...the absent-minded ramblings of a sometime diva, hyperactive yarn ya-ya.

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Name: Cyndilou :)
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Progress, feet, and a little steam

I've gotten to about 4 inches of material on my birthday cake shawl -- I'd have pictures if I could remember to go pick up more batteries for the camera. :D I've also started on V's capelet (ok, it wasn't in the original rotation, but she's going to help me clean in return for making it for her -- fair trade).

In the good news department, I don't have plantar's fasciitis or even a stress fracture in my foot. Apparently the pain is all in the muscles and ligaments and is from overuse or possibly an old sprain. Feet - can't walk on 'em, can't walk without 'em. *wry grin*

Here comes the steam: our choral director can be so inconsiderate sometimes!!! Argh, argh, argh. At least once during a series of rehearsals, he'll have the women stay longer one session and the men stay longer another (meaning the other group gets out early for a change). Last week he let the men out over an hour early. Last night, the women got 20 minutes. 20 minutes! At least two women that I know of had their plans for after rehearsal fall through because they were almost an hour later getting out of there. Add to that the fact that he never properly warms the sopranos up... We were a bit upset - and apparently I am still a bit steamed this morning. Every rehearsal I have makes me realize more that this is probably the last season I do for this director. Thankfully both concerts I am singing for this group after this next one will be directed by the orchestra conductor (who is a joy to sing for) instead. Ok, rant over, you can come out now. :)

Here's to Tuesdays and a new start to the week (since Mondays always seem to give one what for...)! :D

Friday, September 24, 2004

If your knitting could talk...

...what would it say?

I'm afraid most of mine would gripe about being neglected in favor of other projects. I seriously need to rein in this start-itis I've developed. In the bag in my car alone I have: my grandmother's vest (almost finished with the back), two prayer shawls, my birthday-cake shawl, my football poncho (go 'horns!), the start of a Hallowig, and a 1/3rd-completed doily. I think that's all, anyway.

Knitting deadlines:
* Grandma's vest -- asap
* Jim's scarf -- asap
* Birthday-cake shawl -- Oct 12th, but less urgent
* Hallowig -- Oct 29th

So, now that I've set some priorities, let's see how quickly I can get a few of these knocked out. :)

Monday, September 20, 2004

Cakey goodness

Lisa (and the pups :) wondered whether I bought my birthday cake yet...and the answer is abso-smurf-ly! :D I ended up with the Toasted Coconut Cake, which I think will coordinate with more things in the end than Raspberry Royale. No the trick will be whether I can finish it before my actual birthday. *grin*

Not to be out-done by my own start-itis, I've also joined the:

Wig out!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Monty Python and a teensy bit of capitalism

For some reason, the song "Sit on My Face" keeps reverberating through my head this morning. Ah, well...

The "teensy bit of capitalism"? Call it my attempt to help the economy. :D Actually, I might not even make the purchase today, but I've been eyeing a particular cake box of yarn as a birthday present for myself - I just have to decide whether I want the pink or the cream colorway more.

Speaking of birthdays, happy early birthday to my favorite nephew! Congratulations, you're officially a teenager. :)

Now it's off to run some errands before I meet some friends for coffee and perhaps a little bit of craftiness... Ciao!

Thursday, September 16, 2004


Yum, what a great evening!

I finally got to meet Lisa, and Chelsea as well...and Susan and Karen were there, too, with their friend Steve. :D We met up at HCW and shopped a bit, then headed on over to Casa de Luz for a fabulous macrobiotic meal. I am almost ashamed to say that in 12+ years of living in Austin, I'd never dined at this fine establishment (okay, okay, so I'm too much of a meat and potatoes gal for my friends to think I'd like it) but the food was very yummy!

I wish I had some pics to share, but my camera batteries died - hopefuly one of the other gals will have some pics up on their site soon. It was a blast, and we should definitely do this more often!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The great Austin Knit-together...

Hm, looks like tomorrow I get to meet some knit'n'blog neighbors that live in the area (and a visitor as well!)... A few I know, and a few I haven't met yet, so it oughta be fun! :D

...until tomorrow, then...

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Go, 'Horns, go!

What could be more enjoyable than a night of knitting and football? Ok, well the knitting was good, and at least we won the game, right?

On the knitting front, I decided to start a football project -- an easy mindless item that I could easily work on while glued to the game. I ended up starting a turkish-stitch poncho in burnt orange and white (go UT!) and got quite a bit accomplished even though the game did get a bit hairy.

On the game front, can we PLEASE have a quarterback who doesn't think he can play any position? We want Chance! Vincent Young's passing game is just pitiful. Heck, his running game isn't always that great either. ...and what's with all the false starts? Get it together, guys, before the penalties cost us the game! Good job to Cedrick on the rushing yardage, and prayers for quick healing to Selvin and the other injured players. Let's get this party started!

Day of Remembrance

---Just a moment of silence to remember...---

Peace and love, y'all.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Der Urlaub ist vorbei.

Yes, the vacation is over. I had a blast with some friends from college (and the fabulous win against UNT was certainly a good point, too!), and hopefully it won't be as long before we can all get together again.

I did get a bit of knitting done this weekend -- I'm now up to the fifth repeat on the back of the vest for my grandmother. It's going a bit slower than I like, but it's coming along.

...and now, to work...

Friday, September 03, 2004


Yay - finally Friday! Only a full day's worth of work before I can traipse off and meets osme friends from college... :D

I got in the buttons from ButtonDrawer yesterday, that I had ordered for my capelet. One is a fancy metal flower-sort of button, and the other is a Victorian-era shoe (also metal-look). Both are over an inch in size, but still not as large as I had envisioned for this project - I like the shoe, though, so if I have the chance tonight I'll pin it on and see whether it works.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Labor Day to those in the States! :D

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Workin' for the weekend...

Yup, there's a three day weekend coming up, and I can't seem to manage to sneak out of here any earlier than the end of my shift tomorrow. Curses on people who set up meetings in your last available time slot.

At least I'll be able to take part in a mini-reunion of some college friends, one of whom I haven't seen in a long time as she went abroad to the UK to work for a year and is now back in the States. Oddly enough, I think I'm the oldest member of this group - I used to always be the youngest in any group of friends...now I'm only the youngest about half the time. :)

Today is FIRST THURSDAY, so head on down to Hill Country Weavers to get great discounts on books, notions (including needles!) and basic wools. Even if you don't need yarn, wander South Congress and hear the live music, visit the street fair, eat hot dogs from HotDogMan... Heh. It's a blast, I promise!