Friday, November 30, 2007

New map adds to "the crazies"...

It is no secret to those who know me that I am "just a little off". I take meds, I am no danger to (most of) society. (Hey, you read the blog title, what did you think you were getting into?!) But there are those little things that really just add to "the crazies" and, most recently, I did it to myself.
So I put up this cute little map at the bottom of the page that puts a little dot to show where my readers come from. I am assuming that it tracks where your computer gets its Internet service from and a little programming later, there you have it. I thought that this would be a great idea to really make me feel like I was reaching out to the world of knitters (and maybe a few who are considering making the step from knitter voyeur to actual knitter). WELL, the plan back fired on me today.
Today I had a reader from Mill Valley, CA. Now, I don't know anyone from Mill Valley, I have never been there and I don't think I read anyone up there. I haven't even written anything INTERESTING lately. So, how did they end up here? SO, here is my "shout out" to all of my "new" friends (yes, you "old" ones can play too) - tell me who you are, where you are from, why you are here and how you got here. I would love to hear from you!! And, hey, YOU from Mill Valley! Shoot me an email and I will make you a scarf to keep you warm during the Bay winter.
For those of you here in "Sunny and 74" San Diego, bundle your kids up and let them go play in the rain. Jumping in puddles and playing in mud is almost as fun as the warm bubble bath afterward. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A quote and a funnie

A new meaning for the Christmas colors.....

RED means STOP and be thankful for the moment.
GREEN means GO out and do nice things.
Of course, I got this fro a Starbucks cup, but hey, it is the thought that counts, right??!

AND, a Chistmas funnie, absconded from a Borders Bookstore ad:
(Just to cover my butt, if you click on the picture it will bring you to their website.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My Christmas Wish List

As I read my favorite blogs, I always take advantage of looking through what the author likes to read. Chances are that if I like their writing, we have similar interests, thus, I will like the posts that they read as well.

Crafty Loca in her infinite conscienceness of balance, reads No Inpact Man. I have taken to reading him on occasion (my attention span wanes when there is no knitting involved) and he has a very interesting blog today that I would like my readers to take a look at. Today's blog is his Letter to Santa. Take a look, replace "Tanner" with your name (unless you are a sexy single man looking for a zaftig domestic godess, in which case, replace "Michelle" with your name and then email me!!). I think he has the right idea(although I would NEVER turn down a handmade item of any kind!!). I wish this kind of Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) for you and yours.

Friday, November 23, 2007

This year's Thanks giving list...

1. For my daughter's presence in my life. I could stop here and still be the most blessed person I know.
2. For the new friends that I have made this year - there a A LOT of you - all of incredible quality and warmth. I could not have made the transition that I did without the input you have made in my life.
3. For my knit group. I know I have neglected you the past few meetings, but you should know that you are ALWAYS in my heart even if I am not there to share my theories, whine about the fact you are all freaking morning people!!!!!, and just in general, make you wish that you had brought earplugs.
4. For the jobs I love - the one that (hopefully) pays the bills and the one I hope to make pay the bills next year. (Thank you Deb for being my biggest supporter, cheerleader and unpaid marketer. I will never be able to say 'thank you' enough times for all of the promoting you do for me!)
5. My knitting. The knitting that calms me. The knitting that excites me. The knitting that carries me through everyday and remains even when I am dreaming. The knitting that owns my heart and still exudes from me even during a bout of food coma brought on by too much triptophan (even if I can't spell it) and pear cider. (I believe Deb is to thank for that one too!!)
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and was able to see what they have to be grateful for this year.

OH!.....and thank you God for another year with good drugs (legal ones) that allow me to recognize what I have to be thankful for!!!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

AWOL from my blogging duties

OK, so I have been a little less than diligent in my blogging duties. And, unfortunately, I don't have any FOs to show you that may excuse me from my absence. I will, however, catch you up on the last month in hopes that we can regain some lost ground and get back into the swing of things.

Well, as you probably already know, the fires were devastating to a large portion of San Diego County. My good friend Adrian was nice enough to open her house to me, my boys and "The Man". The boys and I have renamed her "Auntie Adrian" as she spoiled ALL of us - putting "Feelaway"(sp) aka "kitty crack" in our guest room - which, by the way is bigger and more comfortable than my apartment. If you have never heard of the stuff, it is supposed to calm your feline in stressful situations. Well, I must have been a feline in another life because I slept like the DEAD 2 nights in a row. She also supplied kitty treats and toys. And that was just for the boys!! I have never felt so cared for in my life. You know if that attorney gig doesn't work out for you, maybe you could teach "How to be the perfect Hostess classes". I never gave her a proper "Thank You" - don't worry, it is coming - I am just REALLY SLOW these days!

After returning home, my knitting group has shown my yet one more way that San Diegans step up and care for one another in a way you rarely see these days. Our Organizer, GeorgeAnne, started this:
You will see this on my side bar and it will link you to the blog she started. 1500 San Diegans lost their homes and she has challenged all of us to knit and/or crochet as many blankets so that there is a blanket created with love for everyone that wants one. This project started out simple enough, a shout out to our "Fiber Therapy" group. However, many in our group are in exchange groups and such; some work in higher profile jobs and have contacts in media type environments. Somewhere along the way, knitters and crocheters around the country - and even a few in different countries have donated their time, effort, fiber and well wishes to this project. What once seemed like an unfillable order is now well on its way and is an amazing statement of what people can do when they join together for the same cause. Check out the website. See what we are doing and if you have the ability, volunteer in some way. Even if you don't knit or crochet, there are ways to get involved. Contact GeorgeAnne - I am sure that she can help you get involved with whatever gift you have been blessed with. If you know someone that lost a home and would appreciate one of these blankets, go to the website and fill out a nomination request. The information will not be shared with anyone and is not being used for any other purpose than to get the blankets to those who want them.
Also on the excuses for being AWOL...
Well, I am moving out of "The Man's" apartment (yes, I know all of you who know me are saying "FINALLY"!). After a long (bizarre) "relationship" we are finally parting ways and I am once again moving my 10 tons of yarn. Thanks to a good friend (and new room mate) I will have plenty of room to put that 10 tons of yarn and a work space to spread out in. Of course, pictures will be available once I have it all moved in.
Not only am I moving my personal life, but we are moving our office as well. As some of you may know, I work for a general contractor (who is getting many calls to be build homes lost in the fires). We are in the final stages of finishing a brand new office building. Now, when I say "the final stages", I mean that we have about a month's worth of work left. We will be moving in Friday after next. As you can imagine, without the holiday it would be hectic but since Thanksgiving is upon us (whether the retail media wants to acknowledge it or not) and since the City of Solana Beach enforces a mandatory shut down on holidays, the 2 weeks we have is really only 1 week. The stickies have come full circle around my monitor and the surface of my desk has disappeared. OH WELL, at least packing will be easy - I will push broom it all into a box and then dump it out onto the new desk. I doubt any attempt at an organized move would be any more successful.
Well, I hope that this is a small indicator of why I have been absent. My sincerest love and appreciation to all of my friends that I know I have been neglecting. Bare with me just a little longer. And don't worry, I am working on your Christmas gifts!!