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The Romanian December 28, 2008

Filed under: boys — firespinner526 @ 12:35 am


My assistant manager set me up with this guy who used to live in his apartment building.  It’s going well.  He’s very polite.  And oh-my-goodness the accent.  He’s from Romania, but speaks English very fluently even though he’s only been here a little over a year.  Last night the Romanian, Joe (my boss), Lynne (my bff, wingman and backup) and I went out for drinks andthe Romanian and I really hit it off.  His name is Jon, but it’s just so much more fun to say “the Romanian.” Joe and Lynne pretty much sat next to us, got us started talking and then let us be.  We don’t have too much in common, but he’s really cool to talk to.  We went out for lunch today too.  And I got a kiss on the cheek.  He’s very gentlemanly.  It’s pretty damn nice, actually, even if it seems a little slow or cliched, but it’s nice.  We’re probably going to go out next week and maybe spend New Years together.  At lunch today we talked about everything, but art especially, so I really want to take him to the MFA here in Boston.  I have Tuesday off and it would make a really fun date I think.

At first, not gonna lie, I was a little offended when Joe started meddling cause he was trying to be sly about setting us up, but he wasn’t very good at it.  Joe and I don’t really get along well, so I was confused by that too.  But now, I dunno, my opinion has changed a bit.  When Joe was first describing the Romanian to me, he said he was deep and smart.  So, rather than being offended cause people think I need a boyfriend or whatever, I’ve taken it as well, he must think I’m deep and smart too since he thought we’d get along so well.

Hehe, in the middle of writing this little update, the Romanian texted me a Good Night.


End of Year Meme December 23, 2008

Filed under: meme,nostalgia — firespinner526 @ 12:58 am

Snagged as usual from Sassenach:

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Ummm… I planned a short, but very spontaneous trip to Georgia and South Carolina and funded it all by myself.  Usually my trips are planned well in advance and paid for by the parents or gps.  Um, I also cooked last week.  I can bake, but I’m terrified of cooking meat and giving people food poisoning so I’ve never really cooked.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year? I had a billion resolutions last year (well 10 actually).  Some were more successful than others, but in the end I’m probably just the same as last year.  This year the only resolution I am making is to save my money.

Did anyone close to you give birth? Um, my boss’s wife and a co-worker.

Did anyone close to you die? Yes, although I hadn’t seen her in about 12 years.

What countries did you visit? Only my own.

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A boyfriend.  Maybe.  A better job.  Some money would be nice too.

What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Hmmm… good question.  November 21 (Twilight), Election Day, a particularly fun night in March, the day I got into Clemson

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting into Clemson, even if I didn’t end up going there.  It’s a great school and I really didn’t think I would get in.

What was your biggest failure? Not doing better in my classes.

Did you suffer illness or injury? Root canal just last week.  A nasty bout of the flu a couple of weeks ago.  I’m sure I’ve had bad colds and stuff before too.  I’m always sick.

What was the best thing you bought? No idea.  OH!  I GOT IT!  My tattoo!

Whose behavior merited celebration? My mom’s.  It’s been an awful year and she’s kept this family together pretty damn well despite all the stress.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Politics bullshit I guess.

Where did most of your money go? Bills: school loans and car stuff.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Twilight.  Going back to school (although that fizzled quite a bit)

What song will always remind you of 2008? anything from the Twilight soundtrack, cause I am that lame

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
not gonna lie, I always get sad this time of year, so just as sad, if not a little sadder
ii. thinner or fatter? a teensy bit less
iii. richer or poorer? much poorer

What do you wish you’d done more of? gone to class, read, knit

What do you wish you’d done less of? stress, work

How will you be spending Christmas? With the fam

Did you fall in love? Pffft.

What was your favourite TV program? I got wicked into Doctor Who this year.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don’t think so, although it was a bad day at work so I could be mean and say my head teller, but I don’t really hate her.

What was the best book you read? Hmm, I’ve read a lot this year: Twilight, His Dark Materials, a couple of Austen novels I hadn’t read before.  Best would have to be Persuasion by Jane Austen

What was your greatest musical discovery? Ok, most of them are from the Twilight soundtrack or my Plurk penpal Jassy: Muse, The Lucksmiths, Los Campesinos, Stealing Jane, A Fine Frenzy, Iron & Wine

What did you want and get? To get into Clemson

What did you want and not get? To go to Clemson

What was your favorite film of this year? Do I really need to say it?!  Twilight, obviously.  Although, there were plenty of good ones out this year: Dark Knight, Iron Man, Mamma Mia, etc

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 22 and I went out with Ashley and Christine to Acapulco’s for margaritas and beer!

