Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
I took this picture of my backyard today. No, just kidding. I stole it off the internet. But we do have lots of snow here, which, now that I really am an adult, I'm hating.
There's the shoveling, of course. But for me, the biggest snow-related pain-in-the-butt is trying to walk around the city. I'm a walker--don't drive, take public transportation, the whole bit. It took me twice as long as usual to walk home from work today because some people didn't shovel their walks and I had to walk in the street, jump walls of snow, ford puddles, and keep from slipping and killing myself.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
One of my co-workers left today to start her maternity leave. I put together a little hat-and-mitten set:
So sweet! I don't have anything in there for scale, but trust me--they're small.
The cap is Watchcap, which I modified by using 2x2 ribbing instead of 3x3. I made a single Knitted Flower and attached it to the brim.
I decided that I had to make the fingerless mittens to go along with it after seeing the ones CCR made. She gave me a tutorial at Stitch-n-Bitch, though with my sport-weight yarn and size 6 needles, I cast on only 24 stitches instead of her 28. I did 2x2 ribbing on the cuffs so they'd match the hat.
And the best part is that I made this from my Peruvian alpaca stash! I've been trying to figure out what to do with this pink, so I'm glad this came up. These are so soft and smooshy!
OK, I know, I know. I'm a bad blogger. As Blogless Stef said to me the other night, "Enough about the Top Model already!" I understand--you need new reading material.
I, on the other hand, have way too much reading material. I have about 30 blogs I track with Google Reader, almost all of whom participated in the Blog-Everyday-In-November challenge. Now that I'm working and spending less time online, I have 1000+ unread posts. I'm not joking. 1000+ posts. After 1000, Google Readers just stops counting and uses a +. That's when you know you're in trouble.
And this part can't be right. I have Angry Chicken on my reader list. Today when I checked there were 148 unread posts from her blog alone. She can't possibly have posted so much in 3 weeks.
Anyway, one of my problems is that my life feels pretty boring right now. I go to work, come home tired, and try to be in bed by 10:30. What's there to blog about? Hmm?
I was thinking of coming up with daily themes. Have you seen these? I think Angry Chicken has a Quilt Monday theme, where every Monday she posts about a quilt she's working on or one she's seen that she likes. John over at Ectomo has lots of daily themes, like Cthulhu Cthursday
and Moustache Monday ( <--!!!).
What do you think? Any theme ideas for me? And for those of you who blog--want to do a theme together? That might get our creative blog-juices flowing. Um, that sounds gross.
By the way--see the clock image I put in here? I love the guy at 3 o'clock. He's screaming into two phones at once. And Mister Ten Thirty is sawing his monitor in half. Ha.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tonight, they kicked Heather off of the show:
I really liked Heather. I'm not sure they did enough to accommodate her Asperger's. It's always a tough call. If she became ANTM, she'd certainly have enough money to pay someone to take her directly to her Go-Sees!
I just hope Bianca doesn't win. She's an awful person. And the preview of next week's episode looks like she's all extra mean.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
In other news, I need to send out my Ravelry Scarf Exchange project by December 1st. Yikes!!!
See you soon! *kisskiss*
Saturday, November 17, 2007
In the past, we have had a Lord of the Sings Karaoke Competition for each of the LOTR DVD releases (hence the name). I'm proud to say that I was the first every LOTSKC champion (I chose Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth). The following year Scott took my tiara. It didn't look half-bad on him ;-)
This time Eamonn chose the new Transformers movie. Eamonn loves transformers. Actually, Eamonn loves anything he was supposed to stop loving when he was 12: brownies, Transformers, Coke, people talking in funny voices, people wearing clown wigs, gold stars, cartoons, action figures, inflatable beach balls, bubbles... Note that even though Eamonn can write witty song lyrics about Transformers, he's not clever enough to change the title of the competition--instead, he just shoves the word "Transformers" in there.
Patrick and I put together a duet, sung to the tune of Islands In The Stream. Turns out, so did Dave and Stef. DOH!
