Monday, December 08, 2008


Ok, so I never had sea monkeys as a kid. I always saw them in the comic books, but just never had them. I didn't feel cheated, but it was on my to do list as an adult. You know that to do list you make as a child that you fantasize about fulfilling once you move out.

So, I was at WalGreens looking for presents for my son. He just turned 4 last week. I found this super cool SpongeBob Squarepants Plankton Aquarium. It was apparent that this was a repackaging of the Sea Monkeys from when I was a kid. I proudly brought them home for the low low price of somewhere around $4. Woo hoo. Scratch it off the list, make my son happy, and cheap to boot. Well, someone stole my Sea Monkeys from my car. So, I go back to WalGreens, buy more Sea Monkeys and bring them back home and take them in the house next time.

Now having something stolen just steels you desire to follow through with a project. I was determined to make sure we got those stinking Sea Monkeys off on a good foot. We waited until the day after his birthday, followed the directions and got it started. Kenny immediately dunked the bean bags he got for his birthday in the full aquarium to "play" with the crazy things. We had to put them up.

The next day after filling it up and adding the water conditioner, I added the eggs. Thousands of tiny little brown eggs. Hmmmm. After 5 days the directions say to start feeding them. Today is day 5. Every day I have been watching this thing and seeing NOTHING! I take the lid off, the light shines in through a crack in the curtain and I see one tiny, tiny little thing swimming in the water. I decide well, I'll feed them just in case, this is day 5 after all.

Now 5 hours later I go back in the kitchen to get a drink. (The aquarium is on top of the microwave). I decide I'm going to look to make sure I wasn't imagining things. The little specks are twice as big now and there are MILLIONS of them.

I feel like the baby in the e-trade commercial... I underestimated the creepiness factor.

These things are REALLY freaky. Now I know why moms don't want to get them for their kids. ACK! :)

Friday, December 05, 2008

Bruce is settling down from his marathon attention fit. He went through a couple of days where he didn't want me to leave the room or stop touching him. I feel bad for Kenny, he doesn't understand why I can't just put Bruce somewhere and pay attention to him. He is an exceptional good brother though.

On the plus side, I can get a LOT of crocheting done while holding the baby. He hates it when I knit, and Kenny doesn't want me to read.

Today I am trying to finish up a hot pad that has taken longer than it should. It is the pattern for Aldebaran by Patrizia Pizani. It can be found at this link:

This thing is the size of a dinner plate I kid you not. The back is all single crochet and is driving me nuts to make. The front was a snap, but I get bored doing single crochet. Good pattern though. I can't wait to finish it since it will end up being a great potholder when I am done. It is a better size than most I have made in recent years.

I finished this one a couple of days ago:

It turned out really pretty. I am phenomenally bad at crochet gauge though. You would think that after doing it as long as I have, I would be better at it though. Anyway, because of my gauge, it has some holes in it and will serve better to set things on than to take things out of the oven with.

Tonight we go to eat at the home of my dear friends Adam and Andy. We are actually getting out of the house to be social. We have been promised Indian food and a movie. Hopefully, it will be a lot of fun. I'm kind of sad about the movie since Andy plays piano beautifully and probably wont provide background music for the movie. Last time I was over he played while we had a group sewing day. It was so nice and something few people will do anymore. He didn't do it in a way to get attention, but to add atmosphere and I'm not sure I've ever known anyone to be able to do that before.

Tomorrow I go back to mom and dad's house to work on rugs for Christmas. Mom and I have managed to make 6 rugs as of now on the loom. Hopefully we can get enough done for presents. I'm looking forward to getting this warping off and rewarp the loom with some different colors and a closer warp. I think what will hold us up is cutting the strips for rugs. We had a lot of them cut and worked through them faster than I expected. Time to start over. It's hard with the baby needing to eat every couple of hours, but probably good for my back to have a rest.

We also need to sit down in the evenings and work on puppets to give to the kids for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Well, so much has happened in the last 6 months. I had a little boy named Bruce. He was born on Sept 25, 2008. It was quite a summer. I had a terribly trying pregnancy. I ended up not returning to work. (Thank heavens!) We will see how things go with me at home and if we can make it.

Kenny, Bruce, and I are having a great time. It's a lot better staying at home than I thought it would be. I really have come to value the time I can spend with my sons. Kenny and I have a great time playing games. I'm still healing up, but things are going well.

I've had terrible back pain since April and the doctor can't figure out what is causing it. I've had a sonogram on my gall bladder, and an x-ray and mri on my back and they have turned up nothing.

Bruce is a night owl. I end up staying up until 1 am every day trying to get him to go to sleep. Kenny and I have been playing Club Penguin, so I spend my late nights knitting or earning money for him on the game so he can buy imaginary things for his "igloo".
I've knitted some really useful diaper covers for Bruce as you can see in the above picture. See my ravelry account for more pictures. My user name is Mairghead. I wish I had known about wool soakers with my first child. We are using trifold diapers currently, but I have some fitted ones cut out waiting to sew them. Snappis are the other wonderful item I have discovered with this child. They are little grippy things to hold diapers on your child instead of diaper pins. Fabulous!