Dec 17, 2007
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper. I really love being able to pick out paper once a year and wrap presents. Besides if the presents I received came in bags I would be very disappointed that there was no ripping or tearing involved. (and we all know how I can pout)
2. Real or artificial tree? Well if you ask the hubby it would be a real tree. As for me we have had a real tree for the last two years and I find them annoying. The only plus is that they smell good other than that they poke you, you have to remember it needs water, it makes a mess and then after the season you have to get rid of the thing. I am an artificial tree all the way and it would be a plus if it is prelit.
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually we put it up about two weeks before Christmas however this year we have no tree so we did not put it up…
4. When do you take it down? Right after Christmas before New years. We usually have an extra day off and out with the Christmas décor littering the house. (if anyone knows my husband they would be shaking their heads here)
5. Do you like eggnog? Sick. Seriously I know that this stuff can get you hammered and that may be a lot of people highlight to the family Christmas get together but for me pass the hot coco.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Wow this is a hard one. I do not know which one is my favorite but I will tell you about one of the best feelings I had. I remember one Christmas when I was little that we all got up and opened our stockings. After waiting hours, well what seemed like hours, for our parents to get up we handed out gifts. This year my mom decided that we should take turns opening presents, one person and one present at a time. Now there are four girls in our family and it was hard for me to wait because as a little girl I was selfish and wanted to open my presents. So there I was waiting for my sis Kristina to open her gift and decided, hey my moms back is turned I could get away with opening a present…so I went for it. I tore open a package (she did not turn around but now I know she knew what I was doing). I think it was a care bear pillow, it was happening fifteen years ago. (my sis Brenda got a matching one). I was never so excited and I wanted to jump up and down and scream ‘look at what I got…the best present ever’. But wait I could not do that I had to wait for my turn or suffer the wraith of my mother for opening up a present early…I remember that thirty seconds as an eternity but the longer I waited the happier I got. It was the best feeling about Christmas when I was little. I was and am so happy, so thankful and so lucky.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. My mommy got it for me when I got married. I love it.
8. Hardest person to buy for? My sister Joanna. I really love her but every time I have been shopping with her for the past eight years she only buys for her kids. Now don’t get me wrong this is great so I know what they want but as it comes time to get her something I never know what she would like because I have not seen the women buy something for herself in eight years…this is a problem.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My sisters Kristina and Brenda. Could do it with my eyes closed and hands tied behind my back.
10. Worst Christmas present you ever got? I remember my grandmother got me this pj set that was slash pjs/dress. When I opened it, I thought she had gotten me a navy and white plaid dress…hated it. But later my mom explained it was pjs then I loved it…
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I mail all my Christmas cards. I only send them to my immediate family though.
12. Favorite Christmas movie? Don’t have one
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In October or before if there is a good sale. I am my mothers daughter.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Never
15. Favorite thing to eat on Christmas? This year it will be everything since I am going to be home for Christmas. I think my favorite thing is dumplings. yummy.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear. I think colored is tacky unless done all out. I really prefer my moms classic glass tree filled with beautiful ornaments.
17. Favorite Christmas song? ???
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I like to travel to be with the family but the last two years we elected to stay home. This year I am bring back the traveling baby and I am excited about it.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer? Shit no.
20. Angel or star on top of tree? Star
21. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning for sure. I like going to sleep the night before with anticipation and then waking up to opening up presents. It is a blast and so much fun to see all the kids opening them…
22. Most annoying thing this time of year? Christmas music. I honestly like listening to it but it gets a bit much when you start to hear it in every store and every station starting in November.
23. Do you decorate your tree in any theme or color? Nope…I am still too young to have enough to make a theme.
24. What do you leave for Santa? Coal.
Dec 9, 2007
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Nov 7, 2007
As he comes outside I am moving (I would call it dancing except I do not know how to dance). I think I may have frightened my neighbors but it was a moment in my life where I just wanted to be a kid again and 'dance' in the fog...it really was wonderful. I love being able to let go every now and then.
So I am going to take a moment to explain my recent blog slacking. I know that for a whole week I did not post. I am sorry world. (only about four people read this so sorry four people) but what do you write about day in and day out.
