Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Happy Birthday My Love


So today, the 28th, is KM's birthday. I won't tell how old he is, but he's older than me, hehe. I have a little giftee for him, but not much since funds are a little scarce around here. So, I thought I would tell all 2 of my fan club how much and why I love this man. Last year for Valentine's Day we decided no gifts since we were moving in together and handfasting and needed the money for that. So I did what I do best and made him something. I made him a little scrapbook of the reasons I love him. I'm kind of shy about giving a guy a scrapbook for a gift because the last time I did it the dickhead (NOT KM) looked at it like it was doggy-doo and commented he'd rather have had the new Star Wars computer game. So anyway, like I was saying, I made him a scrapbook and I was SOOOOO nervous about it. I sweated for weeks after I made it (yep, made it early, aren't you amazed) and almost didn't give it to him. But the ego won out and I gave it to him. He was thrilled. He showed people, he talked about it for weeks, it was what all of us handmade gifters long for, APPRECIATE FOR ITS BEAUTY. So it was sappy and all of that with just 3 months of photos in it.


But now, I've been with this wonderful guy 1 year, 5 months and 7 days. And I love him more and more every day. In just 12 weeks and 5 days, we're getting married! So here, in no particular order are reasons I love him:


1. He's good in bed

2. He supports my hobbies

3. He listens to me

4. He likes my family

5. He takes care of me when I'm sick

6. He wears my hand-knit socks and brags about them

7. He doesn't try to change me

8. He calls me beautiful and/or gorgeous every single day

9. He's affectionate

10.He's happy to see me

11. He views our relationship as a partnership where we are both equal

12. He gives great hugs and kisses

13. He cooks

14. He looks really cute in a kilt

15. He buys me yarn

16. He knows the meaning of the terms: knit, purl, frog, tink, increase, gauge

17. He's a great father

18. He's got a great sense of humor and makes me laugh with his REALLY GREAT impersonations

19. He's liberal

20. He'll give a homeless guy money and/or food

21. He takes good care of our family

22. He's a musician

23. He's an artist

24. He introduces me to new things but understands that nothing he could do could ever convince me to eat peas

25. Understands or at least tolerates my love of shoes and handbags

26. Won't let me be too hard on myself

27. He's Pagan

28. He'll kill spiders and not tease me with the dead wiggling carcass

29. Makes me feel important every single minute of every single day.

30. And finally, Loves me, just loves me.


Happy Birthday Sweetie, here's to many, many more.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

WOOHOO for FOs



So I finally finished Alex's Drive-Thru Sweater. It was a super fast, super easy and super cheap thing to make. I used acrylic, Caron Super Soft. I know how most knitters feel about the dreaded "A" word, but having done his laundry for a year now, everything must be easily washable. He gets EVERYTHING on himself, like the day he decided it would be a good idea to sharpen a red pen. Here is striking a couple of poses for me. I hope he gets some use out of it before he outgrows it. He may stay skinny enough, but it could be short sleeve pretty soon. Enjoy.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Knitters Treat

Swaps are fun:

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire

1. What's your favourite type of yarn? Sock yarn. I love knitting socks. Second, I would really like to try alpaca, everyone I know just loves it and I've only fondled it.

2. What's your least favourite type of yarn? Fun fur

3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Go straight to the sock yarn

4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? I also crochet, rubber stamp, scrapbook and sometimes embroider, but it's rare that I embroider, my grandmother taught me and I haven't been able to bring myself to do it since she died.

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? None, I used to have one to IK, but it expired and I haven't been able to renew

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Food / Home / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip / Garden

Let's see, Knitting/Crochet/Stamping/Scrapping/Celebrity Gossip

7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? I love to knit socks and sweaters done in the round. I crochet mainly blankets although I've done a scarf out of "Happy Hooker" that I really liked, I've also done a few totes

8. Are you allergic to anything? Cigarette smoke, pine, I have bad seasonal allergies so anything that has essential oils of pine, grass, etc are very bad for me.

9. What do you like to* smell of?(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of) Hmmm, baby powder, I love that scent, also Lavender.

10. What's your favourite way to relax? Watch CSI or Law and Order and knit

11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? The bakery

12. What do you come out with? Bread

13. Where do you go next? Tea Room

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? I am not Christian, so please no Christian themed things. Other than that, I'm pretty easy to please, you can read the blog for other information or feel free to email me with questions.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Random Things

Read this on another blog, and if you're reading this (I don't think I have any fans) you have to do it now, too.

