Feeling fine and free

I was going to sign my dog up for training classes. I thought it would be a fun, get out of the house type of thing to do. All I do is go to the park every day. Other than that, I pretty much stay home Monday through Friday. Plus, I was supposed to do this 2 years ago to build my dog’s confidence. I just never did it.

However, my dog barks at other dogs he sees at the park. So how could he be in a training class with other dogs? I emailed a training school just to make sure. She said private training was best. That’s what I’m doing. Someone is coming to my house on Tuesday (election day) to do a free consultation. I’m nervous because my dog doesn’t like strangers on his territory. He will bark the whole time. So how are we supposed to talk? I might have to leave him outside during parts of the consultation.

My dog is well behaved at some places like the vet or Petsmart, but he will not tolerate people in the yard or in his my house. And like I’ve already mentioned he misbehaves around other dogs at the park. I’m nervous about the cost. Private training in my house??? Uh, that could be expensive. I would rather go someplace than have the trainer come here, but they don’t do that.

Private training for 1 hour at a place near me is $60 per hour. That is the cost of going to the location. That place doesn’t do in-house training. So I’m assuming that is the least it will cost. The place I choose says they can train a dog to walk properly in 2 hours. I’m hoping 1.) it will work and 2.) it won’t be terribly expensive. If it is too expensive, I will probably try the $60 place near me.

SO…I probably won’t go after Demi Lovato tickets tomorrow. Private dog training, Demi concert and I would like to still go to Kripalu*. I have to cut something, and it will probably be Demi. If I can get a ticket in the first 8 rows, I probably will purchase it. The chances of that happening are very slim. I love Demi, but she’s not one of my top 10 favorite musicians or anything. I just thought it would be fun to go see Demi in DC.

If I do get a ticket, I will update this entry.

*About Kripalu, I have no idea whether Gabby Berstein will hold her workshop there next summer. It is 8 months away. Right now she is focusing on her new book that I’ve already preordered. The book comes out January 2. Anyway, I don’t know whether I can afford to go. I’ve added up everything and the price is almost what it cost me to go to Mexico! sigh. The issue is that I will only go if I have a private room which costs a ton. If I’m going to be around people all day at the workshop and in the cafeteria, I want my own private room to decompress.

I still want to go, but I want to be financially smart too.

This week I…

Music of the week (my top 8): Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Pink, Marren Morris, Carrie Underwood, Michelle Branch, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande

The new Pink album is really good. I also like the new Kelly Clarkson, but Pink tops that.

TV of the week: basketball, news, RHONJ

Movie of the week: None

Podcasts of the week: Accused, Mental Illness Happy Hour, Missing Maura Murray

I have listened to the Mental Illness Happy Hour for years. I usually listen to it on Friday nights as I fall asleep.  I just started listening to Accused (#late). I’m not sure I like it. I like my true crime recent. I don’t like cold cases as much. I will probably give it one more episode before I give up.

Books of the week: I finished reading The Goddess: A Novel by Swan Huntley. Um, I gave it 3 stars. That is the lowest rating I have given a book this year. I usually don’t finish 3-star books because I have so many books I want to read, so why waste time on an average book?  The book starts off great, but I guessed the ending very early on. I dunno. It was okay enough for me to finish.

Now focusing on reading:

Planner update: Plans of the week in my Erin Condren

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I have a new planner! I’m using the Get To Work Book for a couple of weeks in 2017 and all of 2018. That means no more stickers. 😦  I love planning with stickers. It is my only creative outlet these days (sad, but true). And it relaxes me. I will still post my planner here and on Instagram, but it will look pretty boring. I’ve been eyeing the GTWB since it has been on the market and I finally decided that is all I need. I’m not spending any more money on stickers even though I use mostly printable stickers so I’m not spending a ton. I can easily go back to my Erin Condren if I want to use stickers for a week or two.

Plans for the Weekend: This isn’t really weekend related but I’m off from work on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Tuesday is election day, and the day the dog trainer is coming to my house. This weekend I will clean up for the trainer. I don’t have a lot to clean up since I’ve been trying to tidy up as I go, but I hate cleaning.

I’m going grocery shopping on Saturday, and I have a test on Sunday morning. That is all I have planned. I get to play in my new planner!!  🙂 I’m so excited to get it on Saturday. It is at my mom’s house. I send all my bigger packages there.

