Monday, March 29, 2010

buzz buzz buzz

Busy as a bee over here - I was assigned two new students, so I'm trying to figure out their classes and fit their schedule with mine - so far it's working out.  Sam and I went to LegoLand yesterday with his friend and another friend and his friend's mom - we had fun, but it was hot yesterday!  We went on the pirate ride and got all wet, then Sam and his buddies went in the splash play zone and got soaked.  Super fun.  Very tiring though.  We are all scrambling to fit things in this week because next week is Spring Break!!!  (that reminds me - note to self:  buy easter candy before saturday night)

If you haven't heard, I've switched to a gmail account - sheilaMchew (at) gmail (dot) com.  The M doesn't need to be capitalized, but I put it that way so you don't miss it.

That's all.  More when I have a chance to breathe.

Friday, March 26, 2010

decorating for Easter

It's almost Easter!  I decided to play around with the look of the blog - this won't stay, but it's fun for the next few weeks :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

freaking out over here

After school today, the kids and I were in my bathroom. Sam had a smalll cut on his finger, and I was putting on a bandaid. Since I was already cleaning him, I cleaned out his ears. Then I checked out Sally's ears. (I forget to do this in the morning, and they aren't very good at doing it themselves yet. Well, Sally is pretty good. . . ) Anyway, (are you catching on to the build-up of the story yet?) I had been in the Q-tip jar several times before I noticed something odd.

Something was not right in my bathroom.

There was an uninvited guest.

After much screaming and shuddering and general freaking out by me and both kids, Sally and I hatched a plan. I carefully removed the items on the counter, took some pictures, and then trapped the lizard with an empty garbage can. Sadly, the lizard's tail got cut off in the process.

Sally starts yelling at me that I hurt him, that he's bleeding all over the counter, and I'm still mid-freak about trapping him and I'm yelling at her to hold the box - HOLD THE BOX!!!! - and we get him into the box and then close the lid and then I'm running through the house yelling to open the door - OPEN THE FRONT DOOR! - and I put the box down by the bushes and backed up and then turned and ran into the house.

I left Sally alone to release him. Then I called Stuart so I could hear his voice and calm down a bit, but when Sally and I went back to the bathroom -eeew this is so sick - the tail was still moving. THE TAIL WAS STILL TWITCHING! It's so wrong.
Sally gets the Good Daughter Award. She picked up the twitchy tail with some toilet paper and flushed it down the toilet. I was too busy freaking out some more.

Deep breaths. Knitting. A Scooby-Doo cartoon.

We're better now.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sweater and a checklist

The green sweater I knit for my sister's birthday is finished and mailed. For those of you who wondered why I would blog about a gift, she knew about it. I asked her if she would like a knit sweater, and then I asked her what colors she would like. Then when I saw her in February, I had her try on what I had so far so I could judge length and button band width. I'm really hoping it fits her and that she doesn't think it's too itchy. I used this yarn for a scarf and wore it next to my neck for several days and it didn't itch, and my itch factor is on the high side. Anyways, enough obsessing. Here it is:Pattern: Mr. Greenjeans from I made this for Sally in a different yarn two years ago. I'm making one for me next with the same yarn as my sisters, but blue. Indigo blue, if I can find it.
Yarn: Lion Wool-Ease in Forest Green Heather
Now for the checklist:
(1) a scarf - finished, sent (& much loved)
(2) a baby blanket - finished, sent
(3) a sweater - finished, sent
(4) a blue glove - also finished! This one was great - I finished it while wearing the first one, out on the cold soccer field at 7:00 pm, and I had about three inches of yarn left at the end. That's close, my friend.
(5) a hat - this is Sam's star wars hat - I've made progress and I'm in the middle of knitting the R2D2's. I'm proctoring an exam tomorrow, so I'm taking this to work on while my student is taking her test.
(6) purple & green gloves - I'm taking them tomorrow too :)
(7) a pair of socks - no chance of finishing them by the end of the month
(8) a tea cozy - ditto
And, because I can't do #5-7 while watching a soccer game, and because the tea cozy uses three balls of yarn at the same time and is a little bulky to carry out to the soccer field along with my purse, the team flag, a blanket (for Sam) and a bag of snacks (Stu was carrying two chairs and a cooler!), I was totally justified in starting a hat. The hat fits in my purse. Totally logical.

Thursday, March 04, 2010


i finished the sweater!!!
i just have some ends to weave in and then wash & block it.
more pics to come

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Once he saw her shaking a walnut tree, once he saw her sitting on the lawn knitting a blue sweater, three or four times he found a bouquet of late flowers on his porch, or a handful of chestnuts in a little sack, or some autumn leaves neatly pinned to a sheet of white paper and thumbtacked to his door."
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

kid pics

I just put up a whole bunch of pictures of the kids on my facebook page. I'll be posting most of the pictures of them over there now, unless there is a good story that goes with it, and then the pics will be up here on the blog.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Well, the Olympics is over and I can say this for sure: I didn't miss it this year. I watched a little bit almost every day, and some days I watched a whole lot. I watched almost all of the men's skating, all of the women's skating, and a whole lot of speed skating. I saw skiing and jumping and snowboarding and curling and hockey. Oh, the last hockey game! What a great ending to a great olympics, eh? Congratulations to Canada - it was such a close game, and it really could have gone either way.

My olympics knitting project has gone into overtime as well. Here's me during closing ceremonies:
finishing the second sleeve. (I would have finished if not for a great and long book that I had to read on Saturday. It was so good that I couldn't put it down.) I almost got the sleeve done - I had about six rounds to finish on the day after, and then I started picking up stitches for the button band. I started picking them up, and then stopped for dinner and homework and a little facebook time, then kept going. I went up one side, around the neck, and down the other side. I had to get a multiple of 4 plus 2 for the ribbing to be even, and I finished and counted - and TOTALLY NAILED IT! 254 stitches! I had a 25% chance to get it right, and I got it! Anyways, now I'm knitting the button band and I'm almost half way done with that, and then I'll have a few ends to weave in and I'm finished.

I had the chance to work on the blue glove for an hour last week, so it's close to being finished too.

Hockey has sudden death overtime. I'm giving myself March overtime. (my game = my rules :) ) I know I'll finish the sweater and the glove and the hat, and then I may have to break down and start a new project, because the start-something-new-itis is starting to itch.