Thursday, December 22, 2011
I've been making a few infinity scarves for friends-- basically you sew a wide tube of fabric (knit, not woven), and kabam! you have an infinity scarf. You don't have to hem it or serge it or any of that business. Just sew it into a tube, loop it twice around your neck, and you're done. It looks like you just walked out of the Gap or American Apparel.
Recently I was at St. Vincent de Paul (my favorite thrift store) and I spotted a piece of blue stripey knit fabric that would be perfect for making these scarves. After scooping it up for the bargain price of $1.00, I took it home and dumped it in the Project Pile, where it sat for a couple of weeks until last night, when I realized that if any of my friends were going to receive infinity scarves for Christmas, I would need to actually make the scarves and put them in the mail. So I got out the fabric, and I was just about to get out my sewing machine when I noticed that the fabric was already sewn into a tube! No lie. The fabric I was going to sew into a tube was already freaking sewn into a tube. Please someone comment, "Totally tubular." Anyway, I grabbed my rotary cutter and sliced that long tube into four shorter tubes, making four scarves. They're in the mail now! If you get one... I'm sorry your present only cost 25 cents. I still love you.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Elsworth had a cookie exchange at work while we were there. One person brought rosettes and of course they were completely mashed by the time Elsworth got them home. Note to cookie bakers: Rosettes don't travel well.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I've been thinking for a while about re-vamping my weekday morning routine. After realizing that about 30 of the 45 minutes I need to get ready in the morning are spent boiling an egg (in my amazing egg cooker), packing my lunch, and making oatmeal on the stove, I thought I'd try to scale that back and maximize on sleep. Packing my lunch ahead of time is easy (the hard part is remembering to grab it from the fridge!). And when we recently got a new Crock-Pot, a mini Crock-Pot came with it (for cheese dip and that sort of thing). I just put my oats and water in at night, plug it in, and in the morning my oatmeal is done! And of course I can make the eggs ahead of time, but I needed a little push... which I found at a thrift shop for 26 cents over the weekend. It's a vintage refrigerator egg box (not the one pictured above; mine is actually olive colored and a teensy bit cooler than the one in the picture). On Sunday, I boiled five eggs and put them in the new box. They're ready and waiting for me every morning!
Can you believe I found that egg box just when I needed it? Now I can get up at 7:30, which is a full half-hour later than before. I'm in love. Maybe I'll start sleeping in my clothes.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Person 1: This is the last day I'll be seeing you on the bus. I got a new job, and I'm moving to New York.
Person 2: Whereabouts?
Person 1: Manhattan. It's for a company I used to work for. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse. It's going to be amazing. I fly out on Thurdsay.
Person 2: Do you know where you're going to live?
Person 1: I got a great place, just five blocks from my new office.
Person 1: What are you thinking?
Person 2: I'm just thinking that I've always wanted to kiss you, and now I'll never have the chance.
Person 1: Oh, no, you need someone much taller, with better legs.
(short pause, while I assume Person 1 rolls up at least one pant leg)
Person 1: See? My legs are all pasty and skinny.
Person 2: No, your legs are perfect.
Honestly, it was all I could do not to turn around and watch the scene unfold. Among other things, I love the free entertainment available on most public buses. Unfortunately, I had to get off the bus right after the perfect legs comment, so I have no idea what happened. Best of luck to Person 1 at your new job in Manhattan!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
So now the dilemma is choosing which tree skirt to use. I like Bluey, but Acrylicy is so sweet and quaint. I know I don't need two tree skirts, but I'm afraid that if I re-donate Acrylicy, it won't get purchased and loved by anyone else. Can I really live with that kind of guilt? Christmas is so difficult. Please feel free to comment with your opinion, or just stay tuned and I'll let you know what we end up doing.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Last week, my mom gave us an Avent calendar that is also perfectly woodland critter-themed. Plus it has glitter on it. What more could you ask for, really? It's precious. I can't wait to start opening the doors to see what's inside! Here's our little Hedgie, showing off the gift from Laura and the Advent calendar from my mom:
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
- venison chili in the crockpot
- the chance to wrap up birthday presents for our nephew's 2nd birthday party
- a not-so-little treat I just ordered for our house... I'll tell you all about it when it gets here!
