Friday, October 26, 2007

ECF: sunset over SF

Originally uploaded by knitswithasilentk
Took this 2 weeks ago, as the Bears were in their last throes of the Oregon game.

I forgot where I originally saw the cat sweater pattern, but it made it to Cute Overload (and that model is Fred's stunt double!).

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Time waster for a cause

Via Away With Words: FreeRice donates to the UN World Food Program, for each word you get right. Warning: this is very addictive.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Bonus laugh

Today's Rose is Rose comic.

Although I think the punchline should be "I'm a knitter!"

ECF: empty pier

Originally uploaded by knitswithasilentk
Summer's clearly over.

(In all honesty, I took this photo in March. But this is an honest rendition of what this pier looks like today - an off-season day.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Update on Fred

Originally uploaded by knitswithasilentk
I managed to find this old photo of Fred. He still looks like this, though.

While his personality has returned to normal, the pooper still isn't...well...producing. I got some hairball gel and some chicken flavored fiber pellets. We've been supplementing his food with these morning and evening, and I just can't believe it. Fred is so excited to get chicken flavored PILLS! They're big horse pills, with chicken flavor, and it says to break them in pieces to "release the flavor". I can understand him lapping up gravy (heck, I'd do that!) but broken up bits of pills? He can't get enough of it. Then he finishes up with the fish-flavored gel, although it's clearly second-best.

We're hoping after a few days of this, things will start moving through and we won't have to worry so much.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Monday update: the no new photos edition

Cal lost on Saturday. But boy, was it an exciting game! (Just wish it had a different outcome.)

One of the items my mom gave me when I visited last week were two Christmas lists - letters to Santa. I wrote them on 3x5 index cards. Either I lost one or I used the same color pen (red) and paper two years in a row. Both letters requested the board game, The Game of Life, so I must have really wanted that game. One of the letters, curiously, requested more storage space. At the ripe young age of around 8, I already knew I needed more space! (Santa didn't bring any. And I still need more space.)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Go Bears!

Originally uploaded by knitswithasilentk
And to everyone, have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

love thursday

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Things I am loving:

  • Lemon Zinger tea.

  • Arriving at work and seeing the sun on the ocean.

  • Going to bed early (and the good feeling it creates)

  • The pilot episode of Reaper. (It was directed by Kevin Smith.) The following episodes? Not so much.

  • Blogging Without Obligation.

About that last one - given that this is a knitting blog, and I seem to be in a knitting slump, I might not post every weekday starting ...well, whenever. I might blog about non-knitting, as I have been, I might not. When I first started, the blogs I liked the best were the ones that were updated every day, and I wanted to be one of those bloggers. But I find that I am not disappointed by bloggers who post a couple times a week instead, when they have content in each entry. So, dear readers, I hope you'll forgive me and still stop by.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Revisiting old photos

Indian Paintbrush
Originally uploaded by knitswithasilentk
because that's what the resourceful blogger does when she has nothing new to write about!

This Indian Paintbrush was just one of many I saw this last summer in the Sierras. Summer was really nice. Fall is nice too, but it just doesn't have the splendor here in CA that it has in the Northeast. Here where I am, we woke to some light rain followed by clearing to sunny - can't complain too much. But the hills aren't covered with deciduous trees - or trees of any sort (not enough water) and so we go from bare brown hills to bare green hills. Beautiful, but in a different way. This time of year, I pine for the Northeast hillsides of red and orange and yellow.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

We're #2!

Originally uploaded by knitswithasilentk
Well, Cal's football team is ranked #2 in the nation this week. A bunch of highly ranked teams (cough-USC-cough) lost this week, while Cal had a bye, so we moved up from #3 to #2, behind LSU.

About the photo: when the Cal band plays that Cal song and forms the script Cal on the field, the Sousaphone section looks like it's wandering off to do its own thing. They go as a section, high-stepping (really leaping and kicking their legs in the air in front of them) around the field, and end up at the end of the swoosh that underlines the Cal. I managed to grab this action shot of the band with their legs up high.

Still haven't touched my knitting in ages, but I got lots of rest last night and work let out early (ran out of things to do) so yesterday I felt really good. Still basking in the glow of well-restedness this morning. Have a great day, wherever you are!

Edited to add:
From The Sweetie:
"that cal song" is "Fight for California" :)

Our sturdy Golden Bear,
Is watching from the skies,
Looks down upon our colors fair,
And guards us from his lair.
Our banner Gold and Blue,
The symbol on it too,
Means FIGHT! for California.
For California through and through!

Stalwarts girded for the fray,
Will strive for victory,
Their all at Mater's feet will lay,
That brain and brawn will win the day.
Our mighty sons and true
Will strive for us anew,
And PIVOT! for California,
For California through and through!

Monday, October 8, 2007

I'm back!

Originally uploaded by knitswithasilentk
Did you miss me?

Here are some updates:

My blogcation/vacation was really nice. I visited my mother in Florida and got lots of shopping, lunches, and naps in.

Unfortunately, Golden Knitting Gallery seemed to be mysteriously closed. They had a "July hours" sign and a "50% off everything" sign in the window, and looked like they suddenly closed. There was yarn in bins, there were notions on the table, but the phone was disconnected and no one was there. Too bad; my mother actually expressed interest in maybe learning to knit.

Our kitty, Fred, seems to be much better now. He has successfully used the box and seems a much friendlier, vigorous cat than he had been of late. Some new easy-to-digest food seems to have perked him right up and we're really happy to have our old kitty back.

Knitting? Um....I knit one 40-row repeat on the lace stole while I was traveling. I'll try and take a photo this week, but really - it looks largely the same as before. I'm starting to worry about running out of yarn...but I suppose I can just knit fewer repeats and see how it turns out.

Thanks so much, everyone, for your well-wishes! I really appreciated coming home to all of your comments!