Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sexy Lacy Socks, Day 2 & a yummy dinner

Almost finished the first one. Would be finished except I ripped a big bunch of it out to re-do and I somehow took a big dig out of the knuckle in the middle of my left index finger, making it a bit tough to crochet today.

So anyway, here is your gratuitous leg shot...

Life has been so crazy lately, between getting the website up & running for the walk, the heat, the billboard fiasco, school starting and preparing for my impending surgery I don't even know if I am coming or going.

I have been making some amazing dinners lately though. Using lots of fresh vegetables -- the only good part of August, I sincerely believe.

Tonight's dinner was a yummy one. Not sure what to call it -- I'll take your suggestions.

Tonight's Dinner:

4 packs chicken ramen
2 tomatoes, diced
3 ears sweet corn, cooked & cut off ears
4 slices bacon, drained & chopped
2 T. ranch dressing
2 T. Parmesan cheese

Break up the ramen noodles & cook as directed. Drain and rinse with cold water. Sprinkle the seasoning packets on the noodles and incorporate the remaining ingredients. Top with Parmesan cheese. Mega - yum - yum!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

new crochet socks!!!

So here & below you will see my new crochet socks. I started them yesterday! Eeep!!! They will be done in time for Friday and the Sock Hop Party. Knee socks! Have I said, Eeep!!!

LOVE ---- LOVE ---- LOVE them!!!


More details soon; need to chase the beastie!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sad, news & fear


Sparky & Clark's closing today
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 08/20/2009 12:55:06 PM EDT

Sparky & Clark's Roasting Co. and Coffee Bar in the 200 block of West Market Street will close for good at 3 p.m. Thursday, its two full-time employees said today.

The company's Martin Library location in York will stay open, co-owner Mike Butler said. Butler declined to say why the West Market Street shop is closing.

The employees, Jen Schreiber and Vanessa DeLisio, said they will try to open their own coffee shop downtown, possibly in the same West Market Street location. The two collected customers' e-mail addresses Thursday, hoping to inform them of future developments. "We'll be back," Schreiber said.

I will miss my Sparky's runs. Good luck girls!!!

Front page news in our local paper: After objections, autism billboard comes down

Fear Factor:
Beastie had his appt with his new GI doc & he is amazing! I LOVE him!!! He actually “gets” autism, which is rare. We go up to Danville on Sept 10th, stay at Ronald McDonald House & then on Friday morning Beastie will be sedated and have a colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, allergy testing, biopsies of several of his organs, pancreatic function testing and I can’t remember what else. I had planned to go to the Penn State game on Saturday 9/12, but now I’m not sure I should.

I also found out yesterday that I will indeed be needing a hysterectomy. Not sure when it will be. I have my pre-op appt on Sept. 8th. I’m hoping for late October or November. After Knitter’s Day Out, the Walk for Autism and Rhinebeck. So now I am doing all that nervous, researchy stuff. Terrified, but glad to know the end is in sight.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

crochet ribbing

So I've scoured the internets trying to find a good eplaination of how to do the ribbed crochet edge that I use for my hats. I discovered a few things. 1) nearly every crochet hat pattern out there is top down. 2) apparently no one does the ribbing thing the way I do.

No I'm certainly not saying I invented (unvented?) this technique. I just can't find a good tutorial of it out there, so I'm posting my own.

chain 10

skipping first chain, sc in next 9 sts in back loop only; ch1, turn

fpsc in the first 8 stitches, sc in the last sc, ch 1, turn. (9 stitches)

Repeat this row until ribbed band measures 22" or size desired for hat band.

Pretty simple, I realize, but horribly effective. The FREE pattern that goes along with this band to be published tomorrow. Look for pics very soon!

if you aren't part of the solution...

recently my ASA chapter put up some billboards that said...

"If 1 in 150 children were kidnapped we would have a national emergency. We do. Autism."

This is a quote from a PARENT of a child with autism.

Suddenly we are in the middle of a controversy about these billboards. I am not going to link these sites that are bashing and slamming my group. The things these people are saying about my ALL VOLUNTEER group of mostly MOMS of children with autism are horrible, hateful and malicious. I am not going to give them publicity; if you want to see, just use your google-fu.

I still stand by the decision to run these billboards 100%

HEY..... ALL YOU PROTESTERS..... why don't you take a minute to actually READ THE BILLBOARD!!!

we are NOT saying kids with autism have been kidnapped or that their brains are being held hostage

we are making a comparison to make people realize that autism is serious & that if it were anything else people would take it more seriously.

I am so completely pissed off right now. And I'm tired. And yes, congrats you evil hate-spewing people.... If you wanted to make the mommy of a six year old little boy with a beautiful smile, an amazing sense of humor, curly blonde hair, blue eyes and the most tickle-able belly ever, who also happens to have severe autism cry, hooray you -- you did it! Don't you feel good about yourself now?

I will spend tomorrow devoting another 12 - 14 unpaid hours volunteering to clean up this mess and deal with your hate. For tonight I am going to go snuggle my sleeping angel and then probably cry myself to sleep.