Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Don't you hate that?

When your morning seems to be going smoothly and you have your day pretty well planned out, then something goes and screws it up. This morning I got out of bed and wandered into the lounge to find Deane had cooked breakfast. Bonus. So I sat down and ate, then got dressed in my new running shorts and various other clothing items, finished getting the boys ready and headed out the door. Once they'd been dropped off I drove to my usual running spot, Karori Park. About a third of the way around my first kilometre (of five) I get a call from the school advising that X had fallen and hurt his arm, had gone all pale and was still sobbing quietly half an hour after the accident. They were concerned that he had fractured it and wanted me to pick him up and take him to the doctors to be checked. Well there goes my run! Finished the one kilometre, walked back to the car and drove to school. (Apparently it's becoming a necessary part of life for me - I mentioned to Deane that I only got to run 1k instead of 5k, and he said "I know, you told me four times already!" - strange that I would be so bummed out about not being able to go for a run, I thought I still hated it...)

Deane had organised an appointment at the doctors for 10.45am so we fluffed around for a bit before heading off. I had to cancel my 10.30am appointment for work, and it turns out I'd forgotten a PTA meeting that was being held at 8.45am at school - oops! Went to the docs, they thought it needed to be x-rayed so referred us to the emergency department at the hospital. I had to pick T up from kindy so he wouldn't be left stranded there at 12.30pm, since the hospital is often not as efficient as you would hope. Turns out X has not got a fracture that they can see, but the little extra bone in the elbow that children usually develop by the age of three does not appear to be there. Whether he had one and it pinged off when he hit his elbow, or whether he just hasn't developed the extra bone yet the doctor wasn't really sure. They stuck his arm in a cuff/sling thingee, organised a follow up with the fracture clinic for a week to 10 days from now, and sent us home. Good thing I picked T up beforehand, we got out of the hospital at 12.45pm.

Now the rest of my day is disorganised, and I'll have to drag the kids to the supermarket later to get something for dinner. I had planned to go by myself after my 10.30am meeting, before picking T up from kindy. Meh. I hate taking the kids to the supermarket! Maybe we could have soup and toast for dinner...

On a brighter note, I'm halfway through the third pair of socks for T for Christmas, which leaves the three for X to do. I haven't got much knitting done lately because I've been trying to sew up a set of wizards robes for the Vodafone Christmas party next weekend. I bought a pattern and 12.4 metres of fabric, which is how much I needed according to the pattern (I wanted a different colour lining inside so had to buy double the fabric). According to the measurements on the pattern directions, I needed to make a small size robe. Following the directions exactly I made the small size robe, which turned out to be big enough to fit Deane, who is way bigger than me!! So there are currently some serious moderations going on!! A dress-maker I am not, so I really hope all this slashing and hacking I'm doing will turn out okay in the end - I'll keep you posted. What really annoys me is that after spending $120 on the fabric, I'm only actually using about a third of it - the rest is 'wastage'. Now I know why I don't make my own clothes!!

We had a lovely long weekend for Labour Weekend, heading up to Napier on Saturday afternoon after T finished swimming, and heading back to Wellington Monday afternoon. The weather in Napier was gorgeous as usual, the kids enjoyed playing outside on grass (something they don't really get to do here) and I got to see my bestest friend Tania again - and she was kind enough to let me watch Twilight (again!!) and happily drooled alongside me over the prettiness that is Edward Cullen, and to a slightly lesser extent, Jacob Black. We're both looking forward with great expectation to the release of New Moon (19th November!!!!) and are trying to organise a weekend trip for me to Napier, so we can go together. Obsess, obsess, obsess...

I forgot to mention in my last post the lovely package I got in the mail for the first instalment of the Needle Food Sock Club #2, so here is a pic now:

It's specially dyed to celebrate (is that the right word?? Seems a little morbid) Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Michelle kindly donated $2 on behalf of each sock club member - how sweet! Now what to make with it? Bears a little more thinking...

X's 7th birthday is fast approaching, and hot on it's heels is T's 5th birthday. It has only recently occurred to me, and I haven't organised anything yet. Urgh, must get on to that. I think I'm going to have to drop some Committee commitments, (heh heh, that sounds funny!) - I seem to be doing too many things. I keep forgetting all the stuff I have to do! But which to drop? We're probably moving soon anyway so it wouldn't make much difference I suppose, but I'm still going to feel stink about it :-/ Kindy's nearly done, I think I only have one meeting left (in November) so that's one down, I think perhaps BoT (I'm not actually on the Board, I only do the Minutes). PTA I'll stick with, there's only four of us!! And Guild I'll carry on with for now, it's starting to get a little hairy there at the moment. Sigh - now to figure out how to give them the bad news... (jeez, makes me sound a bit egotistical doesn't it? Like, "oh my God, they'll be lost without me!" I know they'll be fine and will find a replacement, I just hate letting people down).

