Monday, April 30, 2007

It's a Small Small World aka You're not a stalker if you really do know them from somewhere!

This afternoon I needed to take off work to keep an appointment. Afterwards I had a number of errands to run on campus... including picking up my cap and gown! *thinks almost graduate level thoughts*

So I was on my way into a building when I saw this guy.... and I just KNEW that I knew him. As he walked into what I presumed was his office, I glanced at the name on the door. It just reinforced the feeling. So I spent the better part of the next 30 minutes going through my various affiliations (past schools, past jobs) and trying to place this guy. Finally I couldn't take it any more.

Knowing that I was about to sound like a bad pickup line, I cruised by his office and tapped lightly on his door. "I'm sorry I hate to bother you, but don't I...." "YES. I know I know you from somewhere!" He finished my sentence. Turns out he lived down the hall from me sophomore year. In St. Louis. Almost... EEEEK...10 years ago.

It's a small small world.


Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Productive Weekend

This weekend was chock full of knitting!

Finished the lavender commissioned baby blanket.

Started ANOTHER purple and green project... it's a surprise!

Mitering on... red and pink. It's a new project in the works!

I'm not ready for Monday again, but my horoscope last week (that Monday would be an excellent day!) and my fortune cookie indicated it might be a promising day. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope to have good news to report!

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Things to Make for Light's Tadpole

AWWWWW! Cute little Lion Brand Pattern



That's pretty much going to be my weekend and I'm SO excited about it. Tonight kicks off the weekend with a Punk Knits and Bad Girls Knitting Nite at the LYS. Tomorrow I'll be working there during the day, and then going to dinner and a concert with my mom. Sunday is reserved for movies and more knitting. After this week, I'm super ready for a relaxing weekend.

Next weekend is party weekend as I enter the last year of my 20's!


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Denim Day

I only found out about this late yesterday, but it's worth noting. And I was wearing denim when I read it!

Denim Day in LA

Peace Over Violence is proud to present the 9th Annual Denim Day in LA 2007, a campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. It takes place on Wednesday April 25, 2007.

In 1998 an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. People all over the world were outraged. Wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Last year on Denim Day an unprecedented 250,000 people signed up to wear jeans in support of raising awareness about the need to end sexual violence. This year we aim to at least double that amount.

This day in the schools, offices and streets of Los Angeles County we unite against rape of girls, women, boys and men. We stand in support of survivors. We break the silence to end sexual violence.

On Denim Day in LA wear your jeans as a visible sign of protest against the myths that still surround sexual assault!

Just to clarify this is why the conviction was overturned:

The Supreme Court overturned the ruling, saying the woman had been wearing jeans at the time, and there was no way a woman wearing jeans could have been raped because they are too difficult to take off so she had to have been willingly involved.

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Blogging: Dilbert Style

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fortune cookie say:

You are next in line for promotion.

I think fortune cookie is smoking something since I was explicitly told I'm not in line for anything except more work.

Keeping my fingers crossed and my feng shui in order.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A new/old project.

Recently one of my favorite knitting blogs, Mason Dixon Knitting started a new project, the Slogalong. What is a Slogalong you may ask? Well it's when you, as a knitter, have a huge project that is just slogging along. And you hate it. And you want to throw it across the room, but you can't cause you know eventually you have to finish.

Mostly I'm a pretty productive person, so I wasn't sure if I fit in. Apparently I did. Check it out here.


Cryptic Advice?

Your relationships work because you're upfront about what's important to you. If you keep that principle close to your heart, you'll be able to improve the current situation more rapidly than you'd think.


Hot News - Try not to go ballistic.

This speaks volumes. Words fail me.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Dressing for the ball....

I'm not a particularly skeptical online shopper. I am careful with my credit cards, and buy from reputable sources, but in general I'll shop for quite a few things on the internet. Caveats include shoes, expensive clothing, and items and I need to see/try on/touch/compare before hand.

