Friday, February 29, 2008

Enjoy the leap day

IMGP8418, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.
Although the snow is really was really coming down in Cbus this morning, the weather channel says it's supposed to be 50 today...
I don't really have access to windows during the day, but I'm not holding my breath for 50 when I leave...

I do love the smoking ban...

I do love the smoking ban more than I could have ever imagined, but there is just something about vintage french illustrations that make smoking pretty sexy and glamorous!
Large handbag for sale in my Etsy Shop.
(I'm not getting a paycheck for at least 6 weeks, so I lowered the prices on a few items...)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What I cannot create, I do not understand.

My buddy: "this is her first day with us"
Other: "Oh, you're the new chemical engineer"
PT: "Yes, yes I am" *smiling*, **shake hand with opposite hand**

What I cannot create, I do not understand."

Feels pretty good to beam that.
Although when I came in this morning for day 2, there was a few gallon spill of cement-type slurry that exploded from the ceiling tiles all over my area.
Maintenaince: Well, they've been drilling in the cafeteria above you, but that's about 30 ft that way. We have no idea how this got over here. We'll have building services, housekeeping and IT come fix everything. You should be good by tomorrow. Probably shouldnt happen again. Not the best way to start here eh?"
PT: "This is just how things usually work out for me"

Sunday, February 24, 2008

the last game

IMGP0219, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

The last Pitt hockey game for our #3. Sadness.

Friday, February 22, 2008

One mobile and one not-so-mobile

Swap mobile, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Back to back mail days! Yes! Yesterday I got a sweet note from JG and Juno (which has an amazing soundtrack and a few Kimya Dawson tracks I didn't have/know existed), and today I received my mobile swap treasure!
The mobile is from Kim of Sidelica. She has a great eye for color -well, her colors fit into schemes that I've been totally digging right now- especially this scarf. Her mobile colors fit perfectly in the living room. There's a hanger in the ceiling that I've wanting to find something to hang from, so it will eventually have a nice home, when I can use 2 hands move a chair... For now, the mobile looks perfect hanging off the Kogswell.
Hand surgey went well yesterday, my tendon ended up being 70% torn, so they stitched it back together (and I got to see it) and now I'm braced for three weeks, then a smaller brace for three more. yiyiyi.

Swap mobilePost surgerySwap mobile

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New life!

New life!, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

I was really hoping that today's post was going to be a photo journey of my last day commuting to my job, but the hand injury put that on hold for a while, so I'll write a little narrative.
So it starts with me fumbling out the door, changing a few times in fear that I'll be too cold. Feeding the cats, putting the bike on the front porch, turning down the heat, double checking that I have my keys & swipe card. Lugging the bike down the steps, getting on, getting off to double check my light, getting on again and heading north on High Street.
Stopping at the Post Office on Henderson to peel off the extra layer, and continuing north. Cautiously riding near TeeJays- people pull out of the CVS very quickly. Usually stopping at Scotty McBeans for a scone or juice, and the cute barista is usually outside smoking. Chat with him for a bit, collect energy and continue north. Always stop at the Wilson Bridge Road intersection that commands "DON'T GO, DON'T GO" in a deep voice. Running the gauntlet of slow, fast, slow on the burm, fast, slow, merge to the right and take a breather at the Crossroads light. Continue north down the 'hill' that's very refreshing. Make a right onto Northwood to sit at the light so I can go directly across 23 to the office. Many times am opposite a silver Pontiac trying to make the left onto 23, and usually speeds up to try and clip me. There's actually a decent hill up into our building, so its a nice sprint in.

On the other hand, things are going pretty well in the JG/PT bicoastal household. He had a very exciting release today (although he still continues to humor me and say he's going to be in Columbus for more than 10 days at at time ever again) and today is the last day of my current job. Monday I start an exciting new job, work, similar to my previous job, but more exciting topics. Sorry internet, I will not be able to comb you for eight hours a day now.
Plus, some of the seeds I planted last week are starting to come up, I taught the cats to stand on their hind legs for a treat, started a diet of barley and blueberries, which was recommended for the last tendon injury.


So I participated in Elsie Marley's Mobile Swap. Although I was dissapointed in my Xmas swap (not thru her), I thought I'd go ahead and just back into swapping, but not put so much pondering into my project.
For my partner Lola's, I used quilt scraps from a baby quilt I'm making and satin from the bridesmaid dress to make two mobiles. I have to say, it takes some working of the wire to have it hang correctly, but I'm pretty pleased with them.
Annnddd... I was kinda set to copy a bird mobile I found through google images, turns out that a good number of people had the same idea, so I'm glad I choose to send the butterflies. Both will be for sale in the Etsy shop tomorrow. Check out the Flickr pool.

