05 February, 2016

What a klutz!

I always have my headphones on when I'm on the bus, or out walking to or from the bus, etc.  The headphones I have are not the Apple ones, but full headphones and the cord is super long.  It is always getting caught on things, especially seat armrests on the bus.  Last night as I was getting off the bus it caught on the armrest.  I didn't realize it until I got off the bus and people were pointing at me to let me know that I was dangling.  My phone was still on the bus!  The good news is that my bus terminates at the transit center so I was able to run across the street and get my phone back.  What an oblivious klutz though.

Tink and I had another quiet evening.  She always wants to head into bed at 8 o'clock.  That's her thing.  Sometimes I just put her in there and continue knitting but last night I went in with her and snuggled and read.  Then at 9 I headed up my new lavender eye pillow and relaxed.  I just love it!  The only thing I don't like is that it came with an eye shade but you can't put it on under the eye shade so it doesn't stay put when you roll over.  I am going to have to look for an answer to this problem.  Otherwise it is so relaxing and I swear I drop right off. 

I am working like blazes on the sleeves.  I would really like to get them done before Sunday so I could bring some easy stockinette work to the Super Bowl party.  If not I can bring socks since I am just doing 2x2 ribbing on those right now.  Perfect TV knitting as well.

The Thello site was working seamlessly yesterday and I got my first ticket canceled with only a 38 Euro penalty.  And I got our new tickets purchased.  Yahoo!  Now the waiting ....

04 February, 2016

Took a little break

Honestly, I just couldn't face another hour of computer frustration so I didn't even try the Thello site.  I think I am sufficiently rested to give it a try today.  If I can't get it to recognize my ticket number I'll send an email.  I don't know what else to do since Emma wasn't able to find another number for me to call and, as I said, the phone just says to cancel it on line.  I just don't want to be frustrated again but I HAVE to do it.

It was a busy day yesterday and I like that.  Noon knitting was fun and the afternoon flew by.  Tink and I are alone for a couple of nights so it was pretty quiet at home.  She got her two walkies, I got my food ready for today and my dinner ready, then we watched stupid TV and I knit on the sleeves.  This yarn is a joy to work with and has a lovely halo.  Tink was ready for bed at 8 but I managed to get her to stay up a little bit longer.  Then we went in and I read for a while and dropped off around 9 or so.  It is SO quiet when I'm alone there.  I slept like a rock, except for the time I woke myself up snoring, or snorting or something.  Maybe it was Tink. 

I do have another rather busy day - again, I am super happy about that because the day goes by so much quicker.  I have a 1 o'clock meeting and I did want to go to Trader Joe's.  I guess I'll go at 11 and take the bus rather than walk.  I have no idea how long this meeting is going to go and I'll need to eat my lunch before so I don't really have time for a super long walk.  Ah well.  Tomorrow.

03 February, 2016

No joy

First thing yesterday I called the Thello number but still didn't get a live person.  At the very end of the automatic thing I got an option to push O for operator, but the person who came on the line did not speak English any better than I speak French and maybe even worse.  I believe she was Italian.  She told me the Thello site was not working and I should go to the TrainItalia site but, oh by the way, that wasn't working either.  I asked Emma to see if she could find a live English person for me to call, but she did not have any luck.  Everywhere it says I must cancel on the web site and re-book.  I don't have a problem with that.  I understand I will lose some portion of the original reservation.  My problem is that the web site does not recognize my reservation number!!  Well, I will try the web site again this morning and if I can't get it to work, I'll send another email to them.  I did get a response saying I needed to use the web site ..... see the round and round?  I'd LOVE to use the web site if I could get it to work!!!

Yesterday was late meeting day so I ate my lunch at my desk and left at 2:30.  I stopped at the store for more eggs and got the quiche into the oven and that didn't leave me any time to walk Tinkerbell.  She had spent more than an hour outside in the front and the back, but she really really wanted to go out about half way through the meeting.  What luck.  But Ben got home around 6 and took her out, so she didn't have to suffer much.

