Friday, December 25, 2009
We had such a perfect Christmas Eve!
Joey actually GUESSED the gift I was giving him!! During church, he asked me for 3 hints and I tried to be super vague by saying:
1. It's so fun!
2. You'll want to have parties!
3. You'll be super cool!
And he said, "Well, based on the party hint, I think it's mini disco balls."
I was in a state of shock. Who guesses that anyway?
I did some knitting for Roey!
Can you see our punch mustaches?
We left Denver on Tuesday around 5pm and decided to spend the night in North Platte, Nebraska,in a very smelly Super 8. Roey got me so spooked about the weather, so I woke up at around 2:00 a.m. I couldn't sleep after that and dad woke up shortly thereafter, so we departed right around 4:00 a.m.
We only stopped for gas twice and I had packed up some lunch, so we cruised through and arrived in Northwood around 3:30 p.m. And perfectly enough, we finished Water for Elephants about 10 minutes before we arrived at home. It was SO good. I would drive until I was super tired, but even in the passenger seat, I didn't want to sleep and miss part of the book.
Roey made it home too and guess what? We were wearing the EXACT same shirt...EXACTLY!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
With a week and a half off of work and a total drive time of over 24 hours to ND and back, I desperately need some reading material to supplement all the knitting I need to finish. Here are a few titles I'll be picking up from the library this afternoon.
I love short story collections!!
Jean Thompson's books rank among my very, very favorites - especially Who Do You Love?
Her stories have such strong characters and the writing is terribly beautiful. Many of her stories are bittersweet. Her new collection came out last June and somehow I missed it.
And for the drive, I've found 2 audiobooks that will hopefully entertain me & my dad.
I am about to finish up Augusten Burrough's holiday story collection. He's no David Sedaris, but I really love his writing. The stories are so funny, but this collection has plenty of serious moments as well.
I've been known to read morose books during Christmas without even realizing it. A few years ago, I listened to In Cold Blood right before Christmas and I haven't been the same since.
My friend Joey's mother wrote this book and it sounds so fascinating, so this will be my non-holiday pick this year.
Images via amazon
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I've been out and about enjoying the holiday season in Denver. I tried to find the perfect outdoor skating rink, but I failed miserably. Loren, Marie & I ended up going to Flatiron Crossings. The rink was soooo tiny and overun by wild children and the like, but we had a great time nevertheless, and it was a nice first skate of the season. I'm used to skating in subzero temperatures, so a nice 40 degree day was so perfect!
I was the Denver Botanic Garden's 1,000th fan on Facebook, so I won 2 tickets to both of their holiday events. I took a tour of their administrative building last week, which is in a beautiful old mansion on York. Doris showed me everything including the top secret staircase! On Thursday evening, Marie & I went to Blossoms of Light. It was so impressive!! I wish there would've been live holiday jazz music, but oh well anyway.
Just a few more sleeps until Dad, Oliver & I make our long drive to North Dakota. I couldn't be more excited, but I feel like I have so much to get done before I leave. My room literally has never ever been messier and, as per Beth's request, I took some before pictures. I won't be posting those until I have a perfectly clean after picture to show! (And I probably shouldn't even post them then!)
Oliver's getting ready for North Dakota's bitter temperatures...He was slightly underwhelmed, but he'll thank me later. He's so stylish, eh?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thanks to Miss Beth, I am shamelessly addicted to the Phase 10 app for ipod. I think Beth is a little more "invested" in the game as of right now, but I'm definitely a close second. We like to say that we're doing something productive, like knitting, but we both knowing we're playing phase 10 (while my knitting sits abandoned on the table). And, I'm staying in the holiday spirit by playing as Santa.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I'm currently on a knitting kick and I'm trying to learn more and branch away from simple scarves... but I also want to sew. As I've been looking at various blogs, I've found dozens of things I'd like to make.
Here are a few of my very favorites.
The first one is from the purl bee blog. It's a cashmere dimple hat! I've never made a hat and this may not be the easiest one to start with, but I'm loving it anyway.
The second one is also from the purl bee blog. I'm normally not into holiday type crafts, but I love the modern feel of this quilt. I love polka dots and stripes and all the various shades of green. If I decide to make this, I'd probably just do a real quilt instead of something to hang on the wall, considering I have zero space to hang anything.
Lastly, I found this Colette Pattern here and I couldn't imagine a more perfect dress. It looks like a challenge...mainly the buttons and some of the detailing, but maybe one day. I also dig her tights with open-toed shoes.