January 31, 2008


Ah, life. I had my first measurements taken. Some people may be surprised by this but it has never come up. I am not a girly girl but I will be a bridesmaid in a wedding of a dear college friend. I have only been to one wedding and it was for an family member and I was maybe 4 or 5.

I wasn't nervous really until it happened. Now I can quantify myself. I am taller than the average female, in fact, I am an inch shy of being as tall as the average male. I weigh less than the average female too. Why is it that I am not uncomfortable with having a defined number for my size? I have always just worn clothes that fit, not really caring about the size. I will be uncomfortable in myself for a while and then be over it (hopefully).

Now some stranger in another city has my quantified self on file. I almost asked if they would shred the measurements once the dress was ordered, to protect my security/sanity of course!

I have 10 inches of my herringbone poncho done. It is slow going because I haven't been knitting as much. I may even start a quicker project just for some instant gratification.

Science Pub is soon, cannot wait for that.

January 27, 2008

what happens when...

As I asked in my previous post, could life get any better?


My Sunday started out like so...

I woke up to a lovely snow day. It never snows in Eugene. Ahhh beautiful! The only bad thing was that we canceled knitting group.

After trying to waste away the day reading a book and well, knitting without the gang, I decided to venture out and go to my favorite bakery...

mmm... potato donuts...

I discover that Hideaway Bakery now has indoor seating! We can know knit in the cold!

Continuing on with my Sunday adventure...

Now I am completely happy and full of coffee and donuts. We decide to check out the home and garden show at the fairgrounds. I couldn't tell the difference between this one and the last oh, 3 shows but anyway...

After the fairgrounds we decide we better head for Jerry's (to do somethings around the house) and then Costco...

Here ist he interesting part... Just as we are about to reach Jerry's we pass under Beltline Hwy (we are on Hwy 99) and out of the corner of my right eye I see very large chunks of snow and ice falling from above. Thank goodness AF was driving because he managed to stay on the road as it all came down on our windshield and hood. Here are the results!

We managed to flag the snowplow driver down as he was exiting by Jerry's. Monday will be spent contacting ODOT (who really do a fantastic job, seriously). We then had to drive all the way home.

Every drop of water, every breath and little chunks of the windshield fell onto the dashboard. I swear I laughed all the way home thinking it was just going to fall into my lap!

No injuries but definitely shaken.

Ha, I heart Sunday still.

January 26, 2008

A movie must see!

Just back from U2 3D IMAX and it was FANTASTIC! I could see Edge's fingers on the chords of his guitar. I will never have the chance to see those terrific musicians so close.

AND Stumptown coffee on 3rd and Stark you rock! You artists you, who else could draw such a perfect peach in the foam of my breve cap?

And of course, a side of Voodoo Donuts maple bar with bacon... mmm.

Now the more serious news I must report...

Soft Horizons Fibre will be open on Sundays from 12-5 starting February 3.

Could life get any better?

January 23, 2008

thank you kind soul

Isn't this a fantastic pic? I knit that turtle but did nothing to produce such a charming young one.

In the madness that is my life I have had no time to do anything terribly exciting.

I went to soak at Belknap on Sunday and that was a relief.

Other than that, just work. My fingers might fall off from all the typing!

I do want to say thank you to the kind person who found my really expensive sunglasses and set them on the hood of my car. I was so bummed yesterday because I thought I had lost them. I cannot begin to describe how I felt when I found them this morning. Good karma to you!

January 17, 2008

picture of the day from Planet Earth

Blogger is experiencing difficulties and so my blog looks weird... don't panic...

All fixed!

oh yeah, a plug for myself (Thursday, Jan 17)... I don't take photos well because I am a very shaky person... always have been... but I have a few that I think are alright.

January 15, 2008

a plug for my favorite comic strip

Oh yeah, xkcd... I have read every single one, including the mouse over comments... This is one of my favs.

I act 30!

I am not 30! Not that 30 is bad but I have got several years to go. Wow, that just harshed my mellow...

