Friday, June 22, 2007

Home Again!

At last! The travelling seems to over for now. We took a road trip to DC with the boys and had a blast. They didn't get too antsy in the car and once we arrived, they had a great time. We took them to the Museum of Natural History, the Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshorn Sculpture Museum. We walked on the Mall some, but it was really hot and we tried to stay out of the sun.

A few days after we got home, I took the boys to my folks and saw my sister who was visiting from California. I dropped the kids off, and headed home. DH & I then travelled to Biloxi, Mississippi for a professional conference for him, and just lounging for me. We stayed at the Beau Rivage Casino Hotel, and other than gambling and overpriced shopping there wasn't much to do. I did catch up on my sleep a little, and had a couple of really good meals. I drove to Grama's yesterday and picked the boys up after a week of not seeing them. While I was there, I dropped by the LYS and discovered it was closing. Even though it's 100 miles away, it's the closest yarn store to me. I'm so bummed. I did buy 2 hanks of Art Yarns Merino in this blue green color and 4 balls of Blue Sky Alpaca Sport at 30% off. Next week the sale is going to be better, but I'm not driving up for that.

Me, Sis & a cut-off #2:

My new yarn and cable needles:

On the knitting front, I'm almost finished with a sock out of Regia Silk Sock I received from a friend about a year ago. She sent me the yarn to cheer me up when I was sick and couldn't do much more than knit socks. I did get all my Christmas presents done early last year, but was too burned out to knit any more socks for a while. I'm making these for me. My first pair I knitted for myself. This picture was taken about a week ago, so I'm much further along. Since starting these, I've read the Regia Silk isn't very elastic, and I probably should have used fewer stitches, but I'll go with slouchy if that's what happens.

So my friends, it's tomatoes and basil, knitting socks, watching the kids in the pool and reruns of I Love Lucy. I really DO love Lucy you know.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Just not that into it.

Hi All.

I haven't been knitting at all. I made the bonnet to go with the vintage baby jacket and was not pleased. It appears too large. I know my kids had melon heads as babies, but really! I need a large headed 9 month old to try it on and see if it' just me or the bonnet.


I'm not frustrated or upset about knitting, just a little too busy to be fussing with iffy patterns, you know? Summer has begun and I'm home with the kids. We have been trading visits with friends, trying to teach the kids the art of sociability, a skill DH & I sorely lack. Their kids over here, our kids over there, repeat, repeat, repeat...

Baseball season is finally over, thank the stars. Oh, what a shitty season #1's team had. It was painful to watch. Especially painful on Sunday afternoon from 1-4 with the sun in full force. I have decided I don't like baseball for kiddies. It's too competitive, too stressful, and the parents are just awful. Something about it makes even mild mannered parents turn into raving fanatics. Well, we have a year to decide if we're going to do it again. Bleah!

June is completely scheduled out. This Wednesday we're taking the boys on a road trip to DC. We'll be driving for 2 & 1/2 days, just 5 or 6 hours daily, so they don't get too burned out in the car. We have a DVD player in the vehicle, which they are hardly ever allowed to use, so we plan to stock up on new movies and let them wallow in their new toy to their little hearts' delight. Add some new coloring books, and a couple of hand held electronic toys (use of these is restricted as well, so the boys will think they're getting away with something) and we're set.

Have I ever mentioned I went to grad school in DC? I haven't been back since I graduated, so it'll be weird to be there as a tourist. I didn't have much time for anything but going to art museums and painting while I was there, so it'll be fun to explore a little. The boys are really excited about seeing the Capitol and the Air and Space Museum. I'm looking forward to the National Zoo and the National Cathedral. I plan on bringing some yarn and needles and knitting in the car.

As soon as we return we are visiting my family for a few days, then we are taking a quick trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a Business/Semi-fun trip. Then June will be over, and I'm hoping for lazy days with a cool drink beside the pop up pool watching the boys flail in the water.