Monday, September 25, 2006

Taking The Week Off

Hello Internet! I'm signing off the blog for this week, but I'll be back next week! Come back then and I'll have pictures and stories. Bye for now!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Favorite Fotos Friday

This is my favorite picture of Sally from this summer.
I took it on Labor Day. I think she looks like a mermaid.

"Mom loves me because she knit me this cool hat!"

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Three Things Thursday

(1) Thursdays are shaping up to be my most scheduled morning.

(2) I am helping out in Sally's classroom on Thursdays, and it makes me really miss teaching.

(3) I have now been a stay-at-home-mom for as long as I was a teacher.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Conversations with Samuel

Mom: "Here." (hands Samuel a flyer from the front door) "That's sushi. Daddy loves sushi."
Samuel: "Whoa. Dat is a wot of numbers!"
Mom: (stares blankly at him)
Samuel: "Dat costs wots of monies!"
Mom: "Son, that is the phone number."

Still, I'm impressed that (a) he knows what numbers are and (b) he knows that numbers represent money and (c) he recognizes a large number. And that with only two weeks of preschool!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Musings About Another Mommy

I watch this woman walk her kids to school. I don't know much about her, but she fascinates me. Maybe she reminds me of someone I once knew, she looks familiar to me, but I cannot remember the name or the face. She always dressed nicely, like she's going to go to work in a few minutes. She wears nice shoes, and she makes that important lady click-click noise when she walks. I think that her sons will always remember her when they hear this clicking of a woman's shoes. She gives her son a big hug, and he kisses her and tells her he loves her. Her son usually looks back at her once or twice as he walks to his class. This always makes my heart skip a beat.

Something has happened to this woman over the summer. In three short months, she looks like she has lived three long years. She has lost weight. Her eyes have a tired, veiled look to them, like she is inside and trying to hide from the world. Her clothes don't match. Her shoes don't click. Her husband has walked with her for several days now. I wonder what could have happened to this woman. Is she grieving over the death of a loved one? Has she been diagnosed with a terminal illness? Is she suffering from depression? I wonder about her, yet I don't even know her name. I feel oddly detached from her, and at the same time I want to bake her a cake.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

knit bit: saturday market bag

I've been looking for a knitting pattern for a stretchy bag. I keep finding crochet patterns, but no knitting ones. I wanted to make one for the beach, one that could hold a few towels and that one of the kids could carry. On Monday, I found Jodie Dananberg's pattern for her saturday market bag. How great is this: I already had the right kind of yarn, and the right size needles! So as soon as I cast off the poncho, I cast on for the bag. I am so proud of myself, because not only did I finish this in under a week - without neglecting my household duties or my kids - it is an "intermediate" pattern AND I finally learned how to do kitchener stitch. (I used this tutorial - very nice to have the photos to go along with the steps.) I also picked up stitches the correct way (I did it once before the wrong way). I took the first picture when I was picking up the stitches. Note the gear: knitting book, pattern, scissors, various knitting notions, and an iced coffee drink.

The only modifications I made to the pattern is that at the top, the pattern says to knit four rounds of garter stitch, and I knit six. (Also, I picked up one more stitch than the requested amount, but since I got so close, I just let that minor detail go. Besides, can you tell? Me neither.) Of course, my enthusiam for the bag has spread, and Sally has confiscated it for herself. Now I have to make another one for me :)

(P.S. After carrying the bag around, Sally has decided she'd like a smaller one. So this one is mine! I think hers will be a little smaller with a shorter handle.)

Friday, September 15, 2006

favorite foto friday

Sally and Samuel earlier this week. This is right before we left for school. Notice the nice hand-knits on Sally - poncho by TaiTai (Stu's grandma), hat by Mom. She's a fashionista. Samuel is sporting a new haircut (thanks, Cool Cuts For Kids!) and a new-to-him spiderman t-shirt (thanks, Stephenee!)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Three Things Thursday

(1) I made my first batch of pumpkin muffins of the season yesterday. Yummy.

(2) Our Tivo has not made a daily call in over 500 days. I am strangely proud of this fact.

(3) I started watching The View again. I am so glad Rosie is back on a talk show. I've missed her.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Knit Bit: My Poncho

Here it is - the poncho that I knit for myself. I used the Yarn Harlot's pattern - A Very Harlot Poncho. It was an easy and quick pattern to do. For you knitters, here's the details: Levante yarn in Blue/Teal color (it's a wool/acrylic blend) - 4-5 balls - size US 15 needles (I used larger needles than the pattern called for). I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. (Thanks to Sally for the photography.)

It was only a matter of timebefore I started making my own stitch markers.

Aren't they cute? Now I need to knit something that requires them! (Thanks to Sally for letting me use her beads.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Knit Bit: Mom's Shawl

Here is my mom with the shawl I made for her. For you interested people (knitters) out there, I used five different kinds of novelty yarn and large (US11) needles. I knit with a new yarn each row, cutting the yarn and making the fringe as I went. I also sewed up the sides from the wrists to the elbows so that she can slip her arms inside and it's like a little sweater. She loves it. I'm now thinking about making myself one. Now if I could find the right yarn . . . .

