Saturday, February 28, 2015

Five on Saturday

I fell asleep last night before I could type up this post so we are a day behind. Here is what is going on around these parts.

1) With these horrible winter temps the skin on my hands is really dry. It is getting to the point where they are cracking and painful. I have been slathering lotion on them but it is not working. If anyone out there has any tips I am open for suggestions.

2) Last Saturday we had the birthday dinner for my sister and brother. Clark always has such a good time at grandpa's that getting him to leave is a headache.

3) Clark was sick this week. Between days off for snow, cold and illness he has missed 6 days of school in February. This is not good.

4) Work was crazy busy this week. We had someone quit and another co-worker is on vacation. It made the days go by quickly though.

5) I have crashed and burned on both of my Lent goals but I am moving onward and upward.

Here are some pictures for the week.


Playing golf in daddy's office

Giving the look of love to daddy's co-worker Miss Monica

Trying to stay warm on a bitterly cold day

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: The Hot Tub Time Machine Edition

The topic for this week is 10 Time Periods You Would Visit If You Had a Hot Tub Time Machine.

1) 1940s – I have always loved the greatest generation

2) Civil War south – I have always felt that I was a southern belle in a previous life

3) 11/22/63 – I want to figure out if Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone

4) 1960s – I would love to see my mom and dad when they were dating and first married

5) 1992 Berlin – I would love to see the wall fall in person

6) The court of Henry VIII – so much drama to be seen

7) 1920s – I would love to be a flapper

8) Early 1990s – I would change some things from my late teens-early 20s

9) 2027 – I would love to see Clark as a high school senior

10) Late 2008 – I would go back an really enjoy the time right after Clark was born

Monday, February 23, 2015

FO: Clark's Valentine Hearts

I try to make the little man something for each holiday. I was not finding any toys that I wanted to make so I ended up looking for heart patterns instead. Clark loves stringing things across the house so a heart garland was decided upon.

Pattern: Ewe Ewe Heart Heart by Heather Walpole

Needles: Size 6 bamboo

Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky in Pink, Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry, Lion Brand Pound of Love in Bubble Gum and Mystery Wool in Red

Miscellaneous: Fiber Fill and a piece of black yarn to string them onto

Modifications: none

Comments: this was a very easy pattern to make. If I were to make theses again I would use a smaller needle for the red ones. I am pretty sure the mystery wool is a fingering weight so the size 6s were to big and you can see a bit of the stuffing through the stitches. He is happy with it though and that is all that matters.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Five on Friday

Here we are at the end of yet another week. This has been a strange week around here and I am feeling pretty discombobulated. Without further ado here is what is happening around these parts.

1) We had a nice Valentine’s Day. I made steaks and mashed potatoes for dinner and red velvet cupcakes for dessert.  Clark enjoyed his gifts – a garland of hearts I knit, and a Spiderman book and LEGO set. 

2) Monday was a day off for Clark and I. We made our traditional day off of school to the mall for lunch and playing in the kids area. It is always a zoo there but we got there about an hour later than ususal and had to wait forever for our food. I thought I was going to pass out from low blood sugar and it took a couple of days to recover. 

3) I put in a request to leave work a half hour early next Wednesday for Clark’s dentist appointment and it was denied. When I pushed back and asked why I was given a BS reason but my boss, like any bully, backed down. I really do not want to have to fight for every time off request but I have a feeling this is the way it is going to be.

4) It has been bitterly cold. When I got in my car at 7:30 this morning it was -13 degrees. School has been cancelled the last 2 days because of the wind chills. I always said that I can deal with the cold and hate the snow but I am starting to reconsider that statement. 

5) We are three days into Lent and I am doing well with my goals. I really wanted to stop and get McDonald’s for breakfast because I usually treat myself to it on paydays but I just drove on by. 

Here are some pictures for the week.

Heart pancakes for my little Valentine

Little man and his Spiderman

Yummy Valentine's Day dinner

This seriously is getting old

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Giving and Gaining

The season of Lent is once again upon us. For the next 40 days millions of people all over the world will be sacrificing something they enjoy in the name of religious devotion. Now I am pretty far from religious but I have always enjoyed the idea of challenging myself and Lent give me a dedicated time frame to do so.  This year I decided that I wanted to give something up and try to add something positive to my life. I am in good company because Adrienne is doing the same thing.

I am giving up unnecessary spending.  I was doing some calculations lately and realized that in what I spend  just in pop from the vending machine at work and buying McDonald’s for breakfast  I could buy almost 2 tanks of gas for my car. So if it is not a bill or a requirement to survive like groceries then I am not buying it. And ice cream, chips and other junk food do not constitute required groceries. 

To add something positive to my life I am vowing to work out every day. My caveat to this is that I will be taking Sundays off. It always seemed like a cop out to me that Sundays don’t count in the days of Lent but I feel like your body does need off days from exercising so I am shooting for a Monday-Saturday workout schedule. 

Please wish me luck in my pursuit of these goals. Is there anything you are giving up for the Lenten season? Until next time ….

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: The Looking Forward Edition

The topic for this week is 10 Things You Are Looking Forward To Right Now.

1) Warmer weather
2) More sunlight each day
3) Dancing with the Stars coming back
4) The weekend (always)
5) Plans coming together
6) A trip up north with my guys this summer
7) Finishing up some knitting projects
8) Spending time with Clark
9) Having a slice of Black Forest Cake tonight
10) My 10 year knit-a-versary in April

Friday, February 13, 2015

Five on Friday

Another week has come and gone and here it is Friday again. Happy early Valentine’s Day everyone! Here is what is on my mind this week.

1) I managed to work out 2 days this week. Not stellar but something is better than nothing.

2) Wednesday was the 100th day of school. The kids had to dress up like they were 100 years old. I put baby powder in Clark’s hair so it looked gray and he kept saying how he loved his gray hair and how we wants to be a grown up. I told him that it is not all it is cracked up to be but I don’t think he believed me.

3) After all my anxiety over my annual review it went fine. I actually agreed with her assessments but I am still glad it is over.

4) I am still behind on everything – TV shows, podcast, blogs, knitting, etc. I am just starting to accept that this is going to be the state of things for me from now on.

5) Yesterday morning was pretty bad. I woke up at 4am with a nose bleed and it took about an hour for it to go away. I fell back asleep and forgot that I needed to wake hubby up at 5:30 and when the alarm went off at 6:30 he was not happy. Clark was difficult to get up and it was  the anniversary of my mom's death. I also forgot to make my oatmeal for breakfast. I was mad that I had to stop at McDonald’s to get breakfast which neither my butt nor wallet really can afford. When I got to the window the lady told me that the guy in front of me paid for my food. It really made my day and I am looking for a way to pay it forward. 

Here are some pictures from the week 

Knitting little hearts for the little guy's Valentine's Day gift

Dressed as a 100 year old man for the 100th day of school

I am ready for winter to be over already