Dec 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

I simply wish everyone near and far a fabulous 2011!

Dec 29, 2010

Stuff to Start in the New Year

I am having such an awful time getting my knitting back on track. It's really just a lack of energy and focus. The intent and desire to finish stuff is still there, especially since there are things I want to start.

Here's a quick peek at some of the things that I really want to start. The first is for me. I bought 12 skeins of Noro in the colorway below to make myself a Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole. I have wanted to make this for-freakin'-evah and for many reasons, not limited to the nasty wind that has been whipping through DC, now is the perfect time for me to cast on. I plan to start it while I watch the Rose Parade.


The second thing that I look forward to casting on is a new pair of socks for my grandfather. He's the kind of person who neither needs, nor wants anything except to hear from us often. There is nothing at all that you can give him but who can't use a pair of handknit socks?

DSC_0874So when I made a pair for him 2 years ago I called them "Socks He Can't Refuse" and he didn't. My grandfather loved the socks and every time I've visited him since then, he pulls them out and tells me again about how much he loves them. He loves the colors and how they feel and he wears them every night to bed.

It always makes me smile except the last time when we were visiting over Thanksgiving. That's when I noticed something disturbing. There are holes developing in odd places. I don't know why or how althought I suspect that they got caught on something or weren't washed as gently as they should've been.

Whatever the reason, the fact remains that the socks aren't holding up as I'd hoped they would so I need to make another pair. These will be Lorna's Laces in Safari which has similar colors to the Claudia that I used for the first pair but has a bit of nylon.


What ar you itching to cast on?

Dec 28, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Intentions for the New Year

I am full of intent for the New Year, so much so that it's a little overwhelming right now. I'm sure that I'm not alone in this. Let's hope this list adds a bit of clarity and focus to the year ahead because I'll certainly need it.

  1. Stay in the moment - I will never, ever, be in exactly this place in my life again and I really want to enjoy it.
  2. Spin more - I really love to spin but somehow once my wheels get put away it's really hard for me to find the time to pull them out and get all set up to spin. A fibre room where my wheels would always be out and available would be really nice but not likely anytime soon.
  3. Walk - exercise in general would be good but you have to start somewhere and walking would be perfect right now.
  4. Not let things get to me so much - focus on the happy and let the rest work itself out.
  5. Read some of the books I own - it seems like the best way to guarantee that I'll never read a book is to buy it but the only books I buy are those that I really, really want to read. I need to stop saving them for a day when there's nothing else to read because that day is never gonna come.
  6. Spend more family time - something tells me that this will take care of itself a bit but I still want to make sure that we spend the right kind of family time. Game nights are good.
  7. Knit for me
  8. Try to reduce my girls stress - remind them to enjoy the moment and not to worry so much. Wonder where they get that from.
  9. Get a bit more organized - I'll feel better if the chaos is tamed.
  10. Cook more - I used to cook a lot. I'd make interesting dinners and try new things but then the girls got older and I got busier and I got into the kitchen less and less. I miss it.

Dec 26, 2010


Today is the birthday of one of my favorite people... my grandfather! I am thrilled to be able to wish him a happy 92nd birthday.


Here are my grandfather and grandmother. Aren't they cute? One of the things I love most about my grandfather is that he is as devoted to my grandmother today as he was when he married her nearly 70 years ago. All my grandfather wants is to take care of my grandmother.

He's sitting still in this picture but I can guarantee you that immediately prior to and following it he was on the move. He loves to take long walks and he is constantly busy with something. I bet that he could give many men 20 years his junior a run for their money. It's the way he's always been.

When I was little he was the person I always wanted to please. I learned how to swim because I wanted to show him that I could. I also remember practicing my bike riding so that I would be good enough to ride with him.

I still love to call and tell him about things and bask in the glow of his approval... and so do my girls. They love to go visit my grandfather and tell him all about school or their accomplishments or discuss current events.

One of my favorite recent memories is of an evening a few years ago that puts it all together perfectly for me. We were in Canada for my cousin's wedding and after the festivities we all headed back to the same hotel. Most of us went by car but my grandfather decided to walk it, and DQ elected to join him. I watched them walk off together deep in conversation and it was the best part of the night.

