My Little Piece of The Net

Goals for the 26th year
  • Quit Smoking.

  • Write to Someone I Admire (Can be anyone from friend to celebrity).

  • Send 27 Post Cards (I miss connecting with people outside of the internet).

  • Leave the State for vacation.

  • Pay off my credit cards.

  • Give handmade gifts for special occasions. (Due to my schedule, I will give as many as I can)

  • Publish writing.

  • Sky dive or bungee jump.

  • Start a work out routine.

  • Debate with someone and try to see their side.

  • Walk for a cause.

  • Take a dance class.

  • Read a book a month (at least).

  • Give a gift to a stranger.

  • Hang out with my brother more often.

  • Seek Grammar/Writing Education Opportunities.

  • Volunteer my time outside of school.

  • Stop to reflect on the good things. (May decide to blog it, may decide to write it down in a journal).

  • Maintain a sick time balance at work.

  • Save up for a cushion/emergency fund.

  • Slumber Party/Diva Evening. (I miss sleep-overs!)

  • Learn to walk in heels!

  • Bring lunch to work (at least 3x a week).

  • Take a financial workshop.

  • Learn to cook/cook more often.

  • Go Camping!

  • Stop spending all my money on coffee!

Happy Halloween!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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posted by Valerie @ 5:01 PM   1 comments
As Promised, A Post!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
This weekend was a real joy. Friday night was cram night. I forgot that I had a Biology test Saturday morning so, you know the drill. Lots of coffee, lots of smoking and a late night. Saturday wasn't too bad, if you don't count that I had to wake up at 8 to take a test. I have NO idea how well I did on it. Saturday was also Grim's Birthday. So I put up a Happy Birthday Banner and laid his present out for him so it would be there when he got up. I had already bought him one of his gifts (Game Book for W.O.D) so I decided to get him 28 Days Later, so he would have something to open on his Birthday. The rest of Saturday was pretty laid back. He did a lot of video games and I got a lot of knitting done. Then it was time for game night over at Pounce's house. He got more gifts and got a cake. We got home at about 2 am, more knitting and more video games. Then we went to bed. Today was the family birthday. I got up at 11, about 5 minutes later, I get a call saying we're going to meet up at 2. Oh Shit.. I haven't started the cake yet. So I rush through and do that, while it's baking, I go and redye my hair and start getting ready. All the while I am still trying to get the Birthday Boy out of bed. -=giggle=- We end up meeting up with them about a 1/2 hour late.

Dinner was wonderful (Olive Garden), then we came back here for presents and the cake I made (with over the hill trick candles =P)

I think he had a really nice birthday. I could tell he doesn't like the idea of turning 31 so I wanted to keep it simple and relaxed this year.

I also managed to get through a lot of the Baby Wrap Dress. It's looking really cute so far and I just reached the shaping of the arm holes. I can't wait until it's finished up. By the way, I have come to agree that having a baby is contagious. I went from one baby to knit for, to three babies! -=giggle=- I haven't cast on the Tree Jacket yet only because I got circular needles that have a 24" cord and it says use a cord that 16" or 20". Does it really matter in relation to the pattern?

To go back to what I mentioned earlier, here are a couple of things that are going on:

1. The doctor says that my stomach problems and weight loss are probably directly related to the loss of my gallbladder. Bile production is to high, so it's irritating my innards and causing them to wig out. (How do you like my medical, non-icky version?) I have been given a medicine that I have to drink, Yuck, and regulate based on my digestion speed.

2. They believe Kiya developed an allergy to her food. So we switched it to a prescription digestively helpful food. No problems since. Although that Vet visit, we almost adopted a cat. -=giggle=- Then my brakes went out and I had to get them fixed. I think it was for the best though. 3 cats in our apartment might have been a little scary.

