Saturday, December 13, 2008
Ann just gave me this fantastic award!
The Spreader of Love award rules are simple:
1. Post a copy on your blog
2. Mention who gave you the award
3. Pass the award on to 6 others.
My six people are:
Heather kitteh pusher extraordinaire
Nicola my favorite fraggle
Emms my wonderful moustached friend
Calista a future crazy cat lady (in the best possible way!!)
Jesh spindle maker extraordinaire
Franklin if you don't know the charming and delightful Franklin your life is sadly lacking. He is a rare gem of a human being.
Oh and rule 4 ... leave a message on their blog letting them know about the award.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Well my results from a quiz. And yes I was surprised at the result.
Your result for The Best Thing About You Test...
Humility is your strongest virtue. You are humble.
Humility is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he or she is better or more important than others. And you? When you do the right thing, you're doing it for all the right reasons. All 7 virtues are a part of you, but your humility runs deepest.
It is likely you're a quiet type. But if not, then you just have dark, secret side that loves to give.
Humble famous people: JD Salinger, Isaac Newton, Harry Potter (pre-puberty)
Your raw relative scores follow. 0% is low, and 100% is perfect, nearly impossible. Note that I pitted the virtues against each other, so in some way these are relative scores. It's impossible to score high on all of them, and a low score on one is just relatively low compared to the other virtues.
Friday, October 17, 2008
There will be tonnes of VLT-ers there that I will finally get to meet in person plus yarn and fibre and other goodies!
No I'm not excited at all? Why do you ask?
Details and pictures when I get home!!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
So if anyone still wants to make a contribution it would be gratefully accepted. The link is still to the left of the page.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Taralyn is the lucky winner of the beautiful skein of sock yarn. I have contacted her and am just waiting for her information to get the yarn in the mail to her.
OK scratch all of that.... new drawing tomorrow. I accidently put TaraLyn in the drawing when she hadn't actually entered! She was kind enough to let me know I goofed up.
We will try this again tomorrow!!
Thanks to everyone for their support (and to Tuscan Grove for the lovely comment).
Hopefully next year we can get even more people to participate and raise money for the American Diabetes Association!!!
Monday, September 01, 2008
It's pretty simple actually. See the link to the left of this that says "My ADA page"? If you follow that link and make at least a $5 donation to support my walk against diabetes between now and October 3, 2008 (the walk is October 4) and leave me a comment letting me know that you donated I will enter you in a drawing for this lovely skein of sock yarn.
The yarn is one skein of 100% superwash merino wool hand-dyed by Tuscan Grove. It is in the colorway Venetian Glass and contains approximately 440 yards/110 grams.
On my monitor the colors look pretty accurate, but just in case the yarn is brightly multi-colored with pink, light blue, greens and some yellow/oranges.
If you have any questions please leave a comment.
AND THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Well I did get a kitten. Her name is Bobble Mia. Bobble for a couple of reasons:
1) it's a knitting term and I wouldn't have gotten her if I didn't knit
2) I also wouldn't have gotten her if I wasn't on ravelry and since Bob the Boston Terrier is the official mascot of ravelry, Bobble seemed like a good name.
3) Her middle name is MIA -- short for Missing In Action.
When I got her home after dying yarn at Heather's house with Jen (the blogless kitteh keeper)
I tried to get yet unnamed kitteh out of the carrier. Yeah she had a few other ideas and took off for under my bed. I tried to get her out and then she ended up under the night stand. I'm not sure where she went after that - I heard meowing around 12:30 in the morning but couldn't find her.
I closed off the craft room, bathroom and my bed room and slept on the couch in the living room.
Around 4:30 in the morning I hear a "meow" and see her under the chair with all of my exercise equipment. This time she makes a run for the kitchen and heads under/behind the refrigerator. In case you were wondering it's not very comfortable to sleep on my kitchen floor while trying to tempt a kitteh out from behind the fridge.
Eventually I had to leave to go to a birthday picnic and hoped she would come out while I was gone. No such luck - I knew she wasn't stuck since I would see her stick her head out and look at me but then she would run back and hide. I ended up calling in the reinforcements and had Barbara's brother Terry come and move the fridge.
While I was worried that someone wasn't drinking anything my resourceful kitteh was drinking the condensation off the fridge coils.
