Friday, April 28, 2006
Favorite special treat food - My mom makes these cookies, Russian tea cakes, only for Christmas. I don't even really like them, they're awfully dry (hence the "tea" suggestion, although we're not tea people and drank milk with them instead; we're also not Russian, but apparently there's no "English, Scottish, and Polish-but-really-French tea cake") and you get white powdery stuff all over your shirt and hands, but we only ate them at Christmas and that made them special.
Favorite real food - Broccoli. Seriously. My parents called me the Broccoli Monster.
Favorite thing to wear - I had a purple corduroy shirt dress, with snaps instead of buttons, when I was in second grade. That year I was in the third-grade reading class (nerd alert!) and you know how older automatically equals cooler when you're a kid? Well, in the midst of all those older, cooler kids, I got yelled at by a substitute teacher for calling out and not raising my hand. So later in the class when my stomach started feeling weird, I raised my hand and waited and waited... and threw up before she ever called on me. All over my awesome purple corduroy dress, in front of the third-graders.
Favorite place to go - the pool! My sisters and I swam competitively, summer and winter. Close runners-up: the duck pond, the library, or Dutch Wonderland.
Favorite person - Aside from my parents and sisters, of course, our next-door neighbors, an older couple from Virginia whom we called Miss Di and Mr. Harold. Miss Di was a retired hairdresser and used to cut my sisters' and my hair for free. We would go over one at a time so we could have special one-on-one time with Miss Di, who made us coffee-milk with marshmallows.
Favorite event/occasion - Christmas Eve. Better than Christmas morning because of the anticipation, the carol-singing, and not having to go to church.
Favorite pet - Heather, the cat. We adopted her when I was seven and she died when I was seventeen. She used to meet me at the bus stop after school, like a dog. She was the best.
Favorite TV show - I was so mad the day they interrupted "Darkwing Duck" to announce that Nelson Mandela had been released from prison. Well, I didn't know who he was. I was nine! I wanted my cartoon to come back on!
Favorite book - all the Little House books. True Geekiness Confessions: My family used to read them out loud around the fire in evening on camping trips. We once won the church Halloween costume pageant with our Ingalls Family costumes. My older sister was Mary, I was Laura (yay!), my little sister was Carrie (after whom, by the way, I'm named), and my mom held a dolly that was Baby Grace. More geekiness: Rose Wilder Lane, Laura's daughter, was also a novelist, among other things. I love her Old Home Town. It's a bit slow to start but the last sentence makes me cry every damn time.
If you've manged to read this far, you deserve some knitty goodness. Clapotis progress: I'm about a third of the way done, I would guess. You can see the dropped-stitch ladders on the left corner in the picture there--the weird lighting is due to the porch roof (stripes on left) and trees (general blotchiness).
I'm also up to the bust increases on my second Hourglass sweater. Speaking of which, here's the first, still un-woven-ended, still unblocked, in my bathroom mirror. It goes well with my saggy pajama pants, no? I must be crazy to be posting a picture that shows me looking both cross-eyed and mega-hipped (I swear that's the effect of the lower mirror being closer than the upper mirror! All right, no more Mamut cookies...). Also please excuse the cluttered bathroom.
Friday, April 21, 2006
My handwriting, as Amy once said of her own, is somewhere between engineer and psycho-killer.
I also have this thing about drawing squares and windows. I used to cover the margin of my notebooks with them.
In other news, I've got the clap. Yep, I jumped on the Clapotis bandwagon, after seeing the beautiful results that Noelle and Laurie got, as well as prolonged ogling of the thread on Craftster. I got some Andean Silk, color slate, and cast on yesterday. I'm already halfway through section 2 (the increases) because I sat for an hour at work yesterday (on what was supposed to be my day off, but whatevs, I didn't have to work on Easter) waiting for a computer problem to be resolved, with nothing else to do and nobody around... I'm a stealth knitter. WIP photos soon.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
1742 - George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
1861 - American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to rebel forces.
1970 - An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew into deadly peril. The explosion occurred on April 14th in several time zones.
1519 - Catherine de Medici, wife of Henry II of France%
1743 - Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (d. 1826) [The weird thing about this is, my parents (who have the same birthday) were born on Lincoln's birthday, my older sister was born on Patrick Henry's birthday, and my younger sister missed Washington's birthday by one day.]
1866 - Butch Cassidy, American outlaw (d. 1908)
1946 - Al Green, American singer and pastor
1949 - Christopher Hitchens, English-born journalist, critic, and author
Deaths--not a lot of people were listed as dying on my birthday, and very few that I'd actually heard of, so I picked the ones with the coolest names. Imagine if they all got group-married and hyphenated!
814 - Krum, khan of Bulgaria
1941 - Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer (b. 1863)
1997 - Dorothy Frooks, American author, publisher, military figure, and actress (b. 1896)
2002 - Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
"Hello, I'm Mrs. Jump Cannon-Krum-Frooks-Titterington. Call me Annie."
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
I finished my hourglass sweater, and one of these days I'll have to get someone to take a picture of me in it. The boatneck is a little wide, but since it's wool and I live in the sunbelt, it's not like I'm going to be able to layer it over anything but a tank top anyway. I've already started another one (at Crafty Friday--good times!) in bright green cotton. Still working on my second "circus freak" jaywalker, which one of my coworkers refers to as his (his? as if!) "pride" socks. I'm knitting a rainbow of understanding in the break room.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
It's here! It's here! My beautiful, beautiful C*Eye*ber Fiber sock yarn from Mama-E arrived today, and look--isn't is luscious? Isn't it just delicious and candy-like? Don't you sort of want to bite into it? Well, don't, or I'll have to kill you, because I can't wait to knit with it. (I have a weird thing about wanting to eat things that I think are cute. Ask my sister Katie about our mutual obsession with eating babies. No, really.) The thing is, I have so many projects I'm contemplating right now, I don't know when I'm going to be able to start more socks... and I'm kind of afraid of getting something on it. It's so lovely! That's supergirl on the left and mermaids on the right.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
So instead of flashing my stash, I'm going to flash my new sewing machine! Yeah! Thanks to Noelle's hot tip re: this month's Bust and the good folks at Sears, I now own a Kenmore Mini Ultra. Here's my own hot tip: only the blue ones are on sale! The pink and the green are going to cost you like $30 more. I'm off to Hancock now, hoping they haven't closed yet, because I've heard they're having a $1 sale on McCalls (or was it Butterick? whatevs) patterns and my idea of a big bad Saturday night out involves pattern shopping. Woooo!