Thursday, July 31, 2008
That's long enough to go to the kitchen, grab a bowl of jello and a spoon, return to the living room, eat said bowl of jello in front of a black TV, return to the kitchen, put the bowl on to soak, munch a few chocolate chips, then go to my office and delete my spam.
Sorry about the run-on sentence there, but I feel that between when I press the power button and when the TV comes on shouldn't be longer than a single sentence.
*sigh* Stoopid TV.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Blogiversary mini quilt.
Ooooo! Isn't this pretty?!? And you can win it!
And if you've got that head cold and/or allergies like I do, here's another cool contest: 52 weeks of nose! The first week is closed, but check back each week for a new one.
Anyway, the story is that Zen String, the indie dyer, has fallen on hard times lately, and the Ravelry community is rallying to help her out. Go check out the raffles and auctions here. (Did you see the scarf?!?) I encourage you to look at the links! Whether your motivation is greed (getting the fabulous Zen String back in her studio, and scoring some awesome stuff while you're at it), or purely out of the goodness of your heart (in which case, you may also feel free to donate your purchased raffle tickets to me), please click. Unless, of course, you're so easily tempted that you're one click away from losing your own home too... then don't. That would be bad.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I'm trying to tell myself I'm being unreasonable for at least one of the following reasons:
1. I did teach them lots. (I think. I hope.)
2. Even if they can't prove arbitrary NP-Completeness problems, I have taught them enough that they can figure it out.
3. Even if they can't figure it out, it's likely not the end of the world.
Dad commented yesterday that this course seems harder on the instructor than the students. I think he may be right. In any case, if you look at how much effort I'm putting in, compared to how much they're paying me, they're getting a good deal. (Whether that effort translates into being a good instructor is another matter, however.)
I can't wait until my grades are in, and I'm at the lake! (Final exam this afternoon, grades in in the next few days, and less than two weeks until I'm at the lake!)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
First, there was the cold... it had me feeling like death warmed over Thursday evening, and it's still lingering in the form of congestion.
Then, transit bus drivers started "job action"... so far that means that the extra rush hour busses aren't running, but I caught a smidge of something on the radio that made it sound like Monday might be worse. (I can manage a ride... if my mom and dad won't take me, H has offered to come and get me... but of course, I won't know for sure until the morning whether I'll need it.)
Then the washing machine in my building broke, resulting in me making multiple trips to my mom's, and messing with my plan to work on creating the final exam between changing loads of laundry.
Finally, the CS server went down yesterday sometime around 6 pm or before, which means my students can't e-mail me questions, and I can't e-mail my final to H for her to look over. *And*, I'll need the server back up in order to actually *print* the final!
I really think Murphy (and his Laws) hates me. *sigh*
Hand Towel WIP
Here's the reason I need to order more yarn from KnitPicks. I bought one ball of CotLin to try it out. But, something misfired in my brain, and instead of making a washcloth, I decided to make a hand towel. There's no way I'll get a hand towel out of one ball! But, I really like how this is coming along... so I'll have to buy one or two more balls. *sigh*
When I got to that thin spot in the yarn, I cut it. Since that meant I'd have ends to weave in anyway, I figured I might as well add a colour. And then, if I'm going to add a colour, I should make it look like a design decision. I'm going to have *lots* of ends, but I'm having fun, and I think it looks cool! (It kind of reminds me of R2D2 in a way... hmmm... does anyone have a short scrap of red CotLin they'd be willing to send my way?)
The white is leftover Rowan Denim I had from another project (the shark hat), but even with it, I won't have enough for an entire hand towel. Plus, I think it works better as accents, rather than a big "trying to finish" blob.
I like the little lines I get at the joins between two colours, especially how half the lines are on one side, and half are on the other. :)
I hate it when I get messed up spots of yarn like this:
(Click through... the spot is highlighted with a note.)
*sigh*... This pair of pants (and the tan pair) really pick up lint in the wash. Especially this pair, because it goes in the load with my jean quilt.
Sheeples roving, Monkey plus melon:
Alpaca silk blend (from Three Waters Farm, a small sample bought to try it out:
My back is actually better enough that I can spin again, but then I was too busy, and then my cold happened, and now that I'm feeling a bit better with the cold, I'm too busy again... *sigh*
I have a bunch of WIPs right now... I apparently cast on in times of stress. This is a scarf I'm working on, using yarn I bought at Sheeples. (Yeah, I haven't written that post either...)
This yarn was handspun by the proprietress of Sheeples, and the wool came from a sheep named Charlie. (Awwww!) And it was only $11! I'll be combining it with heavenly-soft chocolate brown yarn from an unnamed yearling. (Also a steal!) Charlie's fleece is wonderfully soft, but feels so coarse compared to the yearlings!
