Quarantimes Part 3

After three precious work from home days, I have mustered the energy to pull together a bit more blog content. It’s amazing how the brain works. When you can get a break from the constant questions and planning, get slightly more time for downtime, since you are no longer commuting, get slightly more sleep for a similar reason, get somewhat used to this new type of normal even though it’s pretty awful, and have the space for bigger work projects requiring time, quiet, and creativity, thus making you feel productive, suddenly you’ve got a little more left to give to your other hobbies. And that’s what happened for me in the past few days.

At the end of last year I had begun a little spindle spinning project. I am almost positive I didn’t blog about it, as I wasn’t blogging much due to being both busy and mourning Lizzie. I might have, and if I did, I apologize for presenting this as new. But, I’ve been working on it again in the past day or so. This will become a gradient laceweight two ply yarn. As of right now, it’s a very enjoyable spindle spin.

I cannot immediately remember who the batt is from, but I suspect fat cat knits.

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It’s a lovely neutral toned batt with some interesting pops of silk and flax. I am feeling rather eager to be doing some spinning again, and with the weather warming, that feels like the right time to be eager to do it.

Speaking of the weather warming:

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These lovelies survived some snow and a serious 2 or 3 day freeze to bring us this color and joy during a difficult time.

I’ve noticed all over the yard signs of flowers peaking their way out of the ground in anticipation of the beautiful spring blooms. This year it feels all the more beautiful, even the tiny shoots of green, as we need to be able to take whatever we can get to make us feel like life is moving forward and going through its normal cycles. This spring I am grateful for each and every one of them.

That’s it from here today. We are keeping a quiet day. It’s cloudy (again) and sometimes rainy, as it is spring, and we do need the rain. This will make the dog park out of the question today, but hopefully, we can get a little walk done during the breaks in the clouds.

Quarantimes Part 2

This part is the one in which I have begun doing some work at home. I am not able to work every day from home, but more than I was. Doing so has been interesting. I had hoped for scads of quiet time where I could work on some longer-term projects I was saving up. It has certainly been busier than I expected. That’s ok though! I suspect we are in this situation for the long haul, and those projects will be there.

The long isolation has Miss Butterfly getting a little creative with her time. She wants to go to the dog park daily, which we are in agreement with, and the dogs are totally down for. I understand, when it’s basically the only time she gets out of the house, it makes sense that she’s up for doing that which she’d previously have avoided. A few other things she is doing-making us dinner. This is a shocker! Since she can no longer do her camp volunteer work, as all activities are canceled, the camp coordinator sent out the recipe for their hobo dinners. Miss Butterfly decided she’ll make us hobo dinners, and she did. Now she wants to make them weekly. To be honest, they are pretty tasty so we are not opposed. And it gives Mr. Ink a night off.

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She sliced the potatoes thinly so they would cook fast, added broccoli to the recipe on her own, and also cut up carrots. Under all that is ground beef, though I think we could easily do smoked sausage as well. And onions, they are also involved.

She’s working on schoolwork online. Originally she said there wasn’t much of it, but they’ve added to her workload so she’s gotta stay on top of it now.

And then, when all that is done, she is playing sims4. Now, I got the game for me, and I have played quite a bit. She tried playing, but didn’t love it. Until I showed her build mode. She has been creating these floor plans for years on graph paper. She draws them out carefully and adds furniture, etc. So, I got her started building houses in sims4 and she’s obsessed. I am glad, it’s a fun and sensible past time. And, it gives me the opportunity to say “Get your online schoolwork done and then you can play the game.”

I am still working at my lintilla shawlette when I get an opportunity. I am still appreciating the long rows of garter stitch and the handspun yarn. With working from home a bit, I am able to better turn off my brain and let work go, bleeding into the next day in ways I was unable to do previously.

So, that’s us, that’s here. We are doing what we can to flatten the curve, doing what we can to keep what is allowable and essential up and running, and attempting to appreciate this new way of life in the meantime. We do hope things are similar for you and that you are doing ok, staying healthy, and staying practical.

 

Beauty Balance in March

I’ve kept myself on a replacements only low buy since the beginning of the year. I was wanting to make sure I wasn’t spending cash on things that just weren’t necessary when we had so many exciting trips planned for this year.

The first of this year’s trips has been canceled. The second one is a waiting game, we’ll know in a month if we are closer to being able to travel by the end of July. That being said, with the current crisis, saving money is the name of the game.

