Saturday, December 30, 2006

Middle School Girls Gone Wild...

This is what makes me nervous about having a daughter someday.

Friday, December 29, 2006

knitting, puttering, and the west wing

hubby bought me the complete series of west wing about three weeks ago. the past three days have consisted of knitting, puttering around the house and watching the west wing. it's been absolutely sublime.

wednesday night around 9 p.m. i started what i'm calling "the great closet reorganization of 2006" wherein i pulled EVERYTHING out of the closet in our diningroom and spread it out on the floor in the livingroom and sorted and organized and consolidated. it was a big mess. thinking about it now i should have taken a before, during and after picture.

one huge garbage bag of stuff tossed (i decided i didn't need to keep all the birthday cards i've received in the past nine years), a serious pile of stuff to donate somewhere (anyone need a fish tank?), and everything else put away tidily in uniform clear rubbermaid boxes and into the closet and i'm feeling pretty good.

i've also managed to unpack all four boxes of junk i brought home from the office and either found a place for the stuff or put the stuff near where i think it will belong. i can't believe how much crap i had in the corners of that tiny cubicle i've lived in for the past two plus years.

there is still plenty of stuff burying the diningroom table, but i think that i'm seeing bare spots here & there.

i've also managed to finish a sock this morning. i started that on christmas eve. i'll start the other sock tonight before bed. AND i just bound off on a scarf that i've been carrying around with me for the past few weeks. i just need to weave in ends and block it.

nevermind that i haven't gotten out of my pajamas today. that's beside the point. the point is that i made amazing tuna melts for dinner and i couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

"i've got nothing to do today but smile..."

name that song and you get fifteen gold stars.

we're home from celebrating Christmas in connecticut with hub's family.  which was just okay if i'm being honest, and was good if i'm putting it in perspective with the rest of the world.  we were there from saturday night to this morning.  it's never an easy stay for me in CT for a few reasons.

1.  i'm not a good traveller.  i just plain prefer being home surrounded by my stuff and plenty to do.

2.  i have a VERY hard time sleeping there.  it smells different than home, and the air is super dry because of the woodstove, and the bed in the guest bedroom is super super super hard.  this time we thought we'd solve at least one issue by bringing the aerobed we bought a few months back when sam was coming to stay at our house for a week.  saturday night we both tossed and turned.  sunday night more tossing more turning.  last night we finally figured out that for some reason we were sleeping on the wrong sides of each other, and switched, and slept MUCH better.  i felt like such a tard for not figuring it out before then.

3.  my skin breaks out EVERY time we visit.  i don't know if it's the air or the water or my travel stress that does it - but here i am - we've been home for five hours and i've got three major zits in production.  my jerk face.

so while i feel that my entry is full of complainy bologna - it's mild compared to all the venting i'd like to do.

we have two other Christmases coming up that i'm looking forward to.  a celebration with chuck & hannah & the lovely miss p.  and then a week after that we're headed up to maine to visit my family up there.  even though i hate (abhor) the drive (i'm a whiny brat), i'm always much more relaxed up there than in CT.

tomorrow: i'm looking forward to making my list.  and going to the grocery store.  that's the extent of the planning so far.

i'm sleepy.  one last episode of west wing on dvd and then i'm going to bed in MY bed.

happy holidays.

Friday, December 22, 2006

so here's the thing...

today is friday.  and i'm very excited because i've quit my job and today is my last day.  but it doesn't quite feel real yet because even if i hadn't quit my job next week our office is closed and i wouldn't be here.  so i think the anticipation i'm really feeling right now is about equal to the anticipation of a week's vacation.  i think the REAL exciting part will come on the morning of January 2 when my hubster has to come to work but i can stay home.  can it possibly be true??

i hope it's as wonderful as i think it will be. 

tonight we're going to celebrate.  i'm not sure how exactly.  the only firm plans are that chuck & hannah & miss p are coming to OUR house, and there will be alcohol involved.  and i hope to vacuum before they arrive.  :)
remember when Nemo wakes up his dad "FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!"

i'm like that today except its "LAST DAY OF WORK LAST DAY OF WORK!"

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

so i went to Target yesterday.  it was crazy crazy busy.  lines so long.  and the cashier lady was SOOOOOOO slow.

the purchase i'm most excited about?  i bought two pairs of scissors.  because in my house it's very hard to find a pair of scissors that can cut anything.  and i had to tell my husband..."these scissors are for normal cutting things.  like paper.  and string.  they are not for cutting wires and metal."  and i felt like my mom.  as a kid i never understood why my mom had special scissors and those were scissors we should NOT touch.

now i'm very excited for my new scissors.  that will be (hopefully) where i put them when i'm looking for them.

