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Short and sassy March 31, 2005

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Locks_of_love Short and sassy is now my style. 

No knitting content today…I went to my sister’s salon this morning to get a trim.  Her coworker said I had at least 13" to give–if I was ready.  So Iwent for it.  It feels good.  On many levels.  I haven’t had a real haircut in at least 4 years.  Now, I am bobbing.  No bangs.  I will try to get Kevin to take a picture this evening.  Or maybe Gracie can.  It’s just above my chin.  And the back of my head is a little shaved.  It’s like high school.  And the doctor said I lost some weight.  Just 3lbs…but I am going to start going to the gym next week.  Sure, after the dinner dance is over.  I guess I just didn’t want to buy a new dress. 

Locks of Love…it’s a great cause.  Hopefully in four years I can donate more.



Jumping for Joy! March 25, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:17 am

Mysoxfromsuzy_014 Here are my New England socks knit by my mom.  They are knit in Koigu that I picked up over the summer when I met up with Jody, Eklectika and the Philly knitters.  I love them.  They are so soft and comfy.  It was Kevin’s idea to do the jumping.  Kinda cute since Nancy Bush thought they would be great to wear to a contra dance. 

Soxspongecam Cameron, of course, had to move in on the picture action with SpongeBob.  He won that in a humongous crane game at Jillian’s last month.  He was so proud. 

Thanks Mom.  I love them! 

Everyone is home today.  I will work tomorrow and then we are off to my MIL’s for Easter celebrations.  And to my mom’s on Sunday.  Mmmm…breakfast.  I have been working on pulse warmers.  Maybe some pictures next week.  And the baby blanket is progressing.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter to those that celebrate. 


Ramblings on Wednesday March 23, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:22 am

I had intended to write about St. Brigid and my lack of attention to it.  Has anyone else been knitting on it lately? I am not the knit along hostess with the mostess!  I did have my mom take a look at mine and my mistake and she agreed I should leave it.  It will be tacked down–or whatever it requires later. 

I am sitting here typing with sticky fingers.  The dishwasher is full and  needs to be run.  I am treating myself to waffles this morning and all we have left is a little Lion King fork.  When we bought this house, over 2 years ago, we intended to remodel it right away.  It didn’t have a dishwasher…so 2 years later we are still rolling the dishwasher around the kitchen and hooking it up to the sink.  Of course, that is better than no dishwasher at all.  So, I should just quit complaining. 

I had a parent training at Owen’s school yesterday.  I tried to stay mad with Owen’s teacher but I couldn’t do it.  He is such a nice person and Owen adores him.  Owen is off tomorrow and Friday.  We will have to think of something fun to do as Cameron and Gracie will be in school tomorrow.  Bowling…Tiny Town…Chuck E. Cheese…

I finished a pulse warmer.  They are actually kind of fun to make.  There is the problem, like socks and sleeves, of having to make 2 but they go fairly quickly.  And I actually like the monotony of stringing the beads. 

The dinner dance for Owen’s school is a week from Saturday.  Doh.  I meant to lose weight.  I meant to knit something nice to donate.  I will try to whip up a pair of the Ugg booties and a foofy scarf.  The waffles don’t help with the weight.  I must start exercising.  I will start exercising.  Paris is on for the fall.  And a friend is getting married in October.  And it is the healthy thing to do. 


Hrrummph… March 19, 2005

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Let’s say needle felting is not my thing.  I enjoyed myself.  The company was fabulous.  The food was terrific.  The bandaids and rubbing alcohol scared me.  As did the needles.  I also must have missed the part of the tutorial where Joanne said to squish the felt.  I only stabbed it with the needle–as gently as I could.  I believe I was the only person not to draw blood last night.  And my toothpick technique…fabulous.  No fingers harmed.  No felt needled either but that’s okay. 

Ann, Peggy and Joanne made fabulous bunnies.  While Ricki and I made bears.  Okay, Ricki made a cute dimensional bear.  I made something a bit more flat.  I like to call him Chubby–like Ann’s new Chibi.  Without further ado…

                        Needle_felt_with_scooby                 Needle_felting_on_the_thin_side_1                A_view_from_behind_1

My hat is off to Norm!  He is remarkable.  I have a finer appreciation of his hard work!


Who knew? March 18, 2005

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Yesterday I felt quite defeated by the whole experience with Owen’s school.  Self-doubt set in.  Maybe they know better and I am in denial.  It didn’t help that I had to go to the dentist and have a filling fixed.  Ow!  My molar was killing me all day long.  And the Twizzler’s I bought–to make me feel better–didn’t help!

I swung by my mom’s house for a pulse warmer tutorial.  What can make a person feel better than size 0 needles?  I don’t think I have had the pleasure of size 0’s before.  0s_make_me_happy It’s actually quite entertaining but I feel like a bit of a project floozy.  I had been dutifully working on my friend’s baby blanket and I have cast it aside for a pulse warmer.  But I am using the Elann Baby Cashmere.  It’s very soft.  And very comforting.  But I was cruising on the blanket.  I will get back to it eventually…besides the baby isn’t due to June.  I was just floozing St. Brigid.  At least I am faithful to my husband.  Did I just write that?  It’s the tooth talking.

