Archive for February, 2007

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I’ve written a lot of posts in my head over the past few days, but none of them ever made it into the blog. Problem is most of my writing takes place in my head as I’m falling asleep. The words come fast and easy; there’s just nowhere to put them. Then, after a few days, they seem stale and never get posted. So here’s a snippet of what I almost blogged:

  • The Blizzard That Wasn’t. We were supposed to get walloped with snow on Saturday night. We were prepared: movies, margaritas, I even made a grocery run despite the chaos of OH MY GOD, WE’RE GETTING A BLIZZARD AND NEED MILK, BREAD AND MEAT. We got like three stinking inches.
  • For Crying Outloud. I like having the tv on in the background during the day, but the past few weeks have really hurt my brain. MSNBC, FOX and CNN Headline News: Breaking News — The Battle for Anna Nicole’s Body. (CNN? Britney Enters Rehab, Again.) Yes, her death is tragic, and I feel for all of the parties involved, but we are entering week THREE of almost constant coverage. How does the death of a stripper turned reality show star who hasn’t uttered a coherent word in years garner more news coverage than the death of two presidents combined?
    I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
  • Ka-ching! I’ve started selling some stuff that was destined for Goodwill on eBay and have actually made a little money. This could get addicting.
  • Projects Spinning Out of Control. I have too many knitting projects on the needles and a few more ideas in my head that require a sewing machine. I don’t know why I have such a burning desire to create things with my hands. I think I miss the hand work of graphic design now that everything, including proofing, has turned digital. P.S. I organized all of my knitting stuff over the weekend and still no size six needles.
  • Are you talkin’ to me? Yep, even a good case of the hiccups won’t keep Bella from chatting up the camera. She can keep this up for hours, folks. Yes, hours.
  • houston, we have teeth!

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

    Mirabella’s bottom two teeth have broken through. The first one appeared on Tuesday. She was eating her prunes and gnawing on the granite table between bites as usual, but this time her gnawing sounded different. It sounded scratchy. Then I noticed that the spoon sounded a little scratchy in her mouth. I tried to take a peek, but she was covered in prunes, so I waited until we were finished. There it was! A little tooth peeking through. Today we went through the same scenario with her morning cereal and there was tooth number two!

    bella at the table

    I have to say that I’m not surprised that they have broken through. She’s been drooling through at least five bibs a day for the past month and gnawing on everything in sight. She also seems to be taking this in stride. The granite table might have helped. Of all the surfaces she’s been chewing, that’s the hardest. I think it might have encouraged those little choppers out.

    must. get. remote. in. mouth.

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    c’était un rendez-vous

    Monday, February 19th, 2007

    So I’m reading some of my old Liquid Treat emails to keep my mind fresh and creative and I see a link to a video for a song by a “Coldplay-ish” band. I really like Coldplay, so I decide to check it out. As I’m watching, I’m thinking hmmm… this looks really familiar. I think I’ve seen this before. (It’s déjà vu all over again.*) Then I realize, yes! I have! It’s that rare movie of the guy zooming through the streets of Paris at the crack of dawn. Only now there’s the Internet, and it’s not so rare anymore. In fact, we actually paid for a copy of this on VHS. VHS!

    Here’s the music video, but dudes, this file is huge and takes like forever and a day to download.

    Here’s the movie on with just the music of the revving engine.

    I’m just a little frightened how T’s hobbies are creeping into my life. I mean, did anyone else look at that and go Hey! I know that movie! The lines are blurring. I need to go buy some wool or something.

    *Ok, I had to put that in for Mary Pat, Liz and Barbara. Sorry, inside joke.

    when crafts and cars collide

    Friday, February 16th, 2007

    I love to knit. T loves cars. Put the two together and you get this:

    knit ferrari

    Student knits her own Ferrari

    Art graduate Lauren Porter knitted a Ferrari sportscar for her honours degree at Bath Spa University.

    Art student Lauren Porter, 22, with life size Ferrari she knitted out of wool for her degree show at Bath Spa University/PA.

    The classic red bodywork consists of 250 squares of garter stitch made by Lauren and 20 family members and friends.

    The windows are V-shaped stocking stitch, while the details are crochet and the badge is embroidered.

    It’s all supported by a steel frame which Lauren, 22, of Greatham, Hants, welded herself.

    in search of…

    Thursday, February 15th, 2007

    The size six circular needles I used to knit my Manos socks are missing. They are part of my KnitPicks set. I’ve looked in all of my knitting bags, yarn bags, under the furniture, inside of the furniture, on my desk, under my desk, in the office closet, and even in the diaper bag. It seems like every project I am working on right now requires size six needles. I’m going crazy over here! I last saw them the night I stitched up my Manos socks, sitting in front of the television on the couch. I’ve torn the couch apart a number of times.

    Blog readers: any suggestions on where I should look next? I’m stumped!

    happy valentine’s day!

    Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

    bella in a red dress

    you know you live in the heartland…

    Saturday, February 10th, 2007

    …when your online banking home page has three tabs: one for personal banking, one for business banking, and one for agriculture banking. Before we moved to Nebraska I did a lot of research online about the state and the city of Lincoln and one site had a tab for livestock auctions. I never thought I’d be living anywhere that had a livestock auction section on its website. I wish I could find the link now. Maybe they took it down for fear it might scare off people from relocating to the Star City.

    blend, baby blend

    Thursday, February 8th, 2007

    One of my favorite soups is roasted butternut squash. One day while I was puréeing the squash/onion/garlic in batches in the food processor I thought there must be an easier way to do this. I went online and discovered the wonderful world of immersion blenders.

    I don’t know why I never thought to buy one before. I mean, we all know I’m the crazy soup lady and that I love kitchen gadgets. It only makes sense that I would have one, right? I asked for one for Christmas, and it is one of my favorite gifts. So far I’ve blended roasted butternut squash, black bean and split pea soups. I’ve also used the chopping attachment and the little beaker for making hummus.

    The attachments work well enough for small projects, but I’ll still get out the food processor for heavy duty chopping. The blender, however, is genius! It’s so easy to use and quick to clean up that I’m kicking myself for not getting one sooner.


    I wish I was better at food photography because right about here would be where I would post a fancy picture of my roasted butternut squash or a nifty shot of my hummus, but alas, I’m good with the blender, not the camera. You’ll just have to settle for a stock gadgety photo instead.

    daily dose of mirabella

    Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

    I was messing around on CafePress today to see how easy it is to open a storefront. Turns out it’s very easy. I had made a calendar of Mirabella last year, so that’s the only product listed. I’m not sure what I’ll do with this storefront, if anything at all. If you want a calendar of M, here’s your chance!