Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The other thing that has been in the works is this: I was further along but I have frogged this puppy three times already and I am now, finally, on the right track. I wasn't seeing the diamonds all the way through like in everyone else's. Oh by the way, I am working on the diamond fantasy shawl. I brought along my hedera pattern, my dpn's, and the yarn I want to use with me to work today but I have yet to cast on for them. Maybe tonight.
I went to get my health screening done today at a clinic in Santa Monica. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to spend hours waiting there--I guess I thought this because the clinic was in Santa Monica as opposed to downtown LA. HA! I think the wait was worse at this small clinic than the one downtown! I had to wait to have them process my payment. A few people had to wait @ least 45 minutes to an hour just to get their prescription filled. There isn't a separate pharmacy like @ the clinic downtown. It's pretty much done though. I forgot to bring in my TB test results so I have to schlep back to the clinic tomorrow but after that, I'm in the clear! :) Contract is all signed and I just have the other paperwork to fill out and send in.
I'm counting down till the end of the summer program. I realized last night that by ending a week early, I have to have everything ready a week early. Everything being I have to clean out my students' binders, fill out Hand-Off forms, make sure their percentages are up to date and I think I actually have to do a progress report for each of them. Luckily, there's only 5 students. Oh, I also have to have lesson plans ready for my five students for those five days. I found out that my training for my new job doesn't begin until August 21st so technically, I could finish off the summer program. But you know what? I just want to rest and knit that last week! Is that wrong??
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Her car was parked on the street which is nothing new. She's been parking on the street off and on for the past two years that we've lived at our apt. This happened at night. There were security guards on the street where she was parked who had been in place since 6:30 in the morning and they said it was like that when the got there. No note, just damage. I forgot my cell at the apt. when I went to work but my fiancé drove me to work and was going to go meet his dad in Santa Monica. He told me something told him to go home so he did. My sister pulled up right behind him and I'm guessing starting bawling as soon as she saw him. Poor thing. He went with her to take it to get looked at, they found a shop not too far away and it's going to take three weeks to fix. No big deal. She's got me or my fiancé to take her to and from work. He likes it actually. My parents reaction though, good lord. They didn't like the fact that she had already taken it to a place (the one where it's going to take three weeks). They suggested she take it elsewhere where it would be cheaper and faster. I told her to remind our mother that we live in a city of 3 million people. My sister told them she doesn't have all the time in the world to be carting her car to every body shop in LA to get a better price and a faster repair. It honestly doesn't make a difference how much the work is going to cost because she only has to pay the deductible. See where I'm going yet? I don't know what their initial reaction was though. My initial reaction when my fiancé picked me up from work after he told me was if she was okay. I could care less about the car-I just wanted to know that she was fine. Our parents are strange a pair. She got a call from our dad yesterday asking her if she was getting a rental. She had told my mom earlier in the day that she wasn't going to get a rental. So my dad proceeds to tell her that she's going to get a rental she should put it on a credit card and something about Discover Cards covering rental cars. My sister's response was, "I don't have a Discover Card. You told me I shouldn't have a lot of credit cards and now you're telling me I should have that card? I only have two cards because you told me I shouldn't get more than that!" Our dad in particular does that a lot-say one thing and then completely change his mind. I don't see the purpose in her not having more than two cards. She's very responsible and I had been telling her that she should've gotten more cards while in college to build up her credit. We think our parents think she has to pay for the repairs since they're so anal about wanting her to take her car elsewhere. My mom said that she doesn't have to take it to a authorized State Farm shop and my sister said that the claim adjuster and our insurance carrier said she had to. Sigh..Can we say miscommunication? I couldn't help but crack up as I listened to the conversations my sister was having with our parents. I told her next time, wait until she's got an answer for everything they ask before calling them. That's what I do. Then I told her be glad that this was all over the phone and she doesn't have to hear it all in person like our brother does. Another poor kid. My sister is the one who listens to our parents, honors their opinions, and follows what they say (for the most part). My brother and I? No way. I listen to what they say and I do honor their opinions, but I'm still going to do it the way I'm going to do it.
Okay, I digress..I had to get that life stuff out. It was kind of a good thing that I didn't have my cell phone with me @ work and I didn't hear her message or else I would've been bawling myself. I cried when my fiancé told me! I cried when I heard her vm! :P I'm just glad that everything is taken care of. We wish we could find the car that did it though. :P Oh, one more life thing to throw in--those security guards-they're near our street because apparently there's gonna be some filming around the corner. Tomorrow they will be filming a scene or something for House! I know some of you watch that show so I thought that would be cool to share.
