Rhinebeck 2009 Countdown

Monday, December 29, 2008

Warm Ewe Up Bi-Weekly Blog Question #1

#1 - Why did you learn to knit?

I decided to "re-learn" how to knit because I wanted to make somthing that I could use. Now, granted, I have done more "yarn collecting" than knitting, but that's gonna change in 2009!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Christmas Chronicals (or, How to ruin a perfectly GOOD holiday...)

Happy holidays everyone.......yes, I am back! We've now been in our new home a month, and I am no where near unpacked. December has been a whirlwind.....overtime, stretching money for Xmas gifts, trying to get some sense of normalcy at the house......but, enough of the excuses.....I am back for a rockin' new year......(hopefully Dick Clark won't mind if I borrow that.....)

Just a bit of an update on our Christmas this year:

We spent Christmas eve at my parent's house.....good food, family and we were home by 10pm.

Christmas morning, we woke to presents under the tree (good thing I sent our moving announcement to Santa.....)

And I'm sure he received some help from our own little reindeer---KONA !!!

For all of her hard work, Kona received a new bed (it actually was an early Xmas present), and a rawhide bone.

Lots of good presents this year: A Della Q messenger bag; Several books--TWILIGHT; The Sookie Stackhouse Series (HBO's True Blood), books 1-7 & KNIT TWO (the sequel to THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB); DVD-Mamma Mia; Britney Spears's new CD-CIRCUS; two cute tunic shirts, a fleece jacket; lots of candles, Xmas decorations for the house; stuff for the kitchen (serving dishes and casseroles), a new wristlet wallet, a crystal candy dish...stuff like that. My parents are buying us a new rug for the living room, after the first of the year, once I finalize the decor that I want to do.
I also received my final Falling Into Ewe swap package, which happened to arrive just before Christmas. I saved it to open for Christmas morning, and was pleasantly surprised to finally find out who my partner had been for the past several months.....it was Blue Teacup from Ravelry. Marie has taken such care in spoiling me ROTTEN, and this last package was NO EXCEPTION!
For my final presents, she sent me a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts fingering-weight in a colorway called GRAPES; CABLES & ARANS from my Amazon wishlist; a set of Tinkerbell notecards (with stickers), along with a matching notepad; a Mickey Mouse tea ball; a cute ladybug storage container; a fun toy to GROW MY OWN SUSHI (too funny!!) and some Christmas candies....She has become such a great online friend!!! Thanks MARIE !!!

Christmas dinner was at my cousins house that day, and we'd stopped at my parent's after lunchtime to exchange gifts. I normally wear CROCS shoes all the time (comfort), but since it was Christmas Day, I decided to wear a normal pair of shoes.......BIG MISTAKE! While walking out to our car I stumbled on my parent's driveway and rolled my foot. While I have yet to have it officially looked at, it appears that I've either broken my toes, or severely sprained my foot. Needless to say, I've been trying to stay off of it as much as possible. These are pictures from today (please forgive the condition of my feet---I had planned to get a pedicure on Friday, but those plans went OUT the window):

And my furbaby......Kona has been my nursemaid all weekend......she knows that her mommy's been hurtin'
Thankfully, no dancing plans were on the agenda for NYE........just me & DH and the furkids, a bottle of wine, some Chinese food, and my jammies!!!
Oh, and some post-script.....2009 is gonna be a happenin' year----an invite to Mexico for my cousin's 21st birthday in the spring (gals ONLY), another cousin's wedding in June (at a local winery---SIGN ME UP!!) and (hopefully) Sock Summit 2009 in Portland, Oregon in August!!! I had hoped to get in on the TLE weekend in spring, but failed to make the cut-----besides, Mexico sounds like a great alternative!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Warm Ewe Up Swap Questionnaire

Do you knit or crochet? Right now, I knit only. How long have you been at your craft? Less than one year
Do you spin? NOPE
What are your favorite yarns/fibers?
I love sock yarns….BFL and Bamboo blends are some of my favorites.
What yarns/fibers do you NOT like? I can’t handle mohairs, acrylics or scratchy wools……they make me breakout in hives (I have a hypersensitivity)
What yarns/fibers would you like to try, but haven’t?
POSH yarn….Three Irish Girls….Wollmeise…Alchemy
What are your favorite colors to work with?
I’m a tropical color person…..I love turquoise, purple, blue-green, pinks, red, corals and neutrals like chocolate brown and charcoal grey.
What colors do you NOT enjoy? I don’t like BRIGHT yellow, and I stay away from really pale pastels (as they wash me out, and make me look ill).

What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I have decided that 2009 will be my YEAR to MASTER MY KNITTING!! I’ll consider anything. I have plans for lots of scarves, hats and fingerless gloves and mittens. Socks too….
What are you currently working on?
With my recent move, I haven’t touched my needles since September.
What is your favorite FO?
Honestly, I have NEVER finished a project…..I’ve been more in the “collecting yarn” mindset. I guess I need some modivation!
Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? I haven’t figured out increases & decreases yet, so that would be next on my agenda.
Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift? Neither, but would love either
Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks?
Right now I have a STUFFED to the gills folder to keep them in check, but I’ve outgrown it. I am collecting more circulars now, so I would like to get a separate way to organize these.
Do you collect anything? Mary Englebreit, Bumblebees & Ladybugs….I also collect Tinkerbell items (mostly Christmas ornaments) and Vintage Hawaiian art & travel prints.
Do you like sweets? Ummm….YES! I love Almond Joy, Kit Kat & Heath Bar candy bars & I’m a sucker for cashews & macadamia nuts.
What are your favorite scents? I am an indie-scent perfume oil addict, so take a look at my Perfume Oil list (over on the right side of my blog page).
Are you having a birthday during this swap? No
Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)?
My wish lists are linked on my blog (see the listing on the right hand side)
What is your living situation like? Married to DH (our anniversary is in early October) Any pets? 1 dog, Kona (she’s a Border Collie/Rottweiller mix) and 2 cats, Tigger & Sugar)
Are you allergic to anything? Just those fibers listed above.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

3 days to go!!

