ARRRRH!

Ahoy me maytees! This is Captin’ Maaarrrgaux.   Sorry sorry! I just couldn’t help myself.  It’s Halloween!   How can you not beat this holiday!  I saw some pretty interesting costumes this halloween, one was dispicable while others were just laughable.

If you haven’t noticed already I was a Pirate.  I just got the basics since it was really last minute.  A bandana and an eye patch was my perfect costume solution.

                                        

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Besides all the trickery and treating I did get some good knitting in.  I started the Left Front of my mom’s cardigan.  The whole knitting process is what I feel confident in, but it’s the whole piecing them together that gets me all nervous.  I mean how awful is it if you knit these beautiful pieces and then screw up sewing them together!  My brother’s sweater is sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust because of this.  I feel like I either sew too tightly or too loose.

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But I cannot beat myself up about this since this is the first sweater I’ve ever knitted.  So a girl’s got to start somewhere.  More tomorrow, promise 🙂

Sigh of Relief

Has this week been sickening long for anyone else?  I can’t even remember what I did on Monday and I certainly thought Tuesday or Wednesday should have been Friday.  Which made surviving through Tuesday, Wednesday and even Thursday maddening!  I tried keeping my nights busy and exciting and for the most part accomplished that goal.

Last night I was at a bar called Black Bear, which any one who lives in my area has certainly heard of.  I become most unoriginal in choosing to places to go out – I always cede defeat and go to a place that I’ve been to a million times before. I was there with a few friends drinking beers and watching my 13th ranked team get schooled by 3rd seeded Virgina Tech.  I guess being a f-ing awesome quarterback runs in the family.  (I wonder what Mrs. Vick thinks of before she goes to bed nightly… "My boys are wonderful quarterbacks, aweful citizens but boy can they throw the pigskin.") 

I certainly didn’t realize how buzzed I was until the song "Apache" came on.  This is a song that gained popularity from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and was also a "theme song" to my summer as an orientation leader at BC.  So naturally I felt it my duty to perform the dance for my friends, however innapropriate the enviornment was.  Once that song touches your ears it’s hard to stop thrusting that pelvic…

On a completely different topic, I did a little quiz on what city I would be best suited for and these are my results:


What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz 🙂

Find the Love of Your Life (and More Love Quizzes) at Your New Romance.

ROME!

 

Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand

And gorgeous Italian men – could life get any better?


Rome! I’m a Rome girl.  It does describe me pefrectly because while I LOVE LOVE LOVE New York, I do not really want to live there. I just like being a part of the big city.  It’s so exciting and new and busy and rude and unscripted and smelly and unique and well the best fucking city in the world.

Fun Time is Here

After spending my whole day at work reading other blogs I finally got home so that I could write in my very own.  It’s been appox. 2 months since I started this and I’m pretty surprised at myself that it’s keeping up the way it has.  I have a lot to figure out though – I haven’t quite mastered the whole buttons on the side thing yet.  I used to know Everything about HTML but that must have leaked out of my brain somewhere between my Junior year of college and today. Plus, I liked using the fancy-shmancy programs like Flash and Dreamweaver that it became really ease to forget the building blocks. Either way I have a lot of ‘research’ to do. 

I also had my knitting on my mind.  Once I start something it’s rediculously hard to get me to think of anything else.  My boyfriend last night told me that I was ‘addicted’ to my knitting.  Frankly, yes I am.  Especially when I’m in the midst of a project!  And last night was supposed to be our "Lost" evening but the darn show is on a rerun for the next 2 weeks… WTF!?  And although I do like Martha, I wasn’t about to start watching the Apprentice – so I worked on this:

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My wrap is 3/5ths of the way done. Soooo Excited! I hope to wear it this fall but if I miss out than it will make it’s debut in the spring.  I love the color!  I’m just doing plain stocknette stitching so it’s quite relaxing to make.

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Once it’s finished the lines will sit veritcally on me which I think will look good (I hope!).  It’s been very quick to knit up and I have two balls left.  I might have to get one more just so that the length is enough. My next project is socks. I’ve been poking around other knit blogs and it seems that everyone is obsessed with them, so I’m guessing it’s about time that I am too!

But before any  new casting on goes on, tonight I’m going to be heading out to watch my boys play.

Procrastination

I just can’t stop tweeking with this site today!  I"m currently at work so this is going to be SUPER short… shorter if my boss walks in on me. 

I just went online to find out new and different things to do around the blog – so I’ve added a new banner (I might change it though, we’ll see) as well as I’m going to be adding new sites to the sides, etc… it’s good that I’m at working doing this – not like I have anything more important to do!! ahhhh

I’ll have some fun pictures later showing what I’ve been working on – My wrap is coming along nicely and well Mama’s sweater still sits collecting dust… oh well!

