Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Now With More Knitting!

In between the packing I have been knitting. I’ve been knitting more than I should be. I should be packing more at night. When I set February 9 as my last day of work, I thought I’d have more time to pack. Not really—that just gives me a weekend and basically two days to get everything packed up. Valentine’s Day will be spent packing up the truck and doing the heavy duty cleaning of the place.

But check out how much of my sock I’ve got done:


Can you say one of these things is not like the other? One of these things just doesn’t belong? The first sock had a much better swirl of colors around the cuff. Second sock, not so much. I thought maybe I decreased my stitches—nope. There’s the same number of stitches that I had on the first sock. I thought maybe I’m knitting tighter? That’s possible as the first sock cuff is wider. However, I think that’s due to me trying it on and it has become a tad bit stretched out.

Ah well. Fraternal socks never hurt anyone. I’m still madly in love with the colors.

On the moving front things are progressing somewhat well. We’re having a hell of a time selling Dr. Mad Scientist’s car. Texans seem to freak out about a car that is originally from Ohio, spent most of it’s time in Michigan and has driven in snow. I had the most surreal experience trying to explain how much snow it has driven through to a native Texan who had never seen snow. It’s not like we took the damn thing offroading! It’s a teensy little Mazda Protégé!

It looks like we’ll be dragging it to New York/New Jersey. The places I’m looking at settling in New Jersey I’ve been told can handle having two cars.

Of course still no place to live yet. But I found a realtor by accident on Craigslist. He seems nice enough and when he emailed me back yesterday, it ends up his brother in law is the chief brain surgeon at Mt. Sinai.

I just hope this guy realizes that a postdoc and chief brain surgeon do not make the same amount of money. One of the “wonderful” things about being married to a new Ph.D. is that a lot of people just assume Dr. = Money. Lord, I wish. Even with this new job at Mt. Sinai, he’ll only be making a few thousand more than I was in Lansing as a professional paper pusher/legal secretary. I’m just thankful he was smart enough to pick a grad school that didn’t require payment for tuition. We’re not faced with a buttload of grad school debt now. In fact, his Ph.D. is paid for before his Bachelors is!

Ok, so I’ll leave you with some food porn pictures in the vein of my favorite Moshin’ Mommy Stacie (she takes the best food porn pics!)

Part of moving involves what I’ve dubbed “Operation Pantry Raid.” It’s where you come up with meal ideas from the food you have on hand so you don’t have to pack a case of canned soup with you when you move.

For some reason I had a can of garbanzo beans. So what can you make with garbanzo beans? Hummus of course!

But what can you have with hummus? How about lamb kabobs?


Plus we’ve got some charcoal and lighter fluid we have to use up before we leave so this worked out great.

There’s a funny story involving Dr. Mad Scientist going to the butcher shop for that lamb and being the only gringo in there. Because he doesn't speak a lick of Spanish, he got leg of lamb instead of lamb shoulder, but hey, it was still tasty!


Chunky and I had to pose for a picture with our completed spread of homemade pita bread, lamb kabobs, hummus, and a yogurt sauce.

Boy it was delicious!

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Blogger Zonda said...

Nice socks! They'll be original, just like you! :) Those kabobs look scrummy! Glad you are taking a bit of time to knit amongst all the goings on!

10:13 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

You mean Dr.'s are supposed to make money? If you find the place where that happens be sure to let me know so I can get J up there pronto!

10:14 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

The food looks great!!! I love the sock color too....but the food! Mmmmmmm

10:49 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I like the socks too but got distracted by the food post. Now I'm just hungry.

I'm also mentally preparing myself for the Bezzie blackout when you hit the road. It will be as if the moon has eclipsed the sun. sigh.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

Good luck with your move. I lived in Jersey for two years and loved it, (all except the cold weather, but I hear you love that sh*t so it'll be fine)

The kabobs are making me hungry.
Homemade pitas! Now that is energy!

Your socks are really pretty. The thing is that you started the two fraternals at a different place in the color sequence. There are some people who claim to be able to find the "right" place to start in a color sequence for the second sock to match, but I have never had enough brainpower to make that happen. ;-)

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am impress!!! Packing and knitting and getting thing done!! The Kabobs look good but I think that I would of liked beef or pork better. Love, Mom

11:44 AM  
Blogger Janna said...

I like the fraternal socks!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Sparkly Spiral Girl said...

Those socks are too cool!

Ok, now I just HAVE to ask...what is that pig on your table???

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Oh, man...hummus and lamb kabobs...I'm getting the squirts just thinking about it.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Yay! I'm glad the move is going well. Your lamb kabobs looks good even though I've never had lamb! Is Chunky excited to be moving somewhere new? Keep chugging on the socks!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

mmmm..food looks yummy.

