Tuesday, September 25, 2007

This is a better week

Well, my mood is much improved over last week. My girls came over to my house last Saturday night to watch a little University of Alabama football. Unfortunately Alabama lost in overtime, but we still had a great time. I'm truly blessed to have this group of women in my life. I don't think we have ever been together when we haven't been laughing about something.

I have also finally finished my Sursa Wrap, but it still needs to have the ends woven in and be blocked. I'm hoping that blocking it will help with the ruffle curling. I realize that stockinette curls on itself, but the entire ruffle is one big roll at the moment. I'll post a picture after it has been blocked. Now I just have to finish all the other projects I have going at the moment and the ones I need to get done:
1. Tiger Socks (christmas present) - in progress
2. Socks for my sister for christmas - in progress
3. Koigu Wrap - in progress
4. Hedera Socks for me - in progress
5. Socks for Dad for Christmas - not started
6. Socks for Mom for Christmas - not started
7. Fuzzy Feet slippers for Mom, Dad & sister for Christmas - not started
8. Fitted Knits vest for me - not started.

And those are just some of the projects. This doesn't count my new purchase of yarn from Joyce (I've been eyeing the "hedgehog" sock yarn for a couple of weeks and just gave in to my lusting for it) and the Yarntini yarn I managed to score from Amy after she purchased a duplicate skein in error. Definately need to get busy.

And then finally, the new TV Shows start this week. Tonight my DVR will be working double time. Tuesday is a big TV night (NCIS, The Unit, Bones, House, Boston Legal), which I used to end up watching half of on Wednesday, but now there is Private Practice on Wednesdays. I'm ready for the seasons to kick off!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I finally got my Ravelry Invite

YEAH!!! Believe it or not, I finally got my invite to Ravelry. My user name is suzb626. Needless to say, there isn't much on my profile, but I'll find time to play with it on Sunday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mood Improving

Well, I finally found the jacket I was looking for last night, so that helped some. However, the level of stupidity I had to deal with to find it did not help! I have an extremely low threshhold for stupidity. The bubble bath was great, but the book no so much so. The book I picked up was Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson. Basically it is about this woman who is married has the perfect child and is just unhappy. I so couldn't relate.

I also finally got the box from Lantern Moon with what I thought was my replacement needles for 2 broken sox sticks (in a size 1). After over a month of waiting, I open the huge box to find one straight needle in a size 5. Talk about dealing with stupidity and ineptitude!! But I will email again today and see if we can't get the matter straightened out.

THEN, Jen sent me the link to icanhascheezburger and I have been laughing my butt off since! Here is one of my favorites thus far.




I also checked my Ravelry status and there are only 448 people ahead of me now. Hey at this rate maybe I'll get my invitation before the endo of the month!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Blahs

Ever had one of those days (or weeks) where you are just in a pissy/bad mood for no apparent reason. Well that is the week I'm having. There is nothing new that has happened to put me in this mood, but I guess it is just a culmination of things that have been happening for a while now. I'm just in a funk! I tried to do a little retail therapy last night. I went to Chico's to get a jacket I've had my eye on and of course they were out of it. So needless to say, that didn't help. My girls were great at lifting my mood some during Bible Study last night, but alas, I'm still in it a bit. Today's source of comfort was a Cheeseburger and fries for lunch from a great local place. I think slowly but surely I'll get out of this funk, but there are times I contemplate running away from home. Ever had those thoughts? Maybe tonight I'll try a bubble bath and a good book and possibly going to bed early again - I have just been so tired lately, must be the ragweed blooming. Here's to hoping you are in a better mood than me.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekend Recap

As predicted, Friday started out as one of the most grueling days in history. Nothing like 8 hours of accounting & auditing standards update to just make you want to leap off the tallest building you can find. But then it was Friday night and I met my girls Alissa, Tracie & Kathy at the Birmingham Museum of Art for Art on the Rocks. We had a really good time. The company was great, the food was good and the people watching opportunities were excellent!!

On Saturday, my sister, my nephew & I went to cheer on Birmingham Southern College against Rhodes College. I must honestly say that it was not a very exciting game and BSC lost 10-7. But then the game of the day was the Alabama-Arkansas game where the Tide managed to pull out a victory in one of the most exciting games I've seen in a really long time.

Last night I watched an excellent movie, The Ultimate Gift. I had heard from Jenny & Alissa that it was a good movie and they were 100% correct. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

As far as knitting, Friday during the conference I worked on a sock for Christmas and made good progress on it. I also worked some on my Opal Tiger socks this weekend. I cast on for my Sursa wrap from the Noro book and was making great progress but alas I ran short on yarn and had to put it aside until I can pick up some more on Thursday at Knit Night. Lastly, I worked on my Koigu shawl. I'm to the point where it takes forever to make it across a row, so it is hard for it to hold my attention, but I worked on it while I was watching the movie last night. My Hedera socks in the lovely Jitterbug got no attention this weekend, but I hope to get back to them soon.

On the purchasing front, I received my skein of Cracked Canyon from Blue Moon (this is one of their newly discontinued yarns) and I received my skein of Lighthouse from ThankEwe Yarns.

I'll try to get some pictures made and posted this week!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Good News and looking forward to the weekend.

Today I got a call from my friend Doug (who is a marine) to let me know that he had arrived back home safe & sound from his recent 4 1/2 month tour in Iraq. This absolutely made my day!! I have been so worried about him while he has been gone. This was his second tour in Iraq. I also have another friend who is flying to Seattle this weekend to greet his son who is returning from Iraq. This leaves me with just two friends who have loved ones in Iraq. My friend Marla's brother is serving there and has just been reassigned into a region that is highly volatile and dangerous and my friend Sheri's son is serving there as well. Please keep these families in your prayers along with prayers for all our soldiers who are serving in Iraq and their families.

