Sunday, July 29, 2007

On a mission

Here's a thought:

If you are a proprietor of a restaurant, perhaps when you get that thing from the Yellow pages you should put the address of the restaurant, not your home address on the form. Otherwise, you may end us with random people driving around your ritzy neighborhood in downtown Rockford looking for a Don Pablo's.

Mark and I were out in DeKalb yesterday. We both got new licenses (mine has my new name, Mark's has his new address). Fortunately, that didn't take as long as we thought it might, so we had a couple hours before Mark needed to be at the law school. I've been wanting a yarn ball winder for a long time. I've seen them for sale and have passed them up before, but now I really want one. This might have been brought on by Jenn raving about hers at SNBWB the other week, but I can't say for sure. I also think it might help minimize the tangles among my various yarns if they were in cake form instead of ball form. If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me show you. This is yarn wound on a ball winder:

Anyway, I saw on JoAnn's website that they were on sale, so I thought I'd check out the store. They had nothing, so we went to Michael's and they had nothing. (I may have purchased some ribbons and buttons for embellishing baby items I may be knitting though...) Mark is a patient and understanding husband, so when I told him that there was one more place I knew sold them, he took me the The Yarn Exchange.

They were out of stock there too. So instead of a winder, I bought a skein of Malabrigo that you see wound up there and a black sheep measuring tape. (I have problems walking out of yarn stores I like without buying something.) As for the measuring tape, I couldn't help it. I resisted it last time and twice was too much. As for the yarn, I do have a plan for it. I made a hat out of the same colorway last fall and had problems finding a scarf that looked right for it. So now I will make a scarf to match. I actually started knitting one last night at the movies, but I think I need to go up a needle size or two so I don't really have anything to show yet.

The reason we were in DeKalb in the first place was for Mark to help get the Law Review office packed up and ready to be moved from the student center back to the law school. So I spent a good chunk of yesterday afternoon curled up in a chair in the Marshall Gallery (which has awesome Gothic architecture) knitting. I finished the baby sweater I was working on. I still have to seam it and do the rest of the finishing touches, but the knitting is done.
I had enough yarn left over that I'm going to try to make a matching pair of bootees. I finished one on the way to and from Rockford yesterday. I say "try" because I'm not positive I'll have enough yarn to make the second, but there is no harm in attempting it. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and I really like the yarn. I found it to be a little splitty sometimes, but it wasn't too bad that way. It is very nice on the hands, and I especially love that it is machine washable. The pattern I used is "Classic Cashmere Sweater" from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight. (Likewise, the bootees are the pattern
"Classic Cashmere Bootees" from the same book.)
What I really like about this pattern is the way the slit in the back (which will have a ribbon attached to tie it shut) will allow the neck to be large enough to get it over a baby's head. The two other baby sweaters I've knit in the past were a kimono and a bolero, so I didn't have to worry about the size of the neck on those. On these I knit the smallest size (0-3 months). I want to try to knit baby things in a variety of sizes. The silk slippers were for 3-6 months.
Anyhow, we went to Rockford when Mark was done with the law review stuff. What is in Rockford you ask? Hilander. Hilander is a different name for Kroger. I don't know why the name has to be different, but all the store brand stuff still says "Kroger." Yes, I know we have grocery stores here, but Jewel just doesn't have the selection of store-brand versions of Mark and my favorite cereals. Kroger has Marshmallow Treasures (Lucky Charms), Bite Sized Frosted Wheats (Frosted Mini Wheats), Cinnamon Swirls (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), and Blueberry Almond Crisp (Blueberry Morning). Sometimes the store brands are all on sale 3 for $6.00. You cannot pass that up. We usually stock up when we are in Toledo, but if we are desperate and looking to do some driving anyway, we head out to the Hilander near the Cherry Vale mall in Rockford.
Besides, yesterday we also wanted to go eat dinner at Don Pablo's. Which brings me back to the first paragraph of this blog entry. Once upon a time Mark and I decided to see where the nearest Don Pablo's was. We saw there was one in Rockford, and we thought that it was by the Cherry Vale mall. Of course we forgot to look up the location again before leaving, so once we were done at the Hilander we started driving around the mall area to find it. I pulled out my cell phone and did a yellow page search to help us with this task. Yellow pages told me it was at 150 Hancock Street. I looked at the map and saw it was by the river. This meant it was downtown, which I thought a little surprising since it is a chain and therefore more likely to be found in a mall area, but Toledo has all those restaurants down by the river, and Rockford is kind of like Toledo, so that is where we drove. We ended up in a very nice old neighborhood. That is when I realized that we probably had the address of the person who owns that Don Pablo's. Fortunately, the number listed was correct so I called and was told what the actual address was and we had a very nice dinner.
It was a pretty full day. We came home and were there for about 45 minutes before we left for a late showing of the Simpson's movie.

