Saturday, January 9, 2010

...I have come to realize

I saw this on a good friends blog, and had to play along
I’ve come to realize that my job. . . offers me more then just an income, but also mental stimulation and peer interaction.

I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving. . . the things I hear on the radio can influence my mood for the remainder of my day

I’ve come to realize that I need. . .more sleep, and I am counting the days until EJ sleeps through the night

I’ve come to realize that I have lost. . .my ability to always be "suzy sunshine", but that is okay because I am learning to be more realistic in my expectations

I’ve come to realize that I hate it when. . . I am not in control

I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk. . . I am breaking promise to myself, excess is just not necessary, and I do NOT need alcohol to have fun!

I’ve come to realize that money… is my least favorite thing to worry about (and yet I find myself worrying about it the most.) ((ditto))

I’ve come to realize that certain people. . . were brought into my life by God, and I am forever greatful for their friendship and support!! (AK/LP thats you!!!)

I’ve come to realize that I’ll always. . . be the outside member of the group, but I am getting better at marching to my own drum!

I’ve come to realize that my sibling(s). . . no longer need me to take care of them!

I’ve come to realize that my mom... does the best she can, and needs my love and support no matter what!

I’ve come to realize that my cell phone. . . is an extension of me.

I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning. . that I only have one more week until I return to work full time!

I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep. . . I miss my husband at night, and I can not wait until EJ sleeps through the night so Max will come back to the master bedroom!

I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking. . . of the knitting projects waiting to be finished within the next week!

I’ve come to realize that my dad. . . really did have my best interest at heart.

I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook. . . I put way to much stock into what other people think.

I’ve come to realize that today. . . . is the start of my new beginning as a mother...

I’ve come to realize that tonight. . . my husband will be camping with friends and I am running solo with EJ

I’ve come to realize that tomorrow. . . I will be going to church alone.

I’ve come to realize that I really want to . . . finish my degree, learn sign-language-and write a novel (all before I turn 40)

I’ve come to realize that the person mostly likely to re-post this is. . . LP

I’ve come to realize that life. . . is exactly what I make of it!

I’ve come to realize that this weekend. . . is going way tooo fast

I’ve come to realize that my friends. . . are a I must choose, and choose wisely! (insert last crusade joke)

I’ve come to realize that this year. . . is my chance to become the potential so many see in me

I’ve come to realize that my husband. . . is the person I trust most.

I’ve come to realize that maybe I should. . . be washing dishes instead of blogging

I’ve come to realize that I love. . . my internet friends, just as much as the ones that knock at my front door (if not more in some cases)

I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand. . . the motives of some people

I’ve come to realize my past. . . has happened, but by God's grace I am forgiven

I’ve come to realize that parties. . . are not for me

I’ve come to realize that I’m totally terrified. . . repeating the mistakes that scar me

I’ve come to realize that my life. . . is just that, my life.

**I use my blog as the one place I do not filter what is on my mind (if anyone real-life reads this and is offended I am sorry, this is for me to process and share and never for you to feel condemned)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

...sharing my skills I taught my friend to knit.
She did great, seemed to get it totally on the first take.

Together her and I are going to be knitting all
30 patterns from the Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting

  1. You Go Girl Scarf
  2. The Envelope Bag
  3. Dirty Girl Washcloths
  4. Boyfriend Basketweave Scarf
  5. Artisan Belt
  6. Urban Wrap
  7. The Scoop Bag
  8. Knittin Pretty Simple Shell
  9. Five Below Sweater
  10. Stripe It Rich Pillow
  11. Bohemian Felted Hobo Bag
  12. Bohemian Felted Needle Case
  13. Itchin to Knit Sweater
  14. Co-ed Ribbed Scarf
  15. Co-ed Ribbed Wrist Warmers
  16. Chill Out Wrap
  17. Bone-ified Dog Sweater (might replace with another project)
  18. Guys Tailgate Sweater
  19. Town & Country T
  20. Girls Night Out Shrug
  21. Our Esprit Open Weave Sweater
  22. Men's Crew Cap
  23. Sorbet Striped Cap
  24. Mentropolitan Pullover
  25. Mock Cable Cami
  26. Jackie Oh So Soft Sweater
  27. The "MakeOut" Sweater
  28. Twisted Tahoe Pullover
  29. Knock Around Hoodie
  30. Mens Golf Vest
wish us luck-we are going to need it~!!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

...just under the wire:

...Hi friends
wow, I am coming in just under the wire to post for January 4th!!!
as a ton of you already know I am obsessed with crafts,
my current obsession revolves around knitting, and I am a member of the
HPKCHC (which I explain here) over on Ravelry
-I wanted to share with you my OWL proposal of the School of Fish Afghan for EJ-
Please find below:

QallieQ of Slytherin, requesting to sit for the OWL in Defense Again the Dark Arts

1. Identify the pattern you will be using.
I will be knitting the Festive Fish Afghan. My friend Megan has already completed it and so will serve as a mentor when I need assistance with seaming and the crochet edge.