Friday, December 15, 2006

business days: 5 days, 1 hour, 24 minutes

regular days: 7 days, 1 hour, 24 minutes

dressy days: 4 days, 1 hour, 24 minutes

Thursday, December 14, 2006

but who's counting...

business days: 6 days, 1 hour, 50 minutes...

regular days: 8 days, 1 hour 50 minutes...

dressy up days (fridays are casual): 4 days, 1 hour 50 minutes...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

a new regular feature...

notice to the right --> --> -->

a new feature called "looking forward..." where i plan to keep track of all the things i'm looking forward to after i escape from this nasty cubicle.

Monday, December 11, 2006

big doings...

so here's the news.

last thursday, at 8:50 a.m., i presented my two weeks' notice to my two bosses.

with full support of my hubby, and the knowledge that i am not happy here, my last day is dec. 22.

i don't have another job lined up, but i do know that when i start to look (really actively after christmas) it will be for a part-time job.  i hope to use the extra hours to pursue something more creative.  i've always had the dream & desire to spend more time knitting/spinning/dying/designing - and now i'll have the time.

it doesn't really feel real yet.  i'm not going to start packing stuff up and taking it home until next week.  but i catch myself daydreaming about a clean house, about time to exercise without having to drop something else i want to do, about not dreading the waking up every day.

i'm a little nervous.  i'm sure it will feel a bit scary to not have as much cashflow as we used to - but i'm feeling, also, proud of myself for not settling and being willing to follow a dream for a little while.

this must be a life lesson, right?

Monday, December 4, 2006

sufjan

once in a while i remember that music is powerful.

i purchased Sufjan Stevens 'Songs for Christmas' this morning through iTunes. i'd been wanting to get it - but waited - until i felt like it was christmas-time. this morning, with the snow, i "clicked here to buy."

i started listening this morning around 8:30 - and every time i had to get up from my desk i made sure to pause it, because i didn't want to miss any of it.

most holiday albums exceed at being just okay. some holiday albums are less irritating than others. they aren't so much about the sappy, but more about the season and actually appreciating it. some albums are merely meant for reminiscing. some albums, if i close my eyes, make me feel like i'm at home - or just where i need to be at that moment.

this holiday album has succeeded in all ways. it's not irritating - it's not like any other christmas album i've ever heard. it's excellent in its simplicity and sacred with its focus. if i close my eyes i'm suddenly in maine next to the woodstove - and the intense warming is real. thank you, sufjan, for being an artist uninterested in the top 40 or the mall. the lack of santa baby and two front teeth are noticeable and appreciated.

i loved the entire album. but just now, when i got to the second to the last track, after pressing pause & play all day long, i found my favorite. 'holy, holy, holy' sung for me and my soul - brought tears to my eyes. it's not very often that a song, or anything for that matter, helps me to remember who i am at my very core and what is important to me.

this album has already become a permanent part of my collection.

SNOOOOWWWWW

snowflake2.jpg

it's snowing! let the playing of the christmas music commence!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

cynicism makes me giggle

WISHES

software training

my brain is melting.

my eyes are swimming from staring at this computer.

all i'm thinking about is knitting projects.

drinking diet coke.

trying not to eat this bag of chex mix too quickly. maybe the crunchies will keep me awakeish.

thursday is more than 50% over. the work week is 70% over. i feel i am approaching the happy times.

how are y'all?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

knee socks

When Hannah and I went up to Freeport a couple weeks ago we visited the Bass Shoe outlet.
I bought a pair of long knee socks for myself. Pretty stripe-ed ones.
I think, maybe the first pair of knee socks I've ever bought.

And
I
Love
Them.

A
Lot.

I'm thinking hand-knitted knee socks might be a little too warm. But these are great.
And now I want to visit a store in downtown Gloucester that I've never been in before - The Joy of Socks. Maybe I'll get more knee socks. :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

drizzly tuesday

one hour four minutes left.

been a fairly ordinary day.

i wrote a letter to an old friend. i'm curious to know how it's received, and wonder if i'll hear back from her.

had subway for lunch. but i'm fairly certain that's not really interesting blog fodder.

am frustrated with my employer. hannah banana works at the same place i do and they're not being flexible at all about her needs as a new mom. "you know what really grinds my gears?"

even before i talked to hannah about said job situation i spent a significant amount of time looking at job sites online today. i'm experiencing ennui about where i'm at right now. and i can't decide if i just need a serious dose of perspective or if i need a change. either way i'm looking around.

