Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Book Review: Knit Two

This is the sequel to Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. My step-daughter gave this to me Christmas morning (I didn't even know she had written a sequel!!) and I finished it last night. What does that tell you?

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

In the Nick of Time?

It's done.

Now my husband just has to Express Mail it to Pennsylvania today. But it is done. And before Christmas at that.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pause

I know that I promised to blog every day during the month of December. However, Tuesday night my world came crashing down around me. I really don't want to go into details. Suffice it to say that I need a moment to myself.

Monday, December 8, 2008

NOT a Morning Bear

Bear is not a morning Bear. Not in any sense of the word. She routinely pulls the blankets and/or pillows over her head in the morning and groans, "Not yet!" or "Snuggle with me!" It would be funny if it didn't take 45 minutes to get her out of bed in the morning. Or after nap time. Or anytime she falls asleep.

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

Perspective

This morning, looking out the kitchen window...

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

Sick

As anyone who has ever lived with me will attest to, I am the worst sick person on this planet.

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

Conference

The nice thing about spending all day at a conference, besides not actually being at work, is that I got to finish the left front piece of the Ballerina Wrap. Oh, and learning. That too. (Actually the conference was really interesting, and I did learn a lot - the kntting piece was a bonus.)

The nice thing about blogging every day - I have to actually get some knitting done. :-)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Two Hours

of my life that I will never get back.

Room by Bear



Room by Mommy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Commissioned

Anyone who knits has invariably been asked, "Can you make me a (fill in the blank)?" My knee-jerk response has always been, "I can teach you." But now I find myself with two projects that are mine solely due to my big mouth.

The first I acquired this summer and have done an entire gauge swatch for thus far. It's for a woman I work with. She bought the yarn on vacation despite the fact that she has never knit a stitch in her life. Also despite the fact that she had to beg, plead, and bribe the pattern out of the woman who owned the yarn shop. (Apparently the pattern is the creation of said owner and it wasn't for sale, trade, or ransom.) What's stopping me? Besides the fact that I am a schizophrenic knitter who can't seem to focus? There's no picture. I don't know if what I'm making is right. It's infuriating.

The second belongs to Andrew's aunt. (I couldn't really say no now could I?) She actually knit the pieces but has asked me to finish it - including weaving in all the loose ends and seeming the whole thing. Again, this pattern doesn't come with a picture, but at least I have more of an idea of what it's supposed to look like. This one has a time limit though. It's a Christmas present and has to be mailed to Pennsylvania first so I really should finish it before the end of this week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

This IS a knitting blog right?


It is. A sorely neglected knitting blog but that is what is it. So I'm going to make it up to my blog. This month I am going to post every single day. OK, so I cheated a bit by backdating that last post - but really every single day in December. Even Christmas. And New Year's Eve.

And to start, some actual knitting content.

I didn't finish the two little sweaters I started for Bear for Sara's wedding (big surprise). But I paid good money for the Baby Cashmerino for the Ballerina Wrap and traded away seven balls of Berocco Air for the Cashmerino Aran to make the Molly Bolero. So by gone I am going to finish them both.

I'm actually making good progress on the Ballerina Wrap.

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OK, now I am off to troll the blogs of all my bloggy friends that I have been neglecting lately. See you tomorrow!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Confidence

The other day Bear was playing dress up - she was wearing her poofy Cinderella dress and her green with big yellow polka dots Dorothy the Dinosaur hat. While sifting through her dress up box she found a little hand mirror I had given her. Opening up the mirror, she looked up at me and said, "Let me see how beautiful I look." After a quick glance in the mirror she slammed it shut and announced, "Yup."