Saturday, December 31, 2005

Brain back in action!

Or at least, I found the picture of Ms C's socks! Whoo hoo!

All the other Christmas Gift Socks I made using the easy-to-use and (might I say?) scarily magical Lion Brand Magic Stripes yarn. But I couldn't find these "desert sunset" colors I wanted to use for Ms C's socks in that brand so I had to hunt and hunt until I found a different yarn (*brand of which will be inserted here once brain is tracked down again!*):

I think they came out pretty cool. Definitely funky ... but cool. And ... they fit her! Whoo hoo!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Missing In Action

My brain appears to be MIA. Not quite sure how that happened ... but it has. So there will be NO pictures of Ms C's socks today. Those pics are hiding out with my brain somewhere .... quite possibly on my home computer. And had I had my brain WITH me last night, I would have grabbed them from there and uploaded them. Both of them. But no, alas, it was not meant to be brain ... so no more sock pictures. Perhaps tomorrow?

BUT, I DO have pictures of the Toddler Booties. (A miracle, I know!) So here they are ... without further ado ..... the before and after the felting* shots.

*p.s. Kudos to the Knit One, Felt Too book. This bootie pattern is from there and I just loved the simplicity of the directions in the pattern. Talk about explaining every little thing! Perfect for me! The only flaw I've noted is not emphasizing for those of us without brains that "Toddler" does NOT equal "Infant". Oh, and that whole "check your gauge" instruction ... yeah, that should probably be DOUBLE bolded. Just sayin'! :)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Christmas Knitting

As promised, pictures of the Christmas knitting!

Here is a group photo of the socks for my mom and sisters:

Hi Sock-Socks! Are you okay in your new homes?? Are your new owners treating you with the respect you deserve? You know, framed and displayed over the mantle for all to see?

No? What's that? They might actually try to
wear you?? (*gasp*)

My poor Sock-Socks. I'm sorry. Well, if they do wear you, please remember to try your darndest (ha!) to not unravel. Errr, at least on the first wearing. If they're fool enough to try to wear you more than once than I figure they deserve what they get after that. Right? Right! :)

Also completed were the two hats: one for my sister A's boyfriend and one for my brother-in-law*.

Granted, neither hat is spectacular but I'd like y'all to note that rumor has it both fit their respective recipients. It's a miracle, I tell ya .... MIRACLE!!!!

Also completed were a pair of socks for my friend Ms C. Which ... I have a picture of somewhere ... I swear. Just apparently not with me right now. Sigh. So I'll post that tomorrow. As well as a picture of the finished I-Was-Supposed-To-Be-Baby-But-Am-Now-Toddler Booties.

Hope y'all had a great Christmas! I'm back in town now and will try to post "Christmas in Laughlin" pictures later this week! Happy Thursday, everyone!

*"brother-in-law" as in "my sister J's husband" not my sister A's. Just to clarify! ;)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Random Holiday Ponderings

  • Hallelujah, we have hit Winter Solstice!! That means we are on the upswing and each day we have just that more sunlight! I love that because the dark winters really affect me. So to know that I've made it to the worst ... and now each day just gets brighter (hehe). Yay! Bring it on! Means spring can't be that far behind. Where are my gardening gloves??
  • I am finished with the Christmas knitting!!!! Whooo hooooo! 4 pairs of socks, 1 scarf and 2 hats! Yay! Plus I've knitted up a quick scarf for me just cuz I liked the yarn (what?) and a pair of baby booties which turned into toddler booties (hey, who knew yarn weight and gauge mattered so much??? ;)). So now I think I will splurge and buy $50+ worth of yarn to knit up a scarf for me. Yep, $50 for supplies plus hours of my time to make a scarf I could probably buy in the store for $10. That's Knitter-Logic for ya!
  • I have managed to avoid wearing any Christmas sweaters, accessories, and Santa hats so far this year. That's right ... bah humbug ... what of it?? :)
  • Have I introduced you yet to my coolest Christmas gadget? No? Well, check this out. It's an ornament you hang on your tree that you can water your tree via. You know, so you don't have to crawl under the Christmas tree each morning and, hence, go to work with tree needles sticking outta your hair (not that that's not a good look, oh fellow employees)

    Mine is a boot (granted, not the BEST looking ornament on my tree ... but .... at least looks better than that big ole blank spot I've got showing here (perhaps alcohol was involved with the tree trimming? Would that explain the lousy job?? If so, let's go with that, shall we? :)))

    (oh, and that rooster ornament next to the boot ... that was a gift. Just preemptively sayin' is all!)