tonight i think i've got a quiet night at home. hub's going to a friend's house, probably for a couple hours, and i think i'll wrap some gifts, wash the dishes, order a pizza or something. oh yah - and knitting of course! although i'm fairly certain i could fall asleep EARLY. i've been so tired. edited 5:12 p.m.: hub's staying home tonight. still will be a quiet evening, i'm certain. it's good to be home

i ordered some knit picks wool of the andes, 8 skeins of black cherry heather, arctic pool heather, and forest heather. it arrived yesterday and i'm excited to do some swatches and plan some christmas knitting.

i'm trying to decide if i want to take the time to decorate the house and my workspace here for christmas-time. it doesn't feel christmasy to me. we haven't seen any snow yet. i don't even need to wear a coat outside yet. :( maybe we'll get a chill soon.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

check this s&*t out...

it's 6:00. i'm in my pajamas. on the couch. watching iron chef america. nothing on my plate. nothing that desperately needs to get done.

i think i have time to knit.

awwwwesome.

uninspired ups & downs

+ 2 hours 45 minutes left. that's manageable right?

- my eyelids are VERY heavy as of about 10 minutes ago

- not so much to do around here today. not even so much to pretend to be doing.

+ exploring the world of podcasts.

+ staying in tonight. if all goes well i'll be pajama-ed by 5:15. leftover pizza for dinner. maybe i'll get to knit (no knitting for the past FOUR days).

+ not only have i not killed the plant hannah gave to me, but i think it's getting new leaves!

+ lists. i have a two-pager going in order to present the most wonderful thanksgiving on earth. with extra comfort & relaxation.

+ diet a&w root beer comes in an "old-fashioned" style bottle and it cracks me up.

+ which reminds me - this video cracks me right the hell up. and i can recite the whole darn thing in the annoying voice.

- a&w root beer doesn't have any caffeine. darn.

+ i used up about 10 minutes posting this....

podcasts

soooo -
i'm hopping on the podcast bandwagon.

i don't know why i haven't before because i've heard great things about lime & violet from folks like miss kc. i just subscribed to them via itunes. will listen to all back episodes.

i'm wondering - what podcasts do you listen to?
and what do you do while you're listening?

Thursday, November 9, 2006

For Your Consideration




i love love love Christopher Guest movies and i'm so excited to see this one. it comes out on november 17.

i'm toying with the idea of a Christopher Guest movie marathon this weekend. how rad would that be?

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

YUMMY recipe

i found this recipe this afternoon on allrecipes.com.

it's called Best Baked Chicken. And it's MIGHTY good. I will definitely be cooking this for Chuck & Hannah at some point.
i used fat free sour cream, and half the butter. now i just need to figure out the points and see if it's a recipe i can eat again.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

stripey baby



crazy me gave all the stuff i knit for baby penelope away without taking photos of it. luckily we had a photoshoot on saturday and momma hannah chose this as an outfit to photograph! i knit the sweater and the pants!!

want to know me better?

LONG SURVEY

Monday, November 6, 2006

monday monday

good day mostly.

am pooped now. just finished folding laundry, changing kitty litter, going to the grocery store, washing dishes, general pickup.

watching an episode of alias. then going to bed. tiiiired.

Friday, November 3, 2006

i'm in love with fridays

+hub bought me a chai at starbucks without me even asking.
+banana chocolate chip muffin from great harvest to go with the chai (not diet-approved)
+friday means jeans, clogs, and my hair is up in a ponytail
+boss is out today. this means potentially leaving early. which is why hub and i brought separate cars this morning. just in case.
+there was a serious layer of frost on the windshield this morning. being someone who is NEVER in a hurry what did i do? put the defroster on high and while i waited i knit on the wool soaker i'm knitting for Penelope. hee.
+i think this weekend paul is going to help me work up a basic but easily modifiable (is that a word?) template for my blog. he has computer hacking skills. until then i keep switching templates because i'm a little bored with what i've got.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

i RULE!

i love feeling like i accomplished something.

yesterday i went to BJ's at lunchtime and picked up a few things and ordered contacts for myself.

last night i: washed dishes, organized the pantry, emptied all the trashes in the house, did 5 loads of laundry (washed, dried, folded, put away), went to the grocery store for the stuff i couldn't get at BJ's, changed the sheets on the bed, AND i super-cleaned the stovetop (i'm talking taking out the burners & pans, and lifting the top of the stove to clean underneath, then taking off all the knobs and washing those and scrub scrub scrubbing everything).

there were a couple things i was bummed that i didn't have the energy to do (like cook a good healthy dinner & vacuum) but overall i'm pleased with doing all that i did. we're not home as much as we used to be and the house tends to stay in disarray longer than i like. i'm going to try to work on that.

this weekend's mission: cleaning the OVEN. sweet.

