50 things about me

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This was posted on Dianne’s blog so I thought I’d play along too!

1. Do you like blue cheese?


2. Have you ever been to Yellowstone Park?

No, and it is actually quite close to where I live now. I really should go!

3. Do you own a gun?

Absolutely not!

4. What are your favorite songs?

At the moment they are:

  1. Pork and Beans –Weezer
  2. Greatest Man that Ever Lived – Weezer
  3. I will possess your heart – Death Cab for Cutie

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?

yes. I don’t like going to the doctor.

6. What do you think about hot dogs?

Vegetarian only. And they are best when cooked over a campfire.

7. Favorite Christmas song?

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” I don’t recall the exact name. Is it “The Christmas song?”

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?


9. Can you do push ups?

Yes, about 15 at the most. And the girl kind.

10. What was the name of your first pet?

Twiggy. She was a scrunchy-faced pekingese. I remember her being slightly grouchy. But still cute.

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?

Like Dianne, my engagement ring and wedding ring.

12. Favorite hobby?

It’s a toss-up between knitting and photography.

13. Favorite trait of spouse?

Sense of humor.

14. Do you have ADD?


15. What one trait do you hate about yourself?

I am easily irritated.

16. What’s your middle name?

Laura. Named after my Great-Grandmother Laura Boucher.

17. Name 3 thoughts you are thinking at this exact moment?

1. I need to get my eyes checked

2. I need to come up with something that I’m thinking about

3. I am so uncreative.

18. What did you buy yesterday?


19. Favorite vegetable?


20. Current worry right now?

Like Dianne, my greatest worry is rising costs.

21. Current dislike right now?


22. Favorite place to be?

The beach

23, What did you do to bring in the New Year?

I think Raf woke up me up and kissed me. But I was half asleep 😛

24. Name three people who will complete this?

I don’t know…

25. Believe in God?

I think so.

26. Do you have an unusual skill?

I really don’t think I do. I have skills, but nothing unusual.

27. What shirt are you wearing?

A vest that I knitted (that I will show you in a few days!)

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I don’t believe I ever have so I don’t know.

29. Can you whistle?


30. Favorite color?


31. Would you be a pirate?


32. What songs do you sing in the shower?

I don’t sing in the shower but suddenly I think that is a good idea! I may try it tomorrow.

33. Favorite girl’s name?


34. Favorite boy’s name?


35. What’s in your pocket right now?


36. What made you laugh last?

Something my co-worker said earlier.

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?

The old mosh-pit knee injury.

39. Who is your loudest friend?

I can’t think of anyone in particular…

40. Do you like where you live?

Not really.

41. How many TVs do you have?


42. How many dogs do you own?


43. What would you do if you hit a deer while driving?

Cry, and then call someone to help me.

44. What is your favorite book?

I don’t think I have an absolute favorite but my favorite recent read was Dead Lucky by Lincoln Hall.

46. Favorite Sports Team?

I am so not into sports. I don’t know how I can be a part of this family and say this (because I’m related to a bunch of sports nuts) but there it is.

47. What were you doing at 12 a.m. this morning?


48. What was the first thing that you thought of when you woke up this morning?

my knitting project

49. What song do you want played at your funeral?

Bob Marley’s “Every little thing’s gonna be alright.”

50. Does someone have a crush on you?

My husband?

Fun! I love doing these little memes. And I love reading them, too.

Crafty Monday: I’m hooked!


The other day a nice lady came into the library wanting to come to my knitting program tomorrow. The only problem was that she wanted to learn how to crochet and I don’t know how. So my colleague, who does know how to crochet (but couldn’t make it to my program) offered to go to the stacks to find some books that she thought would be good beginner books that she could maybe check out and teach herself. She found one called “Kids Crochet” that had excellent pictures and diagrams, and great projects that were very easy. The thing that I particularly liked was that one lesson is taught, like Single Crochet, and then there are a couple of easy projects in which you learn Single Crochet. Then the next section introduces another technique and projects that reinforce that technique.

So anyway, the first project that I made was this Ribbed Scarf (picture on the left). I had some leftover Patons Merino from various projects and cast on about 190 stitches (I think). I love the vertical stripes! However, since this is a kids book, the scarf is a little too short for my taste. If I were to make another one I’d cast on more stitches.

The second thing that I made is the first project in the book, the Neck Cozy. This is basically a large swatch of Single Crochet made with super bulky yarn. I specifically used Rowan Big Wool. I got the button from my LYS and I love it. I will definitely use it this winter. For this I chained about 15 instead of the required 8. I ended up with 13 stitches at the end so I’m not sure what happened there but oh well.

I really had fun making these! They worked up very fast, which is a bonus. I’m working on some other easy projects in the book then I will tackle some of the projects in the Stitch-n-Bitch Crochet: Happy Hooker.

Happy Monday!

At the art show


My mom, hubby, and I had our stuff in a little art show last weekend called “Artists Loose on the Paloose.” We all actually sold something which was such an ego boost! In the picture you can see some of my photos on top, and Raf’s paintings on the table and hanging below my photographs.

How are things going with you? Good I hope. Me? I’m here. I’m insanely busy, but I’m here. I have the day off and am immesely enjoying a day all to myself! I taught myself how to crochet yesterday so I’ve been working on a scarf which will probably be done today. I’ll show it to you in my Crafty Monday post if I can get my act together to get a picture uploaded 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Crafty Monday: Chickami Tank


I made another Chickami! Why, you ask? I’ll tell you!

I was going through my shelves of sweaters, doing my yearly washing and putting away of the wintery ones, when I came across my Apricot Jacket. Remember that thing? I have a love/hate relationship with it. I absolutely adored knitting it. But I hated the final product. I hated the way it fit on me. And so I put it in my closet and never looked at it again. Until a few weeks ago.

An idea occurred to me. I had some of the yarn from that project left over. Why not make a tank top to go underneath it? See, the biggest problem with the sweater was the armholes. I messed up the seaming because they are kind of tight. So any shirt I wear under it will bunch up weirdly.

So I dug out the pattern and cast on. About halfway through I realized I wouldn’t have enough yarn. So I thought I’d try the wide stripes with some other Cotton-Ease color in my stash. As I was working on my second green stripe I ran out so the rest was knit with blue.

I actually love the way it turned out! And guess what? It looks great with the sweater! I even wore it last week and absolutely loved the combo! I am wearing the outfit tomorrow so I will get a shot of the two together so you can see.

I’m Stoked! A sad knitting story with a happy ending :).

you can check out the Ravelry page for details if you feel so inclined.