30.9.06

Grab the packing tape....

because I'm moving again. This time I'm moving to:
http://www.pixelleuniverse.blogspot.com/. I made up my mind today. I love the new blogger so much and I don't want to wait for them to decide when to merge everything.

I can't help it, the lack of being able to post has been driving me up the wall and thats that for me.

I would just go back to having my own domain, but the cost of a host is going to kill me, I just can't afford it. So I'll have to stick with Blogger Beta and be happy there. I promise not to move anytime soon. I swear. I'm tired of moving. My url's are getting tired of being changed. LOL

Posted by Ariadne @ 15:45 :: (1) comments

Confusion is just not a state of mind

When I first started on the internet, my home was my email address. That was it, my plain old email address. There were no fancy pages, no fancy blogs, just an email address. If you needed me, you emailed me. If I wanted you to know something, I emailed a mailing list.

I was a member of several BBS's, so I could be found there. Those BBS's though, they sent everything to my email address. I had one spot where I did everything possible online.

Then came the WWW (thanks CERN). All of a sudden, you no longer had just an email address, you had to have a page. Your web page was supposed to be all about you and if someone needed something, your page was there. You still had the email address though. Anyone remember Geocities when it was actually cities and neighborhoods? I was there for awhile.

Next to step up was the blog or a weblog as properly notated. Blogs are great things, they allow you an outlet and a voice beyond the scope of your physical peers. They have short cutted the mailing list (although, the mailing list is still quite popular in a business aspect). They enabled your friends and family that were spread far and wide to have a closer bond with you besides just an email.

Blogs have also enabled the world to grow to a smaller place. Nowdays instead of having friends across town, you can have friends across the planet. I can honestly say, that I care about a friend here in PDX just as much as I care for a friend in Sweden or Italy or Germany or Belgium. Naturally, it's not the same, because we can't physically sit down and talk face to face (well, web cams have solved that problem), but we still are privy to those moments that make up a friendship...sharing of thoughts and feelings.

Next up came where to do your blogging? Do you blog from a blog service, or do you host your own blog on your own domain? Do you use a standard look or go out on a limb and design your own thing. This is the reason for my post this morning....the where?

I started with Blogger, it was my first blog. Then I moved to Wordpress on our coven website. Next up was MovableType, again on our own website. (Movable Type has been my fave so far). Due to budget cuts, I moved back to Blogger. Now, Blogger has a beta site that is far better so it's starting to look kinda tasty. If that is not enough, Lani introduced me to Vox. I can't help it, I love Vox. (we won't even mention My Space...of all the ones, I hated that one the most.)

My question is: where do I want to post from? I'm kind of tired of moving. It seems that all I do is move my online presence and never stay in one neighborhood long. At this very moment, I have several blogs, one one blogger, one on blogger beta, one on Vox and my original moveable type one.

I'm very, very confused as to where to finally settle down. I want to establish some roots, I want to stay put. I'm not sure where though.

Blogger swears that they will eventually merge the two sites. Vox on the other hand totally rocks. Do I give up Blogger and move to Vox, or do I just sit tight and let things ride for the moment? Gah, it's too early for such decisions.

Posted by Ariadne @ 08:40 :: (2) comments

29.9.06

It's Friday...blessed Goddess...thank you!

I swear, I could not have done another day, I just didn't have it in me! I'm exhausted and I have a ton of crap to do this weekend.

What do I want to do? Knit...all I want to do is knit. I'm also lusting after a new knit, but I have no idea what to knit? Another bag? Another scarf? Hmmm, actually, I saw a scarf pattern that I wouldn't mind knitting up? Let me check the stash and see what I can come up with for when the purple scarf is done.

Oh, and I have about nine new movies to watch...lovely. Guess who is not getting any sleep this weekend.

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:19 :: (0) comments

28.9.06

I have a new toy!

As usual, Ms. Lani has discovered something new for us to play with. I've been over there all day messing around. Had to, Blogger has been in a funk all day, so no posting from moi! That fact alone sucks ass, (excuse my American).

As for me, tomorrow is "bill paying day"...which means I'll be pissy all day. Oh pure joy. Oh well, I should be thankful there will be money to cover everything. Sigh.

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:57 :: (0) comments

27.9.06

Ah yes...the coding is coming back to me

I think it's kind of like riding a bike, you get back on and it comes back. Now, if I can just remember those damned bloody "if" statements. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them with a passion! LOL!

I have just spent the last hour installing all the cute little programs on my notebook so that it will play nicely with the school computers. Now, it's all set up, and ready to go.

I have also decided that I need to write a letter to the television networks. This letter will ask them to address the issue of all the bloody food commercials during prime time television. No wonder America is obese, it's all the subliminal messaging during prime time. Thank the goddess for Tivo, I don't have to watch the commercials. I even have the "fast" button programmed in. You simply push it and it automatically skips ahead through at least four or five commercials. I love it!

Yes, besides being a browser whore, I'm a gadget whore as well.

Posted by Ariadne @ 20:30 :: (0) comments

Ah yes...the coding is coming back to me

I think it's kind of like riding a bike, you get back on and it comes back. Now, if I can just remember those damned bloody "if" statements. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them with a passion! LOL!

I have just spent the last hour installing all the cute little programs on my notebook so that it will play nicely with the school computers. Now, it's all set up, and ready to go.

I have also decided that I need to write a letter to the television networks. This letter will ask them to address the issue of all the bloody food commercials during prime time television. No wonder America is obese, it's all the subliminal messaging during prime time. Thank the goddess for Tivo, I don't have to watch the commercials. I even have the "fast" button programmed in. You simply push it and it automatically skips ahead through at least four or five commercials. I love it!

Yes, besides being a browser whore, I'm a gadget whore as well.

Posted by Ariadne @ 20:30 :: (0) comments

I just don't have it in me...

to figure something in Italian to say. I'm tired. I'm not sure if it's the 13 blocks uphill first this in the am, or the solid hour of Italian in the afternoon...but I'm bloody well exhausted. Not to mention it's hot.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Italian class. It's just after a solid hour of translating and trying to speak and listen, it's just tiring. About the last ten minutes of class...my brain just shut down, totally. Non capisco, professoressa! Ha, even when tired...that means, no I don't understand, professor. I need to learn to say Leave me alone, I have the please down.

Then, I had to schelp to the bus which wasn't bad as it was all downhill, but there was a 36 minute wait for the bus. All in all, I still made it home by 3pm..not to shabby, really.

I have the proverbial homework as usual. I want to listen to the lecture from class yesterday (computer science) and get started on my program that is due next week. It's an easy one, that even I can understand. My big problem right now, I'm starting to think in Italian and not in code. Gah...I need a switch, I swear. Oh, and I can't do my math homework because the book on reserve was in use and I can't afford the book till Friday and homework is due Friday. I'm going to email Bryce and see if I can turn it later on Friday after I go buy the book.

As for now...ciao!

Posted by Ariadne @ 15:26 :: (0) comments

Okay, this early thing...molto malle!

Molto male = very bad as in sucks ass!

I want to go back to bed, I want to go back to sleep and I want to do it for another four hours or so.

Nothing more to report from last night, except I really do like the show "smith" and Eureka was good as always.

Oh yeah, I'm starting to dream in Italian? Who knows?

Posted by Ariadne @ 06:57 :: (1) comments

26.9.06

Wow, this totally rocks

Apparently, my computer class is online, including video's of the lectures. What that means...I don't have to go to downtown on Tue/Thurs...unless I want to. I'll still have to go in for office hours for her or help if I need it, but other than that...I don't have to go. Yay!!!!

I also got offered a position in the Office of Business Administration, I'll have to check that out as well and set up an appointment with them tomorrow. I have nothing to wear, I'm totally out of business casual stuff, I'll have to hunt deep and hard to see if I can find anything. I refuse to wear a skirt, that's for sure.

P went by college today and checked it out. I think he actually might go for an engineering degree??? Not sure, he's thinking on it.

I finally watched "The Lake House", goddess, was it good. I cried through most of it and would say why, but that would give away the movie! Go see it!

Posted by Ariadne @ 16:30 :: (2) comments

Sono strega

Hey, I have to practice my Italian. I think it's going to turn out to be my favorite class this term? My professoressa totally rocks. She is really good fun, although she does rattle off a bit too rapido.

Yes, it's the tiny steps that will help us learn, and apparently, blogging will help with the grammar part of it. Gah, this is going to be an avvenimento.

Ciao

Posted by Ariadne @ 08:52 :: (1) comments

25.9.06

How many browsers does a girl need?

Okay, so I'm a browser whore! I can't help it, I love them, they totally rock. At the moment, I'm usig IE6, IE7,Firefox, Opera and Torpark.