I got a good hour in on the sleeves and today I will work on them some more at noon knitting.  Then I've got two evenings alone while Ben is in Portland and I can knit and knit and knit to my heart's content.

02 February, 2016

One down one to go

Well I was not 100% successful yesterday.  I tried doing my changing train reservations on line and that was a disaster.  The Thello site didn't even recognize my reservation number.  And the RailEurope was just as bad.  So I found a number for RailEurope and called them and got that portion handled - Paris to Beaune moved from the 30th to the 23rd.  And that guy was very very helpful but he couldn't change my Thello reservation for me.  Actually the Thello is not exchangeable so I have to cancel my original reservation and lose I don't know what at this point, and then re-book.  I called the office but they close at 7 pm their time, so I just missed them.  It's first on my list this morning.  And then I'm going to double and triple check all of my other reservations!!

All of my free time yesterday evening was spent knitting on the sleeves for the cardigan I started.  It's slow going - two sleeves at the same time so I'm not seeing a lot of progress.  I'm about half way through my initial increases - two stitches every five rows ten times.  That's really the way to go though because if a mistake is made, it's made on both of the sleeves.

It is so cold in the mornings, but it is getting almost up to 50 in the daytime.  I wanted snow.  I guess we're not going to get winter again this year.  Oh -- today is Groundhog Day so we'll surely find out.  If you believe it of course.  And since they do it on the east coast it really never has much to do with us.

Onward

01 February, 2016

Hubris or haste?

Sunday morning I rolled over and picked up my iPhone, blearily going through my phone messages and I see a message from my friend in France.  I had sent her a message Friday after I made all of my train reservations, telling her when we would be arriving in Beaune.  Alas .... she pointed out to me that I had the wrong date!  Now let me tell you a little something about how I organize a trip.  I have a spreadsheet and I meticulously check and re-check my dates and reservations.  However.  However after checking it seems that I not only reserved the wrong dates for that train but also the NIGHT TRAIN!  Oh my god.  The night train from Dijon to Milan which costs a fortune.  I have reserved the wrong date.  *sigh*  Well I just couldn't face it on Sunday plus I have all of my records here on my desktop so today after I get a couple of fires put out I've got to dig in and fix this mess. AND double check all of my other reservations.  I don't know what was wrong with me?  Where did I go wrong?  I didn't double check before I clicked the button is where I went wrong.  And why?  Because I am SO sure I'm doing it right.  I never make mistakes.  Hah!  I made a doozy this time and it could end up costing me quite a bit - money and pride.

It was a relatively quiet and relaxing weekend.  Saturday we went back to the outlet mall in North Bend so Ben could exchange his brief case/messenger bag and I had my little income tax refund I was keen on spending.  He got his bag and I?  I found a most beautiful and gorgeous and irresistible bag at the Coach store.  Not a made for the factory store bag, but one that came from the retail outlet.  50% off and I couldn't resist.  So I bought it.  Love love love.

The stole was finished Saturday night and I decided that I would start the lace front cardigan which is a free pattern from Cascade that Monika made last year.  I bought yarn specifically for it, although not the cotton blend but a cashmere blend.  Same weight but much more beautiful.  I wound the balls and cast on and started while the ProBowl was on yesterday.  I'm well into the sleeve increases.  I haven't made a garment in a long while so I'm quite excited about this.

And so the week begins.  Thirty-one weeks until I retire.

29 January, 2016

Eary meeting day again

Oh I am beginning to regard Fridays much like Mondays.  No "bonk" on the alarm - I just have to jump out of bed and hit the ground running.  This isn't usually much of a hardship -- in fact, much more of a hardship for Tinkerbell who doesn't like getting out in the cold and dark to do her business any earlier than she has to.  But when I have a night like last night when I can't sleep, then it's much much harder.  And I don't know why I couldn't sleep either.  I read in bed until I couldn't keep my eyes open and then when the light went off -- pop goes my eyes.  And I was reading a book, not on the iPad so we can't blame the computer screen.  Ah well, it is Friday so I can sleep in tomorrow.  Ahhhhh yesssss!

