Monday, December 27, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The gifts are purchased, and most are wrapped.
Those that needed to be shipped, are shipped. And most of those have arrived at their destinations.
The roasting beast for roasting has been ordered and I'll pick it up Friday and cook it and we'll eat it, yes we will.
There are still some cookies left.
I think I even have enough wrapping paper.
But I'll go tomorrow and buy more. Just in case.
I wouldn't want to jinx anything.
Monday, December 20, 2010
The Cookies: It's a well-known fact that Santa prefers chocolate-chip.
(photo taken with my droid under fluorescent lights, uploaded to fb, and then color-corrected in my computer.)
January: Sweater knitted.
Now I just need to make up the sleeve seams, block it, sew in the snaps and put on the buttons. I loved the way it turned out
February: Gryffindor scarf update.
Knitting done. Weaving in ends 3/4's done. Need to block and add fringe. Wow! I knitted a bunch in the first part of this year!
March: I would say something if I had something to say...
Will catch up here later this week. Sorry for the silence here, but I'm noisy at my other blog and on Twitter. Yeah, my posting everywhere went way down this year.
April: Things I wish I would make time in my life to do
* Hawaiian Dance lessons. I still would like to make time in my life to do this.
From this: (pic) To this: (pic) I wonder what he'll do with his hair next?
June:Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysteriously Knowledgeable 8-year-old
I would accuse him of reading ahead, but MY SON would NEVER do THAT. He's a reader, that one.
July:Briefing in brief.
We went to Vermont on Amtrak. Ah...Vermont. Ah...Amtrak.
August: Whatever you're interested in, Dick Francis has a book about it (Part 1)
Photography? REFLEX He died earlier this year. I am so glad I got to tell him several times how much I enjoyed his books.
September: View from the Waiting Room
Sitting in the waiting room at the car shop, waiting for them to change the oil, rotate the tires, and do all the stuff one likes to get done before traveling in holiday traffic 6 hours each way. He really is an amazingly patient boy
October: What we're doing around here
MM is acing tests (spelling, math, geography: all A+) and enjoying school immensely. I can't tell you how relieved I am about this.
November: Was gonna post last night for NaBloPoMo
but something came up. That was really not fun. At all.
December: A Scene From Thanksgiving
MM starts a book club: Now that was a really fun time.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I WIN AT PARENTING!!
Plus, he's wearing footie pajamas. Right this very minute.
Muffin Man, with his back to the camera, wearing footie pajamas with rockets on them.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
My mom and step-dad.
Me, Mr. Spock, and Muffin Man.
My sister, her husband, my niece and nephew, and the wonderful exchange student.
My Aunt and Uncle TandemBicycle and their daughter (cousin in picture).
My Aunt and Uncle JustAFewYearsOlderThanMe and their three kids.
My Uncle SnarkySenseOfHumor, my Aunt WorksWithSpecialNeedsKids, their two daughters, their grand-daughter, their eldest daughter's boyfriend, their youngest daughter's best friend, and the best friend's daughter.
My mom's Cousin MiraculouslyGetsYarnUntangled, her stepfather, her son, his partner, and their two kids.
And a brief visit by my mom's friends, FamousActorAndSinger and CollectsQuilts, and one of their sons, PlaysBanjoAndSingsBeautifully.
My mom hemmed some pants for me. We ate 4 tons of food. Mr. Spock and I figured out my parents home theater system and wrote up a user's guide for it. I knitted on a hat which I had to rip (thus the yarn detangling), and start again (it's much better now).
In short, I can't wait until next year.
Left to right: that's a wonderful exchange student from Indonesia who came with my niece; my delightful cousin who shares my birthday; and Muffin Man. They are reading the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. MM finished the whole set of five books in two days.
They represent 1/10th of the crew that was at my mom & step-dad's for the holidays.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
A very low-mileage 1998 Toyota Camry. 4 doors, I can see over the steering wheel and reach the pedals without needing to turn off the airbag. Green with beige interior.
It's nimble and just the right size for the three of us.
Staples and stitches come out Tuesday.
