Monday, January 28, 2008
I feel relieved to be done with the studying and the testing. The stress was removed from my shoulders for this project as soon as I was driving away from the testing center. The hours I have spent on studying can now be used to finish the wedding planning and to start knitting on a more regular basis again. Brandi, Kristen and I might actually take a real lunch break now and talk to each other about none HR things instead of studying during our lunch break.
I hope all of the effort was worth it.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Well, I found a perfect yarn for the Amanda Hat as well as several other yarns I had forgotten about. I rediscovered a bag from the 2007 January Webbs trip with the Concord knitting group that I had been neglecting. In the bag, a green Araucania Nature Wool Chunky that will make a gorgeous Amanda hat. And I saw on ravelry that other people have used this yarn to make the Amanda hat as well, so it should be fine. An even better benefit, this green hat will most likely match the green reversible cable scarf. So realistically, I may have a green winter set for next winter, because I can't imagine finishing both the scarf and the hat before spring comes this year. I'm just a little busy right now.
Other stuff in the bag, blue worsted weight Araucania Nature Wool, light blue angora, a skein of green J. Knits Superwash Me sock yarn, and some navy blue merino wool. I must have been on a blue and green kick during that shopping spree. I didn't spend a cent today but it feels like I had a nice jaunt out to my local yarn store.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
And we continue to try to be humble about it.
Elleigh and Lucas were sharing a sun spot on the couch Sunday morning and having some quiet time together.
Lucas has been in an intense teething mode. He hasn't been doing any destructive chewing, but he has been losing teeth and trying to cut new ones. Sometimes we rub his gums for him until he starts to drool. Other times he gnaws his bone aggressively. We've managed to find one baby tooth that fell out. He has a loose baby eye tooth that should be coming out soon. And it looks like he might be developing a little bit of an under bite. It may just be because his new teeth haven't yet lined up.
And Sunday is all about snuggling up with Daddy on the couch too. Here are all of my babies sharing a sun spot: Little Baby, Pretty Baby, and my Big Baby. Michael is not too impressed with his new pet name, but it fits the theme and I'm sticking with it.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
It was Ed's birthday dinner night out and he wanted to go to Moritomo Japanese Restaurant in Concord, one of my favorite places to eat. I like their sushi bar, a delicious ginger dressing for their green salad, and they make a tasty hot mustard sauce that you can actually eat without burning your sinuses out. Nancy, Dale, Jacinda, Jeff, Alison, Glenn, Michael, Ed, Sam and I all sat around the teppanyaki table where the chef grilled up our orders and prepared dishes on the teppanyaki right before our eyes. The show included tossing food around and at us, making wisecracks, juggling sharp objects, cracking eggs with dramatic flare, and making a flaming volcano out of an onion.
After dinner, we moved to Szechuan Garden in Penacook where they have a dance floor and a Karaoke bar. I had never seen Karaoke done before. There were some people that got up to sing that I can say that they had a lot of guts and/or false confidence. There were also some real stars, most of whom seemed like they might be regulars living their own "American Idol" life at night in the bar at Szechuan Garden. It was fun to dance a little and let loose too.
I took several photos, but I didn't bring my own camera, so I was borrowing Alison and Glenn's camera off the table. Hopefully, Al or Glenn will send me some photos so I can enhance this blog post at some time in the near future.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Nancy and Jacinda were both in the same class!
After class, the three of us ended up on an impromptu wedding shopping trip. We had a quick lunch at Taipei & Tokyo in Bedford, and then we were off to Grenon Trading Company. We searched through the vases, plant pots, decorations, ribbons, silk & artificial flowers, candles and more. I found potential vases for the wedding tables, as well as some candles for the table tops, and plenty of satin and gross grain ribbon in matching wedding colors.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Denise has received her bottle of White Chocolate Philosophy shampoo, bubble bath and shower gel. What's nicer than bathing yourself in chocolate? Mmmm....
We Have A Winner!
My 1000th visitor was my fellow knitting buddy, Denise. She's recently retired, so she gets to read my blog every day now. I am going to bring her one of my favorite things (not to be confused with one of Martha's Favorite Things) to our next Sunday knitting event. I don't want to spoil Denise's surprise, so you will all just have to wait until I give it to her to find out what 1000th visitor door prize is.
Updated Post January 7th
It's hard to believe, but by week's end, the magic 1000th viewer will most likely log in and check out my latest blog entry. I am at 973 when I started this blog edit. Please keep sending me comments and letting me know which number you are.
Post from January 2nd
You may have noticed that recently I moved my website counter closer to the top of my side bar. It logs all of the visitors to the site and I am very pleased that I am approaching 1000 visitors. At the time I started this blog entry, the counter was at 910. I can't believe that almost 1000 have come to see my blog. And more importantly, some people think I am interesting enough that they come back time and time again. The website counter will count my regular readers each day they come, but that's still a lot of views. I am very curious to know who will be my 1000th visitor, so please, take a look at the website counter in the sidebar to the right and comment on what number visitor you are.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
And then today was a complete wedding whirlwind. I started off the morning with Tony, my hair artist, and he and I made a plan for my hair for the next two months. I then went to the travel agent and picked up the latest 2008 versions of potential honeymoon locations. We still don't have a destination picked out, but we know we want that to be a warm and relaxing location where ever it is.
