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Where have I been??

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
It's been over two months since I've blogged!!! So much has happened and it has just been so crazy of late. That happens, from time to time, I guess. Sigh…
What have I/we been up to?
Jermaine and I took a very relaxing trip to the Florida Keys:
I basically spent a week in a hammock and it was fantastic! We spent our second anniversary at a very nice Lady-and-the-Tramp-like Italian restaurant in Key Largo…very delicious and romantic.
Then we came home just in time for Hurricane Sandy:
Fortunately we were fine but I can not say the same for my cousin and his family in New Jersey. They were without power for a week. So many families had more issues to deal with too with all the damage to properties.
Then there was the election.
Maryland legalized gay marriage. Wohhooooo!!!! I am so proud of my state!
Work has been so crazy for the both of us. The craziness for my job occurred a little earlier this year. Luckily, it will always be busy but the crazy, ER-quality pace has dissipated.

Jermaine and I are enjoying a nice Christmas. Here is a picture of our Christmas tree:


It's what tress often turn into, no? :-)

Craft-wise and book-wise, I've:

  • Finished 11 books. No idea if I'll be able to write reviews for every single one
  • Finished three pairs of socks for girlfriends and one pair for moi.
  • Made two fairly nice necklaces for my boss and my mom. I've come a long way since making necklaces out of macaroni teehee
  • Started knitting a monster for the 600 Monsters Strong group. Inspired by the terrible traders in Newtown this December, this group aims to send these knitted monsters to kids impacted by gun violence.
I hope to share more here in the upcoming months. I feel bad that I have gone MIA both with my blogging and my commenting. I hope to change that.
Happy 2013, everyone!!!

A FO of Another Kind

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

I’m a slave to boring cotton tops. It’s what I like, what can I say. God knows I’ve gone into stores bound and determined to change but the other tops just aren’t me. There are super sheer, too loud, too frilly–too not me.

So perhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaps I should just wear my cotton tops more smartly??

There was a time when I bought a necklace at New York and Company. I wore it to work and got mad compliments! And I have to say it certainly did something for the look!

Then I got to thinking–I’M CRAFTY! I CAN MAKE SOME NECKLACES! Granted the last one I made, I’m pretty sure, was made out of macaroni and my poor mom was the recipient but hey….I can still make some!

I went to Beadazzled in Dupont Circle and came back with some loot:

Beading Curiousity

And last night I finished my first necklace:

My first necklace!

The red beads are recycled glass and the black ones are graduated ones that increase in size. (Forgive me, I’m still wrapping my head around this new craft’s terminology)

My first necklace!

It feels odd to start a new craft but I gotta say–that book I bought: The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stringing Beaded Jewelry is a wonderful resource! It’s got about 20 necklaces to make with instructions written in gradual order. Nice baby steps. You use more tools but this craft certainly isn’t as intimidating as one might think. Give it a try next time you need a change of pace!

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