Friday, July 31, 2009


Houston!I went to the House of Blues last weekend! It was awesome. The Hard Rock Cafe, as well. Must-see stops next time you're in Houston.

I jumped on a pattern bandwagon a few weeks ago and cast on for the Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. I usually stay away from patterns that are so enormously popular (the Lace Ribbon Scarf currently has 3800 projects on Ravelry), but this was precisely the pattern I needed to use up my Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton/Silk that I bought in Chicago this spring. Needless to say, the scarf is still in progress - I'm a little over 3' into it right now, planning on making it a total of about 5'. I just haven't been in a knitting mood for the past few weeks. Probably the hot weather.
I have done some traveling since my last post. I was in Georgia the last time I posted here. Since then, I've gone back to my home in Greenville, then to Texas to spend a couple of weeks on the beach with some family there, then here, to Houston. Here's a picture of Rockport Beach, where we spent one day. Idyllic, no?
And the canal behind my dad's apartment that opens into the Bay:

Freshly cut bananas from the back yard:
I've learned that I can pack everything I need for a trip of undetermined length in my carry-on bags alone. That's my knitting, reading, textbook, clothes, toiletries, purse, new purchases, found seashells and EVERYTHING. It took a long time for me to understand how great it is to travel light, but now that I've got it figured out, my travels are going to take on a whole new (and more pleasant) dimension.

One last picture: this is the best cake that could possibly come out of a box. The secret? After removing the cake from the oven, while it's still warm, poke holes all over the top of it and cover it in Hershey's syrup. After the syrup soaks in and the cake has cooled, top with two containers of fudge frosting. You can't eat much of it. Best with a big glass of whole milk.

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A Homely Heroine said...

Oh wow, thats some chocolate cake... Are you reading Gone With The Wind? I loved that book, its quite the emotional rollercoaster though!

Steffi said...

Yes, I'm reading Gone With the Wind - it's the first time I've read it, and it's taking me a long time because I keep putting it down to absorb all of the emotion. It's very eye-opening for me to learn the reality of what the South once was and how irreversibly the Civil War changed it.