Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Thoughts on Turning 30

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Tomorrow is my 30th birthday! I can't believe the day has finally arrived. In some ways I feel 30 and am ready for this change and some ways I still feel too young and also a bit nervous. Turning 30 this year has come with a lot of reflection time. Ever since January of this year I have been thinking about what turning 30 means to me and if I am ready. I realized that turning 30 is the beginning of a new chapter of life for me. I am leaving my twenties behind and moving on to being 30 when I am happy in a job I love, surrounded by positive people in my life, and opening up to new possibilities and opportunities.


My twenties were for figuring out what I wanted to do in a career and who I was. I started out in one career and realized it was not the right fit for me and then made the decision to change careers. Now I am in a career I enjoy and feel like there are so many opportunities there for career growth and development. I was placed there on a contract earlier this year while working for a temp agency. Now I am so grateful that I chose the assignment and went into office administration and am in my current position of Data entry administrator.

At my sister's bridal shower in June 2018

I have been working on focusing on my goals more and more. Lately I have been thinking of making progress towards my personal goals and focusing on self care. I have made more of an effort to spend time doing things that make me feel fulfilled and a sense of accomplishment like knitting and blogging. I have been looking inward for the answers to what makes me happy and feel fulfilled, and I have been able to feel content most of the time. That might also come with getting older as you learn about yourself you can create a life you love because you know what works for you. I think I understand myself and that I need time to refresh by setting aside time to write goals and my focus when things get busy or stressful. I am more confident than I have ever been that I can take on challenges that come my way.

At my sister's wedding September 2018

My twenties were amazing, I met my boyfriend of now 5 + years, moved to Toronto to live with him, changed careers, my sister got married, I was her Maid of Honor, and I kept blogging throughout my twenties sharing my life and interests with you all. I cannot wait to see what the thirties have in store for me!

Tomorrow on my birthday, I will be going into the office for a regular day of work, then I will be going for dinner with my boyfriend to an Italian restaurant in the evening to celebrate.  On the weekend I will be spending time with family going to dinner.

I am excited for this new chapter to begin and feel like the best is yet to come.

Here's to 30!

Have a wonderful day

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Thankful

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have had a busy week full of good moments. We had a Thanksgiving potluck lunch at work on Thursday, and I made some cranberry sauce to bring to the lunch. I used a recipe from Simply Recipes for the first time and it turned out pretty tasty. I have also been making butternut squash risotto dishes today to bring to Thanksgiving dinners this weekend. Because I am vegetarian, I wanted to offer to provide a dish I can eat as my main and others can eat as their sides with their turkey. I used Maddie Lymburner's vegan butternut squash risotto recipe from her YouTube channel and it is so delicious. I love how it used nutritional yeast which I love and it is such a good alternative to using dairy.

Butternut Squash Risotto

I bought these flowers to bring for my parents for Thanksgiving today. I found them at the Superstore and just loved the pumpkin pot and the detail on the pumpkin.



I love this hand towel I bought in the summer. It has the ingredients list and directions to make a pumpkin pie. I love using festive hand towels in the kitchen around this time of the year. I might try to follow the recipe to make one this year!



I have been working on knitting the second mitten of the fingerless mittens. I have been making steady progress on it this week but had to frog it a couple of times due to dropped stitches which makes it look loose, so I would rather take it apart and make the changes to be happy with how it turns out. I should be done them soon! Then I will focus on sewing up the seams for the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top.


Fingerless Mittens by Kathy North. Pattern from Ravelry

I love this time of the year because it reminds me to be thankful for what I have. I love being surrounded by family for our Thanksgiving meal and enjoying the holiday together. I am so thankful for time spent together and the delicious food we share.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate here in Canada. I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Have a great day!


Monday, September 24, 2018

My Sister's Wedding, Knitting, and Reading Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been very well, it was my sister's wedding last weekend and it was amazing. I had a great time and enjoyed being her Maid of Honor. I made a speech and choked up a bit during it and people cheered me on and I also got a few laughs. I danced a lot and really enjoyed myself. I shared some photos from the big day below. They had their wedding on the harbor so there was a view of the lake from the venue and you can see the boats in the background of the photo of the sweetheart table.

My boyfriend, Liam and I by the flower wall at the end of the night 
With my hair and make up done!
Our bridesmaids bouquets in the limo!

I noticed the "just married" hearts on the back of the limo, so cute!

Where my sister and her now husband sat! 
It was so fun being my sister's Maid of Honor and helping her plan the events like bridal shower and bachelorette leading up to the wedding. I had such a great time at the wedding and reception afterwards. I am looking forward to seeing more photos from the photographers and also seeing the video the videographer took on the day.

In knitting, I have not been knitting too much. With the wedding and other work and exercise sessions it has been tiring and when I get home I just lay around. I really want to get better with this and knit a little each day so I make more progress towards my knitting instead of big spurts of knitting when I have bigger chunks of time which does not happen as often now working fulltime and going to the gym and trying to fit in time with family and friends. Below is some progress towards the second of the fingerless mitts. I knitted some rows today and got started and sometimes just getting started is the hardest part, then I will be done in no time.



