Friday, December 28, 2007

Wow That was a long time....

Wow, its been a long time since I posted. Well, earlier this month I got a doozy of a sinus infection, 2 courses of antibiotics later, I finally feel human again.

Then Christmas Knitting and Christmas stuff took over.

Then Christmas Eve, my computer died.....:0( the 26th I bought a new laptop. So setting that up has been interesting, but I think I have everything mostly back to normal and even have my wireless network set up(which is new too).

Gift from Red Caille, Thank You!!! I love everything, especially the chocolate (thats a solid block of chocolate) and the yarn!!!!

Felted purse for Nichole. Scarf for Matt.

Bobby's Socks. I dyed this yarn for him.

Hope You All Had a Very Merry Christmas and have a Wonderful New Year!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

14 days....

til Christmas. I am still working on Bobby's socks. I have sock #1 done and am almost to the heel on the second.

Then I just have to get back to work on the mitts for my ravelry secret exchange partner.

I finished felting Mandy's bag, it is very nice now. I just need to lace the handle and take a photo and fill it with her kitty items. She is getting a cat for Christmas from her parents, so I got her a couple of books and am making some little cat toys.

I just received a new shipment of blank yarn, so will be dyeing soon. And my knitting bags were featured on:

This Saturday is Yuletide. My local SCA event, so that should be fun. I will be making my pumpkin cheesecake again for it.

I'll have pictures soon.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A good Laugh!

I'm Joshua Abraham Norton, the first and only Emperor of the United States of America!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

Born in England sometime in the second decade of the nineteenth century, you carved a notable business career, in South Africa and later San Francisco, until an entry into the rice market wiped out your fortune in 1854. After this, you became quite different. The first sign of this came on September 17, 1859, when you expressed your dissatisfaction with the political situation in America by declaring yourself Norton I, Emperor of the USA. You remained as such, unchallenged, for twenty-one years.

Within a month you had decreed the dissolution of Congress. When this was largely ignored, you summoned all interested parties to discuss the matter in a music hall, and then summoned the army to quell the rebellious leaders in Washington. This did not work. Magnanimously, you decreed (eventually) that Congress could remain for the time being. However, you disbanded both major political parties in 1869, as well as instituting a fine of $25 for using the abominable nickname "Frisco" for your home city.

Your days consisted of parading around your domain - the San Francisco streets - in a uniform of royal blue with gold epaulettes. This was set off by a beaver hat and umbrella. You dispensed philosophy and inspected the state of sidewalks and the police with equal aplomb. You were a great ally of the maligned Chinese of the city, and once dispersed a riot by standing between the Chinese and their would-be assailants and reciting the Lord's Prayer quietly, head bowed.

Once arrested, you were swiftly pardoned by the Police Chief with all apologies, after which all policemen were ordered to salute you on the street. Your renown grew. Proprietors of respectable establishments fixed brass plaques to their walls proclaiming your patronage; musical and theatrical performances invariably reserved seats for you and your two dogs. (As an aside, you were a good friend of Mark Twain, who wrote an epitaph for one of your faithful hounds, Bummer.) The Census of 1870 listed your occupation as "Emperor".

The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, upon noticing the slightly delapidated state of your attire, replaced it at their own expense. You responded graciously by granting a patent of nobility to each member. Your death, collapsing on the street on January 8, 1880, made front page news under the headline "Le Roi est Mort". Aside from what you had on your person, your possessions amounted to a single sovereign, a collection of walking sticks, an old sabre, your correspondence with Queen Victoria and 1,098,235 shares of stock in a worthless gold mine. Your funeral cortege was of 30,000 people and over two miles long.

The burial was marked by a total eclipse of the sun.

And Who Are You?!?!?

Monday, December 3, 2007

First Blizzard of the Winter

I survived the first blizzard of the winter, including the chipping this ice off my car. It was kind of pretty, or as pretty as blizzards can be. Well maybe it was pretty becuase it was saturday and I was able to watch it out the window without have to go out in it.

Sunday night I went to Amy's house for her birthday. Several girlfriends went over and her husband made pizza and yummy chocolate cake. It was quite a bit of fun, we got to chat and have fun. And the pizza was great and the cake was super!

I get to go to conferences for the next 3 1/2 days, I'm so excited, getting paid to not be at work!!!! WooHoo!!!

Christmas Projects:
I have Mandy's felted bag done, I have run it through the washer once, but I am thinking I want to run it through again.

Bobby's socks are coming along, I am almost done with the foot of the first sock, hopefully will get time to work on it at my conference.

I also have to get back to work on my mitten exchange, I have one fingerless mitt done and have cast on the 2nd but need to get to work on it.

I am going to try to finish up these projects before I cast on anything else. But that will be challenging.

Well that is all for now.