Thursday, January 31, 2008

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Remember when I talked about the "Violent Crumble-Off" a couple posts ago? Well, you can view an absolutely hilarious (well, I think so anyway) commercial from 1982 for the Violet Crumble candy here. It's from 1982. That should give you some idea of what to expect.

I've got the collar on the Ribby Cardi. I may redo it...pick up fewer stitches. It just seems large. After work tomorrow I'll probably pick up a zipper and finish it tomorrow night in between vacuuming and washing dishes. Yup. Exciting Friday night planned.

Hopefully I'll have finished Ribby Cardi pics to share on Monday!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

This Just In....

Looks like Johan Santana is headed East...to the Mets.

I guess I can remove "pondering whether Johan Santana will be traded" from my "interests" on Facebook.

It's Beginning To Look Like A Sweater

Ah...the end is in sight on the Ribby Cardi. Sunday when I got home from the cabin I decided to sew on one sleeve.
Of course, first of all I had to get Zoey off of it.

Monday night, after a fun, unplanned trip to the Yarnery and La Cucaracha with Heather, I sewed on Sleeve Number 2 while listening to the State of the Union.


All that's left are side seams, sleeves seems, collar, and zipper. And perhaps some sleeve shortening. Not too much left to do. I'm so excited. My goal now is to have it done for the Superbowl party on Sunday, but I think it may clash with my purple Vikings T-Shirt.

Yesterday while I was at work, Heather called to see if I had any time this week or weekend to head to the yarn store with her so she could pick out some yarn for me to make her a hat. I quickly considered my demanding social schedule and said, "Tonight!"

Off to the Yarnery we went, where she picked out this lovely fiber (and I ran in to someone from high school...random). Mmmmm...it's alpaca and I think she will be very happy with the hat.


It's Sport Weight, so if anyone has ideas, let me know. I've been scanning Ravelry and saw two patterns I loved, but they seem to be written in Norwegian or something. We'll get together next Monday night to pick a pattern.
I've also made a little progress on the Petroleum Blanket.


I finally took down my Christmas tree Sunday. Zoey the Cat loves boxes, so of course she jumped in and had a look around.

That's all the knitting news for now. Hopefully I'll have some more Ribby Cardi progress to show tomorrow.

Monday, January 28, 2008

My Weekend at "The Cabin"

The weekend did not get off to a promising start. I spent the approximately two-hour drive to Chippewa Falls listening to David and Nate talk about routers, WANs, LANs, wireless networks, reverse firewalls, and something about breaking the Internet. Since it was dark, I could not distract myself with knitting. All I could do was stare out the window at...the dark. I'm sure there were some cattle out there.

Once we arrived at the cabin, things took an upward turn. I learned to play Farkel (which I ALMOST won), had some food, and was introduced to great cabin fun via "Poke the Pirate", a game no doubt intended for four year-olds to practice their avoidance skills...avoiding getting poked in the eye by the wayward pirate as he flies through the air.

When 30-somethings with access to copious amounts of beer and liquor play, it has a very different feel. Unfortunately, my camera batteries were dead (I didn't get a chance to purchase more until Saturday afternoon ) so I can't show you pictures of all the fun.

It's probably just as well. Any game that involves "penalty meat", me reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and a small projectile plastic pirate, is probably best not saved for posterity.

Saturday was much tamer and involved lots of Wii playing, Farkel, Zombie Fluxx, a trip to the Leinekugel Brewery, and of course playing in the snow. My highlight of that time would probably be when I was participating in the most innocent of childhood traditions, making a snow angel, when someone (who shall remain nameless) "inadvertently" kicked snow in my face.

Saturday also saw the birth of the "Violent Crumbledown". Patrick and Marcie brought some candies from Australia.
As you can see, they are actually called VIOLET crumbles, but this was lost on us, particularly Leah, who expected "a wrestling match in my mouth when I eat these". Such was the confusion over the name that on the way home David said, "You mean they aren't VIOLENT Crumbles?" at which point Nate and I laughed at him. If you think about it, it makes sense. There are more things in Australia that can kill you than anywhere else in the world, so perhaps their candy should be violent.

What resulted from Leah's comment was series of Violent Crumbledowns to see who could eat the "chocolate covered honeycomb" fastest. It's odd the things that happen in Wisconsin.

There was no Poke-the-Pirate Saturday night. :-(

Sunday morning involved lots of eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, and coffee. I made the eggs, and in my zeal to show them off, I bopped a baby in the head with the bowl. Not cool. I was later told that in fact I did not hit him, but rather he sat up and hit his head on the coffee table as the bowl-o-eggs whizzed by him. I still feel partly to blame. What child wouldn't be alarmed and sit up when he sees a bowl of eggs flying through the air towards him?
Eventually, we had to pack up and head back home. I could tell more stories, but this post already seems a bit long. Maybe another time. I did get a little work on the Petroleum Blanket done which I'll show off later.
When I got home, Zoey the Cat was sitting in the window looking down at me. Awwww.....home sweet home.

Thanks Andy and Lindsey for a fun weekend at your cabin!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Chippewa Falls, Here I Come!

I'm heading to Chippewa Falls this weekend to relax with friends and hopefully tour the Lienenkugel Brewery. I'm bringing the Petroleum Blanket (that's what I've decided to call it for now...tongue in cheek), and hopefully will have some progress to show. I haven't touched it since Sunday night.

Zoey the Cat will spend another weekend alone, but I know she will be okay. I've left plenty of food and water, some lights on, the door to my closet open since she likes to sit in there, and as an added bonus...I left two pairs of jeans laying out. One on the bed, one on the couch. She likes the texture of jeans. I also left my sleeves for the Ribby Cardi on the coffee table since she likes to sit on those. They'll need a good lint-rollering when the sweater is done!

A fun little story for the day. Recently I got a friend request on Facebook from someone with my last name that lives in Texas. For those of you who know me, you know my last name is quite unusual in the United States, although apparently in the Netherlands it is their version of Johnson. Anyhoo...my dad's cousin (?) Harry has been doing a lot of genealogy research on our family. A LOT. He was able to confirm that me and this guy in Texas have the same Great-Great-Great Grandfather. Cool, huh? We're cousins!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I Am Not Coordinated

I had my first Arabic Dance class last night...more popularly known as Belly Dancing. How did it go? Well...I look like a total dork. I felt completely clumsy, uncoordinated, and silly. So yeah, it went pretty well.

Now I need to go out and buy some finger cymbals and a hip scarf. Perhaps with the correct accoutrements I will not feel so dorky.

Poor Zoey the Cat has been somewhat neglected as of late. I was gone most of this past weekend, and I'll be gone this coming weekend as well. With my class two nights a week, she seems a wee bit lonely. Sigh. I guess that's why I didn't make her get out of my basket of clean laundry the other day. You can see here here peeking out.



If Zoey is neglected, that means my knitting is being neglected as well. I've made no progress on either the Ribby Cardi or the Baby Blanket. I think I will take the Baby Blanket to the cabin this weekend, as the pattern is very easy and I will be able to work on it and visit at the same time.

The pattern is one from one of those pamphlet type books you can buy. A friend of my sister made this blanket for Nathan when he was born and I really liked it.


I am making this blanket out of...acrylic. For you non-knitters reading this, you should know that serious knitters can really get in a dither about acrylic yarn. I read some pretty heated discussion on Ravelry about acrylics versus natural fibers. I do prefer natural fibers (cotton, wool, bamboo, soy, what have you), and I do feel slightly guilty using this. Why? Well, acrylic yarn is made from PETROLEUM. Yup. I'll be wrapping someone's baby in our dependence on foreign oil.

But it will only cost me $5. Total. For the whole blanket. So there.

So, yes...I am using this acrylic yarn, and it's soft and squishy and feels nice. And, I feel sort of bad about it. I'm torn.

Did I mention it's flammable?*

I am also thinking of making another one in Green Apple Shine Worsted Weight or maybe Grass from Knit Picks. It won't cost $5, but it will still be inexpensive, and I won't feel guilty about it.
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* Acrylic yarn in general is flammable, not just the stuff I bought.**
**I would like to state that my lovely Grandmother knit all the children in our family many lovely things, all from acrylic yarn, and not a single one of us ever caught fire.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

And the Winner Was...

Chocolate Cream Pie!


