Monday, November 30, 2009

Let it Snow - Let it Snow - Let it Snow!

Well I'm not really ready for snow yet.  We have not yet weather-proofed the windows nor the door seals.   And honestly, I'd rather the snow waits until after the SO and I are done driving to NH (I hate driving long distance through crappy weather).  

But - it was Thanksgiving.  Which means we had projects to do all weekend long!  One project is always putting up the Holiday Tree.  It's practically a Charlie Brown tree, but it's cute.  The other project (granted we should have been putting up weather strips and plastic around windows) was this:

Yep Holiday cards!

I have been making my holiday cards for a number of years now.  I'm not really into stamping art and such, however I love making my holiday cards.  And when the SO came into my life I made him love the craft as well.  :)

This year we don't have too much to color, as per the enjoyment of the SO.  Instead I decided to stamp a big snowglobe and then make a cut out.  Only then did I decide to glue transparent paper to the cut out to make it appear as a "frosty" snowglobe.  Then of course glitter to make everything sparkle.

The back of the card has our signature reduce, reuse, recycle stamp; as well as our signature bunny feet and handmade by us stamp.

And the inside of the card has a cute little snowman (which you can see in the "frosted snowglobe").  

Cute and simple this year.  The SO is happy because the front says Christmas and I'm happy because the inside says Happy Holidays.  The cards took a couple of evenings while watching football and drinking wine (and knitting - more details on those projects later in the week).  Yep, this year it all worked out great!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wandering Wednesday: 3/50 Project reminder

Happy Wednesday!

Today I wanted to remind you of the 3/50 Project that I blogged about a while back.

I wanted to remind you today because Friday is that day known as Black Friday.  And if you and yours celebrate Black Friday please also think about your local businesses.  It would be great if you could patron a couple of those local shops while you are out and about!    

Monday, November 23, 2009

And even more updates....

Things are going well on this end, how are you guys?  I've been taking some time to catch up on all of your blogs, but I feel so disconnected from all ya'll!  It is almost the end of the semester which means I will be able to finally catch up and start knitting again.

A quick couple of updates:

1 - I cut my hair!  These pics are more for Ashley and Mum who wanted to see my new do.  I had long hair (like down to my butt long) from elementary until undergrad.  Then during undergraduate I went crazy and cut my hair super short.  Then during the first masters until now I had shoulder blades to boob length.  So on Saturday I chopped it to my shoulders.  We'll see how long it stays at this length.

2 - Thus far I'm Ace'in all of my homeworks and projects in classes.  Whoo-hoo!

3 - I have been teaching my peep how to knit and she is knitting-knitting-knitting!  I bought her some Rowan Big Wool for her birthday so she could make herself an infinity scarf.  She is knitting a 2x2 ribbing and it is looking fab!

4 - The SO is so sweet and surprised me with a poinsetta and chocolate.  I was having a stressful week between work and classes so the SO surprised Sunday when I came home from lab.  I love red poinsettias - I think they are so pretty.  We haven't had any the past 2 years because they are poisonous to Kyle, but I'll just make sure he doesn't get to it.  BTW - wicked bad picture, the plant is actually way prettier than that picture shows.

5 - I made bibimbap - a yummy-yummy korean dish.

6 - I have not been knitting as I have no time!  Working 50-60+ hrs a week plus 3 classes is a lot.  But my boss and I are going to try to track my hours better so hopefully no more of this unpaid overtime (hopefully!).  That will free up time to do homework.  Which then frees up time for knitting and hanging out with the SO.  Yay!

7 - Although I haven't been knitting I still have managed to get about 1/2 of the Meandering Vines Shawl completed.  Some day I will finish and you will see it.

8 - I have just realized it is almost Thanksgiving... I need to start Holiday knitting don't I?!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wandering Wednesday

My latest obsession.
Bejeweled Blitz, 60 seconds adds up quickly because suddenly you notice 20 minutes has passed by....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Here's a pathetic story

Yep, another pathetic story about me... far fetched for me to have a pathetic story, huh?

Last Sunday it was like any typical evening, hung out with the SO and the bun-bun and did some work and homework then got ready for bed.  Typical ritual (I'm pretty OCD), wash face, brush and floss teeth.  As I was flossing I noticed a black spot on one of my back molars.  A black dot!  Upon closer investigation (i.e. taking a metal tooth scraping device and poking the hell outa it) I noticed it didn't budge.

Let's just say the freaking out that ensued was something.

