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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Seven - 08.31.08

Name seven things in your home that you have at least seven of.
My list this week is very "girly":
  1. FlipFlops (I usually buy them in bulk, from Old Navy, at the beginning of the season)
  2. Lip Glosses (my favorite right now is from Prescriptives, it's called Supernova)
  3. Nail Polish (I always take my own when I get my bi-weekly pedicures. I prefer either O•P•I or Essie brands)
  4. Slippers (I've got a range, from terry-cloth flip flop styles to full on bootie slippers
  5. Coffee Mugs (I collect Tinkerbell mugs from Disney.....I currently own about a dozen different designs)
  6. Tank tops (again, I usually buy one in every color, with multiples of black and white)
  7. Purses (I probably have about 15 currently, most of them are summer bags, as I like to change them alot in the summer months)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

"We interupt this scheduled program......"

I'm feeling a bit under the weather this weekend, soI don't have much to say. I got my hair cut SHORT yesterday, and it's all streaked now with highlights & lowlights. I'm too blechey right now to take a picture, but I promise to, before the weekend is out.

Today, I stayed in jammies all day.......I did take a shower this afternoon, but then put on clean jammies. Who knew that the first question from Friday's meme would actually happen!!

I decided to skip the Saturday meme this week---it concerns summer vacations (we did not TAKE one) and how we spent the summer holidays (didn't do a thing for ANY of them), so I figured it would be a waste.

Off to bed......

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Fill In - 08.29.08

1. When I'm sick I'm all about my jammies. I like to curl up with some fuzzy socks, my jammies, a pot of tea, a book or knitting and my fleece blanket. Oh, and lots of naps.

2. When I take a walk, I think about my surroundings....the trees, the sun, the sky. My favorite place to walk, is the beach.

3. Money can't buy happiness but it can make things VERY pleasant. And it helps in my yarn obsession too!

4. Cotton makes me think of summer, which has just FLOWN by and leather makes me think of car interiors (we're going car shopping this weekend, so I have CAR on the brain).

5. The strangest person/character I've had lewd thoughts about was my second cousin, Tim. We're not related by blood--his father is my dad's step-dad's brother (got that......I'll wait.......). The summer that I turned 14 and he was 17, we had a "summer relationship" that my family was not to keen about. Man, that was a NICE summer!!

6. My favorite color these days is coral and orange because I'm trying to get into the spirit of the fall season.

7. And as for the weekend, today, I’m looking forward to a well-deserved mini-spa day, which includes a haircut and highlights, tomorrow my plans include nothing.....I'm on vacation and Sunday, DH and I plan to go new car shopping !

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday Thunk - 08.28.08

This week we will answer:
You have your choice! Pick one (or two... or all 3) of these questions to thunk about.

It's too early this morning, and I have a migrane, so I went to the "evil internet" for my answers....

If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they stick Teflon to the pan?

First they sandblast the pan to create a lot of microscratches on its surface. Then they spray on a coat of Teflon primer. This primer, like most primers, is thin, enabling it to flow into the the micro-scratches. The primed surface is then baked at high heat, causing the Teflon to solidify and get a reasonably secure mechanical grip. Next you spray on a finish coat and bake that. (The Teflon finish coat will stick to the Teflon primer coat just fine.) Works a lot better than the early Teflon pans, but you can still ruin Teflon cookware by subjecting it to extremely high heat. This causes the bonds between some of the carbon atoms to break, giving other undesirable stuff a chance to bond thereto (courtesy of The Straight Dope)

How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

Firstly Deer Urine is used on the sign, and across the road, also.. because all deer are unfortunately lacking in any formal education, they are unable to read. Thus, the picture.So, a deer approaches sniffs, thinks "hey, who peed all over the place and stuck a picture of me in the middle of it, I am going to get to the bottom of this, they ain't pinning this on me"then he crosses (courtesy of Yahoo Answers UK)

Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections?

There is an unwritten law that if the condemned prisoner lives through execution they get pardoned. The reason why the sterilize the needle is in the rare case that it does happen and he/she gets an infection from it they can sue the state. Sounds odd but true. (courtesy of Yahoo Answers)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday Media Mix - 08.27.08

It's Wednesday, so it must be the Media Mix

Listen: Name one cover of a song that you think is better than the original: I like Michael Buble's covers of Frank Sinatra songs, so it's hard to pick just one.

Watch: What was your favorite show in the 90s? 90210, which is being "covered" this year with the new version of "BH 90210" starting on the CW this fall. I have reservations about how well this one will do.....it's hard to top the original, IMO

Read: Name the ideal setting for reading a book (at the park, in bed with candles, etc.) I like to sit outside, in the sun, typically listening to my iPod. I'vw tried reading in bed, but I'm usually asleep within five minutes.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ten on Tuesday - 08.26.08

10 Things I Hated About School

  1. The hours…….I would have gladly appreciated a schedule, let’s say from 10am to 2pm…….
  2. The food…during 10th grade, I had the same lunch every day…..a chocolate milkshake and a cookie……I only bought lunch on Friday’s (Pizza !!)
  3. Gym Class….required in Freshman and Sophomore year it was required…..Swimming for a whole semester……to make matters worse, I had it 2nd period, so I had chlorine hair for three months……IN WINTER…….I HATED GYM !!!!
  4. The bathrooms…….disgusting to say the least…..
  5. SAT’s…can someone please explain what the real deal is about this test? I took both the PSAT’s (twice) and the SAT’s……I scored average, and I still got into almost all of the schools I applied to (only wait-listed to ONE school…..Duke. I was accepted to the following schools: Univeristy of Miami, Virginia Wesleyan College, University of Delaware, York College of Pennsylvania, and Maryland Institute College of Art)
  6. Riding the school bus…..when I finally got my driver’s license, I was so happy.
  7. Making up snow days at the end of the school year…….Come June 1st, I was always on mental summer vacation
  8. Picking your classes for the next school year. It always seemed that I could never get the classes that I really wanted. It continued when I got to college. I never seemed to have luck on my side.
  9. 9th Grade Biology……Frog Disection……enough said
  10. Homework......ugh, I get hives just thinking about it.

Manic Monday - 08.25.08

If you could take more control of one aspect of your life, what would it be?
My weight…….I would love to not worry about what size I am, and I’m sure buying clothes would be more pleasurable.

If you were to name the difference between the male soul and the female soul, what would it be? Compassion. Compared to females, males tend to have less of the compassion gene, which I notice especially with my DH.

If you had to admit the most selfish thing you do on a regular basis, what would you say it is? I spend more money on myself, than I do for my DH…….I can drop $$$ on yarn, makeup or shoes, yet I gripe when DH wants to buy something electronic……am I wrong for doing that?? I though it was ALL ABOUT ME ?!? LOL!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Seven - 08.24.08

Name seven cool movie gadgets you’d like to own
  1. James Bond’s Astin Martin…….coolest car EVER !!! I’d like to be able to hit a rocket launcher when someone in front of me does something STUPID
  2. Communcator pin (from Star Trek) ……it would totally eliminate the need for a cell phone!
  3. Invisible Cloak (the Harry Potter Movies) ……It would make going to work SO much fun…..I’d know everything that was going on….
  4. Holedeck (again from Star Trek) …….what a great thing to have for parties!! I could have a virtual Hawaii 24/7…….SWEET!!!
  5. The DeLorean (from Back to the Future, Part II) …..it ran on household garbage!! I’d never have to buy gas again….ROCK ON!!!
  6. The Magic Mirror (from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs) ……I’d like to have the positive reinforcement every morning……”Mirror-Mirror…….”
    OK, I know it’s not a movie, but it is TV
  7. The food-replicator thingie (from the Jetsons) ………I would love not to have to grocery shop EVER again !!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Proud to be from Delaware!!

It's official:

Joe Biden, my home state's senior Senator, is the next Vice President of the United States!! I am tickled PINK !! I have always been a fan of Joe Biden, and this ticket is the strongest Democratic ticket since I've been able to vote. He's really put Delaware on the map now!!

Remember, vote OBAMA/BIDEN !!!!

New Stash......

I placed an order last week with Blue Moon Fiber Arts (BMFA) for some of the colorways that they were sending "on vacation". It was a tough decision, but I got the top FOUR. The order arrived on my doorstep this morning:

This is their fiberway, Twisted, in colorway "Love in Idleness"

(from top to bottom): Socks That Rock - Lightweight in "Seastone"; Silkie Socks That Rock in "Dixie Chick" and "Lemongrass"

Saturday 9 - 08.23.08

I love this weeks' subject......I have loved music since I was a baby. My mom said that I sang before I could talk. I sung in church and school choirs all of my life. I even sang when I worked at WDW. In 2000, I had a serious illness that fused my vocal cords together and I could not talk for about 3 months. I had to work with a speech therapist to learn how to talk again, but my speech pattern and vocal tone had changed, so now, I no longer sing, except at home or in my car. But I still love my music!!

