I was thinking this morning about doing a "Three Things" post. Then, I popped over to read Carole's post and saw that she did one! Great minds!! In any event, here are my three things. Enjoying. I am enjoying summer! I know a lot of people have consistently good summers, but I'm not one of them. My summers have been up-and-down over the past five years or so. This summer is excellent -- filled with adventure (more on that another day), friends and fun. I've traveled with friends and family, went to see Justin Timberlake in concert, and watched "Under the Dome" and "Food Network Star" - two summer favorites.
Making. I am knitting a lot. Not sure excactly why, but my kntiting mojo has totally kicked in this summer -- much more than it has in several years. And I'm loving it! I am also spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I've been working to figure out my diet in an overall effort to shed some weight -- an ongoing struggle. I've thought a lot about what I eat and realized that my usual egg sandwich for breakfast wasn't working -- I think that the carbs outweighed the protein and I was always hungry by the time I got to work. For the past couple of weeks, I've been having a protein shake (1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (Met Rx Protein Plus from Trader Joe's), ice and then either cocoa powder and maybe 1/2 a banana or no cocoa powder and frozen fruit. I'm finding that I'm much less hungry during the morning. I am also cutting way back on unhealthy (processed) carbs and making sure that I get enough fruits, vegetables, good protein (lean or bean) and good carbs (again beans, quinoa). It's definitely more cooking and requires diligence to make sure that I have good stuff to pack for work, but so far, I'm feeling much less ravenous.
Looking forward to. My son has been doing a two-week drama workshop and they are performing "Willy Wonka" tomorrow. I can't wait to see him! I am also looking foward to Fiber Revival this weekend.
It all started because of babies. Sweet, precious, adorable babies. I have a couple of gifts that I'd like to knit for some cutie-pie babies, so last week I started to peek through my stash. But, I just couldn't find the right yarn for the pattern. And then I decided that new moms (who are non-knitters) would probably appreciate superwash. But did I have any? Coupled with that, Fiber Revival is coming up this weekend, which means two things. One, I'm going to see Cheryl and she's collecting yarn for her church kntiting group. Second, I don't want to buy the same yarn that I already own (you know you've done that before too). So, over the weekend, I faced the realization that the ONLY way to get the stash documented properly was to put it on Ravelry.
This is no small task. I have A LOT of yarn and this project is going to take a while. However, I was rewarded with finding multiple options for the baby knitting. I have also put together some really nice bags of yarn for Cheryl. And going forward, I'll know exactly what I have. This should make matching patterns with yarn much easier going forward.
That said, I'm going to have to face two large bins of fingering weight yarn. As Kellee commented on Instagram -- that's a box of wine kind of day!
HEY!!! Thought I'd check in for a post! (And to knock Carole's socks off!) I was compelled by this week's Ten on Tuesday's subject to post. I've been much more into knitting lately than I've been for a while -- who knows, I may even get totally crazy and post more.
As many of you know, I am a serial repeat knitter. When I find a pattern that I like, I knit it multiple times. So much so that I have 11 patterns that I came up with pretty quickly. No doubt there are more multiples out there, but 11 will suffice.
1. First, let's talk scarves. I LOVE scarves! And, accordingly, I have knit A LOT of them -- some multiple times. I adore Besotted -- it's on my banner! I've knit it twice -- one in cashmerino and once in Ultra Alpaca. LOVE it.
2. Fog Lifter. I've knit this baby twice -- both as gifts. It's very straight-foward and looks totally awesome. Plus, Susan is my friend and that makes it even more fun to knit. I'm going to knit one for me very soon -- possibly with a gradient kit or with a skein of silver-flecked yarn -- sweet, right?
3. Multidirectional Scarf. I've knit this one twice. Another one that looks kick ass when it's done and is easy to knit. That's my kind of project. An added bonus is that this scarf is fabulouso in Noro and I LOVE Noro.
4. Citron. Another one that I knit as a gift. Good gift, right!! I just cast on another one. What I like about this pattern is that it's good game-watching/television-watching knitting and it isn't as boring as knitting socks (sorry, sock folk). You end up with a great little accessory.
5. Rounding out the scarf/shawl multiples is Baktus. I've knit this one twice, both times in Noro Silk Garden sock. Boy, do I love that nubby yarn! I am going to knit this one again with a Zauberball.
6. Let's move on to hats, shall we. I apparently have a thing for knit watch caps. Maybe it's because my husband was in the Navy. Who knows. In any event, I've knit the Marsan Watchcap two times.
7. I've also knit the Seaman's Cap two times -- one in handspun (picture above) and once in commercial yarn. Guess which one is missing?
