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I love being caught up on pictures.

September 7, 2009
2009-09-07

On Monday, Labor Day for Americans, I enjoyed my morning with a little classical music and some t-shirt cutting. I’m cutting up t-shirts to make more rag rugs, this time for the kitchen. I have a ton of 3X navy blue t-shirts and a bunch of white Medium t-shirts; I think they should make some very pretty and very big kitchen rugs. I cut them up by first cutting right at the armpits, then making a spiral cut around the torso from the bottom to the top, resulting in one long string of t-shirt material just waiting to be knit up on size 17 needles.

September 8, 2009
2009-09-08

More knitting! The yarn is Koigu KPPPPPPPPPM in some unknown colorway purchased for me by NinjaHusband back when we celebrated our 10-year dating anniversary (we don’t do that anymore, because we’re beyond that ::flips hair::). I’m making my first pair of top-down socks (my first four pairs have been toe-up), and they’re Monkeys by Cookie A. I love this pattern.

September 9, 2009
2009-09-09

Stunningly, I have taken a picture of my cat at a point in the day when I realized I had taken zero pictures. I am Kathy’s total lack of surprise.

September 10, 2009
2009-09-10

On Thursday I was in the library’s courtyard on the phone when I noticed this cicada shell on a tree. I tried to get a good picture of it with my phone, but I got a crappy picture of the shell and a decent picture of the flowers in the background. The cicada shell was pretty neat, but you’ll just have to take my word for it.

September 11, 2009
2009-09-11

Yet more knitting content. My brighty-bright-bright Noro two-row scarf. That is all I have to say about that, really. I’m knitting a scarf, among other things. Full stop.

September 12, 2009
2009-09-12

This is my sister Laura, who portrays Mary Todd Lincoln really well. She was in a play last year called “Mrs. Lincoln” and rocked it, and has written her own one-woman show about Mary Todd Lincoln’s early life (maybe all of it?). She did a crapton of research and has made a lot of her own costumes. On Saturday she gave a presentation to the Sycamore Historical Society or something, then stayed overnight at my place. She arrived still in her costume and I snapped this before she changed. Lovely! (The hose in the background? That’s our association’s way of diverting the sump pump discharge away from our foundation. Not so lovely)

September 13, 2009
2009-09-13

On Sunday Laura left early and NinjaHusband and I made a Sunday Breakfast, one of my favorite meals to prepare because we never feel rushed. After he left for his card game I planned on an afternoon of boring-but-necessary domesticity, but abandoned that plan when Heather called from Kite Fest in DeKalb and insisted that I join her and her boys for some sunny fun. This festival has been going on for a few years, but this is the first time I’ve gone. It was pretty cool even despite the less-than-windy conditions, and I got some sun which always makes me happy. There were a lot of kites, some that were crazy big and looked more like hot air balloons. This piratey kite wasn’t the prettiest, but it is a decent shot.

And now I’m all caught up!

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Here’s the final catch-up post! I’m so excited! This one should bring me up to date, with this week’s pictures being posted next Monday, the 14th.

August 17, 2009
2009-08-17

My cat is ridiculous. When she cleans herself she sits in this absurd position that makes her look like a doofy old man. I tried to capture it without the flash but she was too quick for me.

August 18, 2009
2009-08-18

(I didn’t include this picture at first, but now I have the family’s permission!) This beautiful family asked me to be with them during the birth of their second child, a son named Clive. Samantha was in labor for a while, faced her fears, and came through like a champion. I was so proud of her (which may sound kind of weird and patronizing, but I don’t mean it that way), and so thankful to be there — I learned a lot from being with her during her labor. In exchange, her husband William created my wonderful new website which I love and think is the best website in all the land.

August 19, 2009
No photo available! Shame!

August 20, 2009
2009-08-20

This is moss growing on the landscaping of the Lutheran church near my work. It was kind of a damp morning, and I thought the green was particularly glowy on my walk to work.

August 21, 2009
2009-08-21

The sky, on a particularly grey and, apparently, gloomy evening as I got out of work. Not one of my best snaps.

August 22, 2009
2009-08-22-a

On Saturday a whole group of friends went up to my family’s farm to shoot some guns and enjoy the day. We had a great time (I’ll post some pictures of that later, if I haven’t already). I miss being there so much sometimes. This is the view looking southwest from the barn, and I love it. It’s so hilly where I grew up, compared to most of the rest of Illinois, and being there makes me so relaxed and at ease. I need to take a weekend to go up there sometime soon.

