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May 13, 2009

random crap

Filed under: carmen, family, knitting, moseley — Jana @ 9:25 pm

On my last post about Utah, I said that I only took one picture the whole time… Well I found a couple more that I took with my phone.  Since I live my life in a half conscious stupor I forgot about them until now.

Carmen and my mom doing yoga…



My mom will probably be ticked at me for secretly taking pictures of her during her workout… but seeing Carmen in her little underpanties doing  yoga with grandma was just about the most awesome thing ever.

On to another topic, last week I saw a lizard in our garage.  I decided that the thought of having a dead lizard in my garage was worse than having to catch said lizard so I got out a jar…


IMG_0284I caught it.  It actually had a really pretty belly with the turquoise blue stipes.  I thought Carmen would think it was cool, so I showed it to her.  She did not dig it.  So I asked her if we should let it go in our back yard,  she thought that was a good idea until I tipped the jar and she started climbing up my body to get away from it.  So I walked further away into the grass and let him go.  I forgot to factor tiger into the equation and he immediately started barking and chasing it… which made it run right at me.  I had wide bottom pants on and I was sure that it had run up my pant leg.  I started shrieking and jumping up and down.  I was about to drop trou and book, when I noticed tiger was still chasing something.  Phew.  Lizard not in my pants.  Anyway I got him safely into the bushes and no animals were harmed in the making of this post.

Last week I got a package in the mail from my sister for Moseley.  It was this sweet onsie.IMG_0281

It is awesome.

IMG_0274I thought this picture was so cute of Moseley enamored with his big sister.

and last but not least here are the ugg boots I knitted for my sister’s baby due in September.  Modeled by my boy.

Moseley's Blessing 011


February 20, 2009

suspended in mid-air

Filed under: baby, carmen, etsy, knitting, me — Jana @ 3:27 pm

I am waiting.

It is all I do.

I have not been this bored since I became a mom.  In fact I didn’t know that being bored was even a possibility for me anymore… Well yes, in-fact it is.  When you are trapped in your own body, you get bored.

I am pretty uncomfortable.  The fact that I cant bend over, or stand up or lift my foot 2 inches off the ground without a huge effort, or not have my hips ache all night  is getting really old… But for the most part I am just bored.

I hate going anywhere, because it makes me really tired… especially when I have Carmen with me. And don’t even get me started on the clothes situation.  So I stay at home.

I have been trying to keep my house relatively clean, since I wont have the chance to do much in the weeks following the delivery.  But I usually get discouraged because with the fact that I don’t take Carmen anywhere to get her energy out, she gets it out making messes around the house, so it’s like- what is the friggin point?

I have now painted my toenails 3 different times (each time thinking it would be the last time before the baby came) but I get bored with the color and think “hmm, I think I would rather look at red than pink while I am pushing this baby out.”  And painting my toenails is no easy task, since like I mentioned before I cant bend over.

Some things I am grateful for that help me pass the time…

Facebook–  I only check it about 467 times a day and there is never enough new stuff to read… so for my boredom’s sake- go update your status so I’ll have something to do. but for pete’s sake don’t ask me when I am due… IT’S THE 27th PEOPLE! whoa sorry for that little outburst, but I really should just buy the T-shirt, or get a tattoo (or I guess I could make that my status update… but that would be, like, right).

Flight of the Conchords re-runs-  I have watched every episode of this second season at least 3 times.  My favorite highlights are the sugalumps and friends songs (that I always have stuck in my head… there are a few naughty words so click at your own discretion), and from last weeks episode when Jemain’s Australian girlfriend tells Murray that her accent sounds like marlyn monroe and he responds “maybe if you squint your ears”.

Cheer up Murray is one of my favorite songs from last season.

This is the funniest show of all time, if you haven’t seen it yet… you are missing out.

My Etsy shop–  Because the one thing I can do while pregnant is knit, but it also tends to get old when it’s all you do (and how many times can you knit the same cozy and not get a little bored with it).

Nesting– It really is nice that we get that nesting instinct because it does keep you somewhat busy thinking about what else you need to do before the baby comes. But when you have pretty much done all you can do, the restlessness creeps right back in.

Carmen– While it is difficult being 9 months pregnant, and the mother of a very defiant little 3 year old… She does keep me going.  I think she maybe smarter than me already.

She pretty much knows how to use most of the functions of my iPhone.

She can get into almost every part of my house no matter how locked, or high up.

And she comes up with stuff that just blows my mind. Like today, when I asked her why she was eating a cookie when I told her she couldn’t have one and her response was “because I am not a good listener, I am a good naughty-er.”

Well sorry about all the complaint posts lately, but all you preggos know how it is… Soon there will be nothing but “gushing about my baby” posts, so that should probably make up for all this negativity.

So come on out of there baby… with each passing day you are giving me a new stretch mark.

January 28, 2009

i’m lame.

Filed under: etsy, knitting, me — Jana @ 10:54 pm

I am now starting to wonder if anyone even bothers to check this blog any more, since I sure don’t update it… ever.

