Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weight Watchers Simple Start

Overall, in the last 3 months I lost 6 pounds while tracking on weight watchers. Now, I'm trying simple start. It's the third week and I am starting school, but the last two weeks I lost 1.2 per week, or 2.4 pounds-- that's almost half as much as I lost over the last 3 months in 2 weeks! It may in a large part have to do with the fact that I have started swimming for exercise, but the whole thing has me buzzing over it. 50 in 1 year? For me, it looks possible with the new program!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My first Hat!

I have been on the hunt for the right hat to be my first hat for a few months now. The hat was originally for my sister's birthday in November, but I underestimated the amount of time needed, I didn't make a gauge swatch, and I ended up with a 1x1 rib band twice as big as my sister's head. This time, I made the swatch, found the right pattern, and I'm casting on with the invisible cast on in a 1x1 rib. All prospects are looking up!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Weight Loss Journey

I am now on an epic weight loss journey. This is projected over the next three years. I had 140lbs to loose to get to my goal weight and I expect to get there. I am gearing up and am excited to run this marathon. I joined a weight loss support group, weight watchers, and a gym. I'm taking baby steps in adding and subtracting things to my daily life. I am 3.2 down so far. And with the temptation of Halloween two days from now, I expect to loose even more. I am that confident :). Now grab some popcorn and get settled in, there's a long story to follow folks!


I began Knitting about a year ago when I picked up a kit and decided I was going to learn to purl and cable. Now, I am a member of ravelry and am uploading my yarn to my online stash! I also have my sister's birthday coming up. I need to knit her a hat in less than 2 weeks, and have yet to pick a pattern! But anything I let become a FO ends up being some adorable item I do a happy dance over, so I am not anxious about that as much as I am about finishing in time for her to wear it out clubbing after her birthday dinner with our parents! I believe she wants a larger, slouchy, boho hippie rasta whatever type hat- one that has a pouch in the back? The one that's tight and then looks like you could pile an afro into it. But I have never made a hat or anything successfully in the round before- except for an experimental sock that turned out somewhat wrong. Now this? I'm freaking out. Week deadline and it has to be soft, perfect, and Adorable!

Monday, May 2, 2011

I cried.

Her hair was up in a ponytail
Her favorite dress tied with a bow
Today was Daddy's Day at school
And she couldn't wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn't there today.
But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school,
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees,
A dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back,
For everyone to meet
Children squirming impatently,
Anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called,
Each student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
For a man who wasn't there.
"Where's her daddy at?"
She heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one"
Another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day."
The words did not offened her,
As she smiled up at her mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.
"My daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
and ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him,
I'm not standing here alone.
Cause my daddy's always with me
Even though we are apart.
I know because he told me,
He'll forever be in my heart."
With that, her little hand reached up,
and lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.
And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.
"I love my daddy very much,
He's my shining star.
And if he could he'd be here,
But heaven's just too far.
You see he was a fireman
And died just this past year.
When airplanes hit the towers
And taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes,
It's like he never went away."
And then she closes her eyes,
And saw him there that day.
And to her mother's amazement,
She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they say before them,
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy."
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
Of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
Was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining bright star.
And given the gift of believing,
That heaven is never too far

- Unknown

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Patrick's Day!!!

Last night, in addition to being daylight savings time and totally screwing up my schedule, was the St. Patrick's Day party. While being rather boring, it also entailed super drunk adults, regular drinking, an egg fight, and zeppoles for St. Joseph's day. Good party did not start until after 11:00.