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May 31, 2008

Looks like there's a meme going around, and I've been tagged by Coco's Mami, so I thought I'd play along!

What was I doing 10 years ago?

Let's see . . . I was a web designer and single at the time. Since I was not, and am still not, a party girl, I would spend quite a bit of time online when not working. I used to hang out in various Delphi forums (most of which are now closed). In one of the forums, a member was ranting about she was angry about what had happened to her personally and holding certain people responsible for her personal hurt. I posted a reply to her about how she shouldn't paint others with a broad brush. Another member read my reply and was intrigued enough to start up a side conversation with me. Something told me to respond to his PM, and I'm sure glad I did so, because we're still together after ten years!

What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?

Let's see . . . the day's almost over and I don't plan on doing anything else except to cook dinner, other than playing with my computer while hubby watches movies. So, here's my list for tomorrow:

  1. Go to church. Say goodbye to a dear friend who is leaving after the service to fly to France to settle there permanently with her soon-to-be-husband.
  2. Visit my parents after church.
  3. Work on the garden.
  4. Work on my knitting.
  5. Spend some time with my spinning wheels.

Snacks I enjoy:

Oh, that depends on my mood, whether I crave salty, or sweet food. Right now, I like Ritz crackers. Whatever's in the fridge that I can nibble on. And I like cookies (although sometimes I have to have something to drink to get it all down). And when I can afford to get pastry from the bakery near home, I like take a few bites from the pastry over the next couple days.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

First. I, along with hubby, would diversify the money so these would keep on growing, and we'd live off the interest. Build a nice house with plenty of land surrounding us, and set it up so that the land couldn't be further sub-divided. Donate to my church with the goal of encouraging unity to form one Orthodox Christian jurisdiction, and to enable the priests at my church to help anyone who comes to the church in need of support. Help organizations that have the goal of teaching people to "fish" and get beyond victimhood. Set up trust funds for my nephews, with the provision that they not be able to touch the main funds until they're 35 years. We all know how "young and stupid" we were during our twenties, don't we? Do some traveling - I'd like to go to Russia, Italy, India, Georgia, England, France, for starters.

Places I have lived:

Lanham, College Park, and Bowie, all in Maryland.

Jobs I have had:

Clerk-typist, publications specialist, quality control coordinator, online information manager, proofreader/copy editor, web programmer, programmer/analyst. Notice that I'm not including the job at The Nursery, since it's not what I would normally be doing.

Okay . . . now . . . consider yourself tagged! Or not . . .

December 19, 2006

I guess I'd better get my 6 weird thing out while this meme is still going strong. Soo . . . here goes . . .


1. I eat my dry cereal without milk. I can't stand soggy food and I don't like the way milk tastes. I must have my orange juice when I have breakfast or I feel out of sorts for the rest of the day.

2. I will eat a lemon without batting an eyelash. I have a high tolerance for acidic, tart food.

3. I get very nauseous every time I see something on tv, or read in the newspapers and magazines, about eye treatments, injuries and such. My eyes are my ears, so there's that fear of not having full use of my eyes. It takes great effort not to think about this as I have a very vivid imagination, and I will sometimes have to leave the room or change the channel.

4. I'm very interested in the 16th century history and I'm always thinking of what I'd be doing if it was 1516 in Venice or 1534 at the Spanish court. If you asked me to give you the genealogical background of an royal figure, I could probably draw out the family tree, and even tell you how interrelated their descendants were (especially the Hapsburgs). I'm always having certain years floating around in my mind. 1500s to 1560s pop up very frequently; 1570s to 1580s less often and the 1590s very rarely show up in my mind.

5. I will dream of something and years later everything happens exactly as I had dreamed. Most of the time I will forget what I've dreamed, and then when that event occurs I will almost instantly remember that I've dreamed of this. I may be psychic, but I don't put much stock in it.

