Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Good Riddance '09

Here is my version of the New year's quiz that Sundry did. Last year's entry is hither.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I hosted some sleepovers at my house with the parentals, I went camping with my boys, I got the boys to actually ENJOY playing in a pool. Became an Auntie to a NIECE! Baked bread successfully from scratch. Moved the boys both to big boy beds. We attempted to sell our condo (never done that before!) and failed, but will try again sometime soon.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Last year's were: I would like to yell at my kids less, lose weight, get healthy, and fit into my old pants. Excuse me while I stifle a sob... I did not keep any of those damn resolutions. I think this year I will post my resolutions on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, and anywhere else I can figure out where to put them so I don't forget them. My resolutions are as follows:
*LOSE WEIGHT. (for serious. This shizz has gotten completely out of hand.)
*Run a 5k. Participate in at least 3 5Ks, but run an entire one once.
*Become a gentler parent... less yelling, more leading by example.
*No more wasting time on the computer before 7pm on weeknights.
*Hit the books and get Nolan ready for Kindergarten.
*Give up sweets. (oy.)
*Work out 6 days a week.
*Pay down our debts in a BIG way.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes! My sissy had a baby girl, a long awaited, much wished for baby girl to complete our brood of boys. One of my best friends also had a baby this summer, and it was a much wished for baby boy. It was a good year.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My dear friend Sandra passed away after 9 long months of fighting for her life. We weren't the kind of friends who spoke every day or every week. But we kept in touch, made attempts at getting together, and when we did get together it was as if no time had gone by at all. She was the first friend I've ever had who passed away, and it has rocked me to my core. I think about her every single day, and play the song that was played at her funeral just about every single day. My heart broke a little bit when she died, and to be honest, I'm still kind of waiting for her to call me up and tell me what a pussy I am for not wanting to go watch a scary movie with her and Toni.

I also had an uncle die right around the same time, and that was unexpected and very sad as well.

5. What countries did you visit? The good ol' U.S. of A.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? a yard, more square footage... a waistline. (whaddya know, same answer as last year!) and also, I would like a little more leeway when it comes to finances.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? November 2nd. The day that Sandra passed away. June 1, the day that I finished my in training plan at work and became a full fledged permanent state employee. November 6, the day that Aaron and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Decluttering and getting rid of all kinds of stuff after we took the house off the market. It felt great to have less 'stuff'. Oooh, and I was one of a team of 8 or 9 I think to win an award for being a team at work. It was pretty awesome.

9. What was your biggest failure? The inability to stop shoving anything and everything down my pie hole, and thus, gaining a ridonkulous amount of weight this year. Ugh.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? The worst thing I had this year was a 'mono like virus' back in July. That was absolutely hideous.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My iphone. I love that thing more than I thought I ever would. I also would have to say the Sookie Stackhouse novels, as those brought many many hours of entertainment.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Hmm... not sure. Maybe President Obama... for showing the world that Americans can and do posess grace and dignity. We are not all just idiot rednecks with a strange agenda.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The few hideous excuses for human beings who have managed to kill 6 law enforcement officers in our area in just the past 3 months. So very sad.

14. Where did most of your money go? daycare. mortgage. the usual.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Sookie Stackhouse books, Obama's inauguration, the birth of my niece!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? Forever by Chris Brown, Anything by Lady Gaga.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? I would say it's a draw, but I am much more optimistic.
b) thinner or fatter? sadly, fatter.
c) richer or poorer? poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? More outside time with the boys in the summer. More outings and I wish we'd actually gone biking. (EXACT SAME ANSWER AS LAST YEAR)... oh and I wish I'd exercised more, and also exercised more self control when it came to eating shit food.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? yelling and eating.

20. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas eve was spent at home with Nolan who was running a 103.6 temp... Aaron and Seth went to Aaron's mom's. Christmas morning was spent at home, and then the rest of the day was spent at my sister's with my family and my aunt and cousin. The day after Christmas was spent at my Aunt's house.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? My answer last year was: Yes. With Edward. ... This year I'd have to say it was with Jacob (as I reread the books AGAIN and man alive, I was rooting for Jacob even though I knew the outcome.)... oh and with Eric Northman and Vampire Bill as well.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Probably Sixteen and Pregnant, Teen Mom and Say Yes to the Dress.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No... I can honestly say I dont' hate anyone.

24. What was the best book you read? The Sookie Stackhouse Series.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Lady Gaga. I love her music.

26. What did you want and get? A niece!!!! A better movie for New Moon than what we got for Twilight.

27. What did you want and not get? to my goal weight.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? The Hangover. For serious. If you haven't seen it, see it. It was HILARIOUS. Also loved the Proposal.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 32, and we went to the Mandarin for some good old fashioned drunk Karaoke. It was awesome.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? To have lost the weight. blah blah blah.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Dark solid covers, layers and stretchy pants.

32. What kept you sane? coffee. and facebook.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper and for some reason, Hugh Grant. Hugh is a recent development.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? Probably health care reform... and the push for people to immunize EVERYONE for H1N1... gah.

35. Who did you miss? my grandma. my grandpa. my other grandma. Sandra.

36. Who was the best new person you met? well, I met them in 2007 when I began working at the AG's... but Lauretta, Liz and Victoria have all become good friends this year. I love them!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. That good things do happen to good people, that the truth will set you free, and/or get you your job back, that life is so incredibly fragile and that with family you can weather anything.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
sweet obscenity
didn't i know it
didn't i call her name
tiger lily girl
standin' cross-eyed in the corner
tiger lily girl
standin toungue tied in the corner
somethin' in her eye
tells that i should try
somethin' she might say
tells right away
somethin' in her eye
didn't i know it
didn't i call her name
tiger lily girl...

