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February 2nd, 2009

Happy St. Brigid's Day! @ 12:43 am

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: HGTV

Yay!  This year I totally remembered the St. Brigid's Day virtual poetry reading, and since it's after midnight here's my poem this year.

The Woman Who Could Not Live with Her Faulty Heart.
By Margaret Atwood (my favorite poet, ever.)

I do not mean the symbol
of love, a candy shape
to decorate cakes with,
the heart that is supposed
to belong or break;

I mean this lump of muscle
that contracts like a flayed biceps,
purple-blue, with its skin of suet,
its skin of gristle, this isolate,
this caved hermit, unshelled
turtle, this one lungful of blood,
no happy plateful.

All hearts float in their own
deep oceans of no light,
wetblack and glimmering,
their four mouths gulping like fish.
Hearts are said to pound:
this is to be expected, the heart's
regular struggle against being drowned.

But most hearts say, I want, I want,
I want, I want.  My heart
is more duplicitous,
though no twin as I once thought.
It says, I want, I don't want, I
want, and then a pause.
It forces me to listen,

and at night it is the infra-red
third eye that remains open
while the other two are sleeping
but refuses to say what it has seen.

It is a constant pestering
in my ears, a caught moth, limping drum,
a child's fist beating
itself against the bedsprings:
I want, I don't want.
How can one live with such a heart?

Long ago I gave up singing
to it, it will never be satisfied or lulled.
One night I will say to it:
Heart, be still,
and it will.


 

January 21st, 2009

Catch-up @ 02:26 am

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: HGTV- House Hunters

Hello everyone!  So much happened.  The holidays, New Year's, the Inauguration, my birthday...  Anyhow.  So basically I've been working; still loving the job.  I worked right the days before and after Christmas, and then the night of the 26th I went back home for a few days to see my family.  My brother was in from Arkansas, so we got to hang out.  It was a good time, mostly hanging with family and a couple of friends.  Anyway, I came back to NY on Tuesday and was back to work on Wednesday.  And Wednesday night we had a New Year's party here at the house.  It was really great.  Lots of food and wine, and we watched the countdown here at the house, then the stragglers went next door to the bar for a bit.  Then just about a week later was our roommate Zubair's birthday, immediately followed by Ginny's.  We hit the bar for Zubie's, and for Gin's we went to Heavenly Bamboo Pavillion, where Gin had reserved the karaoke room.  It was genius: decent food, good drinks, and HI-larious karaoke.  All midi files.  Brilliant.  And to top off, Zub finished off the night with an unforgettable rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."  I won't gush, but I almost peed my pants. 

Anyway, one week later it was my birthday, and we had another shindig here at the apartment.  I had a Beer and Ice Cream party, with the side bonus being that we are still finishing off the ice cream and beer.  Good time had by all. 

Since I promised pics, I'll finish this off with a short montage of stuff.  Before I do however, I will say that since I've been in NYC, I've met a bunch of awesome people.  Two weeks ago, I met Kate Jacobs- author of "The Friday Night Knitting Club."  And today I met NICKY EPSTEIN!!!  She's so sweet, and I've just started working on her design, the Irish Lace Scarf from the new Lion Brand catalog.  We're having an event with Nicky coming up Feb. 5th.  The RSVP list is filling up, so if you're in the neighborhood, come by the shop and get on the list!


Me and the Yarn Harlot!


Me and the Mason Dixon Gals!


Karaoke Master!!

Knitting!

Bye!

 

 

November 20th, 2008

Quick, before it's too late!!! @ 03:35 pm

Current Mood: happy happy


Alright!  I'm just going to do this!  I've been working on and off on an update post for the past three months, but no more.  I'm just going to explode everything that's going on to catch up, and maybe later I can be clever and interesting.

So I moved to New York.  I'm living in Park Slope, Brooklyn in a first floor/basement 3-BR with a garden in the back.  I'm living with my best friend, her husband, and another guy that we found on craigslist, who it turns out is a great roommate.  We live right off 5th Ave., which is awesome because anything you need is a five minute walk away.  We've got three cats: Gin and Jake's two cats that they had before the wedding, and Gin's cousin's cat, Gargoyle, who is staying with us while she's at school.  Some of you who have been reading for a while may wonder where my cat Weasley fits in.  Well, I haven't mentioned it before because it still makes me really sad, but my Dad's allergic to cats so when I moved back home I had to give Weas back to the rescue league I adopted him from.  I tried to work something out as a temporary solution till I could move out, but I just didn't know when that would be.  I know they found him another good home, but I still miss him a lot.  Anyway, now I live with all the cats I can handle.  The apartment's great (although the management company is apparently staffed with monkeys), the neighborhood's great (the building right next door to our's is a bar!!), my roommates are great, I absolutely love living here!

Part two:  After living up here for about a month I FINALLY got a job (I was heading fast into the land of desperation.  I overheard some people talking about how you can find paying gigs doing foot fetish stuff and the like and seriously thought to myself, "I could do that.")  Knitters, are you ready to be jealous?  I have the BEST job in the world, working with the NICEST bunch of people in this city or any other.  I got a job working at Lion Brand's first-ever retail store!!  It's the first time in Lion Brand's company history that they've opened an actual store as opposed to distributing to other stores.  They will still sell through other stores, and sell online, but now they have their own place.  And it is to die for!  If anyone is taking a trip to NYC, come check out the space.  It's a beautiful store, and they carry a lot of Lion Brand yarns that you won't find at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  We'll be having classes, and movie nights and we've already got a charity event planned.  Go check out the website for the whole shebang.  Anyway, I'm also doing some custom knitting for the studio and design dept.  I am living in my dream place!

