General Update

Hey guys. Wow, it’s been a while hasn’t it? This is just a quick update to let you know everything that’s been going on.

 

  1. Summer in St. Louis is hot. Really hot. Triple digit hot. Yes, I know, it’s summer in St. Louis. But we’ve actually been spoiled these past couple of years. It’s been hot, but not that hot. Yesterday we broke a record for 108 (that’s 42.2 for you metric folks). It was like being in an oven. There was a severe storm last night that cooled things down, but it’s still hot today. I’m hoping we get more rain tonight.
  2. Richie was diagnosed with pancreatitis and hospitalized for several days over the Fourth of July holiday. He’s home now and is doing better and is much happier. He has to quit drinking (alcohol is one of the causes) and he has made peace with that. He’s already found a non-alcoholic beer that he likes! My mom came over several days after I brought Richie home and she bought us a ton of groceries and cleaned our apartment. It was super nice because I was such a wreck while he was gone. I had just enough energy to come home from the hospital and sit on the couch and watch Bake Off before going to bed. Silver lining to the hospital stay: I got a lot of knitting done.
  3. Speaking of Richie, his daughter is off to college NEXT. MONTH.

I’ve known the kiddo since she was eight and I am so not prepared for this. My mom has bought her some stuff for her dorm room, and I am knitting her washcloths in her school colors. She has to be there on the 15th. That’s only a little over three weeks! NOT PREPARED.

4. I’m learning Swedish! I have a fan fic friend who lives in Sweden and she’s been trying to get me to move over¬†¬† there. I was initially going to learn Bosnian (my company has a lot of Bosnian customers and a lot of Bosnian employees), but Duolingo doesn’t offer it. They do offer a bunch of other amazing languages FOR FREE. So, I went with Swedish. Jag talar Svenska! Only 39% though. I sent her a box of American treats (mint Oreos, Twizzlers; Reece’s; a Zero bar; Sour Patch kids; more that I can’t think of), and she sent me a box of Swedish treats (I could write odes to the Geisha bar).

5. I have pen pals! I have…. three virtual and one snail mail! I love snail mail! So nice to get something in the mail besides bills. I’m making sure to buy super nice stationery, but it’s hard to find good stores in St. Louis. I went to the Paper Place, but they were unhelpful. I think I might try Papyrus next. Or Etsy. Or just get more from Nostalgic Impressions, which is where my current batch came from. I helped my friend Amy at her church yesterday, sorting and organizing craft supplies for a sale, and she was kind enough to let me take some treasures home. So I have some cards and beautiful wooden stamps, so hopefully I can dress up my letters a little bit.

 

Okay, I think you guys are all caught up on the basics. My writing hiatus is over, and I sent Top a knit teddy bear. I should probably write a post about that. I should probably get caught up on all of my baking posts first. I am SUPER behind. Sorry about that. Thanks for sticking around!

 

If you’ve left….. (nice loyalty)

New Year’s Eve

I’m never sure where to put the apostrophe.

Anyways, it’s 11:28 pm where I am, and I finished all of my NYE plans. I’m staying in tonight (thanks Amy for the invite!), and judging by the amount of emergency vehicles that have passed down my street, it was the right decision.

I’ve finished up all the laundry; done all the dishes (except what’s in the dishwasher); cleaned the kitchen and living room; cleaned out the litter box and took out the trash; put fresh sheets on the bed. The idea is that keep my life clean and organized in the new year.

I dropped off all library books and donated a bag of clothes and books to Goodwill.

I have a little bit of cash in my wallet to encourage to the flow of money. (sounds silly, but I got two raises this year, so)

The thing you are doing at midnight is what you will be doing a lot of in the new year. I have plans to be eating cake and reading a book. Richie is playing a gig down in Cape Girardeau. So he will play a lot of music, and we won’t see each other often. So… that sucks.

I don’t know why everyone is so excited for the new year- I doubt much will change. But, I hope everyone stays safe tonight, at least.

Seven for Saturday

1.What I’m Reading: The Terror by Dan Simmons. It’s a fictional re-telling of the Franklin Expedition of 1846. It’s a spooky read- aside from cold and starvation, there is something lurking out there on the ice that wants the sailors. I freeze while reading this

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2. What I’m Knitting: Richie’s beard club is hosting a cold weather clothing drive for their December meeting. I have some yarn I don’t love, so I’m just whipping up some simple scarves. I started on Wednesday and have one scarf finished

3. What I’m Watching: The Great Australian Bake Off

4. I found a new recipe in one of my cookbooks. It has half the ingredients of my buttermilk bread recipe, and it’s so much easier. Equally tasty too

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5. I made some lemon lime cupcakes over the summer, from this site. Citrus bakes are best during the warmer months. I also finally, finally nailed the icing. After giving the kitchen time to cool off after baking, I turned the thermostat down a couple of degrees, which kept the icing from melting

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6. Yesterday I made a cookie in the mug for the second time, but it was the first time the recipe actually worked. There was a calming masterpost making it’s way around tumblr, for people to help care for themselves after the election. I decided to try this recipe because I didn’t think I had enough ingredients to make a full batch of cookies and was too lazy to go out for more

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Life changing, you guys

7. And finally- just photos of Winter

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New Little Love

I know. I haven’t blogged in ages. I know. But I have a super good excuse, I promise.