Monday, October 30, 2006

unexpected evening

well - the evening itself was expected.  evenings usually come at the end of a day.  but this evening was unexpectedly rich.

chuck & hannah bought paul & i prezzies!  as a thank you to us for doing what we do - helping out around the house and with errands and with their most precious child and for making dinner and picking up dinner and being there in general - they had a table full of wrapped gifts waiting for us when we went over to their homestead for hanging outses.

these were the leeder presents (i'm leeder):

Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl
Stitchionary Volume Two: Cables
Stitchionary Volume Three: Color Knitting
Knitting On the Edge
Knitting Over the Edge
Knitting Beyond the Edge (shipping in November)
and a set of Nancy's Knit Kards

podder (that's hubby) got three bags of starbucks coffee, a chemex drip coffee maker & filters, and starbucks syrups.

needless to say - we were overwhelmed.  as it was just my birthday a couple weeks ago i never thought all the presents on the table were for us.  but they were.  and it was so cool!  like christmas but surprisee-er.

it's amazing.  we really have built a family here.  we are blessed blessed blessed.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

five-minute weekend review

Friday Night:
-had follow up with eye doctor to get contact lens prescription. in & out. was fine.
-went to Chuck & Hannah's house to help clean up in prep for their costume party/open house on saturday. my major jobs: holding penelope & dusting. good times.

Saturday Morning:

-hurricane-like weather outside. pouring rain and serious winds. i love a good rainy day.
-went to Chuck & Hannah's around noon to continue helping prepare for the 2:00 party.
-our costumes: me as hermione. i wore my graduation gown and a gryffindor scarf & hat i got at the party store. hub as arthur dent. he wore pajamas and a bathrobe and carried a towel.
-had a good time at the party. made a couple new friends. had good time with old friends. paul made his yummmmmy biscuits which went brilliantly with hannah's chili.
-post-party i did dishes. it was one of those times that i did unto others and it felt so good. at my own house i would have left the dishes - but i would have hated to wake up to them.
-got home around 11. straight to bed.

Sunday:
-woke up around 9, but really it was 8
-made a big batch of my oatmeal - mixed in frozen berries, splenda & cinnamon.
-woke paul up. he made breakfast for himself and i washed our dishes and then we watched SNL from last night. enjoyed beck immensely, hugh laurie was amusing in his british way.
-finished knitting a scarf and wove in the ends.
-puttered around the house. put stuff away, kitty litter, cleaned off the dining room table, took a shower. set up a few scarves to block on the table on towels. unfortunately my table isn't long enough so each scarf will be half blocked. if everything is dry when i wake up tomorrow maybe i'll have time to block the second halves of them all.
-worked on the trekking sock that hasn't been touched since april. finished sock one, finished toe of sock two. actually have bruised my index finger on my left hand from pushing those size one needles with it. it's painful enough that i can't knit anymore. thus the blog entry.
-watched a couple episodes of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. LOVE that show.
-just took my contacts out. time to get into bed.

nighty night.
Hub as Arthur Dent & Chuck as Hoops

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Mexican Soup

1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chicken stock
1 can fat free refried beans
1 jar salsa
1 can chicken (i used a can from TJ's)

Mix together in pot and heat until simmering. Salt & pepper to taste.
(This is a recipe I got from a Weight Watchers meeting. I tried it last night...it's super quick to make and it's good! I had it with a little fat free cheddar cheese sprinkled on top, and a couple fried slices of polenta cubed and mixed in. The WHOLE meal fits in the core plan, and it's very filling. It made enough for leftovers for lunch a couple days this week, and two containers went in the freezer as well.)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

i'm going core...

after a couple days of research online, looking up recipes and food ideas, rereading my Getting Started guide, and freaking out - i've decided to switch to the WW core plan for the first time. 

i've been doing the flex plan since i joined WW in january, but lately its getting harder and harder for me to have "trigger foods" in the house.  crackers, bread, snacks.  i start with a small portion of whatever and suddenly i'm justifying eating a whole sleeve of saltines. 

soooo - this whole core thing looks interesting - and basically it seems like it's eliminating processed foods from my diet.  which is great.  it's actually where i WANT to be when i think in ideal terms. 

today is day one (of the rest of my life)...right. 

ummm - i'll let you all know how it goes.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

not quite a snow day but...

i did end up staying home today.

i can't quite figure out why but both paul and i woke UP at 2am in the morning last night and couldn't get back to sleep at all.  i got up around 2:30 to look something up on the WW website and then went back to bed.  couldn't sleep.  realized paul was awake too.  i finally got out of bed at 4:00 and got a bowl of cereal thinking that if i filled my tummy i would be sleepy.  paul got up too and we watched an episode of iron chef.  when it got to be 5:15 i figured trying to get back to sleep at that point would only make it irritating when the alarm went off at 6.  soooo.  i emailed in to my boss and told her i was not a person who could not function without sleep and so i've been home one more day trying to fight the grumps that come along with three hours of sleep.  i have been trying NOT to nap so that tonight hopefully i can sleep through.