So anyway just to recap, much like this post, my day has become a bit of a mess. I should probably go now and send those PTA Minutes I keep forgetting about - I edited them this morning (finally - the meeting was last Tuesday!), but I forgot to actually send them. I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on...

Please excuse my pointless ramblings, I'll be going now

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Yay Me!!!

I ran five kilometres in 30 minutes today! Woot!! I have officially completed my running programme goal - to run for a full 30 minutes. The next step was supposed to be to run 5k, but I've done that too - awesome! Now I know I can happily go for a run for half an hour, anywhere, anytime (within reason of course, we don't want too many hills!!) I repeat, yay me!

Moving on... I have also finished my Sexy Vesty, and I luuuurve it :-) Pictures taken by X, hence the blurry quality:

And of course T had to get into the pic (he's such a cutie!):

Michelle (of Needle Food) tells me that colour was a one off, and that's all there was of it, so it's totally unique - how cool is that? Unfortunately though, that's about all the knitting I've been able to accomplish so far this month, mostly due to the fact that I spent an entire week reading the Twilight series. After I'd read the first book (over about three days) I devoured the next three in the space of about five days or so. Deane wasn't terribly impressed, and the housework suffered severely, but I finished the books on Monday, the house is recovering, and Deane got over it :-) Can't wait for the new movie to come out - 19th November I believe. Ooh, it's gonna be good!! Luckily for me (not so much for Deane) we have the Twilight movie on the terrabyte drive, so I can watch it whenever - awesome! btw, for those who partake in Twilighty goodness, after much deliberation I have decided I'm cheering for Team Edward ;-) Although Team Jacob comes a very close runner up.

Anyway, the boys are back at school and kindy, so Laundry Lottery has recommenced - here's this weeks 'winnings':

Not much excitement there, just the usual suspects - empty food packets, and a business card thrown in for good measure, courtesy of Deane.

Well, I must away, off to Spotlight to buy 12.5 metres of fabric to make a wizard's robe for the Vodafone birthday bash in a couple of weeks...

Monday, 12 October 2009

It's been awhile...

so there's lots to update you on. Where to start??? Here we go:

Running - ha ha, what running? I only managed to go for three runs last week. It was supposed to be run 11 minutes, walk one minute, x 3. On Monday it was more like run 11 minutes, walk one minute, run eight minutes and give up because it was pouring with rain, I was saturated, my hands were frozen into ice cubes, and my earphone thingees kept falling out. Ordinarily that wouldn't be a problem and I'd just put them back in, but my hands wouldn't work. The wind was really strong and it was like torture so I cut it super short and went home for a hot shower. Tuesday the weather was shite, so I didn't go for a run. Wednesday was better, but my run only consisted of two runs of 11 minutes - the third 11 minute block didn't eventuate because a) my bestest friend of all time Tania was at my place (more about that later) and b) my ankles were almost audibly screaming at me, and c) there were heaps of City Council workers planting, digging etc etc and I was feeling extra self-concious. Thursday was a rest day (poor ankles) and Friday the weather was shite again. Managed to get a run in on Saturday but it was only 15 minutes long - I was in Napier and had already run around in a circle, and didn't feel like running around it again. I know what you're thinking, "excuses, excuses". Yep, I've got plenty!! Today I haven't been because there's just too much to do - first day back at school/kindy, and I still have to unpack from our trip to Napier, not to mention catch up on all my online stuff and thank everyone for their birthday wishes (of which there are plenty!).

Knitting - has been pretty slow this week, hardly anything done at all. I have however managed to crochet (almost) four squares, what was left to do on the Ron Weasley blanket swap before needing to send them away. Due to time constraints the last three blocks are plain single coloured crochet, simply because it's much quicker to do. Hope nobody minds...

I managed to get quite a bit done on my 'Sexy Vesty', but haven't picked it up since last Monday, so hopefully I'll be able to do a bit more on it this week. It's actually starting to look like a vest now, but I still have to finish the back, and do the ribbing around the armholes and neck (that's going to be a lot of stitches to pick up!) - can't wait to be able to wear it! Hope it fits...

