Monday, March 29, 2010

5 things...

1. I'm trying to drink my water.


2. I'm Spring cleaning! Don'tcha think it's time?


3. My husband and I are addicted to the show "House." We are on season 2. By the time I get to season 7 (?) I might know every disease known to man.

image courtesy of wikipedia

4. The peepers are out and singing us to sleep AND waking us up at in the morning.

I had a few egg photos left over from my photography class.

5. Not sure how I feel about the three young roosters next door. I'll let you know once our windows are open.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Photography 101...

Okay, here they are. Eggs! and just in time for Spring and Easter. Oh, and the photography class that I'm taking. Sure, how hard can it be to photograph an egg? Plenty hard is my thinking.



First up, white egg on black. I was taking these in the middle of homework assignments and making dinner, hence the picture of President Bush #1. (My 10 year old is doing a state report on Maine.) It was a bright day and the white of the egg kept washing out on me. Fussed with the camera and took about 100 pictures (not really, but it felt like that.) These are my favorites.





Then, white on white. Again I was looking for a white piece of construction paper that wasn't ripped or wrinkled.









After that, I was home free and had some fun. Brown on orange.



Outside in the garden. Perfect for Springtime!



All around the yard!



And of course, overlooking Upper Pond.



This was a great lesson on framing and light. I'm still not the best at figuring out what speed etc...to use but I think I'm getting there.


Monday, March 22, 2010

5 things....

1. The weekend started with a wonderful visit with Sarah. She has been an online friend for a long time. I'm so glad we finally met in person.


2. Finally got around to hanging a few frames. That bear picture was bought five years ago!


3. I made no-knead bread today. This time I remembered the salt. So much better this time around!


4. I chopped my hair off a bit. I needed some layers. Might go a bit shorter...I haven't decided yet. Btw, my powder room walls are not this color...more of a mauve.


5. AND, I got my baby back today. It's like new! I knew it was dirty, but didn't realize that there were many little parts broken. Now if the rain would go away, I can get outside and start clicking!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Santa Cruz Hoodie...

Recently, my step-mom, asked me to knit a sweater for a baby shower. So, I gathered my pattern books so she could take a peek to see what she liked. At the last moment I printed off Leslie's gift to Keana. Well, of course, she adored Leslie's! What's not to like? I was sorta glad that she picked the Santa Cruz hoodie, because I had less than two weeks to knit it up. It looked quick and easy on those number 10's and 11's!


Not knowing that the book was out of print I agreed. Three LYS later and four libraries, I found the pattern. I've never looked at this book, thinking it was just an actress trying to make a bit of money, but when I actually sat down to read through it, I found that I really enjoyed some of the patterns. I'm planning on purchasing Knit 2 Together and adding it to my collection.


Having two boys of my own, I wanted a work horse yarn that was easy to wash and dry. My step-mom didn't want to spend a ton of money...so Lion Brand Wool-ease chunky was a good choice.


As I was knitting this up, I had two requests from Matt and Ryan. They both proclaimed that it would make a great lazy sweater for just hanging around. I totally agree!

Monday, March 15, 2010

5 things...plus two!

Thank you Rose! How sweet of you! I guess I have to tell you seven things about myself that you don't already know...

1. I almost didn't graduate college on time...my mother had to call and promise that I would take two summer courses at the local community college.


2. I was in a sorority while in college...hence the almost not graduating situation.

3. I never went to a prom...and I'm okay with that. I've heard too many horror stories about prom dates. Besides, I've been to many affairs since then with the most important person in my life.

4. I would skip class to watch General Hospital...see numbers 1 and 2.

5. I use to work for a chef, typing his recipes into a computer. He'd feed me the most wonderful meals.

6. I worked in a factory as a break relief person. It was a plastic injection molding factory. I had to trim the plastic pieces as they popped out of the machine. All the full-time people were people that didn't graduate from high school. I would wear Polo shirts to work and they would have their def leppard rock concert shirts on. I was nervous at first, but by the end of the summer it was great. They gave me a huge bottle of alcohol to send me back to my senior year in college. Two things I learned that summer. 1. They were the nicest people I have ever worked with and 2. I never want to work in a factory.

7. I would like to learn to rock climb...I think it's the cool clothes in Atheta that has me thinking about this one.
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Round-up

TGIF! Seems like this week was a long one: long, but very productive. Cleaning, organizing and donating has taken up much of my time this week. But apparently, I also have startitis. Too many things on the needles for my liking. I'm hoping to finish at least one this weekend so I can focus on the big projects.

From top to bottom:

tea leaves cardigan

santa cruz baby sweater...just like leslie's

generic socks...always have a pair going.

Nuss I have a problem with this at the moment, so I've been ignoring it. Maybe it will fix itself and then I won't have to tinker with it.

Back in January I received this wonderful ball of yarn from Rachel. I needed no incentive, but the goodies hidden inside to cast-on, for yet, another pair of socks. I don't remember knitting a pair of socks as quickly as I did these. The result...I'm in love. I have never knitted with Schoppel Wolle-zauberball and know that when I see this yarn (I haven't seen it in my LYS) that I will buy a bit more. Love.it!

The Sartorialist

The Sartorialist is one of my favorite sites to visit. I can't really explain why, since I'm so fashion challenged that I can't recognize any fashionable clothing unless it has a horse or a tory burch insignia on it. I guess I'm just intrigued with what he finds interesting. This picture is of something that I might wear. I love her shoes, BUT, look at everyone...they are outside people, it's cold. I just can't get over how women don't wear hose in the winter. I was the first one to cheer when I saw that tights were making a reappearance. I guess there's a lot to be said about why I live where I do. Jeans, wool socks and sweaters have made up my fashion line-up for the last eight months. Enough said.

Have a great weekend everyone! It's going to be a rainy one here, hopefully it will melt the rest of the snow!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

5, long overdue, things...

We interrupt this movie called "Life", to update the blog. Thank goodness because I really dislike taking the garbage cans in.

Boy, it's been awhile since I've been here. The days are getting longer and the birds are chirping in the morning. Maybe Spring is going to come after all. So, let's get on with it!

1. I'm in LOVE with this product. I decided I need to do something, anything to soften the lines. I remember my mom at my age doing the same with Oil of Olay. She always proclaimed that if she was going to have lines they might as well be soft ones. I've been using both the day and night formula and really think it's helping or at least that's what I keep telling myself.



2. I've been making better meals now that hockey is over. I've made this and this. And these muffins. Okay, I admit, they aren't really healthy meals....I made adjustments with substituting whole milk with skim and the cream of chicken soup was nonfat. Still, they were quite yummy. Plus, I had a bonus of the kids eating real mac and cheese versus the blue box.

3. The boys have made me happy in the last few weeks. Well, they always make me happy. Let's just say the hormones have been quiet. Skiing has been good for them.

4. I'm currently reading "Last Child in the Woods", by Richard Louv. So, so good. It reaffirms my belief that we need to live where we do.


5. 38 days until vacation....can't wait!