Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Enjoy, I will probably never do this again! :)
Here are the rules:
Here are 7 random things about me you may or may not know:
1. I have been tagged numerous times before, and this is the first time I have ever participated.
2. Although I enjoy reading other peoples "7 random things" I do not like getting tagged. :)
3. (Taken from my last post) I like my body to feel balanced and the same on both sides..at all times. :) If someone punches me in one arm, I will seriously ask them to punch my other arm so that it feels even (ask my siblings).
4. (Also taken from my last post) I absolutely HATE touching dry, hot wood (like the dock in the summer) with my bare feet. I basically can't breathe if I do.
5. I LOVE watching boring documentaries, like "Cracking the Maya Code" or "Blue Planet". I usually fall asleep watching them, but that is half the reason I like them so much!
6. I used to have a pierced tongue in college. My parents didn't know, and I took it out because I was so afraid of getting caught with it.
7. I HATE breaking the rules. As reflected in #6, I don't like getting in trouble and I avoid it at all costs. Having a guilty conscience is like the worst feeling for me. I have nightmares about it and then I wake up so relieved that I didn't make the "sad choice" I dreamt I made.
So there ya go!
Sorry friends :)
Shoot, now I have to tell people I have roped them into this little game that never ends! Do what you will with it!
Oh yeah, the unfinished project....
7 years ago my sister Rachel and I were taught to knit, by our mom, while we rummaged through my Grandma's old knitting stuff. We were hooked.
Side Note: Joanna learned to knit too. She even knit her and Jon some Christmas Stockings a couple years ago. She had some setbacks, but they totally turned out! However, she just said the other day, that maybe she would learn how to knit, and get on the knitting band-wagon. What? JOANNA, YOU KNOW HOW TO KNIT! :)
Back to the story.....
If you know Rachel at all, you know she was hooked even more than me. She's practically a knitting machine. (Of course, she is a math/computer science major, and very precise in everything she does. Neat and tidy...I'm not really that way, so knitting for me is a little more haphazard). Anyway, that year for Christmas (7 years ago) we were both given sock "kits" which included the yarn and a pattern for making a fancy pair of socks. I don't know, Rachel probably knit those socks up in a couple of evenings or something. I remember she was contemplating getting a pair of clear, rubber shoes so that she could show them off. I found knitting socks to be a total pain, but I suffered through the double-pointed madness and finished one. I have no idea how long it took me, it was seriously so long ago. I had absolutely no desire to start that other sock. I think I put it off for years. Years later I picked it up and thought, 'I just need to finish this'. Having this unfinished project just gave me guilt....like maybe I wasn't capable of having some self-discipline and finishing something. So on a trip to Arizona one year, I took the sock with me. I remember knitting it on the airplane. I knit all the way from the top cuff all the way down, turned the heel and then I never touched it again. All that was left was finishing the foot...easy... but I seriously left it on the needles for the next....I don't know......4 years maybe!
Back to the legwarmers from yesterday. I needed those needles but I couldn't bare to remove them from the poor unfinished second sock. So I set to finishing it. I had a few reservations in my mind, but I pushed them away and finished the job. It was slow and grueling as I messed up several times and had to go backwards to fix it!
Finally, by the end of the day, I finished the sock! I showed Rand when he got home and he said, "Hmmmm, that looks kind of familiar." I was like, "Yeah, I know, I started this project like 7 years ago."
I slipped them on......
Remember how I mentioned some reservations???
This post is about to get longer...Time to get to know me a little better...
I have this weird, freakish problem. I'm not sure how describe it, but it's a little OCD. I have an "even" problem. I like my body to feel balanced and the same on both sides..at all times. :)
Let me explain a little better: If someone punches me in one arm, I will seriously ask them to punch my other arm so that it feels even (ask my siblings). I try to evenly share chewing on both sides of my mouth. If I take off a shoe to remove a rock or something, I remove the other shoe too, so that when I put them back on and tie them up, they both feel the same. One foot isn't warmer than the other or one shoe tighter. I can't dip one toe in the water unless I dip the other. I could go on, but you get the picture. I'm weird. While I'm on this little confess-all, I might as well share as well, that I absolutely HATE touching dry, hot wood (like the dock in the summer) with my bare feet. I basically can't breathe if I do.
Anyway, by now, you have probably guessed what happened with my socks. It is probably the reason I stopped knitting the second sock after I finished the heel. I didn't look too close yesterday before I started, but the second heel was significantly bigger than the first. I can't wear them. One is nice and tight and the other is kind of baggy. I can't stand it.
I finished the project, which in itself gives me satisfaction, and much needed closure. However, it is a failure anyway. Maybe I should rip them out and make a hat...or some baby booties for my little niece who is almost here. I don't know! I don't care! I will probably store them in with my knitting stuff for the next 7 years.
Well, here they are, finished, but unwearable.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
and then others look as if we are in the dead of winter....
...and then some are this lovely inbetween stage! (much more impressive in real life)
Monday, October 27, 2008
I have, however, completed one of my to-do's. My friend in AZ gave me a lovely chest and small side table that she didn't want anymore, right before we moved. I could see potential and it became one of my first projects when we got here. (Not that I don't love fruit....just not painted on my furniture like this:
Those white walls are soon to be history, so be watching for some more "after" shots.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
So fast forward to today. Now, to Rand's great pleasure (and the boys'), we live across the street from not one, not two, but 6 little league sized baseball fields, complete with 2 batting cages. Everyday the wagon gets loaded up with all the gear, the dog leashed and across the street go the boys to play ball. Sometimes I go along, but mostly I stay back to make dinner. When I go, Wyatt bans me to the dugout where I must cheer and clap evertime he "runs the bases".
There are big plans for a batting cage getting constructed in the basement for winter hitting....and I don't doubt that it will definitely happen. Apparently it is VERY important that they continue hitting all year long. No breaks!
So, here are some pictures of my baseball loving boys.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have no idea where we were....somewhere in Pennsylvania? Yes. :) Our new friends Chad and Amy took us with their 2 kiddos and we had lots of fun. There were animals and pumpkins and lots to do. Apples and animals were about all we could handle in one afternoon, but we loved it!