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Why you don't run into me in the cleaning supplies section...

This week I've decided to make peace with the fact that I have actually become a WORSE housekeeper over the past 2 years since quitting my full time job. Yes, the fact that we have a little person in the house who currently excels at mess making probably also has something to do with the constant state of affairs found between the exterior walls of our house. But let's be realistic here folks. IF I was a better housekeeper, even the presence of a 2 year old shouldn't throw me off.

But what I've come to realize is I'm just not good at keeping house. I used to be much better about keeping things clean and orderly...mainly before we had kids. It's not that I no longer care about the state of our abode or that I'm lazy or unable to keep a cleaner living space. The simple truth is the time that I could be using to clean and organize around the house I'd rather spend knitting, sewing, writing, reading, practicing yoga, riding my bike, taking pictures, playing …

Frost...

Brea: "Mommy, why are the trees all gray?"
Me: "Because they have frost on them."
Brea: "What's frost?"
Me: (Searching for a simple answer that a 2-year-old can grasp.) "A special kind of snow that likes to stick to the trees. Isn't it pretty?"
Brea: "YESSSSSS!"

As we left the studio after class this morning and headed down the main drag in town THIS was the lovely scene ahead of us. I couldn't help but pull over and jump out, point and shoot in hand, to sneak into the middle of the street between passing cars and snap a photo. I'm thankful that we living in a community where I bet nobody even thought twice about some crazy lady standing in the middle of the street taking a photo on a cold winter day.

And speaking of photography and the cool creative community in which we live:

I've noticed I have been less than inspired to take any pictures as of late. I'm tired of the lack of color that is a part of winter. Ok, there…

Peace Baby...

Soon to be seen hanging from an ear near me!



By night's end it will have a friend so it can be a pair. Thanks to Sharon at Retro Crochet for the great pattern!


peace

25 Random Things...

So on Facebook, you know the center of my social universe (sadly that's not far from the truth), I got tagged with one of those "write things about yourself and send it out so we can all know you better" things. I don't always participate in these little games (seriously, they could suck my whole day away if I let them) but today I was feeling generous with my free afternoon so decided to play along. I have to admit once I got going I had a hard time keeping it to 25 as stated in the "rules" of the tag. I cheated and added a 26th item because other than the oatmeal thing, which I think it just a funny fact, I couldn't figure out which item to cut to keep it to 25. Being as I devoted WAY more time to this little project (because I'm sorta anal about what I say and how I say it) and because not everyone who reads my rambles here is also part of my Facebook posse (and vice versa), I decided my list would play double duty for the day. So here it is, unc…

Cycles...

Warning...if you don't care to read talk of girlie things...menstral cycles, sex drive, emotions, etc...skip the next paragraph...or possibly this whole post. Otherwise, read on. Just don't say I didn't warn you...

I'm kinda having a needy, emotional day today. I'm pretty sure it's mostly hormone related. I've come to this conclusion because for the first time in my life I'm actually in tune with my monthly cycle. As a teen it was irregular at best. Then came the need for birth control (BC) and all the ups and downs that come with altering your natural rhythms with artificial hormones. Then we decided to get pregnant and so we threw all caution to the wind, crossed our fingers that we hadn't spent all that time avoiding pregnancy in vain, and got busy making a baby. Even after stopping BC to get pregnant I still have no sense of my normal cycle and before we knew it my body was busy growing and nurturing life. After babies, with age, with changes in …

A Toast...

I'd like to make a toast...


to our new president...Barack Hussein Obama.



My day panned out a little different than I expecting having spent the hours from 2-4 am awake with a sick child, followed by a few short hours of sleep on the couch, and a cancellation of my attendance at an inaugural brunch to which I had been invited. (Which the sick child woke asking for food and hasn't stopped go, go, going since 8 this morning. She's exhibited no further signs of illness. Guess I should have sent her to school!) Luckily Grace and Andre were still happy to come over and join us for the day's celebration.


(OK, admittedly we were being a little silly. Silly with joyful celebration!)

Words can no even begin to describe the many emotions I've experienced today watching all the festivities. Today it's hard not to feel proud of our nation and to have hope for the future of the world. Today all the doom and gloom that's been building over the state of the economy, the enviro…

Presenting...

the finished matched pair!



Well mostly matched. The second one is a little tighter than the first, obviously my tension control got better, though I still struggle with getting a nice starting edge. For my next project I'm going to try a new casting on technique to see if that helps. Also the second warmer has a spot where I obviously was not paying attention because there are 5 purl stitches where there should be 5 knit stitches. Oh well.

I've really come to enjoy my knitting time and am excited to start project #2, a hat for Scott. I found this great website, KnitPicks, from where I'm going to order some lovely wool yarn and new needles so that I can knit his hat in the round because I really dislike the look of the hand sewn seems on my hand-warmers. I'm also going to venture into the land of color switching and plan on giving his hat a nice stripe an inch or so above the edge. I'm really looking forward to getting things started and wish I didn't have to wait…

Fun, Fun, Fun...

