Monday, April 28, 2008

mi vida loca

Has it really been 18 freakin' days since my last post??? Ugh. My apologies to the few readers I have left. I'm still here. I've been thinking about you all and have all your blog posts that I'm behind on saved in my bloglines. I think my life will start to slow down (at least a little bit!!!) after May 9th. Little did I know how much more work it would be to not have my old partner around. I'm not complaining but I haven't time for much else. I've got work on the brain. It isn't stress per se but it's mostly making sure that every detail (nearly) is considered. Let's see, in the last 18 days, I have...been working on this "Children Around the World" unit we're doing in class, baked some mini-apple pies with my class, been emailing with parents like mad, attended the birthday party of a mom from my class, found out I'm going to have a sister-in-law soon!!!!!!!!!! stopped ordering yarn for myself (for a bit), attended my school auction at some fancy country club, completed my ISE6 scarf, frogged some socks, traveled to Tijuana, Mexico for the first time ever and I have been working on organizing both our Mother's Day Tea Party and trying to get Mother's Day gifts together for next week. Oh yeah, and this Wednesday our class has their school play, "The Little Red Hen." Am I busy much? :P Since I've been working so hard on getting my scarf completed (and let me tell you, it wasn't easy at all especially since I had a hard time concentrating on it!) that I haven't really touched anything else. I put it aside on Wednesday, binded off yesterday and was finally able to start a new project late last night! Oh, no pictures for this post because my camera is in my fiance's car still! Umm...the birthday party was fun and very shi-shi. They had valet service!! I'm so not used to that. We had fun though. My sister called me and said our brother was going to marry his gf on Earth Day (plans fell through though and the new date is May 17 or 18!!!!). He called me while I was on the phone with her. Sigh..who knows if that's still going to happen. The auction was another shi-shi event at a fancy country club. One set of parents gifted me with the class quilt. They spent a ton of money on it. I'm afraid to say how much. Let's just say over $2000. I didn't know they were going to do that. A little birdie let them know that I would love to have it. So it's true what they say, "Be careful what you wish for." And Mexico?? Totally unexpected. Boy was it hot there. I don't know if I'll be making a return trip there anytime soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

is it friday yet??

My first week back at work is slowly coming to an end. I have to tell you-it's been a long week. I think by the end of next week, things will be 'normal' or @ least as normal as it can get. Things are slowly falling into place and the kids are slowly getting used to the new teachers. We had a chat (just the childen and I) this morning and they expressed that it has been a bit difficult to get used to new teachers but I said to them that I know they will try their best to show their best behavior. For a moment, they were themselves again and I miss them. Plus I'm getting overly loved (if that's possible) and am getting bombarded with hugs every which way I move. Sigh. I need a break.
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? This year, marks the first year where people can celebrate National Poetry Month by having a "Poem in your Pocket" on April 17th. My school will be celebrating this tomorrow. It's going to be so cute. Everyone is supposed to arrive at school with a poem in their pocket. I can't wait to hear other people's poems! We are doing ours early because next week we will be celebrating Earth Day at our weekly whole school assembly.
I received my fcs3 package today from Donia! I already thanked her on the fcs3 blog, but I am going to thank her again here. Thanks, Donia!!!!!!!!!!! Here's what was in my package:She sent me a slow cooker cookbook (which I still have to look through), some delicious chocolate from a local chocolate shop where she lives, a book clip/stand (to help prevent me from losing my place while I'm knitting), a cute notepad, some yummy sour patch watermelon candy, a pair of really cool socks (How'd you know striped socks were my favorite???), a very sweet handmade card, my very own handmade dishcloth, and some Elizabeth Austen Andes yarn!
Earlier this week, I also received my last and final installment of the Chewy Spaghetti Blue Plate Special club:A sock pattern accompanied the yarn and the cool bag but I didn't have a chance to take a pic of it.
Ack, I just realized I didn't fill you all in on the aquarium or my stop at alamitos bay yarn company last week. My fiance loved the aquarium. As for Alamitos, we walked out of there without one ounce of yarn. Though I did have to purchase this. My fiance saw one and said he wanted some. Thank goodness summer is nearly here because it'll be a while before I have to knit these up. Thankfully, so many of you have already knit these up that I can look to you all for some advice. :) I haven't bought any yarn in a week! (that's huge for me!). Part of it is over the weekend, I had to splurge on a set of new tires for my car. While we were getting new tires, I also got an oil change as well as an alignment. Talk about burning a hole in my pocket. There went all of my state tax refund plus a bit of my federal refund. Thank goodness I get paid next week. Oh, and I got my first check from the tutoring I started!
There's been some knitting. I've been working a bit here and there every night on my ise6 scarf. That's my main focus. I'm on the fence with continuing my vintage rose socks as I'm not so happy after all with how the pattern is turning out. Ugh. Pictures soon for some advice!


