Archive for January, 2014

The chaos is abating

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Today brings an end to preparations (at work) for our annual conference. The conference itself is next week, an entirely different chaos, but the planning and doing are over. If it isn’t ready now, it just won’t be happening…but I am pretty sure everything is ready. I get so stressed leading up to this very moment right now. It happens every year. And the steam is now releasing.

I started the release process last night by going for a much needed pedicure. Oh, and a hair cut (just shy of a buzz), and it’s been a while, maybe 6 or 7 years, but my hair is once again red. It remains to be seen how long it stays red, as I am totally not invested, but for this moment right now, it just feels right.

We had a severe cold warning last night and mother nature didn’t disappoint. It seemed wise at 530 this morning to cancel my yoga class, and also at the time I didn’t know if we would be going to work. We only live 4 miles away so it seemed silly to not at least try, but we took the leisurely morning approach and went to breakfast, and got in at around 930. Respectably early in relation to the rest of the staff.

52Lists002This is week 2 for the 52 Lists Project. Since the project host is starting this by using her efforts from last year(when she didn’t make it through 52 weeks), the first 20 list topics are available. I have entered the topic lines ahead in my list journal and will work on a few at a time in an effort to get caught up. As with Week 1, I still don’t know if this one is finished, but want to get it posted. I will work on weeks 3 and 4 while I sit at registration next week, which might go a long way toward diffusing the next round of chaos. Maybe.

52 Lists: Week 1

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

52 Lists001I am not yet sure if I am finished with week 1 of the 52 Lists Project, but I am calling it finished to get on with it. The topic for week one is words that touch your soul. I started a list on scrap paper and it felt so very cliche, so I just opened up the small sketch book I had in my office drawer, perfect for this project, and got to it. Also at my desk, there is a glue stick, a box of cut out words, and a tin of  120 Prismacolor pencils.

The sketch book is one I bought when I was visiting my friend Patti Digh while we met up for tea at Malaprops book store in Asheville. It is 4×6 when closed and I can already tell the small size will keep me from getting overwhelmed by this project. It is the perfect diversion when my eyes or my brain need a break from the computer screen at work.

I also posted another round of The Gratitude Project on my facebook page. Here is the offer I made:

Feels like it is time for another round of The Gratitude Project. The first 5 people to post a comment to this post will receive something handmade (by me) by the end of 2014. The only requirement is that you post the same offer and follow through with your intention to do this. No, I won’t be checking. It’s all about having some integrity in what you are putting out into the universe.

If you have participated in the past, it is fine to do so again…I was going to say as long as you followed through with the commitment in the past, but that is tha past and I am trying to stay focused on the present…so let’s say instead it is okay to participate again as long as you fully intend to follow through with your part of the bargain.

Now, if you are thinking you aren’t artistic or crafty enough to participate, well let’s just shut that down right now. Handmade doesn’t have to be by you. There are wonderful opportunities to support a plethora of artists (etsy anyone?) and everyone is encouraged to take this on and put your best self out there just a little.

I had four sign ups the first day, My cousins Donna and Jaye, my sister-in-law Yvonne, and my friend Deborah. there is still an opening for one more and if it isn’t filled by the end of the week I will randomly assign someone. If you want to sign up and can’t find the fb post, just leave a comment here.

What was, was…what will be, will be…

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

In other words, no year in review or resolutions post for me, but rather more to the point of what is. I can’t believe another year has come and gone. My baby will be 29 next week. How does that happen?

I am going to make a better effort to get back to regular blogging going forward. I think this might happen, because rather than saying I am going to go back to yoga, I just went back. And here I am just writing a blog post. And tonight I will be just roasting some onion and cauliflower seasoned with curry. My efforts are focused toward balance and finding mine, while I try to figure out what I want 50 to look like. Like much else at the moment, this will just happen on its own as I continue to draw breath.

In October, I bought a pig. Okay, so not really a pig. Okay, so it isn’t really a pig, but that is what we call it. Elizabeth said, “That looks like a pig! AAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahaha…” And like in most things, she was brilliant and correct. I want to figure out a way to use it more artistically, though it is great fun to just carry around and pull out to take pics. I am going to a spin-in this Saturday with the Houston Weavers’ guild and I think I will bring it along to document the fun. It will be nice to spin again since my wheel has been uncharacteristically quiet and I haven’t spun a lick since the December spin-in at Yarnorama. I usually spin daily, so this is a bit out of order. Balance needs to work its way into this, as it does all things.

One of the new things I am trying out this year is the 52 Lists Project which I learned about via curious girl. Rather than a straight up list, I am going to try to keep up with this in an art journal and see where it takes me in a no rules sort of way. The last time I did a 52 list project, I did it on an old deck of cards collaging one a week and listing on the flip side. I lost steam, but am game to give it a go again. I rather like someone else giving the list its subject so I don’t have to think about that part. And of course, today is the 9th, so I am already behind, but I will be caught up soon enough.