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Silly kitty

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When I went into the living room to fetch my eyeglasses, phone, and thumb drive this morning, I found Hamish on the couch occupying two cat beds:

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ETA: After adding the two additional cat beds I began last night plus one extra to Ravelry, I'm up to 201 projects since 2009. Not that the count is accurate because some of the projects were for multiples of an item.
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The weekend = 48 hours, and I spent 24 of them asleep. I needed it, so this isn't a complaint. I am also almost caught up on laundry and we got to see family ([livejournal.com profile] jebra's cousin had a combination 40th birthday/Halloween party, at which we saw the cousin, his wife, their two girls, his brother and his two sons, plus my sister-in-law and her husband. Good times).

Last Monday I planted seven varieties of basil in work's aerogarden. All seven have now sprouted and I expect I will be able to remove their hats (the little see-through greenhouse cap things) later this weekend. Pizza with fresh basil will not be far off.

Tomorrow I plan to go to the post office to mail packages. I've been putting off the trip (due to sheer laziness) for two weeks so I'm glad to be making progress. (Today I printed off the shipping label for my package. I haven't received the information for the other one yet.)

I took a week and a half off from Nia. I know I need the exercise, but last Tuesday I was having problems with vertigo (thanks to whatever allergens were floating around in the air) and on Saturday I was in dire need of sleep. I'm also continuing to have problems with the, um, metaphysical beliefs that accompany Nia. I don't exactly believe in chi and I definitely do not believe in the seven chakras or in the ability of my middle finger to allow me to achieve balance. I wish there was a Nia-like fitness program for skeptics as I am honestly quite concerned that continued exposure to people who embrace the metaphysical side of Nia (and who I otherwise respect) will weaken my already tenuous grasp of what is real.

Also, things like this:

51 | Power Finger Crossover
Crossing your Power Finger will bring you more than good luck!

Science:
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Practicing the Power Finger Crossover helps you extend energy along your arm bones and out through your hands. This will also keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.




piss me off. That is not science! (Quoted from http://52nia.blogspot.com/2010/04/51-power-finger-crossover.html)

The metaphysical part has troubled me pretty much since I started taking classes (although my teacher does seems to be mentioning that part more and more). In the last few weeks I've also taken a dislike to the routine we are currently doing. It is one of the new ones, not one of the original routines worked out by Carlos and Debbie Rosas, and it is much faster than than the older routines. What concerns me the most is that it is choreographed with sudden changes of head elevation. I had a conversation with one of the attendees at the most recent Jam as we were walking to the parking lot afterward, and she was telling me that she refused to quickly bend over/drop her head lower than her waist after getting her heart-rate up out of fear of instigating a stoke. This made sense to me and, when I later learned that these new routines are being developed by Debbie and those in her inner circle, it only furthered my concern. From what I've seen, earning a black belt in Nia does not require any scientifically proven knowledge concern how the body works, and the new routines may have been developed without any thought about the potential to harm practitioners who are less fit than the instructors themselves.

In happier news, on Saturday I not only managed to pay a visit to the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan to donate eight cat beds, I managed to leave without adopting any new animals. Even though there were four adorable 5-week old puppies ready to be adopted. If you're local to Oakland County (Michigan), the AWS is a great place to look for dogs and cats. (Also, [livejournal.com profile] icyfeetofdeath, I used up all of the acrylic yarn you gave me making them.)
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Last Thursday we drove to Port Huron after work, to see An Dro play at Lynch's Irish Tavern. The band was every bit as good as I expected, but I'm getting too old to stay out that late on a work night. Getting up and to work the next morning was exceedingly difficult.

After work on Friday we drove to Ionia to spend the weekend with my mom. I hadn't seen her since Christmas, so the visit was long overdue. On Saturday the three of went to Lansing to shop at Sticks and Strings, the yarn shop owned by one of my mom's friends. I picked out yarn for the dress I'm going to knit for my newly born niece, and my mom picked out some very nice bamboo yarn for a shawl. Elderly Instruments, one of [livejournal.com profile] jebra's favorite stores is located right across the street, so we went over there too. We found a handful of CDs and [livejournal.com profile] jebra) bought a bodhran to replace the cheap import he's been using. After that we had a very yummy lunch at the Embassy Grill, then went shopping for an eReader for my mom. She came home with a new Nook tablet and I'm still thinking about getting one myself.

We returned home on Sunday, stopping in Grand Ledge to have lunch with [livejournal.com profile] jebra's sister and her husband, then continued to work so that we could run billing.

Monday went by in a blur and I don't remember a thing about it. Yesterday, on the other hand, I was a sleepy mess. If I got anything done at work it was a miracle as I couldn't keep my eyes open. I didn't even go to Nia, instead I went home after work and went directly to bed.

Today I feel a whole lot better, and a lot more productive too. I finished the scarf I've been working on and I finally got around to taking photos of the clutch I made to hold my knitting & crochet accessories. I had the bad habit of putting the stitch holders and markers down wherever I was when it was time to remove them and then not recall where I'd put them.



