Monday, September 25, 2006

A note to those sending hatemail about my archives!!

I've gotten two e-mails today from folks trying to get to my old ancient posts.

First of all, you people are weirdos.

The archive menu on the right side of the screen...somewhere over there------->
shows all of my posts, but if you're trying to get to anything posted prior to October of 2005, you're going to get an error.

I'm aware of this error, and I've forwarded it to the Blogger Beta people like three times now. I didn't do it, I don't like it, and yes, I also find it f'ing irritating, just like everything else I've reported that everyone else is experiencing that they haven't fixed yet. Getting the "An error has occurred, please try again" message when saving template changes ROCKS!!!! ><

This is the joy of beta...they'll fix it when they get around to it, hehe.

In the meantime, if you find anything else around here that's wonky,
Shoot me an e-mail. A nice e-mail. And chocolate.

I can't think of a catchy post title today.

Today I just don't have the creativity to think of something new and exciting to title my post. I kind of sat here, staring at the screen, trying really hard to think of something exciting and showstopping, but I've just made a new rule about my blogging. If I have to think really hard to come up with a title, then I don't really need one.

So there.

I got an e-mail today from the company that hosts the guild website. See, last week when it was hacked, they gave me this big story about how it was MY fault and that I needed to change the security on the site. THEN today the rat bastards send me an e-mail notifying their clients that they had a security breach last week, and that there's a possibility that my web site might have been compromised.

Gee. You think?

Duh?

See, I'm no professional when it comes to this website crap, so when something breaks and someone tells me that I did it, I'm rather inclined to believe it. However, when they let me go for an entire week thinking that I need to do something with the security on the site only to send me a "Oh, dear, golly gee" letter, then they should get their e-asses kicked.

Just my opinion.

It was really a beautiful weekend-the weather was absolutely perfect. Saturday, Sebastian went to play with my friend Annie's son for the afternoon, and Phil and I hit the mall. They were doing the open casting call there for the gameshow, Deal or No Deal, and we tried to time it so we got there AFTER it was over, but apparently so many people showed up for it that they were lined up right out the door and around the mall. What a zoo that was. I don't think I've ever seen so many people in that mall, and that's even counting when I was a kid hanging out there. I'm not just talking about the people that were there for the auditions...the traffic inside the mall in general was insane.

We stopped by Old Navy, I picked up a couple pairs of jeans, and then we stopped at EBgames, where Phil picked up a game for Sebastian. Phil said it was because he's doing well in school so far, but secretly I think he figured that if he got Seb a game for the Playstation that he'd stay off the X-box.

It didn't work. Heh.

On the way out I stopped and had the second holes on my ears repierced. Back when I originally had them done - hell, it was so long ago, I don't remember even having it done but wherever I went, they screwed up and made them crooked. I just now got around to getting them done correctly. I don't know why it took me so long to get them fixed. I guess I could have had them re-done back when I had my belly button pierced or even when I had my tongue done. I still have my tongue done. My belly button, well maybe I'll get it redone some day, but when I was pregnant with Seb my doctor told me that either I took it out or he'd rip it out, so that was the end of that. So, I'm pretty happy. I have my ears double pierced again, and they're not crooked!! HAH!!

Then we got to go to lunch, just the two of us...which was really nice.

Yesterday was Andi's housewarming/Seahawk party, which was a blast. Sebastian got dressed up in his Seahawk shirt and spent all day playing with her beagles and throwing pine cones at the other kids.

He's finally stopped referring to the Seahawks as the "Seagulls". I dunno, I thought it was pretty funny when he'd do that, but a true die hard fan would be offended by that. That's one of the fun things about having kids...you never really know what's going to come out of their mouth.

Sometimes that's fun. Sometimes it's not fun. Like when you're in the line at the grocery store and your kid loudly asks the very pregnant lady in front of you if she's eaten a balloon. You know. That kind of stuff.

