Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WiP Wednesday: Volume 1 Issue 8

I actually have some stuff to show you this week instead of just a photo of my textbook (only because I didn't take a photo of my textbook).

First up we have this...

Just a sneeky of something that I am working on.  I will be ready to post the finished project(s) soon!  The picture doesn't really do the color justice (and you have to see it as a whole).  We have had dark skies and rainstorms the last couple of afternoons, so I haven't had the best light.

Next up we have my Penalty Box(es) that I have been working on since April.  I thought I was so close to being done, but...I need to do a bunch more squares so that it really works as a finished piece.  Here's a look at what's been happening...

And finally, we have something that is a relatively new craft undertaking for me.  And of course I didn't start out small...this is just a little snippet of the project...

Stamped cross stitch and yes that is all I have done.  In my defense, I started it yesterday during a storm in which I had to take care of a very scared Cooper.  I also have to do this on the down-low so that certain eyes don't spy it (at least no the detail or enormousness).

And that is what has been happening.  I sort of feel like I am above water for the first time in a few months.  I have had to scale back some deadlines (self-imposed) so that I can enjoy crafting again and not feel like pulling my hair out from failed frustrations. 

So, what have you been working on?  Drop me a link!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

T.V. Tuesday: Volume 1 Issue 7

I finally sat down this weekend and watched some television.  It has been a while it seems since I have done that, had a marathon DVR session.

First up, I caught up with Covert Affairs.  I had two episodes to watch and the first, All the Right Friends was a little boring.  There was a lot of running and driving around Argentina.  I don't really know what else I can say about it.  I did not enjoy the story and I think part of the dynamic that works on this show is between the field and the office and that was completely lacking.  Also, the story was about a story, not about some sort of threat to the country.  It just fell flat for me and that is upsetting because I really like Ignacio Serricchio.

Next up was Around the Sun, about a NASA leak.  This episode also marked the first of Auggie in a new position, leaving the operations field and moving into a more administrative role.  Thankfully it was also the last of him in that role!  (Sorry if you haven't seen it, but it's been a week!)  I didn't much care for his temporary replacement Reva.  She was a little to stick-in-the-mud.  Looks like she is sticking around for this week though.  The story was a little blah, not much action.  I did like the twist with the son at the end.  And it also looks like things are resolved with Arthur, so that is over.

I caught a few reruns of Nikita while I was at it as well.  I didn't get to watch during the regular viewing season as it conflicted with Bones/CSI/Grey's Anatomy.  I think I made the right decision.  It is a pretty slow moving show.

I was finally able to catch up on Flashpoint!  I think I had four episodes on the machine.   One of them was a repeat.  With that in mind, I apologize if they all run together in my mind, but I want to touch on a few things.

First, before I much did I love seeing Jessica Steen?  If you don't know who she is, I mostly recognize her from playing Hannah in Sing (one of my guilty pleasures) and as Paula Cassidy on NCIS.  Looking at her filmography, it looks like she pops up on Flashpoint semi-regularly.  Yay!  I just received the second season a couple of weeks months ago.  So, it will be fun to see her.

Second, Victor Garber! The man who "built Titanic".  Of course as a viewer you had to hate his character because he wanted to split the team up, but in the end, you can go back to somewhat liking him.  He played a hard ass evaluator, more like interrogator.

Also, what is happening with Wordy?  Will he be okay, will we hear any more about what is happening with him?  What is Ed and Sofie's baby girl's name?  And why oh why did Jules go to Sam's?  Especially after what happened with Victor Garber?

A lot of answers left at the end of last week's episode...hopefully by season's end we will have some answers.

Next up, I plan on catching up on Rookie Blue and hopefully settling in this week to watch So You Think You Can Dance.  I must admit that the last few seasons I have really been more disinterested than interested.  I watched last week's performances on fast-forward for the most part and have been getting my results sooner on twitter (I'm mountain time).

Well thunder has returned to the Big Sky, so I best get going...