August 23, 2009
2009-08-23

Sunday was knit night, and Heather gave me a ride. On the way home, in the car, I realized I hadn’t taken a picture for the day and the moon looked really pretty. Not that you could tell from this picture, of course. I took this while we were moving and without the flash, so everything got kind of blurry. I kind of like it.

August 24, 2009
2009-08-24

Remember my orchid? All the blooms fell off. I’ve been doing pretty well with all the other houseplants, but this one baffled me a bit. It’s not a great picture, but there you go. Sad plants.

August 25, 2009
2009-08-25

On Tuesday I went to pay a ticket (gasp!) at the courthouse in Sycamore and after I was done (and I was feeling very relieved at having to pay only a reduced fee because I took care of the problem quickly) I was all sparklyhappy at the world. The sunshine helped a lot, I’m sure. The red brick + green tree + blue sky really snagged my attention. I suppose if I compsed this better I would have included the whole building or the whole tree (or both), but I like how it seems the building is peeking out at you over the bottom of the picture.

August 26, 2009
2009-08-26

Miyagi doesn’t get into my yarn at all, which is so very awesome of her. However, when I cleaned out my knitting bag and found scraps of Grace Silk & Wool from my Clapotis, I knotted them together and tossed them on the floor to see what she’d do with them. Guys, my cat loves the crap out of this thing. She bats it around, tosses it to herself, carries it in her mouth, rolls on it… you name it. This was her playing with it in the living room.

August 27, 2009
2009-08-27

I can’t remember what we were doing before we stopped at the liquor store, but while I waited in the car I saw the neon beer sign reflected in a puddle of something and the whole look kind of grabbed me. I took a bunch of shots and this was the clearest.

August 28, 2009
2009-08-28

On Friday I got my hair cut, we went out to dinner with friends, and I decided to take some pictures. I really dig this new cut.

August 29, 2009
No photo available! Double shame!

August 30, 2009
2009-08-30

On Sunday we went to the Cubs/Mets game at Wrigley, celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday and arranged by his awesome wife. We were on the rooftops across the street from Wrigley Field, and everything was perfect. It was a beautiful day, lots of friends were there, and we had an amazing time. Too bad the Cubs lost.

August 31, 2009
2009-08-31

On Monday I spoke at a local Rotary meeting about a project the library is putting on. The group meets at the visitor’s center of the Ellwood House, a mansion from the early part of the 1900s that is now a museum. I’ve been through it on a tour and think it’s a beautiful place. I meant to get a better picture of parts of the house before the meeting started, but ran out of time. This is the picture I took through my car’s back window as I was leaving.

September 1, 2009
2009-09-01

Another piece of my town. The plaza/parking lot on 2nd and Locust in DeKalb. It’s now named after our last mayor and has been updated with pretty cobblestones and benches. This is where the Farmer’s Market happens every Thursday afternoon in the summer. Which reminds me, I haven’t been there at all this year.

September 2, 2009
No photo available! Triple shame!

September 3, 2009
2009-09-03

This is my Aunt Pat, my Dad’s sister. She got remarried this past weekend and this was at her bachelorette party/dinner. I love my Aunt Pat so much, and it’s amazing to see her so happy about her new husband.

September 4, 2009
2009-09-04

Approaching the intersection of Coltonville Road and North First Street. I’m really surprised this came out as well as it did, as we were driving at the time.

September 5, 2009
2009-09-05

Aunt Pat, getting ready on her wedding day. There are other great shots from this day (and the party that night), but this one tops the list. It’s almost the same view I had of her when I walked into the room she was in, and I just instantly started crying happy tears, she looked so beautiful and happy. My family just freaking rocks.

September 6, 2009
2009-09-06

And on Sunday, I went with my friend Jill to welcome her second son into the world. It was a very good day.

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Here they are, TWENTY-NINE photographs, all uploaded within a minute because of technology.

I feel like the Red Queen, running like mad just to stay in one place, but I will catch up soon. Possibly.

July 19, 2009
2009-07-19

I know I’ve already posted this knitting project, but what can I say? This was one of the few pictures I took that day, and they were all of this hat. I like this pattern (Ravelry link) a ton. Very easy to convert to baby-size.