Dec 24, 2010

ECF - Holiday Decorations Edition

I brought home one of the holiday decorations from my office. It's a little boxwood all dressed up with gold balls and green sequins. I'd call it a Hanukkah bush except that Hanukkah is long over. Still pretty no matter what you call it.


Dec 23, 2010

Blogging in 2010 - The Year in Review

As the year winds down it seems like the perfect time to start taking stock, starting with a look back at 2010 in words and pictures. The words consist of the first sentence from the first post of each month. The pictures will be favorite blog photos from each month (not necessarily related to the words they accompany).

January - Happy New Year to You all and Happy Blogiversary to me. As of last Friday this blog is 4 years old.


February - This past weekend was cleared long ago so that I could help out with Tech Weekend for the middle school musical which DQ will be in.


March - For those of you who have not yet seen them on Ravelry, here are my finished Ruba'iyat Mittens. Words cannot adequately express how pleased I am with them - mostly because I expected that they'd be an epic fail.


April - Lately I've experienced a bit of rare focus. I've been considering a bunch of WIP's and how I can turn them into finished obects.


May - On Sunday afternoon I relaxed in the garden.


June - It's incredibly convenient that I'm making my return to the real world on a Tuesday because my weekend was so packed that I'll need a day or so to recover.


July - Yesterday was glorious. The heat finally broke and, more importantly, the humidity disappeared - at least for a little while.


August - This was the last weekend before my girls come home.


September - Way back at the beginning of the summer our little friend Miss B got a Baby brother.


October - I took a few pictures around the Indian Museum last Saturday. It is an incredibly beautiful building and it's grounds invite visitors to wander around and around and appreciate it from all angles.

Look who got braces!

November - It was another softball weekend. One in which I had the pleasure (or misfortune) of watching Stinkerbelle's team warm up as the sun rose both days.


December - Have you ever had a package that, despite your best intentions, kept eluding the mail?


Sometimes it is just so hard to choose just one picture for each month.

Dec 22, 2010


I actually finished a little something recently. This was one of the test knits that I didn't finish on time. The less we say about that the better. I feel like a huge failure.

Happily while I failed, the shawlette is a win from start to finish. I'll start with the yarn which is Pagewood Farm Denali. I really loved working with this yarn. The feel of it is lovely and the dye job is just perfect. The color is called Violet Fusion and mostly it's a soft grey-violet as you'd expect but there are shots of a brighter, truer, purple and some that are a wonderful sage green and all together it balances perfectly.


The pattern is Wavebird by Christiane Burkhard. Most of the knitting is simple garter stitch which makes it perfect for TV knitting and that's where I did quite a lot of it. Then there are 2 bands of lace. The second, wider, one is nice but not terribly unusual. It's just the type of thing that fits in so well with so many patterns.


The other, narrower, band of lace is new to me and it makes me smile. It looks like a series of Cheerio's or grommets and I think that it's really neat.


You can't really tell from these pictures (and my lousy blocking job) but this is actually not a standard triangle. It's more of a set of curved wings and it get's that shape in part from the yarnovers at the start of each row. While it imparts a lovely shape to the piece I also love the finished effect of having a delicate, lacey, edge.

Love, love, love!

Dec 21, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - Last Minute Gifts

I was so happy last night when I heard the telltale horns and sirens and realized that I was wrong in thinking that I had missed Santa on the fire truck last week. My husband is sure he saw him but maybe it was just a trial run. Maybe it was just too cold and they cut it short. Whatever the story, he was out there last night and I was so happy that I got to see him. It kind of makes the holiday season complete.


So, on to this week's list. My holidays are past so the pressure is off me now but a few weeks ago I was feeling it. I remember dashing through the mall with Stinkette and feeling so relieved each time we found something that was "perfect."

But what about those people we forget? Or the late additions to our gift list? Well, theres always this list of last minute gifts.

  1. Gift cards - nothing says I almost forgot you like a gift card.
  2. Fingerless gloves - when you've got just a little bit of time and want to go the handmade route.
  3. A candle - Go with a pretty universal scent like vanilla or citrus but if it's for me then make it Satsuma. I love that smell.
  4. Baked goods - Love on a plate that's best made the night before.
  5. A Knit Hat - Much like fingerless gloves, a hat is usually pretty quick.
  6. A Coupon Book - the standby of many a kid. "What, you mean I was supposed to give mom and dad a gift too?"
  7. Flowers - This would be the "I didn't want to give you more stuff you don't need" option. Cuz we all need flowers.
  8. A book - Let's hear it for Amazon!
  9. A sweater - You're not going to buy your best buddy pants but you can probably guess their shirt size pretty reliably. Just make sure that you include a gift receipt incase it that particular shade of green makes them nauseous.
  10. Something from your closet - when all esle fails - re-gift! Just make sure that you don't give it back to the person who gave it to you in the first place. It happened to us this year and it was AWKWARD!

Dec 20, 2010

Hidden Benefits

It snowed late last week and we're expecting more this week. All this cold, snowy weather is really good for inspiring us to stay in and drink hot chocolate while we dream of warmer places. It also has other, less obvious benefits. For example, a snow covered table on the deck is a great place to take picture of yarn that just got added to the stash.


That was pretty lame but there's not a lot to say when your weekend is filled with chaperoning opportunities. I spent the weekend taking my girls here and there and in between I hosted a sleepover for Stinkette on Saturday night. They baked cookies and I think that my kitchen is still in recovery mode but I got off easy. On Sunday our GS troop had their holiday party and the 12 girls cooked their own lunch before finishing their meal with make your own sundaes. At least hat party was hosted by someone else. Have you ever seen 12 girls cook? It's really something.

Any it doesn't end there. My girls seem to have an endless number of events this week that they are required to contribute baked goods to. Fire up the oven!

Dec 17, 2010

Dec 16, 2010

Thursday Randomness

No Gingerbread House update today. It seems that Stinkette has reached a creative fork in the road and she's considering what direction to take her creation in. She's got plenty of candy that she had initially planned to install but now she's enjoying the simplicity of the design. Decisions, decisions!

I don't think that I ever mentioned it but I got a Nook for Hanukkah. I really like it and I look forward to using it more but not right now because ironically, the holds I placed at our library long ago are starting to come in. Yesterday I finally got my hands on The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2 by Jennifer Jordan. Can't wait to read it.

My knitty mojo seems to finally be returning after a hiatus that started around Halloween. I finished a shawlette last week and a pair of socks ought to be complete by the end of the weekend. Once again this will be a knitting blog with actual knitting content. Imagine that!

Snow is in the forecast a few times over the next week or so. I am so excited because I love snow but it worries me a little bit too.

I am really looking forward to a low key holiday season full of long weekends. For the first time in a really long time we've scheduled some family time for our little quartet and I think that we're all very excited about it.

Dec 15, 2010

The Dude on the Firetruck

I missed it again last night. I was ready and I was waiting but when Santa came through our neighborhood on the firetruck it was just too darn cold out. I had my camera all set up with the flash and everything. I guess there's always next year.


And here is the current state of the gingerbread house. Stinkerbelle is taking her time considering the aesthetics of her creation. She started by adding a porch with colorful columns and Andes doors and fences. My girl is really focused on snow this year and has added a liberal coating of white icing all over to represent it.

Dec 13, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Things on My To Do List

Well,we have a completed structure with a roof now. It was really hard for Stinkerbelle to wait patiently for it to dry but her patience paid off and now she's got a cute (and sweet smelling) house to decorate.

On to the Ten on Tuesday list for this week - 10 things on my to-do list. Is that all? My to-do list is way longer than 10 items. Here we go:

  1. Get a new couch - This has been on my list forever and I'm getting desperate. I need to find the time to get serious about our seating situation. That nasty old couch must go now!
  2. Make sense of the stash - for real this time. Over the past day or 2 I've been searching for something that must be in there but I can't find it at all.
  3. Clean the storage area downstairs - this is a huge job but I've got to start somewhere and it seems a little more urgent right now.
  4. Start planning our new kitchen - another thing that we've put off for a while but I need to get moving on it.
  5. Clean my room - There is stuff in there that I never wear and never will. It must go.
  6. Finish a few WIPs - it always feels better to finish stuff.
  7. Catch up on the laundry - Totally do-able. I just need to focus on it.
  8. Firm up our New Year's plans - it's going to be a good new year and I need to start it the right way.
  9. Finish my gift shopping - not holiday stuff. There are 2 birthday's coming up before the end of the year and one right after it and I'd really like to be prepared for a change.
  10. Do a little baking - I feel the urge to bake bread or gingerbread or a nice, simple, cake.

What's on your to-do list?

Gingerbread House 2010 - Under Construction

It's that time of year again. Stinkerbelle is creating yet another work of art. As you can see, she hasn't gotten too far with it yet, but you've got to lay a good solid foundation or it all falls apart so we're going slow. I'll keep you posted.


I have been knitting but I really don't feel like I'm accomplishing much so there isn't much to share. Mostly my time lately is full of errands and running my girls here and there.

The most interesting thing about my weekend was a trip to the mall... to make a return. Back on September I saw a winter coat that was so cute, so perfect for me, that I bought it even though it was totally not on sale at the time. I was so excited because I haven't had a proper, sophisticated, adult winter coat in ages.

I had the sleeves altered for my short self and then I waited impatiently for the weather to get cold enough to justify wearing my wool coat. Around Thanksgiving I finally broke it out and it was all good until last Thursday when a grommet, one of the design details that really make the coat, popped off. Looking at the other grommets I saw that they were headed for the same trouble. Such a bummer!

This is where the story gets interesting though because the receipt was lost so I brought it back to Nordy with crossed fingers and, as it turns out, not much else. I had changed handbags the night before and forgot to transfer the checkbook I used to pay for it and my license. Ooops!

But Nordy customer service is legendary for a reason and the 2 people assisting me wouldn't give up until they found a way to get the defective coat returns and all my money refunded. We're all so quick to complain about things that go wrong that I thought it worth sharing service gone very right. I may not have my coat of epic cuteness but I do have my money back and that's very good.

Dec 10, 2010

ECF - Donut Edition

Channukah may be over but, thankfully, there are still donuts in the office most Friday mornings. Yum!

I hope you have a delicious weekend!

Dec 9, 2010

Matt's F@#king Deer Hat

This year I only gave 2 knitted gifts for the holidays. One was a pair of socks and this is the other - a new hat for my B-I-L who loves to hunt. This is Matt's Fucking Deer Hat.


It's actually based on the fornicating deer chart but I like my name better. And it's more practical too. How? Well, let's say that my sister and her family go apple picking next fall and... no, wait, too many kids there, wrong scenario.

Try this instead. Maybe later this winter my B-I-L goes out hunting with the guys and when he comes home he comments on how cold it was. My sister could turn to him and say "well if you were wearing your fucking deer hat, then the cold wouldn't bother you." Perfect, right?


Anyway, the yarn I used is Shepherd's Wool and it's so soft. Thankfully I had plenty of it too because the floats on this were ridiculous. They were so bad that I elected to knit a full lining to hide them completely. Did I mention this sucker is warm?


The only issue that I have with this is the fair isle itself. When I did the mittens last winter my floats were fine and it all looked nice and even without much real difficulty. This had to be ripped once and even now it's not quite as perfect as I'd like it to be. I'm still happy with it though and I hope that Matt will be too.

Dec 8, 2010

The Future of Photography

I haven't been using my camera quite as much lately but it's still gotten quite a bit of use. Especially when we were in NY. There, on Thanksgiving, my niece Ashley had a lot of fun with it. It turns on that a DSLR is pretty high on her wish list so I let her play with mine.


She started out with a basic lens and then, when she told me that she really wanted a macro lens I pulled mine out. Things got really interesting then. There were lots of pictures of soda, candy dishes, fingers flying over the keys of the piano, and adult beverages.


Of course it's inevitable that a camera with a macro lens attached is going to be drawn to flowers. she took a few nice shots of the flowers that night.


Tomorrow I hope to post pictures of a finished object. It's one of the few gifts I knit this year for the holidays and I'm hoping that it's arrived at it's destination by now. Warning, it's not exactly family friendly.

Dec 7, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Favorite Holiday Shows

I have always loved holiday shows. I really looked forward to them as a kid and now I like to watch them with my kids.


  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas - can (and do) watch this every single year. I love it so much that years ago Bruce bought a copy for me. Sadly it's a VHS so I guess I need it on dvd now.
  2. A Rugrats Chanukah - the Rugrats were annoying in general but this special was kind of fun and more appropriate for us.
  3. The Santa Clause - Sooo funny
  4. It's a Wonderful Life - Great movie but I'm glad that they've cut back on how often they play it now. I appreciate it more now that it's not so ever present.
  5. Miracle on 34th Street - I have a special place in my heart for all things connected to Macy's Herald Square
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  7. Shrek the Halls - we just saw this and it was really cute.
  8. Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer - I always loved this as a kid.
  9. A Christmas Story - You'll shoot your eye out, kid. I remember seeing this in the theatre. The movie I remember well - the guy, not so much.
  10. The Nightmare Before Christmas - This is actually one of my girls favorites.

Dec 6, 2010

No Pictures

It was another insanely busy weekend. DQ had a birthday party at our house on Friday night and I took no pictures at all. No pictures of the cake, no pictures of the Chinese food, no pictures of the kids playing Twister... nothing.

Saturday Stinkaroonie and I did a bunch of shopping and then we attended a Hanukkah party as a family. So many good friends, so much good food... no pictures at all.

Sunday I took Stinkette's Girl Scout Troop to visit a veterinarian and the girls had a great time. Then, we went to another party and ate more good food and... wait for it... didn't take a single picture.

Oh, my poor neglected camera.

Dec 3, 2010

ECF - 15th Birthday Edition

Today is my girl's birthday!


Anyone who's been around this blog for a while knows that she's one of my favorite subjects and I have lots of pictures of her but this one is a little special. It's one of many that we took on homecoming and last week I heard her tell my grandparents that it was her favorite one from that series... because we're looking at each other.
I love this kid!

Dec 2, 2010

Huntington Harbor

There were so many good things about my holiday in NY and one of them was a little side trip that Bruce, the girls, and I took the day after Thanksgiving.


We headed up to Huntington to wander around a bit. We started at the harbor where I got my water fix. It's no secret that the thing I miss most about Long Island itself is the easy access to the water. So many of my childhood memories are tied to a beach or a harbor or some other body of water.


DQ wasn't feeling the pull of the water and elected to stay in the car with a book but Stinkette happily joined Bruce and I walking around. She even brought her camera out and took a few pictures. I love watching her with her camera.


It was an over cast day but we had a lovely time anyway.


After a while the cold got to us so we got back in the car and headed to downtown Huntington, where Bruce and I met there 18 years ago. We window shopped, and had a lovely lunch. I really need to work more little side trips to the I loved as a kid into our NY visits.

Dec 1, 2010

Dazzling Dozen - # 7

Have you ever had a package that, despite your best intentions, kept eluding the mail? I can't be alone in this. It's the bill that you put on the dash board of your car - where it can't be missed - and forget to put a stamp on it. It's the gift in a box that never quite get's sealed. It's the letter that sit's waiting for a key element of the address. Tell me it's happened to you too!

Anyway, this is the potholder that was finished over a month before it had to be sent out and yet, it was sent over a week late and only then because I happened to be passing a post office in NY and decided that even without an accompanying note, it had to go out right at that moment.


On one side this is a simple square with a progression of warm tones in bands of varying thickness.


On the other side its a warmer version of the Patriotic Sunburst from Jan Eaton's book, 200 Crochet Blocks. The yarns were once again a combination of Tahki Cotton Classic and Elann Sonata. Future potholders should be even more colorful because I recently enhanced my stash of Cotton Classic by quite a bit.

Now I need to start the next potholder. Who knows when that will get mailed out.

Nov 30, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Favorite Places for Online Shopping

Hmmm, not that I ever do online shopping at work, but if I did, 10 Favorite Places for Online Shopping would be a great topic.

  1. Amazon - When you're a member of Amazon Prime it's awesome. Stuff is cheap to start with and then you add free shipping that often comes overnight and it becomes just about unbeatable. Especially if you forget to buy a gift for someone until the last minute.
  2. Knit Picks - Cheap needles and yarn. Yay!
  3. Elann - I try to stay away from here because when I get sucked in it gets bad. It's likle I fall down the rabbit hole and suddenly it all looks too good to pass up and the next thing I know there are a pile of boxes in my house holding more yarn than I can possibly use.
  4. Lands End - This is one situation where shopping online is way better than the stores or the catalog. Only online do you get the stuff that's "on the counter" and the "not quite perfect" stuff. Deep discounts on really good stuff.
  5. Loopy Ewe - Yet more yarn! And the pack it up so prettily... with treats!
  6. Borders - My family doesn't just read books - we devour them.
  7. Department Stores - in general I love to troll these web sites for good stuff. I don't always buy it online but it's oveten easier to see what they have online than in the store.
  8. Consumer Reports - I go here all the time to research my purchases. It's almost impossible for me to do anything without it.
  9. Etsy - I honestly don't buy here as often as I'd like but I really love it. They have such great stuff.
  10. Ebay - I haven't been here in ages but the deals I find when I do are fabulous.