I am really very grateful that it wasn't worse. It could have been so much worse.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Yes, his head is shaved. It'll grow back.
Ingredients: gold (not yellow!) sweatpants and mock turtle-neck; some orange fabric that my mom made into a poncho and sash for MM; a stick from my UncleTandemBicycle; two pieces of orange tissue wrapping and two pieces of orange art paper folded into fans; two blue cream eye pencils; and a shaved head.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I am 4'11" and can comfortably drive the Sedona. The driver's seat is adjustable to allow a person as short as I am to reach the pedals, see over the steering wheel, and still sit far enough away from the wheel to not have to shut off the airbag. My husband, at 5'10", also found it comfortable to drive.
I have been able to fit seven people in the car (6 adults and a child), and it seats 6 very comfortably.
Ours was totalled.
And my son, who was in the car, (driver's side, middle set of seats) is totally fine. Not a scratch, not a bruise.
My only injury (aside from a couple of bruises), was from hitting my head on the place where the seatbelt attaches to the wall of the car.
We were both wearing our seatbelts, but the car did what it was supposed to do. My car is a wreck, it will be sold for scrap, but we are fine.
So. If you're in the market for a mini-van. I recommend the Kia Sedona.
And I'm glad to be able to do so.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
1 inch of ginger root, peeled and minced
1 whooping big scoop of creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp corn syrup
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 or 2 drops of fish sauce (I KNOW! But really! It works!)
1 shallot finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Peanut oil for the wok
Sesame oil to finish.
Mix ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce, corn syrup, vinegar, and fish sauce until well blended.
In a wok or high-sided frying pan, heat the peanut oil and saute the shallots and garlic. Add the peanut butter mixture and heat briefly. Add sesame oil. Pour over noodles or chicken or veggies. You could garnish with green onions if you'd like.
So very, very, very yummerific.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Large King of Pita pitas (6 ingredients, no HFCS)
Canned tomato sauce (because my homemade stuff is a bit too chunky for pizza. 7 ingredients, no HFCS)
Fresh mozzarella (5 ingredients, no HFCS)
Wegmans all-natural uncured dry Italian salami (7 ingredients, no HFCS)
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
We're all doing MadLibs (thanks, Cousin LooksLikeAndyMcDowell!), playing Connect4x4 (thanks QuiltsALot and TellsDonaldDuckStories!), and MM is playing Spoor (thanks Aunt and Uncle TandemBicycle and Cousin SameBirthdayAsMe!)
I'm volunteering in MM's class again this year to help with spelling tests on Fridays. I love it.
We spent the weekend with lots of family at Aunt and Uncle TandemBicycle's house, and had a terrific time. They gave me 8 cups worth of fresh basil to take home and now we have an ocean of pesto.
Tomorrow, Mr. Spock and I go to a shindig to celebrate the Republic of China (Taiwan). So, all in all, it's been a pretty darn good week around here.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
This morning we watched two videos of MM when he was 23 months and 31 months. The difference in his looks and speech are pretty amazing. At 23 months, he is clearly still a baby. At 31 months, he's starting to look like he does now. It's amazing what 8 months will do.
In the earlier video, he can see himself on the tv while the video is being filmed, and his joy in seeing FUHDEN!! That's FUHDEN! is just the sweetest thing EVER.
So I'm just a bit weepy now, but I'm blaming it on the fever.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Me: "Well, I like pie. The pie store is three blocks from where we are. We're walking there. And that's it."
Him: "Oh! They have CUPCAKES! And Whoopie Pies! Oh! Can I have a cupcake? Can I have a Whoopie Pie? Oh! Can I have a cupcake AND a Whoopie Pie?"
Me: "Repeat after me. Mommy, you were right and I was wrong."
Him: "Mommy, you were right and I was wrong."
Me: "Walking here was worth it."
Him: "Walking here was worth it."
Me: "Yes, you may have the two desserts."
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Most of the movie (so far) is not how it was in the book. The book is terrific! The movie....is not. What the hell did you do to Peter? What was that with the attack on the castle? Who made these decisions? And why? Why?
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Sitting next to me is Muffin Man. Patiently playing his DS and twisted up like a pretzel.
We're going to the open house at his school today so he can meet his new teacher, Ms. Marvelock (not her real name), which is why I have the day off and why he's not at his daycamp (at Posh Place).
When we get the car back, we're heading back home to get his big bag o' school supplies (including green ballpoints - found at Staples, just like my friend said!)
After the open house, we're heading over to Big Box Book Store to buy presents for sundry relatives of various ages, then we'll do I don't know what, and then I'll drop MM off with his sitter so that I can attend Back-to-School Night at his school (parents only!).
So, in sum, it's a lazy, busy, errand-y, special day. And my son is flexible.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Typing this from the LCDC Exec meeting. Thursday is my son's school's open house and back-to-school night. I'm going away for the weekend.
This past weekend, I did phone banking and play dates and so on and so forth.
Updates to come soon.
Monday, August 23, 2010
On Sunday, the pastor at our UU congregation gave a really moving address about the cathedral of the world, and life and death. It was something my grandfather would have enjoyed listening to.
Here's a post I wrote about a conversation I had with my son during one of our last visits with my grandfather.
I really wish people we love could live forever.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
It was the one thing on the list of school supplies we didn't get.
Last year's pen (bought in a pack with purple, pink, and orange - which we use for Clue), will have to do.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Today, I'm sending out love to all my gay and lesbian friends and family members, and hope - such a big hope - that this verdict will be upheld by the 9th circuit and by the Supremes. And thus overturn my own state's Jim Crow amendment.
I can't wait to live in a country where any two consenting adults can marry each other.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Survival? Longshot and Smokescreen
Filming a movie? Wild Horses and Smokescreen
Veterinary? Comeback and Banker
Bloodstock industry? Banker
British transport rules? Driving Force and Flying Finish
Truck maintenance? Driving Force
Toy making? High Stakes
Gold mining? Smokescreen
How to hide something? To the Hilt
Film editing? Break In
Gun manufacturing? Bolt
Cockney rhyming slang? Driving Force
Tell me what you're interested in and I'll tell you which Dick Francis to read!
Flying airplanes? FLYING FINISH, RAT RACE, SECOND WIND
Wine and Spirits? PROOF
Russia during the cold war? TRIAL RUN
Glass blowing? SHATTERED
Rare diseases? WHIP HAND (equine), SECOND WIND
Painting? IN THE FRAME (oils), TO THE HILT (acrylics)
British elections? 10 LB PENALTY
British taxation (as of the time it was written)? RISK
Computers (as of the time it was written)? TWICE SHY
Target shooting (Olympic caliber)? TWICE SHY
Boilers? ODDS AGAINST
Trains? THE EDGE
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sweet Melissa on 7th Avenue, b'twn 1st and 2nd Streets in Park Slope. I had the mushroom quiche and a salad. Also iced coffee and a chocolate croissant. Very good. Nice atmosphere. Easy to talk for hours in.
Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street near Broadway in Gramercy. Fun curried chicken sandwich. Also easy to talk in. Good for people watching.
Szechuan Delight on 7th Avenue b'twn Garfield and Carroll in Park Slope. Delicious Sub Gum pan-fried noodles. MM would have given their dumplings rave reviews if his mouth hadn't been so busy eating them.
There was lots more, but that will have to do for now.
Monday, July 12, 2010
- Fritatta made with eggs, cheese, potatoes, chorizo, onions, and fresh herbs from our garden (for a pot-luck barbeque)
- Brioche (my first! From How To Cook Everything). Came out beautifully and was really very easy. It went very well with my BIL's homemade strawberry jam.
- Pesto (from Good Food Gourmet) using sunflower seeds instead of pignolli nuts - 5 times cheaper. Came out very well, but needs more olive oil to replace the oiliness of the pignolli nuts. Sunflower seeds are much drier. I'll use 1/3 cup oil next time.
- BLT using the first beefsteak tomato from the garden. Oh. YUM. YUM. YUM.
What did you do this weekend?
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Have I told you how much I love Amtrak?
I do. I totally love taking the train.
We saw my nephew perform in Annie.
We saw fireworks.
We picked black raspberries, and one of us (naming no names) ate them two at a time straight from the bushes until his mouth and fingers were stained purple.
We ate really good food, and one of us (naming no names) built things out of Lego and other things out of sand.
And we brought back two jars of homemade strawberry jam made while we were there of berries picked while we were there.
The house across the road from my sister's house is up for sale. Alas, I can't afford to buy it right now. Maybe it'll be for sale again in another 10 years.
Monday, June 28, 2010
So next time: More yeast (and maybe more proofing the yeast) and higher heat.
What I was hoping for was a crusty loaf. What I got was a slightly moist ciabatta. Not bad, just not what I was looking for. I hope that my corrections will turn this into the crusty loaf I'm looking for. But if not, ciabatta is still a good bread.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
MM is sobbing.
I feel so guilty for not having gotten it for him three years ago. I didn't know they discontinued them.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I think that the daycamp should have them keep their shirts on in the pool.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
On the "next up" list is a pack of books my mom sent him which includes: A Wrinkle in Time (I don't know why I don't still have my copy); Black Beauty and Black Beauty Returns; and the first two Hardy Boys books.
And now a question for you all: What age do you think it's appropriate for your kid to watch Monty Python's Holy Grail and Blazing Saddles?
Monday, June 21, 2010
Hotdogs, hamburgers, s'mores for dinner.
Bacon, eggs, and toast for breakfast. And french-pressed coffee. We're not savages.
Farm stands, and diners, and ice cream, and inexpensive gasoline.
Badminton, and batting practice, and Rummy 500, and Labyrinth.
And the views. HOLY GUACAMOLE, the views. Turns out, the Shenandoahs have good reason to be such a big deal, who knew?
Pictures coming later. Both MS and MM took some.
I took along an appropriate book, but I didn't get much chance to read it at the campsite.
I did read some more of The Magician's Nephew to MM.
Neither book I've linked to is the edition I own.
What did you do over the weekend?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The image is from Pandora. It says,
Why this song?.
Based on what you've told us so far, we're playing this track because it features acoustic rock instrumentation, a twelve-eight time signature, repetitive melodic phrasing, extensive vamping and use of a string ensemble. [emphasis mine]
Well...I don't like that Pandora doesn't use a serial comma...so there!
But really, I've been listening all day while I've been working on stuff and there's only been a couple of clunkers. Pandora is way cool.
He's got a bunch of books he's reading on his own, too (thanks Mom!!!).
He loves books.
I love that he loves books.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
- These are the sandals he picked out for the summer. "Purple is a power color!" and he faced down the one rotten kid who teased him about the color.
- He loves his shorn head. Will probably not grow it back to the former unruly curliness. Lo, I am sad. But also happy. It's his hair, his choice.
- He is standing up for himself to a longtime friend who is acting badly toward him. I'm sad that the friendship may end (the friend is going through rough times at home), but am so happy that MM won't stand for abuse. "I am DONE with that."
- Only two more weeks of school for him, then he's a 3rd Grader.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I'm so proud.
Friday, May 21, 2010
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Monday, May 17, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
You may remember that I reviewed The Shuttle two years ago in this space.
It is one of my favorite books of all time, read and re-read and re-re-read. Download it!
Friday, May 07, 2010
In the order was:
- Field of Thirteen by Dick Francis (Hardcover)
- Pete Seeger's Children's Concert at Town Hall
- Steeleye Span's All Around My Hat
- 4 non-Narnia C.S. Lewis books
- The Kinks Lola vs. Powerman and the Money-go-Round
- and Flower Fairies by Louisa May Alcott.
Links will be added later.
It's funny, I didn't remember that these things were in that first order. I still have them all, of course, but I didn't remember that that's when and how I got them. What I DID remember about that order was the bookmark that came with it.
It was a plain cardstock bookmark with a quote from Mark Twain. You know the one:
"Outside a dog, a book is Man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Leesburg: Marty Martinez.
