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Random Update

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Where did the week go? I’ve been extra busy with trying to release a product at work, studying, doctor appointments for me, and both vet and farrier appointments for the horses.

The good news/bad news is that one of my exams has been rescheduled. Now I have 3 exams within 1.5 weeks. All in the same class. Right now we are doing an introduction to biochemistry. Once I get through this it will be Spring Break and then I’ll start Human Anatomy & Physiology.

Homework

The brown socks are still moving along nicely though most of this progress was made last weekend.

Socks

I finished another Fun Fur scarf and decided that I should wash both of them. They’re on the blocking board now. I believe I’ve gotten the fun fur out of my system now.

Fun Fur Scarves

My checkups with my doctors went well. Minor adjustments were made to my vitamin and supplement routine. It now looks like this:

Supplements

I’m not going to identify them just in case someone down the road stumbles across my blog and thinks they should take the same thing. I will say 5 of them are Vitamin C and, hopefully, I’ll be able to get some of my Vitamin C from a powder that you mix with water. Last year I couldn’t tolerate the powder so we shall see.

And now, I’m off to the barn to see the horses!

Kind of a WIP Post

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since February 3rd!

I’ve been spending lots of time working with Zaina. She has settled in now and caught up on her rest. I say that because she is FULL OF IT. 😉 Just normal baby behavior.

I’ve been doing lots of homework. It’s organic chemistry if anyone’s wondering.

Homework

I’ve continued to eat healthy. Most days I have a huge salad for lunch with lots of veggies and 1-2 proteins. Some days it’s chicken, other days black beans or garbanzos. This dinner should be called “whatever veggies I had in the fridge” plus tempeh.

Food

Spinach with tomatoes, kalamata olives, yellow bell pepper, garbanzos, and my homemade cashew dressing.

Food

Spinach with red bell peppers, tomato, garbanzos, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Food

Romaine lettuce with tomato, onion, turkey burger, black beans, and guacamole for dressing. Yum!

Food

Then I had a minor surgery. So I spent a few days recovering from that. It will take another week or so before my energy level is back to normal.

My Mom got me a couple of things for my recovery and Valentine’s Day. I loved this issue of Knitscene so I was so excited that my Mom picked it up. The cover ‘chiton pullover’ by Melissa Wehrle, all of Debbie O’Neill’s patterns, and the ‘eternalism vest’ by Talitha Kuomi are all things that will end up in my future knitting queue.

Magazine

Magazine

Magazine

And this lovely skein of sock yarn. This is HandPaintedKnittingYarns.com Sock Superwash in colorway Lohengrin Light. My Mom suggested I make it into a Lacy Baktus, but I’m still considering a new pair of socks for me.

Magazine

Magazine

Finally, I do have one work-in-progress on the needles:

Socks

Snow Update

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Looks like about 4 inches on the patio table. It’s been falling all day, though a good portion of it has been little tiny flakes.

November Snow

I’m working from home today, but tomorrow I’ll have to go to campus for my chemistry exam. At some point this afternoon I also want to make the trek up to the boarding stable to check on Blondie and JJ.

It’s Not Even Thanksgiving…

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

and the ground is turning white. We’re not supposed to get much accumulation (considering this has been coming down since noon it really isn’t accumulating). As far as I’m concerned it can stop anytime!

November Snow

November Snow

WIP Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

It’s been over a month since my last WIP post. Very little has changed. Mostly I’ve been busy with schoolwork, but I have found a few moments to a few hours here and there (seriously like 2-3 hours per week, when 1-2 hours per day was my norm before) to knit.

The good news is I only have FIVE chemistry class sessions remaining. The bad news is we have THREE exams during that same time period. Phew! In psychology I am only required to take 1 more exam and I can do that anytime before December 8th. There are two other exams that I can take and I probably will since I am paying for the education, but if I don’t take them I still have enough points to get an A.

After that I have three weeks of Winter Break, though I will still be working.

