Monday, September 30, 2002

Things that make you go hrmmmmm.....

At least Betsy's following right behind... and at least we are #163 and 164 rather than #1 or something.

I think I just decided not to dye this yarn. I'm just going to leave it the color it is to make the Rowan Sweater. I have already been shopping for shirts to wear under it. There are such gorgeous romantic tops out there these days. I especially liked the ones at Express and Bebe. I could make them though... if my sewing machine worked.

In addition I have just recently had a divine inspiration for my next knitty submission... I must find Squib's e-mail...

What a textbook Monday! I got up early, ate breakfast while watching Ground Force and Changing Rooms (what a perfect way to start one's day). Got dressed in a skirt and button-down shirt (totally unlike my normal jeans/sweater combos). Put a little make-up on and tried a new hairstyle (that has failed due to the downpour and high humidity... but it was cute in the bathroom when I styled it!). Took off for work and of course the sky decides to fall. I mean it *really* poured. I was hydroplaning everywhere and although the windshield wipers were on Max, I still could barely make out the road. Got to work, and there's only one other person here. And he flies out some time today. I called the doctors office to get a copy of my medical records and the office is closed today for the "Teddy Bear Parade" WTF is a teddy bear parade?!?! And why is it that my medical records don't matter in reference to this teddy bear parade? hrmph. (PS - I just looked up the Teddy Bear Parade and realized it occurred on the 28th of Sept!!!! Lazy ass clinic -- I'm glad I'm going to a new one...) I check my e-mail and there's an e-mail from som Jess Bartrom with the subject "Express Written Permission" and since that's the address I have on knitty I try to open it -- and then I get forwarded to some stupid place that doesn't make sense and I realize that the e-mail for "express written permission" was 133 KB -- which probably means I just opened a virus. Yippee... slow computer while scanning. So I try to get a little work done... BAM -- no licenses. They expired over the weekend and the bossman and the vendor are still sorting out details. Bossman is also busy at a technical conference so he may not get to this until Wednesday or so. Monday: I love you, too.

In pregnancy news... it's hard to believe I'm pregnant sometimes. I mean I get hungry and tired sometimes but otherwise I feel fine. I get to see the doctor this Thursday...

In Knitting news, I attended the Portland Knit Out & Crochet and I taught a couple of girls how to knit. I saw lots of people and after 3 hours I was totally worn out and I had to leave early :-(. It was raining and I felt yucky and I really don't need to get sick right now so I had the hubby pick me up. I got to the first decrease on the second lacey sock. I have 40 more rounds til I start the heel. I think I picked out the next pair I'm going to do as well... May have to use DPNs because I don't have size 1 circs. I even spun a little more of my wool. I think I'm getting the hang of it finally...

Friday, September 27, 2002

Lazy blogger, me. I am just too thrilled about the grand opening of Knitty to not blog about it. Unforunately I am so excited that I can hardly type. I can definitely see making the a-line bell sleeve "top secret" for me to wear in the chilly months when I start to show ;-).

I did go to the AM Northwest show and appear in the audience knitting a sock. Unfortunately I was on the part where I connected the Picot edging and I was very distracted so I did a crappy job. I didn't care though. I started the lacey repeats, and just finished one round before I decided that I had to start something new. I think I have startitis. I grabbed the Kid Mohair (7 balls) out of the yarn box and started trying out this Fern Lace stuff. Did 3 repeats across and 2 repeats long and decided it was the fringe of a sleeve. I decreased it to tiny for the wrist and I've been steadily increasing as I go. It looks a little too long and not shaped right, but that's too bad because I did it in mohair.

I just really needed a break from the socks on size 0 needles. Oh yeah, and I spun with the drop spindle last night til my fingers went numb. I also watched a show about baby products and what to look for (cribs, furniture, strollers, etc -- big $ items mostly). I think I will be inheriting most of the stuff so I will definitely have to do the safety research before I can decide if any of it is actually useable (like the crib *I* grew up in). I think I'm getting ideas for the nursery area. Sea green and white. We have these christmas light things covered in lanterns that color and it's such a clean, soothing color combo.

I want to do Friday Five but I'm really too lazy. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. You really should. Run along...

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Yikes. It's early... and I didn't sleep well. It's so difficult to try to make sure you wake up at 5:00 without also waking up at 12:00, 2:30, 3:00, 4:00, &4:30. Maybe I should have dug up an alarm clock so I could sleep better...

