Options.. I feel like I don't have any right now, T did hide the DS last night before he went to bed but I forgot to make his coffee so now I feel bad. That last hour last night I almost fell asleep knitting last night, I got 6 rows done with around 600 sts per row, a rough estimate of 3600 sts, and that's not including increases per se. My hands are killing me, but I'm going to go get my knitting, feed the kids and myself, take some pain killers and knit knit knit. I mean really what option do I have.



Nesting.. T is nesting a little, no we're not expecting another kid, I think its the spring fever thing. He gets like this every year around this time and I'm actually right there with him but I have to instead knit the shawl. I'm actually trying to avoid procrastinating now, because when I feel like it will never work and I'm doomed I tend to procrastinate. T has hidden the DS from me so I can't distract myself. I also wanted to get that wrap done for Ju for the wedding so honestly, I'll let him nest until after the wedding all by himself and hope I still have the need/want later next week. Well I'm going to go knit for another hour, night all.



Mom... it was her birthday yesterday, she's 39 again :P, I'm much in the due category for gifts, I have the yarn but owe her a hat/scarf/mitt set, I'm thinking a lace tam and lace scarf set with a designed to coordinate fingerless mitts. But the almost done shawl of doom must be done first and I have a pair of socks and two slingshots to do first from christmas, although they wont take long compared to this shawl. Speaking of I need to go work on that right now.

Happy Birthday Mom.



Love.. Things I love are my husband, my kids, to knit, my extended family, my in-laws, my time with my hubby, my time with the kids, my time alone/away, music, reading, sleep, not feeling like crap, quite time, happy kids, baby/kid laughs, hugs, kisses, a tidier home than mine, naps, movies, good food, theatre, well fitted clothes, buying yarn and accessories, shopping, going out, staying in, feeling good, not worrying, snuggling with the hubby, cuddling with the munchkins, having fun, roleplaying with friends, holding newborns, helping others, being genuinely wanted, honesty, truthful friends, taking pictures, hanging out knitting, less drama, camping sca-ish style, having game night with one of T's and my friends, and I'm sure there is more but I can't think of it now.



Knitting.. Kinda obvious this one. I love to knit, it's a wondrous thing, I love everything that is but the pain in my hands when I can't take decent breaks because of a deadline. But I digress. I learned to knit many years ago from my Gran but it never really clicked for me. Every few years I would try again but it just wasn't the right time yet. Then a few years ago I started to knit again and it just clicked. Now, I've psyched myself out a few times on different stitches and the like, but not for long. I kind of consider myself a fearless knitter because honestly what is the worst that could happen, you have to rip it out and try again. It's not like a lot of other crafts out there where once it's cut/stamped/sewn it's kinda got to be that or it's garbage. Sometimes yes you can salvage but really knitting is just one of those things where if you really hate what it looks like or it's all a mess you can rip back and fix it and all is well. And I do make mistakes, quite often actually, but I'm willing to either just deal with them (like in the shawl, it's a time crunch people) or I'll go back and fix it and no one will know but me. I've tried socks, lace, and fair isle all on a whim because I hadn't done it yet and how hard could it really be, and you know what it wasn't. I love to knit and I've really found myself in knitting, I feel I belong with it and that it was definately something that was missing in my life before. I wish I could make a living at it but I don't know if I really want to at the same time. I just hope that I never have to stop and that this shawl doesn't kill me before I get to the end.



January.. or at least that's what it looks like outside. It's not only raining but it's snowing too. So yucky icky slush is everywhere, it is the worse to drive in, worse than snow in January actually, and worse than a terrible rain storm in the summer. And of course just in par with last year, the Yarn Harlot is coming today/night and it was bad weather last year too. At least Se got to stay home this time, away from the muck. Well I have some housework to do before I can even get ready to go, pics later from the YH event.



Ikea.. I like Ikea, it's not the highest quality of stuff, but it's nicer than Target/Wal-Mart and it's the right price. Hubby isn't big on putting the stuff together but I think it's great. You don't need to ask them to drop it off and it fits in a compact car usually. Their stuff also wears well and holds up to the kids pretty well. I wish I had more of their organizational stuff, I know I need it. Ikea has one disadvantage too many people are there on Sunday afternoons and we seem to get rain every time we go to actually purchase furniture. At least it only took an hour to put a dresser together and it may have even been quicker if we hadn't just taken our time.

I do realize I'm grasping for this one. Sorry if you bothered to read this.


Meme thing

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the "50 Greatest TV Shows" ever. Below is the list and here be the rules.

1. Bold the shows you've watched every episode of
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of
3. Post your answers

50. Quantum Leap

49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City

45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers

40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted

35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5

31. Deadwood

30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office UK
22. The Shield
21. Angel

20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs

18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who

15. Heroes
14. Firefly

13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld

10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24

05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons


Hats.. I like hats, supposedly I look good in most hats, I don't wear hats because they mess with my sinuses. I love to knit hats, they are typically in the round, at least for me. I'm actually very excited to knit my mom a tam, and I hope to get around to a ton of other hat projects I would like to do someday. I may even make me one that won't hurt my head. But like normal I have shawl knitting to go do and I'm going to go and do it now.





Grateful... For when my husband comes home and I can take a breather from the kids. They are all toddlers right now and it can get pretty intense sometimes. He can take a lot less from them in the whiny dept but that is understandable after a hard day at work. He needs to chill a little bit more but when he's in the thick of it he really does do great. I really appreciate it when he is here to help. Now I need to go break up a fight.

ETA: Blogger isn't listening to me.



Food.. I love food, I love to eat. I like a wide variety and the only food I really won't eat is fish and some select veggies/fruit. Otherwise I like food very much, I like healthy food that doesn't necessarily taste healthy and I try to stick to some natural foods, like I typically don't do artificial sugars. I like to bake as well, I limit myself but I do really like to do it. I love it when T makes food because it is almost always very good. Food is one of things where I like to watch tv about it as much as I like to do it, almost as much as knitting. :D

ETA: This posted on Friday but I posted it on Sunday. I wrote it on Friday and waited to post, not realizing the date stamp would be wrong.



England.. I miss it, more so Scotland but both have a very special place in my heart, right along with Ireland too. For those not aware, I lived in Scotland for 3 1/2 months for school and visited both England and Ireland while there. I also have a Grandmother directly from England that lives in the states now but misses England very much. And I have family over there. T and I were going to take our honeymoon over there, mostly Scotland, but than two days after we got married we found out we were pregnant with Ju. So there went those plans, and while I was over there, T couldn't come visit because it cost so much to fly and he didn't have the vacation either. I so wanted to share the experience with him and the honeymoon was going to be our chance. Well that never happened and even now 8 years later I'm still a little sick in my missing of such a wonderful beautiful place. Maybe someday I'll get to go again and bring T along too.

ETA: This posted on Friday but I posted it on Saturday. I wrote it on Friday and waited to post, not realizing the date stamp would be wrong.



Dishes.. I used to really hate doing them, I don't know why but I did. Now that I have non-latex (hard to find) dish washing gloves, I don't despise it as much. I like having a clean sink and the only time I don't really like doing them at all is when I'm told to do them. Then my stubbornness pocks through and I really don't want to do them. That and when something is particularly difficult to wash, that drives me batty.

I really do realize that this is a really lame post and I'm saying really way too much. But I'm excited about going to Milwaukee this weekend and I can't seem to concentrate. Now I need to figure out how I'm going to do my post for tomorrow.



Cold, I'm sick of it. I love winter, I love snow, but I've had my fill. And like all things, moderation is key. I've had more than my moderate share and I'm done. I'm sick of my hands, toes and nose being cold, it's difficult when any or all of those are chilled and you're wrapped in a comforter and trying to knit all at the same time. I can do it but it's very clunky. I'm very much looking forward to more spring weather, because when I put on a sweater, a pair of socks and a blanket and I'm still chilled, I get very frustrated. Doesn't the weather know I have a shawl to knit, I need my hands most of all to do this. The cold makes my wrists cramp even more than normal and that can be very painful and frustrating. I hope that I can defeat this and get the shawl done, because like my sister said yesterday "16 more days" and that was yesterday so I guess it's more like 15 now. Argh, rant finished, need to continue to knit, knit, knit.

(I do realize that I did this to myself, but guess what, my blog, my place to vent just a little, even if this was boneheaded of me)



Burns.. more specific a scald from hot water but same dif happened today. I seem to be prone to injury in the kitchen, I burn my self around 70% of the time. It rocks! It's like I'm paying homage and giving sacrifice to the kitchen gods for food that is good. Normally I'm more likely to injure myself in the oven but this evening it was pasta water, it got me through a sweatshirt, sweatshirt front pocket, and heavy tank top. Mind you my phone, which was in said pocket, never got touched but yet my belly hurts from the scalding hot water. Witch Hazel made it feel a little better but still it hurts. I should be fine by tomorrow or the day after but still it sucks. I'm sick of being injured in the kitchen, but I guess the birthday cake went off without a hitch in the injury dept so I had to pay somehow.

I know this is a lame letter today but it's better than what I originally didn't have planned, so there ya go.

Off to do some more shawl knitting, I go, I go.



When I think of the letter A, I think of my sister Amanda. She is the first one/thing to pop into my head when I have o think about what to write about the letter A. Amanda is a good person and sister, she tries hard and always means well. She's still young, and always will be to me, she is my little sister after all. Amanda is about to get married to a very nice guy named Randy, or Red Truck Randy if you're our family. I'm very excited for her and him to start a wonderful life together.

Amanda and I are going to do the first thing we've done alone together since I was 16 and she was 11/12. We're going to go to a day of lectures on Medieval costuming, and I'm very excited. Not only am I excited for the lecture, but I'm thrilled to get to spend this alone time with my sister as we drive down and back. I'm kinda hoping she will do the brunt of the driving so I can work on her wedding shawl.

Speaking of the shawl, I think she is the only person, until my children are grown, that I would knit such a large and time consuming gift on such a deadline. And I plan to have it done for the wedding even if I can't knit for a while after I'm finished.


This letter was brought to you by Nablopomo's goal of letters for every day in April.