Anyway, since I've moved up I saw the Yarn Harlot and the Mason-Dixon gals at their book signings, and Vanna White at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio's Grand Opening party!  I'm going to try and post pictures soon, but I don't have my own computer.  Gin and I are both using Jake's laptop, so it makes the whole updating thing really hard.  I'm glad I finally got this little update out.  Anyway, I'm still here, and things are going well, and next time I'll try to have pictures!  Luvyoubye!!
 

August 29th, 2008

I'm So Glad I'm Moving to NY @ 10:51 pm

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Dr. Horrible

So, Hi!  I’m swingin’ by to drop a long-overdue post.  I’ve been meaning to get the wedding post on, but I haven’t had as much internet time lately, so when I think about writing it, I’m just like, “Not enough TIME!!!”  But so much has been happening… 


Anyway, I went up to NYC a week ago yesterday.  I had a job interview last Friday, then Beth and I went to get the keys to the new place from the broker.  The interview was spectacularly awful.  It was for a sales position at a yarn store, and long story short the owner was a raging bitch.  To be honest, I’d had a bad feeling after I talked with her on the phone to set up the interview, and the actual interview confirmed it.  I’m actually relieved that I won’t be working there, I’m just sorry I wasted my time.  Anyway, Beth and I went to get the keys, and then that night we went to see Hamlet 2.  At the risk of sounding ridiculous, OMG I could NOT STOP LAUGHING!!!  It was the funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time.  It is already on my Christmas list (assuming it’ll be on DVD by then), and to be honest, I would pay twelve more dollars to see it in the theater again.  This is the new Waiting for Guffman.  If you like funny movies, you will like this.  If you’ve ever done theater before, you will really like this.  Anyway, that concludes my unabashed movie love for the evening.


Saturday I pretty much lazed around and watched movies, then that night I met up with a couple of Gin & Jake’s friends I met at the wedding.  One of them is about to move to Savannah to go to Grad School, and a small group got together to send her off properly.  We went to Dos Caminos (good Mexican-type food), then went to Maru in Korea-town.  It was a lot of fun, although I discovered that my low-heel black shoes are not so great in a lots-of-walking situation.  But I have a bunch of new friends now, so I’d say it was worth it!

On Sunday my friend from college, Katie, and my friends through her, Glenn and Christiana, came up as we all had tickets to see Rent before it closes on Sept. 7th.  They got to the apt. (Gin & Jake's current one) around 2:30, apparently after surviving the cab ride.  It was Glenn's first time in a NY cab too, and he sat in the front seat, so he was especially relieved to be on solid ground when they reached the destination.  After they dropped off their stuff, we all walked down to the restaurant.  About 70+ blocks.  Why, you ask?  Presumably because we hate a world in which our feet are not in constant pain.  Actually, it was because we wanted to look around, and most of that walk was right next to Central Park.  It was a beautiful day, and a lovely walk, but DAMN! that's a long way to walk.  We earned our beer and pizza, both of which we obtained at John's Pizzaria.  It was an establishment that Christiana had been to before, and it did not disappoint!  Katie's friend Matt met us there, and after we ate we headed to the theater.  The show was great; I'd never seen it on stage before and it was totally worth it.  I'm glad I got to see it before it leaves Broadway.  Anyway, after that we went to this great supper club called Swing46 that has live jazz and big band style music.  Matt's girlfriend Laura met us there, and we had drinks and some more food.  Then we left and wandered until we found this Irish Pub whose name I don't remember.  It's cool though, `cause we were there only long enough to drink one beer because at that time Katie located our friend Aaron, who was at work in the Village at the Fat Black Pussycat Club.  Awesome club!  I'm totally going back there, although I wasn't there very long Sunday night/Monday morning, because Christiana, Glenn and I were dead on our feet.  We took a cab back to the apt., and Katie came back later.

They took the bus back the next morning, and after filling out a profile at JobFox (great site; don't remember who told me about it) Ginny's cousin Keely (who I got to know in the week-long pre-wedding madness) came over, and we hung out for a while, then went and got dinner and caught Mamma Mia (the movie; I wanted to see it before it's out of the theaters).  It was lots of fun, and I couldn't help singing along a few times.  We went back to the apt. and talked until about 2am, at which point we decided that Keely should crash there and proceeded to do just that.  We hung out most of the next day, then Keely went back to where she was staying, and I headed downtown to meet my long-lost high school friend Ashleigh.  She's one of those friends where no matter how long it's been since we last saw each other it's like no time has past.  Tuesday night was no exception.  We did a quick dinner followed by drinks and chocolate fondue.  Mmmmm....  I look forward to hanging out with her more.

Anyway, and this'll be it `cause I'm getting tired, Wednesday I had another interview.  Well, I guess it was more like a pre-interview, since I talked to someone from the company who couldn't really hire me, but would pass my resume' on to people who could.  It was great.  It reaffirmed my belief that there are nice and rational people hiring in New York.  I have another interview this Wednesday with them for a job that I reallyreallyreally want, but I don't want to jinx it, so that's all I'll say for now!  Wish me luck!  I'm back at home now, and packing my ass off.  (Not literally; if only!  I better lose a hellava lotta weight with all the walking I'll be doing from now on...)  Anyway, I'll try to be back soon to post the long-awaited Wedding Extravaganza post!

