Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Puppy wub.

When I first saw this commercial, I got a little bit sniffly:

But I couldn't help but giggle when I saw the second part months and months later:

Daisy was kind of a similar case. Someone must have thought that they couldn't care for her very well, perhaps someone who was expecting a much smaller dog and within a year, realized that the girl was going to be quite large. So they dropped her off the side of some gravel road and drove off without her. Daisy is pretty resourceful, she made herself at home at a nearby farm where six other dogs were already at home. Dad was there one day with his Scouts, doing some fun boy thing or other when the farmer approached him and offered "Ralph" (hoping that boy dogs go faster than girl dogs, the farmer gave her a boy's name) to him. It didn't take much talking at all, we brought her home.

That's a recent picture, actually. She used to be a bit smaller, thinner, and her ears flopped over at the ends when we got her. She's also well-mannered and a bit of a drama queen. But that's alright, there are enough girls in this family that we all know how to handle drama queens. ;)

Sock Madness has started and I have never knitted a sock so fast. Thursday is generally a busy day and not only did I have Institute but I was scheduled to work that night. The announcement came out that the pattern would be coming out between noon and 5pm EST. I knew I would be lingering around the computer but since I'm a good girl, I went to Institute anyways (a religion class). I tried hard not to think about the socks but when class let out, I was gone!

I managed to at least grab the mail before I ran in and checked my email. ahh, the pattern had arrived--an hour ago! Well, I cast on like a maniac and knitted for the three and a half hours I had until work. Then I knit during my break. Then I knit after I got home and into the wee hours of the morning. Friday at 10, my first sock was done. And strangely enough, the day followed just as the day before had and by Saturday morning, I had two socks finished, off the needles, and snugly on my feet.

They're very nice and I love the construction of the heel, very well thought-out. And I'm in the running for Round 2, yay!

And that's all for now. I feel a little under the weather, most likely due to some bug I picked up. Everyone's sick, my dad was sick this weekend and my coworker has the most alarming cough (though she's finished her antibiotics). But I'm surprised I haven't picked up anything earlier. I must be quite healthy not to get that sick this year.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Keep on rocking in Midgar

I am all out of stuff to put on my needles. Oh, I suppose I could cast on something more but I'll tell you, what with Sock Madness 2 coming up tomorrow, I really don't know if I want to. I could write or draw or something like that instead. My brain is still trying to make sense of the shift, however. Write? Draw? Who has time? Oh, wait, I do now. Ha. What to write? What to draw? I should have planned this better but who plans when under such duress?

Anyways, I had mentioned in my previous post that I would be stopping by MisKnits and The Studio. I never did get farther than MisKnits, however. I went in and wandered around and then realized that they had Dream In Color Smooshy! I never thought I'd see that stuff in person! So as I was crooning over all the colors, I chatted with the owner. Oh if only I lived in Kansas City! She has a knitting night on Wednesdays and an impromptu "Hooky" club on Fridays for all those who decide to skip out on work early and come over to knit. Awesome! But yes, the reason I didn't actually go to The Studio is because I spent plenty at Misknits:

Some Dream In Color Smooshy in Wisterious! So pretty, like the colors of the sunset after the sun is well below the horizon.

This is Trekking Handpaint in Brazil. I had to buy it for both the name and the brilliant spring/summer green. Like a lovely garden.

These will join the other yarn on its way here to help me out during Sock Madness 2. I have some Socks That Rock coming and then I'll be ready.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


I had quite the weekend. Those who should know already do but yeah, there was no passing when it came to my Clinicals. I did 90% of my sobbing-until-I-hyperventilated-and-
saw-galaxies-before-my-eyes in the bathroom across from the elevators that took us up to our Patient Care Situations. I was not a happy camper but then my dad whisked me away to my uncle and aunt and cousin out near Austin and I had a very good cheering-up.

I have to say that this was a good learning experience, as all experiences generally are. I'm thinking that I'll be looking into some sort of anti-anxiety drugs before I try this again and I will continue studying. And out of sheer coincidence, THIS article happened to pop up on Zen Habits. Of course, I've done all that already, but always good to have the reminder. But thanks to all for prayers and happy thoughts, they did work.

And now I'm in Kansas City waiting for the doctor to come by and tell me I'm still healthy. Gee, I could have saved the trip and called in to say as much but at least I can hit up Misknits and The Studio while I'm here. They're a sneeze away!