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New blog [02 May 2007|09:12am]
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Five Years [20 Apr 2007|12:13pm]
[ mood | loved ]

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of our first date. It's been an interesting ride, one that I wouldn't trade for anything. Well, maybe for one not quite so bipolar. Or with me not being quite so fat. But we're going to a consultation with a psychologist today, he works with couples too. So that could be good for us. I love you, Gary, with all of my heart (see above) and through all of the bullshit that we've been through, I know we're going to make it. We're good for each other.

We have flowers! Two, in fact: I'm pretty sure they're daffodils.
There are some other flowers coming up, more daffies perhaps.

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Finished the On Line Socks! [18 Apr 2007|12:57am]
and here they are: !!! Here is my delightfully turned heel on the second sock (on which I FOLLOWED ALL THE DIRECTIONS -- not just half) I prefer to make ankle socks; I have really big calves and if I made them any higher, they's just get smooshed down -- so what's the point?I am so excited by these socks, they came out so nicely, if a little loose in the foot. Gary was so cute, he said jokingly, "Where'd you buy those socks? They look so professional! No one could have made those!" I love my sweet man. I'm wearing them to work tomorrow to show them off. Woohoo!

I had a really nice time at the Atlanta Bread Company KUTI meeting (Knitting Under The Influence). There was only one other knitter there, Deb, but that was okay. We chatted and knit for a few hours (Gary came too, and interjected with his 2¢ every once in a while). We met her boyfriend, Scott, who was interested in Linux. Gary gave him his card, and said that he's interested in putting together a Linux users' group soon. I hope he does, it would be fun.

We're meeting Dr. Gilbert Backerman on Friday at 1:30 in Croton for a free consultation. I'm interested to see if he can help me with all of my shit. He suggested Gary come "for insight," I think it's a brilliant idea. 'Cause he can't just believe what I have to say, I mean, he could, but another opinion would be très helpful. Très, je pense.
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Squash and floods [16 Apr 2007|07:44pm]
<--Squash. They hadn't even sprouted a few days ago!

We went to India House with Polly & Garrett for dinner last night (delicious! I had chicken biryani and onion kulcha - what a surprise), came home, watched Doctor Who and Dresden Files, and then got a frantic call from Polly. It's been raining for two days straight, and their basement was totally flooded. She's a costume designer and had thousands of dollars' worth of vintage clothes down there. We stayed at their house until about 1:15 am helping them bring everything up from the basement and then helping the firemen suck the water up through a pump. They are fucked. It felt like the house was going to float away. I felt so bad for leaving, but I was supposed to go in to work today. Except…that all my routes in to work were shut down. I don't know how Holly made it in, but she did, apparently. Our basement has some leaks, but not bad. Not even like before. I should have taken a picture of it. Oh well, the dehumidifier's been working on it all day and night.

I'm out of my Wellbutrin, have been for a few days. Not good, you stupid girl. I just have to call my doctor and get a refill, but I waited too long today (it's 6:47 pm now). I also need to get a refill for the Abilify. But the cash just isn't here. It will be in a few days, when I get the $$ to cover my hideous taxes (Pop-Pop's Mystery Lotto made them heinous). I broke three nails, they were finally growing.

I'm just so excited about the plants!
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Bead show gleanings [14 Apr 2007|12:02pm]
It was kind of a bust, there wasn't much there that caught my eye. But Nicole had a good time. There wasn't any of the chalcendony that there's been in years past. Here's what I got: and this plus a strand of red coral that I missed in the photographing somehow. Nicole and I are splitting the bone beads, I have to seperate them and bring her baggies full tomorrow at work.

Look what came today! It reads, "It is not the easiest fleece to spin, but we trust you will find it well woth while." Grrrreat.
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Sprouts!!! [11 Apr 2007|11:52pm]
So far, here's the growth: Onions are sprouting. Notthing else this section. ALL the Cosmos are sprouting, and the tarragon, too. More Cosmos. Finally: African Daisy and more onions. It's been only three days! I watered them again tonight. Pye thinks she's helping (not!)

