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Rants, ramblings about my life, work, politics, current events and my obsessions with yarn, knitting, and good music...

Thursday, July 22, 2004

The Hills are Alive....

Am off in less than two hours for Swampstock!! I'm really looking forward to getting out of D.C. for an extended time period.  It's hard to explain to people who've never been on how special this weekend is. I remember before I went I was all "Yeah, it's going to be fun, but what's the big deal." Then I went, and it's something that has changed my life. To be around a community of people who share some of the same outlooks on life as you and being able to share things that would be seen as crazy by mainstream society is just a wonderful thing.
In addition to the people and the sharing, I'm very much looking forward to reconnecting with Mother Earth. I feel as if my connection with her has been very fuzzy the past year or so. It'll be good to hang out in the woods and really feel her presence. And it'll be great to be able to see stars again. I miss the stars. I know there's more than just 3 constellations (two since you can't see Orion in summer) out there, but with the light pollution that's pretty much all I can see.

On Monday, I'll be going to Wheeling with Niels for the week. I don't know what kind of internet access I will have (the last time I went to Wheeling I was on a self imposed computer ban). So if I don't post, be prepared for a long post when I get back. 

Have a safe & wodnerful week(end). Go out do something fun. Don't forget to tell those you love that you love them, they may already know, but it's still nice to hear.


Monday, July 19, 2004

Oh goodness me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new font options.
But really, why I was writing today, was to say that I will be leaving for Swampstock in three days! I'm so excited I could pee! 
And!! And I will see the boy I love, whom I haven't seen in over a month!!
Swampstock & spending quality time with my boyfriend; it doesn't get much better than that! 

Thursday, July 15, 2004


I was reminded this morning by Jennifer that one of my favorite Canadian bands, Spirit of the West, is in Buffalo today playing a free show at Niagara Square. (Every thursday during the summer Buffalo hosts free concerts on thursdays and it's known as "Thursdays at the Square".)

Being reminded of this is giving me a homesick moment. Thursdays in the Square bring in great musicians (for FREE) and they've always been a great time. Some of my fondest memories of my early 20s, in Buffalo, happened at "Thursday at the Square". And the last time I saw Spirit of the West was the summer of '97, my last summer in Buffalo. I was right up front, taking pictures (which I've since lost, grrr) and having a great time.


Maybe someday they'll venture to the D.C. area. I mean there are a ton of us former Buffalonians, so I think they'd get a good turnout.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Ugh. I’m not feeling so well at this moment. I went to Subway for lunch and my six inch turkey sub has given me a tummy ache. I think I’ll be avoiding that place for a while.

A couple unnerving things happened at the apartment over the weekend. I really can’t get into it here, in case there are eyes, but for now things have calmed down. Had some help from people in different place and I thank them very much for their guidance and help.

I leave for Swampstock a week from tomorrow and it couldn’t come soon enough! I think mentally I’m already there. With the stuff that happened this past weekend, I am really in need, more than usual, of getting out of the D.C. area.

Plus, I’ll be spending quality time with Niels, we haven’t seen each other in over a month, so it’ll be good to be with him for an extended visit. Most days I really don’t mind that we’re living in two different cities; it helps both of us to maintain our independence and our unique interests. I won’t lie and say that I don’t wish he was closer, because I do. But I just don’t want our relationship to be so consuming that we don’t do our own thing. He likes his space and I like mine. I think ‘though when he comes back to D.C. at the end of August there will be some adjusting on both of our parts readjusting to being in the same city and seeing each other on a regular basis.

Now back to work!

My friend Justin sent me this. They are some of the best slogans to trash the Bush/Cheney reelection campaign I've ever seen.

Must do paperwork...

Will post more later...

Thursday, July 08, 2004


I totally f*ed up my template, so I had to get a new design. Hope you all like it. I think I like the one a lot better than the old one.
Completed Projects

My coworker Justin was nice enough to bring his digital camera in & take pictures of my most recent knitting projects. (I need to get a digital camera.) I've, of course, knit more than these two things, but never took pictures before I gave them away.

This is the bag I made for my co-worker Jay.

This is the hat I made for my nephew Anthony's birthday. I'm going to start matching mittens this weekend.

Travels and Yarn

(Be forewarned, it’s a long post)

Sorry I haven’t written in a while, I’ve been too busy at work to write and by the time I get home, I don’t feel like sitting in front of the computer to write. Not writing is not a good thing, I have all these things in my head that I need to write about and since I don’t jot down notes, by the time I do get around to updating my blog, I’ve forgotten them.

Things at work are a bit nuts, there’s some serious funding issues going on, we’re 95% grant based, so all of the researchers are going to be getting a temporary pay cut and a couple research assistants might be losing their jobs. I really can’t get into the details, let’s just say someone who was running an award didn’t do their job and now everyone has to pay the price. Luckily, I’m on hard (not grant) money, so I’m not financially affected, but still affected by the moods of those around me. One of my favorite research assistants is going to be leaving because her funding is now gone and a research scientist that I adore is most likely going to be leaving to. This whole situation just sucks.

I went to Buffalo for the 4th of July weekend. We (me, Chris, Heather, and the dog Patchy) drove up Thursday afternoon. Except for the hell that is the Washington Beltway, the drive up wasn’t too bad. Unfortunately, about half way to Buffalo my allergies to Patchy kicked in full swing and I didn’t have any allergy medicine with me.

Friday afternoon my Mom & I went to my favorite yarn store ever, the Woolly Lamb, in East Aurora, NY. Unfortunately, they don’t have a website, but below are some pictures I took (with permission of the owner Sharon, of course). I had to buy some yarn and needles for my nephew Anthony’s birthday present. The selection of yarn and the coziness of the store makes it very hard to go in and purchase only what you’re shopping for. I bought some Noro yarn and some Addi Turbo needles (I love love love Addi Turbos), and some stitch markers. The yarn was on sale, another reason why I wish I lived closer and that they had a website, because they’re trying to get rid of their summer stock.

The rest of the weekend was spent with the family and friends. Saturday evening I went to a free concert at Niagara Square (it’s right by City Hall, the big fallic building in the sky) with Kate. It was Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright and Guster. It was a great show, but boy oh boy did I feel old!! Tons of high school-ers and young college kids were running around everywhere. You also know you’re getting old when you don’t find it necessary to be right in front of the stage and are content with hanging further back from it.

Swampstock is two weeks from today and with each passing day I am more excited about its pending arrival. I didn’t get to go last year because of my family vacation, so it feels extra special this year. I’ll be driving up with the lovely Matt; I’m looking forward to spending quality time with him, as we don’t get to hang out that often. Plus I can sing along to whatever’s on the radio and he won’t care, because he’ll be singing along too!

Found out that Alex is going to be going to Pakistan for work. I am quite jealous of her, since it’s a place that I’ve always wanted to go. It’ll be such an amazing experience for her. Safe journeys, Alex, and may you treasure every moment there.

Happy Thursday to you all, try to stay comfortably cool (especially if you live in DC) and have a wonderful day.