Herndon: Cesar Del Aguila.
I'll be working the Brandon Park polls at Loudoun County HS from 4 PM till closing. See you there!
Monday, May 03, 2010
My criteria was longer than 3 months without a posting.
Also, links on my other blog are no longer duplicated at this one. Some more links may shift over there soon.
Profgrrrrl, I couldn't get your blog to link in the blogroll. I'll work on it and make sure you're in there!
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Just ordered the latest Sookie Stackhouse from Amazon. Should be here in about a week. I CAN'T WAIT.
And yes, I've watched the first season of True Blood (thanks Dear Friends who loaned it to me!), haven't yet seen the 2nd season (will request it as a present for Mother's Day).
But I've been a fan of the books now for...oh...since before I started blogging, it seems, since I can't find a post with a start date them.
Books! I love books! I love to dive into them like a porpoise, I like to burrow through them like a gopher. I love to toss them up and let them hit me on the head. BOOKS!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
It was completely Poe-esque. With a side of Gary Larson.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Blogged twice since then, and didn't notice.
However, TODAY is the fifth anniversary of the first time someone linked to this blog. So HAPPY LINKIVERSARY TO ME!!!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I reset the aerogarden with snowpeas and roasted a duck for dinner.
MM was a total angel and played outdoors for a good part of the day.
Now my boys are asleep and I'm headed that way myself.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Contrast that with my lunch from yesterday...which was leftover homemade spicy ginger peanut chicken. Which I ate in my own kitchen. Because I work 4 miles from home. I think I need to do that more.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
- Hawaiian Dance lessons. I loved doing Hawaiian Dance.
- Pottery. There's a woman who will be giving lessons in Round Hill. I haven't done any pottery since High School and I loved it.
- Knitting meet-ups.
Instead, I do other things:
- LCDC stuff
- CSB stuff
- NARAL stuff
All of which is important, fulfilling, and fun...but I wish that I could do the other things as well and still have time to spend with MS and MM, work, eat, and sleep.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
- Corn Flakes
- Frosted Flakes
Of these cereals, which does NOT contain High Fructose Corn Syrup?
- Froot Loops/Apple Jacks (combo pack)
- Corn Flakes
- Frosted Flakes
The answer to question one is Frosted Flakes. The answer to question two is the Froot Loops/Apple Jacks combo pack.
MS and I came up with an explanation of Why Frosted Flakes Might Be Cheaper: Inferior ingredients masked by the sweetness of HFCS.
We thought that the lack of HFCS in FL/AJ might be due to being Kosher for Passover? But all the cereals were marked with a K. And aren't the grains used in cereals trayfe for Passover anyway?
In any case, we're paying more attention to ingredients. And, where possible, we're avoiding HFCS. Which means no Corn Flakes. HFCS! IN CORN FLAKES! Sheesh.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
It's kinda shaggy. He's got a permanent case of bed head.
Last night, after he got out of the shower. I asked him if I could have fun with his hair and, when he said "yes", I brushed it into a DA. For the last fifteen minutes of the day, he looked like a miniature Fonzie.
When he woke up, it was back to Harry Potter.
I gently suggested we go to get it cut. But when he said "no", I didn't push it. It's his hair.
But, lo, it is shaggy.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
So, at around 0830, I mixed the ingredients for the sponge (warm water, yeast. Stir. More water. Stir. 4 cups of flour. Stir. Cover and set in a warm place for about an hour). After it was covered and set in a warm place, I tidied up a bit and Mr. Spock made breakfast (pancakes). We cleaned up the kitchen together.
That took us to 9:30, whereupon I mixed milk, "drippings" from a pot roast MS had cooked (we cooled down the gravy in a container on the back porch back when it was freezing out, pried off the layer of fat that rose to the top, and stored it separately from the gravy in the freezer), sugar, salt, and a cup of flour together. Then I added the sponge, kept mixing. Added more flour, kept mixing. Then I turned it all out onto a cutting board and pounded it with graceless abandon (my knuckles are still sore). Three minutes kneading, three minutes resting, three kneading, three resting, three kneading. Then I put the whole thing into a bowl greased with more "drippings" and covered it with a towel. And I greased the pans.