More goodly sockness: Gary says he's more impressed by my finished sock than anything else I've ever knitted, the needles are so tiny, he says (they *are* size 1s). Woohoo! The second sock is going to be better, it already is. I did so much better on the toe. I'm knitting during Dresden Files, House, you name it.

I finished reading the new Yarn Harlot book, it was terrif! I highly recommend it.
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Looking for a doctor with no success… :P [11 Apr 2007|02:06am]
[ mood | distressed ]

I think my meds have turned me into a zombie. Can't art, can't write, no passion for anything whatsoever. I forget half of everything I hear and can't concentrate on the other half. The only thing I have half a brain for is knitting. Abilify 10mg and Wellbutrin 150 BID with some Ativan when the mood strikes. I miss myself. I'm not the girl that Gary fell in love with, hell, I'm not the girl *I* fell in love with!

I found out about these people. I submitted a request for a consultation. I don't know if they only work with kids or what, but I figure it's worth a shot. Help me, please, I feel like I'm drowning…

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Greenhouse Started [08 Apr 2007|03:21pm]
Wow is this going to be fun. I've already got dirt under my fingernails! Here: is the greenhouse starter kit we got (2 of them) from Home Creepo.
Here: are the dirt pellets plus hot water. Looks like brownies, doesn't it?
Here: are some of the seeds that I planted.
Here: is the diagram I'm using to help me remember what it is that I planted and in which pots (trés importante!). And finally, here: is the greenhouse all ready to start growing. Come on little babies! Grow for momma! I'm really excited about all these growing things. I think it'll help me get over my "I hate Spring" thing. So here's what I planted, in order: Sweet Pea (Sweet Dreams mix), Shasta Daisy (Alaska mix), Portulaca (Magic Carpet mix), Cosmos (Sensation), Cosmos (Gazebo), Cosmos (Seashells), Cosmos (Cosmic Orange), Sweet Pea (Little Sweetheart), Columbine (Quetzal mix), African Daisy, Cypress Vine (Valentine mix), Onion (evergreen bunching), Onion (sweet Spanish),
Squash (early golden summer crookneck), Squash (Burpee's hybrid zucchini), Carrot (Red Cored Chatenay 7317B), Chives (garlic flavor), Oregano, Dill (Fernleaf), Dill, (Bouquet), Tarragon, and Catnip.
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I turned the heel! [07 Apr 2007|01:09am]
Witness: With the mighty help of my wonderful cousin, Shunra. And Wendy Johnson, too, through her brilliant article here. I'm going to switch from dpns to circs so I can try it on, but I'm sure it fits.

The Gem Show is next weekend at the County Center, and Nicole and I are going. She didn't know about it (sacre bleu!) or the new bead shop that opened up across the street from TCS. Their website is lame, but I'm hoping the shop isn't. Mark with a K said it was nice and the owners were pretty cool. I think Nicole and I will stop there before the gem show. I printed out the $2 off coupon for the show. Woohoo!

Here's a cute picture of the boys the other day: when it was 72˚ outside. Seventy-two! It's 27˚ out right now.

We just got finished watching Keith Olbermann. He's pretty funny, like a newsier Daily Show, but more serious (not by much though). Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera had a screaming match with each other about some illegal immigrant who drove drunk and killed two little girls. O'Reilly was harping on the fact that "he wasn't supposed to be in this country anyway," and Geraldo was kvetching that "that isn't the point; the point is that he was drunk." I think that both things apply. I hate to say it (omg) but I think I agree with Darth O'Reilly. If the guy wasn't in this country in the first place then it wouldn't have even happened. Well, maybe it would have wherever he was from. Whatever. I can't believe I'm on O'Reilly's side. What has the world come to?