It's a good thing too. First of all, everyone at the Saturday night dinner shindig voted for Chocolate Cream and second of all, that Banana Cream Pie recipe I had? Not so much. It's actually a COCONUT Cream pie recipe. If I've learned anything in life it's that people have very strong feelings about coconut. They love it...or hate it. Little in between.

I forgot to get a chocolate bar to make little curlies for the top, so I substituted some crushed up chocolate cookie. Yum!

It was a fun gathering, and it ended as all good gatherings should...men in one room playing video games...women in another playing cards.

The rest of my weekend was devoted to sheer laziness. You would think I'd have gotten more knitting done. Here is what I did manage to accomplish:


Look! Finished sleeves. Ooh....they are a little long. I may just roll them up. OR, I could be DARING...thread a lifeline...do some cutting....and bind off at a more appropriate length. Yeah, I know the picture is sideways.


And, look at my fronts. To the untrained eye, they may not look any different, but if you look closely you'll see some lovely zipper bands. Again, sorry about the sideways picture.

And, while I watched the Packers lose to the Giants (so sad), I got started on this baby blanket.


More about this project later, and a few other stories about the weekend.
It's the first day of classes here at the U of M...which means I start my class tonight - Arabic Dancing. Otherwise known as Belly Dancing!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Geek Date

Last night I went to see the Physics Circus in Northrup Auditorium, presented by the Physics Force. Why Yes! They did play the theme from Star Wars before the show. You can read some older articles about it here and here.

Yup. Totally geeky. Not as geeky as those math lectures though.

If you read the articles, you'll see this show has been presented to thousands of K-12 students. I think they were all there last night. One young man was particularly impressed with the friction demonstration in which a tablecloth was pulled out from under a stack of dishes. He shouted, "Oh SNAP! Man! Did you see that?! Oh SNAP!"

I don't know that I've ever seen someone quite so excited about Physics before.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Meowawr!

Uh oh. Zoey the Cat and I had our first yarn misunderstanding last night. It was not good. I just want to stress that she is a-okay though!

Here she is earlier in the evening, hanging out on my sleeves. Why yes...that is my Christmas Tree you still see up in the background!


A bit later, I sat down to actually start working on those sleeves. Now, if I am sitting on the couch, Zoey wants to be on my lap. It does take her some time to get comfortable. She'll nip at my knitting needles, walk back and forth across my lap, knead my stomach, and maybe even grab the yarn a bit. Eventually, she settles down and we are both happy...me knitting, her just sitting. This has never been a problem.

Until last night.

The sleeves have gotten long, so it's been a little more frustrating trying to knit when she's doing her little dance on my lap. She also seemed particularly taken with the strands of yarn last night and kept grabbing and biting it. No problem. I knew she'd settle down on my lap eventually.

Well...at one point, she stepped on the sleeve and all my stitches slid off. Not a problem...I'm pretty experienced and I can deal with that. However, when a cat is still yanking on your yarn with her little cat teeth...well...aaargh.

So, I stood up, and here is where the trouble began (I guess it really began when she yanked the stitches off the needle). Usually when I stand up she jumps off my lap, but last night her little paw got caught in the yarn and she fell. :-( Poor Zoey. I grabbed the yarn, visions of my sleeve unraveling in my head, and it wrapped tighter around her leg, which scared her. She let out a horrible "MEOW!" and started running down the hall. Since I was holding the yarn, she only got so far before she was stopped, kind of like she was on a leash. She rolled over in the hallway and let out a little, scared, pained noise before she hissed at me and then darted under the bed.

I felt horrible. She wasn't hurt at all...just startled and scared. I sat on the floor trying to tell her it was okay and she could come out, but she'd have none of that. I gave her some treats, but, alas...she never came out of the bedroom the rest of the night. She curled up on my bed and didn't move.

She was still there this morning. Doesn't she look cute?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Baby, It's Warm Outside!

It's 22 degrees! Yeah...and when I say it's warm, it really DID feel warm when I was out at the bus stop. It's all relative I guess. Of course, I heard the high temperature on Saturday will be 0. That's ZERO. So, Gigi...get your car washed today!

