Sunday, December 02, 2007
Anyway, I taught Anne how to stamp about, 6 years ago or so and she's become an amazing stamper. Go check out her blog and yours truly...Her projects ROCK so check them out!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
1. Finally got our mail key and our mail. About a month after we got it all straightened out the postman left some mail that had been held and not picked up. Rubber banded to it was something we weren't supposed to see. It was a "Handle With Extreme Caustion" postcard. Seriously. That's what it said. It was notes about our situation and warning the postman to not fuck up. I found that rather funny
2. School started. I love school. I am having a blast and getting A's in all of my classes. My major is English - emphasis in technical writing and editing, minor in Sociology
3. I've been knitting and crocheting non-stop. I've been working on Solstice presents since August and I only have 9 things left to finish. Everyone is getting handmade gifts this year because we're saving the money to hopefully make it back to Missouri for the holidays. I miss my family terribly, I haven't seen them in a year and a half
4. We got married!!! We got married October 11th in a very small ceremony in the mountains. it was us, the kiddo, a minister friend of ours and our dear friends Jamie and John. It was lovely and perfect. Here's some pictures for you.
I promise to do better about updating this and I will get some knitting related photos up, but not until after Christmas because I can't show those yet
Friday, August 03, 2007
Fortunately, only one little edge was creased, and I think I can dry-iron it out, then mat it and frame it, but dammit, I worked hard for that.
So they finally found our mail. Seems our postal person has more people with hold mail than he has slots. So he double slotted them. And Scott, who I just might name my first born after, agreed to take the mail out to KM even though it was after hours. But he couldn't find my package. And there was no unemployment check. BUT, when we got home, KB had seen the guy and grabbed our stuff, including my package and KM's check. KB tried to get the mail yesterday but the guy told him that it was held and he didn't have it. So it appears to be working.
And Meg, PAYING to have the mail forwarded? That sucks. Here it's free, first class forwards for a year, I think everything else after that is 6 months (junk mail, etc).
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
In the 7 years I have lived here in Albuquerque(not counting the "dark year") I have had more than my fair share of postal mishaps. I love the post office. They bring me lovely packages from friends and family. They bring me wonderful circulars. I don't even mind the occasional bill. But really, my experiences here have SUCKED.
First, when I moved here I lived in an apartment, and changed units in the same complex. Now, my former married name was a common name with a different spelling. When we changed units, I did the change of address form that your office so courteously hands out. Wouldn't you know it, there was another guy in the complex with the same last name (different spelling) and the same first initial as dumb ass. So we started getting his mail. Now obviously, this isn't your fault, who am I to assume that if two guys have completely different FIRST names and same last names but different spellings that their mail would NOT be confused. So I straightened that out. Then we bought the house. Damn mail followed me there. So I went TO the post office and got it fixed. No more problem, right? Wrong, because some of his mail had "address correction requested" on it, the senders got our address. So we were getting his mail at our house. Then we moved to Chicago, fucking followed us there, too. Poor guy probably had his cell phone turned off and credit cards declined since in your infinite wisdom you decided that Bill Smith and Bob Smythe (not real names) were obviously the same person. I could see how you could be confused, what with the different spellings and all.
Then we move back and things seem to be ok.
Then I divorce. I very clearly fill out the INDIVIDUAL change of address form. I start getting my mail and dumbasses as the new place. Again, obviously, it is asking too much for me to assume that your fine devilvery people can tell the difference between Emilee FAMILYNAME TAKENBACK and Bob Smythe. So I write, "Forward order was for FIRSTNAME LASTNAME ONLY! Please read forward order and return this mail to dumbassesnameathisaddress." That seemed to get my point across.
Then I moved. Clearly, the problem is mine. For surely if I didn't move so often this wouldn't happen.
The previous tenants of our house did their forward order, and fortunately for them and us, there names are in no way similar to mine and KM's. Not even the same initials. This forward order worked great. Except on Fridays on Saturday when apparently your fine delivery person felt it was better to knock the route short in order to get home. So their mail NEVER forwarded on Fridays and Saturdays. Because of my great frustration, I chose NOT to go to the post office and inquire as to when you would be having the cranial rectal reversal you so desperately need. Instead, I wrote, "NO LONGER LIVES HERE, PLEASE READ FORWARD ORDER." Please note, this was all first class mail that should have been forwarded as it had not been a year since their departure.
Then we moved again and things seemed to be ok. Although often on Fridays and Saturdays we wouldn't get mail. But I thought that maybe the poor post man needed a break which is why he spent 3 hours at the corner convenience store reading the paper. It must be tiring riding around in a little jeep all day and taking 3 hour lunches. Yes, I timed it.
Then we moved. Again, I apologize because obviously me filling out new key requests TWICE and "PLEASE HOLD MAIL" requests THREE GOD DAMN FUCKING TIMES is not enough for you to get the point.
