In this moment 2014-06-17

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

I am…Feb. 8, 2014

  1. 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.
  2. I am very ready for a shower.
  3. 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?
  4. I am reading the Honor Harrington novels. It’s a re-read, so I’m skipping the boring and/or repetitive parts.
  5. I am winding a warp and then warping the loom for a class next weekend.
  6. I am looking forward to Italy. Only 11 days until I leave.
  7. I am slightly stressed by all the prep work that needs to be done at work.
  8. I am pleased by how the class is going, however.
  9. 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).
  10. I am frustrated by the roofer’s extreme slowness.

Roundup 2013 October

What special or unusual event occurred?
Well, the government shut down. Being a Federal employee, I ended up with 16 days of staycation. It was a highly interesting experience. I enjoyed the home time, though at first I found it confusing.
What were my accomplishments this month?
I quilted a baby quilt to give later in the month. I also employed the staycation time somewhat usefully, while packing in plenty of rest time.
What were my disappointments this month?
I was distinctly delayed in getting some work done. This threw me off when I finally got back to work. It was difficult to get back in work mode for pretty much all of October, between furlough, vacation time, and consequent slowness to getting back into thinking in work mode.
What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?
  • J.D. Robb kick
    • Treachery in death
    • Salvation in death
    • Survivor in death
    • Indulgence in death
    • Celebrity in death
    • Origin in death
    • Memory in death
    • Born in death
    • Innocent in death
    • Promises in death
  • by Nalini Singh
    • Wild invitation
    • Angel’s blood
    • Archangel’s kiss
    • Archangel’s blade
    • Archangel’s legion
    • Tangle of need
  • Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey
  • Bastion by Mercedes Lackey
  • Five little pigs by Agatha Christie (in Sigil)
  • The last boyfriend by Nora Roberts
  • The perfect hope by Nora Roberts
  • The mentalist
  • Skyfall
  • The Avengers
  • Murder at the vicarage
  • Sleeping murder
  • Nemesis
  • The A-team
  • Campion, season 2
  • Mansfield Park, two different versions
What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?
  • Baby quilt — started and finished in less than a month
  • Summerweight sweater — we’re getting close
  • Socks #29
  • Couture dress
  • Baby kimono #7 and #8
What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?
I was actually able to attend some daytime Bible studies with friends that ordinarily would never be possible, due to the shut down.
I also visited my brother and his family.
What gifts did I give and/or receive?
I received the gift of time.
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
Well, I tried to get maintenance done on the house, but delays kept happening.
What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Allergies, allergies, allergies.
Anything else noteworthy to include?
Well, the HVAC man was supposed to come and follow up on my heater maintenance, and he called to say he could not come because of the highly unexpected death of his wife. Having experienced that myself last year, I had nothing to offer but sympathy and patience.
On the other hand, he pointed out a problem that I need to get fixed — a weird leak of some sort around the hot water heater pipe in my roof. Good thing I now know about it.
The roof guy is taking forever a while to respond. But I am also raising things that are getting added by the homeowner’s association and the HVAC guy, so I must possess my soul in patience.
What rest did I achieve this month?
I actually was pretty well rested, all things considered. But it’s a constant effort to do and redo.

