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1st-May-2015 07:56 am - A Better Sword [dagorhir, sewing]
Avengers

I think I finally have the sword that's pretty perfect for me.

I love how the handle has the extra leather under the sports tape. It keeps the sword from spinning in my hand so I'm hitting with the striking edge rather than the flat. I'm pretty happy with the cover too, one of the best rounded tops I've done.

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Knitting:
I have managed to get to the heel flap and should be able to do the turn soon. I love the turn, it's like magic.



The time traveler socks are coming along as well, thanks to Monday night gaming. And now they're long enough to comfortably put the yarn in each sock so no more tangled yarn.



Spinning:
I realized last night while spinning that this is going to take longer than I thought it would. On the plus side, it's super pretty. This picture is a bit better than last weeks since it shows a bit more of the colors in the fiber.



Gaming:
Still sitting on LEGO The Hobbit - Wii U, though I'm almost done with it I think. I think I have just a few side missions to clean up and I'll be done.

Reading:

New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear. Well, it's next on the list anyhow. I finished my other book yesterday and opened this one but didn't get a chance to actually begin reading.
27th-Apr-2015 08:51 am(no subject) [dagorhir, friends, weekend report]
Spring
Friday night we went to our friend's house for a surprise birthday party. That was fun and silly, as we always are ... and of course there was a bit of chaos as well.

This is why you don't give confetti to adults. Or at least .. don't give it to adults who are silly.



We helped clean up ... after a couple more confetti fights while cleaning. But they're still going to be finding confetti in the oddest places for months.

Saturday I just couldn't get moving, probably due to not getting home until 2am. But I did the normal apply for all the jobs, pass some on to Jon if he was more suited to it than I was, and laundry. After Jon got home I finally sat down to make our flag so that's finally done. Jon's thrilled to have it done and says it looks great. We're going to hang it over the TV until we take it to events.

Sunday I was so happy to finally have practice and be able to get out and fight. Between rain and being sick I haven't been able to find on Sunday for over a month. So naturally I pulled a groin muscle 4 or 5 fights in. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck. I'd even forgotten to grab the camera after plugging it in for charging so I had absolutely nothing to do for 2-3 hours. Luckily it's a bit better this morning and hopefully I can do a bit of yoga this week to help loosen up.
24th-Apr-2015 06:21 am - Hitchhiker Shawl [knitting]
Yarn

I fell in love with this yarn in Dallas at the DFW Fiber Fest. It's so soft and cuddly. I was pretty happy to pull it out of the stash and see what it wanted to be. Luckily Megan suggested Hitchhiker.



I love how the garter stitch allows the colors to sing. I love the little points. I love how the colors distributed through the shawl. I was a little sad that I didn't get the full 42 teeth on the edge but I love how it fits. It's the perfect size.



The yarn is pretty incredible too. It became even softer and snuggly after blocking. And the drape is fantastic. I'm super happy with this.

Pattern: Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm
Project Page: Ravelry

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Knitting:
The Gothic socks are progressing, albeit a bit slower than I'd like but that's what happens when you have more hobbies than you do time. I've just finished the last repeat of the pattern before the heel so hopefully next week will see that started.



The stripy socks are also progressing, quite well actually. We had a game night on Monday so those were pulled out and I managed to get most of the heels done while laughing and being silly.



Sewing:
Here we have the components for the Rangers of the North flag. I need to sit down and figure out exactly how I'm going to sew the star to the green and blue field.



Spinning:
And here's the learning curve. I first tried a Superwash Merino when I sat down this week and that was nothing but frustration as it drafted apart every time I tried to let it wind on. So I dug through the stash and found a merino / silk blend and managed to do a bit better. I suspect my brain was simply not in the right place to fully focus. The picture isn't great, there's a teal, a deep purple, and a brilliant blue in the fiber but I couldn't get the right angle to pull the colors true.

Divorce:

Speaking of brain not in the right place ... here's the reason why. Today I go to court and hopefully this afternoon I will be divorced again. Really, really trying to focus on it being the right thing and how good Jon is to and for me rather than this being my second divorce and thus my second failed marriage.

Edit: Court done, divorce done.

Reading:



Jacaranda: A Novella of the Clockwork Century
by Cherie Priest. This is the book that was the reason I purchased the Subterranean Press Story Bundle as Cherie Priest is one of my favorite authors and this is a little return to a fantastic alternate history world she's created. The story is just beginning but I'm very much caught up in it.

20th-Apr-2015 08:12 am - Super Lazy Weekend [health, weekend report]
Spring Showers
I'm pretty sure this wins for laziest weekend, at least in a long while. Jon worked Saturday but other than that we mostly spent the weekend watching Daredevil and playing video games. I did a bit of knitting and kept drifting off.

Practice on Sunday was canceled again since the field was nothing but mud. And in other weather news, we had hail last night. I'm really not amused. I want to practice on Sundays and the yard is a swamp in places because it can't drain.

