Saturday, 20 December 2008
Now i've been a school food assistant since October 2007 after working for Morrisons for 3 years (which i hated). When i first tried to get out of Morrisons i applied for a Cook Supervisors Job at Westfield Infant school but didn't get it. I stuck it out at Morrisons and was all set to stay when the School Food Area Manager rang me to see if i wanted an assistants job which i jumped at. I've loved my year there but always want to better myself so when i knew the job at the infants was up for grabs again i grabbed at it AND GOT IT!!!
So i started on the 8th december just in time to cook 255 christmas dinners on the 16th lol. I'm really enjoying it so far lol. Mind you i've just broken up for Christmas now so no work for me until 5th January 2009!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
She is a Western Hognose snake and (hopefully on Thursday) eats 2 pinkies a week. We have handled her a few times for a minute or two at a time each day but won't be handling her Thurs evening through to Sunday as she'll hopefully eat Thursday night and it's best not to handle them when they've eaten for a couple of days.
she is slightly venomous but it's akin to a bee sting and if we handle her enough and nicely enough she should get used to us (touch wood) and therefore not feel scared enough to strike
This all started in September when i had a rather nasty viral ear infection which affected my balance and started a humming in my ears. Well it's not gone away so my Dr referred me to ENT where i went to today. There i had a hearing test and then went into see the consultant and after lots of prodding and poking in my ears and lots of wiggling of my jaw he said that my jaw hinge is in such a position that it pushes on my tubes by my ears which help them drain etc which doesn't help when i’m trying to get rid of a viral infection. Nothing they can do about that as they can’t reposition my jaw hinge!. However i do have a nasal spray to help with the swelling so that the pipework can open up a bit more than it is as these are swollen internally and therefore causing more blockages.
The major bad news is that i’m also losing my hearing in both ears and again there is nothing they can do about that. I will need hearing aids in the next 10 years but it could be in 2 or could be in 10 years. There is no way of telling how much scar tissue is going to build up over what period of time. It's a bit of a bummer when your only 38.
One good thing though. If i want to i can ignore someone and have a proven excuse pmsl
Friday, 17 October 2008
Anna also sent me one caled Cake Wrecks . Scroll down to the one with the baby FAB!!!
Check out my rav profile for more up to date projects of mine and i promice i'll blog more later this week HONEST
Monday, 25 August 2008
Next i embarked on a pair of socks for Georgie. Her first pair of hand knitted socks that she chose the yarn for at the Hobbycraft thingie at the NEC. As they are small and just knit stitch then i managed to get them done at a super speed and she loves them. They are made from Regia 4py and they are now called Griffindor Socks.
Next i decided to ignore my "Lotties Desire" which is hidden away from sight and used up some of my sock yarn stash in the drawer upstairs. So using a pattern from a supplement i received with Knit Today in the spring i set about making the Check Mate socks using Opal 6ply tiger yarn. I've shortened the cuff on the socks as i hate long cuffs unless they are over the knee socks to be honest. Well again I've managed to knit these up rather quickly and they look like this.
And now to the last pair I've been knitting this month, and no I've not finished them YET! We still have another 6 days left in August so you never know lol. However, i do go back to work tomorrow. I'm using Stashed sock yarn again. This time it's Lorna's Laces in Black Pearl colourway. I bought this around 12 months ago from Get Knitted. The Pattern I'm using is called Nutkin and it's knitting up lovely. it's such an easy pattern that even Miffy could follow. But on the second sock I'm going to play with the heel as I'm not happy with a tiny bit of it lol. anyways so far it look like this
it's coming along nicely but i may cast on a pair of boot socks for Alex to try to get ready for district cub camp in September. I've also still got Vlora on the go and a dishcloth made from Peaches and cream that i get from Create and Knit. So far my stash of peaches and cream is growing quicker than i can actually knit it up so I'm going to start getting down to it and knitting up the washcloths for Christmas treats.
