Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas: The Aftermath

Whoo boy. Christmas is done, and I thought my hands were about ready to fall off at 3:30 AM on Christmas eve night/Christmas morning when I finished the last of my Christmas knitting projects. Every spare moment that I could be knitting I was - in line at the Target deli, team building events at work, pre-Christmas gatherings, and several gaming sessions. This year's knitted gifts included:

  • Reversible Cable scarf - still need to send
  • Pair of Monkey socks for my mom
  • Faroese Shawl for my grandma in PA
  • Juno Regina stole for my aunt
  • 2 pairs of men's socks in grey and black for my grandpas
  • Mini Jayne Hat for nephew, Zach
Jayne Hat as modeled by Zach - very cunning I think!

Finshed Juno Regina stole modeled by moi!

I have picked the needles up after a day off for Christmas. Working on a pair of Dashing fingerless gloves currently. Hubs gave me a big skein of Laci yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and I downloaded a copy of the Irtfaa'a Faroese shawl from today. Think I'm due a project to keep for myself after the flurry of Christmas knitting. :)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Return to Sender?

Hubs and I have started our holiday shopping. It's been all online at this point since neither of us enjoys the hassle of going shopping in person in Indy during December. Last night, a large, heavy package was waiting for us on the front door. Addressed to me, but I didn't recognize the sender. I placed it on the kitchen counter, and Hubs and I wracked our brains to figure out what would have been in the package since neither of us wanted to ruin a present intended for each other. Meanwhile, Bandit started going nuts sniffing and licking the package. Aha! It's a gift boxer set for Bandit from Three Dog Bakery! As Gandalf said (at least in the movies), "If in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow your nose."

Freakin' Genius!

cash advance

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I Should Have Known Better

My slightly scratchy throat last week was definitely not from playing too much Rock Band. Instead, it was the precursor before a heinous respiratory infection which has kicked my ass since this weekend. By Saturday, I sounded much more like the squeaky voiced kid on The Simpsons.

I can say two things for sure about whoever had the bright idea that people should cough or sneeze into their hands. One, said cough designer has NEVER had a phlegm-y case of bronchitis. Two, said person also has stock in laundry detergent or owns a dry cleaners.

Right, knitting blog...

Work continues on the Juno Regina shawl. Still slogging through the middle length section. If the end result wasn't so darned pretty, I'd be bored to tears by this point.

Knitting has also started on a plain ol' black ribbed sock for Christmas knitting. Was so glad I had this stashed in my purse when we got caught in an ice storm over the weekend. Took us around 45 minutes to travel one mile in rural Tippecanoe County. So sad we had to miss Stephen and Jennifer's wedding as a result :(

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


*clears throat*

Hubs and I beat Rock Band on medium tonight. Hubs played the drums, and I did the vocals. Had to finish the night with 2 sets that totaled 14 songs. Including a few go rounds of "Run Through the Hills". I'm going to sound nice and raspy tomorrow, but had a lot of fun getting that way :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fesssing Up

Ok, been wondering why I haven't been posting much this fall? Truth be told, I'm a fall TV season addict. Every night of the week, I have at least one hour long show scheduled to record on the dvr. Then there's Tuesday nights when I record 5-6 hours of TV. It's a sickness, but I'm getting a hell of a lot of knitting done! TV people, seriously, deal with the screen writers guild that's on strike, they're worth it! Don't take away my House, or Bones, or multi-variant CSIs, or Heroes, or Journeyman, or Chuck, or.... *ahem*

Helllo to my shadow! I can't take decent pictures in the winter.

Current big Christmas project in progress is Juno Regina from Knitty Fall 2007 surprise. Working it in a cashmere and silk blend from Colourmart with US3 Knitpicks classic circular. The pointy end part was really fun, but I'm slowly slogging through the 2 row pattern repeat for the vast majority of the stole. Wishing for some pointy get grippy needles about now to keep a better hold of the end stitches. Overall, a pretty enjoyable project thus far.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dear Morning Mowers,

Last time that I checked the calendar, it's mid to late November. Not really prime grass growing season here folks. Yet, the mowing service for the subdivision was out at the buttcrack of dawn making slow laps around the open area behind our house. So glad to see that our $200 a year HOA fees go towards useful services like early winter grass mowing. Added to that, our next door neighbors were out weed whacking their entire backyard this morning, too. Please note neighbor-ino, using a lawn mower is much more expedient than using a weed whacker on your entire yard. Our lawns aren't that big, 2-3 swipes with a lawn mower and you would have been done and no longer using loud lawn equipment 5 feet from our bedroom wall.