I'm finally able to begin taking my thyroid pills again so hopefully some of the exhausted will disappear soon. I know that's the root of both the weight refusing to drop and constantly being tired. And with more energy I'll be able to do more to make the weight go away.
17th-Apr-2015 07:38 am - Show off Stranded Socks [knitting]
Yarn
I really wasn't sure what to do with this yarn when I pulled it out of the stash. I didn't have a plan when I bought it and I certainly didn't have a plan when it appeared in my hand. The color repeats were short and I felt any busy patterning would be lost in it. Worse, I couldn't find any examples of the yarn knit up in this colorway to compare. I stumbled across this pattern in my searching.



I'm thrilled with how the pattern and the yarn play so well together. I feel like the pattern stands out but the colors also sing and get to have an equal part of the spotlight.



I love the moss stitch gussett and the stretchiness of the pattern. I went down a size and it fits perfectly. The pattern repeat was incredibly easy to memorize and that made the socks very fast to knit. And doing them two at a time meant I didn't have to try and keep track of how many repeats I did for the second sock.

Pattern: Show Off Stranded Socks by Anne Campbell
Project Page: Ravelry
15th-Apr-2015 09:05 am - WIP Wednesday: More Socks [gaming, knitting, reading, wip]
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Knitting:
I'm still not quite sure how I feel about these socks. Luckily they're moving pretty quick otherwise I could see being unhappy with them for being not quite to my liking and to being fiddly. But I'm on the next to the last repeat for the legs. I knew that there might be patterns that I wasn't quite as in love with when I decided to knit all of Knit. Sock. Love but I'll have the experience of making them and I'll know more of what I do and don't enjoy on my feet.



We had another gaming session on Friday so I got a lot done on my stripy socks. I believe I'm almost at the heel. After the heel it'll all pretty much be mindless. Though I think I may try to decrease a bit after the heel and then slowly increase as they get taller, so they're less likely to fall down since they'll be so tall..



Gaming:

I finally finished the story line of LEGO The Hobbit - Wii U so now I'm wandering around the main map to unlock the secrets. I like that there's such a focus on the storyline of the game but the way they handled the map and the extras is a little frustrating. I'm still enjoying it though, at least, I enjoy it when I don't fall asleep playing, like I did last night.

Reading:

Bleeding Shadows by Joe R. Landsdale. I'm nearly done with this book and I'm ready to be. It's not that I've not enjoyed it, because I have and love the range the author has as well as how neatly he sucks me into each story. I'm just ready to get moving on the enourmous backlog of books sitting in my queue. Even more so since I purchases a fairy tale story bundle last night.
Queen Mab
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13th-Apr-2015 08:43 am(no subject) [weekend report]
Spring
Friday we joined friends for another round of Decent. Our characters have leveled up a bit and have a few more options during the game. It's co-op and we all know exactly what the map looks like and what the monsters can do so it's a lot of strategy. I'm rather quiet during the game but I am enjoying it and trying to speak up a bit more.

Saturday and Sunday were both rather lazy days. Jon worked on Sat, Sun practice was cancelled due to rain so I cleaned up my table by the couch. The left over bits of yarn are put away and things are neater. I'll have to find projects for the smaller bits of yarn, since they're all different weights.

The weekend was rather relaxing. I suspect I might actually be suffering allergies, perhaps for the first time ever. The sinus infection cleared up but I'm still coughing and my eyes are red. I suppose I could go buy some OTC stuff to test the theory.
10th-Apr-2015 07:30 am - My New Shield [sewing]
Fabric Rainbow
I'm still rather happy with my shield pattern that I've been using for the Rangers.



However, I'm more thrilled with my own strap shield. It's larger than the other shield I was using, though also heavier. I'm getting better at using the size to my advantage which makes me happier.
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Knitting:
This grey is a lovely tonal that I think will make this pattern really sing.

Spinning:
I finished the bobbins for the Spring Day yarn so now it gets to wait while I scrounge around for a decent box to make a cheap lazy kate so I can ply them.

Gaming:
I'm still playing LEGO The Hobbit - Wii U and it's still a pretty awesome game. I haven't made it through the base game but only a chapter or two a week does tend to slow that down.

Reading:

Bleeding Shadowsby Joe R. Landsdale. This is a pretty awesome author. I'm really impressed with the short stories presented.

Avengers
Friday the boss was nice and let us out after half a day. At first I was willing to stay all day but the longer I thought about all my friends at the con, in the sun, fighting ... the harder it was to stay at work. So I had Jon come get me, (he was at the con) and we ran home so I could change and grab some water and ice for everybody.

Saturday was more of the convention. We worked our shifts and didn't have to haul our gear back and fourth since we had a guard posted the whole time. We were set up in the park, and didn't want to clear everything out each night.We had a good number of locals stop by and they sounded really interested in coming to fight on a regular basis. Hopefully that will happen.

