Monday, December 31, 2007
Okay, we're in Springfield now, we got in yesterday afternoon around 3:30 and went out to eat with my grandma and other relatives. We stayed in the Drury Inn last night, but after eating the dismal breakfast this morning (plus the place is rather old and depressing) we checked online and found that the Hilton Garden Inn just down the street had the exact same rates, and for the holidays they have a deal where you can get free breakfast for up to four people in their restaurant sort of thing! And the only reason we picked the Drury over the other, was that we didn't think the Hilton Garden had breakfast.
So we ended up moving over here, and it is so much nicer. It's bright and cheerful in here, the place is much newer, and smells a lot cleaner.
Let's see, where have we been...well, across a lot of states in between North Carolina and Illinois! We stayed in a hotel in Louisville, Kentucky Saturday night. I slept really well that night, because that hotel had two separate rooms, so Mom and Dad got one bed in the bedroom and Colin got the other, and I slept out on the fold-out couch in the living room. Last night at the Drury Inn wasn't so great, Colin and I shared a bed a very springy bed too...every time he moved, the whole bed bounced and disturbed me. I think the beds we have here are fairly firm, so it shouldn't be too bad. It can't be any worse than Friday morning at home where the only way I got to sleep was to close his door, and mine, and pull the blankets up over my ears to block the coughing sounds. I slept then, but I had some really weird dreams, so I'm not sure how well I really slept.
Colin is doing better as long as he doesn't run or breathe in any of the cold air going between buildings. We figured out that if he holds his coat over his mouth as he walks in, in makes a lot of difference. He probably needs a scarf really, but he'd probably feel claustrophobic or get tangled up in it! :)
We're going over to my grandma's tonight, and then tomorrow we're going to get together with my mom's side of the family in the afternoon, so I'll get to see my second cousins! Yay! And they are second cousins, I've been calling them my second cousins, but I wasn't sure if that was right or not...but of course Wikipedia has the answer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cousin#Chart
Well, I'd better go get a shower before we head over to Grandma's, I'm certainly not going to want to shower later. I'll have to blog more tomorrow.
The wind is whistling outside the hotel...it's snowing too...or it was earlier! Snow!!
Friday, December 28, 2007
So...in other news, I got this for Christmas:
The Complete Jeeves and Wooster!!!
I've read a lot of P. G. Wodehouse books, so we'll see if these DVDs are as good as the books. It seems like this might be the one thing where it doesn't matter if they're different! I've seen bits of these on YouTube, and they seemed pretty good. Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) plays Bertie Wooster...should be interesting.
I'm taking two of these on our trip, so if we have time we can watch them...although we'll have cable TV, so there might be enough to watch anyway.
I'll try to blog while we're gone. We are taking a laptop with us after all, so I can at least check my email and post comments that people leave! *hint, hint* :D If I have time, I'll blog...not that we'll be doing anything exciting.
I feel too ready to go...I don't have much in the way of last-minute packing to do. I just need to throw a few things in: hairbrush, toothpaste, stuff like that! Ah well, I'm sure there'll be something to do at the last minute.
We'll probably be back on the 2nd or 3rd, I'm not sure yet! Actually, I'm not sure what time we're leaving tomorrow...I'd better find out!
I'm not sure now how long we'll be gone...maybe we'll be coming home on Thursday instead.
If I have time I'll get another post written today, right now I think Mom and I are going to go to the grocery store.
I guess I'll be ready to go whenever, I've already got all my stuff packed, except for a book and my iPod!* I worked very hard at packing light, since I didn't do that so well when I went to Oregon. It helps that I know what it going to be like in Illinois: cold! And we won't be doing much other than sitting around Grandma's house probably.
*The spell-check doesn't like that...it thinks it should say Izod. Yeah, I need to pack a book and a polo shirt...whatever...
Colin is coughing, and coughing, and coughing. He's got a little bit of a cold, and all that's left at this point is a cough. And none of the stuff we've given him is working! Right now he's sitting on the couch watching a Kipper DVD, my idea being that maybe if he stops focusing on the cough he can stop for a while and it might get better. Maybe. Dad's working on making him some honey-lemon tea...and we'll see if that helps any. I think we'll have to get him a prescription for some cough syrup in the morning.
I don't know if we're still going to try to leave today or not. We'd already decided to skip going to St. Louis and walking around the zoo in the cold air. We decided to take two days to get to Illinois instead...I don't know what we're doing now!
Oh boy...well, we'll see how things go.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I got a new hairdryer for Christmas too! This one. I must say I was rather sceptical about the ionic drying thing, it's supposed to make your hair smooth and shiny. It actually seems to do that though. Perhaps if I understood the science behind it I wouldn't be surprised that something so crazy-sounding actually worked... Anyway, ions aside, it couldn't have helped but be better than what I have been using, my mom's old hair-dryer which is older than me. A hair dryer which has managed to accumulate so much dust (plus just being old) that it couldn't be run on heat for very long at all before it would shut off...ah, much better! And it dries faster.
So I got my hair done, and when I got home we started getting the tree taken down. I took most of the ornaments off the tree, then Dad and Colin finished it while I ate a sandwich and then headed over to my friend's house.
With all my knitting before Christmas, I was getting very stressed, and my friend Zoe was one of the people who I was knitting fingerless gloves for. Well, I finished all the other pairs and just couldn't face making another pair before Sunday. I decided she would much rather get them after Christmas from a sane friend, than right on time, and mailed from a mental institution! Makes sense, right? :) Well, I ended up starting the gloves Sunday afternoon while we waited at the emergency vet. And I got quite a bit done then! :( That's how long we were there! So I managed to finish them yesterday evening. If I'd known how fast they were going to go, I might have tried to get them done the week before! It was a bulky yarn and they were shorter than most of my other ones, so I think that's why they went so fast. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of them, or of the ones I gave my cousins...I only got one picture: of the pair I made for my friend Melody:
Amazingly that picture which I took with my camera timer set and the camera held under my chin, didn't turn out fuzzy! The other pairs I made had thumbs on them like the ones I made for myself.
