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!