Archive for October, 2008


so what is IT support?

October 14, 2008

so far this morning, and I jest not, I have been asked to fix a dictaphone, well 3 to be exact to get one working and fix a telephone because the line is out. These things have remained unfixed by me, I have shown the first customer that their PC has a mic and how to record from it and informed the second to contact the telecoms team. Work done.

To be honest that is the worst I can moan about so really I have it very good indeed.

Plus I realise I’ve been such a lax blogger and things are catching up and going very quickly to the point that I nearly forget everything that has happened before I get to tell blogland.

I missed out on Thursday night knitting because I was way too tired to go. By this point Scotty had placed the TV on order and I booked off Friday afternoon so that I could go and pick him and the TV up from work. Friday occurred as planned and we got home and plugged in the new very large TV. I now need a bib because the screen is so clear and top quality that I drool when watching it.

Saturday morning we had to get Scotty’s bike from the station because I picked him up. Whilst there we popped over to woollies and got Lego batman. Those who know me well know I’ve played all the Lego series and I love them all. This one is going to top of the class though, much better than Lego Indiana Jones and comparable to both star wars versions in one package. Lots of new places to explore, a plethora of new evil characters to play with and lots of new functionality that is just enough different from the star wars and Indiana versions that make it great fun to play. Since Saturday morning ( now Tuesday) we’ve clocked up the best part of 10 hours playing between us. OOps. 😉

Still, we have achieved other things too. We took one of the sets of bookshelves from the spare room downstairs and moved them up to the lounge. I think the lounge is mainly done now and looking rather nice and now I get to sit on the same sofa as Scotty because before we had one each and it was incredibly unfriendly. Two sofas seem nice but its not snugly.

Sunday we drove over to Dad’s at Sherringham. It was a beautiful day and even though dad on his own is not used to catering for family he placed on a lovely spread of fresh home made bread, cheese and salad. My sister and her family were there too. Dad went out with the kids to the park whilst me and my sister launched in to some of mums belongings that would cause pain for dad to deal with. In the end we had quite a nice time covering some of the stuff that desperately needed to be done. By the time we finished I ended up taking away 10 plastic wheeled boxes of material, wool, sewing patterns and personal belongings that we just did not want dad to have to deal with. We binned age old makeup, hairbrushes, curlers and realised just how much stuff a life can accumulate over time.

I need to spend time sorting through all these boxes and removing charity items, bin-able items and keeping as much of her fabric and patterns and wool as possible, or at least finding good homes for them where they will be appreciated. I know she would have wanted this above other things and I find it therapeutic doing this for her. I may not have been able to be there by her side near the end but I can make sure that what was hers is dealt with, with respect. Finally I also took all the undies and that which most of it will have to be trashed but the wig and fake boob(s) (two rights) are all going back to the cancer ward to hopefully be re-used. I don’t think she ever used them and never found them comfortable.

Once I’ve been through all of this I will take some of the boxes back and re-fill with the wardrobe which we have hardly touched. I’m a very similar size to my mum so I guess I get a free wardrobe of clothes, well anything I can bear to wear, which is quite a few things because I always thought my mum had great class most of the time. Still with most of this it will also end up at charity and I will search out and find the best ones suitable to the cancer cause that mum had to fight. My sister agreed with me, its sort of my job, I’m really the only one who can wear the clothes and yet again its what mum would have wanted. I never expected to enjoy the process as much as I am It reminds me of what part of me is like my mum, organized and getting stuff done, the love of knitting and sewing. Plus I love sharing and giving stuff away. If there is any way any of the nice stuff can make it out via here to donate I’ll try and do that too.

Dad also gave me all the green tomatoes he collected from his garden. I attempted to make green tomato chutney on Sunday night. It looks right but it still tastes a bit like vinegar, just a little and I put in WAY TOO MUCH chilli. It tastes nice and then lingers. I’ve never had a back burner like it. I’m not sure quite what to do with it to make it right again. I ended up adding apples and pineapple too and blending the resulting mix to get a more smooth texture.

Knitting has been a bit on hiatus this week. I finished the beret hat and even after blocking it looks better but is still not really big enough for my head and the cast on edge is way too loose and flops off. I don’t like floppy things that just perch. I need something to hug my ears to keep them warm in the depths of winter. Scotty loves his socks and they have been through the wash once already and are in need of another wash to be worn again.

