Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pieced and Pacified

From nearly seven hundred pieces to four, my parent's quilt has certainly taken shape.  I have to reduce the four pieces to two before I can begin basting the layers together, but that shouldn't take but an hour now.  Basting with my new basting gun will hopefully go quickly, and I may be able to get the quilting done in a couple weeks.  I can't believe this process has taken so long, but the light at the end of the tunnel is looking so big now!  Yay!  The Man, upon seeing the quilt top in a nearly-final form, commented, "so we're keeping this one and giving your parents a different one, right?"  I think he's in love with the color combination, and I'm thrilled someone else sees the beauty I've been working with for the last eight months.  Whether the final product will be as beautiful remains to be seen.

In order to pacify myself after long stretches at the sewing machine, I've taken up watching movies with a bit more passion lately.  Last weekend included a ten-hour documentary (broken up into two- and three-hours chunks).  If you enjoy adventures and seeing more of the world, I highly recommend Long Way Round and the sister documentary Long Way Down.  Search for them on YouTube ("Long Way Round Part 1" is a good way to start).  Absolutely amazing story about two motorcyclists riding around the world, good camera work, and a hearty amount of determination make for a fun documentary.  I am starting the series over again just to watch the scenery this time.

Also, I get to have my first unmonitored, uncensored, unbridled conversation with my sister tonight for the first time in nine weeks.  There will be giggling.  :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Pressure is On to Quilt

Sorry about the total lack of updates lately.  I am working very diligently on a king-sized quilt, and the time I have for blogging gets pushed way, way, way down the list.  The Man and I haven't spent but two hours with friends since Thanksgiving, so that might be an indication of just how busy we've been.

On the upside, I did rediscover Eddie Izzard two weeks ago, and I've been watching so many of his stand up routines and movies that I almost don't notice his accent anymore.  Pretty sure this quilt is going to have quite the thread of humor woven within it.

Friday, January 11, 2013

I'm a Millionnaire

When I started this blog over seven years ago, I was really hoping someone other than myself would find it interesting.  I have always loved writing, and having a little corner of the Internet to myself seemed like a nice idea.  I could only dream of the day when my stat counter would cross from two digits to three.  As I continued to write, the notion of a million visitors was such a pipe dream.  I knew the day would come, but I figured I'd be an old lady by then.  I'm thrilled to have gotten here a bit sooner.

Dear reader, the fact that you are here means the world to me.  I haven't achieved one million hits by writing an epic tale or getting lucky with a clever story.  I write about me.  And you, you come here to read me.  I am somewhat in shock, entirely humbled, and positively beaming today.

I don't know what it feels like to win the lottery, but I imagine it feels something like this.

Thank you all so very much.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Meet Eddie

Birth date: August 10, 2012

Breed: domestic shorthair

Coat color: dark grey, no prominent markings

Eye color: yellow to hazel

Favorite place to sleep: in the cat tree or in Mommy's arms

Favorite way to be held: on his back, cradled like a baby human

Favorite toy: homemade fleece green frog (see picture below) or the laser pointer

Favorite way to get in trouble: climbing on the dining table or clawing at the curtains

Hidden talent: purrs very loudly

Not-so-hidden talent: leaving his litter box presents uncovered for all the world to see and smell

Favorite treat: cheese and ice cubes

Favorite place to be petted or scratched: between the shoulders

Opposed to: collars

In love with: food!

Favorite place to chill for afternoon naps: on the big pillow in the tipped-over box in the office

Friday, January 04, 2013

Meet Annie

Birth date: August 10, 2012

Breed: domestic shorthair

Coat color: dark grey, no prominent markings

Eye color: yellow to hazel

Favorite place to sleep: on the couch or in anyone's lap, especially Daddy's

Favorite way to be held: perched with her front paws on your shoulder, her chin resting on her paws

Favorite toy: the homemade pink bird on a shoelace or the pink fuzzy thing that dangles from a stick

Favorite way to get in trouble: trying to climb human legs or scratching the carpet

Hidden talent: being extra friendly and making you want to pick her up

Not-so-hidden talent: passing gas while being extra cute

Favorite treat: cheese, but those little store-bought treats aren't too bad

Favorite place to be petted or scratched: on the jaw or neck

Opposed to: getting her nails trimmed

In love with: being the center of attention

Favorite place to chill for afternoon naps: on the couch next to Daddy while he plays videogames