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Boo ya!!

I have lost another 3.2 lbs!
Seriously, this is working so well this time.

I am down 16.6 lbs altogether – putting me more than halfway to my 10% goal of 29 lbs by the end of July.

My realtionship to food seems to be changing. I am having less urges to indulge – or overindulge as the case may be 😉   I am wanting more veggies and fruit. In fact I have really missed veggies the last few days (I stopped at the store on my break today and picked up some more zucchini — lovin’ it grilled on the bbq YUM! and some super crispy green grapes)

Today I rode my bike again – and somehow got faster. Pretty surprising after just two days of riding. It took me about 18 mins this morning – and I ride just over 8 km  (or 5.29 miles for my friends south of the border) Not too shabby for someone who has been pretty darned sedentary the last few years.

I do have to say though, my allergies are something fierce tonight. Itchy, itchy, itchy eyes. Might just have something to do with the cottonwood that started blowing about this afternoon. A sure sign of summer here. That and the emergence of the Carpenter Ants. And 3 wasps nests at work. I cannot begin to count how many times I have heard a child shriek “Bee! Bee!” and those were the guys.

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(this title is a bit of an inside joke – a parent from our preschool brought us a book of horrific fables from Nepal – one of the stories was called Audacity Awarded…maybe I will type it out for you…seriously this book is full of stories so awful they remind me of The Eye of Argon if you haven’t read this infamous short story – you ain’t read nothin’ yet.)

Today, our High Scope Trainer was here from Ontario to observe us and perform a PQA (Preschool Quality Assessment) on us and our program. Annndd…we passed! Jacki and I are both Certified High Scope Preschool Teachers!! An endeavour nearly 3 yrs in the making.

pict1996.jpgIn honour of the fabulous weather we are enjoying — before the heat descends, as they are calling for this to be one of the hottest summers in decades — I have brought the Bike out of storage. After a quick cleaning, oiling and tire filling, I took her out for a spin. Whoo – my thighs were not quite as ready for it as I thought. Neither was my caboose – even though I have a gel seat.  

I checked out the BikeSense Manual and am feeling ready to ride to work tomorrow morning. I am not sure if I will be riding home at the end of the day, but, it is a beginning. Looks like I am not the only one feeling the call of the open road. And while this is a little out of my area, my new goal coincides nicely with Bike to Work Week.
Update: I did it!! I rode to work this morning. I gotta tell ya, I was about 2 minutes from my house and I thought, “whoo I am tired, my thighs kind of ache, I guess it is not too late to turn back – I could get some knitting done since I won’t have to drive yet…” But I kept on riding and it only took 25 mins! Yes. My feet ached this afternoon — but I think that was the cheap flipflops. Other than that I feel great! And I really enjoyed my dinner out. Mmmmm Pad Thai. Too bad there was no peanut sauce. 😦

Oh yeah! My nights and days in Richmond spent wandering the malls and the hotel hallways have pushed me over the edge – I met my 1st Runagogo goal of 100 miles! Yes!! I am even 15 miles into my next set of 100 miles…will I make it by July the 4th? Not too likely, but hey, I can try – and it can’t hurt the Weight Loss Challenge goals either.

pict1997.jpgIncidentally, this is how much past the cuff you can advance when you are sitting in a dull workshop.

Fan of The Office? Have you seen this?

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Home Again

I’m back! I was away at ECEBC for the weekend. Largely I found it to be a waste of time and money (again!). Such a shame. The courses did not move beyond the basics or challenge us as caregivers. We did get a whole lot of photocopied colouring sheets (great for the compost), vendors giving away catalogues and posters and a chance to network with other ECCE people. Honestly though, you can do that online for free. You  can’t however work on your Jaywalker socks while surfing the net so….I did get some knitting done during class time. Not a total waste then. 🙂

Our company paid to send our entire staff so we at least did not have to spend any of our own money. My 2 co-workers and I (there are 14 staff overall, but the 3 of us work closely in our 2 programs) had a good time together. Shopping, trying out some new restaurants, staying up late talking. My one co-worker is getting married this August so we were looking through some bridal magazines at ideas for boquets etc. She is so happy and excited, we can’t help but feel the same for her.

