Posts Tagged ‘Aimee Pelletier’

Selfie School

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

I need to go to selfie school…
 
Wanted to take a pic of the very cool Bead Happy Necklace and the very cool Quick Sand Cardigan on an actual person…me.
 
This is terrible.
 
How do the kids do this?
 

Selfie Take 1

Selfie Take 1

 

Sefie 1

Selfie 1

 

Selfie Take 3

Selfie Take 3

 

Selfie Take 4

Selfie Take 4

 

Selfie Take 5

Selfie Take 5


 
The necklace is awesome by the way…you should totally make it.
Click here for the class sessions.

May 2013 Week 1

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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It began easy enough.  Garter stitch in the round alternating every 2 rows between a solid and a multi colored yarn.
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Specifics
Pattern: Olive
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Sock and Handpainted Sock
Needles: US3 24″ Circular
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I got gauge, but I felt like the collar was going to grow too much when I blocked it and that I would be always pulling at the sides to keep it on my shoulders.  I would hate that.
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Plus, the jogless stripes really looked bad.
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So, I re knit it.  I went down to a US2 needle and I added one additional row of decreases.  I think I ended up at around 130 stitches on my needle when I cast off.  20 some stitches less than the pattern called for.
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A beer and a couple collars

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I knit this one flat too and seamed it.  I think the seam looks better this way.   The seam goes on the top of the shoulder too, not in the back.  Interesting…
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Seams?

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The collar is cast off and then 211 stitches are picked up at the cast ON edge with a US5 instead of the called for US6.  The first round increases the stitches to 388.  Now, we are knitting stockinette stitch the rest of the way.  Easy peasy.
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I am alternating skeins too.  It is hand dyed afterall.  Better safe than sorry.
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Sorry about all the funny photos.  I got a new photography app on my phone and I am learning:)  It’s called Hipstamatic if you care…Carly made me do it!
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If You Knit it He Will Come

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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Carly’s friend is in her 30s and single.
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She has decided that she is going to knit a sweater for a man that she doesn’t have in her life yet.  Thinking, if she knits it he will come.
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This might seem like a crazy idea to you, but I believe in this.   This is exactly what I think she should do.  I am all in.
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It’s much like a prayer shawl.  The idea is that you knit or crochet something for someone who needs healing.  You spend your time thinking great calming, healing thoughts and then the person who gets the shawl wears it and feels your love.  The good vibes go out into the vast universe and then come billowing down on the person you knit for.  It brings them peace.
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So, why wouldn’t this work the same way?  What you put out there, you bring back to you.  It’s the law of attraction right?
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If its good enough for Oprah…
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I did something kind of like this many years ago.   I wrote a list of what I wanted in my ideal guy.
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Most of my friends were already married and having babies.  I was in my late 20s and was ready to be married too.  I was talking to my friend Earl and he asked me what I wanted in a man.  I told him some very vague attributes like…funny, happy, smart…those sorts of things.  Earl said I needed to be more specific.  Like really specific.  He said if you are specific then you won’t waste your time on men that don’t fit your list.    If you write this list, when your perfect man shows up, you’ll recognize him.
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This is how my life partner list read.
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-likes to laugh
-adores me (opens doors, gives me flowers, surprised me, romances me)
-approaches all things with a positive attitude
-respects marriage
-treats people with respect…especially his family
-5’10 or taller, shouldn’t be thinner than me
-comfortable at a formal ball or corner bar
-likes to travel and explore
-can run a power tool when needed
-wants to be a father
-enjoys a beer or two
-believes in a higher power (Catholic would be cool)
-successful enough in business to have lots of time to play
-money to play with would be nice too
-nonsmoker
-physically active (no couch potato)
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From then on, each time someone asked me why I was still single, I would pass them this list.  I would say “I haven’t found this guy yet, do you know him?”
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I met Jason about a year later. It was New Year’s Eve at O’Garas pub (corner bar – check).  He asked me to dance (surprised me – check).  I had to look up to see into his eyes  (5’10 or taller – check).   It went on like this…checking off things on my list until he asked me to marry him a year later.
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Pelletiers

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10 years, 2 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat and 1 yarn store later the list didn’t fail me.
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So, I absolutely believe, if you knit it he will come.
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I am all in!
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A little side note here…if you are interested in writing your own life partner list check out Earl’s book Finding Love on Purpose Write your own list and shoot me a copy.
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You never know:)
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If you feel like you’re choking, you’re doing it right

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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I Am...Yoga

I’ve now successfully managed to do 2 yoga classes at my gym.
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Yoga is new to me.  I am not a relaxed, calm person.  I run at a high level and I wasn’t really sure I could be still enough to do yoga.  But you know what?  Yoga isn’t necessarily about being still.  AND Yoga isn’t easy.  Nope, it’s not.
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We do “I Am…Yoga” at our gym.  Developed by our instructor Cary.  Here is the description.

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“By combining the best of yoga stretching exercises, breathing exercises, and visualization techniques, I am..Yoga™ is a self healing program of exercise that when practiced regularly reduces stress, releases muscular tension, balances the vital life forces of the body, eliminates toxins, and stimulates the body to heal itself. The visualization exercises practiced in I am…Yoga™ help to create a positive vision for your future and allow you to open more fully to your true purpose in life.”
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All of that sounds terrificly terrific right?   Who doesn’t want to balance the vital life forces of the body?
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Me, me, I do!
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What I have learned, in the very vast knowledge I have gleaned from 2 classes of yoga is this…
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I can not seem to breathe deeply.  Have you breathed deeply lately?  Like really deeply.  It’s not easy if you aren’t used to it.  Try it.  Go on.  Breathe in for a slow 6 counts, your belly should expand, like below the ribcage, and then blow out your breath through your mouth for 6 seconds, your belly button should pull in toward your spine.  She said that during our normal day to day stuff, we only use 10 percent of our lung capacity.  I believe it.
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I am not flexible yet.  I am not sure why I think I would be after 6 months of inactivity.  But, I can not put my head to my knee, my head to the mat, my head to my shoulder, my head to my shins.   Apparently, putting my head to things is going to be really important.  My head flexibility has never been challenged.  That is about to change.
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I also learned that there is one pose…don’t know what it is called…that if you feel like you are choking, you are doing it right.  I guess it stimulates the thyroid.  Then, while you are doing it right and feeling like you are choking, you are supposed to relax into the pose.  Humm…gonna need a few more classes to get that one down.
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I like the class and I love how she says good bye to us. She says.
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Let the blessings be.  Let the blessings be.
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I can put my head into that one!|
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Aimee’s Turning 40!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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40 and fabulous!

It’s here!  My Birthday! I’m turning 40!
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And because it is better to give than receive, I am giving away a gift with every $25 purchase on my birthday.  Wednesday, May 23rd 2012.
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You’re gonna love it.
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It’ll be perfect for a summer day on the patio…knitting
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See you on Wednesday, May 23rd.  We’ll be here from 10am – 7pm!  Come in, spend $25 and we’ll give you a birthday gift for free.
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Can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday:)

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Available now for purchase $10 each!  Cheers to a summer of fun sipping “sucking”:)
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Summer Sucking Fun!

 

It’s My Birthday – I’ll Not Knit if I Want To

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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I am turning 40 this month.  May 23rd to be exact.
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I am tired of knitting a sweater a month.
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I hate to admit it, but this 12 and 12 program has taken all the fun out of knitting for me.
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It has taken away my choice.  I have only been able to knit the sweater of the month each month for 18 months now.   I don’t have time to knit anything else each month.  I haven’t been able, for example, to knit this…
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Color Affection from Veera Valimaki

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By the way, if you haven’t knit this yet..what are you waiting for?  The whole knitting world is knitting Color Affection:) 3 skeins of sock yarn!  Any color combos are beautiful.  Only knit stitch, short rows.  We’ll have our sample knit up soon, you can come see it for yourself.
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I haven’t been able to knit this either.
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Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston

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I’ve wanted to knit the Aestlight Shawl ever since Katy taught this class in 2010!
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Pearl Chain Mittens by handepande on Ravelry

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I love, love, love these…I haven’t been able to knit these mittens either.
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Blooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic24

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Or how about these cushions?  I just painted the main floor of our house a bunch of these colors…these would be a great addition to the living room.
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See what I mean, I have been missing this part of knitting.  The fun part.  The hours surfing Ravelry looking for just the perfect project.  The excitement when I figure out exactly what yarn I am using with the project and the fun of sharing it with my friends.
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My friend and sample knitter Kate wanted to knit me something for my birthday.  She was annoyed that there was nothing but sweaters in my queue.  Of course there isn’t.  I only knit the sweaters of the month.  I can’t knit anything else.
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Now don’t get me wrong.  I do love to knit sweaters.  I love our 12 in 12 program.   I love the challenge of knitting them in a month.  I am just tiring of HAVING to do it each month.  I have no choice anymore.  It’s kind of like eating the same thing every day for a month  AND choosing what you are going to eat each day of each month… in January.
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I am probably being melodramatic about this.  Maybe I’m having a mid-life crisis.  Wow.   I think I am actually considered middle aged now?  That just hit me.  Yes, I am going to say I am having a mid life crisis.  That will explain everything:)
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I know…poor me right?  I don’t mean to be a baby about it, but I just don’t think I can bring myself to knit  May’s Sweater.  It’s a beauty though and I know a bunch of people are going to be working on it this month.  I can’t wait to see them all, I just can’t bring myself to knit another sweater this month.
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It’s my birthday month after all and I’ll not knit if I want to.
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40...Here I am!