I gotta go cook food for the rest of this week and next week. Thanks for reading! Have a nice weekend. 🙂

not lonely, just alone

A pic of my dog from one of our daily visits to the park. It wasn’t this week because this week was rainy. (We still went to the park every damn day, though. ha!)

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He hates having his pic taken which makes it hard to get good pics, but oh well.

I just finished splitting a few of my Abilify pills in half. I do it in advance, so I don’t have to do it daily. I guess that means I won’t be quitting within the next two weeks. I feel this undercurrent of depression in me. I’m scared as hell to stop Abilify right now. I would rather stop when I’m not feeling any kind of sadness or overwhelmed.

I’ve been going on and on about Harvey Weinstein in this blog. I was a big fan of Miramax and The Weinstein Company, so this is a huge story to me. I’ve always known he was a jerk, but I didn’t know about the harassment. I just want to say that I know he isn’t the only one in Hollywood sexually harassing people. Also, I know it happens in other industries.

Quick Depo-Provera update: I haven’t bled as of 10/11/17. I hope that doesn’t change.

Quick stalker update: I haven’t seen him on his moped all week. That is probably because I was able to go to the park at 11:30 instead of after I got off from work. The week isn’t over…

This week I…

Music of the week (my top 8): Demi Lovato, Shania Twain, Jasmine Thompson, Jillette Johnson, Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Broods

I didn’t expect to like the new Shania. I must admit that I thought she was over once her ex-husband stopped writing with her. (How sexist!) But her new album is decent.

TV of the week: Grey’s Anatomy, Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies is so good! Reese Witherspoon kills it. Everyone is good. Don’t watch season one of BLL and think the book is good. It’s not. Don’t bother. I might be a little bitter because I spent $8 on the Kindle edition of the book. Ugh. What a waste. Anyhow, I can’t wait for season 2. I don’t have HBO, so I don’t know when I’ll be able to see it. I might get the digital version or DVD. So good (when compared to the book).

Movie of the week: I saw Hidden Figures. Very good movie. It’s based on a true story. Janelle Monae is really something. Once again, everyone was good in it. I would recommend this movie to everyone. It was better than Big Little Lies. lol.

Podcast of the week: True Crime Garage. Love that podcast. I usually listen to at least two different podcasts a week. I will start listing those in this section. I’m obsessed with true crime. I can’t get enough of it. I went through a period where I only read true crime.

Books of the week: Ugh, I’m so disappointed. There’s no way I can finish the Vietnam book in less than 2 weeks. 😦 I will still probably read it over the weekend, but then I’ll stop because it is just wasting time to try to read a book I know I’m not going to finish. I hope they put the PBS special the book is based on on Netflix, or maybe I can catch it on PBS. I think it was on over the weekend. I would just buy the book, but at last check, it was $25. I’m not spending that much on a Kindle book.

Currently reading:

I have more library books I could read, but now I’m just trying to finish The Handmaid’s Tale. I always get a bunch of library books at one time. ugh. Too many books, not enough time.

Planner update: Plans of the week in my Erin Condren

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Plans for the Weekend: Staying in for the most part. I have to mail one thing. I don’t even have to go inside the post office. yay. I rarely get to stay in all weekend. I’m going to work at my part-time job and work on my school course.

This week off was pretty good. Only one bad thing happened: I lost power for almost 5 hours on Wednesday morning. I could’ve worked at my part-time job. I lost 5 whole hours! I would like to think I’m over it now, but I dunno. 😉 I had everything all planned out and then that happened.

Have an amazing weekend. Thanks for reading! 🙂

Don’t let me hit the ground

BEARS!
BEARS!

I got two 10 lb bears….by mistake. Nutrisystem sends a bear for each 10lbs lost. The next bear is the 20lb pound bear, but I won’t be getting that because I’m not getting any more NS food after next week. 😦 It is due to financial reasons not because I don’t love NS. But I wouldn’t want to stay on it forever either. My mom says I shouldn’t lose anymore weight. I don’t care what she or anyone else thinks.

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Don’t say you don’t want to sound harsh before saying what you have to say. It only makes what you’re saying sound harsh. Unless, your intent is to sound harsh. Either way it might lead to tears if you care about that kind of thing.

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The vet assistants wanted me to put a muzzle on my dog* because they were scared! WTF! Now I realize that I was so scared because if he did act very aggressive, I would lose faith in my best friend. It wasn’t just about being bitten. Even though I do have an irrational fear of being attacked by animals. That is why volunteering at the animal shelter wasn’t a good fit for me. Some dogs were sweet, but some dogs scared me. It’s funny if I see a dog while I’m walking alone, I’m 100% fine but in other situations I get scared…including with my own pets.

