Apr 30, 2008

Lift Me Up

Daddy's Home 2Thank you, everyone, for all of your kind words. I haven't yet had time to update all of you on my husband's return. That I haven't makes me feel awful, because I am convinced that it was the positive thoughts and energy which guided him home to me so safely, and so soon. Midnight after my last post, I received a call from Mr. Shad. In my half-awake/half-asleep state, I hardly remembered what he had said. Only that I was sure he had called and that he'd said "Kuwait". Also, that he was coming home. What I thought I remembered, also, was that he meant to be arriving on Sunday. Again, my dream addled brain heard this, so my recollection wasn't to be trusted. Still, I awoke at 6:30 the next morning (Saturday) to make sure my MIL didn't leave. Just in case.

After a whirlwind of cleaning, sleeplessness, and much confusion...my guy is home Messie bag 3again. He came in Sunday at about 2 in the morning. While it has been wonderful, it has also been stressful, awkward, and we are still settling. There hasn't been much knitting to speak of, and what has been happening knit-wise (hehe knit-wise) has all been mostly boring. Things like plain ribbed socks, or miles of stockinette on the Somewhat Cowl. There was a bit of stash acquisition and I even won a contest. Though, I have to admit those things happened right before (I think) Mr. Shad's return.

We look forward to the return of our "normal" lives.

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Apr 18, 2008


Indefinitely. One word, a word that makes my heart break. I can't wrap my mind around it. I know that it wasn't meant the way it sounded. Generally people assume that it represents some vast expanse of time. All that was meant is that they can't give us an actual date. They are unsure and don't want to get our hopes up again.

What am I talking about, you ask. Here is what I saw in my email inbox at around 8:30 this morning:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I have to report that due to inclement weather, our Thunder Chicken return has been postponed indefinitely."

See that word? Indefinitely. It still feels thick on my tongue. There have been rumors that "indefinitely" will be about a week and a half. I'm not much sure how to feel, except for cheated. My husband was supposed to be in the advance party, they've been back since mid-March. He gave his spot to one of his fellow Marines whose wife is pregnant. I tried to tell myself I held no grudge against any of them, he did the right thing. And he did. Somehow, my heart right now can't accept that. I'm glad I don't have to see this wife and her husband, because I would say things I'd later regret. I realize I'm not the only one suffering in this situation, that doesn't make it any easier. That's really all I can say now.

Apr 15, 2008

Huh. A title might help

67 words


Everything is a little hectic right now. And I am...well a little down. Knowing that it's not much longer now doesn't really help honestly. Just part of the way things are. I have a new haircut/style. I participated in a Dexter based swap. And I ripped and restarted Somewhat Cowl. It was really worth it. In the picture it looks like I'm pulling on it, but I'm not. I'm really just holding it out because, of course, the neckline is all stockinette right now and was rolling.

stupid sweater 008 saturday night 003 dex swap 003

Now I'm gonna go surf Ravelry or something. Heather is on spring break and I kinda wanna scream.

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Apr 3, 2008

Two Posts in One Week!

OMG! It's insane! lol Actually, my life is. Sick children, preparing for the return of Mr. Shad, house cleaning, etc. But I was tagged by KnitKat. So we'll talk about that first.

1) Link to the person who tagged you.--> Kat
2) Post the rules. (done)
3) Share six non-important things / habits / quirks about yourself.
4) Tag at least three people.
5) Be sure the people you tagged KNOW you tagged them by commenting what you did.

  • I am mildly OCD, I have to eat Oreo cookies from left to right out of the package. All of the "rows" have to be the same. My husband enjoys rearranging the cookies to piss me off, I will fix even out the rows if they aren't right.
  • I tap the top of soda cans before I open them. Dunno why.
  • My husband and I got married after about two months. We met in early November, and married in late December.
  • My hair wasn't cut (other than an inch here and there for maintenance purposes), colored, or styled really until I was 15. Clearly...now I change it semi-annually.
  • I totally hate my real name, but love my married surname.
  • The reason that there are so many pictures of me isn't so much that I'm a camera whore as it is that I love to take pictures. Of anything. Have you looked at my Ravelry projects? There are so many pictures. My Flickr has over 2,000 pictures.

I'm not tagging anyone. Don't feel like it. If you like, steal this and do it for yourself.

So, I've spent my week cleaning up vomit. How's that for starters? Nolan has been stupid sweater 006sick since Sunday. Today we haven't had any upchuck...but it's not even seven yet. Oh, I finished Somewhat Cowl...but it looked terrible. The sleeves were too big. Actually, the raglan measurement was too long. I knew it when I did it (10 inches?! You've gotta be kidding me) but I thought, hey, she's the designer...she knows what she's doing. Right? When I took my measurement for a raglan sweater awhile ago, it was 6.5", which I thought was way too small. I measured my Tree Jacket's raglan "seam" because that fit PERFECTLY...it was 6.5 inches. Go figure. FROG. It's all gone. Except that 6.5 inches. I was really depressed over it last night. The collar looked so beautiful, I had slip-stitched it into place and it had felted slightly. Oh well. It's better than never wearing the sweater.

Other than that, I've been helping a friend from Ravelry out. She is in Virginia, so I might have to visit her soon. Plus...they rollerskate!!! OMG! Have I ever told you how much I love rollerskating?

roller girl

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Apr 1, 2008

April Fools!

dusty_april fools

Happy April Fools Day!

I hope you all are enjoying yours. Because I feel like I'm the punchline today. *sigh*

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First, I must confess my name isn't Kitty, or anything even close. It just comes from an affinity for cats. Second, I love to craft, create, and imagine. I can draw a bit, knit a lot, and sew just enough to get by. My world revolves around the loves of my life; my three children. Anything more you want to know about me is on Ravelry or check me out on FB!

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