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I wasn't born with wings, so I'm trying to make my own
Friday, January 17, 2003  

Ah, Fridays, you gotta love 'em. I know I do. I only work a half day, Mark doesn't work, I can stay up as long as I want... as Martha would say, it's a good thing. All things considered, I had a heck of a day! Work is not wonderful, but I'm glad I went because the guy who's taking my job called in "sick" (a.k.a. his kids and wife were home because of the snow, so he must have had that 24 second flu I've heard so much about :-) Anyway, it made me look really good that I came in today and my supervisor even made a comment about how he can always count on me, so I'm glad I ended up going in, though I was so tempted to call in myself because of the roads. Anyway, 11:30 rolled around pretty quickly and I headed home. And what was waiting for me when I got home? These!

And as beautiful as they are in this picture, they're a million times more beautiful in person. I took 20 pictures trying to do these justice and I just couldn't. They're just too lovely. These are all from the silk worker, purchased from ebay and her website. If you've never ordered from her, you are missing out. I just can't emphasize how completely better her silks are than anything else I've ever tried. They're so soft with gorgeous colors. It inspires me to start refining my silk dyeing technique to get mine 1/100th as lovely as hers. And I'm a very bad girl! There's a box with two more on its way to me :-) There will probably more coming to live with me after my birthday :-) I'm crossing my fingers. Anyway, after drooling over my silks, I had some lunch then headed out with Mom and Mark to Jungle Jims, an awesome grocery store in town. Mark and I love shopping there because it's an "international market" which is just a fancy way of saying they sell all kinds of exotic foods. Since the Italian Market on our side of town closed down last year, it's the only place we can get all the cheeses we love. As a matter of fact, about a year and a half ago while we were there shopping, we were asked to be in a commercial for the store, which was really fun, and also led to us being asked about a hundred times a day by people who vaguely knew us if we were in a commercial. The funniest thing about the whole experience is that while everyone we know saw our commercial a hundred and one times, neither Mark nor I ever saw our commercial. Wierd, huh? Oh well, we got free groceries out of the deal. Anyway, so we went grocery shopping and got tons of stuff, just some basics that we wanted, but that the local stores don't carry (J.J.'s is on the other side of town, about a 45 minute drive, so we don't get out there very often). While we were there, we decided to be very bad and bought ourselves this:

It's a triple chocolate cake and I just finished my slice and boy was it good :-) Wish you could have joined us! We also got ingredients to make our favorite meal, which is our home made pizza. We make the dough ourselves (no pillsbury, sorry doughboy) then rub it with olive oil, put thin sliced garlic, shitake mushrooms, and carmelized onion under the cheese, which is a mixture of regular provolone and aged italian provolone, and then on top of that we put green and red bell peppers and roma tomatoes. Yum! It is so good! So, we got home from shopping, then unpacked everything and I crashed for a nap. I sleep walked (or is it slept walked?) last night, and I'm always exhausted when I wake up after my night time activities. I talk in my sleep a lot and sleep walk a moderate amount, which is a sure sign to me that my brain never turns off. When I'm awake I'm always thinking (most of the time too much, as I mentioned earlier) and when I'm asleep I'm apparently still busy. It really creeps Mark out when I sleep walk and talk, because he thinks I'm awake and I do really wierd things or talk about bizarre things. Like last week, I tried to convince him that I was in dire need of a silver thimble and that he had to help me find it (it was three am) Well, this time he just found me wandering around with the phone. My eyes were open, but I have no recollection of this. I find it humorous that I do this (except for the time I tried to let myself out of my hotel room in Italy. That could have ended badly! I'm so glad someone caught me!) but I know it creeps a lot of people out and I wonder why that is. One too many horror movies, probably. I'm a sweet little somnambulist, I promise. I haven't hurt anyone yet (though I'm told I get REALLY angry when someone doesn't understand me or tries to send me back to bed). Anyway, I can always tell when I've been sleep walking because I'm exhausted the next morning. So, I napped, then cooked dinner with Mark, and then it was finally time to try some of the silk. I settled on the blues/lavendar/pink colorway to spin first, and it's turning out very lovely. I'm spinning it on my new Jensen (which I named Charlotte) but I'm not sure what I'll make from the yarn yet. I should probably pick a project before I get much further, because I find it easier to model the yarn after the project than the other way around. I love the little sachet that Theresa made for Wendy, so maybe I'll just spin enough for a small project like that just to get my feet wet in silk spinning and knitting. Anyway, so there's my Friday! I hope yours was as awesome as mine! Have a great weekend!

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