- Looking in the mirror for fine lines, and using my increased salary to buy anti-aging regimens.
- Married, one child, in a small bungalow within the city limits, and hopefully not working. Also, able to knit.
- If the last five years are any indication, probably in the same place. My cat and I will have put on a few pounds, and I will be at my 7th school. In a leadership position. That’s what you’re getting at, right?
- I don’t know. Maybe Portland. Or Alaska? Somewhere other than here.
- On the other side of this table, asking better questions.
In the past week or so I have been on a relative tear of sewing, meaning that I finished TWO projects in about a week (one with a zipper!). Okay.
Voila. This is the Tiny Pocket Tank. I look glum because it is rather shapeless, in that “is she hiding a bump or what?” sort of way. (I’m not.) I knew this going in, but still.
It’s a little better belted, but then you have to wear a constrictive belt, and summertime is not about holding things in but rather feeling free and easy after drinking beer and eating ice cream.
Pros of this pattern: truthfully, this is maybe the easiest pattern I have worked with. I don’t know if it’s solely because of the clear directions or maybe I’m just getting the hang of things, but it was really nice not to mark up my notes with WTF all over them.
I know! It has forks and spoons on it and is sort of ridiculous but the fabric reminded me of this dress I saw a few years ago. OKAY, YEAH, the colors make it a bit more camp and not as classy but I just might be the sort of person who wears a cutlery skirt to a picnic. I also might be my mother’s daughter.
Anyway, I got the materials for this one in preparation for a class that got canceled the day after I bought the stuff. Drat! The pattern is sort of shit, I mean A-line skirt patterns are a dime a dozen and the instructions were maddening. They said things like, “put in zipper” and GOOD THING I TOOK A CLASS ON ZIPPERS, GUYS.
Next up: a knit dress and hopefully finishing some tanks that have been sitting around forever.
To start, I’ve never been a crazy Surly fan because most places only serve Furious, and hoppy beers make me grimace (though I am working on this). So when friends decided to go on the tour, I thought…maybe I should be the one driving if all they’ll have is Furious.
But that is no fun! And so we started to figure out a way to enjoy ourselves while traveling responsibly. As a St. Paulite, places like Brooklyn Center are pretty much on the other side of the world. But then I realized that my boyfriend’s place in Bryn Mawr is not as far, and quickly noticed - hey, the bike route is only 6 miles and mostly on trails!
It was a really nice ride, though afterward we were uncomfortably sticky. We worked our way through Theo Wirth Park, and then onto the Victory Memorial Parkway, which is a really nice green boulevard with an off-street bike and pedestrian path. From here, it was about a mile on suburban streets to wind back to the brewery.
I’ve been on a few brewery tours (mostly on vacation) and Surly’s is definitely a beer drinker’s tour, since the focus is more on drinking and less on the facilities and process of brewing the beer. Also, if you want to skip the talking points of the tour and just drink, that’s fine too! I tried almost all of the six or seven brews they had available, and mmmm Coffee Bender. That is some good beer.
So yeah! You should go on the Surly Tour, and you should bike there if it’s not too far from you. And I will get to work on not hating IPAs for life.
I actually have thought of writing about this but found it really difficult to get at what I wanted to say. Well, my brother just helped a ton.
Brian: Florence and the Machine, u know em?
Me: like, that one song
Brian: Lungs is a good album, u would like em, like a sleater kinney with less guitar
Me: yeah, they kind of confuse me, like she sounds too old for her age and makes a lot of noise
Brian: Haha, true, her voice is awesome though, but yes sometimes it sounds like they handed a homeless person a random instrument and told him/her to go wild
Sort of related: “If I had an orchard I’d work til I’m sore”? If you ever ask me my opinion on Fleet Foxes I’ll use this lyric as proof of why I’ll never be able to take this band seriously.
- Too much stuff about the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case: 1. Hooray, the justice system works; 2. Just because she may have lied doesn’t mean it’s not rape; and 3. Why we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Also, here’s a bonus: 7 ways to show that his other accuser may be lying. (Also, I am getting sick of reading speculation about rape cases and yet, I can’t stop.)
- Sheryl Sandberg and Male Dominated Silicon Valley - she’s the COO of facebook, but this is a lot less about her or Mark and a lot more about how to be a successful woman in business.
- This stuff is more fun! A round-up of summer sewing projects, and how to turn a coffee table into a bench.