So I got Zoe's gloves done and took them over to her. Then I came back home and worked on my packing list, then Mom and I went to Walgreen's. I don't like Walgreen's. I much prefer CVS or someplace else to Walgreen's. Nothing was arranged well, most things weren't clearly marked, the one thing I was looking for because I had a coupon was more expensive than anyplace else, and the employees were rather incompetent. We were walking through the store when we heard this tremendous crash in the other aisle where one of the employees had dropped something. "I knew that was gong to happen!" she says. "We need to clean up aisle three!" I never made it over there to see what she'd dropped, but she didn't even seem to care! And the guy at the cash register managed to get everything rung up right, but he sure wasn't cheerful about it.
So...we got that over with, and on the way home I almost (not really) ran over my friend (the one that was asking all the questions at the Christmas dinner) who was standing beside the road with his skateboard. I honked and waved at him...he didn't seem particularly pleased.
We got home to find Dad BEING EFFICIENT and GETTING STUFF DONE. You'd think we were leaving tomorrow!
I did mention that we were leaving, didn't I? Maybe I didn't... We're leaving Friday to go to Saint Louis, MO. We'll be there through Saturday, and then Saturday night we'll head up to Springfield, IL to see relatives. And we'll be there until we leave on the 2nd. I probably won't be blogging in that time, because we're not planning on bringing a computer with us, and my grandma has a computer but with a dial-up connection so it would be very, very slow!
So that's what I did today. And the title has nothing to do with the post, I just seem to be following my cousin Rebecca's lead, and using quotes for titles...and I've had that song in my head since I heard on the radio earlier today. Well, I could be referring to getting a revolutionary new hairdryer. Or almost running over innocent skateboarders...I imagine that could start a revolution!
Oh, I've got some stuff that I think I'll have to post about tomorrow...I really need to take a Tylenol and get to bed; my head's hurting. Goodnight!...and good luck... oh, I'm tired.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday night I was petting her and she didn't want me to pet her back. Then when I felt around on her back and finally down at the base of her spine, she hissed and growled at me, something she never does. So by Saturday night, she was still sore and her tail looked swollen, so we decided she must have an abscess. Gracie bites her a lot when they are play/fighting, so we figured she must have gotten bitten, and then it got infected. Well, that's pretty serious, so we wanted to get it taken care of before Wednesday, especially since we'd be leaving Friday.
So we stuffed her into the cage, took her to the vet (meowing all the way) and waited for ever at the vet's office. And guess what? They couldn't find anything wrong with her! No abscess, nothing broken, nothing swollen, and no fever. They said she might have gotten bruised trying to jump onto something and sliding off...so they gave us some pain medicine to give to her.
*sigh* She probably is bruised because she has arthritis, but she insists on jumping up on things and she can't always get herself pulled and so she slides back down. And I would think that if I had a tail and landed on it funny, it would probably be sore! But how that cat managed to make it look like it was all swollen around her tail and spine, I have no idea!
And she acted perfectly fine Sunday evening when we got home! Perfectly fine with a little pain medicine, that we could have given to her and not had to pay for the expensive emergency vet! Bother that cat...
She doesn't look very sorry does she? Little hypochondriac.
The vet's office was mainly full of dogs, the mayor was even in there with a little mop-like dog! There was only one other cat, a little kitten with a rash...a rash? I didn't realize cats could get rashes!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
You Are Apple Pie
You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional.
You prefer things the way you've always known them.
You'll admit that you're old fashioned, and you don't see anything wrong with that.
Your tastes and preferences are classic. And classic never goes out of style.
Those who like you crave security.
People can rely on you to be true to yourself - and true to them.
You're loyal, trustworthy, and comfortable in your own skin.
And because of these qualities, you've definitely earned a lot of respect.
And on that note, I think I'll go to bed.
And a few of their songs that I particularly liked.
Their finale song (an original):
You Are Still The Same
And another good one:
You're In My Heart -by Rod Stewart
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thank you Blogger!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Your Christmas is Most Like: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
You can't really get into the Christmas spirit...
But it usually gets to you by the end of the holiday.
My cousin Rebecca posted this Blogthing on her blog, so I thought I'd do it too! (How's that for trying to get traffic to your blog Rebecca? :p )
Because I like this hat and it would actually look good on me, as opposed to most hats that either don't fit or look awful; except for the hat I got in Oregon.
But this pattern is $5.95 and I don't want to pay that much just for a knitting pattern...but I can't seem to find a free pattern that looks the same! And this pattern looks like it would just about fit me, even with my head that doesn't fit most hats.
I guess it's a really good thing that we don't still go to a church that requires headcoverings, because there is no way I could find a fancy hat that fit me, and I certainly can't get a pinned doily to stay on my head! When we went to a church that required headcoverings, I was fairly young and was able to find a straw hat for the summer and some sort of beret for winter (and I have no idea how I kept that on my head). And woe unto you if your hat blew off of your head outside, for you were not to run on the Sabbath, even for the sake of chasing your proper headcovering! :) For me that meant more often that I couldn't run if someone else's strictly sabbatarian parents were nearby, because I don't think my mom and dad had any problem with my running!
Anyway, at least I don't have to worry about having to wear a hat, but I would like to have a few cute ones that fit!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Edit: I got it fixed...it used to center the image, but now it pushes it all the way over to the left. So I had to look at the code and find out how wide the header was and adjust the picture. I just remembered that I intended to change to a winter picture sometime too.
Anyway, just thought I'd share! :D
Anyway, a lot of the kids (of all ages) sat at one table, and I was right at the end of where the girls were sitting because no one else wanted to sit next to the boys. All four of them. :D I'm the oldest of all the kids, so I have no problem with sitting next to the boys who are all younger than me anyway, except for one guy from Fair Oaks, and he reminds me of my cousin John.
