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November 15, 2006

Linguistics rock

This is pretty cool.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
Boston
North Central
The Inland North
Philadelphia
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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Which makes sense since I was born and raised in the West. Well, except for one year when I was a baby and we lived in Ohio and then there was that year in Austin Texas when I was around four years old. Those formative years did leave me with such a thick accent at the time, Mom had a hard time understanding me. But it seems to be gone. I slip into a southern accent quickly when I'm around folks from the south, but don't we all?

I have signed the offer letter! I am officially gainfully employed. This feels really good. They don't want me to start until after Thanksgiving so I get to go home and visit with the siblings who are gathering for the holiday for the first time in a while. And I get to bond with my nephew which is always a joy. I have to knit him up a fun purple hat or something. Something to express my love. I got my employment packet by messenger today and it yodeled at me when I opened it. I have been entertaining myself by opening and closing the box over and over.

I am easy to entertain.

November 11, 2006

Somebody stop me!

I now own the cutest shoes on the planet.

plaid vans

I'm never. taking. them. off. EVAH!

(nyah nyah Amy, they fit perfect!)

Today was an orgy of sensory stimulation and shopping. My friend Amy is a kindred spirit so she knows when I would like something and took me to a great shopping area on Hawthorne. I pretty much handed my card to every shop keeper along the street. But my rationalization is that many were Christmas presents. Well, a few were. OK, maybe only a couple but how could I live without these shoes? And if you saw what I left behind.... I didn't take home any of this (and that wasn't easy!) and I didn't take home any of these (and it durn near killed me) and I...OK, I need to simmer down. This is worse than a sugar high.

But there is a good chance I'm wearing my new shoes to bed. Just so you know.

November 10, 2006

It really is all about me

I'm thinking of banning these things from my site, but until then, I'll give one another go. Stolen from 144 Inches of I-Cord:

48 things (aka It is All About Me)

1. FIRST NAME? Laurie

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes. I come from a line of Lauries. Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? I cry all the time. Probably last night at a commercial or something I read in a book. I'm overly empathetic.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Most of the time. Sometimes I think it looks like I'm still in 8th grade.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? liverwurst. yuuuuuum.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I think so. I'm weird in a mostly good way. But I'm lousy about setting up things to do so I would be friends but I would never get around to calling or emailing me.

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Just this thing which isn't really very journally.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes I do.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No. It has never looked like fun to me and I can't get my head around doing something so obviously hazardous to health. Isn't getting in a car enough of a gamble?

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I'm not that crazy about cereals. Golden Grahams are good and so is Life and I did love the Capt'n Crunch but I usually buy boxes of cereal and then have to throw them out unopened 6 months later.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes. If we are talking physical strength then I am very strong. I have a lot of natural strength and if we are talking about emotionally strong, then yes, I think so.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? I love a really good vanilla. French Vanilla where you see the dots from the vanilla bean. And then something that is chocolaty with nuts and peanut butter and caramel. Like a Dulce la Leche. Two ends of the spectrum.

14. SHOE SIZE? US 10

15. RED OR PINK? Red, but it has to be a really blue red. A blood red or a cordial. I don't like the orangie reds.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My physical appearance (the weight).

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My brothers.

18. WHAT FOOD WILL GET YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT? Leftovers. I adore leftovers. I think it is the ritual more than the food.

19. WHAT COLOUR TROUSERS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? No shoes, grey sweats and an olive green t-shirt. I'm working from home.

20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Happy Panda last night for dinner. Some cheese won tons and sweet and sour chicken. This means I have left overs! (joy!)

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The TV in the other room. I think it is American Justice.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Periwinkle.

23. FAVORITE SMELL? That mossy, earthy smell after rain or when Spring hits. Mmmmm, nature.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Grandma. She called last night to chat.

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their sex and then their smile.

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON YOU STOLE THIS FROM? She is a hoot!

27. FAVOURITE DRINK? Diet Pepsi. To a fault.

28. FAVOURITE SPORT? I'm not very sporty. I enjoy watching hockey and la crosse and I like going to batting cages. I get uptight when I compete in sports. Left over childhood scars I guess.

29. EYE COLOUR? Brown. A little on the hazel side.

30. HAT SIZE? A bit large. The phrase "grosse tete" gets thrown around our family a lot. I'm going to assume it is because of the head size and ignore the fact that big head is actually grande tete. I don't want to be a fat head.

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No. I'm just starting to wear glasses more often than not.

32. FAVORITE FOOD? Leftovers. If that makes sense. But for a specific food, one that I will never turn down, barbecue and sushi. And I wouldn't mind eating them at the same meal thank-you-very-much.

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy.

35. SUMMER OR WINTER? I guess Winter. At least in the Winter I don't sweat. But really it is the transitional seasons, Spring and Fall, that get me all excited about what is to come.

36. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs. I'm too white and protestant to be completely comfortable with kisses.

37. FAVOURITE DESSERT? Marionberry cobbler a la mode.

38. WHAT SIDE OF THE BED DO YOU SLEEP ON AND WHY? Kind of kitty corner. I don't have to share my bed and I'm a little tall so I don't like to hang off. If I have to choose I can sleep on either.

39. IF YOU DIDN'T MAKE THE DECISION TO GET MARRIED AND HAVE A FAMILY, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING TODAY? This is a really strange, presumptive question. I chose not to marry and have a family. So I work and dote on my family.

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Hillbilly Gothic (really good), and Freddy and Fredericka (trying too hard to be silly).

41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? It looks like a Pendleton blanket because I got it at the Pendleton outlet.

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? CSI, Ugly Betty and a tribute to Graham Chapman which was great.

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Rain on the roof.

