Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pleased To Meet You...Hope You Guess My Name..

Probably one of my favorite lines in Stephen King's The Stand is when Randall Flag meets another character (can't remember who right now), and says "Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name!" The other character doesn't understand this, of course, but we do because we know that Randall Flag is the ultimate evil. I also love the song by the Rolling Stones, which, despite the religious community's attempts to demonize, honestly has plenty of theological accuracy and does not in any way portray Satan as someone who does indeed deserve "sympathy."

Tomorrow is my half-day. I've enjoyed doing these "flex hours" during the summer (every other week, we work 9 hours for the first four days and then get a half day that Friday). I'll definitely be ready to get back to a normal schedule, though, come fall. I'm just waiting for fall with eager anticipation, and I feel a little bad about that, because I don't want to wish my time away, but I'm so very tired of summer. We got our AC fixed yesterday, so the house is holding a constant 79 (because we're frugal!), which feels like paradise compared to the evenings of 85-degree heat!


I'm done with these detoxes. Honestly. I don't know why I'm drawn to them...probably because I want some quick fix with no actual work to do, which I know to be stupid from my seven years as a faithful Weight Watchers employee. Nevertheless, I think that because of the thirty pounds I've gained, I want something that will work quickly, even though I fully recognize that it won't work in the long run and probably isn't healthy. For your viewing pleasure, here's my breakfast from today, diced potatoes cooked (with no oil) with onions and some ketchup and hot sauce. Unfortunately for me, we also had a "potato bar" at lunch today (one of our companies bought lunch for us), so I am officially potato-ed out. Also, unfortunately, Joey bought almost twenty pounds of potatoes at Sams yesterday, so now I've got to find some good recipes to do to use up the potatoes. I'm also thinking of letting one or two grow some eyes and then planting them in the yard, just to see what happens.

Also, I wanted to post a picture of my prize from bowling last week: the incredibly bada** skull mug:

It makes me feel like such a rebel (haha)! Here's a closer view of my mug, filled with steaming hot, mediocre coffee:
Not much to report right now on the knitting front. I've been very tired the past several days and have done almost nothing while I've been at home. I've also been doing a lot of reading, and I'm not skilled enough to even think about trying to do both at the same time. I do plan to finish my cami tomorrow (I'll have several hours at home in the afternoon), so yay for that!

I'm amazed by this new emotion that I've been feeling the past couple of days....hope. It's something that I've not felt in quite some time, almost long enough that I really didn't remember what it felt like. I knew that the anxiety was a problem when I realized that I couldn't distinguish between excitement and fear. They both feel the same to me....when I'm excited about something, I have to consciously remind myself repeatedly, because otherwise, the emotion is the exact same as fear and I'll forget that I'm feeling that way for a good reason. I think that's ending, though, because I'm feeling pretty excited about our lives right now and it doesn't resemble fear in the least. God's really doing some awesome stuff, and I'm excited to see what's next!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ready for Fall Already!

Man, it's really hot outside..still 90 and it's after 9 pm. And, as always, it's 80 in here, but it's not too bad. I didn't get much accomplished that I was hoping for today, but I'm not going to be too upset about it. Joey and I read for half an hour or so after I got home (after recapping my day in the salt mines to him), and then had some dinner and poked around online. I'll probably read some more before going to bed. I think I'm going to start trying to write some of my blog during the day, so I'll have a little fresher mind and will be more focused on topics of interest.
I'm reading a book called Boundaries. It's a Christian perspective on setting personal boundaries and protecting one's own well-being to be more whole and effective on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. I'm finding that I definitely have problems setting personal boundries; I'm always the person who agrees to do too much and then ends up feeling resentful toward every obligation. I appreciate the perspective that the book offers: that we aren't to feel guilty about saying "no" when we need to for our own well-being (read: we don't always have to have a "good excuse" (i.e., I'm doing something else at the same time and thus am not humanly capable of taking care of your request)). Sometimes, it's okay to say "no," just because we need to for ourselves. Traditionally, I have been unable to do that and if I do, I've felt incredibly guilty for refusing.
I'm hoping that as I continue to recover from my anxiety, I'll be more and more comfortable with making decisions for the well-being of my family rather than to be everything that everyone wants me to be all of the time, and worrying constantly about whether or not people are going to be upset with me if I can't live up to what they want.

