Archive for June, 2003

I probably shouldn’t be

Posted by jackie blue on June 9th, 2003

I probably shouldn’t be taking the time to post but I need a short break. This morning and much of the afternoon at work, our network was dead. This means no access to our articles and photos and ads, so the paper didn’t really get underway till after 3. I’m looking at a late night here, and waiting impatiently for dinner to arrive.

Not much knitting to report. I’m on Square 14 or so out of 36. That’s pathetic, but I’ve just been busy and/or distracted. I really intend to do as much as possible this week, now that I have all of my yarn.

The weekend was good despite torrential rain again. Thursday night Joe and I had dinner at my fave Indian place, Banjara, and then headed to hear some friends read from their diaries at Collective:Unconscious. Friday night, he and I and his visiting sister saw The Beat Goes On: Year Zero, Punk at The Bottom Line. This show should have been much better, and reminded me why I stopped going to that series some years ago. But there were a few standouts, and it wasn’t a bad evening, just a late one. Saturday day my friend Brett and I went to see a very cool exhibit at the New York Public Library, called New York Eats Out. It was all menus from restaurants that inhabited NY over the years from the 1800s till the 1960s. Very interesting. Then Saturday night, since Joe’s mother and stepfather were visiting along with his sister, we all went to dinner in Little Italy, at an old school Italian restaurant called Taormina. A trip up to Dylan’s Candy Bar rounded out the night, and Sunday I wallowed in bad weather misery till Joe came over mid afternoon for some DVD shopping, dog run hanging, sushi ordering, and Beatles Anthology watching. Whew! I think I had a busy weekend.

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Posted by jackie blue on June 6th, 2003

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Cold. Rain. Cold.

June?

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I am a supporter of evil

Posted by jackie blue on June 5th, 2003

I am a supporter of evil

Frustrated by the lack of my order appearing at Knitting Hands, (they had said a week, it’s now a month and a half and no order in sight) – I decided to check other options. I know it’s not their fault if the stuff is on backorder but at this rate, my gift will never get done. They even told me an employee was waiting for Zara in another color for 4 months! So after checking various online sources and being afraid that any order I put in might be out of stock as well, I decided to just wander in to my LYS, Gotta Knit. Now although it is a very short 3 blocks from me, I really don’t like that place. The women there are nasty and not very helpful and nothing has prices on it. I walked in in my gym clothes and looking rather like an unwashed derelict, and fully expected a turned up nose. But, the woman nodded hello, and I made a beeline to the section that looked like it might have what I needed and lo and behold, they had the Zara, and they had the color. Well, they had 5 balls of it in the bin. I had ordered 12. So I wondered for a moment if it was wise to just buy the 5 and scrounge up the rest somewhere else, but when I asked if she had more, she pulled out an unopened bag of 10. Hooray!! So I bought the 12 and she commented how pretty the color was and asked what I was making. She was very nice to me (I was spending $100, she’d better be) and now I think maybe the place isn’t SO bad. Oh well. I have to call Knitting Hands and cancel my order now.

In other news, I am ready to build an ark, and I can’t wear any of my pretty summer things. I know it’s cliche already but this weather is making me severely depressed. It’s hard to get out of bed in the mornings (who wants to walk a dog in the cold rain every single day?) and all the outdoorsy things I want to do have to wait, so I am becoming a major couch potato. I HATE it. Today it’s 60 degrees, on June 5. Is this Seattle or something?

Well, still no sign of…

Posted by jackie blue on June 3rd, 2003

Well, still no sign of my yarn. I’m going to call the store today because I’m getting a little panicky. If they aren’t going to get it in, I must find another place with stock in that color, or that’s the end of my blanket. It would have to be a washcloth instead.

Finally we have some lovely days but once again it’s on my work days. Goodness, I only work in an office 2 days a week. Must it rain the other five? I did make the most of the rainy weekend though. On Saturday my mother and I went shopping since it was the last day of NY’s clothing tax exemption. OK, how pissed off am I about that? I can (sort of) understand the tax hike. Although NY State has some of the highest sales tax in the country, it hadn’t gone up in at least 25 years. So if they must raise it a little, fine. A fraction of a percent won’t kill me. But why eliminate a clothing exemption that we JUST GOT? I mean, we only had the exemption under $110 anyway. Half of what I bought this weekend didn’t even qualify. But it’s such a downer to have that swiped away from us. NJ has been tax free on all priced clothing for years, which sends many NYers over the border to shop. But, I really can’t justify the schlep, which would be more of a hassle than anything else. Well, at least I have some decent pants that fit now. It’s a pain when your wardrobe is half falling off.

Then Sat. night Joe and I went out dancing with another couple of friends of mine. Now THAT was some fun night. But I don’t think I should expound too much on that one. This is a public site, after all. Sunday we lazed around on the rainy afternoon, then went for brunch and to see Winged Migration which is an absolutely GORGEOUS movie. It’s a cool site too, which just happens to have been designed by the firm that my Flash teacher owns. Sunday night we watched the second Harry Potter movie and ordered in sushi (and got some knitting done too!). All in all, there is nothing to complain about with that weekend, other than I don’t know if I will ever get to the beach this year. Maybe to watch it rain.