Friday, December 30, 2005

If it's a temporary lull

why'm I bored right outta my skull? Man, I'm dressin' sharp an' feelin' dull.

Another lonesome day in the office - just 6 hours and 15 minutes and the weekend will start.

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See you in '06

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused...

Is it 2006 yet?

Argh - I am at work and totally bored - I worked this week so that if any of my sales team needed help with the new computer system training I would be here to answer questions - I have had a few phone calls, but the web site I need to get into to check my teams progress won't let me in and it is really irritating me.

I have 2 new hires here that I will be going through the demo with, but I've got to tell you - after doing this for the last 6 weeks I am really sick of this demo! I am tired, still wet from my commute and I have a headache. Yes I am in a really good mood today. The only good thing is that since I am alone in the office - I hooked my MP3 to my computer and I can listen to my playlists all day - The Stereophonics are playing now.

Just got off the phone with 3 account managers - I can not wait till this training is over! I want to break out my knitting, but I don't want anyone to think I am not working.

I have to go 'splain this again - later people.....

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

If you have nothing planned for tonight - check out Veronica Mars - definitely the best show on TV right now. UPN 9:00pm

Monday, December 26, 2005

Busting up a Starbucks

It' s a quiet night tonight - just David and I, finally alone after all the holiday festivities. I hope everyone had a wonder celebration and that Santa brought you everything you wanted.

We had a very nice day. David picked the boys up Friday afternoon - I left work a little early - finished my shopping and came home to a lovely supper and tree decorating.
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The boys did all the decorating this year, all I did were the lights. I think they did a really good job:
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Then we got down to the fun stuff- opening presents! I got Veronica Mars Season 1 DVD and new luggage - totally what I wanted!

For Christmas Eve - we had the boys till about 6pm, so I invited my mother and brother to dinner - I made ravioli with meat sauce and garlic bread and a coconut creme pie for dessert.
We had a good time, but my mother got cranky and irritable so it put a slight damper on the evening. David left to take the boys home, my brother took my mother home and I did the dishes. My brother gave me an Amazon gift certificate so after the dishes I went on line and picked out a few things:

1. Folk Shawls
2. The Big Easy - one of my favorite movies! This is the movie that made me go to New Orleans
3. Haughty Melodic - Mike Doughty
4. 46bliss

For Christmas we went over my friends, Marilyn and Robert's for dinner. We had a lovely time, good food, good wine, good company and good conversation. The holidays really are about being with the people you love. More presents were exchanged - David got Forbidden Planet on DVD and I received a Music Trivia DVD game, a mystery book by Robert Rankin and Nancie Wiseman's Knitted Shawls, Stoles and Scarves - I have already picked out a few that I want to make.

Today was a day to do nothing much, we slept in then took a ride out to the Island just to pass some time, came home ordered pizza and settled in for the night. Now I am watching the Rangers (they are losing - bah humbug) and posting on my blog. Which brings me to the title of this post [ it is also a song by Mike Doughty] - there is a Starbucks that just opened on Union Tpke in Glendale in the Stop & Shop shopping center - it's where the new AC Moore is too - they have a couple of easy chairs and some tables - if anyone would be interested in meeting there for a little knitting, a little coffee and some conversation - drop me a line. There is plenty of parking available and with the AC Moore right there, we'd never have to worry about missing supplies!

Tomorrow it is back to work for me - I wish I could have taken the week off, but I have to much to do. Oh well.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Oops - forgot!

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See you all in the New Year!

No Sleep Tonight

But not for the same reason the Faders mean - I am sick - I have had a head cold since Monday night - yes the same Monday night that was my 44th birthday - bah humbug!

I had a very nice day - just not the one I planned. David surprised me by taking the day off too, so I didn't have the day to myself after all. I did get my hair cut - I must be feeling retro cause I swear I had the same do in the 80's. So I spent the morning running errands, hanging with David and getting sick. That night we went to dinner - yes we went to our place: Sizzler - then came home and went to bed. I was happy to spend the day with him - I was just a little disappointed - I was looking foreward to some ME time.

The congestion seems to be moving from my head to my chest as I sit here drinking hot tea and popping cold pills while watching the Ranger game and blogging - I love multi-tasking.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Early birthday goodies

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The boys gave me my birthday presents last night - The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello and the Veronica Mars Soundtrack. I have been listening to both since I opened them - I am am liking very much.  I teased David that he finally found a soundtrack that I would listen too - he has dozens - I have one (Party Party from way back in the 80's).  David also gave me a new laptop case.  It actually came in the mail a few weeks ago, I was home when it was delivered so I opened it then - couldn't wait to use it.  I really like it - there is lots of room and it is more comfortable to carry than my old one.

I am spending most of today cleaning up the apt so I can put up our tree tomorrow.  I finally cleared up a large enough area to put a small one up.  Now I have to go do laundry - Later..............


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Step away from that ledge my friend

In 5 days I will turn 44. I have decided to take the day off from work and treat myself to a little much needed R&R. First up will be a haircut - I am looking very shaggy these days. Then I plan to hop on the F and head downtown. I want to make this:
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Purl carries Alchemy patterns, but doesn't have it listed on their website - I just called and they think they might have it - if not they will order it. I am hoping to be able to pick it up with some yarn on Monday. I also plan to hit The Point and School Products and anything else that strikes my fancy.

