Saturday, December 31, 2005
It's very adorable, and I love it, but Walker needs to head to Fry's before that, and another of my Christmas presnts will even work. Yay planning and forethought!
Friday, December 30, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
It always annoys me when the forecast is for anything less then a 100% chance of rain, as it is in my online weather forecast, when they also say the current weather is rain. Seems like that would require a temporal shift.
Two funny things today.
Of interest to verysmallcat, soon you will be unable to buy Wonderbread in Washington and Oregon. Apparently people here like whole grains too much. It is the end of an era.
But then, I suppose you usually buy the Wonderbread alike knock offs, which are still widely available.
Also, some prisoners managed to escape from a Florida prison over the weekend by tying their bedsheets together and climbing out the window. I guess that had to happen some time.
Monday, December 19, 2005
I may just have to take my photo paper up to Seattle with me, and use my Dad's printer.
In other news, I finished the baby quilts, and have had a whole weekend off from them. Yay! I think I've decided not to use the picture paper for the pics of these, since I need to include the explanation about where they are going. Plus, I couldn't find 4x6 envelopes.
I would post pictures, but they won't upload.
Maybe it's the computer that hates me. But in a new and horrible way.
*edited to add*
I managed to make it so the printer won't print anything. Go me!
Hopefully Walker can fix it when he gets home.
I hate today.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
I had this conversation with myself today.
Why do I have to work on more baby quilts?
Because this was your idea, and it beats trying to figure out what David B. wants.
I hate this quilt.
No, actually it's quite cute. Even if it is patriotic.
Okay, but I hate cowboy printed fabric.
Yes, but it's still cute.
True. I hate the Christmas tree. Why did I put it in the only spot that was big enough to baste quilts?
Because that was also the only good spot for the Christmas tree. And you love the Christmas tree. Look how cute it is. Use the kitchen table instead.
I don't WANT to use the kitchen table.
Fine, what do you want to do then?
Not work on quilts.
Not an option.
Fine. I'll use the kitchen table.
You should get Famine to help you.
Yeah, like that's a good idea.
This quilt is really cute.
Monday, December 5, 2005
And it's only 62 degrees in the house.
I blame Thanksgiving in Arizona. Hopefully Christmas in Seattle will fix this, so that when we come home, it feels warm again.
Walker is still wearing shorts on some days.
I am officially a wuss.
Friday, November 18, 2005
The bump on the top of my head is a birthmark, which my parents said made me a unicorn, which explains my long running unicorn obsession. Mika told me once that it was because I swallowed a Barbie doll head and it rose to the top. You can decide which answer you like best.
My parents came to visit, which was great fun. I'd forgotten how long my Dad can walk around for, if you don't reign him in. We went to many, many bookstores, and I bought more books while they were here then I have in the last 5 years. Yay books!
We also went to SFMOMA, and looked at the Rauschenbergs. I really admire his chutzpah. The exhibit that I was really interested opens tomorrow, so we didn't get to see it. Now I'm going to have to go back, because I really like Chuck Close's work, at least, I liked the exhibit they had at SAM.
Oh! San Jose has the best free art museum I've ever been to. Unfortunately, I always try to go to downtown SJ on Fridays when they close a bunch of streets for a farmers market. I'll have to plan better next time.
I have about half of my Christmas presents done. Go me!
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
The fence is starting to break where she lunges to try and get at people when they walk by the fence. It's been gradually inching forward and today I noticed that she was able to get her head and shoulder partway out. I pushed it closed, but now I'm really going to have to talk to her about it, as the dog barking and lunging was starting to scare people who came to visit us.
I don't have very high hopes for her actually fixing the problem. She frequently leaves her garbage can on the curb for 4 days after pickup. She parks in the middle of the driveway and then leaves in another car so that we have to squeeze our car by hers very carefully.
I have been spending every Halloween but one in Vancouver since 1998, trick or treating with Pam and Neil's kids.
