Monday, November 21, 2005

Put a sock in it...



Voila! My first sad sock, and its soon to be partner still on the needles.

Actually, it's not so sad, for a first sock. I'm actually quite impressed with it, and that says a lot when you consider that I'm probably more critical of my knitting than anyone else. Even Sebastian is asking if I can make him a pair...and he approached me without my even hinting to him... ("But not in PINK!!!"), so it can't all be too bad.

It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I've heard horror stories about heels and turning heels, and that wasn't the part I had a problem with. By Saturday afternoon, I was ready to pick up stitches for the gusset, and it was the gusset that made me have to walk away for a bit to work it out in my head.

I see a lot of mistakes but the good thing is, I know what I did wrong, so I can make changes for the second sock and see if it looks better to me.

I made this in Cascade 220 wool, it's thick and squishy and when they're done, they will probably be the warmest socks I have ever owned.

And that, is a good thing. It's getting cold. It's actually a really beautiful brisk morning today, but there's a smell in the air like electricity...there's definitely a storm coming.

Had a pretty nice weekend. We didn't do much, but sometimes I think those are the best weekends.

Ever since the book fair, Sebastian has been hauling around his new book about the movie, Zathura. I've read it to him probably six times already, and by Saturday, we'd heard the word "Zathura" more times than you could imagine. I figured that maybe if we took him to see the movie, we could get some peace, so I headed online, ordered tickets, and off we went.

The movie theater was a madhouse. I was so glad I ordered the tickets online because the lobby was jam packed with kids and the line to buy tickets went all the way out the door. They were all there to see Harry Potter.

While I was at the little machine getting my tickets, the theater sold out of Harry Potter tickets. Mind you, they had the friggin thing showing in three different theater rooms that night, lols. Everyone in line went nuts. Parents and kids alike, sobbing their eyes out. I was kind of half-amused as I watched some frazzled mother try to get her son out of the lobby. He had to be at least 12 years old, and he had wrapped his arms around a pole, crying because Harry Potter was sold out and he refused to leave. He was crying and screaming at the top of his lungs, she was tugging on him, desperately trying to get him off the pole and out of the theater. People were staring and pointing. It was funny to see her trying to bribe him with pizza and video games when what the kid really needed was a good ole whack over the head.

Sebastian really enjoyed the movie, but he still talks about it like an obsessed lunatic. /sigh

After the movie, we hit the bookstore. They didn't have either of the books I needed but they had the magazine I wanted though. Knit.1 is a newer knitting magazine that is probably my favorite out there because all of the patterns are done with a relatively inexpensive brand of yarn. The only problem up til now was that I couldn't buy it online and that they didn't have subscriptions available, which meant a trip to the bookstore which I try to avoid because I can't just run in there and buy one magazine. I did good though, they didn't have the books I needed so I only ended up buying 2 books, and then another one for Sebastian about the Statue of Liberty. Thankfully, they just started accepting subscriptions for the magazine, so I can avoid the tragic trips to the book store. Whew.

It's a three day week for Sebastian and I think even for Phil, so the idea of a 4 day weekend with both of them home makes me happy. Sebastian has a Thanksgiving concert tomorrow morning which means another Battle of the Bitches as people try to find parking spots without killing eachother. Should be a hoot. Not.

Still having problem with our cable. Phil got up to no cable on Saturday and finally got pissed enough to call them and yell. Our cable just goes out, for no reason at all, and it can be out for anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours, and it sucks ass. When I call them up they go through what I call their "Stupid Women" checklist, where they ask you if your cable is connected or if your TV is plugged in.

Anyway, this has been going on for at least two weeks now. I would guesstimate that we've probably lost an average of 2 hours a day of service, and every time I call they tell me that there are no reported problems in my area, which led me to think that it was something on our end.

Phil finally had it though. Called them up and they sent someone right out, because of course as they told him there were "no reported outtages in your area!"

Cable guy showed up, and it turns out that he has been in our area 11 times just this month alone, trying to figure out what the problem is, because they can't track it down. So the good news is, it's not just us and it's not on our end, but the bad news is they have nfc whats going on.

Just read that GM is about to lay off 30,000 people. That's a lot of dog gone people.

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" more than a big fat pink slip. I don't know what it is, but sometimes it seems like companies wait until the holidays to make these announcements, even though they've known for months and months that they are in deep shit. This is the hardest time of year to know that you're about to lose your job, and sometimes I just wonder why it is that they can't do all this crap in the middle of the year so people have time to recover. And they wonder why the suicide rate shoots up during the holidays? Heh. Just seems to me that it makes better sense to take care of these problems as they happen instead of dragging it out. I'm sure that there's a reason they put it off this long, but the timing couldn't suck more.

That's pretty craptastic, and you can't help but feel bad for all of those people, it's going to be ugly.

On that happy note, I have a sock to finish. See ya tomorrow.

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