Wonder what September is going to bring. I'm still saving for my Lendrum which I'm hoping to afford by Christmas or, at the very latest, after Christmas. I'm doing well with Jess (my lovely borrowed ashford trad which babylonglegs youngest dh named for me lol). One thing is for certain I'll be back into even numbers for my age!
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
on another note i've ordered a new memory card for the camera and just have to pray and hope that i read the compatibility chart right and it will work. Then i can take a piccie of Georgies Cardi and her first hand knitted sock too and of my sideways KAL hat. So fingers crossed folks
Friday, 1 August 2008
Fab isn't it! Tis a custom order from fyberspates that Cath at Create and Knit ordered for me and then called Lottie's Desire. Sarah likes it so much she's having some too but not to knit socks with lol. It's in my 3 fav colours and the purple is divine!!
suits her personality :0)
August is going to be busy too with me and the girls leaving my hubby for a week to go for our annual holiday to my sisters. We are off to legoland one day and the science museum another. Seems very odd having all this time off over the holidays but I'm loving it (most of the time).
Have fun folks!!!!!
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Like i said June has been busy. I spent last weekend at Fox Coverts with 27 cubs and some adults. Generally not caring that it was raining on the Saturday and having lots of fun! I managed to get some kids to do stuff they have never done before and we all had a good time (i hope). I have another camp booked in September which I'm looking forward to as that one will be district camp and there will be loads of other groups there. It's a great time to catch up with other leaders. Mind you i can do that in July on the leaders camp lol.
On the knitting front I've been mostly spinning. I got some coloured roving in the post and have since made this.
thing is my wheel is borrowed so I'd like one of my own. Since I'm off to woolfest on Friday i can try lots of different sorts of wheels whilst I'm there and then choose which one i want. That way I'll know how much i need to save to buy my own. I'm going to be asking for cash for my birthday and Christmas presents lol.
that's all for now. Will post piccies of woolfest when i get back!
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
this is me spinning, after many hideous breakages at home Sarah has shown me how to spin without breaking and therefore making a continuous strand. What you can't see is my lace weight yarn which i started spinning. I had problems to start with doing anything with bulk in it but got there in the end.
Two bobbins later and I'm now on Sarah's Louet and I'm plying for the first time ever. I still have a tendency to over spin now and again but it's going well at this point!
And the result is this:-
My very own very first plyed homespun yarn and god do i feel so fucking proud of myself!
Sunday, 25 May 2008
1. Ten years ago
May 1998 AJ was 6 months old and the size of a newborn baby. I was still on maternity leave but considering getting another job but not in the same place i was before.
2. Five things on today's "to do" list (in no particular order).
Washing, ironing (if i can stand up long enough) knitting, eating and reading
3. Snacks I enjoy.
Olives, cheese, infact i'm not really a snacky person.
4. Things I would do if I was a millionaire
pay off my mort and any debt my family or friends may have. build a conservatory. Hire someone to make my nappies properly but still in this country. Have another child if possible. have lypo on my belly and hips lol
5. Places I have lived,
Heston, Bracknel, Sharnford(leics), Loughborough, Stevenage (herts), Hinckley (leics)
I'm gonna tag:
Monday, 12 May 2008
Had a Gangshow meeting yesterday and i'm now Treasurer of the Gangshow committee but don't have to touch any of the money thank goodness. Lots of positive things came out of the meeting including the new comittee and other things. Seems odd prepping for something that won't be done till 2010 but the whole thing takes one hell of preparing.
On the knitting front i'm still doing G's cardi which is in an earlier post and lots of dishcloths and i'll post piccies later
Thursday, 24 April 2008
As i've put on my fundraiser page i've been touched by cancer in my life several times. The first was the loss of my beloved Grandpa when i was 13 to Hodgkins Lymphoma. I lost my Taid (welsh granddad) to prostrate cancer when Alex was 1 and my friend Jane has had bowel cancer. I want to do this to help make it possible for people like my friend Jane to still be here and not be like my grandparents!
