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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Home Sweet Home

Yesterday I flew home to Oregon to spend some time with my family before heading up to Spokane, WA. In light of being unable to make it home for Christmas, I was a little nervous that we were might get snow in Colorado earlier than predicted. Well, I made it...in one peice.

Chris and I both packed up yesterday and headed out at the same time. In fact, our flights were only like 10 minutes apart. This was nice because we didn't have to make special arrangements to get to the airport, and we got to hang out longer before we left. He is off to Italy for the Winter World Univeristy Games until the 29th, then will head on to the Netherlands and to Hungary for a couple weeks, returning on February 12th. I got really lucky and will be keeping myself busy by coming home until the 18th, then heading to Spokane to work the National Ice Skating Championships, then back to Colorado on the 30th. I'll have a couple days off then will be working the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship in the Springs for a week. So I shouldn't get too bored waiting for Chris to come home.

The flights were uneventful, which in this day an age is to say something. Dad and I went to have some lunch at Fins (a great old fashioned burger diner) then dropped by to see mom at work. Earlier in the day Grandma had gotten a call from the bank saying that she had overdrawn her checking account by $100. So, Dad asked me to take Grandma to the bank to sort things out. It turns out that Grandma had a Phisher call her and try to steal money from her, but because she can't hear so well, she said she'd just have to check with the bank and didn't give any personal info...THANK THE LORD! It was really disturbing to see that Grandma is getting to forgettful, but I guess that's to be expected.

Today I don't have much planned, a Dr. appoint ment in the morning then will being going to make lunch for Grandma (yummy turkey chili). Tomorrow Dad and I are driving up to Moscow, ID to watch Kacie's swim meet. I have brought along some cheapo yarn from JoAnns to make a cable beany and scarf for Kacie. This will be the first time that I've done cabling, so I'm kind of excited. If I get it done, I'll post pictures. But for now, I should go pick up things for lunch.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Gifty #2 and a BONUS!

Oh boy, oh boy, OH BOY! It came, gifty #2…with a BONUS!

So it looks to me like our mail lady is really having trouble catching up having had an extra day off this week. Usually we get our mail around 5 p.m. (we’re the last on her stop,) but on Wednesday, I checked it at around 8 p.m., and no mail. Yesterday, I checked the mail at about 6:30 p.m., and there was mail (which included my gifty!) I thought his would be the end of the mail for the day, but my boyfriend mentioned that the mail lady had just arrived at 7:30 p.m. when he was pulling in to the apartment complex. Yippee more mail! So Mel, no worries, the package got here. It seems things are a little backed up, but that’s alright!

Mel did an amazing job of theming each package. This gifty is PINK themed! Each wonderful present was packaged in pink tissue to make it all the more exciting to open. First I opened the yarn, which wasn’t pink, but is totally appropriate for this time of year. It’s got a wonderful red and dark green all mixed in. I can’t wait to figure out what to make with I; perhaps a hat? Then came some delicious dark chocolate sticks which will be perfect for stirring in coffee or adding a nice bite to hot chocolate! There were so many little packages, I didn’t know what to open next. A heavy round one looked good, and will feel good too when I use it. It turned out to be a fizzy bath ball! Then came Bubble Gum Lip Smackers, Strawberries and Cream shimmer gloss, and Tickle Me Pink nail polish to round off the pink pamper yourself items. Mel also included a cute Winnie the Pooh calendar and a sparkly fish magnet to hang on the refrigerator. Last but certainly not least, there was a pink Grow Your Own Kitty Kit! Which I promptly put in water to grow!

Thank you so much Mel, everything was amazing and makes me super excited to see what’s in the last package! We have snow today, so maybe I’ll have a soak in the bath tub and then paint my toenails while watching a Disney movie. I love the chocolate and have already dug into it once or twice. The calendar will be great to hang right by the computer so we won’t forget a date. I’m not real sure what’s wrong with the kitty, maybe she’s just stubborn, but she hasn’t grown too much yet. Heheh she’s a slow developer. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU! You really have put thought into these gifts, and I truly appreciate that.

What’s even better though, is that in that extra pile of mail that we got late last night, I ALSO received the postcard that my amazing knit pal sent from Dorset, England over the holidays. It really does sound like you had an amazing time there, and I can’t wait to read about it on your blog in a month!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had an amazing night ringing in the New Year. Chris and I spent most of the afternoon and evening playing a number of board games that we purchased with our Christmas gift cards. We also went out for sushi at one of our favorite sushi joints for an added treat.

I spent most of the 31st and the morning of the 1st working on a new knitting project. I was bored hanging around the house so I decided I would find something to knit away the boredom. I had some yarn in my stash that was originally picked out for felting a bag, but found out that it wouldn’t felt. So instead, I looked around for a quick/small project to occupy my time. After looking through hundreds of hats, I decided on Knitty’s Astrodome pattern. Having never done Fair Isle before, I thought something small like this would be great to learn on. I didn’t have the appropriate size yarn in my stash to make this hat, so I had to use the smaller needles recommended for the yarn I was using. I figured it wouldn’t be too big of a deal since the finished hat would have been too big for my tiny head.

It turned out great, but a little small. I think I might frog it and try again with one size smaller needles and adding an extra pattern repeat and an extra row of the stars. Since it didn’t take too long to make, I don’t feel too bad about trying again! It was a fun pattern and I had great colors to work with. When I finally get the hat the right size, I think I’ll make the nifty scarf to go with it! Happy Knitting in 2007!