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I am a little sad right now because I will not be able to go to the Renzo Gracie Invitational. 😦 Remi needs to get spayed and my work won’t let me get the time off, so these two factors are inhibiting me from going. Oh, well. There shall be other fights, and perhaps in-house tournaments to attend before I make an ass of myself internationally. 😉

Speaking of the puppy, she is doing better all the time. She has only made 2 messes this week, and prior to that she hadn’t made any all week. She is also calming down quite a lot, and I think that’s because a) we’ve been playing with her A LOT and b) it’s been too hot for her to get out of control. Sadly, this has also meant a lot of vacuuming…well, sadly for her and Kali, because they HATE the vacuum!

In between taking care of my girls, working my ass off in the gym and at work, and keeping my house in order, I have also been working on a correspondence chemistry course. No – not a high school level course like I took last summer. This is Clinical Chemistry, which I am taking because I’d rather do it over the summer on my own time than take it during the school year. The fact that it is a full-year course being condensed into a single semester doesn’t hurt, either.

On the knitting front, I learned to spin using a drop spindle a few weeks ago and I’m having a blast! I bought a spindle and some roving from Maine Woods Yarns several months ago, but the spinning instructions confounded me so I gave it up quickly. Then Sarah and Andrea-of-the-hideous-variety taught me, and before long I spun up all of my roving. Since I’m on my yarn fast still, I can’t even get roving, but I have a lot queued in my Loopy wishlist so let’s see if I can wait until December…

Today I picked up the sleeve for my seamless sweater that I started at the Fling. God, I missed it. Finally, I am finished with a plenitude  of gifts for other people, and can work on my own stuff!

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One month and thirteen days until Christmas…wow. I really have to start knitting more. Or faster. Or both.

Xmas gifts on the go include: a second pair of socks for Heather, a watch cap for my Dad, and a scarf for Tiff. I’m really excited about this scarf; I bought a giant-ass yellow skein of Cascade Eco + which has 487 yards!!! Mom was excited about it too; she got two hanks of it (one blue, one red) at Stix and Stones last weekend. I really should be working more on destashing (and let’s face it, I HAVE been hardcore destashing), but I couldn’t resist Rae’s pretty shop. Oh well, 5 skeins of yarn isn’t a bad thing. (Until you add the two I got from TLE the other day…oy! Will the madness never end?!)

I think the thing that bothers me most about my yarn addiction is the expense. Sure, I could go and buy myself a bunch of acrylic and go nuts without breaking the bank. But I just can’t bring myself to do it. Slowly but surely, I am turning into a yarn snob and I can’t stop it! I love the nubby softness of sheep wool, the crispness of cotton, the buttery smoothness of alpaca and cashmere…ooh, I am spoiled. And hungry for more yarn. (I think my mom is quickly coming around to my way of thinking…heh.)

I’m really excited…I mailed off my “sporran” to my spoilee this week. I really hope she likes it. I also hope she doesn’t think I was cheap or anything. (Fat chance of that, really.) Now I’m just anxiously awaiting the arrival of my own sporran. I’ve never participated in a swap before, but I’m confident that my spoiler will be great. Plus – anticipation just adds to the fun! 🙂

Anyway, I am currently blogging on the school computer because we got out of class early and I am BORED TO DEATH. I’ve actually managed to sleep the last few nights without resorting to the couch when Eric starts snoring like a buzz-saw, but last night I tossed and turned a lot. Kali has developed a habit of jumping onto the bed in the middle of the night and snuggling up right between us. It isn’t so bad if it’s her face by my face, but sometimes she puts her ass end in my face and so I have this giant doggy tail wagging in my face all night. Sometimes she snores, and I hit Eric because I think it’s him – not so! 😉

I should get going…I have an essay to hand in today worth 35% of my mark. EEK!

