Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Okay, so I actually have some knitting content!

This is the Diamond Wristwarmer made with Bernat Natural Blends Cashmere in Coal in US#7. I love this yarn, it is very squooshy :o) I'm hoping to make these into mittens.
This is a vest from Knit Simple Fall 2007. Yes, it is covered in dog hair :o) It is made with some 1lb bulky yarn of unknown origin on US#10. I have since completed the back.

So if all goes well I may actually have some FO's in the near future (I really hope I did not just jinx it).

Does this mean we have to move Mom???

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Wow or WoW

What happened?

Well, much has happened. I won't go into it all but suffice it to say, this was a big part of it.

Yes, I am now a Mrs. We got married on our 9th anniversary and it was wonderful.

In other news, Phoebe is growing....

and she is definately contributing to my hands being tied 24-7.

Also there has been a lot of this

which has been a major time drain. I have not even been knitting! Actually I did do another Baby Kimono but I was unable to take pics. I was very pleased with it though.

So here's hoping I'll get my act together and stop wasting so much time on the computer.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Pics coming soon

I do have some pictures that I need to take so that I can post them. It is on my list of things to do....along with all the last minute wedding stuff. We are working on 19 days...I can't wait to relax!

You Are a Centaur
In general, you are a very cautious and reserved person.
However, you are also warm hearted, and you enjoy helping others in practical ways.
You are a great teacher, and you are really good at helping people get their lives in order.
You are very intuitive, and you go with your gut. You make good decisions easily.

Friday, October 05, 2007

My Girls

"What should we get Mommy for her birthday?" - Phoebe
"Milkbones?" - Zoe
"I'm sure we can lend her one of the Nylabones for a little while" - Phoebe
"mmmm.....How 'bout we sleep on it. " - Zoe

Friday, September 07, 2007


You're Prufrock and Other Observations!

by T.S. Eliot

Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic
and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying
to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really
heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Many changes are afoot here at the PugHut.

G has started the process of redoing the upstairs by gutting my walk-in closet. It now has no shelves or flooring. But the holes have been patched and sanded and I thought I heard him say he was picking up some paint tonight. (I must remember to take a pic tonight. There will be no before pic, but I could get a mid-process shot). Once the closet is painted and my new shelving installed (built by G), we are laying down some laminate flooring. And it will continue throughout the bedroom. This means no more yucky green carpet with Puggy pee stains.

Why the big push? Well...on the 18th we will be bringing home Zoe's little sister. Meet Phoebe...
I'm not sure if I mentioned it or not, but Phoebe is actually Zoe's younger sister. Zoe is from Spike & Zoey's first litter and Phoebe is from their third (and probably final). I don't even think I can convey how excited I am. I even have 7 days off from work to ensure that the girls adjust properly. I even move two vacation days from my wedding to accomidate this! So, anyhow, the carpet is going so that Lil' Miss Phoebe does not automatically think our bedroom is a Puggy loo. I realize it'll still happen, but the hope is that the scent from Zoe's mishaps do not encourage her to piddle in our bedroom.
And yes there has been knitting, but woefully little to show for it. I have started 2 blankies for the girls. One in a purple/mauve and one in a pink/orange. Zoe's collar/harness/leash set is purple and we have started to buy pink for Phoebe. I love shopping for pups!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


It sure is going to be hard for the boys to win 3-in-a-row. Our city is going completey nuts (in a polite, Canadian kind of way) and we'd all really love to see them do the impossible. But guess what boys, you really will need to be a little more consistent in your efforts against a team like Anaheim.
Oh well, here's hoping....

Monday, June 04, 2007

Well Hello There

Talk about a hiatus.

Been trying to plan the wedding. Trying to get healthy...go to the gym, eat better, etc. My gown is in, 1 size smaller than the one I originally tried on, and it fits! I haven't really lost any weight, but I have firmed up quite a bit and I'm much stronger. As of Wednesday, I'm joining Weight Watchers to hopefully start losing the weight. The dress looks beautiful and I feel like a Princess, but, if I'm going to implement changes, now is the time to do it. The girls at work are starting a pool at work to see how long it takes me to get pregnant now that the wedding is quickly approaching and my Best Friend is due right around Remembrance Day (she will be beautifully pregnant at our wedding!). I'm still about 60 lbs. overweight (according to BMI index), so I'd love to start tackling that now, before we try and have kids.
Speaking of kids....

One of these little ones will be coming home with us at the end of July. Zoe is getting a little sister, literally. This litter is a product of her parents, Zoey and Spike. Our Zoe is from their first litter and our newest addition is from their third and probably final litter. It is a little sooner than G and I expected, but we (G especially) really wanted another pup from this breeder. When she emailed us last Tuesday saying Zoey and Spike had a litter of 5 the day before, she mentioned that this was more than likely their final litter. After a brief discussion (finances have not been very good lately), we decided to fuck the debt and complete the PugHut like we've been longing to do. So this can only mean one thing. Puppy Shopping!!! I seriously can't wait.

On the knitting front...hasn't been happening. But, with our new addition it'll start up again. I am also awaiting word from my BF as to the gender of her wee one (should find out around the 14th), so knitting will definately commence soon.

More updates to follow....

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Hurry up would ya?

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Book Meme

I yoinked this baby from Stitch 'n Sue.

In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

1. +The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. +The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. +The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. +The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. +Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. +Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. +A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. +Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. +Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. +Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. +The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitch hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. +Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. +The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. *Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. +The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. *The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. *I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. +The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. +Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
49. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. +The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. +Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. *The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. *The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. +Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. *Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. +Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. +The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. *The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. *The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. *Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. +Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. +Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. *Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. *In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
93. *The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. +The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. *Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Two days in a row!!

Hot Damn!!
As promised, I have pics.
First up. I have proof of bandwagon jumping.

Jaywalkers. In Bernat Sox #40713 - Hot Tamale on US size 1 needles. By far the smallest needles I have ever used.

My attempt at a sweater. The Amelia Corset from Big Girl Knits to be exact. This puppy is done in Patons Canadiana #023 - Lilac. I am planning on this being a solid coloured sweater. The ribbing is done on US size 6 but I'm not sure which size to use for the upper portion. The pattern calls for size 10s but I'm not too sure that'll work with this yarn. We will see.
Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Well Hello There

Well I guess it is obvious from the previous post that there are not many movies viewed here at the PugHut. Even though G had invested in a toy a few years ago (52" DLP), you are likely to find a sport on its' screen. Take this week for example. Monday - Toronto @ Montreal. Tuesday - Ottawa @ Carolina. Wednesday - Carolina @ Ottawa. Thursday - Supposed to be CSI but it was a repeat :oP so we watched "So you think your Smarter than a 5th Grader" (pretty fun). Tonight - Ottawa @ Atlanta. Saturday - I think there may be a Busch race on (no Nextel this week). Sunday - Ottawa @ Chicago. So there you ya think I get to watch much? I can't really complain because this does give me ample time to knit (and go to the gym).
Speaking of the gym...yes I am still going. No, I haven't dropped a size yet. But I'd better because I purchased this 2 weeks ago...

in one size smaller than I am currently wearing. I'm pretty confident that it'll fit. I have done a few tests recently and although I have not physically seen a difference yet, there definately have been some changes. I have more energy, I am stronger (actually I have gained 20 pounds of muscle according to one test), and my trainer and I have noticed huge improvements at the gym. So I have to try and stay positive. I just keep saying that the weight will start to move soon. And really, when I started this journey, it was for my health, not my dress size. I've just noticed that since a lot of my time has been taken up by this wedding, I easily forget the original goal. (The planning of the wedding also explains why the blog has been pretty lean as of late).
I had made some progress on the Skully sweater, but it has since been ripped. Why? Well, it was my first colour work project and I carried the colours a little too tightly behind the image. There was some puckering. So I decided that wasn't good enough for the little Princess.
Last week we had a nice evening. Dinner and a...Dog show. Westminster was on. Here is how Zoe spent her evening.
"What? I just wanna a taste."
"Where is the handsome boy Mom? Man, he only came in third! He's soooo hotter than the Miniature Poodle."
The following day comprised of...
"Well he was good looking. I'm going to day-dream now."
Don't worry SweetP. We will get you a little friend soon. A little sister. After the wedding :o)
Up next time. Hopefully some progress pics of my new projects. I've finally jumped on the bandwagon.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Found on the internets

It’s been said that allegedly if you’ve seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x’s by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, change the header adding your number, and post it.

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
(X) The Princess Bride
(X) AnchorMan
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 6 out of 22.

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 10 out of 43.

(X) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
(X) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong

Total so far: 12 out of 66.

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
(X) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(X) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 15 out of 90.

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
(X) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
( ) Ocean’s Eleven
( ) Ocean’s Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(X) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total so far: 19 out of 121.

(X) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
( ) E.T.
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
( ) The Terminator
( ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 23 out of 147.

(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
(X) X3
(X) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
( ) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(X) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2

Total so far: 32 out of 165.

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 38 out of 181.

( ) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
(X) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard

Total so far: 42 out of 200.

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(X) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(X) Hook
( ) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(X) Waterworld
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 1
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 2
(X) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 46 out of 220.

(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
(X) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(X) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix: Reloaded
( ) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(X) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Total: 54 of 239

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


A- Available or Single? Nope.
B- Best Friend? Gene, Christina & my Mom.
C- Cake or Pie? Cake.
D- Drink of Choice? I've always loved water, even as a kid.
E- Essential Item? Deodorant.
F- Favorite Color? Orange.
G- Gummi Bears or Worms? Worms.
H- Hometown? Marathon Village, ON.
I- Indulgence? Dark Chocolate.
J- January or February? Hmmm...February, it's shorter.
K- Kids and names? Does Zoe count? She IS my baby...
L- Life is incomplete without…? Love. It does come in many forms....
M- Marriage Date? October 27,'s coming up!
N- Number of Siblings? Scooty Scoot. My younger bro, Scott.
O- Oranges or Apples? Apples.
P- Phobias/Fears? Spiders.
Q- Favorite Quote?
R- Reasons to smile? Puggies, Gene, my family...
S- Season? Autumn.
T- Tag 3 people?
U- Unknown Fact About Me? I am really not enjoying the planning of our wedding. If I could just pick a dress and show up, I'd be really happy.
V- Vegetable You Hate? Brussel Sprouts and Fiddleheads.
W- Worst Habit? Clutterbug.
X- Xrays You’ve Had? hips.
Y- Your Favorite Foods? Chocolate, pasta, fresh veggies with dip.
Z- Zodiac? Libra.