Tuesday, October 30, 2007

100

How to play the 100 things contest game:

First, pick a number 1-100.
Write it down.
Next, read through the 100 things post (or just scroll down to the number you picked, I'll never know.)
Leave me a comment with a similar fact about yourself.
No changing your number.
One comment = one entry.
Post about this contest on your blog and get one additional entry (make sure I know you posted).
Let me know someone sent you and you both get an additional entry.
I haven't figured out the prizes yet - keep your pants on.

Here goes:

  1. I am 29 years old, really.
  2. I will turn 30 on March 16th.
  3. I hope to be pregnant shortly thereafter.
  4. Andrew and I hope to have four children.
  5. I have one sibling - a brother.
  6. He is 3 years younger than I am.
  7. Our first pet, a cat named BJ, died a few days ago.
  8. BJ stands for Bob Junior. Bob Original lived in the bus yard where my mom worked. He was run over by a bus. When Bob Jr. started poking around, my mom took him home.
  9. I am much more upset about his death than anyone else the family.
  10. My husband and I have two dogs.
  11. Samantha is a golden retriever/yellow lab mix.
  12. Alice is a miniature Australian Shepard.
  13. Alice barks all day at every little noise.
  14. Our neighbors upstairs say they like it, no one will ever break in.
  15. I think they're lying.
  16. In college, Andrew and I lived in a, let's say, rough neighborhood.
  17. It was cheap.
  18. Our cars only ever got broke into once.
  19. They stole my radio and apparently tried to hot-wire the car but couldn't figure out how.
  20. Once, the kid at the drive through window dropped my friend's mom's change and climbed out of the drive through window to pick it up for me.
  21. My friends mom slowly turned to us and said, "This is why you will all go to college."
  22. I went to Wells College for one year.
  23. Wells was an all-women's college when I attended.
  24. I threw up on my kitchen floor when I found out they were admitting boys to Wells.
  25. I have an Associates degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island.
  26. I am two courses (statistics and physiology) and a thesis away from having my Master's degree.
  27. I thought about becoming an engineer until I took (and almost failed) Calculus 3.
  28. I have only ever failed one course in my life - Physics 2.
  29. I got an A in Physics 1.
  30. My first ever C was in second grade in handwriting.
  31. Those who have seen my handwriting do not believe this.
  32. Today is my daughter's second birthday.
  33. She calls me Mama.
  34. I had her picture taken professionally ever month for the first 19 months of her life.
  35. She has been accepted by two separate modeling agencies.
  36. We have never actually signed her up for modeling.
  37. People tell me she looks like me, which I find amazing because I think she is breathtaking.
  38. She will be Elmo for Halloween this year.
  39. I will be Arthur.
  40. I am Arthur for Halloween every year. I wear jeans, a white button down shirt, brown shoes, my glasses, and a yellow V-Neck sweater I bought on clearance at the Gap for $10.
  41. I am thinking of making Bear a D.W. costume for next year.
  42. I took sewing lessons three years ago.
  43. I made a skirt that fit me throughout my entire pregnancy.
  44. It was not a maternity skirt.
  45. I let my best friend borrow all of my maternity clothes.
  46. I hope she gives them back soon.
  47. Andrew and I have been married for 5 years.
  48. We had ten people at our wedding, including the two of us and the justice of the peace.
  49. I wore my best friends wedding dress as my something borrowed.
  50. I took it off in the woods to pee before the ceremony.
  51. A hiker stumbled upon me and ran in the opposite direction, tripping over a tree root as he went.
  52. What? He'd never seen a half naked bride peeing in the woods before?
  53. I was an hour late for my own wedding.
  54. So was my husband.
  55. We're rarely on time for anything.
  56. I was born six weeks early.
  57. I like to say I've been making up for that my entire life.
  58. I have four engagement rings.
  59. And two wedding bands.
  60. They're all from my husband.
  61. A boy in high school once gave me a cubic zirconia engagement ring.
  62. I gave it back.
  63. A few days later the boy my best friend liked used it to ask a girl we didn't like to marry him.
  64. They're still married.
  65. I don't know if she still wears my rejected fake ring.
  66. My husband was my second long term boyfriend.
  67. I dated the first for two years starting in 8th grade.
  68. We started seeing each other again in college.
  69. He lied to me, begged my forgiveness, and then never spoke to me again.
  70. I started dating my husband a month later.
  71. He was my boss.
  72. We hated each other when we first met.
  73. When he (finally) asked me out he asked if I was working Wednesday night.
  74. I answered with, "How should I know? You make the schedule."
  75. We saw Live in concert.
  76. It was my first concert.
  77. I also dated my track coach (not the weight coach).
  78. After I graduated from high school.
  79. I think he has a boyfriend now.
  80. To pay for college, I worked as an assistant manager at Bath & Body Works.
  81. I've also worked part time as a lifeguard, girl scout camp counselor, nanny, diet aide, and standardized test monitor.
  82. I've worked as a dietitian for 3 1/2 years now.
  83. At the same hospital where I did my internship.
  84. Last month, I took over the bariatric patients.
  85. Last week, I spoke to a class at a local college about my glamorous life as a dietitian.
  86. Yesterday, I listened to a patient tell me stories about WWII for an hour.
  87. I don't really have that kind of time at work, but how could I leave?
  88. I love it here.
  89. My boss is the best.
  90. I have had bosses who are not the best.
  91. One used to nap in his office every afternoon between 2 and 4pm.
  92. Another would schedule me and my friend Alicia to work every Friday from 11-2pm, even though we were still in high school.
  93. I drive a black Volkswagen Jetta.
  94. It is a 1997.
  95. It has more than 180,000 miles on it.
  96. The air conditioner does not work anymore.
  97. Neither does the cruise control.
  98. Bear gets car sick if we drive more than ten minutes.
  99. My car smells like baby puke.
  100. See why I don't get a new one?

Monday, October 29, 2007

163.5

So here's my new format for Monday posts...

I'll keep logging my weight struggle loss, but I'm going to add my miles logged (9 miles of mixed walking/jogging this week), do average daily calorie intake for the week (instead of posting daily calorie intake) and update other indicators of my overall health as I get them - body fat %, cholesterol, etc. Weight is just one indicator of health and since mine is a whopping net five pounds lost over 7 months, I have to look elsewhere for inspiration these days.

Tomorrow will be post #100 - so I'm thinking a contest is in order. Stay tuned.

Oh, and by the way, we ARE the champions!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

World Series Vest

Finished last night in the middle of the sixth inning, after which, I switched to a straight knit-in-the round piece that required no thought whatsoever. Those in New England who watched the Red Sox give up their six to nothing lead will understand why this was necessary.

Anyway, while the measurements of the World Series Vest are technically correct - the underarm to hip length does not take into account Bear's tremendous belly. Anyone need a Christmas gift for a two-year old not shaped like Santa Claus? I've tinkered with the idea of knitting up two more inches of ribbing and attaching it to the bottom, but I'm just not sure yet. Any suggestions?


World Series Vest

Pattern: My own, created with the help of Sweater Wizard 3.0
Yarn: 1 1/2 skeins Araucania Nature Wool Chunky in color #101 Red
Size: 21"
Begun: 10/25/07
Finished: 10/27/07

Notes
Aside from not being long enough to cover Bear's belly, I love it.

I also picked up Big Girl Knits & Mason Dixon Knitting at the library on the way to work yesterday. I'm hoping the short rows tutorial in Big Girl Knits will make it all clear so I can make some progress on my Back to School Vest tonight. Unless this series lasts all 7 games, with about 30 innings per game, I don't think my Cozy V-Neck sweater is going to get started, much less completed. Ah, such delusional thoughts of grandeur when I make my knitting plans.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Rockies 0 games/Red Sox 2 games. And in other news....

Jill's Fall Into Autumn dishcloth swap box arrived today & not only do I love it, Bear now loves swaps too! She has claimed the pencil & cookies and she put up a strong showing in the wrestling match over the (not pictured a.k.a. hidden) sour patch kids.

The booty.

Though I love everything (the Peaches & Cream yarn is gorgeous fall colors that my camera somehow failed to capture, I've been ogling those lantern moon key chains, and I'm torn whether or not to use my Italy-souvenir notepad now or save it for something very special) my favorite piece has to be this:

Halloween clay pot turkey.

Does no one proof read anymore?!? What exactly is Halloween about a TURKEY? CHANGE THE TYPESET BETWEEN PRODUCTS PEOPLE!!!


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rockies 1 Red Sox 13

That's the kind of score we like to see!!

And since my Pastaza hadn't arrived yet, I decided to make Bear a hooded vest out of some stash purchased specifically to match her red LL Bean mocs. Here's what I have so far...

Back of the "World Series Vest" - finished in five innings.

13 rows of the front.

The ribbing is the Oblique Rib from Knitting on the Edge, which I'm thinking about also using on the hood. Or I will just do plain st st and trim the hood with a twisted I-cord to match the arm holes.

Updates after tonights game. :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Running

This past weekend I decided to take up running again. I ran track in high school but besides train stops and rain storms I can't say I've done any running the past 6-7 years. Yeah, I can't seem to remember what was so great about track. Something about a 21-year-old weight coach - pretty irrelevant now. The only time my weight has been where I am happy with it (well, since I was 17) has been when I was running. But guess what, I am already sleeping better and dealing better - oh yeah, maybe that was what was so great about running. Though I think at 17 the weight coach held more appeal.

Monday, October 22, 2007

WORLD SERIES HERE WE COME

You'll all be happy to know that my Back to School U-Neck Vest is fairing well, despite Julio Lugo's butterfingers in the seventh inning. I've already picked out my World Series knitting... the Cozy V-Neck Pullover with Deep Ribbing in RED. GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Red Sox

THIS is what happens when I try to knit while watching the Red Sox give New England anxiety.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fall into Autumn Question #5

Now that it is getting cooler here, it makes me think of apple picking and hay rides. Are you the type that likes to go to participate in all the fall festivities like apple picking, pumpkins, decorating for the fall, hay rides, baking fall goodies, etc. or do you just sit and count the days till Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah?

I love the fall season, with the exception of the fact that fall signals winter is just around the corner. We go apple picking every year - Bear essentially eats her weight in apples. I especially love spending time outside. It's not so cold that you have to wear all the bulky paraphernalia to keep you warm but it's not so hot that you want to go back inside 5 minutes after starting your activity. I still love Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I enjoy all the days leading up to the holidays too!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Catching Up - Part Two

So Bear went to bed at eight last night (an hour late) and woke up at midnight - hungry and ready to party. We got her back to bed at one and heard a very chipper "Hi Daddy" at 5:30 this morning. I think this is her not-so-subtle "No Siblings for Me" plan.

So... this is what I came home to yesterday


Got to love ebay. And swaps.

My SP11 partner outdid herself knitting up all my presents. Calorimetry in her own hand-dyed, a pair of twisted rib fingerless gloves, and a cupcake for Bear. She also included a skein of her own peachy keen hand dyed, two sets of stitch markers, and some Studio 18 knitting note cards.

I love calorimetry! It's been on my list of things to make for myself since I first saw it. I wore it last night to pick up my mother-in-law and today to work. Love it!

[Insert picture of me wearing Calorimetry here]


And today, my SITM package arrived. The socks are a warm squash color that will photograph much better in the natural light of the sun. I am wearing them to work tomorrow. Melanie did a fabulous job - the color is fantastic and they fit perfectly. She also sent a key chain sock blocker with a mini sock pattern and blue wool yarn, Mary Engelbreit stickers, stitch holders, and some absolutely amazing Alchemy Bamboo yarn. Soft, shiny, and the perfect color blend - Forest Waltz. Mmmmmmm.






AND I finished my first ever pair of socks for my SITM partner. Now super-secret partner, don't look any further, because I am going to show everyone else your socks. (And look everyone else! They're the same size & length! They match!)


