Sheared Bliss


Polygamy Loves Company
May 29, 2009, 11:28 pm
Filed under: Randomness | Tags: , , , , ,

I’ve just started watching the first season of Big Loveon DVD and it’s fascinating.  The IMDB description of this show: “Big Love centres around a polygamist (Bill Paxton) and his relationship with the three wives, all whom he is married to.”  Ok, apart from the fact that that sentence makes no grammatical sense, that’s basically what it’s about.  One husband, three wives – not nearly as awesome as most guys would think, but darn entertaining.

So, since I’ve got Mormons on the brain, here are two unrelated, but entertaining stories about Mormons or the lack there of. 

(Yes, I know, most Mormons aren’t polygamists and the polygamists in the show aren’t actually practicing Mormons, but it takes place in Salt Lake City and many of the characters are LDS or FLDS)

1. Several years ago when I was interning at the museum we had a lamb that was being bottle fed.  While it’s difficult to buy sheep’s milk, it’s pretty easy to buy goat’s milk so that’s what we used.  And we used a lot of it.  Andy, the lamb, was a hungry little fellow so museum staff was always having to run to the store for more goat’s milk.  When you wear historic costume all day you get to a point where you either don’t remember or don’t care that you’re dressed funny so many of these goat’s milk runs were made by people in 1860s costumes.  One day it was Farmer V’s turn to run over to the store for more of the white stuff.  When Farmer V got up to the check out line with his armload of goat’s milk the cashier was obviously a little confused.  She looked at the man in his funny clothes and bushy beard, looked at the many quarts of goat’s milk, summoned up all her courage, and asked, “Are you Mormon or something?”  Farmer V was taken aback, but replied politely, “Yes, but I don’t see what that has to do with anything.”  Still not sure what buying goat’s milk and wearing funny clothes has to do with being Mormon.

2. This evening Coworker T threw a party for Coworker S who’s leaving the library.  Earlier this week I asked Coworker T if there was anything I could bring.

Me: Is there anything I can bring?

Coworker T: Nope, lots of people are bringing stuff, we’re all set.

Me: Cool!  So, five-ish, right?

Coworker T: Yeah, just come on over, I’m making margari . . . um, whoops.  You’re Mormon, aren’t you?

Me: Noooo . . .

Coworker T: Really?

Me: Yup, really.

Coworker T: Huh, for some reason I thought you were.  I was going say that I’ll have 7up too, but I guess you can have a margarita.

Apparently I give off a Mormon vibe or something.  Hopefully I dispelled that rumor with my public consumption of a delicious margarita ; )

Now it’s time for bed because I have a big weekend of house cleaning ahead of me.  We’re having a special guest next week at Chez Bliss.  Stay tuned to find out who!



WiP Wednesday
May 27, 2009, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Fiber Arts, Knitting, WiP Wednesday | Tags: ,

Yup, I’m still working on the Poison Dart Frog Socks. Nope, I’m not going to show them to you because they look just about the same as they did last week. However, I will show you a bit of the other project I’m actively working on right now.  Just a bit because it’s a gift for someone . . .

Whatever could it be?

 

While Wednesdays are usually for WiPs, they could also be for WTF.  Especially considering what’s currently occupying the carport next to mine:

Tea party in the parking lot?  WTF, Mate?

Tea party in the parking lot? WTF, Mate?

I’m pretty sure they’re sitting out there waiting to get painted, but they’ve been there for five days now and it makes me giggle every time I park my car.  Happy Wednesday!



Happy Decoration Day!
May 25, 2009, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Baking, Family & Friends, Fiber Arts, Food, Knitting | Tags: , , , , ,

And if you know what the post title refers to, you win the History Dork Prize today!  I’ve always thought that “Decoration Day” sounds quite festive (makes me want to strew glitter and streamers about) while “Memorial Day” has a much more somber feel to it.  Not sure which is more appropriate for the holiday . . .

Anywhoo, totally off topic.  It’s been great having a three day weekend since it’s been so busy that I don’t know how I would have fit everything in otherwise. 

Friday

Friday morning was Nurse K’s graduation.  I didn’t go because I was working, but after work I headed over to her place to help her, her mom, and her aunt with graduation party preparations. 

Step one was to stop at Starbucks to pick up a cuppa joe which was required as an ingredient in one of the graduation cakes we were going to make as well as being required by Nurse K’s aunt who was going into heavy caffeine withdrawal (Nurse K’s family does not own any coffee making apparatus).  After obtaining the necessary hot beverage (a surprisingly complicated process involving battling hordes of teenyboppers on the hunt for their next frappuccino fix) I headed over to chez Nurse K.

