Monday, February 26, 2007

Saturday, February 24, 2007

You have new Picture Mail!

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Friday, February 23, 2007

You have new Picture Mail!

See adam, doesn't look like chimney sweeping.

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Kitten loves gabe's new horse puppet

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Puppets are watching.

Despite my title I have not yet started on the hand puppets. But I've been busy this week. I have today completely off, and I'm very excited about spending it going between cleaning and scrubbing and making puppets. That's definately the plan for this morning. This afternoon will probably involve ER and knitting.

I had a good week even though it was busy. Ben got home yesterday, so I'm glad about that. I don't sleep well when I'm home alone. I slept really well last night. Except when I woke up, Smudge was on my head. He's a little weirdo.

My boss told me that the members have been telling her nice things about me. So that's cool. It's good that they like me, because that means I'm doing a pretty good job at my job.

I've been feeling a lot of pressure from different sources to lose weight lately. This is odd for me, because losing weight never has taken much of a priority. But my health can't stand up to being overweight for too much longer, so I suppose I'll just have to embrace it and be glad I have the opportunity to do the curves diet thing for free.

The diet is going okay. I was hungry after dinner last night, but I didn't cheat, so that's good. I'm hoping that if I just keep it up, I won't feel hungry as much. I don't mind eating healthy at all, but 1200 calories just leaves me wanting another snack. I think that next week with 1600 will be easier.

I don't want to be one of those people who is always thinking about weight and how much they're eating. It's annoying to be around and depressing to be. I'm glad to be learning how to put together healthier meals, but other than that, I'm not sure if I would be willing to do this diet again. I was telling Ben last night, I'd rather have pizza for dinner and then just exercise it all off. But I know it can't work that way, so I'll just have to work on making occasional treat foods an occasional thing again, not an everyday thing. That's my big downfall really. Eating treat food everyday.

Ben had some sweet potatoes that he never got around to eating, and they sprouted, so last week I put them in water on the window sill and they've been growing lots of leaves. They might be the first thing that I haven't just killed outright, and I've been able to grow. Sadly, I also have a miniature rose bush that I can't seem to make happy. The cats chewed it a little when I brought it home last week, and I'm unsure of how to make that up to it. I'm not sure why I keep trying to grow things when I obviously have a black thumb. I just know that I really want to keep a plant alive.

Well, I've got to get to cleaning and sewing. Maybe if I'm industrious enough, I'll have progress to post this afternoon.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007


I started the Curves diet today. It's not so bad because you eat so often you don't really get the chance to be hungry. And if you're not really that hungry it doesn't matter what you're eating. At least for me anyway. I am not completely into this whole "diet" thing. I'd really rather do a "eat healthy and balanced meals" thing. But this is just a few weeks, and then you do the "eat healthy and balanced meals" thing. And I have to do it for work too. Well, not HAVE to, but should.

Anyway, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and Ben's gone, so I'm going to ride my bike to the closer church for mass. And then I work tomorrow and Thursday. So I've got fuller week than usual planned. That's so sad.

This past weekend was cool. We drove all around looking for a Wii but never found one. People need to stop buying them so we can get one.

My boss told me she's been getting good comments about me from the members. So that's cool. I'm so lovable. :P

I'm debating about whether or not I want to go work out today. I have to get groceries so I can eat these Curves meal plans anyway, so it is sorta right over there. And I could visit with Emily, she's cool, so I probably will. I just hope I don't run into any stray dogs on the way today.

Today, other than groceries and Curves, I'm planning to work on Wayne's second sock and start making puppets for nephew Gabe's birthday present. I should clean too, but I'm not so into that. Oh, I'll do it, I'm just not into it.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Statehood Day!

Also, Happy Valentine's Day.

Today really is statehood day here in Arizona. AZ became a state in 1912.

I'm not quite sure how I'll celebrate Valentine's Day. I know something will be baked.

On Monday I did a ton of stuff, cleaning and weed wacking and toilet flapper replacing. And then Monday night I couldn't sleep all night, I was all hyper and jittery. And yesterday morning when I woke up, I was all hot and cold and sweaty and shaky and gross. So I ended up calling in to work. My boss was very annoyed by this. Audibly annoyed by this. But I couldn't really go in and work feeling like I did. So yesterday I did pretty much nothing, and then Ben was sick too, so he came home halfway through the day and did some work here. I'm feeling better now, but didn't sleep so well last night either. This can't keep going on, it's starting to make me feel unbalanced or something. Too much anxiety over nothing.

But today I have the day off legally, and I intend to enjoy it. I'm thinking brownies or heart shaped cake. I never did get Ben a present yet, but I can always give him that this weekend. Today I think baking and shaving my legs will make for a good enough celebration. Hehe.

I finished Wayne's sock on Monday. I haven't started the second one yet.

I finished reading Basilica and then read Romeo and Julie Get Lucky, and then started Christ Our Lord Out of Egypt by Anne Rice yesterday. Romeo and Julie was cute enough I guess. And Christ Our Lord is pretty interesting. So far Jesus isn't a vampire and she hasn't used the word "preternatually" so it's somewhat of a departure for Anne Rice. In a good way.

I'm going to go rummage around in my closet and find something pink to wear. I would have figured that I had lots of pink, but I can't think of anything. I'll have to make myself some new pink tops sometime. I'm in a hearts and flowers and white, pink, and red kind of mood.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

I just called to say...

... I love you.

