Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP Wednesday the Nineteenth...

First, some pictures of our wedding and the explanation of why the Husband and I are still in the US and not somewhere in Ireland can be found here. To make a long story short, our flight was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene. We were able to get 'reaccommodated' on a new flight that leaves Friday - so, we still get to have a honeymoon, even if it's four days shorter than we originally planned, and we won't get to see Shannon or Belfast.

Unfortunately I didn't finish the Husband's scarf in time for the old flight, however, since we now have time to kill until our new flight takes off, I've started to plug away at it again. In two days I've managed to finish two stripes and start on the seventh green stripe - which is quite an accomplishment considering that I've never knitted with acrylic nails before! You have no idea how hard it is to do normal tasks like opening a soda can, typing this blog up, or picking up change, so I thought knitting would be almost impossible. Thankfully it isn't.

(From a couple of hours ago)

(One last call to Continental and three Episodes of Season Three of Sons of Anarchy later...)

Anywho, this time next week I should be posting from Ireland! For reals this time!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Marriage Monday!

HTB is no longer HTB - he is now officially my Hubby, Hubs, Hubster, the Husband as of Saturday afternoon :)

It was a wonderful wedding, and everything went off without a hitch! Many many thanks go out to everyone who helped make this day so special!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WIP Wednesday the Eighteenth...

This will be my last blog update before the wedding and our Honeymoon to Ireland.

Sadly I didn't get as much done on the scarf this week as I wanted to:

I've only made two stripes worth of progress. I'm hoping I can catch up today and tomorrow, I don't know how well I'll knit after then, because I'm getting my nails done for the wedding, so knitting may be impossible for me, or it may be easier. Who knows!

I did find out that I can knit on the plane! Woo-Hoo! But I'm not understanding the restrictions they have on scissors. It says says that scissors with blades under four inches long are okay, but yet, thread cutters with and enclosed blade aren't? I would think that those would be safer than scissors. Or maybe I'm not understanding what they're talking about. Maybe I'll just buy a pair of collapsible scissors and if they get on me, I can just toss them. Or I can just carry my yarn along the outside of the project and trim it when I land. I can imagine how well that will go over:

HTB: Honey, look at that castle! Look at how green everything is!
Me: Uh-huh, now where's some scissors, I need to finish this thing!
HTB: *insert dirty look here*

And then I would never hear the end of it for the rest of my life:

HTB: Honey, remember that trip to Ireland, where you ignored everything
because you were too busy looking for scissors?
Me: *insert dirty look here*

I kid of course; neither HTB and I are that bad. 

On other fronts, I had a GREAT idea for the favor bags for the wedding last week. Since they're a bit plane I wanted to spruce them up by stenciling a copy of the celtic knot we're using on our invites onto the bags. Sadly it didn't work out; the design was too small, the paper too thin, and the fabric paint got over everything. See:

I know of ways to fix it, but sadly, my printer is not cooperating and my hands aren't steady enough to try to enlarge the design the old school way with graph paper, and there simply isn't enough time. So the idea has been scrapped. I'm not shedding any tears over it though, because, in my opinion, people will care more about what's in the bags than whats on them - right?

Okay time to run some errands before I can knit knit knit some more!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WIP Wednesday the Seventeenth...

First off, Summerslam pictures are over that away if you want to ogle some wrestling goodness :)

Secondly, I didn't get as much I wanted to done to the scarf this week because of 1) Summerslam and 2) wedding stuff - but I'm currently at the half way point so that's good. I have 5 more green stripes and 4 more grey stripes (not counting the one I'm currently one) before the scarf is officially finished. I'm thinking if I continue to press myself to do at least 12 rows a day (each stripe is 24 rows long... or would that be wide?) I should be done in time.

I hope.

(Here I am just getting started on the grey stripe)

(And here I am halfway through the grey stripe! The official halfway point of the scarf! Woo-hoo!)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sneaking In Under the Wire...

Consider this a sort of Miscellaneous Monday and Meatlocker Monday post.

HTB is a big wrestling fan. As he calls it, it's his dirty little secret. Then HTB and I moved in together, and there was no way for me to escape it. At first I thought it was stupid. The story lines were cheesy and the outcomes of the matches were clearly predetermined. Oh, and they were obviously choreographed too.

