Bad days are not good for blogging

It looks like it will be a shitty end to an already shitty day, so I don’t actually have much to say to the blog tonight. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day and I’ll have more to share. See you then.

Current Events · random

Here’s a silly video.

Egypt watch continues, tensions are escalating. Unable to form complete sentences. Needed something silly.


Current Events

Protest Like an Egyptian

I am completely captivated by what is happening in Egypt right now. Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in the main square in Cairo, ignoring the curfew imposed by President Mubarak, shouting and waving Egyptian flags. The place is lousy with military personnel, but the protest today is largely peaceful in that the military does not appear to be interested in dispersing the crowd by use of deadly (or otherwise) force. has a wonderful timeline that was originally posted at 1 pm on Tuesday and was updated frequently until about 730 EST last night. This morning I am watching the coverage on Aljazeera. The energy of the crowd is just amazing and I just can’t look away.

The crushing vastness of my ignorance on the matter prevents me from forming an opinion other than to hope for the best for the protesters as night falls and to watch in fascination as people challenge their authoritarian government in an historic uprising.

UPDATE 1:03 pm EST: It looks like the MoJo article was updated this morning and they included a great link to the NYTimes interactive map of the protests. Check it out!


Cheeky! Updated and Blue Blossom Redux

Item the first: My friend stopped by today to try on her Cheeky! pants. They fit her fabulously in the front, but the back needs some more short rows. And not where the pattern says to put them. That’s okay, I marked where I think they should go and I believe I can continue on without having to rip the whole thing out and start over, so yay!

Item the second: I cast on (again) for the Blue Blossom Shawl yesterday and worked through the first chart and the first increase row:

This part of the shawl is so much fun to knit! The pattern is simple, and it goes quickly because there are only a few stitches to knit.

Item the third: I created a account. Ask me anything and I shall attempt to answer in blog post form.



The Cheeky! Pants are Being Fresh

I fear that I might be having gauge issues, even though my ruler says otherwise.

The intended recipient is coming over for a fitting, hopefully tomorrow.

please don’t be too big please don’t be too big please don’t be too big


In Which I Try Not to Discuss The Weather

So yeah. It has been one of those days. Our homeschool group’s activity was cancelled today because of the, uh ….  something, and my kid had a doctor’s appointment, after which we went to the pharmacy followed by a quick stop at the super market for bananas. (Even if the pantry and refrigerator are totally full of food, I always feel completely hubbarded if I don’t have any bananas in the house.)  When we got back home, I promptly crawled into bed and took a nap. Fuck it. Here’s a picture of a flower:




More Snow? Really?

Yes, really. We woke up to more snow today, and another Nor’Easter is barreling toward us as we speak. Right now there is an army of landscapers in the courtyard of our condo, equipped with leaf blowers and snow shovels, clearing the pathways so that more snow can cover them tomorrow. More snow. And the typically snowiest month for Connecticut (February) is still to come.

Not that I am complaining. I mean, I am well aware that I live in Connecticut and that in the winter we get snow here. I’m just sayin’. We’ve had a lot of snow and winter is not remotely over.

*wanders off to read some Robert Frost*


Crazy Good Super Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf (with rice!)

I haven’t made a meatloaf in a good long while for some completely unfathomable reason. Perhaps that’s why everyone thought this really easy meatloaf I kind of just threw together was so awesome. Everyone gobbled it up. Either that or we were all just really really hungry.

  • 1.25 lb package meat loaf mix (pork/veal/beef)
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice (leftover from last week)
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Egg

Smush (yes, that is a technical term) all the above ingredients together and press into an 8×8 baking pan. Squirt (another highly technical cooking term) some (gourmet!) ketchup on top. Bake at 375° for one hour. Serve with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, and a big green salad. Bask in accolades.

PS–> I just remembered that I posted another meatloaf recipe back in October of 2009. That’s probably the last time I made meatloaf! I wonder why I waited so long. Hrm. Anyway, I opted not to put in a bunch of veggies this time, but right now I can’t recall why.


life · TAS

Thoughts on a Death in the Family

So, my uncle, the younger of my father’s two brothers, died on Friday. Honestly, sadly, I’m not much affected by it; I barely knew him. I know that eight of my forty-five cousins are his children, and my heart hurts for them, but I can’t even remember the last time I saw him or anyone his family. I’m certain I was a young child, perhaps even as young as Isaac. I guess, for reasons I am only vaguely aware of, my dad didn’t have much of a relationship with him. It’s a shame, really, but it makes me realize how very lucky I am that I have a totally awesome sister whom I love, who is in my life, and whose company I enjoy very much.

Thanks mom and dad, for giving me such a great baby sister to love.


No Rest For The Weary

Thanks for all the kind wishes on yesterday’s post! You guys really are the best. But don’t feel too badly about it. I honestly don’t have any problems ripping back a nearly (or fully) completed project and starting over if that’s what needs to be done. Even if it is a lace shawl that was totally kicking my ass anyway. Knit fearlessly and frog mercilessly until you are happy and satisfied with the finished product. Let “I *LOVE* knitting” be your mantra.

Plans are in the works to restart the Blue Blossom tomorrow, but for today, I finally got a start on my friend’s asswarmer.


These will go nice and fast. I’ve already knitted both legs and just need to join them and knit the whole thing for about 4 inches. She likes her pants tiny.

And finally, as promised, Ruffled Baktus:


It’s coming along quite nicely I think.