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Boycott – Oh Boy

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

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I got a call from a concerned resident.
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She wondered if I had a list of all the business owners on Main Street that were in support of the new St. Croix River Crossing.  I told her I didn’t have a list and asked her why she was looking for that list.  She told me that she and some friends were looking for a tangible way to protest the bridge approval and they decided that they would boycott downtown businesses.
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I wasn’t surprised.  I have been downtown for 3 years now and understand how these things work.  There are some people who think if you own a business you must have lots of money and power; that is most certainly not the case.   I know that I am making my fortune one ball of yarn at a time:)
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I told her that I would hate to see her punish 30 independent small downtown businesses with a boycott.  I asked if she was also planning to boycott Lakeview Hospital, Cub Foods, Target, Perkins, Lowes, Walmart, Menards, and the hotels on Highway 36.  Those businesses and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce also support the new St. Croix River Crossing.  She seemed shocked that they were in support of the bridge as well.
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I told her that downtown Stillwater businesses already feel like local residents have boycotted Main Street. Not because of our support of the bridge, but because of the congestion that is choking Main Street.  She said she doesn’t come downtown because of traffic and parking.  (I kindly reminded her that we have over 1500 parking spots downtown and that November – April she can come down and pretty much park anywhere she wants!  For FREE!  Somehow it always comes back to parking.  Don’t get me started…)
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She was a very nice woman, we actually had a very nice conversation.  She lives near Hwy 36 and doesn’t want increased traffic or congestion in her neighborhood, safety was a top concern.  I told her that they were going to rework the intersections on Hwy 36 to make better turn lanes and better frontage roads.  She said she really didn’t know what the plan was.  HUH?  I wanted to ask her how she could protest something she didn’t have the facts about, but I held my tongue.  I did mention that the people who live on Greeley or 3rd street or on other “short cut” roads on the hill are looking forward to getting rid of the traffic on their roads from Wisconsin commuters.
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Unfortunately, not everyone can benefit.
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I know that this is a hot button issue and that some people live close to the new bridge and are worried about noise and traffic and I understand their frustration.  I really do.
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I am a firm believer that the new St. Croix River Crossing will reinvent Main Street.  That it will allow Stillwater residents to take back their town.  It will mean that people who come to Main Street will be people who actually want to be there; to sightsee, shop, or dine.  I haven’t even mentioned the walking and biking paths!
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I asked that she reconsider her boycott.  I hope she does.
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Interested in more information about the bridge?  Here is a cool video.  I hope the concerned citizen takes the time to watch it too.

 

My Cousin Carly

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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By now you must know that Carly and I are cousins.  We are 10 months apart in age.
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This picture was of us on some family trip somewhere.  I’m the blond.
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Aimee and Carly Hippies

We have so many pictures of Carly and me together that we started putting them all on our bulletin board at the shop.  It has become a family joke really.
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Bulletin Board Beauties

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Prom 1990 –  I bought my dress…of course Carly made hers:)

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Halloween UW Madison 1993 maybe?

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Already gorgeous, gorgeous!

When I decided to open a yarn shop, I told Carly about it.  I remember the moment exactly.  We were in our Nanny Jean’s  apartment visiting and I just blurted it out.  “Hey, I am going to open a yarn shop, what do you think?  Wanna run it with me?” I think her exact words were. “ok, um, sure Aim” .  I was reassured.  She was in!
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Our Nan said  “well, you’re definitely going to need a comfortable chair.  People like comfortable chairs”.   Words of wisdom certainly.
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Nanny and the kids in front of the shop before it was a shop:)

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If you want to be technical, I am the only one who owns the yarn shop.  But Darn Knit Anyway is as much Carly’s as it is mine.  I couldn’t or wouldn’t even want to run the shop without her.   I know that she loves the shop just as much as I do.  I feel that deep down in my belly.
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Now, Carly isn’t just a great mom, cousin and knitting problem helper.  Nope she is an artist too.  A graduate of the College of Visual Arts.  She is a fashion designer and fiber artist.  Here are a few cool things she has done.  She has made garments out of everything, dollar bills, snow cone cups, rubber bands, vending machine clear container thingies, baby bottle liners
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Mr. Smith

Snow Cone Cups

Rubber Bands

vending machine plastic thingies with rubber balls inside?!

Baby Bottle Liners

Now we are lucky enough to have a Carly Stipe original in our shop.  Right in our very own front window.  I am so happy I can hardly stand it.
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DKA Front Window

A lovely red dress out of duct tape. WHAT?
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It’s red alright!

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WHAT? A bow in the back???!!

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I love my cousin to pieces.  Seriously.  Don’t know what I would do without her.
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I know that our little shop is better because she is a part of it.  I tell her that a lot.  I just thought maybe you guys should know it too.
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Love you cuz.

The doors are open

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Well, the day has finally come.  We are officially open for business!

Monday – Friday (10am – 7pm)

Sat and Sun (10am – 5pm)

Brick Alley Building, 423 S Main St, Stillwater, MN 55082

shop window Aimee

Introducing Carly Stipe

Monday, August 24th, 2009

My amazingly talented cousin, Carly Stipe (yes, that Carly Stipe) is going to help me run the shop.  In addition to her being a mother of 3 kids; she has her duct tape creations selling at boutiques in the Twin Cities, her online shop  AND she teaches classes at the Textile Center in St. Paul.   Carly is going to concentrate her efforts on making the boutique and our education program the best in the Twin Cities!

Carly may have a thing or two to say on this blog from time to time as well.  So, check back often!

Us...circa 1979

Us...circa 1979