Saturday, August 18, 2007

Too Funny

The part of the test (that's in the last post) was at the very last. It doesn't show on this copy but there was a graph at the bottom that showed how you scored in relation to others your age.

I was 99% higher in each group. Do you suppose that's because most folks my age aren't testing themselves to see what Sesame Street character they most match? I'm so sorry. I bet they're doing important things. :-)

Tickle Me??

Your Score: Elmo

You scored 60% Organization, 66% abstract, and 62% extroverted!

This test measured 3 variables.

First, this test measured how organized you are. Some muppets like Cookie Monster make big messes, while others like Bert are quite anal about things being clean.

Second, this test measured if you prefer a concrete or an abstract viewpoint. For the purposes of this test, concrete people are considered to gravitate more to mathematical and logical approaches, whereas abstract people are more the dreamers and artistic type.

Third, this test measured if you are more of an introvert or an extrovert. By definition, an introvert concentrates more on herself and an extrovert focuses more on others. In this test an introvert was somebody that either tends to spend more time alone or thinks more about herself.

You are mostly organized, more abstract, and both introverted and extroverted.

Most people either love or hate Elmo. I hope you love Elmo, because that's who you are.

You are both somewhat organized. You have a good idea where you put things and you probably keep your place reasonably clean. You aren't totally obsessed with neatness though. Elmo has the same basic approach. His place is pretty tidy, but he doesn't spend all of his time cleaning it up.

You both are abstract thinkers. You definitely are not afraid to take chances in life. You only live once. You may notice others around you playing it safe, but you are more concerned with not compromising your desires, and getting everything you can out of life. This is a very romantic approach to life, but hopefully you are also grounded enough to get by. Elmo's whole life is based on fantasy and his imagination. In the beginning he was a regular character, but now he spends most of his time in this fantasy world.

You are both somewhat extroverts. Like Elmo, you probably like to have some time to yourself, but you do appreciate spending time with your friends, and you aren't scared of social situations. Elmo spends some of his time with real friends, but he also needs some time just to chat it up with his goldfish.

The other possible characters are

Oscar the Grouch

Big Bird

Cookie Monster



Kermit the Frog


The Count

Guy Smiley


Hey, don't be a grouch! If you liked the test, let others know by rating it below. Feel free to vote for your favorite character too.

Link: The Your SESAME STREET Persona Test written by greencowsgomoo on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Monday, August 13, 2007

Early to rise..

means that now I can watch Knitty Gritty reruns on HGTV! My expanded basic cable doesn't get the DIY network so I've never seen it. While being bored enough to be reading early morning tv listings in the paper, I discovered that it comes on HGTV at 6 AM here. Now I know why I've been waking up so early. So this morning by 6 I'd answered comments and an email, fed the kids, scooped the litter boxes, had breakfast and a bath. And no, I'm probably not going to make a cribbage board but unless I forget everything I saw, I've learned a bit. And even if I forget it all...starting out the day with a knitter isn't a bad thing, for sure!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sometimes you're the dog,

and sometimes you're the hydrant. At least it's been somewhat of a hydrant day.
First off, my favorite skirt, a light sagey green slickery thing accidentally got into the wrong load and it's now a light terra cotta slickery thing. Uhh. I'm not sure how that happened. I'm sure it's a chemistry thing. Not a bad color but it should have given me a clue as to how this day was going to go.
Next, I wasted much time trying to download pics from the camera to my computer. Apparently they're having a trial separation. Or maybe the divorce is already final. I tried reloading the stuff that came with the camera to no avail. I then decided I would go borrow my friend's cord (we have the same kind of camera) and see if that was the problem. But the thermometer said 103 and I decided I didn't want to borrow it that bad.
All was not lost however. I could scan the new sock I was working on so that you all could be properly impressed. Apparently I'm not ready for gansey socks. Having restarted 5 times, and never getting past row 4 of the pattern (I did really well on the ribbing part :-), I decided that they not only needed to go to time out, they have possibly gone to that part of my brain that never remembers anything. Gansey what???
There weekend started well. Early yesterday morning, The Girl and her aunt and I set out to do a bit of back to school shopping. Fortunately, much has already been done and she's also the proud owner of some of her big sister's outgrown stuff so it wasn't a frantic *have to find something NOW* sort of trip. Very relaxed and happy and laughing sort of shopping adventure. Not much time spent on clothing...more time spent in Staple's looking for just the right binder. And I got a new clipboard that will actually hold my magnet board. My old one was pretty worn out and suddenly the magnet board and pattern would just go sliding away. And all that shopping caused a great hunger so there was a HUGE breakfast! I love, love, love, big country breakfasts but I detest cooking them. So that was a real treat.
And this evening after stuffing that sock into a dark corner, I sat down with some fat yarn and str8 needles and figured out how to knit backwards. Not tinking to undo something. But purling without turning the knitting around. It was working quite well. Maybe intarsia is in my future.
AND, in spite of the summer heat that finally got here, it's pre-season football time! And if I close the curtains, I can pretend it got dark early and it's truly fall!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

