my life as a crocheter & knitter & working mom
Friday, December 30, 2005
Exercise more (gee, I’ve got a membership to Curves, ask me how many times I’ve been in the last four weeks)
Stash less (lots of this going on lately, see sidebar for stealth stash that I’ve not mentioned)
Knit more (list of to knits keeps getting longer, sister socks, boot socks for hubby, birthday knits for Billy, not to mention all those things I say I’m going to knit for myself)
Complain less (it will definitely help with the below)
Smile more (just for hubby)
Clutter less (my house, oh my poor house)
Clean more (companion to the above)
Although, as usual, it will probably be more eating, less exercising, more stashing, less knitting, etc. Don't do anything I wouldn't do tomorrow night (which still leaves you A LOT of territory). See you on the flip side!
Of course, I've known my family for my whole life and still feel the need to make the house presentable for them. I spent until 10:30 last night cleaning, vacuuming, and wrapping presents. It felt good to sit down and mellow out before bed.
Why do I have to get them presents anyway? I gave them their only grandson and nephew. Isn't he gift enough? He's not even two yet. I'm sure the newness hasn't worn off.
You know it's a quiet day in the blogosphere when you get caught up on all your regular reads in less than 25 minutes. I think I may have to finish those appraisals today. It's so quiet around here I'm going to fall asleep at my desk if I don't keep busy. And today is going to drag on so. I get to leave an hour early (two hours if I were sane and got to work at 9 like most people), but still. The anticipation of seeing my family is going to drive me nuts.
Speaking of my kid. He said his first two intelligible sentences yesterday. He said "I got blocks" and "I want eat." I wish I could have heard him.
He cracks me up. At dinner last night he didn't want to sit in his high chair, he wanted to sit with me. (Mind you we went out for dinner, cook is a four-letter word in my house.) He hasn't figured out that his tantrums would be more effective if he screamed while throwing himself back and opening his mouth as wide as possible. I think he needs more practice. Anywho, he was more than happy to put his mouth to use when the mac and cheese came.
I'm plugging away on the sleeves for his cabled sweater and oh so looking forward to starting hubby's red ribby. Not to mention his boot socks and Billy's birthday gifts. Dad's hat finally dried this morning. I wrapped it up without taking a pic. I will get one of him modeling it.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
As Hubby and I were watching Rutgers play in their first footbal bowl game in 25+ years last night, I was knitting around and around on Dad's hat. I mentioned to Hubby that I wanted to felt the hat tonight so it will be dry for gifting on Friday. Hubby said, you'll have that finished tomorrow? So, I of course, had to stay up to get it finished last night. Please pardon the gangsta look. Dad's head is smaller than mine. I am worried about how this is going to look after it's felted, but I decided to have faith in Bonne Marie's pattern. Considering Dad was wearing the bucket I made for Billy and it nearly fit, I might be okay here. We shall see.
I got the guest room cleaned out last night. Someday, I need to go through my clothes and organize my closet (and that also necessitates the stash re-org I've mentioned before). My parents now have a place to sleep. Tonight, it's laundry and the bathroom. Tomorrow, I dust and mop and vacuum. Fun, fun, fun. It's a shame company is the only thing that compells me to clean my house. I'm going to get spoiled next month. M-i-L's already suggested we give her a list of chores to do while she's babysitting.
In other news, I've brought Billy's sleeves in to work on. Well, I should say sleeve since only one has been started. I'm not really sure if I like the looks of the gray stripe, or even if it's necessary, only time will tell.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
As usual, the in-laws over did the holiday. I don't know where we're going to put everything. I've got half a new wardrobe, hubby did, too. Plus he got new shoes and underwear (two things he truly loves to get for Christmas because he hates shopping for them). Billy made out well. Not too many big things from Grammy and Pa (that's what he calls the man), but some puzzles and books, and an art easel.
