So...here's my two cents on the upcoming election. I'm registered as a democrat (and in case you were wondering this is the first election that I will ever be voting in). I'm voting for Kerry. I LOATHE Bush. I LOATHE him as a president so much that if he wins I will seriously consider moving to New Zealand to farm alpacas at least until he is out of office. He screwed our country over royally. He didn't do ANYTHING about Osama bin Laden attacking us, however, he felt it necessary to send thousands of our troops to Iraq to get rid of nonexistant WMD and kill thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. He claims that looking back he wouldn't have done anything differently and sending troops to Iraq wasn't a mistake. Perhaps Bush is not a horrible person (which I cannot judge since I have not met him), but he is obviously not equipped with the intelligence required to run a country. The man cannot even form a complete, intelligible sentence 75% of the time.
I spent a good part of the day listening to political talk on public radio (discussion supporting both sides) and was only reminded of all the reasons why I am a democrat. There was a discussion about voter registration. Apparently there are multiple organizations that spanned several states claiming to be nonpartisan but really were republican. They hired people to approach people on the street and introduce themselves and ask who they would vote for in the elections. If they said they were voting for Bush, the employee was supposed to have the person fill out a voter registration form. If the person said they were voting for Kerry the employee was to thank them and tell them that their comment would be added to the polls. If employees from these organizations took democratic registrations they were shredded and thrown away so hundreds of democrats believe they were registered but in actuality were not. When republicans tried to find the democrats doing similar things they found one or two isolated cases that were only one individual, and really didn't have a big affect on anything. The CROOKEDNESS of the republican party amazes me. It also amazes me that someone can actually vote for a candidate who cuts taxes for the richest people but raises them for the poorest.
As for issues: abortion-I am pro-choice because I can't imagine telling a rape victim who was pregnant that she HAD to go through with the pregnancy; or a crack addict whose child would end up with enormous amounts of birth defects. Gay marriage-I support gay marriage. I don't care what religion anyone is, I don't care if they love men or women or both; if they want to celebrate their union like heterosexuals, I don't see why they shouldn't. As a science oriented person I can see that being gay is often NOT a choice and is instead somehow genetic or inherited. The Christian aspect of marriage holds no meaning to me since people of all religions have marriages: Hindi get married, Jews get married, Christians get married, Buddhists get married. If gay people want to get married, LET THEM! War on Terror-It was wrong for Bush to send troops to Iraq in the first place, however, now it would be irresponsible of any leader to pull the troops and leave the country in shambles. I fear for the other mistakes Bush may make in fighting terror, and I don't think by fighting in Iraq he is making America any safer. In fact it is probably drawing our attention from the actual terrorists who have attacked us and may very well attack us again. I understand that in many cases war is not avoidable, but what blows my mind is the talk of winning/losing wars. It is war: there is no winner, everyone loses in the end. I am probably forgetting a lot of important issues but these are the ones standing out in my mind right now.
As far as the Kerry/Edwards campaign goes, I'm not the hugest fan of Kerry, and I don't like Edwards, but I do think that they will do a much better job in office than Bush. I'm not voting for Kerry just because I'm a registered democrat; if there was a republican running that I liked I might vote republican, however, I tend to agree much more with democrats on most issues. In this case, I just think that Kerry will be a much greater president than Bush ever has or will. And that is why I am voting for Kerry/Edwards on Tuesday.



I got a raise at work on Friday night (wasn't due for one til May!) so to celebrate I went yarn shopping of course. I spent more than I should have, but all of it is for gifty stuff so I guess it's justified :)

First I got 5 skeins of Artyarns Supermerino in color 105 for a project that I can't yet disclose :) As you can see by the photo I was so anxious to start I stayed up late late last night getting the project started. This yarn is absolutely a DREAM to work with. It is soooooo unbelieveably soft, it almost feels like there is alpaca or even cashmere in it. And the colors....fabulous. My only issue so far is that it splits fairly easily, but everything else makes up for that!

Art Yarns Supermerino and the beginnin of a SECRET project! Posted by Hello

Artyarns Supermerino (color 105) and secret project detail  Posted by Hello

I also got 3 skeins of Manos del Uraguay in color 1. These will be made into a scarf for my mom for Christmas (hopefully). The pattern hasn't been chosen yet but I do want to incorporate a cable.

Manos del Uraguay (color 1) for a scarf for my Mom  Posted by Hello

I also got a set of size 11 Brittany Birch needles for my luscious Misti Alpaca scarf, but I think due to the overflow of Christmas projects all of my projects for myself are temporarily being put on hold...:(

More soon!


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New York City

Yup, that's where I was this weekend. Specifically, my sister, my aunt and I took a bus trip to Manhattan to shop. We shopped on 5th Ave and 42nd street, which turned out was not a good place for us since we couldn't afford $3000 tank tops and $800 bags! It was fun, I got a new wallet with a kitty on the front at the Fossil store. I also got a poster with some white flowers on it at some record store. The NY trip meant I did a TON of driving this weekend: to work on Friday, to my parents house to get my sis, to Albany to my aunts; Saturday two 2.5 hour bus trips; Sunday to my parents house from Albany, then to work, then finally home. Its been a long weekend and I haven't accomplished nearly enough homework seeing as I have an ecology midterm on friday =/

I did manage to knit a few more repeats on the Irish hiking scarf. I've finished one whole ball and started a second! I wanted to bring my knitting on the bus but it turned out we were switching buses so we couldn't leave anything on the bus and I didn't want to carry it around all day. Oh well. It was fun. More updates probably not until after Friday night (MY PARTY!!!).


Irish Hiking Scarf-Progress

Here's a couple pictures of my Irish Hiking Scarf for the knit-along (link in the sidebar). I'm 8 repeats (64 rows in). I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in color #300102. I love the way this yarn feels and the stitch definition it has when knitted. The cables stand out wonderfully too! This will be a Christmas gift for my dad along with a matching hat with earflaps :)

Irish Hiking Scarf (8 repeats in) Posted by Hello

Irish Hiking Scarf (8 repeats) detail Posted by Hello

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As for everything else, school is really keeping me too busy right now to think about much else. I have a big exam tomorrow morning so I'm spending the entire day today studying, then tomorrow between classes I have to do my homework due Wednesday because I'm working tomorrow night. Ugh...I guess lacking more sleep is necessary (why did I have to go and be a science major!?) but after Wednesday it should be a bit calmer and perhaps I'll have more time to update then.