Saturday, December 29, 2007

last post of '07

Well, I assume it'll be the last post I make this year. I'm headed to Seattle for New Year's (a dry one most likely seeing as Cec. doesn't drink and I hate drinking alone). It'll be good to not be home... not be on the couch thinking about how this year hasn't been a stellar one.

MyAndrew called this morning and invited me to a party tonight; I don't think I'll go. In fact, I know I won't.

I'm staring at that 500GB hard drive I bought on a whim and am thinking I need to return it. Should I trust the reviews I've been reading (mostly by PC owners... mostly negative) or just lump it and take a chance? I'd say the feedback has been 50/50 and most of the reviews from Mac users has been positive, so yeah, I'll probably keep it. I want to try to extend the life of this laptop a little longer since I've been told there's going to be "cool new stuff for Mac next year!" As is the case. I'll wait to get my new laptop until early next year.

My face is being mutinous. I tried that sample of very expensive facial cream (no, not eye cream) last night and woke up to a swollen right eye (hives). I also have a massive zit on my chin... makes me look like more of a witch than I already am... I've got a good day and a half until I need to look kissable (for NYE, natch) so there is hope.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

b-ball rollin' silver and gold

Last night was interesting... I had already mapped out my evening's entertainment (via TVGuide.com) when I got a call from the Yacobuccis. They invited me over for Christmas but when I never got a phone call with the date and time (funny story, will recount later), I figured the phone call was a kind of confrontational, "where were you?" but it was in actuality an invitation to the Nuggets vs. Bucks game.

Mind you I had lost my head earlier in the day and went to the mall for the day-after sales (and was grossly disappointed that all the good holiday clearance stuff had already been cleared out -- mainly these cards I wanted to get at Urban Outfitters for half off... all gone). I was exhausted when the phone rang... I was half-asleep on the couch and wasn't able to get up and check the message for a good 30 minutes. Anyhow, I haven't really been hanging out with anyone since I've finished work. I've been indulging myself in self-pity and low self-esteem and have been in a sort of self-imposed exile but the phone works both ways and it hasn't really been ringing much anyway. SO, my initial reaction was to stay in on the couch but I went to the game (where we had FLOOR SEATS!) and had a very good time. Annie and I walked home after, hitting up Vita and the "Ping Pong Bar" on the way... we talked, more than we have for the past year, and it was just a great night.

As a side note it struck me as odd that a basketball court is actually quite small -- true, the players are freak-giants so everything looks smaller in comparison, but even before they ran onto the court, when the cheerleaders were doing their thing, everything looked so much smaller... the baskets looked lower and the depth of the court wasn't as grand as it appears on TV. Maybe it was just a weird perspective thing, I don't know, but that was what I took away from the game...

In other news I got a Christmas card from the wife of one of my employers! I hate to sound cheesy about it but it was a very pleasant surprise. Tracy is someone I've always wanted to hang out with -- she was grossly pregnant on the tour we did four years ago so she wasn't drinking or hanging out much, but I could tell she was incredibly smart and funny and would be someone I'd like to have as a friend. Anyhow she rather threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to "get this friendship off the ground!" Yay. It's just interesting how the universe works, you know? I've been feeling quite down about my friends in Denver -- that they tend to let me down but that I can't cut the cords because I've got history with these people. I've been wanting to meet new people -- people who are courteous and kind and I went to a knitting group and met a group of women who are that and more. I was thinking that Tracy is just the kind of person I'd like to call a friend and she sent me a Christmas card and expressed the same sentiment.

I don't know. Things are going to be good in '08... I just have a feeling about it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

happy birthday jesus?

It's snowing. My home is filled with the brightest light on the greyest of days. I love how quiet the world is when insulated by snowfall.

I really just wanted to post a photo of the beautiful cappuccino I had at La Colomb in NY last week. I wish I had a photo of the pastry I ate, alas it didn't last long -- it was THAT good.

I'm going to resume the movie watching now. Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 24, 2007

knitting ocd

I made hats for Kevin and Robert. While we were all in NY, I dragged them out to Purl Soho because I'd never been there -- just their online shop. I was shocked at the tweeness of the shop -- it's just big enough for a dining room table (where they encourage knitting). All the yarn is stacked in 12x12 box shelves from floor to ceiling -- arranged by color. It's just a stunning little store. The fabric shop (which I had to skip on account of the boys, gay as they are, because their eyes were starting to glaze over) was just a couple of doors down. I'll go there next time.

