Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another early day...

Okay. I admit that I'm not one that usually gets into the whole political process. In fact, until yesterday, I don't think I have ever taken the time to watch an inauguration. That I can remember, anyway. However, I don't think anyone in this country could really escape the inauguration of President Obama yesterday. I don't think that anything captures the magnitude of the event as much as the above picture does. This is a satellite picture of the DC area during the inauguration, showing the sea of people who showed up to be there. Amazing stuff. Tell ya what, the job of President is not one that I'd be willing to take, especially right now with everything so messed up.

Just in case any of you were wondering, there are 338 knitting days left until Christmas. Just thought I'd throw that out there. I am taking a break from Clara's blanket for a couple days to get this scarf knit. I knew that if I waited too long to do it, I wouldn't have it done in time for what I need it for, so I figured that since it's such a quick knit, it would be best just to get it done and put it aside. I never know what my school and kid schedule is going to be from one day to the next so better to be safe than sorry. It's nice to do something a bit different for a few days, too.

Short and sweet entry, today. Lots to do! Before I end though, I wanted to post a picture I took of Sebastian and Snickers. It turned out so sweet that I had to share. Hope you all have a good week!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ohhh, we're halfway there!

So I reached and passed the half way mark on Clara's blanket. It felt really good to reach that point, because right now what I'd really like to do is put the sucker down and knit a sock, or a dish cloth, or something that could give me quicker gratification.

So reaching the halfway mark on this sucker has given me some hope. I don't regret doubling the pattern at all because once it's blocked I think it will have a much longer usable life than it
would have at it's original size. I want something that she can keep around for a good long while and get plenty of use out of. I just can't wait until I can block the crap out of it, because once that's done, it's going to be quite pretty.

It's really the perfect thing to be knitting right now, I can put it down for a couple days and pick it right up without wondering where I am in the pattern, which is great for these days in particular when I'm writing papers and finishing assignments left and right and chasing my now very mobile daughter around the house. Not only is she crawling now, but she's also pulling herself up onto things, which makes things really interesting. I don't think she's far off from walking, really. Then I'll really be screwed!

Sebastian has a friend staying the night. I had them turn their video games off at midnight but I can still hear them in there giggling. He had a good day today. Phil took him out to see the Paul Blart Mall Cop movie, and while they were gone I set it up so Sebastian's friend could sleep over, so it was a nice surprise for Sebastian when they stopped to pick him up on the way home. While they were at the movies, Clara was a good girl and took a nice nap that lasted just long enough for me to finish a lengthy sociology paper.

Tomorrow we're going to head over to Annie's for the afternoon to hang out and with any luck, get some knitting done. Annie, Michelle and I have hardly seen each other since before Halloween, so I'm looking forward to having some girl time and getting caught up with them.

Anyway, I'm going to try to get some work done before heading to bed. Before I do that though, I thought I'd post a recent picture of Clara, since the one I posted of her with the yarn is from quite a while ago, and she just officially turned 9 months old this week.

Have a good week!

Friday, January 09, 2009

I love you, coffee!

Last week I came down with a pretty nasty sinus infection that also turned into a lovely case of bronchitis. It's that time of the year where I usually catch something like this. It's a pain but really it's nothing that some antibiotics and a crap load of Kleenex doesn't fix. To be honest, I'm still going through a ton of Kleenex but at least I'm feeling a bit better. Anyway, Clara managed to get sick as well, and somehow in the midst of this, our sleeping schedule managed to get screwed up. This means that last night, she slept from about 11 pm until about 3 am, which I think to her was just a nice long nap. So, we've been up since then, got to wave bye bye to Daddy as he headed out to work at 4:30, and we're going to have a rough day of resetting her, limiting her to a couple minimal naps and hoping that it's enough to get her back on track. With any luck, Phil will have a reasonable day time-wise, so I can take a nap when he gets home.

So for now, I'm lovingly clutching my coffee cup. Sebastian has to be up for school in a couple hours so I'm going to finish this post, chase Clara around for a bit and then get started on the day.

I'm posting a picture of my current knitting project...Clara's Big Bad Baby Blanket It feels like the never ending knit although in reality it really is a quick project, it's just that my time to knit without having little hands trying to help me or having to chase my now mobile child is pretty scarce. I've taken the original pattern from the Stitch N Bitch book, and essentially doubled it so it's going to be a bit bigger when I block the ever living crap out of it. I liked the original pattern but I wanted something that was going to be a bit bigger for her, hopefully resulting in longer use. I love the colors and unfortunately this is the only picture that came close to the colors of the yarn. I think you can get a better idea of the colors based on the last picture I posted with Clara and the yarn before it was wound. It's a feminine color way but not overly so, and it's rich and well suited for the pattern, I think. Anyway, I have about three more inches before I can officially say that I'm halfway through, and I can't wait to reach that point because I think then I will truly feel that I'm getting somewhere with it.

My first graduation date is slated for March 1st, assuming I pass both of my current classes which should be no problem. I'm really excited about this...this is not a day that I ever thought I would see but always wanted to accomplish. Sometimes we intend or want to do things but the flow of life just carries us right along it's current and we find ourselves doing things in a more round about way than we originally intended. For me, this is one of those things. I'm taking sociology and environmental science and while I'm only a couple weeks into each class I'm enjoying them so it would take something pretty serious to prevent me from doing well in them. I'm hoping to take some time off after this, hopefully long enough to have the summer off with the kids, which would mean a nice span of time to just seems like I never have enough time to do it and it's quite depressing. I actually dream that I'm knitting in my sleep. If I could just knit for real in my sleep without harming anyone, I would be so happy! heh.

It seems like my state has been getting it's ass kicked by the weather lately. We had a nasty batch of snow storms just before Christmas, and while that wouldn't typically be unusual for us, it stayed cold enough to stick around for about two weeks. Most towns in Washington aren't prepared for major snow storms like they are on the east coast, so we never saw a plow on my road. Even Seattle was paralyzed for the most part. Towns ran out of gas, grocery store shelves went bare, and Phil missed about two weeks of work by the time it was done.

Now the snow has melted for the most part, but the timing couldn't be worse. Combine melting snow with massive rain accumulation, and the ending result is massive, record breaking flooding, mudslides and avalanches that are literally uprooting families and leaving them homeless and with absolutely nothing. Fortunately our town has minimal flooding...we have some roads that are closed but we've been mostly unaffected by the whole thing, however the highway that Phil takes to and from work was flooded last night and he had to find an alternate way home along with everyone else trying to get home. His trip, which usually takes 20 minutes, was a 2 hour trip home.

I'm just hopeful that we can catch a break, and get a nice long period of dry weather so the rivers can recede and people can get back to putting their lives back together. A long period of no snow would be quite helpful too. Like, a full year of no snow...

This weekend I'm going to have to break down and pick up a baby gate for our hallway, I think. Clara is not only crawling, but she is super fast now, and I'm thinking that it would be easier and a lot safer to contain her into her bedroom and the hallway, away from non-kid friendly things that we can't baby proof. She is into everything and mostly enjoys attempting to get to things that are not hers. We've put foam pipe covers on the edges of the shelves that the big screen is on but I've not been able to figure out how to cover the glass edges of the coffee table which she seems to gravitate towards constantly. The coffee table has glass on the top section and then tiles for the bottom shelf which would mean big owies should she bang her head on it, so I'd rather just remove the possibility out of the equation if I can. From this age on, all you need to do is blink and things happen, and although I hover over her and we have a dog that follows her around because he's convinced he's her personal nanny, shit happens...but I'd rather play it safe. I don't know if it's because I am a lot older now than when Sebastian was this age, but I swear I just don't remember him being as busy as this little girl is. If anyone is looking to shed some excess pounds for their New Year's resolution, I can rent her out for you to chase around!

Take care, everyone.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Long time no post...but I have good excuses...really!

I know. I'm a crappy blogger. You guys probably thought I was gone for good. But before you start grumbling about how I'm a worthless and lazy blogger, humor me by reading my long list of excuses!

First of all, meet Clara Rose. Clara was born on April 15th of last year...she's almost nine months old now. She was a bit of a surprise as our oldest is now 10, and we figured that if a second one hadn't shown up by now, it wasn't ever going to happen.

Surprise!!! This was not the kind of pregnancy that one thinks of when they think of the miracle of life, the glow of pregnancy, blah blah blah. First of all, my morning sickness never went away. By my ninth month I weighed considerably LESS than I had when I'd gone in for my first appointment. Then I had blood tests come back all funky indicating an alarmingly high chance of her having Downs Syndrome. Which led to an amnio to rule that out. Then she decided to turn breech and refuse to flip the right way, and after examining all our options we decided our best plan of action was to have a c-section. Very bizarre experience, especially after delivering Sebastian the "normal" way.

She's a doll. She just started crawling, knows who her daddy is by name...says "mama" too but don't think she's connected it to me just yet. To her, I'm just the lady with the boob that feeds her. She calls everything with fur a "kitty", regardless of whether you're a cat, a big dog, or Santa Claus. And, she LOVES yarn. Yup, she's definitely mine and I'm already wondering how long I have to wait before I can start teaching her to knit. The picture of her I posted is of her with all the Noro I got for the Big Bad Baby Blanket I'm making from the Stitch N Bitch book, although I've made some changes to it that will allow me to actually double the size of the original pattern. I'll post pictures of its progress in an upcoming post, but you're all going to have to be patient with me as I've quickly learned that knitting while breastfeeding or chasing a crawling baby pretty much sucks ass. I have a lot of things on my Ravelry list that I want to knit but it's taking a while.

It's not just the baby that's keeping me from my dream of full time knitting bliss...I'm about seven weeks from completing my associates degree in IT/Networking. My slated completion date is March 1st. Then my plan is to take a few months off, hopefully long enough to have summer with the kids (and obsessively knit), and then start in on a bachelors degree in human services/management. It's kind of weird, it seems like it's been forever but on the other hand, it doesn't seem like it's taken that long to get done.

Anyway, my new years resolution is to try to make time to do the things I love to do but have just not put aside time to get done, and that includes posting on my blog. I hope to have some time to give it a facelift and update it a bit more, and be a bit more regular about providing knitting and life updates.

Hugs to you all!!