Monday, March 29, 2010
Yes, he fashioned a bridge using leftover wood from the basement and 2 boxes... please ignore the sharp point. We don't have kids. But we listen to Tim Gunn. We make it work. And they loved it.
Of course, they are going to TAAAAAAAHget!
Luckily the plastic was there else I'd have a marble-ized vinegar dyed table.
We are exhausted after a great weekend with our favorite little (and big!) people.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Let me spell it out for you.
As in, 1 week away from Easter and 1 day closer to summer. Apparently Mother Nature is having an identity crisis or has seriously pissed off Father Winter because look what we woke up to this morning:
Are you kidding me?
And yet we are supposed to be 60* and sunny tomorrow. Let's cross our fingers and hope that is true. We have some visitors on their way down from up north and I want to go to the park!
Oh and what is that you ask?
It's 2 heels! On my socks! I'm ready to start the gussets (the sides of the heel for those folks not familiar with sock anatomy) and then move on to the foot and hopefully finished by next Saturday!
and in case you didn't catch it... s squared is for socks and snow. I didn't want to leave you confused. You're welcome.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
For my birthday last year I received some lovely sock yarn and a 40'' long circular US2 Needle. Perfect for magic loop! Meaning I can knit both socks at the same time! No more second sock syndrome! I started them and flew through the first few repeats... then I got distracted. By sweaters and shawls and chunky yarn on size 15 needles. And they went into hibernation.
Last I saw them they looked like this:
After last night I have 1 more repeat (6 rows) on each sock and then I can start the heels! Which means it will be new and exciting again and I'll work on these babies for at least another 20 minutes till I lose interest. I'd love to be able to finish them and wear during easter. They just make me so happy. Maybe the sock knitting bug will bite me tonight and I'll think of nothing but socks till Easter when they adorn my feet and I can show them off and beam proudly like those other sock knitters I see :)
Hopefully they turn out as lovely as these:
Knit by susu12
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
But who am I kidding? This is really where I ate my dinner...
On the couch catching up on episodes of Ugly Betty!
And now I'm going to knit. Because knitting makes me happy. I'm an old soul according to Jaclyn :)
And tomorrow will be a new day.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I've cried a thousand tears and am misty when I'm not crying.
It's been an emotional mess of a day.
I'm thankful that I got to see family and celebrate the life of an amazing and extraordinary young woman.
But it's too much.
I hope that tomorrow will be a little bit brighter.
My aunt wrote a wonderful 2 page letter of Adele's Story that was shared during services. I would share it all but I don't think I could get through typing it out. Maybe one day I will.
I will, however, share the end. As is it truly wonderful and too important to keep secret.
"What a wonderful journey. How she loved life. How she tried not to waste a minute of it. What a Blessing to us to have had a part in her life. May she watch over all of you and give all of us the strength to endure our sadness. I know that she is up in the heavens smiling dwn on all of us and shaking her finger to say "live". So to Adele dance among the heavens and fly baby fly. Dance into the arms of God and watch over us until we meet again. You are loved.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
So back to the question, leather... good idea?
Rather than sitting outside on a patio all day at an Irish Pub. We were responsible and worked during the day, though I did go outside for lunch and watch the folks outside at an Irish Pub near work. I was a bit jealous, I'm not gonne lie.
After our responsible selves were done with work, we didn't down pint after pint of Green Beer and Killians and shots of Irish Kisses... but what is St. Patty's without just a little bit of green beer.
Especially when it comes from your own kegarator!
Followed by Mr. Buckeye grilling us giant burgers the size of your face and watching House and American Idol.
Goodness we feel old, but you know what?
The change is nice and after the madness we have been through it was a welcome change.
I've got lots of pictures of the basement and updates to share but I've been too exhausted to get them up. You'll see them eventually- you can see a bit of the carpet in there and the light fixture obviously. But there is more. Trust me there is more.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Maybe the lowest of lows.
I'm stressed, upset, angry, and every other emotion you could think of.
But I know it will get better.
Here is a beautiful article written about my cousin. My Aunt sent it to me this morning.
Please read it and say a prayer.
Monday, March 15, 2010
The latest update from my Aunt is that she will be kept unconscious unti the next surgery later this week so that her new lungs and heart can rest and heal.
Please send prayers.
In fact, they haven't improved much.
Today we are heading up north to say goodbye to a great family friend. It's hard to be grateful for time spent together and laughs shared when there is so much sadness in your heart.
We've been to too many services over the past year. You would think they would get easier but they only get harder and harder. It is a painful reality that we have to say goodbye to our loved ones so soon. A hundred years would be too soon.
We will miss you Barb.
Friday, March 12, 2010
I was in my first accident involving another car yesterday. Luckily it was a little rear ender fender
There is nothing more heart stopping than looking up when you hit your accelerator only to realize that the car in front of you didn't. Luckily I was able to hit my brakes but not in enough time. Somehow my car ended up in neutral? Maybe I hit it when I grabbed the wheel? Who knows.
2 officers came to the "scene" (oooh I feel like CSI) and were very helpful. (this being my first accident and all- I was freaked out! sweaty palms and all) Paperwork was exchanged, report was filed and we were on our way.
Luckily I have insurance. And so did she. I feel so terrible for yesterday but like everyone has told me. Accidents happen. That's why we have insurance. For those times just in case.
I don't know if Friday will be a better day than Thursday (I'm hoping so) but I do know that I kept a serious 2 car distance between all cars and myself this morning.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Which developed into this:
That progressed to this:
Which evolved to this:
And emerged like this:
I don't think it could have been a closer match if he tried 100 times.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I came home from work yesterday to choose from the following:
That nice hunk of wood back there is the pool table leg. That luscious yummy black cherry stain? Yeah, we get to try and match it. But it looks like we will be pretty darn close seeing those options above! (We are going with the little pice of wood sitting on top of the leg- it's a 2-1 mix of a cherry mahogany and an almost black stain. I didn't know my father in law was a mixologist!)