I know.....I know........."HULA, where have you been??......."

The answer is coming in three days.......MOVING!!!! We are finally going back to my roots (and I don't mean the one's on my head). Moving day is fast approaching.....Saturday is coming before too long. We've been packing like fiends (and I HONESTLY don't know HOW I got so much C*ARP in this tiny house.) and we get the truck on Saturday.....YAY!!

My brother-in-law refinished the living room and hallway floors at the new house......they look GORGEOUS (and I'll share pics soon, I promise).

Oh, and the lovely #*@&-hole we still live in........last Friday, I came home to find about 4 inches of water all OVER the bathroom floor (yeah, the one that's still a subfloor and just replaced because of water damage...THAT one......), and hall and bedroom carpets. If you could just imagine......I HATE THIS HOUSE !!!! Thank GOD that we're moving.

Happy Turkey Day to everyone, and the next time you hear from me........I'll be residing in Delaware!!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Does anyone wanna help me pack??

OMG, it's official......I am a PACK RAT!!! We have so much stuff crammed into this little shoe-box-of-a-house.....it's a wonder we can move around at all!! So, besides the yarn destash I'm doing (I've sold some, but will hopefully sell some more), I am trying to PURGE as much as I can. New move, New START!! That's my new MANTRA...... I've been commendeering boxes from work, and today we plan on doing nothing but packing.......well, that is "I" plan on it......DH's gotta go into work this afternoon, as there are some minor chrisis that he needs to fix. So, I • MUST STAY MOTIVATED • .......the bright side is that it just adds to the overtime he'll be getting for the month. We can always use the $$$!!
Work for me has been a major focus change. We had two consultants "leave" the company (not by choice), so that has left me as the "senior" consultant in the department, with the longest tenure. I have never been in a position like this, so at first, I felt like a "fish out of water". I've never been one who's wanted to take on a leadership role. But, when all of this went down, I was approached to take on this "role" and I realized, I needed to do this. I love my job, so I want to do whatever I need to in order to keep things progressing and moving forward. Once we get through the "ammended" holiday season (we're just NOW starting to get busy.....we're about a month off of pase...), then my group kicks into high gear with weddings, starting in January. Wish me luck with my new responsibilities!!!
On a happy note, I was FINALLY able to get all of my yarn updated on my Ravelry stash page. I also received the 2nd package from my Falling Into Ewe swap partner.....she spoiled me with this one..
That's a Mary Englebreit 2009 monthly planner, a pack of cute apple-print napkins & bowls, a sampler of Lake Champlain chocolates, a box of Archer Farms White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies, some Snapple-Honey Of An Apple black tea bags, a pair of Takumi Velvet Bamboo needles (Size 8), two skeins of Classic Elite Waterlily yarn in a colorway called “Abbey Road”, a Lantern Moon ladybug tapemeasure and some mini Tootsie-pops!!
I also recently received my FIRST official Yarn Booty Club monthly shipment from Yarn Pirate. I'm SUCH A FAN of Georgia and her sock yarns. I've been trying to buy up a bunch of her prior colorways, so when I had to chance to sign up for her "Booty Club", I could NOT pass it up!!! Yes, there are other clubs I'd also like to join, but for right now......it's ONLY about the YP yarn!!!
My first club shipment was for a colorway called........Smoke Rings. I also received her exclusive pink circular needles, along with the official sticker and pin for the monthly club......yay, I am official!!!
Finally......I hope everyone remembered to set their clocks back last night.......In theory, I should have gotten an extra hour's sleep, but my internal clock woke me up......so I've been wide awake since 5:50 am....YAY me!!
Enjoy your Sunday !!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

FINALLY -- We're moving to DELAWARE !!!!

I've been a bit preoccupied lately with the drama of our current rental, and we finally said "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" ......The bathroom remodel that was supposed to be finished by now (they really were supposed to start it back in June, but that was pushed back and rescheduled so much that it didn't actually start until October) is STILL not finished. They've worked on it only 5 days this month. I'm tired of living in squallor, and having a slum-lord for a landlord. The house is falling apart around us, and he wants to do nothing to fix it. GGGGGRRRRRR!!!!

Last weekend, when I was on my way to visit with my mom (who's recouping from her back surgery), I noticed that there was a house in their neighborhood that was for rent. Since I was already familiar with the layout (similar to my parent's and my aunt&uncles old house), I made arrangements for DH to see it this past Sunday. We confirmed the rental this morning, and we sign our lease this Sunday. Our move is scheduled for December 1st.

THRILLED and EXCITING cannot begin to describe how I'm feeling right now!!!

More info to come as the saga of moving progresses..........

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Falling for Ewe Swap - Question of the Week?

Do you like football? Who is your favorite team?
Ok, so it's not my favorite sport, but I will watch it. My favorite college teams are my (former) alma matter--Florida State and University of Florida.....and I root for the Pittsburgh Steelers (cause DH is a SUPER-fan!!)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Are you a Jackie, Marilyn or someone else??

