Thursday, September 14, 2006

Long time, no blog

Sorry guys. Things have been crazy busy here. First, we finally got a digital camera, so now I can post my WIP and hopefully my FO's here. The first picture is my wonderful Favorite Color Swap package. My pal rocked. Sorry, haven't figured out how to do links yet. She went with my second favorite color, purple. I have 2 cakes of Lorna's Laces in Blackwatch, Knitpicks Essential in African Violet, some great Lavendar bath stuff, dark chocolate kisses, notepads, a pencil case (great for DPNs) and their was a purple pen I was using and forgot to put in the picture.

The next 2 pictures are of the cats. Sorry, that's all that is at the house with me today to get it's picture taken. The black and white is Gryffin, the Flame-Point Siamese is Lupin, he's my wild child.

Today we leave for Austin for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. I'm so excited. I get to see Willie Nelson!!! Woot!! Brings out my redneck roots. Van Morrison will be there, Tom Petty, John Mayer, and tons of others. It's 3 days of hanging with my guys and knitting. I'm taking a LOT of projects with me. I always overestimate my productivity. I'm taking BBS (Big Black Socks for my charity knitting, Socks For Soldiers), Jaywalker socks for me in Trekking XL, yarn to start Jamie's fingerless gloves, my co-workers Something Red cardigan, some more sock yarn for me and a scarf I'm working on for Jamie. In a perfect world I'll come home with all of it done, LOL.

I will update more later.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

One Sock, Two Sock, Red-yellow&Blue Sock

Here they are. The socks for my friend Jamie. I finished the second sock about 1 in the morning. I'm going to pay for that today in a nice little Lupus flare, but I was DETERMINED to finish them. I started the first sock on July 6th and finished the pair in the wee hours this morning. I started the second sock last Thursday, but I didn't knit at all on Saturday, so it took me 4 days to knit the second sock. I am geting MUCH faster at this. I am so excited.

Now I can cast on for my co-workers "Something Red" cardigan from Knit and Tonic as soon as I get my needles bought. But I have to wait until payday, sigh. So tonight I'm going to finally cast on my trekking socks. I'm going to try a sock with a pattern this time, I'm doing "Jaywalkers." Should be fun and a learning experience.

OTN: Blue and tan scarf for Jamie.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Favorite Color Swap

I joined the Favorie Color Swap. I'm super Excited! I still need to set up a secret email so I can email my pal. But here's the answer to the questionnaire.

1. What are your top three favorite colors? Red is my number one favorite color, followed by purple. After that, pink I guess

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting, rubber stamping, scrapbooking and crochet, I don't do a lot of crochet, mainly I only crochet baby blankets, everything else is knit.

3. What products do you really covet? Oh man, Lorna's Laces sock yarn in any colorway but I really want blackwatch (there is a great seller on ebay that sells 2 hanks for uber cheap, and you need 2 hanks to make socks, it's $17 for 2 hanks!!), the new Knit Picks double pointed needles and the interchangeable set, "The Happy Hooker" crochet book by Debbie Stoller, Mason Dixon Knitting, Sensational Knitted Socks

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? Reading, watching movies, playing my flute, listening to music, hanging with my guys

5. Is there anything you collect? Sock yarn, rubber stamps, Anchor Hawking Press Cut Glass in the Starburst pattern

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? I'm a Scorpio

7.What are your favorite……

scents/smells?… Lavendar, I love lavendar and also Lilac. I detest rose scented things. Nothing pine scented either as I'm allergic

types of music and/or bands?… Oh man, classic rock, I love Rush, I love the Dixie Chicks, I like John Mayer, I have VERy ecclectic music taste.

authors?… Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling


places to shop?… Target, bookstores of all kinds, stamp stores, fiber stores (But I hate my local fiber Store, they are rude)

season?… Spring and Fall, the weather is perfect here in the desert

yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies?… Sock yarn I love Lorna's Laces, Opal and Trekking, Stamps I prefer Stampin Up, Knitting Needles I prefer bamboo or other natural woods but would like to try the Knit Picks, Scrapbooking I use mostly Creative Memories

candies or goodies? M&M's are my all time favorite

8. Do you have any wish lists? Yes, on Knit Picks and I need to get one on Amazon, ask me later, I'll try to remember

9. Are you allergic to anything? Yes, I have really bad seasonal allergies. This carries into anything pine scented i can not tolerate because they tend to use essential oils. nothing grass scented either.

