Monday, February 28, 2005

Scratchy throat

My throat is a little scratchy this afternoon. I'm coming down with a cold or something, I guess. So much for the advantages of working in an isolated office. I suppose my husband must have brought the germs home from school and infected me. I'm drinking a lot of water and hoping it doesn't progress past a mild annoyance. I would hate to feel icky during my last weaving class!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Someone actually did outbid me at the last minute on the second copy of the book, so I don't have to worry about getting rid of it.

I finished warping my loom last night. I had three places where I had twisted ends together, so I had to undo some knots and rethread them. The diagrams for twill patterns are rather interesting. I'll have to decide which patterns I want to use for this sampler. I'm tempted to try to make one of my own, as well as using some we were given. Man, I'm such a geek!

Monday, February 21, 2005

Excessive ebay success

Last week, I went to ebay and bid on a copy of Knitting From The Top. I was promptly outbid, so I bid on another auction for the same book. This weekend, I got an email stating that there was a bid retraction on the first auction and I am now the high bidder. So, now I have won the first auction and will also win the second auction unless someone else snipes it in the next hour. *sigh* I just wanted to have one copy of that book!

I guess I may be re-ebaying one of the copies. Perhaps I'll ask my fellow weaving students if any of them would be interested in buying the second book from me; I think some of them knit. Of course, I could always keep it to use as a gift for a new knitter, or something.

On Saturday, I went in to the yarn shop and threaded my warp through the heddles. Tonight, I'll need to wind it up on the back beam and tie it to the front apron before I can start weaving. Also, I'll get to learn about how to set up the treadles for weaving twill fabric. We'll see how that goes.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Whizzy lets you pee standing up!

What more can I say about Whizzy? You know, I think I actually saw this thing on some sort of morning talk show a couple of years ago.

Protect your Banana!

The Banana Guard really seems like it should be a joke, doesn't it?

Rain in the desert

It's been raining off and on all day. It's rather pleasant, although I find the sound so relaxing that I find myself wanting to take a nap instead of finishing my Friday's work. The lack of sunlight is probably contributing to that. I just hope the drive home goes smoothly. Many of the streets here don't seem to have any drainage at all.

Weaving was fun last night. I took my first project off the loom and measured the warp for my second one. I got my cross secured to the breast beam with lashed down lease sticks and started to sley the reed before I had to go home. I'm thinking that I might come in to the shop tomorrow afternoon to finish warping, since I know how to do that part myself, and then I'll be all ready for the new stuff in Monday's class. We're going to be weaving twills for the second project! Man, I'm so hooked on this stuff already.

Awkward office location

My office is located right at the intersection of two hallways, next to the water cooler, and very close to the exit door. This combination of factors leads to people having conversations just outside my door. It also leads to people unfamiliar with the layout to treat me as the information desk. *sigh*

Thursday, February 17, 2005


I managed to make a pretty omelet for breakfast this morning!

I have a weaving class in less than an hour and I think I'll be able to finish my current project tonight!

Life is good!

Monday, February 14, 2005

More fun with the Next Blog button

The Bible in 1189 days

Highly unproductive today

I had some plans for my program today, but the server I do most of my work on is down! I suppose I'll have to shift gears and try to accomplish something locally, but this has happened several times lately and it's getting really annoying. I think I'll go take a walk to try and refocus my thoughts.

Oh, Happy St. Valentine's Day, everyone! I'll be spending most of the evening apart from my husband, at my weaving class. (Just goes to show where my priorities are...)

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Every so often I rediscover Wil Wheaton's blog and am reminded of how cool he is. In his latest entry we find out that he is going to be on CSI. Good job Wil! I'll have to make sure I watch that episode.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Friday, February 04, 2005

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

What kind of knitter are you?

Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting
and do it all the time. While finishing a piece
is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Make the noise stop!

You know those Emergency Broadcast System tests that you sometimes hear on the radio or television? Picture one of those at full volume and you have something like what has been going on in my building. Is is a fire drill? No! Is it a tornado drill? No! It is a "shelter in place" drill, where we all just stay inside the building while the alarming tones keep us from being able to do any work. Do we actually have to have a drill to practice staying inside the building? Are they afraid someone is going to snap and run screaming out into the parking lot? I completely lost my train of thought when the noise started. If it had gone on much longer I would have gotten a headache.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

I am the hunter of bugs!

The library coder just submitted a change that broke my simulation (again). I've tracked down where things go wonky and sent a nice detailed report so he can squash the bug. I think this may be another case where he is too clever for his own good. (That's what the problem was last time.)

Keep the workforce healthy

Health Services here at work has online health tracking.