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Teaching keeps me mostly out out trouble on das intertubes, I have very little time for anything except a limited circle of flickr, facebook, and the blythe forums. I sometimes add ravelry or livejournal in for good measure. But really Ravelry and Goodreads are just for my own record keeping, for the most part.

Of course, during breaks, I have limitless time to not only surf around but ponder the diaspora that all the  c h o i c e s  online has caused. For a couple that met on livejournal, Omar and I have been out of the same blogging circuit for ages now, and we let our joint knitting blog be crushed under a huge torrent of spam, which is kind of sad and maybe should be remedied. He is on Vox and mostly posts about obscure music shit I don’t care about, and I mostly post about dolls which he gets quite enough of by living with them. It’s weird to think that a few years ago we were blogging together, read 99% of our blogs on LJ, plus over 100 RSS knitting blogs and otherwise. Plus I was sort of half-heartedly on myspace, always, and friendster (!) before that. Now I’m doing my microblogging on facebook like most of my age bracket. I do not reliably read anyone’s blog at all except the one about our new baby niece, except when someone tells me “Hey I updated my blog, check it out.”  Really, wtf? Weird, sort of sad, but inevitable. Most of my kids do nothing but text and use myspace, which is in some ways a very poor substite for social blogging.

There is no point to this except to say, wow I have time to contemplate such matters and wonder if I would prefer differently. I’ve come a long way, baby, to the girl who pioneered blogging by updating my web page “Shut up, Betsy!” on my college server and then be oh so traumatized when I found out my parents were reading it.

In other news, a bad cat in a elf hat:

My EZ garter blanket is finished! I really do affirm that it is baby blanket Zen. I used the cast on and bind off tails to sew up the final seam, so I had ONE end to weave for a big 800 yard baby blanket. Awesome! I also love this pale, beige-y pink which does not add to the glut of pinky-pinky for girl babies.

I love the eyelets! No yarn overs!

The deets on Ravelry.

Doll news is slow, except Omar got a Hujoo for Xmas, who we’ve named Gambrol, aka Gams McGee, private eye. I had a crisis of gift faith after I gave him to her, but he had been admiring them. I swear I don’t have to share all my hobbies with my huz. Does me calling him Huz rather than DH or hubby make you think I am hipper, more original, and less annoying than other old married biddies on the internet? I thought so!

We hope to find some time to get some more dolly photos, Omar got me a knock-off Gorilla pod for xmas so maybe they will be better quality!

Please note the inclusion of another blog islander, Michael McRomance in my blogroll. That blogroll is maki! Ladies, he is single!

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Life in August

Everything new is old again.  I love my new job but it’s of course as exausting as any teaching job, although second-year teaching is NOT first year teaching by any means and I have a bag of tricks now that make everyday things much easier.

My OMGZ!!1! Full time job blythe arrived from Hong Kong. She’s an EBONY! I love her mucho! (will I be able to speak Spanish by the end of this year?) Michelle of course has cornered the market on Ebonies, so I’m just a copycat at this point, but I still think she’s grand. I haven’t though of name for her yet. When I ordered her I thought I’d customize her a bit, but now I doubt I will do anything except switch her chips and gaze correct her. I have a bunch of the new ixtee chips in the mail.

Name ideas: Zyta, Avenue, Tierra del Sol (the name of my new school in Spanish), Osprey, Gambrel, something german, an F name, a M name, an L name…? At one point yesterday I was delirious with tired and trying to come up with an a name and suggested “Jazz Hands.”  Omar suggested a few good ones which I forgot, one being WiFi.

She is doll number seven and I think Fable wants to be her BFF. Poor Clever is just not loved.

I have NO idea where our camera is, so there won’t be any pictures for awhile. Honestly, this place is a huge, huge mess. We have not settled at all from moving and there’s too much stuff here with Omar’s mom’s stuff and ours.

There’s so much to do for school and we are months behind with laundry and everything else. Sigh. I wonder if we will ever acheieve any sort of balance again.

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new job

I have a brand new, full time teaching job. I got hired two days ago, and it starts Monday. As a result, I am not sleeping well.
Maybe someday when I can’t sleep I’ll have a rocking chair with a big squishy butt cushion and a giant free trade handmade basket full of Malabrigo. I will stitch myself from one place in my life to the next. I will “Knit on” EZ style and not waste hours tossing and turning and mulling things over, trying to smooth them down to collectible dorodango.
But that time is not now, when our move is scheduled for Tuesday, things are half packed, there’s no food here…ugh.
But it’s good news, after all, if it doesn’t kill me with its big good-news-bear-hug-and-maul.

in my header, L R, Top: Mimi in the morning, Ebony dresses I have STILL not seen in action, clouds on our wedding day, helicopters in my grandparents driveway, goth pinwheel blankie, label from my grandpa’s shop, Mandy’s painting of MiMi
Bottom: Entrelac Noro Silk Garden neckwarmer with vintage button, Engagement kiosk–I mean gazebo, what I’d grab in a fire: computer and Charlie, wedding fascinator, Zeke (L) and Tessa (R), Garnet–first Blythe, woven placemats for my mom (cotton, silk ribbon, wool)

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