Baseball tends to consume every waking minute of my families life the second I let my guard down.  I love letting #1 have fun, and he REALLY enjoys baseball.  I don’t think there are words to express how strongly he feels about baseball.  He came home from his Florida trip early because his team is in the C.A.B.A. tournament.  C.A.B.A. = Continental Amateur Baseball Association.  Teams from Mexico, Panama, Peurto Rico, and all over have come to our hometown of Mchenry, Illinois just to play baseball.  And my kids team is getting their butts spanked.  It’s rained a couple of times, so the schedules are all kinda being made up as we go along.  However it has opened #1’s eyes as to how much more he needs to put into his baseball if he seriously wants a chance at college ball.  And everyone seems to be trying to have a good time.  The international teams are just having a ball.  (I guess it helps to be winning)  Seriously it’s fun to see them visiting our country and having such a good time.  They take so many pictures.  They asked the opposing teams to pose with them, they even asked ME!!!  I was a little confused.  I don’t speak Spanish.  I was like why are you gesturing to me with the camera, there are literally 100 people who know what your saying and would gladly take your picture, but OK, I’ll take your camera and…no that’s not what you want …huh..then comes some translation help. She didn’t want me to take her picture, she wanted me to pose with her!!!  Next thing I knew it was like being famous. All the women were coming and putting arms around me, moving me, posing me and 5 camera’s flashing all at once!  It was kinda cool.  Of course I was in true mom attire, and not even a scrap of makeup, but whatever.  It was super fun.  I just hope nobody crops my face off and posts me on a nude body.  ha ha ha.  Or maybe they will be going home saying to their friends  “look how pale this blue eye’d devil is!!!  ha ha ha”.  lol.  Sorry, I amuse myself.

Sad note is that  #3 (the one with issues) did not enjoy our international visitors as much as I did.  The field really only had one spot of shade and my babies are as pale as I am.  I HAVE to keep them in the shade.  I think #3 was overwhelmed.  The onslaught of 50 people speaking at once in a language he didn’t understand left him helplessly confused.  It was heartbreaking to watch him.  We still have another day of the tournament, but I think I’ll be leaving early and having #1 get a ride home.  It’s just too much for #3, especially since we are suposed to go on vacation tomorrow.  (Stashnstitch here we come!!!)

#1 is up.  Gotta go get ready for today’s ballgames.

I have been hiding from the online world.  I am in denial.  If I dont say it, then it didnt happen.  I guess not happening is what happened.

I got absolutly NOTHING finished!!!

I had all that knitting time, and I got nothing finished.  I got 2  more projects started but i refuse to talk about them untill I have something finished!!!

I suffer severely from startitis.

So I guess the answer to  what have I been doing is…

stabbing my eyes out when the adulteress things keep wandering into unnecessary territories (new patterns).

I am banning myself from ravelrys pattern search untill I get at least one thing finished.

Other possible titles for this post:

1. My Unmentionables

2. Tangled

3. Mr. Bo-Tangles

4. My UFO’s

5. Why they are called UFO’s

6. Oh the tangled web I weave

7. The elephant in my closet

8. The 800lb. gorilla my husband better not mention

9. My brain on yarn

10. Why I need a ball winder

My summer is finally starting!!! Woohoo!!! Wednesday I took #1 to the airport. He is going to Florida to visit his other mother and her family. #2 is still in Madison, Wi., but he comes back tomorrow. He competes in his forms today. Keep your fingers crossed. Tuesday of next week I take #2 to the airport. Then I have two complete weeks without teenagers! What will I do with myself. My ICal looks so barren and empty. I guess i could fill it up with KNITTING KNITTING KNITTING. Yup thats right folks. I now have Knitting time!! Again… WOOHOO!!!! I think there is a fiber festival in Crystal Lake this month. I wish #1 were going to be back in time for that so I wouldnt have to take the youngers, but whatever. My other goal is to spend quantity time with the little ones. Thats right I said quantity. I plan on sitting on the couch in the play room instead of my living room to do my knitting. And said fiber festival may not be the ideal place for two little boys, but like I said quantity not quality.

On another note…one probably not going to be mentioned anywhere else…I am so totally stoked. My guru had to call ME to see what she was doing wrong on the impressionist sock. AND I FIGURED IT OUT!!!! One step closer to being a true Knitter.

GOLD!!!!

I am SO proud of #2.  Even with the tension, he did his thing.  So proud.

