Friday, August 31, 2007
(Be fair warned. This is not a pretty list. But it is honest.)
1. I gave in and splurged all weekend to celebrate Mom's birthday.
(Not that I'm blaming Mom or anything. I take total responsibility for my eating behavior over the weekend.)
2. My knee is still swollen and stiff from the fall last Friday night, which makes exercise just about impossible. I was walking 3 1/2 miles every morning. This week I'm lucky that I'm walking through the halls of the schools.
3. Work has been busy busy busy. I've not had much energy left at the end of the day to do all the things I should be doing to stay healthy. Besides, I've worked hard all day, I deserve a big plate of pasta, and wings, and a 1/2 of a pizza.
4. No fresh groceries in the house. I haven't gone grocery shopping for about 3 weeks so there's not much in terms of appetizing healthy foods in the house.
5. No fresh groceries and no energy leads to a LOT of eating out and ordering in. BAD! BAD! BAD! Of course, I could have made better choices as to what I ordered, but.... (see any number of other excuses.)
6. This head cold is making everything taste bland and so I'm not getting satisfaction from eating, which makes me want to eat more to get the satisfaction - the never ending slide down hill.
7. However, I did find that sugary items still taste good when you're all stuffed up.
8. Giving in to the idea that since the week is already a bust, why not just go full force. (Yesterday morning I added a Boston Creame doughnut to breakfast and a cranberry orange muffin in the afternoon and then went for a delicious cheese burger late last night after the WW meeting.)
9. I've turned to Diet Coke all day, rather than water. The bubbles help disintegrate the phlegm in the back of my throat. But my lips are getting chapped from dehydration. I'm using way too much chap stick for this time of year.
10. Self full filling prophecy: Right now I feel like crap, so why not eat like crap.
Enough of the excuses!!!
This week I am pledging to get back on track and give back those 2 pounds that have found their way into my love handles. After work today, I'm heading out to the grocery store for a stock up of fresh fruits and veggies and I'm hoping to get in a little exercise starting tomorrow. (Give me a break. My knee is still swollen and stiff and I'm not so sure that I should be doing anything on it.) I should have some time this weekend to do some shorter bursts of exercise and maybe still take care of the knee. Actually, just cleaning up the house while jamming to some funky music might be a good idea. Maybe I'll even look into getting an appointment to have an actual doctor take a look at the knee to see how much damage was actually done. And finally, NO MORE DIET COKE! Only water and hot tea this week.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
I can't wait to see the chain this creates and meet a few new people along the way.
I don't really have a whole lot of time even now (I'm in between projects and waiting for some email replies before I can move forward) but I'll be quick in my updates on life.
This past weekend my brothers and I threw a surprise party for Mom's 50th birthday. To all of our surprise, we actually pulled it off! She was really surprised! Mom is one of those people with a sixth and seventh and eighth sense, so this really was a feat for us! I thought I would include a few photos from the event:
This photo is not cooperating, but what in my life is these days? This would be Mom posing with some of the decorations at the end of a very filled day of great food, family, neighbors, and friends to help her celebrate.
A quick family photo opportunity. Mind the sweat - in fact it's a good thing these photos don't come with a smell factor. It was really hot and humid on Saturday!
Other news from the big weekend includes a sneaky stay at the folk's home where I took a bit of a spill down the stairs. If you are really interested in hearing me gripe about the whole shananigans, visit S.A.M.
But the best news I have at the moment would be what the devil of a post man brought to me the other day. Normally we've had lots of issues with our local PO - which I won't go into because generally I love the PO, just not our PM. Anyway, if you've been religiously reading this blog (for what reason, I really don't know) you know that Stacey and I arranged for our own color swap this past month. It's been great getting to know her and putting together a perfect package for her. She's so easy to spoil! Get on over to her site and check her out! Anywho... my package from her arrived the other day. Now mind you we agreed to swap favorite colors and I confessed that I really don't have a favorite color and that she would just have to read all about my twisted world and figure out something. Well, she hit it right on! I am such a fall baby. I love the Autumn colorways - the idea of being out in the refreshing crispness of the Autumn air while wrapping up in Autumn goodness..... YUM! When I opened the package, this is what I found:
And inside those lovely wrappings were these: I am so in love with the rustic orange felting yarn!!! EWW-WEEE!!! I'm putting the felted slippers first on my list of items to knit once this weather finally starts to cool off. They are going to look Autumn delicious with that green as an accent! And the book is one that I've been wanting to read for a while now. Once things calm down a little at work and I have actual down time to knit and read again without feeling totally spent, I'm digging right in! Stacey also must have picked up that my current scissors in my knit accessory bag are for crap. Now I have a great pair that actually cut on the first scissoring! And there's a note pad for me to jot down all the knitting ideas I have going. I think I'll keep it in my purse for those thoughts on the run! I don't think you can tell from the photo, but the little baggie has two of the most adorable stitch markers in there. Of course they match the blue from the book and the orange from the yarn. Stacey, you are wonderful! When people complement me on my new slippers I will have to brag about you some more then too!
Opps, emails are now flooding in... gotta go....
