Sunday, November 27, 2011


If you haven't heard the news, we're moving to Chicago!  Andy accepted a job at the University of Chicago, as HPC system administrator.  Congratulations to Andy on his new job!!

We've been thinking about moving for a long time now, whether it was to a new house in the Champaign/Urbana area, or to some other city, but we had to wait until the time was right.  We considered moving two summers ago, but Faye and Drew were two weeks from starting Kindergarten and Andy had just started his masters degree in CS. About 4-5 weeks ago he decided to apply for a job at the University of Chicago.  We figured it would be at least a couple weeks before they would contact him, a couple more for an interview, and if he was offered the job we'd be there around January.  He was contacted in three days and had an interview in less than a week! This has all gone so unbelievably fast, my head is still spinning.

I'm excited for Andy to have this opportunity at this wonderful college. It is really beautiful too, have you ever seen the campus? 

It will be an exciting adventure, but I'm also very freaked out!  Moving to Chicago with three little kids?  Not something I ever thought I would do.  I can't say for sure what our plans are for now, or where we'll live, because we haven't completely decided yet.  We've changed our minds about where we'll live just about every day since he accepted the job. But hopefully soon we'll get it figured out - he starts working in one week! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ginger man and Sugar friend

These are the strangest things I've ever made, but also my favorite. They are from Fa la la la Felt, which is one of my favorite craft books. The projects in the book are simple, cute and don't take much time. I'm planning on making a whole family of these, or as many as I can until Andy makes me stop.

Monday, November 7, 2011

While waiting - I knit

We're expecting a phone call tomorrow that could change a lot of things for us.  Andy and I have been talking about it for a long time, and especially the past couple days.  I'm really stressed out, sometimes waking up and finding it difficult to breathe, let alone go back to sleep(I'm a worrier, I'm sure not everyone would be as stressed as me). I'm sure I'll have more to say about this later, but for now I'm trying to keep my mind off of it until we know more.

What do I do when I'm stressed?  I have to find something to do, something to keep me busy and hold my concentration. This time, my project is knitting a sweater.  I have to say that I am not a knitter.  I've knit two scarves, so knitting a sweater was a rather risky next step, but the whole reason I want to learn to knit is so I can knit sweaters, so I might as well get started.

I picked this pattern from Quince and Co. for several reasons.  It looked like it might be simple to knit, and I really liked it. I didn't use the yarn suggested, but I went to the local yarn shop, Klose Knit, and they helped me pick a similar yarn.

As of right now, I'm on attempt number 3. I plan to get this done in 5 attempts or less, but it may very well take me 10 tries before its perfect.  My first try I completely read the pattern wrong.  My second time around I had figured out the pattern. I worked most of the body of the sweater, tried it on, and decided to alter the pattern a bit so it would fit me better. And no, I really don't know how to alter knitting patterns, I'm just winging it.  So here I am an attempt number 3....

This pullover sweater is worked from the top down on circular needles, with a bulky yarn, so it works up rather quickly.  The sleeves will be finished last, on double pointed needles, which I've yet to use, so I'm sure they'll take several attempts too.  If I ever finish this, and its wearable, I think I'll wear it all winter long.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It was time (again already?) to look through all the photos on my SD card and figure out what to do with them.  I've been so lazy about taking pictures and posting them this year. I'm going to try to do better the rest of the year.

I think Drew got a hold of my camera one day back in July....

I found no less than 30 pictures of Mario, all from different angles.  I think he must have had a great time with his Mario photo shoot!