Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

O Danny Boy

My Pop-pop would have probably been horrified by this but may I point you to Danny Boy as sung by the Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal. Pop-pop was American by birth location only, my Nanny and Granpa (my dad’s grandparents) came to the States from Ireland in the early part of the 20th century. My read more


PiDay FriDay

Happy Pi Day folks! I’m taking a short break from the Pi Day festivities to share today’s fixation: Garfield, two ways. Number 1: Without Garfield Number 2: Live, full color, filmed in front of a blue screen, with bonus music videos.

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Bon 1, Ants 0

As much as I love living in Oregon there are a few downsides. It’s a temperate climate, which means spring starts in March (although the rain does not stop when spring starts, it just gets generally warmer). Because of this, we have an extremely long ant season. Two days after I first moved into this read more


Busy B*

Things have been quite busy here lately. I spend Thursday nights knitting with ViolinJodie and a handful of other folks. This week’s topic of conversation turned to Black Sheep Gathering (BSG). This year’s BSG is going to be happening at a crazy time in this city, just before the US Olympic Trials [expect a lot read more


Guitar Hero 3

I’ve never been one to spend too much time playing video games. I’m generally not that good at them, with the exception of games that benefit from many buttons being mashed all at once (Soul Caliber, I’m looking at you). That said, we purchased a Wii in December of 2006 and since that I’ve found read more


The Fist!

Today’s Friday Fixation: I’m too tired to link this to flickr, but I’m here, it’s crazy, and it’s awesome.


Shibui Knits Sock

Today’s fixation is Shibui Knits sock yarn. TheBoy has been asking for socks since fall ’04 when we first started living together. At the time, I made my father and one of my fathers-in-law worsted weight boot socks for Christmas. TheBoy? He got the yarn for his in a box. And then I only knit read more



This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. – F. D. Roosevelt Nanie as a baby, 1921 or 22 I believe [she was born in 1921] Today would have been the 87th birthday of a woman I loved dearly, a woman who in just three short years made an impact on my life so read more


bloggers (silent) poetry reading

Today is the Feast of St. Brigid. I’m a little indifferent to most poetry, but there are a few that hold great meaning for me. This one speaks to my roots, my training, my loves and my love. In fact, it was the poem that my older sister read for us at our wedding [my read more



I’m going to try to post something that I love on Fridays, whether it’s something to buy or something to play or just something I can’t get out of my head. To kick this off, I have the product review I’ve been meaning to write. Full disclosure on this one, I gain nothing monetary from read more


Friday Fixation

I am totally obsessed with this game Untangle It’s like untangling a really bad, virtual ball of yarn. Really satisfying when you get it all untangled, and really frustrating when it just keeps getting more and more messed up. It’s a major timesuck though, don’t say I didn’t warn you. via zefrank


Fairwell my Plastic Friend

Had a little bit of a rough week, full of sad things. The least of which was the demise of my beloved and trusty plastic Royal brand ball winder. Above is the last cake of yarn it will ever make, an 880 yard skein of lovely olive green merino laceweight yarn that I purchased from read more