Now onto the knitting! Remember this? Yeah well, it took a big plunge into the frog pond. I hadn't touched it in a really long time and I think its because deep down, I really wasn't in love with the color combo. It was a bit too loud for me. So I'm going to try something else. I'm going to still use farmhouse and maybe a solid. We'll see. I haven't casted on yet. I'm still determined to use the fire on the mountain for a chevron and I think I know what color will go with it. My fiancé really liked how the scarf was turning out too. So he's going to get the fire on the mountain scarf! It does look nice in the picture but up close..all the reds pooling together bugged the crap out of me! Here's what I started on Friday. I needed to work on something that wasn't for me! lol. So I started working on a fake isle hat for my fiancé. I was worried about the noro becoming too girly for him since there were shades of dk blue, lavender, blue violet, green etc. so I went with a brown base. Luckily he agreed with me!
Here it is all finished! Here's a side-view which I took to give you guys an idea of the colors that came out.
A better side view.
An aerial view. lol.
I love this hat and I'm going to make a few more. I'm going to use the leftover noro for another one for myself! And I think I'm going to make my good friend one with the yarn she gave me (a couple years ago!!!). My student that I saw on Friday asked that I make him one too..I told him maybe if he did well I'd make him one by the end of our summer together. We'll see.
Okay I'm off to decide if I'm going to re-cast on for my chevron or cast on for a pair of hedera socks! This was the sock I couldn't take my eyes off of during my class with Cookie A. I couldn't figure out what sock pattern it was until the other day when I was looking @ people's finished objects. :)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Now, we all love coming home to packages, right? I had a feeling that my pirate's booty would be arriving today but didn't want to get my hopes up too high. Lo' and behold, here's what was in front of my front door! Here's what was inside the box. :) Aside from the super goody wrapped in hot pink tissue, there's a yp button, a yp business card, and some super yummy smelling soap!
And here, is the gorgeous yarn that was hidden beneath that hot pink tissue.
Hello, rum runner. How I love thee. :) This is my first yp yarn ever! I love the feel of it! And here's the entire package. Here's my close-up of the soap that came with my yarn. :)
Now, I don't know when I'll actually get to post this but I just had to write about it now while my giddiness is still fresh! Next month, I should be receiving not only the second installment of the booty club but the first installment of the chewy spaghetti sock club! :) Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Ohhhh, and I just found out one of my very good friends is expecting!!!!!!!!!! Since I couldn't really spoil the little munchkin with handknit goodness, this lil' one is definitely going to be spoiled. I told her I'm hoping she has a girl so I can make that flower petal bib in One Skein!!!!
Work is going all right. Though today, for the first time, I was actually tired. I arrived tired..serves me right since I was up late working on the finishing touches on my shrug! I actually got paid a couple of compliments today which is unusual. It's so weird that I've just grown accustomed to not receiving compliments so when I do, ohh, I'm quite gracious and a bit embarrassed by the kind words! My supervisor commented on how I'm noticing my students' strengths and weaknesses really quickly now and that I am doing a great job. Lately, she has always made sure to end our meetings with something positive she's noticed about my work. :) My boss came in to observe me today with my middle school student. I don't like being observed. I felt particularly nervous today though because I've never been observed by her and she was watching me do the main part of our program!! I was a bit nervous and she stepped in a couple of times (to point certain things out). I didn't have a problem with her stepping in. I don't ever have a problem with anyone stepping in, honestly. In her notes, she pointed out the good things she saw and let me know what my next steps should be with this student. The whole reason behind her doing impromptu observations is because teachers aren't feeling supported--@ least the newbies aren't. I can't believe there are just three more weeks and then I'm supposed to start training for my new job!!!!!!
Ooh, and before I forget, Robyn, received her signed Monkey pattern. :) Here's the pic she posted on her blog. :)
Monday, July 16, 2007
Now, to be honest, I didn't think there'd be much knitting-related stuff @ the event. But I got lucky. I broke my yarn diet (only because I couldn't have my fiancé spend all of his money on me there!!) Here's what we picked up.. Here's a skein of a merino/bamboo blend sock yarn. Here's a merino wool sock yarn for my fiancé. Hopefully it's enough yardage..I guess we'll just have to see. Both skeins come from mary jane's attic. She's got another site but it's down right now. I finally managed to find a dpn holder (in person!!) that I like! It comes from Textile Fetish. She was a really nice gal too! She was telling me that a lot of her friends crochet and they were asking her if she could make crochet cases. She said she had circular knitting needle holders but didn't bring them for the event. Here's my haul. :)
So we arrived at 10am and the doors opened at 11am, right? We were out the door by noon. There were way, way, way too many people inside the room. They hadn't turned the ac on until after it seemed filled to capacity and it was just crazy. It was like being @ warped tour stuck in the pit and trying to get away from it! lol. Once we were out the door, there was still a line to get in! They did a lot of press for the event and didn't anticipate having that many people come! There's another one in November and they've already said that it'll be at a bigger venue. I can't wait!! I'll have more money to spend by then!! We left and went and had lunch here which is apparently an upscale version of the Cheesecake Factory and then we rolled ourselves back home!