So check this out. A group in NY City does these improv things and makes films. Some large scale, some small scale. Cool and creative. It would have been super fun to be in Grand Central Station when this was going on!



There's a lot of fun stuff to check out. Like the No Pants Subway Ride and No Shirts. Enjoy a laugh today!


peace

Puzzles...

If there was one word to describe Brea's week, it would have to be puzzles. While on one hand she has given up on taking an afternoon nap, she's devoted that extra time every afternoon to put together puzzle after puzzle after puzzle. Sometimes it's just one puzzle over and over and over. I'm amazed at how she can stay so focused for so long on one task...over and over and over. In some aspects she has better concentration skills than her mother!

We've also noticed this week that Brea's starting to recognize a few letters. Most notably O and B...and she's very aware that her name starts with B. Sometimes I wonder how she picks up on these things...and then I hear her and Lexi in their room playing school and I realize it's because Brea has the advantage of a very smart older sister who is more than willing to share some of her knowledge.

I'm so blessed to have such amazing little girlies!

In other news of the day: Lexi is at a friends for a sleepover f…

Sharing the Strength of Women...

A friend sent me the link to this reading on YouTube by author Kelly Corrigan today. I watched with tears in my eyes. Tears because I feel so fortunate to feel in my heart the meaning of her words. Tears because I'm lucky to have the type of loving friendships with amazing women of all ages like those of which she speaks. Tears because it is in our times of facing the impossible, that we find the best of who we are and the amazingness of those who share our lives. Tears because as a daughter, a mother, and a friend I too believe women are amazing creatures. Tears because I know that as life moves forwards, with all its joys and pains, victories and challenges, I too will transcend.




peace

Freaky...

So lately my MP3 player has been randomly turning itself on when it's charging in it's docking station which is also hooked up to our stereo. Weird. (Especially when it happens in the middle of the night and you wake to find Jack Johnson jammin' away in quiet darkness of night.)

I wonder if it's a sign that my player is starting to die a slow, electronic death. I mean it is almost 4 years old. In electronics speak that's like 75 human years. Hmmm.....


peace

Scoreboard...

I'm having one of those days. You know, the kind that if Life and I were playing a game of one-on-one and keeping score...Life would be kicking my ass.

Thankfully the scoreboard gets reset each night.


peace

Goodbye 2008...

Other than posting about my exciting New Year's Eve activities of teaching myself to knit, I haven't really said much about the coming of a new year. Last year I explained my feelings about making resolutions at the start of a new calendar year (basically that I don't), but still listed a few of my hopes for 2008. That was January 6th. Who would have guessed on January 6th while I was writing about my hopes for the new year, what would actually go down through the course of the following 12 months. So shall we recap those hopes just for fun and see what has become of them 12 months later?
I biked a lot, but stopped keeping track of time and distance some time in the spring after my brother's cancer diagnosis. The stats didn't seem as important as the connection to him I felt when I was on my bike. My riding took on a whole deeper meaning than miles and minutes.
I still drink soda.In 2008 I attended one large yoga conference and maybe 2 or 3 classes that were not taug…

Sledding...

We did indeed making it sledding yesterday. The sun was out and the wind was only bad at the top of the hill if you were facing northwest. Luckily the softer sledding was down the "back" side of the hill to the southeast. Brea by far made out the best on the whole deal as the snow was so deep us 2 adults and Lexi's tall 7-year-old legs had troubles making it up the hill. Brea didn't have a chance, especially in her puffy one-size-too-big snow pants. So she got to sit in her sled and get pulled up by her pack horse parents. Needless to say Scott and I had jello legs after our 45 minutes of sledding.

Lexi had a blast and got a bit daring going off a few little jumps. We were a little nervous at how Brea would do her first time down, why I'm not sure because she is our dare devil child. She of course loved it and was less than happy when we said it was time to head home. (Though she was starting to get cold too, so there wasn't much argument.)

I managed to catch a…

Rosey Cheeks...

We've gotten 6-7 inches of fresh, powdery snow in the past 36 hours. The perfect snow for playing. The girls were eager to go mess up the trackless yard this morning, so we bundled them up (still in their PJs because what's a warmer under-layer than polar fleece) and shoved them out the door with a smile and a cup of hot coffee in hand. (I'm so appreciative of the fact they can play outside on their own these days and I can keep an eye on them from the warmth of the kitchen window.)

Thirty minutes later they returned to the front door cold,


rosey cheeked,


silly happy,


and requesting hot chocolate.

My coolness status this morning has been equated to Jeff, our favorite coffee shop owner, thanks to a little whipped cream a top the hot chocolate. Who knew it was so easy to be so cool? (If only it could remain that easy the older they get!)

We've promised sledding post lunch. Mommy and Daddy are already pondering how to best bundle ourselves because we don't have puffy warm …

Under a Rock...

I'm back in the game today now that I have 48 hours of antibiotics in my system. So Brea and I made a coffee shop stop between class at the studio and stops at the quilt store (for batting and thread) and the hardware store (for a fresh water filter) before returning home. As is often the case, a newspaper was sitting on the table next to us. So I snagged it, while Brea was busy getting cream cheese all over her face from our shared bagel, to see what was making headlines this morning.

I've pretty much come to terms with the fact that I live under a rock in relationship to current events. I don't read the paper regularly. I don't watch the news. Even with as much time as I spend online, I rarely visit news related sites. When I listen to music (which is quite often throughout the day...that is when there's not the silly sounds of an animated children's show coming from the TV) it's usually from my own collection or through online streaming sites that don…

Crafty Christmas Recap, Installment 1...

One of my favorite creation projects this holiday season was a special little monkey commissioned by my Aunt Carol for my cousin Nikki's little girl Mena who celebrated her 9 month birthday at the start of the new year. My aunt actual presented me with the request mid-November, but it took me a while to find the right inspiration to get Cleo (as in Cleopatra) started. Nikki and her husband Duane are definitely modern, urban parents and I wanted Cleo to reflect that while paying homage to Nikki's simple roots (those of our farming grandparnts). Plus I wanted some fun, textury girliness for Mena.

I've had this idea of designing a pair of overalls for one of my monkeys in my head now for a while, but the right monkey to wear them just hadn't yet come along. The night I was cutting out the girls' PJ pants it hit me. The white, pink, and black polka-dot flannel would make the perfect inspiration fabric around which to center Mena's monkey and so out to find black an…

Too much time with my thoughts...

I have a mild case of strep throat.

(So, I don't know if you can have a mild case, but since Doc said the quick test showed a faint positive, I'm still functioning at about 65-70% of normal, and no longer running a fever, I'm calling it mild.)

Mild or not, when you have strep in my line of work you're off line for a day or two. Period.

(Especially when you contract for a hospital and they have rules about these kind of things.)

And since today was morning 4 waking up to a raw throat, I've already been off line for the 3 days prior to today because I WAS running a fever.

(Even though I was only scheduled to teach on one of those 3 days. And that day I still taught 2 of my 4 classes because at that point I thought what I had was the same thing as everyone else in my house had had which went through their systems in about 48 hours. The thought of strep hadn't even crossed my mind at that point.)

What all this laying around rest creates though is a chance for TOO MUCH T…

Because I know the suspense is killing you...

I present to you, the first completed handwarmer!


Over all I'm pretty happy with the outcome being that it's my first completed knitted item. There are of course a few things the anal-perfection-crafter in me would like to change.
I don't like the look of the seam and totally understand the draw to learning how to knit in a continuous round.
I wish creating small ribs weren't such a challenge, because I would much prefer small ribs at the cuff than the current 7 rows of garter stitch which are kinda loose.
Overall tension stayed pretty consistent, but there is definitely room for improvement.
And today looking over it all again for the first time since I finished it on Sunday, I found a random purl stitch in a field of knit stitches. Obviously I lost concentration for a moment.
Our little fam has been passing around an achy body, soar throat bug. Scott and I have been the lucky carriers this weekend and into the start of the week. So any spare time I've had outside of p…

But I Love My Bed...

The girls currently share a bedroom. Our house has three bedrooms, but we use the third, smallest room, for the office and spare bed. Our 2 main bedrooms are fair sized, but you can imagine how with a crib, a twin bed, a dresser and all the wares that 2 little girls can accumulate, the girls' room is jam packed. Scott and I have been talking about the fact that Brea is now only 3 months from turning 3 and maybe we should consider moving her out of her crib. our hope being that we could figure out a bed situation that would give them a bit more room to play IN THEIR ROOM!

At first I was leaning the bunk bed route. But the thought of having Lexi 6 feet off the floor is a bit scary considering her tendency to sleep walk...often! So we've decided that maybe they would like to share a full sized bed. After all, more nights than not, one of them some how ends up in our bed at some point time wanting to snuggle. Both of the girls love to sleep with someone else. They are snugglers, w…

Knitting, Project 1 Update...

Answering the question of "How did you spend your New Year's?" this year has been a riot. When I explain to people that I decided I'd teach myself how to knit AND that I had all the necessary items in my basement and found easy to follow instruction online, I get some very interesting looks. So before I give you an update on project 1's progress, I feel like I should explain a few things that have made this undertaking possible for me.

First, I have in the past done some crochet. Not a lot, but enough that I have some understanding of working with needles (or hooks as the case may be with crochet) and yarn. How to form loops, knots, control tension, etc.

Second, I grew up around women who were crafty. My mom has over the years been into a number a crafts...quilting mainly, but working with yarn, general sewing, painting and ceramics, and things that involve the use of the almighty glue gun were just part of the normal extra-curricular activities around our house. S…