Saturday, October 27, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, My birthday turned out to be an almost lovely day. My parents came over and took us out to dinner sans kids. We ate at a nice small italian restaurant. We all went to the In-Laws and picked up the kids and got my bday loot and had cake. Everything was very lovely. EXCEPT. I'm covered in sore/itchy/hivey type spots and I'm still achy.

See, a couple of weeks ago I was bitten by a tick. Totally gave me the heebie jeebies when I found it on me, on the back of my head! Ewwwww. Now, I've got spots. So, I had to race to the doctor to get drugs to combat whatever this may be. It's too early to know and I refuse to worry myself about whether I have lyme disease or some strange Alabamian middle of nowhere fungal plague from my parents place at the lake. Hi Mom!

I've gotten zero knitting done in 3 days. My parents stayed the night last night and we were too busy chatting and playing with kids. The look on the Youngest's face today as they were leaving was priceless. He could not have made them feel more guilty if he had tried. Absolutely pitiful. Boy loves his Nanny and PawPaw. He kept saying " N' Go!" and pretended not to see me as I tried to take him from his Nanny. Thus, fully engaging in the theory, "If I can't see you, you must not be there and therefore won't take me from the person I would rather be with so you should just make me happy and go away." I guess I know my place in the world huh?

Just because I wasn't knitting does not mean that I was not being crafty though. This morning was the Cub Scouts Space Derby. Eldest and his Dad made a rocket. Guess who got roped into painting it? Yep. Your's Truly.

I got the "Most Imaginitive" award for my trouble, er, effort! Well, the certificate said that the Eldest got it, but I'm claiming it anyway. Here's a pic with the rocket and the model used. Ever heard of Larry Boy from Veggie Tales? If you haven't you should fix that. These are a parody of batman and spiderman done by the Veggie Tales crowd and they are super funny. Adults find it funnier than the kids do because of all the pop culture references. Anyway, here's the results:

I Am That Hero!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I can has cheezburger?

This one just kills me. I can has cheezburger anyone? Last silly post of the day. I swear.


If I was a guy this comic would be so me. I am absolutely horrible with names. I'm lucky that I remember my name, much less anyone else's. When I teach children's classes, I always have to tell them about this so they don't get their feelings hurt when I forget their names. And I always do. It's embarrassing. Very. People expect you to remember their names. I would make a lousy salesperson. So, if you ever meet me, please be understanding when I nod and smile and say "hey you!" Please?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Clementine Shawlette is Finished!

Ha! I told you I'd have another FO today! Yes, the Clementine Shawlette is finally finito. It took long enough. I had a tough choice to make today: Nap during Youngest's nap time or I could work on the knitting. I am now very sleepy, but happy to have another Finished Object.

So, it's time for "what have I learned from this project."

  1. Kitchener stitch is really not bad. I think I like doing this better than the mattress stitch. Reading many blog posts and comments in the forums had me worried that this part would look terrible on the shawlette, but I like it.
  2. All acrylics are not created equal. This Lion Brand Micro Spun yarn is a dream. It's so soft and glides well on the needle.
  3. It's definitely time for and un-lace project. This was fun, but I need a break from lace. I'm all laced out.
  4. I learned how to read a chart! I think I prefer directions written out, but now I can do both.
  5. I learned that it's real easy to make stupid math mistakes.
  6. But! I can now rip out lace like it's nobody's business! This project caused me to get over the fear of frogging. So, I guess the stupid mistakes served their purpose.
Now, on to the pics:
Full length shot

The dreaded seam

Sideways Over the back of the chair shot

Close Up shot of the Chevrons!

Yeah Me!

Monday, October 22, 2007


I finally confessed to the hubby that I spent some money. He's a little paranoid about the subject lately since there's not any coming in. I spent it in July. On The Police concert tickets. For those not in "the Know" that's The Police, a rock band, not the Barney Fife kind of pOh-lice that give out tickets to unsuspecting drivers. You won't find the band giving out free tickets. Oh no, not them. You pay up front for these and then receive a piece of paper, not the other way around.

So, I tried passing them off as an anniversary gift to him (the 19th was our 11th wedding anniv.) Sneaky huh? It totally didn't fool him for a sec. All he said was "these are really for you aren't they?" while grinning. Um, maybe. I do heart me some Sting. I don't care if he's old enough to be my dad. He can go tantric all over me any time he cares too. Older men are so sexy. How the hell did I end up married to a guy younger than me?

Other than that, My life has entered "the blah zone." I swear.

On one hand, I spend my day chasing a toddler and chauffeuring the Eldest to all his "appointments" - to school in the mornings, to school in the afternoons, etc.

On the other hand, the knitting is still plodding along. I'm hoping that within the next two days or so, I'll finish the Clementine Shawlette. Don't even ask me about Dad's socks. Those are not plodding. They've dug in their heels and have decided that if they go anywhere, it's because they've been drug there.

In between those two hands, I've been in a funk. I'm hoping that one of these days I'll snap out of it. Maybe it's because it's my birthday week? Does everyone do this before their birthday?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Halloween Meme

Okay, this is a makeup post since I missed two days last week. You know how you get in a funk and just can't bear to depress/bore everyone else with writing about how you're depressed? Yeah, I was in that kind of a mood. Please forgive!

So, here's something that started at Old Lady Pen Pal . I decided to jump in and join the fun.

1. Do you believe in ghosts?

Maybe. I know that there's supposed to be the ghost of my Grandmother that haunts my Mom and Uncle's house. She chain smoked like a fiend and every once in a while you can smell cigarette smoke in my Mom's house. No one smokes in my family now, so why would we smell smoke at the house unless it's her ghost checking up on us? I kind of like knowing she's watching over us. But she also used to cuss like a sailor. If I ever hear any of that though, I'm running!

2. Have you ever seen a ghost?

Nope, and I don't wanna.

3. Have you ever experienced something that is best described by the word “paranormal”?

Um, no other than the answer to question #1.

4. Do you watch any ghost or haunting themed shows?

No. I can't take any of these kinds of shows or horror movies. I freak out at even moderate tension. I can't even watch I love Lucy, much less a horror movie. The tension of knowing how much trouble Lucy is about to get into just kills me. (There's something not right about me isn't there?)

5. If so, do you sometimes sleep with the lights on or wake up your partner because the show scared you a whole lot and you can’t sleep and don’t want to be awake alone?

Sleep? I don't get good sleep on a good night. I have kids remember? One of them has nightmares and walks in his sleep and the other is only 22 mos. What's sleep?

6. Have you ever been to a supposedly haunted place? If so, did you experience anything spooky?

My Mom's house? I've also visited castles in Europe that were supposedly haunted.

7. How much do you love Halloween?

I love, love, love it! I had a decorating fit a couple of weeks ago where I bought some stuff and made some and my house is so cheery now! I also got two bales of hay and put them outside in the front of our house. I put a scarecrow with it. We also put spiderwebs all in the front too.

Only happy scarecrows allowed!