After everyone ate there was a program which consisted of the kids reading scripture passages and everyone singing hymns. I wasn't aware until Sunday morning that I was reading something...I didn't know there was going to be a program at all, let alone that people were just going to be assigned to read! I managed to get through it all right, better because everyone had to read, and we just had to stand up where we were, not get up in front of everybody. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I'm really, really shy about speaking in front of people...I've gotten over the rest of my shyness, but I still can't do that!
So while we waited for our table's turn to go get food, and then while we were eating, the discussion was random and varied!
On seeing my knitting that I was trying to get done that night while we were waiting, the guy across from me asked if I was "Actually knitting?" and biting back laughter and the impulse to say that I was virtually knitting, I told him that yes, I was. To which he responded that he'd never actually seen someone knitting, he'd only seen people knit in movies. "Ah," I said.
After that the discussion turned to how does knitting work, and I tried to explain, unsuccessfully, at which point my friend next to me changed the subject and asked how a shirt like the one he was wearing would be made. I explained that it was woven not knitted.
"But where's the fabric made?"
"In a big factory somewhere!"
"And how do they get the different colors?" So I explained how on the plaid shirt he was wearing, the threads are different colors, and then they're woven in a pattern, but some fabrics are plain and then the pattern is printed on one side.
"How do you make a shirt? Do you start at the bottom, or the top, or what?" I started to try to explain, but they obviously weren't getting it, so I gave up.
"If you were making a sweater, would you start that at the top or bottom?" I told them that you can start at either end for a sweater, it just depends on the pattern, and that totally confused them! :p
"So you could basically knit a t-shirt?" my friend asks. Basically, although it would be a lot thicker than a standard t-shirt, I say. "So someone had to actually sew this shirt together?" *makes vague sewing motions*
"Yes, somewhere in China probably, someone sewed your shirt together!"
Then later there was a discussion about school, and the evils that are Geometry and Algebra 2, and someone says, "Then they combine the two for chemistry!" And I said something about not having to do Chemistry.
"Where are you planning on going to college?!" my friend asks.
"Oh. I was going to say you couldn't get into college without Chemistry! What are you planning on doing?" he asks, just as I put a huge bite of dessert in my mouth. I motion to him that he's going to have to wait till I've finished chewing.
"She's going to be one of those people who gets paid to taste things, some sort of taste-tester!" says the guy across from me. I glare at him as I try to not laugh with my mouth full, and then answer the question.
"I'm thinking of some sort of home-business, but I'm not sure what yet."
"What are you planning on doing?" I ask rather defensively.
"I have no idea!!" he replies. Hmm indeed!
There were various other subjects we discussed I think, but I can't remember them all now! Oh, and I had to explain to my friend and his older brother what the lines from "Winter wonderland" meant:
In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you're in town.
Which I thought was fairly self-explanatory, and why I stared at them blankly before realizing that they were serious and I'd have to try to explain it! Maybe it's more obvious to girls?? Does anyone else not know what it's talking about? Although there seems to be a whole Wikipedia article about the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Wonderland
Anyway, that was our Christmas dinner. Mom told me later, "We had some interesting discussions at our table, what about you?" I told her I'd had a lot of fun!!! :D
*I may have explained this before, but for anyone who doesn't know, our tiny little church doesn't have a building, so we meet in a hotel meeting room in the morning and in a little church near us that has so few members that they don't have an evening service.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Anyway, I will try to post soon with some more about the home-management binder, and maybe some Christmas ornament/decorating ideas!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
...of the Eagles, here's the video for their new song...which is a cover which they may have done in '72???
Monday, December 10, 2007
Hopefully this will make sense, I have an eyestrain headache right now. I just took a Tylenol so I should be feeling better soon, but I might be a little muddled until then! I haven't been drinking enough water recently is the problem...my skin is all dry too since the air is really dry this time of year.
Anyway, let's see... I stayed home from church last night because I was feeling "icky" and I managed to get some stuff done. So I felt a little more prepared for today then I usually do, which is good since I've had this headache today. I got a load of laundry done, and picked up around my room, and then I also got some pages printed out to put in my binder. I'm planning on making what is usually referred to as a "Home Management Binder". I've been reading about these on various blogs (I can't think which ones at the moment, or I would link them) and I've decided to set one up. It will take awhile, mainly because I don't have a whole lot of time right now to be messing with one...it's not efficient to waste time on planning to be efficient! :) I will try to put this all together slowly. Last night I printed out pages for my daily to-do list which is usually written on a notebook, and schedule pages for the stuff I need to get done for Christmas. I've got all my Christmas presents that I'm working on written down and the dates I need to get them done by. I also looked up the holiday mailing deadlines on the post office's website, and got the dates written down that I need to get things shipped by.
Basically, I'm going to have to get my knitting done by the 19th(?), I think (I don't have my binder with me at the moment), and then I can finish the stuff for people locally. Except for my friend Jess, I need to wrap her present and get it to her by next Sunday, because she's leaving on the 20th...but that's already done, it just needs to be wrapped.
I'm almost done with two things...and then I've got one more to go before I ship them!
I was looking through my math book today after I finished my lesson, and figured out that I have 99 lessons to go until I'm done. Ugh... that means I'm not going to be done with it until...the middle of May, unless I double it up and do two lessons a day. So, I guess I should probably do that, since the only other thing I'm working on right now is History. That will get me done by about March 3rd....hmm...that's a bit better, especially since I'm going to do Geometry after this. But I'm not going to think about that right now. I'd really like to get done so that I have more time though!
Ah, my head's feeling a bit better! That's nice...
I'll write some more later about the binder I'm putting together. I'll try to find the blogs I've seen it mentioned on, and some more details.
It's almost hot here today...somewhere in the 70s...weird. Of course I'm still cold as usual, so it's not affecting me too much...
Sunday, December 09, 2007
We sang this in church this morning.
Take My Life and Let It Be
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing,
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect, and use
Ev'ry pow'r as thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
It shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for thee.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I made this crab salad stuff to take, it basically has imitation crab, cream cheese, mayo, and green onion in it, and it's really, really good! It kind of tastes like crab rangoon that you get at the Chinese restaurant, and I love those. This stuff is good on Ritz chips. And there's some leftover, so I get to eat more of it...yum.
