Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Beyond definition

Gothknits --


A poltergeist sent back in time to change the course of history forever

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Home again

ah home sweet home...

yet I could have spent another week in least. And you will all hate me because I'm the idiot who left her camera here at home.

oh well...of to bed. We must have walked about 4 or 5 miles today. But i did get to see my dead bodies.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Your Score: Katharine Hepburn

You scored 19% grit, 23% wit, 57% flair, and 11% class!

You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet. You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who like strong women.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.

Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Yes eventually I'll go pack and go to bed.

I <3 Stew

I am totally in love with Stew Leonard's now. I got out of work 2 hours early and therefore we had no dinner planned since I wasn't suppose to be home anyway. So we though we would check out the new Stew Leonard's down the road. I'm at a loss for words...Sexy produce, cheese selection for miles, animatronics, hot and cold food bar and beautiful fresh herbs. So dinner was a loaf of bread, herbed goat cheese, fresh cherries and soup off the soup bar. Oh and we had soft serve first. I'm completely smitten.

In other favorite restaurant is closed on Mondays so that is out. Don't know where we are going to eat now. I'm debating what knitting to take on the train. hrm...

be back in a few days.

Happy Memorial Day!

I'm actually working tomorrow. Good work though. I'll be touching up Eurydice at Second Stage in NYC. The boy is coming down with me and we're getting a hotel for the night. We're hoping to pop into our favorite restaurant for dinner.
Bodies is also exhibiting at South Street Seaport. I have been dying to see this. I first encountered it on an episode of The Regency House Party. (I never did see the last episode so don't spoil it for me) I've always wanted to dissect a human. I know it sounds grotesque, but its more of a curiosity thing. I find the human body a fascinating machine and I'd love to investigate hands on.
This trip is in lieu of our anniversary trip. Friday is our 5 year wedding anniversary. The original plans had us in Europe this week. But between emergency trips for family members in hospital and work denying love's vacation, this will be it. We're both working on Friday now, too. Yeah it sucks. First my birthday party was canceled and now this. I guess I don't get to celebrate the milestones this year. I hope to get some knitting done on the train in though. I really wish the train ran all the way up here. Instead we have to drive to New Haven first.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


I nearly fell out of my chair and peed myself when I saw this commercial.

Yep, that's Bruce Campbell.

I need a day

If I weren't going to be the only manager in the store after 3:30 I would take a sick day today. And that's really odd for me because I tend to be morally opposed to calling out because of ones period. But then again I'm having a killer period. I'm a ball of pain and non-stop nausea. I only eat when I get woozy or the hunger overrides the sickness. I pity the minions today for I am not in the mood for 10,000 stupid questions.

My car is currently in the shop getting its muffler strapped back on. Which means I cannot go out and get my comic books before work as I had hoped. Crappy yucky day. Even though it is beautiful out and suppose to be in the 80's.

I finished the right front of Otis and ripped out the left. I think I have a handle on the gauge. It took a ball for one front. It should be the same for the other side and I figure a ball and half to two for the back. That will leave only one to one and a half for the sleeves. That's when things will get creative.

Well I better eat and go get my car.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What the !?!!?

Just saw Spiderman 3. Holy emo boy, Batman!

Applegeeks put it best.

In other news:
For info on the pads try here.

and an earlier post about them here.

off to bed now or I lose my spot to the cats.

Heroes, Princess Leia and Sundresses

I'm quasi back to days, but not really. I think I'll have to take a sleeping pill tonight to help. I have to go back to work tomorrow morning. I'd rather light myself on fire...but anywho.

Last night was the season finale of Heroes, and I feel the need to state my opinion here. So if you haven't seen it, SPOILERS AHEAD!
I must admit I was rather disappointed with the finale. I liked Nathan's anti-hero redemption. I understand the story arc of Peter's sacrifice but I really like the character and don't want to see him go. I also grasp the irony that he would never have become the bomb if he never sought to stop it (therefore running into Ted and absorbing said power). It really irritated the hell out of me that they merely stabbed Sylar and left him lying there. Cut his frickin' head off!!!! How many times did you almost have him!?!?!? You know how to stop the powers by severing the brain. Decapitate the bastard already!!!! Sheesh! Yet I do agree that it looks as if he were dragged off by another as opposed to crawling away. Loved the cockroach as a comparison, too. And for the idiots on the message boards...Peter couldn't just fly away because he was using all of his concentration/energy/focus on not blowing up in the middle of NYC. And he could not regenerate if Claire shot him because the whole point of shooting him in the head was to destroy his brain therefore stopping his abilities.
I do like the concept for next season: new story and a mini-spin off during the hiatus where you are introduced to new heroes and get to vote on who joins the story line. Plus the hint of a new super-villain. I would like to see what the eclipse has to do with all of this. I hope they don't go the way of Lost and cast about too many unanswered mysteries and never really give us any resolutions.

