Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

May your pumpkins be tasty...

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Don't ask. They decided they wanted to taste the guts this year.

...and your carving helpers cute.

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And your pumpkin models cheesy.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

And thus concludes my month of non-stop blogging. WHEW! November won't be quite as verbose. Today also marks the 5th anniversary of blogging. Good lord, hard to believe I've nattered on for this long!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Frippery

Ok, I know you're all probably sick of my winter-holiday-obsession.

But look what I found hiding out in my freezer!!!

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Pattern: Teeny Tiny Mochimochi Snowmen

Yarn: Some random sport weight acrylic I had lying around.

Needles: US 2

Notes: I'm some kind of sickeningly-cute kick lately. This is the same designer who did the Petite Pencil I just knit (I ended up with three of those!). The only mods I made to this pattern is that I sewed on the eyes, nose and arms BEFORE I stuffed him. I also did the arms in brown (like twigs) and I gave him an orange carrot nose. I thought the original ones looked vaguely like eggs wearing scarves. I always try to give my real snowmen noses!

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I get the feeling there's going to be more of these little guys hanging out next to the ice cream soon!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

EMS

No, I'm not talking about Emergency Medical Services.

I'm talking about a new sorority I've decided to found--Evil Mom Society.

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I discovered today at 1:30 p.m. that I'm an Evil Mom.

You see, all the girls at work who had grade school aged kids cleared out so they could go witness the yearly Halloween Parade at their respective kids' schools.

Every year I scratch my head and go "Huh?" to this event.

I asked Chunky if a lot of parents showed up at his school for this.

"Uh, yeah Mom, they're lined up all around the school!"

So I guess I'm an Evil Mom. Oops.

I guess it's because my mom never bothered to come to my Halloween parties. Although I only ever remember one mom (the room mother) going.

Geeze Mom! Thanks a lot! See what you've turned me into? An Evil Mom! Ha ha!

Maybe this Halloween Parade thing is a Lower 48 thing? A New Jersey thing?

Anyway, that's neither here nor there.

As founder of the Evil Mom Society, we accept all Evil Moms--be they aspiring, current, past or semi-retired. We don't care if you're stay at home, working or work at home.

And if you're not an Evil Mom and you do do things like go to your kid(s) Halloween Parades (if they're not a regional thing), that's OK too. Without you being so good, the rest of us wouldn't be so evil.

Muhahahahahaahh!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sweet Silver Bells

I like to surf Etsy. A lot.

It's a great timesuck.

And it can be inspiring.

I hate to knock off shit, but when I see stuff on there sometimes I think "Hey, I can make that!"

And that's what happened with the jingle bell project.

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I saw things like these in my Etsy wanderings. And I thought to myself--well, you know.

Without further adieu, I give you my Beastly Holiday Bunting!

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It's so big, come Christmas time I'll be putting it in the kitchen.

Why the hell not? The kitchen is the only room I don't normally decorate (why yes, I do have Christmas bathroom decorations!).

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How much do I freaking love this???

She was a beast to make though. But I'm blaming that on my shitball of a machine.
I could not get the damn thing to make a consistent zig-zag stitch when I was connecting all the points.

Instead of zig-zag I got irregular sine waves--and that was when the machine was behaving.

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Oh well. Despite the unholiness that is my sewing machine, I think it turned out pretty good.

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I love this time of year--Halloween: the Gateway Holiday!

C'mon WINTER!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

There Were Bells

Oh and many bells there were!

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For my next trick FO I will be using these suckers.

Should be time consuming, but the end product should hopefully be amazing!

Right now I have ONE thing on the needles and I just downloaded a pattern for some frippery knitting.

It involves more snow.

What can I say? This disgusting late October weather of the mid-70s has me dreaming of the fluffy stuff.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weenie Hal

It's almost Halloween!

On this date in history, we were carving pumpkins with my sister in 2007.

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Ha ha! Oh Squirrel Gables, how I do NOT miss you! I do miss my sister (well both of them) though!

I'll of course post pictures of this year's pumpkins.

I was feeling uninspired in the costume department and Upstairs Neighbor Lady wanted to buy the boys costumes--who am I to deny this? Ha ha!

