Sunday, January 28, 2018

Married Life = Game Nights

I can't believe that it's the end of the month already. This month is flying by and the week its self-has as well. But nothing exciting has happened this week, just work and trying to relax when we get home. We did have a pretty big disappointment happen in the middle of the week.

For the last year, we have been trying to have a baby. But due to being diagnosed with PCOS in early 2017, we've been unsuccessful. I've been through four cycles of Clomiphene and one cycle, this last cycle, of Letrozole. (I'm also on Metformin due to insulin problems.) My body has been responding to everything but just not enough. Everything was looking so good this last go-around that I was hopeful, but then it didn't happen. It had really hit me hard and I was a total mess for a few days, I still don't feel that great about it now but I'm trying to move on. We have another doctor's appointment set up for Wednesday to talk to my doctor and see what the next step is.

Other then that stress, our weekend has been pretty great. It's been pretty relaxing, enjoying the weather and had the windows open both days. We also went out yesterday to Gamestop (Jordan) and Books-a-million (Me) for some stuff. He picked up Battlefield 1 and I finally got a BAM membership, Beowulf, and Career of Evil. Then we had spent a few hours playing, Hogwarts Battle, a deck building game. We had finished playing it tonight and we love it and will be getting the expansion for it soon.

I'm still reading Hades by Alexandra Adornetto, I'm liking this much more the Halo. There is much less of all the lovey-dovey junk in it then with the fist and more action, just like I like my books.

I haven't been really working on one specific thing today, I've worked on my Heavy-Weight Patchwork blanket to keep my hands busy while I read and I wrote a bit in my 400 Writing Prompts book that I got from the Summer Swap I did last year.

But I do have an FO, two actually.

I had spent my Friday night sewing up a new pencil case. It was supposed to be lined, but I ended up sewing it too small, so now the lining is holding a few of my sewing notions.

Have you finished anything this week? Or do you have a board/deck building game that you love? Let me know in the comments below, or in the Ravelry group.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Halo

Halo Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my second read of this book, and since it has been a few years since I had first read it, I wanted to give another go. I remember enjoying it in high school and I wanted to since if my opinions have changed any.

But before I really got far into the book I decided to just take a peek at the ratings and reviews on Goodreads, just to see what others had thought about it. And boy, the book got ripped to pieces. There are many 1 star ratings and tons of negative reviews. I'm not surprised though. This book is not everyone's cup of tea and I can see where the people are coming from.

The book itself is 75% of the main character being obsessed and "madly in love" with her human boyfriend and how their relationship shouldn't be, while the rest is where the actual conflict of the plot is. Let's just say if you took the book apart and took out all the lovey-dovey bits and left the rest of it, the book will go from 485 pages to maybe 150. My teenage-self loved all of it, or at least it didn't bother me very much, but now I see how it's a bit too much. But if you love romance novels, then this is right up your alley.

That being said, there were some great things about this book as well. Even though there were tons of teenage love scenes (none that got sexual), they were very well written. All of the book itself is very well written. I was drawn into the story every time I picked it up and before I knew it I had read a handful of chapters.

If you enjoy YA, romance, and fantasy, fiction. Then I recommend this book.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Lazy Sunday

Happy Sunday, everyone! We are more than halfway through the month of January and, I don't know about you, but it's been a pretty productive. I'll talk more about the detail of everything whenever I do an end-of-the-month wrap-up. But do keep an eye on the blog tomorrow, I have book review for you to check out.

This week has been the week of starting new things. I started a pair of mitts for my bother-in-law, a new spinning project, a new (or about to start) book, and a cross-stitch project.

The cross-stitch project is a kit that I had bought from Wal-mart about two years ago. It's a Bucilla pattern called the Benji Tiger. I do have to say that I had spent a good chunk of my day just sorting out all my floss and putting them on bobbins.

This is probably my least favorite part about cross-stitching. But I've been enjoying working on the project so far.

I'm also about to start reading Hades by Alexandra Adornetto, book two of the Halos series. I'll let you know more about it once I'm a good ways into the book. (Hint: the post tomorrow is about this series...)

I hope your January is going well and that you got as many things as you were wanting to get done, done. :)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Cold, Cold Night In Florida

It's been a pretty busy week for me this past week. Between work and having to go to doctor's appointments, I'm surprised that I managed to get anything done crafting wise. But I've got some progress done on a few of my projects, but I'll be only talking about one in today's post.

I've been working on the Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits today and I'm having fun with it, I love me some cables! I'm currently working on the adult large size for Jordan but I will be making all of the sizes as well, one for Jordan and I and then putting away the children sizes away for future baby (Hopefully!) I'm knitting it up on US 5- 3.75mm for the ribbing and US 7- 4.5mm and out of Knit Picks Brava Worsted in the Cobblestone Heather colorway, that is left over from my Heliopath Vest. Jordan doesn't even know that this hat is for him, but he has seen me working on it. I'm hoping to have it done soon as a Valentine's gift since his birthday is only a few days away. (January 17th) Here's a close up of the hat:

The book that I've been reading is Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.