 

July 28th, 2008

This NEEDS to Happen!! @ 03:56 pm

Current Location: work
Current Mood: geeky geeky
Current Music: Dr. Horrible- Freeze-Ray

Ok, so I was surfin' the blogs this morning, and I've discovered the Effort to end all Efforts!  The Grass to end all Roots!  The Yarn to end all... You know what, I'm sure a good end to that set up will come to me in a few hours.  BUT THERE'S NO TIME!!!  It seems that beloved writer/director/creative genius Joss Whedon gave an interview with Wired.com in which he made a comment that has caught the attention of the crochet community.  It went a little something like this:

"Wired.com: To what do you attribute the far-flung coverage and buzz about Dr. Horrible, considering there's been little to no press for the series?

Whedon: Fact is, there's been some buzz, but it hasn't reached the places it would normally. Where's our write-up in Crocheting Monthly? (I did a very sexy shoot for that one.)"

Oh Mighty Joss!!  Do not underestimate the sheer obsessiveness of your crafty fans!!!  Game on.  Kim Werker, of Interweave Crochet and Crochetme, is taking on the grand quest to get an interview with the man himself.  What can we do?  SPREAD THE WORD!!  
Do you have any Whedonverse projects?  Post them!  
Got a blog?  Tell your friends about the worthy cause!  
Not a crocheter?  This will only open the doors to a Knitting Daily/Interweave Knits/Something-to-do-with-knitting interview.  
Not even a fibre enthusiast?  Come On!!  How much would a Joss Whedon interview in a crochet magazine ROCK!?!?!  Plus I don't know about you, but I'll take all the Whedon interviews I can get!  
Not a fan of Joss Whedon?  You cut me to the quick.  I feel like I don't even know you...

C'mon people, let's make this HAPPEN!!  Go to Crochetme for more details...

 

July 24th, 2008

News @ 09:39 pm

Current Location: home
Current Mood: optimistic optimistic

Hey yous guys!  Sorry for not posting so long after that ex-tremely angst-ridden post, but there has been mucho stuff going on.  I will attempt to fill you all in.  First I would just like to say that too many people have been dying lately.  I think I've had enough.  Hear that, Universe?  We get it.  Now CUT IT OUT!

Moving on.  So big news #1:  I found out at the beginning of the month that my contract at my current job is up as of July 31, and will not be renewed.  Nothing to do with me or my performance.  There was a re-org some months ago, and our new boss-man has been trimming the fat.  I guess that makes me fat.  But it's cool; I've been there (a supposedly temp job) almost three years and I think it's time to move on.  I'm going to get my staffing company to find me a gig in the meantime, but really only for a month or two, because big news #2 is:

I'm moving to New York!  Ginny and Jake (my best friend and her soon-to-be husband) currently live in a cute but tiny apartment in lower Harlem, but they want a bigger place, and in a nicer area.  He used to live in Brooklyn, and they both loved it there, so that is the ideal local.  No place yet, but when there is, Gin's sister Beth and I will be moving up there with them so that we can afford a sizable place.  I'm really excited; I've been in DC almost my whole life, and I'm ready to try someplace new.

Big news #3:  So before all of this moving business, Gin and Jake have to get married.  Which will be happening 2 weeks from tomorrow.  As it turns out, the timing is fabulous.  My job ends the 31st.  That gives me a few days to do some stuff here, then I can go down to Staunton, VA (where the wedding will be taking place) so that I can help with the prep.  Why the whole week, you ask?  Because my best friend is insane.  She and Jake have taken some impressive measures to keep the costs on this thing minimal.  While I whole-heartedly agree with that, I also fear there comes a point when your sanity will come into the danger zone.  She is making the favors, doing the flowers, baking the cake, setting up the location, and all kinds of things that I won't know about until I get there, herself.  And by herself, I mean with me and her mother and sisters and aunts and cousins all frantically trying to help.  Pray for us...  I have most of my things ready to go.  All that is left are last minutes (leg wax, hair appointment, manicure/pedicure).  Sigh.

Sadly, I have no pics of knitting to show, because as you may guess, all knitting currently taking place is wedding gift related.  Now I'm pretty sure that Ginny and Jake don't read my blog, but I'll be damned if I've worked this long and they somehow see it before I put it in their hands.  That said, since I've already been instructed by my boss to photo-catalogue this whole madness (I've been keeping her abreast of the developments; she's very involved!) I'm sure there will be a Wedding-of-the-Year blog extravaganza!  Coming soon to an LJ near you!

And, just in case you thought that was the end of my news, my other best friend called me the other day to let me know that she is PREGNANT!!!!  I'm so excited!  I've already stalked KnitPicks for yarn for a baby blanket!  This is the first of my real close friends who's having a baby.  This kid is going to have so much knitwear!  Good thing baby's due in March!!  (ps- she told me first!  I could just die!!!)
 

July 4th, 2008

Independence Day @ 12:16 pm

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: sad sad

Well, Happy Fourth of July everybody!  I hope everyone has plans full of fun and mischief.  I'm off work today, so it's already off to a good start.  And later there will be going to a party at my friends' new house, and possibly pool and fire, and definitely beer.  So, a good time all around.

The other day I read the Yarn Harlot's annual Ode to Canada (which she does every year on Canada Day), and I suppose it got me thinking about blogging on my own country's birthday.  What do I have to say about the USA?  I'm going to say it, however what I have to say has been strongly influenced by recent happenings in my family, and to make a long story short, it's pretty serious and frankly depressing.  Sorry for the darker side of life on this little holiday, but if you choose to skip this post, I won't be offended and will try to include some anecdotes and pretty pictures of knitting next time.

