did watch all the Mighty Ducks movies. I kept watching because Walter was so damn funny and Joshua Jackson is not at all difficult to look at. But the sluggy spikey things grossed me the eff out and I had to delete that from series recordings on the DVR.

So, I don't know where I am with my train of thought, but you are all caught up on why I don't watch CSI Miami & Fringe. I also deleted the series recording of Damages. That show, I think, is one that you just either wait for the dvd's or a marathon. Seriously it is too hard to wait week to week. Especially when they jump around all the time between now and six months ago and two weeks later. I know it is to keep me watching, but there are not any actors in it that make me want to tune in every week, so waiting for the dvd is perfectly okay with me. That and Patty Hewes is a bitch.

Well I am getting sleepy and I still need to read. I am right on track for reading 52 in 52. I would love to surpass that and possibly read 60, but I will take what I can get. I would like to finish the entire 87th Precinct series within the year. I am going strong on that. The only problem is it doesn't really leave any time to read other books.

In case you forgot, babies are not likely to be born with two right feet, and so learning from my experience, it is best to make a left and a right bootie.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Knitter Knitter On the Wall, Who's the Fairest of The All?



I cannot tell you how happy I am right now. Yesterday (monday), I completed my very first Fair Isle project. Nothing spectacular like a pair of mittens, but rather a simple snowflake square.






Earlier this year, Knitting Daily talked about being a fearless knitter. They asked how you were a fearless knitter in 2008. My answer to that was that I began knitting in 2008. I made my first everything in 2008. So, this year, my first act of fearlessness was knitting fair isle. Well that's not true, I was scared. I was nervous, but I did it without any glaring mistakes, actually without any mistakes. I knit back a few times in the middle of a row because I forgot to switch colors or switched too soon, but I was determined to prove I could do it and I did it.

It is with reason I did this. I want to make a throw using this pattern. I am currently in the process of working out the logistics on how I can do it in one piece so that I can avoid seaming. I am imagining a long circular and a huge pattern printout with detailed instructions. I know I can do it, but can I do it by Thanksgiving? I need to find the yarn first and then the needles (I already have my mind set on what needles I want) and then order and start. I am just finishing up working the grid in Excel so I can get an idea on what it will look like. Daunting? Yes, but I can do it.

Oh what a day today was! I had so much to do and it seemed like I wouldn't get it all done. Actually, I didn't get it all done. Every time I make a plan and know what I want to get done, there is always something else that comes up that screws up all my plans. For the first time, I am asking for help. I need to get the 1099 tax forms ready for mailing. I printed all of them today, but I did not get them stuffed. I was going to bring it home, but the end of the day came and all I wanted to do was something with yarn or knitting, so I left them at work and asked the new lady if she would have time to help me tomorrow. She is so nice and of course she said yes. I am just not a person that asks for help. I like to do everything on my own. I need to learn to ask for help. That is a goal for this year, to ask for help. So tomorrow, we are going to have a stuffing party. We can listen to my new Barry Manilow cd.

Speaking of Barry. I wonder if I am an old soul. Now, I don't really know what that means, but I have heard it. I wonder if I am because I really like older music. I adore Disco and anything that the Bee Gees put out. I like Barry Manilow, almost all 80s music and some of the 60s pop music. I feel like, what I imagine, an old soul feels like. So that is what I was wondering today as Barry sang his take on I've Had the Time of My Life.

I need to get my final 2008 Flex claim submitted. I must send myself an email reminding me to find a form at work tomorrow. I have one for 2008 and one for 2009 already. I think I am ready to do taxes. I must install the software. Perhaps I can do that tomorrow when I get home from work. I have a massage on Thursday and will be settling in to watch my Thursday shows. Well I think just one, I do believe that Bones is a repeat.

Oh, did anyone catch last Thursday's second Bones ep? The one where Booth was playing hockey? Yeah, it was totally sweet, right up until he was wearing an effing Flyer's jersey! WTF? Why did I think Booth was from the Pittsburgh area? Luc Robitaille was looking good though. So, I was totally digging that episode. We watched it Friday night on dvr. Speaking of DVR, I am totally caught up on Grey's Anatomy now. I feel bad for Mark. I am so happy that Christina and Mer are back together. And how soon before Mer's friend leaves? I don't like her at all. Let me just say that if that crackpot was my doctor, I would join Scientology to escape being treated by the nutball.

Does anyone else love love love The Mentalist? Don't you just want to take Patrick Jane home and keep him in a jar on your dresser and take him out for a laugh every now and then? I think he is adorable. And Cho is such an awesome character too.

I finally ordered my ball winder. I got the swift a couple of weeks ago and just got around to ordering the ball winder. I picked up a few notions as well. Is it just me or is there a phenomenon where stitch markers just disappear? I swear it is like the dryer eating socks. I imagine a little colony of stitch markers just yucking it up somewhere. Laughing at me every time I open the case and they are not there. I made some for my sister a few years ago for Christmas, but for some reason I have never made any for me. Well there is a reason, I can't find the damn littler findings to make them. When we did the small home improvement project this summer, I dumped a drawer of findings in a box and that box sits somewhere in the garage. In a few years I will probably find it and by that time I will have stocked up on stitch markers, much like I have socks.

Well it is time to go, I just wanted to share my joy and picture of my project from yesterday.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Show & Tell


I thought I should share some pictures.

