Archive for September 2010

Spontaneously

We were all having MONSTER of a Monday morning (well, except for Ashland, he is almost always happy). Sometimes, the worst of the days are the ones with all kinds of small annoying things  — not the one with major catastrophes (we have those too, but we handle these fairly well).

Anyhow, by the time noon came around, I said “Forget this, lets just go to the beach. It’s really nice out and it’s not like we’d get much of anything useful done anyways no matter how much we try!”. And so Todd wrapped up a few things that did have to get done as I packed necessary items for a mini beach trip and out the door we went.

And we were blessed with the most beautiful of summer’s day spilled into autumn.

We aspire to live all aspect of our lives conscientiously — and that takes a lot of effort, time and relentless hard work. Sometimes we just need a spontaneous vacation from all that, even just one day goes a long way (though 2 weeks would be really nice!).

Days like this help us remember that it’s all worth it.

Flock And Fiber

Oregon Flock And Fiber Festival was going on this weekend in Canby OR (a little town about 20 minutes drive from where we live) and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but Immi and Ashland seem enjoy festivities, so off we went for a little Saturday adventure.

So many people were spinning yarn on the lawn enjoying the perfect weather. And there were [almost] overwhelming number of vendors displaying their beautiful fibers and yarn and all sorts of things crafted from them. (This wasn’t the only indoor area, there were 5 or so of even larger buildings full of various vendors)

There were lots of fiber related animals too, some of them for sale.

I was really surprised by the quality, uniqueness and variety of items offered and I thoroughly enjoyed looking around. Besides, everyone here were very friendly! Next year I’ll have to remember to save up craft fund for this, but we couldn’t leave empty handed so I got some lovelies: a tiny bite size batt, and a bit of purple firestar (for mixing into other fibers to add sparkle), two vintage spools (these were a $1 each, I resisted the temptation to pick up a handful!), and quite a lot of (7.6 oz)  super bargain priced mystery batt (it’s multicolor probably because it’s made from left over fibers and such — I actually enjoy spinning batts like this so…).

I was a bit worried that I’d be the only one to enjoy such an event but Immi and Ashland had fun being outdoors and petting animals. Todd even found a totally amazing spindle for himself (he learned to spin some yarn on it when we got home!). I think that it was educational not just for kids but definitely for me too — for someone who enjoys fiber related art, I’m embarrassing ignorant about what fiber comes from which animal and besides, I could barely tell apart llamas and alpacas (I can now!).

Autumn

I found a piece autumn at the park:

Some of the misc. things going on around here:

I. Immi, Ashland and I caught a cold. Ashland had to take baby [not] tylenol (apparently this brand got recalled, but not it’s generic versions) for fever for the first time EVER. We sat around and watched movies all day immi absolutely adored Ponyo.

2. We are battling health insurance company, again. I suppose that’s quite normal thing for people living in US. Agh. Grrrrr. Blegh.

3. I’ve organized my work-in-progress projects, putting away some I’m not in the mood for now, and terminating ones I have no interest in continuing on. I decided that I’m too preoccupied for anything that takes a lot of fussing over, so I lined up a few mindless projects for when I want to keep my hands busy.

4. We haven’t bought anything for the baby No.3 yet. The shopping list is really really short this time around but we do need to look for a new infant car seat. And some onsies (Ashland destroyed his). I have to eventually go shopping for some fabric for making extra large receiving blankets (standard sized ones are too small for swaddling. Besides, cotton flannel makes good baby bath towels too — Ashland still uses them for this purpose).

5. The iron supplements I’ve started taking and vitamins which I’m now taking religiously are definitely helping with excessive tiredness and dizziness, but these things make me queasy on empty stomach. …Which makes me eat all day when I’m not even hungry. I think that this is definitely making me fatter than necessary!

6. I’ve been consuming copious amounts of Altoids because minty things make me feel better. Immi has picked up this habit it seems, and she’ll demand one every time she hears me open the tin. You’d think it’s to minty for a three year old. I found recently that Ashland eats leafy greens with balsamic vinaigrette. What they eat and what they don’t has been continuous source of amusement to me.

7. Immi and Ashland has both been good siblings to their new little brother-to-be. Immi points at my belly and says “baby!” and then gives it kisses. Ashland loves to hang out leaning on my belly and pets it often. He also puts his ear on it like he’s listening into what’s inside —  I often wonder what he hears.

