Knit! Dive!

I knit. And I scuba dive. So... Yeah.

25 December 2005

Merry Christmas All!

I think this is the latest I've ever slept on Christmas. Santa doesn't visit old married couples who didn't go home for the holidays. There is one gift that was shipped wrapped on top of the TV. We'll open it shortly. Maybe we'll hit IHOP for brunch. Last night we went to PFChangs. Very good Christmas Eve dinner.
Shane is calling his family, I'll get to mine later. It's been hard to get into the spirit this year. Between not going home, and the hurricane, and waiting on approval on the house it's not the been the best. And I'm ill. It's the costochondritis again. The worst it's been in a long time. I ended up getting a cortisone shot and a toreadal shot and it's still not gone. Now it's time for prednisone and all the fun associated with that.
I'm not saying it's a bad Christmas, just not the best ever. I'm glad we stayed here. It's so much easier, and I'll actually get a chance to get well before getting back to work.
We'll probably get some diving in this week, if I feel better.
I finished the last of the Christmas knitting last night. I'll send Shane's mom her socks Tuesday when the PO opens back up on Monday. I might make the cats some toys today. Christmas for them. It should be fun. Unfortunately, we don't have any catnip, but I think they'll get over it. They seem to enjoy my yarn.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, and all that fun stuff!

20 December 2005

Almost there...

I have finished all of my Christmas Knitting except one pair of socks. They are for Shane's mother. We sent an IOU in her card. I'll get them done soon, although she does have rather large feet. 10 wide!
The last of the gifts went out today. I also sent my swap gift to Lynda in Ireland yesterday. It should be there shortly after Christmas. I guess when shipping to Ireland, you shouldn't procrastinate. Although the shipping wasn't bad. I think I overshot the size limit, but that's just because I sent a magazine.
Home sick today, I whipped up a scarf from Tokyo wool - Blue with a variegated strand and little bits of ribbon, I think. It looks like doll eyelashes. I did a simple drop stitch thing, two skeins worth. Really long, but one skein is too short.
I'll be starting on Rogue and the fibertrends felted clogs. And then there is the giant pile of yarn that I ordered from Redbird knits. Some Lorna's Laces, and I joined the Sock of the Month club. I'd better get busy! The clogs should be fast, and the socks will be a nice mindless break from the serious cables in rogue. Sure I've never really done cables. So? What's your point?
Time for dinner!

19 December 2005

Rant-o-matic: Part the First, In Which Political Correctness is Out of Hand

"We should hire some illegals to do this crap"
Does this offend you? Do you assume that I am talking about Mexicans?
Well, I got bitched at for saying this statement in reference to cleaning floors and stuff.
This was part of a 6S event, a whole other rant in and of itself. In industry, this is known as 5S. Standardize, Shine, Sort, Strainten, and Sustain. Lockheed Martin/Sandia have added a 6th S - Safety.
The portion in question is Shine. This is the part where they make a bunch of moderately educated engineers and scientists, and highly experienced technologists, scrub floors and dust and lots of other gross stuff like that.
A couple of persons of hispanic descent were present when I made this statement. A week or so ago, there was a news story in which a dozen or so illegal immigrants were discovered to be working on construction on Kirtland AFB. Now, I'm not a terribly imposing person, although I might could squish you if you were small enough. But that's beside the point. Rather than these people saying something at the time, they chose to go to my manager. Now if they had come to me, I would have apologized. But now, no fucking way. I am pissed.
Now comes the assumption that all illegal immigrants are hispanic. This is not true. Illegal immigrants can come from anywhere. The key is being in the country illegally.
My solution - I'm not going to talk to the asshole who had a problem. And I'm going to demand that people call me either melatonin-challenged or a person of western European descent. And I'm going to tell the office gossip so she can spread the word. And so help me God if that whore S had anything to do with it, I will kick her ass in to next week.