Saturday, April 9, 2016

Business Trip? You Betcha!

So one of the new duties in my position description is to do professional development. The very first few days I started working at UWMWC, WiLs put out a call for the first "Good WiLs Ambassador" to attend the Midwest Interlibrary Loan Conference in Dubuque, Iowa. I was fortunate enough to have the chosen essay, and got to attend the conference.

Dubuque is almost a 4 hour drive, so by the time I got to the hotel, I wasn't up for sight seeing. I also chose to go by myself. A) Brian hates ILL, and pretty much everything and everyone that has anything to do with it and B) I thought about a night to myself in a hotel room with the TV, my knitting and some wine and REALLY decided driving by myself was worth the peace and quiet.

After a lovely evening, it was time to attend the conference. It was very strange that the person at the check in desk had already heard of me, knew I had to do a "report" back, and told me that I shouldn't make it boring.

Haha! I did learn some useful stuff, met some fun people (most of them from Iowa) and got to see the beautiful campus of Loras College.

And just as I was walking out at the end, I put my car into reverse and it's snowing.  Then I pull out of the parking lot and it's sleeting--in sheets, like rain!  On the way home I ran into some white-out making snow. But what can I expect on April 8th in Wisconsin?

House news: Still moving right along. They are doing the loan underwriting and we are waiting for the appraisal. Considering we are supposed to close May 13th (and we have to be out of our house here by June 5th) I'd really feel more comfortable with some progress.

So I'm working on a shawl (the one I bought from Rhinebeck), still working on my cousin's slippers, turning the heel on my Cakewalk socks and tonight after hearing a suggestion from a FB friend Lisa, I started a temperature afghan in crochet.  Every day you do 1-3 rows based on the temperature following a color key. I did find a color key here and here, but I changed it up a bit, mostly because I had Royal blue in my stash, today was 35 degrees, thus the 30's will be Royal blue ;)

My other news is that I was fortunate enough to go with my friend Genelle to see Bernie Sanders!
Our best chance!
Tim Robbins was there to give a speech imploring our fellow Dems to support Bernie

...and I got to shake Bernie's hand on the way out. They were soft and doughy, but not wet. LOL  Last Tuesday I cast my vote for him, and he won Wisconsin, taking all but one county. Emily posed with her super cool shirt I picked up for her:
So I think that's all the news for now. Tomorrow is very exciting, because I pick up my order from The Fruit Club for fresh pineapples! I also get to have a monitor meeting with Autumn and Mandy, so it should be fun. :)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Why I love Fridays

Most people love Fridays, because it signifies the end of the work week. Fortunately for me, I don't work on Fridays-So Thursday is the end of my work week.

I love Fridays because I get to stay home. Even if it's a day of scrubbing stove tops, washing dishes and clothes, vacuuming: I am still not at work. Anna is usually here on Fridays to keep me company (she works from home on Thursdays and Fridays). But she's out for a walk, so all is quiet right now.

I love this particular Friday because my pork roast smells awfully good in my crock pot.

I used my crock pot all the time when I was a SAHM, and always got to smell my meal throughout the day. Coming home from work and smelling that dinner is done is awesome, but not quite as good as your meal cooking while you are doing other productive things at home.

I love this Friday because it is warm. My phone says 52 degrees on the way to a high of 59 today. It's sunny and beautiful. This is especially meaningful since our furnace went out 2 nights ago. Our landlord (Yes, we are still renting. We have to come up with about $7000 to buy a house, so if anyone has a couple grand laying around they aren't using, please let me know) sent a guy over yesterday, who had to "order the part" would "see us tomorrow" and "at least it's not 20 below". Yes, but 25 overnight with frost on the ground make for a cold house. Walmart had heaters on clearance for $15
My house has 2 of these now. Probably good to have some just in case anyway.

, and my landlord's wife brought over 3 more (including 2 of the oil radiator looking ones that I was hoping our Walmart had, and doesn't)
The landlord contribution.

so we were in good shape last night and this morning. And now the doors and windows that don't have plastic wrap on them are open. Welcome to Wisconsin!

Still working on various knitting projects. I think I will knit a pretty dishcloth for my tea swap partner. I was very excited to be in the spring swap, but I messed up and didn't fill the form in on time (even though I posted to the forum in time. Such a bummer.) so I have the card swap and tea swap again this month. It's probably a good thing, as it's so hard to knit something for someone to wear when A)You don't know the person and B)They might hate it and not appreciate it, and I hate that more than anything.

So, off to do another load of laundry. Then I'm going to peruse my cotton yarn and see what I can come up with. And time to get Nick in about an hour and a half.

Hoping you are having as lovely a Friday as I am :)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes....

(A little Bowie...RIP)

So a few new things since I last left you on a snow day that really wasn't all that bad, but hey! I'll take em as I can get em! I started a new job at UW-Marshfield/Wood County. I am very excited to come back to Colleges. It's a much smaller campus than Fox, so that has taken some getting used to. I miss the high school kids, but I really love my job. I gave up an 8 minute drive each way for a 50 minute drive each way, so I'd better enjoy it.

