Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday Random Ten - Knitting, ManMans and Music

Randomness:

a) Knitting: Thanks for all the lovely comments on my VICTORY blanket and the sweater for the new babies. Update on the last unfinished baby sweater am doing the arm shaping...will definitely miss baby shower but may be able to transport to the cottage next week (the new Mom is from Halifax)

b) Vocabulary: Good friend and superlative commenter Denny H asked me the other night when my Manboy would become a ManMan. I had no idea what to say....it occurred to me that some folks might not understand what I mean by Manboy and they may misunderstand it to be some slander against his maturity or manliness.

What makes him a Manboy is the sense of play without any self consciousness or insecurity. It's hard to find a grown up that is willing to get down and silly with you...it's one of my favourite things in the world.

The Man part: pays taxes, brings home the bacon, has ENORMOUS FEET, and takes care of himself. Independant and talented.

The Boy factor somes in when you take a good solid gander at his comic book, dvd, video game and toy collection.

c) You should all know that close to 90% of the FRT tunes have been found through two sources: 3 Hive where there are ton of free and legal downloads just waiting for you to enjoy. CBC Radio 3 where you cannot download but you can hear tons of up and coming bands. I heard The Arcade Fire, Hilotrons, MO3, The Evaporators, Buck 65, The Pink Mountaintops, The Stills, A.C Newman and pretty every single of the Arts and Crafts Label Players before I heard them anywhere else. It is bringing rock relevance and Canadian music to the masses(I also have a minor crush on Grant Lawrence - he's a goalie)

1. Islands - Cat Power - This is from her latest album - The Greatest. I got the title track from 3 Hive months ago and promptly bought the album.
2. Somewhere I Know There is Nothing - Chad VanGaalen - CBC Radio 3 will play AT LEAST one of his tracks a month...
3. Germ - Sixtoo - a 3 Hive find
4. Last Jump - Dune - a 3 Hive find
5. Thin Blue Flame - Josh Ritter - Found him on 3 Hive and got his album The Animal Years from a friend for my birthday - great knitting music
6. I am Not Surprised - The Organ - CBC Radio 3
7. Gotta Get Out - The Bicycles - 3 Hive
8. Fortunes of Few - The Slow Break
9. Wheel - The High Violets
10. Spit on a Stranger - Pavement - My friend Jeff.

Woof - sorry for the long post....

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Short Term Forecast: Babies a plenty!

The babies are popping out left right and centre. I'm desperately trying to make the last baby sweater which is due today at noon when I give the packages to my father who is in town for a dental appointment (I'm treating him to soup).

Two sisters due within HOURS of each other having a combined baby shower at the cottage with 3 weeks notice is UNFAIR. While the unfairness of it all is only exaccerbated by my own sister in law's impending baby popping that does not undue the fact that only one of the sisters will be getting a gift from me...sigh.

Rant aside: THIS MAKES MY OVARIES GO INTO OVERDRIVE. A finished object from Debbie Bliss' Baby Cashmerino - the Matinee Jacket made in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino #505. I'm in love with the book and the wool. I'm so so happy with this sweater that I could burst!


On December 26th, 2005 I started my first Intarsia project. It's the blanket from Zoe Mellor's Adorable Knits for Tots book in Bernat Cottontots.

Joyce helped me finish it on Wednesday at Lettuce Knit. In exchange for a beer she finished the last of a trillion ends. Thank god I had been pseudo sewing them in as I went along. By the last row of squares my tension got a little bit tight so I need to uber block it to get it straight - but I'm pretty darned happy with the end product.

Just in time as the little nina/nino is due next week.

VICTORY!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Darth Vater and Darth Mutter lived happily ever after.

When Manboy's Mother saw that Mom had gotten hooked up with the Arctic Cat her first question was whether or not there was a brain bucket involved.

To that end I introduce you to Darth Mutter. Seriously, that helmut just wreaks of domination and dark force! I'm smiling in this picture but my spidey senses were a-quiver with foreboding. She looks sweet but like all mothers of four from the Northlands- she can packs a tough punch.

Obviously, there was no need for nervousness she used the force for fun on the dock. You see the rock above the ladder on the left side of the picture? We swam there using all the extra energy that was conserved by Big Red. It was so good we pretended we were skydiving...dentists love our big mouths

It's the place that we don't argue and get all Mother/Daughtery - in the water on the way to Echo Rock. I'm so glad that we get to do it more. Of course, Darth Mutter is a busy woman and it wasn't long before she was off to the sunset.

