Archive for February, 2006

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Sweeeeeeeeeet!

Yesterday, Veronica and I went to a local yarn shop to get some more Tahki Cotton Classic to make another cute, ruffly, baby hat for yet another friend of mine expecting a girl. Then, thinking that I need to knit a hat for my own baby while I’m about it, I went to Village Yarn and Tea to get some Koigu. While there, my eyes happened to rest upon their enormous stash of this.

Before I go any further, I am a moron, and have packed the book (Knits from the Heart) with the ruffly baby hat pattern in it. If any of you that happen to have the book wouldn’t mind typing up and emailing the pattern for the preemie size, along with needle sizes to me, I’d REALLY appreciate it! She’s due in a week.

Alright, getting back to it, while sitting and taking a breather by the Koigu at Village Yarn, I saw Stork, by Dale of Norway. Why did I notice it, aside from it being about eye level at the time? Well, they had an ample supply of red, yellow, and blue.

I had all but given up finding any decent yarn to make a Superman blanket for my babe. After months of frustration, I had, without actually consciously admitting it, written the blanket off.

“And behold, the heavens parted and lo, the yarn descended, bathed in shining light…..”

Well, almost.

Anyway, here is the bleached out, rainy day photo of the swatch…

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the 7+ inches or so of the blanket…

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and the stash…

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I know I was going to do a red and yellow “cape” blanket, but in this yarn, the blue looked fantastic, so I changed my plans. Also, I had no idea how much of each color to get, and I can already tell I guessed wrong, so I’m going to need to get more blue, and probably return some red and yellow.

Nate has been a peach, and has spent a phenomenal amount of time working up a new, charted Superman shield for me on the computer. This one is 99 stitches wide. He’s also adjusted the graph on the computer to the ratios of my stitches, (11×15 over a 2 inch square), instead of the square graph paper I’m used to dealing with, so my finished proportions should be more accurate.

Yay!

We’re still playing with it.

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Of Boys and Girls

Our family went to the bookstore on Saturday to kill some time before the girls were scheduled to meet up with Grandma for the day. I happened upon a really cool book that has been entertaining me ever since…

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Here’s a link. It’s lovely, the projects look fun, and it’s the perfect way for me to pass the time until I get into my lovely new bathroom which has a definite “spa” feel to it. I look forward to making and using yummy smelling bath oils, salts, and soaps.

Nate found a book, too. Silly boy.

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Health Group- Year 2, week 38

Good morning. I’m just opening the floor for you all today. I’m not doing anything spectacular in the healthy department. I’m just trying to survive the remainder of the move and the pregnancy. But, the pregnancy will be over in 4-6 weeks, so we’re approaching the end. Hard to believe.

I’m looking forward to doing my wheatgrass juice again. I’m looking forward to juicing again. I’m also looking forward to walking for exercise again. The neighborhood we’re moving to is extremely hilly. While it will be difficult to walk through, after I build up some stamina, I’d imagine it will be REALLY good for my heart and metabolism.

And I’m anxious to get back to my weights. I love the way muscles feel.

That was a whole lot of “I” sentences. Sorry. How are things for you?

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I’m pretty dense

So I’m sitting at the computer last night, absent-mindedly staring at the photo of the excellent Superman outfit that someone, who still needs to identify themselves, sent me, when I noticed something.

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Unless I am mistaken, the mystery knitter used my chart!

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That is so cool. The possibility didn’t even occur to me. Wow. I sure wish that I was using my chart and knitting something groovy for my son. But I’m very happy that one of you decided to do it for me :-) . And I’m happy to know that my chart actually works!

In house news, the buyers’ inspection is happening this morning, so we’re out of the house. The appraisal happens this afternoon at 1:30. I’m glad it’s all getting done. Two less things to worry about.

I’ve made an appointment with a pond service recommended by Moorehaven (very cool place) to come out the week we move and clean/inspect/service what will then be my pond.

Hee hee. My pond.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

A blog reader in Edmonds?

Ok, spill it. Somebody sent me a sweet gift in the mail, and included no name, no card, nothing.

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It’s totally cute and we love it. Thank you, mystery knitter. Nate was very impressed.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Mutual Acceptance

That means that we’ve all signed the papers, and now wait for the inspection on Friday. This is good. We’ve already had an inspection, and theoretically, the buyers have reviewed it, so there shouldn’t be any surprises.

We just came back from my doctor appt. The baby is nowhere near my bladder or cervix, he’s laying sideways, nestled in my stomach, liver, and ribs.

I knew this already, except for the sideways part. My next appt in 2 weeks is when they start doing the internal exams. Then the appointments come weekly. Are we there already?

Lovely.

You are all angels for bearing with my complaining for the last 7 months. I’ve been a total drag.

Yesterday the girls and I went to the new house to measure the pond, and check out the mechanics of it so I can start to learn about pond keeping, and what I need to do to get it ready for the spring and summer. According to the measurements, it looks like we have about a 600 gallon pond. I’m guessing the filter will have to be replaced, and it will definitely need to be vacuumed out. Lots of tree debris.

