Thursday, August 31

  The Bus

On Tuesday, the bus came and all was well in the land. No worries, I wasn't emotional this time because we did the full day thing last year for kindergarten, so it was no big deal. (He's the blonde one boarding the bus- why did those other kids have to block my shot??? ;-) )

However, yesterday Steven asked if he could walk to the bus stop himself. I let him, as it is only 3 houses away... of course I stood out on our sidewalk to watch him and found myself moving closer and closer to the bus stop until I was in the neighbor's driveway. Then, the bus came...

and I lost it. I watched as my very big boy got on the bus (by himself) and drove away from me for the entire day. I will say that I recovered much more quickly then I did last year, though!

In the afternoon, I waited for him at the bus stop because I couldn't wait to see him... he was happy enough to see me but as we were walking back, he not-so-delicately asked if he could also walk home from the bus by himself each day. Small steps, boy. Small steps.

***Thanks Cindy!***

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Monday, August 28

  First Grade

Walking Steven to the bus stop...

Waiting at the bus stop....

A picture of Jeff waiting at the bust stop... (so he doesn't feel left out.)

STILL waiting at the bus stop... and looking a little less happy about it...

What I don't have a picture of is Mommy driving Steven to school because the bus never came. When I dropped him off, I was told that they are "almost positive" a bus will be there to pick them up this afternoon. As reassuring as that is, (LOL) I'm still going to call the school at dismissal time JUST to be sure.

**Update at 4:15 p.m.- Something else you don't have a picture of is Steven's VERY pregnant Mommy running to the bus stop because it was 15 minutes early dropping the kids off. Now I KNOW they're just trying to mess with me!**


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Thursday, August 24

  Yummy Yarn

Cindy, Theresa and I went yarn shopping at Olde Peddler Wools tonight! Darlene, the owner, was wonderful enough to stay open a bit late for us.... by like 3 hours. I ended up with two skeins of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino. Stop laughing! I'm serious, I really want to try knitting socks again. I won't flip them off this time, I swear! ANYWAY, I passed the Wild Cherry on to Theresa and instead, I chose Gypsy Rose (left) and Old Rose (right). Can you say yummy???


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Tuesday, August 22


Have I ever mentioned that I am NOT a morning person? Well, we need to clue in the neighbors across the street, because I heard their alarm clock go off every 9 minutes from 5:00 to 5:45 this morning. IT WAS THAT LOUD! I may never sleep with the windows open again....and after some anonymous hate mail, they never will either! Bwa ha ha ha!!! >:-)

**A word to the wise. NEVER interrupt a pregnant insomniac's already broken sleep patterns. Bad things will happen.**

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Wednesday, August 16

  Could It Be?

(*GASP*) Is she considering abandoning her strict "No Sock Knitting" policy because of this?

***Update- Just placed an order for Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Wild Cherry. I think she's serious!***

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Sunday, August 13

  Vile Weed!

Grape Nuts suck. Ok? They suck. Sorry Post Cereal, but there is no denying this one.

I was watching Oprah's Boot Camp a few weeks ago for some ideas on healthy snacking. Even though I am 35 weeks pregnant, I'd still like some healthy snack options to help me get through the afternoon. (As opposed to the 5 or 6 Double Stuff Oreos with a glass of milk that I usually crave.) Anyway, Oprah had some good ideas but the one that stood out the most was this:

Crunchy Sundae
1/4 cup Post Grape-Nuts Cereal
1/4 cup Post Spoon Size Shredded Wheat
1/2 cup fat-free or 2% reduced fat milk
A few blueberries

*Mix cereals in bowl; top with milk and blueberries. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.*

It was a good idea in theory. Think about it for a minute.... two healthy cereals provide an adequate amount of crunch. The shredded wheat is slightly sweetened and then milk with blueberries. It's filling AND it's healthy. Where could could this possibly go wrong??? The Grape Nuts, that's where! No matter how much you coat those things in sugar or Splenda they're wretched! How are they still on the market? And how can Oprah have herself convinced that this "Crunchy Sundae is as good as an ice cream sundae"? I don't know about her ice cream sundaes, but mine usually include chocolate-y, carmell-y, swirl-y goodness... not cardboard consistent cereal.

**Also note- it says to serve immediately. Want to know why? Because if you don't eat it IMMEDIATELY, the Grape Nuts will soak in the milk (in approximately 6.8 seconds) and they become Soggy Mush Nuts. Yeah, cause that's even better.**

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Wednesday, August 9

  Progress Pic

Here is a picture of the Entrelac Satchel with the seaming (using an attached I-Cord) in progress. Now that I've figured it out, it's moving along pretty well. Thanks to Cindy for all of her help and support yesterday... and I apologize for the 13 angry emails I sent while trying to get this going. I was pretty salty for awhile there!

Today, my SnB friend Susan is coming over for a visit with her boys and tonight is the Shoalwater Shawl KAL at Nicole's house. It's a Stitch~n~Bitch day!

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Monday, August 7

  Bad Knitting Karma

This morning I decided to spend some quality time with the Shoalwater Shawl. This pattern takes full concentration because I haven't memorized it yet, there's alot of counting AND it's lace. Since both boys were otherwise occupied, I figured I could get a few rows done. I did manage to accomplish that- never mind that I messed up each row I worked on, including the wrong side/straight knit rows. (To say that's pathetic is an understatement.) Never mind that I spent more time unknitting and reknitting than I did knitting. Did that stop me? No. Like a fool I kept going. And then the shawl begged me to stop the madness and put it down. Seriously, there was a voice inside my head that kept telling me to "Step away from the shawl." (I'm pretty sure this is a good indication that I should be medicated.) Anyway, I finished row 28 and carefully put it away. I think the shawl and I need a cooling off period before I try to work on it again.

I finished the second panel for the Entrelac Satchel on Saturday and blocked it Saturday night. I'm not thrilled with how it blocked though... I used the floor in our spare bedroom to shape it and pin it down. It looked ok, but the next morning when I checked on it, I found that SOMEONE [*cough* Steve] had placed a laundry basket, full of clothes directly on top of the panels. So, they're more flat than I wanted and the bind off rows STILL seem to be more loose/more stretchy than the foundation rows. I must take it to our Yarn Yoda at SnB for her thoughts and advice. If she thinks it's ok, I will begin seaming the panels together by using an attached I-cord. I've heard this seaming method is a pain but because it looks so great, I will suffer through it.

And because I am a glutton for punishment, I am considering casting on one of these projects. Although I'm kind of thinking it would be a bad idea to try either of these today...


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Tuesday, August 1

  Dear God, She HAS Been Knitting!

Entrelac is cool. Damn cool. This is the completed first panel of my/Cindy's Enrtelac Satchel, along with the second panel, currently in progress. I am using Noro Kureyon color 138... this picture really doesn't do the colors justice though. Maybe I'll take another one during the day time.

SnB is starting our first Knit Along! I am very excited! It's the Shoalwater Shawl from Fiber Trends. We plan to meet on a weekly basis to work exclusively on this project. I will be using Harmony Yarn that was generously gifted to me by some wonderful friends, to whom I will be ETERNALLY grateful. :-) This is the yarn I want to become one with. It is a Mohair/Wool-Silk Blend in "Lauren" colors... I actually get a little dizzy just looking at it.

Sorry for the blurriness; the batteries in my camera died as I was taking the picture. Rest assured- a tantrum was had, expletives were used and the batteries are now safely recharging, after having been thrown on the floor. Anyway, after said batteries have decided to fully charge and grace me with priveledge of a clear picture, I will post progress pics of the Shoalwater Shawl and the Entrelac Satchel. I've also been meaning to have Steve take my picture with Bobblicious, but I've been waiting for a good hair day. Come to think of it, I've been waiting a REALLY long time for that... How about you just look at the picture that goes with the pattern? It's the purple one. :-)

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