Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Whistle A Happy Tune...

Happiness is finding forgotten chocolate in my knitting bag. What more could a gal ask for?

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I am starting to realize that if I've knitted 4 scarves since last December, I cannot possibly knit 6 more in the next two weeks. Do you think it would be a good idea to mail 5 scarves this year and then mail another 5 next year for the people who didn't get any? The problem is, these are all being packed in one big box, so people are going to know they've been left out.

That's not one of the ones I've done, by the way - I stole someone else's picture. So don't start asking me where I got the yarn, or how it feels to knit with, or whatever. I've been using Paton's merino, which is a great deal at Michael's with the 40 percent off coupon.

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My teen daughter wants to see "Twilight" - the movie made from the book that you should have heard about by now if you are acquainted with any of the female species. It's a classic tale of star-crossed lovers, all mixed up in teenage melodrama. Only this particular star-crossed couple consists of a human girl and a vampire guy. I asked Anna how that could work and she explained, "Well, the guy is a vegetarian vampire."

All righty, then. That clears it right up.


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The pair of socks that I knit 3 times has disappeared. I last saw them on top of the washer. This does not bode well. I asked Larry if he had seen them and he said no, but he didn't sound convincing. My guess is that someone threw them in the dryer by mistake and that Larry came upon their shrunken forms and did what any sensible knitter's husband would do in such a situation: he hid them.

Let this be a reminder to all of us: we should hug our handknits frequently and tell them how special they are. Any time together could be our last.

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Susie is fine with her stitches as long as we don't
  1. wipe her face
  2. take off her shirt
  3. put on her shirt
  4. give her drippy food
Apparently, when one warns a three-year-old to be careful of her stitches, she takes it very, very seriously.

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Anna looks surprised and vaguely annoyed to find me still here. As in, "Don't you have a home to go to?" surprised. Or, "You're so old and boring, why do you even bother to go on living?" annoyed. In her eyes, I look precisely like the picture to the left. Only, less fun.

I try not to take it personally. I mean, if I'm lucky, I only have to wait another 20 - 30 years for her to be regarded the same way by her teen daughter.


Not that I'm counting the days, or anything...








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24 comments:

  1. I have an idea. Why don't we send Anna and Daughter to a deserted island. Or a convent. Or jail. Whatever will get them away from us and with someone else who can SYMPATHIZE with their horrible cruel SITUATION and the PARENTS who are DETERMINED to ruin their LIVES.

    No drama around here these days. Nope. Not at all.

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  2. If I ever managed to knit anything that looked like remotely like a sock, no-one would ever be allowed to wear them or wash them or lose them. They could just occasionally take the socks out of the drawer and look at them. Maybe not even out of the drawer. Maybe just look at them.

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  3. As a mother who is currently watching her mother curse come true, (I hope you have one just like you!) with even young grandchildren, is beyond fulfilling, it is just paradise dang it! He who laughs last, laughs best, it is soooo true!

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  4. you could be asking for fresher chocolate.
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    No comment on the knitting...I have a backlog too
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    My teen son read Twilight and its cohorts and thinks the movie sucks, but loves the books. He's odd like that.
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    Good luck finding the MIA socks, I personally pester St. Anthony incessantly because I don't have my act together at all whatsoever.
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    No, you're counting the minutes and nanoseconds till she is diagnosed by her child as having the plague.

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  5. So you won't be doing a holiday scarf give away?

    Social Butterfly was pretty peeved that when she walked over to her friends without doing some chores first she had to turn around and walk back home to do them. The nerve of me!

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  6. Take off her shirt while she's sleeping and then find a button up or zip up shirt for her to wear. My teen wants me to see Twilight with her too. sigh. I said she should go with friends. They all saw it already. So, I feel so loved. I told her I'd watch it with her when it comes out on video. Oh, and I feel your pain about the socks, if something similar shows up in my dryer, I'll know where it came from now.

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  7. I found a solution to the scarf knitting dilemma... I knit cowls... it goes a whole lot faster, uses less yarn so you can either save on the cost of the yarn or really splurge as you mostly just need one skein of yarn to make a cowl. There's several female/male patterns floating around on the innernets... and especially Ravelry :)

    Cheers Eva

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  8. I would read a review on that movie before I gave her an OK. they always "sex up" books for the big screen. My dd saw the trailer and won't see it because she feels they altered too many things.
    Sorry about the baby's chin.

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  9. Lots of laughs in this post! You are a great writer.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Bev

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  10. Oh, that last bit. Last night I was looking at those tiny little fingers wrapped around mine and I told her, "You're going to hate me. You're going to think I'm old and embarrassing. You're going to roll your eyes behind my back, and then right to my face." Yes, I was indulging in some postpartum weepiness. Right now, though, she's beautiful. Sigh.

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  11. Yes some of my friends read those books, appearently vegetarian means he only sucks the blood of animals and not humans. But one of my friends also went to see the movie and appearently they rip the vampire limb from limb in the movie but they don't in the book.

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  12. I think you can finish the scarves. Just ignore children, laundry, dishes and cooking. You'll have PLENTY of time. ;)

    I'm in a similar situation...too many knitted gifts on the list & not enough time. Something has got to go!

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  13. Well, shoot - I was going to beg you to knit me that scarf!

    I've found a few wrapped choice chocolate morsels in my scrapbooking supplies. I think I know the feeling, that all might be well in the universe. ;)

    Off to take an almost-teen to the dentist!

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  14. This post was too fun. I want to print it out and place it under my pillow because it was so warm and fuzzy. Okay, maybe I took one too many of my happy pills* preparing for the BIG thanksgiving weekend.

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  15. Mmmmm. .. Chocolate.

    Another reason I don't knit. Although one year I crocheted scarfs for a bunch of people, but I think crotcheting goes faster...

    What does it mean for me that my (almost) five year old spent the day yesterday rolling her eyes at me and telling me "no?" Is it starting?? Am I destined?? Maybe I should go put her in her room as a proactive time out? Will that work??

    And lastly, that is my all time favorite painting. I'm sure that will be me in my old age years.

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  16. Oh yes. Teenagers. Shortman got to take MY car 45 miles away for the entire day - so he and a friend could go snowboarding.

    His attitude since he's been home? Much to be desired. I'm hoping he's in a turkey-induced coma the rest of the weekend.

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  17. Unexpected chocolate. Mmmm.

    FYI...the vampire only hunts animals. The book compares it to being a vegetarian.

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  18. Man, you always freak me out about having future teenage girls.

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  19. Duh mom, he's a vegetarian. What is there to not get?!
    Sorry about the socks.

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  20. Just curious if you have asked Anna if she would like to go to public school instead of being home schooled. Maybe there is too much togetherness and she needs to be with people her own age more. It could be the reason for her attitude. It made a world of difference in my niece when her mother stopped home schooling and put her in public school. My niece is so much happier.

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  21. We tried that 2 years ago, Anonymous. Her behavior and attitude actually got worse, and worse, and worse while she attended school. We gave it an entire year, but nothing improved. Things are actually better now that we pulled her out. Counter-intuitive, I know; but there you are.

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  22. I hope you didn't think I had anything against home schooling. I was just wondering because it worked out very well for my niece. I wish I had more suggestions. My daughter is 20 and she drives me crazy.

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  23. 20? Oh, dear - I don't think I could take 5 more years of this...

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