6. I can go for a long time without eating sweet food, and then have moments where I just have to have something sweet to eat every day, whether it's a bit of dark chocolate, or an eclair. I've even been known to nibble on bits of brown sugar if I can't find any candy or such in my house.

September 13, 2006

The Knit-Geek Questionnaire

1. What's your worst habit relating to your knitting?

Startitis. letting projects languish before eventually finishing.

2. In what specific ways does your knitting make you a better person?

Well. Being patient and not afraid to make mistakes because one learns from these.

3. How might you or your life be different if you were suddenly unable to knit?

Going stir crazy?

4. If money were no object, what one yarn, and what one tool or gadget would you run out and buy first?

A clock winder with a counter. I really hate counting all those strands after I've wound my handspun yarn on a niddy noddy because you have to work so hard not to lose concentration. Try doing this at night while your loved one is watching tv and making comments to you about this or that. (Being deaf, I have to look over to Hubby to see what he is saying, thus taking my eye of the skein.)

5. What knitting technique or project type are you most afraid of (if any)? What, specifically, do you fear will happen when you try it?

Intarsia. It looks too fiddly to me and I don't relish the thought of sewing in all those loose ends. Kaffe Fassett designs are truly beautiful, but I very much enjoy admiring at other folk's work and applauding their patience at sewing in the ends.

6. Who is/are your knitting hero(es), and why?

Elizabeth Zimmermann, for her rallying call to the knitters. Meg Swansen, for continuing her mother's work and being innovative. They both gave you the freedom to deviate from the path.

7. Do you consider knitting, for you personally, a mostly social activity, or a mostly solitary activity?

Currently, it's a solitary activity, for the most part. I don't really have a favorite LYS anymore. Yarns International closed their store front during this past summer, and even before then I'd gone their irregularly because I was busy with work and life. Still haven't found one that I can feel comfortable with (there's one that is just under half hour drive from here but I just don't at home there). I used to belong to a knitting group that met once a month. Life happens, though, and the regulars no longer meet. I tried to start a group to meet at Barnes & Nobles which is just about a minute or two from here but it didn't work out. That's one of the things that I miss - being with other knitters and getting to admire their works.

8. Is there a particular regional tradition in knitting that you feel strongly drawn toward (e.g., Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Celtic, Orenburg lace)? Any theories as to why it calls to you?

Fair Isle. It's the color play that draws me. I love color and pattern and Fair Isle blends these beautifully. Note that I'm talking about Fair Isle as in Shetland Islands.

9. If you were a yarn, which yarn would you be?

I guess it would have to be Shetland Spindthrift (and Jamieson & Smith yarn too). So many colors to chose from.

10. Some statistics:

(a) How many years have passed since you FIRST learned to knit?

I believe officially it is 12 years. Unofficially, it must have been over 30 years - I learned to cast on, knit a row, but couldn't move beyond that because I didn't have any knitting mentor to encourage me to move beyond.

(b) How many total years have you been actively, regularly knitting (i.e., they don't have to have been in a row)?

Lets see . . . 12 years. Ever since I took that class at that long-departed store in College Park, MD.

(c) how many people have you taught to knit?

I know I've taught a few to knit, but I'm not sure of the total.

(d) Roughly what percentage of your FOs do you give away (to anyone besides yourself, i.e., including your immediate family)

About 10 percent. Mostly to my mother (because I know she'll appreciate it).

11. How often do you KIP (knit in public)? i.e., once a week, once a month, etc. Where do you do it?

I do it all the time. Usually I will have at least one project with me when I'm out with Hubby and driving somewhere. I like to keep it handy for those conversations when there will be dead silence and when I will not be able to understand what people are saying. Of course, I don't knit in settings where it's not appropriate to do so.

12. If a genie granted you one hour to stitch-n-bitch with any one knitter, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

Hmm . . . Elizabeth Zimmermann. She had such a way with words and I would have loved to learn more about her background. I'd have to have an sign language interpreter with me, though.

