Friday, December 26, 2008

Holy Crap it's ANOTHER Scary Coincidence

I did this whole thing about synchronicity and coincidences on my mommcity.com blog a couple of months ago (user name Becky or Dances if you care). I even had a contest asking readers to post their coincidences. Anyways....
I have been using that darn Stumble upon browser button like a fiend and I came across this just now...my name is Rebecca, I have a friend named Laurie and I JUST DRANK SOME CHAMOMILE TEA! I swear...it's true...this is from a joke spot...I already navigated away from it on this tab so...I don't have the link right now but oh well...

1.
Chamomile Tea

ACTUAL COLLEGE THEME PAPER - HEY I COULDN'T MAKE THIS UP
Remember the book "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"?
Well, here's a prime example offered by an English professor
at an American University.

"Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story.
The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person
sitting to his or her immediate right. One of you will then write
the first paragraph of a short story. The partner will read the
first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story. The
first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back and
forth. Remember to reread what has been written each time in order
to keep the story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking
and anything you wish to say must be written on the paper. The
story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."

The following was actually turned in by two of my English students:

Rebecca -last name deleted, and Jim - last name deleted.

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STORY:
(First paragraph by Rebecca)
At first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. The
chamomile, which used to be her favorite for lazy evenings at home,
now reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in happier times,
that he liked chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs,
keep her mind off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if
she thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again.
So chamomile was out of the question.
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(Second paragraph by Jim)
Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl Harris, leader of the attack
squadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had more important things to
think about than the neuroses of an air-headed asthmatic bimbo named
Laurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a year ago. "A.S.
Harris to Geostation 17, he said into his trans- galactic communicator.
"Polar orbit established. No sign of resistance so
far..." But before he could sign off, a bluish particle beam flashed
out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo bay. The
jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and across
the cockpit.
----------------------------------------------------------
(Rebecca)
He bumped his head and died almost immediately but not before he
felt one last pang of regret for psychically brutalizing the one
woman who had ever had feelings for him. Soon afterwards, Earth
stopped its pointless hostilities towards the peaceful farmers
of Skylon 4. Congress Passes Law Permanently Abolishing War and
Space Travel," Laurie read in her newspaper one morning. The news
simultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared out the window,
dreaming of her youth, when the days had passed hurriedly and
carefree, with no newspapers to read, no television to distract
her from her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful things
around her. "Why must one lose one's innocence to become a woman?"
she pondered wistfully.
--------------------------------------------------------
(Jim)
Little did she know, but she had less than 10 seconds to live.
Thousands of miles above the city, the Anu'udrian mothership
launched the first of its lithium fusion missiles. The dim-witted
wimpy peaceniks who pushed the Unilateral Aerospace Disarmament
Treaty through the congress had left Earth a defenseless target
for the hostile alien empires who were determined to destroy the
human race. Within two hours after the passage of the treaty
the Anu'udrian ships were on course for Earth, carrying enough
firepower to pulverize the entire planet. With no one to stop
them, they swiftly initiated their diabolical plan. The lithium
fusion missile entered the atmosphere unimpeded. The President,
in his top-secret Mobile submarine headquarters on the ocean floor
off the coast of Guam, felt the inconceivably massive explosion,
which vaporized poor, stupid Laurie and 85 million other Americans.
The President slammed his fist on the conference table. "We can't
allow this! I'm going to veto that treaty! Let's blow 'em out of
the sky!"
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(Rebecca)
This is absurd. I refuse to continue this mockery of literature.
My writing partner is a violent, chauvinistic semi-literate
adolescent.
----------------------------------------------------------
(Jim)
Yeah? Well, you're a self-centered tedious neurotic whose attempts
at writing are the literary equivalent of Valium. "Oh shall I have
chamomile tea? Or shall I have some other sort of F*CKING TEA??? Oh
no, I'm such an air headed bimbo who reads too many Danielle Steele
novels."
----------------------------------------------------------
(Rebecca)
Asshole.
----------------------------------------------------------
(Jim)
Bitch.
----------------------------------------------------------
(Rebecca)
Wanker.
----------------------------------------------------------
(Jim)
slut.
---------------------------------------------------------
(Rebecca)
Get f*cked.
----------------------------------------------------------
(Jim)
Eat shit.
--------------------------------------------------------
(Rebecca)
F*CK YOU - YOU NEANDERTHAL!!!
----------------------------------------------------------
(Jim)
Go drink some tea - whore.
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(Teacher)
A+ I really liked this one.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Nowhere to go but Up


The winter solstice has passed. From now on the days will only get longer. I'm just wondering if there will be better stuff on TV soon as I have a lot of knitting to get done.