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I'm having trouble believing it's nearly the middle of December. So much so that I keep thinking it's still early November. I suppose the weather isn't helping since it really doesn't feel like December yet, but considering how much I hate cold and snow I refuse to complain about that.

Friday night, while [livejournal.com profile] jebra was at band practice, I stayed home where I washed dishes, washed a bunch of laundry, and followed the pattern I worked out for a cat bed. I wanted to make sure the instructions were right before I published it to the web.

Saturday, rather than go to Nia, I went with [livejournal.com profile] jebra to Howell for the Tuba Christmas concert. While he was at practice I hiked over to Stitch in Time. I love that place and, as usual, had a great time hanging out with the shop's owner and browsing through her wonderful selection of yarn. This year I came away with only one new pattern but enough yarn to make it three times.

[livejournal.com profile] jebra called me when practice was over. We had lunch together then walked to the park where the concert would take place. [livejournal.com profile] mbumby and [livejournal.com profile] traveller42 appeared among the concert-goers and we stood together. Afterwards all four of us went to The Spinning Loft where I was given a quick lesson in spinning wool with a drop spindle and told to look for spindle spinning videos featuring Abby Franquemont on youtube.

After buying a spindle and some very pretty roving, [livejournal.com profile] jebra took me home where I continued working on my new pattern and did even more laundry.

Sunday was pretty much consumed by the FCB's Holiday Show. What with [livejournal.com profile] jebra being the equipment manager and having to set up the recording gear, we arrived at noon for the 3 p.m. concert. And as usual, it was mad dash getting everything in place before the lights went down.

From where I sat in the audience, the band sounded great. And for a pleasant change, I genuinely liked all of the music the selected for performance.

After the concert (and putting away the gear), we went to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] mbumby, [livejournal.com profile] traveller42, and another couple. Then it was home for yet more laundry and finishing Hamish's cat bed:



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A few minutes ago I put down my yarn needle and scissors, having just finished the ninth of the nine hats in the current batch of Jayne Hats for the Austin Browncoats. This brings my 2011 Jayne Hat count to 46 -- I was aiming to misbehave for 52 hats this year. If more yarn arrives before the 15th of December, I think I'll be able to make my goal.

The scarf count is holding steady at 55 for the National World War II Museum, 3 for the Red Scarf Project, and 1 on the needles for a friend.

As for the Fancy Filigree Bookmark I'm supposed to be crocheting for a friend's Secret Sister, well, that's going with me to Knitting Club on Saturday. Hopefully there'll be someone there who can help me make sense of the pattern. I figured out how to make a Chubby Cluster, but Round 1's turn work 90 degrees and... defeated me. I have no idea where I'm supposed to stick my crochet hook after the turn.

Saturday's Nia may be interesting as well. The Detroit Nia teachers are being filmed for a video and the videographer is supposed to be at class again on Saturday. I met him two Tuesdays ago, when he filmed us for the first time. I thought I was dancing well that day, so I didn't mind being filmed, but I was very glad for what I was wearing as I thought I looked less tubby than usual. Amazing what wearing light sweatpants in my actual size does for my figure.
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The chart is a screen shot from my account on Ravelry. Ravelry rocks, y'all.
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We went to Makers Faire both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we spent exploring (and in my case, doing a bit of experimental crochet followed by knitting about twelve inches for the Purl Street Scarf Project). Sunday Jebra did whatever while I hung out with the knitters and one particular woman who was spinning yarn while helping me learn to recognize and perform a wrap-and-turn.

This week has gone by in blur. I haven't had time to process the photos I took on Saturday (nor have I looked at the ones I took while were in Elkhart for the Jazz Festival). I don't know what the heck I've been doing other than trying to stay cool and wishing I were more awake.
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I am fighting off a cold, one which so far has taken over only the left side of my head. My left nostril is keeping me busy reaching for yet another new tissue while the one on the right side feels perfectly clear and normal. How does that happen?

Friday night after work we went home after a wee bit of shopping and tried to get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Saturday was SEMGS and we had such a good time we were among the last to leave. When I climbed into the car I thought it was only around ten or eleven, and I was so surprised by the time showing on the dashboard clock that I had to ask Jebra if it was malfunctioning. It wasn't; it really was after 1:00 in the morning and it was after 2:00 by the time we got home. I still had to take my night-time medicines and take a quick spin through email, so it was somewhere between 3:00 and 4:00 before I got to bed.

I'd hoped to check out flintHANDMADE on Sunday, but I knew that wasn't going to happen, especially when we were expected at an early St. Patrick's Day celebration later in the day. We'll have to try again next month.

Much tea was consumed while waiting for dinner to come out of the oven (corned beef, greens, boiled cabbage, turnips, and potatoes). Jebra made soda bread before we went over and that was really good too.

