Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dogs on Thursday Guest Bloggers!

Hey, guys, it's Jackjack and Abigail here.

We wanted to share pics of us and our kongs. Mommy likes to give us Kongs with peanut butter and treats in it but this morning she suprised us. We got Kongs full of our dog food but it was frozen in there. I think she was trying to distract us from the fact she's been working longer days and we have to be by ourselves longer. These were really good but it's the first time we've had them so we really weren't sure what to do.
We enjoyed the Kong throughly and might not try to get into any trouble today. Have a good day at work Mommy.

Hope you fellow DOTers are having a good day. And I hear there's a fun new swap so go check it out at the DOT blog.

Jackjack and Abigail Grace.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thankful Tuesdays!

I'm thankful this week for knitting. I know what your thinking..."duh" or as my family will think..."are you serious?" I just want to say that knitting has brought a lot to my life. I feel acomplishment when I finish a project or get through a tough part of a project I'm working on. I am ok with ripping back and reknitting. I feel great when I am able to do a new technique I didn't think I could do. I love how I feel I can complete any project if I just take it one stitch at a time. I need to start thinking about life like I do knitting. It's ok to take a step back with things that need work. I can accomplish anything as long as I take it one day at a time. Try new things because I'll feel great afterwards. Knitting may seem like just a hobby but it's brought friends and wonderful feelings into my life.

Speaking of knitting....it's also nice when you get tons of free yarn in goodie bags!! This past saturday's Stitch n pitch was so fun...but the bags added to that. (Yes, the company was great too) They contained a bunch of great stuff. Here's a quick piture of the bags and stuff in it. PS...It had Encore and some other yarn but I traded for some more sock yarn. :)

SnP bag_Contest prize

They started giving away more bags after the 6th inning so I scored a couple bags and a ton of sock yarn!!

RANCOLOVE

Since I ended up with so many extra bags I'm planning a contest. When I finally get my next podcast episode up I'll post about my contest and talk about it on there. :) It's my motivation.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Happy Knitting!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Weekend update!

After a long week of cubs games and work, it was nice to just hang around the house and knit. Last night, I cooked dinner and ate with Special K and worked on my 9-5 socks. They sure are coming out pretty!!
And I had to get a picture of Abby sitting and waiting for me to throw her ball. She would drop it in my lap while I was knitting and I'd throw it and knit. :) We had a good time. She's so cute!!
My knitting plan is to finish this sock tonight and cast on for the second one. Then work on my clapotis tonight too. Tomorrow I need to finally rip back the 6 rows and fix the wedding shawl so I can start making some forward progress on that. Then I have some stuff I want to start but I think I really need to get these socks done and some progress on the two bigger projects before I cast on anything else. :)

Well....Tonights the Rays Stitch n Pitch so I'll hopefully have some fun pictures and stories for you tomorrow. :)

Have a great night!!

Happy Knitting!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wedding Wednesday and Answering Questions...

My pics are working now. YEAH!!

So, a little update on my wedding plans. We are having to move the wedding up again because the game's time moved up. I'll be suprised if we don't end up having a sunrise ceremony. hehe JK. We do have a place and I think we've almost picked a bridesmaid dress. I also have a number to call for the florist but I need to call it!! Maybe today. Things are moving along. We have our first meeting with the Pastor in a week from Saturday to go over the details of the wedding. We don't start actual Marriage Classes until after this first meeting. I'll keep you posted.

OK...and for Courtney here I go. :)

Answer the following questions using one word only:
1. Where is your cell phone? ………….. Desk
2. Your significant other?………………….. Kenny
3. Your hair? …………………………………….. Heavy
4. Your mother? ………………………………..Missed
5. Your father?……………………………………..Loved
6. Your favorite thing?……………………….. Knitting
7. Your dream last night?…………………..Strange
8. Your favorite drink? ………………………..Coffee
9. Your dream/goal?………………………….. Family
10. The room you’re in?……………..………..Cubicle
11. Your ex?…………………………….………….Engaged
12. Your fear?……………………………………..Darkness
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? ..Here
14. Where were you last night?………….......Ballpark
15. What you’re not?………………………....…..Tall
16. Muffins?…………………………………..…….. Blueberry
17. One of your wish list items?……...……..Spinning Wheel
18. Where you grew up?…………………..….. Panama
19. The last thing you did?……………..…….. Ate
20. What are you wearing?………………….. Jeans
21. Your TV?……………………………………….. Off
r22. Your pets?…………………………………….. Spoiled
23. Your computer? …………………………….. PC
24. Your life?……………………………………….. Wonderful
25. Your mood?………………………………...….. Chipper
26. Missing someone?………………………...... Father
27. Your car?………………………………………..Silver
28. Something you’re not wearing?…….......Socks
29. Favorite Store?……………………………….. Publix
30. Your summer?……………………………….. Busy
31. Like(love) someone?………………………..Kenny
32. Your favorite color?………………..……….. Red
33. Last time you laughed?………….....…….. Today
34. Last time you cried?……………………….. Last month
35. Who will re-post this?…………………….. Sheryl?

