Monday, September 26, 2005

so tired!

Let me just say that kindergarten is kicking my ass. It sort of a long drawn out emotional thing- I expected it to be a day or two of tears at the busstop as my love chugged away on the big orange bus. I never cried at the busstop- its more subtle than that. And drawn out. Im not one for homeschooling but I just wish we could stay in co-op forever! Where all the parents know each other and you know the kids too. I volunteered for classroom help and have yet to be called upon. I should probably call but Im sure she is just getting her bearings in a new school year. Its only been two weeks- it feels like this has been going on forever!
I did home of the sampler last month and I actually had a good time doing it. I can't wait to get my samples in the mail. I want to do the mega super contribution next month (200 promos) because then you get special mention and promotion for no fee. I really think I need to add photographs of the products to the website. It jsut seems like the person who has never seen the cards up close can't get a feel for what they are really like on the site. I really need tp learn how to update the site myself!
I am fixing to freeze lots of roasted tomato "sauce" (too chunky to be a sauce really) tomorrow morning as well as a bunch of peaches. The peaches may or may not make it to the freezer because they are divine. I have blackberries freezing in sheet in there right now. D's mom's friend gave us a freezer and I had no idea how much I would enjoy it! The thought of all that yummy fruit in the winter is so great! MMmmmm peach pie in January here we come! Better get to bed. M has croup and will no doubt be up barking like a seal all night.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Here I am!

First, here are the turquoise boots I am so happy with. They are not made for walking as much as ,apparantly, running around at the playground while Mom chases you , trying to get you to put your dress back on. We had a friend over for dinner last night we hadn't seen in a year and he looked at me at one point and said, "Ya, thats the one you have to worry about!" (talking about M, the 3 year old) I figure these fiesty traits will all serve her well later in life!
So awhile back, I signed up for "backtack 2", along with a lot of other people. I thought I didn't get a spot and then stumbled upon, "secret pal6" so I signed up. Lucky me, I got into backtack after all so now I am enjoying backtack 2 and secret pal 6 at the same time. I am psyched, though I feel a little hoggy! So here is the questionaire for secret pal 6.
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?- I am not a yarn snob, though I really go for snuggliness and good color.
2. Do you spin? Nope Crochet Nope, but I want to learn
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)Sulfa drugs, does that count? (kidding)
4. How long have you been knitting? I have been knitting for about 15 years off and on. If you condensed the time I actuall y have spent knitting, its more like two years.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I dont even know what that is
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Ilike tropical floral scents- anyhting nice and clean
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Its more like I have sweet teeth.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Lots of stuff- sewing , illustration, beading. Whatever sounds like fun
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) No mp3's- I like pretty much all music, with the exception of some country and really angry stuff
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? I like all colors. I guess I dont love brown- unless it is paired with the right compliment (robin's egg blue, pink, yellow greens)
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Ihave 2 kids, boy 6 and girl 3 and we all live with my hubby, their dad. We have a little black hamsternamed Carrot who likes his tummy rubbed.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)Not to lose my mind and to be a good person and mom. To inpsire my kids .
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I dont really have a favorite yarn- back to good colored snuggly yarn, I guess.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? 100% acrylic. Dont mind the blends
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? none
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Things that don't take so long!
17. What are you knitting right now? I am just starting a skirt for my three year old. I saw a little girl at the zoo and her mom told me how to do it. My first without a pattern so we will see!
18. What do you think about ponchos? I had the coolest orange poncho when I was little from my airline pilot uncle who got it in south america. Now though, I am not sure. If it was soft enough, great!
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? I am doing my first circular needle project right now so I will let you know.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Bamboo for the feel, aluminum for the sound . Haven't used plastic
21. Are you a sock knitter? Not yet
22. How did you learn to knit? I taught myself and had some help from a friend
23. How old is your oldest UFO? 1.5 years old!
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? I must have a favorite animated character, cartoons are about all I watch! I can't think of one though. I love birds and no real favorite animal
25. What is your favorite holiday? Valentines Day
26. Is there anything that you collect? Mostly just fabrics and other things to make things out of.
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? None
28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? Not really, there are so many good ones.
29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another?? No

Wow, that was a lot. I hope it helps my secret pal!

