Not by me of course. I fell in love with all the snowboarding stuff during the Olympics. I had no idea either. I will probably now become an X-Games watcher. Y’all might want to start planning that intervention now.
- Current Reading:
- Kindle – Banshee by Barry Fitzgerald
- Nook-Kabbalah for Beginners by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD.
- Physical book – Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques by Marcelo Garcia
- Current Music: Timber by Pitbull and Kesha
- Mood: Drained
- Smells: Espresso
- Sounds: The heater running
- Sights: The mylar balloon that just won’t deflate!
- Current Knitting: The sweater that just won’t end!
- Current Spinning: Spinning? Who spins?
- Current Weaving: Um, yeah, I saw a couple of loom things around here somewhere.
What are you doing today?
Happy Tuesday y’all!
Having ALL the grass fed beef you want available to you became a kind of burden. I got tired of it. I didn’t know what to do with it. I took a break. I started eating some weird foods the past few days. Nothing but roasted Brussel sprouts for dinner one night, smoked herring on wasa crackers for lunch. Last night, I ate peanut butter and celery for dinner. Hello?!?
So, I started surfing and pulling out cookbooks and came up with cheesesteak casserole. Done Berks County style. I had to make two batches because Texas likes mushrooms in his cheesesteak. I draw the line at bell peppers. That is not how we roll!
All the yumminess of a childhood cheesesteak memory without the carbs of the bread. Comfort food tweaked and twisted to fit a different way of eating.
≈ Zzzzzzzzz ≈
I’m tired of knitting on the sweater. While I love the fabric that Silky Wool makes, there is only so long I can knit with it. Does anyone else find that it dries your hands out? My fingers were hurting where it slides across them and I was using more lotion in one night than I probably use in a whole month.
I’m back to the mystery socks in the hopes that I can catch up before the final clue tomorrow. Besides the peer pressure to work on the Sweater of Dryness ™, I had gotten tired of the heels. I alway mess up in some way, shape or form in picking up stitches for them. I suppose the cure for that is to knit more socks like that. However, I tried them on and they are a little loose around the heel. I might be a tried and true short row heel girl.
≈ Zzzzzzzzz ≈
Other things that are making me tired:
- The plague that ended just in time for allergies to take over.
- Jiu Bitsy™. In a good way. I’m sleeping much better too.
- Roller coaster weather. Ice and maybe a high of 32 today, 60′s tomorrow and 70′s by the weekend.
- Meditation. How do y’all do it without falling asleep?
Happy Tuesday y’all!
Did you know there are a bunch of designers donating proceeds from pattern sales during the Olympics? It is best explained here.
I was going to keep working on the Mystery Sock, but those people in that training camp group have made me pull out the sweater that I have been trying to ignore.
O.k. Fine! The socks themselves actually made me grab the sweater. This is my first heel flap since May of 2007. Yes, seven years. I hate picking up the stitches on heel flaps and never seem to get it right. I made a mistake or two and this is the best looking side on this sock. I need a timeout before facing the other one.
Reminders for me so I can remind Texas next time I send him to the store:
- Meyer lemons are not the same as regular lemons. Yeah, they looked pretty, but they’re not the same.
- Tide booster packs do not have detergent, so no, not the same as Tide pods.
- Wax paper and parchment paper are not interchangeable for cooking.
- Storage bags are not the same as freezer bags.
- REGULAR half and half. Not fat free.
- I did, however want the fat free greek yogurt.
- Brand names don’t alway matter. Except for toilet paper and tissues. Hello, Puffs Plus with lotion and vitamins and all that other lovely goodness that leaves the skin on my nose.
One more thing I think I might need to drive home for him: If you think it’s allergies, it’s not. Just take the medicine, carry lysol, and stay away from me.
I am feeling mostly better today. I think one more day of rest will finally put this to rest. Of course, it might also help that Texas is in Austin. Which means his boy/plague germs aren’t circulating. I may have lysol’d and bleached the whole apartment when he left. Don’t tell him that. Mmmkay?
Happy Friday y’all! Are you knitting something today?
Yeah, the socks again. They’re mystery socks, so progress is regulated and I got nothing else going on with the needles. Once these are done, I have some lovely red yarn I want to make socks with. I just have to find the pattern. Perhaps one of these? (from an awesome Canadian designer)
Since this is the week of Texas working 12 hour overnight shifts, I should get a bunch of quiet knitting time in and make some progress somewhere. Someone also said I had to work on a sweater that is on the needles, hiding in a bag, and buried in my subconscious somewhere.
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If you are following along on other social networking things, this may be old news. I’ve joined a jiu jitsu class. I wasn’t sure about it at first, with the floppy paw and all that but I love it. The drills are all legs and core and cardio.
