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Random List Tuesday

Just popping in to share a few things:

1.  The Bakery Story app on my iPod is my new obsession.  I can’t stop playing it! It has gotten so bad that I go to sleep worrying if I’ve made enough food to keep my shop going while I sleep.  I even worry I won’t wake up in time to take my baked goods out of the oven.  Sad but true.

2.  I buy way too many clothes that need to be ironed.  Note to self, buy more knits.

3.  Boys are not naturally clean creatures.  5 garbage bags full of trash, 3 full of old clothes and 6 hours tell me this.

4.  I think I’m listening to too may audio books.  It now feels odd when someone is not talking in my ear at all times.

5.  I’m in a major transition period with my knitting.  I keep starting things but can’t seem to finish anything.

6.  I started Weight Watchers.  I’m having so much fun “shopping” for good stuff to eat and reminding my body that fruits and veggies are really good.  Hopefully by the end of the school year I’ll be able to take Boy Child to the pool in actual swimwear instead of shorts and a tank top.

7.  We’ve gotten a bunch of new things in at the shop, and I’m having real trouble restraining myself. (see #5)

8.  Boy Child has a new “grown up” bed and needs a new quilt.  He has requested that I make him one.  So, I will embark on my first queen size quilt.  Hopefully no one will get hurt in the process.

9.  I love doing laundry but hate putting it away.  What’s up with that? I also like vacuuming, but hate sweeping.  And, I love to mop but only with my steam mop. (I know that sounds crazy, but I’m okay with that.)

10.  I’m getting my very own room for my yarn and my sewing!  I’m so excited.  When I’m not thinking about my bakery (see #1), I’m thinking about how I want to set up my new space.  Yea!

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March 22, 2011 Posted by | Boy Child, Random | 1 Comment

A New Start

Today was the first work day in 11 years that I didn’t have a job to go to.  If you don’t count that 6 months right after Boy Child was born, it has been 17 years.  That’s right, Friday was my last day at my job.  I won’t go into details, but it was the main reason I haven’t been in this space for awhile.  This job was not the right place for me.  It hasn’t been for 3 years, but I attempted to stick it out.  Once I realized it was taking a tole not only on my family but my health as well, I bailed.

 

I’m not sure where my path will lead, but I am excited for the journey.  I can’t wait to spend more time with Boy Child before he grows up.  I know I’ll be working a little bit at my LYS.  (I can’t wait to start that one.) I’ll be able to keep the house work under control and growing my sewing and knitting skills.  I want to like to cook, so I also want to use this time to learn to enjoy it.  I want to finally conquer the bread making skill.

 

I also want to be able to come back and spend more time in this space.  I’ve finished a bunch of projects.  I’ll give you a sneak peak tomorrow.  Also, I’m headed to SAFF on Thursday.  So, even though I don’t have an outside job, I’m busier than ever.

 

October 18, 2010 Posted by | Blessings, Boy Child, Family | 1 Comment

I’m Pooped!

So, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Thursday:

  • Left work early to register Boy Child for school.
  • Stood in never ending lines.
  • Found out Boy Child’s vaccinations are not up to date even though I was told they were.
  • Rolled my eyes at the PTO fees.  (What is the PTO for anyway? I’ve never seen them do anything useful, and now I have to pay them to do nothing?!?!)
  • Stunned at what the PTO was charging for school supplies.
  • Bypassed the madness & decided to buy supplies somewhere else.

Friday:

