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An update

May 20th, 2011 (05:32 pm)

Well, life sure has taken an odd turn in the last year or so!

To sum up, I dropped back out of school to work, ended up with 3 cats and just got a job transfer to Royal Oak, Mi!  The catch? I have to leave here around May 31st.  Very short timespan for a long move :/

I'm not used to things going "right" so the whole, getting the transfer + finding an apartment that will accept 3 cats (both extreme long shots) has me a little bit off kilter at the moment.

Regardless, that's where I'm at right now.
Maybe I'll update in another year or two hehe :)

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An update

February 11th, 2011 (04:43 am)

Been a long while, eh?
Generally just use this journal to read communities these days, but decided to drop by for an update.

I'm still in Florida, now have three cats (all named after scientists!) and am back to working in banking. (gasp)

In the fall/ late summer I will be moving with my close friend to whereever he goes for his PhD. We've spent everyday and night together for the last year or so... I'm not too worried about how things will work out.

On the craft front, I haven't knit in ages.
I'm still a vegetarian... And love to cook. Recently I've discovered how to make tofu tasty.
I've gotten a bit more OCD... That's about it!

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September 20th, 2009 (09:46 pm)

Still no oven :(
Decided for rest of september that I want to challenge myself, so I will not be grocery shopping at all until October.. (Or until I finish off most of this. Whichever comes last)
The tricky parts = no use of oven and limited time. As I'm typing up this list I realize I do have a ton of food, it's just not stuff I would normally eat together.

Basically I will be "eating down the cupboard"
All meals will be made in order to use up what I have.

- 1 jar sundried tomatoes
- 3 boxes assorted pasta
- 32 oz fat free plain yogurt -organic
- 8 oz low fat vanilla yogurt - organic
- 1 loaf of bread
- 1 jar of Naturally more peanut butter
- .25 bottle of honey
- 1 jar orange marmalade
- 3 cans of crushed pineapple
- 1 bag white rice
-1 bag brown rice
- 1 head cauliflower
- .5 bag carrots
- 1 bag radishes
- 6 potatoes
- 3 eggs
- half a bottle of cranberry juice
- 4 boxes assorted soups (campbells)
- 2 boxes assorted oatmeal
- 12 heads of garlic (saving some of this for when I can roast it)
- 1 bag frozen edamame
- .5 bag frozen mixed vegetables
- .5 bag frozen spinach
- 32 oz chocolate almond milk
- 8 oz vanilla almond milk
- .5 block of cheese
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- fake chicken nuggets
- fake sausage patties
- 12 hashbrowns
- 2 boxes of filo dough
- .5 bag frozen corn
- 6 cans assorted beans
- 2 packages assorted dried fruit
- 1 box raisen bran
- 1 can peas
- 4 mini bags of popcorn
- 1 package pre cubed tofu
- vegetable broth

Condiment wise I have
- ketchup
- olive oil
- chili oil
- tons of spices
- sesame oil
- rice wine vinegar
- srirachi sauce (hot sauce)
- Just in Queso (hot sauce from Tijuana Flats)

- black bean paste

So I think I'm going to just make a huge batch of rice tonight, and plan to live off stir fry type stuff for a while.  They're quick and easy.
Kind of annoyed I'm about out of fresh veggies and have no fresh fruits.. And annoyed I have no milk or other yogurt, but we'll see how it goes. I might modify my plans to allow me to get yogurt and fresh veggies.

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September 8th, 2009 (04:06 am)

Last night's experiment:

Asparagus + raw cloves of garlic + trinidadian spices steamed on top of a bed of white rice with a small sliver of butter on top.
Next time I think I'll get a lemon to squeeze over it, other than that, DELICIOUS.  (Also, the white lump near the butter = the steamed garlic = yum!!

09.08.09 (Breakfast)  Eggs + green onions + cottage cheese (Not shown, more steamed asparagus + garlic)

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Recipe Fail

July 22nd, 2009 (03:46 pm)

Dear recipes,
I greatly appreciated it when I was able to sign up for recipes to be sent to my inbox. Score!

