avanta7: (Joy)
In case you're interested, you can see closeup photos of the new button acquisitions here.

In case you're not interested, I give you a photo of my favorite from the new purchases:
Vintage Glass
avanta7: (Purl Jam)
I can't figure out how to make my Wordpress knit blog feed into my journal here. *pout* So, I'll just crosspost. Clicky the linky if you want to see the latest yarn adventure.

avanta7: (Computer Friends)
Anyone still out there? I'm sorry. I've been away. Between work, yarn, TV, puppy, family, and (mumblemumblethatrhymeswithTraceLook), LJ has been neglected. Actually, both my blogs have been neglected. Lots of started projects. None finished. *sigh*

Thankfully, nothing spectacular has happened. Of course, if it had, I'd have been here. Well, maybe not. There is that other place that shall not be named. *hangs head with shame*

I'll do better.

(Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shendoah for the userpic. I hope it's still true!)
avanta7: (Exermouse)
So this afternoon I stop at the grocery store to pick up some essentials, less than half a cartful. A nice young man bags my groceries, and then he tells me, "I'll help you out with these." No. He doesn't ask. He tells me. "No, thanks, I can get it," I reply. "Are you sure?" he insists rather insistently. "Yes, I'm quite able-bodied," I say with a smile, and push my cart away.

In the parking lot, I open the trunk of my car and pick up the first bag. Suddenly, a man who was about to hop in the pickup parked next to me hops back out again, rushes around the truckbed and grabs the bag. "I'll help you with these," he says and puts the bag in the trunk. "Thank you, but I can get it," I reply and pick up another bag. "Well, I was raised better than that," he says, and proceeds to unload the remaining bags into the trunk.

You know, I appreciate chivalry as well as the next gal, but color me puzzled. Do I need to dye my hair again and get rid of the grey? Or did I just run across two extraordinarily well-reared specimens of the male of the species?


Apr. 20th, 2009 09:47 am
avanta7: (Marriage)
  • I met my first weight loss goal on Saturday. Down 9 lbs, and under 190 for the first time in about three years. I wasn't very diligent about following the plan, and even less diligent about exercise, so it took 6 weeks to lose that 9 lbs. My next goal will put me under 180, and I want to get there by the beginning of June, which means stepping up the exercise and being a little more conscientious about what goes into my mouth.

  • I'm supposed to return to work next Monday. I haven't heard a word from the Area Director's office about my transfer request. I should call. I'm afraid to call. *fret*

  • Today is spouse's and my 7th anniversary. I'm getting a spa day tomorrow: massage, facial, pedicure, haircut, bliss. He's getting a handmade card and a homemade dinner tonight. Probably seafood. He loves seafood. :D

  • Speaking of which, I need to make my grocery list and go to the store.
avanta7: (SnarkyAvanta)
When I spoke to spouse on the telephone at 7:20 pm, he said he was on his way home. It is now 8:49 pm. He is not home. It does not take an hour and a half to drive home. Which means he's still at the store. Grrr.

Guess he gets to fix his own dinner now.
avanta7: (Gargoyle)
It takes me to such delightful places.

Lost Zombies

Zombies Are Coming

And on a different note: He Took A Photo A Day for 18 Years, an article about filmmaker Jamie Livingston, who chronicled his life in Polaroids. Utterly fascinating.

Finally, no journal entry is complete without some book reference (yes, I know, I've made a lot of incomplete journal posts recently): Free Unabridged Books!
avanta7: (Dukedom)
I have a truckload of stuff that needs doing today. Thus far, the only thing I've accomplished, other than several more rounds on my crochet project, is making a menu and a grocery list. Oh, and one load of laundry. Now I must go to the grocery store. But that entails making myself presentable to be seen in public and it's cold and wet outside and the wind's blowing the stars around and I Don't Wanna Leave The House.


*sucks it up and combs her hair*

Back in a while. Sometimes being a grown-up bites.


Jan. 19th, 2008 06:18 pm
avanta7: (SnarkyAvanta)
Spouse went on a "clutter-reducing" binge the other day, right before our home visit. Bless his heart. However, his idea of reducing clutter means dumping stuff in a box and putting it in another room out of sight.

