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Saturday, July 31, 2004
lots of work and some protein

no time to post today... It seems that after spending at least half of every day this past week watching the DNC, I have a lot of work to get done this weekend. Highlights of my day? hmmmm... Picking up our vegetables is always a highlight. I organized them in our fridge tupperware and then made yummy salads for lunch. Lately I have been into crumbling up hardboiled eggs in my salad. Reba is responsible for this actually. She had hardboiled eggs for me when I ate lunch at her place once (her and Jo were eating meat and she figured I needed protein). Until then, I had forgotten about putting eggs on salad. So, thanks for the protein advice Reba! Actually until this past year I hated hard boiled both eggs and egg salad sandwiches. Now I love them and I can't recall why I hated them for so long. I can be very stubborn about things like that. Similarly, I thought I hated Indian food for a very long time. I must have eaten at a bad Indian restaurant when I was a kid. Then, I tried it (actually, Reba made me try it) and found out that I love it and had missed out on many great Indian dining experiences while I lived in the NYC area. I am also stubborn about many other things, but I am too tired to try list some more right now.

posted by knit wit | 7/31/2004 11:14:00 PM

Friday, July 30, 2004
do I look 15?

b/c today at my appointment at the doctor's she said I looked 15. I think it was meant to be a compliment, or maybe meant to be funny? Do I really look 15? I don't care if I look 35 or 55, but 15? That was such an awkward, stringy age for me. Yikes. I also stopped by the Knitting Tree (the have new shelving that is beautiful!!) and found out the kind of yarn I needed one more ball of is discontinued. I asked them to order it like 6 weeks ago and they said they have been trying to call me and have left messages (which I never got). They must have had the wrong phone number, oh well. I am bummed because I have 90% of the tank finished, waiting to be completed and sewn up. I'll look around online and see if I can find some. I do have 3 other WIPs going on right now though, and I got a lot of knitting done during the convention this week. In the meanwhile anyone got one ball of Tahki Capri color 24 lying around?

posted by knit wit | 7/30/2004 02:20:00 PM

email forwards

I loath email forwards. We know a few people who forward a lot of stuff to us. If they are something cheesy (teddy bears for friendship, candles for peace) then I just delete them (okay the Long Island Barbie one was kind of funny). If they are some kind of urban legend or hoax, I love to debunk them. I just did this with an email sent to me about Teresa Heinz Kerry. Part of me feels bad when I correct the email (by sending links like this one but I just hate seeing crap spread all over the internet. Well this time I didn't just send the correcting info back to the sender, I also (kind of by mistake but maybe not) sent it to everyone on that forward list. *oops* I expect to be getting a ton of emails back soon from this person's (probably right-wing) friends. I heard on the news this morning that Bush is now going to come out with a new strategy- his plan for the country in the next 4 years. Jeez. I'd love to hear that. When Kerry spells out his plans very specifically the attack machine accuses him of not having clear plans. Personally I can't imagine Bush having clear plans that he would be willing to share with us, but I guess as long as people know his wife makes better cookies and think that he is someone they want to have a beer with than who cares how much detail he goes into right? Am I suggesting the standards (at least those the media has) are specifically different for Kerry and Bush. Sure they are. And who would I rather have a beer with? Kerry. And cookies? I don't care really- I prefer ice cream.

posted by knit wit | 7/30/2004 08:45:00 AM

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Last night when we were at Goldie's watching the convention, we had the closed captioning on and whoever was typing the captions was really screwing up. The most memorable was during Edward's speech and the caption read "tunities" instead of "opportunities" like 3 times in a row. So, Jo and I have been laughing a lot about these "tunities" today and we think everyone should have them! We watched all the hoopla tonight- I even sat my very own g.w.bush doll up on the couch to watch the DNC. I figured bush himself wasn't watching it- so I made my own bush doll watch it. I also lit the white candle that I had with me at the candlelight vigil against invading Iraq, the same one I lit the night we invaded Iraq (a prime time invasion of course). I guess I am kind of hippie in lighting of white candles in times when I want things to be better. Yes, I also thought Kerry went a little fast with his speech tonight. But, if that is all they (the media who are going to find something to rip him apart) have to criticize about him than I am happy with that. I thought the speech was amazing. I wasn't sure if he could pull it off- but he did and he addressed the points I wanted him to and surprised me with more than I ever thought he would say. I was (and still am) listening to callers call in on cspan. I have a couple things that I'd like to say to critics of Kerry (steaming from the comments made by callers): 1) Kerry voted against that damned 87 billion dollars to fund troops b/c it was a bad bill, and wasn't clear where the money was coming from or what it would do. Give me a break. Would a veteran really vote against this if it was a good bill? 2) Bush is not for the working class. He says he is. He may smile at you while he mispronounces words in his speeches, but he will cut taxes for the rich before he gives you a tax break. Actually, that's what he did. 3) Setting standards for education is great. Funding education so it can reach those standards is even better. Are your kids better off in school right now? Can you pay to send your kids to college? How much do those college financial aid cuts hurt? 4) Republicans do not own religion. Hello folks. This is one of the most religious countries in the world- democrat, republican whoever. More people go to church here than in any other country each week. Democrats go to church. I know that might seem shocking. But it is true. 5) Democrats are not trying to make themselves seem moderate or conservative. Did you see the convention? It was so diverse I couldn't believe it. Native Americans sang the national anthem in their native language for crying out loud. 6) Does Bush know what is like to be in combat? Does he know what he sends our troops into? No. Sorry. He doesn't have a clue about combat or war. The closest he came was an airfield in Texas. I may not have any military in my immediate family but I can recognize the sacrifices Kerry has made for this country. And what was Bush doing? Running an oil company, running a baseball team... 7) It is not "negative campaigning" when you point out something your opponent has done that is wrong. For example, messing with the constitution is wrong and saying so doesn't make a negative campaign. What makes a negative campaign is deliberating misguiding people on things like Kerry's voting record. Read his record for yourself. Don't just believe Scarborough and campaign commercials. Jeez. 8) Republicans do not own patriotism. On a similar note, being in a time of war does not mean we can't have a new president. Jeez, if that were the case then getting into war would be all anyone would have to do to stay in office another term. Frightening. Wow I went on a rant. Okay. Tomorrow my lowly blog will turn back to grad school, organic vegetables and knitting (and I am sure it will slip into politics again). In closing, I hope for all of you all the tunities you need in life. [and I hope the end of this presidency is finally happening]

posted by knit wit | 7/29/2004 10:58:00 PM

total insanity

I've been watching a lot of CSPAN lately- not just the convention but the segments where callers get to talk. Jeez Louise. The rhetoric of the conservative right is really ramping up and beginning to sound like sheer insanity. Yesterday I had CSPAN on in the background while I was working and I stopped and came in to the living room because a caller who had initially been giving an intelligent comment had gone on a mad rant about democrats ripping apart babies. And this is not the first time I heard a caller go on such a rant. Yeah, people who call in are usually zealots, but I think there is a trend here in using harsher and harsher rhetoric. Are they getting scared? Maybe. Anne Coulter's column was kicked out of USA Today this week when she submitted her first DNC article which began: "the Satan worshippers have converged in hell...". I read her entire column on her website, and maybe a shrink should also read it. It seems she is moving toward sheer insanity. I was hanging out with some people I know through Borders last night and we were drinking and watching the DNC speeches. We were trying to figure out (being people who live pay check to pay check in low paying retail jobs paying too much for health care and not having the right to organize) working class Americans can support Bush. This makes very little sense to me. But, I really think maybe it comes down to rhetoric (the cowboy etc) and blind, ignorant support. People don't read or hear for themselves what the "other side" says. They get it spun back by repugs and journalists. And bush's admin relies on this ignorance (and fear mongering) and that is frightening. I heard someone on PBS last night (Lehrer maybe) say that our country is in a "cold civil war". Could be. Any thoughts on this? Insights? I seem to be focusing my blog on politics this week anyway, might as well have the comments political too. Don't be shy. Kerry better not screw up tonight (not like I think he would, but the pressure and expectations of what he has to do are high). He better address some very specific attack ad issues (his vote on okaying war, vote on no child left behind, vote on veteran's benefits). Come on... come on... I'll believe it when I see it, but I have hope after this week of speeches that we might be able to boot bush out. PS- b/c Ang doesn't have comments on her blog I'll just have to comment here: I agree that blind confidence is important and probably takes less energy than feeling like crap about oneself. But, I have real confidence and no doubt that ang will kick that gender prelim's ass.

