Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Now I'm not really sure that I can explain the whole series of events, but my Tuesday involved a minor meltdown. I think that the mounting pressure of French (3 weeks to go!!!), Husband being very busy and travelling a lot, 2 boys, a significant commute, bad weather for driving, and a whole host of other things all converged on Tuesday. It wasn't fun. Sobbing was involved. Sobbing in front of other people was involved. Not crying, not sniffling, not being tearful, we're talking full on sobbing... Coming home to an amazing box packed full of goodies was so incredible for me - it was exactly what I needed!
Finally, there was the Sensational Knitted Socks book, which I have been coveting, a variety of patterns and some information about the area where my partner lives. Now I'm sure that I've forgotten things, but then there was so much in that box that it would be hard to include it all!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Also making the FO list in good time are the "Walking Away" socks. I didn't notice it until well into the second sock that the colour repeat was VERY long! I had planned that they would be "identical" twins, but as you can see, they still ended up "fraternal"! They are pictured on the feet of their new owner, Mrs. M. Mrs. M. is perfecting her French with me, and since her husband overseas serving our country, I figured that she was more than deserving of a "parce que" gift that would keep her feet warm, since that is definitely high on a husband's list of important duties.
Last night was the regular meeting of FKG. Now I'm quite certain that we don't have nearly as much fun as KOL in Halifax, but I certainly had fun! This was my first meeting this calendar year, and I'm always surprised at how much I miss it. The lovely and talented CanKNITian was there, working with some bee-yoo-tee-full Lorna's Laces yarn... Sigh... I think that I need to do some serious shopping!
On another fun front, I received a FABULOUS swap package from ScappyHappy this week! It arrived on Tuesday, after having had a bit of an adventure with Canada Post I think, but considering that I had a bit of a meltdown on Tuesday, it was perfect timing, but then this swap experience seems to have all about timing... It has been a great experience! I've taken pictures, but you'll have to wait to see all my goodies - son the younger is demanding some Mom time!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Things I did this weekend:
1. Finished 2 pairs of socks. I'll post pictures later. One pair is the Crazy Eights that I started earlier this month, and the other pair is the Walking Away socks. The eights are for me since they're just leftovers, but the other pair are going to be a "just because" present for someone.
2. Slept late - both mornings! This is a big deal for me since I usually have to get up before 6am. Yesterday it was almost 10am (decadent!), and this morning it was 8:30am.
3. Made pancakes for breakfast. It was the tradeoff for the late morning yesterday.
4. Made Banana Bread. Gotta keep the monkeys well fed!
5. Changed all of the beds.
6. Did the laundry. Why is it that the laundry is never done?
7. Did the dishes. Same question...
8. Watched movies.
9. Watched television.
10. Shovelled snow.
11. Ran errands.
13. Helped son the older with his homework.
14. Took the kids out for supper on Friday to celebrate report cards. Overall, they have both done well, although they both have areas that they can improve upon.
15. Talked to both my MIL and my mother. This doesn't sound like much, but trust me, it requires a significant investment of time.
16. Cleaned out the fridge. The time had come...
17. Blogged, but then you all knew that.
Things that I still have to do:
1. Clean out the kids backpacks for the start of a new school week.
2. Ironing and more laundry.
3. Grocery shopping.
4. My taxes... I shouldn't dread this since I know that I'm getting money back, but I always do.
5. Do the end of weekend tidyup. I'm not a neat freak, but I like to have things reasonably organized at the start of the week since they tend to detereorate during the week.
6. Change the cat's litter box. Eeeew....
7. Get the recycling together since this week is recycling week.
8. A million other things that I just do without even thinking about them since they are just part of the life of a working Mom. (This may explain "Mom Brain".)
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire
1. What's your favourite type of yarn?
I have a strong preference for natural fibres. I don't mind a little bit of manmade as a blend, but I am a "fibre snob" when it comes to yarns that are completely manmade.
2. What's your least favourite type of yarn?
3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop?
I start by doing a full walk around. I need to survey the store as a whole before I start to have a more thorough look. In thinking about this, I realize that I almost always do this in a circular fashion - counterclockwise.
4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do?
I sew, cross stitch, a little bit of jewellery making. I'll try just about anything once!
5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to?
6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Crochet / Other Craft (like beading!)
Fashion / Food
I've eliminated the other categories because I don't tend to either read or buy them.
7. What items do you like to knit / crochet?
Right now I tend to knit a lot of socks. I also do scarves and shawls. I haven't done much crocheting. As a lefty, I have trouble getting my head around it... I've only done a few scarves.
8. Are you allergic to anything?
9. What do you like to* smell of?(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)
I love the smell of Jasmine. Unfortunately, scents are forbidden in my workplace, so I have to sneak... ssshhhh....
10. What's your favourite way to relax?
The rather obvious answer is knitting! In reality, I enjoy just about anything that involves fibres, but when I am really stressed, I find the repetitive action of knitting to be incredibly soothing.
11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first?
I start at the tea room.
12. What do you come out with?
A sense of contentment, having enjoyed a nice pot of Earl Grey with scones, clotted cream and jam.
13. Where do you go next?
This is a good question - I need to know what I'm having for dinner, since I'm probably going to buy something for dessert. Probably the bakery for something lovely and fiddly that I wouldn't make at home.
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal?
I love this quote from Louise Erdrich "Love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other."
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
So I arrive at the appointed time and place and get things under way. No problem - I have 4 hours to knit! About half an hour into the exam, the door opens. It turns out that there was some sort of double booking issue with the room, but Security assured me that my association had it booked and all was well from their perspective. However, in getting to that assurance, I was bullied by a senior citizen! This man brought a whole new meaning to grumpy old man. Good thing that I'm not easily intimidated. The guy was seriously rude, obnoxious and out of line, but on top of that he consumed about half an hour of my knitting time. (And yes, I did feel very badly for the person who was writing the exam, but he seemed to be a good sport about it and laughed it off.)
Friday, March 9, 2007
Actually, after tomorrow, I may be blonder... Now I know that most blondes aren't really dumb, but I love using it as an excuse. Somedays I can just use all the help that I can get!
After a very brrr week here, I'm looking forward to some warmer weather over the weekend. We're a long way from short weather, but I know it's coming... Giddyup Mother Nature!
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
I finished the "Falling in Love Socks" a couple of weeks ago (before Quebec actually), but this is the first chance that I've had to post the picture.