Anyway... here's hoping for enough between the two skeins that my scarf plan works out... (I would have bought more, but there was only one skein of each.)
Another pair of socks sitting on my coffee table, waiting to be package up and mailed. (I *really* need to deal with that pile!!! Sorry to everyone who is waiting for mail from me!)
I'm kind of glad the recipient has narrow feet and likes shorter socks... that leaves lots of leftovers for me to enjoy in my blankie!
I couldn't remember if this yarn was superwash or not, so I knit up a potential blankie square, with the intention of putting it through with all of today's loads of laundry.
It made it in one load, but then, due to washing machine malfunction, relocation of laundry to my moms, waiting for the load it was in to get around to draining... it only ended up in the one load. Although it didn't get thoroughly felted, it is looking significantly fuzzy, so I'm thinking this is *not* superwash yarn.
I haven't taken an "after" photo yet.
Another pretty sunrise for you to enjoy.
I had a photo I wanted to upload for a different purpose (to see if any locals are thinking of placing a KnitPicks order... I don't want to pay $8 shipping for $5 worth of yarn), so I decided to upload some more July photos and do another mass update. ;)
PS: If anyone in the US is placing a KnitPicks order where they'll get free shipping, and is willing to order a ball or two of CotLin for me and ship it up to me for a reasonable price, can you send me an e-mail? Thanks!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I'd go to bed, but I need to create and post the assignment solutions. Then, instead of sleeping all day tomorrow, I need to create the final exam for my course.
(Today was my last class... it was rather sad. They were a great group! Not perfect students, but all really nice, and they tried at least a reasonable amount.)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
1. I can't stay and/or visit with one branch of the family, because there's apparently a feud going on. (I'm only involved by proxy, but since the wedding is on the other side of the dispute, I'm thinking I should avoid causing the two sides to come into contact.)
2. The side of the family on the wedding side of the feud that is in Toronto has severe mildew problems in the house, so my health dictates that I don't sleep with them, but I can spend time with them.
3. The third option is staying in the camper with my dad and his fiancee... and frankly, the more privacy I can give them, I think, the better. ;)
4. Visiting yarn shops and/or doing other touristy stuff is fun.
5. I imagine my dad and his fiancee would prefer to see "romantic" places like Niagara Falls alone, rather than me hanging on as a third wheel.
6. I imagine my Toronto family that is on the wedding side will have wedding stuff (prep before, or clean-up after) to do, and I'd probably be in the way again.
Anyway, if you think you might be interested, send me an e-mail, and we can discuss details.
PS: I'll be out of e-mail contact (and pretty much any other form of contact) August 9-28, so we should arrange details soon.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I waited the few minutes for the washer to stop, put the clean clothes in the dryer, and a new load in the washing machine, then hobbled back upstairs. On the way up, I noticed it was raining cats and dogs.
Sure enough, rain was coming in my windows. Not only were my windowsills wet, but so was my printer, a crochet book, miscellaneous other things, and one of my medium sized plants had blown over.
I hobbled around, closing windows and drying things that shouldn't be wet.
After I was done that, I stood by my fridge drinking some orange juice, when I noticed it had stopped raining.
Given that opening the windows was what had thrown my back out Friday morning, and there are still clouds in the sky, I decided to leave them closed and stick with the air conditioner. :P
When I woke up early this morning, it occurred to me to read the rest of the directions on the advil, after "1-2 every four hours"... it turns out there's a maximum of 6 pills in 24 hours. Um... I had 12. I guess I shouldn't take 2 every four hours, then. (I'm not yet loopy, though, so that's nice. Taking the maximum dose of advil several days in a row makes me loopy.)
So, although the pain isn't totally gone, I'm glad I can function relatively normally today. :)
Thank you to everyone who sent me well-wishes!
- visiting the bathroom (several times)
- having a shower
- brushing my teeth (harder than showering, due to leaning over to rinse)
- taking out the trash
- bringing in the mail
- walking to my mom's and back (a whole block! It only took me 10 minutes or so each way...)
- keeping myself fed
- finished another swatch for Marie (a lady opening up another LYS!)
Not exactly how I imagined today... but at least not totally spent in bed.
Well, it's late, so back to bed... perhaps my back will mysteriously heal itself overnight. I'm keeping my fingers crossed... tomorrow is laundry day, and I'm not looking forward to hauling laundry between the third (my apartment) and first (the laundry facilities) floors.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I managed to reach the phone on the nightstand, and called my folks. They couldn't remember how long it lasted last time either, but the general consensus was I was going to need to get up.