We had good numbers on Friday but even more people on Saturday. We had so many people on Saturday that we kept running out of loaner gear and had to rotate people out more often so others could join in. So it was a really good time.

I did manage to get through the vendor's room a few times and it was so wonderful to see my friends that I have't seen in a while. I was asked a few times about working a new con that's coming up by the same shyster that ran the ones before and they weren't suprised at all that I had zero interest in ever working with him again. They all say they're avoiding his shows as well.

Despite completely losing my voice by Sunday and just plain being exhausted (not being able to breath makes sleeping difficult) I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed myself. And as always I'm crazy impressed by how much Jon takes care of me, even when he slips a little here and there it's far outweighed by all the good. He made sure I was doing okay and made sure to stick close when I couldn't talk. I'm so very loved.
3rd-Apr-2015 07:30 am - Sword cover [dagorhir, sewing, weapons]
Fabric Rainbow
Jon bought a mace but it didn't last long enough to have a cover made for it. So he stripped down the weapon to the core and remade it into this club.



By the time I managed to grab a picture of the cover I made for him it had already been checked by weapon checkers and been to battle. We wrap cream tape around the handles to designate passing weapons at events.

Our armory just keeps growing.
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Knitting:
I love how this yarn blends from one color to the next.



Spinning:
I'm three quarters of the way done with my first pretty fiber. Here's the first bobbin, I should have the second done next week. Then it'll be time to figure out the next step.



Sewing:
I'm pretty sure I would have finished this last night had I had enough trim. But then again, I ended up spending the rest of the night on the couch attempting to fight off the spring cold that ambushed me. Either way, a little trim and 2 seams and this dress will be done.



Gaming:
I finished up all of Lego Batman except for the DLC but I'll go back to that later and it'll be like a brand new game with everything already unlocked. Currently I'm playing LEGO The Hobbit - Wii U and enjoying it a lot. It's just like all the other lego games with breaking, building, and exploring but there are a couple extra games added in alongside your questing, like collecting building materials and building larger structures within the game.

Reading:


Bleeding Shadowsby Joe R. Landsdale. This is a good collection of horror and strange, including a story quite similar to a tale penned by Stephen King. As much as I love King's work, this particular story was better written by Lansdale.
Spring Showers
Friday night we meet up with our fighting friends and chilled for the evening. There was drinking and silliness and the usual shenangans.

Saturday I wasn't hung over, since I'm careful about how much I drink, but I was exhausted and had such a hard time getting moving. Though I did manage to spray the house down for fleas, bathe the Nox puppy (I'm a horrible person, just ask her), do laundry, go shopping, sew up a sword cover, cut the pieces for my new dress, and get most of it sewn together. I'm once more reminded how much I hate shopping for me but I have new jeans and a bra that once more fits.

Sunday was fighting and a wee bit of a sunburn. It itches like mad today but only hurts if I scratch it. I'm thrilled to be able to finally get sun again and have a bit of color. I'll go back to wearing sunscreen soon, once I'm brown. I managed to fight pretty much the whole time, which makes me feel that I'm closer to being able to take my prooving. I also got to catch Wrestlemania last night and oh my, so much excitement! Jon laughs at me when I get all angry at the show I'm watching. At least he likes that I'm passionate about things.
27th-Mar-2015 08:31 am - Foxglove Stripes [knitting]
Yarn
I try to always have a pair of no thought, vanilla, toe up socks on the needles. The yarn being self striping is always a delightful bonus, both in terms of finished project and working to make sure they match up. Yes, I'm a weird girl who enjoys matching up the colors.



I love the colors on these and they fit perfectly.



Project Page: Ravelry.
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Knitting:
The hitchhiker has been my main go to project lately and it's certainly showing it. I've memorized the pattern and each wedge is fairly flying off the needles, even with stopping to squish the garter stitch.



I also found some time during gaming last week to work on my stripy socks. I didn't quite have the shawl memorized at that point and I was trying to learn a new game so basic socks to the rescue. Plus socks are a little more gaming friendly just because of the size.



Spinning:
I'm trying to make spinning a regular thing so my plan was to watch Monday Night Raw and spin. I've managed one so far. It'll be switched to Tuesday night and record wrestling since we are joining friends for gaming, maybe. So far the game sounds needlessly complicated but we'll see how it goes. Anyhow, this was an oops braid I was gifted from Electric Sheep Dreams and I've gotten about a fourth of it done so far.



Gaming:

Still stuck on LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. I've finished the actual story and all the free play for those levels. Now I have Lantern planets to discover secrets on and Jon purchased the first of the DLC for me so I'll do that once the planets are all cleaned up.

Reading:



The Ape's Wife and Other Storiesby Caitlin Kiernan. So far there's only been one story that didn't keep my attention but that's pretty impressive for a book of shorts. Though time has been short lately, with both Jon and I sick, even the dog got sick last night. So crafting and reading will likely be replaced with cleaning and napping today.
Spring
Friday night we headed over to some freind's to get started on a new Decent game. I really enjoyed the game and look forward to more. I'm really glad that Jon's friends like me and I like them. I've never liked when a relationship is started and the friends are left behind.