Stay Tuned...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Weekend Update: 7-11-11

I felt so accomplished on Friday night when I went to bed.  I had actually paid bills and balanced the checkbook before spending money foolishly!  It was a great feeling to have that done and know how much room I had to work with on some needed household items and fun stuff.

Saturday was an up and at 'em early day around here.  Definitely wanted to beat the crowds at the stores.  As much as I am loathing Wal-Mart, it is the smartest choice for some items.  I think it would have been even better if I would have had a complete list.  Instead, I forgot to look at several items.  Oh well...  After that we made a quick trip to the Farmer's Market.  I thought that there might be more/different vendors since the Montana Folk Festival (the sequel to the National Folk Festival) was in uptown Butte this weekend and I thought perhaps it would have brought in new talent.  I was wrong.  It was the same old stuff that I have overlooked for the past several weeks now.  We enjoyed a nice lunch at Montana Club and then it was time to just unwind at home.  I watched several shows on DVR and worked on this...

*just a sneak peek.

Pretty soon it was already time for bed and some light reading (very light, I think I managed four pages!).

Sunday was a sleep in day.  I think I got up around 8:00, read the paper and then got dressed and headed to the Field of Honor (timed in conjunction with the Festival).

It really was quite lovely and really instilled a sense of honor.  Most of the flags (there were 1,000) had names of loved ones, memorials.  We did not do one, but if the project returns, we fully plan on sponsoring a flag (you get to pick them up along with the tags after).  In the back, there were flags for child abuse victims.  I had wanted to go once the sun settled to see them lit, but I never quite remembered until I was half way to dreamland.

Sunday was a more or less stay at home day.  I did make a run to Kmart and Joann's to pick up some needed items.   Then home to watch some more DVR (I am almost all caught up!) and some more crafting.  It feels like I haven't crafted in forever!  Then some reading and getting ready for work.

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 08, 2011

FP: Owl Hold That For You

I'm not doing a Friday Fill-Ins today.  They changed the format for the next couple of weeks and quite honestly I am just too lazy to figure it out and make something that is sensible and witty.  So instead, I thought I would do something that I haven't done in a long time and give you all a Finished Project post.  Let's see if I remember how!

Finished Project: Owl Hold That For You
Craft: Knitting
Begin Date: June ?, 2011
Completion Date: The next day
Materials: Knit Picks  Comfy Bulky (?discontinued); Lining fabric
Notions: Button jar buttons
Pattern Source: Owl Diaper and Wipe Case

I needed a quick knit to go with a box of Pampers Swaddlers for a work place baby shower and then I remembered that I had purchased this pattern.  I knew it would be perfect.

I quickly ran to my stash to see what I had in the bulky weight that would work (note: I don't have enough bulky weight yarn, and by that I mean, next to NONE!)  I found some KP Comfy Bulky in the Marine colorway that I had purchased way last year for a different project that never did happen.  I  held my yarn doubled, to get a little more bulk. The Comfy Bulky feels like a worsted to me.

In the future I plan on using either cotton doubled or something more like Thick n Quick. I think I will shy away from the KP (too soft).

I had the lining fabric already sewn for another project (two years ago) so I was happy to finally use it. I just love the print.  I wish I had more of it.  *sigh*

All the buttons came from my button jar.  Do you know how hard it is to find two of the same button?  Oy...I was lucky.

I noticed that going from the tighter knits of the cables to the purls left ladders.  I am not happy with that, but I am not quite sure how to fix it.  I always pull my yarn pretty tight (I am a tight knitter, but these ladders make me look like a ginormous loosey goosey).  If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please drop me a comment or email me at  I can also be found on Ravelry with the id: LdyPngn.

