Wednesday, November 26, 2003 

Last night I had to rip out the Christmas top (see below). I reached the armhole, and tried it on, and it was way too big. So, I ripped it all out (it only took me about a week--2 hours a day for 5 days--to get to that point) and started over again. I think this time I'll split it on to separate needles sooner so I can try it on, then put them all back on one needle to keep going. Short of it being too big, it looked nice when I put it on. I may increase the length just a smidge. I'm hoping I cut out enough stitches. But, the resulting fabric has a lot of stretch to it, so it's better if it's slightly too small than too large.

I did really well on the final for my tax class. I got a 90% on the first part of the Federal final, 100% on the second part of the Federal, and missed 2 points on the third part of the Fedral (out of a possible 600 points for the third part). My teacher said he had to hunt through the last part, which was completing a return, to find something to mark me down on. For California, I got 100% on part 1, and missed, I think, 12 points (out of 160 possible) on the other half of the California. Afterward, I had the teacher calculate my grade for the entire class, and I got a 98%!!! Yay!

Tomorrow, we're spending Turkey Day at my Grandparent's house. I called my Grandmother yesterday to find out if there was anything she'd like me to bring. It sounded as if all the bases had been covered, so she told me to surprise them with something. Well, I've decided that I'm going to bring the cranberry sauce. Normally, my family just slops that gelatinous blob of cranberry from a can onto a plate. This year, I'm (hopefully) going to wow their tastebuds with something a little classier. I just have to decide what to make. I'm thinking of either a Cranberry and Dried-Cherry Sauce, or a Cranberry Sauce with Roasted Shallots and Port. Both recipies can be found on epicurious.com.

I'm not sure if I'll post until next week. So, in the meantime, enjoy these two websites I found and have really enjoyed. The first is Craftster.org. It's a message board dedicated entirely to crafting, knitting, crocheting, cooking, and the likes. They have a number of really great, really creative craft ideas, so be sure to check them out. Last weekend I used instructions and inspiration from their site to make record bowls and glass marble magnets. And I have a bunch of other crafts I'm going to make as gifts over the next few weeks.

The second site, digsmagazine.com is self-described as "a home + living guide for the post-college, pre-parenthood, quasi-adult generation." They have great articles on decorating on a budget, hosting parties, maximizing cleaning efficiency, repairing and revamping thrift store and garage sale finds, recipe ideas, and more. Their articles are funny, interesting, and full of great ideas, so be sure to check them out.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and enjoy stuffing your faces with delicious turkey (or whatever it is that your family enjoys)!

Thursday, November 20, 2003 

My tax class final is over, and I get it back tonight. I feel confident that I did well though. I'm just glad the class is over with.

I've started working on my first self-designed garment. I'm making a sleeveless shell with a drape neck out of a green mohair yarn, called Whisper, and a multi-colored sparkly novelty yarn, called Cartier, both from Artfibers. I plan to have it finished within the next two weeks so I can wear it to my company's Christmas party in New York. I'm looking for a nice black satin skirt to go with it. Here's a picture of my progress so far.



I cast on for it last night, after working out some of the details of the pattern. So far, so good (I think!). I'm just hoping I'm doing it right so I don't have to rip out and start all over again.

Stitches West is now accepting registration for classes. I found a few I liked, but nearly fell over when I saw how much the classes cost. For the two classes I was considering registering for, they were going to charge $125! I can figure it out on my own for far cheaper. That's how I've pretty much learned all of my knitting techniques as it is -- by teaching myself. Otherwise, I'm sure I can find someone who'd be willing to show me how to do for free, or for a small fee. I'm just hoping they don't charge you to go inside and oogle all the yarn. If so, I'm not going. I refuse to pay money for the opportunity to spend money.

Monday, November 17, 2003 

Absolutely amazing. The Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project has already accumulated over $2600! That's enough for at least 5 baskets, which will be donated to needy families throughout the world. If you haven't checked it out yet, do so by clicking the link above. And then make a donation through PayPal. Even if you can afford only $1, every bit counts.

I'm pretty pooped right now. My final for Tax Class is tomorrow night, so I've been engaged in lots and lots of studying. But, I feel ready. I think I'm gonna ace this thing. A woman from my previous class (the one that was cancelled) came over yesterday, and we spent the afternoon and evening studying. That was most helpful. There was one form that we knew would be on the test that I had been stuck on before. Finally, yesterday, I figured out where I was going wrong.

For our anniversary, Jonathan surprised me by having a home made dinner ready for me when I got home on Wednesday night. Although...I kind of had a feeling that's what he was going to do. We've been together so long, and know each other so well, that it's hard to truly surprise each other anymore. We know each other's habits and tendencies. We know how the other person thinks. And we're too accustomed to picking up on the little hints and clues that signal what's really going on in the other's brain. It's both a good and bad thing -- but mostly good.

