18 November 2012

Another month has passed...

I'm really getting slack at this blogging thing. I think it's mainly because everything I'm still making is a present of some sort. I did get the baby shower gifts completed...I just forgot to take pictures of them! Oops.

Though, I suppose, I could tell you about our latest adventure: We went to Vegas!
Brian and I had always talked about going to Vegas, probably for a few years now, at least. And a couple of weeks ago, we finally got a chance! It was an amazing experience. Being that it was our first time, we kept it a little low key. Basically, we wandered in and out of the casinos and just enjoyed ourselves! I have to say, I think my favorite part was dining at Restaurant Guy Savoy. It's a two Michelin star restaurant, tucked away in Caesar's Palace. I also think it was our first experince with French food togther. It was amazing. I just "mmmm" and "ooooh" and savored every bite. I'd never tasted anything like it. I would go back every night, if I had the money.
My other favorite part was seeing Daniel Tosh live. He's hilarious. I even loved that he comes with a disclaimer now. There was even a heckler that got kicked out. It was awesome!

I honestly didn't take that many pictures, because I really didn't want to lug a DSLR around Vegas. But, the day I did, we went to the Neon Boneyard, which is something any Vegas fiend needs to go see.






Just a few of what I took. It was fun wandering around and learning the history of the signs.

We also went to Hoover Dam, which was astounding. It just blew my mind that it was made by hand. I loved it, and really enjoyed doing the Dam Tour. We went inside the dam, and it was just a once in a lifetime experience!

I'd seriously recommend not missing out on going to see it, if you're in the area. Even if you don't go on the tour, at least walk around and just admire the craftsmanship of it!

15 October 2012

The Psychic Book of Deleverance Dane

 Since I've started working in a library (again) I have a bit more access to perusing the shelves.  You'd think when I didn't have a job I would have read more. Nope. Anywho, I was dusting the shelves and this one particular book screamed at me. I ignored it. For three days. Everytime I'd look that way at the shelf, it' was all "READ ME, DAMNIT." Oh, well fine. So I checked it out.


I picked it up, not knowing what it'd be about, the flap read:

"A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history-the Salem witch trials.
Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.
As the pieces of Deliverance's harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem's dark past then she could have ever imagined.
Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman's story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation."

What's that? It's about history, old buildings AND the Salem Witch Trials? SOLD.

BACKSTORY. Since my genealogy loving, librarian aunt told me this summer that Rebecca Towne Nurse was my (10th) great-grandparent, I've become a little bit more interested in the Salem Witch Trials. And so, this book was a must for me.

Set in 1991, I was prepared for descriptions of bad fashion, and what not. Nope. Just lack of computers and cell phones. It was nice. I really liked Connie, she wasn't annoying or the "omg let me go in the dark scary corner and die" type of person. She's well educated and makes good decisions. It took me half the book to see her fate coming, but I did figure it out before she did. I also really liked the other characters, and I liked that I couldn't figure out her advisor's, Manning Chilton, motive. I also enjoyed that she phonetically did the Bostonian accent. HAVARD YAHD. It made me chuckle, being a Southerner.

Okay, I suck at convincing book reviews, but if you like adventure and history, with a tiny bit of non-mushy romance thrown in, get off your keester and go read this book.




 BONUS:
1. Favorite childhood book? All of the Boxcar Childrens, ever.
2 . Favorite Book lately? See above review.
3. Book you wish you could live in? The Night Circus
4. If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why? This is one of the hardest questions ever. How can I choose just one?
5. Favorite Book turned Movie? Fried Green Tomatoes.
6. Favorite Magazines: Food Network, almost any knitting/crocheting one, and uh, hmm. I'm sure there's a few others, but I don't ssubscribe to any.

09 October 2012

Beer and Babies

Well, that title doesn't go well together, now does it?

I know it's been almost a month (tomorrow) since I last updated. Oops. As I've said in the past, I've been working on things that can't be revealed yet! BUT, on October 18th is the baby shower to end all baby showers (okay, maybe not) but I will be able to show off the THREE* gifts I've been working on. And then comes Christmas and more hiding. Anywho. Remembered those two quilt squares I made? Well, here's the blanket that they went with:

Isn't that amazing looking?! It was created by a group of very talented ladies, and I'm very pleased that I could help, even though my squares were a bit too small. (Top left and bottom row, second from left) I also finished the gift I was working on for Baby Adelaide on Thursday, and then I said "Okay, now she can be born." Lo and behold, beautiful Baby Adelaide was born on Friday! Congrats, Kristy! I can't wait to meet her. :)

Now, for the beer. I have been in search of the perfect pumpkin beer. By perfect, I mean, it actually tastes like pumpkin. I've tried three. The first thing you should know about me is, I don't like beer. I like liquor. Booze. Screw beer, it tastes like moldy bread. MOVING ALONG, since Pumpkin liquor doesn't sound too tasty, I figured I'd try some beer.

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale:
NOPE. Tasted like Fall, yes, pumpkin? No.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale:


NOPE. Tasted like a darker lager. I'm not fond of dark lagers at all.

and finally, I went to Spec's in hope of something. One of the workers suggested this one and said, "It tastes like biting into a slice of pumpkin pie." SOLD.

Wasatch Pumpkin Seasonal Ale:


CLOSE. This one ACTUALLY tasted like pumpkin. Then beer. Then more pumpkin. It was kind of weird. But, by far, THIS is the closest beer that tasted sort of like pumpkin. I'll probably use it to make bread.

But, as I've said before, I'm no beer expert.


(Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me. NONE.)
*Actually, someone else is making it. I just supplied the idea, some money, and encouragement. 

10 September 2012

Hurry Up, Fall.

We had a taste of Fall-like weather this weekend. It was fantastic to feel something below 90ºF. It's jumping back into the 90s this week, and then slowly cooling off. I'm so excited. Though, the worst part of it is, waking up every morning feeling like I got hit by a truck. Not to mention, my allergies have been crazy these past two weeks, so I knew it was coming. I just never know what it is until the cooler weather hits. /old person

In other news, I've been reading like crazy, and it's nice. I read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and it was terribly hilarious. 's review on Good Reads is the perfect way to describe it. I suggest you go read it.
I also tried to read The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, while intriguing, the way it's written drives me nuts. That doesn't mean it's bad writing, it's just hard for me to figure out who's saying what and when they're talking. I got about a fourth of the way through before I had enough.
Along with those, I started reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. You know, One for the Money, Two for the Dough, etc? They're actually pretty good.  I'm having to slow down, because another coworker is reading them, too, and she's only on five.

