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So I am trying to learn how to put pics on. to do this I need to upload pics onto another website and then send them here. I tried to do this once before when I wanted to show everyone the color of the yarn I am using for the baby sweater for jean. well here it is:

the real color is 209, and when i hold it up to my screen it looks like 309. so this is what the color of the sweater looks like. i only have to make the arms and sew it up. i decided to make the arms at the same time so that they are the same length.

i finished darci's purse this weekend. it felted up really well. i am going to take a pic and try to make it my first pic on my blog. hopefully by tomorrow night with some tech help from my friends this thing will finally be a working blog. :)

i did buy some yarn this weekend. i bought some lion brand yarn. i have never thought that lion brand was a nice yarn and generally when i have felt it in the store thought it felt like i was touching plastic bags. but as i was looking (with dani on the phone) for some yarn for her baby's baptism outfit i casually dipped my hand into some Micro Spun "lily white" this stuff is like sinking your hand into your favorite silk shirt. (okay i'll admit it. in the 80s i had 3 favorite silk shirts. red, purple and yellow. they all self destructed last year. they were marvelous) the pic of course does not do it justice. the color is basic white (french vanilla was too yellow-y) so we went with basic white. it is a baptism outfit. hopefully it will be lovely.

what did you do for valentine's? Sue and I went to a beach house and spent the weekend pampering each other. watching movies: shakespeare in love and hamlet. making good food: filet mignon and asparagus with baked potatoes and red wine. giving each other gifts and cards: i got a gift cert for a yarn store!! she got tix to the flower show in march. and generally being silly. we walked on the beach and gave each other foot massages with bath and bodyworks products. we drank champagne and ate strawberries in chocolate. it was really lovely and i am so glad we did it.
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Afternoon folks!

I got to watch Spongebob last nite for the first time in what felt like a million years. It really does make me feel better, altho I know many of you wonder where my brain must go for the bit of time I watch it. Last year, when I was in the depths of my depression, for some reason, Spongebob was the only thing that made me feel good. When I had the Tivo, I would have it tape the Spongebobs all day long. Not long after I saw an article in tv guide regarding the "best shows to improve your mental health and mental outlook" and Spongebob was right up near the top. So somehow, I knew it was helping me feel better... And now the occassional Spongebob is just plain fun. Really I just love Gary and Patrick, but don't tell anyone.

ANYWAY! The whole reason I got to watch it is kinda funny. Just don't read if you get squeamish, ok? When I got this new apt, poor and all, the landlord told me that it got cable. She said it was part of the apt price and not to worry about it. When I moved in I was too tired to care. When I plugged it in I did get *something* like cable. But wacky cable indeed. The 3 major affiliates, msnbc, the weather channel, the history channel, disney and the movie channel. HUH?? half of those are pay cable around here, the other half are standard cable. (more what I was expecting.) About a month ago I came home to my poor Sue frantically scrabbling behind the tv with snow on the channel and a sheepish look. "um, well. the cat puked on the remote and I cleaned it off, but I hit some switches and the tv went to snow and well so I unhooked the tv and I can't get any cable anymore" Which, while I am not the biggest tv fan, was sad, b'c I am still a huge today show junkie. It wakes me up, I find out some news and weather and I set off for my day (and that DREAMY anne curry. *sigh*) SO i went to fiddling, wondering WHY on earth she unhooked it when it was only the remote. Couple of butch-like twiddles later and viola! but not the same channels!!! WHAT? now I get a whole BUNCH of channels.. the same 3 big affiliates, still weather channel and msnbc, but now (if I can remember cos it is still too new and I am not a big surfer/watcher) Discovery, abc family (whatever..), nick, fox, some of the homeshopping (which I detest) and a few others i can't remember. Sadly gone is the history channel and the movie channel which helped quite a bit when there was NOTHING on tv, you could always find some old movie with a famous old b/w movie star and watch it.

But that is why I watched SB SP last nite, and then went over to discovery channel and saw monster garage and american choppers. (which reminds me that my little knitting hobby is MILD. MILD I tell you compared to what these guys do to their houses and their cars and motorcycles.) One guy has BUILT his OWN monster garage with a heated floor. I bet that wife gets to spend money on whatever she wants, cause she can always point to the garage and say she will never ring up a tab like that. UGH!

