22 February 2011

I heart four day weekends.

I'm now officially internet famous. My brilliant friend Kate, has interviewed me, and put it up on her blog! I'm incredibly flatted, and now I'm feeling the pressure to write more often now. You should follow her. She's awesome and you won't be disappointed.

Brian had a four day weekend this week, thanks to President's Day, and so I asked him if he'd be interested in exploring Louisville. He agreed, and we planned it for Monday. Awesome. So Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we laid around in our PJs watching cartoons, playing video games, and eating Cap'n Crunch. I colored and crocheted, too! It was an awesome relaxing weekend. So, Monday comes around, and we get ready, grab a box of Girl Scout cookies and we're off! Our first stop? The Louisville Slugger museum.

Babe Ruth's bat. He'd carve a notch in it every time he'd hit a home run.
Little known fact about me. I like baseball. I don't follow it religiously, but I know how to play it, I know how it works, and I like the atmosphere of seeing a game live. There is nothing like watching a baseball game in a stadium. So, when we walk into the museum, I get all giggly, because it's baseball themed. (Duh.) We purchase our tickets (military members get in free!) and watch a 20 minute movie about baseball narrated by, who else? James Earl Jones. I think it was called "The Heart of the Game" but I could be wrong. After the movie, the screen rises, and we walk through doors behind it into a mini museum. It's got an explanation on how the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. went from making furniture to making bats. Then, it's got random facts, artifacts, and an area where you can hold bats that famous players have used, like Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey, Jr, and two others I can't remember. You have to wear gloves, though. There's also various other bats in drawers that you can look at, and it shows you the progression of how the bats were made, etc. etc. After about five minutes of wandering around, we're called to the factory tour. Sadly, we cannot take pictures of the factory, because we might be spies. We get to see how the bats are carved from the billets, how they're polished, dyed, etc. It's loud and fascinating all at once. My favorite part of the tour? The three month old infant that slept through the entire thing. I wish I had that kind of sleeping power. At the end, the tour guide thanks us all, and gives us mini Louisville Sluggers. Pretty cool, huh? We wander around the museum a bit more, then head over to: The Louisville Science Center.

What's the trouble with Tribbles?
Currently, on display at the Louisville Science Center is: Star Trek. Brian likes Star Trek "for the explosions and Seven of Nine's outfit." Moving along, they had costumes on display along with props and the various ships they used. Another exhibit that I couldn't take photos in.There was also a lot of wordy plaques that described everything. It was fun and neat, and I'm sure all the Trekkies were thrilled to see it. After that was over, we wandered through the four story museum looking at various things, knocking over each other's foam buildings, and just acting like big kids. It was an okay science museum. The one in Atlanta, that's now closed, SciTrek, was a whole helluva lot cooler. After messing around in the gift shop (there was a basket full of Tribbles) we headed out for my Hard Rock Cafe shirt and some noms.

I collect Hard Rock Cafe shirts. Yes, it is a random thing to collect, but it's what I collect, and I find it makes a great souvenir, too. I think I have 16 now. So, we head to Fourth Street Live, and see that the Borders there is closing. I find some stationary that I like, and Brian, of course, finds the magazines. After that, we head to the Hard Rock, where we decide to eat, too. I have to say, I haven't eaten at a Hard Rock in a while, but their burgers were mildly disappointing and not worth the $12.95. Oh well. Maybe it's just the Louisville one. After dinner, I gather my shirt, and we run to the car in the rain.

Overall, I had a great time, even though Brian was only slightly impressed with everything. I mean, after you've fired a real tank, I guess everything else is just "meh."

14 February 2011

FINISHED.

There's nothing like finishing a project. Especially if it took you 519 days to complete. (Or 1 year and 5 months.) Well, it didn't really take me that long. I just took breaks from my project, aka forgot about it. Oh, what did I make? A giant blanket.