This year, they had a Halloween birthday party for the older two of the children (17 and 14). It's really freaky to be at a party for teenagers. ALl their friends are really smart and interesting, and they kept engaging me in conversation, and then I would suddenly realize that I am twice this persons age. *shudder*
There are many pictures, but I can't find the cord for the camera, so it will have to wait until Walker gets home.
I carved a Degas pumpkin.
Next year, if I want a costume, I won't finish one I started 2 years ago.
I would live in Vancouver in a heart beat, if Walker agreed.
I found 6 Seridipity books for $2.97!
6.5 lbs of cabbage is too much to fit in Pam's pot.
I need cast iron cookwear.
Vancouver has the best Morris Men.
Canadians make better BBQ chips then Americans.
Paste food colouring really is better.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
It's really not so much the fringe on the heel, as that in combination with the ruffles.
And I won't tell pink_adidas but I saw a pair in their new line that had fringe on the heels that I didn't totally hate.
In fact, their fall line seems much more wearable then the spring stuff.
Monday, October 17, 2005
My favorite part was on Sunday, when Walker's mechanic (the man storing his race car for him) and his team raced. Especially since both Galen (mechanic) and Bob (Owner) crashed before the end of the race. Bob managed to crash right before what ended up being the last lap of the race. The safety car was out for a good 2/3 of the laps. Funny funny racing.
On Friday we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and communed with the penguins and jellyfish, rather then watch practices all day. They have a large jellyfish exhibit right now, which was really nifty, but I think they got a bad deal on Moon jellyfish, since there were about 5 different tanks full of them in different parts of the aquariums. I wonder if they bred faster then expected.
We got memberships, so we have to go back at least twice more. We will definitely be going back for the Meet the Penguins event.
Now I have a lot of errands to run. Must make list.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
I'm going to figure out some other way to top it.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
12 oz bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 large eggs, separated
12 T sugar
2 t vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter sides of 9" diameter springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper or wax paper; butter paper. Wrap outside of pan with foil. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm, stirring often.
Using electric mixer, beat egg yolks and 6 T sugar in large bowl until mixture is very think and pale, about 3 minutes. Fold lukewarm chocolate mixture into yolk mixture, then fold in vanilla extract. Using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 6 T sugar, beating until medium peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Poor batter into prepared pan.
Bake cake until top is puffed and cracked and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist crumbs attached (usually looks like thin layer of cake mix, not crumbs), about 50 minutes. cool cake in pan on rack (cake will fall).
Gently press down crusty top to make evenly thick cake. using small knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Remove pan sides. Place 9" diameter tart pan bottom or cardboard round atop cake. invert cake onto tart pan bottom. Peel off parchment paper.
Mostly because I showed my entire family (aunts, parents, grandparents) my livejournal before I left and now they are all reading it.
Hence the deletion of the post.
Thursday, October 6, 2005
Monday, October 3, 2005
To my intense amusement, babysuehle makes a surprise appearance.
The game is much easier to finish, Walker did it all yesterday, in about 3 hours. On the other hand, you are more strongly encouraged to replay levels. And the whole game is so much more amusing and weird.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
This was actually from a project my Grandfather was working on when he died. Grandma offered the canvas to me and I started working on it right away. Needless to say, I haven't been working on it continuously. The poor dear has been on the needle pointing frame for a good 12 years, and now she desperately needs to be blocked. I've never tried to block anything before. I'll have to Google that. I'm sure it involves wood. She isn't quite as crooked as she looks in the picture, but she was dirty, so I washed her, and now she's wrinkly.
I also finished this
Actually, looking at the fabric a bit closer, I think it's all from the early 80's, not the 70's, but what, really is the difference?
I'm not entirely happy with the way the sleeves sit. I might take them out, or just enlarge the armhole. I have plenty of the green fabric left, so I can always cut new sleeves. I'm going to wash it and see how it looks then. The flowered trim sticks up in the back like a tiny jaunty collar, which is an accident, and I'm trying to decide if I like it that way.
Apparently this project is not as done as I thought it was.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
So I left the house with Stewie to grocery shop and drop off my soon to be overdue library books. While I was out I figured I'd visit all the thrift stores I have found so far and see which one I liked best.
There is a winner. Thrift Center on El Camino Real. There is nothing I love more then an independently run thrift store, something I'd kind of forgotten since the Thriftco in Ballard went out of business.
The best part was that unbeknownst to me, this morning was happy hour so all clothes were 50% off, in addition to the listed discounts on furniture and binned items. So everything I got was half off.
We now have a nice wooden bread box, that I will probably paint, and a copy of Pay Day!
I love Pay Day. When I was quite small and hyperactive, elfflame and I would sit for hours and play Life and Pay Day, in a strange combo game we invented. I have both the old and new versions of Life, and sometimes force people to play them with me to see which one they like best. However, Pay Day had been out of print for years, and we had no idea what happened to our childhood version. While Winning Moves has recently re-released Pay Day, I was worried that the new art style would annoy me. Apparently I don't like change.
But then, it was only 65 cents at the thrift store, and $11.99 on Amazon, so I think I made the right decision.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
I now have a purple cauliflower all to myself since neither Walker or Mika is cool enough to want to eat it with me.
You'd think Mika would at least give it a chance since it's purple, but I'm not complaining. I can eat a whole cauliflower in one sitting, no problem.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
My Grumpy also insisted on no funeral, and I don't think I approve of that. It leaves all the people who know you but aren't your immediate next of kin with no outlet for their grief. I think there is something therapeutic about missing someone in a group of people who also miss them. I think I will have to plan out a funeral for me so that if I die, no one has to figure where and what food and all that inconvenient stuff, but people can still get together to miss me.
None of the other snakes have even tried to move, she's the only one who thinks it's a good day for a walk. I've put my boxes of floss on top of the cage, hopefully that will make it sufficiently hard to lever the lid up.
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Lucky for me, I got the piece with the lemon drop on it, so I could get the taste out of my mouth.
I had originally planned to deal with the caterers while here, but they don't want to deal with me yet. There are a few other wedding things to do, but they won't take up my time.
I was thinking earlier today that I should have dome more advance planning and gotten ahold of friends. But now that I've started making those plans I'm starting to lose track.
Hence, my schedule:
Wednesday: Invitations, comic book shopping
Saturday: Grandma and cake shopping with Mom
Sunday: Mika's birthday party
Monday: Dinner with Todd and Tonya and possibly others
Tuesday: Collect Bea from the airport, lunch with Bea and Pearl
Wednesday: Flowers, fly home.
I suppose I should call Nana tomorrow and figure out when to borrow her car.
Monday, August 29, 2005
It's still crashing, but at least everytime it crashes it is a different problem.
The last fix he did somehow made all mydesktop icons dissapear. I'm finding it hard to remember what everything is based on it's name. Not that it shoudl be hard. It's really weird not to have icons though.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
However, I just found fabric I bought years ago for a completely different skirt. There is enough.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All
Which class should I take?
Lifetime Cake Decorating (On Mondays, so I woul'd have to miss Stitch n Bitch for awhile)
Creative effects with colored pencils (I love colored pencils so much)
Flowers in frosting
I am completely indecive at this point. The flower class is one day only, so I may do that and something else.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This time, he forgot and came back after sniffing the ball for the attention. So Walker threw the tug rope and Stewie chased that down the hall, picked up the ball and came back.
At least we know he has the general concept right. Kind of.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
The standard cage size available now that is closest is 12" by 30"
Tomorrow I go find a pane of glass to fit the current broken lid. Oooh, maybe the hardware store will sell me plexiglass, that would be even better.
In other news: The dentist only numbed half my mouth, and he injected me 5 times to do it. That seems a bit like overkill, but then, it's been a long time since I got any novacain. I think I was 12. This half numb thing is no fun. And I get to do it all again on Friday. Wheee.
So this time I decided to feed the snakes myself. I put on the ski gloves so the snakes couldn't bite me, don't worry Mom. But, just after I'd gotten the fist snake into her little feeder cage, the lid to the living cage fell down and shattered. Like, 20 pieces, one of which nicked Pestilence's side. I feel like the worst Mom ever now.
