Andrea Arbour

2012 in review

Early in 2012, I made the decision to start looking for a house. I had new loud and annoying neighbors that smoked pot and made the hallway between apartments reek, more bars opening down the street which made for more noise in the middle of the night, low interest rates on mortgages, and the realization that if I got a mortgage now I could have it paid off by the time I retire. For this variety of reasons, I realized that it was the ideal time to make the move from apartment living. By February, I had a real estate agent and had a list of houses in my price range that I was narrowing down. By March, I had narrowed things down and found a sweet little spot with a great ocean view.

In April, I bought my first home:

Sold! Well, to the bank. It'll be mine by the time I retire though! :-)

It needed a lot of TLC, but it was mostly cosmetic stuff. I had a lot of help, and unfortunately a bit of a back problem, but managed to get a lot fixed on the inside of the house over the Spring and Summer. By September, I was able to enjoy a house warming party. I’ll try to make a point of posting before and after photos and stories of the renovations in the coming weeks.

The remainder of the year seemed to fly by. I did a bit of knitting, played a video game or two, and settled in to the home. I also worked from home a lot due to my back giving me problems when I sit for long periods of time, but the back is getting better, and I have a standing desk available for me at work now.

The Christmas Apron

Thanks to my parents who discovered this amusing apron and sent it to me (early enough so that I could enjoy it during the Christmas season)! It’s got satin, sequins and pompoms. What more can a girl ask for in a holiday apron? :-)

The Sparkly Christmas Apron

The Sparkly Christmas Apron

NaKniSweMo

November may mean NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for a lot of folks, but I am more attracted to NaKnitSweMo. I’m not sure if I’ll get it done,as I have plenty of other projects on the go, btu hey – what a great time to start, right?

NaKnitSweMo - Knit a sweater in the month of November

 The pattern I’ve chosen is Levenwick – an asymmetrical cardigan by Gudrun Johnston. You can find the pattern here. I picked up some great burnt orange yarn (Mirasol Qina – 80% baby alpaca, 20% bamboo) on sale and it’s soft and great to work with…

Levinwick 1

Levinwick close-up

The collar and the start of the yolk

Completed Knits for the Neck

I‘ve been working on these primarily during D&D games, or while waiting (in line for groceries, at the dentist/doctor’s, etc.)  Eventually I’ll get around to blocking Herbivore (pattern by Stephen West can be found here) but it’s even wearable now…

Herbivore shawlette

Herbivore

Once I finished knitting herbivore, I returned to a fun yarn that I’ve had for a while. I thought it would suit a crosshatch stitch that I’d used in a previous pattern, but I made a number of modifications so that it became the following cowl:

Crosshatch Neckwarmer

Crosshatch Neckwarmer

Pumpkin Carving

Melissa had a pumpkin-carving party and I decided to carve a very small pumpkin for myself… Of a nazgul fighting a death star.

Nazgul pumpkin

The Nazgul fighting...

Death Star pumpkin

The Death Star fighting back...

Dead Marie Antoinette Makeup

Kathryn Ann stopped by so I could help her with her makeup for her Halloween costume. It was a quick 20 minute job and a fun break.

Kathryn Ann Keery as "Dead Marie Antionette"

Kathryn Ann Keery as "Dead Marie Antionette"

Flaming Cupcakes

I have a Tiefling Warlock that I play in a D&D campaign. In our plans to get together and game today, I agreed to bring the snacks, keeping in theme with my character, who deals a lot of flame-based damage. I’m hoping that my chili chocolate flaming cupcakes actually taste decent!

Flaming Spicy Cupcakes

Flaming Spicy Cupcakes

Rainbows & Cats

Good news: I don’t need a new set of winter tires this year. Whew. In the mean time, I’m enjoying the relatively warm weather that we’ve been getting. I even saw a hint of a rainbow today…

See the hint of a rainbow?

See the hint of a rainbow?

 

Hunter requests my attention

Hunter requests my attention. Must go!

A Day with John H + A Day with D&D

Flowers from John

John arrived in Saint John on Saturday with this lovely bouquet in hand. Great call with the combo of snapdragons and exotic flowers! Thanks again – they are wonderful! (Added bonus: the cats have not pulled the vase over yet.)

We decided to go for a walk at the Irving Nature Park since the weather was still good. Then after our walk, John cooked a delicious Matsuman curry and we hung out and watched “The Nines”.

Sunday was a chance to return to our D&D campaign, even if we were missing one player. We spent the afternoon working through a big boss fight and resolved that portion of our quest …

D&D L-R: Stew, Jay, Lisa

D&D L-R: Stew, Jay, Lisa

Website Changes Continue

Bit by bit, I’ve managed to get my old website ported over from HTML pages and a Blogger-based Journal to this new site. Thanks to the help and patience from my awesome server-gnome, things are starting to come together. I still have a lot to work on, and I need to squeeze it in sometime between work, sleep and working on a mural design.

Here are the items that still require attention:

  • The Portfolio. I need to go into the template documentation and figure out how to get the images to actually show up.
  • Theater section. I’d like to add links and photos and info on past productions.
  • Old blog posts. This may take a while, as I’d like to go back and add images back in to old postings. I could also categorize things and add tags.