Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Still blue? Yep.

I've been trying to think of what to blog about, something fun, interesting, even controversial.

The best I can come up with is: Did everyone/anyone see the Kansas governor's response to Bush's State of the Union address? She kept talking to "Mr. President". This was nonsensical on two counts. One, he WASN'T watching. Two, if he accidently WAS, he DOESN'T CARE. He's done his time, made him and his friends their money and is on his way out. Why should he do anything that doesn't profit him and his own friends? He hasn't before now, and he isn't going to do anything in the last 300+ days left.

Fun? Interesting? I've got nothing. It's knit, clean, walk dog, diet. That's it. Do I need to get out? Probably, but the Husband is in one of his "Save Money" modes. I could run around, but would have to listen to the current "Save Money" lecture.

Maybe I'm just depressed because of the cold weather. We had a taste of warmth over the weekend and Monday. Today, it's worse than a deep freeze. I tried walking Lucky just the short walk and couldn't even do a fourth of it. The wind was blowing sleet into my face. It was horrible and poor Lucky didn't even get a chance to poo. My thoughts were, he can poo on his own time, I'm getting back in the house. Fry just checked and played with him for a good thirty minutes, so I know his house is warm. We turn up his heater as needed. Lucky and I did walk not only the long walk of 2.4 miles yesterday, but also added a good half mile to that. The weather was so nice, we had to!

I think a part of the depression is not losing weight despite eating out only once a week, if that, and exercising every day by walking a mile or two with the dog. This time, I'm logging every bite and every step, no matter how good or bad they are. It might make a difference in the outcome, it might not.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I'm so blue!!

Funny how this is accurate. I liked Richardson's foreign policy ability, but sadly, he is no more. Feel free to take the test, comment, and disagree if you want.

78% Bill Richardson
76% John Edwards
74% Joe Biden
74% Barack Obama
74% Hillary Clinton
70% Mike Gravel
66% Dennis Kucinich
62% Chris Dodd
52% Rudy Giuliani
48% John McCain
44% Mike Huckabee
39% Mitt Romney
34% Tom Tancredo
33% Fred Thompson
24% Ron Paul

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz


I'm not mad, really, just frustrated.

Somehow, Lucky is able to get out of his sweater. In the interest of making it comfy, it's too loose. Arg. I'll have to add another few inches to the collar after all to keep it on him. We went for a very short walk this morning in 1F temperatures. Yikes! He needs that sweater on a day like today. At least the temperatures will get up in the mid twenties. Lately, that's not too bad. We're having a heat wave forcasted for Saturday/Sunday. 46 and 53F, barely jacket weather.

There were good intentions in keeping to the Stash Burn 2008. Use what you have and stop buying yarn. Baby sister, Goopa, has requested something knitted and in a particular color I don't seem to have. Again, arg. Don't I have enough of every color for something? Yes, sort of. Enough color, but not in the same kind of yarn. So, I had to order more. Sure, this could be a cop out, but not really. All the pinks I had were either too pink, too bulky, or too acrylic. Blech.
I chose Berroco's Love It! because I really do love this yarn. It's fun to knit up, and I might as well confess...

A couple of weeks ago, I learned that Love It! Colors has new colors available. None of the websites, not even Berroco's, has them knitted up to see how the colors pool. I had to get a ball of each new color, plus the others I'd never used.

Fry keeps trying to claim Goopa's present. Silly kid. I'm already working on her cardigan. After all the mania of Christmas knitting, I don't know where to start on the project list. I have a huge list of items to do on my Ravelry page, and they all look like fun. In the interested of knitting down the yarn collection, I took out the items that required new yarn. There's so many cool things to knit up, I'm looking forward to the 2008 knits.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Picture time!

Yesterday, my husband and I happened to glance out of the front window to see...

Fry and Lucky on the sled. Lucky was very reluctant to stay on the moving object, despite Fry's best efforts to drag him along. My cameraphone also takes video, which is a riot to see her sledding down, dragging the dog alone with her. The videos have an unintentional laugh track.