People have that same misconception about lawyers that they have about PhDs. Trust me. Just because I'm a lawyer does not mean I have money at all. I make the same amount of money right now as my college-dropout husband but he doesn't have the $70,000 student loan debt.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Faternal socks work for sure!!! Those colors are "yummy" LOL

It is/will be neat to see your moving progression. They say it is one of the most stressful things to do move but somehow I don't think your a gal to get too stressed...you have far to much fun!!

I adore your chunky...he is going to be on high demand in about 10 years...girls will be calling him no stop!

p.s. the food looks so good!!!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

Ok, I'm eating lunch as I read this, and I'm still hungry!

Man, sorry I sent you munant pooling yarn!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous NikBudnik said...

Those kebabs looks really good. I LOVE lamb. I think it is my favorite over any other type of meat.
I like my garbanzos in a curry sauce with rice-it is one of my favorite Indian dishes.
Homemade Pita? You are ambitious- that is a job for sure!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

MMMMM lamb kabobs. When we were at the supermarket last night, and the temp was about -10 (literally!!!), Owen pointed out that charcoal wasn't moving too fast. Wonder why?

4:12 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

heh - Zonda said "scrummy"

4:17 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

What is the deal!? I'm assuming there are pictures to go with this post? LOL! This is the second blogger blog that I don't see any pics. I'm sure your fraternal socks are great :o)

6:49 PM  
Blogger Ceallach said...

I hate packing. So I am happy to leave it to you, so to speak....

Oh, and here's to living cheaply!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

I just saw your yellow hat modeled on the future GQ model (A.K.A. Garcia baby)! http://reddogknits.wordpress.com/ I love it!!
I'm bummed your sock pictures didn't load for me. I bet they're great!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Love those socks! That's weird about the swirly thing...you must be knitting tighter...that must be the point when you decided you'll be moving to NJ instead (boo).

So wait, I'm a little confused, but maybe I didn't read carefully enough. When you say Mt. Sinai, do you mean the town or the hospital??

9:12 PM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

Happy packing! Faternal socks are THE best - but I may be biased with the whole faternal thing ;)Man, the chunkster sure is a looker - have fun with that when he the girls start knoking ;)

9:34 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I wanna eat at your house! Lamb and hummus! I can't find tahini here!!! It gets me pissed off, maybe I should find an online source... thanks for the food photo props... yer too kind! Now get off the 'puter and get packin!

9:43 PM  
Blogger Denice said...

After you're done with your move, I'll take that flame. But only for a little while. Give me some of your moving mojo, while you're at it. We're probably moving soon, but I want to know 100% for sure before I pack.

The fraternal socks are gorgeous, and your meal makes me really hungry.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Lamb kabobs with yogurt sauce?!? Well, thanks! Now I need to go change my shirt ... or get a freakin' bib!

We moved from Texas to Maine, driving our little Honda Civic loaded to the roof with our baby, our new dog, our iguana, and as much stuff as we thought we'd need while looking for a place to live. It was quite an adventure ;).

Hope yours is less "exciting" - Hint: go around Arkansas! People at Virginia rest stops know how to break into cars - which was good for us, but could have been bad :).

8:50 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

I'll post the answer today, promise...

I am missing the sun terribly, mostly because I'm stuck 40 floors up in AC hell...I'd love to trade sun for gray...but then I'd be in Texas....eeeep! And probably stuck in AC hell there too....no win situation...

8:54 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

BTW...great kebobs!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

I'm drooling! I want kebobs for breakfast now, just don't tell the husband, I'll never live it down!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Love those socks! Sonds like you're right on track with the moving Fun. I wish you guys the best of luck and hope that everything goes smoothly.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Andi said...

I'd have to say the self portrait with my hat on :)

Good luck with the packing!

2:34 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Dinner looks yummy!

The socks look great. Funny how the second one always has to be different!

4:35 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Oooo, pretty socks! I actually like it when they come out differently. And I'm not just saying that because they always do. No, seriously. I really mean it.

And I really must know where you got that pic, because it. is. awesome.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Pyewacket said...

*whimper* Can I hire you as my personal chef? I hate cooking, and your food porn always looks so good.

I guess it's not a job that lends itself to telecommuting though. And you'd hate Florida. Ah well. Maybe I'll get off my ass and make my own damn kebobs. ;-)

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Dinner looks yummy! I do like the socks! Good for you for making some knitting time! It's important to balance and relax a bit! Good luck with finding a place!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

That looks delicious - I'll leave you hanging over whether I mean the food or the yarn ;)

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

My first reaction to "what goes with hummus" was "why make anything else? Just have the hummus for dinner." Ah, the single life! :p

6:25 PM  

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