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Archive for March, 2009

The Onion Takes On Vajayjays

From the Onion: Renowned Hoo-Ha Doctor Wins Nobel Prize For Medical Advancements Down There

Why are body parts and functions considered bad? I’ve never understood why we insist on renaming things that already have a perfectly useful name. Maybe that’s why I ended up working in a medically-related field.

Still, got a laugh out of it.

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Springtime

It feels like spring.

The spring equinox was almost 2 weeks ago. We’ve had severe storms start up. We’ve sprung forward in time, too.

I have the urge to deep clean everything. I want to finish old projects and start new ones.

It must be spring, right?

Especially if I find this in my yard:

white daffodil

white daffodil

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Vindicated By Science?

At last! Science may have support what I’ve suspected all along: my mom’s dog, Beau, really can act like my mom and mimic one of her dirty looks.

Actually, the article from Discovery News is more about dogs as possible models for human social behavior, due in large part to close interactions between dogs and humans over the past 10,000 to 20,000 years.

Still, it would explain a lot. If you have or are around a dog, you’ll understand.

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Here are a few of my favorite sites dealing with cakes and other baked goodness.

The Joy of Baking website is a treasure trove of recipes. I’ve made the cream scones recipe tons of times, and it always turns out perfect. Which reminds me, it’s been a while since I’ve made scones….

Want to know how to make cake lollipops? Bakerella to the rescue! (I haven’t made them yet, but it’s on my list.) This site is just beautiful to look at, and is even more amazing when you consider the majority of it is edible. She takes great food photos, too.

And you can’t have any list of home or food related sites without Martha Stewart, right? I mean, this is a woman who has a Cookie of the Day recipe. She (or her poor underling) is serious about baking.

Cake wrecks — think of it as FAIL for cakes — is awesome in its badness. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. The Sunday Sweets posts, the flip side of badness, are amazing.

I also love Not Martha, a blog about baking, knitting, and other good stuff. I find myself wishing my blog was that cool. (It’s not, but then, I’m not Not Martha.)

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New Math

Now, this is my kind of math.

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M with Beau

M with Beau

I haven’t spent a lot of time lately knitting, but I did manage to make a scarf for my brother’s girlfriend, M, that I gave to her when she was here last weekend. In the picture, she’s wearing it while holding Beau, my mom’s dog.

This scarf went so fast, it was amazing. I was done in 2 1/2 hours, including adding the fringe, and I’m not a fast knitter.

Yarn: Malabrigo Aquarella “Indy” (super bulky, thick and thin) — 1 skein (100 g/65 yds) for the main scarf, plus a little of a second skein for the fringe

Needles: US13 circular

Pattern: Based on the Instant Gratification Scarf. This is what I did: CO 11 stitches; knit the first row; knit the entire scarf in twisted drop stitch (no knit rows, it’s all twisted drop stitch); knit last row; bind off; add fringe (about 6 inches long).

Instructions/Video: how to do a twisted drop stitch

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Peeps Meeting an Unfortunate End

100 Ways to Kill a Peep may be the best use of too-much free time I’ve seen in a while.

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