|Tuesday, January 20th, 2009|
|Finished Items: Purses
These were made using fabric remnants (some from Scrap!, some from Goodwill Outlet, some from fabricguru.com), based on a pattern from Making Vintage Bags By Emma Brennan.
|Finished item: Beret
This is the "Basic Tam with Flowers" (minus the flowers) from 101 One Skein Wonders, knitted up using Berroco wool.
Misuba hadn't been to the Oregon Coast yet. We made a day-trip to Pacific City on Saturday, taking Three Capes Drive from Tillamook after stopping for a cheese curds and ice cream.
|Friday, January 2nd, 2009|
|Shifting Years Again
2008 wasn't a big year of activity for me. A lot of my stated objectives were scantily attended. My mistake was a repeat of a boring old mistake: I ate too much sugar and got too little exercise over the winter, so summer was spent digging myself out of a hole of poor health and energy deficiency.
However, I did these things:( 2008Collapse )
My goals for 2009 are humble, but it feels like enough.( 2009Collapse )
Yeah. That's enough.
|Friday, December 26th, 2008|
|Appliance Repair in Portland, OR
Yeah, I'm not really blogging these days. But I want to share this information with anyone who needs it.
Our dryer broke recently. Since we have a Kenmore dryer I called Sears about the repair, but when I asked how much it would cost, they said they couldn't even roughly estimate the cost, unless we went with their flat fee of $200. Unhelpful! So we called Dennis at Affordable Appliance Repair
, which we found on Craigslist. He did the job quickly, without incident, and charged us an extremely fair rate - $65 + the cost of the replacement part, a total of $107 even though he had to make an extra trip to buy the part. He was professional and friendly and kept in touch with us even though snow was making the roads impassable for much of the week. I highly recommend his service.
|Saturday, November 8th, 2008|
An old friend has published a new book!The Mentalist's Handbook by Clint Marsh
I still miss an older project of Clint's - the Overland Mallet Club
. "Founded in 1891, the OMC sought out members who shared three very distinct interests: overland croquet, hard liquor, and the natural history of the Fairy Kingdom."
I shall forever be a proud member of the OMC.
|Wednesday, October 29th, 2008|
|as i wait (Jury Duty)
When the time comes ye move. Simple as that. Nay point hoping for the best. Ye could spend yer life doing that; hoping. If ye were gony sit about hoping then okay, go ahead, but that's all ye'll do, know what I mean, it's like waiting, ye're aye waiting. Waiting rooms. Ye go into this room where ye wait. Hoping's the same. One of these days the cunts'll build entire fucking buildings just for that. Official hoping rooms, where ye just go in and hope for whatever the fuck ye feel like hoping for. One on every corner. Course they had them already: boozers. Ye go in to hope and they sell ye a drink to help ye pass the time.
--James Kelman, How late it was, how late
|Sunday, October 19th, 2008|
|catch up, again
more than writing, these days.
but here I am.
(at Opposable Thumb cafe, with coffee in my Maui Coffee Roasters mug from Rachel, and two thick voter manuals, and writing materials.)
Beautiful girl next to me at the cafe just introduced herself. We talked about the sweetness of the voices of old ladies, and the burden of sorting out the long ballot this year. I made silly chit chat with the barista. It feels good to be out in the world, making little, gentle contacts.
I cooked so many beans today, and am excited to cook some more: baba ghanoush probably, and another batch of crackers, and black bean soup.
I'm in an anchored spot. I mean, having one of those moments that shares all its important characteristics with a lot of other moments across my life, so when I'm in it, they pull together, like a gathering thread was pulled taught. It's made out of: the comfort and ease of a good cafe; the hum of human voices; a hot drink; my mind turning in to check my condition and suddenly seeing myself there, the same, from the vantage of a new place in time; and ink stains on my fingers. It's a good place, it makes the future exciting and full of potential, and the past seem like a rich ground to draw from.
|Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008|
|Monday, September 1st, 2008|
|Pimping my friends again
Laurie is now officially a midwife! So if you need one of those... Nest Midwifery
. She's fantastic, and well suited to the job - she's exactly the person you'd want your midwife to be.
|Saturday, August 30th, 2008|
|Tuesday, August 26th, 2008|
Been consistently exhausted and passionless since return from vacation. Watching old Buffy, rediscovering Oz. Pushing myself to learn more at work (and for work, outside of work). Broke. Gained weight. Sleepy. Unmotivated. But pushing myself at home, too - get up! get up! get up! and sometimes that works. Just keep going until this rock rolls off, right? It always does, eventually. What are the tools again? Um. Less sugar, more exercise (the least wanted, but most effective cure over time), vitamins, herbal supplements, exposure to beautiful things and clever ideas. Get up!
|Monday, August 25th, 2008|
I've recently told several friends about this great video by my friend
Los Manos, so here it is for your convenience:
|Tuesday, August 12th, 2008|
arriving in Oakland later today!
looking forward to seeing you, my friends! though the schedule is INSANELY packed and some plans will surely break down and a few of you aren't even on there yet AAAAAAAHHHHH
|Friday, August 8th, 2008|
Tonight I got hugged by a blond postpartum comedy powerhouse. It was exciting. And then I full on geeked out with a stranger for like 10 minutes about sewing handbags.
If anyone doesn't have plans for tomorrow night you should come out and see fabulous comedy at the Best of the Best Sketch Fest
|Monday, August 4th, 2008|
|San Francisco recommendations?
If you were a queer couple visiting San Francisco for the first time ever (three days, based in the Castro), and you liked people and dogs and bars and gardens and banana cream pie and walking and exploring new neighborhoods... what adventures would be at the top of your list?
|Friday, July 25th, 2008|
|AD&D character meme
(got this one from commonreader
The result makes sense, since it describes my primary AD&D character of yore. Well maybe she was half-elven. Although of course my stats were all 17-18/66-16-19-15-16 or whatever.I Am A:
Neutral Good Elf Sorcerer (6th Level)( Read more...Collapse )