A new month, another year older. My birthday was kind of weird this year. Of course you know that Mr. Larj had to work. I'm pretty sure he is at home at least a few hours a day, usually I find evidence like dishes in the sink or his keys on the counter. He did come through in the prezzie dept. I now own an iPod shuffle. I just have to figure out all of the in's and out's of getting my music transferred on to it. My only gripe with Apple is that their instructions assume that you already have a working knowledge of their product. I also received volumes one and two of Barbara Walker's stitch dictionaries and an Apocalyptica CD. I also have Cat Bordi's new sock book on the way along with a CD from The Diablo Swing Orchestra. Thanks to Amazon wish lists Mr. Larj never has to second guess what I might want gift-wise. Mom Larj gave me a lovely card with some $. I also received cards from two of my nieces and my ex-mother in law. At work my friends Beth and Bill and Lynn took me out to lunch (Thai food), and gave me some tea and a cool card. Beth also hinted that there are more prezzies to come. Something knitting related I suspect! Michelle gave me a pint of Makers Mark bourbon! Which as Amby could tell you, is the good stuff. The pic above is of a large spider that has made his fall home in my patio shrubs.
As for knitting, the "deadlines" that I set for myself regarding the completion of my "Cream Tea" have come and gone, my new deadline is to have it done by Knitterpalooza in Lansing. The front is half finished. My diversions from completion are my ribbed scarf for the Red Scarf Project, which I am making in (gasp!) acrylic! I figure a boy going off to college is not going to hand wash, gently squeeze lay flat to dry, an intricate wool scarf. Boys (and probably most college girls) want ease of wear. So...basic k2, p2 rib in acrylic it is. I am also crocheting a "utility" stole for myself out of (double gasp!) acrylic, Caron's Simply Soft.
I completed my "at work" socks in Opal. How's that for a L-A-Z-Y photo. Nope, not even going to take the time to model them for you. I don't block my socks, I could never come up with a good reason to do so. I figure my feet will do the job once I wear them.
As for the Holiday weekend I have to work tomorrow and have Monday off. I was quite domestic around the house today, I made a huge batch of eggplant Parmesan. It was heavenly, and I had plenty left over to freeze. I managed to dust, vacuum and mop everything. The secret to my motivation? Turkish coffee. The metro Detroit area has a very large Middle Eastern population and Middle Eastern restaurants are practically on every corner. This is where I discovered Turkish coffee. My sister and I usually have some before power shopping. I learned how to make it from Michael "the olive guy" at the Eastern Market. Now I can have my fix any time. It's my latest vice.
Hope you all have a good and safe Labor Day weekend.