10. Do you have any pets? What are they? Dog named Velvet, Cats named Gryffin and Lupin (from Harry Potter), snake named Isis and a Gecko named Gex. The snake is my fiance's and the gecko is my step-sons.

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy. I'm not hard to please and will be happy with whatever you send me. I am not Christian so anything Judeo/Christian wouldn't be appropriate for me. I like little gadgety types of things, ie stitch markers, interesting embossing powders, etc.

Feel free to leave comments with more questions.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Come back and I'll taunt you a second time...

So, this is for you Jamie. Here is sock number one for my friend Jamie. I just finished it this afternoon and have about an inch done on the second sock. I'm hoping to get the second sock done by the end of this weekend so I can give them to her and I can start Alex's socks. Done with Knitpicks simple stripes sock yarn using a basic stockinette sock pattern from the "More Than Just Socks" book.

Oh, and in a previous post I said I was trying to learn 2 socks on 2 circs, but I just didn't have the patience. Maybe someday I'll learn it. But so far I don't have a problem with second sock syndrome, ladders between DPNs or getting the 2nd sock to match. So I think I'll stick to my DPNs.

KM says I am getting much faster with sock knitting.

OTN: Second sock, obviously, tan and blue scarf for Jamie. Wait a minute, why are both of my OTN projects for Jamie?

Friday, June 30, 2006

At long last, Jamie's Socks

Here they are. I'm trying to learn 2 socks on 2 circs for these. I'll let you know how it goes. I actually have to change out the purple needle. I'm a crack head. Both circs are US 2's, but the purple is a quarter of a milimeter smaller. So I have another US 2/3.00 mm circ to switch out. These are for my friend Jamie. These are knitpicks sock yarn, can't remember the colorway, LOL.

More FO's

I may figure this out yet. Here is a picture of the finished baby blanket. It is a crocheted item, I LOVE this pattern and will use it for future projects. It looks lacy, but isn't hard and goes together really quickly. I'm hoping to see my friend this next week while I'm back home in Missouri and give it to her. She may have the baby before then, which would be convenient. Next you see pictures of some stamped altered journals I did for my 3 friends and myself. All were done with the "composition notebooks." Stamps were, well, I can't remember. Cardstock and ink is Stampin Up. One stamps says, "Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in heels." The other says, "Here's to great women, may we be them, may we know them, may we raise them." There's also some music note stuff on there. the tag has our names spelled out. Pens are made to match.

My socks

Ok, so, um, I can't figure out how to put more than one picture in a post and I'm way too tired to figure it out. So here you have my finished sock, made out of Opal, don't remember which colorway. You see the finished sock and the 2nd sock on the needles. I'm almost to the heel turn, now.

Picture Day

So, I finally borrowed my friends camera and got some pictures. For your viewing pleasure:

First, my first pair of socks. KM was the recipient of these. These are done in Lion Brand Magic Stripes. Doesn't he have the cutest feet?

These were my learnin pair and I think I did a good job. The gusset increases were a little loose, I fixed those by using some yarn to sew in those spots. He wears them often. And he even shows people!!! Of course, after seeing these, FKM wants a pair and keeps asking when he will get his.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

They'll take away my knitting license

Tonight I decided to do a bit of craft closet organizing since my guys are watching an anime movie. I don't really "get" anime. But the guys like it and they don't insist that I watch it, so I decided to do other stuff. KM, FKM and I all moved into this place at the beginning of March. Two weeks after that was the handfasting. So we unpacked rather fast and a lot of our stuff has never made it out of the boxes. So we've all been slowly working on it the last few weeks, FKM is down to just a box or two left in his room, and KM just has a few odds and ends in a few boxes in the hallway. I've discovered I didn't like how things were arranged originally, so I've been working on that.

