Sunday, March 25, 2007
More than halfway to the goal. Yaaaaaay! In less than half the time allotted. Yaaay Yaaaay!
I may want to add another 10 pounds to the goal but we'll see when I get around the beginning of June.
Today didn't go as planned.
1. sleep in a little
2. get the kids breakfast
3. review my Sunday school lesson
4. get the kids dressed for church
5. dress myself
6. go to church
7. Lou leaves for Toronto
8. Hot dogs for dinner
9. Early to bed
The actual day
1. sleep in a little
2. talk to Lou about why he's in the bathroom so much
3. be alarmed about the fact that there hasn't been pee since yesterday
4. make arrangements for the kids
5. dress kids
6. drive kids to friends'
7. meet Lou at the hospital
8. sit at hospital for 3 hours
9. try to talk you out of Toronto tomorrow
10. Walmart for prescriptions
11. pick up kids at church
13. pay bills
14. early to bed
Lou has a bladder infection. All should be well in a couple of days. I still think he should stay home and I still know he won't listen.
When he's back from Canada then he will leave on Thursday with the kids to Pennsylvania for the Phillies home opener. It's become somewhat of a tradition but this will be Ryan's first time.
I will be staying behind with the shop since the following week we are off to St Louis for the Frozen Four. Michigan was eliminated last night. They blew two 2 point leads in that game. Michigan State will be there, however.
Tomorrow is also our first 12th anniversary. June 3rd is our second 12th anniversary. Maybe I should explain.
I am a religious girl. Because of this, there was a lot of time of me saying "no". Three years or so if you'd like to know. We were engaged and planning a big wedding at my mom's bed and breakfast with the big tent and the guests and the huge cake - all for June 3rd, 1995. Lou was going to be in California for a business trip in March of 1995 and so I flew out and met him for the weekend since I had lived there and knew people I wanted to visit. Again I found myself in a position to say "no". He said, "Then let's get married." So off we went to Las Vegas. Drove up and down the strip a couple of time and chose this place. It was cute. And a fun thing to do.
It was Sunday. The courthouse is open on Sunday in Las Vegas. As a matter of fact, it is open 24 hours from Friday to Monday. I think it cost a little more than $100. for the marriage license at the time. There's a little counter where you fill out a half sheet of paper with a golf pencil. Then you take it to one of the people at the typewriters (probably computers now) where they type up your license.
We took the wedding chapel limo from the chapel to the courthouse and back. In the same limo with us there was a drunk lady and her man. She just couldn't believe they were doing it. I couldn't either. It was morning and she was already plastered.
After the little ceremony - Elvis free - we went out for a romantic lunch at Arby's and then drove back to Los Angeles as fast as we could since we had a dinner appointment with some friends.
We didn't tell a soul. For years. My parents just found out last year. His parents - still don't know. It's been great fun and I have not regretted that day for one minute.
Not much celebrating this year - due to illness - but I have been reliving that wonderful day in my head for the whole weekend.
As for spinning and knitting. Not much to show.
I'm working on my first skein for the HGA Handspinning COE. It's on a drop spindle. I chose Blue Faced Leicester top. I am spinning it my usual thin way. I think I'm doing a pretty good job but it's been 3 weeks and I have only finished about 0.65 ounces. I need a one ounce skein. Well, I may actually have more done than that because I got a lot done at the hospital today.
Friday, March 23, 2007
I found this over at Smariek Knits
Take the Quiz here!
I took the quiz because I knew that my oldest daughter (Hi Brittney) would be interested in the outcome. No doubt she'll have something to say about it. She's supposed to be studying right now. Finals are less than a month away. Out there in Utah.
For those of you who don't know, she is an English major currently in her Junior year.
Can't wait to see you, Brat.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
This all begins April 1st and runs through June 30
Here are MY rules:
Fiber (yarn, roving, etc) is included in the deal - for my own personal use. If I'm doing a shop model it's different, but the shop is buying the materials anyway.
If it can be bought from the supermarket I can have it (normal supermarkets, not the right side of Meijer or Walmart).
Basic children's clothing is ok.
A single service-type purchase (eg: haircut) is allowed.
For every 10 pounds lost (total of 32, 42 and 52) I can buy one outfit.
Second hand from thrift stores is ok but no ebay.
Yesterday, Edith left the shop.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I have plenty to talk about today. First, I weighed in today and please notice that I have crossed the 20 pound threshold!!!!! Hard work. But I am about 2 sizes smaller than I was 2 months ago! Yay!
