Sunday, July 27, 2008

If people from the Church of Something come to your door to tell you about Mother God and Father God, is it really rude to tell them, "I'm sorry, but I already have a religion" and then start closing the door?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hilarious, right?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

If you've visited my place, you know that my neighborhood is.... interesting. I live just steps away from not one, but TWO liquor stores. One is the Indian-owned Mexican liquor store, where you can find an amazing variety of food, like 4 pound bags of powered sugar or hot dogs with the brand name "10 Wieners." That place is my favorite.

The OTHER liquor store does have a great stock of Ben & Jerry's, but they also have bars on the windows and sometimes women who seem to be standing around outside wearing clothing that is rather small... Anyways, to the point here. Although this place has a parking lot with at least 8 spots, the lot is always empty. Where do the people park who need the alcohols?? All crazy-like on the sidewalk in front of the store, of course! It is the weirdest thing. I can't even figure out how they drive away, since there are usually two cars on the sidewalk and they can't pass each other. Do they drive off the curb at the corner? I have no idea.


I was looking for something else in my archives and came across this 2005 story about a creepy guy who came up to me in an Ikea. Enjoy the weirdo.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ha. Indymac, which holds the loan on the house we're trying to buy, was seized by the FDIC over the weekend. It reopens Monday under Federal control. Great! This is just a mess, isn't it?

Thursday, July 10, 2008


"she would be calling me, but due to excesive unexpected work, they are extending the amount of time, we should expect an answer from 45 days to 60 or maybe even 90 days. What else can I tell you, I asked the lady I talked to today, how come they have different information everytime I called. She replied, there's no way to know if I'm telling the truth, or that's really happening????? As of know I can only wait. I will be calling again tomorrow."

WHAT THE HELL, DUDES? And why in the world would someone at a mortgage lender tell a realtor that she might be lying?

So... seriously? It has been 64 days already. This little timeline o' crud would mean this thing could take between 109 and 154 days total. AKA between 3 months 18 days and 5 months 2 days.

This is really uncool, everyone. Superuncool. And there is still nothing else out there that is any good for us... Our realtor (semi jokingly) asked the seller's realtor if perhaps we could rent the house while we wait 5 months for the lender to accept our excellent offer on the house.

I want to eat at this place

because their sign says they have Mxtremely Tasty fish tacos. I'm going to drag Steve there this weekend. Want to come taste the Zwesomeness?

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Monday, July 07, 2008


I'm getting really tired of getting my hopes up and then not hearing anything about this stupid house. Dammit.

Friday, July 04, 2008

So of COURSE we didn't hear anything today

Did anyone (except me) really think that "no later than the 3rd" really meant that we'd hear back on the 3rd?

Now we won't hear back till Monday, I assume, which also happens to be the 7th- aka the date which the seller's realtor put as the expiration date on our offer extension. Now I'm thinking... good lord, if we have to sign another extension I am going to .... probably sign it and mutter and sigh about HOW LONG this stupid thing is taking. But I believe that the 7th means something and we will have an answer by then. (Just like I thought we'd hear something today.)

I want to spend my 1 year anniversary in a big empty new house with crazy lime green paint in the bathroom. Besides, my plans to see about spending a night or two in Big Sur are screwed now that that whole area is on fire. If Nepenthe burned I would probably cry.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

My heart stopped for a minute...

...because there was an email from my realtor titled re: UPDATE. I was sure for about a second and a half that it was an answer, a yes (or a no) on the house, but NO! It is another cookie crumb on our little trail of annoyance, but one that is still more promising. We're supposed to hear by the 3rd. The bank told the seller's realtor they should be calling "no later than July 3rd."

AHH! C'mon house. If things go right (ha.) we could be in the house by our 1st anniversary.

Mmmmmm... yarny.

Here are the Top 50 Ravelry Stashed yarns that I’ve used and would use again, that I’ve used and would not use again, and that I haven’t used and would like to try.

