Friday, December 06, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Before that, let's talk 10 on Tuesday, the "Ugh... Do I Hafta?" edition. Ten chores I hate doing...
- Cat box. I told PC when we got Pumpkin that I am totally uninterested in kitty litter. I hate it. So, 80% of the time, it's PC who cleans it, but those other 20%? I'm dying inside.
- Sweeping, swiffering, mopping floors. I hate it. They never feel as clean as my mom used to get them. The baseboards are always grimy.
- Bringing up laundry. Note: in our current apartment, you have to exit the backdoor, walk across the deck, enter in another door, climb up 3 steps to close that door and open another door behind it, walk down a rickety 9 steps and across the basement to do laundry. EVEN IN JANUARY. I have slid, slipped, tripped, fallen, scraped along this path to laundry for 3+ years. I want my own laundry back. NOW. (it used to be in my kitchen). **I will fold, put away, sort, stack, etc the laundry, I just hate hauling it up.
- Dusting. It makes me sneeze
- Raking leaves. I used to have to do this at my parents house-- I'm 5 feet tall. No matter where I hold the rake, i get blisters b/c I am grasping raw wood all day.
- Shoveling snow. Most days our landlord has us plowed, but we have to clear off the stairs and deck. Last few years and the big storms? They almost broke me. PC does a lot of shoveling, but I try to help as much as I can.
- Taking out the trash. I grew up in a house where it went out every night. PC did not. So, it grosses me out that the trash sits and sits for days. eww.
- swapping over seasonal clothes. We have teeny tiny closets (and only 2 usable ones) in this WHOLE house, so underbed storage is key to happiness. And it's my job to do it. I hate it, I hate it.
- Picking up after other people... coffee mugs, cereal bowls, trash/mail they seem to accumulate. (this has gotten significantly worse for me in years past)
- Charitable sorting- choosing what stays, what goes. I feel better when I'm done, but the process is exhausting for me. (and i need to do it this week).
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
What can I say? I have had the unfortune to be out of work, a lot, and I have interviewed a lot, with many companies. So, how do I describe myself?
-Patient, but persistent
Would you hire me?
Monday, August 05, 2013
Eating mostly green veggies kind of limits my culinary skills. I have roasted broccoli, sauteed broccolini, steamed green beans, grilled zucchini and baked asparagus...my ideas have come and gone.
Then I remembered latkes. Yummy, crispy, potato pancakes. Hmm. Potatoes are on my no-no list. So are bread crumbs and flour.
Thus, zucchini and feta latkes. I wanted them to be either a side, or a base, like for a fried egg ( drool). And i didn't want them greasy, so no oil or frying.
3small zuchini, grated, salted and strained for 1 hour
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp penzeys greek seasoning
1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper
1/2 cup almond flour ( or coconut flour)
4 ounces fat free feta, crumbled
Mix together and put onto non stick cookie sheet- 12 small balls, flattened into 3 inch disks. Bake at 425 F for 12 mins, flip and bake another 12 min.
Top with greek yogurt.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Ten treats? How about 100? No? Okay, ten...but not in any order.
My new diet is wheat free, soy free, sugar free, low carb and lean proteins, so here is what i am treating myself to this summer:
1. Watermelon. I love it ice cold. No salt, no feta, just melon.
2. Corn on the cob. I get it once a year and it has to be the local kind.
3. Non fat, sugar free fro yo. From Cabots in Newton.
4. Nectarines! Non of the hassle of a peach, but all the juice.
5. Grilled...anything. PC is a grill master and has turned out bison steaks, tuna, halibut, scallops and chicken that is mind blowing.
6. Zucchini. I am a zucchini addict. Grilled, sauteed, in stews, on salads...
7. Popsicles. Sugar free, but i love them in the summer.
8. Iced coffee. We drink gallons of this a week.
9. Late nights on the back deck. PC and i sit there and dream about whats next for us.
10. Camping...we love our summer house ( coleman tent) and cant wait to run away for a quick camping weekend on our favorite lake.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Someone at the library today said " its too hot too breathe" and i agree! 100 degrees here in Boston, with our usual humidity (90% or so it feels) .
Too hot to knit.
Too hot to work.
Too hot to clean.
Thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow, and a reprieve is expected sunday.
Tempers are short. AC units hum.
158 days until christmas.
Its all about perspective round here.
Ok, wow. So many want to know my secret to ah-mazing iced coffee. And i am sure several of you have said- she cold brews.
The best iced is made HOT, then cooled slowly.
First, our coffee maker has a "strong" setting, which you need for this. Each pot will be 10-10.5 cups.
