Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Birthday Excitement

Today has been a VERY exciting day and I am having a hard time concentrating on homework. So, I'm going to update in hopes of getting my thoughts together so that homework can then become my primary thought.

Today, Juan turned 20! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUAN!
She organized a group of her friends to all go to the Wenham Tea House, which was absolutely lovely. I had raspberry spice tea and two tin scones. They were delicious - and filling!

Big E
Saturday I headed across Massachusetts to Springfield where I met up with my family for a day at the Big E. And what a day it was! We ate the whole time - practically non-stop! When we got there - around 10:30 AM - we got in Line at the Maine building for the famous Maine Baked Potatoes. Actually, I had never heard of Maine being famous for the baked potatoes until I had been to the Big E, but let me tell you, I LIVE for those potatoes!


We had potatoes, hot dogs, some really delicious milk (from VT) in a glass bottle (the glass really does make it taste better!), Corn on the Cob - but not the way you think it was. They cooked it in its husk, peeled the husk leaving it still attached to the corn, wrapped tin foil around the bottom and dipped it in butter. It was DELICIOUS! Among other foods that I can't currently recall, I also experienced the famous Big E Cream Puff.Other attractions at the Big E worth noting include:

Observe for yourself: A man in a glass cage building Fenway Park out of playing cards - LOTS of playing cards.

There were also lots of fiber - I mean cute animals which conveniently also make fiber for my yarn.
Baby and Mommy Alpaca. And of course a Llama. She posed so beautifully for me! And lastly, the Connecticut Building: Here I purchased some beautiful hand-spun and dyed yarn. Unfortuantely I don't yet have a picture of it to show you because I sent the yarn home with my mom to wind into a ball using my new swift. I'll be getting my yarn the begining of next week. Picture to appear then.

I leave you now with a link to one of the greatest videos on youtube.com: The Last Knit. Let me know what you think! Hope it gives you a good laugh. Now for some homework...

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Age Doesn't Matter

Last night, at 12:50 I went to bed and told myself I wasn't going to set my alarm. I was going to let my body get as many hours of rest that it needed. And since it was Saturday I didn't have classes or meetings to get in the way of keeping my body healthy. I woke up at 12:41. I felt rested...and ready to begin a productive day of homework. It has been a successful day. I got caught up on my reading for my class on Christian Doctrine. I wrote two journal entries reporting on my visits to the two synagogues I've been to for my Modern Jewish Culture class. And I got the worst of the homework out of the way - Calculus. I am a History and Biblical studies major for a few reasons. One of the main reasons is: I'm HORRIBLE at math. So I made clac homework slightly more tolerable by having Sex in the City playing in the background (although, maybe the calc homework was more in the background) and I finished it. I decided to reward myself for being so productive by writing an entry. So, here I am.

The reason why being productive today was so important i
s because tomorrow at 8:00 in the morning I will be getting in my car and driving to the Big E - which is basically a county fair, except for all of New England. There will be food, and tractor pulling contests, and exhibitions, and food, and lots and lots of fun! I am meeting my family there. Now, when I say family I don't mean just Mom, Dad, and Laurel. I mean my family which includes: two of my dad's three sisters, three of their four kids and two little kids (ages 2 and 4). We are going to have a blast.

Bella just turned four. When she was a baby, she was the first little one that I held without them bursting into tears the minute they were in my arms.
Laurel said the other night when they were at my aunt's house for her birthday party that she was asking where I was. We are pretty much best friends!

I am really excited to see her tomorrow - perhaps a little too excited. I mean, I'm 22 years old and she's four. How much do we really have in common? But, we enjoy each other's company so I suppose that's all that really matters.

And of course I can't go to the Big E without finding yarn... and I've already found it without having been there yet. Creative Fibers will be there and I'm rather excited to check out there booth - especially after reading the Big E's description of their fibers on the website. "The list of fine fibers available to the consumer from this vendor will amaze you. Exotic blends, luxurious name brands and hard to find imports are all carried at Creative Fibers."

I am set for a day of fun!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Procrastination at Its Best

Considering I have my first exam of the semester in the morning, I probably should be studying. However, since I have been preparing for the exam the majority of today I feel I need to take a break... and write to you.

