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Feb. 23rd, 2007

Happy Birthday to me!

Jeanne and Elizabeth
Originally uploaded by flitknits.
Tomorrow I enter my final year of being in my 30s. I found a box of old pics and this is one of my favorites. I was obsessed at the time with Edie Sedgewick and had the cropped cut and HUGE earrings (just not in this picture) to prove it. My friend Victoria, a professional photographer, took this picture of me (crosslegged) and my friend Elizabeth when I was all of 18 years old. I'd already been on my own for two years and was so unsure of myself.

Birthdays have never freaked me out, if anything each one brings a little more understanding of where I've been and how the path that brought me here has made me stronger and more sure of what I believe and what I really want in my life. Not to say I've actually got it figured out yet, but I have a lot more compassion for myself now.

I've spent the entire day cooking. I'm throwing a birthday party for myself tomorrow, although I didn't tell most of the guests its my birthday. So far I've made a lime cheesecake, spinach ricotta pie, meatballs; tomorrow I will make baguettes, Circassian Chicken, tabbouleh, cucucumber yogurt salad, Italian cheese spread, raw veggies and olives and cream cheese filled chocolate cupcakes dipped in ganache. There will be around 20 people, hopefully it will be enough food!

Feb. 11th, 2007

Money bags

Not really. I should just stay away from ebay! I feel terribly guilty with what I just won even though I got it for a steal. My life long dream of owning the Oxford English Dictionary, albeit the compact microfilmed version with a magnifying glass and from 1982, has finally been realized.

I used to go into the library to read it when I was in university. I LOVE the etymologies and seeing where the word was first used in print. I can't believe it will be sitting on my desk! Mining the dictionary for words, heaven....

It is my not so early birthday present to myself, only two weeks to go. Right?

Feb. 9th, 2007

Happy Music

Roxy Music's Love is the Drug just came on...I missed it! I love it! The perfect Valentine's Day song. Now I'm dying to hear The Thrill of it All which is my favorite Roxy Music song.

The other day T Rex's Slider came on while I was driving also pure joy.

Feb. 5th, 2007

Amazing video on You Tube

I'm not sure how to imbed a You Tube video so I'm putting in the link. This is a video done by an autistic woman called In My Language. I highly recommend watching it.


Feb. 2nd, 2007

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What is yours?
Explain yourself
Culinary: Hostess cupcakes This is residual childhood guilt having been denied this by my health foodie mom (who admits to having craved these while pregnant with me!). I occasionally indulge...
Literary: The Stand Stephen King is not considered literary, but I like him and this book especially.
Audiovisual: ZeFrank http://www.zefrank.com/ A lot of it is very silly (some is hilarious though). I could spend hours here. I have watched his thanksgiving episode on you tube several times.
Musical: Winds of Change, The Scorpions This song brings me back to my time in Crete in the early 90s and all the Eastern Europeans there who found this song particularly poignant. Everyone would whistle the first part together.
Celebrity: Shaun Cassidy Ok he is not a current guilt I don't think I have one, but I was hopelessly enamoured of him in the seventies!

Now I tag:-

themowingdevil remfrance quiet_light kpacklight and fragiletender

to complete this same Quiz, Its HERE.

Jan. 22nd, 2007

Sometimes surfing leads beautiful places


Looking for illustrations to copy, came across this. Gorgeous!

Jan. 5th, 2007

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Went to see Urinetown last night with M. I highly recommend it. I am not a big fan of musicals, but this could be classified as a subversive musical; they did send ups of tons of other musicals it was hilarious.

I decided yesterday to take a very last minute trip (this time next week), with the airline credit I have which much be used by February, to the East Coast. I will see some family and friends in a whirlwind 4 days.

I am trying to stay away from the computer as much as possible lately and firmly esconced in the non-digital world. I'm doing a pretty good job. On the other hand I was gifted with Micaela's old ipod mini (she bought herself a nano with xmas money and savings) so I will be heading down the podcast road. This is good as I spend a fair amount of time sitting in a Tae Kwon Do studio while Sofi takes lessons. I can tune out with a podcast and get some knitting done meanwhile. I sent it in to a local company that replaces the battery, it was pretty down on its juice. I should be getting it back today.

I still owe remfrance an email. I haven't forgotten!

Dec. 23rd, 2006

Sticking my head up

It has been a busy month. My mom was here, then my friend of 20 years (this year!) for a long girl's weekend in Hill Country, then another friend from IL. I loved having visitors, but am looking forward to my own schedule for a bit.

The Hill Country trip was particularly wonderful. A few days of nothing with excellent company, good wine and great conversations. Having a friend who still gets you after 20 years and who has known you for all of your so called "adult" years is really a gift. We reminisced about all of our drug addled years and the folks from that time who we lost touch with. We even found a guy I have missed so much (and who when last heard from was in the throes of terrible heroin addiction) online; doing well, working for a non-profit and still making music. I have very fond memories of time spent in the back of a beat up civic with him and 2! other people on our impromptu way to Virginia Beach from DC after a show at the 9:30 club. I had not a dime in my pocket and it was the only time I've ever shoplifted; hunger drove me to candy bars in gas station minimarts. The only tape we had was Metallica's Ride the Lightening which was looped for THE ENTIRE DRIVE. We slept out on the beach marvelled at the LSD enhanced night sky and we had to physically restrain D. from swimming in the sea. The waves were big and none of us felt much like lifesavers at that particular moment. Anyway, it was good to see he's still out there!

I just ordered a bunch of seeds to start a dyer's garden. I found out that the hibiscus in my backyard is actually an excellent dye plant. Good thing as I've had a couple of mason jars of hibiscus flowers fermenting out back for the past two months. Other plants to be fodder for all the wool I'm spinning: indigo, coreopsis tinctura, woad, marigolds, marjoram, hollyhock, tansy, weld, cosmos, purple basil and bronze fennel. Bonus is that most of these plants will not take much water and I've got a bed of azaleas, which aren't worth the water they need, just the right size to fit this all in.

Dec. 22nd, 2006

It's almost official

Originally uploaded by flitknits.
13 years ago at this time I was waiting for this to join me....

My beautiful zine reading, politic watching, protest marching, Le Tigre listening, amazing writer....my daughter.

I'm the mother of a teenager as of 7 a.m. tomorrow morning; although at 5 ft. 9 inches tall she certainly seems older.

I don't know what good karma brought her into my life, but I look at her and wish I'd had even an ounce of her smarts, self confidence and style when I was that age.

Happy Birthday Baby!

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