Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Happens

1. Birthdays are usually pretty fun, but fraught with the possibility of disappointment if you don't express your expectations.
2. Winter is my favorite season because there is (the possibility of) snow & Christmas.
3. I feel my best when I have accomplished something for the day AND my kitchen is clean. I have no desire to cook at all if the kitchen is trashed.
4. Well, if I have to pick just one, I'd have to say red meat is my favorite food!
5. First impressions are not always very accurate, but still tend to stick in one's mind.
6. The best piece of advice I ever received was ___________.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a bit of peace & quiet.... LOL!, yeah...right!, tomorrow my plans include a baby shower and Sunday, I want to go to church and then relax!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

SP 12 QOTW #3

What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

I think the perfect amount of stash would be ALL of it!! Okay, maybe not ALL of it.... just the good stuff. ;) I want to be able to see a pattern that I want to make and know that I can start it immediately, even if its 3 am, without worrying if I have the right yarn. That's not too much to ask, is it? :)
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Friday Fill-in...on Saturday!!

Yeah, I know... its Saturday.... but I was distracted by my other blog post yesterday!

1. A smile is worth a thousand.... bucks these days. Don't get me started on the price of dentistry.....
2. Scrabble is my favorite board or card game.
3. I would love to have more organization (and yarn) in my life and less clutter (which yarn doesn't count as!!).
4. When I think of the Summer Solstice, I think of how hot it is.
5. I just remembered I need to find some stuff to sell on eBay. I'm sick of being broke.
6. One of my favorite song lyrics goes like this: "When you believe He's all you need, that will be your defining moment...".
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing Clue #1 for the Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl Along, tomorrow my plans include starting on Clue #2 for the shawl and cleaning out the girls' old room and Sunday, I want to stay home, but we are going to sister-in-law's for a big, double graduation party.... so far away, so much gas, so much time driving....blah Not that I don't like the in-laws, I do, just don't like the drive.
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Friday, June 20, 2008

¡Un Paquete de España!

This past Tuesday, arriving home from a birthday party, I found I had a package waiting for me!! It was from Spain. OH! My Black Yarn Swap package!! *happy dance* Gleefully tear into it and....

....oooh.... yarny goodness!! Lets explore....

For the yarn, Fredja chose Garnstudio's Silke-Tweed. It is 52% silk, 48% lambswool. There are little tiny flecks of color in amongst the black. It is just lovely yarn. :) There were two bamboo crochet hooks ( I & K ) and the pattern for the Moebius Scarf/Shawl by Bonnie Pierce. It looks super easy, yet beautiful. :)

Here is a close up of the yarn (sorry, camera isn't state-of-the-art):

Of course, there was lots more in the box! Let's take a look.....

Let's see if I can give an accurate inventory....
  • A pretty, sweet note card, complete with crochet flower on it.
  • A black box with mulit-colored stripes (sorry, lid open in pic) full of delicious teas
  • A little black organza bag with two sheep magnets
  • A black tapestry crochet hook holder (THANK YOU!! I REALLY needed this!!)
  • Two key chains for my collection from her home city of Lleida, Spain. One is of the city's main landmark, the old cathedral, the other is the guardian dragon of the city (or marraco).
  • A bag of Trolli gummy candies, including gummi bears, sour gummi worms & some gummy burgers. The kids (& I) have already enjoyed some of these. :)
  • Two bags of hard candies; some mint "pillows" and some fruity hard candies with hearts in the center.
  • A box of Ferrer Garden candies!! Can't even tell in the picture that there are already 2 gone, huh? LOL! MMmmmmm
I have been thoroughly spoiled in this swap! I enjoyed both the shopping for my partner and the receiving of my package. Thank you again, Fredja, for the wonderful package.

Also, thank you Sabrina for organizing this awesome swap!!

**Cross-posted on Diary of a Mad Crafter & The Black Yarn Swap blogs. :)
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tag! I'm "it" ?

1. What were you doing ten years ago? Hmm... 10 years ago had to be the worst/best year of my life. I was in the midst of leaving a bad marriage, my father died, but I met my now husband later in the year, so it evened out. :) I was 26 and had 5 kids. Whew!