  • Took day off work to participate in the tax-free shopping while everyone else was at work.
  • Left house @ 9 am
  • Went to Target for school supplies
  • Went to JC Penny for shoes.  Boy Child did not like any of them.
  • Went to Wal-mart for remainder of school supplies.  (If you haven’t tried Sharpie pens, do it.  They are so cool.)
  • Took a break for lunch.
  • Went to Old Navy for jeans & clothes for Boy Child.
  • Went to Books-a-Million for school books.
  • Stopped at second Wal-mart to pick up what first one did not have.
  • Dropped Hubby off at home.
  • Went to the mall.
  • Made returns at the Gap.
  • Boy Child had a minor meltdown.
  • Went to Macy’s for a backpack.
  • Boy Child’s meltdown continued.
  • Boy Child apologizes for bad behavior.
  • Stop in at J. Crew for me.
  • Go to second JC Penney to to check out selection of shoes.  Boy Child did not like any of them.
  • Stop in at Banana Republic for me.
  • Grab a drink at Starbucks.
  • Go to Joanne fabrics to get buttons for recently completed cardigans.
  • Go to Band Try-outs – 4:30 pm
  • Listen to 40 children who’ve never played anything, try out 9 instruments – tuba, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, drums, ect.
  • Get a pounding headache.
  • 7:30 pm – leave school & try-outs
  • Eat dinner.
  • Get home about 8 pm.
  • Fall on couch & get into bed at some point in the night.

Saturday:

  • Do a little sleep in.
  • Get a call from band director about instrument Boy Child will be playing.
  • Go to Bailey Brother’s music.  They have no more of the required brand available for rent.
  • Go to Art’s Music.  Discover that they run your credit in order to rent for $78 a month. The were willing to sell me a used on for …. $1,168.
  • Go to second Target & pick up a few things for me.
  • Take  a break for lunch.
  • Boy Child eats a cinnamon roll the size of his head.
  • Go to second Gap.  Pick up a few things for me & Boy Child.
  • Go to Anthropologie. (Boy Child vegged out playing on the iPod.)
  • Stop at the grocery store for a few necessities.
  • Cooked dinner.
  • Scoured internet for a used instrument.

Sunday:

  • Got up early for church.  Started new volunteer usher post.
  • Come home.
  • More internet research for instruments.
  • Took a nap.
  • Back to church for knitting group.
  • Watch a little Gilmore Girls.
  • Sleep.

Monday:

  • Wake up 1 1/2 hours early.
  • Take Boy Child to doctor for required vaccination.
  • Go back to work.
  • Catch up on e-mails & work from taking the day off Friday.
  • Take Boy Child to lunch.
  • Get irritated by the people who choose to sit right next to us when there are dozens of other tables available.
  • Go to Wal-mart for oil to counter act the squeak in my ball winder.
  • Almost get hit by a little old lady who (I’m hoping) did not see me.
  • Deal with horrible petty people at work.
  • Stay late at work because I came in late.
  • Come home.
  • Finally decide on an instrument for sale on eBay.
  • Buy instrument for a fraction of what the music store wanted.
  • Think about how long it has been since I’ve posted.
  • Write this post.

Pooped! Pooped I tell you!

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Boy Child, clothes, Holiday, Random, shopping, Vacation | 2 Comments

Love, Socks & Bread

Okay. So I’ve been a bad little knitblogger.  I’m sorry.  It seems like I can’t keep my life organized lately.  All that mental energy needs to be devoted to work.  That is all I can manage.  As penance, I’ll try to catch you guys up on things that have been going on lately.

 

Do you remember making Valentine’s mail boxes in grade school.  You know, the ones you set on your desk and watched like a hawk hoping that guy would put a card in it?  ‘Cause if he did, you were like “going out.”  Remember?  Well, Boy Child needed to make one for his class’ party, and Hubby decided it would be a great family project.

 

It was so much fun!  I’d forgotten how much I enjoy making school projects.

 

I finished Grandmamma’s very first pair of hand knit socks.

 

I finally took photos of them, and mailed them off.  I received a call from her the other day. She loves them, and I couldn’t be more happy!

 

I finally broke down and bought myself a bread maker.  I wanted to try all the goodies out, so I made the basic recipe that comes with the instruction book.

 

It came out well.  Too bad we don’t eat white bread.  My luck since then has not been great.  I’ve made attempted to make whole wheat bread three times.  It did not go so well.  I was so upset I didn’t even take a picture.  I did make cinnamon swirl bread.  Boy child loved it & gobbled up two whole loaves.  Hubby spit his out.  Sigh.  I’m starting to wonder if I made a mistake.  I’m going to give it a couple more tries using recipes from this book.  I’m hoping it is just user error.  I love the smell and taste of fresh baked bread.  I also want to save a few $$ and I like knowing what is going into my food.

