A Week in Review

Hi there,

So I promised I would be back this week to discuss how my goals from last week went, so here we go…

1. Attend a knit group at the local yarn store.

This one was a success! I had a lot of fun going out and seeing some fellow knitters. I wasn’t super talkative because I tend to be shy in social situations at first, but I’m looking forward to going again this week and seeing some of the same faces.

2. Go for a run at least 5 days in the next week.

Hmm well technically I only ran 3 days this past week, but I’m planning on running tonight, so that counts as 4 maybe! I’ll try again this coming week and hopefully I can hit 5. I really find that running mellows out my mood swings and makes the day go by easier.

3. Produce at least 1 piece of viable artwork.

Also a success! I made both a logo for my boyfriend’s youtube channel and a piece of fun art that you can all see here. (This also gives you a link to my devianart page. If you look, beware of the fact that most of my art on there is over 3 years old)

4. Sketch for at least 30 minutes every day.

I didn’t really keep track of this one, but I think I sketched for 5/7 days this week, which is pretty good!

5. Visit the local gym and get info about membership fees and classes they offer.

Check! I like heir facilities, and so I will probably drop by for a fitness class this coming week.

6. Hand out resumes to some local businesses.

This one I didn’t do, but I did apply to a whole bunch of jobs online.

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Today was also Mother’s Day and I was very fortunate to get to celebrate it with both my mother and my grandmother! We made a spectacular brunch of waffles, bacon, fruit salad, chocolate covered strawberries and a fun fruit bouquet! Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Best wishes,

Viv

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Determination!

Pretty pretty! I love spring flowers!

Pretty pretty! I love spring flowers!

Hi there,

Okay, so a lot has happened since my last post. I have mostly moved into my boyfriend’s apartment in a new city. I had a very interesting and stressful interview for a post-graduate program I hope to get into for the fall, and life has begun to settle down a little.

However, there are still a whole bunch of challenges I have on the horizon. I think the biggest one is the sudden lack of routine in my life. This is the first time in a long time I don’t know what I’m “supposed” to do tomorrow. I have no classes to attend and no job to go to. I don’t even have any volunteering or social things to do. I know that I’m a person who really craves structure and predictability in my life, so try and achieve that I am going to set some goals for myself this week:

1. Attend a knit group at the local yarn store.

2. Go for a run at least 5 days in the next week.

3. Produce at least 1 piece of viable artwork.

4. Sketch for at least 30 minutes every day.

5. Visit the local gym and get info about membership fees and classes they offer.

6. Hand out resumes to some local businesses.

I’m not struggling for money. I have enough savings to keep me afloat for quite a while, but I am looking for a job to establish some structure, hopefully provide a social outlet and also the money will always be a welcome perk. I’m not sure what my prospects are for getting a job this time of year, but it’s worth a shot!

I’m also thinking I’ll start doing a weekly check-in to see how I am coming along with my goals, so I will see you next week!

Best wishes,

Viv

Time to share

Hi there,

It has been a long time since I have written a blog post, do you remember me? Now that my university degree is just about completed, I will have time and energy to focus on blogging. There are quite a few things I’m excited to share in the next little while.

First of all, I’ll be in the process of moving all my belongings back to my parent’s house as a stopover place. Then, I’ll start moving essentials into my boyfriend’s apartment where I will live at least on a part-time basis. Once this is done, I’ll begin setting up my life all over again in a new city. I’m pretty nervous about this, because I usually have a hard time making friends, especially when I don’t have a context for meeting people (a job, school, etc.). My plan is to participate in a fitness class like dance or yoga and try to find a part-time job, even if it’s something lame like working retail. Other options to look into are joining a knitting group or volunteering somewhere. The goal is to have a reason to leave the house. If I don’t have that, I know I’ll just wallow and end up fused to the couch.

In the midst of all this turmoil, I will be continuing to knit, start doing art and attempt to enjoy life with my boyfriend. It will the first time we are officially living together and so I am pretty excited and nervous about it. I have several knitting projects that I have yet to share with you and I’m sure you’ll be hearing about my artistic creations once they start happening too.

