Sunday, March 11, 2007

In my Next Life

I've been watching The Devil Wears Prada and thinking about my life. Well, about what choices I've made in my life. I'm a stay at home mom in a small city with a husband who works at a job he hates. Sounds exciting, no?

And I was thinking that in my next life, I'll go conquer the world first. I'll finish school, go to some huge city, work my way up, and have some fabulous job. I'll wait to get married until I'm 30 and I'll date all sorts of men. I'll have crazy fun and then settle down.

I was really feeling sorry for myself when I walked upstairs to check on Abigail. She's been having horrible tummy pains and just crying and crying. She finally fell asleep in our bed, and I had to check on her to make sure she was breathing. I worry like that.

So I walked into the room and she was lying there on her back, the stream of light from the hall on her face. The brightness illuminated her features and she looked angelic. I touched her hand lightly and she remained completely relaxed. Her breathing was light and she stayed asleep. Angelic. Absolutely perfect. And she left me slightly teary-eyed.

I'm not looking for something better. I have it right here. My children are amazing, I'm smart enough to exist and thrive in everyday life, and my husband is actively searching for new jobs. Sure, my life isn't perfect, but what I've created makes me happy. And even more importantly, it fulfills me.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

So I haven't posted in 2+ months. Oh, well. Life has been busy.

Jeffery moved to a new permanent home. Yes, he moved. That means I have just my 2 kids. I feel like a free woman again. I miss him sometimes, but I do love having time to blink without the mommy guilt associated with having too many kids too close in age.

I can't even think of what else has been going on. We paid off $5700 worth of credit card debt with our tax return. Yes, we've changed our withholdings for next year. But it's sure nice to be almost out of debt.

I did exciting things with the other $300 from the tax return.

We had a plumber come and fix our pipes. I know my life is too cool for school. I guess pipes are an ongoing problem for this house. Good thing the previous owners forgot to mention that when they sold to us. Lovely. But now I can do laundry every day, not just when the moon is waxing and it's an even numbered day and the sky is clear. Makes life easier.

Next, I spent almost $200 on cloth diapers. Yes, cloth diapers. And I'm loving them. I actually spent $100 on Kissaluvs diapers and found that I didn't like them, so I sold them today for $90. It was worth $10 to try them. They're good diapers, just not for me.

So I bought bumGenius diapers. Love them! More to come on them later.

Onto my kids. Sam turned 2 on January 9 and he's a wild man these days. Jeffery moving threw him for a loop, so he's really clingy, too. Wild and clingy. Seems impossible, but not for my kid. He's taken to announcing what drives by our house, and things are either a "bus,", a "VU" (suv) or a "fuck" (truck). He also announces trucks in public. Nothing like my two year old yelling "FUCK" at the top of his lungs to keep me humble.

Abigail is 5 1/2 months old and is a chunk. She's over 15 1/2lb and just keeps growing. She's short and fat. Just like Mommy. She's pulling everything to her mouth, and especially likes Sam's fingers when they're covered in food. So much for the exclusive breastmilk for the first 6 months. She's tried "messy fingers" one too many times for that.

Jimmy is now applying for jobs all over. I told him I'd live anywhere except Colorado for the next two years. Let's hope I don't live to regret that.

I've also actually been knitting. Socks. Lots and lots of socks. And hats for charity. Maybe I'll start writing about knitting sometime in the future. Who knows?

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Recent life and FOs

I just realized it's been a month since I posted anything. Lovely. I guess that's what I get for trying to do too many things, and being pregnant and prone to preterm labor.

So, since I've been sitting on my behind to ward off preterm labor, I've accomplished a lot.

I learned to make socks and made a pair for Jimmy from some Opal I had:

And then Sam needed a matching pair.

I started some Jaywalkers, but they're driving me nuts. . . way too tight for my liking. So I may frog them or I may just finish them and give them to my sister who has teeny feet (yes, smaller than my 6 1/2 feet).

I also made my first sock for ME ME ME out of Mountain Colors, and I'm in love! Oooh! It has mohair and wooly goodness. So soft, and machine washable.

I finished my sweater for Abigail last night (my baby to come in September). It's made from 100purewool and is amazingly soft.

Pictures to come

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Answers about me

I am....a wife and a mommy.
I go on a honeymoon after baby #2 arrives.
I wish....Jimmy was finished with school and we could move from this city!
I hate....the fact that my house is very messy. Chalk it up to being on reduced activity for this pregnancy, but Sam takes things apart faster than I can clean them!
I miss....Seattle and the big city feel.
I babies being hurt or suffering.
I foster son whining. This is how he falls asleep every night. . . saying "aaaaaaaaah" over and over.
I wonder....where we'll live after Jimmy finishes school.
I regret....not finishing college.
I am not...a morning person. Unless you count 1am. Then, I'm really a morning person!
I dance....with Sam. In the house, in the bathtub, in public, anywhere.
I Sam. He sings back to me. Precious!
I cry....a lot during pregnancy. I'm an emotional pregnant woman.
I am not always....a people person. Sometimes, I just need 5 minutes to myself.
I make with my hands....all sorts of knitted things. I bake, sew, crochet, everything. Also some scrapbooking when I feel like it.
I write....Lists. I can't think without lists. I write myself notes, I write in my calendar, and I write on my blog (sometimes).
I confuse....the days of the week. Being a stay-at-home mom with too many meetings does this to me.
I need....a personal masseuse. For my sore back.
I should....clean my house. But it gives me contractions. So no dice.
I start...lots of little projects, constantly. Sometimes I even finish.
I finish....some of them.
I tag....anyone who happens to read this.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

On the Knitting Blogs webring

This is big news for my new little blog. I'm on the Knitting Blogs webring. That means other people can see what knitting I've been doing (and the rest of my life that I choose to share). I guess that also means I should learn how to upload pictures so people don't just have to hear about my knitting. I'll ask Jimmy about it tonight. And how to attach the button to link to it. But until then, I'm on the internet.

I joined a swap

I actually joined a yarn swap. What's more, I joined one that requires making a project for someone. I'm excited and a little nervous. For one thing, I've never done a yarn swap. I know what yarns I like, but not what other people do. So, my swap partner will probably get what I like. Second, it means I'll be making a project for someone else. My swap partner. I'm getting to be a better knitter, but I'm not a pro (yet, I think to myself, but that's a little far fetched for now).

Either way, it's the "One Skein Swap". I think this makes a link, but I'm really no pro at this. Let's hope it does.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Bad blogger!

So I've been the worst blogger ever. I'm way behind. Surprised? I'm not.

Here's what I've been up to:

I finished and felted my booga bag. It's cute, but didn't felt really great. Oh, well. Also finished the handle, but haven't felted that. Will photograph soon.

Started a new felted bag, with my own measurements. It's maroon, and cute. We'll see how it goes. I've done the bottom and maybe 2 1/2" of it, but that's progress for me.

Then, the gold medal item: an alpaca scarf. This is an accomplishment for me. I've done maybe 5" of it, and it's tough. Increases. Decreases. New kinds of directions to read. Also, there was a problem with the pattern, in that the designer forgot a row of directions. SO, I took apart and remade several rows about 4 times. This is WAY more patient than I usually am. But it's working. And beautiful. And alpaca!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

the camera, Sam?

Sam has recently taken to hiding things. Mostly, it's food or fun little treasures he finds around the house. But this time, it's the camera. I know I'll find it if I look hard enough, but darn it, I just want to take pictures.

So, updates of my life will soon have pictures.

Once I get my kid to tell me where he hid the camera.