I thought to try and save the two readers I might have left I would do a “junk” post and just write about random thoughts that come to me, even though not many blog worthy things have happened.  Well actually, there have been a few things that have happened that would have been blog-worthy, but since my camera all of the sudden decided to never charge again, I have no pictures to document these events.  I will then rely on whoever was there taking pictures to send them to me. (so if that is you… I will love your buns if you send them my way.)

If you would like to know what I have been doing instead of blogging, the answer is probably etsy.  My esty shop is doing really well right now and so I have just been knitting up a storm.  In between that, we have had lots of company staying with us, and I go to at least one baby shower a week (with all the preggys there are these days)… so that doesn’t leave much time for me to sit down at the computer and form complete thoughts.  However, since I am unable to use my body in any physical way I was once capable of, I have done A LOT of internet shopping.  I guess you could say I live vicariously through on-line shopping carts at the moment.  I have put so much maternity stuff in my “cart” over the past few weeks, My internet closet is stocked! If you are wondering why I have nothing to show for it, well that is because (being the level-headed girl that I am) I always talk myself out of completing the sale.   I know I have only 4 weeks to go, which really doesn’t seem that long, but it is so frustrating going into my closet to spend 45 minutes trying on 5 billion different concoctions that might work with this basket ball under my t shirt (not to mention, the squishiness in other areas), only to leave and still feel uncomfortable in whatever I picked for the rest of the day.  So to satiate my thirst for cute clothes: I go on-line and imagine myself in all the great fitting maternity gear I could dream of, put them in my cart, then close my browser, and dream of the day when I am able to fit in to my closet full of normal clothes.  If only there was a way to eat french fries on-line, without ingesting any of the calories, that would be ideal for me.

Maybe if I sell enough cozies, one day I will be able to justify clicking that “checkout” button… but just probably not worth it for the next 4 weeks.

October 8, 2008

cream cozy

Filed under: knitting, me — Jana @ 6:30 am

I made another color of cozy for my etsy shop.  It is out of the handspun cream yarn I love.  Wendy took some adorable pictures of a baby in it so I thought I would post them now.

August 19, 2008


Filed under: family, flashback friday, friends, knitting, me, random — Jana @ 3:04 pm

I have been really slacking at my blog, and commenting on everyone else’s. I just want you all to know, even if I don’t comment all that often anymore doesn’t mean I don’t like to read your blog… I am just too lazy. I mean there are a LOT of blogs out there, and I love keeping caught up on everyone’s life, (especially since I seem unable to pick up a phone) but it all catches up with me and blogging is the first thing that flies out the window.
I didn’t do a post about mine and my husband’s 5th year anniversary last weekend, and since we only watched our wedding video to celebrate, it seemed a little un-noteworthy. But it is, so Happy 5 years Honey! Hopefully next year one of us can pull our heads out in time to actually make it special.

The day we got engaged in San Fransisco.

The day of engagement pictures, not the one we sent out obviously, but since I have posted that one before I thought I would throw in an outtake. I don’t know what we’re doing, but I love that Lee looks smoldering, and I look like I am sneaking up on him.

The big day.

The honey moon in Ixtapa Mexico, complete with giant lizards, and sunburns.

The just hitched shot.

I love you babe, 4 real.

I also didn’t blog about our good friends Kat and Mikey, and Steve and Sarah coming to stay with us (another reason we kind of blew off our anniversary… Not your fault Kat). It was fun, we spent the weekend at the beach, I sunburnt the crap out of my self, and we ate some good food. Plus it is always fun to reminisce about the good ol’ days.


I made a new beanie for my shop and sold it to Lauren, who gave it to someone with the hook-ups… Because the photographer was super nice and gave me the images to use in my shop. They are really adorable. So here it is (I also made another beanie just like it to actually post in my shop)

Photos by Candice Brooke Photography

(I am sorry wendy, I will only cheat on you this once:) )


Oh and one more thing…

Is this something I should be concerned about?

July 19, 2008

mini surf beanie

Filed under: carmen, crafts, knitting, me — Jana @ 5:21 pm

I thought it was high time to make Carmen another beanie… you know it’s only like 91 degrees here, it makes perfect sense! Ok so I have no idea why different inspirations hit me at random times during the year and they never correspond with the season (especially in Cal where it rarely gets cold), but I do need to gear up my etsy shop for the fall soon, so I do need to be makin’ some beanies. Here is a start. I think my Carmie looks cute in the mini surf beanie like the one I made for myself earlier this year.

And Yes I do bribe my child to sit still for pictures with dum-dums… Judge me if you will, it gets the job done.

July 10, 2008

Etsy Update

Filed under: crafts, crochet, etsy, knitting, me — Tags: , , — Jana @ 1:06 pm

I just uploaded a ton of new barrettes and hair ties in my shop so if you haven’t been there in a while… go check them out here.

These will probably be the last ones I do for a while because to be honest they are a ton of work and I can’t really charge much for them, but I will still do special orders.

I also have a few new colors of baby cozies.

Picture by blue lily of course.

June 1, 2008

Crazy Cuteness and other stuff too.

Filed under: carmen, etsy, family, friends, knitting, me — Tags: , — Jana @ 10:55 pm

Buckle your safety belts, this is going to be a long one!