July 20, 2009
2009-07-20

This is what I do when confronted with something new or problematic: I go to the library and get some books on the subject. I had so many ideas about paint effects for the kitchen walls. But we painted them straight-up blue.

July 21, 2009
2009-07-21

Again, the baby hat in an already-been-posted picture. Our aloe plant Chuck Norris is modeling this lovely piece.

July 22, 2009
2009-07-22

This was our three-year anniversary, and I took this picture while eating lunch at the best local restaurant, The Thai Pavilion. When I’m there on my lunch hour I like to sit in the window and look out onto Lincoln Highway. It’s not a bad view. No more pictures from that day. None that I can show you, anyway.

July 23, 2009
2009-07-23

More knitting content! These are some of the washcloths for Baby Henry, standard ball-band dishcloth pattern. It’s amazing how much knitting I can get done if I actually sit down and knit.

July 24, 2009
2009-07-24

Black and white shot of one of the washcloths. There’s not much more to say about that, really. Except that I really like black-and-white pictures.

July 25, 2009
2009-07-25

On this Saturday our friend Lindsay (mom-to-be of Henry) had a baby shower at Anderson Gardens (sound on that website) in Rockford, which was totally awesome. After the party we got to walk around the grounds and I took about a hundred nice shots, but this one kind of stood out. I like the contrast.

July 26, 2009
2009-07-26

On Sunday we went up to my parents’ house to celebrate July birthdays (three of them) and our anniversary. While we were there Mom & Dad asked NinjaHusband to extricate a wee bat from their patio umbrella. The bat had apparently been under there for a while (a day or so?) and everyone else was too freaked out by it to try moving it. N got a yardstick to ooch it along, but the damn thing wouldn’t budge for a long time, then it crawled on the stick, then it flew out, flew around the deck, and flew back into the umbrella. This happened three or four times. It was both awesome and kind of annoying before the bat finally flew off into the birch tree.

July 27, 2009
2009-07-27

Monday’s dinner was curry, and the spices made kind of a pretty picture.

July 28, 2009
2009-07-28

I won this orchid at the baby shower on the 25th, and I wish I had placed it against a better background. I’m a fan of the way the orchid turned out, but the background could stand to be improved.

July 29, 2009
2009-07-29

The tender side of Chuck Norris the aloe plant.

July 30, 2009
2009-07-30

This Thursday found us at our friends’ home for dinner. They have a beautiful garden and I got a ton of really pretty shots, but this one stood out for me. A bit further down you’ll see these lights lit up over the ivy arch.

July 31, 2009
2009-07-31

On Friday I drove to Waterman for a childbirth class (as a speaker, not as a student) and felt kind of entunnellated. That’s right, I made up a word to describe the feeling of driving on a road surrounded by tall fields of corn.

August 1, 2009
2009-08-01

Another while-driving shot, coming home from my cousin’s wedding, driving west on 64. Those clouds are kind of awesome.

August 2, 2009
2009-08-02

Our friend Matt’s painting, kind of washed out because it was one of those last-minute end of the day shots. The kitchen light is crap and I don’t like to use the flash if I can help it.

August 3, 2009
2009-08-03

This picture kind of rocks my world. The orchid is backlit, so the veins in the petals leap out more, plus the blur adds some motion. It doesn’t look like a good picture at first but it really makes me happy.

August 4, 2009
2009-08-04

See, I love my kitchen. Do you see how much? Do you?

August 5, 2009
2009-08-05

This is a wee bit of a giant jade plant at The House Cafe in DeKalb on Lincoln Highway. I go there for lunch some days and it’s always good. Like the Thai Pavilion, I like to sit where I can look outside and get some sun.

August 6, 2009
2009-08-06

Radishes from my co-garden, all googly and not pretty. I love them.

August 7, 2009
2009-08-07

Here’s the ivy arch at our friends’ house all lit up.

August 8, 2009
2009-08-08

Ah, the old workplace. In the morning. Strong lines, nice contrast. Good times.

August 9, 2009
2009-08-09

This is an example of how bad my pictures get sometimes.

August 10, 2009
2009-08-10

Femiknitter, cat, blanket, knitting. It was an awesome visit, I’m so glad we got to hang out — and at my house too! It was nice to reciprocate the hosting.

