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Bill Watterson is the Best
Bill Watterson is the Best

I know I have been neglecting you all terribly, but I have had my head stuck in a novel and … I DID IT!  I won NaNoWriMo!  Not quite finished the story, but I crossed the 50k finish line in 29 days, so that has to count for something.  I am dog tired. <- I like that phrase, tho every dog I’ve ever owned has be undeniably lazy, so I don’t know how apt it is.

I will say that writing a novel in 30 days with toddlers climbing on you is no easy task.  I swear that they have some kind of a radar that tells them when Mommy is busy, so that they can drop whatever it is that they’re doing and come running to chatter or scream at me.  But I muscled through, and now that I am physically exhausted, bring on the holidays!

Haha.  I am going to be spending December catching up on some reading in my spare time between kids, cleaning my sadly neglected house, and the holidays.  I will try to get some more pages updated here.  I will aim for writing up the Yule article for the WOTY page – I had assumed that I had that one written already.

Then my new year’s resolution will be to finish the story I started at NaNo and get it all polished up shiny.  I have also been thinking of finally getting the intro packet from the OBOD.  We’ll see how that goes.

That’s all I’ve got folks.  Talk at ya later!

Fibre Art Goals for 2014

b67Andi’s post about her 2014 knitting goals has gotten me thinking about some projects I’d like to tackle in the new year. 2013 was a year of small projects that could be completed in a few hours to a single weekend.  It helped to keep me engaged and made sure that I always had something new on my needles.  This year, I want to take on a couple of bigger projects.  I want to make sweaters for myself and the kids.  I haven’t made a sweater since 2008, and it took over a year to finish.  Hopefully, I will be able to complete them quicker this time around.

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For myself and my daughter, I am in love with the matching patterns Ease and Abate by Alicia Plummer.  For the cuddle baby, the cozy cardigan, Mossy Jacket by Fawn Pea.

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I also want to take a bash at improving my skills with a few pairs of grown-up socks; maybe work on a couple crochet critters.  And who can resist bunny slippers?

Aside from knitting, I mean to learn needle felting.  I want to make little soft sculptures.  Of what, I’m not sure yet, but I will come up with something.

I’m going to stop there before I get ahead of myself.  If I plan too much, then it gets daunting and nothing gets done.  I was informed that my camera is back and waiting for me to get out and pick it up, so I should have some lovely progress photos for you all throughout the coming year.

Happy 2014, all!

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Thoughts and Prayers

oceanmother2_nomnomiconsIt’s taken some time for me to get my thoughts in order regarding the mass loss of life that took place on Friday.

I reposted an article written by a good friend of mine on the various issues surrounding these events.  Over the past couple of days the issue has dissolved into political debates and arguments over whether guns need to be regulated or if it the fault of the mental health care system.

I had a rather lengthy article written about the feelings many seem to be having in regards to the failing of whatever divinity was responsible for the safeguarding of the children and educators.  But I deleted it.  It wasn’t the gods’ job to safeguard those children.  It was ours.  We failed them.

The gods have done their part.  They have guided them to whatever lies beyond.

And while I am removed from the immediacy of this incident by the Canadian border, different laws and a different culture, I am still hurting for everyone who has lost, and everyone who will never again see this time of year as joyous.  I don’t want to talk about politics or faith in times of crisis.

For now, I just want to sit with my little one, play ponies and trucks, and watch Bubble Guppies.

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Pagan Xmas

I’m cheating a bit here because I both have the holidays on my mind, and because I don’t want to dig out my dictionary to search through the X’s – and I don’t feel like writing about xenophobia (or xylophones).

Despite the implication of the title, this post isn’t going to be about Yule.  This post is solidly about Xmas – or secular Christmas.  To paraphrase the immortal Bart Simpson:

“Lets not forget the true meaning of Christmas. You know, the birth of Santa.”

Poor Santa appears to be somewhat of a controversial figure in modern Paganism.  Considering that he is so whole-heartedly rejected by so many other religions, I think that there should be someone who embraces him.  After all, commercialism isn’t Santa’s fault. Continue reading Pagan Xmas

Finger Painting

I want to write something today, but I’m feeling a bit blah.  I think I may be fighting off a cold. I’ve been thinking about lots of things and making lots of lists.

I have a goal of having all of my Xmas shopping done by November 30th.  That way, I won’t have to deal with crowded mall/department store insanity at all.  Plus, as this will be our first holiday season in Calgary, I’m a little phobic about dealing with a lot of snow.  When it gets snowy, I prefer to be snug in my little house with hot chocolate and lots of movies 😉

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Gratitude Project Fail, Art Win

Well, I guess it’s more of a blogging fail in general.  I’ve been so busy with my art that I haven’t really given any of my blogs a second thought in over a week.  Let’s just say that I am grateful for the mass influx of creative inspiration and hope that it continues.

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