Today, he got home from school and I sat down with him for a snack, and we had a glass of Strawberry milk together. He tells me that he likes it, and then he says: "Does this stuff come out of a pink cow?" I 'bout fell out of my chair.

Clapotis 2.0 is coming along nicely. I didn't get a chance to work on it much this weekend, but I'm still pleased with its progress. I'll have to post some pictures tomorrow. I already have my next project planned. I have a mini sock blocker that's on a keychain, and I'm going to knit a little sock for it out of whatever yarn is leftover from the Clap I'm currently working on. It should be super easy and super fast, the only thing is that I'm not sure I have needles small enough to do it. I have a lot of dpns from sock knitting, but I'm not quite sure I have size 0's.

I might be forced to go to a yarn store. Dang. How awful. ;)

The very first time I ever picked up a pair of knitting needles was almost two years ago. Before that, I had only learned to make a super long chain with crochet. My mom taught me how to do that when I was about Sebastian's age and I think I went through an entire skein of yarn doing just a single chain. I could just never get past that point.

I had a huge drawer of needles that had belonged to Phil's grandmother before she passed away. I remember digging through the drawer one day wondering what the hell those things were, and then once I found out, that was pretty much the end of that.

Oddly enough, every sock I've ever knitted has been done with her needles. She had so many needles that I really didn't have to buy many when I really dove into knitting. With the exception of a really huge needle or circulars, she had it all. That kind of suprised Phil, I think. He says that he remembers her sewing when he was a kid, but doesn't remember ever seeing her knit or crochet, and I know she did because I have patterns written out in her handwriting. From what I can tell, she also quilted and cross stitched. Quilting I've done, and sucked ass at. Cross stitch or embroidery will be my next adventure, I think.

Well, it's about that time. Phil should finally be finishing up with work soon, so I'm going to go start dinner, but first I have to figure out what to do about that evil killer bee that's been in the kitchen all day, waiting to sting me, because my tactic of sending the cats in to kill it hasn't worked.

Chickenshits.

Have a good evening, everyone.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Holy crap!! Where did this week go??



When Sebastian bounded out of bed this morning and announced that it was Friday, I did a double take. I can't believe this week is over. Usually it just kind of drags by but for some reason this one went really quick.

Last night was the first episode of The Office for the season. But if you've been around my blog this week, you not only knew that, but you're sick of hearing about it. It was a hoot, and thanks to the joys of the new cable box, we were able to rewind and replay all the funny scenes at least ten times a piece. Until we both cried, hehe. :)

So I guess this isn't going to come as a major shock to everyone when I say that I've started another Clapotis. This time it's in the Koigu kpppm and so far it's knitting up totally different than my first one did. It's a lot stretchier feeling and I think that maybe that's what's making me nervous...but I'm just going to plow ahead because the worst thing that could happen is that I hate it, and if that's the case then I can just frog it and find something new to make the yarn into.



So, remember the treadmill movie I posted the link to a couple days ago?

Well look what someone did. Can you imagine having the time and patience to put this little thing together? It must have taken forever.

So I sent a check to school with Sebastian today. Prepare yourself for this....I've joined the PTA.

LOL.

If someone had told me ten years ago that I'd be joining the PTA, I would have fallen over with laughter. The only thing missing now is the minivan with the "I'm a Proud Soccer Mom" bumper sticker on the back, and if you think for one minute that I would trade my cute little convertible bug in for one of those, you're sorely mistaken. Ain't happening. Ever. I could still squeeze one more kid in the back seat if we're lucky enough to ever have another one, and if something really bizarre happens and we were to have more, I'd strap the little buggers to the roof. ;)

Short entry today. I have a lot of things I want to get done before the weekend starts. Tomorrow I have some baking I want to do, and then on Sunday, Andrea is having her Housewarming/Seahawk game party, which should be a blast.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Clapotis is finished!! And yummy yarn pics!!

