Saturday, December 30, 2006
Next up is "The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B". It is about Josephine Bonaparte.
So that makes 53 books read this year. Doubt I will get another finish in the next couple of days.
How do I do it? We don't watch TV. Refuse to pay for the crappy cable service here and there are no local channels at all, so we don't watch tv.
Why was I up at ugly-thirty today? Because I have a monster growing in my belly that does not allow me to sleep like a normal human being.
Friday, December 29, 2006
I remembered that she was going to send me this book, but had no clue about what she could have sent for the baby. She had previously sent me the book "P.S. I Love You" by the same author and I loved that book. It made me laugh and cry. I am hoping this book is just as good. I have packed it into my "hospital bag" and am planning on starting it when I go into the hospital.
Don't ya just love the ducky wrapping paper? It is too cute! And it matches the baby gift so perfectly! She stitched us a hooded towel with the cutest little duckies on it! I can't wait until the baby is here and old enough (read: stumpless) to take a proper bath. Then I can take a picture of it with it's stinking cute hooded towel.
Thanks again, Jenn! Your stitching is so neat and perfect, we just love it!
The generosity of the online stitching community never ceases to amaze me. I am so thankful for the friends that I have made through the blogging world.
It seems like everyone is doing a year-end wrap up and listing their stitching accomplishments for 2006. Shamefully I haven't kept very good track of my stitching accomplishments, and I don't feel like going through old blog posts to search them out. The only resolution that I will make for 2007 is to photograph my stitching with each finish and make an album on my webshots. For some idiotic reason, I deleted all of my old finishes from previous years. Live and learn.
I will do a year-end book wrap up though. This year I have managed to read 52 books. Not too bad I guess. I really wanted to finish all of the "Chronicles of Narnia" but have only made my way through 3 of the books. I just can't read alot of those stories at once, I have to be in the mood. Here is a listing of my favorite books that I read this year:
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Yesterday I read the book, "The Christmas Box". It was a quick read. When I say quick, I mean less than an hour. It was a good book and appropriate for the holidays. I am slowly working my way through "Victoria Victorious" about Queen Victoria. Kinda dry, and I am almost done so that is great. It has given me more insight to her life though. Maybe I will read "Skipping Christmas" today. I read it a couple of years ago, but don't remember much of it besides how the movie is.
Tomorrow is our next baby appointment...hard to believe that our due date is 17 days away. I remember when I got all excited when my countdown ticker said 100 days. Where has the time gone?
Saturday, December 23, 2006
BTW, I stole this pic from Stitches-N-Things.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
I started working on my Biscornu that I am doing with Carolyn. I totally forgot that we had agreed to start this week! I have serious pregnancy brain lately. All I think about 90% of the time is the baby and baby related stuff. Oops! So, I started it last night. We bought our kits from Mary Kathryn's shop. She also gives very good finishing instructions. The kit comes with the chart, 2 pieces of Jobelan and a skien of Dinky Dyes silk in your color choice ( I chose "Mystic Pools" ). I have never stitched with Dinky Dyes and although they are nice and smooth, I feel like they are too fragile. Guess I will stick with regular DMC after this. The frog came to visit me today, grr. So, I spent time ripping out part of it, but otherwise it is going well. I betcha Carolyn is ahead of me though, lol. I am so slow!
Doesn't Bella Baby look thrilled to pieces to be slinged? I hope that our baby doesn't give me as much attitude.
Monday, December 18, 2006
I am somewhat amused by the fact that they tried to recycle disposables, lol.
Cloth Diaper Article
Now, how many of you out there that used disposables actually flushed the poo down the toilet before disposing of the diaper? I never really thought about it before but I don't think that I have ever seen anyone do it.
Yuck and double yuck to disposables. Treehuggers unite!
Of course, I had to take some of DH & the dog.
And these are the hermit crabs that I just love to watch. They are everywhere on the beach and on the rocks.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I also got the organic sage in the mail and my treat bag from my Yahoo stitching group exchange. And let me tell you, the treat bag was worth the wait!
