July 9th, 2008

As ever, I am at the forefront of internet innovations. You can now follow my mundane exploits via Twitter. You also can see my latest entries in the sidebar to the right. Yeah. Now I’m gonna go get depressed over the use of child slaves in chocolate production.


June 30th, 2008

So, Matt and I are planning to use cloth diapers for the baby. Some friends of ours, who are also expecting, plan on using cloth as well. In support of their poo-wrangling goals, I knit this:


Cute, eh? That, my friends, is a pair of wool soakers. It is not as watertight as laminated fabric, but wool’s natural properties of water resistance and breathability make it good for diaper covers. Something felted, treated with extra lanolin, would be even better, but these should work just fine.

Stuff in My House: Baby’s Room

June 27th, 2008

Yeah, I don’t know what’s up with the picture in that last post… I can’t seem to fix it. Sorry. On with the show…

Last Friday, Matt and I had the big 20-week anatomy scan ultrasound. Having confirmed that there is indeed a human baby in there, Matt was hit hard by the nesting instinct. A week ago, we had a small cream-colored room filled with clothes to be sorted for donation, storage, and repair, a dirty blue carpet, faded old curtains, and other random junk. Matt did about 90% of the work, which is fine by me because I’m doing 100% of the gestating. Thanks sweetie!

A week later, we have new paint (Benjamin Moore Pear Green), valances (Jane Sassaman quilting fabric), courtesy of Jean, and a clean carpet:


A HERMELIN crib and a SULTAN BLUNDA mattress, both (obviously) from IKEA:


A refurbished yard sale changing table (in Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze), courtesy of Bob, complete with an initial stash of baby clothes:


And a relocated Goose Lamp:


Not too shabby, eh? Now I’ve got to go through all the junk and clothing that was relocated for the renovations. Oh, and continue growing another person. Can’t forget that part.

Sheep & Wool 2008

June 24th, 2008

So, we went (quite a while ago)and got stuff:


I went with a pocket full of money and someone to carry stuff for me…I ended up with what you see here. While there was much to see, there was very little I wanted to buy. Very little actual wool yarn. Lots of sock yarns and lots of pretty wool blends, but hardly any plain old wool. I was pretty interested in the organic merino from Greenwood Hill Farm, but didn’t get any. I think I’ll be ordering some through their website. It was beautiful stuff.

Since the festival was such a bust, I’ve started looking for DK and Sport weight wool yarns online. They’re surprisingly hard to find.

The scarf up there is a basic feather and fan pattern, using some “WV Wool/Mohair” handspun. It’s very pretty, almost silver in appearance.

Motion Sickness Movie Review: Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull

June 9th, 2008

It was so hot yesterday, we went to the movies.  Before the movie started, the theater toilet flushed before I stood up.  It was not particularly pleasant.  Just in case you wanted to know.

The movie was good.  Not great, but good.  The two major problems, in our minds, were: (1) the script, and (2) the CG effects.

The script was teribble.  It was like they plotted out the action sequences and then played connect-the-dots to make a full script.  They tried to add a bunch of emotional crap, and it all came out totally lame-o because there was no development.

The CG was just…wrong.  The more practical effects were pretty good, like the car/motorcycle chase scene at the university.  That scene gets 1 puke bucket out of 4, by the way.  The almost entirely CGed car chase scene in the jungle was awful.  I missed most of that, though, because I was looking away, trying not to puke.  CG was just really out of place in an Indiana Jones movie, and felt like they just did it because they could.  Seriously, does an Indiana Jones movie really need CG prairie dogs?

So, overall puke rating of 2 buckets.  I missed a few scenes, but nothing vital to the plot (was any of it vital to the plot?), and recovered quickly between “episodes.”


Baby Stuff

June 2nd, 2008

So, this whole nesting thing is both fun and furiating.  While shopping for products to ensure that the baby will not be naked nor starved nor murdered in its sleep by the dog, it has become obvious that we are parents-to-be of rare and expensive tastes.

  • 97.3% of all baby clothing, bed linens, and accessories are only manufactured in pastel colors printed with teddy bears and clouds.  This is where the bargains are.
  • 2.1% come in drab “mod” colors: dull aqua, dirty orange, and brown. 
  • .5% come in white.
  • .1% come in nice primary colors or other festive “gender neutral” colors and prints.