Well today has been a good day. So far nothing has blown up, fallen apart, or been hacked. I call that a success. My bird is driving me nuts, and my hair is driving me crazy since I'm growing it out and I'm at that really irritating stage right now, but if that's the worse that happens today then I'll be a happy camper.

In fact, I spent the morning annoying the crap out of Kallisti (aka Andrew), a fellow gamer who lives in England, so I could get the guild website properly backed up, so next time something tragic happens to our site, he won't have to drop everything he's doing to patch things up for us like he usually does. It's good to have smart friends, hehe.

Clapotis is finished. And I think it's terrific. I will probably have to go out and buy a shirt JUST to wear with this thing. I decided against blocking it. I was going to originally, but once it was finished, I realized that the silk in the yarn gave it such a nice draping quality that I really didn't want to lose that.

So now that it's done, I'm left with a pile of this yummy stuff, and the need to decide exactly what I'm going to do with it. Is it sick of me to wonder how this would look dressed up as a Clapotis? Is there some kind of rehab that Phil can send me to when all I see when I look at yarn is another Clappy?

I love the colors, they kind of remind me of a flower garden in the spring.



Today was a good mail day, too. My sock of the month kit arrived, and so did my package from The Sampler. I love getting my sampler, because it's a great way to see what other craftsy kind of people are up to, what they're making, and what they're selling. I think the site in general is a great way to support people who still create hand made items to sell, because sometimes I see some of the things these people send out and I realize how underappreciated the art of making things on your own has become.

My Swat Team kitty kit from Crafty Alien arrived today, too. It's a felted kitty pattern that I stumbled across by accident, and ended up getting the siamese kit because it reminded me of my cat, Freya. She also sent some kitty magnets, which look great on my fridge. If you're in the market for some cute things, head on over and support her with some business-you won't be sorry.

Today Sebastian had a spelling test. He worked really hard to prepare for it, and I know he'll ace it, although he seemed a bit nervous about it this morning. He still really likes his new school, and that was the one thing that I was really concerned about with the move. I am amazed every day at how well he's adjusted to all of the changes and how he's welcomed the new experiences more than he's shied away from them. Today was the first day that he has given me grief, but it was only because he claims that he was having a great dream that I interrupted by waking him up. However, he can't remember a thing about it. How convenient!! Grrr.

Then today I got a phone call from my friend Stephanie. I don't think I had talked to her in over ten years, so that was REALLY cool. Hopefully we can get some plans together to go out for coffee or sit down with a bottle of wine so we can recap the last ten years or so. I love getting caught up with people. I'm fortunate enough to have friends that, no matter how long it's been, we can pick up the phone and it's like no time has ever passed. Everyone should be that lucky.

Tonight is the TV night that we've been waiting for. This is how you know that you're getting old...when all week we're excited for Thursday night. Fortunately we're not the only ones, because someone wrote "The Office Premiere" in my calendar when they were over, so whoever that was will prolly have their butts firmly planted on their couch tonight too at 8 pm, lol. Ha!!!

Well, I'm off to burn something exciting for dinner. Phil just called and he actually has an early day today (If you wanna call a 10 hour day early, sigh) and is on his way home, so I actually get him to myself all evening.

Have a good night, everyone.




Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Well, crud.



What a day it's been.

First of all, it's raining. Pouring. Wearing flip flops in pouring rain to a grocery store whose parking lot is filled with deep puddles = dumb.

I get so excited when people leave comments on my blog. But not when the comments are to let me know that our guild site has been hacked!! /hugs Allessia

My back up of the site database is on my laptop. Which is giving me this blue screen with some mountable disk error. I am assuming that this is "laptop-ese" for "let me die", but the bottom line was that I didn't have the files to replace the broken ones. That is a very scary thing. I was afraid for a while there that we'd be forever stuck with the grafitti from some dumb ass kid in Turkey, but low and behold, Kallisti saved the day and had the file we needed. Talk about a relief.

