Friday, September 14, 2012

Weight Watchers

I officially started Weight Watchers today. The leader looked super jealous that I had Chinese food for lunch and still had more points left for today than she gets to eat all day. Sorry, WW Leader, being morbidly obese has this one single perk to it and I'm going to exploit it. Pass me a donut.
Six Donuts
Photo used under Creative Commons License. Photo by Rene Schwietzke

Monday, August 13, 2012

I declare it to be fall.

The Olympics are over. Local kids start back to school tomorrow. The highest temperature this week will only be 94. After this summer, anything under 100 is fall weather. Only 7 weeks until Strange Folk. Time to get back to being serious about work. I've been half-assing it most of the summer.

The plan this week is to start dyeing at one end of my apartment and not stop until I run out of things to dye. First up is cotton warp yarns and fabric. Then mohair locks for core spinning. Then the cones of kitchen cotton that I thought were such a good bargain, except maybe not such a great bargain if I never get around to dyeing it. After that, I have 2 bins of fiber and 1 bin of yarn in my living room that need to go away. Then 2 fleeces from this spring that need to be addressed. I get antsy leaving fleece laying around. For starters, it is taking up valuable real estate on my fiber shelf and making me feel guilty. All that dyeing should get me through August. Then the first week of September I will make a monster order from my suppliers and hope that I sell enough of it at Strange Folk to pay the invoices net 30.

Mostly, I keep thinking about all that money I used to make writing and why the hell I gave it up to do something I love. I still love my business, but I think I would be equally content to have a job that pays the bills, even if it meant living with squidgy feelings I used to get ghosting for jerks. Early fall is (for some reason) the best time to find ghosting jobs. I'm giving it serious thought. I'm not a great writer, and I don't enjoy it, but my clients were always thrilled and paid by the page. I can get mighty wordy when the occasion calls for it.

And now, a meme.

Standard meme rules apply. Bold for "I ate the hell out of that". 77 out of 100, 47 of which I would eat again.

1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator 
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Birds Nest Soup (I'm pretty sure my aunt forced this down my throat as a child)
10. Biscuits & Gravy (is there anyone who hasn't had biscuits and gravy?)
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Chicken & Waffles
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder 
24. Cognac (parents, lock your liquor cabinets)
25. Crab Cakes
26. Crickets (they were covered in chocolate...and gross)
27. Currywurst (say what?)
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce De Leche
30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Eggs Benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes 
38. Fried Plantain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frogs' Legs (not terrible)
41. Fugu
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat (surprisingly, no)
45. Goat's Milk
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese (UGH)
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
51. Honeycomb
52. Hostess Fruit Pie 
53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa 
61. Moon Pie
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea (nothing says anaphalxis like nettle tea)
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple & Cottage Cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po' Boy
76. Pocky
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
82. S'mores
83. Sauerkraut
84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail
87. Snake (aieee!)
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle 
91. Spam
92. Squirrel
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Zucchini Flowers

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Vintage Viral: Double Rainbow

Usually something has to be 20 years old to be vintage, but this is the internet. I think anything older than a year counts as vintage, yes? YES!

This morning Scott and I wasted half an hour revisiting Double Rainbow and all its various incarnations. Yep, still funny.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Triumphant Return

I was going to post this in my work blog, but then I realized that it is just way too crabby to be the "official voice" of my brand. So in order to continue the further separation of  church and state work life and personal life, I decided to post it here.

I've returned to sewing! Commercial pattern instructions were getting bad when I left sewing almost a decade ago, but now? What the heck?!? No wonder my friends new to sewing are intimidated by garments. The instructions are terrible! I just made the tunic below on Monday.

Warning! I'm about to get ranty up in here.

The pattern was marked "very easy", but can we discuss all the ways it was not easy? 
        • Pattern said that selvedges were included, but they never said what the selvedge was supposed to be.
        • The sleeve cap was totally lopsided in a way that didn't make any sense at all and was much much too full for the armhole opening. I know sleeves can be challenging on the best of days, but these were ridiculous.
        • There were marks on the pattern, but no key to what those marks meant. I knew what they meant, but are they just assuming that everyone knows what the marks mean.
        • There is no mention of clipping the curves on the armhole or back neck. So do we just not do it anymore? Have recent advances in sewing techniques rendered centuries of clipping curves moot? I've also discovered that "press seam open or to the side" isn't always included. I guess, again, they assume that the beginner sewer* just knows this? (*I refused to say "sewist". Weavers weave, knitters knit, sewers sew. No one is going to confuse "person who sews" with "drainage pipe".)
        • Applying ribbon and trim to the neckline, hem and waistline is not "very easy". (I skipped the complicated trim and used some handmade bias tape I happened to have laying around).
 BONUS RANT-Plus size sewing patterns...HULKSMASH For all of the talk about apple shapes, pear shapes and triangles and dressing appropriately for your shape, there seems to be a vast conspiracy against designing for true apple shapes. A true apple shape has a bigger waist than bust. Sad, but true. Can we abandon the notion that all women nip in daintily at the waist? I have had a bigger waist size than bust size since before I even had a bust. RELATED - the bust and shoulders are too big, the hips fit fine, but the waist is about 2" too small on this top.