    The "tree watering" ornament is just a little hollowed out plastic boot with an opening on the bottom which connects to clear plastic tubing.

    The clear plastic tubing then runs down through the tree and into the tree stand.

    So each morning you just pour water into the boot and ....voila ...the tree gets watered. No needles in hair! No tree limb scratches on face! And no sap! It's like magic!

  • So I sent off one of the pairs of the socks I knitted to one sister and one of my knitted hats to her boyfriend last Saturday. Man, I was packaging them all up and it was like I was parting with a child, I tell ya. My babies ... heading off into the world on their own. To end up where one wonders?? Goodwill? Garbage dump? Ebay? One never knows. Be well, my little knitted babies. Your mama misses you already (Who me?? Crazy?? What makes you say that??! ;))
  • For those of you with children (or who know children) who still believe in Santa … this is a really, really, really cute site put on by NORAD in which they “track” Santa on Christmas Eve. They even have an 877 number that kids can call to find out where Santa is at any given time. Santa sighting pictures and everything supposedly. Oh so cute. Check it out ... I know I will be!
  • And with that, I will wish all y'all a very Merry Christmas! I am heading out of state to join up with family and friends for a few days. I may or may not have a chance to blog. If I don't, be sure to check in with Ms C. She'll be there too and certainly will be sharing some stories! Happy holidays, be safe ... and even more importantly, remember that calories don't count on major holidays! So pass the eggnog, please!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Prank or oversight?

So Buck and I went to see the movie "Fun With Dick and Jane" last night (shut it!) and we* found this on the marquee.

Don't you think they should have come up with a better abbreviation for this movie title? I mean, what with it being a family theater and all? Certainly it couldn't be THAT difficult. Just sayin'....

*when I say "we" ... I actually mean "Buck". In this case. But I'm only 'fessing up because it's Christmas and Christmas is supposed to be all about the givin'. So please let the holidays end soon so I can get back to The Selfish! ;)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

True Christmas Spirit

While browsing the news this morning I found an awesome example of some great Christmas spirit:
A "Parking Ticket Santa Claus" has been spreading cash as well as Christmas cheer around the English city of Birmingham, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

The mystery Santa has placed Christmas cards containing 30 pounds ($53) on the windscreens of drivers who have received parking tickets, the Daily Telegraph said.
"Don't let this ticket spoil your Christmas," declares a note in each card. "Here's #30 to pay it off. Merry Christmas - Parking Ticket Santa."
How fabulous is that???!!! Now doesn't that just warm the cockles* of your heart?!

* hey! That wasn't snickering I heard because I used the word "cockles", was it??!

Monday, December 19, 2005

It's my birthday and I'll ....go to work if I don't want to?

Folks, I thought I'd have today off. I mean, normally I would schedule my birthday off but what with lots of vacations and err ... a surgery... this year ..... not much vacation time left. So I grudgingly resigned to the fact that I would work on my birthday. Until yesterday.

Yesterday Portland got blanketed with snow and ice. And when I say "blanketed" ... I mean at least a 1/4 of an inch!! (hey y'all ... shut it!) And that just shuts this here city down. I think because the majority of us are all from Southern California .... ya know, Home of the 362 Days Of Dry Pavement On Which To Drive! But shhhhh, don't tell any Native Oregonians that I'm from SoCal because they tend to get a bit cranky about us being here. What with our driving skills. Or lack thereof. Best just to tell 'em I'm from Canada .... Eh.

So anyway, ice yesterday! And snow! And the city was shut down. Flights were cancelled. Our metro rail system shut down some lines. The busses were all chained up. Schools were listing closures. And all the weather folks were predicting that we would get even MORE ice while we slept. Yep, freezing rain predicted and thus we were supposed to wake up to much worse than we already had.

And since I already had this at my house ............

(hang on, little Dogwood ... hang on!!!)

... I figured there was NO way I'd be coming into work today. At least til the better part of the afternoon.

And so the cats and I stayed up and partied* last night til like 2 a.m. Again, thinking there would be much time to sleep today.

Uh yeah.

All that predicted freezing rain?? .... not one splatter in the Portland Metro area. When will I LEARN people ... when will I learn??

And so here I sit, at work, on my birthday. Which would have been okay had I not had that glimmer of hope yesterday, that little ole ray of sunshine, that I'd have the day to happily putz around the house.

Ah well. At least I have my Starbucks peppermint mocha (mmmmm) and this....