But in the next few weeks I have a wedding to go to and no time to shop, and well, I haven't a thing to wear. I mean this sort of literally. The last time I bought nice dresses for anything (dresses that weren't bridesmaids dresses!), I was in high school and college and 15-30 lbs lighter than I am now.

So I decided to give this the old college try. I found the dress at Nordstrom's and I'm going to attempt to try it on this weekend (if that fails, I'll just order online and keep my fingers crossed):

And on Overstock, I bought a pair of these:

I broke the shoe rule because these are Nine West, which I wear quite a few of, and because Overstock's return policy is pretty good. That and they're on sale and I don't have to try 12 million pairs on first!

So stay tuned for the report!

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mission Complete

Lots to catch up on. Firstly - my first adult sized sweater is complete. I really enjoyed working on this one, and I think it came out great. Unfortunately it's not for me (it's a sample for the store), although the nice part is that I'll get paid for it. But I couldn't resist modeling!

This weekend was a whirlwind of knitting, parties, gaming and not enough sleep. I also managed to accomplish the following:

The Curse of the Golden Flower - This was the latest in the martial arts/special effects movies featuring Li Gong and Chow Yun Fat as the Emperor and Empress of China. The movie was beautifully done - in acting, in sets and costumes, and in special effects. I would highly recommend!

Highwire Moon by Susan Straight - This was a quick read. It is the story of a 15 year old girl, Elvia, who is of Mexican, Indian and American blood struggling to find out her identity. She lives with her sketchy father, and wonders about the mother who left her when she was only 3. At the same time, her mother is struggling to find her way back into America and find the daughter she lost so long ago.

And not from this weekend, but still bearing mention:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - I could not put this book down. This is the story of 12 year old Anna who was genetically engineered and born to serve as a donor for her older sister who has an aggressive form of cancer. After 12 years, Anna merely wants to be treated as though she has a choice in the matter. When her sister needs a kidney transplant, Anna takes the family by surprise when she files for medical emancipation. A must read.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Almost a sweater.

It's not quite finished yet, as you can tell from the picture, but it's very close. A few hours at the store tomorrow and some finishing touches and it should be done!



Some friends at work today told me to go Wee myself and, well, I did. My new Weemee is in the righthand column with all the other junk - I really need to clean that side up. And yes I'm wearing my bunny slippers on the beach. That's just how I roll.

Get your own Weemee here!


Thursday, April 19, 2007

The wrong word.

So I've been wondering what to post all day. This just seems to be one of those days where I don't have too much to say. I'm not as hurt and upset as I was yesterday, but I wouldn't say things are hunky dory. I think I'm in the acceptance phase of the ending of this chapter of my life and I'm just waiting for the new chapter to start.

So I was thinking that I'd just post a word. Not just any word, but a word that sort of descibes how I feel. Usually I'm pretty good with definitions, but my first choice of a word was the wrong one.


fine; completely satisfactory; OK.

I had always used the word in the context of "things aren't going well, but they're not going badly - they're just going," but apparently that's not the case.

So even though it has less panache, I'm going to go with this one:


Satisfactory but not outstanding; adequate.

P.S. Just in case:


a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007


There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

-Logan Pearsall Smith, essayist (1865-1946)


Could this day get worse?

8:30am - Cell phone rings. Subcontractor at work missed flight. This is going to cost me.

9:00am - Meeting with supervisor. No promotion, no raise, BUT more work. Congratulations! You're an MBA now. Oh and be sure to take a vacation day to attend your graduation - that's not a freebie.

10:00am - 16th phone call from Boss who is out of office, but definitely on cell phone.

1:00pm - Head of HR sends not-so-nice email about me to supervisor. EXCEPT - puts MY name in TO: line so I get it instead. Politely reply. No response.

Where's Scott Adams? Have I got material for him.


How Not to Have a Successful Career

Drunk and 'Tired' Lily Allen cancels U.S. shows

British pop sensation Lily Allen has cancelled most of her spring U.S. tour saying she has been "getting really drunk" and is "tired."

