Thursday, May 24, 2007

One class down, and one to go

Tuesday was my last night of classes. On the good side, I'm done with my Intro to Law class, and the final wasn't as bad as I feared it might be. On the bad side, I didn't finish all of my writing assignments for the Legal Research class. Apparently, though, a lot of other people in the class didn't finish their assignments either. Guess what we all got--extensions! So, I won't be back to regular blogging just yet, but I wanted to post a little bit for you on the dyeing class I took at Webs.

Web's parking lot at 9:30am--their not even officially open and the parking lot is packed.

There's Charlene!

Skein #1 (shades of blue) and my five cups of dye.

Dye applied!

Waiting for a steam bath with the other "kids" in the class.

Skein #2 (pink, green and yellow), painted in yellow, waiting for the other two colors.

Five hours later at home...

Both plastic wrap skeins have cooled and are about to get their final rinse.


Tomorrow evening, after a stop at Punkin's to show her my dye babies--and let her kids wind some skeins into yarn balls--I'm off to Vermont for the weekend. Just going to work around the house and work on those papers. Maybe blog a little. We'll see...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Glub... glub...

Quick breath here...

There was an article in the Burlington Free Press yesterday about the cannon. Legislation regarding the gun was passed on May 12th with only one change--the Vermont agency responsible for overseeing the gun was change from the Agency of Administration to Housing and Community Affairs. Unfortunately, it's that agency's Historic Preservation division that the museum was working with to take the gun. We now have to wait for them to arrange for an inspection of the gun.

Would you be surprised that I'm a little concerned about how fixed this inspection might go, provided they don't drag their asses to get it done arrange it in a timely manner?

Going back under now...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Look what I made...

And I thought spinning would be my next obsession hobby...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Coming up for a breath

God, it's been so long since I've posted! I had a post all ready to go about two weeks ago, and then just before I hit the "publish post" button Blogger ate it. Just knocked the wind out of me, if you know what I mean. (This morning I see that Blogger now has an autosave feature. Thank god!)

Anyway, I'm still alive. I'm fairly well, with the exception of a nasty sinus infection coupled with seasonal allergies that has knocked me out for the better part of the last week or so. (However, I went to the doctor on Monday, got some drugs, and I'm well on the road to recovery.) Work has been crazier than usual--more meetings and things wanted yesterday than you can shake a stick at. And the thing that's stressing me out the most is my classes are coming to an end and I've got a bunch of writing assignments due by the 22nd (yes, this Tuesday). And I have to study for a final. And I still have mental block trying to remember my constitutional amendments. (Please--no pop quizzes right now. I'd just go into the fetal position and whimper.)

In the middle of all this, I do have some fun stuff scheduled--a sock dyeing class at Webs on Saturday. I'm feeling quite a bit guilty about doing this, because the 10 hours I'm going to spend driving to and from this would really be better spent on my papers. However, I paid my money so I'm taking my class. Charlene Schurch, the author of Sensational Knitted Socks (my favorite sock book) and the recently published More Sensational Knitted Socks is teaching this all-day class, so it should be fun and I'll walk out with some custom dyed sock yarn!

Saturday's also the start of Web's big weekend sale, but let's not go there right now...

Anyway, there's been virtually no knitting here, just work, school, and coughing, so I've got nothing to show you. But Jim has been rather creative during this time.

Here's the side of our front yard. See the grassy hill?

Jim started digging. Look what's under there...

Jim added the stones right under the windows (some drainage and a flower bed).

And then he reached the sidewalk...

...and he rounded the front.

He finished it all this week, and I'll get to see it tonight. All of this in the space of just a few weeks. It doesn't look like the same house!

OK, I've got to get back to work now. I promise I'll resurface next week after I finish school, and I'll tell you all about my sock dyeing class.