Thursday, February 28, 2008

It's Good To Know People

A while back ago Sgt posted on his blog that he had a wack of beads from Mardi Gras and was willing to mail them off to whoever asked. As I've always wanted to go to Mardi Gras, but have yet to do so.. and because we have a Mardi Gras day celebration at school.. I put in for some and then forgot all about it.

Today in the mail arrived a big, fat, heavy package FULL to the brim with beads. More beads then I'd ever seen at one spot. Multi-colors, green (my favorite color), fat beads, skinny beads. You name it. I wonder if anyone else asked for some, or if he just mailed them all to me??

Snow. Shovel. Repeat.

Because everything has been grey and drab and not worth taking pictures off.. today I have some yarn therapy for the blog.

This cute little red sweater was knit and delivered to my co-worker and his wife who just had a little baby boy back in late January. No, I didn't deliver it late, the pic has just been sitting on the camera since. It's my standard baby gift sweater that is worked from the top down, and I lurve it. That yarn is Red Heart soft, in some color way that I've long forgotten but I thought it made a glorious boy sweater color. My coworker has red hair and it's just stunning. That hat is done in the the same garter stitch modification that I do for the sweater when I make it for boys and his wife just loves it.

Monday, February 25, 2008

This is what Vacation looks like.....

This is the view out one of the two windows on the back of my house in the family room. The family room/kitchen part of my house was an addition to the original house way back sometime. The family room was built in place of an old porch that stood in it's place, so it has kind of a sloped ceiling. The part by the windows is the lowest part (normal-ish ceiling height (a little higher).. and the part where it connects to the kitchen (which has a dead crawl space above it that is closed in) is wayyyyyyyyyyy high.. like half way up the second story of the original house. If you can imagine that my house faces one direction, and the roof slopes so that the snow would fall of the back... the family room is where that snow falls.. and it's roof faces sideways to that original house. So the snow falls off the slate roof, lands on the metal roof on top of the family room.. then slides down and lands on the ground in front of those windows. (if you followed all that give yourself a pat on the back) We've gotten so much snow this winter, you can't sit on a seat in the family room and see out the window. You can't stand in the room and see out the windows really either. You actually have to go to the window and look over the snow to see out.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Moon Shines Down......

Because I'm having a craptastic week.. I give you 5 things that are making me happy right now.

1. Advil. I've had a headache all day. All week actually. And I think last week. Normally I get stabbing pains to the top and right of my left eye, but today they were to the left of the eye. Quick stab, and they go away. No one is sure why, and you can't take anything because they go away too fast. But today it was over and over. So after all that.. I got a helluva headache. Now it's gone. Or at least, it's being masked well. I'll take it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

50 Questions: Just Cuz

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
Damn.. I look tired!

2. How much cash do you have on you?
I currently have no cash on me. In my wallet lives about 50 bucks and some spare change.

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
More. As in, "I'd like more coffee, but really I need to go to bed."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Flash It Friday

Sooooooooooo.. what's new? How ya'll been??? I've been busy over here with things like shoveling mountains of snow, and trying not to freeze to death.. and other things with names like school is kicking my arse and knitting a sweater. Right now I'm taking a breather while The Boy cooks dinner (it's Friday during lent.. this week I broke down and agreed to frozen fish pieces and fries, so don't be too impressed.. although he is becoming quite the chef!) and enjoying some Valentine's Tea from Adagio Teas. Dudes, once you go loose leaf in a teapot, you'll never got back to bags. Anyhow, this was a sample that I will defiantly be getting a bigger tin of. It's got a hint of chocolate that is lovely plain.. or extra decadent with just short of a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of milk. I was going for "avoid snacking before dinner" and added the sugar and milk. Mmmmmmmm. In the spirit of my word for the year.. which is pause.. I decided that the list of things I "should be" doing really is just stuff that is going to still be there later on, so I mozied over here for a visit. February is typically my least favorite month of the year, and I'm surprised that I've gotten to the half way point without too much hum-drum. I've been awake more, doing more, and aside from grumbling about the snow... in a better place then I was last year or the year before. It can't be due to more sun exposure, because the sun must've forgot all about us out here... but whatever it is.. I'll take it.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Today hasn't been a banner day. Went to bed grumpy last night, woke up still feeling grumpy... kids are on my last nerve (which is pretty short this week I might add)... it's snowing (AGAIN!), and to top it all off, not only did one of my co-workers father in law pass away this morning.. that one friend I mentioned yesterday... malignant cancer. The Dr's seem to think that it's been there the whole time (she had breast cancer about 6 years ago) but the meds she was taking after the treatments stopped were keeping it quiet. They are quite optimistic about the outcome of this.. and are choosing to use hormone therapy to battle the cancer instead of chemo or radiation. My heart is breaking for her, for her kids, for all of us who have been celebrating with her every time she had a yearly check up and got a clean bill of health. It's just sad and heart breaking, even with the odds looking so good. Cancer is scary shit. So in light of all this.. I bring you Kermit. Because even on the yuckiest of days.. Kermit makes everything better.

and because this has always been one of my favorite Muppet skits:

Friday, February 08, 2008

WTF? or cursing on the internets

So over at Ravelry, there has been a heated, though civil, discussion about swearing on the internets. Mainly, is it OK to curse out in blogland or in forums or other public net places? After listening to both sides of the fence and several brilliant theories on the matter.. I have come to the following conclusions about cursing:

1. People who make up "silly words" to replace swears in front of children piss me off. Even the smallest child knows what you mean when you holler out Oh "Fiddlesticks" or "What the h-e-double hockey sticks" or "Son of a biscuit". Kids aren't dumb, and treating them as such is a disservice to them. Yes, I swear in front of my children.... however my children are 13 and 10. I took great pains to not swear too much around them when they were littler. My choice word has always been crap. Now that they are older, and my stress level is a little higher and my patience a little thinner, I use bigger words. They still crack up when they hear me say them. That tells me that they aren't mature enough to use them yet.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Go Red For Us

Go Red for my long time friend Carly... who a few years back had some scary stuff going on with her heart. Her AV Node was having a personality crisis and thought it was supposed to loop around and go BACK through some tissue and repeat itself. It caused her heart to race real fast when she was overly stressed out and for her to feel like her heart was going to pound out of her chest. A simple surgical procedure fixed her up good (we hope).. and she put off having it because people.. at the end of the day, heart stuff is scary as all hell. I don't blame her for one single second, but she is walking breathing proof that you don't mess around with this shit and get yourself checked out if you suspect something is wrong. Trust your Doctors. If you don't like what your doctor is telling you.. get a new one. Remember that old Nike ad? Just Do It.

Monday, February 04, 2008

What Will YOU See in Africa?

I love to check out what's happening on Africam while I'm waiting for something else to go on. Tonight I was done knitting (I'm making a sweater for myself (!) with BIG yarn on GINORMOUS needles and hoping to wear it Friday. I started it yesterday afternoon) and waiting for the weather dude to fill me in on how my morning walk to school might look tomorrow, and a herd of gazelle's was playing on the banks of the pond. How cool is it, that I can sit here, in my house in cold NH, and watch animals romping in the sand in Africa? I love the internets. Check it out.

Sunday, February 03, 2008