Saturday, March 28, 2015

project 52: week 29

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.


What's New?
I went to the opening party for the new sci-fi exhibit at EMP and while I was there...
:: heard George Takei's opening remarks
:: watched George Takei walk by, not 5 feet from me! (ok, nerd alert)
:: posed in front of the Back to the Future Delorean time machine
:: explored the Infinite Worlds exhibit

Currently Reading
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (impulse Powell's purchase - great story so far!)

On the Needles
Still plugging along on my geology shawl, although I haven't picked it up hardly at all this week. Instead, I worked on patching Joe's shop pants.

Looking Forward To
  1. Spring Break (just two weeks away!)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

project 52: week 28

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.



What's New?
I spent three days in Portland for a tech conference. I learned so many things that I'm very excited to try out in my classroom. I also shopped at Powell's for the first time, ate at the Deschutes Brewery, bought Voodoo Donuts, explored Mississippi Avenue, rode the Max, and just generally enjoyed the spring-like weather.

Currently Reading
I finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo this week. I'm motivated to go through her suggested steps to pare down my possessions. I've always been a bit of a hoarder, but I've found a sense of relief every time I drop off donations at Goodwill. I started slowly working on eliminating excess stuff last year, but I think it's time to ramp it up. Spring break will likely turn into 'sort and donate all the stuff' week. I'm ready.

On the Needles
I finished the fourth section of my geology shawl while at the Portland tech conference. I didn't have nearly as much time available for knitting as I thought, which actually means that the conference was very engaging. Not a bad problem to have.

Looking Forward To
  1. baking sourdough bread
  2. knitting at the coffee shop

Saturday, March 14, 2015

project 52: week 27

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.

So, this happened the other day. I have not been taking pictures at all lately. Gotta fix that.
What's New?
I've been working on my school blog lately. It's nowhere near finished, but I'm starting to see the fruits of my labor, and I think it'll be really great for the next school year. I've been working on making separate pages for each unit with helpful links and resources. I'll also have a calendar page where I can update assignments and due dates. I can easily update it daily (ha! maybe twice weekly - let's be real) with what's happening in the classroom. I've tried to use the district-provided online space, but it's just not intuitive for me, and many parents have expressed similar feelings. I have a good feel for blogger and think that it'll be the best solution for me.

Currently Reading
Last night I finished The Winter Pony by Iain Lawrence and cried. Such a sad story! But very well-written and definitely worth the read.

On the Needles
My geology shawl is coming along nicely. I'm on the 4th section, which is very geometric and therefor easy to knit while doing other things, like watching tv. The 3rd section was lace, and I'm not great and memorizing or reading lace patterns. I think I'll be able to finish it in a week or two.

Looking Forward To
  1. visiting Portland

Saturday, March 7, 2015

project 52: week 26

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.


What's New?
Spring is here! Not officially, but practically. Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and the local mountains are bereft of snow. Last week I enjoyed a very different kind of walk with my friend Kristi. Usually we follow a predictable path but last week we decided to do something different. We walked around her neighborhood instead of mine, stopping at open houses to check out the local real estate market. Since this is Seattle, pretty much all walking routes involve hills, so I feel that we got an equal workout while enjoying different scenery.

Currently Reading
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  • The Winter Pony by Iain Lawrence
  • Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

On the Needles
I picked up my Geology Shawl again, after many months of neglect. I worried that I wouldn't be able to figure out where I left off, but thankfully my notes were clear enough that it wasn't a problem. I'm trying to finish up some works in progress to clear out my queue and reclaim that energizing feeling of accomplishment - sort of a spring cleaning for knitting projects.

Looking Forward To
  1. indoor rock climbing

Saturday, February 28, 2015

project 52: week 25

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.


What's New?
Well, I completely missed week 23 & 24, breaking my streak of posting once a week. I tried to get a post out early for week 23 since we flew to Virginia to visit family that weekend, but it didn't happen. And last week I was home with a cold, not feeling like myself. Oh well.

We had a whirlwind trip to Virginia that included snow, board games, card games, little ones underfoot, new puppies, and lots of laughter and hugs. We got to meet our youngest nephew who was born a month after our last visit. We managed to spend time with the whole big group, as well as individuals. I visited a local yarn store with my mom and cousin where I bought yarn for my cousin's next baby. There was talk of next visits, dreams shared, and plans made - I can't wait to go back.

Currently Reading
I finished The Rain (my copy's title is H2O) by Virginia Bergin on the plane and started reading the very first issue of Taproot. I ordered the first year collection awhile back, but haven't had a chance to begin. My bedtime reading has been split between Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (a re-read) and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

On the Needles
I just finished a modified Honey Cowl using one skein of Tosh Vintage in the Steam Age colorway.

Looking Forward To
  1. getting back into my weekly walking habit

Saturday, February 7, 2015

project 52: week 22

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.


What's New?
I stumbled on the concept of Bullet Journaling back in early January and decided to give it a try. I'm a list-writer, so it seemed to fit. Right now I'm still trying to work out a system that works for me, which is part of the beauty of bullet journals - they are very customizable. I've found quite a few interesting ideas through Pinterest boards that I'd like to try out. Right now I'm using a two-page spread for each week. The work-week goes on the left, and the weekend goes on the right. I'm using a hard-back Moleskine grid journal, skinny Sharpie pens, and washi tape.

Currently Reading
I'm almost finished with Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing. While I definitely have some issues with this book, overall I enjoy the story. I haven't picked up Virginia Bergin's Water in awhile, due to not taking the bus. I'll take that one on the plane with me so I can finish and return it.

On the Needles
Not much on the needles right now. Of course I have my Hue Shift blanket - only a couple rows until I finish the second of four panels! I have gloves on the needles for Joe, but I need to sit down and do some math because they are too big. I started a Geology Shawl months ago, but I've been too busy to pick it up again. I think I'll take some time this weekend to figure out where I am on the shawl so that I can work on that again. It's the perfect airplane knit, and I have a trip coming up!

Looking Forward To
  1. getting ready to visit Virginia

Saturday, January 31, 2015

project 52: week 21

What is Project 52? It's a little like Project 365, but instead of the goal of posting a photo each day, I'll post a photo or two each week along with a short update. Really I just need a little push to post something every week. Since I like to keep this space positive, posting every week forces me to look back and find something shiny to talk about (ten points if you get that reference). Some weeks that's a piece of cake. Other weeks it's more of a challenge, and those weeks give this task true meaning.

Bright light on the city.
My new favorite sunset spot.
Taken just a little bit to the right of the picture above.
What's New?
Recently my walking-buddy and I stumbled upon another great sunset view on our weekly walk. There are many great viewpoints in Seattle, due to all of the hills that make up this city. We've been walking pretty regularly for months, but we usually stick to the same couple routes. Last Sunday we ventured off the regular path a bit and discovered a great viewpoint just as the sun was setting - we couldn't have timed it better if we tried. This weekend we're heading back to that spot with the hopes of another stunning view.

Currently Reading
  • The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
  • Water by Virginia Bergin

On the Needles
Since I didn't have the mental energy to start a new project, or to work on the complicated Geology shawl, I picked up my Hue Shift Afghan (which I began in late 2013) again and brought it to last week's knitting group. It's a simple, mindless knit. The blanket is a series of mitered squares knit up into four panels which will then be sewn together and finished with a boarder. The beauty of it is that each panel, while consisting of 25 individual squares, is knit up together in one piece. Basically after a square you keep stitches on the needle, pick up new stitches, and continue knitting. So the only seaming will be the four large panels. I have one panel complete, and I'm almost finished with the second.

Looking Forward To
  1. Submitting my ProCert tonight
  2. Astronomy meet & greet