August 11, 2009
2009-08-11

Peach slices, with horrible flash. My captions are getting less awesome, aren’t they? It’s getting late.

August 12, 2009
2009-08-12

The Star Doily Blanket, for Baby Waggie. After I blocked this out I realized how many mistakes there are in it and now I’m kind of ashamed to have given them something so flawed.

August 13, 2009
2009-08-13

Meegs all blurry, after jumping up at me and demanding attention.

August 14, 2009
2009-08-14

Baby blanket on the birth ball. Alliteration FTW.

August 15, 2009
2009-08-15

On the 15th we went to Madison and Spring Green for Margaret’s baby shower. The ladies went to the shower at Marg’s parents’ house, and the dudes stayed home and made this video. Seriously, it was awesome. Ninjahusband and Mark, lounging.

August 16, 2009
2009-08-16

And on Sunday I gave Margaret my Tuscany shawl, which she had admired. I originally planned to knit her one of her own, exactly the same as mine, but felt like the pregnant lady should have it. Plus it is full of leaves, which is kickass.

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Without further ado…

July 1, 2009
2009-07-01

After I made the curtains with my Mom last year, she gave me one of her sewing machines as a gift, and I’ve been meaning to use it. To encourage myself and maybe start selling pretty rice packs (hot packs) on my other website (work-in-progress, not up yet), I bought this lovely bunch of fabric. Some are yardages and some are quarters, and I’m excited to see how they all turn out. Because no, I haven’t sewn any of these up yet. Except the cream-colored muslin.

July 2, 2009
2009-07-02-a

On the 2nd we went out with Jay (pictured with NinjaHusband) and Shelly for their good-bye party. They moved to Milwaukee for school and awesomeness.

July 3, 2009
2009-07-03

More fabric for my rice packs, just after I brought them home.

July 4, 2009
2009-07-04

Rick and Gracie were fast movers! We hung out with friends for the Fourth (after helping my sister move to her new apartment). Cookout, games, awesomeness.

July 5, 2009
2009-07-05

Oh, this picture. NinjaHusband’s aunt had this picture of her mom, N’s Grandma, for a while and gave it to us. This aunt also gave us Miyagi. We brought the picture home and sat it on Miyagi’s favorite recliner, and got a picture of both of them. I think I’ll send this to Auntie Linda — she’ll get a kick out of it.

July 6, 2009
2009-07-06

I rode my bike to work this day, and snapped this picture of the fields east of Peace Road. This was on the way home, when I had more time to stop and enjoy the landscape, such as it is. Sometimes this place is beautiful.

July 7, 2009
2009-07-07

My birth bag, or one of them. I don’t remember why I had this out, unless I am that lazy and didn’t put it away after the birth I attended on June 24th. Another “crap! I forgot to photograph something today” kind of shot.

July 8, 2009
2009-07-08

Self-portrait of the artist as aviator. Sunglasses were a gift from Femiknitter. The scowl is my own. I swear I try to look happy in self-portraits.

July 9, 2009
2009-07-09

I was unwrapping the fabric from July 3rd, sitting on a chair and just tossing the pieces onto the ground. Miyagi came over and crouched on top of them and didn’t seem to mind when I continued dropping fabric onto her head.

July 10, 2009
2009-07-10

The cat is the go-to subject when I need one, I guess. This was Friday night on Maribeth’s birthday (Hi Maribeth!), and we were scoring the wallpaper for the Great Wallpaper Removal of Ought Nine. Meegs (Miyagi) got worked up over the racket, so we calmed her down with her very favorite catnip pillow.

July 11, 2009
2009-07-11

This photo represents all the pain and tragedy I feel regarding the wallpaper, and especially that damn tiny bathroom.

July 12, 2009
2009-07-12

I don’t want to dwell on the wallpaper, so that Sunday’s picture is baby washcloths at the park. Knit Night met up at Hopkins Park, and I was so giddy at not having to take down wallpaper that I accidentally left my sunglasses on the picnic table. These washcloths went to Baby Waggie’s stash.

July 13, 2009
No picture!

This was the first day of my week-long vacation from work, and I just took it easy and didn’t worry about very much at all. It was great.

