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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Check It Out!

Jeff and I went to Mabel's Yarn store to do some knitting and then moved to the Starbucks to knit some more. (Don't ask why we moved... long story). Right now I have 12 inches complete on the sweater and Jeff has several inches on his scarf.

PS - Jeff, Love the t-shirt. Thanks for knitting with me.

WOW - Church after all these years!

Karen and I just got back from a Metropolitan Community Church service. This was the first time I've attended a "regular" church service since high school. The pastor, Rev. Glenna Shepherd, introduced herself to us. It seems she is a Tennessean as well. The congregation was older than I had hoped (most of the participants were in their late 50's - early 60's) and there were many more men than women.

We happened to attend service on the first day of advent. I particularly liked today's responsive reading:

Pastor: Today is the first Sunday of advent. In this season we long for the birth of Christ.
All: Our longing turns to hope.
Pastor: We light the first Advent candle to remind us to live in hope.
All: To live in hope is to risk affirming the new and reaffirming the old.
Pastor: To live in hope is to risk self-criticism as the channel of renewal.
All: To live in hope is to risk dialogue.
Pastor: To live in hope is to risk struggle and risk scorn.
All: We continue the journey as we long for the birth of Christ.
Pastor: As people of hope and people of longing, arise and greet one another with hope.

The service was about desperation and longing in our lives. The pastor quoted some song lyrics from the Eagles song, "Desperado" which was pretty cool.

Then everyone in the congregation was offered the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Believe it or not, this was my first Communion. Out of all the years in attending Baptist church, this was the first time I participated in this activity. I'm not sure why I didn't partake at my childhood church. All I can recall was an emphasis on "being pure and completely forgiven and have asked for full atonement" before taking the sacrament. I never felt like I had reached that state so I never took Communion. Karen and I received Communion together, holding hands. It was a lovely experience.

All in all, I enjoyed the service. I enjoyed the opportunity to pray for my friends and family and to add my prayers to those requesting prayer in the congregation.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

More Pink Stuff

Today I picked up more antibiotic from the vet for our kitten Chloe. For ten days, Karen and I have given Chloe .2ml of medicine TWICE a day. And on the 10th day, she's still sneezing like crazy. And let me tell you, they are wet and consistent sneezes - several times an hour. Chloe likes to sit on your chest, look at you lovingly, and spray you with cat bogeys. So, (oh joy, oh bliss) we get to give her a second round of the stuff... still twice a day. The good news is that our other cat Phoebe has not gotten the cold. The bad news is that the pink stuff stains everything within seconds- such as the counter tops, Chloe's face, my fingers, etc. Each time we administer the meds, Chloe looks at us so pitifully as if to say, "Why are you doing this to me??" However, she tends to get over it quickly. Wish us luck and a fast recovery for a sneezing kitten!

I Couldn't Resist

I simply couldn't resist this yarn! Ever since Crazy Aunt Purl wrote about her "gaudy muppet scarf", I've been keen to make a fuzzy, fairy scarf. I do believe that this yarn will do the trick! It's "Splash" Crystal Place Yarn color 9520. I can't wait to wear it! It's the perfect pixie scarf!

And Phoebe obviously approves of this new endeavor.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Three Miles and Jennifer Lopez

YES!! I ran 3 miles on the treadmill! Then ran four 1/4 mile sprints with 1/4 mile walk in between. With my warm-up and cool down, I totaled 6.5 miles. I had a DVD of Jennifer Lopez videos cranked for inspiration. What I loved about today's run--
1. besting my personal best to date,
2. when the occasional sweat bead flies off my chin and lands on my quad or flies off my neck and lands on my calf.
3. the huge sweat rings on my shirt and shorts
4. cooling off and stretching while sharing my run news with Karen. It's the bomb!

What I didn't like about today's run
1. runny nose
2. sweat running in my ears. Eeecckk.
3. feeling my body frame start to squash down when the running gets hard. It feels like my abdomen is pushed out rather than holding me in and up.

