Monday, September 19, 2011

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stuff I've been thinking about:

  • Wondering what would it be like if I were in a different profession.
  • Remembering when I had really long hair.
  • Wondering how I can best help my kid succeed and be happy in life, and, now that I write that out, wondering which is really most important to me, deep down. I hope that I want contentment, not actual happiness, and that success is measured in making a difference as well as financial self-sufficiency.
  • Wondering what really can help people break the cycle of poverty, and why more people don't think about that. I have actually heard people I love and respect say "the poor will always be with us", but does that somehow validate doing nothing to help?
  • Wondering if my body is up to the task of working full-time and keeping an active lifestyle. Heh, as if anyone would call my current life "active." LOL
  • Thinking about how I'm going to be tested, probably in the next year, to see if my belief that "home" is about people and not about place as my parents are planning to move out of the house I grew up in. I can't even imagine them in any other dwelling since we moved there when I was an infant.
  • We are "of an age" when our friends are dealing with serious, life-threatening medical conditions people are losing parents, aunts, uncles to death. There seems to be so much death around us lately, including colleagues and former co-workers.
What kinds of things have been on YOUR minds lately?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Great American Aran Afghan

I've long admired this collection of cabled squares made into an afghan, and in January, using gift credit from my darling MIL, I decided to purchase the book of patterns and get cracking! My goal is to make about one square per month, which means it will take nearly 2 years to complete the blanket.

I'm using Knit Picks Bare, superwash merino. It's great yarn, feels good and squishy, and I think it will wear well. I apologize in advance for the color quality of these pics. I'm not my husband!

Each square was designed by someone different, and each one is unique.

Some are knit from one end to the other.

Some knit from the outside edge to the center. I found this technique to be really fun!

One square I've done has a center panel knit one end to the other and then you pick up stitches all around the edge as you knit the border on - very cool.

All in all, it is shaping up to be an interesting project. I like the variety of patterns, and I'm enjoying being able to knit one square at a time and move on to other things in between.

I'm currently on my 5th square, which is right on schedule, really, since we're almost to May. I might even finish this blanky earlier than expected, but I'm not going to push it. The process is enjoyable this way!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Yea, so I got sick of my daily poems. You too, I imagine! I'll post again soon with some real-life content - this time I'll put some pix of Simon in the show that was this weekend. It's been a very busy week!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Childhood Joy in the Sun

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to volunteer to help out COSI for the festivities when the OSU studios were moving to share space with them. Part of the family days included storytimes by a few librarians like me. The big, fancy event the night before, however, included one of my heroes, Caroll Spinney, who created Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. I got to speak with him at that event, but the next day noticed that he and his wife actually observed about 10 minutes of my storytime! I was thrilled out of my gourd!

The ladies who were my contacts at COSI knew what a crazy fan I was and told him I'd love to talk to him again, so they waited around a bit. I told him what a huge influence Sesame Street had on my life, my creativity and even my career because they always thought about what children really needed so that they'd be motivated to pay attention to the parts that would be informational. It is so entertaining that children don't even realize they're learning. I also told him that we sing the song "I Love Trash" (one of Oscar's hits) at our house, and he said "Let's sing it together now". This first picture was taken when we were singing together. You can see that I totally became a kid again with him (I know, not a stretch to imagine).

Imagine playing the most recognizable character in the world (Big Bird) and never being recognized on the streets. He is an amazingly down-to-earth and kind man, just the way you hope he'd be. I will never forget that brush with fame, that day when my hero took time to make me feel special by singing with me . . . in public . . . about trash.

Do you have a favorite song from your childhood? I have hundreds, but the bright, beautiful day outside makes me think of this one:

Sunny Day!
composed by Joe Raposo

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street

Come and play
Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street

It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To Happy people like you--
Happy people like
What a beautiful

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame street...

How to get to Sesame Street

How to get to...

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Poem of the Day

Haiku 4/5/11

He missed the school bus!
Hurry hurry get yourself dressed!
Drive the kid to school!

Yup. It's one of those days.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Morning Rush

daily routine, 4/4/11

dreams interrupted
grumbling acceptance
stumbling descent
awaken youth
mumbling engagement
bumbling breakfast
grateful acquiescence
rushing preparations
obligatory kiss
dreams pursued

Sunday, April 03, 2011



Christopher Robin goes
Hoppity, hoppity,
Hoppity, hoppity, hop.
Whenever I tell him
Politely to stop it, he
Says he can't possibly stop.

If he stopped hopping,
He couldn't go anywhere,
Poor little Christopher
Couldn't go anywhere...
That's why he always goes
Hoppity, hoppity,

Alan Alexander Milne

Many thanks to PoemFinder for this, one of my favorites from childhood.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

National Poetry Month

I'd like to pretend that I didn't write and post a poem yesterday for some deep, meaningful reason, but honestly I just didn't get around to it, even though it was my day off. So here is yesterday's extemporaneous poem:

I had a Princess Day
My sis and I did play
we had ice cream
like in a dream
and time was whiled away!

Today's poem:

4/2/11: haiku for you

serving the people
all day on the desk

Thursday, March 31, 2011

List #30 TO-DO LIST

Well, I'm a day late on the last list, as I've been a day late for the last couple. The to-do list is funny because I just made myself one that I hope will actually help me get stuff done when I am on breaks at work. We'll see! Currently, I have 2 lists that cover today . . . one just for today and one that will spill over into tomorrow since I have the day off.

Things I must do today:
  • talk to key people about who to hire for the open position I have
  • call my cleaning lady and ask her to come next week instead of this week
  • see if I can finish the property tax form and get it in today to try to reduce our taxes for the year
  • finally write a note to Alison C for being chosen as an LJ "Mover & Shaker" because trying to think of something clever and cute isn't working
  • work
Things I need to do before tomorrow is over:
  • figure out why our dental insurance suddenly doesn't want to cover Simon and correct them
  • buy buttons for a baby sweater
  • knit like crazy
  • do something fun with my sister tomorrow
  • sign my tax return and pay the tax guy
  • send check to friend for GS cookies I've already started snarfing

So - that is 30 lists in 31 days. Not bad! Have you had fun? Found out anything surprising? Interesting? Done lists of your own? Have any topics you'd like to have me list about?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Oh boy! This is almost as tricky as the list of books I want to read!

  • sashimi (like sushi, but w/o the rice and stuff) and sushi
  • pizza
  • steak - thick, rare and grilled
  • dark chocolate
  • homemade mac and cheese
  • homemade brownies
  • cheesecake
  • biscuits and sausage gravy (esp the gravy my brother makes)
  • palak paneer
  • chicken mole'
  • vegetable biryani
  • shwarma
  • falafel
  • homemade soup and thick warm bread
  • circle toast
  • homemade sweet rolls

Monday, March 28, 2011


  • Grand Canyon (this summer, if it all works out!) and the area that Tony Hillerman writes about
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • France - Paris and the countryside
  • Italy - Rome and the countryside
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • London and other spots in England
  • North Eastern China: Harbin, where my friend, Bu-ying is from
  • Beijing
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • New Orleans
  • Maine and Eastern Canada, Prince Edward Island, etc
  • Oregon
  • Singapore
  • India
  • Sweden
Places I've been before but always enjoy:
  • Mom and Dad's house
  • my in-laws'
  • anywhere I go with Simon and Mike
  • NYC
  • Washington DC
  • Cleveland
  • Lake Erie shores

Sunday, March 27, 2011


  • Always have books and music to listen to in the car and change it up as needed on a long car ride.
  • Be sure you own more underwear than your husband and he'll end up doing laundry more often ;-).
  • The house doesn't have to look perfect to be a welcoming, friendly place that people like to visit.
  • A smile and a willing ear for listening are often the best things you can offer a friend (without offering unsolicited advice).
  • People who are vastly different temperaments from me make for great friends, as well as those who are like me.
  • Hard boiling an egg doesn't make it last longer. In fact, it takes oils off the shell and causes the egg to spoil more quickly than a raw egg in the shell.
  • Food poisoning from a bad egg is really, really, really nasty.
  • I don't always need to be the center of attention, but when it happens and I enjoy it, I don't need to feel guilty, either.
  • I am not stupid or slow or lazy. Just because someone has called me those things it doesn't mean that any of it is true. And honestly, even if sometimes it is a little true, none of it makes me a horrible person.
  • God loves me and has a plan for my life, even when I can't see the map.