Those of you in the know, know that I’ve been working on losing weight for the past year and it has been going o.k. Since modifying the eating plan last month and adding jiu jitsu, I’ve lost 8% body fat. DUDE! Eight percent. Let that sink in a second. The scale hasn’t moved a huge amount, but my clothes fit differently and I’m finding muscles I didn’t know I had.
I won’t ever compete because it’s not like I can tell someone to take it easy on the arm while sparring, like I can in class. I actually look forward to going to class instead of dreading going to the gym. I think this might be a good fit for me.
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Happy Monday, y’all! What are you doing today? Do you have pattern ideas for this yarn?
≈ Mystery Socks
Apparently, I knit. Socks even. I think it was Margene that favorited the TTL Mystery Sock and made me fall down that rabbit hole. So far I am keeping up. Of course, it is only week one.
≈ Calf Fries
Texas and I went to the Fort Worth Stockyards this past weekend. This guy looks amused, doesn’t he? You can pay five bucks and get your picture taken while sitting on one. No, I didn’t do it. Neither did Texas.
We did however, explore a little bit and had lunch at Riscky’s Steakhouse. (They also have a BBQ joint down the block, which we’ll hit another time) We ended up getting an order of calf fries for an appetizer. Yes, really. Fun facts: Riscky’s is the oldest operating restaurant in our county and although they weren’t the first restaurant to make calf fries, they were the first to have it on the menu. I can’t wait to go back and explore some more.
≈ Wash Day
Someone said it is a sign of my age that I’m excited about our new washer and dryer arriving today. I’m thinking it might be a sign of the slight icky-ness I feel when using the laundry facilities at the apartment complex. (You don’t even want to know what I do to the treadmill.) It wasn’t in the plan to get new machines, but you know how life happens.
Happy Tuesday y’all!
→ Finished Object
→ Zipper Truck
Technically called a barrier transfer machine. It moves mini Jersey barriers to easily change lane patterns. (I don’t care where I live, those things will always be Jersey barriers) Finally saw one working. Dude! That was cool. Either that or I’m easily entertained.
→ Knitting Loom
Since I’ve gotten the crafty stuff semi organized, (at least until I figure out the furniture that is going to go in the second bedroom) I decided to crack out one of my knitting looms and try knitting a sock on there. Maybe it will go faster? Perhaps more manageable with the floppy? Way back when I broke my arm, Isela “made” me try them so I could still play with fiber. I haven’t picked them up in years.
Karen posted on her blog about what her go-to knits are during ALL the cold. I’m going with one of my Sockheads, my Duck Soup scarf, and (since I don’t have matching pink mitts) I use either my well worn Freezing Farmgirl Mitts or the extra long, keep the floppy warm at all cost mitts.
Sadly, the first pair of mitts I mentioned have been well loved and worn. I’ve made a repair or 5 to them over the years and I don’t know if they’ll make it through the winter. I was working on a replacement pair with some shady yarn when I realized that life is too short to wear scratchy wool.
Happy Thursday y’all! What knits do you grab first?
The first FO of 2014
- Start: 12/25/13
- Finish: 1/1/14
- Ravelry Info
- Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky held double
- Needles: US35 circs
Yeah, I could have finished this in a day or two, but you know, I’m pacing myself. Or something. I may end up fulling it a little because it is huge. When I cast on, Texas asked what I was making and I told him “a hat”. About an hour later he said “Baby, you may want to check your gauge. I think that is a little big for a hat.”
How cute is that? He’s learning well. On the other hand, he believed me when I said it was a hat.
We are pretty much settled in to the apartment – despite the plague and resulting bronchitis. There are a couple of things being held hostage (don’t ask, I don’t want to get stabby again) and we need to bring up the washer and dryer, but other than that, it is good.
I’m also settling into a routine that is good for me. Knitting, reading, strolling down to the gym, spending time with Texas, exploring the area, taking a daily nap, avoiding people I want to smack.
Despite hating people, I may even venture out to check out a knitting meet up. They have it Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. It’s all freeway driving and during the shopping season, I drove it a few times at night with Texas for backup. I’m starting to feel more confident with the nighttime driving now that I’m doing it more.
Today, I’m going to stay out of the cold and see how long I can knit on “those socks” until the floppy gives out. What are you doing?
Happy Thursday y’all!
Change, it always happens, not just at the beginning of the year. Life is full of learning experiences. That is why I don’t do resolutions. Instead, I’m going to keep doing the following:
- Laugh more, cry less.
- Embrace possibility.
- Roll with it.
- Never stop looking for the wonderful.
- Forgive until it is no longer healthy to do so.
- Continue my healthy living journey.
May your 2014 be filled with enough, y’all!
*If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. ~Mother Teresa