VELVETALCHEMIST's SparkPeople Blog VELVETALCHEMIST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I stand corrected... So, y'know how I was banging on about my fiancé in my last entry and how he talks a big game but hasn't walked it? Welp, here's me eating my words and hoping they aren't bad for me in the long run. *lol* He has suddenly got the bug to move and is in day three of working out in the basement. I have joined him for two of these days and ungh, the front of my thighs CAN NOT EVEN with me right now. <BR> <BR> He's really into circuit training and heart rates and facts and figures... so he's been... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 20:08:59 EST Better grab a cuppa; this one got away from me... Yesterday, I saw a FB post praising a local shopkeeper on their specialty tea blend that helped their parent with their gout. As I am not one to ignore hints from the Universe, I got in contact with the shopkeeper and asked about PCOS and insulin resistance. Turns out they'd never heard of PCOS. Big shocker there. I'm assuming I was talking to the male half of the married duo. *lol* He's a really cool bloke, met him at a festival last year, has an amazing artistic gift. He and his wife come i... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 13:42:07 EST Get on your bikes and ride! T minus 3 months 3 weeks until I need to squeeze my arse into a wedding dress. CRUNCH TIME. <BR> <BR> No, really, crunch time. And squat time. And lift time. And so on and so forth. <BR> <BR> Today started out in the low 20's but by the time I got home it was in the mid 50's. My poor cabin-fever riddled body starts wagging its imaginary tail and says, "HEY BRAIN! Let's go outside and jump rope!" Brain agrees, so we all go outside, put headphones in their on and upright position, and about 1... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:57:47 EST FEELS GOOD MAN *wheeze* So, I've been sick since Thanksgiving; I work retail, I am on the front lines of Creeping Crud. All I have to do is hear a small child give one wet, hacking, barking cough and I'm done. When it comes to lung-based illnesses I am a supermagnet. I caught cold, which morphed into bronchitis, which I didn't have treated for almost a month because I had other things to do like plan a funeral... Thanks, dad. *cough* Anyway, I got antibiotics (which technically are useless but hey, at least I wa... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:15:58 EST So long, 2017; don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya! It's time to put 2017 to bed... thank gawd. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, it's had its highlights. I got engaged in April, and just now my coworkers have cottoned on. They're all rather annoyed that I didn't make a big deal out of it; I didn't want to deal with all the squealing and commentary and mentions of "When will you start having baaaaaaabies" bull. When I have a lobotomy and an ovary transplant. So, never. <BR> <BR> I seriously want to be a cheeky little monster and have a "maternit... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:22:37 EST Swing low, sweet chariot... I knew it was coming, I was prepared for it, I'd been dreading it... <BR> Dad died this morning. He was out with his uncle doing some parts shopping after being home sick for a few days... they left the store, he stated he was feeling off and needed to go to the hospital and... just gently dropped to the ground and passed through the veil. The doctors tried to revive him, but... *shrug* He had a defibrillator installed when he had his heart attack a few years ago, but it wasn't enough to kee... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 21:26:08 EST Short and sweet! Menopause meds are done, my uterus is done being angry with me, and I've started the new BC today. BP was 116/74; so far so good. :) <BR> <BR> Bought a weighted hula-hoop for shizz-n-giggles. It's funny because I tend to "travel" when I use it, as in I start turning in place to keep up the momentum. I demonstrated how to 'hoop for a coworker's son and he thinks I'm pretty darn cool now. <BR> <BR> We sign on the house tomorrow. I'm that much closer to my basement gym. *squee!* A garage to ... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:13:40 EST But what does it all MEAN, Basil?! So... where to begin? My doctor referred me to a new gyno for what was listed as "absent menses." I've been dealing with a jacked up menstrual cycle since I was 17, brushed off by one doctor after another, but now, FINALLY, we're going to get to the root of my issues. For those of you playing the home game, for the last 20 years I've dealt with thinning hair, hirsuitism, brain fog, absent periods, weight gain... and of course, the majority of this weight gain is in my abdomen. Sounds like a ... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 19:45:56 EST Much change. So exite. Wow. The BF and I are Adulting Like Whoa right now. We are a mere handful of days away from closing on our first house. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. It's old, it's gorgeous, there's wood everywhere... AND... it's got a giant basement that's been sectioned off into three rooms and we're making one into a gym! YAAAAAAS. Can you imagine? I can do whatever I want to my heart's content and not worry about weather, or bothering downstairs neighbors... <BR> <BR> I'M GOING TO HAVE A GARAGE IN WHICH TO STORE MY BIKE... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:10:35 EST Not dead yet! Good news, not pregnant! \0/ My absentee period was brought to you by PCOS, not a whoopsie baby. I'm fortunate that my body and my family goals are very much in alignment. HA! <BR> <BR> Anyway... went to my appointment today... anxiety was through the rafters, BP was IN the rafters... discovered that the staff are super friendly and easy to laughter... I've got to go have labs done on my day off next week. Yum! <BR> <BR> So... I'm not pre-diabetic, but I'm peering over the precipice. His... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:34:33 EST Bonkers Weather, Bagpipes, Bullet Journaling. Today was brought to you by the letter B! I have decided that indoor walking workouts are not my thing. Sure, they get the heart rate up and get the job done, but the entire time I've got two thoughts playing Pong in my brain. <BR> One, I feel ridiculous. I should be outside. <BR> Two, any minute now my downstairs neighbor is going to bang on my door... <BR> <BR> Yes, both of these could be solved by, y'know, GOING OUTSIDE... but this is Michigan and she be a fickle weather state... and it's snowing again. Not much, nothing accumula... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 18:18:16 EST It's something! \0/ Not quite two weeks into the new year, not quite 2 pounds eliminated... and to be truthful I haven't really been active this week. I got a freebie week off work because I had PTO to blow before the end of fiscal year (and we have a laughably tiny labor percent this month) so I've been sewing and cleaning and catching up a few things that have fallen by the wayside. Incidentally my depression stopped in for tea and sympathy at the same time... jerk. On the upside I really don't feel like eati... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:26:19 EST Oooooooh, look at all the liiiiiiights... Yoooooooooooo! <BR> So... back in July, somewhere on the road between Matthews MO and Jonesboro AR I mislaid my SPAT. It was in my pocket when we stopped for dinner, and no longer on my person when we got to our destination. As SP no longer offered it for sale, I had to daydream about upgrading to something else... Which brings us to Christmas. Jonathan asked me what i wanted so I forwarded him the running list I kept on my phone. A yoga mat. A heating pad. A Misfit or something similar. Sim... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:32:02 EST "Why did it have to be spiders?!" Bugs. Ants. Spiders. MOSQUITOES. Cheese and Tripe. <BR> So... I'm caught in a vortex of suck involving PCOS, anxiety, blood pressure, and not having access to the meds I need for the PCOS because the PCOS has exacerbated the anxiety and BP. Vortex of SUCK. While I wait for my friend to get back with me about a reliable, trustworthy PCP to sort me out I'm monitoring my BP at home, trying to meditate and work on my anxiety, and taking my bike out to clear my thoughts... now that I have a bike.... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:29:10 EST I confess myself... concerned. Earlier this week I went to a friend's house to pick up my bike that's been waiting on a new tube for the back tire. Her dad offered to fix my bike when we discovered the leak... and the frozen breaks, and the malfunctioning gear shifter... We dropped the bike off at my apartment, where I discovered I have forgotten BOTH combinations of the locks on my old bike... and then headed to the grocery store. She needed things for her work lunches and I needed a few things for the pecan pie I made J... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:21:15 EST One step forward, one giant backwards freefall off a cliff... Remember the show Undeclared? It was a comedy about college kids, had Charlie Hunnam and Jay whatshisface who voices Hiccup on How To Train Your Dragon, and the annoying chick from Bones whose name escapes me... Anyway, there's this part where a student's dad is sitting on a futon with one of the college-age guys, and they've both lifted up their shirts to expose their bellies, which were very similar in size. The college guy pats his and says, "I... have the body of a 40 year old." The dad p... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:24:31 EST Meanwhile, back at the ranch... I came in like the Koooooool-Aid Maaaaaaan... smashing through brick walls becaaaaaaause I caaaaaaaan... <BR> <BR> Please excuse the inch or so of dust that has accumulated atop my SparkPeople account... I've reverted into the shadows like a lurky creeper over the holidays but now I'm back like a bad penny. :D <BR> <BR> What's happened since I last dropped words? I got my car issues taken care of. Turns out my car was part of a recall; some sort of harness that had to be replaced. Ended u... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:46:32 EST It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Forgive me Spark, for I have...not exactly sinned but have been focused on things other than weight loss.. it has been three months since my last confession... er, entry. <BR> <BR> My last two weeks have been a rollercoaster. Two weeks ago I slammed into a deer and did some crunchy damage to my beloved Grand Am. Missed a day of work to get my car towed to my insurance company's inspection place and to talk to four or five different insurance reps about what happened... this is not the first... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 18:34:15 EST Work is hard work! Part Deux Have I ever mentioned how much physical work is involved to put a store back to rights after a strip-n-wax floor service? Because it's a lot. Seriously, A LOT. Tuesday night was the craft side of the store, meaning all ladders, boxouts, stackouts, rolling bins/towers, tables/chairs, anti-fatigue mats, basket racks, carts... anything that isn't nailed down is moved to the stockroom or tucked away into fabrics. The floor crew does their do overnight, and next morning bright and early we put ev... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:19:00 EST Rule 11: enjoy the little things. A million years ago I signed up for a website called Weight Commander. A man, on his own weight loss journey, came up with a program where you enter your weight, and it charts it. Very simple, very straightforward. It has links and tips and hints and a panic button when you think all hope is lost. I've used it for years, and watched the little graph line go up and down and up and down and up and down... but not any more. :) For the last four months, that little graph line has been steadily ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:51:17 EST Work is hard work! Last night we had a scrub-n-recoat at work, which means the closing crew has to remove anything on the floor that isn't screwed down. If it's on wheels, it goes. If it can be removed by pallet jack, it goes. All chairs, tables, basket racks, rolling bins, cardboard displays, fatigue mats... all taken to the stockroom. The next morning, after the wax has set, the morning crew gets to put everything back onto the floor. That's where I came in. First hour and a half of my day was spent hauling e... Fri, 22 May 2015 20:56:53 EST Cherries and berries and 2 pounds down, oh my! 21 day log-in streak here. Holy carp. O.o Of course, there are days where I'm about to crash for bed and I think, "OMG I forgot to log in! AUGH!" and I snatch my phone from off the nightstand and start poking the SparkPeople app icon like I'm tapping out Morse code. But there it is. Probably the LONGEST log in streak I've ever done. :) I may not work out consistently, I may not always get my 64oz of water down, I may hardly ever log my food... but hot damn, I remember to log in. *lol* <BR> ... Sun, 17 May 2015 17:05:50 EST A little competition 'mongst the fabric slingers... My boss has been freaking out because she's gained weight. She's a tall, slender woman, and I can't tell she's gained, but she insists she has (and I can tell you it's not from eating bad but from the insane amount of stress that we've all been laboring under). She got herself a FitBit and has been in competition with her niece to see who can do the most steps in a day... and now she's getting our whole store in on the "fun." <BR> <BR> One of my favorite coworkers, Taylor, told me on FB ch... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:12:58 EST Love makes me chubby... and laziness. Definentely laziness. The reality of the situation here is that my boyfriend and I suck at cooking. There, I said it. I admit it, I avoid cooking. I hate wasting food, so I'm afraid of ruining dinner and having to throw it out. I love looking for new recipes to try, but the majority of the "healthy" ones involve ingredients that I've no clue how to prepare or cause my inner child to run screaming. Yeah, I could just omit those parts... but what if they're a key component to the recipe? Hmm? I also don't want to ... Fri, 1 May 2015 14:06:01 EST Seriously?! There is no greater reality check than a skirt that won't zip. <BR> <BR> I have this skirt. It's red, it's plaid, it's pleated, and it would have looked hella cute with my Marceline the Vampire Queen shirt which is a red/white design on black. So I pull out the skirt, slip my legs in, and proceed to slide it up... and... holy carp, since when do I have to STRUGGLE with this thing?? Oh. My. Gawd. Becky, look at my butt. It is SO big. *snort* <BR> <BR> Now, last time I remember wearing thi... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:19:48 EST Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!? Um... maybe? Ahh, Easter in Michigan, where you never know year to year what it's going to be like. Will there be four feet of snow on the ground and all the eggs will be well and truly hidden until May? Or will it be sunny and beautiful and picture perfect? Today it was the latter. YAAAAASS. And I have finally rid myself of my cold. The asthma, though... heh. <BR> <BR> Last night I went out for drinks with the girls... and you have no idea how weird that is, because that is something I rarely do... but... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:27:24 EST Great timing there, chief. It's just my luck that I come down with a cold just as it's getting nice out. UGH, what the frack, immune system?! Haven't I been giving you what you need to keep me safe from ye olde creeping crud? Especially Taylor's creeping crud; thought for sure she was going to be on quarantine... Anyway, I've been eating right and keeping hydrated and taking all my vitamins and getting to sleep on time... and... I dunno, all the excitement over the snow melting and the birds returning and my car start... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:21:22 EST "I don't feel bad, and that's good! I'm feeling good, and that's not bad!" (Why yes, I was watching Wreck-It Ralph last night, how'd you know?) <BR> <BR> This last week I haven't consumed a drop of soda, have pre-packed my work lunch with good-for-me things, and have taken all my vitamins and such in the correct amounts (no idea I wasn't taking enough!) and... while my weight hasn't budged, I am actually feeling better. <BR> <BR> While I'm not 100% feels-wise, I'm better than I was at this time last month. My anxiety has drifted off to the back burner, and I'm no... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:23:38 EST You win some, you lose some... I have discovered that while one is on time off of work it is very easy to track foods and exercise and all those things... but when one returns to work and real life.... eh, not so much. *grin* While I may not be writing down every single thing that passes my lips, I am still making an effort. I didn't give up, and I don't beat myself up for any of the days I missed. It's something! <BR> <BR> I've been trying to take my little green food book wherever I go, but sometimes when I take it ou... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:42:37 EST Feed me, Seymour! I have discovered that being constantly hungry does nothing for my state of being. <BR> <BR> Today I have been hungry, and very restless and grouchy with it. I made a proper breakfast. I had a healthy snack. I had a salad with good proteins for lunch. I had another healthy snack. I have spaced everything out pretty well and never went back for seconds. Yet... I remained hungry all day. All I can think about is stopping the grumble. I have air-pop popcorn. I have peanut butter. I have appl... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:12:51 EST Aren't we a whiny little VelvetAlchemist today! Thing one I have realized about why I keep losing track. <BR> Logging everything is a pain! Yeah, I said it. A PAIN. Seriously, picture me with a small green notebook in my left hand, a pen (a nice one) in my right, walking around my apartment looking like Julie Andrews when she's making fun of how her granddaugher walks in Princess Diaries. "We don't... schlump!" Yes, yes we do. Because logging things is a PAIN. <BR> <BR> I kind of want to throw a little toddler meltdown. *lol* I want to ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:00:07 EST It's something! yesterday I re-affirmed my desire and drive to get myself back in shape. Not skinny, not flat-bellied, not perfect... just fit. To be able to run up stairs without getting winded, to fit all my clothes, to just be... fit. I drank water, I logged food, I made smart choices, I meditated, and I got plenty of quality sleep. <BR> <BR> Today I put on my favorite pair of jeans, the $7 second-hand Levi's that have raggedy hems and have patches in the inner thighs. I put on one of my TeeFury shirts... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:28:19 EST Donut break over, back to work! Happy new year! Unlike last year, I started this year off right by NOT being late to work first day out. How'd I manage this? By not having to work on the 1st because I am far too expensive for my store to afford paying me time and a half. HA! *grin* Seriously, I had to open on the first last year and overshot my alarm like whoa. This year... well, this year I turned into someone's grumpy-yet-adorable grandma who spent NYE knitting the 2nd in a pair of gloves and falling into bed at 10:30p... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:12:29 EST So it's come down to this... I don't know why I bother jumping on the scale anymore. All it does is glare back in big red numbers and tell me that I'm doing things wrong. As of five this morning I have officially reached my highest adult weight. I told myself I'd never be up there ever again, but here we are... and I don't know what's causing it. I'm not eating any more than normal, I'm not drinking soda, and my stress levels aren't any higher than usual... but here I am, steadily gaining weight. <BR> <BR> I said s... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:17:48 EST Super pre-shrunk for your esteem-shattering needs! Sooo... I bought a few Halloween tees yesterday because it's that time of year and who would I be if I didn't score more witchy apparel... and I picked up my normal size... and... either the clothing companies are totally screwing with me or I am seriously too large to be allowed. Both tees looked plenty large on the hanger, but once I put them on they sucked to my torso and highlighted every bulge. Good grief, I looked so trashy and like I'd seriously let myself go. <BR> <BR> And that's wh... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:07:01 EST Couln't have said it better myself... No surprise, I am a HUGE fan of The Oatmeal. What's The Oatmeal, you ask? The Oatmeal, AKA Matthew Inman, is a web artist who is just a wee bizarre who has several comics (and a book!) about struggling with "The Blerch" and dieting and why he runs ridiculously long distances. Now, I've never participated in any running/walking events, but if one of his ever comes within reasonable driving distance to me I am so there. :D <BR> <BR><BR>_chart - Why ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:11:49 EST Get the behind me, sugary carbonation... As I sit here I'm consciously trying to keep myself from slouching. I am a horrrrrrrible sloucher. When I'm at my laptop I slouch. When I'm working at the computer at work I slouch. It's comfortable, it doesn't take effort, I just wanna slump over and... NO. Sit up straight, dammit. So here I am, forcing myself upward every time I start to slump. I can feel it in my back, which is why I wanna slouch over... It's a shame that my "desk" is waist high and makes it impossible to sit on an exerci... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:53:56 EST On the road again... today I discovered a whole side of my town that I didn't know existed. :) And it only cost the city... what did the guy tell me? almost $700,000. *snerk* <BR> <BR> I went to the Ren Fest with my family and my boyfriend on Sunday, and I had a great time... 'til I saw the pictures mom took. I heard somewhere that cameras add 10 pounds, but seriously, how many effing cameras were ON me?! Am I really that wide from the back? gawd, I have no waist. Ugh. And I was even in a corset! *sigh* <BR> ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:38:38 EST Curiosity confuses the cat... So, today has been a rather disappointing day (hole in favorite shirt, stood up by favorite sister, tonight's dinner ingredients spoiled, etc) so I decide to add further insult by attempting to calculate just what my ideal weight should be. What. A. Trip. <BR> <BR> So, according to the gubmint and their BMI calculator, for a 5'3" woman I should be anywhere between 105 and 135. According to a Body Frame Calculator, which doesn't take into account that for my height I have Ginormous Man Hand... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:34:37 EST Grr. GRR. Just... grr. <BR> <BR> So I know I've gained weight. But I haven't weighed myself in a while, and my favorite pair of jeans have been hanging out in my sewing room waiting for a couple of strategic patches on a couple of weak points. Yes, the weak points are the inner thighs, but that's normal. I'm a stocky girl, I have meaty thighs, and so it has been since I was 12. It made me laugh to realize the thighs were now wearing faster than the knees, which I was more used to. Anywhoooooo... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:31:05 EST Take THAT, medical anxiety! :P I did it! I passed! Hot Diggity Daffodil! (Yeah, do the Bender! Everybody do the Bender! *robot dance*) <BR> <BR> Today was the day, returning to the doc's to see if my BP was off due to meds or nerves... The last three weeks have seen an average of 123/67, and made sure to take my BP an hour before my visit (126/69), and there I went, armed with this knowledge and a book I've read a million times before... and tada! I passed! <BR> <BR> I joked with Jonathan that I should take him with m... Wed, 14 May 2014 18:11:14 EST Those Puppy Feels It's amazing what a car ride and a walk on the beach will do for my disposition. *grin* I feel like a puppy on the Best Day Ever with my favorite human. I woke up this morning feeling awful, phlegmy and sore and raspy. I got halfway dressed and crashed on the sofa, wondering what to