There are a lot of books on my "to read" list on Good Reads. In fact, one of the reasons I like that website is that it lets me keep a very long list of books! The most recent additions to my list are:
  • And Furthermore - Judi Dench
  • Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Turn in the Road - Debbie Macomber
  • Heresy (giordano Bruno series, #1) - S. J. Parris
  • Graceling (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy #1) -- Kristin Cashore
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3) - Alan Bradley
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger
  • Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?! - K. A. Holt
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
That's just a few. :-)

Currently, I am reading:
  • While My Pretty One Knits (Black Sheep Knitting Mystery, #1)- Anne Canadeo (my bedtime reading_
  • Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference - Max Lucado (listening in the car)
  • New Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques - Lesley Stanfield (knitting advice)
  • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood - Edward M. Hallowell (for self-improvement)
  • Changing the Odds for Children at Risk: Seven Essential Principles of Educational Programs that Break the Cycle of Poverty - Susan B. Neuman (for professional development)

Friday, March 25, 2011


  • reading
  • knitting
  • laying in the warm sun on a distant beach
  • laughing with my son and husband
  • playing dominoes with my family
  • making music with friends
  • holding a baby - no, I don't have a particular baby in mind - lol
  • hanging out with knitting pals
  • napping

Thursday, March 24, 2011

List #24 I MAKE LISTS FOR . . .

  • work to-do
  • home/day off to-do
  • shopping
  • errands
  • planning parties
  • planning vacations
  • what we see on vacation (keeping track of what we've done/seen)
  • packing
  • blogging (as you know, I love making lists on my blog)
  • reminding myself that life is good
  • 3 Beautiful Things
  • program planning (work)
  • meeting agendas (for meetings I'm leading)
  • home to-do
What do you make lists for?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011



: something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt

First Known Use of GUILTY PLEASURE


  • Survivor - I used to hate this show on principle, but I've been sucked into the mindless vortex. I comfort myself by saying that I really just watch it for the fun challenges, but I know in my heart that is like saying you only get Playboy for the articles.
  • Two and a Half Men - I used to think that Charlie Sheen wasn't acting. Now I know he was because his Charlie Harper character is nicer and saner than he is. All the characters are despicable, but still I find it hilarious. All re-runs now, of course.
  • Swearing/cussing (I'm not entirely sure of the distinction between the two) - my Dad's words of "swearing is for people who don't have adequate vocabularies" ring in my head, but I find it cathartic to let loose like a sailor from time to time.
  • Breakfast out - I never get the oatmeal, I always go for the sausage gravy or the eggs and bacon sandwich or something like that, and really, what would be the point otherwise? Even McDonald's breakfast sandwiches - YUM!
  • Facebook Games - I've limited myself to one silly game at a time, now, though. That helps, right?
  • Romance Novels - I used to have this vaguely guilty feeling because people assume that in my profession I'd read the Great Works of Literature and Nobel Winners, etc. Bah! Give me a good, sappy romance or schlocky mystery and my day is made! Maybe what I really feel guilty about is that I no longer feel guilty about it?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

List #22 TODAY I SAW . . .

  • The Daily Show: watching it on our DVR is a nearly daily ritual for my son and I before he goes to school. It is so funny, whether I agree with his politics or not.
  • my hair get poofy with styling, and then be flat-ish again in about an hour - typical
  • the top surface of my desk - a miracle of cleaning and organization begun!
  • a young man (20 something) who is a new Area Commissioner with me, teaching me more about Google Calendar than I knew before - that is a very cool FREE software!
  • a man with his hand down his pants in my library branch - ugh
  • the sweetest little 3-yr-old girl, happy as a clam to find a colorful computer game "just for her" at the library
  • a new bakery near my branch - The Angry Baker - great egg/scone sandwich for dinner! and some yummy treats for home
  • a firetruck with several fire fighters, but for some reason they didn't stay for the Area Commission meeting
  • City Council President Pro Tem, Hearcel Craig who was a welcome surprise at our Area Commission meeting tonight - I really admire how he stayed for the whole meeting, and I really LOVE the wonderful things he said about libraries!
  • watched Castle together as a family tonight when I finally got home
  • hoping to see the inside of my eyelids soon!

Monday, March 21, 2011


My Spring TO DO:
  • clean up front yard (get son to help)
  • clean up back yard (get son to help)
  • clean guest room out, including blue dresser
  • finish and make 3 baby gifts
  • DH's neice's wedding (next weekend!)
Seriously, I think that's enough. There are so many parts of my house that need to be organized/cleaned it's pathetic. We are not very good at this sort of thing at my house! LOL

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Hmmm . . . this changes a lot, but it's just a silly list, right? One caveat about this list for me is that "crush" for me doesn't necessarily involve a lust for sex. I know, I'm boring, but honestly, I've always had crushes on people just because of their talent and gifting, and it isn't really always about their "hotness" factor.

