- It was a dark and stormy night, so I stayed indoors and watched a movie while eating popcorn.
- They were due at the library, so I offered to take the books myself.
- Rushing out, I forgot my glasses.
- The cats must be hungry…I think I heard a howl!
- Shhhh… if you open a can quietly, the cats don’t notice (and consequently don’t beg for food).
- I’m hungry! give me something good to eat!
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a massage, tomorrow my plans include handing out candy to trick or treaters and Sunday, I want to enjoy Daylight Savings to its fullest!
Some things I’ve bookmarked recently:
via Google Reader (Shared Items)
… Coffee-Mate Creamer.
… easy homework this week.
… ice packs that completely fixed my tendinitis issues.
… heating blankets.
… the Orkin service person who is coming tomorrow to take care of the mouse (and bug) problem. Also, for getting Friday afternoon off work.
… the chimney service person who is coming next Tuesday to clean the chimneys and tell us we can use our fireplaces.
… parking in the garage.
… a husband who will cook dinner when I don’t want to.
… excitement about Halloween this year; we think we’ll actually have trick-or-treaters!
… an easy database upgrade today (from Access 2000 to 2007). You never know.
… Walgreens Caramel Nut Clusters. I know I’ve talked about them before, but they really help me get through a long workday sometimes.
… successful shopping last night. More details later, when I’ve taken a picture.
… Mr. Clean multi-purpose spray (and others of its kind).
… helpful friends.
… a blog redesign that is almost ready to be unveiled.
… 20 dozen cans of pop (give or take a few), 4-ish dozen bottles of Gatorade, and one dozen bottles of iced tea that all fit into the pop machine that lives in our garage. Coincidentally, we now have half of a shelf freed up in the refrigerator.
… Icy Hot and Advil. (Man, do I sound like I’m broken or what? Just a bad run of it lately.)
… being past the halfway point of the semester.
It's a good thing I don't buy them very often.
… just working, reading, doing a bit of sewing (boring stuff – pants for work), transitioning the house into winter mode….
How about some pictures?
Grant decided that he and Prince Charming should go out to our garage and move stuff around. This, of course, required safety goggles. It was darling.
Joey was very well behaved, and is quite ticklish (takes after his mom that way). He was highly entertaining.
The date? October 10th. Thankfully, we haven't had any more since, but it's coming.
- Redskins :: Washington
- Show :: and Tell
- Smoker :: Blech
- Bad movie :: Bruce Campbell
- Play :: Hookey
- Jaguar :: jag-u-ar
- Click :: the right mouse button
- Production :: Crew
- Sand :: Castle
- Foreign :: Affairs
I’m guessing I won’t garner as much sympathy if I say that I probably brought it on myself. Did you know that almost every hobby I have (with the exception of sleeping) aggravates my elbow? True story. Knitting, sewing, embroidery, playing the piano, even playing video games. And let me tell you, I don’t really enjoy sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing.
At any rate, I have some photos to share with you, for your amusement.
First off, decided to make pretzels last night. He used Alton Brown’s recipe.
Secondly, lest you think that everything in the kitchen turns out splendidly at our house, I’ll share this recent (last night) disaster with you.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread fail (every bit as tasty as regular cinnamon bread, just... messier)
I guess when the recipe said to “generously butter” the pan, it really meant it. Apparently I was stingy. Never fear, I’m sure it will all be eaten, because it is that tasty. (It uses the Sweet Dough recipe that I’ve posted here before, so you could fake this if you wanted to. Links to the recipes aren’t working right now, but if you use the search function, it should come up right away.)
Have a lovely weekend!
- The crickets sing, but it’s not spring.
- I want to be wherever you are.
- I want to get far away from the sleepiness I’m feeling.
- I did not actually catch on fire; this was a dream.
- But as for me and my elbows, we are not getting along these days (both of them!).
- A land of rivers (not lakes) is where I come from.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to writing a paper (unfortunately), tomorrow my plans include class, and spraying down the house for bugs (if it stays dry long enough) and Sunday, I want to continue my 6-0 streak of picking the best quarterback for fantasy football!
Probably, but I really don’t have anything to say. Not yesterday, either. Plus, I’ve been going through the archives (yes, again – it is very tedious and sometimes I want to just scrap it all), which makes me feel like I’ve spent way too much time on my blog, even if I haven’t posted one word.
But now I have. Posted. 61 words.
… was ‘s response to the following [very] short story.
On Friday night I got a massage (I have a large stock-pile and am now committed to going every two weeks until they’re used up). My masseuse was a slightly chatty young girl (early 20′s at most), and we had a delightful conversation for the first third of the time (and then it got quiet, as a massage is supposed to be relaxing). When she learned that I’m married, she said, “You don’t look old enough to be married!” I replied with, “Well, I am, but thank you.”
