sofiaviolet: a classic tale of love, part-time jobs and public transport (this is in fact my life)
It is really cold in Boston today. And the entire MBTA died. (Well, the bus system seemed to be in good working order. It got me to campus, at any rate.)

I've mostly been going to class, decluttering, and being ill. Sinus infection. Which would have been fine if I had been sick and then got over it, but noooo. At least at this point I can breathe through my nose again.

Here are some links that are kind of old, since I fell off the face of the earth between compiling them and updating my freaking journal )

And finally, the subject line... when Ellie and I were getting groceries on Saturday, I decided I would bring my lunch two days this week (Monday, when I have a break between classes, and Wednesday, when I have a break between work and class), and I decided I would bring ham and cheese sandwiches and salad. So we got bread and ham and I insisted (correctly) that we still had an unopened, unexpired package of Swiss cheese at home.

We were so desperately hungry when we got home that we tore into the lunch supplies. But there was still ham and cheese enough to make one more sandwich, which I could then eat on Monday, after which I would take myself to the store and replenish the supplies.

But she ate my sandwich! :( I slept really late yesterday, and when I woke up, she had forgotten that the whole reason we had the ham and bread in the first place was so I could have lunches, and she had eaten my sandwich.

So I'm so hungry my stomach is trying to digest itself and there's still ten minutes before the fast food joints in the student center open for lunch.
sofiaviolet: purple textures and dots (retrospective)
I've had a headache for most of the weekend, spent waaaaaaay too long trying to sleep the headache off, and then it took Ellie and I all afternoon to get groceries (we hit Allandale Farms, Whole Foods, BJ's, and Stop-n-Shop. Plus Home Depot so she could price some set-building stuff).
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    Meanwhile, I'm on the lookout for Dreamwidth users who have Etsy shops -- it doesn't matter what you sell, as long as it's handcrafted of some sort. I'd like to put together a showcase of DW users' creativity -- it's really easy for us to show off writers (of both fiction and nonfiction) on DW, since the tools we have for sharing and promoting writing are fairly well developed, but [staff profile] mark and I always wanted DW to be a place to showcase all kinds of creativity, from writing to craft to photography to just plain chronicling your life, and I'd really like to start doing some work to promote the non-written forms of creative work our users get up to.
  • Related to the above: [community profile] etsy! My comm, which I have thrown into the ring in support of Denise's endeavor. Join, tell me what kinds of things you would want out of such a community, make posts... I will gladly take on co-mods if people want to get involved on that level.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)
December 22nd: So remember how we were going to drive to the Thai restaurant in Harvard Square? This was the same day the Red Line derailed. Harvard Square was choked with very-essential buses, serving as Red Line replacements as well as the usual ones that go through Harvard Square (including a derailed electric bus, whose pole had detached from the overhead line). But I had delicious panang curry which was insanely hot.

December 23rd: I don't think we did anything of import, since none of us can remember what we did. Meh.

December 24th: We went to Windsor Button, the local yarn shop downtown. I fondled a lot of very nice yarn but got some very basic stuff, as I am a n00b to knitting.

December 25th: Christmas. We opened the package from Ellen and Greg - nifty stuff, including poetry books and a superhero necktie packaged in a big tin. (Tin containing superhero tie and other things also contained a very large spider, oops.)

December 26th: Gardner Museum. Mom really wanted to go. Was awesome.

December 27th (yesterday): Union Oyster House for lunch. Museum of Science!! Much coolness, including the electrical show (Ellie had seen it before, courtesy of IEEE, and got to go up in the small Faraday cage to get lightning hurled at her, omgcool). Absolutely worth $20.

December 28th (today): Went to the land of big box stores, aka South Bay. Our plans had also included Stop and Shop, but after buying a slow cooker, a garment rack, a sunlight lamp, toilet paper and paper towels, a blender, and a compound miter saw... there was officially no more room in Ellie's Subaru. Including room for people.

Tomorrow is for Ikea. o_O
sofiaviolet: Dreamsheep with purple yarn fleece (yarn sheep)
sl1 k2tog psso by [personal profile] carleton97 (MCR, Bob/Frank/Jamia, ~9k)

You guys. Bob owns a yarn shop. Eeeee! (Basically, this fic and Buy Handmade by [ profile] jjtaylor are the fics of my crafty fangirl soul. Buy Handmade sustained me through "I'm going to learn to make SOMETHING, dammit" - which turned out to be jewelry - and sl1 k2tog psso is going to sustain me through "I'm going to learn to knit, dammit.")