...... to see me through until I head out to meet friends for margaritas and grub at my favorite Mexican restaurant tonight!

And THEN ..... after the margaritas .... comes The Bono!!

That's right, some friends and I are some of the lucky few to have managed to purchase U2 tickets at face value! Whoo hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So let's recap ..... chocolate cake, peppermint mocha, favorite Mexican restaurant, time with friends, Bono. Hmmmm. Sounds like a pretty good birthday to me! Even if I had to show up at work! :)

And so I leave you with this .... lyrics from one of my favorite Bon Jovi** songs... from me to you ... on this day ... in which I am Just Older.

Hey, man, it's been a while
Do you remember me?
When I hit the streets I was 17
A little wild, a little green
I've been up and down and in between
After all these years
Can you believe I'm still chasing that dream
But I ain't looking over my shoulder

I like the bed I'm sleeping in
It's just like me, it's broken in
It's not old -- just older
Like a favorite pair of torn blue jeans
This skin I'm in it's alright with me
It's not old -- just older

It's good to see your face
You ain't no worse for wear
Breathing that California air
When we took on the world
When we were young and brave
We got secrets that we'll take to the grave
And we're standing here shoulder to shoulder

I like the bed I'm sleeping in
It's just like me, it's broken in
It's not old -- just older
Like a favorite pair of torn blue jeans
This skin I'm in it's alright with me
It's not old -- just older

I'm not old enough to sing the blues
But I wore the holes in the soles of these shoes
You can roll the dice 'til they call your bluff
But you can't win until you're not afraid to lose


Well, I look in the mirror
I don't hate what I see
There's a few more lines staring back at me
The nights have grown a little colder
Hey man, I gotta run
Now you take care
If you see coach T. Tell him I cut my hair
It's been all these years
Can you believe I'm still chasing dreams
But I ain't looking over my shoulder

I like the bed I'm sleeping in
It's just like me, it's broken in
It's not old -- just older
Like a favorite pair of torn blue jeans
This skin I'm in it's alright with me
It' s not old -- just older

*everyone defines "partying" as knittin', watching movies and reading, right??

** haHA ... bet you thought I'd be quoting some
U2 lyrics here, didn't ya?! But no, no, folks're dealing with me ... and hence there is no logic to be seen here, folks. Just move along! ;)

Brainteaser Solution

Okay, the solution is in the comments of this post.

Friday, December 16, 2005

We need to order more Dunce caps!

Holy cow, folks! I am FRIGHTENED. So I logged back onto the brainteaser website from which I found yesterday's puzzle and was reading through some of the answers that other folks submitted. Y'all ...... there are some STUPID people in the world ... just sayin'.

So since I have not done any Craigslist bashing in awhile .... I thought I'd do some Brainteaser Stupid Answer bashing.

Again, please note that none of the following submissions were from any of my 2 or 3 blog readers.

Let me say that again:
none of the following submissions were from my blog readers.

My blog readers are highly intelligent folks. These other people clearly ARE NOT!

Case in point: not only do they submit stupid answers .... but they do so without HAVING to do so. I mean, not solving the puzzle is no big deal. Really. But these folks went out of their way to submit answers. And even proudly signed their names* to what they submitted! WHY??

You'll note that many of them prove that they can't read and comprehend simple instructions (hello? there is NO "7" in between the numbers "1 to 6".)

Others prove they cannot add. At all. And lord knows I'm no math genius. But we're talking basic addition here folks.

So read the following at your own risk. You may become disheartened by the stupidity that abounds. It certainly amazed me!

Those that felt the need to submit an answer stating that they believed there was no answer:

Carlos Q - 13 Dec, 2005

vvrmohan - 14 Dec, 2005

there is no possibility
bhanuchander - 16 Dec, 2005

there is no solution to this puzzle. i tried all the combinations with 6 numbers and you will find there is no answer.
arunkumar s - 11 Dec, 2005

this is immmposible:(
vemuri suman c - 11 Dec, 2005

[and my favorite of this group.......]

there is no answer.
rajkumar - 15 Dec, 2005 [angry much??]

