Artichokes and Pink Martini

If you like artichokes, Pink Martini, knitting, then read on. If you are interested in the woes of losing the last 20 lbs or working in education, then read on. If you want to know what it's like to be an empty nester or to share that nest with to two dogs, then read on. If you want to know what the theme is for Monday night dinner, when the kayaks are going out, or who was at the Y at 5am, then read on. If none of this interests you, just hit the button that says "next blog", & read on.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The South 5 Reunion!

Just home from their recent appearance at the Canned Film Festival, the creators and stars of the smash hit, South 5, returned to their roots in North Tacoma. It was a night of wild, reckless abandon as they toured the most upscale watering holes in search of free refreshements. Here's the gang after viewing the film (again) and watching the out-take reel.

But where is Jason, Mr. Chihuligan himself???

Oh that's right .... Jason is in Taiwan. But he wouldn't miss a party like this for some work trip. Luckily, Jason is our resident techno guru. So, if Doug, you could scoot over and make some room, I know that Jason will arrive, any minute.

Yeah, Jason! Welcome. Today's cellphone technology, it's just amazing!

ENCORE! ENCORE!!!! ok, ok .... just one more time .... South 5

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Look who's visiting from Kentucky??? Robert, of course! He came out to Spokane to see his niece graduate from High School. Then before going back he made a little side trip to Tacoma. His best bud Ruman has been waiting for this reunion and had the weekend all planned out. So they ate, they drank, and they gambled! Luckily, they squeezed in a few moments to visit moi. It was so much fun catching up.

And when Robert visits, he brings the best presents. Can you believe that he found the shoes below in Louisville, Kentucky??? Didn't know Louisville was such a hot, stylish place! Who knew? Robert bought these for me to wear when I ride the Vespa. So I have tried them on & was able to zip them up, but as for walking, let alone operating a motor vehicle ... we'll just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

My Favorite Bar in Olywa

Olywa, is the hipster name for Olympia, Washington, the state capital. I just have to share that I discovered my favorite Olywa bar tonight. The bar is called Brotherhood Lounge. Of course, I was introduced to this place by my nephew Paul, thank you Paul. It was dark, loud and not the best place for knitting. Since I was with Paul, I ordered a PBR (that's Pabst Blue Ribbon for you lovers of good beer, this isn't one of those). But the moment, the split second I knew that this was my favorite bar in Olywa was when the bartender asked me for ID. Me!!!! 47 year old me got carded tonight. I almost jumped across the bar and kissed him, but instead I left an obscene tip. The sad thing is that I can't go back on a regular basis. If I did that I could become a regular and they would stop carding me. So the total point of going down there would be ruined. But I will tell you, the next time I am feeling old, look out, I will be on I 5 and headed toward the Brotherhood in Olywa!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Rose Festival

The Rose Festival is some kind of BIG deal in Portland. Even BIGGER than the Daffodil Festival of Puyallup, I know, hard to imagine. The tradition of the Rose Festival Parade is that it always rains. Lucky for us, my friends at the Benson put me in a corner room overlooking two streets of the parade route. We were nice an cozy and dry, unlike the fans on the street below us.

Here comes the Boy Scouts and the 100th Grand Floral Rose Parade begins!!!

And now we have the Princesses and the Rose Queen. The float was sponsored by Ronald McDonald so I assume they had bags of Big Macs and fries to keep them warm.

This is the Lewis and Clark float, celebrating their bi-centennial. This would make a good WASL question: "What came first: Lewis and Clark or the Portland Rose Festival Parade and why?"

Give it up for the Sweepstakes Winner, the best of the floats this year. But this was an easy vote for the organizers. I mean like who would want to piss off a giant tiger with fire before the parade starts. Yup, a vote for this one is a no brainer.

This was our favorite band. Which high school, junior high or possible college did these kids come from? Well, these kids came from all over ... about 40 + years ago. These are former high school, college and military band members who range in the age from 19 to 85. With over 500 members, this is the largest permanent marching band in the world. They were great and totally fun. If you look really close you will notice that more than half of the baton twirlers have gray hair.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Back in Portland

Golly, I come to Portland so much, you would think that I like the place. Bet you are guessing that I came to see Katie. Well of course I did! Even though she came home on Memorial day, I came to Portland for Pink Martini on May 15, she was home on Cinco d Mayo for the SOTA auction, I came to Portland for part of spring break, we just don't see enough of each other. That is, of course until we have been in the same room for 3 hours and we start getting on each other's nerves. But she was not the driving force for my trip this time. To be honest, she has finals next week & I wouldn't put myself in harms way like this unless it was absolutely neccessary. It was.

The Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl McPhee, was at Powell's tonight on her latest book tour. She isn't making a stop this time in Seattle, but will be in Anchorage on Monday, so look out Margaret & Heather. & make sure when you get to the Q&A portion of the evening, ask about Memphis, Tennessee. Beg her to tell the story, you won't be sorry.

Anyway, we got to Powell's about 45 minutes before she was to speak. Plenty of time! NO!!!! We almost didn't get in. They were closing the room at 300 people. Katie's buddy Becca who was planning on meeting us, never made it in. The seats looked all taken and there were at least 50 people standing when we got there. Luckily a nice woman (a knitter, they are all nice women) motioned to us and there were 2 seats, not exactly next to each other, but hey we were amongst the sitters.

Poor Katie. What have I done to her? Trapped in a sea of knitters, all with pointy sticks to immobilize you and more string than they would ever need to tie you up or knit you a nice sweater. Gosh, Katie, I bet you wish you were studying. This is my secret for getting Katie to do things that she doesn't particularly want to do. Offer her the option of doing something else she hates even more (cleaning her room, always a good option in this situation). So she reluctantly goes along with my idea and sometimes she is really glad later. Like tonight. She had no idea how funny the Yarn Harlot is (trust me, totally funny even to the non knitter). I mean who would want to spend their Friday night with a bunch of knitters listening to a woman from Toronto talk for more than an hour about knitting. That would be me!!!

Stephanie always travels with a sock in progress and always takes a picture of afore mentioned sock wherever she is. This was that moment in Portland, apologies for the lack of appropriate lighting.

And then she started to sign books. She probably signed for more than an hour, but my companions (Katie finally found Becca in the coffee shop) had a hankering for gelato. Just a tip, Margaret & Heather. The line that forms is very long and it might be advisable to take snacks. Also, if you plan on getting there early, plan at least a half hour earlier. The woman who was sitting next to me got there at 5pm (the event started at 7:30pm). Now he Muggles would nag that would be a total waste of time. Nahhhhh, just more time to knit, always a good thing!!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

a knitting break

As I am experiencing my "sock" period in my knitting life, I made these little striped beauties for Katie. I am fascinated by self striping yarn and thrilled not to have to change colors manually, sewing in all of thoes ends. But after I am all done with the pair, I have an itty bit of yarn left over. What to do???

Then I came up with it. A knitted sleeve for a hot paper latte cup. Actually, I prefer to call them cup condoms. And when you knit in the patten of K2 P2, you create this ribbed affect. So I apologize, but I just have to say it. Not only do they keep latte drinker safe from harm, but they are "ribbed for her pleasure". Again, I am sorry but I just couldn't resist.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Take me out to the Ball Game!

It must be summer because the baseball fields of Tacoma is filled with 5 year olds. This post is for my (I hate to admit it) favorite 5 year old Eli Robinson and his day in the sun!

First, a "Field of Dreams" moment ... if you build it he will come.

Nuthin's gonna get by this guy .... Nuthin!

Run Eli RRRUUUNNNN!!!!!!!

And now a little base running strategy from 1st Base Coach (Mom).

Look out he's making the throw home!!!!!

What's this??? A little trash talk between the first base man and the runner?

Time to head to the lockers. By Eli!!!