We over did it, too. But, he loves his block wagon. Hubby liked his Knicks coat and polo shirt I got him. He said I didn't have to wrap the unfinished sweaters, but gave me a strict deadline of Robbie Burns day. He'd like to wear matching sweaters at Argyle for the celebration.
Hubby got me the complete Buffy on DVD and a beautiful pair of earrings. He upgraded a pair I had lost earlier this year.
So, yeah, didn't finish the sweaters. I spent Friday night trying to get the neckline right on Billy's. Four tries later and it's done, but open on one side to make sure it fits over his head. I started a sleeve. I'm not sure how I feel about them. I've not touched them since Saturday.
Instead, I spent hours last night casting on four times for this. It's my dad's birthday bucket. I hope to be able to felt it tomorrow night. And then hope that it dries by Friday night.
In the get the house ready we've got the whole family visiting rush, I've got one guest room cleaned out. Finally got the old computer boxed up for recycling and cleared out all the old cardboard boxes. Wow. I forget how much space we have in our office. Thankfully, Billy took a three-hour nap yesterday and let me get it finished. Tonight, I tackle the other guest room. Wednesday, I clean the bathrooms and Thursday I dust the main floor and do the floors. Whew.
Friday, December 23, 2005
The transit strike is over and I got to get back to my normal commute this morning. It's been nice to see more people making it into the office. Traffic was light and it took me only an hour and 10 minutes to get in today. Of course, it's much warmer today, so the walk wouldn't have been too bad, but I liked taking the C train downtown.
Billy is enrolled for a new day care starting 2/1. I'm not thrilled that M-i-L has to take a leave next month, but I'm sure she finds it an easy sacrifice. Hubby met with two of the teachers from the new place and he really likes the lead. Miss Jean was once a professional clown and plays keyboards for the kids. I think Billy's going to love her. She mentioned to Hubby that 4 or 5 kids have left our old center for this new one. Gee, I'm so surprised.
I'm so relieved to be leaving the old place. We loved the first two classes Billy was in. His infant room was great. The girls were awesome and he got great care. The mobile infant room was rocky at first, but it wound up being a good fit. This toddler room has been a disaster. We went to pick B up the other night and I peeked in the window (I like to see what's going on before I walk in and disturb him) and one little boy was repeatedly smacking another on the head. The smackee was wedged between two cabinets and couldn't get away. The smacker was just going to town on his head. Now, I know toddlers can't do much damage by slapping, but the thought that they let this kind of behavior go on explains a lot about why Billy's being scapegoated. There were four adults in that room and fewer kids than normal, and still no one was watching those two. Too busy cleaning up so they could get out.
I'm not quite done with the back of Billy's sweater. I only have a handfull of rows left. I did start seaming Hubby's last night but quickly got bored with it. I'm sure I'll finish the knitting on B's on the way home today (office is closing at 1 so I have to take a local bus) and seaming and necklines will be job #1 tonight. (Well, after I have some primping done at the salon.)
I'm really looking forward to Christmas, even with all the attendant busy-ness. Something about being able to share it with a child makes it that much more special.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
The grand daycare tour was hectic yesterday. We did four stops in four hours. Of course, the last place we visited turned out to be the best fit. They have a large classroom for 15 kids (only 5 of whom are under 2 and a half) with three teachers (even on days when there are only 9 kids). It's in our town and we can drop at 7 am. The director was great, I found him to be really knowledgeable and the place seems well-run. It's a nice facility, with a gymnastics academy and dance studio along with the daycare. The daycare includes a weekly gymnastics lesson and a weekly dance lesson. The price is considerably better, too. Only two drawbacks, no outdoor playground (although they do have approval to build one, which in our town is the hardest part) and it doesn't look like B can start until he's 2. That's only 6 weeks away, but we need to be out of our current center after next week. M-i-L to the rescue. She's going to take a leave of absence for the month of January and stay with B at our house. The director is supposed to be calling me to confirm when B can start going and we'll pick up paperwork tonight and drop off a deposit tomorrow. What a relief. And what a great m-i-l I have, huh? Now, Hubby promised a phone call to every place we visited this week to let them know one way or the other. Who do you think is going to get to make those calls?
