Sunday, April 24, 2016

It’s April, and It’s My Blog, and I Can Say Whatever I Want

Wow—don’t even know where the time went. Suddenly, I was working a new job and trying to fit in there and struggling over crazy instructors online (ugh…..eye on the prize), and then it was Yarnover.


I have been to the cities every weekend for the past three weeks, AND will likely go up next weekend too. But that’s later.

I did some volunteer work for a thing called Return of the Robin. It was a round robin hockey tournament. I guess it’s been going on for years. I was truly a fish out of water but it was sort of fun. They didn’t need me at all but I still did two hours of registration. Of course, it was the hockey clique so I didn’t get a lot of conversation, but the players were pretty amusing. The cooler of beer under the registration desk was nice too. Although I had to work the next day so couldn’t really partake…sigh.


IMG_1825Hockey people are a little different-That’s a hockey stick plunger, key ring, AND bottle opener.

And me with the winner’s trophy--


I never volunteer for sport things because most of the things I do are running involved and, well, I’m running. And I am running in a Rockin Robin race in two weeks. So to give back I did this. Seriously.

Martha sent me some cat houses and Chat thinks they are swell. Even Jack squeezed himself in this small one, although the large one is more his size.

IMG_1830It’s warm in here….

I found a their skein of yarn inside the other day. Yes the cat’s have a skein to play with because I thought if I gave them one they’d leave the rest alone.

Hahahahaha. I didn’t really think that one through….

I made a little baby blanket for a coworker who is about the sweetest person I know--


She’s about 5 minutes from giving birth. Or so she wishes.

I went up to the cities and did the shop hop with my friend Jill. Not a single picture of us, but I did take a pic of this


IMG_1831It’s this pattern. Sort of a knit racer back top. I liked it.

The next week was Hot Chocolate with the gang of four--

Hot chocAli, Tiffini, Me, and Cathy!

Ya gotta love those girls. The day was beautiful and Tiffini had been sick all week and was on antibiotics. Still she ran.

Sadly, she can’t come with us in June to the Rock N Roll relay. We will miss her so much. We got another runner, Kimberly from Ragnar! Yay, but a sort of sad yay.

Yesterday was Yarnover with Martha. No pics except of our beer-


Wait, I did get a shot of Susan Rainey in a Daydreams in Lace--

IMG_1837It was a test for our adopted Stiches sister Julie. She shoulda been there. The dinner talk by Meg Swanson was brilliant. I instantly ordered her book.


Meg Swanson

Look at this Adorbs baby sweater…

IMG_1839Dang that’s cute.

I also managed to take a picture of the view out of our hotel room--



It was rain and thunder and lightening this AM. Yesterday, however, was beautiful and so we had a good time going all over the city to see the sights.

One stop was Nordstrom where I did a whirlwind of buying. Well, not really. I needed some new pants and got them, plus a sweater on sale and a shirt. Oh, and a cute pair of flats. Now that I work over at Mayo there is a LOT of walking involved and heels, well, not so much anymore. Lots of Danskos and my new pants are hemmed for flatter shoes. Nice.

While we were at Nordstrom we got a call from my other sister, Debbie.

I couldn’t take the call because I was trying to buy my clothes (oh, and did I mention nylons and little footies too?)

But then I got the text--

Seems Happy bit Carol (again) and he had to leave the apartment right NOW. And Carol’s daughters were right behind that. Had. To. Go. No time to think. He was going to the shelter (supposedly no kill) unless we could scramble our asses and get him out of there. Let’s see. Martha and I were at the Mall of America and Debbie was in Tucson. We had said if Carol (aka bat shit crazy, BSC for short) ever had to get rid of Happy to please let us know and I would take him. I didn’t know that BSC and the evil step sisters would take that to mean you have an hour from where ever you are to mobilize the troops.

But mobilize we did. Martha called her friend who loves cats and who lives in the vicinity AND made the comment—She just gets crazier and crazier. She went over and saved Happy from whatever fate they had in store. Now they can bring their yappy ass dogs to the apartment whenever they feel like it. (No, I’m not bitter—remember the title, it’s my blog and I can voice my opinion as I see fit)

Happy should be on an airplane this time next week. And for the fourth week in a row I’ll head back up to the cities and have some fun.

My cats have no idea how their lives are about to change.

I called Blane and his first words were Hell yeah, that cat’s a biter. Dave said he got a garbled message about Happy news and Carol and thought that she had died, but then decided that evil never dies so he listened to the message again.

We are going to need another cat box.




Don’t let that relaxed pose fool you. He was just resting up for his next attack. That’s about 18 pounds of love right there.

IMG_1827Puddy can’t wait.

So, just another day in paradise here I guess. Working on the last three weeks of my current class which I am so burned out on it’s ridiculous.

But on we go-with a little help from our friends

IMG_1836 (Edited)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Birthday and Other Things

I had a birthday at the beginning of March. We hardly got home from Stitches when it was time to head up to Grand Forks to celebrate my birthday on the 5th and Melanie’s on the 7th.

Blane and Melanie have moved into the cutest house--


Here’s Blane and me on the front porch. The people who lived there before were sort of slobs and there has been lots of cleaning up but the house is adorable. AND huge. With a fenced back yard for their 3 dogs!


