Sunday, January 29, 2006

Random Assortment

I have no theme to hold an entire post together today, so instead I will present a random assortment of stuff.

For Scale

To give a better idea of how large it turned out, here is a picture of the Flower Basket Shawl post-blocking on my couch. I still haven't managed to get a picture of it in action with my grandma yet. I also gave my mom her birthday scarf (black Mountain Colors 100% cashmere, feather and fan pattern, yes, knit from stash yarn) without even taking a picture of it (oops), so I have yet to get a picture of that as well. I also have two skeins of that same cashmere (also in black) to make myself a scarf with, though I don't know when I'll do so. It is beautiful and unimaginably soft, but I don't know if I feel like making the same scarf twice in a row!

Amber's Knitted Babe

A few of the Needlepoint Joint knitting crew are enamored with those Knitted Babes. This is a picture of Amber's version. I love the purple hair.

My New Dining Room Set

It took months, but last weekend I finally received the last piece of my new dining room set. Shortly after I moved into my new apartment, I got the dining room table, six chairs, and china cabinet (which is actually two pieces stacked). The hutch of the china cabinet and one of the chairs were both damaged, and after more than two months, a new shipment arrived at the store and they switched out the damaged pieces. Well, first they delivered me two more damaged pieces, but returned with undamaged ones later in the day. Third time is the charm?


The sideboard (or buffet, or whatever you'd like to call it) was a special order piece that the store didn't normally stock, and it was a special ordeal piece as well. When I ordered it, along with the rest of the furniture, I was told to pay a certain percentage of the purchase price as a downpayment before they would special order it. Which I did, along with my cash-in-full payment for the rest of the furniture. It was to take four to six weeks to arrive. I called periodically to check on it. Finally, after more like 8 to 12 weeks, I learned that my downpayment was supposed to have been on the total purchase price plus tax (which no one had told me when I paid), and because the downpayment was $8 short, the buyer had never placed the order, and also never informed me or my sales associate that the order was not placed. And for some reason (incompetence?), my sales associate never figured this out either. I was fairly livid considering the HUGE amount of cash I'd given them for all this furniture - I don't care if you are the Utah Furniture Giant, there is no excuse for such poor customer service. A visit to the store manager resulted in my special order being placed while I waited, and finally all the furniture is here.

The hassle was all worth it in the end, though. It is probably unreasonable, and possibly immoral, to love furniture as much as I love this stuff. I want to polish it with a soft cloth and sit quietly staring at it...

Just a shot to show the rich cherry color and the inlay. It's not quite this red in person, at least looking at my computer monitor/TV at home. Also, there appears to be a flaw in the inlay in this picture, but that's just a trick of the flash.

Finally, I was tagged by Kim for this meme, so here it is:

4 Jobs You Have Had in Your Life
**contract specialist (current job)
**cost/price analyst
**retirement benefits accountant
**math tutor
(Sigh. I am such a bureaucrat!)

4 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over
**Love Actually
**Pride & Prejudice (the A&E mini-series, AKA Wet T-shirt Mr. Darcy version)
**Persuasion (1995 Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds BBC version -- best adaptation of Jane Austen that I've seen)
**Enchanted April
**Dirty Dancing (I know, this is five. But if I ever turn the TV on anywhere and this is on, I am powerless to resist. I once stayed up until 2AM on a business trip watching this silly movie, even though I'd seen it 20 times before. Those were some fun meetings the next day.)

4 Places You Have Lived
**Utah (Plain City, Roy, Salt Lake, Pleasant View, Ogden...)
**Oregon (Portland)
**Germany (Munich)
**California (Santa Barbara)

4 TV Shows You Love to Watch
**The Office
**Dancing With the Stars
**In Justice

4 Places You Have Been on Vacation
**The Netherlands
(Wish I were at any of these places now...)

4 Websites You Visit Daily

4 of Your Favorite Foods

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
**on a six-month European vacation
**visiting friends in the Pacific Northwest

4 Bloggers You Are Tagging
Homie don't play that. If you'd like to be tagged, knock yourself out.