I have the IE's only because some websites (secure sites) will not operate in anything but IE! Damn them. I love firefox and Opera because I can tweak them to my hearts content. I love torpark (which may be misspelled) because I can surf on the sly and not have to worry about personal information leaking out.

What can I say? I am a browser whore! But, I so love it.

Besides, Linux and IE don't play well together, and I'm a Linux kind of girl. I need to knit that penguin scarf.

Posted by Ariadne @ 12:27 :: (0) comments

I'm not going to quit, I don't care....

Well, my week is starting off with a smack, bang and screw me. Let's see, I was supposed to take a class this summer, which I didn't take due to P's problem..which lent itself to my having to work full time.

Problem is, the school never "unregistered me", so therefore I failed the class I never attended. Because of that, my finanical aid got cancelled and I got put on Academic Probation. Meaning if I don't make A's in all three classes this term, I will be tossed out of college totally!

I'm not a happy camper today. Let's just being with the 2,300 bill I have due on the 10th, the fact, I failed a class I never took in the first place and....I had to get up at 6am this bloody morning.

I talked with an advisor and thy said it would get straightened out, just keep going to class because I was getting ready to drop out totally today. She said to wait, it would get straightened out. Okay, but I swear if it doesn't, I will sue this college so fast and so hard, my phd will be free!

Oh..and to top it all off..I actually do have to buy the damned math book....crap. and I had to buy a damned photocopy card...double crap. I want to go back to bed and start over, shit, shit, shit

On the good side of the coin..yes, there is a good side....I talked with both Lani and Salem this morning. That always cheers me up. And I chatted with Tina already and we are going to do a late lunch today. Yay!

Posted by Ariadne @ 10:53 :: (2) comments

24.9.06

Blast it all!

I can't find the blasted remote for the dvd player for the bedroom! Oh well, I can watch DVD's on my laptop, so not all is lost. I'm currently watching the first season of Dr. Quinn. T got me hooked on the damned show...blast her too.

I never saw it on tv when it was on, so luckily, she has the entire show on DVD...I have plenty to watch that's for sure. The thing was on forever it seems, LOL! Hehehe

I'm sitting here, knitting and watching DVD's..which means the scarf is now zooming along.


Now...I'm going back to my DVD.....

Posted by Ariadne @ 22:06 :: (0) comments

What a fabulous day!

Lani and company came over and spent the day. The guys had football and snacks, the girls each had a computer handy to play on and we had knitting and gabbing.

We did hamburgers on the grill and had chips and tons of soda. Overall, it was just a very fun day.

My new glasses arrived as well. I was so excited. I can actually see now! Wow! What a difference these puppies offer.

I have to go to the gym tonight because tomorrow am, I am off to school as it's the first day of term. I'm kind of excited but yet, I've gotten quite used to my stay at home routine as well. It's going to be quite freaky next week, that's for sure.

I have to pack my bag tonight, blech. Oh well, it had to start sooner or later, I suppose. I have two classes tomorrow and one on Tuesday. That will be my schedule for M/W/F..two classes....T/R..one class. Won't be that bad, as I can take the express bus downtosn and back again.

Oh, I have to take some pics of the finished bag. I got the lining sewn in this afternoon, so it's a done deal and ready to be used. Yay!

Hmmm, what am I knitting next? LOL! Another bag? I could dedicate myself to my cardi but that is hard to schelp around at school. I'll have to find something small or in pieces to work on. I do have my scarf, that is rather portable. I guess it could be my "tranport" project, or at least until it's done. By then I could have found something else to work on.

Posted by Ariadne @ 18:06 :: (1) comments

23.9.06

Success, at last

I finally, FINALLY got the green purse felted down, the strap sewn on and a lining picked out. Yay! I'm going to make the lining tomorrow and get it sewn in. I picked a white one with little yellow flowers and green leaves on it. I figured it would be cheery against that dark green wool. The bag turned out rather well, I really think it's going to be my winter bag this term? Whoo Hoo. ** Pictures will be forthcoming tomorrow, I swear**

The cami clutch felted up nicely and I have a small adjustment to make on it, and then it will be fit for use as well. I'm thinking I might put a magnetic snap on it. It will be just the perfect size for a cell phone, small wallet and some keys. It's sort of a "date purse" and not a "shopping purse".

The purple scarf is coming along well. I'm about 40% done on it. I'm not sure how long it's going to be, yet? I'm thinking rather long as I like to loop them around my neck in the winter.

What I'm surprised about, is that Red Heart Symphony yarn. I have no idea how I ended up with it, but it's really not that bad at all. It's knitting up nicely and I rather like it, hehehe. I've probably offended yarn snobs around the world, but yes, I do like some acrylics.

I'm a very, very picky knitter. I either love a yarn or I hate it. For instance, I'm not overly fond of Lopi, I find it scratchy. I do love Lamb's Pride and kind of tolerate Cascade 220. I've developed a passion for Patton's Classic Wool and have a love/hate thing with Red Heart. I have found with Red Heart, different colors feel different ways? Don't ask me, but Red Heart Super Saver is not created equally! I love wool-ease and can take or leave Lion Brand Homespun. I'm totally in lust with some wool/soy that I found, can't wait to knit it up into something to see how it goes? Oh, and I really dislike Noro Kureyon..it's horribly scratchy.

I have no idea what drives my tastes in yarn? It's not the price or the name, I think it all derives to how it feels when I hold it? Again, I'm just a picky, picky knitter, what can I say?

Let's don't even get me started on needles, shall we? We will save that for another day. LOL!

Posted by Ariadne @ 21:44 :: (2) comments

Maledetto!

Gah...a pox on the SciFi Channel! Last night was the season finales's of both Stargate Sg-1 and Atlantis....gah..both were serious cliffhangers!!!! A pox on them!

I'm still torqued that they are going to end SG-1. I have watched it since it was a movie back in the 80's! The first time I saw that movie, I knew it had to become a tv series, it totally rocked. Actually, it still rocks today. Oh well, at least it's on DVD..thank the Gods!

And as usual, I managed to get quite a few rows knitted on the cardi. I seemed to have developed "upstairs knitting" and "downstairs knitting". I have no idea, it just seems that I work on the cardi when upstairs and the scarf when downstairs.

Meanwhile, I have to fluff my blog again. I've decided I didn't like the design so I switched it, except I forgot to switch a few things..so I need to work on those today.

Tomorrow, Lani and family are coming over to do football/knitting/hanging out. We figured the hubbies could do football all day and we could knit and gab, the teenager can hang out online and the sub-teenager will do whatever it is she does?

Now, I'm often to read blogs and get caught up.

Posted by Ariadne @ 09:00 :: (3) comments

22.9.06

Friday night...goddess, I'm such a partier!

Once again, it's a fight for me to watch Stargate. For some reason, P insists on watchng all kinds of crap on the one night I want to watch my Stargates??? I'm going to go upstairs and watch it. Like always. You know, sometimes, he is such an ass. Most night, I'm not even interested in the tv...only Friday night. Sigh.

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:56 :: (2) comments

Sei su Internet?

That would be an affirmative! Hahaha...P is on holiday for a week. He goes back to work next Friday and then leaves for a week. Figures that the military would give him leave the week I go back to school? Sigh...then the second week of school...he will be gone, poor Maggie. She will be crossing her paws by the time I get back in the afternoons.

You know, we have a chemist line here that is more of a "all in one shop" called Walgreens. You can find the oddest things there for very little cash. My fave laundry soap..it's only 2.99 for a huge jug of it. Can't beat that, that's for sure.

Staples on the other hand, is the love of my life. I'm addicted to office supplies. I can't help it. Just the mere thought of new pens and post it notes makes my mouth water! LOL.

They did come up with something I found highly desirable. It's a combination with letters and not numbers. I have the worst memory for numbers, but can remember words I spelled in the fifth year. Said lock was actually cheaper than buying a new lock with key. Why do I need a new lock? I lost my gym lock, I think I left it at the gym last time I was there. Hence, the new one, which means one less key I have to keep up with....yay!

We also scored a new optical mouse for P. His mouse was dying, and no it was not because I was pounding it on the desk a few weeks ago. It's just time for it to cross over, so we replaced it with an optical mouse (the only way to mouse!).

I also picked up refill lead for the "pink pencil". I'm very attached to my pink mechanical pencil. It's been with me since the very first day of college...back in 03 and I'm quite convinced I can't do math without it. So, it needed refill lead today.

I know, I'm a strange person, we have known that for years now.

Posted by Ariadne @ 14:41 :: (1) comments

So when did you first discover the web?

Since it's OneWebDay, it made me remember when I first discovered the web or the internet as it was called.

I was six years old and at Oxford University. We took a field trip for our science class and they showed up this huge room full of wires and lights. Sitting in the middle was what looked like a tv with a typewriter attached to it. The man explained that it was a computer and that you could type on it and communicate with a person in America. Naturally, I had to try it...and I did...and I was hooked!

It took me six years before I convinced a relatives (my grandfather) to buy me a computer..it was a Sharp MZ 80Z. I loved that thing.

I hovered over the guy that was installing it. It came with a printer and a modem!!! The modem was bloody huge and you literally put the phone receiver on it in order to communicate. I literally watched every move that guy made and then he booted it up. I swear, it was love at first sight!

I was the only one that really cared about it, so I was the one he showed how to use it. The normal stuff was cool, like the word processing, the math (I loved that part), and the games. The thing that caught my attention...the fact your computer could call other computers!!!! Oh my...that definitely had my attention. He left me a list of local BBS's in the area and it was history.

That first night, I was so excited I couldn't sleep, so I snuck back downstairs into the den, booted it up and started checking out BBS's. Amazing!!!!!

The thing about the BBs's, everyone online in those days were geeks. They believed in freedom of information and sharing. If you asked a question, you got a million answers to it. I learned quite alot on some of those BBS's and everyone was nice about it.

Here I was a 12 year old girl sitting out in rural Texas talking with guys in NJ, NY, CA, WA and there was nothing but geek talk going on. I miss some of those guys, I have often wondered what happened to them. Well, some of them, you kind of know about, because they started arresting people and it was all over the news in those days.

I used to "go to bed" at 10pm, then be back downstairs by 11pm and be up till 5 or 6am. After the first phone bill came in and my "activities" were discoverd, I had to be stealthy about it. I would explain, but Rule #1 from way back then, never admit to anything! Hahahahaha

We had that one until the early 80's and then we upgraded to a commodore 64!!!! Whoo Hoo! I loved that one even more. After the Com64, it was a Trash 80...at the time, it was a great computer.

It was kind of nice because when I was in college, I set up a BBS at my grandparents on the old 64. That way, I could call it, leave a message and my grandmother would get it. She loved that.

Sigh, but my world as I knew it ended back in the early 90's when the WWW was born. It was like having your country club turned into the YMCA...where everyone could join. Expansion and growth are a good thing, overall I guess. It has become what we all thought it could be, a major sharing of information and knowledge.

With every good thing, however, comes the bad. The nasty people in the world had a venue on which to spread their crap. I miss the old days when it was just geeks online and we took care of our own problems.

Even now, years and years later, I still love computers. I can't imagine my life without them??? Yeah, yeah, I know...kids played outside and hung out and people talked more.

On the kid thing...we have a gang of kids here that play outside and hang out together. So far, they have torn down a play structure, taken to shooting cars with rubber darts and destroying property. I'm kinda of wishing they were inside playing computer games, truthfully.

So you see, the computer can be a really good thing!!!!!

Posted by Ariadne @ 07:15 :: (1) comments

21.9.06

Ah, it was so good to be back

I so missed PSU!!!! It was so good to be back today. This week is "student week" meaning that you get all the final stuff done before school starts.

I picked up my Italian textbooks today...to the tune...are you sitting....167.00! Yeah, it was a text book, a workbook and a dictionary. I almost fainted. Textbooks are getting outrageous. They have gone up hugely since I started and that was only in 2003! I shudder to think what they will be like by the time I graduate? Sheesh.

I ran into people that apparently knew me, but I couldn't remember them? Yipes, I just sort of smiled and chatted away. I'm rather good at chatting with someone and having no earthly idea who they are. Amazingly, it always works out. I did also see some people I knew, so that was fun.

I had also forgotten how "suburbia" I have become. I'm getting old. It was nice to see the people that celebrate free expression. I wish I could be like that again. I miss my green and purple hair. If I'm ever going to do it again, this would be the time to do it...before I hit corporate america again. Hmmm, should I? LOL!

I managed to transit the bus system, streetcar system and train system and drove all in one day. All I had to add was a plane and I would have done it all! LOL!

I started a book this morning called "The Patriot's Club", it's by the same author that wrote "Numbered Account". It's rather good, I've been hard pressed to put it down today. I got a minimal amount of knitting done today, just a few rows on the bus ride home.

I have no idea what to do for dinner nor do I care! Ha!

I have got to get my schedule in order for next week. I have to fit the gym in there somehow? Probably before class, that would wake my butt up, that's for sure. Not sure how that will work out either, plus, I have to fit a job in there someplace as well.

Something tells me I'm going to be rather busy the next three months. Oh well, better to be busy and enjoy life than just hang out and let it slide by, right?

And, bloody hell, Blogger just went down for 45 minutes? Why is it always at 4PM(PST)? Why can't it go down at 11PM(PST), why 4PM? Do they hate us on the west coast? Sigh. Good thing I saved this in notepad...I would have been one royally pissed off witch, let me tell you!

Posted by Ariadne @ 16:50 :: (1) comments

20.9.06

The perfect morning.....

You know, today just may qualify as the perfect morning. It's overcast, which gives the house a nice light, not a glaring bright one. I have a huge mug of blackberry tea and the radio is playing killer music this morning. That...and every single of my "fave blogs" has updated this morning! What more could a girl ask for (except to take her knitting into court with her)?

Today, I'm going to felt two bags! Yippee! Funnily both are of the same green family, so they can go together. I'm going to sit down and watch what was recorded on Tivo last night and knit on the scarf.

I finally figured out why my knitting is going so slow...I've stopped watching tv! For some reason, unkown by womankind, I simply must have blatent nonsense on the telly in order to quickly knit? Any clues anyone?

I got my secret pal the gift of the week and need to get it mailed today. I should go do that before I felt, as I will have to watch the washer.

Other things in the news today, school starts in exactly FIVE days!!!! FIVE..that is less than a week. Am I getting pre-term jitters? Yep. Am I not looking forward to schelpping downtown by bus daily...oh yes. Am I excited..oh heck yes!

I'm sure I will be bemoaning my fate in a few short weeks, but right now, I'm totally psyched out over it. That and I have to get a job...I do have a car to pay for, you know. I have a job, but I think I might want a better one? Campus is having a job fair tomorrow, so I'm going to hit that up with a pile of resumes..oh yeah, I need to make up some of those today...good thing I blogged about it or I would have forgotten.

Plus, there is the tidy that this place always needs. Blech. I miss my studio...it was easy to take care of.

Guess, I should get dressed and hit the post office, it needs to be done and sitting here in front of the computer is not going to help matters.

Posted by Ariadne @ 11:04 :: (1) comments

19.9.06

What a morning! Sheesh....

The day started at 6am..which is early by my standards, unless I'm up early already. I wasn't up, so it was early.

T had court today about the accident we were in. So, off to downtown we went...at 6:30am. Traffic wasn't bad, we were parked by 7:10 or so. Then it was a stop at Starbuck's where I had a morning libation...I was dying.

After having coffee, we trekked over to the Multnomah County Courthouse. Upon entering said courthouse, I promptly tossed my bag on the xray machine. Said bag was promptly pulled aside. Then I got the "ma'am, may I search you bag"? Sure, (yes, I definitely look threatening in my t-shirt and jeans) Apparently, teeny tiny knitting scissors and wooden knitting needles are considered deadly weapons here in the Pacific Northwest and said items can't be brought into the courthouse. I had to leave them there with security. Sigh, and I was going to start my scarf in the copious amounts of time that I planned on sitting around. So, after having to leave my deadly weapons at the door, we proceeded upstairs to the District Attorney's office-which was not open yet. (insert copious amounts of sitting there-which could have been spent knitting).

Sitting in a courthouse is rather, well, um, boring. (if I had my knitting, I wouldn't have been bored) As I sat there, I watched the people that walked in. (The personnel of the District Attorney's office) And I noticed one thing, only one of the twenty or so people that walked in actually looked happy. Most had this gloomy look about their face (see, knitting would help these people)and looked like they wanted to be anyplace but where they were at(I don't blame them, the knitting Nazi's downstairs proved that). Was it the fact it was 8am or the fact of where they worked?

I realized that I don't want to look like that. I really want to enjoy going to my job and not have it be a "life sentence" hanging over me daily.

Anyway, at 8am, we went in, only to find out that the court case had been cancelled. Yep, if you look on the supeona, it clearly stated to call the day ahead and make sure it was still on. Someone didn't do that. I gratefully descended back to the first level and went in hunt of my deadly weapons (they were safe and sound)

Then it was off to the DMV so that T could get her Oregon license. Which she did. Then it was out to Gladstone, OR to show proof of said license so that she could get her car titled in Oregon.

Finally, it was back home by 10:30am. I just woke back up from my late morning nap. I'm pooped already.

Posted by Ariadne @ 12:16 :: (1) comments

18.9.06

Don't you just hate it when

your lying in bed at 5am and can't sleep? What is up with me lately? I know I said I was going to start getting up earlier due to school starting soon. But geez, I meant earlier than 10am...not 7am? Gah....

