Wednesday, February 28, 2007
What is/was the most difficult personal adjustment for you to make after entering mommyhood? (Or daddyhood for you guys.)
I'll post my answer as a comment to get you all started ...
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love anything soft, especially alpaca. I’m very entertained by self-striping and self-patterning sock yarn.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I made a rolling needle case for my straight needles. I would like a small case for my dpn’s that I can carry around in my knitting bag. My circulars are just sort of floating around, they don’t have a home.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I bought a couple of books and taught myself to knit about a year ago. Then I took a sock knitting class back in September. I would call my self an advanced beginner. I can knit a sock so I’m not totally a novice but I don’t know that I’d call myself intermediate quite yet.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes I do. I have a Wists List on my blog. See it scrolling happily along to the right of this post?
5. What's your favorite scent?
Hmmm .. anything earthy. Love Jasmine and Nag Champa. Don’t like rose.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Absolutely. I love those dark chocolate bars with the fruit and nuts in them.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Mostly just knitting these days but also tie-dye, sewing, making stepping stones for the yard, and I’m always trying to come up with my own new recipes for a cookbook I plan to write one day. I don’t spin but I plan to learn sometime after my kids get a little older.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?
I love music. I’ve been getting into Jazz lately. I love music with good instrumentation like Sister Hazel, Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, etc. I enjoy mainstream stuff but also like acoustic guitar, classical crossover, drum beats, middle eastern dance, bluegrass and pretty much anything I can groove to. And I always like female singers like Alanis, Tori, Jewel, Melissa, etc. Yes I can play MP3s on my computer, my stereo and in my car.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Deep purples, blues and greens and earthy colors. I don’t like pastels or neon and I really don’t like yellow.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my hubby, our two boys, Houston (2 yrs) and Brody (8 mos), four dogs and a cat.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I live in Florida so I don’t get to wear them often but I do enjoy fun scarves and hats. I would really like to knit myself a lace stole.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks, socks, baby hats for friends, socks, stuffed animals, and more socks.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Socks for one of my sons, yoga socks for me, and baby socks and hat set for a baby shower.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Most definitely do. And as for patterns, books, and needles (and even yarn as long as it hasn’t been used and frogged a bunch of times) I would prefer for them to be second-hand/used if possible. (browse this blog for recent posts about compacting if you are curious as to why)
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Don’t have a preference between circular and straight. I like bamboo but I’ve recently discovered that I prefer size one dpns in metal rather than bamboo … although it may just be that I don’t like the ones that I have with the yarn that I’m using.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Nope. Don’t even know what a swift is.
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Hmmm … a baby blanket I started when I was pregnant with Houston who is now 2-1/2 years old. It’s a girly blanket as I was told I was having a girl. Houston, however, was born very much a boy. I planned to finish it for a baby shower gift at some point but that hasn’t happened yet.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Fourth of July. Fun, food and fireworks on or near the water surrounded by friends and family and no pressure to give the right gift. Of course I may be biased because it’s also the day before my birthday.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
Refridgerator magnets and toothpick holders.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I really want the Sensational Knitted Socks book and Special Knits by Debbie Bliss. I don’t have a subscription to any knitting magazines but wouldn’t mind a subscription to Interweave Knits. I’d also like to try some Crystal Palace bamboo dpns and I’m always up for trying new sock yarn. I would really like to try some Summer Breaze Cool sock yarn by On Line, especially color #787 or #793. I would also like to try Jitterbug by Colinette.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I really want to learn all the ways to knit a sock … different heels, toe up, etc.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes. Not a very experienced one but a sock knitter none-the-less. My foot is 10 inches long, and 9 inches around the middle of my foot. I wear a size 8 shoe.
23. When is your birthday?
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Four years ago today (and eight years total, which I can hardly believe). Aren't we just the cutest? And a busy four years it has been. On our first anni I was pregnant. On the second I was nursing a baby who wasn't even eating any solid food yet. On the third anni I was pregnant again. And now on the fourth I am nursing a baby, however, he is eating plenty of solid food so please, for the love of God, bring on a bottle of wine!!! :-P
In four years i've gone from a full-time working aerospace engineer (in mission control, no less) to full-time work-at-home super mom of two precious little boys. Wow ... how things change!
From left to right: my cousin Lindsay (the one we visited last weekend), Cari (friend from high school and also best friend and roommate through most of college), Rachel (aka Dr. Dinero, one of my bestest friends ever who now has a PhD in psychology, i'm so proud of her, and is getting married in July herself and i will be in her wedding too), Ashton (Steve's daughter), me and Brett (obviously), Brian (Brett's brother), Steve (Brett's cousin) and Tommy (my brother)
And just for the amusement value I have to throw in a picture of the parents. Those of you who don't know my family very well may be a little confused by this. Note that only two of the people in this photo belong to Brett ... his mom and his dad. All the others are my "parents" ... well except for Stew, the Brit on the right. He was my mom's boyfriend but is no longer around. And for the sake of not upsetting any of them who will probably be reading this blog I will not explain any further. They are all my parents and I love them all (sometimes more than others, he he), no matter what label is attached.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Step 1: Unpacking the earth boxes.
Step 2: Fill with potting mix. I'm experimenting here a little bit in using the potting mix from Brett's nursery instead of buying potting soil. It may drain a little too well but I had to at least try it since we have a huge mound of it out in the nursery.
Step 3: Place line of granular fertilizer. I used some organic fertilizer that Miracle Grow now sells. I couldn't find the organic fertilizer that I usually use and I can't remember the name of it. I used to buy it at Lowes but all they had was this Miracle Grow.
Step 4: Place cover over earth box.
Step 5: Cut slits in cover and plant your plants.
Monday, February 19, 2007
We had a great weekend. Lots of fun and family. I'll post more about it later when Brody isn't sitting in my lap crying his poor little head off. I've got lots of pictures to share.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Sorry, had to vent.
Hey! Just noticed my neat little text color button is back. Yay!!!!!!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
We had fondue for Valentine's Day. It was really yummy. We decided to skip the main course and just have appetizers and dessert. We had cheese fondue and chocolate fondue and way too much stuff to dip with. I always go overboard with the fondue.
Brody and Marzbar catching a nap.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Click here: Yoga Socks
Blogger just forced me to move my blog over to the "new blogger" (whatever) and now it's easier to see when I have comments waiting. (i don't have to go looking) So I have found one reason to like the new blogger among my several reasons not to. For one, notice my profile is gone? All that crafty talk of tie-dye, knitting, sewing, etc? It's gone. It's a long story but for now i'll just say that Blogger tricked me. Or maybe it was the cyber-gnomes again. Those pesky little nomes! So until I find the time and patience to deal with the issue (it's a long story having to do with three separate blogs now falling under one login), i'll be profiless. (um, is that a word? is now i suppose. hey it's my blog isn't it?)
And why, oh why, do I no longer have the ability to change my text color with a click of the mouse? I know, I know, I can html it ... but I DON'T WANT TO! I want my nifty little icon back that brings up that nifty little color chart! NOW!! :-(
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
I've recently discovered a way to get some peace in the afternoon. I've been borrowing books on CD from the library and every afternoon around naptime I load the boys up in the Pathfinder, load a book on CD into the disc changer, and off we go driving around for an hour or so. There are a lot of great back country roads around here that offer some great scenery. And you never know what you're going to come across as far as wildlife and livestock goes. I've seen ostriches and zebras even. Craziness.
Well speaking of Gainesville, we're headed that way today for Brody's eight month check-up so I better go get us all ready.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
We went to a Japanese Steakhouse after the wedding. I really enjoyed it but Houston was being crazy (go figure) and it was driving Brett crazy. You can (well maybe not, but i can) just see the wild look on his face in this picture. In Houston's defense he was hungry and thirsty and we had the waitress from h-e-doublehockeysticks. It took at least thirty minutes to get a drink. We were there for a long time and surprisingly enough Brody sat next to me in a high chair and didn't fuss even one time. He was truly entertained by everything going on and he was really digging the food. He kept reaching over and grabbing handfuls of rice off Houston's plate and shoving it quickly in his mouth before anyone could take it away.
In other news ...
I did this online test to see how old I really am. (www.realage.com) Pretty interesting, I must say. My calendar age is 30.6 (shhh .. don't tell anyone) but my real age is 27.8. Not too shabby. I for one, would like to still believe I am 25 but the stress i've been under lately is not helping me with that. (more on this topic in a later post, if i ever get to it ... as i sit here for the 7th straight morning in a row of just me and the boys with Brody screaming and Houston climbing the walls) Here are the things that are making me younger:
Daily vitamin, Limited or no secondhand smoke exposure, No medication use, Happy marriage, Healthy resting heart rate, Flossing habits, Folic acid intake, Breast cancer history, No drinking and driving, Safe driving speeds, Vehicle size, Good oral hygiene, Safety belt or airbag usage, Ex-smoker, Low red meat intake (more like none), Ideal blood pressure, Diverse diet, No ovarian cancer in family, Good Omega-3 intake, Calcium intake, Vitamin E intake, Vitamin C intake, Flexibility routine
And here are the things that are making me older:
Lack of daily breakfast, Low unsaturated fat, Workout schedule (i'm sure they mean lack of), Have cholesterol level measured, Potassium levels, Low grain intake (surprising), Low vegetable intake (also surprising), Strength training level, Cell phone use, High BMI (lovely), Low fruit servings
Interesting stuff. Good encouragement to get back to the gym. Which I would love to do if 1.) my kids ever get well enough for me to bring them during childwatch hours or 2.) my husband would stop working so late every night so that he could watch them or 3.) we get back on our schedule of him being home by a certain time on mondays and wednesdays so that i can make it to the gym before it closes. #2 would be great but i'll settle for #1 or #3. preferably #3 because the childwatch hours are not the greatest. It's hard for me to make it to the morning hours when I have to get us all ready to go and I haven't had enough sleep because I worked late the night before. And the afternoon hours are such that Houston is going to fall asleep in the car before we get there and there are no beds in the childwatch area. Ideally I would like to do yoga every day. However, it's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do any form of yoga with a 2-year-old crawling all over you and an 8-month-old screaming because you are not holding him. It is also extremely difficult to do yoga while holding said 8-month-old. And if said 2-year-old is not climbing all over me he is surely up to something. Having to say "Houston stop it" or "Houston, no" or "Houston, get out of there" every two minutes while trying to do yoga is also not a good plan. Trust me ... i've tried it. It's times like these when I really need some excercise that I wish we lived in a neighborhood that we could walk around. I swear I would walk every single day. One of these days I would love to find one of those convertable bike trailer things. The kind that holds two kids and can either be attached to your bike like a trailer or have a handle and work like a stroller. Unfortunatley, I didn't include one of those in our new budget. I did however, add it to our wish list which you can see scrolling happily along on the right-hand-side of this blog. Pretty cool stuff. You can create one at www.wists.com.