I started 2019 on the couch, armed with soup and juice, attempting to fight off a nasty cold. While it wasn’t the best start to the year, thankfully I’m now fully recovered. Even with my cold, I managed to make it through my three-day work week and by the weekend, was even up to a long walk in Paradise Valley. Thank goodness too, since an epic windstorm Saturday night meant we spent Sunday without power and it’s no fun being stuck at home sick without electricity to watch movies and cartoons! A long walk in the chilly, muddy woods was exactly what I needed to get out of my post-holiday gloom. All things considered, 2019 is off to a good start!Read more
I've never been one for resolutions, but this week I have found myself making plans and setting goals. There's snow in the mountains to play in, but also plenty to keep me indoors for the winter - between the tempting knitting projects I keep finding and my every expanding tower of books to read, I could easily not leave home until summer! It feels like I ended 2017 in a rut, spending much less time outdoors than I need to maintain my sanity. One of my biggest obstacles to getting outside over the year was literally getting out of bed, since working from home allows me to sleep in much later that I used to. A 5 AM wake up call feels a lot earlier when you've become used to getting out of bed at 7:30! For 2018, I'm also trying to cut back on my indoor hobbies to make more time for the outdoor adventures I love so much. I even mentioned to Andy that I'd like to take a break from knitting for at least a few months (after I finish my current project of course), and he not-so-jokingly bet I wouldn't make it three days. I'm nearly finished, so I guess we'll see if he's right!Read more
The first week of 2017 was COLD! It stayed below freezing until some time Sunday afternoon, with thick layers of ice and frost decorating every surface.This was a week that really made me appreciate working from home - not having to spend 5 minutes in the cold every morning scraping the ice off my windshield, or waiting for it to defrost. Instead, I could enjoy the beauty of the cold by going for afternoon walks, during the warmest part of the day. Over the weekend, Andy and I drove out to the Snoqualmie Valley so I could stop by my favorite yarn shop to stock up on yarn for my next big project, followed by a walk around the frosty Evans Creek Preserve before heading home to start knitting. Now that the holidays are over, I finally have time to start this sweater for myself! The pattern has been at the top of my list since I saw a knit sample of the sweater at Tolt Yarn last winter. I'm so excited to finally get started on this beautiful project. Hopefully I can knit quickly and have a cozy new sweater to keep me warm for the cold winter day to come!Read more
The first full week of 2016 was a beautiful week full of sunshine and suprises. Work was quiet, which meant I had time to build me new desk from Ikea when it arrived Wednesday. So many people complain about assembling Ikea furniture, but I always find it satisfying to organize and identify all the pieces, then follow the funny little drawings.
Book club this month was a surprisingly good time. The book itself was a strange, short little compilation of single-paragraph stories, but it got us discussing the strange and dark Christmas traditions from all over Europe.Read more