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31 August 2008
  Finally LOL

A very non-makeup kind of day, so my apologies for looking a little rough. School's back in session so I'm back to my 3-5 hour study/homework blargs. Anyhoo, I am holding 2 very roxy-like skeins of Silky Merino Malabrigo and a super-cute Hello Kitty Pez, courtesy of Emma, Pam, Stephie, Sharon, Shannon and the rest of the SeaSockysocks 08 krew who took the time out of their busy Alaskan itinerary to find signature pink, Roxy-ish things for me :) I was so excited when Pam handed them to me when I visited on Friday... thank you very much girls! It makes me feel loved to have such cool, thoughtful chicas in my court.
I met Pam's awesome parents on Friday too, when we gathered to watch Wheel of Fortune & Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? - Carrie & Amanda were there, along with Alex, Kris and all the Chez Trillian aminals ;). It was very nice and I felt almost normal.
24 August 2008
  Airy Scarf for Ravelympics 2008
Airy Scarf for Ravelympics 2008
Originally uploaded by こんにちはキティ harajukuroxy アン.

I did it!!! OMG - I know it doesn't look like much and it's *Officially* the Four-Hour Airy Scarf - but for those who don't know me very well - the last time I knit this it took me over 5 months to make this same scarf!
Soooo to actually have completed this in 15 days is an utter miracle! (To the clever idiot who tried to post a nasty comment to my blog on the very topic I just discussed ^^^ - go f*ck yourself...this is why I have comment moderation LOL) ... And thank you to all the awesome supporters from Ravelry, knitty & Plurk - I appreciate your comments & chatter - woo!

23 August 2008
  a fly-by bloggy - I finished the Airy Scarf for Ravelympics!!

No time to post piccies right now as I am heading out the door to job# 2 but I will post later when I get home or tomorrow *whew* 
21 August 2008
  Okay, really people... give us a break.

Don't people have better things to do these days? I am so disgusted.
This blog caught me in the midst of an angry time - I'm having a shitty week, I have lost faith in local law enforcement and then this. 
19 August 2008
  The Knitter's Husband Meme
My husband answered the set of questions going around on the net - most recently seen at Kay & Pam's blogs.
This is fairly straightforward, almost boring because there are no earth-shattering answers but it still made me smile because he knows me fairly well when it comes to the fiber stuff LOL.

1)What is your favorite thing about my knitting?
It keeps you quiet.

2)What is your least favorite thing about my knitting?
The fact that it tends to slow-creep out and take up spaces.

3)What is something I have knitted, that you recall is good?
The slipper socks were very nice, a lot of the scarves have been excellent, lots of things.

4)Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
Compared to what? Crack? No, not really, it CAN be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be…

5)Do you have a stash of any kind?
Not really, nothing I can think of off the top of my head.

6)Have I ever embarrassed you knitting in public?

7) Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
You actually have one favorite kind? I know you have talked about 5,000 different ones so I will pick…socks that rock…something like that.

8) Can you name another blog?
Ummm, don’t all of you have a blog?

9)Do you mind my wanting to stop at knit shops wherever we go?
Not really.

10) Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
Color and sizing.

11) Do you read my blog?
Not regularly.

12) If I didn't knit, what would be different?
You would probably spend the money on Hello Kitty stuff, so I guess it is a trade off…

13) Anything you would like to add?

That's my awesome hubby. You can shake your head at him here. LOL 
18 August 2008
  It's that time of year again

Scout of Scout's Swag posted this yesterday on her blog to remind us all about the Red Scarf Project, so I am making the push here and on MDKnittingCats.

Take a peek.

From Scout's site:

Scarves for the Red Scarf Project will be accepted from September 1-October 31st this year.

And don’t forget, gift cards and notes attached to the scarves are very much appreciated. You might also want to make a little donation to the Red Scarf Fund. All those wonderful former foster kids, like the ones I met this summer, will thank you. Check out this link to the OFA website for all pertinent info about the scarves. Mail your completed scarves to:

Orphan Foundation of America
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166


It's a lovely charity project and just as impactful as our Hats For Alex and other grassroots charities.

Be back later!

17 August 2008

is a good day to be an American & a Marylander.

It's also my birthday.
I'm 37 and amazed at how fast time flies.
It's been a crazy year, yet there is still much to be done, unpredictable yet comfortable, satisfying yet frustrating.
As for today, nothing special going on - too broke really, since we had to take birthday money we had saved/set aside to pay for repairs to my car, so instead I made 5 lbs. of my famous queso and gave Angel a bath. (Still bleeding as of this moment, too)
Watched the NASCAR race, painted my toes, colored my stripe and some grays, played with some yarn. A very quiet, uneventful day.
Also, knitting and sewing, trying to make a few more items for the Etsy shop, working on my Airy Scarf for the final week or so of Ravelympic competition. My original goal of using the whole ball for my project will not happen - I'm certain of it - but I know I'm going to get a nice, satisfying piece when I am done.
To add flair to my birthday celebration, I have been sick for the last 2 days (complete with a lovely massive cold sore- ew) & John has been fighting a bad flu/ear infection thingy, so we definitely make a fun pair. (Especially since neither one of us was able to actually stay home, with so much to do @ each respctive job. *sigh*)
BUT - I am psyched that Michael Phelps achieved his unbelieveable feat on my effing birthday so it will have extra meaning hee hee.

I just got an IM from a friend asking for the queso recipe again (I had posted it on Plurk a few days ago with a big response) so I will put it here as well.

