Zombie de Milo: The Weekend

It’s been a long end of the week and weekend. I do have a few pictures for this weekend.


Zombie de Milo helped my gather water for my science fair project. She was a little too interested in the bugs in it, but I managed to keep her from drooling in it and contaminating the sample.

Later Saturday night Jake and I made a cake for my 21st birthday (as an early thing). And, as you can see, it didn’t quite go as plan.


Zombie de Milo swears she didn’t startle me on purpose, she swears she just wanted to see what I was doing.

In the end, though, we did have enough batter left to make 1 layer of the planned two layer cake and ZdM even got to try a bit.


She didn’t like it, though, I’m thinking not enough blood and guts.

She’ll be heading out soon, onto her next destination, but I’ll keep taking pictures as long as she hangs around.

Day 1 Day 2 Days 3&4 The Weekend

Zombie de Milo Days 3 & 4

Yesterday was a bit hectic (doing homework until 11:20 pm hectic) and I didn’t get a chance to post any pictures. I did manage to get a few pictures taken.

The hijinks started when I went to the library on Wednesday to do some scanning and printing.


Zombie de Milo got a bit cheeky with the scanner but, luckily, since she doesn’t have any arms she couldn’t get her underwear off.


Later Wednesday night I went to my 6:15 to 9:15 Science Methods night class and ZdM tagged along. She climbed out of my bag to investigate the static electricity experiment we were doing along with my sock knitting.

She came with me to KnitWits with me tonight and was infatuated with the pattern Alexis was writing for her Halloween costume.


Overall, it was pretty uneventful two days, and ZdM is getting pretty antsy so I’ll have to think up something for us to do.



Day 1 Day 2 Days 3&4 The Weekend

Zombie de Milo: Day 2

Today was day 2 of Zombie de Milo’s stay. Iimg_8966 spent most of the day working on a mathematics Curriculum-Based Measure (fun, right?), more commonly known as a test. So Zombie de Milo didn’t spend much time out and about.

She did, however, offer to bite the guy who screwed up my Mocha. I did manage to dissuade her. She spent most of the afternoon chewing on the corners of my work as I randomized basic addition and subtraction problems (2d – 1d, no regrouping, and 2d + 1d) and fiddled with formatting in word.

img_8968After Jake got back from class she hung out with him while he played Pokemon Omega Ruby instead of watching me do homework.

I wrapped up my homework right around supper time so we all headed out together. Zombie de Milo  helped Jake and I catch a Meowth.screenshot_20161004-170500

ZdM was way too interested in the passerby’s so we took the picture as quickly as possible, which resulted in it being a bit blurry.

There will definitely be more picture taking opportunities later on to catch more Pokémon, and, judging by her growls she’ll be more than willing to help.




Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 & 4 The Weekend

Zombie de Milo: Day 1

I am part of a group on Ravelry called the KnittingDead. It’s a group for fans of the show the Walking Dead and horror/thriller fans in general. The idea was to send a knitted zombie doll around the country and around the world to all the members that wanted to have her visit.

Now, it’s my turn. Zombie de Milo actually arrived Friday, but not until I had already headed home. Iimg_8957 went and picked her up. Since she’d been in the envelope all weekend she went into a bit of swoon upon opening.

She attracted a lot of attention right away. Rey and Bucky weren’t too keen on her at first, but I was able to convince them that she was okay.

After that, I had to go to an observation at the local elementary school.  Zombie de Milo wanted  to come along.

img_8960But, after hearing about the germs first-graders carry, she was worried that she might get infected. So, I left her behind. She was grumbling about it when I left, but by the time I got back, she was commiserating with Maggoty Mags, my entry for the traveling img_8959zombie along.




She rode around with me for the rest of the day in my backpack but, she was so hungry I could hear growling, so I didn’t let her out.

She’ll be back tomorrow for more adventures, so check back in.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 & 4 The Weekend

Book Review: Things I Learned from Knitting

51fhyy2xxsl-_sx344_bo1204203200_Title: Things I Learned from Knitting, Whether I wanted to or not.

Author: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Year Published: 2008

Category: Humor, Memoir, Knitting

*No Spoilers*



Stephanie Pear-McPhee is one of my personal writing idols and has been an inspiration to me since about seventh grade when I started reading her blog. Reading one of her full books was something I had been wanting to do since middle school as well. Jake was sweet enough to get a copy of this book for me for our two-year anniversary.

‘Things’ is a well written little book, (Seriously, I was surprised how little the book was) that is the literary equivalent of your favorite warm beverage and a blanket on a rainy day. A few of the stories were familiar from her blog (although I did read the whole thing last winter), but most were new, and all brought a smile to my face.


I rate it: 4/5

Goodreads says: 4/5

Amazon says: 4.5/5



Book review: The Raven Boys


Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Year Published: 2012

Category: Supernatural, fantasy, thriller, young adult

*No Spoilers*



‘The Raven Boys’is a book I’ve had my eye on for a while. I read a free excerpt on my  Kindle app. It was tantalizing; Blue’s colorful family, the fortunes, her fortune in particular, and the ghosts floating through the ruined church, and a boy she would either kill or fall in love with.

