Update: January 10

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I was so ready to go last week, so high  on the excitement of a new year, and so ready to just rock it out.  Then I got sick, then my husband got sick, and things just fell behind, so I gave myself and extension on my socks and my book.  I did, however, finish another book and make the planned recipe, so let’s focus on that.

Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins    I know a lot of people were unhappy about this book, but I really enjoyed most of it.  The scenes in The Capitol are just not as well-done as the rest of the series, and it makes it harder to enjoy that part.  I listened to this while walking and in my car, and I still don’t like the reader I disliked in Catching Fire.  While I meant to start the year with Good Omens, perhaps a book about Armageddon isn’t the best way to start a year.

Project:  Still plugging away at Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  Those size one needles just take their sweet time, but the results are so nice.  The picture above is from the first sock, but the second is at the same place.  I’m getting there and hope to finish it this weekend.

Recipe:  I tried Dinner: a Love Story’s Pasta with Pea and Pancetta .  I was mostly excited to try out a recipe with pancetta, , but it was sort of underwhelming.  I’d have enjoyed it more with leftover ham, and if I make it again, I’ll do that.  My kids were underwhelmed, and we were hungry two hours later.  It would probably make a better lunch than dinner.

Up next:

Book:  Good Omens
Project:  Knitting A Noble Cowl  OR finishing a baby quilt. We’ll see how this weekend plays out.
Recipe: Smitten Kitchen’s Spinach Quiche

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Update: January 3

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In an effort to keep things documented, I’ll be writing on Fridays to update progress in addition to completed project updates.  

This week I chose the projects, books, and recipes I want to complete in January, then assigned deadlines to each of them.  Instead of measuring weeks by Sunday to Saturday, I’m going by every seven days.  This allows for weekends to be in the middle of the time frame to finish it them in, and I think that will help.  

As for this week, I’m behind already.  A stomach bug laid me out on the couch for the better part of a day.  I also  broke my sewing machine last week, which forced plans to be adjusted.  A little extra effort should get me back on track.  

In progress this week: 

Project:  Hermione’s Everyday Socks 
Book:  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Recipe:  Pasta with Peas and Pancetta  (this will be dinner tonight) 

I’ll be back on Monday to share some encouraging posts about goals I’ve come across.  Have a great weekend!  

Welcome, 2014. Come on in.

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I am so happy to welcome this new year.  I love the opportunity it provides to reassess where we’ve been and where we want to go.  I’ve been eagarly writing lists and making plans for this year, but first, let me explain where this started.  This can also be found on my ‘about’ page.   

In 2013, I decided to complete 52 handmade projects by year’s end, then added to that a goal to read 52 books.  It has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a long time. 2013 ended up being harder than I expected.  My projects, and my reading, shined a light in times of sadness and disappointment, giving me ways to cope with those feelings productively.

In 2014, I want to take my goals a step further.  I don’t want it to be just a way to cope, but a way to grow.  I want my efforts to take me further, make me better than I have been.  Projects should help to increase skills.  Books should do more than provide escapism (though, that’s okay sometimes).  I hope to take that little glimmer that kept me going in the sad times, and let these goals be a mirror that will multiply that light.