Feeding has been put on hold until a new lid for the living cage arrives, mice have beet greens and crackers in case they get hungry, and are willing to eat such things. I will try to pick one up after my dentist appointment at 2.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
I got a bolt of white lining for my wedding dress, a bolt of purple and pink sari fabric (uncut) and a bolt each of red and green shot silk. Too bad neither of them is th right colour to go with what I've already collected for my 18th century walking dress, but they are still pretty. I should just give up and have an all red and green wardrobe. I can be like Purple Marc, only I'll be Christmas Shannon.
I also got some black crinkly cotton to make a poet shirt for Walker, and a lime green cape.
Now I just need to start working on things. Probably the wedding dress first, now that I have the under fabrics for it. I'll need to figure out what stays I want to use.
My house smells like opera now!
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
I guess this means it is time to play with snakes! We'll wait for Walker to get home first though.
Also, Stewie would make an excellent hearing assistance dog. Every time my phone rings he goes and stands next to it, wherever it is.
Monday, July 18, 2005
There were enough people there that there were always at least two groups of conversations going on, and I usually managed to be in one of them. I'm insanely proud right now of how I no longer let my old social anxiety affect me. I think that all those Craft Days really helped get me over it. The only negative was the heat. It was over 100 degrees on Saturday. We spent most of that day at the lake.
I got to know clynne who shared a tent with me better, which is wonderful. She caught me up on 10 year old gossip about metaltweety. I love old gossip.
And today, when I checked lj, some of the ladies I met had already friended me! Now to try and figure out who exactly they all are.
Friday, July 15, 2005
The theme was "Childhood games" so different sections of the park were labeled "Monopolyland", "Candyland", and "Twisterland"
There were carnival rides, and cotton candy and food and all sorts of stuff. Plus there was spin art. I always loved spin art.
My favorite part, by far, was that when walking between "Monopolyland" and everything else, you passed through "Inbetweenland" where a man was standing on a rainbow island shouting "Welcome to Inbetweenland, that was is Monopolyland, that way is Twisterland and Candyland!" It had to be the single most boring job at the picnic.
Unfortunately, Walker was pretty out of it. He is on call for the first time this week. So he has now spent three nights this week up late fixing things, even last night when Dublin was technically in charge. So we just ate and looked around and then he went back to work.
Today I go to the Pitch'n'Bitch with joeychen. She and her friends get together once a year for camping and crafting. This should be a blast.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
I think the last time I was at an amusement park was 6 years ago, when I went to Busch Gardens. I forgot how fun it is to be thrown around upside down.
I'm not sure Great America is worth getting season passes, even though it's so close. We will have to try out the Six Flags before we decide.
Now the next major thing we need to do is go to Monterey Bay. It's a 2 hour drive, but according to Zagat, it is the number 3 family amusement in the country. Better rated then Disneyland. Also, during the winter, they have a special day where you can go and meet the penguins.
We've already decided to get memberships.
The pool is big enough for three people to do laps side by side, but the diving board is about 2 feet. maybe a foot and a half. It's comical. More so since there is a safety fence around the pool and since the backyard is so small you would have to climb over the ladder at the back of the pool to get to it.
Suffice it to say, no one has used the diving board yet.
Here is half the living room. You do not get to see the other half as it is covered in boxes right now. At any rate, this room is twice as big as this.
This is the guest bedroom. The only room that is completely unpacked. It is also the only bedroom with an overhead light. The living room also doesn't have an overhead light. We need more lamps.
This is the tiny bathroom, just a sink and a toilet. It is all white in reality, which is probably why it showed up yelow.
The big bathroom. The whole tub/shower is tiled in that pretty pink tile around the sinks.
And last but not least:
Saturday, July 2, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
This morning when I checked there were 18 messages from whoever it is. 18. This is apparently a VERY important virus.
Do they realize that sending me more messages does not make them more believable?
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
The weirdest part about metaltweety nondisclosure agreement is walking into the den to see what that noise is, having him tell me it's something I'm not supposed to see, and then just having to walk out without further discussion.
