Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stupid Decisions

Today's post is brought to you by Stupidity.

Stupidity is that thing that you do thinking at the time it's a good idea, but if you weren't blinded by said stupidity, you would have realized that it wasn't such a good idea.


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Like taking $250,000 in goods and services from a now-beleaguered oil services contractor and concealing it.

Sorry Teddy Boy, looks like you probably won't die in office after all.

And although you've shamed Alaska, you've brought a little bit of fame being the first Senator indicted on federal charges in 15 years. Way to break the no-indictment streak!!

If he's found guilty I hope they change the name of the airport.

My next profile in stupidity is inspired by the Lady in the Ugly Pink Shirt Driving a Silver Car.

I was driving Chunky to school today. As I do 5/7ths of the 4.23 weeks of each month.

On the road, there was a large landscaping service truck pulling a trailer behind it, a guy on a motorcycle, and then me.

We all had to slow down when Landscaping Truck went to make a right turn onto a neighborhood street.

Apparently, while Landscaping Truck was making his turn, Ugly Pink Shirt was making a left-hand turn onto the road we were on from the neighborhood street Landscaping Truck was turning onto.

She must have assumed Landscaping Truck would be going slow enough to block oncoming traffic coming from our direction so she could complete her left.

Well Ugly Pink Shirt was wrong.

She was 3/4th of the way into the turn about to complete it when Landscaping Truck finished its turn.

Now all of this happened fast enough where Motorcycle Dude and I had to slow down to let Landscaping Truck make it's turn, but it wasn't necessary to come to a complete stop. So we both had some good momentum going.

And sadly Motorcycle Dude's momentum caused him to ram his hog straight into the back of Ugly Pink Shirt's silver car.

The impact, and her finishing the turn (dragging the bike a bit), caused his bike to jack to a 90 degree angle and fall over. He did three to four somersaults head first over his bike.

Holy Mother of Fatzah.

I've been driving 11 or 12 years (I got my license in late-teenagerdom!) and I've witnesses a handful of fender benders in my life, but I will NEVER forget the image of another human being hurtling thru the air like that and somersaulting over and over on the pavement.

Luckily and amazingly, Motorcycle Dude was OK. He got up and walked away clutching his arm. He had a pretty good case of road rash on it and really tore up his elbow, but for the most part I think he was OK. And yes, he was wearing a helmet.

I pulled over and called 911 (which is really hard to do in New Jersey when you witness something like this at the edge of where 3 towns meet and you're not sure what town exactly you're in when the 911 operator asks you!).

I figured since I was basically the only one who witnessed the accident aside from the participants, (there was no one coming in the opposite direction that would have seen it and possibly run over Motorcycle Dude as he skittered into the other lane of traffic), I should probably stick around.

After about 1/2 an hour I finally got one of the officers who showed up on the scene to talk to me (I really didn't want to interrupt the coppers doing their job talking to Ugly Pink Shirt and Motorcycle Dude). He thanked me for waiting around, but said since it was pretty clear Ugly Pink Shirt was completely at fault for the accident, they wouldn't need my statement for the official report.

Another example of stupidity in action and how one dumbass move can really change your life.

Be it federal charges or near-misses in adventures in involuntary manslaughter.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

3 of 6

Yesterday I finished the hat I made my Oldest Younger Brother for Christmas. He's the patriarch of the B6 Clan.

Wanna see it?

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Ooo! Pretty! Ha ha, I think Oldest Younger Brother gets over here once in a while, and while I will ruin the surprise that he's getting a hat for Christmas, he doesn't get to see what it is!

And for the first time I'm going to link to The Place That Shall Not Be Named for the knitters/crocheters who may want to see it. Sorry to T. and Mom who won't get to see it either...muhahahahaha!

Here's the link.

Enjoy it, it may not be up there long. I like to post FOs at The Place That Shall Not Be Named that either:

a.) are low-popularity patterns--(I try to post for patterns that less than 100 people post);
b.) are kooky creations (the penis); or
c.) I look like a scrotal turtle or bandito modeling them (Ice Queen and Si Capitan).