I did set a low fundraising target but i seem to of gone past that in my first day so let hope i can get many many more sponsors!!
If you can and would like to please sponsor me via the widget on the side of my blog or you can just let me know what you would like to sponsor me and i'll write it on my paper sponsor sheet. It doesn't matter if you can only afford 50p it all adds up in the end
thank you for sponsoring me
love and hugs
Saturday, 5 April 2008
i tried to have a play with some fibre yesterday but need to practice my treadling a bit more first before i have another go. Once i've got it then i'll see if i can get Sarah to dye me some fibres specially for me.
Talking of Sarah . How much of a star is she. She has been dying yarn this week and has made a new colour way.
and this is the blurb she has put with it which i have to admit bought a tear to my eye.
" This colourway was inspired by one of my best friends :) The depth of colour represents her generous nature and her love of purple. Its called "LottieRu"
on that note i'm going to sign off and knit more of G's cardi which looks like this but in variegated pink (of course it has to be pink!)
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Panto went really well and i think most people enjoyed it as they keep stopping me in the playground at school and in church saying "i didn't know you could sing, we really enjoyed it" Very hard work but i remember most of my lines in the end!
Gangshow rehearsals are still going but it's been cut to just 3 nights now. One of the reasons for poor ticket sales could be due to the price. They are £9 each with no concessions for kids or oaps and people just can't afford it. I'm not enjoying it really which is a shame but couldn't drop out as i have made a commitment so therefore can't.
Knitting wise all i've had time for is dishcloths which i've not taken piccies off yet but will soon. I've just started Clapotis using yarn dyed for me by babylonglegs.
As for the girls they are both doing fine. Georgie has the cute thing going on at the moment due to the loss of 2 teeth (well i think she looks cute!)
well that's it for now but i will add more laters as i keep knitting and doing other bits and bobs
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Sunday, 3 February 2008
Monday, 21 January 2008
I'm back on weight watchers and have lost 5lb so far in 2 weeks but i'm craving something sweet at the moment but have nothing till my Tesco delivery arrives. Must stop myself from going to the shop and buying something completely unsuitable!!!!
To top it all off i'm going to be in an even worse mood when i get up tomorrow morning as i'm not allowed anything to eat or drink after 12 midnight tonight, which means NO COFFEE!!!!! (I'm feeling sorry for my girls already). The reason for this is i'm off for a cholestorel blood test, which is a fasting blood test. Straight to work after that so will have to figure out what i can take with me to eat for when i get out of the health centre.
On a better note i'm enjoying my food more and i'm still not drinking anything stronger than pepsi max. 5lb in 2 weeks has made me happy and i'm trying to use more energy by cycling to and from work when ever i can.
will update the knitting front when i can get my camera batteries to charge lol
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
i'm using my noro k stash for this!!!
I've also cast on this pinwheel cardi for Bethan (cute little baby girl) and i'm using rowan dk for this but will need to adjust it a bit as the pattern says aran
so far so good!
i'm enjoying this stashbusting lark!!!!
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Took a bit of help from Clair as i got a bit stuck on the second round but i got there after some photo help.
I'll post a finished piccie of it when i'm done but you could always check out the Hex Hat by Woolly Wormhead yourself
Friday, 11 January 2008
On the knitting front I've completed a hat for Georgie which looks like this (excuse the fact that her eyes are shut as the flash is rather bright!)
The next stash busting project I'm doing is a booga bag in my noro
so far so good but i had to order 6 1/2 mm shafts for my knitpicks so i could do it!
I also want to do this pattern using this yarn
This may all change though as it really needs to be thicker yarn and Babylonglegs has offered to dye up some of my undyed BFL for me in what ever colour i want.
However as I'm typing this she's also found this pattern on ravelry which would be ideal for me on my bike but she can still dye up my BFL pmsl!!!
Oh and before i forget I've lost 3lb in weight this week and am still dry (10 whole days so far pmsl)