Pretty though, isn't it? (btw - just tried it on, and so far, so good!!)

Haven't started any more socks yet, I want to finish the vest first. Hopefully soon.

Reading - finished Memoirs of a Geisha - it's a good read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rather enlightening. I'm still reading Deathly Hallows to Xavier - we're up to chapter 30 now, so we're getting close to the end. I have five chapters to read of Chamber of Secrets to catch up with the discussion thread on Ravelry. Audio book perhaps? While I finish my vest...

I started reading Twilight on Friday (I think) and finished it at 11pm last night - LOVE. IT. What's that now... obsession #8? #9? Ah, I lose track... Watched the Twilight movie with Tania on Wednesday night, and instantly wanted to watch it again. I started to, and watched up to the apple scene in the cafeteria (one of my favourite bits!) and then had to admit defeat and go to bed. I was up alone, well past midnight, and still had to get up early in the morning :-( Deane's often out at work nights, so I guess there's still plenty of opportunity to watch it again ;^) Now I have to read New Moon before the movie is released :-) This may actually be possible thanks to my bestest buddy Tania, who kindly bought me the entire series for my 30th birthday while she was here. Bestest friend EVAR!!

And they look so pretty on my bookshelf, next to my other favourite books:

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, booooooooooooooks...

And speaking of books, I also managed to get a copy of Diana Gabaldon's latest book in the Claire/Jamie saga - An Echo in the Bone. Can't wait to read that!! Ooh, lots to do!

Miscellaneous - so anyway, as you may know, Sunday was my 30th birthday. Ugh. On the up side however, Deane took X up to Napier on Tuesday last week to stay with his cousins, and T went to stay at a friend's house. Deane came home with a surprise in the form of (you guessed it!) Tania. Needless to say I was overjoyed - haven't seen her for ages! So that night we went to the movies to watch Year One, which was quite a funny movie. I wouldn't say 'rolling on the floor' funny, but pretty good. We had quite a few laughs. On Wednesday we went shopping during the day and visited the City Gallery, and watched Angels and Demons and Twilight in the evening. Thursday was a pretty lazy day (more shopping involved), and I took her to the Quilters Guild meeting that evening. It turned out to be quite a good meeting with yummy cake, free fabric (it was the Guild's 19th birthday) and a lady came to talk about button collecting. She was quite funny and it was surprisingly interesting and informative. She has an amazing collection. Friday we pottered around (as mentioned before, the weather was shite) and once Deane finished work we headed up to Napier. Saturday was full of visiting family etc etc, Saturday night we went to see Fame - meh. The dancing/singing/musical talent was good, but the storyline sucked. I'd recommend waiting for the DVD. Sunday involved lots of blobbing around reading Twilight, and we headed home late afternoon (with lots more reading during the car trip). On arrival I found a surprise package sitting in the letterbox containing this:

Can you believe it?? I'm totally spoilt! This was from a group of ladies on Ravelry in the Harry Potter Crafters group, who took pity on me because my swap package was delayed two months. Aren't they just amazing?!? There's lots of lovely soaps in there which smell divine, yummy chocolates, gorgeous stitch markers, my very own owl, snitch, mini witches hat and wand, lots of scrummy yarn, a neat project bag, washcloth, afghan square, bookmarks and some wool wash. I was totally blown away. And it came with the coolest letter, which said:

Dearest Kreachr

It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of International Post Owls that your package has been delayed for an unusual amount of time. Upon further inquiry into this matter we discovered that your little brown owl seems to have been found exhausted by the weight of your parcel on the floor of the International Border Owlery.

We have decided to enclose your little owl inside the package in order for him to recover from his international flight.

This particular owl seems very familiar, as if he might be related to the famous Ron Weasley's owl, Pig, who has also been known to be overcome with exhaustion while delivering large post items. Please forgive the delay in your post.

We, at the Ministry of International Post Owls, strive to do our best for the wizarding community.

Good day!

How awesome is that?!? There are some amazingly lovely people out there, and I'd love to meet them some day.

So all up, it's been a pretty damn good week. I got a pretty necklace from mum and dad. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get a decent picture of it, but can tell you it's really lovely :-) I got to spend time with family and friends, relax, and do the minimum amount of housework. I guess birthdays aren't all bad. This year was pretty good - maybe I should turn 30 more often! Now to carry on with life, and try to enjoy my 30's...

Friday, 2 October 2009

Wow, is it really October already?

