So, I may or may not have been obsessively checking my Visa statement online...
So happy to discover this charge posted to my account... FINALLY.
2/27/2008 2/28/2008 PASSPORT/PASSEPORT GATINEAU ON $37.79
2/28/2008 2/28/2008 INTL SRVC FEE - A FIN CHG $1.13
That'd be Passport Canada charging me to PROCESS SKIP'S PASSPORT.
And look at that! The Canadian Dollar seems to be stronger than the American one right now. $37 CDN translates to $37.79 USD. Very interesting. But frankly? I would've been happy to see them charge me a HUNDRED and thirty seven bucks if it means that I don't have to drive up to British Columbia in the next two weeks.
In other news, I'm making a 'test swatch' for the Venezia sweater. I found a couple of skeins of fingering-weight yarn at Full Thread Ahead in Los Altos the other day, and so far it's quite a lot of fun. I cast on for the swatch (which, in an ideal world, will turn into some little clever zippered pouch or something) while I was chaperoning Kelly and a friend at a Play-Test Job that they did at Electronic Arts over the weekend.
Yes, I sent my 8-year-old off to work. I'd tell you all about it, but I signed a non-disclosure agreement, so if I told you, I'd have to hunt you down and kill you, or something. I can say that she went off to work with a smile on her face, and now is spoiled for REAL work any time soon.
Her payment was Sims 2 Pets, which is frustrating me, because we can't figure out how to feed her pet. Isn't this supposed to be fun? I'm mired in the simple acts of getting my Sim to just go potty and have a shower and eat something without killing her. And I have to throw a pet into the mix? This is not going to be good. I want something that just lets me shoot at little sparkly things, and tells me that I'm leveling up at an alarmingly fast rate. This whole 'simulation of real life' is just wearisome.
But back to the knitting.
Venezia is going to kick my butt before I'm done. I have to pay ABSOLUTE attention to the charts, which means that I'm hopeless in conversation and (gasp!) can no longer knit while I'm on the phone, or while watching TV.
What's the fun in that?
I'm going to have to cast on for another pair of vanilla socks. Kelly's purple knee socks are done (except for the kitchenering the toe, which I also cannot do while talking, watching TV, or doing anything other than breathing - and really, if I hold my breath, I have better luck).
We were out at a housewarming party this afternoon. While we were there, another friend of mine came up to me with a big gift bag. "When my son heard that Skip just got a PSP and you were *hopefully* going to be going to France, he thought Skip might like to have a few other games for the long trip..." Yikes! FOUR new PSP games. Skip has no idea. I'm not showing them to him until the morning of the 21st. There's NO WAY that he's going to fart away his studying time between now and then playing on the bounty.
But I suppose it would be only good and right if I, as a properly conscientious mother, did a bit of play-testing of those games ahead of time. Wouldn't want to take anything inappropriate on the trip...
A bowl full of skeins of dishcloth cotton just caught my eye. I think I found my new TV-watching knitting.