Finish the sentence meme

Saw this twice today, and thought it was neat. Take if you like and share!

1. My uncle once worked at the zoo

2. Never in my life will I give less than my best.

3. When I was five my parents sent my dog “to the farm” and they still won’t tell me what happened to him. I also went to Disneyworld. Being 5 had it’s ups and downs 🙂

4. High school was where I met my best friends and my husband.

5. I will never forget the day Lorelai was born.

6. Once I met Anthony Rapp. Twice actually.

7. There’s this boy I know who is new to the world and I would really like to meet him. (Hi Will!)

8. Once, at a bar,a guy took my hat – it was St. Patrick’s Day in Worcester, MA. I think I got the hat back. Don’t remember that part.

9. By noon, Lorelai and I are usually out and about.

10. Last night I got to spend too short a time with one of my brothers.

11. If only I had a dog that didn’t bark so much…. (I swear, dachshunds are GREAT watchdogs. A dust bunny scurries and they bark. Chipmunks fart and they bark. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love love my dog. When he barks there is no changing his mind!)

12. “Next time I go to church” is not a phrase I say often, but probably should.

13. What worries me most the health of grandparents, aging parents, my brothers decisions and Lorelai’s happiness.

14. When I turn my head left I see a door.

15. When I turn my head right I see twilight and trees.

16. You know I’m lying when….. Why would I answer that?

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is the music. And how my dad and I would rate hair do’s with how many cans of hairspray were needed for the do.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be (oh god, Betsy? VIK? help?) Who was the shrew, maybe her? Maybe a queen from Midsummer? I am not up on my Shakespeare.

19. By this time next year I might be working outside of the home?

20. A better name for me would be – Rachel? That’s what some people think my name is, but it’s not. I was so close to being a Molly or Sorcha, but Dad squashed those. I currently also go by “mommy” even though my daughter can’t get past “mmmm”.

21. I have a hard time understanding people who lack common sense. Or common courtesy. Or a sense of humor.

22. If I ever go back to school, I’d take an art class. Photography maybe. Drawing perhaps.

23. You know I like you if I respond in sentences and converse, not just “mmm-hmm.”

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be my parents probably. They’ve instilled all that is award worthy in me I think.

25. Take my advice, never forget to say Thank You.

26. My ideal breakfast is blueberry pancakes.

27. A song I love but do not have is that song from a LimeNViolet podcast that referenced Shakespeare and The Princess Bride.

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest that you visit the trails.

29. Why won’t people use common sense? Think about others? Think about the planet? Think someone else might be right?

30. If you spend a night at my house you will be barked at by Jackson if you use the guest bathroom and you will either a)share a wall with the baby or b)share a room with yarn.

31. I’d stop my wedding for nothing short of the groom not showing (which he did. no worries.)

32. The world could do without drug advertisements all over the tv.

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than sing in public.

34. My favorite blondie is a type of brownie?

35. Paper clips are more useful than staples.

36. If I do anything well it’s word puzzles. take photographs. make Lorelai smile. science.

37. I can’t help but shop a sale.

38. I usually cry when I think I’ve let someone close to me down.

39. My advice to my nephew/niece is will be Conduct and Effort are what count for everything. And someday you’ll appreciate how cool your parents are.

40. And by the way, Have a Nice weekend!

More on Crochet

Photo proof of the crochet-in-progress on the turtle-in-progress:
turtle crochet

I’m so excited with myself that I immediately cast on for a crochet-dishcloth (baby drool cloth) because I can.
OMG I crochet!
I think it’s working! The edges seem a little bit wonky to me, but I’m not going to worry about it, since there is also a border of some sort in the pattern. I have been now holding the hook in my left hand and that works a little better. I’m sortof making it like knitting in that while I’ve got the hook and yarn in my left hand, my right hand is holding the work / manipulating the loops as needed. I’ve got the book “Cozy Crochet” and my plan is to do the dishcloth (in progress) and then coasters. Then amigurumi, watch out! I’m just giddy with this. (Cross one more thing of the 101 / 1001 list!)

Not to leave out the knits, here’s one of my latest FOs.

9 months today!

9 months today!
Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter

I can’t believe how fast time has flown. Everyone said it would. And I politely listened, and I have no regrets, but I will say that I miss how you would fall asleep on me or Daddy. You are so much fun – you laugh so often (it’s a great laugh, by the way) and you babble about everything – even in the middle of nursing you, you’ll pause and look at me and scrunch your nose up and make a “mmmmmmmm” sound.

Daddy and I are so impressed by your ability to scale the stairs and the step in front of the fireplace. Today I watched you several times balance on your own two feet, not holding on to anything! Amazing. You are enjoying feeding yourself – stuffing as many cheerios or puffs or mandarin oranges into your chipmunk cheeks!

