Yes my friends today is a happy post! Full of positive things!!
My husband changed the hard drive on this old computer and things run faster and smother! but not without a bit of frustration at first until I figured out how to do things on this 'old new computer' sigh...
Next, after almost two years of job hunting, frustration and disappointments Javier finally landed a job close to home! No more 1 1/2 hours commute or having to stay down in San Diego a few days during the weekday. I will again have a full time husband that comes home every night!! Now he can help me with Emma in the evenings, feed the dogs clean their poop of course, he can wake up in the middle of the night when the dogs are barking, take the trash bin out on Tuesdays and bring it back inside on Wednesdays, take Xavi to soccer practice (I will probably tag along on this one still because being at the park is relaxing really) referee Sophie and Xavi when they argue and many more things...welcome home honey we missed you! But in all truth it's certainly wonderful that he will be at home!
Talking about soccer and practices Xavi's team has won 9 out of 10 games and tied one.
So next week they are playing semi finals and we are hoping for the best!
More good news! I completed one more task on my 45 by 45 list.
Item number 4 which is knit a pair of gloves.
I wanted to do a trial and was not going to invest a lot of money so I bought a couple of sets of double pointed metallic needles for a few bucks at a thrift shop and used my yarn scraps.
It was a success! I was able to read the pattern and finish it. You don't know how afraid I was of decreasing stitches :/ I used two different size needles therefore the two different colors I also was eager to finish the little project and tackle those decreases that I didn't it make it long enough that's why the mitten looks like an elf's hat or something weird I know :/
I learned a few things watching youtube videos:
Using double pointed needles is not that hard, it's similar to using a circular needle (which I've used before) you just have to get used to managing 4 needles at a time instead of two. A bit intimidating at first I must confess. I saw in a tutorial that using wooden needles instead of metallic ones is better as the stitches will slip off the metallic needles if you aren't careful enough. Lesson learned
When reading patterns you have to be very VERY careful. (k stands for knit, p stands for purl and tog stands for together) Because how can you k2tog p2tog? when the pattern asks you to k2 k2tog then you will end up with 9 stitches instead of 15 what the?? yea read carefully!
It's difficult when you start a project with only a few stitches, then it gets easier as you go by, because the project stretches a bit but by the end of the project if you start decreasing it gets difficult again.
But please don't let my word discourage you. Knitting is fun and very rewarding!
Here are some pictures for your delight or shall I say mine?
You should know that I choose Emma because she is a smaller model and I know what you must be thinking mittens or gloves? but please be easy on me. I did little mittens :/ Let's just say I am being flexible with my list now. My main thing was the challenge of reading the pattern as I am a beginner at that, using 4 double pointed needles was also a challenge as I have never used them before and of course finishing the task was another challenge in itself! Please give me credit for this one.
I took these pictures as soon as I finished the first one. I just couldn't wait to try it on her and of course and I just couldn't resist to take the pictures then. A couple of days later I did the second one.
The final result and my little model hair undone are so cute!
Still on my list I have to knit a hat and some socks ay Claudia!
I also want to give the gloves a try but I am not putting that one in writing again ha ha ha!
So there you have it! Too many good things that I had had to share with you all!
Well I have been out, not fishing though. It took five days of eye drops for Xavi's eye to get better soon after Sophie started with cold symptoms and an asthma flare up. Then after that Emma started with mild cold symptoms as well, she still is coughing a bit but is much better now.
We took these pictures on the last week of October but I just could not find the time to put the post together let alone publish it :( Long story short our laptop is dead. Long gone by now I only have a desktop computer which is very very sloooow and it takes me forever to download pictures :( time is precious and I really hate it that it takes so long. Oh well, sigh.
Anyways, for this session we decided to take pictures right in our front porch. Why not? it was very convenient. Xavi didn't know about the What She Wore series so he was like what are you guys up to?? that's why I let him in in a couple of pictures. Since they were all wearing red for Red Ribbon Week why not get them all together? So there they all all three of my kiddos in the very last picture. I feel I have my hands full all the time with them but I know that I am blessed!
Last week specifically on Thursday I had a not so good kind of a day. The planetary alignment wasn't on my side. Thing after thing just happened...at the end of the day after reviewing it I tried to look for positive things in between. Here is a review of what happened:
Xavi woke up with pink eye. After 13 years of mothering I know what pink eye looks like and for sure know that the school was going to send him back home.
I called the doctor's and was able to get an early appointment at 9:15 yay!
After dropping Sophie at School I needed gas so we stopped at the gas station and the gas tank door wouldn't open ugggh! old truck :( so there I was 5-7 mins trying to open it asking God to please don't let me break the key because then I really would be stranded! I really could not drive on low gas. Those 5-7 minutes felt an eternity as I had to drive 35 minutes to get to the doctor's on time! So I called Javier only to complain really because what can the poor man do on the phone for me? it finally opened! but the gas was pumping soooo slow or so it seemed to me!
After the gas station ordeal, there I was driving carefully but fast. We made it to the doctor's barely on time to check in and there was an unbelievable long line to check in. Oh yeah the self check-in kiosk!! Nope broken! Get in line! How can the receptionists be so chatty chatty with each and every patient??
We finally checked in and Emma started giggling and having a conversation with everyone around her. that was cute! de-stresser for sure. We saw the doctor, Xavi got his eye drops and we were out!
easy peasy there.
OK we got the rest of the day to relax before we pick up Sophie. Before the pink eye situation I had planned to go thrifthing that day so now Xavi had to come along. So there we were Emma was fussing by now Xavi and I were starting to get hungry so things were a bit rushed. I was able to find a few pieces of clothing for my etsy shop. Time to go home really! We stopped for a cheeseburger, that later raised my blood glucose levels :(
When I find pieces of clothing for my shop I always do research on etsy to search for the brand, figure out what people are selling and how much are they selling them for. Wow what are the chances that I find on etsy a vintage skirt 100% silk identical as the one I bought at the thrift shop earlier? only a smaller size...and they are selling it for $46 As I was full of excitement telling Xavi about my find, he started playing around with it and stepped on it and ripped it! Well there goes my potential profit :(
Later I checked and had made an etsy sale that was a good thing right?? it was!! as I was packing my sale I ran out of tape, not good! that meant that the following day I either had to go buy some tape or ask the people at the post office to let me use theirs (luckily I know they are nice) so I choose the second option just to save me a trip to the store the next morning.
When we got back home from picking up Sophie from School I was shaking. I checked my blood sugar levels and were very low. So I ate and later refused to check it again in fear that it was too high :/ Can something else top that?
Our day ended at the park at Xavi's soccer practice with nobody being hurt which would have been the ultimate and worst thing! I had a little time there to lay in the grass and meditate on how the day went.
(I didn't have my camera with me to take a picture of me meditating
so that's why I share my bird of paradise with you)
Back to the park, that's when I had to look hard to find the positive little things.
What did I do wrong? nothing really I guess those kind of days happen right?