This year is zooming by so fast, you can hardly see it. We're nearly halfway through the school holidays, and so far there haven't been any major upsets or injuries - fingers crossed! We've spent most of the time inside, because classic New Zealand weather knows when it's holidays, and decides to bring on the rain. We have had some sunshine, but my boys are mutants and prefer indoors to out. That could possibly be my fault, as I'm a bit of a cave dweller... my interests seem to all be indoor pursuits, except for my latest exercise kick, running. Which is still ticking along okay, nearly finished week six of the running programme - soon I'll be doing that half hour run!! (Theoretically anyway - we'll see). I've got what I guess you could call a 'running injury' - my left leg/ankle doesn't seem to like the pounding it's getting. Walking is fine, but running is a whole other ball game. I'll have to see how it goes.

Laundry Lottery has been disappointing this week, no winnings at all - I guess this is due to the fact that X isn't at school, eating little snack packs of food on the playground and shoving the packet into his pocket (which is clearly better than throwing it on the ground, but not as good as putting it in a rubbish bin). All Deane's washing bar the undergarments are lying on the floor on his side of the bedroom, so I'd imagine there's all sorts of goodies lurking in his pockets over there! But darned if I'm going to pick up all his clothes for him, the washing basket is in the corner! Seriously!! You'd think he could figure it out for himself...

Knitting is going well (due to all that inside time!) - I've finished another pair of socks for my OWL - so that's two pairs for T done, one left to go for him, then on to X's three pairs. The Christmas presents are starting to pile up which is good. I've FINALLY cast on the vest I've been wanting to make for ages with my yummy Needle Food yarn I bought at the last Craft 2.0:

I'll keep you updated with progress pics! This is fitting into the new class assignments for the HPKCHC on Ravelry, it'll be for Divination. I've got several other ideas for classes as well, which I'll post on here as and when I start them. Another project I'll be casting on soon is a pair of socks for dad - he mentioned he wanted a pair last time we were visiting, so I'll make him some for Christmas. This fits in perfectly for Charms, and with another group challenge on Ravelry - Sock Knitters Anonymous. One of the October challenges is to knit a pair of men's socks. Sweet! I love when things work out well. I've done six of the required 10 squares for the Ron Weasley blanket swap and I've only got four more to do, which will quite possibly be crochet, due to the class assignment for Transfiguration (alter a knitting pattern into crochet or vice versa). Not sure if it'll work out yet, so I'll give it a go soon and see what happens.

I spun up the Ofelia roving I got from maude&me, and managed a pretty messy chain ply (that will need some serious practice!!). It came out about a chunky weight, 149g and 114 metres:

I called it Chunky Bug, because the green colours remind me of insects - I don't really know why... Not sure what I'm going to make with it yet, possibly a pair of wrist warmers.

I've received a couple of my birthday presents early - the set of Hiya Hiya interchangeable circular needles I've mentioned before which I love!! These are absolutely bloody fantastic :-) And the new cellphone I knew I was getting from Deane (no surprises there). The joys of having a hubby working in telecommunications! Although I have to say it was a bit of a surprise when I found out how much the phone retails for - it's a $1,500 phone!! Better look after this one!! Good thing I like it too - it's great for running, as the earphone thingees are designed specifically for it, I can listen to my favourite radio station (or any music I want, if I get round to downloading it, or - hmmm, maybe Harry Potter audio books...). It has an 8 megapixel camera which is pretty decent. I get my emails straight to my phone now as well. It's got GPS, and you can download a running programme that tracks your running route and the total distance so you know how far you've gone - may come in handy later! Basically it's got all the bells and whistles (as it should for that bloody price!). The funny thing is, Deane didn't even know how much it cost - he just asked his friend to order in the best phone available with (insert functions here) and that's what he came up with. Bonus for me :-)

I'm rather enjoying reading Memoirs of a Geisha, although I'm only up to chapter nine (about quarter of the way through). I'm trying to get it read fairly quickly, because I've got another book out from the library that is due back in about three weeks that I really want to read. Now don't laugh, but I've decided to read the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Hey, I told you not to laugh!! Yes, I've finally succumbed to the madness, and jumped on the bandwagon. Although I've been told it's not as good as Harry Potter (not surprising), it should be a good read.

Anyway, better get moving and make lunch for myself and the boys (and continue knitting of course!) Still haven't done that vacuuming... (don't worry mum, the washing's done, the house is tidy, the beds are made, and the bathroom is clean - I just hate vacuuming).