Monthly Archives: September 2007

Phun Photo Phriday

I ran across this cool art car gathering prior to their appearance at the Alberta Street Fair a few weeks back. Here is one of my favorites.

Rev. Bill’s Vacation Bible Camp





Flock & Fiber Fest

I mentioned taking up knitting a while back and since then I’ve made two scarves, a bandana for my dog and a baby hat. I’ve also frogged enough knitting to have made an additional 3 scarves, a sweater and a couple hats. So I’m a slow learner, bite me.

My first scarf has numerous flaws but it’s spectacular and I own the flaws.

(Keep your day job Rodger)

The bandana for Mac was next as an exercise in increasing.

When Mark found out I was making something for the dog, he asked what I was going to make for him. Since he wasn’t interested in a bandana I offered up a scarf. That seemed to satisfy him but I think he was worried I’d choose a yarn like the one I used for mine which looks like tie dye.

I decided to make him a bulky scarf with big masculine stitches and I like it better than mine.

(at least find another background!)

In fact, a little secret? I covet his scarf and wear it when he’s not around. Yeah, I know, it’s 75 degrees outside, alpaca and wool are so not appropriate. Not to mention that Goddess doesn’t like people who covet so I really need to work on that. Soon.

This past weekend, with everything at work finally calming down, Mark and I met the Neurotrans-Knitters at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival.


The place was packed with everything from yaks and chinchillas to camels…

…and really obsessed knitters, dyers, spinners and felters. The yarns were spectacular and ya’ know what?

I. Am. So. Over. His. Scarf!

I found the most beautiful, soft, earthy alpaca yarn for me. I tell ya’ this bitch is gonna be styling this winter. You’re all gonna covet my…whatever I make. Well, except tater and a certain Evil Ganome.

Damn, I wish I were heading to Boston next month…I could learn from the best!

Phun Photo Phriday


Pity the Nation

Amy Goodman recently interviewed
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
on Democracy Now.


The 88-year-old poet and founder of one of my favorite San Francisco hang-outs, City Lights Bookstore,read a new poem:

Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.

Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.

Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.

Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.

My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.

Teddy Bears!

My favorite of the sunflowers, Helianthus annus ‘Teddy Bear’, has finally decided to make their appearance in the garden.

Teddy Bear.JPG

I’m not sure why this flower is so appealing to me but I just love them. From bud to bloom they are exquisite.


I finally had some down time tonight and spent it in the garden and kitchen. I visited the flowers, took a few pics…


…and made fresh salsa with all home grown ingredients. This is what summer is all about and the weather is so perfect it’s as if all those cool, rainy days never happened. I sure hope this lasts a bit longer…I’m not ready for the rainy season…yet.

Going Down


After working Saturday I was sure that hazy glow in the distance was light…but within an hour of arriving at the office today I realized it was an hallucination.

I don’t know who designed the software for these electronic grant submissions but I wish they had actually put together a grant before creating the program. I don’t have a problem with the fact that I’m limited in the amount of data I can uplaod but could you maybe give me an actual number?

Oh….and maybe some support that has actually used the program and can find out why I’m getting an error as opposed to telling me to try another (untested) approach “and if that doesn’t work, I don’t know what to tell you.”

Excuse me?

I have a deadline, you’re supposed to help me meet that deadline. I have done everything I can possibly do to reduce the size of the grant, including deleting appendices and reworking the documents to remove or change references to said appendices, and you don’t know what to tell me. Brilliant!

Thank Goddess I worked the past two weekends to get this together for early submission or the deadline would have long passed. I still have a few days to get this off but based on the past couple weeks, I’m getting very concerned, and nervous. I’m sure it will get in on time but the process is terribly trying. It shouldn’t be this hard once the writing is complete. Keep your fingers crossed.

In other news…I was able to enjoy some downtime yesterday and took the dog and his buddy to the river for a swim. I also made it to the Tomato Festival the previous weekend (on my way into the office) so I do have some positive things to blog about. I’ve even had a few minutes here and there to try and catch up with the blogroll so, maybe that wasn’t an hallucination after all and I’ll soon be emerging from this darkness.

Oh…and did I mention the shopping in Seattle a few weeks ago?



…who could resist?

I’m Still Here

…and I’m busy doing great things for the world. It’s like this…

The ‘Big Guy’ has spent a lot of time this past year working on a Global Health initiative that was presented to Central Administration earlier this summer. They really liked the idea but we have to get funding before they’ll allow it to become a real ‘Center’ and they’ve appointed him Acting Director to oversee the money hunt. This means my workload has nearly doubled and with a grant application in the works it’s reached critical mass. By the time I get home from work, all I want to do is eat, relax and sleep.

Making things worse is that after working on Saturday, the ‘Big Guy’ left for China and a couple colleagues and I get to complete the work for Thursday’s deadline. So, I’ll spend tonight proofreading bio’s and looking over the latest budget in the hopes that we’ll get this thing out early so I can catch up with the blogerrati.

I miss my peeps!!