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Salted Caramel Tardis

Well, last week involved a lot of crying. Mostly grad school related. This week started off with Flat Tire Monday!!!

So awesome.

I don’t know HOW I didn’t look at my car on Sunday night when we got back from TN. We parked right beside it, I got out on the side of Stephen’s car facing the offending tire. No idea how I missed seeing my flat tire. But I did. So Monday morning I got in and pulled out of my parking spot and instantly knew something was wrong and what that something was.

Got out, walked around, confirmed suspiscions, said a few explitives to myself. Started unpacking the crap in the trunk to get to the donut. Gave up. Texted my dear, dear, amazing, wonderful friend, KL, and got her up a half hour before she needed to be up…and she came to help me change it.

Long story short, I have awesome friends, my car is ancient, crap is breaking. Need new car. The tire wasn’t actually the issue. It’s the rim. I know this now because on Wednesday, the day DF has to have surgery…my tire was flat again. So Charlotte the Carlett is off at the mechanics, waiting to find a suitable rim to make her all better.

Thankfully, got DF to surgery, got through surgery, and knocked him out on the couch with some good pain meds. He is currently knocked out beside me. Love those meds. 🙂

Shockingly, I don’t have much in the way of

Knitting News

I didn’t even touch my needles at the hospital. I did, however get a LOT done on my Hitchhiker on the trip to TN. Let’s rummage around for a picture, shall we?

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There. So we are at 27 points. Kind of half way point-wise…but definitely not halfway knitting-wise since (if you know the pattern you know this) the latter points mean longer and longer and longer rows. I’m going to tell myself I’m 1/3 done. Sound good? Ok.

Sadly no

Spinning Stuff

to report either. 😦

But I DO have lots of

Recipe Reviews!!

Let’s start with dessert, shall we???

As a thank you to my dear, dear friend for helping me change my flat tire, I made her some salted caramel rice krispie treats!! That I found on pinterest, of course.

I was kind of worried that the massive amount of liquid on top and in the treats would make the treats too soft and not all krispie like I like them. The top layer was a tad more moist than a normal treat (I made regular ones to…compare, right? Sure. Let’s go with that.) but overall it was still a good amount of krisp. 🙂

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Then I also attempted some vegan black bean chili that is also gluten free! I’m trying hard to avoid gluten because I have noticed that it makes me feel icky. I don’t have celiac’s or a specific allergy to it…but it really does have an impact on me. So avoidance when possible. (With exceptions for cupcakes from Viva La Cupcake. Oh. Em. Gee. Worth it.) Anyway. The chili was quite good. I tweaked it a bit by adding about a half cup of quinoa for some extra texture. I also put a little more flavor in with some onion powder, a diced pepper of unknown variety from the CSA box, and diced garlic….a lot of garlic. I can’t help it. Everything needs more garlic.

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Not the best picture, but tastes pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.

And now for a new section:

Craft-tastic Creations

Aside from knitting…pinterest has made me 10 kinds of crafty lately. In case you didn’t notice on the last entry from the fleamarket finds.

Recently, DF turned 30. So I had to go big, right? For some reason, I keep putting themes to his birthday events. Last year it was Thundercats. Complete with a Thundercat cake. No joke.

This year? Dr. Who.

So I took our white pantry that we use for extra storage in the kitchen and turned it into a TARDIS. Because who doesn’t need a TARDIS in their kitchen??? (If you have no idea what I’m talking about right now, then I am oh-so sad for you. Get yourself to BBC or Netflix and get your Whovian on.)

My friend and I managed to transform the cabinet from boring to Who-tastic in just a few hours while DF was at work!!

I had dad pre-cut out all the wood to make the doors look like the TARDIS. The Amazing KL helped nail them on.

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2 inch painters tape for windows, YES.
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And painting and painting and painting….

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We didn’t paint where the sign goes, I was worried it would show through when I put the sign on.

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ALL DONE!!! Peeled off the painters tape, added the top sign and the door sign (printed them off google image) and it was done!Photo Aug 31, 9 17 34 PM

TA-DA!!!!! How awesome is that??

Well, that was a looooong post. Longer than I meant. I’ll try to break it up more, I think.

Now, off to visit the teaching blog for a bit!