 

June 27th, 2008

Summer Reading... @ 03:20 pm

Current Mood: nerdy nerdy

Well, things have been kind of ho-hum at the Casa del Snuggly.  My folks have been on a cruise for the past two weeks, so I've had the house to myself.  I was in the show last week, but this week I've been mostly left to veg.  I've been doing a lot of reading, and catching up on DVD's.  I've been watching Firefly thru Netflix (which I LOVE AND AM PISSED THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE NOT-WHOLE SEASON!!!!!), plus I got a bunch of DVD's a couple of weekends ago when there was a big sale at Border's.  What did I buy?  Well, I got Sesame Street Old School V.2, Season 1 of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Season 1 of Fraggle Rock, BBC's Pride and Prejudice, and Season 2 of The Golden Girls.  Then after watching some of the Golden Girls, I remembered why I LOVE THAT FREAKIN' SHOW SO MUCH!!!  AHHHH!!  Now I shall not rest until all seven seasons are MINE!!  But all in good time... (yes, they shall belong to me.  Mwahahahaha!!!!)  Anyway, since my last post, I've read The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer, and now I'm reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  Both of them are great.  I think I want to get my hands on a copy of The Mermaid Chair after I finish this one.  I really like Kidd's writing style.

Anyway, since this post seems to be heading in a literary direction, I thought this would be fun.  I got this list off of Tom's journal (trohde). 

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read. 
2) Italicise those you intend to read. 
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible (Most of it)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (Saw and LOVED the film)
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (Again, mostly)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (Love the cartoon version)
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
(Must re-read; have forgotten a lot)
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell (Started, but never finished)
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac 
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker

72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I know I've read some of it, but I don't think I finished)
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


and it seems we are missing the last two. 

Looks like I've read 36, Loved 15, and wish to read 28.  Not too shabby.
 

June 12th, 2008

Yay! I Can Post! @ 12:01 pm

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: mellow mellow

Ack! I know it's been forever, but sadly, when I got back from St. Paul, the internet was not working on BOTH my computer at work and the one at home. Grrr... Anyway, I have a bit of time now to frantically catch up on everything.

My trip was wonderful! I had a great time with Tom, I met his friend Zack, we saw LOTS of movies!! All four Indiana Jones, Prince Caspian, Feast, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Seasons 5 & 6 of Scrubs... did I miss anything? Oh yeah, Clerks: the Animated Series! My audition went well; we'll see if anything comes of it. Mostly it was just nice to relax and hang out with Tom. We talked a lot, and ate out, and walked around the pretty parts of the city. And of course I worked in a trip to the Yarnery!
(Edited to add pics!) 
 
Behold the wall of Fleece Artist and Handmaiden!!  I got four skeins of Handmaiden Yarn's Casbah. 

It is the most deliciously soft and squishy yarn I've ever touched! And the colors are fantastic!! I would've bought out the store if I could afford it.
   
Purty St. Paul...

 
The Capitol, and some cathedral.  I don't remember which one.  Isn't that awful?  Tom, little help?

Anyway, the week was over too soon, and now I'm back home.

Since I've been back I went to see the Sex and the City movie with my girls. It was great. I want to go see it again. Also, since my internet has been unreliable, I've been reading a lot of books. Paulo Coelho is my new favorite author. I read The Alchemist a couple of weeks before my trip, and I've since read By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. Both of them were beautiful and poetic and moving. I want to read everything he has ever written. I also finished The Handmaid's Tale by another favorite, Margaret Atwood. And after that, Beauty, by Robin McKinley. And I just finished The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards. So good. All of them are worth the read.

Anyway, that's about it. Back to work...
 

May 24th, 2008

Holy Crap!!! @ 08:29 pm

Current Location: Tom's
Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic

Hey guys! Not much time to post. In St. Paul, having a wonderful time with Tom, going by too fast, I'll tell you all about it when I get home. In the meantime, I just wanted to say OMIGOD, OMIGOD, OMIGOD! Franklin posted my 1,000 Knitters shot on his blog!!!! Could you DIE!! EEP and YAY! That is all for now. See you in a few days!
 

May 20th, 2008

BTW, Cruel Irony @ 05:16 pm

Current Mood: irritated irritated

I forgot to mention before.... So I'm looking at a 2 hour flight, an hour layover, a two-and-a-half-hour flight, a nice long week where we will no doubt be watching a lot of movies, a two-and-a-half-hour flight, an hour-and-a-half layover, and an hour-and-a-half flight.  What else would I do to keep myself occupied but knit, knit, knit.  Well, it seems that life hates me, because since Friday I have developed a burning cramping in my left arm and shoulder that seems to get aggrivated when I knit for long periods of time.  Grrr.  Stupid body...

 

One day more... @ 04:00 pm

Current Location: work
Current Mood: excited excited

 EEeeeEEEP!!  Tomorrow I'm am waking up at F-U o'clock, and flying to St. Paul.  Far away from teh Susan, and the Memorial Day DC crowds.  Although I am sad that I will miss Rolling Thunder.  For those who are looking at me like "Wha??", Rolling Thunder is my absolute favorite DC Event of the year.  Thousands of bikers rumble into DC and end at the Vietnam Memorial in rememberance of POW / MIA's.  It's always amazing to me to watch the city overrun with every sort of bike imaginable, and there is nothing more moving than watching the vets go to the wall to remember their missing and fallen friends.  If anyone gets the chance, go hang out in town this weekend for me.  Despite missing the event, I will be having a fabulous time with Tom.  I'll try to blog while I'm there, but we'll see how things shake out.  Dana, I'm really sorry I won't make it to the Sedalia Fiber Fest, but I'll be there in spirit!  Good luck, and I hope you have a wonderful time.  Well everybody, wish me clear skies tomorrow.  All I can hope is that security doesn't take my non-threatening, blunt, plastic sock needles away!!!
 