Speaking of cold, I was going to be making a Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie for a little dinner shindig on Saturday night. Being so cold, I don't really feel up for that. I'm trying to decide if I should make Chocolate Cream Pie, or Banana Cream Pie (with crust made out of animal crackers). In the spirit of my blog, I will let all of you vote and whatever you decide is what I will make.

I'm ALMOST done with the sleeves for the Ribby Cardi. I'm set to begin the decreases. I might be able to finish them up tonight while I watch the final installment of Comanche Moon. I'd like to have the sweater finished by next weekend. We'll see.

Sigh...I just looked up Lonesome Dove on IMDB and now I know how it ends in Comanche Moon with Clara and Gus. Maybe I won't watch the last installment tonight.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Why Don't People Wear Hats?

It was -4 degrees outside this morning according to KARE11 news. Despite this, I consistently see people on the bus that do not wear a hat. I'm baffled. It's COLD out there! Sunday I inadvertently left the house without my hat (I guess I was just SOOO excited to get to Bruegger's and have their Egg, Cheese, and Sausage Bagel Sandwich). Fortunately, I was walking with someone nice who offered his hat right about the point when my ears were going to freeze and fall to the ground.

Equally baffling to me are the folks who don't wear mittens...and the people who don't zip up their coat. I'm not talking teenagers trying to look cool either. These are adults...people who should know better. Aren't they cold?

I didn't get much knitting done last night. I cast on and knit one row of what will hopefully be a baby blanket, and knit about 5 sleeve rows. My friend Heather came over last night and we shared a bottle of wine, cheese, olives, and my very-lazy bruschetta (1 can diced tomatoes [the kind with basil and seasoning in the can], one shallot chopped, a splash of EVOO and Balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and some Parmesan cheese). After that little feast I didn't much feel like knitting. Will those sleeves EVER be done?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Happy Monday!

Look at the cool things that happen where I work! Okay, granted I do not work in this lab, but I do feel proud when I see some of the things happening here at the U of M! Go Gophers!

The sleeves of the Ribby Cardi are coming along nicely. Honestly, I find sleeve knitting only slightly more tolerable than finishing (if I wanted to sew, I would!). Oh well. It's got to get done. Gotta keep the arms warm.


My weekend was great. I had a wonderful time shopping with Gretchen and Nathan on Saturday morning. Nathan is so cute! Together we read, "Where's the Poop?" and it was funny to hear him say "Poooo....Poooo". Aw! Scatological cuteness!

That night, it was off to Zelo for a delicious dinner of Sea Bass and Ahi Tuna Spring Rolls, and then over to the State Theatre for Avenue Q. It was fun to go on a big date. :-)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Merry Christmas....

I heard a rumour that Santa Claus has been reading my blog, back through the archives, and is waiting to get to the picture of my dad's sweater. So, here it is again!


Speaking of my dad, he got his ear pierced! Yeah...I think I'll just call him Harrison.

I've got a fun weekend planned. G and I are going shopping tomorrow, and then I am going to see Avenue Q at the State Theatre. I'll tell ya all about it on Monday.

We'll leave off for the weekend with a picture of Zoey the Cat all curled up on the couch.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

So, my bus driver did not stop for me this morning. He went right past me, despite the fact that I was waving my arms at him, standing under a street-light, wearing a light colored jacket AND a bag with a reflective strip. He just kept on going.

WHY? Is it because the woman with the ear-muffs and Wellington boots was not there with me? Or, perhaps it was because he appeared to be talking on a cell-phone? Aaaargh.

I became one of those crazy people you see on the street, running after a bus, shaking their fists, and spewing obscenities (yes...I did call my very nice bus driver some very un-nice names).

Of course, then I did what any mature 34-year old would do. I called and complained to my mom. Then I stomped across the street to the coffee shop (all the while muttering MORE obscenities under my breath), got a cup of joe, and headed to another bus stop to catch a different bus.

Once I got there, I proceeded to tell the other man waiting about my ordeal. Lest you think I complained to a complete stranger, I gave the cheerful version of the story:

"Aw shucks! Those wacky bus drivers...he just didn't see me today...drove right by! What a character. Having a few extra moments, I decided to patronize our local coffee establishment. I think it'll be a great day"

Complete Stranger at the bus stop told me it sounded like I knew how to roll with the punches. When we got to the light rail station, he said he hoped the rest of my day ran better.