Finally Otis and Jasper are happy and spent most of Saturday in the garden unsupervised. They are still fighting well and enjoying running up and down the stairs.


what no more recap?

October 7, 2008

I think I’ll keep the honeymoon to myself for now. I have drafts but I like having the secret holiday. It was beautiful in its own sweet way.

Last week and the weekend and so far this week have been mighty busy. I made it to knit night on Thursday but left early as I was so very very tired. Friday night I cast on a new hat because I’ve very nearly finished two other projects, the socks, and also the mitts for a friends wedding. Saturday I felt like I had a stonking cold coming and my head was thick and thumpy. I spent the day on the sofa relaxing and knitting. I’m trying a beret via this pattern. What? no I can hear you, I know you’re asking, me? follow a pattern? HA, well in this case yes. BUT (see I knew you were waiting for it) I’m also trying Grumperina’s spiral tutorial. Which allows for the chevrons to meet up in a perfect circle without changing the yarn at the seam point at any time. I need all 4 ends of two balls of yarn going to get the two row chevron to work. I’m juggling yarn like a professional and it is coming out rather lovely. I did find a mistake though and it took most of this lunch time at work to fix.

Anyway, amongst all the knitting that I should be completing rather than picking new stuff Scotty and I had a sort out day on Sunday. Firstly we found all the stuff off the ground floor of our house that needed to go up the loft. Escorted it up the two flights of stairs and slid it up the ladder in to the attic space. Mainly empty boxes but some not so empty. Then anything else from around the house that needed to go up the loft did too. Then after tidying a little we decided to re-arrange the lounge. Now WAY back when this blog started we bought Slot sofas. This means now we have instead of a 3 seat corner we have a 4 seat L shape and instead of a two seat sofa we have a single chair. Plus the move around means that we are as far away from the telly as we can get in our little abode. Keep thinking on this point whilst I continue to meander about. We were just about half way though shifting and my brother calls and said he’s going to pop over with his kids and wife. I love them coming to visit so we got a wriggle on and slotted it all together and ran the hoover over everything. Once everyone was in the house the new layout worked well. The kids loved running around in circles between the lounge and kitchen and through the doors to the stairway. They were told lots of times to WALK past the stairs, but they are 2 1/2 year old twins, they mostly do what they like until they get hurt. Now I do love my brother but he noticed the TV situation and mentioned that, even our 28″ screen looked rather small. To be honest I agree, but Scotty took this point and has since been looking for a new 40″ TV… I’ll let you know when we get it, I’m still tempted to mount it on the wall but we’d have to find somewhere else for our giant but slightly warped mirror.

After all that Monday was not usual either, Dad came for lunch which was great and I do love now spending time with him. Its like I very rarely had the chance before and we do get on rather well. We talked, ate and generally had a good time. Dad delivered a spare garden bin to our house too so when I got home I went straight to the back garden and started emptying all my dead plant pots in to the bin, fluffing up the soil and mixing it all in so that next spring it will all be fresh and usable again (I hope). I felt like I had achieved, so up to the kitchen I went. I scored a whole bunch of free apples at work due to the free fruit that is left out on a weekly basis. (no I did not steal everyone’s free frut it was last weeks left in the kitchen). I peeled and chopped them all and cooked apple strudel. Then chopped and roasted a load of veg (steamed some romanesque, and cooked veggie burgers). I finally sat down at 9pm and lamented at not getting any knitting time. So this is why knitting now comes to work with me at lunch time. I want to get things done around the house but I’m at work too many hours to achieve everything at home I would like to do at home. Lunch hours are now for catchup and one day I will try and launch my new ideas on you all. I’m just formulating at the moment and I will have to make a propper plan and try and get it working before going any further. Mainly the plan right now is to get my sewing machines up and running in a permanant position. Then I can think about taking over the world… BWWAHAHAA HAAHAAHAAHAAHAHAAHAA.

Oh and PS, I nearly fell asleep last night hugging otis like a teddy bear. Jasper is for sofa hugging, Otis for bed hugging. How great is that? THE BESTEST. (yes yes I know, my husband should be for bed hugging but I’m trying to keep this place safe for work)