That's right sir (or madam). I called to find out what I needed to do. The nice person on the phone at the post office for my zip code assured me that HE would fill out the hold order and put in the key request. So I, silly me, trusted the USPS. Obviously, my mistake.
I went to pick up the mail last week and there were a few things. Apparently me picking up vital mail, like KM's unemployment check, threw the whole system off. So when I went this weekend, there was no mail. Or the package I am expecting that says on the USPS system is SITTING at the post office. The woman tells me to fill out another hold request. So I do.
I go there yesterday. Guess what. Your great staff has managed to lose not only my SECOND hold request, but also my new key request. So I fill out both, again.
So today I call to find out if these things are being taken care of. Your fine "Hi, thanks for calling the Postal Service Annex, where customer service comes first, this is xxxxx how can I help you??" person answers. I explain the situation. He tells me that the PERSON who changes the locks has been on vacation for 2 weeks. Now, I don't mean to tell you how to do your job, but have you considered having a back-up? I'm not allowed to leave for 2 weeks without a backup. But mister-customer-service-comes-first tells me he's not sure what the status is, but he'll call me back in 15 minutes. That was an hour ago.
So, now, you get to deal with my husband when he comes in to HOPEFULLY pick up his unemployment check. If it's not there and the delivery person is carrying it around for the hell of it, please know that we may not have gas or food. But hey, as long as you guys get your 3 hour lunch break and early days, no big deal, right?
I know this is all my fault, because after all, if I didn't move so much and make your post offices work so much harder, this wouldn't be happening. And who am I to expect the postman to be LITERATE and actually do their job.
And for this, you want to keep raising postal rates. Perhaps if you worked smarter and not make your customers do your job for you, you could save a few pennies.
That is all. Sincerely, Emilee, an extremely pissed off postal patron who is waiting for not only vital money to feed her family but also a fun secret pal box.
*Please note, I don't hate all postmen or even the postal service. I apologize to any readers who are or are related to postal people. But I've had it with the illiterate numb nuts out here.
Monday, July 30, 2007
So imagine this: We've been moving for days. Our stuff is breeding in the night. We finally have the last load, a few odds and ends, Isis in her terrarium, Lupin in the cat carrier and Gryffindork in my lap, it's 2:30 AM. We pull out of the drive and I hear a weird noise, but I figure it's my car hitting since my shocks are shot. But as we go to pull forward, we realize we have a flat. So we pull over and KM proceeds to remove everything from the trunk to get to the spare, and then fortunately the jack had been in the last load. I don't have the Honda jack since the fine Toyota dealership where I bought it didn't give it to me. Fortunately we had the tire iron. So KM proceeds to try and find a location to jack the car. I proceed to have an allergy attack. I'm allergic to cats. My cats don't bother me as long as I don't have them in my face a lot. But I'd been holding and loving on Gryffin for a while and it wasn't going well for me. My cat allergy is all contact, and all in my eyes. So my eyes are itching and burning and watering. I decide to take Gryffin back over to the house and lock her up while we change the tire. We change the tire and try to reload the trunk. But because the flat is bigger than the spare not everything will fit in the trunk now. So we use bungee cords to close it. There was a lot of cussing from KM. There was much sneezing and eye watering from me. I was ready to tear my eyes out. We go to the house to wash up and get Gryffin, get back to the car. Please note that in our infinite wisdom, we had the headlights on to aid in changing of said piece of shit tire.
More cussing from KM, Gryffin and Lupin. More itching from me. I mainly just sat there and cried.
So we called my great brother-in-law Luke to come down and help. But he thought we were at the new place and went there first. Finally gets to us. It is 4:30 AM. It takes a bit to get the right cables on the right car parts and a while to get it jumped. Finally we're rolling. Luke follows us home to make sure we make it ok, because at this point, anything was possible. I was actually expecting another flat tire since the house of doom had lots of construction debris in the yard.
We got to the new place at 5:30. Luke helps KM unload while I shower and try to wash off 8 pounds of cat hair. Gryffin becomes porcupine cat when she's nervous and sheds A LOT. She also farts.
I took benadryl and I don't know what to stop it and fell in to bed at 6, where I barely slept, got up at 7 to go in to work for a bit.
Left work at 10 to go the Darth House and meet the mismanagement lady, who was a biotch. Look lady, not my fault the support beams in the crawl space are breaking and the walls of the house are separating from each other. Also not my fault your electrician couldn't fix the house. Also not my fault that your contractor smokes crack and did a quarter-ass (not even good enough for half-ass) job. They actually laid the carpet down over the existing flooring/construction debris/somebody's lunch. You could feel the lumps. But more upsetting was the occasional hole you discovered. Then there were the holes in the sheet rock that they actually painted AROUND! And don't get me started on the spider infestation. So we'll see how badly we get charged for cleaning or whatever.
After that came home for a bit of a laydown while KM got the last of the stuff from the little shed. Then I ran to work for more stuff to do, took KB to his grandparents and came home. KM had a meeting and I slept. Got up and made it to my knitting night with my good friend. It was good to finally work on something.
