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I quit the nursing home–they got my letter of resignation today (I dropped it off last night), and I was supposed to work this weekend, which I know is totally unprofessional, but I couldn’t do it anymore.

I saw B today before he left for work. I asked him for help with the cats this weekend (nail trims and medication), and he happened to ask if I was still working this weekend. I said no. He asked if I switched with someone. I said no. He asked if I quit. I said yes. He asked why. I should have told him to shove it, it wasn’t his business, but instead I told him I couldn’t deal with it. He asked what I meant, and I said that I have so much shit going on in my life right now, I couldn’t deal with it all. He stopped talking, got his stuff together, walked out without another word to me, and peeled out of the driveway. Ass.

He stopped wearing his wedding ring when we got home last week, even going so far as to leave it out on the table in the living room where I’d pass by it all the time, so I put it in my jewelry box. Today I put mine in there, too. I love my wedding band, but right now when I see it, it reminds me that the person I’m with now isn’t the person I married 4+ years ago.

I’m going to visit my Grandma tomorrow, which I’m excited about. Hopefully the weather holds up for the 2 hour drive out there, so I can open the windows and sunroof while blasting some tunes. I made her a lemon-lemon cake; I missed her birthday, as we were leaving for Las Vegas that day, and all the last-minute planning made me space out on ordering her a gift or even sending a card.

I forgot to blog this before, but our cat-sitter (Karen) left us this cute card telling us how good the cats were while we were gone on vacation, and it had an adorable picture of Lexie on it. I told her how much I liked the picture, and she said she’d get me another (larger) copy. She stopped by the other day, and gave me a framed 8×10! I love it. It was such a sweet gesture, I almost cried. A little sunshine falls into my otherwise cloud-filled life.

ETA: I went to WalMart today, and just as I was about to walk into the building, my fucking sandal broke. No way I could even kinda wear it. I stood there looking at it stupidly for a moment, then my biggest concern was whether to wear my good sandal while I trudged thru the store to the shoe department, or take the “good” sandal off and walk barefoot.

I wore the sandal.

I think I heard people laugh at me.

The cashier looked at me funny as I took off my shoe so she could ring it up.

I bought an $8 pair of sandals I didn’t need.



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Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. As you can see, my Grandma loves her sweater:

And it fits her perfectly!

Progress on the KISS purse:

Here is my new! improved! Bountiful Bohus:

I am so much happier with it. The neckline is perfect. After wearing it to my Grandma’s on Sunday, the only bad thing I have to say is it’s a bit big on me. If I do make another I’ll have to make it one size smaller. Better too big than too small though! When I redid the neck I had to redo the button bands. I changed those to two-stitch buttonholes (from three-stitch), which work better with the buttons.
My aunt couldn’t believe I made my sweater (or Grandma’s for that matter)…I think she’s going to drop hints next year for a handmade sweater 🙂

I had to show off some of my Christmas cookies. The ones on the left are Raspberry Poinsettias, and the ones on the right are Pecan Shortbread Trees:

The powdered sugar ones on the right edge are Chai-Almond cookies, which were OK. I overbaked them a bit so they were crunchy instead of crumbly. The cutout cookies I made didn’t last long at all once B set his sights on them. It’s amazing how fast he eats up those cookies.
I also made truffles to bring to my Grandma’s, she stole all of those. I got one, and almost lost a finger in the process.


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Sweater Pics

Here is Grandma’s Cardigan. I really like how it turned out, the color is lovely (Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Delft Heather), I just hope it fits OK! I need to stop buying buttons like these, though. I don’t like how they droop when they’re not buttoned up. Regular, 4-hole buttons from now on!



And of course I started a new project. This is the KISS Purse from Sally Melville’s The Knitting Experience Book 3:

I’m using black Cascade 220 and a multicolor Noro Kureyon.

I can’t believe Christmas is next week already! I have a ton of cookies to bake on Friday and Saturday for my Grandma’s party on Sunday.


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Pics tomorrow….it’s not done drying yet.


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I’ll start with the last one since you probably were like “Yep, OK, ….huh?!”

Grandma’s Cardigan is getting on my last nerve. I had the sleeves ALL done, blocked, ready to join on. But when I went to attach them, they were too small. Grr. So I cast on stitches around the armhole, intending to work them from the armhole down, but it was going to be too much of a pain in the butt to do it that way. So I took the cast on # and did some math, and now have a new! improved! sleeve measurement, and now my sleeves look like this:

Because it was just easier to start from scratch than fix them. At least the body is all done, otherwise I’d be seriously freaking out that I have to redo the sleeves with only 18 days left. I know a lot of knitters will work on a project on Christmas Eve night to finish in time to gift Christmas Day, but I am not one of those people. The more of a buffer zone I have, the better. With anything. I don’t like to be rushed.

It’s been snowing like crazy the past few days, including right now:

Which make the Christmas decorations look all the more festive (pardon the signage behind the tree):

I’m glad I decided to decorate this year. I haven’t for the past 2 years as kind of a boycott on Christmas since my Mom died, since it was her favorite time of year. But I think she’s happy I got over it and put up some pretty stuff…some of it used to be hers, too! The stocking is old…34 years old, to be exact. My great-grandma made it for me for my 1st Christmas. I love it.

And this is what I get for leaving my office door open a teeny tiny crack:

A cat sleeping on the heated massage table!

P.S. Awesome new Christmas album:


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A friend of mine in Anatomy class was the right size to try on Grandma’s Cardigan, and it fit well. The only problem was the armholes were a bit shallow (like right up against her armpit), so I frogged down to the neck shaping and added 2″ to the original length. I figured this would take me about 2 hours (add 2″ to the back, then add length and reshape the fronts).

It took me 5 hours.

I finally finished up around midnight and put all my stuff away. I still can’t figure out why I HAD to finish it ALL last night, but it’s done.

Now I can go back to the sleeves in peace.


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Sweater photo

Here is the sweater I am making for my Grandma. I am using KnitPicks Swish Worsted (superwash) in Delft Heather and KnitPicks Harmony Interchangeable needles. The pattern is “Vickie’s Cardigan” from Black Water Abbey Yarns; one of the patterns I picked up at Stitches Midwest this year.

In other news, I started my CNA clinicals on Monday at a local nursing home, which I was absolutely PETRIFIED about, and pretty much just followed around my CNA and watched her work. Yesterday I got paired with another CNA who put me to work! But she was very nice and helpful; I learned a lot from her. Depending how the rest of the clinicals go (twice a week until Thanksgiving), I think I’m going to apply there for a job.


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