It was even better when I saw you gave me several options for types of recipes that I would like to receive. I very hastily checked both vegetarian and vegan boxes.

You see, recipes, I already have a ton of meat based recipes and cookbooks.

I was looking forward to getting some more mainstream vegetarian/vegan ideas because the recipes from  places like and  tend to terrify even my most accommodating of omnivore friends. (<3 you all)  While I definitely do not want to "convert" anyone, when I have house guests it would be nice to be able to cook them something that won't cause them to immediately burst into tears/flames when they realize no animal products aside from possible rennet free cheese or organic milk/yogurt/cottage cheese were used.

Again, this is not for conversion purposes, this is because I often cook to the beat of my own drum, which requires me to taste or be extremely familiar with what I am doing. Since I no longer eat any animal byproducts/meats I could not ensure the tasty deliciousness of my homemade meals or baked goods.

Also, I would like to prove to people like.. a certain  friend of mine who seems to believe no meat = salad or rabbit food, that this just simply isn't the case.

So on to the recipe for today... I did a bit of a double take when I saw Bavarian Beef as the title of the message from you this morning.  I clicked it anyway to see if perhaps it was one of those "substitution" type recipes.

Well, recipes, this has lead me to a question... Your little note said:

"Dear Helen, Here is your vegetarian recipe for the day!

This classic German stew is made with lean trimmed beef stew meat and cabbage."

Now okay, I can still see where maybe this is a dish made using some of those awful fake meats... Surely you wouldn't send me a recipe for real Bavarian beef, and make a comment about it being vegetarian...

So I scrolled to:

   * 1-1/4 lb. lean beef stew meat (trimmed of fat), cut in 1-inch pieces"

So, recipes, did you think when I checked vegetarian/vegan recipe options that I meant I wanted a vegan cow?
Thank you for the laughs.

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Math knits

June 30th, 2008 (04:58 pm)

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Uses for Baking Soda

May 14th, 2008 (08:20 pm)

Mix about a table spoon with few squirts of water and use as a facial mask, massage into skin, let sit for a few mins..  Rinse well.

Makes skin feel extremely smooth and taught/ appears to diminish pores etc.

Be sure to use a good moisterizer afterwards.

Tired dry feet?
Mix together sea salt, kosher salt, baking soda, brown sugar, hot water and a few squirts of lemon juice (will make everything fizz for a few minutes) It doesn't smell bad at all! but it looks sorta like toilet water.
Soak feet for 10 to 20 mins, or until water is no longer warm..
Rinse feet
Use a sea salt scrub if you have alot of dead skin/ callouses etc (I used bath and bodyworks warm vanilla sugar salt scrub which is made for use on the body) ( or you can use coarse salt + almond oil/ jojoba OR brown sugar wtih almond oil/ jojoba))
Rinse again
Slather feet with aloe or a thick body butter, throw on some cotton socks and go to bed :)
If you still have a few rough patches, in the morning use a pumice stone or some other foot scrub to get the rest off..

Overnight soft pretty feet :)

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Knitty's Sheldon + Toy Crab?

July 4th, 2007 (02:28 pm)

It was recently decided at the bank I work at, that we all needed Turtles with the company logo worked in.  The only pattern I can seem to find is Knitty's Sheldon.. Any one worked on this? Thoughts? Concerns? Happy comments?

I also have one other coworker who really really wants a knit crab.. I've tried googling but mostly come up with "stuffed crab recipes" or the like.. Anyone have a favorite crab pattern out there? I'm definitely willing to purchase a book or individual pattern if it has a good one :)


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Counterfeit bills

June 19th, 2007 (09:49 pm)

We've gotten in almost $300 in counterfeit $20s from the same area in the last two days.. BOLO
A great site to go to to make sure you know your money is
There are also guides as to what to when you get a counterfeit bill and how to tell.

