Saturday, December 27, 2008
I really, really, really liked this book. It's set five years after Friday Night Knitting Club ends. Dakota is 18 and a freshman in college, Lucie is a successful video director, her sweet baby is a rambunctious five year old, Anita and Marty are still together, Dan is finally back in NYC with Darwin - her dissertation is finished and she's now a Women's Studies professor, and so much more but I don't want to give anything away. I could not put this book down.
My only complaint? One of the books plots ends a little too neatly for me. That's all.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Which leads me to today's check up with the pediatrician. She fell asleep on the way there which meant we had to wake her up. It wasn't pretty.
We checked in, took off her coat, and then it was out turn. (Since when do doctors run AHEAD of schedule?!) The poor thing had virtually no transition time. She definitely didn't have her requisite 45 minutes. So we dragged her into the exam room, literally, and stripped her down to her big girl underpants. She sat on the floor kicking me. So I moved to the other side of the room. So she crawled next to me and continued to kick me.
The pediatrician came in and I won't go into deep detail. I think these two comments can pretty much sum up our visit... "Most children need one minute per year old for a time-out but she may need two minutes per year. " And perhaps the more telling comment, "The best preparation I ever had for this job was the high school wrestling team."
Now, don't get me wrong, I love Bear's pediatrician. He is warm, caring, and not the least bit condescending. Not even when I asked him if Bear's post-nap-sweaty-folded-in-half-ear could become permanent. Or when I insisted, at five days old, that she was YELLOW. Clearly she was YELLOW, couldn't he see that? So he ordered stat labs on a Friday afternoon to calm my crazy first time mom self. But today, I felt like the worst mother in the world.
My three year old was literally on the floor, writhing about, screaming, throwing a text book temper tantrum and I was absolutely powerless. There was NOTHING I could do to calm the storm or make it stop. I simply had to wait it out, something the doctor did not have time to do. (She eventually did calm down and even participated in her eye exam. And then she told the nurse that she was "NOT NICE!" when she gave Bear her flu shot.)
And then the best part. We had to tell him that, guess what! We're expecting again. You know, since we've obviously totally screwed up with this one we're going to try again. We can't do any worse right?
I'm sure every parent goes through this. (Tell me every parent goes through this... right?) But I still feel like a complete failure.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Me & Andrew: Ugh! Are you kidding me? Gross.
Bear: NO!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Nowing!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah! YAHOO!!! I want to make nomen!!! I can't wait to make noflakes!! MOMMY!!! LOOK OUT THE WINDOW!!! IT'S NOWING!!!! DADDY LOOK!!!!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I am achy, tired, my nose is leaking, and my face hurts. I hate being sick. And to make it even worse - I can't take anything, except Tylenol. I might as well take Skittles - they taste better and have essentially the same effect.
Sleep is virtually impossible since I can barely breathe sitting straight up. (See why I'm a bad sick person? Can you hear the whine?)
I hate being sick.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Whenever my friends are in the wee weeks before the big day, stressing out about the final seating plan and dealing with last minute glitches they always turn to me and say, I should have done what you did. I always laugh.
There's only one thing I have ever regretted. Andrew and I never got our first dance. We never got to dance to our song, just us. Of course, we've danced together to that song at every wedding we've been to for the past six years. Our close friends always make sure that "our song" is on the absolute must play list. We simply harass the DJ at acquaintance's weddings. :-)
Last night, Sara changed that. After all the traditional wedding dances Sara got up in front of the room and started with something along the lines of "When my good friend Megan got married on top of mountain six years ago..." I didn't hear the rest. What I did hear was the opening chords of True Companion by Marc Cohen.
Andrew and I finally had our first dance. I'm crying just writing about it.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I got about 16 rows done on the shrug that Bear was supposed to wear tonight for the wedding. Mmmmh, only about, I don't know, two hundred rows short of an actual shrug. The wedding IS indoors.
So tonight is the wedding. I can't wait. I am so excited to see Bear be the flower girl and I am SOOO happy for Sara. I can't believe this day is actually here. My dress is super cute. From Motherhood Maternity and a whole size smaller than I thought I needed. (I tried on the bigger size and the sales girl was like, oooooh, see how big this is, try on the smaller one. Yahoo.)
So now for some pictures... you didn't expect a two-week hiatus with no pictures did you?