I did a lot of good work on the Artyarns project and in fact finished up the lighter of the two solid colored yarns.  Again, I hope to finish that up this weekend.  I am getting rather excited about making an actual garment again.  I still haven't decided if I'll do the lace front draped cardigan or something with the new Merino Cloud I bought.  I'm still looking for the right pattern.  It probably would be best to start the lace fronted cardigan just because I am more likely to wear a spring garment.  Decisions decisions

The rain continues.  Solid, nonstop, soggy.  And it's rather warm to boot.  Perhaps we'll be having an early spring and no winter again.  It was supposed to snow on the weekend but that chance has disappeared as the temperature rises.  It definitely is lighter and in about eight weeks we'll be turning the clocks again.  The year just zooms along.

And speaking of zooming, I got nearly all of my train reservations done yesterday.  Getting the night train reservation was the hardest.  Boy, you have to practically belong to a secret society to figure that one out.  You need to go directly to the Thell site and even then it wasn't a straightforward experience.  Regardless I got it done.  It's not cheap to get your own compartment but I just can't see sleeping in a room with strangers.  Not going to happen.  So Ben and I have our own sleeper compartment from Dijon to Milan.  Seven hours.  It'll be lovely.  We do have a rather fast connection to Monterosso.  We are scheduled to get in at 5:50 and the Monterosso train leaves at 6:05.  I am sure we can make it in 15 minutes if our train is on time.  If not, then we can catch the train at 8 o'clock.  I just don't want to reserve that one because I don't want to hang around Milan train station unless I am forced to do so.  We'll do our best to make the connection.  Oh thank goodness I have that trip to look forward to!

28 January, 2016

Who uses that yarn and for what?

Those oddball colorways.  Or even the pretty ones.  When they are knit up it is usually NOT a pleasing effect.  The single exception is Noro because there are long long runs of color and, usually, they compliment each other.  But some of the others ... well I should say most of the others .... just knit up looking homemade in the extreme.  I know that novice knitters love them, typically, because they're pretty.  More experienced knitters tend to keep to single colors.  It just came to mind because I always pull up the Wool Watcher Deal from Jimmy Beans Wool and the deal this morning is a Madelinetosh pashmina in a horrible colorway.  Yesterday however I bought 5 skeins of Artyarns Merino Cloud in a beautiful grey.  Sometimes you can find a good deal and sometimes you get these awful, ugly colorways.  So, what am I going to do with 1,000 and some yards of Merino Cloud?  I don't know but whatever it is, it will be soft and beautiful.

Last night I did more work on the Winter's Breath Wrap and I also got a good bit done at Noon Knitting.  It's quite easy and goes along quickly but I still have a good bit to do.  I want to finish it up this weekend.  It will be a good scarf to take with me to Europe in the spring.  I think it'll look nice with the pink coat I bought a couple of weekends ago.

Work has been pleasantly busy this week and now it's Thursday!  Woohoo!  Tomorrow I have an early meeting.  I've no plans for the weekend however.  Although we do have to take Ben's new computer bag back to the store so there's that.  And the ProBowl.  Hmmmm .... better start thinking of something.

27 January, 2016

Only one more thing to do

Well my friend in France got me all riled up and anxious for our trip this spring, so yesterday I got off my duff and got our accommodations for the rest of the trip.  I've got a place in the old city in Monterosso, a place in central Rome and a nice duplex in the Marais.  So today I've got to sort out the travel plans -- train from the airport (or Paris) to Beaune, a sleeper from Dijon to Milan and on to Monterosso, train from Monterosso to Rome and a flight from Rome to Paris.  I did some sleuthing a few months ago, so it shouldn't be too bad.  Then I can relax and daydream about the trip!  Unfortunately my friend Emma won't be able to meet up with us, but she's planning a trip in September to visit here, so that'll be nice.  I'll miss her but it's nice knowing we have September to look forward to.  And it's always so beautiful here at that time of the year.