-Tiger Lily by Luna (Song they played at Sandra's Funeral)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Before I throw the knitting needles across the room...

Can someone who knits a lot help me out here? I am trying to knit a pair of fingerless mitts... I need something for those cold mornings when I am waiting for the train, but still want to be able to use my phone.

Anyhoo,

I am following a pattern from a book I've had for a while and the pattern wants me to increase 2 stitches... the actual instructions say this:

'Increase 2 stitches (Inc2) Insert left needle into st below st just created, lift and k into this st, insert right needle into st below next st on the left needle and k this st.'

wwwwwwww.tttttttttttt.fffffffffffffff.

Since when do you knit using the left needle? and which st is the st below? the one parallel to the floor or the one that is sort of between the needles?

Can someone help me figure this out? It would be much appreciated!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

P.S.

there is now officially nothing hanging on the bottom half of the tree thanks to Asa the fucker. He's either broken the ornaments, ripped the threaded hangy bobber thing out of the bulbs or I have moved the nicer ones. Oh and the red beaded garland is also trashed. He is so not awesome.
Randomness with a Quickness

*yawn* I woke up at 3:15 this morning with Sethy sleeping on my feet, kind of draped across the bed. I asked him what was wrong and he said "mon-thta'th comin" (monsters coming)... I said "are you scared" He nodded and said "Mon-thta'th gonna git me". Poor buddy, he was petrified. He was also incredibly groggy and sweet so I let him stay. Until 4:25 or so when I was all SCREW THIS. I took him back to his bed (neither one of us had fallen back asleep) and gave him a pep talk about how there are no monsters and how mommy and daddy will keep him safe blah blah blah. I left his closet light on for peace of mind and he conked out pretty quickly. I get up usually at a quarter to five so I've been wide awake since 3:15.

I've also had two cups of espresso today. I haven't blinked in an hour.

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Our finished gingerbread house... I did 90% of it, the boys were much more interested in taste testing the candy. (For the record, they love gum drops, the red hots "bite my tongue" according to Nolan and as always, the m&ms passed with flying colors.)... had I known it would have been a solo endeavor, I would have done it to my tastes exactly. Maybe next year I'll buy my own :)

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My favorite Christmas Decoration... Seth was afraid of it as a baby, but now both he and Nolan won't leave the damn thing alone.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas 'round these parts

*yawn* Hi there. Long time no see. I don't know what my deal is about not updating, LAZY! Actually, my ahem, virtual farming has taken over my blogging time. I know I know... I used to openly mock anyone who played farmville and totally never thought I would get sucked in. I blame my parents, I am totally hooked. HOOKED! I was talking to some of my friends on Friday night at Holly's birthday party (incidentally, they are all farmville friends as well. Anyway, we were laughing at how geeky it is, how we plan our lives around our crops and such. Anyway, it's a sad excuse, but that's what I've been up to.

Oh and getting ready for Christmas. I am officially done shopping as of today. Thank God for Aaron's work, who have a program where he can trade in his safety tokens (they get them for being injury free, etc. every so often, and he collects them from other people as well who don't want them) ... he was able to trade them in for a $250 gift card to Walmart.

Without that nice little gift card, we probably wouldn't have been able to buy for the nieces and nephews. We are not exchanging this year (Aaron and I) but we have gotten the boys some cool stuff. It's all about them anyway, and we are thinking we might splurge in January and go shopping for ourselves.

I do this every year (I think), but here are some pics of our favorite ornaments.

These are new to the tree this year:

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Got this last year after Christmas at Target, LOVE it!

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I am in love with these little penguins!!! Got this last month at Bartells.

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I just love it

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I got this one at Bartells too.

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This little guy was a gift from a coworker last year. He has been living in my nylon drawer for the past year and Nolan has been OBSESSED with him. He has asked to play with it at least 50 times since last year.

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Ice Cube snowmen from last year's Target after Christmas clearance.

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cute little penguin photo frame from Target's Dollar aisle this year

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Nolan's ornament for this year, I have them pick out an ornament each year (starting last year) and this was his choice.

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This was Sethy's choice.

Older Ornaments

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This was Seth's from last year

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This was Nolan's from last year

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Either last year or the year before, we had a smaller bulb like this from our honeymoon in NYC and those heathens that I birthed somehow shattered it. My mom and dad tracked this one down on the internet and got it for us. It goes up nice and high on the tree now.

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I think I got this at Target 2 years ago, I love me some penguins.

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an angel my mom made several years ago. She's the only one I have left.

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I had an ornament exactly like this my whole childhood, and when I was in high school, someone robbed our storage unit and all of our christmas ornaments were taken. The handmade stuff my mom made in girl scouts, the hand made stuff I made in girl scouts. The babies first christmas ornaments for my sister and I... just thinking about it makes me sick. Anyway, my sister knew how upset I was and when she spotted this at the daycare we worked at, she asked if she could buy it from the teacher who had it (she used it on her in class tree) and I believe she just gave it to her. She gave it to me, and I have kept it on my tree ever since. I love it.

A gift when I was pregnant with Nolan
a gift from Lori I think, when I was pregnant with Nolan

Honeymoon ornament
The Jamaica ornament we got on our honeymoon

Seths first Christmas ornament
Sethy's first Christmas Ornament

Nolans first Christmas ornament
Nolan's first ornament

Wedding ornament
Ornament we bought the year we got married

My Great Grandma Made This
My great grandma made this one, I adore this ornament.

A gift from Ashley
Ashley gave me this a long time ago. I ♥ it.