Saturday, January 31, 2009

31. Fresh Fluffy White Stuff

It started to snow today around 7pm. I got in the tub around 9:30, and when I got out, there was considerably more snow than when I had gotten in. It's now about midnight, and the snow is still coming down. Apparently we're supposed to get more soon too. Don't get me wrong here, I love snow. I'm a skier (though I have yet to get out this year), and the look of a fresh white snowfall is right up there with sex and chocolate. We're going skating tomorrow with the District, and my mister is coming too. I'm really excited.

I will be doing a collage of a month's worth of pictures, but I don't have it done right now. It will most likely go up tomorrow, Monday by the latest. Does anyone have any suggestions/wants for pictures? You can leave a comment or email me (theaudiochick[AT]gmail[DAWT]com).

-Cheers, wanna go play in my backyard? It's all nice a snowy. You know you wanna.

Friday, January 30, 2009

30. Musicals

Here's another one of those things that you might not know about me: I love musicals. Especially old ones. I also love old movies, but that's another story altogether. I watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tonight, you know, the one with Dick Van Dyke. It was awesome, and of course, as with all musicals, I now have the title song stuck in my head, but not all of it, just the main theme. It was an awesome movie, if not a little long (over 2 hours!), but I thought it was just a tad comical that there actually was an intermission (with music) and exit music.

Crap. McDonald's breakfast commercial, now I want McDonald's breakfast. I was hungry anyway, and now nothing will fill that craving. Damnit.

-Cheers. Bring me McDonald's breakfast would ya? I'd appreciate it.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

29. To yoga, to yogurt, to rice and beans and cheese

To leather, to ____ If you got the reference, you can fill in the blank. I'm a fan of yogurt, I really like to put the Yoplait tubes in the freezer and eat them like freezies. I have a big tub of blueberry yogurt in my fridge right now, and today I decided to see how big a serving actually was. I had figured that I was eating well over a serving in one sitting, but apparently a serving is 2/3 cup, or about 175 grams. I got out my scale (which I usually use for yarn), and measured out what I would usually eat into a bowl and weighed it. My servings, we about half a suggested serving. So to celebrate my half serving of yogurt, I'm eating chocolate balls. I seriously need to eat better and start exercising more.

-Cheers, do something good for yourself. Mentally, physically or emotionally. Just do it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

28. Podcasting

I'm a podcast editor. I love what I do. It's a knitting podcast (go figure), and we have quite the number of listeners. I just got a raw file today when I got home, and I published it just a few minutes ago. It takes a whole lot of actual attention, which means very little multitasking. As a general rule of thumb, however long the actual raw file it, it takes me three times that to get it edited. Once I do manage to get it edited, I think compress it, and begin the task of finding music. I use the Podsafe Music Network, and generally just browse the Comedy section. I find the music, add it on to the end of the raw file, add in the intro, and a blooper at the end. Make an mp3 of the episode, and then upload it to Libsyn. From there I write a little blurb, publish, and copy the blurb onto the blogspot blog.

That's the basic quick version of how I do the podcast. If you're interested (and even non-knitters listen and love the podcast because there actually is very little knitting content) you can find the newest episode here, or you can search for "Lime and Violet" on iTunes.

-Cheers and check out the podcast! It's worth a look, and always good for a laugh.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

27. Damn Theatres

I went to see Gran Torino tonight. The movie itself was absolutely amazing, I'm not a huge Clint Eastwood person, but as one of the guys said "He's me hero." The only thing was the film broke down not once, not twice, but three times. And then! Ooooohhhh, and then, when a worker came to give us free movie tickets, she did it while the movie was still playing. It did not make me happy. I can deal with the film breaking down once, shit happens. Two times, okay, something is up, I start to get a little upset. Three times, wtf people? It's not that hard, fix it! Anyways, the movie was amazing, I recommend you go see it.

-Cheers Toad.

Monday, January 26, 2009

26. Lots of Work, Little Progress

No pain no gain, right? Well here's a new one: All pain, no gain.