So, exactly what does that mean? Most people I know got married for the first time between ages 20 and 25. I was quite old, getting married at the age of 29 (it is 25.6 years old in the US for women), and have been married for two years. Clearly, I don’t look like I’m 19 years old, so… what did she mean, exactly? (I didn’t even tell her that it was my younger sister who was coming over the next day with her kids – that probably would have blown her mind.)
It was probably closer to 5, but whatever. Yesterday after lunch I went over to JoAnn to buy the zipper that had me stalled on the Amazing Fit Pants (Simplicity 0569). The pattern includes a lot of couture tips, which means that the pants are turning out really well, but they’re taking forever to complete. As of last night, I have the front partially sewn together, front pockets sewn in, and the zipper installed. Let me tell you about that zipper. It’s a fly-front (like jeans or many dress pants), which means there are about a zillion additional steps to follow, as if installing a zipper isn’t hard enough. And, to state the obvious, the fly is right there in the front for everyone to see, so every single little mistake is clearly visible.
This led to the ripping out of the left side of the zipper about 6 times (I don’t exaggerate here). The right side went in fine, but that left side, man oh man. It is now installed, as well as the flap that sits behind it (to protect your delicate skin from those mean zipper teeth), and it looks good. Darn good. And I’m sure that if I were to make these pants a second time (I’m really hoping they turn out well so that I can), it won’t take me nearly as long. But gee whiz! Several episodes of Stargate SG-1 (currently on Hulu) kept me entertained (and from losing my sanity).
The next step in the pattern was to start in with the back side, so instead of getting consumed by that (it was now 7:30), I went downstairs to watch football and attempt to knit. I haven’t knit in… many months, but I’m feeling the desire to start back up (I think it’s fall – it has that affect on many people). I have to be cautious, because knitting aggravates my tendinitis, which is no fun. I was trying to find a wip (work in progress) to complete, but the one I was looking for was nowhere to be found, so I settled on a infant hat that I started for ‘s daughter (who is now 2 1/2 – clearly the hat is no longer for her). Much to my surprise, I finished the hat last night! It was about half done, and baby hats are a fairly quick knit. It’s like the tomato hat I knit for , but I made it in purple instead of red, so it’s an eggplant hat. Quite cute. The next baby born is getting it. (I hope to take pictures soon – I have no pictures of the tomato hat, and it was kind of ruined by a growing boy and his love for his hat.)
So that was Sunday. Saturday was spent making Cinnamon Rolls with (or for her, actually), napping, and then going out to a birthday celebration for a friend of ‘s. Busy weekend, but nice, and made possible by fall break, which is now over, and I have to start doing homework again. Boo.
- Werewolf :: I was a teenage
- Jim :: Garfield
- 2×4 :: Lumber
- Unruly :: Child
- Component :: Part
- Prolific :: Writer
- Wrestler :: Crocodile
- Huh? :: Wha?
- Dolls :: Toy Story
- Super! :: Duper! (from Anchorman)
- So are we going to have fun this weekend or what?
- I never really know is what’s up ahead.
- I love to sing in the car.
- I’m pretty sure the rest of my life will be filled with allergies of some sort.
- I walk a fine line between weird and just plain crazy.
- Whatever one does to relax is the true elixir of life!
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a massage, tomorrow my plans include making cinnamon rolls with and the boys and Sunday, I want to sleep in, sleep in, and sleep in!
Some things I’ve bookmarked recently:
via Google Reader (Shared Items)
You’d think that a person with a 4.0 GPA (OK, 3.96) wouldn’t be saying something like that. Clearly, it’s not true, right? Especially someone who wants to be a social studies teacher, a genre where people are often found saying, “if we don’t learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.”
And yet, and yet… I don’t learn.
I keep a fairly long list of favorites in Etsy. Sometimes they’re inspiration to make something myself (note I said inspiration, not copying), but more often they’re things I wish I could buy or want to buy. And Etsy has an excellent Vintage section, where I often find things I like. Lots of the items are available many times over (as in, if someone buys it, the item is re-posted, because the seller really has 25 of them). Vintage items? Not so much. Vintage items are usually one of a kind.
And I know this. I’ve browsed through my Etsy favorites and found vintage things on my list bought by others and have felt sad about it. I even said aloud, “I need to remember to just buy vintage items if I really want them, before someone else does.”
But did I follow this advice of my own? No, no I did not. And I just browsed through my Etsy favorites and found several Vintage items that have been sold. And now I am sad.
Maybe now I’ll learn my lesson? We’ll see.