June 2007


It is Vacation Bible School week around here!  To be true it is VBS DAY CAMP week!

This means I get to go to church in the morning, teach some really cute kids the daily Bible story and then the kids stay till 5,  with lots of fun things to do in the afternoon!!!

did you catch that part . . .

ZAE STAYS AT CAMP!- 4 hours each afternoon where there is no one else in my house!

Have I done any knitting . . . NOPE!  I am not working on anything that holds my attention.  I am still working on mom’s sock, but it is all SS, I have turned the heel (on sock #1) about 1 more inch till I get to the toes . . . doesn’t really excite me at this point.  But I am following the directions!

 Instead, I have read books 5 & 6 for Harry Potter . . . I CAN NOT WAIT until the movie . . . but I am even more excited for the BOOK!!!!!!  YEAH, but also sad . . . that will be the last one!  I hate not knowing how the story ends, but I also hate that it must end and then be over. . .

OOOHHHH . . . I just heard Fed Ex drop off a package.  I wish it was yarn . . . or even yarn related . . . it isn’t . . . instead it is the textbook for a CLAD class I HAVE to take (in order to keep the job, HAVE to take).  The class started in May, I guess I should go get it and start reading ( I am a bit behind on the class to say the least).

OK . . . here I go.

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I came across this on another blog from a knitting theatre teacher (really, there are more of us- it is a stressful job- the wool helps!) 

I’m not sure how interesting everyone will find my reading list- I enjoyed thinking about it . . . I guess it is true . . . my sweetie does say I read a lot! 

I am not sure if it helps to know that my first obession has always been reading (I nearly failed 3rd grade . . . because I did NOTHING else but read- I would hide books in my mathbook!)Before I was a theatre major- I was an English major (actually I ended up with a double- in 4 years- I may be a bit crazy!).  I thought this was fun!

Here’s how it works: In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, put an XX before the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

 1. +The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) 2. +Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. +To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)I even had to teach this my first year teaching- I love the book- but teaching it sucked- I don’t think I will ever read it again- it was not fun to teach- I had to spend 9 weeks on it (the time line was set for me) 3-4 weeks would have rocked- 9 weeks SUCKED


4. XXGone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)

5.+ The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. +The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. +The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8.A nne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. +Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. +Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17.* Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. XXThe Stand (Stephen King)- Iget scared way too easy!
19.+ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. +Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
I have a deep love for Victorian Lit!  Really!  Bronte’ and Austin are my friends!
21.+The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. XX
The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)This is one of the worst books EVER- I do not like journey stories- I just don’t and this one fits most steroptypes!
23.Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

24. *The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25.
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. +The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
I didn’t get this!  I read it when I started dating my husband- he loved it!
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. +The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
LOVE ALL OF THESE- Read all 9 last Christmas just for fun!
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. +Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33.* Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. +1984 (Orwell)
35. +The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. *The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. *The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38.+ I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. +The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)

40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. *The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. +Bible (some of it, at least)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. XXGreat Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)

56. *The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. +Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. +The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
THE BEST BOOK EVER!  My fave 3 auhors Atwood, Austen and Allende (I know they have NOTHING in common except they are women- but I love them anyway!)
60. *The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)

64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. *Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
I read this A LOT-  A sweet little book (2 hours tops) about the problems with becoming and adult and how much we loose as we grow up!  I love it!
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. *
The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)

79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. +Charlotte
’s Web (E.B. White)
81. *Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. *Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. *Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85.
Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. *The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. *Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. *Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. *In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James
Joyce)  

I have some WONDERFUL knitting to show you  . . . really, you know the knitting that makes you proud to be a knitter . . . the BEST STUFF you have done so far kind of knitting . . .  I would love to show it to you- really I REALLY REALLY want to . . . but I can’t! 

 It is a baby present to be given at the COOLEST baby shower EVER!  On July 14! (J now you guys know it is for you, but I still can’t show the pictures!)  I will post a wonderful group of photos on July 15!Why is this the coolest shower ever- because we are doing it online.  The American side of the family will be at my Dad’s house, the German side of the family and friends will be at my brother’s house – we shall then use web-cams to share the day!  I am really excited (Gee- I hope it works!)

I shall instead share this with you . . . Zae has reached a point (at the old age of 4) where he does not think he needs a nap.  He will NOT lie down to take a nap . . . and no amount of fighting will change his mind.  However, he will take a 2 hour rest.  This means he can play with quite toys, but he must stay on his bed.  This is a great arrangement for both of us . . . I get the quiet, he gets the rest.  The best part . . . 

MUST PLAY MORE  . . . MUST NOT SLEEP!

he falls asleep EVERY DAY!  about an hour and half into the rest . . . then he sleeps for 1 or more hours!  I love how he doesn’t realize that he is NOT getting the best side of the deal.I think he must play until he can play no more. 