I brought my needle crafts with me, both to SEMGS and to Sunday dinner. On Saturday I finished yet another Jayne Hat, and crocheted a cute hat from the pattern Jean gave me. She also provided yarn, but I didn't want to risk messing up her good yarn until I was sure I could follow the instructions. My sample hat passed muster, so on Sunday I crocheted two more, one in red and another in blue using Jean's nice Borroco alpaca.
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Last night I began work on a ripple afghan. Although I remembered how to do a double crochet stitch, I suck at understanding crochet patterns. It took four tries to get the thing started, which is not a minor inconvenience when the thing begins with chain 178 and I don't detect the problem until the second row.

It probably didn't help that I'd been to the eye doctor earlier in the day and my pupils were still dilated. I have a new prescription and should have new lenses in a week and a half. This will be good as you know that big 'E' at the top of the eye chart? Well, that was the only letter I could make out with the old prescription.

While we were in Indiana for New Year's Eve, jebra and I watched Trapeze with our nephew Collin. Good gravy was Tony Curtis a tasty morsel in those days. As was Burt Lancaster. I've always liked Curtis, but Lancaster was a surprise. I looked him up on imdb and it seems the only other movie of his I've seen is Run Silent, Run Deep. And that was long enough ago that I don't remember anything about it other than the title.
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The UPS man just drove off. Today's deliveries were (1) a case of wine (for the boss), (2) four cases of Stash Lemon-Ginger tea (for me), and (3) a Fender Passport PD-250 Plus Portable Sound System (for [insanejournal.com profile] jebra).

Last Sunday, [insanejournal.com profile] jebra, [insanejournal.com profile] mbumby, and I went to the zoo. The sky was overcast when we arrived, but I got a really good shot of one of the tigers anyway. And a number of eh photos of spring flowers. Somehow [insanejournal.com profile] jebra managed to gain possession of the camera when we reached the giraffe and zebra enclosures, so he was the one who managed to photograph the giraffes running around. In real life, running giraffes look really neat. On a still photograph, not so much.

It started to rain while we were watching the giraffes, so [insanejournal.com profile] jebra made me put the camera away. I know he was right, but I wanted to keep it out because I kept spotting things that would either make nice photos or that were far enough away that I could have used the lens to get a good look. Like the unidentified birds nesting in one of the trees. Whatever they were, they were obviously large and social. There had to be at least a half dozen nests in the branches of the same tree.

On Saturday, I spent the early afternoon watching the FIRST Robotics Competition on the NASA channel and trying out gnucash. gnucash seems to be a fairly reasonable substitute for Quicken, however it lacks supercategories, which is a feature we use extensively. (Supercategories allow expenditures in multiple budget categories to be added together. For example, how much does a trip to Minicon really cost once the gasoline, restaurant meals, hotel bill, con memberships, memorial t-shirts and incidental costs are figured in?)
The other problem I have with gnucash is a problem I have with Quicken, namely the inability to close out records at end of a fiscal year. It annoys me to see accounts that were closed five or even ten years ago listed among the active accounts. I also discovered that I cannot delete voided transactions from gnucash and that accounts containing voided entries may not be removed. So if we were to switch to gnucash, I'd have to choose between (A) starting fresh and manually re-entering the information we wanted to keep and (B) maintaining obsolete accounts. After three or four hours of horsing around with gnucash and several more thinking about what I'd learned, I concluded that for the moment my best bet would be getting [insanejournal.com profile] jebra to install wine or some other sort of virtual machine and moving Quicken from the laptop I want to retire to my desktop computer.

I also discovered our checkbook is out of balance. After work last night I spent a good three hours trying to figure out what went wrong but am no closer toward getting it to balance. If anything, the difference between what Quicken thinks and what my physical checkbook reports has more than doubled. Annoying, that.

Two other annoyances involve crochet. I started a simple chevron striped afghan, but the pattern is giving me fits. I'm never sure where I'm supposed to be in the pattern and, as a result, the rows aren't lining up exactly the way they should. I set the project aside last night and started working another pattern. This time everything lines up the way it should, only when I my initial chain the afghan seemed too small (I want an adult-size afghan and I could hold the entire chain across my body without having to stretch). So I doubled the size and went to work. This morning I discovered the the afghan is now so long that it not only reaches from one side of the futon to the other, there's enough to drape over the edges. I suppose it might make a nice bedspread, but that wasn't really what I was after. I thought this would be another of my afghans to go up for auction (for charity, not to make money for me), but I'm concerned the pool of potential buyers will be too small. Opinions, anyone?
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The UPS man just drove off. Today's deliveries were (1) a case of wine (for the boss), (2) four cases of Stash Lemon-Ginger tea (for me), and (3) a Fender Passport PD-250 Plus Portable Sound System (for [livejournal.com profile] jebra).

Last Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] jebra, [livejournal.com profile] mbumby, and I went to the zoo. The sky was overcast when we arrived, but I got a really good shot of one of the tigers anyway. And a number of eh photos of spring flowers. Somehow [livejournal.com profile] jebra managed to gain possession of the camera when we reached the giraffe and zebra enclosures, so he was the one who managed to photograph the giraffes running around. In real life, running giraffes look really neat. On a still photograph, not so much.

