Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Life's to do list

I've been so "into" reading everyone's lists, and had to jump on the bandwagon to see what I did compared to everyone else. I shamelessly stole this list from Crochet Dude's blog. :-)

Completed items are in bold print

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game - (We are Penn State!)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen an eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 10 provinces or all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch - (is there any other way?!)
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Dead River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in aisles at Rocky Horror
96. Raised children.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach - (a singing one at the Smithsonian)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes -yummmmm
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read their books.
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - (well... I helped my grandfather butcher the farm animals... I think that counts)
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ - (actually a guest DJ for the day)
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Crayon Tinted Pumpkin

Crayon Tinted Pumpkin
Originally uploaded by jnbsmom.

New Craft Technique...

I have been faithfully drooling over reading Pam Kellogg's blog and finally tried the Crayon Tinting she describes so well on her blog. I used her pumpkin pattern, and was thrilled with how it turned out!! Thanks Pam! :D

We Survived 4-H!!

All projects are finished, Round-up was successful, and the county fair is over!!! We came home with MANY ribbons and will post more about that later. It was fun, exhausting, and a huge learning experience. The kids can't wait to do it again next year!!We took this past week to recooperate, regroup, and just relax.

DD is home from camp, and today is her last day as a child. Tomorrow she turns into a teen. Where did the time go???

The Princess Bride

I love that movie and was thrilled to see that I ended up being my favorite character! :)

Westley / The Dread Pirate Roberts

Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Good-bye July....Hello August!

July has just disappeared...poof...vanished!!! It went so fast and we were so busy, that I really didn't see it or realize it was almost over until DS's birthday was upon us, and we were stunned that we didn't even do any real birthday shopping for him. We did some scrambling the day before and got just what he wanted. I know we had a busy month, but the realization hit when we asked DS what he wanted to do on his birthday (he always wants to go somewhere!!) and he said he wanted to stay home and relax :)

Round-up is almost here!! The kids have some finishing touches to do on their projects, but for the most part they are done. The go Saturday to be judged, then we'll come home, pick up DD's luggage, and take her to summer camp. I'm praying that the weatherman is correct with the forecast of a change in the weather. Right now they are calling for low 80's which will make it a lovely change and nice weather for her to have a good time. It will also make it nice weather for DS to show "his" goats. He's actually showing his leader's goats, but he's had to take care of them, clip them, and spend time with them. He'll also be milking them while at the fair. He still needs to make a costume for one of the goats. His goat is in a costume contest and he has to wear something to compliment the goat's costume. I can't wait to see this one! :)

A small finish...

With all the running for 4H, I've had to carry portable projects, and I really don't find XS very portable. My carry-alongs are usually knit or crochet smalls. Socks and dishcloths are wonderful to stick in my bag. With that all said, my newest finish is a cute dishcloth I found at Dishcloth Boutique called Ballerina Dishcloth. I used size #10 thread and a size 7 hook. DD took one look at it and wanted this one to add to her hope chest, too. Hmmmm.... I think this girl had better learn to crochet - and soon, too! LOL

Yesterday started another mystery dishcloth at Monthly Dishcloths group. I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment. Yesterday also started a new sock for the Knitting on the Road KAL. The chosen sock is Unst, and I've got my yarn (Kroy 3 ply in Honeysuckle Rose), but want to finish DD's other footie before I start. I think I'll be needing to adjust the size on this sock, as it may be running a little small. I assume I'll have to go up a needle size or two, but then that gauge is a little looser than I'd like for the yarn I've chosen to use. I've never knitted from Nancy Bush's books before, so the one size sock (not in DD's size) is new to me. I'll be gleaning information from other knitters on what they've done. I could always just jump in and knit and rip if it isn't what I want. I'll probably end up doing that since that's the only way to learn. Right? :-)