*I know owners put muzzles on their dogs all the time. But 1.) Their dog isn’t my dog. 2.) They aren’t me. The end.

Anyhow, he did get his nails trimmed. Finally. I think they gave him treats to trim his nails. I didn’t think that would work. Since we walk on the (hard) road a lot, I hope that will keep his nails trimmed for at least 4 months. I do not want to go back there any sooner. The whole situation is very uncomfortable.

EDIT: After reading this section, it seems like I’m saying my dog ALWAYS needs to be muzzled. NO. It is only when he is having his nails trimmed. He is sooooo scared and will scream the whole time. He was shaking as soon as we got inside the building. 😦

This week I…

Music of the week:  Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Nina Simone, Bea Miller, Raquel Sofia, Indigo Girls, Crystal Lewis, Miguel

Song of the Week: Bea Miller – Fire N Gold

Sometimes I go through phases where I’m cynical about new music…especially music from young artists. I don’t want to hear anything new. I think I’m done with that phase now. I updated my music blog for the first time in about 2 years. I’m excited about new music again. I want to share unknown artists. I will share here too. I already know next week’s song of the week. It’s sublime. Better than Bea Miller. 😉 I just posted this because her album finally came out this week. This isn’t the best song on the album. I wouldn’t put it in the top 5. Surprised it got picked as a single.

Watched: Big Brother, The Affair, Dexter

Movies of the week: Iverson the Movie

I finally got to see it! It came out on my birthday but I don’t have Showtime and I was on vacay so I couldn’t see it. I loved it but it didn’t tell me much of anything new. I’m a big Iverson fan. I know almost everything. (including the bad stuff). I saw Iverson play in person for a charity event. One of my best memories. I heart him.

Books of the week:  Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green. Good book but too long. For people who already know about Brown v The Board of Education and other cases, there is a lot of stuff you can skip. I’m mainly interested in Prince Edward County. I know what happened everywhere else she mentioned. I’m 55% through. I’m not sure I’m going to finish.

Planner update:

this week's plans
this week’s plans

In case anyone is wondering….I have a Plum Paper Planner inside a Kikki.K planner. I recommend both! I didn’t get as much as I wanted done this week. Work was more time consuming than I’d plan.

Don’t tell your mother

Update to add: AHHHHHHHHHH! Just like I thought my manager and I will have a meeting on Monday. No, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m fired. BUT it could mean that I have to work in the office or it could be just a warning (doubtful). Talking isn’t one of my skills. I really don’t know what to say. If she can’t see the truth than LOL. I have one sentence I can say. That’s it. It isn’t like I can google an answer to this unique situation.

If she doesn’t think I’m taking this seriously, she could not be wronger. I’m a single person. No significant other to help pay bills. No parents to help with much of anything. I could eventually live with my mom to have a roof over my head, but she has no money because she stopped working to take care of her mom. It’s all on me. I have to work. So YES, I am taking this very seriously. That’s all I can say….and I don’t think that is good enough.

Monday is the day. Nervous. Will my coworkers get want they want? Time will tell.

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I don’t know what’s going on. I couldn’t nap much this week. Napping is my favorite thing. 🙂  Was it because I was worried about my job? Or do I nap because my job is so exhausting that when I do work, I feel so tired that I have to nap? I don’t know, but I do know that my dog hated having the weekend schedule during the week. He was confused. Why aren’t you sitting at the computer and working mom? Why aren’t we eating dinner at 5? Uh, because we woke up later…remember?

Overall, I had a good week off. It was very relaxing.

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park

I took my dog to the park on Wednesday. Surprisingly it was fun. I finally found the walking trail but by the time I found it, we had been there about an hour and I didn’t feel like walking the whole trail. We ended up taking a shortcut through the woods which was awesome. I love wooded areas. So that was cool. My dog wouldn’t let me sit down. I wanted to read a book by the lake, but that didn’t happen. We went around 10 AM and it wasn’t crowded at all.

On Thursday, I took my dog to get groomed while I went to the gym and ran errands. I took a spin class. Less than 10 people were in the class. Gotta love a morning class on a weekday. I went to the consignment shop but, they weren’t taking clothes that day. They do state on their website to call first but since I was already out, I decided to just go. Oh well. Another day.

