The Hanger Fairy

So, I’m sure all of you are aware of the Sock Fairy.  You know, the mischievous little imp that likes to steal your socks out of the dryer, so that you only have one sock out of a matching pair…leaving you with 5 black socks and 3 brown ones?  Yeah…her.  Well…sit back kids, because I’m going to do you a solid.  I’m going to introduce you to her slightly more devious of a cousin, the Hanger Fairy.

Honestly, I don’t know when she started darkening my door step.  One day, I had hangers.  Hangers as far as the eye could see!  Every single article of clothing that needed hanging had a hanger, and on that hanger it would hang.  It was marvelous…magical even!  I would do laundry, and hang up the clothes, and in a proper little line they would stay, like little soldiers ready to march off to battle.  And then…slowly, something started to change.

It didn’t happen suddenly, it was more insidious than that.  Slowly those hangers started to disappear.  Each laundry load, I’d struggle to find just one more hanger to finish up the load…it was as if the Hanger Fairy was sitting back and mocking me in my struggle.  It was never a bunch of hangers missing…oh no, that wouldn’t be any fun.  Just one…maybe two at a time.  Just enough to make me think “Oh!  I have enough” only to yank that simple pleasure away from me at the last moment, as I’m staring down at the three shirts I have left and only one hanger.  And it wasn’t as if we were buying new clothes…I thought about that!  We haven’t brought any new clothing into the house in over a month, and yet, the hangers still disappear!

So yes, my friends…something to think about.  While the Sock Fairy isn’t all fun and games, it’s the Hanger Fairy that you really need to keep an eye out for.  She gets her pleasure from dashing your laundry doing dreams, and sits back, silently mocking your misery as you waste precious time in a search as old as time, for that last remaining hanger in your closet.  Beware…she’s out there, and her next victim just might be you.

K.

An exciting October!

After settling myself in at work this morning, I sent a chat message to a good friend who lives in Michigan.  It’s weird…I absolutely adore this girl, but we’ve never met.  We started out reading each other’s blogs, then FB friends, and then progressed to chatting online.  She went through a divorce a few years back and I tried to be there for her because I knew it was such a rough time for her.  Then, when she started dating again, I shared her excitement in the dating stages.  The “what should I wear” and “where will we go” were fun for us to sit around and giggle over, and I was so happy when she met D, who is how her fiance.

So, I sat down at my desk, and sent C. a message, asking how she was.  We chatted a bit, and then she asked me if I would be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding!!!  I am so excited to be a part of her big day, and can’t wait to actually meet her in person!  I love that the internet has allowed me to create and maintain relationships that I would have never had a chance to have prior…it’s absolutely amazing!

Her primary color is blue…Tardis blue (for those of you familiar with Doctor Who).  The dress she has picked is one of the convertible type dresses, which I think is awesome!  Here is a photo of the dress color that she’s going with.

 dress color

I love the color!  The wedding is in October, so it’s a good color for pretty much any time of the year, and I really like that it doesn’t scream “bridesmaid.”  I can actually wear this again!  In addition, here are some of the options on how you can customize the dress!

dress options

I really like the one on the top right (the coral color) and the middle bottom (the grey blue color).  I think it’ll just depend on how others are styling theirs, and how much weight I manage to lose between now and then.  This is great motivation to eat even healthier and to get into the best shape possible for the wedding! 

So, that’s my good news for the day!  I’m super excited to be a part of this lady’s day, it’s going to be amazing!

K.

My Poor Husband.

One thing I am adamant about in life is sunscreen.  My parents weren’t really big on using it until my dad got skin cancer for the first time when I was around 8 or 9 (it was melanoma, so he’s now missing a giant chunk of muscle out of his back right shoulder).  After that, we were slathered up with that stuff so thick it stayed white for about 30 minutes.  And reapplication was constant…never went anywhere without it.  Unfortunately, by that time, the damage was probably already done, and after my first year of undergrad, my struggle with skin cancer began.  So, somehow, between my father and I, we have probably single-handedly put our dermatologist’s children through college (probably Med School as well), with the numerous times we’ve gone in to have something or other cut off.  I’ve been lucky…no melanoma for me (yet)…only basal and squamous cell carcinomas.  Dad, less so…he’s had melanoma a few times now, and goes in for frequent checks.

With that in my mind, I’ve been pretty crazy in checking the skin of my loved ones.  So, when I saw a weird spot on J’s shoulder a few years back, I hauled him to the dermatologist post-haste.  Skin cancer, but easily removed.  Which only increased his vigilance with the sun screen as well.

Which brings up to the point of this post…my poor hubby.  He had another spot removed today, on his forehead!  Another basal cell, but they had to go a little deeper than planned, and he now is sporting a GIANT white bandage over his newly tied eight stitches.  I feel so bad for him!  He’s walking around looking like a car crash victim that smacked the windshield a bit too hard, and I can tell that he has a bad headache from everything.  Luckily, the cancer is gone, and we just have to keep an eye on his other moles and such, but I do feel bad that he had to deal with this again.  Hopefully, it’ll be the last time.

Moral of this story:  WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN!  And if you don’t wear it yourself (even though you should) at least slather your kids up with it!

K.

sunscreen

Another Passion…

So, one of the things I absolutely love to do in life, is create something.  I don’t really consider myself an overly artistic personality, but I do like to make things with my own hands.  Over the past few years, I have taken back up crocheting.  I learned how to crochet when I was much younger (I think 4th or 5th grade, primary school), but then dropped it and only recently decided to give it another whirl.  It’s so much easier and more fun than I remembered!  So, with my newfound hobby, I was on a mission.  CREATE!  And then, pretty much all my friends were having babies, so it was easy to get into the grove of making baby blankets.

Today, I picked out and purchased the yarn for my newest project, a baby blanket for my dear friend, Valerie!  She’s a friend from back in the Netherlands, and is pregnant with baby number one.  They have decided to not find out the gender of the child, so Valerie wanted to do a room with primary colors…easy enough!

Here is my palette:

ButterflyColor515

If I knew that the baby was a girl, I’d also find a way to incorporate the butterflies, but don’t want to do that if the baby is a boy.  I guess I can crochet up a few to be attached at a later date, should baby be a girl.  Either way, I’m super excited to get started on this one!

My current project is also a baby blanket for another great friend from college, Chantel.  Her baby is due around Thanksgiving (oh lord…I need to step up my pace!), and she has asked J and I to be the godparents.  So…it’s a super special blanket for a super special baby!

I have a ravelry page, if anyone is interested in seeing what I’ve crocheted so far (though I think you have to be a member, but it’s free to sign up)…a few baby blankets, a blanket for my MIL, a scarf, a small purse for a friend’s daughter…stuff like that.  Fee free to check it out!

K.

yarn and hook