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

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Name: Cyndilou :)
Location: Texas, United States

Just a little piece of sunshine and rainbow set free to wreak happiness on the universe.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Anniversary and an arrrrrrgh

Well, I passed my 5 year bloggiversary this past weekend -- and of course, I was out of town. :D This marks 5 years since I learned to knit, although truthfully I didn't really learn to knit for a couple weeks after that.

The arrrrrrrrrrrgh is due to the fact that I made myself a nice dinner, got distracted and managed to spill it on the floor. Sigh. Oh well, ice cream for dinner.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Glad to be home

There is something to be said for sleeping in your own bed. We had a lovely time at the Victoria Bach Festival this weekend, but the rehearsal hours were very long and the sleep not so plentiful. :)

The performance last night went mostly well - a few hiccups of the type we get accustomed to (and wish would never happen, but life is not perfect, so why should we be surprised when a performance isn't?). More on the highs and lows later - now I have to finish getting ready for tonight's performance. I'd be just about done save for the fact that my nap was a little longer than planned.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Setting off for another adventure

...even though I'm not going too far. This weekend Conspirare is singing Mendelssohn's Elijah for the Victoria Bach Festival. I will be the one on the stool (hey, long recuperations from an injury need to have SOME benefits).

Yesterday was kind of a sucky day - lots of grey rainy weather, which meant all the idiot drivers were being bigger idiots. Coming back from lunch, the car in front of me took a turn too fast and spun out -- thankfully, my Fusion handled the turn just fine and I both avoided the idiot and made it through the turn just fine. Happily I think everyone else behind me also managed to avoid the spin out; at least, I didn't see any collision in my rear-view. Once we got back to the building I carefully stepped on the doormat to dry my shoes before continuing -- which other people had evidently not done, because once I stepped onto the tile I slipped, with one foot traveling a completely opposite direction from the other. Thankfully all I have left as a reminder of that is a slightly twisted knee, but that makes me more thankful that I get to use my stool for the concert.

The day ended well, mostly - Kathy's hubby was holding a happy hour for his business and I got invited via a mutual friend. Free drinks and appetizers can cure a lot of ills.

See you on the flipside.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Can you hear me now?

Stephanie made a very good point today. No matter how small or large your readership is, unless you've locked your blog from public access, it is still public.

Quite honestly, I have no idea how many of my family members read this blog. Or co-workers for that matter. (Any of y'all wanna speak up? :D). About half my knitting friends read (or at least know about) my blog, and one or two non-blog friends do. Now I'm kind of curious as to who really is reading -- for those who are new here, or that I don't know in RL, what prompted you to read this blog of all those available? (...and to the person looking for wild monkee sex, um, sorry. And learn to spell, unless 60-year-old former pop stars really turn you on. :D ).

In other news, how many times can you get worked half to death before you are just all dead? Isn't there some sort of law of diminishing returns in effect?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A new form of crack...

I finally broke down this week and bought a copy of Super Paper Mario. Hey, I had the cash from an award at work, so I didn't delve into savings for it. :D

Anyway, this game is a new form of crack, I swear. I think Sammi said it once before, too. In the past three days, I've played almost 10 hours on this game, and I'm not quite halfway through. Usually I am so busy that I don't have 10 hours in a weekend to spend, and I've managed to also get in two movies at the theater, so how in the heck did I manage it? Sleep isn't so important, I guess.

Ah well, there are a few more hours of daylight left before I have to think about going back to work again. Heh.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Way to go, Spurs!

That is all. :D

What we did last weekend


Shots
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
We had a lot of fun out on Lake Travis this past weekend. Lots of sun, water, and beverages. :D If you follow the link to the rest of my Flickr set, you'll see a bunch of silliness, like several of the guys' attempts to levitate.

Of course, had I known that my back is in better shape than I thought, I probably would have joined them. Granted, it's just as well that I was more circumspect. :) It was HOT here this past weekend (heck, it still is) and jumping into the lake is one fabulous way to cool off. I did get into the water for a while, but by sliding off the back of the barge, not by jumping off the upper deck. I had originally planned to stay on the boat the whole time, and I had brought my peony shawl to work on -- and before we even left the dock my crochet hook fell out of my bag and between the slats on the boat. Well, you can find lots of other things on the bottom of Lake Austin, and now the fish can learn to crochet.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Zombies, indeed.

