Friday, January 28, 2011

Dragon Girl Cowl


Stayed home yesterday with a sick headache and a bad case of the squirts. Nothing like a day of rest, two Dragon Girl movies and knitting to make you feel better.

I finished up this cowl which I started a few weeks ago while watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Yesterday I finished the series with, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest. That is a whole lot of Swedish and sub-titles, but it is so worth it.

I can’t say enough good things about this series, the books & movies are just fantastic. It’s almost a shame that the US is remaking them, they can’t possible be better.

If you haven’t read them or watched them, do it now!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bad Seed



My aunts are always coming up with pictures I have never seen before of my mom and all of them as little girls. I love to see them and how cute they all were.

But this one is mom looks like that little girl from the movie Bad Seed without the braids. Like she just came home from pushing little Billy off the top of the slide because he made fun of her monkey baby.

Don’t make fun of her monkey baby...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ida’s Kitchen

Over the weekend I finally succumbed to the desire to knit this hat. I first saw this at Through the Loops after the holidays and I was sure I would make it. Kirsten is such a talented designer, beauty is in her simplicity.


I got the pattern and then I was waiting to buy yarn for it, but suddenly I remembered...I have a shit load of yarn!!!


So I went stash diving and came up with plenty of sport weight yarn to make this gorgeous hat. I started on Friday night and was done by Sunday afternoon.


I love it! It was a simple pattern to memorize and the color changes kept it fun. I would make another in a heartbeat!

I got to wear it for the rest of the day and then Monday morning my 13 year old wore it to school…goodbye kitchen...

Monday, January 24, 2011

xxxx fingers crossed xxxx

Friday was a pretty shitty day at work.

A rude remark set the tone and it got progressively worse from there.

I have spent the weekend nursing a sore neck and a throbbing headache.

Back to work today...let’s hope no one pisses me off again…

Friday, January 21, 2011

F**k You


Do you really want to make a rude, snarky comment about my outfit while you stand there in your pajama bottoms and homeless person feet…


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

just keep swimming...

Things to tell myself today when I feel lazy and unaccomplished…

So far this year I have;

1. Cleaned out my closet and my husbands, donating most of the too small clothes in both.

2. Cleaned and organized my office and yarn supply (the magnitude of this feat is lost on the internet)

3. Started and finished 3 knitting projects, 1 for me, 1 for the husband and 1 for the child.

4. Cleaned my fridge, with soap and water, not paper towels and Windex. I even removed the drawers and washed them.

I will repeat this to myself like a mantra while I go through my Netflix queue...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

{{a moment in words}}

Outside my window…
A gray, snowy day

I am thankful for…
Long weekends with a Tuesday day-off

From the kitchen…
Maple and brown sugar oatmeal with apple chunks and golden raisins

I am wearing…
Yoga pants, tee shirt and Old Navy sweat shirt

I am going…
To watch Netflix movies all day and knit

I am hoping…
That I can do this very thing for the next two days

One of my favorite things…
Little notes left in unexpected places

A few plans for the upcoming week…
It is my FIL’s 70th birthday this week, so we are busting him out of the home and partying him up

Here is picture for sharing…


Saturday, January 15, 2011

it’s the little things...



Our daughter is out on a date, and according to Facebook, drinking Napa wine with her beau.

We have decided that if she is old enough to go on a date ( and drink wine???), then we should use that opportunity to have our own date night.

Of course, it’s the Playoff’s, so that means our date night includes home cooked roasted turkey breast (shot by my sweetie with his bow and arrow), champagne and football!

I don’t mind a stay-at-home date night, just less football next time...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Books, Books, Books


Every year my Christmas gifts seem to have a theme. One year it was the kitchen Christmas. I got pots and pans, all kinds of kitchen gadgets and cookbooks, it was one of my favorites. One year was my electronic Christmas. I got an ipod, a laptop and a DS. That was a good one too.

This year was my book Christmas. My husband got me an awesome book that I was really excited to read.


It took a little doing, but I am finally really into it. I have the Swedish movie in my Netflix queue and that will be next on my list. I think the American version of this movie will be out sometime this year and I would like to have read it and seen the foreign movie before hand.

I also got an old favorite from my aunt.


Stephen King is one of my very favorite authors. He has written some real stinkers, but the good ones, are oh-so-good. I have wanted to read this one for awhile. I have heard it is more like his older books (The Stand, Misery, Carrie) and those are my very favorite works. It is a big one and is going to require a commitment. No laundry or dinner for days!

I also got some knitting books and a great decorating book from my wish list on Amazon. My sister and her boyfriend got my a gift card to the big A, so I will be getting more reading material for sure.

I used to be a huge reader, back in the days before knitting and facebook. I would like to get back to that. I have decided to read more this year and these new books are a good start!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Another 30 Days

The last 30 day challenge I did really got me going on my blog again. It helps me to have an idea for a post instead of just sitting down to a blank screen and trying to come up with something. I found this challenge on Bird’s Eye View and I just know she wouldn’t mind if I joined in too!

Here's the list!
Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

Some of these are going to be tough! I am looking forward to this one, but I probably won’t do it every single day, I am interesting...but not quite that interesting...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Who doesn’t love leftovers?

I started my first big knitting project of 2011 and I am really excited about it! I am even more excited that I am knitting it for me!!!

I have spent the last two months knitting a lot of things, very few of them have been very exciting and absolutely none of them were for me.

I got a fantastic book for Christmas this year…


I opened it up and fell instantly in love with this


The Leftover Yarn Knitting Bag!!!

I am so excited to make this. There is something about bags that just gets me every time. I never like the way they come out, but I can’t stop knitting them.

My aunt had already given me a huge basket of Elsa Williams 100% wool tapestry yarn this summer. It has ten different colors and an average of 8 to 10 skeins of each color. It will be perfect for this project.


I started this afternoon and I am already hooked! This is going to be the one that works!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It’s A New Day...


It’s all boxed up and put away for another year.

No more soft glow of Christmas lights in every room. No more dangling snowflakes or smell of pine.

It takes me days of careful placing to get that holiday magic and only one day to dismantle it.

We had a nice Christmas, but I never did find that feeling I usually get. It just alluded me somehow.

Today is 1/1/11 and it is a new start. I want this year to be different, not just a replay of the same things I did last year. It’s time to get healthier and more productive. Less computer, iPod, cell phone and camera time and more real life.

I hope your new day is filled with fun, love and learning!