Friday, April 24, 2009

Instant Gratification Week

I have had somewhat of a busy week. To start with, our new Computer Aided Dispatch system is going swimmingly. I am very happy about that. Work just got a hell of alot easier for me! Everyone is pretty much getting the hang of things and the majority of us are all about discovering new things to make life/work easier on our own. The company gave us the overview, how it works, what it can do for you and basic training. I had the benefit of some seventy hours of training, but everyone else got two days- the officers got 1. That makes me the go to girl. But after the first month, everyone has it pretty much down pat. It gives me a kind of free feeling and gives me time to concentrate on other duties. 
The only downside was that I have had so much data entry in preparation that my arm has revolted, and become so painful it forced me to go to the doctor again  (blast and damn)... But you know me, I won't let a little physical pain stop me- No Way Jose! I just keep plugging along (making it worse of course) and had myself a little knitting marathon.

I have also begun packing- which lead me to finding some yarn in my stash that needed knitting. I have had this ball of Noro Silk that has been laying around since I finished my Tilted Blocks scarf. I have been meaning to make a matching Calorimetry to match it. My first one ended up a little bit too big. It has a lot of stretch in it, so I adjusted the pattern, went from 120 cast on stitches to 100. This also makes it more narrow that in the original but it still covers my ears and it doesn't slide off. 

Not a very good picture I know but here it is. (all my model heads are packed already), and since my apartment is kind of small, I really don't have a lot of surfaces for photo shoots so I know my pictures are on the tad boring side, but it is what it is. And of course, my co-workers (the male ones) had been teasing me about how I am going to need this because it is sooo cold in the summer time. 
Men...whadda they know!

Doesn't this picture make it look like some weird scifi wormy thing?

Project Scoop:
Pattern: Calorimetry
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden
Needles: 7

More stash finds! I have had these next two balls of yarn since-who the hell knows when! 
I love working with Peaches & Creme yarn. It is so uber soft it makes knitting with it a dream. 
I spent some of my freed up work time surfing Ravelry for dishcloth patterns to compliment the yarn. I know St. Paddys day is past but since I am mostly Irish I can do Shamrocks any ole' time of the year. 
I spent one whole day off watching movies and knitting! 

Project Scoop
Pattern: Shamrock Cloth
Yarn: Peaches & Creme - Baby Green
Needles: Size 8

I love this pattern! Super easy and very cool to look at, I think it really shows off the variegated pattern in the yarn in a unique manner. I feel like running right out to Hobby Lobby to buy some more Peaches & Creme in variegated colors. The other thing I like about this pattern is the texture. I just love a good scrubby for my face. This one is earmarked for my new kitchen but I am needing some new face cloths too so I think I will be making more of this particular pattern. 
I do have a couple more instant gratification projects on the needles but I will save that for another day. (I seriously don't know how CA Dawn posts so much and gets so much knitting in)
Project Scoop
Yarn: Peaches & Creme 
Needles: Size 8

Not wanting to jinx myself or tempt fate- I haven't said much about the whole housing thingy, but I think it is now safe to say - I found my new digs! I am going today to sign the addendum's to the contract. It is a townhouse of course, no outside maintenance for me. I neither have the time nor the energy to worry about things like that, plus I am just plain getting to damn old/broken for all that hard labor. 

But- there will be no more living below ignorant people who throw furniture- or what ever it is they do up there. No more kids playing by my bedroom window when I am trying to sleep. No more car dings from people who don't know how to park, and no more being nervous about walking my dog through the neighborhood. 

I have done  a lot of drive by's at different times of the day and night in the new neighborhood so I think I have a pretty good idea about the peacefulness, and how well they maintain the exterior of the properties and that sort of thing. Snow removal was a big one for me, so I also drove through after a good snow fall. I probably do things a little different than most people, it is all part of the inherent quirk, I think. Location was more important to me than finding the dream house. I picked the neighborhoods first, then checked out the affordable housing available. This poor housing market has really been a boon for me, since there has been so much to choose from in my price-range. 
But I won't really feel like it is happening for real until I actually have those keys in my hand, but there it is. I am prepared to move at the end of June regardless, hence the packing- I don't like to leave things for the last minute. 
I also didn't want to tempt karma so I have put aside any practical joking business until the deal was sealed. 

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