jewel April 1st, 2012
Ok, so maybe not, but it is big enough for my Galaxy Tab 10.1, my Kindle, wallet, a water bottle, sunglasses, cell phone…in other words, plenty big enough
It’s been ages since I’ve felt, even a little, like blogging. As I believe I mentioned a few months ago, I’d been wanting to learn how to sew, so, that is exactly what I have been doing. I haven’t sewn much in the way of clothing, just yet (working on a couple things there), but I have managed to complete a couple fairly complicated messenger bags, along with a few very uninteresting things to learn on. Of the bags I have made, this one is my favorite. The Whovian fabric, I got at Spoonflower. It looked so much fun, I could not resist. There are a lot of amazing geeky fabric designs at Spoonflower. Too fun.
Anyhow, I am exceedingly proud of my efforts with this bag. I’ve already been commissioned to make a few more; though I doubt I’ll make a habit of that, since there are other things I want to make and these bags are a bit time consuming. But, I am having a blast.
jewel December 31st, 2011
This – spaghetti stuffed garlic bread.
I need some practice with the whole braiding thing, but not bad for a first try! It isn’t low carb or low fat or low calorie…but it is delicious!
jewel December 31st, 2011
2011 is coming to a close and 2012 is upon us. I had a pretty good 2011 and hope that 2012 brings more good things. Whatever your plans for the coming year, I hope it is filled with good health, happiness and prosperity.
I have but one real goal for 2012 – and that is to learn how to sew. Haven’t done any sewing since high school home ec class, and I didn’t really pay attention, because I figured I’d never be interesting in making my own clothes and didn’t really see other uses for the skill. I’m still not really interested in making my own clothing in general, but learning to alter store bought clothing would be a valuable skill, I think, as it can be difficult to find clothing that actually fits me well. Mostly, though, I have recently become interested in costume design and period clothing (particularly the Regency Era through the first couple decades of the 20th century) and hope to gain the skills necessary to make some creations of my own. I’ve been needing a new hobby and I hope that this will do the trick.
So, anyway, Happy 2012 Everyone!
jewel December 16th, 2011
Christopher Hitchens has died. We’ve lost a wonderfully eloquent man who was fearless and bold. He will be missed greatly.
I had the honor of hearing him speak once at a conference in DC a few years back and I’m sad that I won’t have that opportunity again. Suddenly the world seems a little too quiet.
jewel July 18th, 2011
Or, as the locals call it — Vegas!
We were fortunate enough to make it to TAM this year. We had such a good time at TAM6 that we greatly looked forward to being able to go again. It took us a couple years, but we finally made it to TAM9.
We got into Vegas on Thursday afternoon so we had a bit of chill time before things really got going. At the welcome reception Thursday night, we found there were over 1600 registrants this year. I think TAM6 was around 1000 or so. On Friday, we were told that of the 1600+ registrations, 40% of them were women and 50% were first TAMers! Very exciting indeed! Continue Reading »
jewel June 25th, 2011
I wasn’t sure it was actually going to happen, since they have a Republican majority in the senate and the past couple days the vote looked like it was going to be really close; and it was. But New York sided with equality by recognizing that consenting adults of either sex should be allowed to marry. Thank you New York! And kudos to Mark Grisanti, who took his religion out of the equation when he cast the deciding vote in the affirmative:
“If I take the Catholic out of me, which is hard to do, then absolutely they should have these rights”, Grisanti said.
Now if only California and the other 43 states would join the 21st century.
For those opposed to gay marriage, I have only 2 questions:
- What, exactly, is it you’re afraid of?
- Taking religion out of the equation, why should gay marriage be illegal?
New York, I’ll say it again — I am proud of you! Well done!
jewel May 23rd, 2011
I really thought I would have more to write about this time regarding recovery from my iLasik enhancement procedure. But, as it turns out (so far anyway), there is a lot less to say. In fact, this whole experience has been a cake walk compared to the first time around (which aside from the vision regression, wasn’t really that bad). Continue Reading »
jewel May 22nd, 2011
Didn’t some nut job insist that the Rapture was suppose to happen yesterday? The same nut job that insisted that it was suppose to happen 1994, too? Looks like he was wrong again. Is anyone really surprised by this? No? Me either.
What does bother me is that he actually managed to convince some people that his delusions were true. Sadly, there are always people willing to believe this stuff. These people gave him money. These people sold their possessions. I feel badly for them. For Harold Camping, however, I feel nothing but contempt.
So what were you doing when the Rapture was suppose to happen? I was in a car on my way to a friends graduation party; something worthy of celebration, I think.
jewel May 21st, 2011
As my last post indicated, I had my iLasik enhancement surgery yesterday. I was the first patient in, so there was not much waiting at all. About 15 minutes after I arrived, they started the pre-op tests and then I got the numbing drops, the Valium and a few minutes later the procedure itself. I was in the surgical room longer than the first time, though. The machine decided that it needed a recalibration after it finished with my right eye and that took 15 minutes or so. I was was only at the doctors office for about an hour and a half, which was quite nice. Continue Reading »