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Updated list of projects.

May 19th, 2006 (03:12 pm)

Since I recently got back into quilting/ sewing I guess this will turn into a sort of everything crafty journal.

Near FOs:
Gordian Knot Quilt (need batting)
Monk's Satchel
Several dish/washcloths
Charting various designs
Kitty pin cushion
Cat toys
Cat blankie
2 pairs of socks

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Hedera sock question answered AND NEW photos by the designer.

April 12th, 2006 (04:19 am)

Er wasn't sure how to title this post. When the new knitty came out I saw there were a questions on some of the knitting communities about the Hedera socks, in terms of what feet they'd fit (It was just noted it was REALLY stretchy and said unstretched was 7 and 7.5 inches respectively..) And also noticed how hard it was to see some of the design with the way the socks were model..

Soo I emailed the designer and asked.. 

I said I'd pass this along. 

- To see pictures of the socks on her real foot, you can look here.  
     For reference, her feet are a 6.5 EEE and she usually just wears 7.5s which are a bit narrow and a bit long.

- Sizing information and modification "instructions" copied directly from the email:
     "The lace is *really* stretchy.  If anything, I am more afraid that it will be too big for smaller ankled people around the ankle area.  If it's any help, when I knit stockinette socks on size 1 needles at 8 stitches per inch, I normally use 60-64 stitches around the foot, and the S fits nicely for me.  The L is half an inch bigger in the stockinette area, so the equivalent for someone who would normally use 64-68 stitches around the foot.  If you are still worried about the foot width, I would recommend decreasing two less times (4 less stitches total) during the gusset decreases."


Anywhoo I figured I'd post and let people know.  


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March 20th, 2006 (05:47 pm)

Now.. It's been my plan to make some sort of shrug or sweater that will fit me when I lose some more weight.. Problem is, I'm not sure how small I'll be getting down to AND I don't know that "standard" sizes would fit since I'm just about positive I'm still going to have a rather large chest..

I figured I'd start NOW so that by the time I get smaller, it'll be done.. *yes I'm allowing time for procrastination as is my nature* I don't really want to spend the time and money making something that won't fit.. So do I just make a standard size? Say 4 or 5 sizes smaller than my current size? Do I make that size and try to accomadate my probably large boobage? (genetics)Do I wait until I get smaller then start?

I wish I could KNOW Exactly how my body is going to turn out so that I can go ahead and make stuff for that time.. as a sort of "reward" or "reason" to keep going with the weight loss. It's frustrating that I can't try on as I go and make adjustments.. I guess I could do sort of a sweater coat or a sweater thats a little oversized or something.. Beh.

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It was my intent to use this journal

March 19th, 2006 (01:55 pm)

Feelin: frustrated

for a f/o and wip journal.. I find I have not been keeping up with it at all.. Maybe because I haven't had any f/o since august and still have tons of wips.

Anywhoo, I shall soon post photos of alll my wips, as something to encourage me to finish them.

I definitely have knitters ADD.

So here's a short list of what I've been working on, on and off..

1) *most recent* Monks travel satchel. 
                    +  This thing is a complete bitch to work because it's so damn monotonous. I gave up on the 72 inch strap of doom for now and have been 
                          working on the front and back.. Good lord it's taken me two weeks to get 8 inches done... And I knit pretty quickly. 
                     +  I have made some modifications to the pattern.  
                                    First and foremost I changed it to a multi colored pattern instead of plain.  The stripes
                                        are in two shades of blue, one darker, one lighter.. Same tone.  The strip pattern is like this (A is dark blue, B is light blue)  
                                         4a, 2b, 2a, 4b, 2a, 2b, 4a ect.  It looks pretty nice so far. This is only for the front and back..  
                                    The strap will still be black but I am most likely changing the stitch as I think 72 inches of seed stitch will kill me.  
                                     I'm not doing any of the pockets except perhaps one under the flap.
                                     The edging will be turned into an applied twisted icord edging to give it a more finished look. this is a green matching the blues.
                                      I am lining the bag with a material I haven't found yet. I'm adding pockets, storage ect in the lining as to keep the knitted item
                                              more streamlined.
                                      Instead of tied closures I am going to do big buttons.. They may just be decorative with magnetic snaps underneath but 
                                                at this point I'm not sure.
2) *haven't touched in months*  second of my pair of socks.
2a) "" fingerless gloves
3)  ""  hat in super soft blue fuzzy yarn
4)   "" Washcloths out of soft cotton yarn. For my bathroom.
5) * need to start* several more pairs of socks
6) "" yarn dyeing
7) "" afghans
8) "" Bobbi bear
9) "" Some sort of sweater or shrug
10) "" recycling yarn from those two sweaters

