Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hot Water Sweetie!

I'm starting to feel like a human being again. My throat is super sore after being torn apart by this cough, and my stomach and abs are sore from the constant tensing of the muscles while I cough, but my fever has gone and I am regaining coherence.

And my sweetie bought be a hot water bottle to make me feel better, and it's been awesome. On my back, on my tummy, on my shoulders. This thing is awesome. And my Love is awesome for obtaining it for me!

Folks, on of the cheapest ways to make your partner happy: buy them a 6$ water bottle. :-)

<3
Wooden Bird

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cough Cough Cough, While I Write This Post

I have been so sick in the last while; it sucks.

I was sick just after Reading Week, and just as I was starting to get better, I got this chest-cold thing tht my roommate had. So now I spend all my time coughing my lungs out and listening to my chest rattle away. It's the kind of cough that won't shake loose any of the fluids, either, but I can tell they're there. It's making me pretty miserable.

But, on the bright side, we finished watching Season 1 of Stargate: Atlantic last night. I love that show, and I haven't watched it in ages. It's so campy and fun, though. And everyone's so cute and pretty on it. Lots of eye candy! In the next couple days, we'll probably finish Season 2 of Buffy, as well, so I'm looking forward to that! My Sweetie hasn't seen either of these shows before, so it's fun to expose him to my geekery, haha.

I'm working on a purpley spinning project that I'm trying to come up with a name for... Grape? Vino? Purple-Durple? I'm attempting a sort of fractal thing with it. Since it wasn't one large strip of fibre with a dyed repeat, I'm forcing a repeat into it. I recieved it as a bag with three colours of fiber in it, in 1 ounce lumps. So, I divided each lump more or less equally in half (I have no scale), and set them apart from each other for each ply. For the one ply, I tore each colour into two strips, so I'd have two longish repeats of dark purple, fuschia, pinkish. For the other ply, I separated them into four strips, so I'd have twice as many repeats of the same sequence. I'm hoping this will have a fractal effect, but as I've never tried fractal spinning before, I'm not sure how it will go! Pictures when I have them!

Now I need to write a presentation that I have to cough through later today. Bleh.

<3
Wooden Bird

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Best Night (If a Short Night) and Milk Woes

So, last September, one of my two closest friends in the world (my Sweetie notwithstanding) moved to England, for the fun of it. I actually didn't get a chance to see her either, before she left. My Love and I had been in Ontario for two weeks at the end of August/beginning of September, so I hadn't seen her since mid-August.

She got back to Canada last week, and last night was the first time I've seen her in six months! There was a lot of crying. We were planning to go out dancing, but my Sweetie and and I called it an early night - I have almost no money, he wasn't feeling well, I had to work today and didn't want to be super tired and hungover, and I have a lot of homework (that I'm not doing, oops), so it was probably for the best.

But it was awesome to see her! I missed her so much. A lot of the time, it feels like we share a brain, and while she was gone, our group of friends was all really busy and nobody's schedules worked out ever, so I didn't spend a lot of time with any of my other friends. So it's kind of been a lonely 6 months. So it was awesome to see her and spend the time with her and I missed her so much. Which I already said, but it really can't be emphasized enough.

We also got a chance to meet for the first time our friend's boyfriend - who turns out to be in one of my classes! So now I can put a face to the anecdotes he gives in class about him and his girlfriend - because his girlfriend has been a friend of mine since second year, go figure.

School is over in a few weeks, and I have a tonne of work to do in the meantime, and I need to get my ass in gear about it, but then it will be done and I can relax. I just need to get a fire lit under my butt and get shit done, and that's the hard part. I redid my calendar with adjusted due dates and timelines, and it actually doesn't look as scary as it did before, so, that's good! But it means I run the risk of not doing the work I need to do. Of course.

In the next week, I have a presentation, a comparative book review, and a critical analysis of a social theory all due, two on the same day. I also work today and tomorrow, so I have to get the stuff done when I can.