I found this on Amy's blog and thought it was cool, so I decided to try....

You Are an Ingrid!

You are an Ingrid -- "I am unique"

Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me
* Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
* Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
* Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
* Though I don't always want to be cheered up when I'm feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
* Don't tell me I'm too sensitive or that I'm overreacting!

What I Like About Being an Ingrid
* my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
* my ability to establish warm connections with people
* admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
* my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
* being unique and being seen as unique by others
* having aesthetic sensibilities
* being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

What's Hard About Being an Ingrid
* experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
* feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don't deserve to be loved
* feeling guilty when I disappoint people
* feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
* expecting too much from myself and life
* fearing being abandoned
* obsessing over resentments
* longing for what I don't have

Ingrids as Children Often
* have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
* are very sensitive
* feel that they don't fit in
* believe they are missing something that other people have
* attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
* become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
* feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents' divorce)

Ingrids as Parents
* help their children become who they really are
* support their children's creativity and originality
* are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
* are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
* are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

Falling For Ewe Swap - Question(s) of the week

Ok, so I am still playing catch-up on things, and I've got a months worth of questions to answer. So, here goes.....
Question of the Week #1
What is your favorite thing about Autumn? Where do I begin? There’s the crispness in the air, the colors of the leaves, the smells of wood-burning fireplaces, apples, pumpkins and spices. It’s by far, my favorite season!!
Question of the Week #2
What “cold weather” project are you looking forward to making the most this autumn? I want to start working on a scarf that will hopefully be finished before winter’s over….LOL
Question of the Week #3
What meals or foods mean “Fall” to you? Apple Cider, Roasted Pork Loin with Potatoes & Root Vegetables and Apple Chutney, Pumpkin Pie
Question of the Week #4
What do you plan on dressing up as for Halloween? I was always a BIG fan of Halloween and always decorated to hilt and dressed up. Unfortunately my DH does NOT celebrate Halloween, so I have not done anything Halloween-related since 2000. Oh, I still long to decorate and celebrate, but I abstain out of respect for my husband.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Holiday Theme Swap Questionnaire

  • Ravelry user name: Hulaknitter
  • State, Country, Province: New Jersey
  • Do you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanza: CHRISTMAS!!
  • Projects you like to knit most: Socks, Gloves/Mittens, Scarves
  • Favorite yarns: STR, Yarn Pirate,Malabrigo and I also have a wishlist of colorways here…..allergic to mohair & scratchy wools….also NO ACRYLIC
  • Patterns you desire: anything listed under my Ravelry favorites or queue
  • Favorite designers: anything listed under my Ravelry favorites or queue
  • Favorite colors: I lean towards tropicals for spring/summer, and jewel tones for fall winter. I do like certain warm tones, like orange, but it depends on the colorway
  • Least favorite colors: Solid yellow…..I can take certain yellow shades in limited varigation, but I will run the other way when it comes to solid yellow!
  • Things you collect: Around the holidays, I collect snowmen…..Oh, and I love snowglobes!!
  • Knit or crochet pattern: Knit
  • Sock knitters: dpn’s, circ’s or magic loop: Circ’s or DPN’s
  • Any allergies: Mohair, Scratchy wools and Acrylics
  • Smoker or pets: DH is smoker and I have 1-dog & 2-cats
  • Favorite scents: I am an indie-scent perfume oil addict, so here’s a list of some of my favorite lines
  • Prefer solid, semi solid or variegated yarn: any
  • Favorite weight of yarn: Fingering/DK/Worsted
  • Coffee or tea drinker: Tea fan here (NO GREEN TEA)
  • Favorite snacks or candies: Cashews,Jellies/Gummies, Dried fruits (cherrys, currants, etc)
  • Willing to be an angel: sure
  • Willing to ship international: no
  • List 10 items that you love that are inexpensive: Gift certificates from Blue Moon Fiber Arts (BMFA) or The Loopy Ewe, stitch markers, pattern tamers, crochet needles, SOAK wash, big coffee/tea mugs, Itunes gift cards, picture frames & Borders Books gift cards

OMG.....is that an update I see ??

Someone call off the search party..........I have been found. I finally crawled out from under the rock (that poses as rough attempt at my LIFE), and hopefully I can start making a better attempt at keeping this here area updated more regularly.
OK? O-KAY!!!!!

So, where do I begin?

The end of August we had a big shin-dig event at my workplace to celebrate our move into the city and into our new building. Mind you, we moved in early May.....so what's three months. I chose not to attend the event, since DH had to work. Some of you might not know it, but I work as a Wedding Specialist for a online stationery company. Since I spent the couple of days before the event getting my desk area all set up with samples of my work. I took some pics to share:

This is a custom invitation done entirely in German!

Then I got my hair cut......short! I was a bit leary about doing it, but my cousin, Sarah did an excellent job......this is the picture I based the cut on

I haven't taken a picture of ME yet, but I will soon....I promise!!

Some of my swaps have ended, and I've got a couple of new one's starting. I've got a MIA partner for my SOYL swap, but the hostess is trying to get something going for me. In the meantime, I received my final package from my SP12 partner, Angie. She was an AWEsome swap partner, and the final package for our 3months was the icing on the cake!!

The cutest project bag made of Mary Engelbreit fabric, and inside was all sorts of goodies:
A pattern book of ME projects, some ME stickers, a bar of ME lemon verbena soap, two packs of sauna masques, a set of ladybug stitch markers, a pack of Ferrero Rocher chocolates (YUMM), a box of milk chocolate covered oranges (DOUBLE-YUMM!!!) and a pack Orbit Mint Mojito gum (my favorite!!)....but the best was the Regia yarn. Angie based the color selection to my personal Wordle, that I had posted on my blog before.....you check it out.....I think she got the colors "SPOT ON"!!!

