Saturday, June 30, 2007

Who knew?

I was kinda surprised to find that this rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:
  • queer (2x)
  • crap (1x)

Online Dating

This was interesting to do....

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Part 2 - Sea World Trip

4 adults, 3 children, one minivan, 4 nights, 800 miles, two motel rooms = one glorious trip.

We really had a blast. I think all the kids had a great time, I know that DeVia, Juanita and I did.

Melody was miserable for part of the trip, but she had a much better time than last year.

Here is a slideshow of some of the over 400 pics from the trip:

Part 1 - Sea World trip

We had such a good time. D, her granddaughter, my sister Juanita and all three of Juanita's children rented a mini van and drove to San Diego to spend 2 days at Sea world and get some beach time.

Here are the first set of pictures from the swimming with Dolphins event that we did.
All five of us in the water to stroke the underside of the dolphin. The 18 year old did not want to do this event, so I got to do it again. It was just as much fun this time as it was in Hawaii. These pictures do not show how cute my hair cut is - cause I had to take the combs out of it and it's pretty funky looking in these shots.

My beautiful sister Juanita.

Princess Maegan

Shawnee had a great time on this trip. It's the first time that we have spent more than just a few hours with her and we really think she had fun.

Sarah looks so natural in the wet suit. She had lots of questions to the trainer about how to work with the animals.

All five of us, giving a signal to the dolphin.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Another Finished Object

or rather two of them - socks count for two - right?

Here is the pair of socks that I started on my trip to Mom's right before Mother's day weekend. I started the second sock on my trip to Portland to see the Yarn Harlot. She said that she liked the yarn - it's from Ray. The stitch pattern is an offset rib with a couple of knit rows between - like this k2 p2 across for 3 rows, k two rows plain, p2 k2 across for 3 rows, k two rows plain. figure 8 cast on with 12 stitches and a YO short row heel down to 12 stitches and then back up.

It's my generic sock formula with a pattern stitch on the instep and leg.

I finished the socks last night at the guild meeting and cast on for a new pair immediately. This new color is very intense and I think I am keeping them for myself.

I'm trying to figure out what kind of pattern to do on the instep of this one.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Portland to see the Yarn Harlot

ok, as promised, this post is very picture heavy...

I flew into Portland Thursday morning - it was gorgeous out. A light breeze blowing, nice and cool. I found the MAX and called Melissa to tell her I was on my way. I sat in the very front seat next to the window so that I could knit on my sock and look at all the green. I swear, someday, I WILL move to Portland and live in the green again.

Melissa has two cats, I could only get a photo of this one. Isn't she pretty?

We went to dinner on Thursday night. Duffy picked us up at Lint where Melissa introduced me to the seductiveness of Koigu. I resisted that night, but see Koigu in my future. We rode in Duffy's little VW across the bridge to Roux for amazing Cajun food.

Friday morning, after lazing about in our jammies and knitting, I took off for a few hours to wander about Portland. I ended up in Powell's, checking out the set up for that evening and escaping with only 4 books. I walked over to the park with the elephant to sit and read for a while before heading back to Melissa's place. Melissa and I lay down for a short nap and were woken up by Rodger letting us know that even at 5:30 it was filling up fast. We pulled ourselves together as best we could and walked down instead of waiting for a bus or MAX. Rodger saved us seats right up front. Can you pick me out of the crowd?

Here's little cutie pie Rodger holding my sock. He was so helpful, took lots of my photos for me as he was in the front row and had a much better view

Here's photo Rodger took of my sock admiring the crowd.

And here's the Yarn Harlot herself, taking pics of her sock with the crowd.

The very worried look on her face as she describes a potential future after the world wide wool blight hits and we all must guard our stash from those foolish cold muggles who mocked our forethought.

The Harlot held my sock and pronounced it good - she even asked where I got the yarn - of course I was knitting with Ray's yarn again - go ahead and browse his shop - you know you want to. My next sock will be knit out of this, I took it to Portland with me just in case I finished the sock I was working on.

I'm tired, but it's a good tired. I'm sure glad that I have today to rest before heading to work tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Off to Portland

I know, I know - another post without any pictures. I promise, when I get back from Portland I will upload all the knitting, spinning and travel pics from the last two weeks.

Tomorrow I will fly to Portland to visit with a couple of friends from a knitting list that I am on and see the Yarn Harlot at Powell's Books. I can't stand it - my favorite author, my favorite book store, hanging out with knit sibs, and Portland all in one trip. Oh, and there will be knitting and spinning too!

I fell in love with the city of Portland the first time that D took me there. I did not want to come back. It had everything - water, weather, beautiful downtown area. If it wasn't for the family we both have here - we would be living in Portland in a second!

Monday, June 04, 2007

New Work Space

My son is moved out - they have taken possession of the new townhouse and I really think they like it.

Besides missing him, this means that we have resumed discussions of what to do about a work space for me. I have the wall o' stash, (that photo was over a year ago -you know the wall is bigger now) I need space to put my drum carder and spread carding/blending projects out. I haven't produced any spinning batts for months.

We are talking about taking out the wall between our two small bedrooms, turning that area into one large room with space for the computer server and printer and plenty of room for me to work.

I've ordered two of these, to start with.

I may start using the bigger room before we move ahead with the demolition. It all depends on how fast I think the project is really going to be done.

I'll have pics when it gets busy around here.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

What color is your brain

Here's a fun quiz - very close to true.

What Color is Your Brain?


At work or in school: I like set routines and organized ways of doing thingsl rules and directions are a great help to me. I prefer to stay on one topic at a time. I need to know what is expected of me, and I always want to know if I am on the right track. I like subjects that are useful and traditional, such as business, accounting, history and government.
With friends: I prefer people who are careful with their money and who make plans ahead of time. I like my friends to be loyal, dependable and on time. I am serious about love and show it in many practical ways.
With family: I like stability and security and enjoy traditions and frequent celebrations. I like to spend holidays with family members, and I plan ahead for such gatherings.
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