There you go. If you want to repost please do and let me know. :)

Happy Knitting!!

Night at the Ballpark! Go CUBBIES!!

Last night the Cubs played at Tropicana against the Rays for the first time. It was a fun night at a sold out ball game. My brother-in-law got us four tickets and we each brought a friend. We first got dressed in our Cubbies garb. :) Isn't Special K cute!!

GoCubs

My friend Darci came with me. I hadn't seen her in a while so it was great catching up.


Darciandme


Well...we are heading tonight and I'll try to get some more pictures. I'm hoping to bring knitting with me tonight but Special K said he wouldn't sit by me so we'll see. Knitting or sit by Special K...tough choice. :)

Happy Wednesday!!

No wedding news today!! Sorry. I'll try to get one up later...if I have time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A meme finally!

Jenny Girl and Mary-Catharine tagged me!

The rules: Posted here at the beginning. The player answers all questions. The player then chooses six people you want to know more about and tags those people by listing their names at the end of the post and going to their blog and leaving a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Also, you let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? I had just graduated from High School in Panama and moved to Florida to go to USF. It was my first summer with a job and I worked for my sister's temp agency being sent out on random jobs all summer long. I worked at a Physician's place and they told me they would hire me without any college education but I knew that I was going to college. I also had just broken up with my high school boyfriend and we were still working out the break up so there was a lot of crying. I went through a lot that summer but I am better for it. I am glad I stuck it out and went to school and I am SO glad I'm not back in high school. I need to figure out what I'm going to do for my 10yr reunion this coming month...weird!!

2. What were 5 things on my to-do-list today (not in any particular order)? 1. Finish work. 2. Play with the dogs for a bit. 3. go the the Cubs game 4. Call the Flower place 5. try to get in some knitting!(I may sneak it to the baseball game)

3. What snacks do I enjoy? Cookies, chips, FRUIT...I love fresh fruit!

4. Where are some places I've lived? Panama, Rep. of Panama; Tampa, FL; San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; Melbourne, FL; and now St. Pete, FL

5. What things would I do if I were a billionaire? I would pay off Special K and my bills and cars. I would buy a house for us with a big yard for the dogs and maybe a pool for Abby. I would increase my yarn stash and buy a spinning wheel(Selfish I know but it's what I would do). I would pay off some of my families debt and help them with houses and cars if needed. I would help out some of Special K's family and set them up with houses of their own.

I would set up a fund for teachers and others who are in need who aren't really poor but can't afford basic health care and living expenses. I'd like to help those out in our country who are just barely getting by and need a little boost to help them through or to help them with their debt. I think our country has too much debt and it keeps people back and is a huge weight on their shoulders. I'd like to be able to help them out.

There you go. That's a bit about me. If you haven't gotten tagged in this meme or just would like to fill it out. Consider yourself Tagged. And those who don't have blogs and want to answer...put it in the comments.

Update and Thankful Tuesday!

First off my thankful Tuesday is going to start by Thanking my friends Sheryl and Chris for walking with me last night. Chris walked 3 laps and Sheryl did 5. It was great and I feel even better now. We are trying to walk at least 3 times a week and so far have managed about 1 but that is more than nothing. :) Abby walked the 5 laps around the 9/10 mile per lap. She pulled the first 3 miles and then a little bit the 4th lap and then the last lap she walked so nicely between me and Sheryl. It was amazing!! I guess we just need to walk together more! :) It's always different when Jackjack's there though..which he wasn't last night.

Well..just so you know I'm doing ok. I've been working and loving it and I'm trying to stay off the computer a lot when I get home and focus more on Special K, the dogs, and working out. I don't think Special K believe me but oh well...I've spent a lot less time on the internet than I was. He did mention to someone the other day that I am happy when I come home from work and that is a huge thing!! It's good!

Well...I have a couple catch up post of some meme's to catch up with...so there may be more than one today! :)

Oh yeah...I almost forgot to mention....THE CUBBIES ARE IN TOWN!! We are going to the games tonight and tomorrow! I've got my cubs shirt on and I'm ready to cheer!! :)

Happy Thankful Tuesday!!

PS...I'm fixing some stuff on my webpage so most the picture here aren't displaying right. I'll work on it soon.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dogs on Thursday on friday and an update.

Hey, just wanted to let everyone know I'm ok. :) Work has been good and I've been keeping pretty busy. The puppies have been good. We even started running a bit during our morning walks. I tried again for the focused sit picture in my backyard. Look...Jakjack still won't look at me. I know I should be happy with just the fact that he would sit and stay there for me but when I tried to get him to down he was not having it. I had to admit there was a sneaky squirrel that had his attention more than me so I let it go for now. We came inside after he wouldn't down the second time.
But check out the attention I get when this is done inside and they are waiting for me to fix their food bowls. :) I have Jackjack's FULL attention then. hmmm. Oh and we tried a bunch of downs when we came inside to remind him what that word means. Let me tell you it was an instant down. UGH...need some more outdoor training with some yummy treats.

