December 28, 2010

Christmas!

Posted in Everyday, Sewing at 7:54 pm by ListenMaudy

We had a great Christmas. We all went to my parents’ house for dinner and present exchanging. When we first got there, around 3pm, I was really excited to exchange gifts and have everyone open our presents. When my sister arrived, my niece was asleep, so presents were postponed until she woke up, which was about 4:45. My excitement had waned by then, so I was a bit disappointed.

We had gotten my dad a ton of fancy meats and cheeses that were supposed to be part of our hors d’oeuvres that evening. Since we opened presents so late and so close to dinner, we didn’t get to eat any of them. Sadly, Muffin and I will be out of town next weekend, but my dad sweetly said the cheeses would all keep until the next weekend we were back in town.

I got to give everyone else the presents I had made. I forgot to take pictures of the three cowls that I made for my mom and the beer cozy I made for my sister. They were all big hits; although my mom preferred the cowls made of the cheap acrylic yarn over the fancy (and expensive) wool that I bought at the last minute. I was at a yarn shop and just loved the yarn; I thought she would love it too, but she didn’t seem too thrilled with it. I guess I should stick to the letter of the request for handmade items!

My niece got a dress, but it was too big for her. I’m not sure how much too big since she refused to try it on Christmas night. I’ve only heard the report that it is indeed too big.

Dress

My older nephew got a little bear similar to my mascot. His is a little bigger and has blue eyes. Very cute. He gave it a big hug when he opened it, but there were so many presents and so many new things, that I couldn’t expect a little stuffed bear to hold his attention for very long.

Two bears
(He got the one in the back)

My youngest nephew got a crocheted carrot rattle. He seemed to like it pretty well, which was great.

Carrot rattle

December 21, 2010

Popcorn

Posted in Everyday at 8:00 pm by ListenMaudy

Muffin and I go to my parents’ house every weekend for a family dinner. Most of the time, my parents send us home with a ton of leftovers, which make great lunches for me throughout the week. Last weekend, my mom had gone to a craft fair or something of that nature and had come home with two bags of kettle corn. She gave me the smaller bag, which still was a lot of kettle corn.

I know that I like kettle corn, but I haven’t had it in years. Muffin doesn’t like it and absolutely hates the smell, so I never get it when we’re at a fair or anywhere that sells it. When my mom gave me some, I was super excited, but then I got in the care and opened the bag of kettle corn. O.M.G. It was so freaking delicious. I had no idea how good kettle corn was, even though I knew that I liked it overall.

On the drive home, I ate more than half of the bag. I only stopped because I didn’t want not to have any the next day. Also, Muffin had seen how big the bag was, so I figured I didn’t want to hear about having eaten it all. I swear there must be MSG in there, or maybe crack, or maybe morphine, like in cheese! Whatever’s in there, it’s absolutely delicious.

Kettle Corn Heaven

If only I had more kettle corn!

December 14, 2010

Crepe Sew-Along

Posted in Sewing at 9:54 pm by ListenMaudy

I joined Gertie’s sew-along this time around, but so far I feel a little overwhelmed. It turns out that I haven’t sewn in over seven years. I was trying to figure out the last thing I sewed, and it was way before I met Muffin. I’ve made some stuffed animals and a pillow, stuff like that, but I haven’t made any type of clothing. I am a little rusty.

I’ve also never tried to do any alterations, so I’m really frustrated at how it’s going. I think I have too much stuff going on, and too many projects I want to make all at the same time, to be able to focus enough on making the Crepe dress. I don’t love the sleeves and neckline of the dress in general, so I think that’s interfering with my progress too. I don’t like the way they look in general, so how can I alter them so they look good?

I have some time off between Christmas and New Year’s, and I have a bunch of chores that I want to get done then. Maybe I should put off the sew-along until then. Since I feel a little overwhelmed, the thought of having to figure out how to make the dress fit me isn’t so appealing. Also, the idea of having to pin the muslin is throwing me off. Do I pin it while it’s on or after it’s off?! How is it possible to pin it while I’m wearing it? But then again, how is it possible to know where to pin it when it’s off?! This is why I haven’t sewn in seven years, I’m guessing.

Wish me luck. I’m feeling totally down about the Crepe sew-along, so I’ll leave you with my two terrible pictures. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to retake them and delete these forever!

Crepe Muslin 1 - Front Crepe Muslin 1 - Back

December 9, 2010

Black Friday

Posted in Everyday, Little bear at 7:26 pm by ListenMaudy

Muffin and I go shopping on Black Friday every year at this point. It’s kind of like our own little family tradition. We get up early and head out. We don’t go anywhere that’ll be really crazy, like Target or Wal-Mart. Since we moved to LA, we go to the outlet mall about half an hour away from our house, where we like to go shopping anyway.

This year, we got up at 4am and headed to the outlets; there were some really good sales that ended at 6am and some others that ended at 8am, so we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss them. Muffin had also been working on convincing me that we needed an iMac. He’s decided that he should be an app developer, and in order to do that, you need a Mac to test your apps, etc. Does he know anything at all about programming or software development? No, but he’s really going to learn it, I swear!

Anyhoo! There happens to be an Apple store between us and the outlets, and whattya know, they opened at 8am on Black Friday. We just happened to be on our way home just after 8, so we made a detour to the Apple store. Muffin had checked on Thanksgiving, so we knew that iMacs were $100 off on Friday. Since it’s Apple, $100 is really the best you’re ever going to get in terms of a discount, so I caved.

We bought the iMac and brought it home. It’s supposed to weigh about 20 pounds, but it seemed a heck of a lot heavier. It was hard to carry into the house and get up the threshold.

Computers are heavy!

I set up user accounts for us, and we signed up for some training classes in the Apple store. So far, it’s been pretty great. It’s actually nice to have a desktop again, after about seven years of having laptops. It also is GIGANTIC. I mean, my laptops have gotten progressively smaller and smaller, but this thing is massive. It makes me feel so small when I sit down to work.

Blogging

It also came with a printer, which, in theory, should be roughly free after the mail-in rebate. Luckily, we were able to submit the rebate immediately after we purchased it, while we were still in the store. Now we’re just waiting for the check to come. I’m still waiting for my rebate from AT&T from when we switched our cable to Uverse in 2008, so hopefully this one will be just a little bit faster.

December 7, 2010

Little bear

Posted in Little bear at 8:21 pm by ListenMaudy

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been knitting a lot. I’ve been making a lot of Christmas presents, so I hesitate to post much about it here, just in case my family happens to see it. One thing that I have made for myself though is this little bear.

Hello little bear

I finished him and fell in love with him. He reminds me of me, so I’ve decided he is the official face of Listen, Maudy from now on. I guess she should be a “she” at this point? Whatever.

You’ll be seeing many posts with my little bear. She’ll be re-enacting dramatic scenes from my exciting life, which I think will be pretty fun. I’ll have to start doing extra fun things so I can get some really great pictures!