Our plan was to make two completely from scratch cakes for the party on Saturday – a chocolate blackout cake filled with homemade chocolate pudding and a silver white cake filled with homemade vanilla pudding and fresh strawberries.  There were some tense moments – dividing the cakes to make the layers, when the vanilla pudding didn’t set up, icing the cakes, fitting them in the fridge . . . but in the end I think they turned out quite nicely!

Careful . . .

Careful . . .

 

The vanilla pudding never set up like it should so we had to mix it with whipped cream to get the right consistency to ice the cake.

The vanilla pudding never set up like it should so we had to mix it with whipped cream to get the right consistency to ice the cake.

 

Those arent candles on the cake, theyre our anti-icing-smooshage device.  And yes, the chocolate cake is sitting on top of a bowl of chili - the fridge was really full.

Those aren't candles on the cake, they're our anti-icing-smooshage device. And yes, the chocolate cake is sitting on top of a bowl of chili - the fridge was really full.

 

Impressive, no?

Impressive, no?

 

Saturday

On Saturday CodeMonkey and I headed over to chez Nurse K again for the graduation party.  We had some yummy burgers and, of course, cake.  I was pretty proud of the present I gave her.

Thats a nursing maual from 1910 and a hand knit, felted nurses hat.

That's a nursing maual from 1910 and a hand knit, felted nurse's hat.

 

Pretty schnazzy, huh?

Pretty schnazzy, huh?

 

We had to book it out of the party to run back to our place, pick up Shrub and our suitcases, and head down to Colorado Springs for the next event – Coworker C’s wedding.

The wedding was lovely – the weather was cooperative enough to stop raining for the duration of the outdoor ceremony, the ceremony was beautiful, the reception was fun, and it was all so unique and perfect for the couple.  The bride wore a gorgeous black evening gown, the groom wore skateboarding shoes with his tux, there was a gluten-free cake so the bride could enjoy it too, and the groom is taking the bride’s last name – awesome!

The happy couple

The happy couple

 

Sunday

Sunday was thankfully pretty low key – we had spent the night at CodeMonkey’s parents’ house after the wedding so we hung out with them for a while before heading home.  We all went to see Star Trek and I gave MommaCodeMonkey another knitting lesson – she now knows how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off!  Knit, MommaCodeMonkey, knit!

Shrubs so helpful . . .

Shrub's so helpful . . .

 

Monday

Today was also thankfully low key.  We went grocery shopping and puttered around a bit.  I did some dyeing (which I’ll hopefully get around to posting about later in the week) and some cooking.  It was rainy all day so it seemed like a good day for soup and cornbread.  I also made a peach and raspberry cobbler because, you know, two graduation cakes and a wedding cake weren’t enough sugar for one weekend.

The peaches were the last of the frozen ones from last seasons farmers market and the raspberries were a great price at the store today.

The peaches were the last of the frozen ones from last season's farmers' market and the raspberries were a great price at the store today.

 

Yummmmm . . .

Yummmmm . . .

 

Whew . . . I’m actually kind of looking forward to work after all of that.  It might be restful . . .



WiP Wednesday
May 20, 2009, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Fiber Arts, Knitting, WiP Wednesday | Tags: , ,

I’m still working on the Poison Dart Frog Socks.  In fact, I’m very nearly done with the first one – just have the ribbing left.  I really do have other things on the needles, but the only other things I’m actively working on are surprises so I don’t want to show them here until they’ve been given to their intended recipients. 

Sooo . . . since the froggie socks are my lunch knitting, I thought I’d show y’all what my lunch break usually looks like. 

One of the things I love about Colorado is that, apart from the very coldest part of the winter, it’s nearly always comfortable outside.  Therefore, I eat lunch outside whenever the weather allows. 

My lunch: Some spinach and feta quiche, an apple with peanut butter, and (of course) my daily dose of fiber.

My lunch: Some spinach and feta quiche, an apple with peanut butter, and (of course) my daily dose of fiber.

 

If theres time after I finish eating I crank out a few more rows of sock and try to remedy the pasty-whiteness of my legs.

If there's time after I finish eating I crank out a few more rows of sock and try to remedy the pasty-whiteness of my legs.

 

Dont forget to enjoy the view.  I know Denvers a cow town, but isnt this taking things a bit far?  Yes, those are horses, in the middle of a very suburban part of metro Denver surrounded by shopping centers and office buildings.

