Friday, December 07, 2007

Busy Weekend Ahead....

So, once DH gets home from work, we're going to be heading out to the Pump House for his company Christmas dinner. *grin* This'll be two fridays in a row that I get fantastic, expensive food and don't have to cook or clean-up!!!! I'm LOVING IT!


DD is staying home alone. She & her best friend are going to watch "Evan Almighty", feast on pizza, and chill for the few hours that DH and I are at the party. And supposedly M. (the best friend) is going to spend the night. We'll see if that happens, though. M. frequently backs out of sleep-overs. She tends to be a very nervous child, and sleeping away from her parents (unless she's at her grandparent's house) is something she's still not comfortable with.


DD has 2 hockey games tomorrow, the first being at 8:15 am at the Dipper. The second is 3:30 at Polar. I THINK she's playing goalie in both games. I'm hoping! She does so much better as goalie than the other little girl does.

When we get back from those hockey games, I'll be making bacon-wrapped duck-breasts for supper. I'm thinking some Colcannon will go along with that nicely. I'll marinate the duck in the same cranberry-orange salad-dressing as last time, and wrap it in maple-flavored bacon again. It was so yummy the last time that I'm really looking forward to it this time. Dad'll be coming over for dinner, this being Saturday. Then, after supper, DH and DD will head BACK into town for an Ice Dogs game (as spectators, not participants). (The Ice Dogs are our local Junior A. hockey team.)


Then it's back to work on Sunday. *sigh* Another weekend without getting to do any baking, though. I've really been wanting to make a couple of loaves of bread, but we've been so busy with hockey that I'm not having the chance. And with volunteering a the school on Friday mornings, that shoots that option down as well. I DO enjoy my volunteer time, but it doesn't leave much time at all for doing the "slow" things here at home that I like to do, like baking and sewing. Or even just sitting for a couple of hours & watching movies & crocheting.

I was starting to have crafting withdrawls, so today I stopped in at the craft-store & spent 45 bucks on fabric & yarn. *grin* Got some pretty, deep reds & some dusty blues that I'm going to use to make a couple of pillow shams for some couch cushions. Hopefully. *grin* And the yarn is camoflaged "colors" that I'm going to use to make the younger nephew an afghan with. After SIL's snotty attitude over the afghan I made the older son before he was born, I've been determined to not make another afghan for any of her kids until they were old enough to appreciate one themselves, but I have a feeling that I'll probably get suckered into making another afghan for this newest baby, so I should go ahead & get one made for the younger nephew as well. I've got a pattern for a "bed-roll" style afghan in camo yarn that I think I'm going to use for the kiddo's blanket. Perfect for a little boy who loves animals. *grin* I hope I bought enough, though with 4, 6-oz skeins of worsted-weight yarn, it SHOULD be enough. I hope.

Speaking of crocheting, I left the grocery store starting to wonder if EVERYBODY thinks I'm a lazy, abusive Mom. *wry smile* I use hand-made cotton-net grocery sacks for my groceries, and until I get to the check-out line I place them in the seat of my basket along with my purse & my jacket. Today, I had TWO people come up to me asking if I had a baby in there. *shaking head* A BABY??? I just laughed & showed them my grocery sacks & they went away chuckling, but they were quite incensed that I'd be so cavalier about carrying a baby around with me, until they learned the truth.

Then the bagger who was loading my groceries into my sacks asked me if I made the bags myself, to which I replied "Of course!" He then commented "you must have SOOO much time on your hands!"

*shaking head* Oh yeah. Sure, SOOOO much time. What with working 30 hours per week, multiple hockey practices & games a week, making dinner 6 nights a week, doing dishes & laundry & trying to keep the house semi-tidy with 2 dogs & a hand-full of kids constantly running in & out & around. Yep, I'm absolutely lazy that way! *shaking head* What I should have said is that I'm just very industrious with the time that I DO have. Not that I'm nearly so industrious as other moms I know of, but I'm not precisely a lazy bum, either. *sigh & grin* Oh well. Let the little punk believe what he wants. It's no skin off my nose. But I'll certainly be passing that little "joke" along to MY friends.

I think that about covers it for today.

Have a Blessed Day!


Connie Peterson said...

I am "Bleakwhiner Rascalnose" .. thanks for sending me there!

I have many people say "I would never have time for ......" (weaving, spinning, knitting, baking, whatever). I always tell them to MAKE time. Even 5 minutes a day for the crafty things - it adds up!

I have been knitting mittens for little grand kiddies (including grand niece) and am also making a scarf. My fingers are telling me to quit but I have to finish before Christmas!!

Keep up the good "green" stuff you do!


Tori_Z said...

Hope you enjoyed your dinner out last night, and good luck to DD in her hockey games.

A lot of people assume that if you have the time to fit in a bit of free time to work on crafts or baking then you have a lot of free time on your hands. Most of those people are people who work like eight hours a day six or seven days a week (if not more). The rest of us know better. LOL!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

It sounds like a fun weekend for the most part too. I hope you enjoy it.

barefoot gardener said...

Isn't it funny how people think that just because some of us take the time to make things that we must have all this free time? The truth is that we probably spend a little less time mindlessly staring at the TV or playing video games. The truth is we don't have any more time than anyone else, we just choose to use it differently.

And still I bet we both waste a lot of time that we COULD spend in more industrious pursuits. When I think about the saying that "there are 24 usable hours in every day" and compare that to the number of hours I spend in actual useful activity, I am ashamed of myself. Yet, like you, I manage to take care of a home, cook for my family, work 2 jobs, spend time crafting, raise my kids, and get them to their various activities.

What do you think could be accomplished if we used all 24 hours?!?