Then, today I finished Lucky's sweater. This wasn't a tough knit, just something I had to pay attention to. It was also so small, I thought I'd be done sooner than this. At least it's done before the week warms up, hmm? Yes, he's in the house, we were about to go for a walk.

This is he and the Hubs at the end of the walk. Here, you can see Lucky going for the ankle. Such a savage animal.

A girl and her pup. I love my kid, she's so sweet.

Then, here she is in the sweater I made her. One of our neighbors suggested I make them matching sweaters, which is a great idea! I can't wait to start.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


There's a cute, "What Yarn are You?" test that I took and voila', the results:

This explains a lot! I love the yarn, hate what it does to me with its high itch factor. What are Mohair girls like? This:

Mohair – A smooth, polished surface“Mohair is warmer than wool, with larger, flatter scales that contribute to an overall silky-smooth appearance. The fiber absorbs dye readily and, thanks to that smooth surface, reflects it back brilliantly.” –The Knitter’s Book of Yarn

Mohairs are positive and confident. You always strive to make a good first impression because you are a proud person, and you care a good deal about what people think of you. You are careful with your words and are always tactful. You enjoy having a broad base of support and respect from those whom you come in contact. You attract this with your warm, sunny, and inquisitive personality.

Cue the retarded joke:

Why, I haven't seen you since last year!

I know. You were warned.

So anyway, what have I been doing? A lot, but nothing involving sex and violence, thus, nothing blogworthy.

For someone resolving to use the yarn stash AND exercising on a daily basis, I've also done neither. Over the past couple of weeks, I've also been thinking about the title of the blog. Aren't I supposed to be in pursuit of something? Something unobtainable, but still a decent goal, anyway? Whatever could that be?

For the locals, Knitcraft has Tahki Classic Cotton on sale for $2.35. I bought enough to make that lovely cardigan in No Sheep For You, in colors matching Fry's Crazy Socks.

That, with the order for more of the Crazy Sock yarn from the Studio should lead to fun knitting later. There's quite a bit of Regia Stretch on sale, as still a bunch of Classic Elite's Galaxy. If you need a pattern for the Galaxy and the store is out, let me know. I might have a couple to slip you under the table.

This has been posted before, and bears repeating. Relpax is a miracle drug. Everyone sing, "If you had migraines like I have migraines, then you'd love Relpax, too!" If I've been odd in my communications in the past couple of days, blame the migraines and meds. Even in the knitting, I'm doing odd things. Thinking I've followed the pattern exactly, I still goof up the second sleeve on Fry's latest sweater. Overknit by at least six inches. In normal yarn, this would be ok. With boucle, it's a royal pain to unknit. Gah. This thing is a cuff away from being freakin' done, and yet, NOT! I've not had the patience to unknit today. Plus, I won't have the time tonight, with a Knit a Scarf for Teens class at the Red Bridge Branch. There's also a new My Name is Earl, of COURSE, since I'm teaching tonight.

Now cue up the 'heaven forbid I teach on a night with the stupid-ass game show night on NBC' whine. I loathe One in a Million and the hideous Deal or No Deal garbage. Loathe just as much as the heavily scripted and edited 'reality' shows. There are exceptions to the loathing, of course. I like The Biggest Loser, especially after they lose most of the weight and stop that stupid crying all the time. The transformations are wonderful.

Then, of course, is Cops. I love Cops, especially the dumb domestic disputes when both are equally at fault. The other disputes are just sad, but the stupid ones are a riot.

More on the resolution thing, watching what I ate and reducing was great up until PMS. For that one week, nothing carb-related is safe. It also happens that week was the same as Girl Scout Cookie week. I'd ordered them in a 'strong' moment, received boatloads of boxes in a huge weak moment. Ah well, the family around here helped, and I sent some to work with the Husband. Who didn't share. Ha! When our bed's legs buckle and crash us to the floor, at least it won't be only my fault.

There should be pictures, I'll have to look and find some for later. :)

Disclaimer for this post: All text and lame jokes written by me, a non-WGA member. Pictures are by others, and those others hold the copyrights and full credit.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race