The 7-year Scarf

Or maybe it’s the 8-year scarf – is finally complete!

Scarf

This scarf project has seen me through 2 cats who loved to play with the yarn and needles when I tried to knit and spent many years in the closet. Most of the time, I knitted just 1 or 2 rows then put it down for months, or over a year, at a time.

When I picked it up this month, I started to experiment with different stitches that I learned from YouTube and was not very good at keeping track of them. Did I just knit or purl? So you can see an odd patch. Anyway, it’s finally done and I plan to wear this for the rest of the season!

And… dun Dun DUUUN!!
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I can manipulate my sister into buying me a fancypants phone and have her thank me for accepting it.

Me: The apple phone is too expensive! Did you know I can go to target and buy a smart phone for like $100?  And then slip in that sim card and be done.

Sister: You already received your phone!  It’s your phone! Tada!

Me: I know… but it’s too dang expensive for me to use. and it’s returnable. 😛

Sister: Well it’s a phone computer navigation camera Try it!

Me: $1000 is just over the top.

Sister: Try it first before you decide. You’ve never even had one.
In 3 years, you can buy yourself a cheap phone if you want, but I think you’ll enjoy having this one. And you might use your iPad less, so you don’t need that anymore so savings!

Me: gah i can’t believe a $1000 phone only lasts 3 years!!! that’s $300 a year. I could just get a new phone every year at that rate.

Sister: Anyway, just open the damn thing and start using it. Think of it as a present. I won’t buy you one next year no matter how much you want a present for any reason!!!!

Me: hahaha… u know, i was excited about a new iPhone. they are beauts. but i just got stickershock. I mean… it’s like I love tesla’s but you just bought me the tesla x and now i can’t take it out of the garage.

Sister: You have a case, put it on, stick the sim in and take care of it.  let yourself live with it. If you try it and don’t think it’s worth the money, you can decide for yourself with the next phone. Or you can sell it on the secondary market. It wasn’t $1000, it was like $850. The thing(s) you spend the most money on should be the things that you carry and use the most. Your phone stays with you all the time.

Me: U know what? I’m going to use it. fer serious. This will be the fanciest thing I have in a long time. My last fancy thing that I would’ve never gotten was the pelikan pen which I use all the time.

Sister: Thank you.
I mean, do I steer you wrong? Do I tell you to buy things that aren’t nice *and* worth the money? I try not to!
And this is a *present*!!!!!!!!!!!

Me: that’s funny. you thank me for accepting the phone u bought for me. we’re so ass backwards.

Sister: omg, a new phone it’s like a counseling session!!!

Taylor Swift Album 6 Watch begins

  • It’s October 2X.  All but one of her past albums have come out October 2X, every other year.  (Fearless came out in November.)
  • She’s performing in Austin today.  Perfect opportunity for publicity.
  • Her Instagram has been a little busier than usual.
  • She had a whirlwind Summer fling.  Many muses to draw from.

Get excited!  I am.  I have been waiting for this since we went to her concert last year.

Haircut

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I’m glad I got a haircut since it has been 11 months since my last one. And it was nice catching up with Christina. It’s a little shorter than I’d like, but in a way, that works out better because I get more ideal length time when it gradually grows into it.

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I’m running out of stuff to do and have been feeling restless lately. Like I need to find something I can get into. I’ve pretty much reached the bottom of the barrel of YouTube and Netflix. Most days, I just have something on for the background noise and can’t be bothered to pay attention. The fish tank is pretty self-contained. The plants don’t like being over-tended. So I joined a gym. Maybe this will help me kill some time and provide something stimulating.

Again with the shopping hobby. In preparation for this new endeavor, I got a water bottle (lost the old one).

These headbands. (I’ve used them for a while now and they’re only ok. They have to be clipped on to stay, otherwise, they slide off.)
Savvy Coconut Headbands
And a locker lock.
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Fountain Pen Hobbyist

Speaking of shopping hobbies, I met a fellow fountain pen enthusiast at the same training class. He was using a Lamy 2000 and when I asked him about it, he offered to let me try it, which I did. It was nice but probably heavier than I prefer. It has the heft of the Pilot Metropolitan. He also had the Monteverde OneTouch Stylus Tool Pen. It’s like the nerd’s version of a pocket knife. A fountain pen with a touchscreen stylus, a ruler with 4 measuring scales, a level, and mini screwdrivers (flat head and Philips). Today he brought in his 1943 Parker Vacumatic which looked almost like mine but his was longer. I should have brought my 1946 Debutante. I think his was the Major. I asked him about notebooks and paper and he said he was currently using the Moleskine which wasn’t very good and had bleed through. I will take that as a steer clear. He was also using another pen today that had a greenish marbling design. It was kind of big and fat. I wish I’d asked him what it was. It’s kinda’ neat to meet a fountain pen fool in real life. They exist!

