Saturday, April 30, 2011

*sigh*

It's Saturday night. Instead of being at home with my handsome hubby playing Fallen Earth, I'm at work. Same story yesterday night, too. It's a sad sad sad thing.

I'm off tomorrow and Monday, which should be a good thing, right? Well, it would be, but I have drill! I was supposed to go today, but work got in the way, so I have to go in tomorrow & Monday. Yay me, right?

I am getting paid, so I guess I really shouldn't complain too much, but I just feel like whining right now. I want to be home with Charlie, leveling our FE toons together :(

Ok, whine session over.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pretty Proud of Myself

I made beef stew! Maybe not a huge triumph for most of you, but it's a big deal to me. I've never really been much of a cooker, though I always wanted to be. I kinda figured that one day, when I got married, I'd be a good wife and cook and clean and do all those good wifey things. Well the cleaning part is easy. I thought I'd struggle with the cooking part. Now that I'm the little miss, I've found that it's not as difficult as I thought it'd be! Good thing, too, since Charlie eats like a dinosaur, lol.

The stew came out delicious. I did forget the macaroni noodles, but it's yummy nonetheless. Perfect amount of spice and cooked though well... veggies are soft enough to be good, but not soggy.

Around the Apartment

I had to start over on the aid bag. I tried a new design technique in hopes of making it perfect... um, yeah. That was definitely a case of shoulda stuck to what I know. Soooo.... here's attempt number 2, using Araucania Nature Wool (it's actually much more of a dark olive green than this flashy pic shows). Coming along much better.


This shows the true color of the green. Here's the medic arm band. My own improvised design, the center white stripe is knitted in, but the circle and cross are duplicate stitch. Please excuse the bare chest, lol.
These are the only surviving plants from the ones we tried growing. The others were doing so well, but the cats killed them. Kept knocking them off the windowsill til they died. Argh. But these zucchini plants are starting to flower! Yay! They look a little rough (they really should have MUCH larger pots, a bed really, but we're making do with the space and supplies we have).


Sleepy Gideon.


Bams on her 'balcony.' Charlie adjusted Kitty City so Bams has her own apartment with a balcony she can step off onto.



Colt's preferred napping spot on Kitty City.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mrs. Knoll





<3 20 April 2011 <3

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Knit Knit Knit

I started Charlie's aid bag for his zombie LARP... this is the progress so far. I have to have it completed (felted and all) by Saturday. I think I can make it. I'm about finished with the part (the strap and bottom and sides of the bag). I'm using the Maple Bag (Knitty.com) as inspiration, but it's really an original pattern with how much I'm changing and improvising.

I whipped up this little sweater for Gideon on Sunday. The pattern is the Candy Corn Pet Sweater. Charlie is on a softball team with the San Antonio Sports and Social Club and their team color is orange. The name is Low Expectations. Gideon had to have a sweater to wear to all of daddy's games!


This is the Chiton Pullover I started waaayyy back in January. I had to stop it because that little rascal Scout (who is in Georgia with a new mommy... she couldn't come to Texas with me) ate the pattern. A nice Raveler sent me the part I needed to finish, so I'm doing a few rows here and there. I want to finish this soon so I can get some wear out of it before it gets too hot. I may be able to wear it more than I think... we'll see how hot it gets.


Charlie bought himself a few new paintball guns last week. Here he is testing one out... in the bathroom. No worries, he was shooting into a 5 gallon bucket of water, covered with a now-destroyed towel, so there wasn't paint all over the place!


OH, and I have some big news, but that'll wait til later... It's good, though!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Yarn Shopping

I was off today so decided to check out a San Antonio LYS. I went to The Yarn Barn near downtown. It's only about 6 miles (15 minutes or so) from us, which is such a treat considering the closest LYS in Georgia was at least an hour and a half. I went with the intention of only buying yarn for Charlie's aid bag and medic arm band for his upcoming zombie Nerf gun LARP event, but of course came home with a little something for me as well...
This is Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye in a really pretty neutral colorway, kinda the color of sand. It's a tannish drab and I love it. Not sure if it'll be used for socks or for a pretty summery scarf.
White Lamb's Pride for the aid bag/arm band. I've never used this yarn but know it's popular and I'm sure I'll like it.
This yarn isn't orange, it's red Cascade 220. The lighting in here is terrible right now. It's a regular crayon red for the medic cross symbol on Charlie's stuff.
Very very very pretty olive green Cascade 220 Heathers for the body of the bag. The true color isn't showing in this picture, but it's gorgeous and and I love the rustic look.


You've already seen this, but here's the balled up pic of the Knit Picks Gloss Lace yarn (carrot colorway) I recieved in my last SP16 package. It'll definitely become a summery scarf for sure. I love this color and the yarn structure is so nice.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fishy

Charlie and I went to eat Mexican food for dinner yesterday and decided to head to Petsmart to check out the fish. He and I are both fish lovers... I used to keep a large koi pond and raised guppies, he bred guppies and bettas. We intended on getting a betta and even picked one out, but Charlie decided that if we were to get one, he wanted one from a breeder he knew online. So, goldfish (my favorite) it was. This little guy (the one in the front) is Sgt Finney. He's the smallest of the three and has black fins. We had a platoon sergeant in medic school named Sgt Finney. We call this little fishy Finney for short, reserving Sgt Finney for when he's in trouble, lol.
This is Elena, named after Elena Winters in the game we play online, Fallen Earth. Just a plain gold comet.


And this is Lt Dan. He has some black on his face, making him look like he's come back from war recently and has battle scars.


Yay for new fish! I LOVE little 13 cent comet feeder fish... they might be little now and not so interesting to look at compared to the larger more expensive "koi" and other specialty goldfish like fantails and such, but they will GROW GROW GROW if given a large enough space. We used to stock the koi pond with feeders and would have fish a foot long and gorgeous only a short time later. They are extremely hardy and easy keepers, very pretty, and so cheap.