Sunday, February 27, 2011

resolution update

I think I need some resolution accountability. I mean, it is almost the end of February, right? So what have I done so far…

  • Out of the required 12 completed knitting projects, I’ve managed to complete 3. I’m actually pretty impressed with my current progress since I am tend to much better at the starting side of things.
  • So, I haven’t actually started a business, but I have one forming in my head. It would be retail. There would be hats. Jewelry. Bags. A fair portion would be handcrafted.
  • Meditating has currently stalled out.
  • I’ve read 1 of out of the required 6 books so far. That means one whole book leaves the building…
  • Podcast? What’s that?
  • I’ve been drinking wine, but not actively learning anything. We’ll get to that later.
  • Letter writing. Sort of working on this. I’ve been more diligent about writing an actual note on birthday cards, etc. instead of my typical two line sign off.
  • Learn French… nope
  • Oh the craft room… I so want this to be a lovely space, but I seem to have stalled out at the moment. I’m feeling a giant upending/purge coming on. Stay tuned.
  • The writing. This I’ve been doing better with. Like now. I’ve also been journaling more, which I find helps me to focus. I really need better focus.

Obligatory puppy photo… I just don’t understand how she sleeps like this.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

i should blog more

I won’t feel like I have much to say for a while, which is fine. Then I do and I still don’t blog. Doh!

So here are a few things I should have mentioned already.

  • My friend Emily sent Leeloo these adorable toys!

They are super and Leeloo adores them. Especially their crunchy ears. Who can resist the crunchy sound? Not Leeloo. That’s who.


  • My parents were here this past weekend and what does it do? It rains. Well, it rained on Saturday. All day. And since they were here for two days that means it rained 50% of the time. Pooh! So I didn’t get to do all of the things I wanted to do with them, but it was so nice to have them here! In lieu of touring the city, I helped Mom make potato soup with shrimp on Saturday and it is delicious. I’ve been taking it to work and eating it for dinner. Yum! I also made chocolate chips cookies, which oddly is the only thing I took pictures of…

Yeah, those aren’t the actual cookies, but my pictures of the actual baked cookies are not so great. Ingredients, that’s what you get.


  • Um, I’ve been working diligently on my Cascadia sock. So hard to get a good indoor shot, but here it is… getting ready to start the heel. Oh yeah!



  • I need to stay away from twitter. Why? Cause people tweet about all kinds of cool stuff. Like these. Thanks Ysolda… I just bought two of them. *squee*


  • Then there is poor little Leeloo. She was spayed yesterday and I was able to pick her up today after work. She is tired. And sad. And probably doesn’t feel to hot. Which is why I feel so bad for laughing…

It really shouldn’t be this funny. Maybe it doesn’t seem funny from where you’re sitting. But she’s so understandably mopy and has that silly cone around her head and it’s so cute… and funny. I keep giggling. And feeling guilty. But I still giggle. It’s not just me, Joe’s laughing too. I’ve taken a thousand pictures, almost.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

a weekend in carmel by the sea

Paying for internet at our hotel just seemed silly when I’d be using it for all of 20 minutes. So here you have a twofer… enjoy.

Saturday: Joe and I dropped off Leeloo for her first boarding experience and headed on down to Carmel by the Sea. We drove down the Pacific Coast Highway and the views were really spectacular. The coastline is just gorgeous!

Look at that blue sky. Amazing!

I may have looked away from the loveliness to knit, just a little…

Car knitting

We spent the day wandering  Carmel by the Sea and checking out the cool shops and art galleries. If I had a spare 75 grand I might have come home with an original oil painting. Instead I picked up two fabulous hats and took a picture of beautifully tiled steps. That’s probably just as good.

Dinner was a glass of wine and the saltiest salad and hummus appetizer ever made. They actually salted the pita bread. Was that really necessary? I’m not going to name names on this one since we didn’t try any other items, maybe next time we’ll give them another shot. But despite our annihilation by salt this was a perfect weekend get away! Today was really great and I can’t wait for tomorrow.

Sunday: Oh my gosh! if you’re anywhere close to Carmel you have to go to the Tuck Box for breakfast. Oh, and you MUST order the scones. They come with two jams and fresh whipped cream. Delicious!


