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So what did happen to my dad?

January 16, 2010 7 comments

Okay, here’s the round up post on all of those one liners about my dad.

Sometime during the night of Wednesday January 6th, his appendix burst.  He woke up feeling like he had a very bad stomach virus/food poisoning.  Eventually on Thursday, at the insistance of my Aunt Diane (who lives with my parents), my brother was called and my mom came home from work to get him to the hospital via ambulance (trying to skip the long wait for ER by sending him in this way).  He was taken back right away and they started treating his symptoms (pain, nausea) and they ordered a CT scan.  The first scan must not have been very conclusive as a second one was ordered later that evening.  Then it was discovered that his appendix had burst and he was rushed into emergency surgery around 1:30 am on Friday.

He now has a 14″ scar because they could not do this surgery laparoscopically – this is because (which may also apply to me since it seems to run in our family) his appendix was not in the correct place, instead it was tucked up and under his intestines.  Thank goodness for this because it probably saved his life.  The surgeon cleaned out his abdomen, checked everything else and closed him up.  He was moved to the medical/surgical recovery floor of the hospital and was recovering well.  Saturday morning the physical therapists/nurses made him get up and walk and when he did, he became light headed and was having difficulty breathing, so a chest x-ray was ordered and it was discovered that he had developed blood clots in both of his lungs.  He was then moved to the Critical Care Unit (a different way to say ICU) for the rest of the day and for most of Sunday.  He was started on blood thinners and they were watching his breathing/heart function.  Sunday evening he was moved to the Progressive Care Unit, a step down from the ICU.  He remained there until Monday, where he was moved back to the medical/surgical floor.

He is still in the hospital today because they are trying to get his blood levels sorted out, the blood thinners worked too well and now they are trying to adjust him back to normal.  He’ll be having a screen put in to help this process but hopefully sometime this week he will be able to go home or to a rehab facility.

Considering Dad is NEVER sick this has thrown us all for a loop since he’ll be 75 this year. I’m just glad he’s okay!

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6 days until move

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Urgh. This weekend we are moving everything from the kitchen, except mugs and pots and pans and will be running on paper plates. My parents are coming up for the weekend to help repair a huge hole in the plaster in the bathroom (that I caused by pulling the shower rod off of the wall… oops) and clean and just keep me from going insane. Yay parents!

Xmas knitting is in full swing and my mom’s rogue is on the hood and I’m working my way along.  The other projects are top secret, so they will have to wait until after the holiday.

Today I’m home from work this morning because the old apartment complex is painting our front door and I need to make sure miss Haley doesn’t flee the safety of our walk-in closet to go explore Princeton Junction. She has experience outside yes, but the fact that I can’t get a collar on her (she loses control of bodily functions and I don’t want to repeat the experience my sister had) and she isn’t micro-chipped is the major concern.

Cannot wait to move so I can start unpacking and get my life back in order. I hate moving.

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The only thing worse than unpacking is?

November 22, 2009 9 comments




But the good thing in this? I’ve figured out how I want my yarn organized in the new apartment. I would like to get a cheap dresser with 5 drawers and keep one type of yarn in each drawer.

But inbetween packing and cleaning and painting and everything else:



Monte's Autumn Garden

Monte's Autumn Garden

is quickly turning into:

Monte’s Autumn Garden

Monte’s Autumn Garden from Pigeon Roof Studios

This is the first part of 4 oz of falkland from Pigeon Roof Studios, my first ever club shipment, colorway is Monte’s Autumn Garden. I will definitely renew this subscription! So far the falkland has been a dream to spin – this is my first time spinning it too!


Finished up is some shetland also from Pigeon Roof Studios in the Ghost Orchid colorway.  I need to measure yardage and WPI.  Anyone have any project ideas for this?  I’ve never knit with shetland and have no idea what kind of project it would be suited for. (argh preposition at the end of a sentence but I’m tired!)

Ghost Orchid shetland

Ghost Orchid shetland from PRS

Progress is also being made on my mom’s sweater – I’m working my way up the chart on the front part of the sweater, the back is done, so hopefully over the long weekend I can get the hood started/finished/something.


Guess it’s time to pack some more boxes.


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November 4, 2009 3 comments

It’s been forever. sorry readers.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  1. Garden State Sheep Breeders Festival: attended and booth worked for our Jessica
  2. Rhinebeck sweater: finished
  3. Rhinebeck: attended
  4. Flu of some variety: survived
  5. Stitches east: attended
  6. WEBS virgin: NO MORE
  7. Drive from hell back to NJ after Stitches EAST & Webs: Survived!
  8. Mom’s xmas sweater: started
  9. several test knits: attempted, one finished
  10. Designers met: 1 (Designer of my rhinebeck sweater works at webs! And she took my photo!)
  11. New apartment lease: signed
  12. New apartment being painted: started!
  13. Cat health issues: somewhat solved – she is okay 🙂

So clearly, I have been busy. These microblogging sites such as plurk and twitter are really sucking the blogging mojo away from me! I will try to get a post in tomorrow too – with some photos this time 🙂

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Tour de Fleece wrap up!