Oh well, at least it's quiet and I'm able to get caught up on my blog readings. I didn't read blogs all weekend, so it was a chance to get caught up with everyone.

Today I have a somewhat busy day. I have to pick up Lani and her computer to take it to the doctor. It was supposed to happen yesterday, but wires got crossed, so today it is. I also have to schlep to downtown PDX to pick up school crap and books. Then I have a load of laundry to run through and a purse to felt.

I had attempted to handfelt the bag at the studio, but apparently hand felting and I do not mix. I will now attempt to use the washer to get it to felt down enough. I hope?

The dark mark bag is coming along nicely.It's going to be a smaller bag, which will be just right for shopping. I'm going to add a longer strap so that it will hang across the body at the hip. I think it will be perfect for the cell phone, wallet, keys and few other small things.

I also have to clear off my sewing table so that I can set up the machine, P needs uniform pants hemmed and I need to work on a new bag. After spending a week searching for the "perfect" purse, forget it, it does not exist. I'll just design my own, thank you.

I really should go into purse design, I swear...I could make a fortune!

Oh and I have to clean the "meux meux" box. Lucky me.

Posted by Ariadne @ 06:12 :: (2) comments

17.9.06

Whoo hooo...I will have glasses in 10 days!

Yep, I finally found a pair that I could afford!!!!! Back in May I got my eye glasses prescription from my new eye doctor. The appointment was only 40.00...but the glasses were going to be $540.00!! Ouch. I just can't afford that, it's just too bloody much for glasses, which I seriously need.

It's a crying shame that in this country, that eye wear is so bloody expensive! Ouch. Anyway, I found my glasses today at Binyon's. They are an eyewear place here in Portland, that was having a 50% off sale today. That was 50% off frames and lenses!!! I about fainted. I only happened to be in Washington Square Mall by accident today.

Yippee! My old glasses had gotten to the point that I can't really see out of them. So, if there were an accident with the contacts, I would be SOL! I'm so happy! Yay!

And.......as a bonus, I found Magnetic Poetry in Italian! Hehehehe, that will go well with my Italian this fall! So far, the fridge says...cane bene...which means good dog! Muahahahaha...hey, small steps, very small steps, you know?

Posted by Ariadne @ 16:45 :: (2) comments

Yarn Sale...Yarn Sale....

I was so excited to see my Micheal's ad in my email this morning. They have Classic Paton's Wool on sale for under 4.00 a ball (actually, 3.77). Oh darn it, there is a Micheal's on the other side of the fence from me. Drat it all.

Honestly, I think I'm going to pick up a few odd skeins and make some quickie gifts to give as xmas gifts this year. I got a surprise in the mail yesterday....it's the book One Skein. Not that I'm not creative enough to figure out what to do with a ball of yarn, it's nice to get ideas. My old college buddy Alana mailed it to me, I had been talking about it with her online. She's just starting to knit, yes, she finally got on the bandwagon. LOL!

So, now you can see my joy at finding 100% pure wool on sale! Yippee!!!

Posted by Ariadne @ 08:01 :: (1) comments

16.9.06

And the adventures just keep on coming.....

Hit the grocers this morning bright and early. I have found that going at 9am on Saturday beats the "rush". Plus, the traffic isn't so bad yet. We also hit Costco for a few items, and discovered their gas was 2.56 a gallon!!! I would Whoo Hoo over that, but at that price, it's still robbery, if you ask me!

I think I'm going to refuse to leave the house for the rest of the day. Saturday's around here are just an excuse for an accident. Traffic is unbearable around here on Saturdays, blech!

And I want to start the Dark Mark Bag today! Yay!

Posted by Ariadne @ 12:08 :: (3) comments

15.9.06

Adventures in the suburbs!

Yep, today was very adventurous! The day started with a stop at Starbuck's, where I grabbed a green tea(hot, thank you!). Then it was over to do battle with the DMV. I needed to update my driver's license with the new address. It was actually really easy, proof of address and then will mail me a sticker to put on my license. It didn't even cost me anything! Bonus!

After that, it was on to Old Navy where I scored new pants and some killer long sleeve shirts. Maggie scored a new doggie toy. If you have a destructive doggie, Old Navy's dog toys totally rock. Not only did I score new pants, but they are exactly TWO SIZES SMALLER THAN THE ONES I MOVED TO PORTLAND WITH!!!!!! That's right, TWO SIZES. Okay, I realize that two sizes does not make a model, but hey, after five years of going the larger route, the reversal is oh so sweet!

Next was Borders, where I acquired the Knit Stitch Bible. I have been lusting after that book for a few years now and finally sucumbed to the lure of it. Ah...life is sweet.

I had lunch at the Macaroni Grill, where I had Shrimp Davolia (shrimp/pasta and sauce), it was fabulous. Yummy, yummy. Next was a stop at the MAC Store for a new eyeshadow. Yummy, as well, it was great.

Then I had to run some papers over for T to her dealership. The trip over wasn't bad, but 205 was a total parking lot, believe me. I had to follow 99 into Portland. I found Milwaukie, a suburb of Portland that is extremely crime ridden(according to the news). It's actually quite beautiful over there, I was kind of surprised. Then I had to wind my way through down Portland to find I-5, good goddess! It was a lane change a minute just to get to the highway...sheesh. Then, I had to get off at 99 and follow that home. It was just the very scenic route from point A to point B. It was still faster than going down 205 that was for sure.

I did get the shrug down to, get this, three more rows and then seaming! Yay!!!!! I almost stopped at a yarn store to get some Lamb's Pride yarn to knit the Dark Mark bag, but resisted. Then, I almost ordered some yarn from Knit Pick's to knit the Dark Mark bag, but resisted. I'm so proud, I swear. I'm going to knit my first Dark Mark bag out of acrylic! I have a ton of it and think I would like the bag to be washable so acrylic it will be. I'm going to cast on for it tomorrow it looks like so it will be interesting to see how it goes. (I'm totally ignoring that damned slipper sock till I can get help with the heel part.)

P and I had dinner at Shari's (it's a diner type place). I had a BL Sandwich (bacon, lettuce), it was tasty. The best part of the whole meal...was the surprise to bring home....a coconut cream pie. Oh my!

My grandmother used to make me coconut cream pies. Her specialty was chocolate cream pie, which the family adored. I couldn't have the chocolate because I was allergic to it, so my grandmother used to make me coconut cream instead. Sigh, it's been so long. I'm too lazy to make one myself, so I bought one. I guess I could break down and make one...hehehehe.

So here, I sit, typing away while my dessert sits in the fridge. I think I'll have a piece for breakfast. You can have pie for breaksfast..it has milk in it? Muahahahaha (total justification!)

Now, I'm off to play the Sims2!

Posted by Ariadne @ 21:14 :: (4) comments

14.9.06

Whoo Hoo...I can smell the finish line!

I started on the black trim on the shrug. Once I finish this end, I pop the provisional cast on off on the other end and add the black to that and it will be done! Yippee!!!

After this, I'm going to work on the cardi. I'm feeling the love for it now. I guess it took the shrug to get me in the mood for the cardi! Hahahaha...even I don't understand my knitting desires.

I seriously have to figure out the short row heel thing on my slipper, I want to make a pair of socks and use the toe up method. I have to find someone that knows how to do short rows, I think? I'm just not getting it...damn it. I hate when I can't get something, it sucks.

Have no clue as to what tomorrow will bring, who knows? I think it's supposed to be cloudy and rainy again...yay! I love this weather.

Posted by Ariadne @ 21:47 :: (2) comments

You see, he needs a wide load sign!

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:56 :: (2) comments

So, did I time warp or something?

I swear I just got up? No really, it was around 8:30am, I swear. Hmmm..so exactly what did I get accomplished today? Not alot and I swear, I didn't do it on purpose.

I got to the end of my shrug, now I'll be adding the black trim. I have yet to decide on what trim to do on it? Guess, I should make up my mind, soon, huh? I'm not discussing the arctic slipper.

I got an email from my secret pal today, she sounds totally fun! On the hand of the secret pal trio, my secret pal totally rocks. I guess I will have to refer to them as SP1-meaning the one that gives junk to me and SP2 as the one I give junk to.

I love secret pal-ing! It such fun and a great way to meet people and make new friends. More than that, I think I love the "challenge" of it all. Plus, I just love giving presents...I can't help it!

As for dinner tonight, it's a crap shoot! All I know is that it has ground beef in it! LOL!

Posted by Ariadne @ 17:06 :: (0) comments

13.9.06

Shhh, don't tell her

Since Ari is in the kitchen cooking dinner, I'm hijacking her computer. She never lets me use it and simply refuses to get me my own. Ha, I'll just use hers and will cover my kitty tracks when I'm done.

Other kitties have been doing the "five things about me", and I have been wanting to do it, but noooo....she won't let me. Therefore, while she is occupied, here I go:

1. I have a collection of meows. Each one is designed to voice the intent and mood of my wish. I have the "FEED ME NOW","PET ME NOW","PICK ME UP NOW" and "MOVE OVER". I also have the array of meows that include the ever popular "my litterbox needs assistance", "the dog is up to something" and "will you get your butt out of the chair so I can lounge in it".

2.I have a dog. I don't think they realize the dog is mine, but she is. I'm quite fond of taking my frustrations out on her. She's is so stupid, she falls for it every time. If I'm pissed off, I can smack the dog and feel better. Hey, I can't call for therapy, you know?

3.I hog the bed. You know, it takes alot of room for a cat to sleep comfortably. I simply must sleep in the middle of it, lest I roll off and have an embarassing moment.

4.I have to have privacy for my litterbox. Do you like an audience in the bathroom? Well, I don't. On the other hand...see #5.

5. There are to be no closed doors in this house. I must be able to freely visit where I need to when I need to. This means you can not close the bathroom door, it simply will not do. I seriously need to know what is going on, in all places, at all times.

On and a bonus, I really hate the "rotund" jokes. I realize I'm not a slim kitten anymore, but making the jokes about the "wide load" sticker for my tail is not winning points.

Ford Prefect

Posted by Ariadne @ 18:27 :: (3) comments

Ooooh...it's here, it's here!

My PRGE secret pal arrived in my email today! Finally....I've been dying here, I swear. Can't say much about her 'cause it's a secret, it's going to be fun trying to get things to her without her knowing where or who it's from. I'll have to get crafty? Last secret pal thing I was in, I would ship the stuff to a friend in GA who would then rebox it and remail it! Muahahahaha...we had her going good. She couldn't figure out who it was, because there was no one from Georgia on the secret pal thing! Muahahahaha...See, I'm a crafty witch!

I have been scoping out shops and stuff looking for places for cool stuff for a month now, and think I have a pretty good idea of where to go for what. I'm going to do some online ordering that's for sure (best way to disguise your address...order online and have them ship it!). Hmmmm...my little wheels are just turning and turning.

Damn, I think I might have to close the windows, I just caught a very chilly breeze...brrr. Oops...sorry Mouse, no really, it's not chilly here, it was my imagination, I swear!

Posted by Ariadne @ 16:40 :: (1) comments

Out and about, that's the ticket.

I had coffee with a friend of mine from out of town today. She was in town for a doctor's appointment, so we met for coffee. Naturally, Ms. Maggie went with me and had a great time. Since I was on the north east side of town, I stopped and grabbed P for lunch. I rarely get to that end of town, so it was a nice surprise.

Other than that, I watched a program called "The Day The Towers Fell". It was very, very touching. It was comprised of personal interviews of people that photographed that day. And, if I was watching tv, I was knitting. This time the project of choice was the shrug, which is very close to being finished, it looks like. I think I'll pop in a few movies this evening and finish it up. (for some reason, I knit faster when watching movies?)

After my hectic day yesterday....it was nice to have a quiet day today.

I just noticed something...I actually started my blog post at 9.27 this morning, got distracted, removed what I had typed, changed it, added more and actually published about 3pm? I really should start turning off my computer when I get up from it!

Posted by Ariadne @ 09:27 :: (0) comments

12.9.06

Tonight's word is: Frustrated!

I've managed to get to the heel turning on my toe up slipper. You would think I would be able to follow simple directions, but no. I've ripped out that bloody heel four times now. I'm at the point that I'm going to knit a practice swatch and just try to turn the damned thing from that. If I rip my slipper one more time, it will be ruined.

Gah..I hate when I don't get something. And today was going quite well, I knew something would have to screw it up. Damn, Damn and Double Damn!!!!! Gah!

I would go have a piece of pie..but it's downstairs and I'm too bloody lazy and pissy to get up and go get it!

Bloody hell!

Posted by Ariadne @ 21:36 :: (2) comments

Good thing it's been captured digitally!

Look close because it will be gone by breakfast! Yep, apple pie has a very, very short shelf life in this house. Not my best effort, as I noticed the seam in the crust came apart. But, there was no leakage into the pan, which is how I judge if it is a success or not. So, it was a success.

See, with the cooler weather, I tend to bake and cook more often. Two pies in less than four days, you can't beat that. I was going to do the carrot cake, but still can't lay my hands on my mixer (either one of them!).

On the plus side of the day, I managed to get to the bank, get the car washed, get it dusted and cleaned on the inside, get the laundry done, bake the apple pie, hoover and freshen the entire downstairs and get about twenty rows knitted on the "arctic slipper".

I've decided that the toe up socks are going to be more like slippers because of the weight and gauge, so I've named them the "arctic slippers". I wish all socks knitted up this fast! LOL!

I still have to fix dinner, the chicken is defrosting now. We are having chicken fried rice for dinner tonight.

I love the cooler weather! Yippee!

Posted by Ariadne @ 15:51 :: (3) comments

Colder than a Witches (insert option of your choice here!)

Good goddess...when did she turn on the a/c outside? Did she JUST get the memo I sent her back in June? Crikies!

I had to grap a pair of sweats and a sweater this morning, plus run around and close all the downstairs windows. Brrrr...even the dog and cat where hanging out upstairs. Sheesh.

It's warmed up a bit, due to having to use the stove to make tea. I have yet to find my bloody tea kettle! Grrrr! I hate turning the bloody stove on just to make a cup of tea, I prefer my low wattage electric kettle. (Yes, I'm a frugal witch.) Okay, I wasn't bitching that much about the stove this morning, because it pretty much helped take the chill of the entire downstairs. You know, there is something to be said for a smaller abode, after all.

So, I have been reading blogs this morning, having my lovely cup of hot passionflower tea and pondering my toe-up sock.


As you can see, I have made it just barely past the toe part and am on my way to the heel. If this works out, I'll attempt a toe up sock on smaller needles and regular sock yarn. I've alway been intrigued by the toe up method and just had a wild hair last night and started another sock. I'm almost done on the crayon socks..so it was time. Plus, the method was truly calling to me!

I have a few errands to run once everything opens up. I forgot nothing is open this early, after all, it's been awhile since I did mornings. Blech, they still suck.

Posted by Ariadne @ 08:26 :: (1) comments

11.9.06

The Toe Up Sock

I've decided at the bright hour of 10pm that I want to learn how to knit a toe up sock. I've chosen a Bernat Camouflage yarn in Blue Frost and am using size 8 dpns. Yes, I know, it will be a bulky sock, but great for running around the house in. Don't ask me why? On 9/11, nothing I do is questionable...we just sort of go "okay, Ari, whatever you say, sweetie". You carefully nod and know that tomorrow things will be back to the quasi-normal that exists in my universe.

I got two new knitting magazines today. The Knit It and KnitSimple. The KnitSimple has a killer blanket pattern. It's a patchwork affair where you knit the blocks and then stitch them together. The blocks are what caught my eye. Each block is an intarsia doggie! They have pawprints and bones for variety. I love this blanket nad think it would be good for transit as it's portable Just keeping up with the place you are on the chart might be a task if traveling. I'm thinking I might save up and get some of the yarn suggested, it's a Tahki Donagual Tweed. Just seeing the word "Tahki" and my checkbook quivered, and it's downstairs! I'll have to save up for this project that's for sure. I was thinking maybe if I substituted an acrylic, Maggie oould have it as her "car blankie" and I could then wash it? I'll have to see, the tweeds are fabulous and I love the way it looks. Plain colors might detract from the overall effect. Will see.

Between the new issue of Knitty coming out and Tina getting her new car, today flew by. That alone is a blessing, let me tell you. Now, when I go to sleep, I will wake up on the twelth and won't have to fret about today for another 364 more days! Yay!

Posted by Ariadne @ 22:22 :: (0) comments

And we have a new car!!!!

Tina picked up her new car today! Gwendolyn is a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The Yaris is the car that Toyota chose to replace the Echo. It would be the silver one in the middle there! Hehehehe

She runs like a dream, rides like she is a Mercedes or something, and is amazingly roomy for being a sub-compact car. We took her out for a spin this afternoon just to break her in. She has really great pick up for having such a tiny little engine. Apparently she is designed to give maximum performance with as little output as possible.



Here she is when she first sat in it. They had it prepped and sitting in the showroom on a little red carpet! It was too cute!





Here is Ian, her salesman, showing her how the center cockpit works. Her speedometer and tachometer and fuel gauge are in the middle of the dashboard not behind the wheel like everyone else. It's kind of weird at first, but then, once you get used to it, it's actually quite nice.

I think Gwendolyn is the cutest thing! Funnily, she looks just like Angela, my silver Neon? Hmmm, must be a family thing? LOL!