 

Much more to come … later.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Books, Boy Child, Cooking, Events, Family, Finished, Knitting | 3 Comments

Merry Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

Twelve yummy tea bags,

Eleven hours baking,

Ten cookie tins,

Nine family visits,

Eight gifty cards,

Seven books to read,

Six leafy buttons,

Five Harry Potters,

Four hand made gifts,

Three rubber duckies,

Two hand knit sweaters,

And a baby who saved us all.

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Blessings, Boy Child, Cooking, Events, Fabric, Faith, Family, Finished, Holiday, Knitting, Sewing, Yarn | 4 Comments

Thanksgiving Holidays, an Itenerary

Thanksgiving Day

7:30 am – get up and get ready for trip

9:00 am – travel to North Carolina & grandparent’s house. amazed at how well Boy Child travels.

3:30 pm – arrive & visit with family

6:00 pm – dinner – Yum!

8:00 pm – look at Black Friday ads

11:05 pm – Toys-R-Us opens at midnight & decide to go ahead & go to the store in Ashville, NC. leave Boy Child sleeping with Papa B, Nana, Aunt S & Uncle R. (lucky ducks!)

11:45 pm – reach Toys-R-Us and see a line of about 300 people. decide it is not worth it. drive to Toys-R-Us in Greenville, SC (@ 45 min away) thinking that by the time we arrive, there would be no line.

Friday

12:30 am – arrive @ Toys-R-Us in Greenville, SC & find a line of 600-700 people.

12:32 am – decide there is no way we are waiting in that line & go off to find the other stores on our list.

12:40 am – find Target. see people already lined up even though the store does not open until 5:00 am. astounded that people have set up tents in front of store. leave immediately.

12:50 am – go back to Toys-R-Us to check out the line. decide to wait in the car where it is warm. amazed by the orderly people who live in Greenville. ponder that there would be no way on Earth that this type of orderliness would happen in Birmingham. watch in fascination at both the store employees & customers.

3:00 am – make it inside store.

3:15 am – realize there is a second line to electronics, right where we need to be.

4:30 am – finally find & purchase Christmas gifts

4:50 am – arrive back @ Target. line is longer, but does not rival Toys-R-Us.

4:55 am – decided to go next door to Academy Sports first.

5:10 am – realize Academy does not have it all together in the staffing department. go back to Target.

5:15 am –  get into store & find our gifts. debate whether we want to stand in the checkout line which extends all the way from the front of the store and winds around the back of the store. discover people working in jewelry. cut our check out waiting time by about 1 1/2 hours.

5:45 am –  go back to Academy. realize they still don’t have it together.

5:50 am – decide to skip other stores on our list. exhaustion setting in.

6:00 am – grab breakfast before driving back.

6:30 am – head back to grandparent’s house.

7:30 am – fall into bed.

2:00 pm– wake up. get dressed. still sleepy.

3:00 pm – have lunch/dinner. more shopping. hit LYS & bought gorgeous lace yarn in autumn reds, greens and golds.

some time after that, visit with the family. watch a movie. go to bed late. (It’s all a little blurry.)

Saturday

10:30 am – wake up.

11:15 am –  have lunch. more shopping. pick up Hubby his present (he needed to try on first). have milk shakes.

3:00 pm – pack up stuff. drive to aunt’s house. visit with family. Boy Child goes fishing in the pond. have dinner with family. try to convince Boy Child the pork roast is really turkey. fail. aunt pulls out left over turkey for him to eat.

7:00 pm – roast marshmallows over a bon fire. Boy Child has more fun throwing things into fire that making s’mores.

8:00 pm – drive home.

Sunday

12:00 am – arrive home. fall into bed asleep while Hubby unpacks car. (Sorry for sticking you with all the work, baby. You are a good man.)

9:00 am – wake up. put up & decorate Christmas tree. put up remaining decorations. impressed by Boy Child’s initiative in putting up decorations. clean house. do laundry. watch tv. go to Hancock Fabrics & pick up $1 patterns. go grocery shopping. have dinner. laugh & general merriment with Hubby & Boy Child.

9:00 pm – put Boy Child to bed

fall asleep some time, can’t really remember.

Monday

7:45 am – drop off Boy Child @ school. forget how awful it is to drive car pool in the rain.

8:30 am – reminded about the sheer amount of work that waits for me after a holiday. work like a fool.

12:30 pm – go to Panera Bread for Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. am calmed by the meal & time away from work.

1:30 pm – contemplate not going back to work. go back anyway. work some more.

4:45 pm – awsome friend (that’s you Suzanne) picks up a knitting book for me that is on sale @ her LYS. am cheered.

5:00 pm – leave work. think about going to the grocery store for forgotten items. decide I’m too tired. go home. laugh with Hubby. watch tv.  finish Christmas knit on time. start another project. hope that the big project that’s almost finished but can’t travel with gets done soon. according to my schedule, it’s late.

11:00 pm – finally go to bed after all the caffeine that kept me awake all day has finally run its course.

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Boy Child, Events, Family, Finished, Holiday, Knitting, Vacation, Work | 3 Comments

The Good, The Bad, and The Rest

The Good

I am kicking along on my Trina cardigan.  I’m using the yarn I used on my first Lady February sweater attempt.  It is such a lovely green.  I’m happy I found a pattern I will complete.  I have finished the body section.  I am almost finished with the first sleeve.  Once I finish the second, I will attach them all and finish up the yoke.  I am using the frogged yarn on the sleeves and am finding my stitches uneven.  I know this is due to the fact that I let the yarn sit in a half finished sweater for an entire year without rehanking.  I also know I should have washed and dried it first, but I’m way too impatient for that.  I’m hoping it will smooth out in the final block.  It’s 100% wool, so I’m not worried.

The Bad

I really dislike dealing with any corporate institution.  Whenever you call the 1-800 number, you are generally speaking with someone with no power who handles people’s complaints all day long.  Even when you are nice and polite, rarely do they seem to work up the energy to even pretend like they care about your problem.  I found a charge on my account that should not be there. I called customer service twice.  Neither person I talked with was very helpful with their suggestions.  They advised me they could not really do anything for me until tomorrow.  Now, I know I could have pushed and asked for a manager; but honestly, I really don’t feel like dealing with the hassle.  I think I’ll give them until tomorrow and call back.  I have followed their “suggestion,” and they will fix it by tomorrow.  End of story.

I will impart some free advice about your money.  I have experience researching stolen credit cards, check cards, debit cards and checks.  I have picked up some ways to keep your money safer.  Note, I did not say completely safe.  I believe these things will cut down your risk; however, there is always a chance something will happen.  Also, if for some reason someone does gets access to your cards/checks, it may cut down on the time it takes to straighten everything out.

1.     If you use checks, only put your first and last name on your check.  However, when you sign, sign with the initial.  For Example:

blank-check

The thief looks at the name on the check to determine how he/she should sign it.  If there is no indication of an initial, they leave it out.  Or, if you normally sign without an initial, place one on your check.  This allows you and your bank to distinguish quickly the difference in signatures.

2.     Do not make online purchases with your debit card.  This leaves you open for a thief to wipe out your account.  There is more protection with a credit card.  Most banks carry a credit card’s emblem on check cards and claim the same protection; but I would rather be safe than sorry.

Right now, I have an unauthorized charge on my account.  When the customer service rep suggested I may have made an online purchase, I was able to quickly tell him my check card is not used for online purchases.  Period.  I always use a credit card.

3.   Check your accounts frequently.  Keep up with what is going on with your money.

Even with any and all precautions, things happen.  People make mistakes.  It is understandable.  The frustration comes with having to deal with so much red tape to get it fixed.  Sigh.

The Belated

I totally admit that I have been a lame friend.  Mrs. S came into town last Saturday.  All of last week, I failed to blog about how wonderful our visit was.  We went to several yarn shops.  Mrs. S gifted me with a hank of Laural in color way Catherine the Great.   I think it is destined to become a beautiful summer shawl.  I have not found the perfect one yet, but I’m sure it is out there somewhere.  We went clothes shopping and had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  Both are extra special to me because I LOVE both and rarely have anyone to share them.  It was a full exciting day and I can not adequately describe how exciting it is to find a friend you can have so much fun with.  Oh! And she gave me a hand knit sweater, too!  I couldn’t believe it.  She knit a lovely linen sweater for herself.  She brought it over to show it off.  When it ended up looking better on me, she said take it!  Yum!  I wore it the next day to church. Love! Unfortunately, temperatures have surpassed 90º F, so sweaters were put away for awhile. Thanks Mrs. S!

