i bet not. well, right *now* you might be hearing what i hear, which is "hardball with chris matthews" on msnbc. but this morning, i heard hammering, power drilling, and team staircase making long-awaited renovations upstairs. it's no wonder that i had a splitting headache by midmorning, but it is SO WORTH IT. or it will be, when they finish.
man, a crunch week at work really cramps my lifestyle. seriously. enough of the rush projects! three more landed on me early in the week, i had others already in process, and more are coming. did anyone mention thanksgiving? yeah, i didn't think so.
not that i'm complaining. i am a true type a, love to be busy, thrive on deadlines. i worked like mad to get everything done and was amazed to find last night that i finished everything i had. i worked for a few hours this morning, then went to the mailing center to send the architectural drawings to the code-enforcement office (yay building permits!), and then...the new yarn shop! squee! it was fantastic. so many yarns i've never seen, oodles of color, plenty to fondle. it was fab. i bought a little here (three new addi turbo lace needles for socks magic-loop style). and i spent a little here (eight skeins of lorna's laces shepherd sock in black watch (not my photo--from yarn for socks) to make the pretty as a peacock shawl. the colors are very peacock-like. i am so excited to cast on tonight.
alas, time at the shop ended after two slow and longing trips around the store and paying the nice lady for my purchases :) i found lots and lots of things to get on another day, and i told smartboy that a gift certificate to the shop is hereafter the perfect gift for me :)
but i had to hurry home to pick up around the house a little, because today the general contractor, the insulation subcontractor, the hvac contractor, and the architect were meeting us at the house. the hvac guy never showed :( + ! but we had a great meeting with the other three. WE CAN HAZ STAIRS ON NOVEMBER 28!!!1!! omg ponies! i am SO excited. we'll finally have a third floor! we will have a master bedroom! we can buy a new bed!! squeee!!! i cannot wait. and the insulation guy is awesome; we're getting blown-in cellulose (made from recycled newspaper) in all the exterior walls, which should make the house a lot warmer and of a stabler temperature than it ever has been (currently i'm pretty sure that there's zero insulation--we had heating bills in the several hundreds in the coldest months last year).
i didn't make it to the grocery store like i'd hoped, though; i wanted to get some nonperishables today so that my just-before-thanksgiving trip would be a little easier. but i've made my list, so if i get up the nerve to walk into whole foods tomorrow, i'll know what to get. i'm making two batches of soup--one with bacon and one vegetarian--two batches of brussels sprouts--one with pancetta and one vegetarian--and vegetarianizing the stuffing recipe. we're having two vegetarians (actually, one wants a salmon steak instead of turkey, so she's not *really* a vegetarian), so i'm making everything good for everyone :)
and tonight i'm casting on for the peacock shawl, and i get to knit more of it tomorrow with anna and beth. yay girl time!
AND i got my ravelry tees and buttons today! i'm going to wear one of them tomorrow along with my juliet (provided that i can make myself put some buttons on it). yay ravelry! yay knitting! yay weekend!!
aside from a big fat ugly migraine today, this was a good weekend. i finished my embossed leaves socks.
a very easy pattern with just gorgeous yarn, squishy and soft. and that added 6,060 stitches to my tally for the month, and if i add the rows of the peacock shawl that i attempted (later frogged) and the rounds of the cowl that i did (not sure they won't get frogged eventually, too), that brings my total up to 17,042 for the month. that's a little shy of where i should be for the month, but i'll try to make it up next weekend. i need to block and seam the empire-waist sweater, which i really can't wait to wear, so it sucks that i've got no place to block it. i've also been making myself some gauntlets; i'm maybe 3/4 finished the first of the pair, so those i could finish next weekend. i also want to try the peacock shawl again, probably with the wool i bought from the woman on craigslist a few weeks (months?) ago. the only other major work i have in process is the bauhaus fair-isle sweater for my brother, but he's no longer at school in massachusetts, so it seems like overkill. i may give it to smartboy instead. it'll be huge on him, but the colors are gorgeous. if i have to, i can frog it and make something else, but i've made a good bit of progress on it, so i hope i don't have to. oh, and i have the widdershins for lisa (yes, the birthday in july).
aside from knitting, the weekend was all about handmade arcade. so much fun. i got some great stuff, though i really had intended to get stuff for christmas presents, not stuff for me. i was going to buy more when i went back today to volunteer, but the migraine kept me home. i HATE when that happens. anyway, i'm sure the event went on without me, and i can shop most of the vendors on their own web sites or on etsy.
