Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Slow day

I'm having a slow day. Which I hope doesn't portend a slow week. Because I had a slow week last week, and I've got lots of stuff that has to get done. I did exercise this morning and cleaned up the living room and the kitchen, so that's good. I'm setting myself the goal of vaccuming today and that'll take care of the housework that I wanted to accomplish today.

Other things I have to do this week. Make a set of pajamas for a sample to advertise my sewing class. But first I have to get the fabric. The rule is that the samples have to made from craftmart fabric, so I have to ride to Craftmart and get it before I can even start. At least I have the pattern.

I am not going to do that today though. Today I'm going to sit and crochet. I have an order for a hat that's panda-esque. We'll see what I can do. I'm choosing to crochet instead of go to Craftmart and get fabric and then come home and sew because I'm feeling dead today. I'm not sure what I did this weekend that was so exhausting, but I'm sore and stiff and didn't even hear Ben leave this morning I was so dead sleeping. But I've been resting well anyway.

What we did over the weekend really was just go shopping a few times. I got new shoes yesterday. And we did go to Ben's boss's (boss'? the house of ben's boss?) house for a cook out. It was a lot of fun. But I'm so bad socially it's not even funny. I always manage to say stupid things or come across all conceited and stuff. I only can hope that when people meet me there's enough niceness that shows through that they can tell that I'm really a nice person who occasionally says stupid things, not a mean know it all. Maybe that's why I'm tired. The stress of interacting with others. I'm not used to social interaction with other human beings. I really need to make a friend or too, lol.

Also this week I have to go to the eye dr and have him take a picture of the freckle on the back of my eye to make sure that it hasn't gotten bigger or whatever. I think I'll ride my bike to the mall in the morning and make a day of it, maybe get my eyebrows waxed and eat lunch in the food court and definately sit in barnes and noble and read books I'm not going to buy, and maybe see a movie. Then I'll just have Ben come meet me for dinner when he's done work, and I won't have to ride home again.

I sort of feel like I deserve a day like that. It was actually a kind of stressful weekend beyond the unusual human interaction. Ben's been stressed out lately, and he really overreacts to things, but like anyone, he really doesn't handle being told he's overreacting well. So we ended up having a few arguments, mostly because I was expecting him to do things, but I hadn't told him, so he didn't do them. Stupid couple things to fight about. But it's really only our tempers that are a problem. Afterward, we always end up telling each other how whatever the stupid thing was it's our fault. So we've made up, but I still am just tired from it.

Goals for the week:
Hit working out five times this week. I checked the calendar and for one reason or another, it's been about three weeks since I've done five. Only four the past three weeks.

Only eat out once this week. (not counting lunch at the mall... i've got to eat something if i'm going to be there all day) I've been really bad about making dinner and not eating out since the oven broke, but it's such a waste of money, and so not good for me, that I'm making it a goal to only eat out once a week from now on. And usually that will count lunches and breakfast too, even on the weekend.

Get those pajamas made.

Make the panda hat.

Restart my tank pattern with cotton ease I'm trying to make. I had a whole ball crocheted when I realized my gauge was smaller than I needed and I had to pull the whole thing out. But it's not a bad thing because now I'll add some waist shaping. I'm planning an experiment with short rows for the bust shaping. Now I just have to decide if the stitch I picked is what I want for sure.

Well, since I'm giving myself so much to do, I'd better go get it done and leave the computer alone for now.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005


Okay, I just remembered today that I have been in a cab. I've never hailed one or paid the driver, but I've been in them with other people. So here's another one:

I've never driven a truck. Or van.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005


So I may have to redo my list a little. Adam tells me that the time we spun around a bunch of times on the ice coming home from church on Pinconning rode counts as an accident. I don't think it does because I completely kept us out of the ditches and we even ended up facing the right direction. Also, the more I think about it, I have been under cars, but that was when I was little and chasing cats, never to fix one. But here are two more to make up for those.

  • I've never done drugs. Closest I've come would be a little alchohol and one or two cigarettes.
  • I've never slept in a house all by myself without a light on. Even when I spent the summer in the dorms by myself, I'd leave the bathroom light on all night.

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So, Pam tagged me to make a list of ten things I've never done. She gave me the first one, I've never met her, and even though that's a perfectly good one and it's true, I just like making lists too much to have only nine tenths the fun. So we'll just call that the preface to my list.

