Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Cute and Cuddly

Just a few pictures.

First the cute Xback made its debut this weekend. It went out clubbing at Legends in Raleigh with friends. Please disregard the flip-flops, I really wore a strappy pair of sandles, but I was trying to save my feet for dancing.

My cuddly Billy Bear lounges during a knitting lunch with Lisa. He's still missing his face, but that didn't stop him from getting plenty of attention everywhere he went.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

It's a bill! It's a magazine! No! It's a SP package!

I'm all giddy, my first SP package came today!
Thank you Secret Pal, I love it all!

All wrapped up in pretty blue paper, it looked so lovely.

My wonderful SP sent me some beautiful Rowan Summer Tweed in the prettiest purple. And I just picked up some knitting books at the library, so I'm going to find the perfect tank top to make from it!

And food stuff! Luxxie Green & Black's Dark Chocolate bar...I did express some restraint and only immediately at a few bites. But that is not going to last long at all! Plus Vanilla Chai Latte! I think I'm going to try a chilled latte this evening while I wander the pages of the knitting books. And tomorrow morning a nice hot cup for the ride to work.

I think the coolest part of my gift was that is came from the UK. It's like getting a piece of somewhere far away.

Thank you Secret Pal for a wonderful gift!
And just as I'm typing this up, I realized I forgot the card. So I went over to open it. SP it is such a cute and funny card! I'm going to put it in my office! I tried to take a picture to share.

And don't worry about being late, I didn't think it was late at all! But I'll always accept chocolate as appeasement anyway!


Evil Kitty agrees. It was a great gift, and I have THE best SP!
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Monday, May 23, 2005

Not a very knitty weekend

Not that is was bad or anything.
My cabana boy is helping a friend build a tree house. For his step kids. Yah. Right.
The new digi camera come Friday, so I took a few pictures, but now we have to get the 'puter set up so we can download them. And by set up, I mean the cabana boy needs to plug in the cable for me.

So back to the tree house. It's pretty cool. I never had a tree house when I was a kid, so it was fun to be up high. And speaking of up high. I seem to have developed in my old age a pretty severe fear of heights. Yah, it sucks. I don't know how that happened! I probably hate roller coasters now too! Damn!

I left the boys to play while I went to the local farmers market. There was some lovely lovely lovely locally sheared and spun Corriedale wool yarn from Long Haven farm. $16 for over 400 yards. If I hadn't spent all my research money I would have bought some. I will buy some at some point though. Just because I like to support local yarn. I also picked up a few things for the final box to send to my SP. And that's all I'm going to say about that! The Carrboro farmers market is pretty nice. I like to walk around, look at all the fruits, flowers, veggies, cheese. But I wouldn't necessarily say you save any money by buying there. Again, I like the idea of supporting local farmers, but personally I think the prices are a little on the high side because of the locale. The people in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area are willing to pay more for something "rustic" or "farmy". There's another farmers market in Raleigh that I've only been to once, and don't really plan to go back to (too far, too messy to drive). There's also one in Greensboro, that I've only been to once and I can't wait to go back. I got a good deal on some goat cheese (and I love me some goat cheese!), and the thing was freaking huge! You could probably fit about 3 Carrboro farmers markets in the oustide area, and they have buildings too. And the prices really are a good deal. Course then you have to make up the difference in gas. And I'm not going to get into that.

Anyway, I did a few more things in town, went back to check that my cabana boy and his friend hadn't fallen or anything horrific like that, and eventually we headed home. Where we proceeded to sit on the porch, then watch some tv, all while drinking beer.

I also stuffed my Billy Bear Saturday, and attempted to attach his head. It was a complete train wreck, so Billy Bear is still in parts. I have no idea how to attach a freaking head. I'll have to do it soon.

I keep saying this, but I promise pictures. I still haven't taken a picture of the finished xback. I need a picture of the progress on the seed stitch jacket for the baby, too. And Billy Bear in parts! As soon as the cabana boy sets up the 'puter, I'll be right on it! I promise!

From Amanda "Katsu isn't listed as a favorite band!!!!! I guess they're too new. Fight on State!
Okay, I must have been gone far too long! Katsu sounds familiar, but I don't remember them. *cry* Boy do I miss State College! P.S. (I love) U. We Are!!

And thanks to Amy, Helen, and TuxedoTabby for laughing along with me. I'm definetely one of those people who look around for someone to giggle with when I trip over a crack or my own two feet.