I got her to her safe room (aka the bathroom) and she started settling in a little bit. There was still hissing at me involved but she would let me pick her up and pet her.
Of course the next morning I discovered her missing from the closed bathroom. The door was completely closed and those of you that have been here know -- the bathroom isn't that big. I heard a "meow" and found Bobble in the cabinet under the bathroom sink. Had to wonder about that one, no opposible thumbs, closed cabinet door (a sticky one at that) and a kitten inside of it. Turns out there is a kitty sized gap between the counter top and the cabinet - big enough for an adventurous kitten to fit through. Later on I found her SITTING ON THE PIPES!!!
This is Bobble attacking her favorite toy (well except for the catnip mouse she got from Kathe (aka knittingfiddler) in New York)
I had to hide this in my closet after it looked like we were eating part of a feather.
Our newest trick though is to lay on top of the computer....
Which does tend to make it a little hard to type!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I am blogging at work (shhhh don't tell!!!)
So no pictures but an announcement --
I am GETTING A KITTEN!!!!
Heather (of the cupcakes) has a friend that has rescued a litter of five kittens. They're about 6-8 weeks old (that's what they are telling me .. I know nothing!!) and very cute. (Again the work thing means no pictures and no links).
I should get him or her on Saturday so I'm sure we will have a couple of pictures after that. Unless of course Heather reads this, comments and posts some links :-)
Name suggestions may be helpful!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Well first we stopped at Miss Chickpea's for some yarn fondling (and buying). I found what I have declared to be the official key chain of the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group on Ravelry.
It's a cake key chain (obviously I know). I haven't decided what (if any) set of keys to put it on yet. Right now it's just hanging out on the dining room table. I've thought about making it a cell phone charm but I think it's too big for that.
After getting the key chain, some more sock yarn (yeah like I NEEDED that!!!) and some other yarn for afghan squares Heather and I walked over to the cupcake store. Main Street Cupcakes only sells cupcakes and they make a bunch of different kinds every day. I didn't take any pictures of the shop and for some reason the picture of my cupcake box shows up very pixitlated when I try to post it.
I went with a four pack of cupcakes.
From top left clockwise I picked:
Petal Cake (white cake with hints of almond, orange and vanilla covered in a butter cream frosting)
Wedding Day White (white cake again with a hint of almond and butter cream frosting)
Chocolate Covered Cherry (dark chocolate with a cherry inside and covered in a chocolate cherry butter cream frosting)
Day and Night (dark chocolate cupcake with white chocolate chips with white butter cream frosting topped with chocolate chips).
When I got them home I knew I wouldn't be able to decide on just one to try and I didn't want to eat all four of them at once, so I compromised. I cut them in half and had a half of each of them. This way you can see the inside of them. (cause stuff like this is all about you the reader!)I'm not sure why the picture comes out fuzzy here - it looks great on flickr.
They were pretty good cupcakes but I preferred the chocolate ones over the white ones. Heather said the same thing about the ones she tried too. Of course we said we can't pass judgement on only one trip so we will have to make another visit for mere scientific purposes of course!
Friday, June 13, 2008
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF - The Survey
Birthday: May 30
Birthplace: Cleveland OH
Current Location: Cleveland OH
Eye Color: Grey
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 5'2" (or so says the state of Ohio)
Right Handed or Left Handed: Right
Your Heritage: Belgian, Welsh, Irish and German
The Shoes You Wore Today: none yet (probably crocs later)
Your Weakness: carbs
Your Fears: abandonment and falling from great heights
Your Perfect Pizza: pepperoni, sausage, olives and mushrooms (pretty much anything except green peppers, pineapple and anchovies)
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: Lose weight and have it STAY LOST
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger: no idea - I don't IM enough to know
Thoughts First Waking Up: ugh what time is it?
Your Best Physical Feature: Smile, eyes
Your Bedtime: depends on what I have to do the next day
Your Most Missed Memory: 1) spending time with my dad 2) having my bird climb into bed with me
Pepsi or Coke: Coke Zero
McDonald's or Burger King: Chipotle
Single or Group Dates: Single
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Either as long as it's diet
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee: Tea
Do you Smoke: No
Do you swear: Fuck yes -- I'm sorry what was the question?