I’d told myself the end of March for the replacements only low buy, but that was in part because I wanted to be able to pick stuff up at the ulta 21 days of beauty sale. The sale started early this year.

I did pick a bunch of items up, but the grand total for all of it was just over $4, as I had a lot of points to spend and a free clinique foundation coupon and so on. I was very fortunate. I’ll be back on that replacements only low buy until the spring hair event where I’ll stock up again on hair items.

Here’s what I picked up:

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The first two The Ordinary items are replacements, you’ll see the empties in my next empties post. Then the free clinique foundation which came with a free sample of hydrating jelly. I picked up a white foundation mixer to lighten up foundations that are too dark. I picked up the it cosmetics powder foundation and mac mineralized skin finish. I’ve heard great things about pur love your selfie foundation and the stila hide and chic foundation so I wanted to give them a try as well. I needed to add a low cost item to my order so I grabbed another hairspray, something that needs to be in my arsenal with my weird haircut. That’s 10 items in.

I was at 30 items out of my collection so far this year over what came in (prior to this only one item came in) so that brings me down to 20 items out over what came in.

But wait, there’s empties!

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7 empties to be specific, so that’s 27 out over what came in.

I’ve got a redken powder grip hair powder. I’d originally been kind of salty about this as it has less in it than other brands and cost more. But, this really did last longer than those same other brands, so I don’t think it’s that bad of a value and I would pick it up again potentially.

I have the sexy hair surfrider dry texture spray. I liked it, but there are others I like a lot more so I won’t repurchase.

I have clinique waterproof mascara which is totally kicked.

I am letting go of a metallic liquid lipstick from the advent calendar, this is probably all the liquid lipsticks from nyx now gone.

I also finished a bite beauty agave lip treatment, which I did like a ton and I am sad to see it finished. I do have another to use though.

There’s a skinfix moisturizer which I used up as a night cream. Wouldn’t repurchase.

And there’s a fragrance sample, it’s hermes twilly. I liked it quite a lot, but not enough to want to seak it out.

So, the replacements only low buy, despite ending a bit early, has really done its trick to keep the items leaving my collection more than what comes in, and now I am back on the low buy. To be honest, there are a couple items that interest me in 21 days of beauty, but I truly don’t think that I am interested enough to purchase. There’s always the fall one, and I’ve more than enough to get me through until then.

Quarantimes

I recently read that people who enjoy writing should be daily logging this experience so that they could look back and have it on record. Quite frankly, there’s nothing I’d like to do less, despite the fact I enjoy writing.

I think we all develop coping skills and strategies that ideally work as best as they can for us, for some that will be writing. That’s not the case for me. Thus far, my coping strategy has been working 100% of the time I am awake.

I am classified as a healthcare worker. I do not work directly with patient care. But they have deemed us critical even so, and I get it. I have spent the past two weeks working on plans to split my team in two in order to have half work from home and half physically at work, switching weekly. In part, this is to ideally keep my entire team from getting sick at once. We are also aware that if things go completely pear-shaped, we will be called in to work patient care in some manner though we are all hoping it will not come to that.

We move to the split shifts this upcoming week and I am hoping things run as smoothly as possible because I think we are in this for the long haul now, and I am hoping my team works together to prove we can operate in this manner.

Planning for work situations is where my brain is right now. If I am not directly working, I am thinking about work and what I/we can do to help. I am really struggling to turn that off, and since I can’t turn it off too well, I tend to end my days completely exhausted. I appreciate my understanding family.

Mr. Ink is in danger of losing about half his hours, or more, as the shop begins to make moves toward splitting their team as well, plus parts warehouses are in danger of shutting down completely. We are extremely thankful for my stable job right now, even though things might get tight.

All this is to say, in part, that I haven’t had a lot of time or energy to be working on knitting or crafting projects. Before this all started, I’d cast on a lintilla shawlette as I wanted something mindless out of my handspun, and lintilla is one of those knits that really brings me peace and joy.

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It is already the size it would be if I was using 4 ounces of fiber, but I am using an 8 ounce handspun so this one is going to be mega-sized. I am totally ok with that. I can knit on this forever and not get bored. And I greatly appreciate having this long term piece to knit on when I am feeling like attempting stillness.

I do hope you are all quite well out there, and are holding up in place and aren’t putting others in danger no matter how hard it is. We are in it for the long haul, and like everything, this too shall pass.