On the way back home, we stopped at Hobby Lobby (we really need one of those in Winston) and I found some fabric on clearance. Hobby Lobby is so nice, they have yarn, fabric, and just about anything else you could want in the way of crafts or decor! Anyway, their fabric is really nice, it very good quality stuff, much better than the majority of the fabric at say, Hancock Fabrics. I got this fabric:
It was only two dollars a yard, and I think I'll make a dress out of it for summer....sometime next year! I still have a winter skirt to make before I start making summer stuff. Plus I have to find a pattern...I'm thinking some sort of sun-dress and making some sort of shrug to go over it, or if I can find a pattern that has cap sleeves or something I might do that. But I don't have time to think about that right now! I got some knitting done today (I knit instead of stitching) when I wasn't playing with the cat, or holding a baby. Or eating lunch...someone brought cream-filled Krispie-Kremes....my favorite! Although I haven't had something that sugary for a while, so it didn't taste as good as I remember...I have that problem with some other things too...they just don't taste as good as you remember them tasting! Too fake, or sugary, or something.
For some reason Gracie decided to squish herself into Colin's train box last night...maybe she was upset about the results on "Next Great American Band"? I don't know...
Friday, December 07, 2007
I've been cleaning things up today; getting all the groceries we bought yesterday put away, putting away the piles of clean laundry in my room, wiping down the bathroom, and getting stuff picked up everywhere. I'm taking a break at the moment, but I still need to dust and vacuum the floors.
Since we have smooth floors now instead of carpet, it takes a lot of work to keep the floors clean. In one way I'm glad we can see all the dust and stuff that's on the floor, instead of it just sinking into the carpet and never really coming out! On the other hand, since it's all on the surface, it has to be gotten off or it 1. looks bad, 2. sticks to our socks, making all our socks gray/brown on the bottom, and 3. is just plain nasty! We have two cats, so I'm sure a large amount of the dust and hair is from them, but a large amount of crud just gets tracked in every day, every time someone goes outside, or drops crumbs from lunch, etc.
So it's a bit of a pain to clean, but you do know that when you've cleaned it, it's actually clean!
We have a Swiffer mop/broom thing (what do they call them?...a Swiffer!) but that doesn't pick up all the crumbs...so my preferred method is to vacuum and then swiff the floors. However we got this new, nifty vacuum attachment that works pretty well. It makes a very high-pitched squealing noise while it is running because the opening is very small for the amount of suction, so that's rather annoying, but it works! It probably wouldn't make the squealing sound on a regular vacuum cleaner, but right about the time we were redoing the floors our vacuum cleaner broke, so we just stuck with the Shop-vac that we got during the carpet removal. And the Shop-vac has much stronger suction than a regular vacuum. This is the vacuum attachment we got.
As I was putting away the shampoo I bought yesterday, I realized I had bought some festive shampoo..not that it smells festive, but if I just leave it up on my bathroom shelf it will look festive! :) Speaking of smelling festive, there's a V05 shampoo that is "Balsam" and it's supposed to get your hair really clean or something...I got that one time and believe me, it smelled like balsam. I couldn't use it because the pine smell gave me an awful headache! So if you happen to want a festive smelling shampoo for the holidays, and don't have problems with smelling like a pine tree, try the balsam scented shampoo! It's even green...
Now I'd better go get back to work.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I took Dad to work today so that we could have the car...we only have one car, so to use it during the week someone has to get up and take Dad to work, and then we do a lot of stuff since we have the car to use. So I got up at 6:30 this morning, and haven't stopped since then. Well, I did sit down to do my math...I did manage to find some time to do math!
So, I ran one errand in the morning, and then got math and some chores done, then we ate lunch, then I got supper ready and put it in the crockpot, then we ran a bunch more errands, went up to work to shoot photos for our Christmas cards, and then came home and ate. I'm exhausted! Which reminds me, I need to mention to Dad that the muffler was sounding loud...
We went to the grocery store and bought a whole bunch of stuff...took that home, unloaded the car while trying to keep our cat in and Lucy the neighbor cat out... I thought I'd solved the problem when I closed Gracie in my room...we could leave the door open and bring stuff in real fast...then I tripped over Lucy who was trotting into the house. Throw the cat out, finish carrying groceries, get the cold stuff put away, get ready to go, make sure the cat isn't in the garage, close garage door, leave again. :)
Then I went to the library and picked up the soap from the soapmaking class.
Then we headed to the craft store and up to work. I needed some yarn for one of my Christmas knitting projects, I knew exactly what I was going to get and what color, and it was on sale. I thought it was going to be the shortest craft store trip ever, go in, pick up the yarn, pay, leave... But no, of course they don't have the the yarn I was going to get! I did find something else, or rather, the same yarn in a different color, but it took longer.
After that we went up to work to the studio up there, and took family pictures to put in our Christmas cards...and that went fairly smoothly! And I think there may be some photos where we don't look too weird...
I'm so glad I had supper in the crockpot. I still had to boil some noodles, and they seemed to take forever, but it wasn't too bad.
And now I think I'd better go shower before I crash...shower, crash, knit...sleep.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Unfortunately I'd need a package of the short ones and at least one long one. And they're $12.95 each! Although she does have a 15% off coupon on her blog... They come in so many pretty colors, I 'd have a hard time deciding which ones...other than the basic black ones...of course I'd get those! Plus they come with a 16-page (woo-hoo) style guide. Seriously, that is cool, but they mention it everywhere! :)
It seems like a really clever idea, though I'm wondering how well they would last. It does say in the product info to unfold them, don't pull them straight out, to avoid kinks in them; which is what I would worry about happening!
Let's see, the 15% percent off of two packages would be...$22.02 plus however much shipping is...hmm... Christmas present? :)
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I'm very happy! Now if they'd just put the comments page back the way it was...but I'm afraid that's permanent.