Saturday noevilliveon and Pooka picked me up so we could drive out to Navasota for the Spring Spin in at W. C. Mercantile. We stopped on the way for some pretty awesome food at a BBQ place. But more importantly I was able to restart my spinning and I actually finished the practice fiber I'd started last year when I purchased the wheel. I likely won't end up doing anything with it but I'm feeling more like I know what I'm doing. Pooka gifted me some fiber from her business and I picked up a couple of others plus some more yarn. I'm going to set Monday nights aside for spinning so that I can keep the momentum on this.

Sunday practice was canceled due to the rain the day before. The field was simply horrible. Jon and I took the day to be lazy and then met up with Miss Kid for a little bit that afternoon before running a couple of errands. And had it ended there I would have been happy. But I started feeling bad when we got home and spent the evening feeling poorly. I tried to go to bed but ended up spending a large portion of the night in the bathroom being unspeakably sick. Jon was so sweet though, taking care of me and making sure I'm doing a well as I can.

Jon suggested I take the day off and after realizing that I possibly pulled something in my back while sick plus still feeling nauseous I agreed. So I'm spending the day camped out on the couch and hoping that food will stay where it belongs.
20th-Mar-2015 07:00 am - Rhombus Socks [knitting]
Yarn
I loved knitting these and kept getting disctracted by squishing them, as I do with most everything I knit.



I was a little concerned about the fit but they're perfect and such a treat to wear.




I love how easy the charts were and how smoothly they knit up.

Pattern: Rhombus socks by Cookie A.
Project Page: Ravelry.
18th-Mar-2015 09:16 am - WIP Wednesday: Hitchhiker [gaming, knitting, reading, wip]
Create
Knitting:
This gorgeous yak and bamboo yarn was up next when I went fishing for a new project. Thanks to noevilliveon for suggesting the hitchhicker shawl. I love how it's knitting up and I think it's going to play wonderfully with the colors. The yarn itself is like a dream, so soft and squishy.



Gaming:

I'm still stuck on LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, though I might have to find something else since Jon got a couple new games for the PS3. Though if I can finish it soon then I can move to one of the new Wii U games I have since I can play those on the game pad while he's on the TV.

Reading:


The Ape's Wife and Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kirnan. I've been flying through books lately thanks to a Humble Bundle deal. Several of them have been short story collections like this one. I'm really enjoying this book. Normally I'm not a fan of short stories but Caitlin has a knack for giving me enough to feel like the story should end where it does and each one has been a delight to read.
16th-Mar-2015 08:06 am - Simple Weekend [jon, weekend report]
Autumn
Friday we had a quiet night at home. We've been working out way through Avatar: The Last Airbender and we finished up book 2 Friday night. Then we both took time for gaming.

Saturday Jon worked so I did stuff around the house. After he got home we went out to dinner (S&BJ day, Pi day). The choice of Golden Corral was a poor one but apparently it was a lot better the last time he was there. Home meant more snuggling and Avatar.

Sunday was practice. My new shield came in and it's a bit lighter than Jon's. I've been practicing with his so mine is a nice change. I was able to practice longer and stay on the field more thanks to less strain on my back. I'm feeling like I'm getting closer to be able to request my prooving and earn my star.
13th-Mar-2015 06:40 am - Blue Tabard [dagorhir, sewing]
Fabric Rainbow
Going to a weekend event means that you need clothing for more than one day. I still had my blue dress but Jon needed something to match.



I hand sewed that patch on that morning because he passed his Ranger Prooving the night before. That's love man, because that patch is thick and killed my fingers. But I'm so proud of him for passing and being such a good leader.



I'm very glad I got the pictures that morning as we were getting ourselves together and getting breakfast. Because halfway through the battles it started to rain, and we were all quickly covered in mud.



(I don't know if the last two images are showing, to me they're not but only on the journal. I posted the exact same image on my business blog and it shows fine. So ... here's links to the last two photos: Pic 1, Pic 2.)
11th-Mar-2015 06:33 am - WIP Wednesdays: Scales [gaming, knitting, reading, wip]
Create 2
Knitting:
I love how fast these are knitting up. The pattern is easy to memorize. Even with doing both at the same time I don't feel that it's taking all that long. I just got to the gussett increases so I'm having to check the pattern a bit more but I'm sure it'll go by quickly.



Gaming:

I've been pretty obsessed with Lego Batman 3 lately. I'm still on the first play through and working on unlocking the first round of characters. So far it's fun, if a bit confusiing at times when I am trying to figure out parts of it.

Reading:



Ben the Dragonborn (The Six Worlds Book 1) by Dianne Astle. This is somewhat interesting, at least to the point that I want to see where it goes and how it handles the water world the author has created. The last book didn't fair so well and has been set aside.
Mask
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Fire Dance
Friday night Jon pulled out the tote of equipment checking gear and made sure we had everything we'd need for Saturday. Then there was snuggling on the couch while he played games and we watched youtube.