Anyway, I'm thrilled for Tina, she needed a car, desperately. She has two jobs and one of them has her starting at 4am sometimes and the other one has her working till midnight sometimes. She really needed a car in order to work her jobs. Good for her.

Oh, Gwennie, gets about 34 miles in the city and over 40 on the highway. Not too shabby, huh?

Posted by Ariadne @ 17:03 :: (1) comments

The only anniversary that I have that I hate.

I hate today. I really do. I'm torn between wallowing in pity and anger and trying to carry on. It's been five years since it happened. Each year does get better and the crying only happens when I see pictures from that day. The anger has subsided a bit, I can hear a certain language spoken and not want to turn around and grab them by the throat and choke the life from them. So, I guess that's a good thing?

I have managed to find humour from it though. In the months following "the day", I couldn't shop. I'm serious, I could walk into Nordstrom's or Barnes and Nobles and not buy a damned thing. That is SO not me! If I recall correctly, it took Yule coming upon us to actually get me to shop. Weird how tradegy affects us. My father would have sworn on his life that there was nothing on this planet that would prevent me from running my mouth on the phone or shopping. Sadly, he was mistaken.

I'm also very glad my father was not with us to witness that day. A child should never cross over before the parent. I think losing a son would have devistated him.

I don't think I mourn the loss of those that died, I think I mourn those of us that survived the loss of a loved one. Being a witch (pagan), I realize that death is not the end, that there is more to come. I'm pretty okay with death due to that. I realize that my brother moved on to bigger and better things. Of course, I have spent many hours wondering how he will reincarnate? I'm sure I will cross his path before I cross over, I'm just curious how it will be?

I do miss him though. He was my second oldest brother and was old enough to be a semi protector from the rest of them. He was "knight in shining armour #2" as I always told him. We weren't as close once he joined the Navy, but we still stayed in touch now and then.

He wasn't perfect by any means. He definitely had that "jet jockey" cockiness about him. He loved animals and he loved women. I have to give him that, he would have made a great husband one day. He was a fabulous Uncle and just a great friend. He had the snarkiest sense of humor and would keep me laughing for hours and not even understand why. He drove like a bat out of hell, collected speeding tickets like they were lottery tickets, appeared in front of one judge so many times, they started playing golf together. He preferred tea to coffee and absolutely adored lime marmalade. He always said he wanted to go down fighting. I wish he had gotten that one.

Well, at least I'll be able to communicate with him on Samhain, that's a blessing.

Okay, I've had my pity party and now I'm going to go bake a carrot cake. I bake when I'm depressed and it usually fixes it. I refuse to be depressed today because that would be giving in....and I just won't give them the satisfaction!

How do you say "SCREW YOU" in arabic?????

Posted by Ariadne @ 08:25 :: (2) comments

10.9.06

Cats, you just have to love them!

Sometimes, he's just too darned cute. I know, I'm turning into the crazy cat lady who thinks her cat is too adorable and must document everything he does.

Posted by Ariadne @ 17:12 :: (2) comments

Are you ready for some football?





Ah, yes, today is the first day of American Football here in the States. Maggie is celebrating by playing with her "treat football". You fill it with treats and then they spiral down through it to come out one of the ends. She loves that thing. If you look closely in the pictures, you can see assorted dog toys and the "toy basket". Plus, if you look really close, you will see a blue "moving sticker" on the floor. When you use a moving firm here, they tag every single thing that leaves you house with stickers. Gah, I have a ton of them still, hehehehehe







And here we have the cat. Please note that the recliner is in full "up" position, which meant that I had to crawl out over the side in order not to disturb the cat who was snoozing.

Can anyone tell that animals rule our household? Muahahahahaha

Being that it's first day of football, it will be football from 10am until about 5pm! Gah...I like the stuff, but not that much.

I think I might go dig through my boxes and find some fabric and do a bit of sewing today? I will retreat to the bedroom, which isn't that bad, I have my sewing machine, satellite tv and computer access up there! Plus, I have my own balcony to hang out on, so it's not that bad, really! LOL!

Posted by Ariadne @ 09:43 :: (1) comments

9.9.06

It's Pagan Pride Day


Yep, the annual Pagan Pride Day is upon us here in Portland. It's an international event and held on different days in different places. It's usually a great way for pagans to get together and let it be known we aren't what the movies portray us as.

Usually, getting Pagans to get together in groups in public is not an easy task. Some of us are out of the broom closet, but many are still in it.

I came out of the closet when we lived in Virginia Beach, VA. It has a very, very active pagan population so I was pretty open and free about it. Seattle was open about it, but the pagans were spread out all over and rarely got together, really.

Idaho, I refused to go back into the closet and got harassed. That was kind of eye opening to see how closeminded Christians really are. Most Christians I had known up to that point had been at least civil about it. Not so in Idaho, I think if they could have gotten away with a burning stake they would have tried it.

Now, I'm in Portland and all is well again. I will NEVER, NEVER live someplace that religious freedom is not allowed or condoned. Even though it is a constitutional right, the Christians in this country have gotten the idea that this country was founded on Christianity. They always say, it's on our money, in our court openings, etc.

What they don't realize is that you don't have to swear on a bible in court, and the God thing on the money, that happened in the fifties. The original founders that created this whole thing...most of them were deist. Meaning they believed in a deity that put you here and you figured it out on your own. They didn't believe one religion was better than another, they purposely separated church and state. The founders came from the "englightened period", meaning the founding fathers had studied history and the crimes that Christians had visited on non believers and thought it was bunk.

Almost every major war of our past was fought over religion and they wanted to start a place where that wouldn't happen. Too bad it didn't work, they had a great idea. Even though every person that lives in our country (legal or non-legal) has the right to worship as they see fit, provided it brings harm to no other human being. That means if your a pagan, muslim, jew, baptist, catholic or mormon you have the right to worship as you see fit.

In my personal experience, I have found the different sects of baptist and "evangalical" sects to be the most close minded, hateful people on the planet. They are way worse than the muslim's that believe that killing is the answer. If some of the different christian sects in America thought they could get away with religious jihads....they would do it!

I was brought up to believe in every person has a personal belief and just because it's not yours does not make it wrong. My family was just way ahead of the curve. I think it was because in the 1600's, we actually lost a couple of members to the witch burnings. We also learned quick during the Cromwell period that whatever religion was the "one of the day" was what we were publicly. Privately, we did our own thing. Somewhere around the 1800's., publically, we became Catholics? I still haven't gotten the story on that one...but privately, we were always followers of the "old religion".

Heck, in 1970, my mother converted to Judaism (who knows, she was in Israel?). I have an entire side of the family that is Southern Baptist, whom I love dearly even despite that fact. They all love and accept me, although I am careful not to "witch out" too much around them. Not that I couldn't, it's just a sign of respect. They in turn don't "christian out" around me too much.

I'm married to a Catholic and I have a cousin who is islamic. She converted when she was 18, it was just what made her happy. We all have a path to follow, who cares what it is called, right?

So, Happy Pagan Pride Day!

Posted by Ariadne @ 10:41 :: (2) comments

8.9.06

It's going to be a great day!

Wow, it's 54 degrees outside...oh what sheer bliss! Let's see, what is on the agenda today?


Yeah, that pretty much sums up the day....not that bad a to-do list, but yet, enough to keep me busy throughout the day. Overall, a good day. Now, it will be interesting to see how it turns out by the days' end!

I always love starting with a list and then looking at what actually got accomplished, it's always a crapshoot with me....will it get done, or will I just blow the whole thing off? Not even I can tell what I'm going to do.

Posted by Ariadne @ 07:32 :: (0) comments

7.9.06

Curtain rods, anyone?

I went on a hunt today for my curtain rod hardware. I have several curtain rods that I invested in. I say invested in, because they aren't the average rods, they are more of the decorator kind. I love them and would love to use them...provided I can find the hardware? Sigh...moving just sucks.

I did get some pictures hung today and the whiteboard and corkboard. Got some more boxes out of the way (yay!), and the apt complex got the window to open in my bedroom.

Other than that, the cold is getting better and the weather is turning cooler! Saturday...we are looking at a high of 64 (I believe). Oh, be still my heart!

Today was perfect here, albeit a bit sunny. But hey, I shouldn't be that picky right? I was and am very thankful for the cooler weather. I hate the 90 degree plus stuff around here, you shvitz by simply walking across the living room! Blech. I didn't even need to turn on the fan today..it was fabulous!

Tomorrow, I'm tackling those curtains first thing...my bedroom needs to be a teeny bit darker for my taste (meaning my blood red curtains are going up!).

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:24 :: (1) comments

6.9.06

Go Tae!

Ha, I knew my girl would be just fine! She navigated the bus system alone and survived the first day of high school! Ha...I knew it all along! I wasn't worried, really!

What will be cool, is that we will only be a few blocks away from each other, so maybe we could hook up for lunch someday or something? It will be fun!

