Wednesday, August 16, 2006

It's official...

I have too many things on my plate. I realized this today when I was shuffling through the huge pile of papers on my desk, found the entry sheet for the Oregon State Fair, and realized with great horror that the drop-off date was yesterday from 12:30 - 6:00. Aaaah! I had seven things I was going to enter, but unless I can make it down to Salem in 40 minutes (only possible if I had a helicopter at my disposal), I'm SOL. Such a bummer!

I guess that means I'm officially a knit-along loser for the State Fair-along. Not that it would be the first time (see also Branching Out Knit-Along, Hopeful Knit-Along and Josephine Knit-Along, all projects for which I've only gotten as far as buying the yarn...). I'm too darn busy running my own knit-along to knit stuff for other people's!

This would be a good time for me to apologize, once again, for not being a better comment responder. It would make it soooo much easier if Blogger would include e-mail addresses with comments, but since that doesn't happen, it makes it ever so hard to go in, track down someone's blog from their profile, and leave a comment. Not that every single comment doesn't deserve a personal response, but I just can't do it. I'll end up like the comment queen Chris, who has given up on blogging for now since it had started to take over her life.

I remember when I was a new blogger and I'd get annoyed when I'd comment on people's blogs and never got a comment in return. I mean, I made all the effort to find their blog, read it and come up with something to say. The least they could do is drop by my blog and say "hi". Now I understand. After blogging for a year (yesterday was my blogiversary, which of course I completely forgot) and running a relatively popular knit-along, I just can't keep up with all the blogs that I want to read and comment on. But I just want to let all of you who comment know that I read and treasure every single one. I'm definitely not ignoring you if I don't return the favor - I just have to put limits on my internet time so that I don't end up with a 1-year-old and 3-year-old out on the street corner smoking cigarettes!

The internet time I do have is now split between knit blogging and MomMA as well as the ton of work-related e-mails I get now that I seem to have 500 designs in various stages of being published. I decided to do a second round of SAM2 for selfish reasons more than anything else because it's one way I can force myself to take some time and go around to people's blogs. I usually spend some time on each one, seeing what everyone's been up to besides socks. It's a lot of work, but I love it!

Anyway, since it's my blogiversary, I'm going to do a little more talking about me with another meme that I grabbed from Elizabeth, my August Birthday Swap giftee. At least this one just requires bolding, not typing!

Life's to do list - Completed items are bolded

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen an eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 10 provinces or all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake Dead River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in aisles at Rocky Horror
96. Raised children.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life

Wow, guess I've done a lot, huh? Let me know if you do this. It's pretty cool!


Blogger Bitterknitter said...


Just so you know, I never would have stumbled upon your little corner of the internet if you hadn't joined the Josephine knitalong. Here's to you! Happy bloggin' bloggiversary!


6:33 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy blogiversary!

I know what you mean about commenting. I've been lurking on many blogs, yours included, lately due to the time suck.

BTW, if you wander around my blog again, I moved to typepad. Just switch blogspot to typepad, and you'll find me!

7:31 PM  
Blogger mf said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Sorry about the entries.. Soemtimes they'll accept them late not sure about your state...

8:44 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Happy Blogiversary! Sorry to hear about missing the State Fair deadline. Bummer. :(
And, just reading, "Held a tarantula" makes me start to hypeventilate!

9:20 PM  
Blogger aija said...

Happy blogoversary!

Something I learned about blogger comments from blogger posters is if they don't have "show email address" checked in their profile, when you get their comments in your email you only get the return address. If they have elected to share their email, you should be able to reply direct via email... I think its one of those things ppl don't know about and don't realize why they don't get email responses.

There's no good blogger workaround for commenters who don't use blogger tho. You could go for haloscan comments that require insertion of email addresses when people submit comments; its blogger compatible.

Good luck & sorry about the state fair :(

12:34 AM  
Blogger Me said...

Hey Chrissy,

thanks for all the work with the Sockalongs...

and don't worry for not responding to comments. I guess if people need answers, they will drop you a line via email.

Sorry about the state fair.

And Happy Bloggiversary! And congratulations for all those about-to-be-published designs!

1:47 AM  
Blogger Me said...

just to let you know, I'm posting the meme!

2:08 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Happy blog anniversary! What a cool thing to realize that we never would have met if it hadn't have been for our blogs!

Sorry about the State Fair. There's always next year...

10:30 AM  
Blogger keohinani said...

don't worry about the comments or biting off more than you can chew. there's nothing "right" or "wrong" about it because really, the only person to know is you when it comes to knit-alongs. now SWAPS are a totally different animal which, i'm learning, would require a LOT more than just knitting and posting. there's that whole other person. and you're doing so much. anyone who reads your blog would know and be amazed (like me!) that you manage to do blogging at all with your mommy duties and your designing. give yourself a pat on the back! being occupied and stimulated is better than sitting around wishing you had something to do. :) you go, girl! git yer knit on! :P you know what's important to you, so i suppose it's best to just reflect on what makes you feel most fulfilled and accomplished when you feel spread thin. strike a balance between enthused and overzealous. i have to check myself every now and then, too. ;)

10:49 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I can't believe all the stuff you do! That's too bad about the state fair. I just entered some of my things today...including my August socks!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

You lost me at the "held a tarantula" bit... euuuuuuwwww. Just thinking about it gives me the willies......


4:51 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Thanks for sparing the time to talk about you;) Happy Blogiversary!

9:26 PM  
Blogger Ragan said...

Happy blogoversary!
Sorry to hear about the fair! :(

You sure have done a LOT!

I finished my August socks (the striped ones, and a brownie pair of cabled socks).

9:19 AM  

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