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Gee. Whillikers.

Is that how you spell that? Oh well. I’m not concerned. I’m just trying to write something that sounds like it would go on this blog. Really I’m just using this blog as a way to write for 10 minutes without stopping and just writing the things that come out of my fingertips. It’ll probably be about knitting, but likely it’ll be about what I ate in a day and if I worked out… Think of it as a mashup between On Skeins and Needles and KnitEatLift. I can’t keep up with one blog, so two is not going to happen!

I’m barely knitting lately. I have been trying to figure out what to make or get for my friends for Christmas and I am completely stumped. Do I make them fingerless mitts that they can wear while driving? Meh. Do I make candles so they can think of me whenever they burn them? That requires me driving downtown to get the supplies. Meh again. Do I get them gift cards because I feel like they aren’t going to like anything I made them anyway? Bad idea. sigh. I don’t know. Knowing me, I’ll end up cobbling something together at midnight the day before we’re supposed to get together and I’ll call it good.

It is currently very cold in my apartment. I’m sitting in the office with no music or sound around me but the sound of the typing keys. I know I should get up and make some lunch but something about the whole ‘stay on your ass for 10 minutes’ thing is keeping me here.

I switched gyms about 6 months ago and I’m very happy with the results I’ve had; only problem is my body is fighting me to lose weight. I eat healthy- only 2 cheat meals per week and I eat clean. I don’t consume dairy or gluten (unless it’s part of said cheat meal) and I drink water when I’m not drinking coffee in the morning.

Hang on… siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip here lies medical crap…skip if not interested.

Yet the weight still won’t come off. I know it’s because I battle with PCOS and insulin resistance and a whole host of other things, but I didn’t know how to fix it myself, let alone naturally and without harsh chemicals that will make me feel sick and not happy with my body. So I found myself a naturopath; this is also after my mother tried to talk me into seeing an endocrinologist. I didn’t want to see any old doctor who would tell me the same thing that I’ve been hearing for years, so I found a naturopath who would look at me as a person, and my whole body, not just my uterus. She spent 90 minutes asking me question after question and I left, exhausted yet hopeful, that this new plan would be helpful to me. I now take 26 pills per day. I feel like a geriatric who needs one of those giant pill cases, but I like to think it’s starting to work. While I’m not down much weight (I think the last time I checked I was down 1.5 pounds), my energy is up and my digestion is much better. I see the doctor in about 20 days and she wanted me to be down 20 pounds by then. Don’t worry, my appointment was at the beginning of the month.

I don’t need to hear that ‘slow weight loss is good weight loss’ and all that BS. I have 100 pounds to lose, get off my back and let me stay positive about this!  

Alright. done with the medical stuff!

The Workouts!

I just finished with workout number two of the week; I’ve been down with a cold for most of the past 7 days, so I’m very sore now and very much looking forward to my shower this afternoon. So here’s my WODs in a week:

Monday, December 5:
I was laid up sick for most of the day but still wanted to move around so I did some rebounding for about 15 minutes. This always makes my calves burn like the dickens but I am noticing that the strength of my legs is much better and I always feel better when I step off the trampoline.

Wednesday, December 7:
Strength: Snatch 5-3-1 up to 95%. I guess I’ve never written it down but I think I PRed my Snatch: Went up to 85 pounds and it was easy!
WOD:
AMRAP 4 minutes pull ups (I did ring rows) (75)
rest 2 minutes
AMRAP 4 minutes Burpee box jumps (25)
rest 2 minutes
AMRAP 4 minutes dumbbell snatch (55)

Goodbye shoulders! I woke up this morning with lots of soreness; posterior chain, traps, those long muscles between my shoulder blades. My shoulders were pretty shot too. I knew that working out today would be rough, but that my recovery would probably be better once I worked out again. It’s weird how things work like that.

Thursday, December 8
I went to the sister affiliate today to hang out with the owner and my favorite coach, Maggie. She and I are very alike in manner and we get along so well! Naturally, I showed up 15 minutes late because I can’t read a schedule. Did a quick warmup, and was ready to go with everyone else!
Strength: Push Jerk: 5-3-1 up to 95% of 1RM. I did 85, 105 and 115. The 115 was a little rough and I had to fight it up, but it worked! It’s also a 3RM PR, so that’s even better!
WOD:
AMRAP 8
3 HSPU (I used a box, like I always do… getting better at this though!)
3, 6, 9, 12… Cleans, increasing the number of cleans each round.
I did 85#; it was tough, I don’t think I’ve ever done a workout with that much weight on the bar, but I was able to keep moving with it and that’s what mattered to me. I finished with 52 cleans, so halfway through the round of 15.

It was quick and dirty- and I liked it. I work all weekend slinging the yarn, but I’m looking forward to going three times next week before heading off to vacation in Vancouver for a week with the Hubs, brotherman and Mamabear! We will be hitting up three gyms (hopefully) and I can’t wait to workout with my man again!