Thanks for reading and if you are a dedicated blog-reader of mine I apologize in advance for any anxiety-filled venting that may occur in the next while as I venture forth into uncharted territory and face a lot of my irrational fears that I haven’t had to deal with in a long time. Hopefully there will be exciting stories of success intermingled with them from time to time!

Best wishes,

Viv ❤

A beautiful walk by the beach from several weeks ago. Also featuring geese.

A beautiful walk by the beach from several weeks ago. Also featuring geese.

Missing the Furries right now…

I am currently in the midst of intense waves of school work and exam prep. It’s my final year of undergrad and therefore things are very stressful. In fact I am procrastinating right now in order to bring you this post. You’re welcome!

I grew up with two wonderful dogs in my life and I love them both so much. They’re my sunshine and their shenanigans always make me smile.

Chip the photogenic one.

Chip the photogenic one.

Ruby, the "special one"

Ruby, the “special one”

Chip is the older man dog. He’s probably about 10 years old now, but he’s still going strong. He is actually really smart and can’t be fooled very easily. He was a rescue, and we think he’s a mix of dalmation, lab and a few other breeds as well.

Ruby is a border collie we adopted from a breeder. She’s 8 years old and has been my companion for her whole life. She’s obsessed with chasing her tennis ball, and she also loves to go for runs with me and play in ponds. My family always makes fun of her because she’s so shy and easily messed with. One time, Chip and Ruby were each given a bone as a treat, and Chip somehow immediately lost his, or he hid it or something. Ruby was happily chewing her bone in the living room when Chip went up to the front door and started barking at something. It caught Ruby’s attention immediately and she ran to the door and started barking. Then Chip sneakily went into the living room and stole her bone for himself. It was all a ruse!

Chip last winter looking very cold.

Chip last winter looking very cold.

Ruby is content to swim through snow

Ruby is content to swim through snow

Here’s a quick drawing I did of these two goofs. I think I captured their personalities pretty well…

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That’s all for now!
Best wishes,
Viv

Yarn yarn yarn yarn!

Hi all,

I’ve been so inundated with school work and haven’t had a lot of time to work on projects and haven’t had anything fantastic I’ve wanted to talk about lately, so sorry about that. The semester is finishing up soon so I’ll have more free time. I actually have a [mostly] finished sweater that I just need to sew buttons on to and fix the shoulder seams and then it is complete! I find that the hardest part of a project is the finishing details. So much fiddling around! I prefer just knitting row after row like a lawn mower, RRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrr… especially if it’s a cool lace or cable pattern.

Also, it is my birthday coming up soon as well and my lovely parents gave me my gifts early….

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Check out dem BALLS! Man I am so majorly excited to start working with all these nice colours! I can’t believe they got me knit picks yarn! The green in the top right is a merino/cashmere blend and OMG it is so glorious I want to stick my face in it constantly!

As you can tell, I am really looking forward to the summer when I can knit like crazy and hopefully try out some colourwork. I will keep you all posted!

 

Much love,

Viv

Birthday Socks

Hi all,

So this semester has been super busy and crazy and I just basically want to curl up in a ball in a corner until all my commitments and due dates solemnly drift past and the world stops expecting things from me. But alas I still have some determination left in me and I think I can make it through another 8 weeks or so.

In recent news, it was the boyfriend’s birthday last week and so I knit him my first pair of socks knit with actual sock yarn and I am SUPER proud. Just check it out…

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Oh yes, they are beautiful. He says he likes them and I’m sure he’ll wear them because he likes functional, manly things. You can kind see how one of the toes of is really pointy, and that’s because the pattern stated, “decrease until 8 stitches remain”, which I doggedly obeyed, but what they really meant was to, “decrease until 8 stitches remain on each of the two needles“, to then Kitchener closed. Well gee, it would be nice if you said that for the sake of the sock noobs. Oh well, now I know for next time.

Anyways have a good one!

Yarnings: The Ripple Blanket

Hi all,

So far my big long-term project is the ripple blanket and I am using up a ton of acrylic worsted yarn I have laying around. Here’s the pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/neat-ripple-pattern

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It’s quite a bit wider than I originally intended, but at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with a nice cozy blanket. I’m going to make it long enough to fit comfortably on a standard sized bed. I love working on it when I watch tv or listen to podcasts. It’s a great way to unwind while I wind it together. 😉

Best wishes.

Viv