Sunday, November 27, 2005

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

pas de titre

Happy long weekend everyone

I can't believe tomorrow is Sunday. Why don't I feel totally relaxed? Perhaps I need to take a bath. That sounds nice. It's freaking cold now and the heater isn't very efficient. The cat in fact remains in the kitchen, sleeping on the hot spot in the floor where the heater actually works. Meanwhile I'm bundled up in a scarf, knitting socks and a hat. I'm thisclose to putting on some mits.

Thank god I'm going to Australia in a few weeks. Oh. Did I forget to mention that? Yes friends I will be spending this Christmas in the land down undah. Mr. G is an Aussie and we will be visiting his friends and family. It's coming upon summer in the land of Oz which means that I will be spending a lot of time on the beach. Hopefully my pale skin won't get burnt to a crisp. SPF 50 should do the trick. Of course there will be heaps of photos to share.

Last week I had a bunch of friends over for knitting and Colin Firth, I mean Pride and Prejudice. I made a pot of lentil soup a la Martha Stewart and 9 ladies of all ages gathered around the tube with their various knitting projects. Rachel has a beeeauutiful green thick and thin yarn with which she is making a scarf. Sara swung by Marin Fiber Arts and got herself some teal Amalie by Muench and started making a neck scarf. It was gorgeous to see it just in garter stitch. Jessica brought some multicolored wool to make a hat. My mom's been working on a green poncho. She's the kind of lady who looks good in ponchos. Moriah was working on her first scarf. She aspires to make the wavy scarf from knitty. Colleen brought her wedding photos to sort out (ok that's not knitting, but it wasn't strictly a knitting party it was a crafting party -everyone enjoyed checking out the photos nonetheless). Morah brought her grandma Bobbi who brought her sewing. And my cousin Liz came for the Colin Firth, I mean Pride and Prejudice. It was fabulous having everyone over. I'm going to have another party as soon as I get back from Oz.

Thanksgiving was good. Simple with family and friends. Delicious food. Relaxing. Spent the day after with my family watching Firefly episodes. Why oh why won't they put that back on tv? Hello Sci Fi channel? Put this show on!!!! Sci fi doesn't NEED aliens. They need another good space western. Sigh. Now I have the Firefly theme song in my head...

Ok but now I'm going to have Fiona Apple in my head because I went to the concert last night. It hurt. Amazing seeing her sing in person, putting the emotion and power into a live performance that her songs require. Worth every penny. She played all of my favorite songs. She seems so small in person, making her voice all the more amazing. If you love the new album or have always been a fan, make it a point to see the show. It was worth all the pain and suffering I had to endure from my brothers and husband about the stigma attached to being a Fiona fan. Why can't some men see past her slight craziness (which I find to be appealing) and give her respect for her awesome voice and stellar songs. Sigh. again.

I'm feeling guilty right now b/c I was unable to make it to my friend Warren's knit for her cure event today. I got caught up in other activities unfortunately, but I will be visiting him at the store tomorrow, with the handbag I've been working on for him. I just have to get around to actually attaching the lining to the bag. I just don't want to mess it up, so I'm avoiding it.

Well the cat has emerged from the kitchen to hide under our new side table. She must have found another warm spot in the floor. And now my fingers are freezing so I'm going to throw on a pair of mittens.

Hope you're all having a good weekend and I'll see you soon.


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I Confess I'm on the Dancefloor

I am totally obsessed with Madonna's new album. That first song Hung Up snagged me. I saw the video and that pretty much nailed it. I can't get the song out of my head, and for once that's a good thing. Maybe it's because Hung Up is now the new ringtone on my cell phone. it's good to see ol' Madgie reconnecting with her disco side. Oddly enough it makes me feel like a zygote again since that was the closest I ever got to disco.

Speaking of in utero musical exposure, I remember two songs from my childhood. The first one is Rhiannon from Fleetwood Mac. It was constantly on the radio. The second one is the theme song from the Young and the Restless, which always used to creep me out. Apparently my mom used to watch it when I was knee high to a grasshopper. I was once an avid Y and R watcher and I think that my early exposure the the theme song had something to do with it. And I betcha CBS does that on purpose...

Life's been good to me lately which is probably why I haven't been blogging too much. I have a new car pool buddy, which has improved my quality of life tremendously. It's great to have someone my age and on the same page as me to hang out with to and from work. And it helps that she's totally nice and a sweeheart. It makes me feel like I have a regular everyday social life. Isn't it funny how people just magically appear in your life?

Oh yes, about special people, my pal Cecile from SP4 sent me a surprise package. je l'adore!!!!! C'est magnifique avec le Marie Claire Idees et le stylo rose, et les laines roses. Elle savent bien les choses que j'aime. Merci Merci Merci!
Et j'espere que je voyagerai a Paris. Peut-etre tu viendra a San Francisco? Le vol n'est pas trop cher!

I am currently suffering from too many project syndrome. Where I have so many things I have to make -especially with Christmas on its way- that no matter what I'm working on I feel guilty that I'm not working on something else. Fortunatly the knitting project I'm doing now is satisfying enough to ignore that. I'm doing the Besotted Scarf from Hello Yarn. I highly recommend it as a beginning cable project. I had the pattern memorized by the second repeat. Hello Yarn also has some awesome sock patterns, and some sweater patterns to dye for. Not to mention her own line of hand dyed yarns. Somebody give this woman a book deal! That's how much I love her patterns. Anyhoo I'm making the scarf for my husband in Goddess Yarn's Ellen which is a wool and cotton mix (in the navy blue) and it's a dream to work with. I've been enjoying it tremendously. A good project for in front of the tv.

Speaking of TV. Mr. G and I are heavily engrossed in the Firefly dvd from season 1. I wish this show was still on tv. Please please please. Its the best tv dvd I've watched all year, ok almost, it comes a close second to the Forsyte Saga from PBS. But in Sci Fi land, it's #1.

So this weekend I'm having a crafty party for the ladies. I've invited my closest female friends for some soup, a fire in front of the fireplace and BBC's 1996 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth!!!!!!!!! Oh and some crafting as well. I'm pulling a full Martha Stewart. There will be massive cleaning, fancy glasses, fancy punch, food preparation the night before. I'm kind of excited about that. I love being a hostess.

Back to the projects. I'm almost finished with two flower basket bags. I just have to put together the linings....

anyhoo that's the round up. Hope you're all doing well.

La Fille Grenadine

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