Knitting Like A Sailor

Friday, December 30, 2005

Meme La Seconde

Geeze, let a few people know how to find you online, do one meme, and the next thing ya know... (and look! I even deviated from my new habit of trying to add a little edjamacashun to your life by not putting a definition in the title. The things I do to keep you people happy!)

1. What time did you get up this morning? 4:30 ish, 6:30 ish, 8 ish, and got out of bed at 9 am.
2. Diamonds or pearls? Both, why limit myself?
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The newest Harry Potter
4. What is your favorite TV show? CSI, Forensic Files, The Investigators, Animal Cops (New York, Detroit, Miami and Houston) I'm sensing a theme here.
5. What did you have for breakfast? Cheese crackers and Mountain Lightning (generic Mt Dew)
6. What is your middle name? It was supposed to be Anne, but my father forgot so I don't have a middle name, no matter how many people at the DMV insist that I do.
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian
8. What foods do you dislike? Mayo. I am sooo not down with the whipped raw egg and oil thing.
9. What is your favorite chip? Pepper Jack Doritos
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Uncle Kracker and Allanis Morrisette have been receiving heavy play in the mothership lately.
11. What kind of car do you drive? I drive the mothership, a "Light Fern Green" (it's freaking grey, people) Dodge Caravan.
12. What is your favorite sandwich? philly beefsteak or a meatball sub
13. What characteristics do you despise? Hypocrisy
14. Favorite item of clothing? my big dog t-shirts, they're roomy, and have snotty sayings on them without being rude. I have three I have worn out, I need to go looking for more.
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Everywhere
16. What color is your bathroom? Big bath is white and blue, half bath is like a pale cream white.
17. Favorite brand of clothing: Big Dog (I really like the quality of their clothing), Whatever looks okay, suits my needs and hopefully is on sale. Not a fashionista here. Alice Starmoore, Beth B-R, Kaffe Fasset, a bunch more knit wear designers.
19. Favorite time of day? Afternoon/Evening, when it's cooling off, the kids are slowing down or in bed, and I can focus on something other than the ginormous list of crap to do.
20. Where were you born? Dodge County, WI
21. Favorite sport to watch? Dressage and Jumping events.
22. Who do you least expect to do this meme? no one, I'm not going to spread the "joy"
23. Person you expect to do it first? see above statement
24. What type of detergent do you use? The big white container of liquid detergent that's on the shelf next to the big square buckets of the generic 5 bucks a pop powder detergent at Sam's club. I think it's Sun? I dunno, the label came off when I washed the spillage off last time.
25. Coke or Pepsi? Either, but in a picky way LOL Diet Pepsi, or Classic Coke, or diet coke with lime. Otherwise it's diet dew, regular dew, and my fav code red dew.
26. Are you a morning person or night owl? Night Owl
27. What size shoe do you wear? 9 or so, depending on the shoe
28. Do you have pets? Yup. Bielset, Grey DLH cat, Shaela, Gigantic Yellow Lab Cross (107 pounds and 26 inches tall as she stands right now, trying to get her down to 95 pounds but she pulls the puppy dog eyes on the kids and they put out) and New Kitty, Black DSH cat.
29. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone? Not that I can think of.
30. What did you want to be when you were little? A gymnast and a horse trainer.
31. Favorite Candy Bar? The special dark chocolate bars.
32. What is your best childhood memory? Having beat the pants off of all the people in my school to take first in my school division and third at state in individual dairy judging when (at that point) I had never lived or worked on a dairy farm.
33. What are 3 different jobs you have had in your life? I have worked as a private security officer, I have worked at an adult book store, and I worked for Motorola.
34 What color underwear are you wearing? Uh... I have my flannel jammies on, pink with skiing polarbears, and a pink t-shirt.
35. Nicknames: Enjay
36. Piercing? Tongue
37. Eye color? Brown
38. Ever been to Africa? No, but I want to, I have a friend who lived with us for six months who is from South Africa. Hi Merle!
39. Ever been toilet papered? Nope.
40. Love someone so much it made you cry? Yes.
41. Been in a car accident? Several fender benders, two minor ones, and one that ended my dream of being a competitive gymnast and required me to have c-sections to deliver my babies.
42. Croutons or bacon bits? Croutons
43. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
44. Favorite restaurant? Bocci's
45. Favorite flower? Magnolia
46. Favorite ice cream? Godiva Dark chocolate, or the pistachio with dark chocolate fish in it that Ben n Jerries had when I was pregnant with my daughter.
47. Disney or Warner Brothers? Pixar
48. Favorite fast food restaurant? Hardees
49. What color is your bedroom carpet? Beige, what I can see of it.
50. How many times did you fail your driver's test? I've taken it 5 times in three states, failed it the first two times when I was trying to get it initially.
51. From whom did you get your last e-mail? Julie, and I also see that my YesAsia order processed
52. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Webs, Knit!, knitpicks, Grafton Fibers, Elann, someplace that sells chasing rainbows and or fleece artist, way way too many fiber vendors to list, oh! and
53. What do you do most often when you are bored? Surf the web and pick on my kids.
55. Who are you most curious about their responses to this questionnaire? See #22
56. Last person you ate out with? The eldest boy.
57. Ford or Chevy? Dodge and foreign cars.
58. What are you listening to right now? Forensic Files on TV
61. How many tattoos do you have? Four.
62. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Soooo not interested, although my take on it is the chicken, since it would have had to evolve to produce the egg, can't have progeny without the parent, and since mutation allows for variation from the parents, somewhere along the line some sort of microbe developed the ability to eventually lay eggs. That microbe would be the chicken, as I see it. I'm a proponent of the idea of guided evolution.

