Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another Mystery Solved

I’ve been unable to access my wireless internet connection at home. I noticed it on Sunday, but was able to connect though a neighbor's wireless (which I hate doing) for a quick check of my e-mail and my standings in the weekly football pool.

This is not an uncommon thing for my wireless to crap out. I either have to disable and enable the wireless card or re-boot the wireless router. After completing the disable/enable routine to no avail last night, I went to check the router. There was no power to it. I checked the power cord and all the wires attached to the router. Everything looked fine. So I checked to see if “someone” unplugged it. Nope, still plugged in.

I got a really bad feeling and checked the cord. Look what I found.

Gee. Who could have chewed the cord so effectively?

Nom it? Not meez. Musta beez sum onz elz.

It wasn’t my day to watch her.

I’m afraid one day I’m going to come home to a crispy cat. So I’m going to PetSmart and Home Depot at lunch to get whatever it is you put on wires so cats won’t chew them, and to Home Depot to get one of those hose type things to tame the rest of the computer wires.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Never screw with the Space Time Continuum

It all started last weekend. The pseudo boyfriend aka my "fiance" (or as Bezzie and I have been calling him, Commander Klingon – cause he keeps clinging on. Bezzie is brilliant!) came over to watch the Jets game and cook me dinner. While we ate dinner the station switched to a different game (Denver v Oakland I believe) and it was a very dramatic finish. After we ate Cmdr K went in to catch up on what was happening during the game. I told him that we could rewind the game on the DVR so we could see what we missed.

He went on a rant about how doing that ruined the entire idea of live television, and how could I not see that watching it live was superior to rewinding and basically I was equivalent to the DEVIL for rewinding.

Since this was a completely new (and incredibly crazy) take on DVRs I thought I’d delve in a bit more.

What about recording TV shows or movies? That’s OK.
What about other live events, like the Oscars? That’s OK too because he has no interest in them.
So this only applies to sports? Yes.

He went on about how with sports you have to experience it right then and there or it isn’t the same thing. It didn’t have the same effect.

I asked him if he thought that by rewinding or pausing live TV I was fucking with the space time continuum because I didn’t have that capability – YET. The outcome is still THE SAME! Just a few minutes later!


Which leads me to think that maybe the woman I work with knows the secret to time travel, and to bending time to suit her needs.

Yesterday she came in after 8AM and left at 4PM and put in for 8 hours. (yes I’m petty and checked her time sheet. She checks mine so it’s tit-for-tat). Today she was in before me (as per usual) and left at 2PM. Once again she put in for 8 hours.

I think I need to ask her how to mess with Cmdr K and his favorite live sporting events. She may be useful for something after all.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Oh look! Knitting content!

2 finishes and 2 new projects

I finally decided the Ribbon Lace scarf was long enough and cast it off. I’m really happy with it. I’ve yet to wash and block, which I think will be two separate processes because of its length. I’m going to wash it and then let it dry, then steam block it. I just don’t have the room to pin it out to block.

Besides, I have a little kitty who would love to pull all the pins out and carry them around the house. That would be bad. I forgot to take a photo of it, so imagine it all pretty and long and blocked.

During the Ravelympics, when I realized that the Seascape Shawl and I were going to have a parting of the waves (heh!), I cast on this little beauty. It’s my first ever mobius knitting. It’s a cowl, which is kind of wide. I used alpaca sock and since I tend to run hot all the time, the wideness should help keep me at a comfortable temperature when outside.

I loved knitting this. I have plans to make another because I have some beautiful yarn that was initially earmarked for socks but will make a beautiful cowl.

Onto the new starts. The Bountiful Bohus Sweater from More Big Girl Knits has been calling to me ever since the book came out. I love this cardigan. Not to mention that I got the yarn at 20% off because I finished my DIC Mr. Greenjeans sweater by the deadline in the Loopy Ewe DIC Knit Along.

This time I remembered to alternate skeins with each row. The colors didn’t look too different, but you never know. And I get to steek again. I’ve done it once and I have no fear of it now so I’m thrilled about knitting in the round and cutting my knitting. I feel a little bit like a mad scientist when I think about it. “Igor! Cut the knitting! Mwwwahahaha!”

There is a story behind the next new start. It’s sort of become my tradition that when I’m at Rhinebeck, I purchase Briar Rose yarn but I have to use it before the next NY S&W Festival. Last year (2007) I used all the Briar Rose yarn from the previous year’s purchase (2006). This year I have one project left to do before Rhinebeck using the last of the Briar Rose I bought last year (2007). That is the other new start.

They had a beautiful Iccarus shawl displayed in the booth. I don’t remember which yarn it was made from, but I ended up getting 3 hanks of Grandma’s Blessing to make it. I’d like to get this one done (or mostly done) before the festival so I won’t feel so guilty buying more Briar Rose yarn. So here is the start. I have 4 weeks and a bit to finish it. I think I may be able to pull that off. I think it will become my lunch knitting.

I'll get a photo of Ribbon Lace. I promise. Bezzie has wanted to see it done for a while and she may get to see it in person before I get around to blocking and posting!

Monday, September 08, 2008

You may have been wondering...

... why I don't cook often.

This is why...

Burned. Blistering. Still hurts.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Thank God for the short week

I thought I was going to be very busy this week. It’s the first week of our financial month and that usually means I have a lot of stuff that needs to be done or coordinated by the end of the week. For some reason everything got wrapped up really early. So I don’t have all that much to do.

Which means the Blog is back in business, sort of. I used to be able to write and post from work (when I had an office). The good news is that I’m so busy at work that I don’t have time to write anything up. The bad news is that when I get home I’m so pooped, I can barely knit.

Last week I was sitting in our courtyard here at the office and I thought that maybe you’d like to see where I spend my lunch times knitting when the weather cooperates.

It’s really pleasant. A pretty fountain to watch and listen to, bright flowers, and usually no one bugs you.

Where do you knit at lunch?