Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Yeah, new blogger format! Fuck this shit. One mistake of a button click and all is gone and for some reason can't be brought back. Where is my blogroll?!?!?! Where is my pregnancy ticker?!?!?!? Sure, yeah, go into the HTML and put the code back in.... Okay, press save template and NOTHING is saved, or an error page comes up. Should have just stayed with the old until they pitched me off of it!!!

Hide your eyes, here is another MEME!

first off....

Okay, back to that Meme. I found this over at Red's page. It looks like she got it from Pickled Olives.

If you could have any piece of art what would it be?

I would choose the sculpture "Cacountala" by Camille Claudel. Since there is no way that I'll ever truely "own" this, I had it tattooed onto my left arm.

Name two of your guilty pleasures.

Hmmm, Guilt is not something I associate with...
On the T.V. I love the shows Veronica Mars and No Reservations.
I also like yarn. I like looking at it, touching it, buying it for some "future" project. Oh, and books. Yeah, that is over two, but so what?

If you were an actor/actress who would it be and what movie would you choose to take the lead role in?

Let's see.... The first that comes to mind would be Uma Thurman's character in both volumes of Kill Bill. A touch of evil, while looking cute. The next would be Lee Marvin's character (ah, I can switch gender, right) in the movie "The Big Red One".

What's the most romantic gesture someone's made to you?

Hubby met me at the airport with a dozen roses and a ring and asked me to marry him. That was several years ago. As most of you know, I refer to Hubby as my husband, but we are not legally married. We decided that this year, on April 4th we will officially tie the knot. That day will be our 10 year anniversary together.

Who's your favorite superhero / villain?

Ah, SpaceGhost?

What's your favorite leftover food?

Pulled pork and white rice with plantains from Sabor Latino.

Describe in five words how you saw yourself in high school.

Self aware, distant, angry, happy, punk.

If you could live anywhere in the world were would it be and why?

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is the Ann Arbor of Mexico. Cultural, pretty, but warm with an ocean.

Name five good gifts you would like to receive (within reason - no sports cars etc)

Is a house too much to ask for? Housekeeping services for life, Unlimited paid vacations to the destinations of my choice, Tattoo gift certificates, Tuition waivers to a really good school for my son.

If you could live one week in a cartoon what would it be and why?

Well, it's not really a cartoon, but I would live in the kids program "The Upside Down Show". I don't know why... The guys just seem funny.

Dinner for five - who would you invite (the world is your oyster)?

Camille Claudel, my maternal grandfather, my husband (boy, I really miss him), Joe Strummer, and Rodin.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Because I don't seem to have any original thoughts at the moment...

1. How old will you be in five years? 43

2. Who did you spend at least two hours with today?: My son

3. How tall are you? 5'9"

4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?:Having a baby

5. What's the last movie you saw? Laurel Canyon

6. Who was the last person you called?: Ron

7. Who was the last person to call you?: My mom

8. What was the last text message you received?: Birthay party invite, last year

9. Who was the last person to leave you a voice mail?: My mom

10. Do you prefer to call or text?: call

11. What were you doing at 12am last night?: sleeping

12. Are your parents married/separated/divorced? Married

13. When is the last time you saw your mom?: Last Saturday

14. What color are your eyes?: greenish/blue

15. What time did you wake up today? 7:30am

16. What are you wearing right now?: Pajama bottoms, tshirt

17. What is your favorite Christmas song?: I don't really like Christmas music

18. Where is your favorite place to be?: I am here...

19. Where is your least favorite place to be?: at times, here.

20. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?: Thailand

21. Where do you think you'll be in 10 years? Most likely here.

22. Do you tan or burn?: neither

23. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?:Death. I got over it.

24. What was the last thing that really made you laugh?: I can't even remember.

25. How many TV's do you have in your house?: three

26. How big is your bed?: Queen

27. Do you have a laptop or desktop computer?: Desktop

29. What color are your sheets? Teal

30. How many pillows do you sleep with?: one

31. What is your favorite season?: spring/fall

32. What do you like about fall?: The weather, and the leaves changing colors
33. What do you like about winter?: Winter is just a bridge between fall and spring.
34. What do you like about the summer?: How green everything becomes.

35. What do you like about spring?: How the air smells.

36. How many states have you lived in?: 1, full time. 2 part time.

37. What cities/towns have you lived in?: Swartz Creek, Ann Arbor, Bethesda MD, Fairplay CO.

38. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?: socks and shoes.

