I may have a problem

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And his name is Mister Bearcy. Right now he’s out in the world, traveling and having his own adventures, but I realized this weekend as I was having multiple excursions each day that I kept reaching for a photo buddy who is no longer with me.

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Ever since Friday night after I got out of work, I’ve been going non stop for the entire weekend. First there was dinner at slater’s 50/50 (my first time eating there), then it was a quick geocaching event that lead us to our final destination of trampoline jumping!!! All of which made me realize how badly I need to start exercising again. I. Was. TIRED!!!!!!

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Jump to Saturday and I picked up some breakfast for Ryan and Caro as an excuse to visit and see Cooper (who is over 2 weeks old now folks!), then it was off to Pasadena for the Make Music Fest. Sandy and I went to see Hunter Hunted (formerly Lady Danville) and to eat some fun food. Our mission was accomplished with an extra treat of ice cream from the Cool Haus truck. I got an ice cream sandwich made from one peanut butter and cap’n crunch cookie, one snickerdoodle cookie, and one scoop of bananas fosters ice cream. It was DELICIOUS! We watched one more band perform before heading out to LA, Yacht. Thanks to Denise I just finished watching their episode of “A day in the life” on Hulu. Now I know they are not only a band but a life philosophy LOL. So after all of the sun, heat and free music, we made our way to LA so I could pick up the birthday gift I ordered for my brother, and we had extra time so we checked out a new gallery exhibit from Gallery 1988. Then it was off to Largo for our night at Thrilling Adventure. The guest stars weren’t that exciting (ie no Nathan Fillion, Rider Strong, or JGL) but the new Sparks episodes were great! It was really nice meeting Rebecca Mader though for her first time guesting with the show. She gives me hope that more cast members from Lost will appear at the Largo sometime soon. I missed Paget for Beyond Belief though. I’m already looking forward to their August show.

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Today.. Today makes me tired just thinking about it!! Today I tried to cram so much in, and for the most part I was successful! So it started off with a trip to the long beach Patchworks where I ate and bought a lot more than I was planning. The pitfalls of loving unique and hand crafted items, and for having my credit card on me. But now I have new yarn, new wristlet, and a new dessert place I want to frequent for more creme brûlée. Then it was off to Anaheim to pick up Mimi so we could go watch Danny and his band play a quick show in Costa Mesa before heading out to Balboa Island for the Arrested Development Banana Stand!!! If I had the right app to draw a bear into my photo with the banana stand… from Newport Beach I drove to Whittier for a BBQ with old Disney friends, then it was back to Cerritos to have dinner with family. And here I am now, hopefully sleeping soon before another full week of work.

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Cooper’s Baby Shower

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So this past Sunday was the baby shower for my future nephew. Back in November when I was taking advantage of KnitPick’s black friday sale, I decided that there were 3 projects that I wanted to knit for Cooper.  The biggest project being the OpArt blanket from Knitty.  When this pattern was first published I knew that I wanted to knit it someday, it just had to take a special someone to make me commit to making a blanket, easily the largest knitting project I’ve accomplished so far. Looking back through my progress pictures I also realized that the blanket took me about 3 months of knitting.  It’s not that the pattern is particularly hard, I just had certain roadblocks.  The first being that I didn’t have enough extensions for my circular needles to accommodate such a large circumference.  The second problem was that after it reached a certain size, every time I tried to work on it, the blanket would put me to sleep. It was just too soft and warm and comfortable on my lap, I couldn’t resist it. I would work for maybe half an hour and then immediately get lulled into a state of extreme drowsiness.  I ended up finishing the blanket the same week that I moved into my new place, I think I might have blogged about it, or maybe the finished picture is just floating on instgram (edit to include blog post).. but either way, I couldn’t resist showing it off the second it came off the needles. So I realized I would have no surprise gift for the shower, which made me sad.  Which made me turn to Ravelry for inspiration, per usual, and it led me to the CUTEST little knit outfit ever.  I’m not sure if this is still the inspiration for the baby room now, but at some point in the decoration planning it became Zelda themed. I’m still amazed that I was able to accomplish this in time, but with exactly one week’s deadline, I knit the Baby Link outfit.  I stayed up until (usually) 2am knitting every night after work, and it really worked in my favor that I couldn’t go to Jess’s house on Wednesday for our usual tv time. I had no life last week, which is why every picture for the week was my progress shot before going to bed on my project 365 photo app.

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I found the perfect pack of buttons at JoAnn’s on Saturday so I was able to finish the back and weave in all the ends of the outfit and the blanket on Sunday morning. Luckily I woke up with enough time to finish and still run all the errands before the shower. I also wanted to include the group photo of everything I made, plus the super adorable take home mini pies that Carolyn baked for all of the shower guests!
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I had to resist posting these photos on instagram or facebook because it would ruin the surprise for my brother and sister in law. For those of you following me on twitter or tumblr, I apologize for the constant updating of photos.. I think I’ve become addicted to needing to hear praise for my projects.  It makes me feel like I’m spending my time wisely, but I’m sure there are MANY more things I could be doing that are more productive.