Anyway. I was going through my yarn and pulling out the left over balls of things to send to someone who teaches kids how to knit. And I decided to tally up my "stash." Well, I don't they they'll let me play anymore because I don't really have a stash. How sad. I have: 23 balls of kitchen cotton, 2 balls of Red Heart red yarn that I use for Raggedy Anne and Andy hair (I make these for my nieces), 2 skeins of Mandarin Petit 100% cotton that I have no idea why I bought them and 12 skeins of sock yarn, but 8 of those belong to my friend Jamie who I am knitting socks and fingerless gloves for. And by the way Jamie, I'll cast on for your socks just as soon as I can catch you to try on my sock to see if it fits.

So there you have it. I don't have a yarn stash. There's a reason, you see. I've been scrapbooking for 8 years. About 4 years ago I got into all of the really trendy stuff, buying brads, eyelets, ribbon, charms, all kinds of things. Then I realized, I NEVER used it. So I sold almost all of it and went back to the very basic Creative Memories products. I use their stuff almost exclusively. So I decided then and there to not keep a stash of stuff for just in case. That has followed into this knitting obsession. I don't buy yarn just because it's pretty, as much as I would like to. One, I don't have that kind of money, and two, I don't have that kind of storage space. The exception could be sock yarn, I love sock yarn, and I know what I will do with it, I'll make socks. And I love the kitchen cotton, I make face cloths/dish cloths with it and a few of those balls are to make some reusable grocery bags.

I may see Jamie this weekend and if I do, I plan to take some FOs over to use her digital camera and load some pictures on to my blog.

OTN: Second sock for me, Gryffindor scarf for FKM, crochet baby blanket for my friend Amy, I only have 18 more rows to go and it's done, then I can mail it off. Need to finish it this weekend as she is due in July.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

On Being Type A

So I admit I'm a little (shut up KM) Type A and a bit (shut up) of a control freak. I'm the oldest child, I like things to go my way. I like having answers. I like know what's going on. I like having a path established to what I need to accomplish.

A little background. I've mentioned that at 24 I had brain surgery. I had bilateral opthalmic artery aneurysms. That means I had an aneurysm on each opthalmic artery. As soon as I heard the news from my doctor, I excused myself from my desk and went and cried in the ladies room. For 5 minutes. Then I wiped my face, and said, "what's next." And I contacted the neurosurgeon and a week and a half later, I had both aneurysms clipped. Part of that response is that my now-ex-husband was a total basket case and I had to comfort HIM. Rediculous, I know. But the other part of the response is that is how I am. I confront a problem head on and look for a way to solve it.

But now, now my careful planning is being fucked with. In the beginning of March I developed a rash. I figured it was just some allergy or something and it went away. It came back in April. And that time it was EVERYWHERE. But it didn't itch or hurt. So I went to my doctor and she ordered some blood work.

I figured it would all be fine and it was a reaction to soap or shampoo or something. I did some research on things it could be, but really assumed it was nothing.

She called a week and a half ago and my ANA which tests for autoimmune antibodies had a slight positive. She was willing to wait 6 months and retest, I am not. So I have an appointment with a Lupus Clinic because I have other symptoms, most noticeably, the wonderful butterfly rash on my cheeks and nose. Then there is the brain numbing exhaustion that I haven't been able to kick.

To say I'm scared would be an understatement. I'm more scared that I'll go to my appointment, they'll do the 50-bazillion tests, and I still won't have answers. I don't like not having answers. I want to know what is going on with my body. Today I nearly had a breakdown because I am so exhausted and I don't know why and it's making me crazy.

