Fun and Exciting

For my birthday dinner, J and I went to eat at Texas de Brazil in Memphis on Friday. Maria just raved about it to me and on her blog, so I signed up for their e-mail rewards club and got a special coupon for my birthday.

We had so much fun and ate so much food!!! The salad bar is one of the best I have ever seen with about 7 different imported cheeses, smoked salmon, sushi, shrimp, rice, black beans, roasted bell peppers, roasted squash, asparagus with raspberry sauce, prosciutto, salami, sauteed mushrooms and MORE! (That just happens to be all that I can remember right off.) After we had our salad it was time for the entree and side items (fried bananas and garlic mashed potatoes – both were wonderful!). We flipped over our little cards from red to green and let the games begin. I am not a huge steak eater, I never order one when we go out because I don’t like them enough to finish them, but I was excited to try different things that were offered. Since they come in small pieces I figured that I would be ok. I had some of the following: filet mignon wrapped in bacon, filet w/out bacon, parmesan chicken, chicken wrapped in bacon, sirloin steak, and 2 Brazilian sausages. J had some of all of the above but also had flank steak, garlic sirloin, parmesan pork, and maybe something else. We had to flip our card to red a couple of times because we just could not keep up with the rate that they were bringing things out. Of course, I saved room for dessert, and while I don’t remember what it was called, it was 3 layers of chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and dark chocolate mousse. Very yum!

Picture taken after our feast! I think we held up pretty well!

As if our meal wasn’t excitement enough, Saturday morning we went to see the radio show, Michael Feldman’s Whad’ Ya Know? He came to the University for a broadcast and it was so fun! I’d heard the quiz part of the show a couple of times in the car with J when we would be going somewhere on Saturday mornings, but other than that I didn’t really know what to expect. He is really so funny! After the show he was just hanging around at the stage so we went down to meet him as did about 20 or so other people.

He is so personable! It was really a fun experience.

25 Year Celebration

A big THANKS!!! to everybody that wished me a ‘Happy Birthday’ yesterday! I had a pretty good day and I got some really great gifts! And yes I am begrudgingly 25 which many told me was not ‘the end of the world’, so thank you for that!

I saw my mother over the weekend and she sent one of my gifts home with me to open yesterday morning:

It’s the Vera Bradley Tie Tote in Peacock. I LOVE IT! I told her that I wanted this a while back and gave her a couple of patterns that I liked. She picked this one out despite the fact that she didn’t have the list with her! It is the perfect size for bringing knitting or a book around along with my day planner and a bottle of water.

Maria surprised me at lunch as we both dined on a Sesame Chicken Lean Cuisine (one of our favorites!):

Never Knit Your Man a Sweater, which is sort of a joke, but it does have some very nice patterns in it if you overlook the grandpa vests! (I love the Cotton Classic sweater.) Also included were some Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, which she says I have to share 🙂 and a lamb Pez dispenser b/c I do love lambs!

My boss got me a cake, with a picture of my face on it!, and a giant jawbreaker.

I haven’t had one of these since I was in the 6th grade and went on a trip to Six Flags in Atlanta with one of my friends!

Jason got me a Pandora bracelet which I LOVE!!!

I can’t wait to get more charms, but I think that it does look so nice with just this one charm on it for now. I really love bracelets.

Karen got me a wonderful gift certificate to the Etsy store, Lushbox. I love love love bath and body products and she knows this as well as anyone, so her gift was very spot-on! This is a store that she loves, so I am really anxious to get the item that I chose (pink hydrangea body frosting).

Lastly, here is the gift that I got myself which I alluded to yesterday :

Seriously, what can I say?? This yarn is so fab!!! I love Koigu despite the fact that I’ve never actually made anything from it. I think I just want to have it around me all the time. No plans for it, but skeins and skeins of it. This yarn is the KPM, which is basically a sold color but some of the skeins are so beautiful with their color variations! The pink skein on the top is my most favorite. It is really something! I am going to have to have Maria come over and help me wind it up so that I can start Babette, but until then, I am enjoying just looking at it as is.

