Friday, December 31, 2010

It CAN'T be 2011

Well, it's not. I mean, not where I live, and not yet. :p

I did my usual hubby's payday verification today only to find out he got 2 direct deposit transactions, one of which I'm guessing (by its perfectly rounded amount) is a bonus we had no idea he was getting. It's not as generous as his former employer was (nor my employer-prior-to-former-employer), but it's better than a poke in the eye with a rusty needle. (How's that for changing a cliché?) ;)
At least it will make me feel a little less guilty about going to buy stuff I've been putting off buying.

Of course there's a hockey game tonight when I really want to price check at Tuesday Mornings and Ross for a few items after hubby gets off work. . .

Anyway, I wanted at least a brief post on this, the last day of 2010. Happy New Year to my 4 followers (only 2 of which I think are actually reading) and I'll see ya in 2011! Don't forget the date when you write those checks! ;)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Book challenge and a new year

Off The Shelf!

Thinking about participating in this reading challenge as shown here.

Click on that link to see more about what this is about. Mostly, really, I just need to read WAY more than I do. I think it's literally been years since I finished a book. I'm starting small at the "Tempted" level (5 books from Jan 1 to Dec 31) but I'm hoping to progress beyond that.

Also hoping to post some book reviews but not anticipating much on that front, so don't go holding your breath. I don't want to be responsible for any asphyxiation-related deaths. ;)

Anyway, here's my list (I may revise it as I currently have limited access to our book collection):

1. Animal Farm (G. Orwell)
2. The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger (S. King)
3. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
4. The Story of Henri Tod (W.F. Buckley Jr.)
5. Night Bites (N. Bangs)

An interesting selection of authors, I think, and at least two of those books I've been determined to read for quite a while now.
I may also revise what order I read them. But for now I can say I'm ready to go Jan 1. And I have an alternate option for ways to keep occupied during the family trip to the midwest in February. (Yarn, hooks and needles are definitely coming with me! I might take that opportunity to get some socks done!) :D

So we're just a day and some away from a new year. Dieting is not on my resolution list (already doing that and not in the weight-loss sense of the word). I have new friends and a regular girls-night-out sort of deal to look forward to continuing, so that's another resolution I can check off my long-standing list. . . I don't see finding work or going back to school as things which should be included on a New Years resolution list. Have I nothing to resolve?
Hardly.

I think I should resolve to finish what I start. At least I'm touching my blog semi-regularly!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Oopsie

I failed to make the big announcement: my first project with my home-dyed (Kool-Aid) yarn was finished today! It's a crocheted moebius wrap with semi-contrasting edging. The project is falling into that category where I neither like nor dislike it. I'll wear it for sure but I hope future home-dyed yarn-feature projects leave me feeling a little more satisfied. (No, the dye wasn't the problem. It was more like I probably should have done a smaller project and in doing a larger one, I had to make the yarn "stretch," and so the pattern I used was. . . Not to my liking.) Photos are forthcoming.
I've Kool-Aid dyed my second batch which looks like a creamsicle. I think summertime wristers would be ideal for it, and I may get started on those sometime in the near future.

A portion of my Holiday bounty: Denise Interchangeable Needle Set and One skein each of these two yarns. I also bought The Joy of Socks, which I can't WAIT to sink my teeth (feet?) into. (See project list below). ;)

I can't say I'm happy the holidays are over; they were quite uneventful in my home. I wish the tree had gone over well with DS -- rather, it went over TOO well and we couldn't keep him off it so we packed it away before Christmas even got her. Maybe next year will be better? At least the weather was just the way we love it. :)
Here's to a MUCH better 2011!

Current projects: Ribbon and lace scarf, Crochet Jellyfish keychain (now temporarily on hold), Crochet blocks blanket (just purchased a few more skeins of Caron Simply Soft for that), knitted lace scarf for Mom with Vanna's Glamour yarn.

Just finished: crochet Moebius wrap, Pouch for new phone, Patternless hat, crochet hook BLINGBLING! FIMO handle (One of these days with photos!)

On the horizon: Knitting for charity: Hats for soldiers, more customized crochet hook handles, more jewelry, writing (fanfiction, SIGH), wristers, SOCKSZOMG!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

*wistful sigh*

I can haz?

Looking at this yarn is like longing for that guy who is just so far way beyond your league that he might as well be a fictional character in a movie you just watched. . . *cough*

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lewis Carroll Night at our place

So after gifts and while the birthday boy napped today, my father randomly decided it'd be fun to watch a couple versions of Alice in Wonderland he'd picked up in the last few weeks.
He begged me not to pass judgment (those who know me well know that I'm not the biggest fan of authors whose fame somehow seems unwarranted to me) and didn't even tell me what the first movie was, only saying it was a modern retelling of an old story.