I've also started knitting again. YAY. Thanks to the cooler weather, something sparked inside of me, and I'm attempting a pair of socks...again. This time, it's going a bit smoother. I'm using some Mary Jane's Attic that I've had since 2008, so it's well deserving some use. I'm too lazy to take pictures right now, and so this won't be a picture-less post, have this, courtesy of the internet:


GO DAWGS. 2-0!


02 September 2012

Test tube?

As a kid, I was a tomboy. While I liked Barbies and dress up, getting me in any thing other than a shapless t-shirt and jeans was a challenge. I didn't care how I looked. I wanted to be comfortable and not have to be "lady-like" when I slouched. Trying to put make up on me before dance recitals, you'd think I was being tortured. Even in high school when all my other friends were wearing make up and cute outfits, I'd throw something on, brush my hair, hope my socks matched and ran out the door.

I think it was college before I figured out I wasn't dog ugly, and that if I put in my contacts, wore a fitted shirt, and just a hint of make up, I could make the boys run into flag poles. (True story.) And now, in my late twenties, I've realized that wearing dresses and makeup is FUN. (That sound you just heard was my mother fainting from shock.)

Needless to say, when I got home from work on Thursday and saw a bright pink box on the counter for me, I was excited and disappointed all at once. Mainly, because I thought it was a box of baked goods. BUT, what I found inside was better than that.

Gratis bathroom shot.

New Beauty's test tube! Oooh. Beauty samples! Ten years ago, I would have given my mother an evil look. While, today, I squeed and called her almost immediately after inspecting it. It was filled with exciting new goodies for me to try.





Um, hello amazing stuff. If you click on the picture, you can see what's in there.
So far, I've tried:
- Mally Lipstick, it's pretty awesome, and the nude goes really well with my pale skin tone
- Smashbox photo finish foundation primer, works well
- philosophy's love sweet love, I may be biased, but I love everything from philosophy.
- bliss body butter in lemon and sage, once again, biased.

I haven't needed to try the eye spackle yet, along with the hair care products or the Algenst. I'm trying the Algenist tonight, though. If anyone wants to know, I'll report back.

It also comes with a New Beauty magazine, which, while flipping through, I frowned upon some of it's contents, mainly because it's promoting cosmetic surgery. I mean, unless you feel you look that terrible, I don't think you should do that to yourself. Though, that's just my opinion.

But, the best part about this is, I'm signed up for a bunch more samples! So, basically every two months or so, I get a new one of these suckers!

And there. That's my vain post for the month.

Thanks again, Mom.

30 August 2012

Slacker.

Once again, I have slacked off on my blogging. But, that's okay. Mainly, because I've been busy. Busy with what, might you ask? Well, after two and a half years of being unemployed, I GOT A JOB! How exciting is that?! I'm back in a library again, and it feels nice.

Moving along, I have given out a few gifts and I can show off some of the stuff I've made!



Those two quilt squares are something I'm very proud of. Why? Because they're my first two EVER. Our stitchers group decided that we were going to make a baby blanket for our fellow stitcher, Kristy, just because she's so awesome and does a lot and everything for everyone. So, with the help of Charla (okay, a lot of help) I was able to accomplish my first two quilt squares! I'm pretty proud of them. The blanket has been put together and it looks amazing. If I can get a picture of it, I'll post it.

Another thing I've made, which isn't a gift, I just keep forgetting to post it, is a potholder I made! I know a pot holder is like a dishcloth in the knitting/crochet world, but damnit. I've never made one before in my life. So, I'm pleased to present the very New Mexican potholder! (New Mexico is known for it's chilies.)





I actually really liked the pattern. It was very simple and easy to make, once I figured out what the instructions were saying. This was a group project for our Stitchers group.

And lastly, this was a gift for the Color Swap group I'm a part of on Ravelry. It's so much fun. Your partner gives you a color (or a theme) to work with, and you have to work around that to create a package out of it. For example, my partner chose this for her theme:




I was thrilled to see that. An ice cream cone covered in sprinkles?! How FUN. So, I got to work. The hardest part of the package is always the handmade. You MUST include a handmade. And then extra goodies. So I thought for a while, and came up with this package. 



My handmades, as you can see, were another criss-cross pinafore and a drawstring project bag, complete with inside pocket.  Both were relatively simple to make, though, now that I look back on it, I'm not very fond of the fabric I used for the pinafore. For the bag it was perfect, for the dress? Not so much.

I've got another couple of different dresses in the works, a lady bug costume, some baby gifts, and most importantly a deployment gift for my husband. *sigh* I also had a table runner in the works, but I'm mad at it at the moment. My quilt is still coming along fine, but my bobbin isn't working properly, so I'm trying to figure out why my sewing machine hates me.

Hopefully, it won't be another month before I update again.




30 July 2012

Progress!

I'm updating! Mainly, because I have something to update about. Remember the quilt squares that I bought? Well, I've pulled them out and started sewing them together. Not too hard. Wonder how the process went? Well, at first I organized them by color, and went that way. Then, that got too hard. So I did the next best thing.


I threw them in a pile and mixed them up. Yes. Just like the picture shows. And I'd just randomly stick my hand in and pull one out. Out of that chaos, came this.

I'm pleased with how it turned out. As of right now, I have two strips sewn. I would have had a whole lot more done yesterday, but my sewing machine decided to go wonky on me. I had to walk away. It's going to be a lot smaller than it looks now, and I'm okay with that. I'm debating whether or not I should buy another layer cake.

Hopefully, things will progress fast!

17 July 2012

Upcoming projects...

So a certain someone (Mom) has asked me to post. Yeah, it's been a while, terribly sorry. But as I said sometime in an earlier post, I've started working on Christmas presents and "Yay New Babies!" presents, so the people that are getting the aforementioned stuff READ this blog, so I can't post my stuffs...yet.

I CAN tell you that I'm going to attempt a "quilted" duvet cover. I bought a bunch of 5" squares (apparently it's called a Layer Cake), along with a Jelly Roll (strips of fabric)and will sew them together in what hopefully will become a awesome looking duvet. My fabric arrived last week, so I can finally show a picture of it!

