Monday, May 26, 2008

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. (Albert Einstein)

I couldn't resist showing off my latest projects. The bag is a Booga Bag, and I think it's adorable. This bag is still a little smaller than what I need (it holds everything except my knitting), but I like it. It's a simple design, but the colors in the Noro Kureyon yarn are incredible. I have a feeling that it's going to become one of my favorite bags.

I had an extra skein of the Noro, so I made myself a felted Purse organizer. It's entirely my pattern, and I'm really proud of myself. I think it would be better if it were a little larger, but I used every bit of the skein in making this one. Next time I'll buy two skeins and double the number of rows.

5/28/08 - I've edited this post to eliminate the word "Pal" from my description of the purse organizer I knit. I had a very sweet and generous comment (which you can read below) explaining that I had accidentally used a copyrighted term. What can I say, other than I'm sorry -- it was just that it sounded like a really great name. But as it turns out, it's already being used for a really great product. Be sure to go over to Willa's site and take a look at them. (Best of all, she's local to me.) And Willa, thank you for being so nice about this.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. (Elbert Hubbard)

I can make it through today. I just have to keep repeating: "Just do it for the paycheck. Just do it for the paycheck."

Of course, it would probably be best if I repeated it silently...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I don't answer the phone. I get the feeling whenever I do that there will be smeone on the other end. (Fred Couples)

I did not have a good day at work today. And on top of that, I'm really not feeling well. So I did the only sensible thing I could think of -- I cast on a new project.

This is going to be a Booga Bag, made of Noro Kureyon. I absolutely love Noro for the colors. The bag itself is a little smaller than what I want, especially after I felt it, but I think it's going to be a great anyway. And it's a really quick knit, so it's just what I needed right now.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The beginning is always today. (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)

  • My battery died this evening. Luckily, because of a flat tire last week (my second flat, not this one), I've joined AAA. So I made the second call to the service line in five days. In the past four weeks, I've had two flat tires, a warning from the police for a dead headlight, and a dead battery -- an average of one vehicle crisis per week. And that doesn't even take into effect the panic attack I get each time I have to pay for a tank of gas!
  • Listening to the Lime and Violet podcast is not a good idea when driving on the interstate. I was listening to episode 48 in which Lime was telling about a dare that she had from her husband, and I got to laughing so hard that I almost missed my exit. (For my muggle friends, Kaffe Fassett is a knitter...)
  • I've noticed that my best time for planning to start a serious diet is in the evenings as I'm getting ready to end my day. It will occur to me, as it has tonight, that I not only need to make changes in order to have a healthy lifestyle, I want to make those changes. I will sit down and figure out what I need to eat. I plan on having regular meals, cooking healthy, and cutting out fast foods. I convince myself that exercise is key, and I add time at the gym to my daily schedule. In the morning, as I rush into the day's activities, it will dawn on me that once again I've had unrealistic expectations.
  • In the same way, early morning is the best time for me to plan my day. I wake up and pencil in twenty or more items on my To Do list, confident that I can accomplish each and every one of them (and totally ignoring the fact that each one of the tasks has been brought forward from the day before). By the time the list is finished and printed neatly in my Daytimer, I'm running late and the list is forgotten in the rush of the day's actual activities.
  • There were other comments in my head for today's post, but I've forgotten what they were. I'll try to keep better notes tomorrow.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze

of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign. (Victor Hugo)

It's hard to believe that this is my baby. Saturday evening (yesterday) she was a presenter
for "My Hero, My Teacher." This is an awards program for outstanding educators in our county. She had to have formal attire, which of course also meant new shoes and a fancy hairstyle. I just wasn't prepared for how grown-up she suddenly looks.

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I was thinking... didn't I mention something back in January about the Blog365 project? Like, maybe I was going to blog everyday? Obviously I'm not doing so well with that. I wonder if I can start the count over?