UPDATE: Sharon, the creator of Three Irish Girls yarn (one of my favorites) is having to move her studios due to safety concerns and a rising crime rate in her current location. She has a FundRazr page set up for donations here. Please help her out if you can!
Well, I know I keep saying I’ll update the blog more often, but I really just don’t have time LOL I usually end up doing it during whatever lunch break I remind myself to take at work, but when it’s busy, or when I take a walk at lunch, I don’t have time. Hopefully Rob and the three or so friends who read my blog will forgive me 😉 (If it makes y’all feel better, I realized this morning that the last time I watered the plant in my office was the last time I updated my blog!)
|I’m kidding… mine’s a philodendron, so it still looks great… the ground wasn’t even dry!
The last twelve days were spent in a frenzy of preparing for my trip to Chicago for Thanksgiving (the US version, since mine was more than a month ago) to visit Rob 🙂 Also in trying to get an assignment done – the bulk of which – again – was done the afternoon the assignment was due *sigh* I don’t know why I procrastinate like that. It doesn’t make me happy, and I keep telling myself I need to work on it before it’s due, but I can’t quite bring myself to do it. Sadly, chocolate therapy doesn’t work for that sort of problem.
I finally finished Rob’s kitchen curtain before heading out, but sadly didn’t block it. I had blocking mats at his house and even brought my t-pins, but I didn’t block it while I was there either. Why not? Well… it’s become a tradition, because Rob so enjoys my cooking, that when I visit for more than a day or two, I fill the freezer. This means doing a ridiculous amount of groceries (he just about has a heart attack each time) and leaving the kitchen an absolute disaster, which I did. This weekend’s efforts included two dozen banana muffins, one and a half dozen cranberry muffins, a batch of “Aunt Evelyn’s Rock Cookies” which are apparently such a family tradition that Rob’s cousin Suzanne in Florida was like “Yay! Rocks!”. Then we moved on to the savory dishes and came away with a batch of chili, a batch of spaghetti sauce, a batch of seafood rosé sauce and a lasagna. Rob’s freezer is full of plastic containers of all these yummy things, which will hopefully tide him over until the next time I come over.
|No exaggeration, this is what his freezer looked like when I arrived… no this one isn’ t actually his.
We were a bit harried because Rob didn’t have time to do groceries before I headed down, and I arrived late Wednesday evening – and all the stores were closed on Thursday (except Walmart, and I won’t even go into how angry it makes me that they make their employees work on Thanksgiving!). So I didn’t even get started with the cooking until Friday. Thursday, since we weren’t having Thanksgiving at his mom’s, and there was NO food in the house, we wandered around trying to find a place to eat. We finally settled for McDonald’s (which neither of us particularly likes). Ah well, we did get to see Skyfall on Saturday, which was awesome! He’d seen it before with his son, and he has a tendency to blurt, so I told him that if he said one word to me about the movie before or during, I’d make him go see Twilight with me LOL Sue and I totally saw Breaking Dawn 2 last weekend and I loved it. So there. (Yes, I realize that my intelligence just took several hits in many people’s eyes…)
I had managed to finish one orange sock (plain vanilla pattern) and was nearly done one Falling Leaves sock before I headed out, so I had two brand new socks to work on. I cast on the second orange sock at the airport while waiting for my first flight on Wednesday, and it’s now at the heel gusset pickups. I finished the first Falling Leaves sock while watching Quantum of Solace (the first two Daniel Craig bond films hadn’t really stuck well with me, so I had to rewatch before going to see the new one) and cast on the second one and finished the cuff before coming home. I hadn’t brought the pattern with me – too fiddly on an airplane – so that’s all I was able to do.
Rob insisted on dragging me to Windy Knitty (I win!) on Friday. I hadn’t planned on going since neither Sue nor Kari wanted me to pick up any yarn for them, and I’ve recently acquired what could ALMOST be considered way too much yarn (ahem. I said ALMOST). But off we went, and it was quite an adventurous drive, since Rob couldn’t quite remember how to get to Clark Street (he found it). What’s so special about Windy Knitty? Well…. aside from the fact that it’s one of two LYS near Rob’s house (I’m sure there are others), it’s also my source for Three Irish Girls sock yarn (which is awesome and wonderful and squishy!) So three skeins of that, and one skein of Sweet Georgia came home with me. It’s not all STAYING home with me, but meh. Squishy 😀
I need to finish some older projects… either Tempting or the crochet blanket. We’ve been doing a 12 in 2012 KAL on the Ottawa Area Ravellers’ board (Ravelry) where we’re supposed to knit 12 projects entirely from yarns that have been in our stash for more than 6 months before the year is out, and I’m only up to #9.
Good things: I have two nearly-completed pairs of socks for ME! There are only two Tuesday classes left before the final exam (YAY – I am so ready for this class to be OVER!). I am starting a new non-university class on Monday evenings which I’m very nervous and excited about!
So all that insanity is pretty much what I’ve been up to in the last couple of weeks. (Actually, that mostly just covers the last few days, but the rest of it has been boring). Cheers!