Improvement

I have been thinking about this a lot lately and I would like to improve my blog.ย  I see a lot of blogs out there that are just awesome. I think maybe because mine doesn’t have a theme and it’s just my rambling that it might be a bit disjointed.ย  I’ve thought about a few potential themes:

1. Cooking – I love to cook. I don’t cook a lot but I should. “Working Girl Trying to Feed Herself” has a certain ring to it, don’t you think? Maybe not.

2. Knitting/Crocheting/Yarn in General – I love to knit/crochet/yarn in general but I don’t make my own patterns and I don’t finish anything. Ok rarely finish anything. I’m easily sidetracked. This idea has potential.

3. Reading/Books – I am an avid reader. I considered blogging about books and almost doing a book report on each book that I read.ย  I started doing this in my other blog. I had a goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. I gave up pretty fast. I have been reading but I am not very good at keeping track of my goal.

4. Bucket List – it seems like bucket lists are the newest (maybe not new) craze. I have a bucket list of sorts. I could expand on it.

So those are basically my ideas. I haven’t decided if I really want to go ahead with any of them. Or which one. Those are just thinks I think I could talk about. I think I will ponder some more.

I also want to redesign my blog. Time to pick a new template!

Lunch

I can’t stop reading “gone girl”. I think about it all day and all I want to do is read. Alas I must work.

I started a blanket for my brothers girlfriend last time. I also frogged it. I bought some really nice chunky yarn an size 19 needles. Huge! The needles made it too many holes. So I’m going to try again with smaller ones. Wish me luck!

Absent

Apparently I don’t write in my blogs enough. Who knew? I’ve been trying for years but nothing.

My new brilliant idea is to open a yarn store. I don’t know what it entails but honestly it sounds awesome. I think short term I might try to get a job working at one. Or maybe not. I don’t know. It’s just an idea.

I also started reading “gone girl”. It’s awesome. Read it.

First day back from vacation and oh what a day!

I just got back from a five day long weekend and it definitely feels like Monday! Today was probably the longest day that I’ve had in a long time. I got very little sleep last night thanks to the seagulls waking me up at 4 AM and 4:30 AM and 5 AM and then work was just long. The good news is that after work today, I went for a run. I went to 3.55 km, which is awesome! It is probably the first time I’ve run since the last time I blogged about running.

My vacation was great. I went to visit my grandparents. I haven’t seen them in a while. I also went to my friends bachelorette party, which was a lot of fun. It was the first bachelorette party that I’ve ever been to. I hope she had a good time ๐Ÿ™‚

I also went for a 7 km walk with another friend and her dog around the lake. The weather was gorgeous but I was exhausted when it was over! I saw a friend for lunch that I worked with a few years ago that I haven’t seen in probably six months. It was so good to see her. She is my favorite person. She is in her 60s and feels like family. She is that awesome fun aunt that I always wished that I had. I do have an aunt but I am just not close to her at all.

In knitting/crocheting news, I started a baby blanket while on vacation. I am making log cabin crocheted baby blanket out of these gorgeous colors that I found at Walmart. My knitted concentric squares baby blanket is, well, at the same place it was before. I started a scarf last night. I am trying to make as many as possible inย  September and October to give to charity around Christmas time. I also bought some alpaca yarn in a really pretty purple and I cannot wait to start using it! I have a cowl all picked out but I need to finish the concentric baby blanket to retrieve my circular needles…

Lazy Sunday

Today has been a good day. I spent a lot of time waiting for my boyfriend to show up (which he didn’t). During that time I knitted and crocheted. I made some progress on my shawl and I made a plastic bag holder for my kitchen.

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Looks kind of lumpy but it works ๐Ÿ™‚ the lumps are because I didn’t cram the bags in evenly.

Productive

Today I think I have been quite productive. I frogged two projects (a scarf and an iPhone case) and I started and completed two baby hats. I also started a baby blanket with the frogged scarf.

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And I’ve also been updating my ravelry page ๐Ÿ™‚

Finished

Good evening!
I just finished my Irish Hiking fingerless mittens. I’m quite happy with them actually. A little big but that’s ok.

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Yesterday, I made a cute little baby hat in about an hour. Absolutely the most adorable thing ever and my new go to baby pattern.

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Next I am going to make another Purl Ridge cowl and then try to finish something.
Right now, I’m reading this book called “Wild” about a girl who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. So I’m off to go read.

Good night!

Running again

Hello all

I did it. I went for a run. I have been trying to get back into it for awhile. Ok. By that I mean I have been thinking about it. I don’t know how much you know about me and running or exercise in general so I will explain. Basically, all my life I have been casually active. By this I basically mean once per year. Periodically, I will get it in my head that I want/need to be more active/healthy and will start running or join a gym or go to a fitness class. This rarely lasts longer than a month. I spend a lot of money on fitness. Like the gym pass I has for two years at $45 per month. That I used 10 times. Max. Or the wii fit which lasted….yep about a month. The personal training. That was two months :). Anyways you get the point. Running was different this time around. I decided that I wanted to do the Vancouver Sun Run so I signed up for the training with my boyfriend and ran religiously twice a week, more often three times a week, for 4 months! Even after that I was running at least twice a week with a group. I did another 8 km race. Then ran for a few more weeks. Then got sick. Getting sick completely threw me. It wasn’t anything serious, just a cold/flu but it threw off my routine. Basically since June I have been “trying” to get back to running. So that’s my story. Today I went for a run for the first time in 5 weeks. I went for 25 minutes, 3km, and to be honest, it felt good. My goal is to go again on Wednesday. I’m not ready to rejoin my running group, even though my boyfriend is, because I’m ashamed. I’m so slow. I was always slow and I think that’s what made it so easy to stop running. Don’t get me wrong, they are awesome people and never not once did they make me feel bad about being slow. No one gets left behind. They always made sure to loop and pick me up. I just didn’t enjoy it because I knew I was so much slower. So my plan is to run at least two times per week on my own and get faster. Today is the first step and I wanted to share it.

Happy Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

Cooking For One

I’m just going to come out and say it. Cooking for one sucks.ย  And there are a few reasons:

  1. Almost all recipes are for 4 servings.ย  Some of them say they are 4 servings, but they lie, and are actually 6-8 servings for real people. I suppose this might not be horrible if you REALLY like leftovers, but honestly, it’s just too much.
  2. Most recipes take longer than 15 minutes to make. Therefore, you are spending more time cooking than you are eating.
  3. It’s cheaper to buy in bulk. So, either I buy the more expensive smaller amounts or I have enough chicken to last me for the next year. If, of course, it does not get all freezer burnt and gross by then. And let’s not even talk about fresh produce.

As you can probably tell, I hate cooking for myself. I really enjoy cooking but after working all day, it’s simply easier to get take out. That being said,take out is probably way more expensive and definitely less healthy.ย  My goal right now is to find recipes that I can make for myself, that don’t have me spending hours and hours in the kitchen for a 10 minute meal, and are fairly healthy.ย  This is going to be interesting.ย  Right now, I am eating out at least 3-4 times per week. The other days are leftovers of some sort or soup.ย  I am searching Pinterest for crock pot meals and meals for one. Any ideas are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to try to share the ones I have found that I think are keepers. Wish me luck!

Progress

Today I made progress on my Radiating Stars baby blanket. I really do love it. I want to finish it for Ravelympics which started yesterday. I’m also going to a potluck and I made a huge batch of macaroni salad. As I look at it I realize that I probably made way too much. Oh well. It tastes good!