Was I ever spoiled or what? I really love doing exchanges in this group. I love the fact that they are centralized and nobody gets the shaft because their partner is a flake and I love the fact that everyone is so very generous with the bags. I think that the next exchange I am going to participate in is a "stitched fob" exchange, which is due to the Moderator in February. I also like that the Moderator tries to swap out the exchanges at an equal value. Like for the stitched fob exchange, she said that if you send in a fob with a pair of scissors, you will get a fob with a pair of scissors back instead of just a fob. That is nice.
I also got my ornament from the 123stitch message board ornament exchange organized by Sue. My partner was Nancy in Alaska and I think that she just did an awesome job with the stitching and finishing of the ornament. I was glad to hear that she received my ornament as well, which I blogged about here.
I took the picture the other night...we don't really have a "tree" up here at the House of Grinch, so I set it on the shelf that holds some of my prized possessions. Bottles of sand and shells from beaches that DH & I have visited together. My favorites have to be the bottle of sand from Grand Isle, Louisiana, which was pretty much wiped out after Hurricane Katrina. It is where DH proposed to me in October 2003. The other one is the bottle of black sand from Anse Mamin Beach, St. Lucia. The beach where we got married in 2004. We have sand from 3 of the Great Lakes, Australia, Thailand, Oregon, St. Lucia, Louisiana, Guam...still deciding on a beach here in Saipan.
We had our 36 week appointment this week. Got to take a tour of the labor & delivery department. It is tiny. Only 4 rooms. They can be split and turned into 8 rooms though if needed. Plus, the very very nice lady pointed out the "extra bed" that is in the hall (does have a curtain for privacy) if they are really full. Certainly not like the *suites* that they have back in the States, that is for sure. But, it was nice to see it all and get questions answered.
I reeeealllly hope that when I go into labor that I don't end up in the bed in the hall. It would be my luck though, LOL.
The baby is doing great, head down and in position. Now it is just a waiting game. The heartbeat is strong. The doctor still said January...much to DH's disappointment. He really wants it to come before the first of the year.
This week I got all of the clothes sorted, washed and put away. I am waiting on the cloth diapers to come that I ordered from Jillians Drawers. I got the sheets and mattress pads washed, folded and put away. We ordered the crib tent so that the kitties can't get in it...and I think that we are set! I even picked out 2 "coming home" outfits...one boy and one girl and got those packed into the hospital bag. I hope that they fit it! Maybe I will post a picture of them later this week. The boy one is so cute...it is just a blue suit from the Gap, but I think that it is so cute with the little hat and booties.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
And that I think that Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is just the bee's knees of politicians...
Well, he has made the quote of the week recently.
Speaking in New Hampshire, this is what he said:
Tough AND Dumb.
If you want to read the entire story, head over here to the official website.
I fervently hope that he runs in 2008.
In more Obama-ness, I saw this commercial on YouTube...great stuff. The laugh at the end got me.
(can anyone tell me how to get the little YouTube screen shot on this page so that you can watch it here? I tried copying the embed code and it didn't work.)
My new camera came, my new camera came. I have tried it out a little bit, but still have to finish going through the ginormous instruction manual that came with it before I feel totally comfy with it. Will post fun pictures soon!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Well, my Christmas stitching is done. Since we aren't doing "gifts" this year at the House of Grinch, the family is just getting the usual ornament.
They are now winging their way across the Pacific. I hope that they make it in time for Christmas so that they can be on the trees for the actual day.
The ornaments are all from different JCS Ornament Special Issue magazines. I don't have my list in front of me right now.
I am not in the best mood lately.
Mostly because I am so frustrated with the mail system here. There is no home delivery on island so everyone goes to the post office. Well, the little branch that we go to seems to have some kind of impediment with getting our packages to us in a timely manner. When packages come in, they write on the package what box it is for and what date it comes in and then they are supposed to put a slip in the box to let you know you have a package.
I had ordered my sling rings a few weeks ago and was waiting on them...DH brought the package home on 12-7 and they had written on it that it was there on 12-2.
Mom ordered something for us off of ebay (organic sage) and the tracking shows that it was delivered on 12-4...do I have it in my hot little hands? Nope.
Wonder where my new camera is that was shipped 2 weeks ago yesterday?
DH is going to have to do some investigating and see if he can figure out what is going on.