Do you Sing: Yes - although some people probably wish I wouldn't
Do you Shower Daily: Yes
Have you Been in Love: Yes and I hope the next time the person loves me too instead of pretending to in order to use me
Do you want to go to College: Been there done that
Do you want to get Married: I want to find a person I can be with - I don't know if marriage is a requirement
Do you believe in yourself: Most of the times
Do you get Motion Sickness: No
Do you think you are Attractive: Sometimes
Are you a Health Freak: Sometimes (trying to get better about it)
Do you get along with your Parents: ummmmm kind of had to do this one (if you need to know just ask)
Do you like Thunderstorms: YES!!!
Do you play an Instrument: No but I want to learn how to play the bagpipes
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: Yes
In the past month have you Smoked: No
In the past month have you been on Drugs: No
In the past month have you gone on a Date: No
In the past month have you gone to a Mall: Unfortunately
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: Unfortunately (which is why I don't usually buy oreos)
In the past month have you eaten Sushi: YES NOM NOM NOM
In the past month have you been on Stage: no
In the past month have you been Dumped: no
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: no
In the past month have you Stolen Anything: no
Ever been Drunk: yes
Ever been called a Tease: no
Ever been Beaten up: no
Ever Shoplifted: no
How do you want to Die: either quickly or with enough time to say goodbye to everyone I love
What do you want to be when you Grow Up: I'll let you know when I grow up
What country would you most like to Visit: Europe (yes I KNOW it's a continent!!) and Australia
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color: doesn't matter
Favourite Hair Color: doesn't matter
Short or Long Hair: short
Height: taller than me
Weight: doesn't matter
Best Clothing Style: able to be casual but also able to dress up when needed
Number of Drugs I have taken: only prescription
Number of CDs I own: too many
Number of Piercings: two
Number of Tattoos: none
Number of things in my Past I Regret: a few
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Independent Thinkers are analytical and witty persons. They are normally self-confident and do not let themselves get worked up by conflicts and criticism. They are very much aware of their own strengths and have no doubts about their abilities. People of this personality type are often very successful in their career as they have both competence and purposefulness. Independent Thinkers are excellent strategists; logic, systematics and theoretical considerations are their world. They are eager for knowledge and always endeavour to expand and perfect their knowledge in any area which is interesting for them. Abstract thinking comes naturally to them; scientists and computer specialists are often of this type.
Independent Thinkers are specialists in their area. The development of their ideas and visions is important to them; they love being as flexible as possible and, ideally, of being able to work alone because they often find it a strain having to make their complex trains of thought understandable to other people. Independent Thinkers cannot stand routine. Once they consider an idea to be good it is difficult to make them give it up; they pursue the implementation of that idea obstinately and persistently, also in the face of external opposition.
Independent Thinkers are not the type who easily comes out of his shell. Speaking about their emotional life is also not one of their strong points. Anyway, social relationships are not particularly important to them; they are happy with just a few, close friends who find it easy to share their intellectual world. They find it difficult to establish new ties. In love, they need a lot of space and independence but this does not mean that their partner is not important to them. Independent Thinkers often make a cool and reserved impression on others; but this impression is deceptive: they can hardly bear it if people close to them should reject them. They prefer a harmonious, balanced relationship with a partner who shares their interests and with whom they can realise their visions.
Adjectives which describe your type
introverted, theoretical, logical, planning, rational, independent, intellectual, self-confident, analytical, structured, dogged, witty, resolute, self-critical, visionary, inventive, independent, unsociable, reserved, nonconformist, quiet, visionary, honest, demanding, hardworking
I am thinking this one seems relatively accurate.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
OK I'm not thrilled with how my hair came out but I am past due for a haircut so whatever!
Dinner was AMAZING!!!! And I have pictures of everything except dessert (I forgot but trust me it was awesome).
I started with the mussels which have spicy sausage, garlic and white wine.
Everyone had a different appetizer and I got to try all of them (only one other person wanted to try mine). Even the chicken livers were good! I want to try and figure out how to make the roasted beets and the Jamison baby lamb ribs were so tender they just slipped off the bone. The bruschetta was garlicy and crunchy and delicious. Oh and I almost fell over when the "bowl" they brought me for my mussel shells was a calphalon pan. You could tell it had been well used but still!
