Blogging whatnow?

19 May

Yeah, I need to get back into this shit, I think. I enjoy Tumblr immensely, but it’s not the best for long format writing. Plus, I have this nifty WordPress app on my Nook Color.

I dunno. We’ll see.


i swear, i know i should be blogging.

4 Aug

It’s so funny – I feel my itchy fingers when I don’t blog, and yet, I feel like if I don’t have much of anything to say, what’s the point?  I also feel like I should be taking photos for all my blog posts, and if I don’t have any ready to go, I can’t blog yet.  Crazy woman, I know.

The summer is still poking along, uneventful as always.  I recently resurrected my Sony Pocket e-reader and I’ve been loading tons of books onto it – I spent one week going through every damn Sookie Stackhouse book, since I was on a hardcore True Blood kick.  The books, well – when you go in expecting nice juicy sex scenes and silly related drama and very little else, you can’t be disappointed.  🙂  I’ve read so many books in my life (raised by 2 librarians, yo, and I frigging work in a library) that I can appreciate most books for any entertainment value they can give me.

Part of the reason I’m getting back into the ebooks is because of the impending trailer purchase.  My three – no, four – full bookshelves aren’t going to fit in that thing, obviously.  I’m going to have to say goodbye to most if not all of my paper books.  This is heartwrenching, but at the same time, I know that the stories are what count, and as long as I have them digitally, I’ll be fine.  When I have my nice big house in ten or so years, I’ll start buying them again.  🙂

I can’t help wanting a new, fancy Nook or Kindle or something, though.  My Sony Reader, though, is actually really nice, and it’s only about 2 years old.  If I spend the time on formatting the books correctly, they work really well.  And of course, there’s always the online lending from local libraries – go, Overdrive!

So, I suppose I might get some book reviews going on here, too, just to make things fun.  And I’m thinking of resurrecting either my Goodreads or my LibraryThing account to track what I’m reading.

What else?  I’m planning on working up some crochet tutorials, and I have a footstool makeover to show off soon.  And more babbling of course – always with the babbling.

man, that was too epic.

16 Jul

Merry and I went to see Harry Potter today, naturally.  I’m not so keen on midnight showings now that the majority of my nerdy little crew has moved away from Washington – things like that are best done in big groups.  However, matinee showings are just fine for couples, dontcha know?

I was not disappointed.  The Snape memories were effective, I got to see Molly Weasley be all kinds of awesome, and Neville totally got his moment in the sun.  We weren’t sure whether it would happen for him or whether they’d find a way to edit his part, but again – not disappointed.  And it was too much to my little fangirl heart to watch Ron and Hermione finally have their moment.  There is one canon couple that I’ve NEVER had an issue with.  🙂

So, on the crafting front.  Meridan says I can’t learn a new craft, because I know too many.  He is a buttface.  I’ve been thinking about quilting lately, although that seems like quite the undertaking.  Maybe if I bought some kit or something that already had the pieces cut, and I could just machine quilt them?  Hm.  I need to just shut up and stick to crocheting afghans, right?  I mean – one skill is as good as another.  And yet, my itchy little fingers…

My giant granny square has stalled at the moment for lack of yarn.  It’s a sad thing, really.  Perhaps there will be a chance to get more later.

I’ve picked up my cross stitching again recently – I have a few tiny projects going on, a little pixel-ish montage of four images from Sleeping Beauty.  It’s a chart from Magical Cross Stitch, which I picked up secondhand and really enjoy.

Enough nonsense, there’s more Camelot to be watched, people!

– M


serenaded by soul calibur iv

14 Jul

Yeah, another blanket going.  So sue me.  🙂  I felt like I had to start a granny square blanket rightdamnnow.  Does that ever happen to you?  I’m assuming so, if you’re a fiber nerd.  I had originally considered making one out of Lion Brand Cotton Ease, because I’d never tried to make a cotton blanket.  But, eh.  Money’s awfully tight, I only have two skeins of it at the moment, and I have 6 lovely colors of Vickie Howell’s Sheepish sitting in my basket that was originally meant to be a blanket before it turned into the Stripy Scarf.  (BTW, looking at that yarn just makes me miss Knitty Gritty.  Sigh.)  I was inspired by a few badass rainbow giant grannies over at the Ravelry, and I couldn’t be stopped, y’all.

