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June 13, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:57 am

Today will be spent waiting around for the delivery of shower doors.  One step closer to bathing in my own bathroom.  Installation, of course, is 1-2 weeks away.  Sigh.  But we are getting there.  We failed both the plumbing and AC inspection.  But just little stuff that could be mended quite easily.  If the contractors showed up…Just saying.

So, today I will do laundry.  Schlepping down to the basement now rots worse than ever.  If the contractors don’t carry the washer and dryer up to the new laundry room–how the heck will we ever get them up there?  Buy new?  I also need to prune my dear weeping cherry.  It hat a bit of a fungus and lost some life.  Hope springs eternal, right?  Live on little tree.

There is a bracelet to work on.  A baby blanket that really ought to be seamed  but doesn’t need to be gifted until August.  And a baby sweater on the needles for a friend.  I completely forgot about my best friends baby’s birthday.  She remembers every birthday and BOTH of my anniversaries.  I suck.  It is another one of the Rosemary’s Sweaters I have knit.  I am doing it in Lamb’s Pride and it looks pretty cute.  Pictures…hmm…maybe later.

Oh, Scooby has recovered from his cold.  All on his own.  Granny suggested a Vicks Vapor Steam–putting a towel over his head.  She’s a nut!  But his clock is off and he is back to waking us up at 4am for food.  Oh, and that puking–I think it was due to me moving his feedings to like 9am and 6pm.  He’s a dork!

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Cats, colds, and knitting bracelets June 8, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:35 am

Hacchhooo_4Poor Scooby has a  cold.  I don’t remember our cats–when  we were kids–having snotty noses but my mom assures me it is so.  Ugh.  Why is Typepad taking so long to load pictures?  Am I the only one having this problem?

Inspired by Emma’s bracelet, my mom got a bit hooked on bead bracelets.  She’s got me doing them now.  They are quick, fun and pretty.  They will also make terrific Bracelets_for_teachers teacher gifts.  The washcloth in bamboo was given to Ann.  Gracie strung one for her teacher and I am knitting it now.  Her colors are lovelyl.  Can you see it Knitting_taking_over_everywhere up on the shelf?  My knitting is really taking over the house!  I resurrected my Lace Leaf Shawl that needs to be upsized on the needle.  Now to find the right size needle!  This weather is perfect for lace. 

 

the Highschool meme June 6, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:56 am

Found at Ann’s…the marching band…Love it!

Fill in the blanks about your senior year. The longer ago it was the better.

1. Who was your best friend?: Maria (probably Connie and Jon too)

2. What sports did you play?: no sports – President of SADD, Student Council, Yearbook, newspaper, Peace and Social Justice group

3. What kind of car did you drive?: not 100% sure of the year anymore but a 1984 Chrysler Reliant K.  Affectionately known as the K-car.  My mom had to have this car…it was a special model.  Spring Splendor or something.  White with blue, bucket seats, luggage rack…and a custom installed compass.  My dad had them on every car.  Before they were cool.  My friends made so much fun of me!

4. It’s Friday night, where were you at?: a party at a friend’s house if their parents were away…or drinking Margarita’s at Meson Ole’.  Mmm…and Fire Island!

5. Were you a party animal?: no, but I enjoyed parties and knew how to have fun.

6. Were you considered a flirt?: maybe a little bit.

7. Ever skip school?: yes.

8. Ever smoke?: yes.

9. Were you a nerd?: No, more in the preppy crowd but we were all in the top 25 GPA’s and Honor Society.

10. Did you get suspended/expelled?: No.  Just a threat of it for a protest/petition campaign I organized.

11. Can you sing the Alma Mater?: No way.  Not then and not now.

12. Who was your favorite teacher?: Sister Maupete.  She fully supported me and my campaign for equal rights on gym uniforms (only girls were required to wear them).  She backed me up when they threatened to suspend me for writing petitions and gave me the topic of Women’s Rights in the 20th Century for my research paper.  It fed my radical feminist roots.

13. Favorite class?: AP American History.

14. What was your school’s full name?: St. J0hn the Baptist Diocesan High School

15. School mascot?: cougar

16. Did you go to the Prom?: yes

17. If you could go back and do it over, would you?: no.  It was great and all, but no. (Ann’s answer–and I like it).

18. What do you remember most about graduation?: the parties, the emotions…confessing to my best friend that I hooked up with her boyfriend at college orientation.  Sigh.  I was a bitch.

19. Favorite memory of your senior year?: Two, a trip we took to Florida–like 10 of us–staying at a friends Condo.  Boys and girls.  The mom and her friend in a condo downstairs.  FUN!  And the week after the prom–we spent it out in Montauk at same friends house on the beach.  No parents.

20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall?: Not sure what that means.

21. Did you have a job your senior year?: Small book store at the local mall.

22. Who did you date?:  I dated one guy for a couple of years–he caught my eye because he was wearing a Smiths shirt.  His life aspiration was to be a toll collector.  It didn’t work.  Not so much dating as "hooking up" here and there amongst friends.  Looking back, it was a little weird.

23. Where did you go most often for lunch?: we would sneak out and go to Bagel Boss or Burger King.  Owen loves Bagel Boss–it’s the only bagels he really likes.