Start with 12.5 cups water, cold, in the brewer. Then add 15 tbsp. Yup. 1-5. Of coffee to a filter. Brew strong.
Cool for a few hours on the counter and then in the fridge. We add vanilla syrup and skim milk.
Oh, and the secret? Our brand of coffee.... ;)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
- Air conditioning. Find it. Stay there. Malls, shops, friends houses...
- Find a hill. Sunds silly right? My parents live on a hill and there s always a breeze.
- Popsicles! Cool, low calorie instant cool.
- Icy water...I love ice.cold.water in the heat.
- Iced coffee. I have a secret recipe that is to die for and make a double batch every night!
- Municipal pools. We have some great ones in the greater Boston area...and a day pass is cheap. Cheaper than the beach.
- Tank tops and shorts- my summer wardrobe. The less clothing, the better.
- Sunscreen! Nothing makes you hotter than a sunburn.
- Cool showers. This house hasn't taken a warm shower in weeks!
- Ponytails. Pig tails. Braids. Get that hair up and off your neck!
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
- Dan...who kisses me every day and asks about the job hunt. He never pushes, worries along with me, keeps me in perspective, encourages me when I need it, and tolerates my tears when they show up.
- A good girlfriend with words of encouragement and a laugh.
- Another good friend who finds ways to help me out... Like today, where I am babysitting for her in a pinch. And it will pay for groceries.
- Yarn. Knitting is free. It can turn a bad temperament into a pair of socks.
- My stash. It is keeping me going while not sending me to the yarn shop. It's amazing what this can do!
- The happy little girl I watch each morning...she is sweet, funny and a hugger. I get her up for school, fed, dressed and do the big fancy private school drop off....then take her two puppies to the dog park. It's not much, but it helps. Especially the hugs and the puppies.
- My parents who are just as happy to have Dan and I sit on their deck with them than go out for dinner. N
- My resourcefulness in the kitchen. We are eating off a strict budget these days and dinners have been nutritious, yummy and well rounded.
- My landlady who noticed that I have been home and planted my garden for me. She said "you home, I give you garden.... You eat. Job soon. I light candle- you job soon." ( a little Italian grandma prayer can't hurt)
- Our amazing friends who have forgone dinner out for a potluck, movies for playing cards.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Today is the Top Ten Reasons Why I Knit.
I am kind of stumped. I learned to knit at the ripe old age of 3, so it has never occurred to me NOT to knit. Let's see what I come up with...
1. It keeps my hands busy. Idle hands and all that, but I am really not great at sitting still.
2. Focus. I wouldn't self diagnose as ADD, but I am a creative, very intelligent woman- my mind wanders.
3. Babies look cuter in handknits.
4. On my worst day, i can feel brilliant because I can turn two types of heels without instruction.
5. It connects me to my godmother, Shirley, who passed away when i was 20. I miss her every day and my heart aches to see her again.
6. I have a lot of yarn and its not going to knit itself.
7. My knitting and a cup of tea can stop me from eating after dinner.
8. It lets me go to knitting groups, where the people i meet are amazing!
9. This blog would me a lot more boring if it were just me and the cat, no knitting.
10. I am exactly have Irish and half Norwegian- if i didn't like to knit, i think my DNA would compel me to anyway. ( cables and color work are my favorites, go figure).
Friday, May 03, 2013
- writing my final paper for COM701 (love my professor and don't want her to hate me)
- cleaning the bathroom
- cleaning the kitchen floor---does anyone else have those awful leafy things coming into their houses? From the oak trees? Know how to get them out of grout?
- prepping dinner
- making a pot of coffee for PC when he gets home
- changing the cat box
- feeding the cat
- doing my COM725 homework
- visiting my mom
- swapping my wardrobe from fall/winter to spring/summer
- gathering up things to donate
- balancing our checkbooks
- calling our health insurance
|Close up of the heart lace|
|No sleeves! Perfect for layering and doesn't inhibit chunky little baby arms.|
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I have been working ( slowly, its my out-and-about knitting) on the Easy Drop stitch scarf for a week now. Its an 8 row repeat and its coming along. My friend, Jen , was knitting one in a variegated colorway and i fell in love. I had seen hundreds of these scarves, but hers inspired me.
The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill, dk weight. The colors are part of their "potluck" series, where you get whatever they threw together, no recipe, no matching. I have just enough for a good long scarf. Needles are US 5, 3.76mm.
