December 31, 2006

2006--Here's your hat. What's your hurry?

And don't let the screen door hit you on your way out. Now Scram!

This time last year Gretswas recovering from cancer surgery, we had just lost Banjo, I was under major stress from work and so was Sean. We attempted to have a New Year's party, but it was a quiet affair, and there wasn't even any lasagna.

We didn't know that things would get much worse before they would get better. Sean got bitten by a cat, required surgery on his hand (and it took him almost a year to recover). My job "went south," literally, the day before Gretsky died, and there's not anything good about Sean's job at all. There was a lot of anxiety and depression in our household.

Sean wrecked his truck, sprained his ankle, and his hamstring got dog-broke.

But we did have some highlights. We took a trip to Hawaii in January (a week after Sean's aforementiond hand surgery), I won some yarn in a contest, I won the Survivor pool, twice, and in another real-life form of Survivor became the only person terminated from my company that got a severance payment. I'm still trying to collect all of it but I have high hopes.

We also adopted Rena, the dour gargoyle princess. I believe any small changes set off ripples that affect your whole way of living, and with Rena it's been a big change, but a good one. She's changed the way we exercise (a brisk walk for an hour EVERY day. We've only missed two days since we've had her!). And because of her, we made some new friends, which is a rare and wonderful thing for us.

We've also went to more shows, and saw a ton of music this year. Here's to hoping we can continue in 2007!

As far as resolutions go, I don't usually make them, but I want to accomplish a few things in 2007. I will put a little more effort into organizing the house. I will finish the current projects I have going (slipcover, sweater) and finish painting.

And next year, we'll have a party. For sure.

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December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays!

"While visions of chewed up stuffies danced in her head."

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December 18, 2006

Deja Vu

Well, I won the Survivor pool again! I'm sorry! I don't mean to be so lucky. It just happens.

I was sure, SURE, that Ozzy would win it.

And, as per usual the money will be spent on the pets. If it's December, it must be time for Petey's annual abcess. He has another one on his tail again, almost exactly a year later. My theory is that as the weather gets colder, Schmacky starts to spend more time in the house and he and Petey mix it up a bit. Mostly as Petey is trying to get away, hence his tail gets the claw. (I know I've been a victim of Schmacky's claws too, as I'm trying to get away from him.)

Schmacky - 99% Evil

So today was spent taking Petey to the Vet and other little piddly chores around the house, and being filled with angst and ennui about Christmas and what to get for people. I did manage to ship off most of the long distance presents on Saturday, so check that off the list.

I am just so not filled with the Christmas spirit this year. I am in awe of the people who blog about their completed projects, the presents they've made, houses filled with decorations. It's all I can do to pick up the chewed up stuffed toys around here. I have all the time in the world, yet it doesn't feel that way.

I have done a little knitting, still working on that sweater. But I'm too filled with inertia to take a progress picture.

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December 12, 2006

So, yeah.

The staples were exactly where Sean said they were, and exactly where I looked but didn't see them. Doh!

Project completed this morning!

I also tried making caramels yesterday using the recipe from this post. However, I had the same problem with them not setting up properly. Though, no problem eating them, except for trying to peel the foil off before they melt back into a big blob. I might try it again, and let it cook a little longer.

Now I've moved on to the cleaning and organizing phase of the office and the sewing room. I am trying to "file the pile." You know the pile, right? Everyone has one. It's where you put all the paper that comes into the house and needs to be dealt with, but not immediatly. The pile is about 6 months old now and needs to go! So that's what I'm taking a break from at the moment.

The dogs are playing in the kitchen right now and just got into a VERY LOUD real-sounding fight. By the time I got in there it had already broken up, and now they're back to their normal play fighting. I guess it's good to let them work it out on their own, but, dang that's a scary sound!

I already know that Sean won't be home in time to walk them tonight, so I'll have to go it alone. In the rain. It's never that fun because when I take them by myself I don't let Rena off-leash. Too risky. I guess it's better than no walk at all. Rena will just have to learn that some walks are better than others.