We did pick up our copy of Harry Potter 7 during the move. KM stayed up all night to read it, but I just didn't have it in me. Between Shithole Manor and then the move, the fibromyalgia has been flaring. DO NOT post about plot details, who dies, etc. I will curse you. I am a witch. Don't try it. KB hasn't read it but his grandma told him stuff. I told him if he uttered a peep I would cancel Christmas for the next 10 years.
KB's birthday was this last weekend, so we celebrated that and did lots of unpacking. We're still unpacking. We moved to a smaller place, but it's cheaper and the landlords take care of things.
Best news of all. I am retiring in 9 days. I will be full time at UNM this fall. I am so excited I can hardly stand it. I love back to school time. I think I am going to buy myself some crayons just so I can sniff them. What? They smell good.
Hopefully soon I will have knitting content. I'm on the second sock out of Trekking XXL for me. I didn't do so well on the Tour de France knit-a-long, what with the move and all, but I'm continuing to work on Amy's blanket.
That's all folks.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Happy 4th of July to the Americans. Today is the day we take a day off from work, blow things up and pretend to care about our Independence. I say pretend because in the last 6 years, Americans have looked the other way while the shrub has stomped on our civil rights repeatedly, all in the name of "national security." Do you feel more secure? I don't. I know how easy it would be for someone to take another plane. I was married to an air Marshall. We aren't any safer, it is an illusion. Look at the UK, they are fighting terrorist attacks that appear to be planned by people who were thoroughly background checked and were doctors. On September 11, 2001, we said it would never happen again. We would lock down our borders, secure our airlines and make sure that no one could do that again. We said something similar once before, I believe the date was December 7, 1941. We had lived nearly 60 years in relative safety. No one had attacked us, on our soil. We watched with indifference as the rest of the world continued to fight, Israel vs the Palestinians, the IRA vs England, the genocides in Rwanda, and Bosnia.
I have always considered myself a patriot. My family is very patriotic, my mother wears red, white and blue nearly every day. My grandfather served, as did my 3 uncles, my parents were to young to have served, having come of age just before the fall of Saigon. I nearly joined the Marines. But the events of the last 6 years have changed me. I love this country, I hate what it has become at the hands of the current regime. My ancestors were among the first whites to settle this land, my direct ancestor was a Quaker, perhaps that's where I get it.
I am so tired of being told by the conservatives and the religious wrong that I am unAmerican because I don't believe we are doing the right thing in Iraq. I would like to remind them that in the 1700's another group of "dissenters" stood up and said no more. Today we call them patriots and we call them our founding fathers.
Before we invaded Iraq, there was no tie between Hussein and Al Qaeda. Today, as a result of our activities over there, Al Qaeda has infiltrated the country. We have made that situation worse. They didn't want us over there. They didn't want our "help." Our help has created a civil war where thousands of Iraqis are dieing every week, along with our soldiers. Does any one remember that country called Afghanistan? You know, the one that actually DID harbor Al Qaeda. That's right, what are we doing there? Every so often the media throws us a little bone about some small victory. Perhaps so we don't question it too much.
So, what's my point today? I sort of have one. I love this country. I love what the Constitution stands for. I am appalled at what has happened. I am appalled that my fellow countrymen have stuck their heads in the sand while the current administration decides that it's perfectly OK to trample the Constitution, it's just a piece of paper, right? I am patriotic. Dissent is patriotic, it's been said before, ad nauseum, but love of this country and our freedoms have prompted this country to do amazing and brave things. "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it," Edward R. Murrow. Invading a country with no ties to the people who attacked us is not brave or amazing. I encourage you all to pay attention. Don't let them think it is OK to remove our rights. By doing nothing, by saying nothing, we are allowing that to happen. Get involved. Their are a bunch of organizations, MoveOn is just one. Help support a candidate who believes what you believe. Join their campaign. Volunteer with a campaign or with an organization. Write your congress person. Don't sit idly by and watch our civil rights disappear. If we don't raise our voices, those in power think we're OK with it. I am NOT.
Happy 4th of July, defend this country against its own leaders. If you want to see the special commentary on the eve of the 4th, go check out Keith Olbermann. This country needs more journalist, both in print and broadcast, who are willing to speak the truths that no one really wants to hear. Edward R. Murrow would be proud.
Sorry for the kind of rambling post. Knitting content soon. Here's a small snippet, Tofutsies sock yarn ROCKS. It's even softer after washing. I am working on Yule presents. yes that's right, I'm attempting to get ahead for this holiday season. I'd prefer to NOT stay up until 4 in the morning. We'll see how it goes.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
1. I am a feminist but I full expect KM to hold the door open for me and to kill spiders.
2. I am naturally very shy. This is why I love knitting, if I do it in public, people come up to ME and that is better for me.
