Saturday, December 23, 2006
I got tagged by Gigi and could not resist sharing the weirdness that is me with all of you.
THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says you are tagged in their comments and tell them to read your blog
Six "weird" things about myself:
1. I was born with brown eyes that started turning green in my mid twenties. Now my eyes are hazel. Yeah so this isn't super weird, but i'm warming up.
2. I can't kill anything not even a spider. (Not because I'm afraid. I will pick up the spider and put it outside) I can't put a worm on a hook to fish. I can't squish a bug. I can't even eat meat anymore because I feel too guilty. Not too weird to look at this alone but extremely weird considering I come from a LONG line of hunters and carnivores. I'm probably the only person in my entire family that doesn't eat meat.
3. I was a Vet Assistant and saw all kinds of blood, gore, puke, poop, pus, you name it!! Usually ended up with a bunch of it on my scrubs by the end of the day. It never phased me one bit. Oddly enough, I can't handle any kind of thing like that if it is from a human being. I am a major, major germaphobe, and yet I'm not concerned about Zoonotic diseases at all.
4. Even weirder...I had at least three cleaning jobs in my life and cleaned public restrooms. Now I am scared to death of them. It's a huge production every time I have to use the bathroom when I'm out and about. You should see me trying not to touch ANYTHING. It's quite comical.
5. I grew my hair super long once inspired by Lara Croft played by Angelina Jolie...then chopped it off, gave it to locks of love. The weird thing is that I'm not a superhuge fan of Angelina Jolie or Lara Croft. I just thought her hair was really cool!
6. I never cry from getting hurt, and I have an insane tolerance for pain hence all the piercings and tattoos. If I throw up, I cry like a little baby, huge tears, sobbing, the whole production.
This was fun!! I'm not usually a rule breaker,(I'm one of those annoying goody two shoes) but I think I'm gonna break the rule and not technically tag anyone. If you are reading my weirdness and think you might have some weird qualities yourself, TAG you're it!!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Here is the hat I knit for Bethany's new baby girl, Tali. Isn't she precious!! We didn't have a baby to model here in TN, so my sister's fiance, Mikey, got to do the honors. He is quite the character (yes you can talk him into about anything) and fits in my family perfectly. Remember Rob's modeling debut? Yeah we'll keep him too :)
The pattern is Miss Dashwood from Knitty, and the yarn used is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran color 300602. Yummmmm! It only took a day to knit, and it was a pleasure. I opted again for 2 circs instead of DPNs, and I learned how to do a picot cast on. I also chose not to put the buttons on the inside of the hat to pin up the flaps. I thought they might iritate the babies head. Two thumbs up across the board from me. Baby knitting is fun!
PS. Today is my blog's 3rd birthday!! Oh they grow up so fast! Next thing you know she'll have her own domain name.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
As you can see I have my camera now! This blanket was knit with Plymouth Fantasy Naturale 100% Mercernized Cotton on a size 8 circular. I opted to begin the blanket with two circulars instead of DPN's. The blanket is nicknamed "The Earth" due to the main color's resemblance to the colors of the earth from space which is why it is edged in black. Now to the final stages of washing, blocking, and shipping! I can't wait until I know the last present I sent was opened so that I can tell you about that!!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Problem #1: Broken Camera
Solution: I found the answer here, and it should get here on or before December 14th. Yay!! Canons rock! I don't know what I was thinking when I bought another brand. We found our old Canon digital (still working) and ordered the missing accessories on Ebay. Now we have a backup camera, and Rob will have a camera to take on his trips.
Problem #2: Broken Computer (I can't win for losin' can I?)
Solution: Rob was kind enough to trade me his laptop for my MP3 player. I took the hard drive out of my computer and put it into his. Tadah! Problem solved. Now it is time to start saving my pennies for a new laptop. Any recommendations?
Problem # 3: What shall I knit next?
Solution: I started Ariann from Chicknits (am I the only one that can't stop pronouncing this Chick Knits??), started a pinwheel blanket, and swatched Serrano. I have lots of variety going to insure no knitting boredom. Details on each project to come.
Problem #4: Z's Confusion
Solution: We found a wonderful online tutor for Z, and I think he will learn great things from him. <wink>
Oh yeah! I almost forgot! The afghan I knit was from the book Afghan Medly by Leisure Arts. It called for a size 15 needle, but I used my size 11 ebonies and just cast (cast? is that right? should that be casted?? hehe) on more stitches. The yarn was Caron's Simply Soft in Bone (i think) chosen for easy care. For being such an inexpensive yarn, it is incredibly soft and holds up very well.
Friday, December 01, 2006
IN THE U.S.
*An estimated one million people are currently living with HIV in the United States, with approximately 40,000 new infections occurring each year.
*70 percent of these new infections occur in men and 30 percent occur in women.
*By race, 54 percent of the new infections in the United States occur among African Americans, and 64 percent of the new infections in women occur in African American women.
*75 percent of the new infections in women are heterosexually transmitted.
*Half of all new infections in the United States occur in people 25 years of age or younger.
AROUND THE WORLD
*There are 14,000 new infections every day (95 percent in developing countries). HIV/AIDS is a "disease of young people" with half of the 5 million new infections each year occurring among people ages 15 to 24.
*The UN estimates that, currently, there are 14 million AIDS orphans and that by 2010 there will be 25 million.
*Over 22 million people have died from AIDS.
*Over 42 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 74 percent of these infected people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
*Over 19 million women are living with HIV/AIDS.
*By the year 2010, five countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, China, India, and Russia) with 40 percent of the world's population will add 50 to 75 million infected people to the worldwide pool of HIV disease.