The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Monday Musings

1) Today is the first day in a week that I haven’t taken any sort of decongestant or anti-mucous OTC meds, yahoo. The bug I had came on fast but I’m thankful it’s only lasted about a week. That’s still not a short time, but given my history with viruses, that’s pretty darn good.

The only downside is it knocked down my motivation to zero. Some days I could do only the bare minimum (thank you, constant cough) and other days when I seemed to feel better (i.e., I wasn’t coughing my head off), I still had no energy whatsoever. So I’m glad to be feeling more with it and motivated.

Grizzy kitty walking by my black cat slippers

The Slim G and matching slippers.

2) I love, love, love these slippers. I bought them from a thrift store, a fact that makes me love them even more. Brand new, they run about $60 at LL Bean! I’d say they are a wise investment at that price, though; they have rubber bottoms so you can walk outside and are wool, so they’re warm. I rotate them with a pair of soft-soled bootie slippers, but I still wear them almost every day.

Sammi wrapped up in a fuchsia fleece blanket

Sammi likes to be as snug as a bug in a rug.

3) Sammi is over the snow and cold. Our old girl turned 14 last month and while she bounds around like a puppy when we walk, she’s very content to snuggled up under the covers when we’re indoors. Yesterday was sunny and not *so* extremely cold and she took the opportunity to hang outside for a bit enjoying a warm patch.

4) I’ve declared this a year of finishing knitting projects. I need to finish two scarves and a hat. After that I plan to knit a Carbeth sweater, but that may be an early fall project. The past week I haven’t wanted to do anything, but I’m trying to be more purposeful and actively do more fun “for me” hobbies this year, so last night I cast on one of the scarves. It felt really good.

5) Totally random, but this year is the first year I’ve had to write out a check for taxes because of my freelance work last year. I guess I felt kind of professional? haha It’s been a lot of work, but I’m grateful to have it.

There you have it! I’m going to go home and try and get a few smaller tasks done tonight, but come tomorrow, I plan to be back to 100%! We’ll see if that happens. 🙂

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Snow day, snow day

It’s snowing outside and I love it, but it’s not officially a snow day according to my employer. We do get a late start, which is nice. I’m curious to see how many people actually show up.

I do love the snow, but I don’t feel like shoveling right now. Here’s an image of my shoveling job a couple weeks ago. It was surprisingly fun!

Part of my car next to a snow pile about 4 feet high

Oh look! More snow! (Actually, this is from two weeks ago, but the exact same thing is happening now.)

Then I cam inside to see Sophie snuggled up in some clothes. That little one makes my heart melt

Sophie kitty hiding in some clothes.

I squee every time I look at this picture. ❤

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Is this thing on?

I’m trying to get back into blogging. There have been many, many times I’ve started a blog in my head but then when I got the chance to type it out, nothing happened. Maybe this will get me started again! 🙂

One of those Friday Five quizzes on this snowy Saturday:

1. What are your feelings about winter?
I enjoy it quite a bit. This year I shoveled the driveway myself a couple times; it was fun!
2. What is your go-to drink in the winter? (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
Hot water. I also enjoy Hot Toddies and Tom & Jerrys.
3. What are your favorite things about the winter?
The snow being so pretty. Being able to dress up in layers. The holidays. The forced slow-down.
4. How do you deal with the wintry blues?
This year I decided to spend more time on hobbies, so I’ve been knitting, thinking about sewing again, journaling more, and getting started on scrapbooking.
I had the blues really, really hard right around Christmas and New Year’s, so I’m actually thinking of getting a little sun/happy light.
5. What are your least favorite things about the winter?
Driving in sloppy snow. My car looking (and being) filthy.

Last year felt like it was so busy, but I’m not sure with what. I traveled a couple times, which was fun. I started a regular freelance job in August, so that took up a chunk of time, just in managing schedules. I did knit a sweater, which was fun! But overall it felt like the year was too busy, went by too fast, and I felt overwhelmed.