Much hate,
The Vacation Sleeper - Lk

Monday, November 12, 2007

Knittin' Fool

Faroese shawl got a good blocking over the weekend, and the final ends were woven in. Second Christmas present is done! *dance*

Project Details
Pattern: Faroese Shawl from "A Gathering of Lace"
Yarn: 2 skeins of Malabrigo lace weight yarn in "Orchid"
Needles: Knitpicks Options US 4
Project Thoughts: LOVED this project. The yarn was wonderful to work with - not splitty yet very soft. The final piece is beautiful and is a very manageable size. Rarely do I say this, but I would reknit this project in a heartbeat. The Faroese shawl style stays on your shoulders easily, too.

Guess it's a very serious shawl based off my facial expression

I've started another Christmas present and am over halfway complete all ready. It's the His/Hers Reversible Scarf from "Cables Untangled". Simple quick knit using Malabrigo worsted weight in "natural", but my hands are itching for more lace knitting.

Cheap knitwear model for hire - will work for cookies...

or belly rubs while watching "Chuck"

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Block Party

It's a block(ing) party!

Busy bee me has finished the Faroese Shawl, Monkey Socks, and have gifted Grandpop's Father's Day socks in the past few weeks. Better pics will be forthcoming - best I could do tonight in the dark :)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Gorram Right!

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
created with
You scored as Serenity (Firefly)

You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Moya (Farscape)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Thursday, October 04, 2007

These Ol' Hands of Mine

Sometimes when knitting lace, I have a hard time believing that something so fine and delicate is being made by my hands. My hands are more utilitarian in nature. Hands that were made for working not for hand modeling. Callouses can still be felt on 6 of my fingertips from years of playing electric bass. Damaged nails and frequent scars show my true klutzy nature. Polish never worn on nails that feel like they're suffocating under a layer of lacquer.

Somehow, they fit the bill nicely for lace knitting though.

Pics Taken by Hubs

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Catch Up

Guess what's back? My knitting mojo! Coinciding with the return of fall TV shows, my drive to knit came back full force, and I couldn't be happier. Of course, I didn't pick up the multitude of wips shoved in a basket in the spare bedroom. It called for a new, big project!

Faroese Shawl from "A Gathering of Lace"

I've been working on this for just over a week and am on the 36th row. Doesn't look like too much progress, but that's around 14,000 stitches. I'm using Malabrigo lace weight in "Orchid" and Knitpicks Options US4s. All around enjoyable project thus far, and the Malabrigo is sooooo soft.

Saturday, I received my Knitty Sock Swap package from Ms Pixie Riot. She knitted the Clementine socks from Socktopia using her very own Yarn Oddity sock yarn in "We Want the Airwaves". They fit wonderfully and are beautiful - thanks Pixie!!

Clementine Socks from Ms Pixie Riot

Hubs got a new toy over the weekend - a Canon EOS 40D digital camera. It's big and it takes wonderful pictures. Oh, and it has a wicked fast burst mode...see?


Tuesday, September 18, 2007


At this rate, I'll barely ever post to my blog or finish a new knitting project. As of this weekend, I'm halfway there on Grandpop's socks though. :) Second sock is in progress. No other knitting, still licking my wounds from the month or so of futile knitting I had.

Looking kinda baggy on my women's medium sock blocker

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Perfection is Achieved...

The Perfect "Welcome" Mat

Friday, September 07, 2007

Sock Swap Windfall

Most of my day's been spent at a local car dealership having Hubs' car fixed. Nothing quite like coming home to find out that Hubs' car had a bad rattle last night coming from a loose panel over the drive shaft. That did give me 3+ hours to work on Grandpop's socks and read more Dresden Files. :) I came home to a package from Knitchick07 on my front porch. Oh, how spoiled I feel! My socks fit wonderfully and are made from a very soft Targhee wool. I've never knitted a pair of toe-up socks and after seeing how well the short-row heel fits, I have to learn how to knit toe-ups. :)

Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks from Favorite Socks
A few short pages away from the Meida's Socks pattern
I used for her socks!

