Knit Lit

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

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

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

I Love Maxine

Let me get this straight……we’re just passed a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it.  To be signed by a president that also hasn’t read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.
What the hell could possibly go wrong?

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Election/Politics, Random | 2 Comments

Our country is filling up with overracting babies

So, apparently the good e-mail gene has been passed to my brother.

SCHOOL — 1958 vs. 2008

Scenario:
Jim goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with
shotgun in gun rack.

1958 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jim’s shotgun, goes to his
car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
 

2008 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jim hauled off to jail
and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized
students and teachers.

Scenario:
Sean and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1958 – Crowd gathers. Sean wins. Mark and Sean shake hands and end up
buddies.

2008 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Mark and Sean. Charge
them with assault, both expelled even though Mark started it.

Scenario:
Bob won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1958 – Bob sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal.
Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2008 – Bob given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for
ADD. School gets extra money from state because Bob has a disability.

Scenario:
Chris breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a
whipping with his belt.

1958 – Chris is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to
college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2008 – Chris’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Chris removed to foster
care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Chris’s sister that she
remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Chris’s mom has
affair with psychologist.

Scenario:
Phil gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1958 – Phil shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2008 – Police called, Phil expelled from school for drug violations. Car
searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario:
Pedro fails high school English.

1958 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2008 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear
nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for
graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system
and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro
given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot
speak English.

Scenario:
Geoff takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a
model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1958 – Ants die.

2008 – BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Geoff charged with domestic
terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home,
computers confiscated, Geoff’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never
allowed to fly again.

Scenario:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is
found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1958 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2008 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny under goes 5 years of therapy.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Random | 3 Comments

Knitter’s Prayer

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Knitters, Random, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Man Shops Globe

 

For anyone who loves ANthropologie, you have to watch this show! It’s so cool!  I want his job!

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Random | 1 Comment

Happy Lists

I have always believed that most often, emotions are a choice.  I think you choose how you react to any given situation.  Yes, yes, I know there are times when we all react without thinking.  However, I will argue that you can change that initial reaction if you really, really want.  It’s  a habit.  You just need to want it bad enough to make the change.  People who quit smoking learn to live without the cigarettes.  I contend that we I can learn to react to stressful situations in a calm and thoughtful manner.

There has been entirely too much negativity in my life lately.  I take responsibility for this. (Note: I do not take responsibility for all the people and their stupid, mean, spiteful behavior.)  I take responsibility for my negative behavior in reacting to people and situations.  Last night, after a very stressful and frustrating day,  I decided that I don’t have very much time with my family; and I refuse to taint that time with a bad attitude.  I strapped on my running shoes and hopped on the treadmill.  I told myself that when I was done, I was not going to be angry anymore.  And, I wasn’t.  I liked how I was able to push all of it aside.

Today, I got to thinking.  I want to be better at seeing the good and beautiful things before I see the bad and negative.  So, in that spirit, I want to share some of the beautiful and happy things I’ve seen today.

  • A friend’s laugh at lunch.
  • The yellow and green tree reflected in my office building’s windows.
  • The shadow of a cloud on the hills.
  • A quick rainbow that appears in the water splashing up from the road as the car in front of me drives through a puddle.
  • The golden leaves that swirl around as the wind blows.
  • iPod Touch – ’nuff said.
  • Internet shopping.
  • Fuji Apple Chicken Salad.
  • Friends on dvd.
  • The theme song to Scrubs.

 

    November 11, 2009 Posted by | Blessings, Family, Gripes, Random | 2 Comments

    Rhinebeck, Part 3

    Part 1

    Part 2

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    Sunday was soooo much better than Saturday! I’m not sure if it was the weather or the normal course of things, but there was hardly anyone there!

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    After we were finished, we went to eat downtown.

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    We walked around and found this cool paper store.

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    We also found the Beekman Arms, where we will probably be staying next year.  The Quality Inn was B.A.D.  Take a look:

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    Those are the keys to all the rooms we were shuffled into during our 3 night stay.   We checked into room 219 Friday night.  After we had unpacked our clothes and gotten ready for bed, Mrs S discovered there was no hot water in the sink.  After several minutes of running, it still felt like ice.  Deciding this was not too terrible a problem, we decided to use the tub instead.  It was then we discovered the tub did not drain – at all.  There was 2″ of standing water.  Needless to say, we had to move.  The front desk quickly brought us the keys to room 210. 

    We stayed in room 210 Friday night and Saturday night.  Though, the shower was a little on the chilly side.  Sunday morning, Mom was in the shower and the water completely shut off!  I called the front desk and asked that they check our room.  When we returned from the festival Sunday evening, we got a call from the front desk.  They said our toilet was leaking into the room below us.  They said we needed to move to another room.  Now, this was not such a big deal; however, they did not offer to compensate us for all the trouble.  We had to ask.  They acted like it was no big deal.

    Once again, we moved.  Now in room 212, we began unpacking, again.  The room felt very chilly and a little loud.  After a few minutes, I asked if the window was open.  Mom & Mrs S thought  not, but I asked them to check anyway.  Sure enough, not only was the window open, the latch was broken and would not close.  Now, the temp was dipping into the 30s, and we were only on the 2nd story. 

    We finally ended up in room 213 late Sunday night.  Yes, they finally did compensate us; however, I think next year a B&B is in our itinerary.  There is no way I will risk another experience like this one again.

    Tomorrow: WEBS and stash addition

     

     

     

    November 5, 2009 Posted by | Events, Family, Friends, Knitters, Knitting, Random, Stash, Vacation | 3 Comments

    I wanna be a superhero

    2009-09-28 belt

    This is my superhero belt!  When I wear it, it will only give up the moola I’ve budgeted for our trip to Rhinebeck.  It will draw me to only the most delicious and scrumptious yarns.  It will block the lust for player yarn*.  It will send out signals to fun interesting knitters to come visit.  It will clear out the lines and rudeness.  It is my superhero belt.  Now, all I need is an outfit to match.

    * Player yarn is yarn that talks a sweet talk until you succumb to its charms and bring it home.  In the cruel light of morning, you wonder what in the world you saw in it.

    September 28, 2009 Posted by | Knitting, Random, Uncategorized | 3 Comments