The colors are red, grey, black and an off-white. If you can't read it, it's called "Mama Said SEW" and it's by Sweetwater for Moda, which means it's pretty awesome fabric. I'm excited to get this done, but I'm going to go slow.

My second project I'm just starting to work on (no, really, I got a square cut out before I started writing this) is a Fall table runner. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, mainly, because here in Hell Paso, it's slightly cooler and not as windy. Though, if I were back home, it would mean the leaves started changing colors. Anywho, here's a few of the fabrics.

That's just five of them. There's two other colors, but I'm being lazy and not posting them. This involves quilting and applique. I've never done it before, but I'm looking forward to figuring it out!

Lastly, what's being planned in my head (besides baby stuffs) is a blanket for my husband to take on his future travels. I know what I want to make him, but I'm trying to figure out fabrics.




25 June 2012

Busy, busy.

Well, I am feeling considerably better since my last post. Stupid sinus infection. I was just so drained, could barely get off the couch. Anywho, here's a recap of this weekend.

Our last belly dance hafla for a while happened, on Thursday. (Not the weekend, I know, hush.)

Photo from J. Whalen Photography
That's Charla and I being all awesome. Can you feel the awesome? Cause I do.

Then, the weekend happened. We decided to test our new grill with some steak and zucchini.

Yay! Cell phone shot! At least I didn't instagram it.

Steak wasn't too bad. Brian let it cook a little too long, but that's okay. The zucchini, on the other hand was awesome. Marinated it in olive oil, thyme, oregano, basil and some garlic powder. Tasted awesome.

Brian also bought a lawnmower.

I'm so thrilled to have this backyard, you have no idea. At the last house, the lawn was dead when we arrived, and couldn't revive it. It's so nice and plush. It'd make my daddy proud.

And while Brian was doing yard work, I've finally made something I can show! A plastic bag holder!

I was tired of just having them everywhere, so I had some leftover fabric from making my kitchen curtains (they're not done yet) so I whipped this up. Not too hard, really. And it's a toaster print! How cute is that?

But yeah, I haven't been posting crafty-crafts that I've been working on recently, because most of them are gifts. Some you won't see til after Christmas. I've been working pretty diligently though!

11 June 2012

Watermelon Crossover Pinafore

Well, howdy. I know it's been a while but between the move and this belly dance extravaganza weekend, I haven't had time to think, let alone blog.

A while back, I was perusing Pinterest, and I came across a cute little Crossover Pinafore tutorial from Smashed Peas and Carrots. Adorable, right? Well, it was floating around in the back of my mind for a while, and last week, I found myself at JoAnn's, nosing through the fabrics, looking for something that just jumped out at me. And something did. Watermelon seersucker fabric. Did you catch that? Watermelon. Seersucker. Fabric. I instantly bought a yard and some matching lime green, too. Then, that pattern popped in mind, and I grabbed two buttons and sauntered out the door, pleased with my findings.
Yesterday, I found the want-to and I started sewing. And this is the wonderful result.

Awesome background, right?
How adorable is that?! I'm a little upset with myself, I didn't notice it until later, but the right side strap is a little pointy. Hmph. This dress was super easy to make. Though, I cheated and didn't make button holes. I just sewed the button, strap, and dress all together, so it's permanently shut. There should be a matching lime green diaper cover to go with it, but it and I are not friends right now. But, hopefully, that should happen before I ship this out.

I'm so very pleased with myself right now.

29 May 2012

A little bit about me, in 100 questions

I don't know if I mentioned it, but this past weekend, we loaded up all our possessions, threw them in a Ryder truck and moved across El Paso into a new house. I love it. Mainly because it has grass, or possibly because we have a bonafide guest room, or a place to start a garden or, another million different things, but I digress the reason of this post. I haven't posted in almost two weeks, so I'm giving you this post to tide you over until I get my house back into order.

