Gemini Knits

Between being a wife, raising two small children, entering a teaching credential program, running a household, running for my health, and knitting, there aren't enough hours in the day.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Back to the grind....

I've just completed my first week in the credential program. My God. There is a lot of work to be done. Four classes require observations, every class has at least one paper. I also had to buy a $109.00 book for a class that meets once a week for six weeks. That works out to about $18.00 per class. I also get to pay $50.00 for a CPR certif. for this same class. Great. Good thing I'm entering the well paying profession of teaching....

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I want to say "Thank you" to my wonderful Secret Pal! I had a great time this round, and will do it again in the future. I hope your secret pal was as good to you as you were to me!! I loved everything you sent and cannot wait to decide what to make with the yarn. I love the colors!

I think I will be taking a break from Secret Pal. I think I will be sending out a few care packages to Iraq and I think the fee for that will be all I can spend for a while.

Summer break is almost over, and I'm quite sad. I want it to go on for a bit more, I'm suddenly feeling a lot of pressure to get everything done. I have to buy school clothes for the little Mr. and school supplies for both of us. I also own nothing that I can wear comfortably in a classroom for a few hours, so I have to shop for that too! I'm just waiting on that financial aid check to get here.....

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ugh, August

Well, it's been a while since I posted here. August is a rough month for me. I have five birthdays on one side of the family, and three on the other. We also just marked two years since my Grandfather passed. That was pretty rough. The years haven't eased any of the pain or anger. He passed away at home, surrounded by all of his children and grandchildren. He battled cancer for a long time, but it finally won. I miss him greatly.

My cousin began his deployment to Iraq yesterday. I didn't go to the airport to see him off. I wasn't sure I could handle the emotions and did my best to avoid it. Now I feel like an ass. I sent him an email letting him know how I feel and that I am proud of him. But still, I should have gone.

We went back and forth over what to do with our son and school. I originally had him enrolled for K. He will be five in November. I was wrestling with this decision all summer. I feel like he could use another year of preschool, yet he needs some academics as well. I decided not to enroll him (school started today) and instead put him into a transitional k class at a local private school. Like I have the money. The private school was an offer by my parents actually. They said if we could cover the expense of what we would have paid for preschool at my college (which has no academics at all), then they would cover the rest. I'm feeling weird about it. I should be able to take care of my own son, but oh well. I want what is best for him, and this is it.

Secret Pal-Thanks for the postcard! It really brightened my day. I'm so used to seeing nothing but bills and offers for credit cards that it was nice to get a little note. Now I need to stop being lazy and wallowing in feeling sorry for myself and get a package out to my own pal. She left for college, so this box will have to wait for her to open.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The first kiss

So, for some reason tonight I am reminiscing. I'm remembering my first kiss. It came much later than it usually does for kids. I'm not among those who can claim they kissed a little boy or girl by the swings in first grade. No kids, I was what we fondly call a "late-bloomer." Better late than never I suppose. And, really, it was worth the wait. I was in my mid-teens (didn't I tell you I was a late bloomer?) with a young man off to join the Marine Corp. Whew, what a kiss. Happy memories. I figure I may see that boy someday again, small town, our families know each other. I may not have been his first kiss, but I sure hope I hold some memory for him. The threat of running into him again should keep me at the gym for at least a few days.

Off to knit my purse.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

I'm back

Well rested, more relaxed, and ready to face the rest of the summer. I had a wonderful trip that was full of great memories. My friends were fun, my husband was great. We enjoyed San Diego, Catalina, and Ensenada. Drank lots of beer. Bought myself a Corona T-shirt. Seemed only appropriate. Ate more food than should be allowed. Probably gained about 5lbs. The food was wonderful. The drinks were great. I never wanted to come home. But home I am. I did miss the kids. I didn't miss the bills. I'm so happy, I'm still smiling.

We had great time. Did I mention that?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

In four days

I will be sailing the Pacific. I'm so ready. I've got a hat on my needles with the yarn sent to me by my secret pal. I'm hoping that entertains me on the six hour drive down to LA. I'm tempted to bring my MP3 player as well, but my husband says that is rude since we are driving with our friends. I guess I will have to participate in the conversation. At least until I fall asleep!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Ugh, I give up.

I'm frogging Tubey. Instead of M1, I put a large hole in the sleeve. There was no recovering from it, because I was so far into the tows, I couldn't count back to see where I started. I think it was my first M1 row, but I can't be sure. Annoyed, annoyed, annoyed. Perhaps I am not meant to make sweaters. This was my second try. I guess I like small projects. I enjoy the challenge of different patterns, but just can't get a large project done. Perhaps I will just put it up for a while and maybe attempt some type of cable project. I've always wanted to try that. I can make my brother a birthday gift. Oh well, good thing there are still a few weeks left in my summer break....