Fun at the DMV

It was time to renew my driver’s license. Long gone were the days when the DMV would just send you your new license in the mail. Thank you to illegal immigrants, terrorists and identify thieves who have caused our government to deem it necessary to jump us through more hoops to prove our identity.

Knowing ahead of time this process can be complicated and time consuming, I went online to find out what the DMV requires. I found the application that I could fill out and print in advance to save time. I arrived to find out that the form had changed long ago and no one has bothered to update it. I had to go back, fill out the “new” form and get in line again.

Somehow I’ve lost my registered copy of my birth certificate. I’m not sure how since I’ve lugged that same envelope with the registered copy and a photocopy in it around for the last 27 years to wherever I’ve needed to show a birth certificate. It is possible that during other fruitless attempts to update/replace the social security cards of myself and my children that the registered copy was lost. Thankfully I was issued a temporary and thankfully the DMV guy either didn’t notice, or didn’t care that my SS card had my old name on it.

So, I get to show my driver’s license to a notary to swear to them that I am who I say I am so that I can order another birth certificate.  Yes, you read that correctly. Show my driver’s license.  What do people do if they have lost everything? The flood, hurricane, tornado victims…  It’s crazy in the making. And because there are some people out there that are not honest, we can’t take your word for it that you are who you say you are.

And a few days later when I finally make it to the bank…yep, no notary is in that day. Gah!

A few days after that I went to the bank again and this time there was notary available. My check and my letter to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in California will shortly be on its way and hopefully in FOURTEEN WEEKS I will have my replacement birth certificate.

Ditch wasn’t happy about it either.

The clean start continues…

The cleaning and organizing craziness is still going on here at the FaMiLy Zoo.  Books were taken to DI.  More bookshelves have been purchased and installed in my room in place of the smaller one I removed. A piece of one of the bookshelves was broken when I took it out of the box so I have to wait a week or two for my second bookshelf.  Once I get that put up I can get more stuff off of my floor and out of the catch all basket at the foot of my bed. I organized my tower of yarn again and my knitting corner (again) and all the books in my shelf (again).I cleared my desk of all non-essential stuff which leaves more room for my laptop and my knitting.It also makes knitting more relaxing not to be surrounded by a pile of clutter. It seems like clutter uses up too much energy and oxygen in my life just simply by sitting there.

Previous to this my kids and I had cleaned and organized the pantry and laundry closet so stuff fits in there better. After that I cleaned out my living room built in bookshelf and my china hutch. Having all these spots become clean and tidy is like suddenly being able to breathe after being under water. It’s amazing and uplifting. I have a few projects that are going to take some knitting time away from me (sad face) but it will be worth it. The dejunking also continues. When I remarried I found that I needed to pare down again on the mountain of stuff that came with me from the old house. DH found he has to do the same thing.

One of the dejunking things I committed to was the yarn stash. I had more than one large Rubbermaid tub of yarn that had no purpose. I didn’t have anything planned for it, it was just stuff I had collected over the years thinking I was maybe going to make a blanket, or a whatever out of it. When I picked up knitting again I had moved on to the wool yarns, the sock yarns, the hand painted yarns and built a nice little stash of those. The stuff in the tubs was acrylic that I really wasn’t going to do anything with. I donated some but still had a lot more. I made four piles. Baby yarn and three piles of regular Red Heart yarn. All the piles are going to be crocheted into stash busting blankets to either be used or given away. I’m happy to say I’m almost done with pile one! Then I will need to take a break because all that crocheting has really done a number on my wrists! Owie, owie, owie.

Now, if I can just get laundry done (and more importantly put away) the room will be just about perfect. How does one stay on top of laundry?  Ugh, not my favorite thing. I don’t mind sorting and washing, but putting away?  Bleh.

My current little projects are growing, some more than others.

Washcloth that is being made for someone who is about to move into a house 🙂

This is my swatch for the socks that I will make with this yarn.

Sock yarn from the Knitters Brewing Co.

Margarita w/Salt getting wound into a happy little yarn cake

I managed to cast on for the toe using Judy’s Magic Cast On.  But that’s as far as I got. I had a little mishap when I tried to do the first row and had to start again. Maybe I will get possessed by the ghost of Elizabeth Zimmerman and get past that first row again 🙂
Meanwhile the crazy clean start continues…

Dear Sunshine

I’m a few days late, your birthday weekend was crazy.  Still, that’s no excuse not to wish a happy 19th birthday to my dear little Sunshine.

You’ve been such a wonderful addition to my life and I’ve enjoyed every minute that you’ve been with me. As the child who had the easier labor of my three babies I don’t much get the opportunity of laying the “difficult labor” guilt trip on you. I’m sure I found something else  equally amusing to annoy you with. I’m proud to be the mother of such a wonderful woman but don’t forget you’ll always be my little girl.

I’m so proud of the beautiful woman you’ve become. I love the way you’ve gone through this life so tender-hearted and so caring of those around you. I’ve loved the way you went through school finding the kids that no one wanted to hang out with, gathering them and forming a fabulous group of friends. I love the way you handled the move from one high school to another by looking at it as an opportunity to make more friends. I love the way you’ve worked hard at your talents to make them even better.

