9/28/2005 08:43:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Maybe it was bound to happen sooner or later, but our condo building was robbed on Monday. We live on the top level of our building, so no one got into our unit, but they entered one of the garden units, and exited through our basement storage room. They got a laptop, stereo, cell phone, money, and Doug's bike. The sucky thing is that I didn't find out about it until 24 hours later! We run our condo association, and with Doug out of town I was left to handle a lot of post-break in crap. Not to mention that I was a little freaked out since I'm home alone. Luckily, brother Nick stayed over last night. Shit happens, and thankfully no one was hurt.
On to happier things, my friend Amanda is expecting twins and loved these hats I made for her.
Yarn: Lily Sugar n' Cream
|W|P|112795961155362035|W|P|City Living|W|P|9/26/2005 09:19:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Ok, Renegade was great. There were lots more vendors than last year from all over the country, not just Chicago. I made my way though the mud and got some great stuff:
Vintage knitting needles, earrings from www.earlyjewelry.com (go Lawrence, KS!), a pin using vintage yarn (www.struckknitting.com), and some cute cards
|W|P|112778827128750309|W|P|The Goods|W|P|9/23/2005 01:34:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P| Went last year, and there was a lot of great stuff! Also doing the Bucktown 5K this weekend. I love my neighborhood!|W|P|112750067320933043|W|P|This will be fun...|W|P|9/22/2005 03:19:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|A particularaly slow day at work today, which has allowed me to roam blogland and find out all kinds of things:
-- First, via Largehearted Boy, Jeff Tweedy is touring solo in November. Unfortunately, no Chicago show is scheduled, but I smell a trip to Madison for the Nov. 5 show
-- Barack Obama introduced Wilco at Farm Aid this past weekend...would have loved to see that
-- My knitting pales in comparison to all the other knitbloggers out there...how do you people churn out such great stuff so fast?
-- why, Tara, why?
Totally unrelated, after much begging and pleading, I've agreed to cook my husband his favorite meal that I hate to cook - fried chicken. I love to cook, but I dread cooking this. All of my attempts have resulted in a grease-splattered kitchen, and chicken charred black on the outside, pink on the inside. I've tried so many different recipes (including Alton Brown's), none of which seem to please my husband's delicate fried chicken palette. Anyone out there with a no-fail recipe (and yes, I know I need to get a splatter screen)? Muchas gracias!|W|P|112742128505221652|W|P|Knits and Chicken|W|P|9/20/2005 09:03:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|So I finally made it to L.A., and I got my star sighting -- David Letterman no less! If our friend hadn't noticed it was him, we would have walked right past him. Doug has been a fan since the Chris Elliot days, and he managed to muster enough courage to talk to him. No pictures, however, but I swear it happened.
And we went to a beautiful, Colin Cowey/Martha Stewart-worthy wedding in Malibu...check this out:
Amazing right? It was definitely the best wedding I've been too. Speaking of weddings - Doug and I are celebrating our 3rd on 9/21...but for the second of our three anniversaries, Doug is traveling. But, we did celebrate last week (at Parlor...so yummy!).
On the knitting front...still not finished with the baby blanket. But on the plane, I worked on a couple of knitting projects, including my first pair of socks. Depending on how they turn out, I'll probably give them to my sister for Christmas. Let's take a look-see, shall we?
I'm using size 3 needles, and I may end up going down a size if the gauge is too big. We'll see...|W|P|112726935974327849|W|P|California Dreaming|W|P|9/14/2005 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|1. Almost done with BBBB...about to finish Kate Gilbert's Bunny for preggers friend Dani.
2. Successfully replaced a flat tire on my my bike (this is big for me).
3. Did the RunHitWonder with my husband last night. It was his first race and did great...yeah Doug!
4. Going to Malibu this weekend for a wedding - first time in southern Cali.
Yet another pictureless post...between back to back traveling weekends, things have been busy this week. Maybe later...|W|P|112670835559473335|W|P|News and Notes|W|P|9/09/2005 10:51:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Yet another way to help Katrina victims - check out these cool T-shirts from Threadless. They are $10, and for every shirt purchased, Threadless donates $20 to the relief efforts. They are currently sold out, but supposedly more are on the way.
As Lolly commented, yes, good things are happening, but slowly. I saw on CNN last night that they found 3 bodies in the New Orleans convention center that were mutiliated. That's right - mutilated! So fucking horrible.|W|P|112628164976476838|W|P|I know we're not made of money but...|W|P|9/08/2005 12:48:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Like I said, I can't tear myself away from the tragedy down south. If you love New Orleans as much as my husband, a Jazzfest veteran, check this out:
A strong, soulful, wicked, frail city (LA Times) - considers the impact of Katrina on the culture of New Orleans
Also, consider helping out the many pets affected by Katrina. The North Shore Animal League of America is just one of the organizations accepting donations.
On a lighter note, the new Knitty is up, and I actually like some of the patters this time around...especially Flora and Bubby. Unless I get some serious knitting done on the train ride from Chicago to St. Louis tomorrow, the Big Bad Baby Blanket will not be finished in time for the shower on Saturday. Hope Liz is ok with crib sheets and mattress pads - 'cause that's what she's gettting instead!|W|P|112620268014805998|W|P|More on Katrina|W|P|9/06/2005 09:42:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Is it possible to O.D. on news? God, as much CNN and MSNBC as I watched this weekend, I still can't seem to turn away from the Katrina coverage.
We managed to have a relaxing weekend...my parents were in town from St. Louis. Aside from eating, drinking, and watching loads of CNN, we went to Millennium Park, and I saw Wicked with my mom and twin sister. A definite must-see even for the musical-phobes. Who knew Ana Gasteyer could sing like that? And Ben Vereen (you know, Webster's uncle) played the Wizard.
I won't have any new knitting blog-fodder until I finish this damn blanket. I did get lots of requests for knitted Christmas gifts for the family, so I need to get going. Hopefully I will be able to squeeze something in for me...I'm thinking an Hourglass sweater is in order.|W|P|112606205147959278|W|P|CNN Overdose|W|P|9/02/2005 09:58:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|In addition to the usual suspects, please consider donating to the Mennonite Disaster Service. I'm not a Mennonite...but the MDS is a grass-roots organization that focuses on managing and coordinating volunteer labor in response to natural disasters.
|W|P|112567376315188683|W|P|Help NOLA|W|P| I also got some other awesome jewelry - but those are gifts that I won't show here!
The 5K on Sunday was great too - my time was a personal best (28:40). It was cloudy and muggy...but I try not to bitch about the weather too much. It's supposed to drop into the high 30s at night later this week!
Fried Chicken Update - success was had with this recipe. Paula Deen saves the day!