2. What are five things on my to-do list?

  • Get the girls' former room cleaned out
  • Get my room cleaned out
  • Get back into strict menu planning
  • Find a legitimate way to earn money from home
  • Finish all my swap commitments on time

3. Where have I lived? Milton, MA - Yarmouth Port, MA - S. Yarmouth, MA - Dennis, MA - Hyannis, MA

4. What would I do if I were a billionaire?

  • Pay of any remaining bills
  • Buy/build a home/farm (fiber animals) in the Mid-West (FAR from (m)Assachusetts!!)
  • Buy investment properties
  • Save
  • Donate to worthwhile charities

Who to tag? Who to tag? Hmm... off to tag... Jessica!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SP12 QOTW #2

As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?

Hmm... Good question..... Obviously, the first thing was not being in school. :) I looked forward to the long days out playing with my friends. You know, back when the whole neighborhood was your playground and your mom didn't have to worry about it because if you did something wrong up the street, she knew about it before you got home! And your curfew was "when the street lights come on".

I also used to look forward to our family vacations to Humarock or Cape Cod (go figure... now I hate living on Cape Cod....) or to my cousins' in Virginia. Ahhh... those were the days..... :)
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Friday, June 13, 2008

SP12 QOTW #1

What is your favorite summertime drink??

Honestly, my favorite summertime drink is good old Bud Light. Really. LOL! Next would have to be the yummy, deliciousness of Parrot Bay coolers!! Mmmmm... Matava Blue flavor! Just can't take too many of them for the sweetness factor.

For non-alcoholic beverages, ice tea made with Nestea's unsweetened mix, Splenda & lemon juice is my summer staple. Ice coffee running a close second, with good old-fashioned water being next.

Nothing too exciting, huh?
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Heeeeeeere's Friday!

1. Traveling outside the US is high up on my bucket list.
2. My favorite quote is "Someone should stab you in the eye with a really hot french fry!"; it's from Foamy the Squirrel (Neurotically Yours cartoon, - NOT CHILD FRIENDLY).
3. Wanting to share my knitting inspired me to start blogging.
4. Strawberries are best in strawberry shortcake! But it has to be on fresh drop biscuits, not those nasty little dish sponges!!.
5. Something (I don't remember any details) about my friend Cathy, from high school (whom I haven't seen/spoken to in about 5 years) is the last dream I remember having.
6. The most enjoyable time to go for a walk is in the summer, while it is still light, but the cool of evening has set it a bit.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include WWKIP Day!! Cape Cod Mall, Food Court, 11 AM - BE THERE!! Also, Rosie's graduation party and Sunday, I want to relax some more and make sure my husband gets to enjoy Father's Day!
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Monday, June 09, 2008

Cape Cod KIP!!

United States, Massachusetts, Hyannis
Hosted by: Dee Adams
Location: Cape Cod Mall, Food Court
Time: 11:00 AM
Date: June 14, 2008

How to get there:
Cape Cod Mall is located on Rte. 132 in Hyannis. Food court is at the right-hand end of the mall (with 132 at your back), near Barnes & Noble. From back-side of mall, use entrance near Best Buy. :)

Please bring:
Knitting!! Probably some cash for food/drink if you are so inclined, too.

The backup plan is:
No backup plan. :)

This KIP is not knitting exclusive
There are free bathrooms available nearby

So, tell all your friends in the area!! Crochet is welcome, too. :)

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Big Surprise... Friday rolled around AGAIN!!

Imagine that.....

1. Idle hands are are a waste of perfectly good knitting time.
2. I love hot water in the shower, not that I get that often in a house with one bathroom and 9 people..... I need a tankless water heater!!
3. My favorite time of the day is when everyone is asleep and I can knit or read in peace.
4. The last tea I drank was Tazo's Passion.
5. I like to hang at home, with friends over for company in the Summer.
6. My mother always said wash your hands after using the bathroom. She was right and now I find myself asking my kids all the time, "Did you wash your hands?".
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to more knitting/crocheting (big surprise!!) and trying to finish getting my room organized/cleaned enough to set up the crib, tomorrow my plans include some quiet time when Bob takes the kids to the beach to fly kites (although I might go with them and....*drumroll*....bring my knitting) and Sunday, I want to enjoy Robyn's Pampered Chef party and the company of friends!
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