What does this mean? I'll tell you. I cannot find the battery charger for the digital camera, nor can I find the USB cord for the camera. Which means I can't charge the batteries to take pictures of projects and yarn for Ravelry, nor can I upload the pictures I've already taken, which ran down the batteries in the first place.

avanta7: (Coffee)
I finally went to the doctor Tuesday about my aching arm. At intake, the nurse asked me how I hurt it. I told her I did too much knitting, crocheting and computering over the holidays. When doctor entered the exam room, she remarked, "I've never seen a knitting injury before." *snerk*

Anyway, it's tendonitis. After an X-ray to make sure nothing was broken, doctor gave me a cortisone shot and told me to stay away from excessive computer use and yarn work for a while. I'll guess I'll be spending my evenings reading for the next few days. Oh the horror. ;-)

By the way, [livejournal.com profile] shendoah, I asked doctor about massage therapists in the area who did "computer massage"; she never heard of such a thing. Go figure.
avanta7: (TempestTeacup)
Funeral )

Drive )

Storm )

The rain is back today, but so far without the wind. Spouse is at work; I'm enjoying a little solitude. There's laundry to be done (when isn't there laundry to be done?) and floors to sweep. Pillars of the Earth is calling my name; and I believe there's a can of Progresso New England Clam Chowder in the cupboard with my name on it.
avanta7: (Dark Side)
...of my complete geekitude.

Exhibit A:

The other day at work, while assisting another claims representative during an interview, the client used the word "assimilate". I couldn't help myself.

"Resistance is futile," said I. The client and my colleague gave me a puzzled look.

"You will be assimilated," I continued. The client and my colleague looked even more confused.

"Star Trek reference," I clarified. "Never mind." The client nodded his head and went on describing his medical problems. My colleague looked utterly blank and kept typing. I went back to my desk.

Exhibit B:

My sister sent me an Amazon gift card for Christmas. Today I used it to purchase this:

Blade Runner 5-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition

Never mind that I already have the original version on VHS, and the Director's Cut on DVD. My husband just shook his head in disbelief. My sister told me I was weird.

Ayup. Insert geekhood here.

Popping in

Dec. 8th, 2007 09:13 am
avanta7: (Day Pass)
Hi folks,

My PC is giving me fits -- it's gotten incredibly slooooww in loading pages and spouse can't figure out why. So I'm stealing a few minutes on his PC to pop in and say howdy.

I finished my Christmas shopping online this morning. Since all the gifts we're giving are being shipped elsewhere, the internet was the only thing that made sense this year.

E-F's nifty little spider arrived last week. I'll post a picture of it as soon as I find an appropriate setting.

I finished knitting spouse's scarf Thursday night, and now have to decide on my next project. Mom is sending me all of Grandma's knitting needles, crochet hooks, and yarn. There may be some pattern books as well. I'm half-inclined to wait until that box arrives before settling on a pattern or project. I also need to learn to knit and purl in the same row. It just doesn't look right on the needle, and right now I have no one to tell me if it's supposed to look like that. Come the new year, I must give serious thought to finding a new stitch-n-bitch group.

Weekend plans include cleaning house and putting up Christmas decorations; we won't be getting our tree until a week from Monday when spouse and I both have the day off from work. We'll drive up to Paradise again to cut a tree at the tree farm. I hope to get Christmas cards addressed and in the mail by Monday, as well.

We finally had rain Thursday and Friday! Very light rain, but steady on Thursday, and gone completely by mid-morning Friday. It looks like another dry winter here in Northern California; normally (can there even be weather that's considered "normal" any more?) the rains start in mid-November, with at least one good solid downpour by this time. I may not get as much use out of my new Wellingtons as I hoped.

I'll skim through my f/list, but probably won't be commenting. I expect spouse to kick me off his PC any minute now....
avanta7: (Ravenclaw)
I'm taking a breather from Hogwarts just long enough to say howdy. I'm on #5 Order of the Phoenix as of this morning, and expect to wade at last into #7 by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. [livejournal.com profile] marina_wolf, I read #1-6 earlier this year, but wanted to re-read and refresh my memory before entering the final volume. At any rate, not much is getting done around here; I'm reading virtually all hours I'm not working or sleeping. Thank goodness for an indulgent spouse. And pizza delivery. One giant economy size combo pie and we can eat for two days! *beam*

I will get some laundry done today, however; and throw dinner fixings in the crockpot shortly.

