Saturday, January 30, 2010


See this?  

This is a bind-off.


And this?  This is the beginning of sleeve number two.


Thank goodness I only have two arms.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Old school

I've spent about sixteen years in the wireless industry. As you can imagine, I've been through several evolutions of technology and related accessories during that time. I've always been pretty game to try the newest thing that came down the pike, but the one I can't seem to cozy up to just yet is the Bluetooth headset. Something about it just bugs me. Maybe it's the fact that it's very hard to tell when someone is on the phone. Maybe it's the look...just a little bit Jetsons. Or Star Trek. I'm not sure which. I've tried to adapt, believe me. I really have. And, I'll probably try again someday.

But today isn't that day.

So, when Oregon's new law came about this month, and everyone was snapping up their new wireless headsets and speakerphones, I went digging through my archives and found this.

I may be the only one sporting this little number, but at least you'll be able to tell I'm on the phone.

Friday, January 22, 2010

2009: The Year of the Mitt

Try not to yawn as you view this post, please. I had promised to post my 2009 knitting projects, and as you can see, they're not much to write home about. See all those mitts? They're all the same pattern. And the scarves? Same pattern. And the washcloths? Um, double yawn. But, they were all gifts, so cut me some slack, will you?

I did manage to do a few squares for a charity blanket project, which was fun. And a baby sweater for one of our Bend Knit Up group members. And I started a sweater for myself. See that itty bitty pic toward the upper right? The blue one? Yep, that's the one. Still looks pretty much like that.

Except that it has some company now...

That is a sleeve. Yes, Virginia, there is a chance I'll be wearing this sweater someday.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Crawling out of the rut

Somehow, we seem to get into the pattern of the same few dinners over and over again around here. They're easy, we can make them with our eyes closed, etc. Only trouble is, it gets boring. The quarterly dinner group we belong to has been a great way to discover new dishes, but we still revert back to our "pattern eating".

In an effort to rectify this, DH and I have made a plan. A challenge. Okay, a resolution. This year, at least two weekends each month (provided we're at home), we're going to take turns choosing and making a new recipe for dinner. Most anything goes, as long as it doesn't use too many expensive, exotic ingredients. In the end we should have--give or take--two dozen new items to add to our line-up.

We both love all kinds of foods, so there really is no excuse for this bad habit. And for years (oh, say, roughly seven...), we've been subscribing to a great cooking magazine, Cuisine at Home. It comes six times a year and contains all sorts of tempting recipes, helpful cooking tips, equipment reviews and NO ads! See what I mean? No excuses!

So, last weekend was Yankee Pot Roast...a new twist on an old standby (and DH's selection for the week). Tonight: My turn. I'll let you know how they turn out.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Feeling witty?

If you've poked around on my page at all, you've noticed I've included Anne Taintor on my list of fun sites. Something about the witty captions combined with the retro/vintage artwork always lifts my spirits and gives me a laugh. And now, as a part of their 25th anniversary, you can play, too! Check this out. If you win, I want to hear about it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2009: The year I started sewing again

Here's a snapshot of sewing FO's for 2009; knitting FO's to follow. My machine's back from its annual service, so it's time to get back to it!
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Where on earth have I been?

I guess it's obvious where I haven't been. I haven't been here, taking note of interesting happenings, sights, or thoughts. I didn't make a conscious decision to take three months off from updating, but lo and behold, three months have gone by. That's not to say that I haven't ventured onto the site, because I most certainly have. As the title suggests, this is a repository for me. It contains links to other sites I enjoy in the way of blogs and reference. So, periodically over the past three months I would find my way here, think about how I really should post something, and then venture on to one of the blogs I'm following (see the sidebar).

Now wait a minute. Before you think I've been doing absolutely nothing in the way of writing, you should know this: I have been writing...for my work. Which may explain why I haven't updated here! Because when I completed my writing work for the day, my focus turned either to my sewing or--finally!--to my knitting. I can't show you the knitting project just yet (for those on Ravelry, you can see it in my projects), but I can show you the recipient:

Isn't she pretty? I think so. Her name's Adelyn. But, we'll mostly call her Addie. I'm in love.

So, with the new year comes renewed effort to keep taking notes on life around me, and to share it here. I wish all of you out there the best this year has to offer. Cheers!