Monday

[weekend] Tunbridge Fair

This weekend went by faster than others. I slept in on Saturday morning until 10:30, which is completely unheard of for me. It was rainy and dreary and cold. Good knitting weather if I can get out of bed.

I've been pretty good about knitting one project at a time but when several of those projects are secret and you can't work on them when the future gift receiver is around, you need more. So I started a tam for my mom, made out of Sirdar Baby Bamboo in white. It'll be very pretty. The yarn is so smooth and silky.

Unlike Classic Elite Skye Tweed. I joined the NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater in a Month (or something along those lines)) Group at Ravelry. The plan is to knit Dollar's Jacket in November. See what he wants below:



I swatched and I need to knit on #5 needles with the Skye Tweed to get a gauge of 5st/inch. The yarn is sticky and knitting will be arduous. I'm wondering if metal needles (rather than my ubiquitous bamboo ones) will help...

Saturday we went to the Tunbridge Fair. We waited until late afternoon, to let the rain pass. The fair was awesome, just like it is every year. When I go, I never go on the rides (too many scary Dateline stories about shoddy rides falling apart and people getting hurt) and I do NOT play any of the dollar games ("Two dollars, two shots, step right up!" "Everybody wins a prize, step right up!"). I think they're scams.

But Dollar says he always plays these games at fairs so we wasted spent some money on them. I won a couple luck-based games and shot a couple inaccurately sighted guns. Dollar won me a big white teddy bear so he was happy about that.

We checked out the vegetables, crafts (lots of nice knitted items!), sheep, goats, oxen, etc. Dollar ran into lots of people he knew. While the guys stuck to a strict diet of fried dough at the fair, my sister and I got onion rings (blah batter, blah tasteless onions. I wasn't impressed) and samosas (weren't very warm but they were tasty!). I appreciate that there are world cuisines, local and vegetarian food stalls there. Some lady stopped me and asked where I got my samosas from. Dollar's reaction? "What are samosas?" Awww...

As for the rest of the weekend:

- Viva Pinata. I am now a level 35 expert gardener. Dollar will never catch up!

- Sunday's lunch was a wedge of Winston Wheel cheese from Woodcock Farm with crackers and grapes. And white wine.

- Played For Sale and Bang! I took few (if any) shots at Dollar. Last time we played, I killed him before he even got a chance to play his first turn. Totally uncool, I know, and he was not happy with me.

- Continued along with Season 2 of Buffy. Spike and Drusilla have arrived, Oz is sniffing around Willow, Cordelia has dialed down her shallow obnoxiousness (but not a lot).

- Finished Season 1 of Heroes. This show is great: great ensemble cast, great writing, great acting, great special effects. I knew the acting was good when I said, "Nathan is kind of a jerk... But I kind of still like him." This show was so good that I couldn't stop comparing it to a show that was so bad...

- The 4400. The problem with The 4400 was the bad acting (barring a few exceptions like Bill Campbell and Garret Dillahunt). Hate to say it but the bad acting constantly pulled me out of the show, which is too bad because the story was interesting. I was just saying that I would like a dark, somber, spooky show (a la X-Files) to get into. I'm still waiting...

[amy] Weekend

It's rainy and dreary. I didn't even change out of my pj's yesterday. I've been glued to Viva Pinata. Dollar liked the look of it so much that he started his own garden last night. He says he's already a level 10 gardener, which I think is crap because he's only played for a few hours. I've devoted at least 15 hours (I know, I know) to the game and I'm only a level 13. Something's fishy here...

I've been cooking with natural chicken recently- chicken stir fry, chicken fried rice, chicken fajitas. My mom dropped off a load of tomatoes from her garden, so I'm going to make (and freeze) lots of fresh tomato sauce for pastas.

I went to the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival with my sister on Saturday. It was meh. I didn't buy any yarn because I don't need any more freaking yarn. I didn't buy any of the fiber because I have no spinning wheel. We saw some llamas, a border collie herding demonstration, and a bunch of cuuuuute bunnies.

I just got an email with the events for this year's Carnage Con. I had such a fun time at this convention last year- I can't wait for this year! I'm planning on signing up for one or two role-playing games and the rest will be boardgames. If you've never been, you should go. They have such a great set-up: games, food, movies, and vendors.

Made it through the first season of Buffy. Dollar and I have been all over season 1 of Heroes. I love love love it with the same ardor as LOST.

Tuesday

[amy] Do More

It's fall! It's September and it feels like fall! I love it. The temperature is dropping, foliage will peek in a month, my birthday is coming up and we just had a long holiday weekend. Things couldn't be going better.

[knitting]

I started seaming Starsky over the weekend. Just one arm left to go, then weaving in ends, then buttons, then re-soak/re-block (to see if I can shorten the sleeves- I don't have extra long ape-like arms).

The secret lace project is nearing the end. I started another spiral petal dishcloth. I've decided to keep a knitting project downstairs (lace), and another upstairs in the bedroom (dishcloth).

[video games]

This weekend we got an Xbox 360. It's the zephyr model, not the new falcon one. I got a store warranty so if the thing overheats and craps out over the next two years, we can replace it for free. We played a little bit of Gears of War in co-op mode but it's mostly been the dreaded Guitar Hero II. I told a certain someone to wait until Guitar Hero III comes out so that he can get a Gibson Les Paul guitar, but he doesn't understand the concept of waiting.

[board games]

You'd think we would be playing the 360 non-stop but we keep pulling out Jambo. In this game, you have a market stand and buy/sell wares (e.g. tea, salt, silk). You have utilities (e.g. drums, mask of transformation, throne), people cards (e.g. shaman, tribal elder, guard) and animals cards (e.g. lion, elephant, parrot) that either help or hinder your game. Very fun 2-player game. (I suggest ordering from Game Surplus online- very good prices, very fast service).

We've also recently played For Sale (funny real estate game where the houses range from a filthy cardboard box in an alley to a space-station), Bang! (why am I always the sheriff?), and Shadows Over Camelot (why am I always accused of being the traitor when I'm not?). I recently got Puerto Rico and need to sort out the rules for that this week.

[dvd]

Just picked up the first season of Buffy for $15. Got the first season of Dexter and Heroes on the way. Also, I just got a couple movies from Netflix, so there's plenty to watch. We started Afro Samurai last night. This anime series isn't for kids- lots of adult language, graphic violence and adult... situations.

[cooking]

Made baby back ribs this past Saturday using this recipe. I started them at 4 pm and we weren't eating until almost 9 pm. But they were SO worth it.

I'm trying to vaguely adhere to the September localvore challenge. I went to the Norwich farmer's market on Saturday (seriously, could it be any more of a cluster f**k here? I hate saying that about a farmer's market but the parking situation needs to be sorted out to avoid the gridlock) and got acorn squash, potatoes, salsa, ground beef and cut flowers. The ground beef was turned into tacos (okay, the taco shells weren't local). My mother dropped off some tomatoes from her garden, so that'll make a nice fresh sauce for ravioli tonight (okay, the ravioli's not local either).

I'd say I cook/eat 50% local. My dried pasta, rice, orange juice, coffee, etc aren't local but I try to keep my vegetables, meats and dairy local.

Sometime soon I've got to scour and re-season a rusty cast iron pan. Dollar wants cornbread. I don't think I have the discipline to maintain a well seasoned cast iron pan (how do you think it got so rusty in the first place?), but I'll try...

[upcoming events]

Vermont Sheep and Wool this weekend.
Tunbridge Fair next weekend.
Megadeth concert at the end of the month.