Things I’d Like To Learn And Do

Learn:
Hula hoop, because I never have gotten the knack
Knitting, because I can crochet and embroider and do almost every other needlework
Calligraphy, because I’d like to finally improve my handwriting
Screen printing, because it seems awesome
Quilt, because I am obsessed with blankets

Do:
Keep improving my pool game
Read more books
Art journal

 

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Digital Sabbatical and My Rules of Dis-Engagement

I think Alexandra Franzen and Gala Darling are right, sometimes you have to unplug. I’m there now. I’ve taken baby steps towards not being the asshole with my eyes glued to my iPhone all the time, but I am spending WAY. TOO. MUCH. time on it. So, my rules of dis-engagement:

No iPhone for 99% of the day. That means texts and calls like normal (I so rarely use my communication device to communicate. I’d like to use it to connect with people I care about-by actually talking to them), but no internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc except for 1 hour a day. All that time! To be filled with stuff I enjoy! It will be glorious!

Or, I’ll still be really lazy, but in about an hour I’ll get bored enough to actually go do something, thereby accomplishing the same goal of LIVE YOUR LIFE AS IT IS NOT HOW IT LOOKS ON INSTAGRAM and HAVE FUN and FUCK FACEBOOK, ANYWAY, IT’S LIKE FUCKING HIGH SCHOOL AND MAYBE THAT’S WHY YOU FEEL INSECURE AND UPTIGHT ALL THE TIME BECAUSE HIGH SCHOOL SUCKED.

Ahem. Anyway, I’m excited. I want to be an adventurous person, but I think that part of my soul has weakened and is barely hanging on from lack of use. So, on to the adventures:

  • Hiking
  • Getting a bike and riding it
  • Learning to hoopdance
  • Stargazing and learning the constellations again
  • Teach myself to knit

It’s a good start :)

 

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So Much Awesome

In my life, I feel so grateful every day. Things I’m grateful for:

  1. Fishing with my husband
  2. Fostering a runt puppy from my work, nursing him back to health, and selling him to a good family (although it broke my heart and I bawled in the bathroom at work after they left with him).
  3. Making mini albums
  4. BFF nights
  5. Concerts with my friends
  6. Concert with my husband
  7. An AMAZING Fourth, and my first camping experience
  8. Having a trained dog finally, due to a serendipitous set of circumstances including my awesome job
  9. My awesome job
  10. Lots of time with my cats while Duke was training
  11. Red hair again
  12. Going to the gym again
  13. Eating from my garden-which is super fun since Steve is gardening with me for the first time
  14. The terrible heat wave has cracked
  15. Fall is soon!!
  16. Planning to watch the Perseids this weekend
  17. That Steve is so much happier now that he’s quit his miserable job.
  18. Long days and lots of sunshine
  19. Bangs! Just cut new bangs today
  20. Joining a pool league and having something fun for us to do Monday nights (and once again, the luck of everything falling into place). Plus the practice time at our local dive bar with Steve, and working to get better at something.
  21. Learning to shoot guns
  22. Visiting my parents
  23. Smash books
  24. A newfound passion for amigurumi-amigurumipatterns.net is awesome :)
  25. Embroidery and cross-stitch-The Floss Box is irresistable
  26. An amazing recipe for chicken fried rice, yum!
  27. Air plants and amazing driftwood Steve brought home for me

I am so blessed and happy. Thank you Universe!

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A Girl and Her Cat

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A Girl and Her Dog

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The House Is Very Quiet

Duke stares at me like he wonders why it’s so quiet, just him and I and the occasional rustle from the cats.
“Your dad went to a concert” I tell him. “It’s just you and me for the weekend.” He sneezes and stretches out in front of the fan.
I feel time spreading out before me. What did I do with all this time when I was single? I suppose I have all the same things to do-cook dinner, clean the bathroom, throw a load of laundry in, walk Duke-but it seems so different, like it won’t fill all the hours it usually does.
So many things I could do. Go for walks (why is it I walked more when I didn’t have a dog?). Start an embroidery sampler, something with a lot of details. Re-arrange the house. Finish the umpteen books I’ve started. Go to dinner with my best friend. Right now I’m enjoying the possibilities, and the quiet.

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This Summer, I Will…

  1. Walk Duke every day. I’d like to get up early and go in the morning, because summer mornings are peaceful (and cooler).
  2. Go to the gym! Because I have fallen out of the habit again since I’ve been so busy.
  3. Keep the garden nicely maintained, instead of letting the weeds take over when it gets really hot.
  4. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, make homemade everything (I commented on how we’ve had a streak of bad luck eating out lately and my husband was like ‘Maybe that’s a sign we should start eating at home again. I miss your cooking.’ Um, point taken, Universe!)
  5. Spend a lot of time outdoors.
  6. Put effort into maintaining my relationships, from Steve to my friends to my family.
  7. Build a fire pit

Edited to add: go on a picnic! I thrifted a handy picnic basket and I want it to get a lot of use.

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