Last week, I went to go to the bus stop, and I nearly fell flat on my back, so I decided to wage war on the ice on my street. I spent about 45 minutes yesterday trying to chip away at the glacier that is the bottom of our driveway, and I did get a fair bit done, but still barely anything. I spent well over an hour today doing the same and it felt like I made even less progress. All I managed to do was get almost an entire path made from my driveway to the actual pavement of the street. At least now you can go from pavement of our driveway, one step on the ice (which I sanded rather than salting due to a lack of salt in the house), and then pavement of the street. I hope this cuts down on the pain of falling, and I plan on trying to get some more done tomorrow, but considering the state and pain of the blister that is on my palm, I don't know how much I will be able to get done. At least today the RENT soundtrack kept me going, what should I listen to tomorrow?

-Cheers, and by the way, it was -15C today. I was glad to bundle up while chipping ice, hopefully it will be a little bit better tomorrow.

PS. Laundry 1, Gwen 2

Sunday, January 25, 2009

25. Rapid Reads

I finished my latest book acquisition (How I Paid for College) earlier today. It was a pretty amazing book, if not a little too much of a Disney ending for my tastes. I truly recommend it, but you might not want to read it in public because well, it gets smutty, and nicely smutty for my tastes. I have been given two books from La Belle and I am currently starting in on "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical RENT" by Anthony Rapp. I'm really excited to get into it, espescially since I have been listening to the soundtrack from the movie continuously for quite some time now. It all makes me miss my grade ten year in High School. We did the musical "Anything Goes", and it is one of my fondest memories of high school. I was part of the band, and we all got quite close during the rehearsals and practices. It's funny now, because when I look back, I had no idea then that I'd be where I am now. Hindsight is 20/20, eh?

-Cheers to you all.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

24. Back to Basics

I went out to Dartmouth Crossings today, and it was not too crazy, just a little crazy. I got some yarn for Halibloggaknittas (facebook link), and looked at needles which are pricey, even the cheapo ones. I also looked at totes, which are even more expensive than they should be. But I did manage to go into a big box store and find some hair wax that should help with the frizz, and I got a big box of arrowroot cookies. I love them. I used to buy them and take a sleeve into school with me when I was going to college. They entire thing would end up eaten fairly quickly as all the guys (and my teachers more often than not) would mooch off of me. Arrowroot cookies are awesome. I can go through them so quickly, but not feel guilty that I'm eating all kinds of junk (even though they're not the healthiest things on the planet). It's all about going back to the basics.

-Cheers, leave a comment about something ordinary that reminds you of the good ol' days of your childhood.

Friday, January 23, 2009

23. Brains.

Remember back on Jan 19th when I posted about the sock I had cast on? Well after many instances of "crap, I did that wrong" and "wtf is she actually wanting me to do here?" I have managed to get past the heel, and a fair bit into the leg. I'm going to add at least another inch to the patterning, and then another inch of ribbing at the top. They should be pretty awesome once their done, but even now I really like them. I sort of wish I had added a reinforced heel, with slip stitches, but this looks like it should be okay. I might be a converted knitter now, I want to knit socks, another pair of Firestarters, another pair of brainless, and maybe I'll find a nice cable pattern and use the Yarnissima construction to make my own version of these two pairs of socks. The only bad thing about socks is winding up the 440+ yards of yarn into a ball. Takes forever.

-Cheers and now it's time to make some food, grab a drink, and settle in with some new Battlestar Galactica.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

22. Wazzat?

Pretty sure I forgot to mention my Namaste Messenger bag. I got it off of another Raveler when I did an ISO post in the ISO/Destashing group on Ravelry. I got a great deal on it, it was here in 6 days (2 of which were the weekend), and I love it! There is a tiny bit of wear on one of the pockets (just a bit of picking) but other than that, it's wonderful! I knew about the wear before I bought it though, so no worries. It's absolutely huge inside, and has a bazillion pockets. It's a little big for standard everyday use, but I still use it as such. It's got a great pattern on the inside of the top flap. My only wish is that the inside wasn't black, it makes things really dark, but I have gotten real good at just fumbling around to find whatever I want.

I guess it's time to get back to getting everything ready for my interview tomorrow. Wish me luck!

-Cheers and just like Big Balls, Big Bags are good too.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

21. Bargain Books

Am I the only one who will buy a book solely for the reason that it was on the clearance table? I did it yesterday, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I spent about $3 on a book and a pack of note cards. The book was $2 (I give you three guesses on how much the note cards were), but because I used The Mister's rewards card, I got 10% off, lots I know, but still. The book is called "How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, & Musical Theatre", by Marc Acito. So far, after two chapters, there has been mention of boobs, butts, sex, and (a direct quote) "my cold, wrinkly dick". It's all used fairly tastefully, there are a few times where the F-Bomb is dropped, but I don't care. All in good fun eh? I'll review the book later, once I'm more than 2 chapters in, but so far so good.

