Monday, November 30, 2009

A Quick Fix

I worked on my red seed stitch scarf in bed last night. To the incessant snoring of my husband. It gave me an irregular rhythm to my knitting, but it felt comfortable and sure beats the late nights playing Bejeweled while everyone else sleeps.

I thought about taking my baby blanket project to the park today when I took the kids to play, but figured either the stitches would suffer or the kids would since I would be absorbed in my knitting. Boo.

I know that on Wednesday I can take my project to the PE class at the park for the kids, BUT...this involves knitting amongst a snobby group of homeschool moms that knit continental. I knit English/American. You can almost hear the patronizing collective sniff.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Short Story

I have been trying to wind up all my schoolwork and have been incredibly busy, hence the lack of blog entries. Another deterrent is my broken camera. Well, it's not so much broken as much as it is crappy.

I have a few projects on the needles right now. I started a red suede yarn seed stitch scarf this weekend. I can only work on this when the kids are in bed because I really have to concentrate and even in the quiet I get lost sometimes. (Is that a knit stitch? Did I start that row with a purl?) I also started a baby blanket with some yarn my mother passed on to me. I have doubled the strands from a pastel mix and a light yellow skein to use up this awful yarn. I think the blanket will be handed off to Princess O. For now, it serves as the project I can work on at any time without much thought. It's a stockinette stitch with a garter stitch border and it has impressed my husband to no end. He was surprised I could knit the border right in! Yay for me! What else. Oh, I started to finish adding the tassels to a dark blue Christmas scarf on which I intend to add a snowman applique. I finished the tweed tri-color scarf that is incredibly long. I love long, long scarves. Alas, no pictures today.

The rest of the short story: homeschool, college medical terminology class, online keyboarding class, online transcription course, husband, children, holidays. Pick one when you wonder where I have been lately.

Looking forward to: all things ending by the end of the year, to include: family birthday season, college classes.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Hate My Keyboarding Class

I enrolled in an online keyboarding class thinking it was an easy way to get 3 credits and boost my financial aid package. Wrong.

What I didn't realize is that it was a document processing class and now I am having to type and format various documents. I seriously hate this class. The teacher sends out messages or returns work with snippy comments and is not very friendly at all. I am turning my lessons in on time and doing everything required, but I seriously hate this class. It is a waste of my time since it's not focused solely on typing. I dread having to sit and do the work every night.

This is the first class I have ever taken that I am wondering, what is the least amount of work I can do and still pass? Hmm.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Knitting Projects

I love reading all the blogs about knitting! I saw someone has a widget showing how many miles they have knitted this year. Gotta get one of those for next year! My BIG PLAN is to knit all year and have a good inventory by October to launch. We'll see how that goes!

I finished my first scarf prototype for my Christmas line. I think it looks wonderful and all that remains is to trim the sides and sew on the appliques. I love to knit because I am relaxing but also being productive. Of course today I have yet to knit but I completed three projects already this weekend so I just watched football today.

I have gotten a lot of compliments on my ultra-long black scarf that I knit earlier this year. It was my first project with the big, fat bamboo needles. I really love that scarf.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Goals and Projects

This week is the week when I will make all those appointments and take care of all those annoying errands that have been hanging over me for the past month. Eye and dental check-ups, Girl Scout sign-ups, and blood work. Not a bunch of unnecessary things, but a lot of out of the way things.

I checked out some books today and I wondered what the heck I was thinking. I have started War and PEace, and now Jerry Seinfeld biography. (I think it's incredibly sexy that my DH has the same birthday as Seinfeld - why is that?) I also have a few old holiday knitting magazines to photocopy and help me get started on projects for building my inventory through the next year.

I saw an amazing scarf today that was very thick and able to wroap around shoulders, but tapered to the ends and even had a buttoned pocket about 3 inches from the the tassels. I loved it! But it was $20 and I think I will ask my DH for it for Christmas. I also bought a graph/lined tablets of paper so I can keep track of all my scarf designs and get moving on my BIG IDEA. More and more knitting. I have some cheap yarn to use to teach myself some new stitches. I really, truly enjoy knitting and I am so proud of myself for learning how to knit on my own.

This week also holds the beginning of new homeschool units. I am excited for our next book,, 50 American Heroes Every KId Should Know. I think the professor will get into this book and enjoy it a lot more than anything else so far. I hope.

Full speed ahead.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Night Before

Why do kids have to vomit the night before a big event? My daughter awoke at 4:30 a.m. vomiting this morning, and we were scheduled to get on the road to drive home at 8:00 a.m. Why? I was up with her every 20 minutes as she bolted to the bathroom and then we both blearily climbed back on to our respective air mattresses and dozed until the next bout. All I could think about was what the heck made her so sick and would she be barfing into plastic grocery bags all the way home.

My husband flew home a few days ahead of us. The drive was going to be a solo trip, sort of, as I drove my van with my kids behind my sister and her family in their van. I was already exhasuted from the few days of extra vacation without my husband, but the two-hour vomit episode really sapped the last of my strength.

I had been looking forward to the four hours of driving to clear my mind and just enjoy the time with my kids. The scenery is pretty much the same all the way, flat. I was planning to put on the kid's favorite tunes in the back speakers and let my mind wander all over the next week, next month, and far beyond.

What I ended up doing was letting my sister drive my van while I dozed in the passenger seat for two hours, then took the last two hours for myself. We hit some serious traffic which prolonged the journey, but by that point I was just eager to be home. I enjoyed the extra chatting with my sister, and we analyzed the whole visit which was fun. No vomiting either.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Heading Out of Town

My time will not be my own for at least a week. I am happy about that in a lot of ways, but I will miss my blog. Even though the past week I have had so much to get done my blog has been rather neglected, I will miss the freedom of deciding to blog or not.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NaBloPoMo - I'm Out

For some reason, when I feel the pressure to blog every day, that kind of kills my desire to blog. I want to do this for myself, I guess and not because I feel like I have to. So there. So now that I have missed one day and am no longer in the running for a prize, I feel like writing.

We are having a pajama day at home today. I love homeschooling! Today is foggy and chilly so far and I am so happy to not be rushing the kids off to school. They are all cozy on the couch with mugs of warm tea and big muffins. Everyone is still recovering from the cough they passed around last week, and I have decided a day of rest will do them al good.

I have not been able to see my sister every day. I expected this, and I wonder now why I felt so much pressure to get so much schoolwork done before she came. I have a few days now, while she is visiting other relatives, to get a head start on things due when she leaves. We head out to Nevada soon and there we will have several days and nights with their family and I am so excited for THAT!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Today

We went to the park, Costco, and Wal-Mart. Yet I still feel like I need to run to Target for some things I forgot.Why?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Waiting

Today has been all about waiting.

The training site for my medical transcription course was down and then running extremely slowly all day. That was a huge issue for me since this was one of my free days to work while my family is visiting. Here are some things I did while waiting for pages to load: plucked my eyebrows, applied and rinsed a mud mask, arranged my transcription schedule for November, and checked FB way too many times.

Now, the site is still down and we are waiting for my sister to call and say she and her family are on their way to our house. The kids are whining every 5 minutes, "when are they gonna be here?" and I'm doing my best to resist the urge to call and check on them. It's their vacation and I want them to enjoy their time with everyone and not feel rushed or pressured to be with us the whole time.

So, once again, we are waiting.