You can see here, he has gotten out his Halloween costume, performed some magic and . . . Knocked Him Self OUT!

Gotta run . . . crazy busy day . . . it is hard to be popular . . . My cousin’s oldest is having his High School Graduation Party today . . . I can’t tell you how old this makes me feel.  This kid was in a stroller at my 8th grade graduation!  In the middle of the party- a dear friend is getting married!  To a WONDERFUL guy!  Really, he is one of those that makes all men look better!  The plan is to go to the Grad part, leave about an hour later- leave Zae with mom- go to the wedding, do the wedding thing- then come back to the grad party! 

Gee I feel so popular!

Have a restful Saturday- heck have one for me too! 

Happy Late Father’s Day!

We had a GREAT Father’s Day weekend at the cabin.  We met Sweetie’s Dad and Step-mom at the cabin.  It was a total Father’s day experience.

 

The boys went fishing!

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Papa and Dad taught Zae to cast.  Zae got a new kids Spiderman pole for the weekend- it was really cute and not a bad pole for $10!  Zae picked up on casting pretty quick all things considered.

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Then they went to the river!

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The fishing SUCKED- they didn’t catch anything but sucker fish. Grandma and I were hoping for some trout, but maybe for 4th of July!  When Zae lost interest in fishing . . . so he threw rocks!

 

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After getting back from fishing, there were naps and snacks and dinner and campfire. Papa let Zae help build the fire!  He was thrilled!

 

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  Then we roasted Marshmallows, which was the highlight of the weekend! At least for me . . . I can’t tell you the DEEP love I feel for a rosted marshmellow,  I think it has to do with a GREAT deal of time in Girl Scouts!

Then Zae got in a work out!

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  All in all it was a perfect Father’s Day!

Here is to all the New and Old Fathers out there! 

Thank you for all you do!

Friday was awards night for my Thespian Society at school.  We had the best time!

Zae was pretending that he was the teacher!

  

The Little Teacher

And then, my kids gave him an award!  He got to go up on the stage and EVERYTHING!

 Best Knock Knock Joke!

 I Got an AWARD 

Zae told the cast of the Spring Show a joke:

“Knock Knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Taco”

“Taco Who?”

“Taco on a Pirate Ship!” 

Yep, that was the award winning joke!  My kids are so sweet!  The award made his night!  He had me hang it in his room where he can see it every night! 

Another proud moment- MY DRESS!  I haven’t had it on since before I was Prego!  Last time I tried, it was about 6 inches from zipping!  I tried it on Friday, for a kick and it FIT!!!!!!!!!!  Not the best picture of it . . . but I had to share!

My pretty dress  

 

That is all, not much knitting going on in our world- it is finals week!  I have the class that is in the room RIGHT NOW to grade then I don’t have any more classes!  Just a room to clean etc!!!!!!!!!!!  I am SO ready for vacation.

 

Especially since I just found out that I am teaching Film History next year.  I know NOTHING about film history.  I have never seen Citizen Cane or Gone with the Wind or ANYTHING like that!  I don’t go to the movies that often. 

I am trying to focus on the good side- I am going to HAVE to watch movies all summer- I will be working!!!!!!  And when I watch a movie . . . I have to knit . . . it helps keep me focused!

See it is true . . . every cloud does have a silver lining!

Thank you to all who have shared the wonky sock love!  I am proud of the wonky socks!

I figure that no matter how badly I screw up knitting anything else in the future . . . They can never be as bad as these socks.

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Isn’t it great how this photo hides the true nature of the Wonky!  It took a lot of work to get it just right! 

The Socks who shall not be named have had a hard life.  Things started wonderfully for them- then they met me.They were a part of the “Learn to knit socks” kit I got from Sweetie for X-mas.  It is a testament to his love for me that he put this together.  I wanted to knit socks (they make a knitter look SO cool), so for Christmas, Sweetie bought me sock yarn, sock books, DPNs and some circs.  He then made sure I had some time to really learn the craft.

The first pair was done with worsted weight- boot socks/slippers for him.  He is wonderful, but not without other motives, I have never called him a saint.  I had intended these socks for me- but they were WAY WAY WAY too big (the first step to wonky).  I kindly handed these over (really it was socks 2 and 3 as sock 1 was ripped for its wonkyness).  I should have been warned here, that I was a wonky sock girl . . . but I am a slow learner!

color-sock.JPGI then moved on to the WONDERFUL sock yarn my sweetie had picked for me (there were 3 or 4 LYS trips involved in him finding the “right” sock yarn- the one he thought really showed ME- he settled on the Rockin’ Roll from WildFoote.)The first sock (the BIG one) seemed to start fine, then I turned the heal- and the yarn pattern got STRANGE!  It only did it on ½ of 1 sock- so I am pretty sure it wasn’t the yarn, but the knitter.  Once done- the sock was WAY too big- well not way to big, just a little larger than one would want, but hey- these were going to be round the house socks- so it would be fine.

