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Last Day of 2009

Only 13 odd hours left to wrap any 2009 business up before we're moving on! I know how silly resolutions can be, yet I still feel something pushing me to say at least something about the year past and the year to come.

2009 has been a long and kind of weird year. I started out the year returning to McGill for the winter semester. I had to repeat Policy Issues in Quebec Education because they refused to count my final. I did my student teaching at Lindsay Place High School and loved it, though i was thrilled when it was over. I decided to move in with tristan. Steph and Phil got engaged. I drove a moving van into a pole. I called Canadian Immigration a BAJILLION times to get my working papers. Summer passed while working at the McGill Bookstore. Gram passed away in Sept. I got my first job in Oct. The past couple of months have really just been about survival at my job. I dreamed a new dream: to open my own knitting shop in NY, then expanding to montreal. I had my firs…
I never knew why teachers complained so much. I get it now! i WILL be done by midnight, and 24 hours from now I'll be dreaming of sugar plum fairies!
A pleasure to teach excellent achievement good work!
Miss Decker

A Tribute to the McGill Bookstore

Happy Birthday Mom!
Ok, now i am officially the coolest blogger ever! That's ok, I love my mom.
Today turned out to be my last day at the McGill University Bookstore. Since I'm not a student anymore, I got the boot, but luckily, I made my modelling debut before I finished. Yes indeedy, i am representing on the McGill Bookstore's webpage. Check it at:

Additionally, here is my friend Abby and me working hard. Tomorrow's an exciting day. (actually today it's am already). Tune in.

Good News and a trip to the library

Yesterday was a very good day indeed. I got great news from immigration...they found my medical reports! This means that in a few short weeks I will be allowed to teach in a school! Still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but riding the wave nonetheless. I ended up at the Verdun Cultural Center to celebrate (It's where they keep the library).
In front of the library there seems to be a giant garlic press.
I was thinking of getting one of those teach yourself French at home audio thingys, but I wasn't sure if they were part of the must-not-leave-the-library reference sections, or if you could really take them out. So I asked the nice librarian and he said, "We don't expect you to learn the language sitting in the library in one day. We expect you to take it home and learn it in 3 weeks!" (that's how long you can keep things out before you have to return them). So I went back to the shelf but they all had picture…


Yes I am job hunting, like so many other thousands of poor souls. Only replied to a couple of Craig'sList scams so far, but none of them actually ripped me off or anything. I'm actually on the computer right now to apply to jobs, though it is clear that that is not what I am doing, unless my blog becomes an overnight sensation around the world and I have publishers calling me up first thing in the morning to strike a deal with me. Nah, I'm pretty cool but not quite that remarkable.
I did witness something remarkable as I left work today, though. At the CIBC building on Sherbrooke and Metcalf there was a fundraiser (don't ask me whose it was) with a dj, ladies in hot pink spandex, men in funny hats, and people actually repelling off the skyscraper!! Most people just walked by and never looked up. And I was shocked at the reactions of people who did look up. They acted as if it were as common to see pigeons on an eave. I, on the other hand, expressed my astonishme…

Productivity=Sad, Sad Caitlin

Tonight I was pumped. Now I am am pooped. After a talk with mom on how to get my life in order (the consensus was to make lists of to-do's and goals) I jumped right on my computer and started doing the research that I really should have been doing when applying to study at McGill. The more I learn, the worse I feel, which is a little counterintuitive because i really figured once i did a little research I would know what i was up against and could get crackin'.
I'm not sure if this is even going to make sense, as I started researching at 9 and it's now 1am and I am tired and befuddled. I should be clear that the goal is to teach music in an elementary school in Quebec in some capacity at some point this school year (preferably sooner rather than later)
In a nutshell --a very large nutshell--
1. In order to teacher in Quebec, one must obtain a teaching diploma and certificate. caviat: To do this, you must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.
2. To obtain permane…

Silky Camisole and Cozy Candle

So today I officially almost finished my silky (actually cottony) camisole. I still have to do the picot edging which is supposedly structural as well as decorative but I don't entirely believe it. I had a really nice close-up but it was a little too much for my Mom and Aunt Terrilee who sometimes read this so we zoomed out a bit. I'm really happy with the fit and I didn't do any shaping at all so the lady at Amazing Threads was right about one thing, the yarn knows how to drape.

I found out today that I am only allowed to work at the Bookstore until the end of September, which is a month less than I thought i would have there so it was kind of a wake up call for me to get out some ads for music lessons and who knows what else I'll have to take on while waiting for the kerfuffle at Immigration to get straightened out. So it goes...

While at the Apple Hollow Blues Fest in Rockburn earlier this month (or was it last month?) Marty and I furiously knit up the leftover wo…


I am making great strides on my silky camisole and I really hope to be done with it either tonight or tomorrow. I am to the point at which last time I frogged the whole thing because I thought there were too many holes and looked like crap.

I was talking to colleague at work today who has a son my age who also just graduated this spring. I asked what were his plans, and she said that he's taking a year off, then plans to go back for a masters. And guess what he's doing while he's taking a year off. He's writing a novel. He's on chapter 9!! That was enough to make me realize that if i really want to do and Etsy shop, now is definitely the time to do it. I'm a little down in the dumps because all of my friends are either starting their new jobs as teachers, or going back to school for more. I need to SNAP out of it and capitalize on all of this stress-free time (well, at least it's less than if I were teaching) and MAKE SOMETHING OF IT! I'm still …


For anyone not familiar, Tam-tams is the name given to the weekly festivities in the park at the foot of Mount Royal. There is much revelry, picnicking, drumming, dancing, Medieval sword fighting, tightrope walking, juggling, Frisbee playing, and more. Rumor has it that John Lennon once went to the park on a Sunday and lots of people came out to hear him, and Montrealers just decided it's so damn fun, why not come out EVERY Sunday. So if the weather is good and it's a Sunday, chances are there's fun.