posted by knit wit | 7/29/2004 08:46:00 AM

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Barack Obama

There is a line in the Ani Difranco song "Hello Birmingham" (about violence against abortion doctors and clinics) that always chokes me up: "outside my city is bracing for the next killing thing. standing by the bridge and praying for the next Dr Martin Lurther King". I couldn't help thinking of this line last night while listening to Barack Obama deliver the keynote address at the DNC. I got goose bumps, I cried and I really felt an overwhelming sense of relief that this fresh face in politics offers so much in the way of pulling everyone together- really uniting. I mean, Clinton is a great speaker and all, but Obama's speech was so brilliantly crafted, intelligent, heart-felt, and amazingly delivered. You can watch it here and you really ought to watch it, if you missed it last night. My parents should especially watch it online. Missing it to watch "Queer Eye" is absolutely not acceptable. We are on our way out now to buy a vhs tape as we are going to tape the convention tonight as we'll be hanging out with Goldie, drinking some beer and eating some yummy food with some other cool Borders peoples.

posted by knit wit | 7/28/2004 02:04:00 PM

Tuesday, July 27, 2004
the DNC

50: the number of minutes into the beginning of the DNC last night when I finally stopped crying. 40: the approximate number of times I cried when I saw someone in the audience crying. 4: the number of hours of the convention I watched (so far) today. 3: the number of times Ted Kennedy made me tear up tonight. Jeez. What the hell is wrong with me? I fear I've turned into a democrat (which I have never been registered as). But fear not- I would rather label myself as a "progressive". A progressive who believes (in Huffington's words): when the house is on fire it is not time to remodel. It is time to put out the fire. And I read a lot about Paul Wellstone last night online. I like the fact that he believed in the importance of working within the "system" to change things from the inside. So, that is where I am at right now. I believe this is a very important election and I am disgusted at the co-optation of the meanings of words by republicans ("liberal", "morals", family") and the democrats are rising to this occasion and echoing all these sentiments during the DNC. And I am so happy (to the point of tears) that other people see how important it is to get bush out- that people see the total damage he is doing to other countries, to our rights, to women's rights, to education etc... So, call me a sell out. Whatever. I'm going to wait for Dean to speak.

posted by knit wit | 7/27/2004 07:33:00 PM

one more...

You're the United Nations!
Most people think you're ineffective, but you are trying to completely save the world from itself, so there's always going to be a long way to go.  You're always the one trying to get friends to talk to each other, enemies to talk to each other, anyone who can to just talk instead of beating each other about the head and torso.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, and you get very schizophrenic as a result.  But your heart is in the right place, and sometimes also in New York.
Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

posted by knit wit | 7/27/2004 03:46:00 PM

of course!

I can't believe it turned out like this- I just answered the questions kind of randomly actually. Pretty crazy, (but not surprising) right?

You're Maine!
Wild and untamed, you have a vibrant and independent spirit. Most of your time is spent contemplating yet another way to market lobster to the rest of the world. This makes you feel at sea from time to time, or even unable to see the forest for the trees. Everyone thinks your hometown is a much more famous town on the other side of the world, but you vaguely enjoy the confusion and the secrecy that results from this. After all, every town everywhere has a street you like to think is named in your honor.
Take the State Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

posted by knit wit | 7/27/2004 08:37:00 AM

Monday, July 26, 2004
it figures.

I've never read the book, but I think after answering only 4 questions it is interesting that this is the answer... I had a lot of stuff to post last night and today, but I am tired from working late so maybe later. Wait, when did it become 4pm??

You're The Guns of August! by Barbara Tuchman Though you're interested in war, what you really want to know is what causes war. You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they really are. Nevertheless, you're always living in the past and have a hard time dealing with what's going on today. You're also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in the world. A fitting motto for you might be "Guns do kill, but so can diplomats." Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

posted by knit wit | 7/26/2004 04:00:00 PM

Sunday, July 25, 2004
sack of cement

I was watching cspan today- they showed the "future of progressives" meeting (in memory of Wellstone) in Boston and there were great speakers there with interesting things to say. Speakers included Barbara Lee, the head of the steelworkers union, Al Franken, Francis Fox-Piven and Jim Hightower. If you can catch a rerun of it, I highly recommend checking it out. The best quote came from Jim Hightower: "I don't care if Kerry is a sack of cement, we have to carry him to the white house so that we can begin to further our progressive cause". That's really what it is all about. exactly.

posted by knit wit | 7/25/2004 06:30:00 PM

Sunday Morning

I must get airport express so that I can blog from my bed on a lazy Sunday morning while drinking coffee and watching the Sunday Morning show... That would be the best! I let myself sleep in a little because I am going in to work at Borders tonight to help with inventory (when RGIS comes and counts/scans everything we have in the store). I was excited to sign up to help because I have such fond memories of inventories through the years- counting, printing stickers, pulling books etc... Easy, relatively stress-free work. Then, I remembered something frusterating about how this store does inventory (as opposed to my original store in Commack). When the RGIS people's scanners don't work on a barcode, they throw the book off the shelf into a pile. Well, because many barcodes don't print well the pile by the end of the night is HUGE. In my other store, when a RGIS person couldn't scan a book, we would read them the number off the sticker, and they would go on scanning. Easy, simple, and saves a lot of work in the end. But, at this store, that is unheard of. I had blocked this memory out, but I remember last year being told reading the number wasn't feasible, and I spent the evening fuming as I watched needless work pile up around me. I'll try to keep my head out of that tonight. Who the fuck cares, right? Last night we watched "Mystic River" [spoiler warning]. Ugh. Okay, the acting was great and I loved that the movie took place in Boston (one of my favorite cities). I also hated the stupid way they make New Englanders sound. Maybe I just don't hear it, but I never remember people talking like that. The worse thing about this movie is that everything in it sucks all around and it is pretty predictable. Its a huge downer- girl is killed, everyone blames the poor guy who was molested as a kid (even his wife), someone kills the wrong person to avenge his daughter's murder and seems to get away with it- the movie ends pretty much like that. A big downer. Now, it was fun, so I would recommend it if someone wanted to wallow in sadness and tragedy. But, afterwards I wanted to watch the Golden Girls to make everything okay again before I went to sleep.

posted by knit wit | 7/25/2004 09:24:00 AM

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Okay, so after reading sir edwin's post yesterday, I went to the bank. While I was standing in line I was listening to the tellers chat about what they were going to do when they went home and over the weekend. I found myself envious of the well-marked off non-work time that they have (granted I don't know if they have 2nd jobs, kids to take care of etc...). For example, later on that same evening I finished dinner and sat down at the computer to do a little more work. Jo asked me what I was doing as the plan was to rent a PPV movie. It was 7pm on a Friday night and I worked for like 45 minutes before finally making myself stop. I was working on Friday evening, and will work today and tomorrow because I didn't get enough done this week. And I don't have well-marked no-work time. I've tried before to fit all my work into a 9-5 M-F kind of schedule, but academic work by nature just doesn't work like that. Even working full time at Borders, I didn't just punch out and have that well-marked time off. I went to school, wrote papers and crap like that. Sometimes I daydream about having such a 9-5 or 8-4 schedule, and I wonder what would ever attract me to academia where no time off is ever really time off in its true sense. Summers, evenings and weekends aren't sacred. No wonder why all the professors in our dept look so stressed out and frazzled all the time. I am also bummed slightly about not going to ASA this year. I just don't have the time or the money and Jo is going to be heading to NY to go into a recording studio during August. Its not that I would miss ASA the meeting itself (ugh- talk about mostly suffering last year) but I will miss the SWS banquet, and hanging out in San Francisco, a city I have never been too. I could actually charge a plane ticket, but with everything else going on I think it would be better to use my resources to go to SWS in January- I love SWS and after taking that January prelim it will be the perfect reward. And where is our Basil? Do you have it? We know we got it in out CSA box last Saturday, but now we can't find it anywhere. Strange, right?

