February 20, 2009

Wow!

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 11:57 pm by Jenn

I am a bad blog friend lately because I’ve been so caught up in Mousehunting, fleece hunting, knitting group, art buying, etc that I just have flat out been neglecting my online “peeps”.  I’m making the rounds this evening and came across thison Ruth’s blog.  Take a look.

I’ll have pictures and various updates tomorrow.  Today I’m watching the Reader (and playing Mousehunt of course – I’m a Grandmaster now, trying to get some meteorite pieces from the Town of Digby, then heading back to the Lab to collect potions).

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February 2, 2009

UFO Update

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 9:30 pm by Jenn

I’ve made a little progress in the UFO department (unfinished object’s), and by little I mean little.  I finished the sweater for baby Kate.  I actually finished it when I got back from Germany.  I bought the buttons there, sewed them on when I got home and in the mail the package went.  I haven’t heard that she’s gotten it yet.  I hope she likes it.  I know it will be way way to big, but she’ll be able to wear it when she’s toddler size for sure.

Here’s a picture

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I also finished the Unoriginal Hat which I told you about a week or so ago.  So that’s two items off the list.  Here is what remains from the original list, not in any particular order.  Sorry, still no pictures.

1.  My Clapotis and my Clementine Shawlette.   This is quiet knitting.  I’ve mentioned before that I can’t work on these projects when Scott’s around…I have to concentrate and he talks TOO MUCH.

2.  My second Slytherin Sock – I have been working on this here and there.  Making a little bit of progress.

3.  Belarus bag – still needs the handles and the liner.

4.  Carey’s sock – she’s still living in St. Thomas so I just don’t feel the need for wool socks is a priorty.

5.  My Palindrome Scarf – this I will finish because I love the yarn and the pattern.  It just got pushed to the side to get the Christmas knitting out of the way.  Here’s a picture of the yarn.

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It’s Paton’s Soy Wool Stripes and it is awesomely soft.  I have approximately 6 inches of scarf complete.

Items I forgot about but that should be added to this list are:

6.  The knit net shawl that I started last year in May.

That really is a manageable list.

In other news.  I am making decent progress on my Welt and Rib Raglan.  I’m just about finished the 2×1 rib stitch pattern (which is the piece directly  at/under the boobs) and ready to start the next 5×1 rib stitch pattern that continues down the body of the sweater.  Rib stitch is good for me.  I can talk and knit, watch tv and knit at the same time because it’s easy enough for me to keep track of the stitches.  This will be a good project for me to work on at knitting groups.  Here’s a picture of the progress at about 3 inches complete.

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This next bit is definitely not an unfinished object.  It is now classified as a finished object.  Tonight’s homemade dessert.  Strawberry Shortcake.  YUMMO.  Of course I paid through the nose for the strawberries this time of year, but they were well worth the 12 manat.  This treat followed my stuffed Canneloni which were FANTASTIC.

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And last but not least, an obligatory Max picture for all you Max fans out there.  He is the greatest dog.  He has the personality of an obnoxious 3 year old, but at other times he’s absolutely adorable.   Here he is laying on Scott’s lap for his daily belly rubs. 

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I don’t know who’s more out of it, Scott or Max.

Now, I’m off to play Mousehunt.  I’ve been trying since Thursday to catch this darned Zombie mouse….not any old Zombie will do, I’ve caught plenty of those.  I need one who will give me the map to the Mouseleum.  I know he’s out there.  I just need to find the right, trap, cheese combo to nab the little sucker!