You Act Like You Are 30 Years Old
You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more! You're responsible, wise, and have enough experience to understand a lot of the world. You're at the point in your life where you understand yourself pretty well. You are figuring out what you want... and how to get it!

January 14, 2008

must see movie: Juno

I ventured to the theater this weekend and it was crowded but fun. I give Juno a thumbs up but you can read a good review here. Maybe I will order the music from the movie... I would like to track down individual CDs of the artists but don't have the time... I'd rather be knitting...

nothing else to report right now.

January 11, 2008

set your phasers to stun

Sorry, no phasers here. Just the schedule of the upcoming Laser Light Shows at the Fruit Stripe Gum Factory... cough... the Science Factory.

I am only posting the ones I care about... If you want the full list go to their site.
Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15
8:15 PM Laser U2
Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16
7:00 PM Laser Retro (Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran)
Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17
3:00 PM
Laser Beatles*

A side note:
Fruit Stripe Gum is still available AND listed under the category of gourmet food on Amazon... weird, huh?

Science Pub was last night and very fun. We had demonstrations for the first time... apparently similar to the diet coke and mentos thing... My mojito was disappointing but the company and food made up for it...

Next month it is bonobos on a Wednesday...

January 9, 2008


Sorry for the delay... I will be double posting for a while as I have started a blog for my weekly gaming group.

I have about 2 1/2 inches of my poncho finished... now I have 55 1/2 inches to go... ;)

Science Pub is tomorrow! It was hard to go a whole month without. A definite happy thing to report is that I have been to Sushi Domo twice in the past week ...

mmm crunchy scallop roll...

Also, it snowed a bit here. The photo is proof!

Work is keeping me busy so I must go back to it...

January 4, 2008

when all else fails...

open the random forwarded message for a laugh...

or DAMNITOL - Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 full hours.

And in other news...

Science Pub returns with an exciting line up for then next couple of months. I am sooooo looking forward to a mojito and lava talk. And in February, Dr. White and the love of bonobos... Her class on the Evolution of Human Sexuality was a favorite of mine during undergrad. So many memories... I should have gone on to study primates... I hate computers... grr... and on that note, sorry, must go back to work.

Oh and my friend Sarah is expecting a girl this April. Happy, healthy thoughts to you and yours.

January 3, 2008


Less than 2 days of off and on knitting and I have this... The last time I knit this pattern it took 3-4 attempts and about a year of my time. The pattern was much easier this time... was it memorization or just the pressure of time (getting it finished while it still made sense weather-wise to wear a scarf)? It has been shipped off to the intended recipient. It was very hard not to keep this one...

Ok, I just ate an entire package of Red Vines and feel a little sick.

Back to work and whistling...

January 1, 2008

Another year gone

So... 2007. A quick review couldn't hurt...

Some of the good:

* My friends rock. 'nough said.
* I had a knitting pattern published in Magknits.
* My photo made it to the honorable mention gallery of the Knitty Calendar Photo Contest.
* My job was/continues to be challenging and entertaining.
* I received volunteer of the year AND was elected to the Board of Directors.
* My first year as co-coordinator of a crew for the Oregon Country Fair didn't go so badly.
* I went to Canada.
* Science Pub!
* I taught several knitting classes, including one for kids.
* I can now admit that I love the rain.
* I've learned that sometimes it is ok to be selfish and do things to make myself happy.

Some of the bad:

* AF wrecked on his bike and it wasn't pretty. 11 months later and he finally has teeth again.
* My computer hard drive went *&$^% and I only had some things backed up... ugh.
* I didn't see any of my relatives, not even my brother or sister.
* One of my dogs got really sick and almost died because of a clueless vet. Don't worry, she is alright now thanks to Bush Animal Hospital!

Ok, getting irritated so enough of that...

I rang in the New Year in Portland. Thank you Pink Martini for a fantastic show. Thank you Voodoo Donuts for a wonderful midnight treat...

Plans for 2008? Well... you'll just have to stay tuned... it could be very interesting...