Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Year's Goal Check In

We are almost half way through the year so I thought I'd check in with my New Year's goals

1. Update the blog once per week - Fail!  This is only the second time I've blogged since making that goal.  However, I won't be too hard on myself since life is busy.  Maybe after graduation next year this one will be a bit easier.

2. Feel comfortable enough in my skin to wear a little sun dress for Easter - I didn't end up wearing a sun dress but I did wear a really cute pants outfit.

3. Finish everything currently on the needles - Lady Eleanore scarf; 2 pair of socks for my daughter and the Old Man and the Sea Sweater - I finished my Lady Eleanore and the 2 pair of socks but I have yet to pick back up that sweater.
These are the two pair that are now finished.
4. Knit a handspun pair of socks - I haven't even thought about this one.  I haven't touched my poor spinning wheel in more than 6 months.  The poor thing probably thinks I left it.
5. Knit a worsted weight pair of socks - I haven't started this.
6. Knit a pair of mittens from silk hankies- I haven't started this.
7. Knit the sweater from 'Botanical Knits'- I haven't started this.
8. Knit a sweater from the Blue Cascade yarn- I haven't started this.
I have been enjoying this view as much as possible this spring.

PS.  In trying to find pictures for this post, I have found a disturbing lack of finished object pictures.  There are an abundance of in progress shots.  I will have to work on that.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review of FitBit Flex

A couple people wanted to know what I thought of my new FitBit Flex, so I did a little Review. 


I’ve lost 2 lbs because it’s making me think about it more about what I’m doing.
I don’t have to worry about a pedometer falling off my pants
It’s always with me so I don’t forget to grab it like my phone.
It’s comfortable.
Waterproof for swimming up to 32 ft depth
It gives me a ton of data


Not very stylish
Have to sync it with my computer or cell phone.
Have to look at my cell phone to get data
No data from device directly
I still have to decide what to do when I see the data

I’ve had it one week but here are my thoughts on it:

It certainly doesn't do the work for you, but it does make you more conscious of the work or lack of it you are doing. It helps if you read directions and put it on your non-dominate hand so you don’t rack up steps from things like dealing cards.

The website shows you the following graphics:

Activity: This is your steps by the time of day you were doing them.

Calories: This shows the number of calories burned so far in the day.

Distance: This shows how many miles you've walked in a day.

Steps: This is the number of step today

Friends: Shows the number of steps this week and gives you the option to connect with friends who are also using the fit bit.

Very Active Mins: This shows the number of very active minutes

FoodPlan: The website allows you enter your weight loss goal and timeframe. Then it will calculate the number of  calories you can have in a day to reach your goal, the cool thing is it also adjusts this number for your activity  level. The graphic shows how many calories you have left for the day when you enter what you've eaten.

Calories In vs Out: This graphic looks like a half circle thermostat with an arrow showing when you’re over your calories at a point in the day, under or right on target.

Water: When you enter your water consumption, this shows number of cups of water you have drank and how many you have left to make the recommended amount.

Sleep: When you tell the fit bit that you are going to sleep by tapping the device and telling it when you get up in the morning, again by tapping it. It tracks the amount of time you slept, how long you were in bed, how long it took you to get to sleep, how many times you were restless and woke up during the night. I haven’t found the restless and waking up in the middle of the night information to be 100% accurate, but it does give good enough information to get an idea of if you’re getting enough sleep. I realized even though it feels like I’m up a half dozen times during the night, in reality, it’s probably only once or twice and then only for 1 or 2 minutes.

So to summarize, I love mine.

I hope this helps. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 Goals

Start as you mean to continue.  I've often heard this in relation to the New Year.  So today I have been filling my cupboard shelves and my heart with 'enough.'  For 2014, I want enough.  Enough love in my home, Enough money to pay the bills, and Enough food to keep us fed. I don't need more than that.

But in the fine tradition of new years resolutions, this is the list of my goals for 2014.  

