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Friday, September 30, 2005

Homegirl got an HP Photosmart E317!!!

Thanks Mam and Pap and Eef and Alex and Liza!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Clapotis update

Finally got to take some pics with my roommate's fancy digicam, 'cause mine's officially too much for my crappy computer.
Check out the beautiful coloring:

The dropped stitches are a little sticky, the fibers don't really want to let go; I hope that will clear up in the blocking process.

Now I'm off to the pub to win a pub quiz.
I'll leave you with your regular supply of gratuitous kitty pr0n:

Mingus in a tiny laundry basket. All rolled up in a little fluffbal.
Everybody say "Awwwwwwwww"!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Mmmmmmm, meat!

Alrighty, my dear sweet fellow burner CarrieFairy is the winner!

I dunno what y'all think of me, but I'm a good girl really. Never got kicked out of a classroom ever. ;)
I did join a sorority 'cause I was always one of the guys in high school. Here's proof.
It helped a little, but the Knittyboard's so much better...

I've never broken any bones and also never managed to gather enough money to pay for the 20+ driving lessons you need in my beautiful country. (Hey, but at least we drive sticks!)

So, do I still need to mention I love meat? I was a veggie for 6 months when I was 16, but damn, I just can't stay away from steak tacos. Or shrimp. Or KFC. Mmmmmmm.

Link to Carry's blog FairieKnits is in my sidebar! Thanks for visiting!

Eek, my nose is growing

I'm it again!
This is turning into an "All you ever wanted to know about MJ but were afraid to hear the answer" kinda thing.

Ok, here goes:

1. I was never kicked out of a classroom during my entire high school career.
2. I once joined an all-female sorority because I lacked girfriends.
3. I've been a vegetarian for six years now. (Despite all the horrid stories below ;)
4. I have never broken a bone in my body. Knock on wood.
5. I don't have a driver's license.

Have at it people!

Tabbytuxedo scores a hattrick!

I know you're all dying to know what happened to my poor cat, so here's the stories:

1. False! I actually made it past the auditions, but I was going to be on vacation both times they were going to do the shoot, so I never made it on TV.
2. True. His name is Omar, he's from Senegal and he's also a hell of a djembe player.
3. True! But I made it sound extra terrible for dramatic effect. ;)
The story is that my best friend Angelina is a highly skilled, professional veterinarian. She brought needles and gloves and sterile scalpels.
My boys were in the comfort of their own home, got full anesthetics and fell asleep in my arms. Then she proceeded to castrate Miles and since it was such a basic procedure, I got to do Mingus, with her eyes on me all the time, of course.
It was a very interesting experience that still makes for a good shocker!
4. True. Let's not waste pixels on that.
5. True. I love a clean, natural smelling guy.

Tabbytuxedo, congrats! Let's see what you come up with now! ;)

4 Truths and a big fat lie

I'm doing this fun little blog meme: 4 thruths and a lie. Today I caught Elisabeth's snake fib, so now I'm it!

Here's my list:

1. I was on the Dutch version of The Weakest Link and got voted off in the fourth round.
2. My brother in law is an African nail bed artist.
3. I neutered my own cat on the kitchen table.
4. My ex left me three weeks before our wedding. The white dress is still in my wardrobe.
5. I hate it when men wear cologne. Even deodorant can put me off.

So which four are true and which one's bull?

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Thesis and knitting update

I will not be allowed to defend my thesis this Tuesday.
Though according to my professor it was an absolute pleasure to read, it did not live up to its potential and needed more depth. Gah.

Did I despair or "spend all my yarn money" as honey suggested? (What yarn money?)
Hell no! With the right feedback -that I should've gotten in August to begin with, but enough about that- I'll turn this thing into a kickass piece of work.
Definitive graduation date: February 15, 2006.
(Flowers, chocolate, tequila and lots of yarn are still welcome at my studio apartment here in Utrecht.)

In knitting news: My latest obsession is Knitty's Clapotis. (pron. Cla-po-teeeeeeeeeh.) Pattern here.