24. Have you gained weight since then?: nearly doubled.

25. What did you do after graduation?: Went to Manhattan College, Riverhead, NY (the Bronx)

26. When did you graduate? 1988

How about some Senior Prom photos.  These are for Chris–I owe you some more 80’s photos…but my editing software is lost. 

                                                                         The_prom_1

 

June 5, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:10 am

Stealing one from Carole

The Good

Owen_and_other_stuff_009_4 I absolutely love our new bedroom.  Thanks to my mom–we came up with an economic window covering solution.  A big rod over the window!  It was a rushed decision, at Bed, Bath and Beyond, made with three children.  But I like it.  My favorite blue linen duvet won’t match but I have seen some pretty ones in Garnet Hill that I am saving my pennies for.

The Bad

Owen_and_other_stuff_011 The Broadripple Sock is not going to fit Cameron’s teachers foot.  It doesn’t even fit my foot.  Will it fit Gracie’s foot?  Or is this a cat toy?  It’s knit on US 3’s.  One would think it would be pretty  big.  I think I am holding the yarn too tight and not allowing it to relax.  Sigh. 

The Ugly

Owen_and_other_stuff_008_1 I had an idea to knit washcloths from the Mason Dixon book as end of the year gifts for teachers.  And I absolutely love Plymouth Royal Bamboo.  However, my bobbles are wonky and my dpn skills crap.  With a nice bar of soap it was a good idea.  C’est la vie.

Lastly, thanks for all of the supportive and understanding and insightful comments regarding Owen and our upcoming school transition.  He was driving me nuts yesterday but then he found my mom’s tam and put it on…my heart melted and I cracked up.  As nutty as he makes me, there is something wonderfully beautiful about that boy.

                                                                  Owen_and_other_stuff_004

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:10 am

Stealing one from Carole

The Good

Owen_and_other_stuff_009_4 I absolutely love our new bedroom.  Thanks to my mom–we came up with an economic window covering solution.  A big rod over the window!  It was a rushed decision, at Bed, Bath and Beyond, made with three children.  But I like it.  My favorite blue linen duvet won’t match but I have seen some pretty ones in Garnet Hill that I am saving my pennies for.

The Bad

Owen_and_other_stuff_011 The Broadripple Sock is not going to fit Cameron’s teachers foot.  It doesn’t even fit my foot.  Will it fit Gracie’s foot?  Or is this a cat toy?  It’s knit on US 3’s.  One would think it would be pretty  big.  I think I am holding the yarn too tight and not allowing it to relax.  Sigh. 

The Ugly

Owen_and_other_stuff_008_1 I had an idea to knit washcloths from the Mason Dixon book as end of the year gifts for teachers.  And I absolutely love Plymouth Royal Bamboo.  However, my bobbles are wonky and my dpn skills crap.  With a nice bar of soap it was a good idea.  C’est la vie.

Lastly, thanks for all of the supportive and understanding and insightful comments regarding Owen and our upcoming school transition.  He was driving me nuts yesterday but then he found my mom’s tam and put it on…my heart melted and I cracked up.  As nutty as he makes me, there is something wonderfully beautiful about that boy.

                                                                  Owen_and_other_stuff_004

 

As I was trying to say June 4, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 12:47 pm

Except it doesn’t sound as good–at least to my ears and eyes–the second time around.  I was supposed to meet with Owen’s new teacher on Thursday at my Parent Training.  Only I learned on Tuesday that she had been promoted to coordinator and his class won’t have a teacher come July.  Unless, of course, they hire one PDQ.  The concern there is that these lower and moderately functioning ASD kids need a strong teacher.  I hope they find one. 

Kevin and I have had fantastic luck with teachers.  Honestly, we have had nothing but the best and wonderful consistency among teaching assistants with very little turnover.  One of the many reasons I wonder why Owen hasn’t progressed farther.  He literally has had the best staff the program has to offer.

Anyway, I met the new coordinator and she seemed firm but nice.  I didn’t feel as though we hit it off right away–but those who have met me in real life may not be surprised by that.  Just sayin’…’cause I know it’s true.

After she left, Owen’s old teacher–his first teacher–and I had a moment.  Sigh.  I broke down crying after she asked me if I was happy with the change.  Honestly, this school age program is kind of cool.  It is run quite differently than the rest of the program at the school with the kids working at centers and doing a proper circle time.  Most–if not all but a few moments–of Owen’s educational experience from Early Intervention on has been in a 1:1 format.  I have wondered if this was the correct model for him but maintained hope based on the experience of other parents and children.  I think Owen is 1:1 dependent–which cannot be the reality of his life.  So this is a good thing.

But still…it just breaks my heart that he hasn’t made it.  I was grateful for the validation by Owen’s teacher.  We ususally don’t go there.  But she admitted–and I needed to hear it–that she thought he would have done better by now.  She’s known him over half of his life…"since he was a baby," she said.  And it’s true.  He started the program when he was 2 years old–just before he turned 3. 

For whatever reason, behaviors have increased again.  They were down to a 0 frequency for weeks upon weeks!  This is unheard of for Owen.  Aggression, self-injury and destructive behaviors are nearly back to their old numbers. 

I haven’t been knitting as much as I have been reading.  Kevin and I finally moved into our new bedroom and it is like a retreat.  I love it.  Pictures this week. 

 

You know how they say it couldn’t be done June 2, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:11 am

F*ck!  I just lost a post.