Those that felt the need to submit a long-winded answer (in an attempt to sound intelligent) as to why they believe there is no answer:

There is no answer.
1 + 5 = 6, but the leftover numbers have no working combinations: 2 + 3 = 5, 2 + 4 = 6, 3 + 4 = 7.
2 + 4 = 6, but again, the leftovers don't work: 1 + 5 = 6, 1 + 3 = 4, 3 + 5 = 8
This occurs no matter where you start off.
Akusu - 11 Dec, 2005

using 6 digits i.e 1,2,3,4,5,6
steps involving the equation balencing
let us assume the balencing equation as
Now choose the 'B' values from 1 to 6
if B=1, then D=2, B+D=3=F
Then A=4 , C=5, A+C=9=E in this case AB+CD=EF, 41+52=93!=63, so we can't get the distinct values of A,B,C,D,E,F.
then go for B=1, D=3,B+D=4=F.Then A=2, C=5, this case digit 7 comes to our sum.
this is not possible since we use 1,2,3,4,5,6.
similarly not Balence if B=1,D=4,B+D=5=F
if B=1,D=5,B+D=6=F
if B=1,D=6,B+D=7=F(not happen this case)
In this case if B=1, we have seen possible values of D=2,3,4,5,6. Even though the equation not balenced.
Simillarly if we take B=2, D=1 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 then in this case also we can't get different values of A,B,C,D,E,F satisfying the equation AB+CD=EF
Simillarly if we take B=3,then D=1 or 2 or 4 or 5 or 6. Then in this case also we can't get different values of A,B,C,D,E,F satisfying the equation AB+CD=EF.
Similarly when B=4, then D=1 or 2 or 3 or 5 or 6. Here also we can't get the values satisfying AB+CD=EF.
Similarly when B=5, then D=1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6. Here also same as above.
But in last case if B=6, then in this case D=1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5. if D=1 then B+D=7 .This is never happens.In This case we never balence.
All possible cases choosing the values of B=1,2,3,4,5,6 we have one case balenced in the given problem.
Therefore my conclusion is we can't balence in this equation using 1,2,3,4,5,6.
K.N.V.U - 15 Dec, 2005

The balancing of this equation is not possible given the constraints (using the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6).
The logic is pretty simple: given the set of numbers (1,2,3,4,5,6) the final result must contain the largest numbers. => 5 and 6
for 6 addition results are 2+4 or 1+5.
But once used either of these 2+4=6 and 1+5=6 it is not possible to get the desired result from the other two sets 1,3,5 or 2,3,4 resectively.
Since the equation can't be proved for number 6 and 6 must be in the result hence this equation can't be logically possible.
D. Chaitanya K - 16 Dec, 2005

This grouping I call "HUH??":

well this problem needs 6 numbers total. so i tried to have the VERY last number be six. so i just basically tried problems to come up with 6 as the last digit and i came up with 64+12=76 [it needs 6 numbers and so you made the last number be “6”??? What does that MEAN, Megan???]
megan - 11 Dec, 2005

Well 1+5=6 right so you have used each of the numbers once!
John - 11 Dec, 2005

first find 2 numbers that = a number 6 or below and the awnser and it will be 2+3=5
jake - 11 Dec, 2005

14 + 25 = 39
Here '9' is made by rotating '6' by 180 [are you KIDDIN’ ME?!! You’re seriously submitting an answer in which you ROTATED a number!!?!!?!!?!!! WTF?!!]
Shamsunder - 14 Dec, 2005

Those that can’t comprehend basic english:

Mohit A - 12 Dec, 2005

Jaclyn - 13 Dec, 2005

Dwight L - 13 Dec, 2005

chad - 14 Dec, 2005

24 + 37 = 61
Rob - 15 Dec, 2005

ravi - 15 Dec, 2005

cause 11+11=22 and all them numbes are two digit and are between 1-6
retta - 15 Dec, 2005

TANGUTURI.R- 16 Dec, 2005

harika - 13 Dec, 2005

12+34+56= if i can only use each number only once why not this answer?
billy - 15 Dec, 2005 [uhhh, maybe because your answer makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. AND it’s not following the guidelines of the puzzle. Sigh]

you can put 5+1=6.
mary loo - 11 Dec, 2005

chad - 14 Dec, 2005

61+16=77 [two 6’s, two 1’s and not one but two 7’s. By jove, Kia, I think you’ve got it!]
Kia - 11 Dec, 2005

12 plus 53 equals 65. No steps were taken, but i knew that the answer was most likely high number. I tried some numbers and they were right..lucky guess
Amanda - 14 Dec, 2005 [yes, very lucky guess. You should definitely go forth and procreate.]

