The latest thing I have been completely and totally obsessed with is going to be really good. I found this website that sells t-shirts and other merchandise. I normally love t-shirts with really clever sayings and this all started when I was looking for shirts with clever sayings for the gym.
On my first perusal, I read a lot of shirts that had straight up, funny, gym sayings, such as the one pictured above. There are so many that I honestly could not choose just one. I really liked looking at the gender specific ones and imagining them on the opposite sex they were intended for. As well as the really general ones; of the general ones I think the Burpee one is my favourite, because really… who likes burpees?
At this point I realized that were were shirts for the gym that have been inspired by some of the fandoms I participate in. I started looking up Doctor Who ones because it was the first thing that occurred to me. Things really snowballed from there.
Once I got into searching the Harry Potter ones and texting them to my fellow gym-goer and fangirl, Sara, I knew I had stumbled upon something of a black hole. This is where all my spare time and money is going to go…I can feel it already.
I know this might sound like a foreign concept to some people, but I am not a procrastinator. I usually don’t put things off to the last minute, ever. When I know I have something to do, I get it done and out of the way. Hence, when I have a report due at work or a blog article to post, I get it done as soon as I have time to sit down and work on it and BAM, done.
A few days ago, I spent at least an hour looking through more and more of these t-shirts during time I had decided I was going to write. I had several things to get done and I really wanted to work on them, but I couldn’t look away from the screen. It was absolutely ridiculous.
Mind you, I did come up with a plan to set aside change and save up to purchase one of these shirts as a reward for actually going to the gym. I am going to get a jar set up for it and make a list of the top shirts I would like to get. Making the list is going to be the hardest part because I am having a lot of trouble not BUYING ALL THE THINGS!!!
There are even shirts, totes and phone cases with yarn and fiber arts sayings on them. I ENDORSE THIS SITE FOREVERRRR! I am really, very excited about everything this page has to offer and can’t wait to make an order!
As some of you might know, I have been writing for an online magazine called Addicted to Sock Knitting. I got into it through their Facebook group, which is a closed group so you have to submit a request to join. On this group people post photos and conversation topics all about sock knitting. I know what you’re thinking; I’ve found my people.
I really enjoy the group and I will admit that I go about simply looking at posts others have put up. I do creep around the group, but I do chime in when people ask questions or if there is something particularly amazing! There are sock knitters of every caliber on this group so no one should feel shy about joining or posting! It is a very welcoming environment full of fantastic people!
The eZine is something that the group creator Debra Garner put together. It’s an online magazine with two issues out so far. There is a wide array of information within the pages from tutorials all the way to patterns and reviews. I wrote an article for the first issue about ‘why hand knit socks are better than store bought socks’ and the most recent issue I wrote a tutorial on patching up socks.
I wanted to take this post to tell you about this eZine because a lot of work goes into it and there is some really great information there. If you’re at all interested in socks, you should definitely check out this magazine!
Since my headaches have been going away, I’ve been trying to get back into the gym. Things go okay, there are bumps and pain-in-the-neck’s along the way, but I am doing okay. As I mentioned last post, the weather is getting warmer and for me… that makes me want to get out and do things!
When I am trying to motivate myself to go to the gym or do athletic things, I need incentive. Normally I sign up for a race or obstacle course because nothing motivates you like the thought “if I don’t train for this, I am going to die.” A lot of people will mull over signing up for a race, but that is a pitfall you must avoid. The first time I signed up for a 5K race, I was not a runner at all. I just signed up for it because a friend of mine was doing it and it sounded like fun. After I paid, I realized I would actually have to train for this. Complete madness, I know.
It was really motivating though. Every time I thought I would prefer to sleep in or something, I just thought about running the race and being trampled by all the really fit people behind me. THAT will get you out of bed in the morning.
Since I don’t have any races coming up, I haven’t been able to use that against myself, but I have found I really enjoy going onto Etsy or Pinterest and looking at all the wise-ass sayings on some workout clothes. Any of the photos I’ve posted in reference to this link back to the pages where you can purchase them. I keep setting little goals for myself and saying, “if I get to this point, I am going to buy that workout shirt.”
This kind of works double for me because not only am I striving toward a goal where I get a reward, I get a cool shirt. I am going to want to go work out just so I can wear that shirt.
I’ve read quite a few articles with interesting and sometimes crazy things to keep you getting to the gym. One of the ones I thought was funny yet clever, is to wear your work out clothes to bed. If you’re trying to get to the gym in the morning you sleep in the work out clothes. This way you only need to drag your sleep deprived self to the gym and don’t have to worry about getting dressed and all that jazz. This is especially true for women; have you ever tried to fight with a sports bra in the pre-dawn hours?
