Sunday, January 29, 2012


Well, the hubs was released from the hospital on Thursday early in the evening. I had just parked in front of our apt with my late lunch/early dinner when he called saying they wanted to release him already. Sigh. Apparently, he had some sort of bacterial infection so they sent him home with a script for an antibiotic which he has to take for one week. The kids were so worried about him! Everyday they would ask me if he had left the hospital yet. One of my kids even gave him a get well card. So sweet. Here's the front:
And here's the inside (minus the writing on the inside).
She colored Snoopy and everything. Teehee. He loved this card because amongst family he was known as Joe Cool. So when he took the card out of the envelope, his immediate response was, "That's me!"

I got some knitting done. Sock #1 is nearly finished. I am about half an inch or less to the toe decreases now.
And here's my shawl. Though there has been a bit more progress than in the picture.
The other shawl still looks about the same so no new pictures of that one.
Oh, one of my bosses gifted me with this:
She said it's a cell phone carrier. She said when she saw it, she thought of me. Not sure yet what I'm going to use it for because as anyone knows that either has kids or works with them, those lil suckers are gonna be sticking their dirty little fingers in it 24/7!!!!! If you're not quite sure what it's supposed to be, it's a sweater.
Yesterday, I was gifted with these:
The hubs felt inclined to thank me for being there for him. Wasn't that nice? This is the first time I've ever received an arrangement where each flour was in its own little vase. It's cool.
Last night was my long awaited Kindergarten Parent Mixer.  12 families showed up.  My assistant suggested we do a little show so the kids had to perform. They were great though. And they were so cute in their fancy clothes. I didn't even tell them to dress up. They just felt like it. Most of them came all gussied up and a couple didn't. They read from their poetry journals and they said what their favorite thing about school was.  They were also supposed to do an impromptu dance party but they were already a little psycho crazy before we did the actual performance and I didn't want anyone falling off the stage. That would have been bad. We'll see if we plan another one. I think if we do another one, it might be a publishing party of some sort. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Just when I thought things were sort of normalizing, we get slammed again. The hubs was taken to the ER this morning while I was at school.  I was told it was pneumonia but when I got to the ER, the lady at registration asked if he was having chest pains.  He will spend the night there. It isn't the flu. They've done blood cultures, taken a blood gas, and did some nasal swabs. They're not quite sure what he's got yet. And to top it all off, he just started classes this week. Tomorrow is his second day of his English class and Thursday night is his first class meeting for his other class. I have emailed both professors. Hopefully he won't get dropped from the Thursday night class. Maybe he'll be released by then.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


As promised, here is my finished moss grid towel:
And here is my henslowe so far:
here's a close up:

Here's my first pair of socks for the year:
This is the front.
 This is the back.
And here's my other shawl that I cast on for:
Here's all three:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

keepin' busy

I haven't been blogging but I have been reading and knitting! I just finished Summer and The City in record time and am hoping that there will be a third book in the series.  Earlier this week, I cast on for not one but three different projects. Two shawls and one pair of socks.  I had wanted to begin the new year with a cardigan but I couldn't select a pattern that I really want to work on.  I do want to do more cardigans/sweaters for myself this year though since I feel like I am exhausting the world of shawls.  I was surprised that I even found any shawl patterns that I wanted to knit.  I am getting close to the time of needing to branch out to other more challenging projects. Though I do love the challenge of trying to make 12 shawls this year. I completed my first project of 2012.  Pictures of everything to come tomorrow (I hope).

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I've cracked the code!

I have spent the last two days watching youtube videos of how to make a frickin' crochet ripple.  Today I watched:
and the next two videos that followed in this series. It didn't help.  First I sort of needed to get down the whole single crochet and double crochet idea. What is up with all the yarn overs? The weird part is another video, there was a YO before every chain and in the one I finally got she only did YO's after picking up the chain she was going to work.  
The video that  finally taught me how to do the crochet ripple is this one: 

Here's how my trial run went:

My hand hurts though and I only cast on 34 sts. Imagine when I make my actual blanket. Ay yi yi. I'm just relieved I finally figured it out. :) 

While I was uploading the pics of my baby ripple, I found some pics of the baklava bars and the peppermint bark my sis and I made sometime last week.