From those who felt the need to explain their stupid:

the teacher writes an equation on the board he then tells the students to write two numbers on each line and they can only use 1-6 only once. so if you only use 1-6 once you would have come up with 12+34=56. see you only use each number one time and the answer is correct. [Brandy, please tell me that you’re still under 10 years old. Cuz uh …. 12+34 <> 56 in my world]
brandy - 11 Dec, 2005

2+3=5 i dont have an explanation because i just though of this off the top of my head!
sherri - 13 Dec, 2005 [appreciate the effort there, Sherri. Nice of you to stop by. Move along]

12 + 46 = 58
It was easy actually.
The Adding up digits could be anywhere between 12- 53 . 12 becuase it had to be greater than 9 being 2 digit. I could not be 10 because adding anything to 10 gives you the same digit in the unit place. could not be 11 because it has repetation of digits.
Same way , you realize that the Addition could be anywhere between 46 - 65.
In this case, adding both the lower limits gave the answer. There might be other solutions also, but I did not really check.
Akash J - 11 Dec, 2005 [sigh]

Assuming the equation is ab + cd = ef, as all the digits have to be unique and ranging from 1 to 6.
I guess the equation cannot be satisfied by whole numbers because only e or f can be the digit 6. and even if either of them is 6 then one of the other digits gets repeated.
Now if we think of using decimal point numbers then, I guess there is only one solution as follows:
1.6 + 3.4 = 5.0,
where one should consider 5.0 as two digits but disregard the 0 in 5.0 as it is after the decimal point.
Aysha S - 14 Dec, 2005

And last but not least, those from folks who simply can't add (only a sampling ... too many to list):

21 + 34 = 65 or 12 + 43 = 56
numbers used are only from 1 to 6
shivu - 15 Dec, 2005 [perfect, Shivu! You’ve proven your brilliance not once but TWICE!!!]

Meenakshi - 11 Dec, 2005

P V S A - 16 Dec, 2005

21 + 43 = 65
maddy - 10 Dec, 2005

bmcgee - 15 Dec, 2005

well, it seems to me that the number
12 + 34 = 56. simple
Ryan - 15 Dec, 2005 [well sure, simple for you, Ryan. Because you’re a genius! But not everyone can be a member of Mensduh …. Errr, I mean, Mensa!]

And there you have it, folks. People who are out and about loose in our society. Now isn't that a comforting thought?? :)

*please note that I have removed the last names to protect the ....errr ... well, to protect them from themselves. Many proudly displayed both first and last name on the other site. (*head shake*)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Brainteasers .. get your brainteasers here!

So just found this brainteaser which had me completely confounded for quite some time. And thus I hated it.

BUT ....... then I figured it out! And so now I love it!!!!

So here it is for you to either love or hate .... or ignore. ;)

____ + ____ = ____

Solve this puzzle by placing two digits on each line to make a valid equation. You must use the digits 1 to 6, but each once and only once.

Answer to be in a future posting......

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Holiday Eating Tips

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet
table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see
carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt
scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch.
You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares
that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to
turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have
one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of
gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of
your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or
whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a
sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control
your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat
other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New
Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do.
This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the
buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like
frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position
yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before
becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of
shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or,
if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always
have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the
mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have
some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party
or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread
tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

11 Days and Counting

T1 and I went to a Stitch N Bitch last night in which, one would think, much knitting would get done. Especially being that Christmas is a mere 11 DAYS AWAY (!!!!) ... and there are Christmas projects still to be knitted.

So I'm sitting there working on my last gift sock ... the final one ...... and (for me ... the Slow-Ass Knitter)... socks simply take a hell of a long time. They just do.

And so, I get kinda bored with my project and my eyes start to wander ... to what other people are knitting. And ya know, the yarn they are using. And another friend was there last night ... to learn to knit. And I had helped her pick out some REALLY cool yarn .... something easy and bulky with which to make a simple scarf.

And so I sat there ... diligently knitting away on my sock .... and really ... not making much progress because (have I mentioned?) ... they take a HELL OF A LONG TIME. But still putting in my time. But my eyes kept wandering over to her yarn. And by the end of the SnB I simply HAD TO HAVE IT. Resistence was futile!

And so I bought some. Ya know, for future projects ... once all the Christmas knitting is done.

(Uh yeah ... right. Anyone else buying that I would have such willpower? Yeah, the Yarn Gods neither.)

So here's the yarn ...............

And here's the scarf I started. (Looked how cool those colors are!!!).

Though I was just knitting it up real quick in garter stitch (on super huge needles!) to get a feel for it and so really need to frog it and redo in some other sort of fancier stitch. I'm just not sure which at this point. Any suggestions?

And, of course, the frogging and reknitting will occur AFTER all my Christmas knitting is done.