TEN random things you might not know about me
1. I'm naturally very shy
2. I'm not a natural red head
3. I heart Alton Brown
4. Almost all of my movie star crushes are foreign, except John Cusack
5. I don't think crochet is inferior to knitting
6. I practiced really hard to lose my Southern drawl, but sometimes it creeps back
7. I put way too much pressure on myself to have all A's
8. I love tiaras, I own 3 and I'll buy a new one for the wedding
9. I really like ball point pens in blue, medium point
10. I will hunt down the person who steels my stapler, kind of like that guy on "Office Space"

NINE places I have visited
1. Chicago
2. Lincoln, Nebraska
3. Black Hills, South Dakota
4. Cheyenne Wyoming
5. Las Vegas
6. Irving, California
7. Disney World
8. Arches National Park
9. Corpus Christi

EIGHT ways to win my heart
1. Tell me I'm beautiful
2. Play with my hair
3. Make me dinner
4. Compliment my knitting
5. Wear things I make
6. Brag about me when I'm not there
7. Hold the door for me
8. Tell me your Liberal

SEVEN things I want to do before I die
1. Learn to knit lace
2. See New York
3. See a space shuttle lunch
4. Have a baby
5. Finish my degree
6. Swim with dolphins
7. go to Scotland

SIX things I don’t like
1. Fundies
2. Bad table manners
3. My ex-husband
4. His mother
5. Fun fur
6. Peas

FIVE things I’m afraid of
1. The dark
2. Spiders
3. Bugs
4. Dieing young
5. losing Michael

FOUR ways to turn me off
1. Bad table manners
2. Tell me your a republican fundie
3. Be lousy in bed
4. Not know the meaning of foreplay

THREE things I do every day
1. Brush my teeth
2. Knit
3. Hug and kiss the guys

TWO things that make me happy
1. Michael
2. Alex

ONE thing on my mind right now
Going in to snuggle with KM, watch "Dead Man's Chest" and knit.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Favorite Color Swap

I've had a very long day. Ended up in a meeting I didn't know about for 3 hours!!!! Then I stayed until 6 to get some stuff done since the boss-man will be out next week and I needed some things taken care of. So I finally got home to this:
It was my package from my favorite color secret pal, Shelby. Red is my favorite color. She sent me some fiber wash in a flora scent, some beautiful stitch markers, some Ghirardelli, a tin of cocoa (smells yummy - I'll reuse the tin too, because it's pretty), a handmade card, and then some wonderful Knit Picks Essential sock yarn in Burgundy. Love it. And then some wonderful Sol Joy by Catalina yarns in great red and burgundy colors. I can't wait to try it. I really want to cast on for some socks for ME, but alas, I must finish sweater for boy and shrug for Jamie. But that Catalina is NEXT on the needles. I need to find a good sock pattern to really show it off. Any suggestions? Thank you Shelby, you rock.
Coincidentally, my oldest niece is Shellbie. She's 15. She was born during my Sophomore year of high school. She now has her learners permit. I'm sure there are laws against me having a niece old enough to drive.
So tonight I'm going to do some knitting. Speed knitting maybe so I can get to that yarn. It's calling me, can't you hear it? I may lose sleep until I can cast on.
Tomorrow I'm going wedding dress shopping, woohoo. I shall post photos of our shenanigans.
Em

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Whenever Pal


Here is my swap from my awesome Whenever List pal, Rachel. It was all inside this ginormous lime green bag from her LYS, the name of the store is Naked Sheep Yarn Shop. Isn't that clever? Insider there was some tea, some jelly bellies in a Mary Engelbreit box, some peanut butter Hershey's Kisses, a tea shop mystery novel, a cute charm bracelet with a fall theme (I think I'll turn the beads into stitch markers), and 3 skeins of Wildflower DK by Plymouth Yarn, a box of treats for Velvet, a pretty little knit purse and a packet of vanilla milk bath stuff. Yummy. I'm seeing a nice long soak this weekend with a book and a cup of tea. Thank you so much Rachel. I know my package made it to my pal (love delivery confirmation) but I haven't heard if she likes it or not.
In Allergy news I saw the doctor on Wednesday and as always, I have a sinus infection and tonsillitis. This was common when I was a kid. I'd have bad allergies in the fall, I'd be dieing for months, then we'd have a hard freeze and the next week I'd have a sinus infection. So they gave me an antibiotic, Flonase (best stuff EVER) and a prescription for Allegra. But my damn insurance doesn't want to pay for the Allegra and it was going to be $50 to pick it up. So I needed to call the insurance and the doctor to see what can be done. I hate that they made Claritin OTC because now insurance companies don't want to pay for the prescription meds. I've tried probably every OTC allergy med out there and they just don't work for me. I have very severe allergies. But I'm feeling much better now and the Flonase is pretty awesome.
In knitting news the sweater for FKM is coming along nicely. I'm half done on the second sleeve, then I hook those on to the body and finish knitting it. His socks are coming along too. KM's socks are making good progress. The shrug is really coming along. Although KM thinks it looks like I'm knitting a Muppet, so we've named it the Purpleupagus. I'll post photos tomorrow.
This weekend I'm going wedding dress shopping!! I've found the dress I want online. It's EXACTLY what I wanted. I wore this fabulous purple gown in December to a holiday party and it was very flattering on me, so I wanted to find it with a little bit of a train and sleeves because I hate my arms. I FOUND IT!!! On eBay!! So this weekend I'll be going to bridal shops for the experience. I plan to try on silly dresses and have fun because I didn't get that the first time around. There's a bridal shop here in Albuquerque that does custom work so I'm going to take the pictures to them and see what they will charge me.
That's all, I'm off to watch "Beowulf and Grendel" with KM. It has Gerard Butler, yummy. Sometime I shall post about all of my movie star crushes are foreign.


