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

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Name: Cyndilou :)
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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Well, THAT's irritating...

Humph. Darn Interweave Press, anyway. The pattern that was the entire reason I purchased Wrap Style is now available as a free pattern on their website.

Okay, so it wasn't the entire reason -- I do have a 3-pattern rule (has to be at least 3 patterns I want to make in a book/mag before I buy it). Still. Humph.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

What I've been up to...

...this weekend, I discovered that I am no longer half my age. Heh. Well, really, I knew that I'd have a hard time keeping up with the high school students who went on the Glorybound trip. We had a really good time, though. Between all the stories and Bible lessons and mischief (mainly on the part of the aforementioned teenagers), I think the kids all grew quite a bit closer together, and I got to spend some time with some of the youth that I don't often get to as part of my Sunday School kids.

Caedmon's Call was the worship band, and I would just like to note that they were AWESOME! This is a band I've enjoyed for a few years, and I was excited to see they were headlining the conference.


...and yes, on the trip down I got some knitting done. I redid the portion of the popcorn scarf that I had torn out completely last weekend at V's.

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving as well - L and her sister (and roommate) were kind enough to have me over for the meal. We ate, we drank, we watched silly movies, we knit --- it was great. I actually finished a project, too: a scarf made from Squiggle and Faure in shades of red and orange. Nice and fluffly and wild, and eventually I'll get a picture added to my photo album.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Crimenently, Trigger.

You know, shredding carrots was so much easier before I developed Carpal Tunnel. Sigh - only one more cup to go. :D

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! :D
(...and to my friends outside the US -- happy unbirthday, take the day off and have a margarita! :D )

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

So it only took me eight months to do this meme

Mindy posted a meme back in March that I clipped for my Bloglines folder...I guess it's finally time to clean some of those out. :D

So, without further ado, 10 Things I've Done that You Probably Haven't
  1. Hiked Mount Bonnell barefoot.

  2. Gone backstage at a Monkees concert.

  3. Stood in a hailstorm while watching a concert at Red Rocks.

  4. Gone spelunking.

  5. Helped organize and run a national gathering for LSF.

  6. Handled boa constrictors and other non-poisonous snakes. And liked it.

  7. Sang songs from The Sound of Music at various locations in Salzburg.And got applauded by the locals. (Hey, the Mirabellgarten was just that inspiring after dark!)

  8. Performed in the Sangerhalle in Mad King Luddie's Castle.

  9. Visited Mozart's grave.

  10. Slept with 3000 people. For 3 years.


So, that's my list. Of course, some of it is probably not as exciting to some (and some may make you wonder about me...heh) but I enjoyed almost everything about those experiences. Now I have a sudden urge to spend the rest of the afternoon playing with my photo collections.

Monday, November 21, 2005

It's all geek to me

Geek novels - seen via Julie, who saw it on the Guardian.

I noticed that I am quite behind on reading these, which is odd, since I read a lot and I love sci-fi/fantasy. Eh, granted several of them are geek non-fiction. Well, the ones I've read are bolded.

1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert (well, read half of it, anyway)
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

How to Make Dinner for a Month Without Really Trying

...or, one hour and at least 12 meals later...

Tonight a co-worker and I checked out Super Suppers. You pay for the number of meals you want (each one serves four to six - or more - and can be split up into halves; the two of us split a six-pack) and assemble the prepared ingredients at workstations set up with directions and everything you need. In an hour, we'd both made six half-pans of three different menu choices and shared the ones we wanted. Then we were done! If this food tastes half as good as everything did while preparing it, I'll be in heaven for the rest of the month. This will also encourage me to eat at home more rather than snagging fast food on the go.

In knitting news (oh yes, I have been knitting) I have a bunch of pictures to share...except I have to find the roll of film to develop most of them. BUT I do have one photo taken on my digital camera (gotta remember to keep the small one in my purse). This is a hat and bootie set I started at the end of September, finishing the socks mid-October. The patterns are mine, done on the fly, and the yarn is Omega Sinfonia.

Cute, no?


I took quite a lot of photos at the UT versusslaughtered Kansas game on Saturday, and I'll get them up on my photoblog sometime this week. Maybe. I promise. :)

Oh...and since it seemed kind of fun - feel free to Frappr your spot for me. :)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Trying to keep up

Been a little hectic with life around here lately... but that happens, I suppose.

Interestingly enough (and something that I predicted), Travis County voted down Prop 2, but the rest of the state of Texas voted for it by a large margin. I had to think hard on this one (for those non-Texans out there, Proposition 2 was the one defining marriage as being between one man and one woman) - but after a lot of consideration I made a decision. On the other hand, that ballot item alone was enough to get a lot of people out to the polls who wouldn't normally vote -- and me as well; I like to vote and feel it is my civic duty, but I usually forget about it until it is too late.