BIrdie Mobile

Change in plans

So my vacation day won't be spent working on the bathroom or tearing down the fence/making a compost bin.

Instead there are big plans for some tendon surgery, beers at Tip Top, and soccer games via VCR.
Not as bad a this and not a bad trade of a day, but the next 12 weeks are gonna be heart wrenching, and a May climbing trip is now off. But exciting things are happening Monday, so stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

January Quilt Challenge

So to start the new year, I thought it would be nice to encourage some participation in the Crafty Cotillion by proposing a color challenge each month. Apparently I was the only one who thought this was a good idea, but it helped drive some creativity in me- so mission accomplished. My colors were a bit skewed from the original selection, but I took a camera phone pic of my monitor to the fabric store and matched to that- so this is the result. I'm pretty please with it. It's nice and light, but I think my Feb. challenge will be to learn to properly iron...
Anyways, it's your's for the taking in my Etsy Site

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008


Check out Cbus photographer Dina's site and vote for her pic at JPG Mag. I love the cuteness of her Blythe photos and always drool over them at Wholly Craft, but the cemetery shots are where it's at. Check her site.

Also, you have to swoon over Gus's 1st Birthday trip to the zoo. Sound required.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

With Valentine's Day tomorrow...

It would probably be in your best interest to buy yourself or a loved one something red and cute. Luckily, I can narrow down your choices:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

San Fran

Since my August stint in SF, I've really had no desire to go back. Until today.
"Pete, winter's going to be over soon" JG exclaimed earlier in the week as we were riding. "Not true" I replied "It usually gets cold again in March"
Yeah, winter's over for you buddy. The admin assistant called it a snow day before we even left yesterday. The pics are from midnight, and it came down a good deal more. When I finally ventured out of the house at noon terrified of the roads, I realized that our road was about the only one in Cbus not plowed nor driven on, and everything else was grey slush, and clear. Not as wintery and dreamy as it could have been.
Feb Snowstorm- back porch @ midnite Feb Snowstorm

(necklace was a lovely gift from Sweet Stella)

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Zenith (tea room)

IMGP9724, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

After laying in bed as long as the hotel would let us, and soaked up as much TV as possible, we headed north to meet up with the little brother and Jamie. Sadly I had to miss his last regular season hockey game ever on Saturday- which was even sadder as his whole engineering lab came out. Yep, we missed the geek squad.
But we got to enjoy Zenith Sunday brunch. It was really nice since it was freezing out- there was no line around the building waiting to get in. Then I had the best mint chocolate chip pudding pie. Probably the best desert I've ever had- and I've eaten more than my fair share of desserts. The pineapple peanut stew wasn't as flavorful as expected- but that was alright as the buffet served us very well.
It was really nice to have JG in town for an extra evening, and we continued our path of unhealthiness with beers and pizza while watching the Princess Bride at Studio 35. It's lemon cleanse and yoga for the month while he's gone...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Wedding Shots

Wedding Weekend

So, this weekend was the correct weekend for the wedding that I to be a bridesmaid in. It was nice to head back to Pgh on the appropriate weekend. Sadly, I forgot my SD card, so there are no pics from the rehearsal dinner where Sarah & Nick looked adorable and JG & I had on basically the same outfit...
I have to say- being vegetarians totally worked out for us. I had been swooning over an eggplant cannoli recipe from the PPK for a few weeks, but don't have rollers or a deep fryer.... But we lucked out and it's what the "vegetarian chef's special" turned out to be. It was pretty amazing.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Basil Bag Reveiw

Basil Bag, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.
So I've been drawing up pannier/trunk bags for a while and poorly attempted one last weekend, and with the North American Handmade Bike Show this weekend, I thought I'd give a quick review of my new Basil Bag.
For starters, I have to admit that I found (what I thought was) a sweet deal for this bag on Amazon and mainly bought it to look at the mounting system...
Anyways. We had been swooning over the Basil Website since last summer and the site was much less developed and when we could find a retailer, the exchange rate was killer. I had been doing some research to try and create an affordable mounting system for my bags and these hit on Amazon, so I grabbed them.
I had read a few poor reviews of the bags, but they were written by boys, so I discounted them as they probably didn't include the 'cuteness' factor.
So they came, JG's eyes lit up, but it smelled like a Barbie dollhouse- the soft plastic stench was overpowering and the material was pretty shotty. The silkscreened images were pretty sub-par although I really like the idea of silksreening the reflectors. The mounting system was composed of two pieces of velcro around the drops and 3/4' webbing for the top of the rack. I headed out to grab some groceries. The bottom cardboard part of the bag makes it unadjustable- which was fine when I had the 10 lbs of onions and potatoes but not so attractive when I just had my tool kit & extra mittens in there. The don't cinch down all the way, so I can't really even call them 'water resistant'.
Best summary- they look like something you could grab in the toy section of the Asian market- cute, fun, poorly made, semi-functional for a short period of time, and more VOCs emitted then legal.
Advice- wait for mine. They'll be cute and well-made right here in Cbus

Thursday, February 07, 2008

EPA Grants...