So, I've got 6 sewing or knitting projects to get done before Christmas...aaahhhhh! But I have two done, or very nearly done, I just have some finishing to do. SO I have four left, and...20? days to finish, actually, fewer days for some of the items because I'll have to ship them. Lovely. In other words I really should be knitting or something right now, not blogging! Plus I have plenty of other things to do before Christmas. I think we're putting up our tree tonight, sometime we need to get a family picture taken for our Christmas cards, and we need to get some cookies baked to send to my grandma. Oh yeah, that reminds me...we're going up to Illinois after Christmas. Since it's after Christmas it shouldn't be too stressful to get ready for....I won't have anything else I need to do!
I suppose I should post a picture just to make sure they've got it working now...
I made gingerbread cookies on Saturday...they were okay, but a little bit dry. It was a new recipe, and I don't think I'll make it again. I think I will try making my other ginger cookie recipe, but add a whole lot more spices to it...because it's pretty good, but a smidge bland.
Oh, I finished my Biology book today! No more science! And I got 100% on the last test, so that was a nice way to finish up a book.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I cooked supper on Thursday, which I usually do, that's my night to cook. Unfortunately, on Thursday I was all confused and kept thinking it was Saturday, so I forgot to go out and pick the swiss chard to go with supper until it was dark out. I managed to finally get everything else in the oven early enough that it would get done. Then I went to pick the swiss chard....by the light of...my cell phone. And it worked, so stop laughing! :) I could hold in the palm of my left hand and it would shine down, which a flashlight wouldn't do. Rebecca knows I like to use my cellphone as a light (fifth paragraph)....but it actually worked this time!
So I got the chard picked:
And got it cut up and put in a pan:
And cooked it:
There wasn't very much of it to begin with, and then since it's like spinach, it cooked down a whole lot!
And Dad actually liked it...he didn't think he would. He said "This isn't too bad...it's basically like spinach."
Colin: "It's better than spinnish..." which cracked me up!
I went to babysit last night and on my way there saw this huge light display of a confederate flag! It was probably about 5-6 feet wide. It was made out of mainly rope lighting I think...I'm not sure what they made the stars out of, but it was pretty um...well, it was well done... Well, I'll just say it was odd! :) And visible... I tried to get a picture of it on the way back, but it's hard to take a picture of lights.
I'm going to try to keep up with posting every day, or at least almost every day. It wasn't too hard through November...if you're planning on blogging you remember things to blog about! But NaBloPoMo is done for this year...they give out a few prizes randomly, I wonder if I'll get anything? Probably not!
Friday, November 30, 2007
We went to Lowe's this evening and got our Christmas tree! Yay! We usually get it Thanksgiving weekend, but we were busy.
I was wishing I had a camera phone...then it would look like I was just texting or something, not walking around Lowe's taking photos like a weirdo! :)
The tree we got:
though not the one I picked out... :(
Colin with the tree!
I think they were charging 13 something for these little baskets...I could make those!
We got some poinsettias, but not these:
They even had sparkles!
I thought this was cute:
What do you use these things for? They were probably about 6 inches across! Plastic of course...if they made something that big in glass I'd be more impressed.
And I could make these too, probably:
So we got a tree...we didn't get this...and I managed to refrain from disabling it in some way...
Sorry it's sideways, I didn't realize you couldn't rotate videos...
However, since watching "Don't Forget The Lyrics" last night, I've had this song in my head...which I also like, but it does rather get stuck and cause a headache.
I Think I Love You* ~David Cassidy
And if you prefer a more modern version, check this one out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuQ6802aUrA :)
Now do you have a song stuck in your head? Hee-hee-hee!
*Complete with lyrics in the "About this page"on the: YouTube page!
I can't even find anything where you can contact Blogger with complaints...it seems like they should have some sort of help address or something.
Most of my commenters don't have Blogger accounts, but right now the the only one who has a blog to link is Rebecca. But I still wish they would replace that option.
For my commenters, I guess just put in your name as usual! Use the "nickname" option. :)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
We were looking for Gracie, trying to figure out if she was outside still...and we found her in Colin's room on his beanbag chair! I'm surprised she'd like to sleep on it, it's vinyl and not soft or anything! Maybe the vinyl is warm? ...hot and sticky, normally!
Also, for some reason my comments aren't being emailed to me properly...there's a delay or something... I saw one just now when I signed in that was before two I posted earlier...I never got the email. I'll probably get it later tonight or something...that's what it did with the two earlier ones...I got one published notice long before the second one. Something must be messed up with Blogger.
It's not a big problem, I just need to remember to check my "Moderate Comments" page!
Ah well, and I have a super-metabolism that makes most people worry that I don't eat much at all, so I'll be fine! :) I've tried to explain before that when I like something, I eat what I want, and if I don't like it so well, I only eat what I need, and it all balances out!
We had leftover chicken soup for lunch too...I made soup on Tuesday and there was enough for lunch yesterday and today. And a little bit leftover, so that if I do get sick like Mom and Colin (which I don't intend to) I can have it for lunch tomorrow!
Hmmm....that was a rather weird, oddly food-centric post...sorry about that.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
And now I can't stop giggling about it. I stop and then I think of it and start cracking up again!
So maybe I'm not feeling old, just feeling like my brain's going. Mom and Colin aren't making much sense because they're sick, but I'm feeling fine, so I'm not sure what my problem is! :D
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I'd heard "Maryland My Maryland" when watching the Preakness stakes horse race which is in Maryland. So I was sitting here, trying to figure out what the music was, and when I figured it out, wondering why they were playing that! :)
So, that's my random fact for tonight!
Monday, November 26, 2007
In finished knitting, my aunt sent me a photo of the sweater I knit for my little cousin!
It's a little hooded sweater, made with an acrylic/wool blend. It should be nice and warm.
I was working on a sweater for myself, from this pattern, but it's on hold until I finish my Christmas knitting, plus I have a feeling it may not be working right. I know I made some mistakes on the border that goes down the front of the sweater, but I'm also worried that the yarn I'm using is too stiff and the sweater isn't going to drape right. But I'll just have to worry about that later!