I baked some zucchini muffins last night with golden flax meal.  I haven't eaten one yet.  I'm saving it for my breakfast.  It smells great though so I'm hoping the taste will be decent.

More work on the Artyarns shawl.  I brought it in with me today.  I should be able to finish that thing up this weekend and then get the camel Dunes stole done.  And then I'll work on the cardigan I think.  I'm feeling it.  Or I'm starting to feel it.

26 January, 2016

Down time

Yesterday was such a busy day at work.  Those days are few and far between, believe me.  But yesterday I turned around twice and it was time to go home!  Nice!  Plus it was sunny and not freezing, so it great to get outside.  The only downside was that I developed a headache and it would not go away.  It hung on and hung on.  It is to be expected, since I have gone off sugar cold turkey (along with a couple of other things).  Last night I woke up and it was, mercifully, gone.  This morning, back again but I took a couple of aspirin -- old fashioned, but it works for me -- and I'm feeling quite well at the moment.  Today is my early day, since I've got the late meeting, so if it comes back I can always have a lay down in the afternoon.

So it was a very dull evening.  I got my lunch ready for today, prepared dinner, cleaned up  .... all the while watching stupid TV in the background .... and at 8 o'clock settled in for a good read.  I was tired and the reading got me nice and relaxed and off I went.  Perhaps today won't be quite so dull!

I would like to finish up that Artyarns project and the other camel stole and actually knit a garment after that. I do have the yarn for the lace front cardigan, which I think would be something I could actually wear in Seattle in the springtime.  So .... I will put that in my brain to percolate.

25 January, 2016

How spoiled we have gotten

After the few years that the Seahawks have had such success, it's quite a let down not to be watching them in the final games.  I was very happy that the Broncos beat the Patriots.  Not so happy about the Panthers.  There is no denying that they are on fire.  But I just can't stand his personality.  Ah well.  There's always next year.

I got to sleep in Saturday and Sunday, which was glorious.  We went for cards on Saturday night and honest to goodness, I didn't win one single hand!  Not ONE!  Do you have any idea what a loooooong night that makes?  Oh it was torture.  Sunday it was sunny so Tink got a walk in the park.  She knows "park".  She goes nuts when I say lets go to the park and doesn't even fight much to get in the truck.  Cute. 

I did a little cooking, preparing meals for this week, while I was watching the Broncos win.  It was knitting time for the Arizona/Panthers game.  Thank goodness, because I sure didn't want to watch it.  Holy cow.  They ran over the Cardinals worse than the Seahawks.  Which makes me feel a little better about the whole thing.  I am rooting for the Broncos in the Super Bowl.  I wish we weren't going to a party because I don't really care.  Except it would be nice for Peyton to go out with a win.

I sure love the yarn in the Artyarns kit I'm knitting, but oh my goodness, every once in a while I go on a sneezing jag.  I must be a little allergic to the mohair.  It is SO gorgeous and SO light.  I have some purple - a lot of it - from a previous Luxe box.  Maybe I'll make a nice fancy lace shawl from it later on.

I got an email from from the people we're going to the gite with in April.  Details details .... they're all coming together.  I am getting very very excited.  This trip is what is going to get me through the next 13 weeks.


22 January, 2016

My second Friday

Because we had reservations for dinner last night, the entire day it felt like Friday.  Right up until the alarm went off this morning, that is.  Anyway it's Friday now.  Traffic was light this morning and it is pouring rain.  Pouring, dumping.  I really don't like driving in that kind of traffic. 

So the Seahawks are out of it, nevertheless there are a couple of pretty good football games on this weekend.  Other than that, a little housecleaning and some shopping and, since it's going to be ugly and wet, maybe some good long spells of knitting.  A movie or two?  Probably.  Other than that ... typical winter weekend.  It's going to be a long long three months.  But then France!  We are  planning a little weekend get away to Astoria, Oregon.  Probably not until late February though.