When my brother moved to Bonaire four or so years ago, he acquired a new friend, who has been known to be called his "soulmate" despite both of them being in relationships with girls.  Gary Jr. and Kyle honestly fit together like they've been BFFs for yeeeears. Anywho, moving along, Gary Jr. has become like family. One of the weekends we all were at Mom and Dad's house, Gary saw me crocheting an afghan for Brian. He asked me what I was doing and was absolutely fascinated with it. He watched and talked with me for a little while, then went back to drinking beer with my brother. A few weekends later, he came back up, and I was still hauling ass on Brian's blanket, and he very politely asked if he could pay me for an afghan or "one of them yarn blankets." I agreed, and told him I'd find some yarn and see if he agreed on a price.
About a month later, I stumbled into Michael's with a coupon of 20% off everything, and face first into a yarn sale. And there it was. 16 skeins of man colored yarn, in Lion Brand's Thick and Quick Chenille. And at $1.50 a skein with 20% off of everything? Perfect. I told Mom what I was doing, and refused to let Gary Jr. pay for it. So off I went, with my P (11.5mm) hook in hand, and started. I got a good chunk done at my old job I had at a marina. Every Sunday, 10 hours of nothing but random customers, internet giggles, homework and crochet. Then, it started getting hot in Georgia, and I had to put it away. This afghan is WARM. So, I'd break it out every winter, and work some more on it.

So, finally, within these past few trips to Mom and Dad's (where I left it) I have finished it. I've finished this monstrous "Manly Blanket" yesterday. I am so pleased with myself. It's 6ftX5ft +/- and WARM. Here's hoping that Gary Jr will like his blanket, along with his girlfriend and dog.

13 February 2011

Bread Nom nom nom.

I am a self proclaimed bread whore. I love it. I almost love it as much as my husband, but he's not flaky and tastes horrible with butter. MOVING ON, my friend PJ recently bought herself a bread machine, and has been torturing me with her bread makings. Blueberry Granola bread, Mustard Dill bread, Chocolate Coconut bread...wait, what?! Chocolate coconut bread?! The second she told me that one, I demanded the recipe. And then I realized that I left my bread machine at my parent's house, two states away. Damnit! I suffered a month, without being able to try that oh so tempting recipe.
Well. I have finally returned to Georgia, and snatched my bread machine, and put it in it's rightful place in the kitchen. After using the rest of the bread flour (sorry, Mom) half a bag of coconut (the more the merrier?), and two hours and fifty minutes later, I had a loaf of pure glory. My very own loaf of Chocolate Coconut bread. Tears of joy ran down my face. I took that first bite...magical. Love at first bite. Where has this bread been all my life?! I attempted to sneak it downstairs to my room to sleep with it, but I was foiled by my mother's dog, Pepper, constantly attacking me. Hmph.

After it not even being 24 hours old, half of my loaf is missing. But, this is okay. I don't need to eat the whole thing by myself. Moderation, Amber. Mod-er-ation.  So, because of the sweet and kind and generous person I am, I will share the recipe with you.

                                                                Chocolate Coconut Bread

3/4 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups bread flour
2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/3 cup coconut, toasted*


Add ingredients in order listed or as otherwise directed by your machine, choose the 1.5 lb loaf size, and the basic white bread cycle.

*Note: PJ and I didn't toast our coconut. I'm not sure why she didn't, but I didn't, because I'm lazy.

02 February 2011

Back to reality.

I haven't forgotten about this! I promise. I've just actually been busy. Mainly with school, learning Illustrator and Photochop this semester, so it should be fun and interesting.

Right now, I'm learning to knit. I'm attempting a very simple dishcloth with purls and knits, and so far, I've only ripped the entire thing apart in anger. I'm only on row three, but I'm very proud of myself.

I also went on a cruise venturing through Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. I picked up a few souvenirs, great memories, and a cold. Though, while in Key West, we visited Fort Zachary Taylor. It was fun running around taking pictures and doing silly stuff in general. Though, I did get a really great shot out of the trip. I'm really proud of it.

I got some other great shots, but it takes three days to upload anything using this internet, so eventually I'll post some up.

Today, we're very luckily missing the Snowpocalypse that's effecting the other states surrounding us. Though, we are battling 25mph winds, I wouldn't trade it for the 17 inches of snow one place in Illinois is getting.

Hopefully, my next post will be of a completed knitted dishcloth.