The chandelier at the train station in New Haven, CT.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
First off, the setting is perfect. Slater Mill, the birthplace of American textile manufacturing - could there be a more fitting location? The upstairs portion of the museum has been redone, with wide oak (well, wood, I'm not a tree expert or anything but it looked like oak to me) floor boards, glass panels with glass doors separating portions of the studio, and beautiful paned windows that look out onto the river and can open to let in the sound of the slight waterfall. Even the grounds are gorgeous, and that's pretty hard to do in downtown Pawtucket.
The wine and cheese reception was hysterical. Norah and Annie are like a comedy duo - they had the entire crowd laughing for most of the night. They also hung around and graciously signed books afterwards. Since I already have a signed copy of Knitting Nature (I met Norah Gaughan about two years ago at Yarnia in Woonsocket, RI) I got Annie Modesitt's book Cheaper than Therapy.
The class today was amazing, even though I was admonished for talking several times (ah, reminds me of my school days). She spoke about lace as if it were normal. We practiced with DK weight yarn so it was easy to see the pattern develop after only a few rows. (So I realize even more now why black mohair was a really poor first choice for lace knitting.) I left having learned a few tricks and feeling confident that I could successfully knit lace - even if it isn't going to be a black sparkly Seascape right off the bat.
Next Tuesday night (the 18th) will be the official opening of the Jenks Education Center and the Community Guild Studios with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30pm. If you're within driving distance, I would highly encourage you to attend.
So here are some pictures from the grounds... I didn't take any during class (I was in enough trouble as it was.)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
B) I can't keep a secret.
C) All of the above.
If you guessed C - you're right!!! (If you haven't figured it out yet, we're having a baby!) Sometime towards the end of June, Bear will have a new brother or sister to terrorize. We can't wait!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Yesterday we had her third birthday
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Of course, I knew the hubby wasn't going to approve that particular "yarn" purchase. My first response was to
A trip to Target later I am up and running with my own Tinkertoy swift.
It works like a dream, and by changing the length of the arms (orange sticks in this picture) it is fully adjustable. Even I, the engineering school drop out, was able to put it together in mere minutes.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
When Bear was born, I, of course, fell in love. I loved snuggling with her and kissing her sweet baby lips. She has the sweetest little girly personality. She loves dolls and coloring and M&M's. She runs like a girl. I routinely buy her dresses and adorable little outfits just because they are so darn cute. So a few weeks ago, when my aunt asked if she could buy Bear a Cinderella costume for Halloween and give it to her at her birthday party, I said absolutely.
And then Bear broke the news to me. This year, she's going trick-or-treating dressed as Spiderman.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Pattern: Cozy V-Neck Pullover with Deep Ribbing by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: 6 hanks (almost all of it) of Cascade Pastaza color #019 cherry
Size: Bear sized
This was super easy to knit - it took a month because I didn't touch it for almost two full weeks. The llama wool is incredibly itchy, but it's barely noticeable with the button down shirt on underneath. I like the fit, though the ribbing on the arms looks very chunky to me. I will probably make a Bear-sized version of this also, though not in Pastaza.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
To say this is a good book feels wrong. It is, after all, the true story of a women terrorized by an obsessive boyfriend with the time and money to follow her to the ends of the earth. But I will tell you that I could not put it down. I read the first 30 pages standing in my kitchen after opening the package the book arrived in. Two days later I finished the last chapter thinking, "What about now?", even since the epilogue was written time has elapsed. What about now?
I don't want to give away too much so suffice it to say that this book is creepy and addictive. Read it.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Yarn: 3 1/2 balls Rowan RYC Cashsoft Chunky Color 703 Blush
Size: Bear sized
Improvised a toddler-sized version of this vest to match a plaid skirt we bought Bear last fall. Initially, I didn't do the 9 rounds of pearl 3, knit 3, pearl 3 at the begining, but I think I might add them b/c the vest seems a little short to me. Maybe we'll see what happens after I block it. The bottom picture is a close-up without the arm-hole edging completed - :-)
Friday, August 29, 2008
Can you see that Louet? Hand-dyed superwash in the most perfect fall colorway I have ever seen. And that blue yarn over there - that's my first Malabrigo. Ever. Ooooh I can't wait to play with it!!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Aww, how cute.
And then, they both yelled out to each other, "Love you!"
Monday, August 18, 2008
In case you haven't figured it out yet, I screwed up the lace again. Perhaps mohair, black mohair, was a poor first lace choice.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
First, after locking myself in solitary confinement for about an hour, I finally was able to get past row four of this lace pattern. There's a few mistakes here and there, but I'm hoping that blocking will even some of those out.
The beginning of Seascape.Second, I've found an exercise I truly love. This past Christmas my MIL gave me an Amazon gift card which I used to buy this bike seat. We finally tried it out this past week and both Bear and I LOVE it! The seat sits in front of me, so it adds to my center of gravity instead of taking away from it. Also, Bear gets to see all the scenery instead of staring at my back the whole time. Right now we're just taking short rides so I can build up my stamina - Bear yells "Faster Mama!" every time we hit a hill - but I can't wait to go on longer rides with her. Especially this fall, the air will be cool and imagine how gorgeous the bike path will be when the leaves change. Oooh I can't wait.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Oh, and Bear wants to say hi to everyone out there in blogger land:
Thursday, August 7, 2008
2. Make progress on the third PIF gift.
3. Swatch Hip in Hemp.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
(I have no idea how to rotate the video, but that's not the point really. If it bothers you as much as it bothers me just close your eyes and listen.)
Friday, August 1, 2008
My love seat. I sit with my back against one armrest and my feet stretched out in front of me while watching crime tv after everyone has gone to bed. (Boring I know.)
What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?
Comfy sweatpants. A blanket in the winter. Someone equally yarn obsessed to chat with.
What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?
I love BLT sandwiches or veggie burgers. Carrot and celery sticks on the side and strawberries covered in whipped cream for dessert.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
As part of the rules, casting on cannot commence until opening ceremonies officially start. Swatching is considered training so you'd better believe that will be done by then.
And what about those MIL Mittens? I frogged the entire second one this weekend and started over so the stripes match up now. I'm just about to start the decreases at the top and then it's just the thumb and they're done. It would be cheating to save them for next week wouldn't it?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I got my second package in the mail yesterday and I am sooooo happy! My pal is clearly doing her homework and put together yet another one of the most perfect packages I have ever gotten.
First, a book from my wish list, 2-at-a-time Socks. I took it to they gym with me last night to read while on the stationary bike. Two skeins of KnitPicks Felici Self Striping Sock Yarn in Provence, a gorgeous hank of Franklin Sock Yarn (hand dyed!), some citrus coconut hand cream, a package of Red Sox pens, and a package of Sour Patch Watermelon Slices.
I see a new pair of socks in my future. :-)
P.S. This is post #200!
Friday, July 18, 2008
For a car trip, I'll take whatever I happen to be working on at the time. For a conference or meeting, I need something small like socks or mittens.
2) Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting.
I always pack too much, lol. I have a knitting tote from Knit Picks that can store quite a lot so I usually just take that along. I try to take something with me when there is even the slightest chance of idle time, even if it's just a swatch. Though, I did once make my husband stop at a yarn shop in the middle of Connecticut so I could knit on the way home.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
New Hampshire. You can camp or hike in the woods and not seen another human being for days or you can shop at the outlets or hang on the shore with hundreds of other tourists.
2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
I would like to visit Ireland. The pictures of the lush green hillside are irresistible.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Ummm... tough question. If I had to pick one right this second, I would say Rowan Calmer. I have heard so many wonderful things about this yarn but I've never tried it. And who doesn't want something named calmer?
2) What yarn do you never want to be without?
Besides yarn in general? :-) I always want to have something in my stash that inspires me to pick up my needles.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
I actually joined SparkPeople back in February to check it out for a patient but I really began using it this past week. There are a few things I really like about it. First, it is 100% free. Second, it's not trying to sell anything. I NEVER send a patient to a web site that is trying to sell them vitamins or miracle powdered drinks or anything else. I think all "education" on those sites is suspect at that point.
The biggest thing I think I like about it though is that the site encompasses so much. Not only can you track your weight loss, your daily calorie intake (it does most of the work for you, you just plug in what you ate), and your daily exercise but the site is big on motivation. There are tons of "SparkTeams" that you can join (much like the groups on Ravelry), there are message boards to ask questions and connect to people with your same interests or in your same area (there IS a knitter's group!), and there are SparkPoints.
