Archive | January, 2008

An Uncreative Title

31 Jan

I am back from the dead.  Or near dead I should rather say.  A few things have happened since I last posted.

#1)  James, Gina and I decided to take a small trip of some-sort over MLK weekend.  (Actually, it was my idea.  I think I’m desperate anxious to make the most of the weeks I have left here.)  The plan originally was to go snowboarding, but that kind of fell through.  After some discussion, the San Diego Zoo became our new destination with an evening in downtown SD thrown in for good measure.  James managed to get only 1 hour sleep after a longnight of poker.  So he spent most of the rest of the day trying to stay awake.  It was a fun trip to the zoo.  Not quite what I was expecting.  I think Gina summed it up well. “It was fun, but not as magical a place as it was when I was a kid.”  (or something similar, don’t remember the exact wording)  We ended up having dinner at the Blue Ginger in the Gas-lamp District.  Gina had originally chosen 2 seafood restaurants from Yelp reviews.  Oddly, one was closed for renovations and the other wasn’t built yet.  Talk about bad luck~  O.o  If you like hoisin sauce a lot and salty food then you’d like Blue Ginger.  If not, stay the hell away.

#2)  I guess that spending the day out in the chilly air really did me in.  I woke up on Monday morning totally incapacitated by a severe cold.  I pretty much slept the rest of the day and called in sick on Tuesday.  I had to drag my uber sick butt out of bed and go to work on Wed. b/c we had a meeting that I had to attend in the morning.  That evil mtg started at 9am and ended at 12:30pm  >_<  Everyone commented on how horribly sick I seemed… [sarcasm] yet strangely no one suggested I go home and rest.  hrm…. [/sarcasm]  I spent the rest of last week just trying to function.  It was the oddest cold.  I’m used to being ill and then just having an annoying cough/runny nose/sore throat for a few days.  This time around the cold was one of those “suck the life force out of you” types.  Only now two weeks after coming down with the cold do I have enough energy to work through the day and sit at the computer at home.

#3)  I’m giving my resignation notice at work tomorrow.  It would take a very long post solely dedicated to the subject to even start talking about the nonsense that goes on.  Suffice to say for now that they basically screwed me over at the end of the day yesterday and tried to disguise it as a department reorganization.  Nice eh?  Little do they know that their evil plans do not affect me.  Although I have to say if I wasn’t relocating, this would have the deciding factor for me to leave.  Anger/outrage aside, in the process of said reorg. they set themselves up for an even bigger problem once I leave.  I shouldn’t gloat/enjoy others difficulties… but this is just Oh~ So~ Sweet~   I am rather apprehensive about actually going through the resignation process with the manager.  It’s one thing to gloat about it, it’s another to get through the ordeal that I know will happen tomorrow.  Oh it will be ugly… :\    I hope it isn’t as bad as I think it might be.  Well~ 3 more weeks kiddies and I will never have to deal with that place and those people again.

San Diego Zoo Pics:

Waiting for the tram tour to start

Cute goat @ petting zoo

Bebeh Goat

Hungry Peacock

Knitting Progress

24 Jan



OneRowScarf

Originally uploaded by Kissmyapple

I thought that I would share how my knitting project was going. I love it! The color is slightly more green than in real life. The yarn has more of a blue tone to it. The pattern is easy and this is a satisfying project so far. My only gripe is that I’m using 14″ needles and they’re a bit too long to comfortably knit while commuting. I keep feeling like I’m going to accidentally poke someone with them. Also, please excuse the random mess on my desk at the moment.

Weird

22 Jan

I’ve been spending the day rediscovering the awesomeness that is Wil Wheaton.  While doing so came across this:

I really just don’t know how to react, it’s kind of weird, cool & very nerdy all at once.

Commuting Delays

17 Jan

I was over an hour late to work today!  Why do you ask?  Well kiddos this is why:

Metrolink train collides with bigrig

To add to my commuting mess today… inexplicably the train to go home was 30 min late in arriving to pick us up.   On the bright side, I got to work on my scarf while I was waiting.  Work in progress pics soon to come!

Quick Knit Update

13 Jan

I’ve managed to get somewhat comfortable with both the knit and purl stitches.  YAY~  Looks like the key was switching the needles I was using.  I’m going to try a scarf for my first knitting project.  The pattern is the One Row Handspun Scarf by Yarnharlot.  You can take a look at the free pattern here.

Starting Over…

12 Jan

Well I know I haven’t really written about it yet, but I’ve taken up crocheting as a hobby.  I’d say that I qualify as an intermediate crocheter.  After having watched a friend/co-worker of mine knit up a really beautiful yet simple scarf up, I was inspired!

Last night I spent most of the evening attempting to teach myself knitting in the continental style.  The key word here being attempting…  >_<;;  The more common style is english knitting.  I learned this way once ages ago as a little girl.  The is much debate about which style is ‘better.’  Either way, continental style is faster and requires less movement, also generally you hold the yarn in your left hand.  Since I am a beginner I have all options available to me.  It does seem easier for me to keep my yarn tension more consistent with continental as I am used to doing this with my crocheting.  Armed with some spare stash yarn and size 8 aluminum needles, I managed to master the knit stitch.  (I’m not even going to go into the finger gymnastics required to accomplish a purl stitch in the continental style.)  I was rather frustrated at how my stitches kept on slipping off the tips of the needles.  After some research on the Ravelry web boards, it was suggested that metal knitting needles were not suggested for beginners because of the slippage.  doh~

Thus re-energized, today I visited my LYS (Local Yarn Store, for you non knitter/crocheters out there) for some advice.  They heartily agreed with me that metal is not the way to go for beginners.  They also steered me away from the Plymouth Dreambaby DK yarn that I was eyeballing and suggested that worsted weight is better for your first project.  The reasoning here being that the main purpose was to work on the technique and thinner yarns might make that more difficult.  I ended up settling on 2 skeins of Plymouth Encore Colorspun in a grey/green colorway.  I also picked up some Brittany knitting needles in size 10 on sale for $5.60!  This was my first visit to Unraveled, and the ladies were super nice and helpful.  No anti-crochet sentiments what so ever.  I was encouraged to drop by the free knitting classes for demos on how to do the continental style purling.  I’m told there are 3 different ways!  O.o  I guess I will cross that bridge when I come to it. 

Wish me luck!

Construction…

8 Jan

Spending my evening transfering posts from my old blog’s archives…. tedious~  Looks like I’ve lost all my old comments.  :\

I will try and refrain from b*tching complaining about how sucky work was today.  I’m sure it’s getting annoying to read about. 

Honestly, I’m not really as much of a negative person as I seem to be.  *sigh*