8/30/2005 09:13:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Today I helped Kanye West become even more cocky...just bought "Late Registration" on iTunes. I've heard nothing but good stuff about it - didn't know his mom has a Ph.D. (not a Playa' Hatin' Degree, as the husband quipped). She and Common's mom (also a Ph.D.) were interviewed on the local NPR station today. US magazine is a guilty pleasure for me, well, maybe not so guilty (that's Uma and Kate yarn shopping): Look what the mailman brought - yarn from GirlReaction's recent yarn sale! I so want to make this messenger bag soon - a knitted Timbuk2 - so cute!|W|P|112545544954949509|W|P|It's Kanye Day|W|P|8/29/2005 09:40:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|This weekend was crazy...Meli. needs. sleep. soon. Originally, I had planned to do the Fleet Feet Super Sprint triathlon, but I bailed. The husband had been gone all week, so by Friday night I just wanted to hang with him and catch up without feeling rushed to go to bed by 9 pm. So we ate at Thyme cafe and had some drinks with some friends. Very fun! Plus, Sunday I had to wake at 4 am to volunteer at the Accenture triathlon (apologies for those of you that think I've gone off the tri-deep end lately, I'm just sort of addicted right now). I worked at the swim exit, and saw some amazing stuff: 1. Two men racing with leg prosthetics 2. 1 man racing without an arm 3. A blind couple racing together 4. A guy blowing chunks after the swim (he claimed he "shouldn't have eaten that omelet" for breakfast). See, look! Needless to say, it was very inspirational. This was all after a Saturday out drinking on my brother-in-law's boat. Mind you, I only had a few Bellini's, but still. After the race, we crusied around the Bucktown Arts Fest (not as good as last year), and then I got fitted for my new bike at the coolest bike shop in Chicago. My new bike is awesome (Cannondale) - will take a picture soon! So you can imagine that I've made almost no progress on my baby blanket. Still almost halfway done, still probably not going to finish in time for the 9/10 shower, oh well!|W|P|112537047781453623|W|P|No more hanky my wanky, the Meli needs sleep!|W|P|8/25/2005 09:48:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Boring night calls for boring post I guess! To quell my boredom while the husband travels every week thru September, I decided to join Netflix. I figured I need a bit more variety (and intelligence) thrown in with my weekly doses of Bobby and Whitney, Oprah, and Knitty Gritty reruns. I signed up for the $10/month plan, and the first season of Arrested Development is on its way! The baby blanket is taking forevs -- I'm still not even halfway finished. It feels like it's taken me all week to do an inch. Pretty boring stuff, I need to learn to pick smaller baby projects since everyone I know (except me) is preggers right now. I think I've said before how much I love this town -- especially working across the street from Millennium Park. Today was kind of sucky, and it was nice to sit in the park for an hour with my lunch and a little knitting.|W|P|112502530117451252|W|P|I'm bored|W|P|8/23/2005 09:26:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|1. Anyone else out there a dork like me and willing to admit that they Tivo Oprah? Well, I'm not ashamed to say that I do, and tonight I had to watch this:
Photo Courtesy of her O-ness
For those of you that don't recognize her, that's Priscilla Presley. Oh the Botox! She looks awful, poor thing. 2. Is it 2008 yet? I can't take much more of his Hickness (that would be our president). Being a scientist by training, this commentary got me even more pissed at the anti-progress, Intelligent fucking design, track his Hickness has our country on. 3. Pat Robertson needs to shut up. 4. Arrested Development Rocks.
|W|P|112485145680531548|W|P|Randomness|W|P|8/22/2005 10:20:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|So, I didn't end up going to the Air Show after all. The weather looked kind of dicey on Saturday morning, so I opted out of the boat fun. Regretably, since it turned out to be a nice day. Instead, I finished Lelah. I'm so glad I stuck with this - I love this pattern! I definitely want to try it again with a nicer yarn than what I used here. I'll leave you with a cool garden photo - this is a crimson climber flower. I think I've finally got the hang of using macros on our camera. |W|P|112476790030363480|W|P|Lelah Finished|W|P|8/19/2005 01:15:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|My Saturday: brother-in-law's boat, Lake Michigan, for the Air and Water show. You can actually see the whites of the pilot's eyes - they fly that close.

Tonight - wine tasting; Saturday night - probably more drinking. I guess I need to get it out of my system, since I signed up for another tri. This one is a preclude to the big Accenture tri next Sunday. The race is a "Super-Sprint," and is about 1/2 the distance I did last weekend. The swim is in the lake - kinda scary.

