Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year End Review

I started working on the year end review like 3 hours ago, but I was distracted. First my nephew came over with his family to get eggs, then he got stuck in the driveway. Our 2nd snow of the year has made most of the driveway a skating rink. I've not been outside of my yard in a week. But then again, I'm on vacation,, so.

I'll pick a few random photos to share.
Dave shaved. Say that 3 times real fast: dave shaved dave shaved dave shaved. Yep, that's our bathroom and me holding up my cell phone to take the pic. Total time it took me to tell him never to shave again? 30 seconds. He looks like this Brother..........the one I don't like.

Miss George and I spend a lot of time together. She has the bum leg,, so she would rather just sit and hang with us. She's a great Mom though, and her two daughters are out and about with her all the time. She will not go into the coop for the night without one of her girls with her.

You've seen her in the big blue pool a few times. It helps her leg, but right now the pool is frozen over.

I have a had cold and right now my sinuses and Eustachian tubes are plugged. It's fun to hear the squeal while they even out the pressure with the outside world.

A sweet, yet bittersweet photo of Harry and Hermione huddling together during a downpour. Mama Fred is nearby. Fred had her kids in the road one day and She was killed instantly. Harry .......well I had to have Harry put down as his leg was mangled.  Before he died, he fostered 3 goslings for a few days as they were just hatched. It was adorable watching him take care of the three.

Hermione is still with us. After the accident, her Daddy, Aberforth took over her care. He paired up with Carrie and they still are real close to Miss Hermione. RIP Both Fred and Harry, you were good goosies.

Three new babies born to my nephew and nieces: June Bug, Will, and Skyler. Interesting to watch the parenting techniques of all three, which are different as can be.
School goes on. I wear a lab coat and gloves most of the time, especially now that I do work-study. It sure beats sitting at home doing nothing, and it will give me more experience for my resume.

Everyone claims that I'll be germ phobic before too long. I don't think so. I'm more pragmatic than that. I spent 6 weeks with pathogens in the lab only to fall ill to probably a sneeze in my direction from my hubby. I'm going to get sick whether I want to or not. Take precautions, wash your hands. and eat well. That's the best thing to do.

Is it bad right now that I want a mojito? That's a summer drink. I told Dave yesterday that I recommended a few shots of bourbon for his cold as other medicines don't work on him. I want a mojito right now for the same reason.

Knitting wise:
Baby shoes for a new baby

Cathedral bells scarf
Flying Geese shawl
Heel head scarf, still in progresss, About 6 hats a pair of fingerless mitts, a couple more scarves and a cowl. 

In the future, I think there will be more knitting, more blue gloves with blood on them, more baby geese, probably a few deaths in the flock and more chicken to eat. 

All in all, same ol, same ol. And now.......for a nap! 

Monday, December 21, 2015

vacation, of sorts

End of Semester was Friday. I'm done working and schooling til the last week in January. With no money coming for that time, the vacation will be low-key.  The odd thing was how this weekend has played out after all that finals stress and stuff. I don't mean to put more pressure on the family, but apparently I do.  Saturday, I woke up all stiff and sore...especially in my back. As the day wore on, more and more of my joints screamed in pain. We were scheduled to meet Dave's parents about 2 hours away from home for a gift exchange. The ride  up and back were painful, but I wasn't going to beg out of this because of my pain. I took 2 ibuprofens and sucked it up.
Dad, Dave and Mom

As it was, the visit was good and thankfully brief. I got up about 3/4 of the way through and walked around a bit. It helped. A nap later at home helped more. Sunday found me uncommunicative and grumpy. I think that the entire semester of having to be 'on' and chatty with others gets to me. I want to be home, nose in a book happily ignoring others. Well, that's just not a good thing to do with loved ones. 

This week we're hosting some of Alex's friends and preparing for Christmas. There's not even a tree here now, and I'm not sure I want to shlepp around and find one. We shall see.  The El Nino that is smacking California has made this a warm yet rainy winter here in Wisconsin. Most are complaining about the lack of snow. I'm not. I'm fine with it. 

Here we have the stud muffin of the group Percy with his gal Mary. Rube (or Sev, I can't tell them apart) in front with one of our new chickens near the new mud puddle. They are enjoying the puddles of water and the warmth. I can't blame them. Struggling through snow, ice and crap is low on my fun scale. 

No knitting being done for Christmas and I've been through that rant long enough for anyone who's paid attention to roll their eyes. I'm not going through it again. I've crocheted a few doilies for gifts, made a few more hats for charity, but I'm actually not in the mood to knit much. Wierd, eh? 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Diversions are a life lesson

Yesterday, my chem class was to take a lab quiz. A precursor to next week's lab final, this was to give students a refresher on how to use chemistry to ascertain what chemical is in front of them. Next week, we will be given an unknown liquid and our goal is to use chemistry to figure out what it is.

Prof. Dan hammered it into us on the first few weeks that our lab notes will be key to this adventure. "Keep good notes." he said. So I did. We will be able to use them on the final.  As the resident lab rat, I was chilling in the lab prep room before class when Prof. Dan asked if I could prepare a few samples for him. Turns out a camera crew is in for the day taping a promotional video. I prepped the chem experiment: Something that uses an indicator to tell you what's inside...by using a color change.

But here we are two hours later and the video team is still there. It's classtime! UGH. So we wait a bit, then we all go in and the video team says, "We will be taping you for this video." ok, um...How is this exactly going to help us with our quiz? It didn't actually.

If this is what it is like to be in a reality show...no thanks.

Prof. Dan needed some volunteers and most said, "No." I told them they were missing the angle on this one. "Hey, Prof. Dan? How's about some extra credit for those who volunteer?" His answer was a dodgy "maybe."

So I volunteered to have that guy with the camera videotape me pipetting the same liquid into the same tubes for about 5 minutes. Boring stuff if you ask me. As a diversion, this was heavy. Most of the students, including me, were thrown off our zone while trying to finish the lab. It was only after they wrapped up and left that most could concentrate.

But there's a lesson in that: Diversions are everywhere. Staying on track, doing your job and focusing are key.

Knittingwise: I'm working on slippers.  It's a DROPS studio pattern: felted slippers
My family goes through about 2 pair a winter, so it's time to restock. I'm using handspun wool for the most warmth.

Poultry wise: The younger ducks go to freezer camp this weekend. We've decided to keep Vito and his gals as they are older and would be tougher as a meat-source. Vito and Maria are the eldest ducks we have; about 4 years old. They've reached middle age. Age span of a duck is about 8 years.  Geese? Well, we will see. Many of the ganders will be off to freezer camp as they are getting out of hand. But that will be proabably after semester end.