Thursday, December 28, 2006

New Beginnings

This New Year's Eve will be one different from all of the others that I have celebrated. This year, New Year's Eve will be a dual holiday. Not only will I be celebrating the start of a new year, but I will also be celebrating the start of a new marriage - Kelly and Rafe's!Kelly transfered to Gordon and was lucky enough (I think) to be put into the open spot in my apartment. We fell in love with her immediately (it helped that she liked to knit - wink). I like to think she fell in love with us too. She took us with her to look for her bridal dress. She let us help her put together her invitations (she designed them and made them herself!). And she was kind enough to invite us to her wedding. Sarah and I are going. We seem to be wedding buddies. And this time... we get to stay in a hotel!

We are so excited - for the wedding part. I am so excited that I got out of bed to write this post because it was all that was on my mind. They are perfect for each other. Best wishes to both of you!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Those were the days...

Did I ever tell you that I was/am an author? Well... not a NY Times best seller author, but once in the 3rd grade I wrote a book and illustrated the book myself. Here it is for your enjoyment! (I knew my creative juices were somewhere -- apparently I left them in the third grade!)


Dinosaurs in Disneyland
by Aileen Nosal

Chapter 1: The Family
Once there was a girl named Laurie and her family. Laurie loved history. One day h er father was reading the newspaper. He told his family that there was an article that told about dinosaurs in Disneyland. So, Laurie's mom and dad made reservations at the Florida Hotel. They decided to go the following summer.

Chapter 2: The Trip

It seemed like forever, but the time came and they were ready to pack. They got in their car and started for the airport. In a half an hour they were at the airport. They bought some candy and loaded on the airplane.
Laurie wondered and wondered what would be in Disneyland, for she had never been there. Soon they were at the airport in Florida. It was nice and hot there. They rented a convertible and drove it to their hotel.

Chapter 3: The Drive
When they checked into their room, they unpacked and went for a swim. After their swim they changed and went for a drive around to see the sights. It had been a long day, so they drove back to the hotel and got into their pajamas and went to bed so they could be rested for the next day.

Chapter 4: Grrrrrrrrr!
The next day they got up at 8:00. They got dressed, ate breakfast and drove to Disneyland. Laurie was very excited and could not wait until they g ot there to see the dinosaurs. When they got there, they heard a loud noise. It went Grrrrrrrrrr! Laurie ran ahead of her parents because she could not wait to see the dinosaurs. She thought the dinosaurs were calling for her.

Chapter 5: The Dinosaurs
When she got to the dinosaur area, she made friends with a Triceratops. The Triceratops looked very sad at Laurie, for he wanted to be free. Laurie understood and said to the Triceratops that she would let him free before the end of the day.
Chapter 6: The Rescue
The end of the day came and Laurie and her parents worked in the night to free the Triceratops. Whey they freed him, all the other dinosaurs followed so they too could be free.

Chapter 7: Going Home
A newspaper reporter took a picture of Laurie and her family because she freed the dinosaurs. Laurie and her family went home on the airplane feeling good about what they had done.


The End!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Blessings and Sheep...

I think with my last set of exams quicly approaching, I have finally reached insanity. I rewrote the words of Bing Crosby's Count Your Blessings (sung in the wonderful Christmas movie White Christmas) to appeal to the knitting audience. I told you I had gone crazy. So, here they are for your reading pleasure:

When its Christmas and I can’t sleep
I count my Knitting instead of UFOs*
And I fall asleep counting my knitting
When my yarn stash is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my knitting

I think about a yarn shop and I picture wool and silk.
And one by one I count them, as the cashier rings me up
If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Just count your knitting instead of UFOs
And you’ll fall asleep counting your knitting

I think about a yarn shop and I picture wool and silk.
And one by one I count them, as the cashier rings me up
If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Just count your knitting instead of UFOs
And you’ll fall asleep counting your knitting!

*For any non-knitters reading this blog, UFO stands for UnFinished Object.

Thanks goes to Linda for her inspiration in rewriting this song! Now, I am off to bed!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Fourteen Days of Christmas - Or Something!

So, I have THREE more days of classes, THREE days of finals, and then I'll be back home in Connecticut. I am going to live at home and work a full time job and knit and read for fun a lot! I am going to relax and enjoy the fact that I don't have any school work today. I am going to apply to grad schools with no real urgency. I am going to just enjoy having very little of importance to do.

There are FOURTEEN days until Christmas. Yesterday my apartment made Christmas cookies.

We made THREE different kinds of cookies - Gingerbread cookies, Sugar cookies, and Peanut Blossoms (my favorite!). Juan and I slaved away at making our Peanut Blossoms... and we watched the Gingerbread people cook. They were yummy!

P.S. I just finished the last bit of things I had to do for my calc class and am a little bit relieved to be free of numbers!

Monday, December 04, 2006

A Short One

This entry will be a short one, but since I know that a lot of you are sitting on your seats in suspense wondering how the mittens are going, I will update you.

Mitten #1 is complete - well, except for the felting part.

Now I just have to start the next one. It shouldn't be hard, just have to actually do it! And then... I'll have a whole mitten, hat, scarf set all made by me!

In other great news, I got an unexpected phone call from the wonderful Carolyn. It made my night! I miss her dearly and crave the day that I will see her next. I also miss Meg. She is in Scotland. She will be taking my room next semester when I graduate. Aren't they the two most adorable faces in the whole entire world?! You would miss them too!

The End - told you this was a short one!*

*The semester is finishing up, I just picked up a new job and I need to move out of this place in 17 days. Things are crazy!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The End is Near

I ate turkey and apple pie. I saw family. Thanksgiving break is over. I am now back at school (and have been since Sunday night) for three more weeks and then I am done with my undergrad education.

Still left to do?

* 3 exams

* A group project (I hate group projects)
* 1 paper (but a long one on a not so interesting topic)
* Go to Student Financial Services and go through an "official withdrawal process
"
* Make my library fines go away

* Finish felted mittens that I have been fairly successful with thus far (I started them on Monday)
Already finished?
*Way too many exams to count
*Way to many papers to count (and I don't really care to remember them all)
* Commencement Information Form in which I supplied the Registrar's office with my height so that they can order me a gown for commencement and with my new permanent address so they can send me my diploma!
* My hat! - and I love it* The cool scarf... isn't it cool?* * * *
And just so I don't bore you with too many pictures of my knitting (is that possible?)...here are some pictures of my adorable 2nd cousins. The littlest one is Gavin. He is about a month old and very VERY adorable. The other two cute ones are Madison (Gavin's older sister) and Bella (Madison's cousin - that you've already heard a lot about). They love taking pictures. And they definately knew how a digital camera worked - asking me to see the picture each time I took one.

Wait til they hear onfce upon a time, a long LONG time ago... you had to wait til you took 24 pictures before you could see the pictures you took - and even worse, you had to pay money to see them!

Friday, November 24, 2006

A Yarn and Needle Day

The Yarn Part

Today was a yarn day. This means that my local yarn store was having their holiday sale - 25% off all yarns and 35% off certain bagged yarns. I was rather excited and dragged my entire family there. I made some good purchases for some fun projects despite having more than enough on my plate for knitting. I bought this fun yarn to make this fun scarf that I couldn't resist starting already. It won't keep me warm, but its fun! I also bought these two skeins of yarn to make myself some felted mittens. The orange will be the cuff of the mitten and the brown will be the body of the mitten. These will be warm! I also finished the scarf for Jess... ...but depending on when I see her next will depend on when she gets it - in the mean time I might wear it!

I was also given a pretty neat gift from a friend of my grandmother's. She used to knit, but then became busy with being a mother and other things and life and by the time she got back around to being able to do some knitting she had athritis in her hands and knitting was too painful. So I was given one of her UFOs to finish. It has probably been close to thirty years since this UFO has last been worked on - perhaps even more. I feel special to have been given this special gift. I am afraid to touch it for fear that it will fall apart. The work on the sweater is amazing. It is a cardigan for a young child. The bottom has a border of carrots. And it looks as if where she left on is the start of another row of carrots. According to the pattern, I think there are supposed to be two bunny rabbits on the top front of the sweater when the cardigan is finished. Perhaps after exams I can take a look at this project. I think the neatest part of this whole gift are the old wooden needles (size 5) and the two small stitch holders.

The Needle Part (aka Pine Needles)

After my family and I finished at the yarn store (I wasn't the only one who
bought something. Mom bought some yarn so that I could make her a hat), we started on the long (and what seems like the never-ending) journey of finding a Christmas tree.

Every year it starts out the same. Every year we try to be a sweet, loving, traditional family and so we head out to a local tree farm to cut down our own Christmas tree.
We trample through the woods, tripping over rocks and sticks, wandering off the path, and leaving frustrated at the "too fat" or "too sparse" or "too crooked" trees.

We drive around a little bit longer wandering to local nurseries in hopes of finding a already cut tree - a tree that has already been selected by a "professional" to make some family happy. You aren't having to go through the stress of having to cut the tree, but you are still getting a little bit of the nature feeling to buying your Christmas tree. We go to a couple places like this. Some years we find our tree here, most years we don't.

Eventually we end up at Home Depot, or Stew Leonards, or Lowes. This year it was Lowes. It
was 5:00 at night and we had been searching for a tree nearly all day. Our patience was being tested (on each other) and we were ready to be done with this search. During this part of the process Mom really starts pressing how wonderful it would be to get an artificial tree. This cues Laurel who then goes into this whole rant on how having a fake Christmas tree isn't very Christmasy and that maybe after she moves out they can get an artificial tree (the catch here is that she doesn't plan on moving out or at least not anytime soon!). Eventually Laurel wins out and we get a real Christmas tree. This year, it happened to be the first one we saw after arriving at Lowes. I told you are patience was running low! The task of getting the Christmas tree has been accomplished - and everyone is still in one piece.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sweet Home Connecticut!

"Sweet home Connecticut
Where the skies are so blue

Sweet Home Connecticut

Lord, I'm coming home to you"


Okay... now that that is out of my system, I am happy to announce to all who want to hear: "I am home for Thanksgiving break and couldn't be happier!"


There is nothing like your own room. Granted, I have a single at school in an apartment of 5 other girls, but there is something about your own room in your own home that makes it so special. And isn't my room so fun?! Well, I thought so.

Oh, and I never told you, but Luke and I managed to fix my favorite mug. And while there are still some cracks... ...and I won't be able to drink out of it, it is all back in one piece...... and that is all that matters.

My world is back as it should be...at least for the time being. As for now, I will enjoy a weekend of leisurely homework, reading for fun, and lots of knitting!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A Knitting Post

So, I realized it has been a really really REALLY long time since I showed any completed knitting projects or any un-finished projects for that matter. This post shall be dedicated to the yarn and and the needles that make my knitting possible. First, a completed project for myself - a beautiful and really warm scarf. I bought this yarn from a lady at the Big E who had hand-spun and hand-dyed this yarn. It came out really nice and it reminds me of Holly! I wear it whenever I can and it has almost become part of my being.

Now for unfinished projects:

This little circle is eventually going to be a little hat for my little head.
After starting this hat 3 or 4 times already this year and every time forgetting where in the pattern I had left off, I finally cast on for the last (hopefully) time and got past the part of the pattern where I will have to remember where I am. Now I just have to knit in the round until its long enough to fit over my little head. Its easy-going from here on out.

This scarf I am making for Jess. She bought the hank when she was up here visiting me. I am making it to match a pair of gloves she had bought at a county fair this summer.
I am making it with the same size needles and the same pattern as my scarf. I am hoping to have both the hat and this scarf finished by Thanksgiving.

My last unfinished project I started today...finally.
It is the first 8 rows of my soon-to-be first sweater ever! I am excited about knitting this, and hopefully since I am nearly done with school I will be able to put more time into it. And maybe... I'll even be able to wear it before the cold season is over...maybe.

Hopefully I will keep you more updated on my knitting projects. I am loving all the projects I am working on. I just wish I didn't have so much homework to do to keep me away from knitting as much as I'd like to. Ah, such is life.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

When it Rains...

...it pours, much like it did two Saturdays ago when Jess was up to visit and we decided to venture into Boston despite all the rain. We left Boston with a mission to find ourselves some rubber rain boots. We ended up purchasing them from target.com. My pair finally arrived in the mail today and I can't help but wonder if it was a fate that they showed up in my mailbox on the next rainy day in Massachusetts.

I tried them on and they were too big, much to my disappointment. It took twelve days for them to get here and the excitement of having rainboots has worn off (atleast for the moment). I can return them to the target store and then reorder them online or I can just return them and live without rainboots. I am not sure what I'm going to do yet (I have other more important things, like my Calc test on Friday, to worry about), but the opened box smells like moth balls and at this point that's enough for me to want to return them.

Home and New York City in 2 days!

Monday, November 06, 2006

A Pleasant Surprise

I was on my way to my last class before the weekend began (I thought it was never going to come!). I had my new and working phone* in my pocket having placed it there shortly after getting off the phone with Dad. It rang. I answered it. It was Aunt Melanie and Grandma who were on their way to Boston (for a business meeting) before heading up to Maine.

"How hard would it be to get to Gordon now that we are already on the road?"

"Not hard."

"Because Grandma thought it'd be a great idea if we stopped off at Gordon and brought you into Boston with us tonight."

So, I ventured into Boston with Grandma and Aunt Melanie (and Luke) for the evening. After missing the slightest turn we ended up taking a detour around (what felt like ) half of Boston. We soon ended up at the hotel that they would be staying the night at and went to get dinner.

I took them to Fire and Ice - a place I was introduced to during my freshmen year of college and fell in love with immediately! I raved about this place to my family since the first time I had been there and so it was a nice treat to finally get two more members of my family to this resturant.

Needless to say that Grandma was quite exhausted after being dragged around Boston. Next weekend will be spent in Connecticut and New York City!

*Long story. If you really care, I can tell you, but trust me it isn't that exciting.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Some Days...

Some days I feel like I could stay in school forever. Other days I cannot wait to be free of the academic world. Today was one of those days.

I have six and a half weeks left before I am done with my undergrad education. This is a pretty scary thought. It means that I will be entering the real world - a world I know very little about and am not really sure how to approach. But today, the academic world has driven me away and I am more ready today than usual to enter the "real world".

I have come down with senioritis. I would rather be doing things other than homework - like updating this blog more often and knitting all the projects in the world and reading all those books I said I always wanted to read - and I find that I can never seem to catch up, despite the fact that it seems like I am
always doing work. I am ready to be done with all the homework (atleast temporarily until I start grad school). I am ready to be done with pretending that I am smarter than I actually am. I am ready to go back home and I am ready to relax for a while. I am ready to go back to my own room, that is bigger than my single here. The events of today made me especially aware of this feeling. It climaxed with my favorite mug breaking (hopefully I can superglue it together). I sat down on my floor and cried. I miss home. I am ready to be done. In happier news, Jess came up to visit me this past weekend. We needed some serious best friend catch-up time. We talked... a lot. We had fun, even if it did rain!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Vacationland

Strangely enough, the "Vacationland" state is not Florida or California or some other warm spot thought of for traveling to for vacations. Instead, the "Vacationland" state is Maine*. I noticed this on the license plates as I drove up there this weekend to visit my aunt and uncle

It was a nice vacation/escape from college life (which is interesting since today I nearly had a nervous break down at the realization that I have seven weeks till I am done with my undergrad education). We went shopping. We went to "Fright at the Fort" which was Fort Knox all decorated and spooked for Halloween. There were lots of kitties. They have seven total.
This is Marlin.

This is Sly.
This is Pearl.They warmed up to me fairly quickly on this visit and as I sat on the porch on Sunday afternoon soaking in the warm Maine sun, all but two of the kitties came to say goodbye to their cousin. As I was driving back down to Gordon, I passed this sign. (It says: "Fabrics and Yarns/ Quilts/ 1500 Bults/ Open Year Round)

I drove a little bit longer (a few seconds really) before I decided to turn around and check it out. I mean, you never know when you are going to come upon a great stash of yarn. It was rather disappointing as there was only Lion Brand yarn there. But of course, once in the presence of yarn I can not resist the urge to take some home with me. I bought a ball of Magic Stripe yarn to eventually make a pair of socks.

*which I suppose is much better than Connecticut: The Constitution State

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Piercings and the Future

So, last week I did something I have been wanting to do for a really long time now but had been putting it off. I would have told you sooner, except that I thought it would be better to inform my mom of this adventure over the phone than through my blog. Don't worry! I'm not married or pregnant or anything really major like that!

I got my belly button pierced! And the best part of all.... it didn't even hurt!

See Mom, that's what it looks like. It doesn't hurt although it is a little red around the two holes, but that is to be expected. I've been taking good care of it and we like each other.

In other news, I have reached the halfway mark of my last semester of my undergrad education. And let me tell ya, it's a scary thought! I'm going to be leaving my friends and moving back in with my parents (which is very nice of them) and I am going to be working. In the fall, I will begin grad school.

I NEVER thought I would go to grad school. I really only went to college because it was the next step. You can't really get anywhere without a college education in today's American society. But grad school was something I had never even considered. It's strange entering the "adult" world. Am I ready for it?

Guess I'll have to wait and find out...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My Girls, My Life!

So tonight, after preparing myself for bed I decided to look through all the pictures that I have taken in the last year. And slowly all the wonderful memories from last year began to be recalled. So, as corny as this may be... here is a blog entry dedicated to the good times with my girls*. We began the year off looking extraordinary... and we continued to keep up this appearance. For Thanksgiving Erin and Holly both came home with me. We spent one day in NYC and went to the and saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! Most weekends were spent on campus with sleepovers, staying up really late and pulling out the camera when we were all in desperate need of our beauty sleep! Occasionally we would go out into public to have fun. And we did it well!In April, we had the best party of the year. We got cute (of course)! We ate. We tickled. We were silly. We took pictures. And most importantly, we had tons of fun! My girls are my life. They keep things exciting. They are familiar. They are the best thing for me! And I miss them! Tomorrow we are going bridal dress shopping with the newest edition to our girls. More memories to be made!

*Dedicated really means picture CRAZY!