Thursday, May 31, 2007
1. I have played the Viola since I was eleven. I was first chair pretty much all through middle and high school too. I've played in several symphonies over the years including the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra during college but these days I just pull it out around Christmas time to play some carols. I look forward to the boys being old enough to sing along with me. How's that for some Christmas cheer!
2. I have very strong fingernails. They almost never break. I usually end up cutting them off every once in a while because they get in my way. My orchestra conductors in grade school always got onto me for them. I actually learned to play with them even though they told me I wouldn't be able to. They just grow so darn fast that they are always there.
3. I've only had two pedicures in my entire life.
4. I once went almost two years without getting my hair cut. That was in college when it was all the way down to my butt. I miss that hair and i'm currently growing it back out.
5. I have a degree in Aerospace Engineering. You have no idea how many times in my life i've heard the "it's not rocket science" joke/thing.
6. I've worked at two different space centers and i've climbed all over two different space shuttles, both shuttle launch pads and several segments of the International Space Station (before they went into space, obviously).
7. I used to teach bellydancing at UF. (it was a leisure course, not an actual college course)
So there you have it. Seven random things about me. As far as tagging others, i'm not going to but if you read this and want to play along .... well then go right ahead. It's kinda fun. :)
I think I lost my mojo at the river this weekend. I feel like a big bump on a log. I think that calls for some knitting today, if the boys allow it. At least my hands will be productive so I can't say I didn't get anything done. :)
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Please don't take this post the wrong way. We are fine. I'm just a bit pissed and needed to get it out. Probably should do that in a private journal of some sorts but that just doesn't seem as satisfying as sharing my pissed-offedness with you all.
On a side note, any of you that have XM radio or Direct TV ... if you haven't discovered the channel called Lucy yet you should definitely check it out. Rock on.
Here's another Booga Bag that's not quite finished yet. This wool felted really well ... only one wash cycle. I knit the I-cord handle thicker on this one so tyeing it on the sides isn't working so well. I have to figure out another solution. I'm gonna try sewing the two ends of the I-cord together to make one continuous loop. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.
And here's the ugly sock. Technically it's still a WIP but i'm going to frog it sometime soon. Just isn't working out in plain stockinette stitch. I've got some other options but i'm on to other things for now.
And speaking of birthdays ... Brody's is less than two weeks away. I got invitations out last week and i've decided on the menu for the day. Burgers (turkey, beef and veggie) with all the fixings, new potatoes, beans and pasta salad. I did a trial run this past weekend of the new potatoes and beans in one big dish and they turned out really yummy. I've made the pasta salad a hundred times so I didn't need a trial run of that but I did make some and it was good as well. In fact, I just finished it up for lunch today.
I finally got around to posting on my other blog. Poor Andy has been waiting on me for almost two months for this one. Boy how time disappears ... I promise I won't let it go that long again! You can check it out at "A Conversation Between Friends" if you're up for it. I changed our template a bit too but it still needs some work. We'll be adding lots of great stuff in the future so be sure to check back.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Here's Houston watching Andre get ready for some knee-boarding action ...
Well that's it for now. I'll post a bunch of pictures later on.
Friday, May 25, 2007
And here's a close-up of the yarn out of the dye pot ...
And here's my other little helper heading out to the deck to see what mama's up to now ....
And here's the finished product ... not the greatest picture but you get the idea. I'll take another one later today without the shadow.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
You'll have to forgive the bad pictures. The lighting and countertop color and shinyness were not working with me. I turned the flash off which ended up in blurry pics but you can still see how the colors are pooling. I'm starting to wonder if there was an error in their dyeing process on these. There's actually a neat pattern going on ... on two of the three "sides" of the sock. See top picture. It almost seems that there should be a tan area in the middle of the large brown blotch. See bottom picture.
What's going on? I'm stuck between frogging them and sticking the yarn back in my stash for another day and continuing the simple stockinette stitch for a while longer just to see what happens.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Tomato: Which I obviously need to do some weed/grass pulling around.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Stonyfield Organic Plain Yogurt
Silk Organic Soymilk
Milled Flax Seed
Apple Fiber Powder
Yummy, yum, yum. And I still haven't wanted a cup of coffee! I'm looking forward to trying this in my new blender when it arrives. It should micronize the strawberry seeds. I've got to eat especially healthy today to make up for yesterday. We had some nuggets and fries from Wendy's and pizza for dinner ... yikes!!! Definitely not on my "clean food" list. And I feel like I ate crap yesterday too. It's amazing how much your body reacts to what you eat. It really is true that "you are what you eat".
