The other ballet moms (and one dad) and I were discussing driving in Texas. Beyond the complaints of Texas drivers (really, I don't see what they're talking about), we started talking about driving on two lane roads. Texas is large. We have a lot of land between towns. Most of these towns are connected by two lane roads. If you get stuck behind a slow car, it can be very, very annoying. Texans have fixed this. If you there's a car behind you that's driving faster than you, you are supposed to drive on the shoulder (only if there is one) and let the faster car pass you. I learned this growing up in Houston when we traveled. And, one of native Texan ballet moms mentioned that she was taught that it was the polite thing to do.
Now that the current administration has passed the repeal of DADT, they are making noise about allowing women in combat. If they do, they better not lower the standards. If a woman wants to do a combat job (such as infantryman), then she better be able to do everything at the level of a man. Why? Because it's a matter of life and death. That woman and any of her fellow soldiers. Period.
Honey will have her First Reconciliation today at 9:30ish am Central Time. Please keep her in your prayers. For my non-Catholic readers, that's confession. She's understandably nervous. She said she didn't want to do it, but she knows that no one really wants to do it.
Honey's First Holy Communion will be on March 2, 2011 at 9am. We are very excited for her. I know she is and will be more so once tomorrow passes. She tried on her dress and veil. Her first question was how we'd do her hair.
Pumpkin will be starting piano lessons in February. The teacher did a little bit with her today. It was very cute. I think she'll do well. She always wants to play on the piano.
We went to the library today for the first time since August. We could not find a book so we'd been waiting to find it first. Well, we finally did. And, we went this afternoon while Brother was at gymnastics. I knew we had a fine, but wow, was I surprised. $32.05
I was disappointed that Patriots did not advance a couple of weekends ago, but am excited for my friend whose team is going to the Super Bowl. We were invited to watch the Patriots-Packers game in December with this family. They are great fans of football and most especially the Packers. My family looked quite lame as football fans.
Pumpkin was running around Sunday afternoon yelling "Boo Bears! Go Packers!". It was really funny.
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So, take a bunch of newly knitted items.
Soak in warm water. I used a bit of lavender scented dishwasher detergent.
Roll in towel to remove excess moisture.
Spread out to see the beautiful feather and fan pattern in the scarf.
See the difference? Now to wrap the gifts and mail them off to two lovely ladies up North. I'm sure they'll be able to use these for many more weeks.
I'm working on leg warmers for my ballerinas. I'm using 9 inch circulars instead of dpns because the thought of knitting stockinette stitch on dpns for many, many inches was too much for me to contemplate. It's going well. I needed to finish a few other projects before I could really work on this. I've only got about 6 inches knit on right now. I'm using Cascade 220 Superwash in pink (number 894).
I've only just started the book. I inherited the Nook from Erin. I pray for Erin as often as possible but most especially when I have the Nook in my hands.
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My parents are moving in with us in a couple of months. It's going to be fine if a bit of a squeeze. Not because we don't have a lot of rooms available but because, well, I'm a hoarder serious pack rat. This weekend Ben moved our bed from the master suite into the playroom which is now officially our room. The master suite is the staging area for organizing the rest of the house. We have the stuff from my study which is now Sister's room plus ALL my crafting stuff.
Today, I'm finishing pulling everything out of Sister's room. There's so much dust everywhere my sinuses are going crazy. Sigh. It will be done and Sister can really have her own room to organize as she pleases which, unfortunately, is a lot like me...haphazard.
I LOVE reading from a book, but I also love more having a book in e-format because it doesn't take up much shelf space. That alone makes me want to get a Nook or Kindle for each of my children. It won't do much to help alleviate the mess 1000s of books we already own can cause though.
I'll keep you posted on our progress. Our house is very much in need of organization. My dear friend, Cecelia, is itching to get to work on helping me toss. I'm not quite ready yet.
It's cold again. And, I mean really cold. Okay, you Northerners who are snickering. It's cold for Texas. When your average lows are your highs, it's cold. The wind is pretty wicked too.
I've become addicted to Sudoku. I can only do the easy ones though. My dad can whip out an easy one in no time (less than 5 minutes). It's amazing. It can take me up to about 15 minutes for the easy. I'm afraid to do the medium ones.
Someone is trying to phish me. You know. Send me some email saying I need to check with them because someone's trying to get into my account via online. I'm not stupid people. I can tell when I click on the link that it's not my bank's website. The web address is all wrong even if the home page looks the same.
Can we talk Pandora radio? I LOVE it. I'm coming in a little late, but I really like it. I put in one of my absolute favorite 80s groups and it brought up all these great 80s songs. Talk about nostalgia.
New packaging is now going to seriously make me suspicious. We had nachos tonight. When I poured it all out, there was less than normal. I checked the packaging and they decreased it by an ounce. Same price.
I've had my newest camera since around April of last year. I have over 5500 pictures from that camera. And, that's not including any I deleted although I really don't delete a lot of photos. I'm working on learning more and more about this camera and taking pictures in general. I want to learn how to use the modes that aren't automatic.
Honey is making her First Holy Communion at the beginning of March. She will be having her First Reconciliation next week. I am very excited for her. She is very worried. She wailed, "I can't remember every bad thing I've ever done!" the other day. I'm so glad to have our priest as he very gently leads the little ones.
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Today was just a day. Right? At least it was unless I was still. Then I'd think. I'd think of two years ago. I'd think of the sorrow I felt two years ago. I'd think of waiting in the examining room two years ago. I'd think of the nurses and doctors who were so cold and unfeeling. I'd think of my child who would've been one. I'd think of the hope and joy we all felt with this little one.
I miss him.
St. Mark Edward, pray for us.
Our days are filled with activity and Saturdays are no exception. We have ballet from 10:15 to 12:30. Pumpkin has class and then Sister.
Dear friends brought a cute little puppy to class. Pumpkin got her puppy fix which should last for a while. We are not in a position to have pets. We all have too many allergies. Oh, and I really cannot handle a pet right now.
After class we headed to the O Mart which is the local Korean grocery store. We're having friends over tomorrow for dinner and we'll be making mandoo together. I'll take pictures and try to give a tutorial on how to make mandoo. I have my dear friend on my list of people to invite over to make this as well. Anyway, I needed a few ingredients.
The rest of the afternoon was spent lazily with the family coming and going from the living room. The girls had a bubble bath with Lush bath stuff. They're such girlie girls.
After a dinner of fried chicken, to which I apparently added too much cayenne, the kids went up to play a bit before bed.
I watched the Green Bay-Atlanta game when they went up. It was a really nice first half, but the second was pretty boring.
Busy? Yes, but very simple.