Anyway, after four song entries, and just as many by Eamonn, Stef and Dave were declared the winners. Good on you, Stef and Dave. Your song most directly taunted Eamonn and all that he loves, and because of that I gladly throw open the LOTSKC Hall of Fame's* doors and grant you entrance.
*Funds for the construction of the LOTSKC Hall of Fame were secured by Tom Hanks
Friday, November 16, 2007
Here's my favorite so far: Casting Call
So instead I'm putting together some stuffies. I've never made them before, though I've thought about them. I'm using wool sweaters that I've shrunk/felted. Here's my favorite:
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I'm taking part in the Ravelry Scarf Exchange, in which I knit a scarf for my assigned buddy, and someone else knits a scarf for me. The buddy making me a scarf has popped into this blog a few times--Hi Pixie!
Well, I got Pixie's package last week. So great! First, the scarf. She chose the Branching Out pattern, which is beautiful. The yarn is a lovely red alpaca (the one picture makes it look magenta, but it is red). The whole thing is just perfect--I love the pattern, I love red and I love alpaca.
Included in the package were all kinds of goodies, based on some of my "likes." My own fluffy cloud ;-) , a cranberry candle, and more.
This is the first exchange I've taken part in, and it was great. Thanks Pixie, for being a great exchange partner!!!
Friday, November 09, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I haven't written about it, but we've been to two concerts lately.
A week ago we went to see Erin McKeown at Club Passim. I saw her perform on tv a few years ago and went right out and bought all of her albums. My favorite one is Grand, especially the song Slung Lo. You can check out her myspace page to hear songs.
I'd never been to a show at Club Passim before. As it was an all-ages show, Patrick and I took Little Sis with us. I thought that the benefits of seeing a girl onstage, in charge and playing a guitar outweighed those of going to bed on time, even if it was a school night. I think I was right--Sis really like the show. As Patrick said, Erin is like sunshine on stage. She is just so natural and comfortable, and she her voice holds up in a live performance. After the show we went for autographs and pictures. I'd like to see Sis get that kind of interaction at the next Jonas Brothers concert! (If you don't know who the Jonas Brothers are, count yourself lucky. I've had to listen to their inane Disney-pop toooooooooo many times.)
On Tuesday we went to see The Thermals at the Middle East downstairs. Patrick and I love love love The Thermals. We first saw them open for Sleater Kinney and couldn't believe their energy. Hutch's vocals really sets the band apart.
This time we took Little Sister and The Cousin. The Middle East is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place, but it was an all ages show (again on a school night--I'm trying to show them other definitions of cool. Plus I get to be cool). They were, of course, amazing. Patrick and the girls perched themselves on a disused bar to get a good view, while I went up front to dance. Amazingly, they played not only my favorite song, but also Patrick and Cuz's. Again, the myspace page will give you a couple of songs to listen to.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I went online to search for recipes. Normally I hate Emeril, what with his spices bamming all over the place, but I decided to give his recipe for a chocolate chip cookie cake a try. It was fantastic! The only change I made was to pour the batter into a 9-inch round cake pan (thanks for the wedding present Marc!). You should give it a try.
My friend John got me a subscription to a magazine called Craft, which is always full of neat ideas. Sis loves to look through it and bookmark projects. That's how we found out about this cute bunny made of felt. Patrick's mom and I each made one and incorporated them into our gift wrapping. Each bunny is about 3 inches tall. Part of my gift for Sis was a copy of the designer's book, The Cute Book--and it really is cute!
The in-laws leave tomorrow. They've been such a huge help to us this visit. The wall sconces are now installed, and the exhaust fan is pretty close. Soon we'll be able to paint!!!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Traci and F came over for dinner last night. My in-laws loved him, and he was very well-behaved (not that I would expect that from a one-year-old). The subject of my blog came up. Patrick hadn't read the blog until recently, and he's never left a comment. He claims that he doesn't comment because the blog is boring (he says this only half-jokingly). To quote him, "You put the blah back in blog." Well screw him! Not really, but I don't care--I'm going to keep posting. He can make his own interesting blog, and then he can talk to me about blah.