  • Are you young at heart, or an old soul? Young at heart. Though, I think, some days, I belong in the 40s.
  • What makes someone a best friend? They're there for you at your best, worst, and most ridiculous.
  • What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most? My bike. A 21 speed, mountain bike, silk matte burgundy.
  • Tell me about a movie/song/tv show/play/book that has changed your life. LOLZ TWILIGHT. SIKE. This is rather an interesting question. I don't think anything has really changed my life, though lots have been very inspirational, or led me to think/see the world in a different way.
  • Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike. I've always liked my hands. I feel hands can tell you a lot about a person. I dislike my back, mainly, because it's crooked. 
  • Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with? Just a select few. Normally I get to see the ones I like when I go back home, but it's the few that have moved away that I want to stay in touch with.
  • What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection? Emotional is the important answer, but I'm going to go into the shallow end and say, if you can't find anything remotely atheistically appealing about your significant other, don't lie to yourself. You'll move on.
  • Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title. Freddy Got Fingered.
  • What holiday do you most look forward to? Anyone that my husband gets off. ;D
  • How is the relationship between you and your parents? Good. I don't think I've
  • ever had a point in my life where I wanted nothing more to do with them. Not going to lie, I miss them dearly, but it's awesome to have a "new life" with my husband.
  • You’ve got the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on? TRICK QUESTION. If I'm not watching the TV to watch it, I'll normally flip it to a music station. I don't have the TV on for the background noise like my husband does. *twitch* I prefer the radio.
  • Name a song that never fails to make you happy. Jump, Little Children - Habit
  • You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him. Growing up, he practically worshiped my brother, and did dumb things. Now he's a Marine who blows stuff up with a tank. Makes complete sense to me.
  • Have you ever read the “missed connections” on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to? I read them and I either find them hilarious or creepy. And no, I've never had the urge to post one.
  • If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be? Somewhere on a bunch of wooded acres. Don't care what state, just give me trees and my privacy.
  • Can money buy happiness? Depends on your definition of happiness. Happiness is a roof over my head, food in my belly, and being content with my husband, and that involves money, so, I think in the long run, yes. Yes it can.
  • Do you drink? Smoke? Do drugs? Why, or why not? I drink, but not often, mainly because I'm such a lightweight, and it makes me really sleepy. I don't smoke, though I have. And I've never done drugs, just because I was terrified of getting kicked out of the house and being on the street.
  • Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? You don’t have to give names. With the definition of trust here being loose, I'll go with yes.
  • Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid? My friend's houses. They were always more interesting and fun.
  • Have you ever spent a night in the hospital? Only when I was born.
  • Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people? Depends on the large group. If I know and like everyone, I can deal with it. If I don't know anyone, I start to get antsy. I prefer one to three friends at a time.
  • Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to? I do! Mom raised me on Oldies and Dad raised me on Classic Rock. Mom can tolerate some of the music I like, Dad gets twitchy and turns off the radio.
  • Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else? I wasn't bullied. I was picked on. There's a difference. I have glasses, got picked on for that; was really skinny, got picked on for my "chicken legs", got picked on for being smart, got picked on for being a girl, blah blah blah. Am I traumatized from it? No. Did I ever bully anyone? No. Was I a smart ass? Yes.
  • If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Do you believe in a god? Of course.
  • Of all the social networks in the world, why use twitter? So I don't flood facebook with nonsense.
  • What’s your favorite hashtag to track? I don't.
  • Would you call yourself/your family “middle class?” Yeah. Except we don't have the required 2.5 kids.
  • Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended.  Firefly!
  • Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial? I have a Magic Bullet. Does that count?
  • If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you? Hell no. That would mean walking around in the Hell Paso heat. If I lived somewhere like New York, yeah. I'd give it up no problem. 
  • If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say? It would mainly be to say "You can do it." or "Breathe."
  • What’s your “quirkiest” habit? Um. Possibly all of them. 
  • What is “normal?” Are you normal? What is normal? Is there really a norm any more? Though, I've always been above average. Except in math...
  • Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don’t have to see them die. Do you take the offer? Depends on the "close" person.
  • What is one thing you could never forgive? Someone who killed any of my family. I'd probably go all Batman on them.
  • Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single? Uh, doesn't the Honeymoon period always end? I'll keep my relationship, thanks.
  • Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends? Possible, but rare.
  • Where do you and your friends go to hang out? Either our houses or a food joint. 
  • Write the first sentence of your obituary. Amber's tragic fate was met by losing her battle with the pterodactyl.
  • What is the best TV theme song ever? There's SO MANY to choose from! I honestly have no clue.
  • When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up? I wanted to be everything. From an astronaut to a zoo keeper. You name it, I probably wanted to be it.
  • When you’re alone in your own home, do you walk around naked? Nope.
  • What gets you out of bed in the morning? The urge that it's time to get up. Or an alarm.
  • Do you want to have more friends than you have right now? I'm pretty happy with my friend quota at the moment.
  • What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? This whole month. Gah.
  • You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job?  Nope. I'd go volunteer somewhere though.
  • Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you’re in one, what makes yours work? I've done it before. It's not hard, as long as the other person is willing to keep an effort to stay in touch. Once that goes down the drain, it's over.
  • What’s the best route to your heart? Right now? Mop the floors, do the laundry, and share the remote.
  • Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life? Quite a few people, actually!
  • What is your favorite sport? College football.
  • What has been troubling you lately? Moving. SO MUCH CRAP.
  • Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you haven’t gotten there yet, do you look forward to it? If you didn’t go, why not? I went to two. One sucked, one was awesome.
  • What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? A mix of the two.
  • Do you know what makes you happy? I do. Do you?
  • Tell me about the last book you read. How about the last one I finished? I just finished The Help. Brilliantly written, quite powerful. Haven't been sucked into a book like that in quite a while. I'm also pleased to say that the movie was just as good as the book.
  • What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given? That I was graceful.
  • Who was your first crush? That poor dark headed boy that I kissed in kindergarten. Teacher embarrassed the crap out of me for doing that, too.
  • Do you believe that there is life on other planets? Yes.
  • Predict what your life will look like a year from now. Lonely. 
  • Often, people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began. My ex before my husband? I guess...I was loading crates full of Cokes into my car, and he offered to help. He was using his Southern Gentleman charm, and I fell straight into his web of lies. The end.
  • Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? Anywhere that involves steak. 
  • What is something you want to change about your current situation? I'd be happier if I could find a bachelor's degree I actually want to stick to.
  • Early bird or night owl? Neither. Mid afternoon, plz. 
  • Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to? Yes. Sadly. It's very hard to get rid of some of them.
  • Give me an unpopular opinion you haveI don't think Will Ferrell is funny.
  • What was the last song that was stuck in your head? The Water Buffalo Song from Veggie Tales
  • Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want. El Paso.
  • Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? Depends on the situation.
  • What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken? Georgia to El Paso. In a Uhaul. Pulling a trailer. With an unhappy cat in a carrier. 
  • Have you ever taken part in a protest? Not in the sign carrying, chanting sort of protest. I didn't buy something, or didn't support a store, kind of thing.
  • Would you ever use an online dating service? Being that I'm married, no.
  • What is your ethnic heritage? German/Irish/Welch and I'm sure there's other stuff, but I haven't bothered getting that far.
  • Describe a person that inspires you. People who will give you the shirt off their back and expect nothing in return.
  • If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you? Yes. If you love what you do, it won't seem as if you've worked a single day of your life. 
  • Do you believe in luck? It's the only way I've survived.
  • Describe the last time you were very angry at someone. Brian wasn't very careful in packing the furniture. Needless to say, we have damaged furniture now.
  • Do you want to live until you’re 100? Only if I feel I haven't accomplished everything I want to.
  • Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change? Yes. Yes they do. You learn to adapt. If your partner suddenly starts snoring, you don't divorce them because of that. You learn to adapt and adjust. Though, if your partner starts abusing you, then, then you get a divorce. You don't adapt to that.
  • Have you ever risked a friendship by telling someone you liked them? Yes.
  • Would you rather be alone doing something you enjoy, or doing something you don’t like with your best friends? Alone, for I am an introvert.
  • Do you practice what you preach? I'd like to think so. Though, I'm not perfect. 
  • If you take precautions to stay safe, do you ultimately act more recklessly? Like, if I bought a fire extinguisher and decide to have a bonfire in the house? No. That's not me at all....*cough*
  • What do you value more in a significant other: Attractiveness or intelligence? Intelligence.
  • Are you hard-headed? I take the cake when it comes to hard-headedness.
  • Have you ever laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate? It's why I don't willingly go to funerals. 
  • When have you felt most alive? There's a memory of me driving on a dirt road in the dark, music blaring, windows down, but I can't remember what else was going on.
  • Where would you prefer to live? A city? The suburbs? The countryside? The mountains? Give me 10+ acres of wooded land with DSL and I'm satisfied. 
  • Do you often skip breakfast? Depends on what I'm doing for the day and when I get up.
  • How do you know what true love is? True love is not killing your husband when he does things repeatedly that you've asked him not to. 
  • Would you want to know the exact date and time you were going to die? If it was in the near future, no. But if it was like at 70+ maybe.
  • Where is “home” for you? Georgia.
  • What song best describes your life right now? Blink 182 - What's My Age Again?
  • Do you want to be perfect? Perfect is boring.
  • What have you never tried, but would really like to someday? What’s holding you back? Skydiving. People who want to go with me. (I realized I answered this question "wrong" earlier.)
  • How do you express your creativity? Completely destroying whatever room I'm working in.
  • Describe your neighborhood. Being that I've only been here for three days now, I think the only thing I can say is, quiet?
  • Name something you only liked because it was popular. Scene, late 1990s, middle school. Things I liked only because they were popular? EVERYTHING. Then, about the end of 8th grade, I realized I was awesome and didn't need to fit in.
  • Give me the story of your life in six words. Not all who wander are lost.

