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Happy Halloween October 31, 2005

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Still here

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Just overwhelmed by the chaos.  The back door is gone and a new slider in.  We are putting in a deck…eventually.  Until they put in the temporary steps, we have to jump out the back door.  Owen is thoroughly enjoying that.  The front door goes today.  I hope there is a temporary step for that–especially with it being Halloween.  We are moving the front door as it opens right onto the stairs and is very crowded coming into the house.  If you open the door you have to hop up  the stairs. 

Unfortunately, due to architect modification error, we are not getting our open family/kitchen/dining room.  We will just have a big kitchen.  The old kitchen will be the dining room and the old dining room will be a foyer.  I am disappointed to lose a whole room to have a foyer–we do not have luxury space here but it is all better than it was before. 

Kevin saw the new kitchen cabinets on Saturday.  He was a wee bit disappointed.  We went with a thermafoil style cabinet as they will be much more durable and likely to stand up against the forces of Owen.  Additionally, they are custom, the owner is an absolute doll–love him, and he could get it done in just a few weeks.  We couldn’t even get someone to talk to us at Home Depot or Expo in a few weeks.  That place drives me nuts.  In my head, I said please let Kevin give them at least an 8.  Pleeaasseee…7 3/4.  Can you believe it?  We’ll round up. 

We got a fab new garbage can.  Really–I am blogging about garbage cans.  Am I stretching for fodder?  Seriously though…I think I could get a whole post out of this garbage can.  We saw it at Williams & Sonoma over the summer while buying my friend a shower gift.  When we saw it we both said–Scooby proof!  But the sticker shock prevented us from purchasing.  Must have been closing on the home improvement loan–Kevin splurged.  Meet our new garbage can.  As Kevin says, "I got a free cat."

Knitting–little to none.  It’s too crazy.  I did buy some sock yarn last week–some funky stuff by Wool in the Woods.  Impulse purchase.  My mom got it too–it’s driving her batty trying to knit with it.  I could only imagine what I’ll think.

 

Is it monday? October 24, 2005

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Poncho_for_rachael Trying to wrap up some obligatory knitting.  This is a Farmhouse Poncho using Encore Chunky.  I am knitting it for Rachael, the girl who babysat for the kids during the wedding.  She desperately wanted a handknit poncho and we desperately needed a babysitter.  Granny swears Rachael got the better deal but she is a sweet girl and I wanted to knit one for her before we bartered the deal.  Knit in the round on US 10.5′ needles–it’s going fast enough.  It’s not as lovely as Ann’s hand-dyed one but Rachael likes it.  Now to decide between fringe or ribbing. 

In other knitting news, once I finish up this poncho, I hope to get back to St. Brigid.  I have other things I need to knit too–don’t get me started on the pulsewarmers–remember them?  There is that Weasley sweater, Kevin’s Dale, a scarf for Gracie, another baby sweater.  Not enough time in the day, huh?  Although I did have a lovely visit with Ann this afternoon.  I dropped off her Better Pal package.  I am a Badder Better Pal deliverer.  That so does not make sense!  Off to knit some more on the poncho.   A new front door goes in tomorrow. 

 

Knitting content first October 20, 2005

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Thanks_better_pal Thanks Better Pal!  Look at this fabulous Drops Alpaca yarn!  Those colors are so me.  And the soup looks delicious too.  With all the construction stuff going on–I need easy dinner solutions.  Thank you.

Next up, the yarn I purchased in Paris.  Did I mention that my friends assumed I wouldn’t want to buy yarn while I was there because I work in a yarn shop!  Can you imagine?  La Droguerie is visually overwhelming but so much fun.  I didn’t have a real purchase in mind so I let myself be inspired.  This time I was inspired by the tweed.La_droguerie_weasely  I purchased a navy and a bit of orange tweed for a planned Weasley sweater for Cameron.  I am not joining the KAL because I can be trusted to finish.  Let alone start.  I have such St. Brigid guilt!