But if you really want to feel inspired, check out the costume Crafty Christina is making her daughter.

I'm so incredibly impressed I commented twice (once as my real name and once as Bezzie just now going back to grab the link). Ha ha!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Sock It To Me, Or Not

Hi my name is Bezzie and for my book report I read Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant.

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Since I really enjoyed 101 One Skein Wonders (I don't have the Luxury or Designer version of this book) and I a) have a lot of sock yarn and b) love, love, love small projects, I decided to buy this.

I bought this sight-unseen. I actually even pre-ordered it. HUGE for me. Usually I don't take such a risk.

But I gotta say, it was a risk that paid off.

The book is broken up into themed chapters: From Head to Toe; It's a Wrap!; Knits for Kids; Bag It and More.

I found at least one project in each chapter I could see myself knitting.

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The Socrates Gloves from the Head to Toe chapter.

Most of the scarves and shawls in the "It's a Wrap" chapter were kind of ho-hum. I'm not really a shawl person and the scarves seemed to me like they were all just taken from stitch pattern books. A couple were even knit in two halves and grafted in the middle at the end. Blech. No thanks. The joy of scarves is no finishing aside from weaving in ends!

But I did like this scarf.

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The Lettuce Slide Scarf. I'm a sucker for uniquely constructed things.

The Knits for Kids chapter was dominiated by knits for girls (surprise surprise!) with a few token items in there for boys.

I found myself drawn to this little number for girls though:

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It's like a Lizard Ridge jumper! See above comment about uniquely constructed items. Ha ha!

I also dug the knit blocks they had.

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I know there's like a million freebie patterns out there for knit blocks, but this will be nice to have right at my fingertips (no searching online!) when I'm sick of knitting baby sweaters or blankets or trying to do the math on how big a summer born baby will be for a sweater come fall.
There are a few other items I liked and could see myself knitting in there, but we'll keep this review short-ish.

Don't let the name of the book fool you either--there are a few sock patterns in there!

My only gripe with the book is a weak one. For many (not all) of the items that need to be sized (for example the baby clothes), they only give one sizing. Or a broad range of sizing--like a hat will fit a 6 to 24 month old kid. Yeah, right. Not my large headed offspring!

But like I said, weak argument because the designers were working with a fixed amount of yarn--of course they're not going to be able to knit something ranging in size from 3 months old to 24 moths.

Overall? Great purchase and definitely worth a thumb-through next time you're at your local bookstore, library or LYS!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sloppy Seconds

I give you my shittacular second attempt at quilting.

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Such a Monet.

Because when you get up close you can see the godawful binding.

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Or the mis-matched piecing.

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Awful. But whatever. I wanted to try my hand at machine quilting for a change.

Verdict?

Suck.

I also felt it needed a little something else, so I added some Christmas buttons I had salvaged from something:

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I'm going to go ahead and blame either the thread I used or the machine for the shitty quilting.

Things I learned from this quilt:

Take care where you want your binding to hit and plan accordingly when you cut out everything.

As shitty as I thought my hand quilting was, it's not as bad as the crap my machine does.

I've got an idea for the leftover fabric from this debacle that should turn out MUCH nicer!

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Done!

Six to eight dozen cookies!

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Two containers of Symphony Brownies, one of Molasses Crinkles and one of plain old Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Whew! Now I can relax at night when the boys go bed.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Pencil Pusher

Seriously?

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Pattern: Petite Pencil

Yarn: Various scraps in the right colors!

Needles: US2

Notes: It took 15 minutes to knit this. I foresee a few more pencils in my future. The only mod? I didn't put the eyeballs on there. I'm thinking of making a couple to adorn a couple of teacher present packages at Christmas time.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

992

I have 992 posts here.

Almost 1000.

But that's not quite accurate.

You see, like the post I had up before this one, many times I type shit that isn't very well thought out. Or I type it between batches of cookies not really taking the time to explain what I really mean before I hit "Publish Post" and I inflame people I didn't meant to upset.

These are the days I consider just shutting it down. In the five years I've been doing this, I find myself censoring more and more all the time.

Work is one thing I used to try to make light of on here (back in Michigan). Oh the stories I could tell you now.

But can't.