There are also 3 cats but I couldn’t get the greatest pictures of them--


IMG_1785Blane and Kitten



I think that’s everyone. But I didn’t get a picture of Melanie—what??? How did that even happen.

We got to GF late on Friday, leaving after work. It wasn’t a bad drive. We were looking forward to warmer temps after hearing about the big warm up that was coming this way.

But when we got there—not so much. We went out to the Red River which is close to Blane’s house and it was cold……really cold. The dogs didn’t seem to mind too much.



There’s a little part of Melanie on the left—the only picture I got of her all weekend.

We also brought up some of the chairs that have been in the family for years and years and years----


They looked fab in the office.

We got home and went shopping (I also did a bunch of homework—ugh). We stopped at the meat store and got the best brauts I ever had. We also had some cake that evening for our birthday-

DSC01312It was as delicious as it looked.

We had a great day. We watched a movie-Everest-which was pretty good too. I think it was one of my better birthdays.

We left on Sunday and it was warm and sunny—of course.

I got a parting shot of Blane and me—Where’s Melanie???



Like I say, it was really a great birthday and I can’t wait to go back this summer.

Two weeks later was the Downton Abbey Tea Party and Trunk Show. Always a success—Thanks to help from my friend and co-tea party hostess Lois.

Again, no pictures of us—wait, maybe I can steal one….

Lady Sarah & Lady Lois await their guests .....

Stole it right offa Instagram. But since it’s me and Lois I think that’s ok.

We set up the tables with Mother’s tea cup collection, the Ainslie/Dieck’s silver settings and table cloths, a few miscellaneous pieces, and a tea party was had. Oh, did I mention the delicious Daube’s?

Let’s start with the most important—Daubes….


DSC01325Silver on table cloth



We had costumes too--



Love it when the people dress up!!

For my work (you call that work) I traded for a kit and made one of my coworkers a little blanket--

BlanketWith a sheep on it!

We had a foot of snow last week. Well, 10.5 inches but it seemed like a foot. The buses didn’t run even thought we stood outside in a blizzard hoping for a bus. Jeepers.

To make us feel better we went to a party at Ilan’s brewery—Insight Brewing. It was pretty crowded.


But our names are on the wall--



FullSizeRenderIlan and Pam

Because we couldn’t quite get enough beer—we stopped at LTS in Rochester


All in all, I am really liking my new job, had a great birthday, and got to drink great beer!!

Then—the sun set and we thought—it’s been a good March.


Friday, March 11, 2016

One Job Down and…Stitches West 2016

I made it out to Tacoma the 3rd week in February to take my equipment back to work and finish out my final two days. (The Monday I was there was a holiday…yay me).

I spent Saturday and Sunday watching Hallmark movies with Nina, drinking wine and wrapped up with the cat. Did a bit of knitting too but mostly I just supervised Nina’s puzzle work and critiqued the movies.

IMG_1758Cat sitting on my lap-He didn’t like the fact I had to get up several times to refill the wine glass.

I met up with a coworker who isn’t really working there anymore and her baby--




that is one cute baby. And he was sooo good while we had lunch. At the bagel place in Lakewood by the old apartment. Sigh.

We also had a group dinner which I didn’t get one picture of. WTH? I’m so slipping as a blogger, but my mind is really elsewhere.

(I am posting this well into March and just finishing my 3rd week of the new job. Today I thought I was on the 6th floor when I was on the 4th floor and took the elevator down to get to the 5th floor. THEN, coming back, the guy in the elevator pushed 3, I pushed 5, and I got off with him on 3. So, it’s sort of the accumulation of two months of going crazy. I think I’ve peaked though)

Anyway—the bottom line is I left NPN and on Thursday really, really early I went to the airport, met up with Martha and our adopted sister Julie, and flew to California to go to Stitches.

Of course, as soon as I arrived the weather took a turn for the colder. Because where ever I go the temperature drops a good 15 degrees below normal. So in Santa Clara this year we had 40-50 degree weather and rain…..Except for one sunny day over Levi Stadium


We were very tired after a day of flying, teacher lunch, AND a class. But being the fearless knitters that we are we managed a spin around the market….


I saw this at the market too--


It was a blast. Classes were great, we had fun, we took a walk….



IMG_1764Foggy selfie

We also ate some delicious pizza AND had some delicious wine----

IMG_1761For Martha, the Middle Sister

We went to the fashion show and I saw this shawl on a model


I was super good on the shopping front until then--

Well that was over---

Bought the book and the yarn….

Our fun group at the fashion show where I saw the beautiful shawl!!!


Really good seats…..


The head of Stitches…..Benjamin Levisay—yay for him for sure.


The whole trip was great fun—except for this on the return flight from Seattle--



Can you see that herd of about 150 people between me and the far wall all wanting to get through Security? Exactly the the reason I am a two hour before flight time person.

I made my flight. The girls on their way to Mexico?? Not so much..

During the whole trip on 4 planes not one precheck. So in April I’ll be buying the TSA Precheck ticket good for 5 years…And then I won’t be travelling nearly as much. But when I do—none of this for me.

So, I’m back and living AND working in my own town and I love that. Started back to school and working through spring.

I do miss my little dog though, and I found a picture that made me happy and sad all at the same time--


Stay tuned for birthday updates……