Sunday, June 29, 2008

I've Been Tagged

My poor downstream pal for the Spring Fling Coffee Swap tagged me with a meme. I'm referring to her a my "poor" pal because thanks to the not-so-excellent postal service between here and there, she is STILL waiting on her package! It is insured. It does have a tracking number. Since we are now at the outside of the range they gave me for delivery, I am going to visit my friends at the post office tomorrow... Here goes with the meme.

"The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer."
1) What was I doing 10 years ago?:
10 years ago I was living in the same house that I live in now, and working at the same office! Haven't gone far have I? I know that we would have been renovating, because we did that for many summers, but I can't keep all of the details straight so I'm not sure exactly which reno we were in the midst of.
2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?:
Mr. Me has taken the boys to Halifax to spend two weeks with Nana, so I'm alone again today. Days like this I try not to have "to do" lists, but let's see what I will likely do...
Maybe some laundry
Maybe some sewing
Knit some more!
(Yes - it sounds lazy. If it wasn't raining, I might have gone for a walk, but it has been pouring here today!)
3) Snacks I enjoy:
Potato chips
Ice Cream
Raw carrots
4)Things I would do if I was a billionaire
Finish the renovations to the house. 14 years and we're still not done!
Pay off all of my debt.
Pay off the debt of all of my friends and family.
Set up a philanthropic foundation.
Travel to all sorts of places that I haven't even thought about yet!
Have a yarn store that only stocked yarns that I liked because as a billionaire it doesn't matter if I turn a profit or not!
5)Places I have lived
Uxbridge, Ontario
Etobicoke, Ontario
Oakville, Ontario
London, Ontario
London, UK
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Toronto, Ontario
St. John's, Newfoundland
Chipman, New Brunswick
6) Jobs I have had
Counter help in a dry cleaners
Freelance knitter
Sales assistant
Computer knitting machine demonstrator
Knitting technologist
Assistant designer
Production Manager
Office Clerk
Business Manager
Payables Clerk
Account Manager
Development officer
Finance Manager
7)People I want to Know more about
Hmmm.... I've seen this on a number of blogs recently, so I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you you're reading this, and haven't done this meme before, please consider yourself tagged! Leave me a message so that I can pop over and have a read, okay?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Another Blogiversary and Another Contest!

The Knitting Wildflower and Days Go By share the same blogiversary, but one year apart. The Knitting Wildflower turned 1 yesterday! Why don't you head on over and enter her contest? Cheryl was my spoiler for the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap and a GREAT spoiler she was!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Best Wishes and a Contest

As if just to prove that life does go on without me (good thing my ego isn't too sensitive), as I was doing some catch up blog reading, I discovered that today is Nancy's 2nd Blogiversary! Go on over and wish her a happy blogiversary. Your comment will get you an entry in her contest and if you tell her I sent you, I'll get an extra one... 'kay?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

WWKIP Day - The Recap

I know that this is a little bit late, but better late than never, right?
BIG FUN was had at WWKIP day in Fredericton! Eight of us took a ride on the city bus and did a little bit of knitting and chatting during the ride. Granted we seemed to scare one young man, but for us that was just part of the fun! (He tried to shrink as far as possible into his seat and turned up his music very loud... It's not easy being surrounded by scary women with pointed sticks and string apparently.) Then we sat around and knit in the gorgeous sunshine, and since there was a sale going on, I was kind enough to relieve Trish of some of her inventory. Aren't I selfless? (I haven't taken photos of it but I bought enough for 5 pairs of socks, a sweater for me and a baby sweater. Just for good measure, I also bought a new pattern book from Patons...)
But perhaps the highlight of the event was that I won the scavenger hunt!!! I won a Needful Yarns kit to make the Sally Melville Classic Blouse pictured below.

How's that for a GREAT PRIZE?
Thanks to Trish, CanKNITian and the other organizers for putting on such a great event. In addition to the knitting, they also collected donations for the Community Kitchen which is a very worthy cause. Fortunately knitters tend to be generous and realize that not everyone is a lucky as we are.
I won't bore you with all of my photos, but here's a sample.

See? I Have Been Knitting!