This transit strike thing is getting really old really fast. I have to say I have a pretty convenient commute, compared to most people, but I miss my bus ride and the knitting time that came with it!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
In other news, I pointed out to Hubby last night how quickly this piece was going and he asked if it was a sleeve. And I said, no it's the front of the smaller one. And he clued in (remembered?) that I was making father/son sweaters. I reminded him that I shared the plan with him when I bought the yarn, but he claimed he forgot so it would still be a surpise (like I was supposed to forget that he bought me the Buffy DVDs). He then groused that they weren't Christmas colors. Guess I better finish his up at least.
Busy day today. I've got a new employee starting and a demo to sit through, and we've all got training, and I have to leave early for our first Daycare tour. And I wish I could knit through it all!
Friday, December 16, 2005
It's quiet in the knit-blogosphere today. Is it because typepad has crashed? Or is everyone off knitting on their Christmas presents? Only 9 days left (well closer to 8 at this point, since it's almost 4 pm).
I'm having a hard time not eating the cookies I brought in for our putluck luncheon. Maybe I should go get a snack.
So, to update the day care saga, we have 8 appointments next week (not all have immediate openings). And Billy was bitten yesterday. Seems he was trying to take a toy from a kid and tried to bite the kid, but the kid bit Billy. Now, I'm hoping it's a learning experience for B and am not too upset that he was bitten (especially since no skin was broken). But, I have one important question, if they're supposed to be preventing biting incidents by stopping my kid when he even thinks of attempting to bite someone, why in blue hell was this incident allowed to progress so far? I think 24 toddlers in one room is way too many, regardless of how many adults are in there.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I laid in bed last night convincing myself that there has to be a way we could live on one salary (preferably Hubby's) so we wouldn't have to depend on anyone else for day care. I still think I'm going to run that spread sheet. The working mom guilt was in over drive.
Okay, back to the blog's raison d'etre, knitting. I was rather productive last night watching TV with hubby (and on the quick bus ride home). I finished that 3x3 section and have 1 and a half pattern repeats done. I think I only need two more to get to the shoulder shaping. I did look at the finished front this morning, but I can't remember if I had cabled three or four times. Maybe I have a picture somewhere.
Oh yeah, in my exhaustion, I left the camera at home. No progress pic today. Maybe tomorrow, if the weather and/or transit strike don't prevent my being with my camera cable (of course I could just take the cable home with me).
To sum up, bleaahh.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
So, didn't knit at all last night after making a list of possible facilities with Hubby, but did get three rows done this morning. Only 5 more to get to finish the ribbing. Here's a progress pic, just cuz you read through my rant.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I'm surprised by the Elann Highland Wool. It's much softer than I thought it would. Yeah, I did buy a bunch last year to make a ribby, but it's still in the bag. I started fiddling with the gray stuff from yesterday to start to work out some boring tube-style boot socks for Hubby and thought the yarn would feel really scratchy after working with the Lambswool, but it wasn't at all. I'm thinking of using some of my cork for the toes. Green or orange? Hubby won't like either of the colors, but I figure the acrylic/microfiber/whatever content in the cork will help with wear. Not to mention give them a bit of oomph.
Not too much to talk about otherwise. Hubby's still upset about my lack of judgement on Friday, and I'm wondering when he'll get over it. (I know it's only been three days, but I'm seriously contrite.) Billy's still as cute as a button, winning over hearts everywhere we take him. Work is work and we're all gearing up for the possibility of more snow on Thursday. If only I could take a snow day Friday.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Now, this does not look like any gingerbread I've ever eaten (I've often thought that Rowanspun spiced orange looked more like gingerbread than their gingerbread did, and vice versa). But, it's definitely a gingerbread I'm going to wear.
Granted, it might take me fifteen years to knit up something at this gauge but for $2.75 a skein, you better believe I was gettin' some.
