little miss messy hair


photo a day - HALLOWEEN

speading cheer this halloween at a neighborhood near you


photo a day redux 30 oct

cool cat spider


photo a day redux 26 oct


photo a day redux 25 oct 05


oh no! don't tell me it's


yes, i have knitted (or is that knat?). Actually, i am working on the do-over of the forceful sweater (1/3 of a sleeve to go, thank you very much), but i am adverse to knitting progress photos. Trust me, those 3 inches i got done last night are just not that entertaining.

But, a couple of weeks ago, as i shivered at my desk with the air from the vent blowing down my neck, i determined that i would make a neck warmer. Since i was a bit obsessed with doing a moebius strip at the time, and had just bought Cat Bordhi's A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, well, the solution was obvious:

made with leftover yarn from forceful


photo a day redux 23 oct 05



photo a day redux 20 oct 05


i am an idiosynchrasy

the meme is '5 idiosynchrasies'. Tagged is Thuy.

The photo is a pictoral of idiosynchrasy #1. No, it's not that i do not have a pinky finger (i have two, actually), but when i walk, i often touch each finger to my thumb, forward and backwards. As i do this i count, because...

Idiosynchrasy #2

I like numbers.

Many times, especially when walking or knitting, i will count steps or stitches or whatever. If i am walking i'll count in sets of 4 or 8 if i don't think about it. When knitting, well, my counting doesn't have to have anything to do with what i am actually doing. The numbers are the point, not what they mean, don't you know? No? Geez, what is wrong with you?

Idiosynchrasy #3

I like to flex my muscles.

Not at the beach flexing or anything like that. Just every so often i flex a muscle, almost a twitch, except that i am fully aware that i am doing it. It is a NEED. Why? To see that the muscle still works, that it hasn't dropped off? Who knows.

Idiosynchrasy #4

I hate the smell of tomato catsup.

Actually, i hate catsup. But i also hate the smell of it. To the extent that if you are going to insist on putting catsup on your plate i would please ask you very nicely to put it on the side of the plate that is not next to me. Thank you.

Idiosynchrasy #5

I wiggle my nose.

This may be related to idiosynchrasy #3, but i wiggle my nose a lot. Just kind of scrunch it for no reason. Nothing to do with catsup.

And these are the things i am willing to share. Oh dear.


deer hunt weekend

Last weekend i said to sop, "why don't we go out to the lake next weekend and shoot?" Neither of us has been able to get out and really SHOOT for way too long, so sunday morning, we loaded up the gear and the d-o-g and headed out west.

where the salt runs free

evidence of expert markmen

and with the start of deer hunt weekend here in utah, we headed out with our Canons (oh, and my Nikon and Mamiya and sop's Minolta) and mostly avoided gunfire.

stop here! gun fire just around the bend

after turning around from various 'no trespassing' signs, we found this place:

Clearly deserted but with hints that me may not be the first to venture onto the property.

these guys ruel!

good as new


i sure hope Boyd didn't forget

and dry your hands afterwards

more view than room



getting ready for winter

with winter just around the corner, and us heading toward said corner at about 80mph, SOP figured it was time to get the wood in the back split.As usual, he managed to entice me into joining him in this evening of fun and hilarity (hilarity provided by my first-ever attempts at lof splitting).

giving in a go

with not much success

and a few (well, not SO few) tries later...

sop has finally made a real woman of me

don't get me wrong, i enjoyed spliiting wood. If you ever need some anger management, please stop on by, i have just the thing...

but look at the master in action...

does he look a little TOO happy?


it should be a warm winter after all!

after a day of floor-leveling, paint picking, dog-walking and log-splitting, we settled in for an evening of drinks and cards

don't tell sop, but i am about to whoop his butt!


photo a day redux 14 oct 2005


photo a day - 12 oct 2005


photo a day - 7 oct


photo a day redux 16

someone convinced me today that feet were the subject of the day.

i am so sorry for doing this to you. Be kind, they get a lot of use.


a bad case of the Mondays

i tend to have a hard time waking up on mondays; especially in the fall. Yesterday was such a day. But, even running late, i was determined to ride to work and not bum a ride on the scooter with sop. My goal with my ride to work is to decrease my actual ride time. I can't control the traffic lights, but what happens between them is largely up to me. I pushed up the long hill, still working the dust from the basement work out of my lungs; the light for the second part of the hill stayed green; i made it through. I heard a crunch. Gravel? A pop. Hmm... I watched my back tire as i continued to grind and saw it flatten.

Oh well, at least i had my pump. Shoot, no patch kit.

But that was okay because i had a spare tube. If i could just release the brake cable so i could get the wheel off. Where were my allen wrenches? Oh, somewhere at home with all the other things i can't find since the move and the basement work.

Oh well, at least i was only a mile away from work.

So i walked to work, setting a ridetime record of 37 minutes, blowing my old record of 21 minutes out of the water!

Late to work and the lights were all out. My colleague T was at a doctor appointment and my boss? Well, you never know when he'll show up - sometimes it's not until the next day, but that's okay with me. Except for the phones. With the help desk out, that left me to deal with phones and every time i got off the phone there were three more messages to deal with.

Oh well, at least that only lasted until about 10:00.

So i tried to take care of some things i had been neglecting. Sent an email inquiring about a package i was expecting, although i wasn't sure exactly what i was expecting anymore as the other person had been busy, and i had been busy and i really should have contacted her earlier. She got back to me saying the package had been shipped, but hurt by the tone i used in my email. I didn't mean it to have a TONE. Really! I was trying to be calm, but i guess i failed.

Oh well, at least it happened with someone to whom i could apologise, not just some stranger on the street. I reviewed some emails, looking for on from my friend C, who always send me things to make me laugh. Then, determined to just focus on the circle flies, or perhaps the male table seller on eBay, i set out to lunch, because food might just help.

The cafe near my office usually has at least one vegetarian soup. That day it was Roasted Vegetable. Not my favorite, but at least it was better than beef stew. But what was that in the soup? OLIVES? Igit. I hate olives. Why on earth are there olives in the roasted vegetable soup anyway? Aren't olives a fruit?

Oh well, at least it was warm.

But today is Tuesday and i woke up as one can only wake up to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The shower was wonderful, the protein shake tasty and the thunder outside well, thunderous. And my tea smelled so good, even as the teapot lid fell off and hot (never boiling) tea gushed all over my hand.

But at least i could run cool water over it.

Yup, it is definitely a Tuesday.


may i have seconds?

(or 'a little trip to dog lake')

sop on the trail

i do believe it is autumn

my favorites

aspen grove

look in the lower left - quite a bit farther than my last moose experience

our wedding - in technicolor!

or just plain old regular color.

which means that i finally got the last of the color images scanned, prepped and up on flickr. If you are interested in checking them out, there's a flickr badge in the sidebar.

black and white pictures are still pending, as are the pics from our 'honeymoon'.