I Apologize for the Silence

I apologize for the month-long silence on these pages.  But two things happened:

First, my medical leave was up and I went back to work.   I was on medical leave from September to November.

Second, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the very first time and I spent a lot of my free time furiously writing a 50,000 word first draft of a novel.  I am very pleased to announce:

I Won!!

Yes, I wrote 50,315 words in 28 days!   I don’t get a book contract and wealth and fame beyond my wildest dreams, but I do get to brag and after the first of the year, I get a substantial discount on a writing program.   I also get the satisfaction that I started something and I saw it through until the end.

Participating in this has truly liberated me as a writer and it helped me smack down the inner critic and the inner editor and just let myself write.   In order to succeed in this endeavor, you have to give your self permission to do two things:  write crap and to not finish.   Then you just sit and you write and let whatever happen happen.

In the future, I plan on providing more written content along with all the You Tube links.

My participation in NaNoWriMo was mostly spur of the moment.  I do plan on getting content together before I participate in this next November to avoid the silence.

But, if you like what you read here, you can subscribe and be notified by e-mail when I make new posts.  This way, you don’t have to keep checking back every day if I’m silent.  And next time, I will announce if I have to go on hiatus.

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The End of an Era

What else can I say about Brett Favre retiring that other people haven’t?

I was surprised to hear it today, but at the same time, I wasn’t all that surprised. I heard it on TV when the news first broke. See, I had the misfortune (or luck) in that I had car trouble (i.e. flat tire) and I was stuck at home waiting for DH to put some fix a flat in the offending tire so we could hobble that van down to get a new tire put on it. But I digress…

The Green Bay Packers of my growing up years were not very good. I am 38 years old (had my birthday in January), so I completely missed all the glory years. I remember when I was a kid, after a Packer’s loss, how all the dad’s in the neighborhood would get together in the Dad equivalent of the old “housewives gossiping over the fence” to play Monday Morning Quarterback and grouse about how Bart Starr was a much better quarterback than he was a head coach. I remember how, since Bart couldn’t coach the Packers back to glory, Forrest Gregg surely would save the team (he didn’t). I remember the 1987 strike season when the replacement players played better than the regular team. I remember when the Packers had four different placekickers in the same season. I remember the glimmer of hope in 1989 when the team went 10-6 and just missed the playoffs (which was good enough for us since they were something like 4-12 in the year before. When winning seasons are few and far between, you take what you can get.).

For my entire childhood, those of us who were not around yet or too young to remember the Lombardi era had to listen to our parents and our grandparents, our aunts and uncles talk about the Packers of the 1960’s. They talked about the first two Super Bowl’s, of Starr and Hornung, of Ray Nitschke, and of Vince Lombardi. They reminisced of those glory days, and I suppose it was to help them endure the losing seasons. Or maybe they thought it could help them channel some good luck the Packers’ way.

What Brett Favre helped to do (and he did not do this himself), was to, not only bring back the glory to Green Bay, but he also helped to bring back some respect for the Green Bay Packers as a team. And for an entire generation, for those of us who were not around for the Lombardi Era, we finally got our own “Glory Years”. And for that, he will always have this Packer Fan’s undying gratitude.

I have enjoyed watching Brett Favre play for the past 17 seasons. Whether he was playing good or bad, it was never boring watching him play. I’m glad that he left on top and on his own terms. All of us who watch football on TV and who played the game are lucky to have witnessed Brett Favre play and break records and win. But we Packer fans are blessed and fortunate to have been able to call him “ours”.

I will not be sad today. I will not mourn the end of this era. Instead, I will raise a tall, cold one in Brett Favre’s honor and say “thank you for the memories.”

And see you in Canton.

P.S. Brett, now that you are retired, please, please…PLEASE don’t let yourself go, because I really don’t want to see you pitching Nutri System on TV. That’s one Marino accomplishment that you don’t need to beat. 🙂

Been Quiet Here Lately…

Sorry for the lack of posting. January was kind of washout of a month and with sharing a single computer and a hubby who is on it all the time, it’s hard to get time online.

Between a transportation situation, getting sick, and the weather, I haven’t made either a Tuesday or a Sunday Knit ‘n’ Sip Together since before Christmas. There’s been a wrinkle in trying to go to the Tuesday ones involving transportation, or rather parking at my apartment complex. There is an issue with people who don’t live in my complex parking in tenant parking, and despite the big red sign that says parking is for tenants only, it’s not enforced. We have a car port and I’ve seen people who live in the building being “kicked” out of their own parking stall by someone who doesn’t live here. My hubby also has something he does on Tuesdays, and it’s actually happened where he came home and there was nowhere for him to park except on the street. And since it’s winter, you can’t park on the the street over night or they’ll ticket you. So, whoever gets home first, gets the carport and whoever gets home last, good luck. I was really happy about the fact that there would be a twice monthly Sunday get together despite what happened with Dunn Bros. , but now it looks like that might end up being a thing of the past because the new place is closing (or may be closing). So now I don’t know what I’m going to do until spring because I was hoping to go on Sundays for now and then go back to the Tuesday meetings when it didn’t matter so much if you had to park on the street overnight.