1. Blue Flowered Table Runner – haven’t touched it. Needs to be finished by Christmas so it can be gifted.

2. Wakefield Scarf/Cowl (to become Icing) – haven’t touched it.

3. Waves of Grain – haven’t touched it.

4. Secret Gift Knitting #1 – DONE!

5. Secret Gift Knitting #1 – halfway done.

Green

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Green

Green

Green

Green

I’m still harvesting a few things from my garden. Kale, green onions, and peas ~ Cooked up for dinner with tofu, garlic, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and brown rice ~ Sunflower forest ~ My one and only pumpkin. Think it will be recognizable as a pumpking by Halloween?

Season of Change

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Not only was last week the beginning of Fall, but it was also the start of my college classes. I’m taking Inorganic Chemistry which meets in person, complete with lab…

College

…and Intro to Psychology which is all online. I expect both my blog posts and my knitting will slow down as I give over the time from those activities to studying.

College

It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since I graduated from WSU. It does seem like a long time ago, even so, I can’t help but compare how I left college knowing all my classmates (architecture only admitted 45 students for years 3-5) and being comfortable in that environment, knowing how everything worked. Getting started at the community college I’m back to square one with getting to know my classmates and figuring out this college’s processes.

I’m sure I’ll find a routine and it will get easier. Right now I’m asking myself whether it’s wise to take 2 courses while working full time and I’m trying to hastily adjust to the quarter system.

What I’ve Been Up To…

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

For the last week I’ve been on a Liver Detox Diet. I have 2 more weeks to go. The point is not to lose weight, it’s to let your liver get rid of toxins so you feel better. There are a lot of things I cannot eat: wheat, corn, beef, pork, sugar, caffeine, alcohol…I know there’s more, but those are the big ones. Are you wondering what I can eat? Most vegetables, most fruit, chicken, fish, and other grains.

Things I miss:
– ice cream
– soy sauce
– butter
– sugar (I’m eating fruit instead)

Here’s breakfast, dinner, and dessert from yesterday. Breakfast (after making 2 detox drinks first thing in the morning) is usually a smoothie of blended fruit and almond milk.

Liver Detox Food

Liver Detox Food

Dinner yesterday was salad with a sliced peach, green onion, and sunflower seeds. I made a little dressing with olive oil, water, 3 raspberries, and a bit of frozen apple juice concentrate. All together it wasn’t bad, but it could be improved.

Liver Detox Food

Dessert consisted of fresh raspberries and a strawberry with puffed brown rice cereal and a little bit of almond milk.

Liver Detox Food

Don’t worry that that’s all I ate yesterday! I also had a mid-morning snack of puffed rice cereal/almond milk. Lunch was quinoa with sauteed onion and celery, and chicken. Afternoon snack was celery with homemade almond nut butter. I was hoping to have lentil soup and bean soup this week until I realized legumes aren’t allowed in week 2. This afternoon I must go buy fish and some more veggies as my choices at home aren’t sounding that good right now!

Yesterday, Today

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Yesterday we had a typical Fall day. Rainy, wet, a bit of clearing. I spotted this doe jump out of the woods when the neighbors had a load of gravel dumped. When even the deer look wet and miserable you know it’s rained a lot:

Doe

And then there was our messy barn construction project:

Barn

This morning, SURPRISE, we have snow. It’s not going to stick around long as it’s nowhere near cold enough. As you can see in my photos it’s already a sloppy mess.

Snow

Snow

Snow

Week in Review

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Discovered weak spot in horse trailer ramp. Took ramp apart.

My Week

Horse trailer now looking like this until we do repairs. To be honest, I’m just glad I found the weak spot now because after we fix it I will have confidence the ramp is solid. And I went in to this purchase knowing full well at 12 years old this was a likely repair maintenance item we would be doing.

My Week

Then a kid backed into me in the parking lot as I was leaving work. I saw him coming, laid on the horn, he. . .well. . .as you can see the horn didn’t slow him down. It doesn’t look like much, but the first estimate was $2200 to repair. Our insurance will be paying because, can you guess? He has no insurance.

My Week

I came home to this. As you can see we have some work ahead of us. Truthfully, I probably won’t be doing much of it. That’s 15 tons of washed gravel and almost three hundred 60 pound blocks.

My Week

Finally it’s Friday. It was requested that I stop and buy lottery tickets. I did. You can always use more beer, and heck, with the week I had I figured donuts before dinner was justifiable. Or is that donuts FOR dinner?

My Week

Now I’m going to sit on the couch and knit!