posted by knit wit | 7/24/2004 08:54:00 AM

Friday, July 23, 2004
captive tomatos

I went to the Willy St. co-op today for some fruit and a couple ingredients needed for cooking tonight. I love going and just wandering around, checking out the veggies, the sales for members etc... But, there is one guy who works there who really bugs me. The last time I went, he rang me up and as I put my tomatos into my hippie-mesh bag, he asked me why I was taking them captive. I didn't know what to say in response. "Uhhhmmm I have to put them in here to take them home" or "are you suggesting I free them by letting them go somewhere?" or "should I count on them to follow me home?". So, I just kind of laughed instead. Which seemed to egg him on, so he made some other kind of creepy comment and I tried to be polite and left. Today at the co-op I managed to end up at this guy's register again. This time he asked me why I was buying potatoes. Not used to having to explain purchases, I laughed it off as a joke. Then, he asked me about the basil I was buying. Again, I tried to laugh it off but he kept talking about the basil. This guy seems really creepy to me, but everyone else who works there is always so nice. The woman in front of me today was also having a very normal, friendly cash-register type discussion with him and he wasn't being weird with her. Is it just me? Do I have some sign on me that says "mess with me about my produce?". See, I don't generally like interacting with people I don't know. Jo, on the other hand will chat and joke with cashiers, clerks, bank employees or whoever. Its wonderful she has this gift because I don't. I'm not rude, but I don't want to make idle conversation. I just really want to buy my groceries and say "thank-you" and "you're welcome" and "have a nice day" and then leave. So, I will now make an effort to avoid this guy when I go to Willy St. In other news, our fridge is well organized with wonderful tupperware fridgesmart containers. Our vegetables are snug, organized and well-ventilated. Yay!

posted by knit wit | 7/23/2004 03:02:00 PM

ok this is funny

Politics might not be all that funny anymore, but this is very funny!

posted by knit wit | 7/23/2004 08:30:00 AM

Thursday, July 22, 2004
thinking about my orange cardigan

This morning I decided to work on a neglected WIP (for those non-knitting folks that means "work in progress"). I ripped out the cuffs of the sleeves on a shrug I made for Jo. The cuffs came out too tight, and I wanted to make them longer. So, I actually worked on it. For the first time in months. It shouldn't take too long to finish. I am also ready to begin the sleeves of my orange Peace Fleece Everyday Cardigan (scroll down a ways to see it). I finished the front and back and it is coming out wonderfully. I think I will wear this one all fall. Who else would happily wear an orange cardigan? I have 2 other WIPs that need my attention: (1) my ribbon tank top. This one will only take a weekend of TV-watching knitting so what am I waiting for? (2) my bag. I need to finish knitting the strap and then felt it. Then, I need to sew in the bag's lining. Ugh. I just don't feel like sewing. So, not only have I been sneaking in some knitting... but I am making headway on the thesis. I realize that it is my process to think a lot about things a lot before I actually sit down to work on them. Then, when I do sit down I write I work with furry as if nothing can stop me. This "thinking phase" used to freak me out; "I'm not doing any work, I must suck" and now it really doesn't. I give myself time to think, read it over, think again, make notes etc... I think about it in the shower mostly, while washing the dishes, while falling asleep. I have always been described as an "in my head" kind of person. So, I am relieved to no longer be struggling against this. Last night I not only thought a lot about my thesis, I made a lot of notes and lists of things to do and how to do them. Something tangible on paper makes me feel better. Tonight I am taking Jo out to eat. She has not only a record deal, but a studio to record material in. Yiiipppiieee!

posted by knit wit | 7/22/2004 05:29:00 PM

my blog doesn't own me

at sir edwin's lead I took a quiz to see if my blog owns me. It doesn't, thank goodness.
12.5 %

My weblog owns 12.5 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?

posted by knit wit | 7/22/2004 03:31:00 PM

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
blender barbie

Mark your calendars because July 27th is National Barbie in a Blender Day. My sister sent me this link yesterday and I thought it was pretty funny. Alas, there aren't many pictures yet. But, folks who blender their Barbies on the 27th are encouraged to send in pictures which will then be posted on the site. I did horrible things to my Barbies as a kid. I know this is probably a typical near-universal precursor to feminism. I only had a couple barbies and I used to dye their hair with food coloring and take off their limbs. They were always naked. I guess I was never in to changing their clothes. And my Barbies never had sex. I have talked to numerous people my age who made their Barbies (with or without Ken) fool around but my Barbies never did this. But, I do remember hanging one from a noose in my mother's closet. Check out malted Barbie:

posted by knit wit | 7/21/2004 11:00:00 PM

too boring

I just don't feel like posting really. I feel that my life this week is really too boring to be posted about in my blog. So I won't. What I will post is a short list of what this *yawn* boring week consists of... 1) frustrating work on the website project. Dreamweaver won't cooperate with me on the drop down menus and my brother isn't around to answer my questions about adding actions and events... 2) boring working on finding links for the website project. Little did I know how boring feminist research centers get after you look at like 200 of them. 3) eating lovely salads (a high point). we have our new fridgesmart tupperware so they are fresh and tasty. 4) possibly doing some work on the thesis. I won't set that in stone though, because if I say I will it definitely won't happen (yes, I do play such mind games with myself). 5) possibly taking Jo out to eat b/c it looks like her record deal with Kalinkaland is going through. They are putting one of her songs first on their sample cd of new music. If everything is a go I think we should celebrate. 6) watching the otter swim down the creek carrying leaves in his mouth.

posted by knit wit | 7/21/2004 02:51:00 PM

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
political stupidity I can't handle anymore

tonight I was watching Hardball and it was about Fahrenheit 9.11. Now, if I was going to talk on a show where a certain film was the topic of discussion, I would actually see the film. I mean, isn't it just a nice general practice to be acquainted with whatever you are going to be critical of (or whatever you are going to be praising for that matter)? I was reading about the documentary Outfoxed in the Nation and the reviewer had indeed seen the film. I however have not seen the film yet, so I will not talk about it. But, I can say that I believe Fox is just an arm of the GOP re-selection campaign. And I can say that because I have watched lots of Fox and read lots of transcripts of Fox. How idiotically frustrating was it to watch 3 people talk for 40 minutes about a film they haven't watched? For example, Trent Holt (one of my least favorite republicans ever) was arguing that Moore's use of footage of the WTC on 9.11 was worse than Bush's use of the images in his campaign ads. Reason? Moore is making money off of the images. How silly is this? Well, if you have seen F9.11 you would know that not a single image of the WTC is used. There is a scene where the screen is black, and you hear the sounds of commotion. But, no image. Watching people on the news argue about something that didn't exist because they were too stupid to see what they were talking about was very frustrating to say the least. The news used to make me laugh. I used to hear bush speak and crack up. I used to laugh my ass off at republican's twisted "logic". I used to joke about how this admin is screwing everything up. Well, it isn't funny anymore. Actually, I feel like I am stuck in a slow car accident that I can't control. I have never been a registered democrat, and I have never care much for them. But, this present admin is messing everything up more than any democrat could ever do. The right-wing agenda at home and the macho foreign policy is just disgusting. So, now it makes me cry. All of a sudden I see any democrat peddling their democratic nice sounding ideas (Kerry, Edwards, whoever) and I want them to send bush back to Texas so badly that it makes me cry. Have I moved into the complacent, Anybody But Bush camp? Well, no, because I know if Kerry was in office we would all have to re-direct our attention and energy to making sure he does all he says he will do.

