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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Another year wiser -- and the dangers of waste yarn

There's no easy way to say this. Sunday was my birthday, and now I'm 30. Not to worry! I got my prescription for Rejuvex, and my mom has been putting Olay age-defining products in my Christmas stocking for a few years. Which I suppose is a sign that I'm too old for a Christmas stocking.

I celebrated/mourned with a slew of my closest friends at a cute, woodsy themed bar called Camp. There were reporters as far as the eye could see, which is kinda scary. And, as always, the knit bloggers truly represented, including the Spiders.

So there's me with New York knitterati Veronique, Stephanie, Abby, Virginia, Michelle and Sandra

Now, since it was an outdoorsy place, Camp offered s'mores as well as a cocktail called a Bad Girl Scout. So guess who got one?

And my friend Shannon, who is a knitter but not a blogger (yet), bought me the most beautiful, delicious and decadent chocolates from MarieBelle.

So, as you can see, totally fabulous.

The long-suffering boyfriend and I commemorated the actual birthday by seeing the rather bleek yet riveting "An Inconvenient Truth" then wandering around the Lower East Side. For dinner, we went to the Gotham Bar and Grill, which was also delicious and decadent. (Jon is always a better order-er than I am, though).

Now, onto the dangers of waste yarn, the latest installment in the dumbest thing I did all week. Recall how a few weeks back my stinking shower was leaking? I took everyone's wise advice but still couldn't fix it because I'm not able to turn off my water. And because maybe I'm not that handy. So I contact the super and never hear back. To preserve my sanity, I tried to get past it, by which I mean that I kept the bathroom door closed.

Fast forward to Saturday. Feeling optimistic, I put my Ms. Marigold on waste yarn to try it on. This is a cumbersome and delicate process that requires care and precision. No sooner is it over my head and I'm admiring it in my bathroom mirror than my super is at my door, ringing the bell like crazy. I hurriedly pull off the partial sweater, throw it down and let the super in. Of course, the leak is warping my neighbor's ceiling, and he needs to inspect the shower. I can only imagine what he thought of the pile of silk and alpaca tossed on top of the toilet seat.

Edited to add three things:
1. I know it's "AN Inconvenient Truth," not "the," but I wrote this late at night.
2. The drip was affecting the ceiling of the noisy neighbor, so I wasn't that disappointed.
3. And of course I put a shirt on when I answered the door! Sheesh people!


Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

He was most likely very jealous of your yarn. Naturally he contemplated stealing it, but you know his name and all so he decided against that.

and Happy Birthday Carrie! I hope that I have a cool writing job when I'm thirty. If not, I could always collect pop cans...

2:55 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Happy Birthday miss Carrie! And the Stupidest thing you did this week doesn't sound all that bad. Except for maybe if you forgot to put something else on after removing the Miss Marigold and answering the door...

2:56 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Happy Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope the day was celebrated how it should be. I also hope your shower is finally fixed and that you grabbed a top before your super made it in. :)

3:34 AM  
Blogger Kuka said...

Cute chocs, cute friends, cute bar cute cute cute - love your pics!
Hope you had a fab day - and i can't wait to see some pic of Miss Marigold =)

7:17 AM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

happy bday!glad you had a fun night!

7:44 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Happy birthday!

8:29 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

so fun! glad you had a good birthday the next day, too! funny -- you're like me, seeing a movie like that on your b-day! i remember the new years when we went to see "fog of war" -- not exactly an upper. i was thinking how bummed i was that i didn't get to talk more to your red-headed sweetie. next time! and i really have such a great impression of 30 so far, and i think you'll rock it!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Carrieoke said...

Happy birthday dahling! It sounds like it was a blast!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Erica B. said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

10:08 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

wow, we all need to get some sun! ;)

it was fun spending the night with you for your bday. i'm glad that i could be there.

good times!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Happy Birthday, Carrie!

Those chocolates are adorable.

And yes, I agree with everyone else: your super was jealous of your yarn, and I hope you put a top on before answering the door.

By the way, did the shower get fixed??

10:25 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Wow, those chocolates are gorgeous!! How cool! And I am glad he at lease showed up eventually.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

happy b-day!

isn't it lovely how ny supers will only answer your problem when it affects someone else?

however, if it's leaking into the 5am music blaster's apartment, that would be sweet revenge!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Happy Birthday. Not to worry...I doubt that the alpaca was the strangest thing your super has ever seen in a tenant's apartment.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Happy birthday and welcome to 30!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Mmmmrissa said...

Happy Belated Birthday !

12:04 PM  
Blogger Violet said...

happy birthday! i hope it was fun. and don't worry about turning thirty, think of it as a new decade to be filled with happiness and handknits!

