Somewhere in the Middle

Is it just me or is January flying by?   It’s already the 27th, and I feel like the new year just started a week ago. So, even though January is already almost over, I wanted to share a few resolutions I made for this year.

I don’t usually do resolutions, mostly because I have a tendency to give up at any hint of failure, but also because my overarching life goal is usually something like:  be perfect at everything.  And since that goal is both stupid and unattainable, I thought I’d try something different.

1.Love and/or use most of what we own.  So far this year I have donated 7+ big black trash bags full of stuff I don’t use or need, a few boxes full, and some odds and ends.  I’ve also thrown some things away.  It’s very freeing.  The key here though is not perfection…it’s livability and simplicity.  Notice that I said “most of what we own” and not “everything we own.”  Don’t get so carried away with getting rid of things that you throw away something a family member might really love…like a husband’s beloved excess sock collection.  They’re his….leave them alone.

2.Eat healthy and happy.  This means that I incorporate a lot of good things into what I eat everyday, but I don’t deprive myself either.  My diet so far this year is something like 75% organic, home-cooked, lovely food, 11% Enstrom Butter Toffee, 8% Coffee with heavy cream, 3% beer, 2% chips, and 1% Nerd Ropes.  It’s my happy place.

3.Move my body more.  I’m usually all or nothing when it comes to exercising.  Lately I’ve been more on the “nothing” side.  When I do exercise, I usually get a little intense about it, so I’m not instituting a super shiny, fantastic fitness plan…I’m just moving more.  I dance to music,  I randomly jump around on the cool indoor pogo stick thing we have, I ride my kids’ scooters, I do some of those Pinterest daily exercise things (except I don’t commit to doing them daily), I take a walk if it’s nice out, etc…I move more.  It’s good.

4.If I have the supplies to make something I really want or need…then I should find the time and just do it.  During all the organizing, I kept coming across supplies for things that I’ve meant to make.  And while I like being a “crafty” sort of person, I love being a crafty person that finishes things even more.  

One of the projects that I finished over the weekend:

New “Boo-boo Bags.”  They’re basically just fabric I sew up into different shapes, fill with rice, and throw in the freezer for when the kids get hurt.  They work really well, and our old ones were really…well….old…and probably super gross.  I made some to go in the freezer and some for heating up as hot pads in the microwave.   I love them and they’re so easy to make.  I kept making them until I’d used up a 5 pound bag of rice.

captured_by_snapseed_21_1  Alright, lastly:

5. Knit a little everyday.  I get into the habit of being ‘all or nothing’ with my knitting.  If I can’t carve a couple of hours out of my day to knit then I don’t knit at all. Then I don’t finish things; then I feel terrible…and have nothing to blog about.  So I don’t care if I only get 10 minutes a day to knit…I’m knitting.

Lately, I’ve been too busy to knit on anything that requires thinking or planning or reading directions, so I’ve been grabbing the big, blue blanket.


I last mentioned this blanket way back in September, but it’s been slowly growing since then, and very soon I will run out of yarn, which makes me happy because for several months it was this giant bag of unused yarn taking up precious space in my craft cabinet.  Now it’s mostly a warm, snuggly blanket that covers my legs when I’m cold and I’m knitting.

So here’s to the new year almost one month in and to resolutions that can actually be kept!


And They’re Back…to school

Yesterday was my kids’ first day back to school (post-winter break).  I had plans to organize and shop and maybe drink a lot of coffee, possibly watch a show on Netflix that doesn’t involve animation or Disney Channel kid stars (although, has anyone seen “Girl Meets World”?  It’s not the best show ever, but it’s got all the old actors from “Boy Meets World”, and I just really like Ben Savage…he seems so friendly).

My wonderful plans got a little sidetracked when Tilly kept waking up throughout the night, and somehow, I ended up sleeping in her bed (which hasn’t happened in months) and later she ended up sleeping in my bed (which also hasn’t happened in months…this is starting to sound like an odd version of Goldilocks).  Anyway, everybody ended up being a little lot sleep-deprived.  All I could think was that my “first day of freedom” plans were now going to have to be supplemented by a nap.  (That’s “First Day of Freedom” fail #1…for anyone who wants to keep track.)

I had a particularly hard time waking her up for school that morning.  We were cutting it really close…twenty minutes ’til departure.  I finally got her out of bed by telling her she could have cookies for breakfast. (The only redeeming factor being that there were also scrambled eggs and apple slices.  Also, the cookies were homemade with organic flour.  The frosting had no redeeming qualities.  It was really tasty though). We were rushing around and really running behind, but we made it out the door with just enough time to get to school and not be late.

Except that it was cold.  Really, really freezing, icy cold.  And in the back of my head I was thinking how it was supposed to be warm because my husband had offhandedly mentioned that we were supposed to get a warm front this week (which we did.  today.), so I neglected to check the weather myself.  Usually, here in Denver, it gets cold and it snows, and the weather is sometimes weird, but we rarely have icy conditions.  But yesterday was horrible, so I had to scrape lots of ice off the car, which made the kids late to school.   (FDoF fail #2)

I did get them dropped off at school though, and then I headed home to drink more coffee and figure out the rest of my day when all of a sudden something flew up from the van ahead of me and hit my windshield.  It was just a little pebble or piece of ice, but the instant it hit the windshield a 3 ft-plus (almost a meter) gigantic crack formed and then grew a few more inches.  (FDoF fail #3)

I carefully drove home (the crack was u-shaped, so I could still see just fine), and I checked our insurance.  Did you know that cracks have to be smaller than a dollar bill to be covered for repair?  Otherwise the whole thing has to be replaced…out of pocket (blah, blah, deductibles and stuff).  Fortunately, I was able to make an appointment for noon.  So I venture back out to the car to go to the appointment only to discover that one of my tires was flat.  (FDoF fail #4)

I drove ever so slowly to the nearest gas station (which isn’t very near), filled it with air, and hoped it would stay.  And…it did!  But by this time I was a little late for the windshield appointment.  Thankfully, they didn’t seem to mind, and the whole business went ever so smoothly.  However, despite the appointment going well, I’m still counting it as FDoF fail #5 because I spent the rest of my “child free hours” waiting in a very gray room.


what do knitters do whilst waiting in very gray rooms?

We knit, of course.

captured_by_snapseed_16_1This is the Kumara Wrap.  Pattern by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.  Yarn is Knitpicks Andean Treasure in Fog Heather.  The same as my hat.


For some reason, I chose to knit this with two strands held together, so it is very possible that I will run out of yarn before I finish.  We shall see.  It’s very exciting.

So my “First Day of Freedom” didn’t go according to my plans, but it was a pretty good day nonetheless, and it left me feeling thankful that I have children who need me, a husband who’s taught me not to freak out about everything, money to pay for a windshield replacement, and the time to take care of it all without having to rearrange any plans that couldn’t be carried out another day.  Days like yesterday are good for me.

But I sure hope I don’t have another like it for a long, long while.

Here We Go Again

I keep writing blog posts in my head.

I’ve realized that this doesn’t quite count as blogging, so I had big plans for another “catch up” sort of post today.  I was going to write about Christmas and New Year’s and all the holiday goings on.  And then I realized that I took very few photos of the whole business.  Well, I took lots of photos with Aunt Carol’s very nice camera (sorry about that Aunt Carol…sort of got carried away with the picture taking).  I neglected to take pictures with my phone.  I’ll see what I can round up…for those who might be interested.

For those who are only interested in the knitting:  I did manage to take a few selfies of my new hat, Equistum, the second.


The “me only” December knitting turned out to be pretty easy since I accomplished practically nothing in the knitting department.  I finished the black scarf for Ben and then the hat for me and bam! December was kaput.

I haven’t quite managed to nail down a photo shoot for Ben’s scarf, but I did manage this:


(I had to stop him on his way out the door to get this one.) It’s an extra warm and toasty infinity scarf in the fisherman’s rib stitch. You make it by casting on a million stitches and then knitting until you run out of the three skeins of yarn you thought would be enough.

I also started one more project for myself and got a little more than halfway done.  I’ll show you tomorrow… :)