Knit Lit

The one where I reflect on 2010

It is done.

This year has brought really good things for me.  It brought me a little understanding about who I am and what I want from life.    It gave me the courage of putting aside a really bad job that made me good money and ask for a really great job that allows me to get by.  While very, very scary, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I now look forward to going to work.  I don’t want to leave at the end of the day.  To me, that is a really good feeling.

This year has brought me closer to my husband and son.  It is nice to settle into a good and easy place.  I’m hoping 2011 will bring me more of the same.

I read on someone’s blog (Dang, I’ve already forgotten where.) that she does not make resolutions.  Instead she has hopes and goals for the year.  I like that.  There is an inherent sense of failure when you use the word ‘resolution.’  Setting goals seems to allow you a sense of positive beginnings.  So, in that thread, I would like to share some hopes I have for 2011.

  1. I want to be more present in this space.
  2. I want to design my own knitwear.
  3. I want to back off from adding to the yarn stash.
  4. I want to finish my Christmas knits early.
  5. I want to grow my sewing skills to include garment making.
  6. I want to be kinder to my body (aka eat better & exercise more).
  7. I want to learn to make bread, by hand and machine.
  8. I want to make a quilt for my bed.
  9. I want to perfect my yogurt making skills.
  10. I want to convert the room downstairs into a true yarn/sewing studio.
  11. I want to journal according to this book.  (I know this one sounds a little odd, but this author makes you feels like your life, whoever you are, is important.

So, that’s it.  Those are my goals for this year.  I hope I will continue to grow in myself as a person.  I hope I will continue to grow in my marriage and as a mother.

I hope you find all you need, whatever that is, to make your life good.  Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Events, Holiday, Random | 1 Comment

The best thing I have seen in a long time.

 

Big baby that I am, I cried.  I love the fact that our Lord is being celebrated in such an everyday place.

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Blessings, Holiday | Leave a 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

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

Friday Fill-ins and Knitting Deadlines

1.    Good times: horseback riding, tickle fights on the couch, stories at bedtime, messes in the kitchen while baking treats, snorkling on the island.

2.    My sanctuary is my home.

3.    Sleigh bells ring incessantly at my house.

4.    People had more respect for other people when I was little.

5.     Once more, there are other people in this world beside you!  Please learn some manners people!

6.    When is this day going to end?

7.    And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up Christmas knitting project 2/5, tomorrow my plans include making Christmas candy and Sunday, I want to finish up Christmas sewing projects 1, 2, 3, & 4!

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Most days at work, I can get my actual work knocked out before lunch.  That leaves the remainder of the day to knit, read, balance my checkbook and pay bills.  I admit that I often wish I had more work to do; however, I’m pretty content listening to my audiobooks and knitting.  Now, in keeping whith my luck in the past few months, I am getting a little behind in my knitting/sewing projects.  I’ve realized that Christmas knitting project #5 will not be the original new pattern I was hoping it would be.  Instead, I will just finish up a project that has been put on hold since October. 

That is fine.  It’s okay.  The real problem is that I’ve been counting on all the knitting time I usually have during the day.  This week, I have only been able to knit at home after work, after I make dinner, after I clean up the house, after I get onto Boy Child for not doing homework in a timely fashion, after nagging Boy Child into the shower, after visiting with Hubby.  Needless to say, this has been a very knitting light week, and I’m behind. 

I am scheduled to finish KP #3 tomorrow.  Technically, it is still possible if I do nothing today and tomorrow but knit.  That, however,  is not goinging to happen.  I am looking at 4 huge stacks of papers that I need to go through, organize and file.  Nope.  There will be no knitting today.  Sigh.  I’m sure everything will be okay.  Santa knits, right?

December 11, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Cooking, Family, Friday Fill-in, Holiday, Knitting, Sewing, Work | 1 Comment

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

Cooking

Keeping in mind that I don’t care to cook, tonight I made:

 

  • Pumpkin fudge for the office
  • Chocolate cake for Hubby
  • One large loaf pumpkin bread – ’cause I had extra pumpkin
  • Two small loaves pumpkin bread- ’cause I had extra pumpkin
  • 24 mini pumpkin muffins- ’cause I had extra pumpkin and no more loaf pans
  • Dinner for the  family – ’cause they get grumpy when they haven’t eaten
  • My first ever pumpkin pie for the office Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow

 

If you like pumpkin, you need to try this recipe.  I have never had better.  Oh.My.Goodness!  I wish I could eat it every single day! Yummy!

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Cooking, Events, Holiday | 2 Comments

My Day at the Spa

Do you remember those papers you had to write in grade school?  You know, the ones where the teacher asks you to write about what you did last summer.  That is kinda how I feel about this post.  This is my report.

My Day at the Spa

I started the day with breakfast, a banana and a bowl of cereal.  In my quirky makes no sense thinking, I had to shower and make sure I shaved.  I just couldn’t abide the technicians having to touch an unshaven leg.   Call me weird, but I do the same thing when I go to the gyno.  Logically, I know they don’t even notice, but I would not be able to relax if I didn’t.  After getting pretty, I drove to Ross Bridge.  I try not to think about the fact that it is only 10 miles from my house.  It felt like I was a million miles away.

I was checked in and immediately taken into the spa.  Immediately to the right there is a quiet room with a whirl pool.  I always forget to bring my suit, so I have never tried it out.  It is nice to sit and listen to the water.  Straight ahead is the sauna which is screened for privacy.  To the left are the  restrooms and showers.  In that area, they provide all the necessities: combs, hair dryers, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, deodorant,  feminine products.  Also to the right are the lockers and changing rooms.  Just beyond the locker room is a holding area where you wait for your services.  They provide snacks, water and tea.  In the past, I have not been too impressed with this area.  However, they have much improved.  They had some of the best fresh fruit I have ever eaten.  I am not usually one for fresh raspberries.  I love their taste, however their texture usually keeps me away.  Not yesterday.  They were so juicy and flavorful, I couldn’t get enough!

After a very short wait, I was taken back for my Southern Comfort scrub.  I did not intend for this treatment to necessarily be relaxing.  I felt I needed it.  It ended up being wonderful.  Kristen was my tech.  She and I ended up chatting the entire time.  We discussed making our own beauty products, life and family.  She was great.  I would not hesitate to recommend both the scrub and the tech.  Afterward, I felt light.  You know how you feel when you get in the pool – almost weightless?  That is how I felt afterward.  I know it sounds odd, but that’s exactly how I felt.  Light.  I guess that isn’t too far off.  Kristen said she removed about three layers of dead skin. (Yuck!)  My intention when I booked this treatment was to start fresh and keep it up at home.  Along that line, she says she uses baking soda once a week.  At the end of the shower, sprinkle the soda on skin, rub in circular motions and rinse well.  I’m sure I will use this technique.  I really, really love how my skin feels.

I scheduled in time for lunch.  My plan was to go into the hotel and eat at one of the restaurants.  I ended up ordering lunch through the spa.   From three sandwiches they offered, I chose the BLT.  It came with chips and a fruit cup, and all of it was packaged in a cute little bag.

2009-06-24 Lunch Bag

I thought it was a nice touch.

After more relaxation and reading, I got my very first Hot Stone Massage.  I’ve always wondered about those.  Every time I see an advertisement or  brochure for a spa, there is always a poto of a client with stones on his/her back.  I was curious.  That is why I put it on my list.  Overall the experience was very pleasently medical not indulgent.  To me and indulgence is pure enjoyment, like chocolate cake or an ice cream sundae.  No one can claim that either has any other purpose other than enjoyment.  I look at a Swedish massage as indulgent.  Very rarely does it do anything but make you feel good.  The hot stone massage is more along the lines of a deep tissue massage.  There was slight pain, but the results were worth it.  Afterward, all the tension was released.  I felt loose.  I felt great!  Karen, the tech, used stones to perform a good portion of the massage.  The best way to describe it was a combo of laying on a heating pad and getting a massage.  Mom, you would love it!  I think anyone who has alot of muscle tension due to job stress or athletic endeavors would really benefit from this type of massage.  I think, in the future, I will stick to the Swedish massage.  However, I am not sorry I tried it.  It has been a long time since I have been this loose.  I wish I could afford to get a massage every week.  That would be great.

After slinking back to the waiting room, I headed over for my mani and pedi.  While I’ve never found the experience to be relaxing (I have very ticklish feet), I adore how my hands and feet feel afterward.

2009-06-24 Pedicure

I have always been a little vain about my feet.  I would always have polish on them and never went about with it chipped.  In the past month, I have kinda let them go.  It was nice to have them back looking good.  I think, like with the scrub, I’m going to use this as a jumping off point to get back into the habit of keeping them looking good.

In another attempt to try new things, I spent a little time in the sauna.  I never really understood it before.  I mean, who would purposely sit in a room that makes you sweat.  It seems a little ironic to pay for that priviledge when all you really have to do in Alabama is step outside.  Surprisingly, it was nice.  It was in a way refreshing.  I wouldn’t mind doing it again.

At that point, I decided I was done.  Seven hours of relaxing was my limit.  I took a shower and hit the road.  Before I left, I picked up the best smelling candle I have ever smelled.

2009-06-24 Candle

When Mom and I went to this spa a couple of years ago, they had one burning in the locker room.  I fell in love with it.  Mom gifted me with one that weekend.  I only burn it on special occasions.  With the trail card, I get a 25% discount on all merchandise.  I decided to pick up another one.  Apparently, they have become more popular, because a Google search came up with several sites.  Before, I could only find one or two.  (Mom, here is a site that looks good.)

After leaving the spa, I decided to have dinner at Cheesecake Factory.  I ended up ordering the Cajun Jambalaya Pasta.

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I ended up getting mine over rice instead of pasta, and it was wonderful.  Supper yum!  I ended the night with a slice of the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle cheesecake.

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I think this is my new favorite desert!  There is no words to describe how wonderful this was, so I’m not even going to try.

Overall, it was a really great day.  I’m not sure how all those women of luxury can spend so much time in spas.  While my day went exactly as planned, I can not see myself doing a full day on a regular basis.  Right now, I seem to make it out there once  a year.  That seems like a reasonable schedule for me.  However, I have to confess again that I would go every week for a massage if I could afford it.  For anyone in the area, I highly recommend Ross Bridge Spa if you are looking for a relaxing and indulgent experience.  No one gets in a hurry.  Everyone speaks in hushed tones.  The lights are kept low.  Everything screams relaxation.  I have been in a couple of other spas.  So far, Ross Bridge is the best.

June 24, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Holiday, Random, Vacation | 3 Comments

Friday Fill-in at the Spa, not the vegetable crisper *

And…here we go! 

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1.   I absolutely adore my home.

2.   My favorite thing for dinner lately has been cereal.

3.   Don’t mess with the big dog! bark! bark! bark!

4.   A nice long walk is the best way to spend the afternoon.

5.   Please, please give me some good news.
 
6.   When all is said and done, I love my yarn, and I don’t care who knows it.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to making some serious headway on my Blue Sahara top, tomorrow my plans include setting passport photos taken and picking out ties for Hubby and Sunday, I want to sew one of the incredible bags from my inspiration patterns! 

 

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Way back in March when I had my birthday, Hubby gave me a gift card to this Spa.  According to my 101 in 1,001 list, I need to have an indulgent day including time at the spa.  Also, it says I need to try a hot stone massage.  Today, I made my plans to kill two birds with one day.  I am so excited, I can barely sit still!  I’m not sure I can wait until the end of the month.  Hubby will be out of town for training.  Boy Child will be at sleep-away camp, and I will be at the spa!  Look at my indulgence day:

 

I start my day with a Southern Comfort Scrub

Smooth and comfortable – that’s how you’ll feel once you restore your skin’s natural glow with this pumice-based exfoliation blended with refreshing geranium and pine essential oils. A hydrating botanical lotion leaves you feeling full of vitality.

 I will then take a break to have lunch.  I’m hoping the restaurant will have the same fried green tomato sandwich with sweet potato fries I had a couple of years ago.  Yum!  I still think about that sandwich. Yum x 2!

After that, I will experience my very first Hot Stone Massage,

Hot Rock therapy involves the use of smooth basalt rocks placed at strategic points of the body or gently used to massage target muscles. Treatment promotes increased blood flow and energy balance. Combined with Hot Rocks and soothing massage to leave you feeling renewed and relaxed.

immediately followed by the “Heeled” pedicure,

Special TLC for overused feet. Your feet will have a life of their own after soaking in a refreshing eucalyptus and tea tree oil bath and a peppermint exfoliating scrub. Your calluses will be gently smoothed away with an intensive 20% lactic acid serum and remedied with a therapy cream. Shins, calves and feet are massaged with a cool mint gel as cuticles are re-hydrated and nails are polished.

and I end with a Simple Pleasures manicure with a paraffin hand dip.

Great googley moogley! I am so blessed!  I have a husband who knows how to pamper me.  I have a job, even though most days it drives me bonkers, that allows me to afford to indulge.  Blessed, I tell you.

 

* Obscure Jeff Dunham reference.

June 5, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Birthday, Events, Friday Fill-in, Holiday, Random, Vacation | 3 Comments

Happy Easter

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April 12, 2009 Posted by | Faith, Holiday | 4 Comments