What's on the 60" projection screen TV
Hey, it's my new feature! Movie suggestions. We watch A LOT of movies. We are Netflix junkies, and not to brag, but about a month ago we bought a Sony Grand Wega, 60" rear projection TV. It is amazing. Weekends we watch tons of movies, so I figured I'd fill you all in on the ones that I loved.

This weekend it was Team America: World Police
If you like to fall off the couch laughing, this movie is perfect for you. It's made by the same guys who made Orgasmo and South Park. You can even recognize some of the voices. The songs are priceless. It's just a fall down laughing great kind of movie! Defintely highly recommended for those with a good sense of humor and who can handle puppet sex. "America! Fuck Ya"

We also watched Kinsey
This movie was about a pioneer sex researcher. A really great movie with a lot of parallel to what's going on now with the (lack of) sex education.
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Friday, May 20, 2005

Foot in mouth syndrome

Okay, so this happened last week actually, but I was telling the story to Lisa at lunch today, and she about fell off her chair laughing, and I promised her I'd put it up on my blog so the rest of the world (what bit that reads my blog atleast) can have the joy of laughing so hard it hurts.

Now, mind you, both incidents happened on the same day, infact within a 10 minute span.

So, I'm walking over to the hospital from my office. I take the scenic route, crossing the street and up the little hill, under the sky bridge from the parking deck. As I cross the street a man with his little son in a wheel chair are on the corner. They ask me where the dental school was. I pointed up on the hill, the building at the end of the sky bridge. Now, as Lisa would say, work with me here...the building really is at the top of a hill. There is one set of steps, the sky bridge (from the parking deck), and the turn about for cars to access it. Father asks me how they get up to it. My response? First damn thing out of my mouth?

"Well, you can't use the stairs".

Yes folks, that's exactly what I said to the man with his son in a wheel chair.
I did point out the turn about access too, so I'm not a complete imbecile.

On my way, into the hospital, and back to the elevators. Again, work with me. The elevators in the hospital are brutal! They take no prisoners when closing, and sticking your hand in to stop the doors is like taking your life into your own hands. Okay, so I get on the elevator, and then hold the door for the elderly woman maneuvering her elderly husband in the wheelchair onto the elevator. Elderly woman says to her husband "are you in dear". I give them the affirmative, ask what floor they are going to, then say, "You gotta watch out for those [elevator] doors, they'll take your leg off!" all cheery and joking like. Elderly wife says, "Oo, that's bad, since he's already lost one leg."

In my freaking defense, the man had pants on. He must have had a prothesis or something, I swear I didn't even notice!

So, yah. My mouth and brain are usually a wee bit disconnected.
There ya go.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Moving up the technology ladder

Crappy digital camera that usually shuts off instead of taking a picture? REPLACED! New digi camera on it's way, all 4 megapixels and all. Found in the virtual sale bin at TigerDirect.

Crappy dialup internet access? GONE! Or will be by June 16th! Finally Bellsouth has deemed the boonies we live in worthy of a technology upgrade!

A camera I don't have to release the sailor on and an internet connection that doesn't make our friends laugh at us...yup, that means more pictures uploaded and more surfing from home. Shit, maybe I'll actually start working at my job again!

I'm on the lookout for a package coming from the UK. My lovely SP gave me the heads up that it's on its way. She also mentioned her blog is not listed with the blogs I frequent. Ah Ha! A hint! *scratches head*
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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

I love it! It's all me baby!

You Know You're From central Pennsylvania When...

You think driving from Johnstown to Ebensburg is a long trip.

"Hey Yuz Guyz" is a greeting.

You take time off of work/school for the entire 3 days of doe season.

You know the location of the following towns, know someone from them, and have spent time there: Altoona, Clearfield, Penns Valley, Port Matilda, Centre Hall, and Tyrone

You've taken deliberate field trips to Penn's Cave and Horse Shoe Curve.

You know what to do when your Mother tells you to "Red up your room."

You feel the only good bands out there are Rude Dawg, Velvetta, Wrench and HotWax.

You know the time and location of every Wing Night in a 10 mile radius.

You complain about people who are on the news crying about their wet basements after a hard rain and reply with a comment like, "That's not a flood, Johnstown in '77 was a flood."

There are pictures of you as a small child with the deer your dad or grandfather killed.

