Friday, July 31, 2009

Under the Wire

1.9 is how many dishcloths I finished in the last twenty four hours. Hurray for me! (If I had time to go into everything else I did today, I would but I'm tired).

Night.

PS--this post lets me meet my personal challenge of blogging for 3 whole months in 2009 :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Coffee Talk

I'll give you a topic:

Is it possible to knit two facecloths in less than 24 hours and still get everything else done?

Discuss :)

**Anyone remember Coffee Talk? I loved that skit on SNL.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So close. . .

to finishing page 1. I was hoping to get it done by today but I ran out of time. I highly doubt it will be done next week because we are having company for the next week.

Before:
Photobucket

After:
ttk--29july09

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Snapshot

**got up
**fed kiddos and self
**went out shopping; got Wii Sports Resort for Diva and Rage--they played it at our neighbor's house yesterday and it was very cool and I thought it might give me time to get stuff done
**got Starbucks on the way home
**made lunch while simultaneously doing different household tasks to prepare for company later in the week
**continued household cleaning while stopping every 5 minutes to read instructions to the kiddos for the different games(if you get WSR you'll see what I mean).
**continued household cleaning while breaking up fights between Diva and Rage over the aforementioned game
**get phone call about Rage's swimming lessons
**PROBLEM--I thought his lessons started next week but it is THIS week. Diva has to meet with her teacher every Tuesday night. Swimming and teacher meeting are overlapping times.
**I curse about this for a while then Diva gets a phone call to go skating with a friend
**she leaves for two hours while I continue cleaning and listen to Rage curse at the game and then at me because he used up the charge on BOTH remotes. I decide NOT to put regular batteries in because, frankly, the boy was getting psychotic about the game and he was a sweaty mess.
**take Rage to swimming then change him ASAP to hopefully make the last half hour of Diva's teaching session. Successful there.
**listen to Rage complain as I drop off something for Stacey, hit the grocery store, and stop briefly to talk to neighbors.
**eat dinner(at 8:00pm)
**put in a final load of laundry
**watch Colbert
**post this
**go to bed

I'm sure I'm in for more of the same craziness tomorrow as I am STILL not done getting ready AND I have to take Rage to the pool to practice because the boy is hating swimming lessons in a big way and spends quite a bit of time crying and hanging off his instructor like monkey.

Monday, July 27, 2009

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Sorry for the lame post.

I'm getting ready for company.

It's getting late.

I'm getting tired.

Hopefully I can post earlier tomorrow.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Diva's Knitted Babe



Or DKB for short. I started this last weekend at Camp.

Some changes I've made:
**I knit the body in the round
**I'm knitting the arms/legs with i-cord

I'm using some Knit PIcks palette yarn in Tan.

These are A LOT smaller than I thought they would be. If you're looking for a bigger doll, make sure you use a heavier weight of yarn.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Totally Useless SAL

I have been seeing this on numerous stitching blogs over the past few months and I finally decided to go see what exactly the details were. I went here and it looks like fun so I'm in :)



Brief rules summary(quick reference for me):

1. Find a see-through container: i.e., mayonnaise jar, fish bowl, jelly/jam jar, something you'll enjoy. Containers may be changed at your pleasure.

2. Every time you are stitching throughout the coming year you agree to put all your "stitching throw aways" in this container. This may include:

**regular Orts (thread ends)
**little snips of fabric
**broken buttons
**a bead or two
**worn out needles
**the labels from used up floss skeins
**whatever you like, as long as it is, or rather, was going to be part of a stitching project currently underway

3. You may include orts from any type of stitching project: cross stitch, knitting, crochet, whatever, but please do not include other craft leftovers such as paper crafts, rubber stamping, etc.


I'm going to be on the lookout for a cool container but until then I have a jar that will do.

Friday, July 24, 2009

TT K

I only worked on this last weekend; it was a perfect project to work on while sitting on the balcony in Breckenridge.

Before:
ttk--16July09

After:
Photobucket

**clickable thumbnails**

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Reading

3 books I want to read before September:

1. Lord of Misrule(Caine)
2. Carpe Corpus(Caine)
3. Skin Trade(Hamilton)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Question

Can anyone recommend a book(s) or a website(s) that deal with specific journal topics? I would love to find something that is a wealth of journaling ideas.

I want to get back into my journaling routine and I would like additional options; I already do diary type entries and fiction writing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just What the Doctor Ordered

A weekend in the mountains.


Just looking at the pictures is relaxing, ahhhh.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Practice, Practice

Before I made the fobs I mentioned yesterday for the group, I did a couple of trial runs.



One is my black, white, and gold/yellow fob in honor of. . .you guessed it. My Stanley Cup Champion Pens! I love it!

The other is all sushi--which is by far my favorite food.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Crafty Goodies

Every year a few of the Knitting Crew get together for a trip to mountains for knitting, eating, and general merriment. This year we were all tasked to contribute something to the gift bags.

I decided to make scissor fobs. For those who are unfamiliar a scissor fob is hooked onto one of the scissor handles and its length helps you find your scissors in a cluttered bag. I suppose you could also use them as a zipper pull or general decoration as well.

Here's what I came up with:

I just used a jumble of different glass beads. Each fob has two cupcakes, a piece of sushi(not everyone in the Crew likes sushi but I do), a knitting element(yarn, sweater, or sock), and a drink. They all have a charm on the bottom that says "Love Much, Laugh Often".

I had fun making them and they were much easier than I thought. The tutorial can be found here.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I love quizzes :)




Your Power Element is Fire



Your power color: red



Your energy: hot



Your season: spring



Like a fire, you are full of power and light.

A born leader, you easily draw people toward you.

You are full of courage and usually up for anything dangerous.

You have a huge ego and love to be the center of attention.



I disagree with the last two things but I answered as honestly as I could.

Friday, July 17, 2009

You know it!




You Should Spend Your Summer at the Beach



You're a free spirit who is always thinking of new ways to have fun.

And you don't just love summer... you live for it.

So, you really should blow off your responsibilities and head to the beach!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stitching Progress


ttk--16July09

**clickable thumbnail**

I have been plugging along on my HAED "K". I should make a big dent in this page over the weekend.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harry Potter and HBP

I went to the midnight showing of Half Blood Prince last night. Currently I'm running on about 3.5 hours of sleep so I apologize for any spelling/grammar errors or rambling :)

I LOVED the movie--of course I knew I would. It was definitely worth the wait and price of admission. Excellent acting, lots of laughs, and lots of dark moments as well--exactly what I like to see in a movie.

Before the movie, Stacey and I worked on Barn Raising Blanket squares in the Opal Tonks colorway and watched the entertainment--the most notable of which was an epic wand battle which included a guest appearance by Luke Skywalker and his lightsaber--too funny! I got over half of a square done before the movie started.

I'll definitely be seeing it again in a week or so. The movies just keep getting better and better.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Top 5s

I love lists; especially top 5 lists. Short and sweet. I found this meme over here and decided to lift it :)

Five Things Found in Your Bag/Purse:

1. Wallet
2. Cell
3. Checkbook
4. Tissues
5. Pens

Five Favorite things in your room:

1. My overflowing bookshelf
2. Yarn
3. My bed frame
4. My husband(when he's here)
5. My fan(I hate being hot when I sleep)

Five Things you have always wanted to do:

1. Learn to ride English.
2. Live at the beach(which I already did).
3. Have a family reunion in Disney World.
4. Write a book.
5. Have a brilliant idea.

Five things you are currently into:

1. Weight Training
2. Clean Eating(at least learning about it--putting it into practice is difficult).
3. Self Improvement
4. Reading
5. Crafts

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lots to Do

Getting ready for the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince premier tomorrow at midnight--must try and get to bed early tonight.

Also getting ready to head up to the mountains with some friends later in the week--which is very labor intensive from here. Leaving DH home with the kiddos for any amount of time requires quite a bit of prep work. I'm not saying he can't handle it; I'm just saying I try to make it as easy as possible ;)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Happy 11th!

Today DH and I have been married for 11 years. There have been ups, downs, and challenges but we have persevered and grown together.

Today is actually THE day we got married. We got married on a Sunday at Turtle Bay in Kahuku, Hawaii. You know the movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall? We actually stayed in one of those beachfront cabanas after our wedding--the view was great and the room was HUGE.

This year we are looking into getting a Hawaiian quilt for our bed in our wedding colors--navy and white.

I love you, honey!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Must Resist

Urge to shop :)

I just keep repeating to myself, "I do not need another chart, I do not need another WIP, I can wait until the next sale, etc."

A Confabulation of Dragons

Darkling

Natures Embrace

The Tangle Fairy

In Cathedrals of the Forest

But I like them so much. . .

Maybe just one ;)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Routine

Cardio or weights? Group athletics or individual?

I think it is interesting how people gravitate towards different things. I have always been fond of cardio and weights and I embrace the thrill of pushing myself further and further with each workout. My DH is the opposite he enjoys group athletics and likes having a team to push him further.

I always wonder about where everyone falls on this scale.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Motivation

I don't know about anyone else but one of my biggest fitness/eating issues is motivation--mostly maintaining it. Eating I'm still working on but I have been using something over the last year that has helped me with my fitness motivation.

I have been following the Eowyn Challenge. Last year I finished my trek from Hobbiton to Rivendell and very soon I will finish my trek from Rivendell to Lothlorien--I'm on mile 400 right now. Very soon I'll begin my trek from Lothlorien to Rauros which is 389 miles. I basically count a mile as 20 minutes of moderate to hard exercise since I don't really run(I tried it; it didn't take).

