Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Frog: Watch "Hello, my flower. I'm stuffed up and so congested. I've returned my flower, a changed bee"?
Me: You want to watch the bee commercial?
Frog: Watch "Hello, my flower. I'm stuffed up and so congested. I've returned my flower, a changed bee"?
Me: Just a minute.
There is no way he is going to be able to watch this commercial on demand so I try and distract him. A few minutes later...
Frog: Watch "Oink Oink Zoo Pals. Buzz Buzz Zoo Pals"?
Me: Just a minute. going to my room to have a quick lie down.
A few weeks ago I got the Frog referred to the public school system for their early development program. They evaluate him and see if he qualifies for service like free preschool and in home visits from professionals. I got him referred because of his behavioral issues (hitting, MAJOR tantrums, etc...). After a few visits with the people at LPS, it turns out that he qualifies for services because his communication is at the level of a 20 month old (he just turned 3). He's also showing some signs of autism spectrum disorder (his good memorization skills, his mania for counting things, control issues). The good news: he has a lot of skills that point otherwise (extremely social, good eye contact, pretend play). We aren't going to do the testing for autism for at least 6 months to see if the in home visits will improve his communication skills. They also say that this could be a big factor in why he gets so darn angry at the drop of a hat. I'm willing to try anything!
These past couple of days I have been so proud of him. We went to the Y yesterday and he didn't try to run away out into the parking lot (the first time, EVER!). He stayed with me the whole time and was calm. He didn't flop out, cry, or do anything else that resembled a tantrum. I was so excited. Then, when we were leaving...it was the same thing! He was the vision of calm. I'm so pleased that I decided to take advantage of the 70 degree weather today and we're going to make a trip to the Omaha Zoo. Yep, I'm taking both kids to the zoo by myself. I may regret it later but I can't help but think that he's going to be good. Wish me luck!
Sunday, February 26, 2006
The medal ceremony was beautiful.
I tried to take Wendy's advice and not mess up the words to the national anthem. I decided to smile and look happy. And, of course, take a bite out of the medal. Why do they do this? Oh well.
I love being an Olympic champion. I love it so much that I've refused to take off my medal.
Sugar Daddy doesn't even question any more why I have him take these pictures. What a good husband!
The shawl is going to "retire" for a few months until she makes her glorious return at the Lancaster County Fair. If I don't win first place, the judges must be on crack.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
And here she is right after a little washing and a zillion pins. This is a queen size bed.
I was a little taken aback by the beauty. I can't believe I made this. In 15 days. It truly was a challenge and I deserve that medal! But, I didn't do it alone. I've got to thank my Sugar Daddy. Without him, the kids would have been starving and wallowing around in trash these past few weeks. I think he knows that I am extremely grateful for his support of my "dream" and I'm going to be repaying him for it dearly. I already promised not to knit another stitch until the Olympics are over. I know that's only 1 more day...but that's a big deal for me and he knows it.
Here's a closeup. Try not to cry.
I used 100% baby alpaca (Perlita brand) color 2105. A skein is 437 yds. This shawl took about 880 yards. Good thing I bought that third skein or I would have been in a big mess! I loved the yarn, the pattern, the joy of blocking, and I'm sure I'll love the finished product!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
2. Greasy hair. No time to shower.
3. No makeup. Not even my brand new eyeshadow!
4. Cramping in my left arm. Feel the burn.
5. Three days left. Note to self: go and buy some Depends undergarments. Cannot waste any more time on the toilet.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I'm a day behind schedule but this is what I have now.
I can't believe how beautiful it looks...even before blocking. The pattern says that if I like it the way it is, I don't have to add the border. I do like it the way it is. All it needs is a good blocking to be done. But, I also have 5 days left to finish it. What do you think? Let your voice be heard.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
I wasn't paying attention earlier and Big Apple snuck around to the computer and put a piece of bread in there. It looked like it was still intact. I pulled it out and found more pieces of bread underneath. I think I got them all. Add a little butter and maybe my computer troubles will be over for good!
*I really don't believe that the people that bobsled are cowards. You wouldn't catch me doing that...for sure!
Friday, February 17, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
1. Have sensible passion. Basically, you can ruin a passion by making it your business. Be realistic about your skills and what exactly you are willing to do for the sake of your business.
2. Invest in your skills. Take the time to invest in yourself and what you want to do. For example, if I want to start designing knit wear I should be doing the sorts of things that will help me fulfill that goal like take design classes or become a TKGA Master knitter.
3. If you're Martha Stewart, being in prison isn't all bad. She got to give talks about being a successful businesswoman and help the other inmates with their goals. Also, if you have a house like Martha Stewart, being on house arrest is a Good Thing.
4. She liked the poncho.
5. Martha's mantra is "Make it Beautiful".
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I'm having an Olympic size problem for tomorrow night. I can only tape two shows at once and there are 3 that I consider "must-see" tv....Survivor, Dancing With the Stars, and the Olympics. I don't know what to do. I think they Olympics may have to wait an hour. At least I'll be able to see the re-caps later.
Two posts in one day. Frog is watching Sesame Street and Big Apple is dangling from the computer chair. She truly is my little Sunny Baudelaire (from the Lemony Snicket books). We've got the teeth marks in the furniture to prove it.
Frog: More? More Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
Me: You want to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
Frog: Mmm hmm. singing Chitty bang bang chitty chitty bang bang....chitty chitty bang bang we love you!
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
We left Burger King and had a nice downhill walk to the Post Office. A very busy career-woman didn't open the door for me and my mammoth stroller. But, a nice older woman came up right after and helped me in. Mission accomplished: 2 cent stamps.
On the way back we stopped at the grocery store. I needed some supplies for our Valentine's Day dinner (calzones...how romantic). While we were in there a guy in a wheelchair was telling me how cute my kids are (which I could NEVER deny) and his shoe fell off. I tried to help him put his shoe back on but I was such a clod. He had a brace on his foot and I couldn't get it in the shoe no matter how hard I tried. I finally got it most of the way on and he pushed it in the rest of the way. There's my semi-good deed for today.
The walk home was pretty uneventful. Big Apple fell asleep. Frog was the picture of calm (very rare). I was tired. But, we made it. Oh...and I looked super fabulous in sweats and eyeshadow (I wore a shirt, too).
Monday, February 13, 2006
I learned something new on Saturday. I know how to put on eyeshadow! Can you believe it. One short afternoon with some friends and a Mary Kay lady (also a friend) and I have now entered the world of eye makeup. I ordered some. I decided on the colors Fig (the dual pack) and Spun Silk. I will get them in 2 weeks or so. Most of you know that I'm impatient. I was feeling pretty good about my eyeshadowing skills so I decided to buy a couple of other colors from my local Wal-mart just to get me started. Lucky for me, Almay has 3 colors chosen based on your eye color. Fabulous! I don't even have to come up with 3 colors on my own to match. I am soooo fashion forward. I don't know what to do with myself!
Back to blogging with children...while I wrote this blog my kids:
1. Turned on the paper shredder.
2. Frog pushed Big Apple into the closet.
3. Big Apple dangled from the computer desk and then rubbed snot in my pants.
4. Frog got "banished" from the computer room and is now banging his head against the door saying, "I bonked my head!". Well, duh!
5. Made me feel guilty for blogging about my awesome make up skills instead of making them play-doh and playing pat-a-cake.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Pattern: Child's First Socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks.
Yarn: Fortissima Socka
Some thoughts: I would definitely use this yarn again. I really enjoyed working with it. The pattern was also great. I thought it would tie me down to the book, but the shell pattern was really easy to memorize. It was very intuitive and I could knit on these "mindlessly" even though it looks complicated. I hope Lisa likes them!
Here's a pic of Big Apple. I was in the bathroom and when I came out, Frog had given her a lollipop! She was so cute with it that I let her keep it.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
I've got my team, Team Deseret.
I've got my pattern, The Snowdrop Shawl, by the Yarn Harlot herself.
I've got my yarn, a lovely laceweight Alpaca in red.
My needles are ready.
Let the countdown begin!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
I'm going to love it, too because it comes with a HOUSE! We went to look again at the house we considered our "2nd" choice (because it was smaller) and we made an offer that night because we knew they were going to get another offer from a different family. We couldn't afford to wait. About an hour after finishing all of the paperwork, we heard back that we got it!