How Do I Love Thee?

I discovered another reason to love preschool this morning:

*a floor that stays clean for more than ten minutes*

This could actually inspire me to clean more. Revolutionary!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sleeping With Bread Monday

Yep, it's Monday. Time to look back on the week, to examine what caused me distress, and to hold up what brought me joy. (In keeping with my bread theme, I'm going with types of bread I like and dislike. I dislike Rye; apologies to those of you who like it.)

Rye Bread: Two things made me sad. First, Stu's cousin Jon (who is a faithful reader and anonymous commenter here) was going to come for a visit and got sick and had to cancel his trip. We were all looking forward to seeing him and making Uncle Jon's Famous Pizza together. We missed you, Jon, and we'll have to do it again sooon. The second thing was Sally's first soccer game. While she played well and the team did make a goal, she played forward for the first quarter, ran for ten minutes straight, and came off the field crying. For those of you who really know Sally, you know that this is very unlike her. She was so discouraged and tired - I think she thought that she was expected to keep up that level of playing for the whole game. Thankfully, her coach let her rest for the second quarter, then for the third she played full back, then the fourth she was back as a forward. We told her to pass the ball when she was tired and walk for a few minutes. As it turned out, all the girls were tired and the fourth quarter moved slower than the first. She's really an excellent player, but she just can't run a long time. Endurance is not a family trait when it comes to running. She's great on defense. I think she'd be a great goalie, too.
Sweet Hawaiian Bread: The good stuff this week is my family. My parents were here and we had fun together. Both of our kids were well behaved and (miracle of miracles!) got along great. We don't live close to any of our family members, so it is nice to hang out with family and not be rushed to do lots of stuff. We watched TV, swam, ordered pizza. All the good stuff. Also I finished the shawl that I was making for my mom, and she loves it. She wore it to the conference she went to and people told her they loved it and wanted to touch it. (Blogger won't let me put up any pictures, so I'll put some up later this week.)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Cartoon Knitters

Crazy Lady in "Barnyard" = Bad Knitter. First off, she's crazy. Second, she doesn't knit right. Anyone who has ever knit before can tell you that you don't pick up both needles and just poke around in the yarn and presto, you are done. There are always stitches on at least one of the needles.

Gromit the Dog in "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" = Good Knitter. This is a great dog. He cooks, he builds stuff, and he knits. He knits really nice vests, and Wallace actually wears them. I also love how his needles click when he knits, and he brings his knitting with him in the car. Such a great dog.

Friday, September 08, 2006

favorite foto friday

Samuel, all ready for his first day of preschool. He had a great time. The only sad part of his day was that I was there to get him and he couldn't stay and take a nap with his new friends.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Fill in the Blanks

"___ like a ____, sting like a bee."

Give me a few answers, then I'll tell you what Sally thought it was.

It's worth the wait, so come back and read the comments.

You'll fall off your chair laughing.

Three Things Thursday

Three Favorite Things About Fall

(1) Colors - September and Back To School always will be the color of a nice red plaid. Think a girls jumper, with a nice crisp white shirt underneath, with knee high white socks, sensible shoes, and a lunch box with a red apple inside. No matter that I live in Southern California and I may die of heat stroke (I'm exaggerating just a bit) walking my daughter home from school.

(2) Bedtime is strictly enforced at our house during the first month of school. I love it. By 8:03 every night, both kids* are fast asleep. I could clean out their closets and vaccum their room (key word here is "could") and they wouldn't wake up. (*Samuel is not quite on the school schedule yet, but as I have taken his naptime away (quelle nightmare!) he will conform to the family sleep agenda in a few days. I hope.)

(3) Pumpkin Lattes at Starbucks. Just like the rest of the holidays, these are debuting earlier and earlier every year. I, for one, will never complain about it. They are so tasty.

(For those of you nighttime bloggers, please forgive me for posting this early. Samuel has his first day of preschool tomorrow, so I'm trying to get a head start on my day. :) )

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Samuel: "Sally, Sally, my teacher made me a bumblebee cupcake!"
Sally: "That's great. I love bees. I love all animals. I want to grow up and take care of animals."
Samuel: "Yeah . . . "
Sally: "Did you know that I once found a dead bee? I was very sad, because I love all animals and want them to live, but it was dead, so Mom and I had a funeral for it."

Seriously. I can't believe she remembers this stuff.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

First Day Of School!

Here she is - all ready for second grade!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Drumroll please . . .


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Friday, September 01, 2006

Favorite Foto Friday

A last trip to Laguna Beach before school starts. If you live near Laguna, the tide pools are really very fun to see, and it's usually overcast here in the morning. It's a nice little town to walk around in, too. Bring your quarters, because parking usually isn't free.

A spider's web by our front door - very impressive. Too bad she couldn't catch any of the wasps that are loving our front porch this month.

Goodbye, shawl.

Hello, poncho!