Empties and Beauty Balance

Now that I’ve published my latest project pan, I can get through my empties for the past month. May I remind you real quick that for the first three months of this year it is my intention to be on a replacements only low buy. Until this month, I did not purchase any makeup/skincare/haircare items. I did this month though. My clinique waterproof mascara was starting to dry up, I opened in in September, so that’s no huge surprise. I decided that I wanted to try a tubing mascara. I’ve had my eye on the thrive one that is so highly rated, but I didn’t want to spend the cash and it’s so rarely in stock at ulta. I decided to dip my toe in the tubing mascara water using a drugstore brand.

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I decided to give the L’oreal double extend a try. Now, I do have a bit of a gripe about this product, and it’s simply that the wand is hard to deal with. Since there are two tubes of product, the wands on both are rather short, which can be cumbersome. But, as far as the wear and use of the mascara, I am really liking it. It does not transfer on my browbone like even waterproof mascara does, and for that alone, it could win my heart. I haven’t used it much, but I am pretty pleased with my purchase.

So, in the last post I’d been able to use up 23 products. With one product in, that total is down to 22, which is still a really solid number.

Now for the empties and declutters. There’s one declutter not pictured, which is a tube of clinique mascara, travel size, which I gave to Miss Butterfly.

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And then there’s the rest of this stuff. I have used up a container of almay eye makeup remover wipes. I used to use this stuff religiously, but have slowed down on my use of all disposable wipes. I do have another container in my collection but I save them for times when convenience is key.

Then there’s a container of body exfoliator that I have had in my panning projects since the beginning of the year.

I finished a bite beauty sample size lipstick in a project pan.

I am getting rid of two lip items, one from one of my advent calendars and one Miss Butterfly gave me from a declutter of her friend’s makeup. I realized I wasn’t going to wear it.

I have a sample size of lancome mascara primer which I loved but is completely used up.

And, that tiny little piece of something is a piece of a lush soap that is too small to use. I would like to get more lush soap, but also don’t want to drive all the way to the store for just that. I am waiting until I have to replace a body conditioner as well, and that’s when I will replace the soap.

That’s 8 items out of my collection this month, a bit less than I had been using in the previous two months, but still a solid number. This brings my number for the year so far to 30. And, I can count on finishing at least 3 items in the very near future, so the next empties and balance post should be quite good!

Partners in Cream project pan update 2

In my first partners in cream project pan update:

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I had finished a face spray and removed a liquid shadow, adding in more primer and an almost used lipstick. I was also very close to finishing the pan of contour I was working on, and decided to keep the palette in the project, working on the darker contour next.

Here’s what is going on this month:

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The bare minerals primer is very close to being done now, in fact it is so close to being done that I’ve been wearing my bare minerals foundation more often in hopes of finishing this up. I am not there yet, but I feel pretty confident I can use it up by the next update.

The darker cream contour is going just fine, I am seeing more pan than before, and I love the product. Because I am wearing a powder foundation sometimes, I have been using this less. I hope to hit solid side pan in the upcoming month.

Of the becca primers, one is completely gone, and you can see that I made a bit of progress on the other as well.

The sample size of bite beauty lipstick is used up. I love the dark vampy color of this, and I am actually sad to see it go.

Because I finished one item, I am rolling in another facial spray, this one is Skin & Co. It was in a project pan last year, as you can see the previous marks. And I have been using it consistently. I suspect this will take me about 2 months to finish, if I consider previous usage.

This is one of those projects that is feeling pretty consistent. I am getting a few things used up while still having some longer term items as well. I am appreciating how that’s working out. In using one of those primer tubes, I gained a nice space in my collection. When I finish up the bare minerals primer, that’ll be another great spot in my collection. My collection, which blossomed in 2018 and stayed about the same all the way through 2019 is finally starting to reduce.

Handspun Scarf

You know that feeling, when you are a knitter, that you just gotta cast something on but you really don’t want to think about what and how? I had that feeling lately. I wanted the simplest of projects with yarn that was already wound into a ball, and I wanted to do exactly zero research on what that project would be.

I landed on a 1×1 rib scarf, alternating two colors of handspun yarn. They are both shades of green, one darker, one lighter. When I ran out of the lighter yarn, the scarf wasn’t long enough, nor was I done with the darker green. So I just kept knitting the 1×1 rib, leaving me with a darker edge. I don’t care. It’s fine. I knit, and at that time, that’s what counted.

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But, it did turn out fine, and it’s another for the donation/give away bin. I don’t need it in my life and I hope that someday it brings someone else joy.

That’s it from me this week, see you next week!