Thursday, January 26, 2012

Aimee's lullaby

I first heard this song a few years ago, and I instantly knew this was going to be my babies' lullaby...thought I'd post it here in place of an update (don't worry, one is coming...quite a bit has been going on lately)

Dixie Chicks

They didn't have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

I slip in bed when you're asleep
To hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there'll be so much to do
So tonight I'll drift in a dream with you

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you're miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

Monday, January 9, 2012

Nesting, or just decluttering?

So I'm finding that already this year I have started knuckling down and organizing the house. I can't decide if it's me starting to nest, or if it's because I am tired of hearing J complain about how disorganized our house is. (He's right.) Last week I did the medicine/candy/mixing bowl cabinet, made sense of all the random plastic storage containers in the back of the pantry, and two kitchen drawers, plus a good chunk out of the front room closet. So far today I've done the drawers in the side tables in the living room, the nightstand drawers, and my lotion/deodorant basket on the dresser (though that will be revisited when I do the bathroom). Plus, I've been doing a lot better at keeping up with the kitchen nonsense...and laundry is actually moving towards the place it belongs instead of sitting in the dryer!

Not only that, but I have made at least one meal every day except Saturday since the New Year! Granted, Friday J was told to just eat leftovers and I stopped for Subway (overslept and had errands to run before work, so no time), but I made the leftovers he was supposed to eat! AND he has had a lunch every.single.workday since the New Year. That's been something I've struggled with, because he always wants the same thing: peanut butter and jelly, yogurt or cottage double, and some kind of salty snack and a sweet. B.O.R.I.N.G!!! Now, I'm kind of liking it, because I can make a couple PB&J's at a time, throw them in the freezer...and then just throw that and the rest of the cold stuff in his bag before I leave for work or go to bed. I had tried making multiple sandwiches in advance before, and it didn't work out so well bc I left them in the fridge instead of freezing them, and they'd get all goopy...but it seems he can't really tell the frozen and fresh ones apart. Score! :-D

Anyway, gotta wrap this up because its 12:45 and we're out of peanut butter and yogurt, so I gotta run out quick so I can make some sammies, finish my dinner, and shower...and still get to work on time lol

Thursday, January 5, 2012

feeling extremely lazy...

There are so many things I should be doing right now...
  • dishwasher needs to be unloaded/reloaded
  • J's lunch for tomorrow needs to be packed
  • I need a shower
  • I need to eat
  • there's laundry piled up in three corners and in the washer
  • the comforter I took to the laundromat yesterday is still sitting in my car and needs to come in
  • Logan needs a bath
  • there's dog puke under the bed since 6:30 this morning (yes, I heard him puking and didn't clean it up right away. So sue me. I've done it right away the last 4 times he's woken me up in the middle of the night rutzing. He's not a baby, and he's not laying in it).
  • and somewhere in there I need to wash a scrub jacket for tonight

There's also the matter of everything I *say* I should do...such as:
  • finish cleaning out the closet in the front room
  • clear off the kitchen table so we can actually eat there
  • clean out both freezers and take stock of what I do and don't have
  • organize the master bathroom cabinets/closet
  • get my steamvac back from my mom and do the carpet in Aimee's room (and under my bed)
  • bring the rockers up to Aimee's room from the basement and figure out if I need to paint them or not (at least one of them, if not both, needs paint)
  • go through all the baby stuff my mom's friend gave me last week
  • clean both bassinets and the bedding on both
  • make cushions for the "good" rocker
  • repair the "old" rocker (for the third time) and recover the cushions
  • finish sewing binding on the chenille blanket I started over Christmas so I can wash the pile of finished crochet and sewing projects sitting in the front room (I refuse to wash newly finished projects with the regular wash in case something goes horribly wrong in the laundry lol)
  • help J clear out the closet in Aimee's room so I can move the cubie unit from my closet to hers (and get fabric bins for it)
  • make a spot in my closet for J's camera equipment, since he's losing all his storage space to the baby
And that's just what I'm pulling off the top of my head. There's tons of other things I could be doing as well, I'm sure. And yet, I have been laying in bed dozing and playing on my phone. all. morning. And have no inspiration to get up anytime soon.