May 15th, 2008

To much to DOOO!!!!! @ 02:03 pm

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: anxious anxious
Current Music: "What's Going On?" 4 Non-Blondes

Hey guys.  Sorry for the non-motivatedness in blogging.  I've been busy, but so blaugh.  Anyway, the wedding was fabulous.  This was not the wedding for the orange dress I showed you previously.  That is for my best friend's wedding in August.  This was the wedding of two really good friends who I knew in the theatre department in college.  I got to catch up with some people, and the wedding was gorgeous.  They did it at York River State Park, then the reception was at the hotel in Williamsburg.  The weather was perfect, everyone looked wonderful, and I cried like a child.  I can't think of a more wonderful, deserving couple.


Anyway, as for me, the most exciting upcoming event is my week-long trip to St. Paul to visit trohde!  I'm leaving next Wednesday, and I wish it was now.  Honestly, I feel like when I was 20 and you've just got that home stretch until your birthday when you can finally go out to the bars with all your friends (Hi Kathleen!!).  That's really what it's like.  It seems like every day is dragging on until next Wednesday.  I'm actually unreasonably excited about this trip.  For one, it'll be the first time in about two-and-a-half that I'll see Tom, but also, I won't have to do ANYTHING!!  You know how it is with trips to places you've never been, and you have this whole list of things that you HAVE to do, like see this place or go to that event.  Well, there are a couple of yarn stores I want to hit, but other than that...NOTHING!!  I don't care what we do, or where we go, or anything like that.  We could lay on the couch all day and watch Buffy DVDs, and I would still feel like it was a successful vacation.  Which is not to say that I don't want to go out and have some fun, but NO WORK, NO SHOW, NO RESPONSIBILITIES!!!  OHGODWHYISN'TITNEXTWEEKYET?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!

Ok, the nothing-to-do is not entirely true, because since Tom is completely and utterly awesome, he helped me get an audition at the theatre he works at!!  I am also really excited about this!!  I've been going a little nuts with getting my audition materials prepared.  I have a classical monologue and a dramatic monologue, and now I'm trying to decide which comedic monologue I want to do.  Plus I have to pack.  And make sure that everything is taken care of before I leave.  UGH!  I love that I'm leaving, but I always hate the week before a trip!  Wish me luck!!
 

May 1st, 2008

Best weekend ever part 2 @ 12:51 pm

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: relieved relieved

 Ahh, May.  How I have been looking forward to your arrival.  Lots of very exciting things are happening this month, plus it's May Day.  Beltane.  Who can help but feel a quickening in their blood at this time of year.  The azaleas around my house have exploded, and there will be at least two weeks of fairy-wonderlandness before all the blooms die and turn brown so that the bushes look like shaggy mud-creatures.  Anyway, I am off to Williamsburg this weekend for the wedding of two good friends, and what promises to be a mini college reunion.  I'm really excited!  Then, at the end of the month I'm off to St. Paul to visittrohde, who I have not seen for about three years, so I'm also very stoked about that.  Anyway, since I have not finished detailing my wonderful trip to Kennett Square, I shall do so at this time...




 

April 25th, 2008

Adventures in Knitting @ 01:39 pm

Current Location: work
Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic
Current Music: Jeremy King

 

OMG!  Is everyone ready to be jealous?  If you're not, you should be, because I had the BEST WEEKEND!!!  Actually it was more like the BEST SATURDAY, although Sunday was good too.  What happened on Saturday?  Glad you asked: I met freakin' FRANKLIN HABIT and am officially one of the 1,000 knitters in the 1,000 Knitters Project!!!!  Ok, if you don't know who Franklin is, he's a wonderful knitter from Chicago, who's an amateur photographer, and an amazing person.  For the full story, check out his blog.  (I also recommend familiarizing yourself with Dolores.)  Anyway, for the past year he's been taking photo portrait's of knitters knitting a row or two on the same scarf.  By the end it will be a beautiful look/comment/celebration of knitters and their diversity.  Eventually he plans to write a book or create an exhibit with the finished product, but there are no in-stone plans about that yet.  He originally planned the project to take anywhere from 5 to 10 years.  He started in May of 2007, and as of the shoot on Saturday he has roughly 750 knitters photographed!  In fact, according to his blog entry on Sunday, the final count of knitters that showed on Saturday was 131!!  If I'm not mistaken, that beats the pants off the previous record of 111 at Threadbear... not that it's a competition... I'm getting ahead of myself.



Okay, this is getting long, so part the second will be forthcoming...

 

April 16th, 2008

When the dog bites, when the bee stings... @ 04:04 pm

Current Location: work
Current Mood: nerdy nerdy

So today I shall address some things that I love.  Everyone says it's the little things in life that make you happy, and in a way I must agree, although if someone out there decided to buy me a new Corolla I wouldn't say no.  *ahem*  Moving on...

