Friday, March 31, 2006
Berlin, here I come! In 12 days. :)
Please God don't let me be forgetting anything else.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Here's the back:
Look at that turned hem! Learning new stuff all over the place. With any luck, I should be completely done next week and ready to send it off to Georgia.
Passport update? Nothing but waiting. Sigh with me people. Tuesday will be two weeks since they received the application. That's the very minimum according to Passport Canada. And only if they're really motivated and I have no idea if they are or not. At least tomorrow is Friday!
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
|Slow and Steady|
Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.
They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.
It'd really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment.
They expect you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then usually decide against it.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
In other news... I went running after work last night. It was more of a walk-jog-walk-run but I was out there for 20 minutes. Listened to two episodes of Quirky Nomads and Araby by James Joyce (downloaded from iTunes for free).
Tonight I'm going to the optometrist to get my eyes checked so he can tell me that I need a stronger prescription and new glasses. It's only been one year but I can tell. When I wear my glasses, I have to squint to read the text on TV. I remember last year when I wore my new prescription glasses to the movies for the first time, I asked Max, "Why is the screen so grainy?" He just laughed. I guess blurry = smooth. :)
At this moment, I'm listening to "Light My Candle" from RENT on my iPod.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Sunday will truly be a day of rest because we're going to need it!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Irish Beef Stew
1/4 cup vegetable or tea oil
2 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups beef or chicken stock or broth
1 small can tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons butter
4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 cups carrots, scrubbed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Salt and pepper as desired
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, and parsley. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a really large pot or wok over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 1 hour. Taste. Add salt and pepper as desired. Discard bay leaves. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate overnight. Transfer stew to serving bowl and heat up in the microwave. Serve with crusty bread.
Bon Appétit, March 2001
Fidel Murphy’s Irish Pub, Grand Cayman
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Probably 1/4 or 1/3 done. It's knitting up very quickly with this yarn. I fear the finishing though. It's going to be a lot of seaming... four for the turned hems, two for the shoulders, two to attach the sleeves to the main body, two for the sweater sides, and two for the sleeves. That's twelve. If I do it right the first time! :) Luckily there aren't any pockets.
Monday, March 20, 2006
On Sunday, I went to Knit Happens and bought some beautiful wonderful yarn. There was a 15% off sale to celebrate its 2 year anniversary. I was hoping that buying yarn would make me feel better, and it did - but only temporarily... still, my first purchase of Debbie Bliss yarn and in Cashmerino Astrakhan no less. I've been wanting this for months now. Six balls should make something very nice... one day!
Today I sent in my passport application. Now, I wait.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
We then went to the Canadian Embassy for the Opening Reception of Seascapes - Exhibition by Canadian artist Jérôme Fortin. For me, it was so cool to be in Canada for the evening. The embassy in DC is impressive. The art was interesting and very cool. According to the pamphlet:
Fortin "chooses trivial, banal and common place items such as corks, bottle lids, keys or publications. Their colours, forms, textures, and volumes suggest the flowers, seashells, jewellery, and amulets once collected by the curious for their exotic flavour."The artist and his wife were there to explain and describe the process. My Dad would have loved it! The art was lot like some of the things my Dad makes in his workshop. I didn't bring my camera but there are tons of pictures on the artist's website.
We made it home on time to take the last shuttle bus. I was able to knit a few rows of the Green Grass sweater and mark where the armhole begins before bed. I'm almost done the front!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I tried looking online but I couldn't find the same one anywhere. If you want one for yourself and can find it in stores, it comes in black, brown, or navy blue. And only $40!
The faux pewter kitty hook was a present from my parents. We also have this on the wall for our keys
Monday, March 13, 2006
The back is finished and the front has been started. You can see the waist shaping and the pin on the right marking where the arm will go once it has been done.
Thankfully it has been going much quicker than I thought it would! I love the green. It's the perfect March colour to be knitting. All other knitting has been set aside so there's not too much else to report.
I finally bought a new purse. It's black leather, something I can use everyday and take to work, not too big or too small, simple lines, no contrast stitching, lots of pockets in the lining, and zippers close. Nothing "fashionable!" You won't believe how long it took to find something so simple and classic. Hours.
Friday, March 10, 2006
As for my Green Grass sweater, it's coming along well. I finished the turned hem on the back of the sweater Wednesday. Last night I finished the decreases and started the increases for the waist shaping. Already I have about 8" of knitting, size 9 needles seem to make things go quicker. The colour is really nice and the fabric is soft. I think it will be very pretty. Pictures to follow!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
The Wikipedia article on rapid transit speaks to this, "There is no single term in English that all speakers would use for all rapid transit or metro systems." In fact, there's a whole other article that lists all the rapid transit systems around the world.
Here's a picture of Max in Boston from last year. Tell me, what do you call the public transportation in your city? Extra points if you've lived in more than one place with a subway or have travelled and know the local term for it.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
1857: Women from clothing and textile factories in New York protested what they saw as very poor working conditions and low wages.
1908: 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
1917: Women's Day founders Klara Zetkin and Aleksandra Kollontai took part in the most famous International Women's Day strike "for bread and peace" led by Russian women in St. Petersburg.
1996: Mayor of Ottawa declares March 8 to be Alanis Morissette Day but she refused to accept this honor because March 8 was already International Women's Day.
Not a reference to spring because in Virginia the grass has been green all winter. Nope, I just received my shipment of yarn from Herrschners!!
The yarn is Red Heart Soft Green Grass #4412. The top pictured is from a scan of a photocopy from Vogue Knitting Magazine, a pattern designed by Joan Vass.
It will be a birthday present for my BFF, Kristina. She's in grad school studying to be a landscape architecture and usually too busy to check my blog so it will probably still be a surprise when she gets it. As the yarn has just arrive yet, I'll be cutting it damn close if I'm going to get it to her by April 12. I'll be casting on tonight and only knitting this project until it is done. Cross your fingers for me and wish me luck!!
Monday, March 06, 2006
Saturday, I got up before Max and baked a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie from Schmecks Pies & Tarts by Edna Staebler, we watched some cartoons during breakfast, went to the gym, and had a fabulous evening with Erin and Simon. Dinner was great, I got the whole "Buy Netflix" speech, saw their wedding video, and we all had tons of laughs afterwards watching the type of things that show up on Web Junk 20, and I got to borrow Erin's copy of Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter.
Sunday, I got up before Max again and made some homemade granola, we watched some more cartoons during breakfast, I practiced my driving and then we went to the gym, had dinner for lunch, went out for coffee and sat around reading our books at Cameron Perks, watched some TV (only a little Oscars) and I did some knitting. I cast off the left side of the MIL cardigan and I'm working on the right side. After this piece is done, the rest is finishing... sewing seams, knitting the ribbing for the pockets and button bands. There's yarn on the way for Kristina's birthday present and I'm just hoping I can get a major part of the cardigan done before I start something else, again.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Playing is "Another Postcard" by The Barenaked Ladies.
iPods at work hit a sour note for some employers
By Kathy Gurchiek
Some employers see no problem with workers listening to personal music players in the office. Others are beginning to express concerns, however.