Monday, October 31, 2005

Down for the Count

So the computer at home is still not operating. We are waiting for a part to come from Dell. I guess it is the power source. Anyway until then, no pictures, other than this one that Marita sent me of her Chicknits Cami. She has this odd knack of making things that fit. I should give her the evil eye! Kidding, of course. Way to go Marita! Sorry for exploiting you to make me look more interesting.

Once I am up and running again, I need to share my haul that I got from Back Door Bead and Yarn Co. here in Tucson. They were having a yearly sale and everything was at least 20% off. For $70, I got one skein of Cascade 220, two skeins of Classic Elite alpaca, and six (count ‘em, SIX) skeins of a dark blue-purpley Manos, and the Summer '05 Interweave Knits becasue I REALLY want to make the Lace Leaf Pullover. Out of control. I also finished the socks, and almost finished a hat for Steve. I say almost because as I was down to the last few decreases, I decided to stick it on his head. Way too tight. I need to frog it all and start over. At least I only spent Sunday on it. I should make another one in the small size for Sarah. Then she can use it as a Migraine-tourniquet-pain-relieving-hat. Also, Steve and I took a paperweight glass this weekend where we got to play with molten hot glass and 2500 degree furnaces. It was awesome, not that anyone would know because I can’t post pictures. We need that piece from Dell! Crappity crap crap.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


I have been making some progress on my socks. One down and half of one to go. It is amazing how much faster you get them done when you use size 3 needles rather than 1s. This is my 2.5 attempt as socks. The first time I only finished one. It didn’t fit (is was way too tight) and I didn’t want to make the second one. The second set was for Steve. They actually fit. This thirdish pair is for me. I like them because the colors remind me of fall back in Chicago (Go Sox!). I have also decided not to call them socks, but foot sweaters. When I told Steve this, he said “Why? Are you expecting these not to fit either?” Ass. He thinks he is hilarious. The joke is on him, though, because they do fit! Although I still can’t get the Kitchner stitch to “work.” I think it is because I sort of knit backwards. Our computer is really broken now, so I have had to use a crappy picture taken with my phone. Oh, and yes, my feet really are that big. Enjoy.

Monday, October 24, 2005


I just saw a blimp! Not just any blimp, either. It was the godfather of blimps. The Goodyear Blimp. I was sitting in my office when I heard a propeller noise that immediately registered as a blimp. I ran outside, and there it was. Right over my head. All blue and yellow. The first time I saw it I was about four years old. It flew so low over my house that it cast a shadow over our entire backyard and I could see all the windows in the gondola. Ever since I have had a soft spot for blimps. Maybe I will get really lucky and see the Weinermobile on my way home!

For some more fun with dirigibles, check this out.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


So we found out last week that Steve’s car is totaled. There are no used Hondas to be found anywhere, so we are going to have to suck it up and get a new Civic. It is so frustrating because we have really been saving since we moved here, and now we have to spend it all on a new car. The worst part is, the new Civics are ugly. Really ugly. They offend my eyeballs. There was nothing wrong with the old body style, and they had to go and change it. Even worse than that, now we can't afford to go to San Diego for Thanksgiving. Sniff, sniff. I think we will just do an overnighter in Sedona, or something, instead so the vacation time is not a total loss.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Almost Famous

On Sunday, before we left for the airport, we went to Sarah’s house and met up with her boyfriend, Mr. Sprockets, and Dana. Here we are (me, Sarah, Dana) in Sarah’s backyard. She has done a really great job with it. The yard was craptacular when she bought the house in January, I think. She has really whipped it into shape. The picture would be great if it weren’t for my bad posture and hair helmet. I am trying to grow it out because it started to look crappy short, but it also looks crappy long. Right now I am suffering through the Frankie Avalon hair helmet stage.

Anyway, we ate some lunch and then stopped at Hill Country Weavers. Here’s what I got.

The yarn on the right is currently being made into socks for moi. The middle Mission Falls is for a hat for Steve. It is actually starting to get colder at night, so he will get some use out of it, especially if we go to Mt. Lemmon. The stuff on the left will be made into a scribble lace scarf, also for moi. Here’s a picture of Roxy wearing one that I made earlier this summer to trade for a necklace with my friend Kali. She is coming here this weekend, so it is safe to post the picture. Suspense is no longer necessary.

I also got a couple of Interweave Knits magazines, which Kate is checking out. Kate is just going to stay a cat, although I would love to spin some of her fur to make a sweater for Sarah’s bald cat, Buddy. The only finished object I have of late is the bear for my nephew, Jake. I like the bear. The bear is good. I will make some modifications if I make another one. I DO NOT like the sweater, but I figure that he is going to get ketchup or poop or dog spit on it, and they will have to get rid of it anyway.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Houston, we don’t have a problem.

