Some ramblings about life, knitting, and spinning, although not necessarily in that order...
Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Litigation I is done!
How I spent my Christmas vacation
Anyway, I'm working on my last essay question now and plan to have the whole thing e-mailed to him tonight. Then maybe I can do a little knitting. (Yeah, knitting--hasn't been any of that around here thanks to Professor Grinch...) And blogging. I want to do some of that too, especially since I have to show you what Jim gave me for Christmas. Trust me, it's just too fabulous for words.
So, I hope the rest of you had a Christmas week that did NOT include any affirmative defenses, service of a summons and complaint, statute of limitations determinations, or third-party actions!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Here's hoping that your holiday was a good one!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Eye Candy Friday -- the secret edition
For today's eye candy, you're going to have to click here to see the December Sock Club yarn.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Oh. My. God! They were soooooo good. So much better than the Cocoa Krispies ones.
But it got me to thinking--I should try making these myself. So I poked around the internet looking for recipes, did a little tweaking, and came up with these.
So fresh, so chocolately, sooooooo yummy! And so easy to make!
1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 10.5 oz bag of miniature marshmallows
4 tbsp cocoa powder
5 cups crispy rice cereal
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add vanilla extract and cocoa powder and mix well. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add crisp rice cereal and stir until well coated.
Line a 13" x 9" pan with parchment paper. (If you don't have parchment paper, be sure to grease pan.) Using a buttered spatula or the back of a large spoon, press mixture into the pan. Cut into squares when completely cool. Will make between 24 to 36 squares, depending on size of squares.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Eye Candy Friday -- the Holiday Edition
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I [heart] TripleTreds!!!
Got a chance to drive in a lovely sleet/snow/rain mixture tonight with my new tires. Oooooooooo, I luv these babies! My car handled beautifully! Look at those tread marks! I'm looking forward to seeing what she's gonna do in some real snow.
I may have my chance this Sunday...
What's up with Bloglines?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Staples--that was (not so) easy...
The jobs with smaller quantities have been easy enough for me to handle and they've already been shipped to Jim. The big job: 675 copies of the LHA's Time Line event... sigh...
I dropped it off at a Staples near Penn Station at 9:45 this morning. They told me it would be ready by 6:00pm. I would just pick it up, box it, and drop it off at the FedEx place around the corner. Easy, right?
I get to Staples at 6:05pm. They haven't even started the job yet.
They say they don't think they can finish this tonight.
In my head I'm thinking...
Yo, dude... there are no other options. This job has to be dropped off at FedEx by 9pm. I don't care what you have to do to make this happen. Pull this print job out of your a** if you have to. Job must be at FedEx by 9pm. You must finish this job in time for me to do that. End of discussion, printer boy. I'm waiting...
I very politely stated presented that thought to "printer boy." I wasn't budging until that print job was done.
WTF! WTF! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's things like this that will make your head explode if you're not careful.
Fortunately, my issue was promptly addressed by the store manager. After stifling his own panicked response (and muttering something about killing the morning printer dude), he took care of it. Even offered me a chair and a free drink. Was profusely apologetic.
Dude, as long as I make my FedEx drop off time, it's OK. Screw me on the drop off time, you're gonna have a problem.
Seriously, dude--you don't want to screw with someone who carries pointy sticks.
I walked out of staples with my print job by 7:15. Package was dropped off at FedEx by 7:20. I'm on a train by 7:30. All's better with the world.
Now as long as FedEx remembers where the house is...
Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Reminder for this Sunday
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Another new toy
However, I've gotten to see these puppies in action on the Elderhostel bus trips. They're kinda neat. AND when used as a tool to supplement navigation, they're very helpful. (Please note I said tool, not brain replacement.)
So, when I saw Wal-Mart's website offering a basic unit for $168, I thought about how useful it could be in my travels through New England. Especially when I take those detours off the interstate in search of gas or a retail outlet. Or yarn store. (There are still a few of them between here and Vermont that I haven't stopped at yet.) And I thought, what the hell! Let's go for it!
So last night I put her through her paces. Entered a few destinations to see how she'd tell me to get there. Some of the routes were dead on, others a little off, but all in all very accurate. And this morning I let her take me to the train station. I made a few turns to force her to recalcluate. She rose to the occasion like a true navigator.
Just for fun, I took her on the train with me this morning. Plugged in my office's address just to see what she'd do. She's had to recalculate her ass off, but she did it!
So, I have to give her a name. What do you think? Purl, maybe? After all, she will help me to find more yarn shops. (Another
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Just in the nick of time
Look at what I came home to tonight.
Good timing on that tire purchase, yes? I hope this isn't a sign of
winter things to come...
My baby's got new shoes
The Blue Bean is sporting new shoes this morning. Four brandy new Goodyear TripleTreds. And in the 2 miles from the tire shop to the train station this morning I felt the difference. Seriously. Much better than the worn Geolanders that she came with. Just look at the tread on this puppy.
Now I'm ready for just about anything that Mother Nature wants to throw at me--precipitation wise that is. Except maybe for hail. Nobody's ready for hail. Doesn't she look happy?
