Monday, November 26, 2007

The Simpsons~

I sure do love The Simpsons! I don't care for Family Guy, but gimme the Simpsons anytime. So I'm watching one of the reruns they play nightly and it happens to be one I haven't seen. Homer can't sleep and starts taking "Nappien" which has crazy side effects. He starts doing things in his sleep that he can't recall the next day. I am cracking up inside because this is SOOO true of Ambien!

I went through a terrible insomnia spell for about 2 years. It was absolutely awful! I tried it all: exerise, hot tea, warm milk, calcium&magnesium supplements, melatonin, kava kava, relaxation exercises, Tylenol PM. I finally resorted to seeing the doctor.

The first pill she put me on was Lunesta. It worked, but had the unfortunate effect of leaving an absolutely horrible taste in my mouth. The entire next day it was as though I had beens sucking on a penny. No matter what I ate or drank, it wouldn't go away. After that, we tried Ambien. It worked like a charm. However, there would be many days where my husband would ask me, "Do you remember doing/saying.... last night?" I carried on full conversations, ground my teeth to the point where it'd wake up my husband, and perform such acts as will not be repeated in public. And I seriously HAD NO CLUE!!!!

Crazy. Needless to say, I stopped taking the Ambien. Luckily that was the only rx that I had such a reaction. Happily, I've been insomnia free for about 5 months now. I hope I'm not jinxing myself!

Friday, November 23, 2007

I'm a Considerate Inventor...

that sounds about right. I found stumbled on this test on Miss Violet's blog. interesting

Black Friday~

I wish I had my camera handy last night. We had a delicious dinner at my family's house and were sufficiently stuffed and exhaustedly watching tv at our own house by 6pm. Both my husband and Roxy were passed out on the floor all stretched out in strange angles. Randy even had one of our blankets pulled over his head. It was really quite a sight. Thankfully he moved up to the extra room to sleep around 8pm. He needed all the rest he could manage since he gets up to brave the shopping today!

And it paid off! I had my eye on my own 18v Black n' Decker drill and also a sewing machine that Kmart had on sale for $65. I know, it's Kmart and it's cheap, but I'm not exactly experienced when it comes to using a sewing machine. A few years back my mom bought me a Sewing Genie (yup, as seen on TV). And I managed to sew two Spiderman pillows for Ant. But, damn did it suck!!! It kept kicking back on me and eating my fabric. It was an absolute nightmare!! Mom keeps telling me it'd probably be great to use on paper for scrapbooking and cards and the such. Anyway. I figure this will be a good way to get my toes wet. I've seen tons of Amy Butler patterns that I just love.

Randy also found a few gifts we were looking for Ant~ the Robodino (i'm sure it has an actual name, but I can't remember). The Hornet which is a remote control futuristic looking hornet that really flies, a gaming chair, and also some old school anniversary edition GI Joes.

Right now he's picking up out Christmas tree which has been stored in my parents' attic. I'm quite excited about it because its new! We bought it after Christmas last year when they were nice and CHEAP! Yeah, folks, we have a fake tree. I know, I know, spare me the lecture. I grew up with artificial trees and find them quite conveniently hassle free! Don't know if we'll get to decorating it today though, seeing as how the Halloween decor is still in a pile waiting to be re-boxed and stored!

Well, enough for now! I've gotta get some caffeine~ my head is starting to ache!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Act Like a Tomato... Catchup!

I know, I'm not keeping my blog very well updated. I must say, there really hasn't been a whole lot going on. We are adjusting to life with Roxy, she seems to have cauaght on to going potty outside and hasn't had any accidents since her first weekend home. I've learned to ignore her for a few minutes when I come home so that she doesn't excitedly leak on the carpet :o) Things are pretty good, I must say. She is still trying to pull ahead on her leash, and doesn't play nicely with small dogs, but we're working on that and start puppy classes Monday night.

On the knitting front.
I'm still working on both Secret of the Stole and Mystic Waters. I'm on clue 6 of S.S. I started to fall behind when my new yarn~ Lisa Souza lace weight in Sea Glas~ for Mystic Waters arrived. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this yarn!! I'm not very far in M.W, either maybe (probably not quite) halfway through clue 2.