What I ate this week:
Usually we plan our weeks really well, prep food and put it in the freezer and I make the magic happen during the day, but we have totally fallen off the wagon with that regard. We didn’t even eat a single thing that was on the menu board from last week, so we decided to do it over this week.

Monday: I had to make a weird concession Monday because I was doing a hormone test panel and couldn’t consume garlic, onions, coffee (I quarantined myself so no one died) and a whole host of other things. I was also sick. I ate eggs and bacon for breakfast, soup for lunch and sliders and fruit for dinner. Dessert was NyQuil and sleep.

Tuesday: Breakfast again was eggs and bacon, Lunch was leftover chicken and sweet potatoes, Dinner was shredded buffalo Chicken and sweet potato fries.

Wednesday: Breakfast was two hard-boiled eggs with salt, a banana and an apple, lunch was a subway flatbread sandwich that was more vegetables than anything else, dinner was chili that hubs and I threw together in 20 minutes after church.

Thursday: Breakfast was leftover shredded buffalo chicken and triscuits. Lunch was a salad kit from Fresh Express, with thousand island dressing instead of the dressing packet they put in the kit. Dinner is unsure, as we will be out caroling and then attending a party afterward. Very likely to be a meat of some sort and fruit and veg. I’ll keep it simple.

Friday: Tomorrow I plan to eat a 3-egg scrambled with Franks Red Hot, 4 slices of bacon, strawberries and a banana for breakfast. Lunch will be another salad kit, again trading the dressing out. Dinner will be a chuck roast that will shred up nicely to make tacos in sprouted grain wraps with shredded goat cheese and hot sauce. Yum.

It’s snowing out, my 10 minutes are way over and I’m starved for lunch. Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

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A Little Pick-Me-Up

I’m officially a full-time freelance writer! The last time I wrote I was uncertain about my future, but there’s no more uncertainty! I am very happy about the decision that was made at the end of the month and all is well! I have plenty of opportunities, Critical Sheep is working hard and it’s all great! It’s FUNEmployment. I wish I had made this decision years ago! I feel like making the decision to work for yourself takes a lot of guts, and it’s probably better that I didn’t do it until now; I lacked the gumption to do it all until freedom was thrust upon me.

I’m writing this on my brand new MacBook! The 2007 Black Macbook has finally bit it and we made the decision to add yet another laptop to the house. I think that brings us up to 6 or 7 computers. We’re nerds, what more could you ask for?

I’m really loving the whole sleeping until I want to thing of being my own boss. My hours are whenever I want them to be. And I can be as creative as I want in the hours when creativity is the most effective for me. I, being my own boss, set the dress code too: No Pants Tuesdays are awesome!

I’m also getting a ton of knitting done. I’ve created a bunch of dice bags to sell on the Critical Sheep Etsy page and I’m working on a sample for both three skeins of D4 and 14 Tribbles. AND I’m working on a sample for Cream City for a class I’m teaching.


So for now, because it’s gloomy and cloudy and dark today and I can’t get a good picture of anything to save my life, here’s an in-progress shot of my knitting. Color is Chameleon, but came out exactly like Lifespring, so there’s that.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

 

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6 months…

*crickets*

Whelp. That happened.

I guess it’s been a while since I last posted anything, eh? Ironic that I’m writing this in the thick of the worst two months of history when it comes to things we have going on and work and no time off and I’m just exhausted and really need a day off.

So let’s do a quick recap of what’s happened over the last 6 months or so.

August: I got a job. It’s an official job and everything. Need a job? Let me know! I’m a recruiter now! After 6 months I think I know what I’m doing and it’s finally starting to pay off.

September: I had a good string of really great hair days and I made a lot of great food. Other than that, September was boring.

October: I looked super skinny in a TARDIS dress at the halloween party we go to at our friends’ Victorian home in Mt. Horeb.


I finished my Aidez and included buttons to the fronts.


It snowed the first official snow of the year.  My heat then came on, finally.

November: We went to the 10-year anniversary of The Matches’ first Album and had an amazing time. There was paleo Pie at Thanksgiving dinner and I did more knitting. I went to a black Friday and realized it was a dire mistake when it took me an hour to check out.

December: We put our Christmas tree up the week after Thanskgiving.

The green yarn is Tosh DK in Moorland. The stockings are made of Cascade 220 in various colors.

I got my very first skein of Lollipop yarns: It’s Carol of the Bells.


We drove to Chicago for the holiday party for work. We visited Millenium Bean and drank coffee.


I bought two super cute colors of Tosh Twist: Cindy Lou Who and Mistletoe. They’ll be a cowl next Christmastime.


December 21: Tim stood in the doorway to the bedroom while I walked toward a Doctor Who compendium book sitting on my side of the bed. “You’re ruining Christmas!” I proclaimed when I picked up the book and opened it up.