July 14, 2009
2009-07-14

On the second day of my vacation, I decided to get to some hobby canvases that I’d painted blue/metallic blue a long time ago. I wanted to paint something basic, something nice for my office/guest room (the really green room) to balance out the green. A little wine accompanied me on my painting endeavors, and I may paint over what I ended up with (see July 16th).

July 15, 2009
2009-07-15

On NinjaHusband’s birthday (hooray!), Anna came over to help me figure out my approach to sewing. She clearly knows what she’s doing and really helped me with the finer points of sewing a rice pack. While my sewing machine was out of its carrying case, the cat got into, and then out of, the bag.

July 16, 2009
2009-07-16

One of the finished products from the 14th. I’m not super happy with it — it looks too busy. I have very little talent in the painting area, and I may just give it up. Grr.

July 17, 2009
2009-07-17

Zucchini from my co-garden at Jill’s house. One was longer than my arm, I shit you not. Delicious zucchini bread, you will be mine this fall!

July 18, 2009
2009-07-18

I had forgotten about this picture until I downloaded them earlier this week. I love that it’s the same shot (mostly) as the one from January 10th in this post. One of my goals when I started this project, or even before that, was to get some pictures of the same places/things at different times of year. Woohoo! Goal setting leads to goal reaching! I am awesome.

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I’m scrambling to get all caught up, guys, really. I might even get the beginning of July up by this weekend. I really don’t want to be 2 months behind anymore, it feels weird.

June 22, 2009
2009-06-22

We were walking in downtown DeKalb when I noticed the new restaurant across the street had this amazing piece of advertising. I don’t think they actually do magic tricks (ILLUSIONS!) during the lunch hour, but a girl can dream.

June 23, 2009
2009-06-23

This is a pretty vase with a sordid past. In 2006, the first year that lots of our group moved away from DeKalb, we congregated at Mark & Amy’s for New Year’s, thus setting the stage that whoever buys a house gets to host the festivities. We also agreed on a gift exchange. I don’t remember how the whole thing went down, but NinjaHusband and I put in one gift together, so we got to choose one gift. I had a big crush on this red vase (I love red and there weren’t many purely decorative things in our apartment), but NinjaHusband wanted the Post Secret Book (original website) which was also in the mix. And we fought about it. In front of our friends. Shame! We made up later and hugged each other because it was silly to fight over these things. We chose the vase. And later that month Mark & Amy sent us the Post Secret book, because they’re supercool.

June 24, 2009
2009-06-24

To keep Miyagi busy sometimes I wedge the fish-on-a-string toy into the top of the recliner and let her bat around at it. This is an example of my success.

June 25, 2009
2009-06-25

I do not live on this street, but I turn down it to get home. The street’s name is Longwood, which makes me giggle every. single. time I see the sign. Because I am twelve.

June 26, 2009
2009-06-26

Beer bottle. I don’t know if this was at our house or at Adam & Beth’s. We hung out with them that night and I’m sure I drank a bunch. I had to have a fairly invasive diagnostic test that day, and wasn’t happy about it. Thus the drowning of the sorrows and the artsy-fartsy picture of a beer bottle.

June 27, 2009
2009-06-27

Sunset through the front door of our friends’ new house. Full disclosure: I totally thought there was a fire in their neighbors’ yard, so intense was the sunlight. BECAUSE I HAVE BECOME MY MOTHER.

June 28, 2009
2009-06-28

I completely love this picture. Beers, knitting, and knitter. Hi Cassie! Knit night is the awesomesauce.

June 29
2009-06-29

On Monday the 29th NinjaHusband and I drove up to my Aunt Pat’s house to see my cousin Becky (who lives in Texas now) and to meet her girlfriend (now fiancee!) Kori for the first time. We had so much fun making dinner, meeting Kori (who says “y’all” unironically), and giggling uncontrollably. This is (from left) my sister Maribeth, Kori, Becky, and my cousin Brittany. Maribeth, Brittany, and Becky are all about the same age and are super close. (I don’t know what they’re doing with their hands, but I think it’s an inside joke from when Maribeth and Brit visited Becky and Kori over the winter.)

June 30, 2009
2009-06-30

And this is just one of the many, many reasons I’m looking for a new eye doctor. This is on their receptionist’s desk! Customer service FAIL.

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Now that I’m finally letting my brain run free, it seems I just can’t shut up.

