Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday's Fave Five

"It's a place to come on Friday's and think back over your week and just post 5 favorite things from your week. It can be anything that tickled your fancy over the week. Favorite quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, pictures, etc. Link to the Living to Tell the Story Fave Five post and then add yourself to the Mr. Linky. "

1) Movie: I went to see Nights in Rodanthe with some girl friends tonight. I read the book by Nicholas Sparks last week because I knew this was my type of movie. And it's always better to read then book then see the movie. (I never get around to reading the book after seeing the movie.) The movie was a little more superficial than the book, and it left out the "bookends" that begin and end the book. But it was still fun to get together with the girls and go out for a movie. (Even better yet we went to a cheap theatre and it only cost 7.95)

2) Work speed: Work has been good this week. Not too busy, and not too slow. (More on the slow side...) But overall it was a pretty good week.

3) Bible Study: I went to a new bible study on Wednesday and it was good. There were about 15 people there from all age groups and life experiences. (2 young married couples, 1 couple with young kids, 1 couple with grown kids, 3 other single people, and 1 divorcee) It was a great mix and was a nice relaxed atmostphere. It's a 12 week study on John 3:16 with book and study book by Max Lucado. I plan on going again next Wednesday.

4) The sun: Although it's the end of September and the nights are getting quite cold, the mid-day sun still has some warmth to it. There is a little park about 5 minutes from my work where I spent my lunch breaks during the summer. I went there today for lunch and the sun was strong enough that I could sit there without a jacket on. (The wind was cold when it blew ~seldom~ but let's not focus on that!) For someone who hates the 8 months of winter we have here this last little bit of sun has been great on lifting my mood.

5) Costco: I had a good experience in the Richmond Costco last week. I started my account in February 4 years ago. Then my work offered to pay for my yearly fees (Of course I accepted!). I worked in accounts payable at the old job so I know that they renew the subscriptions each September. When I left my old job last December I knew that they would not cancel my subscription until September of this year. I then expected that I would have until next February before my subscription expired. Well, when I went to Costco last week the card came up as expired. I was disappointed as I thought that I had another 6 months left! They had to call the manager over and after I paid for my purchases he took me over to another computer and looked into the matter. They had no record of my original payment for the first 1/2 a year before my old job started paying the cost (although I'm sure I paid the $40.00 fee). The nice Richmond Costco store manager arranged for me to have a free membership until the end of next February! How nice is that? I'm glad there are still some stores out there that believe in customer satisfaction. I left the store with a smile on my face.

Whew, I made this post in the nick of time! It's 11:41 Pacific Time ~ post on late posters, post on!

Friday Fill-Ins # 91

1. My birthday and Thanksgiving are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in October.
2. Sometimes I like to go for a walk in the rain.
3. Miracles happen and that's why there is a saying, "never say never"!
4. When I'm down, I tend to spend alot of time in bed.
On the flip side: "When I'm up, I can't get down, can't get down, can't get level...." I love me some Great Big Sea!
5. Sitting on the couch watching TV or reading book is where you'll find me most often.
6. A rainy day is good for reading a good book with a mug of hot chocolate.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to seeing Nights in Rodanthe with the girls, tomorrow my plans include relaxing, and some cleaning too I guess! and Sunday, I want to go back and visit Fraserview church!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

FO Report: Fetching (fingerless mitts)

Originally uploaded by juliabca
I finished knitting Fetching last Tuesday. This was a really fun and easy knit! The colour is darker that the picture shows, but this picture shows the cables best. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, and is super soft. My work is freezing in the winter and this is where I plan on using these mitts.The top edge has a picot cast off and this is something new I learnt while making these mitts.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Yes, I do still knit!

I thought I'd give a quick update on what and how far I've been knitting. I have almost finished Fetching (fingerless mitts). All I need to do is knit the thumb holes. I worked on this on the Saturday get together with one lady from the SCC knit group.

I finally picked up the socks again after having let them sit for almost a month! I had dropped a stitch and the stitch fell a couple of rows. I was able to pickup the stitch but the stitches still looked wonky and bigger than normal. So I tinked (knit backwards) for 2 or 3 rounds then started knitting forward. I went to a Vancouver meetup on Sunday and I knit on the sock for a hour or so and I have just started the toe decreases. I'm going to another SCC knitting night tonight and I plan on finishing the socks then.

I'm looking forward to starting my first sweater! I want to knit Green Gable. I haven't bought the pattern or the yarn yet. I would not let myself buy it until Fetching and the socks are finished first. Also up on the to-be-knit list is the pinwheel blanket. My edging will be different then the one in the link picture. I have a couple of 50% off coupons from Micheals that I will be using to buy the yarn for it. I'm heading there after work today.

I finished the dishclothes below sometime last month, it just took me awhile to photograph and post about them.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins # 89

1. I enjoy a good chick flick.
2. Relationships is something I wonder about often lately.
3. In your heart, you knew Fraserview wouldn't be my church home forever.
4. Take butter, add a little sugar, flour, & chocolate chips and you end up with cookies.
5. Life has gifted me with a great family.
6. Bob Marley music is an instant vacation.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at a tupperware party, tomorrow my plans include going to a knitting night and Sunday, I want to try another new church.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Fave Five

"A place to think back over your week and just post 5 favorite things from your week. It can be anything that tickled your fancy over the week. Favorite quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, etc., etc. Just make your own post, be as detailed as you like, linking to Living to Tell the Story and then add yourself to the Mr. Linky."

1) Getting a hug from C. She is my friend's 1 year old daughter. I have seen her plenty but last weekend I spent a full day and half with her and near the end of the day she gave me a hug. When is the last time you got a hug from a 1 year old? It's the best thing ever!

2) The "new" computer I got from my sister and brother-in-law, and how its much smarter that my old one. They got a new laptop and gave me their old desktop. Pretty nice huh? My old one had this: 299 MHz, 256 MB of RAM, and the new one has this: 3.00 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM. I don't know much about computers but I think that's a great improvement. It's much faster as I surf the net anyway. I can even have more than one page open at a time now!

3) My brother comes home from Europe on Sunday. I can't wait to hear what he saw/liked/hated/tasted.

4) Labour Day Long Weekend! Yea! That means a 4 days work week and I love that!

5) I'm stealing this from Tameka's blog but it's important and bares repeating: I am a child of the Most High & I Am Blessed!

Friday Fill-Ins # 88

1. If I was to walk into your life, I'd say: Hi, how are you?

2. Catch a bright star and place it high on the wall for all to see.

3. And you can send me 'cause I won't eat any chocolate before it gets to you.....hehehe.

4. I'd like to forget that lousy day but I'm dealing with a memory that never forgets.

5. I'm the innocent bystander / Somehow I got stuck in the middle of it all.

6. What's keeping us apart isn't selfishness, it's fear.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, maybe watching a movie, tomorrow my plans include not much and Sunday, I want to go to a new church!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Book Review: Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down

I was very excited when I saw this book at my church library. I read books 1, 3, and 4 last year and enjoyed them, but the public library didn't have book 2. The story follows a diverse group of women who meet at a Woman's Conference and are randomly placed in a prayer group together. They decide to keep meeting and praying together after the conference ends and these 4 books follow their lives and tribulations.
This book of the series tells the story of how during a prayer meeting the women are robbed by a drugged out young lady and how their lives are effected.
I thought that the full series was 4 books, but after checking out Neta Jackson's website I learnt that the series is actually 7 books. So now I am adding the remaining 4 books to my to-be-read list.
It's a really easy reading book, but I find the series a great reminder to me of how important prayer/conversation with God really is. And *really* with a message like that how can I go wrong?