Posts Tagged ‘Meet Ups’

Summer so far

June 28, 2013

It has been quite uneventful summer so far.

Well, few “eventful” things did happen. We finally said goodbye to “little Saturn that almost could” and bought a new car. We spent some days in excellent YourKohSamuiVillas, on the beautiful island on Thailand. And Chris’s sister got married. And taking a couple of summer classes online and accounting is kicking my butt.

And since baking isn’t exactly the most fun thing to do in warm weather, instead, I started to paint my nails. It all started when Ariel came to visit me in April. She and I went to get a manicure (it was a first for me – shocked, I know). Afterwards I decided I wanted to get some nail polish and I’ve been changing nail colors every so often ever since.

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Speaking of which: pictures from when Ariel came to visit me in April – in conclusion, there was a lot of food involved. We made ravioli, chocolate truffles, mocktails and savory pie. Oh and I made birthday cake for Ariel since she visited me right around her birthday. It was a slap-together version of black forest cake but it turned out okay. I used my go-to sour cream chocolate cake recipe and made whipped cream. I tried to pipe out her name out of melted chocolate, it turned out okay but it was indeed a pain in the butt to do. I suppose it was A-okay for efforts.


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… and that pretty much summarizes the summer so far. Ciao.

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September 18, 2009

Whether it’s because I’m lazy or because of my lack of motivation (I do vote for the latter), not much knitting lately. Though that’s not saying I haven’t worked on anything at all since the last post. So, anyhow, here is brief (according to my definition, not yours) recap of what went on since the last post, of course, not in any particular order.

Chris is an old fart. His birthday was September 9th – if you like to wish him a happy (belated) birthday, please feel free.

Cocoa found herself a new toy, playhouse, and cat bed. All in one.


(in case if you couldn’t guess, that’s a grocery bag)

Tania and I actually met in person. She is absolutely adorable and awesome – all mixed in one! Don’t believe me? Here is an evidentiary proof.


She happened to be in Madison for a wedding – and was nice enough to take some time to see us. Totally worth 2 hr drive πŸ™‚ And yes, I also got to meet Mr. Tania as well. I almost felt bad that maybe he was nearly bored to death – totally didn’t help that Chris isn’t much of a social butterfly either. Oh well. “Boys” will live.

Couponing has been kinda exciting. Well, at least it did last week. I spent about $40 at grocery store – mostly I bought cheese. I cannot recall exactly what I bought, but here is the brief list: 18 Kraft Parmasan shakers (yes, those powdery cheese in plastic shakers with green top), 9 or so of block cheese (actually they call them “chunks” but whatever), 9 boxes of pasta, a bag of flour tortilla, Klondike bar, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, a bag of shred cheese, rinse agent for dishwasher, among some other things I don’t care to remember. I still can’t believe I spent nearly $40 on “mostly” cheese. But the sad part is, we will eat the all.. and probably pretty soon.

I have been knitting (like I said), just not as much as I used to. I finished those bright yellow pair of Polly Jean, and started on a pair of Twist and Turn socks, which is meant to be yet another twin socks with Ariel. FYI, yarns used: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (in Sunshine, for Polly Jean), and Shibui Sock (in Sky, for Twist & Turn).

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I’m still learning something new about Cocoa, and/or cats in general. It is very hard to take a picture of my knitting without part(s) of Cocoa somewhere in the frame. However, it is as hard, if not even harder, to take a picture of Cocoa. She always seems to have a same pose/expression, either by annoyance or curiosity. That is, if I’m lucky to get any shots where she’s not super blurry. Half the time, all I get is a blur of a cat.

On the contrary to what I said above about the cat liking the grocery bag.. I still think her favorite nap spot is my lap. Especially when I’m trying to do something.

Maybe I should go back to school as a philosophy major, and write a thesis called “Philosophy according to Cocoa: What I learned from and about my cat and cats in general”. Actually I take it back – I should just write a book instead.

I have some design ideas. I have had few going on for a long long time. And I also realize, patterns don’t write themselves.

I believe (in my delusional mind) I am (or can try to be) a fairly capable designer. A pattern writer, I am not. In fact, writing of any sorts is not quite my forte. Guess I can’t write that philosophy book after all.

I think I’m addicted to facebook games. Actually, Restaurant City in particular. I’ve been obsessing over it for few days now because it takes forever to level up. To be honest, I haven’t been really “playing” it, rather, have it open and let it run while I do everything else, or nothing. Since my laptop is almost ancient and doesn’t really like to run any flash-based stuff for more than 5 minutes at a time, I just let it run on the desktop, as long as Chris is not on it.

I don’t think either of my “children” can survive without me. Both Chris and Cocoa is helpless when it comes to feeding themselves. They both look at me with sad puppy eyes. Please note that neither of them are dogs. Can someone please remind them?

Speaking of which, I think it’s time to feed the non-human child of mine.

I’ve been a busy girl…

March 25, 2009

Warning: this is probably a pretty picture-heavy post.

Don’t you love it when a blog post starts with a warning? (Though, personally I don’t really care)

Let’s start with stuff I finished “recently” – by which I meant in March… so far anyway.

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From top left:
Robot mittens are finally finished. It took me next to forever to finally finished duplicate stitching the second robot. I really should mail them out to Carol now that they’re finished and now that it’s getting warmer and warmer.
And.. yet another pair of Embossed Leaves socks – except, this time, they’re for me! Used Louet Gems fingering in Pewter, with 2.5mm needles. And of course, toes and heel flaps are done my way, you know, whatever I feel like.
Burgundy Monkey socks for Sue – used Fortissima Socka, 2.5mm needles, again, heels and toes are done “whatever I want” way.

