So Many Great Things

I should be writing a Sock It To Me Monday post, but I have too many things to tell you about and no photos of my sock, so you get run on sentences full of excitement instead.

Yesterday I went to a friend’s birthday party. She throws the best parties. Last year on her birthday we painted fox canvases. She threw an amazing BINGO party last spring, just because. This year it was a paint your own pottery party. I painted a yarn bowl and got some knitting done, all while eating the best monster cookie ever. And I was able to spend time with some of my best friends. It was so great I didn’t even mind when I got a text from the owner telling me my yarn bowl broke and I would have to come back in to make a new one.

Later that night, John and I went on a date. We ended up at the 80s and 90s themed pub in our neighborhood, because there isn’t much walkable that is open on a Sunday night. I enjoyed the pizza we shared, and the spicy ranch oyster crackers were really great to snack on, but the bar is so popular it was crowded and loud. I felt so old, wishing they would turn the music down. We did get a nice walk in before dinner, and it was nice enough to leave our coats at home.

This morning a friend came over for coffee and we sat around chatting for a couple of hours. It was wonderful. I love it when my day starts with conversation and friendship.

It was nice enough today for us to go to the park in fleeces. The kids were a lot happier to play without bulky layers.

When we got home from the park the last of my birthday yarn from John had arrived. I’m planning to make the Arachne sweater later this year, with significant changes to make it more appropriate for my Middle Aged Mid-Western body. I am going to be the coolest mom at the pumpkin patch this fall with my spider sweater and sugar skull dress.

Are you a podcast person? Have you listened to The Happiness Lab with Yale Professor Dr. Laurie Santos? It is amazing. I learn something from every episode that I can use to make my life happier, and I already consider myself a happy person. Please listen to this podcast and tell me how much you love it. Because you will love it.

Have a great Monday. I promise to tell you all about my current socks later this week.

27 thoughts on “So Many Great Things

  1. I’ll add the podcast to my ever growing list:)
    It sounds like you are having so much fun:) I have a theory on loud noice: once you have kids you use up all your loud noise tolerance. You’ll like the loud noise again right as you get old enough to start losing your hearing:)
    I can’t wait to see your sweater! I love the colors.

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  2. What a lovely time you’ve had. Last year we had some warm weather in February and I didn’t need a coat…today we have snow!?! I listen to podcasts and running out of old episodes of Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard so will soon need a new one to fill in, so I’ll add this to my list.

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      1. I really enjoy Armchair Expert, it’s not suitable for having on when kids are around, as he is a recovering addict and drugs are talked about a fair bit and although he’s a long time sober he obviously misses the feeling still. Also there is swearing. However, he has such interesting guests, not just famous tv and movie people but also neurologist, heart surgeon, Obama’s speechwriter, Monika Lewinski. I’ve only got about 10 old episodes left to listen to and keep on top of the 2 episodes a week. I love the fact check at the end with Monica Padman. You could start with the highlights of last year episode as that has a real mix of people and shows what’s what. I love Kristen too, I follow her on Instagram.

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      1. That is really gorgeous yarn! Here’s a question – do we want to wait for fall? Or just do it? I was thinking about September because of being in the “heading into Halloween” mood, but really we could knit them any time!

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      2. That is going to turn out so cool 🙂
        Are you thinking early or late April to get started? I’m going to mention it on the blog at some point soon to see if anyone else is interested. I liked your idea of giving finishers something when you did your KAL! I’m thinking about doing stitch markers possibly? Still thinking about it 🙂

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      3. I’m OK with either early or late April. Do you think we should have a day of the week where we post about our progress? I think stitch markers are a great idea. I love the using stitch markers that have memories associated with them.

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      4. I’m going to tentatively say early April. Let me know if you want me to push it back to later :)A regular report day is a great idea! OK, then stitch markers is what I will do for finisher incentive 🙂

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      5. I’m so excited to get started! I’m going to try to bang out a steeked sweater this month, because I’ve never done it before and I don’t want to do it for the first time with my dream Halloween sweater.

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