Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This evening when Jamie got home from work, Sean all of a sudden cheered up. I think he wanted his daddy. Today of all days. When I have a list of things to get done, and he doesn't want me to get any of it done.
I finally opened a bottle of wine tonight and pretty much drank most of it myself. Jamie had about a glass before he started having heart burn (not sure if it was dinner or the wine?) The wine to me was nice, a nice Argentinian wine.
No knitting today. Sean wouldn't allow it.
He took a 20 minute nap, woke up screaming. An hour later, I tried again, he feel asleep in my arms, (like the first time), put him in his crib after a good enough time in my arms, woke up. SCREAMING. as. soon. as. I put. him. down. Tried again an hour later, he slept maybe 30 minutes. And. woke. up. screaming. again.
Poor kid. I tried little teethers (like oragel or whatever it's called), I gave him a little bit of tempra in case his gums were hurting. Poor kid. I wanted to make him feel better. He just wasn't allowing it tonight.
And now, he's fast asleep. I hope he sleeps the night. I hope it's just teething. I hope that first tooth pops out soon!
Tomorrow I'm doing work at my mom's house so my mom can watch Sean and I can get some work done. Lots of work to do! I'll get ya up to date tomorrow!
I can't believe tomorrow is August 1st. Where does time go? August will be fun. We have my parents wedding anniversary, my cousin Oliver's 1st birthday, a weekend in Mississauga, Ontario for a 70th birthday in Jamie's extended family, and some other fun stuff going on. I hope the heat dies down (I can't stand this heat) and I look forward to a good month. (Oh and my tenants move in at the end of the month). (Gotta make them keys.)
I am glad now, I'm relaxed and no longer want to pull out my hair. That is how I felt today. Never felt like that before. I hope this is not the experience I have when Sean goes through his terrible twos.... Because anything worse than today, and I may actually rip out my hair!
...okay, maybe it wasn't that bad, but that's sure how I felt. Poor guy. It tore my heart his foul mood today. Maybe's he's had a bad day. Maybe he's teething. Maybe a combination of both.. Who knows? But it sure broke my heart.
ps- Last night I tried the little lamp in the first picture, and it did not bother Jamie at all while I read. I got about 30 pages read into the new book I'm reading, Torn Skirt. I had too much wine tonight to read, so tomorrow night I'll test out the other little book light I got!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Late morning, my mother came over to watch Sean for a bit so I could get things done at home. I grouted more in my bathroom, and did laundry. I baked some muffins (blueberry!) and cleaned up in the kitchen. I washed Sean's bottles (I wash and then sterilize them still), and cleaned up in my bedroom. I got a lot accomplished. I assessed the situation in the bathroom upstairs, and spoke to my real estate agent (who remembered me!) about the mould issues in the wall. He says that I'll have to get it inspected and it will result in one of three options:
1- It's the previous owner's fault and he'll be sued for it.
2- It's something my insurance company will cover.
3- It's normal to happen in an old house over the years and I'll be screwed...
Hoping it does NOT end up being number 3.
Also - I spoke to him about a house I saw listed online, that I'd like to see (just to compare for price - is it a good price because it's a fixer upper, or is it a damn good price!) and to evaluate with all the upgrades we did in the house since he found us this house, how much he thinks we would be able to list this house for. (I know, I have 5 months and 2 days left until I'm allowed to bring this up again with Jamie - but he's made progress since last week, and even initiated a conversation about it while he was installing my dinning room curtains and I was watching him!)
Tonight I'm doing a test. I like to read in bed. It's usually after Jamie goes to bed. I've been using a flaslight, but it's been eating batteries. So, I'm dying to try out this one above and this one below. Both are L.E.D. batteries and can last HOURS before even needing a replacement.
I'll let you know which one works better in two days. Tonight I'll test one, and I'll test the other tomorrow night.
I also found this while out today. It's so cute and tiny. It's 30 wipes in a Habs container. I think I just wanted the container. I think after the wipes that are in there are done, I can replenish it with others. I bought one for myself (for my car) one for Jamie's car, and one for Sean's diaper bag. It takes up NO space at all!