So, I got motivated the last two days and made one hat per day. Robert choose this beautiful chocolatey-brown baby alpaca and Kevin went for black (so practical). Here are the hats... I did the sinful thing and tried them on to take photos. I don't know why I'm so weird about that... it's just a hat and I know I don't have lice or anything, but it does gross me out.

Eh, it's Christmas Eve. I don't celebrate so I've got a stack of rented videos (good ones like "Sherry Baby" and "Little Children" and drek like "Music & Lyrics" so I can get my Hugh Grant fix). I also have The Sweeney boxset to get through, but I might have to save those for Christmas day.

Countdown on to Seattle. Yay!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

atonement

Not for me, but the movie (even though I do have a list of things to atone for, most recently stiffing that cabbie in NY). I read the book when it came out and swiftly forgot everything about it. Lors called me and asked if I'd like to go to a movie and I was surprised that he chose "Atonement" so I happily agreed to meet up.

I was a mess for the rest of the day. Everything about the plot came back to me in a rush; even though I knew how the movie would end, it was filmed beautifully and I got completely wrapped up in the plot. It was such a great movie (for a war film, no less). I'm still a little weepy just thinking about it... I might have to revisit the book even though I've got "Saturday" on the shelf unread. Decisions, decisions.

I received a couple of lovely emails (yes, email) unexpectedly yesterday and today. The first, from a friend I missed in NY with a casual, "I miss ya" at the end. It made me sad that I didn't stay longer to catch up in person. The second email was from a close friend's partner -- I was under the impression that I was persona non grata in her opinion, but I suppose I was wrong. I'd been given bad information by a 3rd party (i.e. gossip) regarding her feelings towards me and took it for the truth. I'm going to try not to get caught up in rumors and gossip next year -- I think it will save me a load of grief.

In other news I'm headed to Seattle for New Year's! I get to spend some (not really quality) time with Cec before she begins a new quarter at the Uni. I know she's been stressed out and I wish I could do something to help her out, but short of doing her schoolwork and sitting in on exams for her, I can only sit and listen when she's stressed out. I feel really horrible that school is kicking her butt so badly, but I really respect her desire to get good marks. I'm a mediocre student, at best -- read: lazy. I have a thirst for knowledge, but take exception to the bureaucracy of higher learning. I breezed through all my degrees with decent grades, but I could've done better had I put a little effort at all into the work. Oh well, lesson learned should I ever make a return to school...

I'm making green chili today. It's cold outside; there was a call for soup.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

fly away home

Oh, New York was amazing! I tried to stay longer, but United wasn't cooperating... they asked me if I realized it was "Christmas week" and then said that they could only guarantee I'd make it to DC if I decided to stay few more days. Bastards. I was going to try to volunteer for my flight, but I had a transportation mishap on my way to LGA and went one stop too far on the subway... hence, I had to take a cab the rest of the way (about 10 minutes) or possibly miss my flight. SO, my plan was to pay by credit card and keep my $6 to buy food on the plane, but the driver (who was blahblahing on his cell phone the entire way and driving all crazy, as they do) insisted his credit card reader was broken (but I'd been warned that cabbies have to shell out 5% of their fare on charges and they almost always say their card readers are broken). So I stiffed him... only half deliberately. I went straight to my gate and bypassed the ATM in the food court. I am definitely going to hell.

Anyhow, I couldn't volunteer at the gate until the agents showed up... at which point, they did ask for volunteers and I missed out by 2 people. Oh well, instant karma is a bitch but I was happy to get home.

Vegas was incredibly cold. I didn't like that. This is what my morning looked like (on the way to DEN):

The 40-minute drive took over 2 hours.

When I got to Vegas, I was so stressed out from the drive that all I wanted to do was sleep... and so I did. The one great thing about the Luxor is that the casino is on the ground floor -- under the main floor of the hotel. It's actually very quiet in the rooms. I've only stayed at the Hard Rock and the Alexis Park (both relatively noisy places) so this was a new experience. The beds, unfortunately, were not nice. I slept soundly regardless.

Smoking is rampant in Ve-gas:

But they do Christmas right (it is a city of lights afterall).

New York was amazing (I need to reiterate this, apparently) -- beautiful window displays at Bergdorf Goodman... and the bombastic Christmas at Saks was pretty cool, too. I can't wait to get back to the city!

In other news, I'm crafting. I made this earring holder today out of: pre-fab frame, aluminum screen and staple gun. Am making a matching ring holder out of: pre-fab frame, galvanized wire and tiny s-hooks. I hope the ring holder works... will post photos when finished.

