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December 31st, 2006

Gwen Stefani has officially jumped the shark.

That anyone said “Sure Gwen, this is a GREAT idea!” scares me.

That anyone will BUY this crap scares me even more. Poor Gwen. She used to be all that back in the day. Now she’s just a yodeling goatherd.

Posted by Claire at 05:08 PM | Listen Up | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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December 27th, 2006
Meowy Kissmass

I managed to survive the hollydaze craze and made it to Christmas. Whew! We had a lovely time visiting our families in Lebanon (Oregon, ya know) and gave and received some fun, fabulous gifts. My favorites? From DH, two complete sets of manga (Fruits Basket and Kare Kano aka His and Her Circumstances) that I’ve been dying to read. We watched the corresponding animes and I loved them. Reading manga is fun – I’ve finished the first two volumes of Kare Kano and am trying to pace myself so it doesn’t go by too quickly!

My blessed mom had fun on eBay, and gifted us with dinner service for four in Franciscan china, in the Apple pattern. I just love the handpainted Franciscan ware (my grandma has a bunch of Desert Rose, my other favorite) and I’m just so tickled about having the beginnings of my own collection.

Theo and Tigs were left alone for two nights, but they seem to have survived.

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December 18th, 2006
Weather, Holidays

I’m tired.

I’ve been working later and later hours, culminating tonight in a 3 pm to midnight shift. The mall closes at 11 pm tonight. Seriously, who needs to be shopping that late?? I’m also ready to be DONE with Christmas music. It’s too bad, really, because I usually really like Christmas music. But after having to listen to it for 35-40 hours a week for the last three weeks… I’m done. Suzy Snowflake can drop dead, I hope Frosty melts, and I don’t wish ANYONE a merry Christmas.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. It is, however, a form of torture to listen to the same Christmas soundtrack over and over and over. It’s like being stuck in some bad Christmas nightmare that never ends. I’m also having to restrain myself from punching my clients. Some teenage-looking girl gave me lip yesterday because I didn’t know where the Coach store was. She said something (in a whiny voice) about her feet hurting, and she was tired, and just wanted to be done! It was all I could do to keep from stabbing her with a makeup brush. I mean, HER feet hurt? Okay sweetie, IT’S ON. In my fantasy world I take her out with a swift kick to the head.

In my ninja kung fu fantasy world I also take out clients for getting bitchy because we’re out of stock on what they were looking for (like that’s MY fault? Do your shopping earlier, dumbass!), for giving me sass because they had to wait in the checkout line for five or more minutes (see above, dumbass!), and for being rude (so much for peace, love, goodwill and all that. Apparently it doesn’t apply to retail workers.)

Retail just sucks this time of year. Usually I like my job, but it’s hard because in the past I’ve loved the Christmas season. This year I just want it to be over. I’m in full-on Scrooge mode. I don’t even want to go shopping (I LOVE shopping!) because all the stores have Christmas music and I can’t deal with another minute of it when I’m not working. Insert picture of me stuck in some Munch-like Scream pose while Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer plays in the background… I’ve been listening to Depeche Mode and Soundgarden in the car just to cleanse my ears.

About the weather… we had no problems from the storm except for a power outage lasting about seven hours. I bought a hurricane lamp years ago, and finally got to use it.

I’m tired.

Posted by Claire at 11:51 AM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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December 14th, 2006
How To Annoy Me

Plaster the first third of your blog (at the top) with google ads. No, really, go ahead and do it. It’s not tacky and hideous design, and doesn’t smack of “I’m just trying to make a buck here, not actually contribute something useful to the intar-webs.” Really. It’ll make you look all serious and professional-like. I promise.

Posted by Claire at 03:11 AM | General, Rant | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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December 13th, 2006
Knit Knot

I finished a hat for DH from the Knifty Knitter largest round loom (that would be the yellow one) using Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky in a dark green and charcoal, using the two yarns together. The wide spacing of the pegs means that the fabric is rather thin with just one strand, even of bulky yarn. Of course, this was supposed to be a super-warm winter hat – one strand would be adequate for other projects where less warmth is required.

I previously made a baby hat for a friend’s baby using the red (medium) loom and two strands of Lion Brand Jiffy yarn. On the smaller loom, the two strands of Jiffy made a perfect fabric, thick but not too thick.

I’m really hooked (ha ha!) on these looms. I really want the set of rectangle looms to play with now. The knitting goes really quickly and it seems to be easier on my hands and wrists than regular knitting (which often leaves my hands/wrists fatigued). However, I have a project in 100% wool on regular needles now, to be made into a felted mat for my spoiled cats. They love lying on the wool rug we have in by the front door, so I figured I’d make them their own mat for their cat bed. It’s just a big rectangle so the knitting is going quickly. I used Lion Brand Wool, which feels really nice – so nice I’m considering what I can make for *me* out of it. One of these days I’m going to be brave enough to tackle a sweater for myself.

Posted by Claire at 09:58 PM | Yarn Addiction | Comments (1) | Tweet This Post

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