Friday, February 22, 2008


First of all, the best news of the week is that a very generous and nice photographer who is the father of a woman my mom works with, and who now owns the studio in Mechanicsburg that did my parents' wedding photos, is now in possession of all our wedding photos and is going to re-touch them all so they actually look like professional wedding photos. Once he's done, I will begin filling the albums and frames I've collected, and I'll be buying a few more albums and frames so I can give photos to everyone who needs them: My family, Paul's family, Becky the amazing dress-maker, members of the wedding party, and other family members. I'm quite relieved.

That's one issue with pictures; here is another: I take tons of pictures all the time, and then I don't show them to anyone for a while, so here's another chunk of catching up! Lots of different stuff. Captions of the photos are serving as the rest of my blog post.

Click here or on the title of this post to just look thru my Picasa albums yourself, or enjoy some new slideshows below.

At the end of this album is our finally-completed kitchen!

Some random fun stuff:

Lunar eclipse:

Bread I baked to take to Nawakwa book group:

...but since book group was postponed to April due to bad weather, I'm headed over to my parents' house to meet Paul, see Hannah, and eat the Dal soup my mom made to take to Nawakwa. We'll have ourselves a cozy, yummy evening!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Had a great Valentine's dinner at Confit. Even got to use the wine bag someone got us when Paul remembered we had it and thus didn't have to use the paper PLCB bag, yay! I was excited to have a wine bag, especially such a cute and decorative one. But now I have a bit of regret: when we had lunch at Confit with Johanna, Henry, and Crystal just after Christmas, we shared a large French Press coffee pot, and it was possibly the smoothest, tastiest coffee I've ever had, so I ordered a small pot to go with my sweet dessert tonight. Paul had one mug of coffee, and I had two, along with about 5 bites of my dessert. Now it's almost 1:30am, and I don't think I can fall asleep yet. I did get to watch 3 new episodes of "House" (2 actually new, the other new to me), and I also managed to produce a limerick comment to Katy's haiku post, so the evening is far from wasted. Did I mention dinner was incredibly delicious? I had roasted lamb.

Maybe I'll try to go to sleep now...

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tit for tat

This is the second week of the first period of SAIC's fiscal year, which is when we have to finish closing the books on the previous fiscal year, and so it's about the busiest week of the year for anyone connected to finance, which means me.

It is also the week that the Juniata alumni association sent out my e-mail to all alumni living in Dauphin and Cumberland counties asking them to help host choir students on April 4.

It's been a busy week.

The good part is, it means I have put in so many hours already that by the time I work a full day tomorrow and a few hours on Friday morning, I will have logged a bit of overtime by the time I leave at noon on Friday to pick up Katy from the Harrisburg Amtrak station. And then I get to spend my afternoon hanging out with my cousin and Aunt Ninny, showing them my apartment, and having lunch, to which I believe Ninny has promised to treat us. It will be lots of fun!

I can also show Katy the prosthetic tit I am knitting for my mom-in-law, who recently became short one tit of her own. Seriously, read the pattern, it's hilarious, but also completely legit. All the women I've shown so far have been fascinated, but since Katy knitted the womb from the same site years ago for her mom-in-law (who was, of course, short a womb of her own, altho the knitted one is probably slightly less useful than the replacement tit), I think Katy will appreciate the knitted tit more than most. I really need to keep working on it, but I'm in the middle of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman, just finished the second book, and I'm finding them much more amazingly wonderful this time thru than I did the first time, probably because I have a religious studies minor under my belt now, and I just can't seem to put it down! I recommend them highly to anyone with even a low tolerance for the fantasy genera. Really great stuff.