The Harlot in Brooklyn

Like I said in my last post, this past weekend I went home. On Satur
day evening, after a long day of car shopping (for Dad), Daddy and I ventured into Brooklyn to find the Barnes and Noble where supposedly the famous (at least among Knitters EVERYWHERE) Yarn Harlot, a.k.a. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

For those of you who have never been or have only been once or twice: There is no other place in the world quite like New York.
There is something unique about it and to me it has that feeling of coming home whenever I go into the city.

We made it to the Barnes and Nobles two minutes before the event was supposed to begin. Fortunately for me, Stephanie was later than I have been stuck in an hour and a half commute from Manhattan to Brooklyn (it shouldn't take this long)! She gave a hilarious talk that even my muggle father (who wouldn't admit it if you asked him) enjoyed.

And then the best part.... I got to meet her and get my picture taken with THE SOCK!
She also took my picture. If you read her blog, you know that other people had been knitting her the states that they were from, so I decided to knit Stephanie Connecticut. And since I came up with this idea the night before meeting her I figured I could accomplish this task since Connecticut is basically a square with a small little rectangle attached at an angle to the lower left-hand corner. I finished it in time, weaving in the ends on the car ride there. She hadn't received Connecticut from anyone else yet. It was a happy moment. She signed three of my books. And she happened to notice that in her book At Knit's End: Meditations for Women who Knit Too Much I had marked a page. I don't remember marking a page for any specific reason so I was just as curious as she was to find out was on that page. It said the following:
"I hear tell of knitters who do not have a stash of yarn. They purchase yarn for a project, knit that project to completion, and then purchase the yarn for the next project. They do not have closets, bins, bags, shelves, and freezers dedicated to the storage of wool, and they have never left a yarn store with anything that they hadn't decided to buy ahead of time," (236).

Perhaps the reason I had marked this passage was because in the beginning of my Knitting career I used to be that knitter. I would knit a project and finish it before I began a second one. Now I have 2-3 projects on my needle with 4-5 waiting to be started. Thus is the life of an obsessive knitter.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Home is where... The Yarn Is

I went home this weekend and the weekend was full of nothing but good news. Friday morning I went to the orthopedic to see the doctor about my foot. My hope was that he would tell me I would no longer have to use the darn crutches and that big bulky "ski boot" to protect my ankle.

And when the VERY handsome doctor came into my room, he got down on one knee and told me..."We need to get this boot off now." I would have accepted if he had proposed marriage right there (yes, despite never having seen him outside the doctor's office). I left the doctor's office single, but carrying my crutches and ski boot instead of wearing it.


That evening my extended family came over to celebrate my birthday. We had a wonderful baked zitti with sausage and a delicious salad with apples made by my wonderful mother... and best of all, Resses Peanut Butter cup ice cream cake with a rice krispie crust. YUM!

While it isn't all about the presents (it's about seeing the family - as Uncle Jeff so kindly reminded us) I did get a very very VERY nice swift to wind my yarn from hanks to skeins.
It really is beautiful. Thanks Mom and Dad! I also acquired two wonderful knitting books: Mason-Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne and The Knitter's Companion: Expanded and Updated by Vicki Square. They are both GREAT books and I would recommend them to any knitter.

Saturday evening Dad and I ventured into Brooklyn, NY to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee at the Barnes and Noble. But since my camera battery died and I had to borrow Mom's camera I do not have them yet on my computer, so I'm not going to tell you quite yet about this meeting.

Instead, I'm going to leave you on the edge of your seats, until hopefully tomorrow when I get my little hands on the evidence!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Twenty-Two is OLD!

I woke up this morning being greeted by a smiling face telling me that there was something that was waiting for me out in the living room and although it wasn't a boy, it would taste good. So I got out of bed and saw this on the kitchen table: The occasion was my 22nd Birthday and while Pancakes (both Chocolate Chip AND Blueberry) began the celebration of my actual birthday, the festivities started the evening before. The ladies and I began our evening at an Irish Pub where I experienced the worst hard cider EVER! So horrible we decided it tasted like a dirty diaper would smell. Whatever you do stay away from Magner's Irish Cider! And while the atmosphere was nice, the quesadillas were tasty, and the music was fantastic, we decided to move our festivities to a place that served chocolate...Wildhorse, the Gordon College Weekend Hangout. We ordered two desserts to split among us girls The Grilled Banana Concoction.... and the Five Layer Cholate Cake (which is always delicious) And they were both fantastic - and I would especially recommended the Grilled Banana one. YUM!

