11.26.2004

Friday Night Fever...

Checking in to say I'm starting to catch up. Got some writing done today. The craft show is this week so then the scarf production can die down (unless there is a big run on scarves through the internet - hint hint). I decided to get a Christmas stocking or two made for the sale to raffle off. Photo posted as soon as I've finished it (them?). I'll personalize it for the winner(s) once their name(s) is drawn, if I do this.

Tomorrow I'm taking Keli to have her hair done. She's having the works - perm, color, cut. Should be fun. I'll have to do before and after photos. She's excited. I should be able to get lots of crocheting done while I'm sitting there watching that action!

Keith has finished nearly all of the family Christmas shopping. Well, his side of the family anyway. I still have my side to complete. But that was a job well done. Now if I can get so organized.

There is a big Captain's Kickoff meeting for the Relay on Tuesday night. Too bad I'm not organized enough to have met with the members of my team to know who is planning on attending so I can't even register us for the Relay yet. I'M SO DISORGANIZED RIGHT NOW! I need a KathyHowe in my life.

Okay. I'm off. I have a stocking to crochet. And a movie to watch perhaps. Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving.

Happy Birthday, Kathy!

11.24.2004

I made it!

I survived multiple movies and a total junk food fest with my girls. We partied hard... There were grilled cheese sandwiches and orange pops, cheetos, potato chips with sour cream, chocolate chip ice cream, and puppy chow. And that was just last night! In the middle of the night there was a midnight making of pizza rolls because somebody had a craving... okay, that was me. This morning there was a lot of junky cereal and some healthy 100% juice. There were great movies, like Elf, Raising Helen, Weekend at Bernie's, The Breakfast Club (hey, my 80's girls Keli and Jena HAD to watch at least one 80's flick so they did when the other two were falling over from exhaustion last night), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Here they are in the kitchen last night. Jena is finishing up the grilled cheese sammiches I started, Keli is eating hers while it is still hot, and Caitlin and Erin are hard at work making the puppy chow for the movie watching snack before we head down to watch the first movies of the evening...

Finally, at about 3:30 this afternoon we went to Grandma and Grandpa's to work on the crafts for a while and they were on their way home from there a couple of hours later.

Keith is on his way home now for the long weekend. I'm going to dash in and spend an hour writing for the first time in days.

And would you believe nearly a year has past since the last tube-ride (MRI)? Yes ladies and gentlemen, it's that time again. The annual check-up in search of recurrence is upon us. Too bad it didn't take place last Monday so that he could have his clean bill of health already and we could be giving thanks for that tomorrow, too. Send your good thoughts this way on Monday morning, please... NO BRAIN TUMORS ALLOWED!

May you all have a wonderful day tomorrow and bless yourselves with a thankful heart every day.

11.22.2004

Popping in for a Visit!

Hello! Finished three more scarves over the weekend (YOURS, Bill! and two others, and got started on another and have the makings of several more), but didn't write a word... And it will be a very busy week, so will I finish the novel by the end of the month? Good question!

We went to a play on Saturday night and we were surrounded by Red Hat Ladies. Do you know any Red Hat Ladies? Are you a Red Hat Lady? The play was excellent. I'd see it again and take a friend (Marvelous Marge) who I know would love it. But I think it closed this past weekend. We usually buy our tickets for the last weekend of the show.

Did you hear the news this morning about the hunter who opened fire on the people who requested he get off the private land that he didn't have permisssion to be hunting on? Yeah. How many times have I yelled at people to do the same? Don't think I'll be doing that again. I guess having that deer slung across the grill is pretty dang important to some people. And yes, it happened right here in the great state of Wisconsin. Five people killed and several more injured. Would he have stopped if he hadn't run out of ammo? Good question. Looking for a story to link... Here.

That's all I've got for now. Looks like girls' night this week is going to be an extended bunch of fun. Since they don't have school on Wednesday, our regular time for it, they're all coming over here tomorrow after school and having a movie night with movies on the wall, sleeping over and then spending the day here with more movies and crafts on Wednesday. Should be fun! Can Aunt Keri keep up? We'll soon find out!

Later! I'm off for a visit with my Gray Street buddy before she heads off to be a full-time worker bee again. We sure didn't take advantage of her time off the way we should have! :(



11.17.2004

Where I've been.

