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Socks #16 (or #14. Whatever): Birthday Socks! 07/21/2014 08:13 PM
I'm not a big one for celebrating my birthday. When I was little, most of my school friends were gone on vacation so there were no big parties. When I was a teenager, there would be this massive pool party at my parents' house the weekend around my birthday but it wasn't for my birthday, it was an exchange student thing. Which was pretty awesome and we would have a cake during that, but mostly it was the massive number of exchange students that was awesome and my birthday was incidental.

Regardless, I do use my birthday as an excuse to justify buying myself something I want. This year? Socks!

Watermelon Socks

Okay, so I bought the yarn and made the socks, but the socks were my present to me so I had to, you know, knit them. Which I did. Just in the nick of time!

I thought watermelon socks were super appropriate since watermelon, summer and my birthday are all tied up together in my head. I don't know if I've really had lots of watermelons on my birthday or what, but watermelons make me think of summer by the pool. And gven that my birthday is smack in the middle of summer, I ended up associating the three.

But honestly, who wouldn't love watermelon socks, right?

This is the second pair of socks I've done an anatomical toe on. The first ones weren't tailor made for my foot, though, but rather a general anatomical toe. These though, I did math and made a chart made specifically for my toe shape and my knitting gauge. No seriously. I am that much of a sock knitting nerd right now. See?

Anatomical Toes Anatomical Toe Chart

But my nerdiness has paid off! The socks fit perfectly! Honestly, I might end up having to do this toe more often.

So happy (slightly early) birthday to me! Yay socks!
Nature Not in Our Yard 07/13/2014 11:54 AM
Dan's parents have been visiting this past week and we've tried to keep them from being too bored with the lack of excitement in our life. Entertainment has mostly consisted of pool time, but Saturday we took them to the nearby Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Dan & I had never been there before, but we definitely plan on going back in the future. Lots of nature! See?

Buttonbush
Viceroy Butterfly
White-lined Sphinx with Buttonbush
Spotted Beebalm
Squirrel Tree Frog
Ironweed
Praying Mantis
Day Flower

In other nature news (though this yard related) my dear mother-in-law has solved the mystery of what this plant is:

Pincushion Plant

I have been trying to figure out what it is for the past two months. Now I know - it's a Pincushion Plant (Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’). YAY!

In creepy (nature center) news, check this out:

Daddy Long Legs Cluster

It's not bark or moss or fungus... it's a mass of daddy long legs. No joke. Big ball of spiders. Apparently, this is a thing daddy long legs do. Freaky.

(I took some other pictures at the nature center that aren't posted here. To see them, meander over to my Flickr.)
Somewhat Bloom-y 07/06/2014 09:29 PM
Things in our yard aren't near as pretty as they were in spring. Most of the flowers have gone or are going to seed and those that aren't tend to be the smaller, shorter ones that aren't as easily visible above the tall grasses that have grown up. But we aren't going to mow yet because there should be a bunch of a pretty summer/fall blooming flower out there and I want them to bloom (and go to seed.)

But, if you look closely, there are still a few new things popping up in the yard.

Wildflowers
Sunflower
Wildflowers
Bug on Palafoxia

Okay, you don't have to look closely for the sunflowers out there, but the others are tiny little things that you do have to look for. I really need to go out there in long pants sometime so I can do some proper tromping.
Emmett Pillow 07/03/2014 01:33 PM
Apparently Olive thinks Emmett makes a good pillow.

Emmett Pillow

Emmett doesn't seem to mind.
Because Olive is Awesome 07/02/2014 03:43 PM

Sleeping Olive


Missing Socks 06/30/2014 01:26 PM
Observant readers to my blog might have noticed that, in my quest for twelve socks this year, pairs six and nine were strangely missing. I mentioned nine in passing, but posted no pictures. Today I shall remedy that. Without further ado, socks number six and nine:

Dad Socks Mom Socks

Both pairs were birthday socks and they were presented to the intended recipients (my mom and dad) yesterday, so I no longer have to hide the pictures. (Yes, my dad's were given a month early but they've been ready since February so it's really surprising that I lasted as long as I did.)

Yay socks!
Celebrate! 06/26/2014 08:12 PM
Good news on the celiac front today. I had my follow up with my gastroenterologist. I gave Dr W the results from the blood work that the rheumatologist (Dr B - because "rheumatologist" is really long) had me do last month and he said that the changes were really good. All my numbers are either around normal or working their way there. My ANA marker (which indicates autoimmune disease) is even negative now! (That doesn't, of course, mean I no longer have celiac. It means that it's under control. Which is awesome.)

With the new test results Dr W has changed his mind; he no longer thinks I have a second autoimmune disease! Yay! He now thinks that I had a really bad case of celiac with lots of inflammation that was throwing everything totally out of whack. I still go see Dr B next week but Dr W said he really anticipates that Dr B doctor will say the same thing after seeing my tests. This is exactly what I was hoping he would say! Of course, I suppose I need to wait for Dr B to make it official next week but I'm still pretty darn pleased.

I have a follow up appointment in three months just to check on things and right before that appointment they are going to re-do my blood work again and give me a bone density test. (Dr W says he's interested in redoing my TTG test (the test they use to see if you have celiac) then, too. Anything over four is considered positive. When I was tested I was at >100. He's curious to see how quickly it will drop now that I'm gluten-free.) But until then, my directions are to just stay on my super strict diet and enjoy feeling better. Yay!

And in more happy-fun news on the celiac front, I have finished another pair of socks. I shall call them my wheat feet socks.

Celiac Socks

The yarn color is called golden wheat and the stitch pattern is repeating wheat stalks. Yes, both choices were intentional. They are my farewell to gluten socks. Call it a bit of catharsis.

They are ridiculous and I adore them.
Because Dan is Completely AWESOME 06/25/2014 07:38 PM

Fixed!


What? Is This Summer? 06/24/2014 05:13 PM
We've had almost two inches of rain in the past three days. It's raining right now and rain is forecast for the rest of the week. I mean, it's good because everyone needs the rain but we just don't have rainy weeks like this. At least each day it has rained there has been a long break where the sun came out and tanning was possible, but still. This is weird.

ETA: Correction: After today's rain, we have now had over three inches in the last three days. Wild!