Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pinterest Project: My First Cross Stitch

As I’m sure you’re all aware from previous posts, I’m a cross-stitcher (check my Pinterest board).  I’ve been stitching for about two years now.  And this is the kit that started it all.  I stitched a bit of it to get the basics down, but then I set it to the side and worked on the pattern I really wanted to make.

In the process of organizing my crafting supplies, I found the not even half-finished kit and decided that it was probably about time to finish it up!

My First Cross Stitch1Since it came with its own little frame, I think I’ll take it in to work and hang it somewhere in my cubicle.  A little something bright and happy to get me through my days on the phone.

You can see in the heart where I started, not all the x’s are the same.  And I’m actually really proud of the back stitching, because I’m not very good at it to begin with.  I’ve been thinking about picking up a bunch of those little beginner cross stitch kits, finishing them, and then just leaving them places.  On a bus, at work, in a coffee shop, etc.  I don’t know if people would pick them up and keep them or throw them away, but I think it’d be a fun little project.

And bonus for today: my girl Juri wanted to know what I was taking pictures of and wanted to join in on the photography fun!

My First Cross Stitch2

 

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Time Off

So, I know I’ve had some time off recently, though not really planned.  But this weekend marks the start of an actual vacation!  One that I’ve planned and saved for!  One that I’m very excited for!

Saturday after work, M and I will be driving 6 hours up to Minneapolis, MN.  We’ll spend four days bumming around my old stomping grounds.  Sunday, we’re going to the Renaissance Festival with a couple of friends of mine.  No real solid plans outside of that.  We do want to hit the Mall of America and I’m thinking also Walker Art Center and the sculpture garden.

Then, we come home and work for two days before tripping up to Wisconsin for the weekend for my cousin’s wedding.  It’ll be nice for M to finally meet a lot of my extended family.  I just met his this past Sunday at a family barbecue.

It’ll just be a nice, much-needed break from the routine of everything.  I’ll be able to see all my friends from MPLS and I’ll be able to see my family in WI.  And I’ll have M with me the whole time!

Even with my days off and my new schedule where I’m working an earlier shift and subsequently getting off work earlier, I still wind up feeling overwhelmed by everything I’m trying to do.  I’m hoping this vacation will relax my brain and help me get back in the mindset to tackle all my goals head-on.  I’m hoping it will help me re-focus on what I really want to do and lose the things I’m doing just to do.

Sometimes you just get stuck in your own routine.  And that’s exactly what vacations were made for.  Step outside of the rut you’re wearing down for yourself in your daily path.  Jump on to a trail less traveled.  I know meeting up with my old friends will give me new purpose.  John is such a brilliant artist and I’ve seen him take some great strides in his own career recently that make me want to follow his lead.  And Jamie struggles with a lot of the same productivity/focus issues that I do.  Lately, she’s been researching how to put her time to better use and her determination really inspires me.  Being around those two is going to do me worlds of good.

I have some posts scheduled to go up while I’m gone, but I won’t be promising a weekly update this week (I’ll be in Minneapolis).  And next week, I’m skipping the Pinterest Project in favor of my cousin’s wedding.  But after that, I’ll be back with more ferocity than ever in terms of my commitment to producing quality content for this blog to make it everything I want it to become!

In A Hundred Words

She stood at the balcony, taking a long drag of a cigarette. She breathed in the soothing menthol, wishing she could escape the bass pounding out of the closed glass doors behind her.

Her brother watched her from his bedroom window. He hated the fact that she was here. Turning away, he turned up the music.

Their mother stood in the kitchen, mindlessly chopping vegetables for a meal she didn’t want to serve to a family that did not care. She turned her head towards the balcony. Maybe tonight would be the night she jumped, right there, from where her daughter was standing.

Weekly Update #36

Okay, I think I’m more or less back on track with my posts. Thank you guys for bearing with me. The health issues in my family have fixed themselves more or less, it seems. And the internet issue has been more than fixed.

I started a new schedule this past week. Instead of working 11:30 PM to 8 PM, the second shift at APAC, I now work 8 AM to 4:30 PM. It means getting up at the ungodly hour of 6 AM, but it also means feeling like I have more time in my day. I’m actually very excited for this new schedule. Once I adjust to functioning so early in the morning and I’m not constantly exhausted, I’m very much looking forward to using that free time after work in better ways.

M and I went to go see Guardians of the Galaxy on Wednesday. It was very good! I highly recommend it! It’s not the average superhero movie. It’s not as straightforward as other “hero-saves-the-universe” movies. Each character has an interesting and compelling backstory, and this first movie is a great introduction to the characters. The sequel is slated for release in 2017 and I cannot wait! Groot and Rocket are my favorite. I do wish that Gamora’s character had been treated a little differently, though. She’s supposed to be this bad-ass character but sort of gets sidelined into a damsel in distress. Not too happy about that one.

Next Saturday, M and I are driving up to Minneapolis for a little vacation. I’m pumped to see all of my friends again as well as for M to meet them all. I will post as consistently as possible while I’m away. Then, two weeks from today, my cousin is getting married in Wisconsin. M and I will be attending that as well.

And that pretty much does it for new and exciting things in my life. Until next time, my dear readers!

Pinterest Project: Button Friendship Bracelets

 

Today’s post is a bit of a throwback to middle school.  Friendship bracelets!  Although a bit more grown up this time around.  I love embroidery floss – stitching, knotting, braiding, tying, looking at, collecting… I do love me some embroidery floss.
Button Friendship Bracelets12My grandmother gifted me a whole jar of buttons she’s collected over the years.  I had lots of fun making these.  I found the patterns around Pinterest.  I’ve collected them on one of my boards.  Check it out!

Button Friendship Bracelets6Metallic floss is pretty hard to work with when it comes to macrame and friendship bracelets.  But this one turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself!

Button Friendship Bracelets7This pattern I found on Pinterest.  This was the second button bracelet I ever made.

Button Friendship Bracelets4And this was the first.  Not really a button.  That’s actually a 5 yen coin from Japan.  5 yen equates to about $0.05 USD.  The 5 yen coin signifies meeting new people and good experiences heading your way.

“I Think I Need Some Space…”

M and I both live with our parents for the time being.  We’re both working and trying to pay down our massive student loans, as you do now-a-days when you graduate college.  Most of the time, M stays at my house because it’s closer to work.  M lives about 45 minutes away from where I live, and about an hour away from where we both currently work.  On days off, we typically spend time with M’s family at his house.

With both of us already lacking in personal spaces away from family members, it’s hard for us to have individual spaces within our already small rooms.  As much as I love M, I do need time for myself and I very much enjoy having a space that’s specifically mine.  M is the same.  He needs that same sort of space.

We finally rectified the issue.  M bought me a little desk and rearranged his room to make space for it.  I don’t really have room in my room for another desk, but I was able to make other arrangements for M.  He brought an old computer over and we cleared off a wooden table for him to use as a desk.

I can’t speak for M, but it’s very important for me to have my own space as well as time to myself to work on my own personal projects.  I love M, and I love spending time with him, but everyone needs time for themselves.  And that is usually facilitated by a space all for themselves.  I am really lucky I have someone who understands that and is willing to give me that space.

Hello, dear readers. As you may have noticed, I have been a teensy bit absent this past week. The reason has been two-fold.

One. I’ve been having some usage issues with my internet service provider. Those are being worked out.

Two. There have been some health issues within my family that I made a priority.

Things will be back to normal sometime this coming week. I appreciate you sticking with me, my lovely readers!

Weekly Update #35

Today, my dear readers, started off pretty poorly. I occasionally go long stretches where I have trouble sleeping – which I am unfortunately in right now – and then this morning Disco was being especially needy. Poor kitten, his food bowl was half empty and we just can’t have that! Then, the little punk decided to knock a bunch of stuff into some very hard to reach places. It was not fun to move heavy furniture around to get the necklace and other various items the furry terror knocked off.

M and I are attending a wedding the first weekend in September, so we had to go shopping for outfits for the both of us. M was easy. He just needed a nice dress shirt. We went to several stores looking for a dress of some sort for me and had zero luck. It always frustrates me when I see so many cute dresses, but can’t find my size. Eventually, I was able to find several cute outfits at Target, and not just for the wedding.

The highlight of my day was the dinner that M and I invited our respective parents to. We figured it was about time they met each other. The dinner went well, I think. I hope, anyway. It seemed like it went well…

Other than that, it’s been a pretty normal week.

I’m late in posting because right after dinner yesterday, we went straight to game and that ran until 11 PM. I was asleep the moment my head hit the pillow. But I’m typing this on my lunch break at work – that’s how much I love you, my dear readers.

Pinterest Project: Snail Mail Pt 1

Living in the 21st century, most of the physical mail I get is either bills or junk mail.  It always brightens my day when I get a note or letter or card in the mail instead of the usual “you owe us money” and “buy our random useless thing!”  Unfortunately, those little pick-me-ups are few and far between.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and start sending notes to make my friends smile when they check their mail.

Snail Mail Pt 1-2SMUDGE

I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to ideas of how to decorate envelopes, cute stationery, how to spice up a drab letter, and other fun things to send in the mail to your friends and family.  I’m also slowly working on practicing some calligraphy (or at least practicing how to fake it).

Snail Mail Pt 1-3SMUDGEIt was really fun to write to all my friends!  I have a thing for paper and paper products – I tend to collect and almost hoard them.  I see a pretty stationary set and I buy it.  It’s nice to finally put some of my stockpile to use.  I hope everyone enjoys their notes!

I’m hoping I get some letters back.  It’d be pretty sweet to start a letter-writing campaign and get things other than bills and junk in the mail more often than on my birthday or on the holidays.

If any of you, dear readers, have any fun ways to address an envelope  or any other fun snail mail ideas, please share them in the comments below!  I’d love to hear them!

Living At Home: Giving Back

As you have probably gathered from some of my previous posts, I currently live at home with my parents while I try to simultaneously save money and pay off my student loans.  They don’t charge me rent or utilities or anything like that.  I don’t even have to pay for groceries if I don’t want to.  But after years of living on my own and taking care of myself, it’s still an adjustment, even though I’ve lived at home for almost a year now.

While I am grateful that my parents understand my financial situation and let me live with them rent-free, I don’t want to take advantage of them.  I do what I can to buy my own necessities like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and some of my own groceries.

The other thing I’ve been doing lately is cooking for my parents.  On Sunday, I made them brunch.  That was my own special cinnamon almond pancakes with caramel apple topping and homemade whipped cream.  Then, last night I made Mexican stuffed shells.  My brother had I’m assuming his girlfriend over as well, so I ended up feeding six people all together.  That recipe was a hit as well.

I don’t often have time to do other chores around the house outside of taking care of my own space, so cooking when I am able to is a way for me to pay them back for all that my parents are doing for me.

Have any of you, dear readers, had to live with your parents or other family members?  How did you pay them back for their kindness?  Let me know in the comments!