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10 things I am…

Filed under: 10 on Tuesday — Kristi at 11:15 am on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Christmas Dress from Mom & Dad

I’ll get to the Greet the Week with Gratitude post sometime this week, but it’s gonna be hard so I’m going to jump in on 10 on Tuesday again. Carole wants ten sentences that start with “I Am…” instead of a strict theme list. Seems like it could be an interesting exercise.

  1. I am currently obsessed with Illustrator, I’m creating things in Illustrator in as many ways as I can imagine as I lie awake in bed at night.
  2. I am lusting after too many fonts (see number 1).
  3. I am exhausted (see numbers 1, 4, and 5)
  4. I am stressed out.
  5. I am anxious about a family member.
  6. I am glad to have discovered the Comedy Central show, @midnight streaming. Too funny, and great way to reset the brain before bed.
  7. I am enjoying our somewhat unusual snowiness of late.
  8. I am looking forward to grilled cheese with DH’s whole grain French bread and some roasted red pepper and tomato soup with homemade pesto.
  9. I am loving (okay, and sometimes hating) that mom is all set up on iPhone so she can text with Siri (which is at times like a game of MadGab).
  10. I am in need of escapist fiction that isn’t super heavy (see numbers 4 & 5), but isn’t as predictable as the genre fiction (small town romances and cozy mysteries) I’ve been reading.

10 on Tuesday: 10 Things You Like About Winter

Filed under: 10 on Tuesday — Kristi at 2:15 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sure, the cold and slop can be annoying, but I like winter. I can’t quite imagine living anywhere that doesn’t have a distinct winter season.

First Fika of 2007

  1. Baking! When it is cold outside it is so nice to heat up the house by running the oven. We’ve been doing baked breakfasts a lot and I tried my hand recently at my first whole grain cinnamon rolls and DH has been making a whole wheat French bread regularly. We’ve also been talking about dusting off the Semla recipe here before Fat Tuesday.
  2. Citrus season! I love starting my day with warm lemon water and I adore fresh grapefruit and the little clementines are such handy little serving sizes so I love when citrus is in season.
  3. Hibernation days! When it is super cold or the roads are particularly bad I just hunker down at home and work there. It is so nice to be snug in the house and get to look out at the cold world and laugh at the dogs go nuts in the snow.
  4. Group Dig Out

  5. It seems to bring people together more. Neighbors help shovel walks or push cars out etc.
  6. Windmill

  7. Great photographic opportunities, though I had to admit to not dusting off the camera at all this year really other than for work. Some of my most favorite shots are winter ones.
  8. I was sick as a dog on my birthday (the 15th) and DH forgot it, but both dogs joined me in bed. Usually Emma doesn't during the day.

  9. Cuddling in bed with DH and/or the dogs!
  10. Snowshoeing! If I had known we’d have so many snows this winter I would have been tempted to pick up a pair at the end of last season, but I didn’t so I haven’t been snowshoeing this year, but I still enjoy it.
  11. And on my legs, my collegiate flare leg warmers which garnered multiple comments this morning.

  12. Getting to wear plenty of my handknits - cowls, shawls, hats, socks, sweaters!
  13. Soaks in a warm bath! Nothing warms you up or loosens tight muscles better!
  14. My knitting sock monkey flannel PJs :-)

Can you come up with 10 things you like about winter?

10 Tuesday: Ten Things I Did This Weekend

Filed under: 10 on Tuesday — Kristi at 8:18 pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Hedgehog(?) in progress, along with some _Changeless_ on the patio.

  1. Amanda treated me to yummy sushi as a belated birthday lunch.
  2. I knit and read, often at the same time.
  3. I mowed the lawn and watered the garden.
  4. The camo hedgehog was a hit!

  5. I went to a BBQ to celebrate an adorable little boy’s first birthday.
  6. I went to the farmer’s market.
  7. I did massive bedroom cleaning, including flipping and sanitizing the queen size mattress. I think I could have sold tickets to that one!
  8. And I ended up having to take apart the vacuum to accomplish it too! The bare floor setting now works, which it hasn’t since we got bare floors and it is heaven to have them vacuumed!
  9. I watched some of Longmire season 1.
  10. Arugula pesto is in my near future!

  11. I harvested a ton of arugula and made pesto which I used to dress a salad of millet and canellini beans with grape tomatoes and caramelized onions.
  12. I went to see Star Trek:Into Darkness with my friend, Dee.

Not too bad. Would have liked to have done some sewing in there, but the fresh bed and dust-free floors were not a bad alternative! How about you? What did you do this weekend?

10 on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Pranks, or Maybe Just 1

Filed under: 10 on Tuesday — Kristi at 7:39 am on Tuesday, April 2, 2013


This photo has nothing to do with 10 on Tuesday. Nor is even recent. I’m just reminding myself what is around the corner and why be tolerant of cold, gray days besides fire suppression.

Well, I’ve never been terribly big on the whole April Fool’s thing and before 8am yesterday I was pretty much done with looking at the Internet given all the false things appearing all over social media. I stand pretty much zero chance at listing ten things.

There were a lot of surprises in our household growing up. Most, if not all, the brain children of my mother. Many of then centered around birthdays, thus very positive and fun experiences and not really pranks.

