Thursday, February 23, 2006

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged for this meme by Kim, so here it goes:

4 Jobs I've had in my life:
Assistant Archivist
Chemistry tutor
Chemistry researcher

4 Movies I can watch over and over:
4 Weddings and a Funeral
When Harry Met Sally
BBC 's Pride and Prejudice
The Last of the Mohicans

4 TV Shows I love to watch:
Grey's Anatomy
Sex and the City
What Not to Wear
While You Were Out

4 Places I have lived:
Springfield, IL
Iowa City, IA
Traverse City, MI
Duluth MN / Superior WI

4 Places I have been on holiday:
Denver, CO
Hendersonville, NC
Muenchen, Germany
Seattle, WA

4 of my favorite dishes:
Anything with Sweet Potatoes
Anything with Goat Cheese
Anything with Chocolate
My mom's almond coffeecake

4 Websites I visit daily:
Blogs on my side bar
Web Sudoku
Shabot6000 (this one is more weekly)

4 Places I would rather be right now:
Salt Lake City, UT
Duluth, MN
Chicago, IL
Salt Lake City, UT

4 Bloggers I am tagging:
Picasso Moon (b/c I'm a dork and can't think of anyone else with a blog who hasn't been tagged)

This makes me wonder what my dog's responses would be to this meme ...

4 Jobs I've had in my life:
Pillow/ Cuddler
Beer Bottle Engineer
Deer Chaser

4 Movies I can watch over and over:
I don't watch movies. I sit and watch the humans as they watch movies

4 TV Shows I love to watch:

4 Places I have lived:
Superior, WI

4 Places I have been on holiday:
Superior, WI (kennel time)
Duluth, MN (kennel time)
Gooseberry Falls, MN (hike)
Cable, WI (hike)

4 of my favorite dishes:
Cottage Cheese and Rice
Anything that falls to the floor

4 Websites I visit daily:
What's a website? Does it smell good?

4 Places I would rather be right now:
On Dad and Mom's bed
On the couch
On a walk
On top of a snowpile

4 Bloggers I am tagging:
What's a blogger? Is it food?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Knitting Olympics: Update Two

I'm now at a total of seventeen hours of knitting, and this far along:

At Spinner's Flock on Saturday I tried my hand at spinning for this first time, and my first little ball is shown below. Spinning was fun, and it was really great to stretch my mind and learn something new. I'm now in the market for a drop spindle and some fiber. I don't want to invest in a wheel quite yet. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good drop spindle (balanced, easy to use) in the $20-$30 range?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

My Funny Valentines

For Valentine's Day, the two loves of my life.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Knitting Olympics: Update One

I started the hourglass sweater during the opening ceramonies. It was very exciting to see that Stefania Belmondo, a nordic skiier got to light the stadium torch. I've been nordic skiing since I was seven years old, and it's my favorite sport. By Saturday evening after the opening ceremonies, Spinner's Flock, some Trading Spaces and Get Shorty I had knit for five hours and was this far along:

By Sunday evening I had knit for six hours through Saturday Night Fever, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives and Gray's Anatomy, giving me a total of eleven hours and six inches past the turing row of the hem:

Friday, February 03, 2006

Yarn Roses, Knitting Olymics and Snowy Walks

For Valentine's Day, I decided to buy myself a dozen roses:

Twelve skeins of Noro Cash Iroha for Last Minute Knitted Gifts' Hourglass sweater. The book was one of my Christmas presents, and I've checked out the corrections.

This sweater will be my event in the Knitting Olympics. I want to see if I can make a sweater in two weeks. And I might have a chance with this sweater. There's minimal finishing, and I can tell you from knitting the swatch that the yarn is addictive to knit. I also want to time myself. The pattern is in the more than eight hours section, but what does that mean?

And now one last post from Duluth. So what to do with such cute dogs? Take them on adventures. On my birthday we took a long walk around the neighborhood. The roads were salty and icy, so we put booties on them:
The dogs put up with them pretty well. When we first put them on they lifted their paws up really high as they walked. It was pretty funny. Darkstar lost all of them by the end, but all of Picasso's stayed on. At one point Picasso had enough and just sat down. I had to coax him along.

A few days later we had a snowstorm. B & I bundled up and walked the dogs through the deep snow at the park. Darkstar was in his element. He was always several feet ahead of B and I, while Picasso was back with us. I like this picture because it reminds me of a sled dog team. The dogs are part husky. Picasso again would just plop down anywhere when he got tired (that's what I'm assuming, but with dogs, who knows?). The lead dog would then have to stop, and his look in this picture seems to be saying, okay, let's go now. Note the snow on Picasso's back. B likes to throw snowballs at my dog. He says it cools the dog off.

One more picture of Picasso. We had to take a blow dryer to them when we got home to dry them off.