I decided this year I’m going to make a point of doing things I enjoy. I’m still freelancing, which is a chunk of time, but I feel like I’m managing time better. I’m also scheduling time for things I mentioned above: knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, journaling. I’d like to feature more of that here. But first, I need to get restarted with blogging so ta-da!

Now I’m off to work on a couple blogs for my side job, so hopefully I will see you again soon. Happy Saturday!

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Half marathon, full memory

Smuttynose Half Marathon Ad 2018

I was there!

I really dislike the phrase “all the feels” but I have to admit it popped into my head when I saw this email. Last year on October 1 I ran my first half marathon, the Smuttynose Rockfest half. I also realized my years-long dream of going to New England.

As you can see from the picture, it was a glorious sunny day. It also got HOT! I didn’t have my water belt and at the end my contacts were literally popping off my eyes at the end, I was so dehydrated. Lots of lessons learned during that first half! But I smiled so big my face hurt and I wore that smile all day.

The town basically shut down for that half, but that night, after everyone left, it got really, really quiet. I found this a bit odd, but also somewhat nice because the half took it out of me physically, emotionally, and with all the people and commotion, I was spent. We went to a bar, one of the few places open!, and had a little bit of dinner and a beer. The next day we trekked up to Maine where we stayed a night on the beach. Originally we were supposed to hoof it on over to Vermont, but that would have been a lot of driving and we got a great off-season rate for a hotel across from the ocean.

That night we heard that Tom Petty died. We went to bed but I stayed up listening to the waves, they were so loud. The next day I woke up and watched the sun rise and walked along the beach. I remember thinking the sand was much harder than I expected; not quiet like cement, but very firm. That quiet pocket of time was so perfect; it’s something I will always remember and cherish.

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Happy October!

Happy October, everyone! I have been embarrassingly absent on the blog front. It makes me sad, so I’m going to try and change that.

What’s been going on…let’s see, a lot of work, that’s for sure. The day job has been pretty busy and I’ve gotten a pretty steady freelance gig through the end of the month. It’s good, but tiring.

Also at the day job, we’re moving floors. First we move to temporary digs while out new spaces are built. Then we move into the new (smaller) spaces. It’s part of a consolidation effort and it makes sense but let’s face it: moving isn’t fun! If nothing else, the plywood moving carts have me feeling like I’m in the lumberyard at Home Depot and my head and sinuses are not appreciative.

Anyhow…as I was packing up, I really looked at my picture of Sophie and Grizzy that is on my desk. It made me miss my little apartment. I’m very happy where I am now, but I have so many good memories of my apartment, really looking at the picture and thinking about my apartment tugged on my heartstrings. I was very fortunate to be there. ❤

Sophie and Grizzy in front of a pumpkin
Since we’re in the final quarter of 2018 (yikes!) I’ll do a goal check-in.

Sweater progress. I’ve finished my sweater (pictures forthcoming). It was a lot of fun and I’m taking a class to knit another one soon!

Get certified in Google Analytics. Well, Google decided to remove the certification for this, so now I take tests and get certificates showing I passed. I’m halfway done and while it’s interesting, it’ll be nice to be done. It’s helpful for work but not a life goal, I guess.

Update the blog more regularly. Working on that right now. 🙂

Make meditation a regular practice. This is why I love lists and I love journaling. It helps me remember things I want to do. I’m going to shoot for this tonight.

Practice yoga more often. Again, going to do a little bit tonight. 🙂

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Sophie and her love affair with the brush

Where do I start? I’ve been absent for a while, although I have checked in on blogs. I’m not sure if I should chalk my being quiet up to the day job (we are training on scrum and agile, which has been interesting, to say the least), freelancing at night, family going-ons, or just general tiredness.

There have been so many time I’ve started and update in my head but I never got around to typing it out. It’s a frustrating paradox because I want to add posts so why don’t I? Minds are weird sometimes.

Anyhow, it’s not a satisfactory excuse, but there’s my excuse.

Here is one post I’ve composed in my head a zillion times over but never published:

Sophie LOVES to be brushed. I’m talking L-O-O-O-O-V-E-S to be brushed. To the point where she wakes me up in the morning (she’s my little alarm clock) and runs to the basement steps and waits for me to follow.

Sophie rolling around on the dryer

She’s always loved the basement for some reason. Oftentimes, and not just in the morning, she’ll wait down there for me and cry until I come down. So now we have a routine: She’ll run into the basement and cry until I come down. Once I’m there she’ll start talking like mad and jump up onto the dryer and roll around and start gently headbutting the dryer knobs. It’s brushing time!

Sophie rolling around on the dryer 2

Sophie rolling around on the dryer 3

Lately she is amenable to rubs instead of brushing, as pictured, but more often than not she wants the brush. I’ve known cats who enjoy being brushed and cats who are indifferent and cats who straight-up hate it, yet I’ve never known a cat to love brushing as much as Sophie. She gets jealous if I brush Griz! LOL

So there is one update. 🙂 And ah, I have one more. See that URL up there? I’ve owned it forever but I finally got it to switch over without losing all my existing content. One of those silly little things that feels very satisfying.

I know this isn’t much of an update, but at least it’s something. I plan to get at least one project done this week (that would be blocking my sweater, it’s a long story), so hopefully I’ll have a more interesting post by this weekend. Baby steps. 🙂

Happy September!

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About that sweater…

My first sweater! It's a Nanook.

My first sweater! It’s a Nanook.

I’m nearing the end! I need to add the bottom ribbing and then I’m done. It looks more cropped in the photo above, but that’s because it’s bunched up on my needles and I didn’t want to get it too straight lest some of the stitches escape from the needles. The yarn also looks really nubby–it’s not. I think it’s a combination of the lighting and the dirty mirror. (Also, I’m told once I block it any little bumps or uneven bits will smooth out.)

I did lighten the photo because the yarn itself is very rich, forest green and looked like a big blob in my original picture.

It look me forever, yes, but I’ve learned a few great new skills:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Spit-splicing
  • Working armholes (that is, joining the finished arm to the unfinished body and then knitting down)
  • More advanced (to me) pattern reading
  • How to knit an actual sweater! 😀 😀 😀

    Yahoo! I already have a couple sweaters picked out to work on when this is done… 🙂

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    How can 2018 be halfway over?

    It’s July! The year is halfway over! I thought it was time to look at my goals and see where I’m at. I’m not a big resolutions fan, but each year I do like to jot down some things I’d like to try to accomplish in the new year. If nothing else, it serves as reminder of “Oh, yeah! I did want to do/try/check out that place/hobby/whatever.” Sometimes it’s to get me in a new habit, sometimes it’s simply a reminder. It’s pretty loose and fast.

    I wrote down 11 items for 2018. It was a big list, to big in fact. Some were carryovers from the previous year, but even so. Next year’s list will be shorter.

    Completed Goals

  • Land one (1) new freelance gig
  • Pay off student loan (FREEDOM!!!)

    In-progress Goals

  • Knit a sweater – This has been so fun! Challenging and fun and I’m so glad I finally did it.
  • Get certified in Google Analytics – This ties into a work goal.

    Not-Yet-Started-But-Still-on-the-List Goals

  • Make meditation a regular practice
  • Update the blog more often

    The rest of the goals don’t interest me anymore, so off the list they go.

    For the second half of 2018, I’d like to:

  • Finish my sweater. I’ve got about four inches left, then weaving in ends, then blocking. I’ve enjoyed this project so much and am excited to finish it (and start a new one!).
  • Get certified in Google Analytics.
  • Update the blog more regularly.
  • Make meditation a regular practice.
  • Tied into the last one, I want to practice yoga more often. I feel SO good when I do yoga, so the trick for me is to make it regular habit. I’ve got to remember even 15 minutes is great.

    Looking at the new list, there is definitely a them of doing things that make me happy. This year has had some challenges, so I think it’s especially good to do things that make you happy and keep you positive, or at least relatively calm.

    Sophie and Grizzly lounging in front of the window

    How I want to spend the rest of my 2018…

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    (Not quite) Wordless Wednesday

    Sammi puppy taking a break from driving.