Here is the new monitor


And the new baby pants

Twenty One Days? Any one still out there?

I spent a whole bunch of time scouring the internet for a lace pattern because I have a pattern for a baby sweater that is incomplete as the author took another author's lace pattern and I don't have that book. I really liked the design too. I would love to see the book before buying it though. Eh, I found one that will work for now.

I finished some baby bell bottom pants that are so cute. I am really happy with them. There are a few things I might have changed, but for the most part they are super!

I had a good weekend. I didn't do a whole lot of stuff. I finished up the pants yesterday and today I didn't do much of anything at all except watch some stuff on the dvr and scour the internet. I am putting the scarf down for a little while because it is kind of boring me. I will pick it up again though...sometime down the line. I need to figure out what I want to knit next. I think I will look through some of my patterns and find something. I am thinking socks would be a good thing to work on. I have some great sock yarn, I just need to get over my fear of picking up stitches.

This is my first entry typed on my new fatty computer. This monitor is to die for. I so love it. It is perfect, I can see what I am doing and I don't feel like I am a million miles away. Now, to get used to the keyboard a little more.

I bought two new pairs of pants today. There was a sweater I wanted, but the one that was in my size in the style I liked had a hole in it and I wasn't down with that.

I have the SAG awards on in the background and let me say that I am so happy that Brangelina did not win. I don't think highly of them as actors. Just wanted to get that out there.

Do you ever read someone's blog and think, "why does this person insist on committing TMI?" Yeah, there is a blog I read and there is way too much sharing of stuff I don't need to know about.

I am watching Confessions of a Teen Idol on VH1 and I really like it. I don't generally watch reality tv, but I am enjoying this show. I left it on the channel a little too long and Rock of Love Tour Bus came on and the "girls" were supposed to get "dressed up" and well they basically teased their hair, put on 8 gallons of makeup, some high heals and went out in their slutty underwear. It was disgusting. There was a clip of a woman who claimed to have three children at home and was worried about what they were going to think if word got back to them. Uh, I think they will think there mother is a cheap, dirty, whore who cares more about being on television then staying home and being a mother!

I had leftover salad for dinner. It did not satisfy and the pizza doesn't sound good, I am going to have to go find something to eat. Maybe a better cheddar.

Well I guess that is my update. Still getting used to this whole new computer thing and trying to find my favorites and load them in. But, I love it too.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Cheesits! Where Have I Been?

On Friday, I had a huge entry typed up, but then as sometimes I do, decided not to post it. I had told myself that I would try to post daily this year, but then I didn’t post anything on the 1st or the 2nd or the 3rd. This is why I don’t make resolutions. I don’t believe in them. There are some things that I want to do differently this year, but I do not call them resolutions. I could start them at any time, doesn’t have to necessarily be the 1st of the year. I want to change my health habits, but I am not starting until tomorrow. I want to be more fiscally organized. I am starting that with Friday’s payday. I want to knit almost daily, but I didn’t knit yesterday and I have not yet knitted today. I want to read a book a week. I finished a book tonight. I wanted to organize my patterns, I did that today. Things that I want to do and I would have started sooner, but life gets hectic and just when I think I was in a place where I thought I could start doing things, stuff happened. My friend and coworker moved away and got married, I took on her work. I hurt my back and let it go for weeks and finally went to PT. I bought a Nintendo DS and became addicted and let my knitting slide. Things happen. I am just going to try to adapt to them. I want to read a book a week and knit, then I have to take time away from something else and that is going to be sleeping. I want to exercise, I have to take time away from something else and that is my “decompression” time. Not really taking away, but doing it in a different way. It will all work out.

So, this year has been okay so far. I wouldn’t say great, although it certainly hasn’t been awful. I did take a nice tumble on the ice yesterday and banged my head off the house. Thankfully, I don’t think I sustained any brain damage.

I got my journal swap on Friday. I did three swaps this season. I did the Whoduknit Holiday Swap (I sent, I never received), I did the Ravelry Journal Swap and I did Open Diary’s Secret Santa. I love doing swaps and I am signed up to do the January Snow Swap in the Monthly Dishcloth Swappers group. I am almost ready to mail. I need to check on my partner and then see what I have. I have to block some dishcloths.

So I won a little money in the last few weeks and I am trying to decide what to do with it. I don’t need anymore clothes. Well I could use some pants, but they are near impossible to find that fit correctly and are comfortable. I had a huge cart filled at Knit Picks, but emptied it and am contemplating starting again and making an order. I could just dump it into savings and save it for a trip or for the yarn and needles I want. I just don’t know what to do.

I need to get my new year’s cards sent. I think I will set a goal that I have to do two a night, starting tomorrow. Tonight I will print the address labels for them.

I want to do a care package for my friend that moved away. I fear that she is lonely. I get emails from her almost daily and she just seems so alone and in need of friends. She left a lot when she moved away and I want to send her a little something. I think I will knit her up a hat and get her some slipper socks and some scrapbooking stuff.

I guess I should get going. I want to cast on a scarf, but I need to look up the pattern repeat I want to use. I will have to swatch it to see how it will turn out. Plus, Superstars of Dance is on and I thought I would check it out. I am so happy that shows start up again tomorrow. There are so many unanswered questions on some of my shows.