Saturday, October 17, 2009

A very cold rainforest

Oh man, its chilly out. I went to the farmer's market and had seriously underdressed. I'm still feeling chilled, 45 minutes later. At least we have our heat on now-its awesome! I love how it comes out along the baseboards, and you'll walk past one and get a shot of warm air on your feet!

This was a pretty busy week for me. School's been going, we had the knitters over on Thursday, and Friday a couple classmates and I volunteered at the local food bank. Now generally, I enjoy volunteering. But law school has kept me so busy that I haven't had much time for that. (I've done a few Saturdays trying to adopt dogs for the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter) But we were given an opportunity to get extra credit for 6 hours of community service so we spent 3 hours yesterday putting a selection of canned and dry food into boxes. We got two pallets (85) boxes nearly full and would have finished both but we ran out of canned food to put in it. It was a nice afternoon but my back and legs were hurting afterwards! We all realized how lucky we are to be in law school and becoming lawyers, not working in an assembly line. Or doing actual community service.

Knitting wise, I've been finishing some things. I've completed some stuff for Warm Woolies, a great charity. I also completed and blocked this beautiful Ishbel (Ravelry link). This is knit out of merino/cashmere that I purchased from my friend Melanie at Lotus Yarns. The colorway is called Veronica and it is so soft and warm, I'm wearing it around my neck right now.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Apparently we now live in a rain forest

I woke up today at 11:30. I woke up first at 8:20 when DH was leaving for work, took the dog out (or, dumped him off the side of the carport onto leaves so he would go out in the rain--don't worry, its only a foot drop), and promptly went back to sleep. It was so grey out and raining and the sound of rain on the roof was so comforting. I woke up 3 hours later with my right arm asleep and Rascal meowing in my face. Luckily I don't have class until 3:30. I did have plans for today though.

Seriously though, Weather, what is the deal? We have drought conditions for a couple of years, so bad that there's talk of rationing water, and then this year we have unprecedented rain and flooding in areas of Atlanta that no one even knew could flood. My new yard is very flat so the rain sort of pools in it, but the house is slightly above the front yard and four steps above the back, so we don't have to worry about flooding. I suppose the crawlspace under the house might be damp, but we don't have anything under there.

I am so mad at myself for not buying a new umbrella. In fact, I might leave early for class to go to Target. I kept telling myself a couple of weeks ago (during our week of rain) that I was going to buy a new one. I actually have two. One I purchased during my first fall here at UGA in 2004 and has two broken spokes so it dumps water on you on that side. The other was given to me a few months ago and is great, except its ridiculously small. It only keeps my head dry and even without a backpack, everything below my shoulders gets wet. Looking at the forecast, I might have to go buy another one. (I had a great, perfect one I bought when I worked at FP but someone stole it last year during exams- while I was studying downtown at a cafe).

Knitting wise- I finally finished the Featherweight Cardigan (ravelry link) which I made out of some Alpaca with a Twist Fino, an alpaca and silk laceweight yarn. I was excited to manage to only use 1 skein, but I had bought another just in case. I'll actually probably make it again, but make a smaller one. Its a little looser than I would have liked, even though it is only the medium. But its a bargain for a sweater and its a great weight for Georgia. (I'll get a photo later, it only dried on Friday)

I'm pretty proud of this one. This is the Ishbel Beret (ravelry link) by Ysolda Teague, an awesome designer from Scotland. I purchased her pattern book and have made two out of the nine patterns, with plans for more. This was a gift for my friend Viki who a) lives in a colder climate than me and b) styles her hair, hence the looser hat style. There is an Ishbel scarf/shawl that I also made, but that is still drying. I made the scarf size for me out of my friend Melanie's Chakra yarn, a handdyed superwash merino and cashmere blend. It is absolutely beautiful and SO SOFT. I can't wait to wear it out.

I've also been sewing a lot. I've made three curtains for our new house, one for the bathroom and two for the dining room. They're basic, tab-topped curtains but I really like the fabric. The one in the picture is the bathroom and it is Amy Butler fabric. The dining rooms are black with red flowers and are from Joann's.












I also made a laptop case out of some Amy Butler fabric. (I got a birthday coupon and got a little carried away). I used a free tutorial I found online and it worked out pretty good. It works great in my new book bag that Ellen gave me for my birthday:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Camping in Helen

As I write this, DH and I are watching "My Monkey Baby" on TLC. It is absolutely ridiculous. I have serious problems with people owning monkeys as pets. But that is for animal welfare and animal rights reasons. I have problems with people owning monkeys as pets and treating them like babies for personal reasons. I guess its a personal reason. The actual reason is I think its seriously messed up.

A real quote "when people say she's a monkey, I get mad. She's my daughter."

And, without further ado, videos from our camping trip:


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We went to Andrew's Cove, a campground inside the Chattahoochee National Forest about four miles north of Helen, Ga. It was just a dry run so we didn't plan on being gone for very long. Neither of us had planned a camping trip ourselves, but had gone with other people, so we gave it a try. It was pretty successful, except we forgot some tinder to start the fire with and also utensils. It worked out though. (I drove to Helen and bought firestarter and some BBQ with utensils)

Ugh. This show is like a train wreck. I can't pull myself away, and I can't keep watching. These people have an unhealthy obsession with these monkeys. Also, a couple decided to get a monkey instead of having children and then went to the breeder's house and even saw the disgusting kennel she had. It was sad. Although I can't complain that these people are choosing not to have children. I'm afraid for the state of Arkansas with all those Duggars running around.

Ok now one of the monkey owners is calling her pet psychic to find out if "Slick Willy" ate one of her thyroid pills that went missing. Seriously. That woman is nutsy, but that "psychic" is kind of messed up for chancing that kind of thing. I mean, if that monkey had eaten the pill, even the psychic (who is obviously just taking advantage of pet owners) would feel bad if it died.

Oh dear. I'll have to have more knitting content in a day or so. I'm unable to tear myself away from this show and its just full of craziness. I really hope this isn't a series.