Sunday, March 18, 2018

Happy (Belated) St Patrick's Day!

This last week has been stressful for me. Work has been filled with stressful situations/calls and has been super busy as well, which has been making it difficult to get up in the mornings. Which, just a friendly PSA, if you have to call a company for any reason, please be respectful and polite with the Customer Service Reps you come in contact with. They are there to help you as much as the can and it becomes very tiring when they have to deal with calls from upset customers all day. Just keep in mind that they are people too and it's not their fault if something doesn't go the way you planned it to go. But anyway, let me get off my soap-box now. On top of a stressful time at work all week, I was dealing with the side effects of the Clomid I was taking. I felt so sick to my stomach and actually had to leave work Monday and Tuesday to deal with it. It was not fun.

For St Patrick's Day, we stayed home and just relaxed. I had made corned beef, cabbage, and boiled potatoes for our dinner and we had watched Deadpool on Blu-ray. I was also surprised with some beautiful flowers from my family. It had definitely put a smile on my face.

Today was another day of just being lazy around the house. I spent the majority of the day working of my cross stitch Tiger and I got quite a bit finished.

We did go into town, just to get out of the house a bit. We went to Toys' R Us (to see if they had any good sales on baby stuff), Walmart, and after Toy's R Us, we ate at our favorite grocery store, Lucky's Market. 

I finally have a crafty finished object to show off!

I spun up a Hobbledehoy sample battling that I got with my order on my Schacht drop spindle. It came out as 60 yards of a light fingering weight, single ply yarn.

I'm also reading a few books right now, but if you want more information about those then check out my Goodreads page.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Here We Go...

I haven't really been much of someone who shares alot of super personal stuff, but maybe this will reach out to someone who is going through the same thing and makes them feel less alone. I've talked beriefly about some of the medical stuff we've been dealing with but never got into the details, at least not fully. 

So we are heading down the rabbit/black hole of doctor's appointments to try to conceive. Well, back down the hole. We took a cycle off and we're now going to try Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). This is the 5th or 6th round, I've honsetly started to lose track, of Clomid and I'm feeling horrible. It's making me feel so sick to my stomach. We've been trying for a year now and it's been so difficult. I'm hoping that this will work.

I had finished reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs yesterday. It wasn't bad, but I didn't love it as much as the first. It wasn't pulling me into the story that much, which was making it hard to keep reading for chunks of time. 

I've been working on an Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits today and I'm pretty close to the crown decreases. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Spring Has Not Yet Sprung

The Panhandle of Florida seems to be getting sucked back into Winter-like weather. Which I'm not complaining about at all. I love cooler weather so I was in bliss all weekend. So I'm going to enjoy it will it lasts, not that I don't enjoy Spring and Summer but Florida is brutal when it comes to the heat, so it's a relief when it's cool like this. I do have to say, I am excited about the re-growth/re-birth of Spring. I love flowers, trees, butterflies, and birds everywhere. I'm hopefully going to get off my butt and get some gardening supplies and work on our flower beds. They need to have actual flowers in them and not leaves and weeds. We need to spruce up our yard a bit, make it look nice.

To start off March, I finished reading American Vampire: Volume One by Scott Synder, a graphic novel filled with blood, nudity, and of course vampires. It should be obvious that this is not a book for children, not at all. I loved the artwork and I want to get my own copy for my personal library.

For crafty stuff, my Tracery Vest almost has a complete front! 

Slowly but surely, it's getting finished.

Monday, February 26, 2018

What Comes First?

I had posted this question to a couple of podcasters, just to see what their responses would be and because I'm curious what everyone's answer is so I'm posting it here as well. The question is: What comes first for you? The yarn or the pattern?

When I think about what my crafting has been recently most of the time it's the pattern comes first. But like many knitters and crocheters, I do sometimes come home with yarn that just had to live with the rest of my yarn. Sometimes, I see a yarn that I just have to have but usually, I try to have an item in mind that it might turn into later on. I may not have an exact pattern picked out but I have a rough idea of what it will grow up to be. But my stash is a pretty good size now so I need to pull back a bit on the yarn buying and really have a pattern in mind when I go yarn shopping. Which hasn't been difficult since I'm trying to work my way through my knitting magazine library. All of the projects that will be cast on in the future has the yarn picked out/bought already so all I have to do is wind up the yarn.

So, what about you? Do you buy the yarn first then pair it with the perfect pattern or do you have the pattern and chose the yarn later?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

When The Bug Bites...

I have been bitten by the reading bug, pretty hard, this last week. Which a few years ago, was not unusual for me, but with not having much time, more crafts, and getting distracted by some video games. (Well, game. The Sims 4 is my game of chose, always.) Now, I haven't really read as much. But 2018 seems to be the year when my reading mojo comes back, and where my crafting mojo disappears a bit. The two seems to trade off from time to time.

This week though, I have started a few books to the shock of those who know that I usually read one book at a time. But due to the fact that I am now the owner of a Kindle e-reader, it has put me in a "READ ALL THE THINGS!" mood. If you follow/friended me on Goodreads, you know how many I currently have active right now. One of my own books, a Nook book, a Kindle book borrowed from one of my local libraries, an audiobook using Libby also from one of my libraries, and a physical library book. So...five books currently getting my attention. Let's see how long it will last.

I finished reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs yesterday. It had been about six years since I had last read this book, I believe it was my senior year in high school actually when I had first read it. I did still enjoy it, this writing is really great, but I just didn't love it as much as the first time. Although, I liked it enough to finish it in a week! So that's saying something.

I've started reading the second book, Hollow City, and it will be getting lots of attention today. Along with my Light-weight Patchwork Blanket, both blankets have grown a tiny bit and have received lots of love.

You can keep up with what I'm doing throughout the week on Instagram, you can find me as yarnreader there. :)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Day Trip!

With this last week going by super slowly, I'm very happy that I'm in my three-day weekend. But bummed that it's halfway over. For some reason, my stress levels were through the roof this week and felt like everything and everyone was getting on my last nerve. But a highlight was getting my new-to-me iPod touch (5th Gen). I'm no longer stuck with listening to the radio if I want to listen to music and I can finally catch up with my audio podcasts. Also, I'm now active on Instagram now, since the ISO on my iPod will allow it so follow me there!

Jordan and I had taken a small trip out of town yesterday to take a look at some old cars that might be donors to the car he is rebuilding and just got out of the house. (I posted pictures on IG, if you are interested.) We had a great time just spending time together and enjoying the drive.

I've been working on my heavy-weight blanket the last couple of days, I was going to do some coloring but didn't really feel like pulling that out today. I've gotten a couple of books done this week though! I finished listening to Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien on Tuesday and started listening to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and just today I finally finished reading Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto.

My next read is this:

Another read from high school but I actually own the whole series, so it's about time I pick it up again. 

I hope you all have a great rest of your President's Day weekend if you are lucky enough to have it off, or a Happy Monday if not!