Final Post of the Year

It’s the final day of the year. 2012 is going away and 2013 is looming large. I'd like to say there are grand plans for the new year, but honestly? I can't think of any.

I know Grilltech is planning to go to Game Storm at the end of March. We most likely go to Jackpot for my birthday in June. Might do Thanksgiving at Grilltech's mom's house.

I'm back to working on my blanket. I completed four more squares. Still have forever to go, before it's even close to being usable.

I wanted to a slide show of down the street for the past year, but since we host our own photo's I can't get them to work. So, instead I'll leave you with a graph of my car counts for the past year....

Yea, I know. I'm such a geek.

1000 Words

Down the street

My sweater is almost done. I only need to block it and sew on buttons

Close up of the buttons and soak

Christmas morning breakfast

Christmas dinner prime rib

Christmas slippers for family

Pair of slippers for for Perky's FIL

List Day

  • I counted two cars at the bar this morning
  • Yesterday was cookie making day, it looked like a cookie grenade went off in my living room
  • Hey Perky, did you see this?
  • There are no words (RAV)
  • It's pretty windy out there
  • T2 dropped his pad and shattered the glass, he'll be stopping by the repair place on the way home tonight
  • I really should know better than to read gushy stories while PMSing, I don't need to cry at work
  • The wind is really kicking up out there
  • You know, I hate babysitting adults. So don't make me have to nag you
  • Work day is over, now I get to go home and knit
  • I counted six cars at the bar Friday morning
  • I finished my Christmas knitting
  • I know, pictures or it doesn't count
  • The traffic around the mall was CRAZY
  • I've got to make a plain cheese cake and I don't want too
  • Uggy is making it known it is good food night, very loudly and vigorously

1000 Words

Down the street on a cold December day:

Hopefully only three more slippers to make: the blue's mate and a set of purple ones.

We got some know Saturday night, but it's pretty much melted off.

Grilltech bottled the mead. The bitter Queen and Vanilla Queen II

List Day

  • I counted four cars at the bar this morning
  • Gas at the top of the hill: $3.44. Gas across town at the same company: $3.47
  • I woke up sad it wasn't Friday
  • I want (two sets)
  • First day of cookies! It's going to be a long month of eating crap food
  • I walked 5.23 kilometers last night
  • Frag! Mac & Cheese down the front of my shirt (sigh)
  • This is crazy, we have 290 different phone templates. Of those we're only using 130. I'll be doing some house cleaning
  • I just wish the headache would go away
  • And that cats wouldn't sit on my desk while I'm here

1000 Words

Down the street on a warm December day:

My sweater is almost done:

A pair of fingerless mitts for Grilltech:

List Day

  • I counted two cars at the bar this morning
  • Perky and I went on the Zombies, run! last night, she enjoyed it
  • She has longer legs than I do, so I'm a bit sore today
  • I got a hair cut on Tuesday, it's now about collar length. Now my neck is cold
  • Got quite a shock today, Trish's husband now works with us. I haven't talked to him yet, because he's in training
  • Another poor night of sleep
  • I left my iPad at home
  • Might be working rich, didn't win the jackpot but might have won something
  • I picked up a pair of Bluetooth headphones. LOVE them!!
  • Continued from yesterday
  • I counted two cars at the bar this morning
  • We picked up a used dryer last night, six month warranty came with it!
  • I left my awesome new headphones at home today
  • It's windy and stormy out there, I really wish I was home to enjoy it


Sorry for the radio silence, I was honestly busy. Grilltech and I went to visit his family in Washington/Oregon over the holiday. We left Wednesday night after work, and got there about 2300. We both were so tired, we fell into bed and that was it.

Perky checked on the cats for us, they lied to her and kept telling her I hadn't fed them any good food. She didn't fall for it. When we got back, I had two cats who insisted on being next to me for a couple of days.

I turned off my computer before leaving just in case. When we got back it wouldn't boot up at all. So yesterday Grilltech stopped off at the recycle store and picked up a new power supply. System still won't boot. We think it's the motherboard. In the mean time, Grilltech hooked up an old system for me to use.

