Sooooo... my two remaining pets are kinda reaching that point too. Charis (age 12?) has gone mostly white, and we're noticing just recently that she's getting stiff and sore-looking, especially in the morning, kind of hobbling around. She can't play ball like she used to, and seems to be so tired all the time. Leolo (15) is becoming a little bag o' bones kitty, although he still wants to play with yarn and go outside. I think both are getting to the end of life, but not with any obvious illness, just... old age, I guess. I can't bear to think of losing them. When I do, like right now, I well up with tears. I wouldn't give up the joy and love I get from having pets but it's sure hard to go through the endings.
Last night we headed out to the cabin. Before we left I was starting to kind of feel like crap, really cold and tired. I had taken out my contacts and was wearing glasses. It just made it so hard to get going! But we finally hit the road in the pouring rain. Almost immediately the tarp over the stuff in the back of the truck started flapping around so Dan pulled off to the side of the 45th/50th exit so we could strap it down better. So of course a big truck took the exit, sending a huge spray of water over us both! Dan's pants were drenched, and it hit me right in the face, in my eyes, soaking my glasses... ugh. It was kind of the last straw and I just started to cry. Luckily I'd brought a bunch of comedy albums for the road trip so was able to get out my funk.
So here I am. Fell asleep during "Dexter" and slept really well for probably 11 hour. Kinda makes up for the night before!
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Poor dog had to have another hose-down before getting to come into the house again.
It looks upscale, like a good place to take a date or visiting parents. I get really excited when new restaurants and bars open in my neighborhood because it's kind of boring right now. It's too bad this place opened where Anita's Bistro (the only Indian place) closed. I want more cool stuff within walking distance, please!
The Washington Beer Blog wrote a post about it with some nice interior pictures:
I need to write more & post photos from last weekend with my folks but America's Next Top Model is on in a few, so maybe later :) In the short term, here's a picture of my beautiful old dog, Charis, hanging out on the beach last Friday:
So I'd love to hear recommendations from friends if you have a fave player that's 8g or larger & not too expensive. I am seeking anything but ipod, due to the fact that I'm using Napster and would prefer not to be tethered to iTunes.
Well, as it turns out, I take horrid self-portraits, which is part of the holdup. I like some of my hand-held, self-absorbed, look-at-me MySpace-esque self-portraits because I can usually get a flattering angle. However, they don't show off the knitwear very well. When I set the camera on a tripod, I end up with unflattering, cranky-looking shots that make me feel ugly. So I will just use my darling dressmaker dummy as a model from now on, because it works for me.
My most recent finished object, finished last week. This is the "Back to School U-Neck Vest" from one of my favorite designers/books, Stefanie Japel's "Fitted Knits." I've knit 4 of the patterns from this book so far, and 5 from Stefanie. Malabrigo worsted in Velvet Grapes.
Two-Tone Shrug, also from "Fitted Knits," in Cascade 220 Moss-green and a heather for the contrast.
Indigo Ripples skirt by Kat Coyle - Rowan Denim in Nashville. I love this skirt so much and have worn it probably 8 times already. It's a denim skirt but with some lacy/ruffle-y stuff that makes me feel pretty when I wear it.
Buster baby cardigan from a Rowan book, using some KnitPicks wool (combo of superwash & regular wool). This is for Charlie & Tomoko's baby-to-be, Charles Stellmon VI :) It was fun to knit and I am going to make some simple booties in the same colors to match.