Thursday, January 03, 2008

Miss Me?

Where do I begin?  I know that many of you have been wondering that since the middle of November.  I can't believe it's been that long since I blogged.  I kept meaning to, but it seems like "life" just kept getting in the way.  I have been dealing with "stuff" (how's that for vague) and my blogging & emailing seemed to be the thing that suffered because of it.  


I know I should have done a quick post to let you know I was going to be absent for awhile, but to be honest, I really didn't think it was going to go on for this long.  Here's a quick recap of the highlights of my life:
  • Weight Loss:  To date, I have lost 15 pounds in 2 months.  I can't tell you how thrilled I am to see this weight gone, and I'm almost halfway since I only have 21 more pounds to go.  Yes, NutriSystem works .... even around the holidays!  (Then again, I only allowed myself very few "cheats")
  • Fibromyalgia:  The medication I started 2 months ago is definitely working and all of my symptoms have improved by 50% or more.  I still have some "bad" days, but they aren't more than twice a week and it used to be four or five times a week, so I'm thrilled.  I now feel like I'm in control, instead of the fibro.
  • Knitting:  I have been knitting quite a bit, and I definitely got a lot of knitting complete while driving from Southern California to Southern Idaho for "vacation" the week before Christmas.  At one point, I was up to my elbows in scarves, hats, and gloves, but since all these items have been gifted now, I've realized that I missed out on photo documenting some of these items. I will try to get photos of the items I'm missing and post a holiday knitting recap as soon as possible.  By the way, all of the knitting on the road was accomplished in our new 2008 GMC Envoy.
This is what my husband wanted for Christmas, and since our mechanic stated my husbands car was only going to last another 3 months or so before we'd have to start replacing the major items, I reworked our budget so we could afford it.  The evening we drove it home from the dealer, my husband had the same smile on his face that I last saw 4 years ago ..... when we got married.  I'm still not sure what to think about that.

  • Family:  As I stated, we recently spent some time in Idaho to visit my parents, siblings and their families.  The main point of the visit was to get a photo of all of us together which is only 20 people, but logistically, it's still tricky to coordinate with every ones schedules.  The photos went pretty well, but a situation presented itself that evening that really messed up the rest of the trip.  I don't want to get into the details here, but I will say that the thought of what happened still brings a pang of hurt to my heart.  As a side note and personal recommendation, when you are hurt, upset, or mad, please take a moment and think before you open your mouth.  Sometimes words said can be very hurtful and it can time a very long time to heal the wounds the words left behind.  Enough said.  It's difficult to admit, but I was never so happy to leave and come home.  
We spent Christmas Eve & Day with DH, my step-daughter, son-in-law, grandsons, step-daughters mom, and her husband.  We made some wonderful Christmas memories and although that would've been enough, I was still thrilled when I received this:
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It's a brand spankin' new MacBook Pro.  "Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus".  Now I can blog and email and everything else from anywhere.  This hopefully means that you'll be seeing a lot more of me.  I'm still getting used to my new "toy", so bear with me if I don't get to all of your blogs this week.

I also received quite a few other wonderful items for Christmas, but I bet you'll be most interested in this one:
Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Sock Book: History*Technique*Design (Vogue Knitting)
When I was visiting family for a week, each day I looked forward to stopping in at the Barnes and Noble bookstore since it had wonderful gift ideas, and it was the only place I could find decent coffee since my family doesn't drink it.  I flipped through this book several times and hinted to my husband that I would like it.  He shared that information with one of my sisters who ended up gifting it to me.  Yeah!  

I guess that's enough of an update for now.  Since I haven't been at your blogs for over a month, I hope your holidays have been wonderful and I'd like to wish each of you a happy and prosperous New Year.  For now, I best be getting around to each of your blogs and catching up on your lives.

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17 Comments:

At 1/04/2008 12:59 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Oh so happy to see you online again, gf. Dave and I were just talking about you this evening. Were your ears ringing? Hugs.

 
At 1/04/2008 4:24 AM, Blogger Carole Knits said...

I'm so glad to see you blogging again and I'm thrilled to hear that your bad days have lessened!
Sorry about the family drama, too.

 
At 1/04/2008 4:47 AM, Blogger SJ said...

Just yesterday I was thinking about you and wondering what was going on in your life to keep you away from blogging. I'm glad to hear that some of it has been good stuff (15 pounds, wow!).

 
At 1/04/2008 5:29 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Welcome back, you sure were missed. I'm glad things are (mostly) okay and that the new meds are working well. I'm sorry about the unpleasantness on your vacation - sometimes it's hard to have everyone together. Glad to see Santa brought such wonderful things to your house. Can't wait to see all you've been knitting.

Happy New Year!!

 
At 1/04/2008 6:15 AM, Blogger Hasbu said...

Happy New Year, Kristie! I can't wait to see all your FOs.

 
At 1/04/2008 6:23 AM, Blogger abby said...

Happy new year! I kept meaning to write and see how you were doing, and I was very glad to see you back in Bloglines this morning. Sorry to hear about the family stuff, but very glad to hear that your mediciation is helping!

 
At 1/04/2008 7:53 AM, Blogger jillian said...

Happy holidays and Happy 2008! Sounds like it was an eventful month for you :) So glad the meds are working for you!

BTW - I moved blogs to sknitty.wordpress.com :)

 
At 1/04/2008 8:06 AM, Blogger Angelika said...

Yes, it's nice to see you back and I can't wait to see what you were up to while enjoying that new car of yours.

 
At 1/04/2008 8:41 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Welcome back. I love that sock book. I've had it for a while, but was just looking through it again last night. So many sock patterns, so little time!

 
At 1/04/2008 11:10 AM, Blogger flutter said...

I am so proud of you and so happy for your progress with the fibro!

 
At 1/04/2008 1:20 PM, Blogger Julie said...

YAY, you're back!

Congrats on the weight loss :-)

 
At 1/04/2008 1:34 PM, Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Glad your meds are working. And there is nothing like a holiday to bring out family drama, right? We had some as well:(, but you seem to have such a great attitude about it, which is helpful.

 
At 1/04/2008 2:32 PM, Blogger Micki said...

Yay, you're back! I'm so happy to hear that good things have been happening during your blogging absence.

 
At 1/05/2008 2:39 PM, Anonymous Judy said...

So glad to see you back! A big hug from me to you!

 
At 1/05/2008 3:56 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Yes - missed you! I was glad to see you peeking around on Ravelry lately, I knew you were coming back soon!

 
At 1/06/2008 3:57 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

Oh, I am so glad you are up to blogging again. I had a period last year when I was unable to, as well. The great thing about knit blog friends, is we wait for each other! Love your new book! Welcome back.

 
At 1/09/2008 5:41 PM, Blogger Yarn It said...

I am so glad you are back! Congrats on the weight loss! That is wonderful. As far as the family stuff, you are right, words can do a lot of damage. Whatever happened, I hope it is all worked out or works itself out soon.

 

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