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It’s oh so quiet…

May 5, 2010

I’ve squandered my only quiet alone time today with photoshop. I was searching on google to find a quick tutorial on how to turn an ordinary snap shot into looking more like a cheap 70’s slide. I know with all of our technology I’m trying to emulate an instamatic!

Well, I came across a rad tutorial about making your subject’s eyes “pop” @ Pioneer Woman Photographyand I had to try it out.
Then I got the photoshop bug, and photoshopped a few more photos.
I did one of my friend Amber, but it’s not really my photo to post. I forgot how much fun I have with photoshop. I am contemplating taking a course somewhere just to make sure I know how to use all of the different options. It’s a very in depth program.
I love graphic arts, I think if it wasn’t such a competitive field I’d love to explore logo design and marketing.

Tonight is my friend Christopher’s birthday. I think I may have talked Lisa into going to the party with me. I just wish I didn’t have so much anxiety. I think I have potential to have agoraphobia when I’m older. I can’t tell you how many times I have canceled plans and talked myself out of doing certain things just because the anxiety level I had while thinking about leaving the house boarded on panic. I’ve been trying to visualize like my friend Doyle (an aspiring social worker) suggested. I try to visualize myself opening the door and walking down the stairs. Getting into the car and exiting the apartment complex onto the street. Whatever I visualize next usually decides weather or not I leave the house to do that particular activity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a jive turkey. I used to be perfectly capable of having a good time and being carefree. Something happened between my disaster of a marriage where I spent so many hours alone and ignored, to my motherhood being near isolation. I find that after so many years of being alone I’ve developed a bubble mentality. There are a few clues that I’m not really “sick”.
1. I am perfectly fine if someone is with me. Zach, Lisa, anyone.
2. If there is even a mention of shopping, or I have to buy something I’m out the door and down the stairs before my shoes are tied. (so to speak)
3. Don’t know where I was going with all of this. Talking about photoshop to discussing my anxiety… weird leap.

So yeah to summarize.
Photoshop = good.
Anxiety = bad


So close to death. (or why you should never touch mommy’s knitting)

April 30, 2010

Zach didn’t have school this morning, so we decided to go eat PHO before we signed the lease for another year in our apartment. We had a lovely lunch, came home and I put natalie down for a nap. I’m walking around the living room picking up; I look over and see a pair of knitting needles laying on her Disney Princesses foam couch. My heart stopped.

They were size 3 bamboo straights.
You might remember them from such lovely photos as this one:

I just finished chart 3 and was much further along than the above picture. Also if you are a knitter you might also notice the lack of contrasting lifelines in the above photo. That’s because I didn’t have any. I foolishly thought that because I put up my knitting out of baby reach and it’s a simple enough pattern that I would be fine. Ha. The egg is on my face.

A combination of things made calm enough to not to scream at the baby that caused my sadness. 1. Her father is a super awesome man. He was the right amount of outraged and sympathetic. He asked how bad it was and asked if I couldn’t possibly somehow save it. And while I ranted and raved about a week’s worth of work down the drain and how I was going to murder his daughter, he kept soothing me with “wow that sucks” and “I hope you can save it”.
2. I ripped back two rows and had the right stitch count. I only have to repeat one row of the chart and the obligatory purling wrong side row.
3. I was warmed and calmed by the Vietnamese love soup floating around in my belly.

This trio worked in synergy to ensure my child will once again be allowed to live to see 4. After freaking out for 20 minutes, I’m cooled down and over it.

It looked worse than it actually was.

Quick and dirty- Update

April 23, 2010

Miss Natalie is 3 years old!

I can’t believe we’ve made it 3 years. To paraphrase my friend Amber, she’s offically lived longer than any of my other pets. Life is good.

On the knitting front, currently working on 9-5 socks with knitpicks riasta. And a knitting project that I can’t share the photos for yet.

