Why so serious?

Crazy Cassie dressed up in this costume for the Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race. Heath would be proud.dsc00040

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Published in: on November 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Black Friday!

No, I wouldn’t dream of going shopping today – that would have been the death of me. Apparently, it was the death of some people (literally). A Walmart door greeter was trampled to death this morning by a throng of early birds and there was a shooting at a Toys R Us store between fighting customers. Nice.

In happier news, I had a lovely, small family Thanksgiving with my parents and 4 border collies (two theirs, two borrowed). This Thanksgiving I am very thankful for the recent election results – Yes we did!
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It’s not good to be outnumbered by the neurotic, crazy, psycho pups, but it was so much fun.

*Bronwyn's paws can be seen at the top of photo

*Bronwyn's paws can be seen at the top, center of photo

Being with the dogs has inspired a new Haiku.

Four Border Collies
Two Tennis Balls, One Frisbee
Never Satisfied

I spent Thanksgiving evening with my great dane niece, Eily, as Sister Catherine had to work. I thought it would be a good time for some great dane cuddle-on-the-couch time (as the Border Collies don’t believe in snuggling on the couch), but Eily wasn’t in the mood. Oh well, it was good being with the goofy girl anyway.

I finally got around to taking some photos of my latest completed knitting projects. I’m most proud of the blanket (a/k/a my burial shroud). This blanket took about 100 hours to knit and was my most ambitious project ever. I am thrilled with the results. (Note – click on image for larger photos).

Lizard Ridge Blanket

Lizard Ridge Blanket

Eden Scarf

Eden Scarf

Cowl/Neck Warmer (mom stole this from me)

Cowl/Neck Warmer (mom stole this from me)

Cowl/Neck Warmer/Scarf

Bainbridge Neck Warmer/Scarf

That’s it for now. Enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend and will spend the rest of it working on my Christmas Cards – got a real late start – uh oh!

Published in: on November 29, 2008 at 4:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Today’s complaint letter (how many times can you say “rude” in one e-mail?)

One of my hobbies is sending complaint letters to businesses that, I feel, have wronged me. I’ve decided that my blog would be a great place to showcase these lettters. Here’s today’s letter:

Dear T & D Marketing

I received a telemarketing call to my private cell phone today (XXX-XXX-XXXX) from one of your rude employees.

When I answered the call, there was a delay and the person asked for “Michael”. I told them that they have the wrong number and to remove this number from your lists. Rather than complying with my request and saying I’m sorry, the caller just rudely hung up.

I tried calling the number back to tell them how rude they were, but the number just linked to two full voicemail boxes (not surprising – it must be very hot in that boiler room that you do business out of).

As this cell number is registered on the National Do Not Call registry, I will be filing a complaint with them regarding your company.

Have a nice day!

Published in: on November 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s time to vote!

Yay, the big day is finally here! It has been a long time coming and I must say that I was a little disappointed that there were no lines at my polling location when I got there. I kind of feel like I missed out on the authentic voting experience. I had even downloaded Sara Bareille’s new live CD on my iPod last night and was hoping to enjoy some music while in line to vote (The CD is fantastic, by the way, and I can’t wait to see her at The Webster tomorrow night – yahoo!) Oh well, the lack of lines allowed me an extra hour at home this morning which brought me to a funny story…

I was watching the Today Show and at approx. 8:30am EST and they were broadcasting live video from Chicago where Obama and his family were voting. It seemed to take a long time for Obama to finish voting and Meredith Vierra said “Why is it taking so long for him to vote?” to which Al Roker said something to the effect of “Well, there are a lot of ballot initiatives this year, like gay sex marriage, er same sex marriage.” I didn’t know that gay sex was a ballot initiative in Chicago this year. That’s a progressive city, huh? Yes, it’s quite juvenile, but I thought that it was the funniest thing when Al said on live TV this morning “Gay Sex Marriage” instead of “Same Sex Marriage” or “Gay Marriage”. I wonder what was on Al’s mind this morning?
Maybe he has the same feelings for Matt Lauer as I do!

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Anywho…What’s worse than a sinus/throat infection that won’t go away? Locking your keys in your car while filling up with gas on your way to getting sore throat lozenges and pizza when you feel like absolute crap. Yep, that was my exciting Saturday night. After a long day on the couch, I decided that I should get some dinner and I needed something for my throat (around 9pm at night). Since I really needed gas, I figured I’d stop at the gas station which is a stones throw away from the pizza place. I just filled up the tank (much cheaper these days thankyouverymuch OPEC), when I realized that I had locked my keys in my car (along with my purse and cell phone). After spending about 15 minutes trying to get an 800# for my roadside assistance, I remembered that I had a pizza waiting. I called the pizza place and explained to them that I may be up to an hour late picking it up because I had to wait for roadside assistance. They told me that they would be closed by then so I offered to come in the next day to pay them. Then they offered to bring the pizza to me. What lovely ambience it is eating dinner by florescent light at the Mobil station. That’s a Saturday night memory I never want to forget!

Published in: on November 4, 2008 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment