Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Then we went to Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. Did some shopping. Did you know that if you are from out of town (internationally) you get a discount card at Macy's department store? You get 11% off of your purchase. Not only that, but because I signed up for a Macy's credit card, for the next 2 days I save 20% off on all my purchases. So right now we've started at 31% extra savings. I found a bunch of onesies for Sean that were already at 30-40% off, so it was mega savings. Sean got spoiled. I bought myself 2 shirts, but I think they're going back tomorrow. I'm not 100% sure about them. Oh well.
After the mall, we headed back to the hotel to change, and then off to the Calvin Theater for the Webs Yarn Harlot Event.
It was really good seeing Stephanie speak. Sean was being a little cranky, so my mom stayed at the far back with him, and my grandmother and I sat and watched Stephanie speak. We got a goodie bag, (pics to follow later - I haven't photographed it yet).
I got to meet Lucy (above) and Laura as well. (Blog links to follow soon). Lucy lives about 45 minutes from Webs and says she has to avoid it. Laura hails from Albany, NY, and came with her 3 year old son. I didn't get to take a picture with her.
Webs. Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. Wow. Wow. Wow. I can't even begin to describe! It's huge. It's massive. I was in heaven. It was fairly overwhelming as well! I loved it.
Because there was over 600+ people attending this event, we were given time slots to show up to get our book(s) autographed. I had gotten Stephanie's first three books autographed back in November when she came to Montreal and spoke at McGill. I only had her current book, Cast Off to get autographed. Another perk... having a baby/child with you, got you to NOT have to stand in line, and sneak in line when you got there. We were given the 8:30 pm time slot, and when we walked in at about 8:45 (after eating a quick dinner at Friendly's up the road), we got to shimmy our way to the front of the line. YOU HAD TO SEE THE LINE UP!
Stephanie, if you visit my blog - Hi!
Sean was just such a flirt tonight. While I was browsing Webs with my grandmother, my mom sat by a table and he was just flirting with all the ladies that came by.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The guy at the border this morning, didn't even say hello or good morning, took our passports, scanned them, and waved us through.
So much for security?
After typing up a letter, having Jamie sign it, and a witness yet too, that he allows me to enter the USA with our son, (to prove I'm not kidnapping Sean and going to another country), I didn't even need it.
We stopped in Burlington, VT for lunch. My mom wanted to go to Ann(e?) Taylor store on Church Street, so we ate in that area, and then did a little shopping. I got a cute tshirt for Sean from a street vendor, and a 0-6 month hat for Sean at old navy. It probably won't last him long but it's better than the 6-12 month hat that is too big.
After lunch we headed to the hotel. I drove about an hour of the way because my mom wanted to rest her eyes. The trip total was 1.5 hours to Burlington, then 3 hours to Northampton, MA.
The hotel is not bad, but I've got free high speed internet, (after talking to the tech guy to figure out how to log on to the wireless web (I've never done it before, especially not on my father's laptop). (Another annoyance, my dad's laptop has an all French keyboard. NOT FUN).
Oh, in Burlington, I stopped in at Michaels. I got some yarn for a sweater I want to make Sean (ok, maybe for 3 sweaters, lol), but I've never seen Lion Brand Cotton Ease I think it's called before, and it actually felt pretty nice for both a cotton, and acrylic. I picked up a few other things that I needed at Michaels, and I'm pretty content.
Now I just want to hit up Webs tomorrow, and a Target for a few things for Sean. (And maybe one or two clothing pieces for myself. But mainly for Sean!)
Tonight we drove an hour East to meet up wih one of my best friends (Sherrie) for dinner. We met her at Vinny T's in Shrewsbury, MA. Dinner was good, and so was the company. It was really good to see her, even though I just saw her recently.
I took a few pictures today, but it's been a long day and I don't feel like dumping them to my dad's laptop tonight. I'll do that tomorrow if there is time.
I'm very excited to go to see the Yarn Harlot tomorrow, and check out Webs.
I have a LOT of emails sitting in my inbox, they will get responded to when I return from the USA on either Thursday night, or Friday. (We're not sure when we will return home).
(I got some knitting done in the car today, while my mom was driving. I worked on the Column of Leaves scarf. I brought that, my married socks, and Sean's blankie to work on). However, for some of the time we were in the car I caught up on some magazine reading that I've been wanting to do for some time now... knitting I can do at home, it seems that magazine reading is just too impossible! Weird! Sean trying Butternut Squash for the first time. Wasn't so impressed. I'll try again in a day or so.
Sherrie and I at dinner tonight. We had a good time. It was good to see her. Thanks for coming out to meet us Sherrie!