-Cheers, go read a book, that way your brain wont melt out of your ears.

PS. I have a job interview on Friday! :D I'm just a little bit excited.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

20. More Snow.

I was making some scrambled eggs this morning (okay, it was 1pm, but I had only been up for about 2 hours, so it was still morning to my internal clock) and when I looked outside, I saw a few white flakes coming down from the sky. I smiled because we hadn't been expecting any snow at all, not even flurries. By the time I had finished making my eggs, it was snowing quite heavily. So I went upstairs to get my camera. Snow makes me happy, it really does. Seeing it softly falling, gathering on the ground, brightening my all just makes me smile. I don't care that it's cold, in the infamous words of Brenda Dayne: "If you're cold, put on a sweater, that's what they're for." The ice doesn't bother me either, you just need to be careful and wear good footwear.

Tell me if this is not a beautiful site.

-Cheers and do yourself a favor, step outside when it is snowing, close your eyes, spread your arms open wide, lean your head back, and catch a snowflake on your tongue. Remember the carefree days when nothing mattered.

Monday, January 19, 2009

19. Brains?

I usually don't knit socks, but the ones I have (mainly the Firestarters I finished on Halloween) I love. I was browsing Ravelry last night and found out that Yarnissima had put out a new pattern, on the 17th. It's pretty much the same as my firestarters, but with a much simpler cable running up the sides. I'm using Beyond Basic Knits superwash sock (70% merino, 30% nylon) in the Squirt colorway. So Freaking Bright. White, neon green, and a deep purple. I love it. I do usually like a firmer sock yarn like Socks that Rock, or Cherry Tree Hill, but I think that this yarn will work up well. It's really soft, I'm just wondering how well it will hold up in shoes and boots.

-Cheers and keep those feet warm and happy.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

18. Tiny Packages

Great things come in small packages. This is true for me. Because of these booties, I have found my knitting mojo again. I just need to go out tomorrow to find buttons small enough to fit the teeny tiny button loops. I have already finished three booties, and will probably finish another to complete a blue themed pair tonight. That's the best thing about small projects, they take no time to complete. But I do like my huge projects, for example my two blankets that are on the needles at the moment.

-Cheers folks. Don't sweat the small stuff, it's too cute to worry about.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

17. A good cuppa

For my birthday in the summer I got a massive mug from mom and dad. It's really cute, but still massive. It's got a little cartoon on the front with "Daughter" underneath it, and on the back it says this:

Watching you grow, has gifted us with the understanding that our lives have been brought together for a reason. Your love has fostered our spiritual growth.

I'm not overly crazy about that quote, but what's on the inside lip of the mug makes me a little warm and fuzzy on the inside.

-Cheers and tell someone how much they mean to you. It will make their day.

16. Do you watch Battlestar Galactica?

No? Well then you're an idiot.

That has got to be one of my favorite lines from The Office. So I know I didn't get a post out yesterday, but I was otherwise occupied with the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica. It was amazing. I just got the episode onto my laptop and I plan on watching it again once I get out this post, and today's actual post. I'll do them as two separate posts so that I can have them laid out nicely in the archives. I made the two characters (miniSaul and miniLee) a while ago and had planned to make more, but I think after I made Saul I just couldn't top him, so even Lee was not as good as I wanted. I decided to quit while I was ahead. The notebooks I got off of etsy and love. One will reside in my purse once I cover the cover in plastic so it wont get too destroyed, the other will sit on my geek shelf until I need it. I love them very much so.

-Cheers and seriously, they're the 5th Cylon, I don't know if I like that. What about all the other people who were on that planet?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

15. There's a cat eating my hair

That was just one of the many hilarious moments of tonight. I got a call around 2:30 from my Uncle asking me is I could watch the kidlets (girl 3, and boy 7) tonight for a few hours while him and my Aunt went to a meeting. I love the kidlets, so of course I said yes. Long story short, Ovetchken (the orange cat) spent the night attacking my handknit wool socks, and Pinky (the black and grey cat in today's picture) spent the night eating my hair. There were quite a few very cute moments from my Miss 3 Year Old, including "Heavens to Betsy Momma! You look be-a-utiful", but I'm too lazy and tired to write out the entire evening. So instead, picture! and run.