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
For those of you wondering, the pattern is called Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake and the yarn is TOFUtsies color 722.
As for other news, there is a lot going on right now with back to school/work, house guests, FO (baby sweater!!!), and birthday's but I'm afraid you'll have to wait for that news in another posting. It's Dave's birthday and we're heading out to dinner and maybe to see SuperBad. I promise not to put off posting again for too much longer.
Monday, August 13, 2007
But mostly the hurty boo-boo gave me a reason to work on some blocking and seaming this weekend. Here's the finished blocked A Touch of Whimsy Scarf requested by Aunt Sue. I think it turned out quite nice. It's done in a beautiful Malabrigo in Emerald Blue. I think she's going to enjoy the leafy look. It may just be a scarf, but I enjoyed knitting it. In fact I learned how to do an i-cord cast on and cast off for this project. I totally recommend it as a really nice quick gift for anyone. It knit up fairly quick and has that little somein'-somein' to it that makes it better than just a scarf.
I also worked at seaming up the baby sweater for the woman that I work with. The shower was way back in June and she's due any day now. Talk about your last minute inspiration for an FO! Last night I successfully seamed on the sleeves and plan on seaming up the sides tonight. She didn't show up for work today, which was a good thing since I haven't seen her since the shower and had to take back the pinned up sweater pieces that I presented to her as her gift - and it's still not done! . But then again, what if the baby came and I haven't finished the sweater?!? I know it's been awfully hot and the baby would be in no danger of freezing had they not had the sweater, but still. It's the principle of it all!
Well, that's all for now. I must go work on posting a few discussion boards and articles on our school's Blackboard. Nothing like a little work before going to bed.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I'm absolutely in LOVE with so many patterns I don't know where I'll start first! Well, maybe the bag on the front cover! It's totally me!
By the way, head over to Cass's blog for a fun little contest to win yummy yarn and books and be sure to tell her I sent you!!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
To be honest, Steve creeped me out from the very beginning. I was uneasy about Colette seeing him. He appeared to be too needy, looking for comfort and love wherever he could get it. Can we say “bootie call!” And for Colette, Steve is too much of a connection to painful memories. I honestly don’t know how she’d be able to look at him at all and not think of her dead husband. I don’t think I would be able to date him in any sense if I was Colette. Maybe if he was still with his wife and the two couples were really that close, she might find comfort in their friendship. But in this case, run, Colette, run!
9. Friendship, especially among women, is an important and recurring theme in Debbie Macomber’s novels. In this story we watch the friendship between Alix and Colette take root and grow, despite the initial awkwardness between them. Why do you think they develop such a strong bond?
You are a Creator
Your imagination, confidence, willingness to explore, and appreciation of beauty make you a CREATOR.
You are independent, and you enjoy your self-sufficiency.
Defying convention, you are very innovative, and you have a vivid imagination.
The look of things is important to you, and you have a keen eye for aesthetic beauty in multiple arenas.
You have a strong interest in what is new and exciting—and that includes forging ahead with new ideas, not simply discovering what is already out there.
Your eagerness to seek new and varied experiences leads you into many different situations.
You're not set on one way of doing things, and you are creative when it comes to finding novel solutions to complex problems.
You trust yourself to be innovative and resourceful.
Your confidence allows you to take your general awareness and channel it into creativity.
You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.
You prefer to have time to plan for things, feeling better with a schedule than with keeping plans up in the air until the last minute.
If you want to be different:
Appreciate the earthly, practical elements of things—there is beauty in form as well.
While you are good at thinking abstractly, focusing on details a bit more may help you discover things about the world.
how you relate to others:
You are Advocating
Being social, empathic, and understanding makes you ADVOCATING.
Some people find being around others exhausting—but not you! You are energized by spending time with friends, and you are good at meeting new people.
One of the reasons you enjoy conversation as much as you do is that you often learn about yourself while talking things out with a friend; you realize things about your own beliefs while discussing them with others.
You have insight into what others are thinking and feeling. This ability allows you to be happy for others, and to commiserate when something has gone wrong for them.
You are highly compassionate, and being conscious of how things affect those close to you leaves you cautious about trusting others too hastily.
Despite these reservations, you are open-minded when it comes to your worldview; you don't look to impose your ways on others.
Your sensitivity towards others' plights contributes to an understanding—both intellectual and emotional—of many different perspectives.
As someone who understands the complexities of the world around you, you are reluctant to pass judgments.
If you want to be different:
While it's important to think about others, don't forget to take some time for yourself, and occassionally to put yourself first.
Take some time to spend with a few close friends; although it's difficult to find people to trust, it's worth the effort.
When you have great ideas, it can be hard to relinquish control, but it can also feel good to take the pressure off and enjoy someone else leading the way.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I tend to like bag tea for on the go. I take tea with me to work a lot and it’s just easier that way. But we also have a cast iron kettle that Dave and I will use in the evenings with loose tea.
