Monday, January 29, 2007


yesterday i spent time making my first iMovie. mostly this thing is just photos, and it looked a lot better before it got all compressy down to 5 MB. but it took me surprisingly long to do it (especially when my comp froze up and i hadn't saved yet) - and i'm proud. :) here it is.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

today i WILL...

  • knit. (i haven't knit a single stitch in over a week).

  • post items that i'm weeding out on Freecycle.

  • change out of my jammies.

  • go to Radio Shack to get a firewire cable to connect our DV camcorder to my computer.

  • go to Blockbuster and turn in my Blockbuster Online rentals for free in-store rentals.

  • eat my yummy leftovers from dinner out last night.

  • find a new recipe that i want to try out this week.

  • watch more MythBusters episodes than i probably ought to.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

weight watchers

(for those of you not already in the know...hee) in january 2006 i started going to weight watchers meetings and following the plan.  i was fairly successful and lost 40ish pounds by october.  my birthday pretty much derailed me though, and october through december (the birthday, thanksgiving, christmas ambush) i was not counting points.  i was pretty disappointed in my lack of discipline, but with great encouragement from friends and my conscience i've signed up for weight watchers again - this time for the online program.

when i signed back up i found that i had gained 8 pounds over the holiday season.  ick!  but perspective was great when i was told that most people gain 5 pounds over the holidays anyway - AND i had this great irrational fear that i had gained ALL of my weight back - so 8 felt very conquerable.

today was my second weigh in and in two weeks on plan i've lost 6.4 pounds!  i'm remembering why this weight loss thing is so much fun and that it's not as hard as my brain likes to tell me it is.  i CAN do this.

Monday, January 22, 2007

crazy good weekend

my friends - i am tired.

let me tell you about my weekend.

saturday: chuck, hannah & penelope came with paul and i to Ikea in Stoughton. we got there around 4:00 and decided to eat first.

chuck and penelope at ikea

i think penelope was overwhelmed from the start.

we were there on a mission. paul and i decided this year to skip getting christmas presents for each other and instead go and buy some new furniture for our livingroom. the sectional sofa that we had was free & secondhand to us about four years ago. it was TIME for it to go. our cats had scratched up one side, it was obviously full of pet dander from our kitties and the dogs & cats of the previous owners, and it just wasn't all that comfy.

we ALMOST picked this one:
maybe we want the orange one?

but with our friends approval, we picked this one:

chuck & hannah & penelope

after browing the showroom at ikea, a food & potty break, then going through the marketplace, we were out the door with our new sofas, a new t.v. bench, and other vaious items, five minutes before Ikea closed. we all got home around 11:30 p.m and chuck & paul (with the help of our landlord, john) unloaded the sofas.

paul and i stayed up until 4 a.m dismantling our current sofa, unpacking the new sofas, building the new t.v. bench and arranging everything.

now our livingroom looks like:

couches at a different angle

new t.v. bench

we got two Ektorp leather sofas and the Leksvik corner t.v. bench.

sunday was mostly a lazy day.  we really were non-functional until around 2 p.m because we went to bed so late - but it was fun to lounge around on the new sofas.  then we decided to get the old sofa (in two pieces) out to the curb for trash day.  we got the first section all the way to the back porch and then i was holding the sofa in the wrong place and my hand got caught on a staple and it tore the side of my right hand.  owwwww!  i cried and fussed for about an hour (it's a deep nasty cut!) and in the meantime landlord john helped paul with the other sofa and our house is back to looking normal.  we'll take the cushions to the curb next trash day.

now - i'm tired (it'll take me a few days to recover from the almost all-nighter) - but the house has almost completely recovered from the weekend, and i am LOVING the facelift it's gotten.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


i think my hubby is so handsome. i'm still in deep smit.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

stash organization

yesterday i decided it was time to organize my stash. all the yarn and fiber came out of it's hiding places and we had a sorting party.
stash organization

this is what it looked like after the initial sort. after everything was sorted i inventoried what i had.

stash organization

after everything was inventoried i labeled the boxes and put everything away.

stash organization

then i entered the handwritten inventory into a spreadsheet.  (i love spreadsheets).

i do NOT need to be buying yarn or spinning fiber anytime soon.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

fambly photo


diner dinner: tuna melts (a la chucko), french fries (chef paul), mozzarella sticks, pickles, root beer floats.  a little later we had apple pie a la mode for dessert.

homework excuses

aaah!  i was tagged for a meme back in november by friend becky!  becky i wasn't ignoring you, i just didn't see my name at the bottom!

so here goes...

  1. One book that changed your life: East of Eden, John Steinbeck

  2. One book that you've read more than once: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

  3. One book you'd want on a deserted island: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook Extreme Edition, Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht

  4. One book that made you laugh: The Princess Bride, William Goldman

  5. One book that made you cry: Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

  6. One book that you wish had been written: Instructional Manual for Life, with Colored Charts and Graphs, Lisa Bruce Edition

  7. One book that you wish had never been written: I got really mad at Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner in college...

  8. One book that you're currently reading: Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller

  9. One book that you've been meaning to read: Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

Monday, January 8, 2007

Friday, January 5, 2007

time fries while halving buns...

(inside joke, i think)

so my first week of unemployment wasn't the week i exactly expected.  paul was supposed to go back to work on tuesday and be there all week.  but paul went to work on tuesday and came home feeling like poo.  apparently he feels like the worst kind of poo because he stayed home wednesday and thursday.  he went into work this morning only because he was going to try to get an appt with our primary care which is closer to work than here.  he had his appt, came out of it with three prescriptions and they told him to go get a chest x-ray at the local hospital.  good gracious.  apparently this nasty cold wants to become pneumonia.  we haven't heard yet if that's the case as of yet, but that should be an indication of the dirty stinky poo he's feeling like.  :(  so my week has been less about home cleaning and organization and goal planning and list making and resume editing and job searching, and more about taking care of hubby.

this morning when he was out of the house i managed to sort some knitting projects and set some knitting goals for the next couple weeks.  and i made some luscious banana bread this morning with the bananas i bought last week and never ate.  i don't know why i buy bananas, i don't like them.  usually i force myself to eat one of the bunch, and slowly watch the rest go spotty brown.  anyway - the banana bread made the house smell soooo good.

the plan for tomorrow: i think more knitting on the vest i'm knitting for my mom.  i've spent good time on that today, and maybe a couple loads of laundry.  remarkably i've kept up really well on the dishes this week, and the bed has been made every day.  maybe tomorrow i'll tackle the bathroom with fury.

we're watching The Fifth Element right now.  hub likes it.  i'm knitting.  :)