3. All of my movie star crushes are European, save one, John Cusack. I love John Cusack and I think I spelled his name wrong. But my other loves are Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. I love those guys, but Hugh J and John are my faves. I'd watch those guys read the phonebook. Have you seen Gerard Butler in a KILT? It is my belief that he should never wear anything else, unless of course he wears NOTHING. Apparently there is a petition out there to have him play the role of Jamie in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
4. I keep changing my major. Well, sort of. I am redistributing it. I was looking at Political Science/Sociology, but now I'm looking at a Sociology/Relgion double major with a poli sci minor.
5. I prefer to knit socks with DPNs. I've tried 2 circs but just couldn't get in to it.
6. We had to change the wedding date because of the flooding in the midwest. It's my hometown that got hit with the flooding and I was afraid it wouldn't go away and my parents wouldn't be able to make it. So we postponed it. We're looking at doing it in the fall in Missouri.
7. I am absolutely neurotic about going in store doors. I can not go in the out door, the entire order of the universe hinges on people reading the damn sign and going in the correct door.
Then, I made socks for my sister-in-law, Deb. Deb is vegan, doesn't eat meat and won't wear/use anything that came from animals. This includes wool. But trying to find vegan sock yarn can be tough because of the elasticity issues. But I found some nice yarn that knit up sooo soft. For her next pair I'm going to give Panda Cotton a try. Showing here:
Then, I made another pair of socks for me out of that great Sol Joy from Catalina. I made them short because I wasn't sure I had enough, but I had plenty left over, so yeah, more socks for me.
Continuing on that theme, I knit some great socks for me, and for the first time EVER, I did cables! Much easier than I thought it would be. So easy, I could even do them in the car. Yarn is Wilde Foot in Blueblood Red. Pattern calls for 8 inches from cuff to heal flap, but I don't like long socks. I wore them today and I love them.
And last, yarn porn. This is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Amethyst Heather, which of course is much prettier in real life. My camera SUCKS. It is going to be the Sweater for Arwen from the Winter IK. I'd show you, but I've only been working on the back and it's all boring stockinette.
I did finally finish KM's black dress socks that I started before Christmas. I didn't get a photo so I'll have to do that. He loves them and shows them off and the guys at the pipe shop want to pay me to knit them socks. Not sure how I feel about that, but I'm giving it some thought.
Other things on the needles: Socks for ME in Tofutsies. I am in love with this yarn and bought more in a great blue color, baby blanket (crochet) for my friend's little girl - I'm catching up on 5 babies born without my knowledge, an afghan for my friend Amy that I promised her when she married in October of 2005. I suck, I was going to start it, then she got pregnant and I needed to make a baby blanket for Miss Elisa, who is undoubtadly one of the prettiest babies I've ever seen. Amy and I've been friends since college, when we were both journalism majors (she finished her degree), we were roommates, we both married guys we met there, then later divorced them (good thing all around) and then she moved to South America and we lost touch. Shortly after I moved back to Albuquerque she found me. In 2005 when I was planning to go home for my birthday she and her new husband Wil were coming here for their honeymoon, so I finally got to see her after 3 years! Wil is a great guy and he adores her, I'm so very happy for her. In 2006 when I went home to Missouri Elisa was kind enough to be born while I was home so I got to give her the blanket in person and meet her and smell her baby goodness.
Let's see, what else, I have yarn to make myself a shawl. I've been wanting one for a while, but didn't feel like tackling lace quite yet, but I found lovely pattern to try with DK weight and no lace knitting. Maybe next year. And I'm getting ready to cast on some more socks for KM. He is quite pleased to have 3 pairs now. And there is yarn coming for some kilt hose.
I went to the Pins and Needles exhibit in Santa Fe this past weekend at the Folk Art Museum. Very nice. Then I hit 2 Santa Fe yarn shops and came home with sock yarn, of course. It's the only stash I have.
I'm getting ready for school to start in the fall. I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it.
That's it. Later peeps as Jenny would say.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.
Afghan – actually crochet
Knitting with metal wire
Socks: toe-up- I’d like to learn this
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk – KM’s socks are a merino silk blend
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL- the Harry Potter KAL
Sweater- baby sweaters, - maybe someday
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn – I have a thrift store sweater sitting in the closet
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn – perfect yarn for my Vegan sister-in-law
Two end knitting
Charity knitting Dulaan
Knitting with soy yarn – currently Tofutsies for me
Cardigan – the Something Red, and now, Sweater for Arwen for ME
Toy/doll clothing - Barbie clothes for my MIL
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items – haven’t had a baby in my world yet to knit for, but I’ve crocheted lots of afghans
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting- learned this when I was doing something with seed stitch, now I can’t imagine doing it the other way, since I crochet it just makes more sense
Designing knitted garments-
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)- getting ready to start socks for me, and the front part of the Sweater for Arwen
Lace patterns- I keep trying to resist, but apparently that is futile
Publishing a knitting book
Scarf – a few basic ones
Teaching a child to knit- the FKM
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental) – It’s how I learned
Knitting to make money- Doesn’t everyone want to do this?
