Thursday, January 31, 2008
I also ran into one of my little sisters from my sorority days. We stopped talking about a year ago when she started dating this 40 year old married drug dealer. I love her but I just have too much to lose at this point in my life to associate with people in that kind of life. It was weird. How do tell someone you just can't be her friend because their antics could negatively effect you're own life? She means well but she needs to get her butt in gear. I guess we all group up sometime right?
I also met a guy who played poker for a living. It was actually really cool to hear about his life. I wouldn't do it but it was interesting. He lives with two other professional poker players...I think I hear a reality show in the future...maybe...it’s better than woman "fighting" for a man's attention by taking their clothes off right?
It was an interesting night. Back to my coughing...Happy Knitting!!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Also I'm thinking that maybe I shouldn't have eaten half a pint of grape tomatoes...ooops!
And Jen, no stocking stealing...I know you could make your own fabulous pair if you wanted to.
ok the new Lauren Willig book The Seduction of the Crimson Rose arrived today so I'm going to curl up and try to read through the coughing and stomach ache...DAMN TOMATOES!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Little known fact...Mrs. Frederic Fekkai and I own matching vintage dresses. I bought this white with black brush stroke things 50's handmade in Paris party dress from a dealer in Chelsea. It turns out there is a sister dress that is black with white things that Mrs. Fekkai bought a week before me.
I know Karen has tagged me but dinner ran late and frankly my tummy hurts. Tomorrow I promise to do my tag.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I'm going to get back to reading this month's issue since I was so sweetly rousted out of bed by Carl's mad cleaning. He didn't leave the house once yesterday. He just slept on the couch most of the day. Today he's hyper and ready to clean clean clean...sometimes I just wish he had battery pack I could remove.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I finally got myself a go knit pouch but I made sure not to get one in purple so Jen and I wouldn't get out knitting confused at group (that always sounds like I'm am AA member).
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
...and the winner is Queen of the Froggers! Congrats! Thank you to everyone for participating. I really enjoyed reading all your responses (especially to the giggle loop and sock gap...I love jeffisms).
So I'm sure you're all wondering what my fiber fantasy is. Well, I would love to have my own little alpaca farm somewhere in upstate new york. After a long morning taking care of the animals and spinning and dying (which I really want to learn) the fleece from my alpacas I would sit down under my favorite blanket (my great-grandad's navy blanket which has been recovered so its not itchy) and knit up my yarn into a beautiful sweater that's fitted and classic. Carl would be playing guitar while I knit (and he'd actually know how to play something other than scales) and it would be a picture perfect day. And that's my fantasy. Maybe one day it will be my fiber reality.
Anyway, while I was MIA and you were all sending me your fantasies I spent sometime in Cape Cod for my grandmothers 80th birthday. The whole family (and their significant others) went up and we took her out to dinner. She had a great time having her family around her. And of course I was knitting! I finished the first of my knee high stockings. I just have on more sock and the garters and I'm done. Check it out:
I love them! I have no idea what I will wear them with but they're awesome. And my grandma LOVE them.
Anyway, it took 3 weeks to do the cuff and about 1 day to turn the heel and do that foot so I should get back to the second one so I can have a pair sometime soon.
Oh and we're watching American Idol...I love the auditions, there are so many interesting people (yes that's the democratic way of putting it). Would you ever audition???
Once again congrats to Queen of the Froggers...I'm heading to the store this weekend to pick out your prize package! I can't wait honestly, its an excuse to go to the yarn store.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I can't wait!!!
UPDATE! I will give an extra point to anyone who can tell me what the either the sock gap or giggle loop are. Of course you get two point if you tell what both are!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Saturday we headed down to Ikea in Paramus to pick up organizational furniture items like, new bookshelves, tv stand and cabinet. Apparently, there was a man living in that Ikea for a month or so and Saturday was his last day there and he was giving a little talk and Lisa Lobe was performing. Unfortunately, we were only able to borrow our friend's SUV for about 3 hours so we had to get in and get out (which is hard to do at Ikea). We loaded up the car a few hours later and were very proud of how well we did.
Since it was about 5 when we got home Carl just returned the car and I sat looking at our apartment full of boxes and decided I had to put something together. I started with the cabinet for the bedroom. It was so easy! Then I tried to fit the cabinet doors...I learned that I can be mean person when putting flat-pack furniture together. I did get the doors on eventually. There was just much cursing and slamming before that happened. (PS I have no idea why I'm now typing in italics...sometimes I hate blogger!)