Roundup 2013 September

What special or unusual event occurred?
I signed a contract to get my roof worked on. It was a deal to to get them in the neighborhood and would save me much money, so I said yes.
What were my accomplishments this month?
Translations of work material into Spanish. I did two modules, which were quite large. Those who are not colleagues here at my office were quite prompt, but my colleagues right next to me? Much slower. Being “in charge” of this process may turn out to be a little annoying because of that.
Finally made the calls so I can get some house stuff done. Electrician coming to enable my front yard light to finally work.
What were my disappointments this month?
Just…missing Mom a bit more. This month would have been their 52 anniversary. Dad felt it a bit.
What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?
  • Nero Wolfe DVD
  • A game of chance / Linda Howard
  • The Quilt Show
  • The Mentalist
  • Blaze of memory, in a distracted kind of way
  • Heart of obsidian
  • Sins and needles / Monica Ferris
  • Brides quartet / Nora Roberts
  • Secrets of a summer night / Lisa Kleypas
  • Tried Consider the fork, but I just couldn’t get into it.
  • Delusion in death
  • Bronze gods / A.A. Aguirre — new author and I definitely liked him/her.
  • The vanishing man / R. Austin Freeman
  • Thankless in death / J.D. Robb
  • Deception cove / Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Five little pigs / Agatha Christie
  • Fair game / Patricia Briggs
What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?
  • Summerweight sweater — I’m SO close.
  • Socks #28
  • Spinning for fiber study: Brown Manx Loaghton
  • Spinning Romney
  • Oak trail hat (#2)
  • Leftovers hat with the same yarn as the Oak trail. This one will be for sale.
  • Big quilt got basted at my sister’s, where I had room to spread out.
What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?
Lunch with a friend (sort of) that I hadn’t seen in a while. She attends another congregation, mostly, so it is not easy to see her. But oddly, I don’t necessarily feel a strong sense of connection to her. She is a sister in Christ, but I’m uncertain that calling her a friend meets my definition.
I visited my sister later in the month. We had a good time together.
I indulged in a lovely meal at Macaroni Grill for my birthday, including the mozzarella sticks.
What gifts did I give and/or receive?
Dad remembered to send me something for my birthday!
My sister took me out to lunch.
And for my birthday, I was well-remembered by those I love. I still missed Mom, though.
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
A case to carry books back and forth from work. It is something I have been needing, and I really like this one, as it is hard-sided and looks more durable than the previous ones. I sincerely hope I will be able to use it for a long time.
Finally got back to the place where I buy bras. I bought a good one, and ended up trying out sports bras there as well. I think I will like this one, thought it had to be ordered.
What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Allergies, endless allergies.
Anything else noteworthy to include?
I watched the coming government shut down with a mixture of apprehension and anticipation. As a government worker, it would most definitely affect me.
What rest did I achieve this month?
Pretty good, although it is always interesting to notice that I will sleep well over  a weekend or vacation, and then the night before I go back to work? I sleep badly, which means I return to work as tired as I left it, more or less. I’m really not sure why.

INTJ, or am I?

The Mastermind

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.

Roundup 2013 August

Roundup questions for blog

What special or unusual event occurred?

Travel to Mexico. It was a big event for me. It was a work trip, but I was able to pack in an extra day for sightseeing, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Dad had a car accident. He scared us a bit, especially since we had to find out long distance. Fortunately my uncle, aunt, and cousin were right there, so there were able to get him out and take care of him. He was okay, but very lucky.

What were my accomplishments this month?

Co-teaching the class in Spanish. I also went through pretty much that whole week without speaking any English, except to myself. Now this is not to say I didn’t have English around me — I was still reading books in English, etc. But all my communication was Spanish-based, and I am pleased to say that I received several compliments on my speaking ability, and everyone understood me without much problem. Being able to describe something even if I can’t think of the word is a valuable skill. Plus I regularly looked words up whenever I thought of them, even if I didn’t really need them at the moment. It’s good to constantly build your vocabulary.

What were my disappointments this month?

Odd sickness, off feeling after coming back.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Raven’s shadow & Raven’s strike
  • When demon’s walk
  • last of the Daisy Dalrymple books
  • Black sheep’s daughter / Carola Dunn
  • Mentalist, end of Season 3 and beginning Season 4
  • Magic rises / Ilona Andrews — newest book out!
  • Silver Shark / Ilona Andrews
  • The red thumb mark / R. Austin Freeman
  • The mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  • Captain Blood / Rafael Sabatini
  • Amaryllis / Jayne Castle
  • The happiness project / Gretchen Rubin
  • Second confession / Rex Stout, and other Nero Wolfe stories
  • Key of light, knowledge, valor / Nora Roberts
  • Happy ever after / Nora Roberts
  • Vision in white / Nora Roberts
  • If he’s tempted / Hannah Howell — okay, but not an author I will pick up again, I think.

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Socks #28
  • Baby quilt
  • Purple scraps quilt
  • Pine & Ivy shawl
  • Couture dress class dress

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

The beach trip ended in August.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Sent gift certificate to my nephew for his birthday. Right now, money is most useful to him.

Plus I bought several souvenirs for the females of my family. I didn’t get anything for the guys because, well, I couldn’t figure out anything they might like that I could get.

Also finished the baby quilt to give, although I actually gave it on Sept. 1.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Found some material that I hope will enable me to re-make my knit shorts.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Stress is leading me to do some teeth clenching at night. I can feel it. I don’t know how to solve this, other than to get through it.

Allergy flare-up.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

Not really. Mexico just totally consumed my mind, so that I couldn’t really give attention to anything else at work.

What rest did I achieve this month?

