I'm thankful that I only had to go to 3 grocery stores to get my frozen pie crusts. And I'm very thankful that I didn't have to make crusts from scratch. And I'm sure the people eating the pie will be very grateful too.
In Nursery School or Kindergarten we had a Thanksgiving meal and every had paper pilgrim hats. Except me. I got to wear a pilgrim costume my mom had made my older sister a few year earlier. I had the full outfit, pink dress, white apron, white hat, while all the other kids were scratching at their paper hats. I felt so cool in my 'real' pilgrim dress. Clearly I had the fashion bug even then. That's also when my love for cornbread was born.
My wearing the previously mention pilgrim costume to Thanksgiving dinner causing a fight between my teenage brother & my folks. He took offense to the fact that he had to wear a tie & I was wearing a costume. I couldn’t understand what he was angry about. No one would have said anything if he had dressed as a pilgrim.
Embarrassed that I said 'heck' during a spirited Pictionary game in front of the Pastor from my mom's church who joined us for dinner and after dinner games.
Being very excited that my mom was making 'Darlene's Jell-O', I'm not sure exactly what was in it but it was good. There is something magical about the combination of Strawberry Jell-O, Dream Whip & Walnuts. Midwest Gourmet - don't knock it until you've tried it.
One year I promised my sister I'd eat salad at Thanksgiving dinner (I didn't eat salad AT ALL then, & still only eat it rarely and then NEVER iceberg lettuce). I backed out of the deal before dinner and she chased me around the house ending with me on the floor, her sitting on my chest trying to force lettuce into my mouth. (yes, she's older)
My older brother (same one from above) laughing at my 4th grade Thanksgiving picture b/c I gave the deer spots, like a fawn. Then he told me all about deer hunting laws.
This year I'm going to a Thanksgiving orphans potluck. There will be no pilgrim costume but a lot of wine. Thanksgiving grows up. sort of
I have blog - block, you don't really want to hear about my rather boring weekend do you?
Well, if you do, here's a little bit of it. On Friday I went to see Heather Combs. It was my 4th time and I enjoyed it as much as I have every other time I've seen her. She's an excellent singer / songwriter / performer & I urge all of you to see her if you get the chance. Three of the times I've seen here has been at the Hotel Utah which is unfortunately closing. I've heard that it was sold as part of a divorce settlement, but I really don't know. Hopefully it will re-open & the new owners will be as dedicated about booking great talent.
For something different here's the friday five on Tuesday.
1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
fill in my new address book, seam green sweater, make/buy christmas presents, send christmas cards, get hair cut
2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
Heather from camp, Sarah M., Vala, Jenny D., college roommate Shannon
3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
Crochet (really learn this time), knit continental style, manage my money, cook, dance
4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
Quit my job, Travel, buy a house in SF, buy every in my family a house (or pay off their mortgage), give my nieces & nephew a collage fund.
5. List five things you do that help you relax.
Knit, read, crafting of any kind, watch T.V., take a walk
Best Quote heard at tonight's knitting group:
Man on couch leaning over to talk to us "Was that a motorcycle riding, knitting, Gay man?"
response from a group regular "No. That was a motorcycle riding, knitting, STRAIGHT man."
I went to knitting group, which I haven't been to in a while, and it was Songwriters Club at the coffee shop, a new thing apparently. It was cool to sit & knit and listen to some great music. (I finished the green sweater sleeves!) Except for the fact that we got sushed. The guy came over & said 'could you ladies keep it down?' we weren't talking loud at all but whatever. we just looked at each other and laugh, just like grade school. It was an interesting complement to the other songwriters I saw on Saturday night. coffee shop songwriters: all men. saturday concert songwriters: all women
I forgot to write about Saturday's concert, but I went to the Songwriters Tour at the Warfiled. It was Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patti Griffith, and Shawn Colvin. It was amazing.
Rachel (who I tell my roommate is my 'twin' b/c in one picture I think we look alike, if you remember me when I had really short hair. She lives in Oakland & I used to live in Berkeley. I'm stretching, I know. But we also have similar tastes in music apparently) has a great account of the show here. You may have to scroll down to Monday's entry because, well, I'm late. And her account is much better. Not only did she listen to these amazing women, she actually got to meet them. You're not geeky at all. Very cool, Rachel, very cool.
Ok - i just made my roommate look at Rachel's pictures & she says I don't look like Rachel. sorry. not a twin, just self centered.
Anyway the concert was amazing. My brother introduced me & my sister to Dar Williams years back when he lived in NYC & bought my sister her CD (tape?) for Christmas one year. In college some friends & I hyped ourselves up on caffiene and camped out all night to get Mary Chapin Carpenter tickets. I only know Shawn Colvin from that song that was on the radio a couple years ago. title? Sonny came home? I knew the name Patty Griffin but I wasn't familar with her music. She was great with such a powerful voice coming from such a little lady. Even the people that I was familar with, I knew mostly older stuff so most of the stuff was new to me (i listened to Dar's new CD but not extensively, not yet anyway). It was 4 ladies on stage with 4 guitars and lots of banter in between songs. Dar actually talked about Shawn being such a good mother and the fact that very few women performers are mothers and now I learn that she's pregnant. it's all so much clearer now.
tonight's songwriters were good too. I was very impressed by the quality of music at a random, brightly lit usually non-live music cafe. here are their links: Ira Marlowe - my favorite of the night Eric Moore - like his melodies but I counldn't understand the words he was singing - good none the less Kristoffer August - the Shusher, but a good perfomer
All in all a good week of live music, something I'm always saying I need to hear more of since there is so much of it in this town. I'm seeing another show on Friday. I'm not telling who/where yet in case any of you out there are stalking me. Plus I'm seeing if my twin, Rachel, will turn up based only on chance and how small this world is.
