Knitting in the Quiet Moments

2 more sleeps until wedding day. Yesterday we had a lovely day spent with family. I managed to get the car cleaned before my parents were ready to come visit. We had additional family arrive and had a nice lunch and downtown shopping (browsing) experience. Mr. Ink’s sister in law arrived in the late afternoon. Mr. Ink finally bought a dress shirt for the ceremony and then brought home pizza for a late evening dinner.

I’d been working on my Lintilla shawl out of handspun, and I almost finished, except I lost at yarn chicken. Which is fine because I have what I need to create more yarn to finish. It’s just that spinning isn’t about to happen until after the wedding, so I had to choose something else instead. I decided to wind up an 8 ounce ball of handspun and cast on another lintilla because it’s just so easy to knit. But, the handspun wasn’t performing as I wanted to, it had no drape. So I ripped it out.

Then I decided on a ten stitch twist. I don’t know if this will make it to blanket or throw size, though I do have more yarn I can use on it once the 8 ounce ball is done, or, I am pretty sure I could procure more of the colorway and keep after it in the future. But, I just wanted to knit it because it looked interesting and fun. Whatever it turns into is cool with me.

This morning Mr. Ink’s sister in law is working from our house. We’ll be heading out shopping a bit later but for now I’ve got time on my hands and it’s quiet in the house so I am getting some knitting (and blogging) done. Here’s where I am.

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Not the most beautiful or inspired photo but when working on crafts in the quiet moments, we take what we can get. I don’t think I am doing the joins quite correctly but they look interesting so I am going to go with it and call it a feature not a bug.

Tonight we head out to the venue to do some last minute planning. Mr. Ink’s sister in law will be in charge of set up, so we had a meeting about everything last evening. But of course, things always become much clearer when she can see the actual space we are using. And then, we get to have the middle age equivalent of a bachelorette party. Meaning, we are going out for dinner at my favorite little wine bar/restaurant while the guys have their middle age equivalent of a bachelor party, they are going out for steak.

It feels like tonight is when things really start picking up for the duration of the weekend. I can’t believe the time is already here. I also can’t believe how relaxed I am feeling about everything. It’ll all be exactly as it should be.

 

April Beauty Balance

It’s wedding week, my parents are in town, a large number of the family arrive today, and I’ve got a chore to do. But I am just going to take a moment to procrastinate by posting my latest April beauty balance. Last post I was one item leaving above what entered my collection this month.

I knew I had a couple things arriving so I worked hard to get a few things finished up as well. Here’s what entered my collection:

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One thing my collection has been missing is a proper facial sunscreen for days I am not wearing It cosmetics cc cream. I also knew I was close to finishing my belief eye bomb, so I needed another eye cream. I decided I’d give a clinique one a try this time around. With that purchase came the free gift of a mascara and a lippie, but since I know that clinique’s lippies don’t work for me, I immediately gave the lippie to my mom. So, that’s 3 items in, leaving me 2 items in above what left.

Now to balance:

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That pur palette just arrived in my boxycharm but I really do not like it at all. Miss Butterfly commented that she really loves it. So, it is headed to her collection. I also finished two full-size items. A First Aid Beauty night moisturizer and my belief eye bomb. Then some samples. One of a shampoo/conditioner combo from Drybar as well as a conditioning hair mask from briogeo. And then I also finished up a sample size of a peel. That’s 6 items leaving my collection. When balanced, that’s 4 items leaving over what entered my collection this month. I plan to restock a thing or two during sephora’s sale, not sure if those items will hit in April or May, likely May. But other than that, beauty balance should be smooth sailing from here on out.

And with that, I’d better get back to work, right?

 

A little biking

This weekend was very busy. We each had extensive to-do lists. I did get mine completed. I am not sure Mr. Ink got his completed. But he definitely worked pretty hard this weekend. One of the things on my to-do list was to scout out places to take photographs before the wedding.

Naturally, we are having photographs taken on a bike trail. I mean, biking is how we met in the first place and that was at least 8 years ago now, maybe more. So, yesterday, we decided to combine wedding planning with the thing that brought us together in the first place. And it was glorious. We headed out to the entrance of the lake which we plan to use and set off. We easily got to the first place that would be appropriate for photos and I grabbed a few.

Side note, Mr. Ink has a new bike! Now we both have custom painted surly pugsleys. He’s running 3-inch tires on his while I maintain my 4-inch tires. From this point forward we did scout other areas for photos, but I think this one is it. Mostly because I’ll have to be walking into this area in heels and a dress with a train, and I don’t want to walk up and down hills. This area is nice and flat. The others are not. We even found a blooming forsythia nearby on our way back through the area.

Mr. Ink also tricked me into single track riding. It has been at least a year, probably more, since I rode single track. I just lost the motivation for it at some point. And I really hate riding single track on a fatty. Give me my proper hardtail mountain bike over the fatty any day. But, this kind of trickery is really common for Mr. Ink. First, it was “Do you want to ride through the nature trail?” Well, riding fat is great for riding on grass and a good portion of the trail also was covered in crushed limestone, so it was perfect. We get to the end of the nature trail and he says “Did you know that this area has some hidden single track? It’s right here, want to ride it?” So we did. I envisioned, the entire time, falling and breaking my head right before the wedding. But, nothing happened and the trail was extremely tame. There was no need for concern. In fact, it made me think I might even give some single track a try again this spring. We shall see. Let’s get through the big event first.

Anyhow, all that is to say we took the afternoon “off” from chores to do what might have been a chore but wasn’t because we did it by bike. And it was great to be doing the thing that got us together in the first place. The day was sunny, the weather was cool and lovely, and despite not having ridden in a while, I haven’t completely lost my biking legs.

Today I work until 1:30 but then have appointments and errands all afternoon and evening. Let the wedding week begin!

 

No Photos

Just me with my thoughts pointed at a screen. 6 more sleeps. If I am doing anything today it’s procrastinating finishing the kitchen deep clean. In fact, I’ve already decided that my standards have lessened in the past 48 hours. I didn’t get much sleep last night again. Nightmares, only one of them wedding related, and I don’t even remember what it was about. Hopefully, I can get a nap in today. Despite what seems like complaining, I really did have a lovely relaxing day yesterday punctuated by cleaning and chores. I realized that with Miss Butterfly off this week I can leave laundry up to her tomorrow and not worry about that one at all. Since we are less than a week away now, this is the time where Mr. Ink gets super motivated. True to form, he’s been running around all weekend getting things done. He and I certainly operate very differently in that regard. I tend to slow down and try to conserve my energy, saving it up for the upcoming insanity. He just ignores it all until it feels like “too late” to me and then gets moving. In any case, things are getting done despite what feels like time moving too fast at the moment. (Gone is any hope of that weird time suspension from last week!)

I have decided one of my priorities today needs to be to plan the Sunday brunch meal offerings and make a proper shopping list for that. I plan to do some of the cooking and prep on Tuesday for things that can be set aside until Sunday. But, I really do need a proper plan. Plus, it will be wise to just have some meal type items around the house. Cold cuts and bread and so on. Things that will help us feel like we don’t have to run out and get something at the last minute. Because Mr. Ink handles most of the grocery shopping, I never feel like I know what might be in the house at a given time. So, if I have specific expectations, I tend to just try to do that shopping myself.

The one thing that really needs to get done today is to scout out where we will be doing some outdoor photographs on the day of the wedding. I really do need to get that under control. Mr. Ink had suggested we’d ride bike but I am not sure how he’s going to fit that in with his current to do list. So, I am thinking maybe it’s better for me to just take the dogs out for a walk there and take a look around. We’ll have to see how the day goes.

That’s about it from here really, I just decided to blog because of procrastination but I really do need to get back to it. Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

Almost

We are one week away from the wedding. At this time in one week we’ll be gearing up to load up the truck with necessary items and I’ll be trying not to ruin my manicure while doing so. The forecast has improved, we are now forecasted to have a 71F day and sunny. Around here, this means we are likely to hit more than 71. But, the heater I rented for the tent during the rehearsal dinner won’t go to waste, as Friday is only supposed to be 61.

But all this is a week from now. For this morning, I am starting with taking it easy. Miss Rose Bud and I had a nice long cuddle this morning while I was knitting after I did a great job in getting a good amount of sleep with no memorable dreams. Very pleasant. We’ve got a weekend which is packed full, but for now, we are taking it slightly easy. I am definitely going to work in a nap.