Ok. The computer is fixed. Something about discharging stored electricity or something. I wasn’t really paying attention. I will use this opportunity to post some pictures of the wedding. I have to say that Michell was the most beautiful bride ever.

The wedding was perfect. It was at her cousin’s house in Austin, in our old neighborhood. They had really awesome food from a Mexican restaurant down on south First. Fajitas, chips and queso, Chile relleno, margaritas (Sonoran food ain't got nothing on TexMex). The best damn cake I have ever had, and I don’t even like cake (except for Dana’s German Chocolate). Lots of Texas music. It was a Texas wedding done right.

Weekend, Part I

We went to Austin this weekend for Michell and Dan’s wedding, and had a great time. The bride was beautiful, the groom was beautiful. The food was beautiful! I wish I could share some pictures, but when we got home last night, the computer wouldn’t turn on. Steve thinks it may be a short in the plug. I have no idea. Now I have to see if there is some way to put my picture on my work computer. I guess I need software or something. Again, no idea.

We were able to see most of my friends from work at the wedding on Saturday, which was great. On Sunday we hung out with Dana and Sarah and Sarah’s newish boyfriend, Andy. He is from Germany. He taught me how to pronounce Hefeweizen correctly. Heh Fuh Veights Zen. Now I can speak German. A lot of good that will do me in Tucson. Hefeweizen fria.

We also talked about lederhosen and Deiter’s Dance Party from Sprockets. He didn’t know what that was. When we explained it to him, he didn’t seem so amused. I, however, still find it highly amusing.

There are all kinds of pictures forthcoming. Like the wedding. The yarn I got. And hanging out with the girls. They want me to post a picture of the three of us because they want to be famous to the four people who read this.

Other than that, we went to the trail at Town Lake, drove around, ate some stuff, drank some margaritas. I realized this weekend that I am a paste-y girl with paste-y needs. Paste-y as in pale, not boobie-tassle paste-y. I like shade, and therefore trees. I miss trees. Maybe if I lose a few pounds and learn to stand up straight, I can use the shade from saguaros.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

So much news, so little time

I have been very busy as of late. My Dad and Steve’s parents came for a visit. My stepmom, Lorie, was supposed to come as well, but couldn’t at the last minute because of the grandparents. I guess they are now getting to the point where they can not be left alone. We were hoping that after my grandma died this past summer, that Dad and Lorie could have some time to do things together. At least a couple of years. That’s not happening.

Anyway, we did some fun stuff, and I have a bunch of pictures to share, especially for those of you who keep asking for them. Unfortunately, on Monday afternoon, Steve and his parents were involved in an accident, and we spent the entire day in the emergency room. Everyone is ok. My Dad and I were in a different car on the other side of town when it happened. The car is not in good shape. It wasn’t Steve’s fault, and the other driver was cited, so it should get settled soon. Because of that, I had to stay home yesterday to help with calls, drive Steve around to find his car, take out all of the crap from the car, etc.

I am now trying to catch up at work since I had taken Monday afternoon off and missed work yesterday, and have to leave for a friend’s wedding on Friday. I’ll try to post pictures as soon as I can.

Monday, October 03, 2005


This past weekend was a very busy weekend. Friday I turned 29. It was pretty uneventful, which is good. We ate some sushi (Sushi in the desert? Are you nuts? Yes, and it was delicious). Today at work we had beer floats to celebrate. Young's Chocolate stout and vanilla Blue Bell. Saturday afternoon, I took a glass sun chime class and made this.
The class was ok. Lots of women wearing t-shirts with cats on them. I got to use power tools, though, so that was good.

Saturday night we went to Zooscon Feast for the Beasts fundraiser at the zoo. Here’s a picture of a pissed off elephant. We also saw a pissed off, rhino, polar bear, and anteater, not in that order. There was food from about 20 restaurants there. It was really a fun time. I want to go back next year.

However, the real reason we went was to see Bill Nye the Science Guy. I have been in love with him for years. I even have a picture with him from when he visited ISU, and I uttered the infamous stupid line “You’re totally my hero.” Some people say that I am bordering on stalking, I just think SCIENCE RULES! But, I am no longer sure that my beloved Bill rules quite so much without some post production work. He started out with a scare about global warming, somehow started talking about Bucky balls, his dad being in a prison camp in china and becoming obsessed with sundials, bill and his classmates getting a sundial on Mars when they were under Carl Sagan, and then did a trick illustrating vortexes of air. It was all quite bizarre.

I also started a bear for my nephew, Jake. The parents are coming this weekend, so I need to have it done by then. Pay no attention to the crappy knitting. I am going to felt this puppy! Well, bear.