I also need to buy milk, because apparently, we went thorugh a 4 litre jug of milk in three days. WTF? When my Love and I get our own place, it's going to be weird to adjust to the extended period of time that things like milk and cheese last us. Milk and cheese are kind of communal foods in our apartment. There are six of us, and it would be ridiculous for there to be four or five jugs of milk in the fridge, so we generally just accept that somebody will buy it when it's out, and sometimes it's you and sometimes it's me, and in the end it all works out, more or less. But yeah, when it's just him and me, it's going to be weird to have a jug of milk last two weeks. I should make a note to buy the jugs with the longest due date, at least until we get a feel for how much milk we actually use - which I don't think is a whole lot. He's the only one who drinks it as a beverage, usually (unless there are cookies involved, then I'll join in) and he only does that once in a while, when he gets a real craving for it. And we don't eat cold cereal. We splash a little milk in our oatmeal to moisten it and cool it a bit. Coffee is pretty much what we use it for. It will be interesting to see, anyway.

Anyway, this is probably not a very interesting post for most people, so I'll stop rambling about milk...

<3
Wooden Bird

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My First Etsy Listing

So, for the past little while, I've been trying to get an Etsy shop together. I want to sell my handspun and small handknits through it, in an attempt to at the very least, support my fibre habit. If I can manage to pay a phone bill with it, too, that would be lovely, hah.

Anyway, I have a few hats ready to go up; I just need to photograph them nicely. A friend of mine offered to model them for me, but it's a matter of finding time we both have for that. I'm thinking of getting a mannequin head to help with that, as well.

But in the meantime, I took that yarn I mentioned in my last post, and listed it. I looked around Etsy for a while, taking stock of what other people were listing their handspun for, and I tried to price it at what seemed reasonable, and what I might consider paying for handspun yarn, were I in a financial setting that I could afford such luxuries.

So, we'll see where that takes me! It would be nice to sell it - I would feel really proud of myself. I'd like to eventually be able to spin and sell yarn regularly, as a supplementary income source. My boyfriend and I have talked about it, and he thinks it would be smart for me to eventually get a wheel to spin with, so I could be more productive, if I want to spin for income. He's such an enabler, haha. I love him for it, too.

In any case, you can see it here, if you'd like to take a peek. :-)

<3
Wooden Bird

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spinning Accomplishments!

I finally jumped the hurdle of park-and-draft in my spindling! I'm quite excited. I've been hesitating about moving past it for a while now, mostly because I had finally started to get even, thin singles, and I didn't want to go back to unneven and slubby ones.

However, I told myself, "Just fuck it. Do it." And I did! And yes, it was a little unneven and slubby...

But holy cow, Speed! I can spin so much faster without park-and-draft. Which means I can spin more often/get more practice/get back to even singles!

This week, I spun 130-or-so yards of wool fibre that was gifted to me for Christmas. 130 yards! That's a tonne, for me! That's the most I've ever spun. I did the bulk of it yesterday, while playing Dungeons and Dragons. I'm not sure of the exact breed, but I was told the fibre came from Lismore Sheep Farm, which is a local farm I've bought yarn from before. They say they have multiple breeds in their flock, so I have no idea what it is. It's soft and bouncy, though.

I also discovered in this fibre batch what people mean when they say they prefer spinning undyed fibre because it seems coarse. I've only spun either merino or dyed mystery wool before, and so I assumed that the other wool had been coarser than the merino. But this stuff I just spun was in three chunks - undyed, peach, and orange. The undyed sections were so much softer and fluffier and smoother to spin than the dyed sections. Interesting.

I will post pictures soon, but I currently have to write a short report that is due in an hour and a half!

<3
Wooden Bird

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Movies and Spinning

We watched a couple of movies tonight:

Blade Runner, which I hadn't seen before. I read the book it was based on (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) for my science fiction class last term, and it was really good. The movie is hilarious. Seriously. It is soooo cheesy. My love was saying he didn't remember it being that dated and campy, but he also watched it ten years ago, when it was less so. It was good though! Campy, but good!

