Saturday, March 31, 2007
1) Name a movie you've seen more than 10 times. The Royal Tennenbaums, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
2) Name a movie you've seen multiple times in the theater. Shark Tale, seriously, I think Ali and I have seen it 5 times in the theaters.
3) Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie. Johnny Depp, yum!
4) Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie. I get easily annoyed by Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz.
5) Name a movie you can and do quote from. Fletch. “Do you own rubber gloves?”
6) Name a movie musical to which you know all the lyrics. The Sound of Music
7) Name a movie you've been known to sing along with. The Little Mermaid
8) Name a movie you would recommend everyone see. Huozhe, English translation, To Live. It’s fabulous. And 28 Days Later, also fabulous.
9) Name a movie you own. Momento
10) Name an actor who launched his/her career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops. Milla Jovovich
11) Have you ever seen a movie at a drive-in? If so what? Yes. The most recent was ‘Double Take’ with some friends back in college.
12) Ever made out at a movie? At a theater? Probably. I’m just being honest.
13) Name a movie you've been meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to yet. Babel.
14) Ever walked out of a movie? I don’t think so, but Carlin did a lot of sighing during our free advance screening of The Skulls which made me think I was going to. :)
15) Name a movie that made you cry in the theater. Just pick one, any one. I’m a crier. I cried at Aladdin, I cried for days after seeing Titanic, I just recently cried at 300.
16) Popcorn? O yes, but no extra butter.
17) How often do you go to the movie theater? Fairly frequently, I’d say 1-3 times a month.
18) What's the last movie you saw in the theater? 300.
19) What's your favorite/preferred genre? I like a good suspenseful thriller or a campy horror flick.
20) What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? The Great Mouse Detective with my sisters and cousins.
21) What movie do you wish you had never seen? Final Cut with Robin Williams – it looked so promising but sucked so bad.
22) What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed? Big Fish
23) What's the scariest movie you've ever seen? Stephen Kings’s It
24) What's the funniest movie you've ever seen? Mystery Men
Thursday, March 29, 2007
* I am exhausted and my eyes are scratchy.
* That offer I mentioned last week was counter-offered, then counter-offered, then counter-offered and so on and so forth for several offers until finally the buyer's wallet didn't feel to pinched and we didn't feel like we were getting ripped off and ta da! Our house is under contract for sale. We should hopefully close on the 12th of April.
* I'M MOVING TO GEORGIA IN 2 WEEKS!!!!
* In light of the fact that we need to move, we packed up some clothes and the kids and headed up to Hot-lanta (which incidently Alison thinks is the actual name of Atlanta) for the last few days to house hunt.
*Bullet point one should be making a little more sense now. So much driving. So much childrening.
* 2 WEEKS!!!
* We found 2 houses we like and put together offers for both. We sent off our #1 offer and just found out that it's being considered and they just need a few more documents to officially approve it. That way we won't be homeless when we close on this house.
* 206 posts(!) to read on bloglines, that'll teach me not to check it for 3 days.
* Keep the Yarnival submissions coming - if you've sent a submission that has successfully found its way to me, you should have rec'd a confirmation email. If you didn't get one, email me megan(dot)tingle(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll double check. The deadline is Sunday, April 1st. :)
* My Secret Pal Hostess asked us to blog about our fav and least fav yarns. My favorite yarn is Noro Kureyon! I love the colors, I love the feel (even though it's scratchy). My lease favorite yarn is Fun Fur - I've made Ali her fair share of 'boas', but beyond that I'm done with the stuff.
* Must sleep. :)
Friday, March 23, 2007
Lastly, remember how we're trying to sell our house and move to Georgia?? Last night we got an offer on the house. Not an offer we're accepting, but an offer we're counter-offering and that's something.
And keep the YARNIVAL submissions coming - they're great!
Monday, March 19, 2007
They had an amazing Children's Art Workshop area sponsered by local museums. Alison got her art on!
In knitting news, that trip to the yarn store ended up being a trip to the other yarn store where I picked up 2 delightful balls of Karabella Yarns Aurora 8 in colorway 1581, which sadly does not have a name.
I was on the phone with a friend the other day and he told me that earlier that day he'd helped his mom shave her head 'cause her hair's been falling out from her chemo treatments. Immediately, I wanted to knit her a chemo cap.
This yarn is so buttery soft, I know it will comfort her. And it's my first cabling project and suprisingly it wasn't very difficult.
Totally unrelated, have you seen this?? Start 'em young. :)
To Michelle from the comments, I bought that onesie at SuperTarget. It was on an endcap near the baby cup aisle, not with the clothes. And it was only $2.50!
Also, there's been some talk in the Megaknits household about Mrs Megaknits getting herself more freelance work. Mrs Megaknits has a few prospects which she is hopeful about, but she is also terribly nervous. Cross your fingers.
And last, but certainly not least, I got my first package from my Secret Pal today!!! Thanks Pal!!! Pics tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I am so excited to be editing this issue of Yarnival! The Yarnival blog carnival was started by Eve of Needle Exchange and showcases great blogs and posts including essays, reviews and finished objects. It's a great way to find new 'lines' and get out of Bloglines rut. :) Plus it's like a great knitting magazine that you don't have to pay $7 for and then hate later.