Better than most during the first half, even during the week away teaching; not so good during the last week after I got back home. It takes time to get back in rhythm.

Roundup 2013 July

Roundup questions for blog

What special or unusual event occurred?

Finished up work conference that started in the last of June.

Taught some modules of a new version of an old class at work.

What were my accomplishments this month?

Did some translating of a Spanish Bible lesson for women for a lady who is doing a mission trip in Peru.

What were my disappointments this month?

Can’t think of anything.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Carola Dunn mystery series with Daisy Dalrymple – lots of them!
  • A garment of shadows – didn’t finish
  • Kai Lung’s golden hours – a quick dip, but didn’t finish
  • The bridge of birds on audio – very enjoyable
  • The iron wyrm affair
  • The red plague affair
  • Calculated in death
  • Phryne Fisher stories, #2-4
  • A royal pain by Rhys Bowen
  • The Man from UNCLE, Season 2
  • Masques & Wolfsbane
  • Nero Wolfe, Season 2
  • The mentalist, Season 3
  • Inspector Alleyn mystery, season 1
  • Foyle’s War, season 1

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Socks #28
  • Pine & Ivy shawl
  • Dress with Craftsy class on The Couture Dress
  • Saori weaving on rigid heddle – finished it up
  • Did a little on the wool applique
  • Pieced some purple scraps into blocks
  • Also started on next baby quilt

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Beach vacation

Quick trip at the beginning of the month to see new great-niece.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Made ice cream for our Christmas in July party for the Care Group.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Waxed tracing paper for sewing

Got my knife and scissors sharpened

Bought some shorts

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Eased back on allergy nasal rinse medicine – only once a day instead of twice. However, had to miss an allergy shot, which did not help.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

A quiet month, just the way I like it.

What rest did I achieve this month?

Good rest, especially at the beach. Not getting to bed early enough, but mostly sleeping well once I get there.

Roundup 2013 June

What special or unusual event occurred?

I went to the major work conference of the year. This was not unusual, but definitely special, as I was presenting for the first time for an interest group. I was surprisingly un-nervous at the prospect. Teaching does have its side effects.

I went to the major local quilt show. It was nice, though not especially inspiring.

What were my accomplishments this month?

Presentation at the conference.

Found the pictures for nephew’s scrapbook from Mom’s files.

What were my disappointments this month?

Care group cookout was not very well attended. Not a big thing, just mildly disappointing.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Whitecollar, season 3
  • Miss Marple movies
  • Hercule Poirot movies – with Dad
  • Mansfield Park
  • Campion
  • Chuck, season 2
  • Mentalist, season 3
  • Archangel’s blade & storm – just entertaining myself until heart of obsidian came out
  • Traitor to the blood – never finished
  • Heart of obsidian
  • The lost night
  • The defiant governess by Andrea Pickens – ok
  • The mysterious affair at Styles – re-read due to watching movie with dad earlier in the month. Interesting to note change in Christie’s styles over the course of Poirot’s existence.
  • Dead man’s folly
  • Abducting Abby and Capturing Cora from the cheap books on B&N. OK, but not inspiring
  • Did several Lora Leigh, but skipping around a lot.
  • Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh – tried out Google Play. I liked the interface, although their interface for book finding is abysmal.
  • A Caribbean mystery
  • A mourning wedding by Carola Dunn – new mystery series I am enjoying

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Socks #27
  • Summerweight cardigan, trying to figure out the button bands
  • Restarted Pine and Ivy shawl
  • Fiddled with quilting, especially finishing the baby quilt for my new great-niece
  • Spun some more brown Romney
  • Wove on the rigid heddle with Saori weaving attempt

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

I visited Dad. It was a short, weekend visit, but a good thing, I think.

I went with the weaving guild to a member’s house for a fun day. We do something at her house every year, and it is always nice. We’ve been blessed with good weather for the last few years.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Nothing, unless you count my visit to Dad as a gift.

Oh, and I did make food for a young couple with their first baby.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Heart of obsidian came out. I read it intensely for about three or four days. I will need to re-read it again to plumb its depths for the series.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Nothing really good or bad happening. The nasal rinse medicine is definitely doing well.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

Teaching the 5&6 year olds again for the summer on Wednesday night. That is always a challenge.

What rest did I achieve this month?

I got good rest.

Roundup 2013 May

What special or unusual event occurred?

  • Farm day
  • Maryland Sheep & Wool
  • presentation at work conference in Spanish
  • Survived Mother’s Day without Mom

What were my accomplishments this month?

