4/28/2005 04:34:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|So let me get this straight -- Chicago is: - 12th most polluted city in the U.S. - One of the top 10 Green Cities in the U.S. - About to completely fuck up its public transit system??? Does this seem ass-backwards or what? To me, there is no use debating the CTA issue - the state MUST bail it out. The proposed reduction and/or elimination of service will set this city back decades in every conceivable aspect of modern urban society. OK, rant finished. I neglected to post the most exciting news of the last week - I scored 2 tickets to one of the 4 sold-out Wilco shows next week at the Vic!! Doug and I will be going to the Thursday night show, and I'm wondering if I should try to look extra-cute since they will be filming for a live DVD? I've also semi-decided to train for a Sprint Triathlon in August. Seeing as that I don't swim, and I haven't rode my bike in a couple of years, this will be interesting to say the least. I'm just getting tired of running all the time, and I think it will be fun. So, I'm off to get my bike tuned up this weekend. Stay tuned as I bore you with my progress! Speaking of progress, I just finished the Children's hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Unfortunately dear Doug has the camera in New Orleans this weekend (Jazz Fest, so jealous)...so no pictures until Monday. Tonight I'm starting the Big Bad Baby blanket from the first SnB book. It's for yet another friend who is expecting in October. I'm using Knitpicks Merino Style yarn in Asparagus - a nice gender-neutral color. Plus, I'm obsessed with green lately. BTW...just switched to Haloscan commenting...so I think all my previous comments are gone.|W|P|111472460999475542|W|P|Polluted Yet Green Yet F-ed|W|P|4/24/2005 02:07:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|That's right...I'm feeling like a Commodore 64 today. Last night was a girls night out in honor of my friend Claire's younger sister Mary Kate's visit to Chicago. We started at Lovitt for dinner - which was great. It's BYO - which makes things very cheap when the bill comes. We then made it to Louie's Pub for some Karaoke where I performed my recent Karaoke favorite - Wham!'s (do ya think the apostrophe goes before or after the !?) "Careless Whisper." My lungs hate me right now. And I'm thinking of training for a mini-triathalon? Nnot sure how that's going to work. Other than that...not much to report at Chez Melissa. However, on the knitting front...the minisweater is fini: Yikes...hello chest! A less blurred shot. No button yet. I can't decide how I feel about this. Doug didn't seem to like the addition of the cream at the sleeves, and he said the poofy sleeves look like Snow White. I think I'll probably wear it in my office when it's cold...but I don't I feel like ripping the sleeves out at this point. Now it's on to more baby gifts and warm weather projects (perhaps this?).|W|P|111437112342095867|W|P|Over Served|W|P|4/26/2005 04:08:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous laura|W|P|That little sweater is so cute! You did a great job.4/19/2005 08:41:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|
Don't worry, I'm not going to get all religious on your asses. But, for those of you in blogworld that don't know me, I am Catholic - did 12 years in Catholic school as a matter of fact. I still consider myself Catholic, but do not attend church frequently and, like many other American Catholics, feel a general malaise about the state of the church. So, I wasn't thrilled to learn today that Cardinal Ratzinger was elected pope. Maybe since he's 78, we'll see a pope from Latin America in the not so distant future. Back to the boobholder - I joined the minisweater knitalong. People are making some really cute ones. I'm still plugging away on mine. I think the sleeves might be a little more on the poofy side than I wanted, but I think it will be a good office warmer.  Posted by Hello|W|P|111396129210164747|W|P|Ratzy for Pope|W|P|4/24/2005 02:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jennifer|W|P|I felt the same way about Ratzinger. I'm Catholic, taught religion at a Catholic High School for six years before having kidlet #2. I'm just feeling a bit underwhelmed. I think he might just be an interim choice though. Maybe we'll have an African or Latin American pope next.4/17/2005 04:08:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|It looks like Chicago actually is experiencing spring this year. The evidence? Multiple consecutive days with temperatures in the 60s or above, hoards of people taking to the streets to run, bike, and eat, and color! Witness: One of the perennials we planted last year - forgot what it's called. It kind of looks like broccoli. And: This is a smokebush - very cool dark purple leaves. And: The yellow ones are Osteospermums. I love their bright leaves and purple centers! I'm nowhere near finished planting of course. I still have the roof decks to do, and my tomato and pepper plants should arrive in May. I've also sanded our outdoor furniture in preparation for re-staining - it was a deal at Target last year...we should have known that it wasn't snow-proof. Doug has begun building a second planter for our rooftop deck...so things are starting to take shape. And so has begun the season of multiple trips to Home Despot, lugging huge bags of soil and plants up three flights of stairs, and skin! Seriously though, spring and summer here are worth suffering through the winters. On the knitting front...I've finished the body of the boobholder. I don't think I have enough black alpaca to finish the sleeves, so I've decided to finish them with the same alpaca yarn, only it's a cream color. I'm hoping this won't look weird. The progress thus far (see the cream on the right sleeve): I also managed to get in about a 4 mile run yesterday - not sure yet if I want to train for something this summer. My kickers are tired after just a 4-miler!|W|P|111377209368718777|W|P|Spring at Chez Melissa|W|P|4/12/2005 01:15:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|sorry...I've noticed that in IE my blog has a large space before the most recent post. In Firefox it looks ok. I'm hoping Blogger support can help me out. Being the new blogger that I am, I'd like to make a button for my blog. I sat down with Photoshop the other night thinking I could whip one up in a jiffy - but working with the layers function was a hell of a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Any tips out there for the newbie?|W|P|111333002704487751|W|P|If This Looks Funky and Button Question|W|P|4/13/2005 12:04:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Madalyn|W|P|Do you have access to Adobe Acrobat Writer, or some other software that can turn a regular document into a jpg?