But moving on from knitting look what I picked up this weekend.

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Muhahahahahah!

I wanted to can last year, but never did.

This year I want to do some salsa and applesauce. Salsa from the farm-stand tomatoes the stand across the street from my office is selling (they just opened this past Monday). And applesauce from the apples on the tree in the front yard.

Oh! And pickles if my cucumber plants make good on all those flowers they're producing!

I used my birthday gift card from my bosses to purchase the canning supplies. (I also bought myself a flickr subscription--mainly because our computer can't burn CDs anymore and if our hard drive crashes, I will miss my pictures the most.) I've still got 1/2 of the card left too!

One of these upcoming weekends, me and my friend Betty C. will see what we can come up with. Bah-doom-doom-ching!

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Friday, July 25, 2008

No, Not Pie You Fat...

Well I won't finish that South Park quote.

But today's post is all about pie.

Remember my Fourth of July apple pie? And the failed store-bought crust?

It crumbled to high hell when I tried to put it on top. And when I tried re-rolling it like the instructions said, that just made matters worse.

So I emailed the company about these problems and yesterday this appeared in the mail:

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Kudos to Mrs. Smith's. And guess who's buying pie next time she goes grocery shopping?

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Friday Eve

I'm off today.

I had to bring Chunky in for his school physical. The appointment fell at a weird time of the day and it would have meant showing up for work, working for 1/2 an hour, leaving, taking him to his appointment and by the time I got him back to school and got back to work myself, I maybe could have worked for 2 hours. What a waste of time (and gas!).

I had to get his physical paperwork done to get him registered for PUBLIC school. On August 4 I've got an appointment to get him finally registered.

I swear applying for college wasn't this much of a hassle.

But the little monkey measured in officially at 4'2" tall. I've got 23 years on the kid, and as of today--only one foot in height over him. Sigh.

Tomorrow I have to make an appointment for him to have his hearing officially tested. His left-Stephen-Colbert-ear* didn't fully pass the hearing screening.

I'm not too worried because honestly--there's nothing you can do about it if he's lost (if he ever had) the ability to hear those lower octaves in his left ear. His other ear is just fine and he does good in school. I don't see where else besides school it would be a problem.

I actually feel pretty good about it because it could be worse. His doctor was telling me about another patient his age that has the same type of loss. But their loss was due to iPod use. Can you imagine? Man I would have felt like the shittiest mom alive if that had been my kid.

Anyway, I realized it's getting to be the end of the month. And y'all know what that means.

The time to draw names for this month's K.A.Y.E. drawing is coming close.

The prize this time is a little homemade.

Or should I say handspun?

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Starting with left to right:

Fiber: 100% Merino wool from Woolbearers (handwash)
Amount: Approx. 69 yards/4.2 oz.
Fiber donated by: Lynn

Fiber: 100% Merino w/Sparkle from Terra Bella (superwash)
Official Color Name: "Clouds in my Coffee" (you're so vaaaaain, I'll bet you think this yarn is about you....)
Amount: Approx. 60 yards/1.45 oz
Fiber donated by: Sgeddes

Fiber: 100% cashmere (handwash)
Amount: Approx. 30 yards/.80 oz
Fiber donated by: Bina

Now I can't guarantee those yardage amounts--that's where I suck at spinning. I just wrap it around my chair which is a 51 inch loop, count the loops, times that number by 51, and then divide by 36.

But if you're interested in my humble attempts at spinning. Click on the K.A.Y.E. link in this post, read the rules, and if you qualify, enter!!

Good luck to the July entrants who have already sent in their names!

*Go look at a picture of Stephen Colbert. His one ear sticks out more than his other. So does Chunky's. This is my fault. When he was a baby, I'd put him in his cradle swing and he'd sleep with his head turned and his ear would fold over. I noticed it was starting to stick. His Michigan pediatrician told me not to worry about it, it wouldn't stay that way. What a dumbass. I should have known better than to listen to a chain smoking pedatrician named Peter Jennings. (Ironic, no, considering what happened to the "real" Peter Jennings?).

