6/29/2005 09:41:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Now that I've roped you in with my previous post...here is a photo of the cupcakes my sister and I made for our husbands' 30th birthday party. I wish I took a close-up, but you get the idea. Here's another of me and my birthday boy...isn't he cute? I on the other hand, have that too-much-makeup-so-that-I-can-hide-my-horrible-adult-acne look going on. Other exciting (well, exciting to me at least) news: - yesterday I abandoned my retarded flippers at my swim class and did great - it's amazing how much I have improved in 3 sessions! - started knitting the now-ubiquitous One Skein Wonder - I'm using some handspun wool/mohair blend that Doug got me in Pennsylvania and it's making me hot just touching it! - it turns out there is a Republican in my home state of Missouri that is not a religious freak! I hadn't heard about John Danforth's recent op-ed pieces for the NY Times until I heard him on NPR today. Bravo Mr. Danforth!|W|P|112009930238765181|W|P|Post-Party Roundup|W|P|6/26/2005 02:07:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Ah, my first drunk posting. My sister and I managed to pull together the 30th birthday party for my husband and her husband at Lottie's Pub tonight. It was a ton of fun....drank, smoked (bad, bad, bad) and had a lot of fun. We made some really yummy cupcakes, pictures of which I will post later. Just got home and made a little "Costco Pizza"...I forget the real name, but they are so damn good. Goodnight All....|W|P|111976988569095499|W|P|Pizza sounds good|W|P|6/21/2005 10:42:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Swimming that is, not The Streets song. Oh my God, this swimming class/clinic/whatever kicked my ass tonight. I signed up for a Masters adult swim class at the Y, and it's basically a scheduled work out for really good swimmers. After 2 laps I was wiped out, literally gasping for air. My stroke totally sucks -- have I said that I've never swam (or is it swum?) competitively? Anyway, the "instructor" ended up giving me flippers to help keep my body flat, and that helped a ton. Still, I felt kind of retarded. I did feel like I made some improvement by the end of the hour, so I'm going to stick with it. I'm dead...must finish my wine and go to sleep now.|W|P|111941220995469111|W|P|It was s'posed to be so easy...|W|P|6/20/2005 08:34:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|What is it about summer that always seems to keep me frantically busy? Work -- yes as always -- and we always seem to get most of our out-of-town visitors in summer. Why? Well, because winter sucks here, of course. Other reasons: triathlon training, various outdoor projects, shopping, and for Christ's sake -- the weather is awesome right now! But all of this means that my indoor hobbies (blogging, knitting) have been a bit neglected the last couple of weeks. No more, I say! Proof that my thumb is getting greener: Apologies for the small pics...check out on my flickr. My first tomato flowers of the season: And I've actually done some knitting! I finally figured out casting on with double-pointed needles, and I've almost finished the first leg of the Baby Denim Pants from LMKG. And shopping too! With the help of my sis, I finally purchased my first pair of nice, non-Gap or Banana designer jeans. They are Seven for All Mankind and I love them! They fit great and are not as low cut as I feared. My love handles are sufficiently contained! My tri-training is progressing...so far I've only been running and biking. Tomorrow I start a Masters-level swim clinic at the local Y. I'm kind of nervous because I think I'll probably be the worst swimmer there, and I haven't worn a one-piece swimsuit in ages! Hopefully I'll make some improvements during the 5 week course. This weekend my sis and I are throwing a 30th birthday party for our respective husbands at Lottie's Pub. We've decided that instead of cake, we're going to bake some cupcakes from Cupcakes by Elinor Klivans. It's such a cute cookbook...I highly recommend it! We have more visitors arriving on Friday for the party, so it's likely to be another crazy weekend. Ooh... new toy alert! I also just got a new camera phone - I've managed to figure out how to take pictures, but doing anything meaningful with them is still a mystery to me. It's still pretty cool.|W|P|111931812297081249|W|P|Oh yeah, my blog|W|P|6/14/2005 08:55:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Not me - I have another 8 months or so...my husband Doug turns 30 today! We're celebrating with a steak dinner at Gene & Georgetti's downtown (definitely better than Cafe Bo-suck-o). Typical summer busy-ness right now - more family visits, 30th bday party planning, watering everyday because it's so damn dry here, tri-training, oh yeah - work, etc. I'm hoping to sit down and tinker with the blog and post some photos later this week.|W|P|111875768087695309|W|P|Goodbye Twenties, Happy Flag Day|W|P|6/08/2005 01:06:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|After a failed attempt at getting free BBQ at the Map Room last night, Doug and I headed over to Cafe Bolero on Western Ave. Beautiful evening, outside seating, live cuban music - seemed to be a good combination, right? Not so - I do not recommend this place. After waiting about 5 minutes at the hostess desk, I was told by two people that we would only have to wait a few minutes to sit outside. A few minutes later, some big guy pops out of the kitchen and asks me something in spanish - I only got "la nina", and assumed he was talking to me. Then in English, he proceeds to ask me if I need help. Gee, thanks, I've only been standing here for 10 minutes! Anyway, I politely tell him that I was being helped and would be sitting outside. He then says - and I completely thought he was joking - "...that is not possible. You have to go through me to get a table. Only I know what tables are open. There are two parties ahead of you." Only he was totally serious. Great customer service don't you think? Once we were finally seated, and ordered drinks and dinner (which took another 15 minutes), the food came out way too fast (ususally a sure sign that the food will suck), and my "grilled" shrimp was definitely not worth the $16 we paid for it. Maybe they're mojitos are good - but I would not recommend Cafe Bolero for its food or its service. Will post soon on progress of latest knitting project - the baby denim pants from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts." So far, I'm not liking this pattern. It calls for casting on with dp needles, which is not going well. Need to finish for a shower on 7/21. It's hot here - finally! I'm spending almost an hour everyday after work watering - but it's worth it b/c my scarlet runner beans and crimson climbers are sprouting...pictures to come.|W|P|111825504033857382|W|P|Cafe Bo-suck-o|W|P|6/03/2005 10:14:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P| Who am I kidding? This will never be worn. I think I made the wrong yarn choice - the alpaca is too stiff and bulky. This is my first frogging experience, and it's becoming quite a mess. I'm hoping to salvage enough yarn to make this. When the shrugs first appeared a few years ago, I wasn't a fan. I'm liking them more now... For you Howard Stern fans out there (I'm a big one)...Doug and I are going to see Artie and Jim Florentine tomorrow night! I'm hoping he's as funny live as he is on the show. Besides Howard, Artie is definitely my favorite! Happy Weekend!|W|P|111785548817197581|W|P|I'm never going to wear this|W|P|