Friday, December 15, 2006

For Gromit

As a welcome for Gromit, who has come back to the blogging world after a terribly long absence, I will participate in yet another meme. Yes, I know - two memes in one week. And no photos in forever.

Here, this will keep you going:

Dancing snowmen

It's a vintage Christmas card that was in a book of stencils I found when my SIL's in-laws moved and I helped with their yard sale. There are more snowmen and dancing angels on the inside.

I've got a lot of my Christmas knitting done. I hope to take the time this weekend to photograph all the lovely FOs I have about the house. As it turns out, I'm a pretty fast knitter when I put my mind to it!

Ok, the meme.

6 Weird Things About You:

THE RULES:Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog."

1. I bake when I have a case of the mean reds. My neighbour, who is often called upon to eat the baking, has given me a motto: "When all else fails, bake." I bake at other times too (obviously, or no one would get a birthday cake in Andrew's family), but when I'm feeling down, a pan of brownies or cutting a roll of cinnamon buns always soothes my soul.

2. I look forward to the cold weather. I would say this is because I love winter activities - like snow shoeing and cross country skiing, but I haven't been able to do these things regularly for years. I think it is because the cold reminds me of all those happy times growing up in New Brunswick: snow-mobiling with my parents, sledding with the neighbourhood kids, building forts, hitting my snow covered mittens on the woodstove, throwing hissy fits over poorly fitting snow shoe harnesses (right Dad?)... Ahhh, good times.

I am often disappointed, however, in Nova Scotian winters, as I rarely get to experience the kind of cold that makes snot freeze in your nose. It's just not cold enough here for the snow to squeak underfoot every day for a month.

3. I love building things using instructions. Mr. Happy hates reading instructions and assembling things, so I have put together things like an Ikea bookshelf, the stand for our mitre saw, and the computer desk at my in-law's condo. I had to be forcibly removed from my nephew's Lego set a few weeks ago and I think that if I actually liked the chocolate in Kinder Eggs, then our house might be covered in small plastic toys.

4. My sense of humour. Enough said.

5. I get snakey when something is rattling, either in my house, my office or my car. I've been known to make trips to the basement just to tap the humming face plate on my furnace (the noise stops). The CPU in my office computer sometimes decides to hum, so that gets a tap. And right now, the passenger side lock in our car rattles (thanks to the new window) and the Ninja can attest that it doesn't when the door is locked.

6. For people in blogland whom I haven't met in person: I have a low-pitch to my voice that can make it hard to hear me when I'm mumbling. Which I do often (not so much at KOL). I've noticed that elderly people have a hard time hearing my voice due to the pitch. Over the last few years, I've had to do a lot of talking to large groups of people, so I've learned to project my voice better. But when I'm tired, I find this to be a strain.


  1. Wow, that was quick and it's an interesting list. Funny you mention your voice, that's one of the oddest things about blogging wondering what people sound like!

  2. Anonymous7:36 a.m.

    Your voice is interesting - it does not travel that well, I too have a really hard time hearing you at KOL.

    However I think something is a little broken in my brain, my auditory skills are really poor. Its like I can't process the words I'm hearing sometimes (it doesn't seem to be a volume thing. Odd).

    Good for you on the Christmas knitting progress!

  3. Actually, the weirdest thing about Steph's voice is that, when talking one on one she is kinda quiet and hard to hear, the minute she tells one of her "stories" it's like she can't be loud enough. :P Which, the staff at the coffee shop can vouch for. They know almost as much about Steph as we do :P

  4. I like putting things together with instructions too...but since my husband feels strongly that this is his job (as the "man of the house") I never get to put stuff together. It's kind of annoying actually...

  5. Did you tag anyone Steph? Or did you just mutter a few names and none of us heard you :P

  6. I'm dying over that vintage card. (And I do all the Ikea assembly in our house. Love it. Not weird at all.)

  7. i love that card SO going to steal it and make it something.
    ps i think ikea should make a grown up toy that focuses on ikeaconstruction. like a box with a ton of screws and boards and the key thing and you can make anything you want. and change it all the time.