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

2 of 6

I finished hat #2 of the 6 I'm making for the B6 Family last night.

I hope Oldest Maternal Niece (aren't my blog nicknames clever?) doesn't read this blog. I don't think she does. Her mom does, so I won't be showing her hat when I make it, but I think it's safe to post OMN's hat.

Kind of a crappy photo, but here it is:

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The stats--

Pattern: Fusilli Beanie

Yarn: Noro Kureyon, color 153, not even a full ball

Needles: US 8

Notes: A fast and fun knit. I struggled with finding a pattern for OMN, but I settled on this one. After her mom informed me she digs purple--I pulled this Noro out of the stash.

Now because OMN is I want to say a young teenager now (or about to be one) I went with a beanie because it will keep her head warm without being too dorkalicious that she won't want to wear a hat when it's cold. It doesn't quite cover my ears. But I figure any head coverage is better than no coverage.

I grew up in a cold climate, I remember the peer pressure to not wear dorky winter hats!

I hope she digs it.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hitchin' a Ride

Remember my little compost-pile hitchhiker pumpkin that was growing in my pea pot?

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This picture was taken circa June 29. Not even a month ago.

The peas are long gone. They were smart. When it got hot, they curled up, wilted, and died.

Kind of like what I've been wishing to do throughout this hellishly hot weather.

But apparently pumpkins would thrive in hell.

Here's that same pumpkin now--circa July 20.

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Needless to say the old pot garden is hitting its mid-summer stride.

The sunflowers are opening.

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The socks are rocking.

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Those white spindly flowers are alyssum growing out of the sock. I believe alyssum is meant as a ground cover. It's kind of cool watching them adapt to being a hanging plant.

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The grape tomatoes are slowly chugging along.

And finally, the cukes are growing!

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It's my first year planting cukes and I'm loving them! The cucumber in this picture was also photographed on Sunday. Today--two days later--that cucumber is now twice as big. Amazing!

I'm dreaming of pickles.

Speaking of dreaming, I think I'm off to do some pre-sleep.* I didn't get home until 11:45 p.m. last night.

The time and a half will be nice, but not having to eat dinner, make lunches for the next morning (Dr. Mad Scientist forgot), and shower past midnight only to have to be awake by 6:30 a.m. the next morning would have been nice too.

But the Case from Hell has been throughly briefed--now we just wait til oral arguments in October. Which will have nothing to do with me! Woo hoo!




*This is what you do when you're my mother--you come home from work, fix dinner, eat dinner and fall asleep on the couch snoring while everyone else is trying to watch TV. You only get up in order to get to your bedroom to sleep the rest of the night. Because if you don't get that pre-sleep, how are you supposed to get to sleep at night? Ha ha!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

No Time To Blog

It's the third and final brief due today in the Case From Hell so I'll be working late again tonight.

So enjoy a Summer Grape Salad while I'm at work tonight.

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Take 2 to 4 pounds of green and/or red grapes--the recipe calls for 2 pounds each of red and green grapes. I just used 2 lbs. of red grapes. Wash 'em and dry 'em (as good as you can.)

Whip a cup of sour cream, 8 oz. of cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar (although I only used about 1/2 a cup) and a teaspoon of vanilla.

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Whip it real good.

Then spread it on top of the grapes. I'm thinking other types of fruit would be just as good--blueberries or strawberries perhaps?

Next mix a cup of brown sugar (again I only used 1/2 a cup) with a cup of crushed pecans.

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Spread it on top of the salad. Chill for four hours or more and enjoy. This makes a great potluck salad.

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This salad has a legal connection too--I got the recipe from Sarah, the aloof, bitchy clerk who worked at the circuit court and always treated me rudely when I was trying to file something.

Once she joined the law firm across the hall from my firm in Michigan, she was no longer aloof or bitchy. Maybe civil service was sucking away her soul.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

It's 10:00 a.m.

And it's 91 degrees outside.

