Saturday, April 28, 2007

Knitting books

So for the last few months I've been checking knitting books out of the library. En masse. As many as they would give me at a time. I went through everything in our county library and selected anything that looked interesting. The ones I didn't like, I gave right back. The ones I liked, however, I held onto as long as possible. Sometimes longer, so that unfortunately right now my overdue fine balance is $4.80 and climbing. (That would be at ten cents a day, to give you some idea of my slackitude.)

The book that took the longest to get, because apparently there is a very long waiting list for it, is this one:

Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting. And my gosh, no WONDER! It's really a fabulous book. So I renewed it as long as I could, until finally it was due, due, due and it started to rack up a fine. So this morning I thought to myself, well, it's such a great book, I'll just buy it. So I went online, looked it up, and lo and behold (am I the LAST person in the world to figure this out??) there were 9 copies available starting at $225! For one book! Which is apparently out of print. (WHY? When there is this kind of demand?!)

$225!

So I didn't buy it. And now I will have to do without. The book, I mean, maybe not a couple of the patterns. *cough*

Who knew? Apparently everyone but me.

But in happier news, another knitting book I'd ordered a while ago came last week. It's this one:

It's great! And also half in Latvian, for anyone who's interested. The mittens are incredibly gorgeous, so when I'm looking for something to do, I'll just be whipping out a few of these. So my kids can be wearing them in college or similar. If I'm lucky. Really, I can't say enough how pretty these are. And complicated.

If I knit any, you can be sure that I'll be posting about it, because that would really be an accomplishment. Maybe I can play with it this weekend, after we finish all the stuff that has to be done......

Have a good weekend, everyone!




Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Speech Notebook Wednesday

I spent this past weekend at a friend's lakehouse with 3 other moms who were also desperately in need of a break. It was great to get away and just relax. We'd forgotten what it was like to be responsible only for ourselves. And in light of all the tragedy and sadness of last week, it really helped to be able to regroup and do some coherent thinking.

So now I'm back, after a short blogging break, with the Speech Notebook entries from both this week and last week.



Post tenebras, lux.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Published!

A month or so ago Nate read in the News For Kids section of our newspaper that they wanted local kids to send in jokes, probably for April Fool's Day. So Nate cut the application out of the paper, filled it out, and sent it in. He was a little disappointed that they didn't select his joke on the appointed day, but he soon forgot all about it.

UNTIL!

Yesterday at school there was a big package waiting for him on his desk when he arrived. It was from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thanking him for his contribution, and it included not only a certificate and a t-shirt (Adult Medium, but it's the thought), but also the page of the paper he had been published on. Which was lucky, because not only had we missed it the first time because we were camping, but we had already recycled that paper.

So here's his joke, as seen in the newspaper:

He selected that joke all by himself. And for the record we're lucky he entered this contest before he purchased the 101 Bossy Cow Jokes book that he found last night at the $1 Book Sale at school.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Speech Notebook Wednesday

I decided to write about Easter this week, and save all the camping stories for another speech notebook day when I couldn't think of anything to write about. Of course, by then I will have forgotten all about our trip.

I still plan to do a camping recap post here, however. Soon. I promise. Once I get a handle on our TAXES. (Sample conversation -- me: What? I've still got almost a week!) Sigh.

Anyway, we had a very nice Easter with our family and Tim's mom and lots of chocolate! And girls in pretty dresses.

Tim took today off so we could go to various meetings, and we managed to have dinner on the table by 5:45 and the kids in bed by 7:15! It was sheer bliss. The girls were asleep in 5 minutes.

Of course it took at least a whole day of dealing with whiny, cranky kids to get us to this point. Nate was Frowny McGrumpypants from the time he woke up until he got on the schoolbus this morning, which is what gave me the idea in the first place.

With luck we'll all be a little cheerier tomorrow.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Crunchified


granola
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
So today I made my own granola bars. I used Alton Brown's recipe. They were delicious and surprisingly easy, if a little crumbly, so I may need to do a little fine-tuning. Although I did only use half the honey since I ran out. But they'll do very nicely for a quick, on-the-road breakfast that I always seem to be grabbing.

I've been on a granola kick lately, ever since I started buying this at the grocery store. (If you follow the link it looks nasty, but really it's much more appetizing than that in real life.) I thought I was being all healthy until I found it online listed under "sweets." And it is $5.99 a pop, and it only lasts me about 24 hours.

So I did a little research and made my own. I may be onto something here!

Hmmmm. Making my own granola and riding around in a VW van that's almost 25 years old.

Definitely leaning towards crunchy.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter!


Thanks, Easter Bunny!
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
The kids got these in their Easter baskets this morning. They're called unazukin, originally from Japan. You ask them a question or tell them a story, and they nod, double nod, shake, or double shake their heads.

I think the story goes that these are forest fairies that live under mushrooms in the forest. But they're very busy, so when their animal friends get together to tell stories, they just listen without saying anything, and nod or shake their heads.

We had lots of fun with them today.

Hope everyone out there had a happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Camping Trip!


Sunday morning
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Lots of pictures, starting with this one, are up on flickr from our camping trip this weekend.

More info to follow, but you can be checking out the photos in the meantime.