For my entree I had the hanger steak. The picture is a little blurry but the dinner was fantastic. I had mine rare and it's served over chickpeas with red peppers -- YUMMY!!! I chose the soft polenta as my side (I was being adventurous) and I am sooooo glad I did. They make it with marscapone cheese (and another one I can't remember) but it was phenomenal.
I almost forgot to post the picture of the yummy beverage I started my evening with. It's called a Zeta and it's champagne, cranberry juice and peach nectar. It was as good as it looks too.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
So I figured I would wrap up this decade of my life by wrapping up some stuff I meant to post about this week but haven't gotten around to yet.
Great Lakes Fiber Festival --
This was Saturday. There were alpacas
OK all together now --- say awwww. Aren't they cute? And much to my friend Marcia's dismay, our friend Sally and I did not buy her one.
There were moths (and their cocoons for making silk)
There was lamb......
This was my lamb sandwich that I had for lunch but there were live still bearing wool lambs at the festival too. I just didn't get a picture of them.
There were Ravelers......
We had a meet-up in the food vendor "area" (OK I'm honestly not positive that two carnival type food trucks constitute an "area" but whatever!)
And of course there was fiber. But I was well behaved and only bought enough yarn for two pairs of socks.
I came up with some red and white yarn from Stone Barn Fibers from their Gypsy Girl Creations line in the color Peppermint Twist. It's 100% superwash merino.
Can we say Miami socks anyone????
And I got some more 100% superwash merino from Diane at Creatively Dyed Yarns
She was working on a pair of socks in this yarn and it looked great.
On Monday I went to Heather's house for a cook-out. Let me just say that the Ravelry CPAaGg knows how to party!!!
We did have actual food there too but the cupcakes were a 17.8 to 1 ratio between cupcake and guest. They were all great too but I really loved the Mexican Chocolate and the Wasabi-White Chocolate has inspired me to tweak it and see what revisions I can come up with.
OK I think that is it for this one. We've wrapped up the weekend and my last post of my thirties. See you tomorrow! Or the next day with a full report of dinner at Lolita's!
Friday, May 23, 2008
I placed my order and they arrived on Wednesday.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I made this for one of my ravelry buddies for our latest swap. I promised my other internet knitting buddies on the ex-prodigy site pictures and a pattern link so here we go!
I used Caron's Simply Soft in the color Bone (yeah I know ..... we don't need to cover the jokes here!) and already have a request for another one - this time from one of the girls at work.
The pattern is here or the ravelry link is here.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Your dominant hues are cyan and green. Although you definately strive to be logical you care about people and know there's a time and place for thinking emotionally. Your head rules most things but your heart rules others, and getting them to meet in the middle takes a lot of your energy some days.
Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.
Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Heather and I were chatting tonight on ravelry about the PBS auction and I mentioned my Nyland planter. She googled it and the second link is to here, and my mentioning that I don't have a picture of it.
Well I dragged my tush off the couch and now we have pictures of the infamous Nyland beaver planter. And as a side note - I flipped it over and I've had it for 12 years now. I bought it during the 1996 auction.
This is a picture from above - you can tell that the interior is unglazed and it's actually designed to be used as a planter. Just in case anyone is wondering - I have NEVER put anything inside this, nor do I ever plan on putting anything in it.
Isn't his little face just the cutest thing? I love the clover too.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Let them know they are tagged by leaving comments on their blogs.
OK I won't be tagging 7 people (mostly because I don't think I HAVE seven friends with blogs.)
1. I have one sister and she is 31 years older than I am. Her three kids are all older than I am as well.
2. I keep track of all of the books that I read. This started when my dentist's receptionist mentioned that I was always reading a new book when I came in (yeah I'm there every six months) and she wanted to know how many books I read in a year. I had no idea so I started keeping track. Now I do it all the time.
3. I was the hockey reporter for my college newspaper. For two years I also travelled with the team, and believe me one female checking into a hotel with a bus full of men gets some SERIOUSLY weird looks.
4. I have had three birds at various times. Two of them were actually rescues that were found. My first bird, Wylie, was a great little cockatiel who I found walking around my street one day. He was the best bird that I ever had.
5. I have a list of things that I guarantee would get me fired from work that I swear I will do if I ever win the lottery and don't have to worry about being employed any more.
6. I believe that my aunt visited me before she died and that I had to tell her I would be OK before she would move on. I also believe that my sister was visited by our dad when she was in the hospital last summer - in part because I told him he wasn't allowed to let her die since I still needed her here.
7. I have "dress crocs" that I wear to work. They are black MaryJanes and I am so glad it's warmer again so I can wear them.
OK so now who to tag:
Evil Science Chick
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Why was I up so early you ask? Well even though today is my day off and I COULD have slept in - I got up for the 6:15 abs class at the Y. Yep.... me - I got up (willingly) and did it so I could have Tony make me do crunches for half an hour.
Then it was off to the Wal-Mart to buy some towels and ant traps. No relation other than I needed them.
I must say it was a little wierd to have worked out, shopped and had breakfast all before 8:30 am on a day off. I already raveled (not topless! - long story unless you're a member of the CPAaGg on ravelry) and now I need to get ready to do the laundry.
I think I'll take the car in for the dumbass e-check that I have to get because I live in Cuyahoga county. Ummmm yeah it's a good thing to protect the environment and I'm all for that part but it's dumbass because not EVERYONE in the state has to do it, only those of us that live in certain counties. Like no one from the other counties drive their pollution belching cars into my area.
Plus I need to make some phone calls regarding the BYOD (Buy Your Own Dinner) birthday party I want to have for the rather SIGNIFICANT BIRTHDAY I have coming up next month.
Right now I am leaning towards Lolita or maybe Lola (but Lolita is ahead by a teeny tiny bit). Sokolowski's University Inn is still in the running too but for some reason I REALLY want to go to Lolita's. Of course this being a "hot trendy" Michael Symon restaurant I need to see how soon they would have to have a reservation for my event.
Ahhhh things to do!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
But look --- it's more than JUST ice cream! They even give you a tiny little spoon under the lid to eat it with. I suppose that's in case you have an ice cream emergency on the way home from the store or something.
My only real complaint is that there only seem to be three flavors available right now (or at least my store is only carrying three flavors). And none of them are my favorites, I can't wait to see a teeny tiny serving of Chubby Hubby or New York Superfudge..... NOM NOM NOM!!!
Friday, March 14, 2008
|What Mary Means|
You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.
You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Yep snow ... lots and LOTS of snow.....
I did manage to shovel myself out (in theory because I didn't actually try to move the car) and hopefully I will be able to make it to the grocery store tomorrow. Of course I know I need to shovel some more tomorrow - it's been snowing all day long and the winter storm advisory is on until tomorrow at 4 am.
You know it has to be bad when CHURCHES cancel services...... AND the bingo place closes down for the day!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Which Alice in Wonderland character are YOU?
created with QuizFarm.com
|You scored as Alice|
You scored Alice! You are kind-hearted and curious and give yourself very good advice, but seldom follow it, which leads you into trouble. You always try to be courteous and polite, but you become cross when people speak in nonsense to you and scold them sharply.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Turns out this is a pretty good use of leftover sock yarn. Several people suggested I might want to try and sell these - maybe I'll look into it!
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Siren Song by Margaret Atwood
This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:
the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see beached skulls
the song nobody knows
because anyone who had heard it
is dead, and the others can’t remember.
Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?
I don’t enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical
with these two feathery maniacs,
I don’t enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.
I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer. This song
is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique
at last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
My book group (yes the three of us constitute a group!!) had a guest last night. Casey Daniels joined us to discuss her latest Pepper Martin book, Tombs of Endearment. This is her third book in the series and despite my usual reservations about reading a series book out of order I bit the bullet and dove into the book. I enjoyed it and will go back to read the first two books since as I told Casey last night with my usual reading quirk not knowing what happened earlier was JUST enough to make me slightly nuts!! but you don't have to read the first ones to enjoy this book.
She was a great guest and even willingly posed with the sock.
Oh yes it might help that she is also a knitter!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
1) Answer the questions below
2) Take each answer and type it into Photobucket (whoops I used Google Image!)
3) Take a picture from the first page of results and post.
4) You can’t copy the persons answers who posted this before you!
1. The age you will be on your next birthday:
2. A place you would like to visit:
3. Your favorite place:
on the water
4. Your favorite object:
couldn't find a picture of my Nyland beaver planter so this one has to do
5. Favorite food
I really can't decide so I picked two!
6. Favorite animal
I would love to get a dog and always thought I might like one of these.
8. Favorite color
9. Your hometown
10. Name of a past pet