Friday, July 27, 2007

'97, was it so long ago?

You know what will make you feel old?

Listening to your playlist "The Complete High School Experience" on your iPod and realizing that some of those songs are 10 years old now. Yes, that is right, the summers spent baby sitting and listening WKDD back when it was 96.5 FM were a decade ago now. That is right, in case you are my age and don't feel old, think about it, "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind and "Criminal" by Fiona Apple are 10 years old now. "One Headlight" by the Wallflowers is even older. Scary, huh?

Geesh. When did I get so old? I know I really am not that old, compared to most of the people I work with I'm quite young. It is just that sometimes it really hits you how far removed from all the kid stuff you are.

It is July so the office is full of college students doing summer internships. That really makes me feel the difference too.

One of the guys who sits near me browses Facebook all day long. I'm not really sure how he gets away with this. My company is pretty strict about using the internet for business related work only. Sometimes I worry I'll get in trouble for checking the weather (I don't think I will really, we just aren't supposed to use weatherbug or an application like that because it can really bog down the system) and he is sitting there playing on Facebook. I don't get it really, I mean they are able to see the pages you look at and the sites you browse. While I would like to check some other things when I have nothing to do, I am really not about checking a blog or email or anything personal at work when it can be read by Computer Services. I guess I feel like it is opening a door to your personal life that I'm not comfortable with to do that social stuff at work. This is the same kid who answers his cell phone and proceeds to have lengthy loud conversations about the possibility of him reading any Harry Potter books too. Do you just not know or just not worry about this sort of thing as a kid?

The other interns were having some sort of tiff today too involving a mutual friend/enemy. I have no idea what the drama is about, but that is just it, it is drama. Not that adults don't have drama, there certainly are office politics, but this stuff is like playground stuff.

I'm just saying, I guess I really feel like a real adult now. It has taken a couple years to adjust to the whole work vs school things and to get used to the rhythm of working life instead of school life. Now that I am mostly there though, just wow, I feel the difference.

*Side note*

I forgot about the blogger spell check issues. Blogger really needs to get a better dictionary. It doesn't recognize "iPod" "Facebook" "Playlist" or "Weatherbug" but it wants me to change internet with a lower case i to "Internets." Maybe I'm not the one that is so old after all.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Baby Knitting

No, I am not pregnant. Mark needs to graduate and we need to be a little more settled before we start thinking seriously about starting a family. I just want to clarify this right away. I decided that since babies may be a possibility in the next few years though, I would get a start on knitting up some special items. After all, I've seen blog posts by pregnant knitters and they all go through this stage of not being able to knit anything because they can't decided what to do or stay still long enough to do it. I'm preparing by knitting in advance.

Last night I finished up these silk baby slippers. I made a special trip to JoAnne's to find just the right embellishment. I ended up buying a couple things (after all I plan on knitting some more baby things) but after testing them out I decided the little rose buds were best. I guess I want a girl.

I have heard it is bad luck to knit for a baby that is only "thought of" but not due. It is also supposed to be bad luck to stick an empty knitting needle through your knitting. I think these things are just practical. Anyway, if I can't have children maybe I'll have nieces or nephews and if not, I'm sure I'll know someone in the future who has a baby and could use some special knitted things.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Weekend Walking

It has been a really beautiful weekend. The temperature has been hanging around in the 70's which allows me to keep my windows open and the air off. This is always a good thing in my book.

It has also been cool enough to take advantage of the Forest Preserves and get some walking in. My parents came out to visit us, and to help manage her diabetes, my mom needs to get about 30 minutes of exercise in every morning and evening, so she and my dad walk. I thought they might enjoy some of the paths around here.

Of course, if I go for a walk I usually have my camera, and yesterday was no exception. This time of year is really beautiful with all the wildflowers blooming and there were butterflies everywhere.

I haven't been doing much knitting these weekend, although I did cast-off one of my mom's socks (I'd be more excited if there wasn't a second sock to knit for that pair). Since I got my Ravelry invite yesterday I've mostly been playing on there. I inventoried all my needles and hooks yesterday and added all my knitting books that are currently available for adding. I've added a few FO's and WIP's and a few skeins of yarn here and there, but the project and stash section is going to take me awhile. Being the type of person who loves the idea of being organized, I probably will use those features.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Invitation here!

I'm in, I'm in, I'm in!!!

That's all :-)

Awaiting Ravelry

Current status: 132 people are ahead of me in line

I miss the blogging thing so I'm back. I needed a break, I needed a new start, and I have that now.

Also, when I do get my Ravelry invite, I need a blog again to link to, right?

I'm just playing around with ideas right now.