My body's certainly not ready to be awake yet. It can't decide whether to be hungry or pukey. I'm voting hungry so I'm shoving food down my face :-)

Last night I did Knitting while Buffy after a fantastic dinner of shepherd's pie with a side dish of baked garlic eggplants. I was working on the second lacey sock and for some reason I decided to go continental after my lacey round. It felt so natural... it was the strangest thing. And my knitting was going so fast and my hands weren't getting tired. For some reason with the size 0 needles it just clicked. Maybe this sock will go faster than the last one. I worry about gauge though -- perhaps I shouldn't start knitting continentally mid-pair.

I got my mom started on an illusion scarf with my college's insignia on it. She's so excited -- she can't wait to show all her friends at work.

Anyhow, I guess I'd better get to doing something...

Monday, September 23, 2002

So here's something that's been on my mind...

Pink or Blue? Pink I hope... I'm sure he hopes blue. It will be a while before we find out anyway...

Sunday, September 22, 2002

Can you believe it -- I wasted good knitting time today... I was spinning instead.

The Oregon Flock and Fiber festival was great. This lady sat me down at a wheel and convinced me to buy her beautiful roving. Unfortunately I am too broke to buy a wheel, so I am stuck with a drop spindle. I lust for a wheel though... it was so much easier!!!

Friday, September 20, 2002

Yay!!!! It's Friday! Time for Friday Five...

1. Would you say that you're good at keeping in touch with people?
Not very. I intend to call or write but my actual execution never happens, or it sometimes does happen, just months later.

2. Which communication method do you usually prefer/use: e-mail, telephone, snail mail, blog comments, or meeting in person? Why?
Meeting in person by far, it's the easiest way to communicate, face to face. Unfortunately not everyone is within meeting in person distance, so then I use e-mail or telephone.

3. Do you have an instant messenger program? How many? Why/why not? How often do you use it?
I have one - AIM. My parents don't have AOL anymore though so I rarely use it... just to keep in touch with family members and friends.

4. Do most of your close friends live nearby or far away?
Far away.

5. Are you an "out of sight, out of mind" person, or do you believe that "distance makes the heart grow fonder"?
I think I'm an out of sight, out of mind person. I have so much to keep me busy as it is... I'm not proud of this fact though.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Morning! Hope everyone's having a good week so far.

Last night at Open Knit, I was nearly the only one there, but all the shop people seemed to be there (even Linda - owner). Sandy (my substitute teacher for my last class) said maybe I should talk to Linda about teaching an illusion knitting class. Since Linda doesn't know me very well I didn't really say anything, but I think I'd love to.

After I sat knitting my illusion swatch one of the girls that works there pops her head in and says "you know there's a wine and cheese fashion show in 10 minutes, right?" Actually, I hadn't. So I called my DH up and said "hey -- free wine and cheese... wanna come?" But since he had a particularly crappy day at work, he didn't feel like it, so I headed home where I also had free whine. Ha... Ha... Anyway, we had a nice dinner together and we went for dessert at the coffee shop in the middle of our neighborhood (which serves awesome Stumptown coffee and some fantabulous desserts).

I finished my swatch by the end of the night and washed and blocked a bit, til I let it to dry. I have delusions of being able to make a 3 yr old child a bear hat and bear mittens out of the leftover fuzzy yarn that I used for a scarf way back. I just can't find the right hat at the right gauge. I might have to do math... oh dear.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

I am so happy it's Wednesday!! I got nearly everything on my list done last night except finish the second fingerless mitten and clean off the coffee table. I did some additional things though like the dishes.

The dyeing actually went fairly well. I basically mixed 1 tbsp of vinegar with 1/4 cup of hot water in 5 different mason (ok Kerr) jars. Then I added 1/8 tsp of the dye (but I didn't mix up the dye powder before I added it). The wool sections were treated in a hot water/vinegar solution before adding them to the dye jars. After the yarn went in, I covered the jars with cling wrap and sealed with the ring part of the lid. I had cut holes in the cling wrap prior to starting so they wouldn't pressurize and pop. I added the jars to my big ol' canning pot and let them (double) boil in there for 15 minutes. Then I added a shot of hot vinegar/water mix to each of the jars and let them continue to double boil for about 20 minutes more. We had to leave the house so I turned off the stove and covered the pot, and let it cool while we were out to dinner. I just want to say... I laugh in the face of the lady in the art store who said that these dyes would not work on wool HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Procion MX does dye wool!