Happy little knit, I plan on making again and again.  Owls are so in right now!  Perfect for a boy or girl.  This went to an expectant little girl.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Thursday 13: Volume 2 Issue 8

Thirteen of my Favorite Songs on my Now iTunes Playlist

  1. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (shhh don't tell anyone it's country)
  2. Monster - Lady Gaga
  3. Boys Boys Boys - Lady Gaga
  4. '65 Love Affair - Paul Davis
  5. Wild Again - Starship
  6. Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
  7. We Are - Ana Johnsson
  8. Just a Dream - Nelly
  9. Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson
  10. Photograph - Santana featuring Chris Daughtry
  11. Teeth - Lady Gaga
  12. Rolling in the Deep - Adele
  13. How Did I Fall In Love With You - Backstreet Boys
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

T.V. Tuesday: Volume 1 Issue 6

We are sorry, we are suffering some techincal difficulties*

We will return next week with our regularly scheduled program

*technical in the fact that we I didn't watch television last week

Monday, July 04, 2011

Weekend Update: 7-4-11

Oops...I sort of forgot that today was Monday.  So I almost forgot to give a little update.

I can't say that I did much over the weekend but let's see what I can remember.

Friday was a work day, a very important and ultimately a very frustrating work day.  Let's not dwell on that.  It also happened to mark Free Agency Frenzy.  July 1st is the first day of free agency in the NHL.  A day, where bidding starts on the league's stars.  It was a whirlwind sort of day for sure.  For the last few weeks I had been on Jagr Watch, waiting patiently on twitter to find out the latest scoop (yes twitter is the go to place for NHL news).  Finally the wait was over and Jaromir Jagr singed with...Philadelphia.  Yeah, I am not joking.  One of Pittsburgh's biggest rivals landed a former superstar.  Actually, the landed two Penguin superstars as they also signed Max Talbot.  OMG I could barely get the news out when I called my mother because I knew she would be there for me.  I thought I would be devastated, but in the end (after a bout of being totally pissed off), I was okay with it all.  It is what it is and we have a great team.  I was really shocked that Talbot signed with Philly.  For him, I think it was because they offered him the five year contract he wanted.  Mike Rupp signed with the New York Rangers and while I am sad he is no longer a Penguin, I am super happy that he is a Ranger as they just might be my second favorite team at this point.  The biggest signing didn't happen on Friday, but rather on Saturday as Brad Richards (formerly a Dallas Star) signed with the NY Rangers as well.  Yay!  So, my Internet time has been spent checking out the hockey movement. 
Friday night I went with my aunt to the local figure skating club show.  I know, an ice show in July?  It was Patriotic Pride and featured as a very special guest Elvis Stojko.  Oh my gosh, I fell in love.  Then I found out last night that he is already married.  Ugh!  He performed two numbers and I was in such awe watching him skate.  It was incredible.  Definitely worth sitting through some suckage to see that.

Saturday was an errand day, although there weren't many errands to run.  It was also an early rise day because there was some neighborhood drama and I could not go back to sleep.  I did take a lovely nap though and then finished up Lily Mouse.  I still have to post on her, but here is a sneak peak

Sunday involved a trip to the grocery store and some gambling.  It also involved another nap, some reading and lots of fireworks.  I don't actually know what time I went to sleep.  We also ventured out to see the floats that were featured in the 4th of July parade.

Today was a bum around sort of day.  It started with an early morning run to Wal-Mart (the best time to go) and some gambling.  After lunch, I went for the trifecta and snuck in another nap (lord what am I going to do when I go back to work tomorrow?).  I tried really hard to get some reading in, but I had to stop to recharge my Nook.  Now that that is done though, I think I am going to take a shower and try to finish this book.

I will leave you with a picture of Elliott from the other day that I am in love with.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Friday Fill Ins: Volume 1 Issue 7

1. Blue skies under the Big Sky.

2. I took a trip down memory lane to Vancouver, November 2000 this week.

3. Kids games are more fun.

4. Hotel stays, beef jerkey, playlists; these are some of the best things about vacation.

5. Love is the best feeling in the world.

6. You know what they don't have in Montana?  Submarine races.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to local figure skating club show, tomorrow my plans include making sense of Free Agency Friday and Sunday, I want to do homework!