Monday, November 30, 2009

Let's Brunch!

On the weekends, I love going out for breakfast or brunch. I generally stick to Weezie's or Joe's Inn (and once, one fabulous time, I went to Godfrey's Sunday brunch) because I know I will not be disappointed. Having a disappointing breakfast/brunch will ruin your whole day.

I've been wanting to branch out and try a few of the other places Richmond has to offer but could never think past my regular places when the time came to change it up. Luckily for me, Style Weekly put together a nifty list (we all know I *love* lists) for me. Check it out here.

The places I have starred as priority locations to check out are: Babe's, The Black Sheep, Café Diem, Café Gutenberg (they had me at pumpkin spice waffles), Café Rustica, The Hill Café, Kitchen 64, Perly's, Water Grill, and Zeus Gallery Café. I've been to a few of these places for lunch or dinner and can only believe that their brunch selections are just as tasty.

Think I can hit them all up by the time summer arrives? Yeah, me either, but I'll give it a shot.


After two failed attempts to see Zombieland, I finally saw it at The Byrd Theatre last night with the boyfriend and it was AWESOME!! I realize I'm a little late in telling you about the awesomeness that is Zombieland, but sometimes that's just how life works. And in case you are one of the few that has not seen it yet I tell you here and now - GO SEE IT!! Seriously.

Also, I will need this movie on DVD. (I hope there are easter eggs.)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanks for...

my parents who put up with and love me, no matter what

the rest of my family

my friends who listen to me and put up with all my shenanigans

my wonderful, funny, smart, supportive boyfriend

Google and Twitter and the whole of the internets



Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm 50% White (part iii)

Just what you've been waiting for... more whiteness!

#43 plays - Who doesn't like a good play? Or a bad one for that matter.

#44 public radio - It's local. It's people you know (well, could know, if you knew those kind of people) playing music you love. I also love the scheduling of the different kinds of music. Jazz in the evenings, swing on the weekends, classical during the day, a little NPR in between. And it's local. I'm a fan of things that are local.

#48 whole foods and grocery co-ops - This goes with the being a fan of things that are local.

#49 vintage - Recycling at its best.

#50 irony - People that drive their Hummers to grocery co-op are my favorite.

#51 living by the water - I grew up on a peninsula, I've been to the beach more than I can count, vacations are usually at the beach, my dad is a captain on a scallop boat, I am convinced there is salt water in my veins. I would love to live by the sea at some point in my life (not happening anytime soon, I know). The sound of the waves crashing, watching storms roll in, seagulls (oh, how I miss seagulls - there are no seagulls in Richmond, just stupid pigeons), going for walks on the beach and collecting seashells - heaven. This quote made me laugh: "Mountain views are also acceptable, but generally seen as a poor substitute." I suppose mountains have their own allure. Maybe, one day, I'll find out if that is true.

#53 dogs - How could you not like dogs? They are adorable and, unlike cats, they are just as happy to see you as you are to see them.

#54 kitchen gadgets - I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets. I try to control myself and stick to the Alton Brown rule of thumb: if it doesn't do at least three things, it isn't worth space in your kitchen.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Caterpillar!

I. Can't. Wait.

Let's Make Some Lists

Things that seemed far away and omigosh they are thisclose, or have already happened

  • my car being paid off (happened!)

  • Thanksgiving

  • the release of New Moon (I'm going to see it tonight!)

    Things that seem far away

  • Summer 2010

  • finishing my AAS

  • Annabella (it occurs to me as I am typing this that I haven't really talked about this other than to say how cute doxies are, more to come)

  • Christmastime

  • 3/5/10

    Things that are on hold

  • my move south

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009


    I've been working on Knitting Projects # 2 and 3. Project # 2 is a pair of fingerless gloves that are coming right along (see picture below). Project # 3 was going along with no problems until there were problems. And boy are there problems. I don't even know where to begin to fix the problem. It's looking like I'll have to rip it apart and start over, but considering that I was about 7 inches into the blanket I just can't do it. I know I have to, though. And I will. Eventually.

