Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Happiness is Revan asleep on my shoulder...

Revan  1980

On Friday October 13th, my husband and I welcomed baby Revan into our world. He is a 7 week old Siamese mix, weighs 1 lb. 2 oz., 9 inches in length, and the new love of Tristan and my life.

I never liked cats, my whole life I thought they were creepy, and for a time I even thought I was allergic to them (turns out it is only outdoor cats I react to) but Tristan grew up with kittens and always said how fun it would be to have one. I decided that I would hunt for the perfect kitten as a gift for Tristan and after a few months of talking to folks online I discovered a woman that was going to make me a mama. She had a litter of 5 Siamese mixed kittens that she just had to get rid of but she didn't want to give them out to just anyone. We emailed back and forth for a week before we actually met and I'll tell you it just seemed right. She was comfortable releasing the little boy that she called "the hissy one" to me and I fell in love before I even got him into the car. He is black with black tiger strips and blue eyes! Are you kidding me? BLUE EYED BLACK CAT!!! He is just so awesome looking.

It has been 11 days since Revan came to live with us, and he was acclimated right away. He hasn't made a single boo boo outside of the litter box, he's a healthy eater, and with the exception of the day he got his first shots he is a playful and affectionate little boy.

I had no idea how much a kitten would change my life. No longer am I the hard core emotionally detached woman I have always claimed to be. Now, I am hard on the outside with a gooey center full of love for Revan. I find I now refer to myself as Mamu (cause mommy sounds stupid) and Tristan is of course Daddy. I can't stand to be apart from him, I go home at lunch time since I only work 10 minutes away and I just wish I could be home with him all day.

100 points (or I'll knit you something) to the person who can guess where Tristan and I got his name from. And it has to be a guess, none of you folks I have already told. =)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Just so there is not too many days between posts... here are some random thoughts from yours truly... SHARMANIZZLE!

In an effort to make this a kick A$$ knitter blog, I have been search & reading & reading & searching through other knitter blogs to get ideas, and or just get to know the world of knit blogs a little better, and I have noticed that not all knitter blogs are exclusively knitting oriented. I was attempting to maintain two blogs awhile back, one about me & one about knitting but it was silly. As it is I spend way too much time online between myspace and bloggin' so you knitter's are right, and now I am going to start blogging about all sorts o' things in this blog. Thanks!

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Most people who know me, know I am obsessed with The Godfather (Il Padrino, if you're nasty!) I have a long time love affair with anything Francis Ford Coppola (except I don't drink wine so...) Well, they released The Godfather game this year and it was delayed on Xbox 360 so Tristan and I just got to playing it last week. He has of course already finished the game on account he is a male and has natural video gaming skills that frustrate the shit out of me but whatever! I am only as far as having had my character become "made" an Associate in the family, I have knocked off a few people, and my girlfriend Frankie was just murdered by the Tattaglia's. (The bastards!) Anywho, I am not one to criticize the Godfather, but since the game is done by someone else I am going to complain a bit...

Don't get me wrong, the game is cool as hell BUT why is Al Pacino absent in the game? The "Michael Coreleon" character that they have is sooooooooooo ugly and has suuuuuuuuch a wimpy voice. See for yourself...

I have been searching for a reason and I came up with this article that states that because Al Pacino was already in contract to use his voice and likeness in the new Scarface game neither could be used in the Godfather game . This is a tragedy beyond comprehension. This is my biggest beef with the game.

My second biggest beef with the game is how they alter the original story to suit the character you play. They started out ok, you perform a mission with Paul Gatto to beat up the guys that beat up Bonasera's (the undertaker) daughter, that is discussed in the opening scene in the movie. Excellent! You do a job behind the scenes that took place in the movie, BRAVA & WELL DONE!!! But as the game progresses you are asked to do hits or save lives of people that were either killed by someone else in the film, or their lives were never threatened in movie but are in the game. My husband thinks it is okay because it wouldn't be a complete game without some of these major hits, but I am sorry I cannot abide by having the video game character be the one to kill Pauly that was Rocco's job!

My third beef, is semi-understandable but still as a woman I think I need to be a little offended. WHERE HAVE ALL THE WOMEN GONE? Yes, kids that's right all the women from the film are absent in the game. The only women in the game are extras on the street and half naked dancing ladies that you can smack on the ass to gain respect points if they like you. Now I understand why there isn't an option to create a female mob character but come on at least have Connie & Kaye show up from time to time. Oh wait, I forgot, there is Frankie, you're girlfriend but the love story there is completely undeveloped. You go from saving her life to no mention of her fora few missions to living with her to her dying. Very silly.

I am only 9 hours into the game though and I am sure I will have more to rant about as the game goes on. But I am having fun, killing, driving, and bombing things. It is a very fun & violent game! =)

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I am knitting a few things at the moment. I am ashamed to say I am 6 months behind one a beanie I promised to knit for my friend's cousin Andrew. I feel like an ass too because I can bang them out over a weekend and I have attempted a few times to knit one up but I either keep messing up and having to rippit meaning unravel it and start again. I ended up completing one that for some reason turned out to be a child's size and Andrew is not a child. I feel so shitty that I haven't put this simple thing together but I have managed to knit up a few girlie scarves for friends & my little sister. Blaghghgjhghjghjghhghgjhg how am I to break from the rut of not starting the project I need to do and stop starting projects I don't need to do?

I am blogging from work because my only job is to sit at my desk, I basically have no responsibility which I am completely stoked about because my last job was soooooo freaking stressful it is like a vacation from stress being at my job. I would snap a few pics of the scarf I am knitting for a co-worker and new friend Jenny but my camera phone is broken at the moment. When I get home later I will add some pictures. It is a black & white Harry Potter-esque scarf. Fun for the whole family. =)

All right I think that is it for today. I am sleepy so I am going to sit at my desk with my eyes closed but pretend to be awake. =)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

So, there is this super nice yet completely country-fied hick type lady that works in my building at work and she saw me knitting at my desk one day (cause I got it like that) and casually said to me "if I am out bargain shopping and I see some yarn I'll pick some out for you" to which I said "okay thanks." But did I expect her to actually bring me yarn ever? NO, I don't even know her name. She is just a lady that chit chats with me while she is waiting for the coffee lady to restock or whatever.

Anywho, so I'm sitting at my desk today and a plastic grocery bag full of yarn gets hits me in the head. I'm like WTF? I open up the bag and I see the ugliest yarn I've ever seen. But there is no one to be found, not in the hall way, not around the corner from my desk NO ONE. A few minutes later this lady pops up and says "I don't know if that was your style but it was marked down to .25 a ball and I had to get it for you."

Now don't get me wrong, I think it is totally sweet that this woman, thought of me and brought me yarn and wouldn't take money for it. I do. But it is the most hideous yarn and unfortunately my digi is broken at the moment so I can't show you a good picture but here is what I could get off of my cell phone. Now I ask you...

WHAT the HELL am I supposed to do with THIS?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Shop the Knitting with a Vengeance store on Cafepress

(The image is reversed cause that's how our iMac takes pictures.)

I only have one design up at the moment, it was a t-shirt I designed for myself for World Wide Knitting in Public Day but I promise to get more good stuff up there soon.

Ch...Ch...Check it out!

(The image is reversed cause that's how our iMac takes pictures.)