Chemical Spill, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

So along with all the EPA news feeds that I read, they feed the lastest grants awarded to Region 5 (where I live). Usually I just glance over them, wish I was involved in research/projects that were getting EPA funding, sigh and move on with my day. But yesterday's feed included a 97k grant to Ohio to raise awareness of environmental health risks to women. So in my illness-induced- delirium I have been wondering what ever happens to that money? It would be neat if there was a check-in page like that to see what was happening with the $$, who and how it was being used. Anyone out there know if something like this exists?
Today's links of interest:
Save the Tatas - (BLC)
How Harvard students perceive rednecks (Chauch)
Bhendyacha Bharit (must make next week)
I made sure I grabbed my pen so I could work @ home today (Black Pilot P-500)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Green Rant

This is about the only thing I miss from selling off my car.
So yet it's another day and there are a handful of new feeds of people going 'car free', 'car light' and other such greenwashing terms. I guess when I sold my car in January and we went to 2:1 people:cars, we became 'car light.' I think it's pretty safe to say that we would never-ever give ourselves a label like that. I think it's a privledge to own a car, and giving yours up doesn't give you any type of hero status or a green champion. Many people are 'car free', car-lite, full-time commuters as a result of their situation- just using what they have to get by.
Maybe the problem with labeling everything has to do with my outlook. I started sending 'well conceedled cash' to Greenpeace when I turned vegetarian in 8th grade, and have try not to use plastic bags and bottle water for years. I try to drive as little as possible- I've been inside the refineries, cleaned up the land under the old ones, designed pumping networks to pump off all of the old gas that's seeped down into the water table (enough that they can pump it 24hrs a day and put it back into the new-gasoline process), am able to spot the refinery workers by 'the shakes' and wasn't able to accesss some areas to work because of lead levels & I was a 'woman of childbearing age'. I've been hassled for years for trying to use as little chemicals as possible, collecting recyclables and been making handbags/jewelry out of recycled/dumpstered/reclaimed/etc goods since 2001. So mabye this St. Patty's Day week, with "Green Friday" I'll stop being cynical of it all,buy an enviro shirt from threadless, pour some more cash into carbon offsets, ride my bike to work, change the Takewrning label to green and be really happy and proud of myself. (although this sounds facetious, I really could use a good change of mood and it's starting to sound very appealling, plus marketing schemes touting 'upcycled' are driving sales through the roof)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Following along with everyone else...

Pink Cranks!, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

I'll mention the sadness at Sheldon Brown's death. He was a huge influence/resource to basically the world via the internet. I remember studying his website when trying to decide whether to go fixed or single speed, then making myself as knowledgable as possible before going into Krancick's for parts.
On comment for today's ride in- I have never been so thankful for my nubby tires and multiple gears as I was today. The monsoon hit while I was in Old Worthington, and let me say that 23 north of 161 until the 270 switch is not pleasureable to ride in in the rain. I can't imagine someone designing such a poor roadway in general. Within under 5 minutes, the whole right lane had about 4-6 inches of water and was basically unusable even to cars. Sadly, I had to cave and use the sidewalk.

Gallery Hop

Due to a change in plans (the wedding is next weekend, not this...) JG and I were able to spend a pretty relaxing weekend at home. Saturday after I tended to the climbing gym, we headed down to Gallery Hop to see the Rivet opening for the Ohio Heartland show. There were some nice small works, although sadly I didn't shoot any film. We were headed south when we ran into Sweet Stella who informed us of Melissa Vogley Woods' opening at the Ohio Art League.

She and Adam Brouillette are my favorite Ohio artists, I was very excited and we rushed down to make it before they closed.
Melissa Vogely Woods @ Ohio Art League Melissa Vogley Woods @ Ohio Art League
Sheesh, I'm glad that we did. I absolutely love her work. Focusing on Sunbonnet Sue, "these works fluctuate between fabric and painting from small to large with the tactile reality of paint and stitch, to create an analogy of fine art and craft."
Her drawings are light and airy- a great contrast to the block outline of Sunbonnet Sue. There was also an "Urban quilting bee," shown above, in which guests could stitch as "a recorder of this time and place." And she was lovely and smiling widely as usual, which topped the evening off.
We also hit up Sherri Gallery and Mahan, but not much to report from there, surly was too packed so we headed to Tip Top, where I feel that my combo of nachos with a side of roasted eggplant is pretty unbeatable.