Some good things did happen today. Clapotis is finished. I'll post some pictures tomorrow. I love it, I love it, I love it. I'm so happy with how it turned out--it was really fun to knit.

My Cookie Lee sample club got here today. This is when they send out shiny new things that are available in a limited supply, and shiny new things every month make me a very happy camper. I love everything that came today, which puts me in a pickle: How the hell am I supposed to sell this stuff and actually part with it? I think that's the ONLY thing I don't like about what I do, hehe.

I also received a package today from a company that set me up so I can accept credit cards. This kind of rounds things out for Andrea and I, now we can handle our own charge sales instead of having her sister run our charges for us like we have been. We plan to do a lot of shows before the end of the year, so this will come in handy for sure.

Well, it's a short post today. I think I'm going to go sit in front of the TV and wait for Criss Angel to be on. Has anyone seen his show? He's a magician, and he's pretty spectacular. We all enjoy watching his show-Sebastian likes him almost as much as he likes Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Speaking of other cool things, I figured I'd post the link to this. I'm guessing that this is going to be the next big internet thing because my friend from school Jeff sent it to me the other day, and my Dad sent it to me twice today.

Gives me a whole new perspective on exercise equipment:


http://www.glumbert.com/media/okgo.html

especially since my experience on treadmills is more comparable to this:

http://www.coolbuddy.com/videos/video_clip.asp?id=80

Enjoy!!


Nicole

Monday, September 18, 2006

Must suck to be a cat....



Took these pictures of Loki last night as he was passed out, sound asleep in my favorite chair.
Even with the flash going off in his face, he didn't budge.

Sucks to be him, huh? :)


Blogging is a great method of avoidance...


There are many reasons I enjoy keeping up with this blog.

One is just having the ability to babble and post my goofy pictures. I never really expected that people would find any of my stuff even remotely interesting, but I was suprised to check my stats on this blog and see that there are a lot of people who actually visit here on a regular basis. (Hi, whoever you are!)

The other good thing about blogging is that I can use it as a great excuse as to why I shouldn't risk my life by entering my sons room in an attempt to make a path through it. I can't, for the life of me, figure out how it can be clean one minute, and then look like a bomb went off the next, and he does this all by himself. When I tell him to clean his room, he goes in and organizes things into little piles and calls it a day. These little piles end up spreading back out in no time flat. Sometimes the best thing I can do is close the door and ignore it, and hope that I can find him in the morning, but today he's missing his watch, and we're pretty sure that it's somewhere...in THERE!!! I've been the sorry sucker elected to go in after it. And I will....after I blog. :)

This weekend was my open house for Cookie Lee. We had a great time and it was really a good learning experience for me because I wasn't really sure what to expect and was a bit anxious about the whole thing. Turns out it was all for nothing because the jewelry pretty much sells itself. After the open house, Phil picked up Andrea's hubby and then we all went out to Ixtapa for dinner and these blue margaritas that Andrea ordered us (wtf were those called, Andi?) and then Annie and her hubby showed up so we got to pretty much take over an entire section in the restaraunt and annoy everyone there.

I love Mexican food, but the best part about those places is the chips and salsa that they bring out before you order. Yum.

I'm making great progress on the Clapotis I'm knitting. I've just started the decrease section and I'm absolutely thrilled with how well it's turning out. I'm excited to get it finished, because the whole time I've been knitting this one, I've been thinking about what colors I want to do the next one in. I think it's one of those projects where something as simple as a color choice will change the whole feel of the project.

This should be a good tv week-the premier of "The Office" starts and I've just been dying to see what happens on that show. I think ER starts this week too, and a bunch of new shows that I probably shouldn't watch so I don't end up getting sucked into them.

Well, I'm off to thaw something out for dinner. Maybe I'll clean out the fridge too. Oh ya. .. Sebastian's room. /cries.

hehe.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Fixed it. I think?


So I think I got down to the bottom of the display issues I was having. Turns out that my problem was only happening with one specific template. I liked the template a lot, so I was disappointed to have to pick a new one. Ah well.

