Friday, December 12, 2008

"Oh the weather outside is frightful"

Attack of the Christmas meme!

1. What is your favorite Christmas carol/song? Sacred - O Holy Night, Secular - Silver Bells
2. White lights or multicolored? Multis, but I prefer those cool old bubble lights
3. Do you you have a cut tree, live tree or an artificial tree? Artificial, yet the cats still want to eat it.
4. Eggnog, mulled cider, or hot chocolate? I make awesome Mexican style hot chocolate. I lurves it.
6. Do you write a Christmas letter? Nope.
7. Do you like receiving Christmas letters/photos? Sure!
8. What is your favorite Christmas story/movie? Showgirls. Dude, it's totally a Christmas movie. Christmas is going on in the background the whole movie and no one mentions it. There's even muzak carols playing.
9. Have you ever made a gingerbread house? No, but I would like to. Anyone have a recipe for wheat free gingerbread?
10. Poinsettias or holly? I like the simplicity of Holly.
11. Do you display a nativity scene? No. The baby Jesus lives in my heart.
12. Do you bake Christmas cookies? No, but I make marshmallows!
13. Ham or turkey? "Bacon tastes good. Pork chops taste good." I loves me some ham.
14. In what languages can you wish someone a Merry Christmas (without cheating)? English, Spanish, and German.
15. Do you know all the words to Jingle Bells? I know verses 1, 2, and 4. Verse 3 is kinda self deprecating.
16. Do you put presents under the tree? Definitely
17. How do you eat a candy cane? I start at the straight end.
18. What is your biggest holidays pet peeve? Not enough public caroling!
19. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Stockings. Santa does awesome stockings at the Dydo house.
20. What was the best present you ever got for Christmas? Hmm, when I was little, Santa brought me the perfect cabbage patch doll. That was pretty damn good. Yes, I was a child of the eighties. But the best present I ever got was the day off when I was working in a restaurant that was open on the holidays.
21. Do you open gifts Christmas Eve of Christmas Day? When I was a kid, I got to open 3 on Christmas eve, but now I save them all for Christmas day.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

"You say it's your birthday, duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh, it's my Birthday, too"

Though not a huge milestone birthday, I am turning 31 today. Also, happy Birthday Miss Tika!

I thought I'd celebrate with a little slide show of Chloe through the ages:

If you'd like to get me something, send me a saucy e-card, or buy one of my patterns.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

"Lovely Rita, meter maid, nothing can come between us, when it gets dark I tow your heart away."

Mesmer has gone live! The pattern in now available at Etsy and on Ravelry. These socks are so fun to knit, they practically create themselves.

- Beatles Lyrics

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor, stood up to the man and gave him what for."

I heart Warren Sapp. It must be declared, here and now. I love the chemistry between him and Kim Johnson on Dancing with the Stars; I hope they win tonight!

In knitting news...
May I present "Mesmer," my newest pattern, coming out this week. I got inspired watching Alan Rickman sensually emote all over my teevee in the 1994 flick of the same name (thank you netflix, you are my shinning Knight). This sock pattern features whirling cables around the leg, which gracefully move across the instep. The cables wind in opposite directions on each sock, so it has a built in anti-second sock syndrome device! Gauge is 31 stitches and 44 rows over 4” in stockinette stitch on US size 1/2.25 mm needles. I used one entire skein of Colinette's Jiiterbug in Vatican Pie. I've got size 7 1/2 feet, so if your feet are bigger, pick up two skeins, or a different sock yarn. There are loads of sales going on this week at almost all the local yarn shops. So stock up with this pattern in mind! If you're planning on making more holiday presents, these socks took me about 4 days.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Come on feel the noise. Girls, rock your boys."

It's no surprise I love making hats with ears. Well, I've decided to share my method. I've created an excel spreadsheet to help you with the necessary calculations for your own "Open Source Kitty Hat." Included in the spreadsheet are some tips on fit and style and a thorough explanation of the three needle bind off.

Get it here

If you like it, I'd appreciate it if you'd throw some pennies my way to help with the costs. Donate via the paypal button on the right.

Now show me your Kitty Hats!!!!

- Quiet riot Lyrics

Sunday, November 09, 2008

"Well, I talk about it, Talk about it Talk about it Talk about it"

For all you Ravelers out there, check it:

Ten of my patterns are now available for download on Ravelry, including a few freebies!

For those knitters who aren't on Ravelry, you need to get on it. It is so much fun! It's really neat to be able to see, pretty much instantly, what other crafters have done with a pattern, or how they've modified it to fit better. Sure, there's a waiting list, but invites are going out much faster these days.
Take the screen shot tour.