I have never had a cavity - ever.  In fact my teeth are in dental books.  I ran into the bedroom, crying hysterical of course, with my mouth wide open demanding the SO look at the disgusting cavity in my mouth.  The SO didn't appreciate this too much as he has had multiple cavities in his life and has a number of fillings. (FYI - he has nice teeth and even though I just made it sound like he is a snaggle-tooth, he really doesn't have bad teeth, they are nice, straight and white - this was just me freaking).

Of course the SO is the rational one so he asked me a number of questions:

how long has it been there... well I flossed on Friday and didn't notice it; I brush a couple of times daily and have yet to notice it.

Did it hurt when I poked it or bit down on something... nope, I tried to scrape the shit and it wouldn't move.

We decided that it would be better if I calmed down and because it was close to midnight on a Sunday, I couldn't do anything more until the next day.

So first thing Monday morning I called and made an appointment at the dentist.  They could not understand my hysteria over a cavity and my appointment couldn't be scheduled until a week later.  OMG.  So what is a girl to do?  Well I scheduled the appt and then went to Target to blow all my money on a number of different teeth cleaning devices.  New floss, a new water pick, new metal tooth scrapers.  I went for the big guns.

That same Monday evening as I was flossing I noticed the black dot had moved.  In fact it wasn't even there. Come to think of it, it looked a little like a piece of black pepper lodged in there. Hmm... crisis adverted I guess.  Oops on the freaking out.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wandering Wednesday: King Tut Day

November 4th is King Tut day which celebrates the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's Tomb. 

Over 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamen became the King of Egypt at the age of 9.  King Tut's rule lasted a short nine years, from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C.   He died at the very early age of 19 and the cause of his death is uncertain. Murder and an innocent accident are the two main theories. The tomb of Egypt's "child king" was discovered on November 4, 1922. The tomb was discovered nearly intact in Egypt's Valley of Kings.

I have never celebrated this day, and I found it by Google.  It's interesting though AND it's nice to finally get back to a random Wandering Wednesday.  Besides... who doesn't like Egyptian history?!  So to celebrate today find a book on Egyptian history to learn more! 
Happy King Tut Day and Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween, Brown County and Italian Yarn - Oh My!

Before I even start, I appologize for the typos and poor spelling.  I cannot figure out the spell check on the new Blogger... so until I do you get to find out how horrible I am at the whole spelling thing!

Not sure if I ever posted about the Halloween party the SO and I went to.  Last week we celebrated Kate's bday (again!) and used the party as an excuse to dress up.  How often do you get to see the future scientists of the United States hammered and dressed up in costume?!

The SO and I went as Bird Flu and Pig Flu.  We don't have our stuff on here, but I had a piggy nose and the SO had a duck bill (from Baltimore Duck Tours so it quacks!).  I had a pig-tail and he had a tail-feather (although he wouldn't shake it when I told him to!).  It was a cheap costume - only $5.25 total.  I'll try to find a pic of us with our faces on and post it.... 

Moving on....

The SO and I had a great time in Brown County.  Unfortunately the leaves were no longer on the trees but on the ground.  However there was no rain and it was warm enough to wear long-sleeve & sweatshirt -- perfect Fall weather.  We bought a couple gifts for people, but nothing too major on the spending front.  But it is nice to support other local buisnesses (not local to us, but small mom & pop buisnesses rock!). 

We also saw Lett and Kendell.  We haven't seen them since the wedding in July!  Remember that wedding we were in... yeah... way back then.  We seriously haven't seen the two since then!  So it was good to catch up with them and see their new house.  We even handed out candy with them as it was their neighborhood's Trick-or-Treat evening.  BTW -- don't want a kid, but OMG, there was the cutiest little penguin.  I wanted to take the penguin home and keep it.  So adorable! 

And... guess what Lett and Kendell did.  They brought me some yarn from Italy!  They went to Italy (Venice specifically) for their honeymoon.  So jealous.... 

AND best of ALL! 

They brought this back for me:

Isn't it beautiful!?!?!  I guess they were walking around (as you do in Venice) and stumbled by a store (as they put it) "FULL OF YARN."  Of course they saw it and thought of me and went in. Hehehe... I love them.  The lady in the Lellabella was nice and gave them this to bring back to me. 

This is Sempre, a beautiful bulky weight wool and nylon blend from the Italian company, Filatura Di Crosa.  It is a heavy worsted with a contrasting ply twisted through it.  I'm not sure of the name of the colorway but I am sure I will love knitting with it! 

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Blogiversary to Me!!!

Today is my 1 year Blogiversary! 

I was going to do a run down of the knitting of the past year. 

Then I was going to write a story of how I started knitting. 

But I actually have to head to class.... So I'll just do a Happy Dance for the 1 year blogiversary!  Thank you for the great year and I look forward to many more with all of you!  :)