knitxcore.: November 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012


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Only Dani and I would have this much fun in a freight elevator after work. Sometimes, you just have to put your leg up.

You know what I mean?

This post has been brought to you by a ton of tiny donuts and disgusting bottle of coconut water.

5 points if you know what song the caption on the picture is from.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Imaginary Friends-giving


Tonight, I had some extra time to finally catch up on blogs. While reading A Beautiful Mess, I started getting insanely jealous of their Friendsgiving concept. Every year, we trudge from house to house carrying various foods items, and are continually being forced to eat until our clothes don't fit. I always wonder what it would be like to be the house the people come to, instead of the people coming to the house.

While I was reading, I was thinking about how I would set the table, what food I would make, who would be invited and all of the really quirky things I would be able to do. Herb Alpert dance-party anyone?

Of course, this led to browsing Etsy for the perfect decorations and tableware. Which in turn led me to making my first ever treasury.

I picked some of the best stuff to share in a collage, but you can click on over and see it in it's properly curated glory here.


1. Nut Tray - VintagebyJen 2. Pilgrim Dolls - CherryBerryVintage 3. Paper Straws - ThePartyFairy
4. Psychedelic Dish - Monacross 5. Turkey Cookbook - Ismoyo 6. Flower Mugs - TheOpSpot
7. Owl Salt and Pepper Shakers - ModsLuvRockers 8. Turkey Platter - BeckVintage 9. Honeycomb Turkey - ReDesignKC 10. Tablecloth - SyndneyVintageFinds

Hopefully, I'll be able to pull this off next year, but I'm definitely going to start collecting things now. What are you going to be doing for Thanksgiving? Do you celebrate it?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A Personal Soundtrack: 5 most meaningful songs.

5 songs

I'm taking a class on identity and culture and it requires a lot of introspection. One of our most recent assignments was those choose the five most personally meaningful songs and to share them with the class. I really struggled with the assignment at first because music just seems so personal. I looked through my record collection and my iPod trying to find songs that played significant roles in me figuring out just who i am.

Eventually I was able to narrow it down to five, and here they are:

1. Nina Simone - "Aint Got No/I Got Life"

Throughout the years that I've been blogging, I've probably shared this video a dozen times. Of course Nina is incredible and the song is powerful, but for this class I had to dig a little further to figure out why I love it so much. As a kid, I really didn't have much. I don't want this to turn into some sob story or a plea for sympathy, because I learned a lot from that situation. One of my biggest pet peeves is listening to someone complain about the things that they don't have. My mother and grandmother were staunch believers in the ideology that if you can't make (create) it, that you probably don't need it. They were basically right. Necessity is the mother of invention, isn't it? Your given a body and tools, and the way that you choose to use them is up to you. So, this song is akin to my mother and grandmother inspiring me the same way they did as a child.

2. Bright Eyes - "Shell Games"

I discovered Bright Eyes at a time when i was deeply involved with figuring out who I was. This song in particular reminds to never have serious expectations. I know that seems weird but having high expectations is seems like a destructive force to me. Life is a shell game. You never know what's going to be under the cup, do you really want to set yourself up for disappointment? Or would you rather take things as they come?

4. Sufjan Stevens - "Too Much"

Shortly after my grandmother (meemaw) died, a friend took me to a house shaped like an elephant near the beach. We didn't really talk, but we listened to Sufjan Stevens on the way there and on the way back home. The music made everything seem so surreal but safe; uplifting even.

4. Tilly and the Wall - "Defenders"

Tilly and the Wall hold a special place in my heart. My best friend Kellyn and I have seen them live every single time they have played locally. It's such a good band to associate with such a positive friendship. When I hear them, I think back to all of the fun things we've already done and all of the fun things we will do in the future.

5.Cat Stevens - "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out"

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam is my all time favorite guy ever. Not just as musician either. He just seems to radiate good vibes. I had never heard anything by him until watching Harold and Maude the first time and I was immediately his biggest fan. He is one of the very few artists who can move me to tears in less than 3 minutes. I chose this song because it was the first of his that I ever remember hearing.

It was really fun to do this project and the class is going great!

I think it would be really sweet if all of you joined in on the fun! I'm going to set up a link party at the bottom of the post and I'd love to see what you come up with!!! Blog about your 5 most meaningful jams and click on the little blue frog, he'll tell you what to do!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Adrienne Goes to the Kitty Dentist.

Vet visit! Someone lost a tooth
Snuggle city! It's chilly!

Today we had to take our oldest kitty, Adrienne, to the vet. Sometime during the hurricane, she lost one of her canines. She's old and it happens. However, her bottom tooth was pushing through her top lip and we were concerned that if it wasn't taken care of that the tooth or her lip could get infected.

She was such a good sport! She was virtually quiet and relaxed when they weighed her and took her into the back for x-rays and blood work. The doctor sent us home with some antibiotics and pain killers for the interim. She has an appointment with the kitty dentist in a few weeks. I'm sure she'll be okay, she's a trooper. I believe the vets words were "...she's really know how much a toothache hurts."

I was going to try a new recipe tonight and work on paper that's due tomorrow afternoon but, I think we're gonna just snuggle on the couch, instead.