16 May 2012

Mascarpone Pasta and Garlic Shrimp

Something about my husband? He loves shrimp. I didn't realize this, until I made this meal for him, and he started quoting Bubba from Forrest Gump. I've figured out, that if I make anything with shrimp in it, he'll eat it. Good thing I like shrimp, too.

When the new Penzey's catalog came in, I saw the Mascarpone pasta and garlic shrimp recipes side by side, I knew it was meant to be. So, I headed out to the grocery store, picked up a few things, and started planning dinner.


Now, my picture isn't as delicious as the catalogs, but I guarantee you, it's amazing. Though, everything I've made that's come from the Penzey's catalog is scrumptious. For the recipe, search Penzeys.com

11 May 2012

PSA: Donate Blood

Ever since I was "of age" to give blood, I tried. I've either been underweight or anemic. Finally, in 2006 I was able to give! And then since then, I haven't been able. Anemic, again. CURSED. So, a couple of days ago, I saw on Facebook that they were doing a blood drive at the PX. What the hell, I'd  go try again. Today, after enjoying my Blissful Stitchers group, a very awesome lady who fixed my hair, I walked up there and said I wanted to try. And try I did.


It took them 10 minutes to find a vein (I have tiny veins), but when they did, the very talented Sgt. Riveras poked me no problem, and it didn't hurt at all! Though, I was staring at the Cinnabon sign, so that might have helped. It went by very quickly, and I was entertained by a very cheerful staff. I was doing great! I was ready to eat my cookies and drink my juice and go home! But, then it happened. As the Sgt was taking out my needle, blood squirted out. I got lightheaded, my hearing went, and I was right before tunnel vision when he propped my chair back, and threw an ice pack on my chest. Oh, fainting at the sight of blood, how you plague me. So, I ate two packs of cookies and drank a couple of Capri-Suns and I was good to go. And now I'm sitting here, thinking a nap is in order to celebrate my blood donation. I'm very pleased that I can now!

While chatting with the Sgt and his coworkers, I learned some interesting things. One being that what blood people donate to the military, is what they have. If they have a shortage, they have to BUY it from organizations such as the Red Cross. That's right BUY. B-U-Y. How lame is that? So, my friends, anytime you see a blood drive specifically for the military, please go donate. It doesn't hurt, I swear.

07 May 2012

Monday, Monday

Can't trust that day.

I haven't forgotten about the Photo A Day May, I've just been too lazy to download, edit, upload and then post my pictures. Busy would also apply to this statement.

Brian and I tried starting the Couch to 5K this weekend. Turns out, I wasn't that bad. And I have to remember not to compare myself to Brian, who's been running since like 2001 or something. But, it felt nice and I wasn't too tired afterwards. It was the next day that I remembered why I don't run. Shin Splints. Oh, they're terrible. I barely survived therapy today, and won't survive belly dancing, so I'm coming home to rest and hopefully finish my dress. Next time we run, it'll be in dirt. Or on a proper track.

Dress, did I say? Yes I did! Last month, I bought a pattern, and then a few weeks later, I went back into Hobby Lobby and discovered that they sold red gingham that isn't in the tiny pattern. So I greedily bought four yards. And there it sat. Until yesterday. Our luncheon this month is themed "Let's Make A Deal." You know, that crazy game show with Wayne Brady where everyone shows up in costume? Indeed. That means, I needed a costume. So, trying not to blow any money, I racked my brain for ideas. I saw my granny boots. I could be a Saloon Girl! GREAT. Turns out, I've lost that pattern. Darn. So I thought a bit more. Talked to friends, and then it hit me. Picnic tablecloth fabric? Extra solid red fabric? Basket? GENIUS. I'm going to be Little Red Riding Hood. Indeed, I am. I'll have pictures up as soon as I'm finished. I'm a bit excited.

Also, my trying to stay off the internet is working well! I've gotten a lot accomplished last week, and this week, I might actually put MORE stuff in boxes! How exciting. Packing and I are not friends.

And now, a picture for your time:



I die laughing every time I see it.

04 May 2012

FO Friday

I can finally post these. I've been waiting since March, and then I just became super lazy and also busy and finally got the package in the mail to my friend, Kate.


Those are my first knitted mittens! They're the Peekaboo pattern from Pensive Frog, and I'm pretty impressed with myself. I used SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in the color Saltwater. What a fantastic yarn! I'll recommend it to anyone. I'm pleased they're finally done and that they're in Kate's hands now.

01 May 2012

Day Five, Six and Seven: Oops.

I just realized I forgot to finish off Knitting and Crochet Blog week. My bad. Mainly, because I got stuck on day five, and then everything went chaotic. So, I'll finish it now.

Day Five: Something A Bit Different

I personally couldn't come up with anything, so I give you a video someone else created instead.



Every time I watch this video, it just makes me laugh. Worth watching for knitters and everyone else. There's days I feel this is how I should knit, because "yarn can't feel pain."


Day Six: Improving Your SkillsetHow far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.

