Saturday, December 31, 2011

Popping in...

preparing for our traditional NYE feast, trying to let Hubby get some work done, and not thinking about leaving next week.

I'm not sure if I'll get a real post in before we're back home and settled, but we'll see. If not, have a safe and happy New Year celebration, and here's to 2012!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We had a pretty amazing day, hope you did too :)

N. and his cousin O., making gingerbread houses


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve


... and Happy Hannukah and Joyous Kwaanza and Good Festivus.

It's been a good holiday so far, lots of fantastic, and a little bittersweet. In a couple of days, once all the in-law obligations have been met by my brothers, we'll all be in the same place for the first time in over three years, so that's in the win column. My mom's cat is still with us, and it looks like he'll hang in through the rest of the trip, but I fear he's not long for his kitty mortal coils. 16 is a good run for a cat, though.

My Grammie is in good health, physically. It's just the damn Alzheimer's that keeps marching on. It's not too bad, until it is. But, we'll get through it.

Merry Merry to everyone, I hope you and yours are healthy and happy, and that 2012 is even better than 2011. xoxo

Saturday, December 17, 2011

so I lied... one more post.

I'm pretty much done packing, and it's only 2:30pm. The lab party isn't til 7, I'm showered and dressed. My dad is napping, N. is playing with his dominoes, and Hubby is going to take out the trash and settle in to do an hour's worth of work before the festivities. The remainder of stuff that has to be done can't be done until after the party and/or right before walking out the door (lights on timers, etc.). So I'm sitting here twiddling :)

I think I'll finish my party make-up, get N. a snack, and see if anything else pops up...

Friday, December 16, 2011

drive-by post

In bullets:

  • Had a great day
  • Successful preschooler dentist appointment, didn't even need to sit on Momma's lap
  • Thesis defense for labmate was successful
  • Packing has commenced in earnest
  • Will likely post when we're at the 'rents place, safe and sound.

Happy Winter Holiday of Choice!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I realize it's not Friday...

but I'm not sure how crazy it'll be then, between lab meetings, friend's thesis presentations, and dentist appointments.

So, without further ado, I present N.'s nap blanket :)

Unrolled:

Fully open, with extra large blanket for snuggliness:

And all rolled up:


Tonight consisted of quilting the main pad, stuffing the pillow, closing it up, and attaching the hook velcro to the straps. It took a total of 15 minutes :)

Now I just have to hide it... I'll be using it to bribe him to sleep on the drive up north, which will involve one night in a motel.

Tomorrow, final 6 dozen cookies and packing...

Monday, December 12, 2011

8 more dozen cookies...

... and I'm nearly done one of two baby sweaters that need to be finished. I still have to do the rest of the nap blanket, though. We'll see how the next couple of days go.

My dad is now showing up on Thursday morning, which means I'll have an extra evening of babysitting services while I go through everything and finalize the packing. Should be interesting to see how this all goes :)

I think tomorrow will be sewing, and hopefully some photos, and then Wednesday is my last knitting class with N.'s daycare teachers. Thursday Dad is here, Friday will be more packing, Saturday is the lab party, then Sunday we're outta here!

But now, bed.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

some baking time

I think I've finally turned into my mother... twice this weekend I pulled the "take the kid out so I can cook" card :)

Yesterday, N. was invited to a birthday party at the science museum down the street, so I jumped at the chance to bake for the lab party that's tonight. This morning, I sent them to church while I baked cookies to give to N.'s teachers. In the past 24 hours I've made 15 dozen cookies. I'd have another batch of dough going except for the fact that I forgot to take extra butter out to soften, and I am utterly unable to soften butter in the microwave.

Dad should show up on Friday morning, and we have a second lab party on Saturday evening. We'd leave before it, but it's to celebrate a good friend who's defending her thesis on Friday.

I still haven't packed yet, but it's all organized in my head ;) we'll see how many nights I'm up late this week getting everything straightened out.

Friday, December 9, 2011

no FOs, but I at least got something done last night :)

Pictures to come soon, because I'm just not that organized yet... last night I sat down and got the majority of a nap blanket completed for N. The Cars flannel and fleece arrived weeks ago, and I figured if I wanted it done for Christmas I had to get off my butt.

A couple of things that I changed this time around:

1. instead of using commercial double-fold quilt binding, I used satin blanket binding. I couldn't find double-fold in black when I ordered, and the single-fold wide bias tape doesn't work.
2. low-loft batting... should be easier to sew up (that's what I have left to do)
3. I sewed the blanket binding on using a decorative stitch on my new machine... not sure what it's called, but it looks like prairie points. It's a bit tricky to get even without practice, but I didn't do too bad.

I'm hoping I can get it done tonight, along with baking some cookies ;) Photos to come when I get it done and can get decent light when N. is not around.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

i need to find time

no time to bake (for gifts)
no time to knit (for gifts)
no time to pack (for home)

but I'll figure it out :)

I usually plan and pack over several weeks when I'm heading anywhere for more than a few days. I cleared out space in the back hallway to try and get that started. the problem? N. knows now what suitcases are for. We've been trying to keep things quiet for the time being, at least until Dad is here, since N.doesn't understand what it means to wait. To him, there are three kinds of time: today, tomorrow, and last week. But tonight he saw the bags laid out and wanted to know what they were for. I'm thinking I"ll have to hide them again!

I'm so looking forward to this time off. working in the lab full time again is so much fun, but it keeps my brain from recharging. I need some me time, and some family time.

And now, I need some sleep time. I hate writing such scattered posts, but if I don't get back in the habit somehow, I'll never write at all. So, scattered it is. Night, all.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Head above water, briefly.

I'm still alive. Had a few weeks of zero crafting and 100% stress, but it's all come down to two facts at the moment:

1. I am now a permanent resident of these here unitificated states! YAY! A wholly stress-filled process, not inexpensive, very very much a pain in the butt, but it's complete. And it means I am now free to travel.

Which brings me to my second point:

2. WE'RE GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!

Sorry to shout, but I haven't been home in a year and a half, my niece is growing up without me, and I need to see my grandmother. We haven't spent Christmas with any relatives in a few years, and even though I typically like the whole not-travelling part, I miss the madness that is my family.

The catch:

I now have 2.5 weeks to plan, pack, teach my thrummed mitten class at Knit, get gifts made for N's teachers and everyone else around here, keep working at the volunteer position I picked up a couple of months ago (in a lab, hopefully leading to something else), then treck up north. It's going to be hell.

And I can't wait.