The phyllo dough crust was the best part of the baklava bars. I think next time, I might half the recipe. I couldn't even finish this batch! My sister ended up taking half of it with her to Chicago. The bark came out well too-aside from the cheap candy canes we had to use (which weren't very pepperminty). I can't remember which recipe we used. Link to come. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

I used to be and now I am

Meri shared this post on her blog and it made me think back to my graduation day at Mills College.
My cohort and I composed a group 'I used to be and now I am' and we each contributed a line.  I wanted to create my own I used to be but now I am so here goes..

I used to be someone who could depend on her parents and now I am someone who depends on friends that have become my new family.

I used to always see the best in my parents and now I am someone who sees them for who they really are.

I used to worry about the future and now I am someone who takes each day as it comes.

I used to be a perfectionist (damn you Type A!) and now I am someone who is just pleased to get anything done, period.

I used to go out of my way to help people even when they didn't ask for it and now I know better.

I used to want it all and now I am grateful for the things that I already have. 

I used to have to make dinner every night after a long day at work and now my hubs is in charge of dinner!

I used to think I could catch up on the rest of my life during days off from school and now I have realized that is getting to be impossible!

I used to go shopping all the time and now I'm lucky if I can go shopping at all.

I used stick to the plan and now my new mantra is it'll get done when it gets done.

I used to be high strung (really!) and now I am easy-going, mellow, and (kind of) fancy free.

What did you used to be?

Thursday, January 5, 2012


happened earlier this morning.  Remember those narratives I have been complaining about and procrastinating about for the last month? Well, I was working on my third to the last one (25 pages worth of a Word document).  And guess what? I hit save, and all of a sudden, I had FIVE HUNDRED pages of gobbledygook. It kind looked like this:

Though my gobbledygook had bigger gaps in between and you could make out some sentences but only bits and pieces of them. Pretty  much all of it was gone.  The first thought that came to mind (obviously) was that I was screwed. These narratives are due next Wednesday. They are supposed to be printed and ready to go out in the mail on January 11th. No lies. Second thought was, "How in the hell am I going to type 23 narratives in 5 days?" Then I thought, "I'll just go to the Mac store and they'll fix it." Sigh.
Then I thought I'd google to see if I could fix it on my own. As it was, I had been receiving errors from my Microsoft Word while working on these narratives. I kept getting this error about the AutoRecovery not being able to save to its normal destination. At some point, I changed the destination to my desktop. Guess what I was doing right before the 500 pages of gobbledygook appeared? Oh, deleting the autorecovery file and EMPTYING my trash!!!!!! So I tried to remember how I went in and changed all the requirements or whatever for Word. Couldn't find it. Then I typed in AutoRecovery. Long story short, I found my document!! Thank you Mac Forums. :) You saved my life. I have two more to write  and then I am home free. I am going to celebrate by trying to figure out how to double crochet so that I can learn how to make my own crochet ripple blanket. Oh and I just might get back to my knitting. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

hello 2012!

I spent much of today decluttering.  I put away some of the Christmas decorations (though not all of them)!  I read a bit. I started three different books!  I wasn't sure which one I would like most so I figured start all of them and see which one I get into more. I have only one week left of winter vacation. I need to get in as much reading as I can this week!  The narratives are still waiting to be finished. I was supposed to have been working on them over the last few days. HA. That SO didn't happen. I've found other ways to occupy my time. Like spend an entire afternoon watching season 5 of How I Met Your Mother. I know, they're in season 7 now. I don't care. I like being behind!  I've got my blog reading down to only about 11 posts.  All the new calendars are up. I have letters that need answering and I must get to those before the end of the week. So much to do, and yet very little desire to get some of those things done (namely my narratives!).  Maybe when the hubs goes to work tomorrow I'll be able to work on them.  I'm much too distracted in our new home than I was at our last place. Oh well. Life goes on and those blasted narratives will eventually get done. They've gotta get done-they're due when I go back to school. :P