posted by knit wit | 7/20/2004 10:04:00 PM

magic erasing power

We went to Target today, and looking through the cleaning stuff I found the Mr Clean Magic Eraser and, remembering Dorotha's review of its cleaning power, I decided to buy it. Holy crap. Can this thing clean or what? I first began by taking years worth of dirt off from around the handles to our kitchen cabinets and fridge. Then, I moved into the bathroom and scrubbed the sink. Then, I washed the wall around the stove and sink. Jo thought I had lost my mind as I was running around looking for stuff to clean! I also must warn of the Magic Eraser's mighty power. I decided to try it on a spot on our hardwood floors. Well, the spot came clean, but afterward that part of the floor looked much cleaner than any other part of the floor had ever looked. Incredible, yes, but no one wants a spotty office floor. So, I had to go over the rest of the office floor. And the floor looks great. Then, I emailed the company and suggested they make a floor mop kind of magic eraser. This would brillantly clean all kinds of floors without having to bend over. I think it is a great idea! Other than that nothing else interesting is going on (clearly, or I wouldn't be posting about cleaning with a Magic Eraser).

posted by knit wit | 7/20/2004 03:00:00 PM

Monday, July 19, 2004
personality typing

this morning Jo and I took this meyer-briggs personality test for fun mostly. I haven't taken it since my high school psychology class and Jo had never taken it. Well, both our types were right on about us. It was truly unbeleivable. Even the relationship stuff was accurate. I am an INTJ (also this. These descriptions were so accurate that Jo was cracking up. It said "academia" was a common career path for INTJs. And then this quote describes me so perfectly it is uncanny: This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). and this also describes me very well: organizational structure and operational procedures are never arbitrary, never set in concrete, but are quite malleable and can be changed, improved, streamlined. In their drive for efficient action, Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them. Jo tested as an INFJ- and as one of the rarest personality types "the counselor". And this describes Jo perfectly: INFJs are not easily led. These are the people that you can rarely fool any of the time. Though affable and sympathetic to most, INFJs are selective about their friends. Such a friendship is a symbiotic bond that transcends mere words. INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche. And here Jo is described as: Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another's emotions or intentions -- good or evil -- even before that person is conscious of them. This "mind-reading" can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend and also as: This type has great depth of personality; they are themselves complicated, and can understand and deal with complex issues and people. What personality type are you? I just ran to the door because a ups truck pulled in. But, alas, it is for the people across the street. My lush stuff is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow...

posted by knit wit | 7/19/2004 10:42:00 AM

Sunday, July 18, 2004
another blog coming soon...

Yes, it is true. My girl is going to start her own blog. Last night after we finished watching a great movie (Gothika, I would highly recommend it), Jo began to give her usual critique of the film- how she would recommend it, where it borrowed (in a good way) some of its images from (Italian filmmakers) etc... And then she said "you know, I could have a blog and give film reviews on it...". Now, I have been bugging her about having a blog for a while, because I think she would have such interesting things to share- not just reviews of films, but pictures of her cooking and other tidbits. Let's face it, Jo is a pretty fascinating person. So, soon I am sure I'll be announcing her blog. I know you can't wait. Last night on our way to rent the movie, we saw a bunny convention on the side of the road. There were literally like 5 bunnies hanging out together on a patch of grass. We thought they must be having a convention about carrots or something else of importance to bunnies. Then, we thought maybe sir edwin and loopy could sing their Bunny Opera at the bunny convention. I don't know how much bunnies would pay for such a service, but I bet they would love it. After talking about this possible performance, we wondered if bunnies were considered smart, and thus not edible by dumbatarians. If they have conventions, could they be dumb? The cutest thing just happened outside. We see people canoeing down the creek all the time, but two women just went by in a canoe with their dog between them. The dog looked like the happiest dog ever. Jo and I want to get a canoe so badly- definitely before next summer. I wonder which one of the cats would want to canoe with us?

posted by knit wit | 7/18/2004 11:11:00 AM

Saturday, July 17, 2004
where I am at

I am again at the point where I believe my masters thesis is crap. I look at it and see crap. I dreamt about it being crap last night. Not just a case of obvious sociology, but totally inadequate. *sigh* I suppose I'll cycle out of this phase soon, right? I suppose I am also thinking about this too much and thus making it more difficult for myself than it needs to be. wow- there's a big surprise. maybe it's time to make dinner now.

posted by knit wit | 7/17/2004 05:39:00 PM

now I think I'll have a salad

I'm going to rave about our CSA share of vegetables again. The boxes just keep getting more amazing. Here's what we got today as I worked to try to make room in the fridge for everything... we also got 2 bags of salad but those I try to get in the fridge asap. Here's some broccoli, green onions, fennel, green beans, basil and carrots... and here's some yellow summer squash, baby cucumbers, zucchinis, garlic and calliflower... I actually woke up with a stiff neck today and began my day in a kind of grumpy way. I tried heat on my neck instead of ice, and somehow it is better now. I also am no longer grumpy after getting such yummy veggies and making plans for some yummy meals. Its really the little things like this that keep be going. I was going to post some list of crap I was plum tired of. I planned to include on the list; politics, having neck pain, being so hard on myself that I can't get anywhere decent on my masters thesis etc... But, those things seem inconsequential right now. I'll try to get through the day without thinking such crap. Now I think I'll have a salad.

posted by knit wit | 7/17/2004 12:52:00 PM

Friday, July 16, 2004
late night abandoned surfing

This week I have been staying up very late. Last night I was up late messing around with some coding for my masters thesis. Something that I read in an article I was coding somehow reminded me of King's Park Pyschiatric Hospital. The hospital opened in the late 1800s and was one of the largest in the country. I used to drive by it every day when I lived in NY on my way to SUNY Stony Brook. I am endlessy fascinated and drawn to abandoned buildings, so I used to stop by there on my way home from classes and walk around the grounds. Jo and I also used to have picnics there a lot. It was much less crowded (actually we never saw anyone there) than the other public parks on LI- and much more beautiful and creepy. So, I decided to google for pictures of King's Park. I found this great site, and then this one. I also found some amazing pictures of Pilgram's State which is another (the largest in the world) asylum on Long Island. I love the stillness, sadness and history of these places. Following links from those sites, I found a wealth of linkage to sites with abandoned asylum photography like this one and this one with a huge collection of links to keep you up all night. I then ended up looking through pictures of other abandoned places for a while at this site and this site. And what could be cooler than abandoned underground places? Like this one and this one Following another link, I was sucked into this site for hours. I mean the web design could be better but, I can't imagine a more interesting way to spend a few hours than looking at these pictures. Especially the old advertising signs, the lamp posts, and the old alleys. There is so much there that must be looked at. This night of poking around the internet was the most interesting and fun thing I've done in a long time. My same-old website haunts (knitting, news, and computers) gets dull after a while. Okay that was my huge, intensive blog posting for the day. Now, back to actually accomplishing something.

posted by knit wit | 7/16/2004 12:50:00 PM

Thursday, July 15, 2004
pig monkey shoes

tonight Jo was in the kitchen washing the dishes. I was sitting in the living room wearing my big black shoes. I'm a klutz, so when I got up from the couch I banged my shoe on the the coffee table and made a pretty loud noise. Jo asked from the kitchen "what was that?" and I answered "my big clunky shoes". She laughed and laughed and laughed because she thought I said "my pig monkey shoes".

posted by knit wit | 7/15/2004 09:27:00 PM

a foggy coastal Maine day and I'm not there

friends of ours are visiting Maine this week. We called them this morning (because we are house sitting for them and their water-softener was spewing water all over their basement this morning) and asked them how they are enjoying their first visit to coastal Maine. They sounded said it was foggy and gloomy . They are staying in an inn right on the ocean and I guess they are disappointed they can't see the ocean. Well, personally I can't think of a better kind of day on the coast. Heavy fog, salty air and fog horns sound so wonderful to me. My hairdresser took her family on vacation in Maine last month. They drove up the coast and loved every minute of it. Someday she wants a summer home there. Me too- I think Popham or Georgetown would be my choice for vacation spots. All this does my advisor read my blog stuff has been fun- but it turns out she most likely hasn't. After exchanging a few more emails it seems she was just genuinely concerned. I couldn't ask for a better advisor. I know that Dorotha would vote for the "I am your advisor and I read your blog" choice in the poll below. I don't have anyway of knowing that Dorotha is the one who did so, but it makes complete sense to me. I could also guess who voted that they had sent my advisor my blog address... oh the silly friends I have. (I am of course totally ignoring any possibility of serious responses on the poll). In other news- my lush stuff is just 5 days away from arriving in my bathtub! I am tracking it daily on the ups site. Very exciting.