Ten things I've Never Done
A List by BeppyCat
  1. I've never seen ET. (And I don't just so I can say that and hear the shock.)
  2. I've never gotten into a car accident.
  3. I've never actually read all of Hamlet in order, though I've been assigned it about five times.
  4. I've never gotten fired.
  5. I've never touched a snake.
  6. I've never been to Mexico. Or to any other country but Canada.
  7. I've never been in a cab. Only those shuttle things that take you from hotels to airports.
  8. I've never eaten a lot of things... a complete list would be difficult, here's a sample: escargot, salmon, artichoke, caviar, hot peppers, okra, grits, holandaise sauce, kiwi, etc.
  9. I've never been hospitalized.
  10. I've never gotten under a car.

Okay, that was harder than I thought it would be. And since I guess I have to tag someone, and I only know a couple people read this, I'll tag Julie and Bree.

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So while I was sitting on the couch tying my shoes so I could work out at six this morning, I thought, "wow, I really am changing my habits." I don't work out every day, but I do most days and that's really something for me. But the major accomplishment is that I've been doing it for months now, building up to longer times as I go and all. I just don't stick with things all that well, and this I've really integrated.

Lost last night was pretty good. Adam's mad because he just wants to know what the big secrets are, and they didn't tell us. I keep telling him that would just end the show. It was so sad when they took Walt. I new they were bad guys, but they did that really well, with them all being happy to be found and then it turning so fast. It was effective.

I wanted to go to Coffee Rush today for the snb meeting, but the oven repair people are coming to repair the oven (duh), sometime right during the meeting time. Probably this afternoon I'll go to Craftmart and get fabric for my class samples, yeah, I've got to do those sometime. I'd like to go to the store and get some turkey too. I got some roasted turkey from the deli last night, but it tastes like anise. I know, but Ben tasted it and agrees. So I want some smoked turkey instead. In the meantime, I'm going to work on that tank top that I've been crocheting. I picked a time consuming stitch, I only have about 3 inches, but it looks really cool. And the straight crocheting will give me time to plan the shaping.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Talking like Yoda an addiction has become.*

Star Wars Ben and I have seen. Good it was.

A notepad cover I have completed. Adam's bag it matches.

Swatches for a possible tank top crocheted have I. Nowhere I have gotten.

Hot it is. Live in the freaking desert do I.

*Posts like this in the future I will write not. Rid myself of this I will accomplish.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Picture post

This is the "old school" duffle that Adam requested. It was a struggle. I finished it today. I guess my math skills aren't good enough to draft things with circles. I even ran it by Ben before I started, but it still took three tries to get the ends to fit in the tube.

This is the poncho I made out of the silk yarn that I unravelled from the Goodwill sweater and dyed with Rit dye. I'm thinking of submitting the pattern to CrochetMe.

I showed Adam this picture and he said "Could you look more like a tourist?"

I was so excited. This is me on the set for Salem Place Mall in Days of Our Lives. Touring NBC studios was sooo much fun. I'm such a dork, I was all excited to see the Days sets and stuff. I didn't even see anyone from the show and I was still excited. I did see Billy Bush though. He looks just like he does on tv. And I saw Jay Leno's car. It was super fancy and completely clean inside. Not even a reciept or anything.

Here's a picture from Pirates of the Caribbean. It would have been way more fun if the 14 year old loser bitches in the seats ahead of us hadn't been shrieking every second. We seem to attract really annoying people who think they're crazy awesome and talk about super annoying things while they wait behind us in a 40 minute line. And Disneyland is still about the most fun place I can name.

This was my dinner on Disneyland Day. It was so cute. Even the little fritos were Mickey shaped.

Other things we did on our vaction:
Medieval Times - I love it! I'm such a dork this would be my second most fun place.
A miniatures store - I've got such a craving to make a dollhouse.
Museum of the American West - The movie costumes were cool, as were the exhibits about western communities. But my favorite exhibits are always the ones with clothes or textiles in the displays.

Things I did last week:
Finished the poncho.
Taught a beginning sewing session.
Got a book from the library about death in the Grand Canyon that's scaring me but I keep reading it.
Made bread to surprise Ben on Friday.
Saw Monster-in-Law. It was okay funny.
Watched a lot of SCTV with Ben to send them back to Netflix.
Watched all the extras on my Phantom of the Opera dvd while I finished my poncho.
Planned a tank top pattern to crochet that I can hopefully start testing tomorrow.

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Friday, May 20, 2005


Am too angry to type. Had a huge post. Accidentally deleted it. Will be back.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Internet ADD

Okay, I want to sit and make a big long post all about my trip and what's been going one with me, but I've been sitting here checking email and working on my site and reading blogs all morning and feel like I can't do one more computer thing without jumping up and down. So this is what you get for now. I will do my blogging first thing tomorrow so that I'll be fresh and able to make a super long post.