And, for the record, here, now, we know you’re bright. You made the “mmmm” sound when I asked you about the cow in a book we read. You put your head down, with your fingers in your mouth when I asked “Show me tired” and then put both hands up in the air when I asked you “Show me So Big”. You did it several times. Soon we’ll teach you “Show me sand the floor. Show me wax on wax off.” You’ll love it!

I’ve also noticed you like animals – we visited with your friend Addison and she has a Husky. You looked like you would burst with excitement – what a big dog! You liked her cat too! Super 🙂

Love you tons little bug – here’s to the next month of fun!!

I’m Crocheting!

You know that scence in the movie What about Bob?, where Bill Murray’s character is tied to the mast and he’s screaming “I’m sailing!”. Yeah, that’s how I feel about crochet right now. I’m working on a sheldon for Lorelai and attempted the crochet edging on the shell attachment. OMG, I *think* I get it now. I can’t see getting really fast at it (I’ve got the hook in my right hand, I’m a lefty) but there’s hope for the amigurumi of my dreams!!!


Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter

We tried going for a hike this weekend – Lorelai in the baby bjorn on Dan’s back. The weather was perfect but one of us was teething (L.)and one of us had taken allergy medicine and was feeling very sleepy (me). It was a good weekend otherwise and I can’t believe it’s Monday already.

In thinking back over my ravelympics experience, I’m glad I did it. I completed a WIP that was started over two years ago – I am going to undo the bind off and lengthen it – I tried it on again over a long tank and I just am not the sort of person to pull it off. I’m thinking I’ll enter it in the local country fair, so I am in no rush to lengthen it. I’m also going to keep on knitting Hemlock Ring. I’ve got plenty of yarn for it, so I might as well.

At the same time, I’m so glad that the olympics are over. I focused on just those projects plus one for Schaerfer yarn (which was finished yesterday, blocked and all – I should have made that a ravelympic project!). I want to work on something else! I’ve been looking through my project bags (all over the house) – I’m now going to focus on knitting stuff for a local craft fair I’m apply to (with peacefulknitter!). But it’s more relaxed because those are smaller, easier projects and I can continue to work on things as needed (for test / sample knitting) or as I want!


There’s some knitting progress – I’m still plugging away on the Hemlock Ring. I’ve slowed down a bit because I’m almost out of written instructions and the charts are consfusing to me. But I’m going to have to work with the charts in another 8 rows or so… My Schaefer project has 10 more rows or so and then blocking. I started a new proejct for Lorelai – a little cape / wrap / shrug sort of thing. It’s cute. Until the knitting is more interesting, here’s what we’ve been up to:

“C’mon Jackson, let’s go!” (taken on the iphone)
Jackson, let's go!

“Buddies” (also on the iphone – it’s a good quick camera, but hard to take a non-blurry shot of constantly in motion subjects!)
The kids

“New ‘Do”
New 'Do

New 'do
Obviously, Mommy needs to practice on hair-dos – she has enough trouble with her own! It’s cute and stays a little better than barrettes, so this may be a new do for a while.

One of my aunts gave Lorelai a bag of shoes at Christmas – her feet are still really tiny, but yesterday was cool, so to help keep the socks on we put on these cabbage patch style shoes!

How I spend my days

Here I go
Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter

Lorelai has discovered her Everest. The stairs.

I think this is my new favorite photo, but it’s so sad at the same time – she’s growing up so fast and soon she’ll be doing who knows how many things and headed away from me!

The stairs don’t end where she’s headed – that’s the landing – there’s another set of stairs before you reach the second floor. She’s so determined – she’ll crawl out of our family room, up the step into the kitchen, through the kitchen to the hallway and start up the stairs. I know it’s a path we walk daily while holding her, it just seems funny to see her do it on her own. She loves climbing, pulling herself up. We’re not cruising yet, but it’s coming. Now that she’s this mobile it makes knitting while she plays more difficult – I can’t be ready to catch her with pointy sticks in my hands!

Speaking of the pointy sticks, last week at SnB (which had to be the biggest one yet – 20 people?) I thought I was golden with the knitting rounds on the Hemlock Ring. Well, I got through those then started the next pattern row and I didn’t have enough stitches! GRR. I let the project sit all weekend and I picked it up on Monday – I undid 2 knit rows, and threw in some increases to get the # of stitches right. Knock wood, we seem to be smooth sailing now. I’m up to row 72. So, if I go until row 121 (I think I’ve seen most projects go that far) then I’m more than halfway done! Yay.

L and I took Jackson to the vet today for a Lyme update / physical. He’s 13.5 pounds – a pound heavier than last year. I know he needs more exercise and probably a few less treats. I have no shame in bribing my dog around the house to stop barking or to reinforce good behavior, especially around the baby. Poor scaredy-cat though, while we were waiting to pay he threw up all over the place! Nerves I guess.