So this weekend we went to the art museum and saw paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. It was interesting. And we saw an exhibit of evening gowns. I have to admit, the pretty dresses caught my attention slightly more than the old paintings. But the paintings were cool too.

Ben came to Curves with me on Saturday for Sweat with your Sweetie day. It was totally fun. He didn't want to, but he had fun once he was there. And there was another husband there, so he didn't feel stupid. Other than that, we did not do anything on Saturday. Not even shower. We watched Ghosthunters that I'd taped from the marathon last week and then we watch Cold Mountain. And I almost finished Wayne's sock. I'll have the first one finished today, and then I'll start the second one today or tomorrow.

I have a crapload of housework to do and no motivation whatsoever. I've been so exhausted lately, like bone tired. I have no idea what's going on with me, but I did go to the dr. on Friday to have the test my blood and maybe adjust my synthroid levels.

I don't know what to give Ben for Valentine's day. I'm definately planning to bake him something nice, but I thought I should pick him up a nice little present too. I'll have to go shopping Wed. morning and see what I can find.

I was going to get him tickets to see The Who for his birthday, but I missed out on the cheap seats, so I'm not sure if I still will. Poor Ben, I'm turning into a bad present buyer.

Well, I've got a house to clean and no will to actually do it, so I'd better try to get myself motivated. It think it might be time to break out the timer and play beat the clock.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I did my thing, Dog.

So, this week is going well. It's getting really warm here. Yes, I know all you northerners hate me for this. But it's been in the 80's and really sunny. Kinda nice. But I'm getting too hot already. I want to have my temperature adjusted so I'm not running ten degrees hotter than everyone else.

I've been feeling really great this week. Just confident and energetic. Also, I discovered that I can read while I knit as long as it's a book that will stay open, so that's really cool.

I've been working on brother Wayne's sock. I've got about 3-4 inches of the cuff ribbing finished. The pattern says to do 9.5 inches, but I think that'll go up too high, and will probably make the cuff 6-7 inches long. Then I get to break out the green for the heel. I know, most guys wouldn't pick blue and green socks, but he wasn't picking, I was. I'm making them in Swish Superwash from KnitPicks. This is really nice yarn, and I think it's going to be my new fall back for hats and such. Good pretty yarn that's soft enough, nice and warm, and washable.

We went to a chocolate festival up in Glendale on Saturday. It was okay, but not super fun. Things like that are always way too crowded to really have any fun. And there weren't big flowing rivers of chocolate like I'd imagined. But I did like Glendale and would love to go up there sometime when there's not a big thing going on and just look at the shops and stuff. I tried to go to SallyKnits, but it was closed. They're only open on weekdays. pooh.

I did go up to Jessica Knits for the big Super Bowl Sale on Sunday morning. I didn't clean them out or anything. I got a few pattern books and three skeins of this really pretty soft pink tweed wool/alpaca blend. From Rowan, I think. I'm going to make mittens with it, I think. For the hope that someday I'll live somewhere that I can where mittens.

There's a couples group meeting tomorrow night, but we're not going to get to go, because Ben's going to be gone. I'm disappointed, because we had fun at the last one. But there's one every month, so no huge deal.

I finished reading The Collectors and now I'm reading a non-fiction book called Basilica. It's about the building of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Pretty interesting so far. So I'm going to read and work on Wayne's sock, and maybe watch The Red Violin, which I got from the library and has to go back on Friday.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy GroundHog's Day!

I'm not quite sure how to celebrate this one. I'm sure it's really something pagan at heart, so maybe I'll build a Wickerman.

Ben and I are having a meeting for the marriage prep today. Yes, Adam, it's about a rainbow. There are going to be about a million of these before we can actually have the ceremony. But it is actually getting Ben to leave work early, so I'm grateful. He's been working such long hours, it's very frustrating. Sometimes I get worried he's stressing himself out way too much with work.

Anyway, we should have a nice day since we get to spend some of the afternoon together, and he won't be working till 6 or 7. Maybe we'll go to the movies or something fun after the meeting.

I finished a book I've been reading called The Romanov Prophecy. It was kinda... eh. I got it at the airport and it was good enough reading for a plane, I guess, but it didn't really grab my attention. It was a little slow moving too. But it did sort of make me want to read more about the executions of Tsar Nicholas's family. That's morbid.

Yesterday at work I made a sign annoucing we'll be playing the yahtzee game on friday's, not thursday's. It says "Yahtzee is rolling to Friday." I know, I'm awesome.

I've got dishes to do and laundry to take care of, and the floors to sweep and mop and vaccum before Ben gets home and we leave. But after that, it's all weekend baby!

Why are those Nintendo Wii things so hard to buy? Don't they want to sell them? I was going to get one for Ben for his birthday, but I guess that's just impossible. Meh. Maybe sometime in the summer there will be more of them, and I can just get one then. I'm definately not going to spend four hundred on something that's supposed to cost two fifty.

I did some swatching with the Tofutsies. It's so thin, I have to use 0 needles to make a firm enough fabric that will be nice for socks. That's going to take forever. And it splits if I don't look while I knit, so that's annoying because one of the best things about knitting is that I don't have to look while I do it.

I'm going to swatch with the superwash wool from knitpicks for socks for wayne this afternoon. I think that pair of socks will be my Super Bowl knitting.

Okay, I should go. I've got a date with the Wickerman.

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Silent Poetry Reading

One Art
Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

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For Adam

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