Monday, May 28, 2007

A Week in Santa Barbara

Last week, Matt went to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Berekely, so I took the train down to Santa Barbara to visit with family for a few days. On Wednesday, Matt drove down and met me there for the rest of the week. We also took the opportunity to exchange birthday and Mother's Day gifts. We gave James this Threadless tee that he could not stop staring at.

The mom's both got clapotises made by yours truly. Here's my Mom modeling hers.

While I was there, I made a couple of swap items. Tanya got a pair of cabled fingerless gloves that I forgot to take pics of before I sent them off. (Oops! I hope she can send me pics when they get to her!) And I sent this Common Raven off to Elizabeth. It's my first celtic style border. What do you think? (Sorry for the image quality. I didn't have my scanner and I couldn't get the lighting right.)

Image size = approx. 8" x 10"

On Friday, I went to the zoo with my brother, sister, nephew and my husband. We got there just before closing and almost didn't stay. But it turned out great because most of the animals were out and moving around, waiting to be fed and put away for the night.

The Santa Barbara Zoo recently got a bunch of penguins. They're adorable! I just love penguins.

We also spent a little time on the playground before leaving.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Dog Resources

My husband and I have been wanting to get a dog, only just forever. We rented our current place specifically because they allow dogs of any size. We've been doing a lot of research on the subject of choosing, raising and training a puppy. A couple months ago we decided that we really want a golden retriever; for a lot of reasons, not the least being that we want a friendly dog who will be good with our kids - when we have them :o). Since then, we've been talking to some serious breeders and I think we're finally going to get a puppy sometime in the fall.

Anyways, the point of all of this is that I've decided to make take the info that we've gathered and organize it into an html page for anyone else who is thinking of adding a dog to their family.

If I've left out any great resources, or if you think something I've listed is total trash, leave me a comment.

And the link: Dog Resources and Information

I'm back!

Wow! Sorry for the lapse. I didn't realize that it had been so long since my last post. I've been busy lately making birthday and mother's day gifts (I'll have pics up in a couple weeks) and revamping a site for a family rights advocacy company. Oh yeah, and doing a couple swaps through Craftster.

Here's some of the things I received:

Some sweet handspun yarn (wool/silk blend - yummy!) that I plan to knit into a pair of lovely autumn arm warmers for yours truly:

And a crap load of buttons, that will be playing an integral role in said arm warmers: