Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It went a little something like this:

So the weekend was good. Guess what?

It was all a big set up so that Chris could ask me to marry him!

I said yes!

I'm engaged!

The entire trip to my family cabin - which started out as a birthday trip for Chris and evolved into our "parents meeting" and then evolved into our brother's and their entire families coming along ended with me in a mountain top meadow - being proposed to. And every single member of the family knew about it. My sweet Christopher gave everyone a role to play in getting me to the right place at the right time - and I've come to find out that my family can lie to me with such precision that it's scary!

When we came back from the proposal spot, our families were waiting outside of the cabin cheering for us. There were tears, there was champagne, there was laughter and good food and tons of stories being told. We even had birthday cake. It was everything I would've wanted had I known it was happening. All of our loved ones were there to celebrate with us - it was the most beautiful day of my entire life. Chris gave me priceless memories for our engagement - what a way to start this wedding journey. It was a good day.

So - the knitting is a tiny bit slow for the next few days as we share the news, start the first of the plans, etc... Stick with me - there might be some wedding talk here too.

Oh - and to my fellow Steelers knitters: I just found out that you can rent Heinz field for your wedding reception. Too much?

For now, that's all the news that's fit to knit!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Have We Lost Our Minds - Or Are We Just Crazy? Huh?

The weekend was spent relaxing and enjoying the wonderful feeling of not working and of not actually thinking about work while we weren't working. It felt like a true summer weekend when the whole day stretches in front of you and you're free to do anything you like - instead of time hurling toward you and right past you in the blink of an eye. I love the Country Time Lemonade commercials about lazy summer days and I think back to my own childhood when summer days stretched endlessly and we lay around at the summer house just watching clouds, chasing butterflies or water skiing on Yough Lake.

This weekend Chris and I have invited both our families (Parents and siblings with their families) to my favorite place on earth - the summer cabin that my grandfather built 38 years ago. It's shared by mom and her brother and next weekend I get to introduce a new dynamic in the family because of my relationship with Chris.

I'm really looking forward to hanging out on the giant porch - grilling dinner out and just melding my family and Chris'. We hope it goes well. Nine people - and seven people dropping by at different times is going to make the quiet little trip a bit crazy and I can't wait. Of course there's tons to do in my home state of PA. Fallingwater, Ohiopyle, and the winery (which all of those above the age of 21 are stoked for!)

All in all - I can't wait for the weekend - it's my first real time as a host. I'm planning all of the food and providing everyone with shelter and fun. I can't wait to see my mom who's planning to help me with everything. How could I possibly survive without my mom? She's just the most understanding and lovely person on the planet. A true peace-keeper. My mom should really be in charge of the world - she'd solve a lot of the bull crap.

Ok -I'm off. I'll try to upload knitting content tonight. I've finished quite a bit and made the cutest tennis sock you have ever seen (I'll cast on for sock #2 tonight!) And I've got some E-Z baby sweater plans for a friend who's shower is coming right up!

For Now, That's all the news that's fit to knit!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

We're Baaaackkk

If anyone at all is still reading this blog - thank you so much! I've finally just finished the craziest few weeks of my working career. If I never repeat that time in my life, I'll really be ok. Have you ever been in the 14th hour of working - having been awake at 5:00 am only to discover that it's freaking 83 degrees at that awful time of day and you're wilting in your suit in your non-air conditioned New York City living room that has been on the planet since before the war and find yourself still trying to drink a hot cup of coffee because, well, you know what you're like without caffeine on a normal day - and you think oh shit, I'm tired and my feet may never forgive me for being in heels for this freaking long? Yeah, me too. For the last three weeks. Sad.

Anyway - in the moments when I wasn't working or sleeping I somehow found a way to eat and knit and I finished my blue monkey socks and totally screwed up my Clapotis and decided that I didn't care - the mistake - which is, well, offensive to say the least shall stay in the work as a reminder that I conquered this time in my life.

The rest of July means normal work and a weekend away at our family Cabin in the woods for Chris' birthday and in August a vacation to see a cousin get married. Can't wait at all! It's too much! Time off is a beautiful dream.

If you want to book a meeting with my company, please have a heart and schedule it for September - I just can't give up my time off in August! (but seriously, send the check, we'll get you on the schedule!)

For now, that's all the news that's fit to knit!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

It's What's Happening

This is what hopped into my hands during a recent visit to Purl. I just couldn't help myself and according to the rules of knit from your stash, sock yarn doesn't count...so here we are...sidelined by socks. Again.

One sock is done and its mate has been cast on for. Oh Koigu...how I do love you!

Even on the swift, I love it!

Things have been quiet around here - I've been so busy with work that I haven't had time to really do anything fun. Knitting has been my sole source of entertainment in moments that I'm not working or sleeping. On the Fourth of July, I celebrated with no fewer that 3 naps during the day - after sleeping in. That's a lot of sleep for anyone. I worked from home today and though I haven't had any naps - I probably wouldn't be adverse to one had an opportunity presented itself.

Next week is a big week for me. I've got a three day meeting and Monday and Friday I'll be the only person running the shop for our company. On top of that, I've got to pull off three full website builds and a redesign and I've got to maintatain my ten other clients. It's a lot for a girl to handle. I somehow found time to design a little logo for the football along that I want to send to the organizer there. If you're a football lover then I really encourage you to go sign up for the Football Knit Along. I've heard rumors of a potential fantasy football leauge made up of knitters! Ohhh doggie! I have no idea how that works and I'm just wondering if I can draft only Steeler players 'cause hey, this girl's loyal to the Steel City.

For now, that's all the news that's fit to knit!