***Went to my parents' house yesterday for my Dad's 75th birthday. We all chipped in and got him a larger flat screen monitor for his computer, which is a giant upgrade over the tee-tiny 15" CRT he's had all these years. We ordered in pizza and I made a family favorite for dad's birthday "cake" -- Ho-Ho Pie., an ice cream and Hostess Ho-Ho pie in an oreo cookie crust. If there's enough interest, I'll post the recipe here.
While there, we watched the Redskins lose another game. They've apparently given up and are just going through the motions to make it through to the end of the season. My theory is that now that they're completely out of play-off contention, they're treating the rest of this season as next season's pre-season. Might as well give Jason Campbell as much experience as possible. He's young and quick and has "arm strength" and "foot speed" (phrases the announcers throw around far too often), but he lacks maturity and panics under pressure on occasion. And the wide receivers aren't used to the power of his passes -- the ball sometimes bounces out of their hands, often resulting in a detrimental turnover. So, for the third year in a row, this has now become a "rebuilding" year for my beloved 'Skins.
Okay, enough Monday afternoon armchair quarterbacking....
The Christmas knitting is coming along slowly but surely. I finished my mom's Christmas hat last week, and about 1/3 of the way on my dad's Christmas hat. Both are made from the Misti Alpaca Chunky I bought awhile back. Mom's hat is identical to my first roll-brimmed hat, although a bit smaller, since she doesn't have a pumpkin head like mine. I'm also using the same yarn for Dad's, but with 3x3 ribbing for a fold-up brim. I'll show pics of both when Dad's is finished. Yesterday, I worked on it while sitting right next to him watching the game -- he doesn't know it's for him, and by the time Christmas gets here, he'll have forgotten what I was working on yesterday. I've decided that if I have time, I'm also going to knit my mailman a hat. Probably just like my dad's hat. It's going to be a hatty Christmas. Last year was the year of the scarf. This year it's hats all around, which are so much quicker, especially with fat yarn and fat needles.
After the Redskins game and birthday festivities were over, my brother and his four boys played some touch football in my parents' back yard, which makes a perfect football field. I had fun watching from the sidelines while shooting pictures using the Sports Mode on my camera:
Alrighty, time to shower and hop in the car for a friend's Christmas party. Later!