I just have to toot my own horn and say how excited I was the other day to get orders two days in a row off my froy and olo site. I got another one today. I just love this! I really do need to get my act together and finish up the holiday stuff. Off I go- time to go to Home Depot. I hate Home Depot. I have cried from sheer frustration in Home Depot. Today all we need is toilet guts so how frustrating can it be?Hmmmmmmm

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Breakin the code!

If you know me and have seen me, this pear will seem strickingly familiar...
Thanks to my friend Lori-, I am now having a little color and a few working links on my blog! (I am noi where near finishing my link list so dont worry if you dont see yourself!)You have to go check out her playhouse. I want one for me- so cute!
So at long last, here is spoil a blogger round one, "creativity"

( Wow! I just edited the html and moved this photo where I wanted it! Its like a whole new world!!! Thanks Lori!)
At any rate, feast your eyes... I wish you could feel the towel because it is so nice and soft. The pink purse and notebook are fun and girlie and from a trip she took which make them extra special- sharing goodies from her travels. She also put in some great silver beads with little words on them. I have been stockpiling some beads here and there because both kids are into making jewelry right now. Tomorrow when L is missing his first real day of kindergarten due to his fever (can you believe it?) it will be a great project for all of us. Thank You whoever you are!
I have been busy biting off more than I can chew, trying to get the word out about Froy and Olo. The clock is ticking but I am bound and determined to make some headway this month. I am also hoping a little freelance gig will come my way from one of the many lovely huge companies I freelance for here. It would certainly take the edge off.
On a fun note, my beloved Granny Mop and Uncle Bill are coming this weekend for their annual trip. They are my grandparents, not by blood though, by love. They are amazing and interesting and fun so I am really happy to spend some time with them this weekend.
I have to go do some actual work now. I am going to sleep smiling tonight because I actually figured out (with tons of help) how to do something to this blog! Nightie night!

Sunday, September 04, 2005


Im still in that place where my brain is always half thinking of the tragedy in the south. The tradgedy of the hurricane and the tragedy of the bungled response. I can't help but think about how in disbelief those poor people must have felt ,when day after day, there was nothing for them. And if I hear one more idiot go on about how "they should have left before the storm" I will scream. Scream at them that you don't know what they thought or what they heard or what little to no resources they had to "just leave" . One fundamental thing I try to always keep in my head is to remember that you might think you know but you dont really truly know what a person goes through unless you have been there. And even then, shut your piehole. There is just too much sitting on our big fat asses pointing fingers because we certainly all must have it all figured out. So yes, Im still angry . and sad. And very very relieved to know that my friends from Hattiesburg, MS and Cutoff ,LA are all as ok as they can be given all that has happened. Listening to Christy tell of waiting the storm out clutching her babies in a dark hallway listening to all the trees in her neighborhood uproot and fall (get thrown) to the ground- unbelievable. Miraculously, their house was boxed in by trees on every side but not a single one fell on their house. It took Rodney five hours waiting in line to buy a chain saw that he had to lug home on his bike just so they could cut the trees away from the garage so they could get out. He has continued all week to use that chainsaw to help neighbors and other folks because there are so many many trees down. I read today that they are bring displaced people all the way here. I can't imagine- you lose your home and end up somewhere clear across the country. Atleast I know the people here are wonderful and nice and will take these people in with open arms. We oregonians are a friendly bunch.
Otherwise, things here are moving along. L is starting kindergarten on tuesday. He is so excited- counting the days. I am excited too but a part of me just wants to hold him and bury my face in his neck and not let him go! I try not to let that on to him- i rearranged his room and we painted a desk for him so he can feel like the bigger boy he is. This is why people go off and have more babies. Don't worry- Im not that freaked out by it all!
On a happy fun note, I got my spoil a blogger package in the mail! I was so happy to have some fun mail. I am going to put a photo on tomorrow or the next day. I just need to get the camera together. It was all wrapped in the softest towel though. I am going to make it into something but what? Time to go get some work done while the house is quiet.