January 29, 2009

Jetting off, if I ever pack

So I'm taking the day off the boring job tomorrow and flying back home for the weekend. Despite the fact that it's already almost nine and I leave in just over twelve hours, I haven't started packing. Not really, anyway. Instead I'm sitting on the couch watching "Firefly" and messing about on the internet. But I did plug in my cell phone and digital camera. And I downloaded the digital equivalent of a metric ton of podcasts. (The newest episode of Lime and Violet came out just in time! Squeee!)

So even though it doesn't look like it, I'm super excited to be going. My best friend is picking me up at the airport, and we're going straight from there to two of my favorite places in the world. Places they don't have out here. Places I have missed desperately.

I'm also planning to do something I think is a little exciting for this blog. Sort of a treat for all four of my readers (Hi Mama). So if you want, you can look for that sometime early next week.

Oh, and I bought more yarn. My very first Malabrigo!

January 20, 2009

Like I need another hobby to spend money and time on.

So... last weekend I watched a YouTube tutorial on how to spin yarn with a drop spindle, because I wanted to know how they worked, and ever since I've been trying very hard not to let myself order a kit off Etsy. And yet I have three or four kits in my favorites. And I've been looking at roving. I am weak.

January 8, 2009

Life's a tradeoff

Tonight I made the delightful mistake of watching a lovely French movie. I hadn't planned on it yet, but after yogilates last night, I'm sore in all sorts of weird places. So I skipped yoga tonight, in order to give my poor muscles half a fighting chance. I plan to take a nice, hot bubble bath, too.

The only problem with watching this movie is that now it feels like it's a Friday night. And in a week that's already felt like it's about a month long, I already know it will feel so monstrously unfair tomorrow morning when the alarm clock goes off again. C'est la vie.

Oddly enough, it's a life I'm settling into, in a sense. Boss-lady offered me the option again of being hired by them, instead of staying a temp. Benefits, PTO, and whatnot. I turned them down two months ago, the first time they offered. But this time, I think I'm going to take them up on it. Because the job that I hate is doing a good job of paying for the things that I love. I bought more yarn today, for a pattern in the knitting book I bought last Sunday. Par example. It'll pay for more yoga, too, and the circus classes I'm still flirting with.

In the meantime, I'll just keep downloading more podcasts to distract me through the workday. Then I can collapse into my weekend, finally.

The movie was Paris, Je T'aime, by the way. And the title reflects my feelings rather accurately.

January 6, 2009

Loosening my stiff muscles

I started at a new yoga studio today. I found a postcard for them in a coffee house months ago. Actually, I think it was the night I dropped off our application for this apartment. My first taste of the neighborhood. I always meant to go check out the place, because they have this deal where you get ten days of yoga for twenty dollars. And that is what I now have. Today was day one, so for the next nine days, I get as much yoga as I can stand!

It's very exciting.

Tonight's class was pretty basic. More a moving meditation than real yoga, like I'm used to. I've done more ashtanga than anything, so I like things a little more dynamic. But given that I haven't done much of anything physical in almost eight months, starting slow was probably a good idea. I'll be that much less sore tomorrow. But anyway, it started out with the teacher asking us to focus on our intention, maybe on our resolutions, if we made any. Not that I had much focus. I'm a little rusty on that part of the yoga process. I spent most of the class telling myself "Stop thinking about the job! Stop thinking about your knitting! Stop thinking about the blog!"

I didn't technically make a resolution. The things I want for this year feel too big and vague to fit into a little to-do list for the year. I just want to be better, and try harder. That's a big part of why I was at the yoga studio in the first place. Ten days for twenty dollars is hard to resist, and it nearly guarantees me getting out of the apartment for ten days straight. Maybe even enough to build a habit of it. Get me out of the apartment more and more, hopefully. Maybe I'll hit the jackpot and make a friend, too.

Because I have to admit, I haven't tried very hard yet. I've spent too many nights in the last six months sitting at home, watching movies and knitting. And that's pretty much it. And that has to stop. So my plan, for now, is to do yoga for ten days, and then we'll see. Dance classes, circus classes, more yoga. I'll find something good. And then something even better. And it'll all just get better and better.

The teacher ended the class by saying that she hopes our dreams for this year do come true. Hoky as it may sound, I hope so too.

January 3, 2009

Fun with teh interwebs

I found this today. Here's the result I got:

The analysis indicates that the author of http://ridiculousexistence.blogspot.com is of the type:

ESFP - The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

Do you agree?