Monday, December 31, 2007
I went a little crazy today at Wal-Mart. I bought 11 skeins of the variegated. They were all the same dye lot and I wanted to make sure I had enough for the project I have planned. I am going to use this to make the munchkin an afghan. I plan on replicating an afghan that she uses a lot now. It's a single crochet ripple afghan that was made for me when I was a baby. I can't wait to see how it works up. But I have to finish my log cabin before I start on this one. I am so excited. I know it's only acrylic, but I think it's beautiful. And besides, for the amount of wear it's going to get, I want to make sure that it's going to hold up.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
And once I have a spinning wheel, then I have to have something to spin. Raw fiber of any quality costs $5 per pound.
And once you have raw fiber, you have to card it to make it into roving. Hand carders, like these run from $55-60. Or I could get a drum carder, like this, and save my poor arms and hands. That's another $300-700.
So as you can see, it's going to be a while before I get to spin lovely, homemade fibers with which to crochet beautiful things. But my day will come.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
I spent hours cutting them into strips and crippling my hands working them into the rug. It really was beautiful. One pair was blue and white striped and the other was just solid denim. I alternated with 5 rounds of each. There were two stripes of each type. I finished last night.
Are you ready? If you can't stand the carnage, you really ought to just walk away now. I'm serious. I won't hold it against you.
I washed it.
Shouldn't cause any problems, right? WRONG! My washing machine ate the rug. If it had just been the edge that wouldn't be a big deal. I could have frogged the edge and given him a slightly smaller rug. However, it ate the center too. I'm devastated. I can't even stand to post an image. It's too frightening.
And the worst part? I now have no overalls with which to make anything. I killed them.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
But in the past few years I've been blessed. I've been so incredibly blessed. Christmas of 2005 was my first Christmas with my wonderful hubby and it also brought my nephew to the family. Christmas 2006 was the munchkin's first Christmas. Now that was a kick. And this Christmas looks to be equally as good as the last two. We have a beautiful tree, amazing presents for us and for the munchkin, and the food is looking good too.
It's truly amazing the difference one person can make in your life.
"I'm not hiring a writer until I can find the right writer to hire."
Sounds like a Dr. Seuss book to me!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I have no idea where she got that. Neither of us taught it to her!
In other news, yesterday was a blast. We went up to my aunt's house for the day. It was a combination Christmas celebration and birthday party for my grandfather. He turned 95. How amazing to make it that far in life and have all those that love you around.
I feel fortunate and blessed that I was able to take part in the celebration. It's not often anymore that our whole family gets together. We had so much fun.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
UPDATE: As of this morning, 12-7-07, she's already figured it out. She can spin all the way around. It didn't take much!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
First, on Friday, I attended a session at work on internet security. I won a flash drive while there. That was pretty cool.
Friday night I attended our work holiday party. I won a $25 gift certificate to our local grocery store. Free money is never a bad thing.
Saturday I went to a friend's house for a Pampered Chef and Tastefully Simple party. I won a measuring cup.
Can this lucky streak hold up?
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The munchkin is great. She's changing every day. Today she brushed her own teeth for the first time. I loved it. Until she threw a hissy fit when I took the toothbrush away. That wasn't so fun.
Work is great. I just found out today that I've got a big project due by noon on Tuesday. So I'll probably be working this weekend. But that's the way it goes.
And Saturday morning is the book fair where I intend to fight to the death for a Wow Wow Wubbzy doll and book. That is if they have them at this book fair!
Also, my nephew is going to be a big brother! The baby is due in May. Great month if you ask me!
Monday, November 26, 2007
My thoughts are turning to what projects I can finish before the New Year and what will have to wait. I always have such grand hopes and somehow manage to complete some of those projects.
I went to the library yesterday and got some books on crocheting. In one of them I found a bulky sweater type coat that I want to make for the munchkin. Now I just need to decide what color yarn to use.
But right now the push is to do scarves. I'm hoping to sell some of them. I've sold a few, but I'd like to do some more. I'm just not sure what the best way would be to go about this.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
There was tons of food, as usual. I made a BLT dip that TOTALLY ROCKED! And there were all the usual delights.
