Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I see it's time....

For a new post. HSKS is now done. Yay! I cast on for HSS a few days ago. After this is done, I will not be doing a swap that requires a handmade item for a while. lol Too many deadlines and if you muck up a project or get frustrated with it, you have to keep on trucking.

Anyways, my socks are coming along nicely. I love the yarn, the colors are great.

I admit, I don't really feel like posting much right now. I just realized that I still needed to be posting for HSS, so here it is. I'll post again later in the week.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Almost forgot!

I almost forgot to post this week. Last week it was just a Quidditch post. The term is almost over and my handmade item is almost done. Yay! Next I'll be starting socks for HSS.

My mom may possibly be coming to visit next month. I was thinking of visiting her the end of next month/early June, but I think I'll be waiting until July. We'll have a little bit more $$ then.

I think our big adventure next month will be a trip to Silver Springs. I haven't been there since I was a teen. They have glass bottom boats, which are very cool. They also have a couple of rides, other boat rides, kids stuff, etc. Lots to do, it looks like fun! I think Ethan will really like it. I mentioned we would be going to my mom and she wants to go too. That's where she went on her honeymoon, 38 years ago! SS is about a 2 hour drive from here, so it'll be a day trip.

In an unexpected turn of events, I'm getting a spinning wheel!! Really! Totally not planned. The talent behind Cosmic Fiber is active on one of the forums I'm active on on Ravelry. She just got a new Lendrum and mentioned she would be selling her wheel. It's a Louet S70. It's perfect because it is single treadle and Irish tension. And it's solid oak. She's letting me make payments, so we were able to work it into our budget. I'm pretty excited!

Well, that's about it for now. Ryan has internet most of the time, so we're able to chat a good bit. He's called a couple of times too. Last night they had a going away dinner for one of the Chiefs and they ate at a Honduras restaurant off base. He had quite a large meal, which he said was really good, plus a bottle of water and it cost $6. Nice! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Last Round of Quidditch

1. This “Harry Potter” character’s first name comes from Roman mythology. The mythological character’s twin brother is named Romulus. What is the Harry Potter character last name?

b. Lupin

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greed Goddess Athena?

c. McGonagall

3. In ‘Harry Potter’ World, this wizard has created the Philosopher’s Stone (called the Sorcerer Stone in the US). The historical figure from the 14th and 15th centuries was a scribe and a manuscript-seller who became famous as an alchemist. Who is this individual?

Nicholas Flamel

4. What is the first name of a character whose last name is the name of a Bulgarian leader from early 9th century who doubled the country’s territory?

c. Viktor

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?

b. Patil

6. “Where the Wild Things Are” tells the story of Max, a young boy sent to bed without his supper for his wild antics. Who created this winner of the Caldecott Medal?
a. Maurice Sendak

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?

d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?

c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).

d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?

b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration

Picture Hunt
Where the Wild Things Are

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tomorrow is the big day

Ryan leaves tomorrow. :( He's been busy packing all day today, doing laundry and what not.

I had not that great of a week. I was so sick on Thursday, I spent all day in bed. I felt better on Friday and finally pretty decent today. Early Thursday morning around 2 am I was getting ready to go to bed. I started feeling a bit lightheaded. I figured it was late and I had been goofing on the computer, so going to sleep would cure that. Wrong. I was so lightheaded all day Thursday and tired too. It was horrible. I am still feeling it a little here and there today, but mostly normal. I had blood drawn on Wednesday, just 2 vials and my period started, I don't know if that had anything to do with it. I have extremely heavy periods. They are checking for anemia, as well as cholesterol, thyroid and .... hmm.. I forgot the last one already. Oh, blood sugar. I hope I don't get that feeling again, it sucked.

I am chugging right along with my HSKS bag. Almost done with the 2nd half. Would have been if I hadn't been sick.

