Thursday, May 21, 2009

What a long strange trip its been

Busy, busy, busy. Its now my middle name. So much has happened in such a short period of time. I promise to add pictures before the end of the day (if you don't want to wait, check out my Flickr photostream HERE) but in the meantime here's an update:

Thing 2 was reassessed recently and was found to have severe ADHD and significant problems with executive function. (((sigh))) I know he could have worse things to deal with but I couldn't help but feel bad for him. And contrary to rational thought, I felt like a bad mom because its likely I have it too and passed it on to him. Long story short, we decided to give Straterra a try inspite of my anti-medication stance because he was quite miserable at school. Several weeks in and he's doing very well, no side effects and is thrilled with the ability to focus. Praying that he continues to do well into the future.

My best bud's sister had her twins (the ones that I made the stroller blankets for). I made them some cupcake hats to match their stroller blankies and some teeny tiny socks to keep their little tootsies warm.

Twin cupcake hats and matching handspun socks

N in cupcake hat

T with his handknit blankie

We spent Spring break with The Dead (minus the late Jerry Garcia) - thus the title to this post. Thing 1 and King Thing went to the shows in Greensboro, NC and Washington, DC. Thing 2 and I joined them for the show in Charlottesville, VA. It was quite the 90s flashback for me and a first for Thing 2. Thing 1 made his rounds to several shows when he as a baby but of course he doesn't remember any of it. After the kids were quite appauled at first but eventually they settled in and had a blast people watching. I'm always amazed at how laid back everyone is and how the police don't bust anyone's chops. If only the weather had cooperated - brrrrr!

Chillin' at The Dead Show

Me and King Thing chillin' at The Dead show

Sadly, during Spring break week, my grandma's sister (Great Aunt) and King Thing's grandmother were both hospitalized :( My great-aunt didn't make it and we said goodbye to her on April 24th. She was one of the neatest people I had the pleasure to know and her antics and eccentricities will truly be missed. I feel blessed to have known her as long as I did. While I'm sad that she's gone, I'm so glad that she no longer has to suffer.

King Thing's grandma is still in ICU, on a ventilator, trying to recover. We feel pretty helpless and just continue to pray. Her recovery is in God's hands and those caring for her now.

I hit Maryland Sheep and Wool in the midst of all of this crazy train that is life and was so glad to have had time to visit with my buds Ei and Heaz.

Ravelry Meetup 2009

So good to see familiar faces

Familiar faces

Look who else we got to visit with - Carrieoke! And we got to meet her sister, Ysolda and so many others at the Ravelry meetup this year. I think this was my fourth trip and the wettest to date - ick! But we still had fun in spite of the rain. Heaz is getting married soon - squeee! Ei and I coaxed each other into buying rigid heddle looms this year so I came home with a Schacht 20" Flip. Wee doggie, there is so much to learn about weaving. I feel like I have to learn yet another fiber related language. Warp, weft, sett, arghhhhh. It's coming slowly but surely and after three practice projects, I've warped the loom for a "real" planned project - a wrap.

Look Ma  I'm weaving

Finished woven runner

Sad Wonky Woven Koigu Scarf

Keeping my fingers crossed that I did the calculations right and I have enough weft yarn to complete the project. Math is NOT my forte so I won't be surprised if I'm off in my calculations. I'll just chalk it up to yet another learning opportunity.

So in general, life is crazy but good. The sun and warmth and green is back and I'm loving every minute of it. I've got some other good news to post about but that will have to wait for another post. I promise it won't take me two months to get to it :)


Nikki said...

Wow... that is a long strange trip. Some good some bad and a whole lotta life :)

good to "hear" from you :)

Keowdie said...

I'm so happy you posted! I've been thinking about you lot lately sine I've been trying to master my spinning wheel!

I'm sorry for the bumps you've had in your road lately, but am happy to hear that everything else seems good.

KnitNana said...

Glad to hear the meds are helping! It's no fun for kids to go thru, but Mom, you gotta be kinder to you - you're NOT to blame! ;)

Glad there's been a lot of positives well as the sadness, my sympathies on your loss, and prayers for grandma.

Now...weaving? OMG...please don't enable me that way, okay? I just bought a spindle!

Anonymous said...

love that you got pics of the things! handsome boys! :) if we didnt have our hands full with knitting and spinning! ah so crafty so fibery! love it...this is going to lead into a PSA from Manfred!

sistahcraft said...

Hey there!

I'm happy for your son. I find it hard to think you would have it too, as spinning, knitting and now weaving, takes an ample amount of focus.

I have a rigid heddle loom in my closet, that I'm REALLY not trying to look at––but can a loom really speak to you when you walk by? Mine's talking, LOL. Your projects look good––keep it up!

VPI Dyes said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your tough times, but it seems like you're hanging in there so keep up the great work!

On a lighter note, those cupcake hats are so adorable that you're making me want to have kids just so I can make some of my own! I suppose it would be a bit odd for me to start knitting baby things a year or two before I plan to start a family eh? Darn my baby-less sisters and friends!