I played with some cameras yesterday and have decided to stick with Sony. They have the fastest shutter lag time which is the most important feature to me. Now i'm trying to decide which model. There was one I was drooling over that I would buy in a heartbeat if money wasn't an option. It's $330 though so it's definitely not in my budget. It's the T20 model. Right now i'm deciding between the W80 and the W55. They both come in pink which I think is awesome. I used to hate pink so it's kind of funny for me to say that. I fell in love with the color pink when I was pregnant with Houston and it has never gone away. Silly, huh? Anyhow, the W80 has image stabilization and face recognition which are nice to haves but not neccesary since i've never had that before. The image stabilization (IS) would be nice though because there have been several times where I thought I got a good shot but it was blurry and i'm assuming it's because I moved when snapping the picture. The W55 doesn't have IS but has a better price tag. I need to figure this out soon though because Brody is about to start walking and I will be really upset if I don't have a camera for that event. It's so hard to shop online because I can't tell how fast the camera is. I might go play with some cameras again today now that I've done some more research. The boys were a nightmare when I tried to do that yesterday so I was distracted, to say the least. My options here in LC are limited to Walmart and Office Max though, unfortunately. And in Walmart half of the battery packs are broken so you can't turn on all the cameras.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I've received quite a few comments and emails about the Booga Bags. Yes, they are awesome, I know ... which is why I wanted to knit one. Which turned into two. Which will soon be three. And also what got me thinking .... and the thinking evolved into a project idea ... like I need more stuff to do, right? LOL! Let me first say, anyone who wants one ... I will be happy to knit one for you if you send me the yarn. So everyone who has asked me that, three so far I think, send me an email and we can talk about the yarn. The kureyon is pretty expensive but there are plenty of other feltable yarns that I can use. The blue one I made was a different yarn and it turned out great. I can do stripes or solid colors ... whatever you want. I love knitting them because they are what I call "mindless knitting" which means I can get them done quickly and can work on them while sitting with the kids. It's knit in the round so I just keep knitting and knitting and knitting without having to think about it much. And since it's a bag, it even holds the yarn for me once I get the bottom done. So no ball of yarn hanging around for Brody to grab onto. I was knitting one in a restaraunt recently and a woman came up to me and said "hey ... you're knitting the bag and using it too". She thought it was funny.
Crafty News, part 1: So back to the idea part. Ya'll know I love to dye stuff, right? And that I love to knit, right? And that i've been working on combining my two loves into dyeing yarn, right? Now you also know that I love bags, right? And do you know that i've always wanted to write a book and have worked on several ideas in the past? Well my recent Booga Bag knitting gave me an idea to combine all of these things. I'm designing my own bags all the way from the yarn dyeing to the knitting pattern. My idea is to design a yarn and bag with a person in my life in mind. Then combine them into a book of patterns. Now I know there are tons of books like this out there and that it will probably never get published. But ya know what? That's okay. If all I ever do is have some bound so I can give them out as gifts to my knitting friends then i've accomplished what I wanted to. I'm giving myself a year to complete this project. I want twelve bags so that's one bag per month. I don't have a lot of spare time on my hands right now but the boys are getting bigger and much more independent. It won't be long before I can send them both out into the back yard to play while I sit on the porch and work on my designs.
Crafty News, part 2: I'm starting an Etsy shop. If you don't know about Etsy, you should. It's an online marketplace for handmade goods ... as they say. You see, I decided after the last craft fair that I did ... that I wasn't going to do them anymore until the boys were older. It just wasn't fitting well for various reasons that I won't bore you with. So I decided to start getting rid of all the craft fair stuff I have. Well luckily I had not gotten rid of too much before I found out about Etsy. I'm going to list some of my better tie-dyed items as well as baby slings (i'm sold out now so those will be a little while) and my hand-dyed yarn. I'm also going to sell kits that contain the yarn and pattern for my bags, as I design them. Fun, no? Not like I need extra things to take up my time but part of the whole premise in moving here was that I got to take my life in a new direction. I wanted to be an aerospace engineer since I was about eight years old. I also have loved all things crafty since that time as well. The first doesn't leave much time for the second. Moving here allowed me to change direction and explore my crafty side instead of my technical side. And Brett has stood behind me 100% with all of it. Well okay, the technical side seems to follow me wherever I go. I never thought I would find myself still working as an engineer but from the comfort of my own home, as well as tutoring math ... also from the comfort of my own home. But hey, it pays the bills. And I still manage to find some crafty time. And believe it or not, there is definitely a technical side to the crafty things I take on. The chemistry of dyeing, for example, as well as the math involved in knitting patterns.
So the grand plan is to open a craft shop with a classroom area so I can teach and sell crafty stuff but that's in the long-term planning. One good thing about Lake City is that there is plenty of room for new ventures to pop up. And hey ... we're getting a Starbucks so people actually know we exist! Hee hee. Oh yeah, and don't even think about stealing my idea ... because that's just not cool. Well if you don't live in Lake City then steal away ...
Back to the bags idea for a moment ...
My first bag was the one I posted on sunday. I dyed the yarn with Miss Nancy in mind, hence the colorway "red nancy". She loves red so that was a given. There were several things behind that bag design. One being that it had to be quick. A weekend project. Nothing too fancy, just functional and easy to finish. Sort of a getting my foot in the door kind of thing. My thinking when working on that design was that I wanted it to be something to throw a paperback, some sunglasses and a tube of sunscreen in. I was picturing her throwing these things in at the river cabin and walking down to sit on the deck for a leisurely afternoon. It sits open kind of like a basket so it could sit next to her on the deck and be easy to reach into and grab what you want. (it can also double as a basket to sit on the counter and hold things) I would have prefered it to be just a tad bit bigger but I had to felt it down a little more to get it to stand on it's own. I plan to have a bigger version of the same bag in my book. That yarn is nice and thick so it makes a really sturdy bag. I'm looking forward to knitting the larger version and seeing how it turns out. One of the best things about these bags is that i'm giving them away to the person I designed it around once it's done. Exciting, no? I would love to learn how to spin eventually as well so maybe i'll end up with a design that started all the way from roving that I spun, dyed, designed and knit. Now that would be cool!
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