Thursday, December 29, 2005

New Year's Resolutions

So the past few years I have not been to serious about resolutions but this year I am. Here they are. 1. Give up all meat except for fish 2. Give up dairy YES!!! I said it NO DAIRY! 3. Lose 50 pounds by June. I have my 10 year high school reunion this summer. ugh! But if I do lose 50 pounds I will be just a bit lighter than I was on my wedding day but still 50 lbs heavier than my HS graduation day. However I have lost 50 pounds since Jake was born in July. 4. Work on my marriage. Kiss my husband more, hug him more, tell him I love him more. 5. Be a more patient mother.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Christmas Update

Can the holidays be over now? I am so sick of them...why???? I am usually a very happy person this time of year and I hate seeing the holidays go but I just want it to be Easter now and summer again. So we all got a major flu this past week and were very sick over the weekend...suckola! On xmas eve we went to the MILs house and to our joy my crack head SIL was invited to dinner. Her update....boyfriend in jail, 2 roommates in jail, she is on disability getting paid by the state to be home because she has mental problems...yeah that happens when you fry your brain with drugs lady!!!!! oh did i mention she is in her 40's with the brain of a 16 year old. Sunday was nice we spent it with my family but we were all sick. Riley made out like a bandit. I think my mom cleared out Toys R Us. I told her next year we need to coordinate because she needs to not buy more than we do. Yesterday we just stayed home and had mounds and mounds of laundry to do. More laundry tonight. Oh what about a knitting update you ask? Well I thought I would actually get to knit something for myself now but my dear husband reminded me that I promised him a hat after I was done with christmas projects so that is what I am working on now.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Here are the gifts in all their glory!

Well maybe not that glorious...... so what we have here

from left to right....

Seed stitch scarf for brother's girlfriend made out of a wool silk blend

Lace sort of I think pattern scarf for my mom. Jo Sharp wool.

Ice blue baby alpaca hat for friend.

Hat for Dad cascade 220

Felted coasters for MIL cascade 220.

I also have fingerless gloves out of Cascade 220 for my brother but I haven't finished them yet. Hey I still have 24 hours right?

Oh yeah and I am getting over the flu. nice! Yesterday was the worst day, fever, chills, shaking, and taking care of two children under the age of three while husband slept because he is sick too. Sometimes I hate being the woman.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Yay! Work Holiday Party!

This is me today at the work holiday potluck thingie that is going on at 11. Thankfully my friend is picking me up at 12:30 for lunch at a mexican restaurant. I think I will need the margarita after a work party here in the depths of hell. Really I am not that depressed of a person. My humor really lifts me up....seriously :) I made peanut butter rice with applesauce. I know sounds weird but it is pretty good. The evil side of me thought it would be funny to do some sort of dish that requred milk and I could put my own breastmilk in and snicker in the corner of the room as everyone ate my dish but then a friend said "why waste all of those good antibodies on people you don't like" and I was like "YEAH! good point". I wouldn't do it anyway I would probably get sued but it was something to entertain my brain anyway. Now you are all going to thing twice before you eat something at a potluck aren't you?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Can I complain?

I am just not happy right now...well for a while I have not been "happy". I mean like deep down happy and satisfied. Why you ask? 1. My job sucks! I quit a job I liked because I couldn't afford the gas $ to drive 60 miles round trip every day for a PT job. Yes the job I have now pays more montly because it is full-time and next month my benefits kick in but this place freaking sucks. People are rude, morale is horrible, and there are just a lot of idiots. And there is this guy that works in my area that does not play nice with others. UGH! 2. Due to the cesarian that I had in July (that is a rant in itself. I was "supposed" to have this wonderful natural out of hospital birth) now we have all of these medical bills that we can't possibly pay. Also a really good friend of mine is pregnant and wants to complain about how she is afraid of labor (valid fear) but I just can't listen to this because she has had three children vaginally. Yes I have had one the old fashioned way but if I want anymore that way it won't be easy. I had to tell her that I am almost mourning a death. That is what it feels like. 3. Adding to that was the breast surgery I had last month. Yes thank GOD I don't have breast cancer but still adds to the stress. 4. Going along with the above is that I was on bedrest before the cesarian = not getting paid from work. Plus the time I took off to recover from the breast surgery = no money. 5. I am now dealing with a two and a half year old that was used to me being around more and now all we do is fight. I hate it. I think she needs me but I HAVE to work this stupid job so we can pay the bills and so we don't loose our house and our car. 6. My husband and I are not getting along. He likes to be "funny" ie: makes annoying side comments to everything and I just can't handle it anymore. 7. My stupid brother set up some "family picture" with Santa. I told my mom that I WAS NOT going to sit on Santa's lap for her this year. Hello I am freaking 27 years old and I am too old to get my picture taken with Santa. Well my brother the kiss ass tells my parents that of course he will and why don't they all go together. Ok that = a family picture that I am not going to be in? So of course I am going now! urgh! 8. So you add in all of the above together and you get a very stressed out angry person that I don't like being stuck inside. THANK GOD FOR KNITTING!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