It started to rain while we were watching the giraffes, so [livejournal.com profile] jebra made me put the camera away. I know he was right, but I wanted to keep it out because I kept spotting things that would either make nice photos or that were far enough away that I could have used the lens to get a good look. Like the unidentified birds nesting in one of the trees. Whatever they were, they were obviously large and social. There had to be at least a half dozen nests in the branches of the same tree.

On Saturday, I spent the early afternoon watching the FIRST Robotics Competition on the NASA channel and trying out gnucash. gnucash seems to be a fairly reasonable substitute for Quicken, however it lacks supercategories, which is a feature we use extensively. (Supercategories allow expenditures in multiple budget categories to be added together. For example, how much does a trip to Minicon really cost once the gasoline, restaurant meals, hotel bill, con memberships, memorial t-shirts and incidental costs are figured in?)
The other problem I have with gnucash is a problem I have with Quicken, namely the inability to close out records at end of a fiscal year. It annoys me to see accounts that were closed five or even ten years ago listed among the active accounts. I also discovered that I cannot delete voided transactions from gnucash and that accounts containing voided entries may not be removed. So if we were to switch to gnucash, I'd have to choose between (A) starting fresh and manually re-entering the information we wanted to keep and (B) maintaining obsolete accounts. After three or four hours of horsing around with gnucash and several more thinking about what I'd learned, I concluded that for the moment my best bet would be getting [livejournal.com profile] jebra to install wine or some other sort of virtual machine and moving Quicken from the laptop I want to retire to my desktop computer.

I also discovered our checkbook is out of balance. After work last night I spent a good three hours trying to figure out what went wrong but am no closer toward getting it to balance. If anything, the difference between what Quicken thinks and what my physical checkbook reports has more than doubled. Annoying, that.

Two other annoyances involve crochet. I started a simple chevron striped afghan, but the pattern is giving me fits. I'm never sure where I'm supposed to be in the pattern and, as a result, the rows aren't lining up exactly the way they should. I set the project aside last night and started working another pattern. This time everything lines up the way it should, only when I my initial chain the afghan seemed too small (I want an adult-size afghan and I could hold the entire chain across my body without having to stretch). So I doubled the size and went to work. This morning I discovered the the afghan is now so long that it not only reaches from one side of the futon to the other, there's enough to drape over the edges. I suppose it might make a nice bedspread, but that wasn't really what I was after. I thought this would be another of my afghans to go up for auction (for charity, not to make money for me), but I'm concerned the pool of potential buyers will be too small. Opinions, anyone?
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The UPS man just drove off. Today's deliveries were (1) a case of wine (for the boss), (2) four cases of Stash Lemon-Ginger tea (for me), and (3) a Fender Passport PD-250 Plus Portable Sound System (for [livejournal.com profile] jebra).

Last Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] jebra, [livejournal.com profile] mbumby, and I went to the zoo. The sky was overcast when we arrived, but I got a really good shot of one of the tigers anyway. And a number of eh photos of spring flowers. Somehow [livejournal.com profile] jebra managed to gain possession of the camera when we reached the giraffe and zebra enclosures, so he was the one who managed to photograph the giraffes running around. In real life, running giraffes look really neat. On a still photograph, not so much.

It started to rain while we were watching the giraffes, so [livejournal.com profile] jebra made me put the camera away. I know he was right, but I wanted to keep it out because I kept spotting things that would either make nice photos or that were far enough away that I could have used the lens to get a good look. Like the unidentified birds nesting in one of the trees. Whatever they were, they were obviously large and social. There had to be at least a half dozen nests in the branches of the same tree.

On Saturday, I spent the early afternoon watching the FIRST Robotics Competition on the NASA channel and trying out gnucash. gnucash seems to be a fairly reasonable substitute for Quicken, however it lacks supercategories, which is a feature we use extensively. (Supercategories allow expenditures in multiple budget categories to be added together. For example, how much does a trip to Minicon really cost once the gasoline, restaurant meals, hotel bill, con memberships, memorial t-shirts and incidental costs are figured in?)
The other problem I have with gnucash is a problem I have with Quicken, namely the inability to close out records at end of a fiscal year. It annoys me to see accounts that were closed five or even ten years ago listed among the active accounts. I also discovered that I cannot delete voided transactions from gnucash and that accounts containing voided entries may not be removed. So if we were to switch to gnucash, I'd have to choose between (A) starting fresh and manually re-entering the information we wanted to keep and (B) maintaining obsolete accounts. After three or four hours of horsing around with gnucash and several more thinking about what I'd learned, I concluded that for the moment my best bet would be getting [livejournal.com profile] jebra to install wine or some other sort of virtual machine and moving Quicken from the laptop I want to retire to my desktop computer.

I also discovered our checkbook is out of balance. After work last night I spent a good three hours trying to figure out what went wrong but am no closer toward getting it to balance. If anything, the difference between what Quicken thinks and what my physical checkbook reports has more than doubled. Annoying, that.