Monday, April 7, 2008

exhausted

I had started a post last night about my exhausted Sunday but I didn't finish it. I'm exhausted still so the title remains. We had our longest and toughest hike yet today. Good lord. I started sweating and I had children grabbing on my clothes to help hold themselves up!!! It was our steepest hike. Downhill is always good though. I think it's the best part of our hikes. Today especially as some of us were running down parts of the hill (some example I am!!). My legs are dead tired. I told the parents that their kids would be out like lights tonight! I just might be out like a light as well. Sheesh.
As far as how the first day back went, other than it being short, it was okay. They've regressed which is expected particularly since they have a new teacher whose limits they need to test.
I received my April Art Walk Sock Club Yarn and it's amazing. If you aren't already aware of the artiste behind Zen Yarn Garden, you have to try ou the Art Walk sock Club. I know, I keep saying it but I'm serious!! I present to you, "Flora on Sand" based on the Paul Klee painting of the same name.
I haven't a clue what to knit with it. For now, I just want to admire it for a bit. Roxanne, you did a phenomenal job and I can't wait to find out what May's inspiration might be! Okay, must reheat dinner or something and then hop in the shower!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

did you watch oprah today???

I have to tell you, one of the things I miss about working full-time is the fact that I have to miss Oprah. Since I've been on vacation, I've been able to catch up. I was watching Tuesday afternoon (I think!) and when I saw the commercial for today's show, there was no way I was going to miss it. I was talking to my good friend from San Diego (who just moved to Portland last week!) and I was telling him about the show. He said the guy is probably transgender. I didn't want to google the pregnant man but I had to. And that's when I found out M was correct. I was like, 'Did you have to ruin this for me?? I really wanted a man to be pregnant, naturally.' lol. I read the articles posted in a brit paper and their original interview with The Advocate. Did they really have to go to Oprah and People magazine? I'm wondering if they got paid. In other news, I'm trying to catch up on blogs. There are currently four that I'm behind on. I hope to be caught up before school starts back up again on Monday...

what i learned from my slow month

well, my slow month is 'officially' over but I have to tell you that I didn't last until this date! I think I got as far as the final week in March. Like I said, the last week in a month is typically my shopping time. I signed up for a Costco membership. I bought an answering machine (since my sister took hers when she moved). I bought that trashcan we needed. And then once I started with all of that, it was over but mostly everything I bought were things I needed but wasn't in dire need of at the moment of purchase. From this experience, I've decided that I'm going to be choosier with yarn purchases. I think I'm sort of over that yarn buying madness hump. I've got more yarn (at least in my own eyes!) than I know what to do with. I'm not going to rejoin some of the yarn clubs I've been in. I'm not renewing my Sundara Seasons club or the Chewy Spaghetti one. I did join the woolgirl one though. I think it's okay for me to do monthly ones though--like through robyn's nest. lol. or have you tried the art walk sock club?? I'm going to try to reduce my impulse buying (at least of yarn!!). I went into wildfiber yesterday and though I spent 40 min. in the store, all I came out with were two skeins of some yellow koigu kpm for a pair of socks. Oh, there were temptations but I was good! Tomorrow, we're going to the Aquarium of the Pacific and since we'll be in the neighborhood, we'll be going to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company as well. I've also learned that just because I've got a bit more money than I did when I first began blogging, that doesn't entitle me to go spending it all on yarn! I'm going to start putting away more money than I have been since I've been meaning to start putting away for my retirement! My car is going to be paid off in September which I can't wait for as that will an extra $400 per month now. :) I need to start investing in my wardrobe. Before I used to not really care what I wore (and I still sort of feel that way!) but now there are school functions I will have to attend where I can't show up in a t-shirt and a pair of converse! There's an auction coming up in a few weeks and you're supposed to get dressed up! I don't get dressed up. My fiance and I have also been invited to a parent's bday celebration. I don't want to show up under-dressed. Sigh..I need a stylist. A free one. I also learned that I need to start grocery shopping every week like normal people do instead of binge grocery shopping. Would I do another slow month? Definitely. I'm already trying to figure out what month next year is a good time to do a slow month. lol. One with no birthdays or other special occasions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

