Monday, April 20, 2015

Playing Catch Up

So, I got sick. That sentence seems like a bit of an understatement. In reality, I haven't been that sick in a LONG time. And it all happened while in Chicago :(

The trip started perfectly. I got some amazing snuggle time with one of the cutest babies of all times, and I got to spend some quality time with my brother and sister-in-law.

Then Tuesday hit - and I relegated myself to the basement. I will leave out the details, but needless to say, I did not fly out on time. I was suppose to leave on Thursday, but instead was at the immediate care facility close to my brother's house. My sister was kind enough to document my visit. (The wheelchair in the pictures is for me - I was too weak to walk. I'm talking sick people!)

I ended up moving my flight again from Friday to Saturday. Thank goodness for technology - otherwise I would have gone crazy without being able to see my baby's face.

It was a rough trip home, but I have made it. I am still pretty weak, but I have got two amazing men taking care of me (one insists that I will feel better if I watch Dusty Crophopper - you guess which one.)

So, needless to say, I have missed some blogging and since it is April, some letters. So, today is catch up. There were longer blog posts planned for these, but you must be flexible in life, so I have settled for a short blurb for each. I left off with K - so here are the missing letters.

L - Long-Tailed Cast-on: This is my cast on of choice. I know that there are others out there. I know that there are probably some that are better in some situations, but dammit, I love my long-tail. I just cast on a new stole for myself (yes, you saw that right - I am knitting something for myself). It is the Gossamer Garden Stole. Not sure if I like the size needles that I am using, so this might end up being frogged and restarted soon - only time will tell.

M - Matthew - It seems only right that the letter M is taken for my sweet little man. I missed him like crazy last week and I swear he grew into a big boy when I was away. He is talking constantly, only stopping to either eat or sleep.

N - No Time - Speaking of Matthew, he picked up a new phrase while I was gone - "No Time." If we ask him to do something, or tell him that it is time to do something, he says "no time." Like tonight, when we said it was time to put our PJs  on, it was "No Time for PJs" as he kept playing with his cars. I have no idea where he picked this up, but it is too cute. The only problem is that I can't keep a straight face when I really need him to do something and he pulls out the "no time."

O - On Hold - While the new series of Game of Thrones starting, I have decided that it is time to read the fifth novel. I stopped after the fourth because I had read ahead of the show and sometimes it was annoying knowing what was going to happen. However, now that the new season as started, my resolve has weakened. I put the book on hold at the library - the good news is that I will still have time to watch the series without getting too far ahead - it's not available for thirty days!

P - PBS - I love PBS. Not only are they currently running Wolf Hall during Masterpiece, but they got me through my illness. I can't tell you how much PBS I watched while sick. Antiques Roadshow? You rock!

Q - Questions - We have gotten into the habit of watching Jeopardy after dinner and before bed. Matthew recognizes the theme song now and says "That is Jeopardy" when it comes on. Next thing you know, he is going to be saying things in the question format.

What have you all been up to while I have been away? Hopefully you have had a better time!

Monday, April 13, 2015


Today K is for Kiddos.

I arrived in Chicago yesterday and have already had an amazing first day with little Elliot.

I absolutely love baby snuggles. Elliot is the our fifth nephew or niece and is absolutely adorable. There is nothing like holding a baby to put the world in perspective and remind you about what is really important.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for Journey

I am Journeying to Chicago tomorrow to visit my newest nephew! I am SO excited for some baby cuddles and to meet the newest family member. Oh, yeah, I am also excited to see his parents :)

The only downside to this trip? It is the first time that I will be away from Matthew since he was born. I knew that this was going to happen eventually, I just always thought it would be college :). Okay, maybe not, but it is going to be weird not seeing him for these few days. Luckily there is facetime.

Next post will be brought to you from Chicago!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Five for Friday - "I" edition

Today's Five for Friday is brought to you by the letter I. (Have to say this letter was harder than I thought it would be.)

1. Incident: So, going to get the bad news from the week out first. I had a little fender bender in the parking lot of our grocery store :(. Nothing major luckily, just a little bump on the bumpers while we were backing out. Another car was backing out at the same time and we just didn't see each other - fluke accident.