8. I've also knit two Rose Hill Hats. This is a very cute hat and is perfect for that extra worsted weight skein hanging around. The bobbles make the hat.
9. Finally, I love a cute baby hat and Ann Norling's Fruit Caps are a classic. I have knit at least four of these, but likely more.
10. My love of multiples extends to hands. I've knit the Dashing mitts twice -- both as gifts. Easy and a great gift.
11. Finally, last by most certainly not least, is the Channel Island Guernsey. I LOVE this little sweater and have knit it three times. It's easy, really cute and looks great with kid-friendly yarn (hello Cotton-Ease).
And this doesn't count the number of squares and wash clothes that I've knit with my favorite oldie but goodie. I'm sure there are more multiples out there -- when I find a good thing, I stick with it!
This week's subject is Ten Favorite Moments from 2013. I have to admit that 2013 was not a banner year for me. However, there are always good times and happy moments in every year.
1. My son's Bar Mitzvah. It was totally different than our initial plan and ended up being just right!
2. The phone call from my daughter when we found out that she had made the varsity lacrosse team. Such excitement!
3. And while we're on the topic of great phone calls from Molly, her call from overnight camp telling us that she had been selected as a Color War captain. (She had a great 2013!)
4. Running my fastest 5K. It was a hot, hilly race and I was so happy to have finished better than I thought. It was also nice to have my sister greet me at the finish.
5. Another running one. Teaching a Couch-to-5K class and then having my friends complete their first 5K. I was a proud mama!
6. Weddings! Both weddings involved brides that I love and being able to spend time with friends that I love. My son attended both weddings with me and we enjoyed our special time together. First, in June, Cheryl and Jon. And then, on the second-t0-last day of 2013, Cate and Rhys.
7. Fourth of July weekend in Vemont. Wonderful weekend with friends, capped off with my favorite annual pool party.
8. Making tamales with Lino on Christmas Eve. It's our tradition. I asked him this morning about it and he said he was sad that our kids didn't help this year. For me, I liked that we did it together and knocked out a large amount of tamales!
9. Sitting with my son at my daughter's hockey game against our rival (Natick) and high-fiving and hooting after Molly scored her first varsity goal.
10. Catching up with old friends. In July, I had an all-too-brief dinner with a dear friend, with whom I worked at my first job after college. In November, while in Florida for a lacrosse tournament, I met a law school friend for lunch.
So, in reading my list, it's about family and friends and wonderful shared experiences. I guess 2013 was a good year after all!
After two days of being hunkered down, I planned to run a 5K this morning. However, the extreme cold is visiting Boston, so I opted out. I'm disappointed, but there will be other races. Happily, the change of plans means a family day. We're going to my daughter's hockey game and then taking her to a lacrosse clinic. I'm sure lunch will be part of the plan.
In looking at my 2013 goals, there are some nice successes. The running is going well, as is spending time with each of my kids. There were also some goals unmet. Ten goals was a "Ten on Tuesday" subject so, rule follower that I am, I wrote out ten goals. Whether ten goals for given year is the right number is up for debate. Maybe it's too many; maybe it's not enough. I suppose it depends on the goals and the year and the person. For me, it was too many. I'm streamlining in 2014!
For this year, I have three things that I'd like to achieve. (I have a fourth, but it's work related.)
Lose 25 pounds. It's the right number. It's manageable. And it needs to be done. I am continuing with Weight Watchers to get me to my goal. While I recognize that 25 is just a number, I know myself well enough to know that I'm motivated by an objective and measurable standard. This is going to be hard. I have trouble with sustained weight loss and frequently gain and lose the same 10 pounds. To meet this objective is going to take focus and determination on my part.
Spend more time alone with Lino. Our family life is really busy and frequently we have to "divide and conquer" based upon our kids' schedules. While going out on a weekend night is great, I'm going to make more of an effort for smaller chunks of alone time - grabbing coffee or going for a walk.
Finally, from the lofty to the nitty gritty. Get my holiday cards ordered in November and out on December 1st. I struggle with holiday cards, truly I do. I skipped them altogether this year -- it just got too late. That said, I enjoy them. I love getting them, putting them up, and looking at them. And the ones that we get early, we enjoy the longest. So, next year, that's me. Either that or I'm throwing in the towel because I have to stop the "how late is too late?" internal debate around holiday cards.
That's what I'm doing in 2014! Would love to hear your goals, intentions, and dreams for 2014. Or just remember to send me a coupon code in November for those holiday cards!