August 2, 2009 4 comments

Hello! Since I’ve finally managed to get all of my chores done, I figured I had no more excuses to not do this TdF wrap up entry!

This was my first tour, and I joined two teams on Ravelry: Plurk and LSG but managed to not really post anything on ravelry of merit – I’ve been kinda quiet internet wise lately, plurk and twitter are taking up most of my internet time. Anyway, on with the photos!

tour de fleece wrap up

tour de fleece wrap up

1. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 2. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 3. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 4. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 5. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 6. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 7. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 8. lisa souza lime n violet 50/50 merino/bombyx, 9. frecklefacefibers merino/superwash merino in Dixie, 10. frecklefacefibers merino/superwash merino in Dixie, 11. haley is a great helper, 12. frecklefacefibers merino/superwash merino in Dixie, 13. cjkopec juy SAL in Navarro, 14. cjkopec juy SAL in Navarro, 15. cjkopec juy SAL in Navarro, 16. cjkopec juy SAL in Navarro, 17. cjkopec juy SAL in Navarro, 18. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 19. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 20. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 21. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 22. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 23. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 24. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 25. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 26. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 27. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 28. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening, 29. Zarzuela’s fibers merino/tencel in Spring Awakening

So all in all? 19 ounces! 4 from lisa souza, 6 from cj kopec, 6 from zarzuela’s fibers, and 3 of 9 ounces from freckle face fibers!

Pfew. Can’t wait until next year.

On other fronts? We’ve temporarily suspended the house hunt, focusing on saving some more money.  I recently joined weight watchers and hope to see some real success on this.

This coming weekend I will be attending my first W.O.O.L. gathering and I could not be any more excited! Now to figure out what fiber to take with me 🙂

Recently off of the wheel:

lisa souza superfine superwash merino in wild things

lisa souza superfine superwash merino in wild things

Next up?

sereknity superwash merino in pink lemonade

sereknity superwash merino in "pink lemonade"

Knitting is still going on, I think I’ll work on my swallowtail shawl a little this afternoon if I ever make it to the grocery store during the huge line of thunderstorms that are battering NJ today. Earlier we were under a torndao warning. I got a little anxious about it and had to go sit in the bathroom with haley. Hah. What a wuss I am 🙂

More hopefully tomorrow.

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my legs are going to fall off

May 3, 2009 Leave a comment

really quick post but spent entire day in NYC with Cait and Mama Stuff.  Bought a cookie jar, talked a lot of knitting/spinning, ate GRILLED CORN, came home, knitted a lot on the train.

more tomorrow because I am spent.

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Back from the dead?

May 1, 2009 3 comments

Hello my few and far between readers!

I really suck at this blogging thing. My new goal is to do this every day until June. Maybe it will get me in the habit.

Recent events? I have completed one test knit for the lovely Yarnissima and will be starting another one this evening. I’m a few days behind, but I see that as an okay thing, just to make sure those that have already started haven’t missed anything.  Everything is under wraps, no photos or hints, but these are two great patterns.  Wait, actually, the one, is Kiila that is being done as a mystery sock for Sock Knitters Anonymous.  Definitely go with a semi-solid or a straight solid yarn on that one my friends!

Spinning wise? I just finished plying up some 3 ply Corriedale from Zarzuela’s Fibers from the first fiber club Jessica offered.  This is from the January shipment and the final product needs to be washed and set before I can take some niec photos. Hopefully, I will post them by Sunday!

For the three lovely ladies that posted for the meme, give me a few more days but your prizes should be sent out before the 15th.  I have to go through some stuff and get myself together 🙂 Please make sure I have your mailing addresses! (Kim, this does not include you haha!)

I’m right on schedule for another 12 pair of socks year, 4 pairs have been completed so far, and two are half done (Digitessa and Kiila) and I’m just past the heel turn on another vanilla toe up sock.

April was a crazy month: got sick, went to see Jon Stewart, went to see Travis, went to see Bruce Springsteen perform his final two shows with the E Street Band at the to be demolished Philadelphia Spectrum, and lost my wallet.  I’m in the process of replacing everything, but sheesh, this sucks!

Here are Chez Sairy we are getting over/in the midst of a horrible spring cold/allergy/sinus infection rally.  I’m at the tail end of it, the Boy is in the midst of it and is going to get checked out today.

Congrats need to go out to LittleWit on her engagement 😀 Congrats congrats congrats!

Other than that, tomorrow I will not be going to MDS&W as planned. Whatever virus has been brewing at my house needs to stay there, and so I will be instead going to NYC to hang out with Cait and her mom (read: lunch and YARN). Can’t wait!

More when I get home tomorrow 😀