I took yesterday off, so I could relax before getting back into the swing of work and get laundry done. On the last load, our dryer died. GAH! I can live with an old computer, but I can't live without a dryer. So we'll be checking around for a replacement.

While in Washington, Grilltech and I met up with Roxie for a bit of knitting time. Well, knitting for me, internet time for him. It was nice to catch up in person. Overall, it's really amazing how much we know about each others lives and we've only met in person twice!

List Day

  • Only counted one car at the bar this morning
  • The sun was only in my eyes for about 10 minutes this morning before it moved behind the pillar
  • Winter is coming, I have a backyard full of leaves to prove it
  • Really? Dude. What do you want me to do about it? We've told you twice you've got the time off, bitching to me that it doesn't show up on your calendar does nothing but annoy me
  • Today I'm just hungry for something and nothing is curing the craving - ate half my lunch and a cupcake; it's not like I'm trying hard to find the crave
  • I started the toes on my socks and I've got four more inches to go on my sweater before I join the sleeves
  • This sweater looks very cute!
  • I think I can do the math to make it fit an adult
  • We're having spaghetti for dinner tonight
  • We ended up having burgers and onion rings instead. Yummy!
  • I'm tired, so bloody tired but if I went to bed, I wouldn't sleep

List Day

  • I counted six cars at the bar this morning
  • There was lightening on the western horizon during our drive
  • Why is it, when I do something there is always two people questioning why I did it
  • Best comment directed at me: I love how you give an answer without answering the question
  • Maybe I should be a politician
  • Grilltech gets his new phone today, which means I get my new-to-me phone
  • Oh man! I guess it's too late to book my trip to Australia
  • We're eating left overs for dinner.... Ribs, you'd better weep for me
  • I got my new phone!

1000 Words

Tonight I was supervised by a new cat:

My socks. Notice the nice bag I'm using? Perky got it for me.

I need to knit another seven inches, then I'm joining the sleeves.

Grilltech's armor.

List Day

  • I counted six cars at the bar this morning
  • Five more days of this election non-sense
  • Grilltech went shooting last Saturday, he's bruised from it
  • Yesterday was Grilltech and my 22nd anniversary
  • He had to work and I wasn't feeling well
  • And I really love being told why wasn't I told about these changes! My guess? The person who should have done it, failed. Thanks for playing
  • I must remember to move the dental floss to my bag tonight, it's sitting right there on the coffee table waiting
  • Movie suggestion: Samurai: Miyamato Musashi
  • It's amazing the number of people who requested off Thanksgiving and the day after - those are holiday's for us, people!
  • A funny for the pets
  • I must be feeling better, I didn't feel like punching him in the head until I was in the break room - two or three minutes after our chat

List Day

  • Counted two cars at the bar this morning
  • 12 more days until the election
  • Convert had her baby, a cute little boy
  • I need to remember to bring in my extra dental floss
  • It appears today I'm on the bitchy side
  • They're talking about the possibility of snow today
  • Looks like all the fog has burned off, now it's a bright grey out there
  • Spent most of the day training Wells, he's doing pretty good
  • Tomorrow is our area's potluck
  • I've had a couple of meeting at Gnomes' desk, I brought my knitting to both
  • Convert trained her Lackey, and today he’s a bit nervous about doing stuff right
  • It's mostly cloudy out there now, with a bit of a breeze
  • I'm ready for the day to be over


The weather has turned. The past two days we've woken up to rain, which is lovely after a brutal summer. The sun comes up later and later, and nights are turning colder. Most of the trees have already turned. The one outside my window has turned yellowed and in the early mornings against the black, it looks like a ghost flitting around.

In all honestly, I'm kinda glad the temperatures have cooled. I'm now able to knit with wool and it's wonderful. I've joined the second ball on the body of my sweater. It's about two inches away from waist shaping, then back to full body.

GoJira has moved into the bedroom with us at night. Grilltech figures by Christmas she'll be on the bed. Right now, she's on the floor. Both Fran and Uggy aren't quite happy with this new change.

