It’s that time again! Are you still on track with your resolutions? Here’s how I’m doing:
1. Be Active
Ha … no. It started to get nice for a few days so Mark and I went out a played catch (and he bought me my own glove this year!) and then … well, we got about an inch or two of ice last night. We’ll have a few more days of sub-zero temps, but I think Spring will be here soon. And then, then I’ll be serious about exercising. Maybe.
No, really, I need to be more active. I had my annual appointment back on the 18th, and after mentioning a few personal problems to her, my doctor wanted to get my thyroid levels checked. Turns out I have hypothyroidism. Considering I didn’t have hypothyroidism before Conrad, and I’m a little young (27) to be developing it now, I’m wondering if it’s postpartum thyroiditis. It’s a good thing I wanted a little space between Conrad and the next baby, because I’ll need to get this under control if I don’t want to have complications in my future pregnancy.
We did put my jogging stroller together a week or two ago, and I’m actually a little embarrassed about how easy it was to put together. Literally all we had to do was snap on a tray for Conrad, a tray for me, and two wheels. No tools, no deciphering strange diagrams … this was totally something I could have done by myself ages ago. I know, I’m a goober.
2. Make Things
I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been bitten hard by the knitting bug. I’m certainly not complaining. Currently I’m cranking out presents for all of my expecting friends – which recently went up again with another pregnancy announcement last week! You guys need to slow down so I can keep up! Knitting can be kind of a challenge because if I do it in my comfy chair while Conrad is playing, he will come over and try to take my yarn. Sometimes I think Conrad is part cat, I swear. I’m trying keep up-to-date with my Ravelry page, so if you want to see some of my projects, you should look over there. I will, however, post this gem I caught this afternoon.
I also finally finished my winter H (which is just like my autumn H except, you know, wintery) just in time for winter to be over, sort of. If some
baby body lets me then I’ll talk about how I made it soon. It’ll be more in the How NOT To vein, since it took me forEVER to make any progress on it. This letter was definitely not an afternoon project. I already have an idea in mind for my spring letter, which should be a much faster project.
3. Take Pictures
I’m slightly modifying number 3 because it didn’t have much purpose the way I originally worded it. While I’d still like to develop my portrait and landscape style, I’ve noticed that for casual pictures (like candid photos of Conrad and my crafting photos) that I prefer an image that’s a little dark and with a touch of warmth to it. Something that was taken in the late afternoon. One of my favorite candid photos is one I took of my friends playing softball at a local park. It wasn’t quite the “Golden Hour” but it still created a magical, peaceful image.
I would love to start experimenting with HDR because while this photo looks pretty creepy….
…. I think it could look so much creepier (and therefore COOLER!) in HDR.
By the way, this is an abandoned hospital that was built in the 1920s and it’s practically down the street from my house. AHHHHSOSCARY!!!!
4. Create Lists
Another slight change to my resolutions, this due in part because I forgot I wanted to get back in to To-Do lists. Whoops. I do have a new favorite list-making app on my phone called MobisleNotes, which I can sync up with my computer so I can take notes almost wherever. It’s a much simpler interface than some of the other apps on the market (and it’s FREE!) which is perfect for what I need it for … which is just taking notes. I don’t need alarms or fancy formatting, I just need a place where I can scribble down an idea or two when they come to me. So while I haven’t been using it for daily task-busting, I do have a few knitted patterns written down, as well as a master list of projects I’d like to complete this year.
So while some parts of January and February were a bust for me, I’m slowly starting to get back on the wagon. Have you fallen off too? That’s okay! There’s a blogger I follow who writes a blog about getting your house clean (mostly in preparation for Christmas WHICH IS 297 DAYS AWAY YOU GUYS!) and she says “Any step forward is, well, a step forward!” So basically, even if you’re making tiny, miniscule steps toward a goal, it’s still progress.
See you next month!