posted by knit wit | 7/15/2004 12:37:00 PM

Wednesday, July 14, 2004
six feet under

I'm home from work now. I went in to work at Borders on short notice because they needed someone to help out with changing the listening stations. This is one of my favorite borders tasks- especially when I am not responsible for doing it all myself like at my last store. So it was fun stress free work. Our cable was fixed today so we have to catch up on the episode of Six Feet Under that we missed this weekend. I love the show- my parents are also hooked on it. When they came to visit us last summer we re-watched the entire first season with them in a week. Now they are working through the second season (they watch them on DVD b/c they don't have hbo). Yeah that's about it. Not a very exciting day at all. Well, Jo did get a really awesome cute and sexy haircut today. If my poll is working below you can vote in it. I was having trouble with the javascript before so I am surprised to come home and find it working. And I don't really mind who reads this blog- knit wit is not my real name anyway so who knows who I really am, right? And I make a point (as my parents taught me well) never to blog about anything I wouldn't say publicly anyways.

posted by knit wit | 7/14/2004 11:00:00 PM

what do you think?

posted by knit wit | 7/14/2004 04:46:00 PM

no intent to cause a crisis

my advisor strangely emailed me today and told me she hopes her comments on my last draft were helpful and that it is not her intent to cause a crisis with her comments. very odd. I can't imagine what could have prompted this sudden onset of concern for causing crises. Unless she reads my blog- which is highly unlikely, right? And have I really haven't had any crisis caused by comments on my blog anyway. Indeed, I am getting tougher skin, so her comments don't cause major crises (minor ones maybe) anymore and are truly appreciated. I emailed her and told her that.

posted by knit wit | 7/14/2004 01:57:00 PM

the social science building

I have to go down to school today. There is no way around it. I have to print out some example book reviews and I have to print out some knitting patterns (for me), and knitting instruction stuff (to send to my aunt). I also have to fill out a time sheet. I really like to see how long I can go without going to the social science building. Its not that I have any aversion to it- but it is nice to take a break from it over the summer, and I like working at home and hanging out with Jo here so much better. I was up late again last night, but blogger was down so I couldn't post. Its strange that I have been up late a lot lately. Like I can't go to bed because I have something specific to do. Usually I go to bed around 11 or 12 and then get up around 7am to get an early start on the day. Well, last night I was looking at my bookshelf (totally randomly) and found this book and remembered (well I hadn't really forgotten, just pushed it to the back of my mind) that I have to write a review of this for a journal and it is due in a month. shit. Well, I settled in to read it last night. Its really good and I am intimidated about writing a review of it- drafts were read by *important* sociologists Howie Becker and Mitch Duneier. I guess amazon is getting to know me and the books I like pretty well. Kind of frightening anyway- their recommendations are always right on. This one Studs, Tools and Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By looks really interesting so I might have to see if the library has it today. Maybe I'll have more interesting stuff to post later.

posted by knit wit | 7/14/2004 08:38:00 AM

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
what are you doing instead of working today?

Well... I am getting a lot of work done. But, I just took a detour to check out some photo blogs. The 2nd two photos on bighappyfunhouse are freaking me out a bit. Especially that 2nd photo- what the hell? And the bunny photo reminds me of that great movie "Donny Darko". Following some links I found this incredible photo blog of NYC. If you miss NY, which I know at least 2 of you do, spend a few minutes looking at these photos and smile. what are you doing instead of working today?

posted by knit wit | 7/13/2004 12:40:00 PM

late night CNN irony

today, bush argued that he has made the country safer. he made this argument in a speech given at a a nuclear weapons facility. in this speech he argues specifically that his policies have countered proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. um. is the country immune to such irony? does anyone else see how ridiculous this is?

posted by knit wit | 7/13/2004 01:39:00 AM

Monday, July 12, 2004
christian romantic thrillers and lesbian grilling

Tonight Goldie and I where laughing so hard as we came up with an idea for a cookbook "A Lesbian Guide to Grilling". See, we had never grilled much on our own before Goldie won a Webber grill in a raffle at Borders. Tonight we grilled on it for the 2nd time. We aren't pros, but we feel like we are getting the hang of it. We grilled the old stand-bys, asparagus, mushrooms and veggie burgers. We also tried grilling fennel for the first time. We covered the fennel with garlic, olive oil and parmesan. We grilled them for a long time until the outsides were all black. Well, we thought we had failed- drinking too much beer and chatting too much instead of watching the grill, until we peeled back the top layers of fennel. And what we saw was amazing. The insides we buttery and soft and very delicious. I would definitely not only grill fennel again, but I recommend grilling it highly. While we were eating we decided we were so good at grilling that we should write a guide for grilling for lesbians who might need such knowledge. Now, I am not suggesting that grilling is somehow inherently lesbian, but there are plenty of "manly guides to grilling" out there (like this one) and grilling is certainly not inherently masculine either. Its amazing the lame ideas for cookbooks and other "guide to" books that get published (here's another example) so we think we could certainly sell a few of our book. Here are the ideas that we making us laugh so hard: - a guide to accommodating both meat-eating and vegetarian lesbians on the same grill. We did this successfully tonight. Jo had her grilled burgers and we had our veggies and no meat juices got on our veggie stuff. - chapters on grilling specific foods. okay this wouldn't be any more special than any other grilling book, but our enthusiasm would certainly count for something. - Jo could have a section on grilling organic meat- simply without seasonings or anything to "mask the taste" (as she says) -chapters on sides- cole slaws, potato salads - an extensive guide to matching beers to foods. for example- how Newcastle goes with any grilling, but a darker chocolate lager goes great with grilled veggies smothered in garlic. We would mention the specific companies (many in WI of course) and review the different beers we've tried out. [actually maybe we should just publish a beer guide] okay the "list mania" stuff that comes up when you search on amazon is so weird. Somehow, when searching simply for "man" and "grilling" I came up with this list: Christian Romantic Thrillers that don't put you to sleep. hmmmmmm...

posted by knit wit | 7/12/2004 11:18:00 PM

tell me this isn't true

I saw a discussion about this on smirking chimp. This is one of those news stories when I want CNN to actually be the onion. I want this to be satire. Tell me it is, please. What are these people going to come up with next? We finished running our errands. I got a great deal on a case of Liney's dark, porter beer at Woodman's. Very exciting. There is perhaps no beverage I love more than beer. We also just talked to Goldie, who is going to come over later to do some grilling. We'll try grilling the fennel with olive oil and garlic as we haven't done anything with it yet. We'll have grilled veggie burgers, fennel, and mushrooms, coleslaw and beer. Okay. First, I have to accomplish something this afternoon to justify such a fun evening. And apologies to all the sociology people that the alien below looks nothing to them like the person Jo and I thought it looked like. No, emily, we weren't drinking. I might be nuts, but I still think it looks like him.

posted by knit wit | 7/12/2004 12:52:00 PM

monday morning

here it is the beginning of a new week. I hope to get work done this week, unlike last week when I mostly just thought about getting work done. well, according to my therapist, thinking about work counts for something. I don't know how much it counts though. But, I woke up with a stiff neck that I am trying to ignore hoping that it will just go away. And we have to run errands- if we get that out of the way soon then I will have the rest of the day to work. mostly I think I want to work on my thesis. This weekend, I read over the comments my advisor gave me and made a list of the major things that I have to tackle. I'm definitely getting better at not freaking out about having to rewrite and redo everything. It will just get better and better I guess. But it is so damn painful getting it to that point. Or maybe I'll just work on the website- depends on what is the least frightening in the moment. a boring post, I know. a boring monday morning. there were interesting things I thought of posting last night when Jo and I went to Sears to buy jeans, but I forgot them all. I'll try a shower and some more coffee and hope that the day becomes productive! I think I did all things I could possibly do to procrastinate over the weekend, so now I am left with just work.

