Thursday, September 25, 2008
From the top....
1) The Yarn Cafe - Bluefaced Leicester 4ply Superwash Sock. Colourway - "Evoke"
Plan - Forest Canopy Shawl
2) The Yarn Cafe - Shetland Chunky 14ply gradient dye. Colourway - "Sunset"
Plan - Neckwarmer?
3) Waratah Fibres - Laceweight 2 ply. Colourway - "Tranquil waters"
Plan - Summer lace knitting project
4) The Yarn Cafe - Single Ply Merino Worsted. Colourway - "Rocky Creek"
Plan - ?????
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I doubt my ability to be 'me' without another half, my ability to just get out of bed in the morning and function as a human being, I doubt myself as a student - being able to do the readings, prep for the classes, get assignments in on time, juggle prac and classes, my skills and knowledge in a clinical situation. I especially doubted my ability to be a responsible, fun loving mother to my two children. I never had these doubts until 18 months ago but they have plagued me in a very random and frightening way on and off ever since.
Well... today is not one of those days.
I had my mid-semester assessment today. According to my clinical supervisor and feedback from the various RNs that I've been working with, I am performing at a level well above that of which is expected of a 2nd year student. As a 2nd year I should be getting P2/P3s and I got some P1s!!!! She said that I was the stand out of the students in this group. I was really really happy- this placement has challenged me and I've had some shitty days - literally! but I think I may have found my future nursing area. So my learning goals now are to increase my patient load to 3. I'll be the only 2nd year with such a big load! Not sure how I'm going to go with that - It'll be a good challenge for my time management skills. So... yep.... my study doubts were quashed and I was feeling fairly emotional.
I pick up Izaak, one of the other teachers stops me me to say that she is really impressed at how much Izaak has improved. His anger has calmed, his academic skills have risen sharply and that he is a well mannered, polite little man. I wanted to cry.
Get to family day care to collect Charlotte and her carer is trying to write in a folder which keeps folding over onto her so Charli goes over and holds up the folder. Her carer starts telling me that of all the children she has cared for (she has been a carer for 22 years!) Charlotte is the most helpful in that she often sees things and does things to help that children don't generally see. She also comments on her manners and how well her table manners are. I really want to cry now.
So I'm not a hopeless housekeeper, dodgy partner, shitty student and neglectful mother so up yours... I am in fact bloody awesome!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Georgie has tagged me for a meme so here goes.... seven random thoughts about me
1 - Charlotte is having her surname changed at the moment and I seriously, seriously thought about changing her whole name. I always liked Jorja for her but her dad didn't. Now that isn't an issue so I did think about changing it. Perhaps trying to undo almost 3 years of life with one name and trying to convince her she was/is someone else didn't seem worth it.
2 - I was trusted with looking after my mum's fish when she went on holidays about 2 years ago. For the first few days I remembered to go and feed them then life got crazy and I totally forgot. The day before she came home I went over and the poor little thing was dead. I got worried. So I went to the pet shop and bought a replacement and hoped for the best. The replacement fish died last week and she commented on how long he had lasted - she never cottoned on!!
3 - My 2nd toe is longer than my big toe. We're not talking a little bit either but a really big bit.
4 - I absolutely can not sleep if my feet are covered. I feel like I'm suffocating and I have nightmares if I do. I freeze in winter though so I have an electric blanket, sheets, blanket and doona on the bed with my toes sticking out the end. Comfy.
5 - I can't remember the last time that I went to the movies and saw something that wasn't animated. It seems these days I only go when I'm taking the kids to see something. This is something that really needs to be rectified.
6 - I *have* to wear matching underwear. It feels weird if I'm not.
7 - Something very very exciting is happening on Saturday night. Not sure how much I want to say but I'm excited. And going frock shopping. And having my eyebrows waxed. That hasn't happened in years but I'm hoping it will be worth it ;-)
Now for seven people that I'd love to know more about....
Looking forward to seeing how others respond to this.
Now I'm really really going to go and do some knitting and cleaning ;-)
and in the spirit of the award I'm following the rules as follows...
- The winner can put the logo in his/her website/blog
- Add a link to the person who gave you this award
- Nominate at least 7 other websites/blogs
- Provide links of the nominated websites/blogs
- Leave a message at each website owner that you've nominated
So I'm going to nominate some of my favourite blogs
OK - I'm off to start playing with some gorgeous green laceweight yarn that I picked up at Waratah Fibres yesterday and get stuck into cleaning up the house!
Friday, September 12, 2008
The cake was well received by both of my nephews....
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
We've got a family dinner tonight and present time so he's rather excited! He got to choose whatever he wanted for dinner so I'm picturing having to eat Maccas or something equally disgusting for dinner when he decides that lasagna is what he wants. So I'm off to bake anothr cake and get the lasagna into the oven.
Our hospital trip went as well as expected and she is now recovering. Still not back to my usual happy little lady but she has moments of sunshine before the pain kicks in and she is unhappy then for a while until the pain relief kicks in. Another week or so though and she should be 100% recovered. I think the biggest thing so far is that she doesn't snore anymore. Which means I'm not sleeping very well because before the op I knew that she was OK because I could hear the snoring but now I seem to be waking quite frequently and checking to make sure she's still breathing!