I swung back to the house to pick up Michael, and then we were off to the Lake Opechee Inn to meet with Ann, the wedding coordinator. We have the time of our wedding now, picked the entrees we will offer, talked hors d’ oeuvres, beverages, ceremony set up, schedule for our wedding weekend, rehearsal, shades of pink for linens, etc.
After meeting with Ann, we had an early dinner at Fratello's in Laconia, which is located right across the road from Lake Opechee Inn. We tried to make it to MW Tux in Concord, but they were closed before we got there. And then we went to Target to add some items to our wedding registry. And then Michael browsed wedding bands again at Jared's. It was a busy day, but we got a lot accomplished for the wedding.
Gina is running another knitting contest and this time is using her Amanda Hat pattern. I have been adoring this hat since I saw the finished project at Grandview, and on the actual inspiration model. If you are interested in learning more about the Amanda Hat contest, click on the photo of Amanda wearing her namesake hat over in the sidebar to the right. It will link you right to Gina's instruction page for the contest.
For Christmas 2006, I made a similar hat for my friend Kimi in Vermont, and I don't think she knows how hard it was for me to put that hat in the box and mail it off to her. I really wanted to keep it myself. And I am not a big fan of knitting the same pattern twice, so that's why I never made myself my own. So, here's an opportunity to make myself an Amanda hat.
All things are wedding right now (2 months and a few days to go) and I have been finding that not much knitting is getting done unless it is at Sunday knitting group. I really should try to do more knitting since it is relaxing for me. If I could find a project I could knit on and read for my PHR exam at the same time, that would be perfect! Knitting is so much cheaper than therapy.
My intention is not to be the winner of making the most Amanda Hats, but just to start one hat project. I have a few yarn store gift certificates from my birthday and the holiday that I can cash in and get myself some lovely yarn. Maybe something that would be very luxurious to the touch. The deadline for the contest is Amanda's birthday on February 21st. If nothing else, this would be a portable project to take with me on a plane to the honeymoon destination. That location is yet to be determined.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I'm completely pimping these cookies because Shaelyn is going to be the best Junior Bridesmaid ever, and who doesn't love Girl Scout cookies? They are $3.50 per box for all of your favorites: Lemon Chalet Cremes, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos (Mmmmm!), Samoas (Mmmmmm!), All Abouts, Sugar Free Chocolate Chips, Tagalongs (Mmmmmm!), and the famous Girl Scout Thin Mints. I am participating in the "Gift of Caring" program where I buy the boxes of cookies and then they will get sent to the Council for the Cookie Project, which includes sending cookies to soldiers. So, since I am trying to remain able to fit into my wedding dress, it is best that the cookies never get delivered to my house.
If you are interested in helping Shaelyn's troop out, or the Gift of Caring program, send me an e-mail and I will get you in touch with Karen. I've already gotten Michael to commit to 6 boxes for the Gift of Caring project.
It just makes me want to break into song-
I've got something in my pocket, and it belongs across my face. I keep it very close to me in the most important place...
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Unaccompanied Minor Puppies
Upon returning home from a New Year's Eve party last night, Michael and I found that the doggies had a little party of their own. They had gotten out the little martini glasses and apparently liquored themselves up. We have no idea how they got the stool over to the counter and climbed their way up to the liquor in the cupboard over the stove. We got this photo of Lucas shielding his eyes from the bright light since he has a puppy hangover. Elleigh is just sleeping off her buzz. Bad, bad puppies! Since they laid around quietly all New Year's day recovering, they had plenty of time to make their goals and resolutions for 2008.
Elleigh's Goals & Resolutions for 2008
Elleigh wants to get back to the gym in 2008- the agility gym. She says she misses the workouts and making friends. And now that Lucas is here, Elleigh thinks one night out a week with just her and Mommy would be a nice idea. We're going to look into that after the wedding.
Elleigh is going to work again this year on being less gaseous. She tried a new food last year that really helped, but she still has some room for improvement.
She'd like to expand her wardrobe.
Elleigh is going to lay off the liquor too.
Lucas' Goals & Resolutions for 2008
Lucas is going to work on sharing toys better with his sister, per Elleigh's request.
Once the awful, cold snow is gone, Lucas wants to learn to walk on a leash politely.
And Lucas wants to take some classes to expand his mind and knowledge base. He's thinking Puppy Obedience 2 and Canine Good Behavior, maybe even taking his own introduction to Agility.
Lucas hopes to be 100% potty trained early in 2008.
And he promises to stop eating stuff off the floor. Lucas is a fluff connoisseur and seems to find bits of stuff on the floor to smack his lips on and chew daily. Maybe hourly, until Mommy or Daddy stick their fingers in his mouth and pull out wet balls of stuff.