Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Blackberry sadness

What?! I ask - is the good of having a sister with a fancy new blackberry, if she doesn't write during meetings (and other inappropriate times) with funny little quips throughout the day?!

I am so sad.

William - if you are reading this - I expect one liner emails daily from your fancy new blackberry - please :)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Holiday cookie swap

I love cookies! There is nothing better than a soft gooey warm out of the oven KA cookie with a tall glass of cold milk. So I am trying to organize a cookie swap with my coworkers. I am trying to decide what type of cookie I am going to make. So far my thoughts are: KA chocolate chip cookies (kick-ass is the name William's coworkers gave these delicious favorites), molasses spice crinkles, snickerdoodles, lime meltaways, sugar cookies or russian tea cakes. If you leave a comment, please include your favorite cookies.

And here is the famous Kick-Ass Cookie recipe:

2 c. butter
2 c. b. sugar
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla

4 c. flour
1 t. salt
2 1/2 t. powder
2 t. soda

5 c. oats
24 oz choco chips
handful of cocont (about 1 cup or so)
sometimes nuts

cream the top group. mix the middle group - then add to the butter mixture. add the oats and coconut. then the chocolate chips and nuts (if desired).

bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

the thing about these cookies is the coconut makes them amazingly moist, but they don't keep well unless you freeze them (frozen they last a very long time). a full batch makes so many cookies you could almost eat your body weight in cookies (okay maybe that's just me). also, use the real stuff (butter, vanilla, chocolate, etc) if you want amazing cookies!

Added on 11/27/2007: this link is awesome - it has hundreds of cookies at your fingertips.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Spoiled!! Coffee Swap

This post is also long overdue. My coffeeswap partner Lindy sent me two terriffic packages.

The first one was straight from a yarn store. She sent this yummy cashmerino (100% merino wool yarn that is soft like cashmere) lace weight yarn in charcoal grey - love love love. Along with 3 lace patterns and a cute stitch marker (this is my first stitch marker - thank you). This was such a thoughtful treat. I mentioned that I wanted to try some lace, but didn't know where to start, so she took all the guess work out of it. I am so excited to start on this - after the holidays. I am planning on doing the middle shawl :).

Then she sent a separate package with goodies from Australia - coffee, plastic knitting needles (I think these will be Audrey's first real pair of needles when she is old enough to learn), dark chocolate - yum, a cute stuffed Koala, three kids Koala books and a cute Koala ornament. It has been fun learning about Koala - now we will have to check our zoo.

Thank you so much Lindy!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I am here in Iowa and so when we passed a western store right down the road from some relatives, I took the opportunity to go back and get some boots that I have had my eye on for a while now. They are so cute. What do you think - will they work with a suit?

Friday, November 16, 2007

On the needles

A scarf (my first ever) in this yummy alpaca yarn that I got at The Point in NYC. It is a "ribbed for her pleasure" scarf (pattern from the Stitch n Bitch Nation book that is way past due from my local library). I made the ribbing a little wider than it suggested and I wish everyone could feel how soft this is.

This is Ryan's xmas present - even if he did pick out the yarn.


This post has been a long time in coming - owing to a camera without a recharging battery. My spoiler for the DC swap sent me an awesome package!!

She sent me 3! dishcloths all halloween themed - wow. Then she sent some cotlin yarn, which i have been wanting to try forever and she sent 2 sets of needles - some fantastic short bamboo ones and some vintage ones. She also sent a pattern of the ball band dishcloth - which is one of my favorites. As if all that wasn't enough - she sent some fantastic smelling soap, a witchy notepad and some treats - swedish fish and coffee - yum! Thank you Val!

On a side note, i posted earlier that I didn't like handmade soaps - well I have since changed my mind. After shopping for some soap for my partner and getting this great soap from Val, I have changed all of my bathroom soaps to handmade fancy soaps.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


I don't think i look anything like my avatar - especially in the slimness.

Oh well, one can pretend :)

Rolling with the punches

Sometimes I think I try too hard. It really means something to me to have the people around me like me (i know i know - it "shouldn't" matter what others think of me, but the truth is sometimes it does). So the other day at work - one of my younger coworkers gave me a hard time about something - in a way that i thought was kind of rude. Ok, it just plain hurt my feelings. So later on (still smarting from his rudeness), I reacted poorly to a normal question by the same person in a public setting. I basically refused to answer. It was a snotty jr high sort of thing to do and as soon as "wouldn't you like to know" came out of my mouth, i wondered why it did (though it is better than what i wanted to say which was "not telling" - so i at least have to give myself credit for that -right?).

I think it all boils back to the wanting to be liked. Which is of course the opposite of what my response brought about. It was just weird - at least for me. I am sure this collegue has not thought about my answer since, except to think that maybe i was a bit snotty. He probably didn't even think he was rude in the first place - i mean he said just kidding - so of course, it couldn't have hurt my feelings. sometimes it feels vulnerable to want to be liked.

and as a tangent - why in the world do people think that saying "just kidding" makes it okay to say rude things? (a very piratey arghh!)