But first: Lucas had to make a poster to run for student council Friday, and apparently the point is to be as funny and cool as possible. I remember at my high school, I always voted for the funniest speeches. One guy made the audience stand up then sit down, and said something like, "Remember that you stood up for me." Another kid told us all to scoot to the left of our seat, then the front, then the right, then all the way back, and said, "Thanks - you just cleaned every seat in the auditorium." Good stuff back then. Well, this is what Lucas came up with for his poster. Photoshop is just invaluable these days...like the Worldbook Encyclopedia was to kids in the 80's.
SO, my MIL mentioned she wanted a new sewing machine to replace her little $50 one that broke, and really wanted an automatic needle-threader, and Dean and I thought that would be a great Mother's Day gift for her. I started researching machines, and decided to get her a Janome in Pensacola, where they have an actual Janome dealer, and she can drop in for service or classes or whatever. So Saturday I head to the dealer, which I shall not mention by name here, because their website and Google declared them open 10-3, but when I got there they were closed. AAAAGHHHH! (That's a one-hour drive, people.) I decided I'd head to Joann's to get a knitting needle I needed for my sweater, but I came across Hobby Lobby first. Guess which size was the only one they didn't have - yep, you guessed it. So on to Joann's after all. Got my knitting stuff, then wandered over to the sewing section to see if they sold Janome's or not. A saleslady was putting a machine in a buggy, and said, "I'll just put it in your buggy for you. Is this your buggy, Keiko?" Now, how many people do you think are named Keiko besides my MIL?! Sure enough, there she was!
I yelled, "Keiko!!!" The saleslady, who had her back to us, immediately said, "Oh, I'm sorry I mis-pronounced your name." (I just now realized that she thought my MIL was correcting her on how to say it - haha.) Would you believe that she had just bought that machine? So what are the chances that the store where I might have bought her a machine was closed, and I ended up in Joann's at the moment she bought her own - astronomical! So I figured God wanted me to do something else, and sure enough, she asked if I could show her how to use the needle-threader next time I came over. Well of course I followed her home and we set that sucker up, plus I got a home-cooked meal out of it! Just too funny. Here's another funny story about a gift from my in-laws, if you need a laugh.
And now to the sweater, which is coming along just swimmingly now, though I was a'might nervous about starting the sleeve. You use a second circular needle to knit the sleeve with, and it was very dicey holding 3 needle tips to start, but I think I did it right. I should've gotten Lucas to take a better picture so you could appreciate the complexity of it. I'm making good progress on the sleeve, and I think it's going to be gorgeous!!!
Now do you have a funny gift story?