I want to see Walk the Line too and since no one I know will go with me - I might try to catch the matinee some where. I love me some Johnny Cash!

Scarf update:
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I have almost finished the first half - each side is knit then grafted together - I even picked up a great idea for the hat from Susan that is based on a doily pattern.

I just need to sit and knit!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005


Trevor Eve is back on BBC America - a new season of Waking the Dead. I love Mystery Monday and this is one of my favorites, next to A Wire in the Blood. I have also had a thing for Trevor Eve eversince I saw him in Jamaica Inn back in the mid 80's.

A Huge Thank You!

I received a lovely gift in the mail this weekend from Ginny in Indiana - beautiful beads from EarthFaire - one of my absolute favorite on line shops - I love everything they carry! Thank you Ginny - the beads are lovely and I will be sure to post pics of the projects they end up in!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

When I woke up Friday morning - this is the site that greeted me:
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fortunately by noon all the snow was gone, though Friday night was icy - all that melted snow froze and the sidewalks were slippery.

Friday night was David's Christmas Party - this year it was at The Times Square Brewery. We had a great time , though it was really crowded. The party was on the mezzanine - there were comfy chairs and sofas all around. Since it was a brewery I had a few beers before dinner - which by the way was excellent, beef, smashed potatoes and garlicky sauteed spinach! After dinner I tried a Key Lime Martini - yummy. The NYPD can though a good party

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The crowd

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the view of Times Square

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me and David

Saturday, though I woke up feeling lousy. I had gotten my period and was crampy, achy and had an upset stomach, all I wanted to do was stay in bed, but David and I had to finish the boys Christmas shopping. I bought each of them new sleeping bags and some BSA stocking stuffers. I also picked up some snap swivels to make bracelets - I found the instructions on line. I have been making lots of jewelry lately - I love being able to design and create something in an evening - I love knitting, but I am sloooooww, so it takes me forever to finish any project - with beads - it is almost instant gratification!

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I made both of these in 2 evenings - I wore the red set Friday night.

I bought more supplies at AC Moore and also placed an order with Firemountain for some lovely Czech glass beads, so you will be seeing a lot more jewelry here. I wanted to do some knitting last night but I was so tired I ended up falling asleep during the Hockey game - missed the OT.

Today I am feeling lazy and I am not sure I am going to do anything of value. I must go to my mothers to get her ready for the week, get her laundry and what not - but after that I am not doing anything.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Tell me how you do that thing - the one that makes me scream, she said

I just had to post this since the Cure has been a long time favorite of mine

The Cure Shares Your Taste in Music
See their whole playlist here (iTunes required)
Which Musician (or Group) Shares Your Taste in Music?


David left for work this morning at 5:30, at 5:31 I hear him come back in - "What's wrong?" I ask - "I think it would be a good idea if I wore my boots today - since it is snowing and all" he says. "Snow! No sh#$" says I as I roll over and bury my head under the down comforter. I do love Sundays.

So I promised some pictures (By the way - thank you to everyone who left encouraging comments and emails - I appreciate your good thoughts)

First I want to show progress photos on the scarf I am making for the International Scarf Exchange:
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Neither is true to color - it is more of a warm plum not a blue/purple. I like the pattern and the yarn is a dream to knit with. I am also knitting a hat. I have to make my own pattern since there isn't one available. I am thinking I will go down 1 or 2 needle sizes - the scarf is on size 7, so I am thinking a size 5 would be good - I am planning to start with about 1 in of stockinette before starting the pattern so the edge will roll then knit the pattern repeat 2x before starting the decreases. I am hoping this will work and look good. Anyone have any suggestions?

I also mentioned I had made some new necklaces - here are a couple of pictures:
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This is made from some glass beads I picked up at the New A.C. Moore that just opened by me on Union Tpke - I really like they way this turned out.

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This is made from a necklace I had bought over 20 years ago at Brentanno's when they where still on 5th Ave. It broke a long time ago - I saved the heart and as many of the jade beads as I could. I bought some gold beads and red jasper from Firemountain Beads and put them all together in this design. I really like the jade and red jasper together. I had enough to make matching earrings - I will also make a bracelet, but I need to buy a gold clasp to finish that.

This is a picture of some books I got from my bookclub and what I scored at The Strand last time I was downtown:
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I finished The Rule of Four - If anyone wants to read it - drop me a line and I will mail it to you - I liked it - kind of reminded me of what the Da Vinci Code would have been like if written by Umberto Eco.

Now I really should go out and clean off my car, since it doesn't look like it is going to melt.

ETA: I went to go outside and found a package in the hall - my Crochetville Holiday Gift Exchange package came!!!! Melanie emailed my that she was sending it out on the 29th and since if was coming from West Yorkshire - I thought it would take longer, I am so pleased it came today. I have really needed a pick-me-up and all the wonderful goodies she sent have certainly done the trick!

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Here is closeup of the fairy broach:
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There is a beautiful wool capelet, a crochet wool purse, a wool skinny scarf, bath salts, chocolates, a trinket box, a crochet bookmark and snowflake. All beautifully made and gratefully received - Thank you again Melanie.

Here is a picture of my snowy car:
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PS the color of the capelet in the top picture is closest to what the scarf color is like.