Here’s where I am with my Lintilla shawl.

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It has grown so much! I am getting pretty close to knitting on the edge ruffles now. Every time I knit this I remember the reason I love it so much is that it has a shape that drapes so nicely over the shoulders. I love the pattern but I knit it repeatedly more for the way it wears than for how it knits.

That’s it from here, I need to get the house straightened up so that I can begin working on the deep cleaning portion of the day. I hope your weekend is quite lovely!

 

8 More Sleeps

We are at 8 more sleeps until wedding day, and boy do I need that sleep! All of it. Every extra second. You see, anxiety dreaming is a thing I do very well, always have. But unfortunately, an extremely stressful work situation kicked all that into overdrive this week. Last night I had 3 wedding related nightmares. One was that my wallet had been stolen and I was unable to pay any of the vendors, therefore they did not show up for my big day. In another one, the venue had double booked themselves and I was asked to leave and find another place to have the wedding, while I ended up screaming at her about how I paid for it and she couldn’t just send me elsewhere at the last minute. This one is rooted in reality, based on a review of the venue where this once happened early in their business and reading that has haunted me ever since, despite the fact that they’ve clearly got their act together now. And then I dreamed that we had brought so much stuff to the venue and I couldn’t manage to find anything I needed for the decor despite having all this stuff, and no matter how much I dug through all that stuff, I never found my decor, causing the ceremony to run later and later and later because I couldn’t decorate. Oh-wait-I just remembered another. I dreamed that it was the day of the wedding but I never got back to the officiant and so the ceremony itself wasn’t prepared and it was all my fault.

It’s all very silly and all very on brand for me. Upon waking I wondered exactly what was up since I am not actually feeling particularly stressed about the wedding itself. That’s when I realized it was the work situation instead. I assure you, there’s someone at work I’d LOVE to be hollering at but that would be unprofessional. And while I generally have work-related anxiety dreams, because the wedding is the big deal in my life right now, that’s just getting superimposed on the work-related situation. Thankfully I did take the majority of the week off next week, that should help some.

But I think there’s an interesting common theme in these dreams. The common theme is that I am all by myself in these decisions and circumstances, I have to handle everything alone and everything rests on me to make perfect. That’s not my reality at all. This is something I’ve been thinking about a ton lately. The reality is that even though this is a very small wedding, there are loads of helpers. There’s my sister in law doing photography, our wedding is in such capable and beautiful hands. There’s my soon to be sister in law, the planner, the director, the one with extremely capable hands that I am leaving the bulk of the set up to. There’s my mother who will likely shoulder a good amount of my own anxieties as the week progresses, and then lend her hands and ideas in set up. There are my cousin and his family, all of whom have been assigned tasks or will take tasks on. There are my aunt and her family, messaging me eagerly asking how they can chip in and help. There are Mr. Ink’s brother and sons who I know I can ask to do any little thing and they’ll hop to it because that’s how they are. There’s Miss Butterfly who has been ridiculously unteen-like during this entire planning process, helping out the whole way through. There’s Miss Marja, lending her hand and ideas and taking on any work I’ll allow her, and making amazing suggestions that get easily implemented into the plans. There are the groomsmen, both as much my friends as Mr. Ink’s, both being helpful and lending levity to all situations. While my dreams cast me in a role of make or break, shouldering every concern all by myself, my reality is much richer and fuller than those terrifying dreams.

But most of all, there’s Mr. Ink. The person who, somehow intuiting that I am feeling reflective, asks me in the evenings “How are you feeling about the upcoming wedding?” and listens carefully as I pour out those reflections. Who, despite really hating to be put on a schedule, quickly agrees that he’ll handle the things I have assigned him in the time frame I’ve assigned it. Who suggests that we hire an expert officiant to create a truly lovely ceremony instead of me trying to come up with something on my own. Who creates a reception playlist and then apologizes that they are all loves songs and he just can’t help himself because that’s just how he’s feeling right now even though he knows sappy songs aren’t really my thing. (In this situation, they are totally my thing.) Who continues to keep the household running, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, doing dishes, without any complaints while I invest my energies in wedding planning and host preparations in a very short time frame.