Two other annoyances involve crochet. I started a simple chevron striped afghan, but the pattern is giving me fits. I'm never sure where I'm supposed to be in the pattern and, as a result, the rows aren't lining up exactly the way they should. I set the project aside last night and started working another pattern. This time everything lines up the way it should, only when I my initial chain the afghan seemed too small (I want an adult-size afghan and I could hold the entire chain across my body without having to stretch). So I doubled the size and went to work. This morning I discovered the the afghan is now so long that it not only reaches from one side of the futon to the other, there's enough to drape over the edges. I suppose it might make a nice bedspread, but that wasn't really what I was after. I thought this would be another of my afghans to go up for auction (for charity, not to make money for me), but I'm concerned the pool of potential buyers will be too small. Opinions, anyone?
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We were supposed to travel to Indiana to see my brother-in-law and assorted other family members on December 31st, however the trip was postponed due to the terminal illness of my brother-in-law's mother-in-law. She, I'm sorry to say, passed away on January 1st. Rather than have an open funeral, the family will host a celebration of her life sometime later this year.

Not traveling to Indiana meant we were able to attend a New Year's Eve party hosted by two of our friends in Troy. We rarely get to see them, so the party made the perfect excuse. It also lead to my first RL exposure to Wii Fit. Not that I played, mind you. But it was interesting to watch as a handful of kids and adults played an assortment of games.

New Year's Day I spent watching tv, knitting, and struggling to fully wake up. When I finally felt awake enough, I ran billing. Happily, I can do that part of my job from home. It went reasonably well and I returned to my knitting and crime show addiction afterwards. I also finished knitting my first scarf of 2009.

Friday was another laid back sort of day. More daytime tv, starting with six hours of tv court shows (Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Alex, etc., etc.) -- so many that I started to grow weary of watching contentious people argue. In the evening we went grocery shopping, then it was home to knit a fish and felt some wool. I stuffed a fish with catmint for [insanejournal.com profile] ladyinfidel's cat and went to bed.

Saturday was SEMGS -- and Pot Pie Lab was *AWESOME*. [insanejournal.com profile] dizzi_d and [insanejournal.com profile] texaspenguin made pastry dough and lined a whole bunch of small aluminum pie pans (the foil, disposable/recyclable kind) with the dough and then had selections of meats and veggies so that folks could assemble their own. My favorite was the chicken curry, although I still think I would have liked it even better if the curry had been a hotter. The beef stew in a pot pie was also very good. There was a ham and potatoes and dried cherry pie that surprised me with its yumminess. [insanejournal.com profile] bwittig made a cinnamon and apple turnover-like thing with biscuit dough and that was also among my favorites. As for (real) pies -- oh my. [insanejournal.com profile] texaspenguin made a buttermilk cream pie (this was my first exposure to buttermilk pie and *yum*) and [insanejournal.com profile] dizzi_d made one with Egg Nog (and, omg, that was like the best eggnog custard in pie form *ever*).

All in all, it was an awesome SEMGS lab. Even [insanejournal.com profile] jebra's green bean casserole pot pie turned out (although the puff pastry got a bit mushy after it cooled). Nevertheless, it still made excellent left-overs.

Also in attendance at SEMGS were two dog! [insanejournal.com profile] dizzi_d and [insanejournal.com profile] backrubbear have Noodle, their very quick and hyper Husky, and [insanejournal.com profile] texaspenguin has Kodi, a black lab/Chow mix. I was a very happy camper being around two nice-sized dogs for the day.

Sunday we went over to a non-LJ couple's house for dinner. On the way we stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up salad ingredients. While there, I spotted a gingerbread house kit on sale for just $3.99. I've never made one before and thought that making one with me would be something our friend's son Ian might enjoy. As it turned out, his parents had bought one of those cookie Christmas tree gingerbread kits for him. So we whipped up three batches of frosting (my kit used confectioner's sugar mixed with an egg white and a few drops of lemon juice; Ian's kit had two frosting mixes, one white and one green). We somehow got the frosting into pastry bags (I sucked at this part and mine squirted frosting from both ends. Perhaps needless to say, I've never handled a pastry bag before and found it to be quite a challenge. Nevertheless, with Ian's help I got my house assembled and decorated. I'd show you a photo, only I haven't done anything with Sunday's photos yet.

Oh, and that reminds me! Before dinner, [insanejournal.com profile] jebra and I went to the Henry Ford Museum to see Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television. The exhibit was interesting and I particularly enjoyed the information on costume design and getting to see the Ghost Busters' former ambulance. (Which probably had as much to do with that catchy Ghost Busters' Theme music as it did the vehicle itself.)

Monday was a return to work and then a repair job. A week or so ago, I washed my summer purse (which I knit last summer and managed to get dirty by tossing into my backpack). When it came out of the dryer, I noticed the cotton yarn had frayed and was on the verge of breaking. I considered various methods of repair, but I believe I'm out of that particular variegated yarn and I didn't want to mess around with weaving yarn through the knit fabric anyway. So I thought about crocheting something from my amazing stash crochet thread. I thought about trees and flowers, eventually deciding it'd be fun to crochet a sun and then use patch to mend the bag. This is the result )
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We were supposed to travel to Indiana to see my brother-in-law and assorted other family members on December 31st, however the trip was postponed due to the terminal illness of my brother-in-law's mother-in-law. She, I'm sorry to say, passed away on January 1st. Rather than have an open funeral, the family will host a celebration of her life sometime later this year.