1. What was your first favorite song? The first song I can remember liking alot, was "Top of the World" by the Carpenters. What can I say.....I'm a child of the 70's

2. Who was your first favorite female singer? Olivia Newton-John

3. Who was your first favorite male singer? Tony Orlando.......Knock Three Times...LOL !!!

4. Who was your first favorite band? The Carpenters

5. Who are your all time favorite bands? The Beatles and The Beach Boys

6. Who are your all time favorite male singers? Michael Bublé, Justin Timberlake and Tim McGraw

7. Who is your all time favorite female singer? Etta James and Christina Aguliera (that girl can WAIL)

8. What is your all time favorite LP/CD album? a tie...The Beatles' White Album and Abby Road......equally BRILLIANT !!!

9. What was your first favorite radio station? It's the local station, that I STILL listen to.....93.7 FM-WSTW

Friday Fill-In #86

1. Dancing to the beat of my own drum while making my way thru life makes me dizzy sometimes.

2. The last time I rode a roller coaster I nearly threw up and passed out.......guess I am not as young as I thought I was.

3. When I drive I roll down my windows, open my sunroof and sing at the top of my lungs to my iPod tunes!

4. I saw my kitty, Tigger standing on my kitchen counter this morning........Get DOWN Tigger, you know better!!! BAD KITTY !!!

5. Give me sushi, give me mojitos, give me a vacation........(I'll take any of the three please, since you asked........)

6. Next week I am looking forward to a four and a half day holiday weekend, and my mini-spa day at the hair salon (haircut, highlights and brows)

7. (Since this is posted late, I'm not including Friday night) And as for the weekend, tomorrow my plans include the post office, catching up with laundry, housework and a nap and Sunday, we have to go to my parents so that DH can hook up my mom's computer (which he repaired this week), and we'll be at the hospital to see my grandmother. We also need to go and buy a new floor lamp for the living room to replace the broken one.

The Lows (and Highs) of my week......

The Lows:

  • crazy-busy at work this week.....very tired and went to bed uncharacteristicly early many nights
  • oldest nephew went to eye doctor, and now has to wear glasses (he's nearsighted). Not a big deal, but to a 13yr old starting Eighth grade....a BIG deal. Kids can be cruel, so I anticipate that when school starts on Monday, so will the teasing and ridicule....my poor BOY!
  • had a nerve conduction test early Friday morning on both hands and arms (this is related to my thyroid issues, and the numbness and swelling that I experienced earlier this month).....I just love being electricuted early in the morning . That was the most painfull experienced I've ever had. I still have pain in a couple of spots on my hands and forearms. And the kicker is......I'll have to go back and have the same thing done on my feet and ankles.......JOY!!!
  • got three back-to-back phone calls yesterday after 5 o'clock, which I couldn't answer right away (while at work, I can't really answer my cell). When I got in my car after work, I checked my phone and saw that my mom had called. I called her back and said, "Well it must be important, cause you called me three times....." She then told me that my grandmother had fallen yesterday around 2pm and broke her left hip (Sidenote: my grandparents moved back from Rehoboth Beach last December as is was becoming too difficult for my grandfather to take care of my grandmother on his own--she's had several strokes over the past several years, and has about 20% use of her left side. Less than two weeks after they moved into their assisted living facility, my grandfather broke his right hip [four days before Christmas]. My grandmother then went to stay at my parents house, until Easter. Because of the strokes, my grandmother is very bitter and unpleasant to be around, but she's family, so we tolerate it). So, I immediately went to the hospital......and sat with both of them until other family came. As of last night at 10pm, she still had not been moved to a room, and the orthopedic surgeon had still not arrived......GOTTA LOVE THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM !!

The Highs (which considerably outweight the lows, in my book!)

  • DH got his quarterly bonus this week....YAHOOY!! One word - New BLUE MOON -STR !! (ok, that's 6 words, but who's countin'........I'm ordering some YARN!!)
  • announcement at work that since we are closing early on Thursday, 8/28 for our company Open House (which I am NOT attending), that the owners decided to give us off on Friday with pay! With the holiday on Monday, 9/1 I now have a 4 and a half day weekend......ROCK ON!!
  • DH agreed that I need a new car, so we're going car shopping over Labor Day weekend.....we're gonna look, and see what kind of a deal we can get (fingers crossed)

Now, I need to get over to update the Daily Memes......I need to do Friday, and now Saturday....