Friday was "Constitution Day" here on Saipan. There are more holidays here than I have ever seen. DH only worked a half day, so that afternoon we went to a barbecue. It was with a bunch of locals that DH knows through work and their families. I have to say that they are just the nicest people. We spent Easter with them as well. I made my Chocolate Chip Coconut (fresh) Oatmeal cookies that morning and took a gallon ziplock of them for the party as well as 2 gallons of homemade caramel corn. The cookies disappeared in a flash. I think that the caramel corn was put away for later. That's okay though because we still had 2 gallons here at the house. I say "had" because it is the past tense. Not so much anymore. The baby craves it, I think. I know one thing, I will never buy store bought caramel corn again!
And for more crazy pet adventures...presenting Bella Baby in a diaper cover....
Not only do we
love our kitties by putting them in baby clothes, we also go around waking them up during the day because they think that night time is for tearing the house apart. I think that they have a conspiratorial gleam in their eyes.
Viva La Revolution!!
That's it from me, not feeling exceptionally chatty lately. Too much going on in my head.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
There ought to be a law about burning your household refuse. If there is a law, then my neighbors surely don't know about it because they burn their garbage frequently.
And it makes my house smell so charming. Especially the environmentally un-friendly burning plastic. Double blech!!
This baby is sucking the everloving life right out of my body. I am 35 weeks today and have the worst exhaustion. For the past two weeks, it is about all I can do to make the bed every morning. Somehow I did manage to find strength yesterday to do the dishes, make 3 loaves of bread and a foccacia for our roasted veggie sandwiches last night. Which btw, were deelish!
Don't let me fool you...I truly am blessed. This pregnancy has been so easy, I couldn't have asked for more. I never had nausea/vomiting, my blood pressure is great, minimal swelling, I have only gained 19 pounds, and the baby moves around all of the time. It wiggles alot now. I think that it is running out of room. We are really getting anxious to meet this little treehugger and welcome her/him into our family.
I have been spoiled again! My Aunt J & her family sent us a big box this week! They sent a play gym that is so bright and colorful, I love it! And a cute little "First Chewey Toy" that is so bright and visually stimulating, along with the different textures on it...really cool! Along with a container of chocolate toffee covered pretzels and a bunch of hot chocolate mix packets...YUM! When DH saw the pretzels, he immediately took them from me, opened them up and started eating them. I was in mid sentence and just looked at him, it was funny. They also included a couple of things from Granny & Grampy...a packet of adorable onesies and a bib that says "I love my Grandpa". I love it! Thanks again, Aunt J! Killer Lily approves.
I also got an awesome package from Carolyn! Thank you, Carolyn! We are going to do stitch a biscornu together that we bought at Mary Kathryn's Shop ....she got a floss color that wasn't what she thought it was, and I liked it better, so I ordered a surprise color for her and we swapped. She sent that along with a package of the new Peanut Butter Kisses, 3 packages of Sour Patch Kids, a tin of Christmas cookies, a Livestrong bracelet, a Breast Cancer awareness bracelet and 2 scissor fobs. The floss, bracelets and fobs were packaged in the bag inside of the round holiday box and it was just soo cute! I love it all. And I have already scarfed down most of one package of Sour Patch Kids (that's why you only see 2).
DH had to go to some boating safety thingy here recently and brought home a small t-shirt. Like children's size. Since we don't have a child yet to put it on, what do 2 semi-normal people do? Put it on the dog.
I think that Lady likes it. Here she is with DH:
And here she is later on, being too lazy to stand up and eat her Eukanuba:
Good times, Good times.
Y'all missed the other day when we put diaper covers on the cats. They *loved* them! : )
This baby better come soon or else the animals are going to revolt.
Okay, I am going to go play with my blogger template some. Now that I got to join the "cool kids club" (blogger beta), I need to make some changes. Could be a challenge for my HTML developmentally disabled self.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
This week's SBQ is:
"How do you secure your thread when you begin a new one? Specifically,do you or have you ever used a waste knot?"
I typically only use DMC floss, and use 2 threads so I use the "loop method" to start my threads about 95% of the time. If I am stitching 1 over 1, then I just either tuck the end under a couple of stitches nearby or hold it with a finger as I stitch over it (since I stitch Continental Style and my backsides of solid areas look like: l l l l l l l ). I then end the thread by running it under a few stitches.
