Friday, September 30, 2011

Catnip Fortune Cookie

I needed a quick little project to keep myself occupied, so I knit up a little circle to make this fortune cookie. I hand fulled (felted) it because I didn't feel like running the washing machine and waiting to see what it turned out like. -- I knit a circle before this one and nothing happened to it when I washed it.--

I sewed up the cookie and just before I it was completely closed I poured some catnip in. I gave it to Bailey yesterday afternoon, and her first reaction was to try to dive into the center of it. I'm not sure she loves it, but she likes it enough to babysit it. This morning I saw her sitting on it, guarding it.


This morning the sun was actually shining for the first time in what seems like forever. The clouds looked so nice---and non-threatening. This photo doesn't really capture it all.

Photo Month: Day 30: Italy: Il Duomo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Photo Month: Day 29: Fireworks

Cinnamon Rolls

I recently decided I wanted to make cinnamon rolls. I finally found a recipe that I thought would work. I didn't put any frosting on them, and I think they turned out awesome. Of course they were best when they first came out of the oven. I've been eating them as dessert--heated up and a la mode. I cut these thinner than the recipe directed. That was a lame attempt to shrink the serving size. Amazingly enough, there are still some in the house (I cooked them on Sunday.) I think these are worth the effort and I think next time I'll make them thick just to see how they turn out.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Photo Month: Day 27: Torture Museum: The Pear

The oral, anal, vaginal pear that is.

Morning Haiku

Brake lights, classic rock.
Grey mist unfurls overhead.
Passing yellow fields.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Photo Month: Day 25: Bailey and the Quilt

I love this photo. It shows Bailey in our quilt before it was finished. You can see the pins along the edge above her head. Good times. Ross says if I ever try to quilt again he'll divorce me. He's serious. I guess if I ever want another quilt I'll have to go buy one in Amish country or have one commissioned.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Photo Month: Day 22: Bailey Drinks Coffee

Sometimes Bailey drinks tea, sometimes she drinks coffee (with milk and sugar), but she always drinks the leftover steamed (and sweetened) milk.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Photo Month: Day 21: Blondie: Matt Katz-Bowen

Last night at the Blondie concert I was totally digging this guy's look. He had red and gold high tops on.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Another Pet Peeve

So the other day I was watching CoolTV and their Dance and Tonic hour came on. No dance music, and the tonic was diet. You see, I watched for at least half an hour and every song had the same characteristic--the artist mentioned his/her own name. That really bugs the crap out of me. I want to hear you sing a song, not hear you sing who you are. It was really lame and annoying.

Photo Month: Day 16: Italy: Amalfi

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

And I won again!

I checked my phone messages and I had a message from Sizzling Bombay that I won a 20 dollar gift certificate. Funny thing is that Ross won too! Ross says with all this luck I need to buy a lotto ticket.

I won! Again!

I enter to win freebies at Lucky Magazine and Glamour Magazine. I received an email the other day saying I'd won a year long subscription to through a promotion with Lucky Magazine. Yogavibes sent me a special code and now I can watch/do a yoga class any time I want. I tried it out for the fist time today. So far it doesn't seem like yogavibes has a whole lot of videos, but the did have two Iyengar style videos. I tried the first Iyengar video today. I really put a lot of effort into it, so I got a little sweaty. The teacher was a little annoying (but who doesn't annoy me?) She kept dropping the last a on all the asanas. So she would say Tadasin instead of Tadasana. It was irksome, like when people drop the -ly at the end of an adverb. (Ross passed on that pet peeve to me.)

I'm not sure how much I will use this service, but it is cool to have won something. And maybe it will help me get back in shape.

Photo Month: Day 13: Black and White: Texas Capitol Rotunda

Monday, September 12, 2011

Photo Month: Day 12: Ethan

That's Ethan asleep on the swing in our back yard. Wrapped up in the quilt I bought for 50 cents. He needed a nap, but didn't want to go inside (and miss all the action outside), so we set him up on the swing and he actually took a nap. I miss Ethan and my house.

No More Corn for Bailey?