I spent the bulk of my day alternating between knitting this gosh darn silk camisole and reading the Prince of Tides. Both are slow-going at this point, but usually I can't even manage to knit while reading a good book, or read while knitting a fun pattern. Two acquaintances revealed that they are extremely creatively talented today, and once again i wished that i could make magic happen on paper the way some people do. One was a comic book artist. His drawings were u…

3 Day Weekend WAHOO

Ok so first the news about my silk camisole that i promised myself would be done by the end of this week. Unless i can magically knit almost the entire thing today, it just ain't happenin'. I got all the way to the front triangles when i realized that it was just sloppy knitting. I recently (within a year) learned how to knit continental style and now everything i knit, i knit QUICKLY. However, that does not always result in the prettiest of garments, and this was one of those times. The Svale cotton 3 ply i am using has a tendancy to split in the hands of a hasty knitter like myself. Because there were just too many places that the thread split, i decided to take it way back down to the lace bottom and knit the whole thing up again, but this ime, slow and steady wins the race. I just knew I wouldn't wear it if it looked like crappy, and it was beyond fixing. A bonus to taking my time, i've noticed, is that my tension is a little bit more even and it might not …

Back in MoTown!

Montreal, that is!

I've been back for less than 48 hours and already I am rearranging the furniture in just agbout every room in the house. The original plan was to paint the bathroom and get a new shower curtain and mat. Somehow, though , i always end up making more work for myself. Tristan is at Stinky Rice Studios working on the new sci-fi version of Robin Hood, so that leaves me lots of elbow room here at the apartment. It turns out that with the new configuration of furniture, there might be room for a couch! What a novel idea!

As you could easily guess, I am mid-rearrangement as i speak. I find moving furniture so compelling, yet so daunting at the same time, so when I came across a pattern I was looking for to post on Ravelry, I thought heck i'll write a blog posting!

I spent the last week in Hurley with my family and had a great time taking in the country air--and getting car sick (well that part wasn't great but it's just a fact). Mom and knit quite a bit.…

Frog Season

Since I knit my dozen and a half soap sweaters for the Rockburn Apple Hollow Music Festival, frog season has officially commenced. Anything i put my needles into ends up being torn out!
I attempted my first piece of lacework from my One Skein Wonders book and was sorely disappointed when after one repeat of the pattern i found that things were beyond repair. Mom told me about a 'lifeline' in knitting lacy stuff, but i think it was just too late to make any difference. I could't count the same number of stitches on my needles from one row to the next.
Needless to say, i got a craving for some BULKY. well not that bulky, but compared to the laceweight (that marty gave to me in her stash purging) it felt super heavy. I've decided on a cabled scarf, also a technique i had never tried before. No worries, this is going a lot better than the lacy scarf, which by the way was called the Dogwood Blossom Wrap or something like that. However, after knitting 2/3 of one skein, …
Tristan comes home today and we're getting Chinese take-out. The world is right again.

ps i'm glad i 'm not living in Toronto right now, it's going to smell like poopy in a couple days. (Sanitation workers are on strike.)
Another slooowwwww day, and I'm lovin' it!  Dad and I went to Kohl's and I got some BOOTS at 80% off...$13.99.  Also some trouser socks, which are not usually exciting but I really really needed it.  I've been throwing away ones with holes in them, but keeping their mates.  What I am left with is a bunh of sock widows.  Sometimes i can match them up with good friends... but most of the time, i just feel bad because they sit there lonely all the time, just hoping that maybe their mates will show up after the next wash, but it never happens.  So they seem to be perpetually floating atop the complete pairs and underwear.  After a while, i usually feel pretty bad and i throw 'em into the wash just for the sake of getting out of the sock basket.  Dad says i should kick the habit of keeping them.  I'm really not doing anyone a favor by hanging on to them.
What i really need is a use for these widow socks.  There's got to be something they are good for.
After boots …

Home sweet chilly home

hey ya'll! 
I am in NY this weekend, and i was really looking forward to seeing some crocuses pokin' up but it ain't so.  In fact, i'm probably going to be delayed in my return trip to montreal because of an impending snow storm!  
Yesterday was a full day...up at 5, in NY by 12:30, to Trumpet Hill, an AWESOME knitting shop in Schenechtady, to Tuesday Morning (it's got nothing to do with Morrie) where i got some glass beads for when i actually have time for them, then to P. F. Chang's, Boscov's, and Christmas Tree shop.  Finally, we arrived home and I saw about 20 minutes of Mama Mia, but what i did see i liked a lot...way to go meryll.
Today's a knitting day...Mom's been waiting for her Christmas socks for a very long time.
I'm going to get a soda.
Happy Sunday!

Happy New Year 11 days ago!

good lord i can't believe it's Jan. already.  I am going to give this blogging thing another try.  This year promises to be a whammy-of-a-year.  Heidi, my best friend since first grade i think, is having a BABY!!! Chloe June will make her debut in a little less than 2 months.  Then Patrick and Bri are getting MARRIED!!!  That's July 4 and i can't wait.  Oh and i'm supposed to like, get a job, after a silly amount of paperwork.  
I am reading the Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd and find it really interesting and provoking.  I think it is part of the reason that i got a haircut (just bangs, but i've never had bangs before so OH MY).  
I am knitting my mom he Christmas socks, after a brief hiatus.  I always feel like i am either cheating on reading by knitting all the time, or cheating on knitting by reading all the time, or cheating on my blog by posting all my stuff on ravelry and goodreads.
I've had a couple of bad ideas lately.  One of them w…