Blanket

It’s finally finished.

blanket

After two years. Maybe longer, since it started off as a checkerboard pattern before I frogged it and just did straight garter stitch.

blanket 2

Also, this is not something you knit during warm weather.

me

And then Richie decided it was his and took off running with it.

Richie

Um, excuse me. That’s not yours.

 

 

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2018 Goals

resolution

When it comes to goals, I have a couple:

  1. Complete my GoodReads challenge of 55 books
  2. Organize my apartment, designating two months to each room
  3. Bake every single recipe in every single cookbook I have

 

What about you?

 

I spent my NYE the same as I did last year– cleaning and organizing. There were a few  differences: I didn’t return my library book; Richie was home and Zach our landlord came over; Richie and I bought a new bookcase at IKEA and put it together (we pretty much have a library now); at midnight I was playing cards with Zach and dancing like the geek I am. Hopefully that means I will be more active throughout 2018.

R.I.P. Kim Jonghyun

Jonghyun

My beautiful boy. You pure, sweet soul. My heart just breaks for you. We will all miss you so desperately. I’m sorry you lost your battle, but it was valiantly fought.

 

To any readers and fans out there:

It is with an obviously heavy heart that I have to write this. This has been such a hard day. I currently have two Jonghyun fics in progress, and I am discontinuing them. It just feels wrong to write them. Maybe I’ll pick them up again in the future, but I have no idea when.

I will keep them posted for anyone who may need them. And I am always available for anyone who needs to talk, or just needs someone to listen. I’m here. You’re not alone.

 

My heart aches for his mother, his sister, his bandmates, even little Roo.

jongroo

This world is so much darker without you in it. You did so well, my darling. You were so good.

The New Bake Off

*sigh*

I gave it a shot. I did. I love Bake Off so so much. Ask anyone who knows me. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched all of the episodes, I have two cookbooks from previous contestants: B.I.Y from Richard of Season 5 (or season 1 if you’re watching on Netflix in the US) and The Cardamom Trail from Chetna of the same cast. I have five other cookbooks from three other contestants on my Amazon wishlist. This was the show that got me seriously baking, and not just from a box.

I wasn’t even going to watch the new season. It felt like cheating on my partner. But, I figured that if I was going to denounce it, I needed to know what I was talking about.

First, Prue:

Prue

Ugh. Someone on tumblr called her a discount Mary Berry, and that is so accurate. God, get out of that tent. You’re nowhere near Mary’s caliber.

Second, Noel and Sandy:

Sandy

Okay, they’re cute. Gentle humor, not too strong in the innuendo game, which could just be because they’re feeling out their new job. It could change as they go on. I love how attached Sandy got to the bakers, and Noel I think did well with comedy relief for them. But I can’t quite figure out what this little Goth boy is doing in the tent.

Richie: Goths like Bake Off and baking too!

Okay, fair point. But it just seems to me that Noel is a young man who went to work with his mom for National Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Finally, Paul.

He doesn’t get a picture. I do not have the words. Ugh. He should have left Bake Off, too. He didn’t need the money. He has cookbooks and TV shows. He could have left with the other three, Channel 4 would have realized they paid $75 million for nothing,  and they would have kicked it back to the BBC. Everyone could have come back. But nooooooooooo. Now I have this ass  who is “devaluing the handshake economy“. Ass.

 

There was one bright spot.

Stephen

Stephen. I adored him. I mean, Yan was awesome. Stacey is me. But I super love Stephen.

 

But, no more Bake Off for me. And that makes me really sad. But I’ll always remember you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

volgravo

Gravy volcano never gets old. ;o)

 

Well, happy Thanksgiving my dears! I hope you all are doing well. My holiday was lovely. Slept in a little- as much as a hungry cat will allow. I had a cup of tea for breakfast and started a new book, Another Man’s Treasure. The lack of breakfast caught up with me at Aunt Debra’s, where I completely stuffed my face. It was sooooo goooood.

Mr Bean Thanksgiving

I’m home now, and I’ve been in my jim-jams for the last four hours. I’ve been knitting and drinking tea and watching Bake-Off. I am knitting two things at once- Bluebirds of Happiness, and scarves for the homeless. Two simple, small pieces that are being knit 10 rows at a time. 10 rows on one, switch projects and do 10 rows on the other. I don’t have any dessert, but I do have a recipe for chocolate chip cookie in a mug. I have made it many many many times (I have the recipe memorized) and I swear by it.

Anyways, all of you take care of yourselves. And if you are going shopping later, may you get all the deals you want.

How I Spent Halloween: A Photo Essay

Not really.

I mean, I dressed up, we went to the Zoo, and watched scary movies. Typical Halloween. But I know how much you all love to know what I’m up to.

There will be quite a few photos in this post, though.

Me

The new Grizzly Ridge at the St. Louis Zoo is finally open. And it’s awesome!

Grizzlies

Kali

seal

hippo

These two were leading me on a wild hippo chase. Swim to one end, pivot quickly, swim back. It was hard to get a good shot because they would not stop moving.

hippo 2

cheetah

This cat could smell my cat. I’m sure of it.

cheetah 2

hyena

You and me both, babe.