Don't forget to enjoy the view! I know Denver's a cow town, but isn't this taking things a bit far? Yes, those are horses, in the middle of a very suburban part of metro Denver surrounded by shopping centers and office buildings.



Pomp and Circumstance
May 18, 2009, 9:35 pm
Filed under: Family & Friends | Tags: , , ,

This past Saturday was MommaCodeMonkey’s graduation so CodeMonkey and I headed down to the Springs for a whole weekend of family fun. CodeMonkey, his Momma, and I headed to graduation early so that MommaCodeMonkey could rehearse and CodeMonkey and I could save seats for the rest of the CodeMonkey Clan.

It was windy.

It was windy.

This seats taken . . . yup, that one too . . . seats taken . . . sorry, taken . . .

This seat's taken . . . yup, that one too . . . seat's taken . . . sorry, taken.

Doesnt she look so smart?

Doesn't she look so smart? I'm so proud of her!

La Familia CodeMonkey

La Familia CodeMonkey

 In addition to all of the graduation festivities, we also did what one does at all good family gatherings – EAT!  Some of us more than others . . .

AuntieCodeMonkey and MommaCodeMonkey thought I was funny for taking pictures of our grocery expedition.

AuntieCodeMonkey and MommaCodeMonkey thought I was funny for taking pictures of our grocery expedition.

 

You need a lot of groceries . . .

You need a lot of groceries . . .

 

. . . to make a spread like this!

. . . to make a spread like this!

 One of the best parts of the weekend, though, was that I got to start teaching MommaCodeMonkey to knit!



PC Load Letter?
May 14, 2009, 10:12 pm
Filed under: Work

What? You mean you haven’t seen Office Space? You must go see it. Immediately. I mean it, I’ll wait . . .

Ok, seen it? Suffice it to say it wasn’t a great day at work. To top it all off, the copy machine hates me. The feeling is mutual. While it’s never actually said “PC Load Letter” it does offer such helpful error messages as “Automatically Adjusted,” “Adjusting Print Quality,” and “Replace Used Toner Cartridge.” All well and good until you realize that you don’t have a used toner cartridge. I managed to get it to finish the print job by removing, shaking, and reinstalling the old used toner cartridge between printing each page. All the while fantasizing about this:

However, I’m a big believer in looking on the bright side. As Sarah says, “It could be worse, you could be in a pencil factory making pencils.”  Or, as the universe so kindly chose to point out to everyone at work recently, just be thankful you’re not the owner of either of these cars.

There’s a tree wedged in there somewhere between the two of them.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’ll be away for a few days, but hopefully I’ll come back with some good pictures.



WiP Wednesday
May 13, 2009, 10:55 pm
Filed under: Fiber Arts, Knitting, WiP Wednesday | Tags: , , ,
(That’s “Work in Progress” for any of you non-knitters out there)

I’ll warn you right now that I have knitting ADD.  I start lots of things.  I don’t necessarily finish them.  I may put them down for a really long time and then pick them up again – or not.  I have lots of projects on the needles at the same time.  That being said, you may see things here that you never actually see as a finished project.  But then again, sometimes I do actually finish things.

One of the things I have on the needles right now is a basic, toe-up, short -row-heel sock.  I started it because I needed something small, portable, and patternless.  My other main project right now is none of these things – it’s big, involves multiple balls of yarn, requires me to look at the pattern, and can take up to an hour to finish one row.  Oy.  So clearly, some purse-sized knitting was in order.  I mostly work on it during my lunch break at work.  I usually only have time to crank out a few rows so it’s progressing slowly, but fairly steadily.  I’ve turned the heel on the first sock and I’m chugging along on the cuff.  This will be the first pair of socks I’ve finished in quite a while and I have great hopes that they’ll actually get finished in a fairly timely manner.  I’ve discovered that plain socks really are the perfect lunch knitting (and elicit some pretty hilarious comments from my coworkers) so watch this space for more (until, you know, the ADD kicks in).

Poison dart frog chillin on the balcony

Poison dart frog sock chillin' on the balcony

Poison dart frog sock - side elevation

Poison dart frog sock - side elevation

Poison dart frog sock - top elevation

Poison dart frog sock - top elevation

Please excuse the pasty, white legs.

The yarn is Opal in colorway 1192 (which may be discontinued – I didn’t see it on their website).  I’m not a fan of numbered colorways so I’ve decided to call it Poison Dart Frog.  Why? 
Froggie picture from Delargy.com

Froggie picture from Delargy.com