Those of you who know us well know that we mostly go for the last category.  What’s wrong with a little turqoise?  Lime green?  Why must all yellows be pastel?  Why does black only come with “punk” or “alternative” adornments, like screen-printed anarchy symbols?  And what about a nice grass green?  Solid colors aside, what about a nice geometric pattern?  Though I don’t entirely agree with the sentiment, this is a cute shirt.

I do understand that the baby will not care what color he or she is wearing or sleeping on, but I don’t want to buy things that are ugly.  Thank goodness for loaners and hand-me-downs!  Right now, free and used are my favorite colors.

Another lesson learned is that many Amazon reviewers are not too bright.  Sample reviews below are paraphrased:

  • In a review for a mini-gym thing, in which a baby lies on its back and bats at little toys hanging from an arch:  My 1-week old daughter was not interested in this AT ALL.  It’s supposed to entertain her but she just went to sleep!!!  I RETURNED IT!!!
  • In a review for some baby spoons:  My 6-week old spits up everything we try to feed him with this spoon,  DO NOT BUY!!!
  • In reviews for many, many products:  We do not own this product, and have neither used it nor seen it in person, but it is terrible!!!
  • Also in reviews for many, many products:  I do not have children, but I bought this for a friend whose baby is due in three months.  She hasn’t even taken it out of the box yet, but it is super cute and durable, and will last the baby forever!!!
  • In a review for a baby swing:  I only gave it one star because zero stars is not an option!!!  We ordered this for our fussy baby upon the recommendation of a friend, and it took FOUR DAYS to arrive!!!  We’d already purchased a swing locally by then, and so we returned this unopened!!! DO NOT BUY!!!
  • In a review for a small (but seriously, not that small) fabric/plastic toy that clips onto a stroller or whatever:  WARNING!!!  My son shoved this hard and jammed it way into his mouth and made a gagging sound!!! This product is DANGEROUS!!! DO NOT BUY!!!  


You might be happy to know that a post about knitting and yarn is pending, as is some more stuff from my house.

Bump day?

May 21st, 2008

This week, my uterus is all kinds of popping up and out of my pelvis. It ain’t just bloat anymore, baby!

This is just in time for Baskin Robbins Bump Day, which I will not be participating in. You might notice that this offer is only good in certain states, of which Maryland is not one, and you can see my previous post for information on my current views on ice cream. Also, this is kinda interesting.

Things That I Don’t Care For

May 12th, 2008

Eternal dislikes: 

  • Daylight Savings Time
  • Mushrooms
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Open wounds
  • Pus
  • Mucous
  • Meat in aspic
  • Lotions and soaps that smell like candy
  • Washing dishes
  • Getting out of bed
  • Soda
  • The Mall
  • Wearing a bra

Recently acquired dislikes:

  • Pregnancy hormones
  • Red meat
  • Ice cream
  • Dairy
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Showering
  • Carrying things
  • Walking faster than a slow crawl
  • Minty foods and candies
  • Salad (comes and goes)
  • Being nekkid
  • Going braless




May 7th, 2008

So thanks for your kind thoughts and stuff. Pregnancy sux, so far, and niceness goes a long ways with me these days. Makes me all teary, even. I got a little care package in the mail from a friend and bust into tears because it was just so thoughtful.

I was all set to come home from work and tell you about Sheep & Wool and my anniversary gift from Matt, but now I’m all tired and shit. Instead, I offer you this: you know those little trash cans in the stalls of ladies rooms? Today, at work, there was an empty coke can shoved in there. Nice.

Stuff In My House Special Edition: Stroller

April 30th, 2008


I’m pregnant, due in mid-November. We haven’t gotten much else yet, but the stroller (a Zooper Twist) was available at a good price (half the list price) at Costco. It’s been sitting quietly in the living room, occasionally playing host to Toaster who seems to find it quite comfy. It came with all sorts of accessories too: a rain cover, bug/sun screen cover, and an insulated foot muff thingy. Fancy.

This is all very exciting, but I’m afraid the first trimester has been dire. Think too nauseous to knit dire. And my poor sweaters… Even though I haven’t grown much elsewhere yet, my bust has already expanded by 2 inches. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someday, somewhere, I’ll be able to wear them.

This weekend is Maryland Sheep & Wool, and I’ll be there looking for baby-friendly yarns bright and early on Saturday morning. Matt has already promised to come along to carry things, so hopefully I’ll last long enought to make the Saturday Ravelry meetup.