Saturday we were up early to load up the car and head out to the day battle. We were in charge of running it so we needed to be there early and several friends showed up to help set up. We started a tiny bit late but very quickly caught up and everything ran smoothly. The battles were great, the sportsmanship was present, the weather was perfect, and everybody had fun. We even had people drive in from San Antionio to take part.

The plan for Sunday was to wonder around the museum of natural science. But the rain, cooler weather, and contentment of snuggling in the bed won out and we skipped it this time. The day was spent cuddling, playing video games.

I love that we can spend so much time together and just be comfortable with each other.
6th-Mar-2015 09:09 am - Baby Set [knitting]
Spring

My boss recently had a baby and they asked me to make a pair of booties for them. Once pattern and yarn was decided on these were shortly produced.



I had so much yarn left over that I also did a bib to match.



I love the garter stitch and how squishy it is.



The set is adorable and the parents love it. I'm pretty happy with it too.

Project: Baby Uggs by Autumn Street, Improvised Baby Bib
Project Page: Booties, Bib
4th-Mar-2015 06:37 am - WIP Wednesday: Socks! [gaming, knitting, reading, wip]
Create 2
Knitting:
My process for deciding what project to work on next has become a little streamlined since I moved. Previously I had all my yarn in the bedroom and the most recent purchases were on the floor next to the stacked storage container. Now that I've moved it's fragmented in boxes, most of it here with me, some of it still at the ex's apartment. So the process has been open the top drawer and blindly reach in. I then find a pattern or the yarn I pull. When I pulled this yarn I really wasn't sure what to do with it because the color changes were so short. But I think I found the pattern it wanted to be and I love how it's working up so far.



I finished my mindless stirpy socks and of course I had another set to take their place. The grey toes are from the other socks I finished recently since I had enough to do contrasting heels and toes, probably a cuff too. This way I can keep the strips exact as much as possible.



Gaming:
I finished Child of Light. I very much enjoyed it and could see another playthrough or two. The waercolor art is gorgeous, the story line is enchanting, and I love that the main character is a girl. Currently I'm watching Jon play Super Smash Bros since he lucked into a free copy today. I haven't decided what I'll play next though I have a couple of unfinished games sitting around.

Reading:


Reader (Daughter of Time Book 1) by Erec Stebbins. I'm really not sure how I feel about this one so far. I'm 4 chapters in and it's not connecting yet. I'll give it a bit more time though.
2nd-Mar-2015 08:29 am - Lazy Weekend [friends, games, jon, lazy day, weekend report]
Spring Showers
Friday we hung out with some friends and played games. We played RuneAge and SuperFight. I really enjoyed RuneAge and had I been paying a little more attention to numbers I could have won super early. SuperFight is interesting but really intended for those who love the art of debate and have a super grasp of silly geeky stuff.

Saturday we cuddled on the couch until time for Jon to leave for work. I did quite a bit of cleaning as well as setting up for my next knitting projects and getting those started since I finished the stripy socks. Jon came home and we spent the evening just hanging out and playing video games.

Sunday fighter practice was canceled due to rain, again. And again it didn't rain on our side of town after the early morning shower. I know Jon had plans for the practice since he's running the day battle this weekend and I'm sad he didn't have the opportunity. But we spent the day cuddling on the couch, playing video games, and watching Netflix.

I very much cherish our time like that and love that we can have that time to unwind and just relax with each other.
27th-Feb-2015 06:42 am - Green Tabard [dagorhir, jon, sewing]
Fabric Rainbow
Of course what caused my green dress was this tabard for Jon. We have to match after all.



It was in the middle of the trim on this one that I thought to hide the ends in the seams. It looks so much cleaner hidden rather than folded over. Plus he's super happy with it.



I based the pattern off one of our friend's patterns and then made adjustments. I curved in for the arm holes so it wouldn't overhang so much and we have a scoop neck rather than a v. I love how fast it was to make, once I could be motivated to work on it.
Create 2
Knitting:
While this isn't the project I wanted to focus on for a couple days, I am seeing the end of it coming up. The next pattern I've picked requires the needles I'm using and while I have DPNs of the right size, I don't want to do this pattern on them because I don't want to count the repeats. But I'll also want another set of stripy, no thought socks on the needles for movies and such so I've ordered another needle. Meanwhile, I'll have another pair of socks done soon.



Gaming:

One of my valentine's gifts was a download code for Child of Light [Online Game Code]for the Wii U. It's a single player game that I've been in somewhat in love with since I saw the first trailer for it. It's so sweet that Jon remembered and got it for me. I love the art style and the story. I continue to be in love with it.