It's not as "cute" or "charming" as the country house on the outside. But, there's a lot to be said for the inside. It's a deceptively big multi-level with 4 bedrooms.
The first thing when you come in the house is the dining room.
Here are some of the highlights. This is a deck comnig off of the master bedroom. SD said he'd install a fireman's pole for me to get down in a hurry. :) The backyard is great and the basement is a walkout. You can kind of see the edge of the patio in this picture.
Then, the kitchen...that I fell in love with immediately. It has a gas range in an island and a double oven! Sugar Daddy appreciates the dishwasher. We haven't had one since 2000-2001. He deserves it!
The floor plan is really open and here is what leads off the kitchen. And the view from up there?
I'm not posting any pics of the bedrooms. The previous owners have 4 kids (2 boys, 2 girls) so the bedrooms are already decorated accordingly. Nice. Here is a picture of the basement. The plasma TV was negotiable but we declined. Oh well. SD got his wood burning stove.
I'm really pleased and so is Sugar Daddy. We had a hard time sleeping last night. I thought about how we got this house instead of the Victorian we loved and what lessons we possibly learned from that experience.
1. We knew the process of making an offer. That made it less scary when our realtor told us we needed to act quickly on this one.
2. We would have to do more work on the house in the country that frankly, a young professor trying to get tenure just doesn't have the time for (or a SAHM of 2 busy toddlers, for that matter).
3. If we didn't already have the Victorian house in mind, I probably never would have attended the open house for this one. It didn't have the kind of "curb appeal" I was looking for, but I went anyway because it is just 5 blocks away from where we live now.
4. We were prepared to close on the Victorian on Feb 28th and possibly break our lease. Now, we don't have to. This family doesn't want to move until mid-April and that is EXACTLY when we want to move.
5. I don't really have a number five, but you know how I am about lists making it to at least five. So, there you have it. We had quite the adventure yesterday and bought the most expensive swingset we could.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
For some reason I've been making socks. Not pairs of socks. Just socks. I haven't been able to get to the second sock. So, you have two to choose from. Whichever one you choose to be yours, I'll start making today. So, which one?
1. This sock is made with Koigu merino. It's really soft. It has a scalloped edge on the cuff and is really comfortable to wear.
2. This sock has a really cute shell pattern that you can't really see in my crappy pictures. The color is the perfect OU crimson. It has a shorter cuff than the other ones. It's not as soft as the merino but I bet they will hold up better when you wear them.
And now, for the side by side comparison. Well, for some reason blogger isn't letting me put any more pictures on right now. This will have to do. Try to decide soon because I need to finish the second sock before Friday.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
A couple of weeks ago, I sent her an email to invite her to movie night at my church. I was surprised when I didn't get a response because she has always been so good about replying. I figured that she was out of town or something. The next week, I found out that she had a heart attack. Her reply was something like, "Sorry. I had a heart attack that day. I'm okay. I'll see you at the next knitting group.". Today is our next meetup. Her obituary was in today's paper. She passed away on Wednesday. I'm so shocked. We were planning a trip to Omaha to go to some yarn shops this month. I was supposed to see her today. I'm going to try and arrange for a babysitter so I can go to her funeral on Monday. Even though I only knew her for a while, we really were kindred spirits. I'll miss you, Patsy!
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Think back. Did you have a Fisher Price record player? We did. We also owned the 45rpm record of Ray Parker Jr.'s hit, Ghostbusters. This wasn't the first song that my sister and I would make up dances to, but this one was memorable. Can you hear the song in your head? Think of that opening bass line. Just think what six and eight yr. old girls could do with the choreography. Let me tell you, we were good. It's amazing that one of us is not a superstar this very day. Maybe the Frog did come by his dancing skill from my tender nurturing and not nature like I previously suspected.
Remember Star Search? My sister and I would play Star Search and make our parents judge us. Somehow we always won an equal number of categories. Lisa (my sister) would almost always win the dancing. She's got "flair". Colonel Hathi's March. Jive Talkin'. Those were the days.
What songs make you turn up the radio every time they come on?