Archive for March, 2011

Post title courtesy of my trip to the chiropractor this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love going to get my spine adjusted. I always feel much better afterward, and the rest of the day I am in a really excellent mood. It’s especially important with the Ontario Open coming up that I am at my best physically, and chiropractic care definitely helps in that department. I may have to go after the tournament, but hopefully my opponents will need it more than I will. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Made a trip to the LYS with Michelle last night. Since I’m on a stricter yarn diet than ever, I very sadly passed over the pretty Malabrigo Twist in Tuarag, and instead bought some Soak wash, size 13 US circulars for a design I have in mind, and some Hiya Hiya Puppy Snips. The latter are most excellent!!! I used them last night to do some end-snipping on a FO, and boy, do those little suckers ever cut!

I have class in half an hour, and am so thankful that the semester is nearly at an end. I might as well call this my “Entitlement – part 2” rant, because I am so upset at the disrespect that goes on in my class and how powerless I feel to stop it. Long story short – a good deal of my classmates seem to be laboring under the delusion that the classroom is their own personal chat room. They speak at normal speaking volumes and talk about everything from how drunk they got over the weekend, to outright rude and derogatory comments about our teachers – one in particular, who is a sweet, soft-spoken Indian lady. It upsets me that they think they can just do this and not have any repercussions. In fact, there have been no repercussions for them, because our professors refuse to confront them or kick them out of class. My friend Rebecca spoke to one of the professors, and was told that there is nothing that can be done because (and I quote) “they are adult learners and they pay tuition, so we can’t say anything about it”. First of all – they are acting like children – so treat them as such and SEND THEM OUT OF CLASS. Second – I pay my tuition just like everyone else does, and my learning is being disrupted. How is it fair that these people are allowed to interrupt the class in this fashion, and everyone else has to put up? Don’t we have rights too?


I think it’s time to pack it in now, and head to class. Next time you hear from me, I will be sore, but hopefully a champion. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Sleeping puppies

I have had a nice quiet afternoon. Eric left for work at quarter to one, and the dogs have not asked to go outside ONCE. Why? They’ve been sleeping! Hooray! This morning we made a visit to the vet, and although it took three vet techs to hold Remi down, both girls have received their vaccines and heartworm tests. However, we need to make them less chubby, as Kali has gained 20 lbs (holy shit!) and Remi is apparently on her way to being a big ball of chub. Definitely do not want my baby girls to develop diabetes…or other diseases.

I have clinical tomorrow, and very happily, I have finished my homework. All I have to do now is print off my portfolio, get my scrubs and lunch ready, and then I will make supper and work on Steffy’s wedding shawl. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I have jiu jitsu Randori class tonight. I am happy to say that I have a competitor now in the gi division! I’m excited, because I believe this will mean I will get to compete in the gi absolute division too. I’m the only one in my weight class for no gi, but I will be able to compete in the no gi absolute. Most excellent!

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These days, I kind of wish I was able to fast-forward time. There’s so much exciting things in the works, I can’t wait! Especially the Ontario Open, which is happening NEXT WEEKEND!!! AAAAH!

Last night, Eric bought me some sexy black pants which have a white stripe across the bum. They’re reversible, I can move in them, and DAMN they make my ass look fine. ๐Ÿ˜€ I decided to do no-gi last night in preparation for the tournament, and I think John had a hard time recognizing me without the gi…

I am excited to report that there are now going to be advanced classes – you have to be a two-stripe white belt and up to attend. This may not seem significant to a larger, more established club, but for ours, I feel this is significant. I know that I am starting to get a little tired of drilling basic positions (mount, guard, back, side etc) and this offers me a perfect opportunity to learn more and be challenged. As the highest-ranked female in the club, I know this will help make me a stronger BJJ practitioner, and I can pass my learning on to others. I’ve also been invited to teach the kids’ classes, and that makes me prouder than I can say. I love kids, and I love that they are able to learn discipline and fairness at such young ages.

This morning, I worked on my Super Secret Project (TM) and read the rest of “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. I know Elie also finished reading it recently, which is sort of why I picked it up again. Without fail, it moves me to tears every time I read it. Even fictional characters love. And spin, apparently. ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of which, having picked up my spindle again, I’m slowly but surely working my way through a nice Fleece Artist Merino Sliver in “peridot”. Veeeeeeeeery niiiiiiiice.

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I’m in the library right now, trying to finish my essay for Nursing Practice III. It’s about thyroidectomy. Everyone in my class is writing the paper based on the SAME CASE STUDY. HOW FUCKING TEDIOUS.

…Sorry. I’m crazily stressed. So what am I doing about it? Procrastinating – as usual!!!

Wish I had thought to bring my knitting. I finished my second Multnomah today, which is alsoย my second shawl forย the 11 in 2011 challenge. Assuming I actually finish this paper before 5:30 (which is when my lab is scheduled for), I might even have time to run up to Michaels and get some knitting supplies…

No. No, no, no. I am NOT ALLOWED to buy any more yarn until December! Yes, I am on a new yarn diet, in which I have to work up 5 skeins before moving on to the next clump of 5 skeins. That way I can plan my projects out, keep track of what I have and what I’m using, and realize just how much yarny goodness lurks in my stash. Mmmmm. That includes the 7 skeins of Malabrigo Rios I bought (on sale, by the way) at Sweet Yarns last week.

Since I’m procrastinating, I might as well also discuss the Ontario Open, which I signed up for pretty much as soon as registrations opened. I’m currently the only female heavyweight white belt signed up. If this keeps up, I might not even have anyone to fight against! So I may get a refund and get to fight in the absolute division for free. Luckily there are 2 absolute female white belt divisions (light and heavy), so I might walk away with a medal. Maybe. I hope to surprise myself and make my team proud!

I suppose it would be prudent for me to return to my homework. But since it’s St. Paddy’s Day, I might pop down to the pub for a pint, or just a Bud Lime and something to eat. Again, having my knitting with me would have been divine. Knitting and beer is just the most fabulous combination ever! Though tomorrow, I’ll see if Michelle wouldn’t mind knitting while we eat sushi. Waaaait…can’t exactly do that, unless we knit using chopsticks….I dunno.

EDIT @ 2:34 AM – Well, I had my green beer AND I managed to finish my paper! Went to lab a weeeee bit tipsy, though hopefully my prof didn’t notice!

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