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
- I've had "We Didn't Start the Fire" stuck in my head all day
- Carl cancelled on Sweeney Todd tonight so I will have to wait till tomorrow to see it which I guess isn't so bad. I just really wanted to go tonight.
- Carl's mom sent out her pics from vacation and I learned that at 24 I have cellulite!
- I have pictures for you all!!
My stockings are coming along quite nicely. I don't feel like I've had as much time as I'd like to knit.
Hopefully I'll be able to show you a nice cleaned up version by the end of the week!
My Emma Knit/read along is going strong. I just put a new audiobook version on my ipod (which is still broken) and I love it. I perviously had the free librivox.org version...don't even subject yourself to it.
I think I'm going to spend the next few days just counting down to the weekend!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
I left the day after Christmas and because my mother is paranoid she ordered the car so early that I arrive and hour and a half before the ticket counter ever even opened. When it did open I managed to score an aisle exit row seat. I do a little duty free shopping (to calm my nerves since I'm flying alone for the first time) and have a little vodka tonic (more nerve calming) and head through security for my gate. We board, I take my nice seat, a couple comes over and starts fighting in some language about their seats. I ignore them, put on some music and try to get as Zen as possible before I have to take off and the panic starts to set in. Next thing I know the wife asks me if I speak Portuguese, I say no because well I don't. Next thing I know I have to change seats for take off because you cannot sit in an exit row on TAM Airlines if you do not speak fluent Portuguese. Any amount of zen I had achieved was gone. I change seats. Start knitting and crying, we take off the seat belt sign turns off and I'm back in my seat. Then another woman comes up to the flight attendant complaining about her seat. Next thing I know I'm moving again so she and her friend can be more comfortable. This time at least I just had to move to another aisle exit row seat. I told the attendant that I would switch this last time but I wasn't moving again for landing, thankfully they respected the deal we had made and the rest of the flight went reasonably well. The Valium and wine kind of helped that along but you've got to do what you've got to do right?
We land in Sao Paolo and I have about 30 minutes to make my connector. No one speaks English. Carl, who left on the 22nd, had promised me that when he went through the airport everyone spoke English...I think they all had the day off. I rush and rush and I miss my connection. I spend the next 4 hours at the Sao Paolo airport, hoping that my last email to Carl and his mother have been received and that they have changed the car to pick me up at the new time. I also got stuck into my knitting. FINALLY I get on the plane get to Salvador and to the house.
The rest of the week and half was wonderful. The house Lili (Carl's mom) had rented was made up of 4-5 little apartments so each "couple" had their own little place and then the main house to hang out in. We were about 150 yards from the beach and spent every morning there. It was absolutely beautiful. I did a little knitting while at the beach but mainly I read On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson that I had borrowed from BGF. If you're not overly religious read it, its great. If you are overly religious you might be offended. Anyway the beach time as wonderful. I little snorkeling and swimming we even manged to squeeze in a dive before we left. We now know why Brazil isn't exactly known for its diving but it was good practice nevertheless. I did have AWFUL mask squeeze when we descended. Luckily I managed to fix that or it would have been an awful awful dive.
There was also a little turtle conservation please in the town called Project Tamar. We visited the little museum one afternoon at saw all the turtles. It was fun. They had a wonderful gift shop too and I helped the turtles out A LOT.
One night half the power in town went out and we had to scrabble to find candles and flashlights. The part of town with power (obviously not where we were staying) we chaos. The supermarket was packed, as were all the stores and restaurants. Ended up being a really fun night. We all played cards and just enjoyed each others company.
New Year's Eve was interesting. I haven't spent New Year's on the beach in years. And Brazilians party til dawn, literally. We all cut out and went to bed around 12:30 but the party kept going till 6:30 am. We could hear all the music from the beach at the house. It was insane.
The journey back on TAM was equally as awful. I'm never flying with them again. Regardless, I had a great trip and I got a lot of sun, a lot of reading done and a lot of knitting done.
Speaking of knitting this is what we've got:
The Anniversary Socks - COMPLETE
The Sweater Sampler - NEARLY COMPLETE
Stockings with Garters (for the Emma KAL on Raverly) - JUST STARTED
Now I just need to get adjusted to real life...I wonder how long that will take?