Allen posted the news on her MySpace page, and said she thinks her live shows have suffered. She said she increased her drinking recently because she was "so nervous about doing bad shows."

On her April 16 post, Allen first jokes that: "I thought that being a popstar meant going out getting trashed with famous people and sleeping in all day. The fact that this is not true has come as a huge disappointment to me."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Soliciting Advice from the Peanut Gallery

My supervisor has just cancelled the meeting I had booked with her for the 4th consecutive time. The meeting to discuss my future here. The one I asked her for over 2 weeks ago.

Any advice on how to deal with what is quickly becoming problematic would be greatly appreciated. Job offers would be better. :)

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(Mostly) Not Purple

In light of today's events, I don't have anything funny or witty to post.

I came home from class ready to curl up and feel safe at home. Of course knitting entered the equation. A new pouch for my new cell phone. Noro Kureyon Colorway 102, what I call the "Sunset Color".


Monday, April 16, 2007

April Should be Purple, aka Quick Crochet Kerchief.

This year, I joined Project Spectrum. Each month (or few months) I've been trying to knit in the colors they suggest. However, whether I was trying or not, this month seems to be purple month. I still have the Baby Kimono on the needles and I'm still working on the lime green and purple sweater for the shop. Add in the new lavender commissioned baby blanket, and my own stripey blankets with purple as the main color, and I've pretty much stuck myself with a purple month.

Tonight I got a hankering to knit or crochet something new. When I reached for my stash, purple was on top. So I give you, the quick crochet kerchief:

Pattern: Found here.
Yarn: 1 ball of Heirloom Breeze in Dewberry (main color) and leftovers of a ball of Rose (trim).


Saturday, April 14, 2007


I worked at the yarn store this afternoon. Mid-afternoon someone walked in looking to commission a baby blanket, and I happened to be the one who said yes. So now I'm working with Velvet Touch in a lavender and white colorway.

In other news check out this amazing video. It was done by a professor of anthropology at K-State, and Wes saw him speak last night.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Attack of the Enron delete key.

First the paper shredders and now this!

White House claims e-mail on fired U.S. Attorneys was deleted

(Computerworld UK) -- Officials in the Bush administration said Wednesday that an unknown number of e-mails at the center of a political fight over the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys have been deleted.

More nonsense here.


Are you always this quiet?

The Flash teacher just asked me this question. You can all go have a good laugh now.


The Flash

Today I have a slight reprieve from work. I'm on main campus professionally developing. That is, I'm taking a "Professional Development" class in Flash 8. It's going a little more slowly than I would like, but I think it's going to be a great intro to the software. Added to that, I get to have lunch with some of my former coworkers and a whole day off from work and it makes for a great day! Catch ya on the flip side.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Auntie Fluffy!!

One of my best friends surprised me yesterday by announcing that she's expecting!

At first I was a little shocked, and a lot jealous. But now I'm just plain excited. A little tadpole to dress in handknits! One of her other best friends is also a knitter, but wants to make blankets and stuffies so I'm in the clear to make little sweaters and hats. Sweet Pea (the photo) is my first choice, but I can think of a million other fun things to knit too. And I have until December!

So congrats to Light and her hubby. Just call me Auntie Fluffy!

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Things that sound dirty, but aren't.

Last week Beth wrote a post about words that sound dirty but aren't. She had lots of contributors and it was a great read. (I added UVULA - the dingywidget that hangs down in the back of your throat.)

So I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this week's theme at A Word A Day by Anu Garg was "Words that Seem Risque."

Today's word:

vomitorium (vom-i-TOR-ee-uhm) noun, plural vomitoria

A passageway to the rows of seats in a theater.

[From Latin vomitorium, from vomere (to discharge).]

