Monday, December 22, 2008


Yes, that's right, I'm done. With the Christmas knitting that is. I'm sad to say I must pack all of my knitting paraphernalia up tomorrow. :( It's all got to be ready to go into the U-Haul on Saturday.

We're spending tomorrow packing the last of our things. Then Wednesday we are traveling to spend Christmas with the hub's family. We will pick up the U-Haul while there on Friday. Get the rest of our things from his mother's house loaded and come back here. Then spend all day Saturday loading the truck and possibly driving to our new home. Although, I think we may be too tired to manage that. So we may go up on Sunday and unload the truck.

Man, I'm tired just typing it out!

I hope everyone has a nice Christmas. If you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a nice time, doing whatever it is you do.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are you a Jackie or a Marilyn?

Thank you, Mad Men! And Brocante Home!

I am...

You Are an Ingrid!


You are an Ingrid -- "I am unique"

Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me
  • * Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
  • * Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
  • * Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
  • * Though I don't always want to be cheered up when I'm feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
  • * Don't tell me I'm too sensitive or that I'm overreacting!

What I Like About Being an Ingrid
  • * my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
  • * my ability to establish warm connections with people
  • * admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
  • * my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
  • * being unique and being seen as unique by others
  • * having aesthetic sensibilities
  • * being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

What's Hard About Being an Ingrid
  • * experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
  • * feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don't deserve to be loved
  • * feeling guilty when I disappoint people
  • * feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
  • * expecting too much from myself and life
  • * fearing being abandoned
  • * obsessing over resentments
  • * longing for what I don't have

Ingrids as Children Often
  • * have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
  • * are very sensitive
  • * feel that they don't fit in
  • * believe they are missing something that other people have
  • * attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
  • * become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
  • * feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents' divorce)

Ingrids as Parents
  • * help their children become who they really are
  • * support their children's creativity and originality
  • * are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
  • * are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
  • * are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Yeah, so...umm

Christmas knitting is sort of limping along. I've finished my mom and step-dad. Oh and the hubs, can't forget him. I am half way finished with my brother's gift. I bought one for his girlfriend. I won't be able get anything done for my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, grandmother-in-law or even my own grandmother. Maybe I'll just buy her something. She's like me, she's all about the useful gifts. I'll snoop around and see what she needs.

Speaking of useful gifts. I was at my mom's and saw a tv commercial. It was about a man buying his wife a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. So she sent him to the dog house. It was kind of like prison in the dog house. It was a really stupid commercial for a jewelry store, of course. Because obviously your wife won't love you unless you spend hundreds, or even thousands (gasp) of dollars on a piece of jewelry. I know this phenonmenon is real, after having worked in a jewelry store, especially at Christmas. It is utterly ridiculous to me. Really, how many diamond rings and necklaces does one woman need? I guess I'm in a minority these days. I'd rather have a washing machine. I can do without a dryer, there are these things called clothes lines...

My husband knows that I'd much rather have a useful gift as opposed to something frivolous. He did buy me jewelry, from the family business of course, in the beginning. In fact I only had one necklace and one ring before we dated each other. I'm not really that into jewelry, I guess. Now he asks what I need. What I'd love to have for, well for ever, is a pressure canner. There is a brand, that I can't think of right now, sold at the co-op in Romney. It does not have a gasket. It is milled so that it seals itself without one. So, with proper care it could concieveably last forever! Amazing!!!!!!

The amount of commercialism and "buy, Buy, BUY!" that has crept into this season just makes me sad. This is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. Not a time of stress and amassing enormous amounts of debt to buy things. I'm not going to wax poetic or anything like that. Phew! Just caught myself! I am just hoping that more people remeber the true meaning behind this season and take a step back from the other things. Take time to love on your family. Give an old friend a call just to say hi. Send a letter to a pen pal. Enjoy your Christmas.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I finished the second sock! The hubs now has his very own pair of hand knit socks. I'm so glad he likes them. He said they are so awesome he'll need six other pairs. One for each day of the week. ;) He said he's got a sweater I can take apart if I need yarn. Haha
Someone has been looking up knitting on the intrawebs. I've never told him you can take apart sweaters to reuse the yarn. He's a smart cookie, that one.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

News and Nonsense

I've put sock #2 on hold for the moment. I've decided to make something for our friend Bob, for Christmas. I affectionately call Bob, Mike's Ambassador of Quam. He is, good things seem to happen for Mike if Bob is invloved. For example, most recently Bob helped Mike get his new teaching job. I don't think Mike has ever enjoyed a job so much. So, in thanks I am making something for Bob. I know he will like it. Even though he makes fun of me for knitting. It's like when you're in first grade and a boy will hit you if he likes you. He teases, because he secretly likes this sort of thing. Bob is all about traditions and old fashioned things. So, I KNOW he likes my knitting.

We will be moving to the town where the school is, over Christmas break. So, I have a million things to do. None of which include sitting here, updating my blog. Silly me.