I went to the dentist today to get my teeth cleaned. I flossed this morning, I'm afraid I'm not in the habit of flossing regularly at all, so of course my mouth was sore. Then she poked and scraped and "measured" my gums...some new thing that she said they started in February, and told me that with the numbers I had I just needed to floss more and use some sort of mouthwash.
When Dad went in a few weeks ago, they thought his were bad enough to do the special treatment they have where they apply some sort of slow-release antibiotic. Which he didn't have them do, because it's ridiculously expensive, and they said he could just floss and use antibacterial mouthwash...which is a lot cheaper!
Personally, I don't think the measuring thing was accurate on me because my gums were sore from flossing this morning...I have a feeling the hygienist is going to be really shocked at how much better they'll be if I just floss...
Can you tell I'm rather sceptical of dentists? :) I will floss, I know I should be, but seriously, people survived for years without having things to measure their gums and such!
Anyway, I've got that done, and my teeth are nice and clean (and sore) and I don't have to go back till July.
Oh, and the toothpaste/polish stuff they used tasted like chocolate! I thought I was imagining it until she asked me how I liked the taste!
It was such a gloomy day to be out today, too. It was cloudy, and drizzling, and foggy...at least it wasn't too cold.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
- Tried to sleep, while cats fought and computers turned on and made noise
- Got up way too early...I only got 6 hours of sleep
- Went to church, only stayed awake because my back was hurting horribly
- Started coughing during the singing because my voice gave out suddenly!
- Came home and had a delicious lunch of tacos and eclair cake*...lovely!
- Played one last game of "Apples to Apples" with my cousins
- Said goodbye to my cousins...hugs all around...froze while waving goodbye to them
- Came inside, dumped the stuff off my bed, and crashed for a much-needed two hour nap
- Woke up in time to get ready for evening church
- Went to church
- Came home, and now I think I'm going to go eat something...in a little while at least, I'm not really hungry right now
This is the song that I can't really sing and I think basically ended up yelling, very flat, from the back of my throat...but we had a bunch of fun, and did better on some other songs!
This isn't really a video, since some one just put a picture of Jars of Clay in there and put the music in the background, but anyway...
Dead Man (Carry Me)
Saturday, November 24, 2007
We stopped at the grocery store first and picked up some shredded cheese for with tomorrow's lunch. I picked up one bag of cheese, and then got up to the checkout and realized that maybe Mom had told me to get two...so I had to call her and ask, and she did want two, so I had to go get another one, and I felt like an idiot! I mean, it was weird enough, the four of us coming in and buying some cheese, but then I had to mess it up...ugh.
So then we were going to go to this Christian coffee shop, Moby's, that's nearby us. But when we got there, we couldn't figure out what to order, because all the drinks had names like "Divine Mocha" and "Heavenly White Mocha", and they didn't have frappuccinos which is what I wanted. It was nice that it was a Christian place, but it kind of seemed like everyone knew each other and we were outsiders, and intruding on their little cliques or something. Plus there weren't enough seats anywhere, so that we could sit together. So we went to Starbucks and sat and talked for an hour, which was fun!
This afternoon we all went on a walk up to the church playground on the corner, and we all froze, and had to come home and thaw! and after we thawed, Rebecca, and Andrea, and I were playing guitar and trying to sing...well, Rebecca was playing guitar and we were all trying to sing! Unsuccessfully... and I really stressed my voice, and felt like I was losing it...my voice that is... So we gave up on that and went out and made brownies for tonight and eclair cake for tomorrow, and messed up the recipe on the eclair cake, but I think we got it fixed so it will work fine!
Then I tried to play Rebecca's guitar...very unsuccessfully, because I of course can't play electric guitar any better than acoustic and I had no idea electric guitars were so heavy...
Then we ate pizza and went to Starbucks...and didn't I wrap that up very properly...mentioning what I started out the post with? At least, I think that's what you're supposed to do when you're writing an article and stuff like that...which I'm not good at...which was part of our discussion at Starbucks...and I think I'd better go to bed now, since I just messed up the nice neat ending on my post...Good night! :) I had too much caffeine...
Friday, November 23, 2007
I'm not sure what we're going to do tomorrow, but at some point it will probably involve guitar playing...playing Jars of Clay songs! And "singing"...and that's in quotes because I rather doubt our singing abilities! :)
I'd better wrap this up, I'm not making any sense. Hopefully I'll have something more interesting tomorrow!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
My cousins are coming tomorrow, so we're really celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow evening. We did go next door to my grandparent's today and had a turkey dinner. We're having ham tomorrow, but my grandma wanted to have turkey too!
So we've been cooking and cleaning today...and probably will be tomorrow morning too! I went to the grocery store this morning to get some last-minute things. For some reason I found it really fun to be out when almost everyone else is home eating or cooking! There were a few other people at the store, obviously getting things for dinner today, but the store was really the least busy I'd ever seen it! ...so I don't know why the guy bagging the groceries couldn't have taken just a little bit more time, and not put the cans of beans on top of the onions, and the marshmallows squished next to the corn flakes...but I digress. :) I much prefer to bag the groceries myself, but when you're in charge of paying for them and such, it isn't really possible. I wonder if they still have you bag your own groceries up north? They didn't use to bag your groceries at grocery stores in Illinois...they probably do everywhere now. I know they did in Oregon...
Mmm...Mom's making potatoes for tomorrow that have cream cheese and sour cream, and I don't know what all else, but they're really, really, really good! :P
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
They have jam in the center, almost all of them leaked out onto the pan...the last batch I put in had plain cookies and big patches of jam. The cookies and the jam burnt... I put them out on the patio because it was smelling up the house and a neighborhood cat thought I was bringing her something to eat...I've got a video of her that I'll post tomorrow...
