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5 years later – February 16, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 7:50 am

Holy cow – decided to check my URL as I couldn’t remember if I renewed this year – apparently I did, or should soon, or something like that.

When I logged into WordPress (I remembered my login!) it kindly tells me it has been 5 years since my last post.  5 years. I feel the need to say that again 5 years.  And I am writing here even though no one reads it because reading it myself…well it was nice to get a refresher course on my life.  Some things to note: Teenage daughter is no longer teenage daughter.  According to the laws she is now adult daughter.  Boy has been downgraded to Teenage boy.

In other news I have knit many..many lovely things, but I am posting them all on Ravelry these days. I am mintlatte there too if you are interested in knitterly things.

Also noted – a pair of socks that was on my needles 5 years ago is STILL on my needles. I am pretty sure I wasn’t happy with the gauge, but it has been so long I honestly just don’t remember.

By way of documentation – so that I don’t end up here 5 years from now and find myself curious:

  1. Work is OK.  I am pretty happy most days and I get to work on some good projects.
  2. Hubby is still hubby. He is likely to remain that way.
  3. The kids are still relatively normal kids – at least as far as I can tell.
  4. I am currently working on Hiraeth – a lovely shawl that I have not photographed yet.

 

Since I don’t want to bore myself with details – let’s just say I will see you again in 5 years  or maybe sooner – depending on life.

 

Mid-pedicure post …. July 2, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 2:12 pm

No worries – I don’t have some stranger polishing my tootsies – I do my own pedicures. Aside from the fact I am a tad bit creeped out by people who are actually ok touching stranger’s feet – it is a lot cheaper to take care of your own tootsies.

I was going for a patriotic red blue and gold look, but sadly my red polish is clumpy – so it may not make the cut. 

In honor of the patriotic season the hubby kids and I ventured out last night to a fireworks show near the house. The nice thing about fireworks once a year is that you kind of forget how awesome they are in between. You forget that some of them are loud enough that you can feel the boom, you forget the noise as it echoes back like distant thunder. You forget the lights raining over you that little fear that something might land on you.  You only remember the ones that boom and then sizzle into so many tiny light flowers when you see them again and as short as the show seems, in the end it almost seems worth the traffic and the people and the crazy that is going to any event in the city with a crowd anxiety ridden husband, a teenager and one shy boy. 

In knitting news I have reached heel point on a new pair of socks, and since the last 8 pairs I have ended up ripping since I just didn’t like them – this pair is at least encouraging. I have discovered through the help of Ravelry that I have high arches and perhaps need to modify sock patterns if I expect them to fit properly – so my hope is that this pair will finally fit properly. I figured I would use an inexpensive yarn just in case this whole experiment with modification didn’t work, then I wouldn’t feel like I had to rip it out and start over, so I am using some lion brand sock ease from stash, the only problem is I truly like this yarn…for the price point it is as nice as some yarns I have spent twice as much for. If it holds up to wear I will be truly impressed.  I just wish it came in solids as well.

No sock pictures today though, it is simply a yellowish sock in plain jane ribbed top stockinette down. If it all fits well it may merit its own post simply because posting about it while it is still in my memory will at least give me a reference point for future pairs.

 

Get off my lawn…. June 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 7:42 pm
Fable Mitts by mintlatte
Fable Mitts, a photo by mintlatte on Flickr.

So anyway – these are the fable mitts, I finished them in a rush as they were originally intended for someone else, but in an evil twist of fate I got to keep them. The knitting is just to distract you, I really started typing to tell you all how fricking grumpy I am.

My dog is making me insane becasue the oversize dipshit is terrified of fireworks, and every kid in my neighborhood apparently has an unlimited firework fund. I find myself thinking very bad things about these children, and worse things about their parents. The problem is when I was a kid nothing made me happier than a bag of fireworks – that delightful sense of wrongness when you lit the fuse and held it to the last minute and threw it…or when you stuffed a barbies head with black cats and twisted all the fuses together to light as one…anyway FWIW I still have all my fingers. Clearly something has addled my brain between childhood and today cause I would ban the damn things. In the meantime my addled st. bernard golden mix is living under my skirts, and is fricking terrified to go outside and do his business. His back legs have acquired a nervous shake and he is vocalizing….peiple my dog licks, he does not vocalize. Also the whine is very wimpy and the one thing my dog has going for him is that he can look tough (look being the key word)
In closing – fricking brats…get off my lawn – also I would never wish that you lose a finger, but if you buzzed on badly enough to give up fireworks…..

 

14,264 foot high sock…. June 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 6:35 pm
100_0828 by mintlatte
100_0828, a photo by mintlatte on Flickr.

The family and I decided to play tourist today. Sometime you forget just how pretty it can be here.
Anyway, my poor sock in progress went with me and who can blame it for wanting to see the scenery?

 

Things learned at the golf course…. June 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 8:29 pm

OK I do not golf. But I do man the hole at golf tournaments for marketing sometimes. Today I learned some important stuff.

1. butt crack sweat is the worst kind of sweat.

2. boob sweat is the second worst.

3. no matter how hard you try, you will miss a critical spot with the sunscreen.

4. I do not really understand golf.  Also golfers think that is kind of odd.

5. The part after the golf stuff where you ride around on the carts with the cute caddies who take all your marketing stuff to your car is just fine:-)

 6. If I were single I would totally play golf.  Did I mention the cute caddies?

 

 

 

Ahhh…calm….. June 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 7:34 pm
3 diamonds bag by mintlatte
3 diamonds bag, a photo by mintlatte on Flickr.

So I am sitting on my front porch watching the grass grow. Really. Actually I am watching the sprinklers, listening to the birds and enjoying the evening cool as it rolls in. The hubby and kids are just getting back from a walk….and I am just enjoying the calm.

I have been handed a bouquet of weeds by one kid, and a dirty foot bandaid from the other. Ah the joys of motherhood.

Work is wonderful again. Crazy busy, but oddly far less stressful than it had become. You never want someone to have so much power over you that they can make you miserable, and yet you find that stuck day to day with someone it wears down your resistance to miserable. Folks my resistance to miserable is pretty darn strong. I hope to never have to exercise my anti miserable that strongly again.

Miserable does have some good side effects though – I adopted a finish it now mentality with my crafting and didn’t take up too many long projects, so I do at least have some finished stuff. 
This was an impuls buy at a knitted peace – a free pattern with yarn purchase type thing I had to have. Basically a weekend knit. I plan to knit this one again….bigger. And maybe from wool instead of cotton, the cotton was darn hard on my hands, but worth it.

Hope you all are enjoying summer as much as I am:-)

 

eh…who are you again? June 17, 2011

Filed under: Work — mintlatte @ 7:24 pm

Well it has been a long time folks. I hope to post more often – but then again I always hope to post more often. But today something big happened. Today something huge changed at work. Something with the potential to make me like my job again. All I know is sometimes you need change, and change is what we got. I also hope that somehow I can get some of me back. Living my life centered around a job that was becoming harder to do every day took a lot out of me. I need my hobbies and my creative side, and I just didn’t have the energy for them. I am feeling pretty positive at the moment, so maybe just maybe I can get my groove back:-)

 

 
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