Monday

[misc] I'm dreaming... of a white... Halloween

It started like:


Snow. 10/27/11

And then the next day, it was like:


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And then it was like:


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I woke up Sunday morning wondering, "Why do I feel the urge to be opening Christmas presents? Why is there no hot cocoa in the house? Why is it so f'ing freezing? Why am I shoveling in October?"

Ugh, snow snow go away, come again in approx 50 days.


Friday

[misc] Sleepless in Vermont

4:21 am

AMY: Psst.

DOLLAR: zzzz

AMY: Hey... Hey, are you up?

DOLLAR: zzzz

AMY: shakes DOLLAR

DOLLAR: Hm... whut... 

AMY: Hey... I think I know why the electric bill went up so much.

DOLLAR: ...

AMY: I think it's the weed whacker- the battery for the weed whacker. You were doing a lot of weed whacking last month and charging the battery every day.

DOLLAR: Yeah... I thought of that.

AMY: Oh. Well. I think that that's what it was. It must be...

DOLLAR: ... zzzz

AMY: What do you think Santana?

SANTANA: I want breakfast.

AMY: It's too early. I'm not getting up.

SANTANA: But I'm awake and I want food. Now.

AMY: ... zzzz

SANTANA: Just you wait, human... just... you... wait... 

[misc] Pumpkin

I forced my house-guest to carve me a pumpkin while he was here:

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Looks nice! 

After about a week, the face is starting to dry and cave in on itself. But I do like having a pumpkin to light at night:

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SpOOoooOOOooooOOOooky.

Wednesday

[travel] 2011 Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival

I did go to the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival this year, during the less-rainy day (Sunday).


2011 VT S&W

I bought some very nice, interesting new fibers to spin. I visited my favorite vendor Fantom Farm and got some special, sparkly fiber. 

ME: Do you have any spinning fiber with Angelina or Firestar in it?

FF VENDOR: Over here, here's some.

ME: peering closely Yeah. Yeah, I guess that has some sparkle. sigh

FF VENDOR: You like sparkly fibers?

ME: Yes.

FF VENDOR: looks left... looks right... Listen, I got some fiber that isn't out because it's so sparkly-

ME: I'll take it.

FF VENDOR: goes to the back of his area, moves stuff aside, opens a tub, pulls out a bag, reveals a ball of brown fiber blended lots of copper sparkle.

ME: SPARKLEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

FF VENDOR: blinks

ME: Ahem. Sparkly. Weight it. I'll take the whole ball.

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My sister and I and a friend wandered the festival but didn't stay too long. There's one food vendor there that has consistently served sub-par food, year after year. I avoided them but our friend got a cold, inedible sausage. Poor thing, I shared my sandwich with her. And when we got back to my house, I made some fried rice. My advice is to bring your own food to the VT S&W. The food there really isn't good and it's way overpriced.

Tuesday

[travel] Cannon Mountain

Just a few pictures from our drive up and over to Franconia Notch in the White Mountains. We stopped at Beaver Pond to stretch our legs.


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We walked the Flume then went to Cannon Mountain to take the tram to the top. The views and foliage were so amazing all day.

 
Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain

I think we could see all the way to Canada, Vermont and Maine.

Monday

[misc] Santana has her bed back


Santana


Oof, two weeks of being incommunicado. I had house guests last week and was busy hosting, entertaining, touring, etc. We did almost everything that VT and NH has to offer: apple picking, the Flume at Franconia Notch, the tram up Cannon Mountain, Quechee Gorge, VINS, Ben & Jerry's, Cabot, Stowe... I cooked as much New England-y food as possible: clam chowder, shepherd's pie, apple pie, blueberry crisp, maple muffins. We had breakfast at Eaton's Sugarhouse and lunch at FireStone's. (Why is FireStone's in Quechee always empty- it's one of the few places that I like and will eat out at. The food is very good!) We ate nice cheeses, drank lots of beer. It was a very fun week and they were awesome guests.

Now to get back into real life- house, bills, work, ... sigh.


[misc] Murderface Monday

My faaaaaaavorite thing to do during the weekend is bother hang out with Murderface. I realize that he sleeps WAY too much, I need to go to his curled-up body on the bed and kiss his head and nuzzle his side and scratch his cheeks, etc etc etc. He can't get any rest when I'm around all weekend:

Murderface... with nappy face

That's his "why do you wake me up?" face.