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I have before and after blocking pictures of my Fiori di Sole.
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I also started a little shawlette just before we left for Hawaii and finished it the day I got home.  I'm calling it my little bit of Hawaiian sunshine.
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I've cast on the Pretty as a Peacock shawl in Malabrigo sock in the Solis color way.  I've been rather busy with other things so it's really not getting much attention.  However, I think I'll take it as my knitting to convention and maybe events, but I have sewing to do there.




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Well, here we are again more than a month since my last post. To be fair there was a lot going on. I went to Hawaii...It was beautiful. Family time, was not so much. It's too bad but none of the conversations I had added up to a hill of beans when my dad decided I needed to do something. So that's the last trip. I'm not going to say anything more about it. I need to mend the damage that this did to my relationship with my dad. He is aware but we haven't really talked about it.

The highlight of my trip was snorkeling in Haunama bay. The reefs were so full of life and I could have spent hours doing it but didn't have the stamina for that. I spent about 2.5 hours in the water but then was nauseated and dizzy so I decided I needed to quit. That part was disappointing but it was so beautiful I'm glad I got the time I did.


We hiked to Manoa falls. It was slippery, muddy, and filled with people. However, the flora was so verdant and lush, it was awe inspiring.

The falls themselves were a little lackluster in comparison to Oregon falls but it was midsummer and they were barely a trickle. It astounded me that so few people paid attention to the signs telling hikers not to get into the water because it's contaminated with Leptospirosis. Adults and young children were playing in the pool at the base of the falls. I'm too cautious to take that kind of unnecessary risk.

Pearl Harbor ended up being prohibitively expensive for me. So while my sister's family went to Pearl Harbor the rest of us went to SeaLife park where the highlight was actually the aviary. It was full of love birds and cockatiels and there was food to feed them. It's so much more fun to interact than to watch. Lilly was fascinated by them.

Apparently, my hat was delicious and my brother a good perch.
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They did have a fun Dolphin show and a Whalphin- apparently the only known hybrid of a Dolphin and a Faux Orca.  She's also fertile and has a daughter.


I found an amazing store called Fabric Mart where I got these beautiful Hawaiian prints for $2.99 or $3.99 a yard.


We did go to Pearl Harbor in the end but just to walk around the public spaces.  Almost all the exhibits cost $40-$50 a piece so we stayed in the public places. Lilly had a lot of fun playing on the equipment.




We stayed in a family guest compound in Laie which was quite a luxury.  It is owned by a family that my SIL was a nanny for and they joined us for 4th of July.  My only complaint was it didn't have AC and there was stinging grass.  However, I had a lovely pool to swim in and we had lots of room to move.


There was a central living area with a kitchen, dining, living rooms and library and then three out buildings contained separate bedrooms and bathrooms.  The two buildings connected to the main space had two bedrooms and two bathrooms each and then a smaller building out by the pool had just one bedroom and bath but three beds.




Laie beach was just across from our driveway- It's called Pounders by the locals because the waves will pick you up and pound you into the sand.  We experienced that but it was still fun.  We went to another beach to allow Lilly time to play in the surf and to gently loll about.





We ate most of our meals on the Lanai and when I had time, I sat and knit there where the trade winds blew cooler air.



The property was littered with coconut trees and we had fun cracking coconuts a couple of times.  We also had avacados, breadfruit, and all manner of flowers.




The Polynesian Cultural center was just a short walk from our compound and we went there for a luau and show but didn't have nearly enough time to see the exhibits.  We got a tour but they said it takes 19 hours to see the whole thing and we never made it back.



There were other things- Fireworks at Turtle bay, seeing a sea turtle in the surf, and ukulele lessons but I'll let this be all for now.
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Fiori di Sole

Ravelry says I started it in February of 2014.  I however, haven't worked on it for at least two years.  Just life getting in the way and other projects.  This one was for me so it took a back seat.  But now it's done and beautiful, although I need to take a better picture when it's dried.  Right now its still wet and blocking. I debated how to do the edges.  Most examples I've seen are rounded out but I like the appearance of a dangling flower, like a fuchsia. It is large, as I expected.  I think it's on a 70" table cloth.  I'm pleased!

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I'm not sure where to begin.  It's been over a month since my last post and life has continued at the incredibly busy Spring pace.  I still have not gotten any study time for my Certification exam so I'm going to be pushing the test out beyond the recommended 6 weeks.

The garden has been one square foot of weeding and planting at a time in snatched moments.  It's not yet all in and there are a great many weeds that still need to be tackled. I have more tomato plants than I expected thanks to a donation from a friend who ran out of space, and also more pepper plants for the same reason.  I have four zucchini plants this year.  Last year I got no zucchini off my plant so I planted more.  Obviously, this will be the year they grow in abundance.  I ran out of beans before I got the trellis planted so I need to get more seeds.  I have planted one variety of beet seeds but I have a mixed variety pack of beet seeds that need to be planted along with carrots, daikon, and parsnips.  All the space for the seeds still has to be cleared.  I'm not sure when I'm going to get that done- Investiture is this weekend and then the 24th we (the family) leave on the first leg of our trip to Hawaii and won't be back until the start of the second week of July.  Thank goodness, it looks like the next two weekends are going to be free so I can catch up on the things that are still undone.

I've also gotten behind on my Stampin' Up! Stamp of the month club.  Life, she is just busy!  I finally caught up on the May stamp of the month club this week.  Since it's only my Mom participating that hasn't been a big deal but I don't like feeling so unprofessional.  I want to catch up on June and July and then I have several ideas for classes.  One is 10-15 minute cards, which is going to take me a bit to figure out.  I tend to be more complex but it's good to get back to basics again.  I also have a request for a children's class.