The grooming didn’t go well. I expected that. He wouldn’t let them trim his nails. She told me to take him to the vet for that. LOL. The vet doesn’t want to do it either. But I will try there in early August. They have to cut his nails or I can’t keep him. What are the other alternatives? Anyway, he didn’t like the bath or being dried either. Oh well. I guess that will be the last time I go there.  I will do everything at the vet which costs more. Grrr!

Then my mom and I went to Red Lobster. Thank god I did spin and burned 400+ calories. Otherwise, I would be in trouble. I ate TWO biscuits. Plus I had the caesar salad. 😦  But I didn’t eat the croutons in the salad. I forgot a salad came with the meal. The broiled flounder was awesome! I skipped two meals (1 snack and dessert) so in the end it all evens out. She wants to go back to Red Lobster in August. argh. This time I will try not to eat any bread. lol. And just eat the salad and the meal.

Here is a pic of the salad. I forgot to take a pic of the main meal which would have been great food porn.

salad
salad

I saw 130.4 on the scale on Tuesday. It was only ONE day so I’m not celebrating yet. Today I’m back to 131.

This week I…

Music of the week:  Tori Kelly, Raquel Sofia, Crystal Lewis, Ed Sheeran, Nina Simone, Florence + the Machine, Mariah Carey, Shelby Lynne

Watched: Big Brother, Preachers’ Daughters

Movies of the week: Does watching a Lifetime movie count? 😉

Books of the week:  I finished reading Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found by Rebecca Alexander. Great book. One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read and I read a lot of memoirs. Moving.

Now reading: Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green. I live 80 minutes away from Prince Edward County. I didn’t know the history of that county. I never really thought much about Prince Edward County prior to reading this book.  The author used to live where I live now. She talks about how racially segregated it is. I tell people online that that is true. But the way she puts it makes it really sad. It is like people are living in two different cities. The haves and the have nots.

I have a free Audible credit. I’m thinking about getting Ta-Nehisi Coates new book. I dunno. Is it better to read it or is it okay to listen to it? I don’t know why I mess with Audible. I don’t love audio books. I used to listen to them when I worked in the office because that helped pass the time, but now I can barely finish an audio book. I have to use my free credit by August. I need to get something…Every book I want to read I usually come to the conclusion that I want to READ it, not listen to it.

Planner update:

plans of the week
plans of the week

As usual, the weekend isn’t filled in yet.

Follow through

I had a decent NYE! That never happens when I stay home.  I usually go away for NYE but this year I didn’t (because of the dog and finances). Nothing happened. That is a good thing! 😉 Usually there are people shooting guns or fireworks. Nothing. I fell asleep around 11PM while listening to a mental health podcast. I woke up at 12:05AM. I was thrilled. Then I just turned my lights off and went to sleep for real. I know how to party. I’m so glad this time of year is over. I survived!!

Note: I typed everything below the line BEFORE I took B to doggy daycare for the day.

I took B to daycare for the first time today. It was something I wanted to do once a month, just for socialization. I didn’t want to HAVE TO do it. However, I had a lot to do today and I didn’t want to come back to a mess and a stressed out dog so I left him there for 8 hours today. According to the owner, he did very well (Thank Buddha – I was worried) and he’s a total mama’s boy. lol. Also:

1. He is shy around people.

2. He didn’t play with the other 2 small dogs. He didn’t even care that they were there!

THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOO MY DOG! hahaha.

Well, I’m glad that it went well. I don’t know what to make of him not playing with the other dogs. I assumed he would like that. I was wrong. Hopefully I will not have to make this a habit. He was so happy to see me. One more thing: He came back a mess. I would have been pissed if I had given him a professional bath and he came back looking like that. In their defense, it was raining.

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The title of this entry should be “This is why I don’t have kids”. But that would make sense. The dog is driving me nuts. I can’t tell you how many times a day I think this is exactly why I don’t have kids. Cause I don’t want to deal with this crap! And now I have this dog that is like a really bad toddler.

He has serious separation anxiety and aggressive issues (not towards me…yet). If I worked outside the house, I could not even think of keeping this dog. NO WAY. My mom says she would take him back to the shelter. I don’t know how I feel. I don’t love this dog. I sort of like him. He is just so much trouble! But he is really cute and everyone says that to me. And I want to say “do you want to take him home?” or “try living with him”.