I have also received my first package from the Falling For Ewe Autumn swap. I received a package this week from my partner.....and she was very kind!!

Yummy chocolates (the fall print takout box was full of Hershey's Minis), a box of Fruit herbal tea. a set of tropical fish stitch markers, a cable needle, a fun pen (which doubles as a cat toy, much to my surprise...LOL), a cute Hawaiian shell bracelet, a pack of cute tea-themed notecards, a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts in VACATION SEA, and two skeins of Panda Silk in a beautiful icy-hydrangea blue colorway. This is the softest yarn......I think it will make the loveliest socks.....but I have will have to find just the right pattern......something lacey, perhaps.
I also received a surprise package from my dear friend in CA. She sent me a Della Q bag, and found yarn in almost the same colors.....two skeins of Colinette Cadenza in a colorway called Toscana (which I adore!!). What do you think, doesn't the bag and yarn match, kinda?
Oh, then there is my new obsession......Perfume Oils.......but I'll save that for my next post......as there is SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT there.
So, in closing......I missed ALL OF YOU, and I'm SO GLAD TO BE HOME!!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Seven - 08.31.08

Name seven things in your home that you have at least seven of.
My list this week is very "girly":
  1. FlipFlops (I usually buy them in bulk, from Old Navy, at the beginning of the season)
  2. Lip Glosses (my favorite right now is from Prescriptives, it's called Supernova)
  3. Nail Polish (I always take my own when I get my bi-weekly pedicures. I prefer either O•P•I or Essie brands)
  4. Slippers (I've got a range, from terry-cloth flip flop styles to full on bootie slippers
  5. Coffee Mugs (I collect Tinkerbell mugs from Disney.....I currently own about a dozen different designs)
  6. Tank tops (again, I usually buy one in every color, with multiples of black and white)
  7. Purses (I probably have about 15 currently, most of them are summer bags, as I like to change them alot in the summer months)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

"We interupt this scheduled program......"

I'm feeling a bit under the weather this weekend, soI don't have much to say. I got my hair cut SHORT yesterday, and it's all streaked now with highlights & lowlights. I'm too blechey right now to take a picture, but I promise to, before the weekend is out.

Today, I stayed in jammies all day.......I did take a shower this afternoon, but then put on clean jammies. Who knew that the first question from Friday's meme would actually happen!!

I decided to skip the Saturday meme this week---it concerns summer vacations (we did not TAKE one) and how we spent the summer holidays (didn't do a thing for ANY of them), so I figured it would be a waste.

Off to bed......

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Fill In - 08.29.08

1. When I'm sick I'm all about my jammies. I like to curl up with some fuzzy socks, my jammies, a pot of tea, a book or knitting and my fleece blanket. Oh, and lots of naps.

2. When I take a walk, I think about my surroundings....the trees, the sun, the sky. My favorite place to walk, is the beach.

3. Money can't buy happiness but it can make things VERY pleasant. And it helps in my yarn obsession too!

4. Cotton makes me think of summer, which has just FLOWN by and leather makes me think of car interiors (we're going car shopping this weekend, so I have CAR on the brain).

5. The strangest person/character I've had lewd thoughts about was my second cousin, Tim. We're not related by blood--his father is my dad's step-dad's brother (got that......I'll wait.......). The summer that I turned 14 and he was 17, we had a "summer relationship" that my family was not to keen about. Man, that was a NICE summer!!

6. My favorite color these days is coral and orange because I'm trying to get into the spirit of the fall season.

7. And as for the weekend, today, I’m looking forward to a well-deserved mini-spa day, which includes a haircut and highlights, tomorrow my plans include nothing.....I'm on vacation and Sunday, DH and I plan to go new car shopping !

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday Thunk - 08.28.08

This week we will answer:
You have your choice! Pick one (or two... or all 3) of these questions to thunk about.

It's too early this morning, and I have a migrane, so I went to the "evil internet" for my answers....

If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they stick Teflon to the pan?

First they sandblast the pan to create a lot of microscratches on its surface. Then they spray on a coat of Teflon primer. This primer, like most primers, is thin, enabling it to flow into the the micro-scratches. The primed surface is then baked at high heat, causing the Teflon to solidify and get a reasonably secure mechanical grip. Next you spray on a finish coat and bake that. (The Teflon finish coat will stick to the Teflon primer coat just fine.) Works a lot better than the early Teflon pans, but you can still ruin Teflon cookware by subjecting it to extremely high heat. This causes the bonds between some of the carbon atoms to break, giving other undesirable stuff a chance to bond thereto (courtesy of The Straight Dope)

How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

Firstly Deer Urine is used on the sign, and across the road, also.. because all deer are unfortunately lacking in any formal education, they are unable to read. Thus, the picture.So, a deer approaches sniffs, thinks "hey, who peed all over the place and stuck a picture of me in the middle of it, I am going to get to the bottom of this, they ain't pinning this on me"then he crosses (courtesy of Yahoo Answers UK)

Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections?

There is an unwritten law that if the condemned prisoner lives through execution they get pardoned. The reason why the sterilize the needle is in the rare case that it does happen and he/she gets an infection from it they can sue the state. Sounds odd but true. (courtesy of Yahoo Answers)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday Media Mix - 08.27.08

It's Wednesday, so it must be the Media Mix

Listen: Name one cover of a song that you think is better than the original: I like Michael Buble's covers of Frank Sinatra songs, so it's hard to pick just one.

