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30 October 2007
  Adopt a cat Okay, there is my PSA for today. I thought about the 4 kittens (Panko Foochie, MiniMe, Sashimi & Clown Car) that got scooped up last week by Animal Control, from my back patio area, and wondered about their fate. They were Slinky Baby's 3rd litter and had just turned about 3 months old. Sneaky and wiggly - I'm hoping they all found their way to good homes. It was awful to see them in those cages yowling and crying, but I couldn't do or say anything or else I'd get busted.

Slinky Baby herself has avoided capture yet again. Amazing.


On to knitting and other assorted goodies...

I received my 'Weenie!

The Knittyboards had a holiday Secret Pal/RAK for Halloween this month, and I decided to have in on this one. I received a most excellent, very orange-y "pumpkin" themed gift parcel
from harajukuboo (LOL too funny!)

'Weenie SP giftage!

Angel inspecting product integrity

There were yummy snacks - orange fruity bits and a fruit-rollup type thingy which I promptly ate as soon as the bag was opened LOL - totally bizarre gummy candy in the shape of body parts (which my husband ganked for his desk), lots of bat & pumpkin-shaped confetti which drove Angel nuts, stickers, marshmallow Peeps in the shape of CATS!!!, some cool pumpkin-theme tea towels and coasters that were fairly shimmery (swoon), a very cool votive holder that says "beware" with scented tealights, and my two favorite items:

a ball of super-squishy Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in (love it) black

and a beautiful orange DREAM SWATCH!!!!

I put it on as soon as I got the tissue paper off. OMG it's so lovely and - totally spooky that I just started knitting one last week for myself

Dream Swatch

hahahahaha - I wore it all day and fell asleep with it. I'm so lucky my SP knows me so well :)

Thank you harajukuboo - I still don't know who you are, but I have my suspicions ... will confirm later this week *giggle*

I sent my downstream SP her giftage in two parts - the first via a Canadian company which apparently she has already received (yay), and the second which was mailed out last week and I hope she receives it soon...

More news.

I gave my notice. As of Nov. 20th I am going back to optics and continuing my quest for Dr. Roxy status.
Scary scary scary, since I have accepted the fate of a massive pay cut in a most difficult time for us financially, but there were extenuating factors that went beyond my desire to put up with any more bs. Like my health and sanity and the rapid loss of both. Plus, I didn't feel like being anyone's whipping post anymore.
Thank you to all my friends and family who have been and continue to be supportive, encouraging me to feel the fear and do it anyways - will keep you posted on the progress. If all goes well I will start my classes in January and in the meantime, work my @$$ off to bank as much cash & OT as possible. The bad news - half my hourly rate, the good news - at least I will get paid for every minute I work now. I just hope John's promotion will sort itself out soon, because that will ease the stress greatly.

I'm still sorting/assembling stuff for the Etsy shop so it will be little while before I post merchandise but I feel better that I'm getting the chance to even do so. I think about how much I love to craft and it gives me a sense of calm, and sad that I have neglected that part of my life for so long.

I've found my new yarn obsessions:

Habu textiles & yarn
Vesper sock yarn in Neapolitan
Cherry Tree Hill in Cherry Blossom
Zonda's JaneZ needle cases
Self-striping watermelon sockysock yarn
Annie Modesitt's Red Carpet Convertible pattern - for a good cause

(hee - I just realized that 2 of the above links are things I originally found through Zonda's page a few months ago LOL)

Oy. I need to go to bed. Will be back later.


24 October 2007
  No knitting content today. I'm just catching up on my emails and Google reader updates and small stuff. I haven't knitted in 5 days. I carry 2 projects in my bag most of the time, but I have no free moment outside of work, aside from the puter time, sleeping or taking care of personal hygiene.
I was so envious of everyone at Rhinebeck, but I'm glad y'all who went had fun. Maybe next year I can go and be in on the fun.

I'm spending a few hours tomorrow working on my Etsy inventory. John is going to AC for the weekend for some man-bonding and poker tournaments, so I'll be by myself (well, with Angel) til Sunday. Doesn't matter - I'll be working.

I'm also working on a pattern for a *yawn* shrug that I may submit to Knitty just to see if it will make the cut. I need to be doing more with my creative, artsy skills or I will go mad.
I was considering taking up skating & hockey again, but that's just madness right now. I'm so out of shape LOL

One thing at a time. Some changes will be coming down the road, it's just a matter of timing.
The first small step - I've been accepted this week at the local community college to start classes in the spring. Old ass freshman in motion *wink*

Update on WTF - yes, I am still required to check in once a day, even if it's my day off.


I think I may just cast on for a Dream Swatch. I've been inspired by Cristi's.

TTYL and hugs,
16 October 2007
  3 things: 2 are good, 1 is WTF?
  1. I got a flu shot today (which is actually good, except that I hate needles and my arm is aching)
  2. I got a pneumonia shot today (which is still actually good but my other arm is aching.)
  3. After a rather tense and heated discussion today, I was informed by my boss that from now on, I'm required to check in with her at least once a day, whether I am working or not.

15 October 2007
  Lisa Souza & Eunny Jang @ Stitches East

Stitches East 2007

I was able to experience one day in the Market - wooo me

Jas & Sharon drove down from PA and Pam & Betsy met up with us. We walked around and looked at gorgeous fibers and all sorts of wonderful handcrafted items. I was determined to not buy anything even though it was heartbreaking to walk away from so many great deals and stuff that is not available locally. I like to think about the fact that Saturday was more about the company than the shopping, because I really love my friends. The fact that we petted and oggled fiber together was nice.

But I did meet Nora Bellows and bought 3 cool 2007 Noni patterns. She is so sweet. Please knit Noni Bags!

