Thursday, January 13, 2011

Umemployment idea

Heard a story about unemployment awhile back on my local NPR (National Public Radio. Love them. And yes, I'm a bit of a geek at heart.*) station, and it got me to thinking about how we could possibly solve the problem. Being a knitter/crafty person, my mind turned to possibly teaching jobless persons how to knit, quilt, or something else just as crafty and in some cases, just as much of a dying art. We could then sell said finished items through a consignment system, and pay them for their time and materials, thus giving them an income until they could find other employment.
I know it doesn't sound like much, but this idea's been bobbing around the back of my head for awhile now, and I figured I'd at least throw it out there into the blogosphere, and see who bites.

UFO into FO, part Duex

Well, finished off Sam's birthday pressie at work. All that really remains is washing, wrapping, and mailing. Should be able to at least wash and wrap this weekend, and mail out sometime next week. That's one more overdue project down, thankfully.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

UFO into FO

Finished off the scarf I was making myself on Sunday, just in time to wear to work on Monday and today. Came in handy today thanks to the snow that's falling. And I've already cast on for one for a coworker since she said she loves the yarn color.

Monday, January 3, 2011

depression

Depression's been tugging at me more and more since Sam talked about how much it hurts her to have me bring up Dave in conversation. She also said that she and Shi can see that he's happier since we've mated, but still...

I know they weren't happy towards the end of their relationship, and considering how quickly he and I came together after they split, it probably seems like he was cheating on her with me. But he wasn't, that much I can vouch for.

We've had our share of ups and downs since we mated, but I know I love him. But all day Sunday... It felt like our bond was slipping away from both of us, and there ain't a damn thing we can do to stop it. And he wasn't in bed with me when I went to sleep, or when Sam woke me up by calling me... It feels like our bond's died down to the bare minimum, and it doesn't bode well to me...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Resolution update

Well... Some progress has been made on NY's resolutions 1 & 2. Number three is a work in progress. I've got a bit of a plan worked out where I'll give myself a cheat day on Saturdays, so I'm not freaking out completely over it, and start out slow.

Have some of the crud on the main part of the floor semi sorted out. Actually have a bagging system going on that. One (largish) bag for books, a (smaller) one for candles, a borough trash back for the obvious trash, and a plastic shopping bag for stuff that migrated to my room from my parents' room, and a hamper for my dirty laundry. So far today, didn't make much progress, mainly because I was more than a little tired from staying up til about 6:30ish am, IMing with Sam and getting woken up at about 10:30ish by my mom pestering me. Right now, my main focus is the main part of the floor (the area that isn't covered by my bed, chest of drawers, plastic chest of drawers, bedside table, bookcases, and antique sewing table). That way, when I pull the crud out from under those areas, it won't be as overwhelming. Well, the main area is, but that, I'm taking day by day. Little bit easier that way.

Did make some progress on one of the scarves I'm knitting. Got about 10 rows done while I was watching Sorcerer's Apprentice on DVD with Mom. So, that's a little towards that goal. Also, got all my UFOs sorted into one basket, finally.

That's about all I have to post about for now. Ciao for now.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy new year!

Well, it's January 1st, 2011. Made it through another year fairly intact.

Didn't make all that many resolutions for this upcoming year, just some stuff that will hopefully cut down on stress.

Here's what I plan on doing in the new year to accomplish that:
  1. Finish the knitting I have on the needles. As of last count I have the first socks of two pairs on the needles, both of them for myself. I'm hoping that I can hopefully get them finished by the end of the month. I also have a blanket/wrap bit I need to finish for a friend's birthday in early February. That... I'd better get my butt busting on... Also have the wrist warmers I started knitting for me and Mom. I have half finished for me, and about... three quarters left for mom. Also have two scarves on the needles... Lord, I need to get my UFOs turned into FOs!
  2. Clean and rearrange my room. This... Has actually been an ongoing battle since we moved in a few years ago. While my room may not make an episode of Hoarders, I still need to go through the crud and sort out what I need to throw away, donate/sell and keep. *sigh* Well, I do know my jewelry supplies, knitting supplies and stash are definite keepers, so that at least is a little less that I have to worry about, but I still need to get a containment system for them.
  3. Lose about fifty pounds. As it stands, I'm five foot two and last I checked, I weighed about 196 pounds. I'm going to try to lose the excess weight through eating healthier, eating smaller meals, and walking/biking where I need to go, when it's feasible. Walking or biking home from work isn't that feasible during the winter months, considering the fact I get off work at 11 at night during the school year, but I can still walk in. Fortunately, I'm on my feet for most of the eight hours I'm there, so that'll be calories burned by walking around there.
So, those are mine. Did you make yours? What are they?

Sam

Sam,

However long our days are, I'm sure we'll find a way to fill them with excitement every step of the way. And to be completely honest, I know I don't say I love you nearly enough, even when you're giving me a hard time. Especially then.

I love your wildness, your brashness, your bluntness and your honesty. I love you wold and weird. I don't care that you have a cursing problem, 'cause it only makes life more interesting. I'd sooner see you fight to the end than as some wimpy, preppy daddy's girl. I wouldn't ask you to sacrifice your honor or your pride, and I don't care how big your ego is, I'll still love you. I love when you're just hanging out with the guys and they completely forget you're the lone female in the room, and I love your sarcastic edge.

I want you to rock my world, Darlin'. I'll follow you wherever you want to lead. And
I think this old dog will surprise you with some of the shit that will turn him on.

Let the games begin, I've chosen my partner and it's you, Sam.

Mark