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding – I’m thinking I need a shawl for the wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars – I tried, I didn’t like it
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit – maybe KM
Knitting for a living – sounds like heaven
Knitting with cotton
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously – again, tried it, didn’t like it Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Swatching - I've learned my lesson
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Darning - Not by choice, FKM has put holes in BOTH pairs of socks
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern-
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
RugKnitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I believe in thinking globally and acting locally—I do not buy diamonds—KM knows this and won’t buy them either. I know that I’m not going to be able to take on the DeBeers diamond empire all by myself and win, but I know I’m not the only person who feels this way and perhaps if enough of us take action our government will make policy changes for the greater good.
But really, taking on DeBeers isn’t what this is about—this is about following my heart because I know it’s the right thing to do. I know that the genocide taking place in Africa isn’t going to stop because I didn’t buy that pretty diamond pendant at the mega-low mart. But I do know that the genocide isn’t being fought with bullets bought with my money—that’s important to me. I know that my money isn’t going to Janjaweed militia to rape and torture women in Darfur. I know that it’s not my money that bought the AK-47 that’s been put in the hands of 10-year-old boys. It really is thinking globally and acting locally. I know that not everyone thinks like I do. I'm ok with that. I realize that everyone must decide for themselves what is acceptable. That is what I'm ranting about.
For those who use my views on the global diamond trade to deride my values, I ask you this, are you more than just an armchair activist who claims to care about a few causes, but then does nothing to support them? I am sick of the hypocrisy. I am sick of people telling me that we shouldn’t support xyz company, unless of course they make something just totally adorable that we can’t live with out.
So, don’t tell me that what I do doesn’t matter because it won’t change things. At least I’m doing SOMETHING and not just sitting around and talking about it and railing about it. Don’t use the damned circular argument that if we’re going to boycott this thing because they have abusive mining processes then we have to ban electricity because coalmines are unsafe. If that were truly the case, why bother? Why boycott anything? What’s the point? To follow your logic, we shouldn’t attempt to do anything. Let’s all just accept the world as it is, let them use 6 year olds to make Nike, let coal miners die, let Africans be raped in Darfur and let’s close down all local stores and everyone has a Wal-Mart. That’s what comes from following your illogical logic. I can’t change ALL of these issues, but like everyone else, I must decide which ones are important for ME and go with my conscience. There are enough activists in this world to cover the issues, none of us can care about all of them, even if we had unlimited resources and time. We each must decide, for US, what is important, what is worth risking, what is worth not buying.
Regarding the belief that a variety of causes only get attention as they become the thing to “care” about, I say GOOD. The more publicity you get for an issue is a good thing. As the PR people say, there is no bad press. Where would the environmental cause be without big name people with celebrity status talking about it? Would most Americans really understand environmental issues without “An Inconvenient Truth?” Would the average American take the time to read the scientific journals that have been talking about this for decades? Hell no they wouldn’t, which is why movies are being made. If you can’t get them to read the journals, make it available to them in the simplest way possible, a movie. Would those same Americans be demanding more fuel-efficient cars without people with a big name telling them to? NO. What about everyone’s favorite lingerie company? Victoria’s Secret annually mails 395 million catalogs printed predominately on virgin paper from North America's Boreal Forest as well as other endangered forests. So, exactly what are you doing to protect the environment? What are YOU doing to reduce the effect of greenhouse gasses? People can call themselves independent thinkers all they want, but the fact is, we follow the herd.
And on another topic, I am sick of the materialism in this country. I spent nearly 11 years with a materialistic bastard. That wasn’t me. I could care less if my clothes come from a thrift store or Dillard’s. It sickens me how materialistic this country has become. There are things I like, things I wouldn’t mind having, but I spent 11 years with a man who constantly needed fulfillment from “stuff.” To the tune of $50,000 in credit card debt. And after all of the high-tech gadgets and brand names things were there, he still wasn’t happy. I don’t have everything the public tells me I need. I have clothes that fit, food in my cabinets and a roof over my head. When I left dickhead, I left with my personal belongings, a desk, a chair, an entertainment center, and a few bookcases. No bed, no dresser. My freedom was worth so much more. People love to brag about how independent they are, they don’t follow what is hip or fashionable, while they buy the biggest, newest, flashiest, whatever. Don’t tell me how x-company is bad but you just had to have their xyz product because it was so cute and you just can’t care about ALL of the issues while you boycott Nike because they use child labor but jump MY SHIT for not buying diamonds for the same damned reason. The hypocrisy sickens me. In then end, it won’t matter if I had Victoria’s Secret underwear and Gap jeans. It will matter that I did what I could in my small corner of the universe.