I also won a cute pink knitting tote from Knitter's Magazine in the door prize drawing. Pink!

My door prize from Stitches


So - new twist on my life - I will be setting up an Etsy shop soon (yeah yeah, bandwagon jumper whatever) to sell some very roxy-like stitch markers and sparkly things. Just because. I'd like to see if my stuff really is as cute as people I've gifted to have told me LOL

I wish I had time to sew, but that's out of the question.

Talk to you soon


PS by the way

This is the next knitting bag I must have. Thanks Amy!

07 October 2007
  A glassy-eyed non-knitting cat
<------------- (From KnittingDaily's Stitch Of The Day series)

I worked a double yesterday. With my back all jacked up and taking 6 ibuprofen every 4 hours just so I could stand... my opening mgr had to call out because her little girl was sick (which I am totally sympathetic to, really) but that left only me to hold down the fort. Which I why I am home today all twisted up like a pretzel. No way I was going to work 14 hrs then another 9 - eff that.
I'm trying to find a chiropractor to see tomorrow morning before I go into work, but OMG apparently none of them take my insurance and I cannot afford $129 for the visit. I mean, I could pay it but then why do I have insurance? That would be a payment to one of my credit cards or a utility bill, when I already pay $187 a month for Blue Cross... This makes me crazy.

The good thing is that I get to sit home today with tea, a moist heating pad and my knitting- watching football, NASCAR and the Mewling Stomachs outside on the patio, teasing Angel.

Stitches East is this week - I think I might be able to go for one day.

I wrote a vent email to a small circle of my friends a few weeks ago, and got some fantastic responses. I'm still chewing on the information and rolling it around in my head, but it's being considered thoroughly. I thank all of you who have been a part of my fact-finding journey and will talk to you guys more about it in the near future. The neat thing is that, over the weekend, I enrolled for a few classes at the community college to get a ball rolling again, any ball rolling. I will basically be one old-ass freshman, since I am essentially starting over.

I am angry with one of my sisters. I won't say which one but I can just say that it's a skinny one. (funny huh? All 3 of them are less than 100 lbs) She makes me so frustrated with her attitude towards me and lack of using her brain. I don't love her any less - heavens no - I just pray every day for this dilemma of my anger towards her because I have enough stress going on without having to worry about family relations. My SIL just got a nifty tattoo last week - it's to honor Dad and it makes me smile, because I loved my FIL and John & I miss him dearly - he was a huge Steelers & NASCAR fan and loved me because we got along so well. Plus, I know my way around cars and power tools *wink*

A hello to all my friends. I apologize for not being in touch but you know my situation. I was frustrated that I had to miss sNb last Thursday, because it's a time I look forward to every week and I schedule my workweeks around that time if I can make it happen.

On the fun and smiley front-
I can't wait for Duran Duran's new album to come out Nov. 13th - it's called RED CARPET MASSACRE and I've already heard 4 songs off it. They are playing in NY next month to coincide with the release, but unfortunately, we will have to wait until the regular tour embarks b/c $150 for a general admission ticket is out of the question. I've invested a fortune this year in NASCAR and I have to draw limits. Same subject - the Hooters are playing in Philadelphia on my wedding anniversary, and the tickets are more affordable, but we will be home in WV that weekend for a wedding so again, can't make it happen right now.

Gigi of
Monkey Toes has outdone herself. I love my sock bag collection. Now all I have to do is wait for Zonda's shop to open and I may feed my bag fetish further LOL

I have an extra Ravelry invite to offer up to someone who hasn't signed up yet or is somewhere in no-man's land on the wait list. Msg me if you truly cannot wait and let's see what we can do


Other than that - nothing else is going on in my boring little corner of the world. I'm sorting through some piccies to put up, so until next post...

04 October 2007
  Coffee with babies in it

Or something like that.

Okay so I am having a sh*t-tacular day. It's my only day off this week and I am in unbelievable pain. I did something to my back and now I can't stand up... I was getting dressed for starting my day, to run errands, and go to sNb and realized that I could only turn about 15 degrees and couldn't lean over to put my sock & shoes on. Heck I couldn't get dressed period. So I have been sitting in the living room on my laptop watching Dune, and surfing the web and I am pissed off. I've taken 8 Advil since 10:30am and I am wondering if drinking heavily before 5 pm is a good idea today.
Just kidding. But it just sucks I may have to see a chiropractor if this doesn't loosen up by tomorrow. To top it off, I'm managing a bad asthma day #2. I think I will go back to bed in a few minutes.

I received my Yarn Mirror Ball yesterday from Bezzie's Etsy shop. Cute! She didn't have any pink ones in stock at the time I ordered mine, but I like powder blue too so I am happy.

My Uptown Boot Socks are a disaster - they don't fit me - too big - or John - too small -
so I will complete the second sock and give them to my mother. I am alternating between my Leaf cardi, a Hat for Alex, and the Chevron Scarf to keep my needles clicking.

Dover was so much fun... I met Jimmy Spencer, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Green before the race.
I got a nice little sunburn and the totally cute, sweet MC at the Nextel promo trailer asked me out to dinner despite the fact that I was wearing a WVU t-shirt. (He went to Ole Miss) LOL
I told him that I'd have to check with my husband first.

Happy belated belated berfday via blog to Pam & Amanda. Yay!

lil beezerOld skool.

02 October 2007
  Oct. 6th - Aimee's Walk for Lupus Cure Research

Hey just a quickie - will blog more later... but I was reading Cristi's blog this morning and saw her friend Aimee is walking on Saturday to raise money for Lupus research. She's @ $2600 of her $5000 goal, so if we can help out please do so! My aunt has lupus so I know first hand what this disease can do.

Also, don't forget Hats for Alex... 181 hats out of 250 collected -- wooooo

Catcha later,

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