thursday thirteen


Thirteen Things I need to do this week to prepare for Christmas!

1. Put up the tree!

Now that it’s just my husband and I, I’m the one that puts up the tree because he’s not all that in to decorating. I use a fake tree, which works well for me because I never have to worry about it being to heavy to heft in by myself! I’ll get the lights up on the tree the same day.

2. Finish at least two gifts.

I knit…a LOT. I step it in to high gear during the holidays and I’ve got a huge queue of projects. This week I hope to finish a baby sweater for a friends daughter and the other fair isle mitten for my mother in law!

3. Begin my ornament challenge!

I lost about two-thirds of my christmas ornaments year before last when my storage system failed and water damage ate everything. I’m challenging myself to make at least 24 ornaments this year, from the 1st of December ’til the 24th. Wish me luck!

4. Bake!

Or more like begin preparations to bake. I need to start stocking up again since my baking supplies always take a blow during Thanksgiving! Chocolate chips, peanut butter and the requisite flour and sugar are low.

5. Start planning my shopping excursions.

I know, a lot of people are already finished! Every year I plan to start early and every year I’m left planning at the beginning of December. Luckily, I hand-craft most of my gifts and my list for buying is pretty small but it still warrants some consideration!

6. Cards!

I’d like to make a few holiday cards for my closest friends and family this week. I only need about a dozen, the rest can be store-bought. I’m thinking something white, with shades of blue, origami or snowflakes 🙂

7. Cleaning!

I’m doing some deep cleaning to get in to the holiday spirit. The cleaner my house is, the happier I am and the more I can enjoy what I’ve already decorated. Floor scrubbing is in my future!

8. Me time.

I need to remember to take a break and relax every now and again. If I don’t remind myself I don’t and then I wonder why I’m so stressed out and grumpy!

9. Get in Touch.

Sometimes I get so busy during this time I forget what it’s all about. I need to make a point to get in touch with a couple of close friends and see if we can spend some time together.

10. Blog!

Busy is the biggest theme here, isn’t it? When I get busy I forget about my blog. This makes me sad because I ENJOY blogging and i don’t like falling out of touch with the few bloggers that actually visit!

11. Decorate my blog!

I’ve been meaning to do this for the past week, but I’ll definitely get to it this coming week. I really really love Christmas and I want my blog to reflect that.

12. One-on-One.

I want to spend a night or two just hanging out with my hubby. A lot of times we’re both tired when he gets home from work and I’ll knit and stay on the computer while he’s zoning on the couch watching TV. This week I want to you know, actually interact with him! We always have a blast when we play board games/video games together so I think some popcorn, a game and some snuggly clothes are in order!

13. Take notice.

I want to enjoy seeing the holiday take hold. Go out to see some of the lights the early-birds have put out, check out one of the parades that’ll be held down-town. Get a picture or two of the cute little banners the city puts up on the light posts.

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Thirteen random songs on my MP3 player

1. Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5 – Songs about Jane

2. Streets of Laredo – Johnny Cash – American IV

3. Falling – Staind – Chapter V

4. I Believe in Rock & Roll – Twisted Sister – Come Out and Play

5. Fortune Faded – The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits

6. Good Times – Ozzy Osbourne – Prince of Darkness Disc 4

7. Candlebright – Stevie Nicks – Trouble in Shangri-la

8. Because I Got High – Afroman – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

9. Shine Down – Godsmack – IV

10. Burn – The Cure – The Crow

11. The Day the Talkies Came – Queen – Pre Ordained

12. Truce – Dresden Dolls – The Dresden Dolls

13. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd – Shine On Disc 7

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Thirteen Things I love about Ravelry

I finally got my invite to Ravelry yesterday, so my mind is swimming with all the great stuff about it! In honor of my new addiction I present 13 things I love about Ravelry!

1. Ravelry is a fantastic new site in it’s Beta stage where knitters and crocheters can gather.

2. You have a “Notebook” where you can catagorize your projects, yarn, books, needles/hooks so you can get really organized!

3. There is a pattern area where you can browse by tags to find new things to make.

4. You can check out the yarn section to find new yarns you haven’t tried or substitutes for ones you don’t like/can’t afford.

5. You can meet new people and friend them.

6. There are forums of all sorts to ask questions and give advice.

7. There are groups up the wazoo and if you don’t find one you’re looking for, you can start your own!

8. You can find just about anything and if you can’t, chances are there’s someone there that can help you find it.

9. It’s new and shiny to me and I can spend hours looking at new things.

10. It feeds my fiber/pattern/knitting/crochet addiction!

11. It’s free!

12. You have to wait for your invite once you sign up since there’s so many people joining, but it’s worth it!

13. It takes so many of the things I love and puts it in one place. It’s handy, dandy and super awesome so anyone that crochets or knits should definitely sign up!

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Thirteen banned or challenged books I’ve read

There are so many books that have been challenged or banned throughout history for various reasons. If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit The American Library Association.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

3. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

5. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence

6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

9. Charlotte’s Web by EB White

10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum

11. A Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

12. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

13. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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