Our cottage is in the midst of some really high impact construction that my Dad has been spearheading and do-it-himselfing all summer. I feel quite terrible that we haven't been up every weekend helping so I finally got up there last weekend to do some of my share.

Three foundation concrete pours and the transporting of 24 bags of concrete (30kg each) We had this to show for it - it's underneath the cottage in the middle of the two old supports...

About halfway through transporting the concrete bags from the driveway to the construction zone I realized that mayhaps Big Red could carry some of the load...Thank God.

Meet Darth Vater

Friday, July 21, 2006

Random Ho!

We gots the Friday Random Ten back in action after a long hiatus! Since blogger picture uploading is trying to drive me postal we are going to try and repost Thursday's post later tonight.

In Honour of Denny M's delurkification and rampant commenting I bring you the FRT yo!

1. Dr. Greenthumb - Cypress Hill
2. A Guilded Age - Norfolk & Western
3. Computer Salesman - The Frantics
4. The Pearl - Emmylou Harris
5. Like We Did Last Year - Kid Casanova
7. The Truth About Cats and Dogs (is that they die) - Pony Up
8. Mareel - Victor Scott
9. Age of Navigation - SS Cardiacs
10. If That's Your Boyfriend He Wasn't Last Night - Me'Shell Ndegeocello

Thursday, July 20, 2006

My Interpretive Dance of a Bull in a China Shop

One part of the first year of marriage ritual that Manboy and I are engaged in is the closing of the William Ashley registry. We didn't really need it a couple of the older folk bought flatware and stuff but most of the registry was at MEC which is way way more practical.

Ashley's fills me with a sense of dread and doom. I am not and never will be "a co-ordinated" person I am what folks call a spaz...a loud spaz...a loud crass spaz. Characteristics that only become magnified here:

I was going to cash out the flatware and buy some knives. I was going to do this alone - so I brought some reinforcements, some which shouldn't surprise most of you...the knitterly group of readers may recognize my liquid army. You'll also see the Trekking XXL sock and the Matinee Baby Sweater in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino I can't remember the colour way but it's like creamsicle and soft like buttah...

Turns out I didn't need to be scared of all the exorbitantly prices spectacularly sharp knives - the trekking warmed them right up. Turns out that Ashley's doesn't like pictures of their stuff so I had to surreptiously take a pic of the beautiful and unattainable knives.

Of course, once the snobby welcome lady saw the popsicle juice all over the front of my shirt she passed us off to Jenny in Gourmet. Everything was really exciting to Jenny - the friendliest of all Ashley staff - she hooked us up. I'm convinced that Jenny is most exhausted at the end of the day...seriously it was like everything was a surprise - all exciting.

We went for the shticky option which also costed less than our monthly rent and makes us laugh everytime we cook. The Manboy says that he's never had so many people chat with him on the TTC before - I feel this may be the definitive icebreaker

The question I put to you fine reader, is what should we call little Stabby here?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Blow it out your hole!

While we were in Cheticamp, Cape Breton we threw caution to the wind and decided to go whale watching. In a Zodiac. It sounded pretty exciting but I wasn't really expecting to see any ancient mammals and in fact had quite accepted the fact it would be a nice bouncy ocean trip on a hot sunny day.


I like to submit this as my example of extreme knitting. The suits we are wearing are emergency insulated flotation suits...FULL BODY FLOTATION devices. I love emergency gear - there are so many pockets you can put...your knitting. I finished the leg of the sock on this trip.

There was a lot watching and waiting until you see the blow - then it's time to play Hunt for the Red October!

The next while is spent following the group of Fin Whales. If I didn't have a Napoleonic Complex before I saw these bad boys I do now. They were ginormous and just exuded gentle fish eating beauty - what I wouldn't do to have one as a pet.

I didn't realize it at the time but the Manboy was getting busy with the camera at one of the points that we were beside these guys. Fin Whales don't really travel in pods they just hook up here and there to kvetch once in a while.

Monday, July 17, 2006

So lucky in lust.

So yesterday was the one year anniversary of our marriage. It came on the tail end of a 3 day doula training course that I was taking IN WHITBY. This means that I was out of the house at 8:30 am and back at 8:00 pm every day of the weekend. I was so focused on the class that I didn't really notice anything around me when I got home at the end of the day.

When I did get home I was all talky and debriefy about the pros and cons of home births vs hospital births and how we can help women have a great birth experiences. Poor Manboy!

