Monday, November 30, 2009

the week of thanksgiving

This week was filled with moments of sadness, lots of family, the eating of way too many sweets, and moments of joy. The life of my MIL was celebrated two days before Thanksgiving. She was a kind, gentle, loving spirit and she will be missed by all. She touched so many lives in so many different ways and it was because of this that people of all different walks of life came together to celebrate her. When we saw her lying in her coffin, it became real for us that she was indeed no longer with us in body but she will always be with us in spirit. There was so much grief, so much sorrow, but there was also twinges of happiness and relief because we all knew that she was in a better place. She has taken her rightful place as our special angel, guiding us always. Here she is during one of her happiest moments, our wedding day. Thanksgiving was spent with my folks and this year, my sibs and I took on a more active role in food preparation. Wednesday was devoted to desserts. We made two pies (one apple and one pumpkin) and two loaves of spicy pumpkin bread. The monkey helped a lot and was pooped by the end of the night! That girl is becoming a pro @ licking a bowl clean! Thanksgiving day, we spent working on all our appetizers a la martha. Not so sure if any of the appetizers will be making a return appearance in the years to come, but it was a good experience and now we know to start cooking our appetizers earlier so we can eat on time! lol. The macaroni and cheese with butternut squash needs to be revisited though. We substituted gruyere for the sharp cheddar and I learned that gruyere isn't the best cheese for something like that. It's not as cheesy as one would like. Here's a snapshot of what was left of the mac & cheese. As far as the desserts go, I believe they will all be making a comeback particularly the pumpkin pie with caramel pecan topping! We didn't make our own crust (since it was all butter) but maybe next year when we're a bit more pie savvy. Leftover turkey may possibly be turned into a turkey pot pie. I forgot I knew how to make one of those-then remembered while my mom and I saw a commercial last night for turkey leftovers! My sister and I went together to pick out buttons for our unifinished cardis. We kind of had to settle because as I've already pointed out in a previous blog post, buttons are slim pickins here. If I could, I'd open up a button store! So now, I can present to you, something blue AND sesame! Yesterday while uploading my pics to my desktop, I realized that I'm short a few finished shots of some other projects so be on the lookout for them. I've been itching to cast on for a cowl (even though I'm on a forced knitting break!!) and I've just found the perfect pattern to try out..

Thursday, November 26, 2009

thankful thursday

1. I am thankful that we introduced the lil monkey to the world of baking. She is now hooked! 2. I am thankful that we had more than enough hands to help create our Thanksgiving feast! 3. I am thankful that everyone got some good eats and fell asleep soon afterwards. lol.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

saturday

First of all, thank you to everyone for your love, hugs, support, kind thoughts, and prayers. The last couple of days have been surreal. We (hubby, my mother, and I) will be leaving for the funeral Monday morning. The funeral is set for Tuesday morning. We won't be down in SoCal for very long. We'll be leaving sometime on Tuesday since both my husband and my mother have to get back to work on Wednesday. My sister will be following us home on Tuesday. She'll also be attending the funeral with us. She's looking forward to the time off and we'll be spending Wednesday probably working on the desserts for our Thanksgiving meal! I received a call from the school where I did my model lesson. It was a no. It was very competitive and I was a very competitive candidate but they opted to go with someone else. The principal said that if they had another opening she hoped I would apply again and she asked if I'd consider subbing for them. I thought why not so I have to call that particular school district after next week and get on the sub list. Maybe this'll turn into something, who knows. I haven't heard from Borders either. I'm SO bummed! But maybe, since I've had two almost jobs now the next one will be mine (preferably a teaching one). Hubby is enjoying his new job and I think it helps keep his mind off things too. There hasn't been much knitting around here. I'm trying to heal my wrist so I can go back to my marathon knitting again! On ravelry there is a Knitters with Carpal Tunnel group and there's this guy with all this sage advice about carpal tunnel or just pain in general with regard to knitting. He suggested to a bunch of people to ice their hand/wrist/arm for an hour in 5-7 second spurts for a week. I did it two days in a row and I'm actually noticing a difference! I missed yesterday though on account of my being busy with chores and then I decided to do some baking! I've had this cookbook for a lil while and finally decided to give it a shot. Wow! My niece, hubby, and I made the basic chocolate cupcakes. Those that know me well know that I'm not really a fan of chocolate cake but lately it's been growing on me and these cupcakes are quite delicious. We opted to make the mini size ones. The monkey added some ingredients and did some mixing. She also was in charge of licking the spatulas and mixing things clean. lol. It was so cute! These cupcakes are the absolute best and I can't wait to try out some of the other recipes! I'm already checking on amazon to see if the author has any other recipe books!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

thankful thursday

1. I am thankful that I had the chance to get to know my MIL who passed away early this morning. I only wish she had been around for a bit longer. 2. I am thankful for my mother who in times of crisis knows just what to say. 3. I am thankful for each day that passes.