You'll just have to wonder what those unpublished posts are.

Sorry. For that, and for being a clod.

Maybe we'll make it an even grand and call it good.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fishies in Da Hood

We've got cool neighbors.

I've mentioned this, yes?

Back in the middle of July Upstairs Neighbor Lady had her nephew visiting. He's about Chunky's age and they freaking hit it off.

Upstairs Neighbor Lady had plans to take her nephew to her church's little annual street carnival and asked if Chunky could go with. I didn't mind and gave Chunky a couple of bucks to get swindled out of playing the carnival games.

He came back with not a stuffed animal or some plastic crap toy--he came back with the coveted carnival goldfish.

That week the boys went out and bought the goldfish, whom Chunky decided to name "Leo," some chlorine remover, a big canister of fish flakes and some gravel for the bowl he came in.

I kept prepping Chunky for the inevitable. I kept telling him not to get attached to Leo because these fair fish always die young.

But here it is October--a good few months from July, and Leo's still kickin' it!

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Moochie LOVES Leo!!!!

Now I've mentioned our cool Basement Neighbor right? He's friends with everyone in the neighborhood.

So when Guy Next Door was moving this weekend to North Carolina and packing up his stuff, he asked Basement Neighbor if he knew anyone that would be interested in taking his fish tank off his hands.

Basement Neighbor immediately thought of Chunky. Chunky ran the idea by me and next thing you know, he's got a sweet ass self-contained little 25 gallon aquatic ecosystem in his bedroom.

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There's a buttload of real plants in there, a shrimp, tons of snails and lots of Danios. And baby Danios!!!!

Talk about sweet! What a set up! There's a heater, filters, lights and even a timer on the lights. At night the lights turn to this psychedelic black-moon light.

Chunky was a little nervous about the responsibility of taking care of these fish, but I told him it's not going to be that hard. The plants, snails and shrimp keep the water clean and all he's really going to have to do is feed them and every now and then top off the tank when the water evaporates.

Such cool neighbors! Such cool fish!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Let It Snow!

No, none of the coveted white stuff here yet.

But that doesn't mean I'm not getting prepared.

I love Halloween.

It's the "gateway" holiday.

I'm taking a break from Christmas knitting to work on this:

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Blurry craptacular flash-o-rific picture.

Meh. Not my best work. But it will be cute when it's done. Hopefully.

Stay tuned!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Here They Come

It's a big week for cookies this week.

Thursday and Friday night I will be baking up a storm. Oh boy!

It will be fun and Dr. Mad Scientist is getting people to reconsider their Saturday plans if only to stop in for a little bit to the AA-Palooza going on that afternoon with the lure of my cookies.

Hee hee!

To warm up, I started with these babies.

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These are the official Cookie of the Week.

They're Pumpkin Oatmeal cookies.

Think of a cakey pumpkin cookie knocking up an oatmeal cookie, this would be their love child.

Mmmmm!

I modified the Banana Oatmeal cookie recipe in the Betty Crocker Cooky Book.

3/4 cups shortening.
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teasp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups oatmeal
1/2 teas. nutmeg
1 teas. cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cream together your shortening and sugar. Add the egg and the pumpkin. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until it's all combined. Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet. Keep them apart because these WILL spread. I put mine on parchment paper so they were easy to get off the pan. Otherwise use an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Mmmmm! Enjoy! They're a lightly sweet cakey cookie. I really dig them. And I may or may not have sprinkled a pinch of those toffee chips you can buy in the store on top of half of them before I popped them into the oven. It was leftover from another cookie I made last week--I couldn't resist!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Siddhartha

The little camera wonkinator is sitting on my lap as I type this.

Lucky for him, I was able to get my camera back up and running, and he's cute.

Yesterday was a great day to lie low. We've got no money til Friday (when I get paid) because Newark Public Schools decided that paying Dr. Mad Scientist was too much of a bother apparently. He's worked there since before Labor Day and he's received ONE paycheck. I guess I should be happy he got that. But I digress. I didn't want to even waste any gas going anywhere.
So it was a spinning day!

I had this masham in my meager fiber stash:

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It's the August 2010 club offering from Crown Mountain Farm. The thing I like about their club aside from being quite affordable is that you can opt in at any time to their club.

