Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sewing machines

So now I set up my mom's sewing machine, and I can sew a straight line! I am SO excited--and have pulled out patterns that I bought several years ago (why I bought a vintage style 1940's dress pattern, I'll never know). Maybe my mind was thinking I would be a vixen like Jessica Rabbit? Or maybe I had delusional thoughts of looking like Jeri Ryan in the episodes of Star Trek: Voyager that took place during WWII (The Killing Game). I REALLY dont' have a clue.

And...I finished my entrelac scarf! Pictures of straight, sewn lines and the entrelac scarf coming soon! Yeah! Now I get to finish everything. Anyone want to keep tabs on how well I can bust my stash?

Monday, October 09, 2006


Since I don't really want to do any of my work (statistics, anyone?), I'm killing a little time by filling out enlightening questionnaires...

Amy posted these questions on her blog, and I thought I’d answer them.

1. Where is your favorite knitting spot?
I like to watch mindlesss TV shows and knit at the same time. No particular preference about where on the couch I am situated, though!

2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead?
I'd probably get back into jewelry design, perhaps try my hand at crochet...then get bored, and end up reading tons of cheesy popcorn books. Or maybe I'd just write. I'm not sure. I've gone long spells without knitting, and those are usually pretty full of other creative endeavours, like making purses, bracelets, postcards, etc. Plus I just end up reading books for hours.

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why?
I've been wanting to go to Ireland. I'm not sure why, but everytime I watch a movie like An Everlasting Piece or some other quirky comedy that takes place in some small Irish town, I just want to go there. Maybe I have some sort of weird preconception about the personalities of small-town folks in Ireland, and I want to see if it's true. Plus, I see lots of pretty pictures of green places in Ireland, and it looks gorgeous.

4. When you were little - What did you want to do “when you grew up?” Are you doing it?
I wanted to be all kinds of things--rock star (I can't sing, though my boyfriend thinks it's cute when I start belting out Jill Sobule tunes), model (umm...I'm a size 10 and not that tall. I'd rather eat real food instead of starving myself on lettuce and water), a writer (I still want to do this, and every now and then I brush off my pens and write a few pages), an artist (though I now dabble for hobbies). Now and then I dream about being a jewelry designer (could happen), a children's book writer (again, could happen), or a chef (not likely, especially if I have to de-bone things and play with animal intestines--but maybe a pastry chef?) What I'm doing now is working in the health field and going to school for my PhD so I can teach someday.

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I am totally in love with Handel's Girl Scout Cookie Ice Cream. The rest of the time, I'm either a peanut butter parfait or mint chocolate chip girl. This gets me in trouble with my boyfriend, who is a vanilla fan, while I'm into chocolate. Tsk.

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Amish

I am shocked to hear that anyone would go to a small Amish schoolhouse and just open fire on the girls. That's just sick. It's sick to do it to anyone, but why the Amish? Sheesh. I think part of me is shocked over that, because I have worked with Amish in the past, and of all the patients I've worked with, they are some of the nicest people I've worked with--very courteous, kind folk. They have a simple way of life, and to me, it's hard to believe that someone would just cause harm to a very insular community that does not believe in violence, etc.