Happy Birthday dear Chynna Sunshine.

A clean start

My New Years started with a top to bottom fridge clean (and the death of my camera). Everything was taken out. Nothing expired went back in. It took two buckets of soapy hot water but the entire thing is clean and HOLY COW, when did my fridge get so frikkin’ big?

So, my loverly Samsung camera has been sent off to see if it can be repaired for less money than I can buy a new one.  Please, oh please, oh please, let it be cheap. I love my camera.

So, knitting and crocheting is still happening, I just haven’t gotten around to taking the pics with my cell phone. Or… my daughters’ cameras…hmmm…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 🙂
Goodbye 2010.  It’s been a wonderful year.

Welcome 2011. It’s going to be fabulous 🙂

I don’t know that these are necessarily New Years Resolutions, it’s at least a list of things I’d like to do more of.

1. Take a walk every day

2. Write in my journal more often.

3. Learn a new language

4. Knit, knit, knit

5. Finish one of my big cross stitch projects. Preferably The Kiss by Miribilia

6. Scan all my pictures

7. Finish off my stash busting afghans.  I have a lot of acrylic yarn I’d like to get out of my stash so I can have more room for the good yarn stash.

Happy New Year!

Huh…

If my kids call me the Cool Mom, does that mean I’m a bad parent?

Oh, and yeah, I’m stalling a bit. I haven’t sewn Father Christmas together. I did manage to do some laundry (yay me) and got a good nap in, but I spent a nice part of the evening playing World of Warcraft with my hubby 🙂 It’s so cool being married to someone as nerdy as I am.

Does the previous paragraph answer my first question?  Yikes, I hope not. I did fix dinner, I swear.

For Mom

My mom is really a fun person. She loves video games, plays World of Warcraft with me, until recently played an amazing game of tennis and loves Santas. How cool is it that I can play World of Warcraft with my mother, along with my husband, sister, and sometimes a son or a nephew. We’re such a nerdy family. She had a birthday a few days ago, Happy Birthday, Mom!  Love you!

Today I’m working on my mother’s Christmas present. It’s a knitted Father Christmas designed by Ann Budd. I started this present over four years ago when I took a knitting class. I’m not sure why I never finished this, other than well, that’s what I’d always done in the past. I would start something and then rarely finish it.  Since my desire to knit has recently flared up again I decided that I would finish the Father Christmas for my Mom THIS YEAR.  I have so little left to do! A beard, a collar and bit of stuffing and sewing and I should be done. Today. I hope.

Here is how I left it over four years ago.

Keaton is helping me write

Hello world! <- This was just too corny not to change.

The title, while lame, tickled my smallish programming background, so I left it.  This isn’t a blog about programming. I’m not sure what this blog is about. I’m not sure why I wanted to blog, I just knew I did. Maybe I just wanted to pretend I’m cool like Crazy Aunt Purl or The Yarn Harlot. (I’m not, btw) I have so much stuff (drivel, most likely) boiling around in my brain that it needed to come out somewhere. So, here it is. It beats surfing the web and playing Free Cell.  I love Free Cell. My apologies in advance for the blorping that will occur and how weird it’s all going to be while I figure out WordPress.

I’m Kimberly. I’m a middle aged, stay at home mom with three children, four step-children, three cats and one fabulous husband. I love to knit. I also crochet and cross stitch. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a little girl and my home is filled with her afghans. I taught myself how to knit and cross stitch after I was married. I will probably post pictures of things I’ve knitted on this blog. As other knitting bloggers have noted, pictures of cats will be involved. We believe this might be requirement.

I usually try to stay away from politics. Half of it I don’t understand and the other half infuriates me. I am making a conscious effort to keep on top of what is going on.

I was transplanted here to Utah from Texas and always hoped to move back until sometime around the time of my sister’s wedding (*cough* Bridezilla *cough*) I realized that I liked it here. Sometimes, a little distance is a good thing. I miss the South, I really do but up here we get all four seasons. No humidity means that Summer is survivable. We get snow. I LOVE the snow. When I first moved here anytime it would snow I would go outside and just watch it come down. It’s some of the most beautiful stuff in the world,  I don’t ski. It’s a shame, really, but at a young newlywed I couldn’t afford to. Now that I am, um, in my current demographic group, it just isn’t feasible. I love my family. I miss my family. I would like to see them more often, but I am very happy up here in the mountains.

I studied programming in college but, to my everlasting disappointment, I didn’t finish. I would like to go back some day. It’s been a long time, I would have basically start over.  I did manage to use my computer science background while spending several years as a software designer.  I loved the work, the company and my co-workers. I will probably write about them later.

The two blogs I follow right now are Crazy Aunt Purl and The Yarn Harlot. Hopefully my blog will have my own personality and not be a complete rip-off of theirs. They are great ladies, though, and I had to start somewhere 🙂

Thank you to my fabulous hubby, David (love you, baby), who set up the blog and website for me.

I’m almost afraid no one will read this. That’s okay, I’m more afraid that someone will!

I’m going to try to post pictures, but I have to either resize them so they take up less space, or take news ones and lower the settings on my camera. I’m sure hilarity will ensue.