Thursday, January 29, 2009

Song of the Week

I'm not sure how long I'll keep this up but I decided I should share some of my favourite music with my readers. I'll try to post a song and/or video each week. You can find them all by clicking on the "SOTW" label.

If you don't like one week's track, don't write me off; my tastes in music vary greatly. So give these songs a whirl.

This week's pick is: Boy With A Coin by Iron & Wine.

A live, acoustic version:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ketchup Catchup

For one reason or another, I haven't been able to update this blog. I've been writing, oh yes, but the posts either stayed nestled on my hard drive or in the saved section of blogger. *shakes head sadly* If it seems like ten posts appear overnight, forgive me.

My birthday was relatively uneventful. We had already celebrated the weekend beforehand at the bowling alley. Still, my family decided two cakes were in order so i went through the whole song and cake routine again on my actual birthday. Hey, it was chocolate ice cream cake; I'm not complaining!

Happy Birthday To Me

In other news, I finally got my hands on a copy of The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. If you didn't know, Wally Lamb is my favourite author. He brings such unbelievable depth to his characters...sigh. Anyhoosen, the library was holding the book for me but I was 86 out of 90. In other words, there was about a four month wait. Thankfully, one of my friends bought it for herself and let me borrow it. I've read the first chapter but I'm waiting to read it until I can really devote a day to it (because I just know I'll finish it in a day).

I did manage to pick up Creepy Cute Crochet and Amigurumi World at the library. I've been meaning to get my hands on these for a while so I'm excited to start some projects from them. I already promised my cousin a little bunny pal. Speaking of pals, I've been working on another Moogie.

Sarah "Stubs" Moogie (wip)

After I started putting her together, however, I decided the stitches were too open for my liking. She'll get a run through the washer and felt a bit before I put her together.

I suppose that's all the news fit to print today.

♥ Jess

The Confetti Scarf Strikes Again

I cannot take good pictures of scarves. I just can't. Maybe it's because I never seem to be able to fine a living breathing model for them. Maybe it's because my photography skills are severely lacking. Maybe it's because my scarves are just weird. Well, whatever the reason, I finally got a picture of Confetti that shows off it's details.

Confetti Scarf

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me!

I'm 23 today. Holy hell.

♥ Jess

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I. Love. Bowling.

It's hard to believe, but I had never been bowling until last weekend. Yes, I know. I know. Many of my friends thought I was just kidding. No no, I never bowled although I always wanted to. Imagine my excitement when my aunt suggested we go for my birthday! So last weekend my aunt, uncle, their daughter, mom, Kyle, and I all set out to a local alley to celebrate.

Note: Please note my birthday is actually this weekend, on the 24th. None of you missed it. :p

It was INCREDIBLE. If I had known I would have fallen in love with a sport, I would have gone so much sooner. And not only did I have fun, but I WON. Turns out I'm pretty good at rolling balls (minds out of gutter, thank you). I guess I have a special kind of move though because everyone took a turn mimicking the way I throw the ball. Funny thing is, my uncle got a strike out of it!!

Okay, so the rails helped him with that strike. We still found it hilarious. Next weekend we're all going back and this time, no rails. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be bowling quite often so I'm even giving it it's own label. I might even start playing wii bowling.

I bet you I'm going to win. :D

Until next time,
<3 Jess

Friday, January 16, 2009

Abrigo Shawl

Abrigo Shawl from back

I finally finished the Abrigo Shawl. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my mother but she found out about it and, though I finished it in time for the holidays, I lost steam. A few days ago I finally blocked it and presented it to my mother. She adores it.

Kyle is modeling the back of it in this picture. I'm unsure of whether I should bother to post the pattern but I think I will sometime next month.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tropical Chicken Strew

Tropical Chicken Strew

This is the troubling stew from my "Ode to My Large Stockpot" post. It came out a bit bland for my tastes but my family devoured it like the hungry pack they are, seconds and all. It's chicken thighs, yucca, plantains, yautia, and potato simmered in a broth made from herbs, bitter orange juice, and sofrito. Served with a side of white rice and avocado.

Imagination in the City

How amazing is this building. I almost wished I could live across the street; I'd never see it if I lived IN it. :)

Imagination in the city
Originally uploaded by wimpers

Monday, January 05, 2009

Ode to My Large Stockpot

I thought I could make soup
for ten (or twelve)
in an 8 quart pot.
I chopped
and I sized,
and I kept the simmer low.
The stew still felt the need
to boil over
and meet the stovetop.
I will never not use my 16 quart pot
when I think about making soup
for ten (or twelve).

Friday, January 02, 2009

Of Resolutions and Goodbyes

Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2009 is as wonderful as I think it will.

I'm not really making a resolution. I try to stumble through one for the first month of every year and that gets old fast. Instead I'm just going to try and focus on myself in 2009. My goals, my dreams, that sort of thing. Let's see how long that lasts. :)

Not much happened this Christmas. I gave some really cool presents, I got some really cool presents. I'm the proud owner of Nightmare Before Christmas, the special edition DVD. Since that's my favourite movie (ever) I'm quite the happy camper. And dinner was fantastic, if I do say so myself.

I have quite a few pictures to upload but I can't seem to find my camera at the moment. Once I do, I'll be sure to share.

Happy 2009!

<3 Jess