the only thing that has changed is that i went and bought that air purifier yesterday and that's been running in the bedroom.  i went and got it because paul had a SERIOUS asthma/allergy attack on sunday night and could barely catch his breath.  i figure between old-house dust and two cat pet dander the air could be purer.  but the machine isn't loud or anything so i'm pretty sure that's not what woke us.  but it wasn't even a sleepy awake.  we were both awake as if it was supposed to be awake time.

needless to say - i've been in p.j.'s all day

Monday, October 23, 2006

day 4 - the list

today's the last day of my mini-birthday-vaca. :( here's how i plan to spend it:

HOUSEWORK

  • vacuum

  • laundry

  • make bed

  • dishes

  • mudroom cleaning & organization

  • trash to curb

  • diningroom table


ERRANDS

  • Best Buy (to buy air purifier & filter for the vacuum)

  • grocery store


FUN

  • finish knitting projects (weaving in ends & blocking) (in progress)

  • ball up odd ends of yarn

  • spinning

  • blog (in progress)

  • research WW core plan

  • Pride & Prejudice (BBC)MISCELLANEOUS

    • shower


    i plan to start by spinning. is it too much to wish that tomorrow is a snow day?

    (updated 10/25/06)



Sunday, October 22, 2006

WIP inventory

one of today's projects has been & still is going through my knitting basket here in the livingroom and sorting out what projects i've got going, what's finished, and what yarn i've got in there that i may have forgotten about.

i should have taken a before & after picture but i'm not that smart.  everything is sorted into ziploc bags now though - and while not the prettiest way of storing things, it's very efficient at keeping projects & different yarns separated.

i'm about to update my sidebar with all projects that need finishing.  i ripped out quite a few things.  i decided that if i couldn't remember what it was or what it was going to be - it was not worth the energy of sorting out where i was in the pattern and continuing.  there's quite a few ends of skeins that i'll reball up with my ball winder for tidiness' sake.  and there are a few projects that i intend to finish up before starting anything else.

i've got a baby sweater here that just needs to be seamed up the sides & sleeves.  how bad is it that i can't recall what pattern i was using?  i need to be better at writing stuff down on a note card and sticking it in the ziploc bag with the knitted item.  i hope i wake up tomorrow and remember which pattern this was.

there are MANY projects that just need to have their ends woven in.  and i have a few items that need to be blocked.  i'm verrry bad about blocking.  this WILL be a project for tomorrow while i'm watching anne of green gables or pride & prejudice.

i did a bit of spinning today.  actually just plying to free up some bobbins.  navajo plying.  it's been since last winter that i used my wheel but it's apparently just like riding a bike.  very easy to pick up where i left off.  i still need lots of practice, though - i tend to overspin a bit and my skeins curl up on themselves.  tomorrow i will do some actual spinning.

happy birthday to me

i bought this for myself today.  in the bottom color.  browns & oranges.
so far it seems like the perfect size.  not as big as a tote.  not as small as a purse.  big enough to contain the essentials, a camera, and a knitting project.  i'm VERY excited to fill it up.

i also splurged on one of these and one of these. for organizational purposes of course :)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

good day

yesterday was a good day.

first appt was with the eye doctor to have a contact lens exam.  it was easy-peasy.  in and out.  with Dr. Gill.  he's a cute Indian eye doctor who said "i think you look better with contacts."  heh.  charmer.  i used to wear contacts regularly a couple years ago but when my prescription ran out i never really pursued getting another one.  laziness.  ridiculous laziness.  NO MORE! :)  i have a follow-up visit next friday so he can see how these are going and if all is well i will get my actual prescription.  and you know where i'm getting my lenses after that?  BJ's.  heck yes.

the next appt i had was my haircut.  i went to Roots Hair Design.  friend Hannah recommended this place and i'm so glad i went there.  the stylist who cut my hair, Kim, really took the time to listen to what i wanted (able to pull it up, am not going to wake up and style my hair every morning, frames my face well) and it looks really nice.  she took about three inches off the longest bottom layer and more off the shorter layers.  it's really cute.  i'm interested to see how it looks after a shower & airdry.  this morning i got a look at what newhaircutbedhead looks like.  could be worse :)

post-haircut was my manicure & pedicure.  i went to Marybeth's in Hamilton.  the ladies there were very nice.  i was a little worried because this is definitely a place where Hamilton/Wenham wives go to get their posh little fingernails tended to - but the woman who did my nails, Brenda, was SUPER nice and chatty.  she did a great job on my nails and gave me good tips for maintaining them a little longer.  oh - and they're all doing WW at this nail salon and they're wicked cute about it.

i left the house around 9:30 and got home around 4:30 so it was a full day of activity.  we went over to Chuck & Hannah's around 6 and i got some good cuddle time with Penelope.

not sure really what's happening today - but i HOPE it includes some indian food.  :)  will let the faithful readers know.  hee.

Friday, October 20, 2006

oh childhood

Miss Rachel bought me

The Little Mermaid

for my birthday and it arrived yesterday!

I'm up early to watch it before my exciting MEday starts. I haven't seen this movie in AT LEAST ten years and it's such a memory. I know all the words to all the songs. And it's got this something that Disney movies released in the last five years sorely lack. I love it.

Thanks Rachel!!! :) You're such a great friend.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

wasting time...









HowManyOfMe.com






LogoThere are:
232
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Project Runway

I heart Jeffrey Sebelia

Jeffrey Sebelia-

winner of Project Runway Season 3.
We were watching the finale in bed and I literally jumped up and danced around when he won.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

a wednesday list


  1. today is wednesday.  tomorrow is thursday.  but tomorrow's thursday is like friday because i'm taking friday off.  so today is like thursday. 

  2. my bosses are taking me out to lunch tomorrow for my bday.  i'm going into this with the best attitude possible.  it's a free lunch.  and i'll be the least socially awkward person there.  this doesn't happen all that often.  i get to pick where i want to go and i think we're going to go to the Black Cow in Hamilton.

  3. i just had a Subway sandwich for lunch and allowed myself to have baked cheddar & sour cream lays.  and a diet coke.  very yummy lunch.  and because i waited until around 1 to go out and get it there's only 2.5 hours left in my day.

  4. tonight is a new Lost.  season 3 is not thrilling me as much as season 1 & 2 did...but maybe that's because i got to watch both of those on DVD and thus didn't have to wait a week between episodes.

  5. i've gotten more than usual done today so far.  or, rather, i've been less procrastinational.

  6. darn - my voicemail light is blinking.  i should check that. 

  7. i want chocolate.

  8. i ordered these pens from Office Depot a couple weeks ago.  and i LOVE them.  i haven't mentioned it on this blog, but anyone who knows me knows my pen obsession.

  9. i'm worried i might be developing a slight allergy to wool.  not sure.  but i've worn scarves the past couple days and my neck is ITCHY even for a couple hours after i take the scarf off.  no adverse effects when i'm knitting with wool though.  hmmm...

  10. tonight i hope to take some photos of recently finished and on the needles knitting projects to post about.  we'll see how that goes. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

how cute...

are these?

i love...

Charlie & Lola

birthday wish list

SHOPPY THINGS
Nintendo DS Lite
this one i'm wavery about - i can't decide if i'll love it to death or if i'll love it for a couple weeks and then be tired of it. in which case i would certainly share it with my pals. but it's a lot of money for a gift. you know? but if i did get it i would want this game to go with it. maybe this one too.

TKGA Membership
it would be kind of cool to be able to pursue my Master Knitter certification.

Rowan Membership
does this need explanation?

Amazon Wish List

Bas Bleu Wish List

Uncommon Goods Wish List
this one is the wishest of the wish lists. there's stuff on here i would never imagine spending all that money on. but it's a WISH list. i'm allowed to wish, right?

OTHER THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO DO ON MY BDAY WEEKEND:
Dinner at Passage to India in Salem
Breakfast out somewhere at some point
Maybe a little clothes shopping
Watch some girly movies...I'm thinking Pride & Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women genre
Have some time at the spinning wheel
Maybe go to the apple orchard and get some yummy fall treats

THINGS I AM TREATING MYSELF TO:
Manicure & Pedicure
Hair Cut
Eye exam to get contacts again

I love being spoiled and spoiling myself on my bday weekend.

Monday, October 16, 2006

i laughed so hard i almost peed my pants...

ups:

  • new sweaters from LLBean

  • only four days of work this week

  • Kashi crackers

  • happy hubby

  • autumn colors

  • playing with WordPress

  • sushi for lunch

  • the phone is forwarded to voicemail. because i can.


downs:

  • f-ing freezing fingers (the heat is currently busted in my office building)

  • not so much to do around here

  • feeling a little tired of my music library

  • counting points can be a drag

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Suck it Life!

Sometimes life gives you a great big suckerpunch to the gut. 

And all I want to say is "Suck it, Life!"

