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4/9/05 Saturday Update|
|It arrived safe and sound so I can now present the secret project I was working on for my cousin. I hope it will bring her love from a cousin who loves her dearly. It was a fun project and went quicker than I expected. I'm super glad it arrived - it worries me to ship a completed project with a chance of it not arriving.
No g. saling for me this morning :-( I had to be back on campus for honors day since middle child was being honored for her GPA accomplishments. It was a nice program but I'm sure glad they didn't include all the colleges nor read all the names of the honorees. We hit the luscious mexican restaurant for lunch.
Off to do laundry and clean house. I've got beans and carne guisada cooking away. Life is good.
Finished sock #1 - I finished up the toe and had to wait to get home to grab a needle to do the kitchener stitch dance. It fits beautifully and I'm very pleased with it. DS & DD were impressed with it. DS said, "What do you mean making something for yourself?"
Here is a pic of some of the goodies I found at the antique store that DH & I visited Monday after work. 1) Floral Doilies copyright 1949, 2) Here is the one that I think every knitter should own: The Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches ISBN#02890618844, 3) Anyone interested in sampler 'ghans like me? This is a good one: Leisure Arts 932 - 60 Easy-To-Knit Pattern Stitches Combine to Create Sampler Afghans ISBN#028906009323, 4) Cute kit - I'm so into laundry room items and couldn't pass up this $4 bargain. I may make it into a wall hanging instead of a pillow: Homespun Tole 'n Accents by Bernat - Wash Day #95-1703-00, 5) Hearthside Designs Rabbit with Tulip - a pretty bunny rabbit with tulips ----tulips are one of my favorite flowers and the bunny is a bonus for me. The kit even comes with the mat which has a cool shape to it.
I was surprised by how much I accomplished last night. The plan was to get home and clean GB's room and put away the towels that didn't get put away over the weekend. I left work 45 minutes early since I had to run to parking and transportation for the office. I ended up cancelling the wrong parking tag so after picking up DS from school, I had to head back to campus to make an exchange of hang tags. Grrr..... that put me home at 7 p.m. I had planned on dropping off the postcard printing disk at Kinko's but I put that off to today. Thank the Good Lord for DH - he had supper ready for all of us. I knocked out the cleaning/putting away and then sat down with the kitchener fun. I also helped DS with studying for his Spanish test. I am attempting to start keeping up with housework during the week instead of donating every weekend to the cause. Tonight is go through paperwork night after dropping off postcard order and working out. I guess it won't end until I'm taking the big dirt nap.
|4/5/05 Tuesday Update|
I meant to update Friday and then again yesterday....busy, busy, busy. I did zippo on the sock last night when I had hoped to finish sock #1. I still plug away at it during breaks and lunch so should be off the needles soon. I love the patterning of this yarn. The top of the cuff is nice and stretchy - I think this will be the best pair I have ever made. Practice makes perfect.
Check out this cool 1917 crochet book I picked up from the thrift store on Saturday. After DSIL and I hit all the g. sales we ended up near the thrift store and I just couldn't help myself. This one is in such great condition and is a cherished addition to my collection. I added to my collection again yesterday. Before DH & I visited with the big box IRS sidekicks, we met up at the antique store which is in the same shopping center. We'd never been to this one because the time we tried - they were closed. What fun! I thought it would be a large room but it is 2 large rooms. I hurried through the store and we still spent $100. DH found the coolest wrought iron gate for the house which accounts for half the hundred - yeah, I'm guilty for the remainder. I found doilies, an embroidered dresser scarf, knitting/crochet books, x-stitch kit, pillow kit, a bunny made from an old quilt....several other little things. I really enjoyed that trip and also enjoyed looking at everything once we got home. The good news? IRS owes us $ from 2004 ----- first time in I don't know how long. Bad news? We still owe IRS from the audit that nearly killed me so they'll be keeping the refund. Now, how crappy is that?
I will take a pic of one or two of the books I picked up yesterday....one shows tons of knit stitches - in color! I was thrilled with the find.
Back to work - loads to take care of.
|Here's the NETA Sock - I just love the patterning of this yarn. I worked on it a little last night. I wanted to finish up Ruthie's gift but I CANNOT see when I'm at home. This will be finished today and if I get time to put her package together, all her things will ship out tomorrow.
Not sure what is up with me. I was awake for an hour last night. I got up, stripped off everything and got back into the bed. I could not get cooled off. I hate being hot and not able to sleep.
I guess today's blog will be short and sweet cuz I got nuttin' else to say.
|Back at it....I really wonder what DH thinks when he reaches over and finds me without my shirt. When I get too hot while I'm sleeping, I strip. I rarely remember doing it either. Don't make me hot!
I did a lot of cleaning on my office this weekend. It looks and feels better. I put together more projects - yarn, pattern and needles - into a bag. The bags hang on the wall behind the door and I can grab what I'm in the mood to do. You can check out the list shown about call "WannaBes." They are marinating and hoping I think them worthy to grab. I'm currently working on:
1) Bain Bag - I have the front finished and althought that constitutes half....I always leave 5% for finishing up. I moved the Firecracker Tank down to zero because I'm going to frog and possibly crochet the tank. We shall see. I may look into Knitter's Stash Tank and see if I have enough yarn for that pattern in a smaller size. The one that I have in pink cotton is the one I need to frog. I don't like it in the heavy cotton + it is way too big for me.
I am more than 1/2 way through Ruthie's project and much closer to finished than I give credit.
NETA sox - I have 6" of the required 8" for the cuff. Getting there and I'm liking how it looks. I need to take a pic and post for your viewing pleasure.
I have a big stack of sewing that I need to do. I found a crap load of cotton that can be used for Bain Bags. I have yarn in purple, white and pink.
Got me a sweet Thank You from Betty for the Sharon Tigers Scarf...telling me how talented I am. What a sweety.
Easter went well - I think we had 11 people show up. The little guys were the ones who won the most $ out of the eggs - worked the way it was supposed to and it was totally random.
I need to pull all the tax info and drop it off to see what we owe...yet again. I'm thinking of using a CPA instead of H&R - I'm really tired of paying every year.
Had a great time at Cirque de Soleil DH enjoyed it and I'm glad we went after all. It always makes you wonder if it is going to be worth $75/ticket. We went out to eat at Posados and then headed over there for the show. It was a nice date nite. Yes, I did wear my "faux mink shawl." It kept me warm and I felt good in it. All that matters! I was glad I made it.
Guess that is it for now.
3/24/05 Thursday....almost Friday|
|Yeah, I'll have a crapload of catching up to do and my weekend is already busy as h-e-double toothpicks. I probably should start laundry tonight. Saturday night is Varekai at 8 and I'm hoping to soak DH for dinner, too. Then we'll have Easter at our house - I guess I need to go and buy goodies for J & GB to "win" at their egg hunt.
I was dragging azz last night - I even left work an hour early. I lounged on the couch until DS arrived. We bought our tickets for our trip up north! I always feel weird once I do that. I don't know why - I always have regret feelings. I did last night but this morning I woke up excited. I think it'll be a great time plus it gives us 7 solid days of hanging out in the 'hood. I think it'll be good for me. DS & I are going to start our lists of what we want to do/see while we're there.
I worked on the NETA sock a little yesterday - mostly in between testings. Then I tried to work on it last night and I've learned (and should realize) that I can't work on something that requires even a little bit of paying attention. I frogged two needles three times before I put it away. This morning when I picked it up....no problem figuring out where I was. It is amazing what a little rest will do for you.
Seriously contemplating the move to Greensboro, NC or the old 'hood. I'll probably need to be there 18 months to 2 years. I need to seriously consider if it something I can do - I guess I'd need to move my home office to the new place so I can stay out of trouble by working on my knitting/crocheting/sewing. Imagine what I could knock out with all that evening time on my hands. We'll see what shakes out - I'm hoping that I have to decide which job I want and where I want to move to. Both have their pros/cons.
Man, nailed me some sleep last night. DH & I were in the bed by 9. I read some and then crashed. Of course, I woke up around 2:30 and laid awake for about an hour. Not sure if it was cuz I forgot to take off the patch or just a lot running through my mind. I was laying there wondering about my tests but they said they would've called me yesterday if anything was emergency type. Just hoping to slide through and get told that I'm healthy as a horse. I can't tell you how many times yesterday that I was told "for a person your age." You know, I really hate that statement. A person "this age" is going to slap the back of the head of a person "your age."
DC Tracy e-mailed me all excited about the reunion we're planning. She's willing to help and has tears in her eyes thinking about the get together. It'll be so fun.
Guess that is all I've got.
3/23/05 I lived through it....|
|Okay....I'm still here. I had all that nuclear/radiation shot through the bloodstream and I'm still around to tell about it. Not too bad really. Hardest part was not having coffee first thing out of bed. I didn't get coffee until 10:30. Couldn't wear the no-smoking patch either. They bring you in the room and talk about the same crap the doctor already went over - asking you the same questions the doctor already asked. Then I got a permanent IV in the elbow crease and a shot of radiation. Then they sat me in the waiting room and told me to drink 2-3 glasses of water and make sure I pee to move it through the system. About a half hour later he took me in the room and had me lie on the table for 15 minutes - very still, with arms over your head. Back out the waiting room and then into the treadmill room where a lady hooks up eletrodes all over your chest. They keep increasing the treadmill speed and you have to let them know when you think you only have another minute left in you. That makes me paranoid so I probably warned him too early but hey - I don't think I need to wear completely out. I got the heart rate up to where they wanted and I walked it for 7 minutes. The one minute warning is so he can shoot another load of radiation into me. After the test they sat me in the waiting room and told me to eat, drink and be merry. I heated up my "fatty" breakfast they had me bring + my coffee and then I snaked one of their large cans of grape juice. Yeah, been peeing like a wild woman. Then you go back into the room and have to lie still for 12 minutes while the machine takes pictures of your heart again. It kind of makes sense to me - they want to see where the dye goes when my heart isn't working hard and compare it to when the heart is pumping away. I'll get the results back next Wednesday.
What've I been working on craft wise? Well, I finished one side of the bain bag, I finished about 10% over the half way mark on the Ruthie surprise and I did several more 4 row repeats on the NETA socks. I have't touched the Firecracker tank recently but I think I have about 6 inches on the needles. Haven't had time to dig around in the home office to see what may be coming up.
You Have A Type A- Personality|
You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.
When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both
|Continue|So what?...have I been up to? After garage saling Saturday morning, I met Karen at the new yarn shop in Cedar Park. Way yummy! I oohed and aahed and came home with the little book you see in the picture. It is mini knitting on toothpicks and you can make greeting cards with them. I thought it would be fun to do - especially with all the sock yarn I just received. It looks cute so I bought it. I never pay full price for books so this was a big splurge for me. I also grabbed the ball of Squiggle yarn you see in the pic with the newly cast on tank. The tank is being constructed from a tank I pulled apart. A $2 g. sale purchase that had a huge cowl neck on it. Uh, not for a tank - thanks. I'm hoping I have enough yarn for the tank pattern I started - Marla by Berroco. We'll see. If not, I'll be frogging and restarting. I think the squiggle will be a cute scarf to go with the tank.
I'm also plugging away at the NETA socks and the Bain Bag. I put beads on the bag instead of a row of blue that the pattern calls for. I remembered the wooden beads I bought last year at a g. sale. Some little kid was selling her lot of beads from jewelry making and I had to have them. I think the bag will look snazzy with the added bonus of beads. I'm thinking of using this for my traveling shampoo/conditioner/contact supplies. We'll see. Who knows with me!? The socks are coming along but I'm having a hard time keeping up with the pattern. It is a repeat of 4 rows - not bad, but I get lost sometimes.
We spent Saturday evening and night out at Lake Buchanan. The brother of a friend of ours had a couple houses for the weekend. We piled in the truck and headed to Llano. It was a fun thing and I'm glad we went. DSIL & I found a stash of games and puzzles so we put a good dent in getting one together. It was hard to throw all our hard work in the box but it kept us out of trouble while working on it. Can't say the same for the guys - the booze was flowing and the scenes were entertaining, to say the least.
Working on dinner - we're having steak Shish Kebobs and I made Corn Chowder from a recipe DB Donnie e-mailed to me. I guess it is his specialty so it is on our menu tonight. I gotta test his cooking likes!
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