I've been working hard on the writing as you can see by the numbers on my progress meter. I've also been crocheting when I'm not doing that. I got three scarves done over the past weekend and a fourth I have started and restarted probably five times. I love the color and texture of the yarn, but it is really kicking me in the a$$. I'm ready to give up and buy some chenille to put with it to make it easier on myself.

Here is a photo of this past weekend's work.

This is a photo of the fourth that has been kicking me.
I am going to kick it right back, however.

Kel and I saw BJ: The Edge of Reason and we loved it! Of course. We've seen the original so many times and loved the books so much and had committed these characters to memory and there was really no way for us not to love it. Besides, Hugh Grant only gets better looking with age - wow. The cad. And Colin Firth? Yummy.

We also watched Peter Pan (2003) the other night, having rented the DVD. I may have already written about this since I have written so infrequently of late that I don't even remember what I've written about. We loved that, as well. Captain Hook/Mr. Darling was played by the handsome Jason Isaacs. If you don't recognize the name, you'll recognize the face if you've seen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as he played the wickedly dashing Lucius Malfoy. Peter Pan was played by the adorable Jeremy Sumpter. And Tinkerbell was done partially by animation and partially by a French actress, Ludivine Sagnier. They called her antics "female Charlie Chaplin" and she had such wonderfully witty and expressive faces and body movements. She was quite lovely.

So that's what I've been up to. Now I'm heading out to do some more writing on this extremely foggy but mild November day. And we have girls night tonight.

Dad is off for his second cataract surgery this morning so keep him in your thoughts, please.

Maybe I'll be out here long enough to stop by and read what the rest of you are up to one of these days. Hope so. When I am home, Kel usually is, too and she takes up all of the computer time, with the exception of these few minutes I'm allowing myself to update.

Still moving... slow but sure.

Today's miles: 5.2
Total so far: 341.3
Still to go for goal: 158.7

At this pace I'll never be home by the end of the year, but I'm still moving.

11.12.2004

Fame! Photos!


Cast and some crew - Kel was hiding in the wings...




"What sign were you born under baby?"
"For you? Keep out!"


Serena sings "Think of Meryl Streep!"


"Books come. Books go. But those lips? Those lips will stay with me forever!"


"I'm not a loser. Come on. Dance with me, Iris? I can't do this alone..."


The teachers discuss what is to be done after one of them gets a student through summer school through underhanded means so he can continue on as a dancer even though he's only reading at an elementary school level.


He's wearing zubas! (thanks, Robert!)


"Fame! I'm gonna live forever!" Reprise...

11.11.2004

Fame!

The play opened tonight with great success! Standing ovation from the crowd and the kids were really energized. As Kel said, "It was a great audience." There was a lot of laughter in the right places, applause when they appreciated things... It was nice.

She came home exhausted. She's coming down with something - probably a bad cold. And she was too tired for homework. Hope she can get it finished tomorrow during lunch or focus. Because she planned to do it in bed but was asleep before anything was accomplished. Tonight an aunt was in attendance. She's a graduate of the 80's and appreciated the clothing and music - all authentic stuff. I especially liked Schlomo's zoobah's in the last acts, with his aqua blazer and pink shirt... he looked hot! ;)

Tomorrow night Grandma and a couple of cousins will be there. Perhaps Grandpa? Her aunt said she may be back and bring her kids, too.

Saturday night Dad will be there. And there are friends there every night. She received several flowers tonight from various people.

Anyway, congratulations to all of the kids for a show well done! High energy and lots of talent going into it.

Photos to come!

11.10.2004

More Bullets...

  • Kind of a gloomy day here. Not posting frequently, but I hope my three readers will stick around anyway. I'm just so bizzee with wanting to keep up on my NaNoWriMo so I'm not writing the vast majority of it in the final week like last year, and getting more scarves crocheted so I fill all of my orders and mailed out to satisfy all of my customers (sorry, Bill - I finished one, but I swear, it isn't right for you so I'm making you another) and get ready for the craft fair on December first and second.

  • Still have a few(!) miles to go to finish the 500 Mile Return From Nowhere, too! Don't worry. I haven't forgotten as you can see by the miles put in just yesterday. I will prevail!

  • Got a haircut this morning. Hurray! I hate that itchy feeling of hair down the shirt when you walk around all day afterward without showering after a haircut, though. I'll be glad when I have taken care of that little detail. Since it was an early morning appointment I went straightaway to Cafe' la Poste for some writing time on the NaNo. Got a goodly amount done (and a mocha java scone!), plus the added benefit of a yummy salad for lunch.