posted by knit wit | 7/12/2004 09:30:00 AM

Sunday, July 11, 2004
a backyard visitor & some food

This crane visits our backyard every once in a while. It is impossible to get a picture of him because when I open the back door he flies away. Here's the first one I managed to snap: And here is a picture of a coleslaw I made yesterday. The colors are beautiful and it is yummy! The ingredients are Kohlrabi, Red Cabbage, Green Onions and Currants... And here is Jo's chicken she made last night for dinner. I keep telling her she should have a food blog b/c she always takes photos of her cooking. This is chicken with mandarin oranges, currants, cardamom and garlic scapes. Oh yeah and someone has to get the resemblance in the alien picture below. They'll win a prize of some kind...

posted by knit wit | 7/11/2004 02:08:00 PM

Saturday, July 10, 2004
who does this look like to you?

hey soc peeps- who does this alien from the episode of "the twilight zone called "to serve man" look like to you? Come on, isn't he a dead ringer?? Don't let the enlarged brains throw you off.

posted by knit wit | 7/10/2004 11:28:00 PM

books & manliness

Last night I worked at Borders for a few hours. There was some serious assertion of masculinity going on last night. While I was working on the register, I had a young guy come up with a stack of books. He was buffed, polished and well-groomed, probably a frat boy. He reminded me of a student I had one semester who would constantly ask questions like "what would the ladies think about that" and "well ladies would want a guy who was...". So I rang up his books. I usually only half notice what people buy- being on the register is so robotic. He had a few muscle building books- something about "rock hard rippling abs" and "enormously huge arms" (not the actual title but close). Then, he also had a couple Nicholas Sparks books. When I rang those up he said "oh and of course those aren't mine". And I kind of laughed and said "I really don't care if they are or not". And he said "well they are romance books- not for me at all" and I just laughed again. I think my laughing at his manly assertion kind of through him for a loop. Later on, I was picking up piles of books and reshelving them. I loath it when customers sit with a HUGE stack of books as it just prevents us from getting out of there on time. I saw a large stack of books on the floor next to an older man sitting in a chair. He was reading sometime so I said "excuse me are you done with these" and he replied "oh- those aren't my books. why would I look at those books?". He was clearly very upset that I suggested that the stack of quilting books was his. So I asked (putting on my flighty, dissociated retail hat to push his buttons some more) "oh so you're done with them then". And he again got really forceful and said "no because I was never looking at them". Whatever. I took the stack of quilting books and reshelved them. I also work with a guy (well I have only worked with him like twice) who is a staunch republican, right wing conservative. His name really is (and I won't change it to protect him b/c he wouldn't read this anyways) Palmer. Last night I was talking politics with a few other employees. I also treated myself to this amazing book of international peace and anti-bush posters as it was 40% off night for employees. Later on, the guy who works in the cafe asked me how much I was into politics. So I told him I was fast becoming a frightening news junky- reading news online with CNN in the background all day. He chuckled and told me to come back to the cafe later when Palmer and him were working together. He always wanted to pick a political argument with Palmer, but didn't know enough to read go toe to toe with him. So, he was going to pick a fight between Palmer and I. I didn't do it, I not only am tired of arguing with repugs, but I (dare I admit this) am having a hard time taking seriously the political viewpoint of any working class American who would support bush. Such a political argument would only result in messiness. Similarly- sometimes I think news stories in the onion could really be true, real reporting instead of satire. Like this one.

posted by knit wit | 7/10/2004 07:22:00 AM

Friday, July 09, 2004
technical stuff

I just put new wiper blades on my beloved volvo wagon, and I changed the washer fluid pump. It made me feel good to do a few constructive, hands on things. When I bought the stuff at Checkers Auto Parts today the guy there wanted to know if I had bought the right stuff, and if I needed to be shown how to install them. "Ummm. No. Thanks. I got it" I replied. I get annoyed when men in these stores assume I can't pick up a screwdriver or locate the washer pump in my car. I also purchased oil. I think most people (men and women) ought to at least know how to put oil in their car. Getting out my tools and doing these small tasks makes me miss my technical theatre days. I kind of long for it every once in a while. Summers spent working day and night in summer stock theatre were the best- filled with spot lights, hydraulic nail guns, crazy temperamental theatre people, electrical tape, tool belts, musicals etc... I miss it but not enough to go back to it. The lifestyle of a lighting designer jumping from job to job dealing with directors and tech people just wasn't for me. Soon into remembering how lovely technical theatre was, I begin to remember some of the serious pain-in-the-ass things that would happen. I love teasing Jo when she says things like "I think I'll have a cereal" or "I'll have a few bread-crumbs on my mac&cheese". In the case of the cereal, I'll get her a bowl of milk with a single piece of cereal in it. Like a kamut-puff floating all alone (yes, this is the hippie kind of cereal we like). Or in the case of this afternoon and the mac & cheese, I put exactly 3 bread-crumbs on it. Teasing her this way is fun, for me at least.

posted by knit wit | 7/09/2004 02:41:00 PM

sounds good to me!

I saw the doctor this morning about my jaw and neck pain. Turns out I have some muscle and ligament damage from a couple things- the dislocation of my jaw and probably the car accident I was in a while ago (when my first volvo, Gertrude was put out of commission). So, I have some very messed up muscles in my neck and that's effecting my jaw too. They are sending me to physical therapy which just sounds like a brilliant idea! I have no nerve damage that he could find, but he said eventually I should see a neurologist. Otherwise, PT should help big time! and I am listening to the live press conference of the report on the intelligence (lack of) leading up to the war with Iraq. Could it be that bush and his admin are finally going down? I mean, they are saying that this intelligence failure was also in part a rush job and cover-up by the admin who wanted to go to war. When we were saying that at smirking chimp a year and a half ago people would have written us off as conspiracy theorists. Well you know what folks, turns out all the crazy conspiracy stuff we were talking about is now seen as true!! Another example would be the staging of the Saddam statue in Iraq- now all of a sudden the news recognizes it was staged- hello we knew that when it happened. So there is a sense of vindication that we weren't all crazy this whole time. Of course the 2nd phase of the investigation targets bush and his cronies and that hasn't happened yet. And of course, those who blindly support bush will say the intelligence stuff wasn't his fault. But I do believe this is coming apart at the seems for them. I hope it is. If bush looses I will be very happy- I'll cry from joy. And yeah, there will be a lot of work to do when there are democrats in office, but that is at least better than this seriously corrupt administration. I need some new bumperstickers on my volvo- an update of them. Maybe I'll stop by Rainbow Community later on today...

posted by knit wit | 7/09/2004 10:08:00 AM

Thursday, July 08, 2004
looking back now on the day

Wow. looking back now on blog posting buring my drug-induced high this afternoon I am: (1) shocked that I ordered $60 worth of LUSH stuff. YIKES. I did just get a new credit card but the point was not to start charging willy-nilly on it! (2) surprised that I let loose and went on such a long winded rant about my grade in that seminar. It did come as a shock when I checked my grades this afternoon online, but I really didn't think I had written that much about it! And I think Ang's advice is right on (as Ang's advice always is). I'll print out the correspondences with said prof and bring them into the soc office to see what can be done. So, my afternoon on a heavy-duty pain killer was mostly pain free, but I felt out of it and got no work done. We went out for ice cream tonight, and watched some Andy Griffith and Leave it to Beaver. We also watched Larry King Live with Kerry and his wife. A good evening of programming but those Zimbrick Auto commercials have to go! The song is so annoyingly catchy. And those lyrics- Jeez! "for that zimbrick experience on the east side..." Actually most of the local commercials here are so funny that I tried to google local television advertising companies to find out who is responsible. Remember those Genesis Painting commercials with the painters doing cartwheels all over the house? Yikes. Or that really irritating furniture store commercial "the way you do the way you do-- the way you do. the way you do". Ugh. Come on, you folks in Madison must know what I mean!

