Monthly Archives: August 2006

Still waiting to see…

…if I’m going to get called in to work for this hurricane/tropical storm/rain thingy.  The new storm track, courtesy of The Weather Channel shows us back in the cone (wow, check out my hurricane lingo!) so who knows where it will go.  Pinellas County declared a state of emergency, so I’m still tethered to my pager to find out if they need us to report.  I went shopping today and got my hurricane bag together (sleeping bag, clean socks and uniforms, food, bottled water, etc) so if they call, I’m all set.  Which probably means they won’t call.  Who knows.  For the “Cruise Director”, not knowing is driving me NUTS.  Oh well.  On the plus side, if we get called in it will just be a bad rainstorm, its not even a Category 1 storm anymore.  And the overtime would be nice.  I’m working tomorrow night either way.

In other news…thats about it.  Still puttering along on the knitting.  More later.

Ernesto’s on the way

Its strange…living in Florida for my first Hurricane season, the first website I check in the morning is no longer my email or bloglines; its the Weather Channel.  And here’s todays’ news:

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It figures.  You know where I live?  The peninsula that makes that little divot in the west coast of Florida.  After seeing some of the typical everyday thunderstorms we get here, I’m a little nervous, but its reassuring knowing that I’ll be at work if it comes our way.  We get a mandatory call-in when any hurricane is within 150 nautical miles, and we’re expected to be on duty for the next 4 days straight (12 hours on, 8 off).  The pay would be nice of course, but I’d rather not have to deal with it.  Oh well, we’ll see what happens.  Either way, I’m off to Wal-Mart to stock up on snacks, socks, and T-Shirts in case I get to spend four (or more) days straight at work.  Updates as I get them.

Flashback

I got a package from Amazon.com yesterday…some CD’s by a band called Moxy Fruvous that I loved in middle school and high school.  They were sort of an indie band out of Toronto, Canada, that wrote and performed a lot of satirical songs – some poke fun at famous people or things in the news at the time, and some are just funny.  The lyrics are really well written, and these guys can sing really well too.  It was a great flashback to play these CDs in the car on the way to work, and I realized I still know all the words to all the songs 🙂  The last song on one CD is called “The Gulf War Song”, and while I try to avoid political discussions, I’ve gotta comment on this.  The song was written for the first Gulf War, but it amazed me how much it fits today too.  Guess not much has changed in 15 years.  If you go to amazon.com you can hear some of their stuff, their first CD is called Bargainville (can’t link to Amazon – sorry, I tried).

On a less serious note…I ordered my new computer!  Coming soon: pictures of the new  laptop, posted from the new laptop 🙂  More later, time for bed.

So THAT explains it

This explains a lot. See #2? Thats where I live. Compare that to NYC (#57) and Rochester (#86). And #1? Orlando. Disney. I don’t get it…but it explains a lot. Maybe its the traffic.

I think he likes it

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He hasn’t brought himself to actually sit inside it yet…he’s spent all morning stretching out as long as he can to prove that he’s too much cat for a bed.  BUT…when we don’t look he goes and cuddles up with it.  So we’ll see.  I need to find something with sides to block it on – the stool was great for the bottom, but the sides don’t stand up at all.  Maybe starch?  Hmmmm….

The pattern is from Wendy‘s  page (not Mom, another Wendy).

And there was much rejoicing

Well, I’m finally done with night shift.  Yay!  I’m still trying to get un-used to night hours, but thats another story.  I had the last day and a half off, and I spent it knitting this.

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A “Kitty Pi” bed for the Jake man, knit and felted and drying in a little over 24 hours.  The size 11 needles were a welcome break from my lace.  Here’s Jake, looking oh-so-excited.

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Jake always seems to photograph too dark…and if I use the flash, it bounces off and makes him look radioactive.  I’ll have to practice.

I think I figured out why I post so rarely…its no fun to write without pictures, and its no fun to post pictures that look exactly the same as a few days earlier.  I’ve started the decreases on the celtic knot shawl and am trucking on (exept for the last 24 hours or so), and hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have a finished center to show!

Long night last night

Well I can officially say that I’m used to night shift.  Which sounds like a good thing…except that this is my last week of nights.  Oops.  Starting next Monday I work from 1515 to 0315 (pm to am), which I’m actually pretty excited about.  The biggest bonus is that I’ll make it home while its still dark out, which should improve the quality of my sleep immensely.  I’m not especially looking forward to the traffic on the roads…night shift spoiled me with having so few vechicles on the road.

So how do I know I’m officially on a night schedule?  I had last night off, and this morning I had to be at work at 9am to take an eight hour long class (I’m so glad that they considered night shift workers when they scheduled them ALL for 9am – my bedtime) so I was a good girl and headed to bed around 1am.  No luck.  I lay awake for half an hour before I gave up and went back to knitting.  Then to the computer.  Then read a book.  Then tried to sleep.  No luck.  I finally fell asleep around 3:30…then Adam came home at 4:30 (he’s working nights too right now), and I was wide awake again.  But now HE was sleeping so I had to stick to quiet stuff.  I started a blog, but he told me that I was typing too loud (TYPING too loud?  Thats a new one).  In my complete sleep-deprived, in-the-dark-trying-not-to-type-much-and-bored-out-of-my-mind 5am state, I made this:

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This is my progress on the shawl.  I tried taking pretty pictures yesterday, but it looks exactly the same in pictures as it did the last time you saw it (halfway through the middle section), and this actually shows my progress since last you saw it.  (That, and I was bored and needed something to fill my time last night.  It is actually accurate, each pixel is a row.  I’m a dork, and I had a lot of time on my hands.)  I’ve been knitting like a fiend, and I’m almost to the decreases which makes me very happy.  I would bring it to work, but the chart is too involved to keep picking up and putting down – and its getting too bulky to drag around.  So instead, I’ve been working on this:

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My first Jaywalker sock.  I really like this pattern – its easy to memorize and makes for very fast knitting, perfect for knitting on the ambulance.  The yarn is KnitPicks Sock Memories in the “Gardenia” colorway.  I followed the pattern to the T (tee?), US 1 needles, smaller size.  The sock is a leeetle bit snug (hard to pull over my heel) but it fits my calf very well and doesn’t slide down.  I might try the larger size pattern (its only eight stitches bigger) next time – I have some Cherry Tree Hill that has tried to be three different socks – I think this is what it wants to be.