Monday, May 28, 2007
That double chin of his is getting chunkier! I hope he grows a neck soon, so that we can get rid of that, because he's not a fat baby at all! I swear!
Today was a hole bunch of laundry for the trip. Packing was involved too. I went to Pre-Post Natal Aqua tonight, to find out that it's being cancelled for the summer due to lack of attendance. So June 18th, (2 days after my birthday) is my last class until September. If they'll have me back 9 months post-partum I'll go back in the fall and keep going until my next pregnancy. I really like that class. It's so much fun. I still plan on using the pool all summer, since I don't have one of my own (unless I go to my parents house - which I plan on doing as well). The class would still keep running if at least 6 of us attended, but we have been only 2 of us (Edwina who is 17 weeks pregnant, and I, at 5 months post).
Tomorrow I leave in the morning for Northampton, MA with my mom and grandmother and Sean too. I'm very excited to get away for a few days. My computer is completely backed up, and is going in tomorrow for a clean-up (re-formatting). I hope it runs so much better when I return. I also have a busted sound card, so I can't wait for that to work as well.
Alright, some more chores to do before I can leave tomorrow!
If you're going to Webs - see you there! (I'll be posting - I have free high speed internet in my hotel room!)
ps- Apparently some of you are shocked to the amount of sock yarn I had. I also couldn't believe what I had when I pulled it all out from various places to photograph it! I have no idea how it got so big! But I'm loving all of it, and I won't hesitate to add more! (Can you tell I'm a sock yarn addict?!)
First up, My Stash for Kerry's Contest.
The yarn for my cabled pullover sweater from Classic Elite Yarn's Summertime Knits. (Forgot to add it into the non-sock yarn stash pile).
And my sock yarn. Skeins accounted for: 108. 51 skeins are 100g. The rest require 2 balls for a pair of socks. So that's a total of enough yarn for uhm, 80 pairs of socks. Ok, don't tell my husband. That's the calculation my Excel Spreadsheet did for me. I think that works out. That's a lot of socks to keep warm in the winter!
Next up, is my WIP's for my very own Group Contest (#6).
Woven Trellis scarf. Been forgotten about since before I gave birth. Also have until winter to finish. This is also for me.
My first pair of socks ever. I used them to practice working on short row heels. First one I goofed, you can't tell in the pic. The one where I started to close the toe, I forgot to knit every other row, so it's got decreases in every row. Oops. They're meant to be ankle socks. They're going to be frogged, I don't like them. They were good practice though. They're a WIP from January/February 2006. (Almost a year and a half old!)
My Column of Leaves scarf with my yarn from Vigo, Spain from my Europe 2006 trip. I have until winter to complete. I'll take a close up of the pattern picture soon, if you're interested in seeing it closer.
My father-in-law's Irish Hiking Scarf (with matching hat to come). I have until his October birthday to complete.
My first cabled projec (Irish Hiking Scarf Pattern)t. I think I did a great job on the cables. Ran out of yarn (almost). Color is discontinued. I want to see if I have enough to finish it into a neck warmer. I'll but a button on it to close it. Eventually I'll see if there is enough to finish. Not much yarn left.
And my last WIP, sock number 1 of the married socks. I finished Jamie's so - I need to finish mine! I'm almost done sock number 1. Just a bit to go before closing the toes. I'm packing it up to come with me to Webs this week. I'll work on it in the car. (I'm also bringing Column of Leaves Scarf and Sean's blankie to work on). (Can you say Knitting A.D.D.?)
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Tonight I went over to my parent house for dinner. At the end of the evening Sean fell asleep on my mother. He looks so cozy. I didn't want to move him, but we did have to go home. Apparently I used to sleep on my parents like this. Cute.
For June/July/August 2007:
- Cabled Pullover from Summertime Knits, Classic Elite
- Baby Cabled Pullover from Puddle Jumpers, Classic Elite
- Finish my married socks
- Knit Jamie another pair of socks, pattern: To be determined
- Jaywalkers for myself (KAL with Angela)
- Pomatomus from Knitty
- Calorimetry from Knitty
- Seize Diamondbacks from Yarn Ball Boogie
- Finish up all my WIPs.
- Work on Sean's blankie
If you enter the contest, when you email here to enter, please mention you read it from my blog. (Gets me an extra entry!)