and, of course, today we watched the steelers game. we watched it late, since i was in bed most of the day (thank god for tivo), but it was a serious nail-biter. ben roethlisberger kicked ass with his touchdown! i love that man. and next week it's the jets. woot!
will post pics of this later, but what bugs me is the guy who lives across the street from us who comes outside to start the flatbed tow truck he drives for work and *leaves it running* for AN HOUR while he goes back inside to get ready. the truck is parked directly in front of my car, right next to our yard where smartboy takes the dogs out to play every morning and directly aligned with our bedroom. the truck runs every morning from 7:30 to 8:30, an hour that should be peaceful and nice as we have breakfast (right behind the truck--i can't wait till it's warm enough to have the windows open) and get ready for our days. it's been going on for a week now; yesterday, i was at the borough building for some other errands and asked the police officer on duty whether we had any recourse for him parking there (i didn't mention the running the engine for an hour), and he said no. it wasn't causing a traffic problem, so nothing we can do. (i wasn't going to ask the police to do our dirty work--i just wanted to know what i could say to the driver.) anyway, now it looks like the only thing i can really ask him is not to run it for an hour. the smell of exhaust in the yard all morning, the whole time that smartboy is out there with the dogs, is awful. oh, and the reverse-gear beeping as he backs into his parking space just as i'm getting to bed is fabulous.
what also bugs me is that i keep having bad dreams. sad dreams, like the one i had this morning about losing smartboy. not that he died--just that i screwed things up and couldn't get him back. there was a lot to this dream, more than i want to analyze this morning, but it was sad. i woke up so grateful to see him. and of course zuzu's pin-down lickfest cures almost anything :) such a love bunny.
the candles i'm likeliest to get are from brookstone. for about $10 each, they seem to have the best match of features to my needs. plow and hearth also sells some at about the same price, but i like the ones at brookstone better. beware, though: brookstone is a spam *machine*. they're the email equivalent of what victoria's secret catalogues used to be--constantly streaming in.
edited to add the stitch count: 1,728 stitches today, or 10,432 for the month. i'm now working on some black and gold gauntlets.
woo hoo! i finished all the pieces of my empire-waist sweater (another 2,256 stitches = 8,704/50,000 for the month). next i need to block the pieces, then i can seam them together, and knit the neck. i've already got some beautiful blue grosgrain ribbon for the waist. i am so excited. i wish i thought i'd be cold enough at handmade arcade this weekend to wear it, but i know i'll be hot and busy. i'll have to find another excuse to wear it soon.
i also got a few more christmas and house things: some solar-powered house numbers from think geek, a stocking for smartboy, and a few other little trinkets. i found the candles i want for the windows--photosensitive, so i don't have to remember to turn them all on (there will be 15!); battery powered, so no cords to ugly up the place; led, so they're energy efficient, cool to the touch, and pretty. squee! i haven't ordered them yet--i don't need to blow my entire paycheck on christmas decorations this week. (lest you think me very disciplined, i must confess that i scored some stash today from a fellow raveler--a discontinued bulky yarn from rowan called rowan polar in a lovely shade of blue [don't even bother to feign surprise].)
