Friday, June 30, 2006
Speaking of running, I am pleased to say I am actually able to run the equivalent of a lap + now. I don't remember the last time I was actually able to successfully run a full lap on a track! It was probably ages and ages ago back when I used to run track in High School! Eek! There is something to be said for coming to the realization that a milestone has been hit :) In theory, the next thing I'll notice is I'll actually be able to run a full *4* laps (or a mile!)...
The early reward for hitting this milestone? (I'm a big fan of rewards ;) ) A fancy schmancy new watch...in periwinkle blue...conveniently, it's good for training too. And no, I'm not looking to train for a tri - I don't care what make or model the watch is there will be no tri training here :P . The reward came early because my other watch met an untimely death. I think it got ran over by a car :(
Have a fantastic 4th of July Holiday for those who are celebrating :D
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Wisps of precipitation streaming from a cloud but evaporating before reaching the ground.
It seems that that's all we're getting down here, while the poor eastern seaboard seems to be covered in a deluge.
Want a peek?
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Of course, there was only just the tiniest bit of blue and not a bit of violet/purple to herald in the next month...
What you see on the bobbin there (yes, there is a bobbin under there...) are the various colors of batts I was working on...
Incidentally I also discovered that if pressed, I can likely squash nine pounds of fiber or yarn or a combination thereof into my ginormous dyepot. So yes, there is a shop update coming soon :)
Friday, June 23, 2006
This month I spun up some blue wool...then plied it with a variegated blue chenille yarn, hoping for a wonderful and unique yarn...
I can't say I'm really thrilled with the results. The plying went all unevenly, the chenille was not so happy to be dragged into this project. This skein is aptly named "I've got the Blues."
Desert Daybreak colorway - they have both blue and a bit of purply goodness in there in case people want to hold them til July...Cara took some much nicer photos. If you can't make it to the spin out, you can still participate by donating to Heifer International...and you can win prizes! There's some scuttlebutt about inclement weather, lets all send good weather thoughts to NYC :)
In addition to the spinning, I've also been knitting up some blue-ish colored yarn - I've been playing with a lovely color of Gianna from SWTC. Sorry, no photo - the project is still very much a WIP (and it's a design for a new pattern I'm working on ;) )
Thursday, June 22, 2006
In addition to seeing some marvelous Southwest Fauna (elk, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, kangaroo rats, lizards, raptors, a coyote, an antelope and a spectacular rattle snake) and some non-natives (grazing cattle of various varieties and a mess of crayfish)...not to mention some rather spectacular scenery, I had a bit of a close view of wildfire at work.
..As in perhaps a little too close for comfort...They always start small...but with the desert southwest experiencing a rather long drought, everything is ready to go up in flames if you just look at it wrong.
This is the Brins fire as of last Sunday Night - the fire has since climbed down the mountain and into side canyons, burning down Sterling Pass - which I hiked on my wedding day years ago - and on into Oak Creek Canyon. After sitting and watching the fire spread, and watching the helicopters and slurry planes at work, I think I will forever associate the drone of helicopters to fire fighting. The entire forest will be closed to access at 8am tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Look! A matcha-green Otama! Isn't it cute? He's from Mariko :) He arrived with some little friends - some cool little springy pinchy daschund-shaped clips for holding papers all kinds of other things. My camera was misbehaving (note the slight focus issue on the poor Otama) so I didn't manage to get a clear photo.
Anyhow, the Otama had a good time checking out the plants...
...and then he opted for some snuggle time with Marble...
Of course, not too long after this photo, Marble and Troy decided that the Otama wasn't just for sitting nicely with - so I had to rescue him and put him up where cats can't reach.
Thank you so much, Mariko :) you're wonderful!
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
check this out (oh, and there's music, so um... get yer headphones!)
(and if for some reason the embedded version isn't working for you, go look here)
And while you have those headphones out, and you haven't seen it yet, this webmovie about the Evolution of Dance is sure to make you smile :)
Friday, June 09, 2006
Unfortunately, the berries in question were masquerading as scrumptious fruit. You see...a properly ripe berry is not white in the middle - well, okay, it might have a little bit of white in the middle, but it should not just have a faint red blush on the outside when cut open - it should be red almost all the way through! *sigh* I was lured in with the wonderful price, the fragrant scent and the lovely looks. Sadly, these berries are tart, and generally lacking. And I have four pounds of them.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
In a nutshell, you cook the pasta like you would cook risotto - by adding stock and stirring away and adding more stock and more stirring and so on and so forth until the pasta is al dente (well, not so much with the stirring but you get the idea).
Curious? Have a look at my notes here.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
It seems every year I go through this...it is always a question of timing it seems. If when the Intolerable Heat hits, if my hair is not yet long enough to pull back or pin up without the use of excessive hair product, it gets chopped off...and even if it does time out correctly, if I can't stand it sticking on me at night, it also gets chopped. The last time I successfully managed to make it through the summer with it long was several years back, at which point I had enough to chop off and donate to Locks of Love.
Anyhow, I didn't make it very far this year - it's not even officially summer yet, and I had to lop off ~3.5 inches. I would have gone shorter, but as it is, I had it cut flush to my natural hair line (easier maintenance than if I had chopped more off). Excuse the minor flippy parts - I slept on it wet...
Friday, June 02, 2006
whoops! Perhaps a mite too much caffeine on my part as I accidentally posted a blank post! LOL. I dutifully submitted a bunch of codes for the olympics last winter and while none of it resulted in a "real" prize, I've got enough coupons to be caffeined up on 2 Liters for quite some time. Incidentally I don't drink a whole lot of soda, and I definitely tend not to purchase in the 2 Liter size (I prefer cans...that and the 2 Liters seem to go flat before I can finish them off). Anyhow, anyone in need of a coupon for 5 free 2 Liter bottles of Coca Cola Products? If so, leave me an interesting comment and a way to contact you :) If I get a larger than anticipated response, the names will go into a hat for a random drawing ;)
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Go over and check it out :D