My nephew was in rare form and he and the munchkin played and played and played. Made a scarf and sold it to my aunt. Easy way to make some quick cash. Also contracted with my cousin to make another one. Hoping she can drum up some business around campus for me.
The munchkin played with her cousin and had a great time. She showed everyone her "SURPRISE" face. She sucks in quickly, says, "What's that?" and everyone thinks it's the cutest thing. Of course, it is.
My grandfather, who turns 95 in December, was there. He spent most of the day napping, but I know he enjoyed getting out. We fed him well and even gave him so eggnog with rum in it. He liked that a lot.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I got a cinnamon raisin bagel, toasted, with pumpkin cream cheese.
Between my car being toasty warm, the spices in the Chai, and the pumpkiny spices in the cream cheese, my car smelled so good. It was all warm and spicy and wonderful. It seemed a shame to get out and go in to work. MMMMmmm. Fall yumminess.
And Julie brought pumpkin oatmeal cookies. Life is good.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Scarf #2 is progressing. I'm probably 75% done. I hope to finish it up tonight.
The log cabin is still way stuck in un-finished-ness.
Haven't touched Wubbzy this weekend.
Haven't finished my book. Although I have made some progress.
I just haven't felt very well this weekend. I kept hoping it would pass and it never really did. Right now I'm working on some laundry and the scarf. Think kind thoughts of me getting everything done before morning.
On the up side, I did get one of my friend Heidi's DVDs watched. Pretty cool.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Housework. Of course there's houswork. Living room needs to be vacuumed, kitchen floor needs cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc. ad nauseum.
Finish scarf #2 for Edward. Once that's done, my crochet obligations to others are done.
Get somewhere on my log cabin. I'm the host of the blog, so I really ought to make some progress.
Finish the body of Wow Wow Wubbzy doll.
Finish reading my book on the Black Dahlia murder.
I'm sure there's more. There's always more. Just what am I forgetting?
And of course there's housework. There's always housework. But that's OK. I'm really looking forward to trying to finish up some things around here.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The hubby is not yet over his pneumonia. Poor guy. He's on the really big antibiotics and they're helping, but not enough. I'm not quite sure what to make of this.
I'm the only one that's reasonably healthy. Last night I finished my pineapple afghan, made a scarf out of a random skein of homespun I had been gifted with, frogged my log cabin (which I'll begin anew tonight during crocheting group), and began the Wubbzy doll for the munchkin.
The doll is looking good so far. Of course, right now it's just the closed end of a pillowcase. But held it up to an image of Wubbzy on the TV last night and it looks spot on. Here's to hoping!
Monday, November 12, 2007
"Well then that's not plain, is it?"
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I'm working on an afghan this weekend from Ms. Vanna White (I know. I hear you groaning). It's from her Favorite Gift Afghans book. The pattern is called Welcome Neighbor and is deceptively simple. The pineapples appear more like strawberries to me and my crocheting group, but it's lovely none the less. I'm working with some older Red Heart Jewel Tones that I had stashed away from when it went on clearance. I got approximately 10 skeins (all the same dye lot) for 50 cents each.
It's cheerful, I just don't know who will be the lucky recipient. Maybe Project Linus.
Everyone at my house is napping. Or, at least they were. I think I just heard the munchkin. That's all for now.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I have to say that I think it looks great. I know that I wasn't really thrilled about working entirely in black and grey, but I think it really looks sharp. Be on the lookout for a picture!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
1. The phone rings, who do you want it to be? Someone telling me I've won something for free. I love free.
2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart? Yes. Must set a good example for the munchkin.
3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? Both, probably leaning more toward talking.
4. Do you play Sudoku Puzzles? Sure do, but not often.
5. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? I'm going to say a big, fat no on that one!
6. Do you like to ride horses? Yes, very much.
7. Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid? Nope.