100 Things About Me

I keep seeing these so I figure I will do one for myself. Yes I am at work with nothing to do : ) Ok there is no rhyme or reason to this either. It is pretty random as I think of them. 1. Both of my biological parents are twins. 2. My daughter has a twin that I miscarried early on in my pregnancy we named him/her Hunter 3. I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. 4. When I had my son at Swedish Hospital I actually stayed on room next to the one my mom was in when she had me. 5. I went to WSU for 2 years Go Cougs! 6. I almost drowned while at CYO camp when I was nine. 7. I am Roman Catholic. 8. I met my husband at a bar on St. Patrick's Day. 9. We were married the next year. 10. We had Riley (our daughter) 11 days before our first anniversary. 11. I swear I have seen my guardian angel. 12. I was born on June 29, 1978 13. I used to work with a girl who had the same birthday. 14. I have a half-brother. 15. I also went to UW for a year or so. 16. I graduated from Seattle Central Community College with a graphic/web design degree. 17. I didn't go to my graduation ceremony because I was 9 months pregnant and couldn't afford the cap and gown. I wish I would have gone. 18. My mom left my bio-dad when I was 1 because he was highly abusive. 19. I was the flower girl in my mom's second wedding to my step-dad. 20. I went to the same highschool as my husband although we didn't know eachother then. 21. I also grew up 6 blocks away from my husband. 22. I was named after Abraham's wife Sarah. 23. I guess I am related to Mark Twain in some distant way through marriage. 24. I went to disneyland when I was 8 and then again for my honeymoon. 25. I am a redhead and married one and we have redhead kids. 26. My aunts dog bit me when I was a toddler and I have a scar on my face still. 27. My childhood pet Mittens the cat died when I was 23. She was 15. That was very hard. 28. I was raped when I was 20. At a party. I drank too much and he knew it. 29. My favorite colors are Aphid Green and Orange. 30. I live in a very small house in Burien. 31. I have two dogs Bob and Bella. They are black lab mixes. 32. I am still very good friends with a friend I met in college almost 10 years ago. 33. I have had one cesarian I was trying for a natural childbirth 34. I had two golf ball sized lumps removed from my left breast in November benign YES! 35. I basically taught myself to knit from an old book my mom has. 36. I am a very big proponent of breastfeeding. 37. I am still (yes still) breastfeeding my 2 1/2 year old daughter AND my 5 month old son mostly from one breast. 38. I love WOOL YARN! 39. My son was 10lbs 6 oz at birth. 40. My daughter was 7lbs 7oz. 41. My aunt (mother's twin sister) thinks I am minipulative. 42. I want to be a doula or a midwife someday. 43. I also want to be a La Leche League leader. 44. My first job was at Mc Donald's 45. I actually lost weight when I worked at Mc Donald's 46. I need to lose 100 pounds 47. I used to think I was fat in Highschool when I was a size 9. 48. I love soccer. 49. I haven't played soccer competitively in about 6 years. I miss it. 50. I was on the gymnastics team in High School. 51. I tore both of my quad muscles in High School. That hurts. 52. I had ankle surgery when I was 16 to remove a bone chip. 53. When I was a kid I wanted to be an artist. 54. I also wanted to be an opera singer. 55. I am tone deaf. 56. My favorite holiday is Easter. 57. I cry at baptisms. 58. My favorite movie is Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 59. Favorite book: Memoirs of a Geisha. 60. Favorite Food: Thai. 61. I re-met my bio-dad when I was 17 and not living with my mom. 62. 5 years later he was out of my life. 63. I won an art contest when I was in third grade. 64. My second grade teacher told my mom I needed counseling because I was having "social" problems. Turns out I just didn't like any of my classmates. 65. I had my first kiss in 7th grade. What an awkward moment. 66. I lost my virginity at 15. 67. I want to have one more child but I am scared of having another cesarean and do not want another cesarian but VBAC in Washington state is a fight to get. 68. I am highly clostraphobic. 69. I get nervous riding in elevators. 70. I went to Catholic grade school. 71. I am an oldest child (who married a youngest child) 72. I took German in college 73. I am mostly of Norwegian heritage. 74. I am allergic to percocet. 75. I love anything French although I have never been to France. 76. I am growing my hair out to donate it. I have 2 more inches to go. 77. I have never had hair this long in my entire life. 78. I once had VERY short hair only an inch long. 79. Yes I voted for George W. Bush and I don't regret it. 80. I consider myself mostly republican. 81. Oddly enough I think Bill Clinton was a great president. 82. I have never liked my body. 83. I have a 98 year old great-grandmother 84. I have really cool eyes. They match my hair. 85. I am afraid to fly in a plane 86. I have only visited 7 of our 51 states and British Columbia, Canada. 87. I wanted to be an anthropologist when I was at WSU. 88. I regret leaving WSU to be closer to my highschool sweetheart. 89. My HS sweetheart broke up with me on my 20th birthday and broke my heart. 90. I am so thankful that he broke my heart. 91. I still have my appendix. 92. I have very large breasts (G) 93. I snore very loudly when I am pregnant or sick. 94. I am an Art History buff. 95. I have had 3 last names in my lifetime. 96. I have been in one play I was in the fifth grade 97. I enjoy knitting because I feel it is the one thing I am good at. 98. I am my own worst critic. 99. I love oil painting. 100. I want to own a yarn shop some day.