Friday, December 14, 2007

i needed a laugh today

What a patient cat... this popped up in my Flickr feed recently and I thought I should share. It's wearing a sweater AND a bonnet. So strange and silly.

Monday, December 10, 2007

i did it!!!

I got my cards and my parcels in the mail! It's a minor miracle that I made the deadline... I spent all day yesterday sick from a toxic combination of bourbon and vodka and awoke today completely disoriented. I thought I had slept through Monday, which put me in a major panic seeing as the news reported today as the last day to ship anything international (on the cheap) to arrive by Christmas. Phew.

So I knit frantically and finished Val's dalek:

I also managed to finally put those buttons on my Aspen hat, so it's street legal now. Hoorah! (Just in time for Vegas... I think it's cold there... have hat, will travel).
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Thursday, December 6, 2007

mastaprocrastinatah

Oh dear. No progress on the Daleks... and they really need to go out tomorrow. I did knit up a Twinkle Aspen hat, though:

In other news, on Polly's advice, I added faerie lights to my tree... it's much improved. These are some of my favorite ornaments -- sharing is caring:


from l to r: 'lil Bobby from Cecilia, Anthrophologie Japanese fish thing from a couple of years ago and this year's Urban Outfitters find (Kimono Bunny)

first, last, only

Holiday parties. Not a fan.

Kev and Robert invited me to a party last night -- the great thing is that it was early (I was home by 9:30). I didn't really get a chance to mingle or meet new people... it was one of those things where I met people I've met many times before, but have to be re-introduced. That is one thing that is towards the top of my peeve list. I don't expect people to remember my name... or where they've met me... but it was the kind of crowd who make a point of not remembering you if you're a relative "nobody" in town.

I also had my "pre-diabetes" counseling thing yesterday. It wasn't as traumatic as I expected it to be... I don't have to give up alcohol, just cut back when I'm on tour (if I'm ever on tour again)... I have to watch my starches and carbs because they elevate blood sugar and it was recommended I get a monitor and test occasionally or just come in for a jab every couple of months... more often if I start to feel like poo. The bummer thing was the news that they expect me to lose at least 11 pounds more. Sigh. I'm to check back in 6 months re: weight loss progress. Shonky was sweet when he told me I'm "tiny already!" -- if only he knew. I've got weight to spare, but it's going to be an uphill battle. Oh dear.

In other news, I'm going on a date on Monday night! Well, it's drinks with a stranger... I don't know that I want to call it a "date" yet... we'll see how it goes.

Now I must finish Daleks and get them into the post. I'm suddenly falling very far behind with my holiday mailing.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

i have a problem

And it's called "Knit Knack." I just made my third trip in a week there and came back with MORE yarn!! Eep. Twinkle Soft Chunky in Haze for an Aspen Hat and another ball of Noro to finish Rickey's Rainbow Scarf and some DK Reynolds stuff to make a Henry Scarf out of (for whom, I know not). Thank god their sale ended today. They close in 52 minutes. I will not go back... I will not go back...

I've also decorated the tinsel tree a bit... here's the current state. I've lost an entire box of ornaments (including all my Hello Kitty ones). I know they're just misplaced (most likely in one of the dozens of unpacked boxes in the garage), and I'll find them eventually, but I'm a little sad for myself right now. I have another tree that needs decorating, but seeing how sad and empty the tinsel tree looks, I'll not bother with the other one this year.

I'm also re-reading those Philip Pullman books -- I was inspired by the previews for "The Golden Compass" and the fact that Costco had the trilogy for something silly like $10. Last night I went to see "Enchanted" with Lors... I wanted to hate it... it's a Disney joint, but it was quite cute. I feel like I'm dumbing myself down lately, what with reading all of the children's books and the Disney films, but I'm just about done thinking for the year. I can work on my IQ in 2008.

Christmas cards. Yup, I'm staring at them right now... they're stacked neatly on the coffee table with stickies affixed to the boxes listing who will get which card, but I have yet to proceed any further. It's early days yet... even though I've already received 2 cards! Those silly overachievers!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

do they know it's christmastime?

I guess I'm celebrating this year? Erm, I'm putting my tinsel tree up at any rate... I finally broke it out of it's box (where it's been living for the last 3 years due to fears of spider nests and the like). I'll have to dig out ornaments... and a possibly knit a tree skirt -- or sew one... or maybe just use a towel. I don't want to be *too* festive afterall.

I'm also knitting like it's the holidays. Crazy, insane knitting. My hands are crampy, but the swimming really helps with that.

Next on my list? Cards. Oh deary me.