Hugs to those who need 'em, and let me know any urgent news by e-mail. 'Bye for now!
avanta7: (Respectable)
My passport arrived in today's mail. When did I order it? October 5.

Damn. That's fast.

Like [livejournal.com profile] onyerbike, my passport photo could double as a mugshot. Unlike [livejournal.com profile] onyerbike, however, I will not be posting the photo for all and sundry to ogle.

So now I'm eating coleslaw and wondering what sort of havoc I can wreak upon the world now that I can leave the United States on a whim.


Because this post is open to anyone who happens to pass by, I hereby publish this disclaimer for the edification of those chance passers-by without a sense of humor: I am not a terrorist. I'm a federal employee. No, they're not the same thing. But to be perfectly clear, I have no intention of deliberately causing harm while traveling. Do you think I'd risk my pension for the cheap thrill of committing treason? Pshaw.
avanta7: (Spice Must Flow)
Friday Friday Friday.
I should write something meaningful, or at least informative, but I don't wanna.
So you get Friday Friday Friday.
I think I'll go read a book.
avanta7: (Got Milk?)
After seeding and dicing jalapenos, remember to wash hands thoroughly before touching any part of one's face, and especially before rubbing one's eyes!

ow ow ow ow ow
avanta7: (Yarn)
Remember that afghan I spent a large part of last winter crocheting? It turned out really nice and cozy, and spouse and I shared many happy hours cuddled up beneath it, watching TV and saving on our heating bills. The cats liked it too, so much so that yesterday, with cooler weather approaching, I pulled the blanket off the foot of the bed where it had been residing and threw it in the washer.

When I pulled it out of the washer, I realized I had not used washable wool yarn. Yep, it felted. The blanket now has felted woolen squares interspersed with unaffected crocheted linen squares. Luckily, I had the presence of mind NOT to throw the thing in the dryer, thus compounding the felting and making the shrinkage worse. It's not so bad that the afghan is completely unusable, but still...I am a doofus.

In our ritual Sunday morning telephone call, Mom told me her right knee has gotten so much worse that the pain medication no longer provides any sustained relief. She needs knee replacement surgery in the very near future. Unfortunately, this is surgery that requires a three-day hospital stay, and then remaining off her feet for two solid weeks afterward. In other words, something completely impossible while she is the primary care provider to her ailing mother. My father's job requires him to travel several weeks at a time with only about a week at home between jaunts, and neither of my siblings hold jobs that accrue the kind of vacation time mine does. They're lucky if they get to take two weeks off in a whole year. So I told Mom that, if for some reason she can't put off taking care of herself until Grandma is gone, I'll take three weeks leave to come out there and take care of both of them. (Won't that just frost my manager's cookies. I feel soooo bad about it, too.)

As for planned activities today: Our bank's website is down for maintenance. *huff* So much for balancing the checkbook this morning. However, the week's menu is done, the larder is inspected, and the grocery list is made. Now I must make myself presentable for public view and do the shopping. The usual household maintenance tasks also await my attention: laundry, vacuuming, mopping, dishes, cleaning the soap scum and hard water marks from the glass shower enclosure. Naturally, all I really want to do is read. I'll make a concerted effort not to be a complete slug after the grocery store; I make no promises.

But I've added several new LJ user-pics in recent days! I'm still nowhere near filling all the slots I have available. Permanent account--I likes it. I'm a doofus and an LJ-nerd.


Jul. 31st, 2007 06:13 am
avanta7: (SnarkyAvanta)
I just checked the temperature forecast for today.
101F (38.3C).
Have I mentioned lately how much I dislike the Valley in summer?
Off to put on makeup and head to work. See you all this evening.
avanta7: (TempestTeacup)
I have lots of pictures on the camera. Pictures of the move, of the house, of my husband being silly, of the corpse flower....

What I don't have is the bus cord to upload them onto the computer. It's here somewhere. It has to be.

I just haven't found it yet.


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