Saturday, February 26, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
The first: I was watching the news today and the news anchor asked the weather man if he had a blog. The weather man said "no" and asked the news anchor if he had a blog. He didn't. Together the news anchor and weather man determined that they were "nobodys" since they lacked a blog. The news anchor did admit to having his own webpage, though.
Did you know that bloggers were named the "People of the Year"! Let's hear it for blogs!
And, I had to keep up with this, the big blog trend. Every now and then these things float around, and I think they are loads better than forwards, 'cause at least these are personal.
So, to steal/borrow from a blog with a corgi here we go.
1. How much space is left on your TiVo or Comcast box?
TIVO! We love TIVO! There's hardly any space. Yesterday I spent a day frantically trying to watch everything and get caught up so my husband can do surgery on our TIVO to make it bigger!
2. Have you ever bought a DVD of a TV series and, if so, which one?
Never. Why would I do that? I watch 'em once, and I'm done.
3. What was the last TV show you watched before reading this message?
Dr. Phil of course. It was his very alarming show on sexual predators. Yikes. Sobering stuff, but at least he is trying to help the family and the perpetrator. There was even a polygraph involved. That didn't go too well for the one in the hot seat.
4. List five TV shows you won't miss...
30 min Meals with Rachel Ray, Dr. Phil, Rebecca's Garden, Lilo and Stitch, and Kim Possible
5. Name three people -- pass the stick.
The "torch" will go to any of my friends with blogs. Time to 'fess up you bloggers!
We are planning a puppy visiting trip a couple weeks away, since my paper will be done on its due date of this coming monday.
I am really excited that my favorite radio station is "back". Earlier, years ago, it was under the auspices of REV 105. Now I feel like a part of me is back with MPR's The Current. We are going to become Founding Members, and I would challenge those of you who believe in diverse varieties of music to do the same. It's perfect music to do anything to, write a paper, knit, clean the house, everything.
Yesterday I finished my sleeves, again. I had them done on Wed. night- but they were way too long this time. Now with some fancy moves aka doubled up decreases, they are just right. Of course I cheated on my sweater project and indulged in some Colinette fresco drop-stitch scarf knitting. LUSCIOUS is all I can say. And also that my friend says the colors and the drop stitches remind her of waterfalls. I think I'll have to stay away from it for a bit today if I expect to get my 10 puppets made for a kindergarten class. I have to buy cardstock at our new huge walmart, and gauze and band-aids and "dress up" my puppets to look like lepers. I'll post a pic when they're done.
Some of our friends who visited this past weekend are thinking of moving here. Here is what I have to say to that "We'll hook you up, we have a wonderful realtor, and yes, there is everything under the sun to do in our two big cities!!!!!" Oh, and we could actually have the talks that we missed out on while I was getting further educated and further cultivate our long distance friendship. So there you go. Have a good weekend, regardless of whether you have class (like me) again or not. I'll try not to be jealous of those with "real weekends", but I won't promise anything.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
I have a theory that the experience of all the left-brained lecture leaves me unbalanced. I am a very visual person that needs to stimulate the right side of my brain for continued harmonious functioning. That's where the knitting comes in. I sometimes think that I use it more as a survival tactic- quick restoration of the cranial equilibrium- than for creative endeavors. I think it appeals to my multi-tasking nature by allowing me to "get something done" or make something practical while getting a second bonus of a free time activity.
The next thing I will do today will be to plan the rest of my class schedule. I know there is at least one in May, and that doesn't including the two more classes coming up this weekend and the next. I did learn that I will never allow overnight visitors or other visitors to come to my house on weekends that I have class. It is just torture to know that I need to be responsible and go to class while there are guests in my home. C'mon, can't I stay home and play?
Friday, February 18, 2005
In my creative life (less academic) I was thrilled to meet with a very smart knitting lady at the SnB in Eden Prairie. I think she knows everything about knitting and she helpd me demystify my sleeves. The picture below is the fixed version of them, which is highly motivating to work on and tempting to want to complete now, not later.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
But wait, maybe it's not so simple. Since the cabinets are up against the ceiling, the doors cannot raise as far as they would otherwise, which means they can't go up high enough to get those blasted hydraulic lift thingies on there - and believe me, I tried. For like, a half hour. Finally I gave up and just moved them down a notch, so the door only opens to about a 75 degree angle instead of 110 or so for the ones below. No big.
Lastly was the pantry. That was kinda tricky, as it involved templates and drilling and hoping that things lined up. They did! And it looks way cool. And we've already got a bunch of food in there, and it's so easy to get to. Yay.
Now we're off to bed.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The blog writing has been pretty light, I have had to redirect all my energy and focus toward writing a research paper that is due on the 28th. I am plodding along, it does seem like great big chunks of time are the best to help make the kind of progress that I need. I am doing a paper like a literature review surveying 10 empirical articles that discuss parenting from the perspective of various cultures such as Mexican, Swedish, Dutch, African specifically Kenyan, New Zealanders, Irish, and Caucasian U.S. people. Don't we have a cool name too? I used to call us Americans but we live in the U.S. not just in N or S America.
Well, I would like to know all the tips that people have for writing research papers as painlessly as possible. Our prof was very good and helpful, and I communicate with her via e-mail with my specific questions. And a big thanks to Kelly for doing some research on the use of the initial "R." following a researcher's last name so my reference section could be as culturally sensitive and correct as possible.
OOh, today my Lincoln Rocker is getting delivered around noon. Check back later for the Rocker-redo photos that are sure to follow.
And I will put up some more kitchen photos. I promise.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Monday, February 07, 2005
Saturday night I got an e-mail saying that corgi puppies were born a week ago Saturday. So, we drove down to Windom last night to hold these tiny little things and select one. There were 5 puppies in the litter 1 male, and 5 females. Two had naturally bobbed tails, and the other two had tails. We wanted one with a tail so we were able to bring our choices down to those two pups. All the dogs were cuddly and trying to burrow into my coat for warmth. Their eyes were still closed and their ears were starting to open. They were adorable. We ended up picking a pup that had just an itty bitty tip of white on her tail. These are the pictures of her curled up on her back in my hand, and Troy's hand.