Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Turkey Day!

Or if you are a vegetarian, Happy Tofurkey Day! In any event I expect that we will all eat way too much. We also get to see family that we maybe haven't seen in a while and for some people once a year is just fine.

This Thanksgiving I have been awarded the task of bringing Pecan Pies. Now most of you know I absolutely love to cook. In fact before I moved to CA it was my job to bring the pumpkin pies. However, apparently my pumpkin pies were replaced by someone else's, so I didn't get that honor back upon my return to OH. So I am making the pecan ones. I hope they turn out ok. I have never made pecan pies but I did do a lot of Betty Crocker and church cookbook research before I put my baking hat on.

Hopefully they will be a big hit! The husband's grandma used to make homemade pecan pies that were always the "to do" of the Thanksgiving feast. But now that she doesn't bake as much anymore they have had to make due with store bought. I hope that my pies can play in the big leagues with grandma's!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Back to Knitting

I finally finished the baby's first newborn sweater. This was a project that I started with Phatfrog but didn't get to finish until last week. The pattern came from a book of "easy" knit baby patterns and the yarn is a Cashmerino blend from Debbie Bliss. I added the stripe at the ends of the garment, the pattern called for just one color. I am convinced that people think that "easy" means not knitting in the round, which I think is much easier than flat "back and forth" knitting and then seaming it all up. Don't get me wrong seaming can be fun and amazing when it all matches up but if your gauge changed at any point during the project you can basically get screwed or end up giving yourself a huge headache. All in all, I am happy with the end result but I hope my next sweater project is in the round or has more shaping. Also please note the neutral color of the garment both boy -or- girl friendly!

"Easy" Newborn Baby Sweater

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ohio State Michigan Football Fever

People in Columbus are absolutely crazy over this football game! You'd think the #1 and #2 teams in the country were playing - oh wait they are. Ok I guess it is a big thing. I have seen a few Michigan fans this week and they are causing quite a ruckus. Like it is almost unamerican to be a Michigan fan in Buckeye country.

I am not a huge footbal fan but of course we will have the game on in the HD along with all the necessary football munchies and LogoAnn and Vormech are supposed to make an appearance, so I guess we are having a bit of a party.

Go Bucks!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sims Saddness

Well you may not know this about me but I am a complete control freak. Ok well maybe most of you already know that. It is becasue of this however that I love to play The Sims. What could be better for a control freak but to control not only the live of individual "Sims" (simulated game people) but the whole Sim town and neighborhood!

Well becasue of our little impending bundle of joy, I anticipate only being able to play my game before the baby arrives. Because once he/she joins us, let's face it my gaming priorities will more than likely change.

In the move I misplaced my Sims game disc so LogoAnn who is an expansion pack ahead of me is letting me borrow hers in the mean time. This weekend I was all excited and sat down to finally play and . . . I remembered why I had to stop playing when the Nightlife expansion pack came out for the Sims - my computer freezes and crashes every single time I try to play. Either my laptop's graphics card is maxed out or the RAM is. Right now I am hoping that it is RAM becasue that is way cheaper to remedy than a whole new laptop, since the graphics cards of laptops are actually part of the whole motherboard unlike desktop PCs where you can just upgrade the graphics card.

So currently my Sims are trapped in my computer where I can't play with them - so sad.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

To Decorate or Not to Decorate

Tis the season to start thinking about decorating for the holidays! Already people in our neighborhood have put up holiday lights outside and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet!

I'd love to put out holiday lights on the front of the house but right now I just can't justify the cost and the husband doesn't want to go up too far on the ladder to hang them. I even found a company that puts up and tears down holiday lights but it is too expensive for us this year. In fact I don't even know if we are really going to be able to have a Christmas. Oh we'll have a tree and decorate inside the house but I don't think there will be much in the way of presents. I guess our present this year is the new house - kind of hard to wrap!

Monday, November 06, 2006

No More Boxes!

Well all the moving boxes that were left in the living room are finally gone! To be fair there are still more hiding upstairs in the extra bedroom, however.

Well maybe instead of gone - relocated is more accurate - banished to the basement. We had several lingering boxes of living room paraphanalia that just hadn't yet found a home. Since we had the camera crew here this morning, we of course went through a whirlwind of cleaning and straightening up. We couldn't have all of America seeing the lingering after effects of our move from California!

It's interesting how we all have little places like a "junk drawer", closet, or the basement, to stash the junk you just aren't ready to deal with or get rid of.

To read more or see the behind the scenes pics of my on camera interview, check out my other blog!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Our First Halloween in the New House & Exciting News

Well we survived Trick-or-Treat in the new house. Our neighbor told us to be prepared for a hoard of kids, so I purchased enough for 200 Trick-or-Treaters. We gave out 1oz. containers of Play Doh and LifeSavers candy for the older kids.

We had rave kid reviews for the Play Doh! Numerous times groups of kids would run away from the house yelling "We got Play Doh - We got Play Doh!" Even some parents commented that it was a unique idea. I just didn't want to give away as much candy to the little kids. I figured that Play Doh would be a fun and safe treat without the sugar rush.

LogoAnn ended up coming over to help is handle the crowds of costumed kids. We even had scary Halloween music playing outside which I think may have scared a couple of kids.

All in all I figure we had about 125 kids. All the Play Doh was gone by the end of the night and most of the candy too (aside from the candy we actually ate - ok and the few containers of Play Doh we saved for ourselves). So all in all I'd say for a rainy Halloween we had a pretty successful Trick-or-Treat. I can't wait to decorate for Halloween next year!


Oh by the way - you may have noticed the official linking of my two blogs "NeonApple" and "NeonApple Baby Makin' ". If you haven't yet please check out the other site - the link is listed on the right of your screen. Exciting things are on the way there. First of all YES we are expecting and we are officially telling anyone and everyone at this point. Second - the baby may have a prenatal moment of fame. And Third - We find out in 2 weeks who is in there a boy or a girl. So stay posted and check each web blog often. I want to keep the info separate since I'd like to think I have more of a life than than just being pregnant. Not that expecting isn't enough already. I'd just like to think it doesn't consume every fiber of my being even if it actually does.