We finally got the Solara registered. The people (for the most part) at the DMV are very nice. The people at Geico, however, are flaming idiots. They emailed me a Florida insurance card without the requisite bar code on it. Because that makes sense, the car is in Florida, right? Yeah, but my checkbook and I are in New York. Then, when asked, faxed through a New York card with the wrong date on it (April 22nd, not so effective on April sixth). When I finally got a human on the phone, at a quarter to four (DMV closes at four on the dot), she faxed over a correct card for the Jetta, but a card with the wrong address and April seventh as the effective date for the Solara. She finally faxed over the correct card at five minutes past (we were already inside, so it was okay, but there were glares and snarls), and Ms. Genovese finished out out registration. The first part of the new license plate is DZB. Dizzy Broad. Cracks me up. At least it isn't EAT or worse, FAT. I'm going to miss GLITRBUG but Gary's right, it's a little too memorable. Not anonymous enough. I can still put bumper stickers on it (must remember to order a new Darwin Fish or maybe a Flying Spaghetti Monster).
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Cool Mom Picks for Mother's Day [06 Apr 2007|09:32am]
As Seen at Cool Mom Picks

This is a great site that's got some awesome stuff on it. I sent a link to my pregnant sister, Carloynn, in the hopes that she'll enjoy the loveliness. Thanks, ladies!
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my virtual pet [04 Apr 2007|11:12pm]
my pet!
Cute, right? I love it! She purrs!

Here's the current WIP: Slow going, this sock. I forgot to bring it last night to Seder at my mom's, so I could show her. We got home really late (10:10 or so) when we were supposed to leave at 8:30. Up until 2 am; work was dreadful today. Sleepy and yawning the whole day. I'm having trouble at the BlogHer site, trying to upload a fricking picture to my account, it keeps uploading the worng one. Consistently. Fuck me. I tried changing it in Gimp, moving it, all sorts of stuff, to no avail.
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Hippity Hoppity [02 Apr 2007|11:54pm]
the Easter yarn is here!  Matches the house. It is angora bunny yarn from ebay. And I started on a new pair of toe-up socks with the "On Line" yarn: I screwed up the very beginning (who remembers how to do these things correctly? it looks like a foot nipple) but I think it might block out okay.  At least I hope it will. I think it's superwash, but I'm going to handwash them anyway. I'm working on my sister's baby blanket too, and still on Gary's scarf that'll be good for next year. I need to finish the blanket by May 5th (her baby shower). Get crackin'!
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Top ten trivia about me! [02 Apr 2007|12:11am]

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Bip0larbear!

  1. Plato believed that the souls of melancholy people would be reincarnated into bip0larbear.
  2. Bip0larbear is the largest of Saturn's moons.
  3. The risk of being struck by bip0larbear is one occurence every 9,300 years!
  4. Bip0larbear is the smallest of Jupiter's many moons!
  5. In the 1600s, tobacco was frequently prescribed to treat headaches, bad breath and bip0larbear!
  6. Contrary to popular belief, bip0larbear is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases she may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.
  7. 99 percent of the pumpkins sold in the US end up as bip0larbear.
  8. Bananas don't grow on trees - they grow on bip0larbear.
  9. There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat bip0larbear, though it may feel uncomfortable!
  10. Bip0larbear can taste with her feet!
I am interested in - do tell me about
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LOTR fleece?!? [30 Mar 2007|11:58am]
[ mood | good ]

I just ordered this from the company that made the capes for Lord of the Rings. Yummy roving!

I want to go to Mint for lunch, but I also want to go to the Cornwall Yarn Shop. It's about 27 minutes away (so sayeth Google Maps). They have a sock class with Lucy Neatby this summer that I want to take. How cool would that be?

No Mint for lunch, just a PB&J sangweech. Hopefully I'll get to the yarn shop before they close. Hopefully. I really want to sign up for the class. I hope they have Addis. Although for the class they want you to use dpns. Argh.

Look what came today!  Finally!

Update, 6:38 pm:

I  made it to the yarn shop, not a lot of sock yarn that I was mad about, but I found enough for the class. And some Lantern Moon ebony dpns  I have the rosewood ones, I wonder how the ebony ones feel? Cool, I'm sure. Some sale yarn (!) called Bouton d'Or which is 50% cotton and 50% "modal," whatever that is in French. I'll have to ask Priscille when she gets back with Léa from France. Some Supersocke100 from On Line (go to Produkte and then Sonstiges) in two colorways, 925 and 926:   some TOFUtsies  from South West Trading Company in two colorways, Tenderfool and Ten Feet Tall: It's a blend of  50% superwash wool, 25% Soysilk®, 22.5 cotton, and 2.5% chitin.  "Chitin is fiber from shrip and crab shells! It's naturally antibacterial!"  So sayeth the label. Sorry about the crappy pictures, but until I find the charger for my camera battery, I'm SOL.