Well. That's a weighted question. LET'S ANSWER.
Crochet-
Crochet is what started my yarny love. I feel that If you handed me almost any crochet pattern, I could pretty much be like "VOLIA. I give you your three-toed sloth." Or whatever. Now, while I feel that way, I'd still give my skills an advanced-intermediate skill to them. Make sense? No? More like, I think I can do a few advanced patterns, but nothing too crazy. I'm feelin' pretty good with my crochet though. But, once you get to Tunisian, hair pin lace, or broomstick lace? Yeah, no. Ideally, I'd like to get there one day, but I'm a little obsessed with knitting at the moment.
Knitting-

Still definitely a beginner. I can knit and purl, but when you start throwing ssk, 3ktog4, 5ptog, etc, I start getting confused. I think lace is what's confusing me, but that's okay. That's why we practice and learn and progress. So, I'd say I'm in "Less confused beginner" mode. I'm proud of what I've accomplished so far, and I can only go up from here! As the guy in the video said, "yarn can't feel pain."

Day Seven: Crafting Balance
Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?

I believe I answered the first half of the question for day six. I'm bi-craftual;  a crocheter who knits! I am learning to knit, because I don't like the way crocheted socks look. I just can't get past it. It drives me crazy. I've tried a few different crocheted sock patterns and they just make me sad. So, one of the main reasons for me learning to knit, is so I can make socks. And I love socks. As of right now, everything's leaning towards knitting, because it's my "new" craft and when things are new, I become a bit obsessed with them, and want to do nothing but them. Now, don't get me wrong, I will never give up crocheting, because, to me, it's the best way to make a blanket.

And now for something compeltely different...

...okay, maybe not. But anywho, it's the first of the month. A fresh beginning, a new start, etc. It also happens to be my 2nd wedding anniversary and May Day. I'm still tiny bit sad I didn't dance around a May Pole in my wedding dress, but ah well. One of my fellow bloggers, Kena,  stuck this up on her instagram this morning.


Well, that's kinda fun. I'm pretty sure I can at least do this challenge. So, between packing and the 9485034 other things I do in my life, I am going to attempt this challenge.

So, I give you, Peace.



If you've ever owned two cats, at least one being a kitten, you'll understand.

26 April 2012

Day Four: There is a season...turn turn turn

Today reads:
As spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere and those in the southern hemisphere start setting their sights for the arrival of winter, a lot of crocheters and knitters find that their crafting changes along with their wardrobe. Have a look through your finished projects and explain the seasonality of your craft to your readers. Do you make warm woollens the whole year through in preparation for the colder months, or do you live somewhere that never feels the chill and so invest your time in beautiful homewares and delicate lace items. How does your local seasonal weather affect your craft?

My, what a great question. Living in Georgia most my life, I kinda experienced four seasons. KIND of.  Georgia has Spring, Summer, Dog days of Summer, Fall, and normally a mild winter, meaning, snow that lasts more than a day is rarely seen. Then, I moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where I experienced the most snow I've ever seen in my life. A whole week, nothing but snow and ice. It was amazing. Now, we're living in Hell El Paso, which is a desert climate and totally different than anything I've ever experienced. I own five gallon drums of sunscreen and lotion, I've never had so many bloody noses, and it's just plain hot and windy, constantly. It's very interesting to me. With that being said, you'd think wool is out of the question. Nope.
It snowed here twice, last year. I was impressed. So, while it was only a few days I needed my wooly things, it doesn't mean I won't stop making them.

Truth be told, I find myself wanting to knit socks and sweaters and crochet blankets. Warm things. I mean, what can you knit or crochet that won't make you sweat in the desert? Lace cardigans, I suppose. But, this is why I have friends and family in cold places to where I can still knit and crochet these goods. Plus, I've gotta go back to Georgia sometime...

So, to make a long story short, no I don't craft for the seasons. I knit/crochet what I want, when I want.

25 April 2012

Relay for Life

Relay for Life was *always* popular in my hometown growing up. I never went to any events, because the only thing I knew it was about was fundraising and cancer. That's it. So, I was kinda meh about it.

And then November happened. I lost my father-in-law (whom I've never met) and my grandmother to cancer. Ouch. Christmas came and went, and then I lost my uncle, and then my mother-in-law in January. Four people in three months. I'm still at a loss. I'm finally okay to where I can talk about it without bursting into tears, but I still don't like to.

Then this year, Charla decided that she was going to start a team. And then she explained to me how it worked. What? That's all? Well, hell yeah I'm in! So she formed the team hEL Paso's Kitchen (get it? The theme this year is reality TV shows) So, for them, I'm joining.

I'm joining for my in-laws who lost their battle with lung cancer. For my grandmother who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. My uncle who fought long and hard with his cancer, only to be cut short, because of a brain tumor. For my grandfather, who also lost his battle with lung cancer. For my mother who narrowly avoided colon cancer. For my aunt who won her battle against breast cancer. For my friends and family who survived. For everyone who died.

I will walk.

And now for the part I hate. Fundraising. I have set a small, personal goal of $100. If I don't make it, that's okay, but if I exceed it, that's even better. I know times are tight, but if you're willing to donate anything at all, I'll be grateful.

I thought there was a little widget for fundraising, but apparently not. If you're feeling generous, please head over to my personal fundraising page and help me help others survive.

Day Three: WILD CARD

Today's real 3KCBWDAY3 topic is "Your knitting or crocheting hero." I don't have one. I swoon equally over everybody's projects. I'm an equal opportunity swooner. Soooo, I chose WILD CARD DAY.

Craft Your Perfect Day
Plan your fantasy day with your craft, It might just take up one hour of your day or be the entire focus of the day, but tell your readers where you'd love to craft, whether you'd craft alone or with friends, knitting or crocheting something simple or spending a day learning new skills.


My perfect craft day would be be knitting 12 lace weight sweaters in an hour. HA HA. No, really. Back to kind of reality, my perfect day is one where I could knit or crochet all day without my wrist hurting. Snuggled up on the couch with a good movie going in the background, some hot apple cider, cat's aren't attacking the yarn, and everything's going smoothly and quickly. *sigh* As you can see, I prefer to knit and crochet when it's cold. More on that tomorrow. Another version of my perfect day is learning new skillz and picking them up pretty quickly. Like, lace shawls. Yes. Oh lace shawls, I will conquer you one day. 

It's kinda funny that it asks if you want to craft alone or with friends. I prefer to craft by myself when the pattern's more complicated, but if I'm just sitting there, doing something repetitive, friends are very welcome to be involved. I just hate missing out on chatter and the like when I'm concentrating, and it upsets me when I'm concentrating and I can't think due to all the talking. CRAFTING PARADOX. Anywho. As my dreams are crushed by reality (cat jumping into my lap and in my face. I'M TYPING MOVE.), I sigh and am thankful for what I can do.