The only course that was moderately motivating was Waldorf: Truly Respecting Children. The speaker runs a home daycare for Infants and Toddlers in a mixed age grouping. The environment was beautiful, calm, peaceful and natural. Her yard was wonderful. Just an actual yard – grass, soil, rocks, logs and garden. Ideal. My ideal at any rate. Aside from telling us about her program we didn’t come away with much more of an understanding about Waldorf Education, what it looks like in the day to day operation for children older than 18 months, the benefits etc.

That was frustrating but it may be that they didn’t label/describe her presentation well. It should have been clearer that it was for Infants and Toddlers. The principles of care for that age group really reflected my own values – and essentially were not very different from the High Scope approach, or any true quality care program. The curriculum was caretaking, hinging on authentic relationships between the caretaker and the child/ren. There wasn’t instruction – there was life, living it together. It made me miss working with the little ones. It also has me trying to investigate more about Waldorf — though admittedly some of her answers to questions seemed pretty far out there, especially when it came to books, I don’t think a truly Waldorf philosophy would work for me, but aspects of it may.

I did buy some adorable toys from the Waldorf vendor onsite.

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They were also giving these away – and once we combined them, our program will have a great little set for fort building!

Just before I left I received this in my mail!
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2 Skeins of Grape Fizz sock yarn from To Knit Perchance to Dream that are destined to become knee socks! Maybe even these ones.
Given how long it is taking me to reach an FO these days – look for the socks sometime in October!

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WLC – Week 6

Yippee! I am down another 1.6 lbs this week!

So I have lost 13.4 out of my mini goal of 29 lbs.

In 1.1 lbs I will be half way there – in 1.6 lbs I will have lost 15 — will I be able to achieve both this week? I am going to try.

This week I added much more veggies to my diet – grilled zucchini and sweet potato fries were my dinner twice. So…3 pts for a meal? Pretty darned good and totally delicious.

I also tried an online recipe that was fantastic.

Marinate a chicken breast in raspberry vinagrette.
Grill in the BBQ.
Slice and serve over salad. Add mango.
Toss in raspberry vinagrette.

So delicious, fast and super low in pts – I used half a chicken breast for my serving and the whole thing was 3 pts. Yum.

I did make a few reckless choices this week that I am hoping will not show up on the scale next weigh in. To counteract them I am going to try extra hard to eat well this week. Not as easy as it sounds since I am leaving for a conference right after work tomorrow and will be eating out until Sunday. This is going to put my self control to the test!

I haven’t even begun to pack yet but…I know what snacks I am bringing. 🙂
Oh – and I am going to bring at least 3 knitting projects. 1 pair of socks, a dishcloth and some Greensburg squares.
Yeah – I didn’t get as much knitting done during Lost as I expected. Whoa. My head is still swimming. I bet the boards are just humming tonight.

Goodness – please tell me that you know no-one is meant to answer a rhetorical question? They are supposed to make you think – to consider another perspective – to spark conversation – they are not the firing of a starter’s pistol.  They aren’t cowardly either. 😦

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So it was the first Long Weekend of summer (well, not technically – but it always feels like it)

I stuck around home, my cousin finished the hardwood on our stairs – oh, I should take a pic of that…coming soon! We hung out, talked ’til the wee hours, bbq’d, walked, played simultaneous Sudoku {I got her hooked last summer} and watched a lot of movies/tv.

Somebody is learning to walk! Kai started cruising around awhile ago – everytime he is getting a little braver – but it is good to have Mom right there. You never know when you might need an encouraging hug.
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Some quick movie reviews: Notes on a Scandal – Excellent! Dame Judi Dench is startling and unnerving in this movie. Sadly, the topic is timely – something that has been in the news all too often these days. Might not be the best choice for sensitive viewers.

The Departed: Not sure if I have already reviewed this one here or not…At any rate. I had already seen this but my cousin had not. It is certainly violent, and the language leaves a lot to be desired but…if you can get past these things, it is an excellent film. I love Jack Nicholson, I think he is hilarious and let me tell you, some of his lines in this movie are priceless – of course his delivery makes all the difference. DiCaprio and Matt Damon are great and aside from their love interest, the supporting actors are superb. I have to say though, the rat scurrying across the balcony rail at the end is too cheesy.