1)  So because Showboat is a period piece, I cannot just roll into the theatre with my frizzy-ass hair and be like, "Rav!  Let's go!!"  Fortunately, our director put out for some pretty kick-ass wigs, so all I have to do is stuff my real hair underneath and BAM!  Done.  However, as we were approaching opening day, no wigs.  When were the wigs coming?  We're not sure.  Soon.  So opening night, having not seen any sign of wigs, I went to the local wig store (yes, there IS one of those in Hood-, er, I mean Woodbridge!) and bought a crap-load of hair accessories to attempt to sculpt my hair into something acceptable.  Because, Hi Lazy Susan!!  I'm not spending any more of my own money for your stupid show!!!  (Except for what I spent on the hair accessor.. Shup Up!!)  Long story short, the wigs were there that night.  Go figure.  However, I now possessed a bunch of one of the greatest little inventions ever... Hair-pins!!  Oh my God, why didn't anyone tell me about these before??  I used to look at them and be all WTF? How is that going to keep my hair up?  But they are magic!  I just didn't know how to use them right.  In the past, if I wanted to have a full-out up-do I had to use, like, eleventy-billion bobby pins.  

Fine for small pieces of hair, but if you're trying to get all of it up... well, don't go to the airport with your hair like that.  But four, count 'em, FOUR hairpins...

and that sh*t's going NOWHERE!!  I love it!!  It has never been so easy to do my hair before.  And after the show the other night... well I don't know what I did, but my hair was extra frizzed out, so just for fun, I made this happen:
  Nice.

2)  The next thing I love is something that perhaps other MD/VA/DC-ers will relate to.  Mostly, I am not a huge fan of driving I-495 (i.e.- DC's Beltway) because DC traffic sux balls, but if I'm coming from the north going southbound on the outer-loop (on the western half)(shut up), there is one moment I live for.  When the Mormon Temple appears over the tops of the trees.
 
It has always reminded me of Caer Paravel, and when I pass it, I pretend just for a moment that I'm in Narnia.  (I know, I know... Greg, if you're reading this; Bite me!)

3)  Marshalls, where the shoes are cute, and often cheap!!

For too long I have needed brown dress shoes, and Marshall's hooked me up for 25 bones!

4)  Annie Chun's Soup Bowls.  They are cheap, fast, easy, and delicious.  I first found them at MOM's Organic Food Store in Del Ray, but I just found out that they have them at Whole Foods!  Go.  Read about them.  One of my favorite things is that they make the bowls to be biodegradable, so you can compost them, or just know that they'll break down super quick-like!!

5)  Finished Objects!!!  Look, my slouchy Gretel is done!
 
Must try it on when my hair is down.  (Which is almost NEVER!! Thank you hairpins!!!!)  Three balls of Berroco Pure Merino Nuance in "Denim."

Well, that's enough for now.  I have to go work on Lisa's hat!!
 

April 11th, 2008

NY the second @ 03:27 pm

Current Location: work
Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

So before I finish up my fantastic adventure to NYC, I would like to bring up something random that bugs the crap out of me: chips that break when you're trying to scoop something with them.  I'm currently trying to eat avocado right out of the skin with tortilla chips, which is something I love.  These chips, however, seem to be the wimp-tastic kind that break if you look at them wrong.  Like that one friend that everyone has who assumes that if you haven't talked to them for five minutes that you must be mad at them because God knows that the entire world revolves around their every movement, and if you're mad at them the universe has stopped and they might as well DIE!!  And that, people, is what grinds my gears.  Back to you, Diane!

So, we left off when I left The Point.  We caught back up with Jake, who was driven out by all the estrogen, and made way to SoHo to stop at Purl, the fabulous knitting shop owned Joelle Hoverson, author of these fine books.  Beautiful store; and the first time I have actually seen Ozark Handspun in person.  Anyway, I was a bit on a mission as my friend Lisa from work has commissioned me to knit her a Gretel hat.  Since her coloring's a bit different than mine, we discussed color options, and I went on the hunt.  Well I found something that I think she'll like, and would look really good on her.

This is Andy's Merino II from Farmhouse Yarns in the Olive colorway.  The colors are a bit washed-out in the photo (florescent lights), but I think Lisa will like it.  Anyway, I think I puttered around Purl for about 45 minutes before I finally made up my mind.  But it was fine because Ginny and Jake had gone in search of a bathroom, so they were gone awhile.  Anyway, having knocked those two places off my to-do list, we went in search of stores that carried the dress that Ginny wants the bridesmaids to wear for the wedding.  The dress is by Butter by Nadia, and it's genius.  It's a skirt with two long panels up the front that you can tie into all different styles.  It's like 100 dresses in one!!  And it's soooo flattering.  The idea is that we all get this style dress in various shades of red/orange/pink (the wedding's in August, so very summer-y) and tie the tops in different styles.  Turns out the place we went had the dress in a deep tangerine color that looked great on me, so I bought my bridesmaid's dress!!
  

Behold the craptitude that is photographing yourself with no flash in a mirror in mid-morning light.  *sigh*  But hopefully that gives you a general idea.  What kicks the most ass is that I will totally be able to wear this dress again!  Maybe all the time!!  And in a fun side-note, when my Mom's best friend Hallie got married in, like, 1967 (or something), her bridesmaid dresses were orange!  So now both my Mom and I will have orange bridesmaid dresses!  (She still has the dress, I think.  I'll try to remember to take a pic for the blog.  The thing is truly magical!)

