trailer park life

you know you live in a trailer park when…
the stop sign becomes the local community bulletin board. 
i personally find the sign construction materials a classy touch: 
sharpie, duct tape and a little ceasars pizza lid. 

infinity scarf [rust & gray]


i’m a little bit in love with this scarf.

it’s my first infinity scarf, and it’s actually all for me. i didn’t make it with anyone in mind to give it to, and now i love it so much i think i’ll just keep it for myself. and thanks to my love for good sales even when i don’t have a project in mind, this scarf cost less than $10 for the materials. you definitely can’t buy a 100% merino wool scarf for that cheap, people.

the above picture shows how long it is, but this is likely how i’ll wear it most of the time:

and for the knitters out there, here are the basics of this scarf:

i used two 50g skeins of super aussie 100% merino plus a tiny bit of leftover gray that i had from another project.
i also used a US10 35″ circular needle

cast on 225 (or a multiple of 3) stitches, join yarn and repeat rows one and two until desired thickness is reached or you run out of yarn (which is what happened to me)

R1: kkp (repeat x 75)
R2: kpp (repeat x 75)

it feels so good to have completed a craft again! finishing knitting projects always seems to give me such momentum. here’s to more crafts to come!

happy crafting!

back on the blog horse


here’s an interesting fact, i’m writing this blog without a working delete key. it’s my own fault of course, i knocked over my hot chocolate yesterday. while i was lucky enough to get only a few drops on my laptop, those drops landed on the delete key. i wish it would have been the “\” key instead. bleh. we’ll see if i can get through this blog without getting so frustrated that i want to throw my macbook up against the wall. because that would only make things worse.

if i can’t fix it, i’ll just have to get really good at the “highlight and replace” method that i’m currently using  as a form of deleting. it’s that or suddenly becoming perfect at the art of type.


you may have noticed that i took a little break after a couple weeks of crazy blogging and giveaways. i hope that was okay, i was a little burnt out. but it was so much fun to give stuff away and write about things that get me really excited.

you also may have noticed that i’m back on the blog horse this week, with the usual posts and such. i’m reserving the thursday time slot for random thoughts of mine, because blogging can be a nice way to write out some things i’m thinking about.

i don’t actually know if the haiku tuesday thing will last, but i’m really into haiku’s right now. i think they’re the next trendy thing.

i really want to start craft of week again, but time for crafting has been so elusive for me. on the other hand, i’m pretty sure that’s the most popular segment of this blog, so i think i’ll try to make it a higher priority.

so that’s what’s happening on the blog. and that’s how my thoughts come out when i’m not trying very hard. two sentence paragraphs with no flow.

here’s to hoping i can get my delete key fixed in a timely fashion!

aftermath of the car accident

calculating kids

i’ve mentioned that i got in a car accident in early october. i was on my way to ames to have some sister/mother bonding time. i was so excited about spending an afternoon shopping with my sister and going out to dinner with my mom. i left iowa city at 11:30am and was planning on getting to ames by 1:30pm.

but i didn’t get to ames until close to 3pm because i hit someone on the interstate.

why did i hit a car? because the car suddenly crossed three lanes of traffic into my lane, where i braked, swerved into the ditch and swerved back into my lane which resulted in the hit of her car and the ditching of my car.

it was not fun or amusing. and i was sorely disappointed at the time this was taking away from my family. and at the same time, this was the best car accident to get into. ever.

first of all, myself and my car could have been much, much worse. it could have flipped, i could have been stuck inside, i could have been injured. lots of things. as it were, i wasn’t even sore the next day and my car was still completely drivable. my car incurred a sizable dent, but nothing else seems to be wrong with it.

second of all, the other driver was not hurt either.

third of all, other cars could have easily been involved. it was a crowded interstate but we were the only two cars involved in the accident.

fourth of all, we got a bunch of money for the damages! well, it was a bunch of money considering that we decided to leave the dent in the car and keep the cash.

bryan and i have been talking a lot about how to make the most of this unexpected money in the last week.

what would you do if you received a totally unexpected amount of money? 

trailer park life


you know you live in a trailer park when…

you find yourself thinking of clever yet cutting things to yell back at the trailer park hoodlums who frequent the streets and yell obscenities at all passerbys.