Today, the scarf and I are headed west on the Mass Pike to grab a beer and a burger. PC is driving so i can knit. (And i think he likes my Subaru sporty engine on the highway)
Friday, April 12, 2013
These kids! My best friend has three amazing kids, ages 4 1/2 years, 23 months, and 11 months. They are a delight to knit for because she puts them in their handknits for such special occasions such as: going for a walk, the playground, running errands, running in the yard and more! I will happily reknit a favorite sweater when i know its been worn out due to too many times down the slide. Or it got ripped on a nature hike.
new look owelets, size 1 and 3 ( green and red, respectively) and Adrian Bizilla's totoro bonnet, sans totoro.
Sweaters are knit with Encore Chunky Tweed, 3 skeins per sweater and the bonnet is Berrocco Vintage, 0.5 skein. Sweaters are on US 10.5 and bonnet on US 5.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
It has been awhile, huh? I am still here but i am back not working and job hunting, unhappily so. I have been knitting. A lot, actually. Here are two of my FO projects from February 2013.
One of the ways I have been whittling down the stash is with quick stash busting projects like mittens and hats. The two below are the same pattern, different yarns. The blue is patons classic wool- a $5 project which makes for an excellent gift. The pink are Malabrigo, colorway Pretty Little Things, and are divine. Each project took less than 10 hours of total knit time.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
- Freezing rain. I hate damp, cold pant legs.
- Ice. I'm tired of clinging to railings on stairs.
- Slush. Snow or rain, pick one.
- Dry skin...eczema is my BFF and I kinda want to break up with her.
- Booger-y children. I love kids, I do!, but I don't love YOUR booger smearing little snowflake rubbing the apples in the grocery store. Yep. Yesterday. Made me buy different apples. And wash them eight times when I got home.
- Static hair. I electrocute the cat at least twice a day!
- Heating bills...we, blessedly, have natural gas, but even our chilly home (67 when people are home, 60 at night....put on a sweater!), the bill climbs.
- Reduced sunlight...I NEED light to function. I HATE dark rooms, so our electric bill escalates as well.
- Comfort food. Sounds good until you are trying to lift those extra pounds off your yoga mat.
- Less "outside" time....I love me some deck sitting.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
- Cards. PC is the bomb when it comes to cards...always one sweet, one sassy, and one silly. Keeps me on my toes, card-wise.
- Dinner...we never go out on Valentine's Day, so I will make something yummy for us that night, light some candles, and pour some drinks.
- Handmade. I make PC a gift each year that speaks to who we are and what he means to me.
- Candy/treats. I do this via a yummy dessert.
- Snuggle up!
- Hugs. Kisses are great, but PC hugs me when he gets home each day and I love his hugs.
- Saying I love you, to my mom, my dad, my cat....it's a day of love!
- Saying why you llove someone....this is important to me. Why do I love you? I love you because you are... Kind, thoughtful, insightful, inspiring, pragmatic. Use your words!
- Write a love letter. To your honey. To your cat. To yourself. I have a friend who writes herself a letter every birthday....so why not Valentine's Day?
- Smooch. Make out. When was the last time you just smooched for the sake of smooching? Unleash your inner teenager and make the best of the couch. :)
Monday, February 11, 2013
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
- Camping at the pond...all summer long. We never came back to Boston unless school was about to start.
- Riding bikes. I was a great bike rider and I miss the freedom of it. Good thing I bought a new bike last year.
- Spending all day in your swimsuit. And not caring who saw you in it! I was the picture of fashion in my one piece and dirty Keds.
- Driving ATVs. So.much.fun. As kids, my dad got us these and we loved them, especially my brother Jonathan and I. We would take off for hours on them....straight down logging roads and into the woods.
- Fishing. I never kept quiet enough and I always wanted to drive the boat, but as the only girl, it was a rare treat to go fishing by myself with my dad.
- Walking to the library. We had a great public library in my hometown, and a great librarian... I used to walk down a few times a week to swap books.
- Fruit cocktail for dessert. In the little bowls... Mom always made sure we each got a cherry.
- Feeding the birds at Nanas...It was my job to break up the bread,put it into the tin foil pie dish and feed them by the laundry line.
- Hearing my grampy sing my name.... ka-Ka- Katie! Its an old song, and he used to sing it whenever he saw me.
- My godmother's hugs.i can still smell her perfume and feel the softness of her skin.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1. Go skiing. Find a slope nearby and take a lesson. The sensation of going downhill is amazing. My 2013 goal is to get back on my skis.
2. Try a new tea. Sounds odd, but I like to have "wintery" teas, like chai, to add some spice to the season.
3. Yoga. I'm a new convert to the bendy world of yoga, but the studios are warm and you can be in shorts and t-shirt while you do it...