Little Children: One of the best films I have seen in a very long time. The voice over narration, and a few sub-plot characters, add a bizarre bit of humour to this story of the complications that arise between people/families in a small neighborhood. Sensitive themes of morality are covered – so again, possibly not a good choice for the faint of heart. It seems clear this story was written by a man – the ending is far too tidy and uncomplicated by emotion to be otherwise — once you see it, I think you will know what I mean.

Oh – did you think I didn’t do any knitting all weekend?

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A dear friend came up for the day on Saturday (we went for lunch and then lingered at Starbucks – wonderful!) We got talking about knitting and she asked if I had ever made dishcloths. She mentioned she might like a few someday so…Idipped into the stash, knit her 3 and sent them home with my cousin today. I have one on the needles, and plan to make a few more for her. I love how quickly dishcloths knit up.

I have to get cracking on my Stacy pullover front if I want to wear it to the Fibre Festival…perhaps tonight – ooh and tomorrow night during the Lost season finale – I am so excited for that I can hardly stand it. I hear there is going to be a major shakeup that sets the tone for the whole next season. Yay — although I have also heard that it is not coming back until February – yikes! Long, long time from now.

Oh – and I found the yummiest things at the grocery store. A great big bag of peeled and sliced Sweet Potato Fries – just season them and pop them in the oven. 1 cup for 1 point! They are so delicious, filling and easy-easy-easy.

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Slow Week

Things have been busy – too busy to knit, too busy to read, too busy to blog.
I just spent 2 hrs catching up on everyone else’s blogs. Phew. Now I’m too tired to knit!
Ah well, this is a long weekend right?

I did manage to finish my 1st square for the Greensburg project. Here’s a pic of my wee one doing her best Bono imitation while modeling the square.

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And here is the completed square.

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I am off to get in a bit of Sudoku before I have a collapse!

 ETA: I am using 2 balls of Knit Picks Simple Stripes at the same time — thanks for that tip Laura.

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Sooooo after 3 days of eating, eating, eating – when I wasn’t necessarily hungry but was in full blown snack mode – I lost .6 lbs   I will gladly take that! I was so sure that I was up like 5 lbs, I dreaded stepping on the scale last night. Phew. The ludicrous amount of excercise I got over the last week really paid off. I will try not to imagine how much I would have lost had I not been snacking like a crazy person!

I was at least snacking on healthy-ish foods. Like Quaker Mini Rice Cakes (cheddar – yum), Strawberry All Bran Squares and the new-to-me Breyers 100 calorie Ice Cream Sandwiches {which I am not going to buy again because I cannot eat just one and that defeats the whole purpose of the low cal choice – I just have to realize that I cannot have Ice Cream sandwiches in the house! Done.}

So – off to a new start this week beginning this morning with a healthy breakfast of Quaker Muffets, Vanilla Soy and Mangoes. Really it is so good.

 And now, a Project Spectrum themed edition of Poetry Thursday. Enjoy.

i have found what you are like

 i have found what you are like
the rain,

(Who feathers frightened fields
with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields

easily the pale club of the wind
and swirled justly souls of flower strike

the air in utterable coolness

deeds of green thrilling light

with thinned
newfragile yellows

lurch and.press

-in the woods

which

stutter

and

sing

And the coolness of your smile is
stirringofbirds between my arms;but
i should rather than anything
have(almost when hugeness will shut
quietly)almost,

your kiss

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Meme the 2nd

I have seen this all over the place and, well, I don’t like to feel left out:

Mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Afghan

I-cord

Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire

Shawl

Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down

Hat

Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL

Sweater

Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn

Domino knitting (modular knitting) — I do not even know what that is!

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting —- Is that with 2 people knitting at the same time?? If it is then yes

Charity knitting

Knitting with soy yarn

Cardigan

Toy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Knitting with your own handspun yarn

Slippers

Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)

Continental knitting — ok how do I not know the difference?????

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book (that would be nice! =) )

Scarf

Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting — again?????

Knitting to make money

Button holes

Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting — is that the same as stranded? if so then yes

Norwegian knitting

Dying with plant colors

Knitting items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)

Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars

Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn

Knitting with DPNs

Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit

Bobbles

Knitting for a living (again, how nice would that be!)