I picked one of the patches off the cookie sheet to see what it looked like and was surprised to find that it looked pretty cool when I held it up to the light. So that's what that was...so Uncle Jim was the closest...good eye for the burnt fruit! Rebecca and Alice were very close in recognizing that it was some dessert gone wrong, but I think John's answer was the most creative...although if that was a piece off of my car, I would probably not be calmly blogging! :)
That was part of the batch of cookie dough I made...I was going to make half with jam and cut out the other half, but these didn't turn out so good, so I gave up on them and just cut the rest out today. Those were the nicest ones I ended up with...not good!
However, these are the ones I made today:
I'm having trouble getting those pictures arranged properly... Anyway, pumpkins and cats and some squares for variety! :) The cats kind of look like they needed mouths or noses or something...oh well. They'll taste good either way.
Then I put the leftover green icing on some pumpkin cookies that didn't look as well, and ended up with an alien cookie...weird...
And now I think I'll go do this:
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Hmm...they're still there, so I guess either the possums haven't been around, or they don't like small pumpkins. Actually, I don't know if a possum could climb up on the bench or not? I know we have them around here; they like the apple peelings that we've set out on the patio before taking to the compost.
Red:I got my nails done out in Oregon...my fingernails chipped in about a week (which is longer than a home-manicure) but my toenails are still a pretty red color, and shiny...they're painted "I'm not really a waitress" (who comes up with these names?) that Claudia mentioned a while back. I didn't pick it on purpose, I just picked out a red I liked and then looked at the name..."Oh weird, I've heard of this one!"
More red:I finished my gloves! Yay! Sorry for the rather blurry picture...I must be fidget even when I think I'm holding still...because the camera was on my dresser, so I'm the only thing that could have been moving! No wonder I have problems when I hold the camera! Anyway, they're done, and my stuffed zebra helped me with the photo shoot (maybe he was wiggling?) (Good grief, I sound like a little kid...)
Brown:Aren't these adorable? I love them, but I'm not sure if could eat them or not! Although if they were good enough chocolate I'd eat them! :) I can't figure out how big they are exactly...they can't be very big and yet you only get three of them for about ten dollars. They are so cute though... You can get them here.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
1. I have a fear of old buildings, especially ones that are kept as museums. It gives me this feeling like they were just deserted for some reason!
2. I have a fear of chairs collapsing under me...which I shouldn't because I'm not that heavy.
3. I can be hot all summer, but as soon as it's fall, even if it's not really that cold out, I'm freezing!
4. I can't stand to stand by and watch someone do something if I think I could do it better or faster myself!
5. I've never read a Harry Potter book...
6. I don't have girly handwriting...in fact my handwriting's awful unless I write really slowly!
7. I don't like to talk a lot sometimes, because I'm afraid I'll bore people
I can't believe that's all I came up with! I'm sure all my friends could come up with weird things about me though!
Here are the rules:
1- Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2- Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
3- Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.I'm tagging:
A Kitten Knits
Temp Blog Title
Joe Jon's Weblog
Life in Forsyth
The Cat in the Adage
I Should Be Folding Laundry
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Anyway, we watched it last night. It's down to seven bands now...they've managed to get rid of most of the really annoying bands. Except for Light of Doom, those kids really, really, need to go...very soon!
I like Tres Bien, Dot Dot Dot, and The Clark Brothers.
The blonde guy in Tres Bien(I don't know what his name is) looks like Ellen Degeneres... Rebecca and I said that, but they even mentioned that on the show last night!
And Adam (he really doesn't look like an Adam) in Dot Dot Dot...looks kind of creepy, but he can really sing pretty well. In fact, all of their band is a little weird... He seems to have managed to calm down after the judges told him he was a hyperactive, emo leprechaun! I love that phrase...it was perfect! :)
Of the ones I like, the Clark Brothers are probably the most normal!
So I like those three bands best, but unfortunately only one can win... as long as it's not those kids I won't mind too much...
There are videos on the website, so check it out!
Friday, November 16, 2007
I got my hair cut when I was out in Oregon...she cut it in layers and texturized it and such. It looked really cool, a different style that I hadn't seen around here much. Okay, that was Hairmasters; the closest one is in Virginia or South Carolina, so no go on that. So after much thinking I decided to just go to Fantastic Sam's. I was thinking about going to a more expensive place that might do a better job, but I decided that on my budget I was just going to have to go with getting it cut at Fantastic Sam's or Great Clips and being happy with how it turned out. I chose F. Sam's because I had a coupon...cool.
So...I went there this morning and got it cut. The guy looked at the pictures I'd taken right after I got it cut in Oregon, said he'd trim it up for me, a half-inch or so, and texturize it. So he did that, and it certainly looked like he did the same way the girl did it in OR. But when I got home and dried and styled it, it somehow has this poofy-ish, Southern thing going on...I really don't know how to describe it other than that...it looks sort of like the way a southern news-anchor would wear her hair, or something.
What I'm wondering, is how on earth did he do that?! The only thing I can think of that he may have done different is he may have texturized it further up then it was before. He asked if she'd just done it on the ends, and I said she hadn't, but maybe "ends" are further up than I think! :) It just cracks me up that I get it cut down here, and my "west-coast" layers turn into "Southern layers"!
"Listen!.. I'm a Northerner, my hair needs a different cut!"...anyway, I think if I mess with it enough, maybe put a bunch of conditioner on it, it will calm down. After it grows a bit it should be better too. Altogether I'm happy with it, it's just kind of weird!
I'm glad I had time to get it done today though...we had a bunch of grocery shopping to do today too. My cousins are coming the weekend after Thanksgiving, so we had to get a bunch of stuff. I took Dad to work this morning so could do it all today so that we wouldn't have to go everywhere tomorrow when it's busy.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Do Penguins Fly?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
So I went to the soap making class at the library last night. The lady was a local soap maker, her website is: http://www.longfamilyfarmsoaps.com/
It was very interesting. I've read a lot about soap making, but it really helps to see someone actually make some soap. It also made me realize that I probably don't have the budget right now to make soap! She said we could email her for a list of her suppliers though, so I'll probably do that, and look into how much it would cost at the least. The thing is that you have to buy basic supplies, so you have the cost of that before you ever even know if it's definitely something you want to do.