June 13, 2009
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2009-06-13

On Saturday, June 13th my whole family went out to my Grandma’s house to paint it. This had been the plan before she went into the hospital/nursing home, and we stuck to it even though the morning started out all rainy. Two pictures for this day because the small one at the top looks cool and kind of captured my mood on the drive up; the second one is my Auntie Patty, my Dad’s only sister. She has been the coolest of the cool aunts, paying attention to me when I was young (a big deal for kids, because adults don’t always listen), always there for me when I was going through the crazy teen “my parents don’t love me!!” stage, and just really really cool. She’s getting married to a supergreat guy, John (on the right) next month, and I’m so excited he’s part of our family.

June 14, 2009
2009-06-14

Still life with knitting, book, and cat.

June 15, 2009
2009-06-15

The drama and history portion of the bookshelf. We really downsized our book collection when we moved, giving away over 200 books, probably. Now one of the two really tall bookshelves (both of which are in my office) mostly holds my stationery and some other things that usually go in desk drawers (because I don’t have a desk). We may have to rethink that as our collection grows.

June 16, 2009
2009-06-16

Is it weird that there are so many pictures of my cat? I can’t tell. I’ve never had a cat and a photography obsession at the same time before. I think we must have gotten takeout the night before and this is Miyagi’s way of repurposing the paper bag. It totally cracked me up.

June 17, 2009
2009-06-17

A local business. A lack of understanding grammar. A perfect photo opportunity.

June 18, 2009
2009-06-18

Part of my real job entails photographing library events. This year’s Summer Reading theme was “Read Around the World” and they scheduled lots of programs with an international theme, including this bagpiper. He’s a member of our local fire department and married to a library employee, plus, you know, a piper. It was a really great program with some basic history about bagpipes, traditional dress, and the countries pipes came from, plus fun music. I love bagpipe music and a lot of the kids at the presentation were dancing all over the library’s patio.

June 19, 2009
2009-06-19

We went out with friends to celebrate NinjaHusband’s new job, and this wall in downtown Sycamore was so textured and interesting (plus it was late and I hadn’t taken a picture yet that day) that I had to snap it.

June 20, 2009
2009-06-20

Another excellent night with friends, and Baron the dog.

June 21, 2009
2009-06-21

On Father’s Day we went to a wedding. I took many pictures, but this one of Caroline and Andrew stood out, mostly because this is before all the drinking started and Andrew started busting out his DANCE MOVES. I put DANCE MOVES in all caps because there is no other way to convey how expansive these moves were. Suddenly he seemed to take up four times more space than before. Flailing was involved. But I thought his DANCE MOVES were amazing, possibly because I was also taking advantage of the open bar.

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There are so many pictures to post that I am not even going to try figuring out the numbers (145 = May 25, etc). Just dates from here on out. I like to mix things up. And be lazy.

I just looked at my calendar and realized that I have over 2 months’ pictures to post here for show and tell. And yes, I still have been taking pictures (almost) every day, just not posting them because of, well, the lazy. I’m not posting all of them now; they’re not all uploaded and that would be one hell of a post. They’ll be put up in batches as I get a chance, hopefully a few batches a week, starting with the oldest:

May 25, 2009
2009-05-25-a

Memorial Day weekend, we had a rainy and kind of cold cookout with friends. This is their dog, Baron, a golden retriever who loves everyone. He reminds me of the dog my family had when I was wee, and I love visiting Baron and his people.

May 26, 2009
2009-05-26

Grapes and cherries, leftover from the cookout where 3 people brought big bags of cherries. They’re in a grey & green bowl I bought at Anderson Gardens (that website has some sound) in Rockford maybe 8 years ago or so, in a set of 6. We actually chose our plate pattern/color based on those bowls, so beautiful are they.

May 27, 2009
2009-05-27

This was taken at work on a Tuesday night, probably when I realized I hadn’t taken a picture for the day. My rubber band and paper clip collection. Exciting!!

May 28, 2009
2009-05-28

NinjaHusband and Beth. We went out with Beth and Adam for drinks and N decided to cuddle up to Beth because I was sitting next to Adam.

May 29, 2009
2009-05-29

A failed attempt at a baby hat. This yarn is discontinued Knit Picks Parade, a sportweight superwash wool/nylon blend. It’s really scratchy, and I have no idea why I thought it would make a good baby hat. Probably because it was green and patterny, and would have made a cute non-gender-specific baby hat IF THE YARN HADN’T BEEN THE APPROXIMATE TEXTURE OF STEEL WOOL OH MY GOD. Sometimes I go a bit blind when it comes to knitting things I reallyreally want to work out. Thank you to the ladies at my Stitch-n-Bitch who set me straight and convinced me to rip it out.