Watch: What was your favorite show in the 90s? 90210, which is being "covered" this year with the new version of "BH 90210" starting on the CW this fall. I have reservations about how well this one will do.....it's hard to top the original, IMO

Read: Name the ideal setting for reading a book (at the park, in bed with candles, etc.) I like to sit outside, in the sun, typically listening to my iPod. I'vw tried reading in bed, but I'm usually asleep within five minutes.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ten on Tuesday - 08.26.08

10 Things I Hated About School

  1. The hours…….I would have gladly appreciated a schedule, let’s say from 10am to 2pm…….
  2. The food…during 10th grade, I had the same lunch every day…..a chocolate milkshake and a cookie……I only bought lunch on Friday’s (Pizza !!)
  3. Gym Class….required in Freshman and Sophomore year it was required…..Swimming for a whole semester……to make matters worse, I had it 2nd period, so I had chlorine hair for three months……IN WINTER…….I HATED GYM !!!!
  4. The bathrooms…….disgusting to say the least…..
  5. SAT’s…can someone please explain what the real deal is about this test? I took both the PSAT’s (twice) and the SAT’s……I scored average, and I still got into almost all of the schools I applied to (only wait-listed to ONE school…..Duke. I was accepted to the following schools: Univeristy of Miami, Virginia Wesleyan College, University of Delaware, York College of Pennsylvania, and Maryland Institute College of Art)
  6. Riding the school bus…..when I finally got my driver’s license, I was so happy.
  7. Making up snow days at the end of the school year…….Come June 1st, I was always on mental summer vacation
  8. Picking your classes for the next school year. It always seemed that I could never get the classes that I really wanted. It continued when I got to college. I never seemed to have luck on my side.
  9. 9th Grade Biology……Frog Disection……enough said
  10. Homework......ugh, I get hives just thinking about it.

Manic Monday - 08.25.08

If you could take more control of one aspect of your life, what would it be?
My weight…….I would love to not worry about what size I am, and I’m sure buying clothes would be more pleasurable.

If you were to name the difference between the male soul and the female soul, what would it be? Compassion. Compared to females, males tend to have less of the compassion gene, which I notice especially with my DH.

If you had to admit the most selfish thing you do on a regular basis, what would you say it is? I spend more money on myself, than I do for my DH…….I can drop $$$ on yarn, makeup or shoes, yet I gripe when DH wants to buy something electronic……am I wrong for doing that?? I though it was ALL ABOUT ME ?!? LOL!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Seven - 08.24.08

Name seven cool movie gadgets you’d like to own
  1. James Bond’s Astin Martin…….coolest car EVER !!! I’d like to be able to hit a rocket launcher when someone in front of me does something STUPID
  2. Communcator pin (from Star Trek) ……it would totally eliminate the need for a cell phone!
  3. Invisible Cloak (the Harry Potter Movies) ……It would make going to work SO much fun…..I’d know everything that was going on….
  4. Holedeck (again from Star Trek) …….what a great thing to have for parties!! I could have a virtual Hawaii 24/7…….SWEET!!!
  5. The DeLorean (from Back to the Future, Part II) …..it ran on household garbage!! I’d never have to buy gas again….ROCK ON!!!
  6. The Magic Mirror (from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs) ……I’d like to have the positive reinforcement every morning……”Mirror-Mirror…….”
    OK, I know it’s not a movie, but it is TV
  7. The food-replicator thingie (from the Jetsons) ………I would love not to have to grocery shop EVER again !!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Proud to be from Delaware!!

It's official:

Joe Biden, my home state's senior Senator, is the next Vice President of the United States!! I am tickled PINK !! I have always been a fan of Joe Biden, and this ticket is the strongest Democratic ticket since I've been able to vote. He's really put Delaware on the map now!!

Remember, vote OBAMA/BIDEN !!!!

New Stash......

I placed an order last week with Blue Moon Fiber Arts (BMFA) for some of the colorways that they were sending "on vacation". It was a tough decision, but I got the top FOUR. The order arrived on my doorstep this morning:

This is their fiberway, Twisted, in colorway "Love in Idleness"

(from top to bottom): Socks That Rock - Lightweight in "Seastone"; Silkie Socks That Rock in "Dixie Chick" and "Lemongrass"

Saturday 9 - 08.23.08

I love this weeks' subject......I have loved music since I was a baby. My mom said that I sang before I could talk. I sung in church and school choirs all of my life. I even sang when I worked at WDW. In 2000, I had a serious illness that fused my vocal cords together and I could not talk for about 3 months. I had to work with a speech therapist to learn how to talk again, but my speech pattern and vocal tone had changed, so now, I no longer sing, except at home or in my car. But I still love my music!!

1. What was your first favorite song? The first song I can remember liking alot, was "Top of the World" by the Carpenters. What can I say.....I'm a child of the 70's

2. Who was your first favorite female singer? Olivia Newton-John

3. Who was your first favorite male singer? Tony Orlando.......Knock Three Times...LOL !!!

4. Who was your first favorite band? The Carpenters

5. Who are your all time favorite bands? The Beatles and The Beach Boys

6. Who are your all time favorite male singers? Michael Bublé, Justin Timberlake and Tim McGraw

7. Who is your all time favorite female singer? Etta James and Christina Aguliera (that girl can WAIL)

8. What is your all time favorite LP/CD album? a tie...The Beatles' White Album and Abby Road......equally BRILLIANT !!!

9. What was your first favorite radio station? It's the local station, that I STILL listen to.....93.7 FM-WSTW

Friday Fill-In #86

1. Dancing to the beat of my own drum while making my way thru life makes me dizzy sometimes.

2. The last time I rode a roller coaster I nearly threw up and passed out.......guess I am not as young as I thought I was.

