Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I grew up in the 1970s-and took a cross-country trip during the gas shortages. It was unsettling to be in the middle of Nebraska and watch the gas gauge slip below half a tank. You just didn't know what the supply situation would be. And that trip marked me forever.
It's funny to see the "Global Cool" ads...they are pushing the same inititatives our parents did. "Close the damned door, do you think I'm paying to heat the outdoors?" (I know I am not the only person who heard that.) My kids grew up with no comprehension of saving money by turning off the lights.
Get a few celebrities to tell them to reduce their carbon footprint? They're on it. (Course, putting on a sweater and socks makes a lot of sense if THEY pay the utility bill.)
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I googled tams ENDLESSLY today. I found a big tam article/recipe in a 2002 IWK, so I am kicking off my tam quest. I couldn't STAND it anymore, and cast one on in Elann's Baby Silk. I have plenty of odds and ends to play with, so let's see what I can come up with BEFORE the Tambible shows up. Yeeee-haw.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I was very careful to slip the first stitch of every row, so that the Fiery Bolero (IWK SS 05) had neat and tidy edges. Boy, that was a mistake. I picked up the all interneckline stitches twice before I realized why my stitch count was off, off, off. I had less spots to p/u because I had slipped all my leading stitches. Tidy? Absolutely. Helpful? Not at all. So I plodded thru p/u and knit a third time-all 246 stitches. Again. Holy shit. This was not a fun knit at all-I found it dull and finicky. No lively colors. No fun stitches. No cool details. A lot of counting. Yuck, yuck, yuck.
On the plus side, it's 568 yards of Austermann Rubino oddballs that I voted off Yarn Mountain. I like the yarn, I just wish I'd made something for DGD out of it when she was small enough to wear 568 yards. Punishment for slacking, don't you think? Here it is, damply awaiting seams, which I'll do at work this week.
"Can we mail it to them?"
"Eat your dinner. There are children starving in China."
"Dad, why do you care? They are Communists."
"UFFF. I'm so full. I really didn't need to eat that last piece, but I heard there were starving children in China, and I didn't want them to get it."
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Take, for example, the Blue Sky Alpaca Cropped Cardigan. The smallest size calls for SIX 100 yard balls of sportweight, knit doubled. Silly me, I thought 300 yards of Classic Elite Beatrice (63 yards per ball) would do. I had four balls, and knew I'd need to get more. I thought one additional ball would do it, but thought I'd knit a bit before I reordered. I'm glad I waited.
Behold-my cardi at 3 balls. No WAY can I get an additional 10 inches of body, plus 3" of sleeves (twice) out of the 300 yards I THOUGHT I needed. I didn't order one additional ball, I ordered THREE. That's almost 450 yards, not the 300 I believed would do it.
I gotta take my shoes and socks off to count past 10, and I am the QUEEN of knitting much larger than gauge, but somehow, I think someone in Blue Sky Land is knitting a VERY fluffy gauge.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Underhill also pointed out that men like technology for its "gee whiz" effect; women like technology applications. (This goes a long way to explain why men buy all those damned kitchen gadgets, and I, for one, silently roll my eyes at more clutter on the counter.) I think it should be interesting to see how well companies develop websites for e-commerce. Men writing programs for women shoppers. (Not to say all techies are men, or all shoppers are women, but you know....)
I had a chance to test a shopping website last night. During a phone call with my dad, who no longer drives, he mentioned he hoped Georgie would offer to take him to the store. (Georgie got my pretty blue messed-up Swallowtail for Christmas.) Which really means the man has no damned food in the house. I thought about that a little. My brother got home from a ski trip the night before, and carted my dad (his petsitter) all the way across greater Phoenix in the middle of the night and didn't check to see if he needed any freakin' bread. What an ass.
I'd used Albertson's grocery website before, but they discontinued the service. Off to Safeway's website I went....after a short consult with Dad, I found he needed bread, six oranges, soup, milk, waffles...so I ordered
1 Lucerne Supreme Fatfree Skim Milk - Half Gallon $1.69
2 Safeway Lucerne Light Mixed Berry Yogurt - 8 Oz $1.20
1 Tyson Beef Pot Roast - 17 Oz $6.99
1 Gortons Fish Portions Valu Pack - 24.5 Oz $3.99
2 Gortons Fillet Lemon Butter - 7.6 Oz $5.00
2 Miltons Healthy Whole Grain With Honey Bread - 24 Oz $5.00
1 Smucker Simply Fruit Strawberry Seedless - 10 Oz $2.50
1 Smuckers Simply Fruit Apricot - 10 Oz $2.50
1 Angel Soft White 2 Ply Bath Tissue - 4 Roll $1.49
4 Bananas - Bulk $1.00
1 California Clementine Prepacked - 5 Lb $3.99
2 Sweet Potatoes - Bulk $3.38
1 Fresh Express Spinach And Carrots Prepacked - 9 Oz $1.00
1 Nabisco Premium Multigrain Crackers - 16.5 Oz $2.00
4 Progresso Ready To Serve Split Pea Soup - 19 Oz $6.00
4 Progresso Reduced Sodium Garden Vegetable Soup - 18.5 Oz $6.00
4 Progresso Rich And Hearty Beef Pot Roast With Country Vegetables Soup - 18.5 Oz $6.00
2 General Mills Cheerios Cereal - 15 Oz $4.00
1 Kelloggs Eggo Blueberry Waffles - 12.3 Oz $2.00
1 Kelloggs Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles - 12.3 Oz $2.89
Notice the absence of junk-blueberry waffles and yogurt don't really count as junk food to me, but they serve as a treat for Dad, because he's diabetic. I added the sweet potatoes because they are good for any meal, and help satisfy a sweet tooth. The way I see it, it's about a week's worth of groceries for a senior, with leftovers. A little heavy on salt, a little low on fruits and veggies, but he really feels like shit when he doesn't eat regularly. And then he doesn't eat because he feels like shit. It's a scary spiral.
Dad also needed a prescription refilled. That was a bit of a pain in the ass-the site doesn't actually offer Rx delivery until after the order is finalized. Which sucks for first time users, but I have it down now. He'll get his order tomorrow evening, with his 'script. I don't actually LIKE grocery shopping on-line, but when faced with a choice of on-line groceries or a malnourished parent, I'll take the shopping.
I'm anxious to see how they'll improve this process.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I knew the answer, but asked him to explain. He said "They have that Crystal d'Arques stuff. I bought that stuff when I got my raise to Senior Airman." He was right. He correctly identified Crystal d'Arques Longchamp pattern, which is common in every military exchange in Europe. Six for 10.00. Every household has some.
He's learning, but I still fear for the Meissen Blue Orchid. If there's a garage sale after I'm gone, go.
Here's the addy:
Orphan Foundation of America Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive, Unit 130
Sterling, VA 20166
You can mail throughout January.
And here's the link for any questions.
It took 15 years for us to find him and hand him over. We would have spared thousands if we found him in 1991; perhaps many would still be citizens, not victims. I am not at all sorry he's dead, not sorry his wicked sons are dead, and we need to keep an eye on the daughter. I think evil people should spare us all the trouble, and do themselves in, so we can skip the formalities and move on. That was one evil man.
And it bothers me that he's my father's age.