I am never going to catch up.

So instead of trying to figure out how to get through everything since I last blogged, my summer so far in photos.

The summer so far, part 1

Row 1: Cadence Sock in Plucky Feet Lollipop Guild; Ziggy; Thalia shawl in my first Plucky Knitter purchase (from July 2007).

Row 2: Book club, celebrating National Donut Day, Monkey Socks out of Dyeabolical Sock Flat in a OOAK color I’m calling Polyjuice Potion

Row 3: Eddie Izzard at the Fox Theater with Mindy, Eric, & Andrea; Fiona Falafel; Granny Square Flower Cowl in Plucky Sweater (Lollipop Guild, Headboard, Wintry Mix)

The summer so far, part 2

Row 1: Making the Downton Chickens happy while house & petsitting for Mindy & Eric; birthday yarn purchase from Lamby Toes; THE KING sandwich from Fozzie’s – peanut butter, banana, and bacon.

Row 2: Re-reading Harry Potter again; birthday treats at knit group; celebratin’ the 4th & my birthday.

Row 3: Finished Glacier Point shawl in Queens County Yarn Sock; taking care of the mischievous Mr. Boots Willoughby while Grace was out of town; the highlighter scarf returns and will be finished SOMEDAY SOON.

Whew. All caught up.

Life in a nutshell

It’s been a month since I last wrote here. I KNOW.

But there has been very little to tell. I’ve had bronchitis and general allergy-related malaise for the past few weeks (mostly the bronchitis, but the allergies kicked in this week, thank you pollen).

So, a brief history of March/April in photos:

I got to meet the Mindy family’s new chickens (this is Mrs. Patmore with S in the background).
Meeting the chickens

Birthday party for a 3 year old. I made tiny funfetti cupcakes.
Frosted tiny cupcakes!

Book club (with bacon wrapped tiny sausages!).
Book Club!

Passover Seder, where S got a belated birthday gift from Sharon & danced around in Hello Kitty rain boots.
Blurry "niece" & favorite Simon (the wonder pup) at Passover Seder. #100happydays #latergram

A trip to the art museum to visit my favorite painting (at least locally. My FAVORITE painting is in New York). One of Monet’s Water Lilies.
More in scenes from the St. Louis Art Museum: another part of Monet's Water Lilies, painted between 1915-1926.

Still knitting the neon.
Pile of neon knitting. #100happydays

And since you made it that far, favorite Ziggy napping.
nap buddy

I still have two papers to write & two presentations to give before the semester is done, but it’ll get finished.

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden

The Thursday before Christmas, when the weather was lovely and almost warm, I headed to see Garden Glow with knitting friend Grace.

It was fun & I quite enjoyed seeing all the lights in the garden – it’s on for a few more days, so check it out if you get a chance.

Garden Glow at MoBot

These photos all came from my phone, as my actual camera I took failed completely at being able to capture anything.

Garden Glow at MoBot

Garden Glow at MoBot
Hogwarts!

Garden Glow at MoBot
Stuck in the Labyrinth.

Garden Glow at MoBot

Garden Glow at MoBot

12 Days of Christmas, part 2

Christmas has come and gone & I’ve been on vacation for the last week. We finished up our 12 Days of Christmas activity at work, so here are days 6-12:

On the 6th day of Christmas my coworker brought to me...homemade hot cocoa mix!
Day 6: Homemade hot cocoa mix

On the 7th day of Christmas my coworker brought...her Keurig to share with us. Yay coffee!
Day 7: A Keurig for the day. (We have truly terrible coffee at work & have been trying to get a Keurig for a while. One of my coworkers brought hers in from home to share for the day.)

On the 8th day of Christmas.... Holiday themed cups filled with candy!
Day 8: Christmas candy cups!

On the 9th day of Christmas, we got a big pot of chili!
Day 9: Big pot of chili!

10th day of Christmas brings us cheese sticks.
Day 10: Cheese crisps

On the 11th day of Christmas...chex mix! Yum!
Day 11: Delicious Chex Mix.

Day 12: kettle corn & snack cakes.
Day 12: Kettle Corn…

The 12th day also brings us donuts!
…and Donuts!

It’s December!

And has been for a couple weeks now. I just finished my classes for the semester this week (last assignment was submitted on Thursday night) & those last couple weeks were a struggle. Sometimes finding the motivation for classes after a holiday is TOUGH. But I made it through & now it’s on to the holidays!

We’ve been doing a fun little activity at work in the 12 days leading up to our last day of work together before Christmas – each day there’s a new treat to share. I decided to start taking photos & sharing on instagram, so you may have seen them already, but I thought it would be fun to share here, too.

Day 1: Mint Oreo Truffles. Sadly, there’s no photo for this, but it was essentially these truffles made with mint Oreos instead of regular. YUM.

Day 2: Irish Car Bomb Brownies. So good. So rich. I may need to finally make the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes I’ve had pinned forever.
2nd Day of Christmas: Irish Car Bomb Brownies

Day 3: Chocolate Chai Spice Cupcakes with a Chai Spiced Swiss Buttercream. These were mine & I still need to write about this buttercream because OH.MY.GOSH. It was delicious.
3rd day of Christmas: Chocolate Chai Spice Cupcakes w/Chai Spiced Swiss Buttercream.

Day 4: A (small) chance to win $$$ – Lottery Scratchers. This was so fun, even though the biggest prize I heard about was $2. :)
4th day of Christmas: Lottery scratchers!

Day 5: This insane Christmas Stollen pastry from MacArthur’s bakery. It was addicting.
5th day of Christmas - a Christmas stollen

Day 6: Delicious homemade hot cocoa mix! I think I might need to go make a cup now. :)
On the 6th day of Christmas my coworker brought to me...homemade hot cocoa mix!

We’ve got one more week of work left before the holiday break/vacation, which I’m so looking forward to. Yay! I’ll be back next weekend to share days 7-12.