Archive for February, 2010

Puppy love

This is my new baby, Remi:

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We went and got her on Wednesday night. Eric and I were listening to Canada spank Russia 7-3 as we drove with our new baby girl in the car. ^-^ Big sister Kali is taking some time to get used to her, but for the most part they are getting along well. They play bite-face for hours and hours, tire each other out, go for a nap, and then start all over again. It’s freaking adorable.

Here we see miss Kali playing with her baby sister in the yard:

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I think I am going to make them matching sweaters for Xmas. By then, Remi ought to be big enough that I won’t have to worry too much about measurement. But then again, she has some German shepherd in her so she might even grow up to be bigger than Kali! We’ll have to see.

I feel kind of crappy, though, because I had to leave Eric alone with the two of them until later tonight. I had class from 11:30 to 2:30, and now I’m waiting for my friend Rebecca to be finished her last class so that we can go to practice lab together at 4:30 for an hour or so. If that weren’t enough busy-ness, I’m also going to my SnB for 7:30. There really isn’t much point in going home between practice lab and SnB, because it takes me half an hour to drive home from the college. Say we finish at 5:30, 6:00-ish. By the time I get home, it’ll be 6:30 and I will only have half an hour with hubby and the puppies before I have to leave again. Luckily, Eric is off today so he is able to take care of the wee ones. Tomorrow when he goes on night shifts, it’ll be my turn. Payback time! ūüėČ

Ooh, I am also excited because there will be a Saturday morning BJJ class tomorrow! This is something that began last week, but I couldn’t go because I was working. I plan on going on the alternate weekends where I don’t work…although apparently I might be getting laid off soon, so perhaps it will not be so easy to afford the gym membership. We’ll see. I want to try and get a job with the health unit or something this summer, which could be really, really, really nice.

I think that’s it for now. I guess you could say that as soon as I leave the college tonight, I’ll officially be on READING WEEK!!!!! I’m so excited! Although, I will be working super hard on my final assignment for Chronic Health Challenges, a paper worth <b>60%</b> of my final mark. Holy crap!!!


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Cabin fever


I wish it were April already. School would be done and over with for the year, and I could be on my way to St. Louis!

But nooooo, I have to be stuck in February, spending my only day off this week doing chores and homework. Tomorrow I have my last clinical day before the March break, and Friday I have a paper due. This week is going to go by ten times more slowly just by virtue of being right before READING WEEK. Argh!!!

Well, to keep myself sane today, I am not going to spend ALL my time cleaning and researching.¬† I plan on finishing my entry into the Ravelympics – a lovely pastel green baby blanket for my cousin Joey’s upcoming new arrival. I wanted to make it blue, ’cause he’s having a boy, but I didn’t have enough of the shade of blue I was going to use to make a full-on afghan.

There are too many damned people who are pregnant right now. Two of my classmates, one of the ladies in my SnB, two cousins (well, technically one of them’s Eric’s cousin and the other is my cousin’s girlfriend), Eric’s buddy’s wife, my cousin Jocelyn’s best friend, the girl who works at the gift shop in the hospital…my goodness. That’s a lot of babies! And if I was feeling REALLY ambitious, I’d be making things for all of them. Alas, I’m not that close to all of them, so only 4 of them are getting anything from me. Guess which ones? Hehehe.

I think I will take a few days off from BJJ. I am covered in bruises from last night’s rolling, mostly on my¬†knees and calves (one of the girls had her¬†hooks in my legs really good!)¬†and I pulled a glute muscle doing a flower sweep. Luckily, there is a Saturday morning class I can partake in now, which means I can still get a 3rd workout in this week. I’ll be on the recumbent bike tonight watching “Lost” and knitting…that’s my idea of a recovery day!

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Yes, I know…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

I have too much yarn!

Of course, SAYING it and actually DOING something about it are two entirely different things. It seems that I have done a hugely disproportionate amount of yarn-buying in the past month, in comparison with ACTUAL knitting. Sure I’ve gotten a couple of projects done…Mom’s pretty Malabrigo mittens, for one, and a pair of handspun mitts for myself, for another. Everything else remains half-finished (or in the case of the 3 baby blankets I’ve started for various recipients, abandoned¬†only a few rows in!).

So what am I doing to try and alleviate the stress and strain of TOO MUCH YARN?

I started organizing my office.

Since Eric and I moved into our new place, I’ve been given free reign over the downstairs bedroom, which actually used to be a sewing room for the previous inhabitants. I have quite handily converted it into my office/knitting room, though at the moment it is mostly unusable, given that there are still boxes everywhere and my yarn is quickly threatening to choke me out of my own office.

Yesterday, happily crowing over my new purchase of a pretty skein of Fleece Artist Somoko, I realized that I had nowhere to put it. The pyramid of recently purchased Lorna’s Laces and Malabrigo Sock in the corner was threatening to tip over if I put even a single skein on top of it. The futon couch was no better; my knitting magazines and books aren’t unpacked yet, and so they sit on the couch amidst a sea of papers from my various classes. The desk? Nope. The roll-top’s still closed, and underneath it is a sticky mess that my husband spilled all over it when we lived at the apartment (and never bothered to wipe off). So what to do?

I cleaned off the desk, unpacked a couple of boxes and cleared a path through the room, dragged some plastic bins inside and proceeded to sort my yarn. I now have three boxes and a plastic duvet bag neatly packed with yarns of all makes and models. INCLUDING a nice bin for all my sock yarn (which, let’s face it, needs to be knitted up like nobody’s business).

And now, since I clearly have far too much yarn already, I MUST NOT purchase any more fluff until my trip to the Spring Fling in April! And I have to knit with the stuff I have. Case closed.

Countdown to Spring Fling…73 days!!!

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