Friday, August 02, 2002
It's been a nice morning so far. I am back to working on the Melon boatneck, and am a few inches into the armholes now. I was working on it on the bus this morning when the lady sitting next to me told me I was a good knitter. She was from Sweden and has done lots of knitting in her time, so it was a fun little chat until I had to get off the bus.
Then I saw a sight that really made me wish I had my camera on me. A trash can filled with bunches of yarrow flowers. There were a few coffee cups and ice cream wrappers amidst the flowers, which led to comment that it was the oddest floral arrangement I'd seen yet. Unfortunately the only person to hear me was some little snotty twenty-ish girl who looked at me like I was a nut.
Had a nice message from my boss this morning, thanking me for working on so many different projects, and assuring me that my contributions were not going unnoticed. That was so in character for him, yet so pleasantly surprising to hear on a Friday morning, especially when he is not even in the office today. Here I have been feeling like kind of a loser at work because I am sort of pitching in here and there and not "owning" anything. I guess it's good because I've gotten to work with a lot of different people within the agency, and apparently they all think I do good work. Definitely a plus.
So happy it's Friday. And a quiet one, to boot. Vanessa and I may be able to get out of here at 4, she says. Vanessa's slightly senior to me in our group, so if she says let's go, we can go. She's also extremely cool and fun.
Managed to book an appointment with the photographer we're most interested in, Joel Greenberg. His work looks really interesting from the website - a nice mix of portraits, photojournalism and artistic work. A friend here at work, Kate, recommended him because her friend was working with him and was very pleased. He is available on the big day, so we're very pleased. Apparently they also have an early booking incentive, which includes engagement photos and web hosting for free. Neato! I never thought about an engagement photo, but if they shoot it for free, why not, right?
The weekend is shaping up nicely. I'm taking the first half of tomorrow to clean the apartment, etc. And then we're going out to LI to see Peter, Paul and Mary at the Westbury Music Fair with my parents. I think they may be the one musical group that we all like. It turns out that Ryan's parents listened to them a lot when he was little, and so did mine, so we all have a special feeling about the music. It's especially nice to see them at the Music Fair. It's close to home for all of them, and there's a really special tradition where all the little kids in the audience bring flowers up on stage when they sing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" It's very sweet to see people who've grown up on the music bring their little ones, too. Maybe someday...
Thursday, August 01, 2002
Rowan also has their free pattern of the month up for August. Unfortunately, it's another friggin blanket. I think it was a blanket two months ago, and last month it was a crocheted jacket. Very pretty, but crochet is not my forte. Frustrating - I haven't found a single one of those that I want to make since I joined in June. Maybe September will be better.
I'm also looking for a nice cardigan to make for Diana (maid of honor) for her birthday September 16th. Preferably something that's not going to take too much time - probably chunky or bulky weight. This cardigan from Rebecca might fit the bill. I'm also open to suggestions! I should probably start this one in the next few weeks, which will mean taking a break from the Moo blanket. Then again, the chance of actually seeing Diana on her birthday is slim. Hmm, actually it appears to be a Monday and since she's working in the city these days, I guess it's not so out of the question. We'll see.
Sent off my contract and large deposit check with the boy to send certified mail to the Palm House. Yay! I spoke to a second person there yesterday with a few questions, and she gave me some recommendations for florists, bands and a photographer that they like. We weren't all that impressed with the photographer - nice work, but not terribly interesting. So, we're investigating on our own, with a few recommendations from other people. We both like the work we've seen here, particularly Joel and Terise. One of the florists is located right around the corner from Ryan's place, so I think we'll visit them sometime soon. And I will check out the bands she mentioned, but also want to talk to the band that played my cousin Jill's wedding several years back. I remember them being fantastic.