I had to confirm the actual temperature with weather.com. But the cat thermometer was a good indication.

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I HATE SUMMER. I realize there are people that thrive on summer and love the hot climates, but try those hot climates without the luxury of air conditioning and get back to me with your thriveability.

As you can see I get cranky when it's hot too.

I was stupid and finished a Christmas present.

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It's a wool hat made from some handspun for one of the B6 Clan as they migrate to Denver in the fall.

This one is for Chunky's cousin who is almost exactly 11 months younger than him. Therefore, I used his head as a model. I hope it fits her as Chunky does have a ginormous head.

I put some little bear ears on it to cuten/liven it up a bit. I'd link to the pattern I stole the ears from, but it's poorly written and if you're a newbie knitter, it could be very confusing.

I hope she likes it.

Oh and before I go to baste in some more of my own sweat some more, I'd like state that I stand corrected.

Señor Tweed of the Brooklyn persuasion chose a camera as his prop-of-choice in the photo shoot of his latest EZ/Swansen sweater instead of a coffee cup. An interesting choice. I want to say he's only used the camera-prop once before (I'd have to double check that).

And finally--the story behind Whale's Vagina. I guess a majority of y'all don't enjoy the Will Ferrell movies like I do. That is what he calls San Diego, claiming "San Diego" is German for "Whale's Vagina" in Anchorman.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Finally.

They're done!

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Don't mind how dirty my futon cover is. We bought light blue thinking it would show less cat hair. Which it does. But we forgot about dirt.

Chunky's bummed because he didn't get to wear them today. I left them on the couch for him this morning and when I woke up he was already wearing them.

If you're in New Jersey or the Mid-Atlantic, you'll know why I told him immediately to take them off. It's supposed to be 91 degrees and super humid today (which will be nice compared to 99-100 degrees tomorrow).

I'm not about to win Mother of the Year for sending my kid to summer school in July wearing wool socks.

The details--

Pattern: Stockinette, yawn.

Yarn: Opal Rainforest in Tiger--ala Magatha.

Needles: US 0s (I think after they get so small--I stop trying to figure out which ones they are unless I really have to.)

Notes: I started these socks in what, April? March? It was forEVER ago. Thank god they're done. The next pair of socks I make will be for me, lacey and fast, and on size US 2 needles. I'm done with stockinette on small needles!

Now onto Christmas knitting in the lunch bag! My brother and his clan are moving to the Denver area (no one with a family lives in Denver-Denver!) at the beginning of November. His wife is from Whale's Vagina, California and they've lived the last few years in North Carolina--not really known for it's cold temperatures. So they'll need some stuff to keep them warm. Hee hee, I can't wait to hear about their first real snow!

Back when we lived in Fort Collins, CO (and me in Greeley, CO) when it would snow, it would SNOW. It never stuck around long, like it does in Alaska, but it's a nice substitute.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Next Up

Shetland Shorty.

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I dig it. But the pattern seems like a lot of fuss for a simple mesh-knit. I'm almost tempted to just do my K2tog/YO mesh knit that I used on My Own Personal Jesus Spider Bag. Same effect more or less.

Ah well, this will hopefully be a quick knit and I can move on to baby sweaters for impending related spawns.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Sabado y Domingo

I’ll start with Saturday.

I met up with Chris at A Yarn For All Seasons—one of her regular haunts. They were having their un-tent sale and had a lot of good deals.

I didn’t buy anything (more on why that was later) and Chunky informed me at the store he was disappointed they didn’t have more dead muppet yarn. But it was a cute shop. And damn was their Noro selection incredible! I got to fondle some Noro lines I had only just read about before.

Next we had lunch next door at a cute little restaurant/bistro/café/tearoom type place. Very delish. I had been craving buffalo chicken all week and they had a buffalo chicken wrap that was divine.

Chris and I let Chunky eat some of the fries off our plates (with our permission of course, I’m not raising that much of a heathen) since he had had lunch prior to setting out (we met up at the yarn store at 12:00--you don't drag a kid to a yarn store unfed. He whines enough about going to yarn stores--why add hunger to that mix?) While we ate, he entertained us with his six-year old stories. Sorry he kept interrupting us Chris--he gets that from his daddy!

