The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

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!!

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    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: http://an.owomoyela.net/fun/bingo_generator. 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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    Wordless Wednesday: Sleepy Sammi

    Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 1

    Snuggled up on Daddy’s lap.

    Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 2

    Peeking out just a bit.

    Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 3

    ‘Sup?

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    We’re still here!

    Work has been pretty intense, given a big project I’m working on in additional to my regular duties. Home has been intense given my parents have been either ill or going through some procedures. (My dad had cataract surgery, which normally is a fairly easy thing but because his are *really* bad and he’s had some eye issues, it’s a bit more of a to-do.)

    The stress has been getting to me a bit. I worry about my parents, naturally, and I’m also the child who seems to be taking on a lot of the responsiblities. I’m totally fine with this–I’m happy to help–but it is an extra layer of stress/worry/what-have-you.

    That said, I know I need an outlet and I love blogging and interacting with other bloggers and I’ve been leaving this space empty. :/ So I’m trying to get up at at ’em again.
    The cats have been really wonderful, as has Sammi (puppy). It always warms my heart to see these two snuggled up together.

    Sophie and Gcat snuggled up on the green blanket on the big chair

    We’re still here!

    So…a quick note to say I’m still here!

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    Wondering Wednesday

    I am trying to do more with analytics, add them to the site so I can learn for work.

    I’m also trying to do more with blogging, but I think I’d like to chat more about thrifting, share my projects (like the sweater I’m knitting), while also chatting about the cats (of course!) and Sammi, too. That seems to be where I’m going lately, and honesty I think if I give myself that leeway I’m more likely to blog.

    I have a non-wordpress URL for The Rosie Bee. I’ve tried to move all my files over and I seem to get them there but then it kind of…stops. I must be missing a step, even though it appears I’m following directions to a T.

    What do y’all think?

    Do I start fresh with therosiebee.com OR do I try and move everything over? This site would still stay up, just inactive.

    Bonus question: Would you be interested if I talked about things I’ve done and am doing (like knitting, thrifting), in addition to pics and stories about the cats and Sammi? Or would you be “eh.”

    G looking serious right up in my face.

    Serious G needs to know.

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