Sunday, March 29, 2009

WIP - Sylvi

Well aside from trying to get ready to take vacation this week, I am trying feverishly o finish Sylvi to take with me on the trip. The coat is seamed up and the last thing for me to do is attach the petals onto the back. Here are some notes.
  • The arm seams are a little tight, but still wearable.

  • I blocked the coat pre-seam with warm water and laundry detergent, which made the coat much softer.

  • If I had to do it over again I would have attached all the leaves after the coat was finish and not knitted the leaves in. almost every leaf has a mistake in it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Seattle News

There really hasn't been a lot going on to blog about lately, so I thought I would take some time to discuss some Seattle news. Since a lot of readers are not from Seattle, you may or may not know the current city happenings.

#1. We got "The Kid" back. This is a much needed push for Mariners commeradery. Although I might argue that we paid too much for him and he is too old to pay that much. I understand the nostalgia that comes with him retiring here. Welcome back! The opening day tickets are already sold out. Some interesting articles I have read from the Sporting News, pros and cons and what this comeback means to local businesses from the Seattle Times.

Also regarding Mariners baseball. We're coming back to town on the afternoon of the home opener and already I have secured tickets to the April 16th game. I am so excited for baseball season to start. This season (now that JJ was taken from us) my favorite players are, Jeff Clement and Brandon Morrow.

#2) Goodbye Seattle-PI. I guess nobody believed me when I said that newspapers were dead. We discussed this extensively at Quinnipiac some years ago. About how the newspapers would likely go out of business or possibly only print a Sunday edition. Gone are the days where you look at the newspaper the next morning to find out who won the presidency or the World Series. If you don't know something 5 minutes after it happens, (even by going to the newspapers website) then you are not trying hard enough. I'm not saying that the reporting and the photography isn't saveable - because that is. In fact I think we've lost a touch of that with all the blogging and twittering going on. It's the actual printing of the actual paper that has to go. Besides who likes having gross fingers after reading the paper?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday Funny

Don't you love it when cats do this? The other day Stewie had her tongue out and Rob and I couldn't stop laughing at her. I don't know, cats do that all the time and they don't realize that their tongue is out but they just leave it out. Then stare at you and wonder what you are laughing at.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"D" is also for...


The upstairs bathroom is done.

I'm glad to report I've been able to roll up all the lessons learned from the downstairs bathroom, the utility closet, and downstairs touchups (hat tip: Gary) projects. I feel like my quality of workmanship has really reached a new level - not because of level of effort, but just purely experience and best practices from home project veterans (hat tip: Gary!).

OK.... only a few more days 'till the St. Pat's Dash in downtown Seattle!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


The Crocodile Cafe. One of the best and most authentic Seattle experiences, in my opinion. It closed down abruptly 2007 and now has come back to life and is set to open in late March. I can't wait to get back there to see what they have done to update the space. ]

I'm off to knit night tonight at Tutta Bella. Yum!

Monday, March 02, 2009

D is for...

Dumb workplace lingo.

There are a few things that I hate more than dumb office terms that are often said during meetings/conference calls/ etc but also carried over to everyday life during dinners/parties/otherwise fun times. I'll start with displaying some of my favs that start in D. I found these terms at one of my favorite sites, buzzwhacked.

deck: A staple of every modern business meeting -- the PowerPoint "slide" show. "There were only 12 slides in the deck, but the presentation lasted an hour."

deep dive: To explore an issue or subject in-depth. "We did a deep dive on that market. There's just nothing there."

deliverable: A perfectly legitimate word that has been reduced to consultant-speak. It generally means work promised to be completed by a certain time. "This project has 14 deliverables."

desktime: Those brief periods between meetings when you're actually sitting at your desk working. "I'll need a little desktime between the offsite strategy meeting and the afternoon brainstorming session so I can schedule tomorrow's team status meeting."

drill down: In the early days of the Web, it was the process of clicking on hyperlinks to go deeper and deeper into a Web site to find increasingly minute detail. Now a good Web site gives you everything you need in one or two clicks. So NOW the term applies to other parts of business. As a verb, it means to investigate something thoroughly; to discuss in detail. "We need to get together and really drill down on this." As a noun, it’s the results of that process: "Do you have the drill-down on that report for me?"