While I had my dad on the phone, I had him look up the department phone number so I could let them know I wouldn't be at the funeral today, and to pass on my condolences. :( (A life partner of one of the faculty died earlier this week... another one that died way too young! She was somewhere around my age, and had aggressive leukemia that had gone into remission twice before, and then came back a week ago. Sad!)
Then I made it up, visited the washroom, ate breakfast (and some Advil), stocked my bedside with books and knitting, then sat down at my computer to see if there was anything urgent. That would be where I am now. (Nope, nothing urgent.) Sitting isn't bothering me too much, so I figure I'll sit a bit before attempting to get up again.
Mom brought me a cold pack. Thanks mom!!!
I think I may sit here until I need to visit the washroom again, and then lie down some more. (This time with stuff to do other than annoy people whose phone numbers I have programmed in my phone.)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I recently finished making these for a friend, but the yarn was thicker than I thought, so I don't know if they'll be too big or not. Well, I guess there's one way (at least) to find out... (Speaking of which, I really need to get around to addressing and mailing a stack of presents...)
PS: This is yarn that Alison of The Blue Blog hand dyed for me!
I got a chuckle out of this the other day... click on the image, and then click some more to view the largest size. then look at the third column at the top of the building. Hee! (I guess they were having a little fun before finishing up tarring the column.)
I'll start with July, then if I make it through July, I'll go back to April, and start working my way forward again. ;)
Monday, July 14, 2008
One thing about this help centre job... all that C/C++ that was lost in hazy memory is coming back to me. ;)
(Now, if only students would properly indent their code, it would make helping them *so* much easier. I always nag them, and they always say that it takes too much time... little do they realize just how much time they *waste* by trying to track down wayward close braces with improperly formatted code. *sigh*)
I always feel the need to solve all the world's problems, and hurt that I can't. Is this normal, or do I just need to get a more realistic perspective on things?
It probably is normal.
Sheesh! Bad me! I don't *need* more wool socks, what with an entire drawer *bulging* with wool socks. Then there's all the special yarns I'm saving for *me*. I can't part with one ball of nice yarn that I got at a great discount?!?
So I was good, and made myself use that ball. *pout*
This sock yarn thing is ridiculous. (I wish some of my fabulous wool yarns were cotton blends... I don't have as many of those, and it's hard to find fabulous cotton blend sock yarns.)
Friday, July 11, 2008
Several months back, I found a tiny screw pressed into the bottom of the outside of my laptop sleeve. I couldn't find any missing screws on my laptop, but I found a bunch of holes in my camera that looked like they would fit the screw... and the first one I tried, did.
Today I found a screw on the floor, and again added it to my camera.
There are four more screw holes left that don't have screws. (I can't remember how many empty holes there were last time.)
Several things come to mind:
1. Is it just a coincidence that I find screws that fit in my camera holes?
2. How many screws can I lose before my camera falls apart in my hands?
3. How am I able to randomly find such tiny screws without even trying?
4. Are there more screws to be found if I try? Or are they lost forever?
5. Do all the missing screws have anything to do with the fact that the camera seems to keep asking me to replace the battery, but if I open and close the battery cover, it's fine? Or is that a *different* indicator that my camera may be not long for this world?
6. Should I put a new digital camera on my Christmas wish list, or assume that this one will keep chugging along happily the way it has for quite a few years now?
7. Why does my camera not like it's screws? Whenever I try tightening the ones that are left (usually after installing the found screw), all of them are tight.
8. Did Canon put in lots of extra screw holes just for this contingency? (So that it could lose lots before there was any effect?)
9. Did my camera even come with all of its screws installed? I seem to remember at least some of these holes being empty to begin with...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Judging from the number of people who I've had to tell that I'm not open yet, today is going to be a busy day. (I was kind of hoping for extra class-prep time... I want to be better prepared for tomorrow's class than I currently am, and I also need to put up the next assignment. I thought I was ahead, but somehow the days disappeared!!!) *sigh*
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
On a brighter note, I've decided to hare off and go to knitting tonight. :) I probably shouldn't, but I will anyway. M is giving me a ride, so that makes it a bit easier.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
• my mom's house
• my dad's dog
• my neighbour's begonia
and later tonight I get to babysit my brother's server.
Hmmm... I wonder if I've earned enough brownie points that I can call one of them to wash my dishes the next time I'm as sick as a dog? More to the question, will I feel I can call them to do so? (I hate imposing on people.)
Ow. OwOwOwOwOwOwOwOw. *pain*