Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Playing in Snow

We got back on Monday night from a long, long weekend at Grandma Tina and Grandpa Ken's house up north of Sacramento. The kids have been wanting to go when there is snow, and we told them we would try. We picked a date, and hoped for the best.

Well, we got snow.
Lots and lots of snow.
The kids played in the snow,

had a snowball fight,
and made two snowmen.

Sally shoveled snow.
And I took advantage of the cold weather and wore lots of knitwear. (Hat, sweater, & scarf all knit by me :) )
Then poor Sam got the flu. He was sick the whole rest of the trip. We had to change our plans and stay put so he could rest and get better, but it was probably for the best because it was raining and snowing almost the entire weekend.
We had fun visiting with family (thanks Grandma Tina, Grandpa Ken, Auntie Tam, GrandBaa, and Grandma El) and celebrated Chinese New Year with lots of Stu's family (thanks Uncle G & Auntie V for hosting!).

On the way home, we found out the grapevine was closed. Very sad. We had to take a detour (46 east, 99 south, 58 east, then 14 south back to the 5) and made it through with a little traffic but nothing too bad. Even the detour had snow around, though.

Thankfully, Sam got better the night before we came home, so we had no sick kids in the car. Just goes to show that you can always find a ray of light in the middle of a storm.
(Sorry to Joy & Dre & fam, and Stacey & kids, who we couldn't see due to illness (ours and theirs) - next time, right?)

PS ~ On the way home, my great husband found a Burger King, where I ordered up some burger shots. I can't believe that they are really back. (Course, I really wanted the three pack burger bundle, but I can live with the shots.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I want them back!

I had a great dream the other night. I dreamt that Burger Bundles were back at Burger King.

Back in 1987, I was in high school and working at a used bookstore (one of my all time favorite jobs). The closest fast food was a Burger King across the steet, so I would frequently spend lunch breaks there. This was the year they had Burger Bundles, little three packs of mini cheesburgers. I loved them to no end. I ordered them everytime I went. My boyfriend (now the husband) stopped asking me what I wanted, because it was always the three pack Bundles. Then they stopped making them and I was sad.

So in my dream, I wake up and Stuart tells me to get dressed, because before we take the kids to school, he's taking me to Burger King to stock up on the Burger Bundles, because they were back for a limited time. I woke up before we left the house, but it was still a good dream.

I'm writing to Burger King. I'm starting a "Bring Back the Bundles!" campaign. Three mini burgers for $1. Who's with me?

Corporate office:
Burger King Corporation
5505 Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, Florida 33126

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Musuem Pics

We went to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in January. Here's a few highlights of our day:

Big Blue Blanket

A while back, I was looking through this knitting book and I found a picture of a crazy patchwork blanket. The squares were not all square. They were not all the same size. They were all demin yarn, and they were put together all random and it was fantastic. I loved it.

It got me thinking about making a blanket for myself, something that would take years to assemble. Something that was a mixture of lots of yarn from lots of projects I've made over the years. I got out the leftover yarn bits and looked at them, and decided that my blanket theme would be BLUE. I make lots of blue stuff. I have lots of blue yarn.

I started knitting up four inch squares. I knit lots of them, then I got bored and did some mitered squares. Then I stopped and put it all away. I took it all out last night and started some new squares. Here's what I have so far:

A good start, and a good mix of colors and textures. This is a fun project for me, something with no deadline, something to take out and play with when I feel lilke it. It's going to be a wonderful blanket when it's all done. Years from now. I love blue.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Quote of the Day

"It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old."
~George Eliot

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


At last, a post about knitting.

(Aw come on, you know you missed it.)

Dear internet, I give you Joy's Birthday Socks

They look a little big in this picture, but I washed them and they shrunk just enough to be perfect. I sent them off and I hope she loves them. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, in a colorway that I am pretty sure is Indian Summer, but it could be Caribou Creek. Just can't be too sure since the skien was not labeled (which drives me crazy, but it was too pretty to pass up).

And check out these lovely things:

made for a baby that, alas, will be a boy. Blue stuff is in the works. These are waiting for a baby girl . . . .

Monday, February 02, 2009

Conversations with Sam

Me: "Oooh, what's this? Is this a rat?"

Sam: "No, it's a hog!"

Me: "You mean a ground hog?"

Sam: "Yea! It's groundhog day. He saw his shadow and now there are six more days of winter."

Me: "You mean six weeks."

Sam: "Yeah, six weeks."

Me: "Did you see a video of Punxsutawney Phil today?"

Sam: "Yeah, and he saw his shadow."

Me: "So who is this again?"

Sam: "It's Pucks-a-Tonya."

Me: (laughing) "Can I write this in my blog?"

Sam: "Yeah."

Tip of the Week

My son helped a classmate celebrate his birthday today - the young man's clever mom brought kool-aid popsicles with frozen fruit inside. What an excellent idea - plastic cups, plastic spoons, grapes & strawberries & bananas, and kool-aid. I wish I had thought of that.

I'll probably copy it, since there are cupcake-shunning food wardens patroling our public schools. Aahh, the days were every mom brought thrity-two homemade over-frosted cupcakes to celebrate a birthday. Almost makes me want to move to Texas, where I hear that they have a law that you CAN bring homemade cupcakes to school. (I don't know if that's true - it's just what I hear. (that was my disclaimer in case I'm wrong) )

The other best birthday celebration idea was fat-free sugar-free pudding cups with whipped cream. The kids loved that.

What are your good ideas for birthday celebrations at school?