So after all the shopping was done, Jake's old roommate called, and we went out to Brooklyn to meet up with him.  He wasn't at his place when we got there, so we went to Two Boots, one of Jake's old haunts.  We had dinner (alligator pizza.  No really!), and Mark met us up.  We tried going to this bar afterwards, but it was just too crowded, so we nixed it, and went back to Mark's place to play... wait for it... Scrabble!!  It was a pretty good game.  I don't mind saying that I WON (what now Jakey-poo?) and that I rocked out the word "coital."  Oh yeah.  Good times.  After a long cab-ride home that saved us an even longer subway-ride home (damn, Brooklyn is FAR!) we dropped exhaustedly to sleep.

In the morning Jake had an audition, and Ginny and I meant to go to church.  Jake made it, G & I did not.  Oops!  Anyway, after a slow start we headed out for food and pictures.  G&J need a pic for their wedding invites, so I became designated photographer, which I feel showed much more trust in my abilities than was warrented.  We got some really cute shots in Central Park and the Lower East Side, and we went to a BBQ place for lunch.  I had baby-back ribs, and soooo much did it hit the spot.  Also, on the way I ran into a guy I went to college with and haven't seen since he graduated.  He's at Tisch School for lighting design now, and we caught up for a minute.  It was weird, but kinda cool.  Anyway, we had to rush back up to the apartment so that I could rocket down to Chinatown in time for the 7:30 bus.  It was a pretty uneventful ride home, except that the bus was completely full, and the guy sitting next to me kept flailing into me as he slept.  Grrr.  

Anyway, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't make it back in time to catch the metro (which stops running at midnight), but I should not have feared.  We were back at 6th and I Street by 11:15!!  With a stop in Baltimore!!  That is less than 4 hours people!!!  Those Chinatown bus guys do NOT F-around.  So my Dad picked me up at the Metro, and that was the end of my whirlwind weekend.  I hope y'all enjoyed it. 
 

April 9th, 2008

(no subject) @ 05:04 pm

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: happy happy

Ok, so all about my trip to the NY!  So after work on Friday I metro'd it into Chinatown (DC) and caught the next available bus (it was the 5pm) up to NYC.  Those people drive like rockstars.  I don't even understand how they do it, but they seem to defy time and understanding.  I have never been able to drive to NYC in less than 5 hours.  We started to move at 5pm (this is from "I" Street between 6th and 7th NW) and I was standing on the corner of Canal and Allen St. by 9:30.  This is with a brief stop in Baltimore to pick more people up, and a 10-min. fill-up and bathroom break in Jersey.

Anyway, I called Gin as soon as I got into town, and took a cab to meet up with her and Jake at her friend Jeremiah's place.  Her friend Holly from high school was also hanging out, and after awhile the four of us (minus Jeremiah who went to his girlfriend's) went out for sushi and drinking.  And there was a lot of both.  I would like to take this moment to say that I love how late stuff is open in New York.  It was at least 11:00pm when we rolled up to this sushi place and we're all "are you still open" and they're like "of course!  C'mon in!!"  We ate and ate and drank and paid, and then went to a bar across the way and drank more.  I can't remember all that was imbibed, but there were several Car-Bombs, and Jager-Bombs, and I might have had some tequila.  Anyway, much later we went back to Gin and Jake's apt. where I could finally put my things down (yeah, did I mention that we did all those things hauling around my duffel bag?) and started a game of Scrabble.  I won't go too far into it, but let's say things got a little real, and emotions ran high.  We finished the game circa 5:30 in the morning, and all drifted to our respective beds/couches to sleep.

The next morning Holly, who shared the couch with me (it's a pretty big couch), headed home, and G, J and I went down to the Village for brunch.  Is anyone else as big a fan of brunch as I am?  The very nature of it implies sleeping-in, and your meal can be bigger since you're having two at once.  Genius.  Anyway, we ate outside since the weather was so lovely, and Jake pointed out every single dog that walked by us.  There were a lot of dogs, but it was cute so we didn't mind.  After breakfast we made our way to The Point, stopping at Gobo for wheatgrass shots.

I will not lie: they are not delicious.  But you chase them with a lemon wedge (like a tequila shot), so it's not so bad.  And apparently one of them is like two servings of vegetables, and they perk you right up.  And it's kind of fun to say that you did a wheatgrass shot!  Moving right along, our next stop was The Point Knitting Cafe.  If I ever move to NY, I will be spending mucho time there.  It was beautiful, and cozy, and there were so many pretty yarns, and the staff was so friendly!!  If I had my brains around I would have taken some pics, but oh well, go check out their blog, they have pics there.  I was going to be strong and not buy anything (right...) but this pushy Misti Alpaca Handpainted Chunky was all, "You know you want me.  You cannot live without me."

And frankly, it made a good point.

Tomorrow: NYC, part deux!!
 

April 8th, 2008

Quickie @ 04:48 pm

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: busy busy

 Aack!  Only time for a short post today, but I'll try and get a post up by the end of the week about my fun and fabulous trip to NYC.  For today, a small triumph... my taxes are done!!  I love that feeling.  Since my taxes are no longer the simple W-2 I had to deal with in the past, I went to H&R Block.  Thank you Eva; you have simplified my life.  It was worth the money I paid you to do it for me.  Sadly, I do not get a refund, but thanks to Eva I owe much less than if I had tried to do it myself.

Now, I don't usually talk about food on this blog.  I don't cook much, and I eat way more fast food than I'd like to as a by-product of always being on the go.  However, today I will share with you something that I love... Butternut Squash Ravioli by Lean Cuisine.  It is so good I could eat it every day!  It's light, it's healthy, and it has 2 servings of vegetables!  And it's DELICIOUS!!  It makes me very excited as getting vegetables that are delicious is somewhat challenging in my day-to-day existence.  And it's pretty!

