Saturday, February 28, 2009

Food Fights

You might think I'm talking about throwing food at one another. You would be wrong. If you own a couple of teenagers you'd know what I'm talking about. It goes something like this:

"Moooooooom, J. ate all the chocolate chips!"

"He what?" Impossible, that bag was 96 ounces. That would be SIX pounds.

"Look," she says indignantly, as she marches down the stairs into the basement. I'm throwing in the third load of towels for the day.

My daughter is holding up an almost empty bag. He left about 19 chocolate chips behind. I bought that bag right around Christmas.

"J. won't stop eating them and now I don't have enough to make cookies."

I ask J. about it and he confesses that he ate a "few".

"Honey, a handful is a few. SIX pounds is a disgrace. Stop eating the chocolate chips."

"Okay, Mom," he says. He goes back to his room.

"That's it," my daughter asks. "Stop eating them? Aren't you going to ground him?" She obviously thinks I should take this more seriously.

"Yup, that's it. I've told him to stop, he better stop."

"Well," says my daughter, "I'm not giving him any cookies."

She makes her cookies, the smell wafting through the house. J. enters the kitchen, his nose leading the way and spies the cookies. He asks for a cookie. She says no and we're off.

The food fight begins. Again. Ay caramba.

"Moooooom, K. won't give me any cookies!"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Speed Knitter rebuttal

I didn't think I was a speed knitter. I'm just obsessed with finishing projects so I can get to the next one. I'm kind of like that with a box of chocolates in front of me. I have to get to the next one. Unless it's coconut. Yuck.

This is my favorite hat and mittens. They are uber warm and oh, so chic. I've been told that my hat makes it easy to find me in a crowd. Ask my sissy. She followed that hat through the streets of Manhattan one winter day. It was a life saver. Really.

This is one of the scarves I've made. Okay, there have a been a few. Maybe I'm a little fast. It looks like yarn vomit in this pic but it's quite lovely. The pink and green bobbles yell "Anthropologie" when you see them. I heart it.

Speed Knitter

I must say I am not pleased with the speed in which my sissy knits. I mean, really, a keyhole scarf in less than 2 days?! That is just unacceptable.

About a year ago, sissy convinced me to take a knitting class--which really meant joining a knitting group- made up of a fabulous group of women that is a blog post all in of itself! I digress. So, I, being a COMPLETE amateur at knitting, agreed because 1. I have always wanted to learn and 2. She had willingly taken a cake decorating class with me that was all my idea. She really is a good sissy! However, she didn’t tell me that she ALREADY knew how to knit. Honestly, I consider that false advertising. Even the women in our knitting group call her the false amateur. So, right from the start she was whizzing along with her knitting & I was knitting like I had 10 thumbs! Losing stitches, picking up stiches….I was a mess! I have stuck with it & have since made several projects that I have been very pleased with. I have even made the aforementioned keyhole scarf. I finished it on Monday night & it looks fabulous. But, it took me 2 weeks of knitting here & there to finish it. That’s normal person speed, not speed knitter speed that apparently my sissy knits at!

So, tonight at knitting group I was trying to pick a new project and couldn’t make up my mind. What does sissy suggest…mittens(which I’ve not done yet!!) and in her words to me “you can have those done in no time, they’re so easy!” I looked at her and said, “Helloooo, those won’t be done for me to wear them this winter!” Even one of my fellow knitters chimed in to say, “No, no mittens, she needs a spring project.” So, there I was left without any good ideas for a project and forced to pick up the sweater I’ve been working on since August(yes, you read that right) for my husband. At this point it is a tube top and 1 arm band….my husband is sure to make a fashion statement if worn as is! No longer is my goal for him to wear it this season, but in time for next! Perhaps I will be inspired by my speed knitter sissy & actually get the sweater done before the end of March….stay tuned! So, sissy, slow down your knitting to normal person speed!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Our world....welcome to it.

Generally, we're pretty funny together. At least we think so. When we shop together, we forget people can hear us. So we talk like we're at home. Sometimes it's amusing to others, sometimes they look at us strangely. But, generally, they smile at us.

Today, not so funny. One of us has a sick child and the other of us came over to start this blog. We thought it would be easy to do this. One of us didn't know the other of us was a rogue clicker, clicking so fast you'd think she was in a quick draw contest with the really bad guy you find in cheesy westerns.

But one of us is digressing. The real story today is one of us letting her child eat spoonfuls of strawberry jelly and fingerfuls of ranch dressing for lunch. Yum. That is one happy child.

Other sissy here! Previous story coming from the one who let her son(he still does this, too!) dip his potato chips in mayonnaise...real healthy snack! In my defense, the fingerfuls of jam and ranch dressing are coming after she ate 6 grape tomatoes & is in the process of eating her pb&j!