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Friday, October 5, 2012

This post brought to you by...Monster Energy Drink

I don't know why I always stay up extra late on Thursday nights, forgetting that I need to be out of the house earlier on Friday mornings for my Open Knit class...but there you have it.  I'm tired, and I've been tired all day.  But other than being sleepy, I've had a pretty good day.

My husband went to Staples and bought us a printer that also scans and faxes!  After dropping about $50 at Staples over the summer attempting to fax my IRS transcripts to the financial aid department, it just made sense to buy one.  After all, I'd already paid for half of it by that point.  So earlier today I faxed a book voucher request off to the school, and printed out a form that I need to sign and scan so I can email it...and I can do all that without leaving my dining room now.  I'm really excited, as you can tell (it might be the Monster...I'm not sure).

In other news, Alex managed to have the best behavior week he's ever had at school and he's reaping the benefits.  He got to play video games on a school day, and he got a new game for the DS, and stickers, and Lego Minifigures.  Now, before you freak out, keep in mind that he's on a token economy system and he just managed to earn everything around the same time, lol.  He gets a sticker on his behavior chart every day that he gets a good report from school, so he can earn up to five stickers a week.  If he does, he'll fill up a behavior chart in about five weeks.  Then at the end of the week, if he's avoided any negative behavior reports, he gets to play video games on Saturday.  His behavior reports are on a colored spectrum with green, blue and pink being the good, better, and best (in that order).  Green gets a sticker, blue gets double stickers, and pink gets double stickers AND one hour of video game time on that day.  It's difficult for him to get past green most weeks so we heavily reward it to make it very attractive and very reinforcing.  Three bonus days in a row is unprecedented in our house, lol, so we had to pony up (and we were happy to do so).

In knitting news, I've got a stealth project going right now for the Knit Picks catalog and I can't share anything other than to say that I think this will be a popular knit when it's introduced to the world.  It's one that I could see myself wearing.  I'm spending all my knitting time working on this one so it will be ready by the deadline, but this doesn't travel very well so I also have a portable project (which you can see the start of in the photo).  I'm test-knitting a sock for Yarn Yenta with yarn from my favorite indi-dyer, Play At Life Fiber Arts.  I've been looking for just the right thing to use my gradient sockie maki and this lace sock should do the trick.  As far as I know it's fine to share progress photos of this baby, but just in case, I've only shown the cuff.  Rest assured, I'll find out and if I can share, you'll get an eyeful :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

lots of stuff happening around here

First things first:  the Jardin de Vignes pattern has gone live, which means two things.  First, it's back to the regular price, and second, if you pre-ordered your update is awaiting you in your Ravelry library.  Happy knitting!

Now, this little cutie is the daughter of a friend from church.  Isn't she the prettiest thing ever!  She's wearing the ruffle hat that I made from a skein of ruffle yarn.  I love that the yarn does all the work, and I have to say that when I put this on her (and not very well as you can see, but I had my hands full and was trying to watch Alex all at the same time), everyone in the area went crazy for it.  This only took one skein of the ruffle yarn, and about 10 yards of any chunky weight yarn for the brim.  I'm planning on releasing a pattern and it will be available online, or you can get it free with yarn purchase at Bella Yarns.

Meanwhile, at Casa Washington, we were alerted to a flock of turkeys strolling through our parking lot on Saturday night.  There were nine of them!  You'll have to forgive the grainy photo but I didn't want to get too close to them.  They were big turkeys! 

In other news, my car is officially scrap.  It took months to come up with enough money to have the work done so it would pass inspection, only to discover that it wasnt' worth having the work done.  There's just too much rot and rust under the car and it would cost more than the car is worth.  You know it's bad when the mechanic tells you not to bother with it.  I'm now on the lookout for a used car that will get me through another 3-5 years.  It'll be a miracle if I can find one in my price range that will hold a family of 4, and groceries, and have under 100,000 miles on it.  So, if anyone has any leads (on a car in the New England area), let me know!

And finally, we had a woman come speak to us yesterday from the Urban Core office, with  Family Services.  They're doing the type of work that I hope to do when I finish school, and they're offering service opportunities to churches in the area.  I took her information and went to speak to her about volunteering.  This way I can get something on my resume, and I can get my foot in the door of an organization that partners with many of the other organizations here in the state who also offer counseling and other services to local families.  This would be a great chance for me to step towards the career I hope to have when school is out.  I'll update with more information as I get it.