That gray stuff, for boot socks for hubby. He keeps asking about them.
Also, to be filed under I'm an effin idiot, I won a copy of the Cork Collection on eBay 12/3. Sent payment out on Monday. Got the envelope back on Saturday because I never put an address on it. I had to re-sign up with PayPal to get payment off so my honor is not besmirched. Fortunately, seller is a good person. However, unsullied my eBay reputation may be, I am closing my account once I leave feedback on these last two things.
I did get the Christmas tree decorated while exiled at home on Saturday. It's not completely inundated with ornaments like usual. But I think it's sweet the way it is. If anyone doesn't like it, they can haul themselves up and down the step stool before I pack everything away. I want my living room back from these darn storage boxes!
Billy particularly likes that there are aaaah-pples (some really cute ornaments we got from Hubby's grandmother) on the tree now. I can't wait until he tries to eat one. (Just kidding. He wouldn't know to bite into one. His apples are always cut up or sauced.)
As for knitting, I did as much as I possibly could yesterday. I knit while Billy napped. I knit while he played after his nap. I knit after he went to bed. I'm nearly done the first, large section of cables. (10 repeats down) In 9 rows, I start the 3x3 rib that should cruise. Almost 2/3 done. I will have this thing blocking by the end of the week and Billy's cast on!
Kim tagged me for a meme.
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.
Tourniquet, by Evanescence
Cold Hard Bitch, by JET
Friday I'm in Love, by the Cure
Crush with Eyeliner, by REM
Graceland, by Paul Simon
Walk the Line, by Johnny Cash
Christmas music on 106.7 FM (always on in the car and at home)
I tag Lolly, Labmom, and Yarngirl and anyone else who listens to music (I know that will narrow it down).
Friday, December 09, 2005
Looks like we might get just about 8" of snow. Fortunately, daycare was open this morning and the bus ride was only 20 minutes longer than normal. Hubby made it in okay, too. The good news is that the snow will have stopped by the time I leave for the party and the roads should be in good shape by evening rush.
That's about all I've got for an 8 theme.
Sorry to inundate you with the grossness of parenthood. The good news is that whatever the rash was that Miss J saw, it was temporary. Things were perfectly normal last night. Maybe he had a reaction to something he ate or it was a heat rash or something. Anyway, let me know if it's TMI.
Hubby and I hope to get the Christmas shopping done tomorrow and maybe I'll get around to decorating the house. I'm tired of bumping into the boxes of decorations that are strewn about the house. Maybe this winter wonderland will motivate me abit.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
S*** is flying from all directions.
Nothing good on sale at Herrschners.
I do have 6.5 repeats completed (4.5 more to the inches of 3x3). I've decided Billy's getting a top down, striped, ribbed raglan. Who says the sweaters have to be matchy-matchy?
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I've almost completed 4 repeats on Hubby's Christmas Cables. I knit until I couldn't stand anymore last night watching the Devils get spanked by Detroit and then did not nap on the way in this morning so I could knit and knit some more. I didn't want to put it down to get started at work. Jobs are such bummers.
The good news is we have progress here at work, too. Lots and lots of issues making their way to the printer. Sanity could be just around the corner! (Editors crack me up. One just signed an e-mail I. Granted, his name starts with I, but that's just silly!)
Unfortunately, Christmas is just around the corner and the elves have made no progress on cleaning and decorating my house. I may have to replace them all.
I hope to be hearing from Hubby soon. He has his big adventure with Billy at the ENT today. He's only done a couple of doctor visits alone. This one should be easier for him, Billy's only getting checked from the head up.
Well, back to those darn issues. I'll let you know if I get any word on the boy.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Obviously, I'm just not busy enough today. Or, I'm hell-bent on spending my Christmas bonus on yarn.
