Saturday, January 28, 2012

Feeling Human Again...

Oh, how I hate cold and flu season. I haven't suffered from a cold or flu for at least 5 years, and so far I've been hit by a virus in August and cold/viral symptoms again during the last 2 weeks. The illness in August last year really knocked me on my butt, keeping me out of work for just short of 3 months. I didn't believe it when my doctor told me it might take that long to recover, but it did. I'm happy to say that this wasn't nearly so severe, even though it started out with the same symptoms. Chills, extremely sore throat, and cough.

Justin is back today. I've really missed him, but I asked the kids not to bring him by while I was sick. I hate to see children not feeling well, and I was so afraid I'd give him something, since it ran totally through the house. Husband and son are feeling a little better as well. We are watching the Polar Express. Justin loves this movie. He looks like he really needs a nap though.

I did find a project for my yarn. I love the look of the Red Heart Fleck yarns and had some Aran Fleck and a solid cocoa brown. I made a ripple scarf and ended up adding a fringe to it. I wasn't sure if I wanted to, but decided to do it for a little extra length. I have it finished, with the exception of trimming the fringe. I'm going to wash it first.

My next project may be to pick up the Sweetheart Ripple Afghan again, since it's been in limbo for over a year now. I sure would like to get it finished. It's just so beautiful, but all those single crochets {{groan}}.
I took hamburger out for dinner and now I don't know what to make with it. We had split pea with ham soup yesterday and it hit the spot. I'm glad I found that bag of dried peas in the pantry.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Confession...

Okay – I’ll admit it. I am a pen fanatic. I’ve always been pleased to receive a Staples or Office Max gift card for Christmas or for Mother’s Day. That ranks right up there with an AC Moore or Joann’s gift card. I have 27,456 pens. Alright, I'm exaggerating. But it does seem that way. Right now, on my desk at work, I have 3 mugs full of pens. One mug is filled with pens that I let other people use. Stick pens from Bic, and other nondescript pens that I won’t mind losing if they "sprout legs" and walk off. Then I keep a mug full of novelty pens. I have a shark, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, a deer carved out of wood with a pen insert, and a snowman topper on a pen. I have a lipstick pen that I received from a kind Crochetville member (thanks!) and a floating pen and an ergonomic pen and a pen disguised as an airplane. That one is a memento of my introductory flying lesson a couple of years ago. What fun that was! The third mug is filled with the pens that only I use. I keep them pushed waaaaaaay back out of the way where a visitor to my cubicle can't reach them. They are my favorites and I love the way they write.

I’ve recently rediscovered fountain pens. I last used them in elementary school. They were a requirement for penmanship classes. I recently purchased some Varsity Pilot disposable fountain pens. Surprisingly, they write quite smoothly for a disposable. I then ventured out into some fancier pens (priced at about $8 each – I haven’t gone totally crazy yet). Believe it or not – there are pens out there that, if someone were to walk away with it, you would have cause to charge them with grand larceny.

The pen pictured above? Over $3,000. I'm not kidding. The pen is offered for sale on a website that has pens that cost over 5 grand! The website asks you to e-mail for the prices on those pens, but I have their catalog and have seen it with my own eyes.

Writing with a fountain pen brings back the memories of my childhood, and trying my best to write as neatly as possible. People have always said “You must have gone to Catholic school". And it's true. The sisters were sticklers for neat homework. It's a shame that good penmanship isn't important these days. Trust me - I've seen job applications and handwritten resumes that are nearly illegible.

It seems that writing with a fountain pen now has brought back the aspiration to make my written words just as lovely as the pen I’m writing with.

On a crochet note – I’ve finished up the Blue Skies and Sunshine afghan. I put my signature border on it and it turned out great! I’m searching feverishly for my next project. I already have the yarn I want to work with – just need a project to match it. Isn’t that weird? Most people pick a project and then find the yarn.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

January Blahs...

Another birthday has come and gone. UGH! We got some wet snow last night and DH is outside shoveling. Double UGH! I'm sitting here with a stuffed up head that is making me wish the winter was already over. UGH!

Enough carping. At least we all woke up this morning. Something to smile about.

I'm working on a trusty round ripple afghan. I do love making these. I'm going to call it Blue Skies and Sunshine. It's white, blue and yellow. A nice cheery combination.

It was sweet Justin's third birthday last weekend. His parents had a fun party for him at a place called "Bouncing Off the Walls". His little friends from the baby sitter's all attended. A GREAT time was had by all. Oh, to be a kid again! No worries, no cares, no responsibilities. Aren't we all jealous? Or is it just me? LOL!