Anyway, enough of that; here's an update on the fiber arts front! I finished Mom's "knitter's tote," and she absolutely loved it. Here's a pic for you:

And here is Shelli doing what we ALL should be doing relatively soon:

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Birthday Adventure!

Well, it's officially not my birthday anymore...has been that way for almost an hour. We just got home about 45 minutes ago. It was a relatively monotonous day, but was triumphant and awesome, probably one of the best birthdays I've had.

This time last year, Dad was in the hospital; it was the night that we went to see the Lion King, and for a split second at dinner, I felt like everything was going to be okay. I had Joey check on Dad during intermission, and he everything seemed fine. Little did I know that it was leading up to what would be the absolute worst day of my life. That night, in the early morning hours, Dad went into atrial fibrillation and had to be rushed to CCU. Mom called me at 3:40 in the morning and we left immediately for the hospital, and then spent much of the next several days in the CCU/ICU waiting room (not because dad was critical, but at first because he did need constant care and then because they didn't have any rooms on the cardiac floor for him). Last year's birthday was terrible. I was faced with the fear that I wouldn't get to have my Dad around anymore, and the thought of celebrating was the absolute last thing on my mind. In fact, I felt guilty for thinking about anything other than what I could be doing to help hold the family together.

The funny thing about people in an ICU waiting room is that they tend to bond into a little band of friends; they are all dealing with uncomfortable, serious, and sometimes life-threatening situations, so something inside them draws them to one another to try to comfort and pray for each other and help however they can. We laughed with people, prayed with people, encouraged people, cried when there was a death. Sometimes I still remember to pray for the people I've come in contact with.
So, today, I wanted to do something totally different and a little wild, to do something that no one would ever really expect me to do in a million years. I had been thinking for quite some time about getting a tattoo, but I'd always been afraid of the prospect of any kind of phyiscal pain, so I'd shied away from it. A few months ago, I decided that, after years and years of gnawing my nails to the quick and being in so much pain I couldn't even type, I should be able to handle a tattoo. We tentatively set the date for the first weekend in August because Joey would finish his Hebrew classes then, but when he was able to get out of the last one, we changed the date to my birthday.

Suffice it to say that we're all inked up and thrilled. Here are a few pics from the day:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Alrightokuhhuhamen

Just one of my top five Rich Mullins songs (God rest his soul). The house is currently at 85 degrees. We've replaced the air filter; tomorrow, Joey will go out and bend back out the vents in the outside unit that have gotten bent in. If that doesn't work, then there is something wrong that we'll have to pay someone to fix. I'm not thrilled about that, and honestly, if we can wait it out and just get it fixed in the spring, I'd rather do that. We'll probably only have six more weeks of hot weather, maybe eight. And, if it doesn't get up to 100, the house isn't really bad. We've got a big fan that's blowing right on us, and Joey has blocked out the light by hanging towels up over the blinds. Shelli has been taking things in stride; here's a pic of her cooling off in the laundry basket:




Here's a progress update on the cami; I've actually finished the front and am rapidly working my way up the back, but this pic is from a few days ago before I started the straps. I'll be excited to knit in the round next; I've heard that you don't have to purl. I'm also moving along on Mom's tote, but not as quickly because I'm so enamored with the knitting.


Joey's books are still arriving in droves; he thinks he finally received the last of them yesterday, and the stack is almost as high as the armchair itself: Here is a sideways picture of them from a few days back; it's about 25% taller now:

I've not done my morning pages in several days, probably since Joey has gotten back. I still want to finish the book, but I've been trying to focus on getting my anxiety under control (which I've finally taken the steps that I should have taken long ago to handle), so I've been allowing myself extra time to sleep and knit and read and blog. I figure there will be plenty of time for the rest once I'm back on an even keel again. But, for your viewing pleasure, here's a picture of Shelli telling me that I will not write.