My cable luxe KAL sweater is fabulous as is my second cabled riding jacket. I finished two doofy hats and have a third on the needles. Someday I will stockpile those puppies and sell them.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A cool "Game'"(that has NO point lol)

I have been using my stumble upon tool bar thingy (http://www.stumbleupon.com/ ) quite a bit since my youngest son, John, turned me on to it. Yesterday I found this "game" and I have been wasting a few minutes with it *whistle. You'll need the latest Java for it. Also, if you can't figure it out...leave me a comment and I'll try to explain (hint...just play around with it and think about what the words underneath do in real life)



Sunday, December 14, 2008

Knitting Victories


I stand before you victorius! After struggling with this pattern for months I finally finished my cabled Riding Jacket from Teva Duram's Loop D Loop book. I wore it yesterday and got several compliments (Thank you Thank you..I made it myself!)
I also finished a couple of other projects...I'm busily working my way through almost everything I had on the needles plus some (got some orders for more doofy hats...interesting colors, we'll see how it goes)
My friend from high school, Cheryl, came to knit group with my new BFF Leslie and me at Knitter's Kove yesterday. I got her started on a stunning orangey/fallish soft scarf. She's actually knit sweaters before so she picked it right back up quickly...Go Al Barr! Dang I wish I had taken her picture while we were there. maybe next time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crazy Quilt Blocks on Ebay


I put 5 sets of crazy quilt blocks up for bid today since

Ebay had a 1/2 price thingy going on. I am still seriously considering doing and etsy.com store. Just need to motivate and get some stuff done to sell. If you would like to bid my seller ID is crazyquilter59

Sage green, ecru and gold Sixteen 9" Blocks
Ecru, gold, cream white NINE 11" Blocks
Elvis SIX 6" Blocks red black silver
Red green gold TWELVE 6" Blocks
Ecru, gold, cream, white TWELVE 6" Blocks









Monday, December 8, 2008

Police Drama and what I learned from it

Friday Dec 5, 2008 we had a slight POLICE DRAMA in front of our house. A guy was shot and killed and wrecked right by my alley...yikes!!! Here are the videos if you want to see them...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNRmHUEJrvs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8o6nBBHJaE

Here's my TOP Ten List of things I learned about it....

10. Everyone loves a good shooting/car wreck!

9. Closing Constitution Ave messes up a lot of people’s travel plans.

8. People will assume YOU are the one who did the shooting.

7. You can’t always get on TV no matter how hard you wave at the camera.

6. Flashing red and blue lights look good against a mountain backdrop.

5. Your driveway parking privileges may be revoked at any time.

4. Gunshots sound a lot like your neighbor banging on his Ford truck with a hammer.

3. The more anxious you are to get exciting video uploaded the more your computer will lag, freeze and not co-operate.

2. Your pizza might get cold if you wait an hour to go get it.

And the #1 thing I learned from this whole thing….They don’t let ya keep crime scene tape.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My pathetic Moon and Planets picture


What is it with night photography? I always get blurs even with the 50mm camera and a tripod. This picture was taken with my new digital. I wish I had remembered to switch back to 7MP. Oh well...I have my memories!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

#@*% Snow!!!!

It finally happened...for once in my life I got what I wished for. Then of course I found out I really didn't want it after all...what's up with that?!?

Last week I told Jack since he would be off work for two days for Thanksgiving and we weren't required to be a anywhere that I hope it snowed like hell. BITE YOUR TONGUE!!! Uh yeah...I got my stupid wish...snow Thursday, Friday and Sunday into Monday thus knocking Jack out of a day of work which WE CAN'T AFFORD!!!!!

It might be different if I could actually get anything done when he is here...but I can't so today I found myself 5 days behind in just about everything.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Gift of Fabric from Nana


I've become close with a lady my mom went to school with. We met after I emailed everyone in my mom's address book to tell them she was too sick to be on the computer. Then I started a blog at Mommycity.com to keep everyone informed on her progress right up until she died.


Nana and I have become great friends! She bought one of my Mother's Quilts with her grandsons' birthstones. She also made my mom a lap blanket which I kept. I made her a DPN case and put in a few sets of DPNs so she wouldn't have to drive 40 miles for them.

