Baby Beth Blabs

…a lot.

Secret Santa November 30, 2009

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We do this every year at work and I always dread it, but not as much as this year. I really don’t talk much with the people in my department and it’s no secret that I don’t enjoy my job.

That’s not the real issue though…Secret Santa just isn’t any fun at work! No one likes handmade anything, from what I’ve gathered in my 2 and half years here. Also, everyone just asks for gift cards (I know I did because who’s going to get me the yarn/needles I want?), so you basically just bought yourself your own $15 gift. Silly. I wanna give something that I don’t want. I want to put some thought into a gift and put a package together that someone will really appreciate. Truth be told, I’m not the best gift giver and I always stress that the receiver will positively hate what I give, but it’s fun nonetheless. $15 also isn’t a substantial amount either to get a nice-ish gift. It’s hard to stay in that range. $25 is do-able for me and if people liked awesome crafty-like things sold on Etsy, I would have no problem with $15. But again, people here a tad bit lame. I’ll figure something out and hopefully make the gift slightly cooler than just a gift card. Ideas?

Knitting has been going on, though not gift knitting. I finally picked up my Springtime in Philadelphia (PDF) from last August. Yep, August 2008, back when I went to Philly with Justin to see Jack Johnson and we hit up Rosie’s Yarn Cellar. I’m using some Koigu I’ve had for even longer than a year and half in a nice pinky colorway. There are these random flecks of dark blue that I love when I get to them–they add character to the pink.

This is my second lace hat (well, technically 3rd since I made 2 Foliages) and this is so scrunched I’m nervous it’s not going to fit. Oddly enough, I did a gauge swatch back in that fateful August and came up with needing size 2 needles, just what the pattern called for. Normally I go up a needle size or two but not this time! Problem is, now I’m thinking I should have gone up a size and that my gauge was playing a terrible trick on me and I’ll have to rip it all out in the end. Even after a good and proper blocking with a dinner plate and all. I’m on row 66 or something right now, really flying. The pattern is very simple to memorize but it’s definitely keeping me interested. John has finally gotten addicted to House and has started watching from Season 1 so for this holiday weekend, we watched absurd amounts of Hugh Laurie (fine by me!!) while I worked on my hat. Getting KnitPicks needles made a huge difference in my progress since the join is so smooth and graduated. With the other needles I have, you can see the size difference from the cord to the actual needle and the stitches weren’t sliding very well over that.

 

The pattern is so pretty that I was thinking of using it for a blanket. I bought some nice superwash yarn for a present (crap, better get started on that ASAP) and once I see how it knits up, maybe I’ll get some more and make myself a nice, lacy blanket to snuggle under.

Yeah, I skipped over talking about Thanksgiving as I was curled up in the fetal position with a migraine all day. poop. But how was yours?

 

Calm, cool and collected November 11, 2009

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I haven’t posted in a really long time, it seems. I apologize. ūüė¶ There just hasn’t been that much to write about lately and pictures haven’t really been taken recently either. Slacker, I know.

Roller derby has really taken up all my time and my entire life, especially this weekend. We had the last bout of the season and the Yankee Brutals¬†(the team I’m on) played against the Utica Clubbers, from New York. Let me start by saying that I absolutely love the Utica girls and that I played in my first bout ever with them. They were short a couple players, were playing in New Hampshire, and I went to help out and skate on really slippery concrete floors. I¬†bruised my butt¬†horribly and miraculously, in the shape of Africa. We lost that game but it was wonderful to share that milestone with them all. Everyone was super supportive and help to wrangle me and keep me where I needed to be for the most part. I will now finish by saying I wanted to beat the snot outta Utica for our bout! Not literally, of course, because there are rules against fighting.¬†As a team, the Brutals¬†have only played two other bouts, lost both, and were hungry for a win. We all got together on Friday night at Dee Nasty’s house for a potluck-pregame-team dinner, were loud and obnoxious, and ate waaaay more food than we probably should have. It was wonderful.

Saturday rolled around (no pun intended) and it was game day. I cleaned my wheels and¬†my gear, got my “uniform” together and felt really ready to take on Utica. Apparently the rest of the Brutals¬†felt the same because the first period was a back and forth of point grabbing and it was really close the whole 30 minutes! I think the first half ended at 51 to 50…? I try not to check the score while playing; it only makes me anxious. Half time came and went before I could even talk to everyone who came to see me play and then¬†IT WAS ON! We slaughtered Utica! We were able to slow the pack (formation of blockers) down enough to really control the other team and allow our jammer to fly by everyone without any serious obstacles. It was marvelous and everyone kept a level head even when we made a couple blunders. The Yankee Brutals¬†closed the CTRG¬†season with their first win ever. 115-81 and boy did it feel good. We then continued the evening to rock out at the afterparty. I slept most of Sunday…just completely exhausted.

Sunday was another jam packed¬†(again, no pun intended) day. John and I decided, after I woke from my coma-like state, to go for a hike since it was unseasonably warm. We went somewhere in Milford, but I can’t remember the name of the place.

Small little lake-ish thing that we could see the bottom of.

¬†The trees where we were still had a ton of leaved on them and they were all red, yellow and orange. Simply beautiful and I recall just being really relaxed after such a crazy couple days before. I love the colors of autumn and where this little tree was, the whole immediate area was orange–all around.

Looking up at some trees.

 After the quick hike we headed to the beach to walk on the sand a little and just relax near the water. We must have sat there for at least half an hour, just looking at the water, not really talking.

Random person.

  And just for fun:

So after this wonderful weekend where I played hard and then relaxed and was zen for most of the time, I get to work on Monday and it all comes crashing down around me.¬†The final straw was going to Panera¬†today on lunch to get 2 bagels with New York Style Cheesecake cream cheese (I’m a fatty at heart!) and being given each bagel in their own, overly large bag…AFTER I told the girl that I would like it in one bag. WHY DO I NEED TWO!? Can I tell you all that it really pissed me off?¬†Seriously fuming, steam coming out of my ears, angry. It was on my drive back to work that I realized I have a problem and need to focus more on my breathing.

*In through the nose, out through the mouth–like the sound of the ocean. Repeat from *