The Eowyn Challenge site is really fascinating; I cannot believe how much effort went into figuring it all out. It's really inspiring. Of course, if Lord of the Rings isn't your thing, you could always figure out mileage to a favorite destination or a dream trip around the world.

I use Tickerfactory to chart my progress and it really feels fantastic when I make it to one of my destinations :)

If anyone has any tricks that get them to stick to an eating plan, please let me know because I could use all the help I can get in that department.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

HAED Stitching

Before:

TTK--24Apr09

After(a couple of days of stitching since the last pic):

ttk--8july09

**clickable thumbnails**

I have been trying to meet my goal of putting in 1000 stitches per week on one of my HAED pieces and already I am a little bit behind but nothing I can't catch up on.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Project Spectrum Red




You Are Crimson Red



Down to earth and warm-hearted, you instantly make everyone feel at ease around you.

And while you have an understated passion - you lack the uncontrolled passion of most other reds.

You prefer to sit back and enjoy every situation life has to offer. You put an optimistic spin on everything.

And even when things are going well, you don't get too amped up. You prefer to keep your emotions as steady as possible.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Weekend Knitting



I started(actually restarted for the fourth time)a pair of socks over the weekend. I had been wanting to try making a pair of socks using the Fibonacci stripe method and I thought doing a pair in Pens colors would be perfect. So my dilemma has been whether or not I need to cut the yarn between the bigger stripes--hence the multiple restarts. I finally ended up with cutting the yarn before each repeat of eight(I'm doing stripes in the following order: 2, 3, 5, 8, 1) and even spreading it out that much is going to leave a boatload of ends to weave in so this will probably be my first and last pair of Fibonacci striped socks ;)

I thought about doing jogless stripes and then decided I didn't feel like adding that into the mix. Now that I have a pattern down, it makes nice mindless knitting.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

July Challenges

I have two main goals for this month:

1. To exercise 4-6 times per week.

2. Put 1000 stitches per week into my TT "K".

I've been having exercise issues lately so I'm trying to get that routine locked down again--I didn't bust my butt(literally) to lose all the gains I've made. As for the stitching, I think if I don't actually block out time for it then it will not get done.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

Fitness Routine

It's taken me over a year to get a fitness routine that I can maintain on a consistent basis. I try to workout 5-6 days per week for at least 60 minutes each time.

Here's a typical breakdown:
**3 days weights
**2 days cardio
**1 day stretch/yoga

On some weight days I'll add an extra hour of cardio. I also try to include walks with the family and swimming with the kiddos--neither of which I consider exercise for me(too easy).

I use P90X for a majority of my weight work and Cathe for a majority of my cardio. It seems to be working for me and I'm loving the results.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Daily Routine

On weekdays during the summer we have a pretty predictable schedule here at Casa KiP. I learned a long time ago that when Diva and Rage don't have a schedule things tend to run amok so I set up a summer routine that keeps them on schedule which makes getting them back into school in the Fall a little easier.

Mornings:
**wake up
**eat breakfast
**watch shows(as Rage likes to say)
**Mommy cleans, wastes time online or on the phone with family, or a combination of those things.

Afternoons:
**lunch
**school: Diva and Rage work from the Summer Bridge Books and read or get read to for 30 minutes(this process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on their attitudes.
**errands and/or special trips(like the pool, the zoo, a playdate)
**no TV/Computer/or Wii for ANYONE between lunch and dinner--sometimes that's a blessing and a curse
**more cleaning, craft time, or a combo for me

Evenings:
**dinner
**still more cleaning--it never ends
**go for a walk(when our weather cooperates)
**watch shows/play Wii
**tubby/showers
**bed

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Routine

One of my Challenges this year was to blog every month for three months. I've already done January and March and I loved the theme for July, so I decided to jump in.



In the dictionary:

Main Entry: rou·tine
Pronunciation: \rü-ˈtēn\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from Middle French, from route traveled way
Date: 1676
1 a: a regular course of procedure
b: habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure
2: a reiterated speech or formula
3: a worked-out part that may be often repeated; especially : a theatrical number
4: a sequence of computer instructions for performing a particular task

Main Entry: rou·tine
Function: adjective
Date: 1817
1 : of a commonplace or repetitious character : ordinary
2 : of, relating to, or being in accordance with established procedure
— rou·tine·ly adverb

In the thesaurus:

Entry Word: routine
Function: noun
Text:
1 an established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity
Synonymsgroove, pattern, rote, rut, treadmill
Related Wordscustom, fashion, habit, practice (also practise), trick, wont; approach, manner, method, procedure, strategy, style, tack, way; design, plan, program, scheme; convention, policy, tradition

2 something done over and over in order to develop skill