26 July 2007
Also, it's been a while, but I finally finished another Lizard Ridge block. This is #13, so I'm now over halfway there.
24 July 2007
I haven't completely neglected the rest of the world for 48 hours, however. For example, today I attempted to rescue the cashmere/merino that Furgie had used as a litter box. I soaked it in OdorMute and then left it outside to dry. It was in the mid-90's today--good aerating weather, I suppose. I dunno if my attempts have worked. The smell is gone, but the yarn is drying rather stiff:
I also took T1 to my campus today with a bag full of bread. The ducks, of course, were very shy in claiming their share:
This pond is one of several on campus, and it's right next to my office building. It's very pretty. It even has a little bridge leading to a small island with picnic benches. T1 and I were on the island in these pictures. I don't know what the grounds crew puts in the pond that turns it such an unnatural green color, but whatever it is, it doesn't seem to bother the critters. In addition to the ducks, this particular pond is also home to a couple of red-eared sliders, both of whom are also fond of bread.
There are also innumerable tiny fish, and they create minature feeding frenzies over thrown bread. If you click on this picture, you might be able to see them clustered around the floating lavash:
At least one larger fish lives here, too. I haven't been able to get a really clear look at it or a picture, but it will ocassionally lunge out of the water to snatch some bread. It's at least a foot long and sort of muddy colored.
18 July 2007
Today I acquired a nearly-new Macintosh in my office due to a colleague's retirement. I actually do most of my work on PCs, but I have an ancient Mac in my office that's been limping along as a web server. And I've been totally lusting after newer Macs, with their sleek and sexy monitors and lack of separate towers. So I'm very happy with my new toy, and, with the help of our extremely "helpful" IT office, the new Mac and server ought to be running right also by the year 3000. But in the meantime, at least the Mac looks pretty in my office.
Thing 1 is attending gymnastics camp this week, which requires me to make twice-daily trips to the gym, 20 miles away. On Monday morning we passed 5 cars with flat tires, and I joked that it was National Flat Tire Day. "I'm glad we're not celebrating!" I joked.
Apparently, it's actually National Flat Tire Week, and I am too celebrating. As I was on my way to pick up Thing 1 this afternoon my tire suddenly blew. Luckily: a) I hadn't yet got onto the freeway; b) my car handles really beautifully, even with a sudden flat; c) it was quite pleasant out today, so I didn't broil while waiting for AAA to arrive; and d) my tires were about due for replacement anyway. A sharp metal bolt was the culprit, and the tire is toast. Hubby had to leave work early to pick T1 up, but we did all get home safely. Now, don't you go celebrate too!
15 July 2007
12 July 2007
09 July 2007
When the Things wore that sweater, people used to stop and ask where I'd got it. I always replied, oh-so-modestly, "I made it."
When you put a lot of time and effort and money into baby clothes, you're faced with a choice: either let them actually wear the clothes and hope they don't get instantly ruined, or save the clothes but never let the kids actually wear them. The Things wore this sweater a lot. It held up very well against two messy, active little girls. I took that picture of it with the socks yesterday, and you can see it still looks nice. And the yarn has only gotten softer.
Hubby and the Things are having a garage sale this weekend (while I'm teaching a class all day--ha ha!) so I've been busy sorting baby clothes. This one definitely goes in the "save" box.
What's your favorite thing you ever made?
08 July 2007
Does the woman:
- Attempt to salvage the yarn, which cost her $60 at Stitches West two years ago? or
- Sigh sadly, chalk this up as a Lesson Learned, and dump the yarn in the trash?
Speaking hypothetically, of course.
05 July 2007
Behold the world's biggest hat! Herby was impressed. Here's what it looked like after felting:
The pattern is from Felt It! It's supposed to be a placemat with several swirls of color. But when my Mom made the pattern, she discovered it makes a better bowl than placemat. I thought it'd work well as a Yin-Yang bowl, and I am very pleased with how it turned out. I may make more.
Yesterday I promised more pictures from our travels. Rather than clog the blog, I put them up as a couple of photo sets on Flickr. Feel free to browse so you can view Voodoo Doughnuts, a chocolate stash (did I tell you I found a source in Portland for Curly Wurlies??), and more.
Ruthie spent the last few days at the kennel, so when we picked her up this morning she had that kennel smell. Plus she'd spent a lot of time playing in water and she was looking bedraggled. It hit 109 degrees here today, and I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a dog wash. Ruthie usually isn't too thrilled about baths, but today she didn't even bother with a token struggle. Hose water feels good when it's this hot!
Finally, Mim has tagged me, so here are 8 random things about me: 1) I have a scar on my right index finger due to a run-in with a meat slicer at a pizza place I worked at in college; 2) I also have a small scar on my left arm from a hot french-fry basket at my first job, McDonald's; 3) I like to write short stories and would love to have one published someday; 4) Also in college, I once earned money spending a weekend scooping poop at a dog show; 5) I have a reputation in my family for bringing up yucky conversation topics--bugs, blood, dead bodies, etc.--during meals; 6) I got a D in calculus my senior year in high school; 7) In law school, I won an award for having the highest grade in my class in my Wills & Trusts course, of all classes; and 8) I really want to take a glass fusing class.
Rather than tagging any specific people, I tag everyone who reads this!
04 July 2007
We returned home from Oregon Sunday night, but then left for San Francisco first thing Monday morning. I'll post more pictures later, but here are a few highlights.
For about a year, someone in Portland has been chaining plastic horses to the iron rings that still exist in some neighborhoods, from when people had to tie up their (real) horses. We found this one near Northeast Alberta Street.
The next couple of pictures are from San Francisco. Even though I teach Criminal Justice, I'd never been to Alcatraz until yesterday. We lucked out with some gorgeous weather. I really enjoyed the prison tour, but here's something a bit more unexpected that we saw:
That is a baby seagull. For all the zillions of times I've been around adult gulls, I don't think I've ever seen a baby before. It was peeping cutely at its parents, which are just off-camera. Incidentally, Thing2 insists on calling these birds "eagles," much to the amusement of everyone around.
One more shot from Alcatraz:
It's a pity we don't have one of these at home. It would make time-outs much more meaningful.
I'm planning to spend the next couple of days resting and catching up on things. I'm actually going to be staying put at home for a few weeks now--maybe I can catch up on some knitting. Tomorrow I'll post a pic of the FO I made in Oregon.