The Best

I ordered myself a brand new sewing machine this weekend.  I decided on the Brother CS-6000i. Thanks to credit card rewards points and Amazon’s free shipping, I was able to get it for $19.95!  I could not believe it!  I am so excited I can’t stand it.  It has the ability for free hand quilting.  This is something I have wanted to try it for weeks, but my current machine can’t handle it.  I want to sew something in the worst way!  My plan was to hank quilt my first quilt for the decorative stitching on the back.  I think I may try to use the free hand leg to outline the patterns.  I hope it will work because knitting has taken over my time.

The Relief

I ran into my LYS this Saturday.  We were nearby having lunch, so I decided to pop in.  I picked up a pair of needles I needed for the sleeves of my Trina cardigan.  I also picked up a pattern that will allow me to reclaim my yarn from the tragic London Calling jacket.  If you remember, I was getting 11.5 sts per 4”.  Well, it has been difficult to find an attractive pattern that fits that gauge.  While the one I found is not perfect, it is close enough that I snatched it up right quick.

sidecar_jacket_detail

Ta dah!  The Sidecar Jacket from Spud and Chloe!  This will be cast on soon.  Since Trina is knitting up so quickly, I think I can squeeze Sidecar out by the end of August.  I will finish up my lingering Sweet Pea jacket, and I will be ahead of the game.  I may attempt the Uptown/Downtown jacket before Rhinebeck; but now that school is starting, I hear the call of Christmas knits.

The Tiring

Our state has a tax free weekend right before school starts every year.  This allows parents to purchase clothing, books and school supplies without paying sales tax.  Let me tell you!  It is tiring to be out in the Alabama summer heat with thousands of other people buying stuff.  Boy Child was a trouper, though.  He tried on endless pants, jeans, shirts and shoes without complaint.  He even let me peruse stuff for myself.   We had lunch together.  Over all it was a great time.  I can’t get over how much I enjoy his company.  He really is growing up and can hold interesting, funny and intelligent conversations.  I had the best time!  Though I will admit he faired better than his mom.  I was pooped after day one, not to mention day two!  Luckily, Hubby did not get called away for day two, so we had some company.

The Internets

These are things I have seen/read/found in the past couple of days that I think are cool/neat/amazing.

1.     From Glenna How awesome is it to meet someone who invented something so prevalent in your life?!?  No words!

2.     Congratulations Stefanie!

3.    I’ve been wearing Alima Pure mineral make-up for about 6 months now.  I can’t tell you how much I love it. You should try it.  They let you order small samples, so there is no big investment if it doesn’t work out.  As much as I wanted to love BareMinerals, they irritated my skin.  This foundation does not.  I also believe it is a factor in the clearing of my skin.

4.     I really want to see this movie.

5.    I found a GREAT quilt binding tutorial.   I seriously can not wait to try this one with my new machine.

6.    Brooklyn Tweed has a new book.  While I normally love everything he does, I wasn’t feeling anything in this one.  Except for the lace. I really like the lace.

The End

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Bloggers, Boy Child, Friends, Knitters, Knitting, Sewing, Yarn | 3 Comments

Birthday weekend

Sunday was Boy child’s 10th birthday!  I can not believe it was ten years ago that he was born.  I remember that day so clearly.  It feels like it was yesterday.  Not that it is a surprise to anyone who knows him, but I must say that he is the best child a mother could ever ask for.  He is super smart, talented, focused, sweet, engaging, easygoing, thoughtful, polite, and funny.  Honestly, I could go on for days about how wonderful my kid is, but everyone knows this!  Since I have been planning his celebration, I began to take a look back at his life, and I realized for the first time that he is a real live person.  I know that sounds a bit odd.  But, if you think about it, we really don’t start to think of people as people until they are grown up.  You have to take care of babies and children.  It’s hard to think of children as being their own person until they can begin to take care of themselves.  That is were I am.  Boy Child is his own person, and I love him more than I can say.

