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30 Day Challenge

Today is Day 11 of my 30 Day Challenge. And it's the first day that I have felt unmotivated. I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod a couple of weeks ago after hearing and seeing a lot of posts on Instagram and videos on YouTube about the life changing effects for so many people. I decided to give it a go myself. I started by looking up Hal Elrod and came across some of his talks on YouTube. I watched a couple of them, then picked up the book. I'm in a transition period right now in my life. I'm still working in Ohio through the week, even though I moved to Indiana after getting married at the beginning of the year. I'm at the point now where I'm researching alternate career paths so that I can find a job closer to home. I want to be able to spend more time with my husband and stepdaughters. I figured this is the best time to really concentrate on personal development. The better my mindset, the more open I am to opportunities, the better my chances are of findi…

Making Good Decisions

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I have spent the last few years struggling with my health. I finally found out that most of my issues are because I have something called Hypermobility Syndrome. It means my collagen is faulty, which affects the entire rest of my body. Scientists and doctors are all still working on figuring out all of the details. I spent a lot of time sitting on my ass while feeling like crap. I also only ate food that was easily obtainable or that was cooked for me. I finally went to physical therapy at the end of 2016, which helped a ton. And I have tried really hard to be more active. Now that I'm moving around more, I decided that I need to start paying more attention to what I'm eating.

I've done so much research into different diets and meal plans, etc. What I have figured out is that my GI symptoms seem to be exacerbated heavily by eating meat. So for the last few weeks I've been trying to be more conscious of my diet. And by diet, I simply mean the food I'm eating. I deci…

New Directions

I haven't written anything on this blog for years.

I think my biggest problem is that when I started writing this I set up guidelines. I had to write about knitting. It was supposed to be all about my needlecrafts. Unfortunately as soon as I'm told "NO!" I shut down or choose to do the exact opposite. So I didn't write anything because I had self imposed "NO!" when it came to writing about anything else. Seriously - it's such a bad habit that as a teenager my parents refused to tell me no. They would instead choose to remind me all choices have consequences. This was their way of saying no. Luckily it worked.

I still post things about knitting, I just tend to use Twitter and Instagram. I feel like opening up the topics of my blog allows me to be more creative and allows for the flexibility I want.

So I'm just going to write about whatever I want. That's the new direction.

Hopefully now that I've given myself permission, I'll be more …

Not sleeping Equals Productivity

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I should preface this whole post with the following information: I have not slept more than 2 hours at a time in over 7 days. Read at your own risk.

Ok, now that the PSA is over I must tell you exciting news! The crocheted Blanket of Neverending Doom is finally for real FINISHED! It only took me somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-9 years but it's really done. It's currently in the dryer though so no pics as proof yet. Tomorrow it will be gracing my bed.




I also made a set a of 4 coasters today.


And I made an amigurumi.

And I frogged a project. And I knit on another project. Oh and I frogged another one and started it over. Why so productive? Because I can't sleep and can barely function courtesy of allergies and asthma that plague me this time of year. I'm under the care of an amazing specialist who has me properly medicated. Even better, he has been treating me for close to 11 years now and knows how to properly threaten me in order to get me to actually take the presc…

Appreciating the Little Ones

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I am normally a busy person. I do best under pressure. Lately I have spent less time worrying about my household chores (my house is still cleaned, but looks a little more...lived in) and more time playing with the kids around me.

My nephew is 15 months old and recently began walking and talking up a storm. He's a complete terror and I absolutely adore him. I am lucky enough to only live a mile away from him but until recently didn't make as much of an effort as I should have to go and see him. I had work to do. Laundry that needed folded. Floors that needed swept. The last couple of weeks I have gone to see my nephew every couple of days. The laundry piled up a little. I'm pretty sure all three bathrooms need a serious scouring and I probably need to run the dishwasher. But the world didn't end.

So today when I had the option of going home or playing in a sandbox with a delightful 4 year old, I picked the sandbox. I got to shovel sand into a dump truck and make vroom …

Monogamy

I have never been a monogamous knitter. I like having multiple projects going all at once. I normally have at least one shawl, a sock, a few big projects and some that caught my eye and I have to knit them Rightthissecond. That being said, this whole Ravellenic Games knitting is kicking my butt. I'm working on just my project and only my project since opening ceremonies. I'm knitting the Color Affection finally and it's wonderful. But I miss my other projects! I'm almost done and very excited that it looks like I will meet my goal. But seriously. I miss knitting socks.


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Do you know what knitters did today?

Anyone in the fiber community who knows anything of Ravelry knows what has been going on the last 24 hours. The USOC sent a cease and desist letter that was tactless, rude, insulting and just plain mean. Their reasoning was sound. They have to protect their trademark. But they did it poorly. Knitters united. Some with hate, some with venom, some with tact, some with kindness. But they united to voice their opinions on what they took to be a personal attack on what they love. That united front received international attention. It generated not one, but 2 apologies. It resulted in the head of the USOC admitting they were insensitive. It resulted in NPR taking notice.

While I may not agree with all other knitters about their tactics I do recognize that maybe, just maybe, we helped stop another organization from receiving their inflammatory, insensitive and insulting standard form cease and desist letter. If we helped make their legal department or their interns or their leader take notic…