Yesterday we went with Patrick's parents to the De Cordova museum. The bulk of it is an outdoor sculpture park, with some indoor exhibits of a variety of media. The temporary exhibit that Patrick wanted to see is called Trainscapes. Twelve or so artists were asked to create a setting through which model trains would travel. Some made settings very similar to traditional model train settings (trees and mountains), but with twists. Others made settings nothing at all like a traditional one. There was a little boy there, about five years old. I'm guessing that his mother fed him cocaine for breakfast, what with the way he was bouncing off the walls. The moment we approached the setting he was looking at, he started to break it all down. "See the train is coming it's a freighter it goes past this rock and the rock almost falls on it and if you push this button the chair rocks and..." So on. At one point he turned to us and said, "This isn't as boring as I thought it would be!" which cracked me up.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
But now everyone is posting about the fabulous time they had, and the parties, and the yarn, and the sheep shearing, and the... so on. Mini went. Yarn harlot went. Knitfreak went. And of course Casey and Jess went and had a whole Ravelry party, which makes my heart sad. I want one of those little buttons with my username on it!!!
Q: Hey lady, how's the bathroom?
A: Glad you asked. My in-laws are visiting for the week, and have come prepared to work! Patrick and his dad have been working all day at replacing the door's frame. Then they're doing the electrical work necessary to install sconces over the soon-to-exist mirror. As the bathroom is very small, having even just the two of them in there at the same time is a squeeze. So my mother-in-law and I have been painting trimwork in the basement, doing laundry and fixing curtains.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I finished another last night in a couple of hours. I moved up to a bulky-weight yarn and size 10.5 needles, so it went much faster than the first. It's hard to tell, but the two browns in this one have strands of green running through them. The fit is a little tight, so I'll have to cast-on a few more stitches if I do this again.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Finally! Proof that I do in fact knit. Here's my Calorimetry, a type of headband-earwarmer for the winter. I'm holding two strands of sport-weight alpaca together throughout. What you see here is what I did yesterday, so I expect to finish it tonight.
If I like how it looks on me, I might make a whole wardrobe of them. I like the idea of it because I often wear my hair in a ponytail or twisted up in a clip, and it's hard/uncomfortable to wear a hat. Especially the clip--I have to undo my hair to wear the hat, then twist my hair back up when I get to where I'm going. I'm hoping this Cali is the solution to my problems.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
So when I saw this on Netflix, and saw that it had both Shabba Doo (Ozone from Breakin', the best movie ever) and Todd Bridges (Willis from Diff'rent Strokes) I was like, "Add!"
Here's a quote from a review I found on IMDB:
The Bridges/ Shabba Doo trainwreck entitled 'breakin vs krumpin' set sail to
hopefully get peoples interest in the clashing battle between a fairly old hip
hop style of dance VERSUS the new leaders of the proposed future of hip hop
dance. Todd ' WIllis ' Bridges takes the 5 pioneers of Krump under his wing,
while SHabba Doo lofts out to search for lionhearted BBOYs in Socal. this is the
tip of the iceberg, and the beginning of a long end.
My only contention with this quote is the reference to the "long end." More like long beginning. It's almost and hour before the battle starts. The sound quality on this thing is so bad that I could hardly understand what anyone was saying during that hour. The camera work was awful and didn't really let you see the actual dancing.
And in the end, there's no question in my mind that krumpin' won. These krumpers were just crazy, had amazing energy and emotion and totally used the space. The bboys come out all on-beat, their choreographed routines look quaint by comparison and they don't have any emotion at all. And their guy Fire has one trick--he dances inside of his shirt. That's right, he pulls his arms into his shirt and does all of his poppin' in there. WTF?
Monday, October 15, 2007
All of this is funded by a combination of grants, sponsors and in-kind donations. Today was the deadline for the grant application, so I've been busy all day putting that together. I just got back from sliding it under the door of the Malden Cultural Council--huzzah!
