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Now that exams are finished, one would think that I have a great deal of knitting time on my hands. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. Since Friday morning, I have been cleaning my house like a madwoman. Part of it has to do with the fact that we had mold growing on our windowsills and in the closet (EWWW) due to poor air exchange in the house. (Don’t worry, none of it even got close to my yarn!) Also, DH and I are going to be moving our bedroom to the basement for the summer, so I’ve had to clear out the basement rec room. The bedroom is next. Finally, we’ve been giving Remi a bit more room to wander in the house, so if I was going to let her do that, I needed to clean “her” room so she wouldn’t chew on things.

Speaking of the furry wonder, she is currently having a nice relaxing snooze on the couch. We brought her and Kali to my parents’ place today so that they could run and play and hopefully get some of that fat off of them. I also brought them for a walk this evening, during which they were VERY GOOD GIRLS. One man passing by commented, “Wow, those are some BIG puppies!” To which I replied, “Oh, yes.” Despite a large number of distractions, for it was a nice day and many people were out and about, my girls made their mama proud.

And speaking of mamas…ha. I am working on a Mommy Snug sweater for myself, for the future. I won’t have a bun in the oven for a while, but at least I can plan for it and have a nice sweater to wear once “Elvendork” makes his/her way into existence. (If you don’t get the Elvendork bit, this might help: http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/potter-prequel-now-available-online-to-read-updated-57160/. DH and I started calling FBB that because it’s funnier that way, I guess, and easier than Future Baby Bee.) I bought 7 skeins of Malabrigo Rios in “Lettuce” for this sucker. OUCH, says my wallet. MMMM, says my skin. Fair deal.

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Nah, this isn’t a post about the body image issues of the modern college student. I’m just trying to be a smartass and make one of those phrases like on Wheel of Fortune. ^-^

Although technically, I could talk a little bit about my latest fitness adventures. Aside from the grueling training I’m putting myself through at the club, Eric and I are also committing to doing half an hour on the recumbent bike every day. The goal is to lose 15 lbs by April 1st. It would be really helpful if I could stop craving sweets, but alas, it is an unholy passion. Which is funny, because up until about 3 years ago, I only craved salty things. Weirdness.

…I guess it turned into a body image thing after all, huh? Please note – I’m not losing weight to be gross and skinny or anything, I’m doing it because if I don’t get below 163 lbs, I’ll be in the women’s heavyweight class at the Ontario Open – which means everyone 163 lbs and up can have at me. Eeep. 

Anyways! I attended 6 straight days of jiu jitsu this week and plan on going 4-5 times this week. The fact that I have a 12-hour clinical shift on Wednesday and a Patho presentation on Friday is of no consequence. I am sorry to admit that school has become less and less of a priority, but it’s been happening. I know objectively that I cannot expect to pay the bills by remaining degree-less, but right now, my stress is getting worked out on the mats and I can’t just stay away. Having Eric come with me helps too, because it’s like a “couple thing” we can do together. I like that.

I thought I’d be doing a lot more knitting in the midst of pre-midterms stress, but surprisingly little progress on WIPs has been made. Although I DID technically finish the hand of Dad’s second Selbu and started the pinky! Go me! I was stupid and started a new pair of socks – stranded ones, no less! – so I’m more inclined to work on those than my long-neglected WIP pile. Yeah – I replaced one stranded project for another. Am I insane? Probably. Am I smart? Possibly! And why? Because my stranded socks aren’t charted – it’s just a k2 MC, k2 CC and then switch every 2 rows. It makes a nice little checkerboard all the way through the sock. Did I mention it’s worked from the inside AND outside of a ball of Noro Kureyon sock??? Maybe that’s why I’m more inclined to work on the socks than the other stuff.

So here’s what I’d like to finish by the end of the month:

-SELBUS!!!

-Steffy’s wedding shawl (I have 1 more chart A repeat to do on her Traveling Woman, then will finish with chart B)

-my Multnomah made of yummy Bugga!

-the Noro socks

And since today, my Sim lab was cancelled, I now have the next 3 hours to vegetate. Ciao!

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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:

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/15957701@N05/4386865837/” title=”26763_10150096149625332_595740331_11057588_3034742_n by ana_saavikaa, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2538/4386865837_83d7c59aa6.jpg” width=”500″ height=”334″ alt=”26763_10150096149625332_595740331_11057588_3034742_n” /></a>

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! 😉

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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That’s right! Eric and I will be moving into our VERY FIRST HOUSE on January 15th, 2010. I’m so excited! Not only will we have a lot more space, I will actually have my own knitting room. The current owners are using it as a sewing room, so it’s not too much of a stretch to see it as a knitting room! 🙂

I did really well for a while with the not-buying-wool thing, but today I went nuts in the Loopy sale and got myself some pretty stuff – some Kureyon Sock, All Things Heather superwash, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, and Trekking XXL. I’ve been dying to try the Trekking; it’s been on my wishlist for ages but I wasn’t sure if I ought to get some. Now I will have some! Yay! I’m also excited about the ATH because I got some in my Loopy Groupie pack, and when I made Heather’s socks, I absolutely loved working with it.

