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Archive for August, 2008

Aug 30 2008


Published by Meghan under Babble

i got this one from Erin….here goes!

Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you’ve started but haven’t finished, cross out the ones you hated, and underline the ones on your book shelf! Combine indicators as appropriate.

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (had to read this for school…yeah…not my thing)

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Lord of the Flies- William Golding
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
1984 – George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Dune – Frank Herbert

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Aug 28 2008

a rough day…

Published by Meghan under Babble

today was a hard day for me. well it was hard at the end. i had my first meeting where i do all the talking and facilitate us writing up a plan for a child. this family i hadn’t met before because it was a transfer file as they just moved here. i went in expecting a little boy with speech delays and some possible hearing loss due to chronic ear infections. this was not the case, he had more stuff going on, and needs to see a medical professional to figure out what’s going on. i managed the meeting as well as i could. we were there for 2 hours, and still need to go back again because we need more evaluations done. i went back to the office, input the information i needed to get in, went out to my car, and cried…. my heart aches for him. i just can’t imagine how frustrated he is, and unfortunately, it’s all i could think about. i came home and cried, and fortunately ry was here to hug me and tell me that he’ll be okay…that i’m going to help him. that i’m going to help him get the help he needs to succeed. i was mad at myself for feeling so compassionate and being so emotionally raw and wasn’t sure i could handle the job because of it. but ry told me that’s what makes me meghan. and that if i saw the little guy on the street i would feel the same way. but fortunately because of this job, i’m in a position to help that family. and help that little boy and his family. and see how much he improves over the next year or so as a result. and he’s right. i can help. and i will help. i just can’t help crying for him. i wish i could scoop him up and tell him everything is going to be okay. but i guess i’ll let his mom and dad do that. for now, i’m going to snuggle my little boy and maybe if i’m lucky, he’ll give me some kisses.

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Aug 26 2008

Episode 37: “Operation: Pretty Pretty Princess”

Episode 37: “Operation: Pretty Pretty Princess”

On/Off the Needles:

-sewing for my niece pretty pretty princess


-hauling on the shawl

-stitches midwest

-what’s the deal with my socks?!

-mmmmmalabrigo sock yarn?! do i live in a hole?! when did this happen?! do you have some? do you like it?
-february lady sweater….in cotton?….in dk weight? Garnstudio Muskat from Yellow Dog Knitting i won in a contest…what do you think?

-virtual knit/spin-in hosted by betzi on stickam. check out the ravelry virtual knit-and-spin group for more info


-birthday at pump it up!!!

-freaking out over cleaning house…it’s a control thing

-i’m a free bird at work…well sort of…

-grandma and grandpa spoil him with a thomas tent…”clean up, clean up”



-virtual spin in, got some stuff done!!!!

-i’m thinking i’m gonna have to 2-ply the ramboulliet i spun for ry…how do i do this?

-SOAR…the deadline looming, the countdown is on!

-buying local yarn/fiber (thanks for reminding me prymnumber)

SOAR Homework (sponsored by ellenspns):


-New Zealand’s first breeding program started in 1868

-long long staple lengths, easy for beginners to spin

-nice even deep crimps

-soft wool, okay for next to skin

-grows when washed, so yarn will thicken

-felts easily, so good for handfelting as well

spins from the fold, spins fine, and spins thick easily. i’m spinning superfine corriedale. it’s REALLY fine and very soft. it does have some noils, but fine fleece sometimes have that (i think it adds to the character).

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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Aug 22 2008

If you live in Illinois, I need your help

Published by Meghan under Babble

Hi all!
i wanted to write you to ask for your help.
i work for a not for profit called DayOne Network that manages this area’s early intervention program for the state of illinois. it’s actually the same program that has helped us with owen’s speech therapy, developmental therapy, sign language and paid for his hearing aids. needless to say, this program has made a HUGE impact in our family. they also help families with any sort of developmental delay in speech, social emotional, self help skills, physical therapy, etc. it’s a wonderful resource for families and makes a big difference in a child’s development.
unfortunately, the state of illinois has decided to cut the department of human services early intervention program’s budget by 2% but there is talk of cutting it up to 5% this year. that’s pretty bad. illinois is already ranked #51 in the united states for funding for early intervention (that’s no typo, it’s 51….the district of columbia has better funding and resources then us…nice, huh?).  and right now the state is not releasing it’s early intervention funds for the fiscal year 2009. in addition to my office not being able to keep it’s lights on (or keep it’s doors open or pay it’s employees), all of the early intervention offices are going to be hurting, and therapists won’t be paid which will leave children who need therapies (including Owen) without therapists to provide them.
it’s really pretty sad.
SO, i want to ask your help in writing your local state representatives asking them to release the funding for early intervention, AND to reconsider their cuts to the early intervention budget. all it takes is them vetoing the governors proposed budget. the only way they will do that is hearing from families who will be effected by the cut.
since you know owen, have seen his improvements and the effects on our family, i’m sure you can vouch for the system working and that a funding cut won’t benefit anyone. in addition to that, anyone with children aged birth to three years old (or grand children, or people planning on having a child) will be hurt by not having these services available.
even if you write a letter on owen’s behalf, it will help. the more people say something, the more they will listen.
so, if you go to:
you can enter your address, find your representative and state district senators, and write them a letter just saying that funds need to be released and a cut is a horrible idea. it doesn’t need to be fancy. it doesn’t even need to be correct grammar or spelled right. it just has to say you feel it’s wrong.
please share this information with anyone you feel fit. anyone who has children, anyone who knows someone with children, anyone who has grand children, or anyone who lives in illinois.
i appreciate any help you can offer!  
Thanks a bundle!
Meghan, Ry and the Little Man

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Aug 21 2008

episode 36: “…as long as I hold a string”

episode 36: “…as long as I hold a string”

On/Off the Needles:

-sock knitting. i’m working on blueberry waffle socks

-knitting the shawl still….

-getting the itch to knit a topdown sweater

-shrug is going to a good home

-creative1′s blocking sweater solution!

step 1: measure up the sweater and jot the numbers down

step 2: soak sweater in tepid water with wool wash and 1-2 tbs of fabric softener. drain and press out as much water as you can, roll up in a towel to get even more of the water out.

step 3: lay out sweater and block to an inch or two more in each direction


-Damknit pointed me over to the crochet baby booties by Sylver Designs

-hello yarn’s “we call them pirates” hat (yes, i know…i called it “they might be pirates”…..i blame the cold!)


-Whoa is the state of illinois. early intervention issues… if you want to help, live in illinois, please look here

- Little man meets Thomas the Tankengine


Daddy, Littleman, and Sir Topham Hat


eating an apple while riding on Thomas

- new therapist, little man aimed to please!

-fun in the tupperware box

Charity Blankets:

-Another 2 blankets for the midwest group has been finished!

one blanket i have the list of names for. thanks to: holly, christenjayne, saraheunice, hyjinx, jeffner77, pinsandneedles, and bethanyg. THANK YOU!!!

-they also finished “Ode to Spring” yeah!!!

-The east coast group finished 2 blankets as well (and i don’t have the list of names for these either) but they had one crochet blanket and one knit blanket with the theme “It’s a Colorful World”


-The new wheel name! :) Thanks, Amy aka ToadyJoe for the suggestion!

-oiling process!

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i think it was a lot more impressive in person to see the change happen. it’s a LOT richer and darker looking. i love my new guy! :)

-replacing the tension screw knob eventually

-thanks to fiberfriend for the alpaca batt and the “nunny” for the littleman

SOAR homework (sponsered by ellen):


-Royal French sheep breed that was fine tuned by crossing with Spain’s Merino flock

-raised primarily for it’s fine grade wool

-elasticity and loft (even more the merino)

-about a 2-4 inch staple length

-somewhat consistent crimp

-i found it spun easier then the merino did. it wasn’t as slick as the merino was. i was able to do long draw, i spun it straight, and i bet you i could spin it super fine if i wanted to! :)



Favorite Thing:



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Aug 19 2008


Published by Meghan under Babble,Podcast Episode

just wanted to let you all know, the next podcast will be recorded tomorrow night. between me hacking up a lung, the frog like voice, and stress about work, i’m just not able to record the podcast tonight.
and tomorrow morning we have owen’s annual IFSP meeting with his team (cinnamon roll dough is mixing up right now! i treat them to breakfast when they come to my house at 8am to talk about my little man!), SO
i’ll be recording the posting the podcast tomorrow night.

thanks for the understanding! :)
until then, heres a rabbit with a pancake on it’s head….