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Today I got a little bit of housework & laundry done, and worked on backing up my PC. While I'm in Northampton with my mom this upcoming week, I'm having my hubby bring it to work with him, for a reformatting and windows re-install. Also, my sound card is busted (so I have no sound right now) which I used to use all the time for various things. It sucks having no sound! I have huge amounts of gigs worth of pictures, files, etc... and I backed them up on DVD-R and CD-R depending on what it is. Some of it will go onto my cleaned up PC when I get it back, and some, will just go into storage. I've been meaning to do a hard drive clean up for a while now, just never got around to it. My computer has been running slow, and it needs resuscitation. I can't wait until it's all fixed! I can't be without my computer, so I thought the perfect time would be while I'm travelling.
I'm hoping that I can borrow a laptop for the trip, which would be nice. I need to find out if there is internet at the hotel, as well as a pool. A pool would be nice. Sean loves to swim, and it's so much fun to go into the water.
Ok, I just googled the hotel, all rooms feature FREE high speed internet. I like the sound of that. What I like also is that each room has a microwave and refrigerator, which help out a lot for Sean's bottles.
Oooh! An indoor pool. I like this hotel!
It's located near the Dr. Seuss museum. I HAVE TO CHECK THAT OUT!
I finished the square I was working on. Was that square number 20? If it was, then square number 21 has been started. And is almost finished. So square number 22 will be started tomorrow, and that's going to be a double square smack in the middle, just have to pick out the right yarn for it - tomorrow. Tomorrow, in store - is Jamie's ball game at 3pm (I haven't been to a ball game of his yet this summer, and last summer I was really bad at attending games because I was pregnant and tired, and in school almost graduated from an intensive program. I know, excuses, excuses. Anyhow, tomorrow, Sean will be going to see Daddy play softball.
Off to watch just 1 more episode of House, M.D. (I'm in the middle of Season 3 right now) and finish knitting the square I'm working on. Just a few more rows to go! Pictures coming tomorrow, and as well, pictures of my stash. Not happening tonight. There is no way!
Yeah, I know, not a single picture tonight. Sorry.
I'm hoping to sell it for 30$ US. (They sell for 50$+). If you are interesting or know someone who is, please let me know. Shipping is additional, but shouldn't be more than a few dollars. I have the instruction video & pamphlet, and everything is still in it's original package.
2. formula scoopers (from Sean's formula containors - I thought they'd be handy for some art project)
4. comb (I'm a brush girl!)
7. nail files
8. expired medication
9. face cream
10. cheese grater
11. light for closet
12. foot scrapper
13. prenatal vitamins (won't be good for next pregnancy)
14. cheap picture frame
15. hair accessories
16. stained towel
17. bottle nipples that don’t fit any of our bottles
18. entire Dogs in Canada magazine subscription (we don't even own a dog)
19. plastic cutlery
20. fortune cookies
21. shot glasses
22. ugly deck of cards
23. hair conditioner I wont ever use
24. man's deoderant jamie wont use
25. vhs tapes
26. torn pjamas
27. expired film
28. 1 earring (other missing)
29. broken chest to hold thing
30. pens/markers that don't work
31. measuring spoons
32. ugly cookware we got as a wedding present, too ugly to regift
33. scrapbooking supplies I'll never use
34. small knives that have no use
35. box of tea I don’t like
36. hand soap from the kitchen
37. old clothing rags I'll never use
38. some blank journals I'll never use
39. face cleanser I don’t like the smell of
40. a flashlight
41. present gift labels
42. some boxes I thought would be good for shipping
43. ink stamps I'll never use
44. post it notes that I don’t like (free ones from suppliers)
45. balloons I'll never use
46. a calendar I'm not using
47. an old cell phone
48. being late most of the time
49. the F word
50. bad sleeping habits
Are you throwing out 50 items? If so, let me see your list!
Friday, May 25, 2007
We had to take a picture of the three new mommies in the family with our boys. It's kinda funny that there is not a single baby girl... Lisa on the right has Oliver, whom will be 1 year old in August (9 months old now). I have Sean (5 months old on Monday). In the middle is new mommy Jennifer with 1 week old Jakob. The boys on my mom's side of the family are such cuties. Adorable little guys! I hope they become good friends~!
Mommy kisses are just the best, aren't they? I definitely agree, but I'm biased!
While waiting for his grandmother & mother to put on their bathing suits for all of us to go swimming, Sean decided that he wants to put everything in sight in his mouth. The monkey was the closest thing. Yep, I have to be careful. EVERYTHING now goes into his mouth.
And we have Sean showing off his synchro skills. He decided it would be fun to put his legs up in the air and show off his moves.
After the Brit Milah, before going back to my parents house, my mom and I stopped off to do a couple of errands. I picked up this thingy at Toys R Us (Babies R Us). It was very reasonably priced (19.99$) and was fantastic. Sean fit into it, though a little small for it (it's meant for 9-24 months, but really, this was the ONLY thing I could find). I love it. Sean loves it. The best 20$ I've spend in a while, and it was a gift (gift card!) I really recommend this to any 6+ month baby. Really. Any smaller than Sean and they'll fall out of it. (My mom went back this evening to buy one to keep at her house - so I don't have to drag mine out whenever I go over and she got the last one. When I bought mine there earlier in the afternoon, there were a bunch! Apparently they're going like hotcakes!) Anyhow, while waiting in line I was looking at the flyer, and saw that the snuggli's were 25% off. Because Sean loves the snuggli, but hates that he HAS to face me, (He's sooo curious of the world around him), I got one that I can wear him facing outwards. I can't wait to try it out. I still plan on selling my Maya Wrap, I've got to list it on Craigslist or something. The Maya wrap was not for Sean, but he did like the Azure wrap, which is too hot for me to wear in the summer. It's black and thick material. (I'll die of heat!)
Here is Sean "lounging" in the pool floating thingy. (No idea what it's called). I love that it has the shade thing, because my doctor says that I can't use sunscreen on him until he's 6 months old. (The pharmacy told me 1 year old, but I'll go with his doctor's opinion). Anyone hear otherwise?? Sean sees his doctor again at 6 and a half months old, so I'll ask her again next appointment, to double check 6 months is the correct answer.
No fun mail to speak of today, and still no IK magazine.
Ok, this is my new fave colorway by Lorna's Laces. Only 1 problem. It seems to be an exclusive colorway that I can't seem to find anywhere.... anyone know where one might be able to snag some? It's called KNIT HAPPENS. Yeah, tried googling it.... out of stock. (Boo!)
Total chill time tomorrow (and possible sleeping in?!). I do have some things on my TO DO list to accomplish. That's the plan. Go nowhere, do nothing. (Ok, maybe a little house work and chores and a little photo editing work (paid work!) Sunday we have Jamie's baseball game in the middle of the afternoon, and since I know people going, I'm going to go check out the game with Sean. It should be fun. I gotta remember to put my camping chair in my trunk.
I did knit a few rows in Sean's blankie today, but no finished square. It was just too beautiful outside and we had to play in the pool!
|Your Birthdate: June 16|
You're incredibly introverted and introspective. You live inside your head.
You spend a lot of alone time meditating and thinking.
People see you as withdrawn, and at times they are right.
You are caring and deep, but it may be difficult for you to show this side of yourself.
Your strength: Your original approach to thinking
Your weakness: You tend to shy away from others
Your power color: Pale blue
Your power symbol: Wavy line
Your power month: July
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Today we took a walk this afternoon, and I took this picture when we stopped in the park. Sean loves being in the outdoors. I plan to spend more time with him outside. I took his hat off for the picture, since the only baseball cap we have for him is slightly too big for his face. It's kind of funny. I can't seem to find one a little bit smaller. I think the one I have is 6-12 month size, and his head is not quite in 6 month size yet.
Square number 19, complete. It's the OPAL Hundertwasser colour: 1432 Der Blaue Mond leftovers from Kadi. I love it. I started the yarn at a certain spot, because there was a color in the middle of the colorway that I wanted to avoid. It was a beigey color, wasn't too impressed with it, was hoping that I would get just the greens & blues - and look what I have here... greens & blues. Two of my fave shades right now.
I started square number 20. It'll be done tomorrow. That's for sure. I'm on a roll with the squares. Knitting them pretty fast too. I'm not even using my pattern keeper either, just kinda going with it. And if I can't remember where I am, I just count the stitches.
I'm at 30 items + 2 mental items for the Throw 50 Things Away to Declutter your Mind & Think Clearly. Garbage day is tomorrow, so I'm hoping I find 18 more items to throw out. I'll list all 50 of them once I throw them out.
Tonight I walked over to the local Y to go swimming with Sean since it was sooo hot out today, and I tried to open the doors - locked. I totally forgot that it is Shavuot, a religious Jewish holiday, and the Y is closed. I really wanted to swim. So tomorrow, after Jakob's Bris, I'll be going over to my parents house to go swimming there. Their pool is heated at the same temperature that the Y keeps it at, and I'm hoping by my father turning on the heat pump overnight, it'll get it a bit warmer than 81 degrees.
Still no IK magazine, but that's okay, I don't expect them to have it to me asap! I just called them on Tuesday to find out where my issue had gone. No other interesting mail.
I did photograph my stash today. Photos to come tomorrow. I cannot believe how many skeins of sock yarn I own. Wanna try to even guess how many? It's insane. But I'll show pictures of my entire stash (not in one photo though, lol) tomorrow!
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