2. Photograph of the yarn(s)/needles/materials involved.
12 balls of My Family Baby Yarn-Size 8 Clover 6”needles each ball produces about 5 fish
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3. Photograph of your swatch OR an explanation of why a swatch is not needed.
I have photographed my swatch along with my supplies.
Blue fish was size 7, yellow size 8….
I was so much happier with the result on size 8, so 8 it is!
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4. Two or three sentences describing the planned crafting sequence and analyzing any areas of potential difficulty or new skills needed.
To prove my proficiency at repelling the Cruciatus Curse, I have chosen a very tedious and fairly large project! I am sure that knitting, seaming, and weaving the ends of 45-60 fish will be very fiddly… and excruciatingly painful! In addition, this afghan will be for my sons’ bedroom, making this a selfless knit for someone else. I have had this yarn on hand since before he was conceived, and so I am excited to finally give it use. I will be learning a new skill with the crochet hook, when the time comes to add the border…
I may also add one or two red fish and a red border just for excitement and contrast but will not decide that until the 1/2way point. I will be using this site to plan the color placement, and determine if the red will make the cut:

Sunday, January 3, 2010

...2010 will be Holy, 2010 will be Healthy, and 2010 will be Happy..

The year of 30 will be H-cubed

Today in church Pastor Ron gave us a challenge, to memorize verses this year:
I am going to be very intentional in this (please hold me to this LP)
I have really been thinking about what this next year will hold for me.
I am excited to report after inspiration from this mornings closing prayer that
this year will be H-Cubed.

This year for me will be a Holy Year- I will be more intentional in my daily devotions, attendance to sunday services, and descriminating in what I expose my family too, especially when it comes to the books we read, and the programing we sit through.

This will be a Healthy Year- I have already chosen the 1/2 marathon that I will be participating in... the Avenue of the Giants ( as soon as I go back to work, and have an income again I will be registering for this event! Max and I both have been participating in the EA Active 30day Challenge (ok its only day two) but we are doing it together so that helps to have an accountability partner. I have as you already know already joined Weight Watchers with my Mom as well... I am only on day2 but I am off to a great start.

This will be a Happy Year- From intentionally surrounding myself with positive people, focusing my crafting to specific projects, and working/challenging our selves to become debt free. Slowing down and enjoying a novel, and I will be taking pleasure in simple things...

I truly belive if I can make 2010 a Holy, Healthy and Happy year- I am on the right track!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

...playing for points


Weight Watchers: 1st meeting
Starting Weight: 163
Goal Weight: 135
Activity Goals: Complete a 1/2 Marathon and Run a 5K

-the people were really nice, much older then me and certainly at different stages in their lives. Points seem to be determined by your height and starting weight... and of course you age.
I think the best thing that was said, is your height and age won't go backwards, so make goals based on those things... in otherwords age appropriate activity goals are important.
for the time being the total points I am allocated per day are 27-this will change once I stop nursing, so hurrah for 5extra points at least for now!!!

The points will take a bit of getting use to, but hey at least the tracker is online.

I told Max that the key for success for me, is to pre-plan my meals and then I know exactly what I am eating!
6points for one lunch is a bit much, anyone have some quick and
easy snacks/lunch point ideas I might like??

EA Active 30Day Challenge: Day One again

Ok so we are starting over on the EA Active 30day, because Max wants to do it with me, and he will already be a day behind... I have also been looking at the EA Active 5K trainer challenge, I am planning to give that a shot one I complete my 1st 30days Challenge.

Finances: The Budget has been sent for 2010, the biggest challenge will be to curb the misc. spending... the plan for this is to pre-diccuss all purchases. Knit from my stash, and read less books... (by reading only two chapters per night, rather then reading until I finish even if that is 4am)

2010 seems to be off to a strong start.

What about you??

Friday, January 1, 2010

...time to get active....

01.01.10: day one of the year of 30

-off to a great start already!!
Max got me EA Active for the Wii for Christmas-we are planning to workout together with the preprogrammed 30day Challenge. I have already done day one, just to play but will be starting over later today! My biggest challenge will be learning to drink more water, and less coffee!

This year I am turning 30-have I mentioned that? I am planning to get healthy, loose weight and eating right! Saturday will be my first Weight Watchers meeting... I am looking forward to the guidance in loosing weight, eating better, and meal planning!!

...I AM SOOOOO TIRED.... and yet here I am blogging day one SUCCESS!!!!
So.... last night we watched all six starwars movies, and I just spent the time plotting my next HPKCHC term, and knitting!!!-Max and EJ were pooped by the time they finished all 12hours of movies!!!