Vacation was so much fun I'm still getting a goofy smile just thinking about it.
My site is getting a redesign.
Crocheting is going well, tomorrow should bring a FO.
My classes are getting overhauled, hopefully I'll bring in more students.
I've got lots of pictures to show, but here's just one for now.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

It's lonely in Arizona

Well, Julie left this morning. Ben dropped her off at the airport on the way to work. She's on her way right now, probably just getting to Minneapolis now-ish.

It was so nice having her here and hanging out and stuff. On Monday, we went to Coffee Rush for a snb meeting, but no one else made it, so it was just her and me, then we rode to the mall and had lunch and saw A Lot Like Love, which was okay, but I don't really like Ashton Kutcher. We shopped for a little bit after that, then met Ben at BJ's for dinner, which was so good. We loaded the bikes on the car and that evening we watched St. Elmo's Fire while she held my skeins of newly dyed silk yarn for me to wind into balls.

Yesterday, we stole the car and went to the Fiber Factory which was awesome and is now my new favorite yarn store and to SAS fabrics, which was also awesome and lots of fun. I got some brown fabric of unknown content to use for a dress for myself to wear to Ben's brother's wedding in the fall. I'll have to do a little burn test and see if I can figure out what it is. Mostly for my own curiosity. It's a great color and a really nice weight, and it's got a kind of sheen to it, but it's not shiny and too formal. I think I'll use a pattern like this (5235) in the less formal sort of calf length. With a aqua as contrast maybe. Or maybe simplicity 7068. I don't know for sure.

Anyway, we had a ton of fun and last night they wrapped me up in tape to help me make a dress form, which was nice and turned out well. I'm not thrilled with it, but that's because my posture was not right and it has a super sticky out belly, but that's not their fault.

Today I have the last class for this session of my sewing class, and since there wasn't really a lesson plan for this session because she wanted to learn to use patterns, not how to use her machine, I think I'll use an eighteen inch doll clothes pattern and let her pick to either do jeans or a jumper and just bring all the supplies with me for that. Either one we should be able to finish in two hours.

I'm feeling really sick today. I'm freezing, which is so not like me, I'm usually way hotter than everyone else, and I've got a terrible sore throat. I have an endocrinologist appt tomorrow, but that's just for a normal checkup and he'll want to know about my blood sugar and stuff.

We're supposed to go on a surprise anniversary trip of some sort that is Ben's gift to me this weekend, but if I don't feel better, we'll have to postpone it for a week. I want to have some sort of anniversary surprise for him today since this is our actual anniversary. I was planning to bake a cake or something, but the oven is broken, so I don't know what I'll do now. Last year we both just kind of skipped the present thing, but I really don't want to do that. I want to give him something that's meaningful. This year is supposed to be leather. hmmm...chaps?

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Julie's Visiting!

Well, I haven't posted in a little while.
Crochet-wise, I've been working on a doily with a flower in it. It was supposed to be a Mother's Day present for my mother in law, but it's not going to be done by then, so it'll be a belated Mother's Day present. I hate the last few rows of a doily. They seem to last forever.

Also on the crochet front, I finished the brown throw made of Lion Brand Homespun. I didn't say before because she reads my blog, but it's a present for Julie. I think she likes it a lot, and I'll have to get a picture before she takes it with her when she leaves.

This past weekend we saw The Hitchhiker's Guid to the Galaxy. It was pretty funny. I liked the dolphins the best.

Julie got here on Wed. and we went out to dinner at Famous Dave's. Ben loves that place so much, it's good for him that Julie outvoted me. I had a burger though, and it was pretty good. Yesterday, we went to Pita Jungle to meet some other snber's but I don't think there were firm enough plans, so the two of us just had a nice lunch there. We went swimming in the afternoon, and I got sunburned. I guess I'm not at all surprised by that, but I vow to be more careful with my skin the rest of the summer. By seven last night I was so sleepy. I'm pathetically not used to so much activity all in one day.

But I was really glad that Craig got kicked off the Apprentice, and I really want Tanna to win. I don't like Kendra at all.

Today, we'll probably go shopping, and go to Craftmart and get Julie a blank t-shirt so I can make her a yarn pirate shirt too. I'm going to scrounge up something yummy for breakfast. It was supposed to be sticky buns, but I forgot to get the frozen rolls out last night so they'd rise.

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