Now that I've gotten Bare Naked Ladies stuck in your head, my job is done. :)
Seriously though, my apologies for not updating in so long. Do you ever have one of those weeks where things just pile and pile until its just a bit too much and just getting out of bed is a chore? Yeah, that was my week. I've got a work deadline this week and have been furiously working to make sure I meet it. I even brought work home with me this weekend. Add some family drama to that and well, it wasn't pretty.
Towards the end of the week, it looked like things were easing a bit and then we got a call that Piper's great-grandpa Morty (on her dad's side) had passed away. Pi just went to visit him 2 weeks ago and he had been looking better, so when we got the news, she was understandably devastated.
It is the hardest, most heart-wrenching thing to see your baby suffering like that and not be able to "fix" it. I just wanted to make it all better and I couldn't. Kissing this boo-boo wouldn't make it go away. It was a nasty parenting lesson where I learned that I can't protect her from everything.
What did seem to help was pulling out Pi's first year album and looking at pictures of Great-grandpa Morty and Great-grandma Rose (she died when Pi was just a baby). She seemed comforted by the idea that they had been reunited for Valentine's Day after not being together in years.
Pi's father didn't think she should go to the funeral (I disagree, but agreeing with Pi's dad is something that rarely happens anyway), so we did our best to distract her and give her a good weekend.
We normally don't make a big deal of Valentine's Day (commercialized fake love holiday and all), but to cheer Pi up, we braved the crowds and went out for dinner. I wore a red shirt and Pi wore a pink one. We painted our nails to coordinate with our clothes.
I managed to get some crafting done this week, though not too much. Using the Lacy Shells Poncho pattern and Vanna's yarn in Autumn with an I hook, I made Pi's American Girl doll a poncho and hat. Ever since Grandpa gave her these dolls for Christmas, she's been trying to collect as many different outfits as she can for then. She wants me to do another poncho for the other doll. If I can, I want to surprise her with this Spring Dress by Bella Bambina.
This is the Schoolmarm vest from Interweave Crochet Winter 2007 in Caron Simply Soft. Its been a work in progress since before Christmas, but I had put it down because my gauge was off and it was too small. Since I've lost a few pounds, I finished it, hoping it would fit. Its still too small by about 10 pounds or so. It closes but looks a little strained, ha! I'm going to use it as a motivation tool to keep my butt in gear. With luck, I'll be able to wear it in 5 or 6 weeks.
Speaking of weight, I lost 1.2 pounds last week. Not a good week, but considering what kind of a week I had, I'm happy to report a loss at all. This week is probably going to be a gain. Between eating out on V-day and polishing off an entire box of chocolate hearts, I don't have much hope for the scale. *gulp*