    Sammi taking a break from driving.

    Sammi puppy in the driver's seat, looking at the camera

    Let’s roll!

    I’m tired! Dog tired! hahaha (Sammi is not amused by my jokes.)

    Why so tired? I’ve been getting quite a bit of freelance work. This is great, because extra money. My boyfriend wants to travel so this is definitely helpful, but oof. This week I’m feeling burned out. It’s hard going to the day job and then essentially working a second job.

    Adding to my overall tiredness, last weekend was my brother’s wedding/vow renewal ceremony. In the weeks prior to that were three graduations, two of which were out of town. I had fun at all of them, but my goodness am I ever glad to have some quieter weekends coming up. Again, I enjoyed the family time, but it can be really draining. I’m still processing it. It’s weird, as I’ve gotten older, to see how the family dynamics change. Maybe it’s that they were always that way and as we get older people put on fewer airs? Regardless, it reinforces (to me, at least) how important chosen family is. 🙂

    Now I’ve got to prep for an eight-hour meeting. Ahhh!!


    Monday mind dump

    Do you ever feel like you’ve been busy but you’re not exactly sure with what? That’s been me lately. I’m having a hard time realizing it’s already May June. (Can you tell I had this in my drafts folder for a while?)

    What have I been up to? (ETA: Keep in mind some of these things are old projects.)

    Working. Been doing some freelance consistently lately, which is nice. It can be a lot, but I figure as long as it’s here, I may as well take it.

    Knitting. I finished my second sweater sleeve and now I need to finish the back and sides. I’m trying to figure out some strange instructions for under the sleeve, but I know I’ll get there. (Update: I’m stopping by the yarn shop after work!)

    Spring cleaning. I moved a little over a year ago now, but I still need to sort through things. On top of that, which I moved into a bigger space, I’m sharing that space with another person and said space has fewer closets. Ergo, time to sort. Update: Which I’ve been doing. The thrift stores have been getting quite a few items from me. It feels really good, though; better than I thought. That is, I’ve always found satisfaction in purging things I don’t need and having a good clean-through. But this time, I feel a sense of lightness.

    For example, in the mornings I’m better able to picture my closet and figure out outfits because I don’t have to sift through a bunch of pieces that aren’t my style or taste anymore. I didn’t realize all that stuff was weighing on me so much. Maybe it sounds silly, but I think I’ve had so much going on this year, so many things taking up mental and emotional space, that adding something as simple as “What should I wear today?” was a huge burden.

    Also on decluttering note, I stumbled across this make-your-own bingo card site: My goal is to complete one square a week through the end of the year.

    Wedding and graduations. It’s that time of year, and this year I’ve got a lot. So far I’ve been to one graduation (out of town) and I have two more graduations (one out of town, one in town) and one wedding coming up. (Two graduations were knocked out this weekend, yahoo.)

    Overall this year has been pretty…I don’t think the right word is “stressful,” but it has been a lot to process with family and family health issues. That’s taken up a lot of time, but also a lot of mental and emotional space, which I didn’t realize until recently. There’s also been a big work project going on. As a result, I feel like I inadvertently holed up for a time. :/ But things are calming down, and the decluttering has helped, so hopefully this upward trend will continue.

    But what about the kittehs?

    On a kitty note, shedding time is here! I should have taken a picture of the bin where I’ve put Sophie’s extra floof. I’ve never seen so much! She loves to lay atop the dryer while I brush her, while Grizzy likes to lay on his cat tree as I brush him. We’ve had some super-hot days lately, so I think they are both very happy to shed their winter coats.

    sophie lounging on the big chair with grizzy beside her

    I love how peaceful she looks. 🙂

    Sophie has also become really demanding lately. She was always the one to wake me up bright and early, but lately she cries and runs around me until I follow her into the basement…where she proceeds to have a very loud, lively conversation. She doesn’t seem distressed, more like she wants me to pet or brush her.

    I think that’s long enough for now. Hard to believe the year is almost halfway over, but time marches on…!

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