You earn points for logging on, tracking your food intake, your exercise, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, basically most of what you do on/with the web site earns you points. The points go towards trophies which are displayed on your main log in page. Silly, I know, but motivation is motivation. Whatever it takes.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Bear peed in the potty for the first time over a year ago and then promptly decided against it. This morning she woke up and decided that she had had enough of diapers. She took off her diaper, peed in the potty, and didn't look back.
So why am I complaining? Because she's using this whole "potty train me" routine as a rouse to get Sour Patch Kids. I know she has the physical ability to be potty trained. And she now knows how to meter out her pee into two or three separate trips to the potty in order to double or triple her candy haul. It's infuriating. I can't really tell her no, you can't go to the potty. But seriously. How much candy can I give her before her teeth fall out?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
A wee bit more than I have now? :-) Actually, I don't think there is a perfect amount per se, more a perfect composition. You need to have a a good base of regular wool and/or cotton (Cascade 220, Sugar n Cream), a hank or two of something decadent (cashmere maybe?), a few skeins you don't mind parting with for when friends want to learn, and enough for at least one or two projects that you have planned for the future.
Also while avoiding the mountains of work I still haven't caught up on, I stumbled upon these two Blogiversary Contests. And this contest to give away "green" bags.
OK, I have to go back to work now. Oh, and thanks for all your well-wishes. Besides being two (which I hear there is still no anti-biotic for) Bear is doing just fine.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
1. What's your favorite summertime drink?
Del's Lemonade. It's frozen lemonade, only 100 times better. You can only get it in Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts. You can order a powder mix, but trust me, it's a gazillion times better straight from the truck.
2. As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?
Summer camp. Two weeks in a tent with seven other girls. No parents (the camp counselors seemed so old, but now I realize they were barely older than us), no little brothers, tons of fun.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I used the last of my alone time on the plane to finish Half Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir by Jennette Fulda. She lost 184 pounds on her own, via a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. The book had me laughing out loud on virtually every page (which probably annoyed my fellow passengers to no end). She writes the blog pastaqueen.com, but even if you read her blog, I would still highly recommend her book. It makes me want to get off the couch and go outside.
Watch as she shrinks before your eyes. (How cool is this video?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU8L0l85dp8 (Well, here's the link, blogger won't show the video.)
Monday, June 16, 2008
But I have to admit it, even with all the super cool animals available for my ogling, my heart just wasn't in it. What fun is the zoo without a two-year old to share it with? I paid more attention to the little kids than the animals so I left before the parents had me put on a list somewhere.
I did get to see the Giant Pandas and I would show you a picture, however...
When a hotel has both "Free Wi-Fi" and a "Free Business Center" beware. I guess they assume that most people travel with their own laptops these days so why bother updating the business center? I am posting this from a computer that probably hasn't been used in about 15 years. I have to unplug the keyboard in order to plug in my flash drive because a) there is definitely no camera card slot and b) the USB port is in the back directly below the keyboard port and they don't both fit at the same time. My pictures of the pandas need to be rotated and while this computer is probably capable of performing such a task, I am checking out in two days so I don't think I'll have time to wait.
Besides the zoo, I stopped at a great LYS, Knit Happens.
Quick back story - I had originally planned on relying solely on public transportation during this trip but while waiting through our plane's delays a fellow passenger and DC native told me that I really didn't want to be at certain metro stations alone after dark so I ended up renting a car at Dulles and driving myself to the hotel. Yesterday morning I figured I'd drive myself to a metro stop and then go from there to the zoo. When I got to the metro stop nearest my hotel, I realized that alone during the day wasn't such a great idea either. I was tired, lost, and needed comfort and friends. So I went to one of the LYS's Wendy suggested. The people there were GREAT. They let me fondle all the yarn, looked up Seascape for me, and helped me pick out the perfect shade of Kidsilk Haze for a formal November wedding. Then they gave me directions to a more comfortable metro station. Really, this knitting thing is greater than the yarn and the needles and all the fabulous things we make. I walked in and felt at home. Perhaps this is how Harry Potter feels when he's out in the Muggle world? Like if he can just make it to Diagon Alley everything with be OK. Anyway, I digress.
Last night I also got to see an old friend I have known since my Girl Scout Camp days. She lives down here, so we met up at an Irish pub for dinner and Guinness ice cream. I also got to meet her new fiance - super nice, and they are so clearly in love. It was a great way to end the day.
On today's agenda? Bariatrics and Nutrition - conference room B.