Wednesday, April 28, 2010

i want my money back

an (almost) perfect spring day

It really was... after days of rain we had a glorious spring day yesterday -- it was typical Colorado weather: 70's, sunny... blue skies! Today was gorgeous (and 80 degrees!) but we had gale-force winds. It was the kind of wind that can make a person crazy and it makes me think of the dust bowl days -- I don't know how people coped... days of insane wind and dust.

Anyhow, a friend and I decided to make the best of it -- more cold/rainy weather is in the forecast; we went to hang at a coffee shop with a patio to knit. Before we hit the coffee shop, however, we hit up a couple of the cute shops next door. Look at what I found:
A new cephalopod friend! I want to name him... Wilson or Wilbur. It's, for me, decidedly male. At $20 it was a must-buy.

Now I'm home... on the couch, with cat in lap (computer on cat) and I'm stuffed and sleepy. Tomorrow fitness begins anew.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

ernie of the day

Rainy evening two evenings ago.

Monday, April 26, 2010

dead dove, do not eat

So... I knit. I have a group of women who I've been knitting with, virtually, since I picked this up again about 6 years ago. I found the Knit Knack ladies (and a few men) on MySpace in 2004 when I decided to try a pattern and got stuck. Some of the people on MySpace moved over to Ravelry (and we've picked up a few members since then) and they're people who I share some of my deep, dark secrets with -- even though I've only met one of them in person.

One of the really fabulous things about this group is that we do swaps and until recently they've all gone pretty smoothly -- nobody had really flaked out before and everyone really tries to send things their recipient will love. After we did a blanket square exchange (which didn't go horribly wrong... 22/25 people actually sent their stuff out) I decided I was finished with swaps. I was so pissed off about the women flaking on the blanket swap that I decided it wasn't worth participating again... but despite myself I agreed to do another swap because it was low-cost and mailing would be within a month... there were a couple of women not actively participating in swapping but who agreed to be "angels" should anyone dare to flake out. Well, since this was all super-secret, I didn't know who I had been assigned to until today. I totally scored -- Mary (aka SeahagMary aka Knit To My Lou) sent me a box full of awesome!

I don't have the words, so I'm just going to show everyone (click any photo to see big):

Ernie also got a string... he LOVES it:

Also, I feel like I totally shortchanged my partner. I might have to send some more stuff to Georgia.

Friday, April 16, 2010

ernie of the day

I'd just exercised and was a little lightheaded; almost fell on Ern as I bent over to take this photo... so it's a wee bit fuzzy (kinda like how I was feeling).


Oh Costco... how I love you! Seriously. First there's this:and then there's this:
Let's get a little closer-in shall we?$19 for the books? I probably shouldn't be posting Costco's prices on the internet, but I'm so excited to have bought these books (they retail for $35 each). I've never hidden my weird love for Martha Stewart -- it's a kind of a "love to hate you" relationship -- and true, most of these ideas have been previously published in her magazine, but it's great to have a compilation. The photos are so beautiful; these might just end up on the coffee table. Actually, they'll definitely end up there because I'm too lazy to take them up to the loft.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

shouldn't judge a book by it's cover

But we all do. Lately I've been on a bit of a frantic health-kick... no, not really a health-kick so much as a major weight-loss campaign. It's not working. You really can't cram in enough exercise in a day to drop something ridiculous like 30 pounds in 3 weeks... in fact, I've been gaining weight. Le sigh. I hope that what I'm gaining is muscle and I'll wake up one day and all the fat will have been metabolized. I hope that day is next Tuesday.

I've been just disappointed the last year -- I didn't plan on being depressed, being dissatisfied and lazy, but that's what happened. Things just kind of snowballed; 2009 started out with a break-up, which wouldn't have been so bad except I then went into a period of unemployment. I felt like I was disappearing... I guess to compensate, I made sure I had a presence -- a physical presence in the form of 30 extra pounds. The last time I fell into a funk over a ruined relationship and the resulting weight gain, I promised myself it was the last time and I got into amazing physical and mental shape starting with a 30 day yoga challenge. That was over three years ago... how quickly we forget the promises we make.

So here I am. I'm back on a fitness kick. I honestly hope this is the last time I let myself fall into such a state of "illness" -- I really feel like that's what's happened to me; I've made myself sick. When you're sick you stay in bed all the time... you don't go out... you really don't enjoy life and that's what 2009 was for me. I know that I'm not going to fit into a size 6 by Tuesday, but maybe I'll be there by the end of the year... or maybe even sometime next year. I know I'll get there eventually... and that "6" isn't a magic number, it's just a number and when I stop caring about the numbers I'll know I've arrived.

Monday, April 12, 2010

inspired by my friend's blog

It's springing


Don't know why I was thinking about this today, but I was... my mind really wanders when I'm sleepy. Anyhow, I was thinking about this couple my father knew: Randy and Annie. I thought they were the coolest; I met them when I was 12 or so... my father worked with them and I occasionally got to hang with the grown-ups at company softball games or whatever. Anyhow, Randy & Annie (I can't remember their last name) were supremely cool -- in retrospect, one or both of them must've been engineers who worked with my father; they were about 10 years younger than him... childless... they had really cool dogs (golden retrievers maybe? cocker spaniels?? I just remember the "idea" of the dogs... not the actual beasts). The one thing that put them over the top on the cool-meter was the fact that they had a convertible Karman Ghia (it was orangey-red with a black rag top) which they were restoring.

I remember the couple of times Annie took me for a spin in the Ghia. I was so in love with that car -- I could actually SEE myself driving a car just like it when I was old enough. The smell of it was so delicious. Eventually I got a '69 Beetle Cabriolet but it wasn't anywhere near as chic as Randy & Annie's Karman Ghia.

Anyhow, they eventually got divorced (I was well into my teenage years and was too caught up in my own drama, as adolescents are); they never had kids and I thought it was so odd that they would split up seeing as they didn't have children to break up the marriage* . It's weird. I hadn't thought about it in years -- about how I thought it so bizarre that they would split up. I wonder who got the Ghia.

*I've since had tons of counseling, thankyouverymuch.

Friday, April 9, 2010