Lent: Giving Up Sugar

Yep, I’m giving it another try. We all know it wasn’t very successful last time. I’m not Catholic, but I always try to give something up for Lent as a personal challenge.

I haven’t had a soda in a week.

I haven’t had any sweets in two days.


The way my brain works is that I like to treat myself. Because I deserve it. I just have to change how I reward myself. I think the first couple of weeks are the hardest. My issue with calorie counting a few months ago was I just got tired of writing everything down. So I’m thinking of maybe having bread and butter as a snack. It’s not sweet, but it is a little decadent.

I’m also thinking of making a homemade trail mix with cashews and raisins.

Richie says raisins are sugar and don’t count.

Neither does hot chocolate.


Look ya’ll- I need a little bit of something. I’m already giving up cookies, cake, brownies, ice cream, candy, donuts, and pop tarts. Let me have my damn raisins and cocoa!


Baby steps, you know?


Note: I will be cheating on March 4th. That’s me and Richie’s 9 year anniversary and there WILL be dessert.


Wish me luck, guys

Not So Selfish Knitting

Remember how I mentioned that this year was going to be all selfish knitting? Because I didn’t knit a single thing for myself last year?


Yeah, that isn’t quite working out.


Well first, I didn’t finish Vee’s scarf by the end of December. It stretched out into January. I shipped it a couple of weeks ago, but I’m not sure if she’s received it yet.


I knit myself a hat (it’s darling) and I’m knitting a big bulky blanket that is taking a while and I was going to knit myself a scarf.




Things have been pretty shitty at work lately. Just ridiculous. However there is one woman who has become a sort of advocate for myself and another coworker. She’s taken matters into her own hands and has gone to her boss about things that have been happening. I’m still waiting to see what will happen, but it’s still so thoughtful and kind of someone in a different department to try to make things easier for us.


It’s a lightweight scarf and a really super easy pattern and it’s knitting up quick and easy.


Well, it is when I’m not being lazy.


But after this, it’s really ALL FOR ME

Winter Bucket List #3: Attend Garden Glow


It was cold and gorgeous and I’m so glad we were able to glow. I was worried we wouldn’t make it in time. We bought our tickets a few hours early at the window and then went to O’Connell’s for burgers.

I think we struck me the most is that despite how many people were there, it was really romantic

garden glow

I loved walking through the cold all bundled with a cup of cocoa. Wish I’d worn a hat. Next year ;o)


The garden is always beautiful, all year round. But this attraction was really extraordinary. How could it not be with over one million lights?

light balls

Family membership at the Garden is the ultimate goal

Winter Bucket List #2: Decorate

Yes, I know this post is a little late. You’ll live.


I did minimal decorating for the holidays. I didn’t even have the energy to haul the tree up from the basement. What can I say- I’m a lazy bum.


It started off with this little bottle cap for the front door from Mom

bottle cap

Wreath for the front door


A bit crooked, but then again so are we

Toss up some stockings


The middle one is Lauren’s. The stocking stuffed inside came from Mom


Can’t forget the old standby of cards on the front door.



One of those came from Wales. Another from Alabama. :oDDD

Even the fish got involved!

fish tank

They were less than impressed. If I do it again next year, I’ll tape the ribbon to the glass of the tank


I looked back at the first Winter Bucket List post and realized I didn’t set a deadline. Spring 2016 starts on March 20, so I guess my deadline is March 19th. I still have to post about the Garden Glow, and I still have five items left to do. Well…. four and a half since I’m in the middle of knitting Vee’s scarf

Book List Progress: E’s

I finished all of my E’s last month. From e to The Eyre Affair. 0-E was as far as I got. I mean, I read a couple of F’s, but not all of them. Then, of course, I added a few new books to the list, and a few early letters have been added so I’m almost right back to where I was.




And Emma Watson has started a feminist book club on Twitter. So now I’ll have new books to add to my list which will throw off my reading schedule.


But it’s Emma Watson, so who cares?


Anyways, I’m reading IT by Stephen King and I’m wondering why I thought it was a good idea. Because now, instead of just being afraid of clowns, I’m now also afraid of balloons.


Thanks, Stephen