So, on to the next subject. There's been some room shifting going on in this house. It's pre 1860 house and has had a few additions and so most things don't flow in a way that you would expect. When you walk into my bedroom there is a hallway to the left and you go down that little hallway to get to the laundry room. Right off of that hallway is a tiny room that I originally used as my sewing/craft room before I found out that I was pregnant with Maggie. Then I turned it into a nursery.
While I was pregnant with Ryan we moved Maggie to the bedroom at the top of the stairs and put Ryan in there - not that either of them did any sleeping at all in their own beds before they hit 3 years old.
So now that Chelsea isn't home anymore an Brittney is in College (and I made her room into my sewing/craft room) we moved Maggie to Chelsea's old room and Ryan is in Maggie's previous room.
So the tiny room is going to be a nice little room for just Lou and me. I definitely had to get rid of the baby wallpaper. I've ordered furniture and it is on its way. My plan was to strip the wallpaper today and paint tomorrow.
Did I mention we have an old house? Why do I ever think that things will go smoothly?
The large white part of the wall is where I've stripped wallpaper. The darker part of the wall is where the outside of the wall is coming off and the plaster is crumbling.
Here's a closeup of one of the crumbly parts.
So I narrowed it down to 2 choices after talking to my mother - the old house master.
I could get some plaster and plaster this large place until it is even with the rest of the wall...or...get the thinnest drywall, stop stripping and just cover the whole room with drywall and be done with it.
I discussed it with Lou when he got home from Texas this afternoon. He got a little excited over the drywall option, saying that then we could move the outlets to normal spots. Whaaaa? No, no, no, I didn't mean to take the whole room down to the lathe. Of course he thinks we should do it "right". I think it needs to be something I can handle when he's out of town next week. I just got an email that the chair I ordered is on its way so that means everything needs to move faster. Plaster it is!
Next up. Look at this kid. Isn't he cute. I was just stepping out of the shower this afternoon, in preparation for my honey coming home, and I hear Maggie yelling for me and Ryan is crying as loud as possible. I called him to me and asked what was wrong. "I have a reraser in my nose." He says through the loud crying.
I immediately searched my brain data bank for what to do in just such a situation.
"Ryan, lay down and stop crying."
So I pressed his unclogged nostril closed and blew hard into his mouth. Out flew the eraser and everything was happy again. Except he told me that wasn't fun. Ryan has promised, by the way, to never stick anything in his nose again.
Do you believe it? Me either.
Shelly Lampshire was in on Saturday for her class.
Sorry for the poor picture but here are two of my favorite pieces. Those are needle felted, people! The bear is on ebay as we speak. I think they are 16 inches tall.
Here is the class. There were 9 students and everybody was almost finished with their piece before they went home. It really was a great day and I'm trying to figure out when I can schedule her again.
And finally, Polworth.
Dirty locks and clean.
Look at that crimp. It's a pleasure to spin and I wouldn't be surprised if this particular fleece were very close in fineness to merino.
Monday, March 05, 2007
It was a busy day at the shop. Weaving, spinning, knitting and shopping. One of the Schacht wheels went away. It's always a little sad for me when they leave. I've spun on them all and I feel attached to them. They all have strengths and I use them for those strengths when I need a sample. It is important for me to spin on them regularly to keep them in good working order so when someone comes in to try them out there isn 't a lot of creaking and clicking from lack of use and oil. I was getting very attached to that DT Schacht Matchless. But soon I'll be able to bring in my favorite baby - Schacht Reeves 24 inch Saxony. Named Baby.
Also on the way are Kromski Prelude and Kromski Polonaise. I've spun on the darling Prelude several times but this will be my first acquaintance with Polonaise. It has a 24 inch wheel and looks like a Norwegian style wheel to me. They should be arriving on Wednesday and then we all become very close friends as I assemble them.
How can I get attached to 15 spinning wheels you ask? I have no clue.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Today I was checking out Hesira who told me to go check out Susan. So I did. O always do what she tells me whether she knows it or not. Anyway, Susan was talking about the Dove Real Beauty campaign. I watched the little video and was quite surprised. I mean, I knew that they used touch up software to get rid of pimples and cellulite but I had no idea that they actually change the shape of someones body for advertising. It's ... appalling? rude? ridiculous? I don't have an appropriate word to describe my feelings.