Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Year of the UFO

As 2007 draws to a close, I'm busy making plans for 2008. This year has been bittersweet. While it's been a tremendous year for personal growth, it's also been a year of loss and I'm happy to see it end. I know that the habits and insights I've learned this year will continue into the next so I've declared 2008 - the year of completion. All those little projects, knitting and otherwise, will get completed - my daughter will finish high school - I'll reach my WW goal - I'll empty out my knitting bins of all UFOs - and life will be good.

So my wish for everyone this holiday season - is a very happy and healthy Christmas - and a joyful 2008.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

L O S E R!

I finished my very cute clothespin doll in time for our family party on Sunday. She took far longer than I anticipated but I think she turned out way better than I thought. In fact, she turned out so good, she didn't even place in the contest. In fact, my daughter, who took one of those little scrapbook ornaments - the one that is a Giants baseball outfit, won first place. She spent about 35 seconds opening the package, peeling off the sticky bits and positioning them on a nekkid clothespin. A total investment of $5.95 and under a minute of time. Me, on the other hand, invested at least 10 hours and far more money than I'll admit to, and I lost.big.time.
Not that I'm bitter and not like I entered only to win (the prizes for Avon for god's sake!)
And after all that, my cousin decided she wanted my doll and took it - so I don't even have the doll anymore either. Bah Humbug :)
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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Bad blogger - no cake

I've been a bad blogger lately - or more accurately - an absent blogger. It's been a tough couple of months in the candie household. My mother-in-law was hospitalized on Halloween - only a week after she cooked a huge feast for my daughter's 17th birthday. In retrospect, the request for my daughter for a special dinner of lebanamo perhaps was foresight on her part. Normally, my daughter wants a H U G E party with all her friends and my fried chicken. I feel she's too old now for those types of parties so she asked if her grandmother would cook her favorite arabic dish with the whole family in attendance. It's almost rare these days to get all of them together - there's always some type of drama and a family owned business to run. The last time the entire family were in the same place as at a wedding 3 years ago. So Sitty cooked and cooked and almost every aunt and uncle and cousin came to the house to feast. Unfortunately, it as the last time the whole family would eat together. A week later she was hospitalized and on Thanksgiving she passed away. The week leading up to Thanksgiving, we spent many hours in the ICU waiting room hoping for a miracle that never came. Just as my family gathered in front of our turkey - my mother, my sister, my two neices and my two children - we got a phone call that it was time to come say good-bye at the hospital.

Even though my mother-in-law didn't see eye to eye for most of my marriage, every Thanksgiving, I'm going to be grateful for that wonderful family feast she prepared for my daughter. And I'm going to be grateful for the fact that even though, legally, I'm not a Lama anymore, I'm still part of the family.

So my knitting and my blogging have been on the back burner this past months and I'm sooooooo ready for 2007 to be over and I'm hoping and praying for a better 2008.