I wasn't too keen on the color, there's a lot of orange in there. Or it could have been the name of the color that turned me off: Siddhartha.

Did anyone else have to read that for school? Barf. I might enjoy a little Hesse now, but back then, ugh. Awful!

But it spun up quite nicely.

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Maybe it's because it's almost Halloween that I'm able to enjoy this fiber more. I really like the orange and blue/gray together.

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See Mooch? You're not the only one who can take pictures of their thumbs!

I got about 129 yards out of the 4ozs of fiber. Not sure what I'll make out of it.

But I do think the color should be renamed to Flaming Sunset or Elephant Eating Cheetos.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Well...

You WOULD have gotten a post with pictures today. But a certain three foot monster screwed up my camera because he likes to take pictures of the floor and his thumb.

I think all I need to do is restart the computer, but every time we do that now, it takes half an hour.

I swear to cats is it really so hard to create an expensive device that won't turn to shit after two years?

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Friday, October 15, 2010

The Economy Must Be Picking Up

Is it just me or were many more people not going to Rhinebeck last year?

Things must be looking up?

Or perhaps it's just that the weather is only supposed to half-blow instead of suck this year.

I won't be going. I'm cool with it. Someday before we leave Nueva Jersey, but not this year.

Random Photo Reward For Bothering to Read the Drivel Today:

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Hee hee, I just couldn't eat this treasure I found in a bag of potatoes!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

You Say Yes

And I say no, no, no!

Well actually, I don't know WHAT I say.

This is the post I had all wonderfully written when it was eaten by blogger.

The other night Chunky came home with the following flyer in his backpack:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The School District is currently reviewing the possibility of instituting a policy of a school uniform for the 2011-2012 school year.

The uniform will consist of a collared shirt, pants, or skirt and shorts (May 1st to October 1st). The cost of a shirt is estimated to be approximately $10.00 per shirt.

All families receiving Free or Reduced lunch will receive 1 shirt, per child, at no cost.

The policy will apply to all grade levels.

The following is a short school survey regarding a uniform policy. Please complete the survey and return it to your child's school by October 20, 2010, so that we can assess the feasibility of uniforms in the district. The results of this survey will be discussed at a public Board of Education meeting in November.


Then there was a box to check for "Yes, I'm in favor of uniforms" or "No, I'm not in favor of uniforms."

Okay. Where to start?!

There are many facets to the school uniform idea.

They discourage gangs.

Remember the days of kids getting their asses kicked for Raiders jackets? Was that in Socal? I can't remember. Maybe it was an urban legend started by the Denver Broncos. Anyway, I guess certain clothing is used by different gang members to signify what affiliation they're with. And when you mix oil with water or Bloods with Crips, all hell breaks loose and people don't want that in school.

Guess what? Never underestimate the ingenuity of bad people. Ok, so you take away their "gang" clothing. They'll find new ways to designate themselves. Maybe Latin Kings like using red pencils at school. Are we going to ban red pencils too?

They level the social playing field. You can't tell who can afford designer clothes and who can't.

Ha ha!!! Man this one makes me laugh. Why? Because at $10 a pop for just shirts alone, I'd have to spend $100 for Chunky (5 long sleeved shirts, 5 short sleeved shirts) to wear for 9 months. And guess what? When he's at the end of the school year and those shirts are getting worn and threadbare, guess who won't be replacing them? Me. There's a whole sub-rant here about me wanting to punch people who say it's cheaper to wear school uniforms than civvies. Where are these people shopping??

Uniforms help kids do better in school.

Because uniforms make kids feel safer and then more eager to learn. Really? So they can learn what? How to ace the fill-scan-tron standardized test so they can get the hell out of that school and get a real job/go to college? Wearing a uniform or not, nowadays school is about Passing The Test. And guess what? As a 4.0 high school student -- some of us suck HARD at standardized tests. I don't care how many techniques you teach me, I just SUCK at them. Wearing a uniform isn't going to change that.

Uniforms promote unity and togetherness because everyone is dressed the same.

I can't say a damn thing about this. I was the girl wearing the opposing team's school colors during spirit week. Muhahahahahaha!