We walked over to the Cypress Inn to take a look around. We were told it was a beautiful place and dog friendly, as most places here seem to be. They have this  painting in the courtyard. Isn’t it great? Next time we’re here we’ll have to stop by for drinks and soak in the ambiance.

Before we left we walked the beach. I took like 1000 pictures, but some how narrowed it down to these 3. Your welcome.

Loved the bits of rock that lined part of the beach. I may have picked up a few to bring home.

There were a lot of people out enjoying the great weather. I could have walked forever, but we had to get back to the city.

Before I leave you for the night I had to show you two more things.

  1. There was a murder of crows grabbing a drink (yes this was fresh water on it’s way to the ocean). I only mention this cause I love saying murder of crows.
  2. This was by far the most grand, but there were so many beautiful homes lining the coast. Can you imagine looking out your window and seeing that ocean? Something to aspire to, eh.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

a bit on the nothing side of things

So, I’m pretty sure that I mentioned I watched Julie & Julia on Sunday and there was this one scene I can’t get out of my head. Don’t quote me on this, but essentially Julia is talking about getting up early (at 6:30, ugh!) to get ready for cooking school and she’s just so excited about it! That scene (or my rendition, anyway) seems to be on a constant loop in my head. I want that. I want to  be excited to get up and start the day. Is that too much to ask? I mean, I don’t dislike my job, but I’m certainly not excited to get up and go every morning. I don’t get up and think, Wow! I get to go do that! I know, I know. My life isn’t all that bad. It’s actually pretty good. But you know what?  Sometimes I need a little self indulgence here in blog land.

So what to do? A friend recently said I need to follow my bliss.  Well, what the heck is that? Anyone know? Besides quitting my job and… what? I’ve got a whole lot of nothin’. Basically, it’s just me dreaming about, well, sadly, I’m not even sure.

Monday, February 07, 2011


Just watch. The whole thing. I mean it.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

a lot of nothing

What did I do today instead of watching “the big game”? Besides the normal stuff like cleaning, hanging with the pooch, and knit knit knitting I used the power of Netflix to watch Julie & Julia. What a cute movie! I love a movie that inspires an underachiever like me to do something with herself. Now if I could just get more people to read this blog and talk about how great I am so I can write a book about, well, who knows… a girl can dream can’t she?  :)

In lieu of any real content I leave you with a pic of Joe & Leeloo. Enjoy!

Joe & Leeloo

Saturday, February 05, 2011

sunshiny day

Ahhh Saturday. Normally I’m a little more excited when it rolls around, but since walking around the block still wears me out, not so much.

On a much brighter note, I pulled out a half knit sock and started it over so that it will actually fit. Now that would be amazing!

happy go lucky

Here is the start of a shiny new well fitting sock.

Cascadia sock

Friday, February 04, 2011

never had the flu, till now

Here’s how it all started… Sunday morning I woke up with a tickle in my throat. Wasn’t too worried, just a little cough. Joe and I head out to MOMA for the day and I’m super excited cause we have been talking about going for ages. I’m not all knowledgeable about art so I’m not going to go into a lot of the exhibits, but a lot of photography and it was really fascinating to see. I would say pretty thought provoking items are their at the moment. You should go…

So we’re their for a couple hours and I’m starting to feel really tired and I start to realize that my legs ache. Like I worked out recently (um, no. not even close). And I’m just so tired, exhausted without really having done anything. This really should have been my first clue, but I’m slow with these things.

So Monday I wake up and feel completely awful. To shorten this pathetically sad story I’ll skip to the part where I go to the doctor, she says I probably have the flu and not some bronchial infection that I think I have and shoves a swab up my nostrils. Tuesday the results are in. Influenza A. Could be the Avian flu. Could be H1N1. Clarification on these points were not forthcoming so I went back to bed.

I’ve been housebound for the entire week. Now it’s Friday and I’m finally starting to feel a bit better, except now I have made this mess up here since I’m hiding from our puppy so she’ll stay kenneled during the day (another long story).

my day

It’s probably time to take advantage of the fact that I can walk around for more than 5 minutes and not feel like I’m going to pass out.

On the bright side I’m about 3/4 through with Joe’s scarf. I hope he likes the flu…