She’s got the idea

Sophie has good taste. Here she is lounging on the first sleeve of my Emerald Isle sweater.

She seems to find any horizontal, soft surface on which to recline (right in the middle of all the holiday detritus). Then she gets crabby if I shoo her off. Today, I’m letting her stay. The kidlets have gone to Granny and Buster’s house. Hub has gone to see the status of his latest job (he’s a contractor and since the surgery, he’s been unable to work – no lifting). The house is mine and it’s quiet. There’s no shouting or bickering going on. It’s heaven. They’ll be gone until New Year’s Eve – we have 2 whole evenings to act like adults instead of parents!!

Here’s what we did yesterday:

That’s my newphew on the left and Little Big Man on the right. Hub had a bunch of tickets to the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The tickets were free, but let me tell you – the beer and pizza definitely weren’t! It was a whole afternoon of hockey goodness and it was a lot of fun. Sassy was a little distressed when we told her there were 2 games being played and we were staying for both, but she survived.

I have the whole week off and very little that I HAVE to do. I don’t think I’m getting dressed today. There’s Coke in the fridge and plenty of chocolate. Life is good.

Holiday Blogworld Thanks

I want to thank a few people out in Blogworld today:

Thanks to Tracy for talking me out of trying to knit Entrelac stockings for my children this ChrisTmas. I actually had the yarn months ago, but kept putting it off. Not long ago I asked if it was too late (hoping someone would tell me it was) and SweaterGirl came through for me. So, maybe they’ll get them next year, but I’ll start before November (I promise).

Thanks to Jillian for giving me a yarn crawl to look forward to in January. And also for giving me the heads up on the new Spring knitting books. It’s so nice to know what’s coming down the pike. She’s a good friend (virtual and real).

Thanks to Mac who makes me laugh out loud at least once a day. And then makes my co-workers laugh out loud too.

Thanks to AJ who brings a unique view of motherhood and nurturing and makes me think about how I relate to my own children. You rock my friend!

I hope everyone has a safe and restful holiday season.

It came to my house

We now official join the households who’ve had the flu this season. It hit me on Saturday evening. I went to bed early with a massive headache and woke up at 3 am throwing up. It lasted approximately 12 hours (just long enough to get me out of ChrisTmas dinner at my mother-in-law’s house) and then vanished. No one else has it yet, keep your fingers crossed.

I spent yesterday trussed up in a big, warm, blankie in front of the TV with Viggo to keep me company. I’m trying to figure out when we can find time to see LOR III before the end of the week.

It’s all good

When I first started making socks with Koigu, I thought it would be a drag to hand wash them. I have 4 pairs – I wear them to work during the week and on the weekend I throw them all in the sink to soak for a bit (with Eucalan). Nothing makes me happier than this:

I know I’ll have warm, dry feet all week.

Off to pop in Fellowship of the Ring. Where’s the popcorn?

Good karma

Last night I went out at 8:00 pm to give a friend a knitting lesson. I don’t like to leave my home after I get there from work. All I want to do is put on my jammies, turn on my heated mattress pad, and chill out. She usually comes by during the day and once even brought me lunch (salmon spread on a bagel – stop laughing Jillian). So, we couldn’t hook up this week during the day and she asked me to meet her at a local restaurant and help her turn the heels on her socks. I went. It was fine. She knit the heel flap, turned the heel, and picked up the stitches on sock #1. She wanted to do them both at the same time, so sock #2 is up to the point where she’ll knit the heel flap next. She’s hoping to have the pair done for her “gentleman caller” for ChrisTmas. I told her to call me if she got into any trouble and I could talk her through it. What I want to know is, does this get me good karma? Even though I pissed and moaned about having to go? I must at least get good karma for allowing her to kiss and hug me when we parted ways (cheek kiss, but still…).

We’re having a Lord of the Rings weekend. I haven’t seen The Two Towers yet (Hub took Little Big Man to see it last year). I went and bought the extended version a couple of days ago and Little Big Man’s plan is to sit in front of the TV all day Saturday and watch the first 2 movies before we go on Sunday to see the third. I’ve been trying to think of something I can knit while staring at the screen. I think big fluffy scarves of mohair and Eros are in order. They’re on the projects list – so it’s fair game.