I have odd friends. Or maybe the zombies et 'em.

...and now, I have REM running through my mind. It's the end of the world as we know it, iiiiiit's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fiiiiiiiiiine...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Ah, the smells (and tastes) of childhood

In continuance of the concept of saving money and cooking at home more often, I made hamburger and rice. It's another quick and easy dish that I used to cook for our family all the time when I was in middle and high school - and one that we all could generally agree on when it came time to decide what to eat. Honestly I do believe that the last time I cooked this was well over a decade ago, when we all still lived at my parents' house. I miss family dinners...

Speaking of family, for those of you in the know, I am happy to report that my grandmother came through surgery just fine and she should have gone back home this past weekend. Whether she'll take it to heart (no pun intended) and lighten up on the smoking and drinking is something else entirely.

For the crafty, the new Knitty is up. There are a couple of promising-looking patterns, but I'm not allowed to start anything new until I get three more baby gifts, the gift afghan and my peony shawl completed. I'm pretty sure there are about seventeen more baby gifts in the queue after that. Lots of fertile people around lately. :D

In personal news (and close to TMI so feel free to tune out now) the meeting with my neurosurgeon went very well. Despite the scare I got from my primary who said that the disc was still definitely herniated, the healing has gone exceedingly well. I still need to use anti-inflammatories when I have flare-ups, but they should lessen over time. ...and I can go back to yoga, having massages, and using my chiropractor when needed. On the downer side, I may have ovarian cysts, per the MRI, which my primary did NOT mention to me - so in for another appointment I will go. Hopefully they are normal and not a sign of anything worse, but as I haven't experienced any pain or problems related to that (that I know of) I am going to remain optimistic.

Here's a wish for continued health and joy for you and yours! :D

Friday, June 08, 2007

And the beat goes on

Second movie: Because I Said So. At times it was scarily reminiscent of my life -- I am the only single daughter left. Happily, I don't live in the same town as my mother, and my sisters live in different towns with their families as well. We love each other, but I am really sure we could never survive living together. All told, I give that movie a definite thumbs up. Cliche or no, it made me laugh and it made me cry, and I really think it deserves a place in my collection. Time to add it to my wishlist. Yep, I'm still trying to stick to that budget (hence the dollar movie rentals).

Now we're on the third one - Failure to Launch. As far as movie genres go, I do believe I watched these in the wrong order. Hint for hardcore movie buffs (well, happy fuzzy ones anyway): start off with the stupid comedies or horror/suspense flicks. If it scares you, disgusts you, or disturbs you, it should definitely be first in the lineup. If you're only watching two, this is the time for the romantic comedy. Action flicks fit in well also. If you're watching three, however, the romantic comedies and the feel-good flicks should always wait until the end. Truth be told, FTL is a good romantic comedy, but it should have been second to watch. It's just a little too silly, where BISS is a bit heavier and would have been a nice closer.

Eh, it's still a great movie.

It burnsssssss usssssssss

It's Friday afternoon of a looooooong week, and I decided to rent a couple movies for the evening. First up, Epic Movie. I may not survive this one - it's a bit...odd. It is like watching an horrific event -- you just can't look away. So bad that I can't even remember offhand which other movies I rented.

Ah well, at least I can get some work done on my latest shawl while watching this disaster. Last night I started a lattice stitch wrap with Hand Dyed Sock by madelinetosh. Very nice stuff. :D

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Finished Object and yummies


146/365 - Blanket close-up
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
Truthfully, I finished this blanket a week or two ago - I just finally got around to uploading the finished pics to my Flickr sets. I used brick stitch (or crazy stitch) for the body, and a simple three round double-crochet edge.

The yummies are for the dinner I just finished making. I haven't made tuna noodle casserole in what feels like forever, but since I bought my new car I've resolved to save money by cooking at home more often. My tuna casserole is very simple, but oh-so-tasty. Even with whole wheat rotini. :D

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Filthy and exhausted...

...but I had a good time.

I spent the bulk of the afternoon (7 hours or so) helping with our church's annual golf tournament. Sadly, this year I could not play, but perhaps next year I will. I'd show off a picture of how dirty we got, but it might scare small children, so I think I'll just head to the shower now...

Cheers!