Interstellar Adventures

May 9, 2006

Green with Envy

Filed under: Interstellar Casa — by InterstellarLass @ 10:39 am

I don’t have much of a green thumb. I’m good at the heavy lifting, the raking, the mowing, but not at making pretty green things grow and flourish and live beyond a week or two.

But I’ve set out to rectify this! Thirty 40-lb. bags of top soil, organic humus and cow manure later, and I have GREEN! And hopefully I will soon have the flowers to show for it. Celosia, Cosmos, Marigold, Nasturtium and Tithonia!

May 8, 2006

Ta Daaaa!

Filed under: Hobbies — by InterstellarLass @ 9:07 am

Well here it is! I must say that I’m quite proud of the finished product. Toot, Toot. (That was me tooting my own horn.) There were lessons learned, of course, but it was ogled and there were ooohs and aaaahs from the other shower attendees. One of the grandmas actually wants a matching tunic. And another girl wants me to make her something. Perhaps a profit making industry is in the works…

While I was at the shower, Nick took Elle (Zed was at church camp) to our local comic book store because it was Free Comic Book Day. Who knew there was such a thing? Well, Nick did evidently. It appears I inadvertently married a comic book geek. They actually hit two stores. Elle got a couple of comics, and Nick picked up several more for Zed. Seems there are more boy-oriented comics than girl-oriented comics. Go figure. Nick actually came back home for the camera because he Elle wanted pictures with the Star Wars characters on site. Yeah. These weren’t “my mom sewed this for me” costumes. Evidently there are kits…that cost up to $1200! Geeks of the world unite!

And, lastly, is anyone else watching Big Love? I’m absolutely in LOVE with this show. I think it’s one of the best shows HBO has put out in awhile, and I love all the characters. Except Nikki. And I hate her. But I’m supposed to, so it’s OK. Last night’s episode was fantastic! Let me know if you’re watching this. There’s only 3 more episodes left in this season. If you haven’t watched it, catch up on the shows if you have OnDemand. LOVE BIG LOVE!

May 5, 2006

Not just any gift

Filed under: Hobbies — by InterstellarLass @ 12:37 pm

Gift registries are nice and all, and of course, first-time mothers certainly need a lot of things, but I’m bored with onsies and blankets and whatnot. So, when I got my invitation to a shower for one of my girlfriends, I knew that I wasn’t going to be visiting one of her registries.

I hunted online for the pattern. There are lots of sites that feature free patterns, most including pictures. One of the sites, knitty.com has a lot of patterns that I’ve never tried before. Some are a little outlandish, others not what I was looking for at the time.

Until last week. After searching for some time, I ventured back to Knitty. And I found it. Anouk. I booked it tout de suite to my local yarn store, pattern in hand, and picked my materials. They didn’t have the yarn for which the pattern called, but King Tut cotton would substitute nicely.

I’ve had to go in twice for a little assistance, and I had to look up the three-needle bind-off as that’s a new technique for me. I’m currently working on the pockets. I tried the Intarsia method on the patterns, but I couldn’t get it. So, I’m going to duplicate stitch it this time.

And, I’ve got enough yarn left in the pocket colors that I’m going to make a hat and some baby Mary Janes.

Pictures will be posted! Now, if I don’t run out of time…shower is at 3 pm tomorrow!

May 4, 2006

You know it’s time to go home when…

Filed under: Brain Farts — by InterstellarLass @ 9:44 am

You attempt to open the building door only to find that it’s locked. You tug again. Nope, still locked. You tug a third time, thoroughly confused as to why the heck the door won’t open. Then you realize…

You didn’t buzz your badge.

In the mean time, here’s a picture of a cute little squirrel.

And, here are my newly planted beds. As soon as I see a peek of green, I’ll let you know.

May 2, 2006

Service Markup

Filed under: Interstellar Casa,Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 10:52 am

My faucet in the back yard has been leaking for the past two weeks. I have a hose splitter on it, so the leak has been contained to a constant drip. Otherwise, I would have flooded the neighborhood by now, not just half my back yard.

I called last Thursday for the plumber. His first early morning appointment was today. He showed up between the designated time of 8-8:30 am, and pulled his van back to the alley while I put the dogs in their kennels. They barked their silly heads off of course, but finally quieted down.

Within 15 minutes, the water was off, the leaky part was off, the new part was on, the water was on, and the plumber was packed up. (Sidenote: I am very pleased to report that there was no visible plumbers crack, so no crack-spackle was needed. )

The part that bothered me was the bill. A trip fee, labor and parts. $8 for parts, $20 for labor, and $45 for the trip fee. At least next time I know how to fix it.

May 1, 2006

Ooops, I did it again…

Filed under: Adventures,Running Life,Training — by InterstellarLass @ 9:39 am

Last week I submitted an application. But not just any application. An application for entry into the 2006 ING New York City Marathon. I don’t have to qualify on time like Boston (maybe when I’m 60!); it’s a lottery drawing instead. Only 35,000 (yeah, only!) people get entries into NYC each year, but thousands more apply. Supposedly out of US applications, approximately 50% are accepted. I’ll find out sometime in mid-June. If I don’t get in this year, I can apply again. After 3 continuous years of applying and not being selected, that 4th year you are a guaranteed entry.

My back-up races are Harrisburg or Steamtown (Scranton to Forest City, PA). Both are very small marathons, run in PA in the fall. And, then of course, there’s White Rock. I have a friend considering the full, and another considering the half, so of course I have to be out there to support my girls!

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