More Spartan!

They posted some photos of the Spartan race.  Unfortunately, even though there were photographers at several points on the course, they only posted the photos taken at three particular obstacles because those were also chip-timing points.  I guess with 1,900+ racers, they had to be able to have a reasonable process to manage the photos of racers.


We got filthy, especially in the barbed wire/mud crawl.  The one photo with the red circle is the only proof I have of doing the rope climb!  I wish they had a photographer at the rope climb because SO MANY people failed at it!

We are starting to make a training plan for next year!

New (to me) Wheels

So I got talked into doing a mini triathlon next weekend. I said I would do the bike segment if I could borrow a road bike from someone.

At the gym Thursday night one of the women in class offered me hers. So I checked it out and it was the right size for me.  I brought it home then was thinking it would be great to have a road bike again.  As she is relocating overseas, she was amenable to selling!


I took it out for a test ride this morning to check seat height, shoe cleat positioning, etc.  and it was very comfortable.

Glenn Miller Orchestra, March 9, 2016

I was thrilled to see (months ago) on the GMO tour schedule that not only were they again coming to Canada for a tour, they were actually coming to our little city!  Bill and I have seen them four (five?) times before, but we always had to go to Edmonton to see them at the Winspear.  I keep stalking the venue’s website and as soon as tickets were available, I got some!


The shrug I had been working on was to wear to this event.


and Bill in his new suit!

We had a fantastic time – there really is nothing like a live performance.  The venue was small, but it was nice to have seats so close to the stage!  They played the first set for over an hour, then a 20 minute intermission, then they played another 45 minutes or so.  Really great performance, a lot of familiar tunes (impeccably played) and a few new-to-me ones.  They had a different female vocalist than the last time we saw them.  She has a lovely voice!


The “Moonlight Serenaders”

The band personnel has also changed a bit since we last saw them, but they were “in tune and on time” – professionals!

in the mood 3

In the Mood

The link should go to the video,  but I was having trouble getting it to play.  They sounded phenomenal!

The evening was over all too soon.

Vancouver Part 3

On Friday, we had a lazy morning, no rush to get going.  We wanted to check out the Sweet Georgia Yarns studio.  They are one of my favourite yarn producers and local to Vancouver.  I wanted to find a nice luxurious yarn to use to make a shrug to go with a sleeveless black dress I have.


this is the sale “bin”

They have a small office/storefront with their in stock yarns/colours, and next door was the dyeing space and the clearance/sale bins.  What a delight!  They have several different yarn weights and blends and they are all quite lovely.

(The sharp-eyed among you might notice Ande is wearing MY new boots … what a good friend to help me break them in!)

I ended up getting some Cashluxe Spark in the “magpie” colourway.  I think it’s a good match to my shoes:


Fluevog Odette and Cashluxe Spark in Magpie

(More on the shrug in a later post.)

We had Ande’s nephew coming to stay overnight, so we didn’t stay away too long.  The yarn studio was our big excursion.

These boots (Fluevog Malcolm) were worn to start breaking them in:


Fluevog Malcolm in brown – very comfy already!

We had a lovely supper then watched a movie and knit.


my whippety assistant!

Are DVDs and CDs old school and outdated?

One of my projects this summer (part of Operation Minimize) was to go through my dvd collection, organize, cull and make a database of what movies I have.  I have actually bought the same dvd twice, more than once.  I culled quite a few and they went into the donation bag or were given away.  I still have a large collection.  There’s many of them that I watch occasionally, but there’s also many that I’ve only watched once or twice, but like having the option to watch again should I wish to.  Some of them are quite obscure, so I definitely won’t get rid of those.

Now with everything being portable media and online or “in the cloud”, I wonder if people buy dvds and/or cds any more.  I don’t have a large cd collection, but I have a small book case full.  Some of my favourites I have ripped onto my laptop and put on my phone and the hard drives in the car and van.  A few new albums I have bought online as a digital download.  Again, it seems no one buys cds anymore, and just relies on digital media.  I wonder about the quality of sound on the digital downloads.  The ones I have seem to be of lesser quality than the cds.

With our smart tv and my Samsung tablet, I can watch Netflix, YouTube and lately I’ve been watching movies, etc. on the Google Play Movies app.  You can rent a movie or show for a 48 hour period or you can buy it outright and have access to it from any portable device.  There is also a download option (which I haven’t yet tried).  It would be a good way to accumulate movies that I don’t already have on dvd.  Some are just not accessible any other way, and if so, I would not hesitate to purchase the cloud/digital version.

But with my somewhat eclectic taste in movies, I think I’ll be keeping my dvds for a long time!

Public Service Announcement

It has been brought to my attention that an unscrupulous asshole is taking my free greyhound sweater pattern and selling it on eBay.  While I know once something has been released on the internet, I don’t really have control over what people do with it, but I am sorry that people don’t do their research and end up paying for something that they could download for free.

The seller on eBay has been reported.


I feel bad

that I don’t have time to blog lately.  Work continues to be pretty busy, then derby, and I’ve started going to Crossfit, so there’s another 4.5 hours a week.  Knitting has been pretty slow, too.

Here’s a photo of our derby team at the summer fair parade on Monday night:


NorSask Roller Derby “Diefen-Break-Hers” roll out for the parade. (Yes, I’m wearing a ref shirt, I’ve been branching out)

I’ve knit a couple of sock yarn hats, nothing much.  I have an abundance of sock yarn, so will probably knit sock yarn hats until I’m bored of them!


Sock yarn hat for Ande. Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock Yarn in “pomegranate”

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Another one, Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock yarn in “cold mountain”

And I have another underway in Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock yarn, colourway “creme brulee”.  Such lovely yarn and gorgeous colourways!

hit and run posting …