I have still been reading Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella. It is good but I have to read more often. I will be sure to give you my honest opinion of the book when I am finished it. I love Sophie Kinsella's novels so I am sure I will love it once I put more time aside to read it. As you can probably tell by now I am having issues with making time for knitting and reading.

Also I am so happy it is Fall now! Who else loves the cooler weather here? It is also perfect for knitting as it gets cooler I feel like knitting more and look forward to knitting chunkier projects.

Joining Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

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Have a great day!


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hello September! Goals and Knitting Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Happy September! This week has been so busy at work and just in life. I was cross-training at work on a new task and it has been my main focus for the past two weeks. My Sister's wedding is next weekend so I have been preparing for that by working on my Maid of Honor speech and getting some things ready. I have also been going to the gym four times each week and this week, two times a week being with my personal trainer.  My trainer has continued to deliver on workouts that keep challenging me, so I really appreciate that and it has been keeping me motivated. I am feeling stronger and the workouts are getting easier, and I am also losing weight which I am so thrilled about!

Since it is now September and it has been getting a bit cooler outside finally, it makes me think of the start of things and new beginnings. I am thinking more about my goals and where I want to be in life lately and it always happens this time of year. I will revisit the resolutions that I made in January, and also add some more to focus on for the rest of the year.

New Year's Resolutions Update:

1. Get a job ✅

I got a full time position in June this year! I started off on a contract and worked hard hoping to secure a full time position. I let my team leader know I was interested in working there, and enjoyed the work. I was not sure for awhile if I would get it because my contract got extended along with some other people on contract and they said it would be extended on a month-to-month basis so I figured I would be done in the Fall. I was very surprised and happy when my team lead pulled me aside one day and offered me the position there in the same role. I love my work and feel it is the perfect fit for me!

2. Get in shape and eat healthy 
I have been working out with my trainer at the gym twice each week and working out twice on my own. I have also been trying to eat cleaner. This has been more recent and I am feeling more positive that I can achieve my fitness and health goals. I hope to continue losing weight and getting more toned and feel my best!

3. Read 20 books
I have read 5 books so far this year. I have started some and stopped as well that I will pick up again. Currently I am reading Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella and hope to finish this one soon and start up another one to add to my list of finished books.

4. Knit different projects 
I have knitted fingerless mittens as a new project and would like to also take on knitting another new project or some smaller knits before the end of the year. I am thinking it would be fun to knit a shawl this fall.

5. Try cooking new vegetarian and vegan dishes
Because I am vegetarian (but eat fish once and awhile) I wanted to come up with some more delicious recipes this year which would be fun to try. I haven't been as experimental in my cooking lately and have not cooked a new vegetarian or vegan recipe in awhile. I am thinking of getting some new recipe books soon to get some more inspiration and ideas on what to make. I am going to Veg fest in Toronto this weekend so I hope to get more ideas and inspiration.

I hope to make more progress in these goals by the end of the year. It really helps me to review my goals at this time of the year so I still have time to work on them and feel more successful at the end of the year by making more progress.

Some more goals I would like to work on for the rest of the year are:

  • Learn to play an instrument - Maybe ukele? Any ukele players out there to give me advice on buying one?
  • Learn a new skill - I love the look of cross-stitch, it would be fun to give it a try

Knitting Progress and Reading Updates:

I have been working on knitting fingerless mittens and have made some progress and finished the first mitten. I will be starting the second one this week to finish them soon in time to wear for cooler weather. 

Ravelry Pattern: Ribbed Fingerless Mitts by Kathy North



I haven't been working on the decadent socks lately. I was having problems with it and had to keep frogging it. Below is a photo of what it looked like where I left off. I love the colors and the pattern is interesting. I will pick it back up once I am finished the mittens and sewing up the Wool and the Gang top then I can devote more time to figuring it out.


I am currently reading Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella and it is a good read so far. I just haven't been reading as much lately and want to get back into the routine of reading before I go to bed and setting time aside to do that. 

Joining along with Ginny over at her blog Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Crafting On.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Let me know in the comments below what you want to focus on as goals for the rest of the year, or how you are doing in your resolutions. I would love to hear about your goals too!

Have a great day!






Sunday, August 19, 2018

Busy Summer and Catching Up on Knitting and Reading

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been well but busy! Last weekend I went to my sister's Bachelorette weekend getaway to Niagara-on-the-lake. We went to three wineries and did a tour and tastings. It was so nice to spend time with her and her friends. I have been busy with work too. There have been some changes moving desks and changing managers and it all takes me time to adjust. I am liking my new surroundings and getting used to it. I will be starting training this week on something new and I am looking forward to learning how to do more tasks and cross-training. I have finally joined a GoodLife gym near me and with that I also now have a personal trainer and I have been going to meet with him on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a couple of weeks now. He is super positive and encouraging and I am glad I signed on with him. I am already feeling stronger and leaner.  So with all of this going on, sadly knitting had been put on the back burner a bit.