  • Last night was videotaping night of Fame! (the high school musical Keli is involved in) and their big final dress-rehearsal. Tonight they have fix-it night as a result of that final rehearsal and tomorrow is opening night. It went well for them. Kel makes a great stage manager/assistant director/lighting person! I got talked into doing refreshments at one of the nights - working a table, dishing them up and handing them out as people purchase them. We're to dress up in black and white - classy event, dontcha know... They had a great mix of eighties music playing both before the play and during the intermission. I asked Kel who put them together. The director put the mix prior to the play together and Kel herself put the intermission mix together. My little eighties wondergirl. :)

  • I'm still picking up toilet paper from the weekend. There were several pieces way up in the trees (these kids really got it up there! The tall pines were the most difficult to get it out of) that we neglected to get cleaned and with the gale-force northern winds that have been blowing winter into town, they've been coming down and landing beside the driveway with regularity. Each time I drive in or out the past few days, I stop and pick a few more pieces up. At least I'm getting things cleaned up eventually! Kel found out who the culprits were. It was the trumpet section, planned by her former boyfriend from last year (a really nice kid she dated for nearly a year). He was one of my lead suspects as there are so few who know where we live. Funny. We just laugh.


Well, I guess I'll get going. It's girls' night at the folks' house. Unfortunately Kel can't make it tonight because fix-it night interferes, but Jena and I will be there!

11.08.2004

Mileage update...

Today's miles: 4.4
Total so far: 336.1
Still to go for goal: 163.9

11.07.2004

Why I Live Here... Reason Number ?

For my last post of the evening, I'll just give one little reason for why we live where we do because as winter comes on I spend a lot of time whining and asking the age old question: Why do I live here? So here's a couple of views of one reason.


Kel and I spent about 20 minutes or so tonight out in the below freezing temps looking up. I went out first to see if we could actually see the Northern lights after my mom called to ask if we could see them.

Then I headed over to the hot tub where Keli was having a soak and let her know that we could indeed see them. I told her that I wasn't seeing any colors at the time, and was only getting a little glimpse of them, but a little glimpse was better than no glimpse at all.

The Northern Lights are one of those things that Kel has on her "Want to see before I die" list, so she ran inside and dried off, put on lots of warm clothes and got back outside a few minutes later. As she headed out the front door she asked where she needed to look and I told her I'd meet her out there.


When I wandered down the driveway a couple of minutes later, I found her there literally sobbing, hands over her open mouth, tears streaming down her face, and I thought she was going to collapse where she stood.

As I looked around me at the sky, I could see why. I didn't take these photos, but they are somewhat representative of what we were seeing. It was the most amazing thing we could have imagined. We got out there at what must have been the peak time in our area. It was breath-taking. I guess we mostly saw red corona and it was incredible.

I tried to come up with some way to describe what I was seeing from the formation of the aurora as I was looking at some of them and all I could think of with one of them was that it looked like the wings of an angel tearing right through the heavens, or even the wings of God. When I found this particular photo, while not having quite enough red, it was very similar to what we were seeing.

Credit for all of these photos goes to Jan Curtis, State Climatologist for Wyoming.


Promised photos... teepee'd...


Hey Dad, aren't you glad we keep things mowed around those first several pine so they could get really good footing around them to do their handiwork? :)


The pines were Keli's first view as I brought her home last night in the dark, but this was my first view as I emerged from the darkness of the woods and burst out upon the driveway. I ran the "gauntlet". It looked so much better in the dark of night with just the highbeams shining on the dancing streamers of tp...


Some of the individual trees - so delicate without their leaves, so well-papered!


There's just something so artistic about them!


We were not only papered, but riced!


and forked!


No! For the love of Dog! Not forked!

It's a beautiful day to clean the trees!

Okay, so we went to the Auction and Indoor Marching Band concert. It rocked the school. Literally. Ever hear a marching band perform inside a gymnasium? Yeah. It's loud. And they performed their whole routine which is usually done marching around a big football stadium on a basketball court. Little.Tiny.Movements. Awesome. I forgot my video camera. Oh well. Heidi had hers along. She said she'd make me a DVD.

It was pretty low turnout. Things on the silent auction went really cheap. It was sad. This is their BIG FUND RAISER for the year for all of the bands. But they aren't planning a trip or anything this year or even next year. So they aren't pushing hard to make money and the parents aren't working toward a specific goal, so nobody is thinking about the long run. The $35 value coffee package the I put together as a donation from Keith's business (each student has to collect one auction item from a local business and one item from their own family, thus the blanket we made) had an $8 bid on it the last time I walked past. I should have bid myself, but that would have been like paying for it twice and that just seemed silly to me. So I didn't.

The blanket was held out of the silent auction and put on the regular auction. I was really glad it was. There were a LOT of fleece blankets there this year. Ours was the only one that had the poke through ties, though, so it was unique. It was also the only one with a snowman theme. There were a lot there with school colors this year (a trend we started a couple of years ago) and a lot there with a music theme. They pulled ours up for auction first (another plus for us, I thought) and it went for $40! Hurray! The majority of them went for around the same price. The only one that beat it was one that went for $65, and I can't figure out why. Looking back, I saw so many fleece ones last night, I don't even remember which one that was. Oh well.

There was a gorgeous denim quilt - very large and heavy - beautifully made, that went for $110. I think I would have been ill had I made it. A lot of work went into it for so little money.

The only purchase I made, because all of my silent auction items were overbid, was a really cool auction item that made Kel really happy to hear about. There is a woman here in town who does parties for kids and costume rental and other things. She had three different party options you could choose from and one of them was a henna party for up to five people. Kel has actually worked for her helping at her henna booths at fairs and the Relay for Life, etc. before. Well, now she can have her own henna party for five people (a $90 value), and I won it at auction for $20. She was really excited.

So after the concert she went to a friend's house for a couple of hours and I came home. I was planning on working on my NaNo for that time since it was really quiet here. But of course, I surfed instead and talked on the phone. Then Kel called and I had to go get her. So I drove out of the garage and as I drove down the driveway and the headlights burst through the forest they lit upon this magical sight! Dancing along the sides of the driveway in the breeze? Was it faeries? Nymphs? Sprites? NO! Toilet paper! At some point during the marching year, students can be tp'd. In all her years it has never happened to the Kel-meister. We attributed it to living Way.Out.Here. Well, somebody got her last night. And they got her good. All along the driveway. Every tree. Really well. And the pines at the bottom of the driveway? The really big pines? Yeah. Those too. I just laughed and laughed all the way to Lauren's.

Photos to follow.

I went to her friend's and picked her up keeping my mouth shut. I got her down our road almost to our house and hit the lights so just the parking lights were on as she was admiring the stars and talking on the phone with her Grandma about them. Then as we turned the corner into our drive, I hit the highbeams and turned the lights back on and she said into the phone, "Ooooh, we got tp'd... and they got us good."

If anyone knows the significance of rice in a tp job, please let me know. I don't know if this is an inside joke or if it is a common phenom, but there was a box left with the job and there was always a box included with the tp kits made up and sold in the auctions in years past.

Okay. I'm going to go get dressed and head down with the camera while the sun is shining brightly on it.

11.06.2004

Bulletizing the Weekend...

  • So I woke up at about 5 this morning from a dream that contained a whole new NaNo idea. Don't know what I'm going to do with that one. Does it become another dream sequence in the original? Or does it become the main idea with the other fitting into it somehow? Or does it become the one and only with the other one just getting tossed out the way I ended up doing last year with the first five or six or ten I started? Who knows? But I know that when the muse visits in your sleep, you don't just ignore it! At least I don't think I should.

  • Tonight is the indoor marching band concert and auction. And Keith is heading back to his apartment early because he has to work tomorrow. He took Friday off and was home on Thursday night, though, because he knew that was coming.

  • It is a gorgeous day out there today. We had a lot of errands to run and every time we got back in the car from doing one of them we brought one or two more of these stupid things with us. Blech.

  • One of those errands was to hit the post office and put KathyC's scarf in the mail (It's on it's way, Kath!). I also stopped and sold Jodi hers. I need to e-mail Dana to talk address and pricing because she missed that discussion. Kimby, yours should be there soon as it's been flying through the mail for days now! I'm going to put some new photos up of new colors, too. Bill, have patience. I'm still working diligently on yours. I want perfection...

