I also kept my knitting up, and projects rolling. After the baby blanket and a dress, I made a sweater (there is a pattern in it too with braids, you just can't see it), a scarf for my girlfriend, a bunch of hats for the family (just because), and now I am doing something cute for the summer from organic cotton yarn, which is exciting.
p.s. OMG, how could I forget the main reason for the post! Today is International Women's Day! And while somehow here nobody knows of it (even though it originated in US, ha!), why not celebrate wonderful women in your life, beautiful, tough, caring, charming, those without whom your life would not be the same. My sweet honey showered me with flowers and dark chocolate, and I am swept off my feet by surprise of it! Now that I am OD-ed on 85% chocolate for breakfast, I tell you, even dentist (the visit that caused me to stop my post in the middle) couldn't shake my good mood. Not to mention Dr. Meek loves me to death (after initial turmoil first year of visits) and apparently I make him laugh with my sarcastic Russian non-nonsense down to Earth approach on life (shave this tooth off so it doesn't keep chipping kind of thing).
p.p.s. On the lent front, I am doing great, and it is unbelievable how easy it is to give up things once you make a commitment. There is a reason I never understood people having problem putting away that cake, candy, burger, coke, any other crap...it is so easy to manage! All you need to do is to actually think for a second, and in a week everything becomes normal, second nature. The only serious addiction I had was smoking, and once I won that battle - nothing comes even close. I vaguely remember how coffee and cheese taste by now!