Friday, April 30, 2010
Don't forget that the art show opens tonight. :)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I was up until 5 am working last night. I prepped my magnets and cards, and did the draft version of my taxes. (I *OWE* taxes! Wah! I blame the tutoring, because nothing was withheld for that.)
Allergies are miserable right now... not nearly as bad as when I was living in Chapel Hill, but I need to leave my windows open to make the apartment temperature bearable. That lets in the pollen, and the warm, dry spring has meant there's a lot of pollen floating around. Right now I'm sniffly and itchy-eyed. And whiny and tired. But happy that I won't get yelled at when my marking's not done tomorrow.
Have you seen the "Just Allergies" commercial that Reactine is running right now? I'd link to it or post it, but I can't find it online. (Reactine: you've missed an opportunity! ...even if it's a small one.) Anyway, I love that commercial. That's how I feel.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Yesterday I marked my part of the group exam for one course, so I'm basically done with that course. (I'll still need to enter grades, and meet to decide grade cut-points.)
For some reason, yesterday my right foot felt swollen.
Today I'm back to marking the depressing course. I've decided to do exams first, so that I don't need to lug them home. (I finally have them all, and so can actually mark them now. Also, they discourage us from taking them off-campus.)
Yesterday I didn't go to the art club. Today I'm not going to a prof's son's recital. (He's an award winning adult, not some kid.) Anyone want to do my marking? How about my taxes or art show prep?
It's a beautiful day for napping in the sunshine. But I'm not... I'm marking instead. (Earlier I was procrasti-marking, but now I'm actually marking. Well, not at this precise moment.)
Local Colour Art Group Show & Sale Invitation
I *finally* got around to posting this! (I should be marking right now... I'm sort of procrastinating.)
Here's a quick link to the biggest (more readable) version of the invitation.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Perhaps the person giving me a ride to camp won't mind if I sleep in the car...
I also have to remember how to pack. I'm paranoid that I'll pack so much for this weekend trip that the person giving me a ride will think I'm a nut-job. (Whether I am or am not a nut-job is not the issue... I freely admit to being one, I just don't like people actually thinking I'm one.)
Part of my packing will be food, so that I won't starve if I discover the shared meals are all stuff I'm allergic too. (No vehicle, and no walkable grocery stores.)
Since this is a (dry) camp, there won't be ice and ice buckets to keep my milk substitute cold.
I'll be expected to get up at a reasonable hour. (More like 7 or 8 am, rather than 2 pm, my recent week-end wake-up time.)
Do I bring my laptop, in case there's time to do marking? (I still have a crap-load of marking.)
Also to pack: sleeping bag and pillow, both of which are *bulky*, but necessary. Add in the spinning wheel, spindles, a knitting project or two... and probably the looms my relative gave me... will I *fit* in my rides?
What am I forgetting? I *know* I'll forget something... especially with how long it's been since I've packed for a trip.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Poppies in Progress
I worked on my poppies at the art club last night. I added shadows to the house, and worked on the greenery. I have a *lot* of greenery left to do, and even the greenery I did do could use more work. Looks like it won't be done in time for the art show in a week and a half.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Walking home from dinner last night, though, I was surprised to see the daffodils at another house on the street in full bloom... our house is normally the first! Oh well.
It's been an awfully long time since I've bored you with socks, so I figured I should post these. I've gotten quite slack about posting socks... and my production rate has dropped significantly now that I'm usually sleeping on the bus. (Looks like I haven't learned to crochet in my sleep yet.) These are a gift for B. (Well, he paid for the yarn, but I gave him my time.)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I grew up with a milk allergy, and so use a milk substitute on my cereal. It comes as a concentrate, which I dilute with water. I had been using plastic pitchers, but have been wanting to switch to glass. However, the marks I put on the glass with a "permanent" marker to indicate how much water to add, and how much to use for one bowl of cereal so I don't get too much or too little for the last bowl, kept washing off.
So I bought some "Armour Etch" at the craft store, opened windows and donned gloves... and now I have pretty stripes to mark everything! :)
I marked my juice pitcher too, so that I don't have to worry about what's dirty or clean, and can just use what's available.
I hope those rinsed-off chemicals don't cause any environmental problems downstream. :(
Finished Sheep Tile
I filled the juvenile-giggle-inducing hole, and gave the sheep something to look at. :) I thought of dying that last partial cream-coloured strip yellow, but then it occurred to me that yellow yarn would work as well, and I happened to have some yellow yarn. :) I put a few blades of grass (or something) on the other side too, for balance.
I suppose it's not "done" done... I still need to do the finishing... but the rug hooking part is done.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Earlier tonight he was playing loud music in the building. It wasn't quite loud enough for me to call him to turn it down, but it was definitely coming through.
Just now, I heard loud music outside, so I looked to see if the partiers from next door were doing drugs outside again. Turns out Mr Party-of-One is once again Mr Party-in-the-Car. He's drinking (with the car running), and smoking. I don't know what he's smoking. He's probably disturbing the neighbours, but I don't want to call the cops on him in case he decides to take his smoking indoors.
Speaking of smoking, I asked a student who knows about drugs from a misspent youth. He says the round flask shaped thing I saw the next door partiers with is a bong. (Whee.) Then I asked him if he thought the menthol-like smell last night was cough drops or menthol cigarettes, and he said that cocaine gets cut with stuff that, when smoked, can smell like menthol. (That was *not* what I wanted to hear.)
Perhaps I should just pass this information on to the landlord, to let him decide what he thinks might be going on.
Rug Hooking WIP
Whoopsie, I mis-calculated how much more blue I would need, by a tiny amount. I thought about using one of the other colours that I had enough of... but, given what other colours I have, and where the main gap is located... it, well, brought out juvenile thoughts. I'm sure twelve-year-old boys would find it hilarious, though.
I do have more black, this is just how far I got last night.
Option #1: Ask DiFranza if they'd be willing to send me one more blue strip. (They didn't charge me for the ones they already sent... I feel bad asking for more time and postage for one more strip.)
Option #2: Pull out some of the blue on the "ground" areas, and use the wool skirts I've been collecting to make grass or flowers. (The green I have is a bit of an odd grass colour, but it would work.) I wish I had some bright yellow, to make a dandelion. Perhaps I'll dye the partial white strip I have left.
I suspect I'll go with option #2.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
She has a killer migraine, and had to cancel.
Instead of having a nice walk, fancy dinner (with no prep & dishes), and a visit with a friend, I'll be eating leftovers, no walk, marking, and watching TV. (And she's having a migraine, which I don't think she wants either.)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I'm heating up water in the kettle, but I have a "single person sized" kettle, so it's taking a bit. I'd get out one of my big stock pots, but I'm already on my third kettle, so I'll probably get enough hot water before the stock pot came to a boil anyway. (I didn't think it would take this many kettles worth when I started.)
Make that fourth kettle, and note to self: pay more attention to the "max fill line"... it's apparently there for a reason. :P
In other cleaning news, my friend called this morning at 10 am and asked if she could bring my exercise bike over between 1 and 2. (I had been "storing" it at her place, but then she got married and sold her house.) My place is disgusting right now, and so, instead of going back to bed, I made an attempt to make my place look a little less disgusting. It's still a mess, but the improvement sure is nice. Once I'm done all my marking (finished the last of the exercises last night, now it's just several assignments, and later two exams) I plan to get back to cleaning.
Friday, April 09, 2010
I'm wondering if there's a defect in the batch of lenses from the manufacturer?
They're wondering if it's their machine that checks the prescription.
They think the third time's the charm. I'm feeling somewhat less optimistic. (But, since I'm not paying for all these lenses, I'm not that worried about it, as long as it *eventually* gets sorted out.)
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I log in to Angel (the software for the online course), and then click on the course I'm teaching.
It's running slow, so I check Ravelry while I wait. Click, click, click... I suppose I should go back and check on Angel.
I click on logout, to see if maybe my session has timed out without saying so...
Blank screen, and more waiting.
Is there a conspiracy against me getting the marking done? I'm going home. :P
hi friends!...so if you voted before, please vote again!
sorry to bother all of you again, but i wanted to thank you for voting in the first round, and ask you to vote again for my video in the finals. voting takes place right now until the 15th at:
the three videos in the last row are the ones to vote for, mine is the last one. roger sinha's is also very good.
you may have noticed a formatting error in the video, which i hadn't seen yet when i sent out the last email. the top and bottom of the frames are cut off, so some heads are missing. frustrating because i am such a stickler for perfect cropping, but so it goes.
*another very exciting piece of news is that cbc called this morning and is contemplating sending 'life stories' to further film festivals in canada or latin america. i just need to subtitle it in spanish. anyone know spanish?
take care and thanks so much for your time and feedback that you've sent me. it is much appreciated:)
Monday, April 05, 2010
In other news, I got my new glasses today... and one of the lenses has a big flaw right in the middle. They're ordering in a new lens for me. The prescription change is pretty small, but I'm still all cross-eyed trying to get used to the new glasses. Even switching between two pairs at the same prescription give me trouble. Maybe I won't try prescription sunglasses... (I had thought of trying a pair from a discount place... not the pricey place I got my regular glasses.)
Friday, April 02, 2010
There's some small hail too, and the forecast says the rain will switch to snow overnight.
My back is mostly better today. Mom said that instead of resting, I should be using gentle movement to keep it from seizing up. So, yesterday, I walked over to the thrift shop just on the other side of the river.
The river is quite high:
That turbulent bit where the logs are caught is where the giant concrete icebreaker block is. The river looks deceptively slow where the water is deep... but you can really see it's power where it churns around the block. it's rather hypnotic, watching it.
At the thrift store, I bought two pretty 25 cent glasses, two 25 cent sewing patterns, and a 50 cent card of snaps. Here are the glasses:
I was hoping the little one would be small enough to hold an easter egg for display, but it's a bit on the big size. I tried to polish it using the baking soda, aluminum foil, and boiling water method... but although it is less tarnished now, it still isn't shiny, and some of the silver flaked off. Whoops. I wish I had left it the way it was. Most of the design is still there, but it definitely looked better before. (The photo is a before shot.) Since I don't drink shots, I'm thinking of making it into a candle. (When I get time to melt some wax.) Do you think I should use parafin wax, or beeswax? (I have both.)
DiFranza Designs has *awesome* customer service! I sent them an e-mail to find out how much it would cost (including shipping) to order the strips I needed to finish my design, and they offered to send them for free! Yay! I like to spread the word when I receive awesome customer service. :)
Thursday, April 01, 2010
PS: You will need to create an account, but it's for Canada's public radio station, so it's nothing spammy-virusy-nasty.
PPS: If you do vote, come back and leave a comment here. If there's at least ten of you, I'll have a little contest and send the winner something. :) (Probably after it has marinated in my "to mail" pile for a while... but you're free to pester me until you do get your prize.)
What do you find works best when you throw your back out?