Ramblings of night

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Now Listening: Yo La Tengo: I Feel Like Going Home
Mood: *shrug*

So in a moment of insanity, I blocked Twitter and Facebook from the laptop. I can still get them on the tablet, but seeing that Facebook crashes it and it takes five minutes for Twitter to update tweets, I don’t think I will be on either any time soon.

Why did I do it? No idea. Just felt like getting away from it all.

At least I still have Tumblr. Hm.

Penelope is getting so BIG it isn’t funny. I really need to get her shots so I can get her out more often. She and I are tired of having her leashed up and unable to explore. She’s needing exercise also; she’s getting a bit too chubby. It could be the food, though. *sigh* I’ve been through so many to see what could work with her, and I found only one to work with – Alpo. Oddly, she can’t get enough of the brand.

I’ve been thinking of making a set of nested crochet bowls for my sister as a random gift. Little bowls for knickknacks and other things that might be used in a craft room. I think I have enough bulky yarn for it…

So a while back I got a gift certificate from the Bath&Body Works from my Moose Cousin in Chicago, and a couple of weeks ago, I finally got some.

Yummy scented lotions

It is official: I am in love with the Sparkling Limoncello scent. I smell so citrusy and spritely. [Gosh I sound so gay!] Right now, I am having the stress relief lotion on, like I do mostly every night. I feel relaxed when wearing it. So there’s another thing I’m falling in love with. 😄

Wheeeee!

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So I have been experimenting with crochet forms.

Yeah, I know it’s been a while since I actually updated this blog, so let us instead focus on the bizarre fact that I am, in fact, doing crochet. Or has been doing it before this.

New mystery hat pattern

Josh Ryks’ Rebel Hat, in the making. From the look of things, the construction is somewhat weird. I am reminded of Mrs. Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket with the weird shaping. But seeing it take shape is very interesting indeed.

But I am digressing from crochet.

Last Monday was my nephew Adrian’s birthday and in honor of the occasion, I took out some cotton worsted and a Size I hook [5.5mm], and I scoured Google for a crochet hat. A singular one to make in honor of a singular kid. And I found one: Moogly’s striped slouch hat. I showed it to him and he shrugged. “Okay,” was all he said because he’s that kind of kid.

Anyway I was not discouraged! I looked through the pattern and found it called for post stitches.

My eyebrows rose. ‘What the hell are they?’ I asked myself as I googled it. Found the info I was looking for and used it. And since the yarn was variegated, I didn’t need to worry myself with stripes.

So I worked through the pattern, and I noticed that the post stitches helped give the hat a standing effect when turned upside down. I put the idea aside and finished the hat.

My nephew, Adrien

Which looks quite spiffy on him, as you can tell. It suits him to the ground, and he loves it.

But as I was taken in at the standing effect the post stitches had and cast on for another hat. This time in a bowl form, and I was surprised at the way it turned out.

Crochet!

As you can see it’s already filled with stuff. A lot of stuff. Buttons, knitting doodads, flotsam and jetsam. Also buttons and pins, because I have way too much to show off.

But anyway, I thought that I could modify the thing a bit, so I took some bulky yarn and made a smaller one.

More crochet!

The said knitting doodads now have a holder! I am a bit pleased at myself. In fact, I might be making a set of these as a housewarming gift in the future.

Gym thoughts, during and aft

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1) Alrighty! Back day! Deadlifts galore!

2) …okay…what now? Three sets of five? Nao problemo! Wait, two plates on each side1?

3) *sees someone squatting with four plates and a quarter on each side* I’ll do that one day…

4) Wait, nickles on both sides? Okay, need chalk…

5) *after three sets of Romanian deadlifts* The prof’s2 being sadistic today, huh?

6) *after being told to do 4×10 weighted hyperextensions with a plate* …yeah he’s in a sadistic mood…

7) 4×15 of cable rows prof? Don’t…my grip hurts…

8) Yay, I’m done! Wait, need some arm work…

9) Headed out!

10) Yeah I’ll be back Wednesday. Wouldn’t miss it for the world…

1: Plates are 45lbs, quarters are 25, nickles and dimes respectively 5 and 10 lbs
2: I nicknamed my trainer “Professor” or “Prof” for short. Don’t think he minds.

Late night postings

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I used to do this. I used to type what I wanted to in the middle of the night. Or the earlier hours. I need to bring this back. This is for the readers who stay up in the graveyard shifts, those who are bored of the unchanging Facebook feed (Tumblr and Twitter has the wonderful thing of changing every other moment.)

So! First entry of the year. First January entry. What do I have to show for this? How about a new shawl pattern?

Ohm shawl III

Ohm Shawl, already on sale on Ravelry [link]. It’s a neat mosaic colorwork shawl, one I hope will make some heads turn. It was knit with Knitpicks Wool of the Andes on US10 needles, making this airy cloth with lots of drape. Already it is heading out as a late Christmas gift to an old friend of mine in Chicago.

While uploading photos, I was surprised on similar the first and last pic of the 364 Photo Challenge was. Here is the one in Jan. 1…

Coffee! #364photochallenge #firstphoto2016

…and the last one on Dec. 31.

*slurp*

I really need to cut down on my coffee intake. [Riiight]

Alright, off to bed.

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Now Listening: Steely Dan – Peg
Mood: Mr. Short Shrift

December is finally ending, and I can’t be happier. At least I have coffee.

The last Starbucks coffee of the year, a Reward at that. Yeah, a venti cafe with four additional espresso shots. A lot of caffine, but hell, it’s well deserved.

How are you people? Last I posted I wanted nothing to do with the holday season, and I must confess that idea flew out the window as mom pestered me to put the tree up. And the lights. And other holiday crap. I swear that when we are putting everything away I toss eveything out to prevent this happening again.

At least it is the end of the year – the penultimate day. I’m reminded of how things end, as usual, and therefore reminded of all of the lives ending this, most recently Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. I am not a pessimist, but something tells me things will get worse. *sigh*