Kill me now.

Alito Appointed.

What's wrong with these people? There go all my rights...

Lost weekend.

This weekend was both awful and fabulous, but I won't get into the awful part too much. I will say that I left work at noon on Friday because I was feeling, well, awful. I woke up with a sore throat, and it just got worse from there. I vegged on the couch for the remainder of the day, while slipping in and out of consciousness, and forever contemplating picking up my knitting, but never actually doing it. Sometimes you're just too sick to knit. Am I right?

Anywho. I wound up not going out Friday night and I left poor Jen to fend for herself at the pub. I'm so bummed that I missed it, but I was way to sick to go out and play. After a long night of something I'd rather not talk about, I wound up in bed around 1 am, but not before finishing some slipper booties I made for my mom for her birthday while watching Silence of the Lambs. (I'll post the pics tonight). I messed with this pattern (she picked it out), and borrowed some size 13 dpn's, SIZE 13 DPN'S!!!!, from Nancy at SnB Thursday night. It was my first ever sock like pattern, and although I was freaked out when I got to the point where the heal turns, Dani reassured me that everything was going fine, and that it would all come together in the end. It sure did, and I got two (not of equal size) chunky maroon booties to prove it. Turns out, my mother loves them, and I'm quite proud of myself for getting them done so quickly.

As for the missing mitten. Well, it's still missing. I searched high and low for a total of about 6 hours last week, and it's just nowhere. Total bummer. So I started on a new one. Booooo. Did I tell you I'm never knitting anything on size 2 dpn's with sock weight yarn again? I'm not. I don't think my hands can take it. Cramping. Ouch. I'm hoping they'll be done by the end of the week. We'll see how motivated I am.

Oh! So my secret date with Anthony went like this:
Unfortunately, I was still feeling very under the weather, but I wasn't going to let anything stop me from going forth with the things I had planned for this day. We definitely needed the alone time together and it was totally worth it. I love that man so freekin much I feel like shouting it from the roof tops. Constantly. Anywho, this is how it unfolded.

We set out around 11am. We headed to Best Bargain Books on Hospital Rd in Patchogue. We spent a good hour or more there. Anthony picked up an Idiot's guide to Chess or something like that for one of his buddies that he's trying to teach. I got a huge Marilyn Monroe book with amazing photographs for my mom for her birthday.

After that my plan was to go to the movies, but nothing was really playing at the theatre I had a gift certificate to, and it was such a gorgeous day that sitting in a dark theater didn't really sound too fun. So we headed into the town of Patchogue and stopped at the good will, and two other thrift shops. Anthony bought this awesome beige corduroy blazer with the elbow patches. He looks soooooo good in it. He calls it his professor jacket. So cute.

We then headed over to my most favorite sushi restaurant, Mizu Sushi, in Bayport. It was good because I had a gift certificate that Scott got me for my birthday that I kept losing, so I finally found it and used it. We ate edemame, a house salad with ginger dressing, tuna carpacio, and I got a couple of crunchy rolls and he had a sushi dinner with a variety of sushi and a california roll. We were stuffed.

We then headed up to Port Jeff, but first stopped at Selden Thrift, which was on the way. We didn't buy anything there, but they did have a cute little blue corduroy backgammon board. Back into the car, and heading north on 112 we almost passed Northern Thrift, but quickly decided we should hit one last thrift shop before making it down port. We browsed for a bit, but didn't buy anything there either.

We got into port jeff around 5 and had an hour to kill before the opening reception for Gallery 4222's new show, so we decided to walk around town. We stopped in the smoke shop up there and I bought a bunch of empty cigar boxes (I LOVE THEM!!) for a buck each, and the money goes to charity! I was siked! We browsed through the little mall-like place they had there and contemplated painting some pottery, but it could have gotten a little expensive, and neither of us were out to spend that much money. We left there and headed up to the used book store where I bought two Anias Nin books that I didn't have and Anthony bought his 85th copy of Cosmos by Carl Sagen. Seriously, he has so many copies. I started reading it a couple of nights ago, and I can see why. We still had a few minutes to kill so we went to Starbucks where I had a Soy Chai tea latte and he had some sort of red tea. We decided to do Newsday's 6 star suduko puzzle, and we wound up messing up the first one, so Anthony bought another paper and we wound up finishing it, which was not an easy feat. It was the first time I had ever done one of those and I am now completely obsessed with them. I did yesterday's 1 star in under 5 minutes (I know, it was only 1 star). Anthony got a 1924 penny with his change and he looked it up on the internet and found out it was worth way more than one cent. That's always fun!!

We finally made it to the art show around 7:30 and it was quite a reception!! Scott, John, Ester-Marie, Pedro, Yukito, Daryl, Alex, Stelios, Chris Cooke, and many others all had one piece in the show titled "Interpreting the Self". That gallery is really quite classy. I'm so proud of my friends for opening and maintaining such a wonderful space. They're all going to be famous someday. Really.