We are also looking to buy a house, and working on getting money together, getting credit in order, etc. I am currently in love with this one:

510A OAK STREET Wisconsin Rapids, WI, 54494

Hopefully it will still be on the market when we get everything in order. I told Brian that I want some land if I can't have this house-I don't want to get live in the city otherwise. (Yes I am picky, but I feel like I should be allowed to be).

Knitting, I'm working on slippers for my cousin (Yes, it's red heart. Which is why they are putt-putting along):

hexipuffs, socks that are randomly picked up and now a doll dress. I am using Guppie from Willow Yarns. It's soft, but very breaky. I am glad I am not making a big project with it, because it is driving me a little crazy. Twice I've had to cut and start anew.

I started doing swaps in the Tiny Owls group on Ravelry, which is fun. A tea swap and now a spring swap, so I will have a new project to knit for my partner. It gives me something to focus on, and I've been lacking focus lately.  I wanted to show off the lovely tea swap I received last month:

Otherwise, excitement in Rapids as the boat show AND the Home and Garden show are at the Rapids Mall on the same weekend!!!  I'm hoping it doesn't infringe on the traffic to the thrift store. And I wonder if they canceled the indoor farm market, or if there is room for all that action.

That's pretty much it. Hoping to finish most of the doll dress tonight (and make some enchiladas for dinner! Mmmmm)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Snow Day!

So grateful for a snow day today.  At first I was afraid it would backfire-the snow didn't start until 11am, and I knew if we barely got any, the school district would NEVER cancel again.  As it was, we waited until about 8pm for the district to cancel last night. I was going to go to work myself and keep Emily and Nick home. That way I didn't have to worry about how they were getting home, just about myself.

So here are some snow pics.  The first one was taken around noon.  The rest I took just now as I was shoveling, about 2pm.  There's about 2" on the ground, and it's coming down very steady now.

So what am I doing on a snow day?  I'm practicing crocheting:

And I'm knitting slippers for my cousin (who just sent me a kick ass box of handbags and purses!):

I also bought some scarf making yarn at Herrschners yarn sale.  The hot pink/black is for Emily. The other stuff I thought was too pretty to pass up for 99 cents:

Besides that, making chicken soup and grilled cheese for dinner, picking up a bit, watching TV, thinking about the house I hope we buy and the fact that starting next week, I have a new job that gives me every Friday off (and is going to be absolutely, fabulously amazing!!!!), that's about it.  Just chillin' with the kids and cats and bunny.

Have a great day whatever you are doing :)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Knitting and a Birthday

So I'm 43 today.  I don't really have anything profound to say except I'm 43 today.  Woo.Hoo.

I did get a phone call from my neurologist telling me I don't have Multiple Sclerosis (YAY!). I have a sclerosis, that will never go away, and will always give me problems, and they can't tell me what it's from except a virus caused it. But no meds in my future, so that's awesome.

I've been knitting, which is also kind of awesome. Saturday I spent the day with a friend of mine I don't get to see very often (Let's face it-I don't have many friends, and the ones I do have, I don't get to see very often). We both needed to catch up on Season 5 of Downton Abbey before the new season started on the 3rd. So we watched Season 5, had tea and scones and little finger sandwiches and knit. I started a sock, and she made cute dishcloth which she then gave me. It was one of the most pleasant days I've had in a while, and it made me "home" sick (even though it's not my home anymore.)

I love self striping yarn.
In addition to my sock, I started the Downton MKAL last night. I did my gauge swatch and it still came out to size 4's even on my sportweight yarn. So then I had to cobble together 4 size 4 dpn's. I'll be happy when I graduate to a circular needle.
So far, so good. With multicolored needes.

So that's all that is going on here.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year

You know how I feel about resolutions. I did pretty well last year in my "Don't read comments on Facebook posts" resolution, and when I didn't, I really was much happier. Then I kind of backslid, and decided maybe humanity isn't all that worthy of saving should aliens come, but I'm going to try harder to keep this one.

Anna decorating herself.
Our tree in it's natural habitat, before the murder.
Christmas and New Years were pretty low key around here. We actually cut down our own Christmas tree for the first time (Anna wasn't along, or we'd have heard about murdering trees.)  It was fun.  They take you out on a trailer and give you a saw and you have at 'er.  Finding one that worked was a bigger challenge.  So we picked one.  And I said, "I don't think the trunk is straight".  And Nicholas says, "What do you have against gay trees?"  So of course that is the one we got...and it was crooked the whole time.  And man, did it shed needles.  You couldn't SEE the tree skirt, and I had to empty the vacuum 4 times to get them all up (and this was December 27th.  It's not like the 4th, as in most years).
Our decorated tree. You can't see the lean from this angle.
Emily decorating.

So we went to my parents house and Brian's mom's house on Christmas Eve and then hung out here Christmas Day.  I did get a Nintendo 3DS with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, so that is exciting.

New Years was quiet too.  There isn't a whole lot to do here (although DJ Jammin' John was at Mickey's Tip Up with Karaoke in Kellner.  Sorry we missed it.  Not.) so we stayed home and had a nice meal and ate nice snacks (although my retro fondue pot did not function.  I definitely want me $2 back.) and played Monopoly with the kids (Brian won). So that was New Years.