 

We celebrated on Saturday by taking Boy Child and 11 of his cousins and friends to play laser tag.  They had a blast.  We had pizza and cupcakes.  The kids played arcade games in between laser tag games.  After that, we went back home were we had a family party.  My baby brother has the same birthday as Boy Child, so the family usually gathers to celebrate.  It has been a couple of years since my grandparents have been able to come over.  They are missionaries that spend most of the year in Pakistan.  They always bring gifts back.  The vest, seen here, was a gift.  Looks good, no?  Even Boy Child got one of his very own.

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We had homemade tacos with homemade salsa.   I played with my two-year-old nephew all day and had a blast!  Mom made two cakes for the birthday boys.

  

 2009-07-27 Dragon cake

 Boy Child’s cake.

 

 2009-07-27 Brother Cake

 Baby Brother’s cake.

  

 

Yesterday was Hubby’s graduation.  It was nice.  I did discover, too late to fix it, that my beautiful dress was a little on the short side.  Sigh.  It’s not uncomfortable, but it is shorter than anything I’ve worn since Kendall was born.  It is lovelier in person than it is in the photo. I would highly recommend this dress to anyone.  We also celebrated my MIL’s birthday, which, as it happens, is the same day as Boy Child and Baby Brother.  We went out to eat.  It was nice except for Hoky Poky the clown blasting fake pop music and dancing around.  Shudder.

 

 

I’ve received my new Vogue Knitting in the mail.  I was not impressed with any of the sweater patterns.  Again, it feels like the designers fail to realize that models and those just as thin make up a very small portion of the population.  Cables running up the middle of the front of a pullover and big bobbles are not the most flattering items on less than perfect bodies.  There were a few hat patterns that are cute, though.

 

The preview of Interweave Knits is also up.  The patterns are not quite as bad as Vogue, but most are not to my taste.  The Everyday Wrap is awesome, though.  I think it is going to get knit very soon.  I also like Rosamund’s Cardigan, though I would make it long sleeve.

 

In my knitting news, I finished the back and the left side of my Ursa cardigan before I decided that I didn’t really like it.  I’ve decided to frog it and find another better suited pattern.  This seriously puts me behind on my 12 sweaters in 12 months goal.  I think I see chunky knits in my future. 

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Birthday, Boy Child, Family, Knitting, Magazines | 1 Comment

Busy

  • Parents, grandparents, siblings coming into town for Boy Child’s 10th birthday
  • Cleaning entire house for the visit
  • Grocery shopping for the visit
  • Buying present for Boy Child
  • Knitting for Rhinebeck trip
  • Hubby graduating next week
  • Shopping for a suitable dress
  • Not finding a dress that fits
  • Hating department stores for finding the exact lighting and color combo that makes women feel like they are the ugliest creatures on Earth
  • Knowing this is not true, but feeling it anyway
  • Leaving 10 different stores in one week without a dress
  • Plan to sew own dress instead
  • Buy beautiful linen fabric and pattern
  • Realize I have 5 people coming to stay at the house this weekend + 5 more to visit + a party with a minimum of 20-30 people attending = no time to sew
  • Realize I need to sew dress before this weekend
  • Realize this all takes place AFTER 8 hours of frustration at work
  • Wonder what what my boys will do when I have a complete breakdown
  • Wish you all a happy Tuesday

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Birthday, Boy Child, Events, Fabric, Family, Gripes, Knitting, Random, Sewing, Work | 1 Comment

11,000 words

2009-07-15 desk phone

2009-07-15 ron and harry-ron socks
2009-07-15 movie theater

2009-07-15 Ron Socks 1

2009-07-15 Harry-Ron Socks 1

2009-07-15 movie poster

2009-07-15 may wrap

2009-07-15 desk

2009-07-15 copy machine

2009-07-15 mail machine

2009-07-15 relaxing

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Boy Child, Events, Family, Knitting, Movies, Uncategorized, Work, Yarn | 3 Comments