Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Best I Told You So Ever

I met Rob in '91, and we became close friends our Senior year of High School. I always thought he was one of the nicest guys I had ever met, but like so many girls my age, I was not interested in the nice guys. My mom would tell me over and over, "You need to dump that one you are with and date Rob. Can't you see the way he looks at you." I would always reply, "But Moooooooom," in that whiney teen voice, "Rob and I are just friends. I don't see him that way." She'd drop the subject for the time being, but it was a conversation we would revisit from time to time.

Rob and I remained friends after graduation, and through a series of events we ended up roomies in '96. It was at that point when the conversation with my mom changed. "Stacie you need to marry Rob. Can't you see the way he looks at you?" Again, I would reply, "Mom we are just friends. I don't see him that way." Well as it turned out, Rob agreed with her, and he wasn't the shy kid I met 5 years before in High School. He knew that this was his chance, and he began to literally court me. He would write me poetry and have flowers sent to my office. Rob made it abundantly clear that he was in love with me and that was that.

It took me a little while, but I remember when I finally realized that I loved him too. He took me on a hiking trip up a mountain called The Priest. I don't know if it was getting away from all the drama, getting out in the fresh air, or both. But whatever the reason, it was at that moment that I realized how incredible Rob really was. It was like I woke up, and truly saw him for the first time. The night I told Rob that I loved him too, he cried. He says to this day that was one of the happiest days of his life.

One beautiful starry night, Rob took me for a walk in a field. When we came to this really pretty tree he stopped, got down on one knee and said, "I brought you here because I have always loved this tree, and I couldn't think of a better place to say this. You are my best friend, and I have always loved you. I cannot imagine growing old with anyone else but you. Will you marry me?" I remember feeling my legs shake, and my heart felt like it could just explode right out of my chest. The only thing I could manage to say was "YES!"

Now it was time to tell the family, and I guess you can imagine what my mom had to say.

"I told you so! I told you so! I toooooooooooooold you soooooooooooo!!!"

And that was the best "I told you so!", ever.

Happy Anniversary Rob. My Best Friend, my Husband, my Life.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus

I knew a man called him Sandy Kane
Few folks even knew his name
But a hero was he
Left a boy, came back a man
Still many just don't understand
About the reasons we are free

I can't forget the look in his eyes
Or the tears he cries
As he said these words to me

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

Now Sandy Kane is no longer here
But his words are oh so clear
As they echo through out our land
For all his friends who gave us all
Who stood the ground and took the fall
To help their fellow man

Love your country and live with pride
And don't forget those who died America can't you see

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall, yes recall
Some gave all

Some gave all

Thursday, May 24, 2007


You could tell I was really tired on that last post.

Thanks Everybody!!

Marco is home and doing great! Kittens are so resilient. You wouldn't even know anything happened to him. I had them give him something for the pain and he slept for a couple of hours when first got home. After that, he just walked around checking the house to be sure that everything was as he had left it.

My mom got her jewelry in the mail today!! I'll post pictures a little later. It's been a very long day and I am having trouble keep my eyes open. I'll see you soon :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wish Marco luck...

Better yet wish us both luck. I just took my baby boy to the vet where he is, as I like to say, parting ways with his fuzzy dice. Needless to say, I'm not talking about the ones you hang on the rear view mirror. Mr. Esquandoles just so happens to be the sweetest cat the world ever did see, and I am a total bundle of worried momma nerves right now. A true testament to his sweetness, is the fact that when I walked in the bathroom and saw this...

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the only reactions were hysterical laughter and a photo. I mean come on, that's a pretty impressive mess right there. Don't ya think? Yes folks, he is truly a unique and special little flower, and as if you had any doubt of that by now...

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Yep that's my boy! As you can imagine, the house is unusually quiet at the moment. There are no screaming sisters. STOP TOUCHING ME!!. There are no sounds of falling objects, which is probably the biggest indicator of his absence. If you hear a crash, it usually has his name on it.

Me: Did you hear that? What was that?
Rob: I have a pretty good idea what it was, and it begins with an "Es" and ends with a "Quandoles".

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What a week!