Previous issues can be checked out here: Issue 1, Issue 2 - hosted by Eve, Issue 3 - hosted by Cara over at January One, Issue 4 - hosted by Jule at Fricknits, Issue 5 - hosted by Carole of Caroleknits, Issue 6 - hosted by the Purloined Letter and Issue 7 - soon to be released by NotScarlett (looks like tomorrow is the day.)
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR YARNIVAL ISSUE 8!
To submit a blog post, USE THE SUBMISSION FORM. DO NOT leave your submission in the comments. DO NOT email me your submissions. SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY FORM ONLY. The deadline to submit is April 1st. The issue will appear on this blog April 15th.
Remember, ANYONE can submit, regardless of how long they've been blogging or how long they've been involved with the fiber arts. Send in your best blog post! It can be funny, sad, educational - I don't care - as long as it's entertaining, well written, interesting and has something to do with the fiber arts.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
It was STUNNING! I'm a sucker for visual stimulation and this movie did not dissapoint. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I'll stop now, but it's really beautiful.
And keep the comments coming, the deadline is going to be Monday at 10PM. :)
Friday, March 09, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
bmp: How awesome are these socks??? How awesome is Aija for designing it?? If I ever get an itch for stranded colorwork and small needles together, this is going to be the pattern I pick.
Ester: Very cute. It looks very complicated though - I'd need quite a bit of knitting alone time.
Monica: Come on, you know I've already bought the yarn. Just kidding, but I'll certainly be knitting one, if not two, of these little babies.
Hey Mickey!: So fine! I'll probably reserve this one for Emily, 'cause Ali is very tall.
Vestee: Cute! Maybe someone will make a boy baby in my world soon. Aileen??
Dashing: Wayne says real men don't wear fingerless gloves. Wayne has also lived in Florida his whole life, so he could be misinformed.
Queen of Cups: I like this pattern. I have no explanation. I just like it.
Quill Lace: I like anklets. I like knitting socks on 2 circs. I like repeating patterns. I could knit these.
Clessidra: Fancy! I wouldn't wear them, but they are flouncy, flouncy!
I got a beautiful gift from Maggie, it's hand-dyed sock yarn. I can't wait to knit it up, but at the rate Aileen's makeup socks are going, it'll be awhile.
Alison and I have embarked into the world of letterboxing and we LOVE it!! On Tuesday, we set out to find our first box on Tuesday and couldn't even find the right trail at the park. I thought Alison was going to lose interest and we'd be finished before we even got started. Instead, she suprised me and asked if we could get more clues and try again.
And Wednesday we sucessfully found our first box. Today we found 2 more! We were going to find 4, but the first two were down this crazy trail that was comprised of sand, sand and more sand. After pushing the stoller over a mile, we gave up and started back. Ali and I decided to go back another day without Emily and just walk it.
The other two boxes were a fun find though. My little scream-at-a-bug, never-touch-dirt princess was climbing around trees and digging thru leaves. I was very impressed. I didn't get any pics while we were out 'boxing, but here's one of Alison and her log book. :)
Wanna go letterboxing at your house?? You can get tons of start-up info here.
Scout started her tattoo meme and I didn't want to miss out. My tattoo is just over 5 years old and can be found on my right side, going up my ribs. I did a video editing job right before our wedding and they paid me in cash, a lot of cash. Wayne and I couldn't resist using it to go get matching tattoos. He has my name on his chest over his heart.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I LOVE NORO Kureyon!!! I also love ArtYarns Supermerino and Cherry Tree Hill Supersock - okay, all sock yarn except for Regia (it always has those black spots). Love brightly colored Cascade 220 and Sugar/Peaches n' Cream cotton.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I've got 2 straight needlecases, 1 for long needles, 1 for short. A circular needlecase. And a bag that I keep my DPNs and crochet hooks in <-- this could stand to be replaced with something better.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting for roughly 3 years. I learned from a Martha Stewart Living article. I'd say I'm intermediate. I've tried most everything, but haven't mastered it all.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a wist. You can visit it here.
5. What's your favorite scent?
I love clean citrus scents, vanilla and clean linen. I wear Clinique Happy.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yep, but I have to keep in it check. I indulge on Milky Ways. Oh, and Orbit light green (I think it's spearmint) gum.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I can sew a little. I make hand-stamped cards. I can drop-spindle spin.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like alternative-y stuff and 80s music. Some favs include: the Killers, Lily Allen, Fergie, Amy Mann...
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love blues and greens. Also pink. I do not enjoy yellows or oranges or really warm browns.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I like them, they are: husband, Wayne; 4-year-old, Alison; 8-month-old, Emily; 4-year-old dog, Brewski.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
At this time, no, but I'm moving to Georgia where I hear it is colder in which case I'd wear hats.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like to knit socks. I like to knit hats. I like to knit dishclothes. And the occasional cute girl sweater/top.
13. What are you knitting right now?
A shawl, some socks, a sushi wallet.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I usually use circulars, and I love metal Addi Turbos.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I own both! Thanks Wayne!
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
2-3 months old.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas, followed by my birthday.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I'd love a subscription to Interweave Knits new magazine, Knitscene.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Magic Loop looks interesting.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes. I have to check, I'll edit this.
23. When is your birthday?
June 12th - how exciting that it's during SP10!!!
Also, while some things have change, you can view my SP9 questionnaire here.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Look at the list of books below:* Bold the ones you’ve read (I added pretty colors to the ones I love),* Italicize the ones you want to read,* Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) - plus all the other books in the series
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)