Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Night I Crashed Your Party....

1. I believe whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Yeah, its the "standard" answer, but its true!

2. If you're good at something, you should do it if you enjoy it.

3. Why so many people are stupid enough to fall for you-know-who's "I'm for change" BS is beyond me......

4. Something is out there, it's big and scary, with lots of teeth and hiding under YOUR bed.

5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled Crazy Eights.

6. Sitting on my back porch [if you don't have one, use your imagination] I see the ugly side of the fence my moron neighbor put up. I miss the old neighbors that were NICE.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening finishing up my final blocks for the NYOBE on Ravelry, tomorrow my plans include Game Night, most likely and Sunday, I want to relax some more and visit with friends!
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hey... yesterday was Friday!!

1. If I could be a fly on the wall I would try to avoid flypaper.

2. Jealousy is a very ugly feeling and should be avoided.

3. When I see a shooting star my wish would be that I wouldn't have to worry about money, not be filthy rich, but no worries.

4. I'd rather be Right than Politically Correct any day!

5. Certain songs when I hear them make me wanna shoot out the speakers of the morons thumping that cRap down my street!

6. If time were in a bottle I'd knock back a six pack!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight last night I’m looking forward to I crocheted afghan blocks for a swap, tomorrow today my plans included Village Day in Osterville & Game Night @ Borders and Sunday, I want to have a blast at Tsunami being held @ Dowse's Beach @ 5pm!
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

OOOhhh! Yay for Packages!!

I received my first SP12 package today!! I was so excited!!

I was unable to take a picture of the upopened box due to...umm.. circumstances that were... uhh.... Okay, nevermind!! Couldn't take a pic because I tore into the box like a rabid dog!! :D

First I found a lovely note:


Underneath the note was a mysterious & pretty case!

Under the case was a really cool pattern!! Actually, its 3 patterns in one! The ZigBagZ Mini Collection with patterns for a BottleZig (half liter size), SportZig (large water bottle size) and BabyZig (small purse suitable for wallet, keys & cell)!!!


Inside the case were MORE goodies!!

A skein of Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted yarn (75% wool, 25% alpaca) in Bud Green and a skein of Noro Kureyon (100% wool) in Color 166. There was also a really cool, handmade button to match the yarns, which leads me to believe I would best be suited to making the BabyZig purse!! :) I could also be heard miles away exclaiming gleefully, "My book, my book!!! I really, really wanted this!!!", upon finding Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Things I Learned from Knitting whether I wanted to or not!!!!!!!!!!! I just love the Yarn Harlot!!

Here is a closer look at the funky, cool button, too:

Thank you so much, Secret Pal!!! This is my first SP, so I'm wicked excited!!! Oh, and she has been sending me the cutest Hallmark e-cards, too! :)

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Boy I Need to Think of Clever Titles for Friday Fill-ins!

1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a home of my own. Doesn't look like a reality anytime soon unless someone nominates us for one of "those" shows. *sigh*
2. Bob's Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon is the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.
3. I never leave home without my wallet/clutch and my knitting bag.
4. If I were a condiment, I would be salsa because I'm hot & spicy! LOL! Okay, not really, but it sounded good. But I love the way the word sounds. Come on... say it... SALSA...ahhh! :).
5. "Yo-Boy" or "gangsta" speech and writing, any ignorant writing really (u no wut i meen?) is really high up on my list of pet peeves. Not the innocently ignorant writing of the VERY young, but anyone middle school age and older shouldn't be speaking or writing like a moron.
6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was "I'll just get Michael to sleep, then I can do some knitting....zzzzzzzzz".
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my Goddess Knits Shawl now that I found my beading hook, tomorrow my plans include more laundry now that we replaced the leaking hose and Sunday, I want to enjoy a bbq at Ruthanne's!
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

SP 12 QOTW #5

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
Hmmm.... since we vacation so little, its hard to say I have a 'favorite' place. But I do love going almost anywhere camping.

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
Just one? Tough question.... but I guess I'd love to visit Wisconsin. Yep... Wisconsin. LOL! I'd love to be able to meet and visit with my dear online friend Tracie. We met on a mothers' board while pregnant with our March 2005 babies.While in Wisconsin my family could visit some of the awesome water parks in the Wisconsin Dells that Tracie told me about. THAT would be a blast! :)
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The "Opium Den" of Swapping......

