Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

This was Bear's first Christmas that she had any idea what was going on, so of course our camera broke Christmas morning. You'll have to take me word for it when I tell you that Christmas morning was one of the most breathtaking experiences I have ever had. Bear could barely contain her excitement when she saw that Ho Ho Claus had eaten the milk and cookies we left out. It was so, I don't even know the word, amazing, heartwarming, to watch her jump up and down and giggle at the sight of the empty plate.

The pink bowl (purchased on ebay for a reasonable price and spray painted pink) was, of course, a huge hit. She carried it everywhere we went Christmas day and has played with it all day today. She also loves her Cozy Coupe - which I don't think was meant to be an indoor toy, but since she won't get out of it long enough for me to carry it outside - the car now lives in her room and sleeps in the kitchen. I think the temptation to climb out of bed and play all night would be just too much for Bear to pass up. (Ah yes, Bear has graduated to a toddler bed.)

And since I know I'm boring you all to death, one last Bear story... Her grandmother (who she calls Tatta - I have no idea) gave her an Elmo dust pan and broom. This afternoon, my husband walked into the kitchen to find her dumping her macaroni and cheese all over the kitchen floor just so she could sweep it up.

I hope your Christmas was as magical as mine.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Advice

If you happen to be snacking while knitting, make sure that you have a handful of snack in your hand and NOT a handful of stitch marker when you blindly toss the handful into your mouth.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Knit one, Frog two

Knitting is supposed to be cathartic right? The rhythmic, repetitive motion soothing the jagged edges of another snowstorm in December. Peace, comfort, and joy all year long. A creative outlet to your scientific, just the facts 'mam job.

Then, your count comes up wrong. And you realize you missed a mirrored increase and have been purling the knits and knitting the purls for at least 80 stitches. So you switch to another project. This is why you always have more than one WIP going right? You swatched this project almost exactly two years ago and haven't touched it since. But amazingly, you took really good notes, and after re-reading the pattern, you pick it up with no problems whatsoever. Until, you realize that after the first six rows of ribbing, you forgot to switch to the needles two sizes up. So you toss that to the wayside, vowing to knit at least six more rows before 2010. Then you start rummaging around, randomly plucking hanks of this and that out of your stash, madly cruising the Internet and crawling under furniture looking for a pattern you know you photocopied sometime in the late 80s. By this point you are so irritated you desperately need to sit and knit something but then you remember what started this nightmare in the first place and you end up turning a $45 hank of custom dyed alpaca into a garter stitch scarf. Grrrr!

How many garter stitch scarves have you made this season?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Letter From the Dogs

Dear Humans -

Please be advised that this an official letter of intent to file a grievance with the union. The conditions that have been forced upon us this last week are totally unacceptable. In the past, we have overlooked your utter incompetence in regards to maintaining a decent lawn upon which to "do our business", even accepting bare dirt patches without complaint. However, we now feel we have no other choice but to enforce your contractual obligation to provide a lush green area of no less than 8 feet by 3 feet, each. If our demands are not met by tomorrow mornings walk, we may be forced to use the carpets.

Respectfully,
Alice and Samantha

Friday, December 14, 2007

Survival

Part One
After spending more than six hours trying to travel 21 miles (a normally 45 minute commute - tops) my husband walked the last 1/2 mile to retrieve Bear from day care over an hour after their normal closing time. Luckily, a police officer happened by and drove Bear and Andrew back to his car and then helped them navigate their way back down the hill to the hotel where they spent the night. Five and a half miles from home.

Part Two
I used the reverse phone/address feature on whitepages.com to find the name & number of a previously unknown neighbor down the street to ask her to please knock on my upstairs neighbors door and ask her to call me so I could tell her where the key is, because please, could you just take my dogs out to pee and give them fresh food and water?

Part Three
I spent three hours "sleeping" in the chair beside my friend's hospital bed before giving up and working on my mandatory computer based safety training until 5:30 this morning when I hitched a ride with security to the employee parking lot and starting digging out my car.

Part Four
Despite three hours of sleep in (going on) 38 hours, Bear and I spend the eye of the storm shopping today. Gathering all the presents we think we need, hauling them into the house, and running to the convenience store to make sure we have enough wrapping paper, tape and ribbon to wrap them all while the next few feet of snow fall tomorrow night.

