Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Too lazy to post from my computer so......

I think I may have found a decent way to update my blog from my phone and my iPad which would be great. I spend so much time on the computer with work that when I'm not working it's nice to still do things without being trapped at the computer.
Summer is here, but the weather is still deciding what to do most days. You usually know when it's my day off because it rains!
The kids are starting to get excited for school. Sebastian starts at the middle high school. We went to the orientation there and it's a huge school. I could probably fit every school I ever went to inside it. I tend to get lost easily so here's to hoping Sebastian has a better sense of direction and finds his way around.
Clara is excited for preschool. She went for a few months at the end of the year and really enjoyed it, so she's going back for the full year. It should be great preparation for kindergarten.
Work is keeping me incredibly busy but I really do enjoy the job which makes the day go by real quick. I'm not on the phones as much now because I do chat support and it's pretty fast paced. I like the people I work with too, which is always a plus!
Well, here's to hoping for a successful post!

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's not knitting...

...but it's yummy crafting goodness!!

The holidays are coming, and what better way to celebrate than pick out a couple of projects it will take a miracle to get done on time.  To make matters worse, they are projects for Sebastian, so I can only work on them when he is at school or when he is in bed.  Kind of a bummer with work mixed in there.  The squares are for a rag quilt I'm making him, related to his favorite video game, Minecraft.    Now that the squares are cut, I'm going to start piecing it together this week, with a goal to sew it the next week, fringe it the week after.  THEN, I'll start the other Minecraft project I have in mind for him.

The bad thing about this is that my own sewing machine is in need of a service.  It must have known what I was going to put it through.  I'm very sad.  I'm even more sad about the cost to have it serviced by an authorized Bernina dealer.  Unbelievable.  And also not in the budget right now with the holidays coming up.

The good thing is that I have my mom's trusty machine.  Her machine is also a Bernina, as old as I am, and a real workhorse.  I talk to it gently and pet it so it doesn't croak on me, hah.

That being said, I have also been knitting.  I have a sock going, (I always have a sock on the needles, it seems) and I've been knitting up dishcloths like they're going out of style.  The thing I like about a sock or a dishcloth is that I can knit on them between calls when I'm working without much worry about making a mistake in the pattern.  I'm working to make matched sets for the holidays, and if I have time I'd like to make some coordinating scrubbies to go with them.  There I go again though, putting a lot on my plate.

Today was the first day that almost felt like fall...but only just a little bit.  It seems like summer came around late for us.  Yesterday was such a hot and humid day, we were miserable.  Today though, was cooler, and really windy.  Perhaps a sign that fall is really on its way.  It really feels like summer was only here a couple weeks.  I'm already missing the trips to the park, the lake and the beach we took over the summer, and I'm really looking forward to summer already!

Sebastian is already in his routine for school and seems to be really enjoying his classes, which is really important.  He enjoys going to school every day, which makes a big difference!

Take care, everyone!!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Ugh. I suck.

Well, I TOTALLY intended to do a better job of posting on a regular basis.  As you can probably see, I've been an epic failure at following through.  It always seems that just when things slow down a bit in life and I think I'm going to have spare time to post here, something changes.

It's really just been kind of a crazy year.  I finished my BSHS in April, and did my graduation ceremony in June which was kind of cool because I didn't participate in the ceremony when I finished my associates.  It was a pretty cool experience, but kind of surreal, too.

In June, I also started a new job taking calls for a big gaming company handling their customer support.  The best part about it is that I can work virtually, so I'm not required to actually be in a physical office.  This is great for me...I'm never too far from the kids but I'm still having the opportunity to experience the satisfaction that comes from the job and converse with real grown-up people.  Most everyone I've worked with so far has been great, too.

Summer is pretty much over, now.  You wouldn't know it really by the weather we've had this weekend though!  Summer came late, around here.  We've made the most of the nice weather on days I haven't worked, though.  We've been to the Mukilteo Beach a couple times, we've been to Silver Lake as well.  We also spent a good deal of time at the Imagine Children's Museum in Everett and Forest park, too.  We hit the fair in Monroe last week, which is Sebastian's favorite part of summer.

