Thursday, June 28, 2007


If the yarn didn't get here today I think I would have really cried ... but no worries because it's here!!! We had summer movie time this morning (Open Season .... don't bother adding it to your Netflix list) and then a MOM'S Club budget meeting followed by errands. Plenty of time for the UPS guy to stop by and deliver without me pacing and running out into the street to greet him. After unloading two sleeping children, I was able to open my package and ooh and ahh. The yarn is so thin!!! I've never knit with anything lace weight so this will be challenging. And I've never knit off a cone. Speaking of cones, I can't believe how small 5000 yards looks on a cone! And I can't believe I bought 5000 yards of anything! So lots of new territory for me ... now I'm off to assemble a swatch. Photos later if I can wait that long!! I'm so excited I could just babble on and on but I really have something more important to do now - SWATCH!!!! I'm off ....

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pacing, Pacing, Pacing

Well, I'm frustrated. I'm so excited for the yarn to arrive and I know it's here in Phoenix and yet, it's after 6 pm so I don't think it will get here today. I'm anxious and pacing and keep opening the door to see if maybe I didn't hear it get delivered. Opening the door may sound innocent but when the door knob is hot on the inside, well, it's super hot outside. Reminds me of fire safety lessons when they tell you that a hot door knob is a sign to stay put. Rightly so! Yet I keep checking and keep trying to stay busy but I just can't focus because I want the yarn to be here so badly! All I need to do on my sock is decrease for the toe but I'm too ansty. Worst of all is about a half hour ago the UPS truck stopped across the street - I almost ran outside but didn't when I considered that he might think I was crazy. So I waited and then he drove off. Yes, I checked the door. No, there is no package. And every car that drives by makes me look out the blinds. Just the neighbors. If it was Mike, that might make me feel a bit better. But he's not here yet either. So I guess I'll go eat dinner and go to my appt tonight and wait until tomorrow to see if the yarn gets here. I'm going to have messed up dreams tonight!!!

Exciting things are going on!

It's been a fantastic couple of days and my enthusiasm level is at an all time high!

I'll begin at the beginning .... Saturday we made a family trip to Scottsdale (in the truck!) and bought a new closet organizing system for our master bedroom. The main closet we had done as soon as we moved in but we decided to do the second one ourselves. I LOVE IT!! It increased our storage tremendously and everything looks so organized and pretty now! I love when everything has a place.

Even better ... I got to scrapbook on Saturday night! 6 - midnight at a local shop with some of my friends and I had a wonderful time. I even got several pages done! The last few times I've taken knitting with me but this time I had photos (although I brought knitting just in case and I wore my Knitster T-shirt).

Sunday I got even more pages done - YIPPEE!!

Tuesday Nonna (my mom) got here and EMN was so excited she couldn't stop giggling! It's been great to have an extra set of hands.

The best part of Tuesday - The Alison Krauss and Union Station concert that Mike took me to! Happy Mother's Day to me!! We had dinner at Kincaids in downtown Phoenix and walked to the Dodge Theater and the concert was incredible! I'm so bummed they didn't allow cameras so I wasn't able to memorialize the night. It was a fantastic show - always a pleasure to listen and watch professionals at the height of their game. The venue is perfect for concerts. Previously I've only ever seen Sesame Street Live there :) The sound was full and lovely, the performers were fun and lively .... just a wonderful evening!

Today - I'm waiting very impatiently for my yarn to arrive!!! I'm so jealous - I saw Phoebe's swatches on her blog and I haven't been able to do anything yet!! I got new needles yesterday and my third set of beads so now I really want to swatch! I ordered from and FedEx promises me it will be here today. The first clue doesn't come until Friday but I'm really antsy to get a swatch done so I know that I have the right size needles and that I can tackle a true lace project. I also want to make sure I chose the right bead colors. I'm sitting in our office at the front of the house watching all the cars drive by ready to pounce when the yarn arrives. I'd sit outside but it is ridiculously hot and I might melt. Yes, it's a dry heat but so is a hair dryer or oven and I don't stand in front of them all day either. Anyway, I'm trying to finish up a few projects before I start the Mystery Stole #3. I'm almost done with my second sock - I knit at the dentist's this morning - and I'm also trying to make progress on two bags I have right now. Actually, I have three bags going right now but one has all the knitting finished, I just need to attach the handles ... once I figure out what I want to use for handles. One bag may end up a sweater so I leave that to the side until I figure out what I want to do with it .... which may be to frog it and make something else. And the last bag I'd like to felt but I'm starting to really hate wool. It kept knotting and felting on me the other night and I spent over 2 hours detangling and cursing at it when I could have been knitting and relaxing. So I bought a new skein of nicer wool yarn (not the cheapy stuff) and maybe that will make a difference.

So, I'm really chatty and that might tell you that I'm really anxious for my yarn to get here!! I really want to feel it and play with it. I know I'll be shocked by how thin it is. I'm sure I can do this but I really want to practice first. OK - enough rambling ... I'm going to go find something to keep my hands and mind busy since Nonna has the kids all taken care of. I love Nonna!!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Busy Busy Busy

Where does the time go!?! I've intentionally not put a lot of things on our calendar and yet we still stay plenty busy.

Last I wrote I had lost some pictures. Well, I got most of them back but not the video of Mike's homecoming. My camera is still acting funny so I'm not using it right now.

Other than that, even without "formally scheduled events" we're always on the go it seems. We did some things related to hockey, the ever present dr appointments, playdates, summer movies, swim lessons, workouts at the gym, lots of cooking and lots of new projects. One is knitting related (thanks Phoebe!) - it's a mystery stole and if I can figure out how to attach buttons and all that cool stuff to my blog, I'll post it soon. First clue comes out June 29th so I've got some time to finish up my second sock to form my first pair! Too bad it's already 115 and I'm usually in sandals. I'll find the occasion for shoes soon!!

And here is a pic from MTN's first haircut - thank you Andrew for helping me recover them!!
(I'll add the pic here when I'm at the right computer ... we're not networked here and I forgot that the photo is on my laptop)

Monday, June 11, 2007


As I sit here typing Michael is on my lap screaming and crying and I could join right in with him. I was trying to post pictures of Mike's homecoming and Michael's first haircut and they are no where to be found on my camera. I'm so sad and frustrated! It just happened so I haven't had time to really work the problem but I'll be so heartbroken if I can't recover them. I lost some pictures 4 years ago when an inexperienced film developer mishandled them. However, I've never lost digital photos before. I even had taken pictures of my recent knitting (although those are very easily replaced). Well, before I start to consider them gone forever, I should try to recover them. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 9, 2007


I was up way too late last night - nervous anticipation and excitement I think. Mike gets home today and I'm really antsy! I want to go to the airport right now and get him but he doesn't land until about 6:30 tonight. So last night I knit until I was almost cross-eyed and then spent a lot of time at, my latest find that I just love browsing. Too bad online shops never close or else I would have gotten more sleep! EMN is happily watching cartoons right now, MTN is sleeping still and I'm getting ready to check out etsy again! I'm not addicted, just fascinated ;)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Hi, My name is Becky and I'm new here!

This is my first foray into blogging ... what has this world come to?!? I've got family and friends that all do it so why not me? I love reading other peoples blogs so maybe that will inspire me to write my own. Don't know what direction this blog will take or how personal it will get but I really don't need to know any of that to get started. So let's start!!