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!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Long time, no blog.

Yah. I've not blogged in a really long time. I really just have not had the time to do it. Well, let me rephrase that. I've not MADE the time to do it, and I know that I really should because it's something that I do enjoy.

To be fair though, the blogging isn't the only thing that has been put on the back burner...I hardly get a chance to read at all these days, and I've been knitting the same sock for probably a year, now.

On a lighter note though, it may all pay off. I am now officially 5 classes away from finishing my bachelor's degree. By April of next year I should have my degree and a crap load of student loans waiting for me. I'm pretty excited about it--I mean just the idea that a few years ago, college was on my list of things I always wanted to do but never would get to and yet here I am, almost done.

The kids are growing so fast I can't believe it. Sebastian is almost 12, has started middle school, is my height now and has this deep voice that just doesn't seem like it could ever belong to him. This month, Clara is 2.5 years old. She talks (and talks and talks), is incredibly busy, keeps me on my toes, and has no pause button. She's a lot of fun though, and I'm really enjoying the chance to watch her grow and learn. I love the age she's at because she's independent but still takes the time to cuddle up with me first thing in the morning to go back to sleep, which is what she was doing in the picture for this post. <3

So fingers crossed. I hope to post more regularly!