Books and other news

Look at the list of (100) books below.
Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you own.
Movies don’t count.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible (Only parts)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

So I’ve read a lot of books, but none of them seem to be on this list!!! 🙂

In news unrelated to a meme, today is my birthday. This is somewhat of a ‘milestone’ birthday I guess, and I am none too pleased with it as I figure it is all downhill from here. I did however order a huge order of Koigu from Purl for myself as sort of a birthday present so that I can get started on the Babette Blanket from Interweave Crochet.

I love this blanket!!! I now have about 20 something hanks of Koigu that I need to wind into balls, but I know that once this is finished it will have totally been worth it!!!

History

I have seen this meme going around and since it looked like fun I thought I would join in…

20 years ago (March 1987)

Age? 4

Were you in school? Nope, but I think I went to a church day school.

Where did you work?

I was 4, I was not required to hold down a job.

Where did you live?

I think that we still lived in New Orleans at this point.

What were your regular haunts?

I don’t really know…I guess I hung out with my parents and went to my ‘day school’

Did you wear glasses?

Not yet

Who was your best friend?

I have no idea, but I do know that I did have some friends at church and school, I just don’t remember who they were.

How many tattoos did you have?

ha ha ha, um, none unless they were of the temporary variety

How many piercings did you have?

I think that this was the year that I got my ears pierced, so 2.

What did you drive?

a tricycle?

Had you been to a real party yet?

birthday parties

Heart broken yet?

no, I don’t recall any great romances

Status on the market?
ha.

Ten years ago (March 1997)

Age? 14

Were you in school?
Yes, I was in the 9th grade at ACHS.

Where did you work?
nowhere, just chores at home.

Where did you live?
Corinth, MS

What were your regular haunts?
Anna’s house, Amanda’s house

Did you wear glasses?
yes.

Who was your best friend?
Anna, Amanda, Jodie

How many tattoos did you have?
none

How many piercings did you have?
my earlobes

What did you drive?
too young to drive

Had you been to a real party yet?
nope

Heart broken yet?
no, not yet

Status on the market?
too young to date, but looking for someone to ‘go with’ haha

Five years ago (March 2002)

Age? 19

Were you in school? If so, where and for what?
Yes, sophomore at Ole Miss getting my degree in Biology, but actually it was spring break and I was in Italy!!!

Where did you work?
I didn’t have a job.

Where did you live?
Oxford, MS

What were your regular haunts?

student center, class, Ann’s apartment, Michelle’s house

Did you wear glasses?
contacts.

Who were your best friends?
Ann, Michelle

How many tattoos did you have?
None.

How many piercings did you have?
2 in each ear and 1 in top of ear

What did you drive?
Mazda Miata

Had you been to a real party yet?
yes

Heart broken yet?
not really, but i’d broken one 😦

Status on the market?
I met Jason earlier in the year so , OFF the market

As of today (March 2007)

Age? 24

Are you in school? If so, where and for what?
Thankfully, I am out of school.

Where do you work?
I work in a lab at Ole Miss.

Where do you live?
Oxford, MS (still)

What are your regular haunts?
my house, Jason’s house, home to see my mom, work.

Do you wear glasses?
only at night after I take out my contacts

Who is your best friend?
Jason, Maria

Do you talk to your old friends?
Not so much, some of them I’ve lost contact with but some of them I still talk to occassionally

Do you have a crush?
Yes…I have lots of celebrity crushes, but my Main crush is still on Jason 🙂

How many tattoos do you have?
zero

How many piercings do you have?
2 in each ear (but I hardly ever wear earrings), I let the one in the top grow up b/c it always HURT!!!

What do you drive?
VW Beetle

Have you been to a real party yet?
yes, but not lately

Heart broken yet?
not really

Status on the market?
Unavailable.

Besides ones of the pet variety, any dependents?
nope

If you decide to play along, please leave me a comment so that I can come over and read yours!

Test Knit

Over the past few days I have started a couple of new projects, but everything sort of got abandoned when the owner/moderator of a Yahoo! Group that I am in, SusansKnitPatterns, asked for volunteers to test knit some of her dishcloth patterns. Since I have never had to knit a pattern while also being mindful of possible errors, I thought it might be a fun thing to do.