Reading:



T. S. Livingston and the Mystery at Madame Molineaux's. I haven't made it very far into the book yet but I'm enjoying the twin girls who are the focus of the story and their sense of adventure. I'm looking forward to the mystery they uncover and how they deal with it.
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23rd-Feb-2015 08:46 am - Relaxing Weekend [jon, weekend report]
Autumn Wolf
Jon sprained his ankle on Wednesday so he stayed home Thursday and Friday. Thursday I took care of him since I was home, and luckily Friday he was doing better so I didn't worry as much while at work.

Saturday he tried to go to work and they sent him home because he was limping. They said it was a liability and speed issue. Which, fine, I get it, but that's 3 days without pay. We'll live, but annoying.

Sunday fighter practice was canceled due to rain, that didn't show up until after we would have ended practice normally. We went to the movies instead and caught Birdman. It was a fail for me but Jon enjoyed it and I like spending time with him.

The large majority of the weekend was hanging out on the couch playing video games. With the Wii U I can play my game on the game pad while Jon plays something on the PS3. I also finished up my socks and started plotting for the next project. I'll have to stop by the knit store tonight but that's always fun. Besides, I don't think Jon's seen the inside of a yarn store, particularly with me. :grin:
20th-Feb-2015 06:44 am - Green Dress [dagorhir, sewing]
Fabric Rainbow
I used the same pattern I've used a couple times previously but made a few modifications to it.



I competely left the sleeves off so I can wear a shirt under it, as shown here, or go without depending on the weather. The simple act of leaving the sleeves off saved me so much time and frustration. I also did a contrast trim on the skirt and the arm holes. Net time I'll shorten the shoulders a bit as they keep slipping off, particuarly when I don't wear a shirt underneath, plus I don't want my sports bra peeking through at the edges.



I love the fabric and how soft it is. I also love that I now have green to match the unit colors. Now to find the fabric for a blue version.
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Knitting:
I just turned the heel on the second sock so hopefully there will only be another week or two of these. I like the pattern, I just wish I had more knitting time so I could get through things a little faster.



Gaming:
Jon and I played a bit of Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U that he bought me for Valentine's Day. It's a super cute game and we both enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

Reading:



Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone. This is a young adult novel, first in a series. So far I'm enjoying the female lead and her struggle to understand what she is and her destiny. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.
16th-Feb-2015 08:53 am - Valentine's Day [jon, love, v day, weekend report]
V-Day
I felt so loved and wanted this Valentine's. Not that Jon doesn't do that all the time, but this weekend was different.

Naturally we have to celebrate in our own, unique, way. Jon bought me a Wii U and that came in Friday so we spent a bit of time setting that up. I also have a shield and a sword core on the way, so I'll have a strap shield of my own soon, as well as a shorter, more streamlined sword. Since I got paid we stopped by the game store and picked up 3 games for him.

Saturday he surprised me with the complete set of Avatar: The Last Airbender. After work he stopped by Walmart to hopefully pick up the light I'd found online so I can knit at home a bit more. No light on the shelves, but it'll be there tonight thanks to in store pick up. Meanwhile he came home with Lego Hobbit for the Wii U. We went out to see Kingsmen and the dinner at Olive Garden. We both really enjoyed the movie and want to own it when it comes out.

Sunday was fighter practice of course. I was doing okay until I wasn't. I very suddenly felt very tired and not well. But I felt better that evening once we were back home and had rested. I still went to bed early though, after snuggling on the couch with Jon for a bit.

It's not about the presents, though they are nice. I never felt like a burden, or like Jon didn't want to be with me, doing things with me. It was very clear that it was all for me, but he was enjoying it too. I love how I feel when I'm with him. I love how Jon makes me feel wanted, loved, and special all the time.
13th-Feb-2015 06:39 am - Armory Update [dagorhir, weapons]
Fabric Rainbow

Since Jon and I created a new unit we needed to remove the former unit symbols. While we were at it we wanted a uniform appearance for our weapons so that when they're on the field we can tell at a glance that they belong to us. Our colors are blue and green but blue is a pretty common color.

We happened across this green while browsing through Hancock's fabric and both of us liked it instantly. I cut out the fabric for the first one and then Jon cut the rest of the fabric while I sewed them up. I love that we were able to work together and they were all done in an evening.

11th-Feb-2015 06:42 am - WIP Wednesday: Rhombus Mate [gaming, knitting, reading, wip]
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Knitting:
The second sock seems to be going a bit faster but I'm also setting aside a bit more tiime to dedicate to it. I have several other things I want to do but this needs to be finished first.



Gaming:


I've finally been able to play Shovel Knight and I'm really enjoying it. It's a fantastic game that really combines a lot of great things, both new and old. I've also played a bit more in Shadow of Mordor, a game I've been missing.I might actually finish the first world soon.

Reading:



Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne. This is certainly not a kids book. I'm not sure where it's going yet but I like the mystery aspect of it.
10th-Feb-2015 10:46 am - Banking World [apis / lynn, money]
House Kidding
So .. had to deal with 2 different banks yesterday.

