Good afternoon. With a third week of school under our belts and two, Back-to-School nights checked off, I took a much needed break this past weekend.
I thought about blogging yesterday, but like my husband said, “It’s your birthday.” Yes, I hit that 4-0 Sunday.
This weekend was about chillaxin’ as the past Labor Day weekend, the four of us were out and about:
#1: Shin Toe Bul Yi (Saturday night)
I’ve been craving Korean as every week the delightful, comforting smells of Korean BBQ teased my senses and called out like a siren. So we hit up our one and only Korean spot for our usual favorites. The seafood panjeon (pancake) was practically devoured by yours truly.
#2: Ghiradelli Square (Sunday)
E has gotten me into Fitbit, an electronic pedometer via an app that keeps track of many things: Steps, miles, calories burned, active minutes, weight loss, sleep patterns, calories consumed and left for the day, and how much water drank. So he got our crew walking and taking Joe MUNI to get our exercise.
Our Sunday, sundae excursion stats – the very first time I wore my Fitbit:
1,095 calories burned
42 very active minutes
#3: Land’s End (Labor Day)
Calories Burned: 1,202
Active Minutes: 75
I was so sore and a bit crabby afterwards.
Then this past weekend was my actual, birthday weekend:
All of us had lunch at my mum’s. She made appetizers, turkey enchiladas, and at my request, her yummy chile verde stew.
My talented and lovely SIL made me a knitting cake *squee!*…
…while I was treated to some bubbly.
So you know I’ve been kinda diggin’ shawls. Andi of My Sister’s Knitter + Deb of A World of Imagination are big influences.
So I knew for my 40th, I was gonna treat myself to a shawl pattern that I have coveted for the longest time. Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.
After reading Selena Rae of Wayfaring Yarns’ post – “Mama’s Hands” – where she raved about the yarn company, Manos del Uruguay, I knew I had an excuse to finally buy some! I have wondered about this yarn for ages as I know many of you have used it.
I looked up on Ravelry how each colorway knitted up and ended up picking Tannat. I love those deep colors mixed among the pink and orange-red.
After a walk to brunch and back:
I started this super awesome, kickass, easy pattern while comfy in bed:
The little one was curled up beside me while the two of us watched TV.
I love, love, love Manos del Uruguay. It knits up so well on my bamboo circ and feels good to the touch. I had first tried to get the gauge but I didn’t like how the fabric looked on my 6 circ. It was too open. So I went down to a 3. I really like the tighter fabric more. I know I have more than enough yarn so I’m not having regrets.
Well, that’s my modest 4-0 in a nutshell.
I’m blessed to be loved and lucky as hell to have the family I have.