Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WniP Wednesday

That's Works Not In Progress... because I can't seem to shake the schlumps out of my head this past week and pick up needle or hook.  I've done a little bit on my second stripe study, but the wedges are getting bigger and going slower.  I also picked up the 2x2 rib scarf that goes with my brother's hat, but it lasted about 10 minutes, and that does nothing to pull one out of a rut :-)

I've done a bit more baking lately, though, which surprises me considering the fact that I swore off sweets after making the second wedding cake.  I tried (and succeeded!) at making baklava (ohmygodwasitgood), and Hubby's supervisor has me on retainer to do all special occasion baking for the lab.  This week, one of the grad students is turning 26, and he loves peanut butter, so I made chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream, and PB bars.  The cake recipe is here, the frosting here, and together, they're the best EVER.

I'm gearing up for a little family road trip - one of our cousins has a little girl turning two, so it's party time for us.  Maybe a couple of hours in a car will cure my knitting blues.

Friday, July 20, 2012

FO Friday

A quick one since I'm at work...


Draco, the test dragon :-)  Pattern here.

It's a choose-your-own-adventure sort of thing, where you decide what kinds of features you want on your dragon - big or small horns, ears, frills, scales or a whip-tail.  I picked ears, small horns, scales and a standard tail :-)

As always, check out Tami's Amis for more amazing FOs :-)

Friday, July 6, 2012

FO Friday

Quick post - here's the trim from my niece's flowergirl dress... size 10 crochet cotton with a 1.65mm steel hook. Photos courtesy of my SIL, taken the week after the wedding once things had calmed down. And, off I go!

*zoom*







As always, check out Tami's Amis for more amazing FOs :-)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freedom! (tomorrow)

:)  Hubby stayed home today, with the exception of a quick jaunt to the lab to start up some cultures, and we are celebrating the 4th in our own quiet way - the boys are outside playing in the backyard, and I'm straightening up the fridge.

I've decided that N. is going back to preschool tomorrow, hence my upcoming freedom.  He's still feeling great, his blisters are fading, and he's starting to strut around here like the king of England, demanding this and that whenever it strikes his fancy.  I can see it sailing downhill, so back to the routine it is.  I'm hoping to even be bad tomorrow and sneak to the cinema to catch a flick over lunchtime, but I'm stuck between a documentary on autism and OCD and (ahem) Magic Mike.  I had a friend see the latter, and she complained that there was too much profanity within the first few minutes that it turned her off; I figure, a movie about male strippers that's (of course) rated R - you expect a little potty language.  Rotten Tomatoes has it hovering somewhere around 73% fresh, and I think after a few days cooped up in here, I deserve a little fun ;-)  In any event, I will go somewhere that has a cold drink and AC and take my knitting.

No pics for WiP Weds this week - the laptop was in the shop because of an unfortunate milk-spill, and I haven't downloaded the card since I got it back.  I've been working a little on my second stripe study, and finished a test-crochet (hopefully will have that one up on Friday)...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

a slightly calmer day (I hope)

N. slept well again last night, although was up early (it's a trend since coming home from the wedding).  He's in a great mood, although the rash is only fading slightly on his hands and feet.  The baboon's arse, a common additional site, would be hilarious if it wasn't so cringe-inducing.  Luckily he still seems to be feeling absolutely no pain or itch.

I'm feeling more zen about the whole dis-invite thing, too; one family coming to the BBQ on Tuesday basically said, "bring it on, our kids have had EVERYTHING :)", but another couple are visiting a branch of their family later in the week that they've never met before, including some small children, and are feeling a little paranoid.  I purposely pulled us out of a second party on Wednesday, because I realized that I'm not sure I've ever had it, and I could be incubating right now and not know it.  What I do know for sure is that there'll be a 3-month old at the party on Weds, and I'd never forgive myself if I got a tiny baby sick.

I am not, however, staying in the house.  N. isn't contagious anymore, and as a (mostly responsible) adult, I can keep myself from sneezing on people, so walking through the neighborhood to keep my sanity is a must. Then cleaning, knitting, cleaning, and waiting for my grocery delivery for the rest of the day.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bite me, universe.

June 27 - Pull kid out of daycare because of coxsackie outbreak making its way to his classroom. Pat self on back for being proactive mother.
June 28 - Come down with soul-sucking flu, bribe child with DVDs and collapse on futon.
June 29 - Feel surprisingly better after sleeping 18 hours, go on Shop Hop 2012
June 30 - Finish shop hop, feeling good, kid still feeling fine, figure he's out of the woods
July 1 - Kid comes down with tell-tale blisters
July 2 - Diagnosis confirmed. Entire family unceremoniously dis-invited from early July 4th picnic even though child is no longer contagious.  Engage in extreme self-pity while child suffers from ZERO symptoms except for scary red (but strangely not-itchy-or-painful) rash.  Complete online grocery order to include comfort summer food like Klondike and freezies.  Feel zero guilt.

And, scene.