Maybe obedience school would help. I don’t see it solving his real issues. The plan was to start obedience school on January 25 but I used the money on something else. Something not fun. I can remove the apprentice on my title when I finish the practicum I purchased. It will take me probably a year to finish it. And then I won’t have to put apprentice on my resume anymore.

Back to the dog: Perhaps the vet will have a solution. I don’t have an appointment yet. It depends on whether they open on MLK day. I might have that day off. All I know is that I will not be working all day. If there was an easy solution, he probably wouldn’t have ended up in the shelter in the first place. As far as the “medicine” goes, I think Nutri-Vet Pet-Ease Wafers works the best but nothing works if he is really wound up. I haven’t noticed the Anti-Stress Pills working but I don’t really know. Hard to tell.

In good news, he seems to be somewhat house trained. I don’t feel good saying he is 100% there but the crate is working…and taking him outside a lot.

Weekly

Music for the week: Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, D’Angelo, Lea Michele, Jonatha Brooke, Ani DiFranco

TV for the week: House of Cards, basketball

I see new things every time I watch House of Cards. I’m about to start a Twilight Zone marathon. I LOVED that show as a kid.

Movie of the week: The Rage: Carrie 2 

Book of the week: Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

I’m only on page 47. I’m sure it gets good. I just have to get into it.

Knitting projects of the week: I started another cowl. I had to do one in purple. This yarn is thinner so it is taking forever. The last one took about 2 weeks. This one will take at least 3. There isn’t much to show but here is the yarn:

 

start of cowl
start of cowl

Still working on a scarf, my lace project and my afghan. Pics of those in the coming weeks…hopefully next week.

whisper, whisper, whisper

cowl
first cowl!

As you can see, I finished my cowl! This is by far the best knitting experience I’ve had thus far. It isn’t perfect. There are at least two known mistakes. Isn’t it amazing how a string of yarn can become a piece of fabric? It amazes me that I made that. I’m wearing it out on Thursday instead of one of my scarves.

I’m shocked that it is wearable. Like I said, I couldn’t find a pattern with my yarn so I searched the net for inspiration. The best cowl I found was Elise’s “super simple knitted cowl“. I didn’t follow her pattern (because I used a different type of yarn*) but just looking at her finished cowl kept me going. I wanted mine to look as cozy as hers and it kind of is. Hers is probably thicker though. I cast on about 105 stitches….I have no idea how many rows I did.

*I used Lion’s Brand Tweed Stripes.

I’m in love with my cowl. Yep, I admit it. 😉  I might have to make a purple one next. I’m really more of a scarf person so….I just made this to make something different.

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My dog definitely and I mean DEFINITELY has separation anxiety (and motion sickness while in the car). He has stomach issues just like humans do when they get anxious.  I ordered two different types of medicines. I hope they work. I would like to think it is just the new environment but I’m not that optimistic. I’m gone for 45 minutes and he goes ballistic. Imagine if I were gone for 8-9 hours a day!!? It would be horrible.

I’m guessing this might be one of the reasons he was at the shelter. It is that bad.  He also isn’t good with kids so that may be another reason.

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WARNING WARNING *************SERIAL SPOILER ALERT************

I have not listened to the last episode of Serial as of this posting. As a true crime aficionado, I sort of feel like I wasted my time. This was the best case she could find? Yeah I know the case came to her but she could have passed. I think Adnan and Jay did it. Do I think Adnan should be in jail? NO. There isn’t enough evidence. Eyewitnesses  AKA Jay are not real evidence. I want forensics. (I have jury duty soon. I would be such a pain on a jury… if I talked. I would never convict someone based on what someone else said. That is NUTS!)

Why do I think Adnan is guilty? It’s simple. He never called Hae after she was murdered. He knew. That’s why he didn’t call her cell phone. RED FLAG.  Her other friends constantly called her. It also doesn’t help that his cell phone pinged off a tower  near the park where her body was found. Of course someone else (Jay) could have had the phone but I’m not buying that.

It was interesting but there are so many more far compelling cases where an innocent person could truly be helped.

I have to talk about Hae a little. She became real to me when they mentioned how Adnan and her danced to K-Ci’s and Jo Jo’s song. I will never find another lover sweeter than you, sweeter than you… That brought back so many memories. What a tragic way to die. So young. WHY? I want to ask WHO DID IT? But I’m 70% sure Adnan did. The reasonable doubt is why I couldn’t convict him.