Koigu_socks_from_mema I didn’t get a chance to post a picture of these socks my mom knit for Gracie before I left.  She used Koigu from the stash that overfloweth and the Lacy Scallops sock pattern from Sock Bug.  The color is a bit funky but Gracie loves them.  And Koigu socks are just so comfy.

Now, the non-knitting content…yesterday we had a meeting for Owen to discuss the services he didn’t receive over the summer.  The chairperson didn’t feel we would have a great case if we went to due process as we had fired Owen’s teacher (due to borderline abuse).  But the district conceded to more services  over the course of this school year, basing services on Owen’s school calendar and not the districts.  It probably balances out.

What was also discussed was why Owen regressed so much over the summer.  The chairperson was surprised to hear that Owen was not likely to come back to district next year.  Most children in the program do return to district–fully integrated.  He was wondering why I didn’t tell him Owen was struggling with his autism in the moments we have had in between the meetings I sit for.  I have always felt that I am there for the district and the other students–not to discuss my children.  I have, of course, on occasion talked about the children.  But what can I say?

                                                                            Owen_as_sully

 

October 17, 2005

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What a crazy week it has been!  The rain seemed like it would never quit and many basements were flooded on our street.  Fortunate for us, we had french drains put in two years ago.  So much damage but a mere inconvenience compared to the south. 

My friend from high school’s wedding was on Saturday.  My sister threw a glaze in my hair on Thursday–insisting I must not show any grays.  And I went in for a cut on Saturday morning.  Liz surprised me with a slot with the makeup lady.  Here’s me all dolled up.Katy_wedding  That’s right before I got pulled over for doing an illegal u-turn.  There was an accident and I had to get back to work.  The cop that pulled me over asked me where I was going in such a hurry.  I said work.  She wanted to know where and laughed when I said Granny’s Yarn Shoppe. 

Kevin and I found a dress at 9:25pm, Thursday night.  We were desperate to find a register that wasn’t closed.  Oh my gosh–a faux Persian Lamb jacket and gauzy skirt with scattered sequins.  I loved it.  Persian lamb.  Love it!  Kevin, doll that he is, bought me some shoes Friday night.  I love them too.  I would never choose such a pointy toed shoe but they were cute and surprisingly comfortable.  We had a great time.  Most of my friends have finally caught up on the whole marriage/family thing.  I am still ahead though.

Paris

As I said, I forgot my camera.  What a dork.  There was McD’s chicken nuggets involved and a very bad kitty cat.  I took a few photos with my camera phone but was conserving battery to find the limo driver Sunday night.  My friend had to work quite a bit and I was left on my own to explore.  Kris, The Knitting Wannabe, had recommended a book called Memorable Walks in Paris.  I actually used this quite a bit. 

I had a fabulous walk in Pere-Lachaise.  This amazing cemetery is right down the street from my friends apartment but we had never been there.  I spent several hours there–despite my Jim_morrison dyslexia–trying to find the many famous graves.  For all of his popularity, Jim Morrison was very hard to find.  The grave of Oscar Wilde was covered with lipstick kiss marks that they were cleaning off.  And for Rachael, I Proust_for_rachael photographed this.  Marcel Proust.

Other places visited included a day trip to Chantilly with my friends partner.  His English isn’t so great and my french is worse.  It was quite fun–especially with the dog–a loveable Golden Retriever.  I also visited Sainte-Chappelle.  The windows were absolutely stunning–depicting the stories of the bible.  To imagine and comprehend this was built in the 13 century is just so overwhelming.Saintchapelle It is a shame that I didn’t have a better camera.  After that, I explored the city a bit more doing a bit of shopping and some fantastic hot chocolate at Angelina’s.  While it is more fun with a friend–I didn’t have to share!

Yarn purchase photo to come.  And my latest Better Pal package!  She’s got my color choices down!  Thanks BP!

