Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ahh she lives!

Yes indeed I do :)
I managed to make it through my Diploma, finishing up on December 4th 2009. It felt good too!
The last 6 months have been a struggle, one big assessment after another. Well more like 3-4 at a time. It was exhausting. I put everything I had into the work, in some classes just scrapping in. An academic I am not ;)
So now that the course is over it's full time job hunting season. J and I both started applying for jobs about 2 months ago, so far not even a nibble. I've put my name down at the library for a book that helps with writing cover letters and filling out selection criteria since neither of us has been taught how to do this process correctly and we know that is what is effecting our chances at gaining employment.

I've been cleaning the house out, removing junk and anything else I don't want to take with us. Where are we going?? Where ever we find work, simple as that. Sure I'd love to end up in Tassie or Victoria, but if we end up in Darwin or Alice Springs we will make the most of it.
But what does one knit in those more hot and humid temps? I just might have to find out :P

On the knitting front not much has happened. I did however get an Aeolian shawl done in amongst the madness, it was something I worked on when I needed some time out. As much as I love my Icarus shawl, this one is fell in love with from the first stitch. She is fully beaded, something I need to try capture in a photo soon.
Anyways, I will be casting on for another Aeolian on Jan 1st 2010 as I joined a group on Rav - Knit 10 shawls in 2010. Not a bad challenge :)

Xmas is going to be at Mum's this year, after lunch J, E and I will drive to Wollongong, about 4 hours south. We are staying there the night with J's ex-g/f's family. Yeah I am ok with that, it's odd I know, but as J says, they are a second family to him. The next morning we will head off early and drive another 4 hours to Talbingo in the Snowy Mountains to spend a week with his family. I'm the only driver, so this is really going to test me, I don't know how well my spine is going to deal with this trip...will take my medications, but I doubt they will cut it. We are taking mum's Rav 4, my 19yo Laser would never make it, poor Betsy Ann. :( I am looking forward to the trip and I will take a lot breaks to try keep the pain levels at a minimum.
We will take a trip to Wagga Wagga, go see some caves and other local sight seeing things J knows about, should be good fun :)

Well that is it form me for now, so have a Merry Xmas, a Happy New Year and above all stay safe and enjoy the holiday season :D

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Am I here yet?

It's taken me forever to find time to do anything with this blog.

I am still undecided on wether to just delete it or to have another crack at doing something with it.
Life is busy, TAFE takes up a huge amount of my time and energy, along with being mum to E and the mals around here. Add to that the BF, J, and I don't have alot of me time these days.
If I do get an hour to myself I am either knitting, baking or surfing the net to stay connected.

Seems I was last here in Jan. Ouch!

Since then I have gone back to TAFE to do the Diploma in Library Information etc. It's been tough, right now I am neck deep in assessments. I hate assessments, I am not an academic person by any means, I prefer hands on learning. Just 3 months to go! Whew!

J and I have been dating for almost 3 months now. It's the most comfortable place to be. Scarey huh! He's had to be thrown in the deep in when it comes to my family. Sadly he didn't get to meet them under nice circumstances, instead it was Nana's funeral. Tough gig, but he handled it very well.
Nana passed away on the 19/08/09 at 94yo. Her funeral was a week later, Lil, Steve and Joe all got time off work to be there. We had a family lunch and a good catch up. I guess that's the problem when we live in 2 countries and over several states.

I went to Bendigo Sheep Show again this year. Had a blast, bought too much, came home exhausted..see, awesome! I picked up a spindle from Spinningwoodie an its brilliant. Slowly spinning some of Mandie's (EGMTK) fibre on to it. Eventually it will become an Aeolian Shawl I think.
Ah shawls! Ok so I have now done Forest Canopy, Queen Anne Lace, my own simple shawl, Icarus (my fave shhh), Ishbel (for Marg), Sunday Market Shawl, and now its Swallowtail for Emma in her handspun. Yeah the lace bug bit me hard.

Ah Icarus! How I love thee!
I've also been on a baking kick - scones, cupcakes, cakes, new recipes for dinner etc Very domestic of me, I love to cook, hate to clean up. Shame.
No idea why that is showing up sideways when in my Pictures file its fine. Odd.
Vanilla cupcakes with No Fail Icing with Vanilla. These were SO yum that the kid ate about 30 of them, very sneakily, in 3 days! I was not impressed.
Next cupcakes I make will be Gingerbread with Lemony Icing. Or maybe Ginger Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache, ohh yum!

Time to get back to assessments *cries* they are SO frustrating!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

2009 already?

I am quiet possibly the world's worst blogger...September being the last time I posted. :(
Let's see, where to begin?

2008 on the whole was good to me, I met new people, did a TAFE course, learned the art of drinking (hey it goes with being a student!), found myself that little bit more, did something fun and outrageous (Bendigo Show - spur of the moment fun) etc.

In December I completed my Cert III in Library and Information Services course. I walked out of that with a Distinction, which blew me away, so thrilled :) I start back in Feb to do the Diploma!

Xmas, as usual, was a non event. So was NYE...I really don't have a social life. Guess I am just a home body type, plus a single parent with no child care kinda keeps you at home not out meeting a shiteload of ppl too :)

I've done some knitting...currently on the needles - Queen Anne Lace - a circular lace shawl in cranberry, Twenny Dollah top- one sleeve to go and about to cast on a cardigan by Drops Design that I adore, in malabrigo :)
Before winter I hope to have the cardigan done, some flip top mittens completed and a hat/scarf combo, or hat and cowl. I might even be a dag and knit up some leg warmers/ankle cuffs, stop the breeze going up the jeans, brrr.
Also I'd like to get Icarus on the needles in the BMFA Silk Thread I've had sitting there for several months. I think I am ready to tackle that silk thread :)

I had big plans this school break, like spinning and going on a holiday. Instead my wheel went for a holiday to Corlette to play with Molly. My car broke down 5 times in a month and cost $1000 which killed off any plans for me and E to take a break away from home :( Frack it!

I bought a laptop so it's easier for me to keep up while doing the Diploma this year, typing is far quicker, less painful and I can get more down than writing. My spine is an ongoing issue.

In Sept a mate, while intoxicated, ran into me accidently. He fractured his sternum and I have a lump in my neck that needs to be checked. My doc however is unsure about it, so back to the surgeon on the 20th of this month. Jake feels guilty about it all, he shouldn't, shit happens, and hey, he had to deal with the pain of having a fractured sternum lol

E is going to a new school as of this year, I pulled him out of RTPS and he is off to THPS. They have already put a progam in place for him, he goes to speechie once a week, his school is right near the TAFE so I can collect him or we can bus it in together....not a bad idea with the rate the car is going lol

I'm looking forward to a much better 2009, it's going to be a good year. YES it is!!

Sorry for the lack of knitting pics, will haul off PC and get some up asap.