Tuesday Things

I’m amazed at how long and short a week can feel. We’re quite into the swing of things and dealing with a great deal of stir crazy and bored. Things are starting to green up. Even the indoor plants seem happier for the extra hours of daylight each day. While cleaning out my office this week, I found a pair of socks that I knit and stashed away unblocked. I had completely forgotten them. Plenty of time for blocking things now.

Knitting: Still working on my zauberball socks.

Watching: Jesse and I finished Tiger King. It was so beyond bizarre. We both sat there every night wondering about the lives some people live. Still watching Virgin River. And Little Fires Everywhere.

Reading: I’ve completely stalled out on reading anything. I started reading Anna K by Jenny Lee and it’s not for me. It’s just full of name dropping labels to establish wealth and references to show a “cool factor” that will leave the book dated in three years and are trying too hard now. Maybe I just really loved Anna Karenina and this feels like the cheap knock off?

Making: Before things got REALLY crazy here some friends dropped off Amish friendship bread which will be baked up and split up yet today. I’m supposed to pass along three starters but I don’t know if we’ll be doing that. It feels wrong right now. (Even though we are all healthy – Jesse is still having to leave for work and that just makes me nervous about accidentally passing anything along.) I’ve been sewing masks. I don’t have any elastic stashed (I donated a lot of my sewing supplies to a senior center about six months ago when cleaning out my office. Oops.) and most places seem to be sold out so I’m making a kind that uses ties which is kind of fiddly but that’s okay. We’re also eating lots of meals at home. This makes a great lunch. We also love this hash with eggs or sausage or just by itself.

I hope you are all hanging in there and washing your hands and staying healthy both physically and mentally. What are you reading, watching, making (any other -ing?) to keep yourself occupied during this difficult time?

Friday Finds

My uncle texted this to me today and it gave me the best laugh. God bless the Quigley sense of humor.
  1. Spring clean your accounts now that you are stuck at home.
  2. Ina Garten for the win.
  3. You know I loved this article about getting through the pandemic with needle crafts.
  4. Yes, Detroit. Yes.
  5. I bought one.
  6. This is our inspiration for next week’s art project.
  7. We’re making face masks. I didn’t have any fabric so we ordered some cute fabrics from our local store. Like this, this, this, and this.
  8. Coronavirus tourism posters.
  9. 13 things on the internet to life your spirits.
  10. I love these forest pictures.
  11. I may have said this before but I love Sir Patrick Stewart. No seriously, I love him.
  12. This instagram account has given me a chuckle almost every day.
  13. I should be an architect?
  14. Adding some of these to my TBR pile.

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Tuesday Things

Short and sweet (and late) this week because I’m sharing my work station. My co-worker likes to leave math worksheets all over the desk. (But also brings me Jolly Ranchers from time to time.)

Knitting: Zauberball socks.

Watching: I’m two episodes into Virgin Creek. It’s on Netflix and I think it’s kind of like a Hallmark movie in episode form? My brother is recommending It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and a good friend of mine sent a list of her favorite 80’s-90’s movies that I’m going to have to get started on.

Reading: I’ve read The Naturals (which is kind of like a YA version of Criminal Minds) and The Last Mrs. Parrish this week. I loathed The Last Mrs. Parrish. I’m so annoyed that I forced myself to finish.

Making: We ordered some fabric from our local quilt shop to make homemade masks. I hate sewing (but I like the ironing and cutting and prep stuff) so I told Jesse I’d get everything ready if he actually sewed them. We’ll see how it goes. The kids are also working on an art project and I can’t wait to show you once we’re done.

I hope you are healthy and safe. The weather here is really wonderful and I’m so grateful for that. What are you making, reading, watching? I’m DEFINITELY in the market for suggestions.

Tuesday Things

It’s Tuesday. My hands are chapped.

Knitting: I ripped out the socks AGAIN, but finally think I have them down and they’ll hopefully be done by the end of the week. Then I’m going to see if I can get pairs done for the kids’ Easter baskets. The sheep is on hold.

Watching: I started watching Better Things per Kari and Rita‘s recommendation but only got two episodes in before trying an episode of Atypical which just grabbed me. (Jesse is even watching it from time to time which is a sure signal that it’s good TV. He almost NEVER watches television.) I’m sure I’ll come back to it. We’ve also been doing random movie nights. Watched Big Hero 6 for probably the 1,598th time and I still love it.

Reading: I know I said Boys and Sex was on my list, but I needed something a little lighter. So I read Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and Do You Mind if I Cancel? (Things that Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti. Next up is The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes which is Violet’s “Mom and Daughter” book club pick and I need to have that done by the end of this weekend.

Making: Brownies, elderberry syrup (because having some kitchen medicine around can’t hurt), beans and rice, sweet potato and black bean quesadillas, friendship bracelets, cards (my mom sent a kit she put together), and schedules that are promptly ignored. (Thankfully, we are currently on “spring break”.)

Listening to: The Sweetest Summer and Peaceful Guitar (slow and mellow set the tone for happy mornings), I usually find something poppier for the afternoon. BrenĂ© Brown’s new podcast is on my list.

I know I haven’t said much here about COVID-19. I don’t know if I will. It’s not that I don’t have feelings about it’s impact on my life, it’s just that…I don’t have much to say about them. I’m thankful every single day that we all remain healthy. I wish I had bought more hand cream and not just more soap.

So…what are you reading, watching, making, listening to, or whatever other -ing you feel like sharing?