August 2007

Someone told me, it’s all happening at the Fair

“Hey, Mom, what the heck is this?” -Mayhem

“Well, Mayhem, it’s this nifty thing Jeanne got for me from the Minnesota State Fair – it lists all the places where I can find gluten-free food and beer today when I go to the Fair!” -me

“Oh, just imagine if they had one of those for all the best kitty food at the Fair! Mmmmm…. Tasty!” -Mayhem


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What’s in my bag?

A few weeks ago, MamaTulip bravely revealed the contents of her purse and I was mightily impressed at how, well, minimal it seemed. Because, um, my “purse” is actually a piece of carry-on luggage from REI… Generally, my sock knitting bag and a book are in the “purse,” too. No cats, though. Even I have limits! 😉

“Hey, May, get over here! I think something’s about to happen!” -Chaos

Clockwise from bottom left (you may want to click on the picture to make it larger), a small purple hairbrush, a shopping bag (the kind that folds up into a wee stuffsack), some pressed powder for blemish control (I think I bought that in 1997), and some backup UnPetroleum lip balms. Running out of lip balm? Eeep! Moving right along – hand lotion, my wallet, a small pink pouch with “feminine supplies” in it, a blue bookstand, my camera case (since I was obviously using the camera), iron pills, a GorillaPod (you can’t see it, since May is chewing on it), Neutrogena Oil-Free Sunblock, and my PDA (under Chaos’ head).

“Mwmph.” -Mayhem

“Oh, how I wish those feminine supplies weren’t in that little pouch. They are so much fun to rip apart!” -Chaos

Clockwise from the left below, a pen and notebook, my access badge for work, a java jacket from Kind Coffee in Estes Park, some bandaids, generic lactaid, more lip balm, lots of hair bands, earplugs (yellow case), a glasses cleaning cloth in a little case, Imitrex autoinjector for migraines, Swiss Army knife, more generic lactaid, my own java jacket, more “feminine supplies,” silk hankies hiding my blog card case and sunglasses case, a Red Tango pocket mirror, my cell phone case (the phone was charging), and a glasses strap (just in case I get really crazy active and skydive or something, I guess).

“I do love these little hair doodads! I wonder how many I can steal before Mom notices?” -Mayhem

Finally! A Bad Kitty notebook (from a bin at Target ages ago), my checkbook in its kitty cover (oh, she has key fobs in that same fabric right now!), a toothbrush and toothpaste, some pens and a Sharpie, Caribou Wintergreen HoofMints, more sunblock, and antiperspirant. Whew! Isn’t it fortunate that, for days that involve a lot of walking, I pull essentials out and toss them into a smaller bag?! When I shop, I pull my wallet out and just take that along.

“My goodness, big kitty. Do you think everyone has as much stuff in their bags as Mom does?” -Mayhem

“No wonder she goes to the chiropractor. Sheesh.” -Chaos


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Woe the Mayhem – is her cuteness in danger??!

Yet another telephone switch upgrade last night, although it fell apart really fast, so I was in bed by 11:30 pm – just going to sleep in a bit with my snuggly kitties as you read this…

If you live in the Twin Cities and are interested in going to see A Prairie Home Companion at the Minnesota State Fair Friday night for free, let Annie Modesitt know ASAP. She has tickets to give away because that’s the day her husband has surgery. Send good thoughts his way!

Ari is having a raffle over at Baking and Books to support the 2007 New York Jewish Environmental Bike Ride, held by Hazon. a non-profit working on sustainable agriculture, organic farming, and other food issues. She has over 75 cookbooks/prizes, donated by publishers, to give away for the raffle (which ends September 3).

Schrodinger is celebrating her own string of contest wins by having a contest. She’s giving away three very cool “cube” sock bags – leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT, September 4, if you’d like a chance to win.

“Moooooooommmmmm!! Can’t we go to sleep yet?! You’re really messing up my beauty sleep again with this working overnight stuff. What if my cuteness starts to fade from exhaustion?!!” -Mayhem


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I solemnly swear that I do not knit catnip into my socks

Ugh – the past two nights I’ve been awakened in the wee small hours by some very serious thunderstorms. Last night it was 70 mph wind, torrential rain, nonstop blinding lightning, and thunder that set off car alarms. Poor kitties – they are nervous wrecks!

Hockeymom’s having a contest – caption the (a-hem!) picture and you could win some of her hand-dyed yarn or roving. I think Tink or MamaTulip might have a lot of fun captioning this picture (hint: taken while tailgating before a Foreigner/Def Leppard/Styx show..) – maybe you could convince Hockeymom to come up with a non-knitting prize. 😉 Leave your captions by 6 pm, September 3.

Reading Update
Spare Change by Robert B. Parker. I’m not big on Parker’s Spenser mysteries, but I do enjoy the Sunny Randall mysteries. In this one, Sunny teams up with her father.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. Yeah, I listened to it again. 🙂
Vineyard Stalker by Philip R. Craig. I love the J.W. Jackson Martha’s Vineyard mysteries, but sadly, they will soon come to an end, as Craig died earlier this year. According to his son Jamie, Craig left three completed mysteries (of which I assume Vineyard Stalker is one) and one incomplete mystery.

Knitting Update
Friday night I finished the 9-to-5 Socks (follow that link for yarn and pattern details). They took six days and I totally love them!

Although not as much as some around here do…

“Don’t make any sudden moves, Mom – I’d hate to have to hurt the socks.” -Chaos

“Because I really, really love these socks. How do I love them? Let me count the ways…” -Chaos

“Mmmm… purple stripey socks…” -Chaos


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Another rainy Monday…

Vacation Update
I have more vacation pictures! I know, I know, you thought we were all done with that. But when Deb mentioned that she was about to head out on vacation to the Black Hills, I remembered I still had a few left… These pictures are from my drive home on I-90 and are all “hold camera and click while continuing to watch the road” shots.

I’d forgotten that it was foggy when I started driving home.

Really, I have no idea what this was all about.

There were some dramatic clouds. Hmm, do you think that one in the center is The Grim?! Must not’ve been, since I made it home safely.

Not a lot of topography along I-90 in South Dakota, so it quickly became photo worthy. I couldn’t have centered that sign better if I’d been trying.

The sun eventually did come out, revealing yet more mysteries along the highway.

“You are growing sleepy. When you awake, you will remember nothing, except that you must never go on vacation and leave your kitties alone again.” -Chaos

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