Vomitoria in ancient amphitheaters helped the audience to reach their seats quickly and then, at the end of the performance, leave at an equal speed (hence the name). Thousands of seats could be filled in minutes. The suggestion that a vomitorium was the place for the ancient Romans to vomit during a feast has no basis.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

New Gadget Alert

Well it may be old news, but it's new to me! I was anxiously awaiting yesterday's date, because my Verizon "new in two" plan rolled over yesterday which means I was eligible for a new free phone. I picked the ultrasleek Motorola RAZR in silver. Shiny!

But beyond my excitement for a new toy, I thought I'd alert you to a good cause. For those of you who end up with a new phone and a gazillion old phones and accessories, did you know that you can donate your phone to good causes? This site is a treasure trove of knowledge, from where you can drop off your old phones locally, to instructions on how to wipe all the information in your phone before you donate, to your choice of programs to support (from domestic abuse to after school programs).

So go out and get yourself a shiny new gadget and donate your old one! It's for a good cause...honest!

ETA: I ordered it yesterday and it arrived today! Woohoo!


Charity Blanket #7: The Mighty Miter

Finis! Onto the next. :)


Monday, April 09, 2007

Holy crap it's April.

Also known as HOLY CRAP IT'S APRIL! Where has the year gone? I have approximately 32 days until graduation (if I want to be specific I would say 32 days and 3 hours). Two more papers and one more final and I'm a graduate. Holy Crap.

I turn 29 in approximately 26 days. I could be cute and give you an actual countdown, but I'm just not that cute. (or obsessive....much). The last year of my 20's. How....anticlimatic? I still feel like a big kid trapped in an adult's body. Mortgages? Marriage? Children? Am I really old enough for this?

The quest for a summer live-in lover. Yes, you read that right. Wes and I are still keeping the fingers and toes crossed that an internship is going to surface in the LA area so he can come and live with me for the summer. HOLY CRAP it's April already?

Things that I'm not worried about even though it's April:

* Taxes. The power of e-filing allows me to already have my rockin' refund. Also see entries under COUCH.
* April Showers - I like gloom. Bring on the rain, but you'd better be damn sure there are May flowers for my birthday and graduation.
* Easter - you may wonder why a Jewish girl likes the month that Easter falls in. Well I have three words for you: CADBURY CREME EGGS.

Ok back to the grind...

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Oh the colors!

As Spring is fast approaching (even if the weather in Los Angeles doesn't seem to echo that sentiment) I find myself more and more drawn to colors. My current projects are in purples and greens and yellows. So far:

Parkham Sweater from Rowan Book 17, Rowan Silk Aran in Purple and Lime Green for the store:

Still on the needles, a baby kimono in Koigu lavendar and mint green (notice a theme?):

Rippling along in Heirloom Breeze, various colorways:

And also the movies:

* The Lookout - This was an excellent new movie. I hadn't heard of it before I went, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was incredibly well done with excellent acting, and a great plot line. I would highly recommend!

* Dark City - This is an old sci fi flick that I caught on DVD this weekend. The beginning was quite good, and the shooting style was neat, but it sort of fell apart at the end.

* All The King's Men - This was for date night with my sweetie. We found the plot a little slow going. Sean Penn was fabulous, though.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

USC in the News

USC dean's ties to lender are focus of probe

New York investigators probing possible wrongdoing in the college loan industry are exploring whether USC's financial aid director had improper business ties to a lender that her office has recommended to students.

A letter sent Wednesday by the office of New York state Atty. Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo to the university said it was looking into whether Catherine Thomas, a USC associate dean and financial aid director, "engaged in deceptive practices or other illegal conduct in connection with her dealings with Student Loan Xpress Inc."

According to New York officials, authorities are reviewing whether Thomas improperly received 1,500 shares of stock in Educational Lending Group, the former parent company of Student Loan Xpress.

The letter from Cuomo's office stated that New York officials "are deeply concerned" that Thomas may have received the shares in exchange for placing Student Loan Xpress on the university's preferred lender lists or to influence her to place the company on the lists.