Click on the image for a more close up version. The colors are (from top to bottom) White (look carefully), Antique Gold, Bright Orange, Bronze, Burgundy, and Olive green. The darker colors didn't photograph well. Oh and the penny is there to show how bulky the yarn is. I know the olive green doesn't look like olive green but it is... I just didn't mix up the dye powder. I am *so* excited about these colors. They are going to make a beautiful painted hank and hopefully a beautiful bulky winter shell. I was thinking of making the one from Rowan 32... that Shobhana is making.
So if the above image is the "paintbrush" - here is the "canvas":

One pound of superwash wool

Tonight is open knit -- pretty excited about that. I have to buy some yarn to knit up a swatch. I think I am going to go ahead and start making the Rebecca jacket thing soon with some of the estate sale yarn that I found. It's getting cold and I don't have the right things to wear...

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

I think I will finish up the scarf/hat/fingerless glove set tonight. That would be good. Then I will finish the second glove to my fingerless mitten set. I am also going to do a trial run with the dyes to see what shade they turn out with the wool (which I cleaned last night).

I got something in the mail from elann but it's not for me. The yarn samples were, though --- they have some great yarns!!!

On top of that I will:
1) Have dinner with Mikki
2) Do some laundry
3) Clean the kitchen
4) Sweep/clean the floors
5) Dust/organize the coffee table
And I dunno what else -- but we'll see. I have a lot to do...

Monday, September 16, 2002

Yikes. Every time I look at the Rebecca Free Patterns site I pick out a new one that I want to make. I have quite a few things I already need to finish!!

Last night I decided to add a pair of fingerless gloves to match my mom's hat/scarf set. I used the pattern from last fall's Interweave Knits. Instead of the Picot edging I used a diagonal rib to match the hat and scarf.

I found a great canning pot today at Goodwill. Sadly, they wanted to charge me $29.99 for it. I walked out of the store. Luckily, I was headed to the Salvation Army, where I found a fantastic enamel canning pot for a mere $4.99. It was much lighter weight and more what I had in mind for dyeing my wool. I think I will do the handpainted thing but I'm still not sure exactly how that will work yet. I think I may make a very LONG hank by laying the different hanks end to end and winding around something big (my couch?) and then fold up so the color changes aren't so rapid. I still don't know if it will be better to use vinegar or citric acid (both of which I have lying about).

So I should be finished with mommy's gift by the weekend, which is good because she will be here. Then I can start on the second sock for my MIL. Then we will probably be going to the Flock and Fiber Festival. If you want to turn green with envy, peruse the catalog (PDF format). I can't believe I missed this before but there are going to be some great classes/demonstrations. I can barely contain my excitement (and it's only 20 miles from my house!!!). I hope my mom doesn't mind putting up with this. I know the DH wouldn't stand for it at all hehe.

So the rains are back. It's very fall-like today. Gray and cold and drizzly. I don't have a raincoat or an umbrella... how Portlander of me.

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Ugh. I can't make up my mind! I have 8 skeins of bulky wool (1 lb) and I want to dye it. I got some procion MX dye in the following 5 colors:
Antique Gold
Brilliant Orange
Olive Green

For a fall color theme. For a color card you can go here. The lady at the art store didn't think they would dye wool but I figure if kool aid can, so will this (with a little vinegar and heat to coax it along). My point of indecision is whether I should be hand painting hanks or whether I should just dye the entire skeins various colors to make a stripey thing.

If anyone has an opinion it would be appreciated.

Friday, September 13, 2002

Good Morning. Happy Friday to all :-)

Funny stuff last night: I let our friends' lab out to poop and they were so good, they pooped within 5 minutes after we went outside. Then we decided to play for a while. But since I hadn't really used their back door before I didn't realize how close the latch was to the edge of the door, and I closed my finger in the door :-( It started bleeding so I used one of their band-aids and continued to play with the dogs. Then, I couldn't get out of the house! The garage door wouldn't close with the same code as the open... so I had to do the thing where you push the inside button then run out without tripping the sensor. I couldn't do it! Finally, after several tries, it worked.