12:10 PM  
Blogger Sachi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Psst... I think you and I just turned the same age so, just so you know. I'm not old so you therefore must also not be old.

I'm sorry you couldn't find the water shut-off. Do me a favor and watch what the super does. Let me know if I was right. ;-)

12:15 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Happy Birthday.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

I wish i could have been at Camp - sounds like you had a great time! That Bad Girl Scout drink sounds yummy!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

Happy birthday! Those chocolates look fabulous! Can't wait to see pics of ms. marigold.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Saun said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I'm glad you enjoyed your day. You're still not too old for a Christmas stocking. I'm almost 30 and I'm still getting them too. It's part of what keeps us looking so young. I never would have guessed you were that old.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

Happy Birthday!!! Those chocolates were too pretty to eat :) I have a huuuge forehead and I still rocked the dream swatch. I don't care :)

3:03 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy birthday!!! The 30s are good, trust me.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Happy birthday!! It looks like you guys had a grea time!!

I'm so jealous of Sandra's cocktail & s'more! YUM!

6:29 PM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

happy birthday; 30 is wonderful, all grown up and all....LOL

9:40 PM  
Blogger weaselrina said...

Happy 30th birthday!!! From someone turning 40 this year :)

2:07 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

And you don't look a day over 20! Gorgeous, my dear! ;) Sounds like you had a great birthday with the Spiders!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Best Birthday wishes to you Carrie!! Looks like a fabulous celebration!

And no one is ever too old for a Christmas stocking!!!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful time.

Now that you have officially reached the threshold of oldpeopledom, you need to watch Logan's Run and Wild in the Streets. (both feature discrimination/death for those >30)

Ha, your super is like mine. I don't know why mine won't make an appointment. It's so irritating, and nothing is a standard size so I can't just go and fix it myself.

7:40 AM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

sorrie Carrie honey; i' ve gone to work; i'll try to update the blog today; no digicam but i DO have something

8:09 AM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

ahem* i do have something to say; my older DD is awake and talking infinity, distracting to say the least

8:14 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful time.

Great story about your super stopping by. I'm glad you added those clarifications. :D

11:27 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Carrie! Sorry I'm late on the birthday wish train. You know, I'm 30 years old and 9 months and I'm finding that I kind of like announcing to people that "I'm in my 30s." It feels solid. Anyway, Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good night out.

11:41 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Hi Carrie, that last comment was from me, elizaboothy. I'm using my parents' computer and logged in to an old old old account.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

happy birthday! 30 is the new 20, you know. (Or something like that).

12:13 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Happy Birthday!! What did you think of the Al Gore movie - I really want to see it!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Happy Birthday and welcome to the club! I just recently turn 3-0 myself and I'm still in denial =)

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Happy, happy birthday! Sorry I couldn't make it on Saturday ~ family was in town and needed tending. But think of the shower as a nice birthday gift. Assuming it was actually fixed.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

Hey lady! Happy birthday again!

Glad you had fun, sorry I couldn't make the soiree. Sandra must have been a reeeally bad girl scout (hehe)...

I can't believe that I'm just reading this post now...where have i been? There are already 40 comments... Aren't you popular!!!

9:23 PM  
Blogger krissy said...

happy happy (belated) birtday, carrie! welcome to the 30-someting club!

looks like you had a wonderful celebration with great friends. and those chocolates are amazing! i think i'd almost be afraid to ruin them by eating them.

10:59 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Happy Birthday to you too Carrie!!
Looks like you had a great time celebrating it! Oh my gosh those chocolates look so good. We end up not going to NYC after all but still had fun.

12:18 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

a belated happy birthday to yoU! looks like you had a great one! :) the chocolate looks so pretty! i would be hesitant to eat it...
i would've thrown a sweatshirt over myself and nonchalantly made like i was getting ready to go out on an errand or something, and pray the strings sticking out from the bottom wouldn't give me away. :)

3:35 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

happy birthday! i love camp! such a fun place for a celebration, and those cocktails are killer (i like me some dirty girl scout). although the last time i was there a man who was the son of a monk and a nun tried to pick me up. i'm not even kidding.

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Happy Birthday! I'm pretty sure can put that oil of olay away for at least another 10-15 years... I don't think you'll look 30 when you're 40. seriously. Looks like the birthday party was lots of fun, how great to have so many fabulous girlfriends nearby!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Nit One Perl Two said...

I am so happy I found your site. It appears we have more in common than knitting! I'll let you know when I complete the "world renound" triple lindee patern. It will be soon!

3:02 PM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...


1:45 PM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

PS - women in their 30s are way sexy

1:45 PM  

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