Friday, November 27, 2009

Long Weekend!

I love a long weekend. Even when it is sort of cold and sort of wet (ok very wet) here in Oregon, it is nice to have time to catch our breaths, think some thoughts, and enjoy some time with family and friends.

We had a nice TG with our friend Sterling and the dogs and even an appearance from Jessie the Cat, who rarely comes out to say hello. We spend the morning cleaning and much of the afternoon cooking, with intervals for WII and chatting and my famous artichoke heart dip (artichoke hearts, mayo, parm, bake for 45 minutes, yum).

I found this meme on my good twin Kim's blog and thought I'd do it today in lieu of my usual Pilot-and-knitting blather. PS...Kim has a new Etsy Shop that you should probably check out if you want some great holiday gift ideas.

Anyway, here goes:
What are your current obsessions?
Do I have a current obsession? It might be finding chew toys for Pilot that he doesn't finish up in ten minutes.

Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
White tee from J Crew.

What’s for dinner?
It's the day after Thanksgiving, wanna take a guess?

What’s your greatest fear at the moment?
That the term will never end.

What are you listening to?
"Fresh Tracks" on KLCC.

If you were a goddess what would you be?
The Goddess of Pups, where they would all freeze in their evil puppy play the minute I rest my gaze upon them, and after a moment they would scamper over and fall into a sleepy puppy pile at my feet.

What are your favorite holiday spots?
Our cozy room, in front of the fire.

What are you reading right now?
I'm about to start on "Wolf Hall", because one can never read too many fictional accounts of the reign of King Henry VIII.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Sleep and chocolate, but not simultaneously.

Who or what makes you laugh?
Tim. Pilot. The stupid things students say (if I get past the frustration part). The good twin. Glee.

What is your favorite spring thing to do?
I live in Oregon. It's the same things as my fall and winter things. Go ducks!

What is the best thing you ate or drank?
Chocolate volcano cake, and Steak Diane from Cafe Soriah.

When was the last time you were tipsy?
Either the last time I had a glass of wine or a shot of Nyquil.

What is your favourite ever film?
Probably "The Player."

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your children?
My children are dogs, and the lesson is "It's all good."

What song can’t you get out of your head?
Right now it is "Elenore" from the Turtles, because it was in a xword this morning.

What book do you know you should read but refuse to?

I don't refuse to read "Ulysses", but have just never gotten around to it.

What is your favourite color?

What do you like to think about while you are waiting to fall asleep?
Living in a castle in England.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ah. Life.

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Between busy-ness at work, and busy-ness with our new little friend, life is a bit crazy. Good crazy though. Tim and I have both been dealing with bad colds but we're slowly getting better. So all those things have meant, um, not a lot of blogging. My apologies.

Pilot is a joy. Here is he being a joy while he destroys a zauberball that was a sock and now is just a mess (such a mess that it is sitting in a plastic project bag, I can't even stand to look at it). He's stubborn at times, and this morning he tore out of his canvas crate AND bit into a battery (ouch) but we're working it out. He's such a happy creature and full of positive energy.

Originally uploaded by kbshee
There has been knitting...and in fact some good knitting. This is a sweater/cardigan done in one piece, I'm using Rowan Soft Lux in a light purple color with a gold thread in it...if you look closely you can sort of see it sparkle. It's lovely to work with and has even survived Pilot running around with it and having it fall off the needles. I enjoy working on this, and basically stockinette has been the extent of my creativity these past few weeks.

So we're just about at the week-and-a-half left of the term point, and I'm more than ready.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New etsy jewelry shop

My friend Bonnie recently opened a new B Glass Designs shop at etsy...and no, it isn't fiber but beautiful architecturally inspired jewelry. Check it out!

Because there is nothing else to talk about

Originally uploaded by kbshee
We're now into Day 4 with Pilot and things are going well. He has established two dens in the house (one in a crate, one on a pillow we bought for him) and he is starting to accumulate his treasures on his pillow (he has unearthed every long-hidden cat toy in the house). He is starting to get the hang of housetraining, he seems fine being left alone in his crate during the day, and he is settling down quite nicely.

He still wants to terrorize the cats, but they're learning that if they get on a windowsill and look down at him, he'll chill. It's pretty funny.

Anyway, our little friend is a delight. He's having his first vet visit today and we hope that goes well!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Welcome Pilot!

Originally uploaded by kbshee
We went to our local animal shelter on Friday....Tim had seen a picture on their website of a dog that 'spoke' to him, and when we got there we found out that the dog was on 'hold' and that it would be a bit of a handful for us. We were thinking about leaving when I noticed a very quiet and gentle and frankly, silly looking dog, and spent some time with him. He's a Basset Hound/Something mix, he weighs about 45 pounds, is somewhere between 1 and 2 years old, and was a stray from LA.

His name, as of Friday, is Pilot.

He's a joy. He's a character...he is full of energy and love and happiness and joy. He follows Tim around like he is a god. He chases the cats and they don't seem to mind too much. He keeps nuzzling Juneau who puts up with it.

And he likes yarn.

He grabbed the Zauberball I was working with for Socks and ran around the house with it (not quite sure what's going to happen with that project now). He also found a hank of Wollmeise in the 'yarn room' and placed it gently at my feet. He's had various interactions with WIPs that have resulted in the reorganization of my knitting bag and the placement of every project in its own bag.

And I don't mind a bit.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


Originally uploaded by kbshee
I usually can control my WIPS...somewhat...I really do try to only have maybe three on the needles at any one time. But I'm not doing well in the past few weeks since a bad case of startitis has settled upon me. I think it is because I have several 'concentration' projects that were started at the start of fall and now I don't have the concentration to do them!

So my concentration projects are:
-a lace sock I started eons ago
-a Cookie A sock
-the St. Patrick sweater

And my non concentration projects are:
-the Holla is the sleeve using my favorite braided cable. It's going pretty fast.
-a shawl collared no-seam sweater than I just downloaded from Webs that I'm using a soft Rowan yarn (it has angora in it) that also has a bunch of sparkly stuff in it
-a sock using Zauberball.

So you'll see more of those all soon!

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Halloween was relatively low key around our house. There was a big football game on at 5 pm, so we really weren't expecting a lot of Trick or Treaters (and we had.....1. yay). Our friends Steve and Jen brought Erin and Evan by in the afternoon, so we decided to dress up Juneau as Dora the Explorer.

She truly enjoyed it, and can't wait til next Halloween. Oh she wants to tell you about it herslef:

....woof woof this is juneau and my mother is so so wrong about that and if she tries this again it will not be pleasant....