posted by knit wit | 7/08/2004 09:59:00 PM

endlessly irritated

I am endlessly irritated by the fact that a certain prof i took a class from last semester has yet to change my grade as she promised. Every connection i have tried to make (or have made) with this batty person has resulted in irritation. I approached this prof about being on my masters thesis committee and she read my stuff and then suggested I do something entirely different, in a realm of sociology that I'm not all that interested in. Then I took a seminar from this prof and suffered through extremly irritating discussions with a lot of toolish people that ultimately resulted in nothing but frustration. But, I participated. I wrote questions, I did (most) of the readings. I thought at the end "I don't deserve an A, but an AB would be fine. Then this prof gave me a B. I emailed her and reminded her of my class participation and asked her why I got a B. She emailed me back "Oh I forgot about your participation so I will change your grade based on that to an AB". The she said that she basically hated my final paper, which she knew ahead of time was going to be a part of my masters thesis. She was upset that the paper was a part of my masters, and she described it as "lousy". So, I thanked her for changing the grade, and suggested we meet about my paper at some point. I suggested we came from 2 very different schools of research and I defended a few of the things she said made my paper "lousy". A few weeks later she emailed me comments on the paper. Comments that made it clear to me she misunderstood/misread major chunks of my paper and basically disagreed with the approach. I noticed the grade wasn't changed yet, so I emailed her to ask her about that and to thank her for her comments. No email back. No grade change yet. This person is leaving UW now and I fear I will get stuck with the crummy B. In other news... I took a vicodin this afternoon. I usually don't like to take stuff but my neck stiffness was so bad. Then, feeling really high, I ordered some lush products and knit for a while. I still feel really weird so I'm going to go knit some more.

posted by knit wit | 7/08/2004 05:26:00 PM

I forgot all about that show

Alf. they had a mini marathon of this last night on TV Land. I could only stand one episode. My brother used to have a stuffed Alf doll that said "hey no problem". I was also struck by how ridiculous and stupid the laugh track was on that show. That was making Jo and I crack up more than the show itself. Last night I had a dream that somehow my neck and head hurt because I had climbed to Knife's Edge of Mt. Katahdin the day before. Somehow in the dream that explained my neck pain even though I think if I were climbing Mt. Katahdin (which is my favorite mountain to climb in the middle of Maine) all my neck pain and stress would melt away. Also in my dream I was heading to the beach on some remote coast of Maine inlet and I had forgotten my sunscreen. I was going boating with my brother and some friends. So, we stopped at a Ames (an old department store chain in New England) and I tried to find sunscreen. All in all this was a strange dream, but it made me think I would really love to do some hiking. Although the only "high" place to "climb" up here is Devil's Lake. Its pretty, but not quite Mt Katahdin. Yesterday I moved my appointment with the Maxillofacial doctor up to tomorrow morning. I have been having not only neck pain, but some numbness and stuff in my face. I didn't want to blog about it, and I didn't even tell my mom, because it kind of freaks me out. I'm sure it is nothing but complications from dislocating my jaw awhile back. Today I have to figure out where I get a referral from. And I miss hanging out with my little sister (not the awesome Maryann, but my little through Big Brothers Big Sisters). We haven't hung out since May as her phone has been disconnected for a long time and I think they might have moved. We had plans to so a lot of hiking this summer. Maybe I'll drive by her place again today and see if she is there. I also want to take her to see Fahrenheit 9/11 too. I wonder what is going on in her summer-before-high-school world...

posted by knit wit | 7/08/2004 09:12:00 AM

Wednesday, July 07, 2004
gross and creepy (warning)

What if you were mowing the lawn and thought you saw a rag on the ground. You kick it with you foot, the rag falls open, and your realize it is underwear with (and this is really gross for me to even type) a used condom in it. Well, it happened. Right here in lawn between the creek and our apartment complex. Yuck- we were SO grossed out. I didn't get within 5 feet of it. So, what would you do with such a finding? We thought of calling the police but then figured we had watched too much Law & Order SVU and were overreacting. eieeew.

posted by knit wit | 7/07/2004 04:08:00 PM

off the phone and now mowing...

Jo is off of her 3 days of phone calls and is now mowing the lawn. I hope all this music stuff works out for her. Turns out she has to re-record some of the material and that will cost $$$. Then there are other messy technical details about DA-88s, DATs, 4-tracks etc... The new record label will do all the mixing/producing and distribute her far and wide, but getting to that point won't be easy. The label is putting one of her already finished tracks onto their new sampler so that will be distributed soon.Even if she is feeling discouraged right now, I know I'll soon be married to an international rock star! I don't feel like blogging today. I am doing some of my PA work- which right now is surfing the internet for links to transnational feminist organizations. Who knew there were like 10 million of these? And some of them are so poorly designed (kind of like the covers of many gender/feminist sociology books) it cracks me up. I know people here in Madison who like summer will think this is freakish of me, but I am happy it is cold and windy and drab today. It means I get to wear my hooded sweater (the one I made that there is a photo of me in somewhere on this blog). And it means I can enjoy some hot chai while I work.

posted by knit wit | 7/07/2004 03:11:00 PM

Tuesday, July 06, 2004
the telephone

Jo has been on the phone for maybe 15 hours in the past 3 days. And I am really not exaggerating (I do that sometimes but not this time). Right now she is on the phone with Goldie (an hour so far). Before that she was on the phone with Diane (in NY) for 2 hours. This morning it was Linda in NY for 3 hours. Last night it was Mike in NY, and Pammy in NYC... and also Chrissy in NY and Mae in Madison for a while yesterday too. Oh yeah and Virginia this morning too. Jeez- Jo is one popular girl with a lot to talk about! (well, the record deal, going to NY to record etc...) I don't really like talking on the phone. Actually, I would much rather send email. Making conversation on the phone is becoming more difficult for me. The phone irritates me. Cell phones irritate me even more. Exceptions to this are my mother and Jony (and sometimes other members of my family like my aunt who tells me trivial things about my hometown). I used to spend a lot more time on the phone when I was much younger. When I was in HS I talked to my (then) best friend James for like 4 hours a night- after seeing him all day in school. Jony and I also used to talk every day on the phone in Junior High- 4 hours a day was nothing for us. And then we would have sleep overs the same night. I wonder what on earth we could have spent so much time talking about! It always amazed me that my younger sister (8 years younger than me) never really talked on the phone much in High School. Whenever I would be visiting home I would think "shouldn't maryann have a phone attached to her head??". She never got into the cell phone thing until it meant free long distance in college. Instead, Maryann was into Instant Messaging- she is able to chat online with upwards of 10 people at once. I eventually got Instant Messaging and I use it now every day- but only to talk to my mother, brother, sister and sometimes Jony and my dad. Jo is still one the phone. I knit for 2 hours tonight while watching Hardball and other news stuff. I love the news and am totally addicted but I usually sit there knitting and thinking "blah blah blah... men in suits talking to men in suits about men in suits who run the county...". Regardless of the political crap the evening was very relaxing. I made incredible roasted potatoes for dinner with parsley, onions and fennel. And we had snap peas as well. Very yummy food. Jo ate while she talked on the phone.

posted by knit wit | 7/06/2004 08:52:00 PM

did I sleep last night or was I head-banging?

Because I am so achy and sore today. I don't know why. I swear I slept a good 8 hours last night and wasn't head-banging like it was the big-hair 80s all over again. Well, it centers around my neck which is very sore and kind of radiates through the rest of me. I just took some advil so hopefully it will help. For now I am sitting in my new chair with proper lumbar support. And my appointment with the maxillofacial doctor in 2 weeks. okay I'll stop complaining and get back to whatever I was doing... PS it is bush's b-day today. The little silly kid in me would like to sing him this little song: "happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, you act like a monkey and smell like one too". hopefully he'll have yucky day now that Edwards is on the ticket.

posted by knit wit | 7/06/2004 11:17:00 AM

keeping my fingers crossed...

that things work out for Jo with this record deal- there are a lot of technical recording stuff she is trying to work out now. Provided everything goes well this will mean really serious international distribution for her which would be awesome! Not much else in the way of excitement to blog. I bought a new office chair - something we really didn't have the money for but something that I desperately needed. I shudder to think of the unnecessary pain I was causing myself by sitting in a 1950s era UW metal chair for 8+ hours a day. The new one is so much more comfortable! It is not purple like in the picture- rather a light blue color. Yeah, it is kind of ugly- but not as ugly as office chairs can be. It's rainy and cold here and I feel kind of *blah*. I think I will spend some time knitting today (working on my peace fleece cardigan) and also working on work-related stuff. I still have to read through and absorb all my advisor's comments on my last draft. I read through them quickly once on the computer but now I have them printed so I can really see the stack of stuff for me to work on. Maybe I'll try to tackle some of that today too. Or maybe I'll just let it sit for a while longer while I get some other work done.

posted by knit wit | 7/06/2004 09:16:00 AM

Monday, July 05, 2004
a record deal for Jo!