No knitting. I seriously don't know what's wrong. Maybe I need to just start something new. The sweater I'm working on is boring stockinette in the round, with uninteresting yarn, so that could be part of the problem. Must try to get back to being interested in kintting. I'll put it on my to-do list.

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December 11, 2006

My day so far


Man, nothing has gone right for me this morning. It took me four tries to sew a button on Sean's coat. Four! To sew on a button! That's so sad. Then I got ambitious and wanted to complete a project that has been on my list for probably two years.

See, we have these IKEA couches, the same couch, but purchased years apart. The difference between them is the velcro that holds the slipcover on. On one couch the grabby side is on the couch and the fuzzy side is on the slipcover. In fact, we own four slipcovers and they all have the fuzzy side velcro sewn on.

On the newest couch, it has the fuzzy side stapled to the couch. So you are forced to buy new slipcovers, see? Aren't they brilliant? And I was willing to do that, but when I went to the store near me I was told that they don't carry that item. I'd have to get it at the Emeryville store.

No thanks. I'll just remove the fuzzy velcro from the couch, staple on new grabby-side velcro, and viola! All the slipcovers we already own will fit!

I bought the velcro right away and then never did another thing. Until today. I moved stuff around, and rolled up the rug, and tipped over the couch and removed every dang staple, and had to e-mail Sean and ask him where the staple guns were, and then where the staples were. He's helped me as much as possible from work, but all his suggestions have not turned up any staples. Dang it! And he took the car today or I would just go buy some.

Then the Velcro got hopelessly tangled. I can't for the life of me seem to get it undone, and I cut my finger trying. That's right, I cut my finger on Velcro.

So much for productivity today.

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December 8, 2006

Snowflakes are real?

I had no idea that snowflakes actually look like...snowflakes! I always thought the snowflake shape, like what you would traditionally find on Christmas wrapping say, or an ornament, was an idealized, stylized verson of the real thing, that really just mostly looked like a cornflake or something. (I don't have much exposure to snow, can you tell?)

But over there at Maxon Dixon Knitting is this awesome picture. Go look at snowflakes on a spiderweb.

Cool huh?

Well the kitchen is finished being painted, except for some trim touch-up. I also have decided to paint the closet, and closet door, and the outside of the garage door. But I don't have to. So I'm done.

And it's a good thing because I don't feel good. I have a cold. I've been fighting it with a tea, toast, and satsuma mandarin therapy and I feel the smallest tick of upswing today. Even though my nose still feels like it weighs about a pound and I sound like I'm dying when I talk.

So I have mostly just sat in front of the computer today, did a little christmas shopping online, and organized some things. I know most of you would have taken the opprotunity to knit something. Nope not me. That would involve acutally getting up and walking into the other room. I am that lazy today.

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December 5, 2006

A place where nobody dares to go...

Not much going on here. I've finished painting for the most part, just some touch up to do. It took me so long to finish because the room is painted five different colors, six if you count trim (and I do). That's a lot of blue tape people. Now we are struggling to decide what to hang on the walls and if we should buy some new furniture or something. Decorating is so not my thing.

I have a cold, and my thinking is so fuzzy that last night I made Sean watch Xanadu. We were perusing the free movies available from our cable provider, and when I saw that Xanadu was available I had to see it again. I saw this movie multiple times in the theater (Gina, just how many times was it? I know we sat through it twice in one day.) and had the album as a teenager. Still have it actually, just not really any way to play it.

Oh my. Xanadu is one of the worst movies ever made, followed closely by Seargent Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band, which I also recently watched. I still recommend watching it so you can see just how bad fashion was in the early 80's, and to marvel that "there were jobs where people painted big billboard sized record album covers? And he didn't want that job, because he wanted to be an artist and dance his own steps paint his own pictures, so he ... opened a roller-disco dance hall?"

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