Anyone got recs for a yarn shop in or near Boston? T-accessible is preferred, although Ellie has a car and can sometimes be bribed or badgered into driving me around.


Sunday, December 6th, 2009 19:26
sofiaviolet: manneqiun feet and a sign that says Sale (shopping)
* Lavender products from BARCC, via [ profile] shadesong,
* cards from Outside the Lines Studio, Veronique Latimer, and Ilee Papergoods,
* a gift bow made from a measuring tape,
* and purple handpainted yarn from Traveling Rhinos.

Relatedly, what might be a good project for 2 100-gram skeins of fingering-weight yarn? Not socks, though, because I am really really hard on socks and this yarn is too pretty to get beat up like that.
sofiaviolet: a parcel wrapped in brown paper (package)
Who wants a $winterholiday card?

I am screening comments to this post so people can post their addresses; I will unscreen comments that are not addresses.

Alternately, you may use either DW private message or LJ private message, or email

Please indicate which kind of card you would like (general winter theme, certain religious holiday, secular/commercial christmas, etc.).

$winterholiday wishlist meme )

the random handmade meme )
sofiaviolet: Dreamsheep with purple yarn fleece (yarn sheep)
NaNo, day 5: not so great. I got distracted by patterns on Ravelry.

I blame Dreamwidth, in a roundabout way - I know too many knitters because of it.

(I told my parents to get me yarn for $winterholiday, y'all.)


Dreamwidth Follow Friday

Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.

[personal profile] azurelunatic posts a lot of funny and a lot of thinky.

[personal profile] turlough is in MCR fandom and makes frequent fic-and-art rec posts, and has recently started posting recipes.

[personal profile] zorkian, also known as [staff profile] mark, got married not that long ago, plays video games and is getting into Warhammer, and is doing NaNo this year.

[community profile] accessibility_fail, for those times and places where you run into horribly stupidly inaccessible stuff. Profile says: All kinds of accessibility fail welcome: mobility-based, visual-based, physical-world, online-world, anything at all.

[community profile] boston, for those of you who live in or care about my current metropolitan area.

[syndicated profile] the_daily_wtf_feed, providing you with far more than your recommended daily dose of really bad code and assorted technology fail from people who should at least theoretically know better.

EDIT: [personal profile] yvi created [community profile] followfriday as a place to collect everyone's Follow Friday posts.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 18:11
sofiaviolet: crown and text: get excited and make things (get excited and make things)
Still in New Orleans. Most of what we wanted to do has been done, which is awesome.

I'm getting back into the groove of writing my daily words - April was a busy month for me, and May was kind of a flop. I'm not doing anything crafty while I'm in New Orleans because I don't have my stuff, but I need to come up with some good metrics for evaluating my crafty output. That might be good to track in terms of time, because I can spend a lot longer on a painting than a pendant. Unless I want to track my handmade endeavors separately - jewelry by the piece, paintings by time, knitting by... idk, since I'm still smack in the middle of learning how to knit.

Whatever. Point is, I will eventually need a better spreadsheet.*

We're having crawfish etouffee (I hope that's right) tonight, but it'll be quite a while before it's ready. *sigh* I've already had two snacks and I'm getting hungry again already.

* I use a spreadsheet full of equations to help motivate myself, because it's very effective to watch the numbers change across the entire spreadsheet.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)
It's been a pretty busy few days...

Stuff for making jewelry arrived Friday morning, but the gold and silver colored wire doesn't match the plated findings, so I have to send it back and invest in gold-filled and sterling wire. Friday night, I partied with my classmates from the poetry workshop. Saturday and Sunday were the Skillshare.

Friday: Symposium )

I staggered through the door around three in the morning and woke up pretty late on Saturday.

Saturday: Skillshare day 1 )

I chatted with my parents for a little while, then nabbed some Popeyes and went home.

Sunday: Skillshare day 2 )

I went home a little after ten and managed to get lost on my way back to Shawmut, so I called my parents and had them read directions to me over the phone. When I got home, I finished my work for my sociology class, then checked my email and found a Dreamwidth invite code.

And here I am.

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