Monday, February 27, 2006

You mean I didn't get it?

I just received this email from UC Berkley's employment office:

Thank you for your interest in working at U.C. Berkeley. This message is to inform you that your application is no longer under consideration for the job(s) listed below. Please do not let this discourage you from applying for other or future opportunities with us.

Again, thank you for your interest, and we wish you the best in your future endeavors.

UCB Employment Office

Job(s) no longer under consideration:
003014 Editor, Sr Editor, Sr School of Education

Umm, We decided to stay in LA like 6 months ago. I applied for that job in July or August. And they're just now letting me know I'm no longer under consideration? Gee, you don't think the 6 month gap between application and any other contact was maybe a clue that I wasn't their first choice?

Sorry about the infrequent posting. We're in the middle of moving to the new place (movers come on Wednesday!) and I'm too pooped to pop, much less make witty postings, or at least what passes for witty around here. More to come. I promise.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Whirlwind Weekend

I must be getting old, because the weekend drive up to San Jose on Friday and back on Monday just about killed me. I am officially exhausted.

On Saturday, I worked at the Stitch Diva booth at Stitches West. 6 hours, on my feet, on a concrete floor. I barely had time to think, much less eat or drink. I did get to see Ellen and Rhonda while I was up there, and that was nice. I also left the booth with much swag:

Banana fiber/sari silk yarn
turquoise banana fiber yarnHand-carved circulars in size 19 & 35
Fun Stitch Diva patterns

So, not a bad haul for only 6 hours of work. But the downside was that I was really too tired to do much exploring of the other booths. I did manage to buy a couple of things (I couldn't go away without spending some cash!).

Blue Moon "Kork" rayon yarn
Blue Moon Yarn

Tootsie P baby loopy mohair
Tootsie P yarn

The Tootsie P yarn is the same type I used on the Interweave Mohair Cowlneck sweater, which I loved. This skein has less yardage (only 750), but for only $26, how can you beat that?

Later Saturday night, I was able to visit with Allsion & Iggy and Baby Maggie. She's looking a bit tired here, but oh so cute.

Sara & baby Maggie2

And so I'll end this post with one more adorable baby photo.

Such a cutie

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Photo post

Ok, so these are some waaaay overdue photos of projects past. Sorry for the crap color -- these are from a crap disposable camera. I'm awaiting the delivery of my new camera, literally any minute.

This is Richard modeling the latest is age-inappropriate chapeaus. Truth be told, he is graciously posing with the Baby Derby Hat that I mad
e for Baby Maggie (from the fab pattern by Ellen, available on
And here is the long-promised photo of my crocheted cardigan in Berroco Foliage. I love it -- it's fun and warm, but because Foliage is spun so loosely, it pills a lot.
And this is the Anthropologie-esque crocheted wrap I made for my mom for Christmas. I'm really pleased with how it looks. I'm planning on making myself one soon.

And, well, just because I can't refuse a perfectly adorable cat with yarn photo, here is Deano, majestically atop my crochet hook case.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy valentine's day, plus I've been tagged

Ok, happy Valentine's Day. I've never been huge on the whole chocolate, roses & expensive dinner reservations thing. At least not on the same day as everyone else in the free world. Valentine's Day, in general, seems very overdone. However, I have to admit that Richard has a great history of doing fabulous things (expect for the one time he forgot to make dinner reservations and was surprised that the wait at a local restaurant was 2 hours). Most of the time, he plans a fabulous and romantic home-cooked dinner. His most memorable was a filet mignon with a port wine sauce, roasted potatoes with a white wine/mustard reduction, salad and chocolate tarts. Mmm. But, he is currently in NYC, fighting his way through snow to the airport, so that he can hopefully make it home sometime tonight. So, no glorious VD (hahah, she wrote VD) plans for me. If we're feeling up for it, maybe I'll splurge and order Thai food.

On another topic, last week, I was tagged by Shannita. I tried to fight it, but how can you? So, here we go.
Four jobs in your life (best to worst):
1. Current job as PR director for nonprofit. Lord knows, it sucked for a while due to crappy bosses, but it feels really good now.
2. Ballet teacher. Yes, for three years, from age 15 - 18, I taught ballet to children ages 2-8. I had so much fun with those kids, teaching them to plie, choreographing recital dances, and just being a part of their young lives.
3. Gallery assistant in art gallery/museum during college. Best work-study job ever. Most of the time, I just sat in the gallery and did my homework while acting as "security." A few times a year, I could get dressed up and work at various exhibition openings. I got to meet artists, and even help set up their art for exhibition.
4. Library drone. A college work-study job that lasted for all of three days before I found the gallery job. Not that libraries are bad places in general, but this was VKC library at USC. It's in a basement, and my job consisted of scanning books in the basement's basment. It was dreary and even a bit scary, especially being in there at night. I lasted all of three days and then just quit.

Four movies you could watch over and over:
1. Steel Magnolias -- The ultimate weepy chick-flick. It has some of my favorite movie lines ever. "Weeza, you know I love you more than my luggage."
2. Pretty in Pink -- When I was in jr. high and high school, I so wanted to be Molly Ringwald. And even though she ends up with the totally wrong guy at the end, ("Blaine?! Blaine?! That's not a name, it's a major appliance!") it's a favorite. I've even created this fantasy about how Andie & Blaine dated for a couple of years in college, but it fizzled, and how at the 10 year reunion, Andie & Duckie see each other again after years, and fall madly in love and have lots of fat babies. Yes, I'm a bit weird.
3. Monsoon Wedding -- This movie has everything, crazy inlaws, infidelity, intrigue, a child-molesting uncle, romance, dancing, singing, and even a persuasive argument in favor or aranged marriage. If you haven't seen this gem, you must Netflix it.
4. An Officer and a Gentleman -- As a bonafide holder of a degree in women's studies, I really shouldn't love this movie. It's a classic retelling of the Cinderella, man literally sweeps poor, working-class woman off her feet and carries her off into the sunset. Debra Winger really should have picked herself up out of the paper factory and joined flight school herself. But that's another movie. And yes, this film has some heavy, Reagan-era, pro-military overtones, but it's sooo good. "I've got no where else to go!" "Oklahoma? I only know two things that come from Oklahoma, steers and queers. Which one are you?" It's totally escapist fantasy, and every once in a while, that's ok, too.
5. The Apartment -- A true gem that's a bit overlooked today, this Billy Wilder classic stars Jack Lemmon as an insurance middle manager that realizes that the way up is to let senior execs use his apartment for their extramarital trysts. Shirley Maclaine is the lovable elevator operator who is having an affair with senior exec Fred MacMurray. It won 5 Oscars, including best picture, best director and best original screenplay. "
Ya know, I used to live like Robinson Crusoe. I mean shipwrecked among 8 million people. And then one day I saw a footprint in the sand and there you were. "

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Project Runway
2. Battlestar Galactica
3. Touching Evil/Wire in the Blood/Watching the Dead/Murphy's Law -- BBC America Mystery Monday. The Brits sure know how to make some incredible, and twisted, police drama. So much better than your average CSI.
4. Mythbusters
5. The Office

Four places you have lived:
1. San Jose, CA (years 0-17)
2. Los Angeles (years 17-30)
That's it, folks. I'm a bit sheltered.

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Lake Tahoe!!
2. Rome
3. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
4. Memphis, TN

Four websites you visit daily:
1. Bloglines -- to read all the blogs I subscribe to
2. -- to check out what new discount yarn they have in stock
3. Yahoo -- for news headlines, movie listings, games, etc.
4. Google -- for searches

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Brownies
2. Sushi! Especially eel, scallop, and salmon skin rolls. Yum!
3. Kettle Chips Cheddar Beer flavor -- not overly cheesy like so many flavored chips. The malt-beer taste is a great complement.
4. A good, rare steak. The redder, the better.

