Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I was sure surprised when the delivery person said they were for me. She actually thought it was pretty funny that I was so shocked! These arrived with a note saying "I hope you are feeling better". Turns out this is what happens when you secretly think mean things about your dh because mommy doesn't get to have a sick day like everyone else. Don't you hate when you have to eat your words, well thoughts anyway? Definitely some major brownie points here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Anyway, this caterpillar is the first little toy that I have made for dd. Mostly she loves to chew on the antenna, but I'll take that to mean that she likes it! I can't wait to make her more toys. The 5 point starghan I was working on has been put on hold for now. Dh discovered a mistake I had made early on and it had started to compromise the design (otherwise I probably would have left it, shhh). I had to frog it and needless to say I'm not looking forward to starting over again. I have to finish the kitchen set that I am making for dh's grandmother. Her birthday is Sunday and I still have a long way to go on it.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I'm currently sitting right in the middle of all of these wonderings. As most of you know dh and I have a new baby. Well, she's nearly four months old now but I still consider this the honeymoon of parenthood. I was lucky enough to be able to stay home with her for the first two months of her life. It was a blessing for all of us and a time I wouldn't trade for anything in the world, not even a for a full nights sleep! Unfortunately the time came when I had to return to the real world and not so merrily off to work I went. Luckily for us between my husband, mother-in-law and my own mother, we have not had to put our little pumpkin into a day care situation. Unfortunately our luck has ran out and we have been faced with making that dreaded decision.
Now, I am not trying to say anything negative about daycare nor am I trying to offend anyone who has their children in one. They are often a wonderful place and are most definitely a necessity for a lot of families. That being said the idea of a stranger taking care of my precious baby was enough to send me into a panic. Not to mention the fact that the cost of daycare in my area could be quite taxing. This is where my dilemma came to light. When I factored in the cost of daycare and the cost of fuel for driving the two hour round-trip distance to and from work everyday I found myself looking at a less than desireable salary. With these two expenses alone I would be making much less than minimum wage for my 40 hour week. That realization was staggering. How could I possibly justify only seeing my baby for 3 hours a day to make such a small amount of money? However, I also couldn't justify walking away from my income because we all know that every little bit helps.
This dilemma pulled at me for weeks on end until I came up with what I thought was a reasonable solution. The majority of my work is on the computer, in fact I am afraid to even count the amount of time I spend sitting in front of mine in a week. There was no reason, or so I thought, that I couldn't do my job from the comfort of my own home. What a brilliant idea right? Monday of this week I went in and sat down with the company CFO and proposed my very well thought out plan and gave my explanation for it. She understood where I was coming from and thought my idea had definite possibility. The real test was whether or not the directors would see things our way. Unfortunately they did not and I have effectively talked myself out of a very nice job. Can anyone say panic attack?
Truthfully I was afraid that this might be the outcome. I knew going into the meeting that one of two things would happen. I would either come out of it a happy working from home employee or an unhappy unemployed person. Needless to say I was leaning towards the first option. Definitely a case where things don't work out quite as well as you had planned.
This brings me back to my original question. Is there a reason for everything? I know you are probably thinking of course there is, but what I really mean is there a good reason for everything. Is there a reason that when it comes to light you say "Okay now I understand and I'm glad that things didn't go the way I had hoped before"? I often find that to be the case when you look back on things that have happened in life. However, there are still those situations that I have yet to figure out. I am hoping this is not going to turn out to be another one of those. I am hoping that it didn't happen just because I stuck my big foot in my mouth. I am hoping that there is a good reason for this. Maybe this is just the push I need to make myself pursue some of the business ideas I have been toying with in my head for more years than I can count. Could that be the case? Only time will truly tell...
Monday, February 18, 2008
I made this poncho on my knitting loom out of Lionbrand Homespun in Lemonade. It worked up really quickly and is very soft. She doesn't look too enthusiastic to be modeling it for me though! Dh informed me that it was silly for a baby to wear a poncho, which I agree with but I really wanted to try to make one anyway. So really this project was more for me than her. But its still cute, of course the adorable model doesn't hurt any!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The larger heart I found on this blog and the pattern was super easy to make. Of course mine aren't nearly as nice as her's are but I think they are okay considering I'm just now teaching myself to read patterns. We don't have any big Valentine plans here tonight. Dh is still out of town so the baby and I are just going to hang out around the house. Hopefully we'll have some great plans this weekend since somebody is having a birthday! Care to guess who?