8. What was your favorite game as a kid? When my brother and I would use a balloon to play volleyball in the livingroom.
9. Use three words to describe how you're feeling at this moment: Content, Happy, Sleepy.
10. Do any songs make you cry? I'm Already There by Lonestar. Check it out on Youtube.
11. Are you continuing your education? OH YEAH! Going back to school in the spring to get my Master's in Language and Rhetoric. Can you believe how much of a nerd I am? This is what excites me!
12. Do you know how to shoot a gun? Nope. But I would love to learn.
13. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you would grab? My daughter.
14. How often do you read books? All the time. Do you see the sidebar. Yep, I read more than one at a time.
15. Do you think more about the past, present, or future? Present and future. Trying desperately to let go of the past. So much of it's not worth remembering.
16. What is your favorite children's book? Emma Bean.
17. What color are your eyes? Grey to blue...depending on what I wear.
18. How tall are you? 5'2"
19. Where is your dream house located? Near my family.
20. Are you married? 2nd time around.
22. Do you have any kids? One beautiful munchkin girl.
23. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Yep. A couple of times. SO fun!
24. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? Too long ago!
25. Do any of your friends have kids? Most of them. I love it.
26. Where was the furthest place you traveled? Probably either Florida or Texas.
27. Do you like mustard? More and more as I get older.
28. Do you prefer to sleep or eat? Truly a toss up here.
29. How long does it take you in the shower? 15 mins. The new short "do" sure helps with that.
30. Can you do splits? HA HA HA HA HA HA. no
31. What movie do you want to see right now? There's a new one out with Dustin Hoffman that's rated "G" that looks pretty good.
32. Do you think The Grudge was scary? Never seen it.
33. Do you own a camera phone? Nope.
34. Were you a cheerleader? I tried. They didn't want me. :(
35. What's the last letter of your middle name? N.
36. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 6-8.
37. Do you like Care Bears? I used to have figurines and cups.
38. What do you buy at the movies? Popcorn and something chocolate. Or Twizzlers.
39. Do you like Sci-Fi? Not particularly.
40. Do you wear your seatbelt? Always.
41. What do you wear to sleep? That's some pretty priviledged info.
42. Anything big ever happen in your town? We had a murder not too long ago.
43. How many meals do you eat in a day? Two, sometimes three.
44. Is your tongue pierced? No. EWW.
45. Do you read Myspace bulletins? I don't have any space on MySpace.
46. Do you have your nose pierced? I like my nose just fine with only two holes.
47. Do you like funny or serious people better? Funny.
48. Ever been to L.A.? Never.
49. Did you eat a cookie today? No, and please don't make me think about it. But I did have a couple of cupcakes.
50. Do you use cuss words in other languages? On occasion.
51. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads? Haven't downloaded anything in quite some time.
52. What do you and your parents fight about the most? We don't really fight anymore. Thankfully.
53. Are you a gullible person? I can be.
54. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy? No, but I sure do like having my hubby!
55. If you could have any job (assuming you have the skills) what would it be? I would read books to decide whether or not they should be published.
56. Are you easy to get along with? Not so much.
57. What is your favorite time of day? Probably any time that I'm spending with my family. I guess that means 5 p.m. and later.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I'm of the opinion that they ought to put him in the hospital, sedate him, and give him fluids and antibiotics intravenously. But what do I know. I'm just the wife. And you know about men and doctors. Although, this week, it seems the hubby has had his doctor on speed dial!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Best 'Out of Office' Automatic e-mail Replies:
1. I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.
2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.
3. Sorry to have missed you, but I'm at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.
4. I will be unable to delete all the emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.
5. Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.
6. The email server is unable to verify your server connection. Your message has not been delivered. Please restart your computer and try sending again. (The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see who did this over and over and over....)
7. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.
8. Hi, I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.
9. I've run away to join a different circus.
10. I will be out of the office for the next two weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as 'Lucille' instead of Steve.
I know. Don't let word get around. And for goodness sake, Christianne, don't tell the pigeons! But he truly is correct. I've been working harder at staying on top of the cleaning around the house. And it truly is so much easier to clean a little bit every day, or a little more every week than it is to do it all in one big shot if someone is coming over.
So far today I haven't done a whole lot, but the housework is almost done. I still need to do the bathrooms and the kitchen floor, but that pretty much covers it.