When I went to the store to buy Bailey more food I noticed a brand next to the one I normally buy (I've been buying Iams for the last 12 years) that was labelled No Corn No Wheat. Well, you know that No Corn label caught my eye, since I basically think corn is evil. --Nevermind that I ate a whole bowl of popcorn last night.

So anyway, I bought a bag of Iams and I bought a small box of the corn-free Purina One brand Beyond cat food. I conducted an experiment: I poured the same amount of cat food into two identical bowls and put them side by side. Bailey went for the new cat food first. She also completely finished it before moving on to the Iams.  I just read the ingredients list for the Iams: chicken by-product meal (that doesn't sound appetizing), corn meal, corn grits, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken....then a bunch of other stuff. The purina ingredients: chicken, chicken meal, whole brown rice, soybean meal, whole barley, whole oat meal ... then a bunch of other stuff.

So once this bag of Iams is done I'll start buying the Purina One Beyond. No more corn for Bailey.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Knitted Bonnet

I finished another knitting project! I knitted up this hat/bonnet in just a couple of days. I thought this would be a really easy project, and the knitting part was. It was the rest. The hat is supposed to have a crocheted border, but I don't know how to crochet. I tried it, followed all the directions, but it didn't look anything like the picture. And this wasn't supposed to be a fancy border. It was just a single crochet. Well, I tried it twice and ripped it out twice. The tension was all wrong and it looked terrible. Then when it came to the lining my brain went on hiatus. I finally figured it out last night, but decided I was too tired to do it. So this afternoon I hand sewed in the lining. I didn't feel like fighting the sewing machine.

I like how it turned out. If I fold back the edges it looks like a pilgrim hat. I'm wearing the hat now, and it is definitely warm. I might make a scarf out of the same yarn.

I've already chosen a new project, and I have all the supplies, so I will get started on it very soon.

I Failed!

I often have nightmares that if I fail a test or a class I won't get my diploma or degree. I'm always one class short. Well, I really did fail a test this week. Ross and I went rock climbing, and we had to take a belay test. I failed miserably. Not a big deal though. I practiced and I'm confident that I'll pass next time.

I also failed at crochet. I don't crochet. I don't really know how. I tried two times to crochet a simple single crochet border on the hat I just knitted. It was awful. It turned the hat into a poofy old-school motorcycle helmet. I think my tension was too tight. Something was definitely wrong. It didn't look anything like the photo. I gave up and decided to skip the border and then I failed twice (at least) to pin the lining in so that I could sew it. I think I figured that one out and I'll try again tonight or tomorrow.

My third failure is heartbreaking. I failed my orchid. Priscilla is dead. Last night the only green leaves left cracked and fell over while we were talking about how rapidly the leaves had gone brown. I killed her. Penny is still fine, yet I have no idea if she'll ever flower again....

Photo month: Day 11: Prague: Astronomical Clock

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Photo Month: Day 9: Peacock

I love the way peacocks meow. It brings back so many fond memories.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Photo Month: Day 5: Julia

We saw the Lusters for the first time in a long time yesterday. Julia was being silly after dinner and renaming all her cars (with silly names like Hookarope), but the horse was always Nice Horsey.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Photo Month: Day 4: How: Piercing

A lot of people ask how my piercing was done. Here is a photo of how Madison was born. My piercing just turned 3 years old, and just like a toddler it is finicky and prone to throwing fits. I didn't take this photo (duh), but it is a photo of me, so I'm counting it as part of my project.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Birthday

I've been meaning to write this post for a couple of days. My birthday is 6 months away and I'm already thinking about it. My parents are asking questions. I don't know what I want to do for my birthday. It will be my real birthday. I always celebrate my real birthday on the actual day. The problem is that my birthday falls on a Wednesday.  Am I going to take 3 days off of work and make it a long weekend? Go to New York City? Just eat cake at home? Since I pretty much ignore my birthday three-quarters of the time I feel like I have to do something. Oh, what to do?

Photo Month Day 1: Refuge from the Storm

This tired butterfly flew into our place on Saturday night during the storm (Irene). When I was taking photos of it it climbed onto my hand.

Photo a Day

I'm going to try and post a photo each day this month. Nothing specific. Just a photo--that I took.