Hobby

I went to a training class at work today and by way of introducing ourselves, they asked participants to talk about a hobby.  I racked my brain for something better to say than just watching YouTube and Netflix which is probably how I spend 90% of my free time.  It’s as valid a way to pass time as anything else, but doesn’t seem hobby-like.   I ended up sharing that I enjoy cooking and doing yoga.

Then I came home to a couple of packages I’d just ordered.  One item was this new watercolor set.  I discovered some watercolor hobbyists on YouTube and decided to dabble in this.  When I was a kid, I took watercolor lessons and even though I didn’t really have the patience for art (and I still don’t), I enjoyed studying objects to try to put them on paper.  And I love color!
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I’m not sure how long this interest will last – for 5 minutes or longer term.  So maybe my other hobby is really just shopping for my maybe-hobbies.

Lent Update

I guess it’s a bit late to be updating about Lent seeing how it ended in March. But this year has gone by pretty quickly hasn’t it? We’re more than halfway through 2016! Some years feel faster than others. This is one of those faster than usual years.

I studied the Japanese alphabet (hiragana). I memorized (and then promptly forgot) the alphabet. So now I know nothing. I never even got to the talking part or grammar or anything. Just dropped off at the very fundamental alphabet. So yeah, that was a bust. I didn’t even study it for 40 days straight. It was maybe for 3 weeks.

Hajimemashite – Nice to meet you.

Yup. That’s what I have left.

Shopping at Ikea

For years I’ve “stored” a pile of dried foods on the floor between the pantry and the washer/dryer. Oatmeal, rice, rice noodles, dried fruits, cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, mung bean noodles, wheat pasta, quinoa, and the list goes on. Like a spillover of stuff from the pantry. It looked like a mountain of stuff. So I’ve been wanting to get a cart of some sort to organize this mountain since last year. I’m okay with disorder to a certain extent but I have my standards too! Said disorder needs to be lifted off the floor.

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And here it is. The Ikea BYGEL. It was between the Raskog or the BYGEL. They’re both small enough to fit in the corner and $30. If I was more diligent about checking Craigslist, I could’ve probably gotten one for much less. I ended up picking the BYGEL because it was slightly larger. Putting it together was a little challenging. Some of the screw holes weren’t drilled properly so the screws only went in part of the way. As long as it can hold my kombu seaweed.

While I was at Ikea, I also picked up more than a dozen kitchen rags.
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I’ve gone through boxes and boxes of virgin paper products to blow my nose. For a while I got recycled tissues but they hurt after blowing through a box in a day. So I’m now using dishrags as snotrags. The handkerchief is coming back! I considered making my own with old t-shirts, but that meant I had to cut my old t-shirts which I couldn’t bring myself to do. They are the most comfortable and have many holes for ventilation during the summer. It took over a decade to get them this soft. So I plan on sewing old shirt buttons on my kerchiefs to differentiate them from kitchen rags. They get washed regularly no matter what but I figured for the kimochi of it, I should keep them separated. What do you think of handkerchiefs? Gross or thumbs up? I used one today and liked it. I felt a little embarrassed whipping it out on the metro but then I got used to it after a while. Today wasn’t a bad allergy day so one kerchief was enough. I will probably keep 2 in my bag and 1 at work at all times and washing each after a day’s use. I blow my nose over 100 times(?) on a bad day. Today it was maybe 30 times. Yes, my nose has killed many many trees. I feel like I should have done this a long time ago. It’s very absorbent by the way. I wonder if people use these for cloth diapering or as burp rags.

Lent

Gosh Lent rolled around quickly. This year, I want to learn Japanese for 40 days. I started Tuesday on an app called Human Japanese. Reddit recommended it. I’ll just see how far I get in 40 days. To put it in “giving up” terms, I’ll be giving up free time to do this. Whatever. It’s just something fun to do until Spring rolls around.