3. When I drive I roll down my windows, open my sunroof and sing at the top of my lungs to my iPod tunes!

4. I saw my kitty, Tigger standing on my kitchen counter this morning........Get DOWN Tigger, you know better!!! BAD KITTY !!!

5. Give me sushi, give me mojitos, give me a vacation........(I'll take any of the three please, since you asked........)

6. Next week I am looking forward to a four and a half day holiday weekend, and my mini-spa day at the hair salon (haircut, highlights and brows)

7. (Since this is posted late, I'm not including Friday night) And as for the weekend, tomorrow my plans include the post office, catching up with laundry, housework and a nap and Sunday, we have to go to my parents so that DH can hook up my mom's computer (which he repaired this week), and we'll be at the hospital to see my grandmother. We also need to go and buy a new floor lamp for the living room to replace the broken one.

The Lows (and Highs) of my week......

The Lows:

  • crazy-busy at work this week.....very tired and went to bed uncharacteristicly early many nights
  • oldest nephew went to eye doctor, and now has to wear glasses (he's nearsighted). Not a big deal, but to a 13yr old starting Eighth grade....a BIG deal. Kids can be cruel, so I anticipate that when school starts on Monday, so will the teasing and ridicule....my poor BOY!
  • had a nerve conduction test early Friday morning on both hands and arms (this is related to my thyroid issues, and the numbness and swelling that I experienced earlier this month).....I just love being electricuted early in the morning . That was the most painfull experienced I've ever had. I still have pain in a couple of spots on my hands and forearms. And the kicker is......I'll have to go back and have the same thing done on my feet and ankles.......JOY!!!
  • got three back-to-back phone calls yesterday after 5 o'clock, which I couldn't answer right away (while at work, I can't really answer my cell). When I got in my car after work, I checked my phone and saw that my mom had called. I called her back and said, "Well it must be important, cause you called me three times....." She then told me that my grandmother had fallen yesterday around 2pm and broke her left hip (Sidenote: my grandparents moved back from Rehoboth Beach last December as is was becoming too difficult for my grandfather to take care of my grandmother on his own--she's had several strokes over the past several years, and has about 20% use of her left side. Less than two weeks after they moved into their assisted living facility, my grandfather broke his right hip [four days before Christmas]. My grandmother then went to stay at my parents house, until Easter. Because of the strokes, my grandmother is very bitter and unpleasant to be around, but she's family, so we tolerate it). So, I immediately went to the hospital......and sat with both of them until other family came. As of last night at 10pm, she still had not been moved to a room, and the orthopedic surgeon had still not arrived......GOTTA LOVE THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM !!

The Highs (which considerably outweight the lows, in my book!)

  • DH got his quarterly bonus this week....YAHOOY!! One word - New BLUE MOON -STR !! (ok, that's 6 words, but who's countin'........I'm ordering some YARN!!)
  • announcement at work that since we are closing early on Thursday, 8/28 for our company Open House (which I am NOT attending), that the owners decided to give us off on Friday with pay! With the holiday on Monday, 9/1 I now have a 4 and a half day weekend......ROCK ON!!
  • DH agreed that I need a new car, so we're going car shopping over Labor Day weekend.....we're gonna look, and see what kind of a deal we can get (fingers crossed)

Now, I need to get over to update the Daily Memes......I need to do Friday, and now Saturday....

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday Thunk - 08.21.08

UG, so early....stayed up too late last night to watch May-Traynor & Walsh win the gold medal for Womens Beach Volleyball.....very cool!

Today's Meme......

If you could have any house, money no object what so ever, what kind of house would it be? Walk us through it...

Well, it's easier for me to show my dream house, so here ya go....

"With over 11, 000 square feet of living space, this magnificent beachfront home has stunning ocean and sunset views. The outstanding craftsmanship is visible throughout the two master suites, six guest suites, media room, library, office, and separate caretaker's quarters. The warm sandy beach and azure Pacific are the backyard of this Kaanapali Estate. All of your client's needs for health and well being will be met with the oceanfront pool, Jacuzzi, yoga pavilion and exercise room. This extraordinary masterpiece property is the reason your clients have chosen to live on Maui" ......anyone got the winning Powerball numbers?? The house......$23.8 million

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday Media Mix - 08.20.08

Wow....it's Wednesday already....this month is just FLYIN' by....next weekend is the "unofficial" end of summer....and the kids go back to school this coming Monday.....summer seemed much longer when I was a kid.....

As it is Wednesday, it's time for the Media Mix:

Listen: What song has the saddest lyrics of any you’ve heard? "If You're Reading This..." by Tim McGraw....I cry almost every time I hear this song (I even have it on my iPod....). It what I imagine that alot of familys have had to go through since we went to war in the Middle East. I'm tearing up just talking about the song......

Watch: Name a show that’s a guilty pleasure for you. "The Hills" on MTV......I am a faithful watcher of the show that my DH calls "mindless drival". That's one of the reasons that I watch it......I get to escape for 30 minutes to a life that I KNOW I'd never have.....but it's nice to live in a fantasy!!