So, right off the top of my head, here are the celebs I'd like to have to dinner at this moment . . .
  • Michael Symon
  • - I love his laugh, and I love following him on twitter. He's delightful and down-to-earth, even though he is a cooking ROCK STAR!
  • Nathan Fillion - Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and now Castle. Yum!
  • Mario Batali
  • - yea, well, he does look alot like my DH, don't you think? And again, I love his sense of humor. I think I have a common theme here.
  • Denzel Washington
  • Seriously? Do you really even need to ask?
  • Hugh Laurie - we could really use a live-in Dr. House here, but I'd settle for some great conversation with this great actor - such range he's shown over his career!
  • Pete Seeger
  • I've been a big fan of his music for more years than I can remember. I hear he's full of himself, but until I see it, I will keep my dreams alive. Oh yea, and he's about the age of my parents, too, so, well, that's weird.
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - yummy with a sense of humor about himself - irresistable!
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (see below)
  • Tom Hanks - He totally won me in BIG.
  • Alton Brown - a little too skinny for my "type" but he's smart, funny, and he cooks. I can forgive some angularity!
  • Tony Bourdain - He's a little full of himself, and his delightful snark tips over into the RUDE category for me, but come on, he's really fun to watch. Can you imagine hanging out around a dinner table with him? I would be laughing as much as eating, I'm thinking.
  • George Clooney - I am not a die-hard fan, and to be honest I've had times when I really don't care for him, but right now he just seems so ruggedly handsome and charming.
  • Heather Morris, who plays Brittany on Glee - she is just so funny and deadpan - I'm hoping she's as fun in person.


This is a tough one to list out because I've been cooking and baking a while and I generally will try stuff I want to try as soon as I get the chance! One thing I've really been enjoying lately is playing my own version of the show Chopped. I go into the kitchen and make dinner out of whatever we have and see if it ends up all going together. So far it has pleased the hubs, and usually the son, too. We've added a fun twist of late, getting a bin of fresh veggies and fruits delivered every Thursday from Green BEAN delivery - yum! I do still have a few recipes, though, that have intrigued me.

Recipes I Want to Try:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Next Road Trip

You get a bonus list today! That last list got me jonesing for some vacation planning. Here is what we've done so far to plan our vacation for June:
  • picked destination (Grand Canyon!)
  • looked at maps in our national road atlas and online
  • checked out the National Park website
  • requested vacation time at our jobs
  • ensure that those dates will work for everyone (so far so good!)
  • order maps and books from AAA
The planning begins!


I love road trips! We are just getting started on actual planning for our next family road trip, so this list is exciting to think about! Here are my must-haves for a road trip:drinks (water for me, soda for the guys)
  • snacks - something sweet, something salty, fruit, veggies, combos, cheese for protein
  • maps and guide books (no Garmin for me, thanks, although I will admit that we used our laptop and wifi last year to find hotels on the road)
  • paper and pencils - we make lists on the road, so paper and pen/pencils are a must . . . also, Simon can't be w/o drawing supplies at all times. If you'd like to see some of the lists we kept on our last big road trip, check out THE BLOG.
  • small pillow and shawl/blankie for car - at some point we acquired a purple heart-shaped pillow that now travels with us. Because it is so bright and unusual, it is much less likely that we'll forget it at a hotel!
  • books on CD - we have to have a selection so we can find something that all of us will enjoy. We always take our entire collection of Harry Potter books on CD with us as fail-safes if none of the other stuff we take is appealing enough, or if we're just feeling cranky. Jim Dale reading to us makes us all happier.
  • slip-on shoes - I'm usually the passenger as Mike like driving better than riding, so I get very comfy on my side of the car.
  • laptop for overnighters
  • knitting! You didn't think I'd have a list w/o knitting, did you? Honestly? I usually spend quite a bit of time planning what knitting projects to take on a trip. I have to have some options - one thing that is mindless, one thing that takes more brain power, some kind of project(s) I can finish quickly to satisfy my ADD knitting nature. Also, if possible, I like to have a project I can start right before or as we're leaving and finish before we get home so that the project itself can be a memento of sorts.
  • camera (s) - remember when we used to have to pack film?
  • small flashlight for each person (nice to have at night)
  • batteries for camera, flashlights, any other electronics
  • phones and chargers that work in the car
  • clothes that can be worn in layers
  • $$$$$$$$$
I'm certain I'm forgetting things. We always do. That's why we always take money!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


This topic makes me laugh. Sometimes people get funny notions about Librarians, like we should know everything, or like we have read (and can remember) every book in our library . . . and being a good speller is expected of Librarians. I suppose I'm a fairly good speller, but I am by no means excellent! I've known some Librarians who are horrible spellers, and some who've won spelling bees (even adult spelling bees!). We run the gamut (and boy, to my legs get tired!)