No, no ... really. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

It's official ... I've seen it all

That's right .... it can't possibly get any crazier than this! Underwater hockey. That's right ... you heard me correctly, U-N-D-E-R-W-A-T-E-R H-O-C-K-E-Y. Apparently it's an actual sport!

Each team, outfitted with fins, snorkel, diving mask, gloves, polo caps, and hockey sticks, has 6 members ... no goalie. Yep, they play hockey on the bottom of the pool ... while holding their breaths.

No, no ... really. See? These Hockey Players Have To Hold Their Breath

And a quote from player that proves The Crazy:
"When you run out of air, you know it," said Anthony Hemingway, a junior on Roger Bacon's team. "You get the gagging feeling. But when you're close to the goal, you're like, 'Do I want to score a goal or breathe?' Most of the time I say, 'Score.'"
Uh ... yeah.

Folks, I couldn't come up with crazier stuff on my own if I tried!!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Unattended Children

Because I have been SWAMPED today at work, I will leave you with this cute picture I was emailed today.

Apparently this sign was found hanging on the door of a mom-n-pop store:

Don't you just love people who think outside the box!?! :)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

LOVE you, Yarn Gods!

I do! I do! I do!!!

So I go back to Michaels at lunch today figuring that if the Patons Twister yarn I want is still not there (yes, yes ... I held out the slight hope that it would magically have been restocked during the night) then I would be able to peruse the tons of yarn they have and find something else with which to knit this Gift Scarf. This time buying more than I think I'll need, of course!

So I look ... and the bin is still empty. Sigh.

I look at some of the other yarn but don't really find anything that speaks to me right away.

Even with all this yarn to look at..........

But then ... ah ha ..... I spot a Workerbee. So I ask if perchance they have any of the yarn I need hiding out in the stockroom. To which she replies that any extras are stored for all to see uptop the yarn bins.

SWEET, I think. And excitedly start to scour the yarn up top in the hopes of finding the one measly little skein of yarn I need.

To no avail.

Workerbee had looked with me when she came upon the brilliant idea of using her Snazzy Techno Gizmo Thingamabob (STGT) to see what IT says they have in stock for my yarn. She checks and says "it says we have two........ so we're probably out".

Now Peeps ... most normal folks here would think "I'm sure the Workerbee knows what's she's talking about. They're out". But I'm not Normal Folk. Or perhaps I am kinda Normal Folk .. .but just really optimistic. Or insane. Whatever. Because all I could focus on was that the Snazzy Techno Gizmo Thingamabob said "we have TWO". And if the STGT says they have two ... why wouldn't there still be two hiding somewhere in the store? For there not to be two ... they'da had to have been shoplifted. Right? And though I know shoplifting occurs ... who would shoplift yarn?? Knitters?? Oh, I don't think so. We knitters are good peeps.

And so I began to hunt the mass of yarn bins with only one thought in mind ..........."come to mama, my little two skeins of Patons Twister Regal"

So I search and search and search ... looking in all bins to see if my little skeins are misplaced. And voila......... I spot this ... and my heart skips a beat....

Could it be?? Is it possible??? I look closer and find ..............

.It is! It is!!! The Snazzy Techno Gizmo Thingamabob was right! There ARE two left! WHOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

For once my insanity paid off! I was sooo happy I almost bought both. But then thought perhaps another knitter was going through the same trauma and so placed one back safely in its bin and purchased the other!

Happy days are here again, folks! Don't think they aren't! :)

All fail The Justice System

Remember back when I was lamenting the justice system and some oddball sentences it was handing down? Well, here's case in point....

The woman I was speaking about received 30 years for throwing sex parties for some teenage boys. THIRTY YEARS.

This guy ... who admits to beating this two month old baby (which caused fractures in 20 of the baby's little bones!!!!) .... received .... (*insert drum roll here*) ... less than four years!

So let's recap ... violent criminal ... who beats a helpless 2 month old baby so severely that 20 bones are fractured ... receives 45 months.

A woman labelled the "Cool Mom" for providing* some alchohol, sex, drugs (and dare I say ... rock n roll?) to some willing-to-participate teenage boys .... 30 years.

Now folks, I'm good with The Math. And no matter which mathematical formula you plug these numbers into ... they don't add up to The Logic. There is simply something wrong here. Just sayin'.

*again, I in no way, shape or form condone her actions. But who would you rather run into in a dark alley? .... someone who offers to throw you a party ... or someone that will beat you to a pulp?? Yeah, I thought so.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Damn you, Yarn Gods!

