Wednesday, February 19, 2014

skis & snow

What's New?

I went skiing with my students again as a chaperone for the ski bus program. This time I felt much more comfortable and confident, and I had a much better time. I was able to do 4 runs on the Holiday lift, whereas before I only did one.

We enjoyed a weekend snow that melted before Monday morning. I know folks out East are tired of seeing snow, but I do enjoy the way it blankets the Earth and makes everything look fresh and clean. Especially when I have nowhere to go, and it doesn't interfere with my work-week.

And last, but not least, these two cuddly cats.

Currently Reading
  • just finished A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • began A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

On the Needles
My honey cowl is about 4 inches wide and I'm almost finished with the first skein of yarn. I have one more to go before I run out of yarn. I've also made progress on my mitered-corner blanket kit. One quarter panel is complete, and I'm on square 8 (out of 25) on the second quarter panel. Both of these projects are good couch knitting - nothing terribly difficult and can easily be worked on while watching a show.

Looking Forward To:
  1. another four days of mid-winter break

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February goals

My goals for 2014 are pretty simple: go outside, simplify inside, and celebrate the seasons.

In January I wanted to take a walk each week, clean out the ottoman, and finish our snowflake project. 

I was able to clean out the ottoman the first week, and Joe and I together finished cutting and gluing the snowflake project. We still need to buy some inexpensive frames for the snowflakes.

I was not able to get myself outside for walks - our weather this past month was just terrible. I decided to keep track of the number of days I took the bus instead. When I take the bus I walk much more than when I drive my car, so I think it makes sense. Out of 18 work days, I rode the bus 11 days. Not bad considering all of the before and after school meetings and other commitments

In February I hope to:
  • reacquaint myself with yoga (an inside activity, but activity nonetheless)
    • The "go outside and get off your bottom" part of my goals has been very hard for me thus far. I did not do yoga at all in February. However, I did chaperone ski bus twice. I haven't gone skiing in 4 years, so I consider that a huge accomplishment.
  • clean off the top of both dressers
    • This didn't happen. Instead, we cleaned out both of the closets. I had originally thought to leave the closets for a later date, since they have been so overwhelming, but my husband wanted to clean them out so I said yes. I figure it's best to go along when your other half has the urge to clean. And now that they are done, I feel like a weight has been lifted. We now have organized shelves in both closets, and many bags of items to donate. I found a few things I've been looking for, and many things that I haven't seen or thought about in years. Why hold on to all of that?
  • finish Mason's long-overdue quilt
    • Complete! I made an embroidered label and shipped this to Virginia.