Wednesday, December 31, 2008

To Do Before I'm 30

It's 3:47am on New Years Day and I'm currently in Drogheda, Ireland. I can't sleep. I've eaten so much that sleep is simply impossible. So I'm up alone, watching the fire and surfing the web. Sadly there's not much to surf right now and I'm not particularly in the mood for bad news. Anyhow, one of the guests at tonight's New Years festivities will be turning 30 next week and made herself a list of things to do before then. I turn 30 on Nov 17, 2009 and I thought it might make things a bit more interesting if I had goals along the way. I don't really care that much about turning 30, it doesn't stress me out by any means. 20-29 for me has been long. I don't feel at all as though it has flown by.

So I guess it would be good to have 30 things to do by the time I turn 30. I have no clue what those things might be and I wasn't privy to the list of the guest at the party. Should anyone in the cyberweb see this, it would be nice to have some suggestions :-).

Things off the top of my head:
1. Reach my goal weight
2. Run two half-marathons
3. Design a knit pattern
4. Read both of Obama's books
5. Travel to Estonia
6. Run at least six 10Ks
7. Adopt a pet
8. Make a bold career move
9. Write a short story
10. Start a pension fund
11. Develop a stock portfolio
12. Teach myself a new art from scratch
13. Raise at least $2,000 for charity
14. Start volunteering regularly
15. Knit myself 15 pairs of socks
16. Maintain my goal weight
17. Make peace with where I'm settled
18. Reconnect with my family
19. Pay off student loan
20. Take up yoga
21. Read the Chronicles of Narnia
22. Visit Dominica
23. Piece a quilt from knitted squares
24. Be OK with not achieving all 30 goals
25. Work on doing things for my satisfaction rather than to impress others
26. Learn to shuffle cards
27. Go to a casino
28. Take salsa or other dance lessons
29. Learn how to sew
30. Knit at least 30 hats for pre-mature babies
31. Finish Spanish bolero

So far this isn't written in stone. I really just wanted to jot down some thoughts. Maybe the list will grow and change as I think of things I would like to do.

To turning 30! Cheers!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Noro Striped Scarf

I decided to make a Noro Striped scarf as I absolutely love Jared Flood's one.


Material: Noro Silk Garden - 2 skeins 211, 1 skein 245 and 1 skein 84
Stats: 1X1 rib; 33 sts (6 in); 6.5 ft long
Needles: 4.5 mm

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thing's I've Done

Things I've done are in bold.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Half-Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (sort of!)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

My first blog

Last night I was watching the Jon Stewart show and Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post fame was talking about why everyone should blog. I don't know why but I thought, hmmm... maybe I'll start a blog, so here goes. I'm not sure that I'm that interesting but I love knitting and storytelling (hence the title of my blog - yarns).

Prior to watching Jon Stewart, I was out in Islington at loop. I had my 15% loyalty card garnered from lots of previous yarn buying. I went a bit crazy buying anything I could think of knitting. I still haven't knitted my xmas presents yet so the next 20 days is going to be insane. I'm spending the holidays with my boyfriend's family and so I have to get everything done.

After knitting, I decided to treat myself to a lovely lemon tart at Carluccios. Unknownst to me, they were having a Christmas evening and were providing free mulled wine, mini pizzas, croquets, and other goodies. So I totally indulged. I had had to fast that day in order to take a blood test in the afternoon and it all seemed worth it that my first meal should be delicious Carluccios delicacies. I then got the most delectable chocolate cake from there and I must say that every bite elicited a moan. I'm not usually a chocolate cake girl but that slice definitely converted me for the evening.

I guess in addition to my knitting and reading love, one can add food.

I think this makes for an OK first post.