Sometimes I Adult

(OR)  Randomly on Friday

Randomly on Friday – I am proud of myself for my mad adulting skills.  (Also, I honestly appreciate that “adult” has become a verb.  I know there is the camp of people who dislike it, but I think it is more accurate than calling oneself an adult.  We are not truly, completely, “adult” – we have moments of childishness and immaturity, and moments when we buckle up and take care of business.  I have moments of being an adult, but I am not one every moment of the day.  Therefore, “adulting” more accurately describes my pattern.)

Randomly on Friday – I completed my daily French lesson early, in the time I had between getting the child on the bus and getting myself to work.  I felt really productive first thing in the morning – and that rarely happens.

Randomly on Friday – A friend added me to a Denver based face and body painters forum, at which I squeed audibly because this blows my mind.  I am constantly surprised by how connected this community is, how supportive, and how there is a group of people that do everything I want to do.  Cyr – yep, there’s a group jam.  Juggling – group jam, preceded by game night.  Dancing – so many groups for that.  And now, face painting.

Randomly on Friday – I have been networking my little tush off, putting in bids for gigs and sending out promo material – kicking butt and literally taking names.

Randomly on Friday – a Chicago blues dancing friend is in town for an audition, and tonight we are going dancing.  I have been excited about it for days.  I need to dance – not the choreographed group stuff I have been working on, but the deep and soulful, intimate dancing that I miss about Chicago.

Randomly on Friday – one of my best friends booked his flight to Boulder for my showcase next month.  I may have jumped around the house for a few minutes when he confirmed his plans.  One thing I dislike about being an adult is having my friends spread around the world.  While it means I have friends in cool places that I can visit, it also means I don’t see the people I am close to very often.

Randomly on Friday – I still need help funding the tail end of my tuition and gear payments.  If you have anything to spare, I would appreciate it so much!  I have literally been scraping the bottom of my bank account for the past two weeks just to put food on the table.  Visit my GoFundMe page by clicking on this link: http://www.gofundme.com/annasaerialdance

Randomly on Friday – Tickets for our showcase have gone on sale!!  If you are in the Denver/Boulder area, you should come.  Buy your tickets now, because we are going to sell out.  There are eight aerialists each with iron wills and amazing routines – we are totally selling out.  Here’s the event page, and this is where you BUY TICKETS.

Randomly on Friday – April has been kind of a crummy month for me.  Anything that could go wrong did.  I’ve been struggling to pick up the pieces, create some semblance of order, and continue moving forward.  And I mean really struggling.  I’ve plastered on a smile when I’m in public and broken into tears as soon as I get home, or as soon as someone has been nice to me and asked me what’s going on.  Yesterday was a fairly good day, and it feels like today is going to be as well.  Chin up, Buttercup.

What Happened to Monday??

Seeing as how the past week has gotten away from me, I’m going to do a random post here.  Things are still crazy, and glancing at the planner laid out in front of me, it looks like that will be the trend for the next couple months.  Find me again in September, laid out flat, wearing holey pajamas and chewing on my hair in the corner while muttering about the things I haven’t finished yet.  If not for my diligence with a to-do list, I might have already hit that point.

  • The Bristol Renaissance Fair opened last weekend.  I’m not working full-time, but I couldn’t really stay away.  And it kind of works for me that I am doing that because extra money right now is desperately needed.
  • Apparently, I have put sleep on the backburner for the next two months.
  • I am looking at my WIP list and realizing that I have no less than 13 projects on-going.  I have come to the conclusion that this is out of hand and measures need to be taken.
  • I’ve been so busy lately, I forgot about the laundry in the machine.  It was wet. And we have been hit with obscene temperatures and humidity, so when I opened the lid, I got a whiff of something.  The last thing I need is for my trousers to get up and literally walk away.
  • I leave for the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder in two weeks.  I still have not finalized my housing details.  I’m getting a little paranoid.
  • There are two designs in the works – both almost complete and both will remain a secret for the moment.
  • On top of that, I recent development left me with dozens of sketches fluttering around in my knitting bag for the next few things I want to do.
  • For some reason, I think I can get 3 of them made by mid-August.
  • I added another trip to the calendar, and it will cross off a bucket-list item for me as well. I’m going to Burning Man.  I’m super excited about this.  It’s a little ridiculous.
  • On that note; Help me fund my trip!  I’m offering coupon codes from now until the end of September to offset costs.
  • Use: PIXIE2BURNINGMAN at my Etsy shop to receive 25% off your purchase
  • Use: PIXIE2BURNINGMAN at my Ravelry shop to receive a buy-one-get-one-free pattern
  • I leave on my birthday for Burning Man, and considering I’m turning a quarter of a century this year, it feels kind of epic, and I would appreciate all of the help I can get.
  • Time needs to stop going by so fast so I can finish everything!

Thoughts on a Thursday

  1. Yesterday, as I was walking home from work, there was a young man playing the snow.  I had my headphones in, listening to the Amelie soundtrack for aerial inspiration, and he flagged me down.  He handed me a camera and asked me to snap a photo of him.  For this fella from Argentina, it was his first snow angel.  I balked for an instant.  I grew up with snow – and I forget that a significant portion of the world has not seen it, let alone rolled around in it making pictures.  It was fun to be reminded to appreciate what is there.
  2. I attempted to clean.  I realized that my method for clearing away the clutter involves taking the little bags of clutter and stuffing them into slightly larger bags of clutter and then putting those bags into boxes.  In the end, I have bags inside of bags inside of boxes stacked on boxes.
  3. I also noticed my clutter consists of ball bands, spools of thread, the odd DPN or stitch marker, and 10 gram balls of leftover yarn.
  4. Suddenly, I hiave a lot more yarn and needles than I thought I did.
  5. While cleaning, I noticed I favor worsted weight yarn.
  6. I wish I were organized enough to store my yarn according to yarn weight so I don’t have to open 4 drawers and a half dozen bins to find what I am looking for.
  7. Then I remember my resolution to yarn diet so I can fit it all into 3 drawers of a dresser; at which point, organizing by fiber weight becomes unnecessary.
  8. The yarn diet – yeah – there’s a hard lesson in self-control.  My LYS is breaking out their Spring yarns.  The fumes…
  9. ………….
  10. Oh yeah, happy Thursday!

Randomly on a Thursday

  • I don’t feel like I have anything cohesive to say, but I feel like I should say something.
  • Tomorrow is my birthday.  I am not working.
  • Tonight we are dancing.  It’s going to be great.
  • My birthday present to myself was a new cellphone.  It’s smarter than I am and I can’t figure out much of how to use it.  That makes me feel really old, even though it is my generation that should be using this newfangled technology with ease.  Technology has never been my friend.
  • I have downloaded apps that have been trying to suck up all my free time.  I knew this would happen.  I’m fighting it bravely.
  • I downloaded Square – which makes me ridiculously giddy.  Having something that can run credit cards has been a shop goal of mine for some time now.  This was my main motivation for upgraded my phone.
  • There is a baby due in October, and I only have 5 rows of her blanket completed.  The baby shower is in a month.  For some reason, I keep telling myself I have time.
  • I really don’t have time.
  • Instead, I am knitting like a fiend on hats and scarves and trying to update my stock for the back to back shows this autumn.
  • Zombie hats have consumed my life.

  • I have also been using my phone to play with my photography settings.  There are already loads of photos…
  • 10 Zombie hats nearly complete.  I just have to add the brains spilling out of the side.  My goal is to have a minimum of 20 by September.
  • Pattern available: Zombies Ate My Brains (also if you go to the “Patterns” page up at the top of the screen)
  • My house is a mess.  I have been working every waking moment and Odin isn’t a cleaner.  One day we’ll get around to it.  Until then, I have vacuumed only when my allergies threaten death and the catboxes start to smell or we are out of wine glasses.
  • Our wine supply is getting dangerously low.
  • I feel like I must be the most boring person alive right now, since I go to work in the morning, come home and stream tv shows and movies and churn out Zombie hats.
  • Next up – Pumpkin Berets.
  • And I still have to make about 20 more tutus.
  • I don’t know if I’m going to make any more wings this year.  I am going to try to clear out stock.  In November, I am anticipating a massive wing-cleanout-SALE, so keep your ears up.
  • Knitted items will go up on Etsy around October 1st (but don’t quote me on that).
  • Two more weekends left of Bristol.
  • Then back-to-back shows for me.
  • I am longing for respite.

They Call This Random

  • There are things I would like to blog about but my world is sort of spiraling away from me – so this is all you get.
  • I settled on the Cecilia Chemise.  It’s turning out beautiful. I am making the cropped version and currently I am stuck on the edging.
  • Nor stuck – stalled.  The edging requires diligence; lots of counting and keeping track and I jsut don’t have the time for that kind of focus.
  • My afternoons instead have been spent with iron in hand making coordinating bias tape to sew to the stack of Celeste wings to create the wire sleeve.
  • Producing wings at this quantity does kind of take the fun out of it.
  • But my faith and joy in what I am doing is restored every time I have a successful show.
  • I really ened successful shows this season.  Money is so tight right now my wallet squeaks.
  • Ellette and I both need new shoes and I need a new phone.  I’m trying to put this off as long as I can.
  • I am trying to put off a lot of things.
  • To cheer up a bit, here is a customer appreciation photo:

  • You remember the Limerick contest.  This is Gareth, one of the winners, modelling his lovely wings.

Because I’m Tired

In no particular order:

  • The arrival of an out of print game – Civilization – has prompted the neglect of sleep this past week.  We tell ourselves that we will only play a few rounds, and pretty soon the game is almost over and a bottle of wine has gone missing.
  • Also neglected have been the scale mail gauntlets and the Tetris afghan.
  • To get me through the tedium of weaving in ends, I began watching Dance Academy.
  • And I wonder to myself why Australian TV is so much better than ours.
  • Their soap operas are pretty cool too.
  • Watching a show about a teenage dance school has given me quite the itch to dance.
  • As part of reconciliation for allowing our lives to become routinous and kind of boring (I know), Odin independently arranged a night out.
  • I don’t have a choice.
  • We’re going Salsa dancing at Alhambra.
  • Even though I”m wicked tired and slightly hung over.
  • Apparently, the missing bottle of wine was consumed mostly by me.
  • I plead the fifth.
  • Alhambra is 1.5 hrs on the CTA.  1.5 hrs that I should be knitting the projects I have been neglecting.  But the scale maille is not good travel knitting.  And the afghan is far to big for the train.  And the snarky cardi needs blocking.
  • So I suppose this means I get to start something new?

Random Friday

  • Let me begin by apologizing for the lack of creativity in this post, as it is, afterall, my blogversary, and my first at that.  It should be something amazing, profound, inspiring – and instead I am completely lacking all of that at the moment.
  • It has been a rough month for me.  Rather than having time to relax and collect myself, I am rushing around like a chicken.  I keep making promises, forgetting that I made them, and then at the last minute remembering what they were and scrambling to make up for it.
  • I also have a lot of thing I wish I could do, and simply don’t have time for.
  • For instance, I keep telling friends that I still have top hats available (which, I have neglected to put on Etsy like I’ve been meaning to), so here is a small parade of the hats I have available.  Click to see in full detail.

 

  • It may yet be a while before I can sit down and upload all of them to Etsy, but if you see one you like, please let me know and I will make sure to make a listing for it so you can purchase it straight away.
  • The Doctor Who scarf is 73% complete.
  • I feel like it has consumed my soul and that is all I can work on.
  • I am also only watching Doctor Who right now.  Per recommendation, I started with the new version (halfway through Season 2) and have been getting a better idea of the character behind the scarf.
  • I fully understand that I will not entirely grasp the character (if I can even hope to fully grasp this character) until I graduate to the original version of the series.
  • Either way, I think I’m hooked.
  • I received yarn in the mail today that had no hope of diverting my attention.

  • This is going to be come a scarf for my grandfather’s birthday next month.  I am still designing the scarf in my head.  I really should get on that, since it’s only three weeks away.
  • I know it’s a bad sign when my inner Knitter tries to convince my brain that three weeks is plenty of time.
  • It’s not.
  • Ellette’s poor socks have not been worked on all week.  I seem to have finished the heel and just now have to work to the toe and finish it, and one will be complete, but I keep putting it off.
  • I even took it with me today to try to work on it more and that plan failed.
  • I also managed to take some decent (ish) photos of my new pattern:

  • A Little Witch’s hat.  awesome.  It’s attached to a headband that sits wonderfully and doesn’t pinch, but you could attach it any way you want – clips, ribbon, etc.  I chose not to decorate mine, but that doesn’t mean you should refrain from adding flowers, tulle, ribbon and the like.
  • I just need to update the file and this pattern will be available through Etsy tomorrow.
  • Cross my Heart
  • No really, I am trying to get more on top of things, and I know how perfect this hat will be for Halloween.  Tomorrow.
  • I have also started a new sweater thing,  My own pattern.  I’m about halfway through now.  I will have photos for you soon.
  • Thanks for reading!  This past year has been quite a whirlwind.

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