Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sleeping the rest of vacation away...

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
Well, not really. I'm at work today, and was here yesterday morning too. Hubs and I are splitting days because of daycare being closed, trying to keep stuff going. It looks like I'm employed til the end of Jan (shocker? not sure.) so I have to do things like run gels and set up PCRs and stuff tip boxes (which make no sense to the non-sciency) ;-)

I've got 2/3 of one mitten done for Hubby, and am working on a super secret project for Little Bro. I also have thrums done for a pair of mitts for myself, and a bunch of fleece that's waiting to either be more thrums or some practice spinning. I'll try to take pics of everything, and of the beautiful needle case Hubby got me (with some assistance from the ladies at the LYS).

I just placed my annual after-Christmas craft supply sale order, and I'm hoping not much of it is on back-order. I did pretty well with handmade gifts this year, even if it was just an ornament or two, up to hats and scarves; I managed to send something for each sub-set of the family - Big Bro & Co., Little Bro & Co., Mom and Dad, Goddaughter & her brothers out west, Best Friend. I want to get a jump this year, especially if I end up at home for a few months - N. can help if we pull him out of daycare ;-)

And now I have to load a gel... I need to get out of here in time for Hubby to get back and have a good block of time to work.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Greetings from snow city

We've dug out, and it's not too bad... although from the lack of bus service and stories of airport closures, you'd think it was snowmageddon. My camera battery died mid-video, so I'll put those up in a day or so... but, on to the good stuff!

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Joyful Boxing Day, etc etc. We've survived, had a blast, and even have some pictures. Very few of the actual present-opening, because we were webcamming with the rest of the family up in Canada. It was bittersweet, but still pretty wonderful. My heart cracked when my brother turned the camera toward the table, so we could 'eat' with everyone in my parents' dining room. I still have to get pics of my gifts from Hubby, and his still has to arrive from Maine, but we'll get there.

My first (and very sad) gingerbread house. The royal icing was too drippy, and I was too tired to fix it. The candy-coated sunflower seeds do look like Christmas lights, though.

Santa stopped by...

... and brought a big train set!

Some Cars showed up...
We clean up pretty well, methinks :-)

My big little man!

And this is how I'm spending naptime. This, and yarn.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
It's cold outside. Find your favourite stuffed animal and curl up under a blanket :-)

We had a rough 36 hours - the tank ran out of oil and when they came to fill it, the 'adjustment' resulted in the furnace kicking out around 5pm. Which made for a cold house, since the wind was sucking away any last remnants of heat. It made me miss living in brick buildings, since this is the first place I've ever lived that has no brick whatsoever.

So, we put on fleecy jammies, had a warm drink, and went to bed early. And the landlord opened a can of whoopass and the service guy came at 11:30pm. This morning we were back to being all warm and toasty.

Today is the last day of work, and I'm not sure how consistent blogging will be. I have to come in two days next week to take care of stuff, so that might work out.

If not, Merry Christmas to all! Hope Santa is good to you :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A totally unrelated photo post

(there were many llamas at Rhinebeck, and they all had 'tude)
Things I discovered in the last 24 hours:
  • I can bake 13 dozen cookies in one night.
  • My boss and his wife like my cookies so much that they take what I give them, freeze them immediately, and dole them out like special treasures, every couple of days, as long as they can make them last.
  • People like getting baked goods. I like giving them. It's nice to know that I gave away 144 cookies and only have 12 left. Hungry, but nice ;-)
  • My son is likely going to be slapped in the face a lot one day. The daycare teachers have always said he was affectionate, but he's taken it to another level. All the kids pat the belly of the pregnant teacher, but it turns out N. likes to motorboat when he gives hugs. This has nothing to do with cookies or llamas, it just made me laugh really hard when they told me this morning.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Waiting for Christmas

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
This was N. last year, waiting for Christmas morning to begin.

I feel a bit like this these days - not wired, but not sleeping. Just hanging out waiting for things to begin. I still have a handful of presents to wrap, and tonight I have to bust out top gear to get cookies made for N.'s teachers, but other than that I'm considering the rest of it all finished. I don't have the energy for much more, truthfully.

Yesterday was supposed to be the day I got all of that done, but I sat down to get started, and broke my sheepie mug (a pic is two or three posts down), and just gave up. I was drinking a cup of decaf coffee, the first cup of coffee brewed in our house in over two weeks, and slam! down it fell. I think I can glue the handle back on, but I feel really stupid. That'll teach me to spend crazy money on a mug (but I love it, I do). The rest of the day was so sleepy; we had gotten to church in the morning, but the afternoon was a bust. I still have laundry to fold :-( I'm debating going back on coffee, but it's been 4 weeks since I started cutting down, and two weeks completely caffeine-free, and I don't want to be the one to fold ;-)

Fiberwise, I'm partway through some mittens from a kit that I'm not loving, and I'm starting more shortly. I also have a secret project that's about 0.5% done, and will take me a lifetime, but so far, so good. Now that I think about it, maybe that's why I've been so flightly the past few days - I haven't worked on anything since Thursday or Friday.