She looks so innocent.

24 April 2012

Day Two: Photography Challenge

Today's entry is a photography challenge, the description reads:
"Today challenges you to be creative with your photography...Taking interesting photographs in this instance isn't about flashy cameras or a great deal of technical know-how, it's about setting up a story or scene in a photograph and capturing something imaginative. Your photograph(s) should feature something related to your craft, so that might be either a knitted or crocheted item, yarn, or one of your craft tools. One example of setting a scene would be to photograph a girl in a knitted red cape walking through the woodlands with a basket of goodies, as in the Red Riding Hood tale, or you might photograph a knitted gnome hiding among the flowers in your garden. Photo editing is permitted for competition photos."

So, I thought about this for a while, and then it smacked me upside the head! I knew what I was going to do! After perusing through a few of the already taken photographs today, and I saw no one do it yet, I dare risk it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you:

Yarn Barf.





For those of you who have no idea what yarn barf is, it's defined as “the mess of tangled yarn you pull out of the middle of a center-pull ball.” And if you'd like pictures, this blog has a very wonderful explanation, and also an interesting way to fix it.

...I thought it was funny. 

Edit: I just learned that you can nominate pictures! If you'd like, please nominate mine here. 

Needs moar belly dancing.

So, while I'm waiting for my hair to dry, so I can participate in today's Knit&Crochet blog, I'll tell you about my Madison/Athens adventure.
Madison, GA has one of the prettiest downtown to me. You arrive driving by houses ranging from the mid 1800s to the 1940s, and then hit a small selection of blocks of building filled with some of the most fabulous stuff. It ranges from a tea room, antique store, bakery, and other odds and ends shops. If I want something unique, this is where I go. Especially to the Laughing Moon. That shop NEVER fails to have 394875934875 things I want to buy. Especially in the kitchen section. This year, after looking for it for TWO YEARS I finally found it. My toast clock. If there's one thing you should know about me, I LOVE TOAST. So, it's only appropriate if I have a toast clock, being that the Kit-Cat clocks creep Brian out. Anywho, I got my toast clock and other appropriate things for me, and a few for others, and I sped of to Athens. Home of the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS) and the biggest conglomeration of Hipsters in Georgia. No lie.
I went to visit my friend Stephanie from college, and met her three adorable kids. We chatted for a while about life and the past, and where things were headed in our futures. Then, I headed off into the heart of Athens, the downtown area. I was looking for Junkman's Daughter's Brother. I love that store. It's like a less classy Laughing Moon. I successfully found a belly dancing wrap for me in there, along with other fun trinkets such as a "WTF" notepad for Brian and a "random crap" box for me. After tooling around at Junkman's, I went off in search of a belly dance store that my friend, Jenny, whom I also was going to meet, recommended. Worldwide Fashion. It was jam PACKED with belly dance stuff, ranging from Tribal to Cabaret. I'd hit the motherload. I walked out of there with two cholis, a wrap for Charla and I, and some new bindis. A little disappointed that I couldn't find any harems I liked. Guess I'll have to try my hand at making pants again.
I left in search of Jenny and the Grit. The Grit is the first vegetarian restaurant I've ever been to. And holy crap, was it good. I ordered the three veggie plate, and got an ear of corn, three cheese mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli with lemon herb butter. Oh man. I was so full. I wanted a slice of the chocolate red velvet cake, but I knew it wouldn't fit. After Jenny and I rolled out of there, we went to her belly dance hangout, over at Floorspace. I was going to dance with them, but we got there a little too late, and so I got to watch them dance instead! They were a mix of Turkish and another style that I can't remember, but it's more choreographed folk dancing, instead of the improve style that my group does. It was fun watching. I took some sneaky ninja pictures.

This is the group with their awesome studio that they use
And that's just an awesome picture of Jenny, spinning around, enjoying the newness of my skirt.

They were all very nice, and it was interesting watching a different form of belly dancing. I couldn't recognize any of their moves, but it was fun. I wish now, that I was brave enough to break out my real camera and snap some more shots.

After that, we headed back to Jenny's awesome house. It's so cute and so very her and Richard. After the tour, and a husband-wife drum solo belly dance, and also playing with Jenny's sabre, and petting the cats,  we decided to play wine-infused Rummikub, which was one of the most fun things in my life. It also involved popcorn laced with M&Ms. Jenny and Richard are super awesome, and I had a fantastic time, and it makes me sad that they live three states away and way too many miles. I MISS YOU JENNY.

23 April 2012

BONUS ENTRY: Stitches South

I was going to post about this if Knit&Crochet week had a space, but it doesn't so you just get a bonus entry today.
I went to Stitches South this past weekend, and while it wasn't as impressive as the last few years, it was still awesome. I found everything I wanted, and didn't blow my budget (well, just by $5.)
Originally, Mom and I were going to spend two nights up there, but when I saw the vendor list, I changed it to one. We got up Saturday morning, and headed up to ATL/Smyrna. I say that, because if you go across the road from the convention center, you're in Smyrna, but yet, if you're on the side where the center is, you're in Atlanta. I digress. We got there in plenty of time, no traffic blunders, but I did have my usual barrage of derogatories flying out of my mouth, while my mother just shook her head and sighed. Being loaded up on Starbucks hot chocolate didn't help.
We find a parking place, and I bounce right on in. HEAVEN. Six isles of nothing but stuff for ME. Okay, well, others, too. Being that I wasn't dying to chase down any particular booth this year, we just started with aisle 100 and wandered. My first actual "hey I'll buy from here if I can find anything stop" was Neighborhood Fiber Co. She had a cute little booth filled with wonderful indie yarn. As I peered at the labels, making sure I could touch the yarn without itching, I wondered what color I should get. I knew I have enough fingering weight to last me a lifetime, so I stared at the worsted. Which one would speak to me? OF COURSE. The epically beautiful Easterwood, a dark green. Semi solid. Squishy, not itchy. Seen in the earlier blog post. I walk up to the owner and hand her my yarn. "I need this." I declare. "Indeed you do!" she replies. Comes in a cute little reusable sack with her logo on it. Good deal.  I wander off for more. And then my phone rings. Why, who else is it but, Vanessa at Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts. We holler through broken cell phone garble and I just yell "AISLE 100!!" Hoping she'll get the point. After a few minutes, she appears! So, for the rest of the show, Mom and I wander around with her and her husband.
I find lots of things I want, but none that I'll die without, until I pass by the erin.lane bag booth. Oh yes! I need needle holders, because they're EVERYWHERE. And then I find my print. Bras. I can't stop laughing about the bra fabric. I buy a straight and circular needle holder, and now I'm kicking myself for not getting a DPN holder.