Read: Which book have you read in which you felt a character was the most similar to you? Allie, from "The Notebook"......it's my FAVORITE love story. I fell for the boy that my parents didn't approve of, so in that respect, we'd be the same......we didn't end up the same way, but I like to think that the love that Allie and Noah had in the book would have been the same that me and my "Noah" would have had.......if only........

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ten on Tuesday - 08.19.08

Since we are in week two of the Olympics, my 10 Favorite Olympic Atheletes of All Time

  1. Michael Phelps - Come on....how could you not like MP after the week he just finished. I hope he does for swimming what Tiger did for golf.
  2. Dan Jansen - OMG, my heart broke for him in 1988 when his sister died the morning of his speed skating races at the Calgary games, and then he failed again at the 1992 games.....it was truly thrilling to see him finally get his gold medal in 1994.
  3. Kerri Strug - this is a picture of perserverence...when she wrecked her ankle at the Atlanta games, it was pretty much a done deal.....but to vault a second time, and LAND on said ankle -AND- score enough to win the gold medal.......AWESOME !!!! I can still remember Bela Karolyi carrying her onto the medal stand to receive her medal.....PRICELESS MEMORY !!
  4. Eric Heiden - how cool is he....he wins all of the men's speed skating races in Lake Placid, and then turns to cycling.......CROSS OVER !!!
  5. Dara Torres - she just goes to proove that you are never too old to go for your dreams. Her daughter Tessa should be very proud of her mom!
  6. Greg Louganis - SUCH a crush on him, back in the day.......A MAJOR HOTTIE !!! And his diving was PRIMO too!!!!!
  7. Alberto Tomba - TOOOOMMMMMBBBBBA.......nuff said (my DH's Italian, so I have to like Alberto....LOL)
  8. Ian Thorpe - The Thorpedo !!!! Another Hottie.....just gotta love an Australian accent !!
  9. Tara Lipinski - she is the only Olympian that I've actually met. I used to go an skate a the University of Delaware, and I would see her skate her practice sessions. She was super sweet and very talented. She changed coaches in 1996, and moved to Detroit to train. But she'll always be a local girl to me, and I think I screamed the loudest when she won her gold in Nagano.
  10. Hermann Maier - a most AWESOME Alpine skier....it's amazing that he's still competing. He IS the "Hermannator"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Manic Monday #130

1. Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? I've wanted to travel to Asia since I was in high school......especially Japan! Why haven’t you done it? Money....and time.....if you have any extra of EITHER, please let me know !!!

2. If you could make any fictional character come to life, which one would it be? Noah from The Notebook.....I watched the movie again over the weekend (Thanks Family Channel!!).....I just swoon over the character and the conviction of the love he has for Allie......

3. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be and how long would it take you to spend the $10,000? I would say either Pottery Barn or Thomasville Furniture, so that we could re-do ALL of our furniture, bedding and accessories. I could probably spend it all in about 4 hours.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Daily Meme - Sunday Seven (BONUS) - 08.17.08

This is a BONUS Sunday Seven:

Name your seven favorite Pepsi beverages.

  1. Caffeine Free Pepsi
  2. Wild Cherry Pepsi
  3. Starbucks Frappachino Vanilla
  4. Lipton Brisk Lemon
  5. Aquafina
  6. Propel Mixed Berry
  7. Slice Orange

Daily Meme - Sunday Seven - 08.17.08

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:Name seven attractions you’d like to visit in the San Francisco area.

We've never been to SF, so this is a great question.....I can add this to my "Places to visit before I die" List

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Alcatraz Island
  3. Coit Tower
  4. The Houses along Alamo Square & Lombard Street
  5. Fishermans Wharf
  6. The Sequoias of Muir Woods
  7. Strybing Arboretum

Falling For Ewe Autumn Yarn Swap Questionnaire

Yes, it's that time again......another swap is in the works:

  1. Do you knit or crochet? Right now, I knit only.
  2. How long have you been at your craft? Less than one year
  3. Do you spin? NOPE
  4. Are there any other crafts that you participate in? I do enjoy scrapbooking, but find that I only get a chance to do it every couple of months. I’d rather be fondling my yarn stash!
  5. What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I love sock yarns….BFL and Bamboo blends are some of my favorites.
  6. What are your LEAST favorite yarns/fibers? I can’t handle mohairs, acrylics or scratchy wools……they make me breakout in hives (I have a hypersensitivity)
  7. Are there any types/brands of yarn that you are dying to work with but haven’t gotten a chance? POSH yarn….Three Irish Girls….Wollmeise…Alchemy
  8. What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I’ll consider anything. I have plans for lots of scarves, hats and fingerless gloves and mittens. Socks too….
  9. What are you currently working on? After lots of practice swatches, I am finally casting on my FIRST project—a pair of fingerless mittens. Anything you plan to start this autumn? I am planning a new scarf in a fall colorway.
  10. What are your favorite colors to work with? I’m a tropical color person…..I love turquoise, purple, blue-green, pinks, red, corals and neutrals like chocolate brown and charcoal grey.
  11. What colors do you NOT enjoy? I don’t like BRIGHT yellow, and I stay away from really pale pastels (as they wash me out, and make me look ill).
  12. Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? I haven’t figured out increases & decreases yet, so that would be next on my agenda.
  13. Are you a sock knitter? Yes What are your foot measurements? I wear a size 10 shoe.
  14. Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift? Neither, but would love either
  15. Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks? Right now I have a STUFFED to the gills folder to keep them in check, but I’ve outgrown it. I am collecting more circulars now, so I would like to get a separate way to organize these.
  16. Do you collect anything? Mary Englebreit, Bumblebees & Ladybugs….I also collect Tinkerbell items (mostly Christmas ornaments) and Vintage Hawaiian art & travel prints.
  17. What is your favorite type of music? It’s very varied, just about anything (but Rap music) Are you MP3 ready? Yes, I use iTunes.
  18. Do you like sweets? I love fruit jellies and cashews. My favoite candy bar is Almond Joy
  19. What is your living situation like? Married to DH (our anniversary is in early October) Any pets? 1 dog, Kona (she’s a Border Collie/Rottweiller mix) and 2 cats, Tigger & Sugar
  20. Are you allergic to anything? Just those fibers listed above.
  21. Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)? My wish lists are linked on my blog (see the listing on the right hand side)
  22. What is your Ravelry ID? hulaknitter

