Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Isn't that an awesome Zoolander "Look" I'm giving you!?
Note: If you aren't a knitter feel free to tune out now because the knitting jargon is going to get kind of thick.
I had no intention of creating my own product line tonight. I was following a simple pattern for a headband that can be found here. The main idea is Stockinette Stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl the next row) for like 18 inches and then bind off and sew the two ends together. Now, my knitting friends, what is the problem with stockinette stitch....the blasted curling effect. My work is not knitting flat; it is rolling into a tube and you cannot keep your ears warm with that! I vaguely remember Julie from my knitting posse talking with Sandy about how to make that better a long time ago when she was doing a scarf, but at that time I couldn't have cared less about it; I was making mittens. So tonight I am somewhere like 12 inches into it (yes only 6 inches to go) and I decide there is no way its going to work. I should have come to that conclusion a lot earlier but somehow I thought maybe I could flatten it out with a book or something. I tear the whole thing out and start again. This time I do various things at the ends to see if I can't get it to lay flat. I slip the first stitch of every row for awhile, I purl when I should knit or knit when I should purl for the first and last couple stitches of each row. Nothing works!!! I rip it all out again.
I have been making a lot of hats lately as you all may have noticed. So I decide to use the techniques I have been using on my various hats to make what I was thinking would be the most precious head band known to woman. And boy did I make it complicated on myself. Check out my pattern.
The Holli Headband
Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Circular size 11
Circular size 13
Big Ol' Needle
Cast on 41 stitches to size 11 circular needle
R1. *K1, P1* Repeat between ** to end of row
change to size 13 circular needle
R2. K1 *yo, sl 1 as if to purl, k1, yo, psso* repeat between ** to end of row
R3. K1 *drop yo, k2* repeat between ** to end of row
R4, 5, 6. Knit all st
R7. same as R2
R8. same as R3
R9. same as R1
I am guessing most of that means nothing to all of you but it looks impressive right?
Anyways, it isn't fabulous. The finished product resembles a black garter thingy (you know the thing that brides where on there leg for who knows what reason). The cast off end is tight and then the other end is not. It is quite humorous to me for some reason. I imagined myself putting photos of me wearing it all sorts of places and having you all guess what it was actually intended to be. But when I took the first photo posted above and looked at it I realized that I can actually get away with it looking like a cool headband. So, scratch all that I said previously. It is perfect, the best head band pattern ever! I mean who of you was going to knit it anyway? No one. I could have totally gotten away with everyone thinking I was a genius. No one would have ever known what a piece of junk it is (except for maybe my mom "Holli" for whom I was inspired to create it for as a Christmas gift. So I guess I am sorry to mom, this item is no reflection of you. I just don't have any money to buy you anything you really need.
Sorry about the rambling.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Besides, he deserves it since he will be home alone for the holidays.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
My favorite was the drive home (I wasn't driving) when car's headlights turned into two giant snowmen who looked like they were running up the road at me each time a car passed. I laughed my guts out.
On another note, my husband is an addict. I tell him he's had enough and its time to take a shower now. After a couple naggings, he reluctantly goes upstairs to get things done. I go up a couple minutes later to use the potty and see that his bathroom is empty but the light is on in the study. Scroll down to see what I find there.
He's at it again!!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
A miracle happened. Remember when Jesus was out teaching the multitude and fed them with the loaves of bread? Well I was convinced that I was going to run out of yarn and have to finish the socks with the leftover green yarn from last year's Christmas mittens. The ball had gotten so small. But what happened was this... it just kept giving. I swear it stayed the same size for like 3 inches of sock. And I even have some to spare!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Things I have done in my life:
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Not really, our band broke up when not all of us showed up to our first rehearsal. But it was fun to think that we were going to start one.I don't think it really would have worked anyway since none of us could play very well.)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch Not sure what that means. I never invented one. I always learned from someone else.
