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Feb. 6th, 2014 | 10:02 am

Travel
The trip to California was great. There are a lot of photos of the wedding on facebook, some of them pretty amazing. Everything was so colorful and fun. Laguna Beach was lovely, but had too many people. It was handy to be able to walk places but it felt crowded. San Francisco was its urine-soaked self for new years eve, but I do love that town. We had a delicious dinner and skipped the fireworks. The train ride was very enjoyable. I would have been happy with it taking even longer to get places. I had plenty to do the whole time.

Crafts
I did get a hat made for Nate for Christmas. I started on Dannye's scarf but it is languishing in a heap on my dresser right now. All I want to do at the moment is spin.

Since the start of the year, I've spun/plied a bunch of sparkly fiber in colors inspired by each wife of Henry VIII. I knit one mitten out of this yarn and need to do the other. I also have spun/plied a sampler pack of british breeds (natural colors). I ended up with 8 shades of sheep. Brent thinks they would make a nice masculine scarf for him. He's probably right. I've also got 1.5 bobbins of singles from a sparkly blue wool/milk/angelina mix. They're ready for plying now.

In addition, I have 2 bobbins (8oz) of singles spun from white merino. These singles are destined to become a three-ply yarn that I'm going to knit into a sweater. I need to spin 4 more bobbins for a total of 24oz of fiber, ply it all and wind into skeins, then I am going to drop it off with Rachel to have her dye it for me. Green I think. I don't care for spinning the merino so it's a bit of a chore, but I have a HUGE ball of the natural fiber, so I might as well use it up.

Household
We have a new feral cat outside. No evident ear-tip so we need to trap her when it's a bit warmer and get her in to the vet for a spay. She's black with white markings and a really wide head. She likes to sit in the patio chairs on the cushions. The three original ferals out there don't care too much for her, but she isn't bothered by them so it's relatively peaceful.

I did our taxes this week, so that's nice to have out of the way. I earned $105 in royalties from the book I wrote for, and I find it irritating that I had to fill out all the self employment details in order to file taxes for it properly.

I'm in the process of spring cleaning in the yarn room. I know it's not spring yet. In order to do it properly, I have pulled all the bins off the shelves and dumped all the yarn in the center of the room to be inspected for insects, aired, then replaced in bins. A bunch of the bins have nearly disintegrated from sun exposure. I think it's a problem specific to the red bins. They're leaving bits of bin cloth everywhere, so I'm tossing them. I can't decide whether to order similar bins from amazon in white/cream, or if I should take the time to sew my own bins. It's a big time commitment to make them, but they would be so cute....

Work
Not a whole lot new going on. I'm trying my best to get my development team to embrace agile development methods. I feel like screaming every time I hear "i can't estimate this without a detailed technical design document". I got my PMP certification renewed for another year. That's pretty awesome. It was a lot of work to get the 60 hours of professional development units to re-certify. I carried over 11 to this certification cycle, so I only need 49 more in the next 3 years.

Fun things
We went to two of the SLSO Beethoven festival performances. Eroica was lovely, but I wasn't a huge fan of the Dean works that were programmed with it. Beethoven's 5th was played far too fast and seemed frantic and messy. The Shostakovitch 5th symphony, however, was fabulous! Also, I feel like I must note--every time a St. Louis group performs works by Russian composers, we always run into Russian immigrants at the performances. I love that.

Coming up this weekend, I'm taking off work on Friday so we can go to the coffee concert for the Brahms double concerto where I will get to moon over the handsome and extremely talented Daniel Lee. Some other guy will be playing violin along with him, but whatever. After that, we have to head over to Collinsville to help out at the Woodturners and Wood Collectors booths at the woodworking show. More of that on Saturday, followed by a baby shower on Sunday. Full weekend ahead!

We still have a number of symphony performances coming up, and I'm starting to dream about opera season, when it's warm and lovely outside.

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heatherella

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from: heatherella
date: Feb. 6th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
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I like your life. It's so well-balanced with order and excitement.

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Carrie

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from: zinniz
date: Feb. 6th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Hah, I'm not sure there's all that much excitement, but I do try to keep myself entertained :)

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Robin

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from: beebers
date: Feb. 6th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Hellooooooo Daniel Lee.

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Brent J

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from: brentmj
date: Feb. 6th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
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"Some other guy" is David Halen, the concertmaster.

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Carrie

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from: zinniz
date: Feb. 6th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Details, details.

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