- the library
- Christmas movies, especially this one!
- the Thirty Days of Thankfulness project (which I did not invent); it has kept me thinking all month long
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
That's right, twenty percent off at my hometown St. Vincent de Paul store on Black Friday. My mom and I found a few treasures, including wrapping paper that I've already put to use. Whoever thought of thrift stores was a total genius.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
"Ya, but infinity only goes up to 'and beyond.'"
I'm thankful for all of the candid little comments I overhear on a regular basis at work. I'm not eavesdropping; a lot of kids just aren't really good at talking quietly.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I'm thankful for our family and friends, and for what promises to be a delightful Christmas!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
- We have a house to live in
- We have enough income to pay for our house
- Our bank (UW Credit Union) is fantastic
- My sweet husband is great at home repairs
- We live in a safe neighborhood within walking distance of lots of things, including the bus line, grocery stores, and a movie theater
- Karl and I have an emerging shared vision of how we want our house to be "someday"
- Our cozy fireplace is willing to work for us all winter long, keeping us happy and warm
- I get to wake up tomorrow and not have to leave the house to go to work... I took the day off and I'm looking forward to an around-the-house pie-baking jammie-wearing kind of day. Hooray!
Monday, November 21, 2011
I'm also thankful for a nice sunshiney run this morning, for friends who make me laugh, for fires in the fireplace, and for the fact that I don't own any clothing that says "ZUMBA" on it in rainbow colors. Unlike one of my Zumba classmates last night (not the teacher). Who knew they make parachute pants and matching tank tops with ZUMBA written all over them? I really was dying to know the back story on how that woman got her outfit. Where, when, and why, please.
Oh my gosh. Do a Google images search for "Zumba clothing."
Sunday, November 20, 2011
- the rest of the people in the class, who seemed just as uncoordinated as me
- the opportunity to leave early (during a water break)
- an open lane in the pool, where I went to finish working out. No dorky music there, thank you very much.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
- Items crossed off my to-do list
- A short Friday to-do list
- A two-day work week next week! (Well, okay, four days if you count Saturday and Sunday)
- The luxury of not needing to own two cars
- A really nice swim last night
- A brisk but sunny walk to the Post Office today
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The people at urgent care last night were really nice. I got there fifteen minutes before they closed, which I apologized for about a thousand times. They were all super cheerful and made me feel like I wasn't standing between them and their cozy houses and families (even though I was). I hope I treat library patrons the same way when they come in just before closing!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Today I'm thankful for:
- My wonderful husband, who got up early to drive me to work
- The gorgeous, gorgeous weather (I ran home yesterday, with no jacket or gloves)
- The promise of a Chirstmas tree in the near future (I cannot wait to decorate for Christmas!)
- My Tuesday schedule at work, which includes two storytimes and an after-school knitting club
- Working in walking distance of the Post Office
- Approved vacation for the day before Thanksgiving! I work on Saturday and Sunday, but I'll have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off. Yay!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Last night I was talking with some friends about curtains. At our house, we still have the boring blinds that came with the house. Snooze. But I've been searching and searching for the perfect curtains-- or at least ones that I like. Nothing too sophisticated. Nothing too drapey. Just something fun and colorful. A few months back, I met the curtains of my dreams at a coffee shop. They were darling: floral but not too floral, colorful but not overwhelming. The barista told me the curtains were from Urban Outfitters, so of course I immediately tried to order them... only to find out that they were discontinued (why a company would discontinue the most darling curtains ever is beyond me). After our curtain chat yesterday, I decided to check out the Urban Outfitters site just to see what else they've come up with. And guess what? THEY'RE BACK! The perfect curtains are now available... backordered, but whatever. I just have to do some measuring at home and then order them. I cannot wait. And let me just say that the photos on the website don't do these curtains justice. They're way cuter than they look online. All that to say that I'm thankful for potential home improvements!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
For you curious readers who commented with questions:
1. Karl and I went to Luigi's, a new Food Fight restaurant near Sequoya Library, with Nichole and JM. I'll let you wait and read the full report on their blog, but for now, let's just say... go somewhere else. The best part was going next door for chocolate-dipped bananas for dessert and then checking out the self-check machines at the library (Nichole is a librarian, too; we love these things).
