Monday, November 28, 2005

Catching Up

Zoe and Uncle Birdy
Zoe's first turkey

What a holiday week! Zoe was baptized on Sunday. So we had many family members in from WI and IL this weekend. In fact DH and I spent most of Thanksgiving cleaning the house, and getting ready. I am exhausted. In fact when I'm done posting this, I'm going to take a nap (as long as the munchkin keeps sleeping). She was such a good baby. With so many people around, she couldn't stay sleeping for more than 15 mins at a time. So her routine was all messed up. But she handled it pretty well, and is slipping right back into place today. She only fussed a little bit when Father John put her into the water, but she had just woke up, so I don't blame her, and she calmed down very quickly. The weekend went very well, but I need more than three weeks until Xmas. I am dreading all the traveling, and hoopla. I hope to just remove myself with the baby from time to time, so "she" can rest. That's the great part about breastfeeding, we can always disappear for awhile. So, we're getting back on track now. Time to get re-organized. Finish the shopping and do the decorating and baking, for Xmas. And maybe, just maybe find some time to knit.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

That reminds me

Working on the baby book, reminded me of my favorite picture from the hospital. Okay so there are other favorites, with the daughter, but this one makes me smile.
Yes that's right I was comfortable enough to knit through most of my labor. I had to stop in order to concentrate on pushing, but otherwise, I was having a really nice time. In case you're wondering , that's a Broadripple sock in variegated purple.

Long Weekend

It's been a long weekend, here. DH took a half day on Friday so we could drive into Indianapolis. We knock out another large chunk of the Xmas list. So, if I can finish up a few knitted items, we'll be all set. I also got to stop at Trader Joe's. I love that place! I picked up some mixed olives, goat cheese and wasabi peas. That was pretty much dinner. On Saturday, I went to a scrapping event, and got ten pages done. Zoe's Baby Book is really coming together.
When I got home DH treated me to take out for dinner - KFC. He ordered enough for us to have it tonight as well. Not to mention that he cleaned the house and did laundry while watching the munchkin. See why I love him? Today I managed to get some baking done (for the big christening party) and some homework. I'm feeling so accomplished. One more batch of muffins before bed. And maybe a few more chapters...
Progress on Eris is slow, not because it's difficult (it's actually quite fun) but I've just been too busy. It seems every time I sit down and do a few rows, the baby cries and that's that. Oh well, slow and steady wins the race right?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Right Direction

You Should Get a MD (Doctor of Medicine)

You're both compassionate and brilliant - a rare combination.
You were born to be a doctor.

Well, then I guess I've made a good choice with biochemistry. :) I haven't made much progress with my knitting, or homework, or housework. But I still have high hopes of getting it all done. The munchkin is sleeping now, so I really should hit the books. Then we can run errands later, and I'll clean the kitchen while dinner bakes.

My yarn finally arrived yesterday, and I did manage to swatch for the collar of Eris. Hopefully when DH comes home I'm going to hide and start the collar. But now, I need to work on my notes on Judaism.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Back from the Dead

After two days of high fevers and delusional thinking, I finally saw the doctor. And now after two days of antibiotics I'm feeling much better! Mastitis is much yuckier than I gave it credit for. But I'm finally on the road to well-ville. I was expecting a large box from knit Picks today, but it didn't arrive. I think this is God's way of telling me to buck up and finish Anouk, not to mention the cardigan that been waiting to be finished for months. So I will be a good girl and work on Zoe's item this week, and hope that my karma will bring the box of wool (for Eris) to me soon. I've almost given up on Xmas presents at this point. I desperately want to work on Eris, and as soon as that box arrives, I'm dedicating an afternoon to it. For those that aren't familiar, clink on the link under Works in Progress. It's so beautiful! And I have beautiful cranberry colored yarn coming. Heavy sigh! But I'm going to try to finish the other half of Anouk this weekend. The pockets won't take more than an evening. If I have enough yarn leftover, I'm thinking about making a stripped diaper cover/ bloomers to go underneath. :) Otherwise a long sleeved onsie should do the trick. She's gonna be so cute at thanksgiving. She'll probably wear on Saturday too, when her relatives are here. Now what should I knit for Xmas, Mabel? With some embroidery, hmmmmmm?
Here's a picture of the little progress I made this week. A hat for Zoe and a hat for Jessica. Now I just need to make hats for Jack and Addie. So many little kids, so little time. :)

Monday, November 07, 2005

What a Brainy Chick!

That's right! For those of you didn't know, I'm one smart cookie. Or at least the Dean seems to think so, because he keeps putting me on his list. Since it was Parents' weekend at school, the Dean threw an honors reception, where all of the students that had been on the Dean's List for the entire year were honored with a certificate and lapel pin. It was actually a pretty nice event. They ran it like a graduation ceremony. Now, I'm also a shy person, so I wasn't going to go to this event, because I might be excepted to talk to people I don't know. But DH insisted and sent in the RSVP. And he took care of the munchkin, in fact he waved her hand at me as I walked past on my way to the stage. It was so cute. Afterwards, we went to Chili's for lunch and both savored the new Decedant Filet. If you are a meat eater, I highly recommend it. Mmmmmmm! It was such a nice day. We bought a new coffee table, and DH helped me straighten the house. Sunday, I made chicken and dumplings and we got to watch the Packers. Of course they didn't play so well, but it was a treat to get to Favre play. We don't get the games here very often. I even squeezed in some knitting this weekend. I have about 5 inches of 6x1 ribbing done for Jesse's Flames (from SnB) for my little brother. I love that I can call him that, seeing as he's much taller than me. He asked me to knit him a sweater that he could pick up chicks in. His idea was a cream colored preppie item, but that's so not him. Instead I decided to knit Jesse's Flames because he is a Monster's Garage kind of guy. He figures that using me and our close relationship will work as a aphrodisiac. And here I am enabling him. What a sister, huh?

Friday, November 04, 2005

I couldn't resist

Knitting Adventurer
You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer.
You are through those knitting growing pains and
feeling more adventurous. You can follow a
standard pattern if it's not too complicated
and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've
started to experiment with different fibers and
you might be eyeing a book with a cool
technique you've never tried. Perhaps you
prefer to stick to other people's patterns but
you are trying to challenge yourself more.
Regardless of your preference, you are
continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as
well you should since your non-knitting friends
are probably dropping some serious hints, these

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Now I'm really going to get back to knitting. :)

I thought so!

You're Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice by
Jane Austen!

I did this on a lark, thinking: Wouldn't it be cool if was Lizzy? She is my favorite. And low and behold that's what I got! Yeah! Now back to knitting.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Leaf Peeping

Some pretty pictures from our neighborhood. It's a joy to get out and walk with the stroller when it looks like this! And that crisp fall air... This is my favorite time of year. I managed to get an inch more knit on a pair of xmas socks. Unforunately that's about all I've got done. If I could just get my house cleaned up a little, maybe I could knit while the munchkin naps. Of course that's also the perfect time to do homework... I think I'm doomed.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


I'm sitting at my kitchen table looking out the glass doors and I just noticed a huge swarm of ladybugs. At first I wasn't sure what they were but I noticed their shells sticking awkwardly out the sides as they flew around. We always have trouble with them in the fall. They like to swarm around and get in the house. Whatever you do don't smash them, they stink! Looks like we're having a bit of Indian Summer. That's what gets them going a spike in the temperature. It is a beautiful fall day though. I woke up this morning, on the couch, and when I looked up and out the window above me, I was struck by a brilliant show of orangey yellow streaking across the bright blue sky. It was just wonderful. I'm going to take the camera with us on our walk today, because our neighborhood is beautiful. There is one part in particular that I've often thought: what a beautiful picture this would be. So today it will be.
Now you may be thinking: my you sound so chipper. Well I am. I went to the movies last night, all by myself. It was a first for me, and I have to admit that I rather enjoyed it. I saw "In Her Shoes" and it was close to the book. The part they changed, wasn't completely written out, and I understand why they re-worked it. The movie would have been five hours long otherwise. By the by, Jennifer Weiner is fabulous. Everything she writes has suck truth and reality, I become engrossed as if the characters are my friends. Most of them could be. If you like realistic, humorous, fiction this is the chick to read. I'm just finishing up "Little Earthquakes" and it's like a support system for me. The characters are all new Moms, going through all the ugly new mom stuff. My timing couldn't be better! So at any rate, I'm feeling pretty good today. I also got some headway with my independent study classes. I'm getting organized which helps immensely. I may actually finish on time, if I step it up.
We have a baptism meeting tonight. So that means the munchkin needs a bath and a pretty outfit. I hope she's good at church. I have this image of her screaming when Father John holds her. She's usually very good with strangers, too good even. But this one time, will be her greatest performance, I can just tell. :) Have a good day all!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Our First Halloween

She may be too little for candy, but no girl is ever to little for multiple outfits. For our first Halloween as a family, Zoe helped Mommy and Daddy pass out candy. Every girl dressed like a princess that came to the door, oooed and aaahhhed over her. Then we watched Jeepers and Creepers adn craved pumpkins and toasted the seeds. And then a miracle accured. She slept very well. Not completely through the night, but as close as she's been getting. What a great Halloween treat. Too bad mommy ate so many Paydays, that she couldn't wind down right away.