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I is for internet June 16, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along,Friends — katy @ 6:24 pm

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The internet is an amazing place. So much information at our fingertips. I love it. Blogging has been sporadic–to say the least. I have been considering changing over to WordPress for some time. The intrepid Ann finally got me over the hump on uploading my old blog over. Thanks Ann.

So please update your bloglines to the new blog. Katyknits. Knitting pictures to come. I hope. A few teacher gifts have been knit. A Koigu blanket finished…just a bit longer than I hoped. And dreams of a stole for an October wedding…in black. From the stash. Barbara Walker books from my mother to be contemplated. School wrapping up. Sigh.


G is for guitar and H is for Henry Hudson May 16, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along,Autism,Family — katy @ 4:47 pm

Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_0 Gracie is much too busy being a teenager to send me her preferred picture for blog fodder!  So onto a bit more enthusiastic participant!  Cameron, my guitar loving rocker.  Cameron started playing the bass guitar in the fall and bought an electric guitar by himself for his 10th birthday.  He is doing really well with it and truly enjoying it.  He rocks out on Rush, The Police, Santana, and Deep Purple.  Mind you–I have very little clue as to what these songs are but I am learning…Black Magic Woman, Smoke on the Water.  It is a lot of fun!

Henry_hudson H is for Henry Hudson.  Cameron did a book report on Henry Hudson and the 4th grade did a Living History Museum.  Cameron was incredible.  Despite his short term memory issues–he was fantastic.  He stayed in character the whole time and looked fabulous!  His teacher’s daughter, who is in Gracie’s grade, said Cameron was the best! 

There was another post saved for this that included details about Gracie anOwen_and_the_disappearing_needles_2d why I am not knitting or reading but my knitting mojo has returned.  I am knitting the  Chevron Lace baby blanket from Vogue Knitting on the Go in Koigu from the stash.  Oh how I love to use stash.  The color is just so gorgeous that it will be put in the hope chest for some future grandchild.  We took Cameron and their friends to go see My Chemical Romance at the Garden last Friday.  That was fun.  My favorite song is Teenagers.

Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_3 In sad news, Owen has disposed of all of my straight knitting needles, several pieces of jewelry, money, beads and goodness knows what else.  Kevin took him to the dentist on Friday and forgot to make sure our bedroom door was locked while on the phone.  I thought Owen was dumping my stuff down a small hole around the air conditioning duct but after having several holes put in the walls, floors and step–all that was found was 6 cents.  I am especially sad as some of the needles were my Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_4 grandmothers…Lantern Moon needles…and antique needles  from France.  The hole has since been closed up and boxed in but there are other random spots in Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_5 the house…who knows what lies beneath.


D, E and F April 1, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along — katy @ 10:26 am

Can I squeeze 3 letters out of the trip?  Diet, Exercise and Fun!

Kevin_katy_nevis Miss_june Hold_on_tight_to_your_man I can’t find card or cord to upload any new pictures to the blog or ravelry.  My latest WIP can be seen at Purlingswine’s.

Thanks to the diet and exercise…I have lost over 30lbs and had tons of fun on the trip.  Please forgive the lameness of this post.  And Vicki, don’t kick me out of the ABC Along. 


Camonator February 20, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along — katy @ 2:39 pm

Dsc02549 Dsc02569 Cupcakes for Cameron!  It was his 10th birthday earlier this month.  Double digits…I can hardly believe it.  He very kindly chose his birthday place based on what he thought Owen might like.  The place had an indoor train ride.  The compassion and kindness Cameron and Gracie show never ceases to impress and amaze.  It took Owen quite a bit of time to warm up and find the courage to ride that train but we are seriously thinking of Disney this winter.   

Knitting on the Central Park Hoodie is finished.  It’s smaller than I would have liked–no buttons either.  Oh well.  It needs its final block and Gracie can’t wait to wear it for the all of two weeks it might fit.  Sigh.

I would love to post a cool cardio picture for C.  Instead I will just share that I am going to the gym 4-5 times a week and loving it.  Diet and exercise…I have lost just over 30lbs.  I think 40lb is my goal.  And then maintain.  A few people have asked how I am doing it.  As I said, 4-5 times at the gym.  I do weight lifting at least 2 days a week plus 30 minutes of cardio.  And 30 minutes of cardio the other days…always changing up the machines.  And abs.  Lots of abs.  I also bought some dumbells for home to work on arms and shoulders.  At night, when I brush my teeth, I do side bends or lunges.  I might be getting fanatical.