I'm so grateful I have the treadmill. I can get grossly sweaty and grunt and curse and sing in the privacy of my home.
P.S. Thanks Mom for the reminder about windsprints.

Happy Birthday Jeff!

Today we treated Jeff to a birthday luncheon. We were so excited to give him his presents. You can see he was tickled to receive them! I'm so grateful we have such loving friends and neighbors. You Guys Rock!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

First Sweater Class

Last night, I attended the first class of my sweater workshop. My favorite moment of the evening was when Gayle (fellow student) stated, "I just hope I can finish this sweater before I die". Our teacher, Cheri (pronounced Sherry) checked our gauge and answered questions. My one take away was to learn the proper way to hold yarn. I have been pinching the yarn between my finger and thumb to work it over the needle. This new way to hold the yarn will take the stress off my hand and hopefully eliminate the numb finger syndrome I've been experiencing.

Between class and watching "Lost" last night, I'm up to 8 1/2 inches on the sweater. Sweet kitten Chloe kept me company by resting on the mogu pillow.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Fitness Update

Yesterday I ran 2 miles (with no breaks) on the treadmill! I'm totaling 5 miles in one hour with this breakout: walk 1/2, run 2, walk 1/2, run 1, walk 1/2, run 1/2, walk 1/2. Watching "The Biggest Loser" has been an inspiration. I honestly don't see how those folks have been exercising 5 hours a day. Their success makes me want to work that much harder.

Why Didn't I Think of That

Ben & Jerry's has a new combination code pint lock to secure your pint of ice cream. Breaking into this baby would be fun (or pointless... hello.. just go buy another pint!) Why is it that I want to break into things I'm not supposed to?

This cool gadget reminds me of the time that I broke the unbreakable stretch armstrong doll. I just had to know what that goey doll was made of. So I stuck his head under the end of my toy chest and then stretched him across the room, decapitating him most effectively. By the way, his insides are a red goo that smells like maple syrup and sticks to everything.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Wisdom Teeth & Blueberries

Karen had her wisdom teeth extracted yesterday. She was in the dentist's chair for one hour. I kept ice packs on her face for the first five hours after the procedure. I alternated using packs of frozen vegetables and frozen blueberries wrapped in towels. Why, oh why, did I think frozen blueberries would be a good idea? One of the packs broke open and leaked blueberry juice onto the towel, sheet and bedspread. Of course, I thought it was blood and in one second, I reached my target heart rate for the day. Anyway, we got through it and Karen is recovering nicely.

Our good friends, Jeff and Heather, came and brought Karen these beautiful flowers. Jeff let me teach him how to knit and he is on the way to his first fabulous scarf. Good luck Jeff! And I managed to knit 4 1/2 inches (for a total of 6 1/2 inches) on my sweater.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sunny Friends

It's another beautiful day in Portland. Phoebe and Chloe are sharing their sunny window.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

So far so good

So far, this yarn is lovely to use. It's Cascade Yarns Bulky Leisure which is 50% Superfine Alpaca and 50% Pima Cotton. I'm using a pattern from "Simply Beautiful Sweaters" book written by Hiatt and Phelps. While watching "With Honors" movie staring Brendan Fraiser, I've managed to knit 2 inches tonight.

Here's a closeup:

Mac Baby

Chloe loves to sit on my Mac Mini. She has excellent taste and knows it is a perfect kitten-sized stage. Phoebe and Chloe has touched noses several times. Phoebe is still hissing occassionaly but we know now that it's just for show. Chloe is fascinated with her big sister.

Starting the sweater

I've knitted my gauge of 12 stitches and 15 rows in Stockinette stitch using #10 circular needles. I'm off to the yarn store to have the teacher check it.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Finishing Up

Tonight I finished K's scarf. It was scrumptious yarn to knit (Patons Bohemian Polyester/Acrylic blend) and I love the color (Beatnik Blues).

New Sweater Class

Today I signed up for the "Knit Your First Sweater" class at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop and bought my yarn. Class starts on Wednesday 11/23.