Archive for 2012

Vacation’s last day

Monday, November 5th, 2012

This was taken yesterday morning. It was the first bread I’ve baked since October 14 or so. It feels good to get back in my routine (and to know my starter survived), but as I type this on Monday morning, there’s this big routine called work that’s looming.

The trip to Iceland was one of the first vacation I can remember in years during which I was fully unplugged from my day job. I turned off my work email from my phone and tried to simply embrace the moments as they presented themselves. I still dabbled in the social media, but tried to hold back from photo-flooding my friends. It must have worked as a friend complained to me I didn’t share enough photos. Here I thought I was walking the edge of oversharing. All in all, the trip had a good balance of being present and not carrying a extra suitcase of stress.

As I go back to the office today, I am going to do my darnedest to let work just be work and embrace my life outside my 9-to-5 (which really has been a 9-to-7:45). Friends, dogs, cooking, knitting, reading and running bring so much more to my world than stressing about what is or isn’t happening when I’m not staring at a monitor. I’m grateful to have a job at a company I love and with people I enjoy. My biggest life-balance challenge can be myself.

Let’s hope I learned a thing or two on vacation. Here’s to better routines.

How’s that?

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

A little blog housecleaning on the template this morning. Twitter changed their widget badge stuff back in September, making my feed disappear from the sidebar. After a little fiddling, I have it back over there on the left. It’s a smidge more interactive. If you’re signed into Twitter, you can reply right there. You can also peek at photos within the widget itself. Oh, technology.

In order to get it installed, I had to change the width of the page and percentages of the main body to the sidebar. If things look wonky, would you let me know? Tell me how you’re looking at the site too (what browser, phone or computer, mobile or full site).

Thanks a bunch. See you next post.

The start of something

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

A day late for NaNoSweMo’s start, but a fitting contender. Two strands of plutulopi, all stockinette, minimal colorwork on 5.5mm/US 9s. Alas, for C, not for me.

Keeping Iceland memories alive via wool.

Leaving Reykjavik

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

I spent the last ten days of October in Iceland. This year I came with Chris, not a knitting tour, although there always much knitting and knitting friends. And there was beaucoup de yarn.

With four days of road trips, I saw a lot more of the country this time around. Back in the U.S. of A., I’m still on the road, awaiting our flight from Seattle back to SFO. More to come.

Side Bar

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Started many weeks ago, but only now getting around to putting it up.

  1. Open up a text editor.
  2. Start a simple list.
  3. Continue jotting things down throughout the day.
  4. Maybe snap a photo at some point.
  5. At the day’s end, cut and paste the whole shebang.
  6. Call it a blog post.

9:40 a.m.:
Today will be an experiment in casual writing. Something is better than nothing, right? I’m sure my mom is getting tired of seeing that same embedded video loitering ’round these parts since April. Expect fractured thoughts.

11:26 a.m.:
Need to shut down… computer seems grumpy. I am rising above.

4:16 p.m.:
Just listened to this on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Thanks, Macklemore for “Same Love.”

Oh, Seattle hip-hop, I’m touched and impressed. And I love the album art featuring Macklemore’s uncles. I mean, guncles.

Wanna help? Support Washington state’s Music for Marriage Equality

6:18 p.m.:
Headed homo.

38, 39, 40

Monday, April 9th, 2012

As my last hours of being 38 wane, and on the eve of my 39th birthday where I’ll begin my 40th year on this planet, I want to carry the thoughts in this zefrank video up and over that hill.

(many thanks to James for mentioning this on twitter. Unbeknownst to her, I am taking it as a personal birthday gift.)


Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

6. dinner

It’s what’s for dinner. (Fish burrito, black beans, light on the rice from Papalote.)

Behold, whole wheat

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

5. 10am

This is the fourth loaf variation I’ve tried from the Tartine Bread book. I was surprised that 70% while wheat was still so soft but compact crumb, and had good rise and ovenspring.

Pretty darn tasty.

Kindred/knitred spirit

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

4. a stranger #

Amen, sister.

heavy petting

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

3. hands

Decibelle loves a good neck rub, and Christopher is happy to oblige. (she’s not that heavy.)