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Still Busy...

Just as the title says... I swear I haven't been so busy in a LONG time! Lots and lots and lots of research work. I haven't had much time for myself, which sucks, but I know that at least after the presentation is over (2 weeks!), I'll be able to take a deep breath and calm down a bit. At that point, I'll fly to California for a mini-vacation and to pick up Hitchcock!

On a happy, and political, note, Obama's inaugural speech made me tear up and flat out cry in parts. I know he's a politician, so I'm taking it with a (small) grain of salt, but I have so much hope for the next four years and I really wish for change for this country. It needs it! Also, having it be Bush's LAST DAY EVER was just beyond amazing too, of course! :)

In between all my business at work, I have been able to start and work on my super-secret lacework project! And I'm so happy to be able to unveil it in all its work-in-progress glory. So, without further ado, my very own Girasole Blanket!

Girasole Blanket - WIP

Girasole Blanket - WIP

Now I know what you are all thinking: is this girl in love with Jared Flood or what? And the answer to that is hell yeah I am! His projects are beyond cool and full of awesome cables and lace! I totally have a secret crush on him (in a very platonic way, of course) and I'm excited about moving to Brooklyn next year just so I have a bigger chance of running into him on the street. Yes, I've thought about this and I promise you I am not a crazy stalker... or am I? *shifty eyes*

Ahem, moving back to the Girasole... Not only is it a lot of fun to knit (though the rows are SO LONG and only going to get longer - 640 stitches... ack!), I just love love love doing lacework in heavy worsted weight yarn. I mean, who doesn't?

Girasole Blanket - WIP

Girasole Blanket - WIP

I am making it in Rowan Cocoon and it's wonderfully soft. The mohair in it is also going to give it a nice shimmer once it's done too... I can't wait to finish it, though blocking it will be a bit of a problem in a small, 1-bedroom New York City apartment. I mean, where am I going to PUT it to block??? LOL!

I was so busy taking pictures of the blanket, I didn't notice anything around me. Then I looked down near my feet and found this little cutie looking back at me:

Melt your heart cute

Now doesn't that just melt your heart?


Busy busy busy

Work has been really tough lately... lots and lots to do, meetings coming up, presentations, posters, blah blah blah. Basically, I've had more than my share of things to work on outside of work time and that has eaten up my relaxing and knitting time, which sucks. But at least it will keep me busy until we go get Hitchcock! In other words, I'm not going crazy waiting like I did when I was waiting for Kubrick. ;)

Golden Globes were on tonight and I'm so happy that Kate Winslet won twice! I think she's wonderful and totally deserved those wins, IMO. Other than that, I have yet to see Slumdog Millionaire (though I really want to) and Vicki Christina Barcelona (also really really want to see), so I don't really have an opinion on those. I really do need to start watching movies again. We used to go once a week every week and stopped due to wedding stuff and after we got back from the honeymoon things got busy at work and we haven't really been able to get back into it. I think we'll try to start again this weekend, hopefully! :)

Oh and I am so so so excited! I have received my personalized set made by Karatstix and the items are just beyond awesome! I had her make it a photo, knit, dog theme. Do you recognize Kubrick? If you click on it to look at the larger size on Flickr you can see it in greater detail so you can get an idea of just how awesome it really is!

Karatstix set

Also, I completed one more neckwarmer, this time in blue - yeah, yeah, I know you want something new! ;)

Neckwarmer V - Finished!

Neckwarmer V - Finished!

I have been knitting on my new "secret" project - which won't be secret for much longer - and I am so far loving it! It's lacework, which I really enjoy doing, and I love the yarn I'm knitting with too! Will post pictures of it next time, I promise, though it probably won't look like much unblocked, you can still get an idea! Meanwhile, I will try to keep warm (Wednesday is supposed to be a high of something like 20 degrees (that's Fahrenheit for anyone not in the US) and below zero with wind chill! Brrrrrrrrr. Hopefully I won't freeze to death before my next post, LOL!

To end this on a cute note, here's the latest Hitchcock pic for you all. Isn't he just SO cute?



Meet Hitchcock

Although I am still in a lot of pain (who knew a tailbone would take THIS LONG to heal???), I am currently so very excited and very very happy! Why? Well, we have finally found out about our puppy temperament test (we've been waiting for this puppy since he was born - 7 weeks ago) and it's official... Hitchcock will be joining our family in the beginning of February!!! We're all very excited about this around here, especially Kubrick!