The title of biggest prank in our household is shared by my sister and my mom. Hands down! It wasn’t an April Fool’s prank though. The sad part was that it shouldn’t have been as epic as it was.

It was my first term at UND in Grand Forks, ND, 4 hours away from home. I was always very attached to my family and having a rough time being away. I came home every other weekend for my sanity (and free laundry, I won’t lie). On one of those trips my mom and my sister kept ribbing me about my North Dakota accent. I couldn’t figure out what they were talking about. I didn’t find that most of the people at UND spoke any different than we did in west central Minnesota. A few of the people from really small towns on either side of the Canadian border may have had slight accents in comparison to the norm, but they didn’t strike me as particularly different than any of the really small towns in Minnesota either. It also seemed to me like I had been there an awful short amount of time to have picked up an accent.

Over the course of the weekend both mom and Amber would occasionally snicker and make a comment about my accent. I remember getting really flustered and frustrated a few times when I’d ask for examples and they would just release peels of laughter in response. In retrospect I suppose that should have tipped me off. Eventually the weekend came to an end and I headed back to school. They never bugged me about it again really, but it still popped to mind every once in a while.

Fast forward another 5 years or so and I was getting ready to move out to Colorado and made a stop at home. I finally asked them about this elusive North Dakota accent. I’m not certain if I was hoping to identify the offending parts of speech so I would avoid them when I arrived in Fort Collins or what. Regardless, when I asked them about it I was once again met with laughter. This time, the kind of laughter that causes tears to stream down your face. I was lost and couldn’t figure out what was so darn funny that they couldn’t talk. Eventually between gasps for air one of the two finally got out that they thought they had told me it was a joke before I headed back to school that very first weekend. They were dying of laughter because here I had been under the impression for more than 5 years that I had picked up a North Dakota accent! The joke ended up being 100 times funnier than they ever would have guessed!

If you are stopping by just for Ten on Tuesday, I do want to mention the announcement I made yesterday - to help me celebrate my birthday month you can save 15% on all my my knitting patterns sold on Ravelry in my store using the code HAPPY37. Plus, all purchases through midnight Mountain time on April 30th will be entered into a random drawing for a refund of the winning purchase.

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Random Thoughts

Filed under: 10 on Tuesday — Kristi at 10:20 am on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Elegant Ewe Woodland Trails as Cowl

This is not going to be a fun one. I’m in a mood and randomly diving into my thoughts will not be pretty. But it is real. Sorry, turn back now!

  1. I’m tired of wind. I’ve only managed about 3 hours sleep each of the past 5 nights. I’m tired!
  2. I’m really frustrated with people who do not respect the power of fire and the dryness of their surroundings. Playing with fire puts many people’s lives at risk, especially those who fight the fires. It puts family’s homes in danger. It puts the respiratory health of an entire city at risk.
  3. I’m thankful for the wildland fire crews and all of our firefighters as well as all of the emergency crews who respond to such situations as wildfires. Especially for the crew on the Galena fire who have gotten it nearly contained very quickly despite lack of usual resources and uncooperative weather.
  4. I’ve gotten bored with food. Sounds crazy I know. I just don’t want to deal with it anymore. I don’t want to think about what to make, make it, or clean up after making it. That might mean there is no food post tomorrow. We’ll have to wait and see.
  5. Spring Frills

  6. I’d like favorable weather for working out outside. No smoke inhalation warnings. No 30 mph winds. No snow and ice in the bike lanes (my preferred location to run when in the neighborhood). Coldish is okay, I can deal with that.
  7. I love my coffee press (see #1) and am so glad a friend many years ago taught me the right way to brew a satisfying pot. I almost gave the press away. I shudder to think about that now.
  8. I finished my DIP Ver 1.0. It prompted quite the discussion at knitting last night, but a few other spin-off ideas are now a bit more solidified and I’m reinvigorated in terms of knitting. I’m looking forward to getting it soaked and blocked today.
  9. I updated a few older patterns to my current layout which removes the watermark that causes problems viewing in non-Adobe viewers. I also re-released a few patterns that had become no longer available from their original sources. I’ll continue to plug away at both. See the Woodland Trails cowl, the Spring Frills cuffs, the Fit to Be Tied neckerchief, and the Cirrus shrug. I’m totally thinking about whipping up a Cirrus in my new size, but can’t quite decide on a color to go with my spring/summer wardrobe.
  10. Fit To Be Tied

  11. Have you heard about Dreaming of Shetland yet? I’m very excited to be a part of it and to help support Deb’s very valuable research!
  12. I’m looking forward to some quality time with my sketchbook to capture some of the ideas running through my head.
  13. Because I can - I’m excited to dive into the results of last week’s kombucha brewing. If you don’t follow me on social media you probably haven’t heard, but I started an experiment and have 4 different types of tea brewing as well as coffee. I’ve made kombucha with all four types of tea before but was never able to do a side-by-side comparison before. I think I’ll be bottling tomorrow or Thursday. If you are local and are interested in a scoby to brew your own kombucha, just let me know.

Simple Shrug Needing Name

Okay, somehow, it seems getting some of that stuff out of my head allowed me to get a bit more positive toward the end. Guess there is a take away lesson in that, huh? Who would have guessed that writing a 10 on Tuesday post would teach me something?!?

Thanks once again to Carole for her continued organization of 10 on Tuesdays.

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