15. Adopted a child – I hope to one day
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse I remember seeing something in elementary. I don't if it was total.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language. Sorta know some Spanish.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (well I stood at the fence)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument
There is still a lot of things that I haven't done!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
8 Things About Me
8 Things about Me
My 8 Favorite TV Shows:
So You Think You Can Dance
Prison Break (the beginning, I don't really watch it anymore)
8 Favorite Restaurants:
8 Things that Happened Yesterday:
Played Guitar Hero
Played Lego Indiana Jones
Made Jell-O Jigglers
Talked to Mom
Talked to Jason
Talked to Colleen
8 Things you are looking forward to:
Planning Whitney's baby shower
Not working till Thursday
Visiting family for Christmas
Starting a new knitting project
Having a child someday
8 Things I Love about Fall:
8 Things on My Wish list:
Job I love
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Bleeding Love danced by Mark and Chelsea
The Garden danced by Mark and Courtney
Mercy danced by Twitch and Katee
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I know what your thinking! I am kinda nerdy. Only kids and husbands play those game right? Wrong! I love to play video games still. My latest game, Lego Indiana Jones, is about beat. Next I'm moving on to
Oh and by the way Iowa friends, if you don't see me tomorrow at church(or today depending on how you see it), it is because I am on my way to Minnesota to see the So You Think You Can Dance? concert. Jealous?!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
or Obama's, you agree with most. They don't tell you who made the statements, of course, but a statement made by each candidate on the same topic (economy,
immigration, judiciary, etc.) will be side by side.
You just pick which statement you agree with and, after selecting all 13,
you'll find out which candidate's philosophy you support.
Try it at:
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This is a way not good picture of me, but I just wanted to share my little buddle of joy with the world! Take a look at whats in my belly. He has just started crawling in my shirt to sleep lately. Isn't he cute! I just love him to death.
...And I am almost finished with my second sock!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
You have some reading to do. Because of a leak of her new book Midnight Sun (the story from Edwards perspective), Stephanie Meyers has released her unfinished draft. Go to this blog site to read more about it and get the link to her site where she responds and puts a link to the draft.
1. Did you date someone from your high school? Not very seriously
2. What kind of car did you drive? A big 'ol Suburban for awhile. It was awesome!
3. What was your most embarrassing moment in high school? Being cut from Warriorettes (drill team) my senior year. I was so humiliated I went to early college to escape. I thought that it was just so cruel after after having made the team sophomore and junior years for them to do that to me. I did quit the team junior year and they got a new coach after that who only knew that I had quit, so I guess I couldn't blame her really for not wanting a quiter on the team.
4. Were you a party animal? For sure! But only soda or red bull.
5. Were you considered a flirt? I don't know. I was more like one of the guys I think.
6. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? No.
7. Were you a nerd? No.
9. Did you get suspended/expelled? No. They were lucky if I came to school.
10. Can you still sing the fight song? I know the "Good ol weber" song. Is that the fight song? If not then no.
11. Who were your favorite teachers? Probably Mrs. Oyler because she said I was a good writer and didn't treat me like a kid. And Mr Chase for always giving me extra time on my late math assignments.
12. Where did you sit during lunch? depends on which year. Proabably at a table sophomore year and on the stairs with the soccer boys junior year. Weber State senior year.
13. School Mascot? Warrior
14. Did you go to homecoming and with who? I wasn't 16 (old enough to date) my sophomore year, Jared Christianson senior year and I don't remember who the other time.
15. If you could go back and do it again, would you? No.
16. What do you remember most about graduation? How it was like a reunion for me. It was kinda sad missing out on the whole year.
17. Where did you go senior skip day? Pine View Dam I think.
18. Have you gained weight since then? The scale says no but I feel like I have.
19. Who was your prom date? Quinn Bate (sophomore), Aaron Allred (junior), Eric Gardiner (Clearfield prom senior), and I don't remember the other guys name. He was from Fremont and I made him take me to my senior prom.
20. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? I don't know
21. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself? Be confident and care less about what everyone thinks.
I tag Megan, Sarah, Whitney, Angie, and everyone else too
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
1. You know that web of skin between the pointer finger and the thumb? Well on the web of skin there is a vein. I find myself with my other thumb and/or other fingers feeling that veins pulse all the time and shifting that vein around. I am not sure why; I just do it. I will sit there and hold onto that piece of skin. Weird.
2. I pick at my scalp when I am nervous, so bad that I leave scabs sometimes. And that only makes it worse because then I want to pick the scabs. Its gross. If anyone sees me doing it please stop me.
3. I sleep really late. I have only seen the sun rise like twice in the past 5 years.
4. I hate touching anything when my fingers are wrinkly after taking a bath. It drives me crazy.
5. I can roll the bones of my knuckles and I think it is really cool.
6. I can make farting noises with my eyelids and I think that is pretty cool too, although I don't do it as much anymore because I am afraid that it may hurt me somehow or that my makeup (the couple times that I wear it) might get messed up.
