Friday, March 27, 2009

I had what I viewed as a weird comment to the blog today. Someone who I think is from the UK asked how my new air mattress from 2006 worked. To answer the question it was fine until it popped and woke me up at 2:00 AM on the slats of my bed sometime in 2007 during the CA camping season. That replacement air mattress works fine, however I am now blessed to sleep on a real mattress. I thank it nightly for its being filled with some sort of fabric and springs and not air. I have enough room in the living room that any overnight guests use the 2007 air mattress.
Tonight, I start the new Cassandra Clare. I gobbled up the first two of the trilogy last August and have been waiting impatiently for the final volume.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Cast On

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I mention a lot about being people sick for my friends in CA. I still am although I get to see everyone in May, and I cannot wait. This week, however, I have been reminded about how awesome my friends are. Jen sent me a dozen of my favorite cookies that I can only get in Cayucos, Monday. I am done to only one cookie as I write this. They are so yummy. Tuesday, a package arrived from Amazon with a cookbook I wanted off of my wishlist and the new Anne Bishop from Lee. I sat down right away to read the cookbook. I am almost ready to start baking bread just need either a pizza stone or some unglazed terra cotta tiles.
The Anne Bishop has been finished. It was good not as good as the first two Black Jewel books and missing Sureal my favorite character, but good. I like Cassy the new female character introduced in this book, and the character of Grey is wonderful. This book really dealt with the scars that all of the characters possess. The book kept me up past 1 AM for two nights and I finished it yesterday morning. I still think the UPS guy thinks we have shopping issues. He has delivered six packages to us in two weeks. We haven't bought anything they are all gifts, but it is still funny.
We have wonderful friends here in CO. They come over for game nights and just hang out. We have one friend who when he heard someone was getting rid of their old TV brought it to us because he knew we couldn't afford to buy a new one. He has offered to throw us a Wedding reception here in CO for everyone who can't come to our wedding in FL. These things make me happy. It is nice to realize that people really do care about us and that I have such great friends.
On the knitting front I am working on the Loksin Sock Pattern for my mom. In Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Deck the Halls color weigh. As always I'm worried I will run out of yarn on the second sock. I'm working the gusset now. I should be fine. The color of the socks is like Raspberry Sorbet. I'm sure she will love them.
I'm currently reading several things at once. I am working through Hell to Pay by Simon R. Green. I need to then pick up his next book that is in paperback for his Nightside series. I have started The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood that I am like so far, and finally my travel book is By a Lady which is fun.
Sean goes away to a conference this week, and I need to reacquaint myself with being alone. It is sad that I have no Joy Feast to deliver food to me or pick up as I come home from work.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

In November I wrote the Oh God its the holiday's again post.   I mentioned I was using a yarn and making a project I desperately wanted.  Last month I made the Shetland Triangle for myself.  It has not been heavy shawl weather here since then.

I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Luscious Single Silk a 50/50 silk and merino wool in the color Braun's Woods.  It was knit on US size 9s following the pattern exactly.  This patten takes about a week to knit.  It was a huge hit at Christmas time as a gift.  I love mine the colors all swirl together very 1960s psychedelically especially the browns.  I can see making this shawl again as a gift.  I know a few people have made it out of sock yarn.

In school news, I received my first draft of my thesis back yesterday.  I made all of the changes which were minimal until the conclusion.  I tried to punch up and flesh out the conclusion and worked on explaining the relevancy of the section on the 1976 coup.  I really don't want to lose those 3 pages.

Monday, March 02, 2009

After two years, Sean and my wedding is almost here.  The preparations are as complete as they ever will be more or less, dance floor rented, cake paid for, DJ contract sent back.  Invitations are sent out RSVPs are coming back to us.  We got back an RSVP today (can not attend) from a cousin I have never met.  I am sure he has no idea who I am, and I didn't expect any response from him.  I have an aunt who I also don't expect to respond because she did not respond to my cousins wedding invitation or baby shower the following year.
I am not having any of the traditional pre-wedding parties.  I'm a little sad about not having a bridal shower, not because I would like the gifts or attention rather I really miss my close friends since moving to Colorado.  A friend was telling me on Saturday about having to go to Lincoln, Nebraska for a friends shower and then how for her sister they are doing a send the sister a recipe and maybe something from the Pampered Chief catalog.  That idea sounded nice, but seemed to be missing the bonding element.  I'm not sure I would really like a traditional shower.  I would more enjoy an afternoon with my friends, baked goods, and the BBC North and South to drool over Mr. Thornton.  The one thing I am doing pre-wedding is holding a bridesmaid lunch.  This way I get to spend some time with my closest friends just getting to be goofy and to hang out.  Enough of the poor me, I don't get to have what other people have and back to my thesis edits, I need to figure out a way to save three pages of work.