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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
poetry and a meme
A while ago, Interweave Knits sponsored a poetry contest through their blog, Knitting Daily. Yannick and I had each entered a poem (but I'd written both...shhh!)

Seeing as how we didn't win, or even place, I figured I'd share the poems with you now. The rules were simple- the poem could only use the words found in the Magnetic Poetry Set that Interweave sells.

The grand prize was to have your poem knit into a pair of mittens, and the other prizes were copies of Interweave's knitting books and stuff like that. Anyone else but me think the other prizes were all much better than the grand prize??

Anyways, here are my two poems.
If you'd like to see the poems that did win (and deservedly so!), click here.

And now, a meme. Laura tagged me, so I'm playing along.
The rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names, linking to them.
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.
Thing the first: I can scream really, really loud. When I was in the play The Wizard of Oz when I was about 8, I played a munchkin and a flying monkey. When the flying monkeys captured Dorothy and pulled her offstage to take her to the Wicked Witch of the West, I was her stand-in scream because I was the loudest.
Thing the second: I've been in a bunch of plays: The Wizard of Oz (twice), Annie, Grease (twice, I think), The Sound of Music, I Remember Mama, Hair, Bye-Bye Birdie, Senior Square, Anything Goes, and I know I'm forgetting some. These aren't in order. The biggest part I had was in I Remember Mama, I played Dagmar, an 8 year old girl. I was 18 at the time.
Thing the third: The best compliment I ever got after a show was when I was brought out to meet a little girl after a performance of I Remember Mama. They told her "this is her" and she started to cry and said "No! I wanted to meet the girl who was little, like me!".
Thing the fourth: While most smoked herbal cigarettes, some of us smoked real cigarettes on stage during Hair. It was not as exhilarating as I'd thought it would be to blow smoke rings in front of my parents.
Thing the fifth: I miss being in shows and performing in front of a crowd. I've never, ever had stage fright.
I'm not tagging anyone, so yes, I'm breaking that rule. I like playing these things, but not everyone does, so if you want to play, consider yourself tagged.
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 10:03 a.m.   3 comments
Saturday, May 24, 2008
secret stuff
Argh. It's tough when there's stuff going on (p.s. I almost typed "it's tuff when there's stuff...") and I can't blog about it.

I've been knitting like mad every night. As I've mentioned previously, I'm designing the sock for Robyn's Robyn's Nest June Sock Club Kit (that's a mouthful!) and seeing as how it's sold out twice, I'm trying very hard to have a sock that people will like.

I've finished designing the sock itself, and am in the process of typing up the pattern. I will then be knitting up a second sock following the pattern only, and choosing a different size than my first sample. This way I'm trying to test-knit my own pattern. The only downside to all this is that I can't show you progress photos or even the yarn itself. But trust me- the yarn is beautiful, and I hope the sock is good too. :)

Once the sock is done I will have to rush like mad to design and knit my Mary Maxim contest submissions, since they have to arrive by mail in Ontario no later than June 20th. In other words, I've got less than 1 month to design them, knit them and mail them off, plus allow time for shipping. But no pressure, right?

Can you believe I'd actually thought I could squeeze 2 dinosaurs into this schedule? *snort*

On a slightly unrelated note- I've just signed up for Secret Pal 12. I haven't done a secret pal exchange since they were at number 6 or so, so I'm looking forwards to this one.

Oh- and Pete Grimaldi of Skin MD Natural wants me to let you all know that the free samples (like the one I reviewed) are still available, so if you have a blog and want some free skincare to try out, head over to their website! (The links are in my last post).

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posted by Jennifer Lori @ 9:28 a.m.   4 comments
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
skin md natural
I don't often use this blog as product placement, but a while ago I was given a sample of a product on the condition that I write a review about it and post it on my here I go. If you aren't interested in skincare products or if you don't like shameless product placement, then please come back next post. :)

I was sent a 4 ounce bottle and 3 sample packs of the Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion.

Wow. I mean

I have very dry skin. We run a dehumidifier at home all year 'round, and I work at a store with a door that opens every 5 minutes, letting the air in, right onto me. Both of these factors resulted in me having hands that were ok, but often cracking around the nail beds or in worst cases, on the knuckles. Even worse than that, my face is really dry. I've had strangers tell me that there was some dry skin on my nose, and that's because they were too polite to mention it was also on my forehead, around my eyebrows and elsewhere.

Regular blog readers will know from my weekly photos that I rarely wear makeup. The only thing I do try to use often is moisturizer. I rush to put it on right when I get out of the shower because my skin is so dry that if I wait too long, forget it- all it will do is leave an oily film on my skin.

That's not the case with this product. Skin MD Natural is the best moisturizer I've come across in a long time. It's billed as a "shielding lotion", which their website describes as a product to "not only add moisture, but to help stop the loss of your own moisture".

I love it. First of all, it takes very little. The 4oz bottle is supposed to last 1-2 months. I can agree, you definitely don't need a lot of this product. A small amount (about the size of a pea) is enough for my face, although I usually cheat and squeeze out a little more, so once my face is done I can rub the rest into my hands.