44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles even tho some of the early Rolling Stones songs are the very best evah!

45. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? I would have to check mileage (which I won't) but I think Rome, Italy is the farthest.

46. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Creativity. That and I think I have an extra cone in my eyes so that I see more colors than the average person.

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Sacred Heart in Eugene, Oregon.

48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I stole it off one of my regular-reading-blogs.

November 07, 2006

From ho hum to yahoo in one post!

I wish I could show you some finished objects. Any finished object. I have actually completed a thing or two but I've given them away as soon as they were done so I look like I have nothing to show to my efforts. Well, that isn't the whole truth. I also have the worst case of startitis I have ever seen! Everything is either too boring to keep my interest or something is going wrong with it that requires too much work to be fun.

Take this for example:

skull sweater is too scary

I have a friend with a new baby and she requested a cool skull sweater. I wasn't really happy with the one in Stitch n'Bitch Nation for this project so I've embarked on cobbling together my own version. Which is rarely a good thing. I'm doing a little sweater jacked from the Yarn Girls Guide to Kids Knits and putting a skull on the back. Now the challenges I have faced are here are first with the yarn. I had a credit at my nearby Joann's so I got some of their cashmere blend in black and white. But I'm frustrated by the fact that the white and black yarn, although the same brand, are almost different weights. The white is much thicker and fuzzier than the black. It made for very sloppy intarsia. So then I tried to double stitch it which still didn't work well because of the weights so now I'm trying a cross stitch skull. I'm still not happy with this method and I've decided this skull is much too scary for a baby. It should be smiling.

You can certainly understand why keep putting this down out of disgust. Suggestions? Should try the intarsia again? I'm really not good at it. I have read up on the techniques but I still either get Grand Canyon sized gaps between blocks of color or the inner block of color bends because the yarn is too tight across the back.

I thought with my knitting malaise that I should pick the beach afghan back up again. And it has held my interest for several squares. I used it to rationalize a small yarn purchase this weekend. I love my color palette for this and I generally really like the square patterns. I was quite enamored of this simple lace pattern using a deeply dyed Cash Iroha.

cash iroha lace square

It took me a while to finish because I had to stop and admire every few rows. Extra points for the picture capturing the knitting and Argus in the background sleeping with his tongue hanging out.

OK, that really isn't rare enough to get extra points.

I was really pleased with the latest copies of Vogue Knitting and IK. There are several patterns in both that I would like to try (But nothing with bobbles. Does anyone else have a strong aversion to bobbles like me? Gah, they just make me squirm!). I have to do the braided scarf on the cover of Vogue Knitting. I have this camel colored baby alpaca I have had for a few years and no pattern has been worthy up to now. It is so soft and beautiful and I think will be amazing in this scarf. Maybe this will solve my malaise?

Here, cute Sapphire picture. If she can get a piece of my dirty laundry to nap with she is in heaven. If not, a shoe will do.

sapphire and my shoe

So fingers crossed everyone. I have had several great interviews with a company I really want to work with and some other leads that I think are highly promising and I might actually like. Lets get employed again so I can feel good about buying yarn once more. Not that I have stopped while I was unemployed, I just want to feel good about it.

UPDATE: Not 30 seconds after I wrote this I received a call from the company I want to work with and they are talking about offer terms! They are checking one of my references which I know will be great and then I might be able to call myself gainfully employed. Whoo Hoo! Or, dare I say...Yahoo?

November 01, 2006

You will find no Christmas here yet...

OK, this probably would have been better yesterday but I was kind of taking the day off. How can you take a day off from being unemployed? Well, I guess technically I'm not unemployed since I'm doing contract work and I'm working hard at the search of perm employment. So I did, actually, take a day to not do all that. It was nice. I work much harder when I'm unemployed.

I collected a few photos of the gorgeous Autumn we are having. Good thing too because the leaves are hitting that stage where they are falling fast and we will have them no more by the end of the week. These are some of the inspiring colors I'm surrounded by this Fall:

salmon and green tree

pink bush

And a shot of my little apartment patio. This gorgeous tree has been flooding the apartment with a beautiful yellow glow but soon it will just be bare nekkid branches and a little less privacy.

apartment patio in fall

I moved into an apartment when I moved to this area because I knew so little about it and I didn't want to try to look for a house until I had a better idea of where all the development was happening. Who wants to find they have a Walmart going up across the street from the house they just bought? It has been strange living in an apartment again. I haven't lived in one for years. But it has it's advantages and I forgot how nice it was to simply call someone else when something needs to be fixed or replaced. The downside is the wee patio right on the parking lot. I try to have fun with it and decorated for Halloween. I did move the big spider around the web so it would kind of look like he was moving around. I hope it was creepy.

jack o lantern

That mole looking spot on the jack-o-lantern is actually a rotten spot on the pumpkin and why I got it in the first place. I thought it was gross and cool. He looked pretty good when lit up at night and I found these little battery-powered tea lights that flicker so I could keep him lit all night long. Plus the light didn't get blown out last night with all the wind.

Following along the spider web theme, this pretty little web was made sparkly with some fog we have had the last few days (along with freezing temperatures). The resident was no where to be found. Probably keeping warm under a leaf.

dewy spiderweb

We aren't done with webs yet! We finish off the Halloween holiday with a quick shot of Sapphire's costume. She really doesn't like me to dress her up but I found this little velvet spider web collar in the dollar bin of Petsmart. She seemed to like this because it got her a lot of attention from people and she LOVES that! Can you see the wee black spider on the right side of the collar? Sapph wouldn't look in the camera for me. After all these years she still acts like I'm going to throw the camera at her after I take the picture. And I hardly ever do that.

sapphire costume

Hope everyone had a great Halloween!