Thursday, October 30, 2008
Seriously, he'll never live that one down in spite of the valiant attempt at recovery...
Thanks to Linda and Marlys for passing it along.
Thanks to KMKat for the Hello Quizzy idea ... I took the virtues test but didn't like the results so I'm posting this instead:
Your result for The Which Looney Tune Are You Test...
Wile E. Coyote!
You are intelligent, sophisticated, and the physical personification of the can-do attitude. No matter how many times something blows up in your face (figuratively or literally) or prized project collapses around you, you will pick yourself up and try, try again. There is a good chance that you are very skilled in problem solving and would probably make a fine engineer. Your main weaknesses (and this is likely obvious to everyone but yourself) are your overconfidence and complete lack of perspective. When you inevitably fail at a task (you can't possibly achieve all of the lofty goals you set for yourself), you tend to take it personally. If you are not careful, you can become thoroughly obsessed with what is not really a very meaty goal. Try taking a step back from time to time and figure out for yourself if it is really worth it, or if your talents could be best put towards a more rewarding goal. Also, your desire for things to work out the way you've planned can make you a bit gullible.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The color's not very good, but the fingerless mitts are done (yes, the ends have to be woven in, but the weather is improving right now so that'll be done in a couple of days). The colors are green and lavender:
And a single sock for P is done - the colors are really blue-ish but it seems to be an impossible color/pattern combo to photograph:
Note that no yarn was wasted - that is the end of the skein:
There is also an orange hat somewhere, but the yarn was not much loved, so another will be made with Cascade. You can't go wrong with Cascade.
The weekend will be spent in a mad rush to finish an election day surprise for a certain someone. If it turns out. Pictures to follow. (If it turns out)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
So, Girl-child got her picture in the University newspaper today - she's doing this as a volunteer and she's thrilled because they're also teaching her to weld.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
And there's a story behind the card:
Monday, October 20, 2008
On a brighter note, Michelle Bachman seems to have derailed her candidacy.
*A Republican is launching a write-in campaign as a sort of referendum on her
*Her DFL opponent, Tinklenberg, received $640,000 in donations during the 48 hours following her remarks questioning Obama's patriotism
*National Democrats plan to spend $1 million dollars to defeat her (they must be overjoyed that she did so much of the work for them)
Personally, I have always found her to be a major embarrassment to Minnesota - view this encounter with Bush - sort of reminds me of fervant Catholics meeting the Pope:
(Oh, if I could only touch him! )
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The bridge wasn't "lifted" when we were there - I'm sure the folks in town are thankful when it stays down since there is an unbelievable amount of traffic for such a little place. The bridge got stuck in the up position not so long ago, which is not good either. We kind of have a lot of bridge issues around here.
My friend is always trying to measure up - I'm sorry S, but you'll never reach 5 feet in this lifetime:
There are a lot of antique stores in Stillwater and a few kitchy things too. I honestly can't believe this fabric was ever produced - and that someone bought it and made it into a bag: Maybe for a lunch bag?
But still, there's a lot of kitch:
And this building has always been one of my favorites; I'm not sure why. Kind of reminds me of a cross between the barn and silos at the farm we visited when I was a kid:
And the old Freight House is THE place to eat in town. The food is delicious:
And the decor can't be beat:
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I didn't watch the debate - I was at book club with the girls (see below). Am I ever glad. I probably would have blown a gasket anyway. And you know, I was pretty unhappy about Obama going the slow, steady, peaceful path while he was being attacked, but now I can see that it really was a good approach. There's Obama, calm, cool, collected ... steady as a rock. And there's McCain, irritable and cantankerous, making bad, snap decisions in a snit.
Which one would I rather see as president ... hmmmmm ... let me think ...
As a result of book club, I was spared watching the debate. Thank goodness. And while I don't think we have to worry about it any more, here's a fun little site that helps envision President Palin - mouse over and click for sound (thanks Kate).
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Also, I was cleaning up the house today ... something I have fallen severely behind in what with all the upheaval in the household over these past two weeks ... and I found a grocery bag that Girl-child had deposited in the kitchen during one of her visits. In the bag I found 1) a sun dress, 2) two pairs of boxers, 3) a W and a Vogue magazine and, 4) the instructions and software for the printer we recently purchased that she took to the U with her. ??? Interesting combination, Sweet Pea. Thanks.
Speaking of Girl-child and the U, yesterday we went to see the U Theater Department's production of The Woyzeck Project. Wow. Very interesting, a bit disturbing and quite cool.
For knitting I made some sock progress that is too boring to mention ... I also made Boy-child a new purple alpaca hat ...
It's going to be a fingerless mitten designed by Pam Allen ... the yarn is Fresco by Classic Elite and it is delicious.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
***I always hate it when the Nobel winner of literature is someone I've never heard of. Must. check. this. guy. out.(From the Associated Press): France's Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio won the 2008 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for works characterized by "poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy" and focused on the environment, especially the desert.
***Did you hear that the US Debt Clock has run out of digits? Read about it here. The square used for the dollar sign will now be the extra digit needed until the sign can be replaced (that is, if someone can come up with the money for a new one).
book blog that is geared toward book groups (from Booklist) - looks like a great place to get ideas for good reads.
***And just for fun, take a look at the Strange Maps blog for information on the colonial state of San Seriffe. What a kick! Be sure to read the whole thing, and note the use of the word "condominium" which actually means Joint rule or sovereignty according to the OED.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
My fearless cruise companion:
The weather was beautiful and the fashion show was very enjoyable. This particular cardigan was shown in two enticing colors. (Beware, however, as the yarn to make this all cashmere beauty is about $500 retail):
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Just look here for the story of getting Barack Obama to hold a sock in progress for a knitter. Then look here for Harlot's challenge to get politicians (and royalty, but we're very short on royalty here in Minnesota) to hold socks in progress for photo opportunities.
I wonder what Al Franken is doing tomorrow ... I know he has a sense of humor...
Thanks, Kate, for the flow chart.
I'll try to refrain from ranting. Let me just say that I initially resented the fact that Palin "won" because she didn't fall on her face. I guess now they're saying the undecideds are not so impressed after having a couple of days to think about it.
I'm also very proud of Girl-child, who has fallen in love with Joe Biden.