Not worthy

In my tech hubby’s dreams I would adore and use a smart phone.  I would load apps, text, and do all manner of “smarty” things with it.  He passed on his old iPhone after my last phone died and did something really genius to make it work for me on T-mobile.  I have been using it for the past week or so, and will admit right now, am hooked.  It is fun to be stuck somewhere when I’ve forgotten my knitting and catch up on some Angry Birds.  I love passing it to the kids when they’re getting impatient with waiting and letting them zone out for a few minutes.


The hubs frequently brings his phone to bed and does some last-minute calendar checking, tweets, facebook, etc.  The other night he was out of town, and I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.  I dutifully carried it upstairs and played online for a few minutes.  When I started to get zonked I laid it on the bedside table and rolled over.  That was when I realized the light – it was bright.  Not sleep inducing.  What the heck?  I rolled it over so I couldn’t see it.  It was still shining.  Stupid phone!  Stop it!

And then I remembered the magic button on the top that turns the screen off.


My kids are much better with smart phones than I.  Proof?



Plus this:

Added to this:

Equals this:

It also equals above item flying across the room, narrowly missing a few people, and slamming into the wall.  Sunday excitement.

Off the wagon

I told ya’ll I’d fall off the wagon.  Although, really, if I had to pick, falling off the blog wagon is not the worst wagon to fall off of.  This on again off again thing mirrors my personality perfectly.  I dive in headfirst, have fun for a bit, and then forget it all ever happened.   One of the first steps in recovery is admitting the problem, right?

I have been spinning up a storm, so much that I gave myself an ankle injury.  I have no clue what exactly is going on in there, but it’s feeling sort of loose.  Not a word I’m a fan of using to describe my ankle.  This goes along with my personality trait I mentioned above.  See, I’m sort of obsessive.  I started spinning again at Madrona in February after a month or so break, and haven’t stopped.  I’ve churned out yards, YARDS, of yarn.

There’s my update – I can stop feeling guilty about this here blog.  I’ll be back sooner than later.

I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short, and here I find myself yet again.  Two lists: one day.  It’s all about consolidation, baby.

Yesterday’s list was “Your least favorite words.”  Here’s the thing – I don’t really have any.  I love, nay, adore words.  I read every second I can and devour books like nobody’s business.  I think my pet peeve is people using words they don’t know/understand the meaning of or mispronunciation.  I pondered this all day yesterday, trying out some of the favs seen online to see how much they bothered me.  Not at all.  Boring list.  I agree, sorry.

Today’s list is “Blog Goals.”

Since I tend to be a hit or miss blogger I am really hoping to keep up with it and post more often.  Perhaps remembering my blog password would be a good start.

I also hope to connect with more people and keep in touch with those I know.

Share all my many projects I tend to have going on at once.  Ravelry is awesome.  But there isn’t a great way to show off handspun yarns/or current spinning projects.  This will be my spot.

I am proud to report we managed to do about 1/2 the weekend goals list.  There was hiking, baking (pizza, not muffins), naps were taken, book was read (not finished, wah), and silk was spun.  It is beautiful.  I want to wrap myself in it, but the tangled mess that would leave behind is incomprehensible.  I was wrong, it was 4 oz, not 6, and I ended up with 775 yards.


About a year ago, now, I found out that both my middle peanut, Declan, and I are gluten intolerant.  Our bodies just plain don’t like it.  This means that packaged and processed foods are mostly out.  Almost everything we eat I make, which is delicious, but terribly time consuming.  Some of it I do because it tastes so, SO much better (corn tortillas) and some of it I do because buying premade gluten free foods are expensive.  There are several pizza joints in town that offer GF pizza, but at $15 for a small x 2 and it adds up.  I love to bake, and baking GF is a special challenge.  The bread dough looks more like cake batter than dough and it is a runny, sticky mess.