Contacts For Mom, Fireworks For Dad

How’s it going guys?!?! It’s been an up and down week here…and this weekend looks to get a lot more hectic, so let’s get down to business, shall we?

Knitting News

This week there has not been a lot of knitting. I’m blaming the Tour. I worked a little on the cowl for JoJo…and a wee bit on my socks. Other than that…no knitting.

JoJo’s Cowl

Neon Socks

See? Not much. Mostly it’s been….

Spinning Stuff

On to the TOUR DE FLEECE!!!! Clearly all of my effort has been here. You’ve seen Day’s 1 and 2 which included my proudest accomplishment thusfar:

Mohair/Wool/Angelina. Bought at Montpelier Fiber Fest in 2010. FINALLY DONE!

Day 3 I worked on a little of the silk/merino and some drop spindling.

Day 4 was mostly the silk/merino, not a lot though.

Then Day 5 was the 4th of July which was also my dad’s birthday. I did some drop spindling at the cookout…then…didn’t feel so hot later that day and didn’t mange to do pictures. But I DID spin!!!

Day 6 I finished up 50g of the Silk/Merino and today I worked on that some more.

Tomorrow I’m doing a spinning demonstration at a museum, so I’ve got around 3 solid hours of non-stop spinning!!! Yay!!!! My spinning teacher/mentor invited me to do it with her. I’m also bringing my drop spindle my dad made so any kids that want to try, can. I don’t let other people touch my wheel for the most part…especially kids. Do you share your wheel with others?? I can’t bear to…

Wants and needs

I. Want. Rainbows!!!!

Everyone on Rav/TDF has such AMAZINGLY colored fibers!!!!! I want to spin something rainbow-y.

Perhaps some FatCatKnits

Or Far Alaska from SpunRightRound

Then WoolGatherings has some camel…I’ve not spun camel……

I need to stop. My etsy cart is protesting and the DB isn’t home to smack the credit card out of my hand….*deep breaths*

Workout World

Well I’ve been mildly frustrated this week because I had to take two sick days off. NOT FUN. But before the illness I did manage to complete the 1000 squat challenge! That’s 1000 squats in ONE WEEK!!! The first two days hurt the most, after that it wasn’t too bad.

Last week I did 5 as a long run…this week (meaning tomorrow) I’m hoping to hit 4. It will be my first run since…gosh Tuesday!!? ACK!!! I’ve got to get back out there if I want to stay on a race training schedule. Sheesh.

General Chatter

So for those of you unaware…my corner of the world had some ridiculous storms last Friday night. There’s a good chance I was hiding in my bathroom for awhile…but that’s another story.

Basically I went outside last Friday night to walk my dog and saw this…

This was the leading edge of the derecho wind storm over my house.

I basically turned around and ran back inside without letting the poor dog go pee. We survived that day with power intact, but lost it the next day due to a strong thunderstorm. SO glad that is all over and done with. There were SO many trees down it was crazy.

Then the 4th was my dear dad’s birthday. He knows how to party.

He’s so special. As is my mother. She called me today. She was excited because she got her new contacts out by herself and I didn’t have to drive over and do it for her. (Not kidding…she’s made me do that twice this week) Then she asked if contacts come out when you cry. I told her no, they would not. Then she said she has “another good question” and asked what do you do if you’re wearing contacts and you get a bug in your eye. I told her to wear glasses and hung up before any more “good questions” arose.

And finally today I got to give my very best friend her one year anniversary gift. I was honored to stand beside her in her wedding last year. She’s been my best friend for over half my life. I am so happy for her. After her wedding last year I ended up with her vows and the box the rings came in. So I kept them…because I’m sneaky.

Today I gave her this.

Beth’s Shadow Box.

It has her vows, her husbands, and their ring box. She almost cried. I adore her.

Awesome Award

Speaking of weddings…

This week’s Awesome Award is for my friend Amanda Hanna who got married on June 31st!!! 30th!!! I clearly wasn’t looking at the calendar. I just knew it was the day before the 1st. Shut it Erika. She found her prince charming and had a beautiful wedding in Jamaica last weekend. I’m so proud to know Amanda who I met through our mutual friend, JoJo. Amanda is living her dream of being an author. Her books are available for download on to the Kindle nearest you!!!

CONGRATS AMANDA!!!!!!!!