Complaint by Numbers

Hello, my name is Elizabeth…

December 11, 2008
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…and I have a problem. That problem, of course, is yarn. I just can’t seem to buy enough of it. Every time I enter a store with even the tiniest craft section, I make an immediate beeline for the yarn, not only to feel the textures and look at the colors/patterns, but also to imagine what each skein could become. Even now as I type this, my fingers twitch in anticipation of the projects sitting next to me, waiting to be finished. The good news is, that in terms to a fixation, yarn is cheaper than crack. :p

I’m also stuck a bit on gifts. I need a few ideas for quick and easy gifts for a few relatives that I hadn’t expected to need to make anything for…


It begins…

December 2, 2008
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I finally caved and bought the new WoW expansion: Wrath of the Lich King. Since my fiancee and I have been on about an 8 month hiatus from the game, I originally did not even intend to purchase the expansion. Frankly, I’m probably lucky that I even managed to last the two weeks. So, once I finish this semester’s paper (and everyone’s Christmas gifts), I imagine I’ll once again be leveling like a maniac. I have a feeling it’ll take a while to get my mains up to 80.

Happy Election Day!

November 4, 2008
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I voted!

Also, a friend sent me this link, and the story is quite cute.

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2008
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I’m sitting on my couch, pretty far inot a bottle of wine, enjoying a Ghost Hunters special while talking with my friend Lisa (who, in Montreal, is watching the same special). I’m not really a paranormal buff, but this show (and Paranormal State) seems to suck me in.

I’m also mostly done with both the socks and slippers for Matt and my mother, and have begun knitting a sweater (Carolyn from Knitty).

I also made pumpking cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The cupcakes came from this recipe, and the chococlate was a simple buttercream. The cupcakes came out wonderfully! I have to admit, pumpkin might be one of my new favorite foods.

We had around 8 trick-or-treaters this year in three groups (two individuals, and then a group that piled into a minivan and drove around). This was a pretty high number for us. Fortunately, there are plenty of Reeses left for me, 🙂

Upcoming Projects

October 13, 2008
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I’ve begun making holiday gifts for everyone. Well, I’ve at least got some ideas and a few cast on stitches. So far, the list goes:

The Mr.: knit socks, several (by request) – I don’t know what pattern I’ll use. He’ll also get some more stuff, for being so special.

My mother: slippers, at least two pairs (again, a request) – Probably a modified version of the Fluffy Bunny Slippers from The Happy Hooker. I’m still thinking of a second gift for her. Mothers are hard to shop for!

My brother: Red Sox throw/Patriots pillow. The main parts of these are fleece, and I’m crocheting the borders. This should be relatively quick.

My father/stepmom: I have no idea. They are incredibly hard to buy/make for.

Cassie (the dog): she will get a fleecy blanket to lie down on. Yes, I make pet presents.

The kitties: I’m thinking of designing some sort of crocheted catnip pierogi thing.

The degus: another hammock for the to chew up and turn into a nest.

Pictures to come as I get these started!

I’m a little ashamed to admit this…

October 13, 2008
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…but, I really like Britney’s new song.

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Open Letter to PUMA

September 26, 2008
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Recently (as in, moments ago), I read a blog post from a woman who, after Hillary lost the nomination, defected to McCain’s side, seemingly without any rational reasoning other than that he wasn’t Obama. While she claims this wasn’t based on race, or “the issues” (yes, she really decided to put platforms aside and vote solely on the fact that McCain wasn’t Obama), I can’t help but feel that she is an insult to women. I’m going to have to say that women like her give the rest of us the tag of being “overly emotional” and “irrational.” Frankly, if I had to make that judgment about women as a whole from reading this woman’s posts, it wouldn’t be too hard to get me to utter those words.

Now really, it’s not worth linking to this woman’s blog, as I don’t want to associate myself with her in any way, but I do feel a response to this type of voter is necessary.

So, to all of those women who decided to turn your backs on the Democratic party, because of the fact that you just don’t really like Obama all that much, I have some thoughts.I really urge you to look closer at the issues, instead of claiming that you simply can’t support the candidate. Unfortunately, by voting for McCain, you are turning your back on feminism, liberty, and a government for the people (I’ve seen many women say they are still feminists, despite a rabid interest in the GOP).

While you accuse Obama of have a “cult following,” you praise McCain for being the “Maverick,” despite his having passed far fewer pieces of major legislation than Obama (in 6 x the years of being in office), and despite his voting with Bush 90% of the time. It would seem that McCain’s supporters are more of a cult than those of Obama, blindly supporting Sarah Palin, whose minimal experience is only overshadowed by her inability to learn anything about politics.

How can you say that McCain is putting his country first when he wants to give larger tax cuts to those people making more than 12 times the national average household income? How can you support a candidate that wants to take away your rights as a woman?

I was a Hillary supporter in the very beginning, but instead of becoming bitter, I chose to put feelings aside and actually open my eyes to what was going on around me. And, as much as I’d rather not say this, I’m willing to bet race does play a role in your choices.

To conclude, if you’re not voting on the issues, you probably shouldn’t vote at all.

Yarn Adventures of the Week

September 21, 2008
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I’m not ashamed to say that I don’t necessarily buy the classiest yarn. I’m still looking for a job, and my fiancee is just starting out his business (though it’s going well!). So, I’ve been purchasing a lot of Red Heart Super Saver yarn these days, to quell my need to knit as well as satisfy my guy that I’m not just sitting here wasting money instead of looking for a job. It’s mostly not true.

I have recently started thinking about Halloween, though, and all of the exciting things there is to knit for that lovely holiday. So far, I’m thinking I’ll knit myself a fun costume. Or at least the accessories for a costume. I’m thinking animal themes will be the easiest to tackle. I’ll update here as I go!

Manny can be Manny somewhere else

August 3, 2008
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I know Manny did amazing things for the Red Sox organization, and I’d be willing to bet that management had it out for him this year, but really, when you look back on this season, can you blame them? So many times this past month or so, Manny’s been up to the plate, and there has been a collective holding-of-breath in Fenway, accompanied by one universal thought: What’s he going to do now?

And what did he do? Strike out looking (looking!) against the Yankees, repeatedly hit balls into double plays, or right into the infield, take himself out of games, take many days off, and just generally play the game with a complete lack of effort. At least that’s how it looked from the broadcast. So, no matter what Garciaparra or Ramirez say, it wasn’t the management, or the press that called attention to Manny’s lackadaisical game play approach: it was Manny.

That being said, I wish the best for him with the Dodgers, and simply look forward to the coming season being as drama-free as possible. Bay has already improved his average, added 3 RBI’s to his total and stuck another HR on to his season total. I realize Manny has done virtually the exact same thing, but really, he didn’t seem to want to do so for the Sox, so it does no good to even think about. All I’m doing right now is looking forward to once again having a reasonably stable batting lineup, a unified team, and perhaps a little hope for the future. After all, if last night’s first inning is any indication of how things will start to go (Youks and Bay both hitting great runs to take the lead from the A’s and bring the score to 5-2, before there was even one out), I think it’s going to be a great second half of the season.

I’ll be watching (and probably commenting on) the game later today.

No Sugar Added

July 17, 2008
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A few friends of mine started their own blog. No Sugar Added. I’ve done my part. I’ve plugged it. All you have to do is visit!

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