One good party

Lizzie’s party was tonight and it was a really great party. Five of her little friends from school, three neighbor kids, and two kids of our friends showed up. Plus various friends of ours and Matt’s parents. We ate pork tacos, chips and salsa, and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. She opened her presents with the help of Mom-Mom and my friend’s 5 year-old. They played with her train set and drew pictures and made Christmas ornaments.


About two hours ago, the last of Lizzie’s party guests left. I spent twenty minutes picking up plates and cups and gathering wrapping paper. Then, well, then I climbed into bed just after 8 o’clock, where I now sit, writing this. I am BEAT. My feet are killing me, having stood most of the night in my bare feet on our hard kitchen tile floor. And, you know what, I really don’t care. I’ll crash a bit after 9 and sleep off the exhaustion. Eventually, I’ll get everything else cleaned up.

Right now, though, I’m going to remember how happy my little girl was and ignore the fact not a single photo really turned out.

Three Things Thursday (11/17/16)

Time for this week’s edition of Three Things Thursday, inspired by  Ms. Emily’s Home for Full Grown Nerd. Triple-T, as I like to call it in my head, is where I tell you about three things which are rocking my world on a given Thursday.


Thing 1: Monkey Socks

Like I said yesterday, I’m really enjoying knitting on these. I’m already done with the increases for the gusset – these are toe up, not sure if I mentioned that before. The first sock will probably get finished this weekend and I’m going to force myself to cast on the new one right away. They have not at all gotten to be tedious and I’m not exciting about my other WIP or itching to cast something else on, so that shouldn’t really be a problem.

Thing 2: Knitting Podcasts

When I first learned to knit, I happened to discover podcasts. I don’t think they were all that new in mid-2007, but I’m often slow to hear about things. I chose a bunch of random kntiting podcasts to listen to, either walking to class (helped me to ignore the crazy of a college campus) or on the bus or train to/from work (helped me to pass the time without sleeping and possibly missing my stop). At that time, I was listening to Lime and Violet, the Knit Picks Podcast, Stash and Burn, and the podcast with Brenda Daynes whose name I can’t remember. Then I basically stopped listening to them when I was no longer in school and no longer had a bus/train commute. My old car wasn’t nearly fancy enough to allow me to use my phone to listen to anything via my car speakers.

I started back with podcasts in general when we were getting ready to go to Germany. Unsure of what radio stations would be available in our rental and not wanting to have to decide between our music collections (which have very little overlap), Matt suggested I download some podcasts. (We chose lots of public radio shows plus ones about food or history. Myths and Legends was a particularly awesome find.) Then, last week, I decided to get smart and use my commute (average of 30 minutes each way) to listen to knitting podcasts. I was still a subscriber of Stash and Burn but the others aren’t really around anymore. Well, Knit Picks is but the audio quality is so, so poor anymore. After some searching, I’ve got a few new ones on my list: Knitmore Girls (hosts are mother and daughter), Yarniacs (hilarious pair, one of whom works at a yarn store), and Never Not Knitting (hosted by Alana Dakos).

Thing 3: Planning Lizzie’s birthday

Lizzie’s birthday is only a few weeks away and we’ve already gotten out plans settled. We’ve sent out an evite her party, I just wrote up paper invites for her little classmates, figured out party food, and have settled on what we’re getting for her. I won’t go all into that now, don’t worry, but I’m pretty proud of us for getting it figured out so fast.

Squirms’s First Birthday

Squirms had a fun first birthday party.

She got a dollie and a talking farmhouse and a bunch of clothes from her Grandma Hall.

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We got her some Duplo which she was nice enough to share with Grandpa Hall.

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She got to play with tissue paper and shiny wrapping paper.

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She destroyed her own layer of cake (from Matt’s third attempt at making a cake as our baking soda is off) after family and friends sang her happy birthday.

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What more could a one year old want?

Ode on a Winder and Swift

Thou wonderful gift from loved ones for birthday,

thou saver of aggravation and time,

wood and plastic, I must confess,

you were almost worth cleaning the table of mine:

what nice, wound balls, do you produce,

of wool, acrylic, cotton, or blends.

but can you also manage silk?

what of large balls like Eco Wool?

or ones of thin thread like Squishy Toes?

what to wind first? what hank?
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On Saturday afternoon, Squirms was napping and Matt taking advantage of the quiet time in his office, so I just took over the kitchen table and wound balls until my fingers felt like they were going to fall off. Enough Vintage to finish my sweater (the first ball was a mess so it’s not in this shot) plus one of Ms Babs sock yarn for socks for someone at some point. I should be good for a couple weeks, at least, though I can’t wait to have an excuse to take the winder and swift back out!