“So you wanna go on an adventure with me?” he said with a shit-eating grin on his face.

Obviously I said yes. There were tears that I couldn’t control. Parents were called that night. I texted my brother, “So…I’m engaged!” “About damned time. Congrats!”

 

January: A date was set.


A blanket for Fiance’s Sister was started


February: A Dress was found. Save the Dates went out. Engagement photos were taken. Bridesmaids shawls were decided upon and the yarn was purchased.


March: Bridesmaid Shawl #1 was started


Attended the shower for Fiance’s sister’s wedding. Mug rugs were given as a precursor gift.


April: Fiance attended Bachelor party for soon-to-be Brother-in-law. I stayed home and knit.
Blanket for Fiance’s sister completed over Easter weekend. Blanket was delivered and adored this past weekend after her wedding!

I finally decided what my shawl should look like and purchased the yarn from Cream City. 3 skeins of Cascade Heritage in Navy came home with me on a Monday afternoon and I started the Campside shawl from Alicia Plummer. I’ve since ripped it three times and have to be in a quiet area with no distractions so I can’t mess it up. It’s easy lace, I just can’t read it apparently. I am finally through the second chart (extended) and it’s going decently well… I’m trying not to jinx it, though.

I love this time of the wedding planning process; there’s virtually nothing to think about and all we have to do is make regular deposits into the joint account we have set up for the wedding fund. I made up some cute hangers for everyone.

We have candles and flowers set up; we have table runners being made. We have a hotel block set up. I visit my dress every once in a while. We have finished pre-marital counseling. It’s all good so far. I think people expect me to be freaking out all the time, but I’m just so chill right now I think it might be freaking people out.

May is so insane I can’t even think about it right now. We’re home from Fiance’s sisters’ wedding; we’re going to Green Bay to help his other sister and her husband move into her first home; we’re going to Minneapolis for the CrossFit Games Regionals (Badger Crossfit made it as a team!) We will only be home one weekend out of the whole month and we’re both working through it… so that’s fun.

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What to Knit…

>I am leaving for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games North Central Regional tomorrow with Boyfriend at approximately 5:30 a.m.

>We will be volunteering for the whole weekend.

>I make a habit of forgetting that time exists…especially since I’ll need to be awake at around 4 a.m..

>This feels inhumane.

>At approximately 4 p.m. today, I texted Boyfriend with the almost paniced message

Oh my god what knitting am I going to bring?!

>This doesn’t seem like a tough decision, but because of how indecisive I’ve been lately with my knitting, I’m thinking this decision will be harder to determine than normal.

>I could keep knitting on the blanket for Boyfriends’ Cousin who is having her baby boy in a few months. It’s about 70% through the main color and I have a ton of secondary color to add to it.

>Or I could knit the handspun sweater for the babe.

>Or I could cast on some fingerless mitts from the stash.

>Or I could cast on a sweater from the stash

>Or I could just work on a simple cowl or scarf from the stash.

>Or…or…or…

>So basically I have no clue what I’m going to knit, what pattern to take along or what yarn to use. No. Clue.

>It has to be easy, because I’ll be moving around a lot during the weekend as a volunteer. Boyfriend and I are usually always exhausted during the event, but I still like to have the opportunity to knit something. It’ll help me wind down at the end of the night and of course there’s the 2.5 hours to drive to Chicago!

>I can’t seem to just bring myself to knitting a plain garterstitch scarf or a gaptastic cowl. That would just be annoying.

>I suppose I could knit the socks I’ve been avoiding for the past few weeks… Socks just seem so eh…right now.

I guess I’ll just have to do some stash diving and see what I can find tonight. There will be much ruminating and time on Ravelry tonight.

 

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My feet Are Cold

I’m kind of to the point where the winter sun makes me want to smack someone. I love the snow, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like dying whenever the sun comes out.

Last night I went to buy a new tea kettle. I needed to replace my adorable red kettle when the enamel started burning off in really ugly holes. I love drinking cocoa and hot cider and tea when Wisconsin gets super cold, so I needed to replace it. I had spent weeks… and I mean WEEKS… searching for a new kettle but I never loved any of them. Finally, when I knew I really wanted to make tea that night, I decided to make a decision.

Sur la Table had a cute, TARDIS blue tea kettle for $40 which is more than I wanted to spend, but it was available and I liked it and I could pick it up day-of. So I had them hold it for me. I seriously thought traffic wouldn’t  be terrible going west but it took twice as long as planned to get to Bayshore.

20 cents in the meter and I was in and out 10 minutes later with two burlap bags as well as the tea kettle.

I then stopped at CrossFit to get dinner at the Urban Caveman Food Truck. Finally I was able to go home. Needless to say, my feet were freezing from toddling around in boots and thin socks that were sweat through.

