Sunday, December 31, 2006
2. I love my husband, Wayne.
3. I love my girls, Alison & Emily.
4. My dog’s name is Brewski. He’s the 2nd dog I’ve ever owned. The 1st’s name was Watson.
5. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis on Film – translation, I’m no fun at movies.
6. I completed a minor in English – I love to read.
7. My husband decorated my fish tank to look like Grecian ruins.
8. Our wedding anniversary is December 15th.
9. If you get married near Christmas, people will give you ‘Our First Christmas’ ornaments like they’re going out of style. I know from personal experience.
10.I share my birthday with Anne Frank.
11. I am a member of the Spanish Honorary Society.
12. I’m secretly competitive.
13. I’ve been to every state on the Eastern seaboard.
14. I’ve traveled to Canada and Haiti.
15. My husband consistently kicks my ass at Scrabble and I’m a poor loser.
16. My first memory is of my Gram – I remember her reading to me and then I remember everyone leaving for her funeral.
17. I named my oldest daughter after my college roommate.
18. Wayne proposed to me at Indian River Lagoon after a kayaking trip.
19. I picked out my own engagement ring.
20. I love fireworks.
21. My whole life I dreamed of having little blue-eyed children and swore I would never marry a guy with brown eyes – Wayne has brown eyes.
22. I visit gofugyourself.com on a daily basis.
23. I can play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the piano and nothing else.
24. I’ve met Ricky Martin.
25. I worked for MTV for three weeks.
26. I’ve been on TRL.
27. I had one detention in my whole academic career.
28. I love Justin Timberlake.
29. Although the original will always be the best, I watch every manifestation of CSI.
30. In college I was an avid fan of South Park and Dawson’s Creek.
31. My guest bathroom is painted Daredevil Red.
32. I can’t knit just one thing at a time.
33. My bridal bouquet is on display in my living room
34. I learned to cross-stitch when I was 10 from my mom.
35. Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite.
36. I love the color combination of pinks with greens.
37. I once drove the same stretch of I-75 over and over for 3 hours for a friend’s film shoot.
38. I interned for the Weekly Planet in Tampa.
39. On my 21st birthday my first legally purchased drink was a Frambois.
40. I used to own a turtle named Mitchell, after a book I loved as a child called ‘Mitchell is Moving’ about a dinosaur that moves from one house to another.
41. I went to the Everglades on my honeymoon.
42. My first camera was made by Fisher Price.
43. I saw ‘Field of Dreams’ in the theaters.
44. I believe babies should be dressed like people, not like they live at a slumber party.
45. When I was in high school I would tease my mom for dressing me in corduroys and Mary Janes, that ended in college when I started dressing myself in them.
46. I wore overalls 3 out of 5 days in college.
47. My friends have the pictures to prove it.
48. I bit my tongue badly the day before Halloween in 2nd grade and couldn’t eat any candy at our class party the next day.
49. I remember where I was when the Challenger blew up.
50. The first thing I ever knit was a scarf for Wayne. It’s awful.
51. I own three copies of ‘Catcher in the Rye’, but I’m not a serial killer.
52. I was a vegetarian for 5 years.
53. One of my most cherished gifts is a painted stick from my friend Andria.
54. I own 3 Nintendo gaming systems – N64, GameBoy, and a Super Nintendo. I like old school games.
55. I was voted Class Flirt my senior year of high school.
56. I wore elbow length gloves to Prom.
57. My prom was at the Renaissance Hotel at Sea World.
58. I’m carrying on my mom’s family’s tradition of Christmas pajamas with my kids. Alison thinks it’s great.
59. In college, I made an experimental film about my Dad that he’s never seen – I’ve never been able to format it for his viewing.
60. When I was 4, I carved my name into a wooden rocking chair with a wire hanger and tried to blame it on my sister.
61. My sister Aileen and I are frequently referred to as ‘the girls’.
62. I’ve only lived alone for 6 months of my life.
63. All of the furniture in my house was given to us.
64. I love gin and tonics, with lots of lime.
65. I know how to play a mean game of Texas Hold ‘Em.
66. I’m thrilled that Care Bears and My Little Pony are popular again so I can buy them for my girls.
67. Wonder Woman is my hero.
68. I had Wonder Woman underwear when I was 3, they were a reward for getting potty trained.
69. I found a place online where I can get adult Wonder Woman underwear but haven’t had the guts to order them.
70. I visit the library once a week with Alison.
71. I once slept almost the whole way from Orlando to Portland, Maine.
72. I failed my driving test the first time.
73. My dad took me to 7-11 for a Slurpee to make me feel better.
74. I love Splenda.
75. In high school, I taught 2nd graders Spanish as part of my Spanish 4 class, it was really rewarding.
76. My favorite poet is Wallace Stevens.
77. I won’t read the latest book in a series if the next book isn’t out yet. I’ll wait, so there’s always one more I could read.
78. I’ve read everything that Stephen King has published.
79. Even the stuff under his nom-de-plume, Richard Bachman.
80. I drive a Ford Expedition that guzzles gas.
81. My first car was given to me, it was a 1986 Mazda 626 with no paint.
82. The first hurricane I went through was Hurricane Gloria in New Jersey.
83. My favorite sweater is a turquoise-striped sweater from GAP.
84. I love Old Navy and can spend a mint there when there’s a good sale.
85. I love Johnny Depp and Gwenyth Paltrow and will see anything they’re in.
86. I enjoyed ‘Lady in the Water’
87. I can’t get enough of LOST.
88. The Amazing Race is the best reality show ever.
89. I saw the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra perform the 1812 Overture when I was in 4th grade.
90. I lost my wedding and engagement rings, well Alison did, and Wayne replaced them for me last year on our anniversary.