The other movie we watched was called The Boys From Brazil, which is about a Nazi doctor who clones 94 little Hitlers. It was... kind of bizarre. I'm not really sure what else to say about it. Worth the watch, but kind of weird.

I did some spinning while I was at it! Some pretty blue merino that I bought last term. It's so squishy and awesome.
I spun this while watching The Boys From Brazil

I also spun up a mini-skein of about 18 yards yesterday. I had a couple of toilet paper tubes of singles that I had spun up seperately from the same merino above. It's so cute! This is is:

Awwww, such a cute little skein!
It's so nice to do some spinning again! Yay!

<3
Wooden Bird

Focussss

I'm having a really hard time staying focussed this term... especially right now. I have a 5 page assignment due tomorrow, a five page paper due Tuesday, and a presentation due Tuesday. I'm finding it very difficult to get any work done, though. I don't know what is up with me.

It doesn't help that I'm sick right now, but I'm also just... done. I am so done with this term, I am ready for it to be over. Problem is, there's still a month left. How terrifying. Ugh.

I just want to go sleep for a while.

In happier news, though, I finished some knitting, and got some pictures. These are for my family. We're kind of estranged, but it would be weird to not make things for them. These were supposed to be for Christmas, but they're kind of late.

These are for my youngest brother, who loves video games

For my other brother, who loves dragons. It doesn't stand up on its own, unfortunately

For my mom. It's so warm and soft. Disregard the blue fleece bathrobe.



<3
Wooden Bird

Friday, March 4, 2011

Oh, hey, look,, I got paid!

The situation at the A/V got ridiculous and then slightly less ridiculous. When everyone got their cheques cut for them, I still didn't get paid. No cheque for me!

"Wtf?" I thought. "How is that possible?"

So I sent my boss an e-mail explaining to her that me not getting paid at the end of the month was the perfect way to get me to starve (lack of grocery money) and to kill my credit score (guess whose phone bill doesn't get paid?). I was a little more diplomatic than that, but only in phrasing. I did use those two examples.

Anyway, it turns out when she was collecting the hours sheets, she just never got mine, and didn't think anything of it. Her excuse is that sometimes people miss shifts or don't fill in their hours - uh... if that's happening, shouldn't you be contacting them? So, she didn't think anything of the fact that she had no hours sheet for me, despite the fact that I faithfully fill that thing in every shift, because I can't afford to work for free.

So anyway. She sort of solved the problem. I have money and her ass is off the line, but it's a silly solution. I won't go into it too much, I don't really care at this point.

So, the moral of the story is, don't let your boss push you around. If something seems off, bring it up and demand that it be rectified. There's no reason to ever let someone lead you by the nose, especially when you've been doing your job properly.

Bleh.

<3
Wooden Bird

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Long Day. Long long long.

Man.

I am beat.

BEAT.

I tell you!

Yeah. I had my first training session at Sobeys today. This job is going to be a breeze once I get the hang of the cash register, which won't take long, I'm sure.

I have another training shift on Thursday evening, an orientation/paperwork shift on Saturday, and then another training shift next Tuesday. Not bad hours for not doing any real work, considering I get paid for all that time.

In other news, apparently the paycheque fiasco in the A/V department from last Friday is not resolved - for me, anyway. For some reason, I'm pretty much the only person who DIDN'T get cut a cheque to make up for the missing paycheque on Friday. Wtf? Not impressed. I'm going to talk to my manager tomorrow, and figure out what the deal is.

Because, really. This is stupid. I'm living on a student budget. I don't have some magical store of money I can use to pay my bills with when my manager screws up and I don't get paid. So, I take a hit to my credit score because my phone bill payment is late, and I get to skimp on groceries and eat poorly, all because my manager forgot to send payroll my hours.

Yeah... I don't think so. I know Nova Scotia has shitty labour laws to begin with, but they honestly can't get away with this. And if they're going to put up a stink about it, I'm not going to stick around. 3.5 hours a week is not enough to buy my loyalty.

Far from it.

So not impressed.

>:-(
Wooden Bird