ver’ quick update

  • Ver’ tired. Haven’t gotten a full night’s rest in nearly a week.
  • Got earplugs – I can actually hear my father snore through two walls. I have no idea how my Mum shares a room with him.
  • More unpacking done today. Found the DVD player and the toaster and baking supplies. Woot.
  • Dad and Emm drove to Eugene and back today to return the U-Haul truck.
  • Not much knitting done – heels turned on socks and gussets being decreased. Got a headache every time I tried to knit, probably from looking down too much. Need to learn how to learn to knit whilst holding the project aloft.
  • I’ve lost another 3 lbs.
  • Took Charlie on a ver’ long walk this morning, and Portland is definitely called the City of Roses for a reason. Look at the roses growing in our front yard:
(also finally figured out how to resize photos)

Other than that? Not much to report. Still haven’t unpacked my room (or my stash). Why am I bothering to update my blog? Because I took a picture this morning. I’ll try to be more interesting tomorrow, I promise.

Überdork Strikes Again

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”
Samuel Johnson

At least the soda I spilled (all over the bloody table) didn’t stain anyone’s yarn or clothing. Notice that I put the yarn first. Even so, I felt like the biggest heel in existence. This feeling was not helped as I continually made weird comments and just confused people all night. St M was a good person (and friend) and played along with me.

My new charm bracelet helped me distract two of the ladies I nearly soaked. They were beaders and fascinated by it. So, I dutifully handed it over and no more mention was made of my clumsiness. (I got it back, never fear)

The charm bracelet came from the Handspun/ Handcrafts Swap. I received my package today and had to immediately put on the jewelry Miss Violaceous made for me. I took way too many photos to post, so I’m only going to include one of the handmade goodies and just let you check the link to see everything (especially the DIY World Domination Kit and instructions)… Anyway, here’re the pretties she made for me:


Starting at the top, and then left to right:

  • a knitting wrist bag (squee!)
  • an Art Nouveau charm bracelet
  • an herb-filled amigurumi octopus
  • sunflower seeds for the garden
  • stitch markers
  • a “faux” nouveau brooch
  • a vintage cameo
  • and Lady Godiva earrings

I took the knitting bag to Mme DeFarge’s tonight to try it out – it’s wonderful! I loves it muchly (it even has eyelets for colourwork, y’all!). It’s staying in my sling-bag to protect my knitting projects from now on. Monkey likes it, too, the socks were so well behaved in their bag. Unlike the lace stole, which is in bad humor right now.

In other (nonKnitting) news, I got ANOTHER packet from the Peace Corps today. Oh, yes, another. Apparently, the Dental Eval form wasn’t filled to their liking. I need to prove that I’ve had the dental work my dentist claims I “need” (like hell). I am so angry with the physicians around here right now, it doesn’t bear mentioning. But, at least I still am in the running, eh?

And more news. My Weight Loss Challenge. I have lost 4 lbs! I went to a doctor today (verily, I have many) and got on the scale and… yay! The nurse was surprised that I was excited about my weight, but whatever.

Finally, I am a little weirded out. My little brother has, get this, grey hairs! I keep seeing these glints of silver every time he shakes his head. My brother is 19! So weird, and so wrong. I can’t even handle it. I’ve only had one white hair – and Mum said it didn’t count as it was obviously just from a dead follicle.

Again, just too weird.

more fun than a barrelful of…

Monkeys? I have to say that I AM enjoying the pattern, and the yarn. Especially the yarn. Cherry Tree Hill yarn are going to be the death of me (and my yarn diet), I can just See it. I would have liked to have taken a picture of my Monkey progress in the garden, with daylight, but I didn’t have the chance all day. (cue tonight’s quote soundtrack:)

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas…
They Must Be Giants

So, I present a flashy, washed out, floor pic of the Monkey progress instead:


I love this yarn. The colours appeal, of course, but it’s so soft and shiny and, well, yummy that I’m having a hard time putting it down. Anyway. I have other Knitting News:

I have FINISHED Mum’s pair of Spox.

The antique (envy-worthy) buttons are on, the ends are woven in, and the look very nice (if I may say so myself). She’ll be happy, and hopefully will leave me alone for a bit on knitting her things (foolish, I know). She’s not going to be allowed to wear them until I get pictures for the pattern submission, though, so for now (well, once she gets here) she can only fondle them.

Otherwise, the only other progress I have to report is moving progress. The Sewing Room/ Guest Bedroom/ Side Room (choose a name, any name!) is nearly cleaned out. My back aches like a little old person’s. I am so sick of packing that all I want is to set the house on fire, to avoid filling another box.

Well, after I get my stash to a safe place, anyway.

harsh reality

“When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.”
Dogen

It’s embarrassing and uncomfortable for me to admit, but I’m officially obesely overweight. I have 60 lbs to lose to get down to my ideal weight (screw the doctors, I looked wraithlike at their ideal weight). I finally admitted it to myself as I looked in Emmos’ rearview mirror and saw how round my face has gotten. (It also hurts my pride that none of my clothes fit right now.)

Well. *$^% this.

I’ve decided, tonight, to do something about it. I’ve talked Dad around to letting me get the kitchen in order, so I can cook my own meals (I am so *$^%-ing sick of Wendy’s). I’m also joining Weight Watchers Online (mostly because it’s cheaper -> half the price of the meetings program).

So. Well. That’s that, I guess. I’m also posting my Weight Loss Challenge on my sidebar (to mark my progress) just to keep myself honest (the same way I did with the 100 mi challenge). Hopefully I’ll be much healthier by the time we move/ when(if) I go off to the Peace Corps.

In other news, Mum and I got into a series of rows today. I also got a lot of packing done:

(1/2 of my boxes, they’re taking over the empty front room)

I hate packing glass and china – just such a pain. Arg. I’m always so certain it’s not enough, but if I did wrap each piece “enough” I’d probably only get 2 to a box. I also got to pack up (for temporary storage) all the stuff going into The Sale. And I, on a whim, felt the need to take a shot of the strange alchemical-worthy vases Mum has…


And these aren’t even half of them – these are just some being sold! I swear, my Mum’s collection of glassware belongs in Rembrandt’s The Alchemist (which The JSMA has a copy of, incidentally, I always loved to look at it). I feel like I should label them: Elixir of Youth, Essence of Beauty, Shrinking Solution, Polyjuice…

Knitting News? None. I haven’t gotten any knitting done today – too busy arguing, packing, moving shite, arguing, tutoring at Homework Club, and arguing. Wow, lots of arguments there, huh? We’re all so cranky right now.

I’ve got to figure out a way to get to sleep before 3 am tonight… we’re getting up “bright and early” tomorrow to get a ton of work done, buy me some bloody vegetables, find shoes and an iPod skin for Emm’s new pretty. So much to do.

And, of course, we’ll have to also find time in there to argue, too.