Okay, folks. So I'm knitting up a scarf as a Christmas gift for a friend with two skeins of a yarn I purchased recently. (I know, I know ... I have all this sock and hat knitting to do ... but just wanted to cram this one more knitted gift in real quick like, ya know?!)

So I'm almost through the second skein and determined that I want just one more skein to make it the correct length. So I go to Michaels at lunch to grab it real quick and took this picture of all this lovely yarn. (True ... it's the funky kind of yarn ... but that's fun once in awhile, dontcha think?)

Look at all that yarn ... loads and loads of it, right?

And two whole columns of the type I need ... Patons Twister. See?

Uh yeah. So I'm guessing by now you see which color I wanted, right? No? Well let me enlighten you..........

That's right ... the ONLY one that does not have any!!!

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH! $%^#@ mother-^#@!%$$#. How can ALL the other colors be FULL of skeins ... and the one I need one measly little skein of .... completely empty! GAH!

So .... this means I need to:

1. Scour all surrounding Michael stores for this one skein (time consuming ... and I think I only know where one other Michaels is. Which I won't have time to get to it for a couple of days). Or...
2. Frog what I've done and redo it narrower so I can get further with the yarn I have. Or...
3. Finish with what I have and simply have the scarf shorter than I would like. Or...
4. Buy a different yarn and start from scratch.

Now normally, I'd nix option 4 right off that bat. But ...

1. I actually emailed a pic of this scarf in question (SIQ) to T1 earlier today to see whether she thought it was Butt Ugly or Funky Cool (cuz it's one or the other and I can't decide). She said she liked it ... but she has yet to see it in broad daylight (as I just did on my drive over to Michaels). And let me tell you ... the wearer of this scarf will be drawing some attention .... just sayin'.
2. It would mean I'd get to go shop for more yarn. So ... ya know ... there is that.

GAHHH! Dilemmas, dilemmas.

Dear Santa,

Can we push Christmas back a week .... or two ... this year, ya think? I've been good ....(sadly so) ... really ... check your list.

Great, thanks!

Oh, p.s. ... not to be a tattle tale or anything ... but those Yarn Gods ... not so nice. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Enough with the whining ...

... let's view the finished product!

Well, not completely finished in that I need a topper and a few things to fill in. Especially the bottom portion of the tree ... aptly called "The Pet Zone". You know, that area on the tree that must be kept free of all "good" ornaments in preparation for the cat attacks. Of which there will be many. I'm thinkin' it's kinda bare because that's where I used to put the majority of Mr X's ornaments ... what with him only helping with the lights and then calling out his "tradition" of only hanging one ornament. (Really, over the course of so many years you'da thought he would have figured out why the pets only broke his stuff. ;) (what?? (*insert wide-eyed innocent look here*))

This year I've taken preemptive measures though to protect those ornaments I do have. It's called a Bungee Buddy and it works kinda like this:

(Thanks to Emma for the demonstration!)

I'm hoping this provides more enticing entertainment than any of the lower hanging ornaments. I'll let you know how it goes! ;)

Monday, December 05, 2005

I am woman, hear me ... whimper??

Folks, I have been fine, I tell ya ... FINE so far this year dealing with this holiday season alone again.

Had a great Thanksgiving with friends which is what I would probably do with or without That Special Someone in my life (the difference being that he would have been there too). Christmas? ... got myself hooked up to fly outta state to meet with family for Christmas. Check ... got that covered. Even have a couple of friends going to be there to share it with me too which I'm pretty damn excited about. So only two holidays left to deal with before I can breathe free for a few months again. New Years and f'in Valentine's Day. Still haven't figured either of those out but not quite panicking.... yet.

So life is grand. Right?

It's just weird ... because I remember distinctly thinking after surviving the holidays last year that "whew, well that's over now and there is certainly no way I'll STILL be single come the holidays again next year". And yet ... guess what? YEP. Me. Holidays. Single. STILL.

Now some might think that's pathetic. But really, usually I'm okay with The Single. Because I don't want to hook up with JUST anyone. So I would prefer to wait for that someone completely and utterly special. You know, Mr Right. (assuming he exists ... and I have yet to give up hope that he does). And normally I'm able to keep myself so busy that I don't have time to stop and dwell on it.

But there are those rare occasions when I get a bit melancholy about not having a partner in crime. And I'm not sure if it's the longing for the Mr Right or simply the longing for a best friend that is single too that can share that Single Load sometimes. You know, tit for tat ... I'll help you with this project and you help me with this other one.