Durin and Ceridwen won Coronet and will be stepping up as Prince and Princess this weekend.  I've stepped in as Head of Retinue and they are relying on me to keep everything organized.  We started with clothes.  They appointed Geneva/Tessina to be their grab wrangler but I helped her pair fabric and make sense of what we had.  No one is stepping up to help, I'm sure in part because this current reign asked for 60 items of clothing and everyone is burnt out.  They are stepping up in Persian.  I made the patterns for the coats and her pants and passed that off to Tessina while I made under shirts for both of them.  Then Crown came and the King offered Durin a Pelican...which was to be awarded the following week at Egils.  EEEP!  So we dropped everything we could and made him a new outfit.  I made a tunic- it was basic, at his request, with woven trim. Tessina made him pants and there was a collaboration of people that created an apron for him.  I had three days at home between the time we found out and when I had to be onsite to manage gate for Egils but it got done.  I spent some time Wednesday night sewing on trim on site but there was no question it would be done on time (no adding stress to the candidate!).  His elevation went off without a hitch. 

Egils was mostly as expected otherwise.  Not having drops for a gate that had almost 800 people through was problematic and hopefully will never be repeated.  That was more concern and stress than I'd hoped to deal with.  I spent most of my time at gate and when I wasn't at gate or at court, I wandered about feeling a bit homeless.  I was eating in one camp, camping in another, and visiting with my godsons and family in yet another.  I couldn't figure out where I belonged and as a result felt kinda unwanted and unseen.  I'm not sure what the answer is.  Ceridwen expressed that they'd done everything the could in the last few years to make me understand that their camp is my home too but that I still wasn't comfortable.  I know that they welcome me, but others, I feel, kinda treat me like some sort of undesirable relative that they have to put up with because I live there.  There is a whole lot of  "who are you and what are you doing here" kind of expressions.  I go way back with Durin and Ceridwen- about 17 years, and there is no one left from that time who remembers that; everyone is new and they don't have the context, I guess.  And because I go way back with them, they just expect me to be there.  There is nothing special about me being there.  I guess that means that there has never been any notice paid that I'm supposed to be there....I don't know.  I don't want to be made a big deal of, that would make me uncomfortable.  There are a few people who visit the camp and have to be treated as the center of attention whenever they arrive so that everyone knows they are special.  I find that off putting but I guess everyone wants to feel like people light up because you are there.  I know I wish I had that effect on people instead of ghosting about.

Investiture is this weekend in Corvaria (Redmond). I could not figure out how I was going to get packed until I had the brilliant idea of scheduling a doctor's appointment Friday early afternoon so I could take the afternoon off.  I need an eye exam and new glasses.  For some reason, my eyes do not like the poly carbonate lenses; it's like they notice the curvature on the lenses more and it makes me motion sick and my eyes tired. The first time I tried the polycarbonate made me see double.  These haven't been as bad but they certainly aren't good and I've been trying to deal with them for almost a year. I'm hopeful that the appointment and new glasses will help.  The getting off work early was just a bonus that I was able to use to my advantage. I'm planning to pack light.  I'm going to leave my garb trunk home and only take a small selection of clothes.  I don't need 30 items for a two day event.  I may leave my lantern trunk at home as well although it's a great bedside table.  I'm going to try to pack cold food so I don't have to take a kitchen. I may even try for food that doesn't have to be refrigerated so I don't have to get ice and pack a cooler.  I need to figure out how to make camping less onerous so that I can do the number of events necessary for being on a retinue without killing myself off. I think I'll also take a smaller container of water instead of my six gallon container. Time to simplify.  I can't skimp on the bed without paying for it.  Still I think these small changes will make a difference.

After investiture, it's time to pack for Hawaii.  We fly out of San Francisco on the 26th but we are driving down to Vallejo on the 24th.  All the family is meeting at, what is sure to be, my brother's very crowded house.  We have a house on Oahu for 10 days.  That sounds like a nice long time but I'm not sure what all people are going to want to do.  My list so far which has some overlap with everyone else:

  • Pearl Harbor
  • Snorkeling
  • Koko Crater Botanical gardens
  • Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden
  • Lyon Arboretum
  • Diamond Head? (this is a six am type hike due to crowds)
  • Palaces- 'Iolani &Hānaiakamalama
  • Hiking in the rain forest (Manoa Falls but maybe something less touristy, our host may help with that.)
  • Makapuu Point Light (3.3 mile hike)?
  • Waimea Valley?
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (This is really my brother's big thing and it sounds interesting, but expensive)
  • Dole plantation
That's more things to do than days so... probably the only things on that list that will happen are the things everyone else wants to do as well.  Historically, my voice doesn't really count on these trips.  I'm hoping it will be better since I've had a conversation with my parents about it but only time will tell.  Obviously I can't expect to always have my own way.

My sister wants to do the "pirate ship" cruise. I'd love to see the old tall ship but I'm not friends with the motion of the ocean.  She and my brother both want to lay about on the beach.  I can handle a couple of hours of that before it gets boring.  But we do have a pool so I can swim every day if I want to without worrying about getting carried away by waves.   I'd like to have some quiet time by myself because that's when I actually relax.  It would be fun to be able to sit quietly and knit in a natural setting. 

I have not quite figured out how to pack for this trip.  We don't have room for more than one bag and a carry-on.  I have a number of sarongs but I'd have to figure out what to wear under and on top of them.  They do have the advantage of packing nice and flat.  I do think I'll take my hiking backpack as my personal item. Unfortunately, I still have to get through a week and a half of work.  I've kinda become disinterested in work but I have to keep engaged.


