Monday, June 27, 2005

Anything to put that photo lower on the blog!

It's been a productive day. I folded a month's worth of laundry, cooked a chicken curry, started seaming up the Knit 1 Tank, and I ran the dishwasher. It so doesn't take much to entertain me. It was a fun day at work. I kept getting great emails with post-party gossip. Let's just say that I wasn't the only one with a hangover on Sunday...

So there's a lot of crazy project progress in action and some interesting developments.. later this week I will post something more substantial with lots of photos of projects in progress. I still have to show everyone the loverly package my sp sent me, which I loved...

Anyway hope you're all having a good week...

Grenadine Girl

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Please Don't Laugh

OK, you know the part in the previous blog where I said that I looked fabulous at last night's party. Now looking at the photos I'm not sure anymore...

Vodka, Always a Painful Encounter

Last night was the big "what the" party and I took the opportunity to dress up. I will post a picture later, but imagine if you will a short dress, platform mary janes, and a huge pink wig and a tiara. I kept my distance from the Castro as I didn't want to upstage any drag queens because I looked fabulous.

Of course, no one else took the opportunity to put themselves in such crazy getup so I was the only one looking so out-of-this-world, which for some people would be uncomfortable, but for me I just felt sorry for those who didn't have the balls to revel in the unusual. Of course I am married and I will take any opportunity to revert to my crazy dance club girl behavior, even if only temporarily.

Needless to say my naughty behavior included drinking multple cosmos and lemondrops so I'm hurtin' a bit today.

Ouch. The price you pay to party.

Grenadine Girl

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Sewing Anyone?

I am on a crafting rampage. Never satisfied with just one project, I am balancing three:

witness the mayhem:

I'm a messy crafter

The quilt in-progress

Knit 1 Tank Top In Progress

I'm also working on a messenger bag that I can't understand the schematics for...

Oy Vey!


Monday, June 13, 2005

Photo Bonanza

Here is a photo summary of the last two weeks, mainly birthday celebrations. A special prize for who can tell me the name of the man with the funny shirt:

The Margarita Moviefest 2005:

Before Margaritas:

After Margaritas:

Sausalito Madness:

I'm exhausted just remembering all of it. Hmmm one of these days I'll actually post some knitting photos. Oh and my secret pal sent me a loverly package. So adorable and all hand made stuff -some stitch markers and handmade postcards featuring 70's and 80's era Wonderwoman... I'm a happy knitter.

peace out.

grenadine girl

Thursday, June 09, 2005


June is a good month and not just because its my birthday. Well maybe this June is particularly good because my birthday celebration lasted more than a week. A special thank you again to all of my friends family and coworkers for making my birthday absolutely fabulous!

Secret Pal 5 is in action and I'm enjoying emailing my secret pals. I'm impressed that I always get paired up with interesting people. You knitters are a fascinating bunch. Blah I wish I had more to say. Things have been really good. I've been eating entirely too much. I had some fabulous Crab Bisque at Bungalow 44. It was so good that every day at lunch time I fantasize that I'm sipping Crab Bisque instead of chomping down on last night's leftovers. Many thanks to R and R for treating me for my birthday. It was an unforgettable dinner.

Last Friday as you may know I went out with some of my friends. I planned this event for two reasons. One: to fete my birthday but also two : to see if any of my girlfriends might like any of my guy friends. Time will tell, but I think something's bubbling. I'm such a trouble maker, but the people in question are fabulous, intelligent people who have had bad luck in this arena. I've done my part playing kismet in bringing them together.. as I'm fond of saying only time will tell...

Time will tell in two weeks when my pal J has a house partay. The theme is "What the f*ck", meaning "I'll go to the party with a lampshade on my head -what the f*ck?" or "I'll wear a Homer Simpson mask to the party -what the f8ck?". I think I may go wearing a purple wig a la Charlotte in Lost In Translation (but also with a tiara -how often do I get to wear a tiara in public ?)

So this summer is panning out to be quite memorable. I've made new friends and been much more sociable, which even my pal Tai has noticed, who normally condemns my lack of a social life. Things are falling into place. Luke and I have cleared a major hurdle in our lives so we're focusing on enjoying ourselves. I'm feeling so good that i'm realizing that there only a few truly memorable eras in my life. The rest of the time life is difficult and you struggle, but unexplicably, there are times when magic happens and everything is how you want it to be. Or perhaps you're more ready to accept things the way they are, allowing you to truly enjoy what you have. The other times when this happened was when I was 13 years old, when I switched middle schools and finally met people who understood my quirky sense of humor and unusal taste in clothes (I wore a black beret everyday in middle school to remind me of my dream of travelling to France). That was a magical year because I didn't just have one friend, I had a whole group of friends. This was short lived in that I moved away the next year and had to start over again. But still I recall it as a special time. The first time I felt accepted for who I was anywhere.

The second time I felt this kind of bliss was when I travelled to Paris with my high school and stayd with a French family. I never thought I would leave New England, let alone the United States (though you would think moving to California might give me some hope). I never thought I would get to France, but go to Paris I did -sans famille and it changed my life. I was liberated by the idea that I didn't know anyone in this country and i would never see any of these people again. I felt free to be myself and to not care what people thought, even though I was hesitant to speak the French I had worked so hard to learn, I still felt free because I had to get around on my own in a foreign city and I did it. This was the first time that one of my dreams came true and the first time I felt fearless.

The last time I felt this good was when I broke up with my exboyfriend of four years. I had made a heap of friends in film school and i spent the summer doing anything and everything I wanted, following every inspired whim and impulse. Admittedly some of it was dangerous, and some of it I look back and it makes me cringe, but it was freedom, absolute freedom and I never learned more about myself. I had a heap of friends, watched a ton of movies and literally danced my ass off. It was the summer I met my husband, the last summer of no responsibility. I wish I had appreciated it more, but I don't long for that time at all. I just remember it fondly.

There was a short time -the summer of 1999 was wonderful. I spent it at UCLA where I hung out exclusively with international students. It was like going abroad without going abroad. Again it was a time of friends and lots of movies. I suppose I am happiest when I am surrounded by interesting people and going to the movies frequently.

What's great is that I know that another memorable summer is ahead of us and that we have to grab it by the horns and open all the doors to allow it to be as good as it can be. I'm going to make my own ice cream, I'm going to hang out at the Thursday Night Farmer's Market, I'm going to have lunch with Anne, have cocktails in my backyard, play tennis with Luke, going to write that screenplay, go away for a weekend, and hopefully have enough time to make quilts and knit tank tops.

Hope you all have a fabulous summer because mine starts NOW.


Sunday, June 05, 2005

Is it really Sunday night already?

yep it is because I'm blogging my weekend roundup.

Truth be told the weekend went by rather slowly because I was so busy. It was the best of both worlds. I went out, hung out and crafted out. Friday night was my birthday celebration in Sausalito. Pretty low key -we went to my favorite hole-in-the-wall bar called Patterson's. Once everyone arrived we went to my favorite Indian restaurant for some Punjabi burritos. I gorged on two potato samosas. I'm still full. Then we went to my friend Tai's house where we watched Iron Chef. Did I mention that this was the best birthday ever? You really can't beat watching a Lamb battle with your friends. It was all fois gras and bacon and truffles. Do I need mention that Iron Chef Sakai won the battle?

Saturday my parents and brother came over we snacked and I took my mom to the local quilt shop and yarn shop. My empty wallet hurts. We went for sushi at Sushi to Dai for, which was quite yummy. I saw my friends Jessica and Anne walking down the street so I got up in the middle of dinner to chat with them. It was a good time. I'm lucky to have such nifty friends. I hope to spend more time with them this summer. Man I really need to have a barbedcue, as if I haven't partied enough this week. God.

As such, I was happy to have a quiet Sunday. I worked on my quilt, worked on the Rowan knit-1 tank, and just generally enjoyed myself. Oh yeah and I played Lord of the Rings. I'm totally addicted to that game despite the fact that the turn-based play is pretty boring. I'm stuck fighting the pig-faced orc at Osgiliath. I've been beaten by him 6 times already, but I'm not letting it get me down.

Yay: "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" the doco about Wilco's album Yankee Foxtrot is on so I will leave you to watch it and to drink my glass of red wine.

Happy weekend for me, good week to you.

joyex tricoter

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Best Birthday Evah!!!!!!

Yes Friends,

Today is my birthday -only four more years until I'm 30! I have been spoiled beyond belief by my family, friends and coworkers and it isn't even noon yet.

Many thanks to all of you for making it so special.

Oh and thanks to my secret pal 5 Speedway (that's her secret pal name!) for the hilarious e-card.

Its nice being loved.

Grenadine Girl

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Secret Pal 5

Have you noticed that I do the things that I already said I wouldn't do? So here we go for Secret Pal 5.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? I prefer the higher quality, but I won't turn down any yarn!

2. Do you spin? Crochet? no spinning or crocheting

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)I am allergic to smoke

4. How long have you been knitting? Since September 04

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? yes

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)citrusy, light floraly scents

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Not so much

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Quilting and collaging

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)lots of stuff, just not rap.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? I love hot pink, teal, green, orange, yellow. Surprise me.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? married, no pets or children - yet.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)To be a citizen of the world.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Cascase 220, Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Any plymouth yarn, Crystal Palace Chenille

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? not a big fan of the novelty yarns.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? tank tops.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? scarves, handbags, and shirts

17. What are you knitting right now? Two things: a tank top and a baby blanket. I would like to be knitting something with a ribonny yarn. Yes a shawl with a ribonny yarn would be quite nice, perhaps in lavender-type color.

18. What do you think about ponchos? Not so much.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Straight.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? All of the above.

21. Are you a sock knitter? No, but I would like to be.

22. How did you learn to knit? I taught myself!

23. How old is your oldest UFO? 4 years old.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? none really.

25. What is your favorite holiday? New Year's Eve.

26. Is there anything that you collect? What don't I collect? Tea Cups and Saucers, antique books about Napoleon, old cameras, French ephemera.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? None, but I'm a magazine-a-holic so they would be welcomed.