Here's a sweater I won at a raffle at the church retreat. I like the color & it's 100% cashmere = sooo soft. But it clearly doesn't fit me. The label says Saks but there weren't any tags so I can't take it back. My first thought was to unravel the yarn & try to re-use it. Is that possible with a store bought sweater? Any pointers on how to do it? Or would anybody out there like this sweater as is? (The size label was cut out. I'm 5'2" & around a size 10.) If you or anyone you know would like it & want to do a trade, let me know.
Here's a rather fuzzy pic of me in my shoulder warmer - I must have been cheesing too much. Pattern is courtesy of Stef. I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn which I really like working with. It was soft, very forgivable and economical. Since the pink on top was scrap lion brand cottonease, this cost me about $5 and I have yarn leftover.
A pic from the hotel grounds in Maui. Can you make out the guy jumping off the top off the black rocks? I couldn't resist. I did that too. Don't worry Mom, I survived. A bunch of local boys were doing it and a coworker did it first so then I had to try it. When I got up there one of the boys said he never say a girl jump before. I don't know if he was being patronizing or not. I was too concerned with not slipping on the rocks to answer. One jump was enough for me. :) (click on pic for larger view)
Here's another pic of the manicured hotel grounds, pool & ocean. (click on pic for larger view)
last night I tried to get my hawaii pics off of the digi camera & onto my roommate's laptop. It didn't work. After several failed attempts I did the only mature thing. I gave up. I decided to reward the camera's temper tantrum with a time out. I tried again this evening & it worked. moral of the story: treat all electronics like three year olds. or is it act like a three year old & when it doesn't work yell & throw things?
Aside from the camera I also reconnected the TV, cable box, VCR & DVD player so that when we want to watch a movie we don't have to disconnect this cable & connect this one, etc. Now it is all connect & working. For the time being at least. We don't have a real entertainment center, just an end table with all of our electronics piled on it. I like not having a big TV & entertainment center dominating the room, but I re-stacked everything so all the cords could reach and wonder if I big truck drives by if that'll be enough to knock it all down. It's piled piece upon piece like the Bremen Town musicians. remember that fairy tale? Or is it just me b/c we had to act it out in German class? I find in funny that in english a rooster says cock a doodle doo & in German it's more like ruck cu dee or something like that.
The leftover halloween candy made another round in the office today. sure we still had some of the old stuff left but it was what you expect to be leftover on the 17th of November. pieces of cheap bubble gum & air heads The big boss's son, lil' boss, brought in the leftover candy from his house. Actually it's been in his office for a week and he just now put it out. Despite how rich he is, his candy wasn't too spectacular but I did discover a little piece of heaven in an orange plastic wrapper.... the inside out Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Sure I was a sucker for the crunchy peanut butter cup, but this is a hundred times better. And I'm not just saying that b/c it tasted so good when the 10:30 munchies hit.
Hey! Get you online shopping behinds over to Fred Flare. Read Not Martha first though.... all Not Martha readers get a discount, 25%!, this week only. Not Martha a.k.a. Megan was even so kind as to pick out her favorites for us to look at. :)
My sleeves are almost done on my green sweater. then comes the real test, seaming. eeek
I'm back among the living. It was really weird to go outside since I hadn't be out of my apartment in about 36 hours. I enjoyed sitting on the couch and watching TV way too much. TV has really improved since I was sick when I was a kid. I remember dreading noon b/c then only the news & I Love Lucy was on. And when I'm sick I really didn't appreciate Lucy.
To show you how I felt I didn't even knit that much. I still knitted (or is knit past tense?) just not all day. Only for a couple of hours in the evening. I got to the point on Sitcom Chic where you put the body aside & work on the sleeves. I don't have double point needles so I'll have to buy some of those. Or figure out how to do it with circulars. Isn't there a way to do that? I didn't have the energy to figure that out. I also starte the sleeves for my green sweater (again!) I'm trying not to have so many projects going at once. I hope to have one (or both) of these finished to wear home for Christmas. To show my mom that I really do finish my knitting. I don't have anything lined up to knit for Christmas so if any of you have special gift requests, let me know! Maybe another poncho to put in the gift exchange my friends & I do, the boys won't appreciate it, but oh well. I'd just don't want to make it & have no one want it. Hmmm I'll have to think about that. maybe just a scarf.
No one in my book club finished the book. So I didn't have to feel guilty at all. We having one more quick meeting before Christmas and need a light, short book to read. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Yesterday was allergies, today a cold, tomorrow malaria?
Who knows what i have but it's a bug & it's sucking the life out of me. I tried to come to work since I'd been out of the office for a few days (even though that was for work) but I gotta get outta here. Last time I answered the phone the customer said I sounded like I was about to cry. Not exactly a good company image. As soon as the other inside guy comes back from lunck I'm outta here.
And if you're like me and driving a rapidly aging car and looking at yuppies in their oh so stylish duds that you can't afford, click to find out how rich you really are
According to them, I'm the 51,085,565 richest person on earth. It doesn't seem like that much money when you're renting in San Francisco. my share of the rent in a 2 bd is less than my sister's mortgage in Michigan. ok maybe not. I don't really know. But it sounds good doesn't it?
my sister would be disappointed in my 80's-ness - test your knowledge by clicking on icon above. But only if you have some time b/c it apparently takes a long time to probe the depths of an individuals knowledge of 80's song lyrics and get an accurate score. I think this person spent more time writing this test than most of the artists spent writing the orginal lyrics.