and here's some knitting for ya

With all the madness that was March, I noticed that I'm behind on posting some of the yarns I got (yes, I got more!).
Introducing..."miss world" (which just so happens to be my favorite hole song from back in the day!) from lotusknits. I love, love, love this colorway!!!!!!!!!
This is Almond Branches from Zen Yarn Garden. You must check out the Art Walk Sock Club! A painting is selected and Roxanne chooses colors from the painting to create a colorway that would befit it. She is amazing!
Here's my Candied Chrome from the Sundara Seasons Yarn Club. The color is growing on me.
Now this is, ludicrous. My absolute favorite Chewy Spaghetti Blue Plate Special colorway. I've already cast on for some socks with this stuff!
Here's some yummy yellow koigu. I got on a yellow kick while I was on vacation. These are earmarked for some socks. No pattern selected yet.
Okay, now here are the projects I've got going on! Here's my turtle for my friend in AZ. I just need to add some eyeballs and seal up his head.
This would be my shetland triangle. Since I couldn't work on socks, I had no choice but to work on this shawl. lol.
This is my second attempt at the vintage rose socks (from the january robyn's nest sock club kit..I think!). I'm using ludicrous. Unfortunately, there was too much pooling with the vintage rose colorway. I kept trying and trying but it wasn't working out.
And this would be my scarf for my ISE6 pal. I hope she likes it. I wish someone had told me that kid merino isn't easy to knit with! :P It's relatively easy. If I would stop getting distracted, I could probably finish it quickly. It needs to go out at least by the end of the month as my downstream pal lives in Taiwan! I was able to finish two items while on vacation. They are posted on my other blog. :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

burnt out

I got back from my vacation that I spent at home with my parents on Sunday. I thought I was only going to stay for a week but I ended up staying longer. I went alone-which I haven't done in a really, really long time. It was nice. It was good for me to be home alone. I was able to realize that all the madness that had occurred up until the day I left for my first week of Spring Break had burnt me out. At home, I was able to relax and take life slowly again. I didn't get to knit as much as I had wanted. I went away with the intention of coming back with a finished pair of socks but I wasn't happy with the way they were turning out. They kept pooling. I was dying to get a pair of socks done. But alas, I couldn't go online to search for any patterns since the internet and the computer in general at my parents' house is a bit screwy. I did swing by one yarn shop with the intention of picking up some goodies for my downstream fcs3 pal but I realized that I didn't really know what she liked other than the color schemes. So I walked out empty-handed. I emailed her and found out that a lot of the yarns she was interested in, were at the yarn shop but I had no intention of returning.
I got to spend lots of time with my niece. My parents baby sit her Wednesday-Sunday. She's there all day Saturday and Sunday. I also got to spend lots of time with my dad while my mom was at work. So here's a montage of some pictures of that lil rambunctious one: My dad taught her how to stick her tongue out. Nice, huh? ;)
Here she is 'trying to help' my mom and I build the new tv stand for the new tv my parents got. She's so handy.
Look at those lil cheeks!! She just woke up from a nap..
Here she is on Easter Sunday. She's riding the 'horse' (my sister) I provided forher.
must. keep. watching. tv.
hmmm...eat or play with my stroller? maybe a little of both.
i know you!
you're kinda cute. lol. another thing my dad taught her to do--kiss the mirror.
here she is with my mom at the mall in an ice cream truck.
here she is rockin' out with my earmuffs.

She obviously has quite the personality. She's a goof. And she wants your attention-all of the time. She recognizes the smell of popcorn and expects to be given some when you have some. She recognizes m&m's too. (thanks to my mom!). She's likes being read to--although she doesn't have quite the attention span for it. She likes to eat apples and jicama. She can say 'imagine' and has a really amazing memory. I can't wait to find out what cool things she'll be doing when I see her next. Next post: knitting content!!!

ETA: I talked to my mom earlier this week (It's Sunday night now!) and she told me that the lil monkey went searching for me after I left! :( I guess after she woke up from her nap, she went into my bedroom to look for me. I was so sad when she told me this!!