Daily Life

My baggage

It’s been a productive weekend for me and the husband. We did some running around yesterday, after my last day at my job and managed to pick up most of what we still needed for our honeymoon. One more trip and we should be good to go. Today I started the massive task of laundry and CLEAN ALL THE THINGS. I also started packing.

Packing and I go way back. I’ve packed for moves, for road trips, for concert trips, for family visits and contest wins. You’d think with such an extended background in packing that I’d be good at it. You, my dear optimistic reader, would be so very wrong.

That looks like a pretty well packed piece of luggage, doesn’t it? Well, the key issue here is that this is after I’ve done only half of the laundry (which means I’m sure there’s more to come) and prior to any of my beauty/cleaning products and undergarments.

Also, WestJet has a strict 50lbs rule on departure. It gets mighty expensive if you’re over. I have a feeling I may already be in that range.  So, now begins the debate…do I admit defeat and split my stuff into two bags? (You’re allowed 2 checked bags per person, at 50lbs each) or do I try to go through my stuff again and take it out?

My problem is that I over pack. Every single time. I like to be prepared for whatever we may face, and I hate the idea of having to choose between only a couple of outfits for 10 days. I mean, what if I got a shirt dirty in the morning and had to change, but I only allocated so many shirts for the visit? Things happen. I may spontaneously decide that we are going to go out dancing. I may not. Do I limit myself by not bringing something for dancing? Ugh.

I’m also facing the dreaded body image issues. I’ve gained a lot of weight over the last year and haven’t completely come to terms with the body that I’m in now. I really actively try not to let it get me down, but it’s hard knowing I’m going to be in a bathingsuit in front of strangers for two weeks. Ugh.

I do have to say though… if this is my biggest stress right now, then life is good. :)

Edit: I’d like the add…the most difficult part of packing? Making sure my phone is up to date on all my music. We both have old Sony Ericsson Walkman cellphones. While they can’t even begin to compare to the smart phones of today, they are pretty good for acting as a stand-in mp3 player.

Crafting, Daily Life

The Hat Hope (and Curse)

I guess it’s about time that I make a craft post, eh? It’s been a while. Well, to be honest, I haven’t been very crafty lately. I’ve been putting a lot of time and attention into the house and cooking. BTW, welcome to all my LSG and Rav peeps!

A week or two ago, I decided to start on the toque to end all toques for the husband. For years now, I have been meaning to make him a toque that meets all of his winter hat requirements, as follows:
1. Has at least the option to cover his ears
2. Is warm and breaths
3. Isn’t itchy
4. Looks good and stylish with his winter jacket
5. Wont be really finicky about washing

I’ve tried several times to make him a hat to meet these requirements; however, I have discovered that I am cursed. I can’t seem to knit a hat to the size of his head. I have literally made hats too small for my cat, and the whole time thinking “This is going to be great! He’s going to love this hat! My, it looks small. It’ll stretch. Of course it will stretch”.

Yeah, even Byron is unimpressed.

I came close, once, with this one: (Rav link)

The hat that was almost ok

Unfortunately, he realized in the wearing of this hat, that he doesn’t like the beanie style. He says it makes it his head look too big, or the hat too small.

It actually got to the point that my mother knit hats for all of us the following year, just so that I wouldn’t have to. Unfortunately, she knit them all in super cheap acrylic and in huge One-Size-Fits-All-Including-Giants sizes.

A little too big

The following year, his sister bought him a great hat on a trip to BC, though he was sad to discover it was perfect in every way but the style – he really liked being able to fold the rim up or down to customize length.

Almost right

So, here I am. It’s starting to get cold and I have been promising this damned gift for the entire time that I’ve known how to knit. I found this pattern (Rav link again), showed it to him and then had him approve the yarn:

Yes, it's Red Heart. Whatsittoya?

I’m a little concerned, as it looks giant right now, but I’m hoping that that’s just because I’m used to creating tiny little things due to my wacked gauge and tension issues.

So long as it fits his big Irish head, and can fold down to cover his ears, I think we’ll have a winner. Only time will tell.

Daily Life, Recipe

Posie’s soup

Another fly-by post, and it’s not even original content.

Sundays, Pat and I try to make it out to our fear friends’ home, about 10 minutes from our place. They have become such a major part of our lives, so it’s really important for us to have that ‘family’ time. Unfortunately, they were home sick today, so Pat and I had a day to ourselves unexpectedly.

This evening I decided to make some soup, from scratch, for the first time ever. I recently came across this recipe from Posie Gets Cozy, one of my favourite blogs of all time. I had enough time to give it a go, and we had everything I needed on hand. Well, mostly. I didn’t have quite enough broth and I had crushed tomatoes instead of whole cooked. Ah well. The joys of soup, in my mind, is to make due with what you have.

Sausage, already for cooking
Onions and garlic cooking away. I like my pieces big and chunky.

I have to say, this recipe was super easy and though a bit time consuming, was one of those comfort cooks. It was cozy and relaxing to work on, not at all stressful. I got to play with seasoning on my own and had a good time with it. No pressure.

Almost ready!

I really recommend it. We’re planning on making it the next time there’s a family get together. It’s definitely filling, so be prepared for that. Perfect for a chilly Sunday evening

Yum! <3

Daily Life, Paganism

Winter’s sleep

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I’m very glad that Samhain has passed. The fall seems like such a busy time that it’s a bit of a relief when the last big event finally passes by. Nothing that has been planned for this fall has actually worked out the way we expected. My mother’s house still is far from being ready for sale. My house is still full of boxes and wedding things that need to be returned. I’m not too worried about it though. The knowledge of the coming winter is almost a comfort to me. It’s an insulated time. With the fall of snow and temperatures, you’re forced to stay inside and work on things there. I feel like I need that white, cold buffer between me and the world right now.

Have gone through an incredible amount of change the last year, and I feel that this winter will help me adjust and accept those changes. I am married, and with that not only has my name changed, but I am tied to another person for, hopefully, a lifetime. We are planning to start a family soon, which will bring a whole new set of changes. I have a new family, and new home and identity. I feel like we have our own nest now, and that this is our time.

My parents are both dead. I knew that this would happen eventually, but it’s still very difficult for me to accept that it is reality now. It is an incredible loss that I can’t even begin to explain, that I would never wish on anyone. It has very suddenly removed a support system that I have been relying on very heavily my whole life. It’s like learning to walk all over again.

In a week, I will be once again unemployed. I have applied for a job that I desperately want and feel very strongly about, but there is a chance that I won’t get it. I need to decide at some point if I want to keep doing the same things and moving in the same direction, or if I want to try something new.

It’s a scary and difficult time in my life, but it’s also an incredibly exciting one. Everything is new to me. This is definitely a time of learning and creating. I can already see the changes in and around me. I’m drawing again. I’m reading voraciously. I’m changing the relationships I have with the people in my life. I’m excited to see where this all leads me :)