Archive for October, 2004

Tired.

Friday, October 29th, 2004

You know when you’re soooooo tired that your eyes burn? And even though they’re burning, for some reason you stop blinking? Yeah, you know what I mean — when you stop blinking and you start staring aimlessly into space?

So, you’re staring out into space and your burning eyes are glazing over and you start to listen to yourself breathing in and out and in and out andinandout and you’re thinking to yourself, “Damn, I’m tired.”

You start to fantasize about sleeping…about crawling into the soft, comforting coziness that is your bed and mushing your face into the glory of your favorite pillow…

God, I love that pillow.

mmmmm. piiiilllloooow.

Oh GLORY! I get off work in exactly 5 minutes and 19 seconds!!!!

How much do you wanna bet though, that when I go home, I’ll do THIS instead?

*I* Have a Grudge.

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

This weekend, I saw The Grudge.

If you like scary movies, go see it. You’ll probably be scared.

*I* , on the other hand, wasn’t. Not really.

I mean, yeah yeah, it made me jump a couple times, but C’MON! This thing looked SCARY AS HELL! I wanted it to be pee-your-pants scary! All it amounted to was some cool imagery and a few cheap tricks along the nowyouseeitnowyoudon’t BOO! lines… I mean, there’s only so many times you can see that little boy open his mouth all wide and make wierd cat noises before it starts to become funny!

Part of the problem is that horror movies just don’t GET to me (my friend Ebony thinks I’m wack that way, but then again, she thinks The People Under The Stairs was damn frightening, so I don’t consider her a reliable authority on scary.) Every time I see a trailer for something that even *looks* like it might freak me out, I get soooo excited, but 9.9 times out of 10, zip. nada. nothing. LAME.

With Halloween approaching, I thought I would give you *my* list of scary movies. Note that these are movies that HAVE scared me, but also note that some of them may have done so when I was 9. Without further ado:

  1. The Watcher in the Woods – I saw this one again recently, and it still held up…at least as far as being somewhat creepy and suspenseful…UNTIL you get to the end, and then IT’S JUST DUMB! But when I first saw it, it’s scared the bejesus out of me, so on the list it goes.
  2. The Exorcist – It’s on everyone’s list for a reason. Now, the trick with this one is that you have to watch it in the right setting, at the right time. I watched it alone, in the dark, at 2 in the morning and I was hiding under my blanket BEGGING the movie NOT to go back into that little girl’s room! Watch it at noon on Saturday afternoon and it’s a TOTALLY different story. When Regan pees on the carpet you’ll be pissing your pants laughing. It’s THAT lame.
  3. The Blair Witch Project – If you haven’t seen it, don’t bother. It’s pointless now. However, when I saw it, I was lucky enough to see it before it came out and before it was common knowledge that the whole thing was fake. The marketing for the movie made it look like this movie was made from recently discovered film that belonged to three missing student filmmakers and that the footage pieced together what really happened to them. Unfortunately, I was *so* into finding out more about it, that I ended up finding out the whole thing was made up the DAY I was going to see it, but that STILL didn’t keep me from holding my breath the ENTIRE time! I swear, the whole theater stopped breathing at points during this movie. There was one part at the end where I couldn’t even LOOK and that’s rare for me!
  4. The Shining – Probably my favorite. SOOO GOOD and SOOO CREEPY! The book is better, as it leaves more to your twisted imagination, but still, Jack Nicholson is CLASSIC in this!
  5. Carrie – This one didn’t scare me per se, but when I was a kid I was very cocky about the fact that horror movies just didn’t scare me. What did my parents know, not letting me watch them? *I* was not one to get nightmares watching some dumb horror movie! Um, except when I saw Carrie. That bit at the end when Carrie’s arm juts out of the ground to grab Amy Irving? Yeah, nightmares. Definately nightmares.

There have been a few honorable mentions…

For one, The Ring. That’s another one where I held my breath a lot and felt uneasy, but in the end, didn’t do much for me. In fact, I believe I got PISSED OFF at the end. A lot of it just doesn’t add up either. I will say though that it got creepier the second time around.

Another good honorable mention is Se7en. Although it’s not a horror movie, it’s quite creepy. All you have to do is imagine for a second what the inside of that box looks like, and you’ll have nightmares.

Come to think of it, The Omen freaked me out a bit as well.

AAAAnnnnyyyway, that is vibegrrl’s list of scary movies.