Woodforest was pretty painless once we got to a branch and talked to a person. We went in and signed the dispute forms (I've always been able to do this over the phone before, with the credit union I was with previously). My card was canceled and a new one is on the way. Hopefully we'll have our money back in a week.

Paypal continues to be awesome. I called because my card (that I only use for business purchases or tiny yarn treats) expires this month. I'd received an email telling me to activate my new card .. but no new card. Talking to them they had the new address but sent it to the old because the new hadn't been verified. So, new address verified, old card canceled, new card sent out, and current card marked as still good until new activated.

And I messaged Lynn to let him know that the paypal card he's had for a couple weeks (it was mailed out on Jan 13th) is no longer good. Not that he was using it since he doesn't have my paypal log in and all transactions are sent to my phone instantly. So I still had all my money. But his response was ... I didn't think the mail was important. Um ... not your call to make. Yes, all of it other than this piece was junk but not the point.

On the plus side ... banks were very customer service oriented and I was happy with how things went.
Sugar Coated Lips
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The Confessional Box is now open.
All Mad Here
Friday night we met up with friends for dinner and talking over what we want to see happen in the realm and how we'll get there. It was a good conversation and it's nice to have a plan.

Saturday Jon was off to work while I chilled out at home. The landlord came by and fixed the sink, and I cleaned out the tote from the event and organized it so it was ready to go in the storage building. We also tossed several things of clothing so the clothing rack is less likely to fall apart under the weight. Yay for dating a packrat who can be reasoned with.

And in a form of burying the lead ... I updated my resume and started posting it. So, if you're in Houston and you know of an open position please let me know. I'm mostly admin with tech knowledge and easily trained in processes.

Sunday morning we woke to find out that our bank card info had been stolen and somebody in Lousianna had spent over $200 at Macy's, off my card, which is crazy since I generally make Jon use his card. So ... cleaning that up.

Sunday was also fighter practice. I struggled a bit with wild emotions but mostly kept it under control. I feel like I took a lot of painful hits and stayed out as long as I could, but I also took breaks and got pictures for the FB page. We all got sunburned a bit since it was so warm out. I'll need to look at making another sleeveless dress for this summer, in a dark blue.
6th-Feb-2015 06:40 am - Adult Fingerless Gloves [knitting]
Yarn

After Jon's mom saw the gloves for the little one she sent him a text. "Shadow could make me a pair too if she wanted." I jumped on it since I want to contribute to the household somehow other than just paying rent each month. So I did a quick stash rummage and found colors that were more to her liking. After a little fiddling with the numbers I had something that would work.

She's happy, I'm happy.


Pattern: Fingerless Gloves for Little Kids by Gabrielle D

Project page: Ravelry

4th-Feb-2015 10:04 am - WIP Wednesday: Rhombus Again [knitting, reading, wip]
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Knitting:

So very close to the end of the first one. I'm sure I'll have it finished by the end of the day and get moving on the mate. There was absolutely zero knitting this weekend but I was quite happy with the fighting and the time with friends.

Reading:


Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I'm still not sure how I feel about this one yet. However, the fighting and friends previously mentioned are partially to blame as I didn't read much either.
2nd-Feb-2015 10:48 am - Forging Pangaea III [dagorhir, jon, weekend report]
Avengers
Wednesday there was no fighter practice, instead we all were busy preparing for the weekend. Jon spent the day running around and getting the last few things we needed. Between the two of us, mostly him, we got things sorted out for packing the car.

Thursday we were up a bit early and got the car stuffed to absolute capacity. Nox was settled in with Jon's mom and off we went. We arrived around 1:30 and had the car unloaded, tent up, and things situated by about 2:30. I love that we work so well together. Jon did weapons check that night and there was a little bit of fighting before it got too dark but mostly it was people coming in to get set up.

Friday we finally got moving after staying up quite late laughing with friends around the fire. We showed off our pretty new green garb and wandered around chatting with people before field battles began. I got a few really nice shots with the bow before my quiver started losing arrows out the bottom. It really needs a new bottom and outer cover. We also had some boat battles and then we ended off the day with castle battles. I held back and covered the objective to keep the other team from getting it if they managed to break through our line. I ran down several guys, including slamming one guy into the wall when he refused to take my hits. Shield checking somebody is an awesome thing.

That night we had trials for several of our friends and they all earned the next rank up, including one earning the right to be a squire. I also watched Jon prove himself worthy of joining the realm. I was incredibly nervous. I knew he’d be fantastic, and he was, but I still didn’t want to sit and watch him get hit. I helped keep track of his wins and made sure he had enough water for breaks. I’ll have to do my own proving at some point but I’m really not ready for it yet. A couple of friends said they’d work with me to help me get ready.

