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Confessions of an Expat Housewife...

Which KnitPicks yarn for a baby blanket?
I'm trying to choose a yarn for a baby blanket. I may do a knitted chevron ripple, but am also thinking about crocheting granny squares. I'm just (2 years after he was born) finishing up my son's blanket - a granny square one done in a soy cotton yarn, and while I love it, it's pretty heavy.

I'm wondering if anyone has used either KnitPicks' Swish or Comfy, and if they could comment on the softness and durability of the yarn?

In case you're curious, here are a couple patterns I'm considering.
Greenway by Berocco
Amethyst Brook from Valley Yarns

Looking for the Holy Grail of dinners - a family dinner that is toddler friendly, healthy and quick to prepare.



Thankful 9: I'm thankful that our rotted windowsill has been fixed! Just in time for winter :)

Thankful 5: I'm thankful for second chances. Our first pumpkin rotted before we got to carve it, for a Halloween that ended up postponed. We also glossed over Mike's birthday as well. Today, we carved a non-rotted pumpkin and are currently awaiting trick-or-treaters and tomorrow we will celebrate a birthday :)

Thankful 3
Thankful 3: I'm very thankful for my friends. From the ones I've had for forever, to the ones I miss from college and the UK, to the new ones I've made in MA. Most especially the friend who helped me hide that dead body... you know who you are ;)

Do I have any Ubuntu-geek friends out there?

I'm interested in putting Ubuntu on my computer, but need the idiot's guide... I'm starting from scratch here! Does which version I use depend on my computer? Is there an easy-follow guide out there?

Any help appreciated :)

TV Juxtaposition...
I just watched an episode of the Bachelor, followed by Big Love. Hmmmmm.

Ask not what your country can do for you...
dr who converse
So here it is - a day filled with so much optimism and hope, and the desire for change. Let us not put too much hope on one man. Let us not weigh down his shoulders with the expectations we all seem to have for him.

Let us help.

The oath taken by two men today is one that I hope that every American would also take:

I do solemnly swear that I will... to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

You don't need to join one of our esteemed branches of military to defend the constitution. First, you can read the constitution and work to uphold the constitution. Perhaps you can preserve the constitution by offering your services to those who have fought to defend it. For more information, please check VFW or Veterans Affairs.

A couple points in particular stuck out to me as part of Obama's speech. First:

"the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness"

We all deserve a chance to pursue our full measure of happiness, but implied in this is the idea that each individual has to work to obtain that happiness. You can't sit back and wait for happiness to come to you, or play the part of a victim. We each must get up and work to obtain our happiness.


"For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies"

The difference between today and yesterday is quite simple - there have been a number of personnel changes in Washington D.C. In contrast, we the American people are largely the same. The change in administration may be enough to truly allow change to happen, but we as a populace can certainly facilitate that change.

Let change come, but let us also take responsibility and do what we can to help that change.

*deep relaxed breath*
Italy was wonderful! We had a really nice trip and yes, took lots of pictures! Now it's just a matter of getting the pictures edited, narrowed down and posted!

After 2 weeks away with very limited internet access I haven't caught up on LJ, and probably won't be able to catch up with everyone.

If you wish, drop me a comment and let me know what's new with you and if there are any pics you'd like to see from our trip!

The husband Meme
Dr Heee
So, rather than just answer for him, I put down (in parentheses) what I thought Mike would say, followed by what he answered.

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
(Sports - be it an actual game or a playstation one.)

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
(Caesar or Italian)
Caesar or Ranch

3. What's one food he doesn't like?
(non-chocolate candy)

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?

5. Where did he go to high school?
Los Alamitos

6. What size shoe does he wear?

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
(Pennies - he keeps a bunch from his pockets until we coinstar them)
Family Photos

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
(Meatball or Sweet onion chicken teriyaki)

9. What would this person eat every day if he could?
Ice cream

10. What is his favorite cereal?
Doesn't like cereal really

11. What would he never wear?
(Heels. He's already tall enough, and a bit too manly)

12. What is his favorite sports team?

13. Who will he vote for?
None of the above

14. Who is his best friend?
Me! (yay!)

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do?
(Hit the snooze alarm)

16. How many states has he lived in?

17. What is his heritage?
Hungarian, Scottish, Irish, Russian

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?
Carrot Cake

19. Did he play sports in high school?

20. What could he spend hours doing?


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