Monday, March 05, 2007

PRICELESS



As you can see, my teeth were pretty bad. First, there was just no room for everything. I even had all 4 wisdom teeth removed when I was 19 and it made absolutely NO difference in my teeth. Then add in there 20 years of flute playing that probably affected the bite. I had wanted braces for years because I was very self-conscious about my smile. My family could not afford them when I was a child. In February of 2004 I finally went to see an orthodontist. After looking at my financing options and talking about the treatment, I decided to do it. The ex dickhead didn't really like it, but oh well! So in May of 2004 I had my braces put on. I was only wired on the bottom, but had brackets on the top, they just weren't connected. In June of 2004 I had the Rex put in on the top. The rex was a really painful device that made me talk very funny. It spanned my pallet. It did nothing for 3 months while I waited for a surgery date. On August 22nd I had my first surgery. The first surgery was the rapid pallet expansion where the surgeon went in and surgically broke my pallet. I then had to turn the rex every day to slowly expand the pallet. If you are young, they can do this without surgery as your pallet is still soft tissue. But when you're in your late 20's, it has to be done surgically.


I hated the braces. They were annoying, the rex made it difficult to talk and the surgery was so painful. I was in tears the first night because I hurt, my nose was bleeding and the dickhead wouldn't do anything to help me.


In January of 2006 I had the final surgery. In this surgery they broke the upper pallet, again, but in 3 places to bring it forward, out and down, this is held in place with 8 titanium plates and 32 screws. The lower jaw was broken in 2 places (one one each side) to bring the lower jaw out, this is held in with 4 plates and 16 screws. This surgery was the worst of all. But fortunately I had KM who took VERY good care of me. It was a test of sorts to see how he'd do. He was great, assuring me that it would all be worth it, blending my food, trying to find things I could eat, etc.


Last fall I was getting discouraged because it didn't feel like I would EVER get out of braces. And I'd look at myself and think that I didn't like how my new smile looked and that I wasn't going to be happy with it and it would have all been for nothing. KM kept assuring me that I would like it and I would have a beautiful smile.


In December of 2006 the orthodontist said that they would come off in February. I refused to believe it. I remember that when I was first in braces I was at the orthodontists for a checkup and the girl next to me was crying because she was supposed to get hers off that day but he wanted to wait another few months. I remember thinking, "jeez girl, it's just a few months, get over it." Now I knew that if he did that to me, I would cry. So I just assumed that he would tell me no. I did tell them they had to be off by June 24th (wedding day) or I was taking them off myself.


So on February 16th I went in and he confirmed they were coming off!!! It hurt like hell, it feels a bit like you're getting your teeth pulled. And when they were all of my teeth felt slimy because they were smooth, LOL. But when I looked in the mirror, they looked ginormous to me. But I've gotten used to my new, wider, straighter smile. I can honestly say it was worth it, every adjustment, every power chain, TP bar, rex, surgery, wax, rubber band. Worth it. Totally and completely worth it. Now I want to bleach them and make them whiter. So here is the AFTER photo. Not the best photo of me, but it will do.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

The 800 pound gorilla


So here it is in all it's knitted glory. The "Something Red" from Knit and Tonic. It was created for my co-worker Stacy who is modeling it. It was done in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Coal color. I'm quite pleased. It came out like it was supposed to, it fit and she likes it. I got many compliments on it, too. One of my other co-workers wants me to make her one but I told her I'm retired from commission knitting. As soon as I finish the shrug for Jamie and her socks, no more commission knitting.