A Knitted Garmet

Completed even.
My first wearable other than socks.
Specs: Rowan Cashcotton DK..less than a 50 gm ball left from something.
Needles: CP bamboo #2 and Bates Str Red #5s
Pattern from Knits for Children and Their Teddies by Fiona McTague. One of the books I bought on sale awhile back.
Made for: One of my bears LOL

So here is Barnsie wearing his new vest. The pattern sort of came from this book. Except I got mixed up and ended up making up part of it as I went along. Didn't help that B's tummy is rounder than the pattern called for. I can empathize with that. Happens to me too. The weirdest part was the ribbing that goes up the sides of the front and around the neck. I just thought that I'd be picking up stitches to knit it. But instead, I was to just knit long strips then sew them on. And I totally didn't understand the button holes. I figured out how to make them, but couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do in between. B likes it a lot!

Completed even.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

S is for Skyline

I so enjoy the photos that folks share of their cities. I love to see the skylines with all the interesting buildings and I sometimes imagine what it must be like to live around all that incredible scenery. My scenery is more wide open. Well, not at my house. Here I can't see the sunrise until it's above the house next door and by that time it's just sun. And I can't see the sunset unless I go a few blocks away because the trees block it. But I took this just outside of 'town' as I returned from lunch out with friends. Sky and grain elevators! And yes, it's black and white.

T is for Tea..and Yarn too!

Awhile back I signed up for Zoe's Yarn in a Teacup Swap. I sent my packet off awhile back and forgot to take a pic. Sorry. But it went off to near Boston and was nicely received. It wasn't a secret swap, so I'd emailed with my sendee about not only her likes/dislikes but also about what she was going to send off. She'd found this really cool tea, but was a bit concerned that since she was sending to a Brit, they might think she was being snarky. I thought it was fun and apparently her person did also. Anyway, I came home the other day to a packet from her..and I got my very own tin of Boston Tea Party tea. And it's good too! Thanks loads again (blogless) Kate!

I hadn't heard anything from the person sending to emails or anything and was afraid maybe something had gone wrong. So, on the last day I sent a note off to Zoe. Whoa..she gets results fast! By the time I got home that afternoon, I had a note from my sender saying she always waits till the last minute to do things, and doesn't do much emailing. I was so glad that nothing had happened to her.

And now her package has arrived. In the questionairre, we were asked if we preferred to drink our tea from a mug or a cup. I stated that I drink from a mug, but that I would love to have a real cup and saucer. Look! This is the most gorgeous cup and saucer. I can't get it to show up well, but the glaze/finish/appearance of the white parts are like mother of pearl or something..a lustre finish. I'm sorry I don't know the right word. But it is so pretty. And yummy tea, and oh yes..chocolate too. Part of which is gone. And goodness, look at this yarn. It is soooooooo soft. It's Berroco Ultra Alpaca. 50% alpaca and 50% wool. 215 yds. I'm thinking mitts? Maybe. I want it to be something I can feel and I love fingerless mitts. The color is kind of wonky in the picture but it's sort of like a celery color. And one last surprise! oops I forgot the pic. But it's one of those huge magnet ball of yarn/needles. I've wanted one but couldn't really justify buying it. I'm ever so happy! It was well worth waiting for. Thanks (also blogless) Laurie!