Not Martha

a is for appletini at digs magazine

· comments [0] · 01-23-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

Has anyone been able to find the Everyday Food magazine? It doesn’t seem to be in any of the grocery stores or anywhere else out here.

[I'll be absent for the next two days, family is in town and I'm showing off the city.]

· comments [0] · 01-21-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

There is an update at Another Girl At Play with a new artist – Jenny Hart embroidery goddess of Sublime Stitching.

· comments [0] · 01-16-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

I endlessly search for jeans which fit my short, not thin frame. It’s hard, Gap jeans fit me as though I should be a guy, everyone else assumes I have super long and thin thighs (who gets to pick the fit model anyway?) and while I’m a fan of the lower waist, I like being able to sit in a chair and not worry if I’m flashing anyone. So far, the Nouveau fit Levi’s are my new favorite, the Bootcut and Straight Leg even come in nice dark washes.

· comments [0] · 01-16-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

Hugo come through is surgery! Yay! Unfortunately, it was more expensive than Anna anticipated — in a completely unrelated note you can still donate if you wish. $30 or more will get you a precious hand made sock dog – I can’t think of a better incentive.

· comments [0] · 01-15-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

I have been tinkering around with knitting, learning increases and decreases, and I have successfully ripped out a row or two a few times, got it back on a needle and kept going. This was on small pieces only, but I’m glad to finally feel like I don’t have to start all the way over if I make a mistake. I have been using The Knitter’s Companion to learn new stitches, not the best way to learn considering it’s more of a reference than a teaching tool. I am disappointed by the inconsistency of illustrations. In the sections on increases they show the stitch in progress, and how it will look when done — in the section on decreases they have no pictures of what the final stitch will look like. I suppose I should stop whining and buy a bigger book.

· comments [0] · 01-15-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

Does anyone know of a good shoe glue? I have a pair of mules I bought a while ago from a discount place, the first time I wore them the inside of the soles started pulling out from the front of the toe – making it incredibly uncomfortable to walk in. I put them in the closet and ignored them until now. The insides are just thin faux leather. I’m too cranky about it to do any serious researching, so I’m going to ask you guys first. Anyone?

· comments [0] · 01-15-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

Women�s Fashion: Part IV, Accessories at The Morning News

· comments [0] · 01-14-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

I bought some Charles Shaw wine at Trader Joe’s to test out the phenomena. As a lover of a certain $5 merlot which I cannot seem to find around here, I am curious as to how I will like this.

· comments [0] · 01-14-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

Anna has put up a site just for Hugo the Ferret so we can see how he is doing! She is also keeping a gallery of sock dogs, I’m sure all of them will be adorable.

· comments [0] · 01-13-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

The surprise January pattern at Knitty is up – just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cheesylove.

· comments [0] · 01-13-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

While staying in a chain hotel with a pool on our trip up north I noticed a sign that the hotel had disposable bathing suits for sale. “Oh gosh I hope not.” is all I could think. The only thing I could imagine was somthing made out of that pre-Tyvek paper stuff maybe. Someone I knew had a jacket made of that, it just got more and more creased. But today Daily Candy ran this – One Suit a “reusable disposable swimsuit designed for all women.” It even comes in colors.

· comments [0] · 01-13-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

This weekend we rearranged out apartment so that the place where I work and the place where we sit around and watch tv are reversed. And we bought some storage furniture from Ikea so that it doesn’t look so much like we are “living in an attic”. I’m ecstatic to have stuff with shelves and doors to put other stuff in. But now we have massive expanses of cardboard to somehow get rid of.

· comments [0] · 01-13-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

Suzie Q talking about cream of wheat reminded me – a while back I talked about how the place I used to work had the most yummy vat of cream of wheat in the morning. It was good plain with a few dried cranberries thrown on top. I had trouble recreating the same goodness at home – the markets in that area only carried instant, 1 minute, and 2 1/2 minute. When we moved down here I found one place which carries the 10 minute kind, and that is almost as good. I find that if I stir it a lot and let it cook until pretty thick it is comparable. A few months ago I was hit with some insomnia and I found that making a bowl of cream of wheat and reading Lemony Snicket books did the trick.

· comments [0] · 01-10-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·

I’m back and lots has happened – congratulations to ljc and her boy on thier engagement! Anna has adopted a sweet little ferret which needs some help, go read about it then donate some money via Paypal if you can. Going Bridal bought a car, a little green beetle! Check out the cake for her sweetie Denis’ birthday. Happy Birthday!

We took our new car (!!!) out for a holiday road trip and we couldn’t have picked a worst combination of destination and time of year – we drove to Seattle via Aracata and Portland. It didn’t stop raining. But, we did get the hell out of the house, which was the idea. Our last day we drove over to Roslyn (since I’m a huge Northern Exposure dweeb), but stayed in North Bend for the night, which we found after we’d settled in, was the place they filmed Twin Peaks. And we got to see some snow, which was very nice, it was the only elevation at which it wasn’t raining.

I saw some of the Swell stuff at Target (since I forgot to bring a pen with me, duh, we stopped to buy my specific beloved kind). I’ll have to make a trip to see all of it in the stores.

The new Knit It! magazine is out (I saw it on the stands) and I like it. It is still a huge advertisement for Lion Brand yarns, but they have some basics about cabling, something I will have to have handed to me because I’m way too intimidated to seek out the how-to when I get to that point. And some basics about joining with good diagrams, I think. It is something I will keep around.

· comments [0] · 01-7-2003 · categories:uncategorized ·