January 5, 2009

Random

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 4:47 pm by Jenn

Baku is often called the windy city and today is a perfect example of why.  I am sitting in my office and I can hear the wind whipping around outside.  These apartments are not “air tight” so it’s a bit cold and drafty in here.  I was dreading heading out to the store and desperately thinking of ways to avoid heading out in to the wind, but somehow I don’t think the egg substitution would work so well in Mrs. Nixon’s Chicken Casserole so I braved it.  By the way, my recipe doesn’t say let stand overnight…

Thankfully on my way to the market there was a tail wind.  I was there in no time.  I mean, I literally was pushed all the way to the store.  I almost lost my footing a few times when the “gusts” came.  The wind is crazy here.  According to the Weather Underground it’s blowing at 44 km an hour which is about 28 miles an hour…steady, I don’t even know what they are gusting to, but it’s a lot higher than that.  Unfortunately since the winds pushed me there the return trip was a little harder.  Thankfully everything here is still snow and/or wet so I didn’t have debris blowing into my eyes (I forgot my glasses).

I’m still playing Mousehunt (Apprentice 11% now – that’s level 2).  In fact, it may be time for an intervention.  I burned hard boiled eggs today.  Yep, you read that correctly…hard boiled eggs.  I put them on to boil and the next thing you know I smell hard boiled eggs…hmm, OH SHIT!  Yep, I’m hooked.  Needless to say, I haven’t been doing much of anything else.  I am working on finishing up that baby surprise jacket today though.  I’m down to 5 more rows so it looks promising!  Maybe I’ll even be able to post some pictures!

January 3, 2009

My Latest Addiction

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 9:29 pm by Jenn

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It’s happened again.  I’ve fallen victim to the online game demons.  I’m hopelessly addicted to a game called Mousehunt.   One of my friends (Nancy) on Facebook was participating in an event and I wanted to know more about it so I clicked…BIG MISTAKE.

I started playing on December 29th and now I won’t be able to stop until I’ve reached the highest level I can reach (Hero).  I’m sure that will be a while.  I’m still only on the first level, Novice at 85%.  With the hours I’ve been logging I am hoping to reach the second level, Apprentice by the end of the weekend…maybe by the end of the day but that’s a tall order.

With Mousehunt you are hunter and your goal is to set up a trap to catch mice.  You build your trap, choose your cheese, hunting area and wait.  Every fifteen minutes you can sound the “Hunter’s Horn”.  At this time you “go hunting” then return to camp and check your hunter’s journal to see if you caught anything.  You are awarded gold and points for mice that you catch.

You have to buy cheese to bait your trap and you can buy more powerful traps with more gold and points as the game progresses through the seven skill levels from Novice to Hero.  Each level offers new challenges, new hunting areas and new mice to catch.

It’s a passive game and you can spend as little as a few minutes a day or as many hours as you can stay awake playing. 

The best part about the game (and the original reason I signed up) is that they give away actual prizes…including CASH!  They had a New Year’s Eve giveaway and since Scott was sick and we were staying in I figured I’d might as well try to win some cash…that was HOURS ago.  I only saw one prize mouse visit my trap.  He visited my trap, stole my bait, but didn’t drop the $200 he was carrying!  That dirty rat!  He was a Leprachaun Mouse and I’ll be waiting and ready for him next time!  There were about 200 prizes given away during the event over the course of two days.  Around 20,000 people were online consistently playing during those two days.

You can also recruit friends to join your Hunting Group.  I have 43 people in my group so far and I actually personally know 9 of them.  The first one in my group was Nancy.  I love Nancy.  She and I were friends in High School.  She gave me 20,000 gold to get started and introduced me to her Hunting Group and some of them gave me gold and off I went! 

It’s good to have higher ranking players in your Hunting Group so that you can ask questions and so that they can give advice. 

So, I’ll keep you posted about my status and leveling.  As I’m ending this I’m now at 87%, I just sounded the Hunter’s Horn, caught a Dwarf Mouse worth 221 points and 455 gold in the Town of Gwania.  FUN!  I caught this guy using the trap pictured above, The Trebuchet and wooden base with target using Marble cheese.

Ok, now Scott and I have an in person date in the living room to play board games!  I’m sure we’ll both be taking breaks every 15 minutes to check our traps!  : )

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