I found out about Swap-bot! Oh Dear Lord!! I'm giddy with excitement, trembling with anticipation and teetering on dread. It will be a fine line between having a blast and getting in over my head. I'm a bit of a swap addict (as you may have noticed). Swap-bot has swaps for every imaginable item/theme/genre you can think of!! Postcards, thrift store finds, vintage buttons, recipes, KNITTING, YARN!!!! So far I've been very good. I've only joined 2 swaps and I REFUSE to even use the "Find Swaps" button until those two are over. Very simple ones. One is for a handknit/crocheted baby bib and the other is for a kid's August birthday swap. I joined that one to get a nice birthday package for Sarah.

So, if you have a hankering to swap 'whimsy' jars, stickers, Harry Potter stuff, etc......

Join Swap-bot!!

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

What is Wrong With People?

Why would you sign up for a swap that you don't intend on keeping your commitment to? I can understand when people have something come up health or money related. But that's not what I'm talking about.

I'm talking about someone who receives items in a swap, but does not thank anyone or keep up their end and send anything. Specifically what has set my teeth on edge is the Great Bootie Swap I participated in on Ravelry. Participants were split into groups based on how many pairs of baby booties they were willing to make. I ended up in a group with 3 other ladies, so needed to make 3 pairs of booties and mail a pair to each of them. You also included another baby gift, bought or made, worth about $5.00. I selected some cute baby photo albums. Anyway.... I mailed out my 3 packages. I received two great packages from NWKnitterMama and KnitIdiot. Nothing from amandamay83. I have delivery confirmation from all 3, but amandamay83 has not posted a thank you on the Ravelry group, sent a thank you via pm or regular email NOR has she sent any one of us a package in return, as she signed up to do.

At first I thought perhaps something had happened to her, but she appears to be alive, well & thriving according to her blog posts. So, I sent her a pm on Ravelry. No reply. Went to her blog and left the following comment on THIS post:

Hi Amanda,

I just noticed, after sending you a message on Ravelry, that you haven't posted on there in some time. So, I figured I'd comment here instead. I just wanted to check and see that you indeed had my package. Delivery confirmation shows it was delivered on Wed, June 25th. Hope you like the booties.

BTW... regarding ground beef... where do you find 70/30?? I can't find it where I live. I would buy it because after I brown ground beef, I rinse it with hot water in a colander. It takes even more fat away, then you can return it to the pan.
~Dee

No contact in return. I waited a few days. On July 1 I sent the following email to her:

Hi Amanda,

I've sent you a message on Ravelry and posted a comment to your blog about the bootie swap package that I know you received from me. I have delivery confirmation. At first I was concerned that you may have fallen on hard times or were ill, but I see you updating your blog almost daily. I worked hard on making those booties for you and I'm really saddened and disappointed that you haven't bothered to even acknowledge receipt of the package. Heck, if you didn't like what I sent, even an "I got it but didn't like anything" message would be better than total silence. Reading your blog, you seem to be a good person, with strong family values, so I fail to understand this lapse in manners. :(


Thanks for your time,

Dee (madcraftermom on Ravelry)


Once again, no response. Thinking perhaps she doesn't check the email address she used to sign up for this swap, I decided to copy & paste that exact email as another blog comment on THIS post. I looked today and my comment wasn't there. So, she took the time to read & delete it, but STILL has the audacity to ignore her obligation to ALL parties involved in this swap. Honestly, it isn't even about the friggin' booties!! Its about basic human decency. She talks about being frugal on her blog a lot.... perhaps STEALING handmade items from well-intentioned people is her idea of frugality? How can someone like this even look at herself in the mirror everyday?

So, thank you so much,
AMANDA LIMOGES OF YANKTON, SD
for my first EVER (and hopefully last) BAD SWAPPER experience.


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Friday, July 04, 2008

TGIF!

1. Holidays in the summer are somewhat lacking, aside from July 4th.
2. Teriyaki steak tips are my favorite things to grill.
3. My thoughts are are often jumbled and confused, but I pray for clarity often.
4. Bob having a 3 day weekend is what I'm most looking forward to this weekend!
5. My favorite book so far this summer is the Bible, especially since I haven't read any others recently :).
6. COFFEE is the best ONLY way to begin a day.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to wonderful friends over for a bbq, tomorrow my plans include a dump run and working on my Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl Along and Sunday, I want to work on Michael's new room and the laundry room!
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

SP 12 QOTW #4

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?
I'm not sure that its a question of my stash being "complete" with a particular yarn, since I feel it will never be "complete". But I would absolutely LOVE to work with some Handmaiden Sea Silk yarn.

2) What yarn do you never want to be without?
If I had to choose one fiber to never be without, it would have to be 100% wool. Can be used for felted or non-felted projects. Its warm, its insulating, its absorbent (for diaper covers) and the color varieties are endless.
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