I tag: Julie, Elise, Cassie, Jennifer, Bradley, and Angie
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
It is finished! I learned how to graft there at the end all by myself and everything! Tell me how beautiful it is will ya.
I am pretty proud, can you tell.
Now I gotta make the other one though. And it looks like since Brady got a new video game (Star Wars Force) I will be starting the other one tonight for our date night.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Anyway, tonight Des Moines, Iowa welcomed back Shawn Johnson, gymnastics superstar, and I couldn't help but admit I am starstruck over our hometown hero. Luckily, Elise is too so we went to the shindig.
Apparently we weren't the only ones who had fallen in love with her. They said about 7,000 people showed up to welcome her home at the Wells Fargo Arena.
I was glad that they got out a big t.v. for those of us who showed up just on time so we could see her hold up her medals from way up in the nose bleed seats.
Way to go Shawn Johnson!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
We have seen in the past decade or so an increased acceptance of depression as a mental illness. There have been numerous commercials and advertisements by drug companies for their various prescriptions and as much as 10% of the population has bought into those drugs. Brady told me that up to 1/3 of all visits to primary care doctors are for psychological problems like depression. It isn't hard to get a prescription for depression from one of these doctors who have limited training in treating these issues. And the drugs help at times; they really do. I have been helped by them since around puberty. The problem that I have with this is whether doctors have any idea what its like to try to get off these medications?
I guess that brings me to what my issue has been this last week. I have been married for almost 4 years and am 25 years of age and have no children. I live in a town home complex where I am a rarity. Few couples have been married longer, are older, and have no children. It is hard to be children-less around so many couples who have started their families. I have about had it. I Want Children Already! Well guess what... its recommended that you are not on any drugs while you are pregnant. So here I am, the past couple of years, slowly eliminating these toxins from my body and having a difficult time doing it. And no one had told me when started taking these drugs that it would be difficult to ever stop them. I doubt that the doctors who first prescribed them to me had any idea what getting off antidepressants did to people. Here is my latest experience.
There is one antidepressant in particular that I have been on for years and years. I don't remember when I started it, but it helps me get to sleep each night. Well, I've been tapering off it this summer. I went from one and a half to one for a while, to a half for a bit, then to a quarter and was doing just fine. Well last weekend I ran out of pills and went off of the drug. I didn't sleep well the first night and slept the most late that morning. What followed that morning was horrific. My mind and my body went berserk. I couldn't stop crying, my muscles were sore and exhausted, my brain felt like mush, I had diarrhea and was nauseated. I've come to realize that antidepressants are serious drugs that cause withdrawals like street drugs! After spending the weekend in hell, I ended up missing work Monday and visiting the urgent care. I was able to get a prescription for the drug that I had discontinued and started back on a quarter of a pill. It took a day after starting the drug again for my mind to become stable again and it took clear until Friday for my body to get back to normal.
Apparently I am not the only one who was suprised by how hard it is to get off antidepressants. I found hundreds of confused people online posting on bulletin boards about their own struggles. I can't believe that doctors don't know more about this and don't give more warning to their patients! These drugs are advertised as safe and non-addictive and yet they cause so much pain and sickness to so many people who turned to them to get relief. I found a story that ABC did recently on the topic and am glad that the world is becoming aware. Read it if you like at http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/withdrawal-side-effects-SSRIs-emerging.htm.
Anyway, I am just so relieved to be feeling better and feel so blessed to have had my husband there to support me through this.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I love sunsets and can't help but take oodles of pictures of them. I decided to try out the panoramic function on my camera and decided its kinda hard to get separate pictures to line up perfectly. But I thought that I would post my attempt.
This is just down the road from my house. Its a beautiful green field of... I'm not sure what. Every time I drive by it I just want to take a picture. I think that this picture illustrates what people meant when they told me, before I moved here, that in Iowa you can see someone stand up from miles away. I really don't think that is true in most cases, since the terrain flows in hills; but here it looks like it goes on for miles.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Meanwhile here are some photos from the Iowa State Fair today.
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson made out
Me and Brady enjoying the whole reason I came to the fair, deep fried oreos.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder. I am glad to be home, but I had such a great time in Utah with our families. Here are just a few of the things I saw when I visited Bryce and Zion Canyons.