I've been working a lot on the clapotis and it's coming along nicely I think. I love the color and the pattern is so simple. You just have to keep track of what row you are on but it's only different on the beginning and the end of the row the rest is mindless. :)


During lunch at work I've been doing a lot of knitting on my 9-5 socks. I'm at the heel of the first sock but since it's solely my lunch time knitting...it's slow going.

Well...I've got to get finished getting ready for work. I'm sleepy today...but I've been tired all week. I'm hoping to get a big cup of coffee when I get to work to wake me up.

Have a great day and Happy Knitting.

PS..Don't forget Sat. is WWKIP day!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Dogs On Thursday!!

So, I tried to get a good picture of the two of them but there was a squeaking squirrel who kept distracting them. :) Here's my best try.


They are both doing really good. They love the fact that I've been walking them on long walks in the morning. I love it too!! I'm hoping to keep it up for a long time.

I haven't ripped back the shawl yet but I'm working on the Clapotis and decided until I get some time to just relax and rip it back it's going to stay that way. :) Yes, I know..procrastination.

Well...work was good and they are giving me some stuff to do today. I was pretty excited about it.

We have a softball game tonight at 7pm so I'm going to get a few rows down before I got and try to eat something.

Happy Dogs on Thursday!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Week update!!

My first week at my new job has been good. I've been doing a lot of observing and will be excited to start answering questions and get into the meat of things. My co-workers are nice and I'm glad to be working with them. I've started getting up and walking the dogs on long walks before work so that's made me feel great. This week has been flying by and I haven't had much time to post this week...better luck next week.

I've been working on my shawl and realized that I made a mistake about 5 rows back so I guess I have to rip it again. I've been switching back and forth from the shawl to the clapotis and I have to admit now that I have to rip back it's been put down for this week. I'll sit with it this weekend and rip back. I might need a beer or two to get me through. ;)

I haven't gotten any knitting done during work hours. I haven't really been taking full lunches but i did do 2 rows of the 9-5 socks during lunch yesterday. I left the sock at work and just plan to work on it during lunch for a while. I need to get the shawl and clapotis done...well, not done but I need to work on them. :) I still need to wash the sock yarn from the first 9-5 sock so I'm not ready to finish the first sock....I know I'm stalling but it will all get done. My plan is to get the sock done but the end of June and as much as I can on the other two. No biggie. :)

Well, it's getting to that time where I need to start convincing Special K that the tv needs to be turned off so I can sleep good. It's an every night battle. I like to fall to sleep in silence and he likes to watch tv until he can't hold his eyes open and then turns it off and falls asleep. If I'm tired enough I'll just fall asleep with it on but sometimes I just can't ignore it. :) The joys of a TV in the bedroom. Let me tell you I fought it but lost.

Ok...hope all is well. I'll try to get a DOT post up tomorrow after work.

Happy Knitting!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday wrap up!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Last week was so rough that I promised myself and asked Special K that everything we do this weekend be relaxing and refreshing. It wasn't perfect but I had a great weekend. Friday night we hung out and relaxed with some beer and I knit.

Saturday, I met my friend Sheryl for our first of many saturday morning walks with the pups. We walked almost 4 miles with the pups. They were tired and hot but I brought plenty of water for them. They slept most the afternoon. The afternoon was spent knitting and relaxing. We grilled brats and Special K's friend and his dog, Ginger came over for the evening. It was tons of fun and surprisingly Abby still had energy to play play play. :) Ginger was fond of Special K.


I finished the Bellatrix socks that night and just had to kitchener stitch up the toes on Sunday morning. I love how they look!! As Special K says they are LOUD but they are awesome!! So, May socks done and on we go!!


I joined a KAL for LetsKnit2gether Podcast for the Clapotis. I've been wanting to knit this so I decided to go for it. It's starting out nicely. I'm enjoying the pattern a lot.
Today after I went to knitting for a bit, Special K and I hit the beach. It was a nice hot day and the water is still cool enough for some relief from the sun. We had a great and very relaxing time. What do you think??


Tonight, Special K made french toast for dinner and it was yummy!! I'm relaxing and knitting some more and preparing for my new job tomorrow. Not really sure what to do to prepare other than to "let go" of my last job. It should be easy but last week wasn't the best one I've had there. I'm just really glad it's over. I am very excited about tomorrow and just hope to find a job that doesn't feel like a "job." Well, hope everyone has a great Monday and I'll let you know how my first day goes!

Happy Knitting!! and for those of you starting your summer break...Happy Summer!!