I have been continuing on with knitting the ribbed fingerless mitts and had a chance to knit a lot when we were camping. I also knit a lot of it yesterday when I finally had some time to sit down, watch some YouTube vlogger's videos, and knit.


Pattern: Ribbed Fingerless Mitts by Kathy North


I still have to sew up the seams of the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top. I am finished knitting the pieces, I just have to sew them together. It is just a matter of sitting down one day and doing it then I will be done. It is hard during the week now to find time after work so I might have to work on it a little each night.

I have been reading Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella. I am enjoying it so far and picked it up because I have always loved Sophie Kinsella's novels. I have read most of them and I am looking forward to reading more.
Sophie Kinsella's new novel Surprise Me

Thank you for visiting today! I will be posting more frequently again, once each week now that it is less busy!

Hope you have a great day and week ahead!


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Trip to New York City and a Few WIPs

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. My boyfriend and I recently went on a five day tip to New York City. It was so fun to see the sights and eating at different restaurants. I met up with my friend who was also going to New York at the end of the week. I thought I would share some photos from our trip below and also some photos of the knitting projects I am working on will be right at the end of the photos.

There was a sculpture called the LOVE sculpture at W 55th St & 6th Avenue and people were actually lining up to get photos in front of the sign. Of course we had to get in line to get this photo too.
Photo of us infront of the LOVE sculpture.

On our first day in New York City we took this photo while in Times Square. It was so hot that day and so busy! It was fun looking around and ducking into stores for air conditioning every so often.


Liam and I before hopping on the ferry to go to visit the statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

 We went to a great pizza place called PN Wood Fired Pizza on 2 W 28th St. The photo I took is dark and not so great but the pizza was delicious!


 We had to visit the Statue of Liberty and I am always amazed and look up in awe every time I see her. This time we walked around the grounds with audio devices so we learned a lot about the beginnings of the statue of liberty and the impact she has had.


 Liam and I in front of the New York City skyline. It is so beautiful and it was such a perfect day for taking the ferry and being by the water.




 We went to pay respects to those who died on September 11th, 2001. We went to ground zero and went up to both of the fountains. I really looked at some of the names and took in the huge loss of all of those individuals who died. There were some paper flowers placed into some of the names and I read on a plaque that when it is their birthday, carnations are placed on their names to celebrate them which is so sweet.


We went to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. This was a highlight to the trip for me. I really enjoyed going through the museum which was built underground and there were still some remains of the building structure intact way down there and a supportive wall to help block water from damaging the World Trade Center towers. When you are down there, you really stop and think of how many lives this affected and how surreal it all still is that this was a place where people went to work everyday and it lingered with me the rest of the day. When we took the subway back afterwards, I thought of the people who took the subway home after working at the World Trade Center everyday who are no longer with us. The photo below was my favorite artifact and has graffiti on it and photos of firemen who died. It was a remaining support beam from the wreckage.


 Later that night we went to meet up with my friend who was also in New York City on vacation visiting a friend. We went for dinner at Beyond Sushi on 229 E 14th St. This is a vegan sushi place. It was very good. We ordered sushi rolls and dumplings to share.



 We went to Central Park on our last full day in the city and it was so nice to walk around and look at nature.

 We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the highlights was the room where they displayed fashion and gowns. This one stood out to me and so many others snapping photos of her. The dress is gorgeous and the gold headpiece was amazing and love the wings. The photo below was a wedding dress by John Galliano of the House of Dior.



 On our final day in New York, we went to the Nintendo store. I really enjoyed going there because I have always enjoyed playing Mario games growing up and today.


This DK looks like he wants to start a fight with my boyfriend, and that kid on the stairs is cute

Toadstool and Luigi!

 For my knitting, I have really been enjoying knitting the first finger-less mitten and loving how easy and fast I can knit it up. It has been perfect company for when I am binge watching The Handmaid's Tale.

 I have not worked on the decadent sock since the last post. I will be working on it more this week.


I finished knitting the two pieces of the tank top by Wool and the Gang. I have to sew the seams together to complete the top.


Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend so far and have a great day! 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Finished Knitting Back Piece of WAG Farrah Billie Jean Top

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. This morning I finally finished the back piece of the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top. I am happy that now I can start sewing up the shoulders and sides of the top and the tank top will be done.


I had made more progress on the decadent socks, but sadly had to frog some of it because I was ending up with areas of loose stitches and holes and realized I needed to take it apart and start that section over.


I purchased some more Patons Kroy Socks yarn in the color gray to begin knitting some fingerless mittens for Winter. I don't really want to think of colder weather right now, but I am going to be knitting some of these up now so they are ready and they are also fun to knit.I have knitted a couple pairs using Manos Uruguay yarn last winter.



I am currently reading Introvert Power by Laurie A Helgoe. I am really enjoying this book. I am also going to be reading Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. I purchased the book Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella and I am so excited to read it soon, the description sounds so interesting and fascinating. 

Hope you enjoy your Sunday evening and thank you for stopping by!

Have a great day

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