Uniforms promote creativity.

I love this argument. Allegedly because kids don't have to worry about channeling their creativity into how they look, they can use that creativity for other things. Hee hee! It's true! Sort of. Newark Public Schools have uniforms for all grades. This isn't so much true for the younger kids, but the older kids are very creative wearing their uniforms. I am amazed how they will "individualize" their uniforms by either pulling their pants down, rolling up their skirt bands or wearing as many buttons unbuttoned as they can without being cited for indecent exposure.

All of this aside, I couldn't answer the survey yes or no.

Why?

Because nowhere in the flyer did they say why they were considering school uniforms.

It's almost election time here in the States for some of us.

Imagine waking up one day and being dragged to the polls and being told to vote for Candidate A or Candidate B and you have NO idea why Candidate A and Candidate B are running. Could you vote with a clear conscious?

I had Chunky return the "short survey" where I wrote: I can't cast a vote until I know exactly why the school district is considering school uniforms. Please send more information regarding the background to this contemplation in policy before asking parental opinions on the matter.

I'm not too hopeful that I'll ever hear why.

And if Chunky's stories are true, these poor teachers are losing a lot of instructional time having to field questions about school uniforms (they don't know any more about it than we do apparently).

Hmmm....might be something there that might sway my vote!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Argh!

Another decent day to post but alas this time it's not a hungry Blogger eating my posts, it's work sucking me dry.

I love pro bono work. It means my bosses don't want to work on it and most of it gets dumped on me because I don't bill for my time.

Hells yeah.

Never mind you that when I end up with shit like this it takes me beyond the job description of "secretary."

And we can't have that!

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Because if I wasn't called a secretary, they wouldn't be able to pay me less!

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Because if they paid me more, it would mean I'd have extra money to pay for the 13% increase they're making us pay for our healthcare this upcoming year.

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Because if they paid me more, I'd be able to pay for my glasses out of pocket because they deleted the paltry coverage we used to have for vision in our new plan.

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But I shouldn't bitch because I'm employed right? Right? Some people don't have jobs. And those of us who are overworked and stretched to the max working for anywhere from five to seven bosses a day who think their projects are the ONLY thing I have to do all day shouldn't complain. I should be happy? Right? Right?

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Honestly, I'd even fore go a raise at this point if they would just HIRE MORE HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. They keep hiring part time people or when they do hire a new secretary, they assign her three people.

THREE?

I want to work for just three people! Actually I'd settle for four. Five is my breaking point. I'm barely keeping my head above water and my attitude (as you can see) is really suffering.

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It's damn good thing I've got my men at home and my hobbies, or you'd be reading about a crazed secretary making a chain of paperclips and rappelling off an office building in downtown Newark trying to escape to sweet freedom!!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crap

Damnit.

So I had this GREAT post. Insightful. Thoughful. Provoking.

And I lost it.

Until I can regroup and post it later this week -- enjoy a naked chicken.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Hats A Plenty, Hats Galore

Well maybe not galore. But enough.

I had some leftover fleece from Chunky's vest and I didn't really have ROOM for leftover fleece from Chunky's vest where I keep my fabric.

What to do?

How about some Half Hour Hats for Hatcircus? (Check out the Fall issue of Knitcircus for details). They'll keep a few tiny kindergartner heads warm with my scrap hats.

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But wait! One of these things is not like the others! One of these things just doesn't belong!

Yeah that would be a hat I knit as a gift for someone that after I finished it, just didn't seem like a good fit.

Not because there's anything wrong with the hat. It just doesn't click.

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So now some lucky gradeschooler in WI who lost/forgot/doesn't have a winter hat will get it.

I guess Wisconsin kids actually get recess in the winter. These wussy New Jersey kids seem to have indoor recess 50% of the time in the winter. Sad.

I tell Chunky if we ever move back up to Alaska, he's going to have to learn to play in the cold because they don't have indoor recess unless it's multiple degrees below zero. Not just because it's raining!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

When You Think You Have It Bad

It could be worse.

This was one of the high schools, that along with the one Dr. Mad Scientist is at now, had nearly all the teachers fired/reassigned due to poor performance.