Yesterday I got a nice package from her! I am going to use most of these fabrics for knitting needle cases. I think the red/gold will go nicely on the red/green/gold CQ blocks I'm piecing.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stash Enhancment Expedition...(S.E.X. as the yarn harlot says)


Leslie and I went yarn shopping after knitting Wednesday. I got all blues...some at the Yarn Outlet on 8th St and some at Hobby Lobby. The red I got Saturday at Knitters Kove. Too much fun!
The cotton yarn is for thr Lion Brand knit along of this cabled tunic...the red is for a purse for Mike's niece and I don't know what the rest is for...maybe just to look at!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another Beautiful Day In Colorado


I got a lot to do today. My TO DO list is a mile long :o....good thing the weather is nice for my jaunt downtown. I will be paying bills, going to the libray to pick up some holds that came in, mailing some stuff and going to the courthouse to see what happens to Mommy Kim this time...will she pay her child support or will she get slapped on the wrist again? (I think we all know she'll skate out free and easy as usual but on the off chance she gets cuffed and stuffed I want to be there)

I should call Cheryl and ask if she wants go go...nah too late now I should have done that last night...argggggh!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Funky Gloves and Monkey Stuff



A couple of past projects to share...the gloves started out to be socks but...I don't NEED anymore socks (so why did I buy some at the Army Surplus Store Saturday? Hmmmmmmmm) The monkey set was for my grandson, Anthony.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Work Scarf for Jack

I have a great husband, Jack. He can cook, clean, fix cars and stuff around the house. He works hard for his money and love him to pieces!

Last Friday he got snowed out of work. I had asked him before to go to the yarn shop, Knitter's Kove, (omg one of my most favorite places on earth!!) to pick out yarn for a cabled riding jacket I want to make. He really didn't want to but since he wasn't doing anything else, he agreed.

Once we got inside he was MOVED by all the yarn...he turned around in a circle looking at it, touched different skeins to see what they felt like and basically got caught up in the beauty of it all. (I know how he felt. That happenes to me all the time) Finally he said, "I need a scarf."


Huh? You're actually asking me to make you something?!?

He really did want a a scarf! He's asked me to make things before but for other people, not him.

We talked about color, size and feel and I asked him if we could shop my stash for yarn because we weren't finding what he wanted there in the store . (I promise to buy the yarn for the cabled riding jacket there...we both agreed on a greyish blue wool mohair blend for that)

When we got home I grabbed a couple of yarns I had stashed, let him feel them (they had to be SOFT), got measurements and did my swatch. He fely it and decided it was a good weight and feel and gave me the go-ahead.

After I knit a few rows I realized I probably wouldn't have enough to finish it so when we went to Hobby Lobby I grabbed a couple of things on sale to add to it. I ended up not using one of them...too GIRLY!! But all in all I am very pleased with the results...It's gonna be spectacular AND warm!!!!

PS I took it to knitting group with me and got their nod of approval...I told Jack his scarf had woman knitter cooties on it from all the fondling :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

OMG I'm a Cartoon!?!



It's true...inside me lurks Cartoon Rebecca...a sweet mild-manner woman who plays guitar and knits...
Here's more proof!

video

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Greeting From Dances with Pith Bulls aka Crazy Rebecca



Hi...my name is Rebecca but you can call me Dances. Dances with Pit Bulls. Yep, you heard me right...I took that name after a pit bull I had back in Illinois "danced" with me in the yard like the wolf "danced" with Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves. Before that I was Crazy Rebecca, because I ran a website that sold crazy quilt supplies and fabrics. I'm still kinda in that line of work so I reckon you can call me Crazy Rebecca too.

I have had blogs in various places for about three years now (http://blog.myspace.com/danceswithpitbulls http://www.mommycity.com/our-users?user=dances & http://www.artwanted.com/artist.cfm?ArtID=31825&Tab=Blog ) but I needed one with an RSS feed to put on my Ravelry.com page. (That's a cool community site for knitters and crocheters...come join the fun!)
I started blogging in earnest at Myspace after my stepkids decided it was their sole mission in life to drive me insane. Well, that and the fact that I moved 1200 miles away from my family and wanted them to know what was going on and so I could show them the mountains here in Colorado. Now it's going to be a place for me to showcase my artistic endeavors and again to let friends and family know what's going on here in Colorado Springs.

Welcome to my world!