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Bed bugs and assorted events

So, last night I was settling in to bed, looking forward to a nice evening of deep sleep on my nice big bed when I noticed that I was not sleeping alone.  We had guests.  Ants.  Lots of them.  Jason spent the next thirty minutes solving our little problem, but then the bedroom smelled like bug spray, so the whole family piled in to the little bitty bed we have in our guest room.  I’ve really got to do something about that bed, it’s awful.  And, T-Bone would not be sleeping with us if our bed was that small.  He takes up some serious real estate.

Since that’s about the most exciting thing that has happened to me in the last 24 hours, I thought I’d share a couple of pictures from the little day excursion Sarah and I took into D.C. when I was up for the MD Sheep and Wool Fest.  These are from the World War II Memorial, which was really neat and significant to me since both of my grandfathers fought in WWII.

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Some random guys asked us to take their picture, so I asked them to take ours. I figured it was only fair. 

And, I’ve signed up for Secret Pal 5!  I participated in round 1 and had lots of fun, but haven’t really had the time to devote to it since then.  I didn’t want to play if I couldn’t be a really good pal.  If you happen to be my secret pal or you just enjoy random facts about people, click to read the extended entry.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?                        I am not a yarn snob.  I fully believe that every yarn has it’s place and enjoy using some Lion Brand yarns (particularly Cotton Ease and Microspun) for kids stuff, so it will be durable.  My favorite cheap yarn is Caron Simply Soft.  Don’t get me wrong, though, I totally have an appreciation for the finer yarns in life.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?                                                                                No and No.  I have tried to crochet, and will likely try again, but I grow impatient with it pretty quickly.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
No allergies here.

4. How long have you been knitting?
2 1/2 years

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Not currently, but if I create one, I’ll make sure to put it on my sidebar

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Gardenia, hands down.  I like soft scents, nothing too overwhelming.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
YES!  I love chocolate and candy of just about any kind.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I like to do embroidery using Sublime Stitching patterns and doing some home decorating.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like all kinds of music.  Some of my favorite artists include Sarah MacLachlan, Alanis Morisette, Ben Folds, Anna Nalick, Norah Jones, and Indigo Girls.  I like being exposed to things I might not ordinarily listen to, too.  My computer can handle MP3s.

10. What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I love blues and purples.  There really aren’t any colors I absolutely can’t stand, but green and yellow tend not to look good on me so I avoid them in that realm.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have a husband of 3 years and a miniature schnauzer named T-Bone.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
To be happy and healthy.  To raise a family and be an instructor/professor at a small university or community college. To make an impact.  Oh, and world peace (gotta love Miss Congeniality).

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Rowan Calmer.  Hands down.  If I could only knit with one yarn the rest of my life, that would be it.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Wool sweaters aren’t very useful in Houston, so I don’t use wool much, except for socks and in more lightweight blends.  But, I’ve never met a fiber I didn’t like.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Primarily having too many projects that I want to make all at once.  But, that’s par for the course with me.  There’s not one type of project I’m particularly consumed by at this point.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like to make wearable items and gifts.  Top down raglans are fun and easy to make fit, so they would rank up there.  I like felted bags, too.  Felting is a magical process to me.

17. What are you knitting right now?
A rayon Clapotis and a Cocktail Monkey bag, both from knitty.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
I have one and I’m kinda over it, but I’m diggin’ shrugs and wraps right now.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Circular, but don’t object to straights.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Depends on the project.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
I’ve knit one pair, but have the yarn for many more, does that make me a sock knitter?  🙂

22. How did you learn to knit?
My mom taught me because she wanted me to carry on the family tradition of knitting Christmas stockings for new family members.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Over a year old.  It seriously needs a visit to the frog pond.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Nothing really comes to mind strongly on this one.  I have loved Mickey Mouse my whole life but have plenty of Mickey things.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas!

26. Is there anything that you collect?
I collect picture frames, yarn, miniature laboratory equipment, and things from places I visit.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
None, but intend to subscribe to Vogue Knitting and Interweave because I always buy them anyway.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?  Oh there are always knitting books I want…Knitting on the edge, any books that focus on finishing techniques, and Scarf Style.

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4 thoughts on “Bed bugs and assorted events

  1. EWWWW! That’s one thing I can’t deal with. I don’t mind bugs anywhere else but if they’re in my bed room I won’t be able to sleep – ever.
    You guys look like you had fun – my grandfather fought in WWII as well. We may get down there this summer, so we’ll have to check it out. Have a great day!

  2. that clapotis looks dreamy! and i love the liner for your monkey bag… makes me feel like hollering out for a sangria and a fan boy!
    may your houston summer be brief and filled with many breezes 😉

  3. ewwwww. Ants make me itch all over, just THINKING about them.
    and, uh, I hate to mention this, but I used to think Calmer was the most fabulous fiber in the whole entire world, but Rowan has outdone themselves
    with Cashsoft and cashcotton…
    oh.my.
    heavenly!

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