I have to say, just that little bit of friendly chatter really made me feel a whole lot better.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Some Knitting Karma

Oh, how I love Ravelry. As I mentioned in my last post, I think I might be short a bit of yarn for the arms of my Ribby Cardi. I brought the label with me today...Peruvian Highland Wool Color 87M2, Dye Lot 615. I'd seen a skein+some in someone's stash for trade or sell, in the exact color and dye lot. Hallelujah! I bought this yarn over three years ago, so I am so excited to find the same thing!

I dropped her a quick line asking how to arrange a trade or sell, then sat back and waited.

In the meantime, I got a message from starsongky. She has seen my Knitpicks Sock Garden in Zinnia and wondered if I might be willing to sell it. I have a skein+some of this. I'm sure I won't use it, so I told her she could just have it. She wrote back with a "squeee!", and I'll drop that in the mail tomorrow. It made me really happy that she was excited about it.

Shortly thereafter, I heard back from SandraD on Ravelry, letting me know she'd be happy to help me out and I could just have the Peruvian Highland Wool! Yay! Knitting Karma in action!

Speaking of Ravelry, how did we knitters ever survive before it?

Sometimes I Don't Like Public Transportation

Don't get me wrong...I am so lucky to be able to get so many places by bus and train, so easily. But easily doesn't always mean quickly. I gave a financial aid presentation at a local high school last night. We finished up a little after 8:30, but by the time I got home, it was almost 10:00. I just missed a train, which meant I missed my connecting bus by 5 minutes and had to wait 25 minutes for another one. Had I been driving, I'd have been home in 20 minutes.

Sigh. The things we do to decrease our carbon footprint.

I thought I'd share with you some photos of the fog in Wisconsin Sunday. Gretchen and I left Madison at about noon and headed home. The fog was thick and dense. Fortunately, we made it home okay. At about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there was a 100 car pile-up on I90 near Madison.



Knitting is going well. I finished up the back of the Ribby Cardi and have begun the sleeves. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll have enough of my contrasting color for the sleeves. I brought the label with me and hope to be able to track some down. I saw some promising leads on Ravelry yesterday! Wish me luck!


One thing that made me sad about getting home so late was that I just wanted to go to bed. Poor Zoey. She was so chatty and seemed to want some lap time, but I just couldn't do it. At least I cleaned out her litter box. Yup...I'm becoming one of those crazy cat ladies.

Here are some photos. Zoey the Cat is very tactile. She loves different textures. When I used to visit Matt and Gretchen, she would always sit on my suitcase. She also loves to sit on jeans.

And of course, a warm basket of laundry is irresistible.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

My View This Weekend

That's my nephew Nathan, reading one of his Little People books this weekend. As most of you know, I flew to Indiana on Friday and then spent Saturday and Sunday driving back to Minnesota with my sister Gretchen and her little boy. Her husband drove straight through on Saturday. Now they are in Minnesota for good. No more Hoosiers in this family!

Yes, the book is the same size as Nathan. He was so good in the car. He loved to dance to the music, read his books, and play with stickers. We had a lot of fun.

I got really lucky with my flights. I was at the airport early enough to get on an earlier flight to O'Hare, and then at O'Hare early enough to get on an earlier flight to Indianapolis. Yay! I arrived about an hour earlier than expected. The early Michelle gets the flight, I guess.

Ah...O'Hare airport. So lovely. Especially the "C" concourse.


Indianapolis? Not so much. Does anyone actually buy Proactiv at the airport?


What they did have in Indy that was smart was a check-point mailer. Did you forget you can't take your Rachel Ray 7" Gusto-Grip knife on the plane with you? Well, they have a little station where you can mail it back home. So smart! I would have taken a picture, but a gentleman was using it.

Of course, I'll have more to post later about the weekend, knitting, and Zoey the Cat.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Not Quite What I Had In Mind

Well, it looks like the Friday Harbor Socks will be frogged once again. I finished them up through one pattern repeat last night and tried them on. This is a horrible picture. I have bad lighting.

First of all, they are really tight. I'm using size 2 needles. Please don't tell me to knit a gauge swatch next time. Usually with socks I just get started...everything else I do check my gauge! I swear!

Second of all...well, maybe I just don't like socks with lots of yarn-overs. Now, maybe it's because these are tight so the YOs are stretched a lot, but I don't like all those holes. When I did the socks for my sock savior pal, I started several patterns with YOs and abandoned them all. Maybe because I live in MN I think socks with holes are silly. For some reason, the Monkey Socks I knit and received, the YOs did not bother me. Who knows? It's not really the YOs in the leg that bother me, but in the cuff I thought they looked bad.

I think size three needles will be perfect, which means I'll get to use my Sox Stix! I'll try them out on those and see. If I still don't like them, I'll move on to something else.

I was a little bummed last night because I was hoping to take these with me this weekend to Indiana and get a lot done. Instead, I cast on for the back of the Ribby Cardi and will work on that.

I should be able to get a lot done. I fly to Indiana via Chicago tomorrow, then Gretchen, Nathan, and I will spend Saturday and Sunday driving home. And then Gretchen, baby Nathan, and hubby Matt will be in Minnesota for good. About time, I say!

Zoey the Cat cracks me up sometimes. She just LOVES to sit on my lap. This is so funny, because I have known her for years, and she always stayed far away from me. Now, she can't get enough.

I think she liked the music I was listening to last night, because she sat on top of my radio for quite some time.


No, she did not leap off in to the Christmas tree.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

...and Happy New Year!

I really bundled up this morning to stay warm at the bus stop. What really warmed me up though was the phone call from my nephew, Nathan at 6:55 a.m. Okay, it was really Nathan's mom calling and prompting him, "Say hi...say hi...say hi". He's 17 months or so. I did hear some random babbling, which was very cute and just melted my heart. Awwwww!

I'm not planning on making any New Year's Resolutions. Sure, I'll try to exercise more, eat better, and be more fiscally responsible. But, I try to do those everyday. Usually with little success.

Instead, I thought I'd reflect on 2007 and share some of my favorite moments and things from the year. 2007 was a big year for me. Some big life changes that started in 2006 continued in 2007, all resulting in a much happier Michelle. My knitting also really took off this year. So, without further ado...here are some of my favorite things, discoveries, moments, etc. of 2007.

Favorite New Breakfast Item (well, new to me anyway): Bruegger's Cheese, Egg, and Sausage Bagel Breakfast sandwich. Oh so yummy. There is just something about this that is so satisfying. Perhaps it's the 340 calories of fat.

Proudest Knitting Moment: Finishing my dad's sweater, of course.

Favorite Movie: Juno. If you live in the Twin Cities, you probably are tired of hearing about Diablo Cody and the movie Juno. I was too. Then I saw the movie. It really is great. And I love it when Juno's dad tells her that to be happy with someone for the rest of your life, you need to find that one person who thinks the sun shines out your [bum] every day, no matter what. My favorite line of the movie.

Thing I Started Doing in 2007 I Never Thought I'd Do: Playing video games

The Other Thing I Started Doing in 2007 I Never Thought I'd Do: Facebook

The Thing I Started Doing in 2007 I Always Wanted To Do: Started my blog. Yay! And participated in Sockapalooza.

Favorite Web Site: Why, Ravelry of course!

Favorite Restaurant: Well, I love to eat out. I'm sure there are many places I could pick, but I'm going to go with Bona, a Vietnamese Restaurant in Stadium Village, on the U of M campus. I'm also going to say The Happy Gnome, although I've only ever eaten in the bar.

Favorite Bar: Hmmm...I think I'll go with the Chatterbox Cafe in Highland Park. I can walk there from my apartment, they have board games you can play, video games, and best of all...Trivia! I love it. Oh yeah...they have good beer too.

Most Unusual Date: Segway tour of Minneapolis Riverfront. So much fun! Everyone should do this!

Most Valuable Skill Learned: How to fill out the scorecard at a baseball game.

Best Vacation: Chicago and Indiana in July. I visited my sister and her family in Indiana, my brother and his family in Chicago, as well as my friend Jenn in Chicago. We went to a taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me...The NPR News Quiz in Millenium Park, and visited the Bean.

Well...that's it for now. Maybe I'll add a few more things later.

In my knitting news, I worked on the Friday Harbor Sock yesterday. It looks good so far!