Tomorrow is going to be a dull day for me. I have Continuing Professional Education ALL day long. It will be all I can do to make it through the day to get to the night when I'm headed off for a Girl's Night Out. We are headed to Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. I'm looking forward to it because I think it will be something new and different for us to try. They have had as many as 3,000 people at these things.

Tonight was also a Girl's night out for dinner. We ate at the California Pizza Kitchen for a nice evening full of laughs. There were a few in our group who were missing tonight and their presence was definately missed. Shout out to my girl Marla for passing her big test today!! You Go Girl!! Now to celebrate it tomorrow night!!

On Saturday, my nephew and I may go support my alma mater, Birmingham Southern College, as they play there second game in the new football season. For those who don't know, my school has not had a football team since 1939.

Other than that, I plan to watch the University of Alabama play Arkansas on Saturday night and also watch the movie The Ultimate Gift which I have heard great things about.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ravelry Update

I just checked on my Ravelry invitation status. There are only 2,745 people in front of me now. I guess that is better than the 17,406 people who are behind me.


***sigh****

Slacking again

Well, I told myself I was going to do a better job of keeping this updated and here it has been a week again. I guess in light of when I first started blogging, a week is an improvement. I really didn't do anything last weekend, which was really nice. Sunday was a busy & lazy day. I started off at church, had lunch with my peeps, went to the knit shop for a couple of hours (was actually knitting & not shopping thank you), went by Parisians (now the evil Belk) to get makeup, Coldwater Creek because I had a coupon, and Target to get a new hairdryer (mine blew up that morning) and then headed off to the California Pizza Kitchen for Supper Club with some of my old sorority sisters. It is hard to believe that we have now been doing supper club for 15 years. We only do it four times a year, so it is always nice to get to see the ones that come and get to catch up. Ok, so maybe I did get a few things done. Saturday was a bust however. Pretty much watched Football (ROLL TIDE!) and knit. Donna, the owner of my LYS, had asked me to work up a model for a slipper using the suede soles that you sew on. She asked me to do this because she wanted me to look at teaching a class for it for gifts for Christmas. It turned out REALLY cute and hopefully I'll get the pictures uploaded from the camera and can share them with you this week.

Other than that, I have been working on a pair of socks for a Christmas present and the Hedera socks out of the Colinette Jitterbug semisolid yarn. Can you believe I actually started working on Christmas presents before December??

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Summer is almost gone

It is hard to believe that yesterday was Labor Day. Time has really flown by this year. Yesterday I spent the day with several friends at friend's Dan's pool. We had a great time as usual. My friends are a crazy lot (but then so am I, so it kinda makes sense) and you can guarantee that there will always be lots of laughing involved. I believe we have already come up with a couple of movie suggestions for an impromptu girls night soon. I have to got to see The Ultimate Gift soon. I now have two friends who have seen the movie and talk about what a great movie it is.

This weekend, I tried to watch the movie Bobby. The movie had an all-star cast and was supposed to be this great movie. I turned it off after about 30-45 minutes. I thought it was a huge letdown. It was basically the story of a bunch of different characters and how the death of Robert Kennedy affected him the day he was shot. It was horrible & I definately would not recommend it. The other movie I watched, I would recommend. It was Broken Bridges with Toby Keith and Kelly Preston. It was a pretty good movie and an easy watch. I also watched Fly Boys again last week. Great movie and based on a true story from WWI.

This weekend should be pretty slow. Several of my friends are headed to the beach this weekend. I am SO jealous! But I'm sure they will have a great time (even without me). ;)

Lastly, on my last post, I didn't really review the pattern that comes with the Jitterbug sock yarn. My biggest complaint is that all of the length measurements are based on number of rows, not length in inches. Having to keep up with the row you are on keeps it from being the mindless knitting I'm seeking (just my opinion). I absolutely love working with the yarn, I just wish that Colinette would make it with a little more yardage in each skein. There is no way I could afford to do a pair of socks for my Dad out of this yarn (even though some of the new semisolid colors in the Dali line would be great) because I would have to have two skeins for him because of the yardage issue. I only wear a 7.5, so the yardage is ok for me if I make the leg a little shorter than I normally would.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Shop Model Finished

Yeah! I finished the shop model sock that I was doing for my LYS. I have also finished working up the miniature sock and the pattern for the class I'm teaching.

Here are pictures of both finished items.





The coin next to the miniture sock is to give you some scale.


I would like to say that life has been pretty boring, but that would be a lie. There has been the ever present family drama created by my ex-BIL and his new wife. Believe me when I tell you that they need a new hobby. I would give more detail, but they just don't deserve that level of attention - at least not on my blog!


It has actually been raining a good bit here for the last two days. I was planning on mowing the lawn today, but won't be able to do it because the grass is too wet from the storms we had last night. DARN!! I just hate it when that happens. It is only because of the recent rains that I'm even needing to cut the grass. The only upside to a drought is that the grass doesn't grown and therefore doesn't need to be cut. The last time I cut the lawn was the last weekend of July. It just hasn't needed it.


It is just so hard to believe that it is Labor Day weekend and that SEC football started this week. This year is really just flying by. I'm sure a little football watching & listening will be on the agenda for the rest of the day.
Have a Safe Labor Day!