And... while she was getting her new shoes, I finished up a sock!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Not sure where to begin. I hydroplane go 40mph. Cant get any traction at a red light if has a little water on the ground. When its dry Im very confident with them. Cant wait to get rid of them.
After 14,000 miles, I actually had the tread of my rear-passenger wheel fly off. I was riding on the inner layer of rubber and belts along with the edges of the sidewalls.
When new these tires were excellent! However, after 20k-30k performance decreased significantly in wet and snow condition. I have also had two failures... the first at around 20k when one of th 4 tires developed a "bump" on the side wall (replaced free by the Mfg) and now at 50k one of the tires has a shifted steel belt.
And after lots of mathematical calculations, I've chosen a near the house to get this done. A big thanks to Elizabeth for recommending TireRack.com, but after doing all the math they weren't going to save me any money on these. However, in the future I'll probably be turning to them first. Especially when I'm living in Vermont and don't have a tire shop every mile or so down the road. Now to pick a morning to get them done...
my Blue Bean, with the old tires still on her
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Today was our first snow of the season in the NY Metro area. We woke up to a fairly dusty powdery snow, although on the highways it created some wet and icy surfaces. And a 32-mile drive to school this morning on tires that really need to be replaced... well, it was a little nerve wracking, even with the AWD. Please cross your fingers that I'm able to get some grippy new tires on the Blue Bean within the next week or so. I have a feeling that this is going to be a snowy winter--both here and in Vermont.
I have to get to work on some flyers for Jim, but before I go just a few things...
- I'm coming down the homestretch for my Sunday classes. Next week is my last Legal Writing class and the week after that is the last Litigation class. The Sunday classes have been good, and I can't believe I'm almost done with them. Time to start thinking about registering for the winter semester.
- With two of my three classes coming to an end, I'll have some time to get back to a little knitting.
- The other night I succumb to temptation... and bought myself a Garmin GPS system that was dirt cheap on WalMart.com. For $178, if was an offer I couldn't refuse, and totally justifiable based on the New England driving that I frequently do.
- This is very important: Next Sunday you need to watch Extreme Home Makeover. They will be featuring a family from Vermont. These are people that Jim knows. Jim has worked with the father, Lou Vitale, at 7-Eleven. I've met Lou. He's a good, decent man, and this is a family that is so very deserving of their new home. So please watch next weekend. Click here for some more information.
Oh yeah, there's also this.
NaBloPoMo. I did it. Thirty consecutive posts. I even surprised myself!
Now there's Blog 365--post every day for a year.
I'm not that crazy.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Yeah. Good times... NOT! I spent most of today shopping for my first set of replacement tires for my Blue Bean (a.k.a. a Subaru Forester, LL Bean Edition). Between scouring Consumer Reports online, as well as various other rating sites and message boards, and stopping by four different tires places, I think my head's going to explode. The tire places either don't have the tires that I think I want (based on Consumer Reports ratings), or the tires that they do have have some significant issues. Like being crappy on ice. Which is such sooooo not what you want for an all-wheel drive vehicle that spends time in Vermont. In the snow and ice. WTF?!?!?!?
Next week I need to call two more tire places that were closed today. Hopefully I'll have new tires within the next week or so.
Oh, and in between the tire shop stops I went to buy new eyeglasses. That's a whole other
Friday, November 30, 2007
Eye Candy Friday -- the Fiber Edition
Thursday, November 29, 2007
They don't really match, but the differences aren't that extreme (as compared with the third, much lighter sock).
Lunch was one of my favorite
guilty pleasure lunches--Macaroni and Cheese with Beef from Hale and Hearty Soups.
A yummy cupcake from Eleni's.
And the biggest treat of all--a new MP3 player.
Of course I've loaded it up with Buffett music and knitting podcasts. I'm going to have to knit it a little case to hold it.
Oh--and those red socks... You know, I washed those socks at least three times to get the dye out. Well, when I took them off last night, the bottoms of my feet were reddish.
Some of dye transferred to my white socks today, but they're still a little on the red side. Maybe in another 50 washes or so...
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Another November Birthday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETTY!
May you have many more and with God’s good grace may I be there with you for each of them. You are my confidant, my mentor, my co-conspirator in all of life’s challenges. You do not complete me, but rather you add to and accentuate every aspect of my being. You are the response to all my wise cracks and devilish ways. You are the wisdom added to each idea. You are the reality of every situation, plied with love rather than a harsh criticism. You are all the tender moments in my life. You are my lover, my friend and my greatest pal. You are the one I miss on our long times apart. “You are the one I struggle with for most of the bed on our short times together.” But most often, our struggles are forged in our own togetherness against the challenges that surround us. AND, it is often that I worry more about you than I do myself. It is my greatest hope that each birthday from now to the end of our lives will be just a little bit better than the one before it. I know, I work for that with every thought of our lives together. So happy birthday sweetie and may we have many more.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Just some random items today...
- One of my editors left this past June, and now today another one gave notice. I'm not happy. It's a good opportunity for him, but it sucks for me because he was one of the really good ones. I just hope they let me replace him.