Not traveling to Indiana meant we were able to attend a New Year's Eve party hosted by two of our friends in Troy. We rarely get to see them, so the party made the perfect excuse. It also lead to my first RL exposure to Wii Fit. Not that I played, mind you. But it was interesting to watch as a handful of kids and adults played an assortment of games.

New Year's Day I spent watching tv, knitting, and struggling to fully wake up. When I finally felt awake enough, I ran billing. Happily, I can do that part of my job from home. It went reasonably well and I returned to my knitting and crime show addiction afterwards. I also finished knitting my first scarf of 2009.

Friday was another laid back sort of day. More daytime tv, starting with six hours of tv court shows (Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Alex, etc., etc.) -- so many that I started to grow weary of watching contentious people argue. In the evening we went grocery shopping, then it was home to knit a fish and felt some wool. I stuffed a fish with catmint for [livejournal.com profile] ladyinfidel's cat and went to bed.

Saturday was SEMGS -- and Pot Pie Lab was *AWESOME*. [livejournal.com profile] dizzi_d and [livejournal.com profile] texaspenguin made pastry dough and lined a whole bunch of small aluminum pie pans (the foil, disposable/recyclable kind) with the dough and then had selections of meats and veggies so that folks could assemble their own. My favorite was the chicken curry, although I still think I would have liked it even better if the curry had been a hotter. The beef stew in a pot pie was also very good. There was a ham and potatoes and dried cherry pie that surprised me with its yumminess. [livejournal.com profile] bwittig made a cinnamon and apple turnover-like thing with biscuit dough and that was also among my favorites. As for (real) pies -- oh my. [livejournal.com profile] texaspenguin made a buttermilk cream pie (this was my first exposure to buttermilk pie and *yum*) and [livejournal.com profile] dizzi_d made one with Egg Nog (and, omg, that was like the best eggnog custard in pie form *ever*).

All in all, it was an awesome SEMGS lab. Even [livejournal.com profile] jebra's green bean casserole pot pie turned out (although the puff pastry got a bit mushy after it cooled). Nevertheless, it still made excellent left-overs.

Also in attendance at SEMGS were two dog! [livejournal.com profile] dizzi_d and [livejournal.com profile] backrubbear have Noodle, their very quick and hyper Husky, and [livejournal.com profile] texaspenguin has Kodi, a black lab/Chow mix. I was a very happy camper being around two nice-sized dogs for the day.

Sunday we went over to a non-LJ couple's house for dinner. On the way we stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up salad ingredients. While there, I spotted a gingerbread house kit on sale for just $3.99. I've never made one before and thought that making one with me would be something our friend's son Ian might enjoy. As it turned out, his parents had bought one of those cookie Christmas tree gingerbread kits for him. So we whipped up three batches of frosting (my kit used confectioner's sugar mixed with an egg white and a few drops of lemon juice; Ian's kit had two frosting mixes, one white and one green). We somehow got the frosting into pastry bags (I sucked at this part and mine squirted frosting from both ends. Perhaps needless to say, I've never handled a pastry bag before and found it to be quite a challenge. Nevertheless, with Ian's help I got my house assembled and decorated. I'd show you a photo, only I haven't done anything with Sunday's photos yet.

Oh, and that reminds me! Before dinner, [livejournal.com profile] jebra and I went to the Henry Ford Museum to see Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television. The exhibit was interesting and I particularly enjoyed the information on costume design and getting to see the Ghost Busters' former ambulance. (Which probably had as much to do with that catchy Ghost Busters' Theme music as it did the vehicle itself.)

Monday was a return to work and then a repair job. A week or so ago, I washed my summer purse (which I knit last summer and managed to get dirty by tossing into my backpack). When it came out of the dryer, I noticed the cotton yarn had frayed and was on the verge of breaking. I considered various methods of repair, but I believe I'm out of that particular variegated yarn and I didn't want to mess around with weaving yarn through the knit fabric anyway. So I thought about crocheting something from my amazing stash crochet thread. I thought about trees and flowers, eventually deciding it'd be fun to crochet a sun and then use patch to mend the bag. This is the result )
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We were supposed to travel to Indiana to see my brother-in-law and assorted other family members on December 31st, however the trip was postponed due to the terminal illness of my brother-in-law's mother-in-law. She, I'm sorry to say, passed away on January 1st. Rather than have an open funeral, the family will host a celebration of her life sometime later this year.

Not traveling to Indiana meant we were able to attend a New Year's Eve party hosted by two of our friends in Troy. We rarely get to see them, so the party made the perfect excuse. It also lead to my first RL exposure to Wii Fit. Not that I played, mind you. But it was interesting to watch as a handful of kids and adults played an assortment of games.