The things I care about: women’s rights INTERNATIONALLY, healthcare for everyone, safe working environments. What do I do? I try my damndest not to purchase items from companies that don’t support these views. Right now, due to seriously lacking funds, I shop at Wal-Mart. It kills me every time I go in there. They have ruined small-town America; they have made their employees dependent on federal assistance and have had an enormous negative impact on the international scene by having their products made in Asia by workers who are required to live in barracks that would be condemned in this country. As soon as the budget eases up, I’m done. I shop locally as much as possible. I won’t support companies who KNOWINGLY use slave labor and keep their workers in a constant state of poverty. THAT is why I don’t buy diamonds. There are diamonds out there that could be classified as “conflict-free.” Great. Are they ethical? No. People who are forced to work in the fields for substandard wages under the worst working conditions ever mine them. Children aren’t allowed to attend school to be educated and better their life; they are working the mines, also.
What have you done? Have you attended a rally? Have you spoken to your councilperson, representative or senator (state and federal)? Have you written your representatives to tell them how you feel about local issues? Have you volunteered with local agencies that provide the services for the causes you supposedly support? Activism is free. It costs you nothing to write a letter, send an email, give a call. Maybe it costs you the price of the call or the stamp. Money better spent there than increasing the materialism of this country.
Sorry for the long rant. But I’ve had it. I’m done with the hypocrisy and armchair activism. You don’t like something, then DO something. Don’t just talk about what needs to be done, talk to the people who can make it happen. Better yet, BECOME one of the people that can make it happen. There’s a reason I’m a poli-sci major folks, as things have changed in my life, I realize that I am meant for the non-profit, activist culture, that’s where I’m headed.
I promise there will be knitting content soon. Brief update, purpleupagus is finished, red socks finished, one sock finished for KM. Working on crochet top for me, socks for the sister-in-law and KM’s other sock.
Friday, April 20, 2007
On the needles when I should be studying, socks for KM, socks for me.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
My mother-in-law collects Barbie, so I decided to use up some leftover sock yarn and make some clothes. Talk about fun, in a few hours, you can say you've finished a sweater. True, it's only 3 inches big, but it's a sweater. Oh if only big people sweaters went that fast. KM and I decided to take it a bit further and make a SNB Barbie, I don't have those photos yet, but I promise to post them.
In other knitting news, I've been working on the purpleupagus shrug for Jamie, showing here. It's actually purple, a rich royal purple with a celery colored trim, digital camera = pure shit. I'm at the front ribbing, have about 3 more inches, then the ribbing on the "sleeves" then seem it up and it's done. It sheds like you wouldn't believe.
I've been working on socks for FKM, have one sock done and almost all of the cuff done on the second, a pair of socks for me (almost to the toe decrease on #1) and socks for KM.
Tomorrow's a busy day. I took a day off to get my thyroid sono done, meet with UNM admissions and a bunch of other stuff. I did get accepted into UNM, YEAH!!! But they aren't wanting to take all of my credits as the general ed requirements, so I need to talk to them, wish me luck. I'll also be submitting my graduation packet tomorrow to Central NM Community College. I am graduating on April 20th with my Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts. Pardon me while I pat my own back, but I'm graduating with highest honors (4.0 GPA), a member of Phi Theta Kappa (honor society for community colleges) and as a member of the National Dean's List. I'm pretty stoked. Since I figure I'll be waiting around a bunch of places, I'll be taking knitting with me, probably my socks and FKM's socks.
That's all for now.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire
1. What's your favourite type of yarn? Sock yarn. I love knitting socks. Second, I would really like to try alpaca, everyone I know just loves it and I've only fondled it.
2. What's your least favourite type of yarn? Fun fur
3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Go straight to the sock yarn
4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? I also crochet, rubber stamp, scrapbook and sometimes embroider, but it's rare that I embroider, my grandmother taught me and I haven't been able to bring myself to do it since she died.
5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? None, I used to have one to IK, but it expired and I haven't been able to renew
6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Food / Home / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip / Garden
Let's see, Knitting/Crochet/Stamping/Scrapping/Celebrity Gossip
7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? I love to knit socks and sweaters done in the round. I crochet mainly blankets although I've done a scarf out of "Happy Hooker" that I really liked, I've also done a few totes
8. Are you allergic to anything? Cigarette smoke, pine, I have bad seasonal allergies so anything that has essential oils of pine, grass, etc are very bad for me.
9. What do you like to* smell of?(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of) Hmmm, baby powder, I love that scent, also Lavender.
10. What's your favourite way to relax? Watch CSI or Law and Order and knit
11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? The bakery
12. What do you come out with? Bread
13. Where do you go next? Tea Room
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? I am not Christian, so please no Christian themed things. Other than that, I'm pretty easy to please, you can read the blog for other information or feel free to email me with questions.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
TEN random things you might not know about me
1. I'm naturally very shy
2. I'm not a natural red head
3. I heart Alton Brown
4. Almost all of my movie star crushes are foreign, except John Cusack
5. I don't think crochet is inferior to knitting
6. I practiced really hard to lose my Southern drawl, but sometimes it creeps back
7. I put way too much pressure on myself to have all A's
8. I love tiaras, I own 3 and I'll buy a new one for the wedding
9. I really like ball point pens in blue, medium point
10. I will hunt down the person who steels my stapler, kind of like that guy on "Office Space"
NINE places I have visited
2. Lincoln, Nebraska
3. Black Hills, South Dakota
4. Cheyenne Wyoming
5. Las Vegas
6. Irving, California
7. Disney World
8. Arches National Park
9. Corpus Christi
EIGHT ways to win my heart
1. Tell me I'm beautiful
2. Play with my hair
3. Make me dinner
4. Compliment my knitting
5. Wear things I make
6. Brag about me when I'm not there
7. Hold the door for me
8. Tell me your Liberal
SEVEN things I want to do before I die
1. Learn to knit lace
2. See New York
3. See a space shuttle lunch
4. Have a baby
5. Finish my degree
6. Swim with dolphins
7. go to Scotland
SIX things I don’t like
2. Bad table manners
3. My ex-husband
4. His mother
5. Fun fur
FIVE things I’m afraid of
1. The dark
4. Dieing young
5. losing Michael
FOUR ways to turn me off
1. Bad table manners
2. Tell me your a republican fundie
3. Be lousy in bed
4. Not know the meaning of foreplay
THREE things I do every day
1. Brush my teeth
3. Hug and kiss the guys
TWO things that make me happy
ONE thing on my mind right now
Going in to snuggle with KM, watch "Dead Man's Chest" and knit.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
1. Women who wear lip liner 15 shades darker than both their natural lip color and their lipstick. Did they miss the Oprah/Sally/Phil/What Not to Wear episode when this was addressed. It's suppose to match your lipstick. If your lipstick wears off, leaving said liner, reapply.
2. Drawn on eyebrows. More specifically, eyebrows drawn on in the WRONG location. I truly don't get this. They shave/wax/pluck them all off. Then draw them on. But a lot of people I see, look startled, all the time. Makes me want to check over my shoulder, make sure there isn't something hurtling at me. One time I saw a woman at Subway who had drawn them on in the right location, but then on closer expansion I realized they expanded on to her temple in a curly-q design. There's one woman, I swear, if they had been any higher they would have been in her hairline.
3. Skater shoes. Really hate those because it seems that wearing them makes it completely impossible for the wearer to PICK UP THEIR FEET. The FKM had a pair for a while, but after watching him walk on the backs of them I decided no more of that.
4. Heelies. Are we so lazy now that we must wheel everywhere? I want to clothesline the kids coming at me in the grocery store.
5. Skinny girl clothes in big girls sizes. Now I am overweight. I know this. But there are some things that should not be made in plus sizes. Spandex comes to mind.
6. Super low rise jeans. It makes everyone, even the skinny girls, look like they have a bicycle tire around their waist.
7. People who are waiting for an elevator and try to jump in as I'm trying to get out. Here's a little physics lesson. You and I can not occupy the same space at the same time. Therefor, I must get OUT of the elevator before you can get IN. One of these days I'm going to stand at the doors and as they open I'm going to yell "bugga bugga."
8. People who let their kids run around the restaurant. This makes me nuts because they invariably almost knock over the staff, or poor little old ladies with walkers. People please, restaurants can be dangerous and if your "darling" tot manages to run into a waiter with a full tray who can't see them, I don't feel bad for the kid when they end up wearing somebodies dinner.
9. People who assume I'm Christian, then when finding out I'm not, try to convince me I'm wrong. Fortunately this doesn't happen often.
10. Related to #9, people who make broad general statements assuming everyone in the room is Christian. News flash, your negative comments about Samhain (Halloween) show you to be a narrow-minded bigot.
11. Certain ex-friends who think it's perfectly OK to make excuses for my abusive ex. He is a shit and no matter how much you blame me for the divorce, he's still a shit. Maybe when his second wife leaves him you'll figure it out.
Sorry for the rant. My allergies are kicking my ass. I have had allergies all my life and I took shots for a while and that helped. But the immunity has worn off and I'm miserable because god damn everything is blooming and we're having wind storms. For those interested, I'm allergic to dirt and everything that grows in it.
Knitting news, the 800 pound gorilla is gone. I redid the band, sewed on the button, sewed on my "From the Needles of Emilee" and took it to work. Stacy should come by soon to get it. It's officially off of my list. Now I'm working on Jamie's Shrug, FKM's sweater, KM's socks, FKM's socks and a tote bag. When those are done, I'm knitting nothing but socks for ME.
Later, gotta find some more allergy meds.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
A little background. When I first met KM I lived in an apartment with a laundry room for the residents. Then I met KM and discovered that he did his laundry at Harold's, which wins lots of awards from The Alibi for being the "Best in 'Burque." Harold's is located near-ish to the university and is open 24-hours. KM and I would go there and do our laundry on a Sunday night after FKM was asleep, so, around 10 pm or so. It was insane, but it was our "date." It was there that we first started talking about moving in together. One of the most memorable characters is the cross-dressing man. Now, he was not an attractive man, and unfortunately, made an even uglier woman. He would wear Daisy Dukes, but, er, he hadn't had any operations and it was kind of scary. And there were the crop tops that exposed a hair chest, the bad die job, the GINORMOUS glasses and the 5 o'clock shadow. He was entertaining.