The girls had a good time on the deck while I measured and investigated.

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(In fact, we were there for 45 minutes, and they still protested when it came time to leave).

This is going to be fun. Aside from the fact that I’m fish obsessed, and have always wanted a pond, this gives me something to do/think about now that I’m mostly finished packing, and we’re just waiting around for the long process of closing and waiting.

I don’t feel well enough to knit. Sounds silly, but when I knit, I just think about how uncomfortable it is having a kid in my stomach.

If I eat, it hurts. If I don’t eat, I throw up. And the pain from eating varies. Sometimes it’s an extremely sour stomach. Sometimes, it’s just general pain. Sometimes, it’s instant, hideous heartburn.

This kid needs to drop into my pelvis, which he’s nowhere near right now.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

No resolution yet

We ended up with one offer. It was full price, but there is some question as to whether or not the buyers can actually pull it off. We should know more later today. A few others came close to offering, but didn’t. Oh well. I’m very happy we have one. I just hope that it works out. We’ve countered on a few things having to do with timing, and will continue to take walk-throughs and offers in the meantime to see if anything stronger comes in.

I’m not feeling well at all. I’m extremely tired, and I can’t eat ANYTHING without getting either bad stomach pain or heartburn. Tums stopped helping, so I’ve moved on to Tagamet, which may or may not help, (can’t really tell), but it certainly isn’t making it all better.

This leaves me very ill-tempered.

Monday, February 20th, 2006

I missed a post. The first in almost 2 years.

The observant among you will notice that I didn’t post Health Group on Saturday. Sorry. I thought about it a number of times, but never when I was around a computer. We were out of the house most of the day on Saturday anyway, so I didn’t have much opportunity. If any of you want to post your Health Group update here, feel free.

As for the house, we have one offer in. I haven’t seen it. Another is expected today, and there are more appointments to see the house this morning. We are officially reviewing offers tonight, so I’m hoping we’ll have some good news tomorrow.

I’m still incredibly tired, and I’m looking forward to getting the house locked up so I don’t have to keep it in show condition and be ready to leave at a moment’s notice if a realtor calls or shows up. The girls are out of school this week, and I’d love to spend a day in bed, letting the girls watch movies. I think they could use a down day as much as I could.

On Friday night, we went to a local nursery to get seed packets so I can plant Forget Me Nots at our new house when the time comes. They have been one of my favorite flowers since I was little, where they grew around the base of the large trees in the backyard and forest behind our house.

I’ve never had the right place for them in this house, but there is a lot of natural, forested-type area behind the new house, and around the koi pond where I think they’d look lovely.

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While at the nursery, I perused the bulbs for other things I’ve always wanted to plant, like those big, fragrant lilies, and Lily of the Valley, another of my favorites. What I wasn’t expecting to see was Trillium, which also grew wild in the forest behind my house as a kid.

I was giddy. I had no idea it could be bought at a store, and in the new house, I’ll have a great place for it.

So that was my little excitement for the weekend.

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Harrassment

Well, this bodes well. Our house went on the market Wednesday afternoon, but the listing states that we aren’t available for walk-throughs until the open house on Saturday. Yesterday, we had three or four realtors call and ask to bring buyers through, to which we had to say no. But one lady actually begged Nate to let her come anyway. To which he still had to say no. She asked three or four times.

Then, a realtor called our realtor and said that her clients had driven by our house, and wanted to place an offer before the Saturday open house.

What? Crazyness.

I think the outside of our house is what might drive people away with the busy street lining our backyard, and the neighbor’s RV in the front.

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I had to stand very strategically to avoid both of those things when I took the photo for the listing.

The inside is what’s gorgeous, and is what people like when they come over.

We haven’t seen this alleged offer yet, but the fact that there’s this much interest already is very encouraging.

Best of all, at this very moment, there is someone that is NOT ME wiping all of the dust and lint out of my laundry room. Hehe.

You’re jealous, I know it.

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Oooo, pretty!

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That, my friends, is my new kitchen floor. I might end up getting the flu from exposure to the contractor, but as for right now, I’m happy, and I have a kitchen floor.

We had to push off showings until Saturday (whine, sigh, pout), but things are finally looking up. The carpet cleaners should be here any minute. Housecleaners are coming tomorrow, SCORE! I don’t want to do the housecleaning stuff. I’ve worn myself out doing all the other stuff and the best part is, my realtor is paying for it!

No cabinet scrubbing for me.

The contractor is working on his last project, which is small. Most everything is packed. Nate FINALLY has a day he can take off to help, so he’s assisting.

(Scratch that, his phone just rang, and he’s going in to the office).

(Scratch THAT, he got it done at home. Score!)

Pretty soon, all I’ll have to worry about is whether or not anyone actually buys our house. How quick it happens, and then waiting around to see if their financing comes through.

Oh, and I’ve started throwing up again. Twice now in three days. I CANNOT bring myself to eat.