I'll now retreat back into my grumpy, pouty, angry corner.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

pros and cons

+ Carole King, Tapestry - makes me happy every time
+ hubby telling me this morning that he thinks my grey hairs are pretty
+ Real Simple organization products at Target - i'm 100% in love
+ my voicemail light isn't blinking
+ coming home from Target yesterday my whole car smelled laundry fresh because of the Method dryer sheets i bought
+ is it possible that i'm looking forward to doing laundry tonight?  new detergent, new bucket of oxyclean, a great big bottle of bleach for the whites, and new dryer sheets
+ knitting.  i love it.  i want to do it all the time.  working on a basic baby crew sweater right now.  cotton so it's washable.  i think about knitting stuff with alpaca and wool for babies & kids and then have to remind myself, harshly, that handwashing isn't fun for parents.  right?  but it's so soft & pretty! 
+ hubby made mac & cheese last night.  and borrowed two movies from C & H that i've been itching to watch - Drop Dead Gorgeous (makes me laugh SOOO hard) & Best in Show
+ maybe we'll see baby Penelope tonight.  i bought them some baby towels at Target - i have to drop them off
+ anniversary card from my mom & dad last night with $20 in it.  and Hannah telling me she got a card from my mom & dad yesterday with $20 in it.  very cute.  (must remember to write thank you card!)
+ seeing on my boss's calendar that she's out tomorrow.  love that.

- being at work
- three or four very bright pink pimples on my face - it's all my fault though because i've been eating poorly

Friday, September 15, 2006

update via random thoughts list


  1. i wish i wasn't here (cubicle at work)

  2. the green iced tea i just made tastes more green than i thought it would

  3. i love fridays

  4. i love pay days

  5. i love friday pay days

  6. i'm leaving work early - 2:30 - just because i want to

  7. this means i have only 5 hours left - one of which is lunch hour

  8. at lunch i'm going to Casa de Moda on Cabot St. to try to find something small for Hannah for her birthday

  9. her big present is going to be a sweater - but i haven't gotten the yarn yet

  10. tonight we're hanging out with Bry, Nat, Aaron & Mariah.  pizza & beer.  can't wait.

Friday, September 1, 2006

friiiiday

the friday before a long weekend is always a slow one.  as the seconds last longer and longer the cubicle feels more and more like a cage.

i'm VERY excited to have three days off.  here are the plans:

FRIDAY NIGHT: vacuum.  knit.  have a beer.

that's just about the extent of it so far.  i expect to have lots of good knitting time.  many projects to get to - many for chuck & hannah. 

i will likely have to get to AC Moore at least once - i'm going to need more yarn for the baby projects.  and i'm considering spending an afternoon dying yarns with Wilton Icing Dyes.  I just read a whole tutorial about this online and it looks like fun.  http://fearlessknitting101.com/?q=node/163  I can get the icing dye at AC Moore.

going to AC Moore will be good because it will be an excuse to get to Starbucks at least once over the weekend - this is a must for hub. 

other than these (very loose) plans we'll probably hang out with chuck & hannah at least once.  and maybe do some laundry.  i LOVE long weekends.

right now i'm eating baked lays and drinking diet coke - and am hoping that the next hour and fifteen minutes will go by quickly.  or maybe that hubby will be up for leaving early.  that's not as likely as the quickly part.  :) 

happy almost labor day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Absentee Blogger

That's me. I've been not here for quite a while. I want to be better - I really do.

Looks like the last time I was here was late June. 

WELL - here's the low-down on the last two months.

  • had a four day weekend for the fourth of July which was amazing

  • went to CT for four days for Paul's best friend's wedding - not so much fun for me - but I made it through with a gold-star-worthy attitude

  • went to Olde Ipswich Days with Chuck & Hannah

  • went to the Gloucester Sidewalk Festival with Chuck, Hannah & Hubby

  • I've been knitting like crazy.  Lots of stuff for baby Moxie - and of course I've given most of it away without taking pictures of it first.  Luckily the Barts live two minutes from our house so it's pretty likely I'll see all this cute stuff again.  I feel like I'm riding a creative/productive high with my knitting and it feels really good.  I feel like I'm anxious for the end of the work day to come not just so I can get out of this darn cubicle, but because I have something to look forward to.

  • I bought a vacuum.  We have a large rug in the livingroom that the Roomba just can't handle.  Or, rather, I can't handle cleaning the brushes & lint trap out every five minutes on it.  I love my new vacuum.

  • Hannah continues to grow larger and larger and baby Moxie could come anyday.  I've really been loving spending time with Hannah & Chuck and seeing them go through this pregnancy thing.  Although Hannah is filling me in on some of the not-so-great details of being pregnant and I'm a little peeved at the world for glossing over this stuff most of the time.