We were home around 9:30 and just exhausted from the day. We watched the end of Forrest Gump and I proceeded to cry my eyes out. Seriously, how can you not cry at the end of that movie. I was weeping. We were in bed by 11, and if it weren't for some rowdy sweet 16 party going on at the American Legions hall across the street, it would have been the perfect end to the perfect day. Stupid hooligans shouting and fighting in the street until 2:30am. Sometimes, I'm not so siked to live on Main Street.

Sunday was my Mom's birthday. We had a pizza party and cake. Anthony brought her flowers, how adorable is he? It was a fun night. Dayquil was my best friend this weekend, and Tylenol Sinus has quickly stepped in for the past couple of days. Unfortunately, my head still feels like it's going to explode, so I'll keep you updated if that does, in fact, happen.

Back to work.


Things that make me poop.

I know you don't really care, but I need to know why this is happening.

Why do bookstores make me have to poop? Why?

The only link I've found that discusses it (doesn't explain it though) is here.

At least I know I'm not alone.


This is just crazy.

I don't know whether to cry or to scream or to do both, simultaneously. I seemed to have lost the other mitten of the Broadstreet Mitten pair I've been working on, for what seems like forever, for Anthony. The glove part was finished, all the 85 ends weaved in, and all that needed to be done was the mitten flap. I finished the other glove, flap and all, and was ready to start the other flap when I noticed the mitten was missing. The worst part is that it's the right hand mitten. The one that the pattern tells you to just "reverse the pattern" for. I already knitted the thing twice because the first time I placed the thumb gusset in the wrong spot. I frogged the ENTIRE MITTEN, and started over when I figured out how I was supposed to knit it. Now, seeing as I did this about a month ago, I have forgotten how I did this. I know that I'm going to mess it up again. Yep, that's right, I'm knitting a-whole-nother mitten.

This is crazy. I searched for over 3 hours last night and the missing mitten is nowhere to be found. I'm afraid I might have thrown it away when I was moving in. There were just so many boxes, and papers, and crap scattered about our apartment that I fear it got thrown into something and mistaken for trash. How could this be possible? I've been asking myself the same thing. Over and over. There is no way in hell I would throw out this mitten. I've worked way to hard on it. I clearly remember taking it out of my bag and placing it on top of my dresser. That was about 2 weeks ago. It just vanished. I guess the moral of the story is to always keep your knitting project together at all times. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Oh, the best part is that I can't even start the new one because I could only find 4 of the 5 #2 dpn's that I need. Booooooooo.


Scheduled outage at 4:00pm pst.

What an odd time to schedule an outage. Why don't they do it in the middle of the night like most sites? Strange.

Jen and I received our Knit Picks yarn to make our Knitting Olympics things. I'm so super excited about it, that I had to hide the yarn so that I don't begin early. Jen said that we're allowed to knit a swatch before the flame is lit, so she took hers to work with her. I think she's learning some of my impatience. Anywho. I got the Knit Picks Shine in Cream for the Knitting Olympics surprise I'm making for my sister, and in Apricot for the Picovoli I'm going to make myself, hopefully, before summer.

Now, if I could only find the other glove to finish Anthony's Broadstreet Mittens already. I will be so happy when I finish these suckers, and I vow never, ever, ever, ever, ever, to make them again. What a headache.

On the home front. I'm broke, and by the end of the week I have to buy my maid of honor dress for my sisters wedding. Booooooo. I've been super stressed, but last night I took a half hour, took a bath, listened to my iPod, drank a glass of red wine, and relaxed. It was definitely needed.

Oh!! I'm also planning a surprise date for Anthony and I this Saturday. I'm super excited, because it looks like we can do about 4 things that doesn't require spending any money. I'm super savvy. I really have to stop saying "super" so much. I'll tell you how it goes after the date. I don't want to give it away in case he reads this.

I'm thinking that potato chips and dip is not the best choice for a dinner entree. I definitely should have eaten at least a can of corn or something last night. My belly is quite angry with me today.

The left over chips were from our crazy Housewarming Party this weekend. Check out the very few pics I took. I couldn't even tell you what I did most of that night. I just remember drinking a 007 out of a 24oz mug, then playing beer pong, followed by flip cup. Lots of drinking. I also remember losing at darts, continuously cleaning the floor under the leaking keg bucket, changing into jeans, cleaning beer off the walls, showing off my backgammon board, telling everyone that my dad made our bookshelves, dancing at 4am, and checking in on Jen every 10 seconds after that until I went to bed at 6am. Good times. If I were you, I wouldn't miss our next party. Stay tuned for details.


On the knitting front.

Currently on the needles:

Broadstreet mittens for Anthony. (yes, still)
Scarf for Cher. (should be finished today)

I gave out 3 scarfs as Christmas gifts.

One for my sis.
One for Erik.
One for Grandma.

I'll post pics soon.

Jen and I are going to compete in the knitting Olympics via the Yarn Harlot.

I'm planning on knitting a surprise for my sister (who's getting married in July, hint) in the 16 day period.

More on that to come...


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

What could be cuter than bears spooning?

2005. A year less traveled.

The list of places I've visited in 2005. (this meme was floating around, so I figured, what the hell.)

