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Greet the Week With Gratitude - #5 I’ve got nothing

Filed under: Gratitude — Kristi at 8:36 am on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I’m sorry. What was already a hard week got significantly worse and I just don’t have it in me to put together a greet the week with gratitude. I know that means I need it most, yet I can’t. I thought 2013 was bad. 2014 continues to get worse from there and I’m really not wanting to see any more of it.

If you have any positive energy to spare I could sure use it.

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?

Greet the Week with Gratitude 2014 - #4

Filed under: Gratitude — Kristi at 4:47 pm on Monday, January 27, 2014

My Constant Companions

Well, here we are already at the 4th Monday of 2014. Kind of hard to believe. This week I’m especially grateful for technology!

  • My Wacom tablet has been my closest friend these past six weeks as I’ve been doing TONS of vector illustration/design work in Illustrator. I’ve been creating intricate infographics that required tons of icons. Since I have no budget to purchase licenses for such things I’ve had to create them from scratch. I’ve had the tablet for several years thanks to a birthday gift from my parents, but never really ended up using it much. Now that I’ve really dug into vector work and gotten comfortable with it I suspect I’ll find it more helpful with photo editing. Shoot, I’ve even using it to surf and do general low-typing computing. It is so much more ergonomic!
  • Related to the above, I’m very grateful for those who have shared their knowledge and experience of these complex graphics programs (most especially Illustrator) on YouTube/Vimeo videos. It has been a life-saver and now I’m at the point that I’m solving my own problems more and more often and not having to look up how-tos. I’ve learned so many new things about working with vectors, which is so different from photo editing!
  • DH’s old iPad is also an indispensable tool as I make edits to 70+ page documents without access to a work printer.

What are you grateful for this week? What tech gadgets do you find integral to your day?

Greet the Week with Gratitude 2014 - #3, the people edition

Filed under: Gratitude — Kristi at 1:18 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Svea Cup & Saucer

I ran across a post sometime during this past week about gratitude journaling and they highlighted that appreciating people is more beneficial. So, this week I’m being grateful for people! Who are you grateful for?

  • My little sister! She always knows just what I need. I haven’t been home since January 2010 when I used to get home twice a year. It just isn’t in the budget. If the money isn’t too tight I have no paid vacation so it is anyway. For Christmas she gave me a very limited edition keepsake cup and saucer. It is a vintage one from the church I grew up in, though we don’t know when it was originally purchased. Just that my dad thinks he remembers them from when he was a kid. It is super thick and sturdy and it makes me think of home every morning when I drink my coffee from it.
  • Obviously DH - bread baker, chief dish and laundry washer, awesome sous chef, bed warmer-upper, curling bout watching enabler (this past weekend was the Continental Cup in Vegas and there were several draws steamed live on YouTube), back massager, walking encyclopedia of miscellanea, handyman, resident mathematician who can tell me if my ideas on calculating various things need dusting off (you’d be surprised how much math my current job has employed), and many other things that aren’t coming to mind just this minute but not any less appreciated.
  • Mom and Dad of course. I pretty much always feel helpful and useful after talking to them, whether I helped mom learn how to use a new ingredient in the kitchen or shared a tip on using voiceover on her iPhone, or talked gardening techniques with Dad I always feel like I’ve at least provided something to think about or look into even if I didn’t have the exact answer. And, well, it feels nice to feel needed.
  • Friends - I’ve been blessed with too many to start naming names without surely accidentally leaving one out and offending. But they no doubt know who they are, whether they are near or far!

This week has been crazy so I’m not so much greeting the week at this point. Though I swear I started composing this post on Monday. It has just taken this long to wrap it up. We’ve had the start of the school session once again which always shakes up the daily schedule and takes a bit to settle back into. We also had some opportunities to visit with friends we haven’t seen in months and in years so it has been a good week, but not much in the way of extra time to sit at the computer.

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