- Soundtrack Artists Lyrics

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

"got up this morning on the right side of my bed, with all these crazy thoughts screaming through my head"

My face hurts from smiling so much last night. I have a Hope hangover.

"Must separate the church and skate!"

Why stop at banning Gay Marriage? Let's vote how the old testament tells us. I think we need a amendment to our constitution to ban the eating of shell fish:

Leviticus 11 says:
9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcasses in abomination.
12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

and while we're at it, let's enforce sacrifices of our purest male cattle:

Leviticus 1 says:

2: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.
3: If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.

and who couldn't get behind banning wool mixed with linen (I'm looking at you Louet!) and bowl cuts, (sorry Beatles you're all burning in hell!):

Leviticus 19 says:

19: Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee.

27: Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

and once and for all, (right next to the text that says gay marriage should be legislated) let's make adultery a punishable crime and stop those heinous offerings to Molech!

Leviticus 18 says:

20: Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbor's wife, to defile thyself with her.
21: And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

52% of California, you disappoint me.

- NOFX Lyrics

Monday, November 03, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

"Can you help me occupy my brain?"

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. (I know, no surprise there.) I love it so much I wanted a Halloween Wedding. Happy Anniversary, Baby!

- Ozzy Osbourne Lyrics

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"The Zombies were having fun, the party had just begun..."

I've got a new pattern for sale! May I present, "Cranio":

Perfect for Halloween, or if you're like me, anytime of year! I wore mine out to Karaoke tonight and it was a big hit. Of course, I had to announce, once I got the mic, that "I made my hat" before I sang "Baby One More Time."

If you'd like to buy it, kindly click the paypal button and I'll email you the .pdf.
Or you can buy it and download it at Ravelry!

I created this as a commission for a friend and I was so excited about it, I made myself one. And you know I'll be rockin' it all year long! I think I'm going to make another one, but embellish it with sequins, beads, and embroidery floss so it's more like a calavera for Dia de los Muertos.

- Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band Lyrics

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"Am I scaring you tonight? Your mind is in Disturbia. Ain't used to what you like."

I'm sorry mom and Audie; I like Susan Lucci.

I made the classic mistake of confusing an actor with their character. I watched Susan Lucci portray the heinous Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Roy Roy Montgomery Montgomery Chandler Marick Marick Montgomery for years and I pretty much wrote her off, laughing every time she lost the daytime emmy.

But I have been completely enchanted with her on Dancing with the Stars. She's been kicking ass and turning out great dances week after week. I'm loving her!

Also, I'm totally in love with Lance & Lacey and Warren & Kym. Anybody else out there watching?

- Rihanna Lyrics

Sunday, October 05, 2008

"From my heart and from my hand, why don't people understand my intentions?"

"IT'S ALIVE!!!!!"

Hi Peeps!

"Hey, Chloe! How do you feel?"

"I feel GOOD, oh, I feel so Good, uh!"

Seriously, yo.

It's about 7 weeks after my surgery and I feel like my old self again. There's been no pain, no vicodin for several weeks now. Heck, I haven't even had to take Advil. I'm exercising, getting lots of stuff done around the house, and helping my parents move into their new home. (My mom finally owns! I'm so proud of her. Plus, the house is TOO freakin' cute.)

On the knitting front, I'm trying to get done all my lingering projects. I think I'm going to reassess things I no longer really have an interest in knitting and rip 'em out. The ones I still totally love I'm gonna buckle down and finish.

Or maybe I should just toss everything and start fresh? Cleaning out my mom's house (rented for 30 years) has given me a new perspective on the amount of stuff I personally own.

- Oingo Boingo Lyrics

Thursday, September 04, 2008

"I want something good to die for"

Okay, this is not a political blog, but I am so freaking tired of all this sexism hypocrisy the republican pundits are spewing forth. Watch this clip from The Daily Show:


- Queens of The Stone Age Lyrics

Monday, September 01, 2008

"There you go, loookin' pitiful, just because I let you go."

I want to say a big thanks to everyone who's read the whole Harry Potter series and didn't spoil it for me. As part of my convalescence entertainment, I read books 2-7. I just finished Deathly Hallows and, oh my god, I was so weepy for the last 100 pages. Wow. It was really well done! Yay, that one of my life goals onto conquering the Ukulele! (I've already learned to play "Amazing Grace", Hey-ya," and "Wish you were here")

Thanks again for all the love! I'm progressing along just fine. Still tired, still sore, but I'm thoroughly resting; I'm in no hurry to injure myself!

- Pink Lyrics

Monday, August 25, 2008

"The center of attention, even when they're up against the wall"

HI peeps!

I wanted to pop on here and let everyone know that I am doing quite well. I'm getting lots of good rest, taking it easy for all of us sinners.

I really appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and get well wishes. It really means a lot for me to open up my inbox and read your warm fuzzies!