I would certainly need to do a lot of research and saving before I could start something like that, and even then I'm not sure I'd have time.
Everyone in the class gets one of the bars of soap she made last night, which is nice! It was a mint soap in the shape of a gift box...very cute!
Blogger says that "soapmaking" should be two words...I don't really know!
In other news...people keep getting blogs! :) Mom has one now: http://catintheadage.blogspot.com/
She started out with a Wordpress one, but neither of us could figure it out...so it's going to be Blogger! Because if neither of us know how to use it, we're sunk...unless Dad has time to help us! The thing is, we're both fairly good at computer stuff, but totally don't understand html.
So, another blog for my readers to go read!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Like the picture in the header...I've had that sitting in a folder on the computer for probably a year, because I couldn't figure out how to put in the header. Well, Blogger has a way to do that now...so I was able to put it in!
Other than that, I've mostly been updating my blogs list on the side and changing some colors for fall. That's one thing that I found annoying...on the Blogger colors & fonts page, it will only show you colors that are either in your blog, or will go with your blog. What it thinks will go with your blog, that is. When I was trying to change the background color, I had picked out one color that showed up with my original settings, but then I changed some other stuff and I couldn't find it again. I think they need to set it up so that all the possible colors are shown. I was able to find some color charts online that I ended up using to find out the code for what I wanted.
These sites were ones that I found particularly helpful:
I'm not done with updating my blog list, I need to get it divided up into some different categories... if I can figure out how to do that. There used to be an "add page element" button on my template, but it doesn't seem to be there anymore...maybe I added too many elements?
I need a crafting section, and a friends and relatives section, or something!
Speaking of which, my cousin Rebecca now has a blog! Yay! :) She's still thinking of a blog name, so right now it's just: Temp Blog Title
That's basically what I started out with too! Temporary title till I think of something, anything!
So, go check out her blog too!
Anyway, I still have some work to do, but since it's easier now to change the colors and stuff, I may try to change stuff a bit depending on the season.
And now I need to go finish some chores. I'm going to some sort of soap-making class at the library this evening, so I need to get stuff done.
Monday, November 12, 2007
...one to go. Or 7, or 9, or however many more I end up making for other people! ...I made the mistake of bringing my knitting to church last night, and I got requests. But I've got one glove/mitt of mine done. I guess it's more of a mitt, because it doesn't have fingers at all. I still need to weave in the ends, so I suppose it's not completely done!
I looked around for some more patterns today. If I can knit with dpns and there are more fingerless glove patterns out there I'll definitely make some more! As long as the patterns call for worsted-weight or not much thinner than that, I'm good.
Mom asked me if I could make her some socks; I told her if she could find me a worsted-weight pattern I would! I'm still not up to very, very thin sock yarn, and dpns! My fingers are just too big to deal with that...even on straight needles my fingers cramp up terribly if I use thin yarn.
I like these ones for a fancier pattern: http://cidermoon.com/cm0125.html#
These ones are similar in pattern to what I'm making, but somehow split at the wrist, maybe, and then buttoned up: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/mikado-buttonup-gloves.html
These are very long, but they have a cable pattern running down them: http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_4155601,00.html
These are made with bulky yarn, so they'd be even thicker: http://adventuresinlifeandknitting.blogspot.com/2007/09/good-news-and-more-good-news.html
These have some nice cable pattern too: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTfetching.html
And they come in a guys' version: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTdashing.html
And these have fingers, plus you can come up with some sort of phrase that doesn't require more than eight letters and personalize them! http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html
And a whole blog full of fingerless glove that people have knit: http://fallfingerlessmitts.blogspot.com/
Well, that's all for tonight...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Uh, hmm... I went to a birthday party/game night last night...that was lots of fun!
A combination of taking Advil yesterday, and having drainage from a scratchy throat, and being in a hot, stuffy room this morning was not good... It was really hot in church this morning, and it didn't feel like there was any air moving at all. Plus I'd taken some Advil yesterday and that upsets my stomach sometimes, so it all combined to make me feel... not good! :) I was able to get some fresh air and eat something after church though, and that helped tremendously.
I should have mentioned that in the video I posted, the guy was singing "Ticket to Ride"...that's the title on the movie, but when you embed a video in a post, it doesn't show the YouTube title...
I'm almost done with the mitt/glove thing I'm working on...I have an inch left to the main part, and then I need to knit the thumb and that's all!
I've been running behind all day, so I think I'll go eat and go to bed! Oh, I did get to take a nap this afternoon.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I found this through the Common Room. They have some other ones listed too, and they're all pretty funny! I just thought this one was pretty good...
You should check out the Riverdancing Violinist too...these guys are really very good musicians to be able to do this!
Friday, November 09, 2007
I got out and raked leaves yesterday! There are still a lot of leaves on the trees, but I've been getting out and raking them up before they blow away. I'm putting the leaves in trash bags with some fertilizer and lime and leaving them to compost over the winter.
The leaves are supposed to break down faster if they're in the sun, so I've been putting them at the edge of the backyard because it's sunny down there. Unfortunately, they're very visible down there...I can't think of anyplace else to put them though... I suppose when it starts getting even colder it won't matter one way or the other and I'll just put them somewhere hidden. I've got seven bags already, as you can see, filled up a 3 x 3 x 3 raised bed, and I'll probably still get another 2-4 bags! So that's pretty good. The more leaves I can get bagged, the more compost I'll have in the spring!
I've also gotten a lot done on one mitt:
I just have to make it however long I want it on my fingers, knit the thumb, and it will be done...then I have to make another one! :) I'm making them much longer than the pattern calls for. They are supposed to be 4 inches to the base of the thumb, but I made it 8 inches. I want it to cover enough so that if my sleeves slide up, my wrists aren't cold. I'm pretty happy with how this is turning out! And it's very fast!