Thank you Kim!

Thanks Kim for recommending KnitPicks for sweater yarn. I think the Wool of the Andes will be perfectly in my budget! I can do a great first sweater for myself and not feel bad if I make a mistake. That will definitely be purchased the first paycheck after Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Knitty Love

Ok is Christmas here yet?! I want to be done with my Christmas gifts so that I can start on something from the latest knitty issue. I think I am going to make Kate for my cat loving 2 year old daughter. I do have some sock yarn that I have not used and was thinking of making these. I would LOVE to make one of the sweaters for myself but I am plus sized and I have no clue yet how to adjust. I do see however, that Bristow has a XXL sizing. That might actually work. I just have the largest chest in the world but I usually don't wear things closed anyway. HMMMM I should try that one. But I would need 20 50g skeins of something. I don't know what I could buy in my budget that would work. That is what keeps me from making sweaters for myself really. I love Cascade 220 and that might work but it would cost $60 to make the sweater out of that. I just don't have that money all at once. I suppose I could buy half the yarn one month and the other half the next month.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Ok I know you are all DYING to see what I really look like. Here you go! Glamorous I know. I was really holding off posting a pic of my hot self because I didn’t want a throng of internet stalkers after me. Getting back to business this is the hat I knit up last weekend with the baby alpaca yarn that I got at the Yarn Gallery in West Seattle. Here is my husband hamming it up for the sake of my knitting blog. What a sport! This is the second hat I made for my dad that he will actually get. I like this one MUCH better than the first hat I made. Knit from Cascade 220.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Holiday Gift Update

I will need to post a picture later but I am finally getting along with my holiday gift projects. So what I have finished is.... Hat for dad. This is actually the second hat. I really DID NOT like how the first one came out so I found another hat pattern and made him another one and my husband gets the reject :) I might actually tear out the first one and make it into something else. One fingerless glove for brother. I had to move on to some other projects so I wouldn't get bored. I will probably do the second glove this weekend. Hat for friend. mmmmm I got some yummy baby alpaca wool from The Yarn Gallery this weekend and put a hat together for my friend. Almost done with a scarf for mom. Then I need to do a scarf for bro's girlfriend and the felted pot holders for my mother-in-law.

Friday, December 02, 2005

LINK!

It would have been helpful if I would have put a link in my previous post! http://www.lavender-love.com/sarahbrown

Who wants Lavender?

So I sell Lavender Love products and I am giving anyone who orders in the month of December 10% off their order the code is yule.