Fortunately, I have wonderful, supportive friends and the love and support of KM. KM is being wonderful through this and listening to me go on and on about stuff and my total freak outs about the rash on my back.

With any kind of luck, this type-a gal will have some answers next week. Even if they say, "well, maybe" that is at least an answer of sorts and I can deal with that.

In knitting news, I finished sock #1 for the pair I'm making for myself and I cast on sock #2 during lunch. I am over half done on the baby blanket I'm making for my friend. No new status on the other projects.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Good friends help you move...

Great friends help you move bodies.

Or at least help you move 1,500 pounds in books, 500 bras, 600 pair of underwear and a LOT of shoes.

I got back from California on Sunday. I helped my friend Jamie move here to the Land of Enchantment. California was pretty, it was overcast on Thursday so my beach pictures should be interesting. I had a good time being with Jamie, we spent a lot of time in the car, which was good to just girl-talk and I got to meet some of her California friends, who were all very nice and welcoming. Her friend Tammy may have the cutest 2 year old, ever. He decided to rename me Nina, we don't know why.

The trip from California to New Mexico was challenging. It took us MUCH longer to load the SUV then we had planned. We were supposed to have a mini-van but ended up with a Jeep Laredo. If we'd had a mini van we wouldn't have had the challenges we had. We finally got everything loaded into the Jeep around 7:30 pm on Friday evening. We were scheduled to leave around noon that day. We had TONS of stuff piled on the top of the car too, 2 canvas car-top carriers, 6 boxes, 2 file boxes and a suitcase. ALL BUNGEE CORDED TO THE TOP. We finally hit the road around 9 pm that night. We were supposed to make it to Williams, Arizona. But around the Arizona state line I told Jamie that I could NOT do another 2 hours and she was having a hard time staying awake too. So we decided to stop in Kingman. Now, it should be noted that when we left Irvine I told Jamie that we couldn't go through drive-thrus or anything because of the stuff on the roof. This is important information. We get off the highway in Kingman and pull into a Motel 6. It's 3 am. I'm REALLY tired because we'd been pulling late nights every night. I completely missed the 6 foot low clearance sign. That's right, I drove the cargo into the motel awning. Then I had to back up. And I ran over a box. I went in to get the room. When I cam back out Jamie told me that one of the car top carriers had torn when it came off the roof. It was still hanging on. Nothing actually came off except one box. I did bungee it really well. So we kind of shoved things back up, grabbed our overnight bag and went to the room. It should be noted that I was nearly hysterical at this point. Jamie was calm. She kept assuring me it was ok. We had no idea what we were going to do. So I made the decision to call KM and have him drive to Kingman to rescue us.

Now KM and I do this silly little thing where we "argue" over who loves who more. He wins. He drove 7 hours to Kingman for me. Hands down, he wins.

So we slept for a bit, got up, called KM and made those arrangements. We knew it would be a while before he could get there so Jamie paid for another night in the hotel. We got the stuff off of the roof and went to get lunch, aloe vera sunburn jell for me and a few other necessities. KM and FKM got there about 12:30 am Jamie and I loaded the stuff from the roof of the jeep into my car and crashed. We got up at 6 and hauled butt back to Albuquerque. After banging on some doors, we were able to get Jamie in to sign her lease and unload the Jeep and return it.

Jamie's container of stuff should arrive on Wednesday and we can unload that. We're both REALLY glad that the ordeal is over.

I got a bad sunburn on Friday while loading up the Jeep. It STILL hurts.

I spent my first Mother's Day on the road, but I did get to see my guys who I missed a whole lot. KM got me a magnetic hematite necklace/bracelet and FKM made me something in school.

I did get to buy 2 skeins of sock yarn at Yarn Lady in California.

OTN: Socks for me, have turned the heel and done gusset decreases on the first sock. Harry Potter scarf for FKM, scarf for Jamie, and a crochet baby blanket for a friend of mine.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

California Dreamin'

“I'd be safe and warm
If I was in L.A.
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day”

This song by The Mamas and The Papas brings back memories of high school pep band. Go Trojan basketball. Yes, we really were the Trojans, and our rival, the Spartans. Really.

But today, today that song makes me think of beaches and oceans. Tomorrow I fly to California to help my friend Jamie move to Albuquerque. Woohoo!! I’ve never been to California. The furthest west I’ve been is Las Vegas. I fly in on Wednesday and we have to get her moving container packed and ready for the moving company to pick it up. Then on Thursday we are doing a lot of site seeing. I forget what all we’re doing. I remember something about Crystal Cove State Park, and Laguna, and a place called Ruby’s.

We head back to Albuquerque later in the week. We’re planning a stop at the Grand Canyon, too. My mom is a little worried about the two of us loose in California. She knows us well. Jamie and I had always talked about a road trip. Now we’re doing it.

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. I have my directions printed and my packing list. Camera is ready.

And just so you don’t think this is a completely knit-free post here’s a little update. KM wears his knitted socks every week. He swears he loves them and wants me to make him more. This guy is a keeper. Jamie and I are planning to hit Fiber Lady in Laguna and Unravel in Flagstaff. I’m buying sock yarn so I can make California Dreamin’ socks and Arizona socks. I was telling a friend my plan and she asked why didn’t I just buy some socks. She really doesn’t get it, LOL. I bought myself this cute little purse kind of thing that has a drawstring at the thrift store. The plan is to put sock yarn and the current sock project in it, I can hang the drawstring on my wrist and then I can knit while waiting in line. I’m pretty clever sometimes, I saw them for sale in Knitpicks but was sure I could make it cheaper. Then I found that little bag for a $1. SCORE!

OTN: Socks for me in yarn by Opal, a scarf in blue and tan for Jamie, a Gryffindor scarf for FKM for Solstice this year and also a crochet baby blanket for my friend Amy who is having a baby in July.

And now I leave you with The Mamas and The Papas

California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day

I'd be safe and warm
If I was in L.A.
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Oh, I got down on my knees
And I pretend to pray

You know the preacher likes the cold
He knows I'm gonna stay
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day

If I didn’t tell her
I could leave today
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day(California dreamin')On such a winter's day(California dreamin')On such a winter's day

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

On Knitting

So I decided that since this blog is SUPPOSED to be about knitting and I have that handy Pagan Knitters ring I joined and if I EVER figure out how to post the Pagan Knitters button I should have an entry about knitting. So here goes...

I learned to knit January 18, 2005. My friend Jamie, who I knew from scrapbooking, had decided to start a SNB group. She said she was willing to teach people too. And I figured since she used to teach kindergarten, she'd be a good teacher. So I bought my "I Taught Myself to Knit" book and a skein of Red Hart. That night she taught me and another friend. I picked it up quite easily because I learned to crochet when I was about 10, which was, uh hem, 20 years ago. So it came rather naturally to me. I still have my first practice piece.

Once I got the hang of it, I decided to make a dishclothe. And I started acquiring lots of kitchen cotton. Last year I mainly made dishcloths because I was crocheting like a woman possessed. I was in one of those cycles every woman has where everyone around her is having babies. Last year there were 9 births and one adoption in my circle of friends. I made 5 baby blankets. I have 4 more to make for 2 of my friends that I didn't know about at the time. Of those 9 births, there was 1 set of triplets.

Then I got divorced and I started knitting a lot more. And I decided I wanted to do more than knit scarves and dishclothes. So my friend Jamie once again put on her teaching hat and taught me to knit socks. OH MY GODDESS. I love to knit socks. I've only finished one pair, but I loved it. And I love sock yarn. I don't have a yarn stash. No, really. Except for kitchen cotton, and a FEW skeins of sock yarn. I do have 8 skeins of KnitPicks that my other friend named Jamie bought for me to make her socks and fingerless gloves. That's right, I got someone else to supply my habit, LOL.