When I signed up, the only pattern choices available were letters of the alphabet so I chose L (for mom’s name, Lisa) and M (for my name).

I really like these, especially the way the letter is the only thing that isn’t garter stitch. So many cloth patterns have that little window of stockinette with the pattern inside of that, but I think this really shows up better and is so much faster to knit! I also like the way the letters aren’t block letters but ‘bubble letters‘ like the ones I used to draw in elementary school (ok, I might have spent the better part of the 10th grade ‘perfecting’ them, but what can I say, I can draw a MEAN bubble letter).

I also knit a couple of items that might be of interest to someone, but we’ll all have to wait a little longer to find out about that…

This and That

I saw where the new Knitty is up and all I can say is BLAH. I think we all know how I feel about 47 sock patterns, ok that might be a slight exaggeration, but really. What do they have to offer non-sock knitters??? I do like a few of the patterns (Carolyn-is ok, Tahoe-pretty cute, Isabella-pretty, Bauble-like this a lot!!), but I don’t know if I like any of them to add them to my ever growing to-do list. I do look forward to when they put out the new Knitty but recently I am always disappointed by the choices. 😦

I have found a couple of cute baby/child patterns through my various blog stalkings. I think that my first garment may be child sized even though I have no child with which to bestow it upon. That’s ok though because even though it is supposedly bad luck to knit for a child that you don’t have, i.e. not pregnant with, I am sure that my only ‘bad luck’ will be knitting for girl babies and having 4 boys instead. I love Daisy Cardigan and Tater’s Cotton Cardi. I found Tater’s Cardi while I was reading blogs (Knits A Wrap) one day knit in some pink Bernat Satin and it was so cute!! I thought I might try this one since I have some of that yarn in my stash.

I have also found a great way to use up some of my acrylic yarn stash. I have many skeins of Simply Soft and some Wool Ease. Both were bought with blankets in mind but nothing has ever really moved me to get going on anything. Originally the Wool Ease was bought for a throw in The Happy Hooker, but after I finished one of the granny squares I was not impressed with the way it was going to turn out. Enter, the No-End-In-Sight Ripple-Along! I am in love with the way these blankets look! I randomly generated some stripes using my many, many yarn colors and I am almost ready to go! (Had to order the book, 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns, so I could get the pattern they are all using.)

I have another set of yarn that I bought with the intention of making Jason a stripey throw like I made my grandmother, but I have since decided that it would be too small for his liking. It is 4 colors of Elann Sonata, and while I don’t have ‘a lot’ of the yarn I do think that I have enough to make a ripple lap afghan. I could take it over to his house for my benefit if nothing else!

And because no post is really complete without a picture here is my adorable collection of Hello Kitty stitch markers:

A Gift for my “Best Friend and Co-Worker”

You may recall that I recently mentioned Maria’s upcoming birthday. The time is upon us! Since I won’t be seeing her tomorrow for her big day I brought her gift to work with me today. I am terrible at keeping a secret so you can only imagine how hard it was for me to keep quiet about her gift until I could give it to her. Especially since I’ve had it finished for A WEEK!

The pattern is the “swinging ribbon bag” from Hooked on Crochet. I bought this book a while back because it got such great reviews on Amazon, but this was really the only pattern in it that I liked. I used between 3 and 4 skeins (I really can’t remember!) Knitpicks Shine Worsted in Green Apple and a H/8 crochet hook. It turned out so much cuter than I expected, although a little bit smaller than the pattern’s given measurements.

I need to line it since I used a different yarn than the pattern called for, so when I took my grandmother her stripey throw last Friday night she sewed in a lining and also sewed the ribbons onto the straps. I sewed the straps onto the purse. (Yea me.)

The ribbon on the straps is really a great idea because now they won’t stretch all out of shape!

I can tell that my seaming is getting a little bit better by this project. The last thing that I seamed up, which I think was KB’s bathmitt, was not so cute.

Anyway, go over and wish Maria a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Her 20s are about to forsake her! 😉

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