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New Christmas Tradition: The Questionnaire Exchange

2006 Christmas Gift Questionnaire

Hello to all our family and friends.

After years of struggling to figure out who to ask for what and trying
to get lists out of everyone, we've decided to do something different
for Christmas this year. Instead of exchanging lists of things you want,
exchange this questionnaire with us this holiday season. Use the answers
we give you to select something from your heart you feel fits us based
on our answers. We'll do the same once you return your answers to the
questionnaire. Of course, those who don't return a questionnaire don't
get any gifts! Feel free to answer your questionnaire as a couple or
separately, but please let us know who the answers are for!

  1. What are your top three favorite colors?
  2. Is there anything you collect?
  3. What are your favorite...
    • scents/smells?
    • types of music and/or bands?
    • TV shows or movies?
    • authors?
    • animals?
    • places to shop?
    • seasons?
    • candies or goodies?
    • hobbies?
    • sports?
  4. Pick the word you prefer...
    • Math or Reading?
    • Art or Science?
    • Yesterday or Tomorrow?
    • Day or Night?
    • Summer or Winter?
    • Land or Sea?
  5. Are you allergic to anything?
  6. Do you have any pets? What are they?
  7. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
  8. What is your latest obsession?
  9. Do you like coffee or tea (with or without caffeine)?
  10. Do you have any subscriptions you enjoy?
  11. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight what would you buy first?
  12. If I could meet one person living or dead it would be...
  13. My dream vacation is...
  14. When I get stressed out I...
  15. What personal goal haven't you achieved in life (yet)?
  16. Please include anything else you would like for us to know about
    you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you
    will really enjoy.

That's all for now.

It's here!!!!

Finally, my last piece for my Favorite Color swap pal. Yay! Now, I need to get this all packed up and ready to roll. Hmm. Wonder if that box is big enough. I better go find one fast.

That's all for now.

Postmen keep disappointing me

Take 2 *sigh*

I'm still waiting on that final package for my Favorite Color swap pal. Grr. I'm doubly frustrated because I ordered this item (along with several others) in late July. When it still hadn't shown up after my trips to NOLA and SF, I checked in with the vendor and she'd had all her packages that day go MIA.

Perhaps I'm just a grumpy, disgruntled Arizonan-in-exile, but it seems that everything in the South is just so s-l-o-w! Netflix, which used to arrive the day after shipping in Arizona, takes two, three, a handful of days to arrive. And don't even get me started on my "what happened to customer service" rant!

Anyway. Went to my local LYS for the Tuesday night SnB. So (!) much fun. I love just sitting and soaking up the happenings of the other gals there. The age range is well-spread, so there's a little something for everyone. They aren't "clique-ish" either. I've only been 3-4 times, with a 3 week gap due to my travels since the last time, and I felt so missed when I entered their midst tonight. I have to say, if you're ever in Savannah, Georgia, you have to make an effort to stop in to Wild Fibre and chat with Jennifer. She's so patient with new knitters, so knowledgeable about different yarns and patterns and yet, she can talk about something besides knitting! *grin*

I finished my last handmade items for my secret pal tonight at the SnB. (Hey, since I was waiting on something, I figured I could add one more thing to the box!) Now I'm working up a no-pattern scarf in a neon-green wool and another one (to be done after the green) in a hot pink wool for a friend of a friend who is getting married in a couple of weeks.

I need to get started on a sweater for my Mother. I've got the pattern and the yarn all set aside but I'm a little nervous. So far, I've made non-wearable objects: blankets, totes. Okay, one scarf about 16 years ago, but that really doesn't count! This has to fit. Eeek.

I'm hoping to get some pictures up of the ferrets this week, if Ernesto doesn't whip himself up into a hurricane and force us to evacuate (what were we thinking when we moved here?).

I need some book recommendations. I've finished Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series. I'm caught up on Kelley Armstrong's "Women of Otherworld". I love Octavia Butler, David Weber, Wen Spencer...shoot, that list would keep me up all night typing. I love Sci-Fi and Urban Fantasy. Lately I've been reading the vampire / werewolf / witch kind of books. I'm not yet into Anne Rice, but I've got one on my shelf to read. Still, I always love suggestions. Drop a comment and give me some ideas.

And finally tonight, cross your fingers for some good news to come our way. I can't say much about it yet, but if it happens, you'll hear about it here. In the meantime, keep those positive thoughts streaming our way.

That's all for now.

Tagged for reading...

I'm starting to follow other blogs as the Favorite Colorswap winds to its close. Today, I was reading Yarn Liberation Front and have accepted Heather's tagging.

Meme-o-matic myself:

1. Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 123. Find the fifth sentence.Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

I held my breath and waited for her to go on.

"Cabals hire only one witch, see? They'd probably rather not hire any at all, but we've got special skills, so they overlook the whole witch-sorcerer feud just enough to hire one of us."

This is from Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong. It's part of her "Women of Otherworld" series and I've loved every book in the series thus far!