2. What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?
We just came back from a trip to South Africa so for the moment I’m really into the Rooibos teas. During the hotter months I tend to make a lot of the fruitier teas into iced tea – favorite: orange spice. When visiting my local coffee shop I tend to get a good chai. But I’m open to various kinds of teas and am always looking for a new one to try, although I’m not a fan of the minty teas. I'm dying to try Teavana's rooibos teas like Rooibos Lemon Twist, Rooibos Chai, and Rooibos Caramel Creme and blends like MatéVana (caffeinated) & Rooibos Chai or Raspberry Sangria & Rooibos Lemon .
3. Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).
I tend to stick with black and red teas. For me, they have a stronger, more robust taste to them.
4. Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?
For most days I’m a hot water heater and take it on the go. In the morning before work I’ll cheat and use the microwave. If I’m home in the afternoon I’ll use the kettle on the stove. When Dave makes me tea in the evening he brews it in the cast iron kettle.
5. What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?
I don’t know.
6. How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).
I love to treat myself to a manicure/pedicure every now and then. I find it so relaxing and rejuvenating. I also enjoy yummy treats, but I’m following WeightWatchers and so I’ve had to cut back and really consider what I’m treating myself with. But the best pampering is a toss up between a good shopping trip and a back massage.
7. If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?
Ohhh.. good question… I’ll have to think a little more about this one. Stop by in a week or so and I promise I’ll have some sort of answer for ya.
8. If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why?
Well, I’ve gone through my stage of fun scarves and occasionally will whip one up for a friend and I’ve done my share of baby booties this year. (Was all of Alexandria pregnant this year?! There must be something in the water!) So I might make an attempt in something fair isle for something new. I don’t know about a sweater though… it would have to depend on the pattern. I’m not a big fan of seaming and the tops I’ve knit so far required a lot of seaming which discourages me from ever finishing them.
9. What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)
Possibly a book club meeting if it was a good group of discussers and they had good taste in book selections. My WeightWatchers meetings – can’t miss those! Dinner out with a group of friends. A walking group – if I could ever find one.
10. What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)
When hosting a group of people and there is food/snacks involved I always try to provide the three basics: a salty, a sweet, and a healthy. Personally with my tea I prefer the baked goods section: biscotti, scones, muffins, etc.
11. When buying yarn for a project how do you choose - do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?
I’m not very good at substituting yarn on my own. I’ll usually try to go with what the pattern calls for and then I’ll go to a good knitting buddy who is much more in the know about yarns than I am and have her (or the nice people at the yarn store) offer up suggestions on what can be used to substitute without having to make too many adjustments to the pattern.
12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?
Up until recently I’ve used a tote bag that one of my students made for me a few years back. But I’ve just finished knitting (and felting) the French market bag from Knitty and I’ve been taking that for a spin when knitting on the go.
13. Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?
Anything that Dave puts on and seems to be enjoying. He’s more of the movie buff than I am. However, I don’t go for the scary/horror flicks. They still give me nightmares!
14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?
I don’t own any official tea cups. We use mugs in our house. And I don’t think we have any that actually match. They are sort of a random collection, most of freebee giveaways and ones that were gifts from my students. Please, no more teacher mugs!
15. Favorite childhood birthday party?
There’s not one in particular that sticks out in my mind, but I always liked the sleep-overs. Even now, I’ll visit an old college roomie and we’ll sleep out on the living room floor and chat into the wee hours of the night, raiding the fridge as we see fit, talking about boys (men), clothes, and hair. Oh, to feel young again!
16. Favorite type of scone and jam?
Scones – something berry-ish, adding that extra little bit of sweetness to it. Jam – love orange marmalade and recently had cherry while in South Africa… loved it! Other wise… they’re all good!!!
17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?
Dave likes it best when I light candles that smell like baked goods. But I also enjoy the fruitier ones as well. Vanilla is always a popular one to go with.
18. If you could choose 3 people to have 'tea' with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).
Actually I’m going to get a little sentimental here, but I would have tea with my mom (living) and grandmother (deceased). Having tea with my mom in the morning has become a special time for me and I don’t get a chance to do it that often being that we are 4 hours apart. My enjoyment of tea comes from her love of tea and the serenity and enjoyment of the little things she has taught me.
19. You've been invited to a tea party, what 'props' will you wear (formal or casual)?
I tend to be a very casual person. I’d probably just come as is. But I’m all for themed gatherings, and would fully participate if we were asked to “prop it up” with sun hats or whatever. I dig theme based gatherings.
20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?
I have an intolerance to eating mushrooms and seafood.
Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?
Check out my blog and please leave me comments periodically to let me know you’re out there. Also, I’ve never had anyone knit anything especially for me (so sad).
Thursday, August 2, 2007
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Then as I was reading up on Stacey's blog and seeing her fine Loopy items, I decided to wander into that shop as well. (I heard they have Steeler yarn! Go Pittsburgh!) And now look what I have mingling with my rosemary and sage:
It's going to be a fine football season knitting up with these I tell ya. And to top it all off I added into the excitment two great yarns that I picked up at my LYS to use for some special Christmas gifts I'm planning. One is already started! Yes, that's Tofutsies that you see (don't know the colorway) and some beautiful Malabrigo merino wool that I'm knitting up into a Touch of Whimsy Scarf for my aunt.