Speaking of Sue, she was first knitter/friend I met in Milwaukee, and only after about 2 months of knowing her, she’s moving. πŸ™ These were “farewell” socks for her. I got to see her one last time before she was leaving – in fact, she invited me to her house and let me go through quite a bit of her stash. Now I have a lot more yarn than I know what to do with:


Most of them are really neat vintage yarn. I really don’t think I’m going to bother myself trying to upload them individually to Ravelry stash page (maybe I would do that for more “current” yarn that already exist in their yarn data base). Seriously, I’m like the biggest yarn mooch in the world. My stash mostly consists of “other people’s generosity” – crazy! Thank you everyone who ever sent me yarn! Without you, I wouldn’t have anything to knit with πŸ™‚

… so it’s true – I never turn down free yarn.

And here are my current works-in-progress. Yes, I said “plural” – I’ve joined the gang of multiple WIP’s.

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On the left, is Twisted Flower twin socks (with Ariel, of course. On the right, is a pair of socks for Ana – she knows what it is, she knows which yarn I’m using. But I have decided to hide the actual pictures until she receives the socks. I don’t know if she reads my blog, but “just in case”. Even though I already told her which pattern & yarn I’m using, I think it’s still a bit of surprise once you actually see the actual sock (or so I’m hoping).

Even though I’m not sure how much knitting I can get done for the rest of the week this week, I’m hoping to get both of these finished by the end of March. I have a feeling there won’t be much “show & tell” kind of knitting in April – I have decided it will be (my personal) designing/pattern writing month.

… and now, it’s time for me to start picking up the apartment before my motivation runs out.

Stariel was here!

August 26, 2008

I still can’t believe it! Ariel was here!

She made a pit stop at Champaign in the midst of her cross-country move, from Boston to Seattle. She arrived here late afternoon yesterday and left way too soon, in early afternoon.

It’s just so surreal to actually meet her for the first time. I mean, it didn’t feel strange at all – but then again, we’ve known each other for quite a while now πŸ™‚ And along with Ariel, I also got to meet her lovely mom and her two darling kitties, Pan and Java.

Last night, we took a little walk to downtown Champaign, and had some fabulous Thai food, while Chris was kittysitting the cats (though I think it was more like the cats were babysitting him). Then followed by wee bit of playing Rockband and (embrace yourself…) posting on Plurk, while sitting next to each other! How dorky are we?!

And today, we went for a little walk to main quad on campus, got some coffee, then a light lunch, before they had to leave.

But.. not before some mandatory pictures. But of course!

Here is a picture of us, and our twin socks. I know, we look pretty silly (at least I know I do).


And here’s Pan. I made many attempts but this is the only one where he’s actually looking at the camera and is not blurry. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a picture of Java πŸ™


It’s so sad that she only stayed for one night, but I’m surely glad that she stopped by!

But I’m pretty sure this will not be the only time, just the first time I get to spend fabulous time with her. I just now have to make a plan to go visit her in Seattle once she all settles in, and hopefully soon πŸ™‚

Oh the places we sort of went, pt 2

May 16, 2008

So the plan was to maybe keep up with posting while I was in DC, but we all know it did not work at all. Anyway, so we came home on Saturday – the weather was slightly gloomy and was sprinkling as we were leaving Maryland, then as soon as we got out of MD it started to clear up pretty much all the way… until we hit Indianapolis, it started to really rain then by the time we got home it really poured down hard. Yes, welcome home. In fact, it’s been kinda cold, rainy and stuff all week since.

So anyway… let see… what did I do while I was in DC area since the last post…

On Wednesday, we got to walk around National Mall. In fact, I think that was the best “tourist” thing we did the whole time. It was really nice outside and it was fun seeing stuff. We saw Washington Monument, saw the gigantic “National” duck pond, aka the Reflecting Pool, we got to say “‘sup?” to the homeboy (Lincoln Memorial), and of course, amongst all, tourist groups in matching colored shirts – and my my my, there were a lot of them. Oh and eventually we saw The White House, outside the fenced area, like monkeys. Oh and at World War I Memorial – it was funny how you could totally guess where these people were from, because pretty much everyone was standing right front of the pole with the (what’s assumed as their home) state and taking pictures. Ha.

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And also on Wednesday, we went to Natural History Museum, saw the gems, including Hope Diamond. When we first walked into the exhibit, I had no idea where it was. I just saw this big group of ladies and young girls circling around for no reason. Then I put two and two together and figured out that’s where it was. Hah. Actually Hope Diamond wasn’t all that exciting, though the rest of the gem exhibit was cool though. While we were in Natural History, Chris really wanted to take me to the live butterfly thing. Good thing that it wasn’t free – I’m glad that we weren’t there on Tuesday because it would’ve been free and I would’ve been dragged into the room of horror, filled with butterflies. (I hate butterflies… and no I am not kidding)

On Thursday, again, we did the tourist things and went to Art Galleries, and briefly walked through American Indian Museum. And I met Robyn, aka Mickey from Knittychat. And I took a picture of us to “prove” that it really did happen.


Friday, we went to Stitch DC and met Anne Marie aka Roxy!


It was very cool to get meet the gals – it’s surely nice to put the faces on the names I only see in text. Hah.

And we came home on Saturday. Long, butt numbing car ride.

And.. it’s time for bed for me now. Coming up on next post (whenever it may be): my overall thought on trip. Why? Because I feel like it.

… and I miss Coco dearly. Pretty little kitty, now a fish-killer.