Monday, June 9, 2008

An old friend got married today

Actually, he was my first boyfriend, a really good guy and I'm just so happy for him and his new (beautiful, I must say) wife.

The wedding ceremony was very lovely in it's simplicity. It was quick and to the point but I loved it. It also made me sad and a little teary eyed. I guess I didn't realize just how much I would have loved to have a formal wedding. Yeah, the court house thing was cool and beautiful, in a "I love you so much I just have to be with you for real right now" kind of way but I feel cheated. It felt cheap--a bargain basement, clearance sale, everything-must-go wedding. We had always planned on doing a 10-year vow renewal ceremony but I don't feel like it anymore. I don't think there's any way to re-capture all that about-to-be newlywed energy. That energy is dewy fresh and full of hope at the possibility of what could be and it overflows with romance and passion. What me and the hubby have got going now is warm and comfortable and syrupy sweet but the energy is not so energetic. It's just real. We've got kids, for goodness sake and we usually pass out from exhaustion at the end of the day. We squeeze out moments to have time to ourselves and often don't get it. The 10-year vow renewal would be nice but it just wouldn't be the same. It's just not the same.

I guess you could say I made my bed so now I must lay in it. I say at the time I thought I wanted my bed made with flannel sheets. Now I realize I wouldn't have minded an upgrade to satin. :p

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Finally . . . two FO's

I'm so happy to say that I've finally finished two knitting projects I'd been working on. Both are for Z2, who, unfortunately, has been dealing with some kind of rash. He's been miserable for the past two days but he's coming around.

Anyway, I'm quite pleased with both completed projects. First is the Baby Surprise Jacket:
Started: 05/19/08
Completed: 06/08/08
Yarn used: Cascade 220 Hunter Green
Needles used: Size 9 24" circulars (Boye)
Purchased wood buttons at local fabric store
Cast on using provisional cast on for sleeve portions
Cast off using a crochet cast off and bordered with crab stitch
Challenges: Initially, the counting threw me off but once I understood what I was doing, it went much more smoothly. As always, seaming was a pain and I wish it could have been neater. Some small issues with the sleeve extension but otherwise . . . it was all good.
Status: Very Pleased

And secondly, just a simple wool soaker:
I used Cascade 220 again with some leftover green wool from some other project for the drawstring. It's a size medium. Rolled cuff legs. Quick, easy, and functional.

I made General Tao's Tofu on Thursday. I know I've made this before but it's been quite a while--I don't even think I was married yet. I added green and red peppers and peanuts and served over brown rice. It was a total hit--such a hit, in fact, that we had it again tonight! The sauce for this dish is really delicious and you can really pack in a lot of veggies because it is so tasty. So tonight I lightly steamed a whole heap of broccoli and peppers. Everyone enjoyed.

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