I know I have tons more projects to finish and to start, I just can't remember off the top of my head what they are. 
Pictures to follow.

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Prettified Blue Bag. No felted pics yet.

September 5th, 2005 (02:49 pm)

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September 1st, 2005 (02:41 am)

This is turning more into a catalog of FO's for me now. I was getting too cynical and mean on some of the forums and in some of the communities, and was also informed I was breaking rules.

Easiest for everyone, and better for my sanity if I just stick to doing my own projects and not trying to read up 100s of pointless posts every single day. Unfortunatly my tolerance level has gotten into the near negative numbers for things, and the easiest way to remedy that is to leave.

I'm only keeping on communities I don't post in, generally spinning or dyeing, and a few swap groups. (For some reason I can only seem to get out of groups by clicking on each of them individually, so it will take about a day for me to extract myself from everything) That said, if anyone is still reading..
Welcome to my FO and UFO gallery/ catalog. I hope to start keeping better track of my projects since I won't spend all my free time reading my friends list.

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Excerpt from "Good Girls Guide to Murder"

July 13th, 2005 (02:59 pm)

Feelin: amused

"I snuggled deep down in the crocheted afghan that a woman knitted for me out of thanks for making a website for her group. The groups name is CRAP. Crocheting Retired Airline People."

I thought this was amusing.

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April 27th, 2005 (10:09 am)

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Wow I've been to alot of states

April 4th, 2005 (11:37 pm)

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Projects to date :)

April 3rd, 2005 (11:56 pm)

Just realized that this journal has basically been used to comment on everyone elses and on communities but not used to update.. :)

Soooo on the needles I've got:

1 hat ( Caron Bliss in Sky Blue, on size 9 DPNS )
2 fingerless gloves ( Plymouth encore DK in tweedy red, on size 4 DPNS )
2 socks ( Plymouth encore DK in blue, size 5 DPNS )
1 scarf ( lion brand jiffy in midnight blues on size 11 straights ) <-- bleh can't seem to finish that one)

+ six million un identified as of yet projects :)

Oh and some cat toys that i have to seam and stuff/ I hate seaming.
I've been trying to work those kits from target, but the instructions suck.. So I get to write up my own, woo hoo. I hate that if I don't like instructions I feel i have to write my own. So check back in a few weeks and there will most likely bee some free cat toy instructions up on here. I'm working on an octopus, a fish, a mousie and some unidentified toys. My kitties 4th birthday was on April 1st so I was inspired to work on some toys :)

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Cabled bag ideas?

March 15th, 2005 (05:32 pm)

Okay I've got about 300 yards of DK weight Encore in a pretty light green.. I want to do a small to medium size bag with cables hopefully in round... Anyone have any ideas?? I'm thinking of maybe adapting Marina from the book 25 Bags to Knit or maybe just taking a cable pattern I like, casting on some stitches and knitting til it's done.. I have some awesome wooden handles I'd love to use, it's like 8 to 10 inches, with a slot for the yarn to go in, all the way across so it holds up the sides.. I'll definitly be lining the bag with some sort of fabric so that'll take care of the wobbley stuff.. Probably also be sewing a zipper into the liner for closure so I don't have to worry about snaps or anything..

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