- I had a gift project that I started on this morning. I thought I had until the end of December to finish it. I've only got until the 7th. And I've also got a final writing project to finish. And a final exam on the 16th. Kind of a lot on my plate.
- Since I started the whole NaBloPoMo thing (two days late, since I wasn't aware of it until November 4th), I've managed to post every single day. Every. Single. Day. That's from me, the writing challenged. But while readership on this blog appears to be up, commenting has been surprisingly sparse. Lots of lurkers out there. Like Jessalu says, "de-lurking is delightful." Come on out, y'all!
- I still haven't figured out how to download the pictures off my phone. I usually grasp the technology stuff very quickly. Not so much here.
- Need to get new glasses soon. My distance vision hasn't changed. My reading vision has gotten worse. Getting old is a bitch. I've been playing around wih Pearle Vision's website tool that let's you try frames on but uploading a
mugshotpicture of yourself. Very cool--the website, not my mug shot.
- Need sleep. Generally, and like, now. Good night all!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Back on Long Island
One of the things I did over the weekend was inventory some of my yarn stash. A while back I created an Excel spreadsheet so the I could inventory what I had and where it was stored. I brought some of the yarn up to Vermont to put in my fiber room, and as I was resorting some of it I thought, "geez, this seems to be an obscene amount of yarn."
Just some innocent sock yarn.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A little knitting
This is Dashing, the followup to Fetching. I'm using Lamb's Pride Super Wash in Dark Grey. These will be for Jim.
Being modeled by Jim
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Not totally frozen...
Friday, November 23, 2007
Just plain crazy
If you happen to be Malden, Massachusetts tomorrow morning, I'll be there marching in their annual Thanksgiving parade as part of the Living History Association's Time Line contingent. I'll be the frozen civil war babe in the red cape. (Tomorrow's high down there is supposed to be 35 degrees. We're marching at 10 am.)
I am so glad that my Forester has heated seats. I'll need it to thaw out my butt when we're done.
Am I crazy or what???
Eye Candy Friday -- the Foliage Edition
So pretty, even through the crack in the windshield. (Yes, I'm getting that fixed soon.)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
- I'm thankful for having my health. Without that, everything else would be impossible.
- I'm thankful for my family--my mother, my sisters, my nieces... everyone. I'm thankful for the time I had with my late father, and not a day goes by that I don't think about him.
- I'm thankful for my friends, who have managed to put up with me in spite of everything all these years.
- I'm thankful for this blog and for the world that blogging has opened up to me.
There are lots of other things I am thankful for, but most importantly, I'm thankful for having Jim in my life. He's been my best friend, my love, my shoulder to lean on, and sometimes a royal pain in the ass. Nevertheless, I wouldn't trade him for anything or anyone.
I love you, honey!
I hope all of you had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Blogging under the influence
Jim finally got the satellite dish fixed so we can get the Vermont local channels. (Last winter a load of snow coming off the roof took out one of the satellite dishes, so we lost the some of the local channels.) I was anxiously awaiting the Burlington newscast. We put on Channel 3, and the Powerball guy came on. Jim went to get our ticket so we could check our numbers as they drew them. Guess what? Due to “technical difficulties” they weren’t gonna do a live drawing. He went on for the entire duration of what should have been the live drawing repeatedly saying “we’re not doing a live drawing.” Dude—I heard ya the first time. No need to give me a dozen variations on the theme. Fix ya freakin’ problem, why don’t ya. (Yeah, I’m so not ever gonna be a Vermonter, am I…)
After that I took a couple of more pictures. Of course, being a tinsy bit loopy right now, I forgot to zoom out to take a picture of me and Jim.
How do ya like that door?
Oh, that’s better. Sort of.
Honey, can you get me a little more wine? Please???
Next time I’ve got some knitting content for you. I stopped at Webs today. Duh. Of course I bought some yarn. (Is the Pope Catholic???)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A UFO Sighting
The Fetchings! They are all done!!!
Yarn: Valley Yarns Sheffield in colorway 23 (Chianti) -- less than 1 ball
Pattern: Fetching from Knitty, Summer 2006
Needles: KnitPicks Options, US Size 6, length 40” (Magic Loop)
Started: November 1, 2007
Finished: November 20, 2007
I wanted to weigh the leftover yarn to see how much I used, but the scales here don't go down that low. My food scale in Vermont does, so I'll update this post with that information later.
The only modifications I made to the pattern were one less row in the first cable repeat (an accident that I repeated with the second mitt), and I did a straight bind off instead of the picot bind off. I wanted a little snugger fit over my knuckles.
The only thing that I wish I had done differently would be to make the body of the mitts a little longer. But this is a minor complaint, and overall I'm very happy with them.
Next--I'd like to make some Dashings for Jim. Need some superwash wool for him. Guess I'll have to stop at Webs tomorrow. Hmmm...
Monday, November 19, 2007
More knitting progress
And of course, I gotta weave in the ends. But I'm so close!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Fetching and Foliage
I decided not to do the picot bind off this time around. I thought that it tended to curl out more than I wanted. Once the thumbs are done on this pair I'll know better, but I think I'm going to like the closer fit.
I just love how this tree is changing color...