Memes and howdy

January 10, 2009 at 9:53 am (Uncategorized)

So the holidays over, and it’s 2009.  I’ve spent the last few weeks with the worst cold ever.  But thankfully, it’s almost gone.  I credit lots of hot tea and soup.

Amber has tagged me for two fun memes.  One is 6 wonderfully weird things about me and the other is 7 things you might not know about me.  I’ll post ’em both together.

  • I built a dulcimer one year during summer camp.  It is a three string dulcimer made out of, wait for it, cardboard.  The sound is still pretty decent, and I can still pick a few tunes out.
  • My grandfather and I used to make grapevine wreaths.  I remember heading out to the woods with him to cut the vines down.  I was probably around 7 or 8.
  • My favorite city to visit in the US is New Orleans.  My first trip there was for the 1984 World’s Fair.  On that trip, we stayed with my grandfather’s sister.  She and her husband took us all around the city.  I discovered beignets at the Cafe du Monde and the glorious Garden District.  I’ve been back twice, and I always look forward to my next trip.
  • I was incredibly accident-prone, so I took six years of ballet.  Although toe shoes never agreed with me (and I admire all ballerinas), I still love dancing and classical music.
  • I love walking in the woods during winter.  When my dad lived in the country, I’d wake up early, have a bite to eat, and take off with the dogs in the woods for a few hours.  Looking back, it may not have been the brightest idea to go alone (this was b.c.p, before cell phones), but I loved the quiet of the morning.  Lots of time to just be.  I always found my way home using the sun.
  • I am allergic to mice.  In grad school, I had to work with mice (don’t ask).  We’d suit up for the “mousekeeping” days, and within minutes, my eyes would be itchy, and I’d be sneezing.  This is great when you are wearing a mask.  I’m really glad that my Thursdays are no longer spent in a mouse room.
  • I love languages.  I took Latin in high school for a couple of years.  Since I was a science major and I placed out of 3 semesters of language, I didn’t need to take a language in college.  But I’m currently studying Gaelic through the local Scottish Society and Hebrew with a friend.  It’s not too confusing unless I can’t remember something in one language, the number nine for instance, but I can remember it in the other.  That’s fun.

Well, there’s some weird facts for you.  If you wanna play, go ahead and snag the meme.  I’ve got plenty of news to write about, but I’ll save that for next time.

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Rainy Days and Fridays

October 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve been working on my Mormor shawl this week, and the knitting is going well.  I love the Lime and Violet Oops yarn.  The color is lovely, muted blues and purples.  The yarn has a sheen and a softness that makes it a pleasure to knit.  Why am I telling you about this instead of showing you?  The weather was so overcast all day that I was afraid the rain would drown my shawl before I could snap a photo.  As soon as the sun comes back, I’ll post a pic.

Finally, both the kids were back in school.  I had a busy morning, involving bagels and grocery trips and a red-tailed hawk soaring a few feet from me with a rabbit in its talons.  The hawk was being chased by a blue jay.  I’m serious.  I’ve seen small birds dive on hawk, but never one bird take on a hawk with a fresh kill.  I couldn’t see where the hawk landed, but eventually the jay flew off.  I hope the hawk had a nice meal.

The cloudy, cool day put me in the mood for soup.  Once the kiddos and I were back home, I started on some homemade vegetable broth.  I used Vegan Yum Yum’s recipe as a guide.  I added carrots, onions, celery, parsnips, broccoli, turnips, mushrooms, and parsley.  The house smelled pretty interesting by the time the broth was ready.

I strained the broth and immediately started making the Sweet Potato, Kale, and Yellow Squash Soup from Vegetarian Soups for all Seasons by Neva Atlas.  I made this soup last year, and I believe it was the last recipe I discussed with my grandmother.  Instead of serving the soup with rice, I used quinoa which I cooked in more homemade veggie broth.  I think my grandmother would have loved it.

The finished soup had a light sweet flavor.  I probably could have used more salt in the broth, but I did not want to overdo it.  Now I’ve got five cups of broth in the freezer, ready and waiting for my next recipe.

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Crafts and Craft Mentality

July 25, 2008 at 10:18 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Pile o'spinning

I had these wonderful intentions to post at the beginning of the Tour de Fleece. It began on July 5 and ends on Sunday July 27.  Better late than never, I guess.  I’ve decided to spin at least 15 minutes a day on my McKenna Lee spindle from Greensleeves. So far, those 15 minutes keep expanding. I’ve improved so much since July 5. Instead of inchworming along, I’m actually dropping the spindle and keeping the twist out of my fiber. It’s amazing how much easier the spinning is when you do that.

Next up on the sewing queue is the It’s a Wrap skirt by Indygo Junction. I just have to turn up the hem and then add the waistband.  I love how the skirt drapes.  Now I just need to find (or maybe make?) the perfect little top to go with it.

In addition to all this craftiness, Amber and I have recorded our first podcast.  The podcast is called Craft Mentality.  We cover our crafty lives and pretty much anything else that might have inspired us.  The blog and first ‘cast are here, so come check us out.  I had tons of fun chatting with Amber, and I can’t wait for next week.

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Meme Time

May 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm (Uncategorized)

From Sassenach:


The rules: Posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. Play nice, children.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago:  Just finishing my first year of grad school, and rapidly realizing it was not for me.  Nightmares about the lab mice, nuff said.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today:  Go to gym, hang out with the charity knitting group at the J, read my new Anita Blake novel, and really that will take the rest of the day.  🙂

3. Snacks I enjoy: chocolate (dark, especially), macchiatos, ice cream (chunky monkey), and Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake (grandmother’s recipe)

4. Places I’ve lived: Hickory, NC; Maiden, NC; Durham, NC; Norfolk, VA; Chesapeake, VA; and Virginia Beach, VA 

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Travel to Ireland and go back to Scotland, Travel to Australia and New Zealand, take care of my family, take them all to Disneyworld (yes, just like the old commercials)

6. Tag 6 people:  I’m not sure who reads this anyway, so take this meme if you want it!

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