First, thank you for your comments on my last post. It means a lot! I know asking the "should I stay or should I go" question to bloggers or blog readers is preaching to the choir (is this just the worst sentence EVER?!?), but I still appreciate it.
So, before I get all ambitious with my 2014 goals, I want to check in and see how I did with my 2013 list.
1. Run 10 races. YES!! I ran at least 12 races -- eight 5Ks, one 6K (a trail race), one 15K and two 1/2 marathons!
2. Run another 1/2 marathon with a time better than my first 1/2 marathon. YES!! I ran the Race to Remember and bettered by time by 3 minutes. I also ran the Bay State 1/2 Marathon, but not as fast as the Race to Remember, which remains my PR (personal record) at that distance.
3. Get to goal weight by June 8th. No. Didn't do this. Not at goal weight and it's fair to say that I'm back at the drawing board with this one. (Notice that "no" gets neither bold nor exclamation points.)
4. Read a classic. No. I started Little Women and I'm still plowing through it. I like it -- it's just that when I'm sleepy at night, it's more fun to scroll through Instragram than to read.
5. Hang pictures in my bedroom. No. Sadly, they are still awaiting their places on the wall.
6. Start Project Life. YES!! I started this last weekend. I'm making a giant scrapbook for my daughter. I'm putting all her high school stuff in there and she'll be able to take it to college with her in a few years (where hopefully some drunk friend won't spill beer over my years of work. Oy.) Project Life is a good fit for what I want in scrapbooking -- easy while still very cute. No need for glue, tape and extra stuff.
7. Take a picture every day. No. I did take a lot of pictures on my phone, just not every day. iPhone is great for this and I'm loving the aforementioned Instagram. By the way, does anyone other than lawyers use the word "aforementioned." I think not.
8. Do Gratitude Journal through the end of March and evaluate. No. This lasted until about January 15th. It's not that I'm not grateful -- I am -- it's just that journaling about what I'm grateful for doesn't work for me.
9. Spend time with husband and kids as a family and with each person individually. Sort of. We spent time together as a family and I took trips with each kid separately. Lino and I didn't have a lot of alone time -- will have to correct that in 2014.
10. Encourage more, criticize less (maybe my gratitude journal will help with this goal). YES!! I have tried really hard not to pick at the little things, to be a cheerleader and just more positive. Still, I have my days, but I was recently complimented by a new friend for being positive, so I'll take this as a "YES!"
All my best for a fabulous New Year's Eve. Our family is spending it with friends and their families. We'll drink some local beer (Jack's Abby -- but not the kids), eat some yummy things, including the most delicious lumpia and have a Dance Central contest. My friend sent an email today which said, "just to confirm, dress code is very casual - pajamas and yoga pants acceptable." Perfect, right!!
2013 was not my year for blogging. Neither was 2012. I was about to pull the plug this morning, but similar to cleaning out an old closet, I went back through my archives and got sentimental. I am not able to let go, at least not yet.
Clearly, if I stay, I'll need to use a new platform. Blogging from my work laptop is no longer an option for posts with pictures (some incompatibility issue). I'll give my phone a try. I'm using it now - yay iPhone!
I'm also not sure that with Ravelry, Facebook and Instagram that there is any more for me to share. I'm just not sure.
So, the blog has been put in that box in the basement. If I do not think about it or try to get it out in the box in the next month, it may be time to say goodbye.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this! On keeping blogging fresh. On anything!!
My sister, Rachel, has just started blogging. You can find her at Have No Fier. Go check her out! Comment! She is trying to get on the "Today" Show (kind of kidding, kind of not), so she needs readers. Plus, you all know that I'm kind of guarded here -- well, Pandora's Box has been opened -- you'll find out all sorts of things about our childhood on her blog. Go read!
So, it's Winter and it's on my nerves. I'm ready for it to end. In that spirit of crankiness and annoyance, I thought I'd share a couple of things are are really bugging me lately.
People who use public bathrooms as their private sanctuaries. Hello oral-hygiene-obsessed girl on my floor. If you feel that you must do your after-lunch routine, perhaps a little space in the corner of the counter and not sprawled out in the center of the sink would work.
Ditto electronics in public bathrooms. Do what you want at home. (Still gross). But in public, really?
Combining weather events with disaster. Snowmageddon. Snowquester. Stop, stop, stop.
Broadway soundtracks ringing in my ear. Make the "Master of the House" stop.
People who leave the last of anything. One paper towel on an empty roll. One sheet of toilet paper. One swallow of milk in a carton. Throw out and replace, people.
Not throwing away. Does the empty Keurig pod magically jump from the machine to the trash can? No it does not. And while we are on that topic, if the water light is blinking, add water!