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday Thunk - 08.21.08

UG, so early....stayed up too late last night to watch May-Traynor & Walsh win the gold medal for Womens Beach Volleyball.....very cool!

Today's Meme......

If you could have any house, money no object what so ever, what kind of house would it be? Walk us through it...

Well, it's easier for me to show my dream house, so here ya go....

"With over 11, 000 square feet of living space, this magnificent beachfront home has stunning ocean and sunset views. The outstanding craftsmanship is visible throughout the two master suites, six guest suites, media room, library, office, and separate caretaker's quarters. The warm sandy beach and azure Pacific are the backyard of this Kaanapali Estate. All of your client's needs for health and well being will be met with the oceanfront pool, Jacuzzi, yoga pavilion and exercise room. This extraordinary masterpiece property is the reason your clients have chosen to live on Maui" ......anyone got the winning Powerball numbers?? The house......$23.8 million

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday Media Mix - 08.20.08

Wow....it's Wednesday already....this month is just FLYIN' by....next weekend is the "unofficial" end of summer....and the kids go back to school this coming Monday.....summer seemed much longer when I was a kid.....

As it is Wednesday, it's time for the Media Mix:

Listen: What song has the saddest lyrics of any you’ve heard? "If You're Reading This..." by Tim McGraw....I cry almost every time I hear this song (I even have it on my iPod....). It what I imagine that alot of familys have had to go through since we went to war in the Middle East. I'm tearing up just talking about the song......

Watch: Name a show that’s a guilty pleasure for you. "The Hills" on MTV......I am a faithful watcher of the show that my DH calls "mindless drival". That's one of the reasons that I watch it......I get to escape for 30 minutes to a life that I KNOW I'd never have.....but it's nice to live in a fantasy!!

Read: Which book have you read in which you felt a character was the most similar to you? Allie, from "The Notebook"......it's my FAVORITE love story. I fell for the boy that my parents didn't approve of, so in that respect, we'd be the same......we didn't end up the same way, but I like to think that the love that Allie and Noah had in the book would have been the same that me and my "Noah" would have had.......if only........

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ten on Tuesday - 08.19.08

Since we are in week two of the Olympics, my 10 Favorite Olympic Atheletes of All Time

  1. Michael Phelps - Come on....how could you not like MP after the week he just finished. I hope he does for swimming what Tiger did for golf.
  2. Dan Jansen - OMG, my heart broke for him in 1988 when his sister died the morning of his speed skating races at the Calgary games, and then he failed again at the 1992 games.....it was truly thrilling to see him finally get his gold medal in 1994.
  3. Kerri Strug - this is a picture of perserverence...when she wrecked her ankle at the Atlanta games, it was pretty much a done deal.....but to vault a second time, and LAND on said ankle -AND- score enough to win the gold medal.......AWESOME !!!! I can still remember Bela Karolyi carrying her onto the medal stand to receive her medal.....PRICELESS MEMORY !!
  4. Eric Heiden - how cool is he....he wins all of the men's speed skating races in Lake Placid, and then turns to cycling.......CROSS OVER !!!
  5. Dara Torres - she just goes to proove that you are never too old to go for your dreams. Her daughter Tessa should be very proud of her mom!
  6. Greg Louganis - SUCH a crush on him, back in the day.......A MAJOR HOTTIE !!! And his diving was PRIMO too!!!!!
  7. Alberto Tomba - TOOOOMMMMMBBBBBA.......nuff said (my DH's Italian, so I have to like Alberto....LOL)
  8. Ian Thorpe - The Thorpedo !!!! Another Hottie.....just gotta love an Australian accent !!
  9. Tara Lipinski - she is the only Olympian that I've actually met. I used to go an skate a the University of Delaware, and I would see her skate her practice sessions. She was super sweet and very talented. She changed coaches in 1996, and moved to Detroit to train. But she'll always be a local girl to me, and I think I screamed the loudest when she won her gold in Nagano.
  10. Hermann Maier - a most AWESOME Alpine skier....it's amazing that he's still competing. He IS the "Hermannator"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Manic Monday #130

1. Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? I've wanted to travel to Asia since I was in high school......especially Japan! Why haven’t you done it? Money....and time.....if you have any extra of EITHER, please let me know !!!

2. If you could make any fictional character come to life, which one would it be? Noah from The Notebook.....I watched the movie again over the weekend (Thanks Family Channel!!).....I just swoon over the character and the conviction of the love he has for Allie......

3. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be and how long would it take you to spend the $10,000? I would say either Pottery Barn or Thomasville Furniture, so that we could re-do ALL of our furniture, bedding and accessories. I could probably spend it all in about 4 hours.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Daily Meme - Sunday Seven (BONUS) - 08.17.08

This is a BONUS Sunday Seven:

Name your seven favorite Pepsi beverages.

  1. Caffeine Free Pepsi
  2. Wild Cherry Pepsi
  3. Starbucks Frappachino Vanilla
  4. Lipton Brisk Lemon
  5. Aquafina
  6. Propel Mixed Berry
  7. Slice Orange

Daily Meme - Sunday Seven - 08.17.08

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:Name seven attractions you’d like to visit in the San Francisco area.

We've never been to SF, so this is a great question.....I can add this to my "Places to visit before I die" List

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Alcatraz Island
  3. Coit Tower
  4. The Houses along Alamo Square & Lombard Street
  5. Fishermans Wharf
  6. The Sequoias of Muir Woods
  7. Strybing Arboretum

Falling For Ewe Autumn Yarn Swap Questionnaire

Yes, it's that time again......another swap is in the works:

  1. Do you knit or crochet? Right now, I knit only.
  2. How long have you been at your craft? Less than one year
  3. Do you spin? NOPE
  4. Are there any other crafts that you participate in? I do enjoy scrapbooking, but find that I only get a chance to do it every couple of months. I’d rather be fondling my yarn stash!
  5. What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I love sock yarns….BFL and Bamboo blends are some of my favorites.
  6. What are your LEAST favorite yarns/fibers? I can’t handle mohairs, acrylics or scratchy wools……they make me breakout in hives (I have a hypersensitivity)
  7. Are there any types/brands of yarn that you are dying to work with but haven’t gotten a chance? POSH yarn….Three Irish Girls….Wollmeise…Alchemy
  8. What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I’ll consider anything. I have plans for lots of scarves, hats and fingerless gloves and mittens. Socks too….
  9. What are you currently working on? After lots of practice swatches, I am finally casting on my FIRST project—a pair of fingerless mittens. Anything you plan to start this autumn? I am planning a new scarf in a fall colorway.
  10. What are your favorite colors to work with? I’m a tropical color person…..I love turquoise, purple, blue-green, pinks, red, corals and neutrals like chocolate brown and charcoal grey.
  11. What colors do you NOT enjoy? I don’t like BRIGHT yellow, and I stay away from really pale pastels (as they wash me out, and make me look ill).
  12. Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? I haven’t figured out increases & decreases yet, so that would be next on my agenda.
  13. Are you a sock knitter? Yes What are your foot measurements? I wear a size 10 shoe.
  14. Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift? Neither, but would love either
  15. Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks? Right now I have a STUFFED to the gills folder to keep them in check, but I’ve outgrown it. I am collecting more circulars now, so I would like to get a separate way to organize these.
  16. Do you collect anything? Mary Englebreit, Bumblebees & Ladybugs….I also collect Tinkerbell items (mostly Christmas ornaments) and Vintage Hawaiian art & travel prints.
  17. What is your favorite type of music? It’s very varied, just about anything (but Rap music) Are you MP3 ready? Yes, I use iTunes.
  18. Do you like sweets? I love fruit jellies and cashews. My favoite candy bar is Almond Joy
  19. What is your living situation like? Married to DH (our anniversary is in early October) Any pets? 1 dog, Kona (she’s a Border Collie/Rottweiller mix) and 2 cats, Tigger & Sugar
  20. Are you allergic to anything? Just those fibers listed above.
  21. Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)? My wish lists are linked on my blog (see the listing on the right hand side)
  22. What is your Ravelry ID? hulaknitter

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Daily Meme - The Saturday 9 - 08.16.08

I've now found a daily meme for each day of the week, so hopefully this will help me stay on track with my blogging.....

1. Do you worry about your next birthday? Since I turned 40 this year, I realized just much stress I'd put on my age previously. Now I realize, it's just a number.

2. Have you ever lied about your age in the recent past? No, there's really no reason to.

3. Have you ever lied about your age when you were young? Yes. If yes, why? I can admit it now......I got a fake ID when I was 17 years old, and I used it until I turned 21. I was never caught with it, and in hindsight, I did it more so that I fit in with the "in" crowd. If I ever had a child, I would be furious if they ever got one. Guess that the pot calling the kettle......

4. How much older have you been a person that you were romantically involved? I am a year older than my DH....I was born in April of 1968 and he was born in April 1969.