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dying yarn

Steeks

Knitting art

Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously

Fulling/felting

Knitting with wool

Textured knitting — ummm this meme is making me feel provincial – what is this??

Kitchener BO

Purses/bags

Knitting with beads

Swatching

Long Tail CO

Entrelac

Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere

Darning

Jewelry

Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern

Gloves

Intarsia

Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers

Pillows

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine

Rug

Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets

Shrug/bolero/poncho

Knitting with dog/cat hair (all the time – they love my yarn!) {no really though I have thought of it}

Hair accessories

Knitting in public

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I think it’s about time I posted a little knitting content on my knitting blog, don’t you?

Here is the back of my Stacy Pullover. I believe that the pattern has not worked out according to it’s original design, but I am happy with it anyways. This is a surprisingly quick knit – so if I could only put the rest of my life on hold and get more knitting in…I am hoping to wear this to the Fibre Festival in Victoria. You know, when I get to see the Yarn Harlot?  🙂

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The finale of Survivor is about to begin, then there is the Soprano’s and the finale of Desperate Housewives. That should give me plenty of knitting time! Let’s see how far I get on the front.
ETA: Oh yeah – I totally called that Survivor ending. And whoa – Soprano’s. I wanted that to happen for about 2 seasons, but now that it did – I have mixed feelings about it. But like Tony, I’ll shrug it off.

Here are a few pics of what I did today. Isn’t it amazing what 5 hours of gardening can do? For my poor hands! The yard, while noticeably cleaner, is not as transformed as I would like it to be. In no particular order, here is what I did today:

* Repotted several perennials
* Relocated even more perennials
* Seperated some perennials for my Freecylce group
* Pruned the plum tree
* Pruned the cedar hedge
* Staked the Lilacs
* Staked the Bleeding Hearts
* Filled 10 planters with annuals
* Raked the lawn
* Swept the deck
* Cleaned the BBQ
* Weeded
* Made a border for the roses
* Trimmed the grass around the planters
* Harvested some rhubarb (rascally cats flattened it)
* Planted more raspberries
* Planted more strawberries
* Rearranged the patio furniture
* Tossed cracked/broken planters
* Watered it all
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I have totally earned the Blizzard I am going to enjoy with Survivor tonight!

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Meme of 8 & Do Something

Here’s how to play…

1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves
2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules
3. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

My 8 things…

1. I never wear a watch and rarely wonder what time it is. If I have to guess I am generally only off by 5-10 minutes.

2. I laugh every time  I hear someone say “Save the drama for your Mama.”

3. I used to barely tolerate dogs, little dogs especially bothered me. Then, I met a small dog that had as much personality as a mischevious, lovable child. She changed my mind. So much so that now I am a dog owner, and regularly am reduced to mush when meeting new dogs. Especially little ones.

4. Scientific concepts/realities such as electricity, phones and radio are quite simple for me to explain: Magic
Any explanation beyond that I only pretend to comprehend.

5. I can certainly be described as clumsy, or accident prone – however, I have never been injured while doing something risky, or out of doors. My injuries occur in the safest of places, while I am doing ordinary things such as…walking, on a sidewalk – not hiking, rock climbing or boating…go figure.

6. I tear up quite easily – in fact the list of things I cannot be responsible for at work is growing: disposing of dead animals (birds/fish), giving families bad news, reading to the children whose Mom’s didn’t make the Mother’s Day party, hearing bad news, hearing really great news…Probably if I asked a co-worker, this list might be longer!

7. I cannot stop buying Sudoku books at the grocery store! Soon my Sudoku stash will rival my yarn & book stash. The Sudoku gets used more though.

8. I have had 3 cats named Fluffy. I have had 12 cats. Probably because my mourning process is to quickly replace the lost cat. It works every time. 🙂

Who to tag? How about…The Stitchin’ Wench, A Long Yarn,  KnitPastis, Yarn Therapy, Dipsy, Not Pretty,  Unravellings & Sugar Bunny.

Now, part 2: Do Something

There are some really great things going on in the blogosphere.

Sugar Bunny is taking knit and crochet squares for the people of Greensburg, Kansas.

Dorothy B. is raising money for the Relay for Life – can you help her meet her goal?

And: Eeyipes! Did anyone else get totally freaked out during Lost this week??

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