Finally Chris took us to a park nearby with a really cool playground for Chunky to play on while we sat and chatted in the shade of a tree housing an overly-vocal/horny bird.

When I say cool playground, it was one of those ones yet untouched by overprotective parents. There were some cool ways you could have really hurt yourself if you mis-played with the equipment. Dangerous equipment is always the funnest equipment right?!

While Chunky played, Chris was nice enough to teach me how to do this:

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Pretty cool huh? I’m a visual person and diagrams don’t click for me. So Chris showed me how to single, half-single (just call it .5!) double, and even triple crochet.

I goofed on the triple crochet at the very top row. But I realized it half way through the row. I figure hey, if I realize what I’m doing wrong, no big deal. At least I caught it! Now I won’t be going on a crocheting frenzy. But it’s nice to finally know how to do it. Thanks Chris!

Sunday was fun too.

After Dr. Mad Scientist’s meeting, we packed up the car and headed to the shore. We had lunch in the car since the beach we go to, Sea Girt, doesn’t allow food on the beach. That was fine. I prefer my sandwiches sans sand anyway.

There wasn't much water frolicking since Hurricane/Tropical Storm Bertha was causing some seriously big-ass waves and very dangerous rip tides.

Those rip tides killed a couple of swimmers in AC and Wildwood which are a lot further south than Sea Girt, but still. We and the lifeguards weren't taking any chances.

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The boys did get their toes wet though.

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And Chunky was still able to get enough water to make his sand castle.

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After the day was done, we were very relaxed and tired.

On the way home, I realized that I no longer looked like this.

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Instead, I look like a spokesperson for Red Lobster.

Admittedly, I missed some spots with the SPF 50--like the strip of skin on my forehead that's right below my hairline and the tops of my hands--both are pretty burned.

But my shoulders and chest? Those I liberally slathered with sunblock. We were in the sun a total of 3 hours.

Now that I re-read the bottle and it reads: "Retains SPF for 80 minutes." BAH! I grew up in Alaska before global warming--I'm not too smart when it comes to these common-knowledge sun facts.

On the plus side? I'm not nearly as burned as I was last year!

Ah well. I guess this just proves you can take the girl out of Alaska, but not the Alaska out of the girl!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Black Lily

She's done! She dried and, well, I guess blocked.

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Don't mind the "Joe Cool"/narcoleptic look, nor the stray thread from the clasp that I forgot to trim before the photo shoot. Oops.

Normally I don't post pictures of my pasty white fat legs--but they don't look bad in that picture!

Next up, a detail of a sleeve shot ala Brooklyn Tweed style.

Go click on his Finished Object galleries and count how many shots of a finished object he has where he poses with a coffee cup. It's amusing and presumptious at the same time. C'mon Tweedy, go buy yourself a 40 of Bud and live like the other half lives.

ETA: Go check out his latest FO. I will bet you a skein of TLC Cotton Plus that the photoshoot for this latest FO involves a coffee mug and/or cup in some artsy fartsy pose. My second guess would be a beach shot on a moody overcast day maybe with a glass of some snooty brand of west-coast fermented summer wine. Whatever he decides--mug shot or not--watch as the panties pile up in his comment section.

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Note the rolling of the sleeves despite the blocking.

This is a blurry shot, but it's hard to do a closeup on your own ass!

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But despite the blurriness, you can again see the excessive rolling at the end despite the blocking.

The details:

Pattern: Lily by Marie Grace Designs

Yarn: My favorite--TLC Cotton Plus in black; 4.5 balls.

Needles: US 6

Notes: Aside from the excessive rolling (but it's stockinette, what was I expecting??) I love this sweater! It's top down--my fave; I was able to sub the yarn from some black TLC Cotton Plus I had in my stash--awesome; and it's a versatile sweater that I can throw on top of a tank top/short sleeved blouse thus extending my summer wardrobe into winter--bonus!!