i spent the evening a couple of nights ago buying christmas decorations. this is the first time i've ever decorated for a holiday, i think; i've always felt like it was just a big waste of time and energy (and storage space), since the decorations go up and then have to come right down again. i bought a beautiful, vintage, aluminum tree from an ebay seller, along with some fabulous stockings and a tree skirt from target. i bought some ornaments from west elm, too. it's all about the blue and silver--we even found some mini led lights in blue to string on our tree (i'm not a huge fan of the color wheels that are traditionally part of the aluminum tree setup--they look cool, but i prefer the minilights). so i'll be decorating our lovely victorian living room, my first xmas decor ever, i think. i'm very excited. i'm still on the lookout for a wreath and something for the mantle. oh--i also bought some stocking holders. it'll be lovely--just as soon as the furniture stored in there can move to another space! :)
i also knitted about 1,400 stitches last night, though i shut down my computer before i recorded the number i'd been tracking on the calculator. doh! but i think that this brings my stitch total for the month to 6,448 out of 50,000. this is only blog post four, though, out of 30 :( and i haven't written anything in the novel since the first day, so that's still holding at 1,730 of 50,000. i might have to let that one go :) because this weekend i'll be busy with the handmade arcade (can't wait!!), and i have smartboy's birthday and thanksgiving to plan for, plus christmas coming up. something's gotta give, and i'd love to see it not be me :)
what a great weekend! friday was the six-year anniversary of the night on which smartboy proposed. such a romantic night, and we continue to celebrate it every year. we also celebrate a lot of the first week of november, since that's when we met eight years ago. so saturday night, we went to legume for a *delicious* dinner; i had a mixed-green salad with bistro vinaigrette--a traditional french vinaigrette atop crisp, peppery greens, the kind of salad i could eat every day and still be wowed by its simple deliciousness--followed by a braised, browned chicken leg (the crispest i've ever had, though i FAR prefer breast to leg) atop a squash puree and fried polenta. SO GOOD. the portions are not huge, so i finished everything. clean plate club for both of us. smartboy had mussels as his appetizer, which he said were great--whole garlic cloves in the sauce and garnished with thyme sprigs--followed by scallops with a little pork. they were beautifully browned and he said that they were really good. he LOVES the scallops at eleven, and he said that these were almost as good. but we both love the fact that this is within walking distance of our house, and we agreed that the service is every bit as good as that at eleven, plus dinner was far less expensive. we shared a FABULOUS chocolate-truffle cake with fresh whipped cream (omg so good!), and he brought his own beer. i wish they took reservations, but we got there early enough that we didn't have to wait long, and it was a beautiful night to wait outside. for people who do have to wait, they'll take your number and call you, which is brilliant--you can go for a walk or go to one of the bars on the block. oh, and my drink was fizzy lemonade, in which they bring you a glass of fizzy water (san pellegrino, i think), a little glass of lemon juice, and a little container of superfine sugar for you to mix it to your own taste. i love things made at table :)
so that was our yummy saturday night. but we'd also spent a great day down at the waterfront, seeing bee movie, which we loved--it's no pixar movie, but it was good--in the late morning, followed by errands a-go-go. it was a gorgeous day, clear and cool, so i didn't even mind that some of my errands were foiled (victoria's secret wouldn't take the bra back that i'd bought online in exchange for one that fit, and i didn't even find one that i liked in my size; macy's found only the sale price of the skirt i wanted to exchange, and i didn't have the order paperwork or tags with me to prove that i'd paid more, so i had to bring it home, where i fortunately found the paperwork today; and i found no knitting books or magazines that i wanted to buy at barnes and noble). but i did unexpectedly find some adorable black rain boots with white polka dots! we went to dsw to find shoelaces, which i also found, along with some nifty gel inserts for my new heels and boots. little victories :)
and we went to lowe's, where i got some great advice for planting the little fall-planting perennials i'd bought from white flower farm (thanks, jen!!) and we looked at xmas decorations. i am SO getting into being the owner of this big old victorian! i have visions of christmas decorations in our beautiful living room, greens spread out on the white victorian mantle reflected in the mercury mirror above it, and candles glowing in every window. we found some nifty little ornaments (the characters from the rankin-bass "rudolph the red-nosed reindeer"), but not the candles or aluminum tree we're seeking :).
today, we planted the perennials, which was much more fun and soothing than i thought it would be. i am NOT a grower of things. i kill plants--not intentionally--this isn't murder, but plantslaughter. so i don't plant things often. but i've had this gift certificate for a long time, and i wanted to buy something pretty to plant. i'm really hoping that these do well, or at least some of them do. right now, they look like sweet little tiny plants surrounded by huge wreaths of cypress mulch keeping our young dogwood tree company.
edited to update stitch count: and now i'm knitting and browsing, the perfect way to stay cozy :) today: 2,253 stitches/50,000 for the month; 3 blog posts/30 for the month; still at the same number of words as before, though. too busy to write yesterday, and i might be too tired today.
i could not agree more than i do with becky's comment on the previous post: why *are* all the nano*mos in *november*?? trying to plan for holidays in december, trying to plan and cook for thanksgiving, trying to knit holiday gifts...it's nutty! i forgot, too, to mention in yesterday's post that it's national blog-posting month (nanoblogmo--again, why not nablopomo?). just for kicks, i should try to keep up with all of these. i did write 1,700 words last night in my little novel--thank goodness for my creative dreams that give me all the inspiration i need. we'll see how many days i keep this up; i'm also trying to take better care of my body, both input and output, right now. you know how they say not to try to make too many changes at once? yeah. they're right.
edited to update stitches: 5,040/50,000!