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 12:40 pm

What a crazy week it has been!  The rain seemed like it would never quit and many basements were flooded on our street.  Fortunate for us, we had french drains put in two years ago.  So much damage but a mere inconvenience compared to the south. 

My friend from high school’s wedding was on Saturday.  My sister threw a glaze in my hair on Thursday–insisting I must not show any grays.  And I went in for a cut on Saturday morning.  Liz surprised me with a slot with the makeup lady.  Here’s me all dolled up.Katy_wedding  That’s right before I got pulled over for doing an illegal u-turn.  There was an accident and I had to get back to work.  The cop that pulled me over asked me where I was going in such a hurry.  I said work.  She wanted to know where and laughed when I said Granny’s Yarn Shoppe. 

Kevin and I found a dress at 9:25pm, Thursday night.  We were desperate to find a register that wasn’t closed.  Oh my gosh–a faux Persian Lamb jacket and gauzy skirt with scattered sequins.  I loved it.  Persian lamb.  Love it!  Kevin, doll that he is, bought me some shoes Friday night.  I love them too.  I would never choose such a pointy toed shoe but they were cute and surprisingly comfortable.  We had a great time.  Most of my friends have finally caught up on the whole marriage/family thing.  I am still ahead though.

Paris

As I said, I forgot my camera.  What a dork.  There was McD’s chicken nuggets involved and a very bad kitty cat.  I took a few photos with my camera phone but was conserving battery to find the limo driver Sunday night.  My friend had to work quite a bit and I was left on my own to explore.  Kris, The Knitting Wannabe, had recommended a book called Memorable Walks in Paris.  I actually used this quite a bit. 

I had a fabulous walk in Pere-Lachaise.  This amazing cemetery is right down the street from my friends apartment but we had never been there.  I spent several hours there–despite my Jim_morrison dyslexia–trying to find the many famous graves.  For all of his popularity, Jim Morrison was very hard to find.  The grave of Oscar Wilde was covered with lipstick kiss marks that they were cleaning off.  And for Rachael, I Proust_for_rachael photographed this.  Marcel Proust.

Other places visited included a day trip to Chantilly with my friends partner.  His English isn’t so great and my french is worse.  It was quite fun–especially with the dog–a loveable Golden Retriever.  I also visited Sainte-Chappelle.  The windows were absolutely stunning–depicting the stories of the bible.  To imagine and comprehend this was built in the 13 century is just so overwhelming.Saintchapelle It is a shame that I didn’t have a better camera.  After that, I explored the city a bit more doing a bit of shopping and some fantastic hot chocolate at Angelina’s.  While it is more fun with a friend–I didn’t have to share!

Yarn purchase photo to come.  And my latest Better Pal package!  She’s got my color choices down!  Thanks BP!

 

A minute to post October 13, 2005

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Life has been chaos since I returned from Paris.  I am creating a post in my head but just have no time to put it together.  Of course, I forgot my camera.  It’s the cats fault–don’t ask!  I did take some pictures with my camera phone and I will upload them with the actual Paris blog post.  It was a very relaxing and refreshing trip.  My friend had to work long hours so I was left to my own devices quite a bit.  That was a nice change from previous visits.  There was a yarn shop purchase but not much.  Not much shopping at all…really.  Poor Cam got three pair of socks.

Construction on the downstairs is in full swing.  They have broken through the wall of the garage.  The kitchen cabinets and counters have been decided on and appliances chosen.  Siding, roofing, bathroom vanities and counters have been chosen as well.  I found Gracie ill Monday morning and ants in the living room–where the food and refrigerator now are.  The joys! 

No Rhinebeck for me this weekend.  I have a wedding–a fancy wedding of a high school friend.  I am sort of dreading it as I am not the skinny, fashionable thing I was back then.  ::chuckle::  My sister insisted I color my hair when I picked Gracie up from her haircut (no donation to Locks of Love).  😦  And I really do need to find something to wear. 

I am looking forward to finding the time to do up a real Paris post!