Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kittens for Christmas

Damn, damn, damn! Another person backed out of taking some of these kittens off our hands. I really don't want six cats right now. This is what I get for being nice and saving them from the coyote. I may just wrap them up and start sending them to family and friends.

Here's some pics of them. They are warming up to us. I think after some time they will be fine as house cats. I don't recommend them for people with children, or people who insist on picking up and cuddling their cats. These are the kind of cats who must come to you. We are also insisting that they are adopted in take 2 or 4. I don't want to split them into singles.

This is Juno (or Junior since she looks just like Momma). She's the first one who would eat out of our hand. Unfortunately for our hands she would try to drag it off when she was done eating.

This darling is Phaedra. She's by far the bravest and the most comfortable with us. She's also the only long hair in the bunch. She's the first out to eat and the last to run away.

This is Sam. He's the lone boy and rather shy. He watches you constantly though. He likes to sit up high. Out in the garage he was the one who would climb the ladder or jump on the higher cabinets. He's also the only one to attempt to leave the studio...I do believe he's seen the rest of the basement a few times.

This is Spec. She's the 'fraidy cat and the hissy one. She's also the one famous for the paw in the face while they are eating. She's usually the first to run and cram herself back into a corner.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Adventures in moving furniture

Suddenly the bookcase was harder to move...

Black Friday and beyond

Ugh! Well its over but really it is just the end of the beginning. I survived Black Friday. I had to close on Wednesday night...we were there until about 11pm setting the two day ad. Then I was at work 5~friggin~30 in the morning on Friday. I should not be seeing stars in the sky when I go into work. The next day was a 7:30 and the last two were 8:30...but I pulled an open to close last night because my closer called out. I feel like I fought off a band of drunken bloodthirsty vikings. I didn't kill anyone for those of you who have wondered. I came very close with the jackass who was both lying to me and haggling for a better price. First rule, if you want me to cut you a deal...don't lie to me. Especially about my employees. Asshole!

But now I have two days off in a row. woo hoo! and I'm missing a big corporate visit in all of this. I'm planning on some shopping, some knitting, some painting and a bunch of furniture re-arranging and maybe a touch of Holiday Decorating.

I have a feeling we will be staying here for Christmas. That is both good (not having to drive 5 hours either direction) and bad (depressing with out all the family on a holiday). I've not had a Thanksgiving with my family since I moved out here in 1999. I've either been stuck with a retail schedule or in the middle of loading in a Christmas show.

But here's something that I knit in the last week. Its a scarf for a gift so I can't say too much. Its done out of the Patons SWS which is soy and wool. It is a single ply. I really like the feel and the sheen. Being a single ply it is a little splitty, but I would knit with it again. The stitch is just a double moss stitch, but it is one of my favorites. It's easy but it has a lovely texture.

Well I'm off to get things going...its a gloomy day and hard to get motivated.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Turkey Day!!

I hope you all have a lovely day and if you need me to bail you out of jail for killing any relatives, I'm here for you. It's like I've said before....I don't care who I look like. I'm adopted.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006


I had every intention of blogging yesterday but I was in pie making mode. All of that also included a huge trip to the grocery store. Unfortunately the guy bagging my groceries cracked the bottle of sour mix. I poured it off into another bottle but it wasn't big enough for all of it so I was forced to have a few whiskey sours while baking. Ah, the sacrifices I make.
The pies are a big deal this year because last year there were none. The oven decided to die 2 days before Thanksgiving. It would do that every now and then but this time it was forever. Luckily the stove top still worked, and even better we weren't expecting guests. We survived however...I got a small turkey breast and cooked it in the crock-pot. Everything else was done on the stove or in the toaster oven.

But not this year...this year we have a HUGE turkey and a shiny new oven. So we have pies.

I also have pics of the kittens to post, but unfortunately I have to work tonight...

Friday, November 17, 2006

Tarot card quiz

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thwarted yet again

So I'm downstairs felting some gifts and I thought that this would be the perfect time to get my new to me computer set with my stuff. Love got me my own jump drive and I'm all set to transfer all my bookmarks and documents and such...except for one hitch. I don't see the usb port. I'm use to those being in the front and there isn't one there. Now I may be completely dense on this, but i'm not about to start shoving my jump drive into anything that looks like it may fit.. Good for me that I married a computer genius. Too bad he's working like a bazillion hours the next few weeks.