5. How much younger have you been a person that you were romantically involved? My ex-husband was six years older than me. My family thought that was a good thing, because it would help "reel me in", but in hindsight it just added to the ultimate conflict that broke us up.

6. Have you ever been consider a sibling, rather than parent of your child? Since I don't have children, I can't really answer this.

7. If you have had children, did you factor in age when deciding to have a sibling? Again, not applicable.

8. If you have not had children, are you happy with your choice and/or fate? No, during my first marriage, my ex decided early on that he didn't want kids. By the time that we broke up and I remarried, I discovered that I have serious medical issues that have prevented me from having a successful pregnancy. I've had more than 3 miscarriages, so I am slowly coming to the realization that I won't be a mother.

9. Do your siblings have kids? Yes, two boys. Are you close to them? Very much so......they are my surrogate kids, and I spoil them to death (and then give them back to their parents.....it's so great to be their AUNTIE !!) Their ages? 13 and 3

Back to some normalcy.....

Ah......FINALLY! I'd like to go on record and request a DO-OVER of the last 30days or so. Just saying......

As you probably read, my week this week started out WET......if I don't see lots of water anytime soon, it will still be TOO soon for me. We ended up with minor water damage to DH's car, and our heater has to have the optic sensor replaced and will need a good cleaning. The shed in our backyard lost some of the roof shingles and the yard is a mess. Other than that, I'm glad it's over. The whole mess of dealing with this really stressed me out, both physically and mentally. I was glad that the weekend finally got here.

I spent last night watching the Olympics.....I've been watching Michael Phelps swim his way into history all week, so I decided to celebrate his wins with a lovely Asian meal......a bento box !!

I had tempura lobster, spring rolls, seaweed salad, California roll sushi and crystalline noodles....plus I had some steamed brown rice......it was QUITE yummy !!! And, yes-those are my own personal chopsticks.....I have about 4 pairs, but these are my favorites!!

This morning, I got up early to go to a yard sale that one of my coworkers was having. She and her husband just bought a house, so they were trying to get rid of some stuff. She had this really cute basket, which I just HAD to have......it's a teapot for GOSH SAKES !!

Our bathroom remodel is in a holding pattern. It was supposed to start last week, and then this week. Now, we're waiting on our landlord to decide who has the better price and then when they can start. Ah, the joys of renting.......NOT!!!

So, it's been a while since I've updated with swaps, yarn pr0n and goodies, so without further adieu.....lets bring on the pics:

First, my 2nd package from my Summer of Yarn Love swap partner....isn't it FAB ?!?

The yarn is Shibui sock yarn......here's the closeup

Next, some lovelys from BMFA......these are from various trades and purchases online:
Rocky Horror (STR Lightweight)

Blue Moonstone (STR Lightweight - received in a trade with Sicklipstick on Ravelry)

And Seal Rock (STR Lightweight - purchased from hello-knitty on Ravelry...thanks Kate!)

And now onto the new Yarn Pirate aquisitions:

Malamute (from another trade with Sicklipstick....Jessica and I are like two PEAS IN A POD when it comes to BMFA and Yarn Pirate!!)

Here is the July colorway from the Pirates Booty sock club, it's called Cupcake (mine is courtesy of jfw04 on Ravelry...Thanks Jennifer!!)

The next two I purchased directly from the Yarn Pirate's etsy shop
First up is Permanent Mistake, which is a Bambo/Merino/Nylon blend

The other is a BFL Superwash....the colorway is called Kona (which you KNOW I had to buy!!)

Ok, and the last yarn prOn pick is from Lulu's Yarns on Etsy....it's Panda Sock & the colorway is called Ischia* (*Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. It is near where my DH's family is from in Italy)

On the horizon......I've got a shipment of STR that is on it's way to me and I'll be starting a *BRAND NEW FEATURE* on the blog......I've been asked to start reviewing teas on my blog, so I'll be starting that this week.....HOW FUN!!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #85

Ok, here we go with the start of the weekend. I know I've been lax with my blog and have a TON of updates to do, so I've blocked some time on Saturday and promise to get it done!

1. The last meal I had at a restaurant was last Sunday, before the now imfamous flood. At Cheesburger in Paradise, we had an Island Sampler appetizer (mini-burgers, mini-chili dogs, chicken wings and fried dill pickle chips--YUMM!), and DH had a Cuban sandwich, while I had a Pressed Burger.

2. Drivers who don't use their turn signals and lane change without looking is something I intensely dislike.

3. The full moon rising is an awesome sight. I especially like to sit out and watch the sky on a fall night. A harvest moon is my favorite!!!

4. (The next questions is a toughy......I don't really think we have a local expressions, but this is one that I grew up using)........ "Cop a squat" is one of my favorite local expressions.

5. Sometimes it's best to just bite your tongue and say something positive. Especially in my job, as there are alot of bridezilla's out there!

6. MICHAEL CLAYTON is the best movie I've seen so far this year!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching the Olympics, packing up the new tea box for shipping, and some sleep (I've been so tired this week), tomorrow my plans include a quick trip to the drug store and post office, then I've blocked out the afternoon for laundry and updating my blog and Sunday, DH will be home from work, so we will probably start getting things ready for the bathroom remodel (which is scheduled to start on Tuesday!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Manic Monday #129

Ugh....it's MONDAY. After the day we had yesterday, I'm achey & sore.....but thankful that we woke up to very little flooding. I can get out our lane to my car this morning, so the 8 hours I'll spend at work will be a vacation in comparison to yesterday.

How would your friend describe you to someone who has never seen you?
Brown hair, hazel eyes, tall & plus-sized......perky, with alot of enthusiasm and a great personality........(wow, that sounds like a personal ad)

Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?
My DH......he always has my best interests in mind. He takes care of me, and always makes sure that I'm safe and secure.

If you died or went missing, who would miss you?
My husband, family and friends are a given.....but I think that my absence would have a real effect on my fur-babies.....especially Kona. Whenever I go away for several days, she's very clingy when I come home.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My own personal "Waterworld".........

Where are Kevin Cosner and Dennis Hopper when you need them ?!?!

Apparently, they weren't in our township today. DH and I got up early this morning as today was our youngest nephew's 3rd birthday party. About 20 minutes before we left, we started to hear rumblings of thunder and lightning....no red flags.....so off we went. We hit some wicked rain about 4 miles from home, but as we crossed the Delaware Bridge and got into NCC, the skies brightened and the rain stopped. We went to an early lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise (the restaurant chain owned by Jimmy Buffett----yes, I am a closet-Parrothead!!). We got done lunch about 12:40, and as we exited the restaurant, we looked to the east and saw a wicked-large line of BLACK clouds....just about the area of where our house is. Again, no red flags....ok, so it's raining there.

We decided to make a quick stop at Office Depot, and while we were paying for our stuff, the employees were talking about a tornado watch that they had just called for the area. Again, nothing that we were immediately alarmed by.....where we were, there was no rain.....but we did notice some ominous clouds. We made it over to my sister's house for cake and ice-cream with the family and close friends. We were there about an hour, and then made our way over to Best Buy, where I got new earbuds for my iPod and DH got some blank CD-roms. We then made our way home.

As we drove up into our township, I noticed that some of the lower-lying side streets had intermittent flooding. As we got up to the street we normally turn onto, it was flooded. Since the area we live in is a basic U-shape, with three connecting streets, we went up to the next turn, which was clear. As we made our way up to our road, we noticed more of the side streets were flooded.....a couple were really bad (we saw an SUV that was submerged up to the top of it's hood and a car that was completely under water).

We then started to turn onto our street, and I screeched to a stop.......our lane was COMPLETELY flooded......at least 2-1/2 feet by the time we got there. I backed up my car, and parked along the main street. As I did, a black Chevy Avalanch pulled up behind us......it was our next door neighbors' daughters and A's fiancé. The said that it was pretty bad.......my DH's car was partially underwater, and they weren't sure if there was any flood water in our house. We'll panic set in, as Kona and the cats were in the house, so DH's starts down the lane, wading through the flood water. He told me to stay put, and that he would check on things. While he was doing that, our neighbors told us that they had gotten a call from a family friend (who's a state trooper) who had told them to get to the basement as there was a tornado in the area (it must have been around the same time that we were in the store earlier). She said that she spent over an hour in her basement and that the hail was wicked.....about the size of a quarter. I asked how they made it out, and she had crossed a section of her yard that wasn't flooded and went through a neighbor's yard in the next developement over. She then called her sister & they came and got her. My problem was that both our front AND back yards lay on a lower slope that her house, so there was no way to cut through.

