Thursday, January 29, 2009
Now, we're at 3 snow days and counting. And well, I just don't have anything great to blog about.
The snow and new schedules have kept the boys at their homes, so no pictures.
I've been knitting, but that's not that exciting -- 5 purple scarves for the wrestling managers.
I am working on a quilt, but no pictures to show yet.
Wrestling is winding down -- sectionals this weekend, but Will won't have a match as he isn't varsity.
School is fine. This is Catholic Schools Week, but they're missing out on all the fun because of the snow and ice. Poo.
I will try to get a better bloggy attitude soon, promise.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Alas, Miss Indiana never, ever did well, and we were forced to cheer for the girl from Kentucky, Ohio or another neighboring state. When it came to talent, my dad always liked the girls who chose to sing or play a religious or patriotic song -- he said you could never go wrong that way. I know it would have thrilled him to see Katie Stam, Earl Hackman's granddaughter, sing "Via Delarosa" and be crowned Miss America.
It was the most exciting thing I have ever seen (the second most exciting was the Colts Super Bowl win in 2007 -- wish my dad could have seen that, too.) There is to be a big parade and party when she gets to return home after a round of appearances.
On behalf of 4-Her's and farm girls everywhere, way to go, Katie.
Monday, January 5, 2009
B. I would like to write about 2008.
I am reading blogs again, and saw this little meme on a couple of the knitting blogs (Jo's and Beverly's) -- so,
C. This should do nicely, I think.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Turned 49. Wow, that is a lame answer, but all I can come up with at the moment.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I still don't play a stringed instrument, there are no chapters of my novel to read and my pants are the same size. Poo.
I think I will just keep the same ones (resolutions and pants), and try not to forget about them by February.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit? None. But I do have my passport ready.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Peace on earth and a puppy
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? The babies' birthdays.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Taking a seat on National Council.
9. What was your biggest failure? I'm a mom -- don't get me started.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing major, but bronchitis is the pits.
11. What was the best thing you bought? New carpet for the family room. Whee!
12. Where did most of your money go? My money? Fun stuff. Charity. Our money? The house, the cars, the kids, the usual.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about? New babies, vacation with friends
14. What song will always remind you of 2008? Alphabet Rock
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? A little sadder -- it's been a hard few weeks.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same
c) richer or poorer? Richer, I think. I have more part time jobs than this time last year!
16. What do you wish you'd done more of? Exercising and loving
17. What do you wish you'd done less of? Nagging and worrying
18. How will you be spending Christmas? Well, I answered all that in the previous posts -- you really don't want to hear that again, do you?
19. What was your favorite TV program? Barefoot Contessa, Top Chef, Amazing Race and Bonnie Hunt. I like TV and am not ashamed of it. So there.
20. What was the best book you read? The Last Chinese Chef
21. What was your greatest musical discovery? She and Him
22. What did you want and get? Happiness
22a. I didn't know I wanted another cat, but we got Toulouse. And in a lot of ways, he's like the puppy from question 6.
23. What did you want and not get? Deluxe Scrabble and someone to play it with.
24. What was your favorite film of this year? Mama Mia
25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? We had a nice supper at home, and Clay made an angel food cake with a chocolate ganache, a la Ina Garten. Super. Oh, and I turned 49.
26. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Immeasurably? Holy cow, that's asking a lot. To be honest, I am really satisfied with my life, and can't think of anything that could make it measurably more so.
27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Traditional. Meaning, I wore the same things I wore the year before. And the one before that.
28. What kept you sane? Mornings in the kitchen with Linda and Joannie; Clay, who reminds me to keep my chin up and my head out of my ass.
29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Fancy? Sheesh. You mean besides Alan Rickman and Colin Firth? Let me think on that one.
30. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Just let it go and go on. That's all you can do.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I worked on the Yarn Harlot's One Row Scarf (pattern here) on the way to Ohio while listening to podcasts of Wait Wait and This American Life. I picked up this fluffy acrylic at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. I think I might keep one of these scarves going all the time -- great TV knitting.
Finally, my friend Michelle came to Knit Night with a beautiful crocheted scarf a friend had given her. The company (Garnet Hill) also offered an afghan and pillow covers in the same pattern (picture over there on the left), and she asked if I could make the pillows. She offered to get the yarn, and I suggested Knit Picks Palette; she went on line and ordered 24 beautiful colors and I went to the library and figured out how to crochet a hexagon. Because of all the excitement, I only had one completed before Christmas, but Michelle was lovely and understanding.
In the cookie arena, I made Espresso Chocolate Drops, Soft Molasses, Coconut Drops, Sugar Cookies, Noodle Nests and dipped pretzels. I tried Lemon Squares and Buckeyes, but they were both failures -- I used to be really good at both of those. Too much stress in the kitchen, I guess. No one missed them, and I bought buckeyes for Leslie at Cracker Barrel.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
First crackers for Allie
Paul, being a "N-E-E-D"*
*Charlie's term. When asked if he wanted to wear a white shirt (like his dad wears) to his Christmas program, he told Karen he didn't want to look like a "n-e-e-d." You know --nerd.