Meanwhile, I'm very proud of her (even though I knew she would be fine!).

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:23 :: (0) comments

Well, this has been a cheery afternoon....

The Sci-Fi channel is running a Eureka marathon, showing all the episdoes so far. Yummy, it's one of my fave shows. I've been lounging in the recliner knitting on the sock with my handy dandy box of tissues at hand.

Today's rant...network special reports. Today I was watching "The View" (see, I told you I was addicted!) and they were talking about the strides that Barbara Walters had made for women in the news industry when they were interrupted by a "special report".

Now, since 9/11, everytime I see the words "special report", my heart drops to the bottom of my stomach and I get cold chills. The special report, the United States was moving the 14 detainees into custody and arranging for a military tribunal. They had to scare the crap out of me for that? That couldn't have waited till the noon news, they had to interrupt for that?

P told me I had the wrong attitude on it the whole subject, that some people consider that these 14 people's rights have been violated for years now (these people were the masterminds behind 9/11). Hmmm, let me confer with my brother Mark about people's civil rights. Oh yeah, I can't because he died in the Pentagon on 9/11, his civil rights were totally ignored on that day, by the 14 people being held.

Yeah, my attitude stinks, I know, I'll discuss it with Mark the next time I see him. In the meantime, I'll politely agree to disagree and move onto another subject. So, who has new yarn they want to brag about?

Posted by Ariadne @ 17:58 :: (2) comments

Having a cold just plain sucks.

I feel crappy! I want to go take a nap but can't breathe if I lay down, bummer. I tried eating soup for lunch. It was good, would have tasted better if I could have tasted it..but it was hot and felt good on my throat. I adore minestrone soup...yummy.

I knitted on the "second sock" today a bit while watching "The View". I've never really gotten into that show, but I adore it now. I love Rosie and think she is a brilliant addition to the show. It's not your "grandmothers" show anymore, it's very vibrant and exciting. Good thing I have Tivo because I have classes on M/W/F from 9-10 and would miss it.

Gah, I have succumbed to daytime tv! Good Goddess, help me, please!





Posted by Ariadne @ 13:40 :: (1) comments

5.9.06

I feel wretched!

I think I'm getting a cold and I seriously hate having a cold when it's hot. It just royally, bloody well, sucks! Blech!

I knitted on the shrug today, but got bored. Knitted on the second sock, but got bored. Knitted on the cardi, but got bored. You see, I feel wretched so nothing feels right.

I tried to take a nap, but it's too sunny and I couldn't breathe, so I got up.

So, I'm bored, I feel wretched, I'm grumpy, I can't breathe and it's hot. Someone just shoot me now and put me out of my misery.

I'm going to go unearth yet another box of tissues and cook dinner and go wallow on the sofa.

Posted by Ariadne @ 17:07 :: (0) comments

4.9.06

Oh shit...it's after 6pm and hey, look pictures of my quilt!





Holy crap, batman...I look at the clock about an hour ago and it was only 10am? Sigh..that is what happens when you start up a Sims game with a definite goal in mind. I started a new family, a single mother who adopted kids. I just wanted to get the first adoptee into adulthood...shit that's a lot of work!

Tonight, we are having cold roasted chicken with potato salad. I'm not heating up the house with the stove and I don't feel like eating out.

Speaking of eating out, Pizza Hut's online ordering rocks! You can log in, place your perfect order, pay for it and they even give you an estimated time of arrival! It totally rocks, no more talking to people on the phone that can possibly screw up your order. I loved it. (That was yesterday, when we got back from the sea.)

The above pics are of the quilt that mom made me. Isn't it gorgeous? We are trying to get her to make some for us to sell at the Saturday Market next spring/summer/fall. You can see the really cool stitching that was done on it. The yellow border has leaves on it and the main part has these flowers all done in the stitching. She's really good at this!

Damn, I need a new lens cap for my camera.

Posted by Ariadne @ 18:24 :: (1) comments

3.9.06

PRGE..it's starting...

That is what the previous questionnaire was for. It's a gift exchange thingee that looks like it will totally rock. I was kind of leery of joining it, because the last two I joined I ended up having "pals" that never really participated. So, who knows, it looks like fun.

I've been scouting out places to get stuff. Living in PDX, there is a plethora of places to find just the perfect thing. We have tons of artisan shops and lots of "funky" little places to pick up little things.

I'm so excited about this, I love giving presents. It's one of the things that makes me happiest is finding the perfect gift.

Oh well, I'm off to have pizza and knit on my sock (it's the second one...I didn't want to fall into the second sock syndrome).

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:02 :: (0) comments

PRGE-Whoo Hoo!

1) How long have you been spinning/Knitting/Crocheting?
I have been knitting for exactly 2 years, 5 months , 3 weeks and 2 days.
2) Do you consider yourself a beginner, novice, or experienced Yarn Artist?
Hm, not quite a beginner but yet not a Yarn Artist yet. I'm kind of in the middle.
3) What type of fibers have you worked with?
I love pure wool, I love alpaca, I love the wool/silk blends, I love mohair and I adore some acrylics.
4) What types are you dying to try?
Hmm, dying to try? Oooo...toughie? Um, cashmere? I figured eventually I will be able to afford enough to knit a really fancy coaster some day!
5) Are you allergic to anything, (Fibers, Food, Smells that make you want to puke, etc.)?
I'm extremely allergic to cigarettes! Other than that, not much bothers me.
6) Do you have any Disorders, ex: Diabetes?
I "officially" have asthma, although my current living area doesn't bother it much.
7) What is your Favorite Time/Style period, ex: Romatic, Grecian,Metal, Goth,etc?
My favorite time/style...super easy: renissance (I can never spell that damned word) or medieval.
8) What fibers do you dislike?
I hate the acrylics that feel like a plastic shopping bag.
9) Name some of your favorite Artist, Movie wise, Television if you watch it ex: I heart Keanu, some things cant be helped, and Rachel loves Mike Ness !?
Hmm, let's see, Adrian Paul, Josh Lucas, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp and Will Smith. All are total hotties. Tv that I watch? Hex, My Family, Bones, Stargates(s), NCIS.
10) Whos your favorite Character ex: Jack or Cpt Jack?
It's a tough call between Jack Sparrow and Will Turner...I wouldn't boot either out of bed.
11) Do you prefer natural colored fibers, or handpainted/dyed fiber?
I adore handpainted/dyed fibers.
12) What are you favorite colors?
Greens, purples and some pinks.
13) What colors do you dislike?
Orange and yellow...neither likes me back either.
14) What projects are you currently working on?
I have a cardigan, a sock, a shawl and a shrug.
15) Do you have a wishlist?
I have several wishlists...hehehehe
16) Do you have any other favorite hobbies?
I'm an avid reader, I love puzzles and I simply adore learning new computer code (yes, I'm a geek!).
17) When your birthday?
January 27th.
18) What is your favorite food, candy, scents that you love!! Etc.?
I will roll over and do tricks for anything with white chocolate. I would mortgage my mother for anything with lavender in it and believe it or not....my newest fave find...The "teak" candles by martha stewart sold at Kmart!
19) Are you pierced at all? Any tattoos? Can you/would you wear jewelry that isn't real?
I don't have a tattoo yet..but I have two in mind! And I wear anything that can be classified as jewelry.
20) What do you like Culturally, ex: Celtic, African, Devil Worshiping, Kidding!?
I'm a huge Etruscan fan or Celtic.
21) What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
My knitting needles live in a wine cooler box and my crochet hooks live in a former ale can.
22) What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like all kinds of music and yes, my computer is rather smart and can play MP3's as can my ipod.
23) What's your favorite season and why?
Fall/Winter. My absolute favorite holiday/season is Samhain. Why? Because it's the time of year I can communicate with my grandmother and let my hair down in public without censure. Hey, it's a witch thing, you know?
24) What season do you abhor?
Summer, blech!
25) How about Sports, any that you just cant get enough of or do they make you throw up in your mouth just a little?
Oh goddess...I ADORE, SIMPLY ADORE hockey and soccer!
26) What is your family situation Do you live alone?
I live with my spousal unit, my adopted sister, my fabulous dog and my very picky cat.
27) Do you have any pets?
Well, officially, they are considered pets, but would be offended if you referred to them as that. I have a labrador named Maggie (Margaret May is her official name) and a tuxedo cat named Ford Prefect.
28) Do you like handmade gifts?
I love handmade gifts.
29) What's your favorite thing to make, knit/crochet or other craft wise?
I love making purses and socks.
30) Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I love circulars most of the time, but yet, there are those times when a straight will win my heart.
31) Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I'm the proud owner of both!
32) Tell us how you learned to knit/crochet?
I taught myself and watched online videos.
33) Do you enjoy getting helpful hints from others or does it just piss you off?
I take every helpful hint to heart and treasure it!
34) How old is your oldest UFO?
1 year and 3 months.
35) Is there anything that you collect?
Books and yarn! Hahahaha...seriously, I do seem to collect yarn and knitting needles.
36) Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?
The second knitting on the edge book, the one skein wonder pattern from Glampyre...I think that's it.
37) What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have if any?
I dont' have any, but buy most of them seasonally.
38) Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Yes, I would love to learn how to steek. It scares the crap out of me.
39) Do you enjoy knitting socks? How big are yer boats (feet)?
I LOVE KNITTING SOCKS! Hahahaha....can't help, I'm addicted to them. My boats are a size 7.5 (us)
40) When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
O1/27

Posted by Ariadne @ 17:46 :: (0) comments

Back from the Sea


Maggie had her first visit to the sea today. As you can see, we had one happy, wet labrador on our hands.