This Wednesday I'm finally getting all of my international packages out. Thank goodness. I'll no longer be doing any international shipping for a while, it just takes me too long to actually get to the PO.

Well, that's about it for now.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I still am not posting before Saturday. I hope it all evens out in the end!

We've been without internet access for a good part of today. We were out doing a lot of running around, so it wasn't too big of a deal. But I was feeling a bit tired this evening and just wanted to relax and play some games, no knitting. Instead, we watched most of The Wizard of Oz. I love that movie! Ethan seemed to enjoy it too.

One more week until Ryan leaves. He'll be leaving next Sunday. :( Deployment sucks. I have a decent amount of stuff planned for Ethan and I to do while he's gone. Plus we've started going to the library. Ethan loves the library. I do too. I put a whole shitload of books on hold, not even thinking that most of them would come in around the same time, so now I have a ton of reading to do. Which is fine because I'm really trying to cut back on my internet time. Sometimes it just sucks you in.

So, I'm not even sure if I want to finish reading the last 2 Twilight books. After I finish reading one, I think, it's not even that great. The writing isn't all that. But while I'm reading one, I'm totally sucked in, can't put the book down. I've even read the one that may not get finished, from Edward's point of view and I couldn't get up from the computer. There's a girl who puts summaries of books/movies on her blogs and I read her summaries for the last 2 books. It sounds like the books take a turn for the crazy and I like it. So, I probably will get the last 2 books and the movie. It's so weird though, that the books draw me in like that, but I don't think they're particularly good.

We ordered an XBox 360 Arcade the other day. It's mainly so we can watch Netflix on TV, but I'll also be using it for some game play. We got Scene It today at Best Buy. We got the Live 360 subscription too (you need it for Netflix), so I can play games online as well. When Ryan gets back from Honduras, we're going to get World Tour (I think that's the Guitar Hero one). Ryan will do guitar, I'll sing and he says we'll be able to find a drummer online. :) Sounds like fun!

BTW, even with dishing out $280 for the XBox, Live Gold subscription (13 mts) and a remote control plus our monthly Netflix cost, it's still cheaper than cable. And next year it'll be even cheaper because the XBox is a one time cost. I really like Netflix. I love the instant viewing. I watch a good amount on my computer, but with Ryan gone decided it would be best to be able to watch on the TV too. In the evenings, when it's just me and Ethan, to save my sanity, I usually put a somewhat kid friendly movie on for us both to watch. I usually knit and Ethan plays and sometimes watches. I went through most of our DVDs while Ryan was gone for 2 weeks in San Diego, so I decided we needed a larger library. That's why we're getting the XBox. Anyways, Netflix is great because you can get just about any TV show or movie, either on DVD or Instant view. NO COMMERCIALS! I love that! I don't miss cable at all. Why pay for all those channels when we watch like 3, maybe. We haven't had cable for over a year now, though we just got Netflix in January. And now that I'm going to the library, that gives us even more DVD/VHS options. They're free to check out, which is nice. That's where we picked up The Wizard of Oz. :)

TMI Warning!

I had my annual female doctor visit the other day. It's actually been 3 years since my last, but the doctor said after 35, if you've been having normal paps, you only have to come every 3 years, so I was fine. Anyways, I really wanted my IUD removed. My periods are horrendous and I don't even like having to leave the house. It totally interrupts my normal life and my mood swings are unbearable ( and not just to me!). I haven't felt the string in a very long time. The doctor I was seeing is a family care doctor. He thinks he saw the sting, and it was super short, but he wasn't sure, so I'll have to go to OB/Gyn and may possibly have to be x rayed to make sure it's still there. Ugh. Not only will I have to go back and go through the stirrup procedure again, it's probably going to be a PIA and I may have to get x rayed. I'm going to research BC before going back. I was thinking Yaz because it's supposed to help with PMDD as well as regulate periods. I really don't want to take hormones, which is why I got the copper IUD, but living this way isn't all that great either.