2. Image: On to happier news - as mentioned, my image changed this week with a new hair color. It has been a little weird waking up and looking in the mirror and seeing hair that isn't red. I am really enjoying it though. It is nice to change things up every once in a while :) The color is actually a little bit lighter than it appears in the picture.

3. Instagram: I have really gotten into Instagram recently. If you aren't following me yet, you can find me at purlsuasion.

4. Ice Cream: As the season is changing, I am really starting to crave some ice cream. I discovered a new brand this week. I am really picky about my rocky road ice cream - it is all about the marshmallows. I have to say, this brand is a winner with me - they have a TON of marshmallows!!

5. In-Season: The start of the baseball season is a huge event in our household. Monday was like a mini holiday for us. While the Nats haven't started the season the way that we would have liked (I would love to start a season with fewer injuries), the Royals are rocking it out. So much fun to watch them this hot after so many seasons of being at the bottom.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What color is it today?

H is for Hair!

Today is the day. After 14 years of dyeing my hair red, I am going back to my natural color. To put this is some perspective - Adam has never known me with my natural blonde hair - only red. So, yeah, this is going to be a big change.

I'm actually really excited about this. I am not only excited to see what it looks like (and what color my hair is now - my siblings hair has darkened over time), but also about not having to worry about my roots coming in, or how fried my hair is for a while. I'm not entirely sure that I won't start dyeing it again after I get a job. I mean, there was a reason I started dyeing it to begin with, but I am looking forward to some dye free years.

My only concern, is Matthew, and it isn't a big one. He doesn't like it if my glasses aren't on even for one minute - he always says "put your glasses on" whenever he sees me without them and won't rest until I have them back in place. Once they are back on it is always "Mommy looks like Mommy." So, who knows how he is going to react with a completely different hair color. I started prepping him this morning by saying that when I pick him up today my hair would be the same color as his. So, we will see how this goes.

I'll post a picture later today with my updated hair!! Have you ever dyed your hair? If so, what color?

George Washington

His Excellency: George Washington
His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recently read a biography on Abigail Adams (which I will post about soon) which has led me to a reading challenge of my own. Almost everyone can tell you something about our best known presidents - George Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK - but more than likely we can't tell you very much about them or anything at all about some of the lesser known presidents. So, I have decided to read a biography about each president in order - starting of course with George Washington.

So today - G stands for George Washington.

I choose His Excellency by Joseph J Ellis for the biography of our first president. I was not disappointed. There are some biographies that are bogged down with dates and you can't get a real feel for the person that they are writing about - not in this case. Ellis does an amazing job of taking you through Washington's life and showing how his experiences as a young man shaped what type of president he became.

I knew roughly the major points in Washington's life, but not a lot about what happened to him prior to the Revolutionary War. He was definitely a flawed man, something that I don't think we acknowledge enough because of what he means to our country. But these very flaws make his time as president even more powerful. I respected him for what he accomplished prior to reading this biography, I now have a deeper respect for the fact that I am not sure that anyone else could have done a better job of keeping our country together at the few beginning.

I highly recommend this book to anyone!

(For those of you keeping track - this is book #6 for the year. I have read more than that, and will be posting more soon)

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Future Fun

F is for Future.

The past few months have been filled with uncertainty. I have been out of work since November and have gone through a very in-depth look into what I want out of life and what I see myself doing. After a lot of conversations and thinking, as I have mentioned before, I have figured out that teaching is what is next for me. Then the waiting began on if I would get into the program that I really wanted in order to get my teaching certificate.

Thank you to everyone who has sent kind thoughts my way after my interview last week. I am excited to say that I have been offered a spot in the upcoming program!!! I am so excited and for the first time feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I know what I am going to do and I know how to get there. Things are no longer uncertain and I am basking in it right now.

It isn't completely in the bag yet. I have to pass the praxis test before June, but I am already studying and have faith in myself that I will get it done. Here is to the hopeful future!!