New Year's Day I spent watching tv, knitting, and struggling to fully wake up. When I finally felt awake enough, I ran billing. Happily, I can do that part of my job from home. It went reasonably well and I returned to my knitting and crime show addiction afterwards. I also finished knitting my first scarf of 2009.

Friday was another laid back sort of day. More daytime tv, starting with six hours of tv court shows (Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Alex, etc., etc.) -- so many that I started to grow weary of watching contentious people argue. In the evening we went grocery shopping, then it was home to knit a fish and felt some wool. I stuffed a fish with catmint for [livejournal.com profile] ladyinfidel's cat and went to bed.

Saturday was SEMGS -- and Pot Pie Lab was *AWESOME*. [livejournal.com profile] dizzi_d and [livejournal.com profile] texaspenguin made pastry dough and lined a whole bunch of small aluminum pie pans (the foil, disposable/recyclable kind) with the dough and then had selections of meats and veggies so that folks could assemble their own. My favorite was the chicken curry, although I still think I would have liked it even better if the curry had been a hotter. The beef stew in a pot pie was also very good. There was a ham and potatoes and dried cherry pie that surprised me with its yumminess. [livejournal.com profile] bwittig made a cinnamon and apple turnover-like thing with biscuit dough and that was also among my favorites. As for (real) pies -- oh my. [livejournal.com profile] texaspenguin made a buttermilk cream pie (this was my first exposure to buttermilk pie and *yum*) and [livejournal.com profile] dizzi_d made one with Egg Nog (and, omg, that was like the best eggnog custard in pie form *ever*).

All in all, it was an awesome SEMGS lab. Even [livejournal.com profile] jebra's green bean casserole pot pie turned out (although the puff pastry got a bit mushy after it cooled). Nevertheless, it still made excellent left-overs.

Also in attendance at SEMGS were two dog! [livejournal.com profile] dizzi_d and [livejournal.com profile] backrubbear have Noodle, their very quick and hyper Husky, and [livejournal.com profile] texaspenguin has Kodi, a black lab/Chow mix. I was a very happy camper being around two nice-sized dogs for the day.

Sunday we went over to a non-LJ couple's house for dinner. On the way we stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up salad ingredients. While there, I spotted a gingerbread house kit on sale for just $3.99. I've never made one before and thought that making one with me would be something our friend's son Ian might enjoy. As it turned out, his parents had bought one of those cookie Christmas tree gingerbread kits for him. So we whipped up three batches of frosting (my kit used confectioner's sugar mixed with an egg white and a few drops of lemon juice; Ian's kit had two frosting mixes, one white and one green). We somehow got the frosting into pastry bags (I sucked at this part and mine squirted frosting from both ends. Perhaps needless to say, I've never handled a pastry bag before and found it to be quite a challenge. Nevertheless, with Ian's help I got my house assembled and decorated. I'd show you a photo, only I haven't done anything with Sunday's photos yet.

Oh, and that reminds me! Before dinner, [livejournal.com profile] jebra and I went to the Henry Ford Museum to see Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television. The exhibit was interesting and I particularly enjoyed the information on costume design and getting to see the Ghost Busters' former ambulance. (Which probably had as much to do with that catchy Ghost Busters' Theme music as it did the vehicle itself.)

Monday was a return to work and then a repair job. A week or so ago, I washed my summer purse (which I knit last summer and managed to get dirty by tossing into my backpack). When it came out of the dryer, I noticed the cotton yarn had frayed and was on the verge of breaking. I considered various methods of repair, but I believe I'm out of that particular variegated yarn and I didn't want to mess around with weaving yarn through the knit fabric anyway. So I thought about crocheting something from my amazing stash crochet thread. I thought about trees and flowers, eventually deciding it'd be fun to crochet a sun and then use patch to mend the bag. This is the result )
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I had a migraine either last Thursday or the Thursday before. I knew I should have written down the time and date in my PDA as soon as I got to work, but I didn't and now I can't recall when I had it. This was the first full blown migraine I can recall having in the past ten years, so I wonder what triggered it. I'm lucky in that all of my migraines have been strictly optical. (No pain. Just visual phenomenon.)

Yesterday [insanejournal.com profile] jebra and I spent the entire afternoon working in the yard. He trimmed the shrubs in front of the house and pruned our beech. I raked leaves and chipped yard waste. Fifteen bags worth.

After working the yard and getting cleaned up, I came inside and relaxed on the couch. I did some knitting and watched an episode of Columbo with [insanejournal.com profile] jebra and [insanejournal.com profile] mbumby. While she was here, I asked her to model the hat I'd made the other week. It's child-sized and wouldn't fit on my head. She found it a tight fit, but managed to get it on her head. I also finished the market bag I made for myself. Pictures under the cut.

Today we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with friends. In a shocking turn of events, I was put to work in the kitchen. I peeled apples, then later the sweet potatoes. When I wasn't working with the peeler, I was either knitting or crocheting. I'm working on two more scarves. I'd hoped to finish the crochet one today, but I ran out of yarn.