Thank god he ended up where he did. Although a lot of what they describe in this article isn't too unfamiliar (the scheduling problems specifically). I'm also a little bit paranoid for Dr. Mad Scientist. His room still doesn't have a working lock on his classroom door so shit like this could easily go down in his room when he's not there.

He's already had stuff stolen from his classroom (partially his own fault for trusting in his fellow humans to do the right thing and respect another person's property), but it could be worse.

I could write volumes on what I think about this disparity in urban v. suburban schools, but it's all been said before.

I think Dr. Mad Scientist summed it up nicely when he had finished subbing for a class last spring at the high school in the town where we live (only a mere 7 miles from Newark).

He said after listening to them complain all day about what they didn't have in the midst of all the sparkling facilities and resources they DID have, he wanted to smack them.

How easy to forget that it could always be worse.

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Plotting

Two weeks until the area Alcoholics Anonymous has their 4th Annual Day of Sharing.

This year the theme is Step 4. Hee hee. Last year was Step 3. And next year, the fifth year it happens, the theme will be Step 5. Can't wait till year 13!

Anyway, Dr. Mad Scientist is on the planning committee and he volunteered me to make 6 to 8 dozen cookies.

Since this was the last time I was going to be going grocery shopping before the cookies had to be baked (we only grocery shop once every two weeks) I've been plotting.

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It may not seem like anything to plan, but there's a method to what I chose to submit.

I try to go with things that are somewhat mainstream and not too "out there." Comfort food cookies. Cookies that will look appetizing (because I've made my share of cookies that look like crap, but taste good) and this year I want to go a bit seasonal too. Mmmm!

Stay tuned!!

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Here We Go Again

Yesterday I went out.

A pair of attorneys at the firm are getting married in the next two weeks (but not to each other).

One is one of my bosses. The other is what I dub a quasi-boss because she gets a lot of work from my Big Boss, and in turn I do a lot of work with/for her.

A nice little bar was picked out for the gathering.

It was in the heart of downtown Newark. Two minutes from the Prudential Center (for non New Jersinians, it's a place where the New Jersey NBA team plays, they have concerts there, that kind of stuff). A little over a half-mile from the office. 7/10ths of a mile to be precise.

I know because I google-mapped it and walked there after work.

After I had had my fill of getting tipsy and making a general ass of myself, I wanted to go home.

It was 9:00 p.m.

Coworkers asked me where I had parked.

I replied back at the office.

"Do you need a ride back?"

"Um, no. I can walk."

"WALK? IN NEWARK AT NIGHT?"

I just don't fucking get it.

Ok, granted there was a Nets game going on and a big Poetry Festival (yeah, I guess poetry isn't dead after all), so the po-po was pretty visible.

But I would have walked by myself anyway.

And I did.

I said my goodnights, and set off.

Only to be chased.

No, not by some big scary mother-raper-father-stabber.

By one of my male coworkers who plead with me to let him give me a ride back to the office.

I held my ground and kept walking and told him there was nothing to be afraid of.

I've done my research. I'm more likely to be raped walking around Anchorage, Alaska.

And it's not like I didn't know where I was walking. I walk past that bar every other Friday to cash my paychecks (I've stopped going to the bank in the neighborhood where Mrs. Longbotham used to live).

Finally I was able to shake Knight In Shining Two Piece Suit.

Only to have my phone ring as I got to parking lot where my car was.

I just missed the call--it was Big Boss.

He filled me in on the story this morning. He apparently took off after me when Knight in Shining Two Piece Suit failed at his mission and called me when he couldn't find me (oh yes, I'm on his speed-dial. Lucky me.).

What can I say? I don't lolly gag. If I've got somewhere to go, I walk. Must be from all those marches to the grocery store mom used to put us on when we were little. March up to the grocery store, load up our backpacks with the groceries and march back home.

I did call him back after I saw I missed his call. I told him that I had just made it to the parking lot and I was safe and sound.

Aye.

I mean I get it. You want to be nice. You don't want bad things to happen to people.

But what if those bad things are perceived by you and not others?

I know I'm the minority but Newark is going to get NOWHERE if people are afraid to go outside at night.