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[30 Mar 2007|12:17am]

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting and do it all the time. While finishing a piece is the plan, you still love the process, and can't imagine a day going by without giving some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation involves leaving ample space for the stash and supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn ends and you begin.http://marniemaclean.com
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I joined the No Sheep Secret Pal Skein Swap [29 Mar 2007|11:41pm]
hosted by Interweave press. There's info here. This is the cute button that I'm allowed to post: I'm psyched. I get to shop for yarn for someone else! Well, intrepid reader, I love hot pink and baby pink and orange and pretty much all bright colors. I love handspun stuff, variegated colors. I'm not much for solids. I have three cats, a Maine Coon named Tabbey Road Tiggers Bounce (Tigger for short), a silver tabby named Harry Underfoot Houdini (Harry), and a little tortoiseshell named Pyewacket. Tigger is howling around my office right now, demanding attention. I buy yarn everywhere, on ebay, in yarn shops, at fairs, anywhere there's yarn, there I am.

Had one customer today who, when I asked politely (May I please?) for her phone number, she snapped "No!" and then giggled, "I mean, no thank you." I said thank you back to her and smiled. Judy says she wishes she could tape record them snapping back at us so we could play it back for them and let them hear how ugly they sound (I'm sorry, is this what you meant to say?). I had plenty others who completely forgot their home training (if indeed they ever had any to begin with) and simply snapped, "No!" I hate that. Or they shake their head. What is this? Eeediots.

We took a new way home tonight and stopped at Grandma's for dinner (chicken française for me and a buffalo chicken sangweech for Gary). The service was less than stellar, so was the tip. Not horrid, just not attentive. The knife and fork under our table didn't help either.

Okay, there's now a 19 pound Maine Coon on my lap. Looks like I'm done writing for the night.
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Hope this works! [23 Mar 2007|10:30pm]

What kind of knitting needles are you?

You are interchangeable.Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it's amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!
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Knitters Represent 3.22.07 010 [23 Mar 2007|07:10pm]
This is what I missed by not going to Strawberry Fields at noon yesterday. Crap. Of course, I don't think I know where my handknit socks are right now. *And* I'm not knitting a sock. I really need to work on some socks. Nooo, I really need to work on my sister's baby blanket.
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They're tearing up the road [23 Mar 2007|12:32pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

in front of my house:  and are making this horrible racket. I don't know exactly what they're doing. All I do know is that I'm sleepy and want to nap. I think I'm going to go lie down on the couch and pretend to watch the news.

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This is what I did tonight [23 Mar 2007|01:24am]
[ mood | worried ]

!!! None other than The Yarn Harlot at FIT. In the Bohus Guld, no less. She was brilliant, as usual. One thing though, what is CHOKE? I'm assuming that it's some kind of anti-knitting group. She went on until almost 8:30 pm. We got there very late (didn't leave here until 5:30 because stupid me thought she was going on at 8:00 pm). I'm so glad we went.   Gary went with me, that sweet, sweet man. "If you miss her then we'll do something really special." We did, anyway. We went to Heartland Brewery and sat at the next table to where we sat on our first date. I had a burger with onions and onion rings and Gary had the buffalo burger with cheddar. It was really good.
In the parking lot where we left the car was a very funny sign:   (there was graffiti on the wall). We got lost on the way home and ended up in the scariest fog I've ever seen. I didn't take a picture of it because 1: it would have come out just as a white wall, and 2: it was too scary. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, it did. Pitch white. Horrible. I could barely drive. Gary kept saying, "Imagine you're flying a plane." Like that helped. Now I"m afraid that I"m 10,000 feet up in the air as well.

What do you think about this? One of the foods I feed used to feed the cats is on this list. Thousands of dead animals and they're just recalling the foods now? And what am I supposed to do with all the cat food that's been recalled? Return it to Petsmart? I don't think I have the receipt anywhere, I'm going to look. Meanwhile, tomorrow first thing I'm going to do is call the vet. Freaked? Am I freaked? Totally.

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