Big Sky Mind

Things I’m Thankful For
February 1, 2008, 11:16 am
Filed under: Random
  • I’m thankful that I’m off of all work today, so I didn’t have to worry about driving in the big snow storm.


  • I’m thankful that the big snow storm was a washout and didn’t come.


  • I’m thankful that I’m getting to teach more yoga to more people so I can spread the goodness.


  • I’m thankful that NASCAR will be back in two weeks so I will have something to do on Sunday afternoons while I’m knitting for 3-4-5 hours. 😉


  • I’m thankful that the Idol is back on again.  I always forget how much I enjoy watching it when it’s not on. 


  • I’m thankful that Britney’s doctor committed her again so hopefully she will get some help and avoid a tragic situation.


  • I’m thankful that there are always new techniques in knitting that I haven’t tried yet so that I don’t ever get bored.  I’m going to investigate the Magic Loop where you use one really long circular needle to knit round things like socks or mittens.


  • I’m thankful that I have a warm, cozy, house for me, DHC, and the boys to live in.


  • I’m thankful that it’s Friday, my favorite day of the week.


  • I’m thankful that I have lots of wonderful friends that love and support me even though we don’t get to see each other quite as often as we used to.


  • I’m thankful that I was able to get my hair done yesterday so I don’t look like an old hag anymore. 


  • I’m thankful that my direct deposit has kicked in at the coffee shop, so I don’t have to go pick up my check if I don’t want to.

  • I’m thankful for all of you that read BigSkyMind, even when I don’t have that much interesting stuff to say.


  • What are you thankful for today? 

Bits and Bobs
January 9, 2008, 10:09 am
Filed under: Knitting, Random, Television

So yesterday I promised lots of information and hopefully today I will be able to deliver. I have the pictures of the first finished flame sock.
<a href=”http://Finished Flame Sock #2“>
I have not gotten very far yet on the second sock. I have been busy with work and when I get home I’ve been staring off into space and sleeping. Not very good excuses, but it’s all that I’ve got. Maybe I’ll get the first section of color work done today.
Today is my day off from the coffee shop but I am teaching a new yoga class at the Y at 10:45 a.m. That seems like a kinda weird time to me, but that is when my students and the Y are available so we will see. I hope I have at least some students.
I am crazy about Dance War Bruno vs. Carrie Ann! I watched the premier that I had recorded yesterday. I already have people I’m rooting for. I haven’t watched the very end so I didn’t see the live performance, but I’m not sure how the show is going to work. Are the viewers going to vote people off? If anyone knows, give me a holler in the comments. I also watched a little bit of the season premier of LA Ink. I don’t know if I’m going to be into that show as much as I was last season. We will see.
Now I also promised a little bit of Britney talk. I’m really worried that this girl is going to go all Anna Nicole on us by Spring. I don’t understand why someone doesn’t just get a hold of her and commit her somewhere until she gets well. She is obviously sick either by chemical means or real mental illness. It’s just so sad.
On a completely different and happier note, I made my first yarn order of 2008. I ordered some Noro sock yarn from The Loopy Ewe. I’ve been looking at it for weeks and finally decided to use some of my Christmas money to get it. I’ll post pictures for you when it arrives. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone.

Coming on Wednesday
January 8, 2008, 4:16 pm
Filed under: Random

Pictures of the first finished flame sock and excuses as to why I’m not further along on the second one.  Plus updates on my new job and new yoga class.  Maybe a review of Dance Wars, Bruno vs. Carrie Anne and thoughts on poor Britney.  Thats a lot of stuff for tomorrow.

Catalog Calvacade
November 21, 2007, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Family, Pets, Random, Television

We always get a lot of catalogs in the mail. Generally, I like this. But this time of year, it is really redonkulous! We get at least this many every day we get mail.
Daily Catalog Ration
It is madness, I can’t even read them all. I think in the new year I am going to look to get myself and Darling Husband Carl off of some of the catalog lists we have been on. You’ll remember I was trying the other day to get a photo of Simon hanging out in his favorite place, his tube. Yesterday, I had some success. Sorry about the slight red eye, it’s dark in the tube, probably why Simon likes it so.
Simon In His Tube
Now for all the crazy Oscar fans out there, I know you’re out there saying “What’s up with all the Simon photos? Sure he’s fluffy and all, but we want our Oscar!” Well, here you go, he was helping me when I was taking the catalog photo.
Oscar Wanting Attention
Oscar Super Close Up
There, hopefully that’s enough Oscar to satisfy you all. Now for just a few random updates. I am having 22 people for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, but I feel like I need to quantify, only 15 are adults, 7 are kids, and they never eat anything much anyways. We are acutally buying them a platter of chicken tenders. Very, very relieved that Helio made it to the finals of Dancing with the Semi Famous. I must say I am COMPLETELY over Marie Osmond! She is not a very good dancer and it is just wrong that she is in the finals over Jennie. Marie better not win or the show will lose it’s credibility, think Sanjaya people!!! If you’ve never voted before, please vote for our guy Helio! He’s good, he deserves to win. Tomorrow on BigSkyMind, things I’m grateful for. Now if you will excuse me, there is a turkey breast calling my name.

The Things I Can’t Show You
October 25, 2007, 9:36 am
Filed under: Random

This post is all about the things I can tell you about but not show you.  I have pictures of my new Booty Club yarn and the super cool needles that Georgia included as swag.  The photos are on the camera, not in the computer.  This month’s yarn is called Killer Bee’s and it is BRIGHT!!!

I have finished the heel of the first Rappongi sock and am working on the leg.  Maybe if I apply myself I will have sock one finished by this weekend.  If I do I will take a picture for you.

I also finally wet blocked my hand spun and it looks a little better than I thought it would.  So maybe there is more spinning in my near future.  I know that if I would keep practicing, my hand spun would get even better.  I may have to take up spinning class again.  It’s just a lot of work to load everything into and out of MINI Pearl for each session.

Speaking of MINI Pearl, she has her new brake shoes and we both like them very much.  Evidentally, they don’t make brake shoes in sparkle or pretty colors, but the ones she got are very functional and I am super happy about that.

My week has been steadily improving as each day goes along.  I have no illusions that this is not just temporary, but as I am trying to take each day as it comes, the fact that they are getting better and better is all I could ask for.

DHC finally got an answer from our cable company that they will not be carrying the Big Ten Network for basketball season and has ordered us a dish.  It will be delivered on Saturday afternoon, in plenty of time for the first game of the season.  We are only switching one tv in the fortress of solitude to the dish.  So that will be basketball headquarters for the season.

So there you have it, random Thursdayness.  Does anyone besides me think that Earl has gotten a little bit strange this season?  I know D thinks that The Office is getting weird too.  I love The Office so much, the weirdness doesn’t bother me.

Blogging Blahs
October 16, 2007, 10:55 am
Filed under: Fashion, Friends, Knitting, Random, Sports, Television

Lately I’ve been suffering from the blogging blahs.  I know that my posts of late haven’t been very interesting.  Trust me, if they aren’t interesting to me, I KNOW they aren’t interesting to you.  It seems I am not alone in this phenomena.  Most of the blogs I check daily haven’t been updated in awhile.  I’m just wondering why this is?  Is it the weather?  The imminent arrival of winter with all of it’s yuckkiness?  Have we all collectively run out of things to say?  There just doesn’t seem to be that much going on right now.  So here are some boring facts that you probably don’t care about. 

My black cashmere hoodie from JCrew finally came.  It’s pretty big, I ordered a large, maybe should have gotten a medium, but it is super soft and comfy.  It was my big fall indulgence purchase. 

I’m going to meet my sorority sisters this weekend for homecoming.  We’ve been friends for over 20 years now.  I love them and can’t wait to see them!  Maybe I’ll take some photos to share, we will see how it goes. 

I thought that “Dancing with the Semi Famous” was a little boring last night.  I don’t think that Sabrina deserved a perfect score.  She just doesn’t entertain me at all.  Plus I was totally distracted by her music.  “You Spin Me Round” by Dead or Alive?  Please, that is not a song to Paso by! 

 I worked on my Rappongi socks last night.  Even though there is a pattern, I’ve got it memorized and am really enjoying knitting it. 

My new favorite tv show is “Pushing Daisies”.  The fact that one of the main characters is a knitter makes me love it all the more. 

We are having the cable vs. dish debate in our house.  IU basketball season is quickly approaching and if Darling Husband Carl doesn’t get the Big Ten Network; well, I don’t even want to think about it.  So he is trying to decide what kind of dish he wants and how many televisions we want on it.  I think he’s got it all figured out, but it’s been a lot of back and forth.  We need to get it settled soon, that’s all I know. 

And MINI Pearl is sick, she has bad brakes, so DHC is taking her tomorrow to get her some new shoes.  I hope they have sparkly pink or orange ones for her.  What do you mean brake shoes don’t come in colors?  Well, they totally should!

Any random things going on in your life you want to share?  I promise I will try to think of something more interesting to write about tomorrow.

September 20, 2007, 10:28 am
Filed under: Random, Technology, Yoga

Today is another one of those days when I have a lot of super random things I want to talk about. 

First is a yarn diet.  My Yarn Pirate Booty Club Yarn came last night.  Darling Husband Carl was questioning me about it.  It is lovely by the way, as soon as I take photos, I’ll share.  But I was thinking that maybe he has a point.  Maybe it’s time for me to take a yarn buying sabbatical.  I know I have enough sock yarn that I could knit from now until spring (maybe longer) and not run out.  And with the holidays coming perhaps my money would be better spent elsewhere.  So I’m going to not buy any yarn except for my two sock yarn clubs I already belong to between now and the new year.  I’m going to try very hard to stick to this.  I’ll be honest and let you know if I slip between now and then, but I think if I get the urge to buy any new yarn one peek at my stash should take care of that.

Another thing is time.  I have my weird time obsession and lately it seems that I don’t have any time.  Tuesday night was a late night and last night was busy working on the new computer (more on that later) so the time slipped away.  Tonight is my spinning lesson and tomorrow night I have a work meeting from 6:30-9:00 (ADD moment, who has a work meeting till 9 p.m. on Friday night???).  So what is they say, “no rest for the wicked”?  Maybe the weekend will allow me a little time to gather myself.  I tend not to be 100% if I don’t feel rested and centered.  I am going to tell them that I have to leave the work meeting by 8 p.m.  I have to teach yoga at 8 a.m. the next morning, I’m sure they would want me to be at my best for my class.

Speaking of yoga, reading Shattering_Samskarashas made me realize that I very rarely blog about yoga or my teaching.  I don’t really know why that is.  I love doing yoga and I love teaching.  It is always teaching me life lessons.  I think that this past week’s class was a lesson in patience.  I had two new students both who arrived late for my class.  The first one was just a few minutes late.  She seemed to be having trouble doing even the warm up poses.  I try very hard to make my classes accessible to all of my students.  It would be a disservice to my other students to try to make my classes any more gentle than they already are.  The other new student arrived a full 25 minutes into the class.  She was banging on the door to get in (must not have seen the other door that was open).  I did tell her that we were quite aways into class, but that didn’t seem to phase her in the least.  She spent the entire relaxation period towards the end of class making loud disruptive noises.  Again, it wasn’t the most challenging part of the class, so I don’t know why she was having so much of an issue.  These students are my teachers, teaching me how to be patient, forgiving, to remember that the students that come to my class every week deserve my attention and my best teaching skills regardless of the distractions around us.  They may not ever be back to class, that is the nature of teaching yoga, students come and go.  So that is what has been going on in my yoga world.

My new MacBook is still a work in progress.  I got most of my iTunes to transfer in.  I am having to work some CD’s back in and recreate all of my playlists.  This is very time consuming.  That is what I spent all of last night doing.  And I have to recreate all of my address book and calendar.  So far my MacBook and my iPhone aren’t really friends yet. 

I’ve started the second Bamboo Banga sock, but I messed up already.  I forgot the toe needed to be 36 sts on each needle, I tried to start the pattern with 32.  Not surprisingly, it didn’t work.  So I need to rip out and finish the toe properly. 

So what randomness do you have going on in your lives?  Happy thought, it’s almost fall, even tho it’s supposed to be 90 degrees this weekend.