Sean was all smiles today when we went out. Here's your daily dose of smiles. Always with a smile!
Gosh, I love these toes. I could kiss them and eat them all up if I was able to. He likes it when I pretend to eat his feet. It makes him giggle in the cutest way ever.
Sean feel asleep while we were out today, and so I sat outside with him (still in his car seat - which ways a ton now, that he's over 18 lbs and the car seat is the heaviest thing ever!)
And when we got home, from some errands (I needed to get out of the house this afternoon), he was waking up from a nap he took in the car. I thought rubbing the eyes was because he was tired. Oh no, he does it too when he wakes up!
Yeah, I noticed this today. Someone keyed my car. WTF??! So pissed! Thank goodness I have a touch up pen in the color of my car. I wish I knew where this happened and who did it! GRRRR!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Jamie took down the ugly curtains and started to work. Yes it's a rather large window, but for a front room, it's kind of small, in my opinion. This house has really tiny windows and I find there is never enough "natural light" in this house. I hate it!
And voila. The after! I did them exactly like the den, the only difference was here we had to install a rod, and in the den, it already had one. Before the rod we installed here, the old curtains were mounted on the ceiling. (A half ass job from the previous owner of this house). The new curtains brighten up the room and make the space look larger as well.
Tonight I finished grafting close my "Married Sock". It's coming along great! I will not cast on the second sock until I am done Jamie's anniversary cotton socks. I cast on last night for those and did a few rows of ribbing, but I must say that I am not really impressed with the Regia Cotton Surf. The yarn just feels loose. I will knit a few more rows and decide. We'll see what happens.
Speaking of our anniversary, Jamie told me that if I want that necklace, that we should order it. Here is my question though, when it comes to carrots of diamonds. What's the difference between ct and ctw. Ct I know is carrot. (Or is it carot when it's a diamond?) I tried googling this for information, but I came with with nothing. Does anyone know? Like if something is listed as ctw does it mean carot weight? Or it is a lesser quality of carot because it's ctw and not ct?
Found Zeus on the hutch of my desk today. Not sure what made him go up there, but I don't think he's ever hung out up there before.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I've been working today on my Chevron Scarf. I've completed 33 pattern repeats. I've got about 19 inches knit so far, and only about 10g per color used up. I've calculated this out. The pattern says it's approx. a 77 and a half inch scarf. 19 inches gets me 10 grams used. The skeins are 150 gram (mediumweight). So I figured it out, and I need approx about 40 grams each per color more. Which means I should have about or around 100 grams left of each color when the scarf is done. I'm thinking there may be enough for a pair of socks with the Rhodonite (since no one was able to locate me a skein, and I refuse to pay 22$US to ship 1 x 19$ skein to Canada). I may have to do the heel in another colorway (which is fine by me), but I think I have enough for socks!!! This makes me happy. I think I may even try them toe up! (This way I'm guaranteed to know how long I can make the leg part). Anyhow, we'll see how much the Chevron Scarf uses. I might just have enough leftovers!
I'm a bad bad bad girl. I cast on for Sophia and knit the first 4 rows. Oh, she's going to be beautiful. A sweater for me! Finally!
I must start on Jamie's anniversary socks. Time's ticking! 52 Days left until they need to be in a gift box, wrapped. (If I'm done early, he ain't getting them early!)
This evening while watching the movie, Sean was having a bottle in our bed, and he was rubbing his feet and pressing them against Jazz. I cannot believe that Jazz was letting him do this! I was shocked. Jazz gets annoyed when we try to nuzzle him with our feet. But Sean, he was letting! Unreal!
- According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
- Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.
- The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.
The next time I go to my local grocery store, where I always shop, I'm going to invest in a few reuseable bags, which, like in the USA cost 1$ per bag. I will ask if that store offeres a credit like Drea mentioned on her blog, as the bag will pay for itself if your grocery store offers a $.05 or $.10 credit per bag for bringing your own bags (which you got from them).
There are different options for bags. You can get an eco-bag or even knit one yourself. I saw a great bag that was beaded even, that Janet who goes to my SNB made. I am not sure if that was a free pattern or not. I tried googling a knitting pattern to make one, but didn't find what I was looking for. Plus, I don't think I'd knit one for myself, I'd perfer a bag that didn't have holes in it, like the eco-bag does. [Edited: I found this pattern online. It's cute. Thanks to Dogged (a blog I just started reading) for the link of the bag.]
I find this fact interesting:
-In 2001, Ireland used 1.2 billion disposable plastic bags, or 316 per person. An extremely successful plastic bag tax, or PlasTax, introduced in 2002 reduced consumption by 90%.
Ways we use plastic bags now:
- We use them to change the cat liter before putting it into the big garbage bag on garbage day.
- Jamie takes his lunch to work on the few days he takes lunch. He does bring them back home with the dirty tupperwear in them, but the plastic bag is dirty at that point, and not reusable for lunch a second day.
Stores that we shop at usually double bag stuff. What a waste. However, the bags are sooo cheaply made that for some purchases (like soda) they have to double bag, or it would probably break.
I will invest in some reuseable bags. Though, I will sometimes accept a plastic bag so that we have some in the house for the cat liter. Most plastic bags have the recycling symbol on the bottom, so I will put the dirty ones that Jamie brings back home from lunch into the recycling box instead of into the trash.
I have eliminated a LOT of garbage on garbage day by recycling. This also cuts my cost on buying green garbage bags, which I only use Glad Easy-ties. I've noticed how little trash I'm producing now, and how much I'm actually recycling. On recycling morning, I'm seeing my bin OVERFLOWING! That's a good thing. I feel so good about it!
I've been thinking for a while now about the situation with plastic bags. I've been trying to go as much "green" as possible, and now I'm cracking down on the plastic bags. One step at a time, right?
Pattern is from Not An Artist on her blog here.
Instead of sock yarn, like she used, I went with a thicker weight yarn using Filatura Di Crosa Millefili Fine in color 263 (Lot 0010) (I love Italian yarn). It's 100% cotton, 50 gram ball, 136 yards. You need between 9-10 grams per case. I have made 4 cases from this one ball and I'm going to see if I can squeeze 1 more case out of it. So that means you need about 27.2 yards per case, approximetely, seeing as though that my 136 yard ball divded by 5 cases equals 27.2 yards per case. And that's an approximate. I am casting on for my own cases (I need two for my two pocket/purse cameras) so I'll let you know if I can get 5 cases out of this ball. I also have some balls in color 9551 of the same brand of yarn. I am using some of the color 9551 for my woven trellis scarf, but I have more than enough balls to make some into cases.
I did alter the pattern from Not An Artist to adjust for the different weight of yarn. I cast on 40 stitches instead of 48. But otherwise, I followed her pattern, also ajusting the number of stitches in the decrease at the end, because I didn't have as much on the needles as Michelle did in her pattern for sock-weight yarn.
Any questions, leave a comment or email me.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Voila. Case number 4. Such an easy and quick knit! I love it! I just hate grafting, so that took a while to get done, but now it's done, so I'm happy!
I was looking for an entertainment center/table for Sean. I wanted something that he can stand up against, and "play". Something with learning and music and this Leap Frog toy was perfect for the job. I picked it up at Toys R Us for Sean yesterday.
He just loves it! He was having a field day playing with all the buttons. I am glad that this purchase was a successful one, and that he likes it.
Today for lunch we had Jamie's ex-coworkers over for a bbq, and it was so hot outside. The weather was so disgusting out today, I didn't want to do anything at all.
This evening Jamie had baseball and I put Sean in his playpen to play and I got a lot of sewing done. I finished the curtains for the front room, I'm hoping Jamie will install that tomorrow, and take down the old ugliness. I'll do a before & after picture. I also sewed some pouches, which are going in the mail tomorrow. One was a prize I need to mail out, and the other was for a special order. I can't show pictures until they're received, as they are both surprises, so I will show pictures soon.
I'm in the middle of watching the movie Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler right now. So far, it's a very sad movie, but very well done. Don Cheadle is also in the movie, Liv Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith. It's a good cast, and even though it's not really a chick flick, I don't think it's the type of movie Jamie would like, so I am watching it without him. I'm enjoying it.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sean is now 30 weeks old. Saturday he turns 7 months old. He's now saying "dada" (not my personal choice for a first word (mama would have been perferred) but apparently most babies first words are dada, so I'll be okay, as long as the next one is mama!) He crawls a bit now. He rolls around and rolls in circles, and is trying to figure out how to pull himself up. This little bugger will be walking in no time, I'm sure of it. Wow, he's growing up. He's no longer a baby, but a big boy, in my eyes. He amazes us daily with new things he can do.
As promised here is my finished Jaywalker. I want to cast on number 2, but according to my sidebar, I've got 54 days to go until my 2 year wedding anniversary. I better get crackalacking on Jamie's Cotton socks. I have to figure out what else to get him along with the socks I'm knitting him, as I've requested a specific necklace. (Something like this). I just can't figure out what to get him. He's really hard to shop for. Anyhow, back to the sock, I love my first jaywalker. And trying it on complete - it fits better now than when it was still on the needles. So I'm happy!
Today we went to my parents house for the afternoon. It was way too hot in my house to do anything at all. A steam bath, I tell you. (Central air, central air, oh do I wish for central air).
Ain't this the life? Lounging in a pool raft, drinking a bottle... couldn't ask for anything better!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
While I was preparing dinner, Sean played nicely in his playpen. He doesn't mind being in there as long as he's surrounded by toys.
This afternoon my mom was done her errands on time, so we made it to the Starz & Stoller movie. This week they were showing I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. Cute, and a lot of laughs, but not the best movie ever. But very cute. And I sure laughed a lot. We ended up bumping into my cousin Jenn and my aunt there, and of course little Jakob. Next week is Harry Potter and I'm not up to date with the movies either (I only saw the first and half of the 2nd movie), so I will not be going to see Harry Potter in the theater. I want to actually read all the books first before watching movie 1 again, along with the others. It's just the way I want to do it. Usually - the books are better than the movies. But I don't really know about the Harry Potter ones. Anyone read the books and see the movies? Your opinion? Books better? Movies better?
After the movie I went back to my parents house to swim. There was knitting involved.
Yeah, knitting in the pool. You read correctly and see correctly. I'm nutty - what can I say?
Sean was having fun splashing around in the water with my dad. My mom came swimming as well. Today was soo damn hot outside, and their pool was pretty warm as well. I'm just glad that I was not at home with no central air. Instead I enjoyed the central air and pool at my parents house. Tomorrow I want to sew my new curtains for my front room and sew some needle cases, but if it's this hot out tomorrow, I'm going back to the pool, because the house will be too unbearable.
Again, on the way home, there was bumper to bumper traffic, so my Jaywalkers came out for a walk. And tonight, while watching some TV with Jamie (an episode of Bones, and Sunday night's episode of Entourage (Rhoda were you talking about the mall were Lloyd's ex-boyfriend worked in the sports store?) and then Monday night's HBO Big Love as well), I finished my first Jaywalker. I hope I don't get 2nd sock syndrome, so I'll cast on tomorrow. Pictures will come tomorrow, I already put away my camera for the night, and I don't feel like re-opening photoshop to re-size my image for the blog, etc. Tomorrow a picture, I promise.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sean absolutely LOVED the swings. I definitely will take him back as much as I possibly can.
He even loved the slide. I held him all the way down, but at the end I let him sit there for a photograph. He was actually talking here in this photo... he likes to talk very loudly sometimes!
Sean's feet enjoyed running through the sand. He liked that feeling on his feet! It was so messy!
This evening I went to the post office and Sean helped me mail a package of images to their new owner. My images will be going up in a studio - how cool is that? I am very excited!
And while at the post office I picked up my copy of Harry Potter Book 7, that I missed while we were out at the park. I have been waiting for this last book to come out so I can read them all in order in one shot (Yeah, I'm a geek!) Anyhow, I have about 2 chapters left in the book I'm currently reading, and then I have 1 more book I want to read before this series, and then I'm going to dig in! I can't wait!
To Laura who left me the comment about the Thuja socks (I used the Thuja sock pattern for Jamie's "Married Socks"). Do you have a blog outside of blogger? Because your profile shows that you're part of two KAL's but no blog. If you do have one, leave me a comment, I wanted to email you back from your Thuja comment, but have no info on who you are.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I've been trying to figure out what pattern to use to make Jamie's anniversary socks. I have two possible patterns in mind, one from Knitting Vintage Socks and one from Favorite Socks (Interweave). I'm still not sure though. Only because the sock yarn is variagated, and the patterns I've been finding are for solids. Anyone have any good sock patterns for variagated sock yarn, but for men's socks? I do not want to do simple ribbing, nor stockinette stitch.
This evening Sean and I hung out on the couch, I knitted and he played with his toys. We watched some TV and then he fell asleep at a decent hour this evening, which is good because he has aquababies tomorrow morning.
I watched the pilot episode of Bones with Jamie this evening when he got back from softball. We were looking for something to watch, since it's summer and all we're currently watching is Big Brother 8. (Nothing else on!) The show was pretty good. Jamie met the real woman the show was based on. Jamie used to work for a company that produced a software that allows police/law enforcement to make computerized sketches of "bad guys" (for a lack of a better word). Anyhow, Jamie was a work christmas party while he was working for that company, and got to meet the real "Bones" forensic anthropologist (I think that's what she is). Pretty cool. Ok, just IMDB'ed her name. Kathy Reichs, is an anthropologist who actually is a producer and writer on the show Bones. She actually guest starred in 1 of the episodes. Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials. How pretty damn cool. In the pilot episode, the main character was saying that the closest anthropologist to D.C. (where the character was), is in Montreal. Which is actually true. It's a very rare profession. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. And that's what I learned today! (Rhoda - here's something for you to learn today - since you always say that you always learn something new on my blog!)
This evening I also watched the movie Trust the Man. I had won free passes to go see this movie last year, or was it in 2005 (?) but when we got to the theater, they were sold out (they always give away more free passes than seats, incase of no-shows. Well, for a movie that was just okay, I'm shocked it was sold out. Instead we were allowed to either a) come back another time to see the movie, or b) go see another FOX movie, so we went to see Little Miss Sunshine instead (which was a much better choice back then, because now seeing Trust the Man, Jamie would have shot me for taking him to see that movie! 100% chick flick, and not the greatest movie out there!)
I'm not feeling so good tonight (stomach), so I'm going to go read and see maybe if we have any pepto in the house. Gosh, I haven't had stomach queasiness in a long time. What sucks is the cramps I have too.
Oh, and you want to know what I hate? People who stare at you while you're struggling with a door and trying to push your stroller through. Why do they just stare? Why don't they take the door and hold it for you?? Sometimes I just want to open my mouth and say something, but I think that if I have nothing nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all. So I bite my tongue and I walk away. Kharma baby... kharma!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I am in love with this sweater from Debbie Bliss' pattern book Rialto. (Does anyone have it?) I am thinking about purchasing the book, but have a couple of questions before I buy it, if anyone actually has it? (If so, please leave me a comment or email me here.)
Saturday, July 21, 2007
CRAZY! I think it's going to curl once it gets longer. No doubt about it. His dad's hair looks like Kramer's hair from Seinfeld when it's due time for a haircut, so without a doubt, with my wavy hair, and his daddy's curly hair, his will most probably be blonde curls!
I decided to try it on. (Don't you love my Pooh dressed up as a Sheep pj's?) It's a little snug, but it fits. I just have to make sure it never get shrunk or it really won't ever fit! I know people have had issues with this pattern and the sock fitting snug, so I think next time, I would maybe cast on a few extra stitches, and alter the pattern. I was thinking about possibly adjusting the sock to make it for Jamie, but now i'm thinking against it. I'll find him another pattern.
Jamie did pick out which cotton yarn he wants for his 2nd Wedding Anniversary socks. Modern gift for 2nd anniversary is cotton. (Though he knows I want a necklace, and which one!) He picked out this Cotton Regia from the balls of cotton sock yarn I gave him choice from. It's a nice brown/beige/blue combo. I can't wait to see how it knits up. I just need to figure out what sock pattern I'll be using. Anyone have any man sock suggestions?
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