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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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Not only is my latest destashing list going well (I finished a hat for BIL Marc as well as a teeny bebe hat, yay!), I am starting a totally kick-ass workout routine. I enrolled in a beginner’s mixed martial arts class and Muay Thai, the latter which is taught by my friend Lee. His girlfriend Cyn is the one who convinced me to join. So tonight, I will be going out to Sudbury to learn me some fighting moves! ^-^

Went grocery shopping today with the husband, and right now we are just relaxing and waiting for dinner time to roll around. This time, we got a lot of nice veggies as well as some goodies from M&M Meat Shops, so for dinner it shall be a salad, chicken nuggets and for dessert – a lemon meringue pie! (Eric’s favorite)

OK, off to go work on Marc’s mitaines…bye for now!

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Hah. Summer has turned out to be a big honking joke this year. It has rained at least twice every week for the last few months. The really nice, hot, sunny days have been few and far between. I can only hope that now that I’m off work until September, I can at least get in a few days at the beach – provided, of course, that it doesn’t piss rain.

And now, onto the Knitting Update O’Doom!

I haven’t actually gotten a chance to knit very much in the past few weeks – gasp! It’s not that I haven’t wanted to (and on some very stressful days, I would have KILLED to have some sticks and string in my hands), I just haven’t had TIME. Let’s see…last week I worked 5 shifts in a row, had 3 days off (more like 2 1/2 because I work nights and you lose half a day on the first day off), then did 2 more. The week before that, it was 4 in a row. I’ve also been frantically trying to finish my Chemistry correspondence course, and just sent off the work for the final unit last night at 9:30 PM. Considering that I need to send in my marks to the college by the end of this month, I’m cutting it very fine, but I also managed to finish the entire course in just under four months, which was a huge achievement for me.

I have manged to make a few things, though. Mostly baby things – they’re tiny and easy to whip up in a few days (or hours, depending on the object). I’ve made a couple of socks and hats in SRK On Your Toes, and most of a sweet lacy cardi using the King Cole Anti-Tickle Merino I bought in a destash sale. Speaking of the destashing, my STASHDOWN! project is kind of going slowly at the moment, and it doesn’t help that I actually bought 2 more skeins of wool…bad Ana! One of them was actually from a contest I was a runner-up in, where I designed a colorway I named “Jessica” after my best friend in lime green, cerulean blue, rust brown and hot fuschia. The proceeds from the sale of the yarn went to help fund IVF for the dyer’s friend, a cause which I was all too happy to give to. The other skein was of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, which smelled too good to pass up. (I love, love, LOVE wools that smell of sheep grease!) So a bit of a backslide there, but on the up side, it wasn’t a huge one.

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I’m trying like hell to find more time to blog…but as I am about to prove, it’s been rather difficult.

Since this is primarily a knitting blog, I’ll start with that. I have several WIPs on the go, some of which are active (i.e. Husband’s anniversary sweater and the two baby hats on circulars), while others are not (i.e. the Shipwreck shawl and a Trellis for which I have maybe 6 rows done). I am trying to destash, but recent shoulder and arm soreness has left me with not a lot done in reaching my knitting goals. Massage and rest is about all I can do until I get in to see a doctor. So for now, knitting isn’t taking up QUITE as much of my time as I would like it to.

Secondly, chemistry. No, I did not take it in high school, choosing instead to waste my time in Spanish and art. I’m suffering the consequences now as I struggle to complete both grade 11 and 12 chemistry by August. OK, so the grade 11 is done (huzzah!) but I still have 10 lessons left of the grade 12. I have to have my grades sent in by the end of August to keep my place in my program. I figure if I have the coursework finished by my anniverary (August 16th), I have enough time to study and then write the exam, then send in my marks to the college. So I’d better freakin’ get cracking!

My last complaint would be my tiny-ass apartment, which takes forever to clean and is so cramped and full of stuff, you’d think it was a storage unit (and we do have one for the overflow) rather than a living space. If I don’t sweep every damn day, we end up with carpeted floors from Kali’s shedding. And boy, does that little girl ever shed! Husband isn’t very domestic, but he will do the dishwasher, take out the garbage and recycling, and pick up his socks (but only if coerced). *sigh* Either I focus fully on the schoolwork and ignore the knitting and housework, or I try to find SOME balance before this place becomes a health hazard and my sanity disappears because my hands are idle.

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