Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner. Again.

In the spirit of making sure I enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with everyone I made a complete dinner for Samantha, Alex, and Vivian today. We had a nice visit, although you might think only Vivian and I were there. Sam wasn't in the mood for pictures, and Alex is not a cooperative subject. More pictures over on Flickr, as usual.

Friday, November 27, 2009


...has been turning out cute amigurumi this week? Me, of course! With several little cuties to craft for I've been tucked into my chair with all kinds of crochet supplies making mommy and baby owls.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's All Fun and Games

No danger that someone will get hurt, though. My most recent projects have been amigurumi. They are lots of fun to make, partly because they are toys and partly because they take so little time to make. It's just about instant gratification crafting. Also because it's crochet if I don't like the way the pattern is done I feel confident enough to make changes on the fly. If I don't like my results it's no big deal to pull it back and do it again. It should be a good stash buster, but of course I want to buy new colors for some projects and I am sure to end up with more partial skeins than I started with.

Furnace Wars continue here. It got down to 57 in the house early this week and I thought I was going to have to either give in and turn on the heat or put on a hat, but we had a little break in the weather and a bit of sun so it's just a little warmer now than it was earlier in the week. Inside it's now a toasty and tolerable 64. 56 is about my limit for interior temperatures. When it gets that cool I don't want to get out of the shower and the dogs pull long faces at me when they're not curling up into tight little balls.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Last weekend I drove to Atlanta to visit Jennifer and The Little Prince. I'm worn out and won't post much now, but zip on over to Flickr and get a look at how he's growing. Also he has proven himself to be "one of us". In preparation for all of the pictures I was sure to take during my visit he got himself a nice black eye!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Drilling Isn't Boring

At least it isn't boring at Statoil in Norway. Maybe if we did a little more like this business would go through the roof?
Last weekend was a hodgepodge of idleness. The weather here continues to be suitable for outdoor activity if too windy to enjoy cycling. My cycling loss was the dogs' gain as we took a trip to the dog park Saturday. Roxy had been so bored all week that she ran all over the park like a wild thing at first. Usually Roxy is ready to go home in about forty minutes, but she was having a good time and we stayed over an hour. Skippy doesn't see well these days, and doesn't really hear well enough to track me when I call so Roxy goes to get him if he's slow to follow. His nose is fine, so he loves the dog park meet and greet.

Holiday crafting continues apace, with the most urgent projects finished. Of course as I complete one I think of three others I'd like to add to the list, but the looming deadlines will
take care of that. I'm on a crochet kick. but since I have to look at my work when I crochet it's putting a dent in my valuable TV time - how can I watch every golden moment of V and still make progress on my adorable crochet toys?

Sunday night Shana and I went to see our local NBA team. We'd been to see the New Orleans Hornets during their stay in Oklahoma City but this was our first visit to see the Thunder. We sat up in the chicken roost, but in the Ford Center all seats are good seats and we were able to follow the action quite well. One year Shana and I went to see the Celtics at their old facility. We had "obstructed seats " and were only able to see the lower half of the players. That rather reduces one's enjoyment of the game IMHO.

I'm driving to Atlanta for the weekend to spoil the Little Prince and visit with Jennifer. I made up my packing list yesterday and as so often happens these days it seems I'll be taking a big bag of electronics (and chargers) and hardly any clothing. It's the oddity of my modern life, I guess. I've got some fun audio books for the trip, so even the road portion of the weekend is shaping up to be big fun. The only thing missing from the fun will be Roxanne. There are resident cats where I am going. Roxanne would consider this to be a big plus, but they would be less than happy to see her so she will have to stay home.