Last week was very busy, but honestly I think I am happier that way. I got more hours at work which is always good, and I have been quite busy outside of work as well. My friend Nancy and I have been going on 2-3 mile superduper power walks ever day, and then when it gets darker I take another 1-2 mile doggy walk. I spend my Sunday afternoons volunteering at the stables and my spare time in the evenings helping organize the patterns on Ravelry. I have managed to do a little knitting and beading in between it all. Here is the progress I have made on Debbi's sweater...

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Honestly, I could be done with this sweater, as bulky as the yarn is, if I were able to knit more. At least she'll have it by next winter. Bulky yarn knitting in the summer. Now that's love people.

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I am pretty much done stringing the beads for Bauble. I just haven't had the energy to unwind it from my lipgloss tube and measure. Tangles at 2am happen and are not pretty. And just because I couldn't wait until my beads arrived, I started stringing another Bauble...

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I have some pictures of jewelry that I made, but I can't post them here until my mom gets them. Don't hold your breath, we're waiting on the USPS.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Knitting Meme

I found this over at Samantha's blog and thought it would be fun to do :)

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan/Blanket (baby)
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn (does swatch count??)
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money

Button holes
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art I think all knitting is art :)
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads

Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere

Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets

Knitting with dog/cat hair (have considered knitting with zoe's hair)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

What have you done?

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

It's About Time

After a year of living in Tennessee, I am finally getting out of the house and meeting people. One of my many obsessions on the Internets is, and knowing how much of a sucker I am, I always avoid the Pets section. For some reason, I decided to visit the forbidden section and saw an ad asking for help with rescued Arabian horses. I could not believe my eyes!! I have been a horse fanatic since I knew what one was. I read every single horse book in the school library and would spend hours drawing from them. I would draw on just about anything I came across, including my school desk. While my teacher did admire my artwork, she was not too pleased with the chosen medium. Arabians have always been my favorite horse by far, and I would dream of having one of my own. Working with these horses is like a dream come true for me. I have spent the last two weekends giving them baths and nursing wounds from neglect. I can't wait to go out there tomorrow and see how far they have come in a week. Volunteering is such a rewarding experience, and I have always tried to be involved with some sort of animal rescue group. Never in a million years did I think that I would have the opportunity to work with the horses of my dreams!! I didn't want to bring my camera out so I took some pictures with my cell phone. The first three mares are the rescues. They already look so much better than they do in these pictures. I can't wait until I can show them completely recovered.

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Rob and I have also been doing some landscaping. Check out the new entertainment center for the cats. They sit at the window watching the birds all day. And you know I just had to buy the birdfeeder with the faery!

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I have been knitting. I am nearly finished with a sweater for my friend Debbi. I will get you a picture really soon I promise. I am also in the process of stringing the beads to make Bauble. Unfortunately, I ran out of beads and have to wait until they come in the mail to finish stringing the 3.5 yards of beads. I haven't worked on my shawl lately because I have been a bit distracted and I do not want to screw it up. Ariann and Deli are snoozin' in a basket at the moment. I have Oragina screaming for a swatch, and I just bought more beads for another Bauble. I am making myself tired just thinking about all this stuff. I'm goin to bed!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Ravelry Invite

I have one Ravelry invite up for grabs. The first person to leave a comment gets it :)

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Time flies when you are having fun...

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI just realized that I have not posted in a week. Why? I have been completely and utterly obsessed with Frecklelgirl's new website, Ravelry, and have been participating in its beta testing. What is Ravelry and why is it so cool? Wow, where do I begin? When you sign up, you get a notebook. In this notebook you organize of all your knitting/crochet projects (with all the juicy details), yarn and needles/hooks in your stash, books in your library, and you have a queue to list all the projects in your future. What's really cool is that all of the patterns that people have listed in their project details/queues and all of the yarn they've used or have in their stashes get compiled and listed by popularity, and you even get a list of people that have knit the same projects as you. As if that isn't enough, you can send messages to other members, post in the forums, leave comments on projects, and find out about the latest knitalongs and events. If you can believe it, I am actually leaving stuff out! You'll just have to go and see how cool it is for yourself. Tell your blogless friends too! Ravelry is perfect for someone that doesn't feel like blogging but would like to have a place to keep track of projects. Just remember, it's quite addictive, and you may go missing for a week or so. Don't say I didn't warn ya! ;)