The lone Jaywalker sock is hibernating in my knitting bag on the floor in a corner. Pathetic, I know.

On top of my slacker progress, I'm suffering from starteritis and really want to cast on something new, in a heavier weight than lace. I think I've just been around too much fine yarn. I ordered Wool of the Andes bulky to make the Santa Cruz pullover from Knit 2 Together. It's the only sweater Randy has ever been excited about and asked me to make, and the deciding factor in buying the book.

I have 4 skeins of Malabrigo worsted in Little Lovely that was going to be a Clapotis, but I'm now considering using it for Wicked. I think it may be just a little too thick for a Clap. However, I'm not touching it because I need to remember that I have yarn on the way for Randy's sweater. And, let's face it people, in Florida, if you blink long enough, you miss sweater-weather!

I dyed up the last 4 skeins of yarn yesterday, one of which will be going to my Hand Dyed Swap partner. I couldn't get the yardage right on these. I keep notes on Stickes (the program, no the paper) on my computer. I had a note that read, "4 oz= 462yards). I wound off said yardage weighed it and it was 4.1 oz. I went down a few yards and ended up at 4.25 yards! The remaining 2 were also 4.25 and 4.15 yds. I know the scale is accurate because I had also used it to weigh out dyes. I then ended up with a very teeny skein of maybe 100 ft. What the heck am I supposed to do with that???


here's to gorging ourselves on turkey, potatoes and PIE, PIE, PIE! Hope you enjoy your turkey day with your family and loved ones. I know I have a lot to be grateful for! How about you?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Our Baby!

Meet Roxy!
my hubby finally caved this Saturday and agreed to let us get a puppy! we drove around ALL day to virtually every puppy store in a 15 mile radius, even to the huge pet adoption going coincidentally going on at the fair grounds that same day. we finally found our baby at the end of the day (back at a store we had already been to earlier!).

Roxy, f.k.a. Speckles (i wasn't too keen on the name),a cocker spaniel, was the oldest puppy there, born 6/25 so she was marked down rather low. she is too stinkin' adorable and super, super sweet! she had her first vet visit Tuesday where we learned she has giardia (a common intestinal parasite) which is causing her to have mushy poo. so she's on meds for that. we're crating her at night and while we're at work and she's doing very well! she's only had a few accidents in the house (like 3 since last Saturday) so potty training is going well, too!

Randy had originally said that this puppy is all mine and Ant's (well, mostly mine since Ant's only here on the weekends). however, i'm considering that a big, fat lie! he's been all over our puppy! he takes her out and plays with her all the time! it's too funny!

We're all very happy, and for now, my longing for a baby can be put on the back burner :o)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

bad blogger

i know, i've been distant lately. i've been so swamped with work and such that i haven't blogged in eons. there really hasn't been much to blog about.

randy was almost gator bait~ we took the kayaks out on the river sunday. lots of gators were out. randy was foolishly getting close to one on a log for a photo, when an unseen gator got spooked and jumped in the water thrashing his tail. it scared the bejeezus out of both of us. but it was quite funny.

secret of the stole~ is moving along quite smoothly! i'm 8 rows away from completing clue 4. sadly, i only have photos from clue 1. i know, i suck! i'm loving the copper beads on my Basil green Zephyr yarn.

mystic waters shawl~ frogged! i was halfway through chart b. love the pattern, love the yarn, don't love the pattern in the yarn. i ordered SanFransisco from i think it was a bit on the dark side (muah hahahaha) for the pattern. all the details were lost. so i'm waiting on a freshly dyed skein of Lisa Souza lace weight in Sea Glass

work~ SUCKS! but at least Tara comes back on Monday. and baby Elena~ ADORABLE!

i'm trying to get up some more yarn on my etsy shop. i have 3 more skeins that have been dyed for some time that need to be uploaded.

i'll have to post some photos of things. i've been such a slacker


our house is very much resembling a scene from Hitchcock's The Birds. Suddenly hundreds of mockingbirds have swarmed the trees in our back and front yards creating quite a loud commotion. and when i say suddenly, i truly do mean out of no where. it's quite creepy and very noisy. i don't think i've seen anything like this. and acorns are falling into our front door.

oh, wait.....

oooh, this might be even creepier. they've all hushed. all at once.

strange, very, very strange