August 13th, 2006

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Law of Averages

So this week has had high points, low points, and weird points but very few average, normal points. Basically it equaled stress and me being silent on-line.

The lowest point came yesterday afternoon regarding my nephew and still upsets me to think about it, so right now my coping mechanism is to not to. However, it came on the heels of a week of melodrama which only highlighted the drama of his situation. Right now his mother is barely coping and I'm trying to hide my frustration with the mess so that I can be there for her.

The weirdest point was Friday afternoon. I met Sa's family for dinner at Bennett's. I was sitting on the patio with Sa's parents and her sons and we were waiting for Sa and her sister when all of sudden a lot of police cars show up at the building next door. Ten *very heavily* armed cops go in the building. A while later about six of the ones who had went in came out with a well dressed guy in handcuffs. The other four came out a few moments later. While everyone (there were about 50 people on the patio, there were a couple of large parties plus a couple tables of 7 or 8) was talking and wondering about that, a jeep comes flying (erratically) through the parking lot and the police surround it. Sa's dad took the boys inside so they wouldn't see this. The guy driving the jeep backs it wildly into a spot, nearly hitting a tree in the process and finally surrenders. The police carefully examined the jeep and arrested the guy. That was about half an hour's worth of entertainment of the very odd sort. I found out later that the guy was a disgruntled employee at a publishing company and threatened to go postal and gun was recovered from the jeep. I never did figure out what the story was with the first guy they brought out, though.

The high points of this week have to be receiving my midterm back and seeing that I got 265/250 (got the extra credit, but missed five points elsewhere); figuring out the solution to a fairly complex problem at work; and Saturday morning. Saturday morning yield a small knit group meeting where I had fun, but also score some very pretty, red laceweight yarn. I not exactly sure what to do with it yet - but I know that it won't involved hearts of any type. After knit group I went to a small independent game shop nearby (thanks for the quarters, Anti) and finally found a couple decks of No-Revoke Bridge cards. I've been looking for some of these for about a year now. My mother and I tend to mix up suits in the heat of game when my family plays pinochle. So I've wanted a nice looking deck (not lo-vision deck) of cards that had suits of four different colors. The suits are red, orange, green and blue and the red and orange are a bit closer than I'd like, but they will definitely work. The store will order me two more decks so that I can complete my pinochle deck, but I'm so happy to have found them at last. Finding that only took 15 minutes and I'd put 30 on the meter, so I went into the toy store and found a really cute stuffed dragon that also came home with me.

Right now I should be doing homework, but my mind is still reeling with the events of the past week and my concentration is shot. I'm alternately working on my project, reading a book, reading a short story online, knitting on one of the turtle parts, knitting on my sock and knitting on an experiment - spending about 10 to 15 on each. Pictures later. It's time to get back to something more serious.
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Some color for the page

I'ven't put up many pictures recently and this page needs a little color.

This is what I've been working on while my concentration has been completely shot. I have a final tomorrow night (wish me luck) and a project due the night after that, so I hope my concentration returns.

The sock had grown some more. I don't think I'll be able to match what I've done when I do the second sock. I've been increasing and decreasing with some randomness, but the result is that the sock toe/foot that I have so far works really well for my left foot. So I'll just size the other other sock for my right foot.

This is the experiment I mentioned in the last post. This is some Crazy Monkey Creations yarn that I got from Christy a few months ago. It is a licorice twist yarn in red, orange, and yellow. I only have one skein of it. I am playing around with this shawl. It's a fairly simple pattern (which is good, as the pattern is riddled with errors). I don't think I have enough yarn for an entire shawl in this pattern, so what I might do is take coordinating yarn (I have some sock yarn from Christy dyed at the same time and same colors, but not licorice twist), and do a large border at the wide end of the shawl. Listing this as an experiment, as I'm not sure how it'll turn out or if I'll like it. This is actually nice relaxing knitting. Enough variation in the stitches to make me keep changing hand positions so my hands don't hurt later, while being a simple enough pattern to be nearly mindless.

And completely unrelated to knitting, here is the little dragon that I picked up as a mood upper. He's nice and colorful without being garish.

I haven't named him yet, so let me know your suggestions.

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