TMI Warning Over

It's been over a week since I swapped anything! Woot! I got most of my packages out yesterday. I still have 3 here that I needed addresses for. My HLBOE package is going out this week. Hopefully Tuesday because I didn't get it all packaged up today. Currently working on my HSKS project. The yarn is ready for my HSS and will be shipped with my club shipment to save on shipping, so in a week probably. I'll try to get my HSKS done before that gets here so I can get started on a gauge swatch right away. That is my plan anyways.

So, I think that's about it for this week. I need to go post on the HSS blog.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


I think I'm a day late again! I meant to blog yesterday, but then forgot. I was even knitting my handmade item for HSKS while playing online Monopoly, you'd think I would remember. Ah well..

My handmade item for the HLBOE swap is done. Well, it needs to be accessorized, but the knitting is done. After frogging and starting over. Colorwork is a PITA and this was supposed to be an easy/beginners colorwork project. I have even more respect now for all those Fair Isle sweaters. Wow. It's cool that I did it, but I don't think I'll be rushing to do another. lol

Now my handmade item for HSKS is underway. Really, I need to start reading patterns before deciding to do them. This isn't going to be a hard knit, per say, but the stitch is uses is different and kind of a PITA. It looks really cool though.

Ryan is on leave and will be deploying on the 12th. We're both glad that he's able to go to Honduras instead of Iraq or Afghanistan, but it still stinks.

Bella is doing well. I discovered she's been peeing on the floor in the extra room and Ethan's room. Unfortunately, I did not discover this until it started to smell bad. But I caught her the other day. I need to get some floor cleaner and a scrub brush to clean the rug, what I have here isn't working for the smell. It's better, but not all gone. She goes out a lot during the day, so I'm hoping this is just an adjustment period type of thing. Arty did it too when we first got her.

We hit up the thrift stores and the swap meet this weekend. It was fun. I got some "new" clothes, which is nice. I also got some DVDs at the swap meet today. I was looking for Nightmare Before Christmas, but no luck. I did get Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Carribean 2 and Black Sheep. If you're into zombie horror/comedy movies, check out Black Sheep. I haven't seen it yet, but it looks good, in a bad sort of way. :)

I have been swapping altogether too much lately. I'm not talking about my HP swaps, but the swap/trade boards on Rav. They are addicting and I need to stop. I'm going to unjoin those forums for a bit. I spend way too much on postage. I keep saying I'm going to stop/cut back, but each pay period I end up with $40 or more in postage. So, I'm going to have to unjoin. I really like chatting with the people there, so it's a little sad. I actually want to start cutting back on my internet time in general.

Well, I think Ethan is up to no good, so I'm going to go find him.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Busy Weekend

DH and I kept busy this weekend. Mostly thrift store shopping and other running around. We're thinking of staying home this coming up weekend. I didn't really get any knitting done over the weekend, just too tired.

Today was busy too, lots of running around to do, I was out of the house for most of the day. No knitting today yet either. :( Maybe this evening after I put E to bed.

My HLBOE and HSKS packages are close to being ready to go. Just have to finish up on the hand knit items. Almost done! Yay! After these and the HSS swap, I am going to take a break from HP swaps. I've been going back and forth on this and have finally decided to take a break. I've been doing HP swaps for about a year now and as much as I love HP, I am HP swapped out. I am really not into the swaps this time around, ie message board, chats. With Ryan leaving soon, E and I will be doing some traveling and what not, so I don't want to be tied up in a swap. Not one that requires a hand knit item anyways.

So, I don't think I posted here that we got a new dog. Her name is Bella and she's a Jack Russell/Beagle mix. We believe she's deaf. She's a very sweet dog, loves to give kisses. She's very good with E too. We've had her for just over a week now. Her and Arty are getting along really well. She's definitely a great addition to our family. :)

Here are some pics. 1st, just Bella. 2nd Bella and Arty.