Eating / Just had yogurt and there’s a peach waiting as a mid-morning snack
Drinking / Just finished my morning coffee, but now it’s water until this eveing.
Practicing / Focus
Mastering / Well, I don’t know about mastering, but I have several sewing projects of knit materials waiting to be sewn up, so I am trying to master it…
Learning / To balance things at work
Trying / To make sure I get all the necessary things done before leaving next week
Playing / Inside my head
Finishing / A pair of gift socks — very soon!
Reading / Grantville Gazettes
Remembering / Mom. For some reason, I’ve been thinking of her here and there. It’s not a bad thing, actually
Wearing / A linen dress that needs to be copied, as it is beginning to show its age. But it is so comfortable
Cooking / Minimally, as the heat is getting up there
Working / On cataloging as much as possible before the material to be reviewed arrives
Traveling / To the Southwest very soon. I am eager to see the Grand Canyon
Wanting / Time to just be… the beach is less than a month awa
Eating / Just had yogurt and there’s a peach waiting as a mid-morning snack
- I am very glad two new friends came over to join me for my craft Saturday. It did mean I missed some alone time, but I will survive. I’ll get some on Monday, since I am back to working at home.
- I am very ready for a shower.
- I am glad I did not exercise yesterday, as my ankle needed a break. Today it has been noticeably better. Now, should I go do the stationary bike?
- I am reading the Honor Harrington novels. It’s a re-read, so I’m skipping the boring and/or repetitive parts.
- I am winding a warp and then warping the loom for a class next weekend.
- I am looking forward to Italy. Only 11 days until I leave.
- I am slightly stressed by all the prep work that needs to be done at work.
- I am pleased by how the class is going, however.
- I am missing being able to watch the Olympics. It’s annoying that I have to have cable to watch it (or else have an antenna, which I have not yet installed).
- I am frustrated by the roofer’s extreme slowness.
Outside my window: cold and dark, but hopefully this weekend will live up to the weather report and warm up a bit.
I am thinking: of a jumble of things in my mind. It’s time to do a review of todos.
I am thankful: that last weekend went well.
In the kitchen: I am eating lots of raw vegetables, but I think it is time to make a bean and grain salad.
I am wearing: my nightclothes of sweats and long-sleeved tshirt.
I am listening to: Celtic-style rock music. I think it’s time to switch to the instrumental, soothing stuff.
I am going: to bed soon.
I am hoping: that the roofing contractor finally listens to what I am saying.
I am looking forward to: going to Italy next month!
I am wondering: how I can manage some time just to stay home.
I am learning: more about how to manipulate computer video files.
I am praying: for a friend of the family and his wife, who suffers from dementia.
On my Ipod: knitting podcasts and lots of Celtic-style music
I am reading: Bastion / Mercedes Lackey
I am pondering: what to focus on this weekend. I know one thing will be prepping the warp for the weaving class in two weeks.
A quote for today: “speaking the truth in love”
A verse for today: That’s where the quote comes from: Ephesian 4:15. It’s a good reminder to speak kindly and make charitable assumptions of speech.
One of my favorite things: reading, curled up in my lounge chair.
A peek into my day: Tense from work, because the computers was so slow. Usually that’s not the problem, but today it felt like it, because I needed it to work faster.
January 3, 2014 at 8:48 am (stray thoughts)
time: 8:39 am
drinking: water. Just finished my coffee, now I’m on water.
eating: Nothing right now. Had yogurt with strawberry syrup for breakfast.
feeling: Steeling myself to get through a work day. I’ve got a book to read.
loving: The bright sunlight reflecting off the snow.
thinking: I hope for a better year. 2013 wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best year ever either.
making: Socks, a sweater, a dress, etc. I’m always making things.
wanting: Another staycation. I’d like some uninterrupted time to read and make things.
needing: Quiet time at home. Exercise.
reading: The bitter kingdom by Rae Carson. As well as a variety of other books.
enjoying: Celtic music
avoiding: Recording the videos I need for work. I’ll get to it, but I don’t think they are my best work, and just recording the videos is really the basic thing.
wishing: Wishing I had time to focus on my most basic work task. I’ve been doing other stuff for so long that I miss it.
hoping: That this year my family will continue to hold together. It’s been a year since Mom died now, and we’ve done pretty well. But it will take ongoing effort.
missing: Mom. still.
