Archive for December, 2008

So Long, 2008

Ah – then end of another year.  This year was an amazing year for me!  John and I bought a house and we got married!  I’m improving my sewing skills.  I attended my first event for the 49th Va troop.  And John and I got a new kitten, who is a great addition to the family.  What else could I ask for?

How about going out with a bang this year?  Well, last night I did just that.

I was on my way to work, no even 1o mins from my house, when a deer darted out in front of me.  I managed to slow down and miss it … but I didn’t miss the second one.  It hit the front of my hood hard and went airborne across the road.  I didn’t have time to stop or slow down before I hit it (which, the cop told me is better than breaking for it and then hitting it.)  So, I’ve got some serious damage to my car.  My Dad is being kind enough to part with his truck for a couple weeks until I get my car back.

And btw – I’m fine.  I was a little shaken up, and my knee was really hurting me, but I’m fine now.  I think I tightened up my bad knee when I hit the deer and knocked it on the steering console.  But I’m just happy that I wasn’t hurt.

So … plans for 2009?  Yeah – I’ve got a few.

  • Improve my period correct impression for Civil War re-enactment.  My first outfit was fine, but there are so many things that I can do better.  But Mom and I whipped it up in two months, so hey – not too shabby.  But other than clothing – there are SO many things to think about and perfect.
  • Go off the birth control!  Yes, John and I have talked, and we’ve decided to start a family this year!  There are so many things I have to do before I get pregnant (dentist – which I’m dreading, update immunizations, switch my anti-depressant, cut back on caffeine and QUIT SMOKING!)  It’s going to be hard for me, but I can do it!

Those are the two big goals this year!  Oy – I can’t even imagine being pregnant and being in my 1863 clothing.  Well … it will be an experience!

Happy New Year, Everyone!


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It’s Just Dashing

One of my dearer co-workers, Misty, asked me a month or so ago if I could make her a pair of fingerless gloves.  She didn’t care what pattern or yarn … so I was able to be creative and do some stash busting!

  • Pattern : Dashing (but I made the length shorter, per Misty’s request)
  • Yarn : Berroco Ultra Alpaca , in a gray heather
  • Made for : Misty

I think she’s going to love them!  They are SO soft!  And the gray heather has some blue and purple in it, depending on how the light hits it!

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Manic Monday

Manic Monday #148

What is the biggest mistake you made in 2008 and will not make again in 2009?

Oh my … and this is crazy but – so many good things happened this year, that I can’t thing of any mistakes that I made!

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?

I try to make them.  It’s always good … new year, fresh start.

Who do you nominate as “Man or Woman of the Year” for 2008?

Good question.  Probably Barack Obama.  He’s broken so many barriers, and has so many good ideas and possibilities for this country in 2009.

What was your greatest accomplishment in 2008?

This one is a tie …. getting married and buying our first house!

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Why did you learn to knit?

I’ve always been into crafts.  As a kid, I tried to learn, both knitting and crochet, but never really stuck with it.  I didn’t have anyone in my family who practiced either, so I let it fall by the wayside.

When I lived in NY state for a couple years, I went with my roommate to her company’s Christmas party.  I happened to sit next to two ladies who were knitting.  They were very kind and helpful … and invited me to their Knit Night.  Not only was I happy to finally learn, but I was in need of some socialization.  I have a tendency, even though most describe me as out going, to keep to myself.

So I went to Wal-Mart, bought some acrylic yarn and cheap metal needles, and went to knitting.  Everyone was helpful and encouraging, and so, after a few times of frustration and lots of chai lattes, I learned to knit.

And even more important than learning to knit and finding a new purpose in my life, was the fact that those two ladies from my roomie’s Christmas party turned out to be two of my closest friends …. Tina and Katie.

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Friday Fill-In

Oy – it’s the weekend!!!

Friday Fill-In #104

1. I must go to Japan before I die.

2. You can’t stop wanting to do something if you have a strong desire and the will power.

3. I wish I never had to buy birth control again.

4. Being married and having John around has helped me change my life.

5. I know the song Dream A Little Dream of Me by heart.

6. If I weren’t so afraid, I would drop caffeine all together.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing with John, tomorrow my plans include having some friends over for dinner and Sunday, I want to cook a holiday meal for my family, knit, and relax!

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Ho Ho Ho!

Are there no prisons?  No work houses?

I’m kidding!  I hope that all of you have a very Merry Christmas (and of course, Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends out there in blog land!)

I have to work tonight but … and cross your fingers now … I may only have to work four hours tonight.  Our patient census is really low, so there are too many people scheduled to work.  That would be really nice.  I could come home, watch some Christmas movies, and knit for a while on the couch.  What a great Christmas gift from my Unit Manager!  But the one thing I can’t wait for tonight is to hand out all of the presents and goodies to my co-workers and patients!

May your all recieve wonderful gifts (and really nice yarn!) as well as spend some quality time with your family and friends!  Have a good one!

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Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been a busy crafting monkey!  Knitting and sewing … trying to finish some things up and try new ideas.  So, behold … the wonderful world of craft-itude!

  • Project: Climbing Lace Socks
  • Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Superwash Merino
  • Made for : ME!  I’ve been coveting this yarn for over a year now!

  • Project: Hannah (Ponytail hat)
  • Yarn: Cascade 128 Chunky Tweed in Persimmon
  • Made for : ME!  I’ve been in love with this pattern for awhile now.

  • Project : Baby Burp Cloths
  • Material : Cotton and Flannel
  • Made for : My cousin, Tabby, who is expecting in April.

  • Project : Table Runner and Four matching place mats
  • Material: Light upholstery fabric
  • Made for: My in-laws, for Christmas

So yes, I’ve been a busy monkey!  I’m finally confident enough with sewing to do some projects on my own, and so far, I think I’m doing rather well.

Oy – tomorrow is Christmas Eve!  I have to work tomorrow night, as well as Christmas Day night, but that’s ok.  I’ve got lots of goodies for my patients and co-workers, as well as some fresh baked sugar cookies (in which I’m making tonight.)  John and I are going to have a quiet evening together on Friday to open gifts.  Saturday we’re having a pot luck with some friends, and Sunday we’re having our family dinner.  Busy … I know … but I like it that way!

The other day in the mail I received some goodies from a few friends!

There is a beautiful knit bookmark from Chan, and some very pretty stitch markers from Lillian!  Thank you so much ladies – it was very sweet of you to think of me!

Tonight I’m going to see if I can get a last minute Christmas gift knit.  I’m making Dashing for a co-worker, so I don’t think they’ll take that long.

Have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, and wonderful New Year!

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