THEN I went to my first local Guild meeting. They are called the Portland Purlers. I had so much fun -- I knew about 6 or 7 people there from meeting them previously and I went ahead and paid my dues for my membership. The guest speaker talked about how yarn gets from the producer to the wholesaler to the regional sales to the retail store to us. It was super interesting. The most interesting part is they're probably designing the yarns for Fall of 2005 right now. How can they be so psychic about what will be popular!?!? The funniest part about the meeting was when the treasurer recommended that I run for president for next year. HAH! It was my first meeting! How could she know whether I'd make a good pres??? Also, the lady organizing the Knit Out & Crochet had 25 tickets for seats at the AM Northwest show on KATU. I signed up for that too... why not. I'd never been in a studio before -- I'd just be audience.

Then I met up with my hubby (who bought me flowers yesterday) and my father-in-law at the Lucky Labrador for drinks. It was time to relax! What a day!

Now, for the Friday Five...
1. What was/is your favorite subject in school? Why?

Maths and sciences. I loved solving the problems, it was very gratifying.
2. Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

My HS physics/trig teacher. He was very good at demonstrating things so that we would understand it. He also gave college-style exams. I preferred these to mult choice or fill in the blank.
3. What is your favorite memory of school?

When my world history teacher told me I was eloquent and then gave us a weekend-long extension on our paper. (I've never thought of myself as eloquent).
4. What was your favorite recess game?

5. What did you hate most about school?

Elementary school teachers who were less intelligent than I was.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Is it over yet? Can I come out now? *peeking out from behind a door*

I just want to know *which* poll stated that we needed to be barraged with all of that media yesterday. How can they assume that they are saying what we want to hear. It's a good thing I have a choice whether or not to turn on the TV or the Radio. Some things just aren't meant to be dealt with on a public level like that.

Anyhow, I worked to the end of the first skein on the Noro Silk Garden scarf. Everyone at the Open Knit was CRAZY over the diagonal rib pattern yesterday. I mean really crazy! It was pretty funny. It was refreshing to knit with other people after no one went to the S&B.

The local Guild Meeting is tonight. My father-in-law is also flying in... I didn't want to miss picking him up but I had also been planning on going to this guild meeting for about a month now. The DH convinced me that I should just go to the meeting, and he was very sweet about it. So I will attend my first guild meeting. At the end I will decide if it is worth my $15 a month. I already know a lot of people who are members so it won't be a scary experience...

I'm glad it's almost Friday :-)

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Ohh -- what a funny day. Only Susan and I were at S&B. Quiet evening. I did finish the first of the two lacey socks and I am so proud of myself. I hope they will fit!

My left wrist has been aching though (those darned size 0 needles!). So I knitted the first of a pair of fingerless mittens out of my new lavendar stretchy yarn. I made the top a little shorter and I *love* it. It keeps my wrist warm while I knit.

Sadly, two half FOs don't make a whole one :-(.

At some point today I put together my own version of the 100 things you never knew about me and never wanted to know list.

Just a few minutes ago we were riding home from picking up a pizza, and I saw a BMW that had a Ferrari sticker on it. After cackling out loud about this, I realized my window was slightly open and I had attracted the attention of the person driving this funny vehicle. Sadly, we knew this person, and they knew us. Whoops?

It's weird that we're starting to run into people we know now. It's part of Portland though -- that small town feel even though it's a good size city. We're finally fitting in -- and it is good :-).

PS -- I'm not begging for comments... my font is set to verdana and 10 pt in size... but it insists on being some 20 point Times New Roman crap and it won't change no matter how I edit it. And now I'm going to be late for work :-(.

Monday, September 09, 2002

Monday. It's certainly Monday. I can't believe it's the 9th of September already. Where has this year gone?!?!

I have so much to do I had to make a list. It's bad when I start making lists. It's not like I use them for anything It's just therapeutic, I think.

The Nickel Creek concert was beyond amazing. Their technical skills and their personalities are just fantastic and when you put them on stage, they shine. They played 2 encores and the second was acoustic. It was just simply amazing. If you appreciate musical talent and good singing, check out their CDs. You can hear clips on their site too, for a preview.