Back to the farmer’s markets.

What were my disappointments this month?

Nothing in particular occurs to me.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Latest Darcy by Sharon Lathan
  • Beastmaster’s circus
  • Grantville Gazette #40
  • The King & I, done by a local theater. Enjoyed very much. Never have seen the movie version, so much check it out on Netflix.
  • Echo by Jack McDevitt
  • Bonds of justice reread
  • Dragon blood by Patricia Briggs reread
  • Play of passion reread
  • Angel’s flight reread
  • Other Angel’s books reread
  • Tangle of need reread
  • Different books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I don’t think I will be following this series. Interesting, but not enough to keep me going in it, especially since it is going in directions where I don’t trust the author to take me places I don’t want to go.
  • Ironman 3 with some friends
  • Dark storm reread
  • Still on the Mentalist, season 3
  • Also on Chuck, season 2
  • As well as Campion – really must get the books to this!
  • and Whitecollar

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Percy shawlette
  • Socks #27
  • Socks #26 finished
  • Worked on baby quilt for great-niece
  • Wove some on handtowels

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Went to see Ironman 3 with some friends.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

I gave a shawl that I knitted to the hostess who kindly housed me during the work conference. Her condo was literally within five minutes walking distance of the hotel, so it was marvelously convenient. Fortunately, we got along very well.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

I finally bought some things I had been thinking about: MadeOn hard lotion and Persnickety Prints credits and prints of many scrapbook pages. I’m fairly sure that I will like the credits: who wouldn’t? The lotion is more of a test.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Allergies getting worse, so I finally went to the allergist. She had a new medicine for me to try, in place of nasal sprays. It went in via the neti pot in saline solution. It seems to be working remarkably well.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

I am liking Bikram yoga. It is intense, but I do feel better when I do it. I think I will pursue this as a regular once a week feature of my workout routine.

I also finally took my old electronics to be destroyed. It had been hanging over me for a while. Glad to have it done.

What rest did I achieve this month?

Decent

Roundup April 2013

Roundup questions for blog

What special or unusual event occurred?

Bridge run done by many family members, but I missed it.

Visited my sister, as I usually do.

What were my accomplishments this month?

I gossiped less.

I focused on making sure I got enough protein in my diet, so that I was less hungry, with the idea of losing weight.

What were my disappointments this month?

I faced the reality that I must buy a larger size in pants. It definitely ensures that my focus is on eating right, with the idea of getting under that calorie count and getting enough exercise.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Creation compromises
  • Various re-reads, as I was apparently having a hard time focusing on anything very intensely
  • Tried Jeaniene Frost — adequate, but not a buy for me. Same thing for J.R. Ward; despite recommendations by many on book sites, not precisely to my taste.
  • Beastmaster, Lord of thunder by Andre Norton
  • The Mentalist, starting season 3
  • Listened to The lost world by Conan Doyle
  • Much podcast watching and listening. Especially listening to Jane Eyre as part of Craftlit listening. Really enjoying it, so much so that I am making myself not read ahead in the book, even though I am a little impatient!
  • Lady of devices, Magnificent devices, Brilliant devices by Shelley Adina

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Socks #26
  • Working on said new quilt pretty steadily – and I finished the quilt top! (Well, I need to add a border, but that is not what is called for in the pattern, so I am still calling it finished. In the meantime, I still have to work on the backing and binding, as well as a minimal border.)
  • baby quilt for my new grand-niece to come.
  • Boiled wool knitting ?
  • Wool felt applique wall hanging – I don’t know that I will call it a quilt anymore. It just isn’t a quilt, even if it does end up with multiple layers!
  • Oak trail hat by Alana Dakos

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Quiet days at home

Visit my sister

Farm day

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

A fellow guild member loaned me her Harrisville Designs loom for a long term borrowing, with the idea of maybe buying. I am looking forward to trying it out, as soon as I finish the project on my Macomber.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

???

Scanner?

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

It’s allergy season. ‘Nuff said?

Lately, I’ve been experiencing noticeable tightness in the hips, especially the left one. I decided to do some extra massage as a result. I think it helped, but by its very nature, massage is temporary. What I really need is regular, intense stretching.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

Bikram yoga coupon

Feedly frustration, but that is due to the slowness of software upgrades at work, not Feedly’s fault really, although if they would stay more backwards compatible, that would be good.

What rest did I achieve this month?

Variable

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