I am never going to catch up.

So instead of trying to figure out how to get through everything since I last blogged, my summer so far in photos.

The summer so far, part 1

Row 1: Cadence Sock in Plucky Feet Lollipop Guild; Ziggy; Thalia shawl in my first Plucky Knitter purchase (from July 2007).

Row 2: Book club, celebrating National Donut Day, Monkey Socks out of Dyeabolical Sock Flat in a OOAK color I’m calling Polyjuice Potion

Row 3: Eddie Izzard at the Fox Theater with Mindy, Eric, & Andrea; Fiona Falafel; Granny Square Flower Cowl in Plucky Sweater (Lollipop Guild, Headboard, Wintry Mix)

The summer so far, part 2

Row 1: Making the Downton Chickens happy while house & petsitting for Mindy & Eric; birthday yarn purchase from Lamby Toes; THE KING sandwich from Fozzie’s – peanut butter, banana, and bacon.

Row 2: Re-reading Harry Potter again; birthday treats at knit group; celebratin’ the 4th & my birthday.

Row 3: Finished Glacier Point shawl in Queens County Yarn Sock; taking care of the mischievous Mr. Boots Willoughby while Grace was out of town; the highlighter scarf returns and will be finished SOMEDAY SOON.

Whew. All caught up.

Life in a nutshell

It’s been a month since I last wrote here. I KNOW.

But there has been very little to tell. I’ve had bronchitis and general allergy-related malaise for the past few weeks (mostly the bronchitis, but the allergies kicked in this week, thank you pollen).

So, a brief history of March/April in photos:

I got to meet the Mindy family’s new chickens (this is Mrs. Patmore with S in the background).
Meeting the chickens

Birthday party for a 3 year old. I made tiny funfetti cupcakes.
Frosted tiny cupcakes!

Book club (with bacon wrapped tiny sausages!).
Book Club!

Passover Seder, where S got a belated birthday gift from Sharon & danced around in Hello Kitty rain boots.
Blurry "niece" & favorite Simon (the wonder pup) at Passover Seder. #100happydays #latergram

A trip to the art museum to visit my favorite painting (at least locally. My FAVORITE painting is in New York). One of Monet’s Water Lilies.
More in scenes from the St. Louis Art Museum: another part of Monet's Water Lilies, painted between 1915-1926.

Still knitting the neon.
Pile of neon knitting. #100happydays

And since you made it that far, favorite Ziggy napping.
nap buddy

I still have two papers to write & two presentations to give before the semester is done, but it’ll get finished.

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden

The Thursday before Christmas, when the weather was lovely and almost warm, I headed to see Garden Glow with knitting friend Grace.

It was fun & I quite enjoyed seeing all the lights in the garden – it’s on for a few more days, so check it out if you get a chance.

Garden Glow at MoBot

These photos all came from my phone, as my actual camera I took failed completely at being able to capture anything.

Garden Glow at MoBot

Garden Glow at MoBot
Hogwarts!

Garden Glow at MoBot
Stuck in the Labyrinth.

Garden Glow at MoBot

Garden Glow at MoBot

Day 10/30: Photos from the week

This week the photos are not all from NaPhoPoMo, but a collection of ones taken throughout the week.

The sunsets this week were amazing – I caught these walking out to my car as I was leaving work, so they’re all phone shots, but I think you can get the idea:
The sky right now is all kinds of awesome.

Sunset reflected in windows
I like how the sunset reflected in these windows – this was the perfect angle to catch this (just a few steps away it had changed completely & was only boring sky, not awesome sky).

Another beautiful sunset
The same sunset from the windows. (click to embiggen & catch the full effect)

Flowers outside at work. #naphopomo
The landscapers at work recently switched the flowers over to the fall/winter ones. I love these bushy little paintbrush things. I am terrible with knowing the names of flowers, though.

New haircut!
Finally, a self portrait – I got 4 inches of hair chopped off on Saturday. My neck feels naked now.

Strange Folk Festival 2013

Last week was not the best. There’s this project at work that is stressing me out. I keep joking that it’s going to give me an ulcer, but I’m not entirely sure it’s a joke. Luckily, I had the Strange Folk Festival to look forward to over the weekend.

As usual, we saw some great stuff, like an alpaca with an underbite:
Alpaca!

Mindy’s young’un joined us for the first time this year, and she loved the alpacas, even this stuffed toy one.
Stuffed Alpaca toy. :)

And, of course, there was funnel cake.
It's not Strange Folk until I have a funnel cake. :)

The yarn diet was suspended for the weekend (partially because of the previously mentioned craptastic week, but mostly because I wanted to be able to buy whatever struck my fancy while shopping) and I found this great yarn from The Wool Dispensary that will probably become something stripey.
IMG_0088

I also scored a couple fun project bags and a new set of potholders from Squaresville. (There was also another skein of yarn that was great at the show, but now I’m not so sure about it at home.)
Strange Folk Haul

All in all a good show, and also probably the first time I haven’t come home with new Strange Folk earrings.