do with my day, considering I can't breathe through all the gunk in my head AND it's the second to last day of vacation (and really, who in their right mind looks forward to going back to retail, I ask you? [btw... Sat, 10 May 2014 19:45:10 EST Y u no budge, scale?! I confess myself... irritated. There's really only so much baked chicken I can handle, seriously. *snort* So, I've been eating healthier, keeping up with walkies... well, save for the last couple of days because my sinuses went seven kinds of haywire and I'm congested as all get out so I can't breathe well right now... chugging water, doing all those things one should do when trying to lose weight... and nothing. Haven't lost a thing. I stay within a 3 pound range and it's irritating as fark.... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:44:36 EST Fighting a Hereditary Battle... Game On! And now I have a rubbed-raw ankle to add to my blisters. Time for new shoes, methinks. Seriously, the back of my sock is caked in blood. When the frack did THAT happen? *lol* I am soooo hardcore. To be honest, when it started getting bad I was at the end of the riverwalk so I had to just grit my teeth and about face. I focused on my stride, my breathing, and my boyfriend's backside to keep from thinking about my feet. *grin* I'll admit, we took a wee bit of a shortcut back, taking the main ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:36:19 EST Dedicating these blisters to my cheekbones... Seriously! I have blisters! LOOK! *holds up feet* <BR> <BR> So, here is day two of the riverwalk walkies with the boyfriend, and... blisters, what the hell! *lol* But I did it! I figured I'd do halfway and turn back, but nope, I was distracted enough by the nice weather, the good music, and the great company to do the 6 mile walk again. <BR> <BR> By the way, I had no idea I could personally track my walk and save it here on SparkPeople. that is quite possibly the coolest thing I've seen... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:34:06 EST Once more, with feeling this time... Fifteen pounds gained over the winter. At least fifteen. Ugh. Just... ugh. And I know it was all my own doing, so... seriously, I seem to return here only to hit the reset button. <BR> <BR> Last time I was here, the BF had found work... well, they let him go. He wasn't making a zillion sales a week so they gave him the boot. He's now waiting on some phonecalls for interviews come Monday. <BR> <BR> Em and I went for walkies last Sunday. First time since we got buried in the seventy feet of... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:16:15 EST Um, ow. Captain's log, stardate 2/15... <BR> The BF found a job, hooray! After almost two months of searching he's found employment as one of the most annoying people in the world. *lol* You know what I mean, those perky-as-hell folk that try to sell you something when you walk into a store. *snicker* As long as there are cougars out there interested in switching to DirectTV, he'll be fine. My BF is a seriously good lookin' dude, and the older ladies can't get enough of him. *lol* <BR> <BR> Anyway... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:44:11 EST Rassa Frackin'... I'm pissed. Angry-pissed, not falling-down-drunk-pissed (y'know, for those of you playing the home game 'cross the pond). I am seven pounds away from being at my heaviest recorded weight. I'm pissed at myself, mostly. I know better than this, but did I listen to myself? Nooooo. I let myself get comfortable and lazy and look where I am now. And I'm pissed. <BR> <BR> I was standing in my kitchen this morning, all my cabinets and even the fridge door open, staring at the odds and ends, tryin... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:26:14 EST Try, try again. All that's in my head right now is Whitesnake. Yes, Whitesnake. It's been months since I've last made an entry (please excuse the inch of dust) and all I can think is, well heeeere I go agaaaaaain on my owwwwwwn... *snerk* Seriously, how many times have I abandoned SP and come back shamefaced? Twelfth time the charm? <BR> <BR> Anyway... A lot has changed since I was last here. Jonathan finally graduated college and moved in with me. I'm ridiculously happy, but... he is a seriously bad inf... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:13:22 EST The television is a strange place, my friend... When people have babies, I knit blankets. It's almost a Pavlovian response with me. Oh, your (insert relationship here) is preggers? BLANKET TIME! It's a simple pattern (See Stitch-n-Bitch, "Big Bad Baby Blanket"), it keeps my hands busy, and it takes care of the stitching itch that rears its head every so often. This time around it's my boyfriend's younger sister Samantha who is having another boy. I got my yarn, and I've been steadily stitching for the last few days. I'm about 55 rows in, ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:08:58 EST