And now I'm off to knitting. A great way to end a tense day.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I am knitting. I just can't post about it because I'm working on holiday gifts, and potential recipients read this blog. I wish I could show off my progress, and the lovely yarns I'm using, but I can't. Soon I will make a non-gift, and then I will post pictures and details. Promise.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
This sign was hanging over the road as you approached. How sweet!
So we're putting up the last of the wainscoting. Then we apply drywall above that, trim pieces, paint, hang mirror and medicine cabinet and reattach the radiator. Easy, right? We'll see.
Monday, October 08, 2007
The other day I was reading the forums on Ravelry. Someone posted that they wouldn't be able to make it to their knitting group that night because of her class at Harvard Extension. I followed the link she provided, and was struck: http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~nesson/e4/
After an initial segment of the course where we introduce you to your
second life, we'll examine models for virtual world law and government,
economics and business, cultural norms, art, education and activism.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The kids looked super-cute, especially Fisher, who was dressed as a proper farmer in jeans and an orange flannel shirt. We checked out the Arts & Crafts hall, where I hunted down Knitfreak's ribbon-winning creations.
We also went to the Rabbit hall, which I love. The kids loved looking at the rabbits. They have a spinner there who spins angora straight from the live rabbit sitting on her lap. I bought a skein of handspun from her, which I can't really talk about right now because I might use it for a secret project, and I don't know who reads this blog!
After we ate lunch, Stef went to the ladies' room, and Traci and I stayed with the strollers. A familiar song was playing in the background--eventually I identified it as Step by Step, by New Kids on the Block. I thought, "This is weird, why are they playing this?" Then, my eyes opened wide and I asked Traci, "Do you think the New Kids are here?!?" Traci said that Donnie Wahlberg is way to famous to be at the Topsfield Fair. I said, "Well, I'm going to check. Watch these kids!!!"
I ran towards the stage. Guess what I saw? Scroll down...
I guess Jordan Knight isn't too famous to be at the Topsfield Fair. So I ran up to the stage--that's right, I ran right up to the stage--and started snapping pictures.
Then I ran back to Traci and Stef and told them what was going on. Stef was sooooo excited! So we ran over with the strollers and hooted for Right Stuff. He ignored us. We danced. He claimed to have an injured foot and excused himself from dancing (?!?). At one point, Stef was so excited, she held her baby up in the air and shook A at Jordan. I'm not sure what she meant by that.
During this picture Jordan was singing I'll Be Loving You (awww).
When I was 12 or 13, my first concert ever was New Kids on the Block at Foxboro Stadium. Our seats were waaaaay far away from the stage, and you couldn't actually hear anything because of the tens of thousands of girls on siren mode (myself included). So even though this is almost two decades later, and I haven't listened to any New Kids in almost as long, it was kind of a thrill to be so close to the stage. And Jordan looks hot!
Well, after that, the rest of the Fair was pretty tame. But I've learned my lesson--next year, check ahead to see who's performing. I'm rooting for Bel Biv DeVoe.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Patrick and I are going to turn up the heat on these home improvement projects. With the cold weather coming, there isn't much time left to do our outdoor must-dos. It will feel good to finish all of these half-done projects, like the bathroom walls or installing lattice to cover the crawlspace under the house.
Speaking of cold weather--how about those holiday gift crafts? I have pipe dreams of knitting and sewing all kinds of gifts. It doesn't help that the blogs I read regularly are written by people with an inhuman ability to churn out amazing projects at breakneck speed! How about you? Any gift-making in the works?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Short Circuit 2
The Last Starfighter
Flight of the Navigator
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
Batteries Not Included
Better Off Dead
Teen Wolf / Teen Wolf Too (Double Feature)
Historic Reading Posters - September - Back to Books
I love this poster. The bold design, the nostalgia of going back to school. It's part of a series of posters created in the 30s by the WPA that's now being reprinted. I'm thinking about getting it, but framing posters--is it too high school/college/I'm broke? Maybe it depends on the stock it's printed on?
Here's the post that brought it to my attention.