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I had a migraine either last Thursday or the Thursday before. I knew I should have written down the time and date in my PDA as soon as I got to work, but I didn't and now I can't recall when I had it. This was the first full blown migraine I can recall having in the past ten years, so I wonder what triggered it. I'm lucky in that all of my migraines have been strictly optical. (No pain. Just visual phenomenon.)

Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] jebra and I spent the entire afternoon working in the yard. He trimmed the shrubs in front of the house and pruned our beech. I raked leaves and chipped yard waste. Fifteen bags worth.

After working the yard and getting cleaned up, I came inside and relaxed on the couch. I did some knitting and watched an episode of Columbo with [livejournal.com profile] jebra and [livejournal.com profile] mbumby. While she was here, I asked her to model the hat I'd made the other week. It's child-sized and wouldn't fit on my head. She found it a tight fit, but managed to get it on her head. I also finished the market bag I made for myself. Pictures under the cut.

Today we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with friends. In a shocking turn of events, I was put to work in the kitchen. I peeled apples, then later the sweet potatoes. When I wasn't working with the peeler, I was either knitting or crocheting. I'm working on two more scarves. I'd hoped to finish the crochet one today, but I ran out of yarn.

Click here )
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I had a migraine either last Thursday or the Thursday before. I knew I should have written down the time and date in my PDA as soon as I got to work, but I didn't and now I can't recall when I had it. This was the first full blown migraine I can recall having in the past ten years, so I wonder what triggered it. I'm lucky in that all of my migraines have been strictly optical. (No pain. Just visual phenomenon.)

Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] jebra and I spent the entire afternoon working in the yard. He trimmed the shrubs in front of the house and pruned our beech. I raked leaves and chipped yard waste. Fifteen bags worth.

After working the yard and getting cleaned up, I came inside and relaxed on the couch. I did some knitting and watched an episode of Columbo with [livejournal.com profile] jebra and [livejournal.com profile] mbumby. While she was here, I asked her to model the hat I'd made the other week. It's child-sized and wouldn't fit on my head. She found it a tight fit, but managed to get it on her head. I also finished the market bag I made for myself. Pictures under the cut.

Today we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with friends. In a shocking turn of events, I was put to work in the kitchen. I peeled apples, then later the sweet potatoes. When I wasn't working with the peeler, I was either knitting or crocheting. I'm working on two more scarves. I'd hoped to finish the crochet one today, but I ran out of yarn.

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On Labor Day I harvested the cat mint growing in my yard. Earlier this week I made a variety of wool fish-like objects. I crocheted a shark, knit two fish, and cut up an old sweater that I had previously felted and made a large school of felt fish. Last night I put all of them through the washer and dryer. After work tonight I stripped the cat mint leaves and flowers from the stems, stuffed it into the felt fish, and sewed them shut.

This task was made more difficult by Hector and Hamish, who would not leave me alone. Not that I can blame them, the aromatics from the cat mint were undoubtedly very strong. I gave them the shark as soon as I was done with it and they played with it for a surprisingly long time. They'd probably still be playing with it, but they managed to fling it underneath my office door and they can't reach it.

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On Labor Day I harvested the cat mint growing in my yard. Earlier this week I made a variety of wool fish-like objects. I crocheted a shark, knit two fish, and cut up an old sweater that I had previously felted and made a large school of felt fish. Last night I put all of them through the washer and dryer. After work tonight I stripped the cat mint leaves and flowers from the stems, stuffed it into the felt fish, and sewed them shut.

This task was made more difficult by Hector and Hamish, who would not leave me alone. Not that I can blame them, the aromatics from the cat mint were undoubtedly very strong. I gave them the shark as soon as I was done with it and they played with it for a surprisingly long time. They'd probably still be playing with it, but they managed to fling it underneath my office door and they can't reach it.

Click here to see the scrapbook page )
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On Labor Day I harvested the cat mint growing in my yard. Earlier this week I made a variety of wool fish-like objects. I crocheted a shark, knit two fish, and cut up an old sweater that I had previously felted and made a large school of felt fish. Last night I put all of them through the washer and dryer. After work tonight I stripped the cat mint leaves and flowers from the stems, stuffed it into the felt fish, and sewed them shut.

This task was made more difficult by Hector and Hamish, who would not leave me alone. Not that I can blame them, the aromatics from the cat mint were undoubtedly very strong. I gave them the shark as soon as I was done with it and they played with it for a surprisingly long time. They'd probably still be playing with it, but they managed to fling it underneath my office door and they can't reach it.

Click here to see the scrapbook page )
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Yesterday I finished knitting the messenger bag I plan to use this summer. Today I made a matching checkbook cover. There's a picture under the cut. )
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Yesterday I finished knitting the messenger bag I plan to use this summer. Today I made a matching checkbook cover. There's a picture under the cut. )
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Yesterday I finished knitting the messenger bag I plan to use this summer. Today I made a matching checkbook cover. There's a picture under the cut. )
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Yesterday I finished knitting the messenger bag I plan to use this summer. Today I made a matching checkbook cover. There's a picture under the cut. )

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