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    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    O hai, Ohio!

    365.169 OHIO!!!
    Oh, how I am SO glad to see you...

    The trip up... ha.

    Near Death!!


    Okay, let me back up... we had a great drive to Ohio yesterday. The kids *didn’t* squabble in the back, they played nicely with their lap boxes and few new toys. I tell you, those were a freakin stroke of genius on my part! I will TOTALLY toot my own horn on that one.

    Anyway, I even convinced Dory to take a nap by telling her it would make the time pass quicker and the two of them took a nice nap while it rained, no - torrentially downpoured for a few hours.

    It was a good thing they both slept. A really good thing.

    I couldn't see more than about, oh, 30’ in front of the car. Complete whiteout haze and rain. So, when the white truck in front of me that I could barely see stated fishtailing and hydroplaning... well, I paid attention. Of course it didn’t take more than a split second to see why... a tidal wave of mud and dirt was flinging itself across the road in front of me coming from the left. It was if a giant machine was digging and flinging it as hard and fast as it could - but I couldn’t see it. Between the whiteout and the mud wall flying at me I am amazed that we came out the other side to see a tractor trailer coming to a halt in the center median, folded in two, in my side mirror.

    It jackknifed right in front of me. Had I been 50’ further up the road... we would have been toast.

    Jack Knife

    But, we weren’t. Whew.

    I got off at the very next exit, in Corbin KY, in an attempt to calm my nerves. It was nearly 15 more miles until I was able to do that. My teeth were chattering as if it were 32F outside.

    I called John and told him I loved him and called my Mom to tell her THANK YOU for the safe travels prayers.

    We didn’t have any other issues the whole drive. All except for those few moments of terror were long car ride unheard of bliss.

    Now, was it worth it? I’m not sure I wouldn’t have preferred screaming the whole way. Really not sure....

    That said, we had a fun/cute little lunch stop. :)
    Rest stop! on Twitpic

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    Tuesday, June 02, 2009

    More knit designing news!

    I won another contest. Ok, I think I might get it now... I'm not too shabby at this. Blue Sky Alpacas ran a design contest for their new yarn line release, Spud & Chloe. I entered, and was one of the winners! (Ravelry link, sorry Non-Rav peeps) The contest was for a design with any of the regular BSA line, in anticipation of the S&C release... with a arm full of the new yarn as half of the prize. My pattern will also be highlighted on their website for a month sometime soon.
    I have already released Traveling Bivalves over on JonquilMom.com as a free download.

    Also, as I hinted at a few entries ago, I have agreed to license several of my patterns to Buffalo Gold. In order to switch gauges and pattern nuances over to their yarns... a sweet box of sample yarn landed on my porch this morning from Ron at Buffalo Gold. (Pretty sure the yarn will be my 365 today... how could it not be?!?!) Since I didn't feel like I could ethically license one of the patterns they were interested in, I'm cooking up a new pattern for the Mythology Series. :) I'll let you know when it's released and it will be available from me as well.

    Anyway, I'm a wee bit excited with the recent career path that seems to have come from thin air.

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