Hubby realized what the story was before I did (not surprisingly) but it was to my great delight to discover it was a version of Alice in Wonderland that I'd been dying to see but had missed when it played on TV's Syfy channel. "Alice"
It lived up to my expectations, and then some. I actually had to totally restrain myself from completely fangirling over Hatter, who I knew from the ads on Syfy would be just. . . OMGYUM. I want to buy the DVD for us to have at home so that I may fangirl without any fear of mocking from my father. ;)

While my father was eager to show us that version, he was much less enthusiastic about sharing his copy of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. He sat with us and watched the first movie, but soon after starting the second, got up and worked on some other projects.
Frankly, Burton's version bored me half to death. I started playing Bejewelled on my new cell. Beyond disappointing. We opted not to finish it, instead watching a show about the Amazon.

As it's now approaching midnight, I'm calling this post done.

Current projects: Ribbon and lace scarf, Crochet Jellyfish keychain, Crochet blocks blanket (just purchased a few more skeins of Caron Simply Soft for that), knitted lace scarf for Mom with Vanna's Glamour yarn.

Just finished: Pouch for new phone, Patternless hat, crochet hook BLINGBLING! FIMO handle (One of these days with photos!)

On the horizon: Knitting for charity: Hats for soldiers, more customized crochet hook handles, more jewelry, writing (fanfiction, SIGH)

My baby's birthday

3:07 AM today marked the 2nd anniversary of the illustrious arrival of my son into this world.

I sometimes think, just because, I'm going to behave like Mitch Robbins' (Billy Crystal) mother did in the movie City Slickers, when my son is older.

For now I will have to accept just going to my parents' place to celebrate his birthday. ;)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I have Diamond-y fingernails

(First off: I enabled anonymous comments. Please participate in my blog by replying, but be aware that comments are screened so I get to view them before the public does. Bloggers prerogative.)

I find it sad and increasingly disturbing that a bad night at my home is marked by late-night laundry and vacuuming.

As we fast approach Contini's second birthday, I'm going to go out on a limb and declaring that he has some sort of stomach bug (as evidenced by diaper-leavings and upward stomach momentum), but I'll save you the gruesome details. He's drifting off to a relatively early sleep on the sofa next to me with a bottle in his mouth.

During the aforementioned vacuuming, the Earl got a little too close to the tree skirt. No worries, the tree skirt is fine. Unfortunately, the vacuum we obtained not even three months ago busted a belt. Would you believe this is now the second time this scenario (almost exactly!) has happened to us? I hear hell is repetition. . .

Tomorrow is a rare night off for us as the little one will be visiting with his grandparents. He is now asking for Granddad by name, which makes me so happy for him (Granddad).

I haven't much else to say (believe me, I've been wanting to update the blog but. . . with what?), so I'll go ahead and make a few updates to my Project List.

Current projects: Crochet Jellyfish keychain, Crochet blocks blanket (just purchased a few more skeins of Caron Simply Soft for that), knitted lace scarf for Mom with Vanna's Glamour yarn.

Just finished: Pouch for new phone, Patternless hat, crochet hook BLINGBLING! FIMO handle (One of these days with photos!)

On the horizon: Knitting for charity: Hats for soldiers, more customized crochet hook handles, more jewelry, writing (fanfiction, SIGH)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hello, it's me.

In my perpetual desire to have a Blog and my desperation to find a service I don't utterly dislike. . . I spent 35 days with Tumblr. There were a great many things I really liked about Tumblr, but the dislikes steadily began piling up and reached critical mass a couple nights ago.

So I am back to Blogger, which seems to house all the blogs that I frequent anyway, so that should make it much easier on me to follow them without cluttering my Bookmarks folder on my browser. ;)

I wish I could import a few of my posts from my Tumblr account. If you would like to see what I did there, here's a link: Writing, Yarn, Pucks & Diapers. Regrettably(?) it will no longer be updated.

So hello again, Blogger. It's me. I'm back. :)

Current project list: Crochet blocks blanket (just purchased a few more skeins of Caron Simply Soft for that), knitted lace scarf for Mom with Vanna's Glamour yarn.

Just finished: Patternless hat, crochet hook BLINGBLING! FIMO handle

On the horizon: Knitting for charity: Hats for soldiers, more customized crochet hook handles, more jewelry, writing (fanfiction, SIGH)