To get in the ‘spirit’ of the season, I am currently looking for a horror movie/haunted house/actual haunted something that will make me cry, it’s that scary. If you know of any, let me know :)

ps – I forgot my honorable mention for horror movie that went STRAIGHT OVER MY HEAD as a kid — Ben — I only remembered it as a nice movie about a boy and his little rat friend, Ben. It was only years later ,when I rented it from Blockbuster, that I realized it was a horror movie about a pack of murderous rats!

Tour de Yarn

Monday, October 25th, 2004

Apparently, I’ve been doing a buttload of yarn shopping this month! I didnt really realize it until the other day, when I looked around my apartment and noticed all these random bags of YARN! It was all very innocent, I SWEAR. If I’m going to go all the way to IKEA in College Park, shouldn’t I stop by Folk Art Studio in Bowie (I realize that it’s at least another 20 minutes from IKEA, but let’s not dwell on that, ok?)? Don’t you think it’s a shame to exchange such great emails with Holly and never go visit her at work? And of course, if I’m going to go on a whirlwind tour of yarn stores, I can’t forget my old favorite (where, of course, Jacqui busted me on my shop-hopping!! :) hee.)!!

Of course, it wouldn’t be any fun to read about all this shopping without getting to see any of the goods!! Therefore, I present you with these:

guilty stash
This is what I bought at Folk Art Studio when I wasn’t supposed to buy anything at all. I call it my ‘guilty stash’. The chunky stuff is Lamb’s Pride Burly Spun in a gorgeous fuchia. I couldn’t leave without it. It’s soo soft and FUSCHIA :) The other is a ball of Trendsetter DUNE. I originally saw it at Knit Happens MONTHS ago, but they’d run out of the pretty purpley colorway. This was the first time I’d seen it since, and I wasn’t about to leave it behind.

guilty stash
Next on the tour was Knit Happens. Besides hanging out with Erika and Holly, I managed to pick up Last Minute Knitted Gifts and 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces in Bittersweet. Clearly, Hayley loves this acquisition almost as much as I do (actually, we all know exactly how much she liked it, but I don’t wanna be reminded).

black and more black
Last, but most definately not least, I stopped by Woolwinders for what appears to be a PILE of black yarn! I bought two balls of Lana Grossa FUMO (wool/mohair/acrylic blend), 1 skein of Blue Sky Aplaca Bulky, and two balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (for thrummed mittens** that I can use with my scarf and kitty hat!) The fluffy, rainbow-y goodness to the left of all that black is beeaaaaauuuuttiiiful Alpaca/wool roving that Chelsea was SOO VERYVERY kind enough to bring me from Rhinebeck for my thrummythrums!!

Now, with ALL THAT LOVELY FIBER, wanna see what I’m actually working on? Take one guess…

red heart
Yep, that’s a Hallowig.

I’m thinking that I may be some sort of yarn fairy for Halloween. What the hell a yarn fairy is, I have NO IDEA, but I’m strapped for inspiration. This is the first Halloween I’m not working in like three years, so I’m a bit out of practice. I figure the Hallowig, matching wrist warmers, fishnets, a pink skirt, black boots, angel wings, a whole lotta sparkles and pink makeup and a basket of yarn and I’m SET! {{shrugg}} If ya got something better, PLEASE, let me know.

The one major glitch with this plan is that my ribbing is atrocious! I CAN’T RIB! WHAT THE ^%*^$!!? Seriously, see for yourself:

bad ribbing
The purl stitch after my knit stitches are ALWAYS LOOSE! See?!?!!?

I know it must have something to do with the tension, but I can’t figure out how to fix it. I pulled and pulled and PULLED and I could not get them tighter. And it ONLY happens on the transition from knit to purl. Purl to knit is tight as all hell! Now I have two sweater projects I want to undertake, but I don’t want to go anywhere NEAR them until I can figure out how to fix this, because one involves tricky cables and the other is ALL RIB. So uh… this is kinda where I ask you more experience knitters who know what they’re doing to HELP ME! HELP ME PLEASE! :)

I honestly can’t believe I’ve been knitting off and on for 4 years and obsessively for almost a year and I can’t rib correctly :( sad.

{{sigh}}

Now, in case any of you are concerned about the fate of my prettypretty Lorna’s Laces, have no fear. All is good:

yay
It all ended up looking WAY worse than it was. {{whew!}}

Hope you’re having a trauma-free Monday!! :)

** This may be a stupid question, but can you make thrummed mittens with Cashmerino?

Sad Morning.

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Potentially up for adoption:

bad kitty
One vindictive cat.
Name: Hayley
Female, 4 years old.

The reason? See for yourself:

soo saad
The Lorna’s Laces may recover, but the damage has been done :(

BAD KITTY! BAD!