I was exhausted. I don't know how Laura did that and milked the cows and whatnot.
MS cleaned up the kitchen.
We played a game of Bananagrams, we argued over whether "zot" is a word (it's not. We checked). Ninety minutes passed. I punched down the dough, divided it in three (relatively) equal pieces, put them in the greased baking pans and set them to rise for another 2 hours.
Then I took a shower while MS made lunch. We ate, we watched a bit of TV, we played Set. I called my grandma.
I put the bread in a preheated oven and baked them for 30 minutes. Decided they could brown up a bit and gave em another 5 minutes. Then another 5. Took them out of the oven. Left them to cool.
Went to do some phone-banking for Cesar del Aguila. Ran some errands, and ate dinner out (MM loooooooves that Sushi!). And then came home to freeze two loaves and put the other one in the breadbox (well, it's a cupboard, but we call it the breadbox).
I was thinking about all this in the context of the post at Global Comment by Sarah Jaffe on "Rethinking Work: Cooking as Labor. And how I would probably NOT baked bread today if I'd been responsible for all the other cooking, or if I'd been responsible for the cleanup of the mixing bowl. How grateful I am that I have a spouse who a) likes to cook and b) doesn't wait to be asked to clean the mixing bowl.
Add to that, the context of Laura Ingalls Wilder. How grateful I am to have ingredients to hand that require very little work on my part. I did not have to grind the wheat into flour. In fact, I had white flour in great quantities. I didn't have to twist hay to make enough burnable sticks to both heat the house and bake the bread. Baking bread is a leisure activity for me, not a necessity.
All of this is bubbling in my head, while I nurse my sore knuckles.
Monday, March 08, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I'll update here with progress, assuming I make any.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
- You'd think that cooking lentil stew and pot roast at the same time would make the house smell weird, but it didn't...the house smelled wonderful. Bacon, and onions, and garlic, and tomatoes, and a hint of beefiness. It was magnificent. We now have a ton of food in the house.
- You'd also think that an eight-year-old child couldn't hold his own against his parents in a rousing game of Scrabble...but you'd be wrong there too. The grown-ups were not allowed to use words with less than 4 letters. MM won by one point.
- Bananagrams! We love it. MM is great at it. He has real stick-to-itiveness and a terrific vocabulary.
- The snow is beginning to melt. It's nice to see grass again!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
And here, here is the sweater and hat I knitted for him as soon as we heard that he might be coming home with my sister-in-law and her husband.
The sweater is knitted in Lamb's Pride Super Wash Galaxy. Hat is knitted in red cotton/elastic (can't find the label...oops!). Buttons are from A.C. Moore.
The whole time I was knitting on them, I was thinking, "I hope you come home with them, little boy. I hope you come home." I'm so glad he did.
Mazel tov on the arrival of the shayneh yingeleh.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The yarn I have that will achieve gauge is stiff, itchy, and in a color I'm not enamored of. Which leads me to the question: why do I have this crappy yarn in my stash?
I think I may have inherited it from someone.
Why didn't I give it away when we moved?
I didn't know it was quite that itchy.
So I have a beautiful purple tweed yarn and no pattern for it, and a beautiful pattern and no suitable yarn.
Methinks I need to make a trip to the yarn store.
Maybe I'll cast on for a vest for myself out of a black tweed silk/wool blend I found in the stash (not enough for that sweater, darn it!) if I can find a vest pattern I like.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"Half Magic" by Edward Eager, a list in prose of great children's* literature available in the '50's
And we own most of the books he's listed. "Five Little Peppers and How They Grew", "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", "The Once and Future King", the Narnia books, the E. Nesbit books...
MM is thrilled.
"Do we have that one, Mommy? What about that one? WOW! THOSE books are on MY shelf! When did you get that one for me?"