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably satisfying? For my dad to have found a job and we didn’t have to worry about how the mortgage would get paid this month.  A boyfriend would have helped a bit too.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? running with Sassenach’s “comfortable”

What kept you sane? knitting and reading mystery novels or vampire books or vampire mysteries

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? hehe… RPattz, no question.  David Tennant too.

What political issue stirred you the most? Obama winning the election

Who did you miss? Rachel from RWU who I only got to see a couple of times this year.  My family in Georgia and Florida.  And Ashley.

Who was the best new person you met? At the moment, my brother’s girlfriend.  I don’t know if she’s the best of the whole year, but she’s pretty cool.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: errr… don’t take Psych classes if you’re in a particularly low mood.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: How about I come back to this one, eh?


Meta Post of Knitting December 18, 2008

Filed under: chistmas,fo,knitting,mood swings,twilight,wip — firespinner526 @ 3:47 pm

Well, I promised a knitting update and here it is:

My Rosalie hat:

Rosalie Hat

Based on a hat that Rosalie wore during one of the cafeteria scenes:

Rose hat

I have shared it on Ravelry and people are actually interested in a pattern!!! It will need a bit of reworking: more lacy and more slouchy. But still, the idea of designing a pattern and sharing it with others is something I never thought I’d be doing when I began knitting 4 years ago.

These are my goth-y gauntlets:


The pattern is Twisted Stitches’ Armwarmers.  And I wear them very often.  I get a lot of compliments on them as well.

Um, I just finished a pair of Maine Morning Mitts, but I don’t have a picture yet.  They are for my mom’s friend for Christmas.  And I really enjoyed the pattern so I decided to use the rest of the yarn that I had from my cousins’ hats last year to make matching Mitts, but I just finished one and doubt I’ll have enough left for a second one.

The other MAJOR Christmas present.  The only one I had really intended on making is my mom’s Shoalwater Shawl.  Here is a WIP Pic:

Mom's Shoalwater Shawl

Oh, and the Winter Twilight Mitts WIP pic: (yea I’ve been a bit obsessed with fingerless mitts lately)

Winter Twilight Mitts

I overdyed the secondary yarn (the not-blue one) from a green and orange colorway with grape Kool-Aide, but instead of a dark purple I got more of a purpley, greeny, orangy, color.

Ok, well I oughtta get back to my knitting and napping. I have the newest version of Sense and Sensibility in the DVD player and some meds to take.


quickie December 17, 2008

Filed under: knitting,mood swings — firespinner526 @ 12:47 am

So, I felt like writing and saying that I have been uber-busy.  For somebody who said they weren’t going to do any holiday knitting, I’ve got a lot of holiday knitting to get done and some things I have finished.  My classes are almost over.  I have one more final on Friday.  I’m going through a particularly low valley mood-wise.  The stress of school and holidays and teeth (emergency root canal anybody?) has seriously gotten to me.

I will hopefully post again tomorrow with pictures and lists and stories and stuff.  I have a day off that will include a smidge of sleeping in and another trip to the dentist’s office, then home for some serious napping.


memememe December 10, 2008

Filed under: meme — firespinner526 @ 12:14 am

I love these things… especially when I’m procrastinating from my homework… hehe thanks Sassenach

Things I’ve Done (In Bold)

1. Started my own blog – seems pretty obvious
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band – we lasted maybe a week.  I was the singer and we did a cover of the ska cover of The Foundations’ Build Me Up Buttercup
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower – every chance I get
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world – more times than I can remember, I lived four hours awy
8. Climbed a mountain – not a big one though, more like a big hill
9.  Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo – and messed up a solo many times
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch – I taught myself to knit from a book
15. Adopted a child – unless we’re counting animals, then many
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight – none that I can remember
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (I think I have?)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (on a rock wall)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades (I lived there lol)
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant
I was writing detail-y stuff about them, but them I remembered that I have a three page paper due tomorrow…  The semester is almost over so hopefully I’ll be posting more soon.


Twilight Movie Awesomeness November 21, 2008

Filed under: twilight — firespinner526 @ 1:51 pm

I went to the midnight movie last night and it was wonderful *sigh*  I’ve have the flu all week and I’m still feeling peekish, so thats all I’m gonna say for now, but I just wanted to say I saw it and loved it.


Expecto Patronum tattoo November 2, 2008

Filed under: hp,me — firespinner526 @ 11:15 pm
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Expecto Patronum

YAY!!! I did it! I finally did it!