3. I went into the Country Wool Yarn store after my doctor's appointment. This store is in the middle of nowhere and easily a goot 45 minute to an hour drive from my house. (I was in the area for the appointment) So I get there and I do my shopping. I go to grab my debit card and she doesn't take them. Oh no. So I rummage through my bag, no cash and NO CHECKS! Ahhh! I apologize and go to put the yarn back and she tells me, "It's alright, I'll Bill you." Whhhattt? -=giggle=- Turns out she bills locals and hasn't had a problem doing it ever, so I asked her if she was sure. She said yes. How cool was that!?!? The green and purple yarn from the previous post was what I got..

4. The Double Date. -=giggle=-

* There was a lady on her cell phone the whole time.

*B.* Man behind said lady on cell phone, got really loud with her when he realized what she was doing.

*C.* Said Lady's Boyfriend stood up and tried to pick a fight with said, yelling man.

I missed about 30 minutes of dialog just from the yelling. What I did catch, was a little sad. The Vampires and concept were cool. The acting melodramatic. The pace a little rushed. All in all, a renter movie. The part that pissed me off about the whole thing. I asked for my money back since, I missed part of it. The dipshit at the counter gave me shit. Argh! I resolved to just not come back again.

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posted by Valerie @ 10:01 PM   7 comments
2 More Things
Thursday, October 25, 2007
1. Thanks to all who helped me with the pattern

2. I was going to ask if someone knew how to find Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elmstreet TV series but then I found it. I have to get this.

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posted by Valerie @ 10:53 PM   3 comments
Yeah! A Post! (Picture Heavy)
I seriously have to start keeping better care the blog The problem is that I am getting to wrapped up in reading that I am not knitting and I know you guys like seeing knitting more than personal posts. -=giggle=-

So to start off, YARN!!

This stuff is too lickable and Pounce gave it to me! She had originally bought it to try knitting me a hat and scarf but for some reason she decided against it and gave me the yarn. I would love and adore her for the hat and scarf set but I love her and adore her even more because the 2 black skeins of this are making me a sweater! Not to mention she made me a nifty Dice Bag! Also, Mucho Mucho Thanks to Moontear for the wonderful early X-mas gift. You are too sweet! I also got this yarn for the Tree Jacket Pattern (SKC KAL).

This yarn for the baby blanket.

Cthulhu loves the sheepies and the yarn. He's not evil, I promise. Then the baby also gets a baby wrap in this. Isn't it.. um.. bright? -=giggle=-

My mom bought me this..

The book, not an elder god. -=giggle=- She also got me the Beautiful Knitting Patterns Book. Have I mentioned how much I love books like this? It's awesome how they give you the idea of how to do it and you can go from there. =)

I've already swatched for my Tree Jacket and I plan to Cast on that or the baby blanket tomorrow. Probably the blanket because that's what I should be knitting. Or I'll mix over the weekend. A little of this and a little of that. -=giggle=-

I also wanted to post a picture for a contest on Melissa's blog. The Fake Rhinebeck Picture Contest.

I got some Malabrigo in Mint Green.
Some great sock yarn that I can't remember the name of right now!
Some Sweet Sheep - Head Vampyre
And some Misty Meadows by Knitpicks
The little sheepy and Cthulhu also hopped into my basket. =P

Have I mentioned how I had intended to go to Rhinebeck? Did I mention that I had to use the money saved to buy new brakes and rotors? Did I mention how bitter I am about that? I didn't think so. Oh well.. Next year. Next year.

Alright guys, that's it for the yarn. I'll post a couple of interesting points of my week tomorrow. Grim's B-day is this weekend so it's unlikely I will be on much. So to keep you in suspense, the next blog will include:

A. What the doctor said about my tummy.
B. What the Vet said about Kiya's tummy.
C. What happened at the Country Wool Yarn Store.
D. What happened at the Double Date last Friday

Okay, night night all!

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posted by Valerie @ 9:47 PM   6 comments
Baby Blanket
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
One of these is going to be the pattern I use for the baby blanket (see link).

My question: What do they mean by edge stitch? What edge stitch should I use that won't make the pattern look wonky or weird? The patterns I have been dealing with just go right into the pattern or I ignore that it says edge stitch. So what do you think?

I am admitting to my newbie knitter-ism but I figure, the only way to learn is to ask. -=giggle=-

Don't look down on me too much if this proves to be a retarded question.