So, you heard it here first. I'll admit that he was right.
In other news, the munchkin and I will be heading to a Halloween party on Tuesday night. We're going as a pizza. I painted it this afternoon. I'll cut a slice out of it and munchkin will wear it. I'll wear the rest. Should be a good time. There's a bunch of other people from work going to be there and some of them are bringing their kids. So the munchkin should have a good time too. We won't be there long. It doesn't start until 7 and the munchkin needs to be in bed by 8.
I am working furiously on the hubby's afghan. It needs at least another foot to be finished. Possibly two. But I keep working on it.
Tomorrow Teri comes back. And boy am I glad! I've missed her a lot and it will be good to have my normal tech writer life back.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
And, yes, Teri is coming back to work on Monday. Cue the music!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Except no red. The red really doesn't match my complexion. But I am so excited. I'll be donating the hair I cut off to Locks of Love. Check it out. http://www.locksoflove.org/ Everytime I get crazy and chop it all off, I donate it. It's just something that makes me feel good. There are very few selfless things that I can do in this world. Consider donating your hair or money. It's worth it.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Munchkin's as happy as can be. Hubby gave her an empty 2-Liter pop bottle. She thinks that's great. Plus, she's just as cute as can be.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Several delightful things happened. Some people ended up with chains ten feet long, other with chains a yard long. Some were really tight, and some were dangerously loose. Some combined both extremes into one chain.
On person is making a pot holder, three people are working on scarves, and everyone else is just learning the basics.
Because we're a bunch of women, talk turned to childhood toys. There was Barbie, My Little Pony, Polly Pocket, and many more. We all told funny stories about toys and our childhood. I think I'm really going to love this group!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
For dessert I picked up a Hershey's Cacao Reserve Bar. Premium Milk Chocolate. 35% Cacao. This, I theorized, would also not be worth my money, but as I've been eyeing them as well, I gave it a shot. Worth every penny of the 99 cents that I paid for 4 smallish squares of this delight. Smooth consistency, delightful chocolate flavor, rich, delicious, and oh so wonderfully melty.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Someone cut right out in front of me without even looking. Part of me wanted to flash my lights at them while flipping them off and honking my horn. Then I quickly realized that, not only did I not have enough hands to complete all those actions simultaneously, but that would probably decrease my driving skill. So I just sat there and continued to drive. One of these days I'm going to do something really outrageous like follow them until they stop and then give them a piece of my mind. Of course, my luck, it would be like the girl my dad talked to. "Where in the hell did you get your driver's license?" "In a little brick building right over there." Yep, that kind of stupidity I don't need!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The other morning while taking the munchkin to daycare, I couldn't bear the thought of listening to her music. So I had my favorite radio station playing. They played "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne. I love the song. Evidently so does the munchkin. All of a sudden, from the back seat, I hear a 20-month-old voice say, "No way, no way". I almost had to stop the car I was laughing so hard!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
1- Have your heart broken.
2- Love someone with your whole heart.
3- Learn to love someone without expecting anything in return.
Yep. Pretty deep. And while I would wish that my munchkin never had to experience the pain of a broken heart, you can't know the wonderful things that come from loving someone with your whole heart if you don't know the pain of having your heart broken. It's that whole highs and lows thing.
I want to hear what your lists include. Don't be shy. And for goodness sake, don't feel the need to get all deep like I did. I've just been thinking a lot lately.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Ear infection. One ear, possibly both. Antibiotics can be a wonderful thing. I'm told that this winter will be a telling one for us. If the ear infections continue, we may be looking at tubes. Not quite sure what to think about that.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
My next project will be to crochet a likeness of myself, animate it, and send it out to face the world. The munchkin has succeeded is losing a library book. You may be asking yourself, "How does an eighteen-month-old lose a library book?" I can't tell you. All I know is that I brought the thing home from the library and haven't seen it since. I did not pack it to go to Nana and Papa's. It did not go to daycare. I have turned the house upside down in search of it. My only theory is that it went out with the trash. Guess we own it if it ever turns up!