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Sorry, I'm not writing much these days.  Life has been very busy. 

I went to San Francisco last week and took the intro Admin class for Salesforce.  It was about 40 hours of class and the recommendation was that we spend another 40 hours studying before we take the Certification test --but not to delay it more than 6 weeks.  Ugh!  I'm going to have to figure out how to schedule that in but right now I have to catch up from being gone.

While I was in SF, I visited my brother, SIL, and niece.  It was a pretty laid back visit. My brother and I visited the shooting range so I could try his pistols.  The news is that the Glock and the Beretta are to heavy for me and I need a LOT of practice.  We looked at some other guns in the armory and a small Sig Sauer was recommended.  It fit my hand better and wasn't so heavy.  However, it's really just academic at this point because I don't have money to spend to get a gun.  It was kind of embarrassing because I used to be able to out-shoot my dad and brother and I couldn't even hit the target with the 38s this time. 

On our way back, we stopped to look at toy hauler trailers and campers.  Tami and Lilly were with us and Lilly was into everything- so curious and excited.  Unfortunately/fortunately, she's also a bit independent.  She decided to try to get out of a camper that was about 4 feet off the ground with only a narrow ledge and no stairs down and did a face plant on the asphalt.  I saw her going and tried to grab her, only to follow her down to the ground.  She cried but then got distracted and was fine.  I don't bounce back quite so easily.  I'm still stiff and sore.  I've got a bruise fomenting deep in the right hip, a little road rash on my elbow and a lot of sore, tight muscles. Still it could have been much worse so I'll count my blessings that it wasn't.

Unfortunately, I had to come back for work (although I'm glad I had work to come back to). Salesforce was amazing.  It looks like an awesome employer- free food and drinks on every floor, a gym and coffee bar, flexibility in hours and locations.  The employees seem to really enjoy working there. It showed me all the things that my employer is not.  I do have good benefits (for now), though and my job is in a beautiful location with a reasonable cost of living. 

After only 4 hours of sleep Sunday night, I powered through Monday but was unable to do the same Tuesday after taking a muscle relaxant on Monday night and still waking with a headache.  Instead I only came in for the afternoon to participate in rapid fire preliminary interviews. It was exhausting.  On top of that some information I'd shared confidentially in a meeting on Monday got out and I was reprimanded in front of my peers in the interview meeting.  Although I shared it confidentially, I had not been told it was confidential but felt it was important that it not get out.  Still someone decided to break the confidence and I paid the consequences. So now, I feel like the integrity of that particular governance committee has been compromised and it's no longer a safe place to talk about difficult or controversial subjects, which is kinda the entire point of that committee. I brought this to the committee's attention but now I'm feeling emotionally and mentally exhausted.

I'm still working on my Stampin' Up! business.  I've actually been promoted to Silver from  Bronze Elite (Starting at Bronze) but that is only an indicator of how much money I have spent.  Although I'm pleased to report that this month's order was paid for completely from my income from Stampin' up!  I've scheduled an Open house for next weekend which is going to take some work between now and then. Because I was gone for a week, I'm a bit behind on my personal cards s well.

The yard work this time of year is never ending. I have hopefully processed most of the dahlias for this year.  I have a few more to plant and perhaps a new bed to make but we'll see how it goes.  It was a new process this year because we overwintered the tubers in the ground.  I lost a few, but no more than I would have lost if I'd dug them all in the fall.   I just hope I didn't mix up the instructions for dividing and planting in the spring.  Mom thought we were supposed to leave them out of the ground for a day before replanting but I didn't have time to do that.  So I dug, divided and replanted the same day.  They seem to be coming up so I think it will be ok....I hope.  Dahlias are a little intensive to maintain.

I think Mom and I are planning on taking a long walk along the river on Saturday.  I have a ton of stuff to do but it's also important to take care of me.  That's been falling by the wayside a bit recently.
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Well, I figured it was time to check in on where I'm at on my goals for the year.  I've discovered some of my goals may be counter to each other so adjustments may be needed.  I find myself weary and depressed right now, probably mostly because we are still seeing only gray days.  I hope I'll be encouraged by this check in, or at least motivated. My Stampin' Up! stuff has required most of my attention in the last three months so I'm not getting as much time to do other things as I had hoped.  Work is currently in a holding pattern but I have training in San Francisco at the end of the month so things may pick up after that.  I have to get my Salesforce administrator certification before I can move into the new position.  I hadn't counted on this which will also take some time.  I desperately want some time to do some of the other things I love like sewing and knitting.  I am also feeling the need to get out into nature to de-stress (even the garden might help). I've also agreed to be head of retinue for the incoming Prince and Princess of the Summits and to help with their garb wrangling.  This is also going to take a lot of time- about 2 weekends a month for the next 9 months.  It should be fun but it will be busy.

Mental Health and Well-being
  • Be up front and honest with my family instead of avoiding having hard conversations. (I started this already when I told my mom I didn't want to go to Hawaii if I was going to be under Dad's thumb and not an independent person.  She's trying to arrange a family vacation, which, knowing my family, probably won't happen because mom and I are the only planners.  However, I told her it was difficult for me to be pleasant and not "ruin" other people's vacations when I had no say in my own participation.  I am 42 years old but my dad insists upon treating me like I'm 16 when we get together as a family.)- I'm still working on this.  I agreed to go to Hawaii after having a frank discussion with both of my parents and I'm hoping it will be a good trip since it's likely to be my only opportunity.
  • Continue daily journalling for my personal use- Still going strong on this, although some nights I've deferred my writing until the next morning.
  • Figure out Christmas presents early in the year so I can work on them slowly and not be cramming everything into the last 2-3 months making myself miserable.  Ooh, this one is still problematic. After the chaotic and drawn out Christmas knitting for this year, I've had no interest in making anything for anyone. In fact I really haven't done any knitting or sewing at all.
  • Continue participating in the University Chorale- Yep, still happening
  • Read!  My goal is at least 100 books.  I don't really care if  they are just fun and fluffy. I'm at 48 books, well ahead of schedule but enjoying it immensely.
  • Reduce screen time at home.  Perhaps audio books will help with this.I think this has been somewhat successful.  It still seems like I'm on my iPad or iPhone a lot but I've not been watching as much Netflix
  • Learn a couple of new skills.  I have two knitting skills in mine, Entrelac and Brioche knitting.  But I'd like at least one to be non-knitting related.- Not yet, still trying to accomplish ANY knitting, I'm told that Brioche knitting is another form of double knitting so it shouldn't be too hard to pick up after the long haul on Candy's scarf.
  • Attend at least two cultural events (preferably with Jana but not exclusively)- Jana and I went to see the Snow Queen Ballet at the Hult Center last Saturday.  It was lovely.

Physical Health and Well-being
  • Continue to take my water aerobics class- Still going but work has interfered more than I would like
  • Lose weight.  I'd like to get below 200 lbs by the first of next year.  That's about 36 lbs.  Normally, I wouldn't obsess about this but my surgery revealed that I have a fatty liver and the ONLY way to treat that is to lose weight. I think this is a reasonable goal.  If I could do that, I'd only have 25 lbs to go to get to my personal goal weight (perhaps not the doctors). Slowly, oh so slowly! I've taken off 6.7 lbs since Jan 18 and I think there was a pound or two before that but it's very slow going.  I know it's better that way but it's hard to see results.  However, I am down two dress sizes so I know the work is having some results.
  • In that vein, continue tracking food intake and activity on my Fitbit Yep
  • Once the surgery side effects have stabilized, see a nutritionist to discuss a balanced diet with my severely limited options- I think this should happen no later than March. I saw a nutritionist but we didn't accomplish anything.  She has not scheduled another appointment (Her schedule is the limiting one)
  • Get back to hiking- 3-5 hikes this year would be lovely.  This is a little weather dependent and so the last goal I had of 9 was not particularly feasible. It's still too wet for this but hopefully soon
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week.  Water aerobics will take care of this if I go faithfully but if not, I need to get out and walk to replace the missed days Not so good at this so far.  Hopefully, this term will be better.
Craft goals
  • Complete the Christmas knitting.  I finished Mom's socks over the weekend but I still need to get Candy's Star Wars scarf completed- it's about half done at this point. This is all done, Done, DONE!  However, the scarf is still sitting in my house waiting for delivery. It turned out great though!
  • Learn Entrelac and Brioche knitting (as per above) See above
  • Complete 3-5 shawls. I have at least seven shawls in my queue that I already have yarn for and lots of other yarn besides No knitting has happened on any front
  • Complete Fiori di Sole.  It can count as one of the seven I've half heartedly looked for the pattern and thought about it.
  • Complete the Poet's pullover.  I have the yarn and it's supposed to be an easy sweater. Still thinking
  • Sew one thing a month using already acquired fabric. I have a ton of fabric matched with patterns already. No sewing has happened although there has been an abundance of fabric acquisition.  I have cut out a coat and bliaut but only basted the coat together and nothing has happened to the bliaut.
  • Sew two bliauts (Linen and wool).  These can count as part of my one a month but I may have to buy linen for one.I have two bliauts cut out.  One cut to my pattern and one that was gifted to me after being cut out for someone else.  It requires adjustments but I think I have just enough pieces to get what I need out of it.
  •  Embellish the green tunic completely.  I have a good idea of what this should look like in my head, which makes it easier than any of the other embellishment. Work on embellishing other SCA gear. Ha!

Financial goals
  • Become a Stampin' Up demonstrator and meet the quarterly goals- preferably without buying all the product for myself. (I have signed up and opened my website but now I have to meet the goals)- This has consumed all of my time.  I have met my goals for the last quarter times about 10 but most of it was my purchases. I've been promoted once and am close to my second one but I'm sure I can't keep spending all this money!  I have one regular customer and a couple of occasional customers.  My last workshop was a bit of a bust (only one order after the fact) but I'll keep trying.
  • Put $1000 in the savings account. sigh
  • Use my credit card only for my business expenses Well I'm trying but that's actually been quite a lot and I have a couple of trips where it's going to be my back up plan
  • Pay down the balance on the card using my tax return. I did put $1000 of my tax return on my card but the return was not as large as I could have hoped and I had borrowed against it a bit.
  • Try making home cleaning/personal products.  I have recipes for laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, and multipurpose cleaners.  It's possible some would be cheaper to make than buy and better for me or the environment.  I should also make some wool dryer balls- I suppose this is both a craft and a financial goal.  I have made my laundry detergent and it works rather well, I think.  I need to work on the other ideas yet
  • I need to start thinking and planning for buying a new car  This just seems farther and farther away.

Well, I appear to be making progress in some areas and not so much in others.  I need to work on a little balance to get things done that are nurturing to me and not making more stressed.  I had hoped to spend this next Saturday sewing but I have a lot of birthday cards to get made and I need to work on my stamp of the month offerings for next month.  I have to figure this out though, I need more balance.

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In case you are curious, my other blog is Stampin' Up! centered and can be found at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/kristinkinman/blog
I post pictures of my cards with lists of supplies, mostly but it's sometimes fun to peruse.  I'm not a whole lot better at updating it than I am at updating this one.

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Apr. 4th, 2017 01:32 pm
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I just deleted my LJ account.  I didn't feel comfortable with the new Russian management especially when required to sign a user agreement written in Russian that the translation was listed as not being a legally binding document.  In other words, I did not want to sign something I couldn't even read. I'm disappointed that it came to that.  I'll miss the community I had on there.
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So I tried to login to LJ yesterday and saw the announcement about the company now being owned by a Russian company.  I shrugged but what caught my attention is that the login is no longer secure.  So, I have not been able to login comfortably since that time.  This is cross posting from DreamWidth which will hopefully be more secure.  However, that means, I can't read anything that's being posted.  I hoped it was a glitch but I'm not sure at this point.
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I have found a couple of lists of books that I want to make sure my niece reads. The first list is from mighty girl and is all about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This list is broken down by subject and then age range. I might have bought a few books last night for Lilly. Especially the math books because her mother is convinced that she (SIL) is no good at math and therefore will not even talk about it with Lilly or her students. Don't get me started about this...(I too was told I wasn't any good at math when I was in elementary school and I do a whole lot of accounting and statistics now. It doesn't have to stay that way if you are willing to learn.)

Interstellar Cinderella, Underwood, Deborah
Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! (Baby Loves Science), Spiro, Ruth
Maisy's Moon Landing: A Maisy First Science Book, Cousins, Lucy
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists, Jeannine Atkins
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Slade, Suzanne
Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World, Jen Cullerton Johnson
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer, Burleigh, Robert
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Nivola, Claire A.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, Ignotofsky, Rachel
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, Wallmark, Laurie
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian, Engle, Margarita
Me . . . Jane, McDonnell, Patrick
One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, Demi
Zero, Otoshi, Kathryn
The Chicken Problem, Oxley, Jennifer
The Most Magnificent Thing, Spires, Ashley
Robot, Go Bot! (Step into Reading Comic Reader), Rau, Dana M.
Rhoda's Rock Hunt, Griffin, Molly Beth
Rosie Revere, Engineer, Beaty, Andrea

Yes I might have gotten a little carried away, although when you see the list you'll understand it could be much worse. Most of these books are too old for her yet but I can put them away for now. I just didn't want to forget. The other books I did not get yet are:
I Am Jane Goodall, Brad Meltzer
Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, Heather Lang
Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon, Jeannine Atkins
Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World, Laurie Lawlor
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor, Robert Burleigh
You Should Meet: Mae Jemison, Laurie Calkhoven
Women Who Launched The Computer Age, Laurie Calkhoven
Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition, Margot Lee Shetterly
Sally Ride: Life on a Mission, Sue Macy
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, Anita Silvey
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, Jeannine Atkins
The Elephant Scientist, Caitlin O'Connell, Donna M. Jackson
Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, Sy Montgomery, Temple Grandin
Sea Turtle Scientist, Stephen R. Swinburne
Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World, Rachel Swaby
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, Tanya Lee Stone
Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and Lise Mietner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World, Winifred Conkling
Emi and the Rhino Scientist, Mary Kay Carson
Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer, Beatrice Gormley
Women In Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures, Karen Bush Gibson
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, Jim Ottaviani
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — And The World, Rachel Swaby
I Want To Be An Astronaut, Byron Barton (although a baby book, I couldn't find it)
Ada Twist, Scientist, Andrea Beaty
I Wonder, Annaka Harris
11 Experiments That Failed, Jenny Offill
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly, Alan Madison
Marty McGuire Digs Worms!, Kate Messner
The Complete Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, Jim Benton
The Case of the Missing Moonstone, Jordan Stratford
Chasing Secrets, Gennifer Choldenko
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley
Cleonardo, The Little Inventor, Mary Grandpre
Violet the Pilot, Steve Breen
Oh, No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed The World), Mac Barnett
Little Robot, Ben Hatke
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself, Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
Mechanica, Betsy Cornwell
Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer
Infinity and Me, Kate Hosford
Math Curse, Jon Scieszka
The Red Blazer Girls, Michael D. Beil
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (I'm adding this one here but I found it in another mighty girl article)

The second list is one I compiled making purchases of books for faculty teaching in the ESOL and multicultural programs. I'm sure there are a great deal more but this is what I've found so far.
A Chair for My Mother
A Grain of Rice
A Million Fish...More or Less
A Nest in Springtime: A Mandarin Chinese-English bilingual book of numbers
A Triangle for Adaora: An African Book of Shapes
Abuela's Weave
Abuelita fue al mercado
Calendars of Native Americans: Timekeeping Methods of Ancient North America
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas
Can you count ten toes?: Count to 10 in 10 different languages
Caribbean counting book
Count on Pablo
Count on Your Fingers African Style
Count Your Way Through the Arab World
Cuenta Con Pablo
Dream Carver
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
Emeka's Gift
Erandi's Braids
Family Pictures
Feast for Ten
First Day in Grapes
From Texas to California
Grandfather Counts
Grandfather Tang's Story
Handa's surprise
Handa's Surprise in Spanish and English (English and Spanish Edition)
How Many, How Many, How Many
How Much?: Visiting Markets Around the World
How the Arabs Invented Algebra: The History of the Concept of Variables
Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime
If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States
If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People
If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi?
Islamic Art: Recognizing Geometric Ideas in Art
Jake's 100th Day of School
Jalapeno Bagels
Juna's Jar
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Kente Colors
La abeja de más
La bella alformbra de Gabriela / Gabriela's Beautiful Carpet
Lakota Hoop Dancer
Landed
Las Crepes de Mama Panya
Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class
Let's Count the Raindrops
Little You
Los 10 zapatos de Cenicienta
Los buenos vecinos
Lucky Beans
Mama Panya's pancakes
Mango, Abuela, and Me
Material World: A Global Family Portrait
Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book
My Granny Went to Market: A Round-the-world Counting Rhyme.
My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata
No Small Change
Nos Fuimos Todos de Safari
Numbers in a Row: An Iowa Number Book
One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
One Hundred Is a Family
One leaf rides the wind
One Potato Two: Small Loans. Big Change
One Smiling Grandma
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed
Our Journey
Que Monton de Tamales
Quillworker
Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates
Round Up: A Texas Number Book
Running Shoes
Show Way
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Ten Mice for Tet (Vietnam)
Ten Sly Piranhas, A Counting Story in Reverse
Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn
The Keeping Quilt
The King's Chessboard
The Littlest Matryoshka
The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom
The Patchwork Quilt
The Piñata Maker / El Piñatero
The Tortoise Who Bragged: A Chinese Tale with Trigrams
The Warlord's Puzzle
Too Many Tamales
Two of Everything
Two Ways to Count to Ten
We All Went On Safari
What the Rat Told Me
What the World Eats
When It's Six O'Clock in San Francisco: A Trip Through Time Zones



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I'm managing another blog for my Stampin' Up! business and it's important to post regularly there to encourage business (Not that I think anyone is looking at it yet).  That makes it hard to get on here and post entries as well.  Besides, it seems like no one is reading these posts any more and often I feel like I'm just whining about life.

It's true life has a propensity for irritation and angst but it's rarely all bad.  However, if no one is interested in my blog, my journal that I write at home is probably sufficient for my personal needs.  I don't need to poison the air waves with life's little annoyances.

In the mass exodus to DreamWidth, many of my friends from LJ didn't share their user names so I don't have access to their accounts to read about their experiences.

It seems to be a common thing.  Many of the blogs I've read over the years have petered out in favor of.....maybe Twitter or Facebook?  I'm losing my illusion of having friends scattered across the world as my international bloggers stop using this apparently antiquated technology. ;>)  That is disappointing because I appreciate seeing how different cultures and people address the day to day challenges of life. It helps me to see that others have similar issues, and sometimes similar solutions.  It also gives me ideas for different solutions and an appreciation for the diversity of our world.

I haven't given up quite yet but, seriously, if you are still on here, give a shout so I know that there are people still out there.
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The University Chorale concert is Tuesday, March 7th at the First Congregational Church 4515 West Hills Road in Corvallis at 7:30 pm.

This term we are singing Schubert's Mass in G major and a selection of love songs: Oh Mistress Mine, where are you roaming?, Take, O take those lips away, Come again, sweet love, And so it goes, If Music be the food of love, and Make you feel my love.

It's open to the public and free. Please join us!

Ugh! Cat!

Feb. 27th, 2017 03:21 pm
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Helix decided to unthread my surger and eat several yards of thread.  This lead to the accordioning of his entire GI tract. The thread also caused lacerations that caused leaking bowels and the end result was $1600 worth of surgery on Friday.  I'll be paying off that for a while.  However, he only gets one shot at this.  I don't have that kind of money to throw around.  Generally the sewing room is closed off but I was moving furniture so the door was open last weekend. 

He's rather forlorn about this whole thing (and who can blame him).  And on top of that Simon has decided he's a complete stranger and is hissing and growling at him.  Then you add the E-collar...poor kitty.  I actually caught him using the e-collar to scoop kibble out of his dish and dump it on the floor so he could eat it.  Otherwise, he couldn't seem to figure out how to get close enough to eat.  I turned it around which has the added advantage of keeping him from jumping.

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I'm meeting with a nutritionist on Friday so I've been trying to prep a list of dietary issues.  This is what I'm remembering thus far. If you have cooked for me recently and remember something else I'm picky about (I'm less likely to remember the things I simply don't like) feel free to remind me.  As you can see, a lot of my diet right now is, well, white.

GERD triggers:

  • Whole grains
  • Mint
  • Large amounts of citrus or acidic foods
  • Heavy spices (and curry)
  • Chocolate

 IBS triggers (LOW FODMAP):

  • Whole grains (including white rice but rice and wheat products fully processed are ok)
  • Beans (including soy.  Legumes and chickpeas seem ok)
  • Fermentable fruit (mostly tree fruit)
  • Vegetables? (Salad isn’t digested, Cruciferous veg can cause problems)
  • Lactose
  • Onions and Garlic
  • High levels of seeds

 Allergies:

  • Bovine dairy products- Respiratory response (Hard cheeses made from sheep and goat's milk are ok in moderation)
  • Shell fish- GI upset
  • Walnuts & uncooked tomatoes- cause mouth sores
  • Caffeine- heart palpitations

 Dislikes:

  • Asparagus
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Not a big fan of plain chicken

 Other concerns:

  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hypoglycemia
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I sat down and talked to my dad and mom over the weekend.  They are so anxious to have me go to Hawaii with the family that they will loan me the money and I can pay it back whenever I can.  I talked to my dad about my concerns that I didn't want to relegated to a 16 year old child.  He honestly didn't know he was doing it.  So, he's aware and if he does it again, I'll call him on it, privately.  I told them that I needed to have some time for myself to recharge. He agreed that was reasonable.  I talked about not having a say in things, he promised to be my advocate. (we'll see how that works).  Mostly, I'd already had this conversation with Mom, so this was about talking to Dad, which is harder for me.  I still have concerns but provided I can get the time off from work, I will plan to go.