-Cheers and happy pets!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

14. The crafts of days gone by

I'm sure that you might have figured out by now, but I'm fairly crafty. Not crafty like a mischievous crafty, but crafty as in beads, glue, paint, yarn, fiber, etc. This means that you can't go very far in this house without finding relics of Crafting days gone by. I was huge into beading in junior high. I made and sold hemp necklaces, chokers, bracelets, and even a couple rings to my brother's high school friends. I still have a whole bunch of beads around my room, and I also have a bunch that my aunt gave me. I had been making some stitch markers which I had planned on selling, but that never pulled though. So now I'm left with beads everywhere. I love to look at them, but never know what to do with them. Any ideas? Or any takers on stitch markers, necklaces, chokers, bracelets, or anything beaded?

-Cheers and happy crafting.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

13. Speading the joy

Today was a pretty okay day. I picked up an extra shift at work, which means a fair bit extra in my next pay check. Then I went over to DWB's for ribs. The ribs were so freaking good, but I must mention that for the first while, La Belle and I were the only ones eating them with our fingers, both of the guys were using their forks and knives. Have the ever even eaten ribs before? If you don't have BBQ sauce under your nails an hour later after licking your fingers clean and washing your hands multiple times, you didn't do it right. After dinner we had apple dumplings for dessert. They were so good, anything baked with apples wins a special place in my heart.

After dessert though was a great moment. I taught DWB to knit.

He caught on really quick, but for a Scouter, his knowledge of knots made me sigh a bit. I thought that "make a slip knot and then add 14 half hitches to this needle" would be easy to follow, but apparently not. He did get it though, he just needed a bit of prompting. I then showed him how it was done by wrapping my arms around him (so hard, I know) and knitting in front of him. By the time it came for us to leave to get me on a bus to go home, he had three rows done. I'm really proud of my mister. I also helped La Belle out with a few questions she had about her knitting.

It was an awesome night, which included having Star Trek: The Next Generation, M*A*S*H, and American Gladiators on the television in the background.

-Cheers and spread the love, knitters will rule the universe.

Monday, January 12, 2009

12. But what do I do with it?

As per my last post, I am a spinner. Unfortunately I do not seem to be a handspun knitter. I just can never find the right pattern for my yarns. I do quite often cast on, knit for a (long) while, and then frog. This can leave the yarn looking quite interesting. When you knit, you are making loops and pulling more loops through those, this leaves you with lots and lots of loops. When you frog something that has been sitting for a while, it can get the memory of these loops, so in a skein it's just a whole bunch of loops. It looks like a mess, but to me, it looks beautiful. I just wish that I could find something to knit with this yarn. Maybe a cowl. Maybe....

-Cheers and happy knitting!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

11. You Spin me Right 'Round

So I've been spinning for pretty much a year now. Hand spindling at that. I haven't bought a wheel yet, but I think someone who I had been looking at purchasing from is moving to my city, so there would be no shipping charges. Either that or I find a weekend sometime when my folks and I can go up to Gaspereau Valley Yarns and buy a wheel from there. I have far too much fiber, and hand spindling takes soooo long. It is really quite rewarding though, seeing all the fiber turn into a string of single ply, and then seeing the single ply turn into two- or three-ply (I still haven't gotten the hang of Navajo plying yet though).

I currently have four spindles on the go with four different fiber types and three different animals at that. There is a 70/30 blend of Nova Scotian Alpaca/Merino, 100% Bluefaced Leister, 100% Superwash Merino, and a 100% Silk Top. I don't like spinning the Alpaca, but the BFL and Merino are like butter to spin. The silk is tricky because it's sooooo fine. My godmother (who is also a spinner and crafter extraordinaire) gave me some silk fiber and a very small brass spindle for Christmas. It is amazing, and I love it, but it's so tiny that it takes all my concentration to spin anything decent, even still the stuff I'm producing it not the greatest. The Merino and BFL though, they are doing great even though I've been spinning them super fine. I'm going to try to Navajo ply the BFL tonight with the knowledge that overspinning is better for me and underspinning. Wish me luck.

