Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Coffee Cake and Carpal Tunnel

Hey Everyone!

I think sleeping in is one of those bitter sweet things... I always sleep in on Tuesdays because I don't work and I don't have school, so it makes sense to get sleep where you can get it I guess... but it still kinda sucks loosing out on your day off.

Either way, it was still a good day. I was really really excited to try a new tea I bought from David's Tea called "Pink Flamingo" which is one I've been really really excited about. I love pink grapefruit juice, and all the citrus fruits used in this tea really smelled like Pink Grapefruit juice. When I got to try the tea I was also excited because it turned a bright pink color, which was super cool. The flavor of the tea was pretty good. I tried it both hot and iced and it was good, but didn't have as strong of a flavor as I thought it would have, and didn't taste very much like Grapefruit after all. Either way, it was a pretty good tea. I'm not sure if I'll buy more, but I'll certainly use what I bought.

Other than that, my Fiance and I decided to celebrate "Mardi Gras" or "Fat Tuesday" with an amazing coffee cake that we picked up while getting some groceries which I had with some green tea, and it made for a pretty awesome night. And now, no more cheating on my diet 'till Easter! =P

Lastly, I don't actually know a lot about carpal tunnel, or how to get it, or really anything like that... but I'm pretty sure that I'm a hypochondriac because the minute someone describes an illness or just anything, I'm positive that I have it. (Watching Grey's Anatomy is an emotional adventure =P) Anyways, I've been knitting more than usual lately (somehow) and my hand started aching to the point that I had to stop knitting, but didn't think too much of it. Well I did this for three days in a row and my Fiance said that I might be developing carpal tunnel... which frightens me. >< Could I really be developing carpal tunnel at 21 years old?! If anyone knows anything about this please comment below... and if anyone maybe knows how to prevent it, that would be amazing!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Loose Tea

Hey Everyone! =D

So today was actually a pretty good day for me. I made it to class on time (despite the fact that I slept in) and it actually wasn't that boring! Which is always a bonus.

After class I went to the mall with my sister, which is always fun, and I picked up some new loose teas!

Lately I've really been having fun trying all kinds of new loose teas from this store called "David's Tea" (which I think is only in Canada... but if you order online they ship to the United States also) Anyway, they have like, I think they said over 100 different kinds of teas which is very cool, and they not only try to make different flavors that taste good, but they stick to really pure and traditional styles of making tea, which is awesome, and they really let you know all of the health benefits of all the different kinds of teas.

I really wanted to start getting into different kinds of teas mostly because I've been trying to snack less and had a hard time keeping away from the sweets, but I noticed that after having a tea I was super full, and didn't want any snacks! Unfortunately, I only had Tetley Orange Pekoe... and then I got bored of that... And then I discovered David's Tea! So now I'll pretty much never get sick of tea. =P I may never even be able to try them all. =P

This is the first tea I bought from David's Tea. It's called Long Life Tea and it's really light and peachy. I have so many more still to try! I'm sure I'll be talking about a lot more soon. =)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Day for the Guages.

Hey Everyone! Okay, so the other day I was searching the internet for all kinds of new knitting patterns to try and I came across this really really nice cabled sweater pattern that I wanted to try. For a little while now I've really wanted to try making some kind of a sweater, probably mostly because, for all the things I've ever made I've never knitted a sweater.

Now, I tend to usually be the person to collect patterns, look at them meaningfully, consider how much of what kinds of yarn I'd need to buy, MAYBE start... and then get interested with something new and start all over again.

This is an unfortunate cycle that I've been trying to get out of for a while now, but I really think I can do it with this sweater. I went out, got the materials I needed, and set to work immediately.

Now, as I've never knitted a sweater (or any other piece of clothing for that matter) I really didn't know where to start, but I know you always see "save time: check your gauge" or some other cryptic, semi-threatening message, so I figured I should start there. (I never really worried about it too much with the scarves, and stuffed toys that I usually made previously). This took SO much work than I had first anticipated. I grabbed the pair of needles it suggested, and set to work with the number of stitches and rows, and hoped for a 4" square. =) ... This did not happen. I ended up trying three different sizes of needles (I even tried one size twice with different tensions) and I never got it quite right. =P Not honestly sure what to do.... I think maybe I'll just kinda go with the closest one? We'll see how this goes. =P