30 before 31

8424528793_1dcde5e4f6_cYesterday was my 30th birthday. It passed with very little fanfare. There was a cake (though not made by me this time, and with mixed results as such), and the watching of Dr. Who episodes including the 4th and 11th Doctors. There was also the discovery that the Bear enjoy New England Clam Chowder. Oh, and there was knitting. But you know, none of that is really interesting, and maybe that is part of my problem. None of it is terribly interesting right now. I’m in a rut, guys, a great big fat rut that I’ve been trying to climb out of for the past year or so. Essentially, I found myself thrust into new roles in both my personal and professional life all at once and while I’ve muddled through it all, and even had some great triumphs, I think it all happened to fast and now, as I’ve been thinking about this birthday for the last few weeks, I realize that my head is only beginning to stop spinning and sort it all out. To be sure, I’ve come quite a ways, but there is so much further to go. I’d like this blog to be part of that, it’s part of my write more goal.

Last year I wrote out 29 before 30 goals, but I didn’t publish them. Many of those goals hinged on one goal that I didn’t write down, which was lose the baby weight and get back in shape. I don’t know that I would’ve come to it any faster had I written it down, but maybe I would have held myself more accountable during the more difficult times. This year instead of the scale number, I am focusing on the inches around my waist, on becoming better, faster, stronger instead of just smaller. With that in mind, I am publishing this year’s list and hope to share each thing as I accomplish it. To hold myself accountable, but also to take one thing at a time. Many of these are project oriented. Small things, but things I have all the same put off learning or doing. Perhaps I overwhelm myself, taking on everything and then getting frustrated when it doesn’t all magically get done perfectly and in record time. Also, after reading this blog post (this one has also been…inspiring), I realize that it’s ok if I don’t get to all the goals, which became frustrating last year when the lack of checkmarks on the list haunted me more than motivated me.

Whether I am willing or not, this year is going to take me to new places and adventures. As the Doctor would say, “ALLONS-Y”

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7 Shots: Week 3

Wow, we’re already 3 weeks into the new year? I feel like time is flying by and we’ve only just got started. This probably has more to do with the fact that I’m behind in all of my organizing/cleaning projects in the house. Unfortunately, this past week was full of stomach bugs and colds and the general idea that sitting around watching Dr. Who on Netflix was a better idea than folding laundry or cleaning out the pantry. Now that we’re all back on our feet, I hope to share some of these organizing projects with you over the next few days.

 

Swimming in a sea of blankets

15Jan: Swimming in a sea of blankets

Fun with Mom Mom

16Jan: Fun with Mom Mom

17Jan: This is not a French fry, Mama

17Jan: This is not a French fry, Mama

18Jan: Tiny feet and Elmo

18Jan: Tiny feet and Elmo

19Jan: Morning calm before the storm

19Jan: Morning calm before the storm

20Jan: Neverending fog

20Jan: Neverending fog

21Jan: Pancakes and Bacon!

21Jan: Pancakes and Bacon!

7 Shots: Week 2

A day late this week, but who’s counting just yet? So far I’ve been relying on my iPhone for this project, which is not my intent. I’d like to incorporate my real camera more, but I’m first hoping to get one of those nice pancake lenses for my birthday in a couple weeks. I think the underlying goal of this project is to become more familiar and comfortable with my camera since it’s still new to me and I haven’t figured out all its quirks, not to mention its potential.

08Jan: Tiny Stitches

08Jan: Tiny Stitches

09Jan: It's been a long road back to the gym

09Jan: It’s been a long road back to the gym

10Jan: Delving into the Realm

10Jan: Delving into the Realm

11Jan: Poor Bear is deep thought...and sniffles

11Jan: Poor Bear is deep thought…and sniffles

12Jan: I will miss these PNW sunsets. Olympic Range peeking up in the distance.

12Jan: I will miss these PNW sunsets. Olympic Range peeking up in the distance.

13Jan: Bright and frosty

13Jan: Bright and frosty

14Jan: Triple Shot

14Jan: Triple Shot

Hello!

Hello! by steffaniarosa
Hello!, a photo by steffaniarosa on Flickr.

Is there really anything better than a brand new fleece sweatshirt? So new, so soft, so incredibly warm and comforting. I spotted this one on my Instagram feed a few weeks back and I just had to have it. It’s from Hello Merch, and even though I have a hard and fast rule about not wearing sweats out in public, I may just make an exception for this one.

First Knit of 2013

IMG_2527When I think about all of my projects and goals for this year, they all evolve around one idea: simplify. Like all DIY/crafty types I have a clutter problem. I see a beautiful yarn or fabric or pattern and I MUST HAVE IT IMMEDIATELY only to find that months or even years later I’m still hauling around the materials, their original purpose long forgotten. The wild thing is, my stash is modest compared to many, yet getting through all of it is still a big challenge.

Over the last several months I’ve knit many a scarf and hat to keep IMG_2529friends and family warm during these chilly months. While I like the small dent it has made in the stash, I was pretty excited to find this pattern during a few minutes I stole for myself on New Year’s Eve (it was on sale!). It gave me a chance to use up a skein of Berroco Peruvia Quick (colorway long forgotten) and most of the leftovers from a never ending skein of Cascade Eco Wool  (I think it’s coffee). While the yarns differ slightly in weight, I liked the way that the red stripe was a little thicker and more pronounced than the brown. I alternated colors every two rows, casting on and off with the brown. I am sucker for feather and fan patterns, and really like how the soft curves of the scarf stand in contrast to the bold buffalo plaid of my favorite coat. Here’s to more great stash busting in 2013. P1010498