Last week, Jeff and I watched this season's first episode of HBO's Hard Knocks, which follows the Cincinnati Bengals during training camp.
Wait! Sit back down and keep reading! You should know me well enough to know that this story has nothing to do with football!
As I was saying ... I have zero interest in football but great interest in programs that reveal what goes on behind the scenes (hence my addictions to Project Runway, Top Chef, cake decorating shows, etc.). The clip below features Chad Ocho Cinco, who legally changed his name last year to reflect his Bengals uniform number. I expect to get a lot of mileage out of this phrase:
Note: not suitable for work, or any other civilized environment
Pattern :: February Baby Sweater for a September baby
Yarn :: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Rose Quartz
(link gives a better approximation of the beautiful color)
Recipient :: Tracy, at her recent shower
Entertainment :: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Now, how about one for myself?
My good friend, Elizabeth, just launched her Etsy site, Pecan Pilows, where she's selling her amazing felt and fleece pillows. I met Elizabeth at law school, but it was our shared love of crafting that made us fast friends. She's a great girl and a fantastic seamstress! Check her out -- I'm sure she'd love to create something just for you!
As many of you know, my awesome sister, Sara, and her husband, Jeff, are in the final stretch of their very long Ethiopian adoption process. They are currently at the top of the list for a baby boy, and they expect their referral (to learn the baby's identity) any day now. Because they're such good parents, they plan to take my nieces, Avery (12) and Audrey (6) along when they travel to Addis Ababa to pick up Baby A, as he's known in our neck of the woods.
Sara will have little warning from the agency before she's able to make travel arrangements, and last-minute tickets are running around $2,000 per person. Yikes. So, she and Jeff have decided to raffle off a new Wii. Chances are $5 a pop, payable by PayPal, and the contest will close August 4, 2009.
For more information, check out Sara's adoption blog.
Rupert and Shroeder came home today! We were able to spend a day with my parents, Linus, and Shroeder before they returned to Indiana. Thus far, Shroeder has displayed a very calm and sweet personality, while Rupert appears to be quite an energetic little pistol. They are both adorable and we couldn't be happier!
Click below for photos from their first day home --
My parents are currently (hopefully) in the car on their way to Atlanta for a whirlwind trip to pick up Shroeder, their new puppy and Rupert's brother. We're meeting Tammy of Southern Shih Tzu Rescue tomorrow to pick up the little guys. Since I was in the groove, I made my dad a shorkie cake for a belated Father's Day present.
Current state: all caked out.