Aren't they wonderful? As soon as I'm "allowed" to buy stuff again, (we're saving up for a washer and dryer) I'm going after a matching bag and DPN holder.

We wander a bit more, and I stumble upon the Bijou Basin Ranch folks. I seriously can never say too much about how wonderful these people are. One of them taught me how to purl last year, and I'm still grateful for it. This year, I forgot my 15% off coupon, and they still let me honor it, and because I bought enough skeins (the beautiful five skeins in the previous post), I got the pattern free for the Shawl Cardigan. I don't think I'm proficient enough at knitting yet for it, but I don't care. It's beautiful and I'm going to make it.

After that, I wander on the last row and I FINALLY find one of the main things I came for: Sock blockers. After staring at many awesome looking designs, the final decision between lobsters or rubber ducks, I choose the ducks. I also choose a beautiful shawl pin, that is about to become a hair stick. These are from Purrfectly Catchy Designs. Beautiful, wooden. Well hand made. I also got another shawl pin turned hair stick from Knitting Notions. It's the lighter one in this picture:


And that was that. Or was it? Mom decided she wanted to wander back through, backwards, just in case she missed anything. She kept staring at the yarn baskets pretty hard, but they didn't speak to her. As we wandered off, Mom got a phone call. My cousin finally answered! She wanted to do lunch with us. Yay! She said she made something and wanted us to come to her house. Okie dokie. Mom and I wandered around a bit more, and then Vanessa and her husband met back up with us. About this time, I decided to swim dig through Woolstock's giant bin of yarn. I actually find yarn worthy of purchasing! And with my last $33 (and Mom's $5) I buy 10 skeins of Lousia Harding, the dark charcoal in the previous post. It feels wonderful and has a nice twist to it. We wander down the last few rows, and then we split. We were there a total of three hours, and I blew $205, which I didn't go over budget, and everything fit in my suitcase, and all was well.

After Stitches, we met my cousin who was all "JUST KIDDING. We're going to Mary Mac's!" Mary Mac's, apparently, is an Atlanta institution, and if you don't go, you're going to hell. Okay, not really. But, if you like Southern food and lots of it, it's the place to go. Everything I stuck in my mouth was drool worthy. Especially the Pot Likker. Which is the best turnip greens I have ever eaten. And I loathe turnip greens. After trying all the foods, we all rolled out of there. Down the hill, into the car. I bought the recipe book. I'll be fat in no time. We parted ways, and Mom and I vowed never to eat again.

Mom and I did a teensy bit of shopping, and after both of us were disappointed in what we found we headed back to the hotel. Vanessa and her husband offered to go to dinner with us, but Mom was so full I left her on the couch and went to visit. And then we decided to go to Ted's Montana Grill, but I was just so tired, Vanessa told me to go to bed. I felt awful flaking, but after getting into my pajamas, I flopped into bed, and was snoring by 9:45.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, was Stitches South day.

It's finally here...


YAY! All week I will be blogging about topics and how I feel about them. Are y'all sure you can handle that? Too bad. Cause it's going to happen.

TODAY'S TOPIC IS: Color. (or as the original post says "colour")

I love color, much to my husband's despair. I mean, I have every Fiesta dish color that's available right now.  (Best idea for a wedding present, ever.) I love the use of different shades, to create different themes, feelings, ideas. Color and I have always been friends. With that, I have lots of colorful yarn. But, I find, that when I knit and crochet things, I'm happiest with "neutral" colors. Black, grey, white, brown. But I rarely buy those colors. Why? I'm still not sure yet. I think it's because I have such a colorful wardrobe, I find that I don't get much use out of my colored items, unless it's socks or a hat. Which makes me sad.

I just came back from Stitches South, and I'm eyeballing the yarn I bought. Charcoal grey, Dove grey, and a beautiful dark green. LET ME SHOW YOU:










(I'm very proud of my purchases. I think this is the first time I've bought stuff with projects in mind. Last three Stitches I just bought willy-nilly.)

But, the funny thing about me and my color? I can't stand variegated yarn. I love looking at it in the skein, but once it knits up, it makes me want to bash my head against things. Now, don't get me wrong, semi-solids are fantastic, self-striping is a dream, and ombres are drool worthy. But random patterns and colors? Makes my head want to explode. Yet, I'm still attracted to the variegated skein. But, I've learned to resist.

18 April 2012

Trees! Blessed trees!

Mmm. Trees. So many. So pretty. So green. That's right, I'm currently "on vacation" from El Paso. I'm hanging out here at my homestead in Georgia. It rained this morning. Everything's so pretty and green. And I can breathe without wheezing.
I arrived on Sunday, and so far, my adventures have been nice. Saw a bunch of friends and people I know on Monday. It's nice just walking around downtown Milledgeville and getting mobbed by people. I also did a little hometown shopping. Went to the local antique store, Auntie Bellum's Attic (get it?) and tried not to buy everything in the store. I did walk out with some church/hometown cookbooks, because those are the BEST things to buy. Four more for my collection.
Tuesday involved checking out the local cupcake place, Doodle's,  that's only open on Tuesday. I had the Elvis cupcake. It was a chocolate-banana cupcake with peanut butter icing. I'm a little disappointed there wasn't bacon incorporated somewhere in there, but it was delicious! I also went on a hunt for an anniversary present for Brian. Our 2nd wedding anniversary is May 1st. Wonder if we'll actually celebrate this one together? Last one I was trying to figure out how to knit and celebrating that they had finally gotten Osama Bin Laden.
Today is "Daddy Day." Wednesday is the day that Dad closes the store so that he can rest and get stuff done around town without having to worry about his business. I was supposed to help him take stuff to the Christian Outreach (like a Goodwill) but being that it rained, I think our plans have changed a little. He left me a note saying that he'll be back around lunch, when yesterday he told me to be ready at 10. It's 10 now. Ah well. Guess it's just me and Pepper, for now!

Meet Pepper:



A two year old Mini Schnauzer who likes to sniff your ears and bark at the rain.