I did make a few modifications though.

First, I did not make the weird "(K1, yo, K1) all in same stitch" for the raglan increases like the pattern called for. As much as I googled and consulted Barbie Walker's Knitting From the Top Down where that increase is highlighted, I just did NOT GET IT! I must have frogged the first few rows six times trying to comprehend this increase. Instead I used a K1fb to increase. It threw the stitch count off by a minute amount but since I've made a couple of top-down raglans, I wasn't too worried.

Second, I knitted around the fronts and neckline three times instead of once to give the fronts and neckline a little more substance.

Finally, I did not knit the ties like the pattern called for. What can I say? I fell in love with the idea of using a metal clasp on a sweater when Chris and I went shopping for a clasp for her Mr. Greenjeans sweater.

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I'd like to pretend I posed and made this face, but the camera snapped the instant I realized that I hadn't snipped the clasp threads.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

So close...

Lily is blocking as I type!

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Hopefully the 87% humidity won't prevent her from drying too slowly and I can show you the finished product tomorrow.

Not like I'm in a hurry to wear a long sleeved sweater right now.

But speaking of long sleeved sweater weather...

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...my Younger Younger Brother informed me that although they didn't win the new set of tires in that photo contest I posted for y'all to vote for the above picture, they did win a digital photo frame.

So thank you to all who voted!!

Come January when my SIL (on the sled) pops out their baby making Crispy (pulling the sled) a big furry four legged sister, they'll have a nice frame to stick digital baby pictures in.

Which reminds me, I should get crackin' on some baby knitting.

January is still quite a ways off right?

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Red White and Blue

I love three day weekends.

Especially ones where you have an excuse to gorge yourself with food.

We managed to grill some steak before it rained.

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(Chunky and I split a steak. Dr. Mad Scientist ate the other).

We had a nice salad.

A side of watermelon.

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And for dessert--apple pie ala mode of course.

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The bottom crust was store-bought and the top one I was forced to make myself. On the plus side, I think I've gotten over my phobia of pie crusts. The top crust was quite flaky and good.

I think I was being too much of a pussy in trying my other crusts. Afraid that I would over-roll the dough and make the crust tough. The trick is to be rough with it, but not too rough. Thanksgiving here I come!

Shifting gears, Roxy tagged me with a bathroom meme.

It's quite simple: Name 5 things you have in your main bathroom and what theme is your shower curtain? Describe and pass on to 5 other people.

Five things in my bathroom:

1. The big ladybug on the toilet tank.

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(don't mind the stray Bezzie hairs there...)

2. A large container of Chunky's Gummy Vites (from Costco). Remember the good old days where we had Flinstone (or in our case Flintstone knock-off) vitamins?

3. A bottle of Head N'Shoulders. Yeah, I'll admit it. I've got this patch of dandruff on my head. Not my whole scalp mind you--just this one patch. Normally it only flares up in the winter. But this summer it's been bad. I have my own hypothesis as to why it's decided to be annoying this summer.

4. A big tube of SPF 50 sunscreen for extra-pale Alaskan (and Michigan born to Alaskan parents) skin. We're planning a Jersey Shore trip later this month.

5. An old in-the-wall-radiator that doesn't work. But it's OK, the bathroom doesn't realy get that cold.

And the shower curtain? It's blue.

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Like it has been since we got married. The bathroom is the only room in my house that has a put-together color scheme. Blue. The shower curtain is dark blue, the bathmat and toilet lid cover are blue too. They're not the original curtain/bathmat/lid cover from nearly 9 years ago when we were married, but they're easily replaced because blue never goes out of style.

Pretty boring huh?

I know Roxy already tagged her, but you have GOT to see Karen's bathroom(s). Each one is very cool in it's own respect. Chunky was duly impressed by something in her downstairs bathroom when we came to visit her last Saturday. Oh who am I kidding--I was very amused too!!

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

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Every Friday (or Thursday in this case because of the short week) Chunky's class has a coloring contest.