The bar will look totally different when I get home and I am not even sure I can wait that long!
Monday, March 8, 2010
We went with a frieze (shag) in nylon. It's quite interesting up close as it has twists of golden brown, deep chocolate, beige, slate gray, and some others but from far away it's totally neutral and looks great with the tile. We got a great deal and even better- it is in stock and will be installed on Friday! Which means the pool table can then be installed and we will be ready to move the tv and get a couch!
P's dad is headed back down here to Cincy to wrap up the painting and stain the bar. It'll be a busy week but it will fly by I'm sure. I mean heck, the pool table people showed up on Saturday already trying to deliver the pool table. Luckily we weren't home anyway but hello! Wouldn't you call to confirm and give a time??? We had tentatively said March 6/March 13 for delivery but we hadn't confirmed since we didn't know the finished date for the carpet. Not sure where the miscommunication was there. But all will be well this weekend.
Unfortunately I couldn't stay awake last night for the Oscars but I was inches away from tearing my eyes out seeing Miley Cyrus walk around like a hunchback. Homegirl either doesn't know how to stand up straight or if she did, her dress would fall off.
Loved watching all the Red Carpet coverage though. The wheels are spinning for me now as I try to figure out how I'm doing my hair for KT's wedding... in July. I need time to decide. I'm very indecisive... don't you know that by now?
Friday, March 5, 2010
My presentation went extremely well yesterday. I'm terribly proud and excited and yet nervous because I may end up presenting to the CEO and Executive Leadership Team. That's huge! I am so grateful for having a boss that wants to get me exposure with upper levels of leadership.
The Mr. comes home tonight after being gone all week in NYC. All I can say is it's about time. But I'll have to get used to the travel because he will be travelling approx 4 of the next 8 weeks. But the light at the end of the tunnel is vacation. And it can't come soon enough.
As promised yesterday, here is the hat:
It needs a serious blocking to even out the stitches and get it to act like a tam and not a Snooki Poof.
We on the hunt for carpet. Ma and I found a couple last night but I am determined to have something ordered this weekend so we can plan for installation and get this party started!
I've also started another mini project for someone and it's moving along quite quickly. About 1/2 the way done and I only worked on it yesterday. But I'll share later once it's complete.
Happy Friday Ya'll! Hope you are wearing jeans too!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
And some Green Tea with Mandarin Orange (Lipton- it rocks, go try some!)
Couldn't sleep last night. I'm wired this morning.
Not sure if it was the 3 individual rows of knitting on my hat that I completely fudged up separately and had to redo every time I got a new row done. Or maybe it was the Skyline Chili I made last night. I made the mistake of not using a spoon to scoop the onions I had cut. I swear, I can still smell them even after washing my hands 15 times and a shower. Hopefully it's just in my mind.
I have a presentation tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be fine. But its not every day that you present to an Executive Leadership Member so I'm a little nervous.
I hope the sugar rush from the doughnut lasts till lunchtime. Then I can go refuel so I don't pass out.
It's supposed to be awful nice later this week. I'm hoping to start running again. Oh wait, I didn't tell you about that. I started running 3 weeks ago. And wouldn't you know I got injured. Pes Anserine Bursitis in my right leg. Let me just tell you that I was hours from cutting my leg off it hurt so bad. But luckily 14 days later I'm diagnosed, medicated, stretched and better and just itching to get outside and run again. Let's just hope the motivation is still there. I've got a wedding to go to in April and LA/Vegas in May and there is no way in hell this hot mess is wearing anything short of long sleeves and pants if I don't get my hiney off the couch and hit the pavement these next 5 weeks.
Happy Hump Day.
Edit: Okay so I lied. I have now had 2 doughnuts. I went to the printer and saw this little gem in the box looking all cute and lovely. It reminded me of Homer Simpson and made me laugh. But that's all I remember because then I blacked out and ended up back at my desk and wouldn't you know it followed me there.
So I ate it too.
Maybe I'll have to start running tonight...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
As promised, here are the fabulous photos of our (almost) finished basement! With ceiling! and Lights! We've got 4 different sets of lights and some have dimmers. oooh fancy :)
I'm so glad we went with the 4 panel ceiling tiles. Doesn't feel like an office at all!
Work will resume Monday- a week long vacation is long enough!
And to close the Olympics- I give you my finished Olympic Project:
I've recently learned that there are actually more of you out there reading than I thought-
Let me know what you think of the progress- basement and knitting related!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Curling. Such an underrated but awesome winter sport. Potentially my favorite Olympic sport to watch. Sure, it's not dangerous like Aerial Jumping or Ski Cross (did you see that? Poles! and Sticks! Everywhere!) but I get fixated and am absolutely riveted while it is on the tube.
I hear there is a curling facility in Miami. I very well need to go check it out. I'm sure I'd be one to fall and break my leg while out on the ice but I really really just want to sweep the bejeebus out of the ice and get that stone to curl ever so slightly and hit the button on the nose.
I miss Curling already.
Though the Karate Kid marathon certainly helped me miss it a little bit less yesterday.
OH! I almost forgot. I completed my Olympic Knitting project both parts 1 and 2! And I love them and wore them all day yesterday while at the shop workinig on my quilt squares. GAH! I almost forgot about those. I'll have to play papparrazzi this week and get ya'll updated on everything.
It'll help fill the time since the basement is on hold this week since Mr. is out of town.
EDIT: Totally random but Casey from Moosh in Indy just informed me that there in fact a Curling CLUB! in Indy!