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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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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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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! 😉

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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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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Starfish!

Why a starfish, you ask?

Well, I was at a baby shower on Saturday. I had never met the mommy-to-be (Krysta) except for on Facebook, although I technically linked to her through both my friend Kristina (who had a baby with Krysta’s husband Ross long before they were married) and the lady who hooks up the TV’s at the hospital (Kathy), who is the mommy-to-be’s mommy. At this shower, I finally got to meet Krysta, and gifted her with a pretty little cot blanket I had made for the occasion. She was thrilled with it, I am happy to report. 🙂

Fast forward to yesterday afternoon at work. Kathy comes in to pick up her pager when I’m on my shift, and so I get to chat with her before she goes to hook up the tellies. Yesterday she asked me, with a glint of (?)evil in her eye: “So, do you want a present?” Oooooh, the intrigue! “Presents! For me?” I said, all innocently.

That was when she picked up a giant garbage bag and said, “This is all full of yarn – for you!”

I very nearly tore it open so I could dump it on the floor and do the starfish! However – hospital floors are gross. I’m not going to do that.

This bag is full to the brim with neutral and baby colors – all acrylic, but it’s the Zellers Bebe Sayelle stuff that I used to LOVE working with before you couldn’t get it anywhere in this town. Apparently, Krysta would like me to make her some baby legwarmers…dude, I could make her kid legwarmers to last her until she’s collecting a pension! Or at least, make some blankets for the babies in my family…for the next ten years, mind you. I had to laugh because one of Kathy’s sisters asked, “Do you think she’ll use all of it?” to which Kathy replied, “She’s at the age where everyone she knows is having babies. Of course she’s going to use it!” Hee hee hee. ^-^

As I am now currently on my Reading Week, I’m hoping to get a lot of knitting done. I have one of Daniella’s mittens and one of Alex’s socks done already. The second mitten is started, but since I finished the first of the socks late last night, I wasn’t going to cast on for the second one just then. Maybe at SnB tonight…

Oh hey, have I blogged about the Stitch ‘n Bitch I go to? We meet at the Laughing Buddha on Elgin Street, 7:15 PM on Monday nights. (Why 7:15? I have MMA until 7:00 and it takes me a while to get over there, although the travel time is markedly less since we switched the locale from Starbucks on the Kingsway to the Buddha.) Elizabeth and Amelie are great to hang around with, and I wish Hedgie would come back – some nights it’s just me and Elizabeth, and I haven’t missed a knit night yet.

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