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Meet our new son, Lord Winter Snowden. Winter for short. We adopted him from The Humane Society when he was three months old. His cage was across from the door when we walked in. He had been lying down (laying? I’m never sure) but he stood up when we came close. He followed my fingers and I could hear him purring through the glass. I knew then that this was my cat.

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He is very active and curious, and very affectionate, which I am fine with :o)

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He likes to help me knit. Which, while I appreciate the thought, is really not necessary.

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He’s found the 55 gallon fish tank. Or as my friend Tammy calls it, the sushi bar

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He and Richie get along (no matter what Richie says), which is nice. Richie is allergic (although his allergies don’t act up much) and he’s had bad experiences with cats. But maybe it’s because we adopted Winter together while he was a baby that helps with their bonding.

 

Have I turned into one of those people who constantly posts photos of their pet all over social media?

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Absolutely.

 

 

I’ll try to return to Bake Off blogging soon.

Six for Saturday

  1. What I’m reading: A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth. It’s huge. 1349 pages. I’m only on page 175. It’s cool, though. I feel like I’m learning a bit about Indian history. It’s the first Indian novel I’ve read, and Seth is the first Indian author I’ve read. I don’t count Rudyard Kipling (he’s white and British- colonialists don’t count) or the Jungle Books (they’re about animals).
  2. What I’m knitting: Another Multnomah. This time for a wedding present. I don’t know if she has stumbled across this blog, so I’m going to keep the details to myself. I’m almost finished. I’ll post photos after the shower.
  3. Work is going good. Finally. We have finally hired extra people and are now fully staffed. Of course, they can’t do much until they have completed training, but still. We had a bit of a setback last month when my boss lost his battle with cancer. But my overtime is over (thank god) and I’m back to normal hours. I’m no longer stressed. I miss the extra money, but I feel like it’s working out.
  4. My fan fiction is also going well. I have 74 stories. My most subscribed is 255. 255 individual people read that story. It kinda blows me away a little. Okay, a lot.
  5. I’ve decided to get back into baking. I’ve seen the Great British Bake Off way too many times- which we all know is a lie, because there is no such thing as watching the Great British Bake Off too many times. Let’s be real here. It’s a bit shaky at first because it’s been so long. But, my new manager (who is a twig) is looking to gain weight, so I’m revving up to hone my skills. Her birthday is at the end of the month, so I will be baking cupcakes for her. Maybe I should do a weekly treat. Hmm. I wish there was a baking book that divided recipes up by skill level.
  6. Richie has joined a climbing gym. He took Lauren and me with him today as guests. It was fun. I only kinda sucked! I got to the top of one wall twice, and a second once. The others I attempted I only got halfway. I have to use my legs and feet more. I didn’t join today (we need groceries), but I do have a guest pass for $1o. So I’ll go one more time before making a final decision. They also offer yoga, which I’ve been wanting to try

Four for the New Year

1) First meal of the New Year: the last slice of my Mississipi Mud birthday cake and a mug of Earl Grey tea. Because I love myself

2) First book of the New Year: I was reading Flesh Gothic by Edward Lee (which was also the last book of 2015) but I have to give it up. It’s just too much sex and violence for the sake of sex and violence. And it’s not just part of the backstory- it’s about every five pages or so. Another reviewer called it “splatterpunk” and I agree. Useless paranormal rape, a creature whose hands had penises for fingers (I wish I was joking) and little character development. They were all dull and vapid. Nothing to really advance the plot

3) First knitting project of the New Year: Vee’s scarf. I can’t get into too much detail in case she reads this. But it’s awesome and a new kind of knitting I’ve never done before- bias knitting

4) I managed to get out of the house today. Zombie and I went to lunch at the Joy Luck Buffet and Jo-Ann’s. I know I’m on a yarn diet, but I still needed some needles for my blanket, and I bought a calendar, Valentine’s Day socks (with monkeys!), and chocolate. I have a project currently blocking so I’ll post a blog of that soon

 

Hope all my readers are present and accounted for and not too terribly hungover