You think people from Philly or Pittsburgh talk funny.

You own an original Terrible Towel.

You don't understand what all the hype is about for Rolling Rock. You've been drinking
it for years.

You consider an exotic vacation a trip to the Jersey Shore.

Your version of the English language contains no form of the verb to be. For example, "the car needs washed" instead of "the car needs to be washed".

You're 45 years old, have never been outside of Blair County, and don't see the need to leave.

You don't understand why all sports commentators don't sound more like Myran Cope.

Words like: hoagie; chipped ham; and pop actually mean something to you.

You can use the phrase "Firehall Wedding" and not even bat an eye.

You think Altoona is a "big city"

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from central Pennsylvania.

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Yarn pOrn!

From my shopping spree Friday first we have the lovely lovely manos:

Not too sure what that's going to be yet though. Aren't those colors fabulous! I love the combination.

Next we have some Lion's Pride Chunky

that will most likely become a felted purse. Another great color combo too, in my opinion.

Then there is some Oh-So-Soft Inca Alpaca

I'm not going to say what this is for, but mom, if you read this...please forget you saw it.

More Lion's Pride, worsted weight

for Nate's Jayne Cobb hat.

And while I was all excited, loving my yarn, Obi and Evil Cat showed their complete and utter lack of interest.

Silly animals!

And a little bit late, here is some of the yarn I got at the swap

which is a bit more green than it is blue in person. I've already started it up in the seed stitch jacket, and I like the way it looks. If you were the one who put this in the swap box, I'd love to know more about it. It said it was overdyed, but it also seems like it's hand spun? Maybe not. But it's a nice yarn, and I think will make a great sweater for my new niece or nephew.
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Friday, May 13, 2005

More Jackpot!

Well, I have to say, the SEX was wonderful!
Even though Lisa couldn't join me.

Here's a blurry picture from camera. I promise better ones from home as soon as possible.

Some Manos, some Lamb's Pride, some alpaca. Some SP yarn too, but that's not in the picture, lest I give my identity away!

I did stop by so Lisa could pet the yarn. She needed it after her rough week at work.

It's always good to have some yarn to pet when you are having a stressful day at work!

Rachel, I am a huge Firefly fan, and can't wait for Serenity! And most of the cast will be at DragonCon, so I'm really really excited for that! Ooooooo, I want to meet them!

Amy, I would have enjoyed company, SEX is good, but SEX with friends is best! *evil grin*
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In so many ways, too!
I just haven't had any time to post though.

First, we'll take you back in time a bit...to last Saturday.
I promise to get some pictures up from the Knittyboard yarn swap box! In the meantime Lisa has many nice pictures on her blog you can check out. I did swap for some lovely overdyed green cotton/wool yarn. Enough to make a seed stitch jacket for my sisters baby. Plus a skein of Lamb's Pride that is going to become Billy Bear from a Debbie Bliss pattern. It is so so soft! I think the bear will be so lovely!

After the swap we stopped at the dump. My dump has this great thing called a free shed. It's the easy way to dumpster dive folks, I assure you. We check it out everytime we're there because you just never know what your going to find. Like this time! A huge bright pink and purple knitted blanket! Wonderful acrylic, squeaky goodness. I need to get a good picture so you all can appreciate the color...the first thing I thought was WOMB!

And today will be the S.E.X. day to end all S.E.X. days! Hopefully Lisa will be able to accompany me to Yarn's Etc (~~~send in your grades all you silly non-sending-in-grades people~~~) where I will spend a good bit of money on yarn. Yesterday I completed the highest paying study I've participated in so far! 8 days eating only what they give me, two days collecting my own freaking pee in bottles, and 2 overnight stays in the hospital topped off with 2 mornings of an IV in my arm. This yarn is well earned, that's for sure. I've got my mental list in my head (Mom's clapotis, SP yarn, Jayne hat, Manos) and I'm just itching for a big big yarn forray! I do promise pictures!

The other half of the payoff went to buy our passes for DragonCon. My first time, and I am so excited! That's what the
hat is being made for....my personal cabana boy is going to do a Jayne costume (pretty easy too), I'm going to be Kaylee. And if anyone has a paper rainbow umbrella or knows where to find one, please let me know!
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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Look at me! I'm Vested!

Doesn't that sound like someone just gave me a whole lot of vests? O I hope they're knit vests! Lovely knitted vests.

