Sunday, April 19, 2009


Anna (6) and Sofia (4)
Anna (6) and Sofia (4)

today my sister Emily packed her three kids (Caleb-9, Anna-6, Sofia-4) in the car and drove 3 hours south from Maine to visit me, her baby sister.

the girls had a bit of coloring/crafty time and took a little walk, the boys took apart a computer and played a little bit on the Wii. i thought it might be fun to interview the kids and put the highlights on the blog...i was really curious to hear their answers. i hope i can think of different questions to ask them next time.

Caleb (does NOT like to have his picture taken - so no photo here today):
How he would spend a day if he could choose anything: "I would do lots of jobs to earn money, and then the next day go to the Lego store."
What he wants to do when he's a grown up: "I want to be a Lego Designer!"
Would he change anything about himself: "I would make it so I couldn't hear Sofia when she's trying to annoy me."

Favorite animal: "Cats...and zebras!"
What she wants to do when she's a grown up: "Play with my kids." (She later said she thinks 3 kids is a good number.)
Would she change anything about herself: "I would not wear dresses as often. And I would learn to cook."

Favorite animal: "A owl and a duck and a bird."
What she wants to do when she's grown up: "Knit, work, play on computer, play on iPod." (She also said she wants to be an artist, but clarified that she can do whatever she wants to do, and she will bring her kids to McDonald's...) Later, "When I'm a human I'm going to be in a dress."
Favorite song: "Ummm...'The Bible Tells Me So' and 'Twinkle'."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

sewing frenzy

sooo...very little knitting happening the past few days. instead, the sewing machine has been getting quite a workout.

patchwork tote
patchwork tote bag

needle roll for swap
needle roll for double pointed needles/crochet hooks

needle roll for swap
another needle roll for double pointed needles/crochet hooks

i started all this sewing because i wanted to have something to offer up in a Ravelry swap group that my friend Rachel told me about. it looks like so much fun to swap for stuff, but my yarn stash is slim so that's not really an option. so i decided to make some stuff to see if folks would like it. so far Rachel has claimed the patchwork bag and several others indicated interest, so i'm planning to make at least a couple more of those. we'll see if the needle rolls are liked.

it's been fun to sew. but it's a little scary because i find myself not wanting to do anything else! the housework has been neglected. (see how well i procrastinate by writing a blog entry, too!)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

"he wanted a big cup of joe! (cup of joe)"

i grew up in the methodist church. which is how we say it, those of us in the churchy know, "grew up in the church," which is a little silly because i think most of us actually grew up in a house somewhere near whatever church we're talking about.

regardless. methodists are ALMOST the most reserved christians i know. and i love that. it's comfortable (i love my comfort zone), it's traditional (for me), very seldom does someone ask you about your "walk with god" or get nosy with your personal business (good for introverts like me), prayers are generally read from a book, and everyone usually stands very still while singing 3 or 4 hymns i know very well from my childhood.

my husband on the other hand, he grew up going to a more charismatic church. what this means to me (on the surface only): worship band, repetitive worship songs, arms waving, people swaying, TEARS, dancing, audience participation (glib i know). this is not comfortable to me.

after going to a christian college and thereby "experimenting" with churches to find the right fit, and attending my husbands former church with him and his family occasionally for years, i began to think that there were real christians and ordinary christians and the real ones cried in church. but no matter how i tried...i only felt more guilty that i wasn't feeling it like everyone else and i started to resent church because it just made me uncomfortable and that's no fun.

all this to say. i like the methodist church. after visiting one on christmas eve with my sister and her family it felt so right to be there. i know this is largely due to my upbringing and the familiarity of it, but also it fits my personality and how much i like to keep to myself about serious things. (ask my poor dear open thinking takes a lot to get me talking that matters?)

and this morning i'm not going to church, but just the mention of easter recalls a couple of hymns i used to love to sing out - into the thick scent of easter lilies and into the sea of pastel easter outfits of families i knew but not too well (which is just how i like it).

so in my head i'm singing...
"christ the lord is risen today...ha a a a a le lu u jah"
"up from the grave he arose! he arose"

over and over and over. i can never quite remember the rest of the words, but the tunes are there and they'll be hummed all day...i'm sure of it. sometimes i make up the words and i think jesus and god would appreciate my sense of humor when i sing
"up from the grave he arose! with a little chicken on his nose! (on his nose)"
"up from the grave he arose! with nothing on - he needed clothes! (needed clothes)"
(i THINK it's actually something about "victory o'er his foes"...)

anyway. when i think of church as a kid i remember it fondly.
when i think of church as a young adult i remember it with guilt and confusion and DISCOMFORT (gasp - the horror!).
i think, if i choose to be a churchgoer again, i'll try to do it like when i was little.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

look at what else i got!

paul found this wallet for me at Newbury Comics and we both kind of figured i had to bring it home with me.

New Wallet - Both Sides

OWL! hurrah!

also - at Border's i noticed a bunch of umbrellas right near the check out, and i actually did need an umbrella (it's been raining a lot and i think i'm too grown up to enjoy getting soaked all the time), so i got this:

new umbrella!

LOVE LOVE LOVE! it's even prettier when opened up - i think it's so great to have something so happy for a grey rainy day. i had to use it yesterday when we got nailed with some serious thunderstorms...sadly it's a pretty weak umbrella - the wind blew it inside out pretty this will have to be a gentle-rain-umbrella. i guess you get what you pay for ($12).

while at Borders i also purchased books two (New Moon) & three (Eclipse) of the Twilight series. it only took me a couple days to read Twilight, and after buying these books on sunday i'm almost through New Moon. i don't like it as much as the first, mostly because i loved the Bella/Edward relationship so much. also - i totally knew what was going on with Jacob Black. i'm just saying.

Monday, April 6, 2009

pretty ribbon

i went to Michael's yesterday to get some split rings but of course i had to browse a LITTLE while i was there, especially considering i've only been there a couple times since it opened over a year ago. these were one of my little splurges while i was there:


aren't they pretty and happy?? i had to limit myself to just these even though there were at least five others i wanted.

i also bought this:

an owl paper punch (by martha stewart)! i love it and have absolutely no idea what i'll use it for.

i really loved just walking through the store and browsing and feeling inspired to be creative. i think i'll have to get there more often (when i have money to spend).

more weekend purchases to share tomorrow!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

photo post

crocs no socks!
today is crocs with no socks! a sure sign that spring has arrived! i need to pull out my other two pairs to put into rotation.

the bracelet i made with Libby yesterday, Gimlee loves playing with this

chewy gingersnaps
chewy gingersnaps, we call them Miss Karen Cookies at our house, because we love both Miss Karen and these cookies

mini cadbury eggs
mini cadbury eggs are my very favorite easter candy. i'm wondering if it would be too weird to buy several bags of these to ration out until next easter comes along...

booties in process
booties in process...they'll look like mary janes by the time they're finished.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


+ took the time to make cookies when i got home, chewy gingersnaps, so yum and the house smells great
+ leftovers of one of my favorite meals for dinner tonight, one pot pasta
+ being able to pay our bills without a hitch...i don't think that will ever cease to make me glad
+ good afternoon with Libby, i picked up a bag of miscellaneous largeish beads at the store thinking it was an activity we hadn't tried yet, and she really liked stringing them on yarn to make bracelets. wasn't sure how that would go with a 2 year old.
+ lots of Buffy to watch on Hulu
+ springtime
+ local yarn shop had the yarn i ran out of yesterday - yay!
+ enjoying the Twilight book and already planning how to get the rest in the series. really easy reading, so it's relaxing.

- laundry to fold
- vacuuming to do, if i'm disciplined

(it must be a good day if those are the only cons. sweet.)