Progress

I’m waiting for the sky to open up.  There’s a 3% chance that the rain we get tonight will cause a Day-Off tomorrow.  Mostly I’m praying for a power outtage, but I’ll take some flash floods.  The one of the many things I love about working at a school, especially as an administrator, is that you get alllll the perks without the at home paperwork.  I get to enjoy the snow days and summers even though I pretty much do a more "corporate" job.

Rainy days are fabulous, except when there’s a Full Week of them.  It allows me not to feel guilty when I’m my old lazy self.  Yesterday I had to convince myself that I deserved to take 3+ hour naps and not go out to enjoy the sunny day.  It was a pretty easy submission considering the Saturday I had.   My girls from BC came for the weekend and we had what turned out to be a pretty crazy night.  I’ll spare the details but let’s just say I have a very hoarse voice today.

So I’m kinda obsessed with my knit projects lately… I’ve started two: one sweater for my mom which is a 1/3 of the way done and frankly I do not think I’m going to have enough yarn and a wrap/poncho for myself which I’m doing with really pretty Manos yarn and I’m doing a whole lot of stocknette stitching.  My next project is going to need some cables or lace in it – I’m getting kinda bored but it’s very meditative.  It’s calming that repetitive purl or knit – kinda like doing yoga.

Knitting also reminds me of when I used to make friendship bracelets. I kicked ass at them. I always needed my knots to be perfect and even and I loved making different patterns with them.  I had to have at least 12 braclets on my wrist at one time or I didn’t think it was cool.  I kept a huge box of floss, all numerically coded, which I would sort by color.  Obsessed.  In grade school, I would tape the braclets under my desk at school so that I could continuously work on them.   One of my college friends commented on how nuts it would have been if I knew how to knit then.  They claim I would have never left the dorm!  (which is certainly possible…) 
I was in a speech class my sophomore year when one of my classmates did her speech on knitting.  I remember being so excited at the time, but considered knitting SO Complex – much in the domain of photo-printing.  I mean I had No Idea how they got that picture on the film to a big piece of paper.  It wasn’t until I took a class when I had the "Aha!" moment. 

I finally sucked it up and ordered a book about knitting and sat down with it until I had the knit stitch down.  It’s almost coming on a year when I first considered myself a full-flegged knitter.  I completed my first "complex" project: Christmas stockings.  I got the pattern out of a Martha Stewart magazine. (Thanks Martha!)  I am not ashamed by the way to say that I love Martha Stewart – her badass jailbird self.  She’s pretty arrogant though.  Kinda of an example when "Keeping it Real Goes Wrong". 

So Much

There’s so much to say but honsestly not enough time to do it! I popped over to what’s turning out to be one of my favorite LYS, Handknits in Englewood.  I went in there to get yarn for the felted bullentin board I wanted to make from the Alterknits book and I ended up leaving with a whole lot more!!

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What started out as two skeins of Manos turned in to 5.  I didn’t know at the time what I wanted to work it into but dropped the word "poncho" on my wonderful store assistant and she showed me a few patterns.  I like simplicity so I’m just going to work it in stocknette and work a straight neck.  Basically I’m knitting a huge rectangle and I’m going to fold it in half. Whola! (Remember I am still a beginner at this, really).  I love the reds too!  I’m going to use the green bulky Brown Sheep for the bulletin board.  Plus, on top of it all I still have my mom’s (and my bro’s) sweaters to finish and then there’s Christmas coming up!!  I hope I get it all done – I’m going to have to quit my social life for a while to accomplish this!

I cannot get over Mother Nature these days.  The hurricane season alone has solidified any doubts that I will ever move to any region in the Gulf Coast.  But that’s not even the worst of things.  The earthquake in South Asia is even more disaterous than all the hurricane’s combined.  I haven’t even gotten my head around what’s going on over there.  I saw pictures of children being pulled out from collapsed houses.  I’m compassion-ed out!  I keep praying it all will stop. 

Familia

Popi_meMi Familia.

This is my blood.
This is my history.
This is my Popi.
He is my father’s father.
A patriarch: 10 children of which my father was the youngest.
Ramon Pena from Humaco, Puerto Rico.
He was a writer of songs.
He was a master at the French Horn.

Sadly I did not know him long but I know so much about him through stories and memories. There is so much history in his eyes.

I laugh every time I see this picture. He’s probably thinking, "boy my grandaughter is a chunky one!"  Let’s just say I was well fed! 😉

I had a lot of family reflection and bonding this weekend.  I spent Friday night going to clubs with my brother Andrew who was in from London.  We went to 48 Grove and PM, two very hip lounge/clubs.  It’s one of very seldom nights where I have stayed up until 4am dancing and drinking.  My body was PAYING for it on Saturday.  I slept well past noon only to crawl over to my parents house where I took shelter on the couch for the rest of the night.  Being at home lying on the a couch wtih my mother is one of the best places in the universe.  She has magical hands that always know the most soothing places to destress and calm me – especially when she plays with my hair.

Sunday was a much more productive day! I got two new knitting books: Alterknits and Holiday Knits – both I absolutely LOVE!!! They have given me all these ideas for Christmas presents and apartment fixtures. I promise no boring scarves! 🙂

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

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I just love my green umbrella! It’s gotten a lot of usage this week, probably more than it thought. Poor thing was just sitting all nice, minding it’s own business, then WHAM! It decides to rain for a whole freggin’ week.

I feel like this picture reminds me of the cover of a Jack Johnson album. Only I have an umbrella and he’s got a hooded rain coat and it’s really f’in raining on him.  Still we’re both doing that stupid smirk on our faces, like we know something everyone else doesn’t know…  how about that the rain is Never Going to End.

I cannot tell you how glad I am it’s the weekend!!!  My brother is in from London and my friend Johanna is in town from NC.  We’re planning a fun night out despite the perceptiation.  We’re probably going to hit up some very trendy clubs tonight – which is something I don’t do often but LOVE when I do! 

All my cozy apartment stuff will wait until manana.  As will working on my mom’s sweater.  I haven’t even thought about casting on for any other projects.  Well… actually I do have one project sitting on needles that is still waiting for me to get all the proper yarn.  So I have two projects.  Still not too shabby.  I always think of my mom when I start to knit.  She is the most talented woman I know.  She spent two years at FIT when she was younger, studying fashion design.  What I wouldn’t give to be around during that time watching her putting together her own original pieces.  My dad talks about this "little yellow dress" she had worn on one of their dates.  Imagine, sewing together your date outfit instead of flipping through a cataloge.  I wish I had that skill! 

I have this fantastic picture of her with curlers in her hair, measuring tape around her neck and pins in her mouth.  She’s in her undergarmets piecing together what I assumed she was going to wear that very night.  Her hands are up around her face masking her embarrasement at being caught in the middle of her handiwork. I swear I can hear her screaming at the photographer.  I wish I could crack open that head and soak up all her talent and knowledge. Imagine!  Maybe one day I’ll finally get behind her Singer sewing machine, until then I’ll just be here clicking my needles away.

Enjoy the weekend everyone! Hey Sun, you want to f’in come out now?

 

What’s in a Name

The rain has caused pretty much every part of me to become a lazy beast.  At work I’ve resorted to reading other people’s blogs and google-ing.  On one such occasion I googled my own precious name: Margaux.

Not only am I a famous French wine but:

  1. A teen book on Amazon (please read the summary! ha!)
  2. A fancy resturant in Raleigh, NJ (just love that mood music)
  3. A formula-one company (what ever that means…)
  4. A french town!! (probably where the french wine is made….)
  5. And one very interesting Blog title…

I used to think that my name was rediculously unique.  There were no cute little licence plates or keychains to be found at any tourist destination I visited.  And more often than not when I go to a resturant the -aux is the last choice of spelling when I get my name jotted down, they always go for the -ot!  I mean, I can’t stand Margot! Sorry my other OTers… but no.  And I always get that person who is reading it off a list somewhere and they slowly start off saying, "Maarrr, wait how do you say this?"

"Margo"
"No, really? That’s cool. Are you french?"
"No."  (long explination follows about how I was named after my grandmother Margarita…)
"Oh."

Vicious Cycle
To gym or not to gym, that is the question.  Going to the gym will make me less tired but I’m too tired to go to the gym… oh the paradox!  I can’t even guilt myself into going.  It’s the freakin’ rain.  Yes! I will blame in on the rain, yeah yeah.  Ahh Vanilli where are you?

Boy this was pretty damn random today…

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It just won’t stop raining. It’s been pouring since Saturday and everything is WET. We have two garbage cans outside of our front door that keep tipping over and spilling their bounty under our front door.  I have a feeling soon we’ll have some swamp friends to come and visit!

I mean look at the view outside my front window:

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You can barely see outside!  Plus, hmm I should be drinking up my wine 😉

I got out of work "early" today – which is actually the time it says my day is over on my contract.  It’s a rare day that I can actually pull that one off but this rain has kept me from being anything but productive.  I just felt that I could stare straight at my home computer rather than my work one.

I’ve also got an itch to finish what I started.  I’m pretty new to this blogging site thingamabobby but am doing my best to try to make some new friends on this thing – not to mention amuse the friends I’ve already got! Hello out there!  So the one blog that got me started on this kick, whether she knows it or not is Cara over at januaryone.com, and she just finished a beeeeautiful cardigan!

I am now pumped to finish my mom’s blanket cardigan.  It’s coming out slowly but here’s a few picks of the almost finished back.

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I’m hoping I finish it soon. There so so many other things I want to start. 

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