The box of Hostess Donuts I managed to capture in part of the picture is an added bonus.  I’m so classy.

Speaking of classy – the trailer hunt is beginning.  We’re feeling a bit caged in here at my dad’s, even though we have the bottom floor of the split level to ourselves.  I’m insisting on a trailer big enough to have a separate sleeping area, so we’re looking at something 26 feet or longer, likely.  Here’s hoping we can find something soon.

Of course, a new trailer just means that I have to class it up further with homemade shit.  It’s likely that whatever we buy will come complete with a ‘God Bless This Trailer’ pillow (no, seriously, most of them are sold with them, I’ve discovered), but I’m looking to up the ante even further.  Aww, yeah.

current mood – accomplished!

9 Jul

See that picture?  Took that last night, and I’m nearly done with that glove.  Aww, yeah.

So, the timestamp on that last post is a little odd – I hadn’t set my time zone yet.  Oops.  But now I’m on trusty PNW time, so it is in fact 11:30pm.  Having slept in until an embarrassing time, I’m sure we’ll be up for far longer, so I’m expecting to be done with that glove by then.  Hopefully.  🙂

Merry and I have been doing Ghibli nights for the entire week – it’s been really fun!  We skipped last night because it was his Friday night Magic: The Gathering group thingy, but other than that, we’re marathoning these suckers.  Tonight, I’m thinking Nausicaa.

Those gloves are actually for Merry – I’m following the Men’s Fingerless Mitts pattern and it’s working up well.  He loves them, although they’re not really my style – a bit too chunky and plain, methinks.  And navy blue… what a silly boy.  😛

I actually learned Magic Loop just the other night specifically so I could make gloves.  I was getting really stressed with my DPNs – I’ve used them plenty of times before, and I don’t get ladders, but I hate starting a project on them.  I also have a weird amount – I have a million size 8s, for example, and I didn’t have any size 6 ones for a project like this one.  I knew I could do Magic Loop, but I was concerned about doing it on my KP Options, since I only had a cord for 32″ and most people recommend a 40″ circular for ML.  I gave it a whirl, though, and it works wonderfully.  I also periodically switch up where I’m pulling the loop out of just to be sure I’m not getting any laddering, although it probably isn’t necessary.

Next step is to add some smaller sized fixed circs from Knit Picks to my wish list!  I love learning new things.  🙂

Until next time, my lovelies.  Follow the Ravelry link below to go find the pattern there!

– M

you can’t front on that, yo

9 Jul

ZOMG another blog.  Maybe I should stop making new ones and just use one, like for reals.  Maybe?  Maybe.

So, after many years of Livejournal – too many to count, really – I was a member way back when I was at UW with Brad, the dude who in fact created LJ.  He helped me move.  We hung out.  True story.  Where was I?  Yes – after many years of LJ, it’s time to branch the hell out.  It’s kind of a cesspool there, and it’s only getting deeper.  I have a Dreamwidth account for blogging to friends, but where oh where should I be blogging about my crafts or school or riveting things like that?

Here, I suppose.  Yay!

My name is Moni, and I’m a 28 year old perpetual college student.  I just earned my Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education, having been oh-so-gently urged by my partner in crime to buckle down two years ago and actually TRY to finish a degree.  I spent several years in the work force, worked for the state, all that jazz, so it hasn’t exactly been 10 years of college.  But, well… it was time.  🙂  I’m not sure if being a teacher is my absolute lifelong dream, but I’m looking forward to it.

I work in a library – I was in fact raised by librarians.  My father was and still is a reference librarian, and my mother was the library assistant at my high school.  Needless to say, lots of books around.  My husband and I are on a constant search for more bookshelves.

We currently live with my father and stepmother in a split-level house – the previous owner made the downstairs into some type of bachelor haven, so that’s where we live.  All I know is, he installed the cabinets way too damn high.  He was apparently a giant.  We’re about to be purchasing our very own trailer, however, because living with my dad just wasn’t classy enough.  😛  No, the plan is to get our own digs in trailer-form so that we can live cheaply while we finish school and save up for a plot of land.  We plan on building our own log cabin, because several years in apartments was enough to sour us on the whole deal.

Expect this WordPress theme to change twenty million more times before I’m satisfied.  And that is all for tonight.