So I woke up this morning and had pancakes for breakfast and then Sarah and I went to pick up Matt from the train station. Matt is an old friend from high school who just transfered up to the Boston Conservatory for school!
We went to Not Your Average Joe's for dinner where I received a complimentary Entree and Dessert of my Choice for my birthday. We (cause I couldn't eat it by myself) choose the Peanut Butter Thing: another FANTASTIC dessert!

And while we never made the cupcakes...
I think this was one of the best, dessert-filled and friend-filled birthdays ever! I love you girls!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Shabbat Shalom

Reform NOT Reformed

This semester I am taking a course called Modern Jewish Culture. It has multiple objectives, but the main one is to study the emergence of contemporary Judaism in comparison to Biblical Judaism. As a part of the course we are required to go to at least five off-campus field trips. To
night was the first one. We went to Temple Emanu-El, a Reform Synagogue, and it was one of the best services - Jewish or Christian - that I have been to in a very long time. One of the neatest things was that after the Rabbi's "sermon" he opened it up to the congregation to get feedback. This idea was just mind-blowing to me. This never happens in a Christian church - not to say that the Christian church is not open to feedback, there just isn't always a venue for the feedback to be given.

On September 22nd, we are going to an Erev Rosh HaShanah (or New Year's service) at Shirat Hayam, a Conservative Synagogue. I am very excited for this service as we will be celebrating their New Year.

Knitting Knews


I finished the Pumpkin baby hat yesterday.
It's a little big for an infant, but I'm sure the baby will grow into it eventually. I also started the Baby Hat from One Skein in a size that will fit me! It is in a nice autumn colored green. I have only knit a few rows but it seems to be coming along nicely. I wonder if I'll finish it in time to show the Yarn Harlot... or perhaps I'll teach myself to knit socks. She seems to be a fan of people who knit socks. I want her to be a fan of me. I want to make it into her blog. After all, I did choose to meet her over Matt Damon and Leonardo discovery... more on that later!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I Love Lamp!

I have had four days of classes and I am slowly beginning to feel back into the grove of things. I have been to all my classes and know my work schedule. My room feels lived in (although it is kind of lonely having a single) and I love the girls in my apartment (but it won't be the same as last year). We all work really well together and none of the problems that were evident last year at this time are visible - or at least not yet.

My lamp that I bought Sophomore year got sick over the summer. Dad and I thought we could fix it with some heavy duty stuff (ah, can't remember what it's called), but when we brought it back up to school the sickness got worse. And although we tried to repair it with duct tape (figuring since it could save NASA it could save my lamp), it was not sucessful and Lamp died last Thursday.I was able to find a lamp similar to her at Target yesterday and was able to keep her lampshades, so part of Lamp still lives. Ha! She couldn't have lasted me another semester - oh well. Atleast now the fire hazard is gone from my room.

Knitting

I realized it has been quite a while since I posted any pictures of my knitting. I have a good reason for this. I haven't had any completed projects since the last time I posted. I have been working on a Pumpkin Baby Hat for a friend that is pregnant and due on October 31st. I have had to restart it four or five times and have finally gotten past all the points that I had to rip back. I am working on the leaves and if I wanted to, could finish it tonight, but I was getting bored with it, so I'll try to finish it tomorrow - a rewarding break from homework.
So in the meantime, a picture of my progress thus far: I have a variety of projects to choose from to start next. I don't have any UFOs (UnFinished Objects) that I should finish up... oh wait that's not true. I'm still working on this, but I prefer not to talk about it. So anyway, I have yet to decide what is next on my agenda. So many projects that I'd like to do and yet, so little time! The never-ending frustration of a knitter!

Monday, September 04, 2006

One Day...

One Day Knitters will take over the world, and in TIME magazine it has become evident that this is slowly becoming true. In a list of 19 (yes, 19 and not 20 which would make more sense) Time listed what can and cannot be carried on planes as we make our way around the world:

Corskscrew - yup
Laptop - yup
Formula/Breast Milk - yup

Shampoo - nope

Gel Shoe Inserts - nope

Safety Razor -yup

Toy Weapons - yup (sorta scary)
IPod - yup
Mouthwash - nope
Solid Deodorant - yup
Sunscreen - nope
Cell phone - yup

Perfume - nope

Solid Lipstick - yup

Lip gloss - nope

Knitting Needles (ie. pointy sticks) - YUP!

Prescription Medicine - yup

Mascara- nope

Toothpaste - nope

We are making our dent in the world. The airlines know there are lots of knitters in the world and they are accomadating us. Yay for knitting!