Sunday, March 14, 2010

Just Stuff

I've decided I need a break. From Sapporo, that is. Although I don't think I'll end up quite as nauseated with my Dale as Lorraine was with hers, I do feel that if I don't take a break from Sapporo, I will end up beating myself about the head.

I'm not sure why. And no, this doesn't apply to Princess Line. It'll just take finish it up.

So, in need of something to keep me interested, and that will not keep me glued to a chart, I decided to give in, and start working on something new.

Behold a crappy picture...
...of a very lovely "Dorset Down". This is Lorraine's latest Twisted Traditions offering (although I don't see it up on her site)! I'm using Kilcarra of Donegal "Aran Tweed" in Purple. It doesn't look like much now, but it will. It's a thoroughly enjoyable pattern, and just what I need right now. Maximum results with minimum effort!


How long have I lived in this neighbourhood?? 12 years. And you know what? I never noticed (EVER) the shop in the middle in the picture above (that's from my camera phone, not bad...). Anyway. I was walking to the vet's office to pick up some meds for Malcolm (more on that later), in what had to be the worst weather so far this year (for me anyway - wind, cold and rain all mixed together. Fun!), when I happened to glance across the street. It's a yarn shop. Yes. A yarn shop. In my area. That I didn't know about - "The Wool Mill". And it's probably closer to me than "The Naked Sheep" is. Now, I don't think it's new, looked pretty established to me. But, how I didn't know it was there until now is beyond me. *hanging head in shame*

I didn't stop in because it was still early and closed. And the weather SUCKED. Walking home from the vet's office, I was walking into the wind, I was wet, cold, pissed off, and I had to pee. Therefore, I wasn't about to cross a busy street to find out it was still closed. Besides, I didn't have enough money on me. And usually "browsing" and "yarn shop" don't go together.


OK. So, the reason I was out on such an icky day.

"Geez, I'm really getting to know everyone at the vet's office by first name..."

Well, I probably wouldn't have ventured out otherwise.

I took Malcolm into the vet's office last week, because he'd been vomiting. Not such a big deal with cats normally, but he would vomit not once, but several times in a row. And it wasn't caused by hairballs either. It had happened before, and he had been sick 8 times in one evening. So, I packed him into the carrier, and had him checked out. The took some blood, amongst other things, and it came back that his white blood cell count was twice what it should be. They prescribed some antibiotics for him, so off I went to pick it up. It's in liquid form, and he's had 3 doses already. As have Atticus and Gandalf. I'm not sure how much is getting into him. I picked up some cat milk, so hopefully he'll take it that way, without getting too distracted by lint or poop.

You wouldn't know he was sick though. He's his usual kitten self - giving Gandalf his regular morning/afternoon/evening smack down, power-napping, and whining for his mid-morning snack.


"...he never shuts up..."

It's been another one of those weeks at the gulag...I mean work. Whoops. I don't know what it is, but everyone seems to believe that their project is the most important one EVER EVER EVER! And they want it NOW NOW NOW! And it's not just me; there are 3 of us in my work group, and we're all working on saving the world as the Project Managers we're working with believe they are doing.

OK, I need some distraction.

Bridget tagged me! So here goes:

1. Where is your cell phone? Kitchen. I think...
2. Your hair? Curly
3. Your mother? Dead.
4. Your father? Yeah, don't ask.
5. Your favourite food? Potatoes (which is what Bridget said as well)
6. Your dream last night? Watched a
Band of Brothers marathon on TV yesterday, so dreamed I was in the Ardennes forest. Uh huh...
7. Your favourite drink?
8. Your dream/goal? To have a home in the country.
9. What room are you in? Spare /computer/yarn room
10. Your hobby? Knitting and reading.
11. Your fear? Snakes
12. Where do you want to be in six years? See #8
13. Where were you last night? Home.
14. Something that you aren’t? Rich.
15. Muffins? No thank you, I'm good.
16. Wish list item? Dyson vacuum cleaner. I know. I aim high.
17. Where did you grow up? Mainly in Ottawa, Ontario, but I was born in Montreal.
18. Last thing you did? Tried to force feed Malcolm some antibiotics while trying to keep the vultures at bay.
19. What are you wearing? Jam jams.
20. Your TV? I love you, man.
21. Your pets? The Little Dudes - Atticus, 11; Mae, 10; Gandalf, 3; and Malcolm, 7 months.
22. Friends? Not a whole lot, but they are the best of the best.
23. Your life? Rocks.
24. Your mood? Pretty good. Thanks for asking.
25. Missing someone? Sure.
26, Vehicle? Um, does my Trek 7100 bike count?
27. Something you’re not wearing? Um...oh, socks!
28. Your favourite store? I don't really have one...oh wait! Canadian Tire! I love that place!
29. Your favourite colour? Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed? This morning, as Atticus whacked Malcolm on the tusch.
31. Last time you cried? Hmmm. Oh! Last week, watching a particularly sad episode of "Cold Case".
32. Your best friend? Joanne, for over 30 years.
33. One place that I go to over and over? The bathroom. Damn bladder...
34. One person who emails me regularly? Pfizer Sales Reps with AWESOME deals on ED drugs.
35. Favourite place to eat? In front of the TV. (What??! My house, my rules.)