My first pair of socks went to KM who swears he loves them. I was really nervouse about giving them to him. But he's worn them twice and showed them off at work. So I guess he must really love them. KM is a great supporter of my hobbies and tells me how (honestly) how things look. I made some cards a few weeks ago (I stamp, too) and he said it wasn't my best work, and I have to admit, it really wasn't.

Anyway, I love to knit. I think about knitting. I look for patterns online. I drool over yarn I can't afford. I sit and stare, mouth hanging open, at the stashes of other knitters.

For Easter I got the Knitter's Tote that Michael's sells. I love it. And I recently bought the "Knitting Vintage Socks" book.

My knitting goals for this year include, knit myself a pair of socks, make the socks and fingerless gloves for my friend, knit myself a sweater from Knit and Tonic, make KM a sweater (now that we're engaged, I can do this) and maybe some other gifts for Yule this year. I also need to crochet a few blankets. I have another friend having a baby this year.

There will be more knitting related posts, I promise. And as soon as I get a digital camera, there will be photos. But I have to figure out how to post those. And I need to figure out how to post buttons.

On the needles:
Socks for me
Harry Potter scarf for FKM
Scarf for my other friend named Jamie

Thursday, March 30, 2006

On my short lived single life

So in August of last year I divorced my husband of 9 years. We were together a few weeks shy of being together 11. WOW! That's a lot of time. Won't go into all of the dirty details but we'll leave it at he was a self-absorbed, narcissitic, emotionally abusive twit. But it took me a while to see that. You could say love is blind, and I guess in the beginning that was true.

It wasn't all bad, I guess. He did move me here to wonderful Albuquerque. I lived 24 years in Missouri. Albuquerque is home. There were some good times, but they were quickly over-shadowed by the bad.

So I got my own apartment in August. I was so excited. I had never lived on my own, having gone from my parents house to college with roomates, to living with the ex. So it was exciting to decorate it my way. And if there was a mess in the sink, it was MY mess.

I enjoyed my single life. I enjoyed the quiet and the solititude. After living with someone for so long who is very loud and very active, it was very nice to just have the quiet.

I would go home, go to the fitness center for a quick walk on the treadmill. Go home, make myself a little dinner, then curl up in my 1 chair for a little knitting and tv. And I'd go to bed early. It was nice. It was calm. It was centering. It was exactly what I needed at that point in my life.

And I wasn't lonely. I tend to be a loner in some way. I've never been a big party animal or the social butterfly.

But the thing that really sucked about being single? Having to kill my own spiders. So there I was in my apartment, doing my thing, talking to the cats when I realize, they aren't paying attention. This isn't unusual. My cats are self-centered. But then I realize what has their attention. A BIG FUCKING SPIDER. I scream, cats run. AND. NO. ONE. COMES. TO. HELP. ME. That was the moment I truly realized I was single. So I get out my swiffer (great tool for killing spiders on the ceiling, by the way). And I killed it. And I left its carcass on the wall. Yes, I know its bad luck to kill a spider. I'm a bad witch and I'll go to bad witch hell or something for killing a spider. But I really don't like them. I REALLY DON'T.

So now I live with two guys. Fortunately for me, KM will take the spider outside and relocate it. If it's really big and nasty, he has to kill it.

So, there you have it. The absolutely worst part of being single, LOL. Killing your own spiders.

But just 7 months after having my own place, I move in with KM and FKM. I enjoyed my time in my own place. It was good to know that I could do it. I proved it to myself.

And now I can get on with the fabulous joy of being with KM and FKM.

Here's little knitting update:
On the needles: Socks, scarf, and a baby blanket I'm going to frog and find a crochet pattern for instead.

Monday, March 27, 2006

100Things about Emilee Volume

Ok, so I hate finding an interesting blog and then not knowing the person and getting confused about the posts. So I thought I would start out my blog with a little FYI on yours truly.