I spent some time while dinner was cooking and my boys were running errands last night trying to get a decent shot of the ornament I made for Billy's class Christmas tree. It was hard to photograph. I took 15 shots and got this one by partially obscuring the flash. I tried taking flashless pics, but they all came out blurry. I'm kind of embarrased to be posting this, overall it's rather 70s looking, but I'm very proud of the garland. I didn't have a pattern and winged it based on some garland my grandmother had made. It's nice and ruffly, don't you think. I think the entire thing would have come out better if I'd had something besides construction paper to work with. Next time, I back it with paperboard or something. I will proudly hang it forever and ever (even though I might tell people Billy did the glueing).
In other news, we were fortunate with the snow. Cranford barely got anything and we had a nice quick ride in. Well, until a truck tapped the bus's side mirror and we spent time stopped at the exit of the Turnpike trying to get it re-adjusted.
Not much going on but work, work, work.
Monday, December 05, 2005
My busy weekend is segueing rapidly into a busy week.
Friday night found me with only a handful of increases left on the sleeve, but I couldn't finish it. Saturday the church bazaar was good (we only bought cookies, human and doggie), had fun at Devils game with church youth group, M-i-L made a great shrimp risotto for dinner, very little knitting done. Sunday was snow, lighting the second advent candle at church, a pancake breakfast, making an advent wreath, laundry, decorating an ornament for Billy's classroom tree, and finishing that second sleeve.
Here are pics of the sleeve and the wreath.
Friday, December 02, 2005
That notepad under my mouse pad is supposed to contain all kinds of useful information that I'll probably need someday. Right now, I'm too busy doing final checks and compiling and re-compiling reports on how many issues still need to get to the printer.
Generally, I like to be sort of organized at work. But, lately, it's all I can do to keep up with the urgent tasks. Good thing there's only a week or so of this left. Then maybe I can get back to having a general idea of what the heck is going on.
In other news, Hubby's second sleeve's not much bigger. I had to stand on the bus home. I wasn't planning on it, I was supposed to get the last seat. Unfortunately, the only seat available was the middle seat in the last row and I was not fitting.
I had a good night, enjoyed the CSI repeat (I hadn't seen it before) and knit a few rows, but not much appreciable progress.
Yay for group daycare. It seems a kid in one of the other classrooms has chicken pox! I don't know if I could deal with that right now!
I'm looking forward to the weekend, maybe I can figure out where I put my head. Of course, the home front is ridiculously disorganized and cluttered as well. I still haven't unpacked from SC. (Yep, I'm a yarn glutton and a housework sloth. My two deadly sins!)
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Maybe it's because LOST was on last night *if you haven't seen it skip this paragraph, no actual spoilers, but I do discuss content*. Now, I don't think every episode was great and I sometimes get frustrated because I'm left with more questions than answers, but it's still a great ride. I do have one question last night, what made Wayne so inherently evil and repugnant to Kate? Ok, two questions, what's up with the horse? Ecko just keeps getting cooler and cooler. I like that he's a bit more skeptical than Locke, although we all know he's a man of great faith. Kudos to the casting director for that show.
Maybe it's because Hubby's going out tonight and I get the big TV for CBS. Oh, that's just so lame. But, CSI is much better on a 48".
Maybe it's because I don't have to drive on any highways tonight and can get the kid to bed at a decent time. Man, highway driving with a whiny toddler, in the dark, is just not a relaxing way to spend the evening.
Or maybe, it's not that it's Thursday, maybe it's that I've made mucho progress on Hubby's second sleeve. Okay, I know, crappy photo. The first sleeve took 6 days, I'm hoping to get this one done by the weekend. I've also pretty much decided that the back is going to be all 3x3 rib. For two reasons: time and yardage. I'm concerned I'l be running out of both. My goal this weekend is to get the back started.
Maybe it's because it's December 1 and I now give myself permission to get into the holiday spirit. And I know that this year of illness for my family is almost over and I have great hopes for '06 being healthier (at least we'll all know what meds we need to take this time around, especially me).
Maybe it's jsut that it's not rainy today and a sunny morning always makes things seem a bit more bearable.