Ok, I don't know if I would call it interesting, but....I don't really know what to call it.
It started out, as a simple hockey weekend away. One night in the fabulous city of Wilkes-Barre, PA woohoo, simple easy to the point. We set out to leave for the WB on Saturday morning around 10am, again, ok no problems there, and 2 1/2 hours later we arrive at our destination, still ok. We were suppose to go to the.................
1. Do you lose time from work due to knitting? Um, no! Of course not! Who would do that? (You're not counting knitting blogstalking or looking up patterns or yarn online, right?)
2. Is knitting making your home life unhappy? Unhappy? Definitely not. Now, untidy....um yes...there's yarn everywhere
3. Is knitting affecting your reputation? I have to admit I might just have a reputation as a knitter.
4. Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of knitting? Let's see. Needles, knitting basket, silk yarn, novelty yarn, wool yarn, new bamboo needles, and goodies, goodies, goodies. Moving on.
5. Does your knitting make you careless of your family's welfare? I think I did let the cat see the bottom of his food dish a couple of times. And when was the last time I really cleaned the litter? Count this as a 'maybe'.
6. Has your ambition decreased since knitting? No way. I aspire to bigger and better projects all the time! Oh - does this not mean knitting ambitions?
7. Do you crave knitting at a definite time daily? One time every day? Nope. Now, several times - yes. In the morning, in the afternoon, after dinner. Almost all the time. The only time I don't crave it lately is when I have a deadline. (Fu
8. Do you want to knit the next morning? Of course - I might not have finished it the night before!
9. Does knitting cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? At least once that I remember. It was the night when I realised that I'd done something wrong in the baby blanket AGAIN and figured it out as I was falling asleep.
10. Has your efficiency decreased since knitting? See above re: blogstalking etc.
11. Do you knit to escape from worries or trouble? I live in a wonderful land of yarn and needles and patterns and blogs. What's to escape?
12. Do you knit alone? Almost exclusively. I also knit at work, at my discussion group, in waiting rooms, on planes, and once, on the highway (gotta love long car trips) I've abandoned my purse, and carry my wallet in my knitting tote with me everywhere instead.
13. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of knitting? I'm sorry - what?
14. Has your physician ever treated you for knitting? So far... No. Will keep you posted.
15. Do you knit to build up your self-confidence? You bet. Look! Look what I can do! I didn't think I could do this, but it worked out and it's magic and don't I look self-confidant now!
16. Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of knitting? Does A.C. Moore count as an institution? Is Michaels rehab?
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Steve Stirling unwillingly joined a not-so-select group: New York Islanders coaches fired by Mike Milbury.Stirling was dismissed Wednesday night by Milbury, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official announcement was scheduled for Thursday. It is the eighth coaching change the general manager has made in nine years.An interim coach will be in place before the Islanders' home game against Calgary on Thursday night, and it won't be Milbury, who has had two stints behind New York's bench. The rest of the coaching staff is expected to remain and Stirling will likely be offered another position within the organization.He went 38-29-11-4 during his rookie year of 2003-04 and guided New York to its third straight playoff appearance after taking over for the fired Peter Laviolette. But a recent skid dropped the Islanders out of the playoff picture and sealed Stirling's fate.The final blow came Tuesday when the Islanders lost in Nashville to fall to 18-22-2, fourth place in the Atlantic Division.Stirling, who ran practice Wednesday morning, was hired as the 11th coach in Islanders history in June 2003. He is the second NHL coach to be fired this season, joining Pittsburgh's Ed Olczyk. New Jersey coach Larry Robinson stepped down, citing health and family issues.After the Islanders dropped a home-and-home series last weekend to Carolina, in which they were outscored 7-1, Milbury said he wouldn't sit back and watch the club fall out of playoff contention.New York, which slipped into 12th place in the 15-team Eastern Conference, traded disappointing defenseman Janne Niinimaa to Dallas on Tuesday before the 2-1 loss to Nashville.But if the move was intended to create a spark, it didn't happen instantly as the Islanders lost for the eighth time in nine games and 10th in 13 - including six straight on the road."If you win, you keep your job. If you don't win, you could lose it or you do lose it," Stirling said after what turned out to be his final practice. "I didn't make the rules, Mike didn't make the rules."Milbury has revamped the roster several times, changed coaches eight times, and has never won a playoff series since he's been in charge. Yet, his job has never been threatened by team owner Charles Wang.When Stirling replaced Laviolette after the Islanders' second consecutive playoff appearance following seven years out of the postseason, Milbury figured this was the last coach he'd be allowed to hire.That wasn't the case, and more changes might be coming.Milbury took a chance on a guy who had never led an NHL team after Stirling came off a successful two-year stint as coach of the Islanders' AHL Bridgeport affiliate.While Stirling lasted less than 1 1/2 seasons, Laviolette moved on to Carolina and now has the Hurricanes in first place in the Southeast Division, just one point behind Ottawa for the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Laviolette will also be the U.S. coach at next month's Turin Olympics.Stirling was The Hockey News' minor pro coach of the year in 2001-02, after taking Bridgeport to the AHL finals, and compiled a mark there of 83-51-19-7.He got the unexpected call to the big leagues at age 53.Stirling's only trip to the playoffs ended in a five-game loss to eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay.When the Islanders got back together after the lockout wiped out last season, they were a different club.During the offseason, New York decided against buying out Alexei Yashin's big contract to create more space under the $39 million salary cap and instead dealt away Michael Peca. Not only did the Islanders keep Yashin, Stirling named him Peca's replacement as captain.But Yashin has not become a leader on or off the ice. Despite being one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, he has produced only 15 goals and 38 points in 42 games. In Tuesday night's 2-1 loss at Nashville, Yashin took two of New York's four penalties - both for delay of game.It wasn't just the loss of Peca that left the Islanders looking for leadership, they also saw defensemen Adrian Aucoin, Roman Hamrlik and Kenny Jonsson depart, along with veteran forward Dave Scatchard. Replacing them with defensemen Alexei Zhitnik and Brent Sopel and forwards Mike York and Miroslav Satan hasn't helped.And Stirling's final three games were lost with rookie Wade Dubielewicz in goal instead of injured regulars Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow.
