Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas Dress

Every year my husband's work throws a great Christmas party. It's being held in a nice hotel, so I want to wear something beautiful. If I buy a dress my only options are knits as my chest is bigger than what RTW allows for. I had decided lately that I don't have time to make a Christmas dress. But then I saw this from the Burda December preview:
So I'll wait until my Burda gets here and then I'll decide if it's doable in time for the party or not. I want something that's sexy but I don't want to look trashy or silly. This dress seems like it may fit the bill.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New President

Barack Hussein Obama. I just want to vomit at hearing that name.

A part of me wants to laugh. Really hard. But then I stop when I realize I'll be suffering through his four years along with everyone who voted for him. I can't imagine what it's like for my marine friend to have to call Obama Commander-In-Chief. He is really bummed right now.

Guess I should go enjoy my possessions while I can before Obama equally distributes them among my neighbors. And also before he hikes up our taxes so I can't afford more possessions.

In the end our country will get the leader it deserves, so it turns out we deserve Obama. I just hope it won't be as bad as I'm sure it will be. My main hope is that the man doesn't nationalize our health care system while in office.

And what is the deal with people voting based on gender or skin pigment? Does anyone care whether or not a person is qualified? No, they don't. For a country that claims it's all about diversity, we sure did spend a lot of time fawning over the fact that Palin is a woman and Barack is black. We're so focused on gender and color that we don't see the full picture. I don't care what gender or color a person is, I just want the person that will get the job done. And Barack Obama is NOT that person.

So there, my rant is done. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I could have done. Just had to get it out of my system. I just hope that the United States moves on and we do ok during these four years. I would love for Obama to prove me wrong and show he's a great leader, but I don't see that happening at all.

I am however relieved that this is all over. I get SO ANNOYED hearing those ads over and over again. And the automated phone calls for all these people I've never even heard of before.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sock Knitting

One evening at youth group, I saw my friend Janine knitting an eyeglasses case for felting. As I watched her knitting it reminded me of how much fun I had years ago when I knitted a pair of slippers. Those slippers were so comfy and I never did find out where they disappeared to. So I got this notion in my head to take up knitting again. The main benefit being I have a creative hobby that's portable and convenient. My feet are perpetually ice cold, so I decided to learn how to knit socks. It's actually not that hard and it goes pretty quickly. Even with three kids and practically zero free time I managed to knit up my first pair quickly enough. Here are my socks:
I love how the pattern is different on each sock due to the random effect of the color changes. The sock on the left has a sharper zig-zag, while the sock on the right has more of a gentle swirl going on. It's really cool.

I actually found knitting to be quite a stress relief. Since people seem to have nothing better to do lately than tick me off, I found this relief couldn't come at a better time. Although at times I found I had to back off my tension and unclench my teeth while knitting.

I think for my next pair I'll try a white-red-green Christmas yarn. I'll just do a regular worsted weight. Originally I was doing a boucle yarn slipper, but I found the boucle was impossible to work with as it kept snagging. I'm hoping it was just my inexperience and would like to try it again as it was such a soft and warm yarn.