Monday, April 27, 2009

Cats, Skating & Emmys - Did you spot the lie?

I'm a terrible liar.  But last week for Meme Monday, I gave it a shot.  I told you two truths and one lie.  As promised, I will reveal the answer today.  But first, let's look at what you all thought, on both my knitting blog and diabetes blog.

Only two people thought that I didn't go to the Celebration of a Life tribute to Sergei Grinkov.  Three people said I didn't attend the last Broadway performance of Cats.  And a whopping ten of you said I wasn't in the audience when Susan Lucci won the Daytime Emmy.

Well, maybe I'm not such a bad liar after all.  I was absolutely in the audience at Madison Square Garden the night Susan Lucci won her Emmy.  A co-worker had tickets and invited a group of us along.  It was a lot of fun to get all dressed up in gowns and go to the awards, especially since I'd been watching All My Children and General Hospital since high school.  And when Susan Lucci won, the place went nuts!

I was also at the Hartford Civic Center the night that the biggest stars in skating gathered to pay tribute to Sergei.  My mom and I are huge figure skating fans and were heart-broken when Sergei died.  The tribute was one of the saddest shows I have ever witnessed and I think we cried the whole time.

But alas, I have never, ever seen the play Cats, much less the final performance!

I hope you had as much fun with this meme as I did!  And now, do you have two truths and a lie you'd like to post?  I'd love to guess your lie!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'd better blog about these socks NOW . . .

because they are so close to being finished, this is probably my only chance!

After finishing Amused a few weeks ago, I was looking for something fast and fun to knit.  Socks are fun.  Socks in worsted weight yarn are fast and fun!!  So I pulled out one of my treasured skeins of Artyarns Handpaint Stripe and cast on.  The other pair I've knit from this yarn is one of my favorite pairs of socks and is holding up really well despite all of the wear they are getting.  I'm planning to finish this pair up today so I can wear them on a day of fun planned for Saturday.  But more about that tomorrow.

P.S. Yes, I do plan to include K.C. in just about every knitting picture I can. *grin*

Monday, April 20, 2009

Meme Monday - Two Truths and A Lie

This week, I thought I'd resurrect an old meme that was going around a few years ago.  It's called "Two Truths and A Lie", and as you can probably guess, the object is for me to post two truths and one lie.  Then, you guys comment and see if you can spot the lie.  So here we go:
  1. The musical Cats used to claim it would run "now and forever at the Winter Garden Theatre", but it actually had it's final Broadway performance in September of 2000.  I was there.
  2. Figure skater Sergei Grinkov died of a heart attack in November of 1995.  That spring, his friends gathered for a tribute show called "Celebration of a Life".  It was the first time since his death that his widow, Ekaterina Gordeeva, performed.  I was there.
  3. Susan Lucci was nominated for 19 Daytime Emmys, but year after year she would lose to other actresses.  In May of 1999, she finally won.  I was there.
Okay, so tell me, which one is the lie? I'll post the answer next week.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Meme Monday - More About Me

 Once again, it's time for Meme Monday.

Once again you get to read a bunch of boring stuff about me . . . but after all, I guess that's why it's called a "meme".

I grabbed this one from Kerry Knits.

1. Can you cook?

Yes, I can. And I really enjoy it - most of the time.
2. What was your dream growing up?
Hmm, nothing really comes to mind. But I know I wanted to be married (check) with two kids (not yet . . .).
3. What talent do you wish you had?
There are lots of talents I wish I had. I would love to be able to sing . . . on key. I'd love to be able to figure skate. I'd like to be really good at ballroom dancing.
4. Favorite place?
Anywhere my Sweetpea is.
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
I'm reading three books right now - the new Yarn Harlot book, a Stephen King book, and a book on cat care by the Humane Society. But the last one I finished? I'm not sure I remember. I don't read as much now that I knit.
7. What zodiac sign are you?
I'm a Gemini.
8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
Just one piercing in each ear. I've always wanted a tattoo, but I'll probably never actually get one.
9. Worst Habit?
10. What is your favorite sport?
Figure skating. And YES, it is a sport!
11. Is a glass of water half full or half empty?
It's usually half empty and I want to know who the hell drank my water!!
12. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me (after we called for help, of course)?
Freak out because I'm claustrophobic!!
13. Would you share an embarrassing moment with me?
Oh gosh, there are so many, how do I pick?  How about this one.  My friends and I were chatting at the Christmas party we threw this year, and we were discussing cooking lobsters.  My friend said he steams them instead of boiling then.  I wondered, out loud, if when you boil lobsters it's the heat that kills them or if they drown in the water.  Yeah, everyone had a good laugh at me!
14. Tell me one weird fact about you.
Oh again, how do I pick?  Is it weird that I find vacuuming up dust balls and polishing until the house shines to be a comforting and centering activity?  They say "Knitting is the new yoga", but I think "Housework is the new yoga".
15. Do you have any pets?
A wonderful cat named K.C.
16. Can you read a book upside down?
Yes, but why would I want to?
17. What time is it where you are now?
8:55 am.
18. Who was the scariest fairy-tale/children movie hero ever for you?
Scariest hero?  I guess little tiny Thumbelina and her adventures were kind of scary.
19. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
I'd have the body of a swimsuit model.
20. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
Unfortunately, I'd probably be your conscience.
21. What color eyes do you have?
Boring brown.
22. Ever been arrested?
23. A cop or a robber?
Neither, I think.
24. If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
Take a fabulous vacation and re-do the kitchen.
25. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
I don't really chew BUBBLE gum. Just mint gum of the non-bubble variety.
26. Favorite fast-food restaurant?
27. Do you believe in ghosts?
Absolutely, I do.
28. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
KNIT. (duh)
29. Do you swear a lot?
That's none of your #*&^(!$* business.
30. Biggest pet peeve?
When people pop their gum. That drives me absolutely bonkers.
31. In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Okay, if you've read all the way through my boring list of freaky facts, I think you should post this meme on your own blog.  Let me know, so I can come read your answers.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Finish or Frog Friday - Slacker!!!

Okay, yes, I have been a terrible slacker when it comes to the Finish or Frog KAL.  I was going strong in January, but then it all kind of fell apart when Pea got mugged.  But fear not, Finish or Frog Friday is back!!  And this week, it's . . .

That's right! A Finished Object!

Amused is done!!!  I love it and K.C. has given it her seal of approval.  I wanted to finish it by the end of March, but an evil 12-hour low blood sugar on the 31st caused me to fall short of my goal.  The final rounds of ribbing and the cast-off were done on the morning of April Fools.  As it turns out, I've been a bit lazy about delayed in the blocking, but I can tell you it fits perfectly.  The final FO post with all the details will be written once the blocking in done.

I wanted to wear it tomorrow to Stars on Ice, and I'm debating if I should just go ahead and wear it unblocked.  I think the collar will lay a little better after a good blocking, but I can probably get away with it in it's unblocked state.  Decisions, decisions!