Mickey toy met Bandit's approval easily :)

Thanks a bunch, Knitchick07!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

After my recent lace disasters, I've scaled back on my project complexity for the time being. Enter a new sock on the needles for Grandpop. Knit 3, purl 2 all the way around the cuff. Counting to 5 is all I felt I could muster last week. Knitting these with no particular pattern in mind, 80 stitches around, trusty US1 dpns, and Paton's Kroy yarn.

Plain ol' sock = Good knitting vibe salve

One of my Knitty Sock Swap Pal, Knitchick07, received her sock package last week. I made a pair of Meida's Socks for her from IK's 25 Favorite Sock Patterns. These didn't take too terribly long to finish, mainly because I worked on them while listening to the Deathly Hallows audiobook.

Pattern: Meida's Socks by NancyBush
Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Wool in "Teal Lake"
Needles: US1 dpns
Misc Thoughts: The cuff and foot repeat was really quite easy to memorize and knit on the go. The honeycombed heel is quite another story. I had to rip these back a few times after getting a bit lackadaisical with following the pattern. Overall, a very enjoyable knit!

Apart from still being sucked in by the Dresden Files books, I also have painted a new mini for a new D&D campaign. Perpetual cleric player me turned in her wooden holy symbol to play a rogue for this campaign. Rogues apparently wear much less clothing than clerics...

Much sadness ensued when I saw the wear marks on her hair and arm :(

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Well, Crap!

Back in fifth grade, my teacher had a rewards program. Every Monday he gave us a $50 in play money, and if we still had it at the end of the week, we could use the play money to buy a candy bar, soda, or other small toy. We could lose our $50 bills by not behaving, being late, or the kicker, not following directions on assignments. That's the one that always tripped me up - following directions. I maybe had 10 $50 that I could turn in all year due to my habitual scanning of paragraphs of directions and eventual missing of some of the finer points of the directions.

Seventeen years later, I haven't learned a damned thing and skim paragraph-like directions. I found out the hard way just a few minutes ago when I realized that the past 22 rows of the Feather and Fan shawl have been knitted incorrectly. Rather than alternating chart 2A and 2B within a row, I read it as work chart 2A once then chart 2B once and repeat that progression 7 times. Many curses were thrown, direct threats for burning of said shawl were made, and a nice temper flare erupted. Twenty-two rows may not sound like a lot, but there are 624 stitches on the needle now and I haven't used a lifeline for that stretch either since it was the easy-peasy section of the shawl.

This happens literally 24 hours after I had to frog a Waving Lace sock that was down to the gusset for being too enormous. Not sure what kind of screw up I had on gauge, but it was roughly properly sized for Kris' size 13 foot. Don't think he'd wear a lacy, pink sock though.

What a waste of a weekend's worth of knitting. I'm going back to reading my Dresden Files books, I've never had any horrid feeling of defeat from reading! :(

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Gencon: It's Over

First off, a big D&D announcement was made on Friday night, D&D 4.0 comes in 2008. For more details, see these announcement videos.

The last two days of Gencon can best be summed up with a picture.

Swag and Purchase Haul

All the new board game purchases were made with the lens of "How well do we think this will go over at Game Night?" and "Can it be played in the time of a Game Night gathering?". Not too long, no cumbersome rules, and heavy on the strategy and light on luck. New board games include from the top of the stack on down:
  • Anathema from Ape Games. Kris won a copy for winning a Order of the Stick: The Shortening event. Haven't played nor demoed.
  • Condottiere from Fantasy Flight Games. A bidding style Euro-game for taking control of Italian cities. We played this in an event Saturday night, but lost to the demo team.
  • Patrician from Mayfair Games. A building themed Euro-game for building towers and gaining fame. We demoed this on Saturday.
  • Cavetroll from Fantasy Flight Games. Haven't played or demoed, but small games are like potato chips, can't have just one!
  • Domaine from Mayfair Games. And another Euro-game. This one's all about land, city, and resource control. We demoed this game today, and I actually won! I think this ranks up there as my favorite game that we played at Gencon.
  • Fury of Dracula from Fantasy Flight Games. Partially a co-op game for up to 5 players - 4 players are vampire hunters and the fifth controls Dracula. I've been very curious about this game for some time, but no demos or events for it were being offered. :-( Went out on a limb and bought it anyway after reading the Boardgame Geek write-ups for it.
  • Pirate's Cove from Days of Wonder. Build up a pirate ship, battle other players and famous pirates, and gain fame. Played this game in an event Friday, and it was a lot of fun!
  • Monster Mayhem from White Wolf. Now, don't let the rather "meh" rating on BGG run you off. We demoed this on Thursday morning and had a lot of fun. Compared to the other games we purchased, it is fairly light on strategy, but the theme is engaging.
By far the highlight of Gencon 2007 for Kris was winning a spot in the Warhammer Online beta yesterday afternoon. Hard to believe it's all over for another year!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Gencon Day Two: Electric Boogaloo

Today was our event heavy day. It started out with two painting related classes, Painting Beyond the Basics and Miniature Photography. The techniques we learned in the Basics and Beyond class got us motivated to improve our miniature painting, so we picked up seven Reaper minis to practice painting. The mini photography class was very informative, and we got the chance to try our hand at using better lighting options and a diffuser box.

Anath from our old World's Largest Dungeon D&D campaign in a diffuser box
Painted by yours truly in 2005

This photo of a dryder (defnitely NOT painted by me!) made the guys with the big expensive cameras jealous of my new wee Lumix point and shoot camera. Mwahaha!

After the fab painting and photography classes, we booked it to a 2pm game of a new Reiner Knizia game, Gravediggers. To say the game was a bit of a fiasco would be an understatement. Two guys from the publishers were at the table, yet the game was being demoed by a kid who couldn't have been more than 11 years old. Add into that mix an elderly lady who didn't "get" the mechanics of the game nor the way it was being taught, and it was a train wreck. After having played many of Reiner Knizia's games and several bidding style games, Hubs and I wound up teaching the game mechanics. It was very similar to Amun Re, but you didn't know the exact contents of the graves for which you were bidding. I won by a landslide, but my rewarded $10 off coupon at the publisher's booth won't be redeemed. I thought it was very unprofessional that they let the kid to flounder through the demo that we all had paid to play, so none of our Gencon budget for them. Monthly gaming nights hosted by Phollower and Sylvia have really improved our gaming "s|<1llz". Between the two of us, we've won 4 our of 5 games we've demoed/played. :)

Unopened box at home tonight

Sample of the 1000, 100, 10, and 1 gold denomination coins

Now, let me tell you, it got down right chilly in the dealer hall today with the AC set to "sub Arctic". I was prepared today and pulled on my trusty Jayne Hat. Ooof, the reactions the hat received just blew me away! Lots of compliments, some questions, and one eardrum nearly burst by someone scaring the beejesus out of me by loudly shrieking in my ear that I was wearing a Jayne Hat. Yeah, I know I was wearing a Jayne hat. >.< But I tell you one Gencon secret that I found for all the gamer ladies. Personally, I get tired of being treated like I'm only shopping for Hubs when I go into a game store. I wandered off through the dealer hall after leaving Hubs on a video game demo at one point this afternoon when I was wearing my Jayne hat. The level of attentiveness of exhibitors to a lone female wandering through the dealer wearing a tell-tale sign of geekhood was astounding! Wonder if it would work the same way in Best Buy...

To scale troll in the RPG room

Big ass dragon in RPG room

Tonight, we played Order of the Stick: The Shortening expansion that's due out roughly by the end of this year. With this expansion, there will be more options for gaining points, new schticks and monsters, and Xykon has the ability to invade the upper levels of the dungeon if it's taking too long for players to reach him. After two hours of play, Kris had the most points and won a copy of Anathema.

The final event of the evening was the Friday Night Live concert. After seeing that the Brobdignagian Bards were playing, I had to go. I've listened to their podcast for over a year and absolutely love their version of "Jayne's Theme" from Firefly. After their performance, we bought one of their CDs. I saw them while waiting in line and let them know that I really enjoy their podcast. Hubs was surprised that I didn't ask for them to sign my cd, but I didn't want to look all scary fangirl-ish nor did I have a silver Sharpie. :)

The Brobdignagian Bards during their set

Thursday, August 16, 2007

It's Gencon Day!!

Be forewarned, only 1% passively mentioned knitting will be mentioned in this post with the other 99% dedicated to my other all consuming hobby, gaming.

This year was a bit of a departure for Hubs and me. Usually, we're in the first hundred or so to get through the doors to rush the Order of the Stick booth for limited swag items and books. Since OOTS didn't come this year and we didn't have another pressing reason to be in the doors quickly, we were able to make our way over to the new electronics gaming area first thing. This year, the miniatures hall which would be a partitioned section of the dealer hall was opened up for electronic gaming companies. For the first time since my very first Gencon, I was taken aback by the sheer size of the hall. One other layout change that I liked is that the huge, traffic clogging Wizards of the Coast booth has been moved from the front and center entrance of the hall to a less conspicuous back corner thus keeping the flow of people manageable. Hurray for less crowding! Also, one choice that Hubs and I made was to not participate in True Dungeon this year. Although it is a very immersing experience, it's also pricey and not as much fun with random strangers in your party.

Overview of new electronic games area

Never thought there would be enough room for an annoyingly loud tour bus in the Dealer Hall

First stop of the day was at the EA/Mythic booth for Warhammer Online. Hubs has been vying for a beta spot for quite some time. His attempts at schmoozing out a beta invite with his 3+ years of playing and beta testing another Mythic game, Dark Age of Camelot, and working as an web code monkey for a big fan site was rebuffed. We both registered for a raffle for an open spot of 25 beta testers. Alas, neither of our names was called, but one of Hubs' friends received an invite from the raffle. The green convention center carpet lent a nice shade of green to his face to match the jealousy, lol. :) Still, 75 more beta invites will be raffled off before the end of Gencon, so we're hopeful.

"I want a beta invite; look how well I play Warhammer Online!"

After meandering out of the electronic gaming area, we came across the White Wolf booth. We sat down to play a demo of Monster Mayhem. As we were settling in, who should sit down for the same demo than one of my old co-workers. It's a small con after all! :) Hubs and I had a blast playing Monster Mayhem and picked up a copy of our own. It's a very quick to pick up, every man monster for himself, fun game. We think this has some definite potential for game nights. As we were checking out, my eye was caught by a display of White Wolf pins. I got the last Gangrel clan pin, and we picked up one for our favorite Vampire storyteller, too. :) (Pssttt! BP, that's you!)

Spacious White Wolf booth and some random person who walked in front of me :/

After a few hours of strolling though the dealer hall, we came across a small booth offering a very cool new product, Campaign Coins. One of the best things about D&D adventuring is the loot. Kill a nasty, badass monster then get their stuff and money. Usually, gold is doled out and managed by tracking it on your paper character sheet or a journal. About as fun as balancing a checkbook :) The Campaign Coins set is ~70,000 gold pieces worth of copper, silver, and gold pieces made out of metal. Stab a kobold? *chink, chink* Get a few copper pieces. Suffocate a rakshasa and the rogue can dive into a real pile of gold and platinum. After an evening call to our DM, Phollower, we'll be picking up a set tomorrow. :)

This evening, we played a game of Pirate's Cove by Days of Wonder. They published our most requested board game purchase from last year's Gencon, Shadows Over Camelot. Each player captains a pirate ship and navigates to island's through 12 rounds to boost his/her ship's guns, crew, hull, and mast. Battles amongst pirate ships occur when more than one pirate ship navigates to the same island fighting for gold, treasure, bonus action cards, and fame. The pirate with the most fame at the end of 12 rounds wins.

That's Kris' "Haha, I smashed your hull and stole your treasure!" smile. :)

I've been running low on energy reserves lately, and the day finally caught up to me when we sat down for dinner. No way around it, I was spent. We ditched our 8pm-midnight game of Britannia and headed home.

Tomorrow will only have two hours of dealer hall time and lots of events.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's Gencon time! Hubs and I are celebrating the best four days of gaming starting tomorrow with tons of board games, miniature painting and photo classes, and dealer hall shopping. In honor of our annual geeky retreat, we got a new digital camera last night. It's a wee Panasonic Lumix point and shoot camera. I've been eyeballing the Lumix cameras for a few months after reading an online review. Hopefully this will equal out to lots of Gencon photos to share. In the mean time, I've been screwing around with Picnik this evening with a shot Hubs took of me while we were impatiently waiting on hold with our DSL provider. If using Photoshop gives you hives like it does to me, Picnik is a very user-friendly alternative.

Slightly touched up original - fixed red eye, cropped, and auto fixed colors

Same shot with Lomo-ish effect applied. Like how vivid my hair color looks.

Evil Christina in Duo Tone - mwwahahaha!

Right, this is a knitting blog. There has been sock knitting afoot. Hehe..get it! Sock knitting afoot! Eh... I haven't forgotten about my Knitty Sock Swap pals, PixieRiot and KnitChick07. In fact, I finished and blocked the last sock earlier this week. I'm really pleased with the finished products - just hope they like them, too! Hope to get them out in the post next Friday. I knitted an entire 3 rows of the Feather and Fan Shawl Monday night. Only 76 rows into it and it takes for-friggin'-ever to finish a single row. Definitely a long-term project. I started a pair of birthday socks for my mom last night that I've been planning since this spring. I'll be carrying around my Gryffindor Stripe sock that I started at the Deathly Hallows release night through Gencon. Lots of lines to wait through equate to lots of opportunity to knit plain ol' stockinette.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Why Can't I Stay Away From These?

Click to view my Personality Profile page

Personality quizzes are like crack to me, especially Myers-Briggs tests. I always receive the INFJ result, so it's not like I change, but I still like to check every now and then. I must say, this is the first time I've ever scored completely on the Introverted side. Guess I am turning into a hermit!

Click to view my Personality Profile page

As I sat down to start the Multiple Intelligences test, I was whistling a song that was stuck in my head. First question was "Do you have a song running through your head rarely, sometimes, or usually?" Spoooooooky!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Dust Bunnies

Has it really been over a week since I've last posted? All my free time lately has been spent with by eyes glued to books. Kris and I picked up our copies of Deathly Hallows last Friday and spent all of last weekend enraptured by the audiobook version. I laughed, cried, and had two of my theories confirmed. Recently, I've become hooked on the other wizard Harry series, the Dresden Files. In a fit of multi-day migraine induced yuckiness yesterday, I finished the third book in the series, started and finished the fourth book, and started the fifth. I may have to send Hubs to Borders on Monday to pick up the next few books in the series.

Now, don't think I haven't been knitting, because I sure have. It's just all been for my Knitty Sock Swap downstreams, PixieRiot and KnitChick07, so I won't post pictures till I've mailed them out. Pixie's are finished and blocked, just have to drag my tired carcass to the post office sometime. I'm on the foot of KnitChick07's first sock. Hoping I don't run out of yarn!

Instead of knitting progress pics, I'll share a pic of Bandit this afternoon. Since he hurt his paw on his crate a few weeks ago, I tore down the crate and moved his bed from the office into the kitchen. His replacement office bed arrived earlier this week.

Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Only an hour of so of being 26 for me. And how am I marking the occasion? By taking a new Harry Potter audiobook quiz of course. I hate to admit how quickly I was able to go through all 15 audio clips and answer them all correctly. Unfortunately, there's no chance in hell for me to finish re-listening to the remainder of Order of the Phoenix and all of Half Blood Prince before the Deathly Hallows release this weekend.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Harry Potter Goodies

Two weeks of having my HP Secret Pal goodies, and I'm just now getting to posting them to my blog. Shameful, me! My upstream pal was none other than the fab KnitChick07. She must have been as busy as a house elf knitting all these lovely gifties for me. :) Thank you very much, I love it all, Knitchick07!!

Messenger Bag in Ravenclaw Colors

HP Scarf Bookmarkers in SS/CoS Style for Gryffindor and PoA Style for Ravenclaw

Knitchick07 must have hit Honeyduke's to find Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Jelly Slugs, Chocolate Frogs, and Blood Pops. Dalegarn Ull in Ravenclaw colors (I'm thinking....socks!!), Sirius Black bookmarker, and yummy hot chocolate.

In other HP news, I saw Order of the Phoenix last night and was completely blown away. I'm a huge stickler that movies should follow canon as closely as possible and don't enjoy when movies stray too far from the book. (Don't get me started on the dumbass shrunken head in Prisoner of Azkaban...) David Yates did a wonderful job directing this movie and stayed very close to canon given the huge size of the book. Only complaint I had is not with the movie, but with someone who sat in front of us in the theater. Right at the emotional climax of the story in Dumbledore's office after the fight at the Ministry, someone let out a loud fart. Yeah, Chelsea and I then giggled through the whole scene. :)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Poor Baby :(

Friday morning, Bandit went to his vet appointment to fix his bum nail. After stomping in fresh poo with his injured paw. >.< He went into the vet's looking normal, but came out limping with a bandaged paw and a weepy eye from a procedure to unblock a gland on his eyelid. Giving him four antibiotic pills a day and eye medication is a complete joke. I've resorted to opening the antibiotic capsules into a blob of peanut butter and disguising the medicine bearing peanut butter in his Kong. He's getting along well enough, and I'm surprised that his foot bandage is still in place.

My knitting mojo has been severely lacking. I'm working on a cursed heel. Thursday night, I went to a sit and knit group at Stitches n Scones. Started working on the heel but it wasn't following the pattern correctly. Odd. Looked down at the side of the heel and saw two big loops at the base of the heel. Yup, an end stitch had popped off my needles. Much ripping followed. I did show a fellow sock knitter how to pick up stitches for a gusset, so all was not lost. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Righto. Simple words of advice tonight, expect the unexpected.

After a very crazy start to the week, all I wanted to do when I got home tonight was veg on a couch with my nose in a book. Instead, Hubs and I spent this evening cleaning blood splatters from all over the house. Within minutes of getting home, Bandit caught a back paw between two bars of his crate and broke off yet another nail. His reaction is to tear through the house running and jump on our bed. :( Again, I'm sooooooo thankful my parents bought us a Spotbot for this past Christmas!

This brings his grand total of nails heinously hurt up to 3. >.< Thank the doggie overlords that he all ready has a scheduled vet appointment on Friday. Guess he just couldn't stand the idea of going to the vet without some painful injury.

Normal life should come back around in a few weeks or so and regular blogging should start back then. I'm a bad blogger. *sigh*

Monday, July 02, 2007

Busy, Busy

Whew, this past weekend went by all too quickly!

Last Thursday was our 4th wedding anniversary. I surprised Hubs with an overnight stay at Cabins and Candlelight on the Boone/Montgomery County line in Indiana. I'm proud to report that the steaks I grilled for our anniversary dinner turned out yummy and not briquette-like as per my usual grilling standards. :) We had a wonderful, relaxing time. Just the ticket after a pretty stressful week!

Once we were back at home on Friday afternoon, knitting began again. Feather and Fan Shawl is now on the second chart. I wish I could pin out and flatten the shawl with it on the needles to show how it's progressing. It's now back to knitted shower cap stage on the 24 inch circular.

Progress as of July 2nd

After a several month long stretch of being in book "blahs" trying to slog through a crummy book, I chucked it aside and have regained my reading mojo. I've finished reading two books in the past week, including Darkly Dreaming Dexter which completely gave away last night's episode of Dexter. :) Worth it though to be enjoying reading again!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Ever have one of those days when everything you touch just seems to turn to shit? That's been my life since Monday evening. Oddly enough, I had an easy time in Photoshop and Blogger getting my new decorations up.

Refinished Object

After a crummy day, I went to slap my Jayne Hat on for a few minutes while getting ready for bed Monday night. Wearing my doofy Jayne Hat lifts my spirits, so I'll break it out at odd moments. After putting it on my noggin, I noticed a big effing HOLE in the top of my hat that kept running and getting bigger. :( 45 minutes later, I had the top decrease section ripped out and ran a lifeline though the now live stitches and left it for the night. Tonight I re-knit the top, doubly securing the gathering of the stitches at the top of the hat. And making sure the pompom was securely back in place. A Jayne Hat just isn't a Jayne Hat without the pompom! In the picture of my newly recommissioned Jayne Hat, take a gander at my shirt. I bought it from Cafepress 2 weeks ago. It took UPS nearly 2 gorram weeks to ship my Cafepress order from Louisville, Kentucky to the northside of Indy. :-/ Thanks UPS - my Dad's Father's Day gift is now obscenely late. >.<

Monday, June 25, 2007


In case you read my blog via an RSS reader, pop on over and see my redecorated site. Thought I may as well get into the spirit of the season - Harry Potter season that is! With the Order of the Phoenix movie and Deathly Hallows book premiere in a few short weeks, I had to reflect my excitement on my blog. Oh, and if you wonder why I didn't use Gryffindor house colors of gold and burgundy, I'm more of a Ravenclaw house member. :)

Yes, it has grown!

I finished 1/4 of my Knitty Sock Swap knitting yesterday evening (one sock done out of four!), so I picked my Feather and Fan shawl out of the works in progress basket. It's ready for row 54 of the first chart. With 240 stitches per row, it's taking me awhile to get through 2-3 rows per hour. Of course, that was also hindered by watching last night's Dexter rerun. :)

I would be amiss if I didn't apologize for my lack of posting last week. Feeling horrid for 2-3 days really set me behind, and my poor blog was left gathering dust. I'm back with now and hope to resume more frequent posting this week. :)