*whining* can I be done now? No more memes, I'm not that interesting.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005


A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

When I started this blog, the Meme craze hadn't made it onto my personal radar. The first few I saw seemed kind of interesting. Then they started getting repetitive. Then somewhat annoying. Now, they're kind of rotating back to mildly interesting. Today, I got my first tag. From Rob who happens to be a long time friend and confidant. He's been there for me through too many things to remember, and I hope I've managed to return the favor.

5 Weird Habits Of Mine

1 I have three children, and if they are not home or are asleep I have to have the TV on or it's too quiet and it drives me nuts. I go to sleep with the TV on.

2 I am the Queen of the Losers. There is nothing I cannot lose. Nothing. Because of this I have to have my keys attached to my wallet. If I don't do this, I don't get to go anywhere because by the time I found one I've lost the other. I will also not carry a purse because of this. Since I can't shove it in my pocket, I will leave it somewhere and not miss it until days later.

3 No matter where I am, I almost always have something to drink handy, even if it's just water, and it will always be in a container with a lid of some sort. I refill and reuse bottles that are "the right size" for drinking ie gatorade bottles and 1 liter soda bottles, and run them in the dishwasher between uses. Odd, yes, but my carpets don't have nearly as many stains as they used to. I do have real glass glasses for when guests come over or I'm feeling high maintenance. Amy, a friend from school, was over last semester, saw my bottle stash in the cupboard, and confided to me that they use mason jars with the screw on lids at their house, but liked my bottle idea better because they won't break. Do I really need to say that we both have small children and are klutzy ourselves?

4 I'm a sampler. I have swatches out the ying-yang, knit with no project in mind and no notes about the swatches what-so-ever, knit because I felt like knitting and seeing what would happen if I did this or that. I have several containers overflowing with little sample skeins I have spun for the same reason. I was really bad about it, but after I sampled away fiber and yarn that I would rather still have, I got a grip and now I set aside balls of yarn and bits of fiber just for this purpose. Doing this has improved my stash, and I am now able to keep project quantities of fibers and yarn without having to work them up immediately for fear of wasting them otherwise.

5 I used to have a habit that was bordering on OCD. I had this thing about symmetry, if I did one thing with one side of my body, I had to do the same thing, or at the very least tighten the same muscles, on the other side of my body, as though they were taking turns. I think it came from years of being in gymnastics, but it was completely unconscious. In college (the first time) it drove my riding instructor completely batty until we figured out what was going on because the schools horse would pick up on those muscle contractions and think (s)he was supposed to act on them. My own mare and gelding apparently knew to ignore it. Breaking that habit was really really difficult, but once gone my riding performance increased a hundred fold. It's been so long now that I almost forgot about it.