Then KM and I moved in together and we had a washer and dryer in our place. But we moved over Christmas (don't EVER do that) and now I'm back to carting the laundry up to Harold's. Here, in no particular order, are the things I've seen the last 9 weeks.
1. The woman who apparently only does laundry once a quarter. She was using nearly every machine. She lived nearby because she would use the laundry carts to wheel her clean laundry across the street to her apartment, then come back for more. There was a lot of laundry.
2. One Sweater Girl: This is the girl who came in to dry just one sweater. That's all she had.
3. Scary parking lot guy. This guy is this weeks edition. He pulled in after I did and sat in his truck while I sat in my car eating my snack. He crawls out of his truck and I'm treated to a good 5 inches of ass-crack. Nice. Then I notice that he is dumping all of his laundry on to the ground on the passenger side. I start taking my laundry in and he asks if I need help. I assure him I'm fine and continue bringing in my stuff. Note to guys: don't ask strange women if they want help with their laundry. We will think you odd and that you only want to steal our panties. So I go about my business doing laundry. He positions his laundry so he can stare at me, creepy. So then I'm drying and sitting at a table and I knock a paper off, it wasn't mine, but he jumps up to pick it up for me. He sits at the computer desk the whole time staring at me. By this time I was sufficiently creeped out. He then selects the folding table NEXT to mine to fold his stuff. I was never so glad to get out of there.
4. Then there is Emo guy. I wasn't sure what to call him, but KM thinks he sounds Emo. I admit, I don't really understand Emo. But the guy had a dozen pairs of pants, all the same style, in wild shades. They are the pants from the 70's that are back. His were orange, turquoise and I think I saw a red pair.
5. Last week we had rude laundry people. These are the people who think that the entire laundry mat is for them and they can hog all of the machines and leave their baskets in the middle of the path.
So, there you have it. Laundry day. Tune in next week (or not) for the next addition.
Oh, knitting content. Well, I frogged the collar of the 800 pound gorilla and have redone it. Worked much better this time. I have maybe 2 more rows and it will be done, again. Then I can sew on my label and the button and get it out of here. I did get some work done on my FCSP's tote bag, it's crocheted.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
So I was in the first Favorite Color swap and my pal was awesome. It was so cool opening a sea of purple. I decided to join again. Sorry I'm such a bad blogger, I'm really going to try and do better. Here's my questionnaire.
1. What are your top three favorite colors? Red is my all time favorite color, I own a lot of clothing, etc. Purple is a very close second. Then, hmmm, maybe pink.
2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting is my top favorite. I love to knit and I knit socks. I've been knitting for 2 years, I'm not afraid to try new techniques, stitches. I'm almost done with the "Something Red" from Knit and tonic. I also crochet (learned to do that first, about 20 years ago), stamping and scrapbooking.
3. What products do you really covet? Hmm, I really want Lorna's Laces sock yarn in Red Rover. Ultimate dream would be to have a ball winder, LOL. I have sensational knitted socks and knitting vintage socks, but I'd like other sock knitting books, I hear Queen Kahuna's is really good as well as Kat Bhodi (not sure I spelled that right). I've also been looking for the sock yarn that has aloe in it, my LYS has ugly colors, LOL.
4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? Reading, watching drama shows on TV (Law and Order, CSI), hanging out with my guys.
5. Is there anything you collect? Anchor Hawking Press-Cut glass in starburst, Curious George (I LOVE monkeys), sock yarn, rubber stamps, Hard Rock Cafe hat pins and glasses
6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? I'm a Scorpio
7.What are your favorite……
scents/smells?… Lavender and lilac are my favorite
types of music and/or bands?…VERY eclectic, I like classic rock, 80's pop, Celtic, classical, jazz, blues
authors?…Patricia Cornwell, Nora Roberts, Stephen King
places to shop?…Barns and Noble, Village Wools (local yarn store), Craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby
season?…Spring and fall
yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies?…I use Stampin' Up? stamps, Creative Memories scrap supplies. I'm not a yarn snob except no fun fur, I really don't like fun fur, makes me itch, but an acrylic that is soft or a blend is ok, I have sensitive skin, so as long as it's soft, it's good.
candies or goodies? I am a total chocoholic
8. Do you have any wish lists? I had one on KnitPicks, but I'm not sure it's still there
9. Are you allergic to anything? I have bad seasonal allergies, so things scented with those oils are bad, especially pine, it's bad, no grass smells either
10. Do you have any pets? What are they? I have a dog named Velvet, 2 cats named Gryffin and Lupin (yep, I'm a Harry Potter fan) and a snake named Isis.
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 really don't like things that are rose scented. I am also not Christian so please no Christian themed things.