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Goodbye 2009

Ah, the end of another year.  It’s been a good year, though, of that I am most sure.  I’ve accomplished many things, shared many joys, shed a lot of tears, and am ready to embark on the adventure that will be 2010!

I think it’s fitting that I have one last project to share for the year.

Last FO of the year!

  • Project : Last FO of the Year!
  • Pattern : Fake Isle Hat by Amy King
  • Yarn : Cascade 220

I didn’t work the second chart repeat on the crown; the hat was starting to form a undersirable peak and I wasn’t happy with it.  Still,  I think it looks pretty good with just the one chart, don’t you?

I’m looking back over my blog posts for the year, taking in all the memories – both good and bad.  I let go of two very good friends this year.  My cat, Arwin, passed away in my arms last January.  I still miss her; I look for her almost as a reflex when I go to my Mom’s house.  I also had to push a dear friend away this year – not a choice that I wanted to make, but something that had to be done.  I hope that she can sort out her troubles and addictions, finding a better way to live her life.

I’ve been reunited with a couple people in my life, two people who I wasn’t sure that I would ever see again.  And many thanks to my muse, Kevin, for showing back up just when I needed it.  Because of him my creative force has flowed back and yes, I can safely say, it’s here to stay.  I’ve written the first draft of a novel, and now I’m working on my second (and hopefully a third!)  I’ve also gotten back in touch with Rachael, my friend and roommate from the time I spent in New York.  Even though we had our rough patches, we’re talking again and I’m so happy for that.

So, what do I want for 2010?  Well, that’s easy … I want to start a family.  But first, I have a feeling I have to break bad habits.  I’ve picked Saturday as my First Day …. the day I truly quit smoking for good.  I’m going to get the patch tomorrow on my day off.  I’m not happy about this.  I love to smoke SO MUCH.  But I really want to get pregnant, and the first thing I need to do is get serious about getting healthy.

I want to wish you all the best for the New Year.  I hope that it brings much joy and happiness, a mark that the best things are yet to come!

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Burrrrr!

Wow, it’s been amazingly cold outside lately!  Walking out for a smoke at two in the morning has been a trying event, let me tell you.  On that subject, I want to announce that yes, I’m giving up the ghost and I’m going to really try to quit smoking this year.  In fact, I’m going to pick up the patch while I’m out today.  I don’t really want to quit, but I know that I need to.  I’m going to try to be a mommy this year, and with trying to get pregnant … well, it’s just for the best.  And I know that I’ll feel better in the end.

So, even when I’m not going outside to satisfy a craving, I still have to warm up my car at 6am on the nights that I work.  So, I made these guys!  My only beef with this pattern was that the tam was a little short … I like them a little slouchy.

  • Project : Urban Necessity Tam and Mitts
  • Pattern : Urban Necessities by Colleen Meagher
  • Yarn : Cascade 220 Heathers in Turquoise (about 1.5 skeins for both tam and mitts)

Mitts - convertible!

Tam - Snowflake motif!

I’ve been eyeing this set for a long time and with the frigid temps, really wanted to get them done.  I’ve gotten so many nice compliments on the mitts (my favorite one is still, “Wow – those are much nicer than the ones you can get in the store.”)

And before I forget … a couple candid shots from Christmas dinner!  I didn’t take many photos, as I was just layed back, enjoying the food and family.

Mom and John (sorry - it's a bit blurred!)

My Dad

See that t-shirt my Dad is wearing?  It’s from the Annual Kick-Ball Tournament that the City throws every year.  Many of the City employees participate.  My Dad will be 60 next year, and he has won the title of “Most Enthusiastic” for the last two years.  He’s a kid at heart, never afraid to put it all out there.  He says he’s just too old to care what people think about him, but he’s always been that type of person.  Just one of the many reasons I love my Dad.

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Manic Monday

Ah, Monday.  It is back to work, after a very wonderful Christmas weekend.  How will I survive the grind? 🙂

Last night Emy was here for dinner!!!  Oh, how I miss my sister so much, since she lives in England.  I get to see her once a year, which is not enough for me, but I understand.  She’s going to graduate with her PhD this summer and I’m so excited for her!

In swap news … I sent out the matches for the Sole Food Swap last night, and I can’t wait to get started!  I’m going to have a great time getting things for my pal.  And if MY pal is lurking out there … there is a link on the side bar of the blog to my Q&A.


Manic Monday #194

Were you considered popular in high school? Why or why not?

