Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

It's been a very busy week.  I keep thinking that I'm going to settle in to a blogging routine.  The rest of my life isn't following any particular pattern, so I don't know why I thought my internet use might.  
Reading.  I've been reading one book for the past month and a half, and I'm nearly done.  I've been locking myself in my office during my lunch break to read instead of socializing with the rest of the staff.  While that's probably not a good idea in the long run, it does feel good to actually have a break from people and from thinking in the middle of the day. 

Muncie friends.  I went back down to school this weekend and had a wonderful time with everyone.  It was homecoming weekend and so lots of people came in from all over.  I am so, so blessed in my friends, who take care of me when I'm dying of asthma and let me sleep on their couch for days at a time and who make me laugh and laugh with me. 

Fabric shopping.  When I started working at my current agency this summer, I knew that my fabric store was close.  However, I never went.  With my pool job I didn't have much time to sew this summer.  Now that I'm through for a while (maybe) with weekend jobs, I have time for crafting again.  As a result, I've been to the fabric store twice this week.  It's a five minute drive from work, which is scarily convenient.  I know this isn't the situation that the term is used for, but I've broken the seal...

Silly politicians.  The current governor of Chicago came to our office yesterday for a press conference.  He signed over $2.5 million dollars to build a new child development center, which is very exciting and also a little scary.  Yay, more work!  It is a good thing, though.  I also read a great survey from the Latino Policy Forum that was sent to both candidates for governor.  Now, I'm not saying that I like Pat Quinn- he is exactly everything that you expect from a schmoozy politician- but he's out here trying.  Where is the other guy?  Seems to me Rauner's just sitting in a corner somewhere with all his old white guy friends hoping that people's disappointment with Quinn will be enough for them to swing to his side.  Ick.

Texting.  For all that people rail about technology's ill effects on people's ability to communicate, texting comes in really handy.  I know that it's important to be able to talk to people face to face, and to not hide behind a screen when having important conversations- but sometimes it's really nice to be able to reread those conversations afterwards.  That's all.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday (On a Friday) (again)

In all fairness, I did write this yesterday.  I was attempting to blog from my phone on my lunch break and couldn't quite figure out how to do things like format the text or fix typos.  So, here we are again, being happy that it's Thursday on Friday morning.  Oh well.  It's been such a strange week. I've been home sick for the last couple days with some really strange symptoms. While things aren't exactly cleared up they're hopefully on the way!

Having a full schedule. I have a lot to do at work now to catch up, which I much prefer to not knowing exactly what I should be doing.

The voter registration deadline is in 6 days. I don't say that it's exciting because the registration period is almost over, because it would be wonderful if everyone was automatically registered or if you could register up until the day of, but because soon I'll have weekends again!! Free time!! I've loved working with the Latino Policy Forum doing voter registration for the last month and a half, but I am looking forward to a break (as I'm sure we all are). 

Fun with friends. Bonfires, movies, sitting around in the cold. All good.

New music.

Old music. (It's been a fall out boy kind of week. Don't trek my hipster friends they'll disown me.)

Butterflies. Things in the personal life have been very, very good :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sweater Weather

A friend texted "happy sweater weather day" to me earlier yesterday morning.  I hope that sweater weather is here to stay.  I'm home sick and happy to load up on knitwear.  

I keep swearing off "fashion blogging" because who really cares what you wear?  Then again, it's m blog so I can do what I want and I'm in love with this outfit and fully intend to wear this and nothing else until April.  It's just better to have that out in the open now instead of later.  

Made the scarf, bought the sweater, wearing both from now until forever.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brooklyn Tweed

Do you all know about Brooklyn Tweed?  Why didn't I know about Brooklyn Tweed?  I just stumbled across their patterns on Ravelry this weekend and then promptly spent hours drooling over their look books.  Knitwear, beautifully designed and fully modern, plus excellent photography and styling?  What is this??  

I pulled out the patterns that I most want to jump on.  There are so many beautiful things and I have no idea where to start.  I love the simplicity in Wake, and the details in Arabella.  Once I find a yarn that will do Arabella justice I fully intend to cast on.  I have some green wool that would work, but I'm not sure that this sweater should be anything other than a gorgeous neutral.

I've never had any desire to do such a complex scarf.  But the Tiller scarf is so pretty.  I've been looking at making some sort of lace wrap for about a year now, but I'm completely in love with the Seraphine pattern.  The cables and the textured border make it look particularly warm.  Finally, for this row, I think that the Levenwick sweater would be right up my mother's alley.  Don't tell her.  

The Coda sweater is simple, and the Exeter cardigan is complex and cozy.  They both look incredibly comfortable.  

I've never paid more than the price of Vogue Knitting for a knitting pattern.  I also don't think I've ever knit straight from a pattern.  I gravitate towards free patterns that I end up altering to death anyway.  This company might change all that, though.  Why mess with perfection?  

What to cast on first?? Someone send help.  And yarn.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

I think the happiest thought for this week is that today is Thursday!  This week seems to have taken forever, while at the same time has only just started.

Muncie.  Yeah, yeah, so I've been saying for years that I hate Muncie.  I still do, but I love a whole lot of people who are still there.  It was great to catch up with everyone last weekend, and to pretend just for a couple days that I never left.  

Lipstick.  I'm falling in love with lipstick all over again.  I lost my favorite tube and bought a new one in a similar but slightly darker color.  Everyone at work liked it, and I'm happy with it.  Lipstick is how I trick myself in to thinking that I'm an adult.

Busy work that isn't.  Work has been a little rough for the last couple weeks.  Things are slowing down a bit now, and I'm getting a chance to catch up on a lot of things that needed doing.  It feels nice to be able to check things off of a list.  

Neutral nails.  I don't want this week's post to be all about makeup, but it kind of is.  After years of resisting (mom, only old people paint their nails boring colors.  What's the point??)  I finally bought a bottle of beige nail polish.  And I love it.  Help, I'm getting old.

Yarn shopping.  I've had a half-dozen pages open all week of different yarns that I've been drooling over.  At some point I hope to actually make a decision, but for now it's pretty fun to cry over all the color options.

Outlander.  The wedding.  Why.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Laberinto, or why I cried too much on Sunday

This weekend I went to Muncie to visit friends, and on the way home listened to nothing but Juanes' "Loco del Amor".  Bad idea, my friends.  For those who aren't familiar, Juanes is renown for writing the most heart wrenching love songs.  In case you were wondering, singing terrific love poetry for 5 hours will mess with your emotions, whether or not you happen to be currently in love.  You've been warned.  In my opinion, this song is the worst of the lot.