Words I find hard to spell include, but are not limited to:
  • definately
  • discombombulate
  • recieve (all those ie/ei words . . . and yes, I know the rhyme already!), also believe, grievance, seive, etc
OK - I know there are more, but I can't think of them. I am, however, pretty darn good with grammar (and Pop-pop likes me, too).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Interesting topic for today! I'm going to list the places I always take friends when they come to visit me. This may not be a typical list, but I'm not a typical tour guide!

If you were to visit Columbus, I'd show you:
Those of you who live in or near Columbus - where would YOU take people?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


The official topic for today's list is what's on my shopping list, but honestly, I just don't wanna talk about that. So, here is a nice list of
Things I Like About Our Cats:
  • they're snuggly, each in their own way
  • they're independent
  • they're warm
  • they each have their own personality (Sam is always hungry and usually lazy, Rosie is always checking things out, making sure things are safe for all of us)
  • they're amusing to watch, and sometimes fun to play with - I say sometimes because Sam doesn't play much (see above)
PS: we have 2 cats, Samwise and Rosie. They are littermates, although Samwise outweighs Rosie by about 7 lb. Sam is grey and white and Rosie is black and white.

Samwise aliases: Sam, Sambo, Sammy, Spot, Luxury Cat, Lumpy
Rosie aliases: Rose, Posie, Spazzmocat, Little Mama

Monday, March 14, 2011

List #14 THINGS I LIKE ABOUT _______

Things I like about SPRING:
  • sunshine!
  • leaving the windows and doors open to the fresh air
  • budding and blooming flowers
  • sunshine!
  • no ice!
  • safer driving
  • sunshine!
  • needing fewer layers of clothing/blankets
  • sunshine!
  • I generally feel better about life when Spring comes!
Things I like about my JOB:
  • helping people
  • smiling kids
  • working together with staff so we all work better
  • seeing change that helps people and neighborhoods
  • making a difference
  • the people I work with (in my location, our library system and our profession at large)
  • finding great books and sharing them
  • simply having a steady job at this point in American History seems good to me
  • steady pay and benefits
  • building relationships with colleagues and customers
Things I like about my LIFE:
  • my faith, even though it's faltered a bit of late
  • my husband and son
  • my family - I am really blessed to have great parents and sibs
  • knitting, music, other creative pursuits
  • good doctors
  • a good job
  • health
  • home, transportation, food to eat, clean water, clothing, etc

Sunday, March 13, 2011

List #13 DIYs TO DO

Today's list topic is "DIYs you want to try" but honestly, I have so much going at this point, and I've done so many things already in my life, that I really just want to concentrate on doing what I'm doing. I'm a crafty sort of person, though, and I have a lot of things I like to craft, so here goes:
  • more sculpey - this time I won't burn it (oops!)
  • beading - I have a ton of really cool beads I'd like to make into jewelry or work into knitting projects
  • knitting - I have lots of projects on the needles at the moment, and I love each one!
  • de-clutter my house - this task seems much bigger than I could possibly do alone, largely because it will also involve convincing the guys we need to get rid of some stuff
  • paint some nesting dolls
  • carve soap stone
  • remodel the front room, which involves peeling painted wallpaper off the walls, patching and re-treating the walls, new curtains, etc
I think that is enough for now. This list is making me tired.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


What do I do each week? Well, here's a typical list in rather random order (because that is generally how I live my life):
  • spend some time in the house with my son when we're both awake and actually engaged in doing something together in the same room, maybe even involving conversing (this used to be easier before he was a teen!)
  • work work work work work work work
  • I work Monday night, which in my world means that I work 11-8 on Mondays, which means that Monday morning is usually a day to sleep in - yay!
  • KIP (knit in public) with my knitting gang - caution: this is not your grandma's knitting group!
  • TV shows we watch together as a family: Mentalist, NCIS, Top Chef, Top Shot, Psych, Royal Pains, Survivor (I really wish I didn't like this show), Glee, Chopped, Criminal Minds, Iron Chef, Law & Order SVU, House. We DVR new episodes and save them for when we're all available to watch together.
  • I like to cast-on a new knitting (or crochet) project on Sundays. Sometimes it'll just be a quick wash cloth that I'll finish in a few hours, but even that makes me feel like I've done something new and exciting.
  • laundry
  • dishes (daily, when I'm doing well)
  • be a good mom (sometimes he calls it nagging, but I call it "organizational help")
  • talk or at least chat online with my mom
  • pray without ceasing
Stuff I feel like I should do every week, but in the spirit of full disclosure don't think I should put on the actual list:
  • Do Wii Fit or go swim at least 3x a week, but I'm not nearly as ritualistic about this as I should be.
  • Post on my blog. I'm trying to get better! These daily writing challenges really help me!
  • Go to church.