I sometimes create a graphic (like a banner or button) in Word, convert it to a pdf, and then open it in Acrobat Writer and convert it to a jpg. Then I'm able to open it in Photoshop without any problems, crop (and whatever else you want to do), and I'm done!

It's kind of a roundabout way to avoid the layers in Photoshop when I don't have the time to mess with it.4/14/2005 12:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jane|W|P|It's the large pictures that are causing the spacing problem. I find that if I use "Hello" software from google to post pictures, it sizes them to fit in the blog. Else you can do it manually with HTML too. Once the posts with your larger pictures drop off your page, it will probably go back to normal...

Great Blog btw... I found it by doing "next blog" (top right corner) a few weeks ago. The powers of the internet (and Google)4/14/2005 01:03:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Melissa|W|P|Thanks for the tips. I alternate between using Hello and uploading images to my husband's server. I'm learning HTML as I go, and I haven't figured out the optimal image size.

Thanks for visiting!4/08/2005 08:47:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|That's where I was this morning on my way to work. I understand one's desire to pack into the El car so as to ensure that one arrives to work on time, but I also believe that a certain amount of personal space should be maintained in said crowded car. Today I had the privilege of being sandwiched between the metal pole near the door and some woman's huge ass! For some reason, it not only annoyed me but kind of grossed me out at the same time. To top it off, I think the security guard that mans our "security" entry to the elevator bank in our building called me "pretty lady" this morning. I never know if I should take comments like these from strange, typically older, men as a compliment or as pure ickyness. Happy Friday!|W|P|111296847919245320|W|P|Between an Ass and a Hard Place|W|P|4/08/2005 07:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Grecian Gringo|W|P|even if the comment may have delivered in an uncouth manner, take as a complement that your hot. if anything that should be a a self esteem booster for the day. btw, u want more alpaca yarn. i think i am going to bolivia at the end of my trip.4/08/2005 09:45:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous laurie|W|P|Compliment! Compliment alert! :) Purty lady, eh? Highest rung of security guard compliment ethos. Well done!4/10/2005 03:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lynette|W|P|i'm starting to take the el again this week. i do not have a nice image in my head. that's what i'll miss about driving. ;(4/12/2005 12:21:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Mo|W|P|Ahh, take compliments, we all need em! If somones willing to give, why not? It is pretty icky then they are OLD AND GREY though, makes you worry what the people you'd like to be attracting think you..Well, taht's what I think, anyways.
BUT. You wanted to join the MiniSweater KAL?

http://minisweater.blogspot.com

I need your email so that I can send you an invite? You can contact me at noirlutin(AT)hotmail(DOT)com4/05/2005 07:51:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|The weather here was fabulous this weekend. Lots of outside time was spent. I did the Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday. Finished in 48:45, which was on target for my goal of a sub-10 minute mile. It was a great race but so packed - 22,500 estimated participants. I felt like a loser though. Since I have no running friends or family, I went to the race by myself, ran, finished, and then drove home. No post-party for me! No hugs at the finish line for me! All my peeps (including husband) were at home nursing hangovers! I think if I had other people to run with, it would be easier to stay motivated and possible train for a marathon. Any takers??? I was planning on posting some photos of spring's progress in our rooftop garden, but since Doug took the camera to Miami for the week, those will have to wait. Anyway, I was very excited to see evidence that some of the plants we started last spring successfully over-wintered and are showing buds. The honeysuckle and this other variegated brocoli-looking perennial look especially good. Hopefully everything else will come back. So it took a move to UNC for Roy Williams to win an NCAA title. I think this means that it's the Jayhawks who are cursed, right? This story sort of echoes what we were feeling last night. I am about halfway finished with the minisweater/boobholder pattern from Glampyre. So far it's a really easy, quick knit. Hopefully it will be something I won't be embarrassed to wear in public. I just bought Last Minute Knitted Gifts - lots of cute, simple projects that seem a bit more practical than the SnB patterns. I might tackle a sweater finally - the Hourglass sweater looks pretty wearable. I also have my eye on another Glampyre creation...check out this super cute finished version.|W|P|111275051294631372|W|P|Shamrock Shuffle|W|P|