1, Cascade 220 Wool, 11967 projects- Cheap, decent, useful.
2, Patons Classic Wool Merino, 10445 projects- Where do you even buy this stuff? I've certainly never noticed it for sale...
3, Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, 8421 projects- Soft but too pilly to make a garment. I keep this for accessories or things like tea cozies.
4, Noro Kureyon, 7947 projects- Beautiful colors, as with all Noro. I made cute Christmas ornaments from this stuff!
5, Caron Simply Soft, 7914 projects- I'm not really a fan of acrylic...
6, Lily Sugar’n Cream Solid, 6864 projects- I need to make more washcloths with thiss stuff.
7, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, 6619 projects- I love how this felts, but it gets so furry you have to shave it with a disposable razor. Hint- don't do this while wearing black corduroy pants, or your pants will be full of mohair fuzz.
8, Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Solids, 6176 projects- Acrylic again...
9, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid, 5554 projects- I made my first practice swatch out of this and have now passed the ball on to my brother so he can learn to knit. I can't think of anything I'd want to make from this anyways. I'd rather use cheap 100% wool.
10, Noro Silk Garden, 5410 projects- Beautiful colors and even better than Kureyon in my opinion.
11, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), 5094 projects- I heart Koigu. Yesterday we were at a yarn shop and they were unpacking a big box of this yarn. I had to stand there and watch them do the whole thing because the yarn was so gorgeous.
12, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 5071 projects- This will be good one day when I am feeling poor.
13, Lion Brand Homespun, 4296 projects
14, Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, 4157 projects
15, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi, 4086 projects- This yarn always seems to pool. I'll skip it.
16, Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool, 3989 projects- Manos annoys me. I don't like the thick/thin thing, and I guess I'd rather just use Malabrigo as it is similar but more even in size and a bit softer.
17, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky , 3927 projects- Good for felting- same as the worsted version.
18, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 3751 projects- Uck. This stuff doesn't wear well. Not again! Too many pills and fuzzies.
19, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock - Lightweight, 3723 projects- I'll use this, but maybe not for socks. The skeins are a little on the short side for me. I do want to make a Chevron Scarf with it though.
20, Plymouth Encore Worsted, 3573 projects
21, Cascade 220 Heathers, 3422 projects- Pretty and cheap...
22, Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints, 3384 projects
23, Zitron Trekking (XXL), 3348 projects- I want one of the rainbow-y colorways for socks, but I've never seen one for sale.
24, Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes), 3243 projects- I used this for a school art project. My kids liked it and it was perfect for them, but I wouldn't want to knit with it.
25, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, 3203 projects- I love the colors they make this in.
26, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 2917 projects- I wonder if this pills as much as the aran weight...?
27, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Ombres, 2658 projects
28, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, 2512 projects
29, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock - Mediumweight, 2503 projects- Baby Surprise Jacket?
30, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, 2489 projects- My one project of shame is using this. It hides in a drawer and needs to be introduced to the dumpster. I guess the yarn is okay but my project is horrible.
31, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Solids, 2476 projects
32, Cascade 220 Superwash, 2323 projects
33, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 2286 projects
34, Knit Picks Swish Superwash, 2226 projects
35, Knit Picks Essential, 2149 projects
36, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solid, 2142 projects
37, Colinette Jitterbug, 2090 projects- Too bad I own only the original, shorter skeins of this yarn. Too little to make more than shortie ankle socks for me!
38, Lion Brand Lion Wool Solid, 2030 projects
39, Knit Picks Shine Sport, 1976 projects- Meh... this was fine for it's project- babie booties.
40, Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull, 1885 projects
41, Lion Brand Microspun, 1871 projects
42, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino, 1863 projects
43, Knit Picks Palette, 1765 projects- $1.99 a ball- this will probably come in handy when I am bemortgaged.
44, South West Trading Company TOFUtsies, 1762 projects- Only if I find a colorway that isn't too variegated.
45, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 1756 projects- This yarn intrigues me.
46, Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 1725 projects
47, Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK, 1718 projects
48, Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Multis/Ombres, 1664 projects-Aaahhhhhh! My nightmare. Variegated acrylic!
49, Rowan Felted Tweed, 1646 projects- Love!
50, Rowan Calmer, 1571 projects