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Equal protection clause FTW!

Apparently today is progressive day. Love it.

“The court reaffirmed that a statute inconsistent with the Iowa constitution must be declared void even though it may be supported by strong and deep-seated traditional beliefs and popular opinion,” said a summary of the ruling issued by the court.

It’s nice to see logic prevailing.

Bryan English, spokesman for the Iowa Family Policy Center, a conservative group that opposes same-sex marriage, said many Iowans are disappointed with the ruling and don’t want the courts to decide the issue. “I would say the mood is one of mourning right now in a lot of ways,”

At least in some quarters. How does it make sense to not want the state supreme court to decide a legal issue? Isn’t that what they’re there for?

I’m going to enjoy the heck out of this progressive Friday. It’s sunny and blue-skied here, and I’m off to buy yarn for a baby blanket, get a haircut, and knit on my Tuscany shawl (only 2 repeats left!).

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Because she’s made the House more welcoming for mothers.

I can’t really add more commentary, other than to say OH HECK YES!

“It’s a very good thing. It’s good for our country,” she said. “More young moms in Congress. Pretty soon, more women leaders in the Congress. And who knows? Maybe one of these new young moms could be president of the United States.”

Right on, Speaker.

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President Obama

President Obama

Best. Day. Ever.

And Happy Birthday to my sister Laura! Lucky you!

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I’m not going to lie to you — this year hasn’t seen my best work, knitting-wise.

I started to list the highlights of this past year, by month, and I got bored doing it. I got bored talking about my own self. How lame is that? And when I looked at my Ravelry projects I saw that I only have 10 projects completed for the entire 12 months of 2008. TEN. And two of them are actually one project (the snowflake IOU gift ornaments), so really it’s nine. Nine paltry lame-ass projects.

Morning Light

Part of me feels like a failure about this, and part of me is pretty much okay with it. So I didn’t knit everything I wrote down on my list. I enjoyed what I did knit and enjoyed the time I spent not knitting. So I didn’t accomplish everything on my other resolutions list. I did buy a house and I did get my ass in gear (though not all the way into shape…). I ran a 3K in August and currently have very stiff hamstrings from my latest trip to the gym, which now includes weight training. I’m counting that as a win.

All over but the starchin'

Overall, 2008 was a pretty good year for me. I made a pair of socks. I made mittens. I traveled to New Jersey for the first time to visit an awesome friend. I sort of slept through an earthquake. I got a sweet tattoo. I took some good pictures. I took in a sweet cat. I started volunteering. See? Full of win.

And as it turned out, this past Sunday found me winning yet again. I was at Knit Night (having a really good time, with Heather and Anna and Sandi and more! all there in one place for the first time in like a billion years) working on Clapotis (Ravelry link) (my project page). I was in Section 4 and had 1 1/2 repeats left to go according to my little sticky note. I kept looking at the stitch count and thinking I had far fewer stitches than suggested for where I was. Turns out I was about 2 repeats ahead of myself and was actually at the end of Section 4! I don’t know if I had knit more than I thought and never noted it on the sticky (possible) or if benevolent Knitting Gnomes came to my aid and worked on my scarf for me (highly probable), but it didn’t matter — I was in the home stretch. Section 5 flew by and, amid the cheers of my fellow knitters, I came to the final stitch…

Last Stitch

(Sorry for the blurry… the flash washed everything out and I wanted to document this piece of awesomesauce quickly.)

It’s now off the needles all I have left to do is help the remaining stitches drop down (like half of them are left) and weave in the ends. I hear blocking is not necessary with this scarf, but I might just wash it and gently pin it out anyway.

That’s my year. I’m glad it’s ending on a high note. How was your 2008? Epic win or epic fail? Share in the comments!

And even though I just installed The Internet in my house last night (first in-home internet since the move!), I’ll probably maintain radio silence as we’re having 12+ houseguests over the holiday. Happy New Year everyone!

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Okay. Today has been better than yesterday, in that I wore proper shoes and didn’t scrape my side-view mirror off the car when I left for work. Also the sun was shining, and that helps.

Today I learned that NinjaHusband and I can take advantage of the craptacular economy and refinance our house, just 4 months after buying it. We can lower our interest rate, save ourselves $80.00 a month or so, and chuckle madly to ourselves while doing it. What will we do with this extra $80.00 a month? Save it? Put it towards the evil credit cards? Put it back into the house to pay off our mortgage faster? I don’t know, but having extra money every month is now THE SEXIEST THING IN THE WORLD. I’m in the middle of setting up our household budget (yes, yes, I know it’s a bit late in the game) and because we could be saving an extra 80 bucks a month I now have the option of adding a line item for savings, a thing I’ve never done before. And that is hot.

Today I am thankful I have a house and that I have the chance to make this crapconomy work for me.

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1. Dropping stitches has become my new hobby.


I’m knitting almost exclusively on the Clapotis these days, and it’s starting to look like an actual shawl/scarf/wrap/thing. While I’ve been a little bored with this project lately, now that I’m dropping stitches so far down the length of the piece I am fully in love with it.

Clap progress
Pardon my flash… it’s hard to get good lighting this time of year

It doesn’t hurt that every time I pull the Clap out at knit night the girls all ooh and ahh over it. Bonus knitting self-esteem!

2. I’ve overhauled my Ravelry organization. When I first got into saving patterns that I love and want to knit someday, I threw them into my queue where they would languish and make me feel guilty about not knitting them righthisminute. Which, really, was impossible because the queue was like 7 pages long or more. Now I’ve put all the patterns I want to knit but for which I don’t have immediate plans into my favorites (eleven pages long) and have less guilt and more excitement.

And if you were wondering, all the baby and maternity stuff in my queue has nothing to do with me. I’m not pregnant. Empty womb. I just know a bunch of babies and pregnant women. That’s all.

3. I finished the curtains.

Our former window coverings involved a red top sheet held over the curtain rod with clamps (witness:)

How we used to roll
How classy is this? VERY. IT’S VERY CLASSY.

Now, after a million visits from my Mom to hold my hand through the process of planning, starting, and finishing my first-ever sewing project, we have curtains that actually look like curtains.

curtains - wide
Again with the flash, and now the dust motes. I am an exemplary housekeeper.

The casing (the part the curtain rod runs through) and its tiny ruffle

And as a bonus, my Mom gave me the sewing machine (hers) that I’d been using on this project! Hooray! Now I can make curtains all over the place! Next: my office. After that: NinjaHusband’s office, if he lets me (or if I stealth-decorate)!

4. I’m considering buying these boots in the khaki/khaki colorway. Any thoughts?

5. Christmas is fast approaching, and I’m trying to figure out ways to decorate the house that don’t involve a tree. We’re not Christians and while the tree has become a decidedly secular icon, NinjaHusband protests that it makes no sense and I’m meeting him halfway on this. I still want to use the many strings of lights and many, many ornaments I’ve collected over the years to make the house look all pretty. My plan is to decorate with faux pine garland and lights and ornaments in the garland — I just don’t know how to arrange the garland in the house. I have it in mind to tack it to the walls at crown molding level, up by the ceiling, but I’m not sure. I put it to you, dear readers, to tell me how best to set up my seasonal decor.

That’s all I have to report at the moment. Further updates as events warrant. And so forth.

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Yes We Did

Nice power, America.

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