2. Photos of the miracle posters, taken in the driveway... there are 12 all together, but I'll just give you a little peek. They're by illustrator Brian Wildsmith and I think they were made in 1971. Each month features a different animal.
My friend Caitrin used to tell me that I was the world's worst photographer, because I was always cutting people's heads off in pictures. I guess that applies to turkeys, too (look on the left). Oops. Always room for improvement, I guess!
This one might be my favorite:
Friday, November 11, 2011
Garage roof dusted with snow :: Car heater turned up :: Knitting bag :: Teeny knitted gnome
I'm thankful for tons and tons of great ideas that were shared at yesterday's meeting (youth services librarians are a creative bunch, let me tell you!), and for the chance to play with Baby K, who is cruising around as if he's been walking all his life. He's also on the verge of talking... so fun.
Oh and I am thankful for the Meeting Miracle of yesterday. For a long time, I've been looking for a certain set of posters that we had when we were growing up. They're basically impossible to find. At yesterday's meeting, some people brought extra stuff to give away. I brought a really awesome tri-fold flannel board that we weren't using (it got snapped up right away) and two pitiful marionettes that no one wanted. The poor things are going to Goodwill later this weekend. But I scored-- you guessed it-- the entire set of posters. The whole set! They're not perfect but they're intact because they were laminated and honestly I think it was meant to be. I was so happy that I nearly hugged the librarian who put them in the swap pile. A Meeting Miracle, I tell you!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I'm thankful for:
- My co-workers, who are lovely to work with
- The teensy bit of sunlight remaining in the sky at 5pm
- A weekend, only two days away!
- The promise of a fire in the fireplace tonight
- The cutest little itty bitty gnome on my knitting needles
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
- Storytimes this morning
- My 'tween knitting club this afternoon
- Banjo class tonight!
- A husband who chops up butternut squash and helps me make delicious dinners
Monday, November 7, 2011
Today I'm thankful for:
- A reasonable to-do list
- A newly cleaned storage closet at work
- Fun ideas from other librarians
- Finding my pinking shears (they were in the storage closet)
Usually I work from noon till 9pm on Mondays, but today I'm working 9-5, which is AWESOME! I love it. You guessed it: I'm thankful for today's work schedule.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
It's not even six o'clock and my to-do list is basically finished! Hello knitting. Hello reading. Yes please.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
And I'm thankful for the chance to hang out with two of the coolest kids ever, William and Henry, tonight!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
- an indoor job
- hot tea
- wool socks
- my husband picking me up after work
Today is the birthday of my lovely friend Bridget, who passed away this spring after a courageous battle with cancer. I'm thankful for the chance to have dinner with her sweet husband, who lives in Portland but is coming through Madison, and friends tonight at one of Bridget's favorite restaurants.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Today I'm thankful for sunshine and leaves turning colors. I'm thankful that I got to drive to work today, which means that my commute was super short and I can go run a couple of errands at lunch (I'm buying tomatoes and ginger for slow cooker Palak Paneer, if you must know). I'm thankful for my husband, who was washing dishes as I left the house this morning, and who studies around the clock so that he can finish his nursing program.
And I'm thankful that Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team is back on in its full glory. Man, I love that show. We don't have cable, but the full episodes are available online. If you've ever secretly wanted to be a dancer or a cheerleader or a prancy-prance type of girl, you'll love it.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
- Making pumpkin cookies (again!)
- Chimney cleaning by my multi-talented husband, looking forward to many cozy fires this winter
- Karl's contribution to our seasonal decorations
- Let the raking begin!
- Karl got to go canoeing at Devil's Lake... I got to go to work. Not fair. But I'm glad one of us got to go.
- From the bike path on my way to a meeting on campus (repeat x 5-- it was so beautiful)
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