Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It IS Spring!

Spring seems to have actually sprung.  I think I might actually believe it this time.  Even though there were showers and overcast skies throughout the National Cherry Blossom Celebration last weekend as seems to be the tradition, this week is lovely.  I scoff at those who complain that it is still a little chilly in the mornings.  It is APRIL people!  The hot, humid DC Summer will be here before you know it and having the luxury of layering on a sweater instead of drenching through your skimpiest clothing will be lost.  
As a knitter, but one who runs to warm on the personal thermostat, I love Spring as much as I love Fall.  The fierce heaters are being turned off and I no longer have to lug a coat over my arm as I try to keep from passing out if I even think about wearing anything heavier than a cardigan in the mall.  I can show off some wonderful knitwear as I sit on the deck, watch the sun go down and work on a tank or light shawl.  And then there are socks.  My wonderful socks finally get a chance to be seen!  After hiding all winter under jeans and inside Doc Martins, they peak out of Mary Janes or even show themselves in their full glory with a sandal.  
Yes, Spring is my time of year!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Yarn Harlot!!!!!

So... I did get to the Borders in Annapolis last Monday to hear Stephanie Pearl-McPhee talk.  I was so excited!!  I went alone but I was spotted sitting in the back by Carol and the Lindsays from Celtic Yarn Shop.  They had an extra seat because someone from the shop couldn't make it so they rescued me and I got to sit in the 4th row!!  We... what can I say.  The Harlot slayed me.  Her dry sense of humor is so completely up my alley.  Everything she says I can relate to and her responses are so often the things that go through my mind.  I wish I had been able to convince my hubby to stay and listen with me.  He would have found her observances quite amusing.  When I told him about the study where they found repetitive motions, knitting particularly, were good for dealing with stress but the decided it was "not practical to carry emergency knitting for stressful situations."  I thought he was gonna bust his gut.  Since I refer to my knitting as "my nervous knitting bag" and I always have extra bags of knitting in the car just in case what I am carrying just doesnt do it for me in a certain situation.
The entire evening was fantastic.  I really appreciated Stephanie telling us the story of the "Calgary Incident".  I had tears running freely down my face and actually had to pause in my knitting I was laughing so hard.
In line to get my book signed dd m-illy joined me and asked to be my photographer.  Like a bonehead I had forgotten my camera but I had the iphone and she takes pretty good pics with it.  When we go up the the table M asked Stephanie if the cartoon drawing on the cover of the book was supposed to be her.  Steph replied that she hoped not!  and commented that it must be passive aggressive behavior on the part of the publisher because she said they could not put a pic of her on the cover.  She maintains that her hair must look better than that pic!

Now I must figure out how to get the pics from the evening up... but it is well after midnight.  Hubby is snoring and I have to take both kids to the dentist tomorrow.  Should I survive that... we will work on making this blog more attractive to look at...

cheers for now

Where does the time go?

I still havent taken the time to get pictures uploaded so I can share.  I deeply appologize for that.  I have so many things about this blogging thing that are new to me.  I want to figure out how to put the little buttons of all the things and people I support...I know it must be simple but my brain is just having one of those weeks.

So... the Divine Miss M-illy turned 9 on Saturday.  She wanted Webkinz.  So the got WEBKINZ!  Tons.  I think 8 was the count for the day.  She is hoping for more at her "friends" party this coming weekend.  This brings the family tally (because yes, I have a few myself as does Jam and even B has 1) to 26 I believe.  I will have to go back and count.  Whewwww.. I tell ya.  But I have embraced the little stuffies.  They are learning some pretty good things online like money management and remembering to feed and exercise the little guys.  Even Jam gets on there and can do pretty much anything that doesnt require reading.  I usuallly catch B on there at least once a night playing one of the games and racking up kinz cash!