But then I began to slowly pay attention to what was going on. Yes, the story lines were cheesy, but they were cheesy in that fun way and the wrestlers themselves portrayed these characters that were so over the top - sort of like the characters I play when I work at the Renaissance Faire or Halloween Haunt. From that moment on I was hooked.

Then, I found out that Summerslam was going to be at the LA Staples Center again this year, and since the Staples Center is only a hop skip and a jump away from our house, HTB and I bought tickets. We figured it would be a nice break away from the wedding planning drama. Then I found out that some of our favorite wrestlers would be there (okay, my favorite wrestlers) and so we ended up purchasing tickets for Fan Axxess as well.

We got there nice and early, but we didn't really want to meet any of the wrestlers available for signings, so HTB and I stuck around the one ring that they had set up and watched a match between Justin Gabriel and someone else. Justin won.

Afterwards, Sheamus had a Q & A session, which started off with a fake Sheamus coming out to his theme song.

(He claimed he had shrunk because of the hot California sun)

Then the real Sheamus came out:

(He introduced Fake Sheamus as his twin Larry and said that it was like that movie - he was Arnold and Larry was Danny De Vito)

(Can we tell that he's my favorite?)

Sadly Sheamus had done his signings the day before, so I did not get a chance to meet him. 

After watching the Q & A session, HTB and I wandered around some more and got our picture taken with Hornswoggle (Who is a very lovely guy) and then watched the next demo match with Drew Mcintyre.

And then it was off to wait to be let into the Staples Center for Summerslam itself!

Wade Barrett had a match against Daniel Bryan:

Then Edge showed up for Christian's match against Randy Orton:

Basically, Edge called his buddy Christian an idiot for his behavior over the past couple of weeks. Christian didn't listen and tried to run off with the belt, but Randy Orton dragged him back, and the remainder of the match was pretty brutal. Randy won that match:

Then it was time for CM Punk versus John Cena:

I didn't get very many pictures of that match. I was on the edge of my seat the whole entire time, but let me tell you, some of the faces both wrestlers were making were pretty hilarious! In then end, CM Punk won:

And then everything went to hell in a handbasket. Kevin Nash jumped up out of nowhere and attacked CM Punk, and then Alberto Del Rio turned in his briefcase that he won at a previous event for a chance at the championship. He won and took the title away from CM Punk.

Eventually HTB and I headed home, and promptly discovered out how sun burned we were. Needless to say, our skin is not really happy with us, and aloe vera has become our best friends.

But hey, it was a lot of fun, and HTB and I are already making plans for next year :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WIP Wednesday the Sixteenth

The scarf is slowly getting longer.

I expected to spend more time on it this weekend, but it was set aside in favor of cleaning the house, visiting with friends, and reading. See, my friend, who passed away a couple of months ago, told me back in January that The Hunger Games was amazing and that I needed to read it NOW. I stalled, because, while she was sometimes right about books being awesome (The Parasol Protectorate comes to mind) there were also a lot of books that she suggested that I could just never get into. They simply weren't my thing. Plus The Hunger Games is such a popular series, and the last time I read a popular series like that was when I read Twilight - and that series was just so horrible that I wanted to throw it across the room - so you can understand why I was a little leery about The Hunger Games. However, I was beginning to run out of books about zombies to read (I've been on a real big zombie kick lately) so I finally broke down and bought The Hunger Games last week. I finished it on Friday, immediately bought Catching Fire the next day, finished that on Sunday, and then promptly started on Mockingjay on Monday.

I think it's safe to say that my friend was right again :)

On other fronts my writing is frustrating me this week. It's like taking one step forward and two steps back at times. I feel like I'm making progress, and then I go back and realize that the flow is awkward, or I forgot to mention something, and then I try to fix the flow, or mention that something, and it just makes the situation worse. Meanwhile, as I explained to Contessa, plot bunnies keep hopping around my head, and while I normally love the plot bunnies, it's annoying that they're choosing to multiply now when I don't have the time to really pay attention to them. Oh well.

We're now about two-ish weeks away from the wedding now and a week and a half away from my vacation starting. To be honest, I'm excited about the wedding, but I'm more excited about the honeymoon and finally visiting Ireland after years and years of wanting to go.

Oh and having almost a month off of work is pretty sweet too.