I was going to try to make sock #2 just a little smaller.  I then spent a day at work in teacher HELL (in-service that has NOTHING to do with what I do) knitting the sock.  I had to put it away due to the bad Karma from the in-service. 

Then there was the pulled the needles out of the sock while it was swiming in my purse issue . . . it was bad.  I wondered then, would I hate these socks when I was done?

Pulled it out again to go to Stitches West– the sock and I had a fine time there- however; I may have been knitting while distracted!  Never good.

I SWEAR I was using sock #1 to guide the size of #2.  I would hold them together.  I measured, I thought I was paying attention . . .  and then they were done, and cast off and I put them on and . . .WHAT THE #&@%!  They don’t match AT ALL!!!!

Wonky Socks

I really thought about ripping, but I just couldn’t do it!  There were MONTHS of knitting in these socks . . . How could I undo that!?!So I have left them, they sit, alone, folded in my sock drawer . . . left to wonder what they ever did to deserve such a fate . . . I don’t know how to tell them that it isn’t them . . . it was me!

So far, the Fleece Artist ball band socks are doing well.  I think they shall be fine- I am trying not to let the new socks hang with those who shall not be named, I would hate to have the influence spread! 

What have you made Wonky?  Come on- we are Wonky, we are Proud!  Come on- lets spreak the Wonky Love!

Last night was it . . . The Yarn Harlot in Petaluma! This was the second time I have heard her speak, and it was different. Great, but different. Last time was a Saturday, so it was kind of an all day thing. Because you are smart, you know that last night was a Thursday . . . so things were a bit more condensed. Also, the last time was at a Yarn Store, so everyone was hanging around, not just knitting, but buying and fondling and loving the FAB yarn at Full Thread Ahead. Last night we all hung out and went to grab dinner and came back and hung out more. It was much more casual!

I was impressed by how comfortable everyone was. We went in, got our seats, left our bags and went to dinner. No one worried that things would get lost; the trust between us was great. And some people had some great yarn . . .

Mom and I met a very sweet (currently Blogless) woman, Jennifer. She was a riot. We ended up going to dinner together. I love knitters.

There were Knitters . . .

Petaluma part 1

And more Knitters . . .

Petaluma 2

Lots of Knitters and Knit Supporters (Like my wonderful mom who went with me)  

Copperfield books was well prepared and organized. I was a bit concerned before we got there after hearing reading the horror stories from Stephanie. But I was impressed.

Then SHE came up to the podium . . .  And took sock pictures. . .

 

And Talked!!!!!! And we LAUGHED OUR ARSES OFF!!!!!

Her theme was on the need for knitting to be respected. And the difficulty in explaining this need to those who do not knit. How our work is not silly, stupid, useless or simple. How we should be proud, we are a force . . . It was rather cool! Kind of a motivational speech for knitters.

 After speech (which despite Stephanie’s worry went GREAT!), was the signing. I love her “pre-boarding” policy for signing. If you can’t stand in the line or have a small child on you or in you, you go to the front! And God Bless the Knitters, I didn’t see much cheating (of course, I think the Harlot might have stabbed a cheater with a DPN, so it might have been for personal preservation).

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 We got up for signing and she signed my book. A while ago, she mentioned that everyone’s first socks all looked so good, much better than hers did. So to make her feel better, I showed her the “Socks who shall not be named”.

I have a confession to make to you dear reader, I cheated you. When I posted the finished picture of the socks, I placed them in such a way to hide the true manner in which they were SUPER WONKY! In the interest of full disclosure, I give you the true picture of the “Socks who shall not be named.”

 Wonky Socks

When I showed them to Stephanie, she looked at me like a deer in the head lights and then stammered, “Are they supposed to be a pair?” I had to say yes! So she took my picture and asked for my blog. When I told her the address, she squinted and asked me what it was called. I told her and she said,

“OH I KNOW YOU!”

I COULD HAVE DIED!!!!!!!!!!!! She knows me!!! That is cool!

There should be a picture here of Stephanie and I. She is holding the short sock, I the long, because as she said “Your tall, I’m not!” However, my camera ATE it! So let us just assume that it is a wonderful picture of both of us. Neither of us has fuzzy hair due to our proximity to the water. My weight loss (10+ lbs in less than 2 months – LOVE Weight Watchers) is TOTALLY obvious! It is the best picture EVER taken of either of us. The kind where we would win America’s Next Top Model for just showing up . . . Can you see the picture!

It was great fun!

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