Tuesday, March 24, 2009

you know you agree with me

So now that toilet paper comes in double rolls and triple rolls and mega rolls, I almost never see the regular rolls anymore. Last week, I bought the brand that was on sale, and it turned out to be regular rolls. They are making all of us mad. It feels like we are changing the darn toilet paper every time we're in the bathroom. (We're not, but it feels like it.) This weekend, I bought a pack of mega rolls. I've never been so happy about a new pack of toilet paper.

Monday, March 23, 2009

ubp

Ultimate Blog Party 2009


This week is the Ultimate Blog Party. Go, look, meet new friends. Leave your blog link and you may win a prize! Fun stuff.

If you are a first time visitor, the pumpkin muffin links are on the side. Enjoy!

Mommy Advice

This one is a quickie: if you are planning on nursing your baby, go buy a nursing bra at a maternity store in a mall. Have a sales person help you, and get the kind without wires. The kind I liked looked like a sports bra. Get at least three of them, because once your baby is born, you'll be wearing them 24/7. Also, if you are buying maternity tops, get two or three that button, because you'll be needing those when your little darling is born. You'll be wearing maternity clothes for a few weeks after delivery (sad but true) and button shirts are the way to go.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

denial for a while

Tonight, I am not going to take out the baby hat that I am knitting. I am not going to look at it and think that I might, just maybe might, have enough yarn to finish it. I know that, after finding out that the nice little chunk of yarn I had left had a really thick cardboard roll in the middle, that I do not have enough to finish that hat. I am not going to even think that there is any way possible that I can find some of the same dye lot of that yarn since I bought it a long long while ago. I am not going to even consider any hope. I am not going to take sad pictures of an unfinished (but very darling) baby hat.

Denial. Not going to touch it.

What I am doing tonight is printing out a pattern for wee little baby mittens, and tomorrow . . . . well, tomorrow I'm ripping the half of a hat right out and starting over. Tomorrow, denial is over, that hat is over, and I'll be strong about the whole thing. (I think.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

green!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I'm celebrating by having a bowl of oatmeal, sitting here in my green shirt, green scarf, and green fingernails. :)

We've been playing Guitar Hero ROCK BAND with the kids and we all have Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer stuck in our heads. (Not a bad thing, that.)

Enjoy your green day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

quickie

sick kids all better. very very happy about that.

mailbox is in, with help of two five year old boys, one three year old boy, and an adult boy. (the little ones were "helping", not helping, and the adult helped quite a bit, as it turns out I tried to put the mailbox on top of a large rock.)

sally's soccer game was a great one - they tied! we were all excited about that.

almost done with the pink sweater - bought buttons yesterday and i love them.

i'm going to the rascal flatts concert tonight :)

that's all. enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NO way!!!

Today there is a new Knitty (online magazine) up and they are reviewing a yarn called Supreme Possum Merino Yarn . I'm not kidding. It's made from (cringing) possum fur. NO NO NO way will I ever EVER knit with that. (I'm almost in a fetal position just thinking about who would wear a sweater made from possum fur???)

I gotta go . . . .

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sick Again (still?)

I've been home for a few days taking care of Sally, who has the flu again. Poor kid. She's starting to feel better today, but she wanted to stay home today to fully recover. (She still has a few symptoms, too. I would have kept her home even if she didn't want to stay.)

Yesterday we had a movie marathon. Yesterday Sam stayed home too - he insisted his tummy hurt quite a bit, and after a weekend of Sally being so sick, I wasn't taking any chances with Sam. (He went to school today - he's fine.) I knit up the two sleeves to the Pink Sweater while we watched Indiana Jones (1 and 4) and Nim's Island. I also blocked the other parts of the sweater so that today I could start putting them together. While Sally worked on her math, I finished up the sleeves (they are perfect, by the way) and blocked them and then did the shoulder seams. Now I'm off to help Sally with social studies, listen to Sam run through his flashcards, and pick up stitches for the neck band.

Also on the list - put in a new mailbox. Ours is in a sad state (the kids (ours and the neighbors) used our mailbox as home base in a game of tag and broke the stand, which I temporarily "fixed" by sticking two pieces of rebar into the broken pieces, so it is very unstable) so we bought a new steel pole that needs to be jammed into the ground with a sledgehammer. Sounds like fun, huh?

Friday, March 06, 2009

Conversations with the Kids

(on the way to school)

Me: "After school we are going to go to Target to get a gift for your friend's birthday."

Sally: "OK"

Sam: "Can we bring our money to buy stuff?"

Me: "Yes."

Sam: "Can we buy pokemon cards?"

Me: "How many pokemon cards do you already have?"

Sam: "uuuuhhhh . . . . . "

Me: "Don't you have enough already?"

Sam: "Do you have enough yarn?"

Me: "Well played. Yes, you can buy pokemon cards."


Final Score: Kids - 1, Mom - 0

Yarn-heritance

My friend Kristy recently said goodbye to her grandma. Her grandma was a crocheter/knitter and had a large stash of yarn. My friend, not being a crocheter/knitter herself (yet!) thought of me when she saw all that yarn and asked me if I'd like to have it. Um, YES! So last week, I got a very lovely, very large box of yarn. Sam took a picture of me with it: And then Sally and I decided that it really needed to be in some color order: Anyone need baby yarn? COME OVER! Seriously. I don't think I can use this much baby yarn myself, and I'd be happy to share. Sally is planning on teaching every friend she invites over to finger knit, and I said I'd do my share and give them a parting gift of yarn to practice with.

Also, I'll be making and dontating some baby hats in honor of Gigi. Thanks for the stash! I hope one day, when I'm outta here, somebody gets a big box of my leftover yarn, and is really happy about it too. (It will probably be Sally and her daughters and Sam's daughters. At least that's what I'm hoping for!)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Pink Sweater

This is the latest project that I've been working on - it's called "Hey Teach" and I'm knitting it in Cotton-Ease yarn in the Berry color.I knit up the back, and the two fronts (it's a button cardigan) and when I was finishing up the right front it was when I was getting over being sick and I really screwed it up. I totally forgot a whole set of instructions and had to rip out about 12 rows. But it's lace, and I didn't run any lifelines (which is what they tell you to do when you knit lace, but I didn't do it) so when I ripped it back and put it back on the needles, I had the wrong number of stitches. So I had to rip back four more rows, and then I got it right. I'm totally blaming the dayquil for that one.

Now I'm working on the sleeves, and I decided to modify the pattern ('cause I can!) and make them just below the elbow instead of short sleeves. So, in an effort to not mess them up and to make them exactly the same, I'm knitting both sleeves at the same time. From the same ball of yarn, too. (Yep. Mad knitting skills.)
Now that I'm almost done, I have a fear that I've made the whole thing too small. Hopefully I didn't, because I'm pressing on to the finish and hoping for the best.

Advice Column

A very good friend of mine is expecting her first baby in a few months, and she has requested a new blog feature: Advice to Young Mothers. She's been a regular reader for a long while now, and she's a very smart girl, so I'm going to take her advice and give it a shot.

For my debut, I am going to repost a list that I posted in August, 2004.

The Top Five Products that all Mommies (and Daddies) Can't Live Without:

(5) Cheerios & Goldfish Crackers
(4) Sippy Cups
(3) Baby Wipes
(2) Ziplock Bags
(1) Q-tips

For new mommies, #4 and #5 can wait a year or so, but the top three are critical. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to have enought baby wipes around the house (and in the car). Stock up. Get the case at Costco (or Sam's Club). Trust me. We still have a spare box of wipes somewhere in the kid's bathroom, and my youngest has been potty-trained for three years now.

Coming up:
~ Things they don't tell you about labor & delivery (but they should)
~ Advice to nursing mothers
~ A horrific story about baby poop and the need for extra supplies in your car

I think this will be a fun ride. Moms out there, shout out in the comments. We want to hear what you think!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Surreal

After I posted about our trip and got Sam back to school, we lasted about one day and then Sally got sick. Thankfully, she wasn't as sick as Sam, but still. The flu is no fun.

Once Sally was back to health, I lost my voice. Then I got sick too. I had a cold/flu combo that was really no fun at all. (I didn't even knit or read - that's bad.) In the middle of my illness, I got a fever. I don't know about you, but when I get a fever, I feel like a crazy person. My body wants to sleep, but my mind races around inside my head and won't slow down so I can sleep. So I lie in bed, wishing for sleep, but instead thinking crazy thoughts at rapid speeds. I hate this.

I must be getting old, because it took me a long while to recover from being sick. When my head finally cleared, there was a backup of laundry and we were out of bread and milk. I threw in a load of clothes, dropped the kiddos off at school, and headed to the grocery. Let me ask you this: when did bread get so expensive? Even the cheap store sliced bread costs almost $2. The kind I really like but never buy anymore is $3.79! Cripes.

So now I feel like I'm on top of things again. Everyone is healthy. There is food in the house, clean clothes in drawers (ok, in clothes baskets in the rooms, but still CLEAN), and my head is thinking clear rational thoughts. (Go rationality!)

I think the highlight of the week has been the mix cd that Stuart made for me (and Sally) for Valentine's Day. We've been listening to it pretty much non-stop since Feb. 14, and Sam has learned almost all the words to the country song "Chicken Fried". He sings it in a southern accent. It's priceless. If I am ever lucky enough to get him on video, I'll probably post it all over the internet. I can't think of many things better than a five year old singing the line, "Cold beer on a Friday night!" at the top of his lungs.