Nope, it just means I've been working here at the university, for the state, for 5 years. Yesterday. Exactly 5 years on May 4. 5 years plus 1 day today.


So I'm vested. I think that means I get all my retirement money, or something like that. I know it means I now get 11+ hours of vacation per month. Woot. If I had been accepted to stupid nursing school I'd be leaving this joint in like 5 more days. Stupid nursing school.

And I haven't been knitting at all this week. Any free time I have (execpt the free time I steel at work for web surfing and blog posting) is spent studying for my Nutrition final on Monday.

Monday I take my final, Tuesday I take this apptitude test for a nursing school. I need to review my geometry before that, cause I don't remember squat. And if freaking highschool dropouts show me up, I'm going to cry. This is my last chance for nursing school this year. If I don't get in, it's on to a 2006 acceptance rally.

Saturday a few NC members of the knitty board are getting together at Weaver Street to rummage through a Yarn exchange box. I'm rather excited. I bought a few skeins of random yarn at Yarn's etc, and I'm thinking about trading them in for matching skeins to do Clapotis for my mother. Or another Honeymoon Cami for myself. I'll have to see what I can find.
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Oh, I've been tagged!

Thanks Amy, I actually enjoy these in a perverse sort of way!

Here's the rules:Pick 5 of the following and then complete the sentences. Then pass it on to 3 more of your blog friends! But no tag backs! The Premise (pick 5):

If I could be a scientist…
If I could be a farmer…
If I could be a musician…
If I could be a doctor…
If I could be a painter…
If I could be a gardener…
If I could be a missionary…
If I could be a chef…
If I could be an architect…
If I could be a linguist…
If I could be a psychologist…
If I could be a librarian…
If I could be an athlete…
If I could be a lawyer…
If I could be an inn-keeper…
If I could be a professor…
If I could be a writer…
If I could be a llama-rider…
If I could be a bonnie pirate…
If I could be an astronaut…
If I could be a world famous blogger…
If I could be a justice on any one court in the world…
If I could be married to any current famous political figure...

Here are my answers:
If I could be a farmer…I would own sheep, alpacas, rabbits, goats, chickens, and horses. I'd spin yarn from the sheep, alpacas, and rabbits, and make cheese from the goats. I'd ride my horses everyday. I'd open a little country store and maybe a bed and breakfast too.

If I could be an inn-keeper…I would own an inn somewhere in a little town in Germany. I'd make sure to say hello to all my guests and help them enjoy their visit. I'd have lots of yummy food and beer to feed them, and myself too. It would have a beautiful view of the town from every window, porches to retire to in the evening, and soft down comforters in soft colors.

If I could be a bonnie pirate…I probably wouldn't steal much from people. I'd just drive my pirate ship all over, visiting every country and enjoying the food and beer.

If I could be a psychologist…I wouldn't be having all these problems with choosing a career! Stupid not-getting-my-PhD. Oh, and I'd do research, on schzophrenia and multiple personality disorder because they have always fascinated me.

If I could be a chef…I'd be fat and happy.

I tagged Lisa...now I just need 2 more...
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Monday, May 02, 2005

Friends, knitting, and cabana boys

A great weekend! Saturday was knitting with Lisa (urbanpagan). We knitted all over the place. First we checked out the bead store in the Carr Mill mall. Then over to Yarn's Etc. We sat and knitted there for a few minutes. Then over to Tyler's for our own little Stitch and Bitch. No one else showed up by the time we finished a plate of Tyler's fabu homemade potatoe chips, so we headed off to pick up some bacardi and coke, and went back to my place to sip drinks and knit, and watch a few movies too.

We even had our very own Cabana boy!

Lisa met the turtles too, and you can see a bit more of that on her blog.

Then Sunday was a non-knitting day. We mulched two more of our fruit trees (we have 11), put some slate in the herb garden to keep the dripping from the roof from eroding all my herbs. Then after a trip in town we planted a few more plants and walked all over our property weeding. What a happy feeling I had yesterday sitting on the porch, tired and happy after a great day working in the yard.

For Zib: You can keep turtles inside too, they just take much more work. I'd be happy to give you more information if you're interested.

Now for something fun
I don't usually post these thingies (although I do almost all I see). I found this one on Wendy Knits and I like the results! Yup. 23. My exact age! *wink*

You Are 23 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

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