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posted by Valerie @ 8:23 AM   7 comments
Drive By, Again!
Monday, October 22, 2007
-=giggle=- Sorry for another quick post. I have yarn pictures to share, a drawing to perform for HSKS3 and miscellaneous other things to discuss. Talk to you tomorrow!!


posted by Valerie @ 10:48 PM   0 comments
Public Service Announcement
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Don't go see 30 Days of Night! Rent it!

Explain more later.

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posted by Valerie @ 12:15 AM   1 comments
Significant Other Questions
Friday, October 19, 2007

1. Who is your man? Grim (Doesn't like real name released on the net)

2. How long have you been together? Since October 31st, 2004.

3. How long did you date? We're still dating, it'll be 4 years this October

4. How old is your man? 31, October 27th.

5. Who eats more? Definitely him. He can put away an entire bag of Doritios in two seconds.

6. Who said “I love you” first? Me, and I was scared to death. -=giggle=-

7. Who is taller? Him, he's nearly 6 ft and I am 5'4

8. Who sings better? Me. Although he is soo much better at improv singing.

9. Who is smarter? Pff, me. I’m a fucking genius. ( I like this answer)

10. Whose temper is worse? I'm not sure, we've never fought. Although, he's more prone to fight someone else so probably him.

11. Who does the laundry? Neither of us, we take it to get done. On the days we visit parents, we both do laundry.

12. Who takes out the garbage? Both of us.

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? I do, I like having another person on one side and a wall on the other.

14. Who pays the bills? Me. If I didn’t, all our money would be blown on games and game books.

15. Who is better with the computer? Definitely him.

16. Who mows the lawn? We don’t have a lawn.

17. Who cooks dinner? Mostly him but I cook from time to time

18. Who drives when you are together? Me.

19. Who pays when you go out? Whoever has the money, mostly me since it goes right into my bank account.

20. Who is most stubborn? HIM!

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? We both do. Depends on what the conversation was about though.

22. Whose parents do you see the most? Probably his.

23. Who kissed who first? We kinda kissed each other.

24. Who asked who out? We never really had an official dating period. We sort of really hit it off and jumped into a one on one relationship.

25. Who proposed? Not there yet, he knows he has to wait another 6 years until all that.

26. Who is more sensitive? Probably me.

27. Who has more friends? Definitely him.

28. Who has more siblings? I do. 1 half sister, 1 step sister, 2 half brothers

29. Who wears the pants in the family? -=chuckles=- That's debatable.

Since you're reading this, I am tagging you!!

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posted by Valerie @ 7:01 AM   4 comments
The Blog
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Alrighty, I have posted a meme and my HSKS trivia/picture hunt. Now it's time for the blog. -=giggle=- It's been a while since I have posted. So here goes:

Knitting: I started over on my HSKS 3 bag. I am really going to work on it more tomorrow. I really haven't had the opportunity since I have a Bio paper due on Saturday. The Baby Blanket has been frogged back again. I am not a fan of the yarn I bought, it frays way to easily so I am going to buy some better quality yarn before trying it again. Right now, priority one is the bag since I need to send the package out before the 31st. The Day of the Dead package for Christine is done. I really hope she likes the goodies I found for her. My Movie Swap package is nearly done. I just need to wait on the movie to arrive and I want to throw in a couple more goodies before I ship it out.

Movies: 25th hour with Edward Norton was an awesome movie and I recommend it to anyone. It's a little depressing as most Spike Lee films are. However, it's the first Spike Lee movie I haven't hated, so that's saying something. Bride to Terabithia, I was unimpressed with. Although, I thought it was going to be about something totally different. It's a great family movie but -=shrugs=- typical.

Rock'n'Shock: What an awesome outing that was! We left around last Saturday and got there around 3. We immediatly went to the celebrity area to check out the lines. Here are the pictures I got with some of them.

