Thank you all for the myriad responses to the Robocop post. You made me feel a little less uptight, and I appreciate it. I thought you might want to know that either the neighbor reads my blog and knew he/she was busted...or someone's parents came home after a week away. Whatever the case, after one week of pot smoking morning and night (and sometimes noon), we haven't caught even the tiniest whiff of it in days. Case closed.
The other update I have for you is knitting-related. I finished Ellie's poncho last week, but I hadn't gotten around to sharing it. It came out so well, and she LOVES it. Every day since I finished, she has asked if it is winter yet so she can wear it. This couldn't make me happier! I got such a high off of completing this project that I wanted to launch into a dozen too-challenging-for-a-beginner projects because I felt so accomplished. After much hemming and hawing and extensive browsing on Ravelry, I finally settled myself down to reality and am working on something simple. Just because it's simple doesn't mean it can't be nice. Ellie's love for her poncho should prove that to me. I guess you could say I've actually made two projects already, because I made a matching poncho for Lolo. It doesn't fit over her massive head, so I have to rip one seam out, sew in elastic and a button, and we'll be in business. When I get around to that, I will post a photo. Meanwhile, here's Ellie in her mama-made poncho glory: