Friday, September 30, 2005

My Secret Pal has Hit!

Yeah! I received a package from my SP yesterday with the JoAnn's magazine that had the cable knit sweater pattern it in. I really like the sweater, and think it will look wonderful on me once I lose my weight. There were also a couple of other neat patterns as well that I look forward to trying once I get my "knitting hands".

I also finished the baby afghan for my boss last night. I think it turned out really great and I am very proud of it! I brought it into work today to show everyone, since he's not here. They all think it's great too! Now, I only hope that they actually use it! After all, that's what it's for, right? I'll take pictures when I get home and post them this weekend.

Now, it's off to get my car inspected and have the oil changed and tires rotated. Then I might just treat myself to a coffee and pick up a book I want. It's 30% off at Borders, plus I have a 40% off coupon too! Do you think I get both discounts? Gee, I hope so! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Excercise is EVIL!

I have come to the conclusion that excercise is just plain evil. Here is my story.

I got suckered. You know those infomercials they do for excercise videos? Well, one of 'em got me. $9.95 plus shipping and handling for the fundamentals video, a 20 minute workout video, guidance for excercise and loosing weight, stability ball, and foot pump! How can you go wrong for $10? You can't even buy one of those balls at WalMart for $10 (not a good one at least). So I called. Then they tried to sell me magazine subscriptions and vitamins. I said no. Then they tried to sell me another ball. Again, no. Then more videos! No! I just want what it comes with, try it out, see if I like it, then maybe get more.....Here's the catch. They automatically charge you and send you two new videos every two months. You can cancel at anytime. Of course, who's going to remember that? Anyways, got my stuff - was excited and pumped up the ball right away. Then got sick. No working out for Jennifer! Finally started feeling better a week later, and did the fundamentals last Thursday. Didn't feel the excercises - was thinking it didn't work. But, it was only teaching me excercises, so the 20 minute video would be better. Woke up Friday, and couldn't walk. Pain running through the inside of my thighs. By the end of the day, it had radiated all around! Ouch! So, Monday morning I tried the 20 minute video - which apparently is only supposed to be used when you don't have time to do the longer video that I don't have (see? suckered). The video was good, and it was fun. I enjoyed it and actually wanted it to be longer. I think I will let those next two videos come before I cancel this subscription. I was excited because my knees were a little weak afterwards - this time I knew it worked! Come Tuesday, I can't walk. Pain radiating down from the tops of my shoulders all the way to the tops of my thighs! Ouch! Those areas were still hurting today, so I did the fundamentals again. Can't wait to see how I feel tomorrow. Lol. Again, excercise is evil!

On the brighter side of life, I received an email from my SP telling me she was able to finally find the magazine she wanted me to get with the cable knit sweater that she's going to teach me to knit! I'm so excited and can't wait to get it! It will be interesting to knit something other than dishclothes (which I haven't done in years), if I am somehow able to. Wish me luck! If I succeed, then I will finally have that perfect sweater that I have always seen, but never able to afford!

As far as crochet in my life is concerned - I'm getting behind. I decided to try my hand at designing a shawl from a pattern I found in "Encyclopedia of Crochet". It's coming along pretty good, but haven't quite decided whether or not I'm going to like it. I need to go buy some more yarn so I can finish it. I did finish another shawl from a pattern I found at C'ville. I really like the way it came out, but it's lighter (and smaller) than I hoped. I think it would make a great sarong though. Maybe my sister would like it... Oh, and I started a baby afghan for my boss. Baby girl is due in December and I have wanted so very much to make a star shaped baby afghan from I'm about halfway through it. Hopefully I'll finish it tonight and be able to post photos tomorrow!

Alright - It's time to shut up and go home! Have a great night!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Puppy Pictures!!!

As promised in my last post....Here are some pictures of the new puppy. His name is Zero, and he can be kind of psycho, but we love him and he has calmed the other two mutts way down! Course, I don't know quite how I feel about having all three of them laying on me and snoring away at 8:00 at night, but I guess it's better than having them chase each other around the house, or peeing on the floor!

A quick history of his name - he was given to me by my husband for our 1 year anniversary. I was told I could name him whatever I wanted. Well, I wanted to name him Mufasa. I just think it's a cool name! And Kyle vetoed it! Grrrrr. So, I went for Pepe le peu since he has a skunk stripe down his back. "But, that's not Disney!" Kyle says. Another veto! So, he's now named Zero after the dog in "A Nightmare Before Christmas". Not Disney either, but Disney does re-do the Haunted Mansion every year at Halloween into "A Nightmare Before Christmas" and they sell trinkets and stuff. I guess that was good enough for Kyle! Ok, enough of the rambling - here's the pictures!

Sleeping on the toys. The other dogs actually piled them up, and he just made himself comfy!

This one is actually my favorite picture. He likes to sleep under the couch. Too bad it's a little blury!

Not the greatest picture, but a good one of his skunk stripe! He looks like a good mix between the other two dogs, doesn't he?

This is one of the few times that he actually conked out on Kyle, so I had to post it! Aren't they just adorable? Ok, that's it. No new information to post. Hope you like the pictures!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005


For those of you anxiously awaiting another post for me, you're in luck! Fortunately for you, I have a migraine, at work. And, working on proposals with a migraine, doesn't quite work so well. So, I took my last Zomig, and I'm hanging out waiting for it to kick in. Keep your fingers crossed that it takes away the migraine and just leaves me dizzy and drowsy. Otherwise, the migraine tends to get worse and I get sick. Don't want that, now do we?

On the crochet front, I've seemed to get quite a bit accomplished lately. I've managed to start on my cathedral window afghan and I'm really liking the way it's turning out so far. Unfortunately I have a bunch of stuff to do for Christmas, and with Secret Pals and the square swap, I'm going to have to put off the afghan for a while. Tell me what you think of it...

I've also finished 11 more squares - that puts me at 22 of my 40. Over halfway there! Need to sit down and finish those up. Maybe I can do that this weekend and just get it done and over with. Here are the squares for your viewing pleasure...

I've also finished some rectagular shawls for Christmas. Not so sure what I think of them. The yarn was kind of expensive, and I hate to waste it, but I just don't know if the people that I made them for will wear them or not. I keep going back and forth, and my husband is of no help! Here are the shawls...

I think that's about it on the crochet front. Now I'm going to go home and lie down. Hope you are all doing better than I am right now!