Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I'm a bad blogger... that makes me a sad Panda.

Last week we went golfing with Ben's team at work. His work team, not his golf team. There is no golf team. I got to drive the cart. It was so much fun. Driving the cart is awesome.

I've been addicted to the Gilmore Girls this week. I got the first season from netflix and I've been watching them for hours straight. It's such a good show, makes me feel a little manic, but is very good.

We learned to waltz last night. I caught on much faster to that than I did the tango. We won't talk about the foxtrot.

I'm going to Fashion Bug tomorrow to see if I can find a dress for the wedding. I'm not sure if the ones they have are formal enough, but I'm going to find out. I also want a pair of kahki pants. But I want them to be flairs. I don't know if that exists. I might just have to make them.

And on the subject of making things... I haven't been. I've got a block. I might just make myself sit down and crochet anything, just to see if I can get past it. And I have to work on my dress for the rehearsal dinner too sometime. But my sewing block seems almost insurmountable.

I have been baking a lot lately. And really enjoying it. Last week I did blueberry pie and banana muffins. Yesterday was cake. And tomorrow is pumpkin pie.

I'm branching out with my cooking too. Today I'm making baked beans from scratch for the first time. I hope they turn out, it's a surprise for Ben. I'm serving them with fried chicken. Banquet fried chicken, because nothing I make from scratch tastes as good as that.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Indoor Baseball

We went to the Diamondsbacks' game on Sunday. It was pretty neat, because they're stadium is covered and airconditioned. It was like being outside at a place that's not hellish. And I had the biggest bag of cotton candy ever. I didn't finish it till yesterday.

After church on Sunday, we went to the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast. It was very good food, but the funny part was that some people from the choir sat with us. Okay, not funny in its self, but I have this thing with the choir there. Last month, they were complaining about not enough participation from the congregation and stuff... okay here's the reasons they have that problem:

They sing songs that no one knows.
They all sing in keys that are so high no one else can reach them. (I know that's church music, but still.)
They sing into the microphones at all times, so people always feel like they're doing solos.
They turn the ordinary songs that everyone's supposed to sing into cantor songs so they can do the verses as solos.
Did I mention that they always pick songs that no one knows?

So I've been threatening to send them a letter explaining all these things to them and clueing them into why they have participation problems. And the whole time the choir people were sitting at our table I was thinking... what if i just tell them? would that be so bad?
I didn't though.

I made blueberry pie last night. It didn't turn out right, the sugar and flour didn't mix up with the blueberries the way it was meant to. But at least it set up. The last one I made was just a lake of blueberry juice.

I'm very much in a baking mood, but I think I'll hold off till the pie is gone to make anything else. There's no one to eat lots of baked goods, just the two of us, and I don't think we should be eating massive amounts of pie and bread and cookies. No matter how much we'd like to.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

La, La, La.

So the dancing was fun. I can now, in theory, Tango. In reality, I'm not so great. But it's fun none the less. And I didn't injure anyone. But I'm scared to go backward and just let Ben steer me. Guess I'll have to try to get used to that.

I have no plans for the day. That kind of bugs me. I like to have plans. I don't like doing nothing. I guess I'll just start a new project. Maybe I'll have to check the Christmas list and see what needs doing. Or maybe I'll finish sketching the schematic for the cabled hoodie and make the front of that.

I think tomorrow I'll go to the mall. And read books I'm not planning to buy at Barnes and Noble. And go shoe shopping. I couldn't find any I liked the other day.

I should start sewing my dress together. But I don't want to.

No one is signing up for my sewing class. I have one student, which means I have to go and teach it, but also means that it's not really worth my time to do so. Grr. I'm going to have to do something about this... either advertise better or quit the classes. Of course getting more students would be the best thing. Just not sure how to do that.

There are mysterious noises coming from the kitchen. I think the cats are revolting. They spent all day yesterday with no food in the dish, so I think they were planning a coup. Never mind that I gave them wet food and that Ben put out food in the dish as soon as he got home. Nope, it's unforgivable to even see the bottom of the bowl, let alone spend a whole eight hours with only bottom showing. I'm in for it now.

I'm thinking of turning to the dark side and practicing knitting. I know, I shouldn't leave the way of the hook. But I'm sure that as soon as I try to make anything that's more the nine stitches wide on needles that are less then 17, I'll remember why I don't knit.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Strictly Ballroom

Today Ben and I start our ballroom dancing class. I hope I don't trip or knock anyone down. Those are my two high goals for the whole class. And if I manage to learn to waltz for the fancyshmancy wedding, that will be good too. In fact, even if I knock someone down, but I still learn to waltz, I will consider it a success.

I had to rip out all the sweat that I was working on... it was cute how it was, but it wasn't turning out how I'd planned it at all. It was way more shrug than wrap around, and the wrap around is important to me. I'd start over again, but I have a bad feeling that I don't have enough yarn to do what I'm aiming for. So I swatched some cable patterns yesterday because I'm thinking cabled hoodie. But I don't like the acrylic I was using yesterday, so I might have to rethink the whole project.

Pickles is wandering around aimlessly with the milk cap ring in her mouth. I think she's trying to cute her way into more wet food.

We saw John Heffron over the weekend. It was SUCH a good show. And he's cute. And it was soooo funny. I can't wait to go see Jim Gaffigan.

Ben and I walked out of the house arguing on Saturday, and the neighbor was in her yard and started talking to us. I mean, geez, they don't exist for extended periods of time, and just when it would be most embarrassing to be there she decides to have a nice conversation. ugh.

Going shoe shopping today. I need to have the right kind of shoes for the dancing class. And my old stand by's for the last ten years, my character shoes, now kill my feet. It's sad I know, but I'm just not getting rid of them. But in the mean time, since I can't wear them, I figure go find the shoes I'll wear for the wedding, and just wear those to the class. I mean, I'm going with a black dress sort of thing for the wedding, I know that even though I don't have the dress, so... Black Strappy Heels. That is the target of today's shopping mission.

John Roberts is very shiny. I'm not sure if he's carbon based.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005


I just got a feeling of absolute dread. Why? I had a really, really, really long post. And I thought, hey, I should copy this before I hit publish just in case it gets lost. And I high lighted it all. And accidentally hit paste, not copy, and erased the whole thing.

Oh well. It helped me sort some things out and that's what a journal's for, right?

Maybe I'll try again tomorow. I've got a headache right now, so it'll have to wait.

But here's an abbreviated version of one of the stories in the lost post.

On Saturday we went through the closet and packed up boxes of clothes and shoes and things to send to the shelters in Houston. I packed up a box of all my young adult books too. That was kinda hard, because I've had some of those books for a really long time, and they've meant a lot to me, but when I thought of all the kids going through this terrible time and they must be scared and lonely... well, I know that Anne and Jo and Beth and Kristy and Claudia and all the others in those books could help them.

So we had the boxes all packed and ready to ship, and I got an email through the SnB group that a woman was driving a uhaul to Baton Rouge and stopping along the way to deliver things to the shelters. So we took the things over there instead. It was just incredible, and worked out so well. She's very brave, I think, and I pray that she will be safe. There are National Guard driving the truck, and she's following, so I hope she makes it to her son okay.

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