Inspired by Lani, here's a my knitting wish list of future projects:

Gatsby Girl Pullover
Belle Epoque
Ballet Wrap Cardigan
Fur Trimmed Wrap
Union Square Market Sweater
Veste Everest

Ballet Wrap
Corset Tank Top
Icarus Shawl
I Do
Very Tall Socks
Marley's Ghost

So that's enough to keep me busy for a while. That's not counting all the gift knits that lay before me.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

*sigh* I have a crush...

Last night I realized that I have a crush on Cary Grant. Love is loading in A Christmas Carol and I really won't see him (except in small glimpses) for a few weeks. So last night I made myself some dinner and sat down with my needles, some wool and some movies. I watched Charade (I adore Audrey Hepburn as well...And I must have that wardrobe!)...once done I decided to make it a film fest and popped in An Affair to Remember. (again...i need that wardrobe...especially that first dress she is in).
And it dawned on me that I have a crush on Cary Grant. My love looked at me with his usual "ok, I married a freak" look that he as been perfecting lately. He already knows about my Johnny Depp crush. I guess its better than having a crush on someone I can actually interact with. And keeps me home on the couch and out of the yarn stores. Though I really need to invest in more old/classic movies. I absolutely adore them and not having cable they are rarely on my tv. These are my only two with Cary in them. My only Audrey as well. I know...shame on me.

The knitting went well...I can't say much or show anything yet as it is a surprise.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Lacking in knit

I'm sorry about the lack in knitting pics lately. What little knitting I have been doing has either been boring furry scarves for charity or secret present knitting. I should have something soon. But here's something that I created in my shady past.

These are the first pair of socks that I ever knit.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


i want one day, just one friggin' day where i can go into work and not find 10,000 mistakes by my people. Today I was greeted with the fact they have been ringing in our custom orders wonder our numbers suck. this is not fucking rocket's retail. its not that hard!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

damn you html

I'm trying to do some blog changes and i just don't get this html stuff. and I don't know where or how to get help. It also doesn't help that my house is slightly smoky to the self-clean cycle running on my oven.

But on a positive note the rain is keeping me from having to rake all of this

Oh Caesar!

I promised pictures of the show I just finished and here they are.
This is a production of Julius Caesar set in modern times...sort of a Vegas Caesar's palace/Sopranos mafia mix quasi stylized. Sort-of taking reality a step further.

Sorry this first pic is blurry. I have trouble with the full stage shots. And my camera is not the best. The columns and platforms are marble. I don't have shots of the side flipper open (the stone wall shown earlier) but I did take copious shots of the pink marble.
The purple columns are a bit more electric than I had planned. I had forgotten that the dye in the purple paint likes to react with clear sealer. It was a rude awakening late at night, but I didn't stress to much since the whole thing is suppose to be over the top.

The pink marble took up the bulk of my 86 hours of work. And this is where the bit of disaster struck. I paint the majority of the set on stage, having no shop available to me. The theatre is constantly in use for class. This usually isn't a problem since they don't mind working around my presence there. I was painting the final step of marbling on the platforms when the acting class came in. I made the platforms off limits but the purple forestage was all theirs. The assignment for the day was acting out/telling about a day in the life of a superhero created by each student. The first student gets up and starts his bit. I've sat through so many of these that it doesn't phase me much. Some of they are quite good and amusing. Many are not. So the student comes to the point in his story where he kicks at the villain....and off comes his moccasin flying across stage into my paint buckets! SPLASH. Paint everywhere! Long story short, it ended up fairly well. I managed to clean most of it without too much damage to my work. (there were a few drips that I didn't catch in time. I tried working that into the veining). As a gesture of apology the director moved rehearsal elsewhere and I had the stage to myself the rest of the day. So it all worked out. I felt bad for the kid. I'd be more upset with myself than I would anyone else (unless they did it intentionally). We've all done it. My personal favorite is when I was so tired that I hooked up the wrong hose to the paint pot first and sent black paint 8 feet in the air.
So there it is. And that is where I have been. Am I forgiven for being a bad little blogger?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006


a lot has happened. Halloween has come and gone. Family has visited and we took the kittens in. The show has opened and closed and I've been a knitting fool...yet I haven't blogged. Sorry. I will have pics and stories and such very shortly.

i promise.

cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.