Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

27 December 2014

DIY: Knitting a Short-Sleeved Sweater

You'll need:

  • 4 large skeins yarn
  • 1 contrasting color yarn skein for heart
  • Size 7 & 8 straight needles
  • Double pointed needles
  • Darning needle
  1. With smaller needles, CO 92 stitches.
  2. Work in seed stitch for 1".
  3. Change to larger needles and working in stockinette stitch, knit increasing 8 stitches in the first row.
  4. Work even on 100 stitches until 10.5" from beginning.  Mark each edge for armholes.
  5. Work even until 18" from beginning.
  6. Knit 34 sts; bind off central 32 sts, knit remaining 34 sts and place on holder.
  7. At each inside neck ege, decrease 1 st every row 8 times. Work even on 26 sts until 20" from beginning.
  8. Change to smaller needles and work across shoulder sts, pick up sts around neck edge and work across opposite shoulder sts.
  9. Change to seed st and work for 1".  Bind off all.

  1. Work as for back until 17" from beginning.
  2. Knit 38 sts, place on holder, bind of the next 24 sts and knit remaining 38 sts.
  3. At each neck edge decrease 1 st every row 12 times. Work even on 26 sts until same length as back, then complete with seed st band as done with back.
  1. Sew side seams up to armhold markers.
  2. With smaller needles, pick up and knit 96 sts across arm hole, beginning at one shoulder bind off and ending at other shoulder, place on double pointed needles.
  3. Work sleeve bands in seed stitch for 3 1/2".
  4. Sew shoulder seams and 1" of seed st sleeve bands.

15 December 2014

Bologna, Italy

Bologna is home to a large university so there was a younger population here.  Known for its meat and cheeses, we spent a lot of time walking around the fresh food markets.

08 December 2014

Venice, Italy

You can't capture the feeling of Venice in words or pictures until you are actually there in the water taxis going through the Grand Canal.  It is a city unlike anything you've ever seen.  Think about a town and replace every single road and driveway with water and that's how Venice is set up.

This was a place I was extremely glad to have our travel director because trying to navigate the taxis and un-named streets would have been very difficult on our own.

03 December 2014

The Food we ate in Italy

The questions everyone has asked since we got back from Italy has been... what was your favorite city?  How was the food?

I had said I was going to take a picture of all the food we ate... but I failed because I would just dig into it.  We had lots of pizza margherita (thin cheese pizza) in Rome and lots of spaghetti bolognase in Florence.

I loved the buffalo mozzarella they use on their pizzas and a goat cheese & pepper white sauce on the pasta.  Also, the bolognase is delicious!

We were so dehydrated at the end of each day because thorough the day we would drink wine and coffee.  It took a few days to get accustomed to take very small sips of the espresso because it will make your heart race like crazy if you don't.

Italians aren't big breakfast eaters so after the first few days of eating bag scrambled eggs, I gave up and ended up eating rocket salad, and ham and cheese for breakfast.

Pesto bruschetta... yum!


One of the last days, I needed a hamburger so bad.  We found a Hark Rock Cafe.  I ate the entire thing.


28 November 2014

Pisa, Italy

The morning we spent in Pisa was the only rainy couple of hours during our entire 11 days.  We were so blessed with wonderful weather.  Although you have the option to climb the tower, we opted out and walked around the square during our free time.

Leaning at the base, view from level ground

23 November 2014

San Gimigano, Italy

One of our optional excursions included an afternoon in San Gimigano, a small town tucked into a hill.  This is one place where everyone said we needed a full day here!  It is so cute and so many great places to get your Italian souvenirs like pottery, food, etc.  There's also a big museum of torture that we really wanted to check out, but we didn't have the time.

18 November 2014

Our Dinner in an Italian Castle

One of our great secret experiences that we had, thanks to Trafalgar, was eating dinner in a castle turned winery and olive oil estate still fuctioning as such.  We had a tour of the castle, which is still a private residence and was built long ago for the banking family that once rivaled the Medici's.


 The 80 year old grandmother of the family made the food for all 52 of us.  It was the best meal we had the whole trip.  I can't say how many times I filled my plate and wine glass!