Friday, August 31, 2007

Kittens and a Vacation

I've decided that Bits must be named after the bits of dead animals he brings up to the house. It's really quite disgusting and I don't think he and I can be friends anymore. Also, he tried to molest me. Not cool, Bits. Not cool.

The kittens are lovely. Lewis won't shut up, but I only love him more for it. I heard Grace's meow for the first time today and it's much louder than I'd expected. (By the way, Jenny and I have renamed Scaredy-Cat. Her new name is Grace Kelly.)

I got my car washed yesterday and Peepers walked all over it, effectively ending my friendship with him. Don't mess with the car, man.

We booked a vacation today. Mom, Jenny and I are going to the Virgin Islands September 11-15 to a resort. Should be much fun. I hate to be a downer, but I'm already dreading the flights. Each way is pretty much an all day affair. I will seriously consider getting some patches in an attempt to maintain my relationships with my family.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm back

What to say about my life? I can't tell the difference between days anymore and I really don't remember what was going on the last time I posted. Did I talk about VBS? I taught VBS, it went well, next year I want to plan more in advance. Now I'm being asked to teach Sunday school and I really don't want to because I have a boyfriend and I'd like to spend some time sleeping in with him. But how do you say that in church?

I work full-time now. I really hope that what I think I'm going to be making isn't what I really end up making. I can't live on that. Plus, when they take out for insurance, I'll be completely behind. Average library wage, my ass.

I need a vacation. I can tell I do. But I don't want to go through all the trouble of planning a vacation and making sure I don't schedule anything in Ohio that weekend or week or whatever. Plus, Mom keeps coming up with ideas where we go do stuff and I really just want to go somewhere and catch up on sleep. And I really don't know what I can afford because of the previous paragraph.

So I actually feel a little crappy. All my careful planning in high school and college and I'm going to end up a cranky librarian, living off of Skip and not living up to any of my potential. Woo.

Other: I've finished the bodies of the two baby booties. I may have to redo one. I also finished two pairs of wings. Still to go: two sets of scales and two sets of bronze spikes. Then we'll have some very cute Norbert booties.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Full Time Knitter

Still knitting! I am totally on a roll. I seriously don't want to go back to work for fear that I'll never knit again. I'm getting to that dangerous stage of the project where I'm thinking of other things I want to knit. Luckily, I have will power and will NOT start another project until these are done. Hopefully. But, just for shits and giggles, here is my list of potential projects...

-Christmas presents. I have a couple of ideas, but I'll have to really think about what I want to make for everyone. Mind you, if you don't get a hand-knitted present, do not be sad. I LOVE Christmas shopping and I cannot be deprived of this joy. Plus, I really can't knit something for everyone by Christmas. I am slow.

-Football gear! I'm very excited for football season and I think I need some scarlet and grey things. Perhaps a jazzy hat? Or mittens! (I still think that brown and orange are unattractive, especially with my complexion. Eh. I'll think about it.)

-Remember that mystery project for a mystery friend? Yeah, I didn't like it, but I want to restart with another yarn and maybe another pattern.

-Call me crazy, but I really want to knit a bracelet. I'm thinking of doing the drop stitch look. I'll play around with it.

So, as you see, I obviously do not have time for a job.

I'm also painting/redecorating my bedroom. There will be pictures when it's finished.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Will Work For Cigarettes

I am officially unemployed. My last day was yesterday. It's definitely bizarre, but in a good way. With unlimited time at my disposal, I am planning all sorts of projects. First is cleaning and painting my bedroom. This is a thoroughly exciting prospect. A clean and pretty bedroom? Whaaaat?

Last night I went to a bachelorette party for a girl I don't really know well, but she's a friend of a friend. As with most bachelorette parties, it was less of a "party" and more of a "go out to clubs and get fucked up". It was a super fun time. We went to the Velvet Dog and the Blind Pig downtown. We were entertained by a group of men who called themselves the United Nations as they had a Mexican guy, a French guy, and a Canadian guy. The French guy (Phillipe) and I spoke French for a bit. Well, he did most of the speaking. I tried, but it was loud and I was uncomfortable attempting to speak French to someone who actually spoke the language.

I also have a plan to find some sort of charity and force everyone to participate. Not a donating money thing, but an activity thing. Perhaps a walk? An outing of some sort? I'll look into it. I feel that it would be a good use of our time.

EDIT: Just a thought... Arthritis Walk


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yet Another New Project

Pretty! And look how much I've done! I win!

Very drastic topic change...

Does anyone need any condoms? I apparently have 100 all to myself and I really don't get that much. Let me know.


I Am Grumps.

I hate job searching. I really do. I hate fixing my resume, worrying about the interview, buying clothes, etc. I just have to tell myself that it will all be worth it when I get a job and don't have to do this crap anymore.

Out of curiousity, I Googled myself. (That's what she said.) I just wanted to see if anything good would show up. I typed in "Alison Williams Grafton Ohio". And what came up? Dad's obituary. Just lovely. So, if anyone wants to dig up dirt on me, they'll just find out that I'm a sad girl.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Kitten-Sitting and Bowling

Well, kitten-sitting went well. (For those unaware, we stayed at the Tyler residence for a few days, watching kittens.) I am madly in love with Louis/Lewis/however it is spelled. He is the only man of the 4 and he's all fluff and so very cute. And he's the least shy of them. Of course, I am quite smitten with all of them, though. There are some pictures on my Flickr and will be more soon.

Thursday night, I was very excited because I didn't have to work Friday and I could do whatever I wanted. I figured someone would want to go out or do something. I ended up sitting at the Tylers' with Jen and playing with kittens. Not a complete waste of a night, but still not what I had hoped for. Last night, we had fantastic plans to have a bonfire. That didn't really play out. Poor Stepho was in hell (the mall) and Nicole hadn't made contact. So, in the end, it was Jenny, Skip, Pat and myself. I slyly talked them into going bowling.

I've been trying to get people to go bowling with me for months. No one ever wants to. I don't understand why, as it is a freaking blast. We played 3 games. Pat and Skip tied on the first game. I don't remember who won the second. (Did I mention there was beer?) I think Pat did. The third was definitely Pat. I am quite a poor bowler, but I maintain that if people would actually go with me, I would be much better. So my inadequacy really isn't my fault. Anyway, it was much fun.


Monday, August 6, 2007

Sunday evening

Sunday! It started with a cold and rainy family reunion. (Look what we have now!:

Then Mom and I decorated the church. Not as good as last year, but better than I thought things would turn out.

Then I went over to Skip's to help him pick out bedding. I don't think I was much help. I kept ignoring things like prize or size and picking up things with butterflies or a lot of pink. Also, I made him feel the really soft bamboo sheets but he said they were too expensive. I suppose they were pricey, but they're antibacterial and I really think that if any bed needs to be antibacterial- it is Skip's.

Anyway, we went back to the apartment and I made his bed. Here it is, being very pretty:

And here it is with the yarn and knitting needles he got when I tricked him into going to Stitch 'n' Pitch at Jacob's Field:

And here is me, plotting other ways to turn him into a woman:

Meanwhile, the boys built a lamp:

Too manly. I guess I'll need to plot harder.

Sunday, August 5, 2007


So, Jen started the whole "If I Had A Boyfriend" list a while ago and very soon afterward, she develops a boyfriend. Maybe there is something to this...

If I Had A Boyfriend...
1. He wouldn't be a knitter, a scrapbooker, or a Harry Potter fan. But he'd get it.
2. He would listen to many types of music, not just pretentious rock.
3. He would go to the shooting range with me, but wouldn't jokingly point the gun at me.
4. He would go bowling with me.
5. He would tell me I'm a good cook, even when I set fire to the kitchen.
6. He'd know how to handle my most horrible cousins. Or at least how to ignore them.
7. He would understand that it took me 2 hours to make that birthday card and he would appreciate it. And display it.
8. He would kiss me for no reason.
9. He would love hanging out with my sister.
10. He would watch the Food Network with me sometimes.

So there.

Also, the fingerless gloves are indeed going to be scrapped, but the mystery project for the mystery friend seems to be coming along. I think that one may survive.


Saturday, August 4, 2007

Jen Posts!

Aliwatching Update: Those fingerless gloves still look a lot like they did last Tuesday. But the Secret Knitting is actually becoming something. V. exciting.

Our ghost picture is now up on the Learned Owl web site and I'm pretty happy. Sure, it's weird to be grown women revealed as obsessed loonies to the whole of the internets. But at least Ali doesn't look super tired in this picture.

I'll have benefits soon, which means I should go to various doctors and get poked and prodded. And I don't want to! Wah!

Skip is being adorable lately (is he up to something? is this about anal sex again?) and it reminded me of my old plan to post an 'If I Had A Boyfriend' every week. I still have the list I made before I was rudely interupted by actually getting a boyfriend. Any of these make the top of your lists?

1.He would take the cat to be put down
2.We would badroom dance to supermarket music
3.He’d always sit on my toes
4.He’d love wearing sweaters that are slightly tight and very lopsided
5.Unbrushed hair would be his biggest turn on
6.I’d get old books for gifts on every holiday.
7.He’d practice The Look as often as I practice getting dressed up and slowly walking down stairs.
8.We’d vacation. A lot.
9.He’d hold my coat and bring me drinks while I get down with my bad self.
10.We’d rent Rome (the HBO series) and act parts of it out in private.
11.He’d learn the boy parts to musicals and sing with me in the car.
12.He’d really like driving.
13.We’d play strip Trivial Pursuit and I’d always win. Twice.
14.He’d dress up like Santa Claus every now and then.
15.He’d help clean gutters at the church.
16.We’d do house repairs together. I’d wear a tool belt.
17.He’d leave me alone during Grey’s Anatomy.
18.He’d email me a joke every day. Because I’m needy.
19.He’d never watch me brush my teeth or expect me to watch him.