"Well, to be honest, I bought those for me, and that one was mine when I was a kid. And so was that one. And this one. And all the Narnia ones, MakesBooksForGrandkids brought back from England for me when he used to go on business trips when I was small. And Boy! I used to get in trouble at school because I would spell words the way they appear in those books, and here in the States, we spell things differently from the way they do there."
"Cool! So can we read this one next?"
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Joy of Cooking Rombauer Special(meh)
Sky High Cakes Triple Fudge (Whoa! Chocolatey! Even though I probably overbaked it - this is definitely the front-runner)
How To Cook Everything (Are you sure you put chocolate in that?)
Up next, Sky High Cakes Devil's Food.
Any of you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe you want to share?
Also, do you have a vanilla frosting recipe you like?
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
On reading "The Long Winter" during what may end up being the snowiest winter this area has ever seen
Grateful for having a full freezer, knowing that even if we run out of milk or bread or other staples during the storm, that once the storm has ended and we've dug out of our garage, we can find a store somewhere nearby that will have more milk or bread or other staples.
MM was disappointed about the postponement (again!) of his party, but cheered up over the baking of bread (Little House on the Prairie Cookbook), and cake (Joy of Cooking - I overbeat it and it came out dry and crumbly), and cookies (with M&M's, too sweet for Mr. Spock and me, but MM loves 'em). Also, Mr. Spock gave MM his first cooking lesson. He cooked, all by himself (though with supervision), perfect fluffy rice. And we spent some time outside, being shocked by the amount of snow.
So, in short, I'm feeling pretty privileged, and lucky, and grateful. We have just two more chapters to go in HP 7. I hope I can get MM to agree to let me start reading "Farmer Boy" to him.
Monday, February 08, 2010
I think they should use President's Day as a make-up day, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
In unrelated news, guess what he got for his birthday?
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Monday, February 01, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Do you know what this would be called if the woman were given roofies? Rape.
First reported at The Globe and Mail, sign on to the petition against it at The Bad Mom's Club.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Around these parts, Nordstrom's and Trousseau do excellent jobs of fitting.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
So, I will work on that. And I will defend myself against the part that ISN'T true.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I really like the shape of it. Nice cropping to give the illusion of a bit more height, and the neckline is good for minimizing the EEROD.
Also found today, a fact: my spicy ginger peanut sauce is EVEN BETTER over soba noodles.
The Gryffindor scarf is longer than MM as of today. Soon it will take over the world!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
ETA: Mr. Spock found it! I probably looked at it 20 times!
Friday, January 22, 2010
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Because there are times when a wanted pregnancy needs to be aborted. To save the life or future fertility of the mother.
So especially late-term abortion needs to be kept legal and safe. Yes, I said ESPECIALLY late-term abortion. For Cecily. And for all the other women who have lost their wanted child, but not yet lost the pregnancy...for those who have pre-eclampsia...for the myriad reasons that a pregnancy can go horribly wrong in the last few months or weeks.
Keep all abortion safe and legal.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So I decided to knit it on size eights (US). It's a scarf. Gauge is meaningless in a scarf. Right?
I am half-way done with the pattern on the scarf and it's almost as long as the finished length is supposed to be.
This morning I found all three sets of my size sixes. They were in the bag I used for carrying around the sweater I just finished. I used one set to knit the sweater and the other sets as stitch-holders while knitting on the sleeves.
I'm not always the brightest bulb on the marquee.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
In my son's Spider Man lunch bag (he's currently using a red, orange, and black swirly number from Land's End) "Hey!" he said. "You can't take that! You're a girl!"
And I said, "I can too. I love Spider Man."
And he said, "But he's for boys!"
And I said, "I can be a pretty pink princess AND like Spider Man."
The only valid reason to not bring my lunch to work in a Spider Man lunch bag is that I'm not seven. The fact that I'm not packing a salami has no bearing on the matter.
I guess I need to break out the Free to Be You and Me album again.
Monday, January 04, 2010
It actually looks very nice. Very cozy. I made several rip-back-worthy errors and several I decided not to rip back for.
The biggest of that latter category is one spot on the back where I messed up the pattern on one row. Super obvious to me. No one else will ever notice.
Happy New Year to you all.