The whole podcast was just weird (for lack of a better word). I wouldn’t have done a whole series of episodes on this case but it worked for her.

After I finish the final episode, I’m going to research the case myself and see whether I still feel the same way. I doubt anything changes.

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I’m going to bed now. I can’t believe I have to work on Xmas eve and Xmas day. Everyone else is off and I’m jealous! But blessed to be stressed as they say……………….

Mary just don’t give a damn

Um, I know it is important (?) but if I hear one more word about the “Sony Hack” and “The Interview”…. ::News off::

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B
B

Everyone else in the lobby was happy to get their new dog or cat back from being spayed or neutered. I was stressed. haha. That is so typical of me. Seriously I feel like he is bored here and I don’t know what to do. He doesn’t love his toys*. He is not a chewer (thank Buddha??). I take him outside a lot. I don’t have a fenced in yard so I have to walk him on a leash. But I can’t constantly take him out when I’m working. Sigh. Puppy problems. I no longer leave him in his crate during the day, only at night.

*A couple hours after I typed this, he played with his toy for over 30 minutes. So maybe there is hope! yay.

I want a happy dog. Who wouldn’t? He looks at me with those big brown (sad?) eyes and I melt. I thought I was the animal whisperer. I could read their minds. Call me crazy but this is/was true. I’m more animal than human. (Forget that humans are animals for a sec). I hate to admit this but I’m more of a cat person but I can’t have cats for health reasons. 😦

Eventually obedience school will be happening. That’s something to do. He’ll have a blast. That lasts 6 weeks. I’d rather take a local knitting class (lol)  and make my first pair of socks but I can’t do both. I am thinking about taking the knitting class in March. We can bring our own pattern and she will help us make it. Enough about knitting. I would love to take B to a dog park soon.

I have plans but nothing is happening right now. Trying to work and watch after this dog is like watching a toddler when he isn’t sleeping. I don’t have kids for a reason. My dog was 17. I forgot what the puppy years were like plus I had my mom’s help.

End of adventures in puppy-land.

I’m only on episode 4 of Serial. No spoilers please. 😉 I like to listen to it on the weekends when I can give it my full attention. Everyone is spoiling it now because in their world, it is over.

Other random stuff: I’m cancelling one of my book subscriptions. Finally. I was going to cancel so I could get my dog health insurance but Consumer Reports claims that pet insurance usually isn’t worth the price. (Are they referring to middle class people AKA people with money or ALL people? Should I consider it since I’m barely making it? They didn’t mention that so I’m still a little conflicted). I’ve had that book subscription for over a decade. Sad to see it go but I could use the money. I’m going to miss it when I have to go to the library more. I hate returning books to the library. I love checking out though.

I also canceled my Netflix DVD plan. I’m not as sad to see that go.

Weekly

Music for the week: D’Angelo, Kacey Musgraves, Mary J. Blige, Magic!, Ani DiFranco, Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Sharon Van Etten

Being a fan of D’Angelo is frustrating. Like most hardcore fans, I had heard 80% of the album years ago (mostly from concerts – including one I attended). I had NO CLUE that he hadn’t recorded all the songs in a studio. WTF? He rushed recording the album due to what happened in Ferguson! That would be fine if I thought the songs sounded finished. I wondered why they were so short. Since when does D do a 5 minute song?? Don’t get me wrong, I love the album. I’m just disappointed to hear that he rushed the studio recordings. What could have been….

TV for the week: Pretty Little Liars, Colbert Report, basketball

Movie of the week:  none. Will I ever watch a movie again? Stay tuned. 🙂 I usually go to the movies on Xmas day but I gotta work and then go to my mom’s house plus NBA basketball is on ALL day.  I miss my movie tradition. I will go back to going to the movies on Dec 25….just not this year.

Book of the week: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Knitting projects of the week: I started a cowl on Monday. I was hoping to have it finished by today. ROFL. I’m a slow knitter. This is great practice but I’m not sure it will be useful. I couldn’t find a pattern with my yarn so I just made something up. I cast on about 105 stitches with a 16 inch circular needle and just started knitting. I think this is going to be too small. Bummer! I love the colors and really want to wear it. Here it is so far:

cowl
cowl

And here is my scarf.

scarf
scarf

I’m starting to like the colors. That yarn would have been perfect for a cowl but I don’t think I have enough for a cowl. I hope I have enough for the scarf!

Later.