~DragonKnits~

But she’ll share…..sometimes.

Happy Summer

Hi guys.

I just wanted to let my readers know that I’m still alive and at WP.  I’ve been preoccupied lately with a new knitting community site called “Ravelry”.  It is SO extensive that I just can’t believe it.  I find myself spending all of my spare time there just exploring the place and I even have put my actual knitting aside to do it.

I vowed not to write about Ravelry, even on my knitting blog, because it’s still in beta stage and people can only get on by invitation only.  While waiting for mine, it was my experience that I got very frustrated listening to all the bloggers out here rave about the site and I was still waiting.  I just didn’t want to create that situation for anyone else.

That said, if anyone is interested to see you can find Ravelry here.   They are sending out over 1200 invites a week, so I am guessing that anyone signing up now will have less of a wait than I had when they were sending out 200 invites a week.  They also now have plenty of sneak peek screens and a place to go to check your status on the invitation list… which I didn’t have!  I am posting this to both my blogs, so main blog readers please be patient with the knitting talk.  Thanks!

That said… a quick personal update.  I just want to thank Justin for his last comment and sorry that I didn’t get back to you.  I will stop by to say “Hi” shortly.   So far, our summer has sort of been uneventful.  We are planning a two week trip in October to California.  Plans still kind of hazy because of a personal development…. or sort of development… or maybe it will be a development in the future.  DH is planning on putting in an application for a new job, out of state, in New Hampshire.  Things are not going so well at L’Oreal because it appears that they are firing personnel who have 20+ years association with them.  New top-dog management is reputed to be a “shaker”… or something like that, and he’s been swinging the ax.  Seems to me, however, that they are just looking for quick ways to cut the budget as they are not addressing the problems with the actual production.  They let situations continue to exist that affect successful production of their products, resulting in many batches that are no good and need to be disposed of, wasting plenty of production time and effort.  Their quick fix is to get rid of loyal, dedicated personnel with, of course, lots of vacation time and benefits allocated to long time employees.  Oh geez, this is turning into a rant, isn’t it!  Okay, getting to the quick, we just might move out of state.

I’ve had another successful apheresis donation, but only did a double as I had a slight temp and the nurses did not want to aggravate it, or cause me undue discomfort.  I must say that this process “does” have a slight overall affect on the body, and definitely by the next day, you are fine.   The time before this, I was rejected because of a temperature and elevated blood pressure, which I believe was due to the stress of driving to the hospital which is not close to me.  Ah, this makes me wonder about the 6 hour drive next month to New Hampshire for our visit with our family…. which is how this application thing came up in the first place.

I haven’t had much inspiration to write lately, but there is one that is welling up inside me.  I don’t want to say anything about it as I don’t have any information… and so, I need to do some research.  It was a news item I saw on the TV of a pizza place while we had our dinner about a week ago… and I was enraged, aggrieved and shocked, though I should not have been because it’s not the first time something like this has happened.

Well, hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

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