Thursday, December 30, 2004

knitting frenzy

okay, so i am TIRED of knitting things i don't want to knit for other people. it's time for me to be a little selfish. i received a really great item for christmas from my lovely sister wendy - the 2005 knitting pattern-a-day calendar. i totally didn't ask for it, but it is amazing... 300+ patterns. the format kind of sucks, each pattern is on a small sheet (kind of like the tear-off calendars, but without the tear). casey got mad at me, but i HAD to go through all the patterns. i couldn't help it! he thought i should be patient and go through them each day, like it was meant to. i found so much awesome stuff!! so here is a list of things i will be making now:

thigh-high socks from knitty (knit-a-long with joy)
newsboy cap from stitch-n-bitch nation
bell cloche
mittens for me, casey, casey's mom, maya and andrew
tri-corner baby hat for ryan
baby bath mitt for maya
jimmy's bulky beanie for casey
scarf for laah (not sure what yet)

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

hmm... this is something new...

hey mom, look, i'm blogging! that's right folks, after a long hiatus, i'm back at it. i've been inspired by all the knitting blogs i see every day. i think that in the coming year, blogging will be an easy way to keep all my knitting/craft projects organized with photos and all. i am so smart! so you may or may not hear from me again before jan. 1. if not, happy new year. if so, happy early new year. regardless, take a look at my 3 sweet babies on dogster: maddux, isobel and our new baby, chester copperpot.

take a look at chester's new sweater i knitted him:

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

new job, new hair...still tired

well, here i am. at the new jobby-job. i have a window, even though my back faces it. it overlooks marietta street and fairlie. i'm so glad to be back downtown again. i used to work just a few blocks from here at 55 park place (first union), and i went to school 2 blocks from here at georgia state. downtown is extremely comfortable to me. my drive time and distance are shorter. the people i work with seem nice. as when you start any new job, everyone seems really excited that i'm here. it's a good feeling.

not much else going on. i saw both maya elizabeth and andrew this weekend, the first time they'd been together since maya was about 3 days old. they were really cute - we put them on the floor next to each other and they held hands! so cute. i will post pics of them tomorrow, hopefully- having a little technical difficulties getting the camera hooked up to my computer. my new computer, by the way, has a teeny-tiny like 13-inch monitor. bleh.

nothing new to report. will post more soon.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

my spacebar keeps sticking!

so i want to go ahead and apologize: if any of my words get slurred, i am not still drunk on yellow tail shiraz from last night - it's my stupid keyboard, i swear.

so in my neverending quest to cut myself off from people at work and listen to music from 8:30 to 5:30, i have found something interesting. unfortunately, it happens to be an AOL product, but oh well. i downloaded the latest upgrade to AIM this morning,and one thing they offer is free radio.i know you can find free radio all over the internet, but honestly, nothing has made itself as available to me as this. which is kind of scary - am i to lazy to go look for something in this age of having everything handed to us? hey wait - my spacebar stopped sticking. oh wait, it's back again. dammit. anyway, the AOL radio thing. there is a station called "80s alternative" that is rocking my head right now. i am now listening to the missing persons song "walking in l.a." i have heard r.e.m., stone roses, the cure and new order in the past 30 min. or so. they also have these other interesting stations: 90s alternative (now playing the cranberries), 90s indie (now playing guided by voices), classic punk (now playing the new york dolls and then sham 69), indie rock grrls (now playing the sugarcubes, who were not really 'indie', but whatever), my new favorite rainy days stations, melancholia (now playing the softies and then the new year), new wave (now playing iggy pop, who i would call more punk than new wave, but whatever), there is even a guest DJ section with current and former obsessions of mine such as hillary duff (i was upset to hear jason mraz when i first turned it on, but she redeemed herself with radiohead), and avril lavigne (who apparently listens to all crap). back to 80s alternative again for the cult. YES!

t-daddy is right in his comment that things get better. i'm back up today, at least a little bit. i'm experiencing pre-birthday euphoria.the gals are talking about a big friday night (which none of us can afford, but it'sfun to talk about) beginning with dinner at the best vegetarian indian restaurant in atlanta,lovinglydubbed "cockroach" (you DON'T want to hear that story), then onto trader vic's for fruity alcohol drinks with parrots in them, and then to lenny's for dancing and hopefully free drinks, and then to a strip club, maybe the pink pony. whew!if that all works out, it'll be crazy. but fun. unfortunately, i think casey and i will have to forgo my birthday dinner at dante's this year, we just don't have the money. it's the first of the month and we have rent and bills due. ugh.

i'm thinking of watching the presidential debates tonight, but it'll just make me mad. i really hope kerry wins, but the pessimist in me says don't count on it. i envy joy because her parents are democrats - i think my parents may have been on the liberal side of things long ago, but then they got rich, conservative and republican. and casey hates bush AND kerry, thinks they're both evil, and will be voting libertarian. i don't even like to talk politics with him because we have such differing views. back around the time of the primaries in the spring, i took a few online quizzes that rate your political affiliation based on your views on several issues. well, i guess i wasn't far off when i joined that socialist club in high school - i was rated as a socialist. i can't decide whether to be proud or scared.