"Students may therefore have been left with the false impression that the company was preferred because it was best for students, when in reality the company was selected because of its stock grants to Ms. Thomas," the letter said.

James Grant, a USC spokesman, said the university has not taken any disciplinary action against Thomas after receiving the letter by fax and that the 15-year university employee, a longtime college financial aid specialist, was at work Wednesday. He declined to comment beyond offering a prepared statement that said, "We have just received a copy of the attorney general's letter and will now review the information in the letter and respond."

The letter to USC asked the university to arrange to provide documents related to the New York investigation and to determine whether "any other financial aid officers received any payments, stock or other benefits from any other lending institutions." It also asked USC to provide documents showing how the university selected its preferred lenders over the last six years.

No wonder the Financial Aid office hasn't been returning my emails. Glad I checked the lenders out myself!


Do you Haiku?

This guy does.
Reviews movies in Haiku.
Pretty funny stuff.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Turned a Disney ride
Into a good movie, argh!
Thanks to Johnny Depp

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Well I had a post all written in my head about how angry I was at Levitz. Why you may ask? I still love my couch. I just don't love that the week between when I bought it and when it was delivered it was advertised on the web for $150 less than I paid. Or that this week it is still on sale for $100 less than I paid.

So I exercised my consumer voice. It took a lot of waiting on hold, and waiting for a few calls to be returned that weren't. But then I worked the power of the written word. And it succeeded! I am now authorized to receive a $150 refund. All I have to do is march myself back to the store and present my credit card, and they'll take care of it.

Not the easiest thing in the world, but it does save them from a rant. And I'd probably even buy there again... just not before I check the internet prices or ask if there are going to be any upcoming sales!


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The magical number 3.

A lot of things in life come in threes. You know when 2 people of some amount of notoriety die? And everyone waits for the third because bad things come in threes? Is it a secret that a stool with three legs is more stable than one with four? It's all that planar math.

The corrolary to my theory about things coming in threes, is that there's always one that's odd man out. You know... when you take any three siblings, arguments usually end up two to one.

Anyhow, at any given time in my life I have three main themes. Currently my holy triumvirate is romance, school and work.

So my romance is going along swimmingly. The wedding is starting to take shape, we're hoping to live together this summer, and we've got less than 9 months until we can finally be together forever (and live happily ever after).

School is likewise progressing in a similar fashion. As of today, I'm approximately 5 weeks away from being done with my masters degree. Although I have some indecision as to exactly what I want to do with my MBA, I'm proud and glad to be done with it. Only two more papers and one final and I'm a graduate!

Which brings me to the third leg on my stool: work. Right now work seems to be odd man out. Since I came to work here almost 2 years ago, I had hoped that I would have a future career here. However, with the recent change in management, it's becoming clearer each day that I'm considered more of a secretary than a career person. And that leaves me in an uncomfortable position. I'm depressed about how things are going, but I'm not sure where else I would like to go. I have an eclectic set of skills that don't translate well to resume WOW and I'm lost in a mess of job ads for things I'm not sure I want to do.

To make a long story short, excuse my while I go surf for wedding sites and job postings!


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Human PacMan

No words can explain this.


42: the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

- Douglas Adams


Monday, April 02, 2007

Oh the spam.

If you don't like inappropriate on.

I was just gifted with some lovely spam.

To: Littledevilworks
From: Charles
Subject: Let the big dick fairy bless you


It's all in the news...

I was stunned by two headlines in particular today.

1. TB Victim Locked up in Arizona

PHOENIX - Behind the county hospital's tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping.

Robert Daniels has been locked up indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of his life, since last July. But he has not been charged with a crime. Instead, he suffers from an extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. It is considered virtually untreatable.

County health authorities obtained a court order to lock him up as a danger to the public because he failed to take precautions to avoid infecting others. Specifically, he said he did not heed doctors' instructions to wear a mask in public.