Stay tuned, I'm sure to blow something else up, soon.

A note for Internet Explorer users:

I noticed today that my blog is not displaying correctly with an Internet Explorer browser. I primarily use Firefox as my browser, but today I pulled up this blog on all of our computers using IE and noticed that the right side bar with all my pretty pictures and junk is displaying down at the bottom of my blog.

I'm not sure if this is me or Blogger (it's usually me, heh) but I'm just letting you know that I know something is up and that I'm trying to figure it out. In the mean time, if you use Firefox, it will display a lot better.

Besides, Firefox is just better, anyway. :)

It's raining...

This is really the first significant rain fall we've had since we moved here. The ironic part of this is that when we started telling folks that we'd be moving back here, they kind of sighed at us with sympathy and commented about how it does nothing but rain here.

Just to set the record straight, we only say that it rains so much here, so the people out THERE don't move out HERE. How do I know this? Because the only green spots in my lawn are where the swimming pool and the slip and slide were. Everything else died. Because it never rained.

This rain business is just FINE for Sebastian, who bounced out of bed today excited to use his...well, you guessed it...his Spiderman umbrella! It doesn't take much to make this kid happy. Well, I take that back. The fact that this rain has a chance of being accompanied by thunder storms was thrilling to him. He was standing out there at the bus stop today, looking over the mountains, and trying to pick out thunder clouds, and mentioning that it would be really cool if there was a tornado to go with it.

Should I be concerned that my child is a natural disaster freak? gulp.

I took this picture of him in his red jacket yesterday, and I thought it was such a cool picture that I had to post it today. What a beautiful kid, eh?

This morning we had a discussion about what he was going to be for Halloween. He announced that he wants to be Dracula...again. I tried to argue with him that he couldn't be Dracula, because he was Dracula just LAST year.

I think though, that he spent some time thinking about this before I ever brought it up, because he felt it necessary to remind me that he was new here, and since no one here has ever seen his Halloween costumes, that he could start over again, and be whoever he wants to be, and that THIS year, he's going to be Dracula.

I got owned by a seven year old before I even had my first cup of coffee today.

My progress with the Clapotis (my current knitting project) is going very well. It's really starting to take shape and I'm really excited to finish it and see what it looks like when it's done. It's a really easy pattern that I have memorized for the most part, and that really seems to make things move along quickly. I live for the rows where I get to drop stitches. Annie should be starting hers soon, so we can compare notes and be Clapotis addicts together.

Well, I'm off. Now that I'm feeling better, I have a lot of catch up to do around the house...it appears that while I was in a Nyquil induced stupor, that everything managed to fall down around my ears, and this is not a good thing when you consider that I have a Cookie Lee open house here on Saturday, lol. I need to go grocery shopping too, but I think I'm going to wait until after the mail gets here, just in case one of the cookbooks I found on Ebay managed to arrive today. :)

Have a good safe day, everyone.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I meant to do that.... ><

Just so you know that you're not imagining things, the blog DOES look different. I went ahead and transferred my blog over to the new blogging system that Google has set in beta right now. And, since it's in beta, there are some things that aren't working well, like I can't save my template settings at the moment in their current format, so there are some things that are missing at the moment that I will try to get put back in some other way.

There's also another problem with leaving comments. I don't think that I can leave comments on non beta people's blogs yet, and I don't think non beta people can leave me comments either. Think they're working on a fix for that, though.

Change is good and it has the potential to be fun, but when ever I change templates I pretty much have to put everything back in from scratch.

I think I should have had another cup of coffee before making that decision today, lol. :)

More posts and more redecorating to come...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Record timing!

Well, my adorable son started school on Wednesday. By Friday he had already found some little bugger who carried the "Cold of Death" virus, and he brought it home to me, and it kicked my ass. That's okay, because it got my son too, and Sebastian and I spent quality time together this weekend on the couch fighting over a box of kleenex and whining at eachother.

