Friday, February 05, 2016

Five on Friday

Welcome to February! The days seem to be getting longer which is always a plus. Unfortunately this month comes with a lot of negative memories so it is my least favorite of the year. Here is what is happening around here this week.

1) There is some work drama going on. When you work in a call center you cannot be away from your desk for 10 minutes every 60-90 minutes minutes. Of course this person is friends with our boss so it is a difficult issue to bring up.

2) Since there was so much drama I decided to take a mental health day on Wednesday. I really needed it and it did help with my outlook.

3) I am dealing with what many of us do – not enough time. I have way to much that I need and want to do and I am struggling with the balance of everything.

4) It is Superbowl weekend which always  makes me a bit sad. I miss the game during the off season.

5) I have been feeling like I am fighting something off the last week and that is not helping my mental outlook. Or my lack of time issue since I want to sleep so much. I hope this feeling goes away soon.

Here are some pictures for the week.

I did it! I got him to put down the IPad and play with his cars.

 Progress on my barley hat for charity

My bumpy road shawl blocking

Clark's Native American doll for cultural heritage month at school

B is for my buddy at bed time

Enjoying lunch with a loved one at school

Preemie hat #3 for 2016

D is for dreary skies

E is for earworm

Friday, January 29, 2016

Five on Friday

Here we are the last Friday of January. I know I say it all the time but I cannot believe how fast the time has gone by. Here is what is going on around here.

1) I signed Clark up for an after school basketball program. By his reaction you would think I told him that he would never be able to play on his IPad again.

2) I have been thinking lately that my anti-social tenancies are really starting to rub off on him.

3) I think we both need to put ourselves out there more. I may need to add that to my 2016 goals.

4) My knitting mojo is sticking around but now my reading is slipping.

5) This darn working for a living thing sure is interfering with my free time.

Here are some pictures for the week.

I love starting a new book

 I am finished with the first section of my color affection and am ready to move onto the first stripe section

After almost 18 months I finished my first knitting design

Waiting for the family concert at the library to start

Preemie hat #2 of 2016 done

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: The Community Edition

Our topic for this week is 10 Interesting Things About Your Community. Carole left it up to us to determine what community is so I am going to talk about the great state of Michigan.

1) We are home to 2 major Big 10 universities - the University of Michigan and my alma mater Michigan State University.

2) We are the only place where Canada is south of America - Windsor, Ontario is south of Detroit.

3) We are ranked 1st in the number of boat registrations in the US.

4) Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States. 

5) Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture. 

6) The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, it spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The Mighty Mac took 3 years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.

7) The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam. 

8) Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska. 

9) Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. 

10) Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Five on Friday

Here we are at the end of another week. We are now halfway through my 2nd least favorite month of January and I am happy. Of course once January is over we move onto my least favorite month of February. Here is what is on my mind this week.

1) Last Friday I decided that we should have a living room camp out so Clark could use the Spider-man sleeping bag he got for Christmas. Sleeping on the floor killed my back and I have realized that I am not as young as I used to be.

2) Monday was Martin Luther King day in the US so Clark did not have school. I took a “vacation” day (I ended up working about 5 hours) and stayed home with him. We went to lunch at McDonald’s and ended up having a nice long weekend.

3) I am once again feeling like I am behind on everything – house work, TV shows, podcasts, etc. I am trying to remind myself that it really does not matter in the grand scheme of things but it does not always work.

4) I am so happy that my knitting mojo is back. I think signing up for Winter Camp really kicked it up. While KALs usually do not encourage me this one does since we earn points as a team and I do not want to be the teams weak link.

5) After the hitting incident a couple of weeks ago Clark has receive 4 Haw Hoorays in the last 2 weeks. This is a little certificate the kids get when they are seen as practicing the school’s four mantras of Be Ready, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. He is so proud of himself and it is so nice to see.

Here are some pictures for the week.

Little man and his new hat

 Preemie hat #1 finished

The start of my birth stone Color Affection shawl

My little man always makes me happy

An empty homework folder is a welcome sight to start the weekend

Friday, January 15, 2016

Five on Friday

Another week has come and gone and it is time for another Five on Friday post. Here is what I am thinking about this week:

1) Work has been very busy since it is the start of the semester.

2) The cold weather has returned. I guess I cannot complain to much since it has been unseasonable warm until now and it is not nearly as bad as last year.

3) Every pair of hand knit socks I have need darning. I know what I will be doing this weekend.

4) I swear that the edging on the hat I am knitting for Clark is taking longer to knit that the actual hat did.

5) Clark does not have school on Monday so it i a long weekend for me and I am looking forward to it.

Here are some pictures for you.

Progress on Clark's Spider-man hat

Clark trying to fold laundry made me smile


Squishy handspun I won from the Kitchen Stitches podcast

Friday, January 08, 2016

Five on Friday

Here we are with the first Five on Friday of 2016.  I hope you all have recovered from your holiday hangover and have had a happy and productive first week of the new year. My week has gone fairly well but I am glad to see the weekend. Here is what is going on.

1) Clark was not happy to go back to school after 2 weeks off. However, he woke up and got ready pretty easily during the week.

2) We had an issue on Wednesday where he hit another boy in his class. I thought we were over this but it appears not. He has a hard time dealing with his frustration and anger and I am not sure how to help him. What also worries me is that he hid this from my husband when he picked him up and did not confess until I got home several hours later.

3) I went back to knit group on Wednesday which was really nice. I am trying to come out of my turtle shell a little bit. The last few months have been difficult due to some family drama so my anxiety and depression have been rearing their ugly head. This is on top of the normal problems I have at this time of year. I know that getting out is good for me so I just need to suck it up and do it.

4) I am wanting to cast on all the things. I am participating in the Winter Camp KAL with the Canadian Knitter podcast. I joined hoping that it would help me get my knitting mojo back and it seems to have worked. I actually have a spreadsheet of projects that I want to complete and the points they will earn me and it does my nerdy little heart good.

5) One week in and I am doing ok with my attempt to be healthier. I worked out 2 days which is less than my desired 3 but still better than nothing. I am also tracking all of my food through My Fitness Pal – even things like the ice cream I had from Cold Stone on Sunday.  Before if I thought I was going to go over my calorie goal for the day I would not enter the food but I think the accountability will help me moving forward. 

Here are some pictures from the week:

It was almost 10pm on New Years Eve. I was in the kitchen and noticed it got very quiet in the living room.

Our annual NYE appetizers and a hat for Clark cast on

 A friendly New Years Day game of Uno

Out with my favorite lunch date

Progress on Clark's hat

I like that there is now some light when I leave work at 5pm

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: The New Year Edition

The topic for this week is 5 things you want to do less in the new year and 5 things you want to do more. Even though I have already entered my goals for the year I still want to play along.

To do more:

1) Be happy
2) Spend time with my husband and son
3) Let things go
4) Watch more TV so I can catch up on the DVR (I am currently watching shows from the beginning of November)
5) Do the things I love – knit, read, craft, etc.

To do less:

1) Worry
2) Compare myself to others
3) Waste money on little things like pop at work or McDonald’s for breakfast
4) Allowing other people’s emotions and problems become mine
5) Did I mention worry?