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Aug 19 2008


Published by Meghan under Babble

who gets a cold in the middle of summer? honestly. it’s ridiculous. all three of use have crap in our lungs and we’re coughing non-stop. it really is silly. i know colds don’t actually have to do with being COLD, but i think they call it a cold for a reason…like it’s cold? ahh well…

lots of water, some rest, and some advil.

time to get the boys ready for the day

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Aug 13 2008

Episode 35: “Heaven…I’m in Heaven”

Episode 35: “Heaven…I’m in Heaven”

Knitting On/Off Needles:

-February Baby Sweater

February Baby Sweater

-Embossed Leaves socks transformed into Blueberry Waffle socks

-Aunt’s Shawl still in the works

-Meeting Anitat

-what is a mule?

-longtail cast on from 2 balls of yarn


-my very first intake



-hair dresser


-Wheel is here!!!!




-Oil Bath

-Name suggestions?

SOAR homework: Merino


-oldest and most numerous breed

-originally came from north africa but spain made the wool popular

-finest wool

-high grease content

-next to skin soft

-mulesing is a common practice

-spinning: spun nicely into superfine singles, thicker singles probably should have had more twist, spun from the fold easily

Charity Blankets:


The Gummy Bear Blanket is done!!! :)

Thanks to woundup, robinb, kelleysgirl, cbdom, fiberfriend, knitnpurlgurl and dnaprice.

Favorite Thing:


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Aug 06 2008

Today was a good day…

Published by Meghan under Babble,knitting,Spinning

well today was a better day at work. i told them i could do more work then they are giving me right now, so i asked for some more paperwork to practice on. they’re also going to give me a couple more referrals tomorrow, and i’m going out with another service coordinator for an intake meeting tomorrow morning. so that’s good.
they also officially asked me if i would be interested in being their hard of hearing/deaf service coordinator/liason today. they said the state is working on getting one in every branch, since it is such a different experience dealing with non-hearing children then it is with the normal speech delays and what not. so i said i’d be delighted! they said they didn’t want to assume i’d be cool with it, but i told them that i know a LOT abut it first hand, i’ve read up a ton on it, and plan on learning more about it in the future. our local community college has some deaf education classes available online, so i might take a couple of those as well. i’m so excited to help people! and i think they’ll appreciate knowing that i’ve been in their shoes, somewhat.

oh, and i shot some pics of my recent handspun this morning. i used my camera phone, so they aren’t all that great…but hey! they work! 
here’s my hallow tree batt from and the roses roving from the photos don’t show the color quite as nice as i’d like, but ya know….

Here’s my HHHH handspun superwash sorta sock weight….i kinda wanna keep it! hehehe
perty!!! :)

oh, and the new wheel shipped today! (YEAH!!!) but it won’t get here until monday! (BOO!)

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Aug 05 2008

Episode 34: “Apple Vampire!”

Episode 34: “Apple Vampire!”

Knitting On/Off:

-February Baby Sweater…Not done, but it’ll be perfect when it is!

-February lady sweater will happen!!!

-Thrummed Mittens (Here’s the Yarn Harlot’s pair)

-Twist Collective awesome online knitting magazine with BEAUTIFUL patterns!


-sick baby

-fruit vampire

-tornadoes and daredevil husbands

-work update


-adventures in wheel shopping at the fold with ellen, abby (and mr. abby), and stephanie

-esther’s place: ladybug vs matchless spinning

-Chinders (aka Cynthia) to the rescue!!!


here’s some photos of my future spinning baby! :)

-drop spindle skills? HORRIBLE!

-SOAR homework not completed (see above) BUT i did get In Sheep’s Clothing to help me study!

-Michigan Fiber Festival August 16th! anybody going?

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