Today is the first day where I'm back to feeling a bit more functional. I think another night or two of decent sleep will do good for me. Sebastian bounced right out of bed for school yesterday, almost as if he hadn't been sick at all, and I suppose I'm just getting over it a bit slower than he is. One good thing to note out of all of this is that this is probably the first cold that I can think of in many many years that didn't immediately go to my chest or turn into bronchitis or worse, and I'm sure that not smoking for almost 9 months has a lot to do with that.

9 months already. I can't believe it.

Anyway, all I really did this weekend was hug a kleenex box, and knit. And despite not being able to breathe, my head feeling like it was going to blow up, and having a fever, it was nice to just sit and knit all weekend. I got a really good start on my Clapotis, which I've just been itching to start for literally months now. Such a good start in fact, that I was able to include a picture today. I love the yarn which is a silk blend, and the colorway is called "Blue Bayou". To be honest, the picture doesn't show the colors very well, and I tried taking it with and without a flash. Keep in mind too, that it will need to be blocked when it's done, so until then, it's going to look a little messy. Even so, I'm quite pleased with the progress so far.

The best part about this pattern is being able to drop stitches on PURPOSE!!! It's a really weird feeling to drop a stitch and intentionally run it along the whole length of a project, and I've caught myself holding my breath as the stitch slides down to the bottom. Usually for me, a dropped stitch means a tear or two, a mad dash for a crochet hook to try to fix it, many bad words, and often in my quest to fix things I make them worse and end up frogging the damned thing anyway. But not this. I drop stitches, and it's a good thing. I love this pattern...I'm not even done with this specific Clapotis, but I'm already plotting out colors for the next one, and the one after that!

So, now that ya'll know what you're getting for Christmas....just kidding! Hehe.

On a different note, yesterday was the five year anniversary of 9/11.

It's amazing to think that so much time has gone by already, but the shock and sadness haven't faded. They showed clips of the news from that day and I found myself watching them again, with the same pit in my stomach and the same lump in my throat that I had when I originally watched the events unfold, and feeling how I felt the first time Phil and I were on the freeway driving past where you could usually see the two towers, but instead that day, all we saw was an endless cloud of black smoke.

I wasn't at the towers, nor did I know anyone involved, but even so, I think we can all say that no matter where we were that day and regardless of who we knew or didn't know, everyone lost a little piece of themselves that day and it most certainly changed the way a lot of people look at life. It bothers me to watch it all over again, but on the same hand, I think it's important to be reminded of everything that day changed.

Enough of that. Stay tuned because coming soon will be a rant about the lady who has been speeding by the school bus stop, and the cops who have let her get away with it for 3 years now.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

lol. /snort

I dunno why, but I've watched this video over and over again, and I've laughed until I've cried.

My husband thinks I need serious help, but omg, this movie is funnier than shit to me for some reason.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Second grade!!

Today is Sebastian's first day of school. I'm not quite sure who was more nervous, him or me. He's such a trooper, really. New school, new state, new kids, he looked positively terrified but he got on the bus anyway.

I don't think he slept a wink last night, even though I know he went to bed at a decent hour. His school starts about an hour later than his school in NJ did which makes him feel like he gets to sleep in...but that doesn't mean a thing when you're so nervous that you can't sleep.

Hopefully by next week, he'll be adjusted. Hopefully by next week, *I'll* be adjusted, because it's awful quiet around here, and he's only been gone an hour. I think I'm going to stick around home today, get some laundry done, work out a bit, and hopefully cast on for a new knitting project. It will make me feel better to be by the phone today, just so I know everything is okay for him.

We were pretty sad to hear that Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, passed away this week. Sebastian has always really enjoyed his shows, and he was really upset about it, but true to his form, was mostly concerned about who was going to take care of the animals now, and was worried about their kids.

Well, I'm off to get some things done around here.

Have a good day.