Category Archives: Life Stuff


I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life lately. Health, family, work, home — nothing seems to be going smoothly right now on a lot of different fronts, even multiple fronts in each of those categories. You might say I’m carrying a lot of stress around. I’m trying to take time for me–you know: read a book, watch some TV, knit for a while, work on a Sudoku puzzle–but a lot of the time I haven’t had the ability to concentrate on any of that because my mind is racing too much.

There are a couple of things that are helping, though. When I can’t get to sleep, sometimes a few levels of Angry Birds will distract me enough to get my mind off unpleasant stuff and in a place where sleep is easier.

But I can’t sleep my whole life away, you know? So thank goodness for baseball.

It doesn’t require all of my attention to enjoy it, but watching a good ballgame will suck me in long enough to put aside my problems and allow me to relax for a while. Well, right up until I get nervous when suddenly the other team has a bunch of guys on base. But that kind of nerves I can handle.

When I Grow Up

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the future lately. One reason surely is because of the death of one of my uncles earlier this month.  I wasn’t particularly close to him, but there was a time when his family and mine spent a lot of time together. Most of my extended family lives in northern Minnesota, but this uncle and his family lived in the Twin Cities for a significant amount of my childhood. I’m pretty sure those two cousins are the only ones I had personal nicknames for (I have no reason to think they’ll ever read this, but I won’t take the chance of embarrassing them by telling you those nicknames).

In any case, a death, especially one of someone relatively young (my uncle was 57, but had suffered from MS for about 20 years and his death wasn’t a complete shock), sometimes makes you think about your future. My uncle was diagnosed at about the age I am now (I’m really not sure when exactly, but I vaguely recall it was around the time I finished high school); what would I do if the same happened to me now?

And then there’s that thing where my 20-year high school reunion is coming up this summer. Part of me thinks it could be really fun to catch up with people. I haven’t kept in touch with anyone I graduated with, though I’ve reconnected with a few in recent years, which has been fun. But I’m also a little freaked out by having to admit how little I’ve done with my life. I don’t think marriage and/or kids are everything, but not only do I not have either of those, I also don’t have a wonderful career or some other thing I’m super passionate about either. As I wrote in an email to one of those friends from high school I reconnected with not so long ago:

How do I explain why it took me eight years to just get my bachelor’s, and 12 years after that, I’m just figuring out I really should go back and get a master’s? That I only got my own place less than two years ago? And no, never married, no kids… Yes, in fact, I am turning into the crazy cat lady spinster… Except I can’t possibly be doing that, because I haven’t actually figured out what I want to do when I grow up yet.

I’ve been thinking a lot about that last bit: what do I want to do when I grow up? There’s nothing wrong with my job. I like it well enough, and there’s no reason I couldn’t do it until it’s time to retire. But I’m not sure I want to, and more importantly, I feel like there’s something else I’m meant to do. Is the answer to go back to school and get a master’s in something? Is there some other dream I haven’t realized that I should pursue?

I hope I can figure it out soon.

Projects in Progress

I’m just worn out today after only really getting about five hours of sleep last night. I had to pretty much drag myself out of bed so I could let Barb in to work on my master closet while I finished the last little bit of prepping for my workshop. I actually did do some sanding in the closet before she arrived. She wasn’t here long, just doing the last stuff before my parents primed and painted this afternoon while I was gone for the workshop.

After the workshop I had one of those things happen that might be kind of an amusing story. I wanted to pick up Leeann Chin for my parents and myself for dinner, so the friend at whose house we had the workshop directed me to the nearest one. When I got there I had a fleeting thought about how another friend lived really close to there, but I had no idea if he even liked Leeann Chin, but wouldn’t it be funny if he was there? I figured it was pretty unlikely since it wasn’t even 5 PM at the time, and forgot all about it until I was picking up my bag and there he was next to me, waiting to make his purchase.

While I was gone, my parents got a lot of work done. The master closet might need another coat, at least where the holes were patched, but otherwise it’s done. Mom touched up the living room walls we painted over a week ago so they’re done before the sofas arrive tomorrow afternoon, plus did one of the smaller walls we hadn’t gotten to yet.

My project this evening, which I’m sort of doing in spurts while also trying to watch some TV and get some knitting done (I’m not anywhere close to where I need to be for NaKnitMo, plus I’d love to have my bath mat completed), is to clear out the clutter in the second bedroom so Mom and I can rearrange the furniture in it tomorrow morning so there’s room for the couch that’s now in the living room but will need to be in its real home before the sofas arrive. Most of it’s going into the master bedroom rather than the second bedroom closet because I’m hoping to paint that closet soon before putting stuff like my yarn and paper crafting supplies in it. Of course I’d also like to get that bedroom painted in the nearish future, but I need to decide on a color.

For the time being, the cats’ litter box has been in the second bedroom closet, but I’m not at all sure I like it there. I just can’t for the life of me come up with somewhere better. The best other option I’ve come up with so far is to see if I could put in a different kind of door (it’s currently a door that folds out, so it’s in the way when open) on the bathroom closet so it could be open just wide enough for them to get in, since its footprint is plenty big for the box, and there’s plenty of height before the shelves start. But do I want it in the same place as my towels?

Catching Up

I knew it had been a while since I posted here, but I had no idea it had been nearly so long. Sheesh. I do have a blog elsewhere that I’ve been using more for my adventures in knitting, but there’s just no way I can keep up with two blogs, so I’ll have to decide what to do about that.

In my last post, I mentioned that I had started knitting recently. It’s been about 10 months now, and I’m still loving it. As of today, I’ve completed 19 projects. I currently have four works in progress (WIPs), two of which are very close to being done, and four unfinished objects (UFOs). Naturally I have a bunch of projects that I want to start soon too, but I’m only planning on a couple of them in the immediate near future. One is a gift for a friend, the other something I’d like to have as sort of a housewarming gift for myself if I actually buy a home this fall (a little more on that below).

I don’t yet have photos uploaded to Flickr for everything, but here a few of my favorites.


I knitted this for a scarf exchange through Facebook, and it uses a fingering-weight yarn. I started knitting it only about six weeks after I started knitting, and loved how it turned out. I loved the colors too, but have the same yarn in a different colorway in my stash ready to knit a second one I can keep.


I’m knitting a bunch of these this year as gifts, but this is the first one, which I made for an exchange on Ravelry. I can probably knit this in a couple of days pretty easily, but when the kitchen cotton ends up doubled at the top, I have to take breaks from it.


This is actually the very first part of a wrap, which I knit in February. The wrap is sort of a sampler of different techniques (these are mitered squares), without about 19 more parts if I remember correctly, plus a crocheted border (it’s been quite a number of years since I did any crochet), so it’ll be a fun learning experience. Other things keep coming up, but I hope to get back to this wrap this fall.

I actually have a couple of things going on in the rest of my life, which is usually not the case. Last week I started actually going to see homes (townhouses and condos) I might be interested in buying, rather than just looking at them online. I’m going to see one or two more this evening that are more in the area I’d prefer, and one is ridiculously close to the yarn shop I hang out at a bit. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing — less mileage for getting there (and if I got it back in condition, I could probably bike there), but so, so close for making purchases. But then again, when I have a mortgage, I’m going to really need to outline a knitting budget and stick to it. It’s not like I don’t have enough yarn for probably at least 20 projects already!

A week from tomorrow I’m heading out to upstate New York to visit my friend Jessica for about 10 days. We’re still working on an itinerary, but our plans include going up to Rochester to see a Red Wings game (probably on Sunday the 30th), spending a day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, heading to Saratoga Springs for a day to sightsee and check out the horse racing; seeing the new Harry Potter movie (I’ve seen it, but certainly don’t mind seeing it again with Jessica, who has not yet), and taking an afternoon or two to check out the yarn shops around her area. Of course I’ll also be seeing at least one performance at the Glimmerglass Opera, which is where Jessica works, probably La Traviata on the 25th.


Thanks to Dawn for mentioning the diet soda popsicles — I finally tried a couple, and they’re fabulous. Except no jokes on mine; maybe next time. I don’t usually go for popsicles of any type — I think it has more to do with having senstive teeth than anything, but thanks to sensitive-teeth toothpaste they don’t bother me as much — but I’m glad I sought these out. Not that it was difficult; I only had to look at Super Target.

Also at Super Target, my favorite everyday ice cream is back: Archer Farms Peanut Butter Fudge. I’m not sure why it was gone (my best guess is that it has been downsized, like I’ve been reading about lots of products lately), but it’s just as peanut buttery as ever, and I think the ice cream is actually being back to being more fudgey and less just chocolatey.

In other news, the 2008 Stampin’ Up Convention — 20th anniversary! — is a mere month away. I really need to figure out what I’m doing for swaps.

Happy New Year!

I survived the holidays, managed to finally see my grandma and a few other extended family members this past Sunday afternoon, was able to attend a party on Sunday evening and see a few friends (and a couple of their babies, who are adorable), and didn’t have the worst New Year’s ever.

Okay, so I was essentially home alone (at least I was the only one awake), and I should have cracked one of the several bottles of champagne I have from a New Year’s party that didn’t happen a few years ago (is that champagne even going to be good anymore? It has been refrigerated the whole time, so maybe?) — it would have at least helped me get to sleep earlier than 6 AM — but I ended up playing a bit on my Nintendo DS and then reading until the very wee hours.

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, but I do have a general goal just to seek more balance in my life. I hardly did any cross stitch last year, and absolutely no crochet at all. Certainly I made some cards, but I haven’t gotten photos of any of them posted to my Flickr album. I read more books than I have since I started keeping track of that in 2000, but did my sleep suffer? Did I try to watch too many TV shows? I went to see or watched on DVD very few movies, wasting quite a bit of good money on my Netflix subscription; what’s up with that?

More than anything, I need to fit in some exercise. If it’s reasonably priced, I think the Wii Fit has some potential to make exercise fun (and it seems to focus some on core work, which I should be doing more of for my back). I also need to finish clearing some space in my basement area to both create a space where I can have some peace and quiet to read and to have floor space so I can try out the Leslie Sansone walk at home DVDs I’ve purchased. I was supposed to sign up for a water aerobics class with a couple friends, but didn’t because I wasn’t sure how the evening schedule at work was going to go for the winter; tomorrow I need to call one of those friends and confirm which class it was they signed up for and see if I can make it after all, since I think it’s supposed to start perhaps as soon as next week.

So, happy new year, all! I hope 2008 is a great year for all.

Torture Averted

Turns out the weather up north is such that it’s really not a good idea to go up because we might get stuck there for a bit, and that won’t work, so we stayed home. We’re hoping another day, probably next weekend since both mom and I have to work Wednesday through Friday, will be better and we can just pop up for a day to see my grandma and whoever else we can.

I called the friend who invited me for dinner to let her know I can make it after all, if that’s okay. It is, so at least I’ll now be able to do that. This is with the two friends who I actually do exchange gifts with, so that’ll be fun. However, since I didn’t think I’d be there, I decided to put off buying gifts until next week…oops.

So I’m off in a little bit to go wrangle up some gifts. I really didn’t want to have to shop today of all days, but I prefer it to where I could be this afternoon, sadly.