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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Heavenly Birthday Weekend!

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What a heavenly weekend I had!!


This past weekend I took it upon myself to go the beach. Really, the planning for it started in August, as I had decided to go to the beach for my birthday weekend. I needed some time out, and some beach therapy (BIG time). Friday night I kissed my kids goodnight, and told them I would see them on Sunday night.

Got up at 4am and a friend and I hit the road for Long Island!

I had NEVER been to Long Island before, or New York City, so this was a true adventure for me. 

On the way down, we hit absolutely no traffic (woot!) and made it to Long Island before The Knitted Purl opened and hung out at the Roosevelt Beach for a few hours. It's a beach facing the bay and there was this one particular bird who was chilling out with me while I was there, gave me a feather after about 25 minutes of eye contact and chilling out.  

It was actually kind of cool. Does anyone know what kind of bird it is? Just a small seagull? It didn't look like a seagull to me..


The Knitted Purl was a little expensive for my taste, but my travel buddy did find some absolutely beautiful yak and mink yarn in their 75% off bin for me, so yay for deals! 




After hanging out at the yarn store for an hour or two, we headed off to check into our Airbnb apartment, charge our phones, before heading off to Robert Moses Beach. This picture was me joking that there were so many plants I thought they were going to eat me haha.



Heading out to The Robert Moses Beach we were found out that we were there late enough to not have to pay anything, but still had a few hours until dusk when they close. The beach was beautiful, cool sand and water, hot sun. The horse flies were a little much.




We got back to our apartment around 6pm and I was absolutely wiped out. I fell asleep by 6:30pm haha. Time enough to eat something and talk to my kids before I passed out. (Boy that couch killed my back haha).


The next day we lingered and relaxed before heading out to find a cupcake for my birthday and make our way towards Long Beach. Apparently, cupcakes are not particularly popular on Long Island because it took 3 stores to find a yummy cupcake, which it was really yummy. Seriously. Red Velvet yumminess.




  Then off to our last beach of our trip, and to be honest, the best. Long Beach is simply beautiful. Few horse flies, fantastic waves with surfers enjoying them. 

  Here I'm working on the Celtic Dragon Scarf MKAL by Tania Richter.



We hung out there until around 4pm and then headed back to the airbnb to pick up something we forgot, and back up to upstate NY by 6pm (and traffic haha).






It was a fantastic weekend with a great deal of designing done by me of the shawl pattern I've been working on, and a bit of double knitting. Just so relaxing. I highly suggest a weekend getaway to the beach, if you can. I have Beach Withdrawal symptoms, I swear.


I missed my kids, I really did. Starting at Saturday night I was thinking about them and Sunday it was great to keep busy and let the ocean keep me happy because I was really happy to be home Sunday night, even though they were up WAY to late waiting for me. I got cuddles, hugs, kisses.. So heavenly. I love my girls.

I hope you have all had a weekend like I just did. It was wonderful. The best in such a long time.

But back to the grind, right?

Be Well!!
Jen
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Holy Project Fest!

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  What a weekend!! My days have gotten so busy this year, busier than any other time in my life that I can actually remember. A great deal of it has to do with me having joined a local Unitarian Universalist Church this year, as well as my knitting and yarn dyeing business doing pretty well (yay!). 

   This past weekend, I got startitis something bad, and ironically, Saturday I ended up spending most of the day working on my HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) cross stitch project to cool my jets. This one (called Mother and Child):

  Otherwise, this is literally all the projects that I brought with me to work (did I work on each one during lunch? Of course not! I just worked on one!).

1) The designing bug has bitten me and after a few rough starts I am flowing along happily with this side to side shawl in worsted weight (440 yards) with eyelets to spice it up. Test knitting will start by October :). Yarn is my Utah Skies. I cannot wait to see it pool! May be called, "Walk With Me".


2. Next is a Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure (I cannot believe it is free still). This is an earlier version of Utah Skies, but it is more like the beach, instead of the vibrant orange-brown I use now. So yay for a hat that will remind me of the beach! :)


3) Who doesn't love a little crocheting in their life? Hence the Goddess Shawl by Maria Merlino.  I'm making this for those who love a little goddess in their life (and having their backs lol). Making it a little wider than the pattern calls for. We'll see how it goes. Knitpicks Mighty Stitch is just the ticket (super squishy)!


4) I also having with me a shawl I started this weekend called Changing Leaves Shawl by Susan Gressman. I'm using a cake of Lion Brand's Mandala yarn and am looking forward to more colors. :) 

On top of all of these I finally started my husband a pair of toe up socks (hate knitting socks haha). Hurts my elbow and hands to work on socks too much too. But it will be good. 

  This weekend is my birthday, so I'll be heading down to Long Island to be dropped off at a beach for a few hours of knitting. I don't care if it really will be 80, I need to be at the beach and just relaxing. Watch me forget my chair. 

Thank you for the views I received to my blog two weeks ago of angsty poetry. Occasionally it just needs comes out, and I love writing poetry.

  Be well and have a great week!

Jen
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Angsty Poetry, Check.



Not knitting related.



When my heart is in uproar
When all of my focus is gone
When I need to find steady ground
But all I hear are clamoring voices
Calling for me to keep on moving forward
Keep on sacrificing my dreams.
Perhaps this job will provide stability
But what is the cost to my soul?
The grateful time has faded
The lies and advantage is fading
I don't want to lay here defeated
Typing word by word in my novel
While feeling completely uninspired
Completely used up
Completely fed up
Completely done with how this is going.
No, it's not always bad
And no, it's not the worst job I've had.
But it's time has passed,
I need to move on,
I need to use my education
I need to use my life experience
I need to not be put down
Because there are times I need to be there for my family.

There isn't a story here that is going to be wonderful
There isn't a story here that will have a happy ending
I need to find the good enough story
The story that will bring me back around.

Perhaps my focus will come back,
Perhaps it is just the full moon tonight
Calling me
Telling me
Move into the light.
Move into a place where you can breath
Where you are doing what is right
And politics are not stealing your soul
Where lies are not spoken
And you are not put down for being
Compassionate
Kind
Upstanding
Focused on Family
And determined to do the right thing.

The right thing.
Where I am damned if I do
Damned if I don't.
This is the job I'm in.
This is the hell I'm in.
It's not always bad.
But it is not good for my soul.
My soul craves more
More than lies
More than put downs
More than gas lighting
More than the idea
That I have to be here
No matter what
No matter what happens at home
No matter what I'm juggling.
I still have to be perfect.
But I'm not perfect.
I need reality
This isn't reality
It is gaslighting
It is making me feel less
When I do everything asked.

Everything.

Suffocated.