Sadly, this photo does not do it justice, but imagine all of those colors brighter.  Green, yellow, orange and red... what can I say; I like it when my food is colorful.  Anyway, if you haven't tried this, do it.  So good.
 

April 4th, 2008

How did this happen? @ 02:13 pm

Current Location: work
Current Mood: bored bored
Current Music: "Friends" Elton John

 I'm a bad, bad blogger.  So, it's not that I've been avoiding the blog, per se, it's just that ever time I've sat down to update, I've lost the will to type and said, "I'll just do it later."  Well, it's later, and I'm getting off my proverbial ass (since typing this involves the literal opposite) and letting y'all know what I've been up to. 

Witness is finally over.  Not that I didn't enjoy it, and it was a great role to play, but now I've moved on to the next thing, which sadly involved no actual moving anywhere.  I'm still at the Lazy Susan, but now we're doing Showboat.  This is a mixed bag for me.  On the pro sides: I'm working with my friends, I'm in a for-real-time musical for the first time since college, I have one of the leads, and making money... you know.  On the con sides: I'm still at the effing Susan for gawdssake, I'm playing the ingenue (Magnolia... this is strange because I'm usually a character actress), I'm often in close working contact with my ex.  *sigh*  Whatever.  Anyway, to top it all of, this entire production seems to be cursed.  A couple of the roles (mine included) are double-cast, which I personally don't mind since it means I have nights off, but the result is some wackiness in scheduling.  Also, the plague seems to be circulating the cast (I already got my bout out of the way) so every other night we have, like, six understudies in.  All that aside, it really is a lovely show.  I love Showboat, and despite financial and spacial limitations, we have lovely costumes and sets.  If anyone is interested in seeing it, I'd just say wait about a month for the plague to move on.

In fantastic news, my wonderful and genius friend Jeremy has been recording some of my songs.  When our schedules allow I go over to his apartment, and through what can only be described as magic and his incredible talent (recording equiptment helps too) he has transformed my we songs into actual cd tracks that sound amazing!!
I have four songs recorded, and with nine more to go, at the end of this all I will have an album!!!  SquEEE!!!  Next step: music myspace.

In knitting news, I am working on several things which are all making slow progress.  I'm working on the hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and a slouchy version of Gretel by Ysolda Teague.  I already made a regular version, and I loved it so much I'm working on the slouchy version.


I'm also working on a snood for the aforementioned show.  Like I said, all is slow-going.

Aside from that, I'm heading up to NYC this weekend to visit Gin and Jake.  Em-ay-ay is getting married in a month (EEP!) and I need to find a dress.  And my big trip to St. Paul shines like a beacon on the horizon (I am ITCHING to get out of here and GO somewhere!!!!)  Soon Tom, very soon.

To finish up, I'm going to throw in a movie meme that I found on Stephanie's blog and looked fun.

The rules:

  • Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
  • Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
  • Post them on your blog for everyone to guess.
  • Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
  • Looking them up is cheating. Please don’t.

1. "Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe... they're so perky, I love that."  The Princess Bride, first identified by

katydidknits.

2. "I mean I never knew women could be like that, you know? And their so rich, they're so goddam rich, you think they must know about everything. And they're slipping their room keys in my hands, two and three times day, different women. So here I think I'm scoring big and for a while you think hey they wouldn't be doing this if they didn't care about me, right?"  Dirty Dancing, also identified by katydidknits

3. "Really evil. Like so evil, that you would say it was E-VEEL, like it's the FRU-ETS of the DEV-EEL. E-VEEL."  So I Married an Axe Murderer, identified by trohde.

4. "Each cut, each scar, each burn, a different mood or time. I told him what the first one was, told him where the second one came from. I remembered them all. And for the first time in my life I felt beautiful. Finally part of the earth. I touched the soil and he loved me back."

5. "He's an alien, for Christ sake. His Kyrptonian biological makeup is enhanced by earth's yellow sun. If Lois gets a tan the kid could kick right through her stomach. Only someone like Wonder Woman has a strong enough uterus to carry his kid. The only way he could bang regular chicks is with a kryptonite condom. That would kill him."  Mallrats, identified by trohde


6. "Well, I wouldn't argue that it wasn't a no holds barred, adrenaline fueled thrill ride. But, there is no way you can perpetrate that amount of carnage and mayhem and not incur a considerable amount of paperwork."  Hot Fuzz, identified by trohde.


7. "I wanna say something. I'm gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don't, send it right back. I want to be on you.   Wait. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I... I wanna be on you."  Anchorman, identified by trohde.


8. "Heroin, peppermint-flavored heroin!"  Charade, identified by trohde.

9. "You thought you could be Mrs. de Winter, live in her house, walk in her steps, take the things that were hers! But she's too strong for you. You can't fight her - no one ever got the better of her. Never, never. She was beaten in the end, but it wasn't a man, it wasn't a woman. It was the sea!"  Rebecca, identified by Dana.

10. "Ah, how shall I do it? Oh, I know. I'll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I'll put that flea in a box, and then I'll put that box inside of another box, and then I'll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives... I'll smash it with a hammer! It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say! [knocks over bottle of poison on flower, which shrivels up and dies]  Or, to save on postage, I'll just poison him with this."

And... for extra credit, because I don't expect anyone to know this movie...

11. "I'm always in trouble; I'm thinking of taking it up professionally."