I really need to get my eating in order; I've not been very good these past few weeks, and it makes me feel gross. Since we're going back into "extreme frugal" mode, I'm going to start doing some planning so that I can have some good stuff in the fridge to keep myself away from the crap that keeps popping up at work. I swear, I have gained ten pounds since starting my job, and add that to the twenty that I gained living with Joey's parents for three years, I'm almost totally doomed. Oh well, back to it, I suppose:)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lists

Chores I want/need to do soon:

  • Get rid of my graveyard of magazines in the bedroom
  • organize/catalogue what's in the pantry
  • go through stuff in the office for potential yard sale in September
  • vacuum
  • fold laundry

Habits I'd like to foster:

  • planning out a week's worth of meals in advance
  • Getting back to doing Tae Bo
  • Reading rather than watching TV

A period of extreme frugality is coming again soon...we're going to have two sets of tuition in January, and I am also taking a class this semester with Wendee Holtcamp. I think we'll be fine, but we've definitely allowed ourselves to get comfortable with eating out a few times a week and going and doing what we want. We're going to try to make August a Consumer Diet month; we won't buy anything new except for toiletries and food. I may still do thrift stores, maybe not. Surely, I could hold off for a month, eh? Oh, and I'm thinking that I need to refrain from buying any new yarn for the rest of the year. I'm going to focus exclusively on "rescuing" thrift stores sweaters to get my yarn. I did get a little birthday money tonight, though, so I'll probably buy some more needles!

I'm actually excited about the impending extreme frugality again...I think that we probably needed a little time off to see that we don't need to completely deprive ourselves at all times, so that we would appreciate our approach toward money more. Whatever the reason, I'm excited to get back to basics and make the best decisions possible.

On the AC front, there is a possibility that the slats in the vent are just too bent for the unit to cool itself off, so Joey's going to work on straightening those back out tomorrow morning. His mom gave us a big box fan to put in our bedroom window to suck out some of the hot air, and the house isn't as bad tonight as it was yesterday. There's still the possibility that we're low on freon, but we really can't fix it right now, so we'll probably try to limp it along through the rest of this summer and then save our money so that we can get it tuned up next spring.

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE summer; I loved the lazy days and swimming and hanging out with friends and my mom. Now that I have a normal job, every day is pretty much the same, and I've come to appreciate much more the fall and winter. I am anticipating fall with such great joy, especially now that I've taken to making clothes...I can't wait to have things that I'm proud to wear:).

ok....that's really all I've got for now.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Our AC is Probably Dying

Oh, goodness. It's 84 in the house, and the AC is running. I refuse to believe that it's because the AC is dying, although I'm sure it is. I'm also sure that if there was a DSS for kitties, they would come oand take Shelli away. She's not a happy Kins, but she does seem to find the places that are right under a vent so that she gets the most cool air possible.

I finished the front of my tank top and started the back. It went surprisingly more easily than I thought it would.

I'll also be taking Wendee Holtcamp's online writing course this fall and I am so psyched about it!! Check the link for more information; I am absolutely sure it will be well worth the cost!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Emerging

Today, I feel as though I'm emerging from a long night, or a long journey lost in a fog. I am groggy and have a headache, but I feel like things will be okay eventually. I always talk about taking care of myself and I never do it. That's going to change, effective today. And I'm glad. I'll be more glad when I feel comfortable doing it, but at least now, I'm ready to try.

I should have some updated knitting pics (and crochet pics) as soon as I can get them uploaded. The front of the tank top is almost done...I've never done straps before, so we'll see how that goes today; I'm shooting to finish the front tonight and maybe start on the back. I'm impressed by how even my stitches look. Knitting is so soothing.

Last night, we went to Outback for Dad's birthday dinner. I did not eat healthily, but he did, and that's the most important part. My parents are just the most awesome parents ever. I know I say that a lot in these blogs, but it just strikes me every now and then to hear other people talk about their parents and to realize that I just really, genuinely like my parents. When we go out to dinner, we're the people who are cracking up all night having a good time talking about something that's probably not entirely appropriate for dinner. They make me laugh. And they laugh at jokes that I make, so they make me feel like I'm funny, too. So many people aren't blessed like that, and I'm so grateful that I am. I'd just been thinking about it lately since Dad had the 60th birthday this week.

That's all I've got for now (with no pics, sorry). More updates later.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What a Day.

I have little else to say. It was a very long day, made better by the reprieve that I don't have to go anywhere tonight or tomorrow night. I plan to knit and watch MST3K. I plan to eat a tasty dinner and I plan to write a lot to perhaps help me sort out some of the events of the day.