1.  Update the blog once per week 
2.  Feel comfortable enough in my skin to wear a little sun dress for Easter
3.  Finish everything currently on the needles - Lady Eleanore scarf; 2 pair of socks for my daughter and the Old Man and the Sea Sweater
4.  Knit a handspun pair of socks
5.  Knit a worsted weight pair of socks
6.  Knit a pair of mittens from silk hankies
7.  Knit the sweater from 'Botanical Knits'
8.  Knit a sweater from the Blue Cascade yarn

There is nothing shocking or unattainable here but they are things I want to finish or do in my life.


Monday, December 30, 2013


It's almost the end of another year and when not freezing (it was -5 F at noon), I've been thinking alot about the past year.  I've been contemplating where I am, where I want to be and what I want in my life.  These are questions that I think about alot but more so this time of year.  One of the things that was bothering me was that a few months ago I deleted this blog.  I really didn't have time to keep up with it and decided it wasn't worth it.  But as usual for me I had delete remorse.  Luckily for me, blogger now has an undelete option.  So, as luck has it, I have my blog back.

I'm not sure where it will go but it's good to be back online.

I leave you with today's knitting project.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day 2

My goal today is to clear this mess off of my treadmill so that I  use it.

I was 5 points over my daily points allotment due to being attacked by a bag of potato chips after work.  But I got a 30 min walk in during lunch.  Then when I got home I got the treadmill cleared off.  I jumped on it for the first time in a couple months and did one of the 30 min programs. 

Progress is progress.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From Flabby to Fit

I feel like I've been trying to lose weight for quite sometime.  When it has really only been since i quit smoking about 7 years ago. I'm not sure just why I haven't been successful in losing and keeping the weight off.  I consider myself lucky, in that I have a lot of moral support.  My Mom and two of my aunts are also trying to lose weight and we've have supported each other.  But my weight still fluctuates, never resting where I want to be.

Last night I wrenched my back while bowling. I know, funny right. I shouldn't be hurting myself over anything like that. So, this morning while I waited for my hot water bottle to work it's magic and after I called into work, I decided that before I turn 46 I want to lose the weight for good and get healthy.  That is only 5 months away.  Needless to say I spent the rest of the morning trying to figure out how to make that happen.

I came to the conclusion that the only way this is going to work is if I'm held accountable. This is where you come into the plan. I'm hoping that if I have to post my successes and my failures that it will force me to be more mindful of my choices. I really don't want to have to come to you with failures.

I plan to post most days about what has gone well and maybe not so well, whether i went over my Weight Watchers point or stayed on target and finally when I exercise or slipped up.

I hope this will be a successful journey, and maybe if I'm lucky I'll inspire you as well as myself.

 Day 1 - I did what I set out to do today. I started my journey. I stayed under my WW points. And as an added bonus, I did 15 minutes of yoga to gently stretch my back. I have to say that it worked quite well.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Introduction to Spinning

I never expected to enjoy spinning when I took my first class.  But by the end of the day, I was hooked. And bought my wheel on the spot.  Spinning, for me, is not about the getting yarn but about the process of creating.  So when I received an assignment for my english class to explain a green technology in essay form it was only natural for me to turn to an enjoyable hobby that uses very few non-renewable resources and is powered by the human body.  The rest of the assignment was to create a video to go along with the essay - Introduction to Spinning.

The video was much more difficult than I expected and gives me even more appreciation for those people who podcast week in and week out.  I'll just apologize up front for the stops, stumbles, umms and ahhs throughout.  I hope you can enjoy it for what it is.

Here are some further spinning resources that I enjoy and you may find helpful:

 The KnitGirllls - This podcast is excellent at enabling.  They also show beautiful examples of finished yarn and spinning in process.
 Blooming Knitter - This podcaster has done several very professional tutorials and is a pleasure just to listen to while your spinning or knitting.
The Proverbial Knitter - This podcaster has done tours of several different types and styles of spinning wheels.  If you think you want to get a spinning wheel, go check her out.

Start Spinning by Maggie-Casey
The Spinners Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson

Edited to add:  I want to say a HUGE thank you to my daughter Jade for all of her help in creating the video.