Friday, March 11, 2011

List #11 DATES

What things do you enjoy doing with your time and friends? Today's list shares some of my favorite things to do with DH, friends, son, etc. (dates, in a broad sense):
  • out for a meal! I would list fave restaurants in Cbus, but often I like to try places I've never been before just as much as going to old favorites, so a list is hard here. Maybe that will be it's own list before the month is out.
  • movie- This may seem like a cop-out, but I really do love going to movies, and I love talking together about them afterward.
  • Zoo!
  • Museums - here in Cbus we have the Historical Society, the Wexner, the Art Museum, etc. Heck, I like finding art exhibits around town, too, like at the Main Library (great gallery space). Again, I like chatting about it after viewing it together.
  • going to the park - picnics are lovely! My friend, Bu-ying and I will sometimes take our instruments and play music outdoors there, too - doubly wonderful!
  • Interesting speakers - (I got to take Si to hear Matt Groehning last year - fabbo!)
  • live music (making our own or going to hear it made by others)
  • karaoke (I can't resist performing!)
  • live theater!
That's all for now. Tonight I'm going to see Sweet Honey in the Rock with friends! Yahoo! The sad part is that I had to give up going to a performance of Shakespeare at Si's HS and also a Karaoke party. Months of nothing special and then all of the sudden there are 3 events on one night!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

List #10 WISHES

Today's challenge is to make a list of wishes. I've been thinking about this, on and off, all day. I've also spent most of my day in a meeting with people from all over the state talking about what the ODE plan for literacy, birth - grade 12, should be even if we have no money to use. Ironic? How much of my work day is spent wishing I could do something that is impossible to do? I often find that what I really want to do/implement/make happen is simply impossible due to many factors (culture, funding, staffing, space and other physical resources, education). My wish list could go on indefinitely if I let it, and I wouldn't even have to stop talking about work!

Then I come home to our lovely little house and start to see all the things I wish we could do here; remodel, fix-up, replace. That wish list, also, is huge.

And don't even get me started on all the things I wish I could do with/for my family and friends . . .or things I wish we could change about the world! My mind goes crazy!

So where do I start to make a list? I have a list of things I"m looking forward to - attainable goals, if you will. I've already done that. I have many things that could be included in a wish list.

I have no idea where to begin, but here are some huge wishes that have been and probably will always be on my heart.

I wish:
  • that people would learn to put aside their egos and insecurities and really care about one another
  • that I had more time to spend with my son/my husband/my parents/my friends
  • that I had more time to knit each day
  • that knitting would somehow allow me to lose weight instead of having to exercise
  • that every parent in the world would care more about their children than they do about their own comfort and amusements and really be able to nurture/parent their children with love and respect
  • that all of our children were ready for Kindergarten when they start Kindergarten
  • that teachers were respected enough to get fair wages for the hard work they do, one of the most valuable and far-reaching jobs in our society, a job that will make or break our country
  • that people would stop trying to solve conflict with violence
  • that somehow we could be less vicious in our political disputes and work together to solve our systemic problems
  • that Christians would remember that we are called to love all people, especially those with whom we disagree
  • that I could function on less sleep each day
  • that someone would come clean/organize my house ever night while I sleep
  • that we (especially all of us working in the public sector) can get through the next 10 years w/o losing our jobs or having to declare bankruptcy
  • that my son will find his niche in the world, be happy and Godly, and financially self-sufficient
  • that I could stop worrying about so many things

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

List #9 Favorite websites

Favorite websites is a fairly easy list to compile, and I'm sure some of you will have very similar lists! These are the sites I visit most often (on sites which require accounts I am usually caterwaul1):

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


What is in my bag?!? I carry around a wide variety of little things each day, and I am known to change bags based on what I need. Sometimes I carry bags within bags to help myself stay organized. This week, I have just one bag, and I'm using it because I have a nifty new knitting project inside it that will require a lot of nearly-mindless knitting (good for knitting in public, or KIP times) so I've moved all my essentials to that bag.

I was a little concerned about just dumping out the bag, but since I've only been carrying this one a few days, I figured it was fairly safe that I wouldn't lose stuff.

I kind of like the randomness of the jumble, but it's hard to see what's there, so I spread it all out so that I could examine each thing and list it here.

From top left:
  • list of meds I'm currently taken (I had a Dr. appt Friday, and it turned out I didn't need it, but still, it's good to keep it handy.)
  • Tupperware thingy with my morning meds that I was supposed to take yesterday and forgot
  • packet of cables and stuff that is needed for the interchangeable knitting needles I'm using, although now that I'm set up and knitting I don't really need them.
  • work badge
  • pens
  • minty gum
  • pink crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches (saving my butt)
  • box where I keep darning needles, stitch markers, little scissors (notions)
  • knitting project, yarn neatly in a baggie
  • paper sleeve from yarn I'm using - miracle of miracles I haven't lost/thrown it away yet!
  • keys
  • cell phone - it's a good phone, but not as nice as my son's - poor me - lol
  • wallet
  • driver's license - why this is out of my wallet, I'm not quite sure, although things like this explain why I have lost my license in the past
  • one Hershey's Dark Chocolate truffle
  • leftover yarn from the skein that I hope I don't need because it kept breaking when my friend, Jan, was winding it up for me at the yarn shop. Then she switched the whole thing over to a lighter swift and the bigger ball was wound w/o breaks
  • a receipt from the yarn - also rather miraculous as I don't often save those, either, and I bought this yarn in April, 09
So, I cleaned my bag since it was all dumped out anyway, and this is the result:
  • morning meds are taken for the day and the tupperware thing is back in the bathroom where I keep all my other meds
  • paper yarn sleeve is tucked into the baggie with the yarn I'm using
  • leftover yarn and packet of cables and stuff are put back into my "needles and stuff" bin so I can find them later
  • yarn pattern is found in the bag (it hadn't fallen out with the dump) to confirm that I do still have it
  • driver's license and list of current meds are both safely tucked away inside wallet
  • yarn receipt is thrown away
There you go! Another list, a quick bag-clean-up, and I didn't even eat the chocolate (yet).

Monday, March 07, 2011


The official blog list topic for today is to list your blog goals, but I thought I'd rather give an assessment of the goals I set for last weekend and how I did on them.
  • Pick up a prescription from Dr. office(done!)
  • Visit LYS to get help with provisional cast-on and winding the lace-weight yarn for a new project (done - and I even avoided buying more yarn, despite the huge sale!)
  • Cast-on said project (done! I have about 18 rows knit on it!)
  • Finish square 4 of Great American Aran Afghan (done!)
  • Appt. with orthopedic surgeon (follow-up from Jan surgery) (done! Good report!)
  • Order a replacement SS card for my son (done!)
  • spend quality time with son and husband @ rock concert Friday - YAY! Gaelic Storm at the Newport - first time I've ever been there. It was cool! (Yay!)
  • hang out with Carol for a while (done! Was fun!)
  • church (nope - sigh)
  • try to hang out with guy-knitters (done!)
  • watch Social Network (done! I liked it, but it wasn't "the best movie ever" like my son thinks)
  • try to fix home computer (totally chickened out on this one - sigh)

Sunday, March 06, 2011


This is tricky because I know a lot of words, but here goes:

  • racial derogatives
  • words spewed out simply to hurt someone else
  • "beginning" because I lost my classroom spelling bee on this word in 4th grade
  • "never" because it seems so final and hopeless
  • some of the dirty words. I have to admit that I find some comfort in cussing at times, but there are a few words that I find just too vulgar and nasty to use. I won't list them here, either.
  • shut-up
  • stupid
  • words that adults use to control children instead of actually talking to them
  • lazy

Saturday, March 05, 2011

List #5 Weekend Goals

My weekend is odd because I'm working today (Saturday). So I'm including some of Friday's day-off goals in this list.
  • Pick up a prescription from Dr. office
  • Visit LYS to get help with provisional cast-on and winding the lace-weight yarn for a new project
  • Cast-on said project
  • Finish square 4 of Great American Aran Afghan
  • Appt. with orthopedic surgeon (follow-up from Jan surgery)
  • Order a replacement SS card for my son
  • spend quality time with son and husband @ rock concert Friday - YAY! Gaelic Storm at the Newport - first time I've ever been there. It was cool!
  • hang out with Carol for a while
  • church
  • try to hang out with guy-knitters
  • watch Social Network
  • try to fix home computer

Friday, March 04, 2011

List #4: Playlist

Here are the songs I've sought out this past week:
  • I Know What I Know - Paul Simon
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 - Feist
  • One More Day - David M. Bailey
  • The Story - Brandi Carlile
  • Fix You - Coldplay
  • The Angel of Death Came to David's Room - mewithoutyou
  • Pictures of You - The Cure, sung by PS 22
  • Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
  • Come to Jesus - Mindy Smith
  • New Soul - Yael Naim
  • You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
  • In One Ear - Cage the Elephant

Thursday, March 03, 2011


  • another family vacation
  • knitting with my peeps
  • retiring someday
  • learning more about the "Business of People" training and becoming a trainer
  • Spring
  • Simon graduating from HS (but not looking forward to an empty nest)
  • next time I get to visit my parents
  • Mike's niece's wedding because my in-laws are fun
  • playing music with the gang again - hopefully soon
  • seeing what amazing things my son accomplishes in his life
  • not having to wear this knee brace everyday
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2!!!!!
  • So many sequel books . . . too many to list!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

List #2: Things I'm Good At

Wow - this one might be challenging for me, because I generally don't like to do things like this, but it's probably a good exercise. Also, I've been having a challenging week, and reminding myself that there are things I do well will be helpful. (don't worry, friends, its just been a lot of little things that bug a worrier)

Things I'm Good At

  • knitting
  • singing
  • laughing
  • telling stories/jokes
  • baking (usually)
  • kissing (just ask Mike!)
  • being creative - thinking outside the box
  • making new friends
  • smiling
  • worrying
  • getting distrac

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

30 days of Lists: LIST #1: A FEW THINGS ABOUT ME

If you've read my blog before you've noticed I like lists, so it's no surprise to you that I can't resist doing the 30 Days of Lists journaling challenge! Also, if you know me, you won't be surprised that I'm arriving just a little late to the game. Contrary to my MO, however, I do intend to finish the challenge . . . maybe even on time!

List 1: A Few Things About Me

  • I have been known to start things and not finish them.
  • I overestimate what I can do in an allotted period of time, which often makes me late for the next thing.
  • My son is the best thing that has ever happened to be (after being saved by Christ, that is).
  • My husband is fabulous, too, and not just because he's my son's father, but because he's smart, kind, funny, really good to talk with, comfortable to be with . . . my best friend . .. and he loves me, even though I am far from perfect.
  • I am one of those fortunate people who had a wonderful childhood with loving parents and grandparents, and I am thankful every single day for each of them.
  • I'm also lucky to have a great MIL and FIL - so lucky!
  • I love bright colors - the more the merrier!
  • I like sparkly things!
  • I am an extrovert . . . according to Meyers-Briggs I'm almost off the chart. LOL
  • I love singing.
  • I enjoy making music, but I have trouble practicing instruments.
  • Day-to-day tasks are much harder for me than big exciting projects.
  • I tend to be an optimist.
  • I have many friends, but sometimes find it hard to have really CLOSE friends (maybe this is the distraction issue, too?)
  • I enjoy making lists.
  • Family is more important than just about anything.
  • I completely understand why Dad always used to say "don't get me anything for Christmas, I'm just glad we're all together and healthy." And I feel the same way when it's true.
  • I lose sleep at night over things I have said/done that have hurt other people, even when it was entirely unintentional. I am a worrier.
  • I believe that people are more than the sum of their parts, and that we are all eternal souls.
  • I never thought I would live until I was 50, given my health issues, but now it's close and I'm a little . . . umm . . . amazed, and thankful.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

flashing hearts

I've never been reliable at doing holidays the same each year. Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that's always a crap shoot for me. Coming so soon after Christmas, and in the midst, often, of bad winter weather, it often gets overlooked while I'm busy avoiding the world.

Yesterday, though, was my first day back at work after a brief medical leave, and I found a fun gift that my mom had given me years ago for V-day (she is VERY good at commemorating holidays - all of them!) It's a silly pen (long since lost it's ink) with a big red "crystal-like" heart on top that flashes when you "click" the pen. I keep it because it still flashes! and because it's from my mom (thanks, Mom!) and because it's supremely silly, and because it sorta kinda makes me feel like the Valentine Good Fairy with a flashing wand.

Go ahead, poke fun . . . but this pen is worth it!