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Ready for round 2

So I had high hopes after my last posted, but that lasted about 24 hrs. The second bout with nausea was worse than the first by far, but I hope that it will begin subsiding now. After all, I am only a week away from the 2nd trimester.

Anyway, this past weekend I flew down to San Francisco for my first dance convention in 2 years! I was extremely worried about how I would fare, but once I stepped into the airport in SFO I was feeling pretty darn good. Except for a couple of scares, I managed to keep my eating schedule up pretty well and I had a blast. I didn’t dance too much, and yes, I actually competed! I didn’t make finals, no surprise given my hiatus and nerves, but it was still fun and like riding a bike. More so, I had fun just hanging with the girls, getting caught up on all the goings on and just getting away from it all. After a horrible day back on Monday, I am doing much better and feel up to writing. I am hoping that this pattern will continue, but I can’t guarantee anything.

Besides dancing, talking and just generally relaxing, I picked up my knitting needles again. Yay for fall weather! I have this gorgeous Cascade Yarns baby alpaca chunky yarn in dark plum that I have been trying to find just the right pattern for. Well, I found it and this is what I have started making.

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This pattern is knit flat, which is kind of refreshing. I am knitting the extra small size and adjusting for the extra bulk of the yarn. I chose to knit this with dpns because I found I could easily break up the two sections (lace and cable) without using stitch markers which I always end up dropping.

The pattern can be found here: Gentle Teresa and her blog can be found here

I had one hiccup that I had to redo because I was watching my friends give a dance workshop, but other than that, it is going beautifully. I think I will be very happy when it is completed.

Progress updates to come!

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There’s a First Time for Everything

Yesterrday we left town for a vacation to the Bay Area. I love visiting. I have so many good memories and some of my closest girlfriends still live there. Sometimes I’ll hear a song on the radio and it will trigger a memory and it makes me feel carefree and happy.

Anyway, tomorrow, I am leaving my son with my husband and in-laws for two nights! Yikes. The longest I have ever left him was six hours when he was only a couple of months old and we were looking for houses. I haven’t left him for more than two hours since and never overnight. I’m sure everything will be fine, but it does make me nervous. I hope he will be okay without me, but at the same time I hope that he misses me. While my husband and in-laws will be running around chasing after a toddler, I will be hanging out with my girlfriends. Friday night will be catch up on everything night and Saturday is the main event.

For the past three years my friend and dance extraordinaire Melissa Rutz has put on a west coast swing dance in San Francisco. It is always in July and previously I have always been consumed with cherry harvest. This year, I finally get to go. I am looking forward to seeing all of my California friends, and hanging out sans kid.

If you are in the SF area and would like more information, you can check out Melissa’s web page: http://www.melissarutz.com/swingalicious.html. My good friends Courtney and Sean are teaching the lesson and Rachel, my extra special good friend (she doesn’t like the term best friend, and anyway that spot belongs to my husband, so she’s extra special) is DJing along with Melissa, so the music is going to be extra awesome. It’s going to be one fun night!

Bay Area Trip part II

I love spring.  It’s a happy time of year for me.  I love all the flowers, the promise of warmer days, and knowing that soon I will get to spend lots of time outside in the garden.  In general I feel much more creative in the springtime although knitting has helped fill the void of winter.  At any rate, at this time of year I am finding lots of garden inspiration.  Everywhere I turn I see a gorgeous bush or plant that I want.  Over the next several years I will be re-landscaping our yard to fit what my aesthetic is.  This year it’s all about ideas.

On our trip to the bay area I found plenty of inspiration. The final part of our journey was spent at my in-laws who had their yard professionally landscaped a few years ago.  It has filled out now and is ripe with inspiration.  Here are a few of my favorites from their yard.

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Golden Gate Park Inspiration

Our trip to San Francisco was successful.  Our son did wonderful on the plane and he even slept through the night despite the many disruptions. I am so thankful that it went well and I am so proud of him!

Friday I managed to get on a bus with my son in tow and take a trip out to Golden Gate Park. I love exploring, especially nature. It always rejuvenates my spirit and clears my mind. I find that it’s important to do that regularly so that you can approach life with a much clearer focus. For me it gives me the space within myself for creative thought.

While walking through the park I couldn’t help but take pictures of some of the beautiful flowers I found.   It was an absolutely perfect day for it too.

Enjoy!

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