So my husband did the sweetest thing the other day, he went and read my entire blog! Ok so some of you may be thinking “What the heck?” am I right. Yes I know, to the common person, having my husband read my blog doesn’t seem like a big deal, or maybe the fact that he has never read it before also alarms you, but there is a reason. For the past few years, or ever since we moved to California, Lee has had a job that required him to wake up at 4:30am and not return home until 6:30pm, so his zombie like state when he returned home prevented him from having any desire to sit at the computer and read crap that I’m sure I told him about anyway. And he couldn’t read it at work because their servers had a block preventing them from going to any websites that weren’t work related. All of that made it hard for him to read it, but now that the ball and chain (AKA pain in the A Select Build) is no longer hanging around my husband’s neck hour after hour, he suddenly has a new wave of energy that he hasn’t had in a while. (read: he is starting his own company, so if anyone needs any landscape construction/maintenance go to his website here- GreenBeeService.com)

So I thought it was particularly sweet that he sat down and read the entire thing in one sitting.

Anyway he re-brought to my attention that the first couple of months of my blog have pictures missing from them (I have known for a little while but have been ignoring it and hoping it would just go away). I guess the picture host Tiny Pic that I started using when I first started this blog decided to move or delete half of my Fracking pictures unbeknownst to me, and so now I have to go back and re upload them so that the first half of my blog makes any sense. Well, needless to say, I am beginning to rue the day I ever stumbled on effing Tiny pic in the first place, because it is a lot of work to put all those pictures back on and there is no payoff. No one is going to see these posts because they are years old and people probably already commented on them anyway. So other than my own personal journaling sake, I have no motivation. And I am just getting kind of T.O.’d because I’m sure the other half that hasn’t disappeared yet… will eventually. Grrrrr.

One good thing that did come of all of this is that I got to look back at all the old pictures of Carmen, and I am about to die of adorableness overload. I know I blogged these before but she is just so cute they deserve another go around.

On another topic, It must have been my birthday or christmas yesterday or something, because despite the sick child (who is doing much better, by the way) it was kind of an avalanche of awesomeness. My hubby made me a deal that if I got Carmen put in bed that he would go pick us up some White Lime… So I said “of course!” Which was actually a great deal for me because it was my night to put her to bed anyway. And as he was walking out the door, he told me that there were two packages sitting on the porch for me. Which, I don’t know about you, but having any package waiting for you is just about the best thing ever… Even if you were expecting it. So I opened the big one first which was full of Neutrals Licorice yarn! Yay!

My brother in law Morgan and his wife Bethany found me a ton of that yarn, Which I could not be more stoked about because I was starting to get discouraged, and was trying to prepare myself to say goodbye to that yarn forever. But now it looks like I have enough to last me a while. So thanks guys!

Then I opened the other package, and it was the new knitting book I have been waiting for months to come out!

Knit one, Embellish too. by Cosette Cornelius-Bates

I have actually been reading this girl’s blog for a long time, admiring her artistic approach to knitting. And a while ago she was super sweet in sending me instructions on how to make a square beanie for Carmen… Even though she didn’t know I was going to buy her book anyway! She has some super cute stuff in here and I can’t wait to make some of them.

Then Lee got back with my cheesecake flavor frozen yogurt with marshmallow cream and pomegranate sauce… MMMM!

Then I got an email from the amazing and beautiful Wendy from blue lily and she had finished the photo’s of the red baby cozy I made for my shop… Which were adorable, so check them out:

And to just put a cherry on top of all that sweetness, her awesome photos of my little cozy, helped it sell in less than 24 hours! That has got to be some kind of record! I have one more of these that I am going to post in my shop tonight, so if you have your heart set on it, you might not want to wait… It is the last of this color in my stash, until I can find more (which is getting harder and harder these days…Eve tsk tsk!).

Is it possible to have so much awesomeness in one day? That wasn’t even all of it… but this post is getting extreme and I don’t want to make you any more jealous! :)

May 30, 2008

Twin Beanies

Filed under: etsy, knitting, me — Tags: , , , , — Jana @ 12:46 pm

I was commissioned by a photographer (through my etsy shop) to make some tiny cashmere beanies to fit some twins that are about to be born. Since these are officially the tiniest little beanies I have made yet, I thought it warranted a post… I know, I know two posts in two days… I am on fire!

May 29, 2008

Big Bad Babys

Filed under: family, knitting — Jana @ 3:19 pm

Since EVERYONE is pregnant right now, I had to knit up a bunch of baby blankets. These three are for my sisters-in-law. I actually knit these a while ago, but I had to wait to post until the girls all had their blankets (I’m not sure that Bethany has hers yet, but she will soon, and she knows about it already so… I cant wait any longer)

This natural sienna one is for Melinda, Lee’s sister. It is stripes of pinks, grays, and tans.

This baroque one is for Jenny, Lee’s brother Bryant’s wife.

And this light green one is for Bethany, Lee’s youngest brother Morgan’s wife.

I added some hot pink flowers to make it a little more girly.

(sorry for the bad pics, knitting is my calling, definitely not photography)

With 7 siblings, Lee’s family keeps me pretty busy in the knitting department.

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