And yesterday-I did something I wanted to do for years and never got around to.  Thora asked me to join her in the Downton Abbey MKAL, but we are using stuff from our stash (because we can't afford another $54 on a kit...).  Of course, her stash is all documented and nice on Ravelry; mine is not.  So I went up, got everything out (that was out anyway, because I was going to at least organize the damn thing this week) and started putting my stash up on Rav.  It took hours, and I till have cotton yarn to get up there (and stragglers from the closet, under the bed, behind the door, etc etc) but it's up. I have a lot of beautiful yarn. And a lot of stash knitting to do this year, especially socks.

Going to try this for the MKAL
And I did find something to use for the MKAL-it takes 800 yds of fingering weight (and of course, all my beautiful sock yarn is only 410, and there is only one skein of each), so I am going to try to swatch tomorrow morning with my sportweight woolese and see if I can make it work. I have 4 balls (about 1300 yards) so it should be enough. Probably huge, but we'll see what I can come up with when swatching.

I have also decided that after I use up some of my sock yarn, I miss Opal and Regia and the whole "self striping without any work" thing. When I first learned to make socks, I LOVED it.  Then I kind of "outgrew" it and wanted to expand to patterns and lace and cables I see the beauty of it just being there to mindlessly knit.

Oh and the best news of all?  I found my swift and my ball winder (in two different boxes) buried in with yarn and other fiber-y tools. So I can get my winding on. Here's some other great finds:
I found misc. needles. And the first book I learned to knit with

A beaded scarf about half done. I figure I messed it up and put it back in the bag. At least I didn't pitch it in the corner.
One sock. The rest of the yarn in a bag. No pattern. Way too small for me. So I'm going to try to finish it and wing it.

Some of my gorgeous sock yarn that is undone and needs to be wound. Woohoo ball winder/swift find!
I don't know what this is. I think I bought it at IRIS. It's gorgeous and soft. And I wish I knew what it was.
And today I am going up to Appleton to hang out with my friend Shelly and catch up on watching Downton Abbey from last season and knit and just hang out. It will be nice, and I need more of that in my life. But I need to be motivated to do it, since I don't have any friends here and it's easy to get into a rut.
I'm going to knit with this bad boy today while I watch Downton

So whatever 2016 brings, I am hoping for the same prosperity and maybe in a different place. I hate change and "not knowing" and feeling like I have no control of my destiny. So it's a little stressful for me right now. I need more knitting, less video gaming. More water, less soda. And more tea. We all need more tea. :)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Life in General

So, we've been here a few months. I'm working at the high school, which is ok. A lot of the kids there, they've got it rough. I have no right to bitch about my life when they tell me about their foster parents and group homes, and I convince them to grab a sandwich for lunch instead of gaming on the computers because otherwise they won't eat.

I don't mind my job. I already have my "regular" kids, the ones that are usually drawn to the library. My public library kept me sane when I was a kid; I get it, and have no problem paying it forward. Some days for me are just exhausting mentally. It's hard being "on" all the time, for this extroverted introvert. I am the girl home under her blanket in her pajamas, but I go to work (honestly, I like not worrying about money. It's nice to be able to eat more than ramen) and I am not crabby or sad, because the kids I talk to need me to just be there more than I need to feel crabby. Even if I am having a bad day, I am tired.  That's it.

I've been reading. I want to read Go Set a Watchman, so I am re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I haven't read it in years and years, and it was funny how I was sucked right back in by page 10.

I am caught up on my homework for school. This is something else that is exhausting for me. It's not the work; it's stuff I do on a daily basis, and I know it's a giant hoop to jump through. And I'll finish because I'm half done. But really, I am more and more disillusioned that I will find a job I love in my field. And I don't need one. I just need a job that I like. Had we not moved, I would have happily stayed at Fox as the library assistant as long as they'd have me. I LOVED my job there. I felt valued and important and I was good at it. So I have to try to find something like that again. To have a job that you don't mind going to every day is one of the best things in the world, silly as that sounds. For now I am grateful for my job here.

We went to Pumpkinfest in Nekoosa today.  It wasn't bad.  And we got to see the world record pumpkin :)

Anna and a giant pumpkin
I've been knitting as well.  My sweater is a little in limbo, but I think as it gets colder I'll be more into finishing it. I started a scoreboard cowl, which is kind of cool.  When the Badgers score, I knit red. When their opponents score, I knit black. I am knitting white in between games.  So at the end of the season I'll have a record of the season; it's been very red up until this week, so I am happy/not happy to knit black.

Last night we had family game night, which was fun.  Everyone participated, some more reluctantly than others.  But we played Zombie Dice and Tsuro and Yahtzee.  Hoping next week to fit in more Munchkin and King of Tokyo, and I've been jonesin' for some Settlers of Catan lately.

Otherwise just plugging along.  Waiting for Fallout 4 to come out.  (Missed the cut off for the Loot Crate--damn!). Replaying Inquisition and toying with buying expansions.  I did buy Big Pharma, but my brain is busy and doesn't want to wrap around it right now. Sometimes you just need to play those games where you don't need to think.