So I feel like I have been very absent recently... I have been knitting, although I haven't been good about either blogging or keeping up with some of my favourite blogs, so if some of you find me commenting on old posts, it's just that I'm getting caught up, although I may just try to get caught up without commenting. Let's hope that I don't miss anything crucial in anyone's life! Since the kids are away for the next 3 WEEKS I hope to be around more over the next little while. I love my kids, but I appreciate them more after they haven't been around for a while.
Yesterday I went to a baby shower. It was for a second baby so I wasn't quite sure of what would be a good gift, but you can't go wrong with a handknit sweater can you? Last weekend during my LYS' WWKIP sale I bought a couple of balls of Marble to knit this very sweet top down cardigan. I started it last Saturday and it was good to go by Thursday evening. How's that for instant gratification? Since I don't have any babies around, I recruited Older Son's teddy bear, Big Bear, as a model. Didn't he do a fabulous job?

And after the baby shower, I meet up with some girlfriends for supper. This is something that almost never happens, so I thought that it was an excellent opportunity to bring out my SoTSii stole. This has been finished (and blocked) for ages, but I haven't had the chance to either wear or photograph it.
Big thanks to special guest photographer, Older Son.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My Toronto View

I finally uploaded the photos from my hotel room in Toronto.

It was a LONG way up! One of the interesting things about cities (in my opinion) is how modern buildings grow up around much older and smaller buildings. I didn't take a picture of it, but I was amazed at how small Massey Hall was when I walked by it! It always seemed so large inside, whether I was watching the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (blame my parents) or The Eurythmics.
In other travels, we went to Prince Edward Island in May... This was the only photo I took. It was too early in the season for anything to be open.
I love that I can still see his "baby face" when he is asleep.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

No Yarn

But I did get myself a fabulous new Simon Chang suit!!! One of my staff was a little shocked at the price, but it was on sale... It's a navy skirt suit. I'll wear it for years. I'm quite certain that it will be less than a dollar a wearing by the time that all is said and done...
Even though I didn't make it yarn shopping, big thanks go out to all of you would be enablers, but most especially Betseydoodle (hey - Betsey, leave me a link and I'll connect you) who left suggestions. They have been noted and we all know that any self respecting Canadian Federal Civil Servant should travel to Ottawa at least occassionally, right?
And speaking of yarn, what's everyone doing for World Wide Knit in Public Day? June 14th if it isn't on your calendar. My LYS is having a Scavenger Hunt! How fun is that? My knitting and I will be on a walking and driving tour over the next week or so, having our photos taken. For any out of towners, Freddy the Little Nude Dude isn't nearly as bad as he sounds...!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

If Its Tuesday...

...I must be in Ottawa! It took me a very long time to get here from Fredericton. I really don't think that a 9 hour trip door to door is reasonable, but that is what happens when you wait for half an hour for a cab that will take you on a 15 minute trip (max.) and miss your security clearance at the airport in Fredericton by literally moments. I'm not feeling too happy with my formerly favourite cab company....
So here I am in our nation's capital. I have meetings tomorrow morning, but hopefully will have some time free tomorrow afternoon to go exploring (read: find LYS!)
Wish me luck?!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Welcome to June

Hopefully it won't be the same blur as May, but at this point I am not hopeful.
June 1st - The whole family tears out the door (late) to church. Mr. Me thinks that he is reading... We get there late and upon reading the bulletin discover that he is wrong. My thought: "For this I got out of my nice comfy jammies?"
On the way to church, Older Son had commented that I would get some alone time yesterday afternoon. Why? Well, our boat is supposed to launch this coming Thursday and after last summer out of the water due to the leak problems of 2006, there is work to be done. The kids had decided that they would go and help Dad. My thought upon this revelation: "Score! Yay ME!!!"
After an hour or so in Sunday school, they had changed their minds. My thought: "Sigh... Poor me..." But it got worse. Mr. Me started talking about everything that he needed to do on the boat. About how he needed another adult... Since I am a good wife, I selflessly asked "Do you need me to come?"
Yes, I spent yesterday afternoon at the boat yard... We had a repair done last season, but too late to launch, so hopefully the leak is fixed. Unfortunately the fact that the boat contained 21.5 buckets of water yesterday does not give me much comfort... The fact that she can hold water in doesn't mean that she can hold it out, which is, quite frankly, more important.
How did a boat on dry land, and that was dry inside last Fall and completely covered get that much water in it? I don't know, but if one of you does, PLEASE TELL ME so that we won't do it again next year! Okay?