Jo has been corresponding with a musician, Harold of the band Chandeen from Germany and they have been exchanging CDs. Jo didn't realize that the guy owns and runs Kalinkaland Records which is a very well known European label with distributers in the US and Europe. They emailed her this morning and want to re-master her music (originally done of a 4-track) and release it on their label. She might even have to go there to work on the music... I knew it was just a matter of time before a record label in Europe wanted her!! Yippiiiieee Jo!!!

posted by knit wit | 7/05/2004 09:33:00 AM

Sunday, July 04, 2004
blog changes

Yes, my blog looks different- I needed a change (and a way to waste a couple hours). Dorotha's wildly changing blog inspired me. I also was slightly amazed at how many times my blog has been read- I have a counter but hadn't explored all the stats. I really thought only like 2 people (3 maybe including my mother) read my blog. So, now I am interested to hear from strangers (people I don't know) who might read my blog. I am not going to venture into "comment" territory, but I did get a blog email address: knitmemoretime(at)frogshit(dot)com so if you want to say hi then there you go.

posted by knit wit | 7/04/2004 06:16:00 PM

paper clips and staples

I'm a little better now from my state in my last posting. my good friend reba mentioned on her blog that I should hang in there. I do have prelim hell to look forward to for this January and next August. AND Reba and I have stats this semester to look forward to. Fun times ahead... I think if Reba made her intro to soc students blog that would be awesome. I would totally do this. (if my damned stats grade didn't keep me from getting a TA position). You could use it not only as a discussion/reading reaction place. BUT it could make for some interesting discussions into implications of the internet on society and social interaction... I think it would be cool. What really helped cheer me up is going to Staples. I needed printer ink so I spent an hour or so wandering around the store- up and down every aisle. I picked up a few things we needed, but mostly I just LOVE office supplies. I like to see the different kinds of post-its, the rows of notebooks, the million kinds of pens etc... It calms me down big time. There weren't many people there, it being the 4th and all, so one of the employees kept asking me if I needed help finding something. I was wandering, but I don't think I looked suspicious or anything. I replied to the girl "no- I just like looking at all the office supplies". She looked at me really funny and then just left me alone. I always say weird things to Staples employees. Last summer I made an employee look all over for the very specific kind of paper clip I wanted. They didn't have them so I ended up buying smooth (non-skid) paper clips instead. Every time I open my desk drawer I am disappointed in them. The employee really didn't understand how important it was.

posted by knit wit | 7/04/2004 02:33:00 PM

knocked down

I am in desperate need of some lush stuff today- specifically blue skies and fluffy white clouds to relax in. I wish I had a whole bowl full of bath bombs to sooth my general masters thesis and work angst. As I was waking up this morning, Jo told me I had a "thesis comments" email from my advisor. I stayed in bed and finished my coffee, savoring the pre-comment-bliss for a little while longer. Then, I read the email and felt elated- words like "positively breathtaking" and "enlightening" were used to describe my draft and the email was generally like "this is really promising but you have some structural and methodological issues to resolve". Fine- sounds okay to me so far. THEN I open up to document and start to read. Jeez- all those nice email things must have been meant to soften the blow or something... I honestly don't think she realizes the stressful feelings of "impostor" and "sophomoric" advisory comments induce in my little grad student self. I also don't she remembered that I did indeed take stats when she asked of my tables "have you taken a stats class yet?" ouch . There were other comments that ranged from mildly unsettling to downright frightening. I know, I know... this is what I wanted out of grad school- an advisor who pushes me past my limits blah blah blah blah blah. Regardless, once I pick my self up off of the floor (not literally of course, but close to it) I have tons of work to do. Thank goodness I backed out of the prelim already. Otherwise today I would have had a real nervous breakdown. Maybe for now I'll just read the nice things, print it all out, loose it on my desk somewhere, and work on this gender website project. While the work has been a pain and not easy, it is looking really good now comparatively.

posted by knit wit | 7/04/2004 10:07:00 AM

Saturday, July 03, 2004
lots of fennel- whatever should I do with it?

We just picked up our harmony valley box and our fridge is now packed with wonderful, yummy, healthy green (and red in the case of the currants and strawberries) food! I have plans for the kohlrabi (a coleslaw) and of course the saute greens and salad stuff we go through very quickly. The green onions we use in omelets and salads and such. The snap peas and broccoli we will have for dinner during the week, and the currants and strawberries I can add to ice cream. BUT, we have SO MUCH fennel and parsley. I will have to figure out what to do with it. We just had salads with green onions, fennel and parsley and those were really good. I can also freeze some of the fennel and parsley for use during the year (that's what I did with the cilantro and mint). The boxes we get are so amazing- we are eating so healthy and getting the box is like christmas. Next year we are definitely going to do once a week, instead of the every-other-week as we go through the veggies so quickly!

posted by knit wit | 7/03/2004 01:13:00 PM

my long lost twin

I'm having my coffee and catching up on some other people's blogs that I haven't read in ages. I really dislike large crowds, loud fireworks and such so I'll do some website work this 4th of July weekend. I feel like lighting a white candle for our country to maybe help it to transition out of this present administration ruled by religious fundies. Maybe that will be what I do that is "patriotic" today- patriotic in a way not defined by grilling, flag t-shirts, war, and blind-following of the 'resident. My advisor emailed me that I'll have comments from her by Monday- she said she was spending her weekend on my thesis draft. I hardly think it is worth an entire weekend and I would hope she has other things to do as well. Yikes. But, at least I can stop obsessively checking my email until Monday and get some website work done. I woke up this morning feeling more achy than I did before I went to bed. This happens every morning and it usually takes a nice hot shower to snap my body out of it. I have an appointment with an maxillofacial doctor in a couple weeks. I made it when I realized (actually a friend at Borders clued me in to this) that not everyone has neck pain every day! Wow- who knew? Back when I dislocated my jaw I didn't have great health insurance so didn't really get all the follow-up I probably needed. So, I think everything now is now way out of whack. Funny that Amy, who I don't know personally but has an amazing blog that I read regularly, had the same dislocating thing happen to her. We've exchanged emails about it and other uncanny coincidences between the 2 of us- she is like my long lost twin or something! back to my coffee and eventually a nice hot shower...

posted by knit wit | 7/03/2004 08:55:00 AM

Friday, July 02, 2004
more about my thesis & some about knitting

I realize my blog title implies that it will be about knitting- well kind of. It is more about all the things that keep me from knitting (thesis, work etc...) and sometimes it is about knitting keeping me from other things I need to do (thesis, work etc...) Since I sent off my draft, I have been knitting a lot. I finished the entire back of my peace fleece cardigan while traveling, and now I am working on the 2 front panels. Its coming out very nice- the yarn is beautiful and so much fun to knit with. I will definitely use peace fleece yarn again. I am patiently waiting for comments on that thesis draft- it is like exposing your soul for scrutiny or something like that- waiting for it to come back ripped apart so I can agonize about putting it together again. I had a dream last night that I was explaining to my advisor that I thought my thesis was (a) crap and (b) incredibly obvious sociology. And she (in my dream) said "no it's brilliant". Yeah right. I was talking to Virginia at lunch the other day about the stages of a masters thesis- the "I think this is crap" stage and the "I think this is stupidly obvious" stage. I think I will be going back and forth between them for the rest of the summer. At least I have the work done (most of it) so I keep trying to remind myself that. Jo and I are going to go out to breakfast- she wanted to "extend" her b-day into this morning. Fine with me!

posted by knit wit | 7/02/2004 09:21:00 AM

Thursday, July 01, 2004
happy birthday to Jo!

today is my monster girl's b-day! so we are doing anything she wants to do. she had her presents with her coffee this morning and we are going to kidsit for a friend later on in the morning. we'll go out somewhere to eat later, and spend the evening watching a movie of Jo's choosing...

posted by knit wit | 7/01/2004 09:13:00 AM

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