Friday, September 07, 2007

Socks That Rock

Today I went to the post office, and lo and behold there was a package for me! Something to perk me up, I needed it. Socks That Rock lightweight in Rose Quartz won from Pat's Knittng and Quilting for her blogiversary contest. She also sent a box of chocolates and this cool card.

This is the closest I can get to the actual color of the yarn. Very pretty! Can't wait to use it.

School started here on Wednesday. The Oldest One is in Grade Two, and he went to a new school this year. His bus is supposed to come at 8:35, but the first two mornings it was half an hour late. The first day they put him on the wrong bus coming home. The driver they put him with was the one listed on the paper I got the end of last year, but they had called last week and changed it to someone else. I called the school, and now I don't know who his regular driver is supposed to be. They have several "overcrowded" busses, so they didn't know who his regular driver will be. Then this morning he almost missed the bus, it arrived 8:30. He was on his way down the road and had to run to catch it. I can always drive him there if he misses it. And yesterday he came home minus his lunchbox. He says he put it in his bookbag, so I don't know what happened to it. The teacher said she'd have the maintenance people keep an eye out for it.

The Littlest One doesn't go to "big school" til next year, but Wednesday he started his second year of preschool. He goes Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:30-11:30.

It's been a hectic week with school starting again, and last night wasn't a good night at all, not much knitting done. I've been plunking away on the Austerman socks and have the first heel turned. Anyhoo, my best friend I just visited in Alberta -- well, I didn't think I'd see her again this soon. I have to go to the airport and get her Sunday morning at 6:30 (yuck, not liking that). She is part of a large foster family, been with them since we were in grade four or five and was officially adopted at 16 or 17. Anyways, her parents have two biological sons and several others that have been adopted and/or in their care since they were small kids. We've always felt like my parents are her second set of parents, and her parents mine. Last night her 12-year-old foster brother died a tragic accidental death. I can't even begin to imagine what her family is going through. They've had him since he was about two. Her brother flew home last night from Alberta, and she can't get a flight til tomorrow night. She's staying with me since her parents' place is pretty packed. I just wish that she wasn't having to come home under such terrible circumstances.
Hope to get some knitting done this weekend at work. It's my Friday night and Saturday to work. I hate it when the summer student goes back to university.
Have a good weekend everyone,
Happy knitting!


Blogger Charity said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's brother - I'm glad that you're able to be there for her.

The yarn is lovely! What a treasure. :0)

7:32 PM  
Anonymous pat said...

I"m glad it made it there without falling out of the envelope (I've been worried!)

7:51 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Gorgeous yarn. Do I see socks in the future?
Sorry about your friend's brother. I can't imagine how hard it is for her family.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Ragan Knits etc... said...

OMG...that is horrible news. Devastating. Sorry to hear about that and my prayers are with them.
The yarn is lovely. I cannot wait to see what you make with it.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Even though I'm not usually a pink sort of gal, the Rose Quartz is one of my most favourite colourways.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Alyson said...

That's so awful about your best friend's brother - how very, very sad. And her parents sound like completely amazing people.

At my old job, one of our clients had a receptionist who was a complete angel, the whole company (ours as well as her own) just adored her...we got to talking one day and I found out she'd been a foster parent. I asked her how many kids she had, and she told me a number. I said "What?! I heard you wrong - you didn't say fifty-four, did you??" She said, "Oh no, dear. SIXTY four." They adopted a large number of them, too. She joked that no matter where they go in the country, they always have a son or daughter to stay with. :-) They have something like 50 acres in Iowa and a huge house - I guess they just had plenty of room and plenty of love...foster parents and families are a special breed of wonderful folks. Your friend (and the whole family) must be going through a pretty rotten time.

(Oh, and thanks for the Rose Quartz flashback.)

11:26 PM  

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