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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
and then there were two.

I survived the meeting of the parents. And since I'd already met Adrian's dad, it was only the mom I had to be nervous of. Luckily for all, it went really (really) well. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner, played a new game - Farkle, and walked on the beach. One of the best, if not THE best, Thanksgivings ever.

Redesigned the blog a bit. Getting more and more frustrated with blogdrive. but that's neither here nor there. Suffice it to say I'm going to be doing something about it, and soon.

That's my goal by the end of the year.

Speaking of goals, I have another few. I participated in NaNoWriMo last year, and didn't complete it. It's a novel writing competition - write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I got about 10k done, and couldn't do anymore due to computer and boyfriend problems. Needless to say, both of those are fixed. For one thing, the boyfriend is fabulous. And a friend is loaning me a laptop. Success will be MINE!

Another goal in the same category is that I want to finish the novel I've been working on for so long by the end of the year. No excuses. I'm thinking I'd like to start it over again - and use it for nanowrimo, but we'll see. Either way, I'm going to make it happen. No excuses.

Yet another goal is to continue trying to sell jewelry and knitting (jewelry may have sold well over the holiday weekend - it went home with a friend, who called to ask about prices. Cross your fingers.). I love my art. I want to make more of it, and the only way I can make more is to sell it. Turn around, you could say. So, tell all your friends and family to shop me for Christmas.

While you're at it, send them over to buy some GORGEOUS art. This girl needs Christmas presents, too! A KITTEN, PERHAPS?!? I'm not allowed to get one until we're sure the humans are getting fed and bills are paid, so...yeah. *sniffle* Be sure to go through all the galleries on all the pages. Trust me, there are some beautiful pictures you haven't seen yet.

On a related note - my fund for "Buy Maigen a Kitten" is on the left. See it? It's Google Ads. And that other ad thingie. Click if you see something interesting. Don't if you don't. Easy!

Posted at 11:35 pm by tokitikki
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Sunday, October 09, 2005
finally - the knitting profiled!

alrighty, since I promised it forever ago, here's what I've been up to. Click on the thumbnails to see larger pictures of the scarves. And just so you know, I'm still working on yet more. I have two sweater wraps in the works, and I'm almost done with another scarf. If you should happen to want to buy one from me, email me for more details.

Variegated purple, blue and lavender 100% Mohair - 4" wide, about 96" long, including 5" fringe. Light as a feather, and a million times warmer.

Self-striping (sort of) lemon yellow, light and dark greys. 100% Lambswool. 4" wide ribbed, 80" long. Very fun mens scarf, I think. Almost digital effect from the colours and the pattern.

Turquoise blue lace-effect. 100% Cotton jersey - 3" wide, 60" long. One of my favourites - always gets compliments, because it's just so...rare? Click for detail of pattern.

**My favourite, most of the time**
Soft Gold tone in stockinette stitch - Rayon, Lurex, Mohair, Cotton and Silk blend - several yarns used. Still one of the best I've done, just due to the colour choices and the way it feels on your skin. 3.5" wide, 50" long. Click for detail.

Felted pure Italian handpainted lambswool. Amazing colours. Reminds me of gelato. The yarn is super big and fluffy before felting. Felting is agitating it in hot water, to shrink it and 'mat' it a bit. Lots warmer and sturdier! 2" wide, 66" long.

Watercolours - handpainted 100% Mohair, in a smaller lace-effect pattern. Took flipping forever, I may never do another like this. So long I double wrap, then toss the ends through the middle loop. Yum! 3" wide, 82" long.

Softest! Navy and Olive Green 100% Baby Alpaca wool (softest baby lambs. so sad to make them nekkid, but fun for us. and it doesn't hurt them one bit). 3.5" wide, 65" long.

Last for this round, and certainly not least - my signature colour:

Rich, vibrant turquoise 100% Mohair, and silver lurex Very glam, I love this with a black outfit. 2.5" wide, 50" long.

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Friday, October 07, 2005
file under: "does not suck"

- variously, I work for (and subsequently have made friends with) a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, a restaurant entrepreneur, a lawyer, another lawyer, a very charming woman from London; and I met another woman today who thinks I'm fabulous and wants me to babysit. And she just moved here from Paris. You can almost smell the Seine on her.

Not really, thank god.

- variously, I work with (and subsequently have practically adopted) some very gorgeous and precocious children, including: a Montessori super-brain, a two year old with no obvious issues besides terrible two tantrums, and a Selectively Mute child who, after only two 'sessions' with me, thinks I'm awesome enough to talk to.

- Because all of these people rock, I love going to work. I love my job. I love going to work. I get to have the most fun out of all of you who read this site. And I get perks. Like, mahseev percentages off a massage, free yoga training, law advice when and if I should need it, and gossip from the other side of the pond. Also, when the restauranteur gets his digs up and running, I should have an in with a hip new site here in Yaletown. YUM!

- Because I set my own schedule and name my own hourly rate, I don't have to work nearly as hard as I did in the states as an admin. I mean, wiping snot, shit, puke and unidentified substances off children isn't NEARLY as stressful or taxing as dealing with a stick in the ass, stuffed shirt dickhead Vice-President whos-its at Bank of What-the-fuck-ever. Trust me, this job is so awesome.

- I love that some of these moms are actually asking me for advice. Granted, I've practically raised four, so yes, I do have about ten years of experience. Not to mention common sense. But I haven't popped out one of my own quite yet, so why ask me! Although I must say, I do tend to have 'a way' with the wee ones. They think I'm fun. Nutty, but fun.

- Overall, life over here does not suck. Our income fluctuates, and may yet never steady, but we think we have it pretty damn good.

*** And yoga is my new favourite drug. Holy doodle, I felt so good after an hour and a half I wanted to do it all over again. Turns out some of my favourite stretches to stretch and pop my back are yoga poses. Who knew?

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