1. Picture with Tony Todd (Candyman)
2. Picture with Angela Bettis (May, Girl Interrupted)
3. Picture with P.J. Soles (Halloween, Carrie)
4. Picture with Electra and Elise Avellan (Babysitter Twins from Grindhouse)
5. Picture with James Duval (Donnie Darko, May, Independance Day)
6. Picture of Daeg Faerch (Halloween 2007) He wouldn't take a picture with me unless I bought something from his booth. To hell with that I say.
7. Me in adoration of the Freddy Glove
8.The Rock'N'Shock Crew (missing Paul)

I'm planning on doing a meme all about Grim. So I will post his pictures when I do that. He turned into a cute little boy when he met Angela Bettis, apparently he likes her. -=giggle=- So the convention was cool. A little less than what I expected but fun anyway. I ended up buying The best of the Nighmare on Elmstreet T'V Show, Death Proof, Planet Terror and Daywatch. Grim got a Cluthlu Shirt and I also got Freddy vs. Jason Earrings. I think that's it. Well I went to include they're having a Nightmare on Elmstreet reunion that I am going to go to.. I looked it up and weelll.. it's in Texas. The plane tickets would be about 350 a piece. No can do... Le Sigh.
Anyways, on with the blog.. After the convention we went to the concert. Lordi, Dark Funeral (Sucked so bad I won't put up a link, in fact here's a picture of me when they were playing.), Mushroomhead and Type O Negative. Lordi was entertaining and epic. Dark Funeral was a REALLY BAD death metal band, Mushroomhead rocked my socks off and Type O Negative left me unimpressed. I love Type O and something has changed. Maybe Peter Steele, lead singer and bassist is getting to old to hit the low notes he once could hit, maybe he's sick.. all I know is I was unimpressed. Not to mention we were unable to leave the concert hall to smoke, so that sucked too. We finally got out of there at around 3 and anyone who smoked was chain smoking to catch up for missed time. I am exaggerating of course. We got home at 5 and spent all Sunday morning catching up on sleep.

Life: Work is going well enough. I went to the school today and got my registration number for my classes. I am going to be taking another Basic Math course and Literature into Film. It should be fun, well one class should be fun anyway. Guess which one ? -=giggle=- Turns out I have to take Math course from now until Fall of next year, then I get to go back to my Psych courses. Wippie! I still have no idea where I want to go, so I am keeping the idea local until I figure out if I really want to move anyway. Which we might.. On a totally unrelated topic, I went to the smoke shop to pick up cloves. I don't smoke cigs and cloves can only be found at specialty stores. Anyways, they sell cards at this particular smoke shop. When I walked in I found out that every card in the store was free. I grabbed a big bag and loaded up. I have enough cards to cover the next 5 years in birthdays. -=giggle=- Which is good, I am a card nut. I like to keep in touch with friends.

Alrighty, it's 11:36 pm now and I need to get ready for bed. Besides I honestly think I wrote about everything.

Night night all

Lots of Hugs!!

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posted by Valerie @ 10:31 PM   3 comments
HSKS-Quidditch Round 3
1. What was the name of the book Dumbledore left for Hermione in his will?
a. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

2. Whose sign was on Xenophilius Lovegood's chest?
d. Grindewald

3. Was October 30, 1980 the night that Lilly and James Potter died?
b. No (1981)

4. What's another name for the Elder Wand?
a. Deathstick

5. Whose Potterwatch code name was 'Rodent'?
d. Fred

6. What was so special about the peacocks at the Malfoy Manor?
d. They were all white

7. Who does Harry say was "probably the bravest man I knew?"
a. Snape

8. What thing was Lockhart giving Hagrid advice about getting out of a well?
b. Kelpies

9. What was the occupation of Colin Creevey's father?
d. Milkman

10. Which Professor of Hogwarts was a dueling champion when he was young?
a. Flintwick

Picture Scavenger Hunt

Bertie Botts Beans
Jelly Slugs
Chocolate Frogs
Blood Pops
Jenean's first HSKS kit

(Bonus Point: Who made the kit? Ansly)

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posted by Valerie @ 10:04 PM   1 comments
7 Facts

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

My Tagger is Miss Jane!

