Monday, December 2, 2013

Time Warp. . .

It's astounding . . . Time is fleeting . . . Madness takes its toll . . .

I know I say this a lot, but I'm really finding that the older I get the more time seems to compress for me.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about that - however, I know how I feel about the alternative, so I just keep moving forward  ;-D

Am heading back into the regular world after a really nice four-day weekend over the Thanksgiving holiday.  I went downtown to catch up with a friend on Saturday - we went to see Straight No Chaser and then had dinner at McCormick & Schmick's.  Straight No Chaser was amazing, although I didn't care for the girl who was their opening act, and McCormick & Schmick's is a really easy place for an ovo-pescetarian to be able to eat.  Yay!

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent.  I went to church.  I haven't been in quite awhile.  People used to give me a hard time about just going to church rather than singing in the choir, and so I avoided going for quite some time.  But also, I found that I often just really have needed to have Sunday to get ready for the week to come.  But I want to go during Advent - particularly as I am in this place of transition.  It was good.

Yesterday I updated my destash on Ravelry and sold a bunch of Wollmeise pretty quickly.  Got it all packaged up and am hauling a big bag of packages downtown with me today to get it all in the mail.  I did treat myself to the 2014 Rockin' Sock Club, so there will be yarn coming in next year - and I also got a sweater's worth of Wollmeise DK weight - I'm praying that I don't find it as splitty as the sock yarn . . . But other than these two purchases, I think I'm done again buying yarn/fiber for a really long while.  The yarn I got in Scotland arrived a few weeks ago (still in the package - I need to photo it and put it away), but that's really it here. I'm going to try "A Year with My Yarn" again in 2014.  I didn't do so well last time, but I'm going to see how it goes - I do believe that it's completely possible to not buy any yarn or fiber in 2014.

The other thing I treated myself to (my Christmas present  :-)  ), was a new treadmill.  Yes!  A Sole F85 is on its way to me now, and if all goes well, it will be ensconced down in the basement before Christmas.  I really, really miss having a treadmill and am really, really looking forward to having one again.  It's harder to get smaller - harder even to maintain - without it.

The destash of my home here continues, because the other thing I did yesterday was begin to gather up all the old electronics in this house that I don't use any longer.  My cousin's husband knows a place that will take all this stuff - they either repurpose it for folks with cerebral palsy, or if they cannot use it, they will recycle it properly.  So - three old cell phones and two old PDAs later, everything that I can delete has been deleted and I have a small bag of that stuff complete in some cases with software and cables  :-) 

Next up I have two old laptops - one of which is my old DOS dinosaur that I took with me on "The Summer O' Fun" in 1997 when I drove all of old Route 66.  I'm going to fire it up tonight and pull off whatever is left on it  :-D  My other laptop is much more recent and I will be able to grab stuff from it onto a thumb drive.  Then there are two old computers in the garage that have been sitting around - everything that could be removed is already off of both of them.

I did look into recycling all the old paint and old fluorescent tubes/lights and batteries.  the places I've found so far want money to do that - but I'm supposed to check at the hardware store as they at one time had a thing going with ComEd where they would take the CFs and tubes.  I'll do that sometime this week.

I did manage to finish up a pair of socks over the weekend:
Patty Socks 1

Just some plain vanilla's.  The yarn is Happy Hands Toe Jamz.  It's 75/25 Merino/Nylon, but not superwash.  Still, very festive!  These are for a friend of mine in Colorado who suffered a closed-head/traumatic brain injury when she fell from her horse.  She has a long road to recovery and I thought they might help keep her feet warm on the journey.

There are a lot of knitting projects just waiting for my attention . . . again, I am in the position of casting on more than I finish  ;-)  I'll be remedying that in the weeks to come.  At least that's the plan.

The house is decorated for Christmas - as much as it's going to be.  I didn't do much this year, but it's enough - and more importantly, it's all I really felt able to do this year.  It's enough to raise my spirits, but not so much that I have to dread mid-January when I'll have to put it all away!

Onward  :-)

p.s. Oh, and you're welcome for that earworm - I would have included the video for you, but You Tube and Blogger were not playing nice this morning  :-D


Michelle said...

LOVE Straight No Chaser; would go see them again in a heartbeat! Great socks, too. Glad you got another treadmill; Happy December!

A :-) said...

Thanks, Michelle! I'm VERY excited about my new treadmill and I'm pretty much hopping from foot to foot waiting for it to arrive!