There are lots of things that I need/want to do this week, personal improvement things, housecleaning things, creative things, lots of things. I don't know where to begin, so I'm going to have to prioritize tonight. So, there you have it...a totally nonsensical blog that tells you nothing other than I'm needing to work on some stuff.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!!

Today is my dad's 60th birthday. Almost a year ago at this point, we were scared that he wouldn't make it home from the hospital. He's a trooper and very strong and my hero. Yay Dad! Happy Birthday and many, many, many, many, many, many, many (I can't type enough of those) more!!

We have literally OD'ed on MST3K this past week. I guess it's only an OD if it's something bad and you're tired of it, though, and I'm definitely loving it, so perhaps we are enjoying massive quantities of one of my favorite shows.

On the knitting front, the first part of my tank top is coming along nicely. I frogged it and restarted, adding four rows of ribbing to keep it from rolling up. It looks much better, but unfortunately, I was lazy (or too impatient) and didn't do a gauge. I added fifteen extra stitches, but I still think it's going to be too small. I'll see how it ends up when I have the front and back done and I may do some side panels to make it fit. I'll post some updated photos once I can get somewhere without crappy lighting so that I can do it justice.

I have the rest of the week off...nothing big to do except celebrate Dad's birthday with dinner out Friday night. I'm looking forward to two nights of doing some work around the house and KNITTING like a fool. I love knitting. I can't wait to make awesome sweaters that look fantastic and cool and people will ask me where I got it and I can tell them that I MADE it. Yay.

That's all I've got.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tired in Body, Mind, and Spirit

We went to our friend Nicolette Emanuelle's CD release party last night, and she was fantastic, but didn't start playing until midnight, so we were definitely tired when we got home at 2 am. I slept in until 8, but I'm still a little tired.

That's the body part...on to mind and spirit. I'm tired of the mental gymnastics that I'm having to deal with right now....is God telling me to change, or that my attitude needs to change? I am almost completely certain that I need a seroius attitude adjustment, but even that scares me because I'm so used to being the way I am, that I'm afraid I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I really acted the way I think God wanted me to.


I'm also dealing with some conflict about having too much on my plate at church. I'm going to have to take some time to think about priorities and start saying "no" to last-minute requests more often. I just don't have time to do everything, but I always feel super-guilty when I do say no. I've got to get past that.


On the project front, I finished my skinny scarf; yay! It just needs to be blocked and then I can see how even it turned out (hopefully).
Also, I started my first-ever garment, a tank top pattern from Ravelry. Here's a pic of the first few rows:Today, I'm not doing anything. Joey and I are relaxing and then we'll go get our groceries for the week, but that's it. Tomorrow is going to be very stressful as there's a "summer sing" going on at church and we'll have to be there at 4 for a soundcheck. My trio is doing an acapella song, so I'm a little nervous about it. I'm also singing on a praise team with two songs that I don't know very well and won't have much time to listen to them. But, I'm not worrying about it...don't have time. I'm going to say a prayer, wing it, and get through it.

I just wish God would make things more clear for me right now. I know it's because I'm not taking the time to read the Bible and really seek the answers like I should, but I go between really wanting to do that and draw close and being resentful and bitter and wanting to just give up on the whole shebang. Hopefully, this will pass sooner, rather than later. Blah.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Dante's Inferno

So, I apologize that I am such a crappy photographer. I went to take pics tonight for the blog of what I'm working on, and it was cloudy and rainy outside, and the lighting in here sucks because we use CFLs (GO EARTH!), so the pics are not good. I promise, just as soon as I'm a decent knitter, I'll be one of those with fabulous pictures that are taken in all sorts of lovely natural settings.

So, on to what I've done for the past few days! First, I started (and prematurely finished) a beginner's garter stitch scarf. I didn't like how uneven the stitches were because I picked too-large needles, so I bound it off early. It does appear to be "Kins-sized," though, yes?
Then, I started a skinny scarf in stockinette stitch, which, which much more even, bunches up badly, which I've heard is pretty normal and hopefully will work itself out when it's done and blocked. When I finish this, I'm going to work on a beginner's tank top with free pattern from Ravelry!Yesterday, Joey and I hit the thrift stores; I'll post some more pics after we get everything washed, but I did get this AWESOME huge, men's cotton sweater. The yarn is this beautiful cream and green, and I can't wait to unravel it and hopefully turn it into something fabulously wintery for me for this fall/winter!And, finally on the project front, Mom bought me some yarn because she liked my knitter's tote, so she wanted one too. Here's the bottom and a few rows of the sides:



I finished my grad school app today. I'm just waiting for my final letter of recommendation and then I should be all done once I get that sent off. I feel a little better about it after having drug my feet for a bit, and it's helping a little with my overall satisfaction. Joey also came up with a workable plan to work on the house, so we did our first project tonight (namely, laundry) . I'm still struggling with not feeling like I have enough time, and I know that it must be because of something I'm doing, because other people have just as busy lives as I do and still have time to take care of their homes and yards and to do things that they love. Somehow, I've got to get this figured out. If I can't feel peaceful and fulfilled all of the time, the least I could do is make my home environment something that inspires peacefulness and creativity, rather than something that evokes a feeling of aggravation, irritation, inadequacy, and of being overwhelmed. Someday I'll get this thing.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tiny Pumpkins:)

I love tiny pumpkins. They are absolutely the cutest gourds ever. I can't remember if I told you in a previous blog, but we bought some right around Halloween last year and I finally threw them away when they started getting spotted (pumpkins really do last a long time). Well, apparently, I missed one, because I found it just two weeks ago when I was cleaning off the mantle because I had some friends coming over. It was about the size of a golf ball and was this tiny, white, petrified pumpkin-like object. So, now I'm thinking that, every now and then when we came home and noticed some nonspecific bad smell, it must have been the aforementioned fermenting (and eventually fossilizing) tiny pumpkin. I threw it away. But now I have the urge to buy more, but they won't be around until fall.

I've been knitting my brains out over the weekend. I wanted to start with a very easy project so I wouldn't get discouraged, so I started with a garter stitch scarf, which didn't turn out fantastic (although I will add pics when I take them), mostly because I used needles that were much too large (size 10's for Red Heart Soft yarn), but also because it was my first project, so I was uneven with my stitches. I ended up binding it off a little short since I knew I probably would never wear it and starting on a new scarf, a skinny scarf in stockinette stitch (I'll also post a pic of my started project). The stitches are much more even and I'm so impressed to see a pattern that I recognize in many garments (the stockinette) and to know that it came from my very hands. I'm really enjoying this hobby. I found a pattern on Ravelry for a beginner's tank top, so I'll probably start on that after I finish this skinny scarf. I have lots of stash yarn to burn through while trying to build my stash with classy and natural fibers.

My mom also loved my knitter's tote and wanted one of her own, so she bought me some yarn for it. Thankfully, that was so easy to crank out, so I'll probably start that this week and try to get it done for her maybe even by the weekend.

No work tomorrow; I took the day off when I thought that Joey was going to have to take Hebrew 3. Now that he doesn't, it's an even better "oyster" because he doesn't have the added worry of an impending class. We're taking Shelli for her annual physical tomorrow, but I also want to hit a couple of thrift stores to start my project of building a fabulous wardrobe only from other people's cast-offs. I'll also look for a sweater or two to unravel, although I don't know that they'll have any with the weather being this hot.

I'm so impatient. Sometimes I amaze myself with how impatient I am. I can remember being a kid and starting a friendship up with someone that I knew I was going to like and being irritated because we weren't best friends already. I've had very few "best friends" in my life. In fact, I really can think only of six people and I'm not all that close with any of them anymore (shame), and I really don't have any at all now other than Joey and my mom. Every time I try to pick up a new hobby, I get frustrated if I can't pick it up and be an expert immediately. That's why I'm trying to take it so slowly with knitting. I know that the first utter piece of crap that I produce will frustrate me to the point that I may get fed up and quit, so I've been picking really easy things to do, with only small increments of increasing difficulty so that I can keep my focus and motivation to get it.

This week, I'm doing the rice and veggies thing again. Joey and I were not very good this weekend. I'm also starting the Tae Bo videos tomorrow...I'm really excited about that. I remember that we did Tae Bo during one of my college P.E. classes and I thought it was one of the best workouts that I ever had.

What a boring blog this has been...goodness. Thanks for listening, folks. I promise one with more pictures and less words tomorrow!

Friday, July 4, 2008

God Bless America, and Catnip, and Yarn, and Chinese Food...