In the interim, I managed to blow up my cold so that I now have a barking deep cough- probably transitioning to bronchitis.  The constant coughing gives me a headache, makes my chest and throat hurt, and interferes with sleep.  I did discover that generic Tussin that has reached it's expiration date (2/17) but has not passed it, still does not work.  The new bottle was much more effective.  Sleeping upright on the recliner also helped.  I spent two days at home but the stress of not getting my work done at work eliminated any benefit to that so I decided to do my barking at work instead of at home.  It's funny because work doesn't feel that stressful when I'm there, usually, but leaving things undone is much worse. 
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My mom tries to gather the family together once every two years for some sort of trip.  Sometimes it's simply camping but other times it's some big trip.  This year she has it in her head that we should go to Hawaii.  The oldest granddaughter is graduating and we didn't celebrate her brother's graduation (because we couldn't get our collective act together) so now she thinks this is a grand way to celebrate both.  And my brother and sister agree, along with their families.  So the thought process has ended and actual planning has begun.  The dates are set June 27-July 6.  We have access to a friend's house on Oahu.  Mom has priced the costs of plane tickets (but everyone has to buy their own). It sounds like the trip of a lifetime, right?

But I have some problems.  I can't even prioritize them because they are all big.  So in the order they occur to me:
  1. When we get together as a family, I'm suddenly relegated to being monitored like a 16 year old girl.  I have to instantly obey my father, never argue with my siblings, and never leave the sight of the family without permission. I have little to no say in what happens and if I try to have a say I'm told I'm being bossy or ruining things.  It's really not much fun.
  2. The dates don't work very well for me.  It's right at the start of summer term when I have the highest volume of HR paperwork to process.  We also are supposed to be getting a new dean who would start on July 1st.  I have coworkers who could possibly try to sabotage my reputation with him/her in my absence if they thought it might benefit them.
  3. I don't have a lot of interest in Hawaii because it's really only ever been an abstract concept. I'm not one to spend a lot of time in the sun or playing in the sand. I don't do well with heat but I'm not sure what the temperature would be in July.  I don't have any idea, aside from the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the Polynesian cultural center what we could do.  It would be interesting to hike in the rain forest but I'm not sure what's available on Oahu.
  4. I have NO money for this.  I'd have to put it on my visa or rob the tax return, which was supposed to pay down the visa. Mom has indicated that she might be able to pay for my plane ticket but that hardly seems fair or right when she can't help anyone else.
  5. No one has asked for my input on this trip except my mom.  They planned the dates, and no one has even asked if I can go or want to go.  It worked for everyone else and therefore I should just go along or not...I'm not sure anyone other than mom cares if I go.  Mom is incredibly upset about the idea that I might not.
I don't want to cut off my nose to spite my face and not go because my family isn't very considerate of me.  And I don't see that I'll ever have another chance to go to Hawaii, especially with a ticket paid for me and no housing expenses. So...I really don't know what to do.
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It was suggested that I try  getting on a good probiotic to help with my GI issues- Good meant, liquid form and high concentration.  However, a trip to the store where the only option I could find that was liquid and dairy free was $50 for a 30 day supply revealed that this is outside of my budget.  Someone suggested naturally fermented kefir.  That got me looking at the tangent of naturally fermented foods.  I've done lactofermented pickles before and it's not hard.  Many of the recipes used whey though, to help start fermentation.  That isn't really an option for me but I did find a source that indicated that water kefir and water kefir grains can be used instead.  It might be interesting to try.
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I stepped on the scale yesterday after my water aerobics class and found my weight to be down by another 3 lbs.  That's 23 lbs since September 1st.  I'm very excited about this and hope I can keep moving it in this direction.  It hasn't been too hard, I just have to be aware of what I'm eating and what my activity level has been like.  The fitbit app has helped to track calories in and out a lot.  I know it gets harder as there is less weight to lose but I still think my goal is attainable in the course of a year.

Goals...

Jan. 11th, 2017 08:14 am
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I did forget a few things so I'm adding them in below.  I wanted to have them all in once place so I didn't have to hunt to hard for them.

Mental Health and Well-being
  • Be up front and honest with my family instead of avoiding having hard conversations. (I started this already when I told my mom I didn't want to go to Hawaii if I was going to be under Dad's thumb and not an independent person.  She's trying to arrange a family vacation, which, knowing my family, probably won't happen because mom and I are the only planners.  However, I told her it was difficult for me to be pleasant and not "ruin" other people's vacations when I had no say in my own participation.  I am 42 years old but my dad insists upon treating me like I'm 16 when we get together as a family.)
  • Continue daily journalling for my personal use
  • Figure out Christmas presents early in the year so I can work on them slowly and not be cramming everything into the last 2-3 months making myself miserable.
  • Continue participating in the University Chorale
  • Read!  My goal is at least 100 books.  I don't really care if  they are just fun and fluffy. 
  • Reduce screen time at home.  Perhaps audio books will help with this.
  • Learn a couple of new skills.  I have two knitting skills in mine, Entrelac and Brioche knitting.  But I'd like at least one to be non-knitting related.
  • ADDED Attend at least two cultural events (preferably with Jana but not exclusively)