  • I took an almost four week hiatus from WW - which was mostly just due to laziness and excuses.  BUT - I didn't really go crazy and eat poorly all the time.  I just failed to count points and sometimes splurged on things I wouldn't have otherwise.  At the end of the month I had gained 1.4 pounds.  Which could have been WAY worse.  I was actually proud of myself.  The next week back on I lost 2.8 which made up for the gain pretty quickly.  And the following week I was down another 1.4.  My total loss now is at 47.4 pounds.  I can almost see 50.  This week I've been slacking on counting points again - but I'm sticking to plan in my head.

  • I just signed up for the new WW monthly pass program which I'm totally stoked about.  $40/month includes going to meetings & eTools.  Before I was paying $13/meeting and $13/month for eTools, totalling $65/month.  I'm saving money this way!  Hurrah!

  • Paul's been working a lot on top of regular work.  Consulting here, doing a website for a church there.  Usually at least one day a weekend he's out of the house working somewhere.  A few weeks ago I drove with him to Concord, MA where he had a meeting and I found a yarn shop where the lady who was working there was a total witch.  I won't go into detail but she said rude things about other customers to me after they had left which was a total turn off.  And her yarn was overpriced, and she was trying to sell it like a smarmy used car salesman.  Yuck.

  • Last Saturday Hannah called me up and said "I have to go to a yarn shop in Hamilton, wanna come?" And I said "Heck Yes!"  I got a few skeins of the new Berroco Ultra Alpaca.  It is SO lovely.  50% wool, 50% alpaca - very soft, lovely drape - over 200 yards for just about $8.  Bargain!  AND I got some Cherry Tree Hill Possum Worsted that was in a bargain bin.  6 skeins of an oatmeal color, 6 skeins of a really nice purple.  Each skein was $2, rather than the original $9.  And it's 30% Possum!!  How weird is that?


ANYWAY - that's the update.  And I suppose those are the important things because that's all I can remember.

I'm hoping autumn is on the way - the temps have been lower this week and I'm loving it.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

lemonade stands

lemonade.jpg

whenever i see a kid with a lemonade stand - all i think is

"can't you think of something ORIGINAL?"

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

stolen

as seen on mixedupbeauty.net and paleautumn.net

Closest Blue Book Meme
1. Grab the nearest book with a blue cover.
2. Open the book to page 86.
3. Find the first full paragraph.
4. Post the text in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find, just the closest blue book. (I'll admit to skipping by Rachel Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals...no paragraphs in there.)


"Of bronze and blaze
The north, tonight!
So adequate its forms,
So preconcerted with itself,
So distant to alarms, -
An unconcern so sovereign
To universe, or me,
It paints my simple spirit
With tints of majesty,
Till I take vaster attitudes,
And strut upon my stem,
Disdaining men and oxygen,
For arrogance of them.

My splendors are menagerie;
But their completeless show
Will entertain the centuries
When I am, long ago,
An island in dishonored grass,
Whom none but daisies know."

-XIV, Emily Dickinson

I'll admit freely that I'm not a poetry person.  I wish I was but I'm not.  I can appreciate the beauty of the words and form, but my brain just keeps saying "Just say what you're trying to say!!!  SPIT IT OUT!"

Friday, June 16, 2006

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

cars

monday night hubby and i went to see Cars.

cars.jpg

it was SO much fun.  it was a little long for a Pixar - but i think i was only uber-aware of that because i had to pee SO badly. 

if i had to name one best part of the movie i couldn't.

but i did love Click & Clack from Car Talk being involved.

and i loved the stuff during the credits.

and i really loved the tractor cows. :)

definitely worth the moola spent.

cars.jpg

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

knitting

sooo - i do knit.   i am a knitter.

this past sunday i made a decision.  here it is.  i've decided that decreasing the size of my stash is of upmost importance.  therefore i have started to make these:



i'm going to keep doing these with random balls & half skeins of yarn i've got taking up space.  hopefully they'll all be pretty - but that's really not the point.  i'll eventually put them all together and make a blanket.  blankets are warm even if they're not pretty.

over the past couple of weeks i've been working on baby stuff.  i've knit all the pieces for the Aran Pullover from Knitting for Baby, and i've started the Child's Placket-Neck Pullover from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. pictures on the flickr. 

i also have an ongoing scarf project.  i'm knitting the My So-Called Scarf with just plain Fisherman's Wool.  but as i'm seeing how it looks i'm CRAVING some Manos to try with this pattern. 

time to eat lunch.   

Monday, June 12, 2006

monday

well new blog...

here i am.  monday - almost lunchtime.

it's been a busy morning.  but i have been thinking about you.  planning on posting some pictures of the kids from our Pitman weekend.  and maybe some knitting pictures and updates. 

 just thought i'd let you know.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

new bloggy blog

okie - just a first post to check it out.

i think i'm in love with wordpress. so many charming options.

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