::sigh::

I’m hoping, secretly hoping that the snow we got today will be so bad, that I won’t be able to get out of the parking lot in the morning and then I can have a snow day from work.

And on to the knitting stuff…

Anyway, I am finished with the Dr. Who Scarf. Actually, it’s being blocked right now and probably tomorrow night, I will put the tassels on each end of it and then it will be done. I feel so happy about finishing something so big! It took almost three months to the day I started it and for the last few weeks, I worked on nothing like that.

I’ve got another scarf on the needles that I’m knitting out of stash yarn to match a hat I knit for myself out of stash yarn. But then I had to buy more yarn to finish the scarf because I used all the stash yarn up. I will probably knit the thing until I use the yarn up. It’s sort of my thing this year to knit more from the stash.

I am redoing the socks I am knitting for my son. I went to Yarns By Design on Saturday and picked up two balls of Tofutsies. I like that yarn a lot better than the stuff I was working with. Knit Picks also started selling 40 inch and 47 inch circulars in the smaller sock sizes, so I got some of those and I’m knitting these socks using Magic Loop. The socks will be the 4 stitch garter rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, and the only “mod” I’m doing is the magic loop method. It’s been awhile since I’ve knitted socks cuff down.

Of the three ways to knit socks (DPN’s, 2 circs, ML), I think I like Magic Loop the best. I still want to try and learn how to knit two socks at the same time.

Tubey is hibernating. I put it down for awhile between the time I finished the short rows and the bust, and when I picked it up again, I discovered that it’s too big for me. I’ve joined a gym and started working on losing some weight and getting into shape. Between the last time I tried it on, and the most recent, I lost some weight, but I have about five inches or so to go on the body before I’m done. So the sweater is on hiatus until I decide if I want to frog it and start over, or if I would rather finish it and then give it away to Goodwill or St. Vinny’s or somewhere like that. If I can’t get some use out of it, maybe someone else, will.

The afghan I’m working on is more of a long term project, where I will work on it as I feel like.

I would like to try to knit another sweater, preferably a cardigan, but I think I’m going to wait until I lose the last 16 pounds I want to lose. Three years ago, I was a very trim 145 and I was in very good shape and I had a pretty good six pack going for a 35 year old. Then I got promoted to a desk job where I sat in front of a computer all day and I could eat at my desk and I gained 30 pounds. Last summer, I decided that enough was enough and I started walking every night and I lost 14 pounds. I’ve been sitting around the 14 pound mark and going nowhere, although I gained a few over the holidays. I hit a plateau because I could not go out for my walks after work due to it being dark and winter.

My husband decided to join Weight Watchers through work because he is overweight and I think that he finally realized that his being 80 pounds overweight had everything to do with his sciatica and his being out of shape. He’s lost ten pounds so far. I’m happy that he joined WW because through this, he is learning how to eat properly. Now he has to get active. He came from a family where there is a definite “victim” mentality, meaning that you believed that when something was wrong with you(in this case, being overweight), you were a victim of it and you can’t help that you’re overweight (in this case). His being overweight was his own doing because he ate so horribly, even when I’d try and get him to eat better.

His WW is through is work and they have something where you can spread the enrollment fee over a three month period, so instead of having to pay $180, it’s $60 a month for three months, which is easier to swallow. But it’s also a small price to pay if it means my hubby is healthy and learns to eat better.

A Snap Fitness opened on American Drive out by CB and we joined. I like the place a lot. What really sold me on it were two things. One, there is no contract. The other was that when we went in and took the tour and looked at the place, not once did we feel pressured to join.

Well, that’s the scoop from Casa de O’Malley.  🙂

Name Change

I decided to change the name of this blog, since I haven’t been embracing my inner narcissist all that much.  This is mostly about knitting.  More likely than not, I swiped someone else’s title, but I can assure you, it was not intentional.   If I haven’t, then I’m honestly surprised.

Waaaay Behind

Long story short.  Lost my high speed internet in March.  Got it back.  REformatted the computer.  Lost my book marks.  Took the ex back to court.  I won.  Been knitting like a fool.  Have pictures, but I will have to find some place to post them.