Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I actually met Mitch through a program, Presidential Classroom, during High School. He was wormy and non-memorable. I took a trip to DC where we studied government and met our representatives (along with Mersydotes in Elevated Umbrella!). We met one of our senators, I can't remember the old Republican guy's name but the experience made both Mersydotes and myself into Democrats/Greens. He made the most disgusting comments to us, it was two women and three men, all attending based on equal merit and selected by our teachers and this senator says to M, "Mmmm, you smell good, what flavor are you?" I think M was wearing Channel. Or maybe it was Electric Blue, she was a big Debbie Gibson fan!!!! Anyway, Mr. Republican Senator probably did more to dissuade youth from serving the government than the Congressional Page program!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This was the perfect first quilting project as it doesn't involve any ironing (or "pressing," as PM told me!), very little pinning and for the most part, if you mess up, you can't really tell, or that's what I'm telling myself. This is a square rag quilt made from flannel, I'm clipping it, then I'll wash and dry it a few times to fray the ends of one side. I'm not a fan of pre-washing, pressing or pinning and my aunt had already done the cutting, so you'd think I couldn't go wrong! It looks okay, and it's given me some great ideas.
Of course, my man said, "I like how it's not all perfect squares, some are trapezoids, it's looks nice." This is a non compliment as it's actually supposed to be squares! It's almost as bad as this non compliment someone told me once, "Everybody hates your nose ring, but I kinda like it."
This quilt taught me:
1. How to do a straight seam (or not).
2. Chain stitching-I think that's what it's called, I sewed the small pieces in a big long chain.
3. I'm no good at holding pins in my mouth.
4. I'm not a perfectionist.
You can see my next adventure in the right corner of the above photo-pinks purples and oranges for my baby girl!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
When I was in college, a rowing teammate of mine (we'll call her AS to protect her anonymity) said to me after a practice, "You are competitive and you always have to be right." I shrugged it off and went home to my suite mates and asked (we'll call her) Clizzaire, "Do you think I'm competitive and I always have to be right?" "NOOOoooo." She said.
About 6 months later, Clizzaire we were having a discussion and she said, "Remember when you asked me if I thought you were competitive and always had to be right?" "Yeah." "Well, I lied, you are all those things." "Oh," I answered, "You are just jealous because you know I'm right!!"
By the way, if Amy Singler, an old rowing teammate of mine is out on the Internet and finds this, I think I still owe you money and feel terrible about it! I think I offered to knit for you in exchange for my debt and I'm sure that sounded totally ridiculous to you, so if you contact me, I'll send you an actual check for the money!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This is what happens when I don't shop for a long time. The bottom row are my old flops, the ones I was wearing for the last 4 years or so. I decided I needed to buy new shoes and the result is the top row-3 new pairs in one season, actually in one shopping trip! Excessive? Well, the pink ones match when I wear pink or black, the blue ones are for any shade of blue and the sparkly ones I couldn't resist because they make me feel special. They are my fancy flops. It's all I can buy right now, nothing else fits. By the way, people around here call these 'thongs' and that is so wrong!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
We went to the zoo with all our friends. We went to music class and forest park water park and Silverlake for a swim and beach time.
This weekend we went to Fresh Paint, an art festival in Everett, with T. We bought ourselves a painting, and that means no Cmas presents for either of us! But, we loved the colors and wanted to support a local artist. The painting is a view of the Snohomish valley, or at least the way she saw it! The artist is Ursula Stocke.
Rain means we'll be resorting to our indoor activities, which for Butters, is organizing things. This is what I found when I came back from the bathroom.
He clearly has a plan in mind of how these animals should be lined up. Height? No. Food Preference? No. Spots and Stripes? No, he's not that simple. This is obviously an evolutionary grouping demonstrating split off from a common ancestry according to era and epoch. Or, at least, that's what I see. Have you ever noticed all parents think their child is advanced?
Speaking of evolution, a guest on the Colbert Report had me totally fuming. Mike Huckabee is a Republican candidate for president who doesn't believe in evolution. This is what he had to say, a paraphrase from my memory:
"I don't believe in evolution, but I'm seeing devolution in the congress. Evolution is the belief that we came from apes and I see devolution as we are turning back into apes!"
First of all, don't go giving him the Nobel Prize because there is already theory of 'de-evolving" or evolution backwards, it's called Neotony and he clearly demonstrates it. Second, evolution does NOT say we came from apes, we shared a common ancestor with apes. If you are going to not believe something, at least learn what it is that you don't believe! If you have come to a conclusion about about a theory or a belief and you've studied it, thought about it or even prayed about it and you've made your decision, fine. But, don't decide something is wrong, when you know nothing about it. Hmm. That's probably why 90% of abortion opponents are men!
Okay, enough ranting, can you tell I'm pregnant, I just went from toy animals to evolution to republicans to abortion! My mind is all over the place.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Finally, I can cross some UFO's off my list, I'm off to the post office (okay, tomorrow).
From left: Zigzag scarf for a special friend in France, made with Noro. Sweater is the pattern Darling, one skein (with about a foot left, no joke) of Eco by Cascade and a trio of washcloths in red cotton.
And since no post is complete without a photo of my Butters, here we are in the rain, we took a walk today to splash in the puddles in our very cute frog boots.
Well...I can't play favorites!