Tuesday, May 20, 2008

condensed blogging

Wow, has it really been an entire month!? I have been composing blog posts in my head for the past month, but just can't seem to find the mojo to write them down. So, instead, here is a list of all I have been up to in the past month...
  • I turned 30 (in case you were wondering, yes, I did freak out a bit. There was quite a bit of soul searching on my part- the 'where am I now compared to where I thought I should be at this age'. I am a bit better now.)

  • I made a few birthday purchases.... a pound and a half of roving for spinning, a Woolee Winder (I still do not have it. I placed my order before the last big fiber festival and my order was lost! I should have it by today.), a spinning book and a big bottle of Belvedere Vodka.

  • I stained my spinning wheel (after a year of her being naked in my living room, I felt it was time.)

  • I finally finished SOTSii- Savannah. I love this stole and have worn it so much- It is a little extra special to me because the Girl Wonder's middle name is Savannah.

  • The family and I took a trip to Florida to visit family for a long weekend (Sarasota is such a beautiful city!) then on the way home we surprised the kids with three nights in Disney World. (We visited the Magic Kingdom and Typhoon Lagoon and had so.much.fun. It was worth every penny and we will go again. I can't imagine going for an entire week- we were beat after two days!)

  • I knit 20" (toe to cuff) of Baudelaire (I was planning knee socks, but hate the yarn for the sock. While knitting in Disney the only comment about my knitting was from a small boy (maybe 4) that looked at my knitting, looked up at me and said, "That is a dirty sock." To his credit, it does look dirty with all the bits of tweed in the yarn. I really like the pattern and will make it again with a better yarn.

  • I cast on for the Entrelac Socks. I have 4 balls of Colinette Jitterbug in my stash that I originally bought to make a striped sweater. I am about half through two skeins and am not in love with the sweater so far, so I decided to try the socks, see which I like more then frog the other one.

  • Oh yeah, and all the mundane day to day stuff, house cleaning, cooking, packing, unpacking, gardening, grass mowing, ceiling painting (I almost cried over that one! As my MIL likes to say "I cussed that paint onto the ceiling!"), schooling the kiddos, and I lost 6 lbs.

I will have to show ya'll pictures another day, school starts in a few minutes and I have a ton of yard work to do today. Hope ya'll have a great week and I look forward to catching up with all of your blogs soon! I am so behind!


urbanknitrix said...

cHey lady! Missed you much! Phew, you been up to a lot. Turning 30 is a mutha! Glad your back and can't wait to see all your knitty goodness.

Yarn It said...

You have been a busy girl! And Happy Belated Birthday! I hated turning 30 also. And even though I am not where I would like to be in life and I am much better of than I was in my 20's.

Can't wait to see your Entrelac socks! I have yarn for them but no time - so I am curious to see how you like the pattern.

Cass said...

YAY! You're back! :)
Can't wait for pics.
Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

You lost 6 lbs?? Girl, give me your secret!

Glad you're back. Turning 30 isn't all bad, is it?

Can't wait to see these projects you're talking about!

TheSteph said...

Happy Birthday, Amanda!! Wow. You had a crazy busy month! Glad you're back. I was so sad every time I had to see those holes in your lovely Babette!

...and you didn't need to lose the six lbs. Are you SERIOUS?? :) Guessing it's from all the fun you had in Florida.

Can't wait to see pictures of your FOs.

Amanda said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

As for the weight loss, I followed Weight Watchers. Oddly enough, I actually eat more- just better quality of food. Spinach salads instead of sandwiches, smoothies for breakfast (to meet the fruit/milk requirements), and I cut way back on my drinking. A few things I 'gave up' included sugar in my coffee (which I did not miss after the first week), cheese (not a big deal), butter (by far the hardest), mayo (pretty easy to give up when I am not eating sandwiches), and most bread (really easy to give up when the option is a big spinach salad).

I feel so much better now that I am fueling my body with healthy options. I did not follow my new diet while on vacation and I could really tell. Pepto Bismol tablets were my constant companion throughout my vacation.