Oh well, at least I remembered to turn the crockpot on when I took Logan out early this morning so dinner will be ready when I DO get up. Which should be soon, since the lack of clean scrub jackets is somewhat disturbing, and it takes forever to run a load through both washer and dryer.

I have to go for my 1-hour glucose next week. Not looking forward to that at all, especially since I'm seeing a LOT of people on my mommy boards have been failing it lately. *sigh* at least I have my Kindle to keep me company...Then the following week is my last 4-week appointment (even though they're less than 3 weeks apart). It's gonna be weird when I start doing the every 2 weeks, since all of my appointments except the last two were about 6 weeks apart instead of 4. So I'm *really* going to feel like I'm there all the time. The nice thing is I just put in my last schedule for work until the baby comes, so it'll be easy to schedule my appointments.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Plans...

I know a lot of people overload their blogs with "Year in Review" posts, but I think I've earned one this year, darnit! :) Don't worry, it's not a lot...mainly it's just for me to look back and realize exactly how much crocheting and sewing I got accomplished last year.

For my friend Jill's beautiful little girl Katie born in July: a bear hat and diaper cover set (2 hats, since I was just figuring our the gauge on the first one) [purchased on etsy - I can't find the original seller anymore], granny square baby blankt in pinks and purples, and a baby sock laundry bag [pattern here]

For my co-worker's little girl who came in June:  a diaper cover and flowered headband [used the same diaper cover pattern that came with the bear hat, and this headband pattern]

My grandmother has had a rough two years, being in the hospital almost as much as she is out of it. I wanted her to have something to snuggle besides those nasty hospital blankets, so I made her a granny square throw in pinks and browns. I loved this blanket and almost didn't want to give it up!

Then I tried my hand at bag-making and created a granny square purse - well, that one didn't go as well as I thought it would. When all was said and done, it looks more like a fancy changing pad with handles. So, I made a diaper clutch to go with it [lost the link for this one, as well], and figure I'll use it as some point with Aimee when I don't feel like lugging the huge bag around. I also made a blue and yellow striped hip bag for my friend Missy just big enough for her keys, wallet, and gloves to take to WVU football games, and a water bottle carrier so she has her hands free while running the Mon River Trail.

My mother-in-law received a woodland circle blanket [lion brand pattern] in shades of green to match her new bedroom for Christmas this year.

With so many babies being born in the next year, I needed to jump on the baby blanket machine! I made two knit variations of the wee warmth baby blanket [lion brand pattern], one in blue, yellow, and white, and one in green and yellow (neither of the recipients are finding out the sex until their due dates, which are in two and three weeks, respectively!). I was absolutely convinced I was having a boy for a while, so I also did a crochet variation of wee warmth in blue and white - and ended up giving it to someone who IS having a boy.

My mom got two more swiffer covers for Christmas the past year - the two I made last year only fit her older, smaller swiffer, so I made two more to fit her second one, which is newer and somewhat larger.

Now for Miss Aimee, she already has her own granny square throw in purples and greens, a rug for her room [a baby blanket (same colors) that I got tired of and Logan claimed - pattern here], a pair of mary jane booties in black, a pair of ballet slippers in pink, and a elf hat, diaper cover, and ballet slipper set in purple and lavender [link to the hat pattern is saved on my phone, which is dead. Happy to send it to anyone that wants it once the phone charges! also, the bootie and slipper patterns are all from a book]

I think that's everything I actually finished - 25 crochet/knit patterns in all. I frogged a LOT of projects that I started this year (pretty much everything on my "in progress" sidebar, and more), and have several that I've started, but never finished.

As for sewing, I finished one of these Chenille baby blankets, and just need to put binding on a second one, and a lap/burp cloth sized one. I made a bunch of these earbud pouches and small zippered pouches for my brothers, a small zippered pouch and a boxy bag for my mom, two microfiber swiffer dusters for my mom and one for Jason's car, a notebook cover for my older brother (with two more that need to be finished), and a hooded towel for my friend's daughter.

Here's hoping that 2012 brings more actual FINISHED projects, and not a lot of WIP that I have to explain away...