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New Year Ho!

Let’s get to it, then, shall we?

This year is going to be busy if the vacation preceeding the year is any indication. We had a fantastic time in Portland, I finished an unprecedented number of knitted items and I sold a knitting pattern to Shibui Knits.

Today I spent about nine hours in my classroom getting back up to speed. And tonight I completed the Shibui sample and cast on a swatch for my Rectangular Ulmus. Or Ulmus Rectangle whatever you want to call it. It’s another Kirstin Kapur pattern. She says to block your swatch, and let me tell you, I am following her directions on that one. No more twelve foot long scarves, thanks.

And now for an early bedtime so I can wake up in the morning! Haven’t been out of bed at 6am in a looooong time. It’s not going to be easy.


Today we drove to Portland for a little family vay-cay. We landed first at Ground Kontrol Рa classic video game arcade. The kids and husband were thrilled and overjoyed. Eli hit Frogger hard and Sam had a taste for Ms. Pac Man. Scott got the high score on Ms. Pac Man. (Ms. Pac Man,  Sam, not Mrs. Pac Man.)

After that we had early dinner at a delicious restaurant called Ping, ¬†a cousin of our fave Portland restaurant, Pok Pok. Then we waited in line for about an hour (in the rain)¬†outside Voodoo Doughnut. We took home a box of them, but honestly, I’m just as happy with a Top Pot any day. The funny thing about Voodoo Doughnut is the silly doughnut names and the extremely unsubtle innuendo. Eli decided he wanted the doughnut called Old Dirty Bastard. It was funny when he asked for it and Scott and I cracked up. “Mom, I think I want an Old Dirty Bastard.”¬† We tried to capture him saying it on video, but once he knew it was a bad word he wouldn’t say it again. We could get him to say their catch phrases, the magic is in the hole, or good things come in pink boxes, but it wasn’t as much fun.

Tomorrow we’ll hit a¬†museum and a couple of restaurants and maybe Powell’s bookstore.¬† And, I imagine, back to the arcade. Maybe we’ll try this cute Slappy Cakes for breakfast. ¬†Any Portlanders want to meet up, give me a call!

Slappy Cakes | Portland OR

Slappy Cakes | Portland OR. Doesn’t this look fun?


Scott to kids: So, boys, if you could do anything in the world today what would it be?

Sam: Find a cure for cancer? Or Stargardt’s?

Stargardts is a vision disorder his good friend has. Oh, Sam. It’s a good answer, right?

What I’ve been doing:

This and this.

quick picture of my boys

sam and eli at jamba juice

Liquid lunch today at Jamba Juice. I’m halfway through my High Line wrap.

gimme seltzer…

So, I overhear a heated discussion from the back seat of the car. Then Sam pipes up…

Sam: Mom, Eli’s just not New York-y enough.

Me: What do you mean?

Sam: Well, he was born in New York, right?

Me: Yes.

Sam: Well he doesn’t even know what SELTZER is!!!

Ha ha ha! Crazy old kids.