Monday, June 30, 2008

random bra discussion

Two posts in one day... it's a twofer!

So at YFB the other day, we talked about bras and sizing and whatnot. I mentioned how (horror of horrors) the bras I wear are pre-Hokieboy. This means that they are over 4 years old. I actually have owned a couple of other bras, but pregnancy, nursing, weight loss, another pregnancy, and more nursing all mean lots of change. Over the past 4 1/2 years, I spent 15 months pregnant and 24 months nursing. I never thought of it that way. Anyway, that's a lot of mileage on the girls. So the reason for this post is: my old standby, daily use bra broke today. The underwire snapped and poked me in my boobage. I only have one other that I alternate with. So, you will be happy to know that I must make the time to go bra shopping in the immediate future. Or pull out nursing bras, and that's just not a happy option. Good thing it's payday.

It's summer!

I have big tomatoes. Huge. No clue what variety I planted, but they are huge. The first red one came almost two weeks ago. Now I just have huge, beautiful green ones. So in honor of the green-ness of these fresh tomatoes, I fried them. Smoked up the whole downstairs. Yum. If I had been thinking, I would have taken pictures to immortalize them, they were that good.

Also in honor of summer, Hokiehubby managed to get ahold of 8 cantelopes for $2. Sugar. Very ripe. He used 2 at the fire station. We gave 2 to my mom and I took one to a friend. The four of us managed to consume one at dinner last night, and this morning I had to refrigerate the last 2. The kitchen is so warm and the melons ended up with soft spots overnight. This is a bummer. I'm not a huge fan of refrigerated fruit. I prefer it closer to (cool) room temperature. I think it's sweeter and closer to its natural taste.

MS3 is about halfway through clue 4. Clue 4 was a double clue and I'm about to start the second set of charts. I'm loving the way it's coming out, but I'm not sure what to do with it once it's done. I'll want to show it off, but how? Sigh.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I didn't want to leave

I'm back from the woods of western Virginia. We went camping in Douthat State Park, one of my favorite places to be. I love the tons of stuff they have to do. We swam in the lake, fished (caught nothing, but several future fishers will be happy that we fed the fish nice fat worms), hiked lightly, and cooked over a campfire. Hokiehubby loves camping, being an Eagle Scout and all. He bought a new camp kitchen and tent especially for this trip and the many that are apparently in my future. It's all good, or so I keep telling myself. Once our bank account recovers I will be much happier.

This was the trip I almost dreaded. A couple of months ago, we sat down together and looked at the calendar. I don't like to sweat, so I wanted to get the camping over with before the heat of summer. So, we picked the first weekend of summer, knowing that if we didn't put it on the calendar another summer would pass by with no camping. Then I suggested with invite my inlaws, as in Mom and Dad. That was fine. Then Mom invited her sister, who decided she would want to bring down her grandson (10). Then Mom thought she'd better invite my sister-in-law and her family (boyfriend and 3 boys: 7,7, and 5). Then she thought her brother would like to come with his daughter (10). Then her sister thought she'd bring her granddaughter (4). So, four people became six, and then became 16. So much for my relaxing bonding time with my in-laws. All in all, though, it wasn't too bad. There were some tense moments, but there always are when you are trying to organize that many people. Ironically, I went the whole time bugspray free. It wasn't until we were home and unloading that we needed the stuff.

SP12 question week 2: As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?
I always looked forward to the last weekend of summer: Labor Day weekend around here. We went camping every year to a family reunion. It was my favorite thing to do all summer. Unfortunately it meant school was about to start.

SP12 question week 3:
What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?
I'm not sure how to answer this question. I guess the perfect stash would have enough yarn that you could always cast on a new project. I wouldn't want too much at one time because I would forget what I have. Or I'd be too overwhelmed with choices to cast on anything! I like having a project in mind for each skein in my stash, which, by the way, is pretty small.

Friday, June 13, 2008

It was hotter than Hades...

...and I thought we would melt. On Monday, we had a brownout for about 15 minutes followed by a blackout for over an hour. Little Bit was sleeping upstairs. I'm not sure how as that is the hottest place to be with no air. Little Man was with me in the living room playing trains. This was in the afternoon around 3, the hottest point of the day. I thought we would be going out to the Rat's Place for pizza and to run around in air conditioning for a while, but the power came back on before it got too miserable. So I made chicken fried rice. I was bummed about cooking, but then I generally am when hubby is on shift.