May 30, 2009
2009-05-30

Guys, I have no idea what this is. None at all. It can’t possibly be egg yolk, because I haven’t handled eggs in years. It looks like there’s a layer of oil over something, but damned if I know what. Leave your guesses in the comments — the best guess gets a prize.

May 31, 2009
2009-05-31

Before I talk about this picture, I have to say that this day was a little difficult and kicked off the many reasons for my blog silence and probably a little bit of depression. In the morning I went to the yarn store in Geneva (Wool & Co.) with my friend C and had a wonderful time. It was her first time to Wool & Co., and we just had a great time hunting yarn and being overwhelmed. Then we had lunch at a noodle place and got chocolates at a confectionery before coming home. I had a great time.

The difficult part came when NinjaHusband and I drove up to my cousin’s HS graduation party. My Grandma Joy, who has lived alone and still driven herself, has been declining over several years. At the party she stumbled or nearly fell (I wasn’t in the room) and my Dad and his brothers took her to the hospital, leaving the party pretty quickly. N and I were getting ready to leave when this all happened, but stuck around to give hugs and find out what we could, which wasn’t much.

We drove home and I went to knit night where I took this shot and felt better, but distracted. While I was at knit night I learned that Dr. Tiller had been murdered. When I got home I learned that Grandma had had an MRI or CAT scan and some more severe problems had been uncovered. She hasn’t been back to her home since then, and won’t be back.

June 1, 2009
2009-06-01

Gummi bear on sidewalk. I found this as I walked out to my car on Monday afternoon, headed home from work. Someone had dropped a few gummi bears and the sunlight was hitting them in interesting ways.

June 2, 2009
2009-06-02

Miyagi found some unused bags in the corner of the dining area and made them her own.

June 3, 2009
2009-06-03

Beth playing with a bottle of vodka (or gin?) and coming out hilariously scary.

June 4, 2009
2009-06-04

The Lutheran church on the corner of 3rd and Pine in DeKalb. I thought the “Blessing of Animals” bit was kind of sweet and charming, and the light hit the sign in a really pretty way.

June 5, 2009
2009-06-05

My youngest sister came over on Friday to learn how to make a crocheted star-shaped baby blanket. We shopped for yarn, then sat down to work on the pattern. I love teaching crochet and knit to people, and especially my sister. She picked it up really well and decided the order of the colors, and is about halfway through the blanket now. Everytime I go up to Mom and Dad’s I see her and we go over it together, or I help her figure out how to solve a problem.

June 6, 2009
2009-06-06

Hanging out with friends on Saturday, watching Jay and Ryan start a new homebrew. This was the mash (I think? I’m not very aware of the terminology) and it looked weird and interesting. Like deconstructed bread.

June 7, 2009
2009-06-07

Sunday I was apparently drunk while watching Stop-Loss, and got carried away by all the cowboys on my teevee screen.

June 8, 2009
2009-06-08

Cabbage! Cabbage soup, made by NinjaHusband. It was delish.

June 9, 2009
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June 10, 2009
2009-06-10

My friend Angie gave us this pregnant belly/breast sculpture when she returned home from travelling in Africa. I’m considering hanging it in the bedroom, but so far it has only made it to the living room, propped against the wall between a plant named Montescue and our radio/ipod dock/CD player/thing.

June 11, 2009
2009-06-11

This adorable baby (though slightly blurry) is the son of our friends Court and Jamey. He doesn’t usually look this fuzzy or terrified. I didn’t take this picture (I’m holding him), but I like it a lot. We visited them on a Thursday, meaning to play some board games, but we ended up talking about this awesome little guy the whole time. I really enjoyed hanging out with them and holding the baby.

June 12, 2009
2009-06-12

Another child that is not my child. This is Zara, daughter of Samantha & William, friends and all-around cool people. I took this picture at the library on “Chalk Art Friday” at which Zara seemed to have a really good time drawing on the sidewalks with big hunks of chalk.

Okay, that’s the first batch of what I hope will be several this week. I have lots to catch up on.

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