-Cheers and happy spinning!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

10. I have a problem

I will admit it, my stash is not small. I have lots of half balls though, and single skeins that I just do not know what to do with. You can only have so many neckwarmers, toques and mittens. I might live in Nova Scotia, but our winter is not long enough to require over 15 pairs of mittens, a dozen toques, and 30 scarves. Plus, I can only gift so much. Caston-itis doesn't help either. I am trying to knit from my stash, the last order I placed at The Loopy Ewe contained no yarn what so ever, and I haven't bought anything from any of my LYS's in quite a while. And yet, my stash is taking over.

There is a fair bit of Acrylic there that I'd like to get rid of, but I never know when I will want or need to make something for someone who isn't an extremely close friend. Friends don't give friends anything knitted with acrylic. There is a good amount of spinning fiber in that pile there too, and we all know that fiber is light and fluffy, hence looks like more than it actually is.

I think my main point is I have a problem, but I like it.

-Cheers and happy Stash Enhancements!

9. Good friends

I went to a party tonight, we tend to do theme parties too. Tonight was Russian Night, next week is Old Fashioned Drink Night (I wont be there due to the BSG party). All I can say is good friends + good food + a few drinks = awesome. I didn't really want to put pictures of my friends up here on my blog, but this was a good picture, and it about sums up the night. We spent our time talking tech (why consumer grade speaker cables are all the same and Monster Cables are pieces of crap that are over priced), the demise of the human race, V-Day riots, past insane pets, and many many other topics that are made of win.

These are thee of the folks that were there. The one on the left I have known since high school, the other two I have only known for about a year. I do consider them all good friends though. I have some of the best friends around.

-Cheers and keep good friends close to your heart.

Friday, January 9, 2009

8. Mail is awesome

I got home today from a day of work which seemed to drone on and on. I swear I looked at the clock one minute and it was 3:12, and then what felt like an hour later it was only 3:27. It was a long day. But when I got home there was a package waiting for me.

My Loopy Ewe package came in the mail today. Sherri is amazing, it left her hands on Dec 30th, and got here today. This was my last order in my frenzy of post-Giftmas online shopping, but it was the first to get here! I remember from my last package that it was insanely quick as well. I think Sherri bribes me postal service to get all things yarny here quicker. I love her for it. I had ordered two of the plastic sock blockers (love them so much!), and a Namaste Catelina pouch. The sock blockers were $22 for the pair, and the Catelina was only $5!. I kind of wish I had ordered another one or two for other various odds and ends. Of course, now I want to get the Namaste Messenger bag in mauve, which really looks more brown than mauve. I'm going to source out a few places online (none of my LYS's carry them and the closest supplier is in Baddeck, not very close for me to easily get to), and hopefully I'll have an update on a purchase in a day or two.

I would go on a rant about people thinking that knitting is the new yoga and how that is not right at all, but it is 1:39am, and I'm tired. I'm going to dye my hair tomorrow, hit up the mall, see the mister, and then we're going to a party. Pretty full day, so I'll save my "knitting is NOT yoga" rant for another time. Someone remind me.

-Cheers and please, leave comments! I need them to feed off of.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

7 - It's been one week.

Cue Barenaked Ladies. Add dancing. Let's party!

It's been 7 days since I started my Project 365 and I am very pleased with myself. I have kept it up. Today's picture is the progress I have made on the TSB. I am just under a quarter done with the blocks. Pretty impressive I think.

I'm still thinking that I wont have enough yarn for each of the colors I need, I might either need to go stash diving or go buy some more. Oh well, adding to my stash isn't a huge deal, it's big enough already, what's one more going to hurt?

-Cheers and happy knitting.

ETA: I just noticed that this is my 100th blog post! Yay for me!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

6. I Promise, to do my best.

I don't know if everyone is aware of this, but I am a Girl Guide leader. I grew up being in the movement and I never left. 15 years later I am a leader volunteering alongside the leaders that were my leaders. It is such a rewarding experience to see these young girls come in to the movement as nervous, shy, and unaware kids, and then develop into confident, outgoing, and truly bright girls. I give all the credit to my leaders (my mother included) who helped shape me into the person I am now. I also find it extremely amazing that there are two other young women who I went through the movement with who are now leaders. I must say that it's because we had awesome leaders (most of whom are still leaders in the district) that instilled the Guiding Promise, Law and Motto in us, that we are now leaders with such intensity. I can only hope that more girls go right up through the movement at continue to give back to the District.

