Summer Bucket List #2, 6, and 11: Barbecue, See Fireworks, Make Lemonade

You can guess where this is going- Fourth of July! Woo!

Mom came over, and we all barbecued.

Fuck yeah, pork steak!


Potato salad and corn on the cob






Holiday reading (my favorite Shakespeare)


Holiday knitting


Holiday food coma face







See that white blob? Beginning of fireworks. Once they got going, nothing could distract me. That’s all you get


Project G-Dragon

Someone talk me out of this. This is not a good idea. I swear, I do not know what I’m thinking.

So, I’m a knitter and a k-pop fan. Lauren and I often joke that we know that we’re way too into k-pop when we walk into a yarn store and start picking out yarn for various idols.

“Red lace for Heechul!”

“Bright neon everything for G-Dragon! They’ll be able to see him from space!”

But now it’s gotten out of hand. A few days ago I was cruising along on tumblr, and found this pattern.

The Dragon’s Breath Cowl.

My first thought was, “Oh, that would be cool for G-Dragon.” I mentioned it my Twitter friends who are in love with him. I had gotten the idea to knit it for him but figured he already had five thousand of these things.

Arwa, Ibby, Vee, Rachel, and Lauren have all said that I need to knit this cowl and ship it to his record label.

I’ve already bought the yarn, but I still have some supplies to go.

Why am I doing this? I mean, seriously, what do I expect? I mean, I doubt he’ll even get it. And if he does, I seriously doubt he’d wear it in public.

It’s LACE WORK. With BEADS. And a chart. I can’t read charts.

This is the most involved, difficult project I think I’ve ever done, and this dude isn’t even my bias! (don’t tell Heechul what I’m knitting)

If I complete this and he doesn’t wear it I’m going to be pissed as hell.

The ladies mentioned above have all assured me he’s knit worthy. He damn well better be.

I’ll be updating all of you on the progress of this project (no I won’t be changing the name). So far all I’ve done is print the pattern and buy the yarn


Now remember, yarn color changes from screen to screen, and in various light. That blue? It’s actually purple. It’s Ella Rae Lace Merino. I’m going to slightly alter the size because G-Dragon is a tiny little thing.

Okay, fine, it’s because I have slightly less yarn than the pattern calls for.

But G-Dragon is still rather petite but since it’s a cowl it doesn’t really matter.


How bonkers is this shit?


Summer Bucket List: #7: JAWS on the Big Screen


Seeing Jaws on the big screen changes your life. I mean, I’d seen it eleventy times before, but on the screen when you’re seeing the shark’s point of view, and then all the blood and guts *sigh*

It’s also extra claustrophobic on the big screen.

How else do you kick off the first day of Summer? Mom and I went together and the theater was packed. It was definitely a treat for the ages. I saw people older than Mom, and the girl next to me was half my age. Mom was fifteen when she saw it for the first time with her brother (my Uncle Rusty) and a girl from church. I had to go with her because she’s the one who got me watching it (and all scary movies) in the first place. Yes, it’s all poignant and sentimental.

All together now: “Awwww.”

Anyways, I’d still like to see it at the outdoor screening in July. Hopefully I’ll make it to that one, too

Summer Bucket List

Yes, Summer is finally (almost) upon us! Yay! What’s your favorite thing about summer? For me, it’s all the colors. After a dark gray winter, I love nothing more than bright bursts of red, orange, purple, pink, and yellow.

Richie has kicked his summer off with a music festival in Wisconsin- Blue Ox. He’ll be home Sunday. I’ve kicked mine off by writing out this list. I’m really really going to try to do one for each season, because I’m a nerd like that (and it will get my lazy ass motivated to blog more).

Here we go:

1) Go camping

2) Barbecue

3) Picnic in the Park

4) Visit the new Polar Bear at the Zoo

5) Feed the Ducks

6) See Fireworks

7) JAWS on the big screen

8) Visit a new (to us, anyway) Farmer’s Market

9) Visit History Museum

10) Go swimming (we don’t, usually)

11) Make Lemonade

12) Nature Hike

13) Watch the stars

14) Buy new swimsuit

15) Go to swap meet/flea market


Wish me luck!

Ten for Tuesday: General Update Edition

Yeah, I have no excuse for not updating. Except laziness. That’s an excuse, right?


1) What I’m reading: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. I’m re-reading the whole series

2) What I’m knitting: Irish Hiking Scarf

3) Remember the cousin a couple of years ago who had a boy instead of a girl? She finally caved to the nagging (don’t give me that look) and is having a wee girl! Here’s the hat I made for her





Praise me!

4) What I’m watching: The Nightly Show with Larry Williams

5) Richie came in first place for the first time in a beard competition! Full beard natural over four inches! I’m so proud




6) Lauren (Richie’s daughter for those new to the party) is 16. SIXTEEN. With a LICENSE. And DRIVING. I’ve known her since she was eight. She can’t have her driver’s license. She just graduated fifth grade. I called my grandma to tell her that it had finally happened, I’d grown old, because Lauren had her license. She laughed at me. MY GRANDMOTHER LAUGHED AT ME. Is this what real parents feel like? Ugh

7) Work is getting better. I got a raise and they increased my hours. I’m still part time but it’s easier to make ends meet, so there’s that

8) What I’m listening to: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

9) I’m pretty pleased with the length of my hair, although it’s time to get rid of those split ends because I’m shedding like a Persian cat (hashtag no mystery). I just can’t decide what color I want. Red? Bright red? Brown? Brown with highlights? Richie says I shouldn’t dye my hair, but he gets way too much glee from pointing out my gray hair

10) Summer is upon us. Yay! I’ve decided to do a summer bucket list since I’ve only ever done autumn. I’m still working on it, so I’ll post it later. What’s your favorite thing about summer? For me it’s all the color

High Cholesterol

Richie went for his checkup and learned he has high cholesterol. He hasn’t been too concerned for mine, of course, but now that he has it, we have to change our eating habits.


We’ve done research on foods we have to avoid. We’re going to die of starvation before we die of heart disease.


My biggest problems will be repetitiveness and sweets.


I can’t eat apples and cheese or oatmeal for breakfast everyday. I’m going to get bored. And when I get bored, I don’t eat.


I have an insatiable sweet tooth. Finding healthy, low cholesterol sweets is proving difficult. Yes, I can always eat fruit, but then we run into boredom. If I had the willpower to ignore the cravings, this wouldn’t even be an issue.


And we have to start exercising.