We had a fast weekend trip to KC, spent time with Z’s parents and managed to wake up early to go to the River Market farmer’s market downtown KC. It was large, and all of the prices were right.

I bought my first succlent, it’s very pretty.

It managed to survive and here it is at home with his tomato spout brothers.

This is the first time I’ve been successful in getting a seed to properly sprout. My fingers are crossed.

I’ve been practicing for summer. The pools here should be open in the next 3 weeks or so. It’s hard to believe considering we just had a hail storm yesterday. To help usher in summer I’ve found a recipe for southern style sweet tea that has just knocked our socks off. We drank about a gallon in a day and a half. The only thing left is to purchase a swimsuit and we’re ready!

School has been rough for us in many ways. Z wakes up and is gone before 6 every morning, and gets home from work about 8pm. He then tries to do his reading, writing papers and ironing school uniform before he has to go to bed at 10. He is dedicated. I admire the strength and determination that he shows as he rushes headfirst into his studies/work, busting his ass every day and never complaining.I also am lucky that he doesn’t come home and criticize me because Natalie has covered the entire apartment in toys and the dishes aren’t done. He’s a keeper. Plus… Look at him. He’s gorgeous!!!

Dear Flickr. Suck an egg.

December 13, 2009

I thought I’d give a small update while I’m waiting for my lunch to warm up.

Look at my little baby, she’s growing up so fast. I had to take a picture of her today when I realized my little baby looks like a hair model. So pretty, she has her Father’s hair color.

Finally got all of the cards addressed and stamped, ready to mail out tomorrow.

I received this spiffy post card the other day from my friend Christy. I really do miss SF bay area, and promised an inquisitive 2 year old that she and I would run away there for a trip when she’s older.

This is the felt santa wreath I’m working on, It is slow going and I think it will have to be a next year decoration.

Here’s a little closeup on the sequining and beading

Here are my lousy socks. I was trying to use up the bits of sock yarn I have laying around and I fear that I’m not even at the heel yet that I’m going to run out of yarn before I can even get an ankle socks out of them. pattern is Diagonal Lace Socks

It’s beginning to look like Christmas!

December 5, 2009



October 13, 2009

I’m slowly but surely turning into an Amish house wife. I’m on the edge of no return. The worst part is, I don’t care.
Homemade apple butter – Done that
Homemade Strawberry Jam – in the works for this afternoon
Homemade breads and other various baked goods – I’m a pro
Add that to my already grandma-ish repertoire of knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and I’m one step away from farming sheep in Wyoming. Actually that doesn’t seem half bad. I would like the solitude. I would like to see how long I would last making all my meals from scratch before rushing out to the nearest Target for a frozen pizza. I think if I had a working Internet connection and a credit card I would last pretty long. I can’t think of much that you can’t just order on line and have delivered to your front door. I think the hardest part would be convincing Zach to give up city life.

With that said, Here’s some random photos

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sept 09 365
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Ishbel = FO!!

September 10, 2009

Yes, of all of the awesome and not awesome things I’ve done lately, finishing Ishbel has to be the top of the cake. I started the damn thing back in June. I think if I had more pins I could block it out a bit bigger, but I’m satisfied with it. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be. I can drape it across my back and that’s a big feat since I’m in fact a chubby girl. Here it is being modeled by a toddler who is still covered in breakfast.

and again on the floor.

and the obligatory closeup.

it’s far far far from perfect, and the only way I pushed through was by knitting two together whenever my stitches didn’t line up, and by lifelines every so often. I am thinking of making another while it’s still fresh in my mind. Maybe another malabrigo version since it drapes so nicely and feels so good to handle.

In other news,
Zach got invited to a chocolate seminar/sales thing at Johnson and Wales. They had a chocolatier come in and demonstrate how to make a chocolate flower centerpiece. It was neat.

most of my pictures came out blurry because I didn’t want to be that asshole with the flash. The finished object was stunning! Gold dust and edible paints are so neat.

Earlier in the week we went to the park to meet Toby, the newest addition to the Hale family.