I want to sincerely thank everyone for their well-wishes and concern for my safety as well as for that of my family. I survived the night away from Bear, but hope I don't have to repeat it anytime soon!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Baby Bibs O' Love

I FINALLY finished these bibs for my bf's new baby. Well, at this point, I guess he is newish, being born in September and all. Meet him, and his devilishly handsome big brother.



Pattern: Baby Bib O'Love from Mason Dixing Knitting
Yarn: leftover cotton from dishcloth swaps
Begun: again,weeks ago
Finished: 12/11/07 - again, because I have been putting off sewing on the buttons

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Most Un-Relaxing Eye Pillow Ever

Bear's eye pillow is done. (yippee!) The knitting part was finished weeks ago, I've just been putting off sewing the inner pouch needed to fill the pillow. Exhibit A:

The bain of my existence.


The pouch and tea.

The finished pillow (action shots tomorrow, I promise!).


Pattern: My own... ribbed edging, cables on the top side, plain stockinette stitch on the bottom, sewn together and stuffed with a pouch made from scraps of the non-maternity skirt. I filled the pouch with tea.
Yarn: Catalina Alpaca in an atrocious pink
Begun: 11/18/07
Finished: 12/10/07

Now Bear is requesting a PINK Tibetan singing bowl. A) They don't come in pink. B) They cost a fortune. WHY did I get her those !@#$% yoga DVD's?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas Pictures

Last night I took the girls to have their Christmas pictures taken so we could send Christmas cards out before Christmas this year. I LOVE the way they came out...





Then we went to see Santa, where we got this amazing picture.



Which is a vast improvement over last weeks attempt to see Santa without "Sissy"...



Thursday, December 6, 2007

Umm...

Did I say I'd photograph all my shoes and show them to you today? And have FO's to brag about? Yeah, well, you'll all be happy to know that Bear is feeling better. Despite still having a temperature and a very runny nose - her appetite and attitude are back. And she is apparently sick of being in the house. Which would explain why there is popcorn all over my living room floor (she was using a pair of scissors to "stir" it), why her hair ties and wood beads are in EVERY room of my house and why we spent three hours in the children's room at the library re-arranging the geography of the United States floor puzzle.

I do, however, have this entertaining little clip to share with you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAwoZMc7JnA

Trust me, it's worth the 33 seconds of your life.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Update

Bear is still sick. :-(

It's a virus so there is nothing that I can do for her except the cursory basics - fluids, Tylenol, comfort, etc. It's heartbreaking to hear her little cough all night and be helpless to make it better.

I have been getting a lot of knitting done though, as I watch my summer vacation hours tick away. Whatever.

My SITMT pal has asked for a photo essay of what kinds of shoes I like to wear. I thought I would get to that today, but alas, it might have to wait (sorry pal). I am especially sorry because my first SITMT package arrived today. Look!


It's not a great picture but it IS a great package. Two skeins of Knit Picks Simple Stripes in a yellow-orange colorway PLUS two sock patterns. A set of size 7 double-pointed Crystal Palace bamboo needles, two post-it notepads (more excited about these than I should be - my boss' boss banned post-its at work so we have to smuggle in our own), some highlighter tape (so cool!), two pens, scissors, and Rudolph stickers for Bear. All in a fun snowman lunchbox.

Tomorrows post... shoes and some FO's. Stay tuned. :-)

P.S. Check this out. A hot cocoa swap - now that's what I'm talking about!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

169

I just don't get it. My clothes fit better, I feel good, and my weight just keeps going up.

Exercise miles: 2.3
Yoga: 1 hour
Calories: ~1800

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sick

Bear is sick. She has a runny nose and a bad cough and a scratchy throat and a pathetic little disposition to go with it all (see Exhibit A).

And while I wish Bear could be her bubbly self every day of the year, I have to admit that I've almost enjoyed she cuddly, snugly Bear that she is when she is sick. Last night she slept wedged in between my husband and I, her chubby little fingers wrapped around mine.

You know, until the coughing started up again and of course she had taken the very last drop of last winters cough syrup before bed so I had to get up and go to the drug store in the freezing cold at 4am. But they were out of cough syrup, and the grocery store was closed (the only 7 hours it closes all freakin' week), so I ended up going to a second drug store - but not before I had to put gas in hubby's car (in the freezing cold).

But then, she curled up on the couch with me under the blankets and fell asleep watching Toy Story.