Archive for December, 2007

blog stats

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I never really look at my blog stats. Today, Christy * has posted her 1,oooth blog entry and it got me thinking. How many blog posts have I written? Just how many years have I been blogging anyway? After searching my wordpress dashboard and manually counting my hand-coded blog entries, here’s what I found out:

  • I’ve been blogging for over four years. This will be my 376th post. Dude! I totally feel like I’ve written a lot more and have been doing this for a lot longer.
  • The wordpress version of this blog has received 449 comments. lincolnblog readers like to talk back!
  • When the Yarn Harlot linked to my blog in March, my blog stats went off the grid. Seriously, the graph in my stat software maxed out. August and December were the other months of high readership. That’s probably because I posted lots of pics of Bella. She always draws a crowd.
  • The keyword that gets most people here from search engines is “beefless”. Maybe that’s from all of my non-dairy/vegan posts? There’s a joke in here somewhere; I just haven’t figured it out yet.
  • Sort of off-topic, while checking my stats I noticed that Tana linked to me in her Christmas ornament post. Check out the cool pics of my ornaments! They look so much cuter on her blog.

    *Did I ever mention that I redesigned Christy’s blog? I really love how it turned out. It was inspired by one of her favorite websites, Anthropologie, and I used images from her own cards. Also, she paid me in beautiful sock yarn. How cool is that?!

    visit with grandpa k

    Sunday, December 30th, 2007

    Here are some pics from Grandpa K’s visit earlier this month.

    gurdial and tarun

    bella and grandpa

    bella and grandpa

    nobrainer in the news

    Friday, December 28th, 2007

    T’s company made the front page of the newspaper the other day. It’s too bad the article didn’t name drop them. Name dropping is nice.

    Osborn also changed the style of the letter sent to the last known address of the property owner, switching from a plain jane letter that looked like junk mail to a personalized card that includes a claim form.

    The response rate has risen from about 4.5 percent to about 12 percent.

    nobrainer is printing the personalized cards with claim forms. That’s a huge increase in response rate! Full article here.

    curious

    Thursday, December 27th, 2007

    I’ve always been curious about Benazir Bhutto. I have to admit that I don’t follow Pakistani politics very much; not more than what is in the news these days. Her life as a woman of such prominence in a Muslim country must have been incredibly difficult. Has anyone read her autobiography? I think I might have to check it out the next time I’m at the library.

    a few holiday pics

    Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

    chair
    Mom’s Rocking Chair

    dinner
    Dinner with the Durbans

    cars and puzzles
    Cars and Puzzles!

    books
    New Books!

    merry christmas to all…

    Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

    …and to all a good night.

    tree

    mini santa hat pattern!

    Monday, December 24th, 2007

    Last year I tried knitting a little stocking for our knitting group’s ornament exchange and it turned out really wonky. The night before the exchange, I whipped up this little Santa hat instead.

    santa hat

    For this year’s exchange, I knit the stocking from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and it turned out MUCH better. Tana, who picked my Santa hat from last year, picked the stocking this year. I knit them both out of the same yarn. Too funny! I should see if I can complete her set with a mini sweater next season.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the little Santa hat ornament. It was so cute and easy! So the other night I decided to knit another one for our tree. I love it so much! Here’s the pattern so you can knit up some cuteness for your tree.

    Knitted Santa Hat Ornament

    Yarn: Lion Brand Micro Spun colors red and white
    Needles: I used size 3 dpns
    Gauge: 6 stitches = 1 inch
    Time to complete: Less than two episodes of the Sopranos.

    Hat

    Using white yarn, cast on 30 stitches and divide evenly over 3 dpns.
    Join and knit 8 rows in white (add rows if you need to so it forms a nice roll brim).
    Change to red yarn and knit 12 rows.

    Begin decreases:
    Knit the first two stitches on each needle together.
    Knit a plain round.

    Repeat these two rows until you only have 3 stitches left. Tie them off.

    Pom Pom

    Start with a slip knot of white yarn on a single needle.
    Knit in the front and back of the stitch, increasing to 2 stitches.
    Knit in the front and back of both stitches, increasing to 4 stitches.
    Repeat once more for a total of 8 stitches.

    Begin decreases:
    Knit two together across, decreasing to 4 stitches.
    Repeat, decreasing to 2 stitches.
    Repeat once more and tie off.

    Pull the two ends together and shape a little ball. With a darning needle, thread the ends through the top of the hat and tie a knot.

    If you want your hat to hang straight, string it up from the top. If you want it to have a little curl, like mine, string it up from the middle.

    Hang on the tree and admire your craftiness. Merry Christmas!

    new computer! well, sort of.

    Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

    T has moved all of my files over to his “old” laptop, which is bigger, faster and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. I’m importing my emails and clicking around on all of my files and everything seems to be working ok. Cool! The only thing I have to get used to is a smaller monitor. Oh, well. My new Mighty Mouse makes up for it!

    word.

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

    I’d like to write a really long post about the cool evolution we’ve been going through over here with words, but I’m tired and need a nap. Here are a few notes so I don’t forget them:

    mah = mom
    dah = dad
    dah = duck
    nah = nose
    dawg = dog
    cah = cat
    fah = fan
    bah = box

    The word she says that sounds closest to the real thing is dog, although it has a serious southern twang to it. I have no idea where she got that. It’s also her current favorite. She points to her stuffed dog, points out dogs on her blocks and runs to the window when people walking their dogs pass by.

    She’s also getting really good with sign language. Her favorites are car, milk, more, all done, dog, shoe, cow, bear and cat.

    what are you listening to?

    Friday, December 21st, 2007

    It starts the day after Thanksgiving. T loves Christmas music. Not just any kind, though. He’s a big fan of rock n’ roll Christmas music. Every year the first song he plays is Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses. (What’s up with them, by the way? Did they never make a video for this song? How does any song from the ’80s not have video?)

    Bella and I usually don’t listen to much Christmas music during the day because as soon as T gets home from work, our CDs go into heavy rotation. His latest favorite is Noel! Noel! by Eve 6. He’s teaching Bella how to jump along with this song.

    I thought I’d share some of our favorite CDs. I didn’t realize there was A Rock’N'Roll Christmas, Vol. 2. We might have to add that to our collection. Eventually we’d like to collect all five of the Very Special Christmas CDs. But for now, I think we have quite enough!

    A Rock N’ Roll Christmas
    A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2
    A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 5
    Yule B Swingin’ Too
    Brand New Year
    Quithmuth (Kid’s Christmas)
    Amp Up The Holidays

    Oh, and I can’t forget the other song that goes into heavy rotation as soon as Hanukkah begins. T has an amazing amount of holiday spirit for a Hindu! Does anyone know of any rock n’ roll Diwali music?