Sunday went down the tubes pretty fast. Breakfast at Cafe Lena, drive down to Sellwood, look at antiques, drive out to beaverton to find Uwajimaya, buy japanese tea set and green tea, eat sushi for lunch, drive to mall to look for sharpening stones, knife shop suggests we go to the place we just came from, bought a wall knife magnet, got trapped at Bombay Company (having a huge sale), bought two wicker basket/boxes and a mirror, stopped by Rejuvenation to look for hardware for dresser. Then we came home, watched blade II, ate dinner at an indian restaurant, came home and finished blade II, and hit the hay. Notice there was no work done on the dresser :(((( I will not finish this by the 13th unfortunately (see above reference to list-making).

Anyway, amongst all these things I did finish the cashmere Matthew scarf and now it's ready to block. I'm also about 11 rows shy of finishing the first lacey sock too. Man, I can't believe I'm knitting on size 0s. That oughta teach me!

OK -- sadly my old site is up again (thanks to my hubby). But I like this one better, as long as it's dependable. I wonder what other folks prefer, this site or the old one. If you have an opinion, please let me know. That's all.

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Wow! I have done *so* much today... and I still have so much to do. I just put away the dresser. I finally got 99.9% of the varnish off of the main dresser. I haven't touched the drawers or the mirror yet. Just so you can imagine what I have to work with...

dresser before refinishing
(click to see larger version)
The pulls are long gone... don't worry. We have lots of cool places in town to get replacements too.

In addition to all the sanding, My Ags beat the hell out of Pittsburgh today (WHOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!).

On top of even that, the Yarn Garden was having a sidewalk sale (can I get a hell yizeah?). I got a bag of 7 balls of sea green BMS mohair for $12, a bag of 5 balls of lavendar Pingouin Paramount Stretch yarn (much like fixation except loopier looking) for $6, and a bag of 4 balls of Mondial wool/cotton/alpaca blend in a brown/white tweedy look for $8. What a deal! Same thing tomorrow -- this is Linda (shop owner) cleaning out her basement. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing!

Well, the Nickel Creek concert is tonight and I am a mess, so I'm going to go wash up for that. In the mean time, enjoy my new poster (click to see larger version)!!!
craft-aholic poster

Friday, September 06, 2002

I *heart* my new blog. Now, if I could only steal the comments from my *old* blog... I could even have that too!
Finally -- Friday! And this was a *short* week!!! Things will get better. Monday we are going to start looking into new things... which is good. The old things are starting to loose their shimmer.

I sanded on the dresser for about an hour and a half. I got some good progress on the front and one side. I have only the other side left. Since I have only worked with the orbital sander so far, I have a lot of detail work that still has varnish on it... I will have to use the finishing mouse-shaped sander... at least to get into corners and such. The rest will have to be done by hand. Chris and I had a discussion about grit of sanding and I'm working with 60 now. I was planning on doing 80 then 100 but Chris thinks I can skip directly from 60 to 100 and then finally to 220 for the finish... but I want *some* grain coming up... so I don't know if I want that fine of a grit. We'll see what it's like after 100.

In knitting news, I am still working on the gussets of the lacey sock. For some reason I have 1 less stitch on the heel needle than I should. I probably did a gusset decrease somewhere when I wasn't supposed to. I can't tell where so I'll just skip the last gusset decrease. Or maybe I should just work it with 1 less stitch... how difficult would that be when I got to the toe? I can't tell now, I'll have to think about it a little more. All I know for sure is, it isn't worth ripping out over that 1 stitch.

OK -- last but not least, today's Friday Five.

1. What is your biggest pet peeve? Why?

Right now? Listening to George W Bush speak. It gets under my skin like nothing else can. Even the thought of it makes me shiver with repulsion. Bleh.

2. What irritating habits do you have?

I probably talk on top of other people talking a little too much. I'm always afraid I won't get a word in edgewise so I sort of jump in.

3. Have you tried to change the irritating habits or just let them be?

I try to be mindful because I never intend to step on anyone's toes in conversation.

4. What grosses you out more than anything else? Why?

Hocking and spitting in public. It's why I can't run... If I was a true runner I'd hock and spit when I was having profuse "drainage", but instead I don't and I get an upset stomach. Ew... no hocking and spitting from me. I'd rather puke.

5. What one thing can you never see yourself doing that other people do?

See above.

