Monthly Archives: December 2008

Christmas=Glee in my family

Christmas at my Mom and Winston’s was early, and wonderfully fun! My siblings were there, as well as Rody’s friend Ben. We got him a lava lamp on short notice, and he loved it. It was my brother’s first christmas working, and like me, he went whole hog. He got Ben a Wii. And he got Mom and Win a Wii too! It was funny.

Pat is really hard to shop for because he never wants anything. He got a small tool set and several gift cards. One was for Lowes. His response was “Oh! Now I can go get that stapler I’ve been putting off…” and my mother and I were cracking up, because I had mentioned that he wanted a stapler to both my parents, and they BOTH got him a stapler, and my mother had to take hers back! I just have to keep him out of the store until Christmas.

It was a wonderful haul for me! The theme seemed to be warmth! I bought myself a set of bright, stripey, microfleece jammies,  since new Christmas PJs are a tradition! I also got a funky lavender zip-up flannel thing that Pat thinks looks like a lab coat. Now I have to mad-scientist the hell out of it.

For gifts, I got six (!) pairs of sinfully soft (LUXURY) boot socks. I got a (LUXURY) fleece blanket that I promptly put to good use for the rest of the evening. I also got fiber! (LUXURY FIBER!!!) My mother went and grabbed a bunch of things, and I’m loving them! Out of  60-some-odd colors, she picked out the EXACT color that I’ve been musing over for weeks. I also got some convenient colors of the stuff I’ve been spinning and running out of, as well as… two of the specialty batts (excitement) in really uncharacteristically dark colors (so sad…but wait!) that look amazing in the light. They’ll work incredibly well for a northern lights themed hat, scarf and glove project I’ve been thinking of doing!

My favorite present by far has got to be the sweater my sister bought for me… A hoodie in this delicious rich cinnamon-orange  color in ALPACA. That she bought with her own money! (A 3x hoodie out of alpaca is a LOT of money for a 14 year old with no job). It is just the tiniest bit too tight, but this splendid thing will be worth the work of losing some weight, and in the mean time I’ll be doing some very aggressive blocking.

I can’t wait to see what our other two Christmases bring!

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The semester is done

Not my best performance, but I’m pretty motivated to finish quickly. I need to get a part-time job, just something in the mornings a couple of days a week. It’s been suggested that I apply at the ARC, an organization that assists disabled persons. I have a few loose ends to wrap up, and I’ll be applying there.

The Thanksgiving holiday was odd. Good, overall. Christmas promises to be better, and then there’s my birthday in early January. 

We’re finally beginning to get the house into order. We sorted the living room out, and it’s been so fun to watch movies on the big screen after having that monster out of commission for eight months. Lots of video games too. I need the playstation to come home: now that there’s no school I feel a bought of obsessive Disgaea coming on. We have plans for two new games this Christmas, plus we’ll be indulging in the old Donkey Kong games for the SNES. Patrick has never played them, and I have such great memories of playing them with my best friend in middle school.

Our dog Penny has been enjoying this whole “couch” thing. It was buried under a mountain of computer parts, hardware, and tools, and we never spent any time there. She actually spends time in with Patrick now, passed out on the couch, rather than haunting my feet on the blanket under my desk. She’s such a funny dog.

Speaking of holidays, Patrick and I decided we’d give each other big gifts this year.  He’s ordering parts to upgrade his computer, and I got a Ladybug spinning wheel a few weeks ago!

My Ladybug

I got on the wheel, got the rhythm, and breathed, “This feels like something I should be doing for the rest of my life…” I’m in love, thoroughly, with the sights, sounds, smells, and the whole feel of it.

first-yarns

Zaynab, the owner of my favorite LYS Knitting Grounds, had been encouraging me. She destroyed my cop of the pink yarn by squishing it to death when I showed it to her, and she said over and over that she wanted to carry my yarn once I got a wheel. She really wasn’t kidding. I came in with a bunch of  “learning” yarn, and she grabbed the one on the left, started peeping, and wouldn’t let it out of her sight for the rest of the day. She bought it from me and knit it up on Thanksgiving into an urchin hat, and I think she has worn it nearly every single day since. I’m flattered. I’ll need to get a picture of her wearing it, because it’s adorable.

z-urchin-hat

Since it was finals week, and I had no chance to reskein, set, and tag my yarns. I told her that I might have a batch for her yesterday, but I didn’t make it into the store once during the week! I showed up for the Friday night knits, and had a half dozen people asking me where my yarn was! It’s a bit overwhelming, but I’m having a great time!