Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No, I'm Not Sleeegffff

Holy crap, where does the time go? Almost a week since my last post, and I don't have much to report besides the usual family shenanigans. But I want to keep you in the loop, dear readers, so here's a brief recap of the last few days.

Phil arrived home safe and sound on Friday night, stuffed to the gills with Oklahoma City barbecue (he loves it there), bearing gifts (perfume) and dirty laundry. On Saturday we took the kids to their swim lessons, and in the afternoon Émilie and Maxime helped me plant seedlings and seeds in my newly expanded vegetable patch (pictures when it STOPS RAINING!!!). So far I've planted a zucchini and a cucumber plant that Robyn gave me, as well as carrot seeds, lettuce seeds and some herbs (basil, cilantro and parsley). I also want to get a cherry tomato plant in there. I'd loooove to plant a raspberry bush as well, but I've run out of room, and can't for the life of me figure out where I could possibly fit one in our backyard, which already has a substantial flower bed, a swing set, a pool and a very large deck.

Sunday we had family and a few friends over for a little barbecue, and while I had planned to keep do some more gardening in the afternoon while the kids were napping, by the time everyone left and the cleanup was done, I was completely exhausted, and would have preferred diving headfirst into a pool of my own vomit rather that doing anything that required me to get up out of my deckchair. That evening the kids spent the night at their grandparents' house, and Phil and I went out to a lovely dinner and a movie (Iron Man). The movie was surprisingly good, but what I was most stoked about was a find I scored at a bookshop we were browsing in before the movie started.

As you may or may not know, I'm a huuuuge Buffy fan, and I had found out recently that the series actually continues in comic (I mean graphic novel!) form. I'd been browsing around for the books for a while (even in a comic store in Japan, where the sales girl looked at me like I was from another planet or something when I said "Buffy?", but I digress), but I hadn't had any luck. Then Sunday I find Volume 1 of season 8 in the discount section! Scoooore! :)

Monday was an ick day, so after picking up the kids, we spent most of it indoors watching TV and playing on the computer and counting the minutes until they finally went to bed. Seriously, I love them to bits, but when we're all stuck in out itty bitty house, it's like time screeches to a halt or something.

For those of you still wondering, our car was declared a total loss, so it looks as though there will be new car shopping to be done in the next few weeks. We've started looking at reviews and reading up on fuel economy and low emission vehicles, and we've narrowed it down somewhat, but it's still a pain in the arse! Oh well, I'm sure the new car fumes will set it right.

On the knitting front, I've got a genuine Finished Object! I present the Leafling Socks.
To recap, these are the March Rockin Sock Club socks, knit with STR Mediumweight using 2.5 mm needles. I really loved knitting these socks. The colour was stunning, and the pattern incorporated some of Cat Bordhi's new techniques, which made it very interesting. All in all, a lovely project. I may keep these, or they may go in the gift pile. I haven't decided yet.

I also cast on my Socks for Seeley. These will be knit in plain, no-nonsense stockinette. Just a no-brainer sock, perfect for knitting on the train. I'm quite enjoying working with a self-striping, I'd even like the stripes to be fatter and more defined. Maybe I need to expand the stash? :)

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Anonymous said...

Brutal week. I think that calls for some stash enhancement for sure. :)

Love Love Love the Leafling socks. I liked them when they were but a tiny bud of potential on the DPNS, and I think they're lovely now. You should definitely keep them. I'm assuming those are YOUR feet modelling them, after all?

I like the Seely socks too - I'm looking forward to hearing the ultimate reaction to his receiving all these brightly coloured hand knit socks - I bet he'll be absolutely stunned, it's not exactly what you expect to receive in the mail, is it?

cheers - KTE

Jennifer Lori said...

Both socks are nice but I like the Seely ones the best - those colors are so fun! I've only watched one or two eps of Bones (still bitter about the show being nothing like the books). If you hear anything about his reaction, let us know!

Mrhide said...

for those wondering, the title comes from Cathy (

I want some socks. Some new socks please :)

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Can't wait to see pics of the veggie garden! I'm hoping my garden doesnt reject my cucumber plants (the zucchini is doing great as of yesterday) (The cucumbers need some more love I think).

Love the March STR socks. Great colors!

YEY for new car shopping!

Dont you love it when the hubby comes home bearing laundry...! Jamie goes out of town like once a year (in January) so it's not so bad.

I really enjoyed Iron Man! Mmmmm Robert Downey Jr. HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!

AliP said...

Are you going to read your "novel" in the tub with a beer helmet?

Sereknitty said...

LOL at the 'beer helmet' comment ... someone else is a 'Bone's' lover :)

Your socks look fab ... love the pattern in the leafling socks and love the colourway of the Seely socks ... what a great idea! I wonder if they'll write it into a show???