1. 44 percent of adult Americans are single, according to U.S. Census figures. This means there are over 100 million unattached folks out there. So, if you've ever worried, "There's nobody out there for me," know that there's hope!
2. Statistically, the find-someone odds favor guys: There are 86 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women, although in some regions the gender ratio favors women, especially out west. Paradise, Nevada, a suburb 10 miles from Las Vegas, has 118 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women. Other cities where gals got it good include Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Tempe, Arizona; and Sunnyvale and Santa Ana, California. A coincidental bonus for women thinking of relocating: All of these cities are sunny and warm.
3. The best place for single people on the prowl is New York, where 50 percent of state residents are unmarried, and Washington, D.C., where a whopping 70 percent of the population is single. The worst places are Idaho, where 60 percent of people are married; and Utah, where 59 percent of people are married.
4. Think you'll find love while perched on a barstool? Think again. Only 9 percent of women and 2 percent of men say they've found a relationship at a bar or club—blame it on the beer goggles. So if you're lonely and looking, you're better off hitting on cuties at Starbucks.
5. Got someone hot in your sights and want to reveal your interest? Fifty-one percent of people use flattery, according to the book Are You Normal About Sex, Love, and Relationships? Or, try touching them, a tactic used by 25 percent of single folk. Still another 23 percent utilize the schoolyard approach and send the word out through a friend.
6. If you're into online dating, you're hardly alone: 40 million Americans use online dating services; that's about 40 percent of our entire U.S. single-people pool. So if you haven't tried it yet, maybe it's time to dive in!
7. Profiles and photos go together great. Online, being bashful will get you nowhere. Women and men who post their photos receive more than twice as many emails as those without photos, according to a study published by economists at MIT and University of Chicago. And a Match.com survey revealed that profiles with photos had 15 times the response rate as those without. Some numbers!
8. On a date, first impressions do count: Men take only 15 minutes to decide if a woman is worth a second date. For women, the clock isn't ticking quite so fast—they ponder whether to get together again for an hour or so.
9. The number one problem for couples in America? Disagreements about money, according to a poll by the University of Denver. So, don't write off a date just because you two bickered over the dinner bill; everyone clashes over cash.
10. If you're feeling like your relationship is hitting the skids and want to bail, the painful face-to-face approach might not be necessary: An estimated 48 percent of online daters report that their breakups have happened over email. Call it rude or just plain convenient, but it happens a lot.
OK, so my new year didn't actually start off with a bang, it actually just fizzeled in with a...... I don't know.
Since last year kinda just sucked more than anything that's ever sucked before, we can only hope 2006 is going to be a better year than last.
This is how 2005 went.....badly......It was my 1st year as a single girl in 10years, ok how do you deal, how do you get back into the swing of things, I know it's like riding a bicycle but come on it's been 10 years, so you bound to be rusty.
JANUARY. Knitting.....Hockey....1 date.....More Hockey
FEBRUARY Knitting.....Hockey....no dates...More Hockey....Hockey All-Star Games
March Knitting....Hockey....No dates....More Hockey
April Knitting....Hockey....2 dates and a break up.....More Hockey....Wait something different....Baseball Starts
May Knitting....Baseball....No Dates...More Baseball
June Knitting.....Baseball....No Dates...More Baseball
July Knitting.....Baseball....No Dates...More Baseball
August Knitting....Baseball....No Dates...A Birthday...More Baseball
September Knitting.....Baseball....No Dates...More Baseball....Wait...New...Football
October Knitting....Football....No Dates....More Football....Wait...Hockey's Back
November Knitting.....Football..Hockey..1 bad date....More Football...More Hockey
December Knitting....Football..Hockey..No Dates....More Football...More Hockey
All in all the year kinda sucked. If this is what I have to look forward to for 2006, I might just die. Ok, so I have some good friends and a family that loves me, but thats just not cutting it for me. I want more out of life, I want a family of my own, someone that loves me for me, baseball, football, hockey and all my yarn, is that too much to ask for. UMMM NO I really don't think it is.
And now for my resoultions. To be happy what ever life brings me and to make the best out of everything that comes my way. I know this is a general statment, bur really this is what I need to do, this is how I need to approach things.