    {the beginning of fingerless gloves}

    New Moon is Almost Here!


    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Things I Should Own

    With this going on it would've been nice to have these this morning:



    Sunday, November 8, 2009


    Can you believe I haven't written about what I'm reading since July 29th? I can't either. I've checked out and purchased many books but I haven't been very good with the follow through. So what have I been reading since July? Here's what:

    Sad, I know. But here are some books I hope to read by year's end (or something like that):

    p.s. - East of the Sun is a very good book and I haven't actually finished Friday Night Knitting Club (funnily enough because I've been busy knitting).

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    knitting, apples, a trip to the middle of nowhere, and lots of links

    I finished knitting my first scarf. Yay! It only took a few years, but whatevs, I finished it and that is all that matters.

    I have moved onto two more projects. Project # 2 is a pair of fingerless gloves I saw in One More Skein. I'm using a very pretty light grey wool. Project # 3 is a baby blanket for a friend that I'm kind of making up as I go along. It all started with a pretty pale pink wool that I found on the clearance shelf. I don't have enough of the pink to make the whole blanket so I am going to do a wide border in a dark grey. Both projects made possible because of gift cards my friends Caitlin and EB got me to The Yarn Lounge. I have discovered a few things about myself while knitting; let's make a list: 1) I love bamboo needles and hate metal needles; 2) I cannot knit and talk at the same time if there is more than one kind of stitch involved, apparently I cannot divide my attention; 3) I get no reading done when I am knitting because my hands can only do one thing at a time; 4) I knit longer when I am watching tv; and 5) I can think about absolutely nothing, my mind actually quiets down and it's quite lovely.

    Now the part about apples! I went to Graves Mountain for their Apple Harvest Festival with my Buddy (my Buddy is my paternal grandmother whom I have never called "grandma" in my life), Aunt Paula, Aunt Linda, Cousin Emily and my cousin's daughter (is there a title for that? does that make her my second cousin? I don't know), Ashley. I had a great time and discovered that I had actually been there before. I've always had this memory of a creek and a bluegrass band playing by it and when we were walking around, I saw the creek and put it all together. I said to my Buddy, "Hey! I've been here before!" to which she replied, "Yeah, I brought you here when you were little." *That* would have been nice to know before.

    I drank cups and cups of yummy hot cider, we looked at crafts and pumpkins, got some apples, listened to bluegrass, and hoped it didn't snow. Then we went up to the lodge on the mountain and had a very yummy lunch and the best dessert ever. It was some sort of apple cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum-o!

    After finishing up with the fam, I headed over to Buckingham County where my grandfather has a little lego house. There is no cell phone reception at the house. There is one spot on the front porch, if you stand just so, you can pick up a signal. So there were some fun moments standing just so to make a couple of phone calls and send some text messages. I had two days alone and I made the most of them – I finished reading my October book club book, started knitting projects 2 and 3, ate a lot of apples, napped, did some very therapeutic writing, watched The Whole Nine Yards, and generally just stood still for a minute. It was so lovely and I am so glad I took the time to do it.

    On the way back to Richmond, I stopped by my dad’s family’s homestead (the house is still standing, for the most part), stopped by the family church and saw the old folks that are buried there, from there I drove over to Scottsville for lunch/dinner at Lumpkin's.

    And now, I give you pictures from my weekend in the sticks...

    {Here is my Buddy rocking my first scarf}

    {Emily and I in front of the creek I recognized}

    {my hot cider and Buddy’s black coffee}






    {my bounty}

    {the Buckingham house}

    {the old house}

    {Old Bryant Lane}

    On Notice

    UPDATE: I am told that "cancellors" is not a word. Whatevs, it totes is on this blog. Here at Irregardless: Two Negative Elements Together At Last, we are all about giving words that don't exist a home.

    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    blogging fail

    I was working on a post

    And then I wasn't

    And then I was, but I accidently deleted it

    And then there was a piece of pumpkin cheesecake

    Maybe I'll try again tomorrow.