Yarn of the Month

I love mail. A lot. Ok let me amend that slightly. I love mail that is fun. I really don’t like bills (seriously, who does?). So I got to thinking, what if YARN came in the mail!!? That would make my day. Once a month, a ball or two or yarn shows up at my doorstep and I can make something glorious with it, like a new cowl, or fingerless mitts, or that shawlette I have been ogling but need the yarn for. I’m not very adventurous with yarns. I tend to stick with what I know, so I think this would be a great way to get out of my comfort zone a bit. What about you? What kind of yarn would you like to get in the mail?If you are interested, check out our site:  http://yarnbomb.weebly.com

Ready to go home

I’ve been at my parents’ place now for over a week and I’m ready to go home. I love them but I miss my own bed and my own place. The air here is also a lot drier which I’m not used to so I feel kind of sick all the time.

Since I go back tomorrow, I have been thinking about what I need to do. Grocery shopping and cleaning is at the top of the list. I really want to cook and organize so I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas. I’m excited 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day

Let me just start off by saying that I love Christmas. I really do. I love everything about it. The food the lights the family the snow. It just makes me happy. It also makes me think about the new year which is quickly approaching. There are definitely a lot of things I want to work on this year. Here is my preliminary list:

  1. complete the sun run in 1:10 (or faster!)
  2. read 24 books (one per month)
  3. blog once per week
  4. cook more at home than I eat out
  5. make a blanket for charity and more scarves
  6. complete a baby blanket set for my new niece or nephew
  7. take a spin class
  8. take a yoga class

I feel like there’s more. This time of year really does make me think of others so I’m working on a blanket for a lady I know who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Knitting (and crocheting!) is cool!

I was talking to a girl at work last week about Christmas and I mentioned that I was knitting someone an afghan. She was shocked. She had no idea that I knit! I usually keep it a bit close to my chest. I love knitting and I love crocheting, and I have a bit of a yarn stash at home, but for some reason, it’s almost like I’m ashamed. I’m not, definitely not, but I guess there is just a bit of a stigma that goes along with knitting. Everyone assumes that only lil ole grannies knit and crochet.  So instead of dealing with the comments/questions/weird looks, I just avoid saying anything at all. I really have to get over that.  I never give people knitted/crocheted presents either because I worry that they would appreciate it and use it.  Some of my friends will, and I give them gifts, but others I just wouldn’t even consider it. I also rarely wear the stuff that I have made. I don’t know why. Actually I guess its the same as all the reasons why I don’t talk about it.

This girl at work is great. She was so excited and went to find her crochet hooks that have been in storage for who knows how long and is now really excited. The girl who sits beside me overheard and now we are going to have a knitting night! I am so excited. I have always wanted a knitting girls night. There is another girl at work that I used to meet up with sometimes but one of the girls we used to meet with moved away and we just kind of stopped doing it.  I hope to revive it as one of my goals for 2013. A monthly girls knitting night.

In short, knitting/crocheting is cool 🙂

Dinner tonight – Thai Green Curry with Tofu

I made dinner tonight! Yay me! My goal was to make something that didn’t require me to buy a lot of ingredients, and I think it was a success (somehow I still managed to spend 50 bucks at the grocery store…it happens, ok?). I made a Thai Green Curry using the Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce that I bought a few weeks ago at Trader Joe’s in Bellingham. I basically just cooked up some tofu and some frozen veg and udon noodles (see recipe that I kind of followed here: http://theaspiringrd.com/2011/11/14/the-fridge-diaries-volume-8-trader-joes-thai-green-curry-simmer-sauce/). It was a great easy recipe. Took longer to squeeze the water out of the tofu than anything else!I think next time I might make it with brown rice or some sort of rice. I wasn’t a huge fan of the noodles. But yay! I made dinner!

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Improvement

I have been thinking about this a lot lately and I would like to improve my blog.  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.  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.  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!