As far as diet goes, I have cut back on the carbs considerably.  I allow myself one healthy carb a day.  This is either a hollowed out whole wheat bagel with egg whites or oatmeal.  I eat protein bars for lunch or meat and salad.  Snacks are either vegetables or fruit.  But I don’t allow more than 2 fruits a day.  Dinner is meat and salad.  I have cut back on the cookies and drink a lot of water.  I definitely feel my hunger has decreased.  But if I do get hungry…I eat some turkey, a slice of cheese or vegetables.  I do not eat carrots, corn or peas.  They are high carb vegetables.  Better choices for me are celery and cucumbers.  Oh, I also eat a small amount of nuts.  My greatest weakness are Twizzlers so I will occasionally eat fruit snacks–like Shark Bites or something–it comes in a more manageable package and fills that need.

A very fabulous C is coming up next week…and I can’t believe I haven’t shared this with the blog sooner.  I tell you, though, it got me through the January doldrums!  Caribbean baby!  Kevin won the trip for work and we are going to Nevis March 2-8.  We are staying at the Four Seasons and I am looking forward to some cucumbers on my eyes by the poolside and Evian spritz!  Oh and time with Kevin too. 


B+ February 8, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along — katy @ 6:17 pm

Owenbubblebath Bad boy bubble bath….

Looks like this wasn’t the first time…Owen_in_the_bath_003


B…b…b! January 29, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along,Friends,In Progress — katy @ 8:42 am

Central_park_hoodie_007 Birthday boy!  8.  How did that happen?

Central_park_hoodie_003 Birds (by Cameron).  We have as many as 3 male and 4 female cardinals.  We truly enjoy watching the birds.

Christmas_pic_07_029 Bronx Girl!  And blogging in general has brought more to my life than I expected.  (Doesn’t it look like Owen is covering his ears?  Nancy was really good on vocals–don’t ask her to play drums though!)

Central_park_hoodie_023 Thinking ahead to the letter C.  I hope to have the Central Park Hoodie finished by next month.  I have finished the fronts and am nearly finished on the sleeves.  Grandma is working on the back.  Nothing like knitting together!


A is for Alaska January 15, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along — katy @ 5:06 pm

Christmas_pic_07_020 It is very difficult to post pictures of Alaska for the ABC Along when your scanner decides not to work.  This is the best I could do of photographing a photograph.  What a way to start! 

While autism seems like the logical choice for the letter A…I do talk quite a bit about that on my blog.  Alaska…not so much.  After college, not sure what direction I wanted to go in, I did a year of volunteering.  I found myself in Sitka, Alaska working at domestic violence shelter.  It was quite the experience to be surrounded by so much beauty and such sadness.  Sitka is an incredibly isolated town on Baranoff Island accessible only by boat or plane.  There were about 13 miles of paved road and 100 inches of rain a year.  The picture is from a retreat we had in Anchorage.  The weather is pretty mild in Sitka so I didn’t have much in the way of winter clothes.  In Sitka it was all about the rain pants and rubber boots.  The ladies who worked at the shelter outfitted me in this incredible jacket with wolf fur hood and Sorrels. 

My job was in education and outreach and direct service.  We had a 24 hour crisis hotline and a 12 bed shelter.  I did shelter shifts 2 days a week from 3-11pm, wrote the newsletter and gave presentations to the community and neighboring villages on personal safety.  Flying to those remote villages by float plane was an experience I will never forget.  Being the lone white woman in a Tlingit village talking to children and young adults about how to be safe…indescribable.  While I was a vegetarian there, I found it very rude to decline the local food.  I ate some interesting stuff…dried seaweed dipped in seal oil, whale blubber, herring eggs caught on hemlock branches with soy sauce.  I also ate the most delicious food ever–Halibut cheeks!  YUM!

I left the volunteer position a little bit early when my mom developed cancer the second time.  I was considering a "real" position at the shelter or another volunteer position in Bethel–the tundra.  All is well that ends well…Kevin and I solidified our relationship and a few months later I asked him to marry me.  Gracie and I visited Alaska when she was one but I haven’t been back.  I would like to volunteer again someday…perhaps when all of the kids are settled..

A little knitting…nearly finished with the left front of the Central Park Hoodie for Grace.