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I had read this book back in high school and had really enjoyed it. This re-read is going pretty quickly. It's definitely an easy read. I did run across a knitting reference in my daily chapter reading.

"You can help me in a minute. I have a whole lot of hats and scarves to knit for the thrift shop." Ivy always found time to connect with the community, through small earthly tasks. "Sometimes it's the little things that count most," she said.
"You know, the whole idea of those places is that you donate your old clothes, not make new ones," I teased.

I hope everyone has a great week and that it's full of happiness and love.

Monday, January 8, 2018

FO: Migra Mitts

This weekend has been pretty productive for me, I seem to be getting my needles cleared off and my reading challenge started on the right foot for this year.

Migra Mitts by Laura Nelkin
The yarn is Gale's Art: MYS in the Lola colorway (I believe).
On US 0 - 2.0mm needles, magic loop.
Beads came in the kit, which was a gift from my sister Christmas 2016.

This was a great knit, super easy yet it kept my attention and I didn't get bored with it. Even though this project took almost a year for me to finish. I had started this on US 1 -2.25mm needles but thought that the mitts fitted too loosely on my tiny, stick-like wrists. So I decided to rip out everything that I had done, and I had done quite a bit, and start all over on US 0s. I love the fabric I got with them and I couldn't be happier. 

I do have a bit of the yarn left that I either will try to find a baby pattern to whip up or it will just go into my blanket.

To see what else I have finished and what I have on my needles, check out my project page.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sundays Are For Catching Up.

One of my plans for the blog in 2018 is to a post every Sunday where I catch you guys up on the progress of the project that I'm giving my attention to for that day, along with a small book and life talk. I feel like this will be my way of trying to get myself back into the swing of talking/writing about my crafty stuff and just talking about things going on in my life. With the podcast on a break (at this point, I'm not sure how long of a break) this is my way of staying connected and since I had first started the blog to do that to begin with, what better way of doing so? 

As to the future of the podcast. I'm at the point where right now, I'm not interested in sitting down and recording an episode. The process isn't as enjoyable as it first was. But, I'm not saying that I will never sit down and record again. Whenever I have enough time to and feel inspired to record, I will. But with what has been going on for me, work and life wise, I'm just trying to take it easy and focus on what is important in my life right now. But onto what you are really here for today. :)

The project that has my attention today is my Tracery Vest. (Details are on the project page for it.)
It's from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine, one of the many projects I have made and will make from it. I've been working my way through the magazine for, I think, about a year and a half now. I'm currently working on the right, front piece for the neckline at the moment and I'm loving the way that this project is working up. This project is also the reason why all my stitch markers are missing as well, I've taken to using them to mark the rows with decreases to keep track of where I am in the pattern.

The book in the picture is Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, one book of the set of "textbooks" of the wizarding world. I believe it's a good pairing with the project. ;)

Are you working on something that you just have to stop and stare at it for a bit? Or are you reading something that matches the project you are working on? Let me know in the comments below or in the Ravelry group.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by John Tiffany
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is my second read of this book. It's still not what I was hoping for as an "eighth" book to the series. It still reads as a fan-fic for me and I've noticed a lot more plot holes in it this time around than last. I'm sure that it is much better seeing it in person than just reading it, but I just wished JK Rowling herself wrote the entire thing and not the other guys.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018: A New Year!

Happy new year, everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season, full of love and relaxing crafty time with your loved ones. Here at la casa de Williams, we had some house guests the week of Christmas. My family came down from Tennessee to visit us and the kitties and to spend my mom's 60th birthday together. We loved having them over and eating all of my mom's home-cooking. It hasn't been a week quite yet but I already miss them terribly.

My mom, sister, and me. Not pictured is my dad.
Now it's time to start thinking about my goals for 2018. I honestly do not recall what my goals from 2017 were, I could look back at past posts to see what they were, but I'm feeling lazy so...onward and upward! :D
There has been a...I guess a trend with a lot of podcasts that I follow, where the podcasters share a word that they have chosen as their word for the year or what their theme for 2018 is going to be. This year I decided to just choose a word this year and not have a list of things that I would like to have done at the end of the year. Don't get me wrong, I can't help but make lists of things but this year, with the help of my planner and journal, I'm just going to focus on my theme and each month try to focus on building some new habits and setting some reasonable goals.
So what is my word of 2018? Growth. In 2018, I want to focus on growing in many parts of my life; crafting, reading, writing, my health and my family. I'm hoping to try to keep track of my growth progress throughout the year in my planner and journal and try to do a monthly check-in here on the blog to try to keep myself accountable when it comes to this, this year. I feel like this is the year where I can really work on finding myself again and making myself better in many ways and I would like to share my journey with all of you. I have a few ideas of things I would like to this year, so I'm really going to try not to disappear for long periods of time anymore. I hope you guys have had a great start to your year and if you have decided on your word/theme of the year, please share it with me in the comments, in the Ravelry group, or on Twitter.
Happy 2018!