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Daily Meme - The Saturday 9 - 08.16.08

I've now found a daily meme for each day of the week, so hopefully this will help me stay on track with my blogging.....

1. Do you worry about your next birthday? Since I turned 40 this year, I realized just much stress I'd put on my age previously. Now I realize, it's just a number.

2. Have you ever lied about your age in the recent past? No, there's really no reason to.

3. Have you ever lied about your age when you were young? Yes. If yes, why? I can admit it now......I got a fake ID when I was 17 years old, and I used it until I turned 21. I was never caught with it, and in hindsight, I did it more so that I fit in with the "in" crowd. If I ever had a child, I would be furious if they ever got one. Guess that the pot calling the kettle......

4. How much older have you been a person that you were romantically involved? I am a year older than my DH....I was born in April of 1968 and he was born in April 1969.

5. How much younger have you been a person that you were romantically involved? My ex-husband was six years older than me. My family thought that was a good thing, because it would help "reel me in", but in hindsight it just added to the ultimate conflict that broke us up.

6. Have you ever been consider a sibling, rather than parent of your child? Since I don't have children, I can't really answer this.

7. If you have had children, did you factor in age when deciding to have a sibling? Again, not applicable.

8. If you have not had children, are you happy with your choice and/or fate? No, during my first marriage, my ex decided early on that he didn't want kids. By the time that we broke up and I remarried, I discovered that I have serious medical issues that have prevented me from having a successful pregnancy. I've had more than 3 miscarriages, so I am slowly coming to the realization that I won't be a mother.

9. Do your siblings have kids? Yes, two boys. Are you close to them? Very much so......they are my surrogate kids, and I spoil them to death (and then give them back to their parents.....it's so great to be their AUNTIE !!) Their ages? 13 and 3

Back to some normalcy.....

Ah......FINALLY! I'd like to go on record and request a DO-OVER of the last 30days or so. Just saying......

As you probably read, my week this week started out WET......if I don't see lots of water anytime soon, it will still be TOO soon for me. We ended up with minor water damage to DH's car, and our heater has to have the optic sensor replaced and will need a good cleaning. The shed in our backyard lost some of the roof shingles and the yard is a mess. Other than that, I'm glad it's over. The whole mess of dealing with this really stressed me out, both physically and mentally. I was glad that the weekend finally got here.

I spent last night watching the Olympics.....I've been watching Michael Phelps swim his way into history all week, so I decided to celebrate his wins with a lovely Asian meal......a bento box !!

I had tempura lobster, spring rolls, seaweed salad, California roll sushi and crystalline noodles....plus I had some steamed brown rice......it was QUITE yummy !!! And, yes-those are my own personal chopsticks.....I have about 4 pairs, but these are my favorites!!

This morning, I got up early to go to a yard sale that one of my coworkers was having. She and her husband just bought a house, so they were trying to get rid of some stuff. She had this really cute basket, which I just HAD to have......it's a teapot for GOSH SAKES !!

Our bathroom remodel is in a holding pattern. It was supposed to start last week, and then this week. Now, we're waiting on our landlord to decide who has the better price and then when they can start. Ah, the joys of renting.......NOT!!!

So, it's been a while since I've updated with swaps, yarn pr0n and goodies, so without further adieu.....lets bring on the pics:

First, my 2nd package from my Summer of Yarn Love swap partner....isn't it FAB ?!?

The yarn is Shibui sock yarn......here's the closeup

Next, some lovelys from BMFA......these are from various trades and purchases online:
Rocky Horror (STR Lightweight)

Blue Moonstone (STR Lightweight - received in a trade with Sicklipstick on Ravelry)

And Seal Rock (STR Lightweight - purchased from hello-knitty on Ravelry...thanks Kate!)

And now onto the new Yarn Pirate aquisitions:

Malamute (from another trade with Sicklipstick....Jessica and I are like two PEAS IN A POD when it comes to BMFA and Yarn Pirate!!)

Here is the July colorway from the Pirates Booty sock club, it's called Cupcake (mine is courtesy of jfw04 on Ravelry...Thanks Jennifer!!)

The next two I purchased directly from the Yarn Pirate's etsy shop
First up is Permanent Mistake, which is a Bambo/Merino/Nylon blend

The other is a BFL Superwash....the colorway is called Kona (which you KNOW I had to buy!!)

Ok, and the last yarn prOn pick is from Lulu's Yarns on Etsy....it's Panda Sock & the colorway is called Ischia* (*Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. It is near where my DH's family is from in Italy)

On the horizon......I've got a shipment of STR that is on it's way to me and I'll be starting a *BRAND NEW FEATURE* on the blog......I've been asked to start reviewing teas on my blog, so I'll be starting that this week.....HOW FUN!!!!!