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Old 11-22-2008, 04:26 PM   #7331
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FWIW, I'm still around. And yes, still . Such is life. But hopefully that will get better soon. Anything that doesn't take another four years I consider to be soon.

On a happier note, I picked up my dress for my brother's wedding on Tuesday (five months after ordering it - there's just something wrong with that).

OTN - I'm *trying* to knit some fingerless lace mitts with some twilight sock yarn from etsy. I've already frogged and haven't restarted. I do like DPNs, really I do. I don't know what the problem is. It may be the yos between needles. I'll start them again soon.

On top of everything else, I have a serious case of Mac envy. Dad came home last week with a Macbook. I have been drooling over those for years. I didn't even know he was in the market for a new laptop, much less the Holy Grail. Where's my rich benefactor/long lost very rich uncle on his deathbed/enter any other means of sudden windfall here? Sometimes I just feel so stuck. I've finally figured out what I want to do - and I'm not talking just tomorrow. I want to go back to school next fall. But I made a not-so-small financial mistake (actually, two of them - one I totally could have and should have avoided; the other, well, I was unemployed for over a year and had to eat - evil cc), and now I have to get that monkey off my back first. That monkey and the one I am perpetually frogging.
big, big, sigh

My brother may be halfway around the world, but when I get to talk to him on the phone (not nearly as often as I'd like), he always seems to make life look not so bad. He's my .

I wouldn't say all this just anywhere, but you guys are awesome, and I'm thankful for each and every one of you.
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:50 PM   #7332
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Ishie: welcome to our knitting family!

Lady Violet: nice to see you back again. I hope things will look better for you in the bright shiny New Year.

Julie: I hope your test went well!

Gina: How are you doing? I hope your boarders are not making you too exhausted and that you are getting some knitting time in for your CPH. Is DH having his surgery soon?

Chris: Perhaps you can teach them all what a hoe costs? Then they can so on to hose from there!

We went out today and bought Boots a "coat" that looks like a pair of long johns. It is red and says "Waiting for Santa" on the bottom (it's on the "trapdoor" of the LJ's which is on the lower half of his back, right above his tail). He just loves his new coat and was strutting around and I was laughing so much! He will be warm on his way to the vet on Monday to have his "job" done! We also trimmed his nails, which he HATES.

I'm doing laundry right now (with DH's help). DD is bringing the kids for a visit tomorrow, something she hasn't done in a long time. It will be nice to have them here. I am trying to make it look a lot cleaner than it has been here lately. I hope I succeed! I'd hate for DD to come in here and see it dirty or messy when she hasn't been here in about nine months. I'm cheating and buying a frozen lasagna to serve because I just can't be bothered with all the cooking right now, as well as making sure it's clean in here when they come.

YES, I am trying to take it easy and not do too much at once and all the heavy stuff has been done by DH, thankfully. He would not even let me lift the basket of laundry. He has to be at work at 6:00 p.m. tonight and he is working until 2:30 a.m. I am trying to make sure most of the cleaning is done today so that he can sleep in tomorrow morning (if the monsters upstairs don't wake us up again at 7:30 a.m. with the Dad screaming at the kids and the kids crying, right above our heads, then he decided to vacuum at 8:10 a.m.).



My neck and shoulder are still pretty swollen. Hopefully it won't be worse tomorrow after all the activity today.
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:14 PM   #7333
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Ishie, It's so nice to have another sock addict! Julie gave you good advice. Just b/c your DPNs make it look like a square, you're actually knitting a circle.

Violet, nice to hear from you again. I know what you mean about mac envy. DS got one last summer for college. He LOVES it and is always bragging about it. It's hard to dig out of debt, but you can do it.

Christine, you sound like you may have overdone it. Be careful, my friend! DH has his skin cancer removed this Tuesday and has his gall bladder surgery on Dec. 2. My inlaws come on Wed. I need to plan my turkey dinner.

I finished my CPH! I'll try to post some pics tomorrow.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:12 AM   #7334
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CPH pics! Woohoo! I'm watching a movie now, so I think I need to go get my "mindless" one-row scarf.
I'm using dad's old thinkpad now because he took back his mac to burn some cds onto it. Is it sad that I almost ? My one finger is getting lonely on the touch pad.
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Julie - hope your teacher helped you figure out your problem.

I'm currently procrastinating, and could use a kick in the butt if anyone has one to spare. I have one more essay to write for my application to Michigan State U. I'm having trouble expanding a one sentence answer to the "Academic Statement" into an actual academic statement.
Fortunately once I get this written up and sent in, I pretty much have everything ready and I can use the same Personal Statement and Academic Statement again I think .
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C'mon Jess, you can do it... you're almost done. Just one more paper and you can be finished! Get at it my friend!!!
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thanks everyone, I think I did ok on the test, still probably not in the 80's but I'd be greatfully amazed if it was 80% or better

Lady Violet wondered what you were doing, seems like you'd been mia. Glad you got your dress, can we see a pic?

Gina I wanna see pics!!!

Christine thanks for the email & the well wishes/good luck on here too, I needed it. Glad to hear DD is bringing the kids to see you-wow! what brought that on? Who cares, right it's good! Enjoy them as I know you will.

Jess you can do it girl! Just sit down for 1 hour and work on it, then knit or quilt an hour or two & get back to the paper for another hour. Yes she actually went over about 3-4 problems on the quiz before she asked us to turn them in-Thank God! That earned me a few more points
Hey have you ever known teachers to take 'problems' from a previous book & use them in a current quiz? Can they do that, or is it plagerism? She did & I'm not wanting to say anything b/c I wouldn't have known if I didn't have my sis' book from a few terms ago, & now that book isn't in use at the school anymore. Just curious. I guess I thought they had to come up with the 'problems' themselves.
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Julie - I'm guessing that this teacher used the old book and simply did not change her worksheets when she switched to the new book. If she doesn't have a "reference list" somewhere she may be toeing the line on the plagerism issue, but I believe that most teachers' editions of textbooks include permission for teachers to use any problems in the book to create student homework. As long as she still owns the book, it's probably okay even if she isn't using the book anymore. Depending on how permission is given, it may be okay anyway.
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