On to this week's Knitworthy. The Emergency Handicraft Bag is a great way to always keep your knitting close at hand. If you're like me, you occasionally find yourself in idle moments, where you could easily pull off some knitting. But, when you have nothing at hand, you're more or less screwed. This site gives suggestions on how to assemble a portable bag so you can knit whenever the urge strikes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 

Today Jonathan and I are celebrating our 6 year anniversary. He says he has something planned for me, so I'm waiting in eager anticipation. Here's a picture of us about a year ago at the Fremont PD Christmas Party. Isn't he a hottie?




In honor of our day, this week's Knitworthy is a pattern for Lover's Mittens. Perfect for holding your sweetie's hand even in cold weather! See below for a picture. Of course, you can always make a set of matching mittens to go along with this one so your other two hands don't get cold.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003 

I'm a busy, busy girl. Tax Class is winding down, and our final is next Tuesday. Yikes! So, I'm putting a lot of attention into that.

I finished my mother's scarf this morning. Now I just need to decide if I'm going to make matching mittens or gloves. I'm going to run over to Artfibers at lunch to see if they have any of the yarn left (I do have one extra ball, but I'm not sure if it will be enough).

And the package of leftover Silk Garden from Marilyn arrived yesterday. So, now I can finish that scarf. Thanks Marilyn!

And I'll be starting on my Christmas stockings too, soon. Christmas is creeping up too quickly. I'm not confident that I'll have the throw blanket for Jon's parents done by Christmas. Plus, I'm not digging how the pattern is coming out. It just looks too thin. So, I may rip it out (I've only done about 7 or 8 inches) and double strand it instead. But, we'll see. Either way, I doubt I'll have it done in time.

Friday, November 07, 2003 

Well, my birthday wasn't a total bust. It actually turned out not so bad in the end, and I even got a few surprises!

Jonathan had flowers sent to my office for my birthday. He never sends me flowers, so this was a really nice surprise. He said he felt bad that I wasn't going to have much of a birthday, so he wanted to send me something to cheer me up (everyone join along now in saying "awwwwwwwwwwwwwww"). Here's a picture of the arrangement:



Then, last night, I went to my tax class. When I got there I went up to my teacher, Keith, and apologized for being absent on Tuesday. I explained to him how my car had been stolen, but was recovered on Wednesday. And I also told him how I had planned to skip last night's class because it was my birthday, but because I missed Tuesday, I didn't want to skip last night's too. We had a quiz on Tuesday, so I asked him what I should do about that. I suggested just skipping it since they drop your two lowest test scores anyway. Instead, he handed me the answer sheet (he usually goes over the questions with the class before the quiz anyway, so it wasn't like it was special treatment) at the beginning of class to study for 10 minutes. Then, at the end of the class I took the test.

We were spending the class working on a graded assignment due next Tuesday, so he wasn't really lecturing or anything. At one point he dismissed himself to run over to Safeway. A few minutes later he walked back into class with a shopping cart with some bags inside. He had gone down to Safeway and bought a couple of Entenmann's cakes, three bottles of sparkling cider, some ice cream cups, and some plates, napkins, cups and candles. He told the class that "anybody who comes to tax class on their birthday deserves a party" and then added "especially after the week she's been through." So, the class threw me an impromptu birthday party. I couldn't thank Keith enough. It definitely took an otherwise gloomy day, and made it a lot brighter. I went to bed with a smile on my face last night, assured that despite the fact that there are evil, inconsiderate people out there (like the jerks who stole my car), that there are still very sweet, and thoughtful people out there too.

Tonight I'm heading out to my parent's house for dinner, and to officially celebrate my birthday. Jon's supposed to pick me up, so I can drive the Celica back to my apartment complex. My youngest brother's friend said he was interested in purchasing my car from me. He knows about her history, but said he'd be interested in her anyway. So, I may sell her to him. I just hope he doesn't have the same kind of bad luck I did with her.

And so this site doesn't lose it's knitting content, here's a couple of pictures of the scarf I've been working on for my mom. I'm about 75% finished now. And I'm considering whether or not to make her some matching mittens or gloves. I haven't made any mittens or gloves before, but I'm sure I can figure it out no problem. That's pretty much what I always do when I first make something -- I figure it out as I go along.



Thursday, November 06, 2003 

Happy Birthday to me! At least so far it's been better than it could have been.

Yesterday afternoon I got a call from the Sherrif's Department informing me that they had found my car. It was maybe about 7 miles from where it had been stolen, and not in pieces. They needed me to come get it though so they wouldn't have to tow it. Had that happened, I would have had to pay for the towing and storage fees to retreive my car. Since I was at work in SF, I asked if I could have my mother pick it up for me (she was only about 5 miles away) instead. They said that was fine. So, my mom had to drive out to my apartment, get my keys, and then drive out to where my car was. Jon was also just getting off of work only about 2 miles from where my car was abandoned, so he headed up there too.

The car was not in pieces. It doesn't appear that they stole any of the engine parts or anything. It looks like they just took it for a joy ride. The officer said he suspects they used a "shaved key" to open and start the car since there was no damage to the lock or the ignition. They did steal a few items out of my car including my tool kit; auto emergency kit; my pouch with my pencils/pens, calculator, post-it notes and stuff for tax class (but they left all my text books and everything, thankfully); and this black collapsable trunk organizer that had a few things stored in it (they dumped out some of the stuff that was in it, but took the rest). I also had a box of bullets (for a .38 special I was going to buy from a friend a few months ago) and the dummy rounds I had for the gun in my trunk. They stole those too. It looks like they were searching all over my car hoping I had a gun hidden in it. Of course, I would never be so stupid as to leave a gun in my car. That's just asking for trouble.

I'm still getting rid of the car though. My mom's friend, Marie, is going to transfer her old car over to my name. She was going to give that car to my brother when he graduated from high school in June. She said I could have it until then, and then in June I'll have to transfer it over to my brother. That will buy me about 6 or 7 months to get a new car -- which will be a tremendous help. I just can't drive my Celica anymore. I've had too much bad luck with her, and I don't feel comfortable driving her anymore. So, I'm going to clean her up a little, and then put her up for sale. It's such a shame, because I really liked my car too.

So, now I get to start trying to decide what kind of car to get. Anyone have any recommendations on any cars that are really good/really bad? I'm planning on buying either a 2003 or 2004 car. And I'm staying away from Toyota's and Honda's (too commonly stolen). Other than that, I'm looking for something that won't break the bank (preferrably under $20,000), gets decent gas mileage, is safe, isn't a commonly stolen car, isn't too big, and doesn't break down a lot.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003 

My car was stolen today. Right out of the BART parking lot. I got back this evening, and couldn't find my car. It's not like I just misplaced it. I know where I parked it. It was just gone. All of my stuff for my tax class was in the trunk too. My text books, my graded work, my $70 calculator, my notes -- everything. So, I had to skip class tonight (and we were supposed to have a test). And now I have to figure out what in the hell I'm supposed to do to finish the course off.

My old neighbor/mom's best friend is loaning me her car for a few days until my dad can get his car fixed up enough that I can drive it until I can get myself a new car. Which means no more disposable income, or no more free time (working a second job) or both. That also means I'll have to cut back on the yarn.

All of this two days before my birthday. Happy birthday to me....

Monday, November 03, 2003 

Well, the decision I was stressing over last week has been made, and executed. Now to sit back and watch the shit hit the fan, so to speak.

Knitting progress was nil this weekend. I had too much other stuff going on. Friday night Jon called me up and said he found a costume party to go to -- only I didn't have a costume. So, I spent the next hour and a half digging through my closet for something. I ended up going as pregnant white trash. However, when we got to his friend Richard's house (where we were meeting with a few other people who were supposed to be coming with us) Richard informed us that we were no longer going to the party because it had already died (and it was only about 9 o'clock!). His sister however was having a party, so we all headed over there and hung out until a little after midnight.

Saturday morning I woke up to no running water. Apparentely a water main broke, so the plumbing company had to dig down to get to it, and in the mean time had shut off the water. So, I used water from my water filtration pitcher in my fridge to brush my teeth, and drove out to my parent's house (about 8 miles away) to take a shower. Though, I did convince my little brother that he had nothing better to do than wash my car for me while I was in the shower. You should have seen it before -- there was a thick layer of dirt that had turned into mud when it rained a little Friday morning. So, I could barely see out the window.

Then Jon and I headed out to SF for a little while. He was supposed to buy me a pair of new shoes for Valentine's Day, but I couldn't find any I liked. So, finally I found some that weren't bad, and we got those. Plus, I'm getting some prescription sunglasses, and Jon helped me pick out a pair. And while he was at it, he got a pair for himself. After all of that, by the time we got home, the water was back on. Hooray!

And then on Sunday I took my mom out to lunch. Afterwards I had two mystery shops to do. So, I was gone most of the day.

Right now I'm in the process of trying to pick a hotel for my trip to New York in December. I'm heading out there for my company's Christmas party, and I'm bringing my boyfriend (like I did the last two times). And this time we're inviting his mom since she always complains about wanting to go there, but will probably never get to go. Even though he and I aren't thrilled about bringing her along, we decided (more like I decided, since it's my trip) to let her come with us this once. At this point I'm trying to decide between the Millenium Broadway or the Sofitel. And it's a tough choice.

Oh, and I think I found someone who has a little bit of Silk Garden in the color I need! I got an email from Marilyn the other day saying she had a little left over, and was willing to send it on. A million thanks, Marilyn!

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