There ya go Rob, laid my quirks bare for you. Hope you had a kickin' holiday without too much stress from the fam, and hey, what's this about Las Vegas?

Thursday, December 22, 2005


adj : intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"

The other day I noticed that there was a really big debit to amazon on the e-bank statement. I didn't incur it. Ah, Kevin must have been Christmas shopping. Hey, I sent him my wish list...wonder what he got me? I had oodles of things for him to choose from that would have me squealing in delight: Wish #1 or Wish #2 or Wish #3and more. Or, if he didn't want to get me all fibery things, a recommended book. I starred, Highlited, circled, and otherwise generally made sure he couldn't miss Must Have #1 and Must Have #2.

His order? A book I'm not sure I'll like and Coupling.

I'm not dissappointed. No, I'm not. No, really, I am not. It's obvious he tried. I had been thinking about ordering the book for a few years, but I have a copy of the Quick Reference Version and I wanted to wait until I could see the full version in person before deciding if it was a necessary purchase. If I really don't want it, I can quietly return it and he won't ever know, because the two books look enough alike.

The DVD's I did ask for, but they're for him more than they are for me. Let me explain. While Kevin has scored some fantastic things for me that suit me to a T (a drum carder one year, some rare knitting books another) he usually buys me things he thinks are interesting and that he hopes I will like. I'm tired of being given D&D gaming modules, classic cult movies, video games, and Sci-Fi books I'm not interested in reading. I like Science-Fantasy as opposed to most old school science fiction that requires a calculator and schematics to understand, which Kev devours voraciously. Asimov and Heilein are too dry for my tastes at this time. Don't get me wrong, Kevin goes to great lengths with whatever he gives me. It will be well chosen, in fantastic shape, usually a limited, special, or first edition, and will only appreciate in value. They are truly magnificent gifts that I have no interest in or use for what-so-ever other than to appreciate their quality and how much effort he went to, which touches me deeply. Most of them are now in with his collections and the fact that I owned them originally is a distant memory.
I headed him off at the pass this time. This past spring Kevin discovered Coupling on BBC America on demand, and introduced me to it. He loves the show. I find it amusing, and certainly don't mind watching it, although it's not something I would have chosen to buy on DVD for myself. However, I do enjoy popping a bowl of popcorn, tucking myself into bed next to him with my knitting, and snickering along with him, and I knew if he saw it on my wish list he'd buy it. Now I have 28 hours of time with him to look forward to. That, my friends, is a priceless gift.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


: a division or forking into branches; especially : repeated bifurcation

I discovered that I did not really mind having my guts up on the blog. I appreciated the comments greatly, and tried to reply to them all. I know or know of most of my readers (all six of you) and feel comfortable sharing. However (and you knew there would be a however, didn't you?) I did feel uncomfortable leaving it there for random strangers to find, so it's been removed.

On to regular life.
I've finished the semester. The only grade I have back so far is Biology, with a solid B. Haven't heard anything from the other three classes yet and it's driving me bonkers.
No knitting today. I've been miserable with a rapidly progressing cold. Rapidly progressing as in i was fine this morning, ate breakfast, and by lunch i felt like crap. It's been down hill since then.
I did do some fiber work last night. Dragged out the carder and worked with some lovely fiber I bought from Margrett, gcni, romney and mohair. The carder, which is old, of unknown origin and indeterminate functionalism, is now crap. It wasn't always so. When Loverboy bought it on ebay, had it shipped from Canada, and gave it to me three years ago, it worked okay. It was fussy, and it took some care to turn out nice smooth batts, but turn them out it would. Now, the problems it had (mainly with the carding cloth, it was poorly installed) are very much exacerbated by the local climate. It has the old, leather backed carding cloth, and the leather is stretching out, turning odd colors, and it developed a case of mildew this summer when it sat out on the screen porch for a weekend. I treated it and the mildew hasn't returned, but I fear that the carder is kaput until i can get it reclothed. I'm thinking about actually buying a different, new to me carder with a fine/fur drum, and eventually having this one redone with cloth for coarser fibers. The other option I see is finding someone who can rebuild i and have them work on it. Either way, it will be months before I can make plans. Good thing I got those hand carders.
time to go make some dinner like substance and then go to sleep.