1. My middle name is Jean; I was named after my Aunt Evelyn

2. My name is spelled Emilee because I'm named after my Uncle Bob whose middle name is Lee. Seriously.

3. I'm from a small midwestern town. I hated it growing up, but now I can appreciate my roots. My family still lives there.

4. One of my very dearest, bestest friends I have known since the first day of kindergarten, 25 years ago this fall. We're getting tattoos this fall to celebrate our silver anniversary.

5. I LOVE to read and often have several books going at once. I'll read anything, cereal boxes, instruction manuals, shampoo bottles.

6. My favorite fiction is mystery.

7. I love monkeys

8. I really am an Auntie Em. I have 3 blood nieces, Amity, Kallen and Emilia, 2 nieces and one nephew by marriage, Shellbie, Madilyn and Dillon, (my step-sister’s kids) and then I have the honor of being an Auntie to my friends kids which includes, Hui Ling, Jordan, Sid, Calvin, Will, and Parker.

9. I'm engaged (actually handfasted) to a wonderful man.

10. My wonderful man has an equally wonderful son that we have custody of.

11. I am Wiccan. I've been on the path for a little over a year but curious for longer. My betrothed is also Wiccan.

12. I have a thing for men in kilts. I LOVE men in kilts. In fact, that's how I found my love. He's a man in a kilt.

13. I knit. I love to knit. I learn more about knitting every day.

14. I haven't really met a craft I haven't tried, loved, and bought too many supplies for. You should see my stamping and scrapping supplies.

15. I work for a non-profit that provides programs for the disabled.

16. I wear braces. I have had them on almost 2 years. I have, HOPEFULLY, 6 months left.

17. As part of the orthodontia, I paid people to break my jaw. Upper in 3 places to pull the upper jaw out, forward and down, and the lower in 2 places to bring it forward. It hurt like hell.

18. I had brain surgery to clip 2 aneurysms in 1999, I was 24.

19. I have been married once before. I was married for 9 years. Most of it unhappy. Divorce was the best decision I've ever made.

20. I am still working on my degree and hope to one day have my bachelor's in History and Ancient Religions, with advanced degrees in the same.

21. I'm a liberal. Extremely Liberal.

22. I always vowed that my next husband would cook. Fortunately for me, KM (that stands for Kilted Man) is a wonderful cook. Took classes and everything.

23. My family never called me Em. Only my closest friends and KM call me Em.

24. I hate it when complete strangers call me Em.

25. I regretted changing my name when I married the first time. After the divorce I took my family name back and have vowed to never lose it again. Hyphens are my friend.

26. I am not a picky eater. However, my food cannot touch and I must eat one thing at a time. Meat is always last.

27. I eat my sandwiches in a circle.

28. I really hate peas because my dad always made me eat them.

29. The man I call dad is actually my step-dad. He married my mom when I was 2.

30. My favorite color is red.

31. My first major in college was journalism. I wanted to be a war photojournalist.

32. My sister named her youngest daughter after me, our grandmother and her friend, Emilia Margaret Sue

33. My grandmother died last May and I miss her every single day.

34. My favorite band is Rush

35. I play the flute and piccolo. 20 years this fall.

36. My grandma taught me to embroidery when I was about 6 years old.

37. I use to make my own Barbie clothes because we couldn’t afford tons of Barbie accessories.

38. My favorite childhood movie is “The Wizard of Oz.”

39. My favorite childhood book is “The Diary of Anne Franke.”

40. My all-time favorite Christmas story is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

41. I love the animated and the Jim Carry version of Grinch.

42. I hated the Mike Meyers version of “The Cat in the Hat.”

43. I love Hugh Jackman and would watch the man read the phone book.

44. I have seen “The Phantom of the Opera” live on stage.

45. I still enjoyed the movie version.

46. I developed a serious case of lust after seeing Gerard Butler play Phantom. He’s a highlander, and you guessed it, wears a kilt.