Natalie loved running in the grass, trying to keep up.

Gotta love her neck tattoo right? When we play tattoo parlour, she always wants one tattoo on her right bicep, one on her foot and one on her neck. I’m hoping it’s not a glimpse of her future. strangers give me lots of strange looks when they see her neck. I think it’s cute even though it screams “Future Felon”

Stardate: 2009 or A picture update.

June 23, 2009

Update goes as follows: I’ve had one of those weeks where so much has happened it becomes too overwhelming to blog about it. So I’m going to stop procrastinating and post.. They are out of order but I’m sure it doesn’t matter.

Edited to add: My best friend got married!! Lisa is now Mrs. Patrick Hale
Pics to follow soon i’m sure

We went to the Capitol Hill Peoples Fair, Natalie loved seeing all of the people.

I finished a hat for David, His birthday isn’t until the 28th of July but I might not see him then. Good to finish early. The pattern is Armando I can’t say enough good things about this pattern. I love it.

We finally broke in the swimming pool at our apartment. Natalie, Alaina, Nathan, Tabatha and I went swimming. The girls are like little fishes. They LOVE the water.

Lisa, Shira and Liam at the rehersal dinner. I’m so glad that we rehearsed. It was a great party with tons of good food.

Just had to share a picture of the jewels I wore at the wedding. They are similar to the crystals I wore at my own wedding 100 years ago. I had to mod the ear rings to fit in my little plugs. No one could tell the difference.

Ha. these pictures are way out of order. This is one of the PG shots from the bachlorette party. That pitcher drink is called a “Bionic Beaver” it comes wth 5 straws for a reason. Shira does not like the beaver, It got her thrown out of the Squire once.

Getting Settled.

June 1, 2009

We’re just getting settled in our new apartment. I originally thought that it was alot smaller than our old apartment, but I’ve been shown the square footage proof that it’s the same. I think the reason I feel it’s smaller is the lack of closet space. My yarn and craft supplies are stored in the outside porch shed because the only linen closet is being used by the washer and dryer. I havent’ had a washer and dryer in our apartment for a long long time. I keep resisting the urge to felt something just because I can.

Since we wake up so early we witness rush hour alot. We can look out the window and see the highway. It makes me feel fortunate that I’m not one of the sad suckers stuck on 225 not moving.

Merlin came over and helped us hang our shelves and art work.

We’re pretty much unpacked.

The only box left is the one marked JUNK. I opened it up and it is indeed junk. It’s all the stuff you don’t know where to put but still need, such as: batteries, battery charger, pliers, random pens and pencils, a putty scraper, tape, etc. this is the entire drawer in the kitchen dumped into a box. Speaking of dumping we forgot the silverware dividers in the old apartment.

Now our utensils are dumped in a drawer until we can find a paycheck and a Target. I feel a little uncivilized every time I have to dig for a spoon.

I’ve been knitting a little bit. I finished Lisa’s Meret. She and I are currently not on speaking terms and I think to ease my guilt I knit her hat. The yarn is such a “Lisa” color.

I got some lovely going away yarn from Christy.I’m not sure of the yardage.

I started making a dropstitch scarf out of the pretty handspun. I doubt it’s enough to make a full scarf, but I just wanted to see it knit up into something. I’m thinking of buying a couple skeins of malabrigo and trying a shawl/wrap. I just havent’ found the right one yet. I’m thinking swallowtail?

I end this post with a picture of a future knitter. (awww)

Birthday Girl…

April 8, 2009

Birthday Girl

She had a good time on her birthday.
There is no mistaking that she’s 2. She is both a genius and a total brat.
And so cute it kills me.

Knitting wise. I’m uninspired. I have knitter’s block.
I just CO for Temperance
Here’s the pic to save you a click 🙂
Maybe I just need to get paid again so I can buy more yarn for my project wishist.
I want to knit a Hemlock for Karen before we move.