So I got home, realized my feet were gross, took off my socks and snuggled up on the couch with Boyfriend. When he touched my feet he realized they were freezing. I went upstairs to get my one and only pair of socks only to realize I felt the need to knit more. These were made when my feet were bigger so, when I lost the weight and my feet shrank, I find it hard now to walk in these socks as they’re not very tight and have a tendency to shift around a bit. Not comfy.

I have sock yarn, but I don’t want to knit something that’ll take forever. I want socks now. It’s cold now. If I made socks with sock yarn, I’ll be done in a month. I’m also listening to The Knitmore Girls Podcast and Jasmin has been talking about #operationsockdrawer for the longest time and it’s making me want to join her.

So I grabbed some sport weight yarn from a Christmas present years ago and two size 2 needles. My hope is to start them this weekend on my one and only day off this month. That’s only after I’ve finished cleaning the entire apartment and finishing this commission knitting.

Oh. Right. The Commission. I’m knitting two Gaptastic seed stitch cowls and one self-ruffling scarf for a woman who bought it all for her mother who no longer can knit. It’s cementing in my mind how boring seed stitch is, but it’s so easy to finish that it’s been about 5 hours and I’m half-done with the first one. I dropped a few stitches this morning but manged to pick them up with no issue so at least I’m good at some things.

I am really looking forward to having all of Saturday and half of Sunday off work, but I feel like it’s all going to go too quickly and I won’t get everything done. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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An Apology and a Resolution

So I was at home last night. On the couch. Knitting. Watching Doctor Who.

And I realized that I have been a terrible blogger and it’s been months since my last post. I always say that I’m going to rectify this, but this year I honestly swear that I will be writing more. I don’t know why I don’t write more: it’s my outlet. It’s my de-stressor. It keeps me sane.

I write for work, but it’s not the same kind of writing. This writing I understand; I understand how the needles slip in and out of the strands of yarn and how my hands move to the beat of music or how I can put down this big cowl I’m stupidly trying to start and finish in one night (it didn’t work, by the way) and pick it up the next day and remember precisely where I am the following bleary-eyed morning.

Work writing is stressful; it’s technical; it makes my brain hurt by the end of the day. Writing about knitting makes me feel like I’m doing something right with my life. I feel accomplished when I finish that row or complete the next cable or even turn the heel on a sock that I’m not doing whatsoever… >.>

So while I failed at felting the french press slippers I had planned, I managed to make it OK by starting a simple hat with a big brim and finishing it in three days. I vowed to start making a pompom for said hat. I finished a gaptastic cowl in three days while traveling and cooking and visiting with family. The cowl is 20 stitches too big, but it still keeps me warm during this deep chill. I started another hat with two strands of sock yarn as soon as the green was was done. I need a new tam for winter as my Purple Rios Tam has started to stretch out.

2013 sucked. No doubt about it. I was unemployed for half of it. I got a cyst on my ovary. I had abnormal cells removed from my body and more biopsies and tests than I care to admit. I gained 10 pounds of muscle without losing any fat.

But there are some silver linings: I did eventually get a job that I really enjoy. I became Lead Editor for D20 Girls Digital Magazine, Boyfriend and I are still going strong and he’s still completely obsessed with the cranberry orange muffins I made randomly for Christmas morning. I moved to a cheaper apartment which, while the downstairs neighbor smokes, is a much better situation than before.

I rang in 2014 with a kiss from Boyfriend and a wonderful day with his family. It’s been quiet so far at work lately, though we’re finally ramping up with the proposals and contracts to be written so I’m being kept busy.

2014 will be better. 

 

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Randomly on a Tuesday

-I am at work on my lunch break; one of which I don’t take often enough.

-I am waiting for this afternoon to be over: We have a huge project going on and it’s live as of 3 p.m. today.

-I am sitting at my desk knitting the sleeve of a sweater.

-I was hoping to have this sweater done by now because it’s currently freezing in the office.

-At least it’s keeping my lap warm as I knit.

-I am really hoping to be done with this sweater by tomorrow afternoon so I can wear it to work for the remainder of the week.

-No, I have no shame in wearing the same sweater multiple days in a row.

-Why, you ask? Because it’s warm. That’s why.

The  yarn is Cascade Eco and I’m knitting it based on the Leaflet Sweater from Knitty. I adapted it so it doesn’t have the lace panel and I’m making the button band much larger so it’ll overlap a bit in the front. I’m using two full skeins of Eco. Oh and I did garter stitch on the edges. Basically all I used the pattern for was the raglan increases. It’s tight on the arms, but that’s what I wanted. The next one I make will be just a hair larger so it’ll require less of a button band and the sleeves will be looser. As soon as the sleeves are done, I’ll be using the rest of the yarn (probably) to knit the button band. Still not sure if I want to include buttons, though.