In knitting news: I did knit on 2 purses this weekend. One I am designing and really just not feeling it right now. The colors are beautiful (it is Noro yarn), but I wish it looked a little different. And the other is my standard pattern: knit a tube, seam it, gusset it and felt it. But the big thing I did was to make a knitting journal (like this, but without the extra commentary) and put pics and scraps of yarn and yarn ball guards in it. I have knit 15 items this year, with only Sue's sweater being the UFO (unfinished object for you out there in non-knit land) I have only to make the arm ribbings and the v-neck ribbing. I was taught how last wednesday, but it is a lengthy process I was not in the mood for this weekend.

We did see R & D this weekend for our game nite. Lots of fun. We played my new xmas present: Series of Unfortunate Events game and it was awesome. We beat Sue 2xs. She was not pleased. And she does do Count Olaf's voice so well. And watched an Affair to Remember with them. Cary Grant was quite good, so was Deborah Kerr. Lots of fun for an oldie, and we rented it from the library for FREE!

And for those of you who made it this far. I have made myself a promise. Sue and I will get pics on this website. It might not be tomorrow, but it will be before spring. OK?
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so we are starting to settle down here on Spruce St. We got in on Tuesday afternoon, called the appropriate family members and friends who were worried. Checked with the cat sitter that Lehnen had not destroyed her house and went to bed. Neither of us were tired, but we thought that an early start the next day might be in our best interests. Sue's boss gave her the day off, thinking that she might need a day to recoup. We used it to get errands done and laundry too. I went to work and received the pile known as end of the year annual updates. In fact there were so many they moved them to an empty desk to fill it up and not completely scare me (in fact if I turn just right I can't see them and therefore they don't exist, right?) I started on them immediately, but as with anoyone who has been away for awhile, everyone stopped buy to chat a few times during the day. Since I have so many updates I am guaranteed some overtime the next few weeks. Actually if things go as they normally will, I'll probably catch up in the summer. The thing about mail and books, they keep coming in.

Dan had his birthday and I got him some chocolates that looked like the simpsons. he loves them and i wanted to get him something he would like. I got most of my folks postcards. sue got her folks some nice presents. her dad gets the fly fishing flies and her mom gets soap and tea. my sisters will get marmalade. and my mom will get something from the queen's gallery shop. sue and i got each other mainly the trip altho we did find a shop that had loose gemstones for a decent price. so we got some to make into necklaces or rings to remind us of our trip. we will have to wait to do that though as right now we are both tapped out.

i haven't knit anything. i have tried but it wasn't quite right so i frogged. for several reasons actually. i thought the needle size was too big but then i noticed it was already starting to mobius. that is what i get for starting it on a bed in a hotel... i bought some really nice yarns in london but i'm waiting until i get the things i have in my head out a bit. plus i need to start working on the baby things. yes the baby things. i have 4 friends having babies at the same time. and i need to get some knitting done for them. plus i have the mousies to do.. little catnip mousies. i never have enought time for myself. and yesterday i completely slacked and read a book when i got home. i finshed the book today at lunch but now i feel like i'm falling behind.

i've started to jog. i promised myself that if i can do this jogging thing and get my stamina up then i'll sign up for a triatholon with my friends sharon and john. i started yesterday. i want to job tomorrow too but we leave to goto the poconos to pick up sue's car. her car had a slight problem the day we were supposed to leave for london. the window switch broke. in the down position. we couldn't drive it home and leave the thing open for 2 weeks while we would be gone. not in the city (an personally not anywhere) so we left it up there and supposedly it is fixed. we have to rent a car to go get it, but we need it back. poor sue and her driving every day. i miss the public transit of london for her. she deserves better than living so far from work.

so tomorrow, up bright and early and on to her folks. i'll try to finish the lining on the purse and hopefully get that given to her mom. i wish it was done already. i don't really feel like doing anything but sleeping again. i think that i was really refreshed the first few days back, but the thoughts of all my things i want to do and the type of time i know i have to do them wears me out mentally. talking to cassandra today reminded me that i need to find some quiet again in my life. in london i think spending time with sue was great. we found that quiet time. but when you go back to your life at home things crowd in begging to be taken care of and you can lose it. somewhere i need to find it and hold onto its tail. maybe it will drag me out of this.

happy new year everyone!

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