I’m so excited about the Great Stash Redistribution Project that Amy over at Cyborgoddess has organized. I’m the the “Slip-Stitch” group. The idea is that a box full of yarn is shipped out. When it gets to your house, you take out anything you like and add stuff from your own stash that you’ve fallen out of love with. The beauty of this whole scheme is that I can get some of the beautiful, but unused yarn out of my house and someone else will fall in love with and use it. At the same time, if something strikes my fancy in the box, it can stay with me. I can’t wait!! This is the perfect thing to look forward to in the new year.

Is it tempting fate…

to tell the surgeon who just operated on your husband that he didn’t take long enough? I didn’t even have time to finish my Coke in the waiting room before Dr. Speed came out to talk to me. Apparently, hernia fixation is routine and never takes very long (about the time it takes to patch a tire). Not a surgeon’s favorite thing to do because it’s not complicated enough. Hub is home and fine. He refused to take more than 1 Vicodin and is living off ice packs and Motrin. Thanks for all your good thoughts.

So, here’s what I did yesterday,

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I stopped last evening because it looked like it was getting too long and I didn’t have Sassy’s hand to measure it against. I checked it this morning, and it’s perfect, I’ll be starting the decreases during lunch today. Pink Koigu curtesy of Jillian’s Yarn Palace.

Here’s even more good news – J made me check out Travelocity and we can fly to Jersey for $141 on Spirit Airlines! That’s about equal to gas $$ and a hotel for an overnight stay if we drove (not to mention food and drink). How good can life get?

Did I mention that we’re having ChrisTmas dinner at my mother-in-law’s house on Sunday? Apparently it can’t get any better.

Lost Weekend

I’m feeling a little better today. Originally, I had a huge list of things that I was going to get done this weekend. Here’s what I did: nothing.

No really.

I had a nap on Saturday and knitted on the front of my Emerald Isle Pullover on Sunday. I did finish my orange Koigu socks. I now have 4 pairs of Koigu socks – happy me.

Okay, I did cross one thing off the list. Hub’s family trades cookies instead of gifts for the adults. We send a dozen cookies to his brother, 2 sisters, and his mom. I made my family help and the job was done very quickly – Henry Ford would have been proud.

Here’s what’s making me happy this week:

a planned trip to Stitches East 2004 (road trip with my buds and yarn – what’s better than that?)

my digital camera should be on my doorstep this afternoon

it’s a 4 day week*

students are leaving town for break, so parking is a cinch

*It’s a 4 day week because Hub is having hernia repair surgery tomorrow. Send good thoughts at around 1:00 pm.

It’s a Holiday Funk

It’s official – I hate everything. When I’m at work, I hate work and want to go home. When I’m at home, I hate home and want to go to work. What’s up with that? I keep thinking that as soon as I “get some time off,” I’ll feel better. Unfortunately, I still have another week to go. At least I have an interesting project to do here at work. We’re beta testing a new coding manual (you know, seeing it written down makes it a lot less exciting than I thought). Anyway, it’s something different – so that’s good.

On the knitting front, I have finished the back of the Emerald Isle Pullover. I went home last night and just knit. I also started the front, but I’m only about 3 rows into it…there was only one episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on USA last night. This is my prime knitting show, because Hub won’t watch it and I won’t let the kids watch it. So, I go into the bedroom, close the door, turn on the heated mattress pad, and spread out the knitting. Okay, I’ll admit, I usually have a nosh too – but something that won’t leave crumbs in the bed!

Tomorrow is my spinning guild’s holiday party. It’s usually a pretty good time with everyone bringing good food and a gift to exchange. The gift is supposed to be fiber related and cost under $5.00. While some people do manage to find a fiber related gift for under $5.00 – most go over the limit. I always bring some fiber that I’ve enjoyed spinning to give away. It’s hard to put a price tag on that because more often than not, I’ve had it for a while and have no idea how much I spent on it! Anyway, I slip it into a Christmas bag with a candle and some hot chocolate and call it a “Spinner’s Survival Kit.”

The digital camera I ordered on Thanksgiving still isn’t here! I called QVC yesterday to complain and the woman said, “I’m so sorry. I’ll ship another one out today, priority. It’s so close to the holidays – I hope you haven’t been inconvenienced.” Gotta love their customer service. I should have it today or Monday (fingers crossed).