Thursday, October 27, 2005

the weekend is almost here!

Just a little note before I jet off to lunch. I can't wait for this week to
be over! It's been quite rough over here, and this quote put a smile on my

Chris Rock's "Quote of the Year"

"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the
best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss
hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany
doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are
named Bush, Dick, and Colon.
Need I say more?"

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

blah...I'm a slacker

OK, so i've been a bit out of touch lately. My iBook is sick :( There is
something wrong with the video card, or whatever is inside a mac. I turned
it on last week and the monitor was split into four sections repeating all
over the place and the mouse was a big fuzzy square. It's currently at the
Apple Care Repair Center, hopefully to return by Saturday. I have so many
photos and posts to catch up on!

OK so A quick Thanks! to Sima, from whom I received my first Purple Pink And
Orange swap package! This month's swap featured snacks. In my package was a
bag of chocolate almond biscotti (I love biscotti with my coffee!!!), a
chocolate espresso bar (another fav of mine!), an adorable hazlenut and milk
hippo all the way from the UK, and a bag of spicy japanese peas! What an
awesome swap partner :) Sima, I apologize for not sending a personalized
note, but I misplaced the awesome postcard of redwoods with your email addy
on the back! I think my mom stole it :)

Other than that I've been busy helping my friends move into a house that we
will be sharing with them in the spring. Of course my knitting has fallen to
the wayside for now, but after this weekend (halloween craziness!) I'm
planning on starting the cabled hat from stitch and bitch nation to get
myself into the cable groove for my sweater. I'll be sure to take lots of
photos and post them when my lappy is all better!


Monday, October 17, 2005

weekend update

So how was everyone's weekend? I had a pretty good time...

Friday night a few friends organized a girl's night with all different kinds
of snacky foods, manicures and pedicures. We even played Jeopardy on the PS2
and watched a few movies and the White Sox game. It was very relaxing and
fun. The boys didn't even get back till really late and I ended up crashing
on the couch waiting for them to get home. We also decided this was
something we need to do at least once a month. Amen to that!

Saturday we got an early start and got to Great America by 11:00 am. It's a
good thing we got there so early, because we had to wait an additional hour
and a half to actually get into the park. We ended up going on five rides
total and we were there for 12 hours! The lines are definitely a down fall.
We are thinking of getting season passes for next year and going during the
week a few times during the summer. They also have these speed passes that
get you on the ride right away, for an additional cost, of course! The speed
pass holders can enter through the exit of the rides and usually have at
least one row reserved for them. It's pretty cool if you have one, but if
you don't it sucks. I think the longest we waited for a ride was for the
American Eagle, which I didn't even really enjoy. If you don't know, the
American Eagle is the world's largest wooden roller coaster (at least it
used to be). The ride is REALLY rough and it screeches like crazy going
around turns. We waited almost two hours to get on, and I don't think I'll
ride it again. But my favorite by far was the Superman! You actually get
strapped in with a super comfortable over-the-shoulder harness that covers
your pelvis area and your feet are in a restraint as well. After you're
strapped in you get raised up into "flying" position. The ride was such a
rush, I would ride it all day if I could! We ended up leaving around 11:15pm
and boy were we exhausted! Of course I have no photos since we didn't bring
the digital or a disposable camera, but I did manage to get the boy into one
of those photo booths that takes 4 pics in a row. I'll have to scan them in
to post.

Sunday was filled with the Bears game, painting, and the White Sox game. It
was pretty cool that both Chicago teams won. I still can't believe the Sox
are playing in the world series! It's causing quite a stir out here since
the Cubs haven't even made it this far in sooo long. Things should
definitely be interesting if the Sox actually win. I'm happy they've made it
this far since I've always been a Sox fan, I just never really "get into"
sports that much. We'll see if the south-siders can bring home the big one
this year!


Thursday, October 13, 2005

blogging by mail...

SO, it's been a while since I posted. I've actually been occupied at work!
It's definitely a good thing, but I do find small periods of time when I
have to find something to do for a little while. I figure if I look like I'm
writing an email no one will bother me :)

So I've been battling a cold for a while now. It's never really been a full
on-I feel shitty-cold, except for a few days last week, but no temperature,
just runny/stuff noses mostly. I can't wait until I get health insurance
again so I can actually go to the doctor when stuff like this happens. Ah
well. I'll just hope my crazy mexican cold medicine works along with the
airborne I've been taking. If you've never heard of airborne, I suggest you
check it out. The website is I can't insert
hyperlinks when I blog by mail, so just copy and paste it in. Definitely a
great invention, I just haven't been taking it regularly. Mostly because
when I think I feel better, I stop taking it, which is of course the worst
thing to do. Maybe I'll learn eventually!

So we are going to Great America Saturday. For those of you who are
unfamiliar, Great America (located in Gurnee, IL) is a roller coaster theme
park. Tons of different kinds of rides for kids of all ages including me!
I'm really excited, 'cause I haven't been in quite a few years. The boy
isn't really into any ride that goes upside down (except for the little tame
one) but we are going with a bunch of friends that love roller coasters. I
can't wait to ride the Superman ride. You actually ride it from a flying
position! I think it will be a blast.

We are still working on painting the house. We don't plan on moving in until
spring, probably sometime in March or April. Our friends are moving in by
the end of the month. Every time we get something done, there's this little
rush if excitement. We have all these plans, I just hope everything work
out. Our room is actually bigger than I thought, although not by much. But
that's OK, because it's not like we're going to be spending all of our time
in our room. We'll have a whole house to roam freely in. I just can't wait
for the freedom. It'll be tons of responsibility as well, but totally worth
it. We are so ready to be on our own.

On the knitting front, I've made minor progress on the dredlock bag. I think
I have three rows of dreds attached now. It's taking a lot longer than I
expected, so I'm stalling. But I do have the strap completed. I-cords go
much faster when you can knit them continuously.

I have the yarn ordered for the animals I'm going to knit for the holidays.
I'm not sure how many I'll actually get done, but I'm hoping to complete at
least three. I think I'll be too consumed with my sweater. Last Saturday,
the boy, his mom, and I drove into the country to find this quaint little
place called The Fold. It's nestled in farm land and is attached to the
owners home. It is so freakin' cool! When you first walk in the door, all
you can see is everything related to spinning. Shelves are over flowing with
rainbows of roving. Spindles, combs, spinning wheels, everything everywhere.
It was very over whelming. There were two private lessons being taught. It
was fascinating, and I'm totally hooked! I'm definitely going to look into
learning to spin. In the adjoining room there was yarn floor to ceiling. So
many different kinds of yarn, brands I had never even heard of. I was in
total awe. I must have walked around tem times before the boy finally helped
me pick out yarn for my first sweater. It's on giant hank of Mountain Colors
in the Northern Lights colorway. I'll have to photograph it so you can see
the beautiful colors. It's just like what you would see when the Northern
Lights are visible. And I think I found a pattern I want to use as well!
I've been searching all week to find the perfect one. It's really agonizing
to find exactly what you're searching for. I'm definitely going to have to
try writing my own pattern sometime.

CD SWAP! So I have received a bunch of CDs. The ones I can remember I have
received are from 12punt3 - Marianne, Suzie, Jen, Lindsay, one from Brazil
(can't remember who from), and I think one more. I'll have to photo and
thank each one in the next post from home. So THANKS! and I've enjoyed
listening to them so far!

That's all from kittyland for now. Time to get some actual work done :)