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7 Random Things

I kind of fell down on my commitment to the ABC along, but I thought that in all fairness, I should do an “I” post.

I is for Isaac

7 Random things about Isaac

1. Isaac will be 7 in November.
2. He has one brown eye and one blue eye (hereditary heterochromia).
3. He won’t let me cut his hair (or take him to get his hair cut).
4. He loves to play Lego Star Wars on the Xbox.
5. His favorite color is purple.
6. His best friend is Josh.
7. He talks. A lot. Sometimes Often, we can’t shut him up.


F is For…

Fatigue, as in project fatigue, which seems to be going around, and is partly the reason I’ve been a boring blogger lately. The endless stockinette stitch on the sleeve of Isaac’s sweater does not make for interesting knitting or knitblogging. My husband has tragically enormous feet. I no longer need or want a Clapotis. I am considering giving up on the master knitter program. I am longing to cast on a new project, but am racked with guilt. Shouldn’t I finish my other projects first? I mean, I should at least finish the TKGA, right? I was going to try to have it in the mail by yesterday. Train-Zoom.

In addition to project fatigue, certain forum discussions over on Ravelry have been far more entertaining than my life and my knitting so I’ve been spending all my time there rather than living a life to blog about or even knitting on my boring projects.

Anyone else with project fatigue? What do you do when you are bored with the projects you are working on? Do you push through and reward yourself with a new project only when you’ve completed them? Or do you cast on a new project right away, and stuff your boring projects into the bottom of your knitting bag where they won’t bother you any more? Any ideas for an exciting project to get me out of my knitting slump?

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E is for…

E2, my second-born.

E2 (still) can’t say cracker. He can’t say banana, either (he says “booya”).

He also has a great sense of humor. One day, after a recent snow storm, he and I were driving home from the market (I-6 had stayed home with daddy) and he was talking to me about what he wanted to do when we got home.

He said, “I make snowball, mommy.”

“Oh?” I replied.

“Yeah! I throw it!”

“Yeah, you can throw a snowball,” I said.

“I throw it at Isaac’s face!”

Yep, E is for my 2nd born. :-)


D is For…

Doozer, our cat. And today is his birthday.

Last Valentine’s Day, a Nor’easter left much of Connecticut buried in snow (I think I measured 36″ on our deck). A few days later, a young cat was found on the street, attempting to birth her kittens in a snowbank. Luckily, a good Samaritan scooped up the inexperienced mother and her kittens and brought them home, keeping them safe and warm until they were old enough to adopt. Doozer was the last of the kittens to find a home and we are so glad he waited for us. He has been a wonderful addition to our family. Happy birthday, Doozer!


C is for…

my car

Chevy–the make of my minivan. I wouldn’t say I love my car, but I sure enjoy it and get a lot of use out of it. There’s room for all of our crap and I’ve been known to sneak in a few rows if the kids fall asleep. I do love my bumper sticker, though.

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B is for…

Update 1/29: once again, I anticipate the buzz.

Barf. No pictures, though.

I had the strangest fantasy last night about getting the boys to bed early so I could spend some quality time with Mt. Washmore and, eventually, my knitting. I was able to get some knitting done, but not under any circumstances I would have chosen.

By some miracle, I had gotten the boys settled down and into bed by a quarter of eight (a whole hour earlier than normal) and, as I lay nursing EZ-E to sleep I entertained myself by making a mental list of all the things I hoped to accomplish once they were both asleep. E2 was just about to drift off to sleep when I heard that sound–mothers of small children know that sound well–from Isaac up in the top bunk. Before I could react, Isaac leaned over the side of the top bunk and vomited over the edge– like a cabin boy without his sea legs. I was able to duck under the far side of the bed with E2 while Isaac vomited again. And again. And… Well, you get the idea.

We were finally able to get him out of bed and into the bathroom where he stayed for the next two hours, vomiting endlessly while I stripped the beds and Mr. Interrupted got them into the washer. By 11:30, Isaac had started vomiting blood, so I bundled him up and handed him the plastic wastebasket from the bathroom, and we headed out the door to the ER where he was poked and prodded and pumped full of fluids and anti-nausea meds. The poor little guy was so dehydrated and exhausted that he fell asleep as soon as the meds took effect. I was able to knit while he slept. At 1:30-ish, he was deemed suitably hydrated and had stopped puking his guts out, so we were discharged.

When we got home, I was rather tired myself and snuggled down with EZ-E in the only clean bed to sleep, while Mr. Interrupted and Isaac slept in the living room. It was just about 2 am when I drifted off to sleep.

Then, I heard that sound again. Only this time it was E2. According to the clock, it was 2:30 am. E2 threw up every ten minutes for the next two and a half hours. By that time I was so delirious with exhaustion that I decided to take E2 to the ER just in case. It was 4:30 am. Luckily, E2 was not as sick as Isaac and was still hydrated enough that the PA recommended we just go home and try to get some sleep. Great idea, only while she was explaining this to me, I started throwing up, too.


I got some rest and am feeling much better now. I guess there is a severe norovirus going around–the worst since 2002–which has actually closed hospitals in the UK. I hope you don’t get this bug. It’s a meanie.

B also happens to be for Boys, of which I have two. E2 is feeling lots better today, but I-6 is still sick. Here’s a photo of them from happier times. :-)


Friends That Rock

Today I joined the ABC-along on Ravelry. The idea is to post a meaningful-to-the-photographer photo every other week that corresponds with the assigned letter of the alphabet for that week. I offer for “A”

the Amaryllis blossom at my friend Dawn’s house. We spend at least one afternoon at her house per week. The boys play while we knit together. Well, at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Some days (like today) we spend more time mediating arguments and disagreements between our four boys than actually knitting, but we still have fun.

Speaking of fun and my friend Dawn, look what she gave me today:

Blue Moon Fiber Arts’ Socks That Rock in the Xmas Rock colorway. Isn’t it awesome? This my very first skein of STR. I love love love this yarn and can’t wait to knit with it. It’s soft and squishy and gorgeous. Thank you so much, Dawn!