Archive for January, 2008


No to the jobs. I think I am aiming too low.

Here goes another round of applications……sigh.



So I received my Ravelry invite and I have spent a large proportion of my time on there in the last two days. So much, in fact, I haven’t lifted a knitting needle in two days. Irony, huh?

I do love it though. I can see it costing me a fortune in patterns and yarn though. So much for a cheap hobby. I have started on my Striped Noro Scarf. I couldn’t help it. I have been drooling over this since I saw it in BrooklynTweed‘s blog. I had to have one. I have no impulse control.

Other tidbits that have been happening.

After the sterling performance (read – amazing french) from James Marsters in Torchwood, I had to go back and give the series another go. I tried to watch it when it first came out (along with the new Doctor Who) but it just didn’t take. I hated the Welsh accents. They always sound so fake to me. (Sorry all the Welsh peeps.) I also couldn’t see past John Barrowman. I remember him as a children’s presenter and his absolute white teeth used to distract me no end. However, after persevering, watching the first season, I do have to re-evaluate Mr. Barrowman. He does actually have this weird sexual chemistry with almost everyone. His acting can still be a bit broad, a little to theatre for me, but he has managed to eke a compelling character from what could have easily descended into sillyness and screaming campness. I never thought I would say this but Torchwood has just made my ‘must watch’ TV.

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New Addition

May I present to you the newest additions to my household.


Meet Pepper (green & yellow) and Chilli (grey & white.)

My sister wanted a budgie as part of her ongoing ‘reminisce about my childhood now I’m thirty’ kick. They go with the Care Bear and the Atari that were purchased from ebay. Seriously, is there anything you CAN’T buy on ebay?

We had a budgie when we were small. A mental package he was. Complete nut-job of a bird that we loved fiercely and have never really gotten over. Bluey. I know, original.

Anyways, Kimberely went to buy ONE budgie and came home with TWO. A cock and a hen. Her excuse? The lady at the pet store wouldn’t separate them as they had been together since day one.

They are about 9 months old and still a little wary of their new surroundings. Pepper seems to be settling a little better than Chilli, but my sis is worried because Chilli was really outgoing in the pet shop and all she seems to be do is sit next to Pepper almost hiding. Pepper is exploring and chirping away.

We will see how they get on in the next couple of days.

They are cute though, huh?

When it rains…

I should write self-depricating rambles about my joblessness more often.

I now have two interviews on Monday, one which I am all ‘meh..’ about and the other I am totally cool about on the outside but inside I am jumping about and have secretly already imagined myself in the role, kicking serious work ass!

Good vibes are needed people.


So I rushed to the bookshop this morning and got my copy of ‘White Night’ starring everyone’s favourite Chicago wizard Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher. I am so excited, I want to just read it all NOW! But I have a dilemma because I am only halfway through ‘Dead Men’s Boots’, starring everyone’s favourite London exorcist Felix Castor by Mike Carey.

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Pressure Cooker

I am unemployed.

I am unemployed by choice.

I had a really tumultuous year last year that started off with some unexpected major surgery and ended with a death. Gets a person to thinking. I realized I hated my job. So I left. Life is too short.

I was waaaaaaa-y cocky about finding a job. Thought the perfect one would come to me. I am changing careers, not just job roles so I knew it might be a little tough, but nothing I couldn’t handle.

I watched the months race by and my savings dwindle. I finally signed on to unemployment, something I had planned not to do. I suddenly became the whiz around the house, doing all the little jobs, I said I would do. I took up knitting again. Became Miss Project. Anything to fill my time.

Anything to cover the growing ball of panic sitting in the bottom of my stomach, threatening to burst at any moment. Some deep breaths and a repetition of my mantra, ‘I can have a job I love, ‘ keep it down, when it threatens to rise. But it’s still there, getting bigger and bigger, more insistent each day.

It’s not like I’m a student. I have a mortgage and credit card bills and loans to pay. I really can’t afford to be unemployed much longer. I sacrificed my ‘Luxury Canadian Holiday’ for my decision (I have spent my holiday fund.) and sold almost all of my worldly possessions on ebay. I think I might have to crack into the a-ha collection soon and anyone who knows me, knows how desperate things must be if I’m contemplating THAT!

So when the call came today for an interview, the pressure, stress and tension lifted off me. I never realized just how worried I was. It’s a crappy job, doing crappy work, for crappy wages but it will keep the wolves at bay, while I figure out my next move.

Thank god for breathing space.

I suppose it is like the eternally-wise Quoda always says to me, ‘It’ll all work out in the end.’

Now, I just need to ace this interview!

FO: Loop Scarf

So I finished the scarf I was making to distract myself from the Eternal Cardigan. My sister has been on my case about it so although I want to, I am NOT going to start on something with my fantastic Noro yarn that I bought the other day.

I’m thinking a hat, scarf and gloves set for me, this time. But I think I’d like to crochet the hat. Anybody point me in the direction of a nice hat pattern? I should just wait until I get into Ravelry. Only 2900 people to go in front of me. *sigh*




It did turn into a bit of a sausage which annoyed me, but it worked out quite well as you couldn’t see the wrong side then. My sister also said it made the scarf much cosier so a win all round.

If anyone wants the pattern, give me a holler in the comments. It’s really quite easy.

Finished Object: Loop Scarf

Yarn: Wendy Fusion in Juniper Berries (158)

Needles: 5.5mm