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