13. What aspect or task in knitting makes you most impatient?

Sewing up the pieces. Measuring the gauge, because I always have a hard time counting the stitches - when I focus on the swatch, the stitches just blend into each other.

14. What is it about knitting that never lets you get bored with it?

Watching the pattern take shape in reality.

15. Describe how and where you most often do your knitting - where do you sit, what is going on around you, what tools do you use and how are they (dis)organized?

Hard to say. I guess I'm frequently found knitting while seated on my bed. It's the largest space that is soft enough to get reasonably comfy (although the bed really needs a new mattress). I will usually have my laptop on my side, along with my pattern that I'm working with. I've got my tape measurement residing on my night table, and my knitting books within close reach. Needless to say, it's not quite organized. Someday in our dream house (which will be built thanks to the multi-million lottery that we will win one day) I will have a fiber studio, with a nice, comfy chaise with a generous table next to it, along with an Ott-Light lamp.

16. Which one person is the recipient of more of your knitting than any other?

Me, of course.

17. What's the oddest thing about your knitting, or yourself as a knitter?

I can knit two colors on my right hand. Usually instructions will have you use both hands, one color for each hand. Or they tell you to knit Continental, but I've never gotten that technique down pat

18. What do you see yourself knitting - if anything - twenty years from now?

More of the same.

19. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only ONE SKEIN of yarn, which yarn would it be and what would you do with it?

Boy, that's a hard question. I think I'd go with Brown Sheep Nature Spun worsted, and make myself a pair of socks.

20. If you were allowed to own only one knitting-related book, which would it be? (you'd be free to browse others, but you couldn't keep them)

Umm, do I really have to answer the question? Hubby's looking at me as if he's trying to make a point . . .

21. Is knitting the new yoga? Why or why not?

Yoga? Well, I don't do yoga. I'll have to say, however, that knitting gives me an opportunity to think about different things quitely.

22. What important thing are you trying to put off doing whenever you knit?

Finishing off something that really needs to be finished off, such as cleaning, but which I really don't want to be bothered with.

Now . . . how about you?

January 15, 2006

There's a meme, multiplied by 4 times going around. Here's a little bit more about what I'm all about . . .

Four jobs you have had in your life:

  1. Clerk-Typist
  2. Copy Editor
  3. Web Designer
  4. Programmer/Analyst

4 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:

  1. A Room With a View (I love costume movies, and the costumes are exquisite)
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (especially as the light went on and the movie projector cut out just about 5 to 10 minutes before the end of the movie)
  3. Any Poirot movie with David Suchet as Hercule Poirot (I know, that's more than 4 movies. But, really, David Suchet best personifies the Hercule Poirot character)
  4. Umm . . . still thinking about this.

4 Places You Have Lived:

  1. Lanham, MD
  2. College Park, MD (when I went to college)
  3. Back to Lanham, MD
  4. And finally, Bowie, MD

4 TV Shows You Love To Watch:

  1. Star Trek: Enterprise (until Berman & Braga went and ruined it all by not giving the Trip/T'Pol relationship the attention it deserved)
  2. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (love this one - it's a positive reality show that actually helps change people's lives for the better)
  3. Amazing Race (yeah, I know it's a reality show, but it's really interesting to see the reactions of the natives to what all those nutty Americans running around with that wild look in their eyes are doing)
  4. 24 . . . Yeah! One of the few good dramas left on tv. Hubby is a big fan of this show and he always tapes it when it comes on.

4 Places You Have Been On Vacation:

  1. Poznan, Chestochowa and Warsaw, Poland
  2. Mainz, Germany
  3. Sacramento, CA
  4. Grand Canyon (when one summer we joined my grandmother's traveling club for that across-the-country bus tour)

And that's to name just a few places.

