Christmas and new endeavors

It's that time of year again. The time of year when things need to get finished and out the door to arrive at their destinations in time for Christmas. Now, Canada Post swears that packages will arrive to the US before Christmas, as long as I send them by December 10. But, there is one problem with that. If you go to the outlets, they will tell you that the package will take 6-8 weeks. Considering we are only 4 weeks from Christmas...ya...can you see the problem here? I sent a package yesterday and it cost me $15 instead of $3, because I need it to get there as fast as possible...and definitely before Christmas. Here is what I have been up to lately. Since my hands have been so sore, made worse by the cold weather, I made myself these: Untitled They are just a simple stockinette knit with only a thumb to add on. They were knit with Online Supersocke yarn, which created that great colour pattern. They aren't really thick or anything, but they are just right for when I am sitting at the computer or knitting. They come down just far enough on my hands to cover my knuckles, if I roll the cuff down. Otherwise they nearly cover my whole hand. lol But, with rolling the cuff down I get double warmth on the knuckles and they are not complaining. I am also doing some Christmas card swaps with a couple groups on Ravelry. We are trying to put something into the card, so I am making these: Untitled Seeing as how much as I like knitting socks, I just thought they were incredibly adorable! And they are really fast to make as well. I love them. 😀 Since I finally figured out how to make an icord (seriously, it's not that hard, but I had a real brain blockage on that one), I am making icords to come off the stocking with a tassel at the end. I am using left over sock yarn for these, and it takes such a small amount that I could make these little guys for years and not use all my leftovers. lol Hmm...maybe I have too much sock yarn...or too many pairs of socks...bah! Never! lol I also made a Spain themed stuffed soccer ball for J's Goddaughter. It's not the size of an actual ball, which is what I hoped it would be, but it is a good toy size. Even Daisy thought so. I sat the ball down on the bed to pack everything up and she reached up and pulled it towards her. lol I had to wait until she settled down to get it from her because I would have lost a limb if I tried to get it. Untitled In other news, November has been all about NaNoWriMo. Well, during the day anyway. My evenings have been dedication to knitting. But, the daytime has been all about literary abandon. What exactly does that mean? That means I have been spending many days writing like crazy to try and hit 50,000 words by November 30. The great news? I hit that number on November 24th!! Yes, for the first time, I won NaNo!! And so did J! Now I have begun doing some editing and fixing and adding. I have my whole main plot done within the 50,000 words, but there is no extras, little to no character development, etc. It's not even close to being a short story, let alone a novel. But, that's what the next few months are for. When I think I am close to finished, or finished completely, I'm going to actually send it to print. With winning NaNo you get a coupon code to get a copy of your novel in print. I think you have 6 months to claim that, so I'm going to really try to do that. If I'm happy with it, perhaps I'll do an e-book self publish. I don't know that it's going to be good enough, but who knows. Maybe I'll surprise myself. That has been the fun that was November...well, almost not anymore. hehe Then, of course there is this little dish of happiness that I got to eat all by myself. 😀 I had lost the recipe, but found one just like it on Pinterest that called for pumpkin instead of pistachio, and it was close enough if not the same as the recipe I had. I think it was called Pumpkin Lust Cake on Pinterest. It's really really good. You can substitute any pudding mixture you want and it will be just as yummy. Untitled On the new endeavors front, well there are a couple. First, I think I have mentioned that we are planning to move soon. My paperwork is in to move to the US, and we're still waiting on that, but it shouldn't be too much longer. So, we plan to move to Virginia in the Spring-ish/winter-ish..whatever it ends up being when we get the paperwork back. So, the question came up as we were thinking about moving of what would I do there? If I go back to school, I need 2 or 3 references, which I'm having trouble coming up with. I just didn't/don't know enough people. That's one of the problems with doing the lecture don't get to know the professors. Plus, my degree program isn't available there. That means sort of starting over. I get to keep a lot of my classes, but I would need 2-3 years of classes to get my degree. It would be at least 2 because there is a rule that you have to be there 2 years before they will grant you your degree. Now, the Universities are cheaper down there, which helps, but I'm torn. What did I decide? I have decided on two things to start. One, I am going to get the Etsy shop up and running. I need to get things made to put up for sale, so after Christmas, that is where I will begin. I am going to be sewing bags and things. Plus I am going to be knitting/crocheting bags and installing zippers. I just ordered this which is a crochet hook with a very sharp tip for puncturing fabrics. It allows a single step for attaching a crocheted edge on to fabric. Normally you would have to cut a hole, and then come back with the crochet hook later. This is my NaNo completion gift to me, but it's also useful. hehe In addition to the Etsy shop, I'm going to be starting on a photography business. But, I don't plan on doing events. I am thinking of doing more stills and nature photography that can be printed and framed and sold. Right now, my current camera is okay, but really limits what I can photograph and how large I can print the pictures. I am limited to 8X11 right now, because they start to get grainy after that. That will be my fun for the next few months, of getting things set up and ready to go. Then, after we have moved I will be able to get things rolling. I need to be into the new house first before I can do a lot of selling, but I can at least get started. The new house will allow me to have all my stuff together to really get going on things. There is no way I'm going to put the photo printer into the truck to move across country with us. If I took everything we won't need the moving truck. lol But, the photo printer is about 2' long, so it's way too big to put in the truck and expect to be able to have a lighter load than our last move. That's everything that is happening in our little piece of the world right now. We're trying to have some fun and get going for our move, which is taking a lot of our time. I'm feeling a little better today, which is nice, but still not terrific. I'll take any good days when I get them. It will be really nice to be somewhere a bit warmer than where we are right now, because my joints will be very happy. 🙂