This weekend estrellada comes to visit. Much fun will be had by all. Also, Walker gets Monday and Tuesday off from work, so we will actually have time to do something fun together, like go to Great America.
I took pictures of the house, and of Etienne in the pool, but I need Walker's help to upload them. Hopefully this weekend I will actually get around to that.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Things we did:
Etienne went swimming for the first time ever. He was really not sure of it at first, but he got used to it. Mostly he enjoyed running around the perimeter of the pool while I followed him in the water, just in case he fell in. He found a rubber duck in an old pot by the far corner of the pool, and I think that means that this is indeed the right house for us.
We wandered around Berkely twice. The first time with verysmallcat, who was in town as a roadie for a Kabuki show. Lyss took us to the best crepe place. We all wished the crepes would travel well so that we could just buy a bunch and eat them for the rest of the week. They also showed me a great game store in Berkely, which I have every intention of going to frequently, and never mind the fact that we no longer have people to game with. The second time was on Sunday, and Walker took us to a fondue place highly recommended by clynne. The owner was very interested in Etienne, and was very upset when told that the baby was going back to Seattle. He offered him a job in the restaurant and we told Etienne that it was probably the best deal he was going to get for a long time. But he seemed uninterested.
Most people we encountered were very interested in Etienne. He gets more attention then any other baby I've been with.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
However today it got over 80 degrees inside the house, and probably 85 outside. Stupid averages.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Now that I'm down here, I understand why it is hard, until you are used to coastal native names, to pronounce things. I have no concept of how you are really supposed to pronounce "Alameda de las Pulgas" and if you were to shorten it, which part you would say. I think I'm pronouncing it right, since I have a vague concept of how Spanish sounds from high school, but I won't really know until I hear a native say it. And since no one offers, say, "Salish" as a language credit in high school, I can see how it would hard.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
We received our checks within the week, and my debit card after another week and a half. We did not get a debit card for Walker.
I called the 1-800 number to activate the card and was told that I needed to finish activating my debit card at an atm, so I took some checks to the atm to deposit them and was informed that I was entering the wrong pin number, despite the fact that I got to choose it and I chose the same one I was using on my old account. I called the help number. I explained my problem, the lady cheerfully informed me that my debit card WAS activated and I could use it anytime I wanted. I reexplained my problem and she said, "Okay, I'll reset your pin number." Then she said that if that didn't work I'd have to go into the bank and have it changed there. It didn't work.
We decided to wait and do all our angry banking at once, today.
So Walker calls the bank and is informed that he is not on the account, despite the fact that his name is on the checks along with mine AND they took all his information down at the branch when starting the account including having him fill out the debit card paperwork.
Not only that, we were given a choice on our check holder, so we requested green and were sent a blue one. Walker is currently on the phone finding out if we can just keep his existing Washington accounts. If they say no, I may get my wish to transfer to everything to a different bank. *Eyes local Washington Mutual branch hopefully*
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
So much rolling fun. I like how living things continue to squirm after you have picked them up in your ball. Also how there is a "plot" involving strange mystical children with no actual discernible point.
"The cosmos! It is calling!"
Monday, June 6, 2005
The big comfort is that we did better then the other vendors. The really annoying part was when we complained to the head of the fair about things like the Vendor coordinator not actually talking to any of the vendors all weekend, and people refusing to buy from us because we weren't a part of the church, she pretty much ignored us.
pink_adidas came out on Friday and Saturday and kept us company, which was great fun. And helped us have a much better time. We gave up early on Sunday though and started packing up around noon, which turned out to be excellent timing, since it started raining right as we were getting things over to the car.
Then Pearl, Mirella and I went to go see Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which made us all cry. Pearl and I have decided that it was only because we were so tired. Then we went back to her house, had sushi and passed out.
While I was gone, metaltweety not only cleaned out the garage and the boxes from the kitchen, but he unpacked all the cds, so now both the dining nook in the kitchen and the living room are actually usable. This was a great surprise to come home to.
This makes me giggle. So cute!