Though Daniels' confinement is extremely rare, health experts say it is a situation that U.S. public health officials may have to confront more and more because of the spread of drug-resistant TB and the emergence of diseases such as SARS and avian flu in this increasingly interconnected world.

Dr. Ross Upshur, director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, said authorities should detain people with drug-resistant tuberculosis if they are uncooperative.

"We're on the verge of taking what was a curable disease, one of the best known diseases in human endeavors, and making it incurable," Upshur said.

But a paper Upshur co-wrote on the issue in a medical journal earlier this year has been strongly criticized.

"Involuntary detention should really be your last resort," Harrington said. "There's a danger that we'll end up blaming the victim."

My first thought when I read this was how inhumane can we get? I'd like to see us refrain from locking sick people up. However, with the risk of something like a drug resistant strain of TB becoming a world-wide epidemic, and the patient not taking this risk seriously, maybe this is necessary. But is there no other way?

2. BYU campus protests Dick Cheney speech

PROVO, Utah - Some students and faculty on one of the nation's most conservative campuses want Brigham Young University to withdraw an invitation for Vice President
Dick Cheney to speak at commencement later this month.

Critics at the school question whether Cheney sets a good example for graduates, citing his promotion of faulty intelligence before the Iraq war and his role in the
CIA leak scandal.

The private university, which is owned by the Mormon church, has "a heavy emphasis on personal honesty and integrity in all we do," said Warner Woodworth, a professor at BYU's business school.

"Cheney just doesn't measure up," he said.

Woodworth is helping organize an online petition asking that the school rescind its invitation to the vice president. In its first week, the petition collected more than 2,300 signatures, mostly from people describing themselves as students, alumni or members of the church.

The display of dissent is rare for a university that has been voted the nation's most "stone-cold sober" school nine years in a row in the annual Princeton Review of party schools.

I never thought I'd say this, but GO BYU! I'm with you all the way on this one!


It's Official: We're getting married!

As of this morning, I confirmed that Wes and I will be getting married on August 9, 2008 at the Cottage at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. I also booked our photographer - Harry Bellows Photography. He's the one who did our engagement photos!

I couldn't be more excited. Now it's working on bands, guest lists, dresses, and all the other little details!

For another take on the situation, check here.


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Another weekend dead and gone.

I can't believe it's almost Monday again. Where DOES the time go?

This weekend ended up being pretty good despite impending school projects and being trapped in my house waiting for furniture movers.

Friday I got home from work, and spent a little time chatting with my sweetie. Took a Power Nap and then got up and worked on my school project for a while. It paid to get a good start on Friday, so I could play on Saturday.

Saturday I slept late and then went to hang out at my favorite place. I mostly finished the pink sweater (see previous entry) and started on the baby kimono. I had never knitted in Koigu before and let me tell you, it's a treat. It's so soft! I can't wait to see the finished product.

Saturday night was movie night and Wes and I watched The Departed. Though I enjoyed this movie, I confess I was a little lost as to where it was going as it twisted and turned. On the whole, it had a great cast and was acted very well. Later in the evening, after Wes had gone to bed, I popped in Keeping Mum. This is a highly bizarre British movie starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith. Maggie Smith plays a zany nanny who has a dark (and hilarious) secret. I would highly recommend this if you love kooky British movies.

Today I worked on my group project. I am SO glad that I'm almost a graduate. Even though I have a friend in this group, we still have less desirable members. Basically we divided up the rest of the report today so that we could get it done and get a good grade. After that the new couch arrived and I enjoyed some more of Desperate Housewives: Season 2.

Finally, tonight I went to dinner with my parents. We talked quite a bit about the wedding and made some decisions. Hopefully I'll have some news to post soon regarding that... I have lots of phone calls to make in the next few days.

I leave you with photos of my two new projects (perfect for Project Spectrum's April/May colors: Pink, Green and Yellow). The one on the top is the baby kimono in Koigu lavender and mint green. The bottom is a rippled crochet afghan in Heirloom Breeze - more stripes and colors to come!

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