Things that magically happened while I was wrapped up in class:

a) The fridge got filled magically with fresh fruit and veg and our cupboards were filled with canned goods so that I could bring my lunch to class
b) The laundry basket that normally overfloweth was empty.
c) The head sized balls of cat fur that had been roaming in packs for the last week had been decimated and were off of the endangered animals list and found in the extinct species list
d) My muddy footprints and coffee spills on the kitchen floor were all gone
e) The bathroom was sparkling and smelled like lemons!
f) The gajillion CD's that I had been listening to while studying all week were put back in their cases and put in alphabetical order (my favourite CD order) on the shelf.

My Manboy made sure that the home was a home every night and then he listened to me talk about everything I learned and let me practise comfort positions on him and then he stayed awake and laughed and laughed with me on Friday night.

Every night I go to sleep beside the person that makes me laugh the hardest. He anchors me so that I can focus on achieving my dreams and supports me in ways that sustains my spirit.

Happy anniversary M. Grands Pieds.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Rearentry....I mean Re-Entry

Am feeling completely overwhelmed by the re-entry into real world right now so blogging is at an all time low.

Some examples of the thoughts that have drifted through my head in the last five minutes:

a) I can't believe I misread lochia in my textbook and read Iochia - I was thoroughly confused about what in gods name it was and why I couldn't find information on it. Thank god for my mom who defined it for me including signs that could indicate a hemorrage and other important information (missed her calling as a midwife)

b) Where do I want to go for dinner on Sunday with my Manboy to celebrate our first anniversary. Life is hard....Summerlicious mayhaps?

c) I'm going to finish his gift on the train to Whitby on my way to my class...

d) What's the go train schedule on Saturday's and how can I read complex instructions for cabled baby sweaters but can't figure out a train schedule?????

e) I wonder how much fun I missed last night at Lettuce Knit?

f) How much would it cost Kathy to ship one of the alpaca fleeces to me? She's out in the yard shearing them right now - they must have gotten some sunny weather this week to dry the boys out.

g) If I *could* afford an alpaca fleece I wonder how big it would be? They were awful cute when I fed them on our holidays...


h) What projects are in progress right now? Log Cabin blanket, Matinee jacket, intarsia baby blanket, trekking socks, crotchet gift for sister.

i) What projects haven't I posted about? Scribbly Shawl, Knitpicks Socks, Potatatasomus socks (can *anyone* pronounce that?)

j) I hope that Lauren at the Yoga Sanctuary can be bought with freshly roasted coffee beans as a thank you for covering my shift for me gift....

My head is busy...with all things not work related. FAScinating. I can sense a better blogging week - IN THE FUUUUUUTURE.

Friday, July 07, 2006

The cycle of life...

Remember when Ryan announced that she wanted to get Dulaan donations from as many countries, states and provinces in North America as possible? Nunavut was a bit of a challenge.

Fortuitously (I love that word), about 3 weeks after she announced this challenge my close friends' cousin was coming for a visit from Iqaluit!

I sent the wool (Lambs Pride Bulky).

Jess and I made the drop at the Toronto Bus Station where she nearly missed her bus to Ottawa! And the game was afoot!! The drop didn't happen til May 19th and Jess wasn't heading back to Nunavut until late May or early June.

We were tight on time alread but Jess had her Aunt standing by ready to go when she got back!

I got home tonight and found a mysterious package! It was postdated June 30th so we wouldn't have made the due date - BUT JESS EXPRESS POSTED IT TO TRY AND MAKE IT. This is not a cheap thing to do from North of the tree line "summer" or no. That is dedication!

The tuque is beautiful. I don't even do it justice here. But I desperately tried.

I'm going to send it to Ryan to get a teddy bear shot of it. If I may say the game is afoot for 2007!

THANK YOU JESSICA AND FAMILY!!!

Friday Randomness...

Nothing marks the end of the work week like randomness.

1. Don't Get Your Back Up - Sarah Harmer
2. Speed of Light - Joseph Arthur
3. Clueless Wonder - Joel Plaskett - Down at the Khyber 4. Winning Style - Propellerheads
5. Somewhere I Know There is Nothing - Chad VanGaalen
6. Sweet Lovin' Man - Magnetic Fields
7. Night Light - Sleater Kinney
8. Last Jump - Dune
9. Sunken Waltz - Calexico
10. Miracle Drug - AC Newman

Random picture and accompanying thought (just one.) for the week:


I've been sky diving, mountain climbing in Switzerland, and have never had a problem. On our recent vacation my days of high flying adventure have ended. Vertigo.

As a hypochondriac, I blame these signs which were everywhere along the Cape Breton Highlands and hiking along the coast of western Newfoundland. I can actually hear the little guy screaming as he falls - if only he wasn't so careless...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

This just in!

Jason turned 31 today! Since he's feeling a little bit out of sorts about his birthday as demonstrated by the first email he sent me:

"It's also George W. Bush's birthday today... sigh"

I'd like to start by reminding Jason that the Dalai Lama's birthday is today as well. (Remember what I said about the balance of good and evil? The Dalai Lama is the Karmic Police to the Karmic Atrocity that is GW)

Some nice things about Jason:

He's been doing improv comedy in Toronto for close to 8 years and he's so good at it that he helps new performers get their chops. Known for taking care of new performers and helping them to have the best show possible - Jason can also take the comedy to dark corners of the mind and has some of the filthiest jokes I've ever heard. His stand up act *still* shocks me.

He embodies the principle of "Yes and" both on stage and in life which means that when one of us has an idea we follow it through making it better with every try. For example, turning left instead of of right on this path led us to this picture:

Dude, happy birthday! I feel so lucky that I get to spend it with you for so many reasons - one of which is that you're a Fleece Diviner. If there's a fleece producing mammal you will find it.

That and your large large feet. Rap on fine fellow. Rap on.

Because I like to put the ass back in class

Had way too much fun at Amy's Freedom Fighter Party and Lettuce Knit grand reopening!

I'd like to thank Joyce for being the best pole I've ever danced...with? Thanks Amy for the video - it still makes me giggle. Damn the Freixenet!



Pictures from the vacay are coming....eventually.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Because I forgot AND I'M A MORON.

I got up early this morning to burn a bunch of starter vacation pictures to cd so that I could post from work at lunch and forgot the CD in the computer, or on the table, or in the kitchen or in the tupperware cupboard where I desperately looked for a lid that fit my pasta dish (that one is for you Martha)

Anyhoo, since morning's are not magic for your kindly heroine I give you this piece of news from the Washington Post - Ken Lay is dead. My sympathy lies with his family who now have to deal with the cost of his greed and soulless manipulation of his employees and their life savings. What little sympathy I have, I had to dig out from under my crushing hope that he had the heart attack on the can.
My friend Jeff B recommended I watch Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room to understand what really happened a little better.

Talk about Bad Karma eh?

Pictures tomorrow I swear - it's just too overwhelming....

UPDATED: Apparently I think that Ken Lay and Tom DeLay share a brain and that came through the pipes...I'm an idiot - thank god I'm not responsible for anyone else's pensions...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Holy Hannah - we're in for it now.

When my Mom lost her leg (if you find it let me know in the comments) she worked really hard at learning to walk with her prosthetic. It involved so much work that I can't even communicate the blood sweat and tears that went into it on her part - an on ours as we tried to help in ways she needed.

Once Mom conquered citified walking - she and Dad made it a priority to figure out how to make the cottage "Mom Friendly" - if we couldn't do that then the jig would be up. What's a family cottage without a matriarch? Especially a matriarch who loves the outdoors and the lake as much as ours does...

They pretty much spend the whole summer up north now - the last challenge Mom needed to conquer was finding an easier more functional way of getting down to the lake. The hill to the dock has a really steep grade and although Mom's magic at walking now, it's a tough hill when you have two free range legs never mind when you have the Six Million Dollar Man's leg to stand on.

She could walk it but by the time she got down to the dock she'd be exhausted and the uphill trip was even more brutal. This meant that she needed to conserve her energy while she was on the dock in preparation for the trip back. As I'm sure you know, docks are no fun unless you can play your brains out on them.

There were a number of cockamamie schemes discussed including a waterslide, a new path, and the scary idea of a 4 wheeler (mom's a legendary bad driver). One day I will write brilliant monologues about these discussions.

I had to check myself at the door during these brainstorm sessions because I couldn't think that far outside of the box (and the comedy was too great to ignore).

Last night I this was in my inbox:

Apparently, while I was away on vacation Momma got a new pair of shoes!!! My shiver of fear was quelled when Mom told me all about the first canoe trip she took with Dad in 5 years.

He gave her the paddle and said, "Finally, now I can fish while you canoe." That, my friends, is the romance of a 37 year old marriage.