Fifteen years is three quarters of my life. A long time to spend involved with anything whether it is sports, extra-curricular activities, or a world wide movement with members from every race and religion. I am proud to recite my Promise every time. I am proud to hear my girls say that they enjoy what they do. I am proud to say that I am a Girl Guide of 15 years, and hopefully, many to come.

-Cheers and go give your time volunteering. It's rewards come back ten-fold.

PS. I had such a hard time writing this post, my brain doesn't want to work tonight, words just wont come to me the way I want them to.

Monday, January 5, 2009

5. What's beside YOUR bed?

TSB update, not much. I've got 9 Pink, 5 Grey, and 5 Green. As I had predicted my pace has slowed down a fair bit. I'm still cranking them out (one block seems to take about 15 minutes), but I haven't been dedicating as much time to them as a whole. I go one done on the bus ride home today, and then two tonight while I was catching up on the Global National News Podcast. I'm going to put down the laptop and just work on blocks while I watch The Hour tonight, I should be able to crank out a few, maybe I'll finish up all the pink ones.

And now, onto Project 365. This cup sits right next to my bed. I've got crochet hooks, some double points, and a set of Birch needles. I've also got a few candy canes, sharpies, and a couple felt tipped markers. In addition to all that, my Sonic Pen is there too, unfortunately you can't see it in this picture. Behind the cup are my buck knife and my Swiss Army Knife. So what's beside your bed?

-Cheers and happy knitting!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

4. Return of the camera

I got my camera back today! Now I just need to start taking pictures when the sun is still up so that I can get some decent ones. The colour in today's picture is much better, but the green is actually emerald green, not the blue green in this picture.

I started to sew together a few blocks last night. I'm still not sure if I'll have enough pink, so I'll do the 12 for the main block (hopefully) in the pink that I bought for the blanket, and then if need be I'll use some other pink that I have in my stash. I haven't checked them for colour consistency, but I'm pretty sure they're close enough. No long drawn out post tonight, the block are all I worked on today. Oh and I went to games night at Windsor Castle, it was fun. I then missed my bus coming home and had to get someone to pick me up, but oh well!

-Cheers and happy knitting!

3. Better late than never

I didn't forget! I promise, I was just busy finishing the latest episode of the podcast I work on. But I did get a picture. And on another upside, I'll be getting my camera back tomorrow.

I've been working on the Test Screen Blanket (which I shall furthermore refer to as the TSB) and ignoring all my other projects so far. I think what I will do is work on the squares until I want to stab my eyes out with a spork, then I'll work on something else until I forget about the pain of the TSB. Repeat. I hope that will mean I'll get this done in a goodly amount of time. (I speak English good eh?) I currently have 9 pink squares and 5 grey ones done. That means that I have 10% of the squares done in two days. If I keep up at this pace I will have all the squares done in just over two weeks, then I've got sewing to do. But I kind of doubt that I'll keep up with this pace. Oh well. It will get done. I want a blanket.

-Cheers and happy knitting!

Friday, January 2, 2009

2. This is Not a Test

I have embarked on another momentous project. I'm making a Color Bar/TV Test Screen blanket. It's based off the one in S&B Happy Hooker, but seeing as I don't have the book (yet?) I don't have the exact pattern. I'm just making 5" granny squares that I will sew together. I did the math though, and I will need 140 squares made out of ten different colors, but not in all the same quantities. I need 24 white, 21 black, 14 aqua, 14 pink, 14 blue, 12 green, 12 red, 12 yellow, 9 grey, and 9 navy. It will be a good "just pick up and work" project, but I can also see this getting real old, real quick. Good thing there was a sale on at Michaels, I was able to get all of the yarn I needed for under $30. I hope it will be enough, but I'm already doubting myself.

I've got all the yarn in my new basket that I got for Christmas, which brings me on to #2 of my Project 365.

I really can't wait to get back my camera so that I can stop using my cell phone to take these. It messes up colours so bad.