November 12, 2013 at 10:13 am (stray thoughts)
location: at work
eating: just finished yogurt with strawberry
watching: Arrow, and Miss Fisher’s murder mysteries
feeling: unable to concentrate
making: a cowl, socks, shawl, dress, quilt
wanting: I don’t know what
needing: time with family
reading: Phryne Fisher, same as the television shows
enjoying: the beauty of the fall
avoiding: working on the online teaching I have to do
wishing: to not feel rushed
hoping: it’s a good holiday
Sometimes Carole’s Ten on a Tuesday are easy, sometimes they are hard. This one is actually right in the middle, because really, only ten books I want to read? I read way too much. But we’ll give it a try.
- Beowulf by Seamus Haney – although actually I want to listen to it, not read it on paper
- On Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau. I wonder if listening to it would work better?
- Archangel’s legion by Nalini Singh – well, whatever comes out next, I guess.
- Thankless in death by J.D. Robb – or whatever else is most recent. I really like this series, even if the individual books don’t live up to my expectations.
- 1636: the Devil’s opera by Eric Flint and David Carrico – whatever else is most recent in this series
- The long ships by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson. I read a fascinating review that struck me as equal parts funny and interesting.
- Cobbled Court quilt books by Marie Bostwick, both the main series and the related books. Oddly enough, I’ve only read one, but I liked it. I just haven’t gotten around to them.
- Eat, pray, love – curiosity mostly
- Patricia Briggs books – whatever is next to come out. I have read all of hers (I think, because not sure about the oldest stuff), currently buy them as they come out, and re-read them regularly. (Night broken in March 2014)
- Ilona Andrews books – once again whatever is next to come out. I like the Kate Daniels series best, but have read almost everything else she(and he) have written.
I found out some time ago that my Myers-Briggs personality type is called the Mastermind. It was an interesting read, especially since I could definitely see some likenesses. And in some ways I found certain elements of that description to be freeing, in the sense that I could see those elements to be justified, in a sense. It was part of the balance of my personality to be an introvert, for an example, and it helped me to understand that I really do need to have time alone in order to balance my personality. Understanding that about myself helps me to make good choices for what I actually do need, both in choosing to be alone and in choosing not to be alone.
However, and this is where I am a bit of a rebel about personality tests — allowing oneself to be defined by your “personality type” is a form of self-limitation. Yes, there are likenesses in that description, but there are also warnings. I can look at that description and recognize several weaknesses in my character, and so work to avoid and/or strengthen them. I don’t get to just accept them. That’s a cop out. I take responsibility for my actions; I don’t accept the excuse of saying, “oh, that’s just the way I am.” Maybe you do have a tendency toward such and such a character trait, but if it is a bad character trait, you are the one who decides to act upon it. I recognize in myself a tendency toward arrogance, and when I read the mastermind description it is there. But I take precautions against my own arrogance, with specific actions included in that to balance out the arrogance that is part of my nature. I do NOT allow it to have full play without any limitations.
In the same way, I find generational descriptions to be amusing and annoying at the same time. Yes, I am like my generation in many ways, but there are plenty of ways in which I am distinctly different. Aggregated data is limited when it comes to defining the person. Don’t assume that you are always a reflection of the aggregate. You are you, and should not be constrained by the box of the group.
Carole Knits has come up with an interesting ten things this time.
- My own pillow
- Milk, where I can drink right out of the bottle without feeling guilty
- the yogurt I make
- the ability to wear whatever I want, even if it is less than appropriate
- my own eating schedule
- having ALL my crafts ready to hand
- not having the television on
- the temperature I keep my own house
- Mobility — I do like having my car to get around.
- all my books at my fingertips
There’s just nothing like the convenience of home to be the way I like.
Carole’s challenge for this week is ten things I want to do this summer. I think that should be an easy to list to come up with, but actually it wasn’t.
- go to the beach and be lazy for a long time. This is already planned, although I could wish it were for more than one week.
- Do Tour de Fleece 2013. I fully plan on this. I want to finish the sweater spinning that I started last year.
- plan on hiring landscape people to clean up my yard.
- Have some leisurely days. Put them on the calendar.
- Upgrade laptop memory.
- Explore some new recipes for cold desserts.
- Can something
- Walk in nearby national park.
- Run in a race? Undecided, but a possibility for late summer or early fall.
- Pursue Bikram yoga.