Physical Health and Well-being
  • Continue to take my water aerobics class
  • Lose weight.  I'd like to get below 200 lbs by the first of next year.  That's about 36 lbs.  Normally, I wouldn't obsess about this but my surgery revealed that I have a fatty liver and the ONLY way to treat that is to lose weight. I think this is a reasonable goal.  If I could do that, I'd only have 25 lbs to go to get to my personal goal weight (perhaps not the doctors).
  • In that vein, continue tracking food intake and activity on my Fitbit
  • Once the surgery side effects have stabilized, see a nutritionist to discuss a balanced diet with my severely limited options- I think this should happen no later than March.
  • Get back to hiking- 3-5 hikes this year would be lovely.  This is a little weather dependent and so the last goal I had of 9 was not particularly feasible.
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week.  Water aerobics will take care of this if I go faithfully but if not, I need to get out and walk to replace the missed days
Craft goals
  • Complete the Christmas knitting.  I finished Mom's socks over the weekend but I still need to get Candy's Star Wars scarf completed- it's about half done at this point.
  • Learn Entrelac and Brioche knitting (as per above)
  • Complete 3-5 shawls. I have at least seven shawls in my queue that I already have yarn for and lots of other yarn besides
  • ADDED Complete Fiori di Sole.  It can count as one of
  • Complete the Poet's pullover.  I have the yarn and it's supposed to be an easy sweater.
  • Sew one thing a month using already acquired fabric. I have a ton of fabric matched with patterns already.
  • ADDED Sew two bliauts (Linen and wool).  These can count as part of my one a month but I may have to buy linen for one.
  • ADDED Embellish the green tunic completely.  I have a good idea of what this should look like in my head, which makes it easier than any of the other embellishment. Work on embellishing other SCA gear.

Financial goals
  • Become a Stampin' Up demonstrator and meet the quarterly goals- preferably without buying all the product for myself. (I have signed up and opened my website but now I have to meet the goals)
  • Put $1000 in the savings account.
  • Use my credit card only for my business expenses
  • Pay down the balance on the card using my tax return.
  • Try making home cleaning/personal products.  I have recipes for laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, and multipurpose cleaners.  It's possible some would be cheaper to make than buy and better for me or the environment.  I should also make some wool dryer balls- I suppose this is both a craft and a financial goal
  • I need to start thinking and planning for buying a new car

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I'm still fumbling around on this platform.  I had an entire post written on Friday and then lost it trying to figure out cross posting.

We endured another snow and ice storm over the weekend and got an extended weekend because of it.  Now, my driveway seems to be the only place dangerous to me.  All the roads are clear.

I decided to set a few goals for myself this year.  I seem to do a lot better when I do so.  I haven't yet taken the time to flesh this out completely, although I've thought about it a great deal.  It may be complete when I'm done with this post or it may change some yet.

Mental Health and Well-being
  • Be up front and honest with my family instead of avoiding having hard conversations. (I started this already when I told my mom I didn't want to go to Hawaii if I was going to be under Dad's thumb and not an independent person.  She's trying to arrange a family vacation, which, knowing my family, probably won't happen because mom and I are the only planners.  However, I told her it was difficult for me to be pleasant and not "ruin" other people's vacations when I had no say in my own participation.  I am 42 years old but my dad insists upon treating me like I'm 16 when we get together as a family.)
  • Continue daily journalling for my personal use
  • Figure out Christmas presents early in the year so I can work on them slowly and not be cramming everything into the last 2-3 months making myself miserable.
  • Continue participating in the University Chorale
  • Read!  My goal is at least 100 books.  I don't really care if  they are just fun and fluffy. 
  • Reduce screen time at home.  Perhaps audio books will help with this.
  • Learn a couple of new skills.  I have two knitting skills in mine, Entrelac and Brioche knitting.  But I'd like at least one to be non-knitting related.

Physical Health and Well-being
  • Continue to take my water aerobics class
  • Lose weight.  I'd like to get below 200 lbs by the first of next year.  That's about 36 lbs.  Normally, I wouldn't obsess about this but my surgery revealed that I have a fatty liver and the ONLY way to treat that is to lose weight. I think this is a reasonable goal.  If I could do that, I'd only have 25 lbs to go to get to my personal goal weight (perhaps not the doctors).
  • In that vein, continue tracking food intake and activity on my Fitbit
  • Once the surgery side effects have stabilized, see a nutritionist to discuss a balanced diet with my severely limited options- I think this should happen no later than March.
  • Get back to hiking- 3-5 hikes this year would be lovely.  This is a little weather dependent and so the last goal I had of 9 was not particularly feasible.
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week.  Water aerobics will take care of this if I go faithfully but if not, I need to get out and walk to replace the missed days
Craft goals
  • Complete the Christmas knitting.  I finished Mom's socks over the weekend but I still need to get Candy's Star Wars scarf completed- it's about half done at this point.
  • Learn Entrelac and Brioche knitting (as per above)
  • Complete 3-5 shawls. I have at least seven shawls in my queue that I already have yarn for and lots of other yarn besides
  • Complete the Poet's pullover.  I have the yarn and it's supposed to be an easy sweater.
  • Sew one thing a month using already acquired fabric. I have a ton of fabric matched with patterns already.

Financial goals
  • Become a Stampin' Up demonstrator and meet the quarterly goals- preferably without buying all the product for myself. (I have signed up and opened my website but now I have to meet the goals)
  • Put $1000 in the savings account.
  • Use my credit card only for my business expenses
  • Pay down the balance on the card using my tax return.
  • Try making home cleaning/personal products.  I have recipes for laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, and multipurpose cleaners.  It's possible some would be cheaper to make than buy and better for me or the environment.  I should also make some wool dryer balls- I suppose this is both a craft and a financial goal
  • I need to start thinking and planning for buying a new car
I think I may have missed some things I was thinking of before.  If so, I'll add them

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