I've decided to the from the couch to 5K with a twist. Or I would be if my phone supported the application. (sigh) Now I'm waiting for Grilltech to get his new phone, so I can get mine.

I've been having twisted work dreams; not sure if it's stress or something else is going on. Today Gnome called me over to his desk and showed me an email about another job I had put in for; they wanted to know if I'm a hard worker and would be a good fit for his team. Gnome is a bit conflicted about that one, because he knows I'm happy. Bored, but happy.

List Day

  • I counted eight cars at the bar this morning
  • 19 more days until this election non-sense is over. Wait, better make that 25
  • Half day today, we're going to the dentist for teeth cleaning
  • Dental appointment went well. Grilltech went back before I did, but I was done before him
  • Lovely dark pink and black cloud color way this morning
  • It's pretty sad, when I can't remember today's date - I had been dealing with it all morning
  • One of Perky's favorite songs from high school just played
  • Grilltech ordered his new iPhone last night
  • Had to go yell at the other department lead to make him stop making extra work for me
  • Looks like we might get rain - can't wait
  • Good plan, don't complain to me about when your breaks are scheduled. You won't like my answer
  • Grilltech started building armor because I suggested something away from the computer
  • Sure hope I submitted those tickets right, otherwise I'll be hearing back from level 3 support
  • 25 minutes of my work day is left
  • Strange work/home mix dreams this morning
  • Making Wells do my prep work - he said it was more annoying than optimizing
  • Good heavens, stop being such a supervisor!

1000 Words

Down the street on a fall day:

Christmas presents, I have several more to do:

Sleeves for my sweater:

Another dishcloth:

T-shirts for me and Grilltech:

Guess what new hobby Grilltech has taken up:

Quick Check

Dear Self,

Next time make sure you have something in the cup before putting aspirin in your mouth. It was a long walk to the break room.



List Day

  • I counted five cars at the bar this morning
  • The plague has been going around work, I think I've got the lite version
  • When I see this sweater (Rav), all I can think of is Artemis
  • In the span of two minutes, we went from 8 calls to 37
  • Interesting, my second monitor had a yellowish tint for a couple of minutes
  • And the fighting has already begun
  • I'm training Wells (HG) to do my job
  • My color has whacked out again, that's annoying
  • The past couple of nights, I've been waking up about 0230. Which really sucks because the alarm goes off at 0415
  • I'm still finding beads from yesterday's tragic lanyard holder accident
  • First World Problem: I'm in the mood for a doughnut, but don't want to walk down stairs
  • Today is pool day at the gym, then karate in the evening
  • I have no plans for tonight's meal, any suggestions?
  • Fire drill today, I knew it was coming but it still startled me
  • I’m waiting for numbers to be able to complete a project, hopefully I’ll get them soon
  • Showed Wells and Captain Awesome the Evolution of Dance it wasn’t until about Cypress Hill they recognized any of the music
  • I feel so old now

Fun With

Ran the Tagxedo app on my blog. It seems I spent several years titling posts with the month and day.

Damn You....

...Steven Moffat. The last episode of Dr. Who had me crying. It was very well done and an excellent ending for the Ponds.

List Day

  • I counted three cars at the bar this morning
  • The weather turned a bit cooler three weeks ago and trees have decided it was time to start turning
  • Today it was downright chilly outside
  • It was weapons training on Tuesday night, my right arm and left index finger are bruised and sore still
  • I didn't get any knitting done last night, instead I'm powering through Towers of Midnight
  • Every time I rub my nose, my finger lets me know it doesn't like that motion
  • It's Sockober and I haven't worked on one sock so far this month : (
  • The fact you used to do my job doesn't give you the right to pitch a fit about me moving some of your agents around! Suck it up and deal with it
  • It's really hard to do two things at once while trying to train someone. So it's time to stop doing that on concentrate on what I want to say

Drive By

All week I've been coming up with good blog fodder, but haven't actually gotten around to posting. Heck, I haven't even written any of it down. By the time I get home, it's skipped my mind because I have more exciting things to do. You know: knit; watch the boyz; watch Prometheus; and karate. I'm back to karate after taking most of the summer off. I do remember most of the moves, but boy am I sore.

