Thursday, September 29, 2005
51 degrees? okay...so i'm a wuss. (kinda.) i absolutely *love* the cool, crisp weather that autumn brings to chicago...it's just the adjustment!
so it's 3:42 in the morning, i've got t-5 hours until my 1st calculus exam, which, i should add, that i haven't even *started* studying for. it's not that i didn't mean to study. it's just that there are so many other things to do. like not study. and there are just so many websites to look at in the middle of the night - like ebay. (or weather.com for that matter.) or downloading songs off of itunes. (yay, gray's anatomy soundtrack!) i've also been compulsively checking my usbank.com mailbox for a reply to my e-mail that i wrote on tuesday, about 1:30 pm. considering their '5-star service guarantee', and the fact that they 'promise' they will respond to any e-mails within 24 hours, well, they owe me $5. it took them 36 hours to reply! so much for their 5-star service.
well, before my caffeine buzz wears off, i'd better get a-studyin'. wish me luck!
Saturday, September 24, 2005
(courtesy of my ever-favorite saturday morning farmer's market)
*more* honeycrisp. (yes, i know i'm obsessed)
(blognote: for those of you who *really* didn't believe that i *love* pink, yes, it's true. i *do* have pink colanders & a pink cutting board.)
today's weekly trip to the farmer's market proved very fruitful (no pun intended). not only was i able to get some more honeycrisp apples, i also ventured up to the lincoln park farmer's market, and was able to get a different variety as well: senshu. now, i've never heard of 'senshu apples' before today, but they sound promising: a very good, but not too 'apple-y' tasting apple.
and as for the raisin challah? *excellent*. i've *got* to get another one of those next week.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
chicken jamba-TOMATO PASTE-laya
so much for my potentially-will-be-*really*-good jambalaya recipe that i tried today. at the (almost) last step, i added *2* (yes, two) cans for tomato paste. considering the fact that i was *halving* the recipe instead of *doubling* it, umm...yeah. didn't turn out so well. hence chicken jamba-tomato paste-laya. sigh. i was *so* looking forward to it, too!
Saturday, September 17, 2005
i just remembered, that i forgot to 'submit' my first exam (for this web class that i'm taking) by midnight last night. i logged in to my blackboard account, to see if maybe i would be lucky, and, by some act of the good-fortune-on-christina-gods, the module would still be open. this is what i got:
(oh yeah. big blank page. and the best part? that big, black bold print near the top of the page? it reads: folder empty.)
no such luck.
will i ever get the hang of this online thing? i've seriously got to print myself out a calendar to remind myself. geesh!
i'm in love.
so i just got back from the clark & division farmer's market, and guess what i found there? honeycrisp apples! now, for those of you who aren't in the "know", there are like fifty gazillion types of apples out there (i only found this out last year). in any case, i discovered these apples through a friend of mine last fall - and let me tell you, i've been eagerly anticipating their arrival since then!
now, i'm not really sure what the appeal is - or what my obsession's all about, really. maybe it's because of the fact that not a lot of people know about this variety of apple (kinda like a cult thing). or perhaps it's because they're only seasonally available (kinda like a demand thing). i'm not really sure. but, what i am sure about, is that these are the most delicious apples that i've ever tried. tart, but not too tart. sweet, but not to sweet. and just the right amount of 'crunch'.
bottom line: *absolutely delicious.*
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I admit, I *am* a yarn snob. I have to admit, when I was really new to knitting, I had no idea. I went to Michael's and JoAnn's and bought Lion Brand. But then, I went to a knitting store, and I was absolutely seduced by the colors, and the fibers, and just how much natural fibers (wool) and higher quality acrylics (such as Encore acrylic/wool) differ from the "cheap" stuff. Don't get me wrong; the cheap stuff (Baby Clouds) is absolutely *wonderful* for baby blankets, but, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing it.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Well, I'm allergic to cats. But I have two of them! :)
4. How long have you been knitting?
I've been knitting for almost two years now.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Not currently, but, I'll look into it, and keep you posted.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I don't use any scented bath products, but, as far as candles go, I absolutely *love* Gold Canyon Candle's 'sweet vanilla sugar' and 'birthday cake'. They're absolutely *scrumptious*!