I should be working on my various papers, but considering I had to do practice lab and stay after school to do it, there wasn’t precisely any time for that. I have to work tomorrow afternoon for the midwifery program, so what I plan to do is bring my laptop and work on my papers between sessions. Hopefully I can get my group essay project done ASAP, and after that, work like crazy on the second part of my change paper.

With all these papers due, placement evaluations, practice labs, scenario testing and general anxiety surrounding school and upcoming exams, I haven’t been able to knit a lot. This worries me. I’m sure that once school is done for the year, I can work on everything that needs to get done and GIT ‘ER DUN!

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I’m not sure how many people follow celebrity deaths…I am just one of those morbid individuals, I suppose. Anyway.

Patrick Swayze passed away yesterday at age 57 after a long battle with cancer. When I first heard he was terminally ill, my heart just sank in my chest – he was one of my favorite actors. I think that my favorite movies with him were “Ghost”, “Donnie Darko” and “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar”. Also, he kinda looked like my dad when he was younger, so I thought that was pretty cool.  I’m really sad to hear of his passing, and I hope his family will find comfort and peace in knowing how much he was loved and respected as an actor. Rest in peace, Patrick.

It was good to get that off my chest.

I suppose I should add a twee bit of knitting-related stuff…well, I guess the biggest thing on my mind right now is that I cannot knit fast enough. I haven’t really had much time either, what with school, work, MMA classes and homework. Oh yes, and I need to see my husband once in a while, too! It’s damn near impossible these days, with our weird work schedules. However – some progress has been made. I managed to finish one of Jazz’s “bubble socks” (Bremen Muster) and am in the middle of the gusset on the other one. I’m also chugging away, slowly but surely, on Daniella’s Newfoundland mittens. Last night, I finished a wee baby hat out of Koigu left over from a lacy little sweater I did, so FBB (Future Baby Bee) will have a nice matching cap on  her (or his) fuzzy wee head. 🙂

The thorn in my side is the freakin’ SRK On Your Toes multi that I got at Carousel/House of Yarn. I have made 3 baby hats (one was an 18-month size, for heaven’s sake!), and a pair of baby socks – and there is still something like 200 yards left! How the HELL is that even possible?! I know the original yardage was somewhere in the 300’s, but I would have thought it would take more than 100-odd yards for the items I mentioned, especially considering the size of needle used and the size of a couple of the hats. Probably would have just been better off making a  pair of socks out of it, but I bought it SPECIFICALLY for making baby items. Well, to hell with it – I decided to make a single sock, a little oddball, and that’ll hopefully kill it once and for all. If not – I have a sock yarn blanket that’s itching to get finished…hee hee hee. ^-^

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Eee, eee, eee! Today is my first day of school for nursing! I haven’t really had a “first day of school” since 2006, or rather, first day of classes. I’m not counting the first day of my Midwifery II placement in 2007, because I wasn’t actually in class, per se.

Anyway. My class is at 12:30, and I’ll be done at 3:30. From there I’ll be going home to eat supper, give my husband a kiss, gather my stuff, and go to MMA and muay thai for 6:00. One of my work buddies is supposed to be coming tonight, so it’ll be fun wrestling with him. Or not…Joe is big into martial arts, and so perhaps he will kick my ass, though he did say that grappling is not his strong point. We will have to see!

Husband decided that he wants to start eating better, and so when I did groceries yesterday, I did so with the directive to get as much fruit and veg as I could stuff in the cart, plus some whole-wheat bread, Slim Quick powder, and lots of containers for his veggies so he can make ready-to-eat snacks. I am so proud of him!!! 🙂

I guess I ought to add some knitting-related stuff here…I just finished off a ball of Baruffa Cash Silk by making a Vine Lace Baby Hat and a pair of wee socks with the leftovers. I think I might have made some errors on it, because the lace spirals around the hat and doesn’t look much like the pictures, but I think it’s because I used a circular and my yarn-overs fell AFTER the marker, not BEFORE it. Either way, it still looks cute! I also started on a pair of socks for Jasmine for Christmas, using some Noro Kureyon Sock. The pattern I chose works really well with the self-striping (Bremen Muster), and though it’s a little vague (i.e. “add desired heel, foot and toe”), it is a European pattern in terms of sizing and so I am using the heel, foot and toe measurements that came with my Austermann Step pattern. The other destashing/Xmas project I have on the go is a pair of Newfoundland mitts for Daniella, using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and Noro Silk Garden. It is worthwhile to mention that these mitts will match the scarf I gave her for her birthday, because the Silk Garden is the same colorway as her scarf. (Same dyelot, too. I had 4 balls of the stuff at one point.)

Oh dear, it looks like my bebe girl Kali wants to go outside. I’d better bring her for her morning walk…

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