I've got another foot, foot and a half to go on my hood scarf. But it's sitting. My hands are stiff from working with those size threes. In order to combat the soreness, I've started a sweater for me on size nine.

List Day

  • Counted five cars at the bar this morning
  • There is so much smoke in the sky, our rising sun is pink - cooked salmon pink
  • My back is sore
  • I keep thinking today is Friday, it's really disappointing when I realize, it isn't
  • It's been chilly enough I've been wearing my fingerless mitts while working
  • Its so grey out there it looks like rain, the problem? That's smoke not clouds
  • I think I've mentioned that twice today
  • Upset the Convert, she went home in tears
  • Which also meant I had to have a conversation with the Gnome
  • Think I'm kidding about the air quality?
  • what part of delete all instances of the report, exit the program, go back in and re-run the reports, while holding down these two keys until you see the do-you-want-to-open-this-report translates into close the browser when the report comes up?
  • Tomorrow is the Equinox
  • Hopefully tonight I won't have to rip back cables... twice

1000 Words

It's been a busy weekend. I started and completed a hat.

Here is the back view.

Finished a washcloth.

The left side is the new scarf, the right the first one.

List Day

  • I counted six cars at the bar this morning
  • Every man needs a set of Tank Slippers (RAV), too bad I'm to lazy to do anything about it
  • However, I think I need this awesome dress (Rav)
  • Convert is bitching complaining speaking her mind about how slow our current Lackey is when doing work
  • We might be working rich today
  • Anxiety dreams about knitting last night
  • Nothing worse than being caught cat napping in the sun beam, when I should be working
  • QMS audit today, I'm totally going to pretend they don't exist when they're in our area
  • We're having Stroganoff for dinner

PMS Monday

Wow, it's Monday and I've got a case of I-want-to-beat-them-to-death PMS. I'm glad it hit this morning, because Grilltech doesn't deserve me being so bitchy. Today's target appears to be the Lackey. Since I don't have any direct interaction with him, it might save his life.

I've decided on the hood scarf to re-knit it. Yes, I know I was two-thirds of the way done. The second skein was very bright compared to the first one and I couldn't live with the differences. So I'm knitting two rows, then switching colors. There is some lovely pooling going on. I'll get a picture posted soon(tm).

We dog sat Havoc while Perky and Kommadant went to pick up his Mother in Nevada. I think Perky wanted to go gamble all weekend, but didn't want me to know. GoJira has been hiding in our bathroom cupboard, much to Uggy's dismay. This morning Jira stuck her head out while Uggy was in visiting me. There was much hissing on Uggy's part before she flounced out.

1000 Words

Warning, lots of pictures. Which is okay, because I'll make up for by not having a lot of text to read. =^.^=

Down the street:

What have I been working on?

Pitted, peeled and sliced two huge boxes of peaches. I'll be getting a peach mead soon(tm).

I finished a baby sweater. The classic baby surprise jacket.

Grilltech and I trimmed the hedge. It took us both two days to finish. What you can't see is the pile goes on for another fifteen feet.

I'm back to working on my hooded scarf. I'm on the down hill side of knitting it.

It hasn't all been work, I did take some time to go to a going-out-of-business sale. Picked up more sock yarn for Grilltech.

I'm not quite sure what I'll build with these. Socks? Mitts? A cowl?

Enough Cascade 220 for sweaters.

Fran yelling you spent HOW much?!

List Day

  • I counted three cars at the bar this morning
  • My headphones wasn't in their normal spot, after I borrowed a pair from Grilltech, I found mine in the bin
  • Oh yea, I'm supposed to be watching requests
  • It's going to be another smoky day. On the plus side, it's cooler
  • It's spelled f-o-r-e-c-a-s-t, not f-o-r-e-c-a-t-s
  • Day two of the nasty headache
  • Ugh! I've got the hiccups
  • I may have to stop waiting Fringe, and watch season four of True Blood
  • The Gnome has the weekend off, it's quiet over here
  • EMT's are on site
  • Grilltech said on-line friends and DVD shows aren't real social interaction
  • I think he's lying
  • Half day of work tomorrow

Bad Air

Yesterday was clear and windy.

Today? Not so much.

I broke a filling. I've gotta wait until Monday to get it fixed. It's going to be one of those weekends.

List Day

  • Yesterday, I counted eight cars at the bar
  • Today there was only two
  • Sometimes a movie is so bad, I can't find the right words to express my disgust loathing repulsion utter disdain for it
  • I had a procedure done last Wednesday, yesterday was truly the first day I'm feeling myself
  • Grilltech is going to be off drinking beer and bonding with other men at a BBQ competition this weekend
  • Two useful links for double knitting and double knit cast on
  • I hate it when the ice dam breaks and soda runs down my shirt
  • I refuse to feel bad for the decision I made. I did my due diligence, it was the right choice at the time. Next time, don't take a 30 minute break while I'm looking for a DM to answer my query
  • Three hours of my day left
  • Trying to decide what I want to do for dinner
  • I've picked up the dropped stitches and in theory I've figured out how to fix the hole in my sleeve. Now it's just a question of will the execution of thought process work correctly
  • I think it's time for a Doctor Who marathon
  • Maybe I'll start working on my table cloth
  • Maybe I should finish working on my hood scarf
  • Maybe I can make a necklace
  • While at the store, we found Once Upon a Time DVDs for sale. Grilltech snapped it up and was at the register purchasing it when he was told sorry, this shouldn't be out until the 28th. Now I'm heartbroken
  • Have a good weekend

1000 Words

It appears the smoke is back and thicker than normal.

Finished another bathmat. Grilltech has been hinting he wants a rug to put in front of the back door.

Started the giftmas presents. Only four (?) more sets to go.

I'm dog sitting for an hour or two. Much like the cats, he won't look at me when I have a camera in my hands.

Winds of Change

What a difference a day makes. After weeks of smoke, the winds have came in and cleared the sky.

Can You Breathe?

How bad is it outside?

Hopefully the winds tomorrow will do some clearing.

Monday, Monday

It was a good - busy, but good - weekend. On Saturday, Perky and I was out running errands. Every time we passed a yard sale sign, she would pout and that I never-ever-ever take her to yard sales. so a block from the house I pull over at one. They didn't have anything that looked terribly interesting, but I did notice a sign that said furniture for sale in the house. I bought us a new-to-us couch and matching chair. It was an estate sale, so they were happy to part with them. Plus both are in excellent shape.

Saturday night, Grilltech took me out to watch the Perseid shower. Perky and Kommadant came with us and seemed to enjoy themselves. While we was setting up, a long one streaked across the sky. I believe the total count for the night was 20+.

Grilltech spent all day Sunday running a Malifaux tournament. Since he was running it, he didn't play and yet he still managed to have a good time. He came home with a bag of holding, which I promptly stole. I showed him my bag which is looking pretty ratty from wear, so he was okay with me taking it. And I promised to buy him a replacement on on Friday.

List Day

  • Counted seven cars at the bar this morning
  • Slimbrowser annoyed me with the latest update, so I installed firefox so I can comment on people's blogs
  • For some reason, little things are starting to annoy me
  • Gnome was happy with his hat
  • Dinner tonight is smoked turkey sandwiches
  • Our sky is still very hazy from all the fires
  • Damn you auto correct
  • I hate being a dumbass... I put all my updates on the wrong tab of my spreadsheet
  • Thank you everyone for the comments on the bracelet, it turned out pretty spiffy for my project
  • Can you picture making socks from kevlar?
  • Roxie, here is another cookie recipe

1000 Words

Down the street on a smoky day:

Down the street on Saturday:

Finished Perky's bathmat:

Started another one for us:

I traded a pink and black hat:

For my draw plate:

So I could make a bracelet: