Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Almost October

On my class agendas today I wrote that it was the "last day of September" to remind both the students and myself that time is moving and we WILL get out of school eventually.

Anyway, now that I have finished Horton, I was dying to cast on a new project. Never mind I still have three on needles...I don't feel like knitting them. :) So I was on a hunt. I had the yarn for a pair of mittens and a baby sweater. I wanted to knit the sweater, it has a rhino on it and is INCREDIBLY cute. But somehow I have LOST the pattern. UGH. This is a chronic problem of mine since I am not the most organized person in the world. I was espically upset about it last night. I even cleaned out my car trying to find it. (I figured it could be in there since I had taken it to the shop to buy the yarn at some point) The pattern is MIA. So back to square one. I didn't really want to cast on the mittens because I knew that I wanted something a bit easier to knit while watching TV. The mittens are a really cool mosaic pattern, but they require five different colors and a lot of attention. I will make them, just not this week. So I settled on a hat. I have a pattern for a basketweave hat that I was going to use the extra yarn from my mittens so I dug up some OTHER yarn that coordinates with the mittens (and oddly enough was actually bought to make a pair of mittens) and has the gage I was supposed to get (which is probably not what I'm really getting since I didn't swatch, but hopefully it will still fit.) so off I went. And I have calculated that if I knit the same amount every day that I knit last night I should be done in 9 days. So hopefully that will pan out. I need a new hat as it is getting chilly outside. Yesterday I had to warm my car up! It had frost all over the windows and I wasn't about to scrape them.

I'm sure there were other things I wanted to blog about, but my mind is blank. I am TIRED this week. Monday was a super hard day and now I feel like I am dragging. I almost took half the day off today to recover, but I muscled through. Tomorrow is already Wednesday! As long as the VP debate doesn't pre-empt The Office I will be good. Sure, I care about the nation, but Jim and Pam got ENGAGED last week. That is a big deal. :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Horton can actually hear a who!

And see! He is completely finished. I could not be happier with him. He is probably the cutest thing I have EVER knitted and I wish I had more yarn to cast on another animal. I have to be super careful to not let Frito get it because he LOVES to eat yarn into little pieces. Well, I guess that isn't really an accurate description. He mostly loves to tangle balls of yarn into big messes that are too terrible to even think about untangling. Today I went outside for like one minute (to take out the trash) and I came back and BAM! the yarn I had in a nice ball for Horton's eyes was in a crazy big mess and tangled all over his claws. I had to cut it off of him. So yeah, Frito needs to back off the elephant.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

House Flipping

So Weston and I used to watch this house flipping show on TLC (called Property Ladder) all the time in Spokane. Now that we have cable again (ugh) I was watching it this afternoon while enjoying some Cherrios mix. These people blow my mind. They are intelligent (I would think) but they do the DUMBEST things. Like buy a house without a home inspection. REALLY? Our house was basically brand new when we bought it. It was built in 1964 but completely remodeled in 2007. We had a home inspection done even though there was ALREADY one done by the homeowner. We weren't taking any chances and our house was FAR from a fixer-upper. It blows my mind that someone would by a house without a home inspection. Anyway, moving on. It is an interesting show and you learn a lot about houses which I think is fun.

I've mentioned a few times that we have cable now. We were going over our downloading cap on the internet connection and the only way to get unlimited internet with GCI was to get cable. I hate that. I don't WANT cable, I want unlimited internet. We would get internet through AT&T but we need the super basic (local channels only) cable to watch NBC, which is pretty much the only thing we really watch. So now cable is back in our house. I just hope that I continue to use my time for things besides watching TV.

I finished my grandma's felted bag. I will post pictures soon. I also made my mom a zipper bag for all of her crochet accessories. I didn't take pictures of it, but plan on making myself one as I keep my knitting things are in a ziploc.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Review and Funny

So Weston and I celebrated our 1st Anniversary yesterday by eating dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse last night. Neither of us had been there thought it would be a nice place to go. It was wonderful. We spent too much money ($100 before tip) but it was worth it. The steak was delicious, the sides were wonderful, and we got a free sufflate because it was our anniversary. The sufflate (I know that is spelled wrong but spellcheck is only coming up with sulfate which I know is also wrong. We did not eat sulfates) was ok. I had never had one before, and probably would not have one again, but it was free so I can't complain. The wine was also delish, but pricy. So, if you have something special to celebrate check it out. Or if you are just dying to spend your PFD/Energy Rebate/Being an Alaskan kicks butt money check it out.

On to something that is funny. If you haven't seen the show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" you need to stop what you are doing and check it out. Now. Well, if you really want you can keep reading, but you should just trust me. It is a RIOT. One of my favorite episodes (which can be found on Weston's website under TV Shows is called "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off". It starts out with everyone arguing over who is the best worker at the bar. (Really it is none of them, they don't really work, they just drink.) Then Charlie comes in and says that he signed the bar up for a dance contest. The dialogue continues. I will use "C" for Charlie "D" for Dee (the only girl) and "B" for Dee's brother, whose name has escaped me.

D: (Reading the form) Event Dance Marathon. Date with Charlie. Prize Paddy's Pub. What?!? You put the bar up as a prize.
C: NO! I put that under the PRIDE section, you know something you are prideful about.
B: PRIDE section? Charlie that is a Z
D: There is no PRIDE section Charlie
B: Your illiteracy has screwed us again.

The show has been described as "Seinfield on crack" so if that sounds tempting check it out. I think you can watch them for free on hulu.com. They always cheer me up after a long day.

Another random thing. We have cable now. BLAH. We had to get it to get the unlimited internet. DAMN YOU GCI.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday, Monday

There aren't many good things about having to wake up at 6am and walk Frito. He's tired, I'm tired, it's cold and dark, there are moose on the trail, etc. But this morning was the first clear morning in a long time. Normally it is cloudy and rainy, but today you could see the moon and the stars and I thought it was really nice. It made the walk a bit more bearable.

Another thing that is exciting about today is that it is our 1 yr anniversary. Can you believe I've been married for a whole year? Crazy.

I've been working on a felted bag for my grandma for Christmas. I only have one handle left to finish and then I can felt it. I'm pretty interested to see how it will turn out after it is done. Felting is a fun process, but you don't really know what is going to happen with it.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go AWAY!

AH. So I know that I haven't posted in a while. I've been pretty busy. Teaching is quite tiring and then when I wasn't teaching I was getting my class samples ready for the next quarter of quilting classes. I'm tired. And now all it has done all day is RAIN. I don't like rain. It was horrible walking Frito this morning at 6 am when it is WET and dark. It made me want to crawl back in bed and not get out. So hopefully tomorrow is just cloudy...as long as there isn't any more rain. Another thing, when there is bad weather, why do they feel the need to make the weather people stand outside? I don't need Jackie Purcell to be out in the rain to know that it is raining. I can just look out my window. I also don't need Al Roarker (spelling??) to get blown over by a hurricane to believe that it is happening.

One pretty exciting thing that happened this weekend was that I got an iPhone! I am too cool for school now. I am in love with it and use it way too much.

Another exciting thing that happened was that Monday was PAYDAY! My first real paycheck. It was quite exciting. I had a lot taken out for taxes, but I can't complain too much. It is awesome being paid.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Palin Fever

So in case you have been living under a rock for the past week or so, the humble governor of the GREAT state of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is running for VP. CRAZY. I would have never thought that this would happen. Our governor. I'm still a bit in shock. The rest of the nation has Palin fever. It has gotten so bad that i can't watch the news. I'm a bit tired of hearing about Sarah. Not that I don't like some things she has done for our state. She is a bit of a political maverick though. Like when our legislature decided to look into the whole "trooper gate" (lame name, btw) thing. Well, Sarah decided...that's cool, I'm going to investigate MYSELF. Oh yeah. :) She is nuts. She does make some good decisions and she does make some bad ones, like anyone in politics. One thing that most people can not deny about her is that she is the hottest governor out there. Can't beat that.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Saturday Surprise

Today I taught my first quilt class. And it was AMAZING. It was the Buggy Barn pattern "My Three Stars" out of the Seeing Stars book. It is one of my favorite patterns that I have made. There were five people in the class and they all left with about five blocks done. It was just a lot of fun. It is hard to explain how excited I was. If you are a teacher it was the feeling you get when you plan an amazing lesson that the students get excited about. If you aren't a teacher, just imagine everyone thinking that you are amazing and what you did was amazing and wanting to hear all of your tips. It was a lot of fun and everyone was really nice. I think that everyone will probably actually finish their quilt, which is exciting. I can not wait until next weekend when I teach again.

Another thing that got done today was the building of our fence. My amazing husband worked his butt off and built the back of our fence today. Also, he built one side last night. So now there is only one side left to go and then Frito can stay in the yard all day. I think he will enjoy that more than being in the house as he will be able to run around and play with his toys.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Seeing Stars

So this is the quilt block that I finished at today's block of the month. The center star was last month's block and then this month we added the strips around the star and the stars in the corner. Next month the block is called a chain star. I'm not sure if it is a traditional block, but it is pretty cool and I can't wait to make it. This is the center of the quilt and then there will be different star blocks around it. I'm in love with my BOM quilt so far and can not WAIT to have it done! :)