This is part of the Curly Girl method. Unwittingly, I did a version of this when I was a kid and always knew that my curls did look a lot better afterwards.
Verdict: Undecided at this point. Will try it a few more times before I decide
Is it pathetic that cleaning out my pantry is new to me? Well, it is. While I was in college, I never really cared about tending house. For awhile, I was a bit of an itinerant and, therefore, never really had a place to call my own. But now I do. Much to my surprise, I’m starting to enjoy this domestic thing. Today I gave the pantry a thorough cleaning. I threw out some old food (not too much) and organized the rest. It’s not perfect, but it is much better.
Verdict: good stuff, and it should be done more often
Having and decorating a real, live Christmas tree isn’t new to me. We always bought a real tree when I was a kid. I’m certain my dad would not have tolerated an artificial one. However, since being an adult, I have only put up the same boring artificial one every year. Last year, my guy and I decided we hated it. So, we donated it.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, we bundled up and drove out to the country, where one of his co-workers runs a tree farm. Hubby chopped down our own tree. We bundled it up and brought it home. It was so much fun to put up and decorate, and our gifts looked so pretty underneath it.
Verdict: Definitely a tradition I intend to continue with our future children.
I finally set up a Pinterest account and am finding all sorts of cool stuff. I’ve got 4 boards so far, and they are rapidly growing!
Verdict: Very cool site. I’m going to learn so much from it. Definitely a good idea.
What knitter refuses to use DPN’s? Me, that’s who.
I should clarify that a bit. I didn’t refuse them, because I wanted to. I refused them, because no matter how I tried, everytime I used them I ended up with ladders between all of the needles. So I put them away and went back to using Magic Loop to make socks, sleeves, finish hats, mittens, etc. I enjoy Magic Loop. It’s a great technique. But in the back of my mind, I wished I had the option of using double-points, as well.
Yesterday I had the hankering to yank those dpn’s out of my needle box and practice using them. Well, I don’t know what the difference was, but this time it just clicked. First, I practiced with worsted weight yarn. Then I tried it with tinier yarn. No ladders!!!
Verdict: YAY! Really happy to have another knitting tool to add to my arsenal.
This was one of those things that I never really had an opinion of either way. I never doubted the benefits that people claim, yet it wasn’t something I ever felt that I needed to do. My doc decided I should have this treatment once a week for four consecutive weeks, and yesterday was my first treatment. They stuck needles in me at very specific points then hooked me up to some sort of electricity-conducting box to stimulate the needles. Unfortunately, I had to lie very still, so I couldn’t see at all what was happening. My boyfriend watched though and told me it was pretty cool. It felt like someone was lightly tapping my skin. Didn’t hurt but didn’t really feel amazing either. The acupuncturist told me I’d see results as the treatment progressed. I hope so.
Verdict: I’m glad I experienced it, because I do believe it is something many people find relief with. As of the first treatment, I’ve witnessed no change; but I will continue and see what happens.
Yup, every bit as awesome and gross as it sounds. My new favorite technique for joining in a new skein of (animal-sourced) yarn when knitting.
It makes knitting a sweater a heck of a lot easier…and no ends to weave in!
Verdict: One of the best ideas ever
I’ve never been very good at being domestic. I thought it was anti-feminist. That’s what happens when you’re 22, idealistic, and impressionable. Ah, those were the days.
Now that I’m 32, I no longer think this way. I knit and crochet; I want to learn to sew; I enjoy making our apartment home-y and cozy. Baking was the next logical step.
I had a hankering for blueberry pie recently, but since I wanted it in a hurry I settled for blueberry cobbler instead. This is the recipe I used:
I’ve made it a few times since, and it’s now practically a staple in our household. Picked up some more berries at the market yesterday, so I’ll make another batch very soon.
Verdict: Kinda cool. I’ll definitely continue baking new things.
We went to Roots (a huge farmer’s market) yesterday. I had never been there before. Stocked up on pastured eggs and gorgeous produce. Even splurged on some homemade butter – so creamy and delicious! I saw a sign for chocolate-covered bacon and knew it had to happen. What can I say? It was yummy. The combo of the sweet and salty flavors was fantastic. I don’t eat sugar usually, so this isn’t something I’ll eat often (I only ate one bite, and KJ ate the rest). But all in all, good stuff, indeed.