(Click on "Loop Method" above to see a demo of it if you are interested)
I have never used a waste knot, or any kind of knot that I can think of.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I tried up upgrade to Blogger Beta this am and it told me that I can't. Rat Bastards. I see all this "Switch Now" hoopla on my dashboard and then when I get the balls to try to do it...denied.
I have been working on ornaments this past week. I only have 2 *maybe 3* left to do, if I am ambitious enough. This last month of pregnancy is wiping me out like nobody's business.
(No, I wasn't drunk when I took these pictures...you just never know how they are going to turn out since I can't review them or look at them on the LCD screep of ol'crappy. And I get tired of re-doing them so here they are in their glory.)
"Keep Christmas In Your Heart"
2000 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue
leftover linen scrap (32 ct)
"Outside My Window"
2005 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue
linen scrap (32 ct)
Now who was it that said that they don't want any presents for the baby? Yeah, that is me, eating crow right now. We got some really awesome things in the mail this week and I am loving it!!!
First is the package from my MIL & FIL. She told me recently that she has ordered more things and will ship them once she gets them. I can't wait!!
*a package of 2 Boppy Slipcovers, which I love
*Hola Jalapeno (board book), My First Sushi (board book), Yum Yum Dim Sum (board book), and a Little Golden Book of SleepyTime Tales hardcover book.
Love it all. DH & I had a fun time reading the board books...they are so cute! (I can already hear my BFF, the Popularity Queen, making comments about the "weird" food that we eat. Got to introduce the baby to it early in life so that it likes it!!)
Then, we got a GIANT box in the mail from my Dad & J. I knew that they were sending this since J told me that she was going shopping for the baby. I told her, "Well, just don't go crazy." To which she replied, "You know I will!."
And she did.
Here is the box, before opening...
And this is the ton of stuff that was inside of it:
*Giddy Up & Go play mat with hanging things
*Sponge-y bath mat thing for bathing
*Evenflo Elan Feeding System
*Mother Goose Pop-Up book
*Nursery Rhyme hardcover book
*First book of "Taggies"
*Johnson's baby care gift pack with soaps & stuff
*Infant grooming kit with the always funny booger sucker thingy
*rubber duck for bath time (a kid can never have enough toys in the tub...now the other duck has a pal!)
*A hooded bear fleece blanket
*Baby Einstein soft books: What Floats and Water Everywhere
*a Boppy reversable cover that is sooo my style. I *love* the fabrics on this!
*2 waterproof mattress pads
*4 crib sheets
Wow! I think that we are set with baby stuff! It was almost like Christmas opening that box. I really need to put some sheets back on that bed sometime soon...kinda ugly for staging pictures. : )
I am anxious to start getting everything put away and all the linens and clothes washed...I told DH the other day that I was going to start and he said, "Don't you think it is a bit early yet? We still have another month to go." Fine, you win. But only for another week.
Speaking of DH, he has really come up with some zingers lately.
The other night I was in the kitchen and thought there was something on the floor, so I bent at the waist kinda and looked down. He was walking past and said, "What are you looking for, your feet?".
Last week, we were getting ready to go and I said, "Hang on, I need to go to the bathroom first." (a pregnant woman's bladder is a tricky thing) I went to the bathroom and he followed me since he was still talking to me (we don't hide much in this house). As my 2 teaspoons of pee came out, I gave him an exasperated look and threw my hands in the air...his reply?
"Yeah, be sure to empty out your thimble."
Did I mention that I baked cookies last week? Yep, some oatmeal pumpkin cookies with whole wheat (they need chocolate). And I also managed to touch the hot cookie sheet to my giant belly which resulted in a nice burn and blister. Mother of the Year, right here!!
I am so sick of ebay sellers holding my feedback hostage. I did my part, I paid you very promptly...now leave feeback for me. Don't wait to see what I am going to say. Arrrgghh.
Monday, November 27, 2006
My ebay auctions
There is a lot of Just Nan's with embellishment packs, a lot of Lizzie Kate & Mill Hill patterns from kits and also a Crossed Wing "Silken Wings" kit.
I also have a "Vintage Box" from Gloria & Pat that has about 46 pattern books and a stitched model available (not listed yet on ebay) for $28 including shipping. Email me if you want pictures or listing of charts: mhighfill@gmail. com
I also have a huge pile of patterns that I am going to go through and list on ebay as one *GIANT* lot.
Bid often and bid high! : )
Remember, we have a baby coming : )
Sunday, November 26, 2006
DH took a pic of me on Thanksgiving eve...here I am 33 weeks (8 months) pregnant and can you believe that I am wearing an outfit that I wore in June 2003!? I was a bit husky back in 2003, but I about died when I put the outfit on and was able to button it up. I know that I look thrilled in the picture, it was the end of the night, we were at DH's office for him to finish up some work so that he could stay home on Friday and I just wanted to go home. : )
This week I have been working on ornaments. I have a few more left to do and then I will post a picture of them all. We are being scrooges this year and not really "doing" Christmas. I just think that it will be too much since the baby is due at the beginning of January. I am sure that I won't feel like taking down a tree and decorations with a newborn. All I will probably want to do is sleep. So, in that same train of thought, we aren't really sending presents to our families...just the ornaments that I make. And we are asking for nothing in return, because doing so would just not be right.
I am getting a new camera!!! It is a Kodak P850. I hope that it will be here in the next week or so. Here is a link to the review of it. I looked at quite a few online before choosing this one. DH has really been talking about the Canon Rebel Digital SLR, but I can't see forking over $800 right now for one. Even though it would match his 35mm. And it rocks.
Then I read an article online about the Sony Cybershot (which is the craptastic one that I have currently) having problems with the LCD screen, etc. due to humidity in certain climates. Umm, hello...thanks alot people! I am going to still investigate to see if I can get it repaired through them or not. They will probably say that I can't since we live in Saipan and everyone thinks that Saipan is BFE or a foreign country. We are a Commonwealth of the USA!!! Rant over.
Can you tell which one of these critters doesn't belong? I caught Bella Baby snoozing in the crib yesterday. We are so going to have to get a crib tent to keep the kitties out of the crib. We shoo them out when we catch them, but I am not looking forward to the times that we don't know about...
(click on the picture to see it bigger)
In the picture you can also see the 2 blankets that Mom crocheted for the baby hanging over the rail. Okay, I think that we are all set with the crocheted baby blankets! I did one, Mom did two, and Granny usually does one for all new babies...although she hasn't said anything about it. The kid will be hauling these to college with it, it will have so many. Did I ever mention that it is *hot* here?
DH & I are really getting anxious about the baby coming. I am most anxious to know what the gender is. I decided that with the next one, we will find out before it is born. Doesn't mean that we have to tell everyone. Although I am sure we will. Or, I will. I can't keep many secrets.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
We got another souvenir in the mail from our Australia trip...
DH got a speeding ticket. Don't be shocked, I wasn't. I saw the signs everywhere that said that they use cameras to monitor speed.
His alleged speed was 115km/h (equals 71.46 mph) and the permitted speed was 100km/h (equals 62.14 mph).
The fine for going 9.32 mph over the speed limit in Australia?
$215 AUD which equals $165.81 USD. OUCH. That cuts into the diaper buying budget!
They don't mess around in Australia.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Anyway, on to what was inside already!!
A package of washcloths, a package of onesies, a package of burp cloths (that match the onesies that Staci sent us a few months ago), a Classic Pooh plush rattle, a package of Classic Pooh bibs, a package of booties, a neat rubber ducky that has a temperature sensor on it that tells you if the bathwater is too hot, and my favorite of all, THE BUNNY SLIPPERS!!! They are so freaking cute, I can't hardly stand it. Even DH loves them. First thing he asked was, "Are you going to have the baby wear them when we go home to visit?" To which I replied, "You are damn right, I can't wait for it to get here so I can put them on it" (It being the baby).
Now, you all know by know that I love thrift shops and buying things at garage sales and secondhand shops. I love it even more when you find things at said places with the tags still on them. Then you know that they were never used (hopefully). Mom was at a thrift shop at home and saw this bag and thought it was a nice bag for her. She didn't really look at it, seems like it was a "snatch it before someone else's mitts come after it" situation.