Friday, September 26, 2008

Have you ever?

This was on Bridget's blog and since I'm a sucker for meme's I had to participate

Have You Ever…

1. gone on a blind date? Yes I have. In fact I married to him. It is a fun story involving a cookie pie and a day at Great Adventure.

2. skipped school? Well, I've skipped to school and past.

3. been on the opposite side of your country? Yes. My blind date was born and raised there so he enjoys going.

4. swam in the ocean? Not real swimming, I have waded in Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean.

5. had your booze taken away by the cops? Not me - but I have taken booze away from several underage college students who were stupid enough to bring it in the building when I was the RA on duty.

6. lettered in a high school sport? Ha Ha Ha. Though I did letter in Marching Band. Don't pick on us band geeks, we keep at a thing until we get it right.

7. cried yourself to sleep? Over good and bad times on more then one occasion.

8. played a musical instrument? Since I wasn't the cute type - I had to for marching band - clarinet and tenor sax. Once I have more time and less "help" I'd like to jump back into playing.

9. sung karaoke? No. The shower was a wonderful music studio though

10. cheated on an exam? No. I know several have borrowed my answers off of exams. It was funny that I came out with better grades then either of those who found my answers compelling.

11. played spin-the-bottle? No. Soda bottles weren't very easy to get and who could be bothered anyway. Truth or Dare was much more entertaining.

12. laughed until some sort of beverage came out of your nose? Soda, tea, and milk - at different times luckily.

13. watched the sun rise with someone you care about? So great and I'd do it again.

14. ever been arrested? Not me, but I have "enjoyed" seeing others taken away.

15. gone ice skating? Yes, and one of the best places to skate was on the Mall in DC looking up at the capital.

16. been skinny dipping? Yes and thankfully no pictures exist.

17. been on television? Nope and hope not to be.

18. thrown up in front of a date? Not me, but throwing up in the privacy of my own bathroom or the Wildwood boardwalk was enough for the gang.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Best spent $4

Yesterday I headed over to Philadelphia AIDS Thrift Shop just to explore and I found this....

A brand new Pampered Chef stoneware Bread Pan.

I have one which I bought at a Pampered Chef party at least 10 years ago and love it. It is my favorite pan for meatloaf and for sandwich breads. I use mine at least once a week so having a second is a good thing.

I just checked the Pampered Chef site and a new one from them is $19.50, so my find is a total good find.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Something in the water??

I have no idea what was going on with all the kids tonight - but it was not a fun day or night.

For the first time, I actually sent one of the kids home from Kids club because of his total refusal to listen to any of the adults. I'm sure I'll hear all sorts of grief tomorrow or later this week about it, but I will not take abuse like that from a 6 year old.

All the kids tonight were just wired - chatty, antsy, and hyper. We actually only finished 2 complete stations and part of the third. So much for 2 1/2 other stations.

Next week, I'm going to play the big heavy and inform the kids what they missed last week and how this behavior has to change for kids club to continue.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Knitter's Hunk goddess

After a day of continued frustration, the kids and I came home to find a package at the door. LB announced it was addressed to me. Yeah - I just love getting packages.

What wanders to find - a box from Kim in celebration of my second place entry to Knitter's Hunk 2008. Patrick Stewart is one of my absolute fav actors. I still watch reruns of Star Trek, Next Generation. Some I can even recite the script.

This is just wonderful - 4 skeins of yarn, note cards, a lamb, and two sets of stitch holders. I've already lost the lamb. MM decided its just too cute for mom to keep.

Angora boucle yarn - three skeins - in a soft tan color
Oh what to make with this, much thought and pattern exploration for the just the right project.

A luscious purple merino skein. Red is my favorite color, but this purple is just juicy.

Once again no clue right now what I'll make with it, but it will be lovely when just the right project is found.

Now I have to find out how she created the stitch markers. Each set with a drool worthy photo of Jean Luke.

Again, many thanks Kim.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Two schoolers

Officially yesterday LB started kindergarten and where we wanted him to go.

After issues with MM and our local public school, last year she started at a private Christian school. So far this was one of the hardest decisions for me. As a child of the public school, and descendant of two public school teachers and a school librarian, I never considered sending my children to private school.

I am happy with the school they go to now. The smaller classes and the genuine care from all the staff has become very important for me.

MM just has to adjust to little brother being at "her" school. Yesterday was fine, but he doesn't have the same requirements for uniforms that she does. I'm sure this will be discussed at some point soon.

LB's only required wear uniform on chapel day. And don't they just look too adorable.


Last weekend through today was the annual round of school uniform sewing. During this I usually finish at least one UFO, typically something started for me. The FO this year is a skirt I cut out with plans to wear it for Easter - well that didn't happen. I got just so far and thought I had lost a piece. Finally reading the instructions showed that there wasn't a piece missing. It is just a roll waist band skirt. So now something new for me.

The annual sewing weekend started when MM began kindergarten. I went shopping for uniforms and couldn't believe what even Target was charging for a basic jumper. I figured it was crazy to spend $20 plus dollars per piece when I knew I could make nice pieces in better fabrics. So with Nana's help over Labor Day weekend we started making uniforms. MM so loved wearing jumpers that were different what the other girls, the time was so worth while to me.

This year's annual uniform sewing resulted in two jumpers, a pair of corduroy pants. We also made "matching" pants for Kit, MM's new American Girl doll. Still to finish up are a second pair of pants for MM and a jumper for Kit. Can't have a girl unable to coordinate with her doll.

Saturday was Family Fun Day at church. Using a warped pillowcase and left over dried beans, I made 17 bean bags for the bean bag toss game. Guess this really counts on the recycle & reuse project. Too bad the camera had a hissy fit so I don't have pictures right now.

Knitting is moving forward on the most current knitting project.

I'd have to say over all - it's been a productive round.