Stiefvater’s writing style is friendly and casual. That’s not to say boring, though. She weaves subtle allusions to later plot twists into her writing. She also is able to quietly amp up the suspense without the reader noticing. Then, suddenly, the book morphs into a gripping thriller. One I was unable to put down and read until after midnight, even though my fall classes started the next day.

The main cast consists of Blue and the Raven Boys; Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Ganesy. They are on a quest to find the fabled knight  Glendower, however, they don’t realize that they are not the only ones looking. Indeed, the mystery surrounding the power in Henrietta is much larger than any of them realize

I rate it: 5/5

Goodreads says: 4.04/5 (that’s specific)

Amazon says: 4.3/5


foul language, violence, physical abuse, tarot cards, witchcraft, spirits

Those Three Little Words


Last summer my Step-Grandmother was kind enough to give me her White Zigzag Sewing Machine (model 2134). I affectionately call her Blanca and, on the warranty card inside the instruction manual, it says it was purchased on May seventeenth nineteen sixty five. (That’s, Norwegian Independence Day too.)

That makes Blanca 51 years old. She’s still running well, though you can’t wind bobbins on her anymore. However, in her old age she’s become a bit, well, crotchety.


She’s a bit fussy with her tension. Especially the bobbin tension. I’ve learned it’s better to haul out the screw driver and my dedicated fabric scraps and get it all set up each time I start a new project after putting her away for a bit.

I’ve gotten quite good at getting the thread to that sweet spot. Not too tight, not too loose. All it takes is a little fiddling and she’s good to go.IMG_1244

This is really her only fault, and I wouldn’t trade her for  brand new machine with dozens of stitches.

However, when I heard that new machines have self-tensioning bobbins, it was all I could to do to keep from swooning.

Maybe, someday, Blanca will need a friend.

Book Review: False Hearts

26883105-_uy200_Title: False Hearts

Author: Laura Lam

Year Published: 2016

Category: Science fiction, thriller

*No Spoilers*



If you’ve been following my book reviews series since the beginning you may remember that I’ve already reviewed another of Laura Lam’s books; Pantomime. The book was just released and I jumped on a chance to read another of her works.

False hearts is the thrilling story of ex-conjoined twins Taema and Tila. The girls escaped the cult in which they were born when their shared heart begins to fail. They emerge into the futuristic city of San Fransisco.

They create new lives for themselves and they flourish, until ten years later when Tila stumbles into Taema’s apartment covered in blood. She is arrested and accused of the first civilian murder in many years.

Lam’s writing style draws you into the story line quickly. She creates two separate characters in Taema and Tila, despite the temptation to meld them together as almost one character. She also splits the narrative between Taema and Tila, giving them both a chance to tell their stories from both the past and present, as they have become intertwined in a deadly snarl.

I rate it: 4/5

Goodreads says: 4.04/5 (that’s specific)

Amazon says: 4.8/5


foul language, violence, drug use, needles, sex (non-explicit)

Back Under Control

A little bit ago I wrote a post about my Rugged Ripples Afghan, and how it seemed to have somehow gotten out of control (As far as knitting goes, anyway). I did manage, upon reaching the end of the first row I did after realizing there was a problem, to  gauge what the issue was. There were about four or five extra stitches.

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I placed a stitch marker at the end of the pattern so that I would know where to start when I turned the work. Then I double crocheted plain until the last two stitches. Then, I did a double crochet two together.  I turned the work and worked even until I hit the stitch marker and then started the pattern.

I repeated this until there were no  more stitches on the other side of the stitch marker. I know that it has left a visible lump, but, with the amount of work that it takes to do one row, I wasn’t going to unravel back to it.

IMG_0427 copy The messed up rows are kind of visible when you look at the blanket, but it isn’t going to be a big issue when you have ten feet of blanket to look at. I’ve put it aside for a bit now that I’ve got it fixed. I’m waiting to accumulated enough yarn that I can do a lot at once.


Summer Sockin’

Memorial Day Weekend is known to most throughout the US as the unofficial start to summer. This is true for my family as well. We have been going camping on this weekend since I was probably about eight. We decided this year, rather than just take a jaunt up to our local campground, we’d branch out a bit.

We wandered all the way to Shenandoah River State Park in Virginia. It was a truly beautiful area. The river embraces the side of the campground, and there’s wildlife everywhere (seriously, I saw a weasel for the first time, too bad I was too slow with my camera.)

I, of course, took a sock with me (A vanilla cuff-down sock in Patons Kroy Sock Yarn ‘Brown Marl’ ) and I did my best to knit my way through the weekend, despite the presence of two wonderfully rambunctious little girls.


The first night it rained nearly as  soon as we got to the campground.

The next morning more than made up for the rain in sunniness. We spent lots of time down at the river, and some of us (not the sock or the toddler or the preschooler) even went tubing. I rounded out the night with sitting nearish the campfire (too hot) and knitting while rereading Dante’s Inferno. I figured it was best to revisit the source material for my novel since it’s been a year since I’ve read it.

Sunday morning I knitted a bit while the chef and her sous chef made me ‘pizza’. The pepperoni was great, and the cheese with blueberries was like nothing I’d ever tasted before. Around noon, we headed up to the overlook and the sock got a chance to bask in the sun.

As you may have noticed by my pictorial timeline, the knitting was rather slow. Mainly because it was too hot. Too hot for even sock knitting, I never thought I’d see the day.