New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY*
Beaver Falls, PA*
Boiceville, NY*
Manitou Springs, CO
Alamosa, CO (Great Sand Dunes National Park)
Montauk, NY

One or more nights spent in each place, places marked with an * were visited multiple times in non-consecutive days.


Dead for over 2,000 years, bog men are found with manicured nails and wearing hair gel. Interesting.


I'm an Aunt!!

Well, not really, but sort of. Look at my sister's new puppy!!!



I can't even put into words how much I want this book!!!


New Year Newness.

I'm so happy to say that Jen and I started the new year out right. We moved into our new apartment on Main Street in Bay Shore on Friday, and the fun hasn't stopped since. Granted, moving, not so fun, but overall we've been living it up. Let my break it down like I usually do.

Friday. 12/30/05

I took the day off of work because we were meeting with the Landlord at 1pm to sign the lease. I woke up around 8 and started packing up my bedroom at my parents house. Thank god my brother was home to help out, because I sure needed the muscle. I met Jen at 1 in front of the Century 21 building on Main Street for our appointment to sign the lease. We were simultaneously nervous and excited and anticipating as many great things as our brains would let us. We signed the lease, paid up our rent and security, and were handed the keys to our place. Just like that, and we wasted not one second on moving in.

Let me give you a little perspective on the layout of the place. Actually, let me draw you a picture, because that's fun...

Click on it to see it better.

So there it is. The place it gigantic. I couldn't be more siked about it.

So all day Friday was spent going back and forth moving stuff up the 2 flights of stairs. We were total champs. Then, Friday night came along and we had our inaugural walk to the Pub, which is only about 3 blocks away. The walk wasn't half as bad as we thought it was going to be, and we got a nice tour of the town on our way over there. We only stayed out until around 1:30 because we were just completely exhausted from moving (the alcohol didn't help much either). We walked home and thought it would be a fun idea to make snow angels on our wood floor while in our pajamas, eating cold pizza, drinking Corona, and trying to teach Jen how to play backgammon. Needless to say, our attention spans were not as long as they could have been, so we wound up just sitting in our windows and watching the drunk people walk by. All in all, it was great fun.

Saturday 12.31.05

We woke up at a decent time, and began getting things done. Anthony was a sweetheart (like usual) and went out to get us bagels. We ate bagels then out the door we went to buy a couch. We picked up my mother and headed to the JC Penny home store. We walked in. Sat on three couches, picked one, paid the lady, bought some blinds, bought some bathroom things, and were out of there super quick. Our couch is awesome!! I can't wait to get it on Tuesday. Whoop! We then came home, and within 10 minutes Jen's Mom, Step-Father, and Amber came by to see the place. They then took us out to dinner to the Old Country Buffet. HOLY COW. Why isn't every restaurant a Buffet? Why? It was so yum!! We headed home and tried to take a quick nap before the New Years Eve festivities began. I'm not really sure that I slept a wink, but it was nice to lay down for a sec.

We got to Anthony's around 8:00. Just in time for the Giants game. We watched the game, drank some alcohol, and witnessed almost 30 people walk through the front door. I'm telling ya, that guy knows how to throw a party. The night was crazy. Everyone had an awesome time. I don't even remember the ball dropping (might be because we were watching it on ESPN), but I was sooooo happy that last year is now in the past, and that's it. Seeing as it was a rough year for both Jen and I, we're so happy to be able to refer to the last 12 months as "last year". I can't really describe it in words, but it's a breath of relief. Wooh.

Sunday 1/1/06

I woke up at Anthony's around 1. Everyone else had gone home and it was time to clean up. Jen came by to pick me up because lord knows we had tons of stuff to do. We helped Anthony a bit, then headed home to continue with the moving process. I can't really remember what we did, but I know we went to my Mom's later that night for dinner. Then we went to Target for some necessities. Oh, that's right, then we managed to head back down to the pub for a game or two of darts. OHHHH, THAT'S RIGHT!!! I BEAT ANTHONY!! WHOOP! We were home fairly early, and that was that.

Monday 1/2/06

We both woke up early and headed to our old places to move more stuff to our new places. Did some of that, then went to the rug store with my mother and bought a pretty nice rug, for a fairly decent price. Then we all went to Linens and Things and picked up more necessities. I really can't remember what I did after that. Hm. Oh yeah. Brendan and Erik stopped by. We met our neighbor Ivan, whom we both met somewhere before. We got things done...then...um...oh, wait. That was Sunday. Shit. I have all my days mixed up. I have no idea what we did after linens and things. Oops.

Yeah, so that's the story of the big moving weekend. Seeing as I still don't have a bar to hang clothes from in my closet, a lot of my stuff is still at my parents house. All in all, the place is really starting to come together, and I'm super excited about our housewarming party on the 21st. Don't miss it.

I'm sure there will be many more adventures in moving. Please stay tuned...



Ok. Soooooo much to write about. Get siked, because I am. I'll give you a hint. It has to do with an awesome apartment, a radical roommate, an exhausting weekend, and a quick walk to my favorite pub. Whoop!

Stay tuned for the whole story...