Four places you'd rather be right now:
1. Lake Tahoe! Although it's probably cold there, just now
2. Getting a massage
3. Eating in Santa Fe
4. Knitting at home in my new apartment

Four favorite types of yarn:
1. Rowan Cork -- Sadly, discontinued, but you can still find it on ebay
2. Blue Sky Cotton
3. Noro Blossom
4. Anything by Fiesta Yarns -- the colorways are so beautiful

Four bloggers I'm tagging:
1. Mel
2. Catherine
3. Faith
4. Kate

Monday, February 13, 2006

We Got One!!!!

Ok, so do you remember the movie Ghostbusters, when Annie Potts screams "we got ONE!!!" and it leads to a Ray Parker, Jr. music montage with the Ghostbusters running around New York City? No? Well, it's not important, other than to say that I felt like Annie Potts Saturday afternoon when I got the call that we had finally got one -- an apartment. Yes, after months and months of searching (since October, really), Rich and I signed a lease on an adorable ground-floor unit in a four-plex. Two bedrooms, hardwood (laminate) floors, formal dining room, W/D hookups, celing fans, etc. Hurrah! I feel like I'm finally moving forward. And, I'm moving even closer to the office. Currently, I'm about 1 1/2 miles from work; after we move, I'll only be about 1 mile away.

On the crafty front, I'm feeling good. I actually finished the seraphina shawl! Truth be told, I'm not crazy about the finished product, only because in a misguided attempt to "spice it up," I added this eyelash carry-along yarn on a couple of rows at the bottom. I hate eyelash yarn. I'm not sure what made me add it. It was such a pain in the ass to crochet with, and now I'm thinking I may try to *delicately* cut it out. But it's done, and if nothing else, it will serve as the obligitory office "keep me from freezing in the over-air-conditioned place" cover-up.

Also, I feel like I've overcome a huge mind-block: this weekend, I actually used DPNs. I've fought the DPN intensely, avoiding anything too small to use a circular needle. But, I'm working on the child's sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (and yes, I know the authors had to completely rewrite the pattern because the one in the book had so many mistakes), and it calls for DPNs. I bit the bullet and on Saturday morning, as we happened to be in Burbank looking at apartments (before we got the glorious news), I stopped in at Unwind and picked up a pair. After some trial and error, I think I finally worked it out. I feel like I've finally accomplished my New Year's Resolution from 2005 that I made with Faith: to increase my skills and master cables, DPNs, and colorwork. Hurrah! I think that's success, even if it took me a bit longer than I anticipated.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

It's done!

So, it could probably benefit from a nice blocking session, but did that keep me from wearing it to work today? Of course not. What am I talking about? Why, it's the Japanese Sunburst Tank!

Yes, it's actually finished! One of those projects that was rescued from the depths of the UFO pile. It can happen. It was one of those projects that I loved, and always intended to get back to, but Christmas and the Baseball sweater intervened. But last weekend, when my hands were cramping from too much knitting, I decided to stay productive and just switch crafts for a time. I didn't necessarily want to start a new project, so I looked around and saw the Sunburst tank, looking forlorn in the corner.

It actually didn't need that much work to finish it, so I was done in a total of four hours over two nights. It's kind of nice to be able to take one project off the UFO list and add to the finished list!

As for SnB, I've been MIA for the last week, and won't make it out tonight, either. We've been looking at lots of apartments lately, and our appointments always seem to be on Tuesday or Thursday nights. And tonight, since it's the night before Richard's birthday, we're going out to see a Replacements cover band at a local bar. So, the next time I'll get some good girl time is next Tuesday. At least I have Stitches West to look forward to in a few weeks. I'm not taking any classes, but the Marketplace is always very inspiring (i.e., I end up buying a lot of yarn!). And this year, it looks like I'll be working one afternoon at the Stitch Diva booth. Jennifer Hansen (the fab Stitch Diva, herself) is a friend of my sister's, and since she's teaching classes the whole weekend, she needs help. I love her designs, and it will provide me an excuse to wear my version of her Gatsby Cloche. I can't wait!