39. Are you a social person?: Not really.

40. What was the last thing you ate?: Banana crunch cereal.

41. What is your favorite restaurant?: Sabor Latino

42. What is your favorite ice cream? any flavor
43. What is your favorite dessert?: fresh baked cookies or cheesecake.

44. What is your favorite kind of soup?: Butternut

45. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?: Raspberry

46. Do you like Chinese food? yes

47. Do you like coffee?: Ah, yeah.

48. How many glasses of water, a day, do you drink on average?: 6-8

49. What do you drink in the morning?: Ah, coffee.

51. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?: no, unless hubby is in town, then right.

52. Do you know how to play poker?: Not really.

53. Do you like to cuddle?: Cuddling is okay, glomming is not.

54. Have you ever been to Canada?: yes

56. Do you eat out or at home more often?: home

58. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you?: only famous people

59. Do you want kids?: Have 1 son, daughter is on the way.

60. Do you speak any other languages? None fluently.

62. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? yes

63. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool?: ocean

64. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seats?:Don't care. Just get me there!

65. Do you know how to drive a stick?: yes

66. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?: I forgot what is was like to spend extra money on.

67. Do you wear any jewelry 24/7? no

68. What is your favorite TV show?: No Reservations
69. Can you roll your tongue?: yes

70. Who is the funniest person you know?: People are funny? Haven't noticed...
71. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?:Yeah, this yellow dog my kid gave me.

72. What is the main ringtone on your phone?:American Idiot by Green Day

73. Do you still have clothes from when you were little?: a few

74. What red object is closest to you right now? a bucket

75. Do you turn off the water while you brush your teeth?: Yes

76. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?: Closed

77. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees? neither
78. Do you flirt a lot?: Me? Pahleese... You'll be lucky if I even notice you...

79.what do you dip a chicken nugget in? My kid likes ranch dressing.

80. What is your favorite food?: Mexican

81. Can you change the oil on a car?: yes

82. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?:NO

83. Have you ever run out of gas?: no

84. What is your usual bedtime?: Whenever I happen to fall asleep.

85. What was the last book you read?: The Nasty Bits, by Anthony Bourdaine

86. Do you read the newspaper?: Yes

87. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?: Yes

89. Do you watch soap operas?: No

90. Do you dance in the car?: Only if I feel like bothering my kid.

91. What radio station did you last listen to?: 91.7 WUOM (public radio)

92. Who is in the picture frame closest to you?: Collage of photos of my dad when he was young.

93. What was the last note you scribbled on a piece of paper? Name of Ann Arbor Schools Superintendant

94. What is your favorite candle scent?: Pumpkin Spice

95. What is your favorite board game?: Candyland, Chutes and Latters..(with my kid)

96. When was the last time you fondled a cow?: I have never touched a cow.

97. When was the last time you attended church?: I can't remember

98. Who is/was your favorite teacher in high school?: I had no favorite teachers.

99. What is the longest you have ever camped out in a tent? 14 days

100. Who was the last person to do something extra special for you?: I guess I would have to say my Hubby

Monday, January 15, 2007

Dangerous Icing!

Cappy asked in the comment field of the last post, "What is dangerous icing"? Here is a photo of what the trees look like around my flat.

Looks pretty, doesn't it? Unfortunately, ice like this can be quite damaging to the trees. The weight of the ice causes the limbs to bend and break off, which can damage houses and cars.

As I was waking from a nap a few minutes ago, there was a LOUD sound. Son ran to the window and said "Ah, I think someone is dropping a bomb outside". I jumped to the couch and joined him at the window. "Is our truck okay?" I asked him before I got to the window. "Yes, ours is fine, but the bomb got a few of the neighbors cars"! Sure enough, a small lowrider style truck had rounded the corner at our complex and smashed into 3 other cars. This kid must have been traveling fast, as one of the vehicles, a large SUV had been turned sideways. The kids car sustained the most damage, fluids every where, the horn stuck on...Blaring. I stepped outside to listen in. He claims his truck slipped on ice then "Everything went black"! Uh-huh.... His two teenage passangers left the scene, hmm... I wonder how high/drunk they were...

This is private property, so the cops won't come to file a report. It is all between the insurance companies at this point. When the crowds clear, I'll be moving my rusty but trusty truck to the SIDE lot, where it should be a bit more safe in the event someone else "slips on the ice" doing 50 MPH through the parking lot.

(photo credit: BrevardNC I would have taken a photo of the actual trees outside my house and of the accident scene, but hubby has the camera with him)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

It was a great surprise, but was it really worth it?