Back to Owen.  Kevin put a call into our school district to see if we can bounce some ideas off the chairperson of special education.  He’s a good guy.  But they aren’t as impressed by integration as we are.  Another option is to move–again.  But I don’t think we can keep doing this to Gracie and Cameron.  Sometimes, I feel like a woman on the run. 

In happier news, I am off to a needle felting extravaganza tonight at Joanne’sAnn will be coming too.  And I am bringing chocolate ’cause she is quitting smoking today!  Go wish her luck!  And Vicki too!  You two can do it! 


Who forgot to cross their fingers? March 16, 2005

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Just kidding.  But he didn’t get into the integrated program.  It was heartbreaking and I am so very disappointed in the teachers and the program.  I was a bit shell shocked.  A little part of me, maybe 25%, thought they might say no but flat out NO!  The worst part was when the coordinator told me they don’t teach beyond the child’s next level of placement…or something like that.  I said even if his placement is self-contained he lives in this world, among typically developing people.  Well, I was told they are there to educate him and not concern themselves with what is beyond that.  That was the most shocking and disappointing thing of all.  They have bascially compartmentalized my son.  I argued till I was blue in the face but it was useless.  Our expectations of Owen, it seems, are quite different from theirs.   

But there is hope.  Owen’s home teacher, whom we have had with us for about 2 years, wants us to call another meeting.  All I was asking for was 15 min a day, 2-3 times a week.  She wants to fight to give him this chance.  Kevin teleconferenced but he will come to the next meeting.  I had my tape recorder in the car–just to make me feel better but I will bring it in next time.  However, at the end of the day, if we don’t like what they have to offer…we can leave.  And we don’t really have anyplace else to bring him. 

It ain’t over.


Ladies enjoying themselves March 15, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 12:47 pm

My_pulse_is_warm_001 Here are the pulse warmers my  mom knit for me.  Aren’t they cute?  I call ’em Dancing Ladies but I think it’s something like "Ladies Enjoying Themselves".  Which is what we did this morning.  My mom, Ann and I had breakfast at Milk and Sugar.  Mmm…waffles!  My mom showed Ann a bit of her continental knitting method.  I tried it the other day and all of my stitches were twisted.  I will give it a try again some time soon.

Anyway…the pulse warmers were knit with Dale Baby Ull in a fab turquoise to match my coat.  And Clapotis.  Am I over the top yet?  The beads were off eBay.  A place I have been shopping lately as I am going to give some  pulse warmers a try too.  Gracie is getting a pair and Cam insisted he needs a pair too. 

Gracie was relaying this to Grandma who offered to do "chains". 

Gracie heard "change" and Cam said "yea, I want change". 

I said "What does she mean, "dollar signs"? 

And Cam said, "yea, I want dollar signs". 

Kevin thinks it will be the white beaded glove next time.  My mom thinks they are perfect for winter sports–like snow boarding.  They had a fabulous time.  I think Cam is cute.

Tomorrow is my team meeting at Owen’s school.  I am requesting they put him in the integrated preschool in his building a few times a week for short amounts of time (15 min. or so) two or three times a week.  We’ll see…the elementary program has been shut down as of this summer.  So he has only one year left there.  Then he must move on.  If he goes back to our school district, I believe–at the very least–they integrate for lunch and gym.  He needs exposure to typical peers.  I am quite anxious about this meeting as I was shot down with a flat out NO last time I asked in the Fall of 2003.  I don’t want to take no for an answer this time.  Keep your fingers crossed for Owen please. 


Home with Owen March 13, 2005

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Weekend Quiz fodder March 12, 2005

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You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 66% Expert!
You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels’ questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don’t use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid

I found this at Bagatell

Kevin is off to Hunter Mountain with Cameron and Gracie.  They are learning to snowboard.  And I am home with Owen–taking quizzes! 


I can have my cheese and eat it too March 11, 2005

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I was leaning toward Knitting Camp.  My mom is not getting any younger and I really want to share this experience with her before, as Gracie liked to say, she "kicks the button".  Not to be morbid or graphic but I am concerned that if we don’t go in the next year or two it isn’t going to happen.  She is getting older, her hip is bothering her.  Knitting Camp itself would be fine…I think it is getting there–airports, etc–that would be the most challenging for her.

Unfortunately, this summer is out.  Our summer vacation to Hilton Head is already planned.  Knitting Camp is just too close to that for Kevin to take time off of work again.  So I was planning on the summer of 2006.  However, Kevin said I should just do both.  Really? 

No doubt, Paris would be more of a vacation.  The flight alone, all alone, is relaxing.  My friend and his partner treated me like a princess when I was there the last time.  Dinners out, a trip to the country, yarn shopping and clothes shopping for the kids.  So, if we can time it right…I guess I’ll do both.