Kubrick and Hitchcock

Although, of course, he says just looking at a picture of his new little brother in a computer isn't all it's cracked up to be... he wants to play, LOL!

Kubrick and Hitchcock

I can't wait to fly out to California, visit my family (and DH's family as well) and then fly back with this little cutie. :) Kubrick and Hithcock will be fast friends, I'm sure!

In knitting news, I finished one more Koolhaas hat (this one for a friend). It's a little too big on me as it's the men's size, but at least you get an idea for it. Also, only two rows (!) before the end, I ran out of the yarn (you should be glad you weren't around at that point - I was cussing up a storm!) and had to use the grey that I will be using for my own hat. I don't think it looks all that bad, though! ;)

Koolhaas II - Finished!

Koolhaas II - Finished!

Kubrick had his friend, Guapo, over for a play date and he was very interested in me taking a picture of myself, if you can tell in the picture above, haha! So I can't wait until I can show you guys something NEW as I'm STILL knitting some of the same patterns. I hope to finish one more neckwarmer by tomorrow and then I will start a project I'm so so so excited about, and will share with you all as soon as I can get some of it done. It will be beautiful, I'm sure. At the same time I have two more Habitat hats to do plus one more Koolhaas and one more neckwarmer, but I'm going to take a break from those 4 projects to work on my super exciting secret project (only secret for a couple more days, don't you worry!).


Goodbye 2008, Happy 2009!

I can't believe that 2008 is over... it flew by, but I'm actually pretty glad that it is gone, done and over with. There were some really bad times and I'm looking forward to 2009 with the hope that it will be wonderful! Of course, there were some great times in 2008, and some new things tried (it definitely wasn't ALL bad), and I wanted to go through and post all the good things that were accomplished in the last year (thanks Yarndancer for the idea!)... and yes some of it will incorporate pictures as I love me some pictures!

- I got to visit my family in Brazil and spend some relaxing days in beautiful Bahia.

Late in the day

- We went to Europe for the first time in my life and got to visit beautiful Romania (first pic) and gorgeous Paris (second pic)!


From Below

- I got married and it was an absolutely wonderful day! Seriously, I know it's cliche, but it was the best day of my life so far and DH and I were so lucky to be able to have that. We're looking forward to topping it, though! :) The picture below is one of our favorites from the professional photographer's blog... our completed and enhanced pictures should be done by the weekend, and I'm really looking forward to seeing that!


- Our honeymoon in French Polynesia was so wonderful and relaxing, we loved every minute of it!


- I knitted more than I have ever knitted in all my years of knitting, LOL! I only finished 12 projects, but I was very happy to be able to do even that considering that I really didn't get back into it until later in the year. I even learned to crochet for the borders of two different patterns! Very proud of that one. :)

Fingerless Gloves - In progress

- I practiced my photography and am really happy with how much I've improved during the year and hope to become much much better in 2009!

Relaxing on a bench

- I sold one of my photographs as a print and hope to do some photography eventually on the side... maybe.

Looking through

- At work, I have re-focused myself and got more accomplished in my project than before. Hopefully I'll graduate in 2 years now! :D Sorry, no picture for that one, haha!

I think I accomplished and did quite a bit, though I hope that 2009 holds lots and lots more great things for us! For this upcoming year, I am resolved to do a LOT more knitting, to do a lot of work on my research and hopefully get published, to get Kubrick a little puppy brother (it's in the works!), to run a 10K (DH and I WILL do this), to take lots and lots of pictures, to go to Brazil with DH so he can meet my family there, and most of all to have a wonderful first year of marriage with DH! I think I can accomplish all of this, or at least I'll try my hardest!!!

The new year is already beginning well as one of my pictures of my beautiful dog, Kubrick, was chosen for the Havanese Forum calendar! It doesn't take a professional to get a picture in there or anything, but I'm still happy that one was chosen. This picture was taken at Kubrick's 1-year birthday last year (April 30th, to be exact), and since he is my #1 photo subject, it makes sense to end this post and to begin this year with the picture that made it into the calendar!

Not at all shy! The Birthday Boy!

What are you all wishing for and what have you accomplished? Hope everything you want to accomplish in 2009 will be done!