Sunday, December 31, 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Fun with pictures

Do you think he's beginning to regret his choice of my Christmas gift?

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

More Mason-Dixon knitting

I've made about a dozen of these ball-band washcloths. This colorway is for my Mom. The colors perfectly match her bathroom. Still on the needles: Bri's camo scarf and Ken's black afghan. Soon to be started: A camo log cabin afghan, Absorba bath mat and more washcloths.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Anti-Christmas past and present

Past: When I was about 9 or 10, our preacher convinced my parents Christmas and all its trapping had to go. No tree -- the preacher's family had a Thanksgiving tree, which seems just as pagan as a Christmas tree. No Santa -- although my little brother was convinced Santa wouldn't know we didn't believe anymore and come anyway. I like to refer to that year as the anti-Christmas. It was great. We got to open relatives presents as the came in the mail -- the only hitch is we couldn't tell them until Christmas day.
Present: This year I have to a work today, so it has been Christmas all week. We opened presents Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A good time was had by all -- especially the one who got more G.I. Joe stuff to add to his ever-growing collection.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Not a difficult question

From the Associated Press: SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Zoo has closed its Lion House, an exhibit where the public can watch the big cats eat a meal, while officials investigate the mauling of a keeper by a Siberian tiger. Could the answer be because it's a freaking tiger.

Coming soon: The anti-christmas.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Quote of the Day for Dec. 22

"I'm not scared, I'm a man." ~~Sweet child, age 9 1/2 years

Thursday, December 21, 2006

New hobby grabs another one

Sweet child got his first taste of geocaching tonight on the way home from the exchange spot and he's hooked. He's been a big fan of our GPS for awhile, so combine that with treasure hunting -- a done deal. Unfortunately, I was at work so it was a Daddy/Son thing. He was positively breathless with excitement when he talked to me on the phone. I have a feeling there are many more caches in our near future.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

He's addicted

Well, actually we both are. But sweet spouse has been geocaching without me! This must be remedied immediately. Sweet child will be here today. Unless there is a blizzard, we will ALL be hunting caches some time this week.

In other news: Christmas rapidly approaching, nothing ready.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Weekend update

A great time and a new hobby

Saturday was a day of exploring the site of a nuclear explosion and finding our first geocache with the family. A fantastic day that lead the sweet spouse and I to go out and find three more caches Sunday.

Explorers' Fuel

Coming soon: Sweet child will be here for Christmas and hopefully more geocaching. He's going to love it.

Good advice No. 2: From a package containing a grow-your-own alien: Not for human consumption. In other words, don't eat the alien.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Another reason to love living in West Texas

Friday's forecast: Abundant sunshine. Warm. High 74F. As for the snow that is expected to come our way next week: Bah humbug. Snow is highly overrated.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bits and pieces

Good advice: From a sign at the Odessa Meteor Crater: Stay on the path. Watch for snakes.

Sad to see: I never really cared for "Everybody Loves Raymond," but Peter Boyle was in one of my favorite "X-Files."

On tap: More ghost-town hunting.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Weekend update

Remnants of the past: Badger, Texas

Glimpse of the future: He's going to climb mountains one day.

Friday, December 8, 2006

Self analysis

Patience is a virtue I don't have.

Monday, December 4, 2006

It may have been the fever

but these get-better presents were highly amusing.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Friday, September 29, 2006


I am beginning to feel like a knitter. This is my first finished object from a pattern -- other than simple scarves -- that looks like it is supposed to look. It's the ballband dishcloth from "Mason-Dixon Knitting." I definitely plan on doing more from the book. I've promised sweet mom some handknits, sweet spouse a blanket for his truck (already in progress) and sweet child a camouflage scarf. I have got to get busy.

P.S. Didn't see a reason to start another blog for knitting. That would mean 2 blogs to neglect ;). So for now, expect knitting content thrown in with other random thoughts.

Monday, September 18, 2006

For one day

Sunday's Parade magazine asked the question: If you had one day with someone who’s gone, who would it be and what would you do? I've been thinking about that a lot, although I knew my answer from the start. My paternal grandparents were always a team and were always the center of our family's universe. What I wouldn't give for one day with them. What would we do? That's an easy one, too. Some of my best memories are fishing with my Granny and Papa. They were marathon fishers ;). A packed cooler -- my grandmother never wanted anyone to go hungry -- and loaded tackle box or several -- my grandfather made his own sinkers -- and we were set. I miss them every day.

Monday, September 11, 2006


There are many things I can say about this date in 2001. Life before, life after. Feelings after hearing the news. Fears for loved ones. The way it brought me back to the career I had always planned. The way my gut twists when I see the videos and the photos to this day. I was not in Washington or New York.

Maybe I should just say: I remember.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

"Snakes on a Plane"

We went to see "SoaP" Saturday night. It got a thumbs up from me and a thumbs down from the spouse. I think secretly he liked it and just didn't want to admit it -- that and he didn't want to have snake nightmares.

Oh and if you are a parent of a small child, use common sense. The 6- or 7-year-old girl in the third row was a little below the age-limit for this movie -- by about 10 years or so. What is wrong with some people?

Full disclosure: I'll watch Samuel L. Jackson in just about anything, I totally bought into the hype, and I wasn't expecting an art film. ;) It was pure B-grade entertainment.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Does it mean...

I'm getting old if my latest obsessions are knitting and tea. I'm not to the point I'm knitting doilies in my rocking chair, but I can see it from here. I wouldn't mind a spinning wheel and a herd of Alpacas either.

Monday, August 14, 2006

It's never good when you ..

Come home from the grocery store to find your basset hound treading water in the backyard.

Friday, July 14, 2006

More Net psychology

Locus of Control Test Results
Internal Locus (49%) Individual believes that their life is defined more by their decisions and internal drive.
External Locus (51%) Individual believes that their life is defined more by genetics, environment, fate, or other external factors.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Another quiz

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (48%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (46%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain
Are You Right or Left Brained?(word test)
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Sunday, July 9, 2006

From the WTF Department:

Because I own R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It," iTunes has selected especially for me: Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind" and Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man."

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Truth in advertising

"Open with almost confidence" reads the subject line on the latest Nigerian scam to hit my inbox.

Sunday, May 7, 2006

Because that's the way I roll

My Target purchases tonight:
Purple acrylic wine glasses, a mini Wine Cube Cabernet/Shiraz 2004, a mechanical pencil (in purple, of course) with extra lead for work, and two small plastic chimpanzees (a mother and baby) for my desk. Oh yeah, I rock!

Saturday, January 7, 2006

INTP - the Architect
You scored 9% I to E, 42% N to S, 95% F to T, and 52% J to P!
You are more introverted than extroverted. You are more intuitive than observant, you are more thinking based than feeling based, and you prefer to go with the flow rather than have a routine. The single word to describe your type is the Architect, which belongs to the larger group of rationals. You wish to sculpt the world around you. Others often find you arrogant, yet you have no desire to direct others, only to inform them. You must know the structure of things, and have a voracious appetite for knowledge. You are very rational in everything you do, and probably consider yourself smarter than most.
As a romantic partner, you can be playful with great energy to get things started, but not quite as good on follow through. You may have a tendency to hurt the more emotional types unintentionally by not sharing your own reactions and feelings as you can get swept up in your own ideas and projects. You want to be appreciated for your ability to respond quickly and to fix problems creatively. You need plenty of time to yourself - therefore your parnter must respect your need for independence and originality.
Your group summary: Rationals (NT)
Your type summary: INTP
Link: unpretentious2 on The LONG Scientific Personality Test written by Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test