4 Websites You Visit Daily:

  1. Instapundit
  2. Roger L. Simon
  3. Fox News
  4. Macintouch

4 Of Your Favorite Foods:

  1. Rice
  2. Dark Chocolate
  3. Lamb
  4. Strawberries

Mmm . . . yeah . . . I looooove strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. Thank God for Godiva . .

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:

  1. Touring Russia with Hubby
  2. Touring Italy with Hubby
  3. Touring England with Hubby
  4. Touring Iran with Hubby (that will be when the nutty president with the long name is no longer in charge)

4 Bloggers You Are Tagging:

  1. Genia
  2. Dani
  3. Amanda
  4. Gina

I haven't done much knitting last week as I'm a bit stumped by the Jaywalker sock as I try to work out how the foot shaping will go. Hopefully I'll get back into the groove. And now that I've got my resume updated in a better format and updated it on monster.com (tomorrow I'll be updating it on my blogspot account), I'm going to get more aggressive and see what I can find out there.

January 7, 2006

Have you ever...?

Smoked a cigar: No . . . I can't stand the taste of burning tobacco in my mouth. Tried a cig as a teenager and it permanently stopped me from being a smoker. I love the smell of pipe smoke, though - reminds me of Grandfather Lee.
Crashed a friend's car: No
Stolen a car: No
Been in love: Yes, since 1998
Been dumped: Nope.
Dumped someone: Nope.
Taken shots of alcohol: Yes. One shot is enough to go over the edge so I don't indulge in this very often.
Been fired: Yes
Been in a fist fight: No
Snuck out of a/your house: No. I was too much of Miss Goody-Goody to do so.
Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back: Yes, oh yes, too many times! Unrequited love sucks . . .
Been arrested: No
Made out with a stranger: Technically, no
Gone on a blind date: Yes. What a disaster.
Lied to a friend: I don't think so . . .
Had a crush on a teacher: Yes
Seen someone die: No
Been on a plane: Yes
Thrown up in a bar: No
Miss someone right now: Yes
Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by: Yes
Made a snow angel: Yes
Played dress up: Yes
Cheated while playing a game: Yes
Been lonely: Yes
Fallen asleep at work/school: In school, yes. Droning teacher and sign language interpreter in a dimly-lighted room is sure to make me very, very sleepy.
Used a fake id: No
Felt an earthquake: Not that I know of.
Touched a snake: Ewwwwww . . .
Run a red light: Yes. But honestly, the light was yellow; the timing device must have malfunctioned!
Had detention: Yes, I think so. Fortunately, this was a very rare occasion.
Been in a car accident: Yes
Hated the way you look: Yes
Been lost: Sometimes
Been to the opposite side of the country: Yes
Felt like dying: Yes
Cried yourself to sleep: Yes
Played cops and robbers: Yes
Karaoke: No. Who wants to hear me sing off-key?
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't: Yes
Laughed till some kind of beverage came out of your nose: I think so, when I was a kid.
Caught a snowflake on your tongue: Yes
Kissed in the rain: Yes
Sang in the shower: No. Why sing in the shower if I can't wear my hearing aids there?
Made love in a park: Nope
Had a dream that you married someone: Yes
Glued your hand to something: No
Got your tongue stuck to a flag pole: No
Worn the opposite sex's clothes: No. It would be too big for me anyway.
Been a cheerleader: No
Sat on a roof top: No - I'm not that crazy.
Talked on the phone all night: No
Ever too scared to watch scary movies alone: Yes
Played chicken fight: No
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on: No
Been told you're hot by a complete stranger: Yes, sorta. I remember one time I was at Bethesda metro station, departing the station and as I went up the escalator to the exit booths, there was this sharply-dressed gentleman who looked to be of Italian descent, and he blew a kiss at me. At least, I think that's what he was doing. I was so startled I just had to look behind me to see if there was a woman who was more fashionably dressed than me.
Broken a bone: No.
Dipped snuff: No. I reiterate my abhorrence for tobacco stuff.
Lived overseas: Unfortunately, no.
Ever passed out/fainted: Yes.

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