Anyhoo, not much progress in the knitting area. Hope to finish the revamped Lelah this weekend, and I'm still churning away on the baby blanket. Pictures soon!

|W|P|112447609821190902|W|P||W|P|8/21/2005 06:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger byron446douglas|W|P|damn good blog, check out mine http://juicyfruiter.blogspot.com, comments always welcome!8/17/2005 12:56:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Lonely me is sans husband this week and next week due to business travel, so twin sister Anna, brother Nick, and I went to see The Aristocrats last night. The premise sounds boring - lots of comics telling the same dirty joke, but it was hysterical, if a little long-winded. My favorites were the mime, the card-trick guy, and of course, Gilbert Gottfried. I highly recommend! Thanks to all you bloggers and my family for support and encouragement during my tri-training. My official time was just over 1:36 - so much better than I was expecting! Not sure when I'll be doing my next one...but a couple swimming clinics will be done this fall, and I'll be bike shopping this weekend. In fact, I had a dream last night that I was bike shopping and almost bought an exact replica of my old yellow Huffy bike - banana seat and all. Damn I loved that bike!|W|P|112430221712026856|W|P|Sounds great, what's the name of your act?|W|P|8/14/2005 06:40:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|I guess I'm officially a triathlete now...the race was awesome! I think I'm definitely hooked now. It was a lot more fun that the running races I have been doing. The one thing that I really want now is a new road bike. Even though I had road tires put on my Trek mountain bike (which is about 7 years old), there were so many cool bikes at the race, and I would probably go a lot faster. The times haven't been posted yet, but I think I probably finished between 1:30 and 1:45, which is what I was hoping for. A quick recap: 1. Swim - Centennial Beach is a quarry converted into a community pool/beach. The water looked like lake water, and there was some sand at the bottom. I started at the back of the pack, which meant I didn't get in the water until around 8 am (the race started around 7 am). I basically did a mix of free style and breast stroke/doggy paddle...mainly b/c of nerves, and just because it felt right to take breaks. 2. Bike - the swim to bike transition was the hardest...felt kind of out of it when I exited the water. Once I got on my bike and went easy the first mile or so, I felt good. Doug got their just as I was making my first turn, so it was fun to see him! Throughout the race, I was amazed by the number of people racing in the 50+ age group - very inspirational! 3. Run - bike to run transition felt much better. The first mile of the run I felt kind of tight so I went pretty slow. But after the first mile I got into a good pace and really felt like I was coasting. I was shocked by how much energy I still had. The 5K really didn't seem that long. Crossing the finish was fantastic - I'm really proud of myself and have been on a natural high all day! Photos of the race at my Flickr (sorry, bad quality due to cameraphone). I also did some knitting this weekend. I took a break from fixing my Lelah top and knit a hat for a friend who is having boy/girl fraternal twins in December:
Pattern Here
Yarn: Lily Sugar N' Cream
|W|P|112406409432470166|W|P|I finished!|W|P|8/10/2005 10:04:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Everytime I attempt to knit myself a garment other than a scarf or a hat, I've been disappointed. I check my guage, follow the pattern to a tee, and it's either too big, too tight, or just ugly. Case in point, I bound off on my Lelah top tonight, and the top is huge.
Too garbage baggish?
Baby got too much back...
I don't know how I'd sew the elastic in without a ton of gathering at the back. This yarn is 100% acrylic, so I doubt blocking will help. Ugh - so frustrating!! I'll probably end up either adding straps, or just balling it up and hiding it somewhere. What am I doing wrong? Funny, someone got to my blog by searching "Dave Navarro's head" in Google. He really does have a big head. Current TV picks - Starved and Kathy Griffin's new reality show (on the surface she seems very annoying but I think she's hilarious).|W|P|112373044237629694|W|P|Maybe I Should Stick to Scarves|W|P|8/08/2005 10:10:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|So my triathlon is on Sunday...getting excited. In my usual ass-backwards kind of way, I finally decided to get a private swim lesson. Boy was it worth the $80 - among other things, I realized that I was kicking too hard, and that the pool I normally swim in is closer to 50 yards than 25! Other than swimming, I biked about 17 miles yesterday along the lakefront path, and managed to spot some gay pseudo-drill team practicing some awesome routines in the park. Picture 30 men clad in part boy-scout, part national guard uniforms twirling fake rifals to "Stayin' Alive." Perhaps it had s0mething to do with Halsted Market Days? Husband got his motocycle this weekend, but couldn't ride it because he injured his foot on a jet ski on Saturday. The bike is pretty cute, but I'm not getting on it until I get a pink sparkly helmet - that's my only demand. In knitting news, I'm almost finished with Lelah: I got a really cute chocolate brown velvet ribbon for the eyelets. As soon as I finish, it's back to baby projects because all of the babies in my life are due in October, November, and December.|W|P|112355773212400364|W|P|6 Days till Tri|W|P|8/05/2005 01:32:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|If you haven't already, check out Michael Yon's blog. He's an independent journalist reporting from Iraq - amazing stuff (thanks Nick). Tonight some of my girlfriends from work are coming over for a "Craft Night," or just a good excuse to hang out and drink (except for my friend Amanda who is pregnant with twins). I'll probably end up showing some of them how to knit. I'll have some pictures of my progress later!|W|P|112326698328384470|W|P||W|P|8/02/2005 09:39:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Yum - Doug and I lunched at Cereality today. It's a new "cereal bar" that just opened in the Loop. Man was it good! I had the "Life Experience" - Life cereal, bananas, honey, and almonds. Doug's choice sounds disgusting, but it was actually pretty good - Lucky Charms, strawberries, and malted milk balls. And I get to go back again on Thursday! I'm almost done with the lace repeats on my Lelah top. I decided to go with US 8 circulars for the whole top (so my ta-ta's are sufficiently contained), so the lacework isn't as open as it could be, but it's still looks ok. Hopefully I will finish this weekend - I don't seem to be as fast as everyone else out there!|W|P|112303717475251879|W|P|Cereal for Lunch|W|P|