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Happy Thursday. September is trying to make a quick escape, I can tell. Yesterday I started sanding off the varnish from the dresser, and the wood look so pretty without that varnish on it. I'm quite excited to see how this all turns out. I hope to be finished by the 13th, not only so it can be ready for use soon, but also so I can have it finished before it starts raining. In addition, I found out yesterday that Link-Taylor was actually a somewhat reputable furniture maker that was established in 1949 with the idea of making furniture like Ford made cars (assembly line). All told, the thing is in pretty good condition, and that makes it an easier piece to refinish.

Yesterday I made a trip to Mill End fabric outlet (they had yarns too) but didn't find anything absolutely fantastic that I *had* to have. I was looking for inspiration for our upstairs bathroom and I really didn't find anything at all. I got some red velvet for pillows but it didn't match the rug and now I think I'm going to be forced to make wine bottle bags out of it.

I turned the heel on the first lacey sock last night as I watched the announcement of the new Americal Idol and learned to use the Tivo... all at the same time. My mind fascinates even me sometimes! For some reason, working with 2 circulars has prevented my hands from cramping up. That way I don't need to go to a larger-needle project for a break, and lots of work is being done on the sock. Last but not least we watched 4 more episodes from the first season of Sex and the city. Only 2 more to go and we can move on to Season 2!

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Wow -- so much has happened, and I have so not been blogging. Not sure why, I didn't spend much time at the computers this weekend.

Saturday I went to my first Naked Lady Party -- and that was *SO* much fun. I took several tops in hopes of finding some new bottoms because my wardrobe is a bit "top heavy" So I got a great dress/jacket outfit, a cute velvet stripey tee, some great black pants, and a cute blue skirt with seashells on it. Then I spent some time teaching a girl from the bay area named Tracy to knit. She was just learning crochet too but she had a curiosity so we fed it. When she picked up the yarn to start knitting, she picked it up with her left index finger, so I taught her continental. I'm not of the mind to force people into one way of knitting just because I do it -- and man was she picking it up quickly! I hope I was a good teacher. There was another new knitter there who was starting her first project ever from a cute pattern for a doggie sweater. She was making those typical first timer errors (accidental increases, not sure how to read the pattern, hoping errors would just work themselves out in the end...) and I helped her locate them, be wary of them, and I taught her the K1, P1 rib (she thought it meant K1 row, P1 row). Anyway -- I felt pseudo stitch-doctorish but I know I give myself way too much credit.

Then on Sunday we went antique shopping for a dresser so we can sort out our clothes. I got so worn out and so did not find anything that fit what I had in mind. Spent the remainder of the day knitting and watching changing rooms/trading spaces. Of course at about 11 PM I got motivated to start planning for decorating our main living room area. We sort of found a great carpet that would do wonderfully in there, but I have to really plan out the rest of the decor around the carpet, so I should wait til we actually BUY it before I do too much. Measurements are still good though.

Monday morning I woke up with a headache :( My sinuses were not pleased with warehouses full of old stuff. Ugh. Anyway, at about 12:30 I headed to the thrift stores to check one more time for dressers that could be refinished. The Goodwill superstore had nothing to offer (but was VERY busy!). Then I went to the Salvation Army thrift store and found just what I was looking for... and for 50% off! It is a solid wood (I think it's oak) dresser with 9 drawers that all work very well. One of the pulls is coming off but those are negotiable anyway. One of the mirror holder thingies came off but it was in the drawer so I Can putty up the back and hopefully replace it. I am *SO* excited to refinish this dresser/mirror. I want to mimic something I saw in MS about this whitewash thing that lets the wood grain through. I'm so excited about it I stayed up all night fantasizing about it. I hate it when I do that... there's so much mystery about the project that I work it over and over in my head while I'm pseudo-sleeping. I'm not too sleepy today though because I had to take a decongestant to get rid of that headache. ZIIIIIINGGGGGGGG!

Then we had the bar-b-q hamburgers and beer. I made corn and tater tots to go with it. Turned out very nice. Then we watched the first 6 episodes of the first season of Sex and the City. I can't believe Sarah-Jessica Parker has such a central role. I thought it involved the other girls a bit more. Nevertheless... very entertaining! Still -- if we can rent the entire first season for $2.99 and we get to keep it for a week, we're certainly not getting HBO -- not worth it!

That's all. For now. Buuzzzzzzzzz (this is the discontinued kind of decongestant:-D)