December 2008

We had a wonderful Christmas, just the three of us in our pjs all day long.  Stephen seemed to have a great first Christmas — he particularly enjoyed the fact that he was allowed to tear up all of the tissue paper that he’s been denied access to these past few weeks.  Below are a couple of pictures of our tree…the first one is a picture of how it’s looked for most of the last month, with the larger shipping boxes barricading the tree, and the second is a picture of how it looked last night, with all of the presents wrapped:

I hope all of you had a blessed Christmas, and that you have a wonderful New year!


Okay, I realize this puts me in a new category of nerdy, but I had the best time today sewing some new diapers for Stephen out of recycled materials.  I used an old XL cotton knit shirt (really nice and thick), an old flannel nightgown, and a small T-shirt, and made five diapers plus doublers!  These are all no more than 2 layers thick, so they’ll dry really quickly and be easy to get clean.  It took me a while to figure out how to adjust the thread tension on my sewing machine, so a lot of the seams I did early on in the process look really ugly, but as long as they hold up I don’t really care.


Look where I got to spend the afternoon, getting an amazing massage.  Seriously, does he rule or what?

I’ve been feeling very uninspired lately blog-wise, but there are a couple of websites I’ve been really loving lately, so I figured it was worth a post to share the love with others!

Ravelry is an absolutely amazing site for knitters and crocheters.  Seriously, if you’re not a member and you knit or crochet, go join.  It’s a sister site of Craftster, which also has a lot of fun project ideas on it, but Ravelry is focused on knitting and crocheting specifically.  There are a ton of patterns on the site, and discussion boards, and a notebook function so you can save pictures and details of your projects (something I always meant to do but never got around to), but I think the best thing about it is the search function.  You can search for projects by yarn type, gauge, needle size, project type, and about a thousand other things.  It’s great for someone like me who has a bunch of random yarn in their stash but doesn’t know what to do with it!  You do have to request an invitation to join, but that’s just because it’s a new site and they’re staggering the new memberships to keep from crashing their servers.  I got my invite in less than a week.

Paperback Swap is another great site.  If you have a good public library where you are, or good secondhand bookstores, it might be less exciting to you, but for us it’s been so awesome!  It’s free to join, and basically you sign up, and list a bunch of books that you’d be willing to swap out (you get 2 credits for the first 10 books you list).  Once you have credits (either your initial 2 freebies, or credits you get when other people order your books, or you can buy them), you can order order books from other people.  So you pay postage when you send a book out, but for every book you send you get a credit worth a book, and whoever you order a book from pays postage to send it to you.  There’s something crazy like 1.5 million books listed on their site, and you can search by title, author, ISBN, genre, whatever.  We’ve already mailed out like a dozen books and have ordered 4.  They’ve all been in great shape, and we get to read new books without having to buy them new online!