21 January, 2016

Two full days ...

Argh!  Day number 2 of full day retreats.  Yesterday I brought my socks to knit during the retreat and I've brought them along with me today as well.  I don't think there's going to be anything for me to do today but listen.  And gofer.  

I have been having a lot of fun with the Artyarns kit.  It's a quick knit.  And oh my goodness, the colors are extraordinary.  I will take pictures when I've finished.

So .... I am getting excited about my trip!  Three months.  Three months.  I have really got to get on this.  I need to get my accommodations for Monterrosso, Rome and Paris.  We'll stay in the gate until Thursday, that night we'll take the night train to Monterrosso and then have the weekend there, then on to Rome for a couple of days and end up in Paris for a couple of days.  Ah ... sounds good, doesn't it?

It's pouring rain.  Pouring.  I have got to stay away.  Stay awake ......

19 January, 2016

The end of the season

Oh dear .... the Seahawks lost to Carolina Sunday morning.  It was a terrible game in the first half - they got hit hard and fast and never pulled out of the dive.  In the second half it was a different story and we scored and they didn't but it wasn't enough.  So .... next year then.  The bad news is that there's no more football until August pre-season.  The good news is that by then I'll be that close to retirement.  In fact I think the first football game of the season is the weekend after I retire.  I'll have to check that out.  Oh, that makes me happy!

I had a pretty busy weekend.  Saturday I spent a few hours at the mall buying some new clothes - I hadn't had anything new since September.  I also got a couple of new bras and some totally cute new boots with fringe.  Oh, and a beautiful pink fake suede coat.  It's machine washable and SO beautiful!  I was going to get myself a new winter coat but I couldn't resist this.  I'll make due for this winter and get a new winter coat next year.

I made a quiche Saturday night for Sunday's breakfast and that was about it.  Then Sunday the game.  I knit for the entire time, it was so nerve wracking that I couldn't stand to watch it directly.  As I was preparing a side dish for dinner I was chopping onions, the knife slipped and I cut my middle finger badly.  Oh my goodness, it hurt like crazy!  The onion juice ... nasty.   It's still quite sore today but I don't think it's infected.

Yesterday I had the day off - MLK day - and I had a hair and nail appointment set for 11.  I couldn't get the nails done because of the cut finger, but I got my toes done and my hair.  Then it was gas up the truck, do the grocery shopping, have lunch and get some laundry going and, finally, wash Tinkerbell.  After that I had a good part of the afternoon left, so I wound up the Artyarns yarn and started the project from the latest Yarnbox.  It's a beautiful little scarf/wrap thingie.  I love love love the colors I got this time - beautiful teal-ish super soft deluxe silk and mohair.  I wondered if it was going to be strong enough to be wound, but it was.  I got a up to row thirty before I put it aside for a movie.

This is going to be a weird week.  Today nothing much on, tomorrow a full day seminar and Wednesday a full day mini-retreat for MBB.  It's going to drag on and on and on.

15 January, 2016

End of a non-sick week

Hooray!  I am feeling 100% finally and even dried my hair straight last night!  Now with the new meetings schedule I have an early morning meeting on Friday and Monday.  I got the 7:11 am bus and that gets me to work way before 8 so that I can be ready for the meeting. 

Oh this meeting .... on and on and on.  I think it's better than having this as 5 o'clock at night.  Then when 7 rolls around ..... gahhhh  At least now it'll be most of my morning gone which is , yay!

No knitting last night.  Just a lot of talking and a couple of stupid TV shows.  I wanted to stay up until 10 so I could have a good night and I did.  But now I'm so darned tired.

I'd like to get some knitting done this weekend.  I've got a big shopping trip on Saturday since I haven't had any new clothes since September.  But then it's football.  And football and more football.  Go Hawks!!