It was cold on Saturday but tolerable until it started raining. Not that the rain stopped us. The muddier it got the more fun we seemed to have. Our team absolutely destroyed the other side. I teased a pole arm in to trying to hit me and then laughed when he was surprised he didn’t hit me. I let another think I wasn’t a threat because I was down on my knee and then went after him as he walked by. Also, my favorite part of all, I was rushed by a very large guy and I ended up going to my knees and sliding backwards because of the mud … and then I threw him out of the world. Better yet, Jon was behind me and saw it. I did an awesome thing and my sweetie saw me do an awesome thing. :beam:

Our realm headed out to the city for Denny’s after one last trial. I was so icky and gross but I didn’t care. I rolled my jeans up to keep them out of the mud and giggled while I finally washed my hands with soap and water and used a paper towel to get all the mud off my face.

Sunday Jon and I started packing things up and organizing everything to get it back into the car. I love that we can work together and split the tasks up. I don’t have to pack everything and then figure out how to get it all into the car. I packed things up, he packed it all into the car, and we both worked together to get the tent down and back into its bag. I also love that after spending 4 days almost glued to his side I’m still in love with him, not sick of him, and still want to spend time with him.
30th-Jan-2015 08:00 am - Tiny Fingerless Gloves [knitting]
Yarn
While visiting with Jon's mom it was mentioned that the little one's hands were always cold. I figured I had plenty of yarn left over from her hat so I could find a simple fix. I didn't even put a dent in the amount of yarn that I have left over.



Pattern: Fingerless Gloves for Kids by Gabrielle D
Project Page: Ravelry
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Knitting:
I'm still on the first sock but I'm pretty happy with the progress. Pretty much all my time for knitting has been during the day, evenings have been mostly sewing for the event this weekend.



Gaming:
None of that this week, too busy getting ready for Forging Pangaea.

Reading:



Stardust by Neil Gaiman. It's an interesting story, though I'm not overly invested in it just yet. Perhaps it's just not having a lot of time to read.
26th-Jan-2015 08:20 am - Party, Prep, Fighting [dagorhir, party, weekend report]
Spring
I considered trying to go with a third P word to round out the title but my tired brain just isn't up to it.

Friday we picked up a bit of fabric to recover the shield of one of our unit mates. He'll be all shiny and matchy at the event this weekend.

Saturday Jon worked and I mostly watched movies and knit. I did clear a shelf of his books and pack them away. The shelf is now being used as a dry goods area. I got tired of only having room on top of the fridge for those things and now I can see it and reach it without waiting for Jon to help. He won't miss his books for a bit since he's got the kindle. After Jon got home we had a birthday party to go to. It was really nice to take Jon and introduce him to the friends I made when I first moved to Houston. He enjoyed himself as well so that was good. I stayed up entirely too late cutting out pieces for the shield cover and Jon's new tabard but it's done and all that's left is sewing things together.

Sunday was fighter practice, the last one before the event. It was dry enough that I could pull out the new bow and give it a bit of a test. It'll take a bit of getting used to but I like it. It feels good in my hands and the arrows fly better so that's very helpful. With sword and board it felt like a couple things finally clicked and that felt very good. We also picked up a new aspirant to the Rangers. We'll work with him a bit and see if it's a possible good fit.
23rd-Jan-2015 06:39 am - Nereid Gloves [knitting]
Yarn
These were pretty quick to knit up and were the first project I finished this year.



And a bonus Nox Puppy appears in the picture.



I love that they're mirror images. Small secret though, I didn't knit them to be mirror images. I just turned one inside out since they're baically just tubes of ribbing. :grin:

Pattern: Nereid Fingerless Gloves by Denise Sutherland
Project Page: Ravelry
21st-Jan-2015 06:41 am - WIP Wednesday: Rhombus [gaming, knitting, reading, wip]
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Knitting:
I might have gotten further on these but I had a couple small projects to finish up. I'm still pretty happy with the progress though ... plus I keep getting distracted by squishing the knitting.



Gaming:
I've been playing a lot of XCOM and a little of Dragon Age: Origins. I restarted my XCOM game and I'm happier with the progression so far. I'm getting closer to that balance of buildig up and moving forward that I need.

Reading:


The Plant by Stephen King. It doesn't feel like a King novel so it's a little odd at times. But I'm nearly done and have mostly enjoyed it
19th-Jan-2015 08:05 am(no subject) [friends, jon, weekend wrapup]
Spring
Friday was a quiet night, I fixed dinner and we relaxed with YouTube and games.

Saturday I did a little bit of catching up on feed reading and watching Hulu. Internet has been down at work so I haven't been able to do that. Then I spent some time at noevilliveon's house and showed them a bit more about their sewing machine. Jon joined us after he got off work and we nommed some lasagna before heading out. Megan found a set of tarot cards and she gifted them to me and when Jon showed up he surprised me with a set of steampunk tarot cards. :happy Shadow:

Sunday was fighter practice and the debut of new tabard and dress. It was a perfect day for fighting.

Today is another day without internet, at least so far. I'll be on the phone shortly to continue bugging the communications company about it. I'm sure they're as tired of hearing from me as I am of calling them.

At least I had a really good weekend.
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