Friday, July 13, 2007
For the past six months, I only had to physically be at the Kelter Center MW. I worked a 4-day week but TTH, I was 'traveling' and drove to see my clients. So I thought transitioning into a 5 day schedule that required me to physically be at work everyday was going to be awful and that I'd be dragging my feet through it. I actually kinda like it. I get to hang out and talk with coworkers I hardly ever saw my first six months at the Kelter Center. I also get more exposed to all the drama that happens at my job. No workplace is without its share of drama, is it. Part of me misses me being left in the dark (since, like I said-I was only ever @ work two days a week and when I was there, I was with clients and as soon as our sessions were over, I was out the door!) though it is interesting to hear what my boss is really like. My image of her has slightly diminished since I began working there but it happens. She's human.
I left a place of work where practically all of my coworkers complained about something. There wasn't a day that passed when anyone had anything positive to say. That was one of the reasons I left the place. I couldn't stand working in an environment where people were so negative while I was just trying to do my job. From the get go, I let the incoming staff know that rather than internalize everything that bothered them about our place of work, they needed to just let things go and not let every little thing get to them. Easier said than done, I know. .but that's how you get by. Isn't this common knowledge??
Yes, my last place of work wasn't paradise but it wasn't hell either. Life is what you make it right? Therefore I think most of my previous coworkers created their own personal hell! The Kelter Center isn't bad at all. The things we are doing with our clients are amazing. My coworkers-the ones that have been there a while are fun too..and I love our office manager. So all this drama there (mind you, it's the first week of our summer program!), needs to just stop already.
In regards to my future place of work, I'm still sitting on my paperwork that they just barely sent last week. My sister (ms. I-will-be-a-lawyer-one-day), looked at my contract (I love having free in-house legal advice!!) said that I can't sign my contract because my name is misspelled where I'm required to sign and (this is the funny part!) it has actually expired since it says something to the effect of the contract expiring 5 days after it has been signed. It was signed June 22nd and I received it July 6th. Smart, huh? The guy in charge of paperwork is on jury duty right now but he'll be back at school on Monday so I was told to just wait. I love how easy they are about this stuff. The staff seems to all like each other and get along and it doesn't strike me as a drama-filled place. I guess I'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, I need to go compose something about myself to be added to the school website!!!!!! :)
FYI: on the knitting front, my second saucy is
And here's my progress on my little lace shrug:I want to get my swell officially completed as well so be on the look out..I'm on a roll today! :)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Lots of stuff to talk about..my saucy socks are almost a completed pair! I'm one pattern repeat away from starting on my toe! I absolutely love my saucy sock. :) Here's a side view of my first completed saucy. Here's the main pattern in the front. Look at my eye of a partridge heel!! The toe is done the same way too. :)
I haven't touched thermal (but I've thought about it!) and I haven't really touched my chevron scarf. I did cast on for a new project out of Lace Style though. I casted on for the little lace shrug the other night. It's coming along. I just hope I have enough yarn for it. I've been contemplating starting the two-tone shrug out of Fitted Knits too. I've got some patons wool lying around! I would make it one color though--possibly with some small trim of another color. We'll see. Swell is still waiting on its tassels too! I know, I know..I suck. Life goes on.
My Cookie A. Class!!
Where do I even begin?? First of all, it was exciting to meet a knitting celeb! She's my first one!! She was really cool and funny. There were eleven of us taking the class. A few of the people had been in the class just previous to the one I was taking. I kind of regret not taking all three classes she was offering, but who am I kidding? I'm no millionaire. ;) One was enough and let me tell you, there was a lot of information to take in--especially for me, the one who didn't even want to become a sock knitter yet here I was taking a Cookie A. class!!!!! We talked about the advantages and disadvantages to toe-up and top-down socks, she got into some trig. with us a bit, talked about how to alter a sock for someone with a big instep/heel, etc. It was fascinating! We had one break and during our break is when I got up the nerve to ask her to sign the monkey pattern for Robyn! I said that I was a bit embarrassed to ask but my Canadian friend was wondering if I could get her (Cookie) to sign a pattern for her. She got embarrassed herself (I don't think anyone famous gets used to people wanting their autograph/to take a pic with them!!) and was like, "What should I write? Should I write something nice-or should I write something that's me?" I said she should write something that was her. I will not post what she wrote because Robyn hasn't even received it yet. So if you wanna know what she wrote, you'll just have to wait til Robyn receives her pattern! Oh yeah, she asked if it was for my sp and I said that sp10 was over and that it was actually for my hostess. :) After I asked her to sign the pattern, there were others to ask...and then someone got up the courage to ask to take a pic with her. I didn't need a pic with her. Though I took some candids during our break.
Oh!! everyone at the class got to see and touch my finished saucy sock (including Cookie!). Apparently, in the class previous to ours, they had talked about the eye of partridge heel and the gal sitting next to me noticed the sock I was working on (before class had begun) and I told her what pattern it was, where it came from, and that it had an eye of partridge heel (little did I know they had just discussed those in the earlier class!). She told all the gals that were sitting around the table that I had a sock with an eye of partridge heel and passed it around. It happened again during our class so Cookie got to see it as well. She's not a fan of that heel but whatever. I just liked learning a new heel!
Near the end, we were supposed to swatch this chart she created for us and I didn't have any yarn to swatch with--nor did I have any needles (other than the stuff I was using for my second saucy) and I wasn't about to buy more needles and more yarn (remember, I'm not buying yarn for a while!!). She came around and asked me how swatching was going and I told her that I didn't have anything to swatch with so she grabbed some yarn and needles out of her bag for me to work with. :)
For my first knitting class ever, I think it was pretty good. I would've benefited more had I gone to either the toe-up class or the top-down class I think but I was hoping that everything she taught would be covered in my overview class and the info I expected to get was just kind of glazed over. Oh well...she did have extra handouts from the top-down class so I have one of those. I just didn't get a toe-up handout.
Oh and get this...
Friday, July 6, 2007
The characters that come out every hour or half hour--I can't remember!
Inside the ride.
And my firework shots. lol. This was the first time I had ever had a camera with me to take pics of fireworks.
I got a lil firework picture crazy.
These are the best of the bunch though.
They were so amazing!
It was at least an hour long show and we found out after we did "Space Mountain" that there was another fireworks show! Oh well.
Oh yeah!!! We went on "Pirates of the Caribbean" and they finally added Jack Sparrow to the ride! It was really eerie because it totally looked like him! I hope everyone had a happy 4th! :)
Okay, Toni had this up and I thought it was pretty cool so I'm tagging myself. If you like it too, feel free! I had some help though because it was tricky!!
The game is SCATTERGORIES…it’s harder than it looks! Here are the rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following. They MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up! If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
Your Name: rhoda
1. Famous Singer/Band: red hot chili peppers 2. 4 letter word: ride 3. Street: Rimpau 4. Color: red 6. Vehicle: range rover 7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: T-shirt 8. Boy Name: Reggie 9. Girl Name: rita 10. Movie Title: Replacements 11. Drink: rc cola 12. Occupation: reverend 13. Celebrity: Reese Witherspoon 14. Magazine: ready-made 15. U.S. City: Riverside 16. Pro Sports Teams: ravens 17. Reason for Being Late for Work: do the runs count?? 18. Something You Throw Away: rinds 19. Things You Shout: run!! 20. Cartoon Character: roger rabbit
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Hmph...I emailed all the pics I took via my cell phone to myself but I didn't receive one of them--one that I wanted to post! Okay, I just resent it to myself and here it is!
Now, the pièce de résistance. :) Homer, feeding my fiancé a hot dog. lol.
P.S. Buzz Cola kind of tastes like Pepsi..though I might be mistaken.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Okay, now for some knitting...for some reason, song lyrics came to mind for the next couple of pics.. "Don't Cry for me, Argentina..."
I finished the second sock when we got to our parents' house Friday night and I decided that since the first sock was too big (like a quarter of an inch or so!) I frogged back to the gusset. I worked like mad Saturday to finish it. Though it was difficult when this lil thing kept getting passed around.. "This ain't a scene, it's a g*dd**n arms race .." It totally went in the mouth after this pic was taken! When she returned, I gave her her own yarn to play with. :)
Um yeah...you can't really walk yet, dude...let me help you!
More yarny goodness. Here's traffic on the 5 North..there really was more traffic but I didn't think to take a pic of the traffic til after the fact.
And look what I casted on for Saturday night while watching Pride with my mom. I had already seen it but was willing to watch it again. It was either that or Black Snake Moan..Oh, it is saucy a free pattern from Cider Moon. I'm using my See Jayne Knit Yarns in Blood Orange. I absolutely love, love, love this colorway. The yarn is a bit thick so I'm sure I won't be wearing these til wintertime! The pattern is so easy to follow and it's similar to the Monkey which I would've casted on for but the pattern freaked me out. Now I see that I was actually missing a few pages of the pattern (hence the reason it freaked me out!!) Sigh..those are definitely next after I complete saucy. I just have to figure out what yarn to use!
Oh, oh!! This is my first eye of a partridge heel! Sorry it's blurry..who knew there was a sockknitter hidden deep inside of me.