And here's a completely unrelated picture, just because I like it.

Nov 29, 2010


I'm back! I was in New York for the holiday visiting family and friends and staying in a home with the weakest wi-fi evah! So much for my plans to blog during my vacation.

Although it's not Thursday and Thanksgiving is behind us now, I'm feeling very thankful for the weekend that was so here's my last "Thankful" post for November.

1. I am thankful that my girls are such good travellers. The drive to and from NY was still awful but not nearly as bad as it would've been if they were fidgeting, complaining, or required regular pit stops.

2. I am thankful that, as my brother-in-law said, everyone who was around our table for Thanksgiving last year, was there again this year. Given the fragile state of my mother-in-law's health this is saying a lot. I only hope that I can say the same thing next year.

3. I am beyond thankful that my trip to NY included a lengthy visit with my grandparents. We enjoyed a lovely lunch together (Ny deli - yum!), my grandfather played games with my girls, and we all laughed a lot. It is truly a gift that my girls are able to enjoy the same kind of relationship with my grandparents that I have - and love hanging out with them.


4. As much as I enjoyed our trip, I am so thankful to be home again. I never sleep as well anywhere else.

Nov 23, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Things You Love About Thanksgiving

Quite the surprising topic for this Ten on Tuesday. Ha! It's actually perfect because I am definitely in a Thanksgiving frame of mind.

  1. Family & Friends - This has got to be the very best thing about Thanksgiving. There are so many people that we plan to see this week and I'm looking forward to them all equally.
  2. The smells - There is nothing that can put me in the Thanksgiving mood quite like the smell of a turkey and fixin's in the oven.
  3. Relaxation - I love all the holidays but this is the only one where there are no other requirements other than to relax and eat. Of course there is cooking to do too but it tends more towards confort food and things that are pretty easy to make. Mostly we just relax and it's awesome.
  4. Cranberries - Cranberry sauce and cranberries in stuff. Yum! Cranberries and Thanksgiving go hand in hand.
  5. The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade - I've only seen it once in person, way back when I was little, but I watch it on tv every year and I enjoy it very much.
  6. The festive table - warm it up with some candles, maybe a seasonal flower arrangement, figurines of pilgrims if you must.... of simple and elegant with crystal and fine china.
  7. Apple Pie - Make mine warm with streusel topping and a scoop of ice cream. Divine!
  8. The colors - There is something so warm and inviting about about the browns, oranges, and golds that dominate the Thanksgiving decorations.
  9. Apple Cider - This is really more my husbands thing than mine but warm apple cider on Thanksgiving is kind of perfect.
  10. Laughter - when we all get together around the table it inevitable that there will be teasing and great stories.

What do you love about Thanksgiving?

Nov 22, 2010

The Monday Before Thanksgiving

It is a generally accepted fact that Mondays suck... except when it's the only full day that you expect to be in the office all week and many other's have already left for vacation. Then Mondays aren't half bad. It's a day to get your office in order and... shhhh... catch a quick cat nap if you're lucky.


This weekend was DQ's first play as a High Schooler. She was doing what she loved best - the techie stuff. In fact, my girl was the House Manager and Assistant Technical Director which is quite a responsibility for a freshman. I loved seeing her name in the program with all her titles and I loved watching her manage her staff even more. At one point there were some people near us having trouble with their seats and I directed them to DQ and then sat and glowed as she calmly took care of it.

After the show, which was the last of this run, I was convinced by my girl to help with strike. that's what they call it when they take all the sets apart, return the costumes and props to their place, retrieve all the signage and generally erase all evidence that a show took place. What a huge job! We were there until 2 am! Then I took DQ to the cast party (she got home from it at 8am) and drove a friend of hers home to the other end of the county.

I am exhausted but in a really good way!

Nov 19, 2010

ECF - Day at the Park Edition

Woot! Way to get a whole week out of one afternoon at the park.


I love that I still see trees with gorgeous color around.

Nov 18, 2010

Thankful Thursdays

It's Thankful Thursday again and I am indeed thankful because I'm off tomorrow. Yay! It would be really good if I was taking the day to relax and knit but it actually has a lot to do with the personal issues which are really nothing bad - just a bit more than my brain can process right now. Really, it's mostly good stuff.


So I am very thankful today and here are just a few reasons why.

  1. A City with Green spaces - I love that I work in a city where there are parks all over the place. My building sits on the edge of a park and if I walk 2 or 3 blocks in any direction then I'll find another one.
  2. The Fairfax County Park System - The park that Stinkette and I visited last Sunday is part of the system, as are the rec centers where my girls have gone to summer camp and some of the fields where they play ball. I was reminded on Sunday just how wonderful it is to have so many options for our free time and I really need to remember to take advantage of them.
  3. Health Insurance - Don't worry, I'm not going political here. I'm just the mother of a girl with flat feet who was pleasantly surprised recently to get the final bill for her orthotics with a zero balance. Knowing how bad the bill could've been and how much pain my girl was in before she got them makes me really thankful. As we head into the season of coughs and colds it's nice to know that it's all covered.

Nov 17, 2010


Some personal stuff came up recently and I desperately needed a diversion so I added a boatload of books to my hold queue at the library and took on a bit of deadline knitting. Given the way my knitty mojo was flowing it seemed like a really good bet. If I was knitting madly then there'd be no time to obsess over other things.

Of course this is exactly the moment that my knitty mojo took leave. I'm not sure where it went but suddenly I can't focus on any of my projects.


Here is the state of things. On the right is the current commuter sock. This is the only thing making noticeable progress right now. One sock is finished but it took me days to cast on for the second. Days! Happily it is finally started and I think that it'll move along ok - not fantastically fast but it'll get done.

The other current sock is the flash of yellow on the left. That's Pointelle, from the new Cookie A book. I got my autographed copy the other day and I love it. I also adore this sock but I just can't focus on it. I hope to soon though, because the yarn is super-yummy and the pattern really is a great one.

The test knits are where it really falls apart. The purplish object that the other stuff is sitting on is one of them. It's going to be a lovely little shawlette someday. I've got to get moving on it since the due date is approaching fast. Even worse is the sad greenish yarn cake that's got nothing at all going on yet. Fortunately the due date for that is a bit more generous but it's also a bigger knit.

I really must get motivated fast.

Nov 16, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Movies You'd Like to See in the Theater

This week is off to an interesting start. I had to bring DQ to school at 6am on Monday and Tuesday so that she and the rest of the cast and crew of the school play could prepare for previews. My girl is one of the crew chiefs and she is so stressed by all of the responsibilities. Unfortunately this translated into a less than gracious awakening for me yesterday when she hit me in the head rather than gently shaking my shoulder. Great way to start a Monday! It's ok though. She felt very bad about it and I enjoyed teasing her.


Speaking of shows, the topic this week is 10 movies You'd like to See in the Theatre. I can name a few:

  1. The Tourist - Two words - Johnny Depp. Mmmmm
  2. Red - I just love this cast and it looks like such a fun movie
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Definitely a must see. family night out maybe?
  4. How Do You Know - I'm pretty sure this is the one they filmed right outside my office so I've got to see it.
  5. Morning Glory - This one just sounds like fun.
  6. Easy A - This sounded so good. I really hope that I can catch it in the theatre before it's gone.
  7. The Social Network - DQ saw this with friends and she liked it.
  8. The Town - Here's another one that got really good reviews and I meant to go see it but I'm afraid I'll miss it in the theatres.
  9. The Next Three Days - I really hope this is as good as it sounds.
  10. Rocky Horror Picture Show - this has been on my list since I was DQ's age and now it's on her list too. Thankfully it plays every weekend at the cheap theatre near our house. Ah, the joys of having a college in your backyard.
So what's on your must see list?

Nov 15, 2010

Afternoon at the Park

You have to wonder how much longer this beautiful fall weather can last. I did errands, saw friends and went for a walk in a park with Stinkette. I haven't gone to the park just to hang out in ages.

It was sunday afternoon and it seemed like everyone was there. The were fishing, playing frisbee, picnicing, riding bicycles and just relaxing.


Stinkaroonie and I both brought our cameras and we had so much fun wandering around with them until the light changed and it became less favorable for picture taking. We can't wait to go do it again.