  • Have to leave in a bit to pick up Kel from play practice. The former boyfriend was particularly nasty during their last parting of the ways and he made it really easy for her to see why she didn't need that kind of pain in her life (thank Dog) anymore. She got over him much more quickly this time (hurray!). I think I'll see if she wants to see The Incredibles with me tomorrow maybe. Does this not look like the best movie Pixar has put out ever? I've been looking forward to it since the first time I saw a preview (I think that was over a year ago!).

11.05.2004

Friday!

Wrote at la Poste with Marge today... AND they had fresh Mocha Java Scones! yummmmm. I brought some home with me. Found a new drink I liked while we nano'd, too. Frio with chocolate and whipped cream, please. Sinful? Definitely. But it made me a better writer. Honest.

I started on a different story today for something a little more fantastical and out on a limb for me. When commiserating with Keith that it would mean a whole new word count, he said, "It could be a dream that a character from your first novel is having."

The man is a genius!

And so the count grows. :)

(For those of you who have been asking, I don't have my story online. Too much pressure!)

11.04.2004

Bridget!

Some good (too weak) exciting! news for BJ fans... Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is being released a week earlier now! Something else to look forward to! We'll get to see it next weekend already (on top of Fame - Kel's play)! We've been waiting for this for three years...


Wait a minute... nice boys don't kiss like that.

~Bridget Jones


Waste of Time!!!

GRRRRRRR! Will somebody tell me how to get rid of the most annoying Adware/Shareware in the world? I've had Gator (this morning, in fact) infest my computer before but Bastardize Optimize is ever so much worse!

And why didn't Norton catch it coming in and why did it not catch it on the scan and why can I not get rid of it no matter how I try and why is my pop-up blocker not blocking it?

I've been working for about three hours now trying to get it off this computer. AAAARRRGGGGHHHH!!! I HATE the people who write this crap. I hate it far worse then the spam senders. That I can deal with using the simple delete key. I'm losing precious NaNo time here! How dare they!

11.03.2004

Feeling crabby?

There is always something to celebrate, even on a bad day! Cassie reports that it is Housewife's Day, and Sammich Day! How cool is that???

For me, I get to head off to Girls' Night tonight. And spend some time working on my novel. And work out for my 500 Mile Return from Nowhere. What a great day! Hope you can enjoy today, too. Even if things didn't look the way you hoped they would when you woke up this morning. This mourning?

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote."
George Jean Nathan

"Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future."
Jimmy Carter

"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country."
Texas Guinan

Worked Out... NaNo'd... Voted... Visited...

Today's miles: 5.2
Total so far: 331.7
Still to go for goal: 168.3

Got another couple of hours worth of writing in this afternoon, too.

And didn't even have to wait in line to vote (unfortunately, but I think that's just because our town is so little and I went at a good time).

All in all, it was a very good day. Now if we could just see the final results of this election so Kel and I could go to bed, we'd be very happy.

Ear Worm: Who Can it Be Now? (by Men at Work)

11.02.2004

OMG...

Good grief. It's five am and I'm still up. What kind of day am I going to have today? Hmmm??? I'm not even going to know who the candidates are when I get to the polls let alone remember how to vote!

And will somebody tell me what's up with this Yahoo Messenger thing? Everytime I come into my blog it looks like I'm Online, but I haven't been able to get into Messenger all night. I've wanted to add my friend Amanda's ID to the list for about an hour and haven't been able to get logged on, but I look logged on according to my blog! I don't think that code is working very well!!!

I think I'm going to get an hour of sleep. I'm sure I'll feel great when the alarm goes off. I should have kept crocheting. I could have had another scarf finished. I finished yours earlier tonight, Dana!

It's Time!!!


What are you doing sitting around reading blogs??? Get out there and VOTE!

Boys stink...

Did I mention that boys are stinky and poopy and brats? Especially boys who break my little girl's heart? Multiple times? (We won't go into the how and why she lets her heart get broken multiple times here... I'm no shrink.) Was there a high school dance this past weekend? Yes! At least he didn't do it there this time. He waited until after that was over and until the big party on Saturday instead. How thoughtful of him. I hope he is finished messing with her head now. I hope she is finished going back to him if he asks, too. *sniffle*

The Finished Product...

We forgot to get a quick pic of the snowman blanket on Wednesday night, so Dad and I snapped one this weekend. Here it is.


Finished product - Back has the red you saw in the other photos of us working on it, this is the front...