Showing posts from September, 2008

Sorry for for the disappearing act!

It's been almost two weeks since I last posted (forgive me blogger, for I have sinned). A lot of stuff has happened, none of it particularly fascinating (except that I really got a kick out of babysitting this past Saturday and got into a misunderstanding with a dear friend which I hope has cleared up and ran around a LOT doing visits all over the place). Work has been very busy lately and things are gearing up outside of work as well - between Stephen Ministry on Mondays, bells on Tuesdays, knitting (when I can get there) on Wednesdays, choir on Thursdays, it's getting pretty crazy around here. And I have a volunteer mediation I haven't even gotten anything substantial done on yet!
One thing I did finish was the chinese lace pullover. Here are a few pics: Two things (I can think of offhand) differently from the pattern as written: the yarn is Cotton Fleece, so it's a little heavier than the original yarn, but hey, most of it is cotton. Second difference: the applied i-…

Interesting week:)

Well, what a week it's been - very "organic" if you will - business/professional life intermingling with hobbies and spiritual life. Who knew? It's funny, I've always dreamed of my life becoming this way. I guess it's true: one needs to watch carefully what one wishes for, LOL:). When last I left you dear 1.5 reader(s), I had been enjoying a lovely dinner with my family and was contemplating running to the office, then to bell prax. Well, bell practice was very disrupted when one of our older members fell in the parking lot. It was a nasty fall. She sustained some awful abrasions to her knee, shoulder and cheekbone and a crack on the eyebrow that all could instantly see would require stitches. The fact that the poor woman has arthritis made it all the more painful to see. I imagine she was in some pretty bad pain the next day. Luckily, Nancy and Ron M had just finished making a pitch to the vestry regarding the St. John's Orchestra. I was upstairs in the g…

More of the "State" part of this blog

Got this in two separate e-mails yesterday. If you know who the author is, please let me know so I can give the appropriate "props":)
* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you'reexotic, different."
* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential Americanstory.
* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're wellgrounded.
* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, becomethe first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senatorrepresenting a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and HumanServices committee, spend 4 yearsin the United State…

No court but lots to do:)

Well, let's see I am falling down on the blogging job am I not? Sorry dear 1.5 readers. Life has seemed to intervene and I haven't felt like I've had anything interesting to say. I am squeezing in a blogpost between finishing and faxing report for work and driving to the office to get the required paperwork, files, shredding in and files and mail out. But there's a little matter of getting out of my pjs and taking a shower first, LOL. As I type this, John is doing the recycling, McCain is making a speech on the television, and the KnitPicks podcast (Ann Budd episode) is in my earplugs. And these pretty flowers are sitting on my desk although this picture is a little bit fresher:) Ah well, the camera adds 10 years, LOL! Let me catch you up on my whirlwind (NOT) but fun existence: Saturday was spent practicing the Lauridsen piece at St. John's for about 2 hours with some of the choir (we get a lot done during those extra practices because we can hone in on the sketch…

Gloria Steinem is soooooo cool!

My DD#2 sent me a link to an editorial by Gloria Steinem on the topic of Sarah Palin. Two things she said that stick out in my [sick] mind: * "Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie." * "To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs." and that which I will always LOVE LOVE LOVE: * "And [if there is a McCain/Palin defeat and the Reeps take back the centrist approach] American women... finally have support on a national stage from male leaders who know that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it. " YES! A voice crying out in the wilderness, Gloria Steinem has quietly, rationally and intelligently made the case for women's equality, stifling the rage that must boil insi…

And Now for Something Completely Ridiculous....

Phew - I was worried there for a while! (And we're back with the final version:))

This just in:
Victory in Maryland: High Court Rules for Challengers to Illegal Referendum Petition That Attempted to Overturn a Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law

(Annapolis, September 9, 2008) — In a one paragraph order issued today, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a challenge to a referendum that attempted to block a unanimously enacted transgender protection law.
“We’re pleased with this victory. The court ruled in our favor in our challenge to this improper referendum,” said Natalie Chin, Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal. “Though the order was brief we feel confident that we’ve stopped this referendum from being on November’s ballot.”
The court indicated that they will be releasing an opinion at a later time.
On November 13, 2007, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an act adding gender identity to the county's civil rights law in order to address discrimination against transgender individuals. A group calling itself Citizens for Responsible Government …

OK, I know it's been a week and I've been BAAAD

Because I've added yet another three (or four?) projects to my list of about 25 unfinished ones
(shame on me). But in my defense, I will say that one of them was a request by DD#2 who has the grandgirls. First, I started the Amanda Hat, which was suggested to me by Denise a/k/a Executive Knitter on Ravelry. This pattern is a freebie also on Ravelry. I may have enough for two hats with this lovely bit of Malabrigo worsted. If so, one is for DD#2 and the other for DD#3 - both of whom look lovely in the autumnal colors.

And then I started this Little sister's dress for, you guessed it - Ruby. It's actually a jumper in the American sense of the word: a dress with short or no sleeves, intended to be worn over a shirt. It's just flying off the needles - I'm now at the rather boring straight stockinette section, but it's only a size 4T - how long can it take? Needless to say, I'm going to be finishing both these projects first - the hats because the weather…

Lazy weekend for Labor Day:)

OK, I'm enjoying the last weekend of the summer. It's been lovely. John and I have had a lot of fun doing virtually nothing. Thursday, when last we met, dear 1.5 readers, I finished a long-neglected pair of socks and gave them to Kristin. Friday, when court was over for the day, I headed to the "Frog it or Forget It" Last-Friday-of-the-month meeting of my knitting group.I started out Saturday (and Sunday and today:)) by sleeping in - in honor of my fellow workers, LOL:) and then heading to a Saturday Sip 'n Knit meetup. Lynn, our Fearless Leader, has graciously agreed to assist the marketing efforts of the St. John's Orchestra, so she will be consulting with her business partner for more ideas. Shortly after that, I completed Colin's Bavarian Socks (or my own crazy version of same, LOL!) Those are for me and my perpetually swollen ankles. I have been a knitting fool! Yesterday (Sunday), I finished yet another long-lost pair of socks and gave them to Madiso…