Charity Knit

I’ve finally decided what to do with the Country Lapghan I’m trying to finish. I’m on the last of 5 strips that will be seamed shortly. Thank goodness. I’ve been working on this project since last January when I began knitting. And I’ve always had it in my head that this lapghan would be donated to a charity. I just didn’t know which one. After thinking long and hard about it, I’ve finally decided it will be donated to Project Linus. I just have to make contact with the local chapter coordinator to see what needs to be done. But I will wait till I’ve completed the blanket first. And oh, you have no idea how much I look forward to completing this project. LOL!

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A Girlfriends’ Guide

Well, I’m not pregnant and unfortunately, I don’t think I will be anytime soon.

But a co-worker, who just had a baby in July, has passed on a few things I might need. Yesterday, she came to work bearing gifts…3 books. Two of them are baby name books, since I don’t have a name picked out if I someday have a boy. And the third book is The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy. I never thought I’d get this book. Being as how my list of girlfriends is extremely short. For some reason it seems to me that this book should be passed on. It doesn’t seem like the kind of book you go buy for yourself. And I’ve heard so many good things about this book from all you fellow bloggers who’ve had children recently.

I’m so glad I am friends enough with this co-worker, that she felt she could pass this book on to me. Granted, I don’t really need it right now, since I’m not pregnant yet, but I will definitely hold on to it for when the time comes. And she’s already saving her maternity clothes and baby’s hand-me-downs for me. So I will have a pretty good start when my turn comes. I just hope and pray it’s sooner rather than later.

Thanks Laura, for this wonderful book. When I no longer need it, I will be sure to pass it on.

A list of sorts

Saw this on another blog and thought, why not.

Three names you go by:

  • Rayne
  • Arenys
  • ??

Three screennames you have:

  • widget217
  • vbgeekgirl
  • raynebair

Three things you like about yourself:

  • my family
  • my love of books
  • I can speak Spanish

Three things you hate/dislike about yourself:

  • my hair
  • my stomach
  • my fibromyalgia

Three parts of your heritage:

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • ??

Three things that scare you:

  • Never having kids
  • Losing a parent
  • Losing my husband

Three of your everyday essentials:

  • Coffee
  • Books
  • iPod

Three things you are wearing right now:

  • Jeans
  • contacts
  • wedding rings

Three of your favorite bands/artists at the moment:

  • Keith Urban
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Chris Cagle

Three of your favorite songs at present:

  • Blessed the Broken Road
  • My Better Half
  • Song For Dad

Three things you want to try in the next 12 months:

  • Having a baby (??)
  • Knit more items
  • LASIK

Three things you want in a relationship (love is a given):

  • Compassion
  • Compromise
  • Trust

Two truths and a lie:

  • I really dig Rascal Flatts
  • I am pretty blind
  • I once dated Johnny Damon

Three physical things about the opposite (or same) sex that appeals to you:

  • Hair
  • Smile
  • Eyes

Three things you just can’t do:

  • drive stick
  • roll my tongue
  • write a book

Three of your favorite hobbies:

  • knitting
  • reading
  • listening to country music

Three things you want to do really badly right now:

  • knit
  • watch AMC
  • go home (I’m at work)

Three careers you’re considering:

  • stay-at-home mom (if I ever have kids)
  • librarian
  • programmer

Three places you want to go on vacation:

  • Switzerland
  • Paris
  • England

Three kids names:

  • Annabelle
  • Amelia
  • Nicholas

Three things you want to do before you die:

  • have children
  • go to Switzerland
  • move back to Florida to be closer to my family

A Gift to Me

My husband is a regular “ba humbug” when it comes to Christmas. I don’t know why, but he doesn’t especially enjoy the holiday. I haven’t figured it out, since his family celebrates. So each year is hard to get him in the Christmas mood.

This year, he didn’t even want a tree, but we finally found one that pleased us both. There is a story behind our tree but I cannot share it with you before the holiday for reasons I will not mention. We had some friends over to help us decorate and he even wore a santa hat while we listened to holiday music.

Even though he’s a grinch at Christmas, each year he does something that means a lot to me. A few years ago, I was very upset because we’d be spending the holiday without family. And he surprised me by taking me all the way to Texas on Christmas Eve to spend time with my parents. My mom didn’t even know we were coming and when we showed up at their doorstep we both cried.

It’s always the little things that count the most. This year he didn’t let me down either. We drove to Texas last Friday for my sister’s college graduation. Graduation was Saturday morning, and we spent a few hours afterwards helping my parents pack her apartment (she’s moving to FL for grad school). Then mid-afternoon, we left to come back home.

Most of the way home, we listened to Christmas music. We have XM Satellite Radio and one of the country stations is doing all holiday music till Dec 27. So for the most part of the 9 hour drive home, he let me listen to country christmas music. He even sang along with one or two songs. It was the best.

As grumpy as he can be, he really comes through when I want him to.