Monday, November 16, 2009

monday monday..can't trust that day

Well, today was my model lesson and it went pretty well. I really liked the school and got a good feel from it. The teacher I would be replacing is leaving because her husband got his dream position elsewhere. She is staying through until Christmas vacation while he has already started his new position. I thought that was good of her to do. The kids were quite well behaved and worked SO quietly. I'm not used to that. I'm used to chatter and chit chatting here and there. It's promising but we all know how that goes with me. I went into it feeling as though it wasn't a big deal and I left the same way. They're hoping to fill the position by the end of this week and will be making phone calls in a day or two. I also applied to work at Borders. lol. I dreamt that I worked there so I had to at least apply. I keep thinking about the discount! My husband left for his first day of orientation a lil while ago and he was pretty excited about it. It was cute. :) I told him that I always wanted a husband/guy that had to dress up to go to work. A man in a dress shirt and tie does it for me. :) I don't know what it is. I can't believe Thanksgiving is already next week. We don't even have our Thanksgiving menu planned out yet! We've got the desserts covered but not any of the side dishes. For some reason, I'm wanting to do a homemade mac & cheese. I saw a recipe somewhere that utilizes butternut squash. Of course we'll have a side of potatoes but I thought we'd do something different this year and take some of the pressure off my mom! I can't wait for my sister to get here though. She is in the process of printing up a ton of patterns I had saved on my desktop. She's printing them out because when I first thought of this idea, she had been complaining about how she didn't have anything to do at work. SO I thought I'd help her out. ;) Aren't I a great sister?? lol. She told me earlier that she has half of them printed up and she also mentioned that there were some things she liked and might have me make for her (that was part of my plan in the first place!). As I blog, I'm looking through all the patterns that have been posted at twist collective. The winter edition is out and I'm in love with Tanit's Jacket. I also took a second look at the sweet pea coat from last winter! I'm dying to cast on for audrey in unst though. Can you tell that Gudrun Johnston is my newest knitwear icon?? :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

things are starting to looking up

Well, yesterday was the start of the Gap Friends and Family Sale so that's where most of my day was spent--traipsing from one old navy, gap, and banana to the next! I think it's during this sale that I sort of miss LA. There were SO many more Old Navy stores, Gap stores, and Banana Republic stores to choose from. Oh well. I think we got our fill yesterday! My husband begins orientation on Monday for his new job and I actually have a model lesson Monday morning for a 1st/2nd grade teaching position. I know what I'm going to do but I have to figure out what I'm going to wear and I need to make copies of everything I'm bringing. I finished seaming sesame!!!!!!!!! But guess what? I can't find buttons big enough for her. :( I wish I had made it a bit longer but that's okay. I also finished lengthening the bottom of my wicked. While I've been away, we discovered this critter in our backyard.. He was in the midst of making a getaway after my dad had lunged a 'spear' at him and something else! Last week I also received my first order from Wolfe Farms. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

thankful thursday

I'm a bit behind on this! I first saw this on kristyn's blog last week and wanted to give it a shot. So since I'm behind a Thursday already, here are six things I am thankful for in no particular order: 1. I am thankful that we're not homeless after our move and my parents were willing to let us live with them for a while. 2. I am thankful that my husband got a job (so maybe there's hope for me yet)! 3. I am thankful I am surrounded by family. 4. I am thankful that my MIL's health continues to improve. 5. I am thankful that things are slowly beginning to get better in my life. 6. I am thankful that this year will be the first thanksgiving spent with my husband!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

pondering

Is there a reason all knitting pattern chart symbols aren't the same across the board? I ask because after having completed the blues and then moved onto green with glee, I was having a bit of a tough time adjusting to the different pattern jargon and the main cable used for both patterns was the exact same one. I kept saying over and over to my husband..I should've done green with glee before I did his. I have now finished both hats and they are in the midst of blocking. My hat came out a bit more snug than I expected. Then I realized that I should've switched to bigger needles when I started the body of the hat. Oh well. That's what blocking is for. :) Here are the hats pre-blocking stage:
Have you been to the gap recently? I was there yesterday and was surprised to find this and a cowl which I can't find on their website now. I couldn't get over the fact that their current line of cable hats looks very much like the hats I just finished and the fact that they are now selling cowls...my husband seems to think their buyers are checking out knitblogs to see what we're all up to. lol. It's been since the day before Halloween when I began typing up this post! Halloween has now come and gone. The monkey was a hot pink supergirl. The only pictures I have of her were from when she woke up the next morning and they're not flattering! I spent Halloween night baking. We didn't get very many trick-or-treaters. The ones we did get were the really lil ones--smaller than the monkey! Seeing as it's the season of pumpkin and chocolate goodness, I wanted to share some recipes with you all. Here is one yummy recipe that I found and here are a bunch of other equally yummy ones! Oh! A great friend of mine has opened up her own lil online shop! If you're into herbal soaps, please do go check it out! The weather has been unusually LA-like here..but without the hot wind that tends to accompany the warm weather typically found in LA.