The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

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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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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    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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    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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    The last few weeks have just “flu” by, har, har

    I’ve been meaning to post for ages. Honestly, I’ve got this 2017 retrospective in my drafts folder, and I am planning on posting about my new desk set-up (once I get my chair full assembled, I’ll finally have an actual workspace again), and blah, blah, blah. But as life would have it, I’ve been sick. I got sick the other weekend with what was either a super-short-lived-but-violent case of food poisoning or a super-short-lived-but-violent case of the stomach flu. Literally, within 24 hours I was weak, but up and somewhat mobile.

    Then yesterday I woke up feeling fairly OK but within an hour or two I had a fever and a massive headache and joint aches. I took some NyQuil* last night and while I am not 100% today, I’m much better. But still, it’s such a pain because I’ve planned these bigger house projects on the weekend and when you’re pretty much down for the count, you have to catch up during the week and honestly, do you really want to do all this work after working 8 hours? Not me.

    Still, I wanted to get a post in. I did have an awkward photo showing Grizzy, Sophie, and Sammi (puppy) on the bed with me! Despite the fact that I was pinned down on three sides, it was very sweet. 🙂 However, it looked like a war zone due to a ton of blankets being on the bed (Sammi had an accident on our comforter, so that was thrown over the closet door. Taking that to the cleaners.) So here are a few separate pictures of my furry nurses:

    Sammi puppy bundled up under the comforter

    Sammi is unimpressed.

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams on the chair in the living room

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams.

    Thermometer showing my temperature of 100.8

    Finally going down a bit.

    In Summary:
    The bad news? I have been getting sick. Not a huge suprise, given a lot of bugs are going around.

    The good news? It appears I’m not getting *as* sick. I’m going to tentatively chalk this up to taking vitamins (fish oil, vitamins d and c) regularly. I’ve also been eating fewer inflammatory foods and more whole foods, and consciously doing more relaxing things (walking, reading, knitting), which helps keep the stress down. I’m also pumped because I just brewed a fresh batch of kombucha! My last scoby got moldy, so I held off brewing for a while. Then my lovely boyfriend bought me a kombucha heater so I decided it was time to start brewing again.

    I really believe these small, all-over-the-map changes are making a difference. I want 2018 to be the year I don’t get knocked down completely by every virus that goes around.

    I hope you are staying healthy, and that your 2018 is off to a good start. 🙂

    Do you have any tips on staying healthy? I’m all ears.

    *OMG NyQuil. I was scared to take it, but it was all we had in the house, so I went for it. The last couple times I’ve taken NyQuil I’ve had such horrible nightmares I swore it off. Last night I had some mildly unsettling dreams, which is better than the alternative, but right now I don’t think I’ll need it tonight and I am so glad!

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    Where there’s a bag…

    there’s a cat (trying to get inside).

     

    Sophie kitty snuggled up in Qdoba bag

    Looks like a tight fit, but when we pull back the handles a bit…

    Sophie kitty snuggled up in Qdoba bag

    She looks surprisingly comfy!

    Sophie kitty in the Qdoba bag

    Grizzy is trying to finagle a way into the bag, too.


    Been reflecting on this past year. Has it ever gone by fast! I read that one hypothesis as to why times seems to go by faster as we age is we’re not creating super-new memories. That is, usually some aspect of the event has been seen / felt / heard, etc. I wonder. Either way, it’s been a good year and I’m starting to reflect on it and everything that’s happened. And seeing as I am down for the count with a cold (ARGH!) I’ve been getting lots of couch-and-kitty time to do so.

    I hope your December is going swimmingly!

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    A bonded pair

    Isn’t this a sweet picture of the furkids?

    Sophiekitty and Grizzy on the chair

    One of my favorite pictures of the small fries.

    Everyone once in a while I think of shelter kitties with the sign “bonded pair.” It broke my heart that they were in the shelter, but it also made me so happy that they had a true, close friend.

    Lately I’ve seen these guys snuggled up together on their couch cushion (yes, “their” cushion. Up until a few months ago it was only Grizzy’s cushion). It makes my heart melt. My little bonded pair who will stay with me forever. ❤

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    Thankful Thursday

    I’m thankful for so much, but I’m especially thankful for moments like this:

    Sammipup, Sophie, Grizzykitty

    I had been sitting with these three prior to taking the picture.

    It was such a sweet moment. 🙂


    In more thankful moments, I’m so happy I did a phone dump onto my computer last night! I’m now in the process – and not just thinking of it, haha – of sorting through images and then uploading them to Dropbox or the like. I hope to stay more organized going forward, deleting and/or transferring images weekly or month. It just helps me function better.

    May you have a lovely Thursday!

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    How is it November already? (Mini-mind dump edition)

    Allllrightee, it’s now November 8 which means we are a full week into November already. Where is the time going?!

    I have started writing a blog post countless times and deleted it. I think my biggest issue is my computer (a laptop) isn’t set up on my desk because other stuff is there. If I’m at my home desk, I can type, complete, publish. If I’m at work or on the couch at home, I get distracted. That said, I am bound and determined to find a permanent home for my laptop this weekend, and for right now, well, this starting-and-stopping is ridiculous so here is a mini-mind dump! 😀

    The Homestead
    I’ve been cleaning up the house and slowly but surely getting things organized. When I get misty-eyed thinking of how my apartment was *just how* I wanted it, I remember I was there for several years and it went through several iterations of being.

