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I’m at Sheep in the City this weekend. It’s a good weekend for any sort of fiber related activity up here in Wisconsin since it’s cold and snowy outside. I’ll have to venture out at some point to get some lunch, but most of today (Saturday) will be spent indoors learning some new things.

Like SPINNING!!! Yes! I bought a drop spindle and some roving. A very nice woman at the booth where I’ve also dropped a few dollars got me started. It’s not nearly as difficult as I thought and I’ve been spinning away for an hour or so now. Just as relaxing as knitting and as portable with the drop spindle.

I’m also working on a knitted garden gnome. You read that right. It’s another Amy Gaines pattern. In January, I bought three more of her patterns and am just starting work on them. After I finish this one, I plan to move on to a knitted bird and birdhouse…perfect for spring.

I’ve taken a few pictures, but photographing yarn is proving somewhat difficult for me. I’m not happy with how the colors are turning out. It’s good practice though in an area that I’ve never been as comfortable taking pictures.

Time to head back to the action. I think Guild Wars will be starting soon. Two fiber guilds are competing to see how can knit a scarf the fastest…from start to finish. Including carding the wool, spinning it into yarn, and the actual knitting of said wool. Exciting stuff!!! (I really mean that.)

Then my first class (well, it’s a make and take but I will be learning a new technique) starts in an hour. I’ll have a break for lunch. Then the sweater class is this afternoon. The rest of the day will be filled with general hijinks. Maybe I’ll break out the bathing suit and scare some people in the hot tub. *snort*

And for those who wonder, travel was fine yesterday. Some snow flurries developed as I got closer to Rockford and those continued throughout the rest of my trip. Traffic was fine. The interstates in IL left some to be desired. Wonder what Blagojevich was doing with all the money designated for highway repairs. Well, maybe I don’t really wonder. But there are some potholes you could lose yourself in.

And on the food front, I took advantage of the continental breakfast the hotel (Comfort Suites, btw) offered and had a decent, healthy, and filling start to my day. I think I could use another cup of coffee now. Or maybe a bottle of water.

Looking out

Posted on: December 2, 2008

From my new office I have an outside view. Finally!!! Although I don’t have an actual outside window, I do have a window that allows me a view into the library and out the library’s huge windows. It’s beautiful sitting at my desk and being able to see the outdoors. Not that I’m spending much time in my office. Lots to learn!

The roads were still a bit icy this morning so I drove slow. More snow is predicted for tomorrow. I didn’t make it up to the Quad Cities yesterday for my appointment with human resources. It’s rescheduled for tomorrow. Will I make it? Care to roll the dice? The thing with Illinois is that the wide open spaces make for fabulous drifting and the potential for white-outs. Not the kind of weather you want to be traveling in if you can avoid it.

I was amused last night when I was in the bathroom getting ready for bed and heard this noise. At first I wasn’t sure if I was hearing what I thought I was hearing. I have a electric wall heater in there and it was running at the time. But it’d never made a snoring sound before. It seems that my neighbor on the east is a heavy, loud snorer. Although I think Maddie and Ginger have him beat at loudest. I still remember the one night I had to wake them up because they were keeping me awake with their sawing.

The bathroom stalls at the college have reading material posted in them called “Potty Points.” It’s a little newsletter about things going on at the college. Good use of space where you have a captive audience.

It snowed like crazy yesterday and overnight. The result was icy, unsafe roads this morning with some drifting going on.

So, the campus decided to close this morning at 10 am. I did get to meet some people in the short time we were open. On the way back home I stopped at Walmart for a few grocery items I forgot when I did the big shopping trip over the weekend. When I got back to my apartment, the parking lot was cleared.

Now I’m sitting in my living room enjoying the view out my window. The apartment building is on the south edge of town and across the street is miles of horizon. Can’t beat the view! Think I’ll brew up some hot tea and get cozy with a good book this afternoon.

Here are a few pictures that I took this morning before cleaning off the car and heading to work.

This is the outside of my apartment, my little red car covered in white, and a barn across the street from where I live. Very wintry scene!

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