I just dropped my first stitch and it's looking bitchin'! (Love that word.)
The yarn is a gorgeous variegated warm red by Adriafil that I got at Lambert de Groot's booth at KreaDoe.

Unfortunately, my camera will no longer be recognized by my computer; Kodak Imaging is "eating poop", as Dave would so eloquently state it, so no pics yet.
I may be getting a digicam as a late birthday present from my folks... Keep y'r fingers crossed! ;)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Back home and ready to rumble!

Wowzers, has it been over a month already? Shame on me!
I’d written a Burning Man blogpost earlier, but that one’s still sitting on Dave’s computer. D’oh!
So I’ll just have to give you a recap of my past month. It’s been a crazy one!

First of all, I celebrated my 28th birthday on TV, with my dear friends MajorPixel Dan and Elise. We were supposed to just go watch Dan’s show GoodTV from the audience, but 5 minutes before we went live, they wired me up and threw me on stage: “You’re going to co-host the show, gorgeous.” Uhhh, exscueeze me? But I did. In the lamest, I-Don’t-Know-Which-Camera-Does-What kinda way.
I looked hot of course, and got some raunchy fan mail to boot. ;)
Hehehe, I’m a star, baby. Check me out, sending a Helloworld voice email to my girl Angelina and cutting the birthday cake they gave me on the show:

Meanwhile, I was still writing away on my thesis, having sent the concept on August 16. We were going to leave for Burning Man on the 27th and I still had not received any feedback from my tutor. That next Saturday I sent the thing off and headed for the Nevada desert. It’s still silent on the other side…

And then Burning Man, wow.
I’m having a hard time putting into words what the experience was like. Even though ours was a very mellow first time, it was still pretty incredible.
My picture cd is giving me a hard time, but here are some impressions of our dry Playa feet and one of my...uhhhm...outfits:

After the Man burned, we road tripped back home, back to the critters who’d grown like crazy! (Sadly, one of our little baby geese, Goose Lucy, didn’t make it, probably due to salmonella poisoning she’d picked up when still in the egg. Poor baby.)
Met my honey’s parents who were a lot of fun. His Mom knits and was making the cutest toys and outfits for her first grandchild, the Monkey.
We had a BBQ feast with them and some friends and it was getting harder and harder to face going back.

Leaving was not cool. I had to keep telling myself that I’d be back soon, but still, two months is quite a long time and Kent had started to feel like home. The flight back was fine and quick, thank God.

While reading up on my mail, I read about this crafty trade show here in Utrecht where my fellow SnB’ers were going to promote the Stitch 'n Bitch phenomenon and the Dutch translation of the first Debbie Stoller book.

So I’ve been knitting all week, waiting for news on my job applications.
We had a wonderful time and it was great to meet some Amsterdam SnB’ers and the world’s unofficial fastest knitter, Miriam Tegels.
Catch her outsmarting Carlo Boszhardt on Life & Cooking, October 9th.
As you can see, I also went over to "The Dark Side" and crocheted my first little flower for one of the booths ponchos.

I don’t know who started the hype, but the theme of the week here seemed to be the Moebius; we were all knitting them and everybody at the show wanted to know what on earth we were doing. I dare you to hop on the Moebius bandwagon and find the instructions here.

I also inspired a girlfriend of mine to knit. She’s joining us at the SnB next Tuesday. Hi Niek!

So there we are, I’m back home, flat broke and frantically looking for a job. Just to keep my head above water until I plan to pack up my things and cats and make the jump overseas. Cause I’ma jumping. Hopefully next year.
Anybody need a sassy communications assistant? Preferably in the Seattle area? ;)

And to leave you with a practical note: I’ve had some spamming fookers on my blog so to prevent that, I’m asking you to use the word verification thingee when you leave me a comment. No biggy, just type what you see. Thanks!

P.s. Thanks for sticking around. :)
P.p.s. Finished the Friggin Market Bag!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Kid on the Cob

New post tomorrow, I promise. Still working on the html for the pictures.
In the mean time:

(Thanks Arja, for this disturbing pic.)