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Umm...can we say those Milk Maid caramels from Brach's Pick-a-Mix bulk candies? Sour watermelon candy. Twix. Mr. Goodbar. Just not anything in *dark* chocolate. And let's not forget my 'grande-triple-nonfat-white-chocolate-mocha-with-no-whipped-cream" indulgences!
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I'm very into home decorating right now, since I just recently moved. I also like to make collars for my cats (although it's hard to find small-scale cute prints!).
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I'm really into a lot of different types of music, really. I *adore* soundtracks, right now the "Hitch" soundtrack's residing in my CD player. I'm also into The Postal Service, Mil Mulliganos, Jem, Modest Mouse, and anything they play on 101.9 FM. I also am into musicals (The Lion King is the show I've most recently been to) and opera (Anna Netrebko).
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Pink! Anything Pink! I especially love pink/brown combinations, as well as blue/brown combinations.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
My two cats allow me to live with them.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
Realistically, to be accepted into and complete a B.S. nursing program. Unrealistically, to buy all the gorgeous yarns that I absolutely *drool* over at the yarn store.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Anything Blue Sky Alpaca, or Plymouth Yarn's Alpaca. Handpainted yarns.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Pure acrylics. Anything scratchy. I'm not particularly fond of novelty or cotton yarns, either.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Shawls/stoles, hats, scarves, mittens. After all, winter will soon be upon us here in Chicago. What I've been looking for is a pattern to replicate the large scarf that was worn by the character, Lisa, in the film "Wicker Park". It's not really one of those hood/scarf things, I think it's just more of a oversized scarf that she wore like one of those hood/scarf things.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Scarves, shawls, and things for other people. :)
17. What are you knitting right now?
Another scarf, what else? I've got to get this baby hat on the needles for my co-worker who is due in October, though!
18. What do you think about ponchos?
Ponchos are cute, but I prefer the more modern-type, solid ones. (Think Gap.)
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Straights. 10", if my project allows it.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Brittany Birch. Addi Turbo circulars. Clover Bamboos. (And I'm currently staking out the "blonde" wood collection of Lantern Moon's. In time, in time...)
21. Are you a sock knitter?
Haven't even attempted it. Mittens are enough for me now!
22. How did you learn to knit?
My mom initially taught me the knit stitch, but, by the time I actually got around to knitting something by myself, I had completely forgotten what she had showed me. I went to Michale's and picked up one of those multi-colored learn-to-knit scarf kits, and am self-taught from there.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Hmm. A baby blanket that I'm 96% (I know, I know) done with that is from last October, and a Gryffindor scarf that I'm still knitting for one of my managers - from last Christmas!
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
I love all things cute-cat related.
25. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I just love the season.
26. Is there anything that you collect?
Does yarn count? :) I have a small-but-growing collection of Maneki Nekos (lucky cats).
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
None, although I do buy Family Circle Knitting if there is a project that I like inside!
28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
"Last-Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson and "The Last-Minute Party Girl: Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining" by Erika Lenkert
29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
Karabella's Gossamer #230 - a shawl with ruffled edges. Ribby Cardi, from chicknits.com. (It'd be absolutely *fabulous* in a blue/brown combination!)
30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
Umm, I have no idea. I'll get back to you on that one. :)
Monday, September 12, 2005
okay. so it's just another scarf to add to my enormous scarf collection. but, *the yarn*! it's just a simple garter stitch pattern on #35 needles, knit up on plymouth yarn's "baby alpaca grande", in color #3317, an absolutely *gorgeous* not-too-baby blue. i still have to weave in the ends, then add fringe, then block, but, c'mon...it's nearly done! (and i don't even think i ripped it back once!) my first fp of the season! (and yes, i will finish it...)