And check out this nifty little gadget I just found:

- Britney Spears Lyrics

Now you'll know where the blog titles come from.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"From all the unborn chicken voices in my head..."

Yup - Eddie is guest blogging. We felt this would be the best way to inform all of you internet types in one swoop from this fella. I'll be updating you kids while she's incapacitated. This is the part where you say "Uh-oh."

Over the last two days, we've been overwhelmed with phone calls and text messages and emails and Gatorade (Chloe's not eating solids yet). I'd love to call each and every one of you back, but after repeating the same thing enough times to make a baker happy with his dozen, I thought I'd hit you all at once.

This, of course, doesn't mean we love you any less... it just means we've a lot on the table right now. By broadcasting over this virtual PA you will hopefully get all the answers, and I won't need to get laryngitis from saying it so often! ;)

So here's the summary
The surgery went smoothly. There were no complications, according to Dr. Nezhat. We get a full description and breakdown as soon as Chloe is well enough for the follow up visit.

In the meantime here is what we do know:
  • Chloe is doing great. She's home and should be ready for visitors by the weekend.

  • She is heavily medicated and bedridden - hold off on the calls for a couple more days. (Text messages are great! She can reply at her leisure).

  • The nurses and docs were pretty impressed to see her walking around the halls that afternoon. My Chloe is one tough bitch.

  • "The scarring and adhesions were severe and extensive." Nezhat repeated and reiterated "severe" enough to temp me to buy him a thesaurus.

  • There were no unexpected illnesses or cancer.

  • I mistook the first time he said "adhesion" for "infection" - this is incorrect info and sorry to those i've already passed it along to.

  • The remaining half ovary on her left side, as well as the right fallopian tube were removed. (Her left tube was removed in the previous surgery).

  • We'll still be able to have kids, but the need for help is now certain in that matter.

  • She is out of commision for 4 days to 8 weeks - this has not yet been defined but will be determined by how well she does.

  • It'll be 2 weeks before she'll be able to drive again.

  • We are in good spirits, and are accepting good spirits as gifts. She's a Jack fan and I like white russians. ;)

  • I won't post our mailing address or phone #'s, but comment that you'd like them and I'll cut and paste an email to you.

  • Post your comments here and Chloe will read them!

  • If your question wasn't answered here, please ask.
She'll be back in action soon enough. Thanks again for all the well wishes - We'll both try to get back to your calls as soon as we regain our ball bearings.

I snapped a pic of Chloe in pre-op.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"sometimes I don't speak right, but yet I know what I'm talking about."

"He's a good man, and thorough" (name that movie!)

Today was my pre-op with Dr. Nezhat and his assistant surgeons. I was very pleased with my meeting. Everyone in his office took the time to explain exactly what was going to happen, including "what if" scenarios. Never did I feel like crying, like I had in my two previous per-ops. I felt really happy and optimistic, excited even. There's a very unlikely chance they'll remove both ovaries (only to save my life) and pretty much no chance they'll remove my uterus. Likely, the surgery is gonna be a very thorough clean up of scar tissue. They're going to check a good chunk of my abdomen (stomach, liver, uterus, intestines, etc.) for adhesions and remove them.

When I went over to Stanford for my meeting with the anesthesiologist, I got the same excellent care I'd received earlier. Everyone was really friendly and answered all my questions. They took my motion sickness (which can lead to complications with the anesthesia) very seriously, and they were sweet, too!

My surgery is set for 7:30 am; I gotta be there at 5:30 am. Expected surgery time is 2 hours, but 3 hours are blocked for it. After that, it's about an hour in recovery, then a stay in the "23 hour" ward. I'll be at Stanford overnight, maybe longer if I need it. My recuperation after the surgery can be anywhere from 4 days - 8 weeks, but they expect me to take about 3. Dr. Nezhat's office will be calling everyday the week after my surgery and checking on me.

I feel really good about this.

"Happy talking, talking happy talk, talk about things you like to do"

My surgeon's got a page in wikipedia.

Aw yeah.

My pre-op is tomorrow! An interesting note on that, though... The interwebs has been blowing up today about the discovery of a supposed Sasquatch body. There is going to be a press conference held 4.4 miles away from my doctor's office to present DNA and photo evidence. Do you think there's going to be traffic? Should I call ahead and warn them about possible lateness due to Bigfoot shenanigans?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Yes I've been black but when I come back you'll know, know, know"

Hiii Everybody!

These last few months have been a terrific learning experience. Mainly, learning all about my cats and what they do during the day.