I really have nothing to tell you all. I am a bit quirky, I would say lovable but my life is boring. I sit behind a big desk everyday and unfortunately work. (well to be truthful it is not big but it is mine so I am happy about that) I will try to be better and post more often even if it is gibberish like the fog story above. That did happen but really did you even want to know that I was excited about the fog last night? No it most likely just turned me into a bigger dork in your eyes but that is OK...because I think I am OK with that.
I have been knitting although there is not much to report. Last week I started about ten projects and frogged them all. It seemed like nothing was coming together for me. I want to knit so many different things that it is hampering what I am currently working on. I hope to have pictures for you this week. I started on a new scarf (imagine that) and I am currently stuck on the socks. I am going to get help tomorrow at the Knit Shop so I should be able to get on my way...
I hope you have a great Wednesday filled with fog dancing (a new trend) and no mean retirees...
Nov 6, 2007
So this morning I took a short trip down to the local Costco. The only other people that are able to shop at ten am on a Tuesday are Retirees. Now in my option you have two types of these people. Type A is the nice grandma/grandpa retire. Always nice with a smile on their face and nothing but time on their hands. (type A is my favorite). Or you have type B. Type B would be the mean old people who are mad at the world and think that it is your fault they are still alive. (this would be the ones I do not like).
So I have found through several experiences that all old people turn into Type B when they enter through Costco doors. It is an amazing phenomenon.
There I was with a heavy cart and trying to make my half an hour dead line...the retirees cut and zag...almost run you and your cart over. Then they get in front of you in line and are slow slow slow. Let just say that although I made my half an hour time line I may have had to take down a grandma or two...
So my pet peeve is old people who are mean in stores...seriously is it that hard to be nice and not have to almost kill me?
Oct 26, 2007
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Oct 23, 2007
On my way to work every morning I listen to the radio. Now I listen for the music not the crappy dj's (but that is for another Tuesday). So there I was singing and dancing in the car when a new song came on. I am grooving to the music when I hear sirens. Now I think I am being pulled over due to the fact that I may drive sporadically when dancing and singing to the music so I slow down, look in all the mirrors waiting for the cop to pull me over and bust me. Then suddenly the sirens fade and I realize that it was in the music.
Why or why do you musicians put sirens in your music? It gives us 'normal' folk a small heartache every time we hear your song. I know you are just expressing yourself through the art of mustic but I just don't want to freak out every time your song comes on the radio so please stop putting them in the background.
Now you may be saying to yourself, Kayla, you have to just remember that there is sirens in that song after hearing it about five hundred times on the radio. But I tell you now that no matter how many times that I hear a particular song I never ever remember that it has sirens in the background. So maybe it is just me but now it is another one of my pet peeves.
Oct 17, 2007
Although I live in the wonderful state of Oregon, have a great job and am a fabulous knitter the world turned on me yesterday. I know it is hard to believe but on thing after another is turning to poo. It all started with my dogs, both of them, deciding yesterday evening that life would not be complete without a good roll in dead deer. Now I know what you are thinking wow that smell must have been horrible and you would be right. I have never smelt something that vial in...forever.
You will be glad to know that we did wash them and they smell like man soap. (sorry that is all we had) and after washing anything they may have touched the smell is gone...Yippee!!
Oct 15, 2007
The gloves themselves were leather with the finger tips cut off. Now it might not have been the most fashionable article of clothing he owned but for some reason I will always remember the hammer gloves.
So when it came into fashion to have mitts (fingerless gloves for you who do not know) I had to knit them and tonight I finished my first one.
Pattern: Fingerless Garter mitts from
Oneskein by: Leigh Radford
Yarn: Natures Palette
Please ignore my man hands. Yes that is right I have man hands and I am sensitive about it. I know it would not seem like that with me posting this for the world to see but there it is...my hands are so big that I had to adjust the patten to fit my man hands...why I do not have dainty fingers I will never know. I will always envy you people with little fingers...
The only complaint is because I am a new knitter (only a few months now) it is not a perfect fit. In the future I will adjust my adjustments for fewer rows so they are a tad tighter but since that is the only thing that went wrong who can complain.
Any who moving on. I really love these. I love them so much that I am typing with one on right now (because I only have one done)...well I am off to cash on its mate so I can fulfill my childhood dreams of having my very own pair of hammer gloves (pink of course)
Oct 10, 2007
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Oct 8, 2007
To start out the weekend we went to Bergs Ski and Snowboard shop here in town. We went in to talk about Cross Country Skies. We are looking at getting the Orbiter by Fisher. However, by the time we left we had gotten new downhill skies. I do not know how that happened except that the sales guy was great. The picture is to come...
Then when we got home I rushed to the mail box and found my new yarn. Now the description said it was a light tan color but it is green. My disappointment is huge but it will still turn out to be a great piece. I think I am going to make this. I hope it comes out as good as in the pictures.
I also started dad's socks...I worked my fingers to the bone and I have hardly gotten ahead. I went to the LYS and got some man color yarn to start. (however due to the selection I am relaying on the fact that he is color blind to help me out...there may be some orange involved in the colorway). I have pictures but due to the pathetic nature of my progress it will have to wait until next time...
So to wrap this up I stated two new projects and bought two new sets of downhill skies...what is wrong with me...I must have to much time on my hands...
P.S. I have not started on any Christmas presents yet...I might be in trouble. I do not think that I will be able to knit them. I need tobecome a little better at the whole knitting thing before I venture on a whole round of presents...but good news is we are starting to look for tickets to come home...if anyone sees a good deal let us know.
Oct 4, 2007
The site is made up of several individuals all selling there own handmade goods. It has everything too. So now I can get my craft fair fix without having to fight the crowds.
I really feel like this has been around forever and I had no idea about it. If you have not guessed it by now I am not the most savvy Internet person. I think I am still a little scared I am going to go to a bad site and then my mom is going to find our and I am going to be in trouble.
Any who...Please go and check it out...seriously one of the best sites ever...
Oct 3, 2007
Then suddenly one of my top ten biggest questions of all time sprang up and hit me in the butt...why the hell do restaurants never post the damn price of beer. Just in case you are thinking it is not on the regular menu but on the bar menu I looked both places...
So what is a girl to do about this great question...well look like cheap and ask the waiter how much it costs. Seriously if I am going to have to do this every time we go out to eat and avoid my husbands six dollar beer freak out (happened two weeks ago and an unnamed national restaurant) then I better grow thicker skin or start a petition...
So what do you think my dear one reader would you sign a petition with me to get the corporate heads to put the price of beer on the menu??
Sep 27, 2007
My wonderful friend Jenny went with me. It was great having a seasoned knitter. She also showed me the lay of the land. We went from one building to the next. It was amazing. There were so many knitters and spinners there. My eyes were open and I saw how large the knitting community is.
Since it was my first festival I felt the need to bring back some memories so I bought some yarn...
This yarn is from Laurel Ridge Alpacas in Oregon City, Or. It is so soft. This is the first yarn that I have purchases that is natural color. Was so happy with it that I also bought two in a dark brown.
This is a lace weight. (my first purchase of lace weight yarn) It is 100% Superfine Alpaca from Dicentra Designs.
This was my impulse buy. All I could think about is making fingerless gloves out of it. It is from Nature's Palette. The color is Odd Duck...kind of reminds me of me...
I love everything that I got but my stash is getting bigger and bigger...I cannot wait to cast on the fingerless gloves. They make me feel so eighties…and then all I want to do watch Girls Just Want to Have Fun. (One of the best movies of all time.)
Sep 23, 2007
Here is a little bit about me. I am a 24 year old mortgage broker. I moved to Oregon two and a half years about from Michigan. I have two dogs, Lydia and Maya, and one husband, JJ. A few months ago my friend Jenny introduced me to Knitting and I became hooked.
The urge to start a blog came as I started researching knitting on the internet. I read so many great blogs. The more I looked the more I found so I thought hell I can do that. So here is my attempt to do that; to share my thoughts and experiences. I hope that people read. I hope that it is interesting. I hope that I grow as a result of it.
Just as an FYI I am a horrible speller and I am even worse at grammar. I know I should have paid attention in school but here we are...so please be nice!!