    Our front door with harvest decor

    All decked out for fall!

    A perfect micro-example of this at the new house is the front door. First I put out two pumpkins. Then I found a cute little harvest-esque wreath. Then I remembered I had a Halloween slate tile, as well as fall door mat. Lastly my sweetie tied some corn husks* to the rails and voila! Granted, this all happened over the course of two weeks or so, and it all happened in pieces, but I’m so pleased with the results.

    Knitting
    This is another work-in-progress situation. I took a lace knitting class in late September, early October. The project was a scarf with various lace knitting stitches. Lots of new things to learn and master. Everything was moving along fairly well with minor hiccups until Chart 6. OMG, I think I ripped out that section at least 10 times. Last night I finally (finally!) completed it.

    My beginning lace knit scarf.

    It looks messy, but once it’s blocked you should be able to see the pattern nicely.

    The good thing about redoing it so many times is I feel like I’ve mastered nupps (kind of like a bobble–basically, they are a little nub and add some texture to knitting) and I have a much better handle on gauging where I’m at and troubleshooting by investigating specific rows and stitches instead of having to rip *everything* out because of one stitch I messed up. So, it was a very good learning process.

    Maine
    Oh, Maine…I still get emotional when I look at the pictures of the ocean. It was breathtaking. Check it out:

    Maine shoreline...simply stunning.

    Maine shoreline…simply stunning.

    I have it on my list to upload those photos to Dropbox this weekend so I can sort them and put them in a book or on the blog. Suffice to say, New England was beautiful and I would totally go back. I’d even run another half marathon there. 🙂

    The Cats!
    I saved the best for last. Oh, my small fries. I can’t tell if they enjoy not being in a furnace (aka my old apartment) anymore? We do have the heat on so it’s warm but not not stifling like at my old place. They do seem to be sleeping on top of each other more often, which is sweet. A few times now I’ve looked over and see a black blob and I squint and realize they’re *both* there.

    Sophie and Grizzy snuggled up on their cushion.

    Snuggled up on their cushion.

    Sophie is having a hard time accepting that us silly humans must abide by the dreaded Daylight Saving Time. Sunday morning she woke me up at 5 am (which 24 hours prior had been 6 am). This whole week it’s been going on like that. I do appreciate the help, because I’m trying to get up by 5:30, but the transition is still a little rough.

    Grizzy is usually sleeping on his chair when I get up but as soon as I walk into the kitchen he’s there for his drive-by leg rubs. He’s such a mellow kitty.

    That’s about it for now. I’ll be working on organizing this weekend so I can actually get back to blogging!

    Have a wonderful rest o’ the week!

    *These started sprouting outside out kitchen window. The neighbors two houses down have some box gardens with corn, so I assume the birds carried the seeds over. It’s pretty neat!

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    Half marathon training woes

    I’m training for my first half marathon. I’m loosely following a training schedule; this week I’m up to nine miles.

    Last night I was not in the best mindset. It was hot and muggy outside and I’d had a bit too much coffee. Still, I decided to go out for a run. I didn’t feel super great at first, but I kept thinking about the endpoint–how good I’d feel when I was done. Envisioning that goal helped a lot! After a point, I thought the run felt pretty good. I was going at a slightly faster-than-usual pace but it felt comfortable.

    Then I hit the last couple miles and everything hurt. I mean everything. Suddenly my back ached, which was just plain weird. I tried to drink some water but I wasn’t thirsty. I slowed down to a walk. It was really disheartening.

    I think I walked about a half mile total, maybe a smidge more. It was getting late and I knew I had some energy left. And that’s really the thing–I felt like I had energy, and my mind was ready to go, but when my mind said “OK, body, let’s run!” my body did the equivalent of a dog who doesn’t want to walk anymore: It calmly shut down.

    I was so frustrated. When I got home, I did see the humidity was 95%. I imagine that had something do with my body hitting a wall.

    It’s still really weird and scary and kind of exciting to think I’ll be running a half marathon in basically a month and 10 days. My goal is to run the whole thing and slow down when I need to. (Keep in mind I am NOT a fast runner by any means.) Here’s to a decent run!


    In other news, I’m still working on cleaning everything up (obviously). These two small fries like to watch. 🙂

    Sophie and Grizzy on bed full of messy clothes

    Don’t mind us, Momma…

    I know I need and want to do a deep clean; literally, sort through everything. Viewed like that, it’s overwhelming. Even viewing it on a room-by-room basis is overwhelming. That’s why I’ve decided to break it down into parts within the room. Ergo, the spare bedroom will be:

  • bookshelf
  • filing cabinet
  • desk
  • closet
  • dresser top
  • dresser drawers

    Maybe I can knock out one in an evening, or a weekend (like the closet and dresser). We’ll see how that works out. Sometimes if I write this stuff out, it helps it become a true action item for me. Fingers crossed!

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