I’ll do another post full of awesome motivating things. It might not be obvious, but I try to apply the same principles to completing knitting that is really fighting me. Goals… and buying yourself something pretty!
I haven’t talked about books in so long! It’s actually been a while since I was really into listening to all the book series I am into. Usually once I listen to an entire series and get really into it, I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Then I have to wait, and patience is not really my forte. I was out of touch so long I didn’t realize a book was coming out in a couple days.
I don’t think I have mentioned any of Patricia Briggs series, she has two, but this one is very sweet. The Alpha and Omega series technically starts in an anthology called On the Prowl with a short story called Alpha and Omega. Usually this is referred to as book 0.5 since it is the start of the story and not technically a side story.
The short story is not absolutely necessary to the plot of book number one, but I think it is a really great lead in and explains the relationship between the two main characters.
This series parallels Patricia Briggs’ other series, the Mercedes Thompson books; which are also excellent! I read both series and love the little tie-in’s here and there. You also get a little bit more back story about characters that are central to the Mercedes Thomspson book, but play a more ‘off stage’ role.
If the book covers didn’t give it away, these books are an urban fantasy about werewolves. Of all the werewolf books I’ve read, these ones are my favourite. When people transform they turn into actual wolves, rather than the creepy half wolf half human renditions that are so popular in movies.
There is magic and a whole slew of other supernatural beings that come into the plot lines for this series, and keep it interesting. I attempt to talk everyone I meet into reading these books. There is a strong female lead in the Mercedes Thompson books, so they are naturally a little more appealing to a female audience, but the Alpha and Omega series centers on both Charles and Anna as main characters. Depending on your preferences, I strongly recommend you read all the books. ALLLL OF THEM!!!
This is the designated time when I usually talk about the books I’ve been reading and listening to, but I am still lost down the podcast hole! The latest one I have been listening to is called Knit 1 Geek 2. They’re a podcast based in Canada; they’re practically my neighbours!!
I really love all the podcasts I’ve come across, but it is especially great to find one that is local to me. Usually when podcaster’s talk about their LYS or events that are local to them, I desperately want to go check them out. The last couple I’ve listened to have been in California; that compared with the weather we’ve been having… I was almost ready to move.
Maggie and Karen talk about all things that have to do with geekery! They talk about movies and tv shows; review ones currently out and keep everyone up to date with news about upcoming features!
These ladies absolutely slay me; they’re so funny. Their podcast has the explicit tag because there is a little swearing and they get a little excited when they talk about some of the male characters; but it’s nothing untoward.
I’ve listened to the most recent couple episodes, and now I am working my way back. It’s actually really really fun to go back and listen to older episodes about movies that have already come out. Everyone makes predictions about movies and tv shows and theirs are really quite accurate. Sometimes I am bursting with glee because I know the movie coming out is going to totally BLOW THEIR EXPECTATIONS OUT OF THE WATER!!
I haven’t been listening that long, but I absolutely love their podcast!! Trust me and go listen!
Okay, this is the newest thing I am totally obsessed with. Making meals in advance is so awesome. I love coming home for lunch and having a meal ready. Just take it out of the fridge and you’re good to go!
Shauna was the first one to mention this to me and I checked Pinterest. Turns out it is a huge thing and there are recipes specifically for mason jar meals. There are even philosophies about the best order to place ingredients and whether there should or should not be dressing in the bottom when making salad.
I started out by making a few parfaits, but Paul said they weren’t quite filling enough. The next time I added greek yogurt instead of regular, for the extra protein.
That keeps me full for a really long time and barely satisfies Paul, for a couple hours anyway, so there is the perfect mid ground! The greek yogurt does make the parfait a little dry though. The yogurt has the consistency of mousse so it doesn’t really moisten the granola much. On one hand, you’re not going to get soggy granola, but on the other, it kind of sticks to the roof of your mouth.
The first week I made one or two salads, but the second week I went totally off the deep end and made different salads and enough for the whole week. We’re on day four and they’re still great! The jars are airtight and therefore keep the lettuce fresh. The salad is still crunchy and the leaves don’t have any brown edges. I actually stirred some avocado in a bit of lemon juice and added them to the salad at the beginning of the week and they’re still green.
I am totally running with this, it’s an amazing time saver and I am less likely to eat junk for breakfast and lunch if I have them premade!