8. Todd and I both forgot about our wedding anniversary in August. And then when we eventually remembered, we thought we should do something fun, but we still haven’t managed to make time for this. Neither of us are all that into doing much for holidays or anniversaries anyways. But what we do celebrate is Saturdays, which we have decided is *our* day for all of us to do something fun. We take celebrating Saturdays very seriously.

9. I had a prenatal check-up today. When my doctor and I were talking about labor/delivery etc. pertaining to this one being the 3rd, I told her that the only thing I’m really worried about is having the baby fall out of me while getting logistics settled (since it’s really not all about *me* at this  point, I have Immi and Ashland to consider). The doctor told me that if this does happen, I can just hop over to the hospital with the new baby. She totally made that sound really easy. Anyhow, I’m glad that the hospital is only 10 minutes away.

Bracelet and Scone

I’ve been into found-object/vintage/mixed-media sort of look for jewelry lately but then I suddenly had the urge to make something simple and earthy. But my crafty stash is as I have been inclined, so not surprisingly, I found nothing to make anything of the sort. There’s lots and lots of local and fabulous bead shops which I’d love to support, but I wanted strands of beads (and not just a few pieces) so minding my budget, off to Michaels (I haven’t had the need to step into this super craft store since I’ve moved to Portland!) I went to pick up some *earthy* beads. (And lucky me — I actually did find a few strands of beads I liked, and all of them were 40% off!). Here’s a bracelet I made with lava rock beads:

And here’s my scone from Delphina’s Bakery with salted sweet cream from Rose Vally and lavender infused blueberry jam from Sundance Farms. Everything from OR, and everything completely divine! Too bad Ashland wanted half of it.

Candy Shoppe

We found a candy-shop/cafe/bakery that takes decoration to the extreme! This is their bakery area — they make gluten free baked goods.

And the stairway to upstairs area look like this:

…And here’s upstairs.

I got so distracted by all the faeries and unicorns that I don’t remember the name of this place! Immi loved this place of course, we’ll have to come back for lunch some time.

Yarn Cozies

I made this “yarn cozy” last week. Yarn cozy might sound like a silly idea but it’s one of those items I dreamed up to fix yarn related inconvenience a few years ago and I’ve since been using them (this is the third one I’ve made, the previous two are a lot more utilitarian in design). It basically prevents the center-pull ball of yarn from loosing shape and thus getting tangled (as yarn depletes from the center) and keeps the outside of the ball of yarn (gets used up last, which means they remain exposed until the project is done) from getting mangled while I’m working on the project.

On the needle is immi’s scarf. I got this super fuzzy yarn in fun color at Yarn Garden for 75% off (they are having a huge sale now)!

I had a check-up appointment and glucose test this week with my OB. Baby seems to be doing well, and glucose test result came back normal, but I found out that I’m very very anemic (I wasn’t at the beginning of the pregnancy). Now that I’m told, I think that I should have known — I’ve had nearly all the symptoms for past few months (fatigue, migraine, dizziness…I haven’t developed pica though), and they’ve gotten progressively worse this past month to a point I’m completely exhausted and dizzy all the time.  So I’m really glad that it’s a simple problem that will hopefully go away soon with lots of iron supplement and diet because I was beginning to wonder if I were just the biggest complainer of ordinary pregnancy symptoms.

28 weeks

Today, I’m exactly 28 weeks along which marks the first day of 3rd trimester and 12 more weeks to go until the due date. That said, no medical effort will be made to stop the labor if it starts at 36 weeks (usually), so really anytime after 8 more weeks is a fair game. Where did time go? 9 months of pregnancy feels shorter with each successive ones.

The first time around, I knew exactly how far along we were all the time — I’ve hardly taken note of it this time. It doesn’t make the baby No.3 any less special though. We already know that this little guy will be completely different from Immi or Ashland. He feels happiest to me when I’m being creative and seems empathetic when I’m feeling less than spectacular. He moves around gently all the time (Ashland hurt often — there were lots of kicks, jabs and even tugging…is that even possible? And immi hardly ever moved.) and immediately responds to touch.

It’s hard for me to imagine what it would be like with 3 kids, but I know that it will soon be as if we’d always had all of them. One thing I know is that around this time next year when I make double portion of pancakes, I won’t have leftovers (I started doubling up the portion recently because one batch is too small) and that when I make annie’s mac&cheese, I’d have to make 2 boxes and not 1.