I am a little irked. My 12yr old qualified for nationals in Tae Kwon Do. He has 2 gold medals in sparring, and a silver and bronze in forms. He is the top contender in his orange belt division. The event will be in Madison Wisconsin. He has been training every day, and I have been in contact with his coach every day. I was very clear, that I cannot afford to take 4 boys 4 hrs away and stay in a hotel for 5 days. His coach is always so reassuring, and helpful, and we totally had a miscommunication. My son says “We are leaving at 9am”. I said “From the school, or are they picking you up here?” He called his coach at 8pm to ask and his wife answers and tells my son “WHAT?! You think we are taking you? We are going on vacation.” EXCUSE ME?!?!?! Why did I have to pay an extra $70 for travel expenses (each person on the team had to ) if you are going to stay with family, and go on a vacation?!>?!?! This is a team event. I would expect the group of 10 students would get a group of rooms, with a couple of chaperones. That’s how it’s always worked when my older one goes on team travel to state competitions. So she tells him she’ll call back. When she called back and I had to speak to her, she sounded so put upon. Now I feel all weird and imposing. She said “We plan on eating out EVERY night.” So i told her that I had planned on sending him with $100 for the week. So she said that should help, but he had better bring a sleeping bag. Okay, I am now offended, and pissed. I clearly wrote in my email I cant afford for all of us to be there all those days. I would like to impose and offer some $$$ if he can ride with you and bring a sleeping bag. So of course my son heard the whole conversation. How can he possible be mentally prepared now to compete on a national level, with kids who will be going to the Olympics. Am I wrong to be upset? Shouldn’t this be a team travel thing? Other wise it was $100 to register, $100 for national team uniform, $70 “coaching fee” (Not to mention the $85 monthly dues), $100 spending money, and I am expected to pay my own hotel of at least $100 A DAY!!!

Well…yesterday was our court date. I haven’t been sleeping and have been totally stressed. My paranoid freak hubby is SO KNOWN for diarrhea of the mouth. He decided to make me feel so much better by telling me to let him handle the talking. He’s been playing this in his head for days now, and knows EXACTLY what he wants to say. OMG!!! I thought, even if my bankruptcy gets thrown out, now He’s gonna go put himself in contempt!!! I just know it!!! Of course our last name starts with C, so we got to be second. I listened to the trustee guy GRILL the 20 something year old little girl in front of me, then our name was called. I really wanted to hork chunks everywhere. We sat down, swore in, and the trustee started with ME! He simply asked if the paperwork was true representation…blah blah blah. Simple yes sir/ no sir. I looked to husband once, and he started to open his mouth when the trustee stopped him, says “I am talking to her right now. You’ll get a chance. Just wait” HA HA HA!!!!! I had to suppress the smile and urge to scream BURN! I think he asked me 5 questions total, then looked at husband and all he was asked is “Do you agree with her?” okay again HA HA HA HA HA. Good ole Johnny boy got to say yes sir and that was it. We are bankrupt. I walked out of there a little straighter. The load that haD been weighing on my shoulders has shifted. Now it will be the pain in my ass. Does wonders for my posture.

Well…when you do toe up socks, it’s about increasing, not decreasing….DUH!!!

After a couple of tries I have my toe started. My lovely pattern just says: Using figure 8 cast on, cast on 8 stitches on each needle. Follow instructions till you have increased to 28 stitches on each needle. (I believe the pattern is for 2 circulars, and of course I use dpn’s. I believe the heel may give me fits, but thats another post for a later day) Hmm…follow instructions…THERE AREN’T ANY!!!! So I called my guru STASHNSTITCH, and she explained how to make one slant left, and make one slant right. (My bestest friend for a reason) At first I put the increases slanting the wrong way, then I figured out I needed to imagine it going up instead of down. I actually was looking at my sock it to me, to help me figure out right or left slant, but of course was looking at it from cuff to toe.

So…flip it this way,

and presto,

I got my toe going the right way. I am SO proud of myself.

So i decided I will try the Impressionist socks with my blue moon fiber arts rock your socks yarn.

http://nunanit.blogspot.com/2008/05/impressionist-socks-pattern.html

I now need to learn the figure 8 cast on (YOUTUBE is GREAT!!!), and i recently saw a instructional video on improved ssk.  My ssk on my Sock it to me looks a little messy to me, so I think I may try this.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases?searched=improved&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1

This is a toe up sock, so that also is a new trick for me to learn.  What can I say…I LOVE A CHALLENGE !!!

I try and try and try to be a nice mom.  I went grocery shopping with the younger two, and they had to sit on their hands in every aisle.  If I didn’t know that I wont have a car tomorrow, I would have left the groceries and gone home.  The older two failed their chore chart for the 2nd week in a row, hence they have one day unplugged in their room.  They didn’t give me a hard time about it, and when I went to take #2 to TKD only to find out it was cancelled today, I decided to let the older two out for 1 hr just to give some of the energy I know is building up an outlet.  I asked them to fill the baby pool for the youngers, then I went to clean the smell of cat piss out of hubbys closet.  Can you guess how long I got by myself to steam clean?  You got it…less than 5 min.  The elders thought it a good idea to try and play some form of soccer that involves one of them throwing a ball at the pool, while the other tries to protect the pool.  At least it’s not a hospital visit.  And yes it was #3 that got it in the face.  The same one who just had 2 outbreaks of chicken pox last month, even though he was vacinated, and right now has 5ths disease.

I doubt they will be able to play nicely, so I am doing without, and the elders are back in their rooms.  I doubt my sanitys ability to last the day, so I am doing without, and taking my crazy/happy pill.