2.stretch your left arm out as far as you can...what do you touch first?

My "new" Olympus Evolt E-300 with the 14-45 lens that won't focus! I bought it off Ebay and I'm still trying to figure out what to do next with the seller. I don't think "he" (?) tried to pawn off crap on me, but I'm gonna have to get it repaired or replaced (the lens only, I think). Grrr.

3. what was the last thing you watched on tv?

Actually on tv? Hmmm. "Blade: The Series" two Wednesdays back (I forgot this past Wednesday 'cause I was still recovering from the Tuesday-AM red-eye flight from SFO!). But last night we worked our way further through Stargate SG-1, season 3. We used to watch this on Sho-time, but when it moved to SciFi channel, we lost track of it. Since it's in season 9 or 10 and has a spin-off, we thought we'd try to catch up!

4. without looking, what time is it?

I'd say around 22:30

5. what is the actual time?

Ha! 22:28 *grin* I'm not usually that good.

6. with the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

Husband at his computer, oscillating fan... I'm hard-of-hearing, so that's doing pretty good for me!

7. when did you last step outside?

About two hours ago, when we returned from our Wal*Mart incursion.

8. what are you wearing?

black "cottony" Lane Bryant culottes and a black button-down top.

9. when did you last laugh?

About 17:30 today, while reading Sarah's blog!

10. seen something weird lately?

Can I count looking in the mirror? Heheh. I'm new to "blogland", so y'all don't know that my entire family is "weird". What's worse, we're strangely proud of it.

But, I guess...hmmm. You'd think that living in what I've not-so-fondly dubbed the a**hole of America, I'd see some weird stuff. Nothing comes to mind.

11. what did you dream last night?

Last night was not a good-sleep night. No dreams.

12. what's on the walls of the room you're in?

36 linear feet of paperbacks (mostly SciFi and fantasy with a more recent sprinkling of Urban Fantasy), a clock, a framed poster, more shelves for the hubby holding geek stuff and his techy books that don't fit in the living room shelves and a sign I bought him from Michael's that says "NO TRESPASSING VIOLATORS WILL BE SHOT SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN".

14. what was the last film you saw?

*sigh* The midnight screening of "Serenity". Joss is my master now.

15.do you like to dance?

Despite the fact that I have no rythym, yes.

16. would you ever consider living abroad?

I lived in Rancagua, Chile in 1986-87. I'd love to check out Ireland. Sure. Despite the fact that I believe I left my heart in Arizona, I'd check out other places.

17. if you became a multi-millionaire overnight what would you buy first?

A lawyer to collect the money privately so every third cousin twice removed wouldn't suddenly become my best friend and so I could donate to charities that I choose without getting mail-spammed for money.

But since that's really "hiring" not "buying", I'd buy the land for the kibbutz I want to form. (And no, I'm not Jewish nor Israeli.)

18.tell me something about you that i don't know.

Heh. Since I'm new to blogland, I'm guessing I'm a complete mystery to everyone.

I sell jewelry in my store WhichCraft

19. what would you change about the world?

I'd like for the rich to suddenly be the poor and the poor to suddenly be the well-to-do. I suspect most charitable givers are those who have little, despite the large checks the rich hand out with little affect on their lives.

And that's all for today. I'm off to finish up my Favorite Colorswap gifts!

Anne.

Ahh....the torture...

....of showing off stuff that my Colorswap Secret Pal will be receiving and knowing she[1] won't know to look here to see it! Hahahaha.

Hmm...something's not right here. Could it be that's not her favorite color after all? Or is something.... missing!

I guess she'll[1] just have to wait and see.

;)
Anne.

[1] While there are a predominance of female knitters out there, I've used the feminine here simply to continue to confound...you never know, my SP could be a fellow!

I'm addicted...

...to these ballband dishcloths! I found a similar pattern called a Textured Slip Stitch and it looks so classy! I've already knitted one up and am well into my second one. Looks like I need to find more colors to work with.

In the meantime, life with seven ferrets is never boring. The most challenging part of being a knitter with ferrets? Keeping the active yarn safe! River (she's number 5) loves to run off with my skeins---especially novelty yarns! It seems most knitters are perennially on the search for the "perfect" bag to keep their knitting in. In my case, that's doubled! It can't have any gaps whatsoever for the little mustelids to crawl into and snatch my yarn!

Speaking of knitting bags, my $85 Jordana Paige bage isn't worth $30! I've had it since Christmas (thank you, wonderful hubby) and one pocket has already ripped free of its seaming. *sigh* If I were to do it all over again, I'd buy large canvas totes and install zippers. With the extra money, I could buy yarn!

Have you seen these designs? I am drooling over at least seven of them! I hope the creator starts selling on www.etsy.com too!

In the next couple of posts, I'll try to get some ferret pix up so you can see my business. And maybe I'll slip in a FO or two.

That's all for now.
Anne.

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