Monday, September 29, 2008

Out with the Old, In with the New

The past half week has been big...BIG!

Early in the week, I told Porkchop that we would buy a car on Thursday. So, I took the day off and we went out and found this:

It's a 2007 Nissan Versa hatchback! It has 43K miles on it, but we are happy with it, so please don't question the mileage (it was a fleet car from Enterprise, okay?). Also, we could afford it (well, sort of).

Porkchop's old crappy car is currently in the garage. Hopefully she will post it for sale soon! Who wants a leaky convertible with a big dent in the side and no AC and a driver's side window that doesn't work? Anyone??

After this car excitement, I stayed home for most of the weekend and did fun things like scrape the basement walls.

I also knitted. I finished the guilt hat, which used this pattern. I forgot to take a picture before gifting it, so imagine the pattern in this color:

Pictured is the Foliage hat, which is now nearly done.

Sunday night, Porkchop and I knitted together! So exciting that Porkchop is knitting again (and not twisting her stitches this time)!

Today was a very good day. Well, work was a bit exhausting, but after work was fun.

We had dinner at Pi (for a second time, and we've been pleased both times). I was crazy hungry when we arrived, and I ordered a Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and became nearly drunk off of 2 ounces. In my defense, I hadn't eaten in, you know, 5 hours, and it is 8% alcohol by volume. The beer itself was yummy, like a slice of pumpkin pie.

After pizza, we had Ben & Jerry's, and then we went to the Tivoli for a free showing of The Duchess. The movie is quite good and made both of us tear up. Murr.

Other good parts of the day were waiting for me at home. First, a thank you note from a friend and former co-worker who was visiting in St. Louis a couple of weekends ago. We had enjoyed a delicious brunch at Cafe Osage (in Bowood Farms) while we reminisced about the past and contemplated the future.

Second, I received this kick-ass broadside, which I had been coveting:

It's the Summer 2007 broadside from Silver Buckle Press. If you want one, you can get one here. Mine, however, came from our dear friend Kathy (blog here, and website here), who designed and printed it. Behind me, you can see our first housewarming gift from Kathy, which is part of her Maps series. (At least, I think it is, Kathy should correct me if I'm wrong).

So, all in all, a good day!

This week is going to be weird on campus because we are going into lockdown mode due to the VP debate. On Wednesday and Thursday, you won't be able to get on campus without a school ID. And, our school is encouraging us to work from home on Thursday, and to definitely not stay past 3 pm. I'm a bit torn because I want to see the fuss and the media, but I also want to take advantage of any offer to work from home. Hmmm...

Have a great week!


EBuz said...

That is a kick-ass broadside which I am now coveting too! It totally goes with the bicycle motif I am planning for my new digs. Plus, it was designed by Kathy, who I met once and recall fondly (Yiasou, Kathy!) Are you going to frame yours? What dimensions?

EBuz said...

Dimensions are on the website, so ignore that last question.

Carrie said...

I forgot that you met Kathy and that you have the Greek connection!

We will also most likely frame ours.

So, you sold your house? Are you staying in NoHo (isn't that what the kids call it?), or did you move elsewhere?

Beth D said...

You should totally stick around and see the media frenzy of the VP debates! I just love a media frenzy! I don't know if you've been following the trainwreck that is Sarah Palin's mouth, but she makes me feel real smart-like.

On a related note, Do you ever watch the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC?

Amy in StL said...

Glad you finally got a car! I thought about that today when my niece called crying because her boy cat might be in liver failure and she's already $2k into vet bills and so she's thinking about selling her 2003 low mileage well maintained car. Of course, it's not here in STL so I tried to help her brainstorm a way to sell it there.

Kathy O'Connell said...

Ha ha! You go the print (and I am just catching up on reading your blog). Sadly, my biking has decreased to nothing. Happily, I walk to work instead!