She had a blast at the ocean. She definitely embraced her "inner labrador"!

She chased waves, frolicked in the surf and rolled in the sand. She quickly discovered that although it seemed like one huge water dish, it wasn't drinking water! Hehehehe

There were lots of other dogs out there today, which she enjoyed.

We layed around, played in the surf and just had a really good time. I finished a sock and started another one. P and N got buried in the sand..I'll post the links to the pics once I have them up and online. It was quite fun. N ran around collecting shells and T enjoyed a well earned day of rest.

It wasn't too hot, it was actually rather cool and breezy. Not too sunny, there was a light fog rolling in. Over all, I so enjoyed the day.

Posted by Ariadne @ 17:35 :: (0) comments

Night of the Living Dead?

There are bodies everywhere here! LOL! We have both bedrooms full and the living room full, plus the dog and the cat.

I played with my new Sims 2 addition: The Glamour Life a bit yesterday. They had some really cool nifty stuff to add to the game. My fave part is designing the houses and such.

Apparently, Maggie decided to stay downstairs with T and N. Apparently, they didn't realize she snores! Yes, our labrador snores, horribly. So, they had that to contend with, plus....(retribution is sweet), T locked Ford out on the balcony accidently. Hehehehe Serves the little sour puss right. He was fine till 4am when he decided he really wanted to be inside.

Me, I slept through the whole thing...I was the dead last night. We are going to the ocean today. Not sure what knitting project I'm taking with me..but one will be going.

I got zero knitting done yesterday. I was distracted with a game addition and dinner and visiting. Hehehe.... Just can't decide what to take to the ocean to work on, sigh.

Posted by Ariadne @ 08:43 :: (0) comments

2.9.06

Someone is not happy with company



Could that cat have a more disgusted look on his face? Your looking at a puss that has company this weekend and he is just not happy about it!

Yes, my cat is very anti-social. He does warm up to people once they have been around a few times.

But, sheesh...come on, he doesn't even pay rent and he thinks he has the right for that puss?

Posted by Ariadne @ 21:22 :: (4) comments

The Parents are Here!

Yep, Mom and Dad have arrived! Yippee! So far today, P has taken Dad and Nick to Hooter's for lunch. Meanwhile, T and I took Mom to lunch and to a quilt store. We had to force Mom to get fabric, geez.

Now we are all watching "Failure to Launch", a really good movie. I loved it, and Mom has never seen it.

Posted by Ariadne @ 14:53 :: (0) comments

1.9.06

I would rescue them all if I could

I accidently clicked on a link to petfinders.org...and oh my. I try to pretend that I'm cold hearted and tough, but yet, I sat here with tears in my eyes.

How can people shoot a dog that has puppies with it? How can someone dump puppies on the side of the road? How could someone just dump a dog off in the middle of nowhere? How can you take responsibilty for a dog then when it grows up and is larger than you thought, you dump it off at a pound?

I guess it's a good thing I'm not the President of the United States, because our prisons would be full of animal abusers. No wait, I wouldn't put them in prison, I would string them up and take a few strips of flesh off with a horsewhip.

If you can't take the long term responsiblity of an animal, then you just shouldn't have one. For goddess sake if you have one, get it spayed or netured, it prevents those puppies you want to dump on the side of the road.

I so want to just lash out at people that abuse animals. Let them see what it feels like.

Posted by Ariadne @ 19:50 :: (2) comments

Friday is Fun Day!

What a fun day. Lani and i took the girls shopping for shoes today. We had a great time of it. More later,Iam on the cell phone typing this in.

Now, I'm at the computer, so a more thorough post can be posted. Lani, Taelor, Hannah and I went school shoe shopping today. We started at Fred Meyers', but the girls couldn't find anything they liked. So, rather than go to Payless (I simply refuse), I took them to my last resort shoe store...if they couldn't find shoes there, the perfect shoe did not exist. So, it was off to DSW Shoes for us.

The place is literally one huge, huge room with nothing but rows and rows of shoes. Not just any shoes, but really good quality shoes that are good brands and highly discounted. I love that store. Taelor and Hannah both finally found shoes that they liked, whew, I was starting to worry. Lani actually found a pair she liked and I sort of made her get them (hehehehe..I can't help it, shoes are fabulous new finds and everyone needs a new pair now and then.). They are a lime green higher heeled clog that she loved. They are very bright and just the thing for a dark Portland Winter. Every woman needs a pair of lime green clogs...it's just a given, you know?

We hung out at my apartment for a bit. The girls were bored, but I'm going to give them each a log in on our computers so that they can play next time they come over. I felt terrible they were so bored, but hey, being a kid is tough sometime. Needless to say, Lani and I had fun. Hehehe

After I dropped them off, it was off to pick up T from work. As if I needed an excuse to go to Starbuck's? Ha...oh yeah, twist my arm, why dont' you? Muahahahahahaha

I have laundry to do tonight, a certain cat which will remain nameless decided to let his frustration at the move be known on my curtains. The little bastard. If he keeps this up, he will be a stuffed reminder of days gone by. He has absolutely no reason to do what he did, I don't care if he got moved or not. Suck it up like the rest of us.

Oh well, should get the laundry started, it's about an hour and a half of duty. Oh yeah, Stargate is on tonight..yay! I should enjoy while I can.

Posted by Ariadne @ 16:20 :: (2) comments

Does religion really have to be part of it?

(glaring spelling errors ahead, too lazy to look them up!)

That is my ponder of the day. Why does religion have to come into play? The thing I'm curious about (and this rears it's ugly head at least four or five times a year) is why people of one religion feel obligated to try and push their beliefs on those of another?

Now, I realize that when someone thinks they have a good thing going, they naturally feel obligated to share it. You know, you find a killer shoe sale or yarn on sale for 1.00 a ball or something, you feel you must simply tell your best girlfriend. That's fine, in fact, I think things like that should be broadcasted on the evening news.

However, when you have a preference in your religious views or your political views or your views on the color your neighbor paints their house...there should be a line that is not crossed. It's fine if being Baptist or Catholic makes you happy, or you love the fact that your a Democrat or a Republican or the fact that your neighbors house is bright purple with turquiose trim(and it makes you want to be ill). Those are things that you should not feel free to share with the public at large.

I love the fact that I'm Pagan. It is what makes me the happiest. It's the driving force behind how I conduct myself in the world at large. I'm not perfect by any means, but I do strive to treat everyone like I would want to be treated, I'm curtious to my neighbors (don't play the bass on my surround sound at top level), I help people when I can (like when it was 102 here and there were people having car troubles at my offramp..I stopped and gave them water and asked if they needed help). You know, the good person on the planet thing. I even give back change if too much is given to me.

I don't, however, feel obligated to tell everyone I see during the day that I'm a Pagan and that you should correct the error of your ways because your not a Pagan. I don't sublimily send out random emails asking you to join a pagan path study group (you know...bible study?). I don't go around making stuff up because someone is a different religion (the devil worshipper stuff). I also don't feel obligated to leave pamphlets on people's cars because they just might not be my religion. (Okay, that's my pet peeve-finding things on my car!)

And why, oh why....do some people feel that because your pagan and your blog clearly states that your pagan, that they simply must gather their forces and try to force you to close down your blog? For instance, a few years ago, a pagan I knew had a blog. She received a comment from someone that she didn't know about how the "J" man was the true deal. The woman (the Pagan) simply wrote back to the commenter that although she was sure the "J" man was right for the commenter, it simply wasn't right for her, thank you for commenting..good bye. The commenter then had all her/his religious friends start leaving comments on the blog with religious passages and all. It was horrid. They were literally stalking this woman online, all in the name of their God (who really doesn't have a name..just God...you know...the all inclusive catch all word). It was just wrong, but yet, they felt totally justified in stalking that poor woman because "they were right and she was a sinner". Spare me.

I wonder if our world will ever understand and embrace the idea that all religions literally lead to the same place, they are just different paths and that our differences are what makes this place we inhabit interesting?

Posted by Ariadne @ 09:01 :: (2) comments

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