My cell-phone rang, and it was my DH.....the house was fine, but his car was flooded on the drivers side. I got sick of just standing there, so I took off my flip flops and rolled up my capris and proceed to WADE down the lane to get to our house. UGH.....it was one of the most disgusting things that I ever had to go through......the water was ICE cold, there was all of this slimey stuff on the water, and by the time I made it to the front of my house, the water was over my knees. I got inside and hugged the dog and tried to get myself cleaned up, since I couldn't run the water. Once I got cleaned up, I went out and took these pics:

It took more than three hours for the flood waters to subside. Our backyard is still flooded, but the front is clear. We found out that the flooding was caused by a failed pump and about half the township was flooded. The good news for us was that DH's car started, and was moved to higher ground. The bad news is that we continue to have storms in the area, so who knows what we will wake up to in the morning.
I realize that this was NOTHING compared to what THOUSANDS of people in New Orleans had to deal with, but my heart goes out to them.......for just the briefest of moments, I stood in their shoes, and it was not fun!!
Needless to say, I am spent.......I promise to post more this week, including some new yarn prOn!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday Fill-In #84

1. You know you're old when the early-bird special looks REAL appealing and you're ready for bed at 7pm.

2. My heart is divided between moving away and starting a new life in a different city and staying put to be close to my family. DH and I go back and forth on the subject. I'd like California or Hawaii....he'd like South Carolina or Montana. As you can clearly see......more discussion is needed

3. Sleep is what I need RIGHT NOW! This has been a really long week at work. I will definately rest up this weekend.

4. I have felt the tropical sun on my face, I have known the depths of the Hawaiian oceans.........can someone loan me some money for a plane ticket.......I need a Maui-fix?!?

5. Gah, won't these people quit talking about lowering fuel prices and fixing the mortgage crisis and just GET ON WITH IT.......talk is CHEAP people!!! I'm looking at a fuel-oil lock in price for winter at about $4.69/gallon......YIKES!

6. Take a vacation......as soon as you can! Summer is almost over!!!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to some Japanese food & watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on TV, tomorrow my plans include errands (bank, post office, dry cleaner), buying my 3yr old newphew a birthday gift, and a late-afternoon nap and Sunday, we have said-nephews birthday party to attend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

SP 12 question of the week - 08.06.08

Have you ever entered your knitting (or anything else) in the fair? Would you ever consider it?

I have never entered knitting items, but I had several entries in cross-stitch and quilting during the early to late 1990's. The best that I think I ever placed was a 2nd in counted/large project. I also used to submit entries in the canning and baked goods. I did win a 1st place one year for my watermelon relish and my key lime & coconut cake. Of course, this was back when I was younger, and didn't work and could afford the extra time to devote to my creative side. Hopefully, by getting back into knitting, I will spark that side again......

Monday, August 4, 2008

Manic Monday #128

OMG, I almost forgot about doing this......and Monday's almost over.....

Using no more than 10 nouns, and ONLY nouns, describe yourself.
Wife, Knitter, Pet-Owner, Lover, Wedding Consultant, Friend, Auntie, Daughter, Sister, Laundress

If you owned your own store, what would you sell?
I’d like to have a yarn & tea café. One side would be yummy yarns, notions and comfy chairs and couches. The other side would be a tea & gourmet café. With WI-FI of course !!!

If you were to name the most comforting thing for you to hold in your hands, what would it be?
My fleece blanket. It was made for me by a dear friend who is longer with us. The unique thing about it is that the layers are woven together…..there are no stiches anywhere…..it is the coolest thing. Whenever I don’t feel good, I wrap myself up in m blankie and snuggle up in my wubbie-goodness.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday Fill-In #83

1. If I could travel back in time, I'd go to the 1940’s. I am a *huge* history buff (I was a History major in college) and I’d love to actually go back to the pre/post wartime in Hawaii. Plus, the fashion was FAB!!!

2. Give me Liberty or give me Death. Since we’re on the subject of history…….a great Patrick Henry quote circa 3/23/1775.

3. I am listening to Katy Perry, Metro Station, Jesse McCartney, the Mamma Mia soundtrack and the latest Lime n’ Violet episodes on my iPod.

4. Somewhere, someone is thinking “boy, what’s with this hulaknitter’s musical preferences??” I have a very ECCLECTIC music collection. We have almost 9600 songs currently in our iTunes library.

5. I'll always be a Hawaii-girl in my heart. We were watching something on TV the other night, and my DH and I both turned to each other and said that we need to plan another trip there……it’s been 5 years this October.

6. My idea of a good time includes breakfast cooked by my DH, a shopping spree involving YARN, a stop at Sephora & DSW, dinner out (lobster would be NICE), and a movie with my DH.