Quite frankly, while something may go wrong on the big day and it’ll be out of my control, there’s no way for things to go completely off the rails. With all the helpers, it’s just not possible at all! And I know that this knowledge is what is leading to my low stress levels right now, my time for reflection, and my very high anticipation of the upcoming week.

Shall we talk knitting then? Let’s. I never did cast on that cowl that I twisted the other day, instead, I decided a partly finished sock would be more my style.

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This is the same yarn I have made socks for Mr. Ink from in the past, so you may somewhat recognize it. I plan to knit to the toe and then start the next one. This way I can knit different colored heels and toes if I need to, depending on how much yarn I have left over. I really cast this on so I could knit on it during a movie I didn’t really want to see, but since then it has definitely come in handy as mindless knitting in additional situations. This is my current work project, though it’ll go home with me today since this is the last day I’ll have an actual lunch break to work through before vacation.

Know what else got done? The deep cleaning of the bathrooms which had been on my list for last weekend. I finally did them both last night. I had been sort of waiting for Miss Butterfly to assist me as she’s been assisting me with all the various deep clean projects thus far. But, yesterday at work I realized part of my hang-up was that I didn’t feel like trying to maneuver around someone in a small bathroom while also giving directions. I was doing that enough at work and my brain was too fried to do it at home. So last evening, figuring all this out, I decided to instruct Miss Butterfly to do a few other tasks she could easily do without any additional prompting from me, took my podcasts and cleaning supplies into the bathroom and got down to business. Felt good to do some proper scrubbing and I definitely felt more accomplished once it was done.

On the list for this weekend is the kitchen, absolutely my least favorite deep cleaning job and yet the one that always makes me the happiest when it is complete. We’ve got a number of other things to get done as well, and all of them wedding prep related. So, I leave you with a few Rose photos I took this week. She loves Mr. Ink easily as much as she loves me, and I decided to record some of that this week.

She’s such a sweet little love bug.

 

 

April Beauty Balance

My boxycharm box came in the mail, so I get to do another beauty balance post and then toss a couple empties. This is a much preferable way of approaching my empties as opposed to saving my trash for the end of the month.

We’ll just start where I was last time. 2 items leaving my collection above what entered my collection.

Now, on to April’s boxycharm box. Here’s what I received:

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So, I’d been happy because there were some brushes which don’t count toward totals. But then I realized we got a sample eye primer, so it’s 5 items entering my collection anyhow. Except for this. When I opened the eyeliner, the product was broken off at the base and there was no product in there. So that was massively disappointing. I had really been looking forward to a light colored eyeliner. In the end, because the eyeliner is not usable, it’s 4 items entering my collection.

I did contact boxycharm about the eyeliner so we’ll see what happens next. To be honest, I was most excited about it as I love a light colored or colorful eyeliner more than anything else. As for the rest of the box, the lipstick turned out to be a pretty fantastic nude color, so I am surprisingly happy with that, and the artist couture highlighter turned out to be quite nice. The palette? I could take it or leave it, with a lean toward leave it. I am wearing it today but it’s just so basic and the quality isn’t anything fantastic at all.

Anyhow, after that off the cuff box review, let’s get to the balancing part of this post.

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The shower gel I received in a fabfitfun box and I finally used it up. I think that Miss Butterfly also used it from time to time. It’s nothing to write home about, so I’ll not be tring to purchase it. The tiny vial is a kora face oil which I am glad to have used but I don’t feel the need to have it in my life in the future. And, the saddest one. A tin of balm brought to me from a trip to prince edward island as a gift for caring for a friend’s cat while he was on vacation. I loved this balm. I kept it at work as that’s where my hands get the dryest. A little went a long way and it is just the type of product I enjoy having on hand at work. I am sad to see it go and I am not sure how I will replace it. It had a completely unoffensive scent which is something I look for with a heavy duty product like this and I am just not sure when and how I’ll find something similar.

Anyhow, in the end this leaves me at one product leaving my collection above and beyond what has entered my collection. I’ve got two items very close to being finished. But, I needed to replace one of those items with something that is currently on its way. We’ll see how the rest of the month goes.