Roxy's Mad Crazy Tasty Queso
(this is a 5 lb. batch recipe, but you can adjust the quantities to match your needs/taste)

Two 2lb blocks of Velveeta or similar cheese product
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup sliced jalapenos (the kind that come in a can or jar) chopped finely
1 baseball-sized tomato diced
1/2 red onion chopped
1 tblsp chopped garlic, fresh or jar
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup jalapeno juice
1/2 cup water

Cut cheese into cubes and place in top portion of a double boiler. Layer jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, onions then top with Monterey Jack cheese. Pour water, lemon & jalapeno juice over top. Bring water in bottom portion to a boil, adding as needed to keep the level up on the sides of the upper pan. Loosely cover with a lid and simmer until all cheese is melted, about 30 minutes, stirring to break up lumps and blend vegetables. Serve with white or blue corn tortilla chips and enjoy!

You can add or subtract vegetable amounts to taste - I like lots of onions & peppers. This recipe is party-sized, so it feeds a lot of people at once or two or three people for a few days LOL
Calorie count is about 5800 for the whole pan, so you can divvy it up into smaller amounts to avoid the temptation of eating it all in one sitting hahaha
Drop me a message to let me know how yours turns out :)

I am going to get a Rita's Ice for dessert, so I will pop back in later if I'm not asleep.

Thank you Michael for making USA & MD proud.

  A white flower for Anne :-)
A white flower for Anne :-)
Originally uploaded by <andreea>.

...from my Flickr friend Andreea.
It's a beautiful capture and I am honored.
Thank you!



14 August 2008
  Airy scarf progress...
Airy scarf progress
Originally uploaded by こんにちはキティ harajukuroxy アン.

...or lack of.
I'm trying to get more done - maybe later today.


08 August 2008
  The goods...

for Ravelympics 2008.
It's the Airy Scarf pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts made from Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I showed it to John and he laughed, saying "Are you going to be able to finish it in 17 days?"
He knows me too well. But I will do my best!
(yes that is illiane's Emergency Knitting bag...go buy one! )
Go Team Second Life! 
  Let the games begin!!! Airy Scarf for Ravelympics 2008

It's official!!!

Between cleaning the craft room, laundry, and studying my psychology text - I got started on my Ravelympics project today--- casted on about 6:45am (yeah I know we were supposed to wait til 8am, but I have a good reason LOL) this morning and went on my merry way!

07 August 2008
  No pun intended

...but I am such a sheep. I am starting the Ravelympics 2008 tomorrow with about a gajillion other knitters/crocheters/spinners/weavers on Ravelry. Since my regular readers know that I can barely maintain one or two dedicated WIPs at one time, I chose an easy project because I know that I am the Slowsky Diva of knitting. (For the record I am back up to 18 WIPs - bad case of startitis but you can bet your ass I'm frogging most of them)

You've seen this one before - it's the Four Hour Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts but I plan to use a whole ball of Madil Kid Seta :D Rowan Kidsilk Haze...

I'll be lucky to finish the actual pattern let along my plans for extending the rows until the whole ball is used up!
It's strange - between this and Mystery Stole 4 I am actually participating in organized knitting again. Who am I and what have I done with the real roxy? LOL

How would you categorize this?
I went to NJ last week to retrieve my father's belongings from a friend's house before they move out of state. In my 418 miles of travel over 1 1/2 days I stopped to see several old friends for a fly-by smooch and it made my heart ache. I mean, in a good way but also pushed my deep depression buttons. I think it's because it reminded me of how much I am missing out on in my life due to work, now school and all the drudgery over the last 3 years.

1) A friend got his masters in Business Admin while another friend moved into a bigger home and expanded his client base for his business.
2) Both had beautiful children in the last 2 years and
3) I listened to tales of fabulous vacations and toured these new homes with abundant gardens and pretty furnishings. Sat with stay-at-home-moms who had big, beautiful craft rooms, book clubs, fresh ground coffee and regular, established dinner plans that didn't include me. (they said they would if I still lived closer LOL but I don't so c'est la vie)
I know, I know... I know I sound jealous - I admit I am a teeny bit - but I don't begrudge my friends the rewards of hard work and fruits of labor. Not one bit. I am very proud of them and it warms my heart to see them so happy.
It's more that I am very tired and every now and then need to take a deep breath and refocus when I see what I have ahead of me when it comes to my education, future plans. They say the best revenge is living well, and I plan to do that someday as Dr. Roxy - but also sharing with my friends & family so they know how much I love & appreciate them.

After leaving NJ, I met up with Sharon and Jas in Philly to see Jas off on her Great California Adventure, and we ate garlic pizza as we marveled at how much stuff could actually fit into a small UHaul trailer.

Driving home down 95, I felt very small and alone (even though I love road trips) and attempted to call people since I had 2 1/2 hours to kill (but no one was answering their phones) until I met up with my husband for dinner, and delivered three loads of acrylic yarn from Jas to Pam's back porch for the Hats for Alex project and 3 bags of dried floral craft supplies (also from Jas) to Ruth at 10:45pm. She fed me a granola bar and a Cherry Coke Zero and gave me a kiss, sending me home to bed with a promise to call me later this week. I fell into bed snoring & drooling with Angel meowing at the foot of the bed because I had been gone for almost 2 days. Jas had slipped me a skein of her custom-dyed Hello Kitty yarn as a gift (I squee'd when I found it again the next morning) - I've been petting it for days now, trying to decide what I want to do with it. (It's not really called Hello Kitty - we just dubbed it that because it's pink & lavender LOL)

So that has been my week in a nutshell, minus the other minor blog posts. I'm excited because I may get to meet up with Sharon again in Baltimore next week when they release her new taxi. *fingers crossed*

How about you guys?

PS - Stringy and sobeknofret if you are reading this I had pm'd you regarding parcels that I have for you from Jas - holla back!!! 
06 August 2008
  Looks like...

...I haz Ravelrymart goodeez? 
  Another hi-speed cat piccie!
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This time it's Zazza, Muffi's sibling. :)


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