Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Knitted Bag"

It will go down in history as the worst, most terribly and awkwardly knitted article ever... but I made it and it's the greatest (and only) thing I've ever made:



The picture really doesn't do it justice. It's really, really bad. It makes me laugh every time I look at it. I see how the end is 11 stitches wider than the beginning... because over the course I picked up 11 stitches... it seems physically impossible to me to invent stitches out of thin air, but I've been assured it happens. I also see the dropped and otherwise jacked up stitches where Oedipuss wanted to be sure and leave his mark (and pull the entire work off the needles on more than one occasion). I also see the middle part where I mixed up a knit and a purl and may have invented a new stitch.

Suck it, rainy November.

(Here's a pic from the book, in case you were wondering what it is supposed to look like):



Yeah, I don't get the whole "cable" thing... or the "seed stitch" thing...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Travel apparently makes me angsty

I feel I need a disclaimer. I don't mean for this post to be as bad as it likely reads, and I'm not feeling sorry for myself, it's just an unexamined part of my life that I'm trying to get a better understanding of... on the web in this most public of forums.... because I hear that's how it's done. ;)

In the past 10 days, I have been in three time zones, five states, six cities and on eight flights. No, I am not touring with Pearl Jam (though Seattle is one of the cities).

I hate traveling (for work) - Yet I've been on the road more than I've been home lately. This thought occurred to me on my 7am flight this morning. Thought I loathe it, i'm now the office road warrior... and much of it is by choice.

It used to be that I refused to travel. When I was in a relationship, I hated being away and would risk much to ensure I wasn't. One of my greatest anxieties has always gone something like this: "I only have a certain number of days on this planet, and no one is promised tomorrow". Therefore, why would I want to waste even one of those numbered days alone in a hotel room when I had so much at home and someone with whom no number of days would ever be enough? It was something I could never reconcile... so I drew a line in the sand and was completely prepared to take a career hit for it. I felt like I had my priorities completely in order.


Needless to say, life is much different now. Whereas I used to hurry home from the airport, or better yet, have a ride waiting for me and more than willing to stop at the Mad Mex nearest the airport for a fantastic reunion meal, now I dwaddle at the airport because I know I'm going home to an empty apartment. Do I mind that? Yes, immensely. But why? I used to love living by myself, and I do have a comfy bed, a loyal, loyal cat and usually a Tivo full of House, Law and Order and M*A*S*H to catch up on. Those are all thing I look forward to. Maybe it's the other things it still takes me away from; last week it was a TNT alumni meeting and a Happy Hour to catch up with my running buddies. This week it is running the lights, one of the greatest parts of the holiday season. I guess that while I appreciate Hugh Laurie and half price drinks, neither of them make me want to rush home from the airport.

So if there is a takeaway in all of this (too many meetings) - I guess it's to try and get excited for the next thing that's going to make me want to stay... which is kind of a cool thought.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Potty Humor

Last time I was in Seattle, I had many lovely things to say about the fair city. This trip, I have found something even lovelier:



Seattle is a very green city. Lots of LEED certification, lots of recycling, lots of composting, not a lot of paper cups to be had. NOW, they have smart toilets. Up for #1, down for #2. Genius. How would you like to be the one tasked with writing this sign (found in a public restroom): "push the handle in the direction which best suits your needs". Suits your needs? I also appreciate the inclusion of the #1 and #2 as clarification, in case "liquid waste" and "solid waste" were unclear to some people.

I'm off to Texas next week, you can bet I'll be reporting on the potty situation in the Lone Star State, stay tuned.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tagged

Margo tagged me. Here are the rules - list 6 things I value and 6 things I don't and then pass this award on to 6 people...

What I value:

1. My true true true friends
2. Finding an absolutely perfect song to fit your mood
3. The way I feel after a tough run
4. A really good conversation
5. Individuality in all its forms, including my ever-evolving definition of myself
6. pizza and vanilla ice cream with a huge dollop of peanut butter in it (not to be eaten concurrently)

What I don't Value:

1. Fashion
2. Traveling for my job
3. The flu on marathon day
4. Boredom
5. Having to put up a tough front when I'm totally not feeling it
6. Fast Runners =)

Now I'm supposed to pass it on. Alas, I don't know that many people who blog, or who read my blog, but:

Knitty
Matilda
Kendraspondence
Peter Lemonjello

Have at it. Or don't, that's cool too. I value the right to choose blog topics as well ;)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

20 ounces

This was not a good idea this morning, it's a large:



I'm freaking out, how about you??

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