Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Just to let you know I'm alive

well, and because I haven't had any knitting time....
I'm doing a meme.

The things I have done are in BOLD! My comments and things I plan on doing are in ITALIC. Things I don’t plan on doing ever are just straight regular font!

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band Rock, Marching, and Concert Bands
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity I have given to charity, but not more than I could afford
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis eww. no.
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child I'd do it, if the oppurtunity arose
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train It wasn't fun, since it wasn't a sleeper car.
21. Had a pillow fight uhm yeah! It's what girls do together.
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (Hasn’t everyone???)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon HAHAHAHAHAHA
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught myself a new language I'm trying - Telemundo works for me!
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing well, on an indoor wall.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant Evad did this before.
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie I've been on tv quite a few times, but never a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox twice.
89. Saved someone’s life Yup. more than once.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Doin' stuff.

I've been doin' stuff. Ok - mostly working, but, in the little time I am away from the theatre, I have managed to get some knitting done. Of course, I chose to spend my time knitting, in stead of blogging, so you guys didn't even know I started these projects, let alone finished them. In fact, I didn't even get them loaded into Ravelry before I finished them. Feel free to roll your eyes at me. I'm rolling mine.
I finished another pair of Holiday Gift Mittens!!

Name: Shaggy Squash
Pattern: Fleece Stuffed Mittens from Favorite Mittens
Needles: Vintage DPN's in size 4 and 5
Yarn: Valley Yarns Berkshire in Gold
Notes: Yup, more Penile references. I'm a 12 year old boy. This is my first pair with black thrumming. I like the effect, although the black is somehow harder to work with. It is softer than the cream was, and therefore less "grabby". But, it is softer, and therefore amazingly decadent to wear. I have two pairs left to go, and both get the black thumming. I think I might actually get them all finished with time to spare! (knock on wood)
I also knit up another baby bib.

Name: Baby Grossness Protector
Pattern: Baby Bib of Love from Mason Dixon Knitting
Needles: US 5's
Yarn: Sugar and Cream Ombre - summer splash
Notes: These little bibs are so cute and fast. Much faster than a baby blanket - just saying. Anyway, I knit most of this during the new James Bond movie. (Growl!) I finished up the last strap last night, and found the cutest button this morning. Awwwww.

If this little piece of knitting wasn't for catching all manner of grossness that comes out of a baby's mouth, I'd say I just want to eat it up. I plan on making two more of these for imminent baby arrivals. They will be good tech knitting I think...

So I gotta go. Work is calling. It sounds like a blasted Christmas song.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

For the Love of all that is Yarny

Attention all blog readers!
eh hem.

I have finally finished something, in a respectable amount of time - even with the current work load form the underworld- AND am managing to blog about it!!!

Oh, hold on a minute. We have to wait for a few people that fell over.

Better? ok!

Name: Pink Pangaea
Pattern: Pangaea Shawl by Whatifknits
Yarn: JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18, in Ladyslipper
Needles: KP Harmony options, size 5
Notes: I am a sucker for a KAL shawl. I really really am. I am also not a quitter, so quite often I find myself knitting to finish a shawl that I am not totally in love with, just to "get it done". The Pangaea Shawl does not fall into that world. I really do love it, and enjoyed knitting it. Evad might disagree, since he heard the bulk of the cuss words that I flung about when trying to p3tog and doing the last 5 or so rows.

But, on the whole, a nice lace project. It wasn't too easy - causing boredom. It wasn't too hard- so it could go to SnB. Nice medium hard lace. Well, except that edging. ok. ok. it wasn't hard, per se, just fussy. I have been quite stressed at work lately, and knitting has been helping to relieve that stress nicely. "True Lace" knitting is not on my stress relieving short list. I'll just leave it at that.

I plan to give this bit of lacy goodness to LWT for the radio auction. I hope it sells well. The one last year did, so I have high hopes. Hey! I just realized that I finished this hella early! The radio auction isn't until February! I rock so hard I'm gonna have a stiff neck for a year.

As always, knitting with Zephyr is wonderful. The sheen after blocking is fan-fucking-tastic. It blocks so well. Dream lace yarn. And it looks like cotton candy. sweet.

Well peeps, that is all from the land of Costumechick. I'll try to post a bit more often, but I am finding the darkness at 5:00 a deterrent. I can't manage to move my considerable ass is the morning to get good progress shots in the daylight. Then, at night it is dark when I get home. Oh, and I am actually working at work, so no time for blog post then either. Sigh. Oh well, at least this only lasts for two more hellish, Christmas filled weeks!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

some thoughts

I'm coming out of my Christmas show infused craze of a life to post a few comments about where I've been, what I'm doing, and my thoughts about the last few days.

Where have I been?
Working, bitches. Christmas show is hugely hugely big. I have a metric shit ton of stuff to do, o I am not getting to blog. I think of stuff to say everyday, feel guilty for not posting everyday, yet still don't manage to actually do it. The return of semi-regular posting is coming, I promise.

What am I doing?
Aside for the Christmas show from Hell? Um.. Still working on the socks form my Dad. They are really dull. I did finish the first one, finally. I am on the last clue of the Pangea Shawl. It's pretty. I should post pics. (roll eyes)
I am also working on a shawl for the Christmas show that will not Die. It's big. It's black, it's lace. Pics would be nice of that too....
Yeah. That's it. work, knit lace, sleep. It has been, and will be my life until after Thanksgiving.

What are my thoughts on the last few days?
I had a day to process, so I can skip the "WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO" portion of my post and go directly to the meat of my thoughts.
I am happy, super proud, and elated at this countries decision to elect Obama. I know lots of people didn't agree on the choice, or else he would have 100% of the vote, but then we wouldn't have had a real election. Choice is a very important thing.
Speaking of choice... I don't live in Colorado. I visited it once. It was nice. But, I am proud that they managed to see why "defining when life begins" could be a problem, and a step towards thwarting a woman's choices about her body. I am firmly in the "keep the government out of my uterus camp."
While we are keeping the government out shit..... what the hell California? What the hell, rest of the states that voted on Marriage definitions? Seriously. My heart is aching for all my gay and lesbian friends. I'm glad that CT didn't vote to have a "Constitutional convention", but I am heart broken about the other decisions across the country. Prop H8te won't be decided for at least another week, as all the provisional ballots have not been counted, but still... why is this even close?
It seems a bit extreme, but what if next the religious nut jobs decided that non-christians can't marry? Evad and I are, respectively, Atheist and Agnostic. We don't believe in "the bible". (don't get me started in how you can't believe in a book, but believe instead in the mythology in the book. I'll go on for days, and I have work shit to do.) How big of a leap is it really for the fundies to say, "Marriage should be defined as a union between one christian man and one christian woman."?
I'll leave it at that.