The first time I made GF bread I kept looking into the KitchenAid thinking “Needs more flour.  Needs more flour.  Fuck, MORE flour.”  I added and added, and I ended up with a brick I could crack open a few skulls with.  I have learned and make a killer pizza crust now.  The kids like to sit on the counter and cook with me, adding their special measuring skills and a few sneezes.

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds – and what I get to list about.


And I’ll leave you with this gem.  Today, while trying to explain what one of his friends grandma looked like Declan said “She has very crinkly skin.  Like a really wrinkled up piece of paper.”

Weekend Wishes

As part of the 30 days of lists I have to think ahead of time what I’m hoping to do this weekend.   Weekends are a loud, busy, crazy part of our week.  All the kids are home, the hubby is usually not working, and everyone has a bit too much energy.

Our newest hobby is packing everyone up and going for a hike on one of the many great trails we are surrounded by.  When we woke up this morning and saw that it wasn’t raining we immediately planned a hike.  I bought a fancy new Nikon camera a month or so ago, and love taking it on our hikes.  I’ve got some great shots of the kids doing what they love best.

Those little faces melt my heart.  I still can’t get enough of them.

Other than hiking this weekend I’m hoping to finish spinning 6 oz of BMFA Bombyx silk in “Manly, yes, but I like it too.”  It is lovely, lovely stuff.  I have about an hour left of spinning the singles and then I just have to ply and finish it.  I can’t wait to see how much yardage I get – pictures as soon as I’m done!

Other than that I’m hoping for:

a nap

bake GF muffins

knit a bit on the cowl I’m working on

finish reading At Home


I admit it, I do not own an iPod.  Or iPhone.  Or iPad.  I am technologically challenged, despite being with a computer geek (in the best sense).   I joke that I’m going to buy one of those phones they advertise on commercials during The Price is Right.  You know, the Jitterbug.  It has great big buttons, makes calls, and that’s it.  Instead my hubby bought me a Blackberry that I loathe.  It’s one redeeming feature is that I can load podcasts onto it and listen while I’m driving/spinning/working it/you name it.  I mastered reading while knitting a few years ago, so don’t typically use it for that, but it is heavenly to have the option.


Today’s list is a bit more challenging for me than the others because I’m not a huge music person.  I love music, but I don’t listen to a lot of it.  I’ve played the piano since I was 4 and enjoy nothing more than sitting down and rocking some Chopin or Bach.  I just don’t walk around all the time with headphones on, in my own world.  I guess I should confess here that my four year old does own an iPod, and does indeed walk around quite often with headphones on.  He loves him some tunes.

Here is what cd’s I have in my car right now, and this, along with NPR and BBC 1 radio is what my listening has consisted of the past few days.


James Blunt

Blue Scholars



Norah Jones

Jack Johnson


Today, this has been heartily suplimented with songs from a child’s electronic toy guitar.




Day #3

I can never seem to follow any rules, so in typical Sam fashion I am posting twice on the same day with different lists.  Today is

3/3 Things I am looking forward to:

Littlest peanut starting preschool, medium peanut starting Kindgergarten

Being an auntie again

Start doing some designing.  Have lots of project done/written up/in my head.  Need to get on it.

After 13 years of being together, getting married this summer.  Party.


Getting my Masters


And I’m off to take that nap.

I leave you with some pictures of my latest spinning.  A few months ago Scarlett, from Huckleberry Knits got in touch with me about doing some spinning for her.  I spun up 8 oz of her beautiful BFL/Silk blend and in exchange she gave me 8 oz. of her beautiful Alpaca/Merino/Silk top.  It was a fun project for me – she had a specific knit in mind for it so I had to spin it to her specifications.  I’m normally a – how shall I say this – go with the flow kind of spinner.  The fiber tells me how it would like to be spun, and I listen.  In this case I had to make the fiber be spun a certain way and it was a fun challenge.  Her yarn ended up beautiful and I adore the yarn I spun from the gifted fiber.

And because who doesn’t love a kid with big brown eyes and a rubber band around it’s face, I’ll leave you that as well.