Sunday, March 30, 2008

Meet Danika!

Here's my new niece!!!

Dangit, I didn't get a picture of Dad with Danika... oh well, I'm sure they'll be more pictures to come.

Me and Danika

Jenn, Julia, Danika

Full head of hair!

This is my favorite picture of her! She reminds me of the pod people in The Dark Crystal... so adorable!

I don't have much of anything to report in needlework, still pluggin' away at Polly's bedspread, but I get closer to finishing every day. Hopefully it won't be long now.

I'm also still working on the snuggle for the Snuggles Project that I started a weekend or two ago (I can't remember). But, I haven't touched it since the weekend I started it. ...Well, except yesterday... because I'm in Tooele over the weekend and the Walmart out here doesn't have the yarn I'm using for Polly's bedspread... and I ran out yesterday. So, maybe the snuggle will be ready for donation soon.

Stu traded in a bunch of gaming stuff and bought a Play Station 3 and a game called The Eye of Judgement. It's a role playing card game with real cards, a mat for the cards and a little camera set up that reads what cards you put down in order to animate the board and battles on screen for you. I played one game with Stu Friday night. It was fun. I even won. It can be pretty cool learning game stuff from him. He's a really good teacher too! He's always so patient when I'm being ditzy with something... "Okay, now put that on the mat. The mat... the mat... THE MAT!" Teehee, I'm not really that ditzy, but sometimes I come close. *wink*

Now Playing:
[the hum of computers]

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I made this for Stu's mom, it's woven in the classic "friendship bracelet" style. I also made one for Ryn in the same colors, since she was admiring all my practice pieces and asking to keep them.

Knit for the Snuggles Project. This is my first entrelac project. From what I gather, entrelac is just the name given to this method of stitching, which makes the knitted fabric look woven.

Apparantly, this is how we do dishes now. It all started with a play argument Stu and I had when cleaning up after dinner and we just started throwing dishes in. (Notice the silverware in the bottom?) Stu even threw his cup in the dishwasher with milk still in it. It was fun, I giggled a lot.

The coffeehouse where we have our knit/crochet meeting every Thursday.

I believe they've finished rearranging and fine tuning the paint colors. It's kind of growing on me.

The sofas and TV are now in a back room where the computers used to be. You can see where we used to sit just outside the doorway [center]. This does suit better when it comes to privacy and not disturbing the rest of the patrons with the TV.

A card from a co-worker. It was just too funny, I had to share. Yes, I'm 30 now... ack!

Now Playing:
You Get What You Give - The New Radicals

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A hedghog, a cake and a cow.

Okay, so... I've been straying from Polly's blanket a little bit this weekend...

I made a little (so called) hedgehog [top]. I think he looks more like a mouse with a mohawk. The 8 year old neighbor girl was admiring him when she came over last night, so I let her keep him. I also made a book rug (bookmark) for myself [bottom]. I wanted something prettier than a rolled up zipper sandwich bag peeking out of my current read.

Neither of these two things took long (less than a day for both), they're both small. I just needed a little break from Polly's bedspread, which I'll be getting back to today.

And last week I crocheted this...

A lady I work with is retiring very soon. I made her this cute little box as a retirement gift. She though it was SO adorable and said she'll be using it for her rings. I even got a hug for it. Hey, this whole giving people stuff you make is pretty rewarding. *wink*

Stu and I have also been playing World of Warcraft (WoW), another MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). Stu didn't really like this game, but we're trying to find something that we both would like to play. I liked Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO), but Stu got really bored with it, enought that he likes it even less than WoW. He says that WoW is probably most similar to LotRO out of the others we've tried (Dungeon Runners, Everquest II and Dungeons & Dragons Online). I agree, having played WoW a few times now. It's fun, just wish I could get more into it, but I seem to get distracted often with wanting to do other things. =( We miss playing together.

Here's the character I'm currently playing. She's a Tauren Hunter. This is the one I play with Stu's character of the same species and class...

Her name is Emaya and she's a cow! Yeah, I have a gun... pretty sweet!

Now Playing:
Oye Como Va - Santana

Sunday, March 9, 2008

We're one month smoke-free!

So, Stu and I are one month smoke free... wow! That's amazing! I kinda can't believe we've done it, but on the other had I'm not surprised, we're both pretty strong.

I almost had a slip earlier this week though. I actually got my hands on a cigarette while staying overnight at my parents' and held it for a few minutes, just thinking about everything that one cigarette could destroy. I then broke it in half and got rid of it and called my quit buddy (Stu), who told me that if that ever happens again, I need to call him BEFORE I get ahold of a cigarette. I'm so proud of myself. Having come that close and not smoking, that showed me just how strong I am and that there's no reason I can't stay smoke free!

Stu is doing fantastic too. This last week, he basically had a hardcore craving that lasted a few days. He even thought about going to buy cigarettes, but didn't. I'm so proud of him as well!

It's 15 bean soup!!!

Stu made this a while ago, but I forgot to post the picture. The soup is SO yummy. The consistancy is more like a stew, which I love. He adds sausage too... mm-mm good!

The Traveling Polly Bedspread...

I crocheted some of Polly's afghan while going to Stu's Dad's for dinner yesterday.

Don't know if anyone cares, but I love doing nail art on my nails, so I thought I'd share a couple shots...

And... Ryn got a haircut last weekend! She loves it. I hated seeing her getting frustrated with her hair every morning because she couldn't do anything with it. Stu was very hesitant, he loved her long hair, but also understood how much she wanted to have it cut. He had told her that if she kept her room spotless for two weeks that she could get it done.

Then, last weekend we all went grocery shopping and were talking about it. I even mentioned how I wanted to cut my hair too. This all made Stu very nervous... he loves his girls' long hair. He started asking me questions about where I usually get my hair cut and what I would want exactly. When we got home, he pulled me aside and said, "I think you two should go get your hair cut... today... now, hurry before I change my mind!" So, off Ryn and I went.

I was so nervous that the lady kept cutting and cutting and cutting Ryn's hair. I had been given specific instructions by Stu on how short was acceptable and kept thinking, "He's gonna kill me if I don't say something!" But, then realized she wasn't cutting any more length off, just adding and evening out layers. Whew!

Here's the end result...

Yes, she looks a bit groggy, she just woke up.

I did get my hair cut too, but really just added some layers and had the ends trimmed up. I wanted to consider my honey's feelings. He was so scared to look at us when we got home and even turned his head away when Ryn stood right next to him, saying, "Look at us!" But, he liked both the cuts. =)

Just a cute pic of Ryn and her step-grandma's dog, Daisy, licking whip cream from beaters.

Now Playing:
Here's Where The Story Ends - The Sundays

Saturday, March 1, 2008

My army is taking shape...

I now have a group on Ravelry! It's called Salt Lake City Stitchers. Here's a little peek...

This post isn't consisting of much this week, but I will leave you with a cute picture of Ryn... sleeping in her "TV fort" made of blankets...

Now Playing:
Delighted - Shooglenifty