Sunday, October 29, 2006

Pretty in White

This is what I saw out my window when I got up this morning!

It's much too early -- really it is.

Friday, October 27, 2006

New Math

It was rather chilly today, and a cold south wind. Not sure where it's coming from, but it brings with it some snow this week for sure. Nonetheless, I ran around today, doing some errands.

First, I ran over to the office today at noon, while everyone was out, to see the Halloween decorations. There was a small intra-office competition for the best decorated unit. I don't like playing along, so the girls in my unit have threatened to do my desk when I was gone on Friday, and they've been planning something all week! And they were pretty funny! Maybe I'll show a pic later on.

I was looking for some financial software. Since I changed computers, I couldn't transfer the programs from one to the other (thankyou Uncle Bill!). So I have to go out and buy another one for THIS computer! It sucks! I couldn't find any in the first few stores I went to, but did find some at the last one. Of course, the one I wanted was labelled on the shelf, but no packages. "sold out"? I doubt it. They did have another one that I thought I might buy, if only I could find the price! A helpful salesboy came up, and I asked why they don't display prices for these items. "They just came in yesterday, and we haven't put them up yet." WTF?? He was glad to look it up for me, but by this time, I was worn out and told him not to bother himself. And walked out of the store.

I picked up a flyer, only to find that it was listed there, WITH THE PRICE. I almost went back in and purchased it, but because of principle, I had to leave. I might go back another time, when another saleschild will be around, and get it.

I then thought, since I was so far from home, to stop by a dollar store that used to have things I liked. They didn't have any; but there was another a few more blocks away, so ran over there. It's cold, did I mention that? This store didn't have what I wanted either, but I looked over some of their Halloween stuff, at 50% off. There was a package of spider webs, and I thought it might be nice to add some of it to the stuff I've been spinning. There is no indication on the bags what it's made of, but probably some nylon. So I picked up a bag clearly marked $1.00, and thought the price was better for $.50. The cashier rang up $.80. I paid, perplexed, and finally asked her how she came up with that price. "It's 50% off" she says... and I tell her that 50% of a dollar is 50 cents. "No, 50% of $1.50 is 75 cents" "But this is $1.00". She looked at me blankly.

And with that, I turned and left. I considered going back in and explaining to her, that it clearly is marked $1.00, and that I have changed my mind and will take the item for $1.50. And then decided I didn't want anything at all!! But I just got on my bike and headed for home. I was tired, and cold, and disgusted by the poor level of help we have in the stores right now. I am going to complain to the management (if there is any) and have this girl relieved of her position, and relagated to the stockroom, if at all. And of course, I won't be going back to that store again.

Oh, I think sometimes that a lot of people around this town are a waste of good oxygen!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

There is some progress

Yes, little by little, these things do get done. There hasn't been much to post lately, because I have been busy spinning all that donated White Buffalo that I got. This is not a colour I would have normally picked myself, but I'm having fun doing these. As they are becoming skeins, I'm planning on some project, and maybe for myself. So I'm not sure I would wear it; however, why not? It's not black or grey (my usual), but is still subdued, and I won't do anything outlandish. I have my eye out on some cables, so am still working on that. We shall see. I should learn never to announce what I will be making since, inevitably, there will be changes! haha

Here are some pics of what is waiting for me. Mostly I am spinning right now, and will do some plying when I want a change. These are the cops that I've spun over several months, waiting to be plied. The black is so hard to photograph! They have all been spun on my CD spindle. I use a paper quill, and just slip it off the shaft when full, and then use a lazy kate for plying. It works for me! Each is about 38 gms or 1.3 oz. I have been doing these mostly as a 3-ply, so I end up with a 113 gm or 4 oz skein of about 133 m or 144 yd. I think I got all those conversions correct! Whatever I have, there will be enough for a sweater or a couple! :-)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Thanksgiving Day

Lately, there hasn't been much to tell you, so I've been quiet. I'm still spinning all of the White Buffalo that someone sent to me, and I have a little more left to do. I'm making some plans for it, but nothing too definite just yet.

I want to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. I know that the 'Muricans delay their holiday until later in the year, but I will just be a little early, that is all! Despite all the mishaps and misfortunes of this year, there ARE a few things that have gone well, and for that we are all thankful. It's often the little things that really make a difference.

There will be pics coming soon of the progress on this green yarn, and maybe some more news of other things. Enjoy the season!