Monday, February 20, 2012


So remember almost a year ago when I posted my Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? I don't know if any of you looked too closely, but I was really a bit disappointed in him! He needed to be bigger and, well... better!

I have this laundry list of about ten different crafts to work on, so what do I do? Ignore the list completely and decide to remake Mr. Stay Puft. Interestingly enough the original amigurumi had the most page views out of all my projects last year, reigning in at approximately 6,600 views! For those super professional bloggers who are laughing at such a small number just remember that this blog is supposed to be laid back (or so my excuse goes).

What am I rambling on for? We all know you just came here to see pictures.

Aww, it's like he has a little deformed brother or something.

And so the glory of my time wasting continues.

In other news my life has been turned a good 90 degrees so I'm trying to rebalance. This is why Mr. Stay Puft took me waaaaay longer than usual to complete. If you read MostlyNerdyNarrative as well then you know it has been a month since I posted chapter 8. Luckily chapter 9 is now up and ready so make sure and check it out.

My days have been littered with doctors appointments and my arm is still bruised from having my blood drawn a week ago. I've been working out at my new gym for 1-2 hours a day with the exception of Tuesdays which are my recovery and volunteer days. So see? I'm starting to find my new routine, it's just taking a little work. The hardest part is that I'm still not sleeping very well and my gym classes are exhausting. Naps have become a regular occurrence but they disrupt the flow of my afternoons so I'm less productive in the evenings. I'll figure that part out as well, but it will take a bit.

I'm going to concentrate on some of my writing for the next few weeks. Crochet will never by far from my reach but I really just want to FINISH my current work so I don't have to bounce back and forth in the plot between posting and writing. I'm up to chapter 13 which I estimate to be about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through the story.

As of Thursday I will find out if I passed the first round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. My writing critique group is always impressed with my work, but then again they are all quite a bit older and may simply be impressed with my work for my age. It's hard to tell.

Enough rambling. I feel a nap coming on. Mmmm.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I'm back! After ten days of playing board games and hanging out with the in-laws I'm back in our sunny apartment... which is full of chores that I, for some reason, felt no need to do prior to our departure. So I wake up on Friday and surprise! Instead of cleaning I joined my super awesome friends for a four mile run with some climbing thrown in (we had to venture down a cliff face and play in the water...we just HAD to). Enter exhaustion.

Friday night, the blissful time for sleep finally came and of course my lovely medication decides to kick into insomnia mode. This has been going on for a while now and it doesn't make me a pleasant person to be around. Anyway Saturday I experimented with a capoeira class... I then spent the rest of the day sacked out on the couch...and then proceeded to sleep ten hours last night. This whole sleep issue has really been disrupting my life.

Luckily with a few extra hours I've had enough energy today to finally do the dishes, sweep, put stuff away, and enjoy a Hawaiian hula class. Naturally after all of that I'm back to being sleepy. Ugh.

Hopefully my wonderfully nerdy readers will understand that my focus has been a bit scattered lately. Between trying to up my fitness level, maintain the household, write, research, and constantly switching meds so I can sleep, I'm afraid crochet hasn't been quite as far up on my list as usual.

I do have a fun project going, it's just going to take me a while to finish it. To be honest I would really like to focus on my writing a bit more. The plan is to finish this crochet project, and then take the time to finish some other things as well, including the book that I'm writing for Mostly Nerdy Narrative.

In the mean time I played around with organizing my yarn this week! I had it in clear plastic totes under my desk (which is actually a kotatsu) which worked fine...until it started to overflow.

The fix? Make better use of the closet!

Just look at all that beautiful yarn waiting to be used. I don't have the color selection that I would like, but when you're buying it second hand you don't always get much of a choice. Still, this makes me happy.

On a super side note I finally got a hair cut. Of course my husband didn't take a very good pic, but whatever. We were waiting for iFly, which is an indoor skydiving place in Tukwila, WA. Most amazing experience ever!