Ok enough of that rant.

I finished my Princess Leia pads. I got 16 out of 1 yard of flannel. That is with no inserts cut from this fabric since I have enough from my other patterns. Most days I don't use the inserts. Who else can brag of Star Wars menstrual gear? I forgot who asked me but they stay in place because there are snaps on the wings. You can see it if you click to see the bigger picture.

And sundresses. There's a ton of them out in stores you think I could find one to fit me. HA! Stupid fashion industry. I guess I'm going to have to make my own. I'm most likely going to use this pattern from Folkwear. I really like this one because it reminds me of a costume I once wore in college. I think it was made from this pattern. I adored it and still wish it had left school with me. I went through my fabric stash and didn't really find anything I could use. I did find some other things that piqued my many hobbies so little time. (stupid job) So now I'm on the hunt for a quirky fabric to make my sundress before the snow flies again. Why the sudden urge for a sundress?? Mostly because my love commented on how he's never seen me in one. I'm willing to indulge his desire on this one.

Another list, but knitting related

Swiped this from Roxtarchicknits.
You know the drill.
Mark with bold the things you have knit (or are knitting)/crocheting, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. (I colored mine to make it easier to read)

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk (i'm a self professed silk whore)
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding (anyone who reads this blog knows all about that)
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch (still don't quite have the hang of it)
Knitting with beads
Swatching (not nearly as much as I should)
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair **(not intentionally, but as cat induced add on)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Hrm...I've either done it or I want to do it (for the most part). I guess I better get cracking then, huh?

Saturday, May 19, 2007


of sorts.

Overnights are over. I spent most of yesterday sleeping. I didn't fall into bed until just before noon. Love woke me around 5 ish. I had dinner and then passed out on the couch for a while. Then in bed by midnight and not up again until 10am. I should be able to make it through today. It seems I wasn't needed for touch-ups in NYC, so I can take it easy today.

I got a touch of knitting done. I'm working on the second front for Otis. I think I have to reknit the other side. I'm finding my tension a little wonky with this yarn. I really need to pay attention and pull each stitch to get it even.

I'm currently torturing my love with the ABBA CD that his sister got him for his birthday (a gag gift of sorts). I figure it was good motivation to get him showered and on our way to the comic book store.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


No fair tagging a zombie, but I'll play along. I was tagged by Kat.

Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog. Here are my facts:
(this is tougher than I thought since I did something like this before...oh and my brain is total mush)
  1. If its on the menu, I will always order the tiramisu.
  2. I don't like competitive environments, mostly because I can become extremely
    competitive to the point of psychosis. Ask anyone who has played air hockey with me.
  3. I can actually say with all honesty that I walked to and from school in a blizzard with snow up to my thighs uphill both ways.
  4. I share my birthday with Elvis, David Bowie, Boris Vallejo and Stephen Hawking. And despite what most may think being born on his birthday in the year he died does NOT make me a huge Elvis fan. I do however adore the other three.
  5. I own 6 tiaras and I do wear them. I wear one all day on my birthday no matter what I am doing. I use to wear one on my night shifts before I became manager. And I'll wear one whenever I feel the urge.
  6. I once turned down an invitation to dance at a club because of a hockey game. No one ever asks me to dance. There I was at the bar with about a dozen guys (all my friends on the floor dancing) all swarming around the tv. My response to random guy asking to dance was "Can't dance, Watching hockey." In my defense it was the last game of the Stanley cup.
  7. I think peas should be outlawed as a food product.
I can't really tag anyone because most of you have. If you read this and haven't been tagged yet...Tag, your IT!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Actual Knitting!

I'm currently in what I like to refer to as "zombie mode". I made it through the first overnight of work. I feel as though a Mack truck hit me,*backed up, drove forward*, and left me for dead. (Repeat between the * umpteen times) It's kinda like being hung over with out the joy of being drunk.

I did do some knitting on my preparation nights. I'm working on Otis in Rowan Summer Tweed's Brilliant. (My photos are more accurate color than the link.) I have several skeins that I picked up in Karen's stash sale. I attempted to take some pictures for you...Isis decided to help.

Notice the different pose in this one. That's because I picked her up and situated her on the cat bed. Yet she returned, determined to deposit cat hair on what until now had been cat hair free.
Not to totally curse myself but this seems to be going well. I did fudge a bit of math at one point but so far it seems to be working at gauge and measurements are accurate. Yeah, I know...I just cursed myself. I don't have as much yarn as it calls for though. I'll just do shorter sleeves or totally different sleeves all together.

With all these pictures of Isis, one might be wondering where Loki is. This is where she usually can be found.

Monday, May 14, 2007


I am on a quest for a print (or even better the actual magazine) of French Vogue with Frida Kahlo on the cover. Just to put it out there if anyone happens on it.

And I only made it until 5am last night. Tonight starts the actual work.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Shift it

I'm having to switch my body clock for this work week. I'm working 10pm until 8am to change my entire department. What really sucks is that my love is working 8am until 10pm so we won't see each other until Friday. Actually Monday night work starts at 10:15. Heroes ends at ten and it'll take about 10 to 15 to get to the store. Hey, I have my priorities in place.

To get my body ready I've been forcing myself to stay up and sleeping late. Last night I finished Exile around 4am and then went to bed. I got up at 2 o'clock today (mainly due to Isis snoring like a chainsaw). I'd like to make it until 6am tonight. I've a few projects lined up to keep me occupied. I did go through my stash and weed out stuff that I really won't use to add to Kris's
donation pile. The yarn is going to our local ARC chapter. Personally I couldn't think of a better place it should go. We had some members from another chapter working for us at my old store. I'll tell you they were the best employees we had. And I miss them like crazy. It was never a bad day with them around.

Aaah!!...gotta's Sunday and everything closes early and I've only been up 2 hours!

Friday, May 11, 2007

And for her next trick

Yes my cat can climb step ladders...even when they are folded up for storage.

She learned this trick in response to my husband's singing. It seems when he sings he hits the resonance for her skull or something because it just doesn't sit well with her. First she meows complaints and cease and desist requests with each request increasing in intensity. If he ignores that, then she attacks.

When we bought the house there were no stairs to the unfinished second floor. He was up there looking down the ladder at her. I suggested he sing to see her response. He busted into a rendition of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and once he hit that high note she had had enough.She approached said ladder and started climbing quite determined that the singing would stop when she reached the top. (That's my little evil genius.) After the wall thwacking incident we decided it was best if the ladder lived in the garage while not in use.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Non-stop action...

That is what my life is right now...or is it non-stop farce? hrm. I am back from painting and oh the stories I could tell...but not right now. Somewhat to protect the parties involved and somewhat because I have to run off to my "real" job where more drama is unfolding. Can anyone say cluster-phuck?

But what I really wanted to show you are the lovely tulips that I came home to Monday night. Love bought me these to replace the ones the squirrels assassinated. Isn't he wonderful.
Well I must be off and go look managerial or something. Saturday will be my first real day off in two weeks. Is it Saturday yet??

PS the mark on the wall above the tulips is where Isis knocked over a 6 foot step ladder while trying to climb it and it smacked into said wall.

Monday, May 07, 2007

An Unwelcome Anniversary

Today marks three years at my "temporary" retail job. I've climbed (or rather was dragged kicking and screaming bloody oaths) from part time cashier to department manager (with pressure to go higher)...

and what have I learned from all this...I really hate the general population.

And how will I celebrate? driving 2 hours on my days off to go do something I love.

I'll be off painting the next few days. Behave while I'm gone. (and kill as many squirrels as you can!)

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Welcome to the World!

Welcome to the world Miss Emma Kaye
p.s. you have some kick ass parents

Friday, May 04, 2007

Kill all the squirrels

(except for Foamy)

goddamnphuckingsquirrels!!!!! This is what I discovered this morning...Headless Tulips! My beautiful tulips were hacked off again(!) by the damn squirrels. The Queen of the Night ones I've had for 3 years and have never seen them bloom. Squirrels must die. Squirrels must die. Squirrels. Must. Die. *sigh* I guess I'm forced to live vicariously through Yarnstorm.

Here's a few pictures of things that the hawk fodder allows to let bloom

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Its Thursday, one of my least favorite days. Its the night I close the store. But today I'm rather happy.

I'm sore as hell, a tad tired but happy. I just spent the last two days off in NY painting again. I had such a blast with Lisa. Unfortunately I don't have time to go on and on. Errands await.

I'm anxious to start some new projects. I need to pull out the yarn...i just realized I never did the flash your stash photos this year. Hrm...maybe a belated one will appear.

I must be's a random pic just for fun.
(I must admit, I'm tempted to dye my hair that color.)