a challenge

earlier today, someone mentioned to me that i really ought to update my blog more often. i wrote back, offering excuses for my lack of verbosity, and asked for inspiration. the response to that request? write about the heat and humidity.

so here i am. and it is HOT out there! and humid too. this is weird to me, since the time around my birthday isn’t a time i normally connect to those words or concepts. i mean, this is the first year of my life (all 33 years strong of it!) where i turned on the air conditioning the day after my brithday. harrumph. other years, the weather has played different tricks – those tricks haven’t been any kinder than this one, but at least they were tricks i could understand.

when i was a freshman in college, my birthday weekend was 2 weeks before finals. the week leading up to my birthday that year had been unseasonably warm – there’s nothing quite like walking past corona and aurora halls at st. ben’s, seeing all those pasty white minnesotan girls laying out in their bikinis and swimsuits, desperately trying to soak up the first rays of summer sun. at any rate, that was the weather leading up to the weekend, and six of us (me, kirky, sara, tonya, kara, and jeannie) decided to make a weekend of it at my cabin in northern minnesota. we packed up our swimsuits, the sunscreen, our books and papers, and headed north for the weekend.

you know where this is going, don’t you?

we got to the cabin (in the town where i grew up) on friday night and promptly called all my friends who were still in high school up there, inviting them over for a night with six college women. as i recall, jesse, mike the tall guy who went to my church, and ben from next door were the only ones who could come out. ben was still a freshman, and i’m sure that his mom has never forgiven me for what we did to him that night. let’s just say that it was probably his first and last experience with blue hawaiians.

the next morning – er – afternoon, the six of us girls rolled out of bed ready to put on our swimsuits, head out to the deck, and study in the sun. imagine our surprise at seeing the six inches of beautiful, white, wet snow on the ground!

for posterity, we did put on our bikini tops and shorts and made ben come back over to take our photos in the snow. that picture – of the six of us, so optimistic in the face of minnesotan weather in the spring – is one of my favorites from my four years in college.

girls in the snow

debate

oh, the pain! blogger just relaunched and added a whole slew of new tools, like built-in commenting. add to that the web-ability of blogger, and you have here one megan in a pickle about what to do re: software for blog publishing.

see, i’ve just started using this here thingamablog, and i do enjoy it. the editor makes me happy, the fact that it’s freeware and open source is all cool. BUT, and this is a big but, you can only post from the machine where you have thingamablog loaded. which means that i can only post from my laptop – which i rarely bring to work.

so what to do? what to do? i’ll probably load my thingamablog template into blogger and set up a faux blog on this site somewhere, just to see how i like it. because it would be nice to decrease by one or two the number of programs i’m using to create this blog.

weekend warrior update

tonight i’ve been watching (somewhat) pirates of the caribbean. i can’t seem to get into it – maybe it’s because the last good ship-movie i saw was master & commander, and i don’t think anything can hold a candle to that. maybe it’s because my attention span when watching movies is miniscule. maybe it’s because i’ve got the computer and and have been ripping CDs during the whole movie.

or maybe, just maybe, it’s because i was working on the back of the weekend warrior, and i finished the back! i’ve just got to finish up the front (tomorrow, i hope) and then i can seam up the shoulders. after that i’ll do sleeves, and finish it.

picture!

maggie jane isn’t too interested in the knitting. she just wants to sleep on the couch tonight.

kanji and weekend warrior

Thanks to luckyno3, I’ve found out that the title of the print below is probably Fuyacho no Mise, which means a store in Fuyacho. Now I need to track down the mark of the artist. Thanks, luckyno3!

Today and tonight, I worked a lot more on my Weekend Warrior sweater (Colinette Point 5 yarn, pattern from the Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits). I’ve finally split the front and the back, and finished all the armhole decreases on the back. Tomorrow night I’ll finish the back and begin the front, and then all that is left are sleeves and piecing it together. Wheeeee! Pictures later.

rocks!

the short story: evan dando rocks!

more later, when i’m awake. which means tomorrow after work, as it’s now 3:07 a.m. and i have to get up in about 4.5 hours to be to work by 9. gah.

but, evan dando ROCKS, even if he is a ditz.