What a great and lazy Fourth! We are chilling a the house watching MST3K and I'm working on my first knitting project. I'm just doing a scarf...I was going to start with this tunic-style sweater pattern that I got from Ravelry, but I think I'll get overwhelmed and frustrated if I try something too complicated right away. I don't want to get frustrated and stop, so I'm just doing a simple garter-stitch scarf with some of my stash yarn I bought for an afghan that I made for Joey's grandma.

I have an urge to watch Heartbreak Ridge, not sure why. I guess I want to see Clint Eastwood and I want to watch a war movie. I think it's nostalgia for the days of living at home and watching stuff like that with my dad because my mom hated it. We'd always watch action movies while she was out. I'm really glad that my parents are so cool. I had a great childhood and my parents were never overly-strict, but I was scared enough to disappoint them that I never did anything that seriously bad. I miss when summer felt like such a free and wonderful time. Now, it's just annoyingly hot and it's a drudgery having to continue to do the same thing over and over. I love the school-year schedule...hard work for nine months and then three months to regroup and do fun things and rest.

Shelli is laying on the back of the loveseat by the window, and she's got her catnip sock with her. Every twenty minutes or so, she freaks out on it and then lays back down. She's just the best.

That's about it for now...we're going to grill some burgers later with Cory, but until then, I'm going to relax!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

K1 P1, This and That

It is absolutely amazing how much easier knitting went after watching the videos at the Knitting Help site. Apparently, I picked everything up backward from the book, so watching the woman cast on (a different method than the book taught me) and then knit and purl made this SO much easier. My first attempt since watching is already so much more even. Yay! I may not have to give up on this hobby yet!

I should get my second recommendation letter for the grad program back sometime this week. That leaves me with only one and finishing up the app itself and paying my $60 and then it's all in God's hands!!.

I've been feeling very stagnant lately, and today I actually had to pray "God, move, or move me." I need an attitude adjustment, or I need something new, and frankly, I don't know which is the right one, but I figure that I'll just tell God what I need and let Him sort it out. I hate feeling stagnant and unfulfilled...I want to make a difference, to help people and animals, to write things that are heard (by more than you few and faithful, although I love and appreciate you!!) and appreciated. So, we shall see what comes of that...this is the hard part, the praying and waiting. Of course, I say that, but every time that God has shown me that he wants me to do this or that, it's much harder to actually act than it is to just think about it, which takes me back to Chapter 8 in The Artist's Way, which I read last night and says that the blocked creative often self-sabatoges by "thinking about acting" rather than taking even just the smallest step to make things happen. The tasks this week all involve breaking down dreams into tasks, small things that we can do today to help us move more and more toward our ultimate goal and the "true north" that will symbolize that achievement.

Joey will be done with Hebrew in just two short days. I'm so ready to be over with this whole distance thing. I'm also happy about saving the money. We've not been as frugal as usual lately, probably because I go through cycles of being extremely proud of our frugality and being resentful because other people have what they want whether or not they can afford it. Over the past two weeks, we've spent over $100 on knitting stuff...all worthwhile as I'll definitely use it, but still frightening. But we never do that. I never splurge and buy something that I want purely because I want it. And if I do, I usually agonize over it for several days until I forget. I am definitely going to try the "thrift store sweater" method of buying up knitted clothing at the Salvation Army or Goodwill and unraveling it for use of the yarn later. I think that'll be a fun project and will fit in pretty well with my goal to build a fabulous wardrobe this year from thrift stores.

I'm half-watching a documentary on PBS right now about various volcanic eruptions. I always forget how much I love PBS until I make a concerted effort to leave it there. I blogged some time last week or the week before about how much TV was eating up my time, so the past two days, I've made a big effort not to leave the TV on anything trauma or forensic-related (I was getting nightmares and being lazy). So, I've either left it on the news or PBS. Every now and then, I'll catch something on this special and stop for a while, but I'm pretty happy about how independent of TV I've been these past two days.

Oh, and I made lentils tonight. hmm. Odd consistency, like mush. Odd flavor, like none. I added garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, and a little salt to the lentils and rice, and that was pretty good, honestly. I don't know that I can make lentils a part of my everyday fare, but I'll definitely be adding them heavily to my diet this week so that I eat up the entire pound bag that I made.

This ended up being much longer than I intended. If you are still reading, Good night and God bless.