Ya know ... like this weekend ... when getting the Christmas tree. Which I decided to do this year even though I'll be gone for the actual holiday. I did it ... this weekend ....on my own .... and that's fine. But really .... there are a lot of things I CAN do on my own. And those I don't know how to do, I can usually learn. But sometimes ... just sometimes ... it would simply be nice not to HAVE to do them on my own. To have someone to do them with. Ya know, without having to pay them. And/or without having to feel as if I'm imposing on them.

I am woman, hear me roar ... I can get my own damn Christmas tree. But truth be told ... I didn't want to.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Friday Mind Challenge Answers

Okay, here ya go ... the answers. They're in the comments.

How'd you do?

Friday, December 02, 2005

Friday Mind Challenges

Because I have been dealing with the computer viruses all day at work (I know, I know ... I hear y'all grumbling about how jealous you are ... but these here viruses are all MineMineMine ... y'all get your own! ;)) ... I haven't had time to blog.

BUT ... the awesome guys in customer support have been enthralling us all week with mind puzzles .. (which I love ... cuz I'm crazy like that)... just in case you are too ... here are a couple for you to enjoy. I'll post the answers in the comment section of the following post. K? K.

Now no cheatin' and have fun!

Mind Challenges

Ex: "CCCCCCC" as the puzzle would equal "7 Seas" as the answer. Get it? Ok, here we go....

2. O_ER_T_O_
3. 5S4AF283ET7Y9

Okay, there you go. Back to the Joy That Is Work for me! Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Batten down the hatches!

The Portland media all week has been touting this huge snow storm to hit today. (Granted, when I say "huge snow storm", I mean less than 1/2 foot of snow. But trust me folks, 3-6 inches of snow is big news in Portland and just plain ole shuts this city down, don't think it doesn't! ;))

Here are some recent headlines and blurbs...

Storm Team 12 will be "blogging the storm" as the Willamette Valley's first possible snow approaches
Send us your storm pics!
Email your snow photos to

922 PM PST WED NOV 30 2005

922 PM PST WED NOV 30 2005




A significant northern Willamette Valley snowstorm was predicted to dump as much as half a foot of snow from Salem to Portland and into Southwest Washington today.

"We are staffing up for it," said Dave Thompson, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Thompson said the agency will have 120 workers and 50 trucks capable of operating as plows, or as sanders and de-icers, strategically placed throughout the region.

Portland maintenance crews treated city streets Wednesday with an anti-icing chemical, concentrating on ramps, overpasses, structures and steep hills.

So all day yesterday I'm watching the reports (of which there were obviously PLENTY) and it all boils down to snow starting around 10am and not stopping til late evening. Which means, I can GET to work ... but getting home ... gonna be hell. Now I hear y'all Snow-Capable People out there saying "3-6 inches of snow a problem? ... are ya KIDDIN' me??" but please keep in mind that: 1) I drive a rear-wheel drive sports car which likes to fish-tail at the first sprinkle of rain (but damn if it ain't a hoot to drive on dry pavement though!); 2) that if it is going to snow anywhere in Portland it is going to snow where I work due to higher elevation. And getting in and out of this hilly place is a bitch in inclement weather, don't think it isn't; and 3) I am a Southern California girl who grew up driving in sunshine. The only ice I saw down there was in the trays in my freezer!

(Hey now, I will be the first to admit that I am Snow-Driving Challenged, you don't need to say it for me! ;))

So what with ALL the news channels and websites screaming:"SPECIAL STORM COVERAGE" and providing video on
how to build a disaster kit (I kid you not), I actually got a wee nervous about being at work today. So much so that I actually caved last night and bought chains for my car tires ... just. in. case.! Now folks, I've survived 3 years without chains on this car but they had me SO convinced this time ... and what with the snow not predicted to start til after I was already at work. (I mean, trapping me at home so I can't get to work is one thing ... but trapping me at work so I can't get home ... well, yeah ... I'll buy me some chains, thankyouverymuch! ;))

So here I am ... at work ready to go with cases of bottled water* in the trunk to weigh it down, the aforementioned chains, gloves, trash bag to lay on in case I need to actually put on the chains, ice scraper, cardboard for getting outta wheel spinning situations ..... and ....(*insert drum roll*) is a picture of the major storm I am dealing with.....................

That's right, folks ...we've got BUPKUS! Damn news people! Bottle of water, anyone??

*I usually have bottles of water in my car anyway from when I play tennis during the summer. But added some extra specifically to make the rear end of my car heavier.