Progress is a wonderful thing

So much has happened over the last few weeks. I've been really sick again, but I'm getting used to it. :S One of the perks is that I have made great progress on Christmas presents. I have 2 pairs of mittens finished, as well as a pair of socks, and a lap blanket. Add that to the sweater and quilt, and I'm really moving along. Right now, I have taken a break to do some more work on J's blanket. I wanted to have that done for him for Christmas, and I still want to. It's just going to take a push from me. I am still short a bunch of yarn though. I think I needed another 10 balls. It's going to be a HUGE blanket. It will fit a king size bed, no problem. Now, on to the exciting news. We sold our house!! I'm so excited! Providing everything goes forward with the testing and inspections, the closing date will be Nov 15. That means we have from the 22nd of Oct (when inspections are set to be done) until the 15th of Nov, to get everything together and get out. J thinks that we'll be leaving by the end of October, but I think it'll be around the 12th of Nov. I figure it will take a little bit to schedule the movers. I mean, surely they can't come immediately. But, who knows...maybe it's a quiet time of year. We didn't get as much as we would like, but we did well considering the market. We should hopefully have a bit left over for making an renovations we need to, after we buy a new place out in Edmonton. We can't afford anything more than a townhouse. But, the townhouses we have been finding are quite nice, and when you add on the fact that most of them have an unfinished basement, well, we can do a lot with that. Many of the ones that we have seen listed are end units, which is always a good perk. The plan right now is that we'll leave this place, travel out west (using the time as a mini vacation), and then live in a vacation house until we close. We should be able to get a fast-ish close. Over the holidays, we'll pack up everything we have with us, and take it to my parents place to store till we get back. The kitties will have to go to a kennel over Christmas, but it works out to be easier to do that. The fun part will be finding a decent one. So, we'll have a busy couple of weeks, but hopefully the closing will go smoothly, and we'll be starting classes in January.

September is coming

It's hard to believe that we are almost to Labour Day weekend...the end of the summer. We should be going back to classes next week. But, since the house hasn't sold, we won't be. Instead, tomorrow marks the beginning of some self study, and other paper work. J has to put in his papers to get things rolling on his permanent residency. Other than that, I have to start doing some things to get myself in shape to get back to class in January. The problem with classes ending here in April, is that I have tons of time to forget what I learned. The late start also means I have to take yet another year off Latin, and I also have to take a year off Greek now. That hurts. I have signed up to take 2nd level Calculus in January, which I haven't taken in almost 2 years now. Tomorrow I will start working on a daily schedule to be able to get myself up to speed with some things. After all, what else am I doing? lol I just don't want to get too ambitious, because then I'll get irritated and stop. hehe So, I'll do a bit here and there every day. I just have to make sure I do it. I finished one of my socks today. This is one of the Victory Socks. I love it. 😀 It fits wonderfully. I have started on the second one. That's the only problem with socks. You get excited over finishing one, only to realize you have to make another one, otherwise that first one is pointless. lol It's a pretty simple pattern. I repeat the chart pattern 12 times over the course of the sock, then do a ribbing, and c'est fini! Now that I have done the first one, I'm hoping the second one will go faster. I'm sick today, but if I feel better tomorrow, I'll hopefully get a picture of the first finished sock.