Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A vacation...

This month is my vacation. Some of you are confused because you know very well that I am at home all day everyday anyways. How could this be a vacation? Well, if you have ever seen the movie "What About Bob" with Bill Murray, you know that his character was a very sick man who obsessed about every little thing in his life. His life was full of worry and upset. His doctor decided to write him a prescription. "Take a vacation.... A vacation from your problems"
Lately I have felt like my life has become full of this obsession, worry, and upset. I feel obsessed with things in my life that I can not control, and I found myself really turning into a person I didnt like. So I thought really long and hard about this.... and realized. Life is going by whether I like it or not. Whether I obsess or not. Whether I get what I want, or not. The question here is: Do I really want to live my life like this? SO- I decided to take the wise doctor's advice (except in the movie he was nuts) I am on a vacation from my problems. I made a little list of things that the "ME" I like would like to do. What do I need?

Heres a list of things I came up with:

I need to teach. I feel like the passion I found everyday in teaching is gone. I found myself longing for my old classroom. The little things like sitting in my rocking chair and reading a book that made kids laugh. I miss hugs from 8 year olds! I miss hearing their long and drawn out stories about "guess what happened last night", that were really not interesting, but meant something more. They meant "Mrs. Wallace, I trust you enough to share my life stories with you... and I want you to know me" .... I want this back. Now, I am working on getting my licence pretty quickly.

This is me pretending to sign the Declaration of Independence- in my classroom

I need to contribute. I feel like I spend so much time thinking and worrying about myself and my problems, that I really need to step away and help other people. I have signed up to help volunteer at "jumpstart" an early literacy program that helps at risk young children love literacy. I will get to read to them! :) I also signed up to help out at the local SPCA. I love animals, and would love to help walk dogs, wash them, or just play with them. I also send a message to a senior home who was looking for someone to teaching knitting to the senoirs, so I would love to do this.

I need to create. I suppose this is why I love knitting so much. I AM knitting! I finished a Manos Silk Wool blanket that I adore, and now I am working on a sweater... not for a baby, but for ME! Stay tuned for picts. I also would like to make some soap. I ordered a book on amazon about how to do this. I pulled out my cello and played, and am trying to learn piano. WOAH, I know, I am really up to a lot these days.

I need to be thankful. It kind of makes me sick to think that I could possibly be unhappy about anything. I have an amazing life really. My husband Adam is more of a husband than I could have ever imagined. He is amazing and he loves me all the time, and treats me with respect and patience. Who could ask for more? I have amazing friends and family who love and support me everyday- thank you. I need to remember, even when I am down in the dumps because another month has come and gone, and I am left feeling out of control and helpless, I have so much.

I know that everyone has something in their life that they can not control. Whether it be a stressful job, a horrible co worker, a lack or job, financial stress, sickness, a loved one's illness, or just a bad day...I hope that each of you can look at your life and ask yourself, "what can I do to take a vacation from my problems today?" Find something that you love doing, and do it. Let me know what you did. I would love to know!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hello 2010

Well the year has begun and I really have been keeping myself busy! Like Adam says, "you knit all day everyday"... and there is some real truth in that. If I am NOT knitting, I am thinking about knitting, and planning knitting, and reading knitting blogs and magazines. So what I have I been knitting? you ask?

Well, I dont have any good pictures right now,except the cute sweater set above! Otherwise, I am knitting gifts, and I dont want the surprise to be ruined. SORRY. The picture above is the color I made my BFF, Sarah's baby boy sweater/hat/sock set out of. The color is MUCH more jewel toned in person, in fact, it might be the wrong color.......

I HAVE finished my Manos Silk Wool blanket, and it is WONDERFUL, so once i weave the ends in I will take some pictures. SO you will just have to wait. It has taken me a year to make it.

NOW what is next you ask? ooooh man...
My new knitting group "Berkeley Stitch and Bitch" is doing a KAL of the February Ladies sweater. If you are not a knitter, or for some reason have been living in a cave and dont know this pattern: Heres a picture.yeah, cute.

I made the baby version twice now, so need to make one for me. (Then I will have a baby/ mama set) I already have the yarn, just ready to go!

Also, Fell in LOVE with this pattern:

Its hard to really see the amzing detail, and the back pleats... ahhhh.. .MUST MAKE MUST MAKE....

SO those 2 sweaters are on deck for me. YEAH!

OK, what else... I have been cooking like a crazy person. I will please you with these pictures and show you that gluten and dairy free hasnt been half bad lately!
Pork potstickers.

Chicken Ravioli with pesto cream sauce
Scallops and Shrimp with garlic lemon sauce, brown rice, and green beans.

Grilled halibit and creamy shrimp with avacado sauce, black bean salsa.