He won this week for this creation. I guess the other kids stopped at merely just coloring the pictures.

I don't hate to say it, but I'm so glad he got my crafty gene.

Dr. Mad Scientist was remeniscing the other night about how he did many of the same activities Chunky does when he was six with the exception of how much he colors and creates. Dr. Mad Scientist never much of that.

Muhahahaha! That's all me baby!

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tiger Lily

I swear I started these socks in March.

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Chunky's feet will have outgrown them by the time it's cold enough to wear them. Maybe they'll be growing something in them next summer?

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And Lily. Black knitting is hard to photograph and boring to see until it's done. I'm almost done with the waist decreases and then it's on to do about fifty five more rows which will include the waist increases. Then it's just the side and neck knitting and done!

I'm thinking I'll cast on Shetland Shortie next. I realized I don't have much of a summer short sleeved wardrobe, but I do have an ample supply of colored tank tops.

Not really kosher for the workplace. I've got some blue Sinfonia that Mamma sent me eons ago as part of a SP round (cheapass SP--the only kind I've ever done!). I think it will be perfect for a Shetland Shortie.

And then for my birthday last week, my two second and third string bosses (gotta respect the attorney heirachy!) got me this.

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Oh the temptation! I can't decide if I should spend it maybe here, or here, Or maybe save it until something really jumps out at me or on something sensible or an emergency.

Aw heck, maybe I can use it to buy catfood.

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Iz hait waitng for hers to finsh stuffink hers faz!

(Yeah, I'll never be a good LOL Cat captioner!)

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Not Much To Report

Well there was Sarah who won June's K.A.Y.E. prize.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Click the link. And don't despair June people who didn't win. Your name goes in the big year-end drawing pool.

Other than that things have been very quiet around here.

Lily Cardigan is starting to annoy me because I'm a slow knitter and I want it done NOW!

Same goes for the second tiger sock for Chunky. I took a nap at work at lunch today instead of working on it. I worked til 10:30 p.m. last night helping file a brief. Didn't get home til 11:00 p.m. and didn't get to bed til midnight. And it was hot. And a silly cat wanted to snuggle. And then when I fell asleep all I dreamt about was work. There was some sex in the dream, but it was with hubby--at work. Good lord, I need to get out more!

Whoever invented E-filing needs to be shot. Now attorneys can procrastinate until 11:59 p.m. the day a brief is due to file online. Back in the old days they only had til 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. the day it was due to get it to the clerk's office in time.

But I have been spinning.

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That's some Spunky Eclectic that Zanti gifted me with. I spun it while hanging out with Tamara and Karen at Karen's new Jersey digs on Saturday. Tamara brought her beanlets, and I brought Chunky, and of course Karen's Dan was there--so we had a good time spinning while the kiddies entertained themselves. It was cool to see some "real" wheels up close and personal now that I know how to spin and have my own wheel.

The pot garden has also taken off (since I have no knitting to show you).

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I've been pinching back the dead flowers on this mother's day petunia like Ina suggested. And she's right. It's still going strong. I love this little flower!

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Some bachelor buttons a/k/a cornflowers.

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My socks are rockin'. That's the allysium side blooming there.

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The cukes are starting to flower.

And although the lettuce and the peas have pretty much run their course, in thinning the peas the other day I discovered this in the pot:

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That would be a pumpkin. From last year's jack o'lanterns to be exact. Ah the joy of composting!

I think I'll leave him there. Once the peas are completely done, I'll remove what I can of them and see what this pumpkin will do. I've got sugar pumpkins properly planted but a jack o'lantern pumpkin wouldn't hurt!

In Chunky news he grabbed the camera to photo document some recently homeless starlings.

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The big storm we had a month ago must have loosened the overhang over one of Zorba's windows. Each spring starlings come to nest there and raise their babies. Luckily I think their babies had all flown the coop when this came down. It now rests next to the overhand that used to be above Zorba's porch.

And finally speaking of loose things coming off...this happened today.

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Sigh. My baby!

So I guess you could say there is a tad bit to report!

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