Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Anti-Selfie

I usually hate selfies.  And I despise people who take selfies all the time.  Like, not with other people, just "here I am, waking up.  Healthy Breakfast, yay me!"  No time for shower--total bedhead."  And repeat....alll day long.  (I'm looking at you, Kim Kardashian.)

Anyway.

I hate selfies because I usually look like hell in a selfie.  Seriously, ever accidentally press the button on your phone so the camera is facing inward instead of out and you're like "Holy Crap!  I look awful, make it go away!"  That's me.  And pretty much every other person who does this.

But it turns out, I can take a good one!  Will wonders never cease!  I don't have a lot of photos of myself that I really like....so liking one is indeed a small celebration.








Thursday, February 2, 2017

A House Divided

This weekend is the Superbowl, and it's New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons.

Now, I am not a huge football fan.  But I DID grow up in New England, and I do enjoy it when the Pats are in the playoffs.  But our friends know that Brian grew up in Philly, and is a fan of the Eagles.  And very much NOT a Pats fan, or admirer of any kind.  And his family.....well, his mom and one brother are pretty vocal about how much they don't like Tom Brady.

Anyway....I digress.  His mom bought us t-shirts a few years ago with the Pats and Eagles helmet logos that say "A House Divided."  Well, it's just gotten a bit more divisive.

On the way to the bus stop this morning, I was telling the boys that one of their schools had invited kids to wear Pats gear or Pats colors to school tomorrow in support of the Pats being in the Superbowl.  Now, neither kid is a football fan, any more so than me.  But Will perks up and said "It's probably my school."  He's probably right, I seem to get emails often about theme days and the like.  Naturally, he's no more interested in dressing in support of the Pats than he was interested in wearing a tie in support of the Great Kindness Challenge at the beginning of the week.  But then he surprises me, and his eyes brighten:

"Mom, what are the Eagles colors?"

I'm sure that his Dad, Uncle and Grandmom are all going to be super-proud tomorrow!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Milestone


Say hello to baby hat #250!





Sean turned seven earlier this month.  I started these little hats as a way to "give back" for the blessing that I received in him.  (I did something different for Will, I collected baby food for charity)  In the first year, I made fifty hats to commemorate his birth, and at the time I was sending them to Stitches from the Heart, a California-based charity that collected handcrafted baby hats and blankets and distributed them all over the country.  They closed their doors a few years ago, and someone told me about Project Nathaniel.  It is a local woman that collects baby items in honor of her grandson Nathaniel, that passed away soon after being born.  AND the items go to the hospital that my boys were born in, every July!  I'm honored and happy to help the hospital that was so good to us.

So that's 250 little heads that I've helped warm up.  These little hats knit up quickly, and really make you feel like you're accomplishing something, both knit-wise and life-wise.  Here's to the next 250!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Those Pink Hats

On January 20th, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president.  And on January 21st, there were Womens' Marches to protest Donald Trump being President.  It may have been a "women's march" but over 4 million men, women and children attended the main march in DC, and 600 sister marches all over the country.

Women and their pink hats....pink hats with cat-like ears everywhere!  This was thanks to the Pussyhat Project.   I'm proud to say that I knit two of these hats, and gave them to a friend who went to DC. She gave the hats to friends and then tagged me on Facebook so I could see who got them and they thanked me.  And I'm still making them for anyone who's asked....I've got one off the needles to mail to Rhode Island, and then two to go to Virginia and two more to local friends.  Hey, it's what I can do to help the cause.  I may not be able to go to marches, but I support those that do, and will knit my fingers off to help the cause!

Monday, January 9, 2017

We Need CSI in Here

My older son suffers from headaches, and if he doesn't get medicine quickly and lets them linger, they will make him sick to his stomach.  He saw the doctor recently and the doctor upped his Tylenol dosage and wrote an order allowing him to have Tylenol at school.  One issue is also dehydration--the only thing he'll drink is milk and he hates drinking water.  So the doctor suggested getting a water flavor enhancer, stating that the pros outweigh the cons and it's about getting the fluids in.  So Brian bought a little bottle of Mio Water Enhancer in Fruit Punch flavor.

Will decided this morning to "experiment" with putting it in a little water at home to try before putting it in his water bottle to take to school.  I said that I would mix it for him because I could just see him making a huge mess with it, and nobody's got time for huge messes on weekday mornings.  Hell, most days I don't have time for BREAKFAST before it's time to take the kids out to the bus.

Hilarity ensues though, even with me at the helm of this experiment.  See my text messages below for proof.  Just another day in my life of luxury, folks.  It was pretty funny though, got all over his shirt and the nice, clean kitchen floor.  We did laugh, and luckily it wasn't too bad to clean up.  Just some damp paper towels while I ate an English muffin.  As for CSI....perhaps they're not necessary, because I CONFESSED.


That bus is later every day
Good news: will likes the water flavor enhancer and put some in his bottle today.
Bad news: it's not drops. It shoots off like a cannon and makes your kid and kitchen look like a grisly murder scene. We had a good laugh about it. And luckily will was wearing 5 shirts so we just took one off. (Not I'm not kidding....they took your layering advice very seriously, making the laundry epically awesome for the washerwoman.)
Well hopefully we get our regular bus driver back soon
I'm glad he likes it and we'll have CSI figure out who did it later.
















Friday, January 6, 2017

Last Knit of 2016....

....was a hat for one of the karate instructors at the boys' school.  She had been through some tough stuff and I saw that she liked slouchy hats.  Blue's her favorite, so I set out to find blue yarn in my stash.

I didn't find much....




Brian picked out the pattern ("Greystone" on Ravelry) and it was off to the races!  At first everything was going well, until I missed some cables because I was engrossed in a little binge-watching of "Code Black,"

The end result?  Stunning.



BTW--meet Greta.  Greta is going to model all of my hats from now on.  She was a Christmas gift and although she's creepy-looking, I think she's awesome.  The hat makes her slightly less creepy, but only slightly.