Son and I had a big surprise for Saturday. Hubby, who was supposed to be gone for 2 weeks returned to visit us for about 36 hours. We had lots of fun, ate good homemade food, baked cookies and brownies for him to take one the road, and did his laundry. Yeah, most of you would be like, "ho-hum...sounds like a blast", but for us it was heaven. He left this morning at 3:45 am to hook up with the driver and the rig. At 5:30 am, my phone rang. Not a good sign. Sure enough, his car died 10 miles away from his meeting point. I hazily wrote down the info of where I could find the car so I could some how have it towed back to the flat. I told him to get to the rig, that his job was more important than him worrying about the stupid car. An hour later my phone rings again. Hubby explains that he got a jump-start and made it to the yard and rig. He was on the road as he spoke to me. Luckily, the trainer likes him, so he waited for him despite the bad weather that they were going to be up against.

Speaking of weather, here is an image of the weather patterns currently happening in the US.
See all that light pink, dark pink, and green? Yeah, that is what hubby gets to drive through. Should be lots of fun for him, being a new rig driver, who is hauling 45 thousand pounds behind him. My fingers are majorly crossed for him. Hopefully, he will make his destination unharmed and within his required time. This is where the "was it really worth" having him home comes in. Had he kept to his schedule, he would have avoided most of this crappy weather. But they took a chance so he could relax a bit.

UPDATE: 7:45 pm
Just heard from Hubby. They made it safely to Memphis. The trainer did most of the driving through the ice and snow. Their plans are to take a 4 hour nap before heading out to finish the route. They should reach Louisiana by 2am. All is well.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Knit Pics!

Okay! Here are a few pictures of some of the things that I've been knitting over the past few months. This is proof that I really do knit, not just talk about it. The first image you see includes: A really cute hat and jacket for BabyVogSprog. The jacket is double breasted, and knit in Brown Sheep Worsted Weight Mohair/Wool blend. The hat is a luxurious Angora by Anny Blatt. Many thanks go to my son's bear Buzz, who looks so stylish.

The next image is of the scarf that I knit for my sister for Christman. It is a Feather and Fan pattern, and is knit with Mountain Colors Bearfoot Yarn, in the color Larkspur. It is a washable Wool/Mohair/Nylon yarn which is handpainted. This photo hardly does justice to how beautiful the colors are.

Finally, this is the scarf that I knit for my Mom for Christmas. Sorry for the quality of the photo. I forgot to take a pic of it before giving it to Mom, and this is what she ended up taking for me. It is done in Andean Silk (Super Fine Alpaca/Silk/Merino Wool) by KnitPics. The color is Cranberry. This is the first lace pattern I have ever done.
There you have it. I am now working on a christening dress for BabyVogSprog, as well as a garter stich cabled sweater for her. Those projects are still on the needles, and I don't expect to have them done until March. I am also planning a sweater for myself. It'll be the first thing I have knitted for myself in a year. I just hope I can ditch the baby weight I have gained, so I don't have to knit it extra huge.

Oh, I have also taken the plunge, and switched to the new Blogger version. All went well, and all posts are still within the blog!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Year, new job starts...

Hubby's new job has started off in full swing this new year. Son and I dropped him off last night at the companys new terminal. He met his trainer, who looks far younger than his actual age. When I first saw the trainer, I gasped and said "He is a kid"! Hubby has since assured me that said trainer has been in this profession for 13 years, is quite capable, and only looks like a child. Hub's will return Saturday evening.

Son is handling the "dad not home" thing fairly well. He is looking forward to getting back on his usual schedule of going to school. Winter break ends this week and he will return to class this Friday (yipee, whoo-hoo, a few hours to myself). Today he has a playdate with a Dutch/Austrian kid from playgroup. The kids mother is strangely fond of me (side note: When she found out I was once married to a German, but am now with a Mexican, she said "How is it that you changed cultures so easily? Germany and Mexico are so opposite". "Ah, exactly!", I replied. "I guess I didn't want the world to be so white bread".). She desperately desires my son to teach her son English. My son takes this all with a grain of salt. Something tells me that it'll be her son teaching my son German.

I have been doing tons of boring finishing work on all those knitted pieces I have promised pictures of. Really, I'll get those pictures up soon.

I have also been flirting with the idea of switching the blog to the new Blogger format. I am nervous that I'll lose all of my archives. Has that happened to anyone? I found that I need to switch, since I have been invited to some private blogs who use the new format and I can't access them using the old version.

Oh, and RD...I know that you are out there. Can you at least send an email and let me know what is going on with you??