Monday, July 13, 2009

Just a quick post. One of my pieces of jewelry was chosen for a treasury on Etsy today. Check it out! Mine is the "Blue Bead Bracelet."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

On May 23rd, Patrick and I headed out to Provincetown, MA for our first real vacation together since I don't know when. We ended up having a great time. Here's Patrick enjoying the local cuisine:

At the Lobster Pot

On Sunday, we spent some time hanging out and people watching downtown and then went out to Race Point Beach to do some beachcombing:

On the beach at Race Point

Me on Race Point Beach

Sunday night we went to see Poppy Champlin, a hilarious comedian. I laughed so hard I cried. I highly recommend seeing her if you are the open-minded sort and don't mind a lot of very dirty, gay jokes.

On Monday, we went on a whale watch. It was an amazing day and we ended up seeing between 20-30 humpback whales.

Feeding time!

Tuesday, we went on a dune tour and then up to the top of the Pilgrim Monument.

Pilgrim Monument

Wednesday, we headed home as the rest of the week the forecast was for rain. We were happy to get home and pick up Saffy from the kennel. She wasn't too happy because she got a bath:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Boy I suck! It's been way too long since I last posted. I guess I've just been too lazy. Busy isn't an issue in my life usually, so it can't be that. Right now I am on a forced hiatus from yoga so I have a lot of extra time on my hand.

Since December I've been having lots of adventures with the dermatologist. I had a biopsy on a bump on my face which turned out normal and then I had a mole check in March which resulted in another biopsy on a mole on my stomach. That was mildly abnormal and the doctor decided he just wanted to watch that one. While on my follow up appointment for that mole, he decided to biopsy another mole on my groin which turned out to be moderately abnormal and resulted in another appointment to have it and everything around it removed. I now have nine stitches in my groin and two on my chest as he decided to biopsy yet another mole when I went to have the one on my groin removed. Hence the hiatus from yoga. I should find out the results of the biopsies this week and get the stitches out on Friday. I really hope this is the end of these adventures for a while. I know it won't be forever. Being a redhead, it's just something I have to live with.

In two weeks, Saffy and I are heading to Wisconsin for a two week visit with my family. I am really looking forward to it. A trip to Six Flags, a Brewer game, and a wedding reception are all on the agenda. Saffy will be very happy to have her very own Golden Retriever to play with in her cousin, Gus.

In knitting, I finished my Kai-Mei socks and have started the Cookie A KAL for June by knitting the Sunshine socks from Sock Innovation.

Kai-Mei Socks Completed!

Sunshine socks in progress

Patrick and I also took a short vacation to Provincetown, MA last month. I'll update with tales of the trip and pictures tomorrow.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

So, it's been two weeks since I've last updated.  Today was Weight Watchers and I am now down 40 pounds!  I can't believe it.  I only have 29 more pounds to go to get to my goal weight.  It seems so much easier now that I've come as far as I have.  

In knitting news, I am doing a Cookie A KAL on Ravelry and one of the patterns for the month of May is Kai-Mei from Sock Innovation.  I finished the first sock on Tuesday and I love it!


I am also working on another pair of Mingus socks:

In Progress Mingus

And I picked up some new gorgeous Malabrigo Sock yarn to be used for a future Cookie A KAL:

New Malabrigo

In Saffy news, she went to doggie daycare for the first time today.  I have never seen this dog more exhausted than she was this afternoon.  The people at the kennel wanted to keep her and were impressed by her ability to hold her own with the big dogs.  I just wish I could have seen it all.  They have a webcam, but it just isn't the same. . . 

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy last day of April!  I did it!  A post a day in April!  Hooray!

Today was Weight Watchers.  As I said last week, I've been having a big loss week then a small loss week.  This week was a small loss week of only .4 lbs.  I've lost a total of 37 pounds with 5 pounds lost in April.  I also was able to meet my other goals of earning 28 activity points and eating all my daily points every day.  I plan on keeping those two goals for every week.  It should be easy now that the weather is nicer and I can take a lot of walks with Saffy.

Hope everyone has a great May!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

All through high school, my best friend was a girl I'll call Jane.  Jane and I weren't the kind of best friends that were inseparable, we each had other friends outside of each other, but we were very close.  Every summer we went to Chicago to stay with friends of Jane's family and go shopping, do crafts and just be silly.  It was really great.  When I went to college, we still stayed close, but not as close.  It was hard with me being in Virginia and Jane in Sheboygan.  She started dating when we were in high school.  I was too scared and self-conscious to even talk to guys.  She always got really distant when she was dating someone.  She never talked to me about anything since she believed I wouldn't understand since I never dated anybody.  That really hurt my feelings, because maybe I wouldn't have had first-hand knowledge of what she was talking about, but I could still listen.  It also seemed that whenever she was dating someone, she could only be close to him and only came back to me if they broke up.  After college I joined the Army and Jane found a husband.  She got married shortly after I started dating Patrick.  I was the maid of honor in her wedding and caught the bouquet at the reception.  I got married five months after her and she didn't bother to come to the wedding and sent our gift three months late.  Shortly after we received her gift she sent me a long letter about how she didn't want to be my friend anymore because I was a bad friend and selfish person who cared more about myself than about her.  She said we were just "fun friends" that didn't have any substance.  I have to say that no one ever hurt me as much as she did with that letter.  

I went through a lot of therapy and dug into my relationship with Jane from every angle and discovered that I was NOT a bad friend and selfish person.  It took me a long time to realize that everything that happened between us was all about her and never about me.  I learned that when people are angry with themselves they accuse someone else of what they are mad at themselves.  I heard this all the time when I worked on the phones.  I got accused of losing a lot of people's money.  Usually they were just mad at themselves for not selling their mutual fund shares when the price was up.  Anyway, what I learned from the situation with Jane was that I never want to be that kind of friend.  Being without much of a social life except Patrick makes me hope that I am not that kind of person.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

There's a lot of uncertainty in my life right now.  My husband works four hours away from me in Maine and I don't know when I am going to be able to live with him full-time again.  I also don't know where we'll be living when we are back together full-time.  I'm in a holding pattern here.  Sometimes I think I use the fact that there is so much uncertainty right now as an excuse to do anything.  I'm working really hard to lose weight and be healthy, but I am not doing anything to help my social life or to figure out what I want to do with my life.  I don't really have many friends here so during the week I am all by myself.  My social interactions consist of chatting with people on my walks and small talk before yoga, at knitting and at Weight Watchers.  I think I'm ready for a do-over.