I suppose I should just be thankful the power held on Sunday. Sunday was the hottest (102, I think) and the day of my first Pampered Chef demonstration. That went really well! I made it a mystery host event and sales were pretty good. The stuff really does sell itself. Now I need to find one more person to host a catalog show so I can reach a goal of 4 shows in my first 30 days. That person gets a free gift and I get a significant bonus. Any takers? ;)

Things have cooled off significantly, to the point of being almost pleasant. Of course that cooling off bit really means dropping back into the mid- to upper- eighties. But lower humidity! Hopefully this is not an indication that the summer, when it actually arrives next weekend, will be unbearable.

My SP hostess wants to know my favorite summer drink. Now I love me a good frozen margarita anytime of year; however, I just made a new drink this weekend: Triple Citrus Mojitos. It involves oranges, lemons, limes, and mint, and a syrup made from the zest and the mint, and rum. Of course, I must be careful with rum, as it is my nemesis. (There was an incident at a party in college involving a drink of mostly rum and a little orange juice and an emergency room. We'll leave it there.)

I was working on these very lovely wee tiny prayer socks for my MOPS group. I managed to get around 2 dozen of these little guys. Did I get a picture? Nope. Not of one. I guess that's what happens when you stay up until 3am trying to get them all done before you leave the house at 8. Dagnabit.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Dear Karolion,

I had a hard time keeping to the budget on this swap. I really wanted you to have an awesome package, but $15 doesn't go far these days! Please enjoy these items!

-Seashell stickers: The beach is one of my favorite places to take my kids- cheap entertainment! I especially love it in the off-season. We are very fortunate to live very close to the ocean.

-Sudoku: Before ravelry, this was how I wasted time.

-Kite: Nothing beats watching a child's eyes light up when they see a kite flying!

-Oreos: My favorite cookie!

-Bottlecaps: One of my favorite treats when trick-or-treating!

-Hershey's Goodnight Hugs: I like to relax with a hot beverage any time of day.

-Pampered Chef Nylon Scraper: I recently became a Pampered Chef Consultant. This little tool is soooo useful. I use one to clean pretty much any surface in my kitchen, including glass bakeware, my glass cooktop stove, and my sink. I've heard of people using them for cleaning showers and tubs and scraping wallpaper.

-Peaches and Cream: A dishcloth makes a great portable, useful, and cheap project. Socks are generally my favorite to take with me, but my favorite sock yarns are out of the budget here!

-Knit Picks Shimmer: My favorite project that I have a love/hate relationship with lately is lace, Mystery Stole 3, to be exact.

-Wee Tiny Prayer Sock: I could not knit you socks, but here is a wee tiny one to let you know that I was thinking of you.

-Finally, a bag to carry it all in- I'm addicted to bags. I'm always searching for the perfect bag for a particular need (knitting socks, diaper bag, beach bag).

These are a few of my favorite things, and I hope you enjoy them!


Monday, June 2, 2008

Secret Pal 12 questionaire

I thought I should go ahead and post my answers. It's a little late tonight, and I'm distracted by the Lost season finale (yay, DVR!), but better something than nothing! I'll have to review this again later and make sure it makes sense!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I like pretty much any fibers, but I'm not a big fan of 100% cotton. I'd like to try some cotton blends sometime.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a lovely (ha) pencil box for dpns and hooks and doodads, and my full length needles are in a craft bin buried in my closet. I prefer dpns and circulars.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I've been knitting and crocheting for about 5 years and consider myself somewhere between beginner and advanced.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Amazon but it's fairly new. I didn't know you could have one until this questionaire!

5. What's your favorite scent? lavender-vanilla, honeysuckle

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? dark chocolate

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I would like to scrapbook and sew, but I have no space in my home for such things! Knitting is nice and portable! I'm happy enough with knitting for now, bu I may spin in the future.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I listen to Christian music (KLOVE on the radio) and country and the popular mainstream type stuff. I like to be able to understand the lyrics.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I went to Virginia Tech so orange and maroon are the best color combination around! I love the blue family.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I am married with a 2 year old and a 4 year old. I have a dog and a cat.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I would if I had them. I do have scarves.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Lately I've been enjoying socks because they are portable and relatively quick.

13. What are you knitting right now? wee tiny socks, MS3 (aka Swan Lake), about to cast on Blue Moon Fiber Arts funky sock monkey

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? of course, who doesn't?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? circular bamboo

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? no, but I'd like to.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? 4 years?

18. What is your favorite holiday? Easter

19. Is there anything that you collect? dust :)

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I do not have any subscriptions.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I'm sure there are but it's late tonight to be thinking about it.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes and I wear US 8 1/2 shoes, pretty average.

23. When is your birthday? February 24th

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? ptownhokie