"Why does it keep staring at me! It's creepy..."


Chris said...

I hope Malcolm gets better quickly!!

From what I can see of your new project, I like it. :)

And now I must go sulk that we were so close to that yarn shop and didn't even know it!!

miyamojo said...

You are so funny! (#16)

Oh, poor Mal. Hope he gets better fast.

Dorset Down! Yay! I have that yarn in teal! :)

Lorraine said...

Brigitte- Google migrated my site- so I'm in the process of getting a new domain.

I had no idea the Wool Mill was there- they advertise alot of sales.

Hope all is well in kittyland.

Bridget said...

I hope Malcolm is doing better soon! Kitty vomit once a day is more than enough, but eight!!??

Oh, I like that project. I need to figure out how to see what it is ...

A nearby yarn shop is always a good thing. (Except maybe for the wallet, but mine is used to being abused.)

I like your answers, some made me laugh. Thanks for playing along.

(Oh - I'll try to get Chicago May in the mail this week.)

Nicole said...

Darn it! Just when I thought I had started to get my startitis under control, you show me another project I must make! Ack! Love. It.

I hope Malcolm gets better soon! Sick kitties are not cool.

Brenda said...

I hope Malcolm is better soon!
I like the purple color of your new project.

I hope you get to that yarn shop soon! I envy you a shop so close. I have to drive over 20 miles.

knitseashore said...

Poor Malcolm! Poor You! Does the vet know what's causing this?

I hope work gets better soon. Sounds like you guys are super-stressed, what with having to save the world and all. Hopefully you get yarn compensation for this. :)

Rebekah said...

Bad bad knitter! Not knowing of a yarn shop in your neighborhood. But then again, I don't know the yarn shops around me either. I'm a bad bad knitter.

So weird, my mom just yesterday took her cat to the vet for the same reasons. His bloodwork came back pretty normal though, so they put him on a higher dosage of non-vomitting medicine and are switching him to sensitive stomach kitty food.

Sonya said...

I hope Malcolm is over his barfing jag. I bet he's fun to gives meds to! You know I'm loving that purple Dorset Down. It's going to be lovely.

Have you had your yarn radar checked? Funny how we miss things. Kevin and I just noticed a water tower that we drive by every day. Apparently it's been there a while because it has rust on it.

mrspao said...

Poor Malcolm - hope he gets better soon.

Carrie K said...

lol at the staring contest!! Poor Malcolm, and you. I hope the antibiotics do the trick.

There's a yarn store in your neighborhood and you didn't notice? A yarn store? in your neighborhood? lol!

Take a break from Sapporo. I'm wild to start something new, not that I can finish anything old at this point. New! New! ;0

carolyninalaska said...

I hope Malcolm is better by now!

I just caught up on all your posts that I had missed. I didn't realize I hadn't posted any comments for so long... sorry.
Reading all your posts I discovered that Malcolm is really big now, Dorset Down yarn is gorgeous, Sapporo "body" is basically done, that you're way ahead of me on Fulmar... since I let it hibernate (die) for 2 years,
and Princess line is beautiful!!!
I hadn't commented on anyone's blogs for so long that I forgot my log-in and password and spent 30 minutes or so trying to recover that... duh...