30 March 2007
29 March 2007
27 March 2007
When I was in Portland last week, I acquired several skeins of Kureyon at Knit Purl. When she went to ring up my purchases, the really nice and helpful woman there (the owner, maybe?) said, "Oh, there's this great pattern on Knitty for Kureyon..." and of course she was referring to Lizard Ridge. She told me she's been a bit of a commitment-phobe about large projects, so I told her to try this one. If you're in Portland, do stop by Knit Purl (conveniently located a few blocks from
After that super-whiny last blog entry, today I did something I should've done last week: I called in sick. After getting the Things off to school, I went back to bed and stayed there until 11 am (only interrupted by 4 phone calls and an attempted delivery of our new floor). I'm still working now, but at least I feel a little rested.
25 March 2007
On top of that, half our kitchen is rubble (with the other half to follow soon) and, while hubby is being Demolition Man, I'm keeping the Things and Ruthie busy and out of his way. The yard is covered in weeds and has become a Snail Sanctuary.
All of which means I'm getting little sleep and no time at all to knit.
Woe is me.
22 March 2007
21 March 2007
That's an alpaca scarf kit, in beautiful natural colors. The picture doesn't do it justice. How could anyone be upset about a birthday that meant receiving something as nice as that?
Also, this birthday involved cheesecake eating.
Furthermore, tonight I got to begin a new class in ceramics. I've been wanting to take one for years, and I finally had my chance. So I get to play with clay for 8 weeks. Tonight I made a mug that looks like it was made by and for Neanderthals. Clumsy Neanderthals. I figure after one class my clay skills rank somewhat above Thing 2's. Maybe next week I'll get to Thing 1's level. But it's okay anyway, because playing with clay is loads of fun, as is being a student instead of a teacher for a change.
So 40's been good to me so far. Instead of being traumatized by my advancing age, I'll save my stress hormones for spring break, when we are replacing the counters, backsplash, and floor in our kitchen, laundry room, and family room. My favorite part will be keeping Ruthie and Thing 2 (who also has spring break that week) occupied and out of the way.
17 March 2007
Yesterday I took Amtrak to Portland, where I'm visiting my family. What a great train trip! I saw, among other things, deer, a sea lion, an eagle, and a dead cow. Aside from the dead cow, very scenic.
So now I'm hanging out a bit and celebrating my birthday a few days early. We just visited two great yarn stores: Knit-Purl (where I scored, among other things, Handmaiden Sea Silk) and Dublin Bay. Portland has some really, really nice yarn stores.
12 March 2007
To reduce arguments, we assigned days for the chair. Thing 1 gets Monday, Wednesday, Friday; Thing 2 gets Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Hubby gets Sunday.
So tonight was T1's turn, but T2 wasn't happy about it. "I never get to sit there!" she cried, inaccurately. Cruelly, we made her choose another chair anyway. She slumped in that chair, a look of anguish on her face, and exclaimed, "I'll never be happy again!"
Oh, I am so not looking forward to the teenage years with this crew.
10 March 2007
Aside from the price, there's only one problem with cherimoyas:
That's a lot of humungo seeds!
Square # 6:
As busy as I've been, I've been hesitant to commit to any project bigger than an afghan block. At least this way I get some feeling of accomplishing something! Oh, and by the way, the Spring Knitty is up.
It's a beautiful day. Here's Ruthie, Thing 1, and the neighbors "helping" me weed.
I'm finding a lot of that snail's friends and relatives. Yes, we do have enormous snails here. I've read that they're not a native species, but are actually escapees from a 19th century French restaurant. You'd think it'd be easy to keep snails from escaping. I don't know if that story is true, but I've heard it from a couple of sources, and I do know these guys are edible. One of my colleagues collects them, feeds them on cornmeal for a while, then cooks 'em. Bully for him, but I'll pass, thanks.
06 March 2007
This arrived today in the mail: the first package in Blue Moon Fiber's Rockin' Sock Club. Yay!
This guy (girl? Aren't snails hermaphrodites??) was in the weeds in my garden today. Probably ten zillion of his/her relatives were there, too. Snails are so much more appealing to me than slugs. Isn't it amazing what a difference a shell makes?
They had cherimoyas on sale at the grocery store yesterday. This beauty still cost over 4 bucks, but I haven't had one in years. It's not quite ripe yet--I'll be patient another couple of days.
05 March 2007
04 March 2007
And, here it is, proven for all time. Remind me to show this to the Things when they're teenagers.
You Will Be a Cool Parent
You seem to naturally know a lot about parenting, and you know what kids need.
You can tell when it's time to let kids off the hook, and when it's time to lay down the law.
While your parenting is modern and hip, it's not over the top.
You know that there's nothing cool about a parent who acts like a teenager... or a drill sergeant!