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Butternut Squash Pancakes

1 15-oz can Butternut Squash
1 egg
1 egg white
1 C skim milk
2 C whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a bowl, combine squash, egg, egg white, and milk. In a separate bowl stir together remaining ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the squash mixture, mixing well.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake and cook about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes and press firmly to flatten. Cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter.

Notes: The batter is thicker than most pancake batters, so I place a round egg ring on the skillet, fill with 1/4 cup batter, spreading evenly, and then remove the egg ring when it's time to flip the pancake and flatten the pancake with a large spatula.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Catching Up - Part 1

I wish I could say that there's been some life altering event (winning the lottery perhaps?) that has kept me from blogging for a week. No, just Bear refusing to go to bed. Not putting up a fight or giving us a hard time, but flat out refusing to go to bed. She giggles, smiles, snuggles, pulls out her new found vocabulary, etc. etc. We put her in her crib and she just yells "Mama, Daddy, Mama, Daddy!" It's like if she doesn't acknowledge that it's bedtime we can't actually put her to bed and I am just plain exhausted.

So here is me posting all of the Fall Into Autumn Dishcloth Swap topics. Well, almost all, the flash my accessories (and the flash my stash for SP11) will have to wait until tomorrow.

1. Now that in some geographic locations the weather is starting to turn cooler, do you change the type of yarn(s) you knit/crochet with? If so, what do you now knit/crochet with instead and why? If not, why do you not switch and what do you knit/crochet with?

Not intentionally, but I tend to start working on more sweaters and hats and start pushing the summer tanks and stuff towards the bottom of the WIP pile.

2. When you knit or crochet dishclothes, washclothes or face clothes, what do you use? What size needle or hook? Wood? what type? Metal? Plastic? A specific Brand? Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Is there one you are dying to try? Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for clothes? What is so special about it?

When I knit dishcloths I use wooden needles and Lion cotton, though I am looking forward to trying out some of the new organic cottons. I like wood because it seems “warmer” than metal or plastic. I don’t use metal because I can’t stand the clinking sound they make when the knock together. As for clothes, I don’t have a particular favorite – I really like Rowan Linen Drape but it’s not very practical for fall and winter. I like Cascade 220, Wool Bamboo, Alpaca, just about anything.

3. Autumn has now officially begun here in the States!! What is your favorite thing about Autumn/Fall? Why?

There’s a lot I really love about fall. I like the pretty trees and leaves. I like that crispness to the air. I like snuggling with my husband and daughter on cold, rainy afternoons. I love the smell of apples and pumpkin and spice.

4. How about you? Are there any recipes you especially enjoy having in the Fall? Any foods that are seasonal that you especially enjoy?

I like being able to break out the crock pot and make all those great stew-y recipes that make the house smell wonderful when you come home from work. One of my favorite recipes for breakfast is squash pancakes and they just taste better in the fall.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Another Reason I Love Being a Mom

Heard at 5:30am through the baby monitor
Bear: MAMA!!!!!!!! DADDY!!!!!!!!!! MAMA!!!!!!!!!!! DADDY!!!!!!!!!
Slowly opening door to Bear's room
Me: Whose making all that noise?
Bear: Hi Mama!
Me: Why are you naked?
Bear giggles.
Me: Where are your clothes?
Bear: Right here! She holds them up. More giggling.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Am I really this stupid?

I CANNOT for the life of me figure out how to answer your comments. I hit reply from my gmail account and I get pages upon pages of "automatically generated emails" saying that my reply had fatal errors. Is this just a fluke? Are you really getting my responses or do you just think I'm a comment snob?

Anyway... thanks for all your comments. Thanks for the positive remarks about my Two-Toned Ribbed Shrug and especially thank you for all the thoughts and encouragement with the recent loss of my best friends friend. The wake was tough, we waited in line for almost two hours to pay our respects - which goes to show just how well loved Terri was. And Terri's sister thanked me for my post - I guess she googled Terri's name and found my blog. My best friend is doing much better. The funeral was both heartbreaking and humorous. Her brother did his best to make people laugh and relive the good times in his eulogy. It was very healing for everyone I think.

If anyone knows the solution to my gmail problem - please let me know. If not, I'll have to start a monthly reply post.