A place for my knitting ramblings ...

9.24.2008

Gifts from the Heart

As promised, I'd like to share some handmade gifts that we received as wedding presents. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to photograph every handmade gift that we received. TracyB knit us up a ton of Ballband dishclothes. And a co-worker of mine made us a beautiful & super soft ivory afghan.
TracyB knit Charlotte's Web for me. See?

This is a fantastic gift because I am a Children's Librarian and this summer's reading program theme was Catch the Reading Bug. Get it? It is a lovely shade of plum and even has a special knitted message. Tracy is good with the small needles and look at this wonderful lace work.

Another fantastic handmade gift that we received was from Matt's parents. His stepdad made us this gorgeous shelving unit. Isn't it amazing? (pardon the crappy photo)

This beauty is currently being stored at Matt's parents house until we move into our new house. Yes, that is correct. OUR NEW HOUSE! We are closing on a house this Friday. Life is busy and exciting and crazy. We are working on packing and gathering all the necessary documentation and thinking about paint colors and hiring locksmiths. It is a new adventure!

9.15.2008

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight ...

So, I am usually not terribly political here, right? Mostly conversational and pleasant. Today is not one of those days. So, if you prefer to stay out of my politics ... I completely understand ... but please check back soon and I will be doing a posting about handmade gifts that we got for our wedding. Totally awesome, by the way.


Okay, here goes. Sarah Palin! I am a Librarian and I just can't let all of this go without a mention. Oh my word ... it's just awful. Asking the City Librarian if she would be willing to ban books is just wrong. There is no other conclusion. Wrong, wrong and wrong. Yes, I am aware that the supposed list of books she banned (that is being forwarded around) is totally bogus ... but the fact the she asked the Librarian if she would banish objectionable books if asked to do so - is darn well scary enough for me.

So, a friend forwarded an e-mail to me today that I thought I'd share:

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....
* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack, you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.