Birthday week zoomed by

It seems that the week just zoomed past me.  I was and am very tired for some reason.  My wonderful SP sent me a book for my birthday: Hip Knits.  It is chock full of lovely patterns!  Thank you (again) SP!

DH is going to get me a swift and ball winder, or at least that is what I requested.  He also gave me a lovely card and some purple mums.   We didn’t get to go out because he teaches from 8am until 9pm on Wednesdays (my birthday).  We’ll go some other time, though.

I’ve been able to make some progress on some work things and some crafty things.

Tests are graded! Wa-hoo!

Sock 1 heel is done!

sock 1 092307

DNA scarf for DH is started.  It is the illusion scarf called Rosalind from MagKnits.  It is baby alpaca and man is it SOFT!!!

DNA scarf, grey and black

Cranky Pants has been out and about quite a bit – many parks to visit swings and slides. I think she is either having allergy issues or is getting a cold.

We also visited a handmade craft store in Christiana today called Honey Bunny.  They had a lot of interesting items and I bought some Emu Oil bar lotion for DH and some for my SP11.  I also bought her a pair of tatted earrings.  I’ve wanted to learn to tat (read tried to teach myself), but it hasn’t ever “stuck.”  This lady tats with much smaller thread (really, thread) than I’ve ever tried.   She also had classic-style aprons.  Bug particularly liked the small dolls and their rocking chair.


More ramblings…

I have sooooo missed the Sticks and String Podcast this week.  It has become my favorite and now it has been nearly 2 weeks since my fix.  Poor David was ill last week.  Feel better, David!!!

School/work has been ok this week.  Syllabi are ready; two are already copied.  I’m still working on getting everything on the new course management system (webCT to D2L).

We took Bug on a boat ride (a friend’s boat) yesterday afternoon (played hooky, after all it is still summer, right?). It is still so fricking hot here – over 100F every day for the last month!

Bug on boat
I was still in denial, even this morning, that the end of summer has really come, but the traffic in the dorm areas this afternoon snapped me into reality… which is why all the syllabi are now done.

Bug is doing well in her new room at “school” (read fewer crying fits that we are leaving her there).   She has been having trouble going to bed without crying for about 30 minutes lately.  I had wondered if she was having scary dreams or was getting afraid of the dark.  I finally put a brighter night light in there and she didn’t cry nearly as long tonight.

Not a lot of craft-related things this week.  I made an “all about me” poster for Bug’s room at school.  It is a collage of pictures on a 12×12 sheet of paper that they laminate to comfort her when needed.  I didn’t even think to take a picture until just now.  I like doing the digital collages better; it is more tidy.   I do like the shutterfly collage software, but it is not user-friendly.  I did a  14×11 print for my sister and it turned out really well.

Birthday collage MAW

There is progress on the Malagaiter, mostly due to tonight’s visit to the LYS … into the 4th repeat of 6 repeats!  I love this pattern (free from Magknits)!  I love this yarn (malabrigo)!  The greens are deeper than the photo tells.

malagaiter 8/24/07

Tomorrow there is spinning at the LYS.  I’m going to take Bug and see how long she’ll tolerate watching.  We can always go to the bookstore and hang around (that is where the toy trains and train tracks live) to stay out of the heat, or maybe go to the Discovery Center again…

There is thunder outside and lightning, but no rain … what a tease!

School-starting blues, but then some happier things

The school year is nearly upon us here in middle Tennessee – that is for the University. Next week will bring nonexistent parking spaces, even at 7am in the morning. It will also bring a flood of traffic onto the nearby roads that have ALL been and will be torn up for months and months to come.

This week I am trying to remain calm and get ready for the flurry of next week. I’m working on revising a lab book, arranging all of my syllabi including “field trips” and incoming speakers, and… I should also be working in the lab and writing papers. Yes, I have a difficult time balancing work and the rest of my life. I seem to think there are more hours in a day than is realistic. I guess all moms are like that, but scientist-moms seem to have a more difficult time with it. We were trained for science to be “first” in our lives, but it shouldn’t be. Me? I’m still working on it.

Anyway, on to some happier things… a visit to see the grandparents in Ohio.

Big balloons of the first Buffalo Trace Balloon Race in Maysville, KY – we didn’t get to do the tethered ride because a ba-jillion people were in line already!

Hot air ballons, Maysville, KY

Bug likes shoes – even Nana and Pappaw’s garden boots! She got into them all by herself…

Bug and the garden boots

Sweet, sleeping baby toes!

Baby toes

We didn’t know this, but the Great Ohio River Paddle was last weekend as well. We saw the signs when we went down to Ripley’s farmer’s market on Saturday.


Big toddler hair courtesy of static electricity… he he hebig hair

The summer of socks and swimming pools

I can’t believe so many days have passed since I last wrote. I’ve been working on the sock a few rows at a time, usually after Bug has gone to bed.

beginning to resemble a sock 24 May 2007

I rinsed out Bug’s pool and put some water in it this afternoon after she insisted on playing in a puddle. She really enjoys being outside! I was working on the sock while she played, but at one point the skein of yarn almost ended up in the pool!


The class is almost over now – more than 2/3 done. It is tiring.

There was bellydance class this week as well. I’m enjoying it again, but my back was giving me a little trouble this week. It is probably from standing on bare concrete 5 hours a day in the teaching lab -in addition to the rest of the work day…

Anyway, we will be traveling to Ohio to see the grandparents and my sister and her family who are visiting from Virginia.

Happy Memorial Day!

Mother’s Day

The collage I made for DH’s mom turned out really well.  I really like this program called CollageMaker.

Nana’s Day

I finished the scarf yesterday at the in-laws. It is very soft! The model is “Big Dita” (what Bug calls this huge Dora the Explorer doll she got for Christmas).

Orange scarf - knitted in purl, cast on 15 stitches, 2 yarns

Class starts tomorrow and I needed to get ready for 3 busy, busy weeks- teaching, lab prep, and research. I always forget something.

Bug did well today – especially after some teething meds. Those molars are TROUBLE!

Bug on bike