The facilities were not what I was expecting for more than $1500 a night but the staff were faultless. The theatre nurse who did the hand overs words were most accurate when she said "Charlotte has come out of the anaesthetic quite..... anti-socially...." and the staff just took it all in their stride to comfort both of us. They were all fantastic and definitely made the stay as good as could be expected.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Now my dilemma is whether to thoroughly love and adore this one for myself or be super efficient and organised and gift this to my sister fr christmas. She loves scarves and has quite a few. The thing is that she really doesn't understand or appreciate the time that goes into a handknit item and I'm fairly sure that it will get tossed into the washing machine at some point.
Take 2 of Charlotte's rainbow dress is coming along beautifully as well. Last night I cast on with the black and got the shoulders off. Today's aim is to get the bodice finished and start on the skirt. I'm thinking that when this is finished I could duplicate stitch a heart with the rainbow yarn onto the bodice. Will contemplate that later though... The black yarn is Carnival Soft 8ply acrylic and while I'm not generally an acrylic fan this stuff is really quite nice and my fingers aren't icky from knitting with it so definitely a good choice.
We're heading off to the Carillion for a family picnic today for fathers day and the kidlets are excited about getting a chance to ride their bikes. I'm excited about getting out of the house and away from the mounting housework and washing! I'm also thankful for the distraction. I'm nervous/terrified about tomorrow. I know that Ts&As really isn't a big thing. Hundreds of kids have them out every year but it's something about my wonderful, darling little honey being put to sleep and having machines breath for her while pieces of her body are being removed that makes me nervous. All my education is saying that things will be fine but it's that old head vs heart thing. I know it will be OK but I'm still really really nervous about the whole thing. I know that it needs to be done and it will make life better for all of us but now I just wish that it was over and done with - I'm not good at waiting, never have been so I know that today and tomorrow morning are just going to drag on and on and on. Hopefully I'll get loads of knitting done!
Friday, September 5, 2008
After picking up our hire stuff for the snow trip the kids had to try it all on and roar around the yard at Mums with the toboggan giving each other rides. The sharing/caring sibling routine is still hanging around so they were actually giving each other turns and pulling themselves around the yard. We went out for dinner with my parents and then headed home to sleep at their place for an early morning departure. In the car Izaaks says "mum, my tummy is icky" - I didn't really think much of it and he went on for a while. Got to mums and just got out of the car when he vomited everywhere. Overnight = at least 6 more.
Result = No snow trip for us ;-( I'm really disappointed because I was really looking forward to going and to see what the kids thought of it all but I was also disappointed because the hire stuff is not cheap and we weren't going to be able to use it. We hired from Jurkiewicz which I've been to alot for camping gear and the staff are always nice and friendly so I gave them a call this morning and just after mentioning the 'gastro' word they were already offering refunds and credit notes. I'm really happy so I've now got a gift card to re-hire in a fortnight when we'll try again.
So today is being spent on the couch watching DVDs and just generally chilling out. Poor little man rarely gets sick so it's awful when he does and he really doesn't understand what's happening. As a mum, the hardest times for me are when my children are sick. I wish I could be sick for them because they look, sound and feel miserable and there isn't anything I can do about it! Anyway, fingers crossed he keeps the bugs to himself and doesn't pass it onto the little miss.
For me... I'm going to spend the day working on the rainbow dress v2.0. Fingers crossed!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
So I decided to take the opportunity and cast on a new little something. It needed to be quick, easy and destined not to fail and I don't think I've done too bad....
This is the kids seamless sweater pattern by Shellee Floyd. I really like her designs for kids - simple, not fussy and no seams! The yarn is Panda Concorde which I got for $2 a ball at Big W - not too bad for $6 I say. I cast on 70 (pattern is for 60) because I'm such a tight knitter and I also added a few increase rounds into the body because Charlotte still has quite a pot belly. I could have gone up a needle size but I haven't washed it yet so it might grow a bit yet. I'll definitely be doing more of these and I've got some Bamboozle in the stash which quite likely will become one of these. Next time I'll make the body a smidge longer and a smidge wider to accomodate the big belly.
On the uni front all is travelling well. I'm actually in front with my assignments because we're off to hospital on Monday and I know I won't get any work done while the little miss is off so I've tried to do a bit in advance. I actually feel like I'm on top of things at the moment. Prac is going well. I'm really enjoying it and the last 2 weeks I feel like I've found my feet. Thank goodness!
On the family front - we're off to the snow on Saturday and then a family lunch for Fathers day on Sunday. Monday we're off to surgery (well Charlotte is, I'll be pacing the hall at the hospital), Wednesday is little misters birthday - I can't believe that he is going to be seven. Where did that time go?? Thusday is an integration meeting to talk about Izaak and his future schooling - there is a possibility that a place is coming up at the Autism unit but I'm not sure if I'm going to move him or keep him where he is happy, well accepted and doing really well. Charlotte has finally gotten the hang of her spacer as well so medicating her has been heaps easier in the past few days. It feels like so many things are coming together (in a positive way) at the moment - I hope that it can last a little bit longer. Fingers crossed.