-Cheers and happy knitting all!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

1. New Years Eve

Happy 2009 everyone! Can you believe that ten years ago, one of the biggest worries was the Y2K bug? It really doesn't seem like it was just ten years ago (even though that is half of my life). Ten years ago I was in grade 6 (still in elementary), I was just learning how to play trumpet and bass, I didn't know how to play guitar, and my biggest ambition was to go into Architecture. It's seriously hard to imagine that I'm now a college grad with a diploma in Audio Engineering, I have about 8 years of experience playing violin, trumpet, bass, and guitar, and I'm also trying to find a job that will take me somewhere. It's amazing how much can happen in ten years.

Now, since I am done waxing philosophically, I shall tell you all my tale of a very interesting New Years Eve. First off, there was a blizzard warning for the night over the entire province. None of us really thought we'd get much, but we decided to pack overnight bags to take with us to the party, just in case we couldn't get back to Windsor Castle (DWB's place). We (DWB, myself, his two roommates and a friend who met up with us in Halifax) left there around 7, and although it was cold, it hadn't started to snow. The cold was actually quite good because it chilled all of our booze before we got there. We bussed it over the bridge and hopped on another bus to go to the house where the party was. It only took about 45 minutes, if that, so it wasn't bad at all. We got there, we drank, we ate, we laughed and had an all round good time. It started to snow at about 8, and when I say it started to snow, I mean it seriously started to snow. There isn't much to talk about from the 8pm - 11:45pm time frame. Although my camera did get hijacked (again) so there are many many pictures of people's chests, only problem is that I forgot my camera there, so I only have the 4 pictures I took on the way home on my cell, I'll get to those later.

Around quarter to 12 people started to mention that we should go outside to try to see the fireworks across the harbour. By this time there was probably 3 or 4 inches of snow on the ground, and I think that I forgot to mention that I was in a dress, and 4 inch heel, knee high boots. We all got our coats on around 5 to 12 and went outside, someone looked at their cellphone and then all of a sudden he started counting down from 7. We nearly missed it! One of the other guys had brought champagne, but we didn't have any glasses, so there we were, some of us dressed up, in a blizzard in the back parking lot of an apartment building, ringing in the new year fairly drunk already, passing around a bottle of champagne, yelling, cheering, hugging. A few people looked out their windows and one old lady even started to cheer with us.

We all went back inside and continued to drink until about 1:30 when the 4 of us Windsor Castle people decided to think about getting home. We tried calling a few taxi companies, but all we could get was a busy signal. Since the busses were free last night, and they had extended service, we decided to walk the (usually) ten minutes from the party to the bus stop. It was still snowing, it wasn't too windy, but it was nearly 2am, and I was in a dress. La Belle ended up walking the entire way with MrTVboy, I walked with DWB. Poor Belle though, she rolled her ankle not too long into the walk.

That's MrTVboy and La Belle as we walked along the waterfront path. That's the harbour on the right side of the picture, AKA The Atlantic Ocean. The wind was surprisingly not too bad, as was walking in the snow in my boots. We managed to get to the bus stop that we wanted to be at in about half an hour. Totally surprised all of us, and what was even better was that we were only waiting for about 5 minutes before the bus that we wanted showed up. Being on that bus was great, it was warm, it wasn't windy, and we didn't have to walk.
That's another picture of La Belle and MrTVboy, this time on the bus and you can actually see them! The bus didn't take us all the way home, but it got us pretty darned close. We had another 20 minute walk up the hill and around the corner to get back to Windsor Castle. We left the party at 1:43, we got home at 2:39. Everyone thought it was amazing, we all also kind of collapsed, including MrTVboy who didn't even make it to furniture or taking off any outerwear.

La Belle decided that we all needed another drink, a celebratory drink for making it home. We had our one drink, and then DWB and I went to bed. We were going to have eggs and bacon for breakfast, but we ended up sleeping in until half an hour before he had to leave to go to work, I left at the same time. I have to say that this was one of the most memorable New Years Eve's that I have ever had, and there is no better crew to spend it with than the people I did. Also, I don't know if I have any other friends who would have walked that far in the blizzard without complaints and with laughter the entire way. Cheers to you all.

And now for the first installment of my Project 365 for 2009. This is DWB and myself on the bus at 2am last night. You can tell we were tired, but still in high spirits. I'm cold, I'm tired, but I wouldn't rather be anywhere else.

-Cheers everyone, and happy New Year.