Let Me Just Humblebrag For a Moment Here

I’m not usually one to be all giddy bubbly happy, but can I just say that this week has been fantastic?

Photo by Happyologist

It’s just been wonderful in every sense of the word; personally, I’ve found motivation and inspiration in my workout and eating routines (until this week, I never understood how some people could possibly want to exercise), at work I finally got some time to clean out my task list almost completely, relationally I’ve gotten to send lots of time with The Geek and hang out with a few friends without feeling totally overwhelmed. Just in general, I feel fucking fantastic.

Is that braggy? Probably. But it’s not because I’m perfect, it just seems that all the facets of my life have aligned perfectly this week to cause a spike in my personal fulfillment. I’m sure it will be back to normal next week.

Until then, I’ll be over here knitting furiously away at my lace shawl and watching Babylon 5 (I’m planning on writing a post on it later, which helps me rationalize the obscene rate at which I’ve been blowing through it; “it’s research for my blog!”)

Research into what, goofy hair styles? It was the 90s ok, we all did some embarrassing things.

Happy weekend my friends. If your week was shit, next week is a new start. If it was great, well… sorry, you’ve really got nowhere to go but down. *shrug*

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Socks, and Blankets, and Shawls, Oh My!

I’m pleased to tell you that my pair of froot loop socks is finally done! A little later than my spring break due date, but I’ll still take it!

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I love these socks so much. I was very disappointed when the first pair I made in this pattern ripped irreparably, so I’ll be making sure to take good care of these bad boys.

I really want to try out working with lace to give myself a challenge, and the first thing that comes to mind when I think of lace is making a shawl. Despite how much I love dresses, I’m mostly a t-shirt and jeans sort of girl. I’d hate to put that many hours into making something and then have it collect dust in my closet.

I even tried to convince The Geek’s mom to let me make her one – seriously, I don’t care if I’m not making it for me, I just want to make a lace shawl because

they

are

abso-friggin…

-LUTELY

GORGEOUS.

I may need to make that last one, usability be damned, because it’s just too beautiful.

For the time being, however, I’m taking a break from tiny needles and complex patterns to make a simple knit 2 purl 2 ribbed blanket.

It’s cozy and warm and…

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… admittedly getting a little big for me to cart around. Looks like this may be an at home only project for now.

Spring Break, Baby!

Despite the header image (I just used that to pull your eyeballs, muahahahaha), even in college I was never one to go out and party during break. No, no, I had papers to write and exams to study for. It’s indisputably cruel to make projects due just after break but all of my professors did it, as if malignantly denying me one damn week off.

I’d make a giant to do list of everything I’d need to do for all of my classes (and all the reading I’d need to catch up on because I completed the bare minimum required of me) and then promptly veg out into my computer for a week.

But here is where I get some payback. Three times a year, the company I work for has a week long vacation – it’s even paid for people at my level and higher! If I was one level lower, I’d still need to work a second job to make ends meet. If I had a degree, I’d be a salaried employee and thus work during the week would be not technically required but also pretty much necessary.

I have finally hit the spring break sweet spot – I’m staring down ten days of pure, uninterrupted vacation. It’s about damn time!
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Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts

Last week, we talked about why it’s worth trying to make Christmas easier and less stressful, and I loved hearing examples in the comments of how you’ve gotten your holiday to run smoother.

This week, let’s talk about some of the nitty gritty: presents. Like I said last week, this isn’t about going cold turkey and not giving anything or celebrating, but about finding a balance that works within time and budget restrictions, so you can have the best holiday (however you define “best”).

Here are a few of my favorite inexpensive things to give, and I’d love to hear more ideas from you in the comments!
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