We've also got to find someone to do that little thing called the ceremony. This should be fun. We want to have a "modern Jewish, easy on the God" ceremony. My mother really wants a chuppah and a rabbi, and I sort of do, too, even though none of us is particularly religious. Of course, Ryan is not Jewish and not religious at all, but he says he is OK with that as long as it doesn't get heavily religious. I agree. My friend Wendy had a Jewish-Indian wedding a year and a half ago, and I remember that being fairly mellow, so I ought to check with her about her rabbi. Or maybe we won't go with a rabbi at all, and instead have a cantor. They are allowed to do wedding ceremonies and tend to be more flexible, from what I have read.
Oh, and good news - my boss, true to his kind self, told me he is going to try and let me make up my missed Summer Friday on August 16th. Of course if we are swamped, it won't happen, but it will probably be OK. That would give me every Friday (except tomorrow) off for the month of August. Yay!
Wednesday, July 31, 2002
For some reason I was even motivated enough to clean my bathroom last night at 10:45. It had been really bugging me, but I have hardly been home to do it, and when I have, it's been so unbearably hot in there because the air conditioning doesn't quite make it all the way there. Last night wasn't so bad somehow, so I took the 15 minutes it needed and it looks ever so much better.
Still wishing for that elusive day off. It's highly unlikely to happen this week, so I told Ryan I just need the day to myself on Saturday to finish off my cleaning, laundry, etc. I hate to "waste" a weekend day like that, particularly in the summer, but I think I will go nuts if I don't. If I start early and finish early, I can finish up that silly boatneck and cross one more thing off my list.
10 a.m. meeting to run to now. Have a great day!
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Last night I thought I was going to knit but I ended up on the phone most of the night. It was fun to talk to my old roommate, Heather, and tell her my good news (we don't talk that often so there was lots of catching up to do). Then Mom and I made plans to go dress shopping the weekend of August 10th. All of my bridesmaids (except future sister-in-law Kristy, since she is in California and moving to Hawaii any minute now) have told me they want to come shopping for my gown. But the idea of doing that with such an entourage is a nightmare, so I am going on the first scouting mission with just Mom, then will invite the others to join me another time, after I have narrowed it down. I think that just makes sense, and I think that's what the two of them who are married did.
Ryan and I talked last night about photographers and what we're looking for. I think he's going to do the research on this one, since he is an artist and has a great eye. I am good at distinguishing crappy photography from good photography, but the middle ground is vast and I think he's perfectly suited for it. Not to mention that I'm happy to have him do some of the work! I think he will also be instrumental in finding a band. OK, that pun was honestly and truly unintentional, and I am not changing it because it amuses me that I wrote it!
Monday, July 29, 2002
It's hot as hell here and I am so happy to have gotten home at a reasonable hour and not have to go anywhere tonight. I think I'll celebrate by knitting and reading wedding porn!
Blogger is getting more and more irritating, with the 503 publish error and other assorted glitches. Argh. But I feel too lazy to change, so I guess I will just suck it up and deal for a while.
Other than that, it's a dull Monday. I had a fun weekend but am still so tired, and I wish I could just take a day off and do nothing. Tempted to call in sick, but I am covering for Bill, who is on vacation, and it probably wouldn't be a good idea. Of course, the pile of laundry at home isn't a good idea either. I have to be at Bliss tonight at 6pm, but it's not for anything so blissful, and by the time I get home everyone in the building will likely be doing their laundry. Vanessa's suggestion is to just this once send my laundry out. Twenty bucks and no hassle. It's awfully tempting, but I've never done it. We shall see.
Sunday, July 28, 2002
After breakfast we headed off to Long Island for a BBQ at Leanne and Glen's. Lots of old friends from high school who I only see a couple of times a year, and lots of new kids. It is so weird when your friend's kids are older than you were when you met your friend! It was nice to see everyone, though Ryan and I were fairly low-energy, and spent a good chunk of time comatose in the hammock. I so want a hammock when we buy a house! Here's Leanne and I smiling for the camera.
And before I go, congrats go to Judy, for surviving the Blogathon! I didn't get a chance to read any of her posts live, but I will probably get to them all tomorrow sometime. And I promise I will send my pledge to RAINN ASAP! Wow, I don't know if I could manage the 24-hours of posting. I think I might run out of things to say. OK, anyone who knows me is laughing now.