In any case, I'll end the rambling for now. I have to see what I can get done here, and maybe get N. a little early so we can start cookie baking ahead of schedule.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

still alive.

15 dozen cookies, a little knitting, lots of crochet for Miss L., and complete lack of caffeine.

All resulting in a tired, but happy, household.

More soon.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Things I've learned this week.

  • If uninterrupted, I can knock out a toddler mitten in slightly more than an hour.
  • Giving up caffeine is not easy, but it sure cuts down on the panic attacks.
  • Putting the toddler to bed a mere 30 minutes earlier results in: a) him falling asleep faster, b) him sleeping through the night without a peep and c) better naps through the day
  • A napping toddler + Indiana Jones on TV - 1 husband (who went to lab) = prime gift wrapping time.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday is still random...

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
I'm trying to find photos to use as jumping-off points, but I'm not finding much... more to take, more to upload, I guess.

It's finally dipping below freezing here, meaning I had to break out the Clapotis, and N. is faithfully wearing his mittens and hat. Sometimes he refuses, then gets outside for about two minutes and looks up at me, "Momma, my hands are COLD!" ;-)

I'm looking forward to lunch today, even though there'll be no knitting... Hubby's lab plus assorted spouses are going out for sushi at this wonderful place downtown. I've been four times since discovering them in the spring, and it's fantastic. Totally non-traditional, but oh so nom nom nom. One of the girls knows the owner, so we usually just go in, say "make something delicious for $15/person" and get a feast... I've been waiting for this all week. Time to finish making media so I can go.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday Random Photo Day.

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
I got nothin. I had about 20mL of caffeine yesterday to try and stave off a migraine, but I'm still determined to kick the habit. Very tired today, but no headache.

This pic has nothing to do with anything, except for the fact that I haven't posted any Rhinebeck pictures and we're going on two months now. This was the qivuit they had on sale for $76.50 an ounce. I smooshed it, it was weightless and loverly, but I can't see how anyone can pay that for yarn ;-) If you have money to burn maybe, but then you don't need warm qivuit things to keep you toasty - you just burn your money.

Knitting class is supposed to be tonight, but I'm guessing most people won't show - we're getting too close to the holiday and everyone's super busy.

OH. Just remembered I had something to report - I finished N.'s mittens last night and he wore them this morning. I was very pleased with them for being an improvised pattern. I'll take pics soon.

And now I have to pour my gel so I can get it loaded before lunch. I'm desperately trying to help Miss L. get her crochet project done before Christmas, and it's getting close.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas knitting...

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
(hat sent from my mother - my brothers wore it when they were little)

I've started the scarf to go with my little brother's hat (completed a few days ago)... and I did some quick math: at lunch, I average 20 min/inch, or 3 inches/hour. Finishing it at that rate will take 18 more hours. He's not getting a scarf until after Christmas.

I'm trying to finish mittens for N., because the ones he has now aren't the best for staying on. I improvised one, and hopefully will be able to make sense of my notes for a second.

I wish I could make stuff for everyone, N.'s teachers, my boss, all my relatives... but once I pushed through a few, I realized I'm not that fast. Combine that with the fact that the parcels for people living away need to be mailed ASAP, and I think I'm done with gift knitting.

Baking, however, is still on the agenda :-)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hat and scarf in action

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
Or, post-action, after we came inside.

Not much to say today; day 18 of caffeine reduction strategy, first day with ZERO intake, and I'm fuzzy in the brain. Oh, and *might* be employed until the end of January rather than the end of December. Sigh.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

just got back from a lab party

... and we're tired ;-) More tomorrow.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A finished object or two

Black and whites for a party this weekend...

N.'s hat and scarf, which he's worn 4 days this week ;-)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday randomness

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
A random picture post (N. with the "class penguin" who was with us for a weekend), combined with a work bitch. Not really a bitch, I guess; I'm just desperately avoiding this one bit of sequence analysis and trying to decide if I can get it done before the boss comes in after lunch.

Nothing much to report; it's back to being closer to freezing outside, and I'm ashamed to say I want it to chill off enough for flurries. N. happily wore his hat and scarf this morning, and I'm determined to make mittens after I finish the hat for Little Bro. I'll see if I can't get a photo later tonight or tomorrow.

... and now I have to finish that sequencing. Funny they don't pay me to blog, huh.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st

... and it's raining and 55 outside.

My brain is fuzzy, but I'm plowing through; knit night/class is tonight, and we're going to our first 'holiday' type party this weekend. I also managed to finish N.'s hat and scarf last night - pics on the camera, not on the laptop :-( He asked to wear the scarf while he was eating his bedtime snack, so maybe that's a good sign. I immediately cast on for Little Bro's hat, and had finished another Boteh scarf on Monday, so I think I might actually get Christmas knitting to people on time this year.

And, even though NaBloPoMo is over, I'm going to try to see if I can keep it up... once the prep start in earnest, I can't promise anything. The photos do need to be updated... maybe I'll try for a photo a day instead of a post...