91. I ship virtually everything via Priority Mail.
92. I’m diabetic.
93. I’m right-handed.
94. I’ve considered trying to write a children’s book.
95. Wayne and my ‘song’ is ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters.
96. I like to sing loudly in the car, whether I’m on-key or not. It’s starting to rub off on Alison.
97. I used to work at a Market Research firm, I put together focus groups.
98. I love a good pedicure.
99. I can be bribed with chocolate, preferably dark chocolate.
100. I am excellent at memorizing phone numbers.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
And my wonderful husband got me some knit friendly gifts too. :) He made his way to the LYS and bought me a new swift and a ball winder! Hooray! I rec'd some beautiful yarns too, but haven't had the opportunity to take photos. Soon.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
She's sweet in that southern belle, pinch your cheek, you're so sweet way. And in that Dude Where's My Car, cool way.
She's been awesome about keeping in contact with me, sending me emails and e-cards very regularly and they all make me feel very special.
Thanks Secret Pal!
Friday, December 22, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
1. IMG_1252: Wayne holding Confederate generals, 2. IMG_1251: On top of Stone Mountain, 3. IMG_1243: Georgia State rocker at Cracker Barrel, 4. IMG_1241: Dressy night at Dante's Down the Hatch, 5. IMG_1237: Coca-Cola sign, 6. IMG_1236: Atlanta Undergroud, 7. IMG_1235: IKEA!, 8. IMG_1234: Breakfast at IKEA, 9. IMG_1233: Coffee at IKEA
It plays mp3s, take pictures, has games, and is all around colorful - a big change from my bulky bottom of the barrel Nextel phone. O, and there's no radio, I've been switched back to Sprint. Wayne reasons that we can still call each other for free and he really wanted to get me the best phone. I love that guy.
I have one gift to finish - I didn't knit at all while we were gone, per Wayne's request, so I'm feeling a little time crunch, but I think I'll be fine.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Five years ago today, the man of my dreams became knit to me forever.
We said our 'I do's in a gorgeous garden surrounded by family and friends. We laughed and danced and may have had a bit too much to drink.
Since then, we've done quite a few grown up things together. Bought a house. Welcomed two wonderful girls into our lives. Purchased family vehicles.
But a lot is still the same.
We still hold hands.
And kiss each other good morning and good night.
We go on dinner dates.
And go to the movies together.
He calls me just to say hello.
He can tell from one look that I need to go out to dinner and not have to cook.
He's written me a song.
I vowed that I would adventure into life with Wayne and so far it's been amazing! I look forward to the coming years and the excitement still to come.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Instructions -- Copy the first sentence that you posted* in each month of 2006. Post it in the following format:
Aileen's sweater arrived and she tried it on and it was too big.
I am renewing my commitment to keeping this blog up-to-date.
I met Debbie Stoller!!
A cupcake a day or in two days will give you arthritis.
Emily Green, born on Tuesday, July 4th at 5:51AM to a very tired Mommy, Daddy and Big Sis.
It wasn't me, it was the one-armed man or sweater as it were.
I feel very accomplished today, having reached my 100th post and really applying myself as a blogger.
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
But I'm posting anyway.
And you thought I wouldn't post today.
*Just wanted to say I listed the very first sentence of a post before any edits were made later on.
I think this is a very fitting take on the year. You may note the lack of post for February and the joyous news in July. I like it. You post one too, leave me a comment so I can reflect with you.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Visit www.letssaythanks.com and send a thank you holiday card to our troops. It's easy, just pick a card, a message and give your name and hometown and Xerox will print and send your greeting to one of our fighting soldiers. You can't control who it will be sent to, but I'm sure that the recipient will be cheered by your thoughtfulness.
Regardless of your feelings about the war, it’s important that we show the individual people who are risking their lives that their fellow Americans support THEM and what THEY do.
Last year Wayne was building homes in a really high-end development. One of his houses had some granite countertops installed and when the owners came for the walkthru they remarked that the granite was supposed to be black, the installed granite was brown. A whole kitchen worth of the wrong stuff. It was some sort of clerical error on the design center's part and they ended up fixing it for free. And when the installers came they ripped out the $8000 worth of granite and were going to throw it out. Wayne was apalled by the waste, checked with his boss and brought it home.
We quickly discovered that our existing cabinets weren't stong enough to hold the new countertop, so we stored it in our master bedroom. A couple weeks ago Wayne bought new cabinets and promptly stored them in the bedroom as well. We're busy and I demanded that the job not be started until it could be finished. This was the weekend. Hooray!
Wayne not only installed the new cabinets and countertop, but by some great miracle, he managed to work in an extra 18" of countertop! I'm so stoked. You can see it off to the right next to the stove. We used to keep the garbage can there, but it's much better having the extra storage and space. I love it!
Please don't think less of me 'cause I have a sink full of dishes. The water was off in the kitchen all weekend and the dishwasher was full. They're away now. :)
While Wayne was busy beautifying, Alison had a soccer game (still undefeated) and we went to see the Nutcracker with her friends from dance class. The first photo is of our happy bundled up girls. The others are the injuries Ali sustained when she faceplanted on the sidewalk. Her upper lip and nose got scrapped and I think Nicole put it best when she said that she looked a little like Hitler.
Just in time for family Christmas pictures. Thank God for Photoshop.
And just when you thought I couldn't have had a busier weekend - I also managed a 15-mile ride. The hilliest ride I've ever done and it kicked my butt!
Duration: 1.5 hours
Average Speed: 11 MPH
Distance: 14.8 miles
Calories Burned: 883
Did I fall? No. Although I almost got clipped by a minivan.