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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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Post title courtesy of my trip to the chiropractor this morning. 🙂 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. 😉

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?

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

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. 🙂

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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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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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Aaaaargh!!!!!

Oh, Sheri…I love you. I love you and The Loopy Ewe so much. In fact, I love you a bit TOO much, which was why I was trying to avoid buying any TLW for a while as I destashed like hell.

But Sheri, my love, you had to have an anniversary sale, didn’t you? And of course, the first sale would be for Lorna’s Laces. LORNA’S LACES, for heaven’s sake. You know how much I love it! In fact, I believe there are 6 or 7 skeins in varying levels of finished-ness in my apartment, plus many lovely FO’s featuring one of my favorite yarns in the whole wide world.

Well, because it’s my anniversary soon as well, I thought, “This is kinda serendipitous. Hey, I should go check it out.” And wham! Before I knew it, I had 5 different colorways of LL Shepherd Sock in my shopping cart! And, if I’m not mistaken, this puts me over the $250 mark AND it’s my sixth order. Holy crap…

Anyway, I think the point of this post was to say that yeah, totally broke my yarn fast AGAIN. I’m such a bad little recovering addict…oh yes, and also to say I LOVE YOU SHERI! ^-^

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