Archive for July, 2010

epic thrift

I have always been a little skeptical of friends’ great thrifting finds.  I mean, really.  Do I not know what to look for?  Are their stores better?  Do they go to better areas?  Do they spend every waking minute at Goodwill?

No longer!  The Goodwill gods have smiled upon me.  At least for today.

A bit of backstory: I’ve been eyeing some TOFUtsies yarn that’s in my yarn bowl here, looking at patterns for socks, and generally daydreaming about knitting with it.  I need size 1 needles because the yarn’s so thin, and the only US 1 sock needles I have are crap.  So I was going to buy new ones.  In a particular brand that I like.

I think at this point, you can probably see where my story’s going.

This afternoon, I’m prowling Goodwill, nothing yet in hand, when I see..a cable needle?  Well, that’s interesting.  I don’t particularly need one, but it’s bound to be cheap, right?

And then I go in to pick it up and notice this:

Well, now that’s really interesting!  It’s the brand I was looking for.  Maybe it’s something I can use?  But surely it’s a size that I already have (and wouldn’t mind another), or the set isn’t full, or it’s really bent or something..

Nope!  There it is, the exact set of needles that I was going to buy, at a discounted price, with a random cable needle tossed in!  This made my day more than you can imagine.  (I’d just come from the doctor, where I spent $20 to find out I needed some patience and was in a not-so-great sort of mood.)

I’m not sure that this story really speaks to non-knitters so much.  Sorry.  Just imagine that there’s something you’ve been thinking about excitedly for a couple of days, and the universe just drops it in your lap.  Like maybe you’ve been craving cake, and someone brings in cupcakes for the office during a long afternoon when you’re really falling asleep.  Or something.

Anyways, I’m really excited about the needles!  :oD

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go go go

We have been so busy for the past few weeks (which explains the lack of comment here).  It’s been fun busy, but it’s exhausting nonetheless!  Here’s a quick recap.

One weekend, we took a trip out to Iroquois County (IL) for their 4H fair!  It was kind of in the middle of nowhere, and I had to laugh at what people might think of my NM license plate.  We had a really fun time visiting with my friend Karen and her family..and their goats and sheep!  Dave enjoyed his first ever funnel cake, we got really sweaty in the sun, and now I want a pet pig!

Just this past Friday, we hosted some friends for a big dinner, complete with puppy playdate.  Y’all know I love to feed people, and I think I really got the timing right this time, so all of the dishes were done simultaneously.  SCORE.

Then on Saturday, we hosted a potluck for my department’s graduate student association.  It was so nice to be able to offer up our home for the event; it was a really great time, and we even got to welcome a few new students!  And then I got stung in the mouth by a ninja bee in my soda.  Dave’s not quite sick of telling everyone how calmly I handled the situation (and those of you who know me well would probably be really surprised!), so I’m basking in his admiration little bit.  My lip’s still swollen, though, so that’s preventing the tale of epic bravery from really going to my head!  ;o)

Sunday, our friends Ashley and Aaron left (Chicago) to begin their wedding festivities in Phoenix.  We’d committed to watching their chinchilla Gizmo while they were gone, so they brought him down on Friday night when they came over for dinner.  So far, he’s been really easy, and I think he’s warming up to us, especially Dave.  Snake is still blissfully ignorant of the small creature living in our basement.  Or maybe she’s in denial.  Either way, it’s a good thing.  I’ll try to get pictures of him before his stay is up.  He’s really adorable!!

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home again

Our trip home last week, while great, was way too short.  We didn’t quite get to see everyone we wanted to or relax enough, but we did get to see Joe and Katie get married!  And, really, that was the point.  :o)

Yes, he is tall.  Yes, we are short.  Yes, he’s probably wearing shoes that accentuate this even further.  The ceremony was beautiful (and really interesting, being that this was the first wedding either of us has been to), and we had a lot of fun at the reception, despite knowing exactly zero of the other guests.

On the way home, we flew past Albuquerque!  So cool.  I couldn’t not take a picture.

And I did, in fact, start a bunch of new knitting projects on the trip.  They’re progressing nicely.  I’ll share pictures eventually.

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