47. I use to have a thing for men in uniform, I gave that up after the divorce, ex was a cop.

48. I really did go to band camp.

49. I didn’t take my flute, I was a drum major. Pervert.

50. I love dogs and cats.

51. I have 2 cats named for Harry Potter Characters, Gryffin and Lupin.

52. I gained a dog when I moved in with KM.

53. I also gained a snake and a Gecko.

54. The snake and I have an agreement, she stays in her terrarium, and I don’t freak out.

55. I have 2 sisters, one 14 months older (she’s my step-sister) and one 3 and a half years younger.

56. I always wanted an older brother and when I was little I didn’t understand why that couldn’t happen.

57. I am one of the last kids in my family to have kids. All but 2 or 3 other cousins have kids.

58. I have 22 first cousins.

59. My favorite classes in high school were, yearbook, English, History, Band and Sociology.

60. My favorite college classes have been, Astronomy and Ancient World Religions.

61. I don’t really collect anything knick-knacky. I collect books and craft supplies.

62. I am very organized. My mom swears I didn’t get it from her.

63. My favorite cake is Red Velvet and Carrot.

64. I can’t choose just one favorite food. I have favorites in several ethnic food types.

65. My KM has introduced me to Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Sushi.

66. I tried Sushi for the first time last week. It’s not my favorite, but I don’t hate it either. I would eat it again if KM really wanted to go there, but I wouldn’t choose it for myself.

67. I love tequila. I can hold my own with hard liquor. But one glass of wine and I’m tipsy.

68. I love to take pictures.

69. I’m perverted enough to chuckle when I typed 69.

70. I don’t like mushrooms. But KM puts them in things in really small bites so I don’t notice.

71. KM tells me everyday how beautiful I am and how much he loves me.

72. I could never be a vegetarian because I grew up in the Midwest where meat is a big part of our world.

73. I have eaten and liked a lot of wild game; dear, squirrel, and rabbit.

74. I have been struggling with my weight for the better part of 10 years. I lost 40 pounds after my surgery so I’m working on losing more.

75. I really hate it when people ask me when I’m going to get pregnant and have kids. It’s none of their business.

76. I really don’t like George W. Bush.

77. I would seriously consider moving to Europe and becoming an ex-patriot if the Supreme Court overturns some very key decisions.

78. All of my extended family would disown me if I became an ex-pat.

79. I considered joining the Marine Corps after high school graduation. But I just really wanted to go to college.

80. I joined an Internet dating site for 3 days. Then I met KM through a different site and I deleted my profile.

81. I am 5’8” and I have always liked being tall.

82. Except for the fact that it’s hard to find jeans to fit my long legs and small waist.

83. I love shoes. The higher the heel, the better.

84. I won’t spend more than $35 for tennis shoes, but I have no problem spending $80 for a great pair of pumps.

85. I prefer white gold to yellow.

86. I love opals.

87. I will probably elope when it is time for KM and I to tie the knot.

88. I converted to Catholicism when I married my first husband.

89. I have never agreed with the Catholic Church on most issues.

90. My favorite TV shows are, ER, West Wing, Law and Order (all of them), Crossing Jordan.

91. I really hate clutter.

92. I can’t ever have just one craft project going at a time. I always have several different projects.

93. After my divorce I was ok with the fact that I might not remarry. I knew that if by the time I was 36 I hadn’t met someone I would just be artificially inseminated because I knew I wanted at least one child.

94. My first daughter will be named Olivia after my grandfather.

95. I love living in New Mexico.

96. I can’t speak Spanish and I don’t want to learn. I know how silly that is considering I live in the Southwest.

97. I’d like to learn Arabic and American Sign Language.

98. I hate roses and rose scented things. I’d rather be given a pretty spring bouquet than roses.

99. I hate gardening. My allergies are too bad and it’s just not fun.

100.I know my 30’s are going to be MUCH better than my 20’s.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

This is a test

to see if it works.