And let's just cut to the chase and say what I'm almost positive they're all thinking. They don't like the idea of a 5'2" white girl walking home in a city that is (or at least was in 2000) 74% not-white.

GASP!

I can't help but wonder if we were in say I dunno some affluent part of New Jersey they would go through such trouble to get me to get into their cars to drive not even a mile.

Seriously, I don't know what I find more appalling, the idea of hopping into a car to travel .7 miles, or living your life in such crippling fear of the unknown?

And for the record, I was not raped, robbed or murdered on my short walk back to my car. Half the people I saw on my trip back to my car were mothers and kids/babies.

Well maybe I should be scared. Babies are known to have sharp teeth.

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CHOMP!

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Early Bird Gets the Yum

I'm going out tonight after work to celebrate one of my bosses and one of my quasi-bosses upcoming nuptials (but they're not marrying each other). As such, you get an early post today.

This is the Bez prefered beverage of fall.

You take some simple apple cider, nuke it for a couple of minutes (I go for 2 1/2 minutes) and then toss in a cinnamon apple tea bag and let it steep.

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Ta-da! Instant mulled cider.

I think someone makes powdered instant mulled cider that you mix up just like hot chocolate. But the thought of that makes me gag after drinking what we do.

We'll drink this pretty much all of September through mid-November.

One more reason I love fall!

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Sneaky Peeky

But just a quick one.

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Ugh. I told you I was a bad seamstress!

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Play Ball!

I don't know cat poop about baseball.

I know the general rules, but I don't follow it. But it's fun to go to games, and it's fun to make baseball-themed things for little boys.

This past summer I was paid some reparations money for whoring my soul out at the slight expense of my family.

As such, I always feel that guilt that when I come into extra money, I can't splurge it all on myself.

So while I was splurging my whore bucks at Joanns (oh and what a trek you have to take to get to a Joanns in North Jersey if you don't feel like going to Staten Island!) this summer, I bought some fleece with plans to make the vest from this pattern for Chunky.

It's finally getting a bit chilly out so I started it on Sunday and finished it last night.

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Woo! It's not the best. I'll play the "It's My First Time Sewing Fleece" card. In actuality, I'm just not that great a seamstress.

And I'm OK with that.

Chunky loves what I made him. I have such an awesome kid! I really don't know if every kid would dig such a vest.

He dug it so much, he slept in it last night!

Home run!!!

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Mmmmmonday

I don't post them much anymore, but cookie of the week is ALWAYS happening at the Bezidence.

This week:

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Brownie peanutbutter cup bites.

Brownie mix spooned into a mini muffin pan, bake for 15 mins at 350 degrees. When they come out of the oven, pop a small peanutbutter cup in them. Let them cool, then pop them out of the pan.

The only problem with these?

My shadow demands payment for being so cute. I have to pay him in brownie battered utensils.

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I kind of want to stick him into a brownie cup and eat him!!!!

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Falling In

As I put away the latest goodies my favorite mommy sent me, it occurred to me that I have quite the mini-collection of "vintage" knitophilia.

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Most of it was gifted, some of it was found (the Reynolds sweater pattern) in an old knitting book I bought, some of it I purchased (Mrs. Longbotham's sock pattern) and some was handed down (a poncho/cape pattern my Great Aunt sent away for back in the day--my Grandma sent it to me when she was cleaning out Great Aunt's stash after she passed away).

A couple of you expressed interest in seeing the knitting comic book that my favorite mommy just sent me.

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The cover is the best part--I just wish I could figure out when it was published. There's nothing in here stating the same. If I had to guess based on the price of the pamphlet, I'd say the 40s????

Anyway...here's a few shots of the inside:

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I like the way the conversation bubbles appear to be emanating from the knitting. Even when the girl is in the frame!

Let the knitting do the talking I suppose.

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The back pages is pictures of the little projects you can make with your newfound knitting skills.

My favorite is the creepy little "Funny Face Kerchief." Yikes. I wonder what that FO would say if it could talk?

"I'm watching you!"

And speaking of vintage knitting--It just occured to me that the backdrop of my pictures could be considered the same. This is an afghan my grandma made me back was around (maybe a little older) Chunky's age.

Back then my favorite colors were pink and midnight blue. Even more yikes!

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