Monday, September 26, 2011

It's not knitting...

...but it's yummy crafting goodness!!

The holidays are coming, and what better way to celebrate than pick out a couple of projects it will take a miracle to get done on time.  To make matters worse, they are projects for Sebastian, so I can only work on them when he is at school or when he is in bed.  Kind of a bummer with work mixed in there.  The squares are for a rag quilt I'm making him, related to his favorite video game, Minecraft.    Now that the squares are cut, I'm going to start piecing it together this week, with a goal to sew it the next week, fringe it the week after.  THEN, I'll start the other Minecraft project I have in mind for him.

The bad thing about this is that my own sewing machine is in need of a service.  It must have known what I was going to put it through.  I'm very sad.  I'm even more sad about the cost to have it serviced by an authorized Bernina dealer.  Unbelievable.  And also not in the budget right now with the holidays coming up.

The good thing is that I have my mom's trusty machine.  Her machine is also a Bernina, as old as I am, and a real workhorse.  I talk to it gently and pet it so it doesn't croak on me, hah.

That being said, I have also been knitting.  I have a sock going, (I always have a sock on the needles, it seems) and I've been knitting up dishcloths like they're going out of style.  The thing I like about a sock or a dishcloth is that I can knit on them between calls when I'm working without much worry about making a mistake in the pattern.  I'm working to make matched sets for the holidays, and if I have time I'd like to make some coordinating scrubbies to go with them.  There I go again though, putting a lot on my plate.

Today was the first day that almost felt like fall...but only just a little bit.  It seems like summer came around late for us.  Yesterday was such a hot and humid day, we were miserable.  Today though, was cooler, and really windy.  Perhaps a sign that fall is really on its way.  It really feels like summer was only here a couple weeks.  I'm already missing the trips to the park, the lake and the beach we took over the summer, and I'm really looking forward to summer already!

Sebastian is already in his routine for school and seems to be really enjoying his classes, which is really important.  He enjoys going to school every day, which makes a big difference!

Take care, everyone!!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Ugh. I suck.

Well, I TOTALLY intended to do a better job of posting on a regular basis.  As you can probably see, I've been an epic failure at following through.  It always seems that just when things slow down a bit in life and I think I'm going to have spare time to post here, something changes.

It's really just been kind of a crazy year.  I finished my BSHS in April, and did my graduation ceremony in June which was kind of cool because I didn't participate in the ceremony when I finished my associates.  It was a pretty cool experience, but kind of surreal, too.

In June, I also started a new job taking calls for a big gaming company handling their customer support.  The best part about it is that I can work virtually, so I'm not required to actually be in a physical office.  This is great for me...I'm never too far from the kids but I'm still having the opportunity to experience the satisfaction that comes from the job and converse with real grown-up people.  Most everyone I've worked with so far has been great, too.

Summer is pretty much over, now.  You wouldn't know it really by the weather we've had this weekend though!  Summer came late, around here.  We've made the most of the nice weather on days I haven't worked, though.  We've been to the Mukilteo Beach a couple times, we've been to Silver Lake as well.  We also spent a good deal of time at the Imagine Children's Museum in Everett and Forest park, too.  We hit the fair in Monroe last week, which is Sebastian's favorite part of summer.

Sebastian is starting 7th grade this year.  I feel really old!  He's already taller than I am by quite a bit, and still growing.  He's super excited because he has the same math teacher he had last year, and the extra math class he took last year paid off so his schedule allows him to take electives which will be really fun for him, I think.

Despite chaos, I have been knitting, a bit.  Nothing too involved right now...I just need things I can knit, put down easily for a bit of time, and then pick back up without wondering where I was or what I was doing.  After school starts and the new routine begins, I hope to jump into something a little more challenging.  When I was at the fair last week, I met a gal who was demonstrating a tatting project and now I'm really wanting to try it out, it looks fun and the finished product is beautiful!  Because you know, I just need ONE more crafting hobby to pick

With any luck, I'll be posting pictures of current projects soon!

Hope everyone's classes/ new school year gets off to a great start!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

First post of the year!

I really did intend on posting long before now, I swear! But hey, it's STILL January, right?

We survived the holidays. The kids had a great time and Santa was good to everyone. I was really relieved to get rid of the tree and take the decorations down though. After a while, it all just sort of drives me crazy.

Unfortunately, when school started back up after the holiday break, I found myself in my last required math class. I have somewhat of a hard time in algebra so it's taking a big time investment to make sure I keep my head above water grade-wise. Two more weeks of this class. After this class, I'll have two more classes to complete and then I'll be done.

I'm going to start applying for scholarships. I'd really like to continue on and get my MBA but I already have a monstrous student loan debt that I have to pay back. Adding to that is just not something I can do. However, I am a good student with a 3.9 GPA, and I'm hoping that will help me gain a scholarship that will allow me to finish what I set out to do.

I've also been working on reorganizing things around the house to try to restore order to what has slowly turned into chaos. I've gotten rid of a lot of things I don't use anymore, given away a lot of clothes I don't wear etc and slowly it's beginning to pay off. Hopefully more organization will lead to a more productive year! It's already allowed me to set up an area for sewing. I can't wait to get back into sewing...I've not had a chance to sew since before we moved from New Jersey.

There are only 335 days until Christmas. I know. You probably went back and read that twice, convinced that I'm losing my mind, right? But in reality, this means that it's time to start thinking about things to knit for gifts. I really didn't make time last year to knit. School kept me busy, Clara kept me running, and I'll admit that sometimes when I sit down to knit or read, I feel guilty, like I should be doing something else. This year I'm going to make a point to knit more. I enjoy it, it relaxes me, and I love to see the end result of the time and work I put into something. I think though, I'm going to start out by focusing on some of the unfinished projects I have sitting around, and decide to either finish them or frog them, before moving on to something new. I'm not sure why, but running across some of these projects has kind of brought back the original motivation I felt when I started them. I'm just hoping that I'll be able to pick them up and figure out where I was without much confusion.

I hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start. I'm off to cuddle my daughter, who is a bit under the weather due to a fever! Bleh!