I don’t think I was popular.  I was well liked, sure … but not popular.  I was that weird kid, trying to find my niche into the hierarchy of high school.  Trying to battle depression and all of the darkness that comes with puberty.  But I can proudly say that I was a Band Geek, no one gave me that hard of a time, and I came out unscathed.

Did you have an enemy or bully when you were young?

Thankfully no.  I had my own demons (and still do today, but not as bad), but there was no one out there trying to make my life a living hell.  Even as a child, I didn’t take peoples’ shit – which is probably the reason I didn’t have a bully.

If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go?

I love these types of questions!  I would have to say Thomas Jefferson.  He’s one of my favorite historical figures, and to spend time in a car with him would be interesting.  I would love to talk and debate, pick his brain, and watch him marvel (and probably have distaste) for the modern world.

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Just Follow The Directions

Today was a good day – all be a chaotic one.  John was so surprised and happy to receive his flat screen.  Mom spoiled me totally and utterly, which was so unexpected.  I got some great yarn and books from John as well as an amazing antique bowl from my Uncle (he always gives me the coolest antiques!)

Speaking of the new TV … here in lays a path of chaos.

We went to IKEA today to get a stand for the new TV.  We found a great deal (under $100) and it was something we both liked (dark wood color with a shelf for the dish receiver and DVD player, as well as two drawers for DVDs.)  So we bring it home, and I call my Mom – to help mediate because John and I do not do well with ‘assembly required’.  Two hours later … it was together.  We go to put the drawers into the unit … and they don’t fit.  I call IKEA and get a real bitch who basically mocked me the whole phone call (and yes – I was already upset but thought I was very nice to her.)  Needless to say, we did get it all together and no blood was spilled.  So, we get the flat screen out of the box and hook it all up … and there is no signal from the dish.  So I call Direct TV and get a very nice lady who helped us get it all worked out.

We were going to clean the house, but it’s going to have to wait until tomorrow.

So, as another Christmas has come and gone, my belly is full and I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends.  Sure, all that stuff that I got is great – but I’m just happy to have my nearest and dearest around me.  And as I think about the new year that is fast approaching, I think I’m going to take another stab at the 100 Things In 1001 Days.  It’s an interesting concept on goals and milestones (you can Google it – I did.)  But right now I’m exhausted, so I think I’ll give it some thought and make that my first (or so) post of 2010!

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Friday Fill-In

Merry Christmas, everyone!  Here’s my fill in, before I head to bed and tuck in!

Friday Fill-In #156

1. My boots are from LLBean and are super warm.
2. I hope that someone makes it to Mars this century.
3. Imitation is NOT the best form of flattery.
4. You expect me to drink, type, and talk?
5. I’d like to get some yarn for Christmas.
6. Put on your big girl panties and get over it!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Christmas dinner with my family, tomorrow my plans include relaxing and knitting and Sunday, I want to knit and relax, and maybe clean a bit around the house!

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Happy Christmas

I want to take a minute to wish all of you a safe, merry, and cheerful Christmas!  On this Christmas Eve, take a minute to reflect.  Look back on the year, and see all that you are thankful for.  May all of the blessings in your life be many and more than you can count on your fingers and toes!

Christmas is a time a love, of joy, and of friendship.  I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family, both here and a far.  Not to mention all of the wonderful people I have met on-line with knitting that I have never met in person.

Christmas is also the one time of year where you can be nice to anyone, no matter what has happened.  Have a relative that you know could use some cheering up?  Or maybe you have an old friend that you’ve lost touch with.  Pick up the phone, give them a call!

Lastly, if you have a loved one, or friend of the family even, that is in a nursing home this year, please go see them.  Take 30 mins out of your busy Christmas schedule to go see them.  You really have no idea how much it will mean to them.  It will mean the world and more, trust me.

So, I’m about to head into work, and then tomorrow I’ll be off.  I get to have  a family dinner on Christmas for once!

Stay merry, and shine bright … Happy Christmas!

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Two-fer

Two FOs in one day … I’m on fire!  In all honesty, it was more of a day to finish projects that I’ve been neglecting.  The only thing on the needles right now is John’s sweater.  This means I’ll get to cast on something new tonight!

  • Project : Wee Spinning Notions Bag
  • Pattern : Felted Spinning Wheel Bag by Shannon Geddes
  • Yarn : Ella Rae Jaspe (scraps – about 70 or so yards)

I’ve been meaning to make this for a while, since I keep losing my spinning oil and other odds & ends.  The bag is tiny; about the size of my hand, if not a little bigger.  I used scraps that I had left over from making The Fake Isle Hat, and it felted up beautifully!  Plus, it only took a few hours to knit and then two rounds in the washing machine for felting!

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