4. Swim. Find an indoor pool and swim.
5. Snowball fight. Sled. Ice skate. Pick a "childhood" favorite and try it again as an adult.
6. Stay in bed. *ahem* No more "it's a nice day out, we should go outside" excuses. Spend a morning in bed. I'm sure you'll find something to do.
7. Knit. Sew. Quilt. Take on a project that will cover your lap. (my blanket, anyone?)
8. Host a dinner party. Cook something that heats up the house. Get good wine. Friends and laughter always brighten the winter.
9. Curl. This one's PC's, but he has a winter sport that he loves.
10. Hug a cat... my cat really loves me in the winter. Mostly because she can warm up on me. But, hugging the cat makes me happy...especially when she hugs me back.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
My little Subie (Subaru Forester, 2010) isn't the biggest car I've owned. She's not the fastest car I've owned, but she is the favorite car I've owned... and the most expensive. Subie, as her friends call her, came into our lives at a crucial time: my Vue was intermittently dying on while driving and nothing short of a miracle would fix it. A dear friend had at the time: 3 Subarus. She adored them. I test drove one and fell in love. PC drove it to NYC on the curvy Hudson Parkway and fell in love too.
So, what do I keep in the Subie? Right now, she's a bit of a mess.... and desperately needs to be cleaned, but let's see what's in her normally:
1. Snow brush/scraper. I have remote-start, so i rarely have to scrape, but the snow brush is always there... usually in the "way back", near the jack.
2. Manual--- i needed it last night! I never pop the hood on Subie (Mike, the mechanic, does that) and couldn't remember where the hood latch release was!
3. Extra shoes. Right now, it's a 2nd pair of hiking boots, but throughout the year, it's flip flops, sneakers. I hate wet feet and sometimes i can't drive in the shoes i'm wearing.
4. Towel. I don't know why, i always have a towel in the car. Due to my love of all things Douglas Adams? Maybe.. but more likely--- good for wiping off sandy camping feet, and driving off wet feet.
5. Pen. Self-explanatory.
7. Change. Quarters to be exact. I live in one of the wealthiest towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and it costs me $0.25 to park for 15-20 minutes ANYWHERE.
8. Mittens. I have spare mittens from Halloween to Easter.
9. Cell phone charger. Always. Always. Always. I only select cell phones w/ crappy battery life...lol.
10. PC. PC's in my car way more than I'm in his... i'm the driver in the family, grudgingly, so he's often found, in the passenger seat, as the navigator.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
The awesome comments on the blog yesterday made me feel really encouraged... thanks!
My work week varies from the standard 40 hours to 60+, depending on the week. I'm often found lugging my new MacBook Pro home (yay for fantastic work computers!), and there's some great (and not so great) aspects of this job... but one super-secret-fantastic perk? I have a full Adobe Cloud Creative license. Yup. Monthly subscription, paid in full.
I'm going to spend some time over the next few months taking Lynda.com lessons, learning photoshop and lightroom... hopefully improving my photo processing.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Resolutions? Goals? Pie-in-the-sky dreams? I have them in spades. I do like the approach of this thought: goal setting. I'm forever setting goals, but (and big BUT) if i can create a static page for these... maybe we can cross some off my list.
2013 is the year of Mini...
1. Complete 60% of my MS degree coursework
2. Run one mile w/o stopping. Just 1.
3. Make yoga and swimming a regular part of my week. Walking- daily.
4. Eat food that makes me feel good--- remove the starches from my diet. And take my medicine
5. Knit my stash down by knitting 3 sweaters and 3 blankets
6. Knit one hat per month.
7. Track, document and blog my knitting
8. See the waterfall...twice. (it's a waterfall that i've made it w/in 1/2 mile hiking of seeing...)
10. Downhill ski again.
Notice something? No weight loss. If I eat good (for me) food and exercise more, i will lose weight. My goals aren't for skinny jeans, they are for being able to do activities: like skiing and kayaking. I can't at my current weight and that really ticks me off.
Knitting- I love it, but it's owning me right now. I need to knit down the stash and have stronger control.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Yes, that's a rocking chair that knits for you. Looks like it's based on the crank-style knitting looms that are used for sock knitting machines. It takes the rocking chair image we've worked so hard to remove and places it front and center, but this is definitely NOT how your Nana knit.
Technology is great, but look at exactly how low-tech this is. You are motor. Two gears. Small footprint. Output is a physical object of value, not data.
... and think of how many flippin' hats you could have made for Christmas gifts!