Monday, September 27, 2004

is my world really that wonderful?

doesn't seem like it. i'm in a horrible mood today, but i feel extremely guily for not posting in a week and a half. honestly, i had nothing to say that you haven't already heard. "i'm tired", "i'm nervous", "i have no money", "i'm excited about my new job", etc. to top it all off, we're getting rain from hurricane/tropical storm jeanne and my birthday is swiftly approaching. not a milestone birthday, but one more all the same. next year i will really be freaking out. i am not looking forward to the big 3-0.

i had terrible luck this weekend with knitting projects. i ending up frogging several things i was working on. and the stupid blanket looms over my head like a rain cloud. i'm trying to keep from starting any new projects because i have so many old ones to finish. i'm starting to realize why i put many of these down in the first place.

two more weeks of being bored and sitting on the internet all day. i'm pretty sure that in my new position, i won't have time for playing games, looking up knitting patterns, searching for recipes, or adding to/changing my wedding registries. i'm not sure whether i'm glad or sad about that.

money continues to be a problem. it's hard for me to understand how it seems like we've cut back on so much, yet we still can't pay bills. maybe we will have to get another roommate. or maybe i should offer to take a job on the weekends, since i make less than casey anyway. i just know that i would REALLY be miserable if i did that.

i guess i should get back to work, but all i really want to do is curl up with my dogs and sleep my life away...

Thursday, September 16, 2004

i got an "F" in blogging class

that's right, i failed. the two goals of a good blogger should be: 1. telling people about your blog - the only person (as far as i know) that even knows i have a blog is joy, and that's because i set mine up after i saw hers. and 2. try to post something almost every day. so i'm slack, like you didn't already know. oh well.

today i am listening to my "rainy days" playlist. i'm still working on it, but it consists of mostly sugar, morrissey, the cure, a couple of rolling stones songs, a couple of REM songs, inkwell, samiam, the first shins album, the stills, the afghan whigs and the garden state soundtrack. i'm not quite ready to kill myself yet, but i'm getting there.

speaking of which, everything's back to bad today. money's bad. this school loan stuff is WAY bad - i finally talked to my father and according to him, he has no paperwork for any of my loans and is being super-defensive that i should've kept up with this stuff myself and why wasn't i paying on my loans anyway? and from there i transitioned to, "daddy, can we talk about wedding stuff this weekend?" and ended the conversation with him saying, "i am NOT paying for a 125-person wedding!" the hilarious thing is that i have 125 people on my list, and that's just FAMILY. casey's family basically makes up the whole town of old alpharetta. ugh.

maddux is having her surgery today, and i am just SICK about it. i'm so afraid she's going to be mad at casey and i for doing that to her, although it'll be better in the long run. but she won't be able to understand that. i hope she's okay.

one good thing, we got free willy's burritos for lunch. one of the sales managers is leaving tomorrow to take a job in ohio, and our department head, jack, bought everyone lunch. that was yummy, but i ate too much :(

stitch & bitch will be at my house tonight. hope we still have power by then. i'm going to buy a few more candles after work, just in case.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

booya-ka-sha!

okay, so does anyone else think that the ali g show is one of the funniest shows on TV right now? that guy is bonkers! it's this british comedian that has 3 main alter egos: ali g, hip hop allstar; borat, TV reporter from Kazakhstan; and bruno, austrian club kid and fashion reporter. basically, all three of these characters interview people, get everything wrong, and are generally hilarious. casey can barely watch it, because he says it makes him want to hide. each character makes potentially embarrassing statements, and somehow, the interviewees usually just go along for the ride. there are a lot of stereotypical american statements made by the interviewees, especially to borat, like, "we don't do that in this country." this usually follows borat asking a penis question. it sounds crazy, but you just have to see it. it's on HBO and it's FUNNY.

so anyway, today is a better day. i still haven't talked to my dad about loan stuff, but i feel like somehow everything's going to be okay. actually, i don't really care, which is weird for me, but means my medicine is working. hooray for modern science!