Sunday, March 10, 2019

Time Marches On

Well, we are starting with second week of March with a couple feet of snow on the ground. 

We are at that point where the temperature hovers around freezing, making walking and biking scary for me. A friend of my broke 5 ribs falling on the ice a few weeks ago, so I'm especially worried about falling these days. That poor guy has been in so much pain.

On the up side, if you can't be outside, you might as well stay home and craft, right? I am getting close to finishing my quilt:
I started the next one yesterday because I needed something portable. I spent the afternoon crafting with a friend at her house. I thought it might be interesting to try some different colors!
I worked 110 hours in the last two weeks, so I have been pretty brain-dead at night. I was making a lot of mistakes on the blanket I've been knitting, so I cast on a simple hat to work on while we watched Trapped.
I can't say enough good things about this show. We finished the season this weekend, and the end didn't disappoint. The setting in northern Iceland and the acting have kept us going; in the end, the plot turned out to be thoughtful and coherent. What more could you want?

We are coming up on the Jewish holiday of Purim, which features a jam-filled pastry called Hamantaschen. I thought baking and seeing friends might be a nice break from work, so I scheduled a tea and baked two types of Hamantaschen.
These are the vegan variety. The dough was the stiffest I've ever worked with. Very frustrating! But my vegan friend said they were good. I preferred the non-vegan batch I made from the Smitten Kitchen. The dough handled well and tasted great. For fillings, I admit I head to the grocery store and buy Solo fillings. This year I made poppy-seed, apricot, and raspberry.

I don't feel quite ready to dive back into work, but I'm blaming the time change for that. It takes me about a week to adjust to "springing foward." Do you struggle with it, too?

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Still Winter Here

March is certainly coming in like a lion in Wisconsin. At 6 p.m., the temperature is 8, but it feels like -6. Monday's high is predicted to be 1 degree -- that's before a 12-mile-a-hour wind is figured in. 

This cold weather has helped me stay home much of the weekend to write IEPs. I'm not complaining about the weather -- not yet at least. Winter is the best time for knitting. Someone went to town knitting and crocheting this yarn bombing not far from my house:
In between work sessions, I've done some rows on my Free Your Fade shawl, which I want for summer travel. I have quite a ways to go, but I think I can finish by July.
I love to sit by the window and do the hand-embroidery on my latest quilt. Here's a sneak peak:
Cold weather is perfect for reading with a cup of tea, don't you think? I picked up these two books yesterday at my LBS (local bookstore), and had the honor of being the last customer checked out by the founder of Room of One's Own. I thanked her profusely for this amazing bookstore, which has been in operation since 1975. Thankfully, the employees bought the store so it will stay open.
I really should take notes when I read blogs because I'm pretty sure I heard about the TV show "Trapped" from one of you. It's set in a remote town in Iceland during a blizzard -- and it's very good. Last night, the cats both hung out on my lap while we watched. This is a rare treat as Nagi generally prefers Keith.
I do want to thank whoever mentioned this show. Keith and I are really enjoying it. The first season is streaming on Amazon Prime right now; there is a second season, which The BBC aired at the beginning of the year.

The dialogue is in Icelandic (with English subtitles) and English. The characters switch frequently between the two languages. So, I have been able to knit while I'm watching.

By next weekend, I hope that the temperatures are milder and that my IEPs are finalized. Then I will feel like spring is around the corner.