January 20, 2007

Going out on a Limb

It's been a long time since I've knitted. My poor husband's Christmas hat is still on the needles. I did finish it in time for Christmas, but upon trying it on found that it could use a couple extra inches in length. ....so I frogged back the decreases and added the length and then I misplaced the pattern and now I'm stuck in limbo till I get brave and guess at the decreases.....or find the pattern. I'll probably end up trying to fudge it.

Lots going on in January. I am having so much fun with my part-time day-care job, that the days seem to be whizzing by especially quickly for this time of year.

I haven't been to SnB at all this year so far. Partly because I have nothing new on the needles and partly because when it gets this cold I hate leaving the house for even the best of reasons. I could go from 10:00-11:30 and be back in time for Sofi's arrival.......but, but.....well it's just so damn cold outside. I am such a cold weather wimp (especially in the morning.)

Like I said.....nothing new on the needles, but I intend to change all of that soon. As soon as I finish husbands hat.......and scarf. ( I'm thinking of knitting him up the "mistake scarf")
I want to try "branching out" again. I will not let the "branching out" scarf beat me in 2007. I have learned how to insert lifelines since the last time I attempted it and believe me.....I am gonna use them. It's time that I get over my fear of branching out and just knit it already. Besides it'll be nice to be able to claim that I've knitted easy lace.

So again I say....."Go out on a limb.....that's where all the good fruit is."

and so I shall.

January 06, 2007


Okay grab a chair....you may need to sit down for this.

I got a job. Yes a real job!...I am now a breadwinner! No, I'm not pulling your leg....I know I've talked and talked for-eh-e-ver about maybe going back to work now that the kids require slightly less maintenance.......but

Hmmm....I can see this is going to take a bit of convincing on my part to make you beleive that I am actually a bona-fide working gal now, so while I'm spilling out the details of my new job to you.... do ya think you can kindly roll your eyes back into your head where I can see them?

As I was saying, as far as jobs go...nothing seemed to interest me or seem to be the perfect fit with the required wonky hours. Ya see, I want to be able to see my kids off to school and also be home for them when they return. So, nothing seemed perfect that is ......Until now!

Basically I work (if you can really call it that) 20 hours a week watching my neighbors daughter Sofi since her "nanny" has gone back to school. I have just finished up my first official work week and I have to tell you that it was so great. I am totally cut out for childcare...I love it.(Provided that the children aren't my own..*wink* ...and that the child is as sweet and well behaved as little Sofi is.)

And guess what??? Benefits. The pay will supplement my yarn addiction!! Woot! Woot! Can it get any better than that?

Okay, I can see that this is way too much for you to handle at this time.....so I will gladly give you pause to please pick your jaw up off the floor and perhaps get a paper bag to breathe into. I should've known that the shock of me "working" could get ugly.

Anyway, 2007 is going to be a great year!

Let me tell you why.

Last year pretty much sucked big time. I felt physically horrible for most of the year. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, had it removed and then spent most of the rest of year recovering from it and the effects of the damaged vein in my leg that surgery has left me. It all really took a toll on my family, especially my children. And...financially, getting cancer is no picnic either. Just when I think I have paid the last medical bill, another one shows up via Mr. Postman. AARGHHH! We have paid over $10K in medical bills in 2006 and just received yet another one on Jan. 1st GGRRR (And so my deck and California family vacation get's postponed yet again) I do however have to thank God for good doctors and insurance....because I know it could've been a whole lot worse. Okay, so the turn around point in 2006 was getting Moose. He has been our comic relieff and joy since bringing him home in August. And he has really helped to heal all of us emotionally.

For 2007

Yes,I have a resolution. My resolution is this. To look people square in the eye when I talk to them. Undivided attention is very important....and it seems that I notice in others a lack of eye contact and wonder if I often do the same. I will make a concerted effort to not hide behind my knitting anymore, or other distractions when carrying on a conversation with others and to be fully present. I know it may not be your average run of the mill resolution, but I really want to live life this year to its fullest and be present every possible moment. A stretch? I don't think so.

Happy New Year Everyone!