I haven't noticed any oily feeling or clammy residue. In fact, I've found the opposite. Within a few moments after application, I feel like my face and hands are smooth, dry and silky.

I've tried to figure out how to explain the feeling, and I'm afraid that my explanation will throw some people off, but this is what it reminds me of- do you remember when Garnier Fructis shampoos and conditioners came out? Their big draw was how silky they made your hair. Everyone I know used it, including me, and it was true- your hair felt soft and silky and had a great shine to it. A few months later there was a rumor going around NOT to use Fructis because it was a wax, and it was coating your hair, and THAT'S why your hair was shiny. Now, I don't know if that rumor was true, but that's kind of how I picture this shielding lotion. It makes me feel like my face is protected and anything that comes at it will be up against an invisible barrier.

For example- I put the lotion on my face one night. The next morning I was rushing to pick up Maaike for the Sally Melville workshop, and I banged my hip into the edge of our kitchen counter. Tears had spung to my eyes before I could react a little more calmly, and I remember wiping them away and being stunned- instead of leaving a wet, streaky trail on my face, every place where I'd wiped away my tears my face was dry. The lotion really did provide a layer of protection.

That might not be the best way of explaining it, but don't let that deter you. This really is a great product. For the first time I don't feel like I have to put on a moisturizer every morning. And guaranteed- every time I use it, I catch myself hours later, smoothing my fingers over my skin. I actually made Yannick feel my forehead a few days ago when I couldn't stop rubbing it and remarking upon how soft it was.

I feel like I'm gushing. I hate gushing, it comes across so fake. Hopefully you know me well enough by now to know that I wouldn't say I like something if I didn't. And I like this product.

The company claims its product is all natural. There is a complete breakdown of all the lotion's ingredients here. Visit that page and you will see why they make the claim of having "the most transparent ingredient disclosure in the industry".

Where to buy:
There is a store locator on their website but I wasn't able to find any stores in Quebec that carry the product.

You can also order directly via their website here.

A 4oz bottle (the size of my sample) is $18 (US, probably), and shipping to the US and Canada is $4.95. Shipping to the rest of the world is $7.95. If you order 3 or more bottles, shipping is free.

There are also discounts for bulk orders, as the product is available by the case at a 15% discount, and also by the gallon in a large pump bottle.

Sample packs (3-5 use sachets the same size as wet-wipes at a restaurant) are $2 shipping for 2 free packets.

NOTE: you can also get the free samples by mailing in a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE).

I have to be honest here. I'm a bargain shopper. A remarkable amount of my wardrobe came from Wal-Mart (I know, don't lecture me), and I practically live in t-shirts from Old Navy's $4 section. I'm also a hoarder. I occassionally buy facial products (masks, toner, astringent, etc) and then try to avoid using them so they last longer. Of course, by the time I decide that my behavior is silly...they've expired.

I can't imagine that happening with my bottle of Skin MD Natural. I truly love this product. I wouldn't buy an $18 bottle of lotion at my local pharmacy. I know myself, and without trying it, there is no way that I would justify the price. But having already tried the's worth it. In fact, I am positive that as soon as my bottle is finished, I will be quickly heading over to the website to order 3 more for myself, and getting free shipping!

The company guarantees your purchases with a full money-back guarantee, refunding not only your purchase price, but your shipping costs too. Talk about a satisfaction guarantee! Off the top of my head I can't think of other companies who will even refund your shipping costs!

Skin MD Natural's website, for more information.

21st Century Formulations

9663 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste #860

Beverly Hills, CA 90210


310-858-2992 fax


posted by Jennifer Lori @ 12:53 p.m.   2 comments
Saturday, May 17, 2008
one year
According to What to Expect the First Year:
By twelve months, your baby

...should be able to:
-walk holding on to furniture (cruise) CHECK
-use a few gestures to get needs met KINDA

...will probably be able to:
-play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye CHECK
-drink from a cup independently CHECK
-pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger CHECK
-stand alone momentarily KINDA
-say "dada" or "mama" discriminately WELL...he says "mama" now, but not always to me.
-say one word other than "mama" or "dada" CHECK he says "up", "ban" (fan), "baby". But I don't consider any his first real world yet, because I don't know if he knows what they mean. (Except maybe "up". He always says it when he's in his crib or tied into his bucket or chair and wants to get out).

...may possibly be able to:
-"play ball" SOMEWHAT
-stand alone well NO
-use immature jargoning ALL THE TIME
-walk well NO

...may even be able to:
-say three words or more other than "mama" or "dada" SEE ABOVE
-respond to a one-step command without gestures CHECK

One year.
It took about 20 minutes to go from this

to this.
And a few more to get to this.
6 months to get to this.
and another 6 to get to this.
Everything I need to say I've said to him already...he's the best kid I've ever known. He's sweet, he's kind, he's playful, he's funny, he's smart...and we are so lucky that he's ours.

Happy Birthday Jakob.

p.s. Yes this is back-dated...we've had a very busy weekend.
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 9:30 a.m.   7 comments
Monday, May 12, 2008
51 weeks
Before I get too sidetracked, here is last week's photo- Mommy with Jakob at 51 weeks.

We had a great weekend with family, and celebrated Mother's Day by attending an engagement brunch for my cousin and his fiance. We napped, which was wonderful, and in the evening we went to my parents' house for supper. Absolutely no knitting was done on Mother's Day, and it was alright with me. (Did I mention the 2 hour nap?!?)

Today was fun and full and busy. Jakob's playgroup decided to meet at a local park instead of at one of our homes, and I got my sister to come along and hang out with us. Jakob doesn't seem to enjoy the swings as much as he used to, but we had a good time sitting in the shade under a tree with about 10 other moms and kids. I drove my sister to work, then went upstairs in the mall to visit my brother (who would kill me if I was in the mall with Jakob and didn't go visit him. By the time we got home we were right in time to meet Maaike and go to the park with her and her daughter, then I brought Jakob home and gave him supper. He hadn't napped this afternoon so he went to bed a little early and I was able to enjoy a nice supper with Yannick and then some knitting/TV time.

I've got a busy week ahead of me and a lot of rearranging to do at work tomorrow since Yannick moved my entire office area to create a play area for Jakob. Tomorrow is the MKG meeting, Wed I might have supper plans, and Thurs is the West Island Knits meetup and/or the supper plans from Wed if they get pushed off. Friday Yannick and I were thinking about going to the movies, and Saturday...

...Saturday is Jakob's first birthday. I know.

I'm going to bed.
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 11:28 p.m.   3 comments
Sunday, May 11, 2008
happy mother's day!
To start this post off, let me wish a huge HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! to all the moms, grandmothers, mothers-to-be, foster mothers, and anyone else who raises, takes care of or in any way helps shape the life of a child. We rock!

Here's Mommy with Jakob at 50 weeks (not this past week's photo, but the one before).

I still haven't uploaded the photos from my camera from last week, and my head is still in a fog. Sorry!

I have been knitting like mad, but can't show any of it. See, I'm designing the sock for Robyn's Robyn's Nest June Sock Club Kit, and while it is going very well, it is a surprise. I still like my original design, but I came to realize that while many people might say "hey- that's cool", very few would actually want to knit it...or at least they'd want to knit it, but it wouldn't be the kind of sock they'd want to wear. So I pored over my design books and was inspired by a little stitch pattern in a book by someone you might have heard of. Barbara Walker? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I've been crunching more numbers than food this week, but things are starting to take shape, and I'm really pleased with the progress so far.

I can't believe the kit is almost sold out! No pressure, or anything... :)

I do have some knitting that I can share, however.

Here's the finished Marble Cabled Cardigan.

I'm really happy with how it came out. I knit the 1-2 year old size, and since Jakob is slim, I'm sure he'll get to wear it even until next Fall.
Yannick chose the pattern when I told him I wanted to knit something with this particular Marble colorway. He also chose the buttons.
They are adorable, but a little heavy for the light sweater. I might have to change them.

Details: (from memory- so forgive any mistakes) The pattern is a pamphlet designed for the actual yarn. Needles are downstairs but I think I used a 4mm for the body and 3.25 for the ribbing.

Modifications: I reversed the cable on one side of the band so they would mirror each other instead of both leaning in the same direction. I didn't do the hood, and did a simple ribbed collar instead. I did a one-row buttonhole instead of binding off in one row and casting on in the next. I'm pretty sure there was something else I changed but I don't remember now.

Here's a photo I've been wanting to take for almost a year.

Isn't that cute??? I'd taken a photo of Yannick's Mega Sock (Mega Boots Stretch yarn) next to the baby version I made for Jakob, but I always wanted to get a photo of my two boys IN their matching sock. I finally got one, and I LOVE this photo.

I leave you with a question...

My dad is trying to convince me to get these glasses for myself.

What does we thinks?

Does we likes? I really like the sides of the frame, and the side view. I'm scared to commit!
I think they're too wide from my eyeball to my temple, but I do have a large head, and frames that fit nicely around my eye have the frame's temple stretched sideways to go off to my ear.

So? I've taken the lenses out of the frame since these photos were taken, so I can take photos without the glare or designer name on the lenses, if necessary.

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posted by Jennifer Lori @ 8:51 a.m.   7 comments
Thursday, May 08, 2008
getting there...
I'm working on feeling better, thank you all so much for the well-wishes. Turns out that Jakob and I have been giving each other the same cold, only I haven't treated mine as well as I've treated his, so mine turned into a sinus infection. Blech. I've been sleeping as much as possible, which is why I haven't been posting. I've actually been in bed by 10:30/11 every night- crazy, I know. I also took Tuesday off work and sent Jakob to my sister for the day so I could sleep, which is the reason I think I'm feeling better. It's a viral infection, so I can't really take anything for it. Blargh.

So what do I owe you?

-last week's Thursday photo
-today's Thursday photo
-the rest of the WEBS trip & stash flashing
-a photo of the cutest daddy & baby knits
-talk of what I've been working on

Anything I'm missing?
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 10:48 p.m.   3 comments
Monday, May 05, 2008
...sinus pressure has taken over my ears throat is sore-ish...and I'm bone tired...

...send tea or yarn...
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 7:54 p.m.   7 comments
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