Do it like it ain’t been done

SQUEAL!!!!!!!! I finished my scarf! Forget the ‘knitting projects’ section. This belongs at the beginning. 😉 I’m wearing it out tomorrow and here it is……

chunky scarf
chunky scarf
done!!!
done!!!

This was my first real attempt at weaving in the ends and I think I did okay. If it falls apart then obviously I still suck at it. This scarf was so easy to make and I loved knitting it. Maybe one day I could make some for charity?..once I get better at weaving in the ends. It would be great to make matching hats and scarves but I’m bad at making hats. I plan to get better very soon (see below).

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Now onto serious business. I read the book Write it Down, Make it Happen a decade ago. It is one of my favorite books and it changed my life. I can’t say that about many books. This past week I wrote down some short term goals I would like to accomplish in my paper journal. I’ll share the not so personal ones here. When people are posting their resolutions for 2015, I’ll link back to this entry. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. #1 I hate holidays. #2 Why not start NOW? I didn’t wait until January to stop eating red meat and pork. I wanted to start ASAP. #3 The stats show they don’t work. So why bother?

Here are my goals I’m starting now (with a couple left out):

Work:

  • Have set hours. I’m going to try to stick to 5:30 to 3:30 with the hopes of eventually working 8 hours a day.
  • Do 60% of my work before lunch.

Exercise:

  • I’m going to be realistic with this one: Go to the free gym once a week. When it gets warmer, this goal will change. But for now I would like to walk 2-3 miles on the treadmill and if/when the gym is empty do weight lifting. (The gym is often empty – except in January. lol)

Practicum

  • Do my practicum 3 days a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. 45 minutes a day.

Knitting

  • Finish my shawl.
  • Finish my hat I’m “working flat”.
  • Start a cardigan.
  • Start fingerless gloves
  • Make a hat in the round.
  • Start an afghan using at least two different colors.

Reading

  • Finish 35 books between now and December 2015. I would like to say read everyday but with everything going on that probably won’t happen. My practicum and other things are more important. I used to easily read 50 books a year.

Guinea Pigs

  • Stay on top of keeping their cage clean.

That is pretty much it. Now that I think about it I should probably include getting out of debt or some money goal. I’ll add that to my paper journal later.

Weekly

Music for the week: Taylor Swift, Jessie J, Mary Lambert, Tristan Prettyman, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Lori McKenna, Train, Sia

I’m pleasantly surprised by Mary Lambert’s and Tristan Prettyman’s albums. I think Tristan said she recorded hers in TWO weeks. I was expecting something boring but it is pretty great. Taylor’s album had to grow on me. I’ve listened to it more than a dozen times. She spent two years on it. I was expecting something better. I would love if she did an acoustic version of 1989. (pleasepleaseplease) The acoustic snippets she included were damn good. The album is way too pop and I like pop.

TV for the week: Big Brother Australia, Army Wives, NBA basketball (yay! it’s back).

Movie of the week: none

Books of the week:  Beyond Belief: My secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Hill  & Lisa Pulitzer

Knitting projects of the week: Now that I’ve finished my scarf, I need to work on finishing my shawl. I want to start my cardigan but I have to buy the yarn first. The total cost of the yarn I want to use is about $30 (cheap by many people’s standards but not mine!)

anything could happen

I wuz here!!!1!
I was here.

 

Only four more full days of freedom! It feels so good to not have to set my alarm for 5AM. I love going to bed late and waking up around 8. But the best part is not having to think/worry about work. It frees up some of my mind. I’ve been mostly staying in so far. Today I went to two parks.

Park #1 is a favorite of mine. I usually go at least once a year.

park
my fav place
beauty
beauty

I use to volunteer in the gardens about 10 years ago. It was fun and hard work in the heat.

Today was my first visit to park #2. I didn’t stay long. It was nice but I had enough of the hot sun and walking around by the time I made it there. This park has an aquarium. I thought there would be mostly fish…no! They had my one of my favorite animals: turtles. I’ve done so much research on getting a turtle. Conclusion – they are too much work. (ha – shocking) I still want one though. I have to take my mom there. She loves turtles too.

park #2
park #2
lake
lake

I didn’t get any pictures of the turtles. Next time.

Park #2 is great for people with kids (playgrounds galore!), dogs, picnic lovers, people who like to fish, and people who like to walk trails. I walked part of a trail.  Park #1 is prettier and has more variety. It is  my favorite place in the city. But I will go back to park #2 to walk the trails and see the turtles again.

This is my book report on what I did today during my summer vacation.

I’ve been cramming a lot of studying in and it has felt good.  I’m sort of on schedule. The boards take place on July 19. (Have I mentioned that?) I think I can study every part or “chapter” before I take the test. I’m feeling much better now than I did when I was trying to work and study. I’m working on the 4th of July for half a day. No more full days off (besides Sundays) until after I take the boards.

I haven’t just been studying. I’ve been reading and knitting. Here is a look at my lace scarf so far:

scarf. 35% done?
scarf. 35% done?

Next time I don’t think I will use this type of yarn (cotton blend). I will probably use acrylic. I’m thinking of making more of these as gifts. This one is mine! 😉 It is purple so of course I’m keeping it. LOL at me thinking I would finish it this week. Yeah……..I’m going to keep going until I use all the yarn.

Gotta go. I’m watching the World Cup. Argentina v. Nigera. Oh I forgot, I have to get ready for the Jehovah Witnesses. She left me alone for about two whole months! Now she’s back. &^$# Really? I should go to water aerobics and miss her visit but I would feel terrible since she told me what time she was coming. Oh well.

I was supposed to go to the gym this week but today I walked a lot. No need to go to the gym. I might take Body Step on Sunday morning. I don’t know. I need to get back into weight lifting. Maybe after I take the boards, I will make a commitment.

I’m really going now.