Rhinebeck 2009 Countdown

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!!!!