7 facts:

1. I love and adore ANYTHING Freddy Krueger related.
2. I want to play Thelma in Chicago.
3. My first career goal was to be a Marine Biologist, I wanted to swim with sharks.
4. I worked at a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 6 months. I still believe it was the best job I have ever had for multiple reasons.
5. I am terrified of mirror legends. I can't be in the same room with a mirror if the lights are out. It freaks me out.
6. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Grew up in Mississippi and Ohio.
7. I really want to open my own Cabaret.


1. Hattie
2. Erika
3. Sheila
4. Pheelya
5. Arleta
6. Teresa
7. Sacha


posted by Valerie @ 9:44 PM   4 comments
A Blog of All Blogs
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Will come tomorrow. Tonight was Algebra night so I didn't get home until around 9ish. We had dinner and watched Bridge to Terabithia. It's 11:00 now and after tea I am running off to bed. So look forward to a post loaded with pictures and assorted things. Night night all!


posted by Valerie @ 11:01 PM   2 comments
New Look
Sunday, October 14, 2007
What do you think all? Happy Halloween !!!

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posted by Valerie @ 3:01 PM   10 comments
Blogging has been delayed
Thursday, October 11, 2007
by my Ambien kicking in. Night night.
posted by Valerie @ 9:37 PM   1 comments
A moment of irritation
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
So lately, it seems every time I take the leap and jump into something. I fall on my rump. I tried the bag pattern that Jen help me altered but it turned out wonky. The sides just don't make sense, it calls for increases on one side and not on the other.. Are they trying to make it look lopsided. So I junked it, tried a new pattern. I ended up trying my own thing. There were a couple of points I didn't take into account but I had already seamed it. So whilst trying to remove the seam. The yarn breaks and there goes the better part of the bag in one tug. I still have a little while to get this bag together. The due date for the HSKS swap is the 31st. I wanted to get it done though so I can start on my other upteenth projects.

Here's the to knit list:

1. Fingerless Gloves for Grim's Sister
2. Fingerless Gloves for Grim
3. Tree Sweater for the SKC KAL
4. Baby Blanket

5. Baby Dress
6. Baby Bell Bottoms
7. Brother's Fingerless Gloves

How the hell am I supposed to even get half these done if I keep having to rip everything apart. First the baby blanket, then bag one, then bag two.. Grrr. Sorry.. Bad day. Everything will be better tomorrow.

In the mean time, look at this picture of me and my baby girl!

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posted by Valerie @ 11:28 PM   7 comments
HSKS - 3 Picture Hunt - Trivia is posted below.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Gryfindor Quidditch Uniform
Slytherin Quidditch Uniform
Ravenclaw Quidditch Uniform
Hufflepuff Quidditch Uniform
Room of Requirement

For the record, It's hard to find anything based on the classes outside of Gryfindor and Slytherin. Sheesh!

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posted by Valerie @ 3:38 PM   3 comments
Quidditch Round 2 - Trivia
1. In Deathly Hallows what does Harry step on when exiting his room to wash his cut?
a. A small figurine
b. A saucer
c. A teacup
d. A coffee cup

2. Which two members of the Order of Phoenix came to escrot the Dursleys to a safe place?
a. Arthur Weasley and Kingsley Shacklebolt
b. Dedalus Diggle and Hestia Jones
c. Dedalus Diggle and Kingsley Shacklebolt
d. Arthur Weasley ad Hestia Jones

3. In order to throw off the Death Eaters, several of Harry's friends take Polyjuice Potion to resemble him and each Harry goes with a different member of the Order of the Phoenix to a different location. Where do Ron (disguised as Harry) and Tonks go?
a. Aunti Muriel's house
b. Tonks' parent's house
c. Kingsley's house
d. Mad-Eye Moody's house

4. At Bill and Fleur's wedding, Harry must disguise himself by taking Polyjuice Potion and takes on the appearnce of a redheaded Muggle boy from Ottery St. Catchpol. He was introduced to wedding guests as Cousin . . .
a. Jimmy
b. Davy
c. Barny
d. Willy

5. Kingsley sends a message via Patronus to warn the Weasleys and wedding guests of the coming Death Eaters. What form does his Patronus take?
a. A German shepherd
b. A lynx
c. A bobcat
d. A coyote

6. In the Half-Blood Prince what drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Pumpkin Juice
b. Elf-Made Wine
c. Butterbeer
d. Gillywater

7. What is the name of the person that heads the Holyhead Harpies?
a. Gwenog Jones
b. Glen Jones
c. Gwenog Smith
d. Glen Smith

8. What tatoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?
a. Blast Ended Skrewt
b. Hippogriff
c. Unicorn
d. Mermaid

9. What color robes do the staff at Weasley's shop wear?
a. Buttercup
b. Magenta
c. Royal Blue
d. Aqua

10. Where do Nicolas Flamel and his wife Perenelle live?
a. Kent
b. Surrey
c. Manchester
d. Devon

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posted by Valerie @ 8:38 AM   0 comments
Monday, October 1, 2007
That's the sound of the baby blanket being ripped back to one. The pattern was definitely incorrect and I think I sure have used circs instead of straights. The blanket turned out the right size but the pattern was all wrong. The basket weaves were off and just weird looking. So back to the beginning. I am not going to stick to the deadline. First of all, we don't know when we're going to go down there now. or is it up there.. Well, either direction it is.. School is throwing a wrench in plans. I really can't miss a shitload of school or else I am going to be to far behind. As it is I am going to miss a class for Rock 'n' Shock. Then the next weekend, would be going to see her. Two missed classes in a row and I'll be so far behind I'll go cross eyed. So it's been moved back. I figured, I'll get done with it around her due date which is mid-November.

In other news, I am going to cast on the Ravenclaw bag tonight. I ordered the last little things to go in it and now all that's left is the bag. It shouldn't take me too long when I start working on it. Then SKC is doing a knit along with Pattern one! So, number 1 is my choice. If I have any problems I can get people to help me along the way!

Today has also been a sad day. I watched the final episode of Deadwood. No more shall I be blessed by the obscenities and blood shed that only Al Swearengen could provide. Le Sigh.


Pictures to be posted soon!

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posted by Valerie @ 8:16 PM   6 comments
Secret Santa Swap
1. What is your Christmas style? Contemporary, traditional, glam and glitter, primitive, cute or something else: Traditional and Weird works for me.

2. Do you collect something special? Santas, gingerbread people, angels, maybe snowmen, etc...:
Nothing in particular but I do love elegant looking angels.

3. Favorite holiday color. Fire engine red, lime green, burgundy, hunter green, pink and chartreuse or are you all about the metals, gold, silver or copper.: Chartreuse

4.Favorite things--Food, colors, pastimes or anything that you think we should know or that you just feel a need to share LOL:
I love reading and watching movies. Chocolate is always a plus, popcorn is wonderful, I love herbal teas as well.

5. Least favorite things--scents that might bother you, allergies etc. If you don't tell us we won't know.: Nothing too strong, I like light smells. I am allergic mainly to itchy yarn. -=giggle=- I bust on in hives if it's not soft. Ex: Debbie Bliss Alpaca silk and wool

6. What so you prefer--candy or cookies--those special things that we only make at this time of the year. Like fudge, caramel popcorn or Mexican wedding cookies, yum yum: Mmmm Caramel popcorn. You know what I love! Those popcorn balls. I like anything sweet so try me!

7. How about--coffee or tea: Depends on the time of day: Coffee in the morning, Tea in the afternoon or night.

8. Do you wear knit or crocheted scarves? Yes

9. How about slippers? Nope

10. Hats? Yes, I don't know what it means to be a pin head or a pumpkin head. -=giggle=-

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posted by Valerie @ 7:30 PM   4 comments
About Me

Name: Valerie
Home: Troy, New York, United States
About Me: I am 26 years old. I work, go to school, participate in roller derby and knit every chance I get. Oh, I also love hanging out with my boyfriend (Grim) and two cats (Kiya and Sigh).
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