I've got a date! If you'll notice the handy little countdown widget in my sidebar--->
Surgery is going to be August 19, 2008 with my pre-op meeting the Friday before. I'll have more details once I have my pre-op, but basically, this is another laproscopy to clean up all the scar tissue from my Endometriosis. There's a possibility the surgery will be in-patient and I'll be in the hospital for a couple days. I'd love vistors!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in"

Check it, yo:

Aw yeah.

You know I'll be there!

And speaking of my condition:
I recently found out that my lady bits problems are genetic. My Aunt M and my Great Aunt B both had complications from endometriosis. It's comforting, in a way, to know that this was something left to me by the genetic lottery and totally of out my hands. The part that worries me, though, is that my Aunts had one baby each, with great difficulty, before they were my age. It's been thirty years since my Aunt had her treatment and there have been huge leaps in treating this ailment, but I still worry.

My pain is currently up and down; it's definitely down since I had the Lupron shot (just Advil for me!) I really just want to get back on with my life.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"And don'tcha feel all warm and cozy, Watching people out in the rain! That's...Schadenfreude! People taking pleasure in your pain!"

OH, sweet Schadenfreude! How you have nurtured me in my convalescence. (Ok, I'm just being dramatic, but I do like to see mean people get their come-upance!) I just randomly happened upon a reality teevee recap and happened to see one of my old bosses on "The Bachelorette," throwing a hissyfit about the same things that used to drive him nutsy when we worked together. Oh, Robert, I'm sorry I tried to call you "Bobert" once, but at least you didn't throw something at me when I tried to give you a nickname: The Monday recap for "The Bachelorette" Check out at 1:14.

And lest you think I'm cruel and heartless, let me share with you my own foray into reality television:

Check me out at 31 seconds and at 1:24. I may have appeared undignified on National Television, but at least I got $5,000 out of it! (And I didn't weep salty, salty tears for my ex-employees to see and mock!)

Friday, May 30, 2008

"Your mom busted in and said, "What's that noise?" Aw, mom you're just jealous it's the Beastie Boys!"

I am a very patient person. I am one to say, "hate is such a strong word." I usually use "disappointed" or "don't care for."


I just got a call from the insurance company that doles out Lupron shots. They were confirming my date of birth and my co-pay. They'll ship out my shot in the next couple of days. What the heck, yo? The Dr.'s office ordered it May 20th. Now, it's not like I'm really eager to go into an early menopause, but I'd like to get this whole thing over and done with. The longer insurance companies quibble with each other the longer I have to wait to get well. poop.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"cause lately I've been thinking of combustion as a welcome vacation from the burdens of the planet Earth."

Hiya kids.

For those of you who don't know, all my blog post titles have been lyrics from whatever random song I have stuck in my head. Sometimes it means something; sometimes it doesn't. Eddie got some great advice once that's stuck with me for a long time: "Don't make it out to be more than what it is."

So here's the latest news with regards to my medical condition:

I'll be getting a shot of Lupron in the next couple of days. I'll be in a medically induced menopause for three months to calm my endometriosis down. In about 8 weeks, I'm going to have another Laparoscopy, this time done by Dr. Camran Nezhat. I'll be down for at least 8 weeks after that, trying to avoid giving myself a hernia.

I'm really trying to remain hopeful that this will be the last surgery. This time around has been so much harder on me mentally and emotionally. I've never been through anything like this last year and my mental resources are absolutely sapped. So if you feel like getting me a present, get me something from Lush or Vosges! (I need chocolate and pampering to build up my serotonin levels.)

I'm on edge most of the time, anxious, scared. My social filters are most certainly lacking. I say things I wouldn't normally say and act out of character. It doesn't take much to make me cry or rather it seems like everything in my life right now is really traumatic so maybe I have a good reason for bursting into tears!

Essentially, what this all means is I'm going to be out of commission for a few months. I won't be in the shop, my mobility is limited because of the chronic pain, and I'm not driving.

I greatly appreciate the e-cards, emails, and visits. Please, if you'd like to come visit me, drop me a line and we'll set up some time.

Monday, May 05, 2008

"Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey!"

Yes, I've got "No Doubt" stuck in my head. I've been watching Dancing with the Stars online while I convalesce and someone did a mambo to "Hey Baby." Now that catchy tune has worked it's way through my tortuous ear canals and burrowed deep within my psyche. "Out Psy-pest!"

And I did say convalesce. I'm sick again. Bad sick. Surgery sick. More of the same crap that happened last year is happening again. This time, I'm not messing around. I've gone to better educated specialists who've referred me on to even better educated surgeons.

Chloe Sparkle, yarn pusher. A woman barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild her. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic knitter. Chloe Sparkle will be that knitter. Better than she was before. Better, stronger, faster.

I will be taking some serious time off to heal. Please, contact me while I'm out on medical leave. I may be sick, but I still love and miss you guys!

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