Sebastian is starting 7th grade this year.  I feel really old!  He's already taller than I am by quite a bit, and still growing.  He's super excited because he has the same math teacher he had last year, and the extra math class he took last year paid off so his schedule allows him to take electives which will be really fun for him, I think.

Despite chaos, I have been knitting, a bit.  Nothing too involved right now...I just need things I can knit, put down easily for a bit of time, and then pick back up without wondering where I was or what I was doing.  After school starts and the new routine begins, I hope to jump into something a little more challenging.  When I was at the fair last week, I met a gal who was demonstrating a tatting project and now I'm really wanting to try it out, it looks fun and the finished product is beautiful!  Because you know, I just need ONE more crafting hobby to pick

With any luck, I'll be posting pictures of current projects soon!

Hope everyone's classes/ new school year gets off to a great start!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

First post of the year!

I really did intend on posting long before now, I swear! But hey, it's STILL January, right?

We survived the holidays. The kids had a great time and Santa was good to everyone. I was really relieved to get rid of the tree and take the decorations down though. After a while, it all just sort of drives me crazy.

Unfortunately, when school started back up after the holiday break, I found myself in my last required math class. I have somewhat of a hard time in algebra so it's taking a big time investment to make sure I keep my head above water grade-wise. Two more weeks of this class. After this class, I'll have two more classes to complete and then I'll be done.

I'm going to start applying for scholarships. I'd really like to continue on and get my MBA but I already have a monstrous student loan debt that I have to pay back. Adding to that is just not something I can do. However, I am a good student with a 3.9 GPA, and I'm hoping that will help me gain a scholarship that will allow me to finish what I set out to do.

I've also been working on reorganizing things around the house to try to restore order to what has slowly turned into chaos. I've gotten rid of a lot of things I don't use anymore, given away a lot of clothes I don't wear etc and slowly it's beginning to pay off. Hopefully more organization will lead to a more productive year! It's already allowed me to set up an area for sewing. I can't wait to get back into sewing...I've not had a chance to sew since before we moved from New Jersey.

There are only 335 days until Christmas. I know. You probably went back and read that twice, convinced that I'm losing my mind, right? But in reality, this means that it's time to start thinking about things to knit for gifts. I really didn't make time last year to knit. School kept me busy, Clara kept me running, and I'll admit that sometimes when I sit down to knit or read, I feel guilty, like I should be doing something else. This year I'm going to make a point to knit more. I enjoy it, it relaxes me, and I love to see the end result of the time and work I put into something. I think though, I'm going to start out by focusing on some of the unfinished projects I have sitting around, and decide to either finish them or frog them, before moving on to something new. I'm not sure why, but running across some of these projects has kind of brought back the original motivation I felt when I started them. I'm just hoping that I'll be able to pick them up and figure out where I was without much confusion.

I hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start. I'm off to cuddle my daughter, who is a bit under the weather due to a fever! Bleh!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's almost that time!

The tree is up, the kids are on winter break (including me!), the gifts are wrapped (well, most of them) and the big day is fast approaching. Clara seems to understand that Santa is coming, but seems to be under the impression that he is stopping by so we can give HIM gifts and cookies.

We spent Sunday night decorating the cookies. I made sugar cookies shaped like angels, trees, stars, snowflakes and snowmen along with assorted gingerbread cookies. The gingerbread cookies are Clara's favorites. She doesn't eat them though, she moved them into her dollhouse to live with Barbie and her Weebles. Things were going great until the dog ate them as a snack, and then Clara had a meltdown. Fortunately there are plenty left so I'm sure a new gingerbread family will move in soon.

I finally finished my marketing class. I like marketing but did not care for this class. Most of my issues were with the team we had. It was the largest team I've been in so far. Two team members were gals I'd grouped with my entire program...we always request each other. The other people were awful...they never read the team forum, never signed up for portions until the last minute and always turned their portions in late. Ugh. Unfortunately it was the last class I am to have with my friends but on the other hand the class itself was a miserable experience. Now I'm on winter break, and then I have to take another algebra class. FML.

Hope to update again before the holidays arrive but just in case I can't, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

What Clara Wants for Christmas....

So overnight, Clara figured out the whole concept of toys and Christmas. For a month now, I've been going out of my mind with every toy commercial that comes on TV because of course, Clara wants it. I tried telling her to ask Santa, but doing that for every commercial gets a little old.

There is a bit of humor in the whole thing though. And that is that someday I'll be able to show this video to her boyfriends and even her children. So Target has a toy garbage truck called Stinky. It talks, it eats cars, it makes disgusting noises...and Clara is over the moon over this thing. So keep in mind that in this video, she really is trying to say that she wants a "Stinky Truck".

Not a Stinky F*ck.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Preparing for a busy week...

I'm always looking for new ways to post on my blog- especially if it means that I don't have to be at my computer or even at home to do it. So be patient with me, as this post is being done via BlogPress. It's going to take a few posts before I work everything out, I think!

As promised in my last post, I am finally getting around to posting some pictures of my recent knitting projects. It may not seem very impressive since it's been a long time since I last posted knitting pics, but then again it's only been in the last month or so that I've even had time to knit.

The first pair is my new favorite pair. I just have to close up the toes on the second sock and they're good to go. They are going to look great in my clear Converse or in my clogs. I originally planned on gifting these but I'm not sure that the person I had planned on giving them to would really enjoy having such a violent color scheme on their feet. So, I'm keeping them. Bummer!

This second pic is of the sock that I'm currently working on. Well, when I have time to, anyway. It's a really simple lace pattern that I think would be great for solid and pattern colored yarn. I wish the picture came out better, but it really does look nice. It's also a quick knit with a pattern that is easy to remember. Wanna give them a shot? You can find the pattern right here!! I'll update with new pictures as I make progress.

I officially finished all of the shopping for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. I think, anyway. I was kind of nervous about getting it finished up because the major grocery stores around here are not doing well in their union contract negotiations and it's looking like there's going to be a strike. And, since we're expecting family from NJ in this week to spend the holiday with us, it would kinda suck to have to take them to IHOP for dinner. :)

Along with Thanksgiving and family, I have two big assignments due in my class. I'm in Marketing right now, and not only do I have an individual paper, but a team assignment as well. I was kind of hoping that there would be a lighter week due to the holiday and all but this class turns out to have a really heavy workload.

After this class though, I'll only need to take 3 more classes and I'll be done. Assuming I pass algebra!!

I hope everyone has a great week and a wonderful holiday with family and loved ones!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I don't know why it is....

But I take a good amount of pictures of my daughter when she's asleep. Maybe because it's such a rare experience, witnessing her sleeping and enjoying the silence that comes with a nap. She sleeps like an angel though.
So Christmas is coming. Who's ready? I never am. I live most of the year in total denial that it's even coming until the very last month and then I have a heart attack. December is REALLY nuts because Phil's mom has a birthday on the 5th, Phil's is on the 6th, and Sebastian's is on the 10th. That's okay. There are a bunch of us born in March and April to get revenge.
I have no knitted items to give as gifts this year. In fact I've hardly knit a thing this year until the past month or so, and even then it's just been socks on the needles. Really great socks though-a pair of violently bright rainbow socks that are going to look absolutely awesome in my clear Converse and a more mellow colored pair of lace socks that I just started with a really simple pattern to follow but really great lace pattern that I think will be great for both solid and patterned socks. I'll update later in the week with a new post and pictures after I have more done on the lace sock so the pattern is more visible.
We're getting ready for a Thanksgiving visit from Phil's parents from New Jersey in less than 2 weeks. I already have a honker of a turkey stashed away on the big freezer and I've picked up a few odds and ends for dinner. In our area most of the big grocery stores have recently authorized a strike with overwhelming numbers. If they can't reach an agreement, we're going to be pretty limited as to where we can pick up what we need so I've made a plan to be prepared. The last time the grocery stores went on strike they were out for almost three months so without an agreement this could even carry through the New Year!
I'm off to make my list. Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Happy November!

It's just been one of those weeks. I am kind of unmotivated to do anything important like laundry and creating a path through the kids' rooms, and over-inspired to do all of the things I really have no time to be doing, like knitting, video games and reading. I think it's because the weather is changing. Fall is definitely here and I have actually had to turn the heat on.

Sunday was Halloween. This was the first Halloween that Clara actually got to participate in. I tried so hard to prepare her and get her excited to trick-or-treat but when it came time to put the costume on and head out the door she was not going to have any of that. She kicked and screamed while we got her dressed and hauled her out the door. I was kind of worried because I don't know how many years Sebastian is going to be interested in trick-or-treating so I didn't want to ruin the night for him.

Turns out though, I didn't need to worry. All it took was one house for her to discover that Mommy was not full of crap--people really do hand out candy. Suddenly, she was really into this. "I like trick-or-freakin!" she proclaimed. "More candy? Oh look! Another door!" She was fascinated by the "button" that Sebastian pushed (the doorbell) and got to meet every dog that came to the door to greet us.

Unfortunately, Sebastian wasn't feeling well so we didn't stay out as long as we usually do, but she figured it out. So well that she got up the next morning, put her costume back on and insisted on going out to trick-or-freak again. She sat by the door for an hour. How do you explain to a 2.5 year old the whole idea of once a year occurrences?

Seb missed 2 days of school from his cold. He probably could have stayed home again today, but I'm kind of worried about all of the work he's going to have to make up and how difficult it will be to stay on top of him to make sure it all gets done. His report card was pretty good, particularly when one considers that he's transitioning into the whole middle school process which can often be difficult. However, he struggles with math still and I really don't want to put him too far behind the in-class experience of having concepts taught to him because I really think that it's important for him.

So let's see. Property taxes were paid for the second half of the year. Election day is over so there will no longer be those annoying political ads that drive me crazy. Instead, Clara is already begging for toys that she sees in commercials. We're already telling her that she's going to need to talk to Santa about it, knowing full well that she will likely freak out and scream when she sees him in real life.

Ah well. Off to at least be a little bit productive around here!

Have a good day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fall is here...

It's that time of the year again. We have picked and carved our pumpkins and we're ready for Halloween. I can finally take Clara through the Halloween section of Target without her freaking out and announcing that she is scared. While she was really excited about the pumpkin patch last year, she was not so into it this year. She was more interested in the animals they have at the farm, so she and I broke away and headed off to see the sheep, the goats, the peacocks and as Clara puts it "the chickums".

It's starting to get a bit chillier at night...I've had to actually turn the heat on a few times. Sebastian still refuses to wear anything heavier than a hoodie over his clothes in the morning on his way to the bus. I guess all the cool kids now stand at the bus stop without coats, freezing their asses off these days.

We are slowly getting Sebastian into the middle school life. Honestly, it's been scarier for me than it's been for him. He's having a few issues with adjusting, mostly issues with handing completed assignments in on time. I'm guessing that his teachers don't outwardly ask for the assignments and he just forgets to turn them in, or he doesn't ask about turning them in. Either way, he's the first kid I've ever known that has gone to school with his homework done, but doesn't turn it in. And much to his dismay, I can log into the school website and check his grades whenever I want.

He had his first school dance last week. How bizarre that is, for me. It doesn't seem so long ago that I was going to my own junior high dances and now I have a kid going to them. Only now, they don't have the dances at night like they did when I was a kid. His dance was right after school. I thought that was weird! It was kind of funny to be in the parking lot as the kids were leaving the dance and watching Sebastian tower over every kid there. I'm pretty sure that he's one of the tallest kids in his class. He's about my height now, and his voice is deep enough to scare the crap out of me when he calls me, because there's a split second where I wonder who the hell this man is that's calling me Mom.

I got my grade back from my Statistics class. Really all I wanted to do was pass the stupid thing because I was terrified to even take the class. I have heard so many horror stories about statistics, and I have such a horrible time with math anyway that I pretty much figured I was screwed. I ended up getting an A- in the class. It's my first class that I've taken this entire program that I didn't get an 'A' in, but that's okay. It was a miserable class, it consumed my life for 5 weeks, and some folks I know were not able to pass the class, so I'll take this grade, because I have another algebra class coming up in a couple more classes that's sure to be even more miserable.

I'm pretty excited for the weekend. I have a hot date with Thomas! He's coming over on Sunday and I'm going to make dinner. I can't wait.

Have a great weekend!