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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Welcome home to a lovely new piece of machinery/furniture. Just in time for a long weekend, which will be lost to taking perfectly nice fiber and making bumpy, beginner yarn out of it.

It arrived in a gigantic box. Some assembly was definitely required:

Welcome Home

Good lord - some assembly required

John had to work late, so I actually had the pleasure of putting it together myself (believe it or not, that was not sarcasm you just read. I'm the gadget freak in the household). I broke into the coopworth roving almost immediately and lost about an hour of my life.


Here's to many more hours similarly "lost."

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

If You Want to Make this into a Meme, Consider Yourself Tagged.
In an alternate universe, I:

- Sucked it up and became a litigator with an ulcer

- Indulged in an early curiosity for computer programming instead of being intimidated by the whole idea

- Am the fifth member of The Lascivious Biddies

- Like peanuts, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal

- Didn't summon the courage to call my ex of 6.5 years, didn't therefore reconnect with him and marry him, and am still wondering what would have happened if I had called him at the right moment

- Had a brother or sister I grew up with

- Many other things I couldn't even imagine

Monday, August 28, 2006

What a Difference a Bath Makes
What a Difference a Bath Makes

I wish I could look 10 lbs. lighter with a simple trip to the salon...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Portrait of The Student as a Master
Our Hero, John Smith, etc., (pictured below teaching the dog the finer points of cataloguing while Dash looks on) can now add "M.S.L.S." to his various titles.

Our Hero and Our Dog.

Congratulations, my darling!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Oh... I am SO Using This Someday
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Overheard (Or Said) in the Last Month or So
At the yarn shop:

Jaqui: I may be too literal right now. I just finished a Tom Wolfe novel.


In the shoe store:

Maria: These are good... well, not the color, and I don't like this strap. And the heel's a little too high.

Jill: You mean, "These would be perfect - if they were an entirely different pair of shoes."

Maria: Yeah. Exactly.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A More than Fair Day for a Fair
My sweetie took me to the Montgomery County Fair this weekend. We spent about as much time on the midway as it took to get beyond the midway:

Midway Duckies, Dude


It's funny - I'm used to more rural fairs, and didn't expect to see this type of thing quite so quickly:

Team of Six

Then, there were the pig races.

Pig Races

Complete with bad puns.

Bad puns, Pig Races, yep - it's the county fair

But dang, it was cute - check out these faces:

Pig race!

Coming off the backstretch...

Bring it on home, #1...

Go, Piggies, Go!

I was using the day partially as a shooting lesson - this one taught me to use framing elements to better effect. Had I moved a few inches to the left, this guy would have been perfectly centered:

What YOU Lookin' at?

Also, next time I spend an hour in the stylist's chair, I'm not complaining:

You must suffer to be baaaaa-tiful

I just love this face:

What a face

And I've always loved Jersey cows with their big, doe eyes:

I love Jersey Cows

This guy...

Attitude, indeed.  Llama.

...came with his own warning sign:


I got to see (but not pet) a pair of alpaca!! (I really want an alpaca of my own. It's a rather daft obsession for someone who lives in a townhouse):

My name is Al... Al... Paca.

There were many other cute things.


Including my husband.

John Meets Moo

Also, many cows.


And bunnies! So cute.

Hey Lynda!  How 'bout this bunny?

Dwarf bunny


Cluster of chicks.

Last visit - the chicks in the red light district (take that, google-searching freaks):

Chicks in the red light district.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

They Hate Us for our Dental Work.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cats and Finished Objects
First of all, thanks to everyone who congratulated me on my new spinning wheel, but it's far from here yet. It'll take about six weeks to arrive, as apparently the nice folks at Schacht are too popular for their own good.

Second of all, a small lesson on avoiding the evil